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Could Obama’s re-election plan be to devalue the dollar?
James Pethokoukis (Front Row Washington)

Chasing Value: Anglo American, Gold or Something Else
Sheldon Liber (BloggingStocks)
Submitted at 10/28/2010 2:00:00 PM

percent or so — with unemployment still over 8 percent by the end of 2012. At best, those Submitted at 10/28/2010 10:02:25 AM numbers suggest a very close Will President Obama get re- presidential contest. And current elected in 2012 if his party suffers polls show the president will have a crushing midterm defeat? His a tough time again winning such political team likes to point to the electoral-vote rich states as Ohio, example of Ronald Reagan. Michigan, Florida, Indiana, Congressional Republicans were Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and crushed in the 1982 midterms, but North Carolina. the Gipper cruised to victory two Obama could try to emulate years later. Reagan by proposing a massive Of course, the “Morning in tax cut, but that seems unlikely America II” scenario depends on given the administration’s belief a f a s t e c o n o m i c r e c o v e r y . that America is under-taxed right Unemployment fell from 10.8 now. percent in November 1982 to 7.2 But there is another way, percent in November 1984. GDP although it is amazingly risky. A growth was 4.5 percent in 1983 B l o o m b e r g s t o r y , u s i n g a and 7.2 percent in 1984. simulation run by Macroeconomic But most economic forecasts Advisers predicts a 10 percent don’t anticipate such a boom in decline in the dollar in the first six America’s near future. More months of next year would do the likely is trend growth — about 3 following:

1. Gross domestic product would rise 1.1 percentage points more than the St. Louis-based firm’s baseline forecast for next year, to 4.8 percent. 2. In 2012, growth of 5.7 percent would exceed the baseline forecast by 1.3 percentage points. 3. Unemployment would fall to 7 percent by the end of 2012, 1.4 points lower than the firm’s baseline forecast. There you go, Morning in America II, thanks to the weak dollar — unless of course the dollar starts plunging out of control, boosting inflation and creating a panic. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner says he supports a strong dollar — although he wants it to weaken vs. the yuan — but does the White House political team share that view? And what about Ben Bernanke? Here is an

interesting bit from a recent Reuters story: While U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner reiterated that the United States supports a strong dollar at the G20 meeting, there were few takers for that.“It is one thing for the Treasury to say that, but then the Fed holds all the ammunition and when it is set to print more money, the dollar will remain a weakened currency,” said Jane Foley, senior currency strategist at Rabobank. 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: Beyond Hiroshima - The NonReporting of Falluja's Cancer Catastrophe.

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Filed under: Rants and Raves, Market Matters, Chasing Value[TM], Anglo American (AAUKY) In recent discussions with some friends, one had bought Anglo American ADR ( AAUKY) when I recommended it years ago, and the other thinking about what the current opportunity might be. It seemed time for an update. I'm into Anglo for $9.80 a share and a spot check has it trading at $23.00 per share in morning trading; a nice 135% return. It was much easier to recommend the stock before. Now that AAUKY is hovering around it's 52-week high of $23.55, it's a tough call. It certainly is not a value play now. Continue reading Chasing Value: Anglo American, Gold or Something Else Chasing Value: Anglo American, Gold or Something Else originally appeared on BloggingStocks on Thu, 28 Oct 2010 14:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| Email this| Comments

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Palin for President? Someone’s gotta do it
Tabassum Zakaria (Front Row Washington)
Submitted at 10/28/2010 10:42:46 AM

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It’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it. And if no one else wants to do it, Sarah Palin says she would step in. The former Republican vice presidential candidate, who has been stirring the pot this year with her backing for Tea Party candidates for the midterm elections, has been hard to pin down on whether she plans to run for president in 2012. Well, until now. In an exclusive interview with Entertainment Tonight, to air tonight, Palin let the moose out of the bag. ET’s Mary Hart asked her bluntly: “Are you going to run for president?” Palin began her response with what would be expected at this stage of the political cycle: “You know I have not decided what I’m going to do in 2012. I don’t think any of the potential candidates have. I think that still it is too early for anybody to get out there declaring what their intentions are.” Then she added some caveats and conditions to provide a glimpse of her thought process on THE

QUESTION, saying her decision would entail a family discussion and “a real close look at the lay of the land and to consider whether there are those with that common sense, conservative, proConstitution passion, whether there are already candidates out there who can do the job, and I”ll get to be their biggest supporter, and their biggest helpmate, if they will have me. Or whether there is nobody willing to

the next presidential race vying to take on Democrat Barack Obama. And some Republicans will have reservations about Palin’s suitability for the White House. For instance, Karl Rove, a former adviser to President George W. Bush and Republican strategist, said the public had high standards for the presidency and required “a certain level of gravitas,” according to an interview with The Daily Telegraph. “With all due candour, appearing on your own reality show on the Discovery Channel, I am not certain how that fits in the American calculus of ‘that helps me see you in the Oval Office’,” Rove told the British newspaper. Photo credit: Reuters/Scott Audette (Palin at a fundraising rally in Florida, Oct. 23) do it, to make the tough choices This entry passed through the and not care what the critics are Full-Text RSS service — if this is going to say about you, just going your content and you're reading it forward according to what I on someone else's site, please read believe the priorities should be.” our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ And then came Palin’s big finale: content-only/faq.php “If there’s nobody else to do it, Five Filters featured article: then of course I would believe Beyond Hiroshima - The Nonthat we should do this.” Reporting of Falluja's Cancer It may come down to the Catastrophe. definition of “nobody,” because there is expected to be a robust field of Republican candidates for

Twitter Used to Gather Questions for White House Briefing
Marshall Kirkpatrick (ReadWriteWeb)
Submitted at 10/28/2010 2:10:44 PM

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Submitted at 10/28/2010 1:48:36 PM

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White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs took questions from Twitter users this morning and answered a select few in a video on YouTube. "Something new," Gibbs Tweeted,"You take first crack. Use#1q in a q & I'll answer 1 on vid before today's briefing. What do you want to know?" Given that this is a public forum, users can see all the questions asked of Gibbs, in addition to the ones he chose to answer. His video reply below. Sponsor As transparent public engagement goes, this looks pretty good. If such a campaign were to spread far and wide, some kind of systematic analysis would probably be good in order to make it scalable. Text analysis of the most common words used in questions, for example, could help surface issues emergent interest. Discuss

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Schwarzenegger sours on politics; eyes memoirs, movies?
JoAnne Allen (Front Row Washington)
Submitted at 10/27/2010 11:19:37 PM

"Officer and a Gentleman" actress Lisa Blount dies (Reuters)
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Memoirs, maybe movies, but no political office. That’s what the immediate future holds for California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who’s leaving office in January. After seven years running the most populous state the in country, Schwarzenegger seems to have soured on politics and partisanship. “Politics destroys everybody,” he said in an “ABC World News” interview on Wednesday. “The more you can take the politics out of things, the more you can accomplish. Because otherwise, it becomes kind of like, ‘I’m representing my party. My party is not happy with this. We’re doing it this way.’” Schwarzenegger called politicians in Washington “wimps” for not tackling energy and environment policy and he spoke against Proposition 23. Here’s a video clip from the interview. If approved, the measure on next Tuesday’s California ballot would scuttle many of the governor’s clean energy and environmental
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announcement soon. In the ABC interview, Schwarzenegger laid out what could entice him to go Hollywood again. “If James Cameron or Ivan Reitman or someone that I trust … they come with a great script, great idea where I look at things and say, ‘That’s me. I can play that,’ it could be something like that,” the governor said. “But it’s not like I’m out there saying I’m looking for an acting job because I have plenty of money. I never have to work again.” Photo Credit: REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (Schwarzenegger at The Women’s Conference in Long Beach, Calif.) Reuters/Robert Galbraith (Schwarzenegger, in front of a poster for “Terminator policies. Specifically Proposition going from bodybuilding, going 3,” at the Inner-City Games, Aug. 23 would suspend California’s into business, going to the movie 2003) landmark climate change law until business, then the political arena This entry passed through the the state unemployment rate drops and all this,” Schwarzenegger told Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it to 5.5 percent or lower for one ABC. year. And the man who went from the on someone else's site, please read Schwarzenegger says that when “Terminator” to the “governator” our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ his term is up, he’ll continue to could go back to making movies. content-only/faq.php work on environmental issues and In a “Tweetcast” last week, Five Filters featured article: political reform, but plans to stay Schwarzenegger said he recently Beyond Hiroshima - The Nonout of office. met director James Cameron(of Reporting of Falluja's Cancer He also plans to write a memoir. “Terminator” and “Avatar” fame) Catastrophe. “I have a real story to tell about and would make some sort of an

President Obama on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart
President Obama took the opportunity to answer a few questions from "America's most trusted newscaster." Among my favorite questions: "Are we the people we were waiting for?"

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – Lisa Blount, an actress and Oscar-winning filmmaker, was found dead in her home in Little Rock, Ark., on Wednesday by her mother. She was 53. According to Pulaski County Coroner Garland Camper, Blount likely died Monday. He said there were no signs of foul play. Blount, as producer, and her husband Roy McKinnon, as director and star, won Academy Awards in 2002 when "The Accountant" was named best liveaction short film. Blount received a Golden Globe nomination for her supporting turn as the best friend of Debra Winger's character in "An Officer and a Gentleman." Her other credits included "Prince of Darkness" and "Great Balls of Fire!" Blount recently filmed the pilot for FX's "Outlaw Country." A native of Arkansas, she and McKinnon moved to Little Rock in 2005. 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: Beyond Hiroshima - The NonReporting of Falluja's Cancer Catastrophe.

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INSTANT MBA: The Telephone Is One Of The Best Branding Devices Ever
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How Social Media Powerhouse Digital Royalty Helps Shaq Win Endorsement Deals
Austin Carr (Fast Company)
Submitted at 10/28/2010 2:00:40 PM

Shaquille O'Neal posed as a statue in Harvard Square for almost an hour last week, mobbed by adoring fans amazed the basketball superstar would pull such a stunt. Soon, the news went viral, shooting across the blogosphere and landing on ESPN, Yahoo, and in The Boston Globe. How did it all begin? With a simple tweet. The stunt was part of a project called "Random Acts of Shaqness," developed in partnership with social media strategy firm Digital Royalty. Started in 2009, the Phoenixbased company has aimed to make an art of going viral, working with sports teams and brands such as Double Tree, the UFC, and the Cleveland Cavaliers. "Whether they be individuals or corporate brands, we help them build their influence online, measure it, and monetize it," says Amy Martin, CEO of Digital Royalty. "We don't build websites, we don't build mobile apps--it's building a universe

is to make them feel like exclusive clubs, where fans have direct access to news, deals, or insight from brands or celebrities. The value is obvious for fans--but is it actually valuable to engage them through social media? For the UFC, Martin says, measuring social media chatter helps predict Pay-Per-View orders. For other sports, tweeting and putting videos on YouTube may act as a "tipping point" for potential ticket sales. And Shaq? "There is value--with endorsement deals--it's made his brand much more attractive," explains Martin, ticking off major corporations like Oreo that have signed on in the past few months. "Every endorsement deal for Shaq around their brand through social [youtube sajz_WWorWs] showdown. The teams donated $1 is now asking for social media to media." Or for the Indianapolis Pacers, for each hashtag tweeted to be a part of the deal." For example, to promote a UFC Digital Royalty sent out messages Children's Hospital Los Angeles. For now, it appears Martin's match, president Dana White and to fans offering free tickets to the By the game's end, the NHL had strategy and knack for going viral Digital Royalty decided to tweet first to arrive at a certain location. raised over $43,000. is paying off. One day last week, his phone number to some 4 Within three minutes, more than "It's all about providing value," f o r i n s t a n c e , 9 o f t h e 1 0 million followers on Twitter, 70 people showed up. Or for the says Martin, "to entertain, to worldwide trending topics on asking fans to give their picks on L A K i n g s , t h e c o m p a n y provide information, to provide Twitter were all clients of Digital that event's winners. Soon, the implemented a "Hashtag Battle," value when, where, and how fans Royalty. cell was ringing off the hook with w h e r e f a n s o f L A a n d t h e want to receive it." Though rabid fans from around the Colorado Avalanche could tweet various social media platforms country eager to talk shop with #GoKings or #GoAvs during the from Twitter to Facebook are White. g a m e i n a o n l i n e h o c k e y inherently non-exlusive, the trick

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The Facebook Election: Can the Social Network Predict Winners in the 2010 Midterms?
E.B. Boyd (Fast Company)
Submitted at 10/28/2010 2:22:22 PM

In some races, there are large gaps in the number of friends various competitors have. Is that an indicator of how they'll do at the polls? In Nevada, Republican challenger Sharron Angle is not only leading Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in the polls, she’s also far ahead on the social nets. When we started writing this story, Angle’s Facebook page had 104,059 fans vs. a mere 14,348 for Reid. Angle is also leading when it comes to voter sentiment-by four points, according to the latest Rasmussen poll. And Facebook's public policy team says that Angle is piling on new supporters at a faster rate than Reid. In the last two weeks, Angle’s Facebook fan base grew by 10,500, vs. just 921 for Reid. So does that mean Angle will

knock Reid out of the Senate on election day next Tuesday? It’s anyone’s guess. We asked Facebook, and as far as they know, no one’s taken a hard look at the correlation between activity on Facebook and victory at the polls. But based on some of the primary races they looked at, Reid might want to start harvesting

rival. And in New York, Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino had 20% more fans when he beat his better known opponent Rick Lazio. A more rigorous analysis of the correlation between Facebook activity and political outcomes needs to be undertaken before any definitive conclusions can be drawn. But for any candidate who’s trailing their competitor on the social network, it probably wouldn’t hurt to try to recruit some new fans. (And yes, we’re looking at you Florida Governor Charlie Crist(101,127 fewer fans Farmville for friends. “Many this election season: Delaware. than his Republican rival Marco candidates who won their primary On the primary day, not-a-witch Rubio), Kentucky congressional races had more Facebook fans Republican Senate contender contender Jack Conway(74,285 than their opponents and actively Christine O’Donnell’s Facebook fewer fans than Republican Rand posted campaign updates on their page had four times as many fans P a u l ) , a n d C a l i f o r n i a Facebook Pages,” Facebook’s as opponent Rep. Mike Castle. On congressional challenger Carly m a n a g e r o f p u b l i c p o l i c y the day of Washington, D.C.'s Fiorina(half as many fans as communications Andrew Noyes p r i m a r y , V i n c e G r a y , w h o Democratic incumbent Rep. tells Fast Company in an email. unseated Mayor Adrian Fenty, Barbara Boxer). Take everyone’s favorite state had twice as many fans as his

OfficeMax Not Dead Yet
Brent Archer (BloggingStocks)
Submitted at 10/28/2010 1:30:00 PM

Q3 earnings this morning, posting a profit of $19.96 million, or 23 cents per share, on revenue of Filed under: Major Movement, $1.81 billion. Analysts had Earnings Reports, Good news, forecast a profit of 12 cents per A m a z o n . c o m ( A M Z N ) , share on revenue of $1.82 billion. OfficeMax Inc (OMX), Staples This company has been struggling Inc (SPLS), Options, Technical to deal with increased competition Analysis OfficeMax ( OMX- from Internet retailers like option chain) shares are rising Amazon.com ( AMZN) and bigtoday after the company reported box stores like Staples ( SPLS),

but today's earnings show some encouraging signs. If you think that the stock won't fall by too much in the coming months, then now could be a good time to look at a bullish hedged trade on OMX.

OMX opened this morning at $16.52. So far today the stock has hit a low of $16.34 and a high of $17.40. As of 12:10, OMX is trading at $16.93 up $2.08 (14.0%). The chart for OMX looks bearish and S&P gives OMX a negative 2 STARS (out of 5) sell ranking. Continue reading OfficeMax Not Dead Yet

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A Look At How The Housing Crisis Is Still Crushing Labor Mobility And The Job Recovery
Calculated Risk (Business Insider)

“Continued weakness in the housing market is undoubtedly the biggest factor suppressing Submitted at 10/28/2010 1:50:00 PM relocation. Job seekers who own a From Source: Challenger, Gray home – even if they are open to & C h r i s t m a s : J o b S e e k e r relocating for a new job – are Relocation Drops to Record Low basically stuck where they are if The percentage of unemployed they are unable or unwilling to m a n a g e r s a n d e x e c u t i v e s sell their homes without incurring relocating for a new position fell a significant loss,” said John A. to a record low in the third quarter Challenger, chief executive of 2010, as a slightly improved officer of Challenger, Gray & j o b m a r k e t a n d g r e a t l y Christmas. d e p r e c i a t e d h o m e v a l u e s Click through for a larger version combined to eliminate this option > for most job seekers. Here is the quarterly data from Just 6.9 percent of job seekers Challenger, Gray. Mobility has who found employment in the been trending down for some third quarter relocated for the new time, but really declined over the position. That was down from a last year. relocation rate of 13.4 percent in It is tough to move when you the same quarter a year ago ... can't sell your home. Sometimes

the new employer will pick up the short fall for key executives and managers, but it is probably too expensive in many cases now. This is no surprise. Here is what I wrote in 2007:

Less worker mobility [due to negative equity] is kind of like arteriosclerosis of the economy. It lowers the overall growth potential. Perhaps as many as 15 to 20

million households will be saddled with negative equity by 2009. Even if most of these homeowners don't "walk away", there might still be a negative impact on the economy due to less worker mobility. One of the strengths of the U.S. labor market has been the flexibility associated with labor mobility at all levels of employment - households could easily move from one region to another for better employment. The sharp decline in house prices, leaving homeowners with significant negative equity, appears to be limiting this flexibility. Join the conversation about this story »

Official Spill Investigation: Halliburton Ignored Well Flaws Too
Austin Carr (Fast Company)
Submitted at 10/28/2010 2:44:31 PM

cement mixture, Halliburton determined it fell short of industry standards. One test which was BP isn't the only culprit in the shared with BP on March 8--more G u l f o i l s p i l l - - H a l l i b u r t o n than a month before the spill-deserves much of the blame too, revealed the mixture to be according to the first official unstable. Two subsequent tests investigation into the matter. The showed similar results, but were presidential commission probing not delivered to BP. the spill said Thursday that both While the commission did not BP and Halliburton knew the explicitly name the mixture as the cement mixture sealing the well central cause of the blowout, might not hold, but disregarded its which killed 11 workers and flaws. caused one of the largest oil spills The New York Times reports that i n h i s t o r y , a n i n t e r n a l after three laboratory tests of the investigation by BP identified the

cement's instability as a leading factor of the accident. But there's an obvious bias to that story: BP tried to blame Halliburton for the cement job.

Halliburton denied wrongdoing after BP's report. “The well owner is responsible for designing the well program and any testing related to the well,” Halliburton

officials said in a recent news release. “Contractors do not specify well design or make decisions regarding testing procedures, as that responsibility lies with the well owner.” The company plans to respond to the official investigation's findings today. We'll see what excuses they come up with this time. [Photo by the California Department Fish and Game]

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Why Oakley Is Getting Into the 3-D Game
Ariel Schwartz (Fast Company)
Submitted at 10/28/2010 2:19:07 PM

Oakley is known for peddling luxury eyewear, apparel, and accessories. So why is the iconic brand getting into the 3-D glasses business--a market that up until now has been decidedly unsexy? Think of the 3-D glasses you've seen passed out in movie theaters and advertised for use with 3-D TV's. The movie theater glasses are flimsy and disposable; the liquid crystal shutter glasses(aka "active shutter glasses") sold by electronics makers are clunky and need to be charged to work. Even worse, they are only compatible with specific devices--a pair of Sony active glasses will only work with Sony TVs, and so on. Oakley aims to change all of the above by offering attractive, highquality, passive 3-D glasses that work in theaters, with 3-D video games, and with any passive 3-D TV set (regardless of brand).

Spiderweb Gowns - The DSquared Back Skeleton Dress Puts a Glamorous Spin on a Scary Look (GALLERY)
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Submitted at 10/28/2010 1:29:02 PM

With Halloween just around the corner, the DSquared Back Skeleton Dress is the perfect fit for the upcoming festivities. Even without this haunted holiday coming up, this spider-webbed gown is elegant… When the company decided to get involved in the 3-D market two years ago, it chose passive glasses for one simple reason: flexibility. "In most cases, active glasses are slaves to [brands like] JVC, Sony, Pioneer," explains Oakley CEO Colin Baden. "They're specific to a set, and it doesn't get you into a theater. There's an open platform in passive glasses." Of course, Oakley has tweaked its glasses to near optical perfection--the company claims that it has developed the first optically correct 3-D eyewear in the world, as well as the first 3-D lenses ever made with high-wrap curvature (that means a larger field of vision). First up for Oakley's 3-D technology: special edition Tronthemed glasses, which will retail for $150 when they debut in November. Baden is confident that consumers will be impressed with the glasses. "We like it better than anything out there," he says. At the very least, Oakley's glasses look a lot less dorky than other products we've seen pop up in recent months. Ariel Schwartz can be reached on Twitter or by email.

Here's Why Your New Baseball Stadium Should Seat 40,000
Adam Fusfeld (Business Insider)

On the one hand, team executives want as many fans filling their ballpark and buying their Submitted at 10/28/2010 1:46:00 PM concessions as possible. At the L o n g b e f o r e d e c i d i n g o n same time, there's something to be concessions, building the team said for scarcity and demand (and store, or sodding the infield grass, the horror of thousands of empty teams constructing new stadiums seats on TV) during the neverhave an important decision to ending 162-game season. make: how many fans should the How do teams reconcile the two? stadium hold? CNBC's Darren Rovell posed that

very question to Larry Baer, COO of the San Francisco Giants. Baer

said he thinks the number lies somewhere in the low 40,000s. Not coincidentally, AT&T Park holds 41,915 people. It also uses dynamic pricing – which alters the cost of seats based on demand – to facilitate sales. Check out the short video below for a good explanation of both principles. Join the conversation about this

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MDU Resources (MDU): U.S.: North Korean leadership Building Wealth transition in early stages (Reuters)
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Bader declined to speculate about how a leadership shift might affect U.S.-led efforts to pressure WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Pyongyang to curb its nuclear White House said on Thursday ambitions. North Korea has that North Korea's leadership remained defiant in the face of transition appeared to be in the international sanctions. early stages and it would take "One can argue that ... before some time to discern the final there's a transition, there are outcome. opportunities (or) argue that there C o n t i n u e r e a d i n g M D U Jeff Bader, President Barack would be better opportunities, Resources (MDU): Building Obama's Asia adviser, made clear, after a transition," he said. "And I Wealth however, that Washington was don't think we take a position on M D U R e s o u r c e s ( M D U ) : closely monitoring the political that." B u i l d i n g W e a l t h o r i g i n a l l y s i t u a t i o n i n t h e s e c r e t i v e "We are making proposals. We're appeared on BloggingStocks on Communist state after North looking to do things. And if they Thu, 28 Oct 2010 13:00:00 EST. Korean leader Kim Jong-il's son, do them before the transition Please see our terms for use of J o n g - u n , g a i n e d g r e a t e r occurs, because the current leader feeds. Permalink| Email this| prominence in recent weeks as his is looking for a legacy, that would Comments father's likely successor. be great. But I don't think we can "They are clearly in the process of pin a policy on an assumption that a transition, somewhat early in it," that would be the case," he said. Bader told reporters in a preview Separately, the Canadian of Obama's Asia tour next month government said it would tighten for a Group of 20 summit. The existing economic sanctions trip will include a visit to South against North Korea to ban all Korea, a close U.S. ally. imports and exports and prohibit "I don't think that the final new investment in North Korea outlines of what it (the leadership by Canadians and people in change) looks like are completely Canada. clear or will be clear for some Official bilateral contacts will be time," he added. limited to regional security
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concerns, the human rights and humanitarian situation in North Korea, inter-Korean relations and consular issues, Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon said. The Korean leader's son became his second-in-command on the ruling Workers' Party's powerful Central Military Commission in September, positioning to succeed his ailing father. Kim Jong-un, who was also given his first public title as an army general, was made a Central Committee member at the first party conference in 30 years. (Additional reporting by Alister Bull and David Ljunggren; Writing by Matt Spetalnick; Editing by Stacey Joyce) 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: Beyond Hiroshima - The NonReporting of Falluja's Cancer Catastrophe.

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Jobless claims fall to three-month low
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People fill out job application forms at a job fair in Los Angeles, California, October 13, 2010. Credit: Reuters/Lucy Nicholson By Lucia Mutikani WASHINGTON| Thu Oct 28, 2010 12:29pm EDT WASHINGTON(Reuters) - New claims for unemployment benefits unexpectedly fell last week to a three-month low but the underlying trend still points to labor market stagnation. Initial claims for state unemployment aid dropped 21,000 to a seasonally adjusted 434,000, the Labor Department said. Economists had forecast they would edge up to 453,000. The prior week's figure was revised up to 455,000 from 452,000. Thursday's data, however, will likely carry little weight at the Federal Reserve's policy meeting on Tuesday and Wednesday, where further monetary stimulus for the sluggish economy is expected to be announced. The weak recovery is hanging over congressional Democrats, who appear likely to lose their majority in the U.S. House of Representatives in elections on Tuesday. Their Senate majority is also seen at risk. For more see. Some analysts said difficulties adjusting the data, which followed the Columbus Day holiday, for seasonal factors may have skewed the numbers but others disagreed.

Claims tend to rise in the week after a public holiday and a department official noted that the rise in applications had not been as large as the model used to smooth the data had expected, leading to a decline. "My sense is today's number was organic, there weren't any weird quirks in it," said Neil Dutta, an economist at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in New York. The four-week average of new jobless claims, considered a better measure of underlying labor market trends, fell 5,500 to 453,250, but remained in the range seen for much of this year. "That's consistent with a labor market that is fundamentally stagnant. Anecdotally there is huge uncertainty hanging in the market right now, there really is no impetus for a leg up in job growth," said Dutta. U.S. financial markets remained focused on the Fed's November 23 meeting, with traders on Wall Street shying away from taking big bets. Stocks were also hurt by diversified manufacturer 3M Co, which trimmed its full-year forecast, citing costs related to a recent buying spree. Prices for U.S. government debt traded higher, while the dollar fell against the euro and yen. The U.S. economy's painfully slow recovery from the worst recession since the Great Depression has left the labor market subdued and the unemployment rate at 9.6 percent. TARGET INTEREST RATES

The U.S. central bank cut overnight interest rates to near zero in December 2008 and has bought about $1.7 trillion worth of Treasury and mortgage-related debt since then in an effort to stimulate the sluggish economy by making money cheaper. Oct 28, 2010 9:07am EDT Over my many years toiling in the capital markets, I’ve found jobless claims to be an excellent indicator of labour market health. Timely, to the point and easy to understand, it is much better than the monthly employment stats which confuse more than enlighten. Today’s lower-than-expected number is reaching the low end of the recent range (425K – 475K) and if, next week, it can break through that lower end and hold it into mid-November, then the game may have changed, and for the better! Oct 28, 2010 9:35am EDT Does anybody else think that maybe this might just be people who have run out of unemployment benefits? If you consider that the big crash was around this time in 2008, with normal and then extended benefits running out. If I am out of benefits, I can no longer make a claim (in RI at least). As a small business owner, I am certainly don’t see any light at the end of the tunnel. Oct 28, 2010 9:50am EDT Gott – I hope you are right, but where will all of the new jobs come from? What industries do

you see booming and providing millions of jobs? Technology, construction, manufacturing, professional services, retail? Tell me where these jobs will come from so I can be as confident as you. I keep reading about the consumer being tapped out, falling housing prices, falling consumer demand for Christmas spending, and so on and so forth, and wonder where the demand for this growth will come from. Oct 28, 2010 9:50am EDT does these figures count all the people that who ran out of unemployment???/ Oct 28, 2010 9:56am EDT Good grief! Can’t anyone come up with a simple spin proof reporting system??? How many people were laid off…how many people were hired…how may people exhausted benefits…how many people exhausted hope and pulled the trigger. Oct 28, 2010 9:57am EDT Trends are never smooth lines. Upward trends have down tics and downward trends have up tics. The rolloing four-week average has remained above 450,000 per WEEK since the beginning of the year. Before that, it was higher. To try to squeeze something positive out of this latest number is naive (lipstick on a pig comes quickly to mind) The reason people file first-time claims for unemployment benefits is almost always because 450,000 people got LAID OFF. That’s an

average of just under 2,000,000 people per MONTH. Thre are significant num,bers of people who have been unemployed for well over a year and many are beginning to roll off of unemployment after their 99 weeks are up. Those people are left with nothing. When you have a situation where 450,000 people are rolling OFF of unemployment every week, you will have a really serious problem. Watch 450,000 homes get foreclosed on EVERY WEEK. Watch 450,000 families become homeless EVERY WEEK. If republicans (always known to support unemployment benefits for the masses) gain control of the House and or the senate, watch the situation grow even worse when they try to dismantle Social Security and Medicare and Medicaid. There are 37,000,000 unemployed people in America but, only half of them collect unemployment. Almost ALL of them are VOTERS. Many of them USED TO BE republicans. They KNOW who created this situation and they have an axe to grind. Oct 28, 2010 10:17am EDT MadMyk & pjgatorjg: This is jobless claims, not unemployment stats. The claims number is simply the total of workers who have been recently laid off and, in the reporting week, are making their initial claim for benefits. garrisongold: My view is based JOBLESS page 15

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A Reading of 'Of Old Sat Freedom' by Tennyson
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part of human existence, she cannot become obsolete or be reinvented. She is beyond being Liza Voronin/The Epoch Times e i t h e r “ r e a c t i o n a r y ” o r Of Old Sat Freedom “progressive.” Of old sat Freedom on the Her confident, reclining posture heights, “on the heights” combines power The thunders breaking at her feet: with majestic calm. She is exalted Above her shook the starry lights: and glorious—yet she is not She heard the torrents meet. proud. She is the best within us. There in her place she did rejoice, Below her the “thunders” break, Self-gathered in her prophet- and above, the stars shake in their mind, tracks as if universal chaos were But fragments of her mighty about to triumph over all. Yet she voice hears the two “torrents meet.” In Came rolling on the wind. that reconciliation, there is a sense Then stepped she down thro’ of peace, and behind that peace, town and field an essential order. To mingle with the human race, Outside the storm may rage but And part by part to men revealed s h e i s u n t o u c h e d i n h e r The fullness of her face— sanctuary—untouched and Grave mother of majestic works, triumphant. Freedom is nothing if From her isle-altar gazing down, not joyful. “Self-gathered in her Who, God-like, grasps the triple prophet-mind” she combines faith forks, and reason in one burning instant. And, King-like, wears the crown: She is one against the many, the Her open eyes desire the truth. brave soul who stands against The wisdom of a thousand years tyranny, the breath that topples Is in them. May perpetual youth prisons and palaces. Keep dry their light from tears; Freedom reveals herself slowly in That her fair form may stand and h i s t o r y , “ p a r t b y p a r t , ” a s shine theocracy and monarchy give Make bright our days and light away to the plural, scrappy our dreams, present. Born only two decades Turning to scorn with lips divine after the French Revolution, The falsehood of extremes! Tennyson was aware of how the How should we picture freedom? rush to create a better society How should we embody, put a could lead to bloodshed. He face, to this most inspirational and expresses a more pragmatic view yet blurry of ideas? of change: grave, gradual, lasting. In this poem, Tennyson imagines Not that Freedom lacks teeth. She freedom as a goddess. The first grips a trident, its “triple forks” thing to note is her age. She is old, like lightning wrought in iron. ancient—timeless even. As a vital “God-like” she rules over nature.

It is also impossible to picture her without thinking of the Statue of Liberty standing on her “islealtar”—an uncanny prophecy, for Lady Liberty’s lamp would not be lit for 50 years. In the final stanzas, the tense shifts from the past to the present, and then to the future. For Freedom to remain on earth, her secret must be unveiled. This is “the falsehood of extremes.” Notice how this message is reinforced throughout the poem by the yoking together of opposites: age and youth, town and field, mother and king. What does it mean to scorn “the falsehood of extremes”? Tennyson can’t be saying that good and evil are the same, or that there is no distinction between freedom and slavery. I take his words as a warning against arrogance, the absence of philosophic doubt that would recognize the worth of a different view. For instance, while skepticism and optimism are opposites, they do not cancel each other out. Both, in their way, are noble virtues. Take them further, however, and they become deadly, in the form of cynicism that believes the worst of anyone and Utopianism that sacrifices “King-like” she rules the ideal experience, not theory. people to a rigid system of state. T h e p o e m e v o k e s m a n y imposed perfection. Both are With her “open eyes,” Freedom formidable female archetypes. happy to dehumanize and destroy. has democratic vision. Her mind Freedom combines the wisdom of I will leave the last words to G K is open too, because she knows Socrates’ teacher Diotima, who Chesterton, who sums up the nothing and no one should be taught him the nature of love, poem brilliantly. He says that judged before the facts are known. with the force of Athena, goddess READING page 12 She knows that truth derives from of art and technology.

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able-bodied Muslims that Ahmed expected to undertake next month. Submitted at 10/28/2010 1:34:14 PM FBI officials declined to By David Morgan comment on the contents of the WASHINGTON| Thu Oct 28, a f f i d a v i t . A u t h o r i t i e s h a v e 2010 2:34pm EDT emphasized the public was never WASHINGTON(Reuters) - A in danger because the suspect was Pakistani-born man, who believed being closely monitored. he was part of an al Qaeda plot to Ahmed's arrest came amid bomb the Washington subway heightened concern about attacks system, was also training to fight in Europe and the United States. U.S. forces in Afghanistan, U.S. authorities have warned that according to an FBI affidavit al Qaeda is seeking to recruit U.S. released on Thursday. citizens for attacks that are Farooque Ahmed, a 34-year-old smaller in scale and more difficult naturalized U.S. citizen who was to detect than the September 11 arrested in a sting operation on attacks, which killed about 3,000 Wednesday, told undercover people in New York, Washington agents that he had trained himself and Pennsylvania. in firearms and hand-to-hand Ahmed, who moved to the combat while preparing to travel United States in 1993 and lived in to the Pakistan-Afghanistan Ashburn, Virginia, was charged region as early as January, the this week with trying to provide document said. material support to a designated "Ahmed is using his firearms to terrorist organization, collecting train for his ultimate goal of information to assist in planning traveling to Afghanistan to fight an attack and attempting to and kill Americans," FBI agent provide material support to help Charles Dayoub said in the carry out multiple bombings to affidavit filed in federal court as cause mass casualties. p a r t o f a s e a r c h w a r r a n t But the al Qaeda operatives he application. believed he was working with T h e F B I b e l i e v e s A h m e d were federal agents. intended to become a martyr in From April to October 25, Afghanistan after joining the Haj Ahmed allegedly conducted pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia, a s u r v e i l l a n c e , v i d e o t a p e d , once-in-a-lifetime requirement for photographed, and drew diagrams

of the Arlington Cemetery, Courthouse, Crystal City and Pentagon City Metrorail stations and offered suggestions about where to place explosives to kill people in simultaneous attacks planned for 2011, the indictment said. He allegedly told an agent posing as an al Qaeda operative that an attack executed between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. on the Washington Metro would cause the most casualties. The FBI affidavit describes Ahmed as being accompanied at the rail stations by an "associate" who was also with him when he tried to contact al Qaeda. FBI officials had no comment and there was no indication authorities were seeking a second suspect. The FBI affidavit said Ahmed told undercover agents that he had practiced firing rifles and a shotgun on a shooting range, had studied martial arts for four years and had learned how to use a knife and to disarm an opponent. He also tried to purchase firearms in May 2008 and February 2009. The affidavit did not mention whether the attempted purchases succeeded. But it said Ahmed later offered to buy guns for al Qaeda, help train its members and provide $10,000 in donations for

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Tennyson gives “poetic character to the conception of Liberal Conservatism, of splendid compromise. … Tennyson felt that lyrical enthusiasm could be devoted to established customs, to indefensible and ineradicable national constitutions, to the dignity of time and the empire of unutterable common sense…” These are words to heed at a time when “liberal” and “conservative” are used as terms of vitriolic abuse, preventing mutual understanding. Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809–1892) was an English poet. He is best known for such works as “The Lady of Shallot,” “The Lotos Eaters,” and “Crossing the Bar.” Christopher Nield is a poet living in London. 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: Beyond Hiroshima - The NonReporting of Falluja's Cancer Catastrophe.

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Indonesia disaster toll hits 377 as volcano erupts again
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The tsunami was triggered on Monday by a 7.5 magnitude Submitted at 10/28/2010 10:07:59 AM quake. A day later, Mount Merapi Mount Merapi is seen emitting on the outskirts of Yogyakarta smoke from Sidorejo village, in city on Java island erupted, killing Klaten, Central Java October 28, at least 34. 2010, two days after its eruption. President Susilo Bambang Credit: Reuters/Andry Prasetyo Yudhoyono, who had been due to By Renjani Puspo Sari take part in a summit of Asian JAKARTA| Thu Oct 28, 2010 leaders in Hanoi from Thursday to 11:07am EDT Saturday, flew back to Indonesia JAKARTA(Reuters) - Indonesia's after the twin disasters. M o u n t M e r a p i e r u p t e d o n "The president was very moved Thursday for the second time in a when he met the victims of the week, blasting vast plumes of ash t s u n a m i a n d e a r t h q u a k e , " into the sky, as the death toll from Yudhoyono's spokesman, Julian the initial eruption and a tsunami Pasha, told Reuters, adding that that hit remote western islands the president planned to return to reached 377. Hanoi before Saturday. There were no immediate reports "He has issued instructions for all of new casualties after Merapi's aid to continue to flow in without second eruption. More than disruption." 40,000 people had fled or been Parts of an early warning system evacuated from Merapi's slopes installed after a huge 2004 earlier in the week, but many tsunami killed more than 226,000 started to return after the volcano people had been stolen but overall appeared to become calmer. the system still worked, said the Officials said the death toll from head of the meteorological a tsunami that hit the remote agency, Sri Woro Harijono. western Mentawai islands on " Y e s , s o m e o f o u r s e n s o r s Monday had reached at least 343. disappear because they are stolen,

such as seismographs and solar cells," she said. "But it is just one or three sensors out of 100. The system works fine." Local media reported that parts of the tsunami early warning system had not worked properly because they had been vandalized or removed, while Metro TV broadcast footage of villagers questioning the effectiveness of the warning system. "This has also been reported to the Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology but we also need to make sure this information is verified properly," said Pasha. "We know that when the quake happened, within 10 minutes this enormous tsunami came. So maybe the speed with which it came meant that the early warning system didn't work." Indonesia sits on the Pacific "Ring of Fire" and is prone to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. Mount Merapi killed 1,300 people in 1930. In December 2004, a tsunami caused by an earthquake of more

than 9 magnitude off Sumatra killed more than 226,000 people. It was the deadliest tsunami on record. (Writing by Sunanda Creagh, editing by Andrew Marshall) *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: Beyond Hiroshima - The NonReporting of Falluja's Cancer Catastrophe.

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Facebook is now allowing you document all of your interactions on the network with particular friends on designated pages. Called ‘Friendship Pages,’ the pages contain all public Wall posts and comments between you and a designated friend, photos in which you are both are tagged, events you’ve RSVP’d to together and more. You’ll be able to see other’s friendship page if you are friends with one of the people and have permission to view both people’s profiles. The brainchild of Facebook engineer Wayne Kao, Friendship Pages aren’t designed for all of your friends. It’s purposed is mainly for the friends who you interact with most on the network, via wall posts, events, photos and more. The new feature certainly adds a little more personalization to Facebook, but not everyone will want to make these pages public to the world. On the other hand, I can imagine the network taking the feature and making centralized pages for families or romantic relationships. CrunchBase Information Facebook Information provided by CrunchBase

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Halliburton cement job played role in BP Macondo blowout: panel
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Shares of Halliburton fell sharply after the report's release. The stock tumbled as much as much as Fire boat response crews battle 16 percent before recovering the blazing remnants of the off some losses. Halliburton shares shore oil rig Deepwater Horizon, were off 11 percent, or $3.66 at off Louisiana, April 21, 2010. $30.76 in afternoon trade on the Credit: Reuters/U.S. Coast Guard New York Stock Exchange. /Handout Tests conducted by industry By Chris Baltimore cement experts show that "the HOUSTON| Thu Oct 28, 2010 foam cement used at Macondo 2:44pm EDT was unstable," Bartlit wrote in a HOUSTON(Reuters) - The foam letter to co-chairs Bob Graham cement that Halliburton Co. used and Bill Reilly. "Halliburton (and to seal BP Plc's doomed Macondo p e r h a p s B P ) s h o u l d h a v e well was unstable and may have considered redesigning the foam contributed to the blowout that led slurry before pumping it at the to the worst offshore oil spill in Macondo well." U.S. history, a presidential In an emailed statement, commission said on Thursday. Halliburton said it is reviewing Both Halliburton and BP were the report and will publish a aware of flaws in the cement response later on Thursday. A BP mixture used to seal the well as spokesman had no immediate early as March 8, weeks before reaction. the blowout occurred on April 20, (Additional reporting by Anna according to the National Oil Spill Driver in Houston and Braden Commission's chief counsel, Fred Reddall in San Francisco) Bartlit. (Reporting by Chris Baltimore;
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Chaplin Time Traveler Spotted in 1928 Film (Video)
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obscured by her hands but it looks eerily like she is talking on a cell phone. By Jack Phillips “The only conclusion that I can Epoch Times Staff Created: Oct come to, which sounds absolutely 28, 2010 Last Updated: Oct 28, ridiculous I’m sure to some 2010 people, but it’s a time traveler,” Chaplin time traveler video. he said.“A woman ... on a mobile An Irish filmmaker has spotted a phone," Clarke added. "It’s kinda woman who appears to be using a strange. You just can’t explain it.” cellular phone in a 1928 vintage There are no visible wires or no C h a r l i e C h a p l i n f i l m a n d antennas coming out of the uploaded the clip and an analysis device, he noted. to Youtube. One of the top comments on the Belfast resident George Clarke Youtube video noted that the "cell put the clip up from Chaplin’s phone" could be a 1924 Siemens The Circus on the popular video- Hearing aid rather than a phone. sharing site and in just a few days, Early hearing aids generally the video has received more than required the user to place the 1.5 million views. device up to one's ear. On the “I’ve screened this to about 100 Siemens website, a man is holding people at the film festival that I up one of the early hearing aids run here in Belfast and nobody and looks quite similar to a can give me an explanation for cellular phone. [the clip],” Clarke said, adding This entry passed through the that he’s watched it for more than Full-Text RSS service — if this is a year. your content and you're reading it Clarke found the footage while on someone else's site, please read viewing achival footage that was our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ recently released during the content-only/faq.php making of the film. Five Filters featured article: The clip shows an elderly woman Beyond Hiroshima - The Nonwho appears to be holding Reporting of Falluja's Cancer something to her ear with her lips Catastrophe. moving. Most of the "device" is

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Mortgage Rates Inch Up for Second Week in a Row
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A sold sign is posted in front of a home in a new housing development May 4, 2009 in South San Francisco, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Mortgage rates for 15-year and 30 -year fixed-rate loans edged up for the second straight week, but were still low enough to prompt an uptick in refinancing, according to reports released by Freddie Mac and the Mortgage Bankers Association this week. Conventional 30-year fixed-rate mortgages rose from 4.21 percent last week to 4.23 percent, and 15year fixed-rate loans climbed to 3.66 percent, up from last week’s 3.64 percent, Freddie Mac said on Wednesday. But rates are still hovering near record lows set weeks ago, and homeowners pounced on the opportunity to refinance. For the week ending Oct. 22, the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Refinance Index, measuring mortgage refinancing activity, increased three percent from the week before, while the Purchase Index, measuring mortgage applications for single-family

homes, rose 3.9 percent. As the housing market prepares to rebound, low mortgage rates have done their part to entice potential homeowners into buying new homes, but they have stayed away due to low consumer confidence and poor labor conditions.“Consumer confidence, while slightly improved from September levels, is still hovering at historically low levels,” Lynn Franco, Director of The Conference Board Consumer Research Center said in a statement. “Consumers’ assessment of the current state of the economy is relatively unchanged, primarily because

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on a technical interpretation of a chart showing Jobless Claims over the past several months. Where the jobs will emerge I haven’t a clue – nobody does – but I will say one thing: don’t believe everything you read or hear in the mass media, especially one as leftish as Reuters. The media is heavily invested in the gloom and doom trade and won’t let go without a fight. Scepticism, especially of ‘experts’, is a useful tool. And have faith too: the economy has always recovered in the past, usually when leastexpected, and this time will be no different. Oct 28, 2010 10:31am EDT This information changes all the time. Now following this, we will see an article with dire unemployment numbers soon..it can no longer be trusted Oct 28, 2010 10:32am EDT These stats are bunk – adjusted and manipulated. The real results will occur when we see new job markets open up and the laid off workers actually are rehired. Looking at a lower number of

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Is Candy Evil or Are We Just Too Obsessed with Sugar? [Video]
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It's hard to vilify something so sweet and wonderful as candy, but it certainly has its dark side. Is

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Lisa Blount, Actress and OscarWinning Producer, Dies at 53
(Epoch Times | All headlines)
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Chicken manure to help power U.K. homes
(CNET News.com)
Submitted at 10/28/2010 1:09:14 PM

By Alex Johnston Epoch Times Staff Created: Oct 28, 2010 Last Updated: Oct 28, 2010 Actress Lisa Blount at the 25th Film Independent Spirit Awards held at the Nokia Theatre on March 5, 2010 in Los Angeles. Blount died Wednesday at the age of 53. (Jordan Strauss/Getty Images) Lisa Blount, an actress and Academy Award-winning producer who most famously starred in the film An Officer and a Gentleman, was found dead on Wednesday in her Little Rock, Arkansas home, according to the Arkansas Democrat Gazette. She was 53. The New York Daily News reports that Blount died on Monday after spending the past

Demi Joins Gentlemen Ashton, Chace, and Nick For GQ's Ball
Lauren Turner (PopSugar)
Submitted at 10/28/2010 1:30:00 PM

Demi Moore was in Balmain yet again to attend GQ's Gentleman's Ball in NYC yesterday with her husband Ashton Kutcher, who was one of the event's cohosts. The couple apparently indulged in plenty of PDA for the cameras, though earlier in the week it was

anaerobic digester. The station will use a combined heat and power (CHP) system in which one The picturesque Cotswolds of 260-kilowatt CHP unit can England will soon be using those p e r f o r m a t a 4 2 . 9 p e r c e n t lovely animals dotting its hillsides electrical efficiency, according to to provide power to some of its Alfagy. homes. The station is expected to A turnkey biogas station made by produce about 1 megawatt of A l f a g y p l a n s t o c o n v e r t electricity per year, enough to agricultural waste, including both power about 350 Cotswolds feedstock and manure, into homes (Cirencester's population is electricity. about 19,000). The station will The plant, which is scheduled to also create digestate fertilizer. open November 1, is located on "This 'digestate' is a powerful t h e s o u t h e r n o u t s k i r t s o f fertilizer that decreases the Cirencester, an ancient Cotswolds average fertilizer costs by up to town famous for being a thriving 100 percent, which is a major cost mercantile city during the Roman to farmers and the environment. 17 years battling a disease similar Empire. But Alfagy says the Normal fertilizer production uses to multiple sclerosis. station could reduce at least two large amounts of fossil fuel [and Police said that a friend of hers of the area's current imports by emits] significant quantities of received a phone call on Monday using what its people have on carbon dioxide, and the finished afternoon from Blount, who said hand. product is transported over great she wasn’t feeling well. Her While there have been several distances to farmers. Whereas [if] projects over the years looking at the fertilizer is produced locally at cow manure as an energy source, the power plant, there is no this Alfagy plant will use the necessity in importing it from the manure of smaller farm animals, U.S.," Alfagy said in a statement. as well as agricultural feedstock. This entry passed through the Participating farmers will deliver Full-Text RSS service — if this is N a t a l i e P o r t m a n w h o h a d Carey just confirmed that they're corn, wheat, agricultural-plant your content and you're reading it Ashton's affection on the set of expecting their first child! waste, chicken litter, and pig on someone else's site, please read their movie No Strings. The manure to the station. The farmers our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ magazine's big night also brought will be paid for the biomass and content-only/faq.php out Chace Crawford, who's in the To see more from the GQ event, also receive heat for their animal Five Filters featured article: middle of filming Gossip Girl, just read more. barns, grain-drying bins, and Beyond Hiroshima - The Nonand a fresh from the ONEXONE View 20 Photos › homes. Reporting of Falluja's Cancer fundraiser David Arquette. Nick T h e a g r i c u l t u r a l w a s t e i s Catastrophe. Cannon joined in on the fun, and converted into biogas in an he had multiple reasons to raise a glass since he and wife Mariah

husband Ray McKinnon, who is also an actor and recently starred in The Blind Side, was away from their home. Blount was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress in An Officer and a Gentleman. In 2001, she won an Oscar for Best Live Action Shot as a producer for The Accountant. Blount and her husband co-starred in the movie. Police told the Democrat Gazette that no foul play was suspected in her death. 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: Beyond Hiroshima - The NonReporting of Falluja's Cancer Catastrophe.

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Facebook Launching Friendship Pages; You'll Love It, Except for When You Don't
Marshall Kirkpatrick (ReadWriteWeb)

centralized in one convenient place? Sponsor Submitted at 10/28/2010 1:20:23 PM Friendship Pages will probably F a c e b o o k a n n o u n c e d t h i s be rolled out throughout the day, morning that it is launching a new not all users are able to see them feature, the Friendship Page. The yet. They will be linked-to under Friendship Page will display the main profile photo on a public Wall posts and comments friend's profile pages and in the between two friends, photos in n e w s f e e d n e x t t o i t e m s which both are tagged, Events announcing new connections and they RSVP'd for together and activities shared by friends you other information. You'll be able know both of. The Man Behind to see Friendship pages between the Feature yourself and a friend, or between Friendship Pages is a very smart any two other people in which feature, something many of you have permission to view both F a c e b o o k ' s u s e r s w i l l f i n d peoples' profiles. In other words: pleasing in a viscerally social you'll now have a special page way. The feature was developed that displays all the things you've under the leadership of Facebook done with each particular friend. engineer Wayne Kao, who made This feature is a great example of t h e a n n o u n c e m e n t o n t h e the kinds of things that are F a c e b o o k b l o g t o d a y . possible when rich social graph Kao is an interesting character and user activity data is cross ("devastating and spiffy" is how referenced and analyzed for he describes himself on his patterns. There are countless p r i v a t e T w i t t e r p r o f i l e ) . different ways this could be done According to LinkedIn, he was - but Friendship Pages aim right at the lead engineer at people search the heart of why people use engine Spock.com for three years Facebook, for the connections it through the Summer of 2009. facilitates between family and Spock was an ambitious search friends. As with other changes engine for people that burned made to Facebook, though, it's through millions of dollars and logical to ask: will this surface then sold itself to the legallyfriends' activities that were always challenged paid-search firm publicly available but become Intelius a month before Kao left. controversial once they are Prior to that, Kao describes

other close relationships that are visible but not emphasized will be made very explicit using this new feature? Similarly, how many covert romantic relationships, secret workplace alliances and other close relationships that are visible but not emphasized will be made very explicit using this new feature? himself as the main PowerPoint Maybe that's not a big concern, coder on PowerPoint 2007 at but the unconsidered degree of Microsoft, a co-developer of the closeness between many mutual World Atlas at Encarta.com and friends is about to be splashed up the man who brought the world on its own Facebook page for Dawsons.Creek.com, a 3 year millions of people. long high-profile fan site of If you aren't doing anything t e e n a g e s c h l o c k T V s h o w wrong, of course, perhaps your social life has nothing to hide. Dawson's Creek. N o w K a o ' s b u i l t t h e n e w Meanwhile, the rest of us are Facebook Friendship pages. It going to have trips down memory sounds like the coolest thing on lane made all the easier. If you're his resume. The Downside of someone who uses Facebook to keep up with old college friends, Friendship Pages? Every time Facebook creates a friends you knew before there was new feature that surfaces already Facebook, imagine how much public information, but in a newly more fun this will be for today's convenient way - some people college kids. If they don't delete don't like it. When the very first their profiles and start over upon Facebook Newsfeed took changes graduation, these Friendship to already-visible profiles and pages could prove to be one of the centralized them in one highly most emotionally meaningful visible place, people called it a parts of the site. And a whole lot privacy violation. (It's now the of fun. foundation of the site.) How many What cross-sections of the data covert romantic relationships, on Facebook will be exposed secret workplace alliances and next? Discuss

Custom Lego Creations for Charity 2010 Starts NOW!
Chris Burns (SlashGear)
Submitted at 10/28/2010 1:55:40 PM

Today opens the gates of Creations for Charity 2010, a sale of custom LEGO creations made and donated by people around the world, all of the proceeds going to underprivileged children in the form of – you guessed it – more LEGO! This sale goes until December, but each of these creations is one of a kind, so get the good ones now, for cripes sakes! Or, if you’re a LEGO enthusiast and would like to participate by donating your own creation, you can do that too! If you are the sort of person who rocks at creating LEGO sculptures and want to donate, or if you’d just like to donate to this cause without purchasing something, that’s alright too. For either form of donation over $50 USD, you get an engraved Creations for Charity 2010 assembled and glued by LEGO celebrity Sean Kenney(certified professional), topped with a really real goldplated brick from ChromeBricks. Weird! Awesome! Get over to the store and buy up a bag o bricks! [ Via The Brothers Brick]

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Sprint Mobile Wallet Offers Developers New Way to Monetize Apps
Sarah Perez (ReadWriteWeb)
Submitted at 10/28/2010 1:00:00 PM

screenshots of the application itself here. When integrated into a mobile At this week's developer application, the Mobile Wallet conference, Sprint CEO Dan promises to offer a "friendlier user Hesse announced a new service experience" than redirecting users for Sprint customers: a mobile to a WAP site or Web purchase payment solution called Sprint page. Instead, the experience is Mobile Wallet. The system will that of a "one-click" payment come pre-loaded on new Sprint option on the mobile phone. handsets and will be made The sample application provided available for download from by Cardinal gives you an idea of "Sprint Zone," a pre-installed app how this will look to the end user. featuring news, tips, tricks and a Not only can standalone mobile curated collection of Sprint's apps be monetized in this way, favorite apps. Sprint's ID Packs can be as well. What's unique about the Mobile ID Packs, which are Wallet solution is that it will downloadable collections of allow customers to pay for both themed or branded content for digital and physical goods using Android phones, allow users to their phones. And for developers, easily customize their device with noted Hesse, the app provides a apps, ringtones, wallpaper and new way to monetize mobile other content, without having to applications. download applications Sponsor individually from the Android Details on Sprint Mobile Wallet their financial instruments and m e r c h a n t . T h o u s a n d s o f monetizing apps outside of the Market. In addition to current To use Sprint Mobile Wallet, prepaid account capabilities in m e r c h a n t s a l r e a d y s u p p o r t "controlled walls of an app store," partners like E!, Disney, ESPN, customers will create a universal Yahoo, eBay, Amazon, EA and there..." In researching this CardinalCommerce, said Hesse, says Sprint. PIN which will be associated with further, it appears that PayPal and including SkyMall, Gameloft and The company has now published MTV, Sprint also announced new their existing Visa, MasterCard or Google Wallet are supported, as Namco, the big-name merchants a n u m b e r o f t o o l s o n i t s partners AOL, UPS, Canvas, IHG Amazon Payments accounts. are eBillMe, Bill Me Later, who have announced they are on Developers Center for SMW, and BodyMedia at this week's There was mention of "other event. MyECheck, NACHA Secure board with Sprint Mobile Wallet including the following: payment methods" as well in Vault Payments (SVP), Ukash, at launch. • Merchant Integration Guide for The company is now enabling Sprint's press release, but no eLayaway, Ebates and S p r i n t c u s t o m e r s o n i t s Sprint Mobile Payment Services publishers to create paid version names were given beyond these of these ID packs, as a way to RevolutionCard. Everything Data Plan can use the (SMW) three. However, in an earlier When making a purchase, the mobile wallet at no additional • Sample SMW Transaction charge for premium content. i n t e r v i e w w i t h Discuss customer's encrypted PIN is sent charge. How to Get Started Sequence Chart FierceMobileContent, Sprint's to Sprint partner For developers and mobile • Sample Client Wallet App Director of Open Enablement CardinalCommerce, which will application publishers, the Sprint • Sample Merchant App Kevin McGinnis said that "...the host the secure transactions Mobile Wallet (SWM) is also PayPals, Google Checkouts and between the customer and the meant to provide a means of It has also posted some Amazons of the world will have

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FCC settles with Verizon over mystery charges
(CNET News.com)

customers. It also promised to make sure that consumers are no longer charged the mystery fees. The Federal Communications "Today's consent decree sends a Commission scored a major clear message to American political win Thursday as it consumers: The FCC has got your a n n o u n c e d a $ 2 5 m i l l i o n back," FCC Chairman Julius settlement with Verizon Wireless Genachowski said in a statement. over so called mystery charges. "People shouldn't find mystery While critics complain that the fees when they open their phone FCC has been dragging its feet on b i l l s - - a n d t h e y c e r t a i n l y issues such as Net neutrality, the shouldn't have to pay for services agency announced Thursday that they didn't want and didn't use. In it has not only forced Verizon these rough economic times, Wireless to refund over $50 every $1.99 counts." m i l l i o n t o c o n s u m e r s f o r The FCC's Enforcement Bureau overcharging them, but the began investigating Verizon agency has also gotten the nation's Wireless in January 2010 after largest cell phone operator to pay large numbers of consumer another $25 million to the U.S. complained that they were getting Treasury as a penalty. unexampled data charges on their The payment is the largest in bills. The investigation focused on FCC history and the settlement " p a y - a s - y o u - g o " d a t a f e e s . concludes the agency's ten-month Verizon charges of $1.99 per i n v e s t i g a t i o n i n t o t h e s e megabyte of data used. These are overcharges, the FCC said in a c u s t o m e r s w h o a r e n o t a n statement. Earlier this month, u n l i m i t e d d a t a p l a n . Verizon had issued a statement The FCC said the investigation that it planned to refund a found that about 15 million of minimum of $52.8 million to these "pay-as-you-go" customers approximately 15 million were or may have been
Submitted at 10/28/2010 1:57:58 PM

overcharged for data usage over the course of three years, from November 2007 to the present. According to the settlement, these fees were caused by unauthorized data transfers initated by applications that automatically accessed the Internet as well as people accidentally clicking on something that initiated a Web connection. In addition to promising no more mystery fees and refunding customers, Verizon has also promised to offer data blocks on phones so that consumers can avoid data charges. And the company has agreed to improving its customer service to provide consumers with better information about services and speedier resolution to problems such as this. Verizon has not yet issued its statement in response to the announcement. But in an interview earlier this month, Verizon COO Lowell McAdam said that the company had been proactively trying to resolve these issues for some time.

"We know the billing relationship we have with our customers is a sacred trust. And we put a lot of resources into making sure we get the bills out to customers accurately," McAdam said in an interview with CNET. "We've been working on this since we started offering BREW apps on phones. It's always been an ongoing process. It has nothing to with the FCC. We just wanted to bring them up to speed on our efforts and how the process is going. This is an ongoing process that every carrier deals with. And every carrier is trying to mitigate these problems, but some things slip through the cracks. That's what we are trying to fix now." 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: Beyond Hiroshima - The NonReporting of Falluja's Cancer Catastrophe.

"Extreme Engineering" Videos
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Submitted at 10/28/2010 1:00:56 PM

You're Watching: Playlist | Extreme Engineering Videos Playlist | Extreme Engineering Videos Check out all 99 extreme engineering videos in this playlist. There are 99 videos tagged "Extreme Engineering" most recommended videos • How Its Made Videos • 10 Ways The World Will End Videos • Science of Sex Appeal Videos 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: Beyond Hiroshima - The NonReporting of Falluja's Cancer Catastrophe.

Kindle for Windows Phone 7 revealed, due 'in the coming months'
Ross Miller (Engadget)
Submitted at 10/28/2010 1:40:00 PM

As sure as the sun, Amazon's just announced it'll be bringing Kindle to the Windows Phone 7 platform sometime "in the coming months." The app was shown briefly today at Microsoft's

Professional Developers Conference (PDC 2010) and, based both on that and the official screenshot from Amazon's teaser page (above), it's definitely wearing that stylish WP7 aesthetic quite well. Press release after the break, and check out More from its PDC presentation (care of Coverage for a couple screenshots

istartedsomething's Long Zheng and his Flickr account). And while you wait for its inevitable release, we have full confidence you'll be able to find another platform to enjoy your Kindle books. Trust us. Continue reading Kindle for Windows Phone 7 revealed, due

'in the coming months' Kindle for Windows Phone 7 revealed, due 'in the coming months' originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 28 Oct 2010 13:40:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink PDC10 Press (Twitter)| Amazon| Email this| Comments

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Facebook launches quirky 'friendship pages'
(CNET News.com)
Submitted at 10/28/2010 1:25:11 PM

The Benefits of Bug Bounties
Audrey Watters (ReadWriteWeb)
Submitted at 10/28/2010 2:00:50 PM

On Thursday, Facebook launched a feature called "Friendship Pages," which lets users load up the interactions between themselves and individual friends, or between any two friends, on the social network. You'll see their posts on one another's walls, events to which both RSVP'd, photos in which both are tagged, and other interactions that you would otherwise be able to access on either friend's profile (i.e. nothing that wouldn't otherwise be public). Friendship Pages are live as of Thursday but are not yet accessible to all members. It's another feature, like the redesigned Facebook Groups, that highlights the intimacy of realworld connections projected through Facebook, something that has been obscured as the massive social network has grown far beyond 500 million users around the world and has become a hub for everything from FarmVille crop-tending to "Which Hogwarts House Do You Belong In?" quiz results. I'm a Ravenclaw, by the way.

This is the brainchild of a single Facebook engineer, Wayne Kao, who built the feature at one of the company's all-night "hackathons" along with a designer. "One of my favorite Facebook moments is browsing photos from friends in the News Feed after they've begun a new relationship, gotten engaged or gotten married," Kao wrote in a blog post. "It gives me a fun and meaningful glimpse of the friendship between two people I know. I realized that a similarly magical experience was possible if all of the photos and posts between two friends were brought together." It's cute, if a little creepy that I can now dive into the digital (albeit public) interactions between two individuals to find out when they started dating, whose Halloween keggers they attended together, or whether there is a chance that their Facebook posts to one another hint that they are in cahoots in a nefarious plan to gang up on me. Then there's the fact that, well, ideally our most meaningful friendships will at least have some memorable moments that happen outside of Facebook's reach, however eye-of-Sauron its scope

may be at this point. The real utility of Facebook friendship pages for me, rather, will be to chart and catalog the long history of insults and snark that my younger brother and I fling at one another on our Facebook walls. This week he pointed me to the results of a survey that suggest being a younger sibling may make you shorter than you would be otherwise, and used my Facebook wall to sarcastically thank me for shaving inches off his height. Me: "You're already tall enough. If you got those extra 3-4 inches you'd have trouble buying pants and a significantly more embarrassing portfolio of nicknames." See? Magical. 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: Beyond Hiroshima - The NonReporting of Falluja's Cancer Catastrophe.

12-year-old Alex Miller has received a $3000 check from Mozilla for finding a major bug in the Firefox browser. The San Jose Mercury News, reporting on Alex's reward, noted that Mozilla recently upped its bounty from $500 to $3000 to make it more worthwhile for people to spend their time looking for bugs. Alex apparently found something in an initial search, but it wasn't the right sort of bug to quality for the cash reward. So he kept pursuing things, spending about 90 minutes a day for about 10 days until he spotted a memory flaw. Sponsor Many open source communities, not just Mozilla, use these sorts of rewards to get people to address key software bugs. As Brandon Sterne, security program manager at Mozilla, told the San Jose Mercury News, "The space of

people that are contributing in this area is pretty small. This is a very niche technical area." And while open source projects rely on their communities' contributions, these projects help focus efforts on particular development needs. Of course, it may not be money that necessarily motivates people to work on these open source projects, but bug bounties can be ways to encourage developers even as young as 12 apparently to innovate and to de-bug. Have you had any experiences with bug bounties? Photo credits: Flickr user Mark Rain and San Jose Mercury News' Elissa Miller Discuss

Video: Matt Damon Breaks From Baby Stella Dad Duty
Molly Goodson (PopSugar)
Submitted at 10/28/2010 12:15:00 PM

Matt Damon takes a night off

from caring for newborn baby Stella to rally celebrities at a ONEXONE fundraiser in New York. Check it out on PopSugar

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3D body scanner can identify your fat zones
(CNET News.com)
Submitted at 10/28/2010 1:13:37 PM

Stripped down to the undergarments, the patient steps into a 7-foot booth to be scanned by 16 sensors and 32 cameras section by section.(Credit: Body Volume Index) 3D is finally getting some love in the health segment--specifically the love handle segment. A 3D body scanner in development for 10 years and out this month from U.K. company Select Research, can not only tell how obese you are in relation to what's recommended, but exactly where those numerous high-tea buffets have distributed themselves. Ouch. Say hello to BVI, or body volume index, and goodbye to BMI, or body mass index, which uses a standard international formula to calculate body weight. The more detailed BVI system is a 7-foot-tall booth that scans a patient, stripped down to his or her undergarments, using 16 sensors and 32 cameras. In a whopping six seconds, more than 200 linear data measurements of the patient's body are gathered and sent to a secure server to be accessed and analyzed by authorized doctors. An exact "virtual" image of a person's shape is also created. The BVI scanner uses white light but no radiation. The system, developed in conjunction with Aston University in Birmingham,

Only 3 Days Left! Enter Now To Win An iPad Or iPhone 4 From Business Insider
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Submitted at 10/28/2010 2:00:00 PM

England; Heartlands NHS Hospital, also in Birmingham; and the Mayo Clinic, scanned over 2,000 test subjects across the United Kingdom, United States, and Europe to fine-tune the norms for fat deposition in various parts of the body according to age, gender, body shape, and body composition. As developed countries face increasingly obese populations, it's hoped that the device will be able to alert doctors to the potential for heart disease, stroke, or diabetes. "Most people in the world realize that carrying extra weight around the stomach means that they do have a greater health risk,

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First Wind Retreats, Shelves IPO Plans Vermont Energy Co. Raises
Evelyn Rusli (TechCrunch)
Submitted at 10/28/2010 11:52:36 AM

Facing a dubious IPO and downward pricing pressure, First Wind announced on Thursday that it will put its plans to go public on hold. The wind energy company, which first signaled its intention to go public way back in 2008, was expected to IPO this week but several analysts and media reports questioned investor demand, citing a heavy debt load, a lack of profitability and broader challenges in the sector. Amid growing concern, the company dropped its pricing forecast to $18 to $20 on Wednesday— a 25% cut from its previous range of $24 to $26. Now, after shaving its expectations, First Wind is pressing pause on the entire IPO and has not indicated when it will resume plans to go public. “The terms that the IPO market was seeking at this time were not attractive to the company,” the company’s CEO Paul Gaynor said in a statement, according to reports. The cleantech IPO market has been pretty choppy this year, especially for companies that are seen as heavily dependent on government subsidies. On Thursday, Enel, a major European utility company, lowered its price

$260,000 For Sustainable Gas-And-Convenience Stores
Lora Kolodny (TechCrunch)
Submitted at 10/28/2010 12:12:24 PM

range for the upcoming IPO of its green unit (Enel Green Power) in a bid to attract larger, institutional investors. The new range is now at €1.60 to €2.10 euros from €1.80 to €2.20. This is Enel’s second price drop. First Wind, which owns and operates wind farms in the U.S., was hoping to raise cash in the IPO to ease its large debt load. As outlined in a recent S-1 filing, the company still has $582.2 million in outstanding debt. Moreover, since its inception the company has racked up $233.0 million in

losses. Cognizant of its debt and ongoing losses, the company warned investors that “our substantial indebtedness [could] make it difficult for us to satisfy our obligations with respect to our indebtedness, and failure to comply with these obligations could result in an event of default under those agreements, which could be difficult to cure, or result in our bankruptcy.” CrunchBase Information First Wind Information provided by CrunchBase

The Vermont Energy Company attracted a $260,000 seed investment a new SEC filing revealed to grow their environmental-minded gas station and convenience store business. Currently, the company operates a flagship store and four-pump gas station in Burlington, Vermont. According to a company spokesperson, they hope to become a leading supplier of alternative fuels over time, and stock their shelves with sustainable items alongside select, traditional packaged goods. The concept is simple— offer a sustainable alternative to 7-eleven or Mobil and other leading gas station and coveninece stores. The gas and convenience store industry in the U.S. is highly fragmented, but according to Hoovers research, reaches $200 billion in annual sales mainly selling gasoline. The Vermont Energy Company, if it takes off massively, could become the go-to, roadside brand for drivers seeking grease diesel, or other advanced and clean fuels. The Vermont Energy Company

currently offers drivers of fuelefficient cars a discount on plain old gasoline. Run under the name The Good Carma program, the discount is based on the miles-per -gallon ratings of customers’ vehciles. Such programs, if they became available nationally, could help encourage consumers to upgrade their rides to more fuel -efficient, if not zero emissions, electric vehicles.

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Report: iPad infiltrating enterprise IT
Matt Tinsley (TUAW)
Submitted at 10/28/2010 1:00:00 PM

By now, we all know that the iPad has been a runaway success story, but it seems the iPad is also making waves in the business world, too. According to the Apple Blog, Ted Schadler, from Forrester, has written a report on the impact of the iPad (primarily on the enterprise market, since January 2010). Speaking with more than 200 companies, Schadler's report points out three major ways that the iPad is changing IT in the enterprise. Firstly, the iPad is reportedly displacing the traditional laptop, especially in the case of those who would use their laptop primarily for email and other types of Web-based communication, though, at this stage, only in scenarios where it is more appropriate. Secondly, the iPad is replacing paper. Wherever people would usually carry around stacks of

paper or files, particularly in medical and pharmaceutical industries, the iPad is now the preferred choice. Clearly, the iPad has more functionality than a wad of paper, and it's a lot easier to carry around, too. Finally, Schadler says that the iPad is allowing companies to do things more efficiently by providing immediate connection to further resources and data.

Schadler uses the example of a salesman being able to customize an order for a customer on the spot by using the iPad. However, Schadler says there are still some pretty significant hurdles for the iPad to jump through. For one, the iPad has minimal support for Microsoft Office, and the Redmond based company doesn't have any official solutions in the near future to rectify this. This, in part, limits where you can and can't use an iPad in a Microsoft Office dominated enterprise world. The Apple Blog has further details on Schadler's report here, or if your a Forrester subscriber, you can read the full story here. Report: iPad infiltrating enterprise IT originally appeared on TUAW on Thu, 28 Oct 2010 13:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Source| Permalink| Email this| Comments

Gucci 3D Glasses Unveiled, Due This Holiday Season
Evan Selleck (SlashGear)
Submitted at 10/28/2010 12:23:13 PM

Diane Kruger Heads Off on Her Next Adventure
Allie Merriam (PopSugar)
Submitted at 10/28/2010 1:00:00 PM

Diane Kruger kept her Chanel on a short leash as she caught a flight out of LAX yesterday. The star was on the go again after a recent stint shooting in Tajikistan, but she spent the last week in

California making appearances for her gritty drama, Inhale, and attending special events as the face of Calvin Klein's Beauty fragrance. She's also front and center in the just-released trailer for Unknown, in which Diane stars opposite Liam Neeson and January Jones. That movie doesn't

enjoyable as possible. The glasses are also optimized for the use in Real D 3D theaters, which is used It looks like Oakley isn’t the only in over half the theaters across the glasses manufacturer in the world United States. Interestingly that want to take a stab at the 3D enough, the glasses also feature a market. Of course, with the brand “multi-layer mirrored coating” on name tagged along the side, the the lenses, which means you’ll be prices are sure to follow, and able to look at yourself in the there’s no exception for the brand mirror, without seeing any new Gucci 3D glasses that the distortion. company has just unveiled. Much The glasses will be made like the Oakley-branded version available exclusively at Gucci of 3D glasses we showed you, the boutiques by this holiday season. glasses offer plenty of technology The price? $225. Considering the hit theaters until February, and features, hoping to make the price for the standard Gucci meaning Diane has plenty of time price tag make sense. glasses out there, perhaps this to spend with her hardworking The Gucci 3D glasses feature isn’t all that expensive. That boyfriend Josh Jackson before her “optically-correct” 6-base curved would be up to you, and whether next round of promotional duties. lenses, which should decrease or or not you’re ready to make such View 5 Photos › “virtually eliminate” the crosstalk a commitment to 3D. from the screen to your eyes, [ via Luxist] making your movie as clear and

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Kellan Breaks From His Twilight Duties For a Trip Back Home
Allie Merriam (PopSugar)
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White iPhone 4 Removed From Apple Website
Evan Selleck (SlashGear)

reasons why: manufacturers can’t get the shades of white to match. Submitted at 10/28/2010 12:48:38 PM Or, the white color causes crazy The white iPhone 4 is a sneaky things to happen when taking a device. Apple, having shown it picture. Either way, Apple’s off at the beginning of the year suggestion that the white model of and making a countless number of t h e i P h o n e 4 i s h a r d t o people excited for its release, has manufacture looks to be true. And repeatedly delayed the iDevice now, sadly, the white device is since its announcement. And, with missing from Apple’s online store t h i s l a t e s t d e l a y u n d e r t h e altogether. c o m p a n y ’ s w i n g s , t h e r e ’ s As you probably already knew, speculation that the device not be Apple’s online iPhone shop making it to the market at all. previously showcased not only the Ever. Of course, there’s plenty of black version, which you can buy

right now, but also the white version. While you could stare at it all day long, Apple was quick to note that you couldn’t order it online, nor could you pick it up in any store locations. But, at least it was there, working as a small glimmer of hope that the iDevice would pop up sooner than later. But, all hope has been apparently lost, as the company has pulled the white iPhone 4 from the website. Is the white iPhone 4 cancelled? Or is it just delayed until 2011?

That’s the million dollar question at this point, and it doesn’t look like anyone but those embedded in the Cupertino-based offices knows the real answer. With rumors still flying around that the white iPhone 4 will be the official device for Verizon when the handset launches next year, the speculation is still keeping the device alive and well — eve if Apple seems to be trying to make everyone forget about it. [ via Macworld]

Kellan Lutz smiled for the cameras yesterday when he arrived back at LAX. He's home again following a stint in Louisiana, where he and his Breaking Dawn cast mates have been hard at work. His costars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson were among those spotted relaxing on set in Baton Rouge, but others from the film, like the werewolves, apparently will be based in Vancouver. The next installment of the Twilight series promises to be the raciest yet, but Kellan finds himself involved in lots of drama in his other new project Meskada. That film, which screened at Tribeca this year, has a just-released trailer out in which Kellan stars as a rural guy caught up in the midst of a murder mystery. View 3 Photos ›

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The Scoop on Microsoft’s 2010 Professional Developer Conference
Chris Burns (SlashGear)
Submitted at 10/28/2010 1:35:41 PM

Welcome to the 2010 Professional Developer Conference, aka PDC, from whens we’ve got a few bits of info on Windows Phone 7 for you. PDC2010 was kicked off with a keynote speech by Steve Ballmer and Scott Guthrie that said some very nice things about Windows Phone 7s investment in the WP7 development community. They know that these developers can make or break the

whole project, so they’ve done a few things to help them finish up their first round of WP7 apps: hint: free stuff. First, all paid PDC conference attendees will get a free Windows Phone 7 device (because it’s always good to have the device you’re designing for lying around to test with.) Then, they gave a few notes on how big the Windows Phone Developer community currently is: 12,000 developers registered with Marketplace, up 40% from last month, with more than 100 adding

every day. Then noted that on November 3rd, developers may submit their applications “with the self serve capabilities of Marketplace for

developers.” A tiny but important note to add to this is that there’ve been som revisions to Marketplace policies which everyone should check out here.

Then, presenters! A giant list (which you can see here) of PDC presenters share tips on optimization and testing and all that fun stuff developers love to hear for hours on end. To see the presentations as they happen, yes LIVE STREAMS, take a peek over at the Microsoft PDC site and get out your popcorn and pens and pads and peel your eyeball skins up for great talks. [ Via Microsoft]

Apple exploring new scratch-proof coating
Steven Sande (TUAW)

stainless steel to provide scratch and impact resistance. Nitride Submitted at 10/28/2010 2:30:00 PM coatings are unique in that they If a new patent application from allow the natural feel and look of Apple is any indication, the the stainless steel to show company is getting obsessive through, while creating a tough about making sure that future scratch-proof surface. products are highly scratch- In the patent filing, Apple notes resistant. that stainless steel is a highly The U.S. Patent and Trademark desirable material for consumer O f f i c e p u b l i s h e d A p p l e ' s electronics since it is nonapplication this week titled magnetic and doesn't hinder "Nitriding Stainless Steel for Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and cellular Consumer Electronic Products," signals as much as other metals. Apple also entered into an outlining methods for depositing a However, as some iPhone 4 agreement with Liquidmetal very thin layer (just over 15 owners have noticed, the material Technologies earlier in 2010 to explore using the company's microns thick) of nitride to is relatively easy to scratch.

amorphous metal technology in future scratch-proof Apple products. Liquidmetal materials are twice as strong as titanium, but as easy as plastic to process. [via AppleInsider] RealVNC adds "iPod Apple exploring new scratchproof coating originally appeared Out" so cars can display on TUAW on Thu, 28 Oct 2010 iOS device screen data 14:30:00 EST. Please see our Sam Abuelsamid (TUAW) terms for use of feeds. Source| Permalink| Email this| Submitted at 10/28/2010 2:00:00 PM Comments RealVNC, the company behind the original VNC remote REALVNC page 26

10 Easy Ways to Save $250 in 30 Days
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computing protocol, has added iOS to the list of devices that are supported by its VNC Mobile Solution for Automotive. In general, VNC (virtual network computing) allows users to see the display output from another computer over a network. It's commonly used to manage servers that are running without an attached monitor. While a number of automakers have integrated iPod/iPhone control functionality, many of them have implemented rather clunky user interfaces. VNC Mobile will allow the actual iOS interface, including Cover Flow or even Google Maps, to be displayed directly on the larger indash touchscreen in the car. This way, a user could just use the larger display to manage what they are listening to without

fumbling with the iPod or iPhone. The new version uses the "iPod Out" feature that Apple has built into the latest versions of iOS to provide this capability. Check out the video in the second half of the post. [Via Macnn] Continue reading RealVNC adds "iPod Out" so cars can display iOS device screen data RealVNC adds "iPod Out" so cars can display iOS device screen data originally appeared on TUAW on Thu, 28 Oct 2010 14:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Source| Permalink| Email this| Comments

Former Yahoo SVP David Ku 9 Fictional Joins Microsoft As Corporate Bands with Hit Songs VP Of New Initiatives (HowStuffWorks Daily Feed)
Jason Kincaid (TechCrunch)
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Last month, Yahoo SVP David Ku, who headed the company’s advertising products group, left the company. Yahoo has been hemorrhaging talent lately — including some high ranking executives — and Ku was an especially big loss because he’s been with the company since 2002. Now we’ve confirmed Ku’s next move: he’s joining Microsoft as Corporate Vice President, Online Services Division New Initiatives, effective October 29th, 2010. We initially heard that Ku would be working directly on Bing (which is part of Microsoft’s’ Online Services Division) but a Microsoft spokesperson tell us that he’ll be involved with a range of initiatives across the division. In addition to advertising

Reaching the top ten or even the top 40 on the music charts is something that most bands only dream of achieving after years of hard work. But the bands on this list didn't have to agonize over that because they weren't real bands in the first place. Check out these fictional hit makers, but be prepared to get at least one song experience, Ku has quite a bit of stuck in your head. product experience as well: he This entry passed through the was Yahoo’s VP Engineering, Full-Text RSS service — if this is Search from April 2002 until your content and you're reading it December 2005. According to his on someone else's site, please read LinkedIn profile, this included our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ running Yahoo’s core search, content-only/faq.php social search, vertical search Five Filters featured article: (images, video, shopping), Flickr, Beyond Hiroshima - The Nonand more. Reporting of Falluja's Cancer CrunchBase Information David Catastrophe. Ku Microsoft Yahoo! Information provided by CrunchBase

Dell Venue hits the FCC: is this the Thunder's new name?
Chris Ziegler (Engadget)
Submitted at 10/28/2010 2:27:00 PM

Yes, that's right, just "Venue," not Venue Pro-- and from a glance, it looks to us like this might be the new name for the Thunder Android phone we played with a little while ago

judging by this FCC filing that just crossed the wires. As far as we can tell, this thing is basically a carbon copy of the Venue Pro, except it's running Android instead of Windows Phone 7 and drops the sliding portrait keyboard in favor of a full-touch setup. AMOLED display carries over, so Notably, the curved glass 4.1-inch

that should make the design nerds in the audience swoon a bit. Additionally, turns out there's a Bluetooth SIG certification under the same model name -- V03B -that confirms the display's specs and the fact that it's a "smartphone" (whew!). Stay tuned on this one -- something

tells us we won't be waiting terribly long for an announce. Dell Venue hits the FCC: is this the Thunder's new name? originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 28 Oct 2010 14:27:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| Bluetooth SIG, FCC| Email this| Comments

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TSA: 11.6-inch MacBook Air is checkpoint-safe
Dave Caolo (TUAW)
Submitted at 10/28/2010 2:45:00 PM

Nook Color processor revealed: ARM Cortex A8-based TI OMAP3621
Donald Melanson (Engadget)
Submitted at 10/28/2010 2:03:00 PM

considering that the processor and platform support a few features that the Nook Color does not, not Barnes & Noble provided most of t h e l e a s t o f w h i c h i s 3 G the specs for the Nook Color connectivity. Of course, that when it launched the device on doesn't necessarily mean we'll see Tuesday, but notably absent was a future Nook Color that takes any word on the processor that advantage of those features, but at powers the e-reader. Thankfully, least we know it's not too much of Texas Instruments has now come a stretch for Barnes & Noble to out confirmed that the Nook add them. Color uses its ARM Cortex A8- Nook Color processor revealed: b a s e d , 4 5 n m O M A P 3 6 2 1 ARM Cortex A8-based TI processor (still no word on the OMAP3621 originally appeared s p e e d ) . W h a t ' s m o r e , t h e on Engadget on Thu, 28 Oct 2010 processor is actually part of TI's 14:03:00 EDT. Please see our eBook Development Platform, terms for use of feeds. Permalink| which the Nook Color also relies Texas Instruments| Email this| on. That's particularly interesting Comments

The US Transportation Security Administration, or TSA, has officially stated that travelers passing through US airport security with the 11.6-inch MacBook Air will not have to remove the little laptop from their bags for inspection. Unfortunately, that's not the case with the 13-inch model. Size is the differentiating factor. According to the TSA blog, any electronic device considered to be of a "standard laptop" size or larger must go through the x-ray machine solo. Apparently, the cutoff point is at or very near thirteen inches. The iPad, Kindle, Nook and other small devices, including the entry-level MacBook Air, may remain

Comment Blocker Helps De-Troll the Internet for Chrome Users [Downloads]
Whitson Gordon (Lifehacker)
Submitted at 10/28/2010 11:00:00 AM

stowed away during screening. As if travelers needed another reason to lust after the thing. [Via The Mac Observer] TSA: 11.6-inch MacBook Air is checkpoint-safe originally appeared on TUAW on Thu, 28 Oct 2010 14:45:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Source| Permalink| Email this| Comments

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The Charming Mr. Blahnik
Habitually Chic (Habitually Chic®)
Submitted at 10/28/2010 10:46:40 AM

I love when I'm looking for one thing and I find something even better in the process. In this case, it was photographs of Manolo Blahnik at his beautiful Georgian house in Bath, England by Ivan Terestchecnko. He shares this house with his collection of books and about 10,000 pairs of shoes that bear his name. He most

enjoys spending time in his garden and one has to wonder if that is what inspires his more fanciful designs. I especially love

the classic English colors of the rooms and the slightly cluttered look that is quintessentially English. Most of the woman who buy his shoes tell him that they make them happy but I have a feeling that Mr. Blahnik would say that his home is what makes him happy. Photos by Ivan Terestchenko via Style Frizz

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5 Things to Do Before Buying an HDTV
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Submitted at 10/28/2010 1:00:56 PM

BlackBerry Torch coming to AT&T in two fresh colors next month
Chris Ziegler (Engadget)

red and white will be available on November 7 (a day before the Submitted at 10/28/2010 2:50:00 PM HTC Surround and Samsung Allow us to clarify, the colors are Focus, interestingly) at the same "fresh" as in "new," not as in " time as a sweet new promotion The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air." that'll allow folks to buy any two Don't get us wrong, though: white accessories from AT&T and get a almost always looks fresh (in the third one of equal or lesser value Fresh Prince sense) on a phone, for free. Don't violate any fire and the Torch seems to be no codes stuffing yourselves into exception -- partly thanks to the your local stores, alright? Follow matching white keyboard. Both the break for the press release.

Continue reading BlackBerry Torch coming to AT&T in two fresh colors next month BlackBerry Torch coming to AT&T in two fresh colors next month originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 28 Oct 2010 14:50:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| | Email this| Comments

So, you're thinking about jumping into the vivid world of high definition, huh? Well, get ready for visual bliss. The difference between high definition and standard definition is night and day. Not since Peter Goldmark introduced color television in 1946 has there been such a significant shift in technology. Sure, remote controls, big screen TVs and satellite broadcasting have hit the scene, but the quality of the picture has remained fairly constant. When HDTVs first hit the market, they were limited to actually receiving an HD signal. That took a bit longer to arrive and the result was a soft HDTV market for the first few years. In fact, most early owners didn't really reap the benefits of high definition. Around 2004, when Texas Instruments' Digital Light Processing (DLP) made its debut, HDTVs became much more affordable. With more HDTVs in consumers' homes, programmers

caught on and offered more programming. Since then, HDTVs have become the standard. Now it's your turn. If you're reading this, chances are you're doing your research. That's the best approach. You shouldn't have to spend more money than you absolutely need to. This article aims to provide you with the tools for making the best decisions before shelling out your hardearned cash for your HDTV. Dropping $1,000 or more on a television is probably out of many people's comfort zones. The following five tips should give you a pretty good idea of what to look for and what you need to do before you purchase and bring your HDTV 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: Beyond Hiroshima - The NonReporting of Falluja's Cancer Catastrophe.

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"Straight Talk" with Economic Bloggers
noreply@blogger.com (Michael Shedlock) (Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis)
Submitted at 10/28/2010 11:12:00 AM

Chris Martenson asked his readers which bloggers they would like to learn more about, and what questions the readers had for those bloggers. I was one of the bloggers on Martenson's list. The questions (in red below) range from who I learned from (the answer is a mile long), to peak oil, risk management, gold, China, hyperinflation, and pretty much all the hot topics of the day. I would like to share the Q&A with my readers as well. Here is a repeat of Straight Talk with Mike Shedlock (aka "Mish") a s a p p e a r s o n ChrisMartenson.com, with slight differences in formatting but otherwise the exact content. 1. You’ve gone from mainframe computer programming analyst (in 2005) to being one of the most widely-read econobloggers in the world today. To what extent do you attribute your competitive advantage to holding a non-traditional background vs. the more ‘classically’ trained analysts and commentators? Mish: It certainly helps not having a background in economics as taught by academia today. Nearly everyone in academia is a Keynesian or Monetarist. It is safe to say that Krugman is the high priest of the Keynesians. In current academia, Greg

Mankiw is arguably the high priest of the Monetarists. If we include the Fed, then the Monetarist high priest is without a doubt Ben Bernanke, whose background just happens to be academia, as opposed to any real world experience. I find it amusing to see the battles between the two camps when they are both wrong about their proposed solutions. The only thing they are ever right about is when they attack each other. In contrast, I had some very good teachers with non-academic backgrounds in self-taught Austrian economics. One of them is a friend for going on 10 years. I refer to him on my blog by his initials "HB". He has done a couple guest blogs on my site under the name "Trotsky". Those posts are Misconceptions about Gold and Why does fiat money seemingly work? "HB" now has his own blog under yet another pen name, Pater Tenebrarum. The Blog is called Acting Man, with a perspective of Austrian economics. I also need to thank Barry Ritholtz at the Big Picture Blog for early on promoting my work, Todd Harrison at Minyanville, and of course Calculated Risk who actually created the first template for my blog. Interestingly, Barry, CR, and I have been 1-2-3 (in various orders) in terms of page counts according to Traffic Rankings for individual, non-corporate sponsored blogs.

Marc Faber has influenced me a lot and I consider his book Tomorrow's Gold to be required reading. Marc is also a friend even though we disagree on the inflation/deflation debate. There are two other must-read books and the electronic versions come at the great deflationary price of zero. • The Case Against the Fed • What Has Government Done to Our Money?

scientists, and technology wizards, most of whom operate in the real world, and thus have more street smarts and common sense than anyone on the Fed. Looking at my answer now that I have typed it out, my competitive edge is to do one hell of a lot of reading, thinking, and typing, day in and day out, even weekends. I entertain all points of view, even if it seems like I don't in my finished posts. 2. Many of our readers have Both of those are by Murray subscribed to Chris' position that Rothbard, with thanks also to the the economy must be increasingly Mises Institute for making them interpreted through two other available at no cost. lenses; energy and other In addition, I have certainly environmental resources. Can learned a lot from John Hussman you comment on the Three E's? who writes a great column every Mish: I am a firm believer in week, and more recently from peak oil. I don't know how David Rosenberg who writes a anyone can deny it. Given peak great column nearly every day. oil, and given the demand from Certainly Bloomberg is a great C h i n a f o r o i l a n d o t h e r source of information and to pick commodities, the world is on a a single Bloomberg author it crash course of demand that would be Caroline Baum. Baum's cannot be filled. mentor happens to be economist China is growing at 8-10% a year Paul Kasriel who also has taught (assuming you believe the stats). me a lot. So has Australian Can China keep growing at that economist Steve Keen. rate forever? For even 10 more Thanks go to an Austrian-minded years? What about India? Brazil? friend who simply prefers to be Either we get some serious known as "BC". energy breakthroughs, China I also need to thank Krugman and slows, or the standard of living others I violently disagree with. It drops in the US, UK, and Europe. helps clarify my thinking debating Well China does not want to those I disagree with, even if they slow, and the US and Europe are never respond. fighting hard to maintain a Finally, I get a lot of interesting standard of living that is not stories and commentary from my sustainable. readers. Those readers are real Historically these situations end people, doctors, business owners, u p w i t h w a r . T h a t i s a n

observation, not a prediction. Something has to give, perhaps many things, but all of the people who think China will soon be the number one economy in the world and that China's growth is sustainable, better start thinking about the implications of what I just typed above. 3. You’re a vocal deflationist. What do you see as the most convincing data points (the top 13) for your position and why? Mish: Before we can discuss inflation and deflation it is imperative to define the terms. Not everyone will agree with my definitions, not even those who claim to be followers of Austrian economic theory. Yet my definitions have a solid theoretical and practical foundation. Inflation and Deflation Definitions Inflation is an expansion of money and credit, with credit marked to market. Deflation is a contraction of money supply and credit with credit marked to market. The "marked to market" bit is my own addition. I use it because it explains a lot of things that are happening. Indeed, the entire definition is predictive of things that will happen. For example, if credit contracts and there is demand to hold money, treasury rates are going to drop. Contrast that with a definition that says rising prices constitute inflation. What will treasury rates "STRAIGHT page 30

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do? It was easy to see the housing bubble would collapse and in turn credit would plunge and writeoffs would soar. That was the basis for my prediction that interest rates across the entire yield curve would make all-time lows. When I made that call, oil was near $140, and nearly everyone thought I was nuts. But it happened. Recently we made new lows in 2- and 5-year treasuries and credit continues to contract. Bernanke and various Fed members talk about preventing deflation, but that talk is always in terms of the CPI. However, it is impossible to measure prices of consumer goods accurately enough, housing prices are not in the CPI (I think they should be), but most importantly, we are in a fiat credit -based economy. In a credit-based system, where credit dwarfs money supply, it is foolish to look at inflation through the myopic eyes of either prices or monetary inflation alone. Sure, the Fed can print, but if there is no demand for credit, what does $1T or even $10T of excess reserves do? The answer is nothing other than to make the Fed's exit problem down the road a nightmare. Money Multiplier Theory is Wrong It is important to understand that widely believed money multiplier theory (the Fed prints and the money makes its way into the economy 10 times over) is wrong.

The reality is credit expansion comes first, reserves come second. I discussed this at length, using some charts from Steve Keen, in Fiat World Mathematical Model Yet, talk is all the rage "just wait till all those reserves come pouring into the economy, it will cause hyperinflation". I have to laugh because the thinking is ass backwards. What Really Happened? • Greenspan lowered interest rates fueling housing speculation and a credit bubble. • The housing/credit bubble burst. • Credit plunged as did credit marked to market. • In the wake of plunging credit the Fed stepped in to provide reserves for banks. • Consumer psychology changed and there is no demand for credit so it sits there as so called "excess reserves", earning slight interest for banks to help them cover losses still to come from foreclosures, credit card losses, and commercial real estate losses.

corporate bond market freed up, which in turn gave a new lease on life to hundreds of corporation otherwise headed for bankruptcy. In response, value of debt "marked to market" on the balance sheets of banks went from pennies on the dollar to full value. Credit did not expand but credit marked-to-market sure did, even if it is impossible to say precisely how much. Thus my model suggests 2007 to February 2009 were periods of deflation, March 2009 to May 2010 were periods of inflation, and now we are likely back in deflation but it is hard to say given institutions do not mark assets to market. Extend and pretend is massive. Looking ahead, my model suggests we go in and out of deflation for a number of years, just as Japan did, without the economy ever picking up any steam. 4. Your position has called for a deflation first but then a probable transition over to inflation at some point. We won’t hold you to this, Looked at in this fashion there but what triggers do you see for are not really excess reserves at this shift and, again with great all. latitude, when might this happen? Please see Fictional Reserve Mish: With fiat currencies, the Lending And The Myth Of p r o b a b i l i t y o f inflation Excess Reserves for further approaches 100% given a long rebuttal to the notion that enough timeframe. However, we monetary printing will soon have need to fix numerous structural the inflation genie flying out of issues, write off enough bad the bottle. debts, and get to the bottom in 2009 Recovery housing before there is a serious Credit continued to contract in chance of sustained inflation. 2009 but the stock market soared. I am not calling for consumer This happened because the prices to collapse (except in

unneeded junk), but that could conceivably happen. By the way, because energy and food prices have been sticky compared to housing, we hear the statement all the time, "we have inflation in things we need and deflation in things we want." No we don't. The statement is inaccurate because it defines inflation in terms of prices. With a proper definition one does not have inflation and deflation at the same time. Critical Player is Congress, Not the Fed The longer the Fed and Congress fight deflation, the longer it will take to play out. It could take 2 years or 10. The attitude of the next Congress, and the Congress and President after that will be crucial. I believe the next congress will throw around fewer stimuli than the current one. I could be wrong. But 2 years will not seal the fate. There will be a presidential election in another two years. Will we get a Chris Christie or another Obama? That is an undecided factor very much in play. The critical point of this discussion is everyone's misguided focus on the Fed. The Fed arguably has a role, but Congress is a far bigger player than the Fed in determining the length of the path we take. Interestingly, Bernanke, a Monetarist, recently chastised Congress over budget issues. This likely has Krugman going bananas.

5. In your own or in others’ forecasts of how the future will play out, do you think that the difficult-to-predict Human Crowd Psychology factor is underrepresented? If so, what could be done to better incorporate it. Mish: Few understand the deflationary impacts of the entire gamut of trends that is playing out, or the stress those trends place on families. It is futile to fight changing social trends, but that has not stopped the Fed with reckless proposals on top of reckless proposals. Please see Inflation Targeting Proposal an Exercise in Blazing Stupidity; Fed Fools Itself for details. Demographic Pendulum in Motion As I stated in June of 2008, we are now on the back side of peak consumption and Peak Credit. Regardless of what Bernanke of the Fed does, the demographic pendulum is in motion. There is no going back. That the Fed cannot change attitudes is at the very heart of the deflation argument. Japan certainly tried and failed, Bernanke will fail as well. The Fed can provide liquidity but it cannot not determine where it goes, or if it goes anywhere at all. The important point here is the pendulum has just barely moved from peak risk taking to risk aversions. With that in mind, and given the Fed and Congressional propensity to fight a battle that "STRAIGHT page 31

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cannot be won, it will be years before the pendulum gets to the other side. Asymmetric Pendulum I have not mentioned this before but the pendulum is actually asymmetric, at least in terms of time, not necessarily price or attitude. We spend far more time in inflation and risk taking than deflation and risk avoidance. Moreover the cycle swing takes so long time wise from one end to the other, that by the time we get to peak risk taking, most do not even think deflation is possible. Everyone thinks deflation is impossible, much the same way everyone thought housing prices would rise forever. There were wrong about housing and they are wrong about deflation. 6. How the heck do you find the time to write so much? Our members are amazed by the output on your blog and by the fact that they’ve received personal answers to questions they’ve emailed you. Mish: I certainly love what I am doing. I also believe I am helping people. I have stacks of emails to prove that point, mainly in regards to getting people out of housing, out of the stock market on time, into gold, and not betting against treasuries. To be sure, I get some hate mail, mostly in regards to my stance on public unions, but that volume is small compared to everything else. I can get as many as 300 emails a day, and I try to answer

any pleas for help. I have spent as long as 2 hours answering calls for help, even when I cannot possibly get anything out of it. If someone sends me a link to an article I use, they may only get a one word response of "thanks". If I get a question, I try to answer. I certainly appreciate when some thoughtful people send me a link or a comment and say "no response needed". Many days I am reading and writing for 15 hours. I can spend 3 hours just answering emails from readers and clients. On weekends, in the summer, I can spend as little as 2-4 hours, but 3 minimum is more like it. I am often laughing my head off over things I write. So I am having fun. Bear in mind my role at Sitka Pacific is advisory, client services, and general manager type functions. Those are part of the 15 hours mentioned. I do not trade. Fortunately I have a fantastic partner who shares the same risk management and customer first attitudes. We have grown from about $15 million assets under management to about $75 million under management in the last few years. That is small by Wall Street standards, but I expect to double or triple that in a few years, the right way, by putting client interests first. 7. Which assets do you see as being the being the ‘most hated by the most people’? Which are ‘most beloved’? In your opinion, are these perceptions well-

deserved and if not, what opportunities do they represent? Mish: Certainly US treasuries are universally despised. People were shorting 10 year notes at 4%. Yikes! However, after this rally it is hard to be super-bullish on them now. Bullish yes, super-bullish, no. I would advise not shorting them. I do not think the gold story is fully understood yet. It may not be hated, but it is not loved like technology or housing was. Thus I think more will come from gold but it will not necessarily be from here. We can easily have a sharp correction first. The one thing not despised but universally ignored is Japanese equities. For a long-term hold perspective, I like Japan. Apathy is a great setup. Otherwise, there is precious little to like about anything. This market, including corporate bonds, is way over-loved. Sentiment is extreme, and earnings expectations will not happen. The market can keep going up, but the risk-reward setup is horrendous. 8. If you knew that the purchasing power of your existing assets and income would disappear one year from today, what would you invest in during the coming year to prepare? Mish: The question left out a critical aspect of "how" assets would "disappear". For example, equity and housing assets might crash because of deflation, or theoretically the dollar could fall to zero in hyperinflation. How

one would best profit would be quite different. In regards to hyperinflation, the odds are minuscule. First we need to define the term. Hyperinflation is a complete loss of faith in currency. Some think this will happen out of the blue, others think the Fed will print and print and print. Let's look at a few examples. Zimbabwe Hyperinflation In the case of Zimbabwe, a loss of faith in currency occurred before the printing occurred. The Weimar Republic is a different story. In Zimbabwe, the Mugabe government initiated a "land reform" program intended to correct the inequitable land distribution created by colonial rule. Ultimately, Mugabe's attempt to bail out the poor at the expense of the wealthy is what triggered capital flight and loss of faith of the currency. His reforms not only caused a flight of capital and human capital (the wealthy), they also led to sanctions by the US and Europe. In response, Mugabe turned on the printing presses but the loss of faith in the currency had already occurred. Weimar Hyperinflation In Weimar Germany, printing for war reparations kicked off hyperinflation. War reparations were a political event. So was the invasion of Germany to enforce payment of those reparations. Argentina Hyperinflation Argentina based its currency on

the US dollar, a political mistake. When Argentina could no longer hold the peg, its currency collapsed. Hyperinflation is a Political Event The commonality between Zimbabwe, Weimar, and Argentina is they are both political events. In Zimbabwe a political event triggered capital flight, in Weimar a political event started massive printing, and in Argentina everything collapsed when a foolish peg could not be sustained. In each case, a collapse of faith in currency (hyperinflation) led governments to massive printing campaigns, not the other way around. US Comparison The US compares to Zimbabwe how? The US compares to Argentina how? Is anyone going to force the US into war reparations? The idea that we are going to wake up one day and suddenly out of the blue face hyperinflation may be theoretically possible but it is extremely unlikely in practice. Moreover, and it is important to keep coming back to this point, we are in credit-based system. The Fed is not going to cause hyperinflation by printing. Besides, the Fed cannot give money away. And as I have pointed out, Bernanke is even chastising Congress about fiscal "STRAIGHT page 34

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noreply@blogger.com (Michael Shedlock) (Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis)
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All you need to know to determine your vote in November is that a vote for any candidate endorsed by unions is a vote for higher taxes. I am pleased to report that UAW 2865 Los Angeles has provided a perfect list of who NOT to vote for with this endorsement Dear UAW 2865 members, The November 2nd election is just around the corner. This election will decide the future of our state for many years to come. As educators, students, and public employees, we have a lot at stake in the election of Jerry Brown as Governor. Brown has been a champion of both higher education and labor rights, signing the first legislation that allowed public employees, teachers, and farm workers to organize and bargain collectively. Brown oversaw the expansion of the UC and CSU systems. These are difficult times for our state and for the University of California. Much of this difficulty is from a lack of leadership in Sacramento and the refusal of Republican lawmakers to vote for fair tax policies that reinvest in the public sector. We need to make our voices heard at the ballot box. Below you’ll find the candidates endorsed by UAW as well as our local’s recommendations on the propositions.

STATEWIDE Governor: Jerry Brown(D) United States Senator: Barbara Boxer(D) Lieutenant Governor: Gavin Newsom(D) Attorney General: Kamala Harris(D) Secretary of State: Debra Bowen(D) Treasurer: Bill Lockyer(D) Controller: John Chiang(D) Superintendent of Public Instruction: Tom Torlakson(D) Insurance Commissioner: Dave Jones(D) Board of Equalization District 1: Betty Yee(D) District 2: Chris Parker(D) District 3: No Endorsement District 4: Jerome Horton(D) Proposition 19: YES Legalizes, taxes Marijuana: Prop 19 would generate millions of dollars in tax revenue, while addressing many of the core causes of the explosive growth of California's prison population. Proposition 20: NO Expands Unelected Redistricting Commission: Backed by big business, this initiative would extend the expensive and unwieldy new system of drawing state legislative boundaries to the US Congressional districts. It would require that lines be drawn along "economic interest", dividing the state into "rich" and "poor" districts. Opposed by labor and environmental organizations. Proposition 21: YES Keeps State Parks Open: Prop 21 establishes a modest vehicle

licensing fee to fund state parks, making them independent of the general fund and insuring they stay open even during budget crises. Proposition 22: NO Ballot Box Budgeting: This initiative prohibits use of local redevelopment agencies and transportation funding by the State. While we support adequate funding for both these sectors, the California budget process is already overburdened by complex restrictions and protections. We need more, not less, flexibility in our budget process. Opposed by education unions, health care providers and firefighters. Proposition 23: NO Suspends Air Pollution Control Laws (AB 32): Proposition 23 is a very dangerous initiative, funded by out of state Oil and Petrochemical corporations that would overturn landmark climate change legislation. In addition, if passed, many environmental protections would be suspended if state unemployment dips below 5.5% for four consecutive quarters. Opposed by environmentalists, labor, and politicians, including Jerry Brown, Meg Whitman, and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Proposition 24: YES Repeals Corporate Tax Loopholes: Sponsored by the California Teachers Association, Proposition 24 would repeal a series of tax loopholes for multistate corporations that were crafted behind closed doors as

part of recent budget negotiations. Supported by labor, education advocates and the California League of Women Voters. Proposition 25: YES Majority Vote Budget: Simply put, this is the most important initiative on the ballot for state employees and higher education. Proposition 24 would establish a simple majority threshold for enacting a budget in California, eliminating the 2/3 requirement for budgets and the tyranny of the minority which has rendered the state dysfunctional over the past several decades. Proposition 26: NO More 2/3 Restrictions: Another corporate-sponsored initiative, Prop 26 would actually -extendthe 2/3ds requirement for raising fees or levies at both the state and local levels. Currently, extending existing fees, if they are overall revenue neutral, require only a simple majority. This would end even this small bit of majorityrule from our broken budget system. Opposed by health care advocates, labor, environmentalists and the California League of Cities. Proposition 27: YES Restores Democratic Control of Redistricting: In 2008, Californians adopted a new system that took control over redistricting from elected representatives and created an unelected "independent" commission to draw new boundaries. Proposition 27 would bring this process back to elected

officials who can be held accountable. It also gives voters a final say on the map created by the state legislature. REGIONAL U.S. Representatives in Congress District 25: Jacquese Conaway(D) District 26: Russ Warner(D) District 27: Brad Sherman(D) District 28: Howard Berman(D) District 29: Adam Schiff(D) District 30: Henry Waxman(D) District 31: Xavier Becerra(D) District 32: Judy Chu(D) District 33: Karen Bass(D) District 34: Lucille RoybalAllard(D) District 35: Maxine Waters(D) District 36: Jane Harmon(D) District 37: Laura Richardson(D) District 38: Grace Napolitano(D) District 39: Linda Sanchez(D) California State Senate District 20: Alex Padilla(D) District 22: Kevin De Leon(D) District 24: Ed Hernandez(D) District 26: Curren Price(D) District 28: Jenny Oropeza(D) District 30: Ron Calderon(D) California Assembly District 36: Dual Endorsement Shawntrice Watkins (D) and Linda Jones(D) District 38: Diana Shaw(D) District 39: Felipe Fuentes(D) District 40: Bob Blumenfield(D) District 41: Julia Brownley(D) District 42: Mike Feuer(D) District 43: Mike Gatto(D) District 44: Anthony Portantino(D) HOW page 37

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Guest contribution by Ilargi October 28, 2010 This is a guest post by Ilargi, editor-in-chief for The Automatic Earth. In anticipation of tomorrow's announcement of Q3 GDP by the BEA, here's a comparison of the BEA numbers with a series of other data. Let's start with a bit of "history". I first published on the Consumer Metrics Institute's CMI growth Indices in August '10, after seeing Doug Short's graphs in which he combined the CMI 91-day index with BEA's GDP numbers and the S&P 500. While the comparison is inviting, as is obvious to anyone who sees it, it's not perfect. So I began to tinker with Doug's work. The first step was to move the CMI 91-day data forward vs GDP by roughly one quarter. Not only does this line up peaks and troughs with remarkable accuracy, it also addresses the fact that the 91-day index is a leading indicator, something that's easy to see when you realize that it's updated daily, while this week's Q3 GDP numbers are published a full 4 months after Q3 began. It looks like this: I then also shifted the S&P data, something that's a bit harder to explain as both an act in itself and as a phenomenon. What I can say is that the S&P is highly volatile and follows the GDP numbers

bit too much attention compared to the others. Which are the 183day and the 365-day index. Since I had never seen these in a graph, I contacted RIck Davis at CMI in September, and he provided one, saying that they'd never done this graph before, and that it does indeed look interesting. Here's the graph that Doug made which adds these two indices, both with the same one-quarter shift as the 91-day: I first contacted Doug last week, and I think that was the first time he saw my versions of his own graphs. He called them "fascinating" and asked me for the post you're reading. The reason I wrote to him, as well as to Rick Davis at CMI, was a question Doug fielded from a dhort.com reader, who wondered how it was possible that the US Census Bureau reported a +7.3% y-o-y rise in retail sales in September '10, while the CMI 91day index is tumbling. Earlier, I had seen a Gallup with, again, remarkable accuracy, 4 weeks until 3 months from now. won't be known until well after report on consumer spending that only it does so with about a one At least not by the BEA. t h e N o v e m b e r 3 m i d - t e r m showed a drop of -10.6% over quarter delay. Now, most of us However, if we can build a e l e c t i o n s , w h e n t h e B E A that same period. will feel that the markets have a sufficiently solid case for CMI publishes its first revision. Note These are the kinds of things that leading role in the economy, and data as a leading indicator for that the Q2 numbers only recently make me itchy. All parties they do, but it's not the only role "official" GDP numbers, perhaps went through a second revision, involved, Gallup, Census Bureau, they play. They are very much we won't have to wait that long. which was down 33% from the B E A a n d C M I , m a y h a v e followers too, something I'm We won't be able to offer 100% first one, lowering GDP growth different survey methods, and convinced we'll see confirmed certainty, since we have no from 2.4% to 1.6%. That is, more they may measure somewhat when in Q4, our present point in crystal ball, but we might yet be than 5 months after the start of different areas of spending. But time, economic numbers will able to make you give this some Q2, the BEA still needed to revise an 18% difference in findings is deteriorate. The result is: serious thought. its data by a third. simply too much, it lacks The problem of course remains Friday's Q3 GDP numbers are not Back to CMI. The 91-day growth c r e d i b i l i t y . the same: we won't be allowed to all that important. As Doug has index is not the only index they know what happened in the past previously noted, the "real" data publish, and in fact I find it gets a SOME page 35

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spending. The Fed would not give away money even if it could! Sure, the Fed can provide liquidity, but it cannot force businesses or consumers to borrow. Yet people tell me the Fed will cause hyperinflation. It does not add up. Congress can give money away, but the next Congress will look a lot different than this Congress. I discussed the political and some economic consequences of that reality in Obamacare Career Ending Votes; Republican Chance to Win Senate; Expect House Blowout; Stimulus Appetite Greatly Diminished Here is one more point about hyperinflation. If the US dollar goes, every fiat currency on the planet will follow. The idea that hyperinflation will hit the US alone is preposterous. The Euro, the Yen, the Pound would all go up in flames at the same time. The way to protect against that situation is to have gold. Holding gold also works against the other extreme, deflation, on the basis that gold is money. Gold does not do well in all circumstances, however. Gold did very poorly from 1980 to 2000, a period of ordinary inflation. There is no guaranteed play anywhere. 9. What's the question we should have asked, but didn't? What's your answer? Mish: I guess it would be: "Does

your crystal ball have a forecast for the stock market? For Gold? The US Dollar?" Let's start with gold. I see articles everyday by some prominent people saying things like "I know gold is going to ... whatever". The thing is, they don't know and neither do I. Only a charlatan or a fool can make such a claim. Of course the fools and charlatans may be right, but it is not because they "know" anything. One thing I do know is that I don't know things of that nature. That puts me ahead of all those who claim to know the unknowable. Probabilities I prefer to look at things in terms of probabilities. It is highly likely the Fed embarks on Quantitative Easing. That should be good for gold, but short term that QE may easily be priced in. Moreover, the Fed may go slower than what the market thinks. Thus, there could be a huge "sell the news" event in both gold and the stock market on the QE announcement, no matter what that announcement is. Should that happen, given that gold is in a long-term bull market, and given that Bernanke will likely go back to the QE well, I expect buying the next big dip in gold would be a higher probability event than buying a 10% correction in the stock

market. There is a lot going for gold, but it is by no means a "sure thing". Is the Equities Bottom In? Many people claim the "Bottom is In"? Is it? How can they know? I am not even sure if the bottom is likely in. Look at the half-dozen 50% or greater rallies in the Nikkei over the course of two decades, all taken back and then some. How many "knew" that would not happen. How many in the US "knew" that housing prices could not possibly collapse. I am quite sure that stocks are richly priced, but that sure does not mean stocks cannot rally further from here. We are in a credit bust scenario with enormous deflationary pressures, even if outright deflation is not sustained. As such, the risk in equities is a lot higher than most think. Faith Bubble There is a lot of confidence in the Fed's ability to produce inflation. Indeed, I think there is a bubble of confidence in the Fed's ability to produce inflation. Should that bubble burst, equities can collapse far faster than most think possible. Risk Management Hyperinflation is theoretically possible, but highly unlikely in practice for reasons stated above.

But what if Prechter is right? Actually I think the grandsupercycle collapse he is calling for is also highly unlikely, although it too is certainly possible. Is worry over such extremes or attempts to profit from such extremes at this stage a waste of energy? I think so. Unless you are a day-trader, it is important to be aware of such possibilities, while focusing on the more likely probabilities. The bottom may be in, but a test of 850 or even the 700-800 area of the S&P sure seems likely enough. How many are prepared for that? Anti-dollar sentiment is once again extreme. It is quite similar to the extreme anti-Euro sentiment a few months back. Look at what happened. Are we setup for another reversal? How many are prepared for the market to go sideways for 5 years or longer, as earnings catch up with valuations. This happened in the 70's and there is absolutely no reason it cannot happen again. Sadly, most aren't prepared for those scenarios, just as they were unprepared for the collapse we saw in housing and the collapse we saw in global equities. Some questions to ponder are: Do you really want to be long after this runup? How long? What are appropriate hedges? What

happens if the dollar rises? Is it possible, if not likely to get a reasonably strong move up in the US dollar here? The important point is not whether or not you agree with my probabilities; the key point is to be thinking about risk management and opportunities. It is far easier to make up for lost opportunities than lost cash. Mike "Mish" Shedlock h t t p : / / globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot. com Click Here To Scroll Thru My Recent Post List Mike "Mish" Shedlock is a registered investment advisor representative for SitkaPacific Capital Management. Sitka Pacific is an asset management firm whose goal is strong performance and low volatility, regardless of market direction. Visit http:// www.sitkapacific.com/ account_management.html to learn more about wealth management and capital preservation strategies of Sitka Pacific.

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So who's right? At a certain point it comes down to one's own trust in the various methods. I did ask Gallup for their thoughts on the gap between their data and the government's, but they've unfortunately failed to respond to date. Which is a shame, since even with a bucketful of caveats, the Census Bureau seems to make Gallup look grossly incompetent. And not only Gallup, CMI too. It would be interesting if Doug can, for a future post, obtain the complete Gallup and Census Bureau files, and incorporate them in a graph. For now, though, we still have to interpret the possible CMI indices. This is no easy matter. As I said, we have no crystal ball. However, we can't deny that the CMI 91-day index, when shifted, has that eery compliance with the BEA GDP numbers. Still, when we look at the 183 and 365-day graphs, we see a much smoother "motion". They take away much of the volatility that's inherent in the 91day. We need to recognize that this also means that the 365-day can shift us away, whether up or

down, from more recent events, in that it averages out an entire year. And there lies a big clue as to why it is much smoother than the BEA GDP numbers, which measure only 91-day increments. This means that the 365-day then becomes a very solid and reliable index, potentially much more so than the GDP, even if, as I said, it can miss out on very real, more extreme moves. The expectation among "experts" is that the initial report on Q3 GDP will come in around +2%. Remember, this can undergo strong revisions later on. If we look at the 365-day index in the graph above, we can make a preliminary "prediction" (remember, no crystal ball) for GDP going forward. As the graph is right now, that is with the 3-month shift forward, Q3 GDP according to the CMI 365-day index comes at around +1.25%. And if I can be bold for a moment, I would say chances are that no matter what number is published tomorrow, the BEA Q3 GDP will be very close to that after all revisions have been done. Sadly, we won't know until

say, Christmas. If we look at what the 365-day would appear to say about Q4, I would say we come to about -0.5% (average the graph over the 3-month window). While it's still all too close to crystal ball territory for (my) complete comfort, I am convinced that this is a far more solid way of interpretation of the data then the "bare" comparison of BEA and the CMI 91-day index, because both, on account of their limited timeframes, are subject to high volatility. NOTE: it is for instance entirely possible that we will decide at some point that the 365-day needs to be shifted forward a little more, which would move the fall in GDP also further into the future. But that is not the most important thing here: we're not aiming for details, but for trendlines. And the CMI 365-day index, which as of this morning stands at -2.86% (even as the 91day shows signs of "recovery"), looks like a solid indicator for such a trendline, far too solid to ignore. Also, seeing that in the most pronounced part of the last downturn, Q4 2008, the 365-day

never went below -2%, while BEA GDP scraped -7%, we may well have something worse than 2.86% ahead of us. Lastly, I remain curious about the discrepancy found in the Gallup and CMI vs the "official" data. And I'm not ashamed to state that I, like many others, have strong doubts about just about any number the US government publishes these days, whether it's GDP or unemployment. In the latter case, we have a "second opinion" available in U6 vs U3 data, which indicate a US unemployment rate of 17.1% instead of 9.6%. What we try to do with the CMI data is seeking to find a similar "second opinion", this time for GDP and consumer spending. To be continued, no doubt. ----------------This post previously appeared at DShort.com > Join the conversation about this story »

Unfriend Finder Helps You Discover Who Has Unfriended You on Facebook [Facebook]
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neighbors have big, elaborate domes. Luckily for this church, two artists have come to its Submitted at 10/28/2010 1:00:00 AM rescue... If buildings had feelings, the St. Pieterjan Gijs and Arnout Van Michiel Church in Belgian would Vaerenbergh created the "Upside comprised of hundreds of meters be depressed because all its Dome," a real-size scale model of chain. The installation is

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noreply@blogger.com (Michael Shedlock) (Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis)

higher-than-expected tax revenue to build foreign reserves as it attempts to weaken the currency. The shifts suggest G-20 members Submitted at 10/27/2010 9:06:00 PM So much for the G20's agreement will keep trying to defend their to agree on currencies. South economies from the slide of the Korea, Indonesia, Columbia, dollar and capital inflows even Thailand, Brazil and now Europe after the group promised Oct. 23 and South Africa are all bitching to refrain from “competitive about the strength of their devaluation” and to increasingly currencies. embrace market- determined Every Man for Himself currencies. Bloomberg says it's‘Every Man Bank Indonesia will “guard” the for Himself’ on Currencies After rupiah at its “fundamental” level G-20 Finance chiefs from South of 8,900 to 9,300 against the Korea to South Africa signaled dollar and buy foreign currencies they may act to slow gains in to limit volatility, Governor their currencies, just four days Darmin Nasution said today. after the Group of 20 vowed to Bank Negara Malaysia Governor soothe trade tensions in the $4 Zeti Akhtar Aziz told Bloomberg trillion-a-day foreign-exchange Television yesterday she favors a market. gradual strengthening of the Asian currencies fell to a one- ringgit. week low after Bank of Korea More currency measures may be Governor Kim Choong Soo said on the way. President Juan today that measures to mitigate M a n u e l S a n t o s h a s said capital flows could be “useful.” Colombia may take additional Hours later, the rand dropped as steps this week to ease the peso’s South African Finance Minister rally and Chilean President P r a v i n G o r d h a n s a i d h i s Sebastian Pinera said Oct. 25 that government will use part of his government plans to increase

foreign investment limits for institutions. Having already removed a 15 percent tax exemption for foreigners on income from domestic bonds, Thailand Finance Minister Korn Chatikavanij warned on Oct. 25 that regulators are “keeping an eye” on speculative inflows. While he didn’t advocate action by European governments, Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean -Claude Juncker, who chairs the group of euro-area finance ministers, also said today the dollar is “undervalued” against the euro. “Europe is the victim” of global currency policies, Juncker said at a conference in Frankfurt. Everyone a Victim It would be easy to mock Juncker but truth be known, everyone is a victim of Bernanke's misguided Quantitative Easing strategy and interest rate policies. It's an international currency war says Brazil’s finance minister as noted in Pied Piper Politics; Krugman and Candle Makers

Complain about the Sun; Global Trade Wars For more on competitive currency debasement including capital controls, please see Emerging Market Economies Turn to Capital Controls; Forex Market in State of Disarray; Gold's Message; Life Imitates Art. Mike "Mish" Shedlock h t t p : / / globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot. com Click Here To Scroll Thru My Recent Post List Mike "Mish" Shedlock is a registered investment advisor representative for SitkaPacific Capital Management. Sitka Pacific is an asset management firm whose goal is strong performance and low volatility, regardless of market direction. Visit http:// www.sitkapacific.com/ account_management.html to learn more about wealth management and capital preservation strategies of Sitka Pacific.

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District 45: Gilbert Cedillo(D) District 46: John Perez(D) District 47: Holly Mitchell(D) District 48: Mike Davis(D) District 49: Mike Eng(D) District 50: Richard Lara(D) District 51: Steven Bradford(D) District 52: Isadore Hall(D) District 53: Betsy Butler(D) District 54: Bonnie Lowenthal(D) District 55: Warren Furutani(D) District 56: Tony Mendoza(D) District 57: Roger Hernandez(D) District 58: Charles Calderon(D) Los Angeles County Assessor: John Noguez Santa Monica City Council: Terry O’Day The above Email was sent to me by reader "Chris who writes ... Dear Mish UAW Local 2865 is a public employees union. It represents teaching assistants at UCLA. I was a member last year, and still get their emails. Funny to begin with that grad students are represented by the auto workers union, but I was blown away by the last sentence of the intro paragraph to the "voting guide," which warns us to vote the straight Democratic ticket because of "the refusal of

Republican lawmakers to vote for fair tax policiesthat reinvest in the public sector." We pay 9.75 percent sales tax in Los Angeles County, and the 9.55 percent state income tax bracket starts somewhere around $48,000. We pay the highest gasoline tax in the nation. Add property taxes, ten percent transient occupancy taxes on hotel rooms, vehicle licensing fees, business license fees, and on and on -- and our union concludes that the problem is not enough taxes. How much would be enough? There's no such thing. I'm absolutely certain that at 20 percent sales tax, AFSCME and ATLA and the UAW Local 2865 would still be blasting out messages condemning the state's failure to levy sufficient taxes. Oh, if only we had politicians who were willing to tax us! Chris Prop 25 Note that the one thing most wanted by UAW 2865 was a vote for Proposition 25. That means the very last thing you want to see happen is a vote for Proposition 25. It is very nice of UAW 2865 to provide this valuable service.

Moreover, they have made it easy by endorsing only Democrats. That means all you really need to know in the upcoming election if you live in California is to vote straight Republican with a "NO" vote on proposition 25. Mike "Mish" Shedlock h t t p : / / globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot. com Click Here To Scroll Thru My Recent Post List Mike "Mish" Shedlock is a registered investment advisor representative for SitkaPacific Capital Management. Sitka Pacific is an asset management firm whose goal is strong performance and low volatility, regardless of market direction. Visit http:// w w w . s i t k a p a c i f i c . c o m / Habitually Chic (Habitually account_management.html to Chic®) l e a r n m o r e a b o u t w e a l t h Submitted at 10/28/2010 2:11:06 PM management and capital preservation strategies of Sitka I'm a sucker for period movies, especially those with English Pacific. accents and even more so, those staring Colin Firth. So what happens when an English accent of character played by Firth in a period film is accompanied by a stammer? That is the story of The King's Speech which opens November 26th. Prince George, The Duke of York was second in line to the throne behind his brother so his stammer wouldn't really have been as big of a problem had his brother not abdicated the throne to marry Wallis Simpson. (Madonna is making a film about that story.) After his brother abdicates,

The King's Speech
George ('Bertie') reluctantly assumes the throne as King George VI. Because his stutter has called into question his ability to rule, he and Elizabeth I engage the help of an unorthodox speech therapist named Lionel Logue. "Through a set of unexpected techniques, and as a result of an unlikely friendship, Bertie is able to find his voice and boldly lead the country through war." George VI and Elizabeth I are the parents of reigning Queen Elizabeth II and it will be interesting to see her childhood during the war. There are already rumors that this film will earn Colin Firth an Oscar just as The Queen earned Helen Mirren her statue. I think it's safe to say that The Academy is also a sucker for an English accent.

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Cash-In Closings: 33% Of Homeowners Who Refinanced In 3Q Cut Principal
noreply@blogger.com (Michael Shedlock) (Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis)

During the first year of the refinance loan life, those borrowers will save over $1,400 in principal and interest payments Submitted at 10/28/2010 1:44:00 PM C o n s u m e r d e l e v e r a g i n g on a $200,000 loan. continues in the housing market, Cash-out borrowers, or those that a n d n o t a l l o f t h a t i s v i a increased their loan balance by at foreclosure or default. Freddie least 5%, represented 18% of all Mac reports 33% Of Homeowners refinanced loans -- the lowest Who Refinanced In 3Q Cut since Freddie began tracking. P r i n c i p a l O n e - t h i r d o f Freddie said $7.4 billion in net homeowners who refinanced their home equity was cashed out mortgage terms in the third during the quarter, down from quarter lowered their principal $9.4 billion in the second quarter balance through so-called cash-in and less than 10% of the peak at closing, according to Freddie volume that was seen in the Mac (FMCC). second quarter of 2006. Cash-In It was the second-highest total Trend since Freddie began keeping Michael Becker, a mortgage records of refinance patterns in banker, sent me this note just a bit 1985. The revised cash-in rate in ago ... the second quarter was 23%. I can confirm that "cash-in" Rates on 30-year fixed mortgages refinancing is a new trend. I have dropped during the third quarter many borrowers who are bringing to levels not seen since the early money to the closing table in 1 9 5 0 s , a c c o r d i n g t o F r a n k order to be able qualify for a N o t h a f t , F r e d d i e ' s c h i e f refinance at today's low rates. economist. Isn't this another example of how T h e m e d i a n i n t e r e s t - r a t e the US consumer is deleveraging? r e d u c t i o n w a s a b o u t o n e Thanks. A few years back cashpercentage point, or at least 18%. out refinancing was used to buy

cars, boats, granite countertops, and take vacations. This new trend shows a market now turned 180 degrees from consumption and risk to frugality and risk avoidance. This is a good thing, but foolish central bankers do not see it that way. Mike "Mish" Shedlock h t t p : / / globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot. com Click Here To Scroll Thru My Recent Post List Mike "Mish" Shedlock is a registered investment advisor representative for SitkaPacific Capital Management. Sitka Pacific is an asset management firm whose goal is strong performance and low volatility, regardless of market direction. Visit http:// www.sitkapacific.com/ account_management.html to learn more about wealth management and capital preservation strategies of Sitka Pacific.

Beautiful Watercolor Landscapes (12 pieces)
Eugene (Featured Blog Posts My Modern Metropolis)

River Valley. “Usually I go around-- - to the river, the forest, the lake – to try and find Submitted at 10/28/2010 4:29:04 PM interesting compositions.” One Growing up in Shanghai, Z.L. can only imagine the beautiful Feng began painting at age seven. landscapes he must see during the After experimenting with all kinds fall season, when the leaves of different mediums, he finally change colors. settled on a favorite - watercolor. Before coming to the U.S. in The artist always revered the 1986, Feng received his BFA medium because of its level of degree from Shanghai Teacher’s difficulty. “With watercolor you University and taught in its art cannot cover your mistakes, so department for four years. He you must know what you are completed the MFA degree at doing,” he says. Radford University in 1989 where One of Feng's favorite places to he is currently a Professor of Art. find inspiration is in the ' countryside of Virginia's New Z.L. Feng

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A Look At How The Housing Crisis Is Still Crushing Labor Mobility And The Job Recovery
Calculated Risk (Money Game)
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housing market is undoubtedly the biggest factor suppressing relocation. Job seekers who own a From Source: Challenger, Gray home – even if they are open to & C h r i s t m a s : J o b S e e k e r relocating for a new job – are Relocation Drops to Record Low basically stuck where they are if The percentage of unemployed they are unable or unwilling to m a n a g e r s a n d e x e c u t i v e s sell their homes without incurring relocating for a new position fell a significant loss,” said John A. to a record low in the third quarter Challenger, chief executive of 2010, as a slightly improved officer of Challenger, Gray & j o b m a r k e t a n d g r e a t l y Christmas. d e p r e c i a t e d h o m e v a l u e s Click through for a larger version combined to eliminate this option > for most job seekers. Here is the quarterly data from Just 6.9 percent of job seekers Challenger, Gray. Mobility has who found employment in the been trending down for some third quarter relocated for the new time, but really declined over the position. That was down from a last year. relocation rate of 13.4 percent in It is tough to move when you the same quarter a year ago ... can't sell your home. Sometimes “Continued weakness in the the new employer will pick up the

short fall for key executives and managers, but it is probably too expensive in many cases now. This is no surprise. Here is what I wrote in 2007: Less worker mobility [due to

negative equity] is kind of like arteriosclerosis of the economy. It lowers the overall growth potential. Perhaps as many as 15 to 20 million households will be

saddled with negative equity by 2009. Even if most of these homeowners don't "walk away", there might still be a negative impact on the economy due to less worker mobility. One of the strengths of the U.S. labor market has been the flexibility associated with labor mobility at all levels of employment - households could easily move from one region to another for better employment. The sharp decline in house prices, leaving homeowners with significant negative equity, appears to be limiting this flexibility. Join the conversation about this story »

Adobe Shows Off Flash-to-HTML5 Conversion Tool
Scott Gilbertson (Wired Top Stories)
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Even though its Flash technology is used as a punching bag by webstandards fans, Adobe has been building tools that embrace HTML5. The company recently released its own HTML5 video player, and Adobe Illustrator and Dreamweaver CS5 now contain a number of new HTML5 export tools. Now it seems Flash might be joining the party. At Adobe’s

MAX conference this week, Adobe engineer Rik Cabanier showed of a demo of tool that converts Flash animations to HTML5. (Well, technically it looks like a combination of HTML5, CSS and images.) The video below, while not the best quality, shows the tool in action: Adobe Flash has taken a beating the last couple of years. First Apple attacked Flash for poor performance, then open tools like HTML5, CSS 3 and JavaScript began stealing much of its

thunder, offering video, audio and animation — traditional Flash strongholds — without the need for the free plug-in. While rumors of Flash’s demise have been greatly exaggerated, there’s no question that, were Flash to remain what it is today, it would eventually be replaced by HTML5 tools. Keep in mind this is just a demo, not something that’s scheduled for release any time soon. It’s also worth noting that, despite the claims of “HTML5,” the page generated appears to be using the

XHTML 1.0 doctype. Clearly this is a work in progress. Still, even if the final project generated the kind of messy markup you see in the video, just the ability to export your animations out of Flash, even if the final code needs some cleanup, would be godsend for developers who want to move their complicated Flash animations to web standards that play on devices where Flash can’t run. [Via Adobe's John Nack] This article originally appeared

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Electric Airplanes, Coming Soon to a Flight School Near You
Jason Paur (Wired Top Stories)
Submitted at 10/28/2010 8:00:00 AM

Range. It seems to be the word that is in the middle of any debate about electric vehicles. As we discovered in our short flight in the E-Spyder, electric airplanes won’t be crossing the country any time soon on battery power. But there is already plenty of interest from pilots who look forward to the quiet, smooth flight, even if the early electric aircraft won’t provide anything close to the range of traditional small airplanes. But flight schools are showing a strong interest, liking the low cost and simplicity of electric flight. Flight times for two-seat electric aircraft in development already exceed 90 minutes. That might not be enough for a long crosscountry flight, but it’s longer than the typical flight lesson lasts. And this is what has caught the attention of flight schools. The commercial side of electric airplanes may be less about going places, and more about teaching student pilots how to fly. And the first electric student pilot has already flown solo, learning the basics entirely in a batterypowered airplane. The history of electric aircraft is a relatively short one. At least the list of aircraft is short. Sure, the Tissandier brothers flew an airship flying under electric power in the 1880s. But it wasn’t until the late 1970s that electric airplanes started to take flight, and

it was far from commonplace. Many of those early electric airplanes flew on solar power, such as Larry Mauro’s Solar Riser, Paul MacReady’s Solar Challenger and Eric Raymond’s Sunseeker, which he flew across the United States in a series of 121 flights during the summer of 1990. But these aircraft were pioneering, experimental airplanes, not the kind of airplane an average pilot could hop into and take off for an easy flight. The short history of electric aircraft aimed at pilots who could buy one and fly only started in 2007 when Randall Fishman first flew his battery-powered trike

hang glider and unveiled it to the world at Airventure Oshkosh. Randall Fishman's ElectraFlyerX Since 2007, Fishman has gone on to build and fly an single-seat electric airplane based on a motor glider design and is currently finishing the design and construction of a two-place composite airplane he believes will compete with similarly sized light sport aircraft. And Fishman isn’t alone. EADS, the parent company of Airbus, has converted the tiny Cri-Cri to electric power. And an Italian team flew the electric SkySpark at more than 150 miles per hour in 2009.

Airplanes closer to production include the E-Spyder ultralight we described yesterday and its big brother, Yuneec’s E430. With a serious commitment of funds, China’s Yuneec appears poised to be the first company to sell an electric powered airplane to the public. Five of the two-seat E430s undergoing flight testing already include a pair here in the United States. The company recently opened a 270,000-square-foot factory near Shanghai dedicated to electric aircraft manufacturing and will add another 200,000 square feet this spring. Yuneec’s managing director Clive Coote says after first

unveiling the E430 in Oshkosh last year, they received a lot of interest from pilots and flight schools. The company listened to the feedback and made several changes to the design. The updated E430 includes easily removable wing tips that allow it to be stored in standard aircraft hangars, and the batteries can easily be swapped in less than four minutes. Coote says several flight schools were impressed by the design and, perhaps more importantly, the operating costs he says will be less than $10/hour. “I think the flight school side in the states is going to be very, very ELECTRIC page 41

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big for electric.” Coote says the two-seat E430 will sell for just under $90,000, tens of thousands of dollars less than many traditional gaspowered light sport aircraft. He says Yuneec is set to begin production next year and deliver the first models to customers in early 2012. With the swappable battery, Coote believes a flight school can operate the airplane all day with just two batteries. A boost charger can refill the electrons in less than 90 minutes and he adds the batteries can be balance-charged every night to increase longevity. With more than 1500 cycles per battery, each battery pack should last between 2,000 to 3,000 flight hours, more than the typical gasoline engine the electric-power system replaces. An additional battery pack isn’t cheap though, they cost around $20,000 each. The Federal Aviation Administration currently does not have any rules in place for electric aircraft. The FAA says before regulators could recognize electric propulsion systems for certification, several standards including performance,

installation and maintenance would have to be developed in order to certify an electric airplane. ASTM International, the standards organization that oversees the light-sport-aircraft industry is in the process of drafting documents for electric light-sport aircraft that it will present to the FAA. These standards could cover aircraft such as Randall Fishman’s ElectraFlyer-X and Yuneec’s E430. The E-Spyder is able to fly under the regulations outlined for ultralight aircraft weighing less than 254 pounds empty that have been in place since the ultralight boom of the 1980s. And the small airplane has already served as the learning platform for the first student pilot flying electric. Tom Peghiny who has been flying ultralights for more than 25 years began carefully instructing one of his employees in the ESpyder during the past month. Mathew Fortin is an experienced pilot of remote-controlled aircraft and competes at the national level in r/c aerobatics. Before his first taxiing lessons

down the runway in the E-Spyder, Fortin had only flown a few times in small aircraft with no formal instruction. “This is my first real experience with takeoffs and landings,” he said of flying the E-Spyder. Student pilot Mathew Fortin learning to fly in the E-Spyder With Peghiny’s instruction and supervision, Fortin made several trips up and down the runway before making his first small hops off the ground. In the end, he estimates he made around 25 trips up and down the runway without flying more than just a few feet above the runway. With this experience under his belt, Fortin made his first flight to altitude last Thursday and says it was an incredible feeling to pilot an aircraft for the first time. And he does think the electric motor makes learning to fly more enjoyable. “It was less intimidating having the electric motor, not some loud clanky gas engine” Fortin says. “It really makes it easy to focus on flying.” There are still no electric airliners on the drawing boards, or even an airplane capable of a long cross-

country flight. So, until the much dreamed of super batteries are developed, student pilots learning to fly in an electric airplane will of course need some transition training to fly normal gaspowered aircraft. But in the near term, there could be a generation of pilots who not only learn to fly, but learn to enjoy the pleasure, and challenges, of flying with only the flow of electrons powering their flight. Photos: Yuneec International, Electric Aircraft Corporation, Mathew Fortin 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: Beyond Hiroshima - The NonReporting of Falluja's Cancer Catastrophe.

Entrepreneurs and Pirates: NBA Agents Lament State of Industry
Sam Amick (FanHouse Main)
Submitted at 10/28/2010 2:00:00 PM

Filed under: Kings, Sports Business and Media In the New Jersey office of longtime NBA agent Keith Glass, there is a sign that says everything about the dog -eat-dog world in which he works. "It's from Mark Twain, and it (reads), 'I'll always do right, which will surprise some people and astonish the rest,' " Glass said, "It's as simple as that." If only he were right. The agent business has never been a simple one, and some of the league's longest-tenured professionals say it has become increasingly more complicated in recent years. And even dirtier than usual.

HBO Says 'Big Love' Will End After Season 5
Jean Bentley (TV Squad)

which is set to premiere on Jan. 16, will be the show's last. According to a statement from Filed under: Reality-Free, TV series creators Mark V. Olsen and News HBO announced today that Will Scheffer, "We had a strong Henrickson family would make the fifth season of'Big Love,' conception of the journey the
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Intel Gets Into the 'News' Business
Jon Stokes (Wired Top Stories)
Submitted at 10/28/2010 12:52:00 PM

Intel has launched what looks to be the semiconductor industry’s answer to the venerable in-flight magazine: Free Press, a “news” site hosted and published by Intel. It’s sort of like Delta Sky magazine, but with a more direct and pervasive focus on Intel. The new site hosts byline-less articles on topics that range from Moore’s Law, to the retirement of a recent top Intel engineer, to a spa near Intel’s Ireland fab. But lest you think that Intel won’t use Free Press as a platform for aggressively pushing (and pushing back against) specific stories, the lead story on the site Wednesday gives a solid indication of the kind of heavy PR lifting that the company will do with the new outlet. Specifically, the article takes a solid whack directly at the “tablets are cannibalizing netbooks” idea that has become the tech topic du jour. And when we say “solid whack,” the writer actually went out and did a lot of bona fide reporting on the topic. There are the obligatory quotes from analysts at Gartner and ABI Research, along with data from analyst reports. But the writer also quotes conference panel sessions, which he or she presumably attended, and uses material from on-the-record interviews with writers at a number of other press outlets.

Intel went beyond dressing up a press release or a set of talking points in news drag. The fact that Intel is apparently using real journalists for this site probably answers the question of why there are no bylines on the articles. PRish work of this sort is very lucrative for reporters, but it’s the kiss of death for a serious journalism career. Once you sell your soul like that, it’s hard to get regular work again. (But if you’re good at flacking, the pay is massively better.) So it’s probably easier for Intel to get talent to write for the site if they don’t have to put their name on it. Free Press’s commitment to

doing work that looks and smells like journalism goes beyond the aforementioned reportorial diligence, and it has driven the outlet to adopt some journalistic tropes and tics that can seem comically out-of-place. For instance, the opening line of an article on the retirement of Intel’s Kevin Kahn reads, “Technologist Kevin Kahn has made countless friends within Intel Corporation and the industry over the course of a 34-year career that is coming to a close, Intel Free Press has learned.” “Has learned”? Really? If Free Press continues to do real (if agenda-driven) reporting on

current tech topics, it raises the question of how tech news outlets should treat it. Should Free Press be ignored, even if it does good work? Is it fair to always flag the site with a construction like “the Intel-owned Free Press”—what about “the GE-owned NBC News”? Right now, the answer to the latter question is a little easier, because Intel itself specifically brands the site as a PR entity. But who knows where things could go next? Some say that corporatesponsored PR is the future of journalism. Others say it’s the present reality, and that Intel is only being up-front about it. We report, you decide.

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Magical Webs Found in the Forest (12 pics)
alice (Featured Blog Posts - My Modern Metropolis)
Submitted at 10/28/2010 2:30:00 PM

What would you do if you came across these beautiful webs in the forest? Would you wonder who could have left you such a sweet surprise...these magical webs placed where there's no one in sight? Based on the idea of lines, Seb Preschoux has created this incredible string art. What began as paintings and then drawings soon turned into amazing art installations. Preschoux wanted to make something in a natural environment so he chose forests in Paris as his setting. Easy to reach and a perfect place with lots of space, Preschoux liked "the contrast between nature and the geometrical shapes produced by the installations and their light

and colors." Called 9 Colors, the rainbow installation took a half a day to prepare and more than 20 hours to weave. As he tells us, "you need to go fast, because the forest is a live environment, trees move with the wind and the string can be broken." Surprisingly, 9 Colors was still one of the simplest and fastest to realize as some of his installations can take him several days to create. It can found in the Auvers sur Oise forest in the north of Paris. My other favorite of his is called Nocturnes. I asked Preschoux to tell us the background story to this installation and here's what he shared. "The Nocturne series is the next step in these installations, they are more complex, more difficult to realize, they take me more time. The fixation points are strong and

very fragile. If a point breaks all the installation must be redone. I came up with it when I was talking with Ludovic Le Couster (my friend photographer who is shooting all the installations). We thought, together, that it could be

very interesting to shoot the installations by night, it was a real challenge for us. Because Ludovic works with a traditional camera (not digital or numeric), that means he had to place the camera during the day. Then, when the

installation was done, we gave it some light, used long exposure, and he shot twenty pictures. We got back home and several days later we had the results. It was really exciting!" Finally, just how much work goes into these before-hand? "There is no pre-work," he says. "All the work is made directly in the natural environment. I try to prepare them, but nature changes, you have to compose with it, and that's what I like about these installations. When I draw, I'm used to doing some pre-work, but in nature I'm like a kid in a school yard...I play!" Thanks for the interview, Preschoux! Your artwork is stunning. Seb Preschoux

Poll: How Long Should CBS Continue to Stand Behind Charlie Sheen?
Robyn Ross (TVGuide.com: Breaking News)
Submitted at 10/28/2010 12:03:00 PM

Charlie Sheen The recent — and continued — reports of Charlie Sheen's erratic behavior made us wonder: How long should CBS stand behind the Two and a Half Men star? Earlier this week, Sheen landed in the hospital for what his rep says was an "adverse allergic

reaction to some medication." He reportedly caused more than $7,000 in damages to his hotel suite before police intervened. Photos: Charlie Sheen's Trashed Plaza Hotel Room In August, the 45-year-old avoided jail time after pleading guilty to third-degree domestic violence stemming from a dispute in Aspen, Colo., with his wife Brooke Mueller. Who are TV's top earners?

Sheen is currently the highest paid actor on television, receiving a reported $1.25 million per episode. According to Forbes, the

show, currently in its eight season, netted the network $155.1 million in ad revenue last season and is the most watched comedy

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Making The Walking Dead's Gruesome Zombies
Hugh Hart (Wired Top Stories)
Submitted at 10/28/2010 1:00:00 PM

third act suggest the show could gain momentum as it delves deeper into the source material Gore maestro Greg Notero's provided by Robert Kirkman's zombie makeup works to chilling graphic novel series. effect in The Walking Dead, Here's a behind-the-scenes look giving the highly anticipated at the zombie stars of The television show's lumbering W a l k i n g D e a d , w h i c h a i r s parade of reanimated corpses a Sundays at 10 p.m./9 p.m. Central hideously haunting look. The on AMC. series debut, which airs Sunday ( Spoiler alert: Minor plot points on AMC, proves long on pokey follow.) exposition and short on surprises, Above: Zombie Close-Up but delivers the gruesome goods This zombie features makeup by every time the zombie action special effects artist Greg Notero, lurches into high gear. consulting producer on The The Walking Dead's post- Walking Dead. Enter to Win in apocalyptic landscape shines 666 Halloween Giveaway thanks to movie-quality Enter to win in our 666 cinematography, especially when Halloween Giveaway: Wired.com the camera pulls back to reveal and GoldLabel.com are giving car-littered freeways reminiscent away six T-shirts, six mugs and of The Road. And although the six posters. To enter, just leave a near-catatonic state of shock comment below naming the worst exhibited by lead character Rick horror movie special effects of all Grimes (played by Andrew time. Six randomly selected Lincoln) wears thin, new commenters will receive a characters introduced in the pilot's mystery grab bag containing one

T-shirt, one mug and one poster from GoldLabel.com’s selection of customizable TV and movie fan merchandise. Entries must be received by 12:01 a.m. Pacific on Nov. 1, 2010. Giveaway open to U.S. residents only. Bonus: Pick up a Halloween promo code for 15 percent off select merchandise when you visit the GoldLabel.com Facebook page. Images courtesy AMC. Follow us on Twitter:@hughhart and@theunderwire. See Also: 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: Beyond Hiroshima - The NonReporting of Falluja's Cancer Catastrophe.

James MacArthur, Original 'Hawaii Five-0' Danno, Dead at 72
Bob Sassone (TV Squad)
Submitted at 10/28/2010 9:00:00 AM

Filed under: Features, TV News James MacArthur, who played Danno in the original 'Hawaii Five-0'-- the role now played by Scott Caan on the CBS remake -died this morning. He was 72. No cause of death was given. MacArthur was the adopted son of actress Helen Hayes and writer Charles MacArthur. Besides his role on 'Hawaii Five-0,' MacArthur was also known for his role in the 1960 version of 'Swiss Family Robinson.' He appeared in several other movies over the years, including 'Kidnapped,' 'Battle of the Bulge,' 'The Bedford Incident,' and 'Hang 'Em High.' He guest starred on many TV shows too, including 'The Love Boat,' 'Murder, She Wrote,' 'The Adventures of Superboy,' 'Vegas,' 'Fantasy Island,' 'Bonanza,'

'Tarzan,' 'Gunsmoke,' 'The Alfred Hitchcock Hour,' and 'Climax!', his first role. His last role was in the 1998 TV movie 'Storm Chasers: Revenge of the Twister.' Permalink| Email this| Linking Blogs| Comments

Big Love's Fifth Season Will Be Its Last
Gina DiNunno (TVGuide.com: Breaking News)
Submitted at 10/28/2010 12:22:00 PM

Big Love Big Love has been picked up for a fifth and final season, HBO announced Thursday, which will debut on Jan. 16.

Watch Big Love clips "When we created Big Love in 2002, we had a strong conception of the journey the Henrickson family would make over the course of the series, of the story we had to tell," executive producers Mark V. Olsen and "While we were in the writers' Will Scheffer said in a statement. room this year shaping our fifth

season, we discovered that we were approaching the culmination of that story." What do you think of the news? 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/

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Four Myths About the Tea Parties
John B. Judis (The New Republic - All Feed)

lack one or more of these features. In their first years, the Populists (aka Farmers Alliance, etc.) Submitted at 10/27/2010 11:00:00 PM lacked all these of these features. On the eve of the November In 1892, they came together elections, we are suddenly awash a r o u n d a c a n d i d a t e a n d a i n b o o k s , a r t i c l e s , a n d platform, but that didn’t last. The m o n o g r a p h s a b o u t t h e T e a populist movement of the 1880s Parties. Some of these—I would and 1890s was basically a highly s i n g l e o u t S e a n W i l e n t z ’ s decentralized and fractious historical piece in The New movement. Or consider the New Yorker—deepen o u r Left of the 1960s, of which I can understanding, but most of them speak personally. There was a don’t get it right. They are too multiplicity of organizations: quick either to dismiss or to student, black, Chicano, feminist. stigmatize the Tea Parties. And And some of the organizations the mistakes they make are not that claimed to have thousands just academic; they contribute to a and thousands of members were misunderstanding of what it will themselves disorganized and take for liberals and the left—not decentralized. I belonged to an t o m e n t i o n t h e O b a m a SDS chapter in California, but we administration—to turn around n e v e r — a n d I mean A m e r i c a n p o l i t i c s a f t e r never—consulted the national November. office in Chicago. When some Here are some of the most would-be Leninists tried to common misconceptions: consolidate SDS into a cadre 1) “The Tea Party is not a organization in 1969, it splintered movement.” In a front page story and eventually dissolved. in last Sunday’s Washington Post, The conservative movement that Amy Gardner wrote that the Tea began in the mid-’50s also lacked Parties are “not so much a a common platform and dominant movement as a disparate band of n a t i o n a l o r g a n i z a t i o n . T h e vaguely connected gatherings that American Conservative Union do surprisingly little to engage in w a s a n d r e m a i n s a p a p e r the political process.” As organization that puts on evidence, Gardner cites the lack c o n f e r e n c e s . C o n s e r v a t i v e s of a common platform, the lack of coalesced around national leaders a common national candidate, and in 1964 and 1980, but in between the absence of a single dominant these times, they were not national organization. The Tea committed to a single leader. It is Parties, the author suggests, are a easy to forget that in the 1980 m u c h w e a k e r b r e w t h a n election, some new right leaders commonly thought. backed John Connally against But many powerful movements Ronald Reagan! And by Reagan’s

second term, conservatives were feuding again. In other words, American politics has almost always had disorganized, decentralized movements like the Tea Parties—and they have had a significant impact. I don’t want to read too much into Gardner’s analysis, but what I suspect in these cases is that the writer is imposing a continental European model of a political movement onto American politics. In Europe’s multiparty systems, movements cohere more easily into parties, but in America, the two-party system discourages the transition from movement to party except when the movement takes over one of the two parties. 2) “The Tea Party is a fascist movement.” Several authors have claimed that the Tea Party, far from being incoherent in its views, is really an American “fascist” movement. Sara Robinson from the Campaign for America’s Future cites the definition of fascism from a book, The Anatomy of Fascism: ...a form of political behavior marked by obsessive preoccupation with community decline, humiliation or victimhood and by compensatory cults of unity, energy and purity, in which a mass-based party of committed nationalist militants, working in uneasy but effective collaboration with traditional elites, abandons democratic liberties and pursues with redemptive violence and without ethical or legal restraints goals of

internal cleansing and external expansion. “Sound familiar?” she asks. Not to me. The Tea Party isn’t a party, has not yet abandoned democratic liberties, and has not pursued “redemptive violence.” A few fights here or there, maybe, but not Brown Shirt violence. The problem here is very similar to that of denying that the Tea Party is a “movement.” In both cases, the author is imposing abstract definitions that are rooted in European, not American, history. What I would say about the Tea Party is that like the European fascism between the world wars, it is a deeply reactionary movement. People often look backwards for solutions when faced with adversity. In continental Europe, that meant looking back to an authoritarian past—in the case of Italy, all the way to the days of the Roman Empire. In the U.S. it has meant looking back to an antistatist past, when liberty was defined in opposition to government. That’s how the Tea Party movement sees it. It’s our American version of political backwardness, not of fascism. 3)“The Tea Party is racist.” I dealt with this argument at some length before, and I am not going to repeat what I wrote. But an extensive new study put out by the NAACP and the Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights has appeared, and it requires a response. There is some new information about the

Tea Parties in this study, but the basic thrust of it is to stigmatize the movement as incurably racist by associating it with people like David Duke. Now, I am not denying that there are “antiSemites, racists, and bigots” in the Tea Party movement. Nor would I deny that there were people in the anti-Iraq War left who thought that the U.S. had it coming on September 11. But it is a mistake to reduce the Tea Party to a racist movement—the way one could justifiably reduce something like the White Citizens’ Councils of the 1950s (which claimed only to be for “states’ rights”) to a racist movement. The Tea Party is an accretion of various movements of the past decades, including the Christian right and, as Wilentz shows, the older anti-Communist Right. But it fits above all into the framework of American populism, which has always had right-wing and left-wing variants, and which is rooted in a middle class cri de coeur—that we who do the work and play by the rules are being exploited by parasitic bankers and speculators and/or by shiftless, idle white trash, negroes, illegal immigrants, fill in the blank here. What’s important is that these movements, which gather strength in the face of adversity, can go either right or left. During the 1930s, they tended left rather than right. During Obama’s first term, they FOUR page 48

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The Female Factor
Neera Tanden (The New Republic - All Feed)

provisions and Head Start. The health care bill contained over $1 billion to support nurses visiting Submitted at 10/27/2010 11:00:00 PM new and expectant mothers at Last week, as Democratic home, a program that women’s candidates across the country groups and economists alike have reached out to female voters in the c h a m p i o n e d a s a s m a r t final swing before Election Day, investment. An even bigger the White House released a report victory is the CLASS Act, also on how the president’s economic part of the health care bill, which agenda helps women. The report provides a basic cash benefit to h i g h l i g h t s t h e O b a m a ’ s people (often women) who are administration’s efforts and taking care of the elderly at home. accomplishments on behalf of Yet I can probably count on my women’s e c o n o m i c hand the number of people, s u c c e s s — s m a l l b u s i n e s s including women, who actually expansion that helps female know about these new laws. Amid business owners, jobs tax credits the din of bad news about the that will help women (and men) economy and misinformation find jobs, and laws to enforce about health care reform, these equal pay for equal work, among policies don’t stand a chance, other initiatives. Yet the report sadly, of getting much media passed with little fanfare and even coverage. It doesn’t help that the less media attention—like so Democrats haven’t done enough m a n y o t h e r a s p e c t s o f t h e to shine a public spotlight on president’s remarkably pro- them. woman policy agenda. But they could soon be lost in an It’s almost tragic how this agenda even deeper abyss: The rampant has fallen under the radar during individualism and free-market Obama’s first two years in office. fundamentalism supported by the W e h e a r t o o o f t e n a b o u t Republican Party, which seems on abortion’s controversial role in the the precipice of controlling the y e a r - l o n g h e a l t h c a r e House and possibly the Senate, negotiations—but not enough could undo these initiatives about other women-centered entirely. What’s more, the new issues that, after being promoted Republican wave could mute the by activists for years, have finally voice of women and their most made it into legislation. These go important advocates on the beyond the Lilly Ledbetter Fair national stage. Pay Act. The American The Tea Parties, fueled by Reinvestment and Recovery Act wealthy multimillionaires, are dramatically expanded child care r u n n i n g e x t r e m e

candidates—including women like Sharron Angle and Christine O’Donnell—who want to get rid of policies that help women the most. If the health care bill gets repealed, for instance, the new provisions for long-term care would go out the window, making decades worth of advocacy work moot. But the Tea Parties threaten women in other ways, too. If the Republicans take back the House, the Democratic Party will lose one of its most powerful women: Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who currently has more clout than any woman on the other side of the aisle. Meanwhile, Republicans like Sarah Palin and Nikki Haley will only gain political power—and, with that power, attract more attention to their extreme views. If these Republicans become the nation’s loudest voices of seemingly strong women, that could portend for a shift among younger women’s allegiances toward the Republican Party and its platform. Already, despite the stark realities about what Republicans will likely take away from women once they are in power, we are seeing rumbling of such a change: After forming the backbone of Democratic majorities for years, working-class women are wobbling in their support for the Obama administration. According to a Wall Street Journal poll from last week, while female college

graduates favor Democratic over Republican control (56 percent to 36 percent), women with only some college or a vocational education are running almost even (45 percent to 44 percent). Perhaps, in their growing economic anxiety, this group of women wants to throw out incumbents they perceive have not sufficiently focused on their economic progress. But, of course, if the media paid more attention to Obama’s pro-woman agenda—and both advocates and policymakers did more to broadcast it—these key voters would know that the Democrats, not Republicans, are the politicians who have their interests in mind. Democrats can’t let this continue—they can’t allow Republicans to brand themselves as the party of strong female leaders, or allow women to gradually become a constituency of the right. That’s why it’s critical to have standout women in the party. If Pelosi loses, is there a powerful enough Democratic woman to compete with these Republicans in the national spotlight? There’s Hillary Clinton who, as Secretary of State, has sent a powerful signal to the country and the world about the importance of female leadership in the Obama administration. But, as a technically non-partisan international figure, Hillary won’t be able to do public battle with

the rising right. Perhaps a Governor Sink—if she wins—in Florida could be among a new class of strong female Democrats. The Obama administration would also do well to elevate women in the executive branch and turn public attention to those who are already there. In addition to presenting women as the face of the party, Democrats must focus on issues like long-term care, child care, and equal pay, all of which could rise to the legislative fore in the coming months. Republicans will likely directly attack or cut back investments in these initiatives. When this happens, the White House (and Democrats more broadly) would be wise to explain what it will mean for women if these initiatives are gutted or lost—and to fight tooth and nail to make sure that doesn’t happen. If it doesn’t take these steps, the Democratic Party could lose its grasp on a critical, even central part of its coalition. And women, in the long run, would suffer under conservative laws that parrot family values, but do nothing to value families. Neera Tanden is the chief operating officer of the Center for American Progress. She served in the Obama and Clinton administrations.

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Sock It Toomey
E.J. Dionne Jr. (The New Republic - All Feed)
Submitted at 10/27/2010 11:00:00 PM

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- If there is one candidate who truly wishes that Christine O'Donnell had not won the Republican senatorial nomination in Delaware, it is the Republican Senate candidate in Pennsylvania, Pat Toomey. Toomey, a former congressman, became a hero to the right for pushing Sen. Arlen Specter out of the GOP. For much of the summer, Toomey ran safely ahead of the man who went on to knock out Specter in the Democratic Senate primary, Rep. Joe Sestak. Then came O'Donnell's defeat of Rep. Mike Castle in one of the tea party's most celebrated victories. Northern Delaware happens to be part of the Philadelphia media market and the attention lavished on O'Donnell, her sometimes exotic views and her "I'm not a witch" TV spot spilled over state lines. Sestak, who won his primary in the face of President Obama's support for Specter, has taken full advantage, arguing that Toomey may be stylistically different from the colorful candidate across the river, but is substantively quite similar. Toomey was president of the conservative Club for Growth, a group that targeted moderate Republicans in primaries, and Sestak says his opponent and O'Donnell both want to drive middle-of-the-roaders out of the GOP.

You might also imagine, from all the times he cites it, that Sestak's favorite book is Toomey's 2009 supply-side manifesto, "The Road to Prosperity," which endorses private accounts for Social Security and a moratorium on all corporate taxes. "Congressman Toomey is not a witch," Sestak loves to say, "but his book is very scary." All this has allowed Sestak to close the gap with Toomey and move momentum to his side. Toomey's campaign argues that Sestak has simply brought some Democrats home and can point to some recent polling favorable to the Republican. But Toomey tacitly acknowledges the damage O'Donnell has done him because he now carefully delineates his differences with her. And the O'Donnell effect has larger implications. Republican gains next week are inevitable. But if Senate candidates on the right end of Republican politics lose here and in most of the other states they are contesting (Colorado, Wisconsin, Alaska, Kentucky, and Nevada), conservatives will have trouble claiming this election as an ideological mandate and a sign that the country had moved well to the right of where it was two years ago. So far, being righter-than-right has been anything but helpful. O'Donnell's nomination virtually sealed a victory for Democrat Chris Coons. In Colorado, Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet,

after spending the summer under assault from anonymously funded conservative groups, has been closing in on tea party favorite Ken Buck. In Wisconsin, Sen. Russ Feingold has narrowed Republican Ron Johnson's once substantial lead. In Alaska, the tea party's Joe Miller faces a formidable write-in challenge from Sen. Lisa Murkowski, whom he defeated in the Republican primary, even as Democrat Scott McAdams battles to sneak through on the GOP split. Republican Rand Paul has clung to a lead over Democrat Jack Conway in Kentucky, a very red state where a Republican should not be having so much trouble. As for Nevada, nobody knows if Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will prevail over marquee tea party candidate Sharron Angle, but Angle's bizarre brand of conservatism is the one thing giving Reid a fighting chance. A Sestak victory would be an especially powerful tonic for progressives because the former admiral has been brave in supporting trials for the Guantanamo detainees and a ban on assault weapons. He has also been unabashed—and far more entertaining than most Democrats—in defending his votes for the stimulus, health care reform and the Wall Street rescue. In one ad, he likens voting for the financial bailout to cleaning up after his adorable puppy Belle.

The analogy is between the puppy's mess and the one created by the economic policies of Toomey and former President George W. Bush. What comes across when you talk with Sestak is an utter lack of defensiveness. Democrats, he says, "should be proud of what they've done." But he's impatient that leaders of his party (he doesn't mention names) have failed to convince voters that Washington fully understands their struggles and their aspirations. Naturally, he makes the point with a Navy idiom. "You don't run a ship from the bridge," he says. "You run it from the boiler room." Leaders, he says, need to persuade voters "that we know who they are." A Sestak victory would certainly be a major defeat for tea partystyle conservatism. But it would also offer progressives lessons in how to develop a down-to-earth outside game of their own. E.J. Dionne, Jr. is the author of the recently published Souled Out: Reclaiming Faith and Politics After the Religious Right. He is a Washington Post columnist, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, and a professor at Georgetown University. (c) 2010, Washington Post Writers Group

Nike's 'Rise' Ad: LeBron James Plays Tubbs to Don Johnson's Crockett
Jane Murphy (TV Squad)
Submitted at 10/28/2010 8:35:00 AM

Filed under: TV News"What should I do?" asks basketball superstar LeBron James, in a new Nike ad that reviews the last few months of his turbulent move from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Miami Heat. The 90-second ad, 'Rise', came to light Monday via Twitter, when King James directed his followers to YouTube. Arguably, the highlight of the ad, which had its TV premiere Tuesday during TNT's broadcast of the Heat vs. Celtics game, is the appearance of Miami's former king. Decked out in his baby blue v-neck and white linen suit, it's none other than Don Johnson. Permalink| Email this| Linking Blogs| Comments

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have gone primarily to the right. There are many reasons for this, but at least one has to do with how the White House has blamed Main Street and Wall Street equally for the financial crisis. 4) “The Tea Party is a conventional Republican group funded by big business.” My former colleague Michael Lind argues that the Tea Party is really a Republican offshoot. “Its adherents are angry for the same reason that Democrats were angry between 2001 and 2007: their party is out of power,” he writes. But I think that is too simple, as are the assertions that the Tea Party is a tool of big business. There are groups like Tea Party Express that were founded by Republican consultants and that have the apparent purpose of getting the Republicans back in power—but as The Washington

Post study shows, many of those who identify with and are active in the Tea Party are new to politics and are moved by specific grievances rather than by an allegiance to the Republican Party. That was also true of Perot voters, from whom the Tea Partiers partly descend. They leaned Democratic in 1992 and Republican in 1994, but overall their primary allegiance was not to party. There are also Tea Party sponsoring organizations like Americans for Prosperity that are funded primarily by big business. But again, as The Washington Post survey shows, most of the local groups are improvident; they’re not George W. Bush and his “pioneers.” What’s undeniable, though, is that those most likely to benefit from rightwing middle class insurgencies

are not the embattled middle classes, but the business interests and the wealthy associated with the Republican Party. That was certainly true of the “Reagan Revolution,” which put an end to the movement toward income equality that had begun in the 1930s. So who benefits from these movements is not the same as who controls them on a day-today basis. That is likely to become apparent after this November’s election. John B. Judis is a senior editor of The New Republic. For more TNR, become a fan on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Nissan announces third-largest recall in company history-2.14 million SUVs and trucks
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Paula Abdul's New Dance Show and 'American Idol' to Face Off: Who Will Win?
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Submitted at 10/28/2010 9:45:00 AM

Nissan announces third-largest recall in company history--2.14 million SUVs and trucks Nissan has announced its third largest recall in company history, affecting 2.14 million light trucks and SUVs worldwide, according to Automotive News. The recall involves a potentilly faulty ignition relay that could lead to engine problems on Nissan Pathfinder, Armada and Xterra SUVs, Titan and Frontier pickup trucks, and Infiniti QX56 SUVs. The majority of the vehicles affected are Japanese market units, but the recall does include 738,276 vehicles sold in the United States, and 23,252 sold in Canada. The carmaker says no accidents have resulted from the defective parts. Vehicles affected were built in Japan, the United States, Britain, Spain, China, and Taiwan

between August 2003 and July 2006. A company spokesperson cited by Automotive News did not give the name of the supplier responsible for the parts, but said that company made all the parts involved in the recall worldwide. The fix involves replacing the ignition relay, a process Nissan says should take less than 25 minutes. — Jim Travers 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

Filed under: TV News When'American Idol' returns in January for its tenth season, it'll have some major time slot competition from a very familiar face. Paula Abdul's new CBS reality

series 'Live to Dance' will go directly against the newly revamped 'Idol' on Wednesdays

from 8 to 9PM, Deadline reports. The new show will premiere on Tue., Jan 4 from 8 to 10PM before settling into its regular Wednesday time slot, filling the gap between cycles of 'Survivor.' Permalink| Email this| Linking Blogs| Comments

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AMC Brings Zombies to Primetime with the Harrowing and Grisly The Walking Dead
Steve Gutierrez (TVGuide.com: Breaking News)
Submitted at 10/28/2010 12:15:00 PM

The Walking Dead With its putrid zombie hoard, The Walking Dead is the ultimate Halloween gift for fans of gore: There are splattered heads, swarming flies and enough tattered, rotting flesh to make most watch through splayed fingers. But peel back just a thin layer of the decaying skin and you'll find the heart of AMC's newest drama is entirely human — racing 90 beats a minute, pumping furiously to stay alive. "There's us and the dead. We survive this by pulling together, not apart," says deputy sheriff Rick Grimes ( Andrew Lincoln). "It's a story that anyone can relate to," explains Robert Kirkman, author of the acclaimed comicbook series on which the show is based. "The zombies are representative of disaster, but the focus is on the people — everything they go through." Rick Grimes is an Everyman with everything: a wife, a son and best friend Shane ( Jon Bernthal), who gives him marital advice over burgers. Just a normal guy in a normal world — until a shootout lands him in a coma. When he wakes, it's all gone, and only empty buildings and rows of bodies remain. "We enter this world through his eyes and follow

him as he realizes what's happened," says executive producer Gale Ann Hurd( The Terminator, Aliens). Slashing and shooting his way through the carnivorous corpses, Rick searches for his loved ones. "The only thing I am now is a man looking for his family," he says. "Anyone who gets in the way of that is gonna lose." "This is the story of human survival — in any kind of apocalypse," Hurd says. "What is human nature when everything's been stripped away and there's nothing left?" Except, of course, for the undead — slowly shambling, disturbing collections of gray flesh and rags designed by makeup guru and consulting producer Greg Nicotero, whose credits include the 2005 remake of The Amityville Horror, The Hills Have Eyes and HBO's The Pacific, for which he recently won an Emmy. After castings in Atlanta, where the show is filmed, Nicotero and his crew applied contact lenses, dentures, prosthetics and dried dark blood — using as many as 150 extras in a day. The zombies even got their own backstories. "We decided how that person died. Were they bitten and turned? Or did they get shot and come back?" Nicotero says. They even trained the extras at "zombie school." "It was a blast!" Hurd says. "'Professor' Nicotero put

including Rick's wife, Lori ( Sarah Wayne Callies). Thinking her husband is dead, Mrs. Grimes clings to his best friend. "There's a need to affirm humanity, and then there's the fallout," says Callies — as if the end of the world wasn't enough drama without a love triangle. It's not all bleak, however, even with a brutal body count. There's Rick's courage, Andrea's passion and Morgan's paternal love. "This isn't a successful survival story, but it is an impassioned survival story," Callies says. Even Lori and Shane's adultery makes perfect sense in the show's together footage and we showed was expecting something facile, apocalyptic context — it's a what we were looking for: not and instead I got something natural yearning, that irresistible sprinters and not funny. We take deep." need for warmth and comfort and it seriously." And he's bringing all the depth sex. What could be more human A s d o e s A M C , w h i c h i s and complexity to the screen. than that? becoming the home for intense "You get an unflinching look at The Walking Dead premieres dramas with Breaking Bad and all that is good and all that is bad Sunday at 10/9c, on AMC. Mad Men. "AMC hasn't ever said, in humanity," says Lincoln. The Subscribe to TV Guide Magazine 'Can you do that off screen?' This question is, how much good is now! isn't an 'off screen' series," says a left? Probably not a ton: "The This entry passed through the grateful Hurd. "They haven't humans can be more frightening Full-Text RSS service — if this is given us one note to make things than the zombies," Hurd notes. your content and you're reading it less graphic." In fact, she says Of those scary humans, there's on someone else's site, please read they were open to the project from Andrea ( Laurie Holden), a civil our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ the beginning. "I called them and rights attorney who almost shoots content-only/faq.php they already knew about it!" That Rick at first sight for endangering Five Filters featured article: was good news for creator and her group; Morgan ( Lennie Beyond Hiroshima - The Nondirector Frank Darabont( The James), who, to protect his son, Reporting of Falluja's Cancer Shawshank Re demption, The holds a knife to Rick's throat; and Catastrophe. Green Mile), a longtime fan of the Shane, who's willing to let friends source material. "I walked into the die rather than risk a rescue. It's comic-book store and saw the e v e r y m a n f o r h i m s e l f i n book five years ago," he says. "I zombieville, and all are desperate,

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Hands on with the Nikon Coolpix P7000 at 2010 PDN PhotoPlus Expo
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PhotoPlus Expo show floor, I liked one dial in particular that let me quickly change a number of Submitted at 10/28/2010 10:13:58 AM settings, including ISO, white Hands on with the Nikon Coolpix b a l a n c e , a n d e x p o s u r e P7000 at 2010 PDN PhotoPlus compensation. But my favorite Expo The Nikon Coolpix P7000 setting on this dial was the Photo: Terry Sullivan bracketing setting. While most consumers seem to Bracketing is the ability to fire want smaller subcompacts with s e v e r a l s h o t s o f f w h i l e fewer buttons and dials, a select simultaneously changing just one group of prosumer shooters yearn exposure setting. For example, for the days when cameras had you could take three shots in lots of buttons, knobs, switches which all settings remain constant and dials. And it appears Nikon except for the shutter speed. If has recognized this group and you took five shots, you might produced a camera for them: The shoot them at 1/15, 1/30, 1/60, 1/ Nikon Coolpix P7000. 125, and 1/250 of a second. If This Coolpix ($500) is a 10- your subject was moving, you'd megapixel advanced point-and- notice blur in the first shot, but shoot with a 3-inch LCD, top ISO you would have frozen the action setting of 6400, and hot shoe for in the last. The last shot would an external flash. It also can probably be the darkest. capture RAW files. But as you Like most digital cameras, the can see from the product shot in P 7 0 0 0 b r a c k e t s my post for the Nikon Coolpix automatically—meaning you don't P7000 camera announcement, have to manually change the what catches your eye is that the exposure setting. You can set the camera body is covered with lots bracketing for shutter speed, but of dials and buttons. And for also for aperture, ISO, and white someone like me, who loves to balance. The feature lets you play with different compositions, shoot either three or five photos at lighting, and effects, this camera three various increments. Closer is quite attractive. increments show more subtle In playing with the P7000 on the c h a n g e s w h i l e a g r e a t e r

incremental change per shot will produce more obvious difference between shots. There are some other nice features available on the dials. For example, the camera has three user settings. So if you shoot only black-and-white photos, you can set the camera to one of these, but if you want to shoot color, you use another user setting or switch to another mode. Another practical feature I like is the optical viewfinder, which can be helpful in bright light when the LCD is washed out. I did notice a few minor shortcomings with the Nikon Coolpix P7000. First, unlike some advanced point-and-shoots, the P7000 doesn't have a swiveling display, which can be helpful for self-portraits or hard-to-reach shots. And the burst mode could be faster. Also, I did not see a

"question mark" button to access help screens, which is found on many other past Nikon point-andshoots and SLRs. We hope to have this camera in our labs and listed in our digital camera Ratings(available to subscribers) shortly. Stay tuned. What features would you like to see on an advanced point-andshoot camera? Let us know in comments, below. —Terry Sullivan Next Steps • Digital Camera Buying Advice: • Types of Digital Cameras| • Digital Camera Features| • Digital Camera Brands

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FanHouse Roundtable: Are the Vikings Better Off Without Brett Favre?
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Submitted at 10/28/2010 1:12:00 PM

With AutoBot( ReadWriteWeb) ...Features include locking and unlocking doors, controlling Submitted at 10/28/2010 9:05:36 AM window settings, locating your car Daily Dispatch: Mint Data gives if you forget where you parked or view into spending habits; Google it gets stolen, doing diagnostic Place Search streamlines local c h e c k s o n y o u r c a r , a n d search messaging friends and family In today's Digital Dispatch: when the driver has been in an Mint Data Delivers A View Into accident. The Spending Habits Of Its 4 Place Search: a faster, easier way Million Users( TechCrunch) to find local information( Official . . . M i n t D a t a a g g r e g a t e s Google Blog) anonymous spending data from ... Today we’re introducing Place Mint’s users to give you realtime Search, a new kind of local search insight on what people are result that organizes the world’s spending on across the country. information around places. We’ve For example, the platform lists the clustered search results around most popular restaurants in San specific locations so you can more Francisco (by visits), the top easily make comparisons and shopping spots in New York City decide where to go. (by highest average spend), and Time-travelling alien? Mystery the highest spending cities in the woman in Chaplin movie clip( U.S. The Star) Apple making custom, built-in ...The clip is from the six-minute SIM for future iPhone?( TiPb) sequence of the opening of . . . S o u r c e s i n s i d e E u r o p e a n Charlie Chaplin’s The Circus at carriers have reported that Apple Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in has been working with SIM-card Hollywood. A stocky woman in a manufacturer Gemalto to create a hat and coat walks into the frame, special SIM card that would allow talking into what looks like a consumers in Europe to buy a cellphone. phone via the web or at the Apple Jacksonville mom shakes baby Store and get the phones working for interrupting FarmVille, pleads using Apple’s App Store. guilty to murder( Florida TimesConnect Your Car to the Web Union)

...She told investigators she became angry because the baby was crying while she was playing a computer game called FarmVille on the Facebook social -networking website. This Movie Was Shot Using a Mobile Phone( digital inspiration) ...The groundbreaking film, directed by the McHenry Brothers, was shot in just four days with the Nokia N8 using no back up cameras, with the streets of London and St Albans providing the backdrop to Nokia’s story about one commuter’s eventful journey to work. About Digital Dirk's Dispatches Dirk Klingner, our technologytrend watcher, sifts through hundreds of blog posts and news articles daily to bring you the Digital Dispatch—a compilation of the most important and interesting tech news for consumers. If you have a tip on a story you want to share, leave a comment below. 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

Filed under: Broncos, Browns, Cowboys, Eagles, Jets, Giants, Packers, Saints, Vikings, NFL Injuries, NFL Coaching, NFL Referees, NFL Rumors, NFL Quarterbacks, NFL Predictions, NFL Analysis Brett Favre threw 33 touchdown passes last season - his most since 1997 -- and just seven interceptions -- his fewest full-season total ever -- in leading the Vikings to a 12-4 record and a trip to the NFC championship game. It was a remarkable season -especially from a 40-year-old quarterback who was playing his first season with a new team. But last year seems like a long, long time ago right now. The reeling Vikings are 2-4 -- and are coming off a loss to the arch-rival Packers that coach Brad Childress essentially blamed on his quarterback. Favre has just seven touchdowns this season and has already thrown 10 interceptions. He has two fractures in his left ankle and has looked every one of his 41 years.

And then there's the entire Jenn Sterger/sexting embarrassment that has turned the certain firstballot Hall of Famer into latenight television monologue fodder. So, is it time for the Vikings to admit that bringing Favre back for an encore season at the age of 40 - now 41 -- was a colossal mistake and move forward with Tarvaris Jackson? Previous Roundtables: How to Fix the Cowboys| Breaking Down Cowboys-Vikings The NFL at the Quarter Pole| Breaking Down the Randy Moss Trade

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Test Complete: 2011 Ford Fiesta
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seem like Doctor Who’s Tardis by comparison. (Incidentally, the Versa more or less matches the Submitted at 10/28/2010 8:44:59 AM Fiesta in ride comfort and noise Test Complete: 2011 Ford Fiesta suppression.) One of my colleagues did a great There are other shortcomings, job of succinctly summing up too. Acceleration is leisurely; it Ford’s new subcompact in the takes a lot of shifting to keep the Fiesta’s logbook: “A great one- Fiesta up to speed. In manual person car.” transmission form, both the Fit The Fiesta does a lot of things and Versa are over one second really well. It gets impressive fuel quicker from 0-60 mph than the economy, especially given that it Fiesta. (All three cars have nearly isn’t a diesel or a hybrid, and the identical 0-60 mph times in handling is nimble and fun. Our automatic form.) The automatic SES hatchback with a manual tranny is really an automated transmission fondly reminded me manual transmission; it shifts of strafing country roads in our quickly when underway, but isn’t 2006 Ford Focus ZX3 tester, back smooth at very low speeds. Our before Ford neutered the car’s Fiesta SE sedan had long stopping handling and got rid of the distances. Plus, some of the hatchback. (We have high hopes Fiesta’s Euro-inspired controls are for the new Focus.) overly complicated, especially Interior noise levels and ride those for the stereo. c o m f o r t i n t h e F i e s t a a r e While the Fiesta brings a new reminiscent of a larger car; it’s a level of sophisticated dynamics to lot more pleasant to take on a long the subcompact segment, it also trip than a Honda Fit. That is, if brings a premium price. Our SE you’re in the front seat. Even for a sedan wasn’t too out of line at small car, the Fiesta is really tight $16,595, but our well-equipped in back. The Fit and Nissan Versa SES hatchback stickered for

$17,795-–and most buyers will add a $1,070 automatic transmission. While early sales reports show that loaded Fiestas are selling well, and the up-level Fit Sport is certainly no bargain either, you can get bigger, more well-rounded cars for the price of a Fiesta SES. See our full Ford Fiesta road test and Ratings. — Tom Mutchler Next Steps • Small Car Buying Advice: • Types of Small Cars| • Small Car Features| • Small Car Brands

World Series Game 1 TV Ratings Tumble From '09
Milton Kent (FanHouse Main)
Submitted at 10/28/2010 1:27:00 PM

Filed under: Giants, Rangers, World Series Cliff Lee's performance wasn't the only thing to take a slide from one Game 1 of the World Series to the next, as FOX's ratings for the Fall Classic opener Wednesday night dipped as well. The network scored a 10.4 rating and 17 share in Nielsen overnight ratings of the nation's top markets for Wednesday's San FranciscoAll Small Car Ratings Texas Game 1, down 25 percent Subscribers can view and from the 13.8/22 pulled in 2009 compare all Small Car Ratings. for the Philadelphia-New York Recommended Small Cars Look Yankees Game 1. The network at the ones that we chose as the points out that the 2010 numbers best of the best. Subscribe now! are up a percent from the 10.3/17 S u b s c r i b e t o for the Phillies-Tampa Bay opener ConsumerReports.org for expert in 2008. Ratings, buying advice and The rating is the percentage of all reliability on hundreds of households tuned in to a program, products. Update your feed while the share measures the preferences percentage of television sets that are on at a given time. It's worth noting, in FOX's

behalf, that it is airing this year's Series without the presence of the Yankees, one of baseball's proven ratings grabbers. It's also worth noting that even if the Yankees or the Phillies, for that matter, were in the Series, the New York and Philadelphia markets would be of little value in a ratings sense, as the network's signal is not airing in homes that subscribe to Cablevision, which is locked in a two-week long carriage dispute with FOX.

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lessons. Learned to appreciate people on their own terms. NakedJen is one of those people. I am blessed with friends who She calls herself a fairy. It fits. love me, and who I love. Each for Once, on a trip to NY, we rode to who they are, never trying to Staten Island on a boat, for free. impose an ideal of mine on them. We stood at the front of the boat Like a lot of people, I did that watching its intricate docking when I was younger. Learned the procedure. When we landed
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Mathias Kiwanuka of New York Giants out for rest of season
Ohm Youngmisuk (ESPN.com)
Submitted at 10/28/2010 1:33:55 PM

Updated: October 28, 2010, 2:33 PM ET By Ohm Youngmisuk ESPNNewYork.com Archive NEW YORK -- The Giants will place defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka on injured reserve with a herniated disk in his neck, the team announced on Thursday. Not only is Kiwanuka's season over, his Giants' career could be finished. The team's most versatile defensive player is in the final year of his contract and it remains to be seen whether Kiwanuka will be able to continue playing and if he will return to the Giants. The defensive end was optimistic that his injury would subside with time and that he could resume playing again this season, but Kiwanuka will now be placed on the IR for the second time in four seasons. Kiwanuka, who has 23.5 sacks in five seasons, did not play in the Super Bowl after he broke his leg after playing in 10 games that 2007 season. Mike & Mike in the Morning ESPN NFL analyst Mark Schlereth talks about why the New York Giants are playing so well. Plus, Schlereth discusses the issues with the Minnesota Vikings and plays a round of "True/False" with Mike Golic. "We held out hope as long as we could," coach Tom Coughlin said in a statement. "Finally, by consensus, the doctors came to

this decision. You have to make the right choice and the decision was made that he could not play again this season. My concern is for Mathias. He loves the game, he loves to play, he's proven his versatility this year beyond any question. He's given great effort and he has proven that he is a team player. I feel badly for Mathias because I know how important playing the game of football is to him. Let's get him healthy, back on the field, playing for the New York Giants." Though he thought he could return this season, Kiwanuka understood the move. "Like I said before, I felt like, given enough time, I could've made it back this season, but it's the nature of the business," Kiwanuka said. "The Giants had to move on, and I had to be OK with it. Regardless of what happens to me as an individual, I'm definitely still going to work with the Giants organization throughout the term of my contract [which expires after this season]. I know this team is going be successful, so I'm excited to watch it." The Kiwanuka move, which was first reported by the Newark Star Ledger, allowed the Giants to sign kick returner Will Blackmon. "Blackmon had a very good workout for us and showed that he has recovered nicely from a serious knee injury [2009]," Giants general manager Jerry Reese said. "We expect him to get into the mix quickly on special

teams. He has experience and production as a return specialist and cover specialist. He also has played both safety and corner, which gives us some flexibility there as well." It seemed inevitable that Kiwanuka's season would eventually end on IR. Kiwanuka hasn't played since the team's loss to Tennessee in the third week of the season. "We had some major injuries because Kiwi is a ... whew ... that's a big loss," safety Deon Grant said on Wednesday before he knew of the Kiwanuka decision when asked about overcoming injuries this season. "But we got the depth this year, with the injuries that we have had, to continue to move forward." Kiwanuka led the team in sacks through the first three games with four while thriving in Perry Fewell's new system at both defensive end and linebacker. But days before the Giants' win over Chicago, he was initially diagnosed with a bulging disk in his neck, a similar injury that ended Antonio Pierce's season and ultimately his career. Kiwanuka spent much of this past month seeing various doctors and he said his injury wasn't as serious as Pierce's. It was after a recent visit to spine specialist Robert Watkins that Kiwanuka was diagnosed with a herniated disk, instead of a bulging disk, meaning that it had ruptured. "It's a very important part of my body and I wanted to make sure

that I covered all of my bases," Kiwanuka said of seeing specialists. "If somebody says that this person is the best in this area, by all means I'm going to go in there and see them. That was my approach, and the Giants were behind me 100 percent with that. That's why I went and saw everybody." But Kiwanuka said doctors told him his disk will heal on its own without surgery due to the slight degree of the herniation and the alignment of his spine. It just requires time. "I want to avoid surgery," he said. "The consensus is that if I take the proper amount of time off, there is a very good chance that it'll heal on its own. That's what the goal is right now. If it doesn't happen, we'll cross that bridge when we get to it. Regardless of whether or not it requires surgery, I'll still be back by the opening of training camp." Giants blog Looking for more information on Big Blue? ESPNNewYork.com has you covered. Blog Now the Giants move on without their 2006 first-round pick, who was a valuable chess piece in Fewell's schemes. Osi Umenyiora will have to continue his torrid pace. Since Kiwanuka has been out, Umenyiora has seven sacks and six forced fumbles. "We had to change a little bit when Kiwi went out," Fewell said on Wednesday when asked about how much he had to change schematically without Kiwanuka. "Kiwi is a special kind of guy, so

we looked around and we searched for some guys to take over those roles, and we have some guys that can assume that role, but not play it like Kiwi plays it, so that's a special little deal." The Giants have used three safeties on the field quite a bit, and Grant sometimes lines up at linebacker. Keith Bulluck's recent return from a toe injury helps, and Fewell will need first-round pick Jason Pierre-Paul, who was drafted as a luxury, to continue his progress. Pierre-Paul doesn't have a sack yet but he has impressed coaches with his play on defense and special teams. "He is making progress for us, and we want to get him more involved and he will become more involved," Fewell said. "It just depends on how much more he can handle and execute. So the more he can take on and execute, the more we'll give him. It's up to him." Blackmon, who played the past four seasons for the Packers, will come in and immediately compete for the kick and punt-returning duties. Darius Reynaud, who was acquired in the Sage Rosenfels preseason trade from Minnesota, has been a disappointment. Reynaud is averaging 18.4 yards per kick return and just 5.9 yards per punt return. "He has return experience and secondary experience," Coughlin said. "He's a veteran coming back MATHIAS page 56

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Indiana workplace safety agency investigating Notre Dame student videographer death
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Submitted at 10/28/2010 12:48:30 PM

Updated: October 28, 2010, 1:48 PM ET SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Indiana's workplace safety agency is investigating the death of a Notre Dame student after the tower from which he was filming football practice fell over. Mike & Mike in the Morning Mike Golic shares his thoughts on the tragedy at Notre Dame, where a 20-year-old student died filming football practice when the tower he was on collapsed. Declan Sullivan of Long Grove, Ill., died at a hospital on Wednesday after the scissor lift the 20-year-old student was in toppled amid winds gusting over 50 mph. Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration spokesman Marc Lotter said Thursday the agency had an investigator on the scene in South Bend. He said it was too early to say when the agency, which has the authority to levee fines, might release a report. The university did not return calls seeking comment on Wednesday, and it was not clear who authorized Sullivan to go up in the scissor lift to videotape Wednesday's practice. It also was not clear who made the scissor lift. But one manufacturer of scissor lifts, HHS Wire, said on its website that the device should not

be used in winds above 25 mph. Notre Dame planned to hold a media briefing on the accident at 2 p.m. ET on Thursday, with university president Rev. John Jenkins and athletic director Jack Swarbrick expected to attend. Sullivan's parents were meeting with Notre Dame officials on Thursday, and the family had many questions about his death, his uncle Mike Miley told the Chicago Tribune. "We're still digesting the news ourselves," Miley told the Tribune. The student, who also wrote for the student newspaper, reportedly posted messages on his Facebook page just before the tower fell, expressing his concerns with being on the lift with high winds. His uncle told the newspaper that the family has decided to keep his Facebook page open so friends can post messages. "I was satisfied to learn that he was going into a media-related field. I could just see that he was having so much fun taking pictures and filming," Miley told the Tribune. Matt Gamber, editor in chief of The Observer, the independent student newspaper for the University of Notre Dame and Saint Mary's College, said Sullivan was majoring in marketing and film and had written about arts and entertainment events for the newspaper over two years.

Sullivan posted the following tweet at 3:22 p.m. ET, just as practice was beginning: "Gusts of wind up to 60 mph. Well today will be fun at work. I guess I've lived long enough." Then, at 4:06 p.m. according to the station, Sullivan posted another tweet: "Holy [blank]. Holy [blank]. This is terrifying." The accident occured at 4:50 p.m. ET, according to media reports. The lift, which was positioned in the north end zone of one of three fields at the LaBar practice complex, broke through the practice facility fence when it fell "He was an extremely enthusiastic to the death of student Declan and came to rest in the middle of a street. and a really driven kid, and that Sullivan. really showed through for us in "Our thoughts and prayers go out Sullivan was taken to Memorial his writing. He had a lot of to Declan's family and friends," Hospital in South Bend, where he excitement and energy for the coach Brian Kelly said in a later died, according to reports. events and subjects he covered," release. "Declan was a diligent Notre Dame was making grief Gamber said. student worker in our video counselors available for students, "Those who know him the best department and had a tremendous and Jenkins will preside over a describe him as an enthusiastic, personality and great sense of s p e c i a l M a s s i n S u l l i v a n ' s really fun guy to be around," humor. He brightened the days for memory on Thursday at 10 p.m. Gamber said. all that had the privilege to work ET at Basilica of the Sacred The newspaper reported about with him, and the Notre Dame Heart. 200 people attended a memorial football family will dearly miss "We are deeply saddened by this tragic loss," Jenkins said. "Our Mass for Sullivan on Wednesday him." n i g h t i n t h e c h a p e l o f h i s Winds in the area were gusting to hearts go out to the student's dormitory. Afterward, attendees 51 mph at the time, according to family and friends and our prayers processed to a campus shrine, the National Weather Service, and and profound sympathies are with where about 150 students recited t h e t e a m p r a c t i c e d i n d o o r s them during this incredibly part of the rosary.[+] Enlarge Tuesday because of the blustery d i f f i c u l t t i m e . T h e l o s s o f someone so young is a terrible AP Photo/Joe Raymond Notre conditions. Dame emergency personnel Sullivan indicated via his Twitter shock and a great sadness. Our examine the location where a a c c o u n t t h a t h e w a s i n a entire community shares in the tower used to tape the team's d a n g e r o u s p r e d i c a m e n t . family's grief." INDIANA page 56 football practice fell over, leading According to a media reports,

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off a [knee] injury. He's been an outstanding returner in this league, and he's been a contributor on special teams as well as on Wallace Matthews (ESPN.com) to come back. It was a pretty cut- dispute with ownership. and-dried thing." Earlier this season, rumors defense." Submitted at 10/28/2010 12:45:58 PM According to both sources, abounded that the Chicago Cubs Blackmon is excited to join the Updated: October 28, 2010, 1:45 Girardi's deal calls for $3 million would pursue Girardi to replace team. PM ET By Wallace Matthews in salary per year, a figure that the retiring Lou Piniella, a belief "It's awesome," Blackmon said. "I ESPNNewYork.com puts him among the top five t h a t s e e m e d t o h a v e s o m e was hoping I could finally get Archive highest-paid managers in the legitimacy since Girardi is a back on the field and make things The New York Yankees and game. Also included is a bonus native of the area and played happen. This opportunity opened manager Joe Girardi have reached clause that escalates with each seven seasons in two stints with up and I'm excited and my wife is excited. My knee is doing very agreement on a three-year, $9 level of achievement, from the Cubs. million contract with incentives winning the AL East to winning But that story died when the well. I wouldn't be out there if I that could add another $500,000 the World Series, and tops out at Cubs hired Mike Quade as their couldn't perform. I wasn't going to for winning the World Series, $500,000. His previous deal -- manager earlier this month, and come here and give the Giants 80 according to two sources familiar three years for $7 million -- one of the sources said the Cubs percent of me. I'm feeling good." Kiwanuka and Blackmon were with the negotiations. included a similar bonus deal that job was never a real option. According to both sources, topped out at $450,000. "Joe told Cashman back in August teammates at Boston College. agreement was reached "right "The only managers that are that he had no interest in the Cubs "It's tough, because we were a away" between the club and making more than him now are job," the source said. "He had too couple of weeks away from Girardi, with many of the details the guys who have been around many good things going in New p l a y i n g t o g e t h e r a g a i n , " Kiwanuka said. "He got his agreed to at the first meeting forever," one source said. "Guys York to be interested in that." between Girardi and general like [Mike] Scioscia, [Tony] La Wallace Matthews covers the papers from Green Bay, I was manager Brian Cashman on Russa, [Jim] Leyland. That's it." Yankees for ESPNNewYork.com. excited and heard there was a Tuesday afternoon. Picking Up Girardi's record in three seasons This entry passed through the chance that he might come here, The Pinstripes as Yankee manager is 287-199 Full-Text RSS service — if this is so I've been talking him up around The Yankees need to retool after (.591), with the 2009 world your content and you're reading it an ALCS defeat. Tell us which championship and a trip to the on someone else's site, please read ones you'd keep -- and which ones 2010 ALCS, where the Yankees our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ you'd cut. lost in six games to the Texas content-only/faq.php Vote: Take 'Em or Trash 'Em? Rangers, to his credit. Previously, Five Filters featured article: "This was no major negotiation he had won the manager of the Beyond Hiroshima - The Nonhere," one of the sources said. year award as a rookie manager of Reporting of Falluja's Cancer "The Yankees knew they wanted the Florida Marlins, a tenure that Catastrophe. him back, and he knew he wanted ended stormily after a public

the locker room. Man, he's a great player. I told everybody he's definitely the most talented and gifted athlete that I ever played football with, hands down. He made the switch from DB to wide receiver [in college] and didn't miss a beat, and obviously he is a very talented return guy, too. He can do it all." Ohm Youngmisuk covers the Giants for ESPNNewYork.com. Follow him on Twitter. 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: Beyond Hiroshima - The NonReporting of Falluja's Cancer Catastrophe.

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The Fighting Irish, who host Tulsa on Saturday, canceled postpractice interviews after the accident. "In the midst of a season where you are disappointed with the

outcomes ... you can lose sight of what's most important. Sad day at practice," senior linebacker Brian Smith posted on his Twitter page. "I will never forget today." Information from The Associated

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Slow Cooker Minnesota Vikings' Brett James Harrison: New Favre sheds walking boot, Rules Responsible for 'My Favorites hasn't ruled out playing Least Productive Game'
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Submitted at 10/28/2010 1:35:43 PM

Updated: October 28, 2010, 2:35 PM ET EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Brett Favre is walking around the Minnesota Vikings practice facility without the oversized boot that has been protecting his injured left ankle. Favre limped through the locker room Thursday before practice with just a wrap on his ankle. He suffered two fractures around the ankle in the game against Green Bay on Sunday night, putting his league-record 291-straight starts streak in jeopardy. The 41-year-old quarterback was not on the practice field during the portion open to the media

Thursday. When asked if he thought he could play, Favre said, "I wouldn't put anything past me, to be honest with you." The Vikings (2-4) play at New England (5-1) on Sunday. If Favre cannot play, Tarvaris Jackson would step in. Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press 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: Beyond Hiroshima - The NonReporting of Falluja's Cancer Catastrophe.

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Filed under: Steelers James Harrison has been at the forefront of one of the NFL illegal hit saga. Even though the story has died down with a clean week of games played immediately after an increased emphasis was put on illegal hits, Harrison has brought it back into headlines. "That was my least productive game this year," Harrison said in an interview with "Inside the NFL." "We can still play the game, but it's not the same." When discussing instances during the Steelers' most recent game against the Dolphins in which it seemed Harrison laid off on certain hits, Harrison again referred to the new rules. "If I shot in there I would have probably hit helmet to helmet, and I've already got one offense, so I could probably be looking at a

possible suspension." Harrison was originally fined $75,000 for a hit on Browns receiver Mohamed Massaquoi, one of the initial hits that sparked the rule changes. After the game, he explained that he tries to hurt players, not injure them, explaining the difference. When the league approved suspensions as discipline for illegal hits, Harrison threatened retirement and missed practice, only to return.

A Chinese version of barbecue, this moist, flavorful roast pairs well with rice and stir-fried vegetables such as snow peas, baby corn, and water chestnuts. It's made with a Boston butt pork roast and a flavorful marinade that reduces into a rich sauce. "This was the best recipe I've tried from Cooking Light yet (25+ recipes so far)," said a reader From Virginia Beach. View Recipe: Slow Cooker Char Siu Pork Roast Next Mediterranean Roast Turkey This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ content-only/faq.php Five Filters featured article: Beyond Hiroshima - The NonReporting of Falluja's Cancer Catastrophe.

Angle Sends Flowers to 'The View's' Behar
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Thursday, 28 Oct 2010 01:17 PM Senate candidate Sharron Angle has sent flowers and a thank-you note to “The View” host Joy Behar after Behar launched into a

nasty diatribe against the Nevada Republican that even co-host Barbara Walters called “offensive.” The note read: “Joy, raised $150,000 online yesterday. Thanks for your help.” Behar on Tuesday called Angle a “moron” and a “bitch” for running

an ad slamming her Democratic opponent, Majority Leader Harry Reid, over his immigration policies. The ad juxtaposes images of thug-like men crossing the border with white children sitting in a classroom, Fox News reports.

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Fan-made Twisted Metal Power Gig: Rise of the trailer makes a slasher out SixString review: God of Sweet Tooth took rock 'n' roll from you
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obligatory, oblivious young people one by one and driving his decidedly unsavory ice cream Back in June, Twisted Metal truck. designer David Jaffe shared the If the violence makes you feel idea of a movie based partially on uncomfortable, just remind his game's automotive carnage, yourself that Sweet Tooth's but focused on one of its most victims are probably those people iconic characters, Sweet Tooth who think it's still cute and quirky (real name: Needles Kane). "I to tell everyone how scared they want us to make an honest to are of clowns. They deserve it. goodness, low-budget slasher Continue reading Fan-made m o v i e a n d s e l l i t o n P S N Twisted Metal trailer makes a exclusive," he told his Twitter slasher out of Sweet Tooth followers and fans. Fan-made Twisted Metal trailer While it's unknown whether the makes a slasher out of Sweet concept has gotten the green light Tooth originally appeared on since then, a handful of fans have Joystiq on Thu, 28 Oct 2010 created a free trailer based on 15:00:00 EST. Please see our Jaffe's initial pitch. "Twisted terms for use of feeds. Metal: Home Sweet Home" sees Permalink| Email this| Comments the psychotic clown offing

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There's something you need to know up front about Power Gig: Rise of the SixString-- something I wish I had known before I first got my hands on it: It will not, cannot teach you to play guitar. At its heart, it is a Guitar Hero or Rock Band clone; or, to be more precise, a Guitar Hero or Rock Band homunculus, as every single element of Power Gig-gameplay, control, visuals, progression -- is merely a shoddily reproduced feature of its rhythm gaming predecessors. I want to be completely clear about what I mean when I say that Power Gig: Rise of the SixString is half-baked. I literally mean that

Thursday, 28 Oct 2010 01:30 PM If Republicans win back control of the House next Tuesday, as expected, a new generation of leaders will assert themselves. An overwhelming majority of the 24 committee chairmen would occupy that position for the first time, Politico reports. This new, younger generation is generally more conservative. “In broad terms, the Republican chairmen will be policy conservatives but not bombthrowing ideologues,” Politico it's built upon a fragment of a writes. “Many of them are concept, as if, while pitching the legislators who know how to cut a title, Seven 45 Studios was cut off deal. And above all, the new mid-sentence, and forced to create chairmen will be loyalists to an entire game based on a fraction Speaker-in-waiting John Boehner of Ohio. In a bid to reform of a clause: "So, you play the game with a real Congress, Boehner has promised to devolve power back to these guitar, and --" Gallery: Power Gig: Rise of the chairmen to give them more freedom and more legislative SixString Continue reading Power Gig: legroom.” Rise of the SixString review: God © Newsmax. All rights reserved. This entry passed through the took rock 'n' roll from you Full-Text RSS service — if this is Power Gig: Rise of the SixString review: God took rock 'n' roll your content and you're reading it from you originally appeared on on someone else's site, please read Joystiq on Thu, 28 Oct 2010 our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ 14:20:00 EST. Please see our content-only/faq.php Five Filters featured article: terms for use of feeds. Beyond Hiroshima - The NonPermalink| Email this| Comments Reporting of Falluja's Cancer Catastrophe.

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The Sly Collection drops Enslaved DLC adds 3D, into retail November 9 has Pigsy looking for love
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The Sly Collection will be available for five-finger discount beginning November 9. If you're in the mood to actually pay for the thievius raccoonus bundle, which includes Sly Cooper, Sly 2: Band of Thieves and Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves, that'll cost you $40. The bundle will also include four new minigames for use with the PlayStation Move controller (or DualShock controller), each focusing on Sly, Bentley, Murray or Carmelita. According to Glen Egan of Sanzaru Games, which handled the port of the PS2 classics, each minigame captures

"an aspect of the character and presents it in a way that's great fun to play." Beyond all that, the games are presented in widescreen with stereoscopic threeeeeeeeedeeeeeeee. We would have typed "3D" there, but then it just looks like our keyboard broke. See: 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 D D D D D D D D D D D D . Continue reading The Sly Collection drops into retail November 9 The Sly Collection drops into retail November 9 originally appeared on Joystiq on Thu, 28 Oct 2010 14:40:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| Email this| Comments

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there are no long stairways or narrow columns, we figure he'll Submitted at 10/28/2010 2:00:00 PM be just fine. The quest will The critically well-received involve Pigsy assembling parts to action adventure Enslaved's first create the "perfect woman." piece of premium DLC will The DLC will add 3D to both the include "Pigsy's Perfect 10," a new side story and the original playable side-story, and add game. So, be sure to save up your TriOviz 3D support to the game. dirty clothes, because once Namco Bandai announced today Monkey's in 3D you'll be able to that the $10 (800 Microsoft d o y o u r l a u n d r y o n t h o s e Points) DLC will be available w a s h b o a r d a b s . "later this year" on PlayStation Enslaved DLC adds 3D, has Network and Xbox 360. Pigsy looking for love originally Pigsy, the zaftig companion of appeared on Joystiq on Thu, 28 s v e l t e E n s l a v e d c h a r a c t e r s Oct 2010 14:00:00 EST. Please Monkey and Trip, will encounter see our terms for use of feeds. an adventure focused on "stealth Permalink| Email this| Comments and sharp-shooting." As long as

Spreading a little peanut butter on apple slices may be a healthier way to snack, but nothing beats an energy or protein bar for convenience. Trouble is, there are too many choices. So we munched and crunched numbers to find the best bars, ones that delivered on both taste and nutrition. It's a tricky business since a bar might offer lots of fiber (really good) and then negate things with trans fats (really bad). And sugars, even dried fruit, do add up. Here are our top picks for when you’re ready to grab-and-go. We set the “bar” high. Our criteria for healthy bars: Protein: more than 3 grams; Fiber: more than 3 grams; Fat: mostly hearthealthy fats; Carbs: mostly whole grains with 10-20 grams sugar Watch the Video: Our Favorite Energy Bars Next Most Versatile: Luna Bars 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: Beyond Hiroshima - The NonReporting of Falluja's Cancer Catastrophe.

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some more. Leave. Then a day (or hour) later I'm back, staring at the 1-click button at the top of the This is how it goes with me and screen. If I just click the button, it new Apple products. will be here tomorrow. If I just First I go to the page on the click the button. If I just click the Apple Store, and I go through all button. Yadda yadda. the configuration options. I get to Then the thought metamorphizes. the last screen where I have to say You know you're going to give in G o F o r I t , a n d b a c k o u t . at some point and click the button. Invariably it's the lack of instant If you click it right now you can gratification that does me in. enjoy the product tomorrow! Then, if I'm really interested, I go Turns out that's just the right to an Apple Store and check it amount of instant gratification. out. That's where guilt comes in. I Not so much that I have to feel the really don't need this. I already guilt now, that gets postponed a have too many xxx's where xxx few hours. And by the time it could be mouse, keyboard, router, a r r i v e s , t h e g u i l t h a s b e e n phone, laptop, desktop. replaced by acceptance. Then I go to the Amazon page for This thing is going to be part of the product and that's where my my repetoire now. Part of my resistance meets its match. I go to chorus. My supporting cast. One the page one time and stare. Read of my fellow team members. the reviews. Think about it. Think Posse. If it's a computer or a
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router I'm thinking about its name. I'm thinking about what I'm going to do with the old version of whatever it is I'm buying. I'm getting good at mothballing these suckas. Anyway, I write all this today because yesterday I went through the last two stages of the ritual on the new MacBook Air. I bought an 11-inch laptop (still not ready to call it a netbook), with 128GB of disk. I'm thinking of giving it an ironic name like Hooterville or Green Acres, because it's such a big city computer, so slick, might as well make light and give it the name of a bumpkin. Maybe Mr Haney or Arnold The Pig? Ohhhh they've so got me trained to give them money.

Caprio Not Benefiting From 'Shove It' Remark
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Robitaille with 28 percent. After the White House announced Obama wouldn’t make Thursday, 28 Oct 2010 01:37 PM an endorsement in the race — Perhaps telling President Barack Chafee backed Obama in the 2008 Obama to go shove it would work presidential race — Caprio told a for Republicans. But it’s not R h o d e I s l a n d r a d i o s t a t i o n t u r n i n g o u t s o w e l l f o r Monday, “He can take his D e m o c r a t i c R h o d e I s l a n d endorsement and really shove it.” gubernatorial candidate Frank © Newsmax. All rights reserved. Caprio, Politico reports. A new This entry passed through the poll from NBC10 and Quest Full-Text RSS service — if this is Research shows the Democrat your content and you're reading it with only 25 percent support, on someone else's site, please read putting him in third place. In the our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ last poll earlier this month, Caprio content-only/faq.php scored 37 percent putting him in Five Filters featured article: first place. Beyond Hiroshima - The NonIn the latest poll, independent Reporting of Falluja's Cancer Lincoln Chafee claims 35 percent, Catastrophe. followed by Republican John

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blogging for Dean on the big night. It felt hugely powerful. It might have been the mostOn gulker.com, a headline we've watched place in the blogosphere been anticipating. that night. Chris has died, and it's covered, They're projecting Larry King on on his personal blog. a screen in the office where we all A natural-born-blogger, to the can see. The Candidate is on and end. he says is clearly and Reminds me of a story... unambiguously. We lost Iowa. I was at Dean HQ in Burlington, But we're still in it. On to New on the night of the Iowa primary Hampshire! and The Scream. I had the keys, I So I open a new post and enter a could post to the home page of the t i t l e : W e L o s t I o w a ( o r Dean blog, thanks to Nicco who I somesuch). The body of the post had just met who thought it was a quotes Governor Dean as I heard fun idea to have me in the room, him on TV. Short and sweet. I
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posted it to the home page and kicked back with a satisfied feeling of a blogger who got the scoop. As people in the office refresh the home page, a meeting convenes in a private office with the door shut, where it's decided that the post will come down. We only run positive news, it seems. But Dean, using his instinct for putting out the real story as soon as possible, to be the source of the bad news so people know we're still here, there will be a tomorrow, he understood that the blog should just acknowledge it.

So like it or not, it makes perfect sense for gulker.com report the end of Gulker. And like it or not, though we lost Chris, we're still here, there will be a tomorrow. My two cents... Latest Round-Up of Polls People play different roles in in Key Races: Where your life. In mine, Chris Gulker was a Governorships May Change Hands teacher. He taught me about web content Bruce Drake (Politics Daily) management at a time when that's Submitted at 10/28/2010 2:16:00 PM what I most needed to learn. He's still teaching me Our Thursday round-up of polls Thanks man! and key governor and Senate PS: I'll seeya soon enough. LATEST page 61

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races updates California, Colorado, Florida, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota and Ohio. Right now, most of the new polls have a focus on the governorships in play. Republicans are looking to make big pick-ups this year, something that would be of extra importance given the impending battles over redistricting that will shape the landscape for the 2012 elections. The latest forecast by polling analyst Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight.com is for Republicans to emerge from the elections with about 30 seats, leaving Democrats with about 19. Currently, Democrats have the advantage with 26 seats to the GOP's 23, with one held by an independent. One governor's contest where trends are running against the GOP tide is in Minnesota, where Democrats have a good chance to win the seat for the first time in more than two decades. Mark Dayton, who served one term as senator between 2001 and 2007, has a 12 point lead over Republican Tom Emmer, according to the latest poll. (Dayton did not seek a second term in the Senate. Time Magazine, in a 2006 issue rating the best and worst senators, named him as one of the five worst). But, the forces at work in Minnesota seem to favor him. The Minnesota Public Radio/ Humphrey Institute poll says: Although Republicans around the country appear far more inclined

to vote in the 2010 elections than dispirited Democrats, the story is quite different in Minnesota. Among those who are extremely or very enthusiastic about the election, Democrats are matching Republicans, (50 percent of those who say they are extremely or very enthusiastic about the election are Democrats and 46 percent are Republicans). It also looks like Democrat Jerry Brown is poised to take back the California's governorship now held by Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger. The latest poll indicating that is the prestigious Field Poll. But two other polls issued Thursday point to Republican pickups of governorships now held by Democrats: Paul LePage in Maine and newcomer Rick Snyder in Michigan are sitting atop of formidable leads. Two other governor races surveyed in polls today may come down to the finish line. The tightest one is between Democrat Alex Sink and Republican Rick Scott in Florida, and Democratic incumbent Ted Strickland still appears to be in the contest in Ohio against Republican John Kasich. You can find all the details and links to the polls under the state headings below. Check back here for more updates throughout the day. Alaska POLLS FROM LAST WEEK: Incumbent Lisa Murkowski is tied with Joe Miller, who beat her for the GOP senate nomination, at

37 percent each with Democrat Scott McAdams at 23 percent, with 2 percent undecided. ( CNN/ Time/Opinion Research, Oct. 1519). Arizona Republican incumbent Jan Brewer is leading Democrat Terry Goddard, the state's attorney general, in the governor's race by 52 percent to 44 percent, according to a Daily Kos/Public Policy Polling survey conducted Oct. 23-24. The same poll shows Sen. John McCain leading Democrat Rodney Glassman by 56 percent to 38 percent, with 6 percent undecided. Arkansas POLLS RELEASED WEDNESDAY: Republican John Boozman is leading Democratic incumbent Blanche Lincoln in the Senate race by 48 percent to 36 percent with 16 percent undecided, according to a University of Arkansas poll conducted Oct. 820. Poll director Janine Parry said, "This election, as always in Arkansas, lies in the hands of people not closely aligned with either major party. Both parties are losing loyalists in a rough economy, meaning the percentage of unaffiliated respondents has swelled to the largest proportion we've recorded." Forty-four percent of those identifying themselves as independents felt closer to the Republican party and, when it comes to those who are likely voters, the number rises to 50

percent. Only 21 percent of independents and 16 percent of very likely independent voters favored the Democratic Party, according to the poll. California POLLS FROM THURSDAY: Democrat Jerry Brown leads Republican Meg Whitman by 49 percent to 39 percent with 12 percent undecided or preferring other candidates, according to a Field Poll conducted Oct. 14-26. The margin of error is 3.2 points. Field says Brown is shoring up his support among women, nonpartisans and Latinos. POLLS FROM WEDNESDAY: Brown leads Whitman in the governor's race by 51 percent to 44 percent with 2 percent liking neither and 2 percent undecided, according to a CNN/Time/ Opinion Research poll conducted Oct. 20-26. The margin of error is 3.5 points. Brown leads Whitman by 46 percent to 38 percent with 8 percent preferring another candidate and 8 percent undecided, according to a SurveyUSA poll conducted Oct. 21-25. The margin of error is 4.1 points. Brown is leading Whitman among woman voters by 12 points and among Latino voters by 23 points. In the Senate race, SurveyUSA has Boxer ahead of Fiorina by 45 percent to 40 percent with 7 percent preferring another candidate and 8 percent undecided. The margin of error for this race is also 4.1 points. The CNN/Time/Opinion

Research poll has Boxer leading Fiorina by 50 percent to 45 percent with 4 percent in the "neither/other" category and 3 percent undecided. POLLS FROM TUESDAY: A Public Policy Polling survey conducted Oct. 21-23 has Brown running ahead of Whitman in the governor's race by 53 percent to 42 percent with 5 percent undecided, and Boxer ahead of Fiorina in the Senate race by 52 percent to 43 percent, with 5 percent undecided. The margin of error is 3.9 points. PPP says, "The biggest reason Boxer is maintaining her margin and Brown is expanding his is that both have now unified their party more than the Republicans have theirs...Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina never showed the kind of appeal to Democrats they would have needed to win in California." A Suffolk University poll conducted Oct. 21-24 shows Brown holding a 50 percent to 42 percent lead over Whitman, with 5 percent supporting other candidates and 3 percent undecided. The same poll shows Boxer leading Fiorina by 52 percent to 43 percent with 4 percent for other candidates and 2 percent undecided. The margin of error for both polls is 4 points. A Fox News/Pulse Opinion Research poll conducted Oct. 23 had Brown leading Whitman by 50 percent to 41 percent in the governor's race with 6 percent LATEST page 62

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preferring some other candidate and 3 percent undecided. The margin of error is 3 points. Last week, Brown's lead was 48 percent to 43 percent. Most voters in the survey see both Brown and Whitman negatively, but Whitman more so. Fifty-four percent have an unfavorably view of her compared to 39 percent who view her favorably with the rest undecided or saying they never heard of her. Fifty-percent see Brown unfavorably while 46 percent see him favorably with 5 percent not sure. In the Senate race, Fox has Boxer ahead of Fiorina by 48 percent to 44 percent with 5 percent preferring someone else and 3 percent undecided. The margin of error is 3 points. Last week, Boxer led by 48 percent to 44 percent. Seven percent of Boxer supporters say they could change their minds compared to 4 percent for Fiorina. Fifty percent disapprove of the job Boxer is doing as senator compared to 41 percent who approve, with 9 percent undecided. Colorado POLLS FROM THURSDAY: Republican Ken Buck leads Democratic incumbent Michael Bennet in the Senate race by 48 percent to 44 percent with 3 percent preferring some other candidate and 6 percent undecided. The margin of error is 4 points. In an Oct. 14 poll, Buck had led 47 percent to 45 percent. ( Rasmussen Reports, Oct. 25). POLLS FROM WEDNESDAY: Buck and Bennet are in a

statistical tie with Buck leading 47 percent to 46 percent with 4 percent in the "other/neither" category and 3 percent undecided. The margin of error is 3.5 points. In a September poll, Buck had led by 49 percent to 44 percent. ( CNN/Time/Opinion Research, Oct. 20-26). Unlike some other recent polls, CNN/Time has Democrat John Hickenlooper still with a big lead over American Constitution Party candidate Tom Tancredo running ahead of him by 51 percent to 37 percent, with 10 percent for Republican Dan Maes and 3 percent undecided or in the "other /neither" category. POLLS FROM MONDAY: Hickenlooper is hanging on to a 47 percent to 44 percent lead over Tancredo, with Maes at 5 percent and 4 percent undecided. The collapse of party support for the GOP nominee has meant that Tancredo, a former Republican congressman, has been able to garner 73 percent of the Republican vote, effectively turning what started as a threeway race into a two-way matchup that is more competitive. ( Public Policy Polling, Oct. 2123). Democrat Michael Bennet and Republican Ken Buck are tied at 47 percent each in the Senate race, with 6 percent undecided. The margin of error is 3.4 points. ( Public Policy Polling, Oct. 2123). POLLS FROM SUNDAY: Bennet and Buck are tied at 47 percent each in the Senate race.

Five percent support another candidate and 1 percent is undecided. In the last poll, Buck had led 48 percent to 43 percent. ( SurveyUSA poll conducted Oct. 19-21). In the governor's race, Hickenlooper leads Tancredo by 49 percent to 39 percent with Republican Dan Maes at 9 percent. He is taking 65 percent of the Republican vote in this poll. ( SurveyUSA poll conducted Oct. 19-21). Connecticut POLLS FROM TUESDAY: Democrat Richard Blumenthal is holding on to a comfortable lead over Republican Linda McMahon in their race to fill the Senate seat left open by the retirement of Christopher Dodd, but Democrat Dan Malloy is in a much closer contest in his gubernatorial bid against Republican Tom Foley, according to a Quinnipiac University poll conducted Oct. 18 -24. Blumenthal, the state's attorney general, leads McMahon, the former head of World Wrestling Entertainment, by 54 percent to 42 percent with 3 percent undecided. The margin of error is 3.7 points. That's about the same margin Blumenthal had two weeks ago. Only 6 percent of voters in each camp say they may yet change their minds. As has been the case in most every poll on this race, Blumenthal is seen favorably by a wide margin, while McMahon is viewed unfavorably by a majority of voters -- which some have seen as a backlash against her well-funded campaign

of negative TV ads and direct mail. "Linda McMahon has tried to raise Attorney General Richard Blumenthal's negatives over the last several weeks, but she hasn't been successful," said Quinnipiac's Douglas Schwartz. "He remains popular, but McMahon's own negatives have risen above 50 percent. One has to wonder if over the last few weeks McMahon would have been better off spending more of her millions on positive ads." In the governor's race, Malloy, the mayor of Stamford, leads Foley, a businessman and former ambassador to Ireland, by 48 percent to 43 percent with 7 percent undecided in the Quinnipiac poll. The margin of error is 3.7 points. In midOctober, Malloy had led by 49 percent to 42 percent, and in late September by 45 percent to 42 percent. There's room for a shift in this race because 12 percent of Malloy voters say they could change their minds and the same is the case for 10 percent of Foley backers. A Fox News/Pulse Opinion Research poll conducted Oct. 23 has Blumenthal out in front by 53 percent to 42 percent with 2 percent for some other candidate and 3 percent undecided. A Rasmussen Reports poll conducted Oct. 24 has Malloy leading by a smaller margin, 49 percent to 46 percent with 2 percent preferring some other candidate and 4 percent undecided. The margin of error is

4 points. The Oct. 23 Fox News poll put Malloy ahead of Foley by a statistically insignificant 47 percent to 43 percent with 3 percent preferring some other candidate and 6 percent undecided. The margin of error is 3 points. POLLS FROM MONDAY: Blumenthal leads McMahon by 56 percent to 43 percent in the Senate race with 2 percent undecided or preferring some other candidate. ( Rasmussen Reports, Oct. 24) Florida POLLS FROM THURSDAY: Democrat Alex Sink has a slight lead over Republican Rick Scott in Florida's close contest for governor, while independent Charlie Crist has cut into Republican Marco Rubio's lead in the state's Senate race but not enough challenge Rubio's status as the favorite, according to a Quinnipiac University poll conducted Oct. 18-24. Sink, the state's chief financial officer, leads Scott, the wealthy former health care executive, by 45 percent to 41 percent with 11 percent undecided. Rubio leads Crist by 42 percent to 35 percent with 15 percent for Democrat Kendrick Meek and 7 percent undecided. The margin of error is 3.5 points. ( See full article). Rasmussen Reports, in a poll conducted Oct. 27, has Scott ahead by 48 percent to 45 percent with 3 percent for some other LATEST page 63

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candidate and 4 percent undecided. The margin of error is 4 points. Scott had led by 50 percent to 44 percent in Rasmussen's Oct. 18 poll. POLLS FROM WEDNESDAY: POLLS FROM SUNDAY: Rubio appears to be steaming towards victory in the Florida Senate race, leading Crist by 41 percent to 26 percent with 20 percent for Meek. Julia Clark, a pollster for Ipsos which conducted the survey, said "There doesn't seem to be much doubt in our minds that Rubio will take the election." ( St. Petersburg Times/ Miami Herald/Bay News 9 poll,Oct. 15-19). Georgia POLLS FROM TUESDAY: Republican Nathan Deal leads Democrat Roy Barnes 49 percent to 39 percent with 5 percent for Libertarian John Monds, 5 percent for some other candidate and 1 percent undecided, according to a Rasmussen Reports poll conducted Oct. 24. The margin of error is 4 points. Deal slipped backed from the 50 percent mark he had hit in an Oct. 6 poll. If the winner doesn't notch 50 percent, it forces a run-off. Deal is seen unfavorably by 49 percent and favorably by 48 percent, with 6 percent undecided. Barnes is seen unfavorably 53 percent compared to 40 percent who see him favorably, with 6 percent not sure. Deal has a double-digit lead among unaffiliated voters. A WSB-TV/InsiderAdvantage poll conducted Oct. 24 has Deal leading Barnes by 47 percent to

41 percent with 5 percent for Monds and 7 percent undecided. The margin of error is 2 points. POLLS FROM MONDAY: Deal leads Barnes in the governor's race by 49 percent to 39 percent with 8 percent for Monds, with 3 percent undecided. Both Deal, until recently a congressman, and Barnes, a former one-term governor, get the same high level of support from their respective parties (Republicans are weighted at 42 percent of the sample and Democrats at 34 percent), but Deal leads among independents (20 percent of the sample) by 44 percent to 27 percent with Monds getting 25 percent with 4 percent undecided. Deal needs to hit 50 percent to avoid a runoff. The margin of error is 4.1 points. ( SurveyUSA, Oct. 21-24). Hawaii POLLS FROM MONDAY: Democrat Neil Abercrombie is leading Republican James "Duke" Aiona in the governor's race by 51 percent to 43 percent. The margin of error is 4 points. The outgoing governor is Republican Linda Lingle. ( Honolulu Star Advertiser, Oct. 12-19). Illinois POLLS FROM WEDNESDAY: Republican Mark Kirk leads Democrat Alexi Giannoulias by 46 percent to 42 percent with 5 percent for Green Party candidate LeAlan Jones, 5 percent for some other candidate and 2 percent undecided. The margin of error is 4 points. A week ago, Kirk led by 44 percent to 40 percent. The two

haven't been separated by more than 4 points since the Labor Day start of the campaign season. Voters view both candidates unfavorably. ( Rasmussen Reports, Oct. 26). POLLS FROM TUESDAY: Republican Bill Brady leads Democratic incumbent Pat Quinn in the race for governor by 43 percent to 39 percent with 5 percent for independent Scott Lee Cohen, 4 percent for Green Party candidate Rich Whitney, 2 percent for Libertarian Lex Green and 6 percent undecided, according to a Chicago Tribune/ WGN poll conducted Oct. 18-22. The margin of error is 3.7 points. In the last poll about a month ago, Quinn had 39 percent to Brady's 38 percent. The Tribune reports, "Much of Brady's advance may be due to a heavy dose of negative TV advertising against Quinn, largely funded through donations by the Republican Governors Association. Quinn has also aired his share of attack ads at Brady, but is outmatched in the money game." One question is the impact of Cohen's small but noticeable amount of support in the race. Cohen had won the nomination to run as the Democrat's lieutenant governor candidate but dropped out after a series of damaging disclosures. He has spent almost $6 million of his own money on the race, the Tribune reports. Almost a third of voters don't know enough about Brady to have an opinion of him. But if that's a

disadvantage, Quinn suffers from the fact that 41 percent see him unfavorably compared to 34 percent who see him favorably. Quinn, of course, is the man who took over the governorship 21 months ago after the ignominious exist of Rod Blagojevich, who was impeached. A Fox News/Pulse Opinion Research poll conducted Oct. 23 has Brady ahead by 43 percent to 39 percent with Cohen at 6 percent, Whitney at 4 percent and 6 percent undecided. The margin of error is 3 points. In last week's poll, Brady led by 46 percent to 36 percent. Quinn's unfavorable number is high in this poll as well -- 52 percent view him negatively. In the equally close Senate race, Republican Mark Kirk leads Democrat Alexi Giannoulias by 43 percent to 41 percent with Green Party candidate LeAlan Jones at 7 percent and 9 percent undecided, according to The Fox poll. The margin of error is 3 points. Kirk led last week by two points. Both Kirk and Giannoulias, each of whom has had to deal with damaging stories about their backgrounds, are regarded negatively by voters. POLLS FROM SUNDAY: Kirk leads Giannoulias in the Senate race by 44 percent to 41 percent with 7 percent undecided. The margin of error is 3.7 points. The poll said that while the race is still within the margin of error, the trend seems favorable to Kirk as independents, suburban voters and Republicans are all moving toward him. Four weeks ago,

Giannoulias led in this poll by 38 percent to 36 percent with 17 percent undecided. One in five voters say they trust neither candidate, both of whom have had to contend with damaging disclosures about them during the campaign. ( Chicago Tribune/ WGN, Oct. 18-22). Indiana POLLS FROM MONDAY: Former Republican Sen. Dan Coats looks like a cinch to return to the Senate from Indiana, with a new poll showing him ahead of Democrat Brad Ellsworth by 53 percent to 35 percent, with Libertarian Rebecca Sink Burris at 5 percent and the remainder undecided. This is the seat being given up by Democrat Evan Bayh. ( EPIC-MRA, Oct. 19-21). A Rasmussen Reports poll conducted Oct. 20 had Coats ahead by 52 percent to 34 percent with 5 percent for some other candidate and 9 percent undecided. Kentucky POLLS FROM WEDNESDAY: Republican Rand Paul has hit the 50 percent mark in his race against Democrat Jack Conway who is attracting 43 percent of the vote, with 3 percent liking neither and 4 percent undecided. The margin of error is 3.5 points. Paul is leading among independents by 63 percent to 26 percent. ( CNN/ Time/Opinion Research, Oct. 2026). POLLS FROM TUESDAY: Paul has opened a 53 percent to 40 LATEST page 64

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percent lead over Conway in the Senate race, with 7 percent undecided, according to a Public Policy Polling survey conducted Oct. 21-24. PPP is now calling Paul the "likely victor" in the race and says the reason is the backlash from Conway's campaign ad saying that Paul, during his college days, worshipped a false god named "Aqua Buddha." Politics Daily correspondent Walter Shapiro wrote about same trend during his reporting travels in Kentucky. ( See the full story on this poll). Paul leads Conway 50 percent to 43 percent with 2 percent preferring some other candidate and 5 percent undecided, according to a Fox News/Pulse Opinion Research poll conducted Oct. 23. The margin of error is 3 points. Ten percent of voters in each candidate's camps say they could yet changed their minds. Paul is seen favorably by a 48 percent to 41 percent margin, with 11 percent undecided or saying they haven't heard of him. Fiftyone percent see Conway unfavorably, while 38 percent regard him favorably, with 11 percent undecided or saying they haven't heard of him. Maine POLLS FROM THURSDAY: Republican Paul LePage now is ahead in the three-way race for governor with 40 percent, while Democrat Libby Mitchell and independent Eliot Cutler are tied at 26 percent each, with 4 percent preferring some other candidate and 5 percent undecided. In an

Oct. 12 poll, LePage had led Mitchell by only 35 percent to 32 percent, with 21 percent for Cutler. While LePage gets 81 percent support from fellow Republicans, Mitchell is down to 48 percent backing from Democrats, with Cutler taking 37 percent of the Democratic votes. In the last poll, Mitchell still had 65 percent of the Democrats compared to 18 percent for Cutler. Cutler's background is as a Democrat, having served in the Carter administration and as an aide to the late Sen. Edmund Muskie. A LePage victory would mean a Republican pickup since the job is currently held by Democrat John Baldacci. ( Rasmussen Reports, Oct. 26). Maryland POLLS FROM MONDAY Democrat Martin O'Malley leads Republican Bob Ehrlich by 54 percent to 40 percent with 3 percent preferring another choice and 4 percent undecided. The margin of error is 2.5 points. In a Sept. 26 poll, O'Malley had led by 49 percent to 35 percent. Seven percent of Ehrlich supports and 6 percent of O'Malley backers say there is a good chance they might change their minds. O'Malley beats Ehrlich on the question of who "understands the problems of people like you" by 51 percent to 36 percent with the remainder undecided or in the "both/neither" column. ( Washington Post, Oct. 19-22). Rasmussen Reports, in a poll conducted Oct. 24, has O'Malley ahead 52 percent to 42 percent

with 2 percent for some other candidate and 5 percent undecided. The margin of error is 4 points. Massachusetts POLLS FROM SUNDAY: Democratic incumbent Deval Patrick leads Republican Charlie Baker in the governor's race by a slim 43 percent to 39 percent with independent Tim Cahill at 8 percent and Green Party candidate Jill Stein at 2 percent. The margin of error is 4.3 points. Although that lead is within the margin of error, the poll called it "an encouraging sign for the incumbent heading into the final full week of campaigning" given that its survey last month showed Patrick ahead of Baker by only 35 percent to 34 percent. ( Boston Globe poll conducted Oct. 17-22). Michigan POLLS FROM THURSDAY: Republican newcomer Rick Snyder leads Democrat Virg Bernero in the governor's race by 53 percent to 38 percent with 8 percent undecided. Pollster Richard Czuba said, "There is a Republican tide in Michigan" that is also extending to down-ticket races. A Snyder victory would represent a GOP pickup of a governor's seat since the job is now held by Democrat Jennifer Granholm. ( Detroit News/WDIV, Oct. 25-26). Minnesota POLLS FROM THURSDAY: Democrat Mark Dayton, a former one-term senator, is leading Republic Tom Emmer, a member of the state House, by 41 percent

to 29 percent with 11 percent for independent Tom Horner and 20 percent undecided, according to a Minnesota Public Radio/ Humphrey Institute poll conducted Oct. 21-25. In its September poll, Dayton had led Emmer by 38 percent to 27 percent, with Horner getting 16 percent. MPR/Humphrey says one reason for Dayton's success compared to other states where there is a rising GOP tide is that when it comes to the engagement of voters, "the story is quite different in Minnesota" where Democrats are matching Republicans as far as enthusiasm in this election. This is a chance for Democrats to make a gubernatorial pickup since the job is currently help by the GOP's Tim Pawlenty. Democrats have been shut out of the job since Rudy Perpich finished his two terms in 1991. POLLS FROM SUNDAY: Dayton leads Emmer by 41 percent to 34 percent followed by Horner, with 13 percent undecided. The margin of error is 3.9 points. ( Star Tribune Minnesota Poll, Oct. 18-21). Missouri POLLS FROM LAST WEEK: Republican Roy Blunt is leading Democrat Robin Carnahan in the Senate race by 49 percent to 40 percent with 3 percent for other candidates and 8 percent undecided. The margin of error is 4 points. ( St. Louis PostDispatch, KMOV, Oct. 18-20). Blunt leads Carnahan by 52 percent to 43 percent, with 2

percent for some other candidate and 3 percent undecided. Last week, Blunt led by about the same margin. The margin of error is 4 points. ( Rasmussen Reports, Oct. 19). Blunt leads Carnahan 49 percent to 43 percent with 3 percent preferring some other candidate and 5 percent undecided. Seven percent of those supporting each candidate say they could change their minds. The margin of error is 3 points. ( Fox News/Pulse Opinion Research, Oct. 16). Nevada POLLS FROM WEDNESDAY: It's been clear for months now that Republican Brian Sandoval, a former state attorney general and federal judge, had the race for governor well in hand, and the latest poll is just another confirmation of that. Sandoval leads Rory Reid, son of Harry, by 58 percent to 35 percent with 5 percent for some other candidate and 2 percent undecided, according to a Rasmussen Reports poll conducted Oct. 25. Sandoval has held double-digit leads over Reid in 16 matchups done by Rasmussen dating back to February. Republican Sharron Angle leads Democrat Harry Reid by 49 percent to 45 percent in the Senate race with 2 percent for Scott Ashjian, who is running as a Tea Party candidate and 3 percent who don't like any of the choices. With Ashjian out of the race, Angle would be leading by 51 percent to LATEST page 65

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45 percent. The margin of error is 3.5 points. ( CNN/Time/Opinion Research, Oct. 20-26). POLLS FROM TUESDAY: Angle leads Reid by 49 percent to 45 percent with 4 percent preferring some other candidate and 2 percent undecided, according to a Rasmussen Reports poll conducted Oct. 25. The margin of error is 4 points. A week ago, Angle had led by 3 points and, the week before that by 1 point. Both have high negatives with the voters. Reid is seen unfavorably by 56 percent (with 51 percent saying they see him "very" unfavorably") while 43 percent see him favorably. Angle is seen unfavorably by 52 percent (with 43 percent seeing her "very" unfavorably) compared to 46 percent who see her favorably. New Hampshire POLLS FROM LAST WEEK: Democratic incumbent John Lynch leads Republican John Stephen in the governor's race 51 percent to 38 percent with 3 percent for other candidates and 9 percent undecided. Last month, Lynch had led 51 percent to 34 percent with 14 percent undecided. ( WMUR/University of New Hampshire, Oct. 7-12). New Mexico Republican Susan Martinez leads Democrat Diane Denish by 52 percent to 42 percent with 2 percent preferring some other candidate and 4 percent undecided, according to a Rasmussen Reports poll conducted Oct. 24. The margin of error is 4 points. The gap between

Martinez and Denish was about the same in two previous Rasmussen polls, putting the Republicans in a position to retake a governorship that is now held by Democrat Bill Richardson. Martinez is a district attorney and the first Hispanic woman to win a major party nomination for governor. Denish is lieutenant government, and Richardson's current unpopularity in the state -- 57 percent disapprove of the job he is doing as governor -- has been a drag on her. New York POLLS FROM WEDNESDAY: There's never been much doubt that, barring surprises, the Democrats in blue New York were going to withstand the Republican tide, and a Quinnipiac University poll conducted Oct. 18 -24 underlines the point, showing Democrat Andrew Cuomo ahead of Republican Carl Paladino by 55 percent to 34 percent with 7 percent undecided in the governor's race, and first-term Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand leading Republican Joe DioGuardi by 57 percent to 34 percent with 7 percent undecided in her bid for re -election. North Carolina Democrat Elaine Marshall just hasn't been able to gain any traction in her challenge to first term Republican Sen. Richard Burr, even though several polls have shown him with lackluster job approval and favorability numbers with voters. The latest poll, conducted Oct. 22-25 by

SurveyUSA, demonstrates that again, showing Burr ahead of her by 43 percent to 38 percent with 5 percent for Libertarian Michael Beitler and 3 percent undecided. Ohio POLLS FROM THURSDAY: Republican John Kasich leads Democratic incumbent Ted Strickland in the governor's race by 48 percent to 44 percent with 3 percent for some other candidate and 4 percent undecided. The margin of error is 4 points. In the previous poll, Kasich led by 48 percent to 45 percent. ( Rasmussen Reports, Oct.26). A SurveyUSA poll, conducted Oct. 22-26, has Kasich ahead by 49 percent to 44 percent with 4 percent for other candidates and 4 percent undecided. The margin of error is 4 points. Kasich is leading among independents (22 percent of the sample) by 17 points. In the Senate race, SurveyUSA says Republican Rob Portman leads Democrat Lee Fisher by 52 percent to 37 percent with 6 percent for other candidates and 4 percent undecided. POLLS FROM TUESDAY: While Fisher appears hopelessly behind Portman in the race to fill the Senate seat of the GOP's George Voinovich, Strickland still has a fighting chance against former Kasich in his bid to win re -election as governor, although time may be running out on him. Kasich leads Strickland by 49 percent to 43 percent with 7 percent undecided, according to a Quinnipiac University poll conducted Oct. 18-24. The margin

of error is 3.7 points. Kasich had led by 10 points in mid-October and by as many as 17 in midSeptember. Nine percent of those backing each candidate say they still could change their minds by election day, not leaving a lot of room for Strickland to pick up more ground. A Fox News/Pulse Opinion Research poll conducted Oct. 23 has Kasich ahead by 47 percent to 43 percent with 4 percent for some other candidate and 6 percent undecided. The margin of error is 3 points. Last week, this poll had Kasich leading by 49 percent to 43 percent. Eight percent of Kasich supporters and 9 percent of Strickland backers say they could changer their minds. In the Senate race, Fox says Portman leads Fisher by 53 percent to 36 percent with 9 percent undecided. POLLS FROM SUNDAY: Kasich leads Strickland by 49 percent to 47 percent in the governor's race with 5 percent undecided or backing another candidate. The margin of error is 3.3 points. Kasich had led by 4 points the last time this poll was conducted in late September. The outcome is likely to be all about which party does a better job turning out its voters. Eric Rademacher of the University of Cincinnati's Institute for Policy research, which conducted the poll, told Ohio news organizations, "It's a close race, but the dynamics, especially the advantage the Republicans have

in turnout, still favor Kasich." ( Ohio Newspaper poll, Oct. 1418). Portman leads Fisher in the Senate race by 58 percent to 39 percent. ( Ohio Newspaper poll,Oct. 14-18). Oregon POLLS FROM WEDNESDAY: Two new polls show the governor's race between Republican newcomer Chris Dudley and Democrat John Kitzhaber to be a dead heat. A poll by Davis, Hibbits & Migdall reported by the Portland Tribune conducted Oct. 24-25 has Dudley ahead of Kitzhaber by 46 percent to 43 percent with 2 percent for other candidates and 10 percent undecided. The margin of error is 4.4 points. The Tribune said, "In effect, Oregon voters haven't budged much since the May primary, despite more than $12 million in campaign spending by both sides." A Rasmussen Reports poll conducted Oct. 25 has Dudley leading Kitzhaber by 49 percent to 46 percent with 3 percent preferring some other candidate and 3 percent undecided. The margin of error is 4 points. In an Oct. 10 poll, Kitzhaber had led by 48 percent to 46 percent. Voters are divided at 42 percent each about whether they favor a candidate with political experience (Kitzhaber is a former two-term governor) or a candidate who has never held office, (Dudley is a former pro basketball LATEST page 66

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player who went into financial consulting). Both candidates are seen favorably by voters. Dudley is doing better than Kitzhaber as far as the level of support from their respective parties, and has a modest lead among unaffiliated voters. Pennsylvania POLLS FROM WEDNESDAY: Republican Pat Toomey is leading Democrat Joe Sestak in the Senate race by 48 percent to 40 percent with 12 percent undecided among likely voters, with "leaners" for each candidate included, according to a Franklin & Marshall College poll conducted Oct. 18-24. In the governor's race, Republican Tom Corbett leads Democrat Dan Onorato by 51 percent to 35 percent with 11 percent undecided. The margin of error for both polls is 4.4 points. Franklin & Marshall says, "Democrats are at a decided disadvantage when it comes to voter motivation. Only 36 percent of Democrats fall into the most likely to vote category compared to 49 percent of Republicans ... Another example of the gap in partisan enthusiasm is that only one in three (33 percent) of those who voted for Obama in 2008 are in the most likely to vote category versus half (52 percent) of McCain voters." A CNN/Time/Opinion Research poll conducted Oct. 20-26 has Toomey leading Sestak by 49 percent to 45 percent with 3 percent in the "other/neither" column and 3 percent undecided.

The margin of error is 3.5 points. The poll has Corbett leading Onorato in the governor's race by 52 percent to 45 percent with 1 percent described as "other/ neither" and 2 percent undecided. Both these sets of results were not much different than this poll showed in mid-September. The latest Muhlenberg College/ Allentown Morning Call tracking poll has Toomey ahead by a smaller 46 percent to 41 percent margin with 12 percent undecided and Corbett leading in the governor's race by 52 percent to 38 percent with 10 percent undecided. The margin of error is 5 points. Muhlenberg's totals also include leaners. POLLS FROM TUESDAY: Toomey is tied with Sestak in the Senate race at 46 percent each with 2 percent preferring someone else and 6 percent undecided, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll conducted Oct. 22-24. The margin of error is 4.9 points. The same poll says Corbett leads Onorato in the governor's race by 49 percent to 43 percent with 8 percent undecided. Rhode Island POLLS FROM LAST WEEK: Republican-turned-independent Lincoln Chafee leads Democrat Frank Caprio 35 percent to 28 percent in the race for governor with 25 percent for Republican John Robitaille. Six percent back Moderate Party candidate Ken Block and 6 percent are undecided. The margin of error is 4 points. In an Oct. 4 poll, Chafee had led Caprio by only 33 percent

to 30 percent, with 22 percent for Robitaille. ( Rasmussen Reports, Oct. 21). South Carolina POLLS FROM LAST WEEK: Republican Nikki Haley leads Democrat Vincent Sheheen by 51 percent to 37 percent with 3 percent for some other candidate and 9 percent undecided. ( InsiderAdvantage, Oct. 19) Haley is leading Sheheen by 47 percent to 38 percent in the race to succeed GOP Gov. Mark Sanford, with 4 percent preferring some other candidate and 11 percent undecided. The margin of error is 4.5 points. In a Sept. 22 poll, Haley had held a 50 percent to 33 percent margin. ( Rasmussen Reports, Oct. 19). See related story. Texas POLLS FROM MONDAY: Republican incumbent Rick Perry leads Democrat Bill White in the governor's race by 50 percent to 40 percent with 8 percent for Libertarian Kathie Glass and 2 percent for Green Party candidate Deb Shafto. Perry is in the lead even though he does not have great job approval numbers, with 45 percent approving of his performance, 37 percent disapproving, 13 percent neither approving or disapproving and 5 percent undecided. That's reflected in the fact that a modest 53 percent of Perry backers describe their support as "strong." Seventy-two percent of White backers say they are strong supporters. ( University of Texas/ Texas Tribune, Oct. 11-18).

POLLS FROM LAST WEEK: Republican incumbent Rick Perry leads Democrat Bill White in the governor's race by 51 percent to 43 percent with 2 percent preferring some other candidate and 5 percent undecided. Perry had led 53 percent to 42 percent in an Oct. 6 poll. ( Rasmussen Reports, Oct. 21). Washington POLLS FROM LAST WEEK: Democratic incumbent Patty Murray is leading Republican Dino Rossi by 49 percent to 47 percent with 4 percent undecided. The margin of error is 2.3 points. ( Public Policy Polling, Oct. 1416). West Virginia POLLS FROM WEDNESDAY: Democrat Joe Manchin leads Republican John Raese by 49 percent to 46 percent with 2 percent favoring some other candidate and 4 percent undecided. The margin of error is 4 points. Last week, Raese led by 50 percent to 43 percent. ( Rasmussen Reports, Oct. 26). POLLS FROM TUESDAY: Republican John Raese has a statistically insignificant 48 percent to 46 percent lead over Democrat Joe Manchin in their race to fill the Senate seat of the late Robert Byrd, according to a Fox News/Pulse Opinion Research poll conducted Oct. 23. The margin of error is 3 points. This outcome is at odds with a Public Policy Polling survey from Monday indicating that Manchin was getting traction in the race. Nine percent of Raese supports

and 7 percent of Manchin backers say they could yet change their minds. As close as the race is, Manchin remains hugely popular with 69 percent approving of the job he is doing as governor. But asked whether a desire to keep him in that job was a factor in deciding their Senate vote, 62 percent said it was not. There is a strong anti-Democrat and anti-President Obama tide running in the state, and 54 percent say that Manchin sides too often with Obama on policy issues -- an impression he has been trying to dispel, even declining the other day to say whether he would support Obama for a second term, or, if elected to the Senate, support Harry Reid for majority leader. Raese's baggage is that 50 percent of voters believe he is out of touch with West Virginia families, while 39 percent disagree, with 11 percent undecided. Raese's wife and two children live in Palm Beach, Fla. Democrats have been trying to portray him as a rich, out-of-state opportunist and have run an ad saying "John Raese thinks we're hicks" and notes that Raese's wife is registered to vote in Florida. POLLS FROM MONDAY: Democratic Gov. Joe Manchin has notched up his lead over Republican John Raese in the Senate race, running ahead of him by 50 percent to 44 percent, with 6 percent undecided. The margin of error is 2.8 points. Two weeks LATEST page 70

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Cardinal-Designate Burke Says Catholics Cannot Vote for ProChoice Candidates
David Gibson (Politics Daily)
Submitted at 10/28/2010 1:22:00 PM

Just ahead of Election Day, one of the most influential American churchmen in the Vatican, Cardinal-designate Raymond L. Burke, has warned Catholic voters in the United States that they may never vote for politicians who support abortion rights or samesex marriage, position usually associated with Democratic candidates. Burke, an outspoken conservative and the former archbishop of St. Louis who will be made a cardinal by Pope Benedict XVI next month, made his remarks in a videotaped interview in Rome with Thomas J. McKenna, head of Catholic Action for Faith and Family, a conservative lobbying group based in San Diego. In the interview, which Catholic Action taped on Oct. 20 and started promoting Thursday on YouTube, McKenna asks Burke, "Is it ever licit for a Catholic to vote for a pro-abortion candidate, a candidate who either in a platform or who has voted, has shown himself to support that. Is it ever valid?" "No," Burke answers. "You can never vote for someone who favors absolutely the right to choice of a woman to destroy a human life in her womb or the right to a procured abortion." He adds that voters "may in some circumstances, where you don't

have any candidate who is proposing to eliminate all abortion, choose the candidate who will most limit this grave evil in our country. But you could never justify voting for a candidate who not only does not want to limit abortion but believes that it should be available to everyone." Burke also cited same-sex marriage as the other great threat to American society that Catholic voters, like Catholic politicians, are bound by their faith to oppose. And he rejected the charge that such a position discriminates against gays and lesbians just as laws once discriminated against African-Americans. "Where there is unjust discrimination -- for instance, where you say that a fellow human being, because of the color of his skin, is not a part of the same race as someone, say, who is a Caucasian -- that is a kind of discrimination which is unjust and immoral," Burke said. "But there is a discrimination which is perfectly just and good, and that is the discrimination between what is right and what is wrong -- between what is according to our human nature and what is contrary to our human nature. So the Catholic Church, in teaching that sexual acts between persons of the same sex are intrinsically evil, are against nature itself, is simply announcing the truth, helping people to

discriminate right from wrong in terms of their own activities." Since 2008, Burke has been the top judge on the Vatican's supreme court and serves on the powerful Vatican committee that makes recommendations on the appointment of bishops to the pope. When he is formally made a cardinal in November, the 62-year -old Burke will also have a vote in the conclave that will eventually elect a successor to the 83-yearold Benedict. Burke's interview comes at a politically volatile moment and at a time when conservative Catholic lobbies and bloggers in the United States are more active than ever in trying to make their voices and views the dominant ones within the church and in Catholic political circles. Burke has often been at odds with some of his brother bishops in the United States, whom he sees as too lenient in speaking out against abortion rights and samesex marriage and in denying communion to Catholic politicians who take positions contrary to those of the bishops. The cardinal-designate's latest comments on Catholic voters also seem to diverge somewhat from the current policy of the U.S. hierarchy, as developed in 2004, and based in part on advice from then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, the Vatican's chief doctrinal officer who a year later was elected pope on the death of John

Paul II. In a letter to the American bishops meeting in 2004 to formulate their policy of Catholics in public life, Ratzinger noted that a Catholic voter would be unfit to receive communion "if he were to deliberately vote for a candidate precisely because of the candidate's permissive stand on abortion and/or euthanasia." Ratzinger added: "When a Catholic does not share a candidate's stand in favor of abortion and/or euthanasia, but votes for that candidate for other reasons, it is considered remote material cooperation, which can be permitted in the presence of proportionate reasons." Burke's latest statements, however, seemed to take a harder line on Catholic voters. "No matter what good I'm trying to achieve by voting for a candidate who favors that good, but at the same time favors the intrinsic evil, the grave evil of abortion, they can never justify that, voting for that candidate," he told McKenna. McKenna said he thinks the statements by Burke -- one of two bishops advising his organization -- are not partisan but make the electoral choices crystal clear for Catholic voters. "Millions of Catholics have no idea it's a sin to vote for candidates who favor these grave evils, which attack the very foundations of society," he said.

"This matter-of-fact, pointed interview granted to me by Archbishop Raymond Burke in Rome last week makes it very clear what the responsibility of every American Catholic will be next Tuesday." In the interview, Burke said he also rejects the common criticism that highlighting opposition to abortion rights and gay marriage effectively endorses Republican candidates. "Sadly, in the society in which we live, it is oftentimes difficult for bishops to carry out their office because they are accused of being partisan or other accusations are made against them," Burke said. "But what a bishop should simply do is say to himself, 'What does the Catholic faith teach about this matter and how can I best announce it to the people, to alert them so that they do what in their consciences they are obliged to do?'" Burke's arguments may be moot, as Catholic voters already seemed to be swinging -- along with many other blocs -- away from Democrats and toward Republicans, though not always because of the moral issues Burke highlighted. 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/ CARDINAL-DESIGNATE page 68

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Wisconsin's Feingold Battles Mood for Change
(Newsmax - Inside Cover)
Submitted at 10/28/2010 8:48:36 AM

WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) — Rural Marathon County has only 2 percent of Wisconsin's population, but it provides a glimpse of why U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold, one of the Senate's most prominent liberal Democrats, still finds himself in an uphill battle to win re-election next week. The county, the state's largest at just under 1 million acres, is home to dairy farmers who help make Wisconsin the nation's No. 2 milk producer and ginseng farmers who lead the world in production of the bitter root. Many residents work at factories producing paper products. Conservative voters here might not be the likeliest allies for a Harvard-educated lawyer from near the state capital, but they have backed Feingold even while supporting Republican George W. Bush for president. This year, however, a darker mood has settled in, and the latest polls show Feingold either trailing his Republican opponent, businessman Ron Johnson, or with the race too close to call. The race provides a vivid illustration of two key factors

shaping the midterm election as it enters its final days — disgruntled voters eager to shake up government as the nation's economic woes drag on, and extraordinary saturation advertising by independent political groups attempting to sway public opinion. A recent study found that more advertising, much of it negative, had been broadcast about the Senate race in Wisconsin during one recent period than in any other Senate campaign in the country. Marathon County has been a prime target because it's also the site of a fierce House campaign. Outside interest groups have poured $2.8 million into the race between Democratic state Sen. Julie Lassa and Republican Sean Duffy, a former district attorney, as they vie to replace longtime Democratic U.S. Rep. David Obey. But the primary focus is Feingold. Every day a broadcast barrage portrays him either as a career politician embedded in an oversize government or a feisty maverick who can fix what's broken. Feingold and Johnson are hammering away at their

messages in the campaign's final week. "What I'm telling people is, I have been very devoted to the top issues: jobs, the economy and the deficit," Feingold said Monday. Says Johnson in a new TV ad released Tuesday, "We have to stop Washington's overtaxing and overspending. It's killing our jobs." Some voters are reevaluating their longtime senator, who was first elected in 1992. Gloria Nelson of Wausau said she previously supported him but won't this time because of the federal bailout of Wall Street. When told that Feingold actually voted against the bailout, the grocery-store worker in her mid50s hesitated and said, "Well, I'm still not voting for him. He spends too much." Like unhappy voters elsewhere this year, many here have concluded that government isn't working well and something must be done. Johnson, a first-time candidate and tea party favorite who owns a plastics company, has based his campaign on scaling back. He says he'll repeal the health care reform law and work to create jobs, and offers no apologies for having no plan for either. The

Oshkosh manufacturer says he's running on "who I am, what my background is." That Johnson has been running ahead even though he was unknown before the race began speaks volumes about Feingold's challenge. In Marathon County, Johnson doesn't have to convince people that life could be better. The state's economic woes have hit hard in a place where dairy cows outnumbered people as recently as a few decades ago. Local companies that make windows and prefabricated homes have struggled in the housing downturn. Feingold has responded by calling upon his greatest political strength — his face to face campaigning. He has been holding his trademark listening sessions and touting his maverick credentials — for example, he was the only Democrat to oppose Wall Street reform because it wasn't tough enough, and a bipartisan negotiator on campaign -finance reform. But it's not hard to find one-time Feingold supporters who are having second thoughts. Wausau dairy farmer Don Voelker, 64, says he thinks Feingold's OK.

But, "I think it's just time for a change." Some voters say Feingold is getting an unfair rap for problems that aren't his fault. Brad Karger, Marathon County's administrator, said Feingold has a certain magic when he's dealing with people one on one. However, "He might not have that magic this year," Karger said. "There's a lot of fear out there." ___ Online: Russ Feingold: http:// www.russfeingold.org Ron Johnson: http:// www.ronjohnsonforsenate.com © 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: Beyond Hiroshima - The NonReporting of Falluja's Cancer Catastrophe.

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Patricia Murphy (Politics Daily)
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Capitol Hill Bureau Chief Rep. Heath Shuler, a conservative Democrat from North Carolina, said Wednesday that he would run against Nancy Pelosi to be speaker of the House if no other Democrat steps forward -presuming, of course, that his party retains control of the House in the midterm elections. His comments came in a WWNC radio debate with his Republican opponent, Jeff Miller, and were first reported by the Asheville Citizen-Times. During the debate, Shuler said, "If there is no viable alternative [to Pelosi], I will be running for speaker of the house." Later, Miller pressed the congressman for details. "You're saying you would not vote for Nancy Pelosi for speaker?" Miller said. "If that's the alternative, I will be voting for myself," Shuler answered. "If she's there, you wouldn't vote for her? You'd vote for yourself?" Miller clarified. Shuler replied, "I don't know how I can be any clearer. I can do as good a job as anybody in the U.S. Congress, because I can actually bring people together." Despite Shuler's best efforts,

Tom Diemer (Politics Daily)
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Correspondent Karl Rove, the Republican guru who is helping to raise tens of millions dollars for Republican candidates this year, questioned Thursday whether Sarah Palin's new reality show on Discovery will help or hurt her political ambitions in 2012. "With all due candor, appearing on your own reality show on the Pelosi has been a central theme of speculation is rampant about Discovery Channel, I am not his campaign to defend his House Pelosi's fate atop the Democratic certain how that fits in the seat. Miller, along with the caucus should her party lose the American calculus of 'that helps NRCC, ran an ad against Shuler House or maintain a narrow edge me see you in the Oval Office,' " tying him to Pelosi and accusing over the Republicans. House Rove said in an interview with the him of "giving the arsonist a book Majority Leader Steny Hoyer is U.K. Daily Telegraph. The story of matches." Shuler responded c o n s i d e r e d P e l o s i ' s l o g i c a l a p p e a r e d o n t h e B r i t i s h with his own commercial, saying, successor, but has said he will not newspaper's website under the "I'm not Nancy Pelosi." mount a direct challenge to the headline: "Karl Rove questions S h u l e r , a f o r m e r N F L speaker. Shuler is the first Sarah Palin's suitability for q u a r t e r b a c k w h o c a m e t o D e m o c r a t t o s a y h e w o u l d president." Congress in the Democratic wave c h a l l e n g e P e l o s i d i r e c t l y . Americans have high standards of 2006, is one of several This entry passed through the for the person occupying the conservative members of the Full-Text RSS service — if this is White House, said the man who Democratic caucus who have your content and you're reading it was President George W. Bush's distanced themselves from Pelosi on someone else's site, please read top political adviser. "They in the last year and IS among the our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ require a certain level of gravitas, dozen or so who would not content-only/faq.php and they want to look at the commit to backing Pelosi. He also Five Filters featured article: candidate and say, 'That candidate voted against the health care Beyond Hiroshima - The Non- is doing things that gives me reform bill and the Wall Street Reporting of Falluja's Cancer confidence that they are up to the bailout legislation. Catastrophe. most demanding job in the world.' As election day nears, " Rove singled out as potentially hurtful to her political future a

promotional clip for the new show -- " Sarah Palin's Alaska." In it, the mother of five, enjoying the great outdoors, says "I would rather be doing this than in some stuffy old political office. I'd rather be out here, being free." Palin did a "terrific job" as John McCain's running mate two years ago, Rove told the Telegraph. But "being the vice-presidential nominee on the ticket is different from saying, 'I want to be the person on the top of the ticket:' " Palin has not said whether she will seek the presidency in two years. But she is the darling of the GOP's right wing and is widely believed to be considering a campaign for the Republican nomination. Back in the USA, Rove took heat from some conservatives and tea party activists when he challenged the worthiness of Palin-endorsed Delaware Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell for some of her "nutty" past statements. 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: Beyond Hiroshima - The NonReporting of Falluja's Cancer Catastrophe.

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ago, this poll had him ahead by only 3 points. Manchin's personal popularity remains high, but he has been struggling against a tide of anti-Democratic feeling reflected by the 65 percent of voters who disapprove of the job that President Obama is doing. ( Public Policy Polling, Oct. 23-24) Wisconsin POLLS FROM WEDNESDAY: Republican Scott Walker, the Milwaukee county executive, is leading Democrat Tom Barrett, the Milwaukee mayor, by 52 percent to 42 percent in the race for governor, with 2 percent preferring some other candidate and 3 percent undecided. The margin of error is 4 points. This is the third poll since Sept. 29 where Walker has been at the crucial 50 percent mark or above. Walker benefits by getting 96 percent

support from fellow Republicans while Barrett has 83 percent support from Democrats. Walker has a big advantage among unaffiliated voters. ( Rasmussen Reports, Oct. 25) POLLS FROM TUESDAY: Republican newcomer Ron Johnson leads Democratic incumbent Russ Feingold in the Senate race by 53 percent to 46 percent with 1 percent undecided, according to a Rasmussen Reports poll conducted Oct. 25. The margin of error is 4 points. That's not much change from two weeks ago, when Johnson led by 52 percent to 45 percent. Johnson has now been above 50 percent in four straight Rasmussen polls. Johnson is seen favorably by 58 percent and unfavorably by 41 percent, with 2 percent not sure. Feingold is seen favorably by 49

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ingredients like fried chicken, full -fat cheese, and creamy dressings When the temperature starts to that are overflowing with hidden soar, a cool crisp salad seems like fat, calories, and sodium. Next the ideal meal. But if you think Panera Bread you’re getting a light, healthy This entry passed through the bowl of greens when you're eating Full-Text RSS service — if this is out at favorite restaurants like your content and you're reading it R o m a n o ' s M a c a r o n i G r i l l , on someone else's site, please read California Pizza Kitchen, or our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ Applebee's, you may want to take content-only/faq.php a closer look. While many Five Filters featured article: restaurant salads are low in Beyond Hiroshima - The Noncalories and loaded with healthy Reporting of Falluja's Cancer ingredients, others are diet Catastrophe. disasters packed with calorific

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A Tribute to Sexy Halloween Costumes
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Submitted at 10/28/2010 3:00:00 AM

| Print Article| Email to Friend There are many reasons to love Halloween. Candy. Parties. Women using it as an excuse to wear next to nothing in public for a night. This is a tribute to the latter. means? Check out our galleries of sexy Check out MF's Costume Halloween costumes: Decoder Want to know what her costume

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When Dieting Doesn't Work
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fat in areas that you haven't been able to hit through diet and exercise. CONS:

1 Peter 1:2425 (10-28-10)
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by Karen Asp| Print Article| Email to Friend There are numerous surgical options out there for people who need to lose lots of weight, such as gastric bypass or Lap-Band. But if you're just looking for a nip or tuck, there are other ways to get it. Here are four of the newest. VASER HI-DEF LIPOSCULPTURE How it's done: Doctors use a variation of the same ultrasound technology pregnant women use to see their baby, but it's tweaked to dissolve the fat surrounding specific muscle groups (your body gradually absorbs and passes the "melted" fat). "We use your muscle structure as a template to sculpt your new shape," says John A. Millard, M.D., a Denver plastic surgeon and founder of the Advanced Body Sculpting Institute. The torso takes about four hours, arms or legs will only take about two hours. Cost:$2,500-$5,000 for arms or legs, $7,500-$15,000 for the core. Recovery time: Two to three days, but you'll generally be out of the gym for two to three weeks, minimum. Bruising and pain are minor, though. In fact, Millard says the discomfort is no more than what you might experience following an intense workout. VELASHAPE How it's done: A combination of radio waves and infrared light beams shrink fat cells and tighten

All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord stands forever. — 1 Peter 1:24-25(NIV) Thoughts on Today's Verse... As the seasons change, the leaves fall, and the grass dies, we are reminded once again of how short our lives are. Despite the rapid advancements of technology, our deepest needs are addressed only the skin. "Most people say it feels from the cold. Over time, the by the eternal and proven will of like a warm massage," says Yan body flushes them out through God in Scripture. Whether you get Trokel, M.D., a New York City normal metabolic processes. The Interesting fact: Americans spent your Scripture off the Bible on $10 billion on plastic surgery last cosmetic surgeon and founder of procedure generally takes about year, down 3% from 2008. disk or from an old family Bible, the YAN Center for Corrective an hour and one treatment. access it today. Don't you need a Related articles: and Cosmetic Surgery. You may Cost:$500-$700 per body area. dose of the eternal today? My s e e r e s u l t s a f t e r o n l y f o u r Recovery time: Less than a day. 101 Ways to Lose Your Gut Three Easy Tricks to Tame Your Prayer... As I age, I am constantly treatments, says Trokel. "Most patients are in and out with reminded, O God, of my Cost:$500 per session per body minimal downtime," says Jason Appetite transitory stay on earth and your area Pozner, M.D., medical director of Diet Screwups: How to bounce eternal reign in heaven. Give me a Recovery time: None the Sanctuary Medical Aesthetic back from overindulging [on Facebook, Digg, Reddit and sense of my place before you as I CARBOXYTHERAPY Center in Boca Raton, Fla. seek your will in your Word. In How it's done: Your skin is Wondering if these procedures more] Jesus' name I pray. Amen. injected with CO2, triggering the are right for you? We asked This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is body's production of collagen, Richard A. Baxter, M.D., a which aids in removing the spokesperson for the American your content and you're reading it cellulite. Trokel recommends Society of Plastic Surgeons, what on someone else's site, please read between four and 12 treatments, you should keep in mind before our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ content-only/faq.php each one 20 to 60 minutes long. signing up. Five Filters featured article: Cost:$200 per session per body PROS: Beyond Hiroshima - The Nonarea. Recovery time: None • With the exception of VASER Reporting of Falluja's Cancer ZELTIQ Hi-Def, most procedures are Catastrophe. How it's done: Fat cells are minimally invasive. c h i l l e d w i t h a s p e c i a l i z e d • Relatively quick recovery. transducer and subsequently die • Treatments may help you lose • Some of the procedures are experimental and haven't been well tested. • Results may not be permanent. • There's a risk for side effects, including everything from temporary nerve damage with Zeltiq to skin burns with VASER Hi-Def. And if your doctor isn't highly skilled, procedures involving any type of sculpting may not look entirely lifelike.

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Can Exercise Help Curb Your Appetite?
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Combine Basketball and Yoga Moves
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by Lisa Freedman| Print Article| Email to Friend Pharmaceutical companies and scientists have been working for decades to find a magic pill to make us feel more satisfied and eat less. Fortunately, researchers at the University of Campinas in Brazil may have found a link to making us feel full—without the use of drugs. Some of our eating habits—particularly if they involve a lot of fatty foods like fries and pizza—may cause us to lose the ability to know when we're full. Some research suggests that eating excessive amount of fat creates failures in the brain's signals that control satiety in the hypothalamus (the area of the brain that manages hunger). These failures can lead to uncontrollable food intake and, thus, obesity. Brazilian researchers, led by Jose Barreto C. Carvalheira, set out to determine if exercising obese rodents could restore satiety and decreased food intake. The set-up: The researchers studied a group of rats—half of which were of normal weight, while the other half were considered obese. Both groups were put under physical exercises

by Nate Millado| Print Article| Email to Friend HALF-MOON How: Hang forward with your left hand on the floor (or on a basketball) about 12 inches ahead of your right foot. Lift your leg parallel to the floor, keeping your hips even. Twist to the right, such as swimming and running on to reorganize the set point of reaching your right arm to the a treadmill. Their eating habits nutritional balance and, therefore, sky. Face the floor until you are were also closely monitored aid in counteracting the energy ready to look up. Hold for two before and after the exercise i m b a l a n c e i n d u c e d b y minutes. routines. overnutrition-related obesity," Why: Develops your The results: The obese rats that Carvalheira noted in the study. concentration, stretches the used to eat a lot before they were However, the study did not find hamstrings, opens the hips, and subjected to regular exercise any concrete proof to link the strengthens the back muscles. started eating less after engaging results with weight loss. Related DOWN DOG in physical activity. articles: How: Keeping your feet hip"In obese animals, exercise Lose Weight at Work width apart, bend down and place increased protein levels in the Put an End to Mindless Snacking your hands shoulder-width apart. h y p o t h a l a m u s , a n d t h e s e Tips For Keeping Your Weight- Step your feet away from your molecules were crucial for loss Plan on Target hands to form an upside-down V. increasing the sensitivity of the [on Facebook, Digg, Reddit and Lengthen through the shoulders. most important hormones, insulin more] Hold for at least one minute. a n d l e p t i n , w h i c h c o n t r o l This entry passed through the Repeat five times. appetite," Carvalheira explained. Full-Text RSS service — if this is Why: Helps stretch the Obviously, physical activity your content and you're reading it hamstrings, back, and shoulder increases energy expenditure and on someone else's site, please read muscles, while also building burns calories, but this study our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ upper-body strength. found that exercise also adjusts content-only/faq.php EXTENDED SIDE ANGLE the signals of satiety and reduces Five Filters featured article: How: With your feet wide apart, food intake. Beyond Hiroshima - The Non- turn your left foot out 90 degrees. This chemical change suggests Reporting of Falluja's Cancer Bend the left knee until it's over that physical activity "could help Catastrophe. the ankle. Place your left hand on the floor and extend your right arm overhead. Rotate your chest out. Hold for one minute. Repeat on the opposite side.

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Voices of faith: Beck, Colbert & Leibowitz
tmatt (GetReligion)

and zaydes at the 92nd Street Y. Young Jews identify with Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz (his This morning, I received my given name) and admired his tact annual email from The Jewish after former CNN anchor Rick Daily Forward, announcing the S a n c h e z m a d e a n t i - S e m i t i c “Forward 50,” the newspaper’s comments about him and then list of the year’s 50 women and was fired. Stewart recently came m e n w h o h a v e m a d e a out with a new book, “Earth: A “significant impact on the Jewish Visitor’s Guide to the Human story in the past year.” Race,” which is filled with Sure enough, there was the squishy science and funny onesmiling face of the man of the liners. … hour here in the desperate city of The problem, of course, can we Washington, D.C., a city in which stated in a simple, yet eternal, the ruling Democrats are crying question: What does the word out for a symbol of sanity, humor, “Jewish” mean? hope and chutzpah, a man who is This is an important, yet brave enough to serve as a voice ultimately almost meaningless of moderation, which, of course, question, in this postmodern age. means criticizing President As the Hollywood Jew weblog Barack Obama from the cultural puts it: and political left. For some Jews it’s perplexing That man, of course, is Jonathan that Jon Stewart, an American Stewart Leibowitz. Jewish icon, isn’t religious. How To tell you the truth, I was could the Jew who makes Jewish stunned that he was not listed in “cool” be so indifferent to the Forward Top 5, overall. His Judaism? Forward 50 biography states the Buried beneath the laughter from case this way: his jokes — that he ritually A Democrat in the White House delights in Big Macs with bacon has hardly tempered the irreverent on Yom Kippur or mocks Israel’s and distinctly Jewish voice of the leaders for skipping a U.N. liberal-leaning fake news anchor meeting on Sukkot “you mean, Jon Stewart. The 47-year-old the holiday with the huts?” — is a funnyman has entered his 11th deep and hidden disappointment year as host of Comedy Central’s that he isn’t really doing what “The Daily Show,” which has we’re doing. grown into a popular nightly Earlier this week, The Berman platform to skewer politics and Jewish Policy Archive, a research government. … and analysis outfit at NYU, Stewart is quick to play the offered their findings on the state Jewish card, drop a Zabar’s of Jewish journalism in the reference or cozy up to bubbes aftermath of a controversy at The
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Jewish Standard in New Jersey. One critique, from Andrew SilowCarroll, expressed a wish “that journalists would move beyond their serial habit of assessing the ‘Jewishness’ of various public figures.” However, in this case, journalists really do not need to pull back from asking some variation on that question as they trek to the National Mall to cover our nation’s latest festival of semipolitical hero worship. However, that is exactly what the principalities and powers at the Washington Post did the other day in the massive Style section look at Stewart and that thing that he keeps doing. This is the opening salvo of “ Just who does Jon Stewart think he is?”, which captures the spirit of the whole: These days, he can claim to be many things: political satirist, pseudo-anchorman, media critic, author, successful businessman, philanthropist, Emmy Award magnet. On Monday he arrives in Washington in a new, selfanointed role: as our national voice of reason, moderation and rationality — a uniter, you might say, not a divider. Jon Stewart’s Saturday afternoon “Rally to Restore Sanity” (merged with partner-in-satire Stephen Colbert’s concurrent “March to Keep Fear Alive”) may become the largest “nonpartisan” event to hit the national Mall since … well, since a couple of months VOICES page 75

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Bullying gays in God’s name?
Bobby (GetReligion)
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Just after 7 a.m. today, I found myself driving a minivan full of middle-school students. This stilldark-outside carpool duty frustrated me for two reasons. First, I was up late last night watching my suddenly vintage Texas Rangers throw batting practice to the San Francisco Giants. Second, a school bus that my children could ride for free stops just down the street from my house. “Why not let your kids ride the bus?” a logical person might ask. In fact, a logical person (at least I consider myself logical) asked his wife that very question. The logical person’s wife assured him that the carpool is the best solution to the foul-mouthed bullies who were harassing our 13 -year-old son on the bus. She’d tried calling the bus driver and transportation director. That didn’t really fix the problem. I proposed that I might make a single visit to the bus and employ a baseball bat. For some reason, the logical person’s wife didn’t think that was the best idea, either. So here we are. So, if you ask me, “Are bullies a problem at school?” I’d answer yes. If you ask me, “Are schools doing all they can to prevent this problem?” I’d answer no. I’m not at all surprised to see this CNN report this week: Half of all high school students

say they have bullied someone in the past year, with nearly as many saying they have been the victims of bullying, according to a new study released this week. But if you ask me to tie school bullying to religion, I’d be more hard-pressed to answer definitively. My son’s bullies certainly don’t use any kind of language that I’ve ever heard from the pulpit. Yet the national media narrative on bullying keeps focusing on what NPR this week described as “growing concern that there may be a religious undercurrent to the harassment of teens who are seen as gay.” Surely the flood of headlines making that case has nothing to do with the “growing concern.” Actually, NPR religion reporter Barbara Bradley Hagerty’s report is pretty good — much better than most that I have read on this subject. For one thing, she uses real-life examples rather than vague generalities: Consider Justin Anderson, who graduated from Blaine High School outside Minneapolis last year. He says his teenage years were a living hell. From sixth grade on, he heard the same taunts. “People say things like, ‘Fags should just disappear so we don’t have to deal with them anymore’; and, ‘Fags are disgusting and sinful,’ ” he told the AnokaHennepin School Board. “And still, there was no one intervening.

I began to feel so worthless and ashamed and unloved that I began to think about taking my life.” Anderson told his story at a public hearing last month — a hearing convened because in the past year, the district has seen a spate of student suicides. Four of those suicides have been linked to anti-gay bullying. Justin Anderson survived. Justin Aaberg did not. Aaberg, 15, loved the cello, both playing and composing numbers like “Incinerate,” which he posted on YouTube. Justin was openly gay. He had plenty of friends, but he was repeatedly bullied in his school. In July, his mother, Tammy, found her teenage son hanging from his bed frame. “They were calling him, ‘Faggot, you’re gay,’ ” she recalls. ” ‘The Bible says that you’re going to burn hell.’ ‘God doesn’t love you.’ Things like that.” “Fags are disgusting and sinful.” “God doesn’t love you.” Such taunts certainly legitimize the question of religion’s role. But the anonymous they nature of the bullies makes it impossible to really know what role religion played in these specific cases. Therein lies the rub. If you see any media reports that interview actual bullies, I’d love to hear their perspective on how their faith influences them to call classmates “faggots” and tell them to burn in hell. I am only halfjoking. Concerning the “spate of suicides”: How many is a spate?

What is the overall student population? How do suicides in this district compare with national averages? Are suicides up in this district? If so, why? More from the NPR report: Tammy Aaberg says the school never called her, even after her son was physically assaulted. She was furious at first, but then began to understand why. “A lot of teachers do care and do want to do something, but they’re afraid to lose their job if they step in and they’re not neutral,” she says. Aaberg says teachers felt they couldn’t get involved — even when her son was bullied — because of the school district’s “neutrality policy,” which prohibits employees from taking sides on matters regarding sexual orientation. The district says the policy is meant to apply to the curriculum. But teachers say it’s so broadly written that they’re loath to intervene even when they hear anti-gay slurs. Look up cop-out in your dictionary. That’s my reaction to any teacher or school official who would refuse to deal with a physical assault because of a “neutrality policy.” Give me a break. Of course, the story relies entirely on the mother’s version of events. There’s no response from a teacher or school official. I’d love to hear firsthand from a teacher, “Yes, we knew that this child had been attacked on the playground, but the neutrality

policy kept us from doing anything. Hopefully, we can change school policy to allow us to keep bullies from beating up students at our school.” The report quotes officials from the Minnesota Family Council, “an evangelical group,” as well as the Family Research Council, also identified as “evangelical.” In both cases, more detailed descriptions of the groups involved would be helpful, as evangelical can mean so many different things. Likewise, the story features the “Christian” mother of an 11-yearold boy who committed suicide. Again, more detailed information on the family’s religious background — and their specific faith group’s teachings on homosexuality — would be helpful. Hagerty ends her piece this way: And yet, despite the shifting views and alliances, there is an ongoing dilemma: How do parents and schools protect vulnerable kids without turning schools into a battleground for the culture wars? Good question. Written by: Bobby on October 28, 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: Beyond Hiroshima - The NonBULLYING page 75

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occasion of this same Day celebrated in 2001, emphasized Submitted at 10/28/2010 1:00:41 PM that “[the universal common W e ’ v e h a d a n i n t e r e s t i n g good] includes the whole family discussion in a post yesterday o f p e o p l e s , b e y o n d e v e r y about an article on a group that nationalistic egoism. The right to monitors Muslim extremism. One emigrate must be considered in of the last commenters, Irenicum, t h i s c o n t e x t . T h e C h u r c h had a few interesting parts, such recognizes this right in every as noting how often “we’re stuck human person, in its dual aspect in a false dichotomy of ‘every of the possibility to leave one’s Muslim is a potential terrorist’ to country and the possibility to ‘there is no radical Islam.’” His enter another country to look for last line, though, made me think better conditions of life.” of another news story: At the same time, States have the As an aside, at what point does a right to regulate migration flows legitimate concern for preserving and to defend their own frontiers, a cultural “tradition/norm” as always guaranteeing the respect many non-Muslim Americans due to the dignity of each and want to do become a xenophobic every human person. Immigrants, i m p u l s e t h a t i s p o t e n t i a l l y moreover, have the duty to dangerous? A good deal of the integrate into the host Country, controversy I see seems to come respecting its laws and its national about from this very dividing line. identity. “The challenge is to A n d s i n c e t h i s i s a b o u t combine the welcome due to journalism, who is writing in a every human being, especially public venue about this in a when in need, with a reckoning of nuanced way? what is necessary for both the I thought it was interesting local inhabitants and the new because I’d only moments before arrivals to live a dignified and finished reading the Pope’s peaceful life.” Message for World Migrant and It’s not that the church’s views Refugee Day. Why was I doing — at least those presented in the this? I don’t know. Anyway, I first paragraph above — haven’t decided to look at the media been well documented in the coverage of this message because press. I think the media actually the message itself was so, well, has done a generally good job of nuanced. For instance, note this reporting on the Catholic church’s passage: position that refugees are to be Venerable John Paul II, on the w e l c o m e d . B u t t h e s e c o n d

message, which, admittedly, may be a new emphasis, hasn’t been well covered. The Pope thinks that countries have the right to regulate their borders and that migrants need to integrate into their host country? That’s interesting stuff. I figured that in this election year when border regulation is having a serious impact, this would get some noteworthy coverage. But it appears that it hasn’t, at least yet. The Associated Press issued a four paragraph piece. Reuters had seven graphs. The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal mention was only a few dozen words. The Catholic press did more thorough coverage. Here’s Catholic News Service’s piece and here’s Catholic Culture, which said that the message sounded several familiar themes about treating all refugees with dignity while being more explicit about the right to defend borders and the need for migrants to assimilate. But in general, this nuanced message was too nuanced to receive significant media coverage. It really is a shame when only the loudest or most extreme voices in contentious fights are heard. One exception was a brief but notable BBC report, which didn’t just highlight Benedict’s remarks but used them as a hook to discuss immigration issues in Europe. It

began: Pope Benedict has called on immigrants to respect the laws and national identity of their host countries. He said that every country had the right to regulate the flow of migration and immigrants had a duty to integrate. The Pope’s comments are likely to add to the Europe-wide debate about integration of foreigners. The Vatican traditionally identifies with migrants and refugees and recently criticised France for deporting 1,000 Roma (gypsies) to Romania and Bulgaria. This is a hot-button topic in Europe. It is here, too. I really wish that more reporters would avail themselves the opportunity to discuss the topic with more light than heat. Does it have an effect on policy and discourse when the only times we discuss issues is when more extreme news events provoke it? Written by: Mollie on October 28, 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: Beyond Hiroshima - The NonReporting of Falluja's Cancer Catastrophe.

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ago, when another basic-cable TV star, Glenn Beck, hosted his “Restoring Honor” rally on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Beck claimed his event was nonpartisan, too. With less than a week to go, it’s still not exactly clear how Stewart will be using this new platform. No guests or musical acts have been announced, Stewart has done only a couple media interviews, and he’s offered few details about the rally on his nightly program. Nevertheless, the similarities to Beck’s rally are just the sort of thing Stewart himself would satirize on his show if, of course, it weren’t his rally and his TV show in the first place. In his few pre-rally comments, Stewart has reached for some of the broad values and high-minded themes that Beck’s did — civility, decency, making America better — though admittedly with fewer religious allusions and more comic panache. And, of course, he has chosen to work with those notable moderates Arianna Huffington and Oprah Winfrey. There are no political, or religious, overtones in the work of that dynamic duo. Nope. VOICES page 76

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Thus, I think it is very strange that if one reads the rest of the Style piece, one finds absolutely zero references to how the religious or not-so religious worldview of this Leibowitz fellow — OK, Stewart — affects his work or how he views words such as “reason,” “civility,” “moderation” and even “patriotism.” On this front the article is completely silent or, one might even say, haunted. Yet do the following equation in your mind. Beck equals, what? The mainstream media coverage stressed that he is a Mormon, yet with a large (and most journalists incorrectly assume united) conservative Christian base. That was part of the story, no way around it. Colbert equals, what? The media is beginning to catch on ( RNS here, my Scripps piece here) that he is a Catholic who is quite progressive on basic political issues, yet has done a good job of offering a mixture of statements on social issues that take the doctrines of his church quite

seriously. He tries to show respect for Catholicism, in other words. It’s his faith and it is the faith that he is teaching to his children and to others. That is part of the Colbert story, no way around it. Leibowitz (that would be Stewart) equals, what? Is he a cultural-secular Jew, a worldview that would shape how he views a wide variety of religious traditionalists, from Orthodox Jews to orthodox (small “o”) Christians to who knows who? A cultural-vaguely religious Jew, not secular, but with dashes of postmodern “spirituality” that blends with all of those snickers and smirks? A secret religious Jew who is pretending to be a secular Jew? None of this matters, as long as he’s funny? Yet, that Style piece accurately noted that, “Stewart has reached for some of the broad values and high-minded themes that Beck’s did — civility, decency, making America better — though admittedly with fewer religious allusions and more comic panache.”

The key word? That would be “fewer.” After all, his worldview — whatever it is — is shaping his humor on issues that are clearly touched by debates about religion, culture, ethics and morality. The faith element should be in the story, since it is in Stewart’s humor and his public image. On top of that, religion was a major part of the Beck rally that Stewart will be dissecting, if not mocking. That is part of the Leibowitz (that would be Stewart) story, no way around it. Written by: tmatt on October 28, 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: Beyond Hiroshima - The NonReporting of Falluja's Cancer Catastrophe.

Twitter Debuts Official App for Windows Phone
Jolie O'Dell (Mashable!)
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Twitter has just announced an official mobile app for Windows Phone. It’s available immediately for all Windows Phone 7 devices. Ever since Twitter’s acquisition of Tweetie earlier this year, the company has been hard at work on developing official mobile apps for various platforms. Twitter for iPhone came to the App Store in May, and Twitter for Android rolled out in April, as did Twitter for BlackBerry. While some of the apps aren’t as full-featured as their third-party competitors, they do feature excellent graphics and the Twitter seal of approval, of course. Twitter also says this app is particularly fast and brings users “all of the features that you’d expect from Twitter.” Twitter mobile product manager Leland Rechis wrote on the Twitter blog that the UI for this platform is called Metro; the platform provides Pivots, which he says “are sort of like pages of the app.” “Pivots allow you to swipe left or right to view different categories or types of information within a single application. For example, in Twitter for Windows Phone, you can swipe left or right to

move from your timeline to mentions to direct messages,” he says. In developing this app, Twitter’s engineers and their partners made some improvements to an open source REST API library, Tweet Sharp; those improvements will also be released as open source software. Have you tried Twitter for Windows Phone yet? Let us know what you think in the comments. More About: Mobile 2.0, twitter, twitter app, windows phone, windows phone 7 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

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The Politics of Public Television
David Horowitz (FrontPage Magazine » FrontPage)

70’s. Having helped orchestrate the Vietnam crusade for both John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Submitted at 10/27/2010 11:43:39 PM Johnson, Bundy became one of a Visit Commentary Magazine. large crowd of liberals to leave E d i t o r ’ s n o t e : W r i t i n g i n the sinking ship of the policy they C o m m e n t a r y m a g a z i n e i n had charted. In 1966 he found December 1991, David Horowitz refuge in the presidency of the penned a detailed critique of PBS, Ford Foundation. Upon taking in which he showed how public this new job, Bundy told intimates television promoted left-wing that he intended to make public politics under the guise of television one of the special b a l a n c e d j o u r n a l i s m w h i l e objects of his attention, and he escaping accountability from the then went on to do so. taxpayers who subsidized its To be sure, he had something to politically skewed programming. build on. Before his arrival, Ford The piece, reprinted below, had already funded many of the remains timely today, as the hundred or more educational recent firing of Juan Williams stations around the country, to the o v e r s e e m i n g l y i n n o c u o u s tune of $150 million-a prodigious remarks has once has again sum for that period-and had done revealed the gulf between the much to establish the rudiments of politics of public broadcasting and a fourth national network. the public it allegedly represents. Before Ford entered the picture, C r e a t e d b y t h e P u b l i c educational stations had been Broadcasting Act of 1967, the distinctly homegrown, do-itp r e s e n t s y s t e m o f p u b l i c yourself, garden variety in television is by now one of the character. Operating on an last E1l Dorados of the Great average of only eight hours a day Society. From relatively modest and mainly associated with beginnings it has grown into a universities and schools, they $1.2-billion leviathan which is devoted themselves to no-frills virtually free of accountability to instructional fare, tailored to their the taxpayers who shell out an respective locales. Shakespeare annual $250 million to pay for the in the Classroom, Today’s Farm, system while also enabling it to Parents and Dr. Spock, Industry get matching grants from private on Parade, were typical titles of individuals, foundations, and the programs that were often corporations. “bicycled” from one station to the Of these private benefactors, the next, because there was no most important historically was “interconnection” link at the the Ford Foundation, especially time. The unifying factor in all under the leadership of McGeorge these educational productions, and Bundy in the late 60’s and early the one that distinguished them

across the nation, fully half the total-$22 million-goes to just two: WGBH in Boston and WNET in New York. (Another $10 million goes to a group of producers affiliated with WNET, to three other stations, and to PBS itself, which brings the centralized total to 77 percent of the funds.) This money is then leveraged against grants from private foundations and other sources by a factor as great as two, three, or even five times the original amount. The result is that most major public-television series-MacNeil/ most clearly from commercial Broadcasting Service (PBS) still Lehrer, American Playhouse, TV, was their low budgets. It was portray their network as if it were Frontline, NOVA, Sesame Street, this factor that Ford’s intervention a decentralized service to diverse Great Performances, Masterpiece transformed. publics, the very incarnation of Theater, and Bill Moyers’s So great was the change that America’s democratic spirit. A ubiquitous offerings-are produced or “presented” by WNET and there is no organic relation typical statement reads: between the high-tech PBS is owned and directed by its WGBH. Others are produced by p r o f e s s i o n a l i s m o f p u b l i c m e m b e r p u b l i c t e l e v i s i o n a group of stations known as the television as we now know it and stations, which in turn are “G-7 (after the tag given to the t h e m o d e s t e f f o r t s o f t h e a c c o u n t a b l e t o t h e i r l o c a l major industrial powers), often pioneers in the field. An hour of communities. This grassroots with WNET and WGBH as the MacNeil/Lehrer (perhaps the best network is comprised of stations dominant partners. * product of the post-Bundy operated by colleges, universities, In creating the new system in system) costs $96,000, while a state and municipal authorities, the late 60’s, its architects similar segment of a series like school boards, and community attempted to square the circle Cosmos or Masterpiece Theater organizations across the nation. o f a g o v e r n m e n t - f u n d e d might cost three or four times that Y e t n o t w i t h s t a n d i n g institution that would be much. These figures are certainly organizational complexities of i n d e p e n d e n t o f p o l i t i c a l much lower than those for Rube Goldberg dimensions, and influence. The result was a comparable commercial shows the lack of a single programming solution in the form of a (partly because of special discount a u t h o r i t y , t h e t r u t h i s t h a t problem: a private body-the arrangements with unions and centralized power dominates C o r p o r a t i o n f o r P u b l i c talent), but they are still out of the public television and creates its Broadcasting (CPB)-that would r e a c h o f a n y u n i v e r s i t y o r characteristic voice. Of the 44 distribute the government funds. community group. ESPITE this million taxpayer dollars annually Compromise was the order of the change from the early Days, available for programs to the 341 POLITICS page 78 e x e c u t i v e s o f t h e P u b l i c separately-owned PBS stations

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day. The Carnegie Commission (whose report had led to the 1967 Act) wanted the governing board of CPB to be composed of eminent cultural figures; Lyndon Johnson wanted (and got) political appointees. Carnegie wanted a permanent funding base in the form of an excise tax on television sets; Congress said no. But as a sop to the broadcasters, emphasis was placed on the private nature of CPB as a “heat shield” to insulate the system from governmental influence. Congress also limited CPB’s mandate, insisting that it be established on the “bedrock of localism.” (The idea of an elite network financed by the taxpayer would have been political anathema.) To prevent CPB from creating a centralized “fourth network,” Congress barred it from producing programs, operating stations, or managing the “interconnection” between them. In addition to insisting on the safeguards of a decentralized system, Congress inserted a clause requiring “fairness, objectivity, and balance” in all programming of a controversial nature. Such was the plan; the product proved otherwise. With Congress having agreed to provide a fund to finance the stations, Bundy recruited David Davis of WGBH for the task of connecting them into a national voice. Together with Ward Chamberlin of CPB, Davis engineered the new

interconnection, which began operations in 1970 as the Public Broadcasting Service. To meet congressional concerns about preserving localism, the new Public Broadcasting Service was to be controlled by a board of directors elected by the “grassroots” subscribing stations. But Ford ensured that they, in turn, would be dominated by the powerful inner circle of metropolitan stations it favored. The new PBS president was Hartford Gunn, the manager of WGBH. While this process was working itself out, political events were moving in ways that would fatefully shape its future. Until 1968, the disaffected liberals who had a share in creating public television had been engaged in a family quarrel with their fellow Democrats. The Vietnam war had cast them unexpectedly in an adversarial posture toward the anti-Communist liberals who remained committed to the Vietnam policy they themselves had once supported. But in 1968, the presidency fell into unfriendly Republican hands and, worse still, into the hands of the man who, since the trial of Alger Hiss, had been their most hated political antagonist. Now, with Richard Nixon in the White House, the Vietnam nightmare no longer belonged mainly to the liberals. It was in this period that Bill Moyers joined WNET to begin

his intellectual odyssey to the Left. It was in this period, too, that the Ford Foundation announced the creation of a news center in Washington, which would be staffed by prominent luminaries from the media fraternity, several of whom the Nixon White House had identified as political enemies. Among them were Elizabeth Drew, Robert MacNeil, and Sander Vanocur. The loading of these cannons was duly noted by the White House, and in June 1972, Nixon retaliated by vetoing the CPB funding bill. CPB’s president and several Johnsonappointed board members resigned, and were immediately replaced with Nixon nominees. For all the good it did him, Nixon might have saved himself the trouble. Two weeks earlier, five men had been arrested while breaking into the Watergate apartment complex in Washington. By the end of the year, the most watched show on public-television stations was the congressional hearing to decide whether to impeach the President. True to its promise to offer fare that the commercial channels would not or could not provide, PBS featured the hearings on prime time when the networks had turned to other entertainments. The result was a groundswell of support from new members and contributors. Even the more conservative stations, which had been at loggerheads with PBS, joined

hands with the center to fight the common foe. Having humbled the President, the Democratic Congress now rushed eagerly to aid its ally in the Watergate travails. A significant increase in funds for public television was authorized and, more importantly, committed three years in advance. Congress also acted to tie CPB’s unreliable hands. Fifty percent of its nondiscretionary program grants were now earmarked for the stations as “general support”-a percentage that would rise even higher in the following decade. The stations, in turn, kicked back a portion of their grants into a newly created program fund, further depriving CPB of influence over the system product. When the dust had settled, CPB, which Nixon had tried to make a conservative redoubt, was discredited and crippled, while the Ford Foundation’s protege, PBS, emerged as the newly dominant power at the center of the system. Vietnam and Watergate: public television’s birth by fire in the crucible of these events created its political culture, which today often seems frozen in 60’s amber. The one area of its current-affairs programming which managed to escape this fate, ironically, is the one where the battle with the Nixon White House was most directly joined. Robert MacNeil, as noted, was among the liberal journalists

singled out by the Nixon administration as political antagonists. But the program he launched on WNET in 1975, in collaboration with Jim Lehrer, turned out to be reasonably fair and balanced. Originally devoted to a single subject per evening, The MacNeil/Lehrer Report provided in-depth analysis that network soundbites could not duplicate, and it went on to prosper more than any other public-television show besides Sesame Street. But MacNeil/Lehrer-along with a few other “talking heads” shows, most notably Tony Brown’s Journal and William F. Buckley’s Firing Line-proved to be the exception. In other crucial areas of current-affairs programming, a different standard was set. Especially in film documentaries, where subjects were treated in a magazine-like setting that made it possible to tell a story whole and with an editorial thrust, the political personality of the system soon showed another, more radical face. In fact, the protest culture, which everywhere else had withered at the end of the 60’s when its fantasies of revolution collapsed, discovered a new base of operations in public television. A cottage industry of activist documentarians had sprung up during the 60’s to make promotional films for the Black POLITICS page 81

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A Blue Dog and a Republican fight for a region that’s fed up with Washington. Glenshaw, Pa.-- Joe Laus wants to win a gun. A job would be better, but for now, one of the shiny rifles lying on a plastic table at the front of Moose Lodge #46 is within reach, and he’s prepared to sit here all afternoon, hoping. As the minutes pass, Laus, huddled in the back with his friend Len Gebert, tufts of gray hair poking out from under an orange hunting cap, thumps his knee as the raffle numbers of others are called. “I’ve been unemployed for over a year and a half,” Laus tells me as fellow lodgers, most clad in Steelers jerseys, line up for sausage and beer. “Nobody wants to hire anybody over the age of 61. Most of my friends who are over 50 can’t find a job.” #ad#Laus, who worked for years in the maintenance business, blames both parties for the recession. “They’re all a bunch of crooks,” he says. Gebert nods. “Nancy Pelosi passes these bills without reading them,” he sighs. “It’s sad.” Two years ago, President Obama, speaking at a Democratic fundraiser, famously complained about the frustrations of such men. “You go into some of these small towns in Pennsylvania, and like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s

replaced them,” he said. “It’s not surprising, then, that they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them.” Laus scowls at the mention of Obama. The stimulus and the health-care bill, he says, have done little for Pennsylvania’s steel country. “I don’t like the GOP, but I really don’t like what the Democrats are doing,” he explains, his rough hands clasped. Even though his congressman, two-term Democrat Jason Altmire, voted against Obamacare and has voiced his opposition to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Laus wants to “throw him out.” He wants to elect somebody, anybody, who’s going to “repeal that bill” and cut taxes. That’s music to the ears of Keith Rothfus, Altmire’s Republican challenger, who hopes to ride the region’s simmering discontent to an upset victory on Tuesday. As he sits on a supporter’s patio a few miles away, stink bugs and fireflies dancing under the overhead lights, Rothfus acknowledges that he faces an uphill climb. A Susquehanna poll released last week shows Altmire up by twelve points, 47 percent to 35 percent. Rothfus shrugs off the numbers. The poll, he notes, also shows that 18 percent of likely voters remain undecided. Altmire’s congressional district, Pennsylvania’s 4th, stretches from Pittsburgh’s affluent suburbs, with towns such as Fox Chapel, dotted with McMansions, to Mercer

County in the north, toward Erie. In between are narrow highways, shadowed by the Allegheny Mountains -- and also by battered wheat silos and shuttered mills, the dusty relics of glories past. John McCain won the district with 55 percent of the vote in 2008, President Bush with 54 percent in 2004. Thanks to Altmire’s maneuvering on the health-care vote, most pundits predict that he will hold onto his seat. Charlie Cook and Stuart Rothenberg rate the contest as leaning toward the Democrat. Altmire, a former health-care lobbyist, has weathered tough races before: He narrowly toppled three-term Republican Melissa Hart in 2006, and kept her from retaking the seat in 2008. Rothfus, an attorney who’s running his first political campaign, knows that Altmire’s nay vote on Obamacare may be the sandbag that stop the GOP wave from carrying him to victory. But he says that his closing strategy could upend Altmire’s tack to the right. In ads hitting the airwaves this week, Rothfus highlights a video in which Altmire says that repealing Obamacare is “not a viable option.” Pointing out that Altmire is less than committed to repeal, he says, “swings votes,” according to his internal polls. #page#“Altmire has painted a picture that’s simply not true,” Rothfus says. “When you vote with Nancy Pelosi almost 90 percent of the time, you’re a true

liberal.” According to the Washington Post, Altmire has voted with a majority of his Democratic colleagues 88.8 percent of the time during the current Congress. “Cash for Clunkers, bailing out the auto companies, bailing out Fannie and Freddie, sponsoring card check: Altmire is more liberal than George McGovern.” It’s unclear whether Rothfus’s charges will stick. Even beyond Obamacare, Altmire has positioned himself as a moderate, Blue Dog Midwestern Democrat. He voted against the Wall Street bailout and against cap-and-trade. “He’s not doing a horrible job,” says Joe Wall, a “middle-of-theroad Republican” who is leaning against the back wall of Moose Lodge #46. “But he’s a Democrat in a largely Republican district. That he continues to survive kind of shocks me.” #ad#“He’s had an election-year conversion,” Rothfus says, swatting away my mention of Altmire’s position on the Bush tax cuts. I had pointed out that at a recent debate, Altmire argued that he was “one of only 31 Democrats to urge the speaker not to hold a vote unless it included all of the tax cuts,” and that “this is the wrong time to be raising taxes on any individuals or on small businesses.” Altmire also picked up the endorsement of the National Rifle Association and describes himself as pro-life. In recent weeks, House GOP leader John Boehner, House GOP

whip Eric Cantor, House Republican Conference chairman Mike Pence, Steve Forbes, and others have traveled to western Pennsylvania to stump for Rothfus, who has struggled to raise coin. According to Stephanie Miller, Rothfus’s campaign manager, Altmire has over $500,000 cash on hand, while there’s only about $135,000 in Rothfus’s coffers. Nevertheless, Rothfus believes his ground game could win him the seat. Earlier this year, he won a contested primary by a two-toone margin, thanks to Tea Party support, against Mary Beth Buchanan, a prominent former U.S. attorney who is well liked by Washington Republicans. Since then, he tells me, his ranks have swelled, and he now has over 700 volunteers working on his behalf. His campaign has made over 100,000 calls to voters. Rothfus, who has struggled to generate name recognition, may also be boosted by the candidates at the top of the ticket. Tom Corbett, the state’s Republican attorney general, who is now the frontrunner in the gubernatorial race, hails from the district and has galloped to a large lead in the polls. Pat Toomey, the GOP candidate for U.S. Senate, also polls well in the region. But it’s the national mood that Rothfus is counting on. “This is a district that swings late and fast,” Rothfus says. “That’s what BATTLE page 85

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young American woman is speaking. She is saying that, when F riends, welcome to the fourth 9/11 occurred, she had to know installment of these jottings from what “led to the violence.” She Morocco, where I’m attending had to get to the “root of these “Davos in the Desert” -- more tragedies.” The tone is clear, at formally, the World Economic least as I perceive it: What did Forum on the Middle East and America do to deserve it? (You North Africa. Here are links to the remember that man, that San preceding parts: I, II, and III. Francisco politician, who spoke at T h e r e i s a s e s s i o n c a l l e d a ceremony in that city, a few “Meeting Expectations in U.S.- days after 9/11? “Oh, America, Muslim Relations.” Hard to know what did you do?”) what that means. The panelists are Repeated mention is made of that mainly American, and they one kooky pastor who threatened include two representatives of the to burn the Koran. Obama did a Obama administration. It quickly great and glorious thing, we are becomes clear that there are told, by making clear that this was certain assumptions in this unacceptable. Does anyone say session: that, in free countries, people The burden is on the United sometimes do reprehensible States to prove that it is not things, but that freedom is good hostile to Muslims. American for all, and that the Muslim world society is teeming with racism could definitely use a stronger and intolerance. Opposition to the dose of freedom? Not that I hear, “Ground Zero Mosque” is simply no. hateful, bigoted, and wrong. I do hear something I have never There could be no good reason to heard before: America must do oppose the construction of that m o r e t h a n “ s e c u r i t i z e t h e mosque. It is simply anti-Muslim relationship” -- “securitize” the b i a s . T h e o n g o i n g w a r s i n relationship between the United Afghanistan and Iraq are an States and Muslims around the affront to Muslims everywhere. world. We have to “get away” Does anyone say that the f r o m “ s e c u r i t i z i n g ” t h i s overthrow of the Taliban and the r e l a t i o n s h i p , y o u s e e ? overthrow of Saddam Hussein “ S e c u r i t i z i n g ” ? Y o u m e a n , were righteous acts? Does anyone preventing people from being say that we are in Afghanistan and blown to bits? You know, people Iraq in order to prevent the return who are threatened with physical of monstrous rulers -- and that this v i o l e n c e c a n u s e a l i t t l e is of some benefit to many “ s e c u r i t i z a t i o n . ” Muslim people? Not that I hear, I think you have heard enough no. about this particular session. You #ad#A video is shown, and a know which way the wind blows
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when there are tornado-like gales. #*#I meet a Frenchman whose name is Patrick. There are many French Patricks -- an Irish name, bestowed on many French boys. I bring up Jack Lang, the notorious French culture minister from the 1980s (I think). He was the one who made war on the introduction of English words into French. A lot of people thought it was funny that his name was Jack -- not “Jacques,” but “Jack.” The Frenchman here in Marrakech says, “Oh, yes. And he pronounced his name in the English way” -- with the English “J,” not a “zh” sound. The man says to me, “Does the United States have a ministry of culture?” He says this with a bit of a twinkle -- a bit of mischief -if I have read him right. I say, “No -- there is a National Endowment for the Arts. But Americans generally think that culture should be left to people and their various organizations, not to the government.” An American interjects that this is not true: that this is merely a Republican view, not the view of liberals and Democrats. I guess so. But would Americans really go for a ministry of culture? Would they stand for a culture minister? Wouldn’t most people think of a culture minister and a ministry of culture as . . . not very American? Anyway, perhaps Gallup or someone could give us the answer. #*#There is a soirée to end all

soirées -- a big Moroccan bash, with all the bells and whistles. We walk down a long, long red carpet -- I don’t know about you, but I don’t do that every day. At National Review, we just come through the door. On either side of the red carpet, there are scores - more like hundreds -- of candles. Candles in glasses. And there is a hell of a spectacle, with a hell of a racket. Dancers are dancing, singers are singing, blowers are blowing, flame-throwers are throwing -- are they also swallowing? I don’t think I see that. Men sit erect on white horses. It is sheer Arabian fantasy, all Disneyesque. I feel we have been invited to Malcolm Forbes’s 70th birthday or something. Where is Elizabeth Taylor? Inside the vast tent, a bona fide feast is served. There is a fish bastilla -- or p’stilla, if you prefer that transliteration -- to die for. And then comes a lamb -- it looks practically like a whole one, served on a very large silver platter. You know the cliché “succulent lamb”? (“Arrant pedantry,” “grievous error,” “voracious reader,” “succulent lamb”?) This was one -- a succulent lamb to end all succulent lambs. Before dessert, the belly dancers come out, shimmying like mad. You don’t have to dream of Jeannie, she is right here. The dessert is not so good -- not as good as the belly dancers. But that’s okay. Who can complain,

given what has come before? #page##*#The next morning, there is a session on Iraq, and it features Barham Salih, the prime minister of Kurdistan, a famously urbane and capable man. I have long wished that Americans from coast to coast could hear him. I think they, we, would understand things a lot better. I will get to Salih in the next installment of this journal. Here, I would like to tell you something about a young IranianAmerican man, who is also a speaker in this session. He is billed as an expert on Iran, and on Iranian-American relations. He is with the Carnegie Endowment. Say no more? (Oh, the uses of that great man’s money!) No, say a little more. #ad#He says, “Iran is to the Middle East what the Tea Party is to the United States.” The audience thinks this is terribly clever and true. It is beyond disgusting, of course -- a moral obscenity. But perfectly par for the course. Bear in mind that, apart from everything else, the Iranian regime is one that stones girls to death for the crime of having been gang-raped. Our Carnegie guy also refers to the time, a few years ago, “when Israel was bombing Lebanon.” When Israel was bombing Lebanon. Is that the way you would put it, my friends? How about “when Israel was pursuing MARRAKECH page 88

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Panther party, the Weather Underground, and other domestic radical groups, and for Communist countries like Cuba and Vietnam. This group now began its own “long march through the institutions” by taking its political enthusiasms, its film-making skills, and its network of sympathetic leftwing foundations into the PBS orbit. The integration of these radicals into the liberal PBS community was made easier by the convergence of political agendas at the end of the Vietnam war, when supporters of the Communist conquerors were able to celebrate victory over a common domestic foe with liberals who had only desired an American withdrawal. Another convergence occurred around the post-60’s romance between New Left survivors and the “Old Left” Communists, whom cold warriors like Richard Nixon had made their targets. Most liberals shared the radicals’ antipathy for the anti-Communist Right, along with their sense that any political target of the antiCommunists was by definition an innocent victim of persecution. A Prime Expression of this liberal-Left convergence was The Unquiet Death of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg (1974), a two-hour special which attempted to exonerate the most famous “martyrs” of the antiCommunist 50’s, and which

PBS described as “the kind of programming that we enjoy presenting [and] hope to continue to present.” What was striking about the film was not just that it cast doubt on the verdict of the Rosenbergs’ trial; or that it did so even as massive FBI files released under the new Freedom of Information Act were confirming their guilt; or even that it went beyond the airing of questions about the case to imply that there had been a government frame-up and that the verdict represented an indictment of American justice. What was most disturbing (and prophetic in terms of future PBS productions) was that the film also amounted to a political brief for the Communist Left to which the Rosenbergs had belonged. Thus, the narration introduced the Rosenbergs: With millions of others they question an economic and political system that lays waste to human lives. Capitalism has failed. A new system might be better. Socialism is its name. For many the vehicle for change is the Communist party. The film then cut to an authority explaining that Communists were people who “believed that you couldn’t have political democracy without economic democracy…. Being a Communist meant simply to fight for the rights of the people….” The authority was the longtime Stalinist Carl

Marzani, a fact that the program neglected to mention. In 1978, to mark the 25th anniversary of the execution of the Rosenbergs, PBS ran the four-year-old documentary again, adding a half-hour update. The update confirmed just how determinedly ideological some regions of PBS had become. The original two-hour program had been based on the standard argument for the Rosenbergs’ innocence developed in a wellknown book by Walter and Miriam Schneir. In the interim, The Rosenberg File by Ronald Radosh and Joyce Milton had appeared, based on the new FBI materials and on original interviews with principals in the case. While concluding that Julius Rosenberg had been guilty as charged, the authors-one of them a former member of the Rosenberg Defense Committeewere critical of the death penalty and of the prosecution of Ethel Rosenberg, against whom they believed no credible case had been made. Because The Rosenberg File had been so widely praised as a “definitive” account, PBS executives asked the producer of the documentary, Alvin Goldstein, to interview Radosh as part of the “update.” Said Radosh later: I couldn’t believe the final product when I saw it. He cut out everything I said that contradicted his film, and left only the parts that supported

his claims: the failure of the government to make its case against Ethel, the injustice of the sentence. Whereas our book totally demolished the argument of his film, viewers watching it would think I endorsed his claims. Moscow television couldn’t have done better. It was outrageous. Far from being an isolated example, the PBS treatment of the Rosenbergs proved typical. Individual Communists who were later admiringly profiled on PBS specials included Paul Robeson, Angela Davis, Dashiell Hammett, Bertolt Brecht, and Anna Louise Strong. These were amplified by the collective portrait Seeing Red (1986), a 90-minute celebration of American Communists as progressive idealists, and The Good Fight (1988), a nostalgic tribute to the Communists who volunteered to fight in the Spanish Civil War. In a clear violation of PBS’s enabling legislation, this opening to the discredited proSoviet Left was never balanced by any reasonably truthful portrait of American Communism; nor was it matched by any provision of equal time to anti-Communists, whether of the Left or Right. Thus, although there were specials on the personal trials of American radicals who had devoted their lives to a political illusion and enemy power, there was nothing on the tribulations

of those former radicals who had changed their minds in order to defend their country and its freedom-Max Eastman, Jay Lovestone, James Burnham, Whittaker Chambers, Bayard Rustin, Sidney Hook. While PBS searched for silver linings in the dark clouds of the Communist Left, it found mainly negative forces at work in those American institutions charged with fighting the Communist threat, in particular the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), which became a PBS symbol of American evil. In 1980, PBS aired a three-hour series called On Company Business, which its producers described as “the story of 30 years of CIA subversion, murder, bribery, and torture as told by an insider and documented with newsreel film of actual events.” The CIA “insider” on whom the PBS film relied for editorial guidance was Philip Agee, who in a 1975 Esquire article had written: “I aspire to be a Communist and a revolutionary.” The same year a Swiss magazine asked Agee’s opinion of U.S. and Soviet intelligence agencies. He replied: The CIA is plainly on the wrong side, that is the capitalistic side. I approve KGB activities, Communist activities in general, when they are to the advantage of the oppressed. In fact, the KGB is POLITICS page 89

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The Drug-War Failure
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A metaphorical war has imposed some very real costs. I t is indicative of the failure of the current election to deal with real issues, apart from unease about deficits and curiosity about the endless military effort in the Near East, that, once again, almost nothing is asked or uttered about the proverbial War on Drugs, even as the virtual civil war it has caused in Mexico is amply publicized. Almost everyone agrees that hard drugs are a criminal problem, even if there is disagreement about how to fight them and dissatisfaction with the progress to date in doing so. But marijuana, cannabis, is an astonishing story of the hideously expensive and protracted failure of official policy. There was an increase of 600 percent in the federal drug-control budget, from $1.5 billion to $18 billion, between 1981 and 2002, and it is almost certainly now over $25 billion, and yet cannabis as an industry is an almost perfect illustration of the unstoppable force of supply-side economics. Between 1990 and 2007, there was a 420 percent increase in cannabis seizures by drug-control authorities, to about 140,000 tons; a 150 percent increase in annual cannabis-related arrests, to about 900,000 people; a 145 percent increase in average potency of seized cannabis (delta-9tetrahydrocannabinol content); and a 58 percent decline, inflation

-adjusted, in the retail price of cannabis throughout the United States. #ad#The laws governing cannabis growth, sale, and use, though under review in California, where it is the state’s largest cash crop, have not been proposed for serious amendment, although 42 percent of Americans acknowledge that they have used cannabis at one time or another. Despite the drug war’s official costs of over $2.5 trillion over about 40 years, comprehensive research by the authoritative International Centre for Science in Drug Policy (ICSDP), a Canadian organization, but with wide international expertise and collaboration, reveals that cannabis is almost universally accessible to twelfth-graders in all parts of the U.S., and that cannabis use by American twelfth -graders has increased from 27 percent to 32 percent between 1990 and 2008; and, furthermore, that among all Americans between the ages of 19 and 28, use increased in the same period from 26 percent to 29 percent. The argument has been made that growth of cannabis use would have been greater without the drug-war assault on it. But it is hard to credit that official discouragement is very closely related to drug use at all, since 900,000 annual arrests, about half leading to custodial sentences, and with very heavy sentences, of up to 40 years for large-scale production and sale, have failed to

discourage cannabis use and traffic. Extensive U.S. federalgovernment research indicates that the $1.4 billion National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign has been completely ineffective and may even have incited increased drug use by needlessly publicizing it. Given the abundant evidence of the ineffectuality of efforts to restrict and reduce cannabis use, it is astonishing that there has been so little public discussion in the U.S. of alternative policy courses. The Netherlands, which has effectively legalized cannabis use, has roughly half the incidence of per capita use as the U.S. And the U.S. has approximately four times the per capita level of cocaine use of a broad selection of countries, including France, Germany, Italy, Ukraine, Spain, Israel, Lebanon, South Africa, China, Japan, Mexico, and Colombia. Differing regimes of cannabis decriminalization have been instituted by Mexico, Peru, Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina, and Portugal, which latter country, even nine years after decriminalization, has among the lowest cannabis-use levels in the European Union. There is a great range of policy options available, and observable in other countries, including restricting places of use, registering and rationing, increasing emphasis on treatment methods, and separating medical (use) from criminal (distribution outside official channels) aspects.

#page# The argument that marijuana is “the gateway drug” that leads to more dangerous drugs and must therefore be evaluated for its consequences as well as its direct effects may have some validity. But the ICSDP judges that from 76 to 83 percent of the world’s 155 million to 250 million annual drug users use cannabis, which may make it a gateway, but also makes it by far the greatest enforcement problem, even though two-thirds to four-fifths of cannabis users do not use it as a gateway into hard drugs. A United Kingdom medical and scientific panel, using a nine-category measurement of social and physical harm, rates cannabis less damaging and dangerous to society than alcohol or tobacco. Those who start on cannabis early and continue intensive use over long periods can suffer a range of psychological problems and motor impairment, become vulnerable to respiratory ailments, and become accident-prone, especially if driving motor vehicles or other sophisticated machinery. But this does not make up as great a risk of societal damage, or as high a challenge to individual health, as legal but controlled substances. #ad#There are also profound social and foreign-policy questions involved. It is fundamentally inconceivable that if the U.S. were absolutely determined to reduce drug use substantially, it could not do a

much more thorough job of suppressing use within, and of preventing the entry of foreignoriginated drugs into, the U.S. The greatest military power in the world, with, by most measurements, greater military strength than all other countries in the world combined, could seal its own borders to drugs (as to illegal immigration), without disturbing legitimate commerce and tourism. And the public-policy decision has been informally concerted to leave middle-class, prosperous American secondary-school and university youth alone with at least their soft drugs, while trolling relentlessly through poor African-American areas rounding up dealers and users, and imprisoning them en masse. For blacks, the chances of being arrested and charged and convicted for cannabis offenses are 300 percent greater than for whites. Sending nearly half a million cannabis offenders to prison each year inflicts a $40,000 annual charge per prisoner, not counting the processing costs of the mass-convict-production U.S. law-enforcement system. Domestic consumption of cannabis is an approximately $140 billion industry in the U.S., which, despite large domestic production, requires large imports, especially from Mexico, Canada, and Colombia. In Mexico, 20,000 metric tons of cannabis are shipped annually to DRUG-WAR page 90

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The Rogue Race of Rhode Island
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Republican John Loughlin just might take another seat from the Kennedys. Lincoln, R.I. -- It’s the week before a momentous election, and John Loughlin is shaking hands at a strip mall. He’s feeling better about his prospects than you’d expect the Republican candidate in Rhode Island’s 1st congressional district to be. Last Friday, the National Republican Congressional Committee released a poll in which Loughlin tied his Democratic adversary, David Cicilline, at 41 percent among likely voters. Among the most likely voters, Loughlin led, albeit barely: 45 to 41 percent, which is within the margin of error. Every shaken hand could be the deciding vote, but Loughlin is calmness incarnate. He strolls through the Lincoln Shopping Center in his burgundy loafers, seemingly unperturbed -- just like the man walking next to him, Sen. Scott Brown (R., Mass.). “This race reminds me a lot of my race,” Brown tells a pack of reporters. Loughlin and Brown do have much in common -- both are unassuming Republicans who have harnessed the current

political climate to give themselves a chance to win in liberal northeastern states. Brown trailed his opponent by 15 points nine days before he won an unexpected victory in January of this year; Loughlin may be a surprise champ for the GOP on November 2. #ad#Extending across Rhode Island’s northeastern arc, the 1st congressional district has been represented by Rep. Patrick Kennedy since 1995. The son of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, the incumbent won 69 percent of the vote in 2008, outperforming President Obama by four points. Democrats outnumber Republicans in the Ocean State by four to one. This district is so blue that the Cook Partisan Voting Index gives Democrats a 13-point advantage here. But two factors attenuate the Democrats’ advantage this year. First, Kennedy isn’t running. In February, the incumbent announced that his life was “taking a new direction” and that he would retire from Congress. Second, Cicilline, the mayor of Providence, is not particularly popular. In an August poll, the Democrat posted an approval rating of only 40 percent. His support of Providence’s status as

a sanctuary city -- a city that refuses to enforce laws related to illegal immigration -- is out of sync with the 70 percent of Rhode Islanders who support government sanctions on employers of illegal immigrants. And last month, Cicilline admitted to mistakenly taking$20,000 in extra pay over four years. Loughlin’s campaign says Cicilline is paying back the money only because he got caught. The warning signs for Cicilline have been appearing for many months. In March 2009, the Feldman Group conducted focus groups for the mayor in anticipation of a run for higher office. The summary memo, obtained by Loughlin’s advisers and shared with National Review Online, reads like Cicilline’s political obituary. “Voters no longer view Cicilline as a reformer,” it says. “They believe his brother’s writing of a bad check and the firing of the city’s tax collector shows that he is no different than other politicians who give their family and friends favors at taxpayer expense.” In other words, Republicans have an opening, and Loughlin is ready to take advantage of it. A 51-year-old state representative

from Tiverton, Loughlin spent ten years as a helicopter pilot in the Rhode Island National Guard. He later joined NASA as a publicaffairs officer. He served in Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1995–96 and helped train soldiers headed to Iraq at Fort Bragg, N.C., in 2003. In December 2004, he retired as a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army reserve -- ending a 26-year career in the military -and opened Media-Rite LLC, a film- and television-production agency. On the campaign trail, Loughlin wears his green U.S. Army jacket to remind voters of his service. But when he speaks, he’s all issues, no biography. “We want to keep promoting our message of fiscal conservatism,” he tells NRO. “We need to repeal and replace the health-care bill and send any unused stimulus funds to the Treasury. The CBO puts out a list of budget options each year. In 2009, it identified $140 billion in savings. I think we should take a look at that.” #page#He’s not afraid to throw a punch. “My opponent’s first vote would be for Nancy Pelosi as speaker of the House,” he says. “And his second vote would be to raise taxes.” Loughlin warns of Cicilline, “He thinks we are one

government program away from salvation. He’s already come out with his own $2 billion stimulus plan.” Loughlin says “there’s a lot to like” about the GOP’s “Pledge to America,” but he warns, “Whenever I’m asked about the pledge or the Contract with America, I say we already have a contract with America,” pulling a pocket Constitution of his coat. “I do support the pledge’s goal to put an enumerated-powers clause in all legislation,” he adds. #ad#And he’s happy to be compared to Scott Brown, whose come-from-behind victory he hopes to repeat. With virtually no assistance from the national party, Loughlin is marching his way -slowly, deliberately -- closer to victory. For his part, Brown is happy to oblige, reminding reporters that the 1st district is not the Kennedys’ seat but the people’s seat. But when a reporter asks Loughlin if he sees himself as the next Scott Brown, the candidate, steady as ever, replies: “I see myself as the first John Loughlin.” -- Brian Bolduc is a William F. Buckley Jr. Fellow at the National Review Institute. Brian Bolduc

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WikiLeaks’ Inconvenient Truth about Iraqi Chemical Weapons
James Phillips (The Foundry: Conservative Policy News.)

conveniently overlook the fact that the presence of chemical weapons is concrete proof that Submitted at 10/28/2010 1:00:16 PM Saddam’s regime failed to comply B u r i e d i n t h e W i k i L e a k s with its legal obligations to avalanche of documents related to destroy all weapons of mass the war in Iraq are various reports destruction, as required by the about the discovery of chemical cease-fire agreement that ended w e a p o n s c a c h e s i n s i d e the 1991 Gulf War and more than Iraq—reports which contradict the a dozen subsequent U.N. Security revisionist narrative about the C o u n c i l r e s o l u t i o n s . T h i s genesis of the war. Scattered additional evidence of Iraqi throughout the roughly 392,000 n o n c o m p l i a n c e f u r n i s h e s documents illegally published by convincing proof, if any is still WikiLeaks are accounts of U.S., needed, that refutes the revisionist coalition and Iraqi forces n a r r a t i v e t h a t t h e B u s h recovering chemical munitions Administration fought an “illegal” left behind by Saddam Hussein’s war in Iraq. overthrown regime. The revisionist narrative holds While the chemical munitions that the failure to find massive r e c o v e r e d a p p e a r e d t o b e quantities of weapons of mass manufactured before the 1991 destruction (WMD) after the war Gulf War, after which Iraqi forces d i s c r e d i t e d t h e B u s h were required to surrender and Administration’s decision to go to destroy their illegal chemical war in the first place. But in fact, weapons, the leaked documents the real rationale for going to war are a reminder that Saddam was that Saddam’s regime was Hussein’s regime could not be n o t c o o p e r a t i n g w i t h U . N . trusted to fulfill its disarmament weapons inspectors and therefore obligations and fully cooperate the United States and its allies with U.N. weapons inspectors, as were fully justified in undertaking the Bush Administration correctly military operations to make sure argued before the 2003 war. that Iraq did not have the WMD S o m e c o m m e n t a t o r s h a v e stockpiles and the programs to downplayed the finding of build WMD, that the U.N. chemical weapons, saying that i n s p e c t o r s p r e v i o u s l y h a d these were not the massive confirmed that it had. Iraq already quantities for which the Bush had used prohibited chemical Administration claimed it was weapons against Iran in the looking. But these commentators 1980–1988 Iran-Iraq war and

against Iraqi Kurds who had rebelled against the regime. The burden of proof was on Iraq’s non-compliant regime, not on the “coalition of the willing,” which was enforcing U.N. Security Council resolutions. U.N. Security Council Resolution 687, which set the terms of the ceasefire that ended the 1991 war that expelled Iraqi forces that had invaded Kuwait, required that: Iraq shall unconditionally accept the destruction, removal, or rendering harmless, under international supervision, of: • (a) All chemical and biological weapons and all stocks of agents and all related subsystems and components and all research, development, support and manufacturing facilities;

• (b) All ballistic missiles with a range greater than 150 kilometres and related major parts, and repair and production facilities; Not only was Iraq not cooperating with inspectors in destroying its WMD stockpiles and facilities, but it also was found to have missiles that exceeded the 150-kilometer range limits. These are clear violations of the 1991 cease-fire that technically put Iraq back into a state of war with the United States. The Bush Administration was not alone in finding that Iraqi noncompliance on WMD issues merited a military response. The Clinton Administration also cited Iraq’s noncompliance as justification for launching

Operation Desert Fox, four days of air strikes against Iraqi targets, in December 1998. Many critics who charge that the Bush Administration conjured up Iraqi WMD as a false justification for war against Iraq conveniently ignore the fact that the Clinton Administration based its military attacks on the same premise. The WikiLeaks document dump is a disturbing and reckless politically motivated attack that has passed potentially valuable information to hostile forces and increased the risks to U.S., coalition and Iraqi troops and civilians who continue to fight to build a stable democracy in Iraq. The selective morality and selfrighteous arrogance of the WikiLeaks crew is breathtaking. But if anything positive comes out of their dangerous and misguided actions, it is a reminder that, contrary to popular wisdom, Iraq did in fact possess illegal chemical weapons that it failed to destroy before the 2003 war. 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: Beyond Hiroshima - The NonReporting of Falluja's Cancer Catastrophe.

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Obamacare Subsidies Are Not a Free Lunch
Brian Blase (The Foundry: Conservative Policy News.)

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of the tax credit paid by federal taxpayers (all else being equal). According to the Families USA Submitted at 10/28/2010 11:00:40 AM report, the total cost of the tax Posted October 28th, 2010 at credits will be $110 billion in 12:00pm in Health Care Print 2014 alone. All else is not equal, This Post however. The tax credits will be Families USA is out with a new financed not only by higher taxes report, Lower Taxes, Lower p a i d b y m a n y m i l l i o n s o f Premiums: The New Health households but also through Insurance Tax Credit, which lauds substantial Medicare cuts and net the health insurance tax credits revenue from the CLASS Act (subsidies) in Obamacare. But the scheme. report tells only half of the story. Second, the tax credits can be It is true that the tax credits will used only to purchase government reduce the effective premium that -approved health plans. Since the many households will face for insurance packages offered h e a l t h i n s u r a n c e c o v e r a g e . through the state exchanges have However, the key question from a significant limits on cost-sharing, policy perspective is whether the the demand for health care benefits of the Obamacare tax services will increase. The credits outweigh their costs. Since increased demand will put upward the Families USA report failed to pressure on prices, and as a result list any of the costs or concerns of health insurance premiums will t h e O b a m a c a r e t a x c r e d i t s , probably rise. Heritage will fill the void. Third, the tax credits produce First, the tax credits are going to e n o r m o u s i n e q u i t i e s i n be enormously expensive. The compensation depending on Congressional Budget Office whether the worker has employer(CBO) estimated that the average s p o n s o r e d i n s u r a n c e ( E S I ) . subsidy per subsidized enrollee Former CBO Director Douglas will be between $5,200 and Holtz-Eakin has shown that $6,000. Subsidies have to be paid individuals under 250 percent of for with revenue generated the federal poverty level (FPL) through taxes. So the gross benefit who receive health insurance is exactly offset by the gross cost through work are at a substantial

becomes ineligible for any subsidies. The high marginal tax rate at 400 percent of FPL will discourage work as income approaches the upper limit as one grows older, incentivizing individuals to retire early or to change the way they report income. This particular subsidy structure further penalizes upward income mobility for middle-class individuals. The tax treatment of health care and health insurance is complicated, but the new law does disadvantage relative to otherwise not get it right. The Obamacare identical individuals who would subsidies increase taxes for those qualify for subsidies through the not receiving the subsidies, exchange. This is because an r e q u i r e t h e p u r c h a s e o f employer who does not offer government-approved plans, health coverage will be able to create new inequities in the tax i n c r e a s e t h e w a g e s o f h i s code, and penalize work. workforce with his employees This entry passed through the receiving favorable tax treatment Full-Text RSS service — if this is to purchase insurance in the your content and you're reading it exchanges. On net, therefore, on someone else's site, please read individuals below 250 percent of our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ FPL will receive greater net content-only/faq.php compensation if not offered ESI Five Filters featured article: and instead purchase heavily Beyond Hiroshima - The Nons u b s i d i z e d c o v e r a g e i n t h e Reporting of Falluja's Cancer exchange. Catastrophe. Fourth, the tax credits create an enormous “cliff” effect at 400 percent of FPL. Once a household earns above 400 percent FPL, it

happened to Melissa Hart in 2006, and it’s happening to Altmire now. He was able to tie Hart to Bush, and we’ve been able to show how Altmire is tied to President Obama and Nancy Pelosi.” Rothfus, who began his career as a systems programmer at IBM before heading off to Notre Dame Law School, is not your typical mad-as-hell tea-party candidate. His voice is quiet, and his bespectacled, low-key look is the opposite of that of Altmire, a strapping former college-football player. But behind Rothfus’s polite demeanor, he promises, is a tough, conservative spine. #page#In 2006, Rothfus was diagnosed with cancer of the appendix. “December 1, 2006,” he recalls, just one month before his sixth child was due. At the time, his family was living in Washington, D.C., where Rothfus, a Catholic who cites Pope John Paul II as one of his heroes, was working for the Department of Homeland Security, coordinating faith-based groups in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. After 18 months filled with chemotherapy, surgery, and worrying about whether he’d beat the cancer -- which was advanced -- Rothfus recovered. Soon after, he ran his first marathon. Rothfus says his “work hard, keep your head down” style is winning votes. In this economy, he says, no one wants to elect a posturing politician. Growing up BATTLE page 90

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The Pakistan Conundrum
Rick Moran (FrontPage Magazine » FrontPage)
Submitted at 10/27/2010 11:40:12 PM

Pakistan is a country that appears to echo Winston Churchill’s description of Russia: a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma. Even though it acts like an enemy at times, strategic necessity dictates that it must be treated as an ally. And despite the animus directed toward the United States by the majority of the populace and several factions in the government, both nations must pretend that all is peaches and cream and that the nearly $7 billion in aid the US is doling out over the next 5 years has a chance to alter the fact that much of the country wants to see the US defeated in Afghanistan. A delegation headed up by Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi visited Washington last week to hob nob with American officials on aid packages, military cooperation in the war on terror, and other bilateral concerns. But in many respects, it is what wasn’t discussed that reveals more about the current state of our relations with Pakistan than anything else. Foreign Policy’s David Rothkopf describes our relations with

Pakistan as “making love to a cactus.” He writes: The contrast between the meetings and the report reveal the core conundrum the Obama administration faces with regard to Pakistan. No country is home to more urgent risks. While near the top of the list of those risks are the presence and day-to-day violent agenda of al Qaeda, Lashkar-e-Taiba and other such militant organizations, at the very top is that the rational elements in the Pakistani government might lose control of some or all of the country’s nuclear arsenal. The United States seeks to shore up

those rational elements — led in a practical sense more by [Army CIC General] Kayani than civilian officials — and collaborate with them in addressing the threats that President Obama himself has famously likened to a “cancer.” But in so doing, the United States must embrace a government that is fractured — divided in and against itself (within every subunit it seems, you find another split). The catch is to figure out who’s on our side and who isn’t — a task made all the more difficult because for some of the players in Pakistan, it depends on which

horse they are backing. For example, the Pakistani intelligence service, the ISI, apparently not only knew about the Mumbai attack before it happened, but was also in on some of the planning according to this article in the British Guardian. So the ISI is our enemy, right? Not exactly. The intelligence agency has also been very generous in sharing information on the location of Taliban and alQaeda leaders hiding in the mountainous regions of Pakistan which has facilitated drone strikes that have killed many terrorists. And if that doesn’t confuse you, the fact that this same ISI assists the Afghanistan Taliban in planning operations that kill Americans will almost surely have your head spinning. This is a conundrum without an easy solution. Pakistan is vital to our efforts in Afghanistan. It is a nuclear power at loggerheads with another ally and nuclear power India. It is on the frontline of the battle against terrorists, while engaging those terrorists at times to serve its own interests.

The Divider-inChief
Rich Trzupek (FrontPage Magazine » FrontPage)
Submitted at 10/27/2010 11:45:24 PM

“I don’t want to pit Red America against Blue America; I want to be the President of the United States of America.” That was of course one of Barack Obama’s signature lines when he was on the campaign trail in 2008. Those words succinctly expressed a dream that has always appealed to the electorate: finding a leader who would put an end to partisan bickering and political propaganda. Americans desperately wanted to believe that Barack Obama was just such a man, but of course he never was. Soon after he took the oath of office, it became apparent that the Great Uniter was going to be as polarizing a president as the nation has seen for quite some time. Indeed, another couple of sentences from the president’s 2008 stump speech come to mind. Obama used them to attack the Bush administration, but they DIVIDER-IN-CHIEF page 88

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The GOP’s Real Challenge
Frank Crimi (FrontPage Magazine » FrontPage)
Submitted at 10/27/2010 11:32:03 PM

Despite the Republican Party’s current optimism over its political chances in the upcoming midterm election, the recent release by the Treasury Department of the latest national debt figures may portend unforeseen problems for the party’s future electoral prospects. While Democrats may be held accountable by voters in November for our fiscal nightmare, Republicans may actually be the ones to suffer the longer-term effects. The Treasury Department’s report shows the national debt has increased by $3 trillion over the two years of the Obama presidency, raising the nation’s new overall debt total to $13.655 trillion. At the current rate of spending, the total debt accumulated by the end of Obama’s first term will be $5.9 trillion, compared to the $4.9 trillion accumulated over the entire eight years of the Bush administration. While it can certainly be argued that both political parties share a degree of blame in this economic calamity, their level of complicity

is highly different. The Bush administration and its congressional Republican counterparts were certainly profligate spenders, greatly increasing expenditures on such things as education and antipoverty programs, as well as enacting a huge Medicare drug entitlement, with nary a nod toward balancing a budget. Republicans, of course, paid a heavy political price for these reckless spending habits, losing control of both the House and

Senate in 2006. However, the collapse of the financial markets at the end of 2008 saw the Bush administration and a Democratically-controlled Congress join hands and produce both a series of bailouts and a stimulus package that totaled in excess of $1.25 trillion, exploding the federal deficit from $565 billion in fiscal year 2008 to $1.41 trillion in 2009. In the process, the national debt rose to $10 trillion. While the debt issue was no doubt severe, the entrance of

Barack Obama onto the scene, coupled with unchecked Democratic power, inflamed the situation with a mix of tax and spend policies, beginning with a second $700 billion stimulus program in early 2009 and ending with a $1 trillion healthcare reform entitlement in 2010. The result of these and other measures brought budget deficits of $1.56 trillion in 2010; $1.27 trillion in 2011; and a projected 2012 national debt of $16.5 trillion. The problem for Democrats is that until 2008, concerns over budget deficits and the national debt were generally reserved for fiscal hawks, not for the general populace. These were issues whose consequences could be masked in good economic times and easily kicked down the road for future generations to handle. Concerns about runaway federal spending, however, now have the rapt attention of the public because the tab for these policies has come due amidst a severe economic downturn, heightening voter unease about the effects that massive public debt will have on both their immediate and future financial prospects.

Robust Economy Needs Affordable Energy
David Kreutzer (The Foundry: Conservative Policy News.)
Submitted at 10/28/2010 12:00:14 PM

Posted October 28th, 2010 at 1:00pm in Energy and Environment Print This Post Proposition 23 seeks to put some of California’s more egregious energy regulations on hold—at least until the California economy recovers. Current law will force consumers to switch to energy sources that can be four or more times as expensive as conventional energy, driving energy prices up, employers out, and consumers crazy. The current rules make especially little sense in the current economic environment. In addition to the standard environmental groups, those financing the opposition to Proposition 23 are mainly financiers who stand to gain from restrictions on conventional energy and billionaires who are far removed from worries over monthly energy bills and losing a ROBUST page 90

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Hezbollah, which would not stop killing innocents”? That is not something you would be likely to hear, in this setting. But this fellow does say a couple of things that make me smile. He says, “In the Middle East, there are too many rulers and too few leaders.” A tad trite, maybe, but nice: and true. He also says (and I paraphrase), “They have a saying in the State Department: There are only two countries in which you don’t get clientitis. Only two countries in which an American diplomat doesn’t become overly sympathetic to the government. Only two countries in which, the more you are exposed to the government, the less sympathetic you become to it. And those countries are Russia and Iran.” I’m going to give you a lot of Salih in the next installment, but let me relate just one thing now. He is asked about the impending execution of Tariq Aziz. He says, “I’m personally opposed to capital punishment, and Iraq does not

need more executions. It needs to move on.” But these matters are properly dealt with by the courts, and politicians should stay out of them. I wonder whether he opposed the execution of Saddam Hussein. For consistency’s sake and all . . . #*#When I was a kid, and first went to Buckingham Palace, I wondered how the guards could stand it: How could they just stand there and stare for all that time, until finally relieved by a changing of the guard? What did they think about? I knew that I couldn’t handle it for one minute. I have a similar thought here. Along the main road, outside the compound where our conference is being held, there are soldiers standing sentry, keeping a watch: a lone soldier every 125 yards or so. What do they think about? What would I think about? (I shudder to think.) A real discipline must be involved. #*#There are lots of camels about, and plenty of people riding them.

Not me, though. I swore never again. Of course, I have broken that pledge. After the camel at the Pyramids, I said, No, never again. And I went and did it again: in India, because friends were going for a ride, and because of the principle “When in Rome . . .” There was that terrible moment when, atop that Indian camel, I checked my BlackBerry: Then I knew I had a problem: a problem with my BlackBerry. But my rationalization and consolation is this: I was just trying to distract myself from the ordeal of the camel and the pestiferous, conniving young man leading it. The object of a camel ride, for the driver, is to extract from you as much money as possible. Is that capitalism? I don’t think so, but it is something. Anyway, gotta go -- though not on a camel. See you for Part V? I’ve got stuff. #JAYBOOK# Jay Nordlinger

resonate all the more strongly today: “We were promised a uniter, and we got a president who could not even lead the half of the country that voted for him,” Obama said. “We were promised a more ethical and more efficient government, and instead we have a town called Washington that is more corrupt and more wasteful than it was before.” Today, the president’s centrist façade – one that fooled even some erstwhile conservatives – has been completely stripped away. We don’t have a postracial, post-partisan president who is going to nurture compromise and understanding. We rather have a president who highlights and exploits racial and ideological divisions for political purposes. We have a president whose idea of compromise is that anyone who disagrees with his policies ought to change their mind or shut up. All of these unseemly tactics – the very tactics that Obama condemned two short years ago – are on full display as Election Day 2010 draws near. Desperate to salvage a Democratic majority in at least one house of Congress, the president is using the politics of fear and division like a sledgehammer, hoping to carve out just enough voting blocs to save the day. Channeling Harry Reid, Obama

recently implied that the Republican Party is the enemy of the Latino community in America. The president said: “If Latinos sit out the election instead of saying, ‘We’re gonna punish our enemies and we’re gonna reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us’ … then I think it’s gonna be harder.” He’s not even bothering to try to be subtle anymore. The idea that politicians of either party should do what’s best for all Americans, regardless of race, has been tossed out the window in name of political expediency. Campaigning in Rhode Island, the president once again dragged out his tired “car in the ditch” metaphor, but with an unfortunate twist. Describing his administration’s soon to be successful (any day now – just you wait and see) efforts to get the economy back on track, Obama said the car would soon be moving again. However: “We can’t have special interests sitting shotgun,” he declared. “We gotta have middle class families up in front. We don’t mind the Republicans joining us. They can come for the ride, but they gotta sit in back.”

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not doing enough in this regard because the USSR depends upon the people to free themselves. Between the Jena McNeill (The Foundry: Conservative Policy News.) overdone activities that the CIA initiates and the more modest Submitted at 10/28/2010 10:00:49 AM activities of the KGB there is absolutely no comparison. Posted October 28th, 2010 at Agee had been expelled from 11:00am in Protect America Print the Netherlands, France, and This Post England because of his contacts Yesterday, the FBI announced with Soviet and Cuban the arrest of a Virginia man, intelligence agents, but the PBS Farooque Ahmed, on charges of special identified him only by “providing material support to the caption “CIA: 1959-1969.” terrorists and collecting When Reed Irvine of information for a terrorist attack.” Accuracy in Media (AIM) and Ahmed is suspected of plotting to other critics objected to the bomb several locations around the program’s “disinformation,” D.C. area, including several they were dismissed out of hand stations in the Metro rail system. by Barry Chase, the PBS vice This arrest will have quite a few president for News and Public commuters on edge. Yet, this is a Affairs. Chase even sent a good example of the right way to this threat at the top of its centers in order to make them less memo to all PBS stations stop terrorist plots against the domestic security priorities. o f a t a r g e t f o r t e r r o r i s t s . describing On Company Business United States—early on and Millions in taxpayer dollars were Attempting to child proof the a s “ a h i g h l y r e s p o n s i b l e before a plan of attack can ever shoved into the stimulus bill for Washington D.C. transportation overview of the CIA’s history get off the ground. In fact, the FBI rail/subway (ex. $6.6 million for system by throwing more dollars and a major contribution to the has emphasized that they Chicago alone for subway and at physical security measures or ongoing debate on the CIA’s infiltrated the plot so early in the commuter rail security). silly regulations is the wrong way past, present, and future.” process that the public was never However, this plot demonstrates to stop terrorism—making it more PBS’s next summary view of in any danger. that rail threats are not unique and difficult for everyone to get to American intelligence was a Bill Too often, rail security rhetoric can be prevented in the same work, wasting more taxpayer Moyers special called The from Congress and the White e x a c t w a y a s o t h e r t e r r o r dollars, and simply not making Secret Government (1987), House has focused on plots—through robust information Americans any safer. which insinuated what no differentiating rail threats from sharing and quality intelligence This entry passed through the congressional investigation had other forms of terrorism (i.e., gathering. Full-Text RSS service — if this is ever established: that the CIA airplanes, car bombs, etc.). The Congress and DHS must be your content and you're reading it w a s a r o g u e i n s t i t u t i o n message seems to be that rail careful to resist knee-jerk security on someone else's site, please read requires more money and more measures aimed at the D.C. Metro our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ aggressive regulation in order for system or other rail systems in the content-only/faq.php riders to be secure. For example, U n i t e d S t a t e s . O n e o f t h e Five Filters featured article: in the first few months of the stupidest ideas proposed in recent Beyond Hiroshima - The NonObama Administration, the White years was a proposal that rail Reporting of Falluja's Cancer House published a surface trains be re-routed around urban Catastrophe. transportation assessment, placing

subverting American policy. The wilder shores of this kind of conspiracy thesis were subsequently explored in two Frontline programs, Murder on the Rio San Juan (1988) and Guns, Drugs, and the CIA (1988), which leaned heavily on the fantasies of the far-Left Christic Institute. The Secret Government was followed by a four-part series called Secret Intelligence (1988), which, like all three of its predecessors, rehearsed the standard litany of left-wing complaints-Iran, Guatemala, the Bay of Pigs, Chile-and culminated in a onesided view of the Iran-contra affair as an anti-constitutional plot. All these programs judged the CIA to be more of a threat to American institutions than a guardian of American security. And while PBS officials continued to pay lip service to the idea of “balance,” no sympathetic portrait of the CIA’s cold war activities was ever aired, no equally partisan account of its role in supporting the anti-Communist rebels in Afghanistan or Angola.

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in a middle-class home in Buffalo, N.Y., Rothfus saw firsthand how former industrial towns struggle with a changing economy, and what kind of person is needed to help lead them out of the dark. One such hero was his local congressman, the late Jack Kemp. Same with Ronald Reagan: “I turned 18 in 1980,” he laughs. “The die was cast.” #ad#Rothfus moved to the district in 1997 with his wife, who grew up a few streets away from where we sit. “It’s the same people up there, the same types of businesses,” he says. “Buffalo, I think, fell harder than Pittsburgh. Both are fighting to come back.” As the campaign hurtles toward its final weekend, Rothfus remains upbeat. Conservative Democrats, Altmire’s base, can be

won over, he says. In Westmoreland and Beaver counties, Rothfus sees ample opportunity to peel off “Reagan Democrats,” who, like Joe Laus, remain angry about the Obama agenda. “I am staying focused,” Rothfus says. “It’s about jobs, the debt, and stopping the biggovernment agenda. We’ve been very effective in trying to bring that message home, talking about those three points.” “We’re up in no-man’s land right now,” Rothfus continues, as his supporters munch on homemade casserole and brownies inside. “We climbed up out of the trenches last week, and I figured that two weeks out, we’re going for the machine-gunner’s nest on the other side of the fence. They’ll fire bullets at me, but we’re

fighting to save the country. We’re giving it all we’ve got. It’ll be a nail-biter.” If Republicans hope to gain an ample majority in the House, Pennsylvania’s 4th is a district they’ll need to win. Rothfus, for his part, knows the stakes, but he’s not letting the pressure show. “If we win the election, great,” Rothfus tells me as he heads home after a long day on the trail. “If we don’t, I’ll be at home reading books to my kids. But I see what’s unfolding across the country, and I think we’re going to win this.” -- Robert Costa is a political reporter for National Review. Robert Costa

the U.S., and the U.S. is in the position of telling foreign nations to cease production, while it will not impose the same solution on itself nor even make an all-out effort to discourage imports. The result is a virtual civil war in Mexico, where 28,000 people have died in drug-related violence in the last four years, five times the number of Americans who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan in the last nine years. The beneficiaries of official American policy are the drug cartels, who make billions on it annually, and maintain private paramilitary forces including armored vehicles, submersible drug-transport ships, and a range of aircraft. There is room for legitimate argument about what course the U.S. should follow in drug-control

policy, but there is no possible dispute that the present course has been such an unmitigated failure that it has aggravated the societal problem, strained relations with friendly foreign countries and destabilized some, and, as Milton Friedman said in 1991, constituted a protectionist bonanza for the most virulent and sociopathic elements of organized crime. In comparison, Prohibition, which handed the liquor business to Al Capone and his analogues, was a howling success, and it was repealed after 14 years. Surely, we can do better than this. But as with most other urgent issues, we are completing a pyrotechnic midterm-election campaign with scarcely a peep being raised on a DRUG-WAR page 90

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job. The problem for the other 37 million Californians is that they do worry about how they can pay higher energy bills and about getting and keeping a job. The notion that restricting access to affordable energy will make us world leaders in the production of alternative technology doesn’t jibe with past experience. We are world leaders in the consumption of televisions, cell phones, and virtually all other consumer electronics, yet we import the overwhelming majority of these goods. Mandating consumption is different from stimulating

domestic production. As Californians contemplate the energy-regulations-create-jobs theory, they might want to talk to workers in a Winchester, Virginia, light-bulb factory. In anticipation of the regulatory phase-out of conventional light bulbs, GE shut down the factory down. Retrofitting the factory to make the new bulbs was too expensive, so the replacements will come mostly from China. Of course, there may be some alternative sources of energy that will be cost effective in the future. Just as cars replaced horse-drawn

carriages and electric lights replaced kerosene lamps (which replaced whale-oil lamps) and jetliners replaced passenger steam ships, it is likely that some new forms of energy will out-compete the old forms. If so, the developers won’t need mandates to get consumers to use them. Legislation outlawing ships, oil lamps, and buggies wasn’t required to develop the replacements. It certainly wouldn’t have helped to outlaw those goods before their replacements were ready. Cross-posted at National

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subject that affects almost half the population of the United States. – Conrad Black is the author of Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Champion of Freedom and Richard M. Nixon: A Life in Full. He can be reached at cbletters@gmail.com. Conrad Black

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Box.net Ups Its Cloud Storage Offerings
Christina Warren (Mashable!)
Submitted at 10/28/2010 1:03:44 PM

Levie said that just as this growth in storage capacities has had an impact on consumers, it has also Cloud storage and collaboration had an impact on data centers. It’s p l a t f o r m B o x . n e t h a s j u s t now possible for data centers to announced some major storage offer more storage for the same upgrades for its business and price. That’s why Box.net decided personal plans. that now would be a good time to In the past, Box.net offered its upgrade its offerings. free personal account users 1GB Box.net was originally started as of storage. That cap has now been a cloud storage platform — moved up to 5GB, which is one of similar in some ways to what the most generous free offerings Dropbox is today. However, over from any cloud-based sharing the past five years, the platform service. Business accounts, which has evolved significantly. It’s less previously had incremental sizes about indiscriminate storage and on a per-user basis will now start more about becoming a content out at 500GB for the shared management and collaboration workspace. platform. It’s more similar to For Box.net enterprise customers, s o m e t h i n g l i k e M i c r o s o f t Box.net will also now offer SharePoint both in its featureset unlimited cloud storage for and its scope. documents and files. Box.net shared this comparison We spoke to Box.net co-founder between its new cloud offerings, and CEO Aaron Levie about the as compared to those of its new storage tiers and Box’s c o m p e t i t o r s i n t h e c o n t e n t overreaching goals for making the management and collaboration cloud more infinite. space: Box.net started in 2005 and at We should point out that you can that time, Levie pointed out, actually hook Box.net up to 400GB was the size of your Salesforce.com and Google Docs typical, large capacity hard drive. and Google Apps. Other Cloud Five years later, for the same Upgrades price as what a 400GB drive cost In addition to bumping up its in 2005, you can get a 2TB drive storage offerings, Box.net has also today. upgraded its cloud. Box.net just

free and now have a data limit of 5GB. The maximum file size is 25MB unless you upgrade to one of the greater storage plans for $10 or $20 a month. • Business accounts— This starts at $15 a month per user (threeuser minimum) and offers 500GB of total storage and file sizes of up to 2GB. • Enterprise accounts— These plans are $35 per user per month (call Box.net to set this up) and achieved SAS 70 II certification, there is an unlimited amount of offers 256-bit encryption and now storage space. Like the business has dual-data centers with 99.98% plan, maximum file sizes are 2GB uptime. per file. Box has also been working on making its search faster, adding to Do you use something like its mobile offerings and updating Box.net or SharePoint to share some of its workflow tools. documents in your business? Let Box.net wants to be a locationus know. Reviews: Dropbox, agnostic cloud server so that Google Docs businesses large and small can More About: box.net, cloud access their documents from collaboration, cloud computing, anywhere. After all, that is the cloud storage, sharepoint promise of the cloud; rather than For more Tech coverage: needing your own servers and • Follow Mashable Tech on intranets for document storage Twitter and collaboration, the data can be • Become a Fan on Facebook stored in the cloud, making it • Subscribe to the Tech channel possible to access from more • Download our free apps for types of devices and from more iPhone and iPad locations. Pricing Box.net’s pricing is as follows: • Personal accounts— These are

What the Future Holds for B2B Social Media Marketing
Ben Parr (Mashable!)
Submitted at 10/28/2010 1:17:59 PM

The B2B Social Media Marketing Series is supported by IDG Enterprise. Understand how IT decision-makers are accessing information and how you can engage them with successful multi -channel programs. Learn more. Promoting a brand through social media is no longer unique or novel — it’s simply the norm. From Starbucks to taco trucks, the use of social tools like Facebook and Twitter to spread awareness about a business to customers is widespread because that’s where brands find prospective customers and engage with existing patrons. But what about the use of social media between businesses? Business-to-business (B2B) social media is a different animal. B2B and enterprise companies aren’t trying to convert millions of individual consumers into WHAT page 92

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customers — they’re trying to convince a smaller group of companies with bigger budgets to buy their products or services. Social media’s power to spread a message across the web isn’t as relevant. That doesn’t mean social media doesn’t have a place in the B2B world, though. On the contrary, a lot of these companies have found social media to be extremely useful in generating leads, performing market research and establishing themselves as thought leaders. We’ve already written about ways to use social media for the enterprise, but now we want to explore a different topic: how B2B companies will use social media in the future. To do that though, we need to explore the current state of social media in the enterprise. What B2B Marketers Use Social Media For While you might assume that B2B companies are less engaged in social media than their B2C counterparts, you’d actually be wrong. In a study of social media use conducted by Business.com last year, it was revealed that North American B2B companies are more likely to be using social media tools when compared to B2C companies. Here are some examples: • 81% of B2B companies were likely to maintain companyrelated profiles on social networks, compared to 67% of B2C companies. • That gap stayed true for a wide range of social media activities;

75% of B2B companies participated in Twitter (compared to 49% for B2C), 74% hosted a blog (compared to 55% for B2C), and 66% engaged in online discussions (compared to 43% of B2C companies). • B2C and B2B companies were just as likely to be monitoring user reviews (B2B: 49%, B2C: 51%) and manage a community dedicated to customers (B2B: 49%, B2C: 51%). • One of the only areas where B2C was more active than B2B in social media was advertising on social networks (B2B: 42%, B2C: 54%). • In terms of the tools B2B companies use, 77% used Facebook (compared to 83% for B2C) and 73% utilized Twitter (compared to a shockingly smaller 45% for B2C companies).

that Twitter is often their tool of choice. Still, as social media strategist of the PayPal X Platform Sudha Jamthe told me in an interview, thought leadership and customer service are “low-hanging fruit” for B2B marketers. Social media is capable of so much more. What Tools Will B2B Marketers Use? B2B social media marketing is still very much in its infancy. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and most of the social tools we use today are just a few years old. Companies are just starting to really discover the power of social and what it can do for a company’s bottom line. In other words, there’s a lot of room for growth. So what’s next for B2B social media marketing? To find out, I consulted some of the best minds in the B2B social marketing space. Why are so many B2B marketers Autumn Truong, manager of using social media, though? social media and corporate According to a study analyzed by communications at Cisco, says eMarketer, the majority of B2B that she sees social as one of the marketers (60%) said they use k e y c h a n n e l s t o r e a c h i n g social media to provide “thought i n f l u e n c e r s a n d b u i l d i n g leadership” for their brand. awareness about B2B initiatives. Another 49% said they used She specifically pointed to the social networks to generate leads, social media efforts of Cisco’s 46% for customer feedback, 35% executives (a big example: CTO for advertising and 29% for Padmasree Warrior, who has market research. nearly 1.4 million followers). The inescapable conclusion is Really though, it boils down to that the use of social media in a one thing Truong said during our B2B setting is more popular than interview: “How can we mobilize m o s t p e o p l e w o u l d e x p e c t . a captivated audience to do Businesses are mostly using it to something on our behalf?” develop thought leadership and Truong believes the future of customer service. Because of B2B social media marketing will that, we’re not surprised to find focus on three key areas: video,

mobile and engagement. She seemed especially excited by video’s potential to tell a story and spur new engagement. We wouldn’t expect anything less from her, though; Cisco is the owner of the Flip camcorder, after all. Social Media Shaping the Product PayPal’s Sudha Jamthe believes we’ve only seen the tip of the iceberg when it comes to B2B social media. While social media may be used for thought leadership and customer service today, she thinks its real power is in real-time feedback. PayPal is utilized by millions of consumers worldwide, but it also has countless merchants as customers and developers and small businesses as partners, all of which it wants to reach via social media. Sudha believes that a lot of B2B marketers are using it simply as a broadcast platform, when its real value is in making customers your partner. Her example was the PayPal Developer platform. She says that PayPal simply can’t know all of the potential APIs and feature requests its developer community wants and needs in order for them to build applications and products on its platform. The company has two primary options for getting feedback from them: market research or social media. The problem with market research though is its drastically high costs. Social media, on the other hand, can be a direct channel for customers to express what they really want. PayPal has used its

social media accounts to communicate with developers, which has resulted in innovations such as PayPal Apps and its Micropayments for Digital Goods product. Jamthe believes that the future of B2B social media marketing is in companies’ ability to use social feedback to adapt their products based off criticism and comments. She also stresses though that social is going to become more integrated in not only B2B marketing campaigns, but in actual products. This will provide an even more direct way to solicit feedback and innovate based off of that. “In B2C, there are a lot of tools that measure the conversation,” she said. “How many conversations, what was the reach of my campaign? It doesn’t mean anything in a B2B setting. Talking to vendors, so what? It should be different for B2B, and it needs to be about real ROI. It translates to cost saving.” The ROI of B2B social media depends not only on tracking engagement, but on figuring out where it saves a company money. Jamthe argues that social media’s cost savings come in its ability to get market feedback and even new product ideas at a fraction of the cost. Three Takeaways There’s a lot to be excited about if you’re a B2B social media marketer, because we’re just starting to realize how powerful social media can really be for WHAT page 93

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enterprise organizations. While today it may be about the social tools we use to spread our message, tomorrow it will be about the platforms utilized to engage in constructive and effective conversations. With that said, here are my three key points to remember about the future of social media for B2B companies: • B2B social media will be less about marketing and more about thought leadership and crowdsourced feedback. • Twitter and Facebook may be huge now, but video and mobile are the new frontiers. • The true ROI of social media in B2B doesn’t come from broadcasting your message, but the engagement companies get in return. How do you think B2B social media will evolve? What tools

will we be using? Where is the true ROI in social media? It’s your turn to chime in. Series Supported by IDG Enterprise The B2B Social Media Marketing Series is supported by IDG Enterprise. Understand how IT decision-makers are accessing information and how you can engage them with successful multi -channel programs. To learn more, download our white paper or listen to our webcast as IT marketers discuss the challenges of reaching customers in the current media environment and best practice frameworks for developing successful multichannel programs. More B2B Marketing Resources from Mashable: - 10 Essential Social Media Tools for B2B Marketers - 4 Tips for B2B Marketing on Facebook - 13 Essential Social Media

Lessons for B2B Marketers from the Masters - 10 Essential Social Media Tips for B2B Marketers Images courtesy of iStockphoto, almagami& Flickr, Brian Solis More About: b2b, b2b marketing, B2B Social Media Marketing Series, business, cisco, MARKETING, paypal, small business, social media, social media marketing For more Business coverage: • Follow Mashable Business on Twitter • Become a Fan on Facebook • Subscribe to the Business channel • Download our free apps for iPhone and iPad

Charlie Chaplin Clip Contains Footage of “Time Traveler”? [Randomly Viral]
Brenna Ehrlich (Mashable!)
Submitted at 10/28/2010 1:42:48 PM

Here’s something spooky just in time for Halloween: a YouTube video created by Irish filmmaker George Clarke has gone viral this week, as it purports to show a cellphone-toting “time traveler” attending the 1928 premiere of Charlie Chaplin’s The Circus. Take a look at the video above to hear Clarke wax philosophical about the clip — and to see it replayed over and over and over again — which comes from a DVD extra from the film and shows a woman ambling by Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, hand to ear, chattering away. For some reason, Clarke seems convinced that the figure is a man. Maybe he knows something we

don’t about the predilection of different genders for time travel? Oh man, this is just like the time Amy Smart foretold the coming of the iPad on an episode of Felicity… You know, a coincidence. Reviews: YouTube More About: charlie-chaplin, Film, viral video, youtube For more Web Video coverage: • Follow Mashable Web Video on Twitter • Become a Fan on Facebook • Subscribe to the Web Video channel • Download our free apps for iPhone and iPad

10 Easy Ways to Save $250 in 30 Days
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The secret to stashing dough is simple: Spend less. But what fun is that? A lot, actually, if you cash in on these effortless tips. Save $14: Take a "vacation" from Netflix, and borrow DVDs from pals for nada. Related: Take This Movie Genre Couples Quiz! Save $21 to $31: Lots of brandname birth-control pills have

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