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Obama up, Palin down in 2012 poll
Tabassum Zakaria (Front Row Washington)

2012 nomination – Mike Huckabee (67 percent), Mitt Romney (59 percent) and Newt Submitted at 12/28/2010 10:36:14 AM Gingrich (54 percent). Dec 28, 2010 11:36 EST But it’s still a long way from next President Barack Obama’s winter’s trudge through reelection prospects seem to be nominating primaries, caucuses rosier, while former vice and debates that Republicans will presidential candidate Sarah stage to ferret out who they think Palin’s chances of being the would best challenge Obama. The Republican nominee were souring winner might not even be any of for 2012, according to a CNN/ the names being polled in these Opinion Research Corporation early stages. poll. But it’s early yet. Photo credit: Reuters/Luke Obama is expected to run again MacGregor (Democratic Party in 2012, and CNN said the poll campaign button attached to suggests that his tax-cut deal with cardboard cut-out of Palin after Republicans, pushed through at announcement that Obama won year-end, did not hurt him with election, Nov. 4, 2008) Democrats. This entry passed through the Among Democrats, 78 percent Full-Text RSS service — if this is s a i d O b a m a s h o u l d b e Palin has hinted that she might your content and you're reading it r e n o m i n a t e d a s t h e p a r t y ’ s run for president, but the poll on someone else's site, please read presidential candidate, while 19 found 49 percent of Republicans our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ percent said they wanted a would support that move, down content-only/faq.php d i f f e r e n t c a n d i d a t e . T h o s e 18 points since December 2008, Five Filters featured site: So, readings were the highest and right after she and John McCain Why is Wikileaks a Good Thing lowest respectively since March lost to Obama and Joe Biden. Again?. Palin lagged behind other 2010, when the poll first asked the Republicans who may seek the question.

Think U.S. Recovery, Think GE
Joseph Lazzaro (BloggingStocks)
Submitted at 12/28/2010 2:30:00 PM

Filed under: General Electric (GE), Stocks to Buy Diversified industrial giant General Electric ( GE), first discussed here on June 2, 2009 at a price of $13.80, continues to put the summer's bottom at/near $13.75 behind it, with the shares vectoring toward $20, and I obviously still like the stock at this juncture. Look for GE's energy infrastructure, consumer/ industrial, technology units to post revenue increases in 201q, boosted by both emerging market and developed-world demand and order increases. GE should record impressive gains in oil and gas products, health care imaging, and airplane engines. Meanwhile, losses at GE Capital Finance should decline in 2011, as it did it in 2010. Overall 2011 revenue will likely

rise 3-4.5%, followed by a 3-5% rise in 2012. Margins should improve to about 12.5% in 2011. Further, despite, disappointing orders for gas turbines, wind power products, and locomotives, overall industrial orders should increase adequately in 2011, building on 2010's good secondhalf performance. Continue reading Think U.S. Recovery, Think GE Think U.S. Recovery, Think GE originally appeared on BloggingStocks on Tue, 28 Dec 2010 14:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| Email this| Comments


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Obama, to beat damp Hawaiian weather, takes the kids bowling
Alister Bull (Front Row Washington)
Submitted at 12/27/2010 9:58:42 PM

Dec 27, 2010 22:58 EST President Barack Obama on Monday sought the time honored refuge of any parent dealing with damp vacation weather. Clad in shorts and flip-flops, he took the kids bowling and then bribed them with shave ice. Marshaling a gang of around 10 children, including his own daughters Sasha and Malia, the president spent several hours bowling and playing basketball with family friends before retreating to a favorite haunt, Island Snow ice parlor in Kailua, for a tasty treat of flavored ice. “Why don’t you guys go outside so you don’t spill in here,” he instructed the milling children after distributing numerous

towering and luridly colored treats, whose exotic flavors included ‘lolo lilikai’ and ‘godzilla grape’. Sasha got a yellow and red shave ice and Malia a tropical blue one. Picking a dazzling blend of melon, cherry and lemon-andlime for himself, the president offered to treat the accompanying

pool of reporters. This generous gesture was declined by those present, who might have been worried about the mechanics of safely balancing a camera or a note pad at the same time as the ice. Photo Credit: REUTERS/Hugh Gentry (Obama and daughter Sasha order “shave ice”); REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (Rainy day on the beach at Kailua Bay where Obama family is vacationing) 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 site: So, Why is Wikileaks a Good Thing Again?.

Societe Generale CEO Says Europe Needs More Unity, Not Stress Tests
Gregory White (Business Insider)
Submitted at 12/28/2010 1:57:16 PM

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Societe Generale's CEO Frédéric Oudéa says the eurozone needs no more banking stress tests, but needs to get on with the process Sorry, Readability was unable to of convergence. parse this page for content. Speaking to CNBC, Oudéa said This entry passed through the investors were overestimating the Full-Text RSS service — if this is threat of sovereign debt exposure your content and you're reading it to European banks and suggested on someone else's site, please read any data on the matter was now our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ public. content-only/faq.php It's not surprising Oudéa doesn't Five Filters featured site: So, want more stress tests. Deutsche Why is Wikileaks a Good Thing Bank previously estimated 15.7% Again?. of SocGen's total bank value was

exposed to the sovereign debt crisis in Europe (Greece, Ireland, and Portugal only). Oudéa also expressed his desire to see more convergence in Europe. While this may be partially based on more noble desires, it's also possible this could be self-serving as further convergence may provide more German and French cash to back the debt SocGen is exposed to. Check out the full story at CNBC > Check out the 20 banks most exposed to Europe's sovereign debt crisis > Join the conversation about this story »

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Testy Tuesday – Are Markets Topping Or Popping? (HMY, XLF, CAKE, TNA, IWM, CCJ, CHK, EXC, TNA, XLF, UNG, GLD, AAPL, GLW, TOT, AXP)
Phil's Stock World (Business Insider)
Submitted at 12/28/2010 1:57:00 PM

Copper hit a new all-time high in Shanghai this morning(as the guy who owns 90% of London’s closed for the holiday exchange supplies sold it to himself for more money than he did yesterday) and gold is back at $1,400 in the futures. That should give us a better entry on FCX puts than we expected for round 2, but Paul Krugman has me worried now that maybe commodity prices are just high because the World hasn’t got enough of them to go around. I think Paul may be discounting the effect of a 10% decline in the dollar a little too much – which is understandable as he is still arguing for more stimulus while I’m arguing that the way they are stimulating now is causing this problem and can not and should not be sustained. Still, we have to be pragmatic. That’s why, this weekend, I posted our " Secret Santa Inflation Hedges for 2011" as a follow-on to the " Breakout Defense – 5,000% in 5 Trades or Less" ideas of the 11th and, in the week between the two, we had bullish bets on HMY, XLF, CAKE, TNA, IWM, CCJ, CHK, EXC, TNA, XLF, UNG, GLD, AAPL,

GLW, TOT and AXP – which I had mentioned on the 19th in the weekend post " It’s Never too Early to Predict the Future." Just because I think there’s going to be a disaster doesn’t mean we can’t go with the flow while we wait, right? We don’t have to like the market to buy it above our breakout lines but we do need to keep in mind that this is a very thin rally that is very likely nothing but window dressing aimed at dragging money off the sidelines so the IBanks who have been propping up the markets can, once again, stick the retail shareholders with the bag as they load up on puts(watch the VIX to confirm) and crash the markets once again. I’ve seen it happen in 1999, I saw it happen in 2008 and, both times, the rally lasted longer than seemed logical but the smart play was to hit and run – not to leave your money on the table but to participate in the upswings and then get out. Yesterday, for example, we grabbed the QQQQ Weekly $53 calls at $1.38 in the morning and ditched them at $1.85 in the afternoon. That’s 35% on a day trade and made a nice cover for our bearish bets so we didn’t get forced out of them on the pop. Today we will do the same because these low-volume rallies don’t impress us, even if they

have gotten Paul Krugman to capitulate on commodities! Our breakout levels give us very clear indicators as to where to kill the bullish side of our bets. As our aggressive, 5,000% suggestions are complex spreads – timing is everything. Those were for Members only and still in progress but back on Dec 3rd, I had put a couple of similar ideas right in the morning post. One was the FAS April $20/25 bull call spread at $2.70, selling the Apr $21 puts for $2.55 for a net .15 entry on the $5 spread. The $20/25 spread is already $3.50 and the Apr $21 puts have fallen to $1.23 for a nice net $2.27 on the spread, up 1,433% on cash in less than a month. Figure margin on the $21 puts to be $10.50 plus the .15 cash and it’s still a nice 21% ROI in less than 30 days – THAT’s the way to fight inflation! The max gain on this trade is $4.85 so still a lot of cash to capture and we are feeling good about XLF (it was my " guaranteed" trade of the year in the Secret Santa post), which means we are not inclined to kill the trade at less than 50% of potential but that doesn’t mean we don’t set a stop on the net at about $2 to lock in the gains. The other trade idea from the post on the 3rd was for DBC.

There were a couple of ideas here – the first was simply buying the April $27 calls for $1. Nothing fancy there, just buy a call and wait for inflation to kick in. Those calls are $1.30 and were $1.35 Friday so $1.25 stop locks in a 25% gain – also not a bad month for most people’s portfolios, right? The spread play was the Jan 2012 $26/30 bull call spread at $1.40 and you can just take that by itself as well as it has a potential 185% upside – enough to keep you ahead of the game. That spread is still playable at just $1.55(up 11%) while the $22 puts we looked at selling for $1.10 to make it a net .30 trade are now .75 and up .35(32%) so that’s net .80 on that .30 cash commitment on that trade or 266% cash back in less than 30 days. These are fun trades, we find them all the time and you don’t need to put a lot into them to make a lot. They are especially useful when you have cash on the side (like we do because we think this house of cards is going down and we will be happy to deploy our cash in the wreckage, a la Buffett) and margin is not an issue and, as you can see, you don’t have to ride them out to the end to have a very good short-term trade while you wait for a little market clarity. We are still trying to stay on top

of things with our $10K to $50K Portfolio but we are stuck dead at $26,000 (virtual net) with 4 bearish positions remaining open. Our deadline for $50K was Jan 21st and it’s not looking good at the moment as this market simply goes up and up every day but I still have the nagging feeling that, the minute we capitulate, we’ll miss a beeline to $50K so it looks like we’ll stick it out over the weekend, although it’s only Tuesday so it may be too early to put on a brave face on bearish bets that clearly are not working at the moment. It does seem to me that what’s going on with copper is a microcosm for what’s going on in the markets. The trading is very thin, the Chinese markets are selling off with the Shanghai down another 1.7% this morning and the Hang Seng off 1% as well. Nonetheless, with London closed and no real price check on the market, copper shot up a nickel to touch $4.31 overnight as the Dollar was knocked down from 80.7 to 78.9 – which used to be considered a major move in a currency but is now considered " Tuesday morning." It is truly amazing what you can get used to… Somali Pirates(aka " Rent-ATESTY page 5



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iPad 2 Rumor Round-Up: This Time It's Thinner, Quicker, More Photo-Friendly
Kit Eaton (Fast Company)
Submitted at 12/28/2010 1:36:40 PM

We know the iPad 2 is coming-be it a feeling in your bones, a sign in the wind, or because it's typical of Apple's normal hardware update pattern. Now we have enough rumors to give us a shape to the idea, and hints about what it'll be like. Size and Shape Numerous leaked iPad 2 cases have arrived from China, and though the first ones were viewed suspiciously, enough have now arrived to suggest that Apple has shared some basic dimension data with its third-party manufacturer partners. iPad 2 is going to be slightly smaller than iPad 1, but much slimmer--that's the big take-away, which may imply that it's lighter than the first generation device (to tackle one of the few criticisms of the tablet). Its back is also flat, so it can rest on a table and not rock around when you tap at its screen, and the edges seem to be styled similarly to the iPod Touch so it keeps design consistency. One thing we don't know is what it'll be made of? Part of the shaping of the iPad 1 was due to milling inside its aluminum casing designed to make it stiff, but thin and light. With a flat back to the iPad 2 the risk is that the rear face may flex if it's made of thin aluminum, which is a design trick Apple is unlikely to tolerate. To

compensate for this, Apple could either incorporate clever structural elements inside the device (which risk impinging on space that could be better used for battery) or use a different material. Will we see a carbon-fiber iPad? [youtube TTFYnLn_qNo] Non-Smudge Screen Tech

One of the other criticisms of the iPad (although you can level it at other tablets too) is that jabbing at its screen leaves you with hundreds of greasy finger smudges. This is something that Apple, which is hypersensitive to questions of look/feel/user experience, has worked on and

new rumors suggest the iPad 2's touchscreen--which will be the same physical size at 9.7 inches as the existing iPad's--will be both smudge-proof and anti-glare. If Apple manages this, it'll improve both the day-time and night-time use of the iPad, and give it a big leg-up in the battle with Amazon.

Speakers and Ports The leaked case designs sparked many rumors about the ports the iPad 2 will have because of an enlarged slot where the existing speaker ports are on the iPad. At first people connected a rumor IPAD page 9

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Rebel") have seized an fuel tanker, also aiming to drive up oil prices during a thinly traded week (are you seeing a theme here?). Already the return of $3 gas prices has knocked 20% off the value of used SUVs in just one month, but I sure don’t feel sorry for the people who still have them – I was dumbfounded at how many SUVs were selling this year as truly my 6 month-old niece has more of an attention span than the American consumer, who can be burned over and over and over again by the same bad decisions, it seems. " It’s a challenge," says Adam Lee, president of the family -run Lee Auto Malls dealerships in Maine. "How do you tell a good customer, ‘You paid $32,000, and now it’s only worth $17,000?’" ROFL!!! Of course, I guess you could say the same about " good customers" who keep buying CMG, NFLX, AMZN and PCLN, who expect a good ride but will much more likely end up in a horrible crash. At $120, we can add FCX to our list of favorites as I don’t see them holding the dollar below 80 once Europe rolls into the New Year and is forced to deal with their issues again. Getting back to retail shoppers – MasterCard’s SpendingPulse survey shows a 5.5% increase in retail spending for the 50 days before Christmas this year. Total

Retail Sales were $584.3Bn, now beating 2007s record $566.3Bn after a 6% dip in 2008 and a 4% bounce last year. These are blowout numbers led by top 10% favorites like clothing (up 11.2%), Jewelry (up 8.4%) and Luxury Goods (up 6.7%) and even home furniture put in a positive month for the first time since August. “ For the past year or two, when I’ve seen growth in one area, it seems to come at the expense of another,” said Michael McNamara, vice president for research and analysis at SpendingPulse. “ Here, things are actually all moving in the right direction.” Of course, the broad increase was driven in part by higher spending on necessities like gas and food. And even with the across-the-board gains, some categories, like furniture and electronics, have still not climbed back to their prerecession levels. “ In the face of 10 percent unemployment and persistent housing woes, the American consumer has single-handedly picked himself off the mat, brushed his troubles off and strapped the U.S. economy on his back,” Craig R. Johnson, the president of the consulting firm Customer Growth Partners, wrote in an e-mail. I like SKS ($10.92) as the laggard in that space. You can buy the stock and sell the 2013

$10 puts and calls for $4.65 for a net $6.27 entry and, if below $10 and another round is put to you, the average entry is $8.14, a nice 25% discount off the current price (see" How to Buy Stocks for a 1520% Discount" for details on this strategy, which is one of our favorites). The ICSC Retail Store Sales were not so bullish, up just 1% but the Redbook Chain Store Sales had a very strong 4.6% gain over last year which simply indicates that sales are moving out of the retail stores and onto the Web at a very rapid clip. That’s right – even more unemployment as Big Box retailers are able to sell more stuff and use less people! Of course, we don’t know if anyone is actually making profits on all these sales but we’re not going to bet against it at this point – clearly the tide is turning bullish on the data front. I still fail to see where the money is coming from. I mentioned to Members yesterday that perhaps the deleveraged consumers are simply re-leveraging for the holidays and we’ll be right back to tightness in January as people are stunned by their MasterCard bills – especially if it’s combined with rising grocery prices and $50 tanks of gas again. Home prices continue to fall off a cliff as CaseShiller tells us we fell another 0.8% in October after falling

0.7% in September and this was NOTHING like the +0.1% expected by analysts who aren’t paying attention to reality. Keep in mind we’re doing all this with record low interest rates. What happens if our TBTs(as I said yesterday, a buy at $37.50) head back over $40 in January and those credit-card interest rates start climbing on unpaid balances? The average US household has $8,000 in credit card debt and that number peaks out over $10,000 in January. Of course, why should consumers restrain themselves when the government grew their debt 22.7% last year– adding a $25,299 debt burden on every single citizen? If the government is going to drop $100,000 worth of debt on my family this year – the least I can do is get myself a new TV, right? I am TRYING, really I am, to get more bullish. So far, it’s a slow process but, if we break out to new highs today and hold them – what else can we do but go with the flow? Join the conversation about this story »

Top Picks 2011: Northern Dynasty (NAK)
Steven Halpern (BloggingStocks)
Submitted at 12/28/2010 3:00:00 PM

Filed under: Newsletters, Commodities, Stocks to Buy, Best Stocks for 2011 This post is one in a series in which more than 60 newsletter advisors share their Top Stock Picks for 2011. This special report i s c o u r t e s y o f TheStockAdvisors.com. "Northern Dynasty ( NAK) -- my top pick for 2011 -- is an exploration and development mining company that has discovered and drilled off one of the largest gold-copper deposits in the world," says Tom Bishop. The editor of BI Research explains, "The Pebble deposit, discovered by and still 50% owned by Northern Dynasty, is located in southwestern Alaska and contains 80 billion pounds of copper and 107 million ounces of gold. Continue reading Top Picks 2011: Northern Dynasty (NAK) Top Picks 2011: Northern Dynasty (NAK) originally appeared on BloggingStocks on Tue, 28 Dec 2010 15:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| Email this| Comments



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Warning: DNA Discoveries by Mars, Hershey Could Lead to Advanced Chocoholism
Neal Ungerleider (Fast Company)
Submitted at 12/28/2010 11:15:36 AM

Two new DNA sequencing studies could lead to the bioengineering of some delicious chocolate. A team of French-led scientists has unlocked the genetic code of chocolate. The scientists, steered by research agency Centre de coopération internationale en recherche agronomique pour le développement (CIRAD), just unveiled the DNA of the high-end Criollo variety of Theobroma cacao. Theobroma cacao is used primarily to manufacture gourmet chocolates. This marks the first time that a genome study of the cacao tree has been published in an academic journal. CIRAD is a research agency designed to help developing countries develop their agricultural industries, in a form of French scientific diplomacy. They partnered in this project with scientists in 18 different countries, the United States Department of Agriculture, the University of Reading in Britain, and the Biscuit Cake Chocolate & Confectionery Association. The latter is a British trade group representing sweets manufacturers in both London and the European Union. No word whether they're hiring. According to a press release for the Theobroma study,

unspecified “support” was granted through chocolate manufacturers Hershey Corp. and Valrhona along with the Venezuelan Ministry of Science, Technology and Industry, among others. The DNA of the cacao tree was just published in the scientific journal Nature Genetics. Parsing through the scientific jargon, the study abstract indicates economic benefits to the study: We sequenced and assembled the draft genome of Theobroma cacao, an economically important tropical-fruit tree crop that is the

published in an academic journal as of press time. According to research team member Siela Maximova of Penn State, the Theobroma study could have big benefits for chocolate lovers: “Our analysis of the Criollo genome has uncovered the genetic basis of pathways leading to the most important quality traits of chocolate--oil, flavonoid and terpene biosynthesis […] It has also led to the discovery of hundreds of genes potentially involved in pathogen resistance, all of which can be used to accelerate the development of elite varieties of cacao in the future.” Other genes found in the project were responsible for the creation of cocoa butter, the production of flavonoids, natural antioxidants, hormones, pigments, and aromas. The most likely initial s o u r c e o f c h o c o l a t e . T h i s chocolates, that particular variety ramification from this study will assembly corresponds to 76% of of cacao tree often remains be the creation of bioengineered the estimated genome size and v u l n e r a b l e t o d i s e a s e . disease-resistant fine cocoa. contains almost all previously Information gleaned from this While this will be a boon for described genes, with 82% of study could be used to breed consumers, the resulting these genes anchored on the 10 T. b i o r e s i s t a n t v a r i e t i e s o f commodity price changes might cacao chromosomes. Analysis of T h e o b r o m a . not be as good for cacao t h i s s e q u e n c e i n f o r m a t i o n 2010 was a bumper year for wholesalers and speculators. highlighted specific expansion of deciphering the genome sequence [Photo via Wikipedia user Andre some gene families during of cacao. A rival cacao DNA Karwath] evolution, for example, flavonoid- study was funded by Hershey's Follow Neal Ungerleider on related genes. It also provides a archenemies over at Mars. This Twitter. major source of candidate genes s t u d y , t h e C a c a o G e n o m e for T. cacao improvement. Database, focuses on the more While Theobroma is often used commercially mainstream cacao t o m a n u f a c t u r e g o u r m e t variety of and has not been

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Kinect Hacked to Play World of Warcraft: Welcome to the Future of Gaming
Kit Eaton (Fast Company)
Submitted at 12/28/2010 1:52:31 PM

Kinect hacks are coming thick and fast, but here is one that will set millions of PC gamers' hearts a -flutter: A hack that lets you gesture control a game of World of Warcraft. The tech is coming from the University of Southern California's Institute for Creative Technologies, where a team has built a toolkit, dubbed the Flexible Action and Articulated Skeleton Toolkit, which lets them quickly harness Kinect's various image processing and motion-sensing powers to whatever bits of code they desire. This middleware, with some tweaks, lets FAAST quickly facilitate "integration of full-body control with games and VR applications," via a clever processing server that streams the user's skeleton pattern, including body position and gestures which can be mapped onto keyboard controls. The code is free for non-

commercial use, because the Institute has big plans for it-including simple, medically inspired games for rehabilitation of motor-skills after a stroke, and even for reducing childhood obesity through "healthy gaming" (though, given the wild flailing Kinect-playing requires, the health of coffee tables and trinkets around the world might be in

danger). But one demonstration hack made with FAAST is particularly intriguing: It's been tweaked to run World of Warcraft. Check it out: [youtube 62wj8eJ0FHw] It's obviously experimental, and we're a little unsure about that awkward lean-to-move maneuver-it looks like it would blast your

back after an extended gaming session, and Kinect should be capable of tracking players jogging on the spot to move instead. The gestures they're using will only get more complex--in the future it looks like there'll be clever ways to battle or cast spells. This enhanced use of Kinect on one of the world's most popular

online computer games demonstrates exactly how powerful the future of gaming is going to be. WoW is already a highly complex game to play, requiring mastery of multiple input systems at the same time-turning it into a simpler bodygesture controlled game will improve how immersive an experience it is, way beyond what Kinect can do in games on the Xbox platform right now. Will Blizzard, WoW's maker, embrace this idea when Kinect gets its "official" PC drivers, as Microsoft has hinted it will? Hard to say, but there's one big take-away from this hack: With, or without WoW, or even Kinect (as motion-gesture systems may soon come to tablets and smartphones) gaming is going to get even more innovative and exciting next year and beyond. To read more news on this, and similar stuff, keep up with my updates by following me, Kit Eaton, on Twitter.

LG Display (LPL) Boosted By 11% Growth Forecast
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company predicted it would see revenue growth of 11 percent next Submitted at 12/28/2010 1:30:00 PM year. If you think that the stock Filed under: Major Movement, won't fall by too much in the Forecasts, Good news, Options, coming months, then now could Technical Analysis, Technology be a good time to look at a bullish LG Display ( LPL- option chain) hedged trade on LPL. shares are rising today after the LPL opened this morning at

The chart for LPL looks neutral and S&P gives LPL a neutral 3 STARS (out of 5) hold ranking. Continue reading LG Display $17.40. So far today the stock has (LPL) Boosted By 11% Growth hit a low of $17.34 and a high of Forecast $17.81. As of 11:50, LPL is LG Display (LPL) Boosted By trading at $17.76 up 0.61 (3.6%). 11% Growth Forecast originally

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Glenview’s Larry Robbins Sets The World's Most Bullish Target: DOW 20,000
Insider Monkey (Business Insider)
Submitted at 12/28/2010 2:06:17 PM

Polamalu's status for Browns game uncertain (AP)
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Glenview’s Larry Robbins is one of the most optimistic hedge fund managers around. He predicts P/E multiples will expand by 45% by the end of 2013. This means the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) will surpass 20000 level in three years, assuming earnings will grow by a modest 5% per year. A couple of weeks ago Greenlight Capital’s David Einhorn predicted another crisis like the great depression. Last week Meredith Whitney predicted a municipal bond market meltdown, which would probably cause another crisis. Larry Robbins’ prediction is the most optimistic prediction we’ve seen coming from a credible hedge fund manager. These predictions actually explain why the stock market is really trading at compressed multiples compared to the consensus 2011 earnings estimates. The probability of another recession is very real for

several market participants and they would rather swim in cash than take a chance with the market. T reasuries already priced in another recession accompanied by several years of low interest rates. The stock market is more optimistic than the bond market, yet the P/E multiple for the entire market is pretty pessimistic. Larry Robbins believes that Fed will be able to achieve a moderate

inflation environment where treasuries yield between 3% and 7%. He says the market trades at a multiple of 18 in such an environment. Larry Robbins thinks those investing in 10 year treasuries aren’t doing so for the paltry return. They’re in it to front run the Fed and make a quick buck at the expense of the taxpayers. Once this trade is over, Robbins says, they have nowhere to go

except the high quality stocks in the stock market. That’s why Larry Robbins’ Glenview favors high quality large cap stocks. The $4.8 billion Glenview capital currently invests in large cap stocks with an average market cap of $10.3 billion. Glenview recently acquired more Life Technologies Corporation (LIFE) shares and has around $525 million invested in LIFE ( Lee Ainslie’s Maverick Capital has a large LIFE position as well). Glenview’s other large positions are Express Scripts Inc (ESRX), McKesson Corporation (MCK), DaVita Inc (DVA), Medco Health Solutions (MHS) and Thermo Fisher Scientific (TMO). As you can see, Larry Robbins really likes healthcare stocks. His largest non-healthcare holdings are Fidelity National Information (FIS), Xerox (XRX), and Aon Corp (AON). Chase Coleman’s Tiger Global Management also has XRX in its portfolio. The post originally appeared on Insider Monkey > Join the conversation about this story »

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PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Steelers probably won't know until Friday whether safety Troy Polamalu can play in Sunday's final regular season game at Cleveland. Polamalu has an injured right Achilles' tendon and hasn't played or practiced for two weeks. Coach Mike Tomlin said he won't practice Wednesday or Thursday. If Polamalu can't go on Friday, he won't play against the Browns. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's broken nose isn't considered to be a problem, even though it was bloodied by a hit during Pittsburgh's 27-3 win over Carolina on Thursday. Tomlin also said Tuesday that running back Mewelde Moore is questionable because of a sprained right knee. Linebackers LaMarr Woodley and Jason Worilds also have swelling in the knee, and cornerback Bryant McFadden has a hip injury. 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 site: So, Why is Wikileaks a Good Thing Again?.

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that the iPad 2 will have an SD card slot with the enlarged hole in the case, but thinking has now centered on some better speakers, with a slightly re-positioned grille --possibly driven by the thinner profile of the device. Cameras The iPad 2 will definitely have a rear-facing camera, given the holes in the top-left corner (seen from the back) in the leaked case designs. The size of the orifice is close to a centimeter, which is bigger than the hole found in front of the camera on a MacBook, or in the front of an iPhone 4--both units are low resolution ones. The iPad 2's camera may even be higher resolution than that on the rear of the iPhone 4 (a 5megapixel unit with autofocus), or it may have elements like an optical zoom that need more space. The cases we've seen this far don't impinge on the front of the iPad, so they don't interfere with the touchscreen, so this doesn't tell us anything about a front-

facing camera. It would seem logical for the iPad to get one, though, so Apple can push its FaceTime video calling system further. Chips Apple's A4 chip, now in the iPhone 4 and Apple TV, was the iPad's secret sauce, so it makes sense that Apple would push the tech in the iPad 2. Now there are strong rumors that the iPad 2 will get a dual-core CPU, certainly based on ARM tech and probably using a Cortex A9 reference design. This decision would allow Apple to significantly boost the processing (and graphics) power of the iPad without pushing the clock speed up too high or sucking too much precious power from the battery. Models and Verizon Version? New rumors suggest the iPad 2 will come in three versions, not two like the current edition. The tech in each will be Wi-Fi only, UMTS, and CDMA, manufactured in a ratio of 3:4:3 to match expectations of sales of

CDMA units and informed by current sales patterns of the iPad. Did we say CDMA? Oh yes. Paralleling rumors that Apple's embracing the 3G (ish) tech that Verizon uses for its U.S. cell phone network, it seems the iPad will also be available natively on Verizon. This is one sure-fire way for Apple to seize huge swathes of the U.S. tablet market in 2011 all to itself. Arrival Date Foxconn is reported as being ready to ship about 500,000 iPads as soon as the end of February 2011--only about 10 weeks away. This could imply Apple is bringing the device to market sooner rather than later, in order to stem the tide of Android tablets expected next year. To read more news on this, and similar stuff, keep up with my updates by following me, Kit Eaton, on Twitter.

Is Equifax Headed to $40 and Beyond?
Joseph Lazzaro (BloggingStocks)
Submitted at 12/28/2010 2:00:00 PM

Filed under: Stocks to Buy Credit information provider Equifax Inc. ( EFX), first discussed here on June 3, 2009 at a price of $27.06, has uptrended since September, and now may be a good time to consider taking some profits off the table. However, those investors who can tolerate the risk can maintain their full position and go for an even bigger gain, as more upside is likely for EFX in 2011. Look for a slow recovery in EFX's credit-related and mortgage -related revenue streams. Meanwhile, the longer-term view remains promising, aided by acquisitions and emerging market

revenue growth, particularly in Latin America. Equifax should post 4-6% revenue growth in 2011. Continue reading Is Equifax Headed to $40 and Beyond? Is Equifax Headed to $40 and Beyond? originally appeared on BloggingStocks on Tue, 28 Dec 2010 14:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| Email this| Comments

LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian Engaged
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Singer LeAnn Rimes is engaged to actor Eddie Cibrian. (Jason Merritt/Getty Images) LeAnn Rimes, the 28-year-old country singer-songwriter and actress, is engaged to 37-year-old actor Eddie Cibrian.

“For those who haven't read, Eddie and I got engaged over the holidays. That's the news. It's for real this time and the first time EVER!” Rimes tweeted at 4 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 27. Rime’s publicist, Rhett Usry, told People magazine on Tuesday that the two “were engaged over the “So funny, my dear publicist is the same rep for Natalie Portman holidays and are very happy.”

and me,” Rimes tweeted on Monday. Portman also got engaged over the holidays to her Black Swan choreographer Benjamin Millepied. Rimes and Cibrian starred in the 2009 Lifetime original TV movie Northern Lights. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is

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Sears and K-Mart Launch Movie Download Service, Netflix Competitor
Austin Carr (Fast Company)
Submitted at 12/28/2010 1:48:05 PM

Sears this week launched an online movie download service to provide its and K-Mart's When it comes to watching customers with digital flicks the digital video, 28 days later might same day as they're released on soon be a service's most important DVD. Part of a multi-year deal, selling point. Not whether they t h e s e r v i c e r u n s o n S o n i c have Danny Boyle's zombie epic Solution's platform (known for its in stock--but whether sellers and c o n t e n t - d e l i v e r y s y s t e m rental companies offer films and RoxioNow and recent acquisition TV shows on the day of release, of digital codec Divx), and is set or four weeks after. to be available on mobile devices Today, retail giant Sears scored and HDTVs. that 28-day advantage in a new Unlike Netflix, which under agreement that will give the agreement with movie studios c o m p a n y a l e g - u p o v e r must wait 28 days before offering competitors such as Netflix. new releases, non-subscription

services like Sears' are not subject to the delay window. Similarly, most films are available day-of release digitally on Comcast, iTunes, and Best Buy's platform

CinemaNow. Selling the films is more lucrative for the studios, which would prefer the higher price of a DVD or digital download than the fractionable

amount it earns from a Netflix subscription. Still, that 28-day delay hasn't slowed consumers from flocking to Netflix so far. Its digital offerings have ballooned thanks to aggressive (and expensive) deals with media companies, and have helped to attract millions of new customers and streaming subscribers. But maybe Sears will have more luck than Blockbuster.

Julian Assange Says He Must Write Autobiography To Save WikiLeaks
Ujala Sehgal (Business Insider)
Submitted at 12/28/2010 2:08:41 PM

Julian Assange told the Sunday Times(behind paywall) that he’s being forced into writing his autobiography to keep WikiLeaks from going under. New York publishing house Alfred A. Knopf confirmed it had struck a deal with Assange for his autobiography. Assange told the Sunday Times that the deal would bring in over $1 millions, including $800,000

and I need to defend myself and to keep WikiLeaks afloat. Join the conversation about this story » See Also: • Julian Assange Will Talk With Al Jazeera But Snubs The NYT...Again • Defiant Julian Assange Denies Ever Having Met WikiLeaker from Knopf and 325,000 pounds Assange says its not about the Bradley Manning from Canongate, a U.K. publisher. ego: • Juan Williams Signs Two-Book Money from other international I don’t want to write this book, Deal, First To Focus On 'Free publishers is expected to raise the but I have to. I have already spent Speech' total to more than $1.5 million. 200,000 pounds for legal costs

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Obama's economist pick seen as sign of new agenda (AP)
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HONOLULU – Among the first announcements President Barack Obama will make upon returning from his Hawaiian vacation is his choice for top economic adviser, a decision that could signal a new direction for the administration as it struggles to jumpstart the economy and wrestle down unemployment. It's far more than a personnel move. The replacement for the outgoing director of the National Economic Council, Lawrence Summers, will have a guiding hand in nearly every economic decision the Obama administration makes, and the president's choice is being closely watched for signs of where he wants to take his economic agenda in the second half of his term. Will he tap the business world with a figure such as Roger Altman, an investment banker and Clinton administration alumnus who might carry too much baggage from his association with Wall Street? Will he turn to academia instead, calling on a scholar such Yale President Richard Levin? Or will he go with deeply experienced insiders such as deficit hawk Gene Sperling at the Treasury Department or Jason

Furman, the council's deputy director? With the unemployment rate at 9.8 percent, the private sector struggling to maintain steady growth and the public ranking the economy as the top concern, Obama's handling of the issue over the coming months is certain to play a central role in his reelection bid. The selection process for the council post has dragged on for months. Summers announced his resignation in September, and many in the administration knew well before then that he planned to return to Harvard University after serving two years at the White House. Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs said he expects Obama to make an announcement in early January, and blamed any delay on the frenzied legislative session that consumed the White House through the end of the year. The administration's thinking on how to fill the job has evolved since Summers announced his resignation. The initial view — both inside and outside the White House — was that Obama should name a business leader to the post, in an attempt to give the private sector a greater voice in the administration and ease the perception that the president is anti-business.

But the administration now believes the relationship between Obama and the business community has started to thaw. For example, both sides praised each other following Obama's meeting with CEOs earlier this month. The White House has grown more willing to find another prominent job for a private sector appointee while leaving the council post to an economic heavyweight who can coordinate the advice Obama is receiving from throughout the administration. "To get a business person in there, it seems like an odd place," said Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington. "And if he does need someone from business, I don't think he would want someone from Wall Street." It's that Wall Street connection that's been a knock against one of the leading candidates for the job, Altman, founder of Evercore Partners. Altman does have government experience, though, having served as deputy treasury secretary under President Bill Clinton. Sperling, another top contender, has also dabbled in Wall Street, advising Goldman Sachs and other financial firms, although he's most well-known for his work in the Clinton and Obama

administrations, including his current post as counselor to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner. Sperling helped craft the 1993 Deficit Reduction Act, and his appointment could show Obama is serious about his pledge to address the mounting debt and deficit next year. Levin, who as president of Yale shares Summers' academic pedigree, is likely to favor stepped up Wall Street regulation. Furman is also said to be in the running for a promotion from the deputy's job. Both Sperling and Furman would bring an insider's knowledge of the Obama White House and the president's economic policies to the job, attributes that may not necessarily be to their benefit. Critics have accused Obama's economic advisers of not fully grasping the depths of the crisis, and the team's prediction that the president's massive stimulus bill would keep unemployment below 8 percent has caused headaches within the administration. Selecting an outsider to fill the top economic job would help Obama counter the notion that he's too insular and unwilling to accept advice from outside the administration. He filled two other high-profile vacancies on his economic team this year from within the administration,

replacing Budget Director Peter Orszag with State Department official Jacob Lew, and Council of Economic Advisers chair Christina Romer with Austan Goolsbee, who was serving as a member of the council. "They should be looking to take things in a new direction," Baker said. "I don't think more of the same is the answer." Beyond the economic qualifications of the candidates he's considering, the president is also believed to be looking for a council director who can serve as both a good manager and a team player. For all of Summers' intellectual heft, he brought along a healthy ego and an often prickly temperament. Rumors swirled of conflict among Summers, Orszag and Romer, a rarity in a White House run by a president with little patience for drama. 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 site: So, Why is Wikileaks a Good Thing Again?.

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Researchers: Ancient human remains found in Israel (AP)
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continent. Gopher said if the remains are definitively linked to modern human's ancestors, it JERUSALEM – could mean that modern man in Israeli archaeologists said fact originated in what is now Monday they may have found the Israel. earliest evidence yet for the Sir Paul Mellars, a prehistory existence of modern man, and if expert at Cambridge University, so, it could upset theories of the said the study is reputable, and the origin of humans. find is "important" because A Tel Aviv University team remains from that critical time excavating a cave in central Israel period are scarce, but it is said teeth found in the cave are premature to say the remains are about 400,000 years old and human. resemble those of other remains "Based on the evidence they've o f m o d e r n m a n , k n o w n cited, it's a very tenuous and scientifically as Homo sapiens, frankly rather remote possibility," found in Israel. The earliest Homo Mellars said. He said the remains sapiens remains found until now are more likely related to modern are half as old."It's very exciting man's ancient relatives, the to come to this conclusion," said Neanderthals. archaeologist Avi Gopher, whose According to today's accepted team examined the teeth with X- s c i e n t i f i c t h e o r i e s , m o d e r n rays and CT scans and dated them h u m a n s a n d N e a n d e r t h a l s according to the layers of earth stemmed from a common ancestor where they were found. who lived in Africa about 700,000 He stressed that further research y e a r s a g o . O n e g r o u p o f is needed to solidify the claim. If descendants migrated to Europe it does, he says, "this changes the and developed into Neanderthals, whole picture of evolution." later becoming extinct. Another [ Related: Chinese archaeologists group stayed in Africa and discover 2,400 year old soup] evolved into Homo sapiens — The accepted scientific theory is modern humans. that Homo sapiens originated in [ Related: Ancient human relative Africa and migrated out of the roamed all of Asia]

Teeth are often unreliable indicators of origin, and analyses of skull remains would more definitively identify the species found in the Israeli cave, Mellars said. Gopher, the Israeli archaeologist, said he is confident his team will find skulls and bones as they continue their dig. The prehistoric Qesem cave was discovered in 2000, and excavations began in 2004. Researchers Gopher, Ran Barkai and Israel Hershkowitz published their study in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology. Other popular stories on Yahoo!: • The five biggest political gaffes of 2010 • President Obama calls Eagles owner to congratulate him on Vick signing • WikiLeaks founder gets sevenfigure book deal 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 site: So, Why is Wikileaks a Good Thing Again?.

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A 46-year-old Indiana grandmother is under investigation for her possible ties to suspected and convicted international terrorists, FoxNews.com has learned. Muslim-convert Kathie Smith, 46, a U.S. citizen living in Indianapolis who has blogged about her granddaughter, last year married a suspected German jihadist, and has been flying back and forth between the U.S. and Germany as recently as two weeks ago. A pro-jihadist video featuring Smith and her husband – alongside photos of members of the Islamic Jihad Union charged with plotting failed terror attacks against U.S. targets in Germany -is being investigated by the Indiana Intelligence Fusion Center. The center is a counterterror intelligence clearinghouse staffed by law enforcement officers from local and federal agencies, including the FBI and Department of Homeland Security. “Certainly, it’s being looked at and evaluated by Indiana State Police, which runs Indiana Intelligence Fusion Center, ” Indiana Department of Homeland Security spokeswoman Emily Norcross told FoxNews.com, adding that the video would be passed along to appropriate law enforcement for further investigation.

FBI spokeswoman Jenny Shearer said: “As you’re aware, FBI and DOJ policy precludes us from confirming or denying the existence of an investigation.” The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Washington office did not respond to a request for comment. Interpol, which helps government law enforcement agencies track crime suspects around the world, declined to comment, citing policy. The FBI also did not respond to an e-mail from FoxNews.com asking why Smith is not on the federal government’s no-fly list. Smith, meanwhile, said she believes her name is on some kind of government “watch list.” In lengthy e-mail exchanges with FoxNews.com, Smith claimed that she has been repeatedly subjected to hours-long interrogations by Homeland Security every time she travels. She said her luggage has been subjected to bomb residue tests, and that officials asked her numerous detailed questions about her husband. She also claims DHS officials on more than one occasion escorted her onto a departing airplane. DHS did not respond to FoxNews.com’s request for comment on Smith’s allegations. Smith — who now calls herself Zubaida — added that she and her husband were met and interrogated by German police while in a taxi in October 2009. German police, however, said

they were not currently investigating an American woman, but declined to say whether they were aware of Smith. In lengthy e-mail exchanges with FoxNews.com, Smith alternatively defended her online postings, denied being antiAmerican, called the Sept. 11 attacks an inside job, the U.S. a terrorist organization and praised the American-born radical Muslim cleric Anwar al Awlaki -architect, trainer and inspiration for many of the recent terrorist attacks attempted or committed against the U.S. President Obama last April approved Awlaki's inclusion on the CIA's targeted killing list. In one e-mail to FoxNews.com, Smith wrote: “If your neighbor was being attacked by a perpetrator, would you just stand there and say, 'Oh I will let someone come who has a gun to help them'? No, you would rush to their defense. And use any type of "weapon" to help that person... this is what I am doing. I am defending the defenseless. I am defending my home and family and their right to safety. No matter who it is at my door. These are the rights the Constitution gives me. The very right this Communistic government is trying to take away from me and the rest of the Americans.” In the nearly six-minute video under investigation, Smith and her husband, known online as

Salahudin Ibn Ja'far, 28, appear posing and hugging and holding weapons interspersed with photos of known and suspected terrorists and assorted jihadist propaganda, like an Awlaki sermon album cover. There also are photos of German Taliban Mujahideen -- German nationals who have formed their own splinter group within the Taliban -- and mug shots of members of the Saarland cell of Islamic Jihad Union charged with plotting failed terror attacks against U.S. targets in Germany, including a 2007 plot to bomb the U.S. Air Force base at Ramstein. Smith said of the Ramstein plotters featured in her video: “The so-called 'jihadists' you have mentioned are actually personal friends of my husband from childhood. In the video he was expressing his love and gratitude to his friends, who have died fighting for freedom. Just like any other American or European citizen who displays pictures of soldiers who have died on their videos. There is no difference in gratitude and love. It is just that your government has deemed these noble men as 'terrorists' because they are not on the same side. Least us not forget the Mujahideen who fought the Russians for the U.S. They were deemed 'heroes' and lead by Osama Bin Laden at that time, and now because the government says so... they are "terrorists.”” (In a no-longer-active Facebook profile, Smith's husband,

Salahudin, listed his current city as Saarbrucken, the capital of the state of Saarland in Germany.) In addition to being close childhood friends of convicted terrorists, Salahudin has posted content from the German Taliban’s media outfit and the Islamic Jihad Union on forums and social networking sites. He's also written in support of his “noble leaders” -- bin Laden, Awlaki, the Sept. 11 hijackers and other terrorist leaders. Salahudin appeared to maintain forums devoted to hosting Awlaki’s sermons. Earlier this month he uploaded videos to his since-deleted YouTube account that included German muhajideen training at jihadist camps in Pakistan, and another featuring the widow of a German Taliban jihadist directing the wives of jihadists to fulfill their obligations while their husbands are off fighting. In other English-language posts, he suggests he himself has trained in these same jihadist camps. On Facebook, he is "friends" with the notorious Al Qaeda Englishlanguage online magazine Inspire, thought to be principally authored by American-turned-Muslim radical Samir Khan. Salahudin also has used his online posts to call for the deaths of U.S. citizens, military and government leaders, and recently joined in on another user’s thinly veiled threats against Condoleezza Rice, according to MIDWEST page 18


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Consumer confidence slips as home prices decline
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December after data at the start of the month showed the unemployment rate jumped in Shoppers carry their purchases November to a seven-month high along Broadway in New York of 9.8 percent. City, May 11, 2008. The "jobs hard to get" index of Credit: Reuters/Joshua Lott the sentiment survey rose to 46.8 By Wanfeng Zhou percent in December from 46.3 NEW YORK| Tue Dec 28, 2010 percent last month, while the 2:36pm EST "jobs plentiful" index dropped to N E W Y O R K ( R e u t e r s ) - 3.9 percent from 4.3 percent. Consumer confidence Financial markets showed a unexpectedly deteriorated in muted reaction to the consumer December, while prices of single- and housing data, with traders family homes fell almost double citing very thin post-Christmas the expected pace in October, liquidity. tempering growing optimism on Despite the overall drop in the economy's recovery. confidence, Troy Davig, senior The latest data was at odds with U.S. economist at Barclays o t h e r s i g n s s u g g e s t i n g t h e Capital in New York, said economic recovery is accelerating confidence rose for individuals and a separate report last week earning more than $50,000, which showing consumer sentiment in likely reflects the recently passed December at its highest level tax extension package. since June. The tax deal has helped fuel Concern about the jobs market optimism about the recovery, with pushed an index of consumer economists expecting it to lift attitudes to 52.5 in December growth next year by as much as 1 from 54.3 in November, the percentage point. The economy is C o n f e r e n c e B o a r d s a i d o n also getting monetary support Tuesday. That was below the from the Federal Reserve's median of forecasts from analysts planned purchases of $600 billion polled by Reuters for a reading of in government debt. 56.0. Another report on Tuesday "U.S. consumers are still worried showed U.S. single-family home a b o u t h i g h u n e m p l o y m e n t , prices fell for a fourth straight housing market stagnation and the month in October, pressured by a generally meager growth they've supply glut, home foreclosures seen so far," said Kathy Lien, and high unemployment. director of currency research at The Standard & Poor's/CaseGFT in New York. Shiller composite index of 20 Consumers' assessment of the metropolitan areas declined 1 labor market worsened in percent in October from
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September on a seasonally adjusted basis, much steeper than the 0.6 percent decrease economists expected. The housing market has been struggling since home-buyer tax credits expired earlier this year. With the number of foreclosures expected to top a million in 2010, many economists expect the index to drop further in the coming months. HOLIDAY SALES ROBUST Some economists cautioned against reading too much into one month's figures and said the surprising drop in consumer confidence does not signal a meaningful shift in the outlook for spending. "We stress that month-to-month changes in consumer confidence are not well-correlated with those in consumer spending," Barclays' Davig said. "Retail sales and real consumption expenditures have been gaining momentum going into the holiday shopping season, and reports from retailers on holiday sales have been generally upbeat." U.S. retail sales rose in the week before Christmas, putting holiday sales on track to hit the high end of estimates. Data released on Tuesday by the International Council of Shopping Centers and Goldman Sachs showed retail sales rose 4.8 percent for the week ended December 25 compared with the year-earlier period. Optimism about the economy has grown after recent reports on

jobless claims, durable goods and consumer spending suggested the economy perked up a bit in the fourth quarter and appears to be entering the new year with a relatively decent amount of momentum. (Editing by Dan Grebler) JackMack wrote: “Just when we thought it was over, it was really only beginning.” hexazebra wrote: “U.S. consumers are still worried about high unemployment”. Where can we see the statistics on how many jobs are being outsourced to overseas every year? Almost all the developing economies are reporting more than 10% year to year growth and again more than 50% it is from USA. May be now is the time to restrict the massive outflow of technology & jobs. Downtowner wrote: Just wait until the tsunami of foreclosures begin. This is nothing. Once the “irregularities” and “robo-signers” are forgotten, it’s full speed ahead. The double-dip will lead to the real Depression. 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 site: So, Why is Wikileaks a Good Thing Again?.

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jewelry. That compares with a 4.1 percent increase in 2009. A more detailed picture of how A truck stuck in a snow bank is store chains from Target Corp to shoveled out as blizzard-like Macy's Inc fared during the conditions due to high winds holiday season is expected on continue in Hoboken, New Jersey, January 6, when many retailers December 27, 2010. report comparable store sales Credit: Reuters/Gary Hershorn results for December. By Phil Wahba Shoppers might be spending NEW YORK| Tue Dec 28, 2010 more freely this year, but they 3:02pm EST remain worried about the job NEW YORK(Reuters) - New market with unemployment sales data confirm that retailers hovering near the 10 percent are poised to show their best mark. holiday season in three years, but In the latest snapshot of investors seemed unimpressed as consumer attitudes released on concerns mount that shoppers will Tuesday, consumer confidence pull back in the new year. deteriorated unexpectedly last Retail sales rose 4.8 percent for month, while prices of U.S. single the week ending with Christmas -family homes fell almost double Day, December 25, compared the expected pace in October. with the year-earlier period, The Standard & Poor's Retail according to data released on Index was down 0.2 percent on Tuesday by the International Tuesday, while the broader S&P Council of Shopping Centers and 500 was up 0.15 percent. The Goldman Sachs. S&P Retail Index hit a 3-1/2 year T h a t p u t s r e t a i l s a l e s f o r high, but analysts question November and December on track whether store chains can keep to rise 4 percent compared with a their hot streak going. year ago, and hit the high end of a "The stocks have had great runs holiday forecast range that ICSC going into end of the year," said and Goldman had already raised Nomura Securities analyst Paul two weeks ago on the strength of Lejuez. "Any negative point November sales. provides investors a reason to take S e p a r a t e l y , M a s t e r C a r d ' s some money off the table," such SpendingPulse said retail and as the consumer confidence data. services sales were up 5.5 percent Shoppers themselves have for the period between November signaled they will cut back after 5 and December 24, led by a the holidays, and a fierce blizzard surge in spending on clothing and on the U.S. East Coast just after
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Christmas may have already dampened their appetite for extra spending. ICSC chief economist Michael Niemira told Reuters the snowstorm could lower the December sales growth rate by half of one percentage point, though some purchases may show up in January. Analysts also predict that consumers will balk at the higher prices expected in 2011 for merchandise such as clothing because of this year's doubling in cotton prices, among other surging commodities costs. (Reporting by Phil Wahba, editing by Dave Zimmerman and Gunna Dickson) We welcome comments that advance the story directly or with relevant tangential information. We try to block comments that use offensive language, all capital letters or appear to be spam, and we 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. Comments (2) Paracelcus wrote: Ever heard of ‘pent up demand’? Sales are up compared to what? Is the DOC behind these figures? It all sounds like propaganda to me, people that are losing their

homes and jobs aren’t likely to be in a spending frenzy! Ralphooo wrote: It’s interesting to realize how important the idea of “confidence” is in a market economy. People have to believe in at least the possibility that the future holds something good for them. Without that belief, why bother to participate in economic activity at all? In this Reuters story, we learn of merchants who are bewailing their own good holiday sales results on the grounds that people will probably not go on spending that much money in the upcoming year. That is a pretty strong bias toward pessimism! Conclusion: we might as well all crawl back into our winter dens and try to hibernate until the economic picture is looking better. It’s not hard to see why a period like the one we’re going through now is called a Depression. 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 site: So, Why is Wikileaks a Good Thing Again?.

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Apple sued over apps privacy issues; Google may be next
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killed in the Dec. 12 attack had just arrived at the building to pick up compensation when the Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al- attacker detonated a car bomb by Maliki is getting ahead of himself the main gate. A second bomb by staking a hardline position on was detonated after the first attack eliminating U.S. troop presence drew people to the scene. An Iraqi within a year, experts say, official told Reuters that 17 because the country's security is people were killed, while dozens still fragile and easily could were reported wounded. deteriorate as troops withdrawal. John Bolton, former U.S. Maliki, in an interview with The ambassador to the United Nations, Wall Street Journal, said the so- said Tuesday that even if security called Status of Forces Agreement deteriorates further, it's doubtful calling for U.S. troops to leave Maliki will reverse course on the next year is "sealed" and not open U.S. troop presence. to change, meaning U.S. troops "I think (Maliki's position is) will not be allowed in Iraq after clearly wrong," Bolton said. "But 2 0 1 1 u n d e r v i r t u a l l y a n y he's in a very strong position circumstance. because he can say, 'What are you "The last American soldier will complaining about? All I'm doing leave Iraq," he said, expressing i s a g r e e i n g w i t h P r e s i d e n t confidence that once-troublesome O b a m a . ' " militias were being folded into the Bolton predicted that security political system and dispelling will in fact deteriorate and in turn concerns that his country would harm U.S. interests but said of drift toward Iran. Maliki called Maliki, "You can't be more the idea of such an alliance with American than the American its historical enemy "impossible." president." But stability remains elusive with About 50,000 U.S. troops remain the pullout looming. The Maliki in Iraq. Maliki clarified in his comments were published a day interview that the only way any after twin suicide bombings hit a could stay beyond next year government building in Iraq's w o u l d b e i f b o t h n a t i o n s western Anbar province. The negotiated a new agreement with attack was the second in less than the backing of Iraq's Parliament -a month on the compound. an unlikely scenario. It took the According to one report, family Iraqis nine months to seat a new members of security workers government after their March
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election. Ben Rhodes, deputy national security adviser for strategic communications, told Fox News on Tuesday that the president has repeatedly talked about his plans to have all U.S. troops out of the country by 2011, "consistent with our existing agreement with the Iraqis." "We have always planned on that basis," he said. A senior White House official called Maliki's characterization "exactly right." The official said the United States is "on track" to remove all U.S. forces by the end of 2011 and that any residual presence would require a new agreement. But while the Obama administration in public upholds the country's commitment to a full troop withdrawal in 2011, top officials have stressed the need for long-term involvement of some kind. A senior administration official noted that even as the United States removes troops from Iraq, the country will have a substantial military and security presence in the region in Afghanistan, Kuwait and the Persian Gulf to deter a broad range of threats, including Iran. Vice President Biden, speaking at a Veterans of Foreign Wars convention in August, said the

administration was planning a "long-term relationship" with Iraq and would not so much leave in 2011 as begin "the transition." After Iraq's parliament approved the new government last week, Obama said in a statement that the United States "will continue to strengthen our long-term partnership with Iraq's people and leaders as they build a prosperous and peaceful nation." Maj. Gen. Bob Scales, a Fox News military analyst, said Maliki's military is still "fragile" and continues to face a substantial threat from insurgents in his country's major cities. He described Maliki's comments as a ploy to win political support at home but said the United States could still leave some semblance of a security presence after 2011. noreply@blogger.com (Ad Bolton said the president's desire ServeRSS) (AdServRSS Feed) to avoid a political challenge from the left will prevent him from Visit Starbucks stalling on the Iraq withdrawal. zChocolate.com This entry passed through the Mighty Leaf 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 site: So, Why is Wikileaks a Good Thing Again?.

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BANGALORE(Reuters) - Two separate groups of iPhone and iPad users have sued Apple Inc alleging that certain software applications were passing personal user information to thirdparty advertisers without consent. In the lawsuits seeking class action, filed in a federal court in California, the plaintiffs sought a ban on passing of user information without consent and monetary compensation, according to case documents. At some point, both cases may be consolidated into one by the judges presiding over the cases, said Majed Nachawati, a partner at law firm Fears & Nachawati, one of the attorneys for the complainants. Along with Apple, makers of popular apps such as Textplus4, Paper Toss, Weather Channel, Dictionary.com, Talking Tom Cat and Pumpkin Maker were also named co-defendants in the lawsuits filed on December 23. The lawsuits follow a December 18 report in the Wall Street Journal that said smartphones apps may be sharing personal data "widely and regularly," and that iPhone apps transmitted more data than apps on phones using Google's Android operating system.

"We are also looking at Google's Android platform and a lawsuit against them has not been ruled out," Nachawati said. Concerns about user privacy have emerged with the rapid growth of smartphones that spawn apps, and social networking websites such as Twitter and Facebook. The Unique Device ID that Apple assigns to its devices has become an attractive feature for thirdparty advertisers looking for a way to reliably track mobile device users' online activities, one of the lawsuits said. "None of the defendants adequately informed plaintiffs of their practices, and none of the defendants obtained plaintiffs' consent to do so," one lawsuit alleged. NO MAJOR THREAT In April, Apple amended its developer agreement to ban apps from sending data to third parties except for information directly necessary for the functionality of the apps. However, the lawsuits allege that Apple has taken no steps to actually implement its revised developer agreement or enforce it in any meaningful way due to criticism from advertising networks. Apple could not be immediately

reached for a comment. Global Equities Research analyst Trip Chowdhry said the lawsuits would have little impact on investors. "If this were a major issue, all web browsers would have to shut down and there would not be any advertising on the Internet," Chowdhry said. finneganG wrote: This is happening with all websites now. The insidiously greedy advertisers have wormed their way into code changes to ensure everyone is tracked so retailers can get our privacy information, track trends, and then attempt to sell us junk we don’t need. Legislation is LONG overdue to crack down on internet/tech tracking, all in the name of the great advertising dollar. I’m sick of the daily scan attempts by sites such as Google, Yahoo, Amazon – you name it. Of course, the scan attempts are blocked, but the fact that they are doing it is enough for all of us to cry foul and tell the FCC to do something about it. If no legislative action is taken, the tracking, phishing, scanning, and collection of personal data for retailers will continue. They will use this information to develop huge databases about all your activities. Eventually the data will

be used for evil purposes. raydaleh35 wrote: Is this how facebook knew that I downloading the facebook iphone app? when I logged into facebook from my computer, I notices a link, that i download the facebook app for iphone. socratesfoot wrote: There is no privacy, and I don’t think there was ever any privacy implied. There certainly isn’t with the Android phones, and I don’t see Google being a candidate for this type of lawsuit. But I seriously doubt any was implied with the iPhone either. Then again, if these people think that the PC has any anonymity either. Well let me just say, “Mrs. Williams, I see what you’ve been browsing and for a house wife and stay-st-home mom from Ohio, that’s some seriously kinky porn!” 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 site: So, Why is Wikileaks a Good Thing Again?.

LeAnn, Eddie, and Her Diamond Ring Head to Cabo After Engagement Announcement - Congrats to Them or Not Into It?
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Submitted at 12/28/2010 12:05:00 PM

LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian arrived at LAX to catch a flight to Cabo today. The recently engaged duo are headed off on a romantic vacation just in time to celebrate their big news and the New Year. LeAnn first showed off her ring in a sexy balcony shoot yesterday after she and Eddie announced their plans to marry. The couple still get lots of criticism for the way their relationship started, but it doesn't seem to get in the way of their happiness. So tell us, what do you think about LeAnn and Eddie's plans to tie the knot for the second time each - congrats to them or not into it? View 5 Photos › LeAnn, Eddie, and Her Diamond Ring Head to Cabo After Engagement Announcement Congrats to Them or Not Into It? Congrats to them - They seem so happy and in love! Not into it - I just can't get behind this union.

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postings discovered by FoxNews.com and screen shots provided by the Jawa Report, a watchdog blog that has been following the online activities of Smith and her husband. His Facebook "friends" make up a who’s who of terror groups, many of which his wife is also associated with online. He and Smith have been kicked off of Facebook repeatedly over the past month, but both continue to open up new accounts and remain on the social networking site today. On Facebook, Smith "likes" Awlaki, has belonged to a Facebook group called “Al Qaeda in Islamic Maghreb to answer your questions,” referring to the North African branch of Al Qaeda. Smith also is Facebook "friends" with pages claiming to be the terrorist groups Al Shabaab and Ansar al Jundullah, in addition to "friends" Sheikh Faisal and Youself al-Khatb, the reported spiritual leader and cofounder of Revolution Muslim, respectively. Her “Likes” and “Groups” are visible to the public; a friend request from this reporter to Smith was not accepted.

A Facebook Page provided by Jawa Report shows that Smith warned her husband via Facebook post not to accept FoxNews.com’s friend request either. On her MySpace page, currently available for viewing via Google cache, Smith wrote: “As salamu alaikum akhi.. it is time for Jihad and it is now Fard ayn for ALL Muslims whether their in the United Snakes or else where...Insha'Allah!!!!” Smith has lauded Awlaki, celebrated the deaths of U.S. soldiers -- who she called “terrorists” -- at the hands of the Taliban in Afghanistan, and applauded another user’s posting of a rendering of the two planes hitting the World Trade Center towers on Sept. 11, 2001. And while she has repeatedly called for jihad against the West, Smith told FoxNews.com: “I am exercising my right, as an American citizen to freedom of speech, religion, and the right to bare arms. I have the right in America to say what ever I want. That is what makes America so great, right?” But a paid government consultant

aware of Smith’s movements said there’s concern that Smith could follow the path of Colleen LaRose, a suburban Philadelphian dubbed “ Jihad Jane,” who pleaded not guilty in March to conspiracy charges involving a plot to kill a Swedish artist and providing material support to terrorists. “As we saw in the case earlier this year with the arrests of "Jihad Janes" Colleen LaRose and [coconspirator] Jamie PaulinRamirez, Kathie Smith has been exhibiting classic signs of extremism possibly transitioning into violence," the consultant told FoxNews.com, asking not to be identified due to the sensitive nature of his work. "Her online postings on Facebook have been increasingly promoted acts of terrorism and statements by terrorist leaders, such as Anwar Al-Aulaqi,” the contractor said. “When her husband released the video earlier this month of the two of them holding weapons and included standard jihad imagery, such as pictures of German jihadists that have left to join terrorist groups in Pakistan and

Afghanistan or have been arrested for plotting terror attacks, we were concerned that they might be escalating to an attack themselves,” the consultant said. To that concern, Smith replied by e-mail to FoxNews.com: “I live a simple life, a life where I fear Allah first and try hard to do what is right for mankind. I am not some "horribly misguided, or brainwashed" individual. I have lived a long life and have seen many things. And I will always stand up for what is right, no matter who is trying to say the contrary.” 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 site: So, Why is Wikileaks a Good Thing Again?.

Destroyed In Seconds Videos
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You're Watching: Playlist | Destroyed In Seconds Videos Playlist | Destroyed In Seconds Videos Learn more with the 61 destroyed in seconds videos in this playlist. There are 61 videos tagged "Destroyed In Seconds" most recommended videos • How It's Made Videos • Car Parts Videos • Destroyed In Seconds 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 site: So, Why is Wikileaks a Good Thing Again?.

Roubini: The Housing Double Dip Is Now Accelerating
Gregory White (Money Game)
Submitted at 12/28/2010 1:33:00 PM

Case-Shiller data only confirmed what was already known about the declining house market. Nouriel Roubini says it is now Further, the decline is now obvious that we're in a housing s p e e d i n g u p , a c c o r d i n g t o double-dip. Roubini, and it could get worse. Speaking to CNBC's NetNet, Roubini believes that the stop on glut of properties from coming to Roubini noted that today's terrible foreclosures has prevented a large

market, but that the supply will eventually arrive. And with weakening demand simultaneously, we're likely to see further price declines. Note: Roubini isn't likely negative on the whole housing market; he recently bought an

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Intimate Interview With Henry Jaglom and Tanna Frederick
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QUEEN OF THE LOT: Filmmaker Henry Jaglom and actress Tanna Frederick. (Noel Vasquez/Getty Images) LOS ANGELES—With a filmmaker and playwright as prolific as Henry Jaglom, I have had the fortune to interview him and his leading lady and muse, Tanna Frederick, several times over the last few years. Each time, the exchange feels more like the reunion of friends than a professional meeting, engaging in intimate and truthful conversation—but then again, that is the endearing and alluring nature of Tanna and Henry, off camera or on. Guiding our fluid conversation was the subject of their newly released film, Queen of the Lot, and the film’s themes of romance, the complex nature of actors, and their insatiable appetites for fame, affirmation, attention, and power. Tanna Frederick plays Maggie Chase, action heroine. After her second DUI, Maggie dodges the paparazzi by fleeing to her manager’s house (Zack Norman). There she invites her bad-boy movie star boyfriend, Dov

(Christopher Rydell), to join her and the entourage (Ron Vignone, Diane Salinger) before getting involved with his attentive and caring brother, writer Aaron Lambert (Noah Wyle), and the whole Lambert Hollywood power family (patriarch, Jack Heller). Queen of the Lot is a laugh-outloud Hollywood satire, and a sequel to Hollywood Dreams. Like Henry’s other films ( Last Summer in the Hamptons, Festival in Cannes, and Venice/ Venice), all explore the precarious relationship between the inner and

outer life of performers, and the dubious intersection between “real life” and “the movies.” The subjects of creativity and show biz are certainly matters about which Henry Jaglom can claim expertise, as he has worked as an actor, writer, editor, and director. And after decades in the business, the pioneering indie filmmaker has known and worked with legends—including Orson Wells, Jack Nicholson, Greta Scacchi, Dennis Hopper, and Vanessa Redgrave. I met Tanna and Henry at their

usual haunt in Santa Monica, joined by Ron Vignone, the film’s award-winning editor, who also plays Gio in Queen of the Lot. We discussed the genesis of expression, Talmud intonation, and the paradoxical nature of some actors who feel most themselves or authentic when playing another character, and whether this is, therefore, their true authentic nature (very Talmudic). Tanna, revealing a tender vulnerability, explained that she identified with her character Maggie, who says, “It’s not the Hollywood hype that scares me, it’s being in the kitchen and eating dinner that scares me. It’s the little things.” The moments of her life that she recalls most vividly are the ones in which she is performing, reflects Tanna. The times she spent by herself she describes as feeling naked. 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 site: So, Why is Wikileaks a Good Thing Again?.

Diddy and Bikini-Clad Kim Go Yachting With Their Twins in St. Barts
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Submitted at 12/28/2010 9:18:10 AM

Diddy had one twin in each arm to survey the scene from the deck of a yacht off the coast of St. Barts last night. He's on vacation with his kids and on-again girlfriend Kim Porter, who sported a bright yellow ruffled bikini to bask in the sun on the beach earlier in the day. His daughters Jessie and D'Lila celebrated their fourth birthday over the weekend, which Diddy excitedly tweeted about. He kicked off the getaway by climbing on a banana boat with his sons last week, and their luxurious Caribbean trip is going strong, though he'll be back ashore and in Sin City in time to host a New Year's Eve bash at LAX nightclub. View Slideshow ›


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Sugarloaf's Ski Lift Derails, Six Injured
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Olympic snowboarder Seth Wescott rides the Sugarloaf ski lift in 2006. 220 people fell 25-30 feet when a lift like this malfunctioned Tuesday morning. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) Six skiers were injured at Sugarloaf, the ski resort in Carrabassett Valley, Maine, when a ski lift carrying 220 passengers derailed, and five chairs fell 25 to 30 feet. After the incident occurred at approximately 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 28, the victims were taken to hospital. Staff members at the resort evacuated the uninjured holiday skiers from the lift, according to the most recent press release by the resort. None of the injuries were lifethreatening. “We want make you aware that there has been a derailment of the Spillway East chairlift and our ski

Tembo Brings a Simple, Organized Spotlight Search Alternative to Your Mac [Downloads]
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Mac OS X: Many of Apple's updates to its Spotlight search have been useful, but many

hack of Gawker blog sites earlier this month. Even with passwords obscured by strong hash Mozilla has disabled 44,000 older algorithms, user names can be user accounts for its Firefox add- valuable in further hack attempts, ons site after a security researcher especially when people reuse the found part of a database of the same password on multiple sites. account information on a publicly " U n i q u e p a s s w o r d s a r e a available server. requirement, not a luxury," said The file had passwords obscured Chester Wisniewski of security with the now-obsolete MD5 firm Sophos in a blog post about hashing algorithm, which has the event. been rendered cryptographically If you have a question or weak and which Mozilla scrapped comment for Stephen Shankland, for the more robust SHA-512 you can submit it here. However, algorithm as of April 9, 2009. The because our editors and writers p a t r o l i s o n s c e n e , ” s t a t e d This entry passed through the older database didn't end up receive hundreds of requests, we Sugarloaf Mountain via Twitter. Full-Text RSS service — if this is anywhere dangerous, Mozilla cannot tell you when you may Jay Marshall, a passenger on a your content and you're reading it believes. receive a response. lift next to the derailed one, told on someone else's site, please read "We were able to account for Stephen Shankland writes about a the Associated Press that he felt our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ every download of the database. wide range of technology and afraid for the passengers while he content-only/faq.php This issue posed minimal risk to products, but has a particular witnessed the accident. “I looked Five Filters featured site: So, users, however, as a precaution focus on browsers and digital to my left and could see the cable Why is Wikileaks a Good Thing we felt we should disclose this photography. He joined CNET bouncing up and down. I could Again?. issue to people affected and err on News in 1998 and since then also see that the cable had come off the side of disclosure," said Chris has covered Google, Yahoo, the [track wheels]," he said. Lyon, Mozilla's director of servers, supercomputing, Linux infrastructure security, in a blog and open-source software, and post about the database exposure science. yesterday. This entry passed through the Mozilla notified affected users of Full-Text RSS service — if this is the problem by e-mail yesterday, your content and you're reading it it said. " C u r r e n t on someone else's site, please read addons.mozilla.org users and our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ accounts are not at risk," Lyon content-only/faq.php Five Filters featured site: So, generations of the OS. Tembo said. Password security has become a Why is Wikileaks a Good Thing brings back that simplicity to making finding your files easier. more prominent concern after a Again?. More » (including myself) miss the simplicity of search in previous

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Report: Top 10 App Trends of 2011
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Submitted at 12/28/2010 1:49:06 PM

Mobclix, an iPhone analytics firm and mobile ad exchange network, has released a year-end report which examines the top application trends from 2010. The report, called the "2010 App Game Changers," neatly summarizes what have been some of the most notable developments in mobile over the course of the year. Sponsor According to Mobclix ( full report here), mobile apps have impacted a wide range of industries from advertising to gaming over the course of 2010, have become a part of our daily life and, per IDC analysts, will increase to nearly 76.9 billion downloads by 2014. Citing both its internal research, and the research put out by other analyst firms, Mobclix has boiled down the many changes in mobile, specifically in the mobile application industry, in an easy to digest format by way of its yearend report. Here's what they found, summarized below along with some additional comments from us. 1. The Platform War Gets Bloody 2010 was the beginning of the smartphone platform wars, with the ever-dominant Android vs Apple fight now underway. Mobclix saw impressions on its Mobclix Exchange for Android grow by 420% since its inception,

for example. Other players, like Windows Phone 7 launched this year, apparently in it for the long haul, while Nokia, RIM and even Palm are hoping to not lose ground as the mobile platform shakeup continues. 2. Advertising on Mobile Gets Smart (Rise of RTB) At least 50% of all targeted online display ads will be bought through real-time platforms by 2015 and by next year, 10%-15% of total ad buys will involve realtime bidding inventory. Mobclix, of course, offers a solution for this, but cites a "Google executive" as the source of this factoid. Despite the self-promotional aspect to this trend, RTB is a major trend this year. As Business Insider summarized this summer, "RTB is on fire." AdMeld, an ad inventory optimizer, closed a $15 million round of venture funding this year, AdSafe raised $7.5 million and Google bought Invite Media, a demand-side platform, for a reported $70 million. AdMeld CEO Michael Barrett told BI that ads sold through RTB generate 2-3 times as much revenue for his customers on average, and up to 10 times as much in some cases. He said the market would be worth around $1 billion this year. 3. In-App Purchasing Enabling a New Economy Selling apps is no longer the only way to make money, some developers have discovered. In October, Flurry released data that

publisher serving a notification pushes an app suggestion to its users, offering them something in return (virtual goods like health, gold, etc. in a game, for ex.). The advertiser pays for every install this push message led to while the publisher makes an immediate profit. 5. Apps are Here to Stay More than half a million apps are showed in-app purchases were downloaded every hour and the earning developers in certain average smartphone user has 22 categories (games, social) more of them, says Mobclix, citing a money than ads. Another report Borrell Associates data. But apps forecasted an increase in in-app are ready to expand beyond the revenue by 600% in 2011. And smartphone to appear on TVs Farmville, as a high-profile (Google TV, Apple TV), desktop example of this trend, earns 90% (Intel AppUp, Mac App Store, of its revenue from in-app AllMyApps for Windows, etc.) purchases, its Director of Mobile Web browsers (Google Chrome Jen Herman has said. Web Store, Mozilla Open Web Mobclix cites data from Jupiter App Store, etc.) Blu-ray players Research which says that in-game and even cars (Ford SYNC purchases are expected to surpass AppLink, Android?). 6. Rich $11 billion by 2015. The industry Media Ads Pay More is watching Android expectantly Another self-promotional, but in 2011 to see if it will soon offer accurately pegged trend: rich an officially supported feature for media has a higher clickthrough a l l o w i n g t h e s e t y p e s o f rate, up to 11 times higher, says transactions. In the meantime, Mobclix. We cited data from there are 3rd-party solutions that Greystripe in September that let developers implement in-app found rich media ads get a 56% purchases now. 4. It Pays to be higher clickthrough rate than Pushy static ads, however. And Eric Another finding, this one from a Litman, CEO of Medialets, told Mobclix survey, found that Mashable in August that rich customer retention is 2.7 times m e d i a a d s w e r e g e t t i n g better with push-notification. clickthroughs as high as 33%. Apps are opened up 228% more Who's telling the truth? Maybe and weekly session times have they all are, the differences increased by 103% when push is between their various networks used. However, Mobclix is leading to differently reported referring to incentivized installs, data. But the end result is the not notifications from the apps same: rich media means more themselves. For example, a

clicks. 37% of impressions in Mobclix's exchange were rich media, up 115% since last year, the new report also noted. 7. Apps Aren't a One-Trick Pony Apps don't just get played with once, then ignored - at least, not in all cases. Some app developers have found that constantly reengaging with your users can lead to a long-term relationship, says Mobclix. For example, Angry Birds launches an update every 4 weeks and sees a 80% retention rate. 8. Games are King 70% of the chart-topping applications in both usage and gross revenue are games, says Mobclix, citing its own data. Games dominate on every platform, from Apple's App Store to Android Market and even on newcomers like Windows Phone. 9. Apps are Everywhere This trend seems like a repeat of #5, as it reports on the status of apps in our daily life. The average smartphone users spends 2.8 hours per day using apps and 3 in 5 people first turn to an app before searching the Web, says Mobclix, We also reported on apps' growing popularity over the browser this year, referencing research from consulting firm Parks Associates. They found that consumers under 3 ("millenials") are ditching the Web browser in favor of mobile apps. 10. Don't Underestimate iCurrency The title of this trend is REPORT: page 22


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How to Hire Coders
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One of the most common questions I get asked is "How can I find technical employees?" The market for good programmers is extremely tight, and traditional techniques like job-board or craigslist postings won't produce results. Even the best network of contacts probably won't uncover candidates willing to reach out to you. So, what can you do? Start early: Accept that it's going to take longer than you'd like to find the right person, and so plan ahead now for hires you'll be making in six months or a year. If you do find the right person too early, make them an offer and take the hit of paying their salary for a few months before you really need them. The hiring process will be time-consuming, so schedule accordingly; treat it as a first-class task that will take up a significant chunk of every week. Sponsor Stalk them: The best candidates aren't looking for a new job, they're being pampered and praised at their current company. The first thing you'll need to do is find out who these people are and connect with them. One of my favorite hacks for this is joining technical meet up groups in your

area. Even if you're a business guy, you'll probably be able to nod and smile your way through most presentations. You'll get to see who's enthusiastic and can communicate well, and the social side is a great way to talk to engineers you'd never be in contact with otherwise. If you supply beer and pizza, you'll be very popular. Go to Meetup.com and put in a few relevant keywords (e.g. Machine Learning, Big Data) to discover nearby get-togethers. Another avenue is lurking on open-source project's mailing lists, which won't find local coders but otherwise has a lot of the advantages of attending meet ups, since you can see how people communicate and work with others. Understand them: In order to pry them away from their current job, you need a strong lure, and you need to understand what their motivations are to craft something tempting. The best programmers often aren't driven by money, so figure out if they're after more responsibility, independence, the chance to work with cutting-edge technology or recognition from their peers. Sit down with them over coffee, join them on a hike, spend time with them however you can. Once you know what

Qualify them: Often you'll find a programmer who loves the idea of joining an early-stage company, but when it comes to making the plunge and leaving the security of a steady job, they get cold feet. Get a feel for how serious they are by paying them for part-time consulting during the courtship. If they are reluctant, or can't fit it into their schedule, that's a sign they might not be willing to follow through. makes them tick, you can build an Look at alternatives: This is offer that's hard for them to probably starting to sound like a refuse. lot of work, so think hard about Pimp yourself: People are a lot what you're trying to achieve by more likely to want to join hiring a new employee. Do you companies they've heard of, really need somebody with 10 startups that are recognized for years experience, or would you be doing interesting and challenging better off finding a clever intern work, so talk about the great w i t h f i r e i n h e r b e l l y a n d technology you're building every s o m e t h i n g t o p r o v e ? chance you get. Encourage your Bosses almost always underrate existing programmers to blog and t h e i r e x i s t i n g e m p l o y e e s ' talk to journalists like me, and try potential, because they've seen to reach communities like Hacker their failures first hand, and new News and Reddit with your hires come in with no history. stories. Have your engineers give Would you actually be better off t a l k s a t c o n f e r e n c e s a n d spending your time training your contribute back to open-source current coders to take on more projects. challenging work? Can you find a It may feel painful as that cuts consulting firm to help them out into the time they spend on on particular areas? How can you development, but the added make sure that none of your visibility in the development current team leaves? Discuss community will be a powerful recruiting tool.

somewhat cutesy, but also accurate. It's actually referring to the revenue opportunities via iTunes. Apple has driven over 10 billion downloads of digital content through iTunes this year, says Mobclix, delivering over $1 billion in earnings to developers. It's still the behemoth in the mobile app ecosystem and can't be ignored. Discuss

China cuts rare earth export quotas
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Submitted at 12/28/2010 11:44:20 AM

China cut its first batch of rare earth export quotas for next year by more than one-tenth, in the face of a threat by the United States to complain to the World Trade Organization over the export limits. CHINA page 23

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China's Commerce Ministry allotted 14,446 metric tons of quotas to 31 companies, which was 11.4 percent less than the 16,304 metric tons it allocated to 22 companies in the first batch of 2010 quotas a year ago. The ministry said in a short statement that it had added more producer companies to the quota list, but has cut volumes allocated to trading companies for the metals, which are used in hightech goods. The export quotas were based on export volumes from the beginning of 2008 to October 2010, it added, without giving details. China produces about 97 percent of rare earth elements, which are used worldwide in high tech, clean energy and other products that exploit their special properties for magnetism, luminescence, and strength. The decision to cut export quotas and raise tariffs has inflamed trade ties with the United States, European Union, and Japan in particular.

Last week, the U.S. Trade Representative office said China had refused U.S. requests to end export restraints on rare earths that have alarmed trade partners. The U.S. representative and that Washington could complain to the WTO, which judges international trade disputes. China's Commerce Ministry has yet to respond to that threat. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu declined to comment today when asked about it at a regular news briefing, referring the question to "relevant departments." She did not elaborate. The issue will add to already strained Sino-U.S. ties, which have been battered this year by arguments over everything from Tibet and Taiwan to the value of the Chinese currency. Chinese President Hu Jintao visits the United States next month. Japan has been hard hit by the export curbs. Japanese imports of rare earths shrank further in November, reflecting the impact from China's de facto ban on

shipments of the minerals which was lifted late last month. Japanese companies had complained of restrictions on shipments of the metals, vital for making auto parts and high-tech products, by Chinese customs officials following a spat over disputed islands in the East China Sea which led to a de facto suspension by Beijing on exports from late September. China is still exporting small volumes of rare earth to Japan. Analysts have suggested the de facto ban was probably because of differences in the way rare earths are categorized by each country, as well as a dribble of imports that had previously been delayed. The European Union has also expressed concern at China's limiting of rare earths' exports, though the bloc's trade commissioner said earlier this month China had reiterated that rare earth supplies would be sustained. China says its curbs are for environmental reasons and to guarantee supplies to domestic

industrial consumers, but it has also insisted its dominance as a producer should give it more control over global prices. Beijing has been trying hard to impose discipline on its chaotic rare earth sector and is expected to establish a rare earth industry association by May next year, said Wang Caifeng, an official with the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, speaking at a conference today. Story Copyright (c) 2010 Reuters Limited. All rights reserved. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ content-only/faq.php Five Filters featured site: So, Why is Wikileaks a Good Thing Again?.

Stash Your Cables Out of Sight in a Hinged Cable Run [Featured Workspace]
Jason Fitzpatrick (Lifehacker)
Submitted at 12/28/2010 12:00:00 PM

Cables are the bane of a clutter free workspace. You need them to power your devices and connect peripherals but you want them out of sight. Today's featured workspace sports a hinged compartment for out-of-sight cable stashing. More »

LG Xnote P210 Notebook Unveiled
Evan Selleck (SlashGear)
Submitted at 12/28/2010 12:53:01 PM

The old saying, “Go big or go home,” may have applied to LG’s recently unveiled 72-inch LEDbacklit 3D TV the company plans on showing off at CES 2011, but for the brand new LG Xnote P210

notebook, it certainly doesn’t. The new notebook, which features a ridiculously small form factor, manages to pack plenty of tech inside the body, even if it manages to slim down its figure. Rumros have it that the device will be shown off at CES 2011, but details are scarce on that bit.

As for the notebook itself, it

features a 12.5-inch display, which LG is proud to say features the thinnest bezel out there. The entire package measures in at only 299 x 192 x 20.9mm, and it weighs in at only 1.3kg. On the inside, you’ll find an Intel core i5470UM processor, Windows 7 Home Premium x64, a 320GB

hard drive, and 4GB of RAM. Pricing and a release date are still missing, but we’re hoping that LG is a bit more forthcoming on their information regarding the little Xnote when they show it off at CES 2011. [ via Pocket-Lint]


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Will 2011 See App Makers Thinking Android-First? One Developer Thinks It’s Possible
MG Siegler (TechCrunch)
Submitted at 12/28/2010 2:09:08 PM

Over the weekend, there was a ton of talk about 2011 being the year in which Android “explodes” onto the market. You could argue that 2010 was already that year, but plenty of numbers indicate that 2011 will be much bigger for the platform. But despite Android as a whole already outselling the iPhone, there’s little debate that amongst developers, iOS is still the platform you develop for first. But this could change as well in 2011, at least according to one developer. And it’s significant because he’s been an iPhone-first guy up until now. Akshay Kothariis the co-founder of Alphonso Labs, the development house behind the popular Pulse news reader app. Pulse started as an iPad app first, then expanded to the iPhone, then came to Android. Kothari credits both the support they’ve received from Apple and the press surrounding the iPad as the reason why they’ve been so iOS-centric up until now. But, “ our thinking about the Android platform has changed significantly over the last couple weeks,” he writes to us.

comparable to our best days on iOS. Pulse is indeed currently featured in the Android Market. “ So far, our innovation has moved from iOS to Android, and it may stay that way in the near term. But with the option to instantly get feedback on your new update, it may not be too farfetched to have innovation move from Android platforms to iOS platform,” Kothari notes. “ A few interesting things have about how some features in Pulse News broke yesterday that the happened on Android recently,” did not work on old phones. revamped Android Market could he continues. What things? He Sometimes the widgets wouldn’t soon see video demos alongside lists three specifically: work, sometimes it would load the regular images. And then i) Revamp of the Android store: really slowly. A lot of these there’s the talk for the first true Initially, News was bundled into problems are disappearing now, A n d r o i d - b a s e d i P o d t o u c h “news & weather” category, because a lot of these devices are competitor. Both are also good which was dominated by weather pretty solid now. Particularly the signs for Android development. apps. Also, the leaderboard/ Galaxy Tab, where Pulse works But the major issue up until now featured was very hard to crack really really well. We’ve learned a has of course been money. As in, through. This has been improved, lot and improved the app also, but developers on the iOS platform with new categories such as the devices these days are pretty have an easier road to make it. “News&Magazines” and much fast. Google is also working to better discovery of apps, in iii) Getting featured on the improve that by getting new general. Having a banner, more Market: Getting featured on the carrier-billing deals in place for screenshots and getting more than App Store gets you tons of the Market. But the fact remains 250 keywords to describe your downloads, easily 10x your that paid apps are a much easier app is huge. Still not perfect, but normal traffic. I never thought sell in the App Store than in the much better. Google’s blessings could do the Market. That will need to change ii) More powerful Android same. Pulse is currently a featured in 2011 for developers to really phones/Tablets: Initially we were app since last week, and the start going Android-first in a plagued by emails complaining d o w n l o a d s e v e r y d a y a r e meaningful way.

Gadget Savvy: Cell Phone Jammers Quiz
(HowStuffWorks Daily Feed)
Submitted at 12/28/2010 1:00:56 PM

Who hasn't fantasized about throwing someone's cell phone out the window after unwillingly hearing way too much of his or her conversation? Cell-phone jammers silence these yappers and all other calls, obnoxious or otherwise, in a given area. But are they legal? Earn a point for every right answer! Save your score at the end of the quiz. 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 site: So, Why is Wikileaks a Good Thing Again?.

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Protecting Your Online Anonymity with Tor
Audrey Watters (ReadWriteWeb)
Submitted at 12/28/2010 2:00:23 PM

Although it's hardly a new technology, recent cyberskirmishes and demands for better privacy online have put the anonymizing network the Tor Project in the spotlight, including a story earlier this month in The New York Times Magazine, a harbinger perhaps of mainstream adoption. Tor has been around for almost a decade, originally developed by the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory and now used by activists, dissidents, journalists, and well, anyone in order to protect the privacy of online activities. According to the Tor Project's metrics, the network has had between 100,000 and 300,000 users per day over the course of the past few months. Sponsor How Tor Works Tor protects its users from surveillance known as "traffic analysis." Even if you encrypt your data, as the Tor website notes, traffic analysis can still reveal "a great deal about what you're doing and, possible, what you're saying" as it focuses on the header used for routing something that discloses the source, the destination, the date and time, and the size of what's being send.

Tor obscures this traffic data. It works to anonymize your identity and activity by distributing your transactions over several places on the Internet, so that no single point can be linked to you or your destination - "a deliberately byzantine system of virtual tunnels that conceal the origins and destinations of data, and thus the identity of clients," as The New York Times describes it. In other words, rather than taking a direct route from the source to destination, data on the Tor network takes a random pathway through several relays, so that no one can tell where the data came from, where it's headed, or the complete path of the data. Each "hop" along the way is encrypted separately as well. Tor doesn't solve all privacy problems online. (It doesn't try to.) It doesn't anonymize your visits to websites, prevent cookies or other tracking mechanisms, for example. But it does protect the

traffic of your data along the way. Flaws in the System? According to a report this week in Wired, researchers at the University of Regensburg have found some vulnerabilities in the Tor network. "The attack doesn't quite make a surfer's activity an open book," writes Wired's John Borland, "but offers the ability for someone on the same local network - a Wi-Fi network provider, or an ISP working at law enforcement (or a regime's) request, for example - to gain a potentially good idea of sites an anonymous surfer is viewing." According to the research, someone could run the Tor network, monitor how certain sites appeared when accessed through Tor, and develop a database of this sort of "fingerprint." Using pattern recognition software, it's possible to glean a match (with about 55% certainty) between a source and destination. The article does add that there are some ways to help mitigate against this and muddy any results: requesting multiple sites at once, for example, would complicate the analysis. And with increasing attention to privacy issues - from the prying eyes of advertisers and governments alike - it's unlikely that this research will discourage people from using the Tor Network. Discuss

Lawsuit over app privacy targets Apple and developers
Kelly Hodgkins (TUAW)
Submitted at 12/28/2010 1:15:00 PM

Apple and several mobile developers are facing two separate lawsuits over the collection and unauthorized sharing of private user data with third-party advertising networks, according to iLounge. The first lawsuit, Freeman vs. Apple, was filed in a northern California federal court and targets applications such as Pandora, Dictionary.com, The Weather Channel, Toss It, Text4Plus, Talking Tom Cat and Pimple Popper Lite. The second lawsuit, Lalo vs. Apple, was filed in federal court in San Jose, California and seeks class action stats for anyone who has downloaded an offending application between December 2008 and last week. Similar to the first lawsuit, the Lalo vs. Apple suit targets Pandora, Paper Toss, The Weather Channel and Dictionary.com. Apple is included in both suits as the App Store approval process makes the company an "aider and abetter" to the deceptive practices of these applications. The lawsuits stem from a recent Wall Street Journal investigation that revealed several iOS and Android applications were transmitting age, gender, location and device identifier information

to third party advertising companies. This information was mined by the recipients and used to serve up relevant in-app advertisements. Unfortunately, this exchange of information was done without the user's knowledge or consent. While most of the collected information is not personally identifying, the hidden nature of the exchange caused a stir among privacy advocates. It was only a matter of time before this moral outrage turned into a class-action lawsuit. Lawsuit over app privacy targets Apple and developers originally appeared on TUAW on Tue, 28 Dec 2010 13:15:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Source| Permalink| Email this| Comments


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The SEC Investigation Into Private Stock Sales Is All About The Glaring Lack Of Disclosure
Erick Schonfeld (TechCrunch)
Submitted at 12/28/2010 12:09:49 PM

sales. The SEC is obviously concerned about the growth of these The Securities and Exchange unregulated markets. To the Commission is asking questions extent that they become an about private stock markets like alternative to public markets, the SecondMarket and SharesPost. SEC may require the same sorts The SEC has sent “information of disclosures for companies requests to several participants in which gain more than 500 the buying and selling of stock” a shareholders as a result of their number of companies, reports the shares being traded there. At that New York Times(although private point the companies may as well market SecondMarket says they go public because they gain have received no request from the nothing from these secondary SEC). markets other than as a release Over the past year, trading in valve for employees and early shares of still-private companies investors. (Companies typically such as Facebook, Zynga, and do not sell their own shares LinkedIn has skyrocketed, through these markets, nor do allowing employees and early they benefit financially from the investors to sell their shares even require the companies to report They recently traded at an implied trading). In the end, it is all about without an IPO. About $400 audited financial results just like a valuation of above $50 billion on disclosure. Because nobody can SecondMarket, and $42.4 billion million worth of shares will pass publicly-traded company. really know what these companies hands this year on SecondMarket, Investors are buying shares on on SharesPost. A couple years are worth without knowing their which is the largest of the private these markets with little to no ago, Facebook won an exemption true profits, losses, revenue exchanges, up from about $100 knowledge of the actual financial from the SEC’s 500-shareholder growth, and other financial million in 2009. The lack of r e s u l t s o f t h e u n d e r l y i n g rule by arguing that the shares metrics. If it looks like a public liquidity because of the general c o m p a n i e s . T h e r e a r e n o were mostly held by employees, company and trades like a public postponement of IPOs among disclosure requirements because and it also changed the way it company then the SEC might just many Internet startups is fueling these markets take advantage of issued restricted stock. But if the end up regulating it like a public this growth. Only qualified employees or early shareholders number of external shareholders company. institutions and high net-worth who want to unload their shares to exceeds 500 investors, the SEC Photo credit: Flickr/ andrecismo individual investors are allowed to the highest bidder. Investors see m i g h t w a n t t o r e v i s i t t h a t C r u n c h B a s e I n f o r m a t i o n participate in these markets, but as these markets as a chance to get in exemption. The same issue would S e c o n d M a r k e t S h a r e s P o s t more and more shares trade hands on hot, pre-IPO, Internet startups. hold for other private companies Facebook Information provided the SEC’s 500-shareholder rule Facebook shares are the ones who end up with more than 500 by CrunchBase could be triggered which would most in demand on these markets. shareholders through these private

RezScore Grades Your Resumes and Offers Free Advice [Resumes]
Adam Dachis (Lifehacker)
Submitted at 12/28/2010 10:30:00 AM

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Amazon tech helps return gifts before you get them
(CNET News.com)
Submitted at 12/28/2010 1:01:02 PM

Sorry, Uncle Bob, but you're not a great gift-giver.(Credit: USPTO/ Amazon) Amazon might have a simple solution in store for those who get disappointed every holiday season by undesirable gifts. The company has been awarded a patent that allows gift recipients to automatically exchange items before they receive them. The solution would offer those ungrateful recipients the opportunity to choose something else or get a gift card without necessarily indicating to the sender that it wasn't accepted. "As in other gift-giving situations, it sometimes occurs that gifts purchased online do not meet the needs or tastes of the gift recipient," Amazon wrote in the patent, which was first discovered by The Washington Post. "In such situations, the recipient may wish to convert the gift to something else, for example, by exchanging the gift for another item or by

obtaining a redemption coupon, gift card, or other gift certificate to be redeemed later." In order to achieve that, the patent features a system where the respective sender and recipient are identified on Amazon. The recipient can then tell the service that once the buyer chooses a gift, it should exchange it for another product.

Amazon specifically cites a fictional "Aunt Mildred." In the example, the recipient identifies his or her aunt as having "different tastes than the user." The system will require information about Aunt Mildred to accurately identify her. When Aunt Mildred sends a gift to the recipient, the system's "gift conversion is triggered."

Amazon's system goes beyond just targeting family members and friends who offer undesirable gifts. The company's patent also includes a system whereby recipients can "check clothes sizes first" to ensure the gift they're about to receive is the right size. If it is, they'll receive it. If not, the system will recognize the wrong size and trigger a conversion that changes the gift to another size. Amazon's patented service is certainly interesting. But it might beg the question of whether or not it's in the spirit of graciously accepting gifts--even those from Aunt Mildred. 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 site: So, Why is Wikileaks a Good Thing Again?.

Teen Charged with Breaking Into Tyler Perry's House
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Submitted at 12/28/2010 10:03:00 AM

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Tyler Perry An 18-year-old woman has been charged with breaking into the Atlanta home of Tyler Perry, The Associated Press reports. Chloe Ware was caught early Thursday morning by Perry's bodyguard and was charged with prowling and criminal trespass before being released. The breakin was also captured on the filmmaker's surveillance video, according to The Atlanta JournalConstitution. Get the rest of today's news Police are still searching for two other suspects who escaped. 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 site: So, Why is Wikileaks a Good Thing Again?.


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Nintendo Adds 32 3DS Titles for Nintendo World 2011
Evan Selleck (SlashGear)
Submitted at 12/28/2010 1:25:59 PM

While we all wait for an official price tag for the 3DS, which just went up for pre-order at GameStop, we’ll have to tide ourselves over with the fact that, if you’re going to be in Tokyo for Nintendo World 2011, you’ll be able to get your hands on quite a few upcoming titles for Nintendo’s 3DS portable gaming console. The company has just unveiled the 32 titles, so far, that will be making an appearance at next year’s event, almost half of which will be playable for all of those in attendance. As we mentioned above, there are a total of 32 titles that Nintendo has revealed will be at next year’s show. However, while most all of them are games, there are some that would probably be better suited in the “applications” category, such as the 3DS Camera. Nintendo also points out that not all of the games, at this point in time, have a finalized title. For those, an asterisk will appear next to them, indicating that game features a working title. To make it easy to point out,

TVR Awards -- The Most Talented Kids of 2010 (VIDEO)
Nick Zaino (TV Squad)
Submitted at 12/28/2010 7:35:00 AM

we’ve italicized the games that Nintendogs + Cats will be playable at Nintendo The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of World 2011, so if you do get to Time 3D go, you’ll know what to look for. Pilotwings Resort You can see the full list below. Kid Icarus: Uprising Hideo Kojima’s Metal Gear Solid Steel Diver Snake Eater 3D “The Naked AR Games Sample” Nintendo 3DS Camera Pro Evolution 3DSoccer Resident Evil: The Mercenaries Resident Evil Revelations 3D Street Fighter IV 3D Edition Super Monkey Ball 3D Dead or Alive Dimensions Kingdom Hearts 3D* Dynasty Warriors Chronicle Gundam the 3D Battle Ridge Racer 3D Tales of the Abyss Professor Layton and the Mask of One Piece Unlimited Cruise SP Miracle Cubic Ninja*

Puzzle Bobble 3D Pro Baseball Family Stadium 2011 Animal Resort* Xevious 3D Bijin Tokei* Starfox 64 3D Paper Mario* Animal Crossing* Mario Kart* Surechigai Mii Hiroba [ via 1UP]

Filed under: TV Replay Everybody loves watching a talented kid perform, it's basically a fact of Internet life. The popularity of TV talent shows combined with the growing prevalence of YouTube celebrities introduced a new wave of young, brilliant performers this year. We drew from a variety of shows for The Most Talented Kid of 2010 category, including'So You Think You Can Dance','America's Got Talent','Toddlers & Tiaras', and'The Ellen DeGeneres Show'. These kids are the real deal, singing, rapping, dancing, and playing piano. Which one do you think is the most talented? Watch the videos and vote below in our poll. Permalink| Email this| Linking Blogs| Comments

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Researchers at University of Glasgow Create 1,000-Core Processor
Evan Selleck (SlashGear)
Submitted at 12/28/2010 1:51:05 PM

processor could make computers work up to 20 times faster than modern machines. Lead by researcher Dr. Wim As for Intel, Timothy Mattson of Vanderbauwhede, a team of Intel’s Microprocessor scientists have used the Technology Laboratory says that technology found in Field they’ve been thinking about this Programmable Gate Arrays, or type of processor, and that it FPGAs, to create a 1,000-core certainly could be possible. He processor. At this point, they’ve mentions Intel’s Single-chip effectively created a proof of Cloud Computer (SCC), which concept that can perform almost manages to have 48 cores on it. 20 times faster than “modern However, Mattson says that it computers.” To add to the could be upscaled to 1,000 cores. possibility of this new processor There are always factors to finding its way to the real world within the FPGA, and place them consider, though, and Mattson eventually, it seems that Intel has on 1,000 mini-circuits. Each of points out that it will still take been playing around with the idea, these mini-circuits are able to some time to get something like very recently, and believe that a process their own instructions, this off the ground and into processor of that magnitude is which is why the proof of concept machines. certainly “feasible.” is able to perform at the level that [ via Engadget] The researchers, in order to get it does. As said above, the the results they wanted, had to researchers claim that the new separate the millions of transistors

New York Times updates iPad app to stop constant crashing
Mel Martin (TUAW)
Submitted at 12/28/2010 2:15:00 PM

First Look: Steven Spielberg's 'Falling Skies' (VIDEO)
Chris Harnick (TV Squad)
Submitted at 12/28/2010 8:00:00 AM

Filed under: TV Previews Noah Wyle, meet aliens. The first trailer for Steven Spielberg and TNT's summer series 'Falling Skies' has hit the web. Set after an alien invasion, Wyle stars as Tom Mason, a history professor who becomes a leader

It's about time. Ever since the NYTimes for iPad app replaced the lame Editors' Choice app it has been tough sledding trying to read the news. It often took a long time to load, and then before displaying a single story, it crashed. I re-installed the app, and that made things better for a while until the crashes returned. I wasn't the only one having trouble. The app store reviews of the previous version were brutal. The app was updated over the holidays, and I'm happy to report it is far more stable. I can actually read the news without having to constantly re-launch the app. The only downside I experienced was I had to log in again. If I had been commuting or on a trip and didn't have that info it would have been a pain. The New York Times app is free, captured son while trying to but in early 2011 it will require a subscription. The old version protect his other two boys. Spielberg and Dreamworks wasn't worth $.02 so I'm glad to T e l e v i s i o n a r e e x e c u t i v e see the app back on track. If you producing the project, which is dumped the app in disgust it's written by 'Saving Private Ryan' worth another look now, even scribe Robert Rodat. The series begins in June 2011. of the human resistance. A Permalink| Email this| Linking widower thanks to the invasion, Blogs| Comments the character goes after his

though it is not perfect. In particular, the navigation bar at the bottom covers up some text unless you dismiss it. If you don't register for a free account, the app will constantly nag you. Ironically, the iPhone app from the Times works great. The developers writing the iPad app should take the iPhone team to lunch and get a bit of advice. New York Times updates iPad app to stop constant crashing originally appeared on TUAW on Tue, 28 Dec 2010 14:15:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Source| Permalink| Email this| Comments


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Tips: Is that new GPS a keeper?
Carol Mangis (Consumer Reports)
Submitted at 12/28/2010 8:37:45 AM

Tips: Is that new GPS a keeper? Did someone gift you with a brand-new GPS this holiday season? Consumer Reports' Car Blog is ofering a"gift reality check" today about whether you should hang onto it or return it. From the post: Generally, we find models from Garmin, Magellan, and TomTom Victor Agreda, Jr. (TUAW) issue, less than 1% of iPhone score the best in our ratings, Evan Selleck (SlashGear) holiday season, then maybe you Submitted at 12/28/2010 2:45:00 PM owners actually reported this issue though there have been some have a chance to pick up one of to Apple. Submitted at 12/28/2010 12:23:55 PM pleasant surprises from Motorola. these Gresso iPads, when they CNN has a list of their biggest Nevertheless, CNN also notes It is worth starting by checking Gresso is a well-known name release on New Year’s Eve. tech "fails" of 2010 and the #1 that the issue has quietly faded our GPS ratings to see how the when it comes to luxury products, We’re only saying that because spot is the iPhone 4 antenna issue, away (after a bumper giveaway navigator performed in our tests, especially when they’re making Gresso hasn’t come forward with aka "antennagate." Perhaps it was and OS update or two), and the as well as read the user reviews. tech gadgets look ridiculously the price yet, and some impossible inevitable that the hubris of phone is still a huge seller. The Take a look at the full post to see pricey. Of course, the price tag notion in our mind has us A p p l e ' s p a s t d e c a d e w o u l d fail appears to have been a mere a list of features we like in GPS always matches the extravagance believing that maybe, just maybe, eventually catch up with the blip. It certainly didn't have as systems and lots more tips and your getting your hands on, but the price tag won’t have us company. widespread an effect as the advice. And check out the Cars then again, that shouldn’t be a dropping into fits. Antennagate, as you may recall, Gawker media sites being hacked, Blog next week for GPS news surprise to anyone. This time Then again, considering the was the issue around a precipitous which came in at number seven. from CES 2011. around, they’re putting their name device features wood from a 200- drop in "bars" (the apparent CNN says Apple's "antennagate" —Carol Mangis Subscribe now! o n a b r a n d n e w i P a d year-old African Blackwood, reception on your iPhone) when b i g g e s t t e c h f a i l o f 2 0 1 0 S u b s c r i b e t o customization, which features the which as we mentioned above is the iPhone 4 was held in the originally appeared on TUAW on ConsumerReports.org for expert world’s reportedly most valuable reportedly the world’s “most "death grip." I experienced this on Tue, 28 Dec 2010 14:45:00 EST. Ratings, buying advice and tree, along with just enough gold valuable tree,” we are pretty sure launch day, even had a few Please see our terms for use of r e l i a b i l i t y o n h u n d r e d s o f to catch someone’s eye. our dreams of a cheap luxury iPad dropped calls when putting the feeds. products. Update your feed With Christmas over and done are dashed. Not to mention the lower left corner of the phone into Source| Permalink| Email this| preferences with, perhaps buying a lavish gift addition of the 18K pure gold my palm. But according to Apple Comments for yourself, or someone you Apple logo on the back. in a rare press event to address the know, isn’t at the top of your list. [ via PhoneArena] But if you were someone who managed to rake in the dough this

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Mac 101: Backup basics with Time Machine and more
Steven Sande (TUAW)
Submitted at 12/28/2010 3:00:00 PM

Did you get a new Mac for Christmas? Before you go too far in loading your Mac with software and files, make sure that you have a backup strategy. As a certified Mac consultant, I can tell you that there are two kinds of computer users: those who have lost data through error, hardware failure, or accident, and those who are going to lose data in the future. Most of the bloggers at TUAW are backup fanatics, and many of us have multiple backups using Time Machine (the backup app built into Mac OS X), cloning applications like Carbon Copy Cloner and SuperDuper!, and online backup services like Carbonite, Mozy, and BackBlaze.

Mac 101: Backup basics with Time Machine and more originally appeared on TUAW on Tue, 28 Dec 2010 15:00:00 EST. Andrew Keen (TechCrunch) Please see our terms for use of Submitted at 12/28/2010 1:01:44 PM feeds. Source| Permalink| Email this| Only four more days of 2010; four more days till we get to 2011. Comments So what to expect in the new year? What do we most hope for and fear about 2011? For TechCrunch co-editor Erick Schonfeld, 2011 might be the year that touch becomes central to the computing experience. It may (Scripting News) view heard and accepted (if not also be the year when both mobile agreed with), that removes one Submitted at 12/28/2010 11:23:42 AM and social – John Doerr’s third obstacle to change. Maybe not all wave– grows up to finally Suppressing dissent doesn't help of them. And it's possible, just become the dominant sector of the your cause, because it doesn't possible, having really listened to tech industry. change minds. The belief is still the politically incorrect thought, Could 2011 be 2000 all over there, just suppressed. you might find your position again? Could we see a collapse of If you stay out the way of self- shifts. all the optimism now surrounding expression, everyone wins. You Aside from that, believe it or not, mobile and social? Were Fred get to hear something that's it's not all about you. Other people dissonant to you, the other person have a right to speak even if you gets to express him or herself. don't like what they're saying. Once having gotten their point of

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Wilson’s warnings about tech’s current irrational exuberance correct? Not according to Schonfeld who, while acknowledging that there are too many me-too companies, believes that the established players driving the current boom – Facebook, Groupon, Zynga and Twitter – are for real. Is Schonfeld right? Should we be partying like it’s 1999? Or could 2011, like 2000, be remembered as the year when the music died? What Schonfeld wants in 2011 What Schonfeld fears in 2011 CrunchBase Information Erick Schonfeld Information provided by CrunchBase

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Hacker Poll: Do You Plan to Learn Any New Programming Languages in 2011?
Klint Finley (ReadWriteWeb)
Submitted at 12/28/2010 1:00:00 PM

Do you plan to pick up any new languages next year? Or do you think your time would be better spent honing the skills you already have? JavaScript guru Douglas Crockford said during the Future of Programming Languages panel at the Strange Loop Conference that we've entered an experimental era of programming in which many new programming languages are being created and used. It's also been long suggested that learning new languages will help programmers become better programmers, even if they don't end up using the new languages they learn. Assembly and Lisp are frequently cited as examples of languages programmers should

Cliff Lee's Return to Phillies Highlights Unpredictable Offseason
John Hickey (FanHouse Main)
Submitted at 12/28/2010 11:00:00 AM

learn. On the other hand, the best way to get better at programming is to do it. Perhaps your time would be better spent actually coding? Sponsor Which Languages Are You Planning to Learn Next Year? online surveys Discuss

Societe Generale CEO Says Europe Needs More Unity, Not Stress Tests
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Submitted at 12/28/2010 1:57:16 PM

Back to Declinism
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In the judgment of Yale historian Paul Kennedy, a world in which a shrunken America is just primus inter pares, "one of the most prominent players in the small club of great powers," is all but inevitable, a natural turning of the seasons. While many on the left would welcome such an egalitarian future--it is not "a bad

thing," Kennedy claims--the rest of the world, especially liberaldemocratic nations, may quibble just a bit with this rather prosaic and utilitarian view of global power. Kennedy--who was my colleague at Yale for most of the last decade --made his reputation by limning the "rise and fall of great powers," and his most recent article in The BACK page 32

Societe Generale's CEO Frédéric Oudéa says the eurozone needs no more banking stress tests, but needs to get on with the process of convergence. Speaking to CNBC, Oudéa said investors were overestimating the threat of sovereign debt exposure to European banks and suggested any data on the matter was now public. It's not surprising Oudéa doesn't want more stress tests. Deutsche Bank previously estimated 15.7% of SocGen's total bank value was

Filed under: Angels, Brewers, Mariners, Nationals, Phillies, Red Sox, Yankees, MLB Free Agency All this week, the FanHouse staff will look back at the most significant baseball storylines of 2010. Cliff Lee to the Phillies. Jayson Werth to the Nationals. Zack Greinke to the Brewers. Carl Crawford to the Red Sox. What do these offseason moves by the baseball establishment have in common? exposed to the sovereign debt Just that the baseball crisis in Europe (Greece, Ireland, establishment thought each of and Portugal only). those players would wind up Oudéa also expressed his desire somewhere else. to see more convergence in Europe. While this may be partially based on more noble BACK continued from page 32 desires, it's also possible this could be self-serving as further N e w R e p u b l i c , " B a c k t o convergence may provide more Normalcy," is but a variant of this German and French cash to back oft-played theme. Galloping widely through the last halfthe debt SocGen is exposed to. Check out the full story at CNBC millennium of Western history, he > Check out the 20 banks most purports to show how America's exposed to Europe's sovereign global position rests on an increasingly unstable three-legged debt crisis > Join the conversation about this stool of "soft power," economic story » BACK page 33

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power, and military power. Each is eroding as other nations rise. In Kennedy's telling, the ability to challenge America for regional or possibly global leadership is merely a matter of aping American models and asserting the national will. This view may not be incorrect in tracing current trends and perhaps even in sketching the rough contours of the near future. Yet this argument lacks any moral component and is overly dismissive of the sources of both domestic power and global stability. In the clinical view that Kennedy takes, the United States (and before it, Great Britain) is, in the end, simply interchangeable with all previous and future great powers, and its unique domestic society and global behavior are but epiphenomenal. The best that Kennedy can do is a grudging acknowledgment that "we should all be careful to wish away a reasonably benign American hegemony; we might regret its going." Such are the wages paid to nearly two centuries of liberal growth and international stewardship. He is dead wrong when he writes that "American hopes of reshaping Asia sometimes look curiously like former British hopes of reshaping the Middle East. Don't go there." Nowhere in Kennedy's ruminations do the words "liberty" or "freedom" appear, and he mentions democracy only once, when recounting Harvard

political scientist Joseph Nye's analysis of the global effects of American power. The indivisible links among a given society's domestic structure, its national strength, and its international position are thus dismissed. There is no recognition either that national greatness over the long term must come from the character of a given society or that the nature of the hegemonic country will determine to a great degree the nature of the international system. It is no accident that Great Britain and the United States became so powerful and stable. Surely, the unique combination of ever-moreefficient capitalist financing and production along with slowly expanding democracy should be accounted the prime source of Anglo-American greatness. To this potent mix was accreted generations of evolution in social trust, transparency in economic interactions, and the firming of the bedrock of law. All of these accelerated industrial development, and thereby human wellbeing, more evenly and for a longer period of time than did any other system in history. To treat them as but an incidental factor in the rise to power of Great Britain and the United States is to eviscerate one's explanatory scheme and make any predictions a risky gamble. China's attempt to continue growing without developing mechanisms of selfexpression, trust, and impartial law is an experiment the world will watch keenly over the

coming decades, but only a reckless prognosticator would assume that such growth is inevitable. It is not so simple as playing "catch-up," in Paul Kennedy's words, even if America's relative economic strength will indeed decline over time. Kennedy's thesis also glides over the sources of international norms, stability, and the provision of global public goods. On the global stage, countries ruled by law and in which the people are sovereign act very differently from those ruled by an oligarchy. Kennedy's realist vision is one in which states are but indistinguishable billiard balls, knocking into each other on a cosmic pool table. Yet cultural preferences must surely explain the post-1945 international behavior of Washington, London, Ottawa, and Canberra, to name a few. Providing public goods through such actions as ensuring freedom of the seas, hosting and nurturing international organizations, and supporting democracy worldwide marked the second half of the 20th century as one of the most progressive in history. No one can think that today's liberal international order, as flawed and often ineffective as it is, is less preferable to a 19thcentury colonialist balance-ofpower system, or to a future dominated by China, Russia, Iran, and Venezuela. Kennedy's argument further presumes that America's hegemonic desires alone are the

cause of the spread of democracy around the globe. He is dead wrong when he writes that "American hopes of reshaping Asia sometimes look curiously like former British hopes of reshaping the Middle East. Don't go there." Democratic triumphs in Taiwan, South Korea, Mongolia, and the Philippines (to say nothing of East Europe nearly a generation ago) did not originate in Washington, D.C., though American moral and material aid certainly helped stabilize new representative regimes. To ignore the liberal striving of millions is both to cruelly dismiss their collective courage and to set up the grounds for stripping American foreign policy of its moral wellspring. By continuing to acknowledge and aid the genuine aspirations for greater democracy in many countries, America and other liberal nations not only live up to their ideals, but more effectively marshal their resources and help swell the tide of freedom. The "normal" world envisioned by Kennedy also apparently eschews such distinctions as "authoritarianism" and "totalitarianism," which get no mention in his argument. Should the world accept aggressive behavior in the global commons simply because that reflects the nature of the most powerful actors? Is such a world preferable to one in which the United States promotes liberal values even if it has outsized capabilities and influence? A world in which

America is but one leading power among others will very likely witness reduced levels of social and economic development and political stability. History should make us very way of assuming that a world without a liberal hegemon will be one in which liberal values and benign stewardship continue to shape the international system, especially when many of the most powerful actors are authoritarian. In the end, Paul Kennedy may be right about the current trajectory of global politics. However, we should all recognize that this will be a terrible state of affairs. It is one thing to see that such a world might be emerging, but another thing to welcome it. Kennedy's deep ambivalence about the positive role of the United States both now and in the future is matched by the realpolitik he appears to assume is not merely normal, but perhaps even preferable to a system in which an imperfect America attempts to nourish the liberal values that have made our world a far more humane place than it was at any other time in history. Michael Auslin is a resident scholar at AEI. Photo Credit: U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Brian Ferguson 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 BACK page 34



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Unemployment Situation in Pictures; Manufacturing, State and Local, Temporary-Help
noreply@blogger.com (Michael Shedlock) (Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis)

it has taken a declining participation rate to do that. Total nonfarm employment picked up nicely early-to-mid Submitted at 12/27/2010 2:25:00 PM Inquiring minds are looking at 2010 but most of that was partcharts of state and local time work for census data employment, manufacturing, gathering. The net effect is temporary help, and other items in e m p l o y m e n t g r o w t h w a s the BLS Current Statistics report. overstated through May, then Please click on any chart to see a understated the next few months sharper image. as those workers were let go. Note how local governments Total private employment has w e r e s t i l l e x p a n d i n g m i d - been growing at a reasonable clip, recession, all the way up till July but not in comparison to previous of 2008. A year later, starting recoveries that averaged 200,000 June of 2009, local governments jobs a month. finally got religion and started 26% of Jobs growth in 2010 has cutting jobs. Look for this trend to b e e n f r o m t e m p o r a r y h e l p continue into 2011. services. In spite of all the whining by Net Private Nonfarm Jobs vs. states, they have not yet made any Temporary Jobs Month Private significant cuts in employment. T e m p o r a r y N e t For all the brouhaha about the Total+1,171,000+307,000+864,00 manufacturing recovery, 0 employment in the manufacturing Average+106,500+27,900+78,500 s e c t o r h a s d r o p p e d f o u r November+50,000+39,500+10,50 consecutive months. 0 Total nonfarm employment October+160,000+34,700+125,30 shows the nature of the jobless 0 recovery. Jobs are expanding September+112,000+27,300+84,7 barely enough to hold the 0 0 unemployment rate constant, and August+143,000+22,500+120,500

The above graph is from the October report. Previous graphs from the November report. I still see no driver for jobs. Retail spending for clothes is not a sustainable driver. State and local cutbacks are coming, but that is a very good thing long-term. Mike "Mish" Shedlock h t t p : / / globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot. com Click Here To S c r o l l Thru My Recent Post List Mike "Mish" Shedlock is a registered investment advisor representative for SitkaPacific Capital Management. Sitka Pacific is an asset management July+117,000-6,700+123,700 including those temporary jobs, f i r m w h o s e g o a l i s s t r o n g June+61,000+18,600+42,400 the average number of private performance and low volatility, May+51,000+30,400+20,600 sector jobs has only been 106,500 regardless of market direction. April+241,000+23,300+217,700 a month, not enough to reduce the Visit http://www.sitkapacific.com /account_management.html to March+158,000+32,300+125,700 unemployment rate. February+62,000+35,900+26,100 The Federal government learn more about wealth January+16,000+49,200-33,200 continues to expand jobs even as m a n a g e m e n t a n d c a p i t a l The total number of private jobs local cutbacks pick up. Overall, preservation strategies of Sitka added in 2010 is 1.17 million. g o v e r n m e n t j o b s a r e i n Pacific. 3 0 7 , 0 0 0 o f t h e m a r e f r o m contraction as local cutbacks temporary help services. Even exceed federal hiring.

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Indiana Bill Would Allow Cities to Declare Bankruptcy; Gary, Lake Station, Georgetown Likely Candidates; Hands Tied in Rhode Island
noreply@blogger.com (Michael Shedlock) (Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis)
Submitted at 12/27/2010 11:01:00 PM

A bill in the Indiana legislature would allow local governments to declare bankruptcy. Given Governor Mitch Daniels is backing this plan, I expect it to pass. Best of all, the bill gives an emergency manager the ability to renegotiate labor contracts, and approve or veto contracts, expenses, loans and hiring. Please consider Bill would allow Indiana cities to declare bankruptcy A plan backed by Gov. Mitch Daniels would allow local governments in Indiana to ask for a state takeover and declare bankruptcy if necessary. Daniels says he hopes there won't be many local governments that seek bankruptcy, but says the state needs to have the law clarified and on standby in case it happens. Republican state Sen. Ed Charbonneau of Valparaiso is sponsoring a bill to outline the procedure. His bill would allow a local government in financial trouble to ask the Indiana Distressed Unit Appeals Board to appoint an “emergency manager” to run the government. The emergency manager would have the power to cut the budget, renegotiate labor contracts, and approve or veto contracts,

expenses, loans and hiring. The bill states that if the emergency manager can't turn around the local government's finances, the unit would be allowed to seek federal bankruptcy protection. The State Board of Accounts in recent audits has questioned the abilities of the city governments in Gary and Lake Station to “continue as a going concern” because of continued high city spending despite significantly reduced city revenues because of statewide property tax caps. I salute this bill and look forward to the bankruptcy of a handful of Indiana cities. Gary has a population of around 100,000 and is Indiana's fifth largest city. Lake Station has a population of about 14,000. Georgetown, Indiana Headed for Bankruptcy The Indiana Law Blog reports Southern Indiana town may file for bankruptcy protection Monday, July 27, 2009 Facing a debt of $1.45 million over a long-delayed sewage plant project, the Floyd County town of Georgetown has taken the first step toward what would be an unprecedented move for an Indiana municipality — filing for bankruptcy protection. Whether Georgetown could do that, however, is in dispute. State

officials say Indiana law doesn't authorize a town to declare bankruptcy. Georgetown's leaders “have no authority” to declare the town bankrupt, said Brian Bailey, general counsel for the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance. Bailey cited a 1994 update to the federal bankruptcy code that says a municipality “must be specifically authorized” by state law to be a debtor, and no Indiana law does that. (Kentucky law authorizes its local governments to file for bankruptcy, but none have ever done so.) Georgetown Town Council President Billy Stewart said there may be no other option. “There's no way for Georgetown to pay” its debts, he said. “We don't have it.” Look for Georgetown, Indiana population approximately 3,000 to see bankruptcy protection if allowed. Details of the Bankruptcy Bill Inquiring minds are reading Law would let cities declare bankruptcy for details about the bill. State Sen. Ed Charbonneau, R-Valparaiso, is sponsoring Senate Bill 105, which would repurpose the Indiana Distressed Unit Appeals Board from providing property tax cap relief to supervising direct management of a local government.

Gary twice has won DUAB permission to charge the highest property tax rates in the state to bring its city budget into balance. Under Charbonneau's bill to restructure DUAB, the council and executive of a local government could jointly seek to be designated a "distressed unit" if it meets one of eight financial criteria. Or, a coalition of a government's creditors owed more than 30 percent of the unit's anticipated annual revenue could ask DUAB to declare a local government distressed. If DUAB agreed the local government were distressed, DUAB would appoint an "emergency manager" with the powers of both the council and executive, who could slash the budget; renegotiate labor contracts; review salaries; approve or veto contracts, expenses, loans and hiring; and audit the books -- all independently of the government's elected officials. The emergency manager would not be allowed to raise taxes and would be required to work with elected officials to develop a financial plan for the future, according to the legislation. Hallelujah! Raising taxes to meet untenable union wages and pension benefits has to stop. Criteria for "distressed"

designation (one of eight needed): • 1) Default in payment of principal or interest on bonds or notes • 2) More than 30 days late on payroll or two consecutive payrolls missed • 3) Failed to pay judgment creditors more than 30 days after judgment • 4) More than 30 days late any of the following: sending taxes withheld from employees, sending employer or employee contributions to Social Security or Medicare, depositing minimum obligation payment to a pension fund • 5) Accumulated a deficit in total government funds of more than 5 percent of current year revenues • 6) Seeks renegotiation of payments owed that are more than 30 percent of annual revenues and more than 90 days overdue • 7) The state is intercepting local government funds to make required payments • 8) Uses interfund loans to support the same fund for two years in a row Tax Free Does Not Mean Worry Free The Financial Sense article Muni Bonds: Tax Free Doesn't Mean INDIANA page 36


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Worry Free has a list of 26 states (up from 21 in 2007) that currently do not allow bankruptcy. Alaska New Hampshire Delaware New Mexico Georgia North Dakota Hawaii Oregon Illinois Rhode Island Indiana South Dakota Iowa Tennessee Kansas Utah Maine Vermont Maryland Virginia Massachusetts West Virginia Mississippi Wisconsin Nevada Wyoming The most recent addition to the above list is Rhode Island which just passed a law outlawing bankruptcy after the City of Central Falls disclosed it would seek bankruptcy. Do the governors that signed such legislation really think problem will go away if the one possible solution is removed? Sheeesh? Look for Indiana and Michigan to come off the list. In addition, Wisconsin governor-elect has proposed decertification of public unions, so I believe he would be agreeable to local bankruptcies if such a bill was presented to him. Please see Hardball in Wisconsin; Massive Defeat for Unions in Lame-Duck Session for more about Wisconsin, governorelect Scott Walker's showdown with state union employees. Central Falls Prohibited From Bankruptcy The only thing that makes any sense for Central Fall is bankruptcy, but that option is currently missing. Please consider Receiver to city: Financial ruin near

CENTRAL FALLS — The city’s financial problems are so profound that the only way to solve them is through a merger with Pawtucket or a regionalization of city services, the state-appointed receiver said in a report Thursday to the Carcieri administration. “Central Falls, in my judgment, cannot remain a stand-alone community as it presently is, unless the state wants to subsidize this into the future,” said retired Superior Court judge Mark A. Pfeiffer, the man appointed by the state Department of Administration in July to run the city, with elected government officials in advisory roles, after those officials had earlier declared the city insolvent. The underlying, built-in problems in the city’s finances — with sizable operating budget deficits projected well into the future — require significantly changing how municipal employee contracts and retirement benefits are handled under state law, he said. Senate President M. Teresa Paiva Weed said underfunded municipal pensions have been the subject of a special Senate study commission, and Central Falls — with a $48-million unfunded pension liability, according to Pfeiffer — would put even more focus on that work. “This will be a priority for the Senate in the upcoming legislative session,” she said. “TheSenate agrees that there is a need for swift but prudent action by the

state.” The state is already heavily involved in the city. It took over financing the local school system in the last big state fiscal intervention in 1991 and has spent $604 million on the city’s schools since then. Despite that effort, improvement has been difficult: this year, the city’s high school was rated one of the six worstperforming ones in the state. In the short term, Pfeiffer said the city will need about $2.1 million in some form of state support authorized by the General Assembly, a grant or some kind of bond guarantee, to close a deficit in the current budget. Beyond that, he said more substantial changes were needed. The major problem is the city, with an annual operating budget of about $16 million, is facing about $32 million in promised after-retirement health-insurance costs in addition to the $48 million in pension obligations. “That’s $80 million for a city that has 19,000 citizens, approximately,” he said. “That’s a huge problem.” No city would merge with Central Falls in a foolish attempt to save it. It would mean their own financial ruin. Furthermore, why should Rhode Island taxpayers in general have to fund Central Fall's pension obligation? Massive Teacher Absenteeism at Central Falls High School Check out the morally corrupt Central Falls Teachers union: Central Falls teacher absences still on the rise Since the school year

started Sept. 1, there has not been a single day when all of the 88 teachers at Central Falls High School have shown up for work. On that first day, two teachers called in sick and a third took a personal day. And there have been only five days — all in September — when administrators were able to replace all the missing teachers with substitutes. Last week alone, there were at least 19 teachers out every day, 10 to 13 of whom called in sick each day. The severity of the problem came to light last week when The Journal reported that more than half of the high school’s 840 students didn’t receive a grade in one or more classes for the first quarter. The school’s leaders, Deputy Supt. Victor Capellan and coprincipals Evelyn Cosme-Jones and Sonn Sam, said 453 students did not receive solid instruction in several classes, and therefore no grade could be given. Since Nov. 12, there have been at least 20 teachers missing or absent at the high school each Friday. Starting Oct. 21, there were 14 to 19 teachers absent daily for seven straight days. And 453 of the 840 students at Central Falls High School didn’t receive enough instruction this fall to earn a grade in at least one class. Like Detroit, Central Falls is fiscally, morally, and educationally bankrupt. The one and only thing that makes any sense for Central Falls is to declare bankruptcy.

Please see Detroit Mayor Plans to Halt Garbage Pickup, Police Patrols in 20% of City; Expect Bankruptcy, Massive Municipal Bond Turmoil in 2011 for the problems Detroit faces. I expect Governor Snyder to do the right thing and allow Detroit to file. If it takes legislation, he will get it if he asks. The pending legislation in Indiana appears to be a good model for both Michigan and Rhode Island. Let's hope Rhode Island governor -elect Lincoln D. Chaffee, an independent, has his head screwed on straight and asks the legislature to allow municipal bankruptcies. It is the only hope for Central Falls. Mike "Mish" Shedlock h t t p : / / globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot. com Click Here To S c r o l l 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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Japan's New Budget Gives A New Meaning To The Word "Unsustainable"
Megan McArdle (Money Game)
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those savings to support themselves in their old age. Some sort of crisis virtually has to Japan's budget is in a truly ensue. terrifying state. Reading about When I was starting out as a t h e g o v e r n m e n t ' s b e h a v i o r journalist, I frequently had Japan reminds me of the worst accounts used to illustrate Adam Smith's of compulsive spenders on the precept that "there's a lot of ruin verge of personal bankruptcy--a in a nation"; any time someone sort of "What the hell, we're was tempted to get hysterical screwed anyway, so let's not about government borrowing in think about it and maybe go to America or elsewhere, someone Cabo for the weekend." The else would inevitably point out budget's structural position is that Japan's debt burden was well what is known technically to over 100% of GDP, and the economists as "completely country still hadn't collapsed. hosed"; borrowing now exceeds But while there is a lot of ruin in a tax revenue, and debt service nation, there isn't actually an costs now eat up almost half of endless supply, and Japan may the tax revenue the government well be finally approaching the collects. "Unsustainable" is too limits. weak to describe the situation; I Felix Salmon views this as a don't know how they're doing it symptom of a broader political now. failure: To be sure, a lot of people have The situation in Japan is been awaiting the inevitable particularly depressing because c o l l a p s e o f t h e J a p a n e s e the country has no major ethnic government's finances for the or political rifts. Sure, there's better part of a decade. I know political jostling, both within and all the arguments for why this isn't between the parties. But it's such a big problem: their debt is nothing compared to the vitriol financed domestically, much of it and mistrust that we see in the through the postal savings system US, and somehow I can't imagine that pays little for its borrowing, Greece-style riots in Japan either. and the Japanese are extremely But still the technocrats can't patriotic about their nation's make any headway. financial needs. That may shift The lesson here, I think, is that the locus of the problem, but it i t ' s v e r y , v e r y h a r d f o r a d o e s n ' t a c t u a l l y s o l v e i t ; government to enact a serious e v e n t u a l l y , n o m a t t e r h o w fiscal adjustment unless and until patriotic they are, the Japanese are the bond market forces its hand. going to want to use some of The Brits are trying, of course --

tried to follow the basic Keynesian playbook: borrow money and spend it when times are bad, in the hopes that you can bring back growth. But for Japan, at least, the growth has not materialized. Few economists would advise undertaking a fiscal adjustment, on the scale that Japan requires, in the face of the current crisis. The problem is, there hasn't been a good time for retrenchment in 20 years. I can't blame the politicians for trying to restore some semblance of normal growth in the run-up to elections. But at some point, they're going to have to cut back, whether or not it's a and we'll see whether or not the credit risk, given the political good time. coalition government can succeed. power of the owners of those Matt Yglesias suggest tha t it's But as we saw with George W bonds. But as a lesson in fiscal irrational to retrench ahead of the Bush, the fiscal rectitude of one political economy, Japan is much bond market, when what they ought to be doing is trying to have administration can be more than more worrisome. wiped out during the course of the I see it a little bit differently: more economic growth, but their next. Japan has simply reached the lack of economic growth really Even now, with the attention of limits of Keynesian policy in an isn't for lack of trying. I think the world more concentrated on e c o n o m y w h i c h h a s n e v e r every economist who has ever had sovereign fiscal issues than ever, managed to jolt itself back up to a an opinion on currency has been the Japanese government can still h e a l t h y r a t e o f g r o w t h . solicited, at one point or another, contrive to raise agricultural Demographics is obviously a big to come up with a plan for Japan, subsidies by 40% and send child- contributor to that slow growth, but they've all failed, either care payments soaring, including and there are a whole host of b e c a u s e t h e p l a n s w e r e n ' t payments to families who don't secondary factors one could politically feasible, or because need the money. It's even getting nominate, but whatever the t h e m o n e y s u p p l y s i m p l y rid of highway tolls. Oh, and it's reason, they have now had two stubbornly refused to inflate no cutting the corporate tax rate. decades of anemic growth, which matter how hard it was pumped. From a bond-market perspective, they have fitfully attempted to Given the menu of actual policy this basically just means an ever- address with stimulus. Maybe not options, it would probably be best greater supply of JGBs: we're still enough stimulus, maybe badly for Japan to attempt fiscal JAPAN'S page 39 a very long way from any real designed, but they've certainly



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China, ECB Gov't Bond Auctions Fail; Chinese Interbank Lending Rate Hits 5.67% vs. 3.68% Gov't Bills; ECB Monetizes Bond Purchases; Gold, Silver Soar
noreply@blogger.com (Michael Shedlock) (Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis)

probably won’t announce any tightening measure by the end of this year.” The seven-day repurchase rate, Submitted at 12/28/2010 11:51:00 AM Gold and silver are up sharply which measures lending costs with bank auction failures in between banks, has more than C h i n a a n d E u r o p e t o d a y . doubled in the past two weeks and Interbank lending rates in China yesterday reached a three-year doubled in a week and hit a three- high of 5.67 percent, according to year high of 5.67% vs. the failed daily fixings published at 11 a.m. auction on 91-day securities by the National Interbank Funding yielding 3.68%. This was the Center. Second China Failure This Month “The market is desperate for To Complete Bill Sale. cash,” said Chen Liang, a bond China’s government failed to analyst at Guohai Securities Co. draw enough demand at a bill sale in Shenzhen. “It’s too costly to for the second time in a month as park money with debt at such a seasonal demand for funds and price given the seven- day repo higher reserve-requirement ratios rate has risen above 5 percent.” left banks with less cash. “Some banks may be buying the The finance ministry sold 16.76 local currency in the foreignbillion yuan ($2.53 billion) of 91- exchange market because it’s hard day securities, falling short of the to borrow money in the fixed planned 20 billion yuan target, income,” said Li Tao, a foreign according to a statement on the exchange trader at Shenzhen website of Chinabond, the Development Bank Co. in nation’s biggest debt-clearing Shenzhen. “There is also concern house. The average winning yield the appreciation may get quicker was 3.68 percent, higher than the before President Hu’s visit.” The 3.22 percent rate for similar- auction was for 20 billion Yuan maturity debt in the secondary which is a mere 3.2 billion US market yesterday. dollars and it could not find “Banks are badly short of cash,” bidders for that paltry amount. Is said Qu Qing, a bond analyst at this a "year-end" thing or the start Shenyin Wanguo Securities Co. in of a cash crunch? Regardless, S h a n g h a i . “ G i v e n t h e c a s h watch what happens when China's s q u e e z e , t h e c e n t r a l b a n k property bubble takes a big

nosedive. ECB Monetizes Bond Purchases Meanwhile in Europe, the ECB fails to fully offset government bond buys, thereby monetizing 13.5 billion euros in government bond purchases. The European Central Bank failed to attract the 73.5 billion euros from banks on Tuesday needed to offset its seven -month run of euro zone government bond purchases, instead managing to draw just over 60 billion. "It has happened before but I wouldn't make too much of a big deal out of it," said ING economist Martin Van Vliet. "The end of year is typically a quiet period and banks books are

closed so it shouldn't be seen as a sign that tensions are returning to interbank markets." Once again we ponder the question "Is this a year-end phenomenon or the start of something more significant?" Right now I suggest China is the real deal. I do not know about the ECB failure but it sure does not look pretty, regardless of the reason. $SSEC - Shanghai Index Drops 1.74% click on chart for sharper image The Shanghai Stock Index is where it was in June 2009. The rally that fueled US equities (Bernanke's printing press), did not do the same for the $SSEC in spite of rampant price inflation

and a massive expansion of credit and money supply in China. Metals The entire metals futures market is up today, with gold up nearly $22 to $1405 and silver up nearly a buck to $30.20. Copper futures hit a new all-time high of $4.30 a pound. In contrast, oil is nearly flat, up 38 cents to $91.38. Mike "Mish" Shedlock h t t p : / / globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot. com Click Here To S c r o l l 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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adjustment now. The earlier you deal with a fiscal problem, the smaller the problem is . . . and doing it in advance gives you rather more discretion about how and when the cuts are made, which gives everyone, espeically the people who are now dependent on the government, time to adjust. But it's not hard to see why it hasn't. Which of us

would volunteer to be the guy who cuts pensions and farm subsidies while there's a recession on? Join the conversation about this story »

15 Modern Conveniences That Are Bad for Your Health
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today to make life more efficient and more convenient do not actually consider the ramifications The last one hundred years have to our health and environment. brought dramatic changes to our Below is a list of a few of the ways of life. Public health many topics that had some measures, like water treatment potential to be a useful tool or and sewage disposal, have caused idea in some fashion, but actually d r a m a t i c c h a n g e s i n l i f e will have negative consequences expectancy and the prevention of to our bodies or the environment infectious disease. Many changes, in which we live. from screened in porches and This list is an introduction and a indoor plumbing to cell phones preview to future articles which and the Internet, have brought will explain these topics more inmuch pleasure to our lives. There depth. PurehealthMD strives to seems to be a trade off for many provide the tools necessary to of our modern conveniences. i m p r o v e d i e t , e x e r c i s e a n d Several of the products we use to lifestyle to move the body toward

optimal health. Diet is critical to enable the body to reach its potential. It is also important that information about negative practices be made known so that damaging effects to our bodies and environment can be avoided and prevented. 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 site: So, Why is Wikileaks a Good Thing Again?.

iPod Nano Hack Could Enable Video, Games
Charlie Sorrel (Wired Top Stories)

James bypassed this check and proved it my removing an app icon, leaving a blank space (see Submitted at 12/28/2010 12:51:00 PM video below). James Whelton won a pink 8GB That’s cool and all, but the iPod Nano, and on the plane on SpringBoard plist (a plist is a file his way back home he hacked it. that Apple’s devices use to store While he hasn’t jailbroken the preferences) shows that it could Nano, he did get the better of the be simple matter to switch on little device and dug out some support for movies, TV shows, interesting details of what may be g a m e s , a n a d d r e s s b o o k , a possible. calendar and even switch on a James got control of the Nano’s passcode lock. Here’s a picture of SpringBoard, the iPod equivalent the extracted file: of a desktop, where all app icons Watching video on the tiny, appear. Normally, the Nano’s OS square Nano screen seems kind of checks to make sure that it isn’t pointless, but so what? And unlike trying to load a modified version. i O S d e v i c e s w h i c h r e c e i v e

updates regularly, the normal iPods get one or two updates in their lifetimes, if ever, so there wouldn’t really be any reason not to hack one.

To be clear, the Nano hasn’t been jailbroken yet, and James hasn’t been able to do anything more interesting than make an app icon disappear. Still, it’s a start. We’re

looking forward to seeing if hackers are able to come up with a full jailbreak for the best wristwatch of 2010. Hello Nano[NanoHack.me] 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 site: So, Why is Wikileaks a Good Thing Again?.



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The Military's Worst Tweeters: General FAIL
Spencer Ackerman (Wired Top Stories)
Submitted at 12/28/2010 1:00:00 PM

Generals and admirals are powerful people. Their decisions determine the course of thousands of lives, with aftereffects that can affect millions more. Their budgets that can dwarf those of entire countries. Their words are parsed like the Talmud for clues about the future of American warfare. And they absolutely cannot tweet. Twitter may be nearing 200 million users worldwide. But the military has a love-hate relationship with microblogging: the Marines, for instance, banned it last year, along with other social networking services. But communications officers are coming around to the argument that it’s a tweet-or-be-tweetedabout information world. If the military doesn’t use tools like Twitter to spread its message, the argument goes, it’ll risk losing control of stories and influencing people. Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has become a prolific tweeter as@thejointstaff, weighing in on controversies like the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ repeal. The result: over 32,000 followers. Mullen, alas, is an exception. Twitter and flag officers still generally go together like oil and water. It’s a new medium, after all, and no one says they’ve got to go ALL-CAPS EVERYTHING

like Kanye or get into tweet-fights with detractors to use the medium well. But for some, the growing pains are apparent, even if we’re

not seeing any Direct-Message Fails. (Full disclosure: the Pentagon asked me a few months ago to share some thoughts about

social media at a recent forum.) Just because you can set up a Twitter account doesn’t mean you use it well. Here’s our guide to

some of the lamest military Twitter feeds. MILITARY'S page 41

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1. Adm. James Stavridis. Stavridis, NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander and former Southern Command leader, is considered by many to be one of the brightest lights in the military, a well-respected strategic thinker and all-butcertain future Joint Chiefs Chairman. He’s also a technophile — he once assured bloggers that he personally replies to Wall posters on his Facebook page— and prolific blogger. Here’s Stavridis riffing off of Dr. Strangelove to discuss a recent NATO new strategic-planning document, for instance. Naturalborn tweeter, right? If only. Stavridis’ Facebook friends get jokey photos of his wife with a giant “fish” they “ c a u g h t ” i n t h e Carribean.@stavridisj’s followers get the kind of updates you’d expect from a coworker who’s really excited about the deli’s new sandwich. December 1: “ Just briefed SECDEF and headed home to Belgium!” Last week, he let us know he had a briefing in Stuttgart, because we were curious. As if he’s worried about Mullen or Defense Secretary Robert Gates looking over his shoulder, Stavridis keeps us updated on when he meets with, say, the Belgians on Afghanistan. Come on, admiral, you’re supposed to be the most socialmedia-forward officer in the military. More like these updates

on NATO’s help in combating Israel’s recent forest fires in real time; less“Just finished an off-site with a dozen of my key Admirals and Generals — finding efficiencies and interagency integration.” You can fit the Strangelove reference into 140 characters. 2. Gen. Carter Ham. Is it really necessary to tweet “ Thanks!!!” to everyone who fills out a survey? Ham, the next commander of all U.S. troops in Africa, had the unenviable task this year of studying troops’ attitudes to the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’ By all accounts, he did a thorough and professional job. But if@GenCarterHam was supposed to supplement Ham’s effort, it didn’t exactly take advantage of Twitter. Not only did Ham tweet a mere 42 times between March and September, only 12 of those tweets asked troops to fill out online surveys about the repeal — and only half of those actually gave his tweeps the URL to do so. None used the popular #DADT hashtag to attract non-followers’ attention. Instead, Ham gave gold stars to everyone who took the survey, without discussing any interesting issues raised. The Coast Guard gave “ insightful comments and questions,” and you don’t get to know what they were. Fort Hood gave a “lively” discussion, making it “ easy to see why they call it ‘The Great Place!’” Same

with the Naval Academy:“Great insights from staff, faculty and Midshipmen. But,I didn’t enjoy taunting about recent football results” It isn’t just Army cadets who need to step their game up. 3. Gen. Martin Dempsey. Another missed opportunity. Dempsey commands the Army’s Training and Doctrine Command — basically the ground service’s brain. All the Army’s long-term thinking about the future of land warfare and how to adapt to it runs through TRADOC, as it’s known. Which is why following@Martin_Dempsey ought to be a real-time account of an adaptive Army. But what do we get? “ I encourage you to share your stories and photos of Fort Monroe’s rich heritage for a new book. Details at: http://bit.ly/ ftmonroe” Or, in March: “ Outstanding morning of briefers, ideas, and insight at the TRADOC Senior Leaders Conference here in WIlliamsburg, VA.” Maybe you could share with us what you learned? Instead, Dempsey prefers to tweet out speeches or guidance that he gives on modernizing the force. Far be it for a blog to deride the use of Twitter for selfpromotion, but here’s an opportunity for Dempsey to interact with soldiers and learn what they think is necessary for the Army’s future. Indeed, here’s @Martin_Dempsey tweeting a speech he gave about getting

soldiers to “ engage the Army on what it means to be part of a profession,” rather than just calling them to do so on Twitter. All told, he asked for soldiers’ input a grand total of twice, and didn’t retweet a single reply. For TRADOC not to cash in on a transformative technological innovation is just too ironic. 4. Brig. Gen. Steven Spano. The previous tweeters are stingy with their big-think. But Spano, the communications chief for the Air Force’s Air Combat Command, has no shortage of way-out-therein-the-blue tweets. His feed is actually one of my favorites, because rarely am I sure what@accsix is actually tweeting about. “ Best practices in theory often result in best intentions in reality,” begins Spano’s December 22 gem, “unique variables must drive unique practices in similar business lines.” Come again? “ If the value of information at rest greatly diminishes over time, shouldn’t our security model be more flexible and adaptive?” If only, general! Run with that! Lead the way! I promise it’ll get you more followers. 5. Gen. Will Fraser. Spano’s boss at Air Combat Command seems to view Twitter as primarily a morale booster.@ACCBoss is a feed filled with you-guys-rule tweets like: “ Superb visit to 705 CTS [Combat Training Squadron] at Kirtland AFB– tremendous

progress has been made with distributed mission operations.” And: “ Promoted MajGen Ted Kresge to LtGen – he is off to command 13th Air Force– we wish him all the best and thank him for his continued service.” All of which is cool. But this is a revolutionary moment for air combat, with remotely-piloted aircraft playing the role that fighter jets once played. Maybe Fraser has some Twitter-friendly perspectives on that he could share? There’s more to social networking than sharing a reenlistment ceremony at the Talladega Superspeedway. Bottom line, sirs: Donald Rumsfeld has a better Twitter feed than you do right now. You going to let that stand? Image: FAILWhale by Yiying Lu 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 site: So, Why is Wikileaks a Good Thing Again?.



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Breaking GSM With a $15 Phone
John Borland (Wired Top Stories)

instance. However, network operators then responded that the difficulty of finding a specific Submitted at 12/28/2010 12:30:00 PM phone, and of picking the correct BERLIN — Whatever assurances encrypted radio signal out of the have been given about the a i r , m a d e t h e t h e o r e t i c a l security of GSM cellphone calls, decryption danger minimal at forget about them now. best. Use at your own risk. Naturally this sounded like a Speaking at the Chaos Computer challenge. Club (CCC) Congress here today, Working the audience through a pair of researchers demonstrated each process step, Nohl and a s t a r t - t o - f i n i s h m e a n s o f OsmocomBB project programmer eavesdropping on encrypted GSM Sylvain Munaut demonstrated cellphone calls and text messages, how the way in which GSM u s i n g o n l y f o u r s u b - $ 1 5 networks exchange subscriber telephones as network “sniffers,” location data, in order to correctly a laptop computer and a variety of route phone calls and SMSs, open source software. allow anyone to determine a While such capabilities have long subscriber’s current location with been available to law enforcement a simple Internet query, to the with the resources to buy a level of city or general rural area. powerful network sniffing device Once a phone is narrowed down for more than $50,000 (remember to a specific city, a potential The Wire?), the pieced-together attacker can drive through the hack takes advantage of security area, sending the target phone flaws and short-cuts in the GSM “ s i l e n t ” o r “ b r o k e n ” S M S network operators’ technology messages that do not show up on and operations to put the power in the phone. By sniffing to each bay the reach of almost any motivated station’s traffic, listening for the tech-savvy programmer. delivery of the message and the “GSM is insecure, the more so as response of the target phone at the more is known about GSM,” said correct time, the location of the Security Research Labs researcher t a r g e t p h o n e c a n b e m o r e Karsten Nohl. “It’s pretty much p r e c i s e l y i d e n t i f i e d . like computers on the Net in the To create a network sniffer, the 1 9 9 0 s , w h e n p e o p l e d i d n ’ t researchers replaced the firmware u n d e r s t a n d s e c u r i t y w e l l . ” of a simple Motorola GSM phone Several of the individual pieces with their own alternative, which of this GSM hack have been allowed them to retain the raw displayed before. The ability to data received from the cell decrypt GSM’s 64-bit A5/1 network, examine more of the encryption was demonstrated last cellphone network space than a year at this same event, for single phone ordinarily monitors.

bytes. Although a new GSM standard was put in place several years ago to turn these buffers into random bytes, they in fact remain largely identical today, under a much older standard. This allows the researchers to predict with a high degree of probability the plaintext content of these encrypted system messages. This, combined with a two-terabyte table of precomputed encryption keys (a so-called rainbow table), allows a cracking program to discover the secret key to the session’s encryption in about 20 seconds. This is particularly useful, the researchers said, because many if Upgrading the USB connection not most GSM operators reuse allowed this information to be these session keys for several sent in real time to a computer. successive communications, By sniffing the network while allowing a key extracted from a sending a target phone an SMS, test SMS to be used again to they were able to determine record the next telephone call. precisely which random network “There is one key used for ID number belonged to the target. communication between the This gave them the ability to operators and the SIM card that is identify which the myriad streams very well protected, because that of information they wanted to protects their monetary interest,” record from the network. Nohl said. “The other key is less All that was left was decrypting well protected, because it only the information. Not a trivial protects your private data.” problem, but made possible by the The researchers demonstrated way operator networks exchange this process, using their software system information with their to sniff the headers being used by phones. a phone, extract and crack a As part of this background session encryption key, and then communication, GSM networks use this to decrypt and record a send out strings of identifying live GSM call between two information, as well as essentially phones in no more than a few e m p t y “ A r e y o u t h e r e ? ” minutes. messages. Empty space in these Much of this vulnerability could messages is filled with buffer be relatively easily addressed,

Nohl said. Operators could make sure that their network routing information was not so simply available through the Internet. They could implement the randomization of padding bytes in the system information exchange, making the encryption harder to break. They could certainly avoid recycling encryption keys between successive calls and SMSs. Nor is it enough to imagine that modern phones, using 3G networks, are shielded from these problems. Many operators reserve much of their 3G bandwidth for Internet traffic, while shunting voice and SMS off to the older GSM network. Nohl elicited a laugh from the audience of hackers when he called the reprogrammed network -sniffing phones “GSM debugging devices.” But he was serious, he said. “This is all a 20 year old infrastructure, with lots of private data and not a lot of security,” he said. “We want you to help phones go through the same kind of evolutionary steps that computers did in the 1990s.” 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 site: So, Why is Wikileaks a Good Thing Again?.

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Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Shiloh, and Zahara Pose With Their Christmas Hosts in Namibia!
Molly Goodson (PopSugar)
Submitted at 12/28/2010 9:41:37 AM

Oprah, Paul McCartney Receive Kennedy Center Honors
Joseph Hudak (TVGuide.com: Breaking News)

Angelina Jolie held Zahara while Brad Pitt had Shiloh in his arms as they posed with their host family and a few new friends in Namibia over the weekend. The Jolie-Pitts are in Shiloh's birth country staying with Dr. Rudie van Vuuren, a famous physician, cricket player, and conservationist, his wife, Marlice, also a well-known conservationist, and their son Zacheo. The family runs the Naankuse Wildlife Sanctuary and Lodge, where Brad, Angelina, and their kids decided to spend Christmas this year. Angelina and Brad were spotted doing lastminute gift shopping on Friday,

ensuring a special holiday for their six kids. Brad is finishing out his year of facial hair with sexy stubble while Shiloh's famous blond locks are growing out. The Jolie-Pitt family is always among the most talked about stars, and in 2010 Angelina and Brad kept their passion strong all year long. View Slideshow ›

looks like Oprah's talk-show set," says Stevens. "There will be a few chairs for Sidney Poitier, Chris Submitted at 12/28/2010 10:03:00 AM Rock, John Travolta and Barbara Merle Haggard, Jerry Herman, Walters — all people who mean Bill T. Jones, Oprah Winfrey, something to Oprah." Paul McCartney Plus one heck of a choir. A 60Since 1978, the enduring wonder member singing group has been of the Kennedy Center Honors— assembled to perform a song with which pays respects to performing Jennifer Hudson from the arts masters for their lifetime Broadway play The Color Purple. contributions — has been the Says Stevens: "I think she'll be diversity of the group it assembles quite thrilled." And if Oprah's each year in Washington, D.C. happy, we're happy. And this year's class is no The 33rd Annual Kennedy exception. Country-music outlaw Center Honors air tonight at 9/8c Merle Haggard sidles up to media on CBS. queen Oprah Winfrey. Sir Paul Subscribe to TV Guide Magazine McCartney pals around with years, recently with son Michael. now! choreographer Bill T. Jones and For all their star power, however, This entry passed through the composer Jerry Herman. And they the honorees still get to enjoy the Full-Text RSS service — if this is all hang out with President show. Alec Baldwin, Steven Tyler your content and you're reading it Obama and the First Lady. "The and No Doubt will be giving on someone else's site, please read honorees are kind of joined at the presentations and performances our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ hip for the weekend, and some for Sir Paul. For Winfrey's content-only/faq.php really nice friendships are made," segment, introduced by Julia Five Filters featured site: So, says George Stevens Jr., who has Roberts, "We're creating a set that Why is Wikileaks a Good Thing produced the show for all of its 33 Again?.

Did Usher Steal a Song From Homer Simpson?
Jean Bentley (TV Squad)
Submitted at 12/28/2010 7:00:00 AM

Filed under: TV News In the most hilarious accusation of plagiarism ever, an intrepid YouTuber has compiled evidence that a portion of the Usher song 'OMG' was actually inspired by a

Christmas carol penned by none other than -- wait for it -- Homer Simpson. The yellow one's festive song aired during the 14th season of 'The Simpsons' and goes like this: "Christmas in December/Wow w o w w o w / G i m m e t o n s o f Even better, though, is that the oh -so-sophisticated Usher lyrics presents/Now now now."

sound like Homer could've written them too: "Honey got a booty like /Pow pow pow/Honey got some boobies like/Wow oh wow." For the record, will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas actually wrote the track. And since we know what you're thinking, it's okay -we'll say it first: It's a slow news

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The Best Film of 2010
David Thomson (The New Republic - All Feed)
Submitted at 12/27/2010 11:00:00 PM

It is 1940, somewhere in Sovietoccupied Poland. A Pole is being interrogated; he has been beaten. Then a woman is called in, his wife; some torture has degraded her. She informs on her man; he will be sent to a gulag. The horror is clear, but the feeling is everyday and commonplace. As someone else will admit later in the film, we have all done terrible things. By then we are in Siberia and it is important in Peter Weir’s The Way Back that, just as Siberia is a hell of fearsome hardship and severity, and the gulag a prison where life is a homemade playing card in a gambling game, the country is implacably beautiful. This is a film about surviving, or not, and the monstrous compromises made along the way, but, early on, we feel the compassion and the alternative sensibility in Weir’s slow, marveling pan shots of the land and its weather. Some viewers may be suspicious. They will note that National Geographic is one of the partners in the production, and they may say this pretty terrain reminds them of David Lean—which can be a way of letting a vicarious travelogue obscure the real history behind T.E. Lawrence or Dr.

Zhivago. I say that because The Way Back is not being widely understood, or appreciated. But in this astonishing story of a 4,000mile journey as some prisoners escaped from the gulag in Siberia and walked to India, the stress is not just on the terrible times and the exhausting ordeal. It is also a film that says this is a miraculous world, and the people in it are no less amazing. That view is not fashionable, I suppose, and so the best movie of 2010 is being badly neglected. There is another objection that can be leveled at this film. I think it’s specious, but it can’t be ignored. Weir’s picture is based on a book by by Slavomir Rawicz, The Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to Freedom. That book was an international best-seller before BBC research revealed that Rawicz had in fact been released from the gulag in 1942. As if novels, some of them great, have not often departed from experience. But Weir has only taken this book as a basis, and we do know that some real escapees made the journey that is depicted. Weir’s prior masterpiece, The Truman Show(1998), written by Andrew Niccol, showed an America that has never been recorded or documented—which doesn’t mean it’s not there if you have eyes to feel it. The Way Back asks to be regarded as nothing more or

less than a story, and its human grandeur derives not simply from the realization that compromised and damaged people sometimes behave well, but that the world of nature was waiting patiently for their nobility to appear. With location work in Bulgaria, Morocco, and India, Weir takes his characters south from the gulag, skirting Lake Baykal, into Mongolia, across China into Tibet, over the Himalayas and into the green foothills of India. I’m not going to spell out the events of the journey, because I think the narrative is precious. But, when you’ve seen the film—and you must see it on the biggest screen available—you may want to study maps to convince yourself of what happened. The film goes from deep winter to sand-storm deserts; from the excess of snow to the absence of water. Some people are lost along the way, some survive. But, even when the journey is over, there is something larger and more paining to come. Weir and his director of photography, Russell Boyd, have made raptures out of the landscapes, but their heartfelt subject is the face. In the desert, for instance, there is a breathtaking affinity between the ochre and red immensity and the ruined face of Ed Harris, who plays an American in the gulag, “Mister Smith,” a man

scarred by the death of his son, foreboding about the danger of kindness, yet challenged by an encounter on the great journey. Harris has worked with Weir before—he was the dark genius director in The Truman Show—and he has become an actor of such gravity and presence he can make even Clint Eastwood or Robert Duvall (estimable figures) seem a little coy. In The Way Back, Harris is like isolated strings in a Shostakovich symphony, in love with Russia once but now horrified by it. He is only one of a memorable cast. So this is a rave review. I am urging you to get to this film and let its power work. But it will not open in New York until later in January, and it only got a one-spot Los Angeles opening to qualify for the Oscars. But here are the larger surprises: The Way Back was declined by both the Cannes and the New York festivals of 2010. I have no wish to mock the people who made those decisions. I was on the selection committee for New York myself once, and I daresay I helped omit deserving films. Still, the attitude of those festivals bears comment (I should add that The Way Back was accepted by Telluride, where it had its world premiere). We are at a point in our history of wondering what the movies have become and what their place is in

our world. The Way Back can be called old-fashioned, not just because it is set in the 1940s, but because it draws on a humanism and a thrill at spectacle that were more common then. Have modern audiences really abandoned those things? The deserved success of The King’s Speech testifies to our appetite for small human achievements in well-told stories. Another big film of 2010 was The Social Network—it will be in the Oscar running and it was a featured event at the New York Film Festival. It is fascinating, informative, and it’s surely current. But it never rises above a pitiless display of unpleasant people profiting from minor cruelties and indifference. And it’s worth saying that in the vast worldwide Facebook membership there are still faces struggling for survival like those in The Way Back. This may be an era when the movies have to decide whether their subject is selfloathing or human aspiration. The audience will decide. Meanwhile, The Way Back is a great film. David Thomson is the author of The New Biographical Dictionary of Film and The Moment of Psycho: How Alfred Hitchcock Taught America to Love Murder.

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The Lame Duck Mystery
Neera Tanden (The New Republic - All Feed)

care debate, when the White House’s attempts to get moderate Republicans to support its version Submitted at 12/27/2010 11:00:00 PM of reform were stymied. Before the holidays, the lame Remember President Obama’s duck Congress passed a flurry of wooing of Senator Olympia far-reaching legislation, including Snowe? Who can forget the r e a l c o m p r o m i s e s ( t h e t a x countless times she trucked up to package) and long-cherished the White House for a private progressive goals (the repeal of meeting? Snowe eventually “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”). This is became the lone Republican to all to be applauded—but one vote for the bill in the Senate mystery remains: Why was Finance Committee—but she then Congress, particularly the Senate, voted against it on the Senate able to get so much done in floor, even though that version December that it wasn’t able to m e t e v e n m o r e o f h e r get done before the mid-term s p e c i f i c a t i o n s , l i k e h i g h e r elections? The answer lies in how subsidies for the uninsured. high-stakes elections affect Snowe’s professed reason for politicians’ willingness to vote opposition? She needed more time their conscience—and what to study the bill. But, in fact, it happens when those pressures are seemed clear that she just wanted suddenly gone. to help her party, which was For much of the past year, Hill determined to stop reform any business effectively ground to a way it could. The president was halt because Republicans chose left with only one strategy: party unity over compromise. It passing it with Democratic votes was a genius political strategy alone. crafted by Senate Minority Leader After that victory, the GOP’s Mitch McConnell, whose goal obstructionism only got worse. was to ensure that President S c o t t B r o w n ’ s v i c t o r y i n Obama and the Democrats had as M a s s a c h u s e t t s h a d g i v e n few accomplishments as possible Republicans the 41 Senate seats to show the American people in needed to start a filibuster, and the lead-up to the mid-terms. that became their tool of choice, The Republicans’ politics of though they seemed willing to use obstruction date back to the health any measure necessary to kill

Democratic bills. Climate change legislation: dead. A simpler bill just to deal with our country’s reliance on oil: dead. Immigration reform: dead. During the summer, something as uncontroversial as the food safety bill stalled on the Senate floor. Then, in September, the Senate rejected a defense authorization bill that included a repeal of DADT. Why the all-out refusal to cooperate? Because, with the midterms looming, Republicans wanted to ensure that bills didn’t have a veneer of bipartisanship. They wanted to show that Democrats couldn’t govern, and they wanted to bring down the president’s poll numbers. “I think the reason my members are feeling really good,” Senator McConnell said last spring, “is they believe that the reward for playing team ball this year was the reversal of the political environment and the possibility that we will have a bigger team next year.” And he was right: Thanks to mid-term victories, the GOP ranks on the Hill will swell in 2011. But things shifted after the election. In the lame duck session, several moderate Republicans changed their tune. Senators Snowe, Collins, and Murkowski

all crossed over on repeal of DADT, as well as on ratification of New START and passage of the tax bill. Senator Collins, in fact, didn’t just cross over: She worked overtime to save DADT repeal by passing it as a single bill, rather than as a rider. And there were other bills Republicans helped pass, such as food safety legislation (finally) and money for September 11 first responders. The reason for the change? Republicans have gotten what they want, at least for now. With the election over, the push for “team ball” isn’t nearly as strong. The GOP has seized the House and diminished the Democrats’ seats in the Senate to 53. This meant that, in the lame duck session, moderate Republicans could vote their conscience rather than continue to hunker down under McConnell’s policy of obstruction. For the first time in months, they could back Democratic bills, like DADT, that had strong public support. In short, they were finally able to help Congress do its job. But this raises the question: In the next Congress, will moderate Republicans continue to vote their consciences? Or will Republicans immediately revert to the strategy that won them all those seats in

2010, and obstruct the Democrats at every turn? You can see it going either way. On the one hand, we are still two years from the next election, and so moderate Republicans may feel that they have a window to continue acting as they did during the lame duck, at least for the next few months. What’s more, now that Republicans control the House, they may believe they will be held responsible for any gridlock to a degree they weren’t before. Taken together, these two factors could lead to a productive start to the next Congress. Or maybe not. Republican presidential candidates will want to keep attacking Obama and any legislation his party proposes—and the GOP ranks on the Hill might fall in behind them. They might again choose obstruction over legislative effectiveness, hoping this will ensure that Obama doesn’t win a second term. In other words, whether Washington works in 2011 or doesn’t is still an open question. 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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'United States of Tara' and New TV Shows on DVD, Streaming Online for Dec. 28, 2010
Mike Moody (TV Squad)
Submitted at 12/28/2010 9:00:00 AM

VIDEO: Celebs Share Their New Year's Resolutions
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Submitted at 12/28/2010 10:35:00 AM

Filed under: Features, TV Shows on DVD The first season of 'United States of Tara' ended with Tara, a mother with Dissociative Identity Disorder played by Emmy and Golden Globe winner Toni Collette, on the road to recovery and surrounded by her dysfunctional but supportive family. As season two begins, Tara seems to be winning the battle to suppress her alternate personalities, but tragedy soon strikes next door and her "alters" reemerge, more destructive and real than ever before. Collette's performance, again nominated for a Golden Globe this year, is probably the best reason to recommend the second season of 'Tara' on DVD, but it's not the only one. The Showtime dramedy, created by Diablo Cody and produced by Steven Spielberg, is a smart, funny and engrossing look at a family dealing with a complex problem and learning to accept that the

Justin Bieber What do reality stars Kim Kardashian, DJ Pauly D and musical artists Jay Sean and Taio Cruz have in common? They all vow to spend more time with their family and a little less time working in 2011. See more videos from the Z100 Jingle Ball red carpet While many of the celebs at New York's Jingle Ball told word "normal" means different TVGuide.com they wanted to focus more on their personal lives, things to different people. The series returns to Showtime teen singing sensation Justin for a third season next year, so Bieber was all about the work. catch up with the Gregson family "Hopefully, I'll win a Grammy," and Tara's growing stable of alters Beiber said. Watch Selena Gomez, Emily now. Osment, Flo Rida and others share Check out the other new releases available on DVD, Blu-Ray and their 2011 resolutions. Netflix Watch Instantly this week, This entry passed through the after the jump ... Permalink| Email this| Linking Blogs| Comments

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James Ransom-Wiley (Joystiq)
Submitted at 12/28/2010 2:10:00 PM

What happens on Steam's ninthstraight day of holiday deals? The service has to stretch a ways back for something, anything to discount. Today it's 1994's Doom II, part of the complete "Doom Pack." Full-Text RSS service — if this is Continue reading Steam Holiday your content and you're reading it Sale is Doomed today on someone else's site, please read Steam Holiday Sale is Doomed our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ today originally appeared on Joystiq on Tue, 28 Dec 2010 content-only/faq.php Five Filters featured site: So, 14:10:00 EST. Please see our Why is Wikileaks a Good Thing terms for use of feeds. Permalink| Email this| Comments Again?.

Matthew 11:28 (12-28-10)
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Submitted at 12/28/2010 2:00:00 AM

[Jesus said,] "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest."

— Matthew 11:28(NIV) Thoughts on Today's Verse... At the end of the year, it sure is nice to be invited to rest in Jesus. So before we begin a new year, let's pause and place our hopes, our future,

our dreams, and especially our burdens down at his feet and let him give us rest. My Prayer... Teach me, O God, to learn to rest in your grace and providence more and worry less. I want to

surrender my burdens to Jesus and let him teach me his way and how to find his rest. Sometimes I am so tired and weary I don't think I can continue; so please, dear Father, let me find rest in Jesus. In

his holy name I offer this prayer. Amen.

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comes from China. Yes, yes, the Chinese New Year is in February, Submitted at 12/28/2010 11:00:00 AM but we're still going to mention it 2010 is almost over, and just here. If you're somewhere with a coincidentally, we've got some C h i n a t o w n , m a k e p l a n s t o blog space to fill. So today we'll w e l c o m e i n t h e y e a r 4 7 0 8 be wasting your time with a list of alongside the locals, because their interesting New Year's customs streets will be full of long, that you may or may not already colorful dragons and friendly know. We're not just irritating, dancing lions. It's exciting and we're also informative! fun, and if you follow them Speaking of irritating, here are around, you'll eventually get to the Black Eyed Peas. see those lions "eating" some Wasn't that just a ridiculous cabbages. video? But you have to admit, it We don't recommend you try to makes a great segue. Especially offer real cabbages to real lions, since black-eyed peas are eaten on especially if they walk up to you New Year's Day in the Southern in the street, but in this context, United States, in hopes of a new the cabbage represents good year full of good luck. According fortune. Sort of like in the early to Epicurious, this tradition traces 2000s, when rappers called back to a Civil War miracle which money "mad cheddar". apparently worked a lot like Tibet also starts their new year Hanukkah. The story says that late. In 2011, Losar happens soldiers running low on food around March 5th, and we've been survived on a small portion of told they'll be serving Guthuk, a black-eyed peas for much longer dumpling soup with ingredients than you'd expect, and that's why like broth, noodles, a sugar cube, their descendants continue to eat a piece of paper, a wool string, a them every year. That's right, you piece of charcoal, and more! just learned some history! And While we Americans might find there's more of that sort of thing charcoal soup to be grounds for a waiting for you right after the health inspection, it's the Tibetan jump. See you inside… way of predicting your personal In our opinion, one of the most future. Like finding the ring in interesting New Year's events Irish barmbrack, only for Richard

Gere and The Beastie Boys. Om Mani Padme Hum. Another country with a great New Year's story is Russia. They've got nice architecture as well. Russians celebrate on January 1st, just like we do, but only because they were forced into it. In 1699, Peter The Great just plain moved the celebration 14 days ahead, in order to force Russia to join the rest of the modern world. Russians being Russians, of course, the common man just couldn't let it go, which is how Russia wound up with a New New Year's Day on the First and an Old New Year's Day on the Fourteenth. We also have it on good authority (by which we mean our source is foodbycountry.com) that the holiday food of choice is pryaniki, a sweet cookie made to symbolize sweet wishes for a sweet future. It sounds very My Little Pony, but probably there's some sort of pit fight around the cookie jar. Really, don't mess with those Russians. Hard. Core. But don't think traditions aren't still appearing. Some people enjoy Singapore's Lo Hei tradition which might possibly have started in the mid-Sixties. And then, there

are the Germans. Those Hasslehoff loving Germans. Unless this is some ridiculous prank designed by Slate.com, the Germans have an odd tradition that dates back to the early Seventies. On New Year's Eve, they all turn on the television and watch Dinner For One an English TV play that… okay, it's never been aired in the US, so we have no idea. But thanks to Google, we can all watch it together right now. It's not Patton Oswalt or anything, but it's not really bad. And anyway, who are we to judge? We're the nation that invented the Christmas special. Well, there we are. Five New Year's Eve traditions you may or may not have already known about. We'd love to find you some more, but it's our day off. Maybe you guys can research the other 190 countries on your own. It doesn't matter if you track down First Footing or maybe Algeria's Yennayer celebration, we want to see what you find. Feel free to drop what you find in the comments and discuss it with each other. Maybe we'll hand out some quality posts or something.

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Six ways to blizzard-proof your snow blower
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help ensure yours starts and works when you need it, wherever you live. We'll focus on gas-powered Submitted at 12/28/2010 10:29:13 AM snow blowers, since those are the Six ways to blizzard-proof your ones you'll need for heavier-duty snow blower clearing: This weekend's airport-crippling 1. Check the gas. If your end-ofEast Coast blizzard also prompted season maintenance didn't include a b l i z z a r d o f b r o k e n s n o w adding a fuel stabilizer, this is a blowers—and frenzied calls to good time to drain the old fuel power-equipment dealers for help. and put in stabilized, fresh gas, "At 6 a.m. we already had a dozen which can last up to a year. Also people lined up outside with their b e s u r e t o f o l l o w y o u r snow blowers, most of which had manufacturers' recommendation gummed-up carburetors from old for the proper fuel-oil mixture if gas" says Kenny Puff, vice- your blower has a two-stroke president of Westchester Tool engine. Rentals in Elmsford, N.Y.—a 2. Check the spark plug. Putting snowball's throw from Consumer in a new one is another smart Reports' Yonkers, New York, move if you didn't do that at the headquarters. And our foot or two start of the snow season. Buy one of snow didn't match the nearly that fits your snow blower's make three-foot wallop reported in and model, which you'll find on Elizabeth, New Jersey (a stone's the machine. And remember that throw from Newark Liberty using too much oil in the fuel mix International Airport, which was for a two-stroke engine can foul among those the storm shut the spark plug and cause slow or down). no starts. Consumer Reports' latest snow- 3. Try some starting fluid. Puff blower report includes top single- notes that a spritz or two can stage and bigger, two-stage sometimes help start a stuck snow machines from Ariens, Toro, and b l o w e r w h e r e o l d g a s h a s others priced as low as $450. Here gummed up the carburetor and are some simple tips from Puff fuel passages. But in most cases, and our in-house experts that will the carburetor has to be removed,

cleaned, and rebuilt. 4. Check the shear pins. Got a two-stage snow blower? Besides driven wheels, yours has a snowscooping auger driven by a transmission. Shear pins are those small, sacrificial bolts that protect the transmission by breaking if the auger ingests something too big or hard. "By noon, folks were coming in to buy these after hitting rocks or ice," Puff said. If the auger freewheels, you have broken shear pins, which slide in and tighten down with a nut. Keep a few on hand just in case. And resist the temptation to use regular bolts, unless you're ready to pay hundreds to fix a broken transmission. 5. Buy a belt. Puff also reported a run on these, which transmit power from the engine to the auger on smaller, single-stage snow blowers. Typical causes: Worn, frayed, or dry-rotted belts break as the snow thrower digs in to heavy stuff. Glazed belts that have slipped under pressure also lose their grip. Removing a side cover is most of what it takes to replace the belt. Keep at least one extra belt on hand; again, check your snow blower make and model (and bring your broken

belt) to get the right replacement. 6. Inspect the starter cord. Puff noted other homeowners were unable to start when their pullstart ropes broke or detached. These aren't easy to replace; check yours for fraying and other damage before you're left in the lurch.—Gian Trotta Less repair-prone blowers? Our free buying guide to snow blowers and the video above note features (like gas-powered models with electric starters that can plug into a wall outlet) that will avoid many of the pitfalls detailed above. We've also just updated our Ratings and Recommendations of topperforming snow blowers. And if you still haven't been able to fix your machine, see more expert advice on how to shovel snow safely and effectively. 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

Daily Dispatch: AT&T anti-texting while driving documentary; CDMA iPad 2 buzz builds
Dirk Klingner (Consumer Reports)
Submitted at 12/28/2010 11:15:20 AM

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Penn State's Joe Paterno: 'Honest to goodness,' no plans to quit
Associated Press (ESPN.com)

ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg writes about all things Big Ten in Submitted at 12/28/2010 2:04:22 PM his conference blog. Updated: December 28, 2010, • Blog network: 3:04 PM ET College Football Nation TAMPA, Fla. -- A jovial Joe The 84-year-old Penn State coach Paterno reiterated that he has no said during a news conference plans to stop coaching after this Tuesday that he "honest to week's Outback Bowl. Big Ten goodness" has not entertained blog thoughts of stepping down after

45 seasons leading the Nittany Lions. Sitting beside Florida's Urban Meyer, Paterno says rumors he may quit after Saturday's game against the Gators are "ridiculous." He says he feels great and is still having fun coaching. Paterno also says he's not happy

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Adam Robinson Arrested for Marijuana Possession
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roughly $500. How will the new tablets stack up, and will either amount to any Submitted at 12/28/2010 9:34:06 AM real competition for Apple's iPad? CES 2011: MSI to launch At this point, it's impossible to Windows and Android tablets tell, and MSI's limited track Taiwan's MSI, best known in the record makes it difficult to use U.S. for its low-cost netbooks and previous products as any kind of all-in-one desktops, is the latest one of them. Instead, the tablet benchmark. When we tested the company to announce plans to roll will support the current version of company's Wind netbook in 2008, out tablet computers at the Windows 7 running on an Intel we liked its keyboard and display. Computer Electronics Show next processor. It will include a 32GB More recently, we took a look at week. solid-state drive, Wi-Fi, and a the company's all-in-one AE2420 While that alone might not be 10.1-inch multitouch display. MSI 3D-046US 3D desktop and found major news (we expect to see as h a d a n n o u n c e d a n d e v e n its performance to be excellent. many as 50 new tablets at CES), demonstrated the Windows tablet ( F u l l R a t i n g s a v a i l a b l e t o MSI's approach is a bit different earlier this year, but the company s u b s c r i b e r s . ) than what we've seen from other delayed its launch while it shifted We'll be at CES next week and manufacturers. The company will d e v e l o p m e n t e f f o r t s t o t h e will report on the WindPad, along be introducing two different A n d r o i d p l a t f o r m . with the rest of the dozens of tablets: one running Microsoft The Android tablet, the WindPad tablets we expect to see at the Windows, the other running 100A, will include GPS, Wi-Fi, show. Google's Android OS. Most new and a 3G option (MSI hasn't yet —Marc Perton Subscribe now! tablets from other manufacturers announced which cell carriers will S u b s c r i b e t o are likely to be Android-based, support the WindPad). MSI ConsumerReports.org for expert and the few Windows-based claims that the 100A will run for Ratings, buying advice and versions are expected to be early up to 10 hours on battery power. r e l i a b i l i t y o n h u n d r e d s o f announcements f r o m T h e m a n u f a c t u r e r h a s n ' t products. Update your feed manufacturers that plan to support announced pricing for either preferences Microsoft's new tablet initiative. product; earlier reports put both at MSI's WindPad 100W won't be

Filed under: Iowa Adam Robinson, already suspended from the Hawkeyes and not with the team for Tuesday's Insight Bowl, was arrested and cited Monday night for possession of marijuana. An Iowa state trooper stopped a vehicle in which Robinson was a passenger for a missing license plate, and detected the smell of marijuana from inside the car. After a search, marijuana was found. Robinson was released on his own recognizance and ordered to appear in court on Jan. 5. Earlier in December, the team announced that Robinson would not play in the Insight Bowl against Missouri. "While Adam has been cleared medically," Kirk Ferentz said on Dec. 14, referencing two

concussions suffered by Robinson this season, "he will not be participating in the upcoming Insight Bowl game as a result of failing to comply with team expectations and policies. Adam will have the option to rejoin the team when classes resume in January." Robinson was Iowa's leading rusher for the last two seasons, with 942 yards and 10 touchdowns this season.

African Chicken Peanut Stew
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Submitted at 12/28/2010 2:09:11 AM

Like peanut butter? Chicken? Then this African chicken peanut stew by Hank is for you. Perfect

for chilly weather. ~Elise Chicken, sweet potatoes and peanuts are one of those magical flavor combinations that make me feel all warm and happy, have thought to do this 20 years especially because I never would

ago, when I met some fellow University of Wisconsin students from Ghana who made this stew at their apartment. Chicken groundnut stew is, in various forms, common all over West

Africa, and this is my version, inspired by my colleagues at UW. Continue reading "African Chicken Peanut Stew" »

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Donovan McNabb: 'Nothing wrong' with agent's comments
Associated Press (ESPN.com)
Submitted at 12/28/2010 2:07:17 PM

Union: NFL players, owners sense urgency in labor talks
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Submitted at 12/28/2010 2:08:27 PM

Updated: December 28, 2010, 3:07 PM ET ASHBURN, Va. -- Donovan McNabb sees "nothing wrong" with an inflammatory statement in which his agent attacked Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. Yet McNabb also tried to distance himself from that statement Tuesday in his weekly radio appearance on ESPN980. McNabb said he wasn't aware that his agent was planning to release the statement before it came out last week. Hill: McNabb Should Set Agenda Donovan McNabb, who has earned the right to finish his career competing for a Super Bowl contender, likely will have to settle for whatever ending the Redskins deem appropriate, ESPN.com's Jemele Hill writes. Story

"He put his thoughts into the whole deal, not Donovan's thoughts," McNabb said. McNabb was making his most extensive comments since his titfor-tat with the Shanahans escalated when agent Fletcher Smith released the statement last Thursday. The quarterback, who repeatedly has avoided answering questions in the past few days, did little to clear the air, continuing in his attempt to play the good cop to Smith's bad cop. "I support my agent," McNabb said, "and I support his thoughts. ... When I read the whole thing, I didn't see nothing wrong with it." Smith's statement cited tension between McNabb and Kyle Shanahan, the coach's son. It was released a week after Mike Shanahan announced he was benching McNabb in favor of Rex Grossman for the final three games of the season because the Redskins (6-9) had been mathematically eliminated from the playoffs.

Mike Shanahan countered with a statement in response to Smith. Kyle Shanahan spoke the following day, disputing many of Smith's claims. Smith then released yet another statement, standing by his original statement. On his radio show, McNabb said he has met with Kyle Shanahan and that "we're both on the same page." McNabb then said several things to indicate perhaps he and the Shanahans aren't on the same page. He reiterated his concern over leaks that paint him as unable to grasp the offense. "When you hear things like that, you begin to question where it's coming from," McNabb said. McNabb labeled "false" ESPN's report that he plans to ask for his release at the end of the season -although that doesn't rule out Smith asking for McNabb's release. McNabb also repeated his desire to play for the Redskins again next season, but with a caveat. "Things would obviously have to

change," McNabb said. "The relationship would have to be better. Conversations would have to be better." McNabb indicated a big step regarding his future will come when Smith and Mike Shanahan meet face to face in the coming weeks. He said it wouldn't be "professional" if the Redskins decide to wait until late summer to release him. Asked if he trusts the people at Redskins Park, McNabb hedged. "Building a trust takes time," he said. 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 site: So, Why is Wikileaks a Good Thing Again?.

Updated: December 28, 2010, 3:08 PM ET NEW YORK -- Union executive committee member Brian Dawkins says he believes NFL owners and players have a sense of urgency to avoid a lockout because they don't want to alienate fans. "I would think common sense would say at the end of the day, after all the fighting and after all the words are said, we understand who butters our bread," the veteran Denver Broncos safety said Tuesday. "That's where the urgency comes in at." “ I would think common sense would say at the end of the day, after all the fighting and after all the words are said, we understand who butters our bread. That's where the urgency comes in at.”-UNION: page 52

Donovan McNabb Supports Agent's Criticism of Redskins
FanHouse Staff (FanHouse Main)
Submitted at 12/28/2010 12:24:00 PM

Filed under: Redskins Donovan McNabb said Tuesday that he stands by agent Fletcher Smith for Smith's hyper-critical comments about Mike and Kyle Shanaha n

in the wake of McNabb's benching. "I support my agent and his thoughts," McNabb said on his weekly radio show. "When I read the whole thing, I didn't see nothing wrong with it." Last week, Smith said, as part of a lengthy statement: "While

Donovan's feelings about

Washington remain the same, the Shanahans -- both Mike and more specifically Kyle -- have made this an extremely difficult relationship to maintain. Their comments have been beyond disrespectful and unprecedented for a six-time Pro Bowl quarterback such as Donovan."

Kyle Shanahan called Smith's claims " disturbing." Shanahan also said that McNabb told him in a private conversation that Smith's statement wasn't representative of McNabb's point of view. McNabb characterized his talks with Shanahan.


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Brian Dawkins Dawkins and fellow NFL Players Association executive committee member Mike Vrabel alternated between optimism and expressing frustration with the league's proposals during a conference call about negotiations on a new collective bargaining agreement. The current deal expires March 4, raising fears of a lockout. One major sticking point is the NFL's desire to go from 16 regularseason and four preseason games to 18 and two. Dawkins and Vrabel said the league hadn't offered enough in return for what they believe will be shorter careers -- and therefore less money made -- with the longer regular season resulting in more punishment for players' bodies. "I don't think with good conscience we could say, 'Guys, this is all we could get for you for 18 games. Go out there and strap

it up and hope you make it through,' " said Vrabel, a veteran linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs. Dawkins is in his 15th season, Vrabel his 14th, but Dawkins predicted "these types of careers will be rarities." “ I don't think with good conscience we could say, 'Guys, this is all we could get for you for 18 games. Go out there and strap it up and hope you make it through.'”-- Mike Vrabel The two veterans said they were heartened their fellow players have seemed more engaged in following the negotiating process than in the past. The cost of maintaining health insurance under federal COBRA law during a lockout has been a real eyeopener. For a family with two adults and two children, a player would have to pay $2,400 a month to keep his current

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Submitted at 12/28/2010 2:00:00 AM

by Stephen Bailey | Photos by Justin Price/ Bullz-Eye.com| Print Article| Email to Friend Born in Costa Rica and raised in Miami, Jacqueline shows off her incredible body in this sexy photo shoot in Southern California. It's easy to see why she was a BullzEye.com Featured Model. Check out her hot gallery below.

the overall game's tension by turning back the clock on weaponry. It occupies a separate Battlefield: Bad Company 2 location in the BFBC2 menu and Vietnam occupies a very strange the maps are not part of the core place. It's a great addition to the game's rotation. For all intents and Battlefield franchise, no doubt, purposes, Vietnam is such a but whether it was originally different Battlefield experience intended as a standalone game à la that you'll forget it has anything to B a t t l e f i e l d 1 9 4 3 , o r a s a n do with Bad Company 2. check out Bullz-Eye.com Gallery: Battlefield: Bad [on Facebook, Digg, Reddit and "expansion" to Battlefield Bad Company 2, is a question that Company 2 Vietnam (12/17/10) more] This entry passed through the lingers. Of course, it's hard to Continue reading Battlefield: Bad Full-Text RSS service — if this is focus on such questions while you Company 2 Vietnam review: your content and you're reading it barbecue the enemy with a Enjoyable quagmire Battlefield: Bad Company 2 on someone else's site, please read flamethrower. our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ Vietnam is, the way publisher EA Vietnam review: Enjoyable and developer DICE sell it, a quagmire originally appeared on content-only/faq.php multiplayer-only "expansion Joystiq on Tue, 28 Dec 2010 Click for Jacqueline's Photo Five Filters featured site: So, pack" to this year's hit, Battlefield 15:10:00 EST. Please see our Why is Wikileaks a Good Thing Gallery Bad Company 2. The $15 upgrade terms for use of feeds. For more hot photos galleries, Again?. includes four new maps ( a fifth Permalink| Email this| Comments will unlock shortly) and ramps up

coverage. While encouraging members to save money, the union has set aside funds of $60,000 per player by raising dues and withholding royalties. As a potential lockout looms, Vrabel believes fans can relate more to players than to owners. "We don't have 32 players who have private jets in the NFL," he said. 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 site: So, Why is Wikileaks a Good Thing Alexander Sliwinski (Joystiq) Again?. Submitted at 12/28/2010 3:10:00 PM

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Michael Vick Makes Most of Second Chance, Thanks to Eagles
Kevin Blackistone (FanHouse Main)

life after so many would-be employers, landlords and others had turned their backs on him Submitted at 12/28/2010 11:45:00 AM because of the most-recent entry Filed under: NFL on his resume: prison inmate. One morning last spring, I sat in The man who transformed us into a National Press Club audience a rapt audience that morning was that was riveted to the testimony living the rule for ex-cons. of a clean-shaven, light-skinned, Michael Vick is, unfortunately, middle-aged, college-educated, the exception. black man who told us how he The Vick story may be the most was trying to re-establish his life transcendent from the sports after drugs cost him his livelihood pages this year, but I'm afraid that and eventually his freedom. He it is for the wrong reason. spoke before a breakfast meeting It really shouldn't be about Vick's of Samaritan Ministries of Greater redemption off the field as a doWashington, which he'd turned to the-right-thing citizen, or on the for a second chance at mainstream field as an MVP candidate

quarterback for the playoff-bound Eagles. It should be, instead -- as Peter King revealed the other day of the phone call he heard about from President Obama to Eagles'

owner Jeffrey Lurie-- about what the Eagles did: extend a hand to a fallen, remorseful man who continues to pay his debt to society.

"The president wanted to talk about two things, but the first was Michael," King said Lurie told him about a phone call he received Sunday from the President. "He [the President] said, 'So many people who serve time never get a fair second chance. He was ... passionate about it. He said it's never a level playing field for prisoners when they get out of jail. And he was happy that we [the Eagles] did something on such a national stage that showed our faith in giving someone a second chance after such a major downfall."

Stranger's Wrath HD dev will 'look to' bring PS3 update to PC for free
Christopher Grant (Joystiq)
Submitted at 12/28/2010 12:31:00 PM

Porting the title from Xbox (and an Xbox-specific implementation of DirectX) to PC and OpenGL While we're no closer to learning introduced a number of issues, if the HD update to the formerly which Gilray was eager to X b o x - e x c l u s i v e O d d w o r l d : address. "From a personal note, to Stranger's Wrath will ever make it read these comments that the to Xbox Live Arcade - either it's game is beyond broken hurts," he got to shrink in size or Microsoft wrote in the forums. "I am always has to bump up that size limit ... incredibly paranoid about that again - developer Just Add Water work I/we do and am always selfis hinting at another platform that critical, so please help us fix these m a y s e e t h e " N O T P S 3 - issues by providing as much exclusive" remake. JAW's Stewart positive feedback as you can with Gilray took to the Steam forums s y s t e m s p e c s a n d d e t a i l e d to placate Oddboxx consumers d e s c r i p t i o n s . " angry about the inconsistency of As users turned in (generally the PC port of Stranger's Wrath. angry) bug reports, one asked the

question everyone's been wondering: "Why can't the PC port be as good as the PS3 version?" Gilray responded simply, "Because the PS3 version

far from a promise, it is a reminder that the HD remake isn't contractually bound to remain a PS3-exclusive, and it's also a potential silver lining for anyone plagued by bugs in the current Oddboxx release. Gallery: Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath HD (character models)[Thanks, BoogerA] Stranger's Wrath HD dev will 'look to' bring PS3 update to PC for free originally appeared on is not completed yet," before Joystiq on Tue, 28 Dec 2010 adding, "As for the PS3 version, 12:31:00 EST. Please see our we will look to bring this to the terms for use of feeds. PC as an update to the current PC Permalink| Email this| Comments version at a later date." While it's


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Poll: Huckabee Leads GOP Presidential Hopefuls
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Submitted at 12/28/2010 8:44:07 AM

In Russia, Super Meat Boy retail cover makes you!
Ben Gilbert (Joystiq)
Submitted at 12/28/2010 1:04:00 PM

Okay, not quite. But fans of Super Meat Boy in Russia now have the opportunity to design the cover art for the PC box-copy release in the territory (so team Meat doesn't have to). Published by Buka Entertainment, the Russian release will be the first box copy of the game available in the world, so it's ... sort of a big deal? To enter the box art contest -well, first you have to be a

resident of Russia or any of the former Soviet Union countries, and then -- just put together a 709x709-pixel image using this set of SMB assets (.ZIP link), send it in to Buka before midnight on January 15, 2011, and calmly wait for the results to be announced a day or so later (more specific instructions can be found here). Not only will the winner become "like semi-popular," but he or she will also receive an Acer monitor! A personal message from Team Meat's Edmund McMillen spells

out the intentions behind the contest, which you can view after the break. If you don't watch it for the pitch, watch it for his totally sweet hat. Continue reading In Russia, Super Meat Boy retail cover makes you! In Russia, Super Meat Boy retail cover makes you! originally appeared on Joystiq on Tue, 28 Dec 2010 13:04:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| Email this| Comments

Tuesday, 28 Dec 2010 02:44 PM A new poll from CNN/Opinion Research Corp. shows exArkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee leading the field of potential Republican presidential candidates for 2012. Two-thirds of Republicans say they will likely support him in what would be his second straight presidential campaign. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney(pictured), who also ran for president in 2008, placed second at 59 percent, followed by 54 percent for former House Speaker Newt Gingrich of Georgia and 49 percent for exAlaska Gov. Sarah Palin. The 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee has lost 18 percentage points of the support she held in December 2008, according to the

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US govt a big user of Amazon web services
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cloud storefront, Apps.gov. Additional AWS customers include Treasury.gov, the Federal A couple of days ago Roland Register 2.0 at the National Boon, in a comment here, asked Archives, the openEI.org project why not believe Amazon's at DoE's National Renewable explanation for why they cut off Energy Lab, the Supplemental WikiLeaks. I explained that Nutrition Assistance Program at whether I believe or not isn't the USDA, and the Jet Propulsion question. It's whether I trust them Laboratory at NASA. The current that matters. And will I hold back AWS compliance framework on what I say about them for fear covers FISMA, PCI DSS Level 1, of being cut off? ISO 27001, SAS70 type II, and That said, I think it's fairly HIPAA, and we continue to seek obvious why Amazon cut them certifications and accreditations off. It's the 800 pound gorilla in that make it easier for government the room. agencies to benefit from AWS. To Let me explain... first government-wide agency to learn more about how AWS Today I got a promotional email m i g r a t e t o a c l o u d - b a s e d w o r k s w i t h t h e f e d e r a l from Kay Kinton, Senior Public environment when it moved g o v e r n m e n t , v i s i t : h t t p : / / Relations Manager for Amazon Recovery.gov to AWS in March a w s . a m a z o n . c o m / f e d e r a l / . " Web Services, entitled "Amazon 2010. Today we have nearly 20 It makes perfect sense that the Web Services Year in Review." It government agencies leveraging US government is a big customer contained a paragraph, quoted AWS, and the U.S. federal of Amazon's web services. It also below, that explains how their government continues to be one makes perfect sense that Amazon government business grew in of our fastest growing customer wouldn't want to do anything to 2010. segments. The U.S. General jeopardize that business. There "Government adoption of AWS Services Administration awarded might not have even been a phone grew significantly in 2010. The AWS the ability to provide call, it might not have been Recovery Accountability and government agencies with cloud necessary. Transparency Board became the services through the government's
Submitted at 12/28/2010 9:37:26 AM

“Eye-Popping 3D” Montage Personifies 2010 in Movies [VIDEO]
Christina Warren (Mashable!)
Submitted at 12/28/2010 1:11:10 PM

2010 was certainly a big year for 3D at the box office. From Avatar to Alice in Wonderland to Toy Story 3 and TRON: Legacy, it was hard to find a tentpole film that wasn’t produced in “eyepopping 3D.” YouTube user kinoozg was nice enough to cut together bits for 37 different films for a two-minute tribute to “the future of cinema” — or as we like to call it, “how to get people to pay $14 per movie ticket in a down economy.”

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Michigan Hacking Prosecution Against Husband Opens U.S. to Ridicule
Carl M. Cannon (Politics Daily)
Submitted at 12/28/2010 1:35:00 PM

Is Leon Walker of Rochester Hills, Mich., a hacker or a hero? And has the criminal prosecution of Mr. Walker for reading his wife's e-mail made American jurisprudence into an international joke at the very time in history when life-and-death decisions depend on fostering respect around the globe for the U.S. legal system? The first question will apparently be put to a Michigan jury in the New Year. The second question is already before the court of world opinion -- and the verdicts being rendered are not flattering to the United States."They can't blame Mr. Assange for this, can they?" wrote Robin Yates on the website of The Guardian. From Sweden, where WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is facing criminal charges of his own, R.U. Avingalaff wrote with appropriate sarcasm that he had been a "young man" (who) listened in on my parents' phone call to see what I was getting this Christmas," but that he now realizes the error of his ways and is willing to hand himself over to the proper authorities for his transgression. The lawyer responsible for this litigation is a 64-year-old Michigan Democrat named Jessica R. Cooper who was elected Oakland County prosecutor in 2008 on a platform

of making the office less political. Leon Walker and his lawyer can be forgiven for not thinking she has lived up to that promise. Jessica Cooper describes herself, on official Oakland County stationery, as being "a pioneer in the world of women in the law." The pioneering principle she is championing in Mr. Walker's case is that any husband (or wife?) who reads their spouse's e-mail -or, presumably, who accesses their Facebook pages -- without prior permission is committing a felony. Walker's lawyer, Leon Weiss, rejected that notion. "I happen to believe that this conduct does not fall under this statute, and that the prosecution is unfortunate, and some might even say ludicrous," he told his local newspaper, the Oakland Press. Leon Walker, a 33-year-old computer technician who also works for Oakland County government, said in an interview with the paper that he was motivated to read the e-mails because he suspected his wife, Clara, of having an affair with her second husband (Leon was her third). He also says he believed she was taking the couple's 1-year -old daughter to the other man's house during her liaisons. This concerned him, he said, because his wife had previously told him that the second husband had abused her physically, sometimes in the presence of another child, a boy, whom she had with her first

husband. "I started putting more thought into it, (and thought) she was very likely taking our daughter over to the guy's house," Walker told the Oakland Press. "So I said to myself, I bet you I can confirm that by reading her e-mail. She kept very simple passwords and she left them in notes and books throughout the house." Leon Walker's fears were apparently confirmed, and he shared his newfound knowledge with Clara Walker's first husband, who promptly sued for custody of his son. Clara and Leon divorced, and in the custody battle over their little girl that followed, her lawyers sought to have the e-mail evidence ruled inadmissible on grounds it wasn't legally obtained. This is a dubious assertion: Michigan has a hacking law that prevents -- on penalty of spending up to five years in prison -- third parties from breaking into computers or computer programs, but it wouldn't seem to apply in a case such as this one. For one thing, Walker purchased the laptop in his home, and it was used by both him and his wife. His "hacking" consisted solely of typing the password to his wife's Gmail account, which he said she kept conveniently in a book beside the computer. The pioneering prosecutor doesn't see it that way. "The guy is a hacker," Jessica Cooper said in a voice mail response to the Detroit Free

Press last week. "It was passwordprotected, he had wonderful skills, and was highly trained. Then he downloaded them and used them in a very contentious way." The "contentious" use she's referring to was sharing them with his wife's first husband, which Walker had said he did out of concern about the possibility of domestic violence. "I was doing what I had to do," Walker told the Free Press. "We're talking about putting a child in danger." In an interview Monday with Laura Berman of the Detroit News, Cooper sounded annoyed that this case has gone viral. "This is one of 20,000 cases," she complained. By way of justification for the decision to pursue this criminal case, the Oakland County prosecutor also said simply, "We have a hacking." As Berman herself pointed out in her column, "we" also seem to have an adultery -- and that behavior is still on the books as constituting a crime in Michigan. Not to give Cooper any additional ideas, but no charges were filed against Clara Walker. 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 site: So, Why is Wikileaks a Good Thing Again?.

Obama Praises Second Chance for Eagle's Vick
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Submitted at 12/28/2010 8:12:46 AM

By Henry J. Reske President Barack Obama is reportedly pleased with both rehabilitated animal abuser Michael Vick of the Philadelphia Eagles and the management team that gave the disgraced quarterback a second chance -after he paid his debt to society. Eagles’ owner Jeffrey Lurie revealed Obama’s comments in a conversation with Sports Illustrated and NBC Sports’ Peter King, who wrote about it in his Monday Morning QB column on SI.com. "The president wanted to talk about two things, but the first was Michael,'' King wrote of his conversation. "He [the President] said, 'So many people who serve time never get a fair second OBAMA page 58

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Jeb Bush Emerges as Best Nelson Foe in Fla.
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Submitted at 12/28/2010 5:55:27 AM

Nelson’s job performance reviews are not stellar, and Marco Rubio showed this year that a candidate Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush can come out of nowhere to beat has emerged as the only GOP the odds.” candidate able to defeat Sen. Bill The director of the DemocraticNelson, D-Fla., in the 2012 leaning polling firm, Tom Jensen, election. A survey by Public wrote on his blog that a poll of Policy Polling also found that 400 Republican primary voters Bush was the overwhelming taken at the same time found that favorite among Republican voters 72 percent of Republicans wanted to take on Nelson. Bush as their candidate. In the poll of 1,034 Florida voters “With Bush in the equation none taken Dec. 17-20, Bush was the of the other options given get any only potential candidate with a higher than 6 percent — that's for lead over Nelson in a hypothetical p e r e n n i a l c a n d i d a t e B i l l matchup. The poll had Bush McCollum — and once you get ahead, 49 to 44 percent, while all past McCollum no one else even other potential challengers trailed tops 3 percent,” Jensen wrote. Nelson. The poll showed Rep. “Bush's relatively liberal stance Connie Mack IV, trailed 44 to 36 for a Republican on immigration percent, former Sen. George isn't giving him any trouble at LeMieux 47 to 36 percent, state least yet. The desire for him to be S e n a t e P r e s i d e n t M i k e the nominee is even stronger with Haridopolos 44 to 32 percent, and self-identified conservatives at 77 state Rep. Adam Hasner 46 to 30 percent than it is with moderates percent. at 65 percent.” Dean Debnam, President of The poll showed that former Public Policy Polling, said, “Right President George W. Bush’s now, it appears unlikely candidate brother garnered the support of Jeb Bush is the only Republican both conservative and moderate who could defeat Bill Nelson. But GOP members.

With Bush out of the picture, primary voters lined up behind Mack, 15 percent, McCollum, 14 percent, LeMieux, 11 percent, Lt. Gov.-elect Jennifer Carroll, 10 percent, Haridopolos, 9 percent, Rep. Vern Buchanan, 7 percent, and Hasner, 3 percent. Jensen wrote that one takeaway from the polling is that “there’s probably nobody else other than Bush who could get into the race and start with an overwhelming lead in the primary.” “The other big takeaway is the continued incredible weakness of LeMieux in pretty much all polling,” he said. “His head start as a senator for the last year and change has done little to

familiarize and endear himself with Florida voters.” LeMieux was appointed to the seat in 2009 by Gov. Charlie Crist under the condition that he not run for the seat this year. Marco Rubio won the seat in November, defeating Crist, who ran as an independent, and Democrat Kendrick Meek. Jensen said in the general election LeMieux polls as the “third choice of Republican voters in the state amongst a pretty uninspiring group of choices. He may yet prove to be a strong candidate but if his tenure so far has given him any sort of early advantage it's only on fundraising.” © Newsmax. All rights reserved. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ content-only/faq.php Five Filters featured site: So, Why is Wikileaks a Good Thing Again?.



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chance.'" "He was ... passionate about it. He said it's never a level playing field for prisoners when they get out of jail. And he was happy that we did something on such a national stage that showed our faith in giving someone a second chance after such a major downfall.'' The Washington Post reported that White House spokesman Bill Burton confirmed the exchange and added that Obama “condemns the crimes that Michael Vick was convicted of, but, as he’s said previously, he does think that individuals who have paid for their crimes should have an opportunity to contribute to society again.” The Post also noted that even People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals founder and President Ingrid Newkirk couldn’t resist the good news story. The Post quoted Newkirk as saying, “Obama’s a sports guy, Vick’s a sports guy, and comebacks and redemption can happen. “We all want a president who can lift us up and move us forwards when ugly things happen, but that cannot let us forget and remain watchful to avoid future abuses.”

It was not all football and redemption, however, Eagles owner Lurie told King that the other item Obama called to discuss was alternative energy plans at Lincoln Financial Field. King said the Eagles announced last month they would run the first self-sufficient alternative-energy sports stadium in the country complete with wind turbines, solar panels, and a biodiesel plant. Nonetheless, the praise, both on and off the field, for Vick is a remarkable turnaround from 2007 when he plead guilty to dogfighting charges and was sentenced to 19 months in prison. Records showed that Vick ran a dog fighting ring and poor performing animals were drowned or hanged. Many thought the gifted quarterback, who was a star at Virginia Tech and played six seasons for the Atlanta Falcons, was through, but the Eagles signed him to a one-year deal. The New York Daily News reported that Vick has toured the country giving speeches apologizing for his past and has worked to be a “model sportsman.” The paper said that

last week Vick chided his teammates for refusing to shake hands after a loss to the New York Giants. The Eagles are 10 and 4 on the season and have clinched a playoff berth. Vick’s redemption, however, is not totally complete. His recent remarks that he would one day like to have another dog brought a harsh response. “You don’t forget,” PETA’s Newkirk said to The Post. “In the same way, you would hope a pedophile would get a chance at what he does (in his career), but you wouldn’t want him to get another child in his home.” © Newsmax. All rights reserved. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ content-only/faq.php Five Filters featured site: So, Why is Wikileaks a Good Thing Again?.

Researchers create ultrafast '1,000 core' processor, Intel also toys with the idea
Donald Melanson (Engadget)
Submitted at 12/28/2010 2:21:00 PM

We've already seen field programmable gate arrays (or FPGAs) used to create energy efficient supercomputers, but a team of researchers at the University of Glasgow led by Dr. Wim Vanderbauwhede now say that they have "effectively" created a 1,000 core processor based on the technology. To do that, the researchers divvied up the millions of transistors in the FPGA into 1,000 mini-circuits that are each able to process their own instructions -- which, while still a proof of concept, has already proven to be about twenty times faster than "modern computers" in some early tests. Interestingly, Intel has also been musing about the idea of a 1,000 core processor recently, with Timothy Mattson of the company's Microprocessor Technology Laboratory saying that such a processor is "feasible." He's referring to Intel's Singlechip Cloud Computer (or SCC, pictured here), which currently

packs a whopping 48 cores, but could "theoretically" scale up to 1,000 cores. He does note, however, that there are a number of other complicating factors that could limit the number of cores that are actually useful -- namely, Amdahl's law (see below) -- but he says that Intel is "looking very hard at a range of applications that may indeed require that many cores." [Thanks, Andrew] Researchers create ultra-fast '1,000 core' processor, Intel also toys with the idea originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 28 Dec 2010 14:21:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| Daily Mail, UKPA, ZD Net| Email this| Comments

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Palin Trails Other Potential 2012 Presidential Candidates Among Republicans
Bruce Drake (Politics Daily)
Submitted at 12/28/2010 1:52:00 PM

Contributing Editor Reporting on each new poll that throws cold water on Sarah Palin's chances as a presidential candidate may be starting to sound like it's piling on. But not only have recent surveys shown that big percentages of the general public don't look kindly on a Palin candidacy, a new poll by CNN/ Opinion Research finds that she makes the worst showing among fellow Republicans when compared to potential GOP contenders considered for the moment to be in the top tier. Fifty-one percent of Republicans who were surveyed in the poll conducted Dec. 17-19 said they were not very likely or not likely at all to support Palin if she decided to run compared to 49 percent who said they'd back her. That's a turnaround from December 2008, right in the wake of the just-ended presidential campaign, when 67 percent said they'd be likely to support a Palin

run while 33 percent would not. By contrast, Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee and Newt Gingrich are all in positive territory. Fifty-nine percent are very or somewhat likely to back Romney compared to 40 percent who are not; 67 percent are very or somewhat likely to support Huckabee compared to 31 percent who are not; and, 54 percent are very or somewhat likely to get behind Gingrich compared to 44 percent who are not. None of the four has higher than

27 percent of Republicans who describe themselves as "very" and not just "somewhat" likely to support them. The unencouraging news for Palin about the sentiments of Republicans follows a Washington Post/ABC News poll conducted Dec. 9-12 that said 59 percent of all Americans ruled out backing Palin for president. Palin's problems with the general electorate were also evident in surveys conducted over the last two months in 10 states by Public

Policy Polling, which found that voters in every one of them held an unfavorable opinion of her. PPP said that an average 56 percent of voters saw her unfavorably in Florida, Ohio, North Carolina and Virginia, which it viewed as key to GOP chances in the 2012 presidential race. One of Palin's worst showings was in her home state of Alaska where 58 percent regarded her unfavorably. Follow Poll Watch on Twitter Visit the Poll Watch Home Page and see all the latest polls in one place 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 site: So, Why is Wikileaks a Good Thing Again?.


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Iowa Could Hold January Presidential Vote as 2012 Date-Jockeying Looms
Tom Diemer (Politics Daily)
Submitted at 12/28/2010 12:15:00 PM

Correspondent Another brutally early beginning of the presidential campaign may be in the offing as jealousy among states that want to be first in the primary and caucus season could advance the official 2012 calendar. New Hampshire officials are already talking about moving up a proposed Feb. 14 date for that state's first-in-the-nation primary because Nevada is planning a presidential caucus four days later, the New York Times reported Tuesday. New Hampshire laws require the primary to be staged at least a week before any similar election elsewhere (except Iowa). If New Hampshire bumps forward in February, Iowa -whose caucuses are the very first 2012 event -- could follow suit since it has similar rules about having a space between the caucuses and the first primary. And that could mean the next presidential campaign would officially launch in the first month of 2012. The Des Moines Register led its piece on the possibility of advancing the campaign calendar with "Here we go again." Two

years ago, candidates, staff and many journalists had to forgo holiday festivities with their families because of the unprecedented early start of the 2008 campaign -- in Iowa on Jan. 3 and New Hampshire on Jan. 8. If New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner sticks to his guns and insists on an earlier date for the primary, it would break an agreement between the two political parties to hold off on voting in 2012 until February. Word that the tentative Feb. 14 date in New Hampshire was imperiled first came from the Manchester Union Leader's John DiStaso. Although neither state's population is representative of the

broader electorate, Iowa and New Hampshire guard their lead-off roles in the presidential race because of the attention and income the campaigns bring them. The contests in both states, often snowbound, offer colorful glimpses of old-fashioned peopleto-people retail politics and give the winners an advantage heading into the late-winter/early-spring primary season. 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 site: So, Why is Wikileaks a Good Thing Again?.

HTC Desire HD gets FCC approval with North American 3G, might be for Telus
Chris Ziegler (Engadget)
Submitted at 12/28/2010 2:41:00 PM

Just over a week ago we caught a glimpse of a device that claimed to be a Telus-branded version of the 4.3-inch HTC Desire HD, a beast that has yet to make the leap to North America and doesn't officially exist in any variants that fully support the 3G frequencies used there. Well, now we've got the smoking gun in the form of an FCC approval for a device with model number PD98120 that supports WCDMA Bands II and V, which means it's ripe for uses on AT&T, Bell, Telus, and Rogers (sorry, T-Mobile). The original European version of the Desire HD is the PD98100 -- and the DLNA's certification site

actually refers to the phone as the "PD98 series" -- so we think we can safely say that's what we're looking at here, particularly considering that the FCC label location document shows a device laid out in the Desire HD's very unusual way. It's anything but a slam dunk that AT&T might take an interest in this... but yeah, Telus subscribers, you can probably start saving your cash now. HTC Desire HD gets FCC approval with North American 3G, might be for Telus originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 28 Dec 2010 14:41:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| FCC| Email this| Comments

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Testing the Best: The Toshiba Libretto, an Endearing Weirdo
Dan Nosowitz (Popular Science - New Technology, Science News, The Future Now)
Submitted at 12/28/2010 8:00:00 AM

Toshiba Libretto W105 in Use Top screen: the big-button Kylo browser. Bottom screen: Toshiba's custom touchscreen overlay. Dan Bracaglia The two-screened netbook/tablet hybrid is just about the oddest gadget to see release this year The Toshiba Libretto W105 is a napkin-sketched concept unexpectedly brought to life. It's the kind of gadget that's mused about in tech blog comment sections: "What if they made a tablet with--wait for it-- two screens? How awesome would that be?" Of course, nobody really expects a major company to produce such a weird, ballsy device, except maybe for a limited demo at a convention, never to be seen again. But Toshiba went ahead and actually did it. The two-screen concept isn't exactly a new one. Hardcore gadget nerds will lament the lost Microsoft Courier, a dramatically innovative two-screened tablet with an aesthetic as inspired by Moleskine as the iPhone. The Courier was cancelled soon after it was unearthed, for unclear reasons. Other companies, notably Acer and Asus, have offered concepts or prototypes, and then there's the massive textbookreplacement Kno(two 14-inch screens!), which should be

released...eventually. One lowbudget company released a dualscreen device in which one screen was e-ink, the other an Android tablet, though nobody that used it seemed to like either side very much. This is all a very long-winded way to lead up to the night I took the Libretto home and introduced it to my roommate. I, a gadget nerd, was incredibly excited about it. I played with it for an hour or so, noting its strengths and weaknesses with a critical eye but loving the little oddball--it

ebooks the way you'd want to, one page on each screen. Yet all that night, I used it. With my MacBook Pro sitting on my desk, closed and forlorn, I used it. I forced it to behave the way I wanted, downloading an obscure web browser meant for home theater PCs ( Kylo) for its large, finger-friendly buttons. I used a flashy 3D desktop called BumpTop to get some use, any use, out of the bottom screen. I dug through menus to increase the size of the taskbar and menu bars. I hunched, ogre-like, over the two tiny screens sitting on my lap. I coerced, pleaded, and tricked it into usability--and I'm glad I did. I did these things because the Libretto is gloriously, irrevocably, inevitably unique, and fun. It is a limited-edition device, as well it should be, priced at a frankly ridiculous $1,100. But! If you see surprised me so much simply by mind whether it's a tablet or a this thing in the wild, a demo unit existing, I never really got over netbook, and taking the middle on a dusty Best Buy endcap or on the "oooh shiny!" phase. Then I road hurts its use as either. t h e c o f f e e t a b l e o f a n passed it to my roommate, who Windows 7 is, as we know very undiscerning and highly moneyed has proven impressively capable well by now, a poor choice for a gadget nerd, pick it up. Play with of dealing with the litany of tablet operating system, one it. For five minutes, ten minutes, electronic nonsense that litters our w h i c h h u r t s t h e L i b r e t t o ' s an hour, it is gleefully fun, apartment, and went to the bodega practical use as a tablet. As a strikingly audacious. It is a Best across the street for some milk. netbook, the second touchscreen of What's New winner for its When I came back, the Libretto becomes a very cool hindrance, sheer contrariness. It is absolutely was on our coffee table, with the rather than a help, and the 7-inch f u t u r i s t i c - - o n e o f t h e m o s t addition of a note my roommate screen size is really too small for exciting gadgets I've picked up all had written with the tablet's a netbook. And, yes, the Libretto year. custom note-taking software: doesn't take advantage of the fact She's not entirely wrong. The that it can be held and used like a Libretto can't seem to make up its tiny book--there's no way to read



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Sponsored Post: Philips EnduraLED
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photosynthetically active radiation, while generating virtually no heat. Solid-state construction means these bulbs Submitted at 12/27/2010 4:00:01 PM Philips EnduraLED can survive a drop, something How many years does it take to that's of great concern with more screw in a light bulb? fragile compact fluorescents that Up to 15 if it's the right kind! Get contain mercury, which Philips it?! Eh… OK, it's not much of a AmbientLEDs do not. joke, but you really could go 15 But none of that means anything years without replacing one of if Philips' LEDs don't provide a Philips' AmbientLED flood lights, comfortably-lit environment. which is hilarious if you're an Available in two models, the R20 electrical engineering major, trust offers cool white and warm white us. options that are designed for LED technology is like a accenting within the home. journeyman quarterback who has Meanwhile, the PAR30L and his breakout season in his forties. PAR38 bulbs are intended for use What began as little more than the in recessed and track lighting, red digital display on alarm clocks giving off a soft white light that and calculators has advanced to intensities: R20 (which replaces a savings of as much as 80 percent won't fade fabrics or colors. i n c l u d e p o l y c h r o m a t i c 40-watt halogen spot light of on your electric bill. For instance, It's not often that a new applications in traffic lights, equivalent brightness), PAR30L the R20, at seven watts, is technology hits the trifecta of televisions and now as a substitute (which replaces a 50-watt bulb) projected to save $132 over its superior quality, longer life and for less efficient incandescent and and PAR38 (which replaces a 45- lifetime compared with the 11 overall cost savings, but Philips fluorescent interior lighting nearly watt bulb). What all this means is standard bulbs it will replace. AmbientLEDs do just that. And if that Philips AmbientLED indoor Plus, the two PAR lights allow you're of retirement age, they may 50 years later. Philips AmbientLED indoor floods produce more light per for the sustainability of plants and be the last bulbs you ever buy! flood lights fit into existing watt than conventional lighting, other organisms that require fixtures and are available in three which translates directly into a sunlight for growth by using

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Win the Cold (and Flu) War

hand cream (like Purell) before and after workouts will protect you from germ-covered gym by Nate Millado| Print Article| equipment. But be wary of Email to Friend cheaper, less effective gels. "Turn Fortunately, a swine flu vaccine the package over and look for at will be ready as soon as next least 62 percent ethyl alcohol as month. Still, 36,000 Americans its active ingredient," Moyad says. die from the "regular" flu each "Anything less than that won't kill year. Keep influenza at bay with viruses." these tried-and-true (and cheap) 3) Sweeten Those Coughs cold and flu strategies: Honey beats dextromethorphan, 1) Get Vaccinated Now the key drug in over-the-counter You can at least rest easy cough suppressants, according to knowing you won't spread any a recent Penn State study. "If you virus to children and elderly, the feel something coming on, taking two age groups most susceptible one to two teaspoons of honey t o f l u - r e l a t e d d e a t h s . turns out to have an antimicrobial "[Vaccinations] may also reduce effect," Moyad says. "Plus, it's the risk of other potential causes soothing when it goes down your of illness, like cardiovascular throat." disease," says Mark Moyad. 4) Clear Your Nose M.D., director of preventive Buy a sterile saline nasal mist medicine at the University of (like Simply Saline), to flush out Michigan Medical Center. Get the nasal passages, one of the vaccinated early, since developing most common sources of entry for an immunity takes up to four colds and flu. Use it morning and weeks. And don't get bamboozled night, or whenever you're leaving into paying more than $50 for it. an area that seems especially Moyad advises you go to a free germy. c l i n i c o r l o c a l d r u g s t o r e 5) Grab Some Supplements (Pharmacies like Walgreens and Remember this about Duane Reade will administer the supplements: zinc is overrated, shot). Vitamin C is underrated. "One of 2) Smear on Some Gel the toxicities of zinc is a A small amount of antibacterial permanent loss of smell and
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taste," says Moyad. In June, Zicam recalled its nasal gels for this very reason. "Vitamin C is incredibly safe and cheap. [A 250cound 500 mg bottle will only cost you about $7.] High dosages of Vitamin C could potentially reduce the risk of pneumonia-the biggest concern of cold and flu season since it could be lethal."

Another immune system builder is Vitamin D. A study this year found that people with low levels of the "sunshine vitamin" were 36 percent more likely to get the flu. 6) Gargle, Gargle, Gargle Swishing with water several times a day can help decrease changes of getting a cold by 36 percent, says a 2005 Japanese

study (a separate report suggests that gargling with green tea may enhance the effectiveness of the flu vaccine). 7) Go for the Soup We know it's a cliche, but chicken soup is not just nutritious. The warm, steamy liquid is also a natural nasal decongestant. Hot tea works, too. But it won't make grandma as happy. 8) Score More Shut-Eye People who sleep fewer than seven hours a night are three times more likely to catch a cold, according to research from Carnegie Mellon University. How do you get more sleep if you've already caught the bug? Try Vicks' new NyQuil Less Drowsy. It has the same multi-symptom relief but with a less-sedating antihistamine, so you wake up feeling better but less groggy. [on Facebook, Digg, Reddit and more] This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ content-only/faq.php Five Filters featured site: So, Why is Wikileaks a Good Thing Again?.


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Yearlong Workout
Submitted at 12/28/2010 4:00:00 AM

by C.J. Murphy, M.F.S. | Photos by Jennifer Pottheiser| Print Article| Email to Friend Go To The Workouts! Most guys in the gym—even the regulars—look about the same year after year. Maybe you do too, and that sucks. You don't go through life trying to stay where you are, so why are you still lifting the same weights as last year? Probably because you don't have a plan for progress. We do. The MF Yearlong Workout is a 12-month plan of sequential workouts that culminates with your achieving your biggest, strongest, leanest, most athletic body ever. With each issue of Men's Fitness in 2010, we will add a new workout. One year from now, you'll be a whole new man. And those other guys? Don't worry, they won't have changed a bit. How It Works Our Yearlong Workout program is designed to help you see what goes on inside trainers' heads. You'll learn how they manipulate workouts to ensure steady gains, and you'll find how to do the same for yourself. That means that rather than giving you a completely different routine every month, you'll be making very subtle changes to the basic template, so you can stick with the very best exercises and rep

ranges. This way, you won't lose progress on any lift while you still get enough variety to grow and it's kept interesting. Directions FREQUENCY Perform each workout (1, 2, 3, etc*) once per week, resting at least a day between each session. Once you've completed the first week, apply the variations (see links below) to change them up. *Special Note: You'll notice that Phase V-A, Phase IX, and Phase X-A each have four workouts instead of the

the weekend off, and pick up with Workout IV the next Monday. In this case, if you choose to do Workout IV every week, you will finish Phase V Part A in six weeks instead of four. That's fine. Go on to the Phase V Part B workouts afterward. If you skip Workout IV occasionally, you can finish the program in four or five weeks. TIME NEEDED 45 - 60 min. DO IT Perform exercises marked with a letter (A, B, and, sometimes, C) in succession, completing one set for each and resting as little as possible in between (unless otherwise directed) before repeating the sequence. Perform the remaining exercises as straight sets, completing all the prescribed sets for one move before moving on to the next. The workouts will change slightly on a weekly basis. usual three. How does this affect Check out the MF Trainer the schedule? Well, Workout IV Directory is optional. You can do it every [on Facebook, Digg, Reddit and week, for an extra fat-burning and more] conditioning boost, or you can do This entry passed through the it here and there as your schedule Full-Text RSS service — if this is permits. As always, you need to your content and you're reading it rest at least a day before and after on someone else's site, please read the fourth workout before our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ beginning the cycle again. Yes, content-only/faq.php this will lengthen the time it takes Five Filters featured site: So, you to complete this phase. Why is Wikileaks a Good Thing For example, you could do Again?. Workout I on Monday, II on Wednesday, III on Friday, take

Who Is Ron Paul?
Submitted at 12/28/2011 3:00:05 AM

Ask ten different people, and you’ll get ten different answers. R on Paul speaks softly and carries Mises. The eccentric, famous, and infamous Texas congressman has a frail frame and a frailer voice. “I am not powerful, but my ideas are powerful,” he says. Everybody knows his name. Everybody talks about him. But nobody can agree as to who he is. #ad#He’s America’s most prominent libertarian, and he has the college and yuppie fans -fond of styling themselves “fiscally conservative but socially liberal!” -- who come along with that. But it’s not that simple; for example, Paul strongly opposes abortion rights. Many are surprised by that. But Paul continually tries to convey -despite the confusion of the mainstream media -- that his prolife advocacy is consistent with, indeed bound up with, his libertarianism: Both protect the right to self that every person (and Paul considers the unborn to be persons) possesses. The congressman is also surprisingly vociferous in his opposition to illegal immigration, which might be considered a turn away from laissez faire economics. On samesex marriage and the death penalty, Paul’s political priority is WHO page 65

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to protect states’ rights to decide for themselves, but he personally leans right. So does that mean Paul is another typical conservative? If you believe establishment Republicans, definitely not. During the 2008 Republican presidential primaries, Rudy Giuliani took offense to Paul’s claim that the September 11 hijackers were motivated by American aggression and meddling abroad. Paul spent the rest of the campaign answering the question, “Are you in the right party?” Paul maintains that he presents the essence of true conservatism -- that he is the voice crying out in the wilderness, reminding American conservatism it had gone astray under the influence of “neoconservatives.” And to hear Paul talk about American imperialism, our military-industrial complex, and the nefarious influence of Leo Strauss, you might think he was a commentator for Democracy Now! Some say he’s an isolationist. He says non-interventionism is different. Some say he is a corporate tool and shill for the rich. He says his libertarian opposition to corporate welfare is just the opposite. Some called his 2007 proposal to cut size of the federal government by 40 percent radical and dangerous. He asked whether 1997 -- when federal spending was 40 percent lower -was really such a radical and dangerous time. Some say he’s a bigot, pointing to the notorious

newsletters bearing his name. He says his brand of individualism -and its attendant politics -- is the only curative to group-hatred (and his supporters maintain that Paul was not responsible for the content of the newsletters). Some say his tendency to earmark bills he knows will pass -- and then vote against them -- is hypocritical. He calmly explains that insofar as government is going to spend so much, better congressmen control it than administrators. Paul’s preference for abstractions and philosophical pronouncements over canned and screened reactions has made him something of a Rorschach politician, his many words an inkblot into which others may read their dreams or nightmares. Hence, perhaps, the enthusiasm of both Paul’s fans and his detractors. Paul, however, says his political philosophy is quite simple: “I’m a constitutionalist.” And he takes it as a sign of the times that his faithfulness to an originalist reading of the Constitution -which he claims forbids the existence of the Federal Reserve, among other government creatures -- engenders such confusion, so many accusations of both radicalism and reaction. Two things about Ron Paul are for certain. The first is that he’s quixotic -- unquestionably a little weird, and probably unelectable to higher office -- but a necessary gadfly reminding us of our lost constitutional liberty. The second

is that Paul, the author of End the Fed, among other books, has been selected as the new chairman of the Subcommittee on Domestic Monetary Policy. The man who wants to end the Fed will now be overseeing it (as far as Congress can oversee the Fed). NRO’s Matthew Shaffer talked to Paul about that oversight, his economics, the presidency, and more. #page# NATIONAL rEVIEW oNLINE: What new powers will you have as chairman of the subcommittee on domestic monetary policy? RON PAUL: I won’t have many new powers. It’s not about power for me. I’ll have a better position from which to publicize and get attention for my ideas. #ad# nro: Speaking of ideas: Yours are considered strange and radical by some, but now there seems to be an uptick in interest. PAUL: Before two or three years ago, this could have never happened. It was only because of the crisis that the Austrian economists predicted came about, and people said, “Hey, maybe these guys are on to something.” I think that helped me get the job, because I’m really not mainstream in the House here. But now people are looking for alternative answers. nro: Even people like Michele Bachmann are showing up to events on the Austrians now. Do you expect cooperation in your agenda from the full committee and Republican leadership? PAUL: I don’t expect them to

agree with every single thing, but I think they’ll be cooperative in letting me run my hearings, propose alternatives, and so on. And I expect them to support the effort to get more information from the Fed. The new people coming in certainly should be very supportive, because a lot of them ran on these issues -- more transparency in the Fed. nro: Are you going to try to use your influence there to, as per your book title, “ End the Fed”? PAUL: Not directly. Indirectly, though, yes. The Fed will end because the system we have is not viable. All printing-money systems always end. So my goal in the book as well as in the committee is to expose the Fed for what they do, how important it is economically, why they don’t achieve what they pretend to achieve, and why they need to have more transparency. I would just like to legalize competition, legalize the Constitution, and allow people to use gold and silver as legal tender. And then if people don’t like the paper money, they can start using gold and silver in savings accounts or spending or whatever. Today if you do that, you go to prison. nro: So your goal is to end the federal government’s monopoly over currency, essentially. PAUL: That is it. It has monopoly control over supply of money and credit. And it was never meant to be that way. Under the gold standard, the supply of money is dependent on the market and the interest rates are

dependent on savings rather than the Fed dictating the interest rate. When I first came to Congress in the Seventies, gold wasn’t even allowed be owned. It was ’75 or ’76 when it became legal again. And some people used gold as a protection back then. It was $35 an ounce and now, look, it’s $1,400 an ounce. So it’s a system that deserves our attention. nro: You’re pretty confident in your economics. So why do you think the Austrian school of economics has been so outside of the mainstream, not always respected by the academy or board members of the Federal Reserve? PAUL: It’s the failure of their views. Not many people think there’s going to be a wave of Communism in the world in the near future, because the collapse of the Soviet Union was a major historical event that proved that radical socialism does not work. And I think what we’re witnessing now is the conclusion that Keynesianism doesn’t work either, that the money, inflationism, corporatism, regulatory systems run wild, spending, and deficits -- all that stuff is failing. And that means that now people are looking to the Austrian school that says we should have sound money and balanced budgets and no government regulation of interest rates or regulation of the money supply. #page# nro: But there are WHO page 66


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conflicting narratives. A lot of people say that deregulation was responsible for irresponsible investments and the financial crisis. PAUL: That’s a really important issue. That’s what always happens. That’s more or less what they said in the Thirties. We had inflation in the Twenties, then the collapse of the financial bubble, and then the depression. But they said, “If only we had had a lot more regulation#...#” So they added regulations and prolonged our depression. I think it was when Long-Term Capital failed, Sarbanes-Oxley came in and said we needed more regulations. We already had the Securities Exchange Commission and everything else, but they wanted more. And many companies went along with it. #ad#I see the opposite. I see the arbitrary regulations of government as a major cause of our problems. Many people ask me, “If you’re not for regulations, how do you control things?” Well, in the marketplace, there are a lot of market regulations -- and you don’t have the moral hazard of a government guarantee. If you mess up, you go bankrupt. In freemarket banking, for instance, the directors who set up the bank would be personally liable if it went bankrupt. Can you imagine how much more cautious they would be? They wouldn’t be making all these wild loans and responding to the regulators saying you must make certain bad loans to people who don’t qualify.

So regulations are very negative when they come from government. What we need are more private-property regulations, more market regulations. So far, we’re doing exactly the wrong thing. We had the recession come because of too much spending, too much debt, too much taxing, and too much regulation. And so we’re trying to solve the problem by spending like crazy, regulating like crazy, printing money like crazy, and taxing. And then they wonder why things are getting worse. nro: It seems like that carries over to the moral hazard introduced by the implicit guarantee of banks that are “too big to fail.” PAUL: Sure. And one of the things that I complained about for eight years or so about the housing bubble is that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac had a line of credit to the Treasury. It had only $2 billion, and that wasn’t very much, because it was hundreds of billions or trillions that got involved with these derivatives. But the idea that the Treasury was supposed to come to their rescue implied that they can run roughshod. And then there were all these regulations and affirmative actions that said you must make these loans. That was really the basic problem, but the Fed accommodated by creating all this credit and that’s how we got into this mess. But it was the line of credit that created the moral hazard. nro: Were you prescient about

that in the early 2000s? PAUL: Oh, yeah, that was my motivation to run for Congress 30 years ago. I thought interest rates were always too low. Nobody wants to make interest rates very high, deliberately. But the low interest rate misleads the businessman and makes him think there’s been a lot of savings, and therefore it’s proper to have more capital investments. And that’s why they overbuild in various areas. And these moneys flow into the various areas -- sometimes into asset bubbles, sometimes into housing, sometimes in raw property or whatever. They help create bubbles that have to pop at some point. I want market interest rates. We don’t have enough confidence or understanding of how the market works in this country to set interest rates, and thinking we do is how we’ve gotten ourselves into trouble. nro: What do you think about QE2? PAUL: It’s more of the same. That is what caused our problem. It was the low interest rates at 1 percent under Greenspan that really helped build the bubble, and then QE1 and the promise that Bernanke will do whatever is necessary and print as much as he wants and he will rescue us. But all of a sudden it doesn’t lower interest rates. At the beginning, QE2 was supposed to lower interest rates, and now the interest rates are going up. #page# nro: One thing that matters to you and a lot of

disciples of Austrian economics is inflation. Some think it’s necessary and good because, with sticky prices, it helps to stimulate growth. Can you explain your problems with steady inflation? PAUL: It’s the worst thing any government could deliberately do. It’s counterfeit. It means some people will benefit at the expense of others. People who saved money and are living off their savings get cheated. It’s a moral issue: They might make 1 percent on their certificates of deposit, and they can’t live on that. And the government practically gives the money to the banks and then they turn it over and buy Treasury bills and bonds and make 3 or 4 percent. So they make billions of dollars after having just been rescued from their bankruptcy. #ad#It’s wrong to deliberately devalue the currency, because prices go up and if your purchasing power goes down, then somebody is stealing from you. So to me, it’s theft. And they should never be allowed to do that. And the responsibility of government is to guarantee the value of currency. The Founders understood it clearly, they had had runaway inflation of the continental dollars, that’s why they said you cannot admit bills of credit, no paper money -- we totally ignored that and it’s one of the major reasons we’re in the mess we’re in. nro: So inflation transfers wealth? PAUL: Inflation goes from the middle class to the wealthy, and it

is a tax, and the people don’t know about it. It’s invisible. That’s why they get away with it. Eventually the people wake up, and then it’s too late, and you get rampant inflation. Bernanke brags that he can turn off inflation in 15 minutes. He can’t. There’s so much money out there, which is going back into use -commodities are going up. This idea that there is no inflation is absurd. One thing they do is they want everyone to talk about inflation as the CPI. Austrians say that inflation is when you increase the money supply -- sometimes some prices go up, sometimes it starts out in land, but eventually it can be everything. nro: If you don’t trust the Fed, as an unelected “fourth branch of government”#...# PAUL: Yep, they’re bigger than the Congress now. nro:#...#but if you don’t trust smart bankers to control the currency, why would you trust Congress? PAUL: Well, how could it be any worse? At least with Congress, people would know what they were doing. But I don’t want Congress to do it. People who we call Greenbackers are the ones who say Congress should print the money and pass it out and help the people they want to help. But that’s not what I want, that’s not what is in the Constitution. Nobody is supposed to regulate the money and set interest rates. I want the marketplace to set WHO page 69

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Congress, not the executive, controls criminal law. W ith respect to the federal government, whose formation he then was championing, Alexander Hamilton assured skeptics during the debates over the new Constitution that state governments would enjoy “one transcendent advantage” -- they would retain control over “the administration of criminal and civil justice.” The prosecution of crimes would not be a federal responsibility at all. #ad#That consensus position of the Framers is one that my friends David Rivkin and Lee Casey should have kept in mind before writing “The Wrong Way to Stop Civilian Terror Trials,” a deeply flawed essay published in the Wall Street Journal last week. The two former Reagan Justice Department officers usually offer compelling insights on executive war powers, but their claim that criminal prosecution lies at “the very core of [the president’s] constitutional power” is meritless. It also leads them to an even more specious conclusion: namely, that Congress somehow violates the Constitution by using its power of the purse to block the Obama administration’s efforts to prosecute enemy-combatant terrorists in civilian federal courts. Messrs. Rivkin and Casey specifically target budget provisions that bar using federal funds to transfer prisoners

detained at Guantanamo Bay to the United States. This maneuver, the authors correctly assert, thwarts civilian prosecution. It keeps the terrorists outside federal -court jurisdiction and thus prevents their physical presence at trial, a constitutional right the lawyers reasonably assume the detainees would have in the civilian justice system. (That is, notwithstanding colorable arguments to the contrary, it is a safe bet that federal judges would continue granting the fully panoply of due-process protections to any detainees tried in civilian court.) From there, though, Rivkin and Casey go off the rails. Congress, the lawyers claim, is violating the Constitution by dictating “whether, when, and where to bring a particular prosecution.” This places the president (and, derivatively, his Justice Department) in a purportedly unusual and untenable position: Though the nation’s “chief federal law enforcement officer and prosecutor,” he is forced “to exercise his discretion in accordance with Congress’s wishes rather than his own.” That, they insist, “violates the Constitution’s separation of powers.” From its basic premises to its overwrought conclusion, the lawyers’ argument is wrong. There is nothing in the Constitution about the president being the chief federal lawenforcement officer and

prosecutor -- in stark contrast to Article II’s designation of the president as “commander-inchief” of the armed forces. Prosecutorial authority, instead, is inferred from Article II’s endowment of all “executive power” in the president. Obviously, since prosecution is an executive function, it is a power the executive branch must have if it is to be exercised by the federal government at all -- Congress may prescribe laws, but it may not enforce them. Still, whether and under what circumstances the prosecution power was to be exercised at the federal level are questions the Constitution left entirely up to Congress. The fact that some authority is executive in nature does not make it a “core” presidential power -- not if the word “core” is to have any meaning. Quite intentionally, the Constitution did not establish a federal role in law enforcement. Consistent with Hamilton’s sentiments, James Madison had written that federal powers “will be exercised principally on external objects” -- meaning intercourse between our nation and other nations. Madison identified these “external objects” as “ war, peace, negotiation, and foreign commerce.” Consequently, the “core” of presidential power is found where Article II intersects with these matters. Thus did Madison elaborate that “the powers reserved to the several states

would focus on internal objects” - objects which, “in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives, liberties and property of the people,” including the “internal order . . . of the state.” The Constitution did not prohibit a federal role in prosecution, just as it did not forbid the creation of federal courts inferior to the Supreme Court. Rather, it left these matters up to the legislature, which would have to find constitutional justifications for any federal intrusions. In conjunction with establishing the lower federal courts in the Judiciary Act of 1789, Congress created the office of attorney general. President Washington chose Edmund Randolph for the position, making him the fourth cabinet member. Months earlier, among its first orders of business, the first Congress had dealt with what were understood to be the president’s core responsibilities -national defense, foreign affairs, and finance -- by establishing the secretaries of war, state, and the treasury. As if that did not make it clear enough that prosecution was not a core presidential function, the position of attorney general was not originally conceived as prosecutorial in nature. Rather, it was a part-time job with a nominal salary and no office or staff, created because Congress (a) realized the United States would need legal representation in court cases and (b) thought it prudent for the president to have a

legal adviser. #page#So ingrained was the assumption that criminal enforcement was a state issue that the Department of Justice -which we now think of as the center of our prosecutorial universe -- did not even exist until Congress created it in 1870. In fact, the contention by Rivkin and Casey that Congress may not use its budgetary authority to limit the president’s prosecutorial options ignores the fact that, for decades, Congress declined to establish a Justice Department at all, much less to fund various projects the attorneys general wanted to take on. Prior to the late 19th century, while there were U.S. attorneys and federal marshals tending to very limited federal interests in the states and territories, there simply was no system of federal law enforcement to speak of. #ad#That system developed, over a century after the Constitution’s adoption, under the direction of Congress. From the Progressive Era through the New Deal, and continuing to our own day, federal legislation and judicial decisions combined to work a radical transformation of the federal role in domestic life. Presidential administrations have pushed this process along to greater and lesser degrees. It has always been driven, though, by legislation, not by changes to the Constitution. It is Congress’s decision to act that controls the federal prosecutorial PRESIDENT page 70



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and perhaps even in sketching the rough contours of the near future. The world will be worse without Yet this argument lacks any moral a liberal hegemon. component and is overly I n the judgment of Yale historian dismissive of the sources of both Paul Kennedy, a world in which a domestic power and global shrunken America is just primus stability. inter pares, “one of the most In the clinical view that Kennedy prominent players in the small takes, the United States (and club of great powers,” is all but before it, Great Britain) is, in the inevitable, a natural turning of the end, simply interchangeable with seasons. While many on the left all previous and future great w o u l d w e l c o m e s u c h a n powers, and its unique domestic egalitarian future -- it is not “a society and global behavior are bad thing,” Kennedy claims -- the but epiphenomenal. The best that rest of the world, especially Kennedy can do is a grudging liberal-democratic nations, may acknowledgment that “we should quibble just a bit with this rather all be careful to wish away a prosaic and utilitarian view of reasonably benign American global power. hegemony; we might regret its K e n n e d y - - w h o w a s m y going.” Such are the wages paid colleague at Yale for most of the to nearly two centuries of liberal last decade -- made his reputation g r o w t h a n d i n t e r n a t i o n a l by limning the “rise and fall of s t e w a r d s h i p . great powers,” and his most recent Nowhere in Kennedy’s article in The New Republic, r u m i n a t i o n s d o t h e w o r d s “Back to Normalcy,” is but a “liberty” or “freedom” appear, variant of this oft-played theme. and he mentions democracy only Galloping widely through the last once, when recounting Harvard half-millennium of Western political scientist Joseph Nye’s history, he purports to show how analysis of the global effects of America’s global position rests on American power. The indivisible an increasingly unstable three- links among a given society’s legged stool of “soft power,” domestic structure, its national economic power, and military strength, and its international power. Each is eroding as other position are thus dismissed. nations rise. In Kennedy’s telling, There is no recognition either that the ability to challenge America national greatness over the long for regional or possibly global t e r m m u s t c o m e f r o m t h e leadership is merely a matter of character of a given society or that aping American models and the nature of the hegemonic asserting the national will. country will determine to a great #ad#This view may not be d e g r e e t h e n a t u r e o f t h e incorrect in tracing current trends international system. It is no
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accident that Great Britain and the United States became so powerful and stable. Surely, the unique combination of ever-moreefficient capitalist financing and production along with slowly expanding democracy should be accounted the prime source of Anglo-American greatness. To this potent mix was accreted generations of evolution in social trust, transparency in economic interactions, and the firming of the bedrock of law. All of these accelerated industrial development, and thereby human wellbeing, more evenly and for a longer period of time than did any other system in history. To treat them as but an incidental factor in the rise to power of Great Britain and the United States is to eviscerate one’s explanatory scheme and make any predictions a risky gamble. China’s attempt to continue growing without developing mechanisms of selfexpression, trust, and impartial law is an experiment the world will watch keenly over the coming decades, but only a reckless prognosticator would assume that such growth is inevitable. It is not so simple as playing “catch-up,” in Paul Kennedy’s words, even if America’s relative economic strength will indeed decline over time. Kennedy’s thesis also glides over the sources of international norms, stability, and the provision of global public goods. On the global stage, countries ruled by

law and in which the people are sovereign act very differently from those ruled by an oligarchy. Kennedy’s realist vision is one in which states are but indistinguishable billiard balls, knocking into each other on a cosmic pool table. Yet cultural preferences must surely explain the post-1945 international behavior of Washington, London, Ottawa, and Canberra, to name a few. Providing public goods through such actions as ensuring freedom of the seas, hosting and nurturing international organizations, and supporting democracy worldwide marked the second half of the 20th century as one of the most progressive in history. No one can think that today’s liberal international order, as flawed and often ineffective as it is, is less preferable to a 19thcentury colonialist balance-ofpower system, or to a future dominated by China, Russia, Iran, and Venezuela. #page#Kennedy’s argument further presumes that America’s hegemonic desires alone are the cause of the spread of democracy around the globe. He is dead wrong when he writes that “American hopes of reshaping Asia sometimes look curiously like former British hopes of reshaping the Middle East. Don’t go there.” Democratic triumphs in Taiwan, South Korea, Mongolia, and the Philippines (to say nothing of East Europe nearly a generation ago) did not originate in Washington, D.C., though

American moral and material aid certainly helped stabilize new representative regimes. To ignore the liberal striving of millions is both to cruelly dismiss their collective courage and to set up the grounds for stripping American foreign policy of its moral wellspring. By continuing to acknowledge and aid the genuine aspirations for greater democracy in many countries, America and other liberal nations not only live up to their ideals, but more effectively marshal their resources and help swell the tide of freedom. #ad#The “normal” world envisioned by Kennedy also apparently eschews such distinctions as “authoritarianism” and “totalitarianism,” which get no mention in his argument. Should the world accept aggressive behavior in the global commons simply because that reflects the nature of the most powerful actors? Is such a world preferable to one in which the United States promotes liberal values even if it has outsized capabilities and influence? A world in which America is but one leading power among others will very likely witness reduced levels of social and economic development and political stability. History should make us very way of assuming that a world without a liberal hegemon will be one in which liberal values and benign stewardship continue to BACK page 70

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interest rates, and that means the market decides how much gold and silver circulates. nro: But would you prefer Congress to the Fed? PAUL: Well, you know, I probably would, just to shake up the system. But that would not be my priority. My first step is to expose the Fed for what they’re doing, because they do it in secret. People say that “Congress will politicize the Fed.” Well, how could they get more political? When they help out their buddies at Goldman Sachs, that’s pretty political. nro: Enough of the dismal science. A few scattershot questions now. I’ve always wondered, is your son, the senator -elect, named after Ayn Rand? PAUL: [laughter] No, his full name is Randall. It had nothing to do with Ayn. #page# nro: You two are living together outside D.C. now, right? PAUL: He has high-school kids, and one is going to graduate this year. He doesn’t want to take him out of high school in his senior year and does not want to set up housekeeping here [in D.C.]. So he asked if he could stay at my place for six months while he makes a decision. I said, “Okay, as long as I don’t have to cook.” So he’ll stay. I think he’d like to bring his kids here more often than I brought my kids at that age.

#ad# nro: Do you consider yourself well-aligned with the Tea Party? PAUL: Well, the Tea Party is so big, and they do have different views. But most Tea Party people come together for one issue, and that is government’s too big, they spend too much, the debt’s too big. I think when you get down to the fine points of foreign policy, there may be differences about what to cut. I think the Tea Party people are pretty good on the Federal Reserve. So it is big and broad, but I don’t think it’s a monolith. I think there’s some disagreement -- but the biggest disagreement is with Washington, that’s what they agree on. nro: You’ve had some conflicts with the Republican party. Do you feel more comfortable with the incoming Republican class than with the so-called establishment? PAUL: Absolutely. A lot are not politicians, a lot have run their first races, like Rand did -- that was his first race, he didn’t work his way up the system. I think it will be a lot of people like that who will be very independentminded, and that’s what we need. nro: Can the Tea Party maintain its energy? PAUL: I think they’ll stay organized, and if this Congress does what the Republicans did when they held all three branches -- if they don’t do a better job -- I

think they’ll hear from the Tea Parties. nro: What about from you? Running for president in 2012? PAUL: Don’t know, too early to tell. nro: We know what that means. Anyways, another change in direction: How do you square your hard line on immigration away with your libertarian philosophy? PAUL: Well, I just think that it’s unsustainable without having some border protection, mainly because of the welfare state. The welfare state encourages our people not to work, and so then we need workers. And when immigrant workers come in, there are welfare benefits, education, and Medicare for those who come who are not legal. If there wasn’t that, I’d be pretty generous with illegal immigration. I’m writing a book for next year, and I’m going to say I support neither amnesty for everyone nor guns and shooting people when they come over. I want immigration to be legal, but I would argue that there should be no federal mandates to provide services for illegal immigrants. Maybe immigrants would go back, then, to their families, on their own. I think it’s virtually impossible to send back 12 million people, but I don’t think we should give them citizenship.

So the Left will be unhappy because they want immediate citizenship, and the Right will be unhappy because they want to send them all home. But the other day, we had that DREAM Act vote -- a lot of things there I was sympathetic to. But they wanted to give them tremendous welfare benefits. I don’t like that kind of stuff. #page# nro: You caused controversy recently defending WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Do you stand by your comments? PAUL: I feel stronger about it than I ever have. This can’t be allowed to go without a full debate. If you don’t protect the rights that we have to broadcast and print -- as well as for individuals who want to tell the truth about our government -we’re in big trouble. Others say I’m letting people undermine our security, but the truth is, the lies told by our government that have gotten us into wars are the biggest danger. I lived through the ’60s in the military, and Iraq was all based on lies. Just think how many people have died and are wounded and are still being wounded. And the war’s going to go on forever. #ad# nro: Do you extend that defense to Pfc. Bradley Manning? PAUL: Well, that’s different. The real problem is that with the $80

billion we spend for national intelligence, we can’t even protect what we have. That might even be the biggest scandal of all. But even if he did this with good intentions, he has to recognize that he is practicing civil disobedience. But in my speech, I differentiated between treason -which is deliberately helping the enemy -- and a foreign correspondent putting something on the Internet, embarrassing our government, because they say something embarrassing about our lies in Afghanistan. nro: Will you try to get Republicans on board with cutting defense spending? PAUL: Yeah, I always do. We hear rumblings of that now. I don’t think that will be achieved until we change our foreign policy. As long as the American people encourage Congress to have a military-industrial complex, we’re going to further bankrupt us. But I believe we cannot deal with the budget deficit without dealing with the excesses of the military. --- Matthew Shaffer is a William F. Buckley Fellow at the National Review Institute. Interview



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O ne key ingredient in Sarah Palin’s political dynamite is the cheerful scorn with which she regards Washington, a small but zesty serving of which she recently dished up for First Lady Michelle Obama and her antiobesity crusade. During an episode of her reality show, the once (and future?) candidate cooked up a mess of hot s’mores and a side of even hotter politics, declaring:“ This is in honor of Michelle Obama, who said the other day we should not have dessert.” Palin was being over-generous in her paraphrase. What Mrs. Obama in fact said was considerably more worrisome:“ We can’t just leave it up the parents.” Her particular target was unhealthful school lunches, which parents presumably require help from distant federal authorities to improve; it is clear from this and much else that the first lady envisions a very broad role for the federal government in menu planning. If her vision leaves any room for limitation on government interference in family affairs, it is impossible to detect it. Palin, responding specifically to this boundless license for federal meddling, later expanded on her views:“ Instead of a government thinking that they need to take over and make decisions for us, according to some politician’s -or politician’s wife’s -- priorities, just leave us alone, get off our

back, and allow us, as individuals, to exercise our own God-given rights to make our own decisions.” (There is something particularly delicious in Palin’s tone when she pronounces the words “politician’s wife” -- if there should be such a thing as a Palin administration, we are confident that the apparently easygoing Mr. Palin will not evolve into the first scold.) #ad#As is the case with practically all things Palin, this latest statement has led to a predictable chorus of harrumphing nanny-staters, not every one of whom is obviously qualified to lecture the body politic on healthful eating. CNN’s fulsome Roland Martin declared Palin’s observation “so stupid that it defies logic,” and added that the former governor is too ignorant to “understand how devastating obesity is to the future of the United States.” Defying logic, Mr. Martin, along with practically all of Mrs. Palin’s critics on the issue, is missing a piece in his argument: specifically, even a smattering of evidence that busybody campaigns of the sort in which Mrs. Obama is engaged are likely to do more good than harm when it comes to extraordinarily complex issues such as obesity -which is indeed positioned to impose significant costs, both financial and human, on the American people. The evidence is, in fact, to the contrary, suggesting that wellintentioned government policies

will make the problem worse: To the extent that political action has thus far affected American obesity, it has been a thumb on the wrong side of the scales, subsidizing the worst kinds of foods through the farm-subsidy and school-lunch programs, and often giving out precisely the wrong kind of dietary advice. Obesity is, in truth, among our least tractable public-health problems. It is an absolute Gordian knot of nutrition, behavior, genetics, child-rearing environments, hormonal biology, economics, and other factors too numerous and too subtle to catalog. As New York University obesity-policy scholar Rogan Kersh has noted, the problem “has proved impervious to clinical treatment or public-health exhortation,” and it is by no means clear what, if anything, public policy can accomplish, or what the best avenue for reform is, if indeed there is one. For an administration prone to smug castigation of its predecessors for their allegedly insufficient deference to scientific expertise, the Obama team is here shockingly cavalier about a scientific question of substantial depth and complexity. If Mrs. Obama, between her undergraduate major in sociology, her minor in African-American studies, and her law degree somehow managed also to acquire a great deal of expertise regarding a medical issue that has proved remarkably difficult for actual

scholars and learned authorities, she has not seen fit to share how and where she acquired it. Mrs. Obama’s “eat your veggies” crusade is at once a remarkably shallow response and a remarkably ambitious one: She may know next to nothing about the deeper issues, but she has adamant faith that the transformative quality of political power will allow even the most ignorant politician -- or politician’s wife -- to ameliorate any problem, even one that has thus far proved “impervious to clinical treatment.” By the same token, Mrs. Palin’s dismissal of that conceit contains more wisdom than is understood by political entrepreneurs of the Obama variety or by their factota in the media. Advantage: Palin. First ladies have their causes, the general rule of which is that they do less damage the farther away from public policy they stay. If the Obama administration should happen to win the wars (and keep the won wars won) and balance the budget, head off the looming fiscal crisis, and present the American people with the head of Osama bin Laden, perhaps at that time it can get back to us about the broccoli. Until then, we have more of an appetite for Mrs. Palin’s healthy skepticism of governmental ambition than for Mrs. Obama’s overegged federal pudding: Washington has enough on its plate. The Editors

shape the international system, especially when many of the most powerful actors are authoritarian. In the end, Paul Kennedy may be right about the current trajectory of global politics. However, we should all recognize that this will be a terrible state of affairs. It is one thing to see that such a world might be emerging, but another thing to welcome it. Kennedy’s deep ambivalence about the positive role of the United States both now and in the future is matched by the realpolitik he appears to assume is not merely normal, but perhaps even preferable to a system in which an imperfect America attempts to nourish the liberal values that have made our world a far more humane place than it was at any other time in history. --- Michael Auslin is a resident scholar in foreign- and defensepolicy studies at the American Enterprise Institute.

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function, and although Congress has enacted many penal laws, it was not required by the Constitution to enact any. That brings us to the main flaw in the Rivkin and Casey theory: All federal law enforcement must be performed in accordance with Congress’s wishes. It has always been that way, with every single federal prosecution in our history. PRESIDENT page 72

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The New Totalitarians
David Solway (FrontPage Magazine » FrontPage)
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The so-called “socialist revolution,” which the collapse of the Soviet Union and the implosion of the European welfare state should have soundly discredited by this time, is still running its course. This is the case not only in Latin America, where it seems to be embedded in the national psyche, but, despite recent electoral setbacks, in the United States as well. So counterintuitive a phenomenon is partially explained by the lust for power among political strongmen and numinous redeemers who understand that socialism enables them to consolidate the power they crave in their own hands. But it also requires the backing of intellectuals and academics who naively believe that socialism opens the way to a juster and more equable society. History teaches that such a chimera is catastrophic in the application. It is generally embraced as an ideal by an intellectual class isolated from the lives of ordinary people and therefore immune or indifferent to reality. Paul Johnson observes in a 1987 article, “ The Heartless Lovers of

Humankind,” a blueprint for his 1988 book Intellectuals, that instead of allowing their ideas to emerge from the people, “intellectuals reverse the process, deducing their ideas first from principle and then seeking to impose them on living men and women.” Insulated in their cerebral bunkers, they are “library socialists” in love with an idea, who regard human beings, whom they profess to cherish, as obstructions to the unfolding of their master plan. Most of these theoretical prodigies, Johnson shows, live in the gated communities of the left and have little knowledge of the actual conditions under which people struggle, legislating down to the masses from their positions of authority and ostensible moral elevation. Eva Hoffman expands on this notion in her memoir, Lost in Translation, as the ability to think “privileged thoughts…thoughts that cost nothing and that weren’t produced by the labor of their own experience.” These princelings are, in effect, Lenin’s predatory “who” to his submissive “whom.” They permit no opposition to their supposedly enlightened diktats, which may go some way to accounting for one of the

As journalist Lars Hedegaard comments, “Under Danish jurisprudence it is immaterial whether a statement is true or untrue. All that is needed for a conviction is that somebody feels offended.” (Hedegaard as well is facing criminal prosecution for his remarks on honor killings.) Speaking truth must be censured in the faux Utopia in which giving offense is a cardinal sin. Canada, too, which seems to many a happy, analgesic country, has its Human Rights Commissions in which hearsay is admitted as evidence against anyone indicted strangest political marriages of and its unelected, de facto under the nebulous rubric of “hate modern times, namely, the entente p o l i t b u r o , w h o s e “ C o u n c i l speech”—which in practice often between liberal-left cultural F r a m e w o r k D e c i s i o n o n m e a n s h o l d i n g a n h o n e s t relativism and the Islamic theo- C o m b a t i n g R a c i s m a n d discussion about worrisome social political imperative. Xenophobia” of November 28, a n d p o l i t i c a l t r e n d s . T h e This curious affinity of the 2008 and recently passed into law defendant, who is presumed guilty political and intellectual left for a allows for the extradition from and must somehow prove his rejuvenated Islam is by no means one country to another of anyone innocence, is severely restricted in as paradoxical as it may initially deemed to have offended its summoning witnesses—as in seem. Authoritarians tend to get p r e s c r i p t i o n s . I t h a s a l s o pacific Holland, a fact to which along when they have a common m a n d a t e d a “ E u r o p e a n Geert Wilders can attest—or in enemy. Like to like. And the Gendarmerie Force” to carry out tabling supporting documentation. He must also defray his own legal common enemy is a free and open its decisions. while the society built on enlightenment Thus halcyon Denmark’s article e x p e n s e s plaintiff—generally an offended canons and the sanctity of the 266b of its penal code allows for individual. A graphic illustration the incrimination of outspoken imam or Muslim organization—is of such demagogic tendencies, citizens like MP Jesper Langballe funded by the State (i.e., the much in the news these days, for vigorously protesting Muslim taxpayer). comes from the European Union honor killings and family rapes.



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To claim, as Rivkin and Casey do, that congressional limitations on “whether, when, and where to bring a particular prosecution” violate separation-of-powers principles hopelessly mangles the concept of “prosecutorial discretion.” In point of fact, the prosecutor unilaterally decides only whether to charge an offense -- and even that decision is shaped by Congress, since a prosecutor may only charge crimes Congress has legislated, and must prove the offense elements Congress has defined. The decision when to charge is controlled by the statute of limitations and speedy-trial rules imposed by Congress. The decision where to charge is totally dependent on Congress’s power to establish lower federal courts, place limits on their jurisdiction, and prescribe venue standards. Moreover, because the Constitution does not mandate a federal prosecutorial function, the Justice Department -- itself a creature of statute -- is entirely dependent on Congress to fund all of its activities, not just terrorism prosecutions. Congressional control over federal prosecution is thus different not only in degree but in kind from congressional

control over the president’s conduct of foreign affairs, to which Rivkin and Casey compare it. Because the conduct of foreign affairs is a core constitutional function of the executive, the president would have to carry out that responsibility no matter what Congress did. A threat to cut off funding unless the president hewed to congressional wishes would, in fact, provoke a constitutional crisis. By contrast, the Constitution would not be offended in the slightest were Congress to repeal every federal penal statute, shut down the Justice Department, and even eliminate the office of attorney general -- leaving the president with no capacity to prosecute anyone. Such wholesale elimination would be foolish policy, but foolishness is not unconstitutional. Yes, there are too many federal statutes, and much taxpayer money is wasted by federal duplication in enforcement matters state prosecutors handle capably (and often with more deference to community sensibilities). But issues such as terrorism, organized crime, international

drug cartels, and the integrity of our financial markets are national in scope, beyond the capacity of any single state to police effectively. The attorney general thus holds a vital national office, and federal law enforcement has its crucially important place in our society. It is not, however, a place carved out by the Constitution. It is sculpted by Congress. Which brings us to a last point: Gitmo detainees should be under complete executive control, not as defendants beholden to the president and his Justice Department but as war prisoners beholden to the commander in chief. Given their splendid work on war powers, it is surprising that the authors failed to address this. The wartime decisions to detain prisoners and try them by military commission were once understood to be completely entrusted to the president and the military, the conduct of war being a core presidential power. Nevertheless, thanks to a campaign spearheaded by Barack Obama, Eric Holder, congressional Democrats, many current DOJ officials, and the Bush-deranged Left, the Supreme Court has ruled that wartime detention required judicial

oversight, and that the president could not unilaterally authorize military commissions -- they had to be blessed by Congress and reviewed by federal judges. The “rule of law,” Messrs. Obama and Holder maintained -- against precedent and history -demanded nothing less. Now, ironically, in the federal civilian courts where Congress has always dictated the rule of law, Obama and Holder demand unilateral control. The Constitution does not give it to them. If they want to bring enemy combatants to the United States for civilian trials in which alQaeda operatives get all the rights of American citizens, they need to convince Congress and the American people. I’d have hoped that Messrs. Rivkin and Casey would tell them as much. — Andrew C. McCarthy, a senior fellow at the National Review Institute, is the author, most recently, of The Grand Jihad: How Islam and the Left Sabotage America. Andrew C. McCarthy

Obamacare is Already Unraveling
Conn Carroll (The Foundry: Conservative Policy News.)
Submitted at 12/28/2010 2:00:28 PM

Posted December 28th, 2010 at 3:00pm in Health Care Print This Post With all the talk about forcing people to buy health insurance, health insurance exchanges, and high-risk pools, it is often forgotten that most of what Obamacare really is, is just a massive expansion of an existing and already failing entitlement program. Of the 34 million Americans who gain health insurance through Obamacare, over half(18 million) will receive it through Medicaid. In its current form, Medicaid is already bankrupting states across the country. Obamacare only further overloads this already broken system by expanding Medicaid eligibility to include all Americans under 133 percent of the federal poverty level. While OBAMACARE page 75

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The Decay of the Kennedy Kingdom
Daniel Flynn (FrontPage Magazine » FrontPage)
Submitted at 12/27/2010 10:40:08 PM

The Bluest State has never felt so blue. Fifty years ago, Massachusetts had just helped elect its junior senator to the presidency. Two years into his presidency, John F. Kennedy enjoyed dealing with another native son, Boston pol John McCormack, as Speaker of the House. The political power of the tiny state in the country’s eastern extremity seemed boundless. Today, the Bay State stands poised to lose yet another congressional seat—its fifth in as many decades. Massachusetts looks into the funhouse mirror and sees California or New York; reality reflects the electoral power of Tennessee or Indiana. What a difference a half-century makes. The Royal Family of Massachusetts who rode the state’s rise has crashed with its decline. Kennedy political clout, like that of their home base, has seen better days. Earlier this month, the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate, a Boston-based shrine to the late senator, lost out on $8.5 million in requested earmarks. Sensing the shift in political winds, Senator John Kerry and Rep. Ed Markey had already scaled down the earmark from an original request of $30 million.

Though the late Senator was not known as a friend of the Department of Defense during his life, the Department of Defense has been a friend of the Senator following his death. Roughly half of the $38 million already allocated by Congress to fund the Temple of Ted has been siphoned from the defense budget. Why fund two wars when there’s another monument to the Kennedys to build? Next week will mark the first time since John F. Kennedy left the Senate to become president that a Kennedy has not sat in Congress. The Boston Globe, the local booster paper for the

pointed out that the Kennedy father-son duo in the 111 th Congress is being replaced in the 112 th Congress by Tea Party favorites Ron and Rand Paul. If Scott Brown’s capture of the “Kennedy seat” wasn’t a sign of the times, then certainly the Pauls becoming the new Kennedys is. To add injury to insult, Splash, late Senator Ted Kennedy’s pooch, passed away at thirteen (an elderly 68 in dog years) last week. Things have gotten so bad for the Kennedys that they’re outsourcing the family business to in-laws. Vicki Kennedy, the Bayou Statebride of late Senator, is the Great Slight Hope of Massachusetts Democrats to regain the state’s only federal office held by a Republican. Entering Boston on dynasty, marked the occasion Interstate 93, motorists are with a “Patrick Kennedy through greeted with a city-funded the Years” pictorial. Its sister billboard featuring Vicki publication, The New York Kennedy. The low-key widow’s Times, ran a mostly fawning front recent high-profile appearances -page piece on the retirement of have left Boston Globe columnist Ted Kennedy’s youngest son, Joan Vennochi to observe: “Vicki whose mental illness and drug Kennedy is moving and shaking abuse overshadowed legislative all over town. So, even though she accomplishment. insists she isn’t interested in “This is a family that once had the running for the US Senate, her presidency and two Senate seats, name comes up every time and they’re now down to the Massachusetts Democrats think mayor of Santa Monica,” Darrell about trying to beat Republican M. West of the Brookings Senator Scott Brown in 2012.” Institution told the Gray Lady. “It’s a pretty dramatic fall, and it’s symbolic of the decline of liberalism.” The article also

The Net Neutrality Power Grab
Rich Trzupek (FrontPage Magazine » FrontPage)
Submitted at 12/27/2010 10:43:44 PM

The Federal Communications Commission’s decision to start regulating the Internet is the culmination of a plan that has followed a classic leftist pattern: create a “problem,” declare that only big government can solve it, possibly solve it, and then use that power to further your agenda. FCC Commissioners voted three to two – strictly along party lines – to make the power grab. Regulation of the Internet is necessary, proponents of so-called “net neutrality” argue, in order to prevent big Internet service providers like Verizon and Comcast from restricting or inhibiting access to parts of the World Wide Web. Net neutrality is thus a classic example of a solution in desperate need of a problem, for you have to search NET page 75



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Backdoor “Death Panels”?
Tait Trussell (FrontPage Magazine » FrontPage)

to death). The original provision ( Section 1233) would have allowed a health care provider Submitted at 12/27/2010 10:45:53 PM other than a doctor to sign end-ofIn a stealthy move, the Obama life papers. Having doctors bring administration has slipped end-ofup the subject at every annual life planning, famously criticized physical may well suggest to as “death panels,” back into the some patients that they must law by means of a new Medicare decide on when they want to have regulation. The action was “the plug pulled.” exposed, equally stealthily, by The attitude of backers of the end The New York Times on -of-life provision is most Christmas Day when few would revealing. After learning that the be reading the paper. The rule was administration had reached up its issued by Dr. Donald M. Berwick, sleeve to retrieve the controversial administrator of Medicare and provision, Rep. Earl Blumenauer Medicaid Services (CMS) and an (D-OR), an enthusiastic supporter advocate of cost-cutting and of Oregon’s physician assisted rationing of health care. The rule suicide law, is quoted in the takes effect Jan. 1. Times story as calling it “a quiet When the health care overhaul victory” but urged supporters not was stumbling its way through to be overly vocal about it. “We Congress early this year, Sarah won’t be shouting from the Palin was excoriated by rooftops because we aren’t out of Democrats for suggesting that the the woods yet….this regulation nascent law included“death could be modified …if panels” for the elderly in order to and those toward the end of their denied cost saving over quality, Republican leaders try to use this save costs of treating the oldest lives[.]” the Medicare potentate, Dr. small provision to perpetuate the and most expensive patients. In a Palin went on to write, “Is it any Donald Berwick, has secretly ‘death panel’ myth.” Hush, hush, Wall Street Journal op-ed, Palin wonder that many of the sick and restored the end-of life provision Blumenauer cautioned in an ewrote that Obama had asked elderly are concerned that the through a Medicare regulation. It mail, the Times reported. ”We Congress to create an independent D e m o c r a t s ’ p r o p o s a l s w i l l s a y s M e d i c a r e w i l l c o v e r would ask that you not broadcast Medicare Advisory Council-–an ultimately lead to rationing of “ v o l u n t a r y a d v a n c e c a r e this accomplishment out to any of unaccountable group of experts their health care by—dare I say planning” to discuss end-of-life your lists, even if they are charged with containing Medicare it—death panels?” That phrase treatment as part of the annual supporters—e-mails can too costs. She pointed out that in an rang true for many Americans. doctor’s visit. Doctors will be easily be forwarded.” interview with The New York Palin’s charge and building given federal money to have such Times, the president suggested criticism touched off a torrent of t a l k s w i t h p a t i e n t s . A n d that such a group “should guide confusion among Democrats. The discussions are to include such decisions regarding that huge end-of-life planning was cut from topics as palliative measures and driver of cost…the chronically ill the legislation. But never-to-be- hospice (the last step on the way

How the Value Added Tax Works
Conn Carroll (The Foundry: Conservative Policy News.)
Submitted at 12/28/2010 12:00:09 PM

Posted December 28th, 2010 at 1:00pm in Entitlements Print This Post The spending pace of President Barack Obama and the 111th Congress simply cannot be sustained. There will either have to be spending cuts or higher taxes. The left prefers higher taxes, including the imposition of a value-added tax (VAT). How would a VAT work. Heritage scholar Curtis Dubay explains: The VAT is a consumption tax that taxes the value added by businesses at each point in the production chain. It can apply to both manufactured goods and services. This contrasts with the more familiar income tax, which taxes salaries, wages, and the returns to savings, but does not tax purchases. Because the VAT is a consumption tax, it would closely mirror the sales taxes that HOW page 76

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Obamacare will pay for all of the benefit expansion for the first three years, and 90% of it after that, Obamacare never pays for any of the state administrative costs for adding those 18 million Americans to their welfare rolls. That amounts to billions in unfunded federal mandates for states to absorb. Worse, current Medicaid enrollees already have trouble finding doctors who will see them because, nationwide, Medicaid pays only 56% as much as private coverage does. And what state Medicaid programs do pay doctors for shrinks every day. Bloomberg reports: Washington State may not pay for glasses anymore. Massachusetts already chopped dentures. As of Oct. 1, North Carolina no longer covers surgery for the clinically obese. Governors nationwide are taking a scalpel to Medicaid, the jointly run state and federal health-care program for 48 million poor Americans, half of whom are children. The single biggest expense for states, Medicaid

consumes about 22 percent of their total $1.6 trillion in expenditures, more than what is allocated to elementary and secondary education, according to a National Governors Association report. … In California, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger proposed $980 million in savings on Medi-Cal, which covers 7.5 million people, after previously slicing $110 million for acupuncture, chiropractic and dental services in 2009. His Dec. 6 proposal included $100-a-day copayments for hospital stays and a limit of 10 doctor visits a year. … Arizona will reduce payments to doctors, hospitals and ambulance services by 5 percent beginning April 1, according to Monica Coury, a spokeswoman for the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, the Medicaid agency. … The state stopped paying for heart, liver and other transplants on Oct. 1, prompting criticism of Governor Jan Brewer, a Republican.

“We are the only state that has cut transplant care,” state Representative Anna Tovar, a Democrat from Tolleson who received a stem-cell transplant, said in a telephone interview. “Who are they to put a figure on a person’s life?” Tovar asks a great question: “Who are they to put a figure on a person’s life?” But when the government takes over health care, which is what Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion is, putting a price on a person’s life is exactly what happens. 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 site: So, Why is Wikileaks a Good Thing Again?.

far and wide to find someone in America who hasn’t been able to go where he or she wanted to go on the Internet, and – assuming they paid for the bandwidth – at lightning speed. You don’t have to know much more about net neutrality to deduce that it’s a bad idea than to consider the people and organizations that have been pushing the concept. MoveOn.org, George Soros’ Open Society Institute and the Pew Charitable Trust are among the leftist powerhouses that have provided the money necessary to move Internet regulation forward. The Wall Street Journal’s John Fund reports that the idea was originally proposed by Robert McChesney, a University of Illinois communications professor and an admitted socialist. “At the moment, the battle over network neutrality is not to completely eliminate the telephone and cable companies,” McChesney told the website SocialistProject in 2009. “But the ultimate goal is to get rid of the media capitalists in the phone and cable companies and to divest them from control.” And so we’re left to consider once again the great question of the age: is big government the answer to every problem, whether real or perceived? Every time something goes wrong, or any time someone identifies a potential risk, the default leftist response is more government, more regulations and more bureaucrats. But, we all pay a

price for such expansion of the nanny state. Any segment of the economy that struggles under the thumb of an intransigent, unimaginative and all-powerful regulatory agency inevitably suffers. We thus trade the potential of free-market prosperity for the certainty of bureaucratic intolerance. Distilled down to its essentials, the leftist argument ultimately concludes that the positives of government mandated equality outweigh whatever risks of the free market we might have to deal with, because the leftist utopian equality imposed by the state is an equality of mediocrity. The stated goal of net neutrality sounds so very wonderful: to ensure that each and every American has equal access to the Internet and to ensure that ISPs cannot arbitrarily limit that access. The Internet is a public resource, the argument continues, and should be regulated like any other public communications resource, such as the television and radio stations. If the consequences of the FCC’s power grab were truly benign, few people would care. But, the fact is that we know from bitter experience that once a regulatory agency decides to sink its claws into a particular sector of the economy, it will dig deeper and deeper until it exerts what amounts to a death grip.



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most Americans pay at the state and local levels. In fact, consumers would experience no difference between a national Conn Carroll (The Foundry: Conservative Policy News.) sales tax and a VAT. A sales tax and a VAT designed to raise equal Submitted at 12/28/2010 1:00:40 PM amounts of revenue would raise the final price of purchases by Posted December 28th, 2010 at roughly the same amount. 2:00pm in Protect America Print In the credit-invoice method, the This Post most common form of the VAT, a In 1986, there were 2.7 million business pays VAT on its illegal immigrants inside the purchase of inputs and collect it United States. They were granted on its sales whether those sales a one-time amnesty. Illegal are to another business or the final immigration crisis solved? consumer. The business then Hardly. More than twenty wears submits the invoices that it later there were around 12 million receives from its suppliers to the illegal immigrants in the U.S. government’s revenue agency. How does the left want to solve The invoices detail the amount of this problem? More amnesty. This would work about as well as it did Deployment of additional key enter the country legally should VAT that the business paid to its suppliers. Once the revenue the last time. technologies as well as robust b e f a i r , o r d e r l y , a n d agency verifies that the business Since the recession began, the cooperation between U.S. and efficient—welcoming those who number of illegal immigrants in Mexican law enforcement are abide by immigration laws and remitted the proper amount of tax the U.S. has actually fallen, thus vital for gaining control of the denying entry and advantages to on its sales and that the submitted invoices match the suppliers’ proving amnesty-or-deportation is border. those who violate the law. filings, the agency refunds the a false choice. Illegal immigrants Enforcement of immigration Reforms in visa services are can, and do, choose to go home laws. Enforcement of current important for achieving this goal. business for VAT paid. The voluntarily. Now that the left’s immigration laws inside the U.S. The U.S. should pilot truly filings by businesses give the latest amnesty attempt, the w o u l d d i s c o u r a g e i l l e g a l temporary worker programs that revenue agency a simple way to DREAM Act, has been defeated immigration and the employment allow for a market-driven source ensure that businesses pay the required amount of VAT. what should the next Congress do of illegal labor. Recent actions by of legal labor. to fix our broken immigration the Administration, however, This entry passed through the As long as the business can pass system. Heritage scholar Jena have degraded enforcement Full-Text RSS service — if this is the tax on to its customers, which is typically the case, the business Baker McNeill writes: policies even further—including your content and you're reading it Securing the border. While the Administration’s recent on someone else's site, please read ultimately pays no tax. It acts substantial work has been done to announcement that it would not our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ solely as a collection agent for the government, collecting VAT on secure the southern border, there enforce the law against “non- content-only/faq.php are still significant actions that criminal” illegal aliens. Congress Five Filters featured site: So, its sales and remitting to the need to be taken in terms of s h o u l d i n s i s t o n r o b u s t Why is Wikileaks a Good Thing ensuring that the technologies and enforcement of immigration laws. Again?. infrastructure on the ground can Emphasize legal immigration. work to assist Border Patrol The process by which individuals agents in doing their jobs.

government the difference between the VAT it collects and the VAT it paid on inputs. The burden of the tax moves up the production chain until the consumer bears the full burden, just like under the sales tax. You can read Dubay’s whole paper here. He concludes: Congress should ignore misguided siren calls for a VAT and instead immediately address its spending problems. Tax increases will never reduce the gap. Instead, Congress must cut spending to 20 percent of GDP or lower. This would reduce the annual budget deficit to a more manageable level. The national debt would stabilize as a percentage of GDP and the threat that credit markets will stop lending or raise interest rates would abate. None of these necessary steps requires a VAT. 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 site: So, Why is Wikileaks a Good Thing Again?.

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Win a Trip to Ford’s Focus Global Test Drive Event in Spain [MASHABLE AWARDS]
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Submitted at 12/28/2010 1:57:55 PM

its paces on multiple test tracks near Madrid. In addition, those selected will This post is supported by Ford. have the opportunity to receive Be one of the first 100 people to $10,000 for the charity of their test drive the 2012 Ford Focus choice from the categories of and receive $10,000 for the h u n g e r , e d u c a t i o n a n d charity of your choice. One environment/sustainability. Up to Mashable Awards attendee will $500,000 will be given to driverwin the last spot to the Focus preferred charities. Not only will Global Test Drive in Spain. Learn these select few be taking part in a more about how to enter and win once-in-a-lifetime experience, on Facebook.com/FordFocus. they will be doing good for an Going to the Mashable Awards? organization they are passionate You could be one of the first 100 about! How To Enter During the people to test drive the 2012 Ford Mashable Awards, at the entrance Focus and receive $10,000 for the of the New York, New York charity of your choice! Hotel in Las Vegas, there will be One lucky Mashable Awards a 2012 Ford Focus. Simply take a attendee will win the last spot to picture with the car and tweet the the Focus Global Test Drive in photo with the hashtag#FordCES. Spain. (Think Charlie’s golden That’s it! ticket! With less chocolate, more One lucky person will be chosen sangria.) You must be registered at random from all completed for the Mashable Awards in order tweets. The winner will be to win so make sure you have a n n o u n c e d l i v e d u r i n g t h e your ticket to the Mashable Mashable Awards gala by J Mays, Awards Gala. Group Vice President of Design The Contest Next February, 100 and Chief Creative Officer of the people from around the world will F o r d M o t o r C o m p a n y . T h e be flown to Spain for a unique Mashable Awards Gala at Cirque and exclusive Focus Global Test du Soleil Zumanity (Vegas) Drive event. During the past few In partnership with Cirque du m o n t h s , p e o p l e h a v e b e e n Soleil, The Mashable Awards a p p l y i n g o n f a c e b o o k . c o m / Gala event will bring together the FordFocus for the opportunity to w i n n e r s a n d n o m i n e e s , t h e put the 2012 Ford Focus through Mashable community, partners,

media, the marketing community, consumer electronics and technology brands, and attendees from the 2011 International CES Convention to Las Vegas on Thursday, January 6, 2011. Together, we will celebrate the winners and the community of the Mashable Awards at the Cirque du Soleil Zumanity stage in the beautiful New York New York Hotel. The event will be hosted by comedian Baratunde Thurston, The Onion’s Director of Digital, and the remix masters, Eclectic Method, will get the crowd in a party mood. The Awards Gala will also include acts and performances from our partner Cirque du Soleil Zumanity. Date: Thursday, January 6, 2011 (during International CES Convention week) Time: 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. PT Location: Cirque du Soleil Zumanity, New York New York Hotel, Las Vegas Agenda: Networking, Open Bars, Acts, Surprises and the Mashable Awards Gala presentations

Socialize: Facebook, Foursquare, Meetup, Plancast, T w i t t e r ( H a s h t a g : # M a s h a b l e A w a r d s ) Mashable Awards Gala Premier Partner: Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 163,000 employees and about 70 plants worldwide, the company’s automotive brands includeFord, Lincoln and Mercury, production of which has been announced by the company to be ending in the fourth quarter of 2010. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford, please visit http://facebook.com/ ford. More About: contest, ford, global test drive, mashable awards, mashable awards 2010 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 Android, iPhone and iPad

Library of Congress Adds 25 Film Classics to Preservation Project
Christina Warren (Mashable!)
Submitted at 12/28/2010 1:27:59 PM

The Library of Congress has announced the 25 newest additions to the National Film Registry. These films — ranging from documentaries to westerns and sci-fi classics — have been deemed culturally significant by the National Film Preservation Board and the Library of Congress. The National Film Registry was created in 1989 as part of the National Film Preservation Act. The Library of Congress says that each title named to the registry will be “preserved for future generations, either through the Library’s massive motion-picture preservation program or through collaborative ventures with other archives, motion-picture studios and independent filmmakers.” The 2010 list was selected from more than 2,100 nominated titles LIBRARY page 78


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and includes well-known classics like Airplane!, The Exorcist and The Empire Strikes Back, as well as lesser known films like Make Way for Tomorrow and Tarantella. The list of the 25 films the year the film as released: 1. Airplane! (1980) 2. All the President’s Men (1976) 3. The Bargain (1914) 4. Cry of Jazz (1959) 5. Electronic Labyrinth: THX 1138 4EB (1967) 6. The Empire Strikes Back (1980) 7. The Exorcist (1973) 8. The Front Page (1931) 9. Grey Gardens (1976) 10. I Am Joaquin (1969) 11. It’s a Gift (1934) 12. Let There Be Light (1946) 13. Lonesome (1928) 14. Make Way for Tomorrow (1937) 15. Malcom X (1992) 16. McCabe and Mrs. Miller (1971) 17. Newark Athlete (1891) 18. Our Lady of the Sphere (1969) 19. The Pink Panther (1964) 20. Preservation of Sign Language (1913) 21. Saturday Night Fever (1977) 22. Study of a River (1996) 23. Tarantella (1940)

24. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945) 25. A Trip Down Main Street (1906) Do you know of any films not on this or past lists that you think should be in the registry? The nomination period for 2011 is open now and you can submit up to 50 films to the Library of Congress. The LOC maintains this website highlighting some films that are not currently in the registry, in case you need some inspiration. We have also put together this gallery of 10 of the better known mainstream films on the 2010 list. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Eliz Kazan's first feature film, released in 1945. Airplane! Released in 1980, this film helped define the spoof genre and made Leslie Nielsen a star. All the President's Men Dustin Hoffman and Robert Redford starred as real-life journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein in 1976. Electronic Labyrinth: THX 1138 4EB George Lucas's 15-minute student film from 1967. The Empire Strikes Back The 1980 sequel to Star Wars is considered by many to be the best

of the series. The Exorcist William Fridedkin's 1973 film continues to influence horror films today. Grey Gardens This 1976 documentary was adapted into an award winning HBO mini-series. Malcom X Spike Lee directed this 1992 biopic, starring Denzel Washington as Malcom X. The Pink Panther Peter Sellers stars in Blake Edwards' 1964 comedy. Saturday Night Fever This 1977 film not only made John Travolta a star, it embodies the disco-era. More About: films, Library of Congress, Movies, national film registry For more Entertainment coverage: • Follow Mashable Entertainment on Twitter • Become a Fan on Facebook • Subscribe to the Entertainment channel • Download our free apps for Android, iPhone and iPad

The History of Tech via Google’s Book Data [CHARTS]
Sarah Kessler (Mashable!)
Submitted at 12/28/2010 1:54:46 PM

Since Google released its searchable word frequency database this month, it’s been used to consider everything from race in the 20th century to the classic chicken vs. egg debate. The Books Ngram Viewer pulls together data from almost 5.2 million digitized books that were written between 1500 and 2008. Users can search for words and short phrases to see how often and when they appeared throughout history. As many a linguist has pointed out, word frequency doesn’t necessarily reflect culture. But that didn’t stop us from playing around with what is possibly the most addicting nerd tool of the year to map out a brief history of tech. Technology = Computer You would think there would be a "technology" spike around mainstream electricity use, but it looks like "technology" only started getting the word usage it deserves in the computer age. Television, Radio, and the Internet It seems that television didn't so much kill the radio star as it did bring him to about its level. Robot Personally, I am devastated that

the robot discussion peak appears to have passed. Hardware and Software People write more about programs than the machines they run on. Steve Jobs and Bill Gates Literature loves Bill. Apple vs. Microsoft Ngram is case sensitive, so sentences that start with "apple" could be included in what we read as the computer company's name. Operating Systems How many years before we write about Windows and Linux with equal frequency? Browser Wars Literature references seem to reflect market share, though Safari did get a bit of a boost from its homonym. Web Portals and Search Engines Before Google, search engines usually existed within web portals HISTORY page 79

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like Yahoo. Yahoo actually used Google search results until 2004. Social Media Books started to discuss social media around the same time as Twitter. Cat vs. Dog The Internet may love cats, but it looks like authors of non-digital content prefer to talk about dogs. More Tech Resources from Mashable: - 11 Astounding Sci-Fi Predictions That Came True - 8 Educational Gadgets That Make Learning Fun - 10 Cool Tech Toys for Kids [PICS] - HOW TO: Get Started With

Your New Roku Player - 5 Predictions for Online Data in 2011 Image courtesy of iStockphoto, FreezeFrameStudio More About: books, charts, Google, google books, graphs, history, List, Lists, Ngram, tech For more Tech coverage: • Follow Mashable Tech on Twitter • Become a Fan on Facebook • Subscribe to the Tech channel • Download our free apps for Android, iPhone and iPad

Editorial: rechargeable batteries are a vintage gadget's Achilles' heel
Chris Ziegler (Engadget)
Submitted at 12/28/2010 2:01:00 PM

One of my favorite activities around the holidays is visiting my ever-growing collection of discontinued (and often hilariously outdated) mobile hardware that I keep in storage. It's an annual tradition for me -an opportunity to pull stuff out of the box, make sure all the devices, accessories, and documentation are insect- and vermin-free, clean the battery contacts, blow off a years' worth of dust, and generally check that everything's in good working order. Let me tell you, I feel like a kid in a candy store each and every time I pull out and open those bins. I'll know that when I stop feeling that way, it's time to sell off the collection -but for now, it's still every bit as exciting as when I started buying random gadgets from my childhood a decade ago. On the surface, you might assume that electronics are timeless. They're made of materials that are designed for daily use and abuse, after all, and it'd be easy to think that a gadget

left in storage -- unused -- would remain in exactly the same condition as the day you left it. I've learned the hard way, though, that the reality is a little more unpleasant: plastics seem to dry out and become brittle as the years go by, and things start cracking and shattering. Boxes and packaging degrade, almost as if they're recycling themselves whether you like it or not. And batteries -- particularly alkalines -

- will leak all over the place, eating through circuitry and oxidizing contacts beyond repair. Continue reading Editorial: rechargeable batteries are a vintage gadget's Achilles' heel Editorial: rechargeable batteries are a vintage gadget's Achilles' heel originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 28 Dec 2010 14:01:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| | Email this| Comments



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App store milestones: Windows Phone 7 hits 5,000 as Android passes 200,000 available apps
Vlad Savov (Engadget)
Submitted at 12/28/2010 3:04:00 PM

Apps, apps, apps! Everywhere you look, more apps. Both Android and Windows Phone 7 have reportedly crossed a couple of round number milestones recently, giving us a decent idea of the maturity gap between the two. Microsoft's brand new OS with an old OS' name has rounded

the 5,000 available apps corner -that's according to two sources keeping track of what's on offer in the Marketplace -- while AndroLib's latest data indicates Android's crossed the 200,000 threshold when it comes to apps and games taken together. We're cautious on taking either of these numbers as hard truth, particularly since AndroLib was reporting 100,000 Android apps when there

were only 70,000-- but they do provide rough estimates as to where each platform is in terms of quantity, if not quality. Now, where do you think each will be this time in 2011? Continue reading App store milestones: Windows Phone 7 hits 5,000 as Android passes 200,000 available apps App store milestones: Windows Phone 7 hits 5,000 as Android

passes 200,000 available apps originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 28 Dec 2010 15:04:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink Softpedia, WPCentral| AndroLib, WP7 Applist, Marketplace Browser| Email this| Comments

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