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Is Rand Paul a U.S. Senate action hero?
David Morgan (Front Row Washington)
Submitted at 2/8/2011 10:04:05 AM

It didn’t take Rand Paul long to become Captain America of the U.S. Senate. He’s tough-minded, strong-willed and he’s ready to battle the most dangerous titans on the political landscape, like Social Security and Medicare. In fact, the Republican Tea Party favorite from Kentucky tells MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that a courageous and comprehensive plan for fixing America’s public finances will soon be on the march. And if all goes as planned, much may be accomplished before the start of this year’s Major League Baseball season. “Within two to three weeks, I’m going to propose a fix for Social Security,” says Rand, son of Ron, who has already far surpassed the fiscal aims of the Republican leadership on Capitol Hill by proposing $500 billion in budget

cuts. “We’re going to fix the budget the first week. The second month, I’m going to fix Social Security and then the third month, we’re going to work on Medicare,” he adds, with tongue somewhat in cheek. At the moment, his blueprint for Medicare still amounts to “a secret plan.” But on Social Security, we can expect what other Republicans are avoiding: an increase in the retirement age and means testing for wealthier beneficiaries. Paul says the difference between him and other Republicans is that he’s “unafraid” of voter reaction: “If you talk frankly and speak boldly, you’ll get more people to vote for you.” Another important difference is that his brave ambitious plans are unlikely to succeed at a time when congressional leaders seem increasingly unwilling to consider large-scale reductions. Look at it this way: the GOP’s bold

campaign pledge to cut 2011 spending by $100 billion shrank first to about $50 billion and now to $32 billion. So the senator can talk tough on spending without voters feeling the material effects of his fiscal high-mindedness. Still, he makes an interesting point about his fellow Republicans as they strive in earnest to distinguish their deficitcutting policies from those of President Barack Obama. “If the president gets his way,

over the next five years we add nearly $4 trillion worth of debt. If the Republicans get their way, we add $3 trillion worth of debt,” Paul says. And he adds, perhaps with fans of mixed-metaphors in mind: “The Republican plan is better. But it’s still too little and we’re drowning under a mountain of debt.” Reuters Photo Credits: Jason Reed (Captain America); Jonathan Ernst (Rand Paul); Kevin Lamarque (John Boehner and Mitch McConnell) Click here for more political coverage from Reuters This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ content-only/faq.php Five Filters featured article: Collateral Damage - WikiLeaks In The Crosshairs.

Freed young leader energizes Egyptian protests (AP)
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AP - A young leader of Egypt's anti-government protesters, newly released from detention, joined a massive crowd in Cairo's Tahrir Square for the first time Tuesday and was greeted with cheers, whistling and thunderous applause when he declared: "We will not abandon our demand and that is the departure of the regime."

Freed young leader energizes Egyptian protests (AP)
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AP - A young leader of Egypt's anti-government protesters, newly released from detention, joined a

massive crowd in Cairo's Tahrir w h i s t l i n g a n d t h u n d e r o u s Square for the first time Tuesday applause when he declared: "We and was greeted with cheers, will not abandon our demand and

that is the departure of the regime."

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Washington Extra – Fruitcake diplomacy
Tabassum Zakaria (Front Row Washington)

forever. Here are our top stories from Washington today… Submitted at 2/7/2011 5:04:17 PM Obama tries to woo business, If only he’d sent fruitcake… assails ‘burdensome’ tax President Barack Obama is President Obama stepped up clearly trying to make nice with efforts to woo the business the business community and he community, seeking their help to p r o m i s e d t h e C h a m b e r o f tackle “burdensome” corporate Commerce a new friendly era taxes, but offering no new after two years of coldness. initiatives. Obama, on a drive to The White House and U.S. w i n o v e r b u s i n e s s a n d Chamber of Commerce can see independent voters before the each other across a park, but until 2012 presidential election, also recently acted like the other was repeated a promise to advance on the wrong side of the tracks. trade deals with Panama and But it’s never too late to make-up C o l o m b i a t h a t w o u l d h e l p in Washington, where yesterday’s companies. “Another barrier enmities are often tomorrow’s government can remove is a alliances. burdensome corporate tax code Obama handled it with humor. “It with one of the highest rates in the is good to be here today at the world,” Obama told the powerful Chamber of Commerce. I’m here U.S. Chamber of Commerce, in the interest of being more reiterating a pledge from his State neighborly.” of the Union address last month. “I strolled over from across the For more of this story by Alister street, and look, maybe if we had Bull and David Morgan, read brought over a fruitcake when I here. first moved in, we would have Senate memo shows hard road gotten off to a better start. But I’m for Dodd-Frank foes going to make up for it,” Obama The steep uphill climb faced by said. Republicans in trying to roll back Perhaps fruitcakes could be the last year’s Dodd-Frank law was new balm to soothe political spats. made clear by a memo from the Maybe Republicans should send S e n a t e B a n k i n g C o m m i t t e e fruitcakes to their new Tea Party pledging to protect financial colleagues on Capitol Hill. And reforms. The agenda memo, the White House could send a obtained by Reuters, showed the fruitcake to new House Speaker committee will examine much the John Boehner as a sign of intent same issues being targeted by its on bipartisanship. counterpart panel in the Warm and sincere words are nice Republican-controlled House — and everything, but anyone who’s but with different goals. The had a fruitcake knows it lasts Senate panel will focus on

government and protesters demanding his immediate ouster. “Obviously, Egypt has to negotiate a path and they’re making progress,” Obama said while returning to the White House after a speech. For more of this story by Andrew Quinn and Matt Spetalnick, read here. Republican governors take on U.S. insurance exchanges As Republican governors take on the healthcare reform law in courts, they are also challenging it on the administrative side, with 21 registering discontent with assuring that “the letter and the AOL to buy The Huffington Post insurance exchanges in a letter to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. spirit of the law are being for $315 million implemented by the regulatory A O L w i l l b u y A r i a n n a The reform act “is seriously agencies,” the memo said. Huffington’s influential website flawed, favors dependency over For more of this story by Kevin for $315 million, looking to the personal responsibility, and will Drawbaugh, read here. high-profile liberal pundit to ultimately destroy the private Big US banks face delayed rescue it from the dustbin of insurance market,” the governors bonuses Internet history. The move comes wrote in the letter. They added Regulators made their most at a hefty premium. AOL is that if Sebelius does not agree forceful attempt yet to clamp estimated to be paying 32 times w i t h t h e i r r e q u e s t s f o r down on bank bonuses since the earnings before interest, taxes, m o d i f i c a t i o n s , t h e n t h e 2007-2009 financial crisis, but the depreciation and amortization for g o v e r n m e n t “ s h o u l d b e g i n proposals pale in comparison to T h e H u f f i n g t o n P o s t , s a i d making plans to run exchanges harsher restrictions already set in Benchmark Co analyst Clayton under its own auspices.” Europe. The FDIC proposed that Moran. “AOL just spent 40 For more of this story by Lisa executives at the largest financial percent of their cash for very little Lambert, read here. FCC looks to revamp rural phone institutions have half of their near-term return,” said Moran. bonuses deferred for at least three For more of this story by service subsidy years. But the U.S. plan is Anthony Boadle and Jennifer Some 24 million Americans live in areas not served by broadband markedly softer than the EU, Saba, read here. which in December set guidelines Obama sees progress in Egypt s e r v i c e , b u t a m o d e r n i z e d , streamlined universal service that top bankers be limited to political talks receiving 20 percent of their President Obama said talks to program could begin to bridge annual bonuses upfront in cash, resolve Egypt’s crisis were these gaps in infrastructure, FCC with some exceptions. making progress despite few Chairman Julius Genachowski For more of this story by Dave c o n c r e t e a d v a n c e s b e t w e e n WASHINGTON page 3 Clarke, read here. President Hosni Mubarak’s

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said. He laid out a plan for revamping the $8 billion universal service fund — paid for through fees added to consumers’ telephone bills to subsidize landline phone service for lowincome and rural families — in a speech at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. For more of this story by Jasmin Melvin, read here. Panel OKs final duties on China drill pipe A trade panel approved combined final duties ranging up to nearly 450 percent on steel drill pipe from China used in oil production. The U.S. International Trade Commission said there was sufficient evidence U.S. companies are threatened with harm by unfairly low priced competition from China. For more of this story by Doug Palmer, read here. What we are blogging… California Democrat Jane Harman plans to step down from Congress Democrat Jane Harman plans to

resign from her congressional seat representing California’s 36th district if she is named to head a Washington think tank. In a letter to constituents, Harman said she had filed paperwork notifying the House that she is in discussions to become president and CEO of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.“This is an excruciating decision because the distinction of representing the smartest constituents on earth will never be surpassed – nor will my relationships with my exceptional staff and colleagues in Congress. But shaping and leading the Wilson Center is a thrilling new challenge,” she writes. For Tabassum Zakaria’s full post, click here. From elsewhere… Geithner urged Brazil to lobby China on yuan: source Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner urged Brazilian officials to lobby China to let its currency appreciate, a Brazilian official with direct knowledge of the discussions told Reuters. In a meeting with Brazilian Finance

Minister Guido Mantega, Geithner argued that the undervalued yuan is just as much as a problem for Brazil as it is for the United States, and urged Brazil “to lobby the Chinese to correct that situation,” the source said on condition of anonymity. Mantega replied: “We’re against manipulating exchange rates,” the source added. For this story, read here. Photo credit: Reuters/Jim Young (Obama walks through park to White House after addressing Chamber of Commerce) This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ content-only/faq.php Five Filters featured article: Collateral Damage - WikiLeaks In The Crosshairs.

Ex-MSNBC host Keith Olbermann heads to Current TV (AP)
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schedule. The addition of Olbermann could raise its profile among viewers. It is now NEW YORK – Keith Olbermann, available in about 60 million who last month abruptly left his homes, a little more than half of MSNBC talk show, is headed to the nation's homes with television. the Current TV public-affairs The show has no name yet or set channel to do a similar politically starting time. Olbermann said it pointed show. will be similar to what he had Current announced Tuesday that been doing at "Countdown." Olbermann will host a prime-time An MSNBC spokesman said the news and commentary show each network had no comment on weeknight. His program will Olbermann's move. begin late this spring. ___ The network said Olbermann will Current TV is owned by Current also serve as chief news officer Media. and have an equity stake in ___ Current Media. Online: The outspoken Olbermann had http://current.com been at MSNBC since 2003, This entry passed through the where his nightly "Countdown" Full-Text RSS service — if this is was the top-rated program and your content and you're reading it helped mold that network as a left on someone else's site, please read -leaning alternative to Fox News our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ Channel. But his relationship with content-only/faq.php network bosses was stormy. Five Filters featured article: Current, co-founded in 2005 by Collateral Damage - WikiLeaks In former Vice President Al Gore, is The Crosshairs. now revamping its little-seen

Egypt protests draw biggest crowd yet (AFP)
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Submitted at 2/8/2011 12:29:42 PM

AFP - Hundreds of thousands of

demonstrators flooded Cairo's iconic Tahrir Square and towns across Egypt on Tuesday, in the biggest show of defiance to

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak since the revolt began.

Obama to call for $53B for highspeed rail (AP)
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Submitted at 2/8/2011 12:40:21 PM

AP - President Barack Obama is calling for a six-year, $53 billion

spending plan for high-speed rail, as he seeks to use infrastructure spending to jumpstart job creation.

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Where’s an embattled leader to go?
JoAnne Allen (Front Row Washington)
Submitted at 2/8/2011 9:44:10 AM

Ex-MSNBC host Keith Olbermann heads to Current TV (AP)
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Feds settle case of woman fired over Facebook site (AP)
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Spa treatment or desert retreat? With so many possible locations from which to choose and no worries about stretching the 401K, where’s an embattled leader to settle in retirement? Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak has announced he will not run for reelection in September. But protesters who have taken to the streets of Cairo and other Egyptian cities by the thousands are demanding he leave office now. Mubarak, 82, vows never to flee and says he will die on Egyptian soil. Nevertheless, a departure with dignity may be among various scenarios under discussion as stakeholders continue searching for ways to bring the crisis in Egypt to an end. Will it end with Mubarak traveling to Germany for a prolonged medical stay? Germany’s Spiegel Online reports, based on information it obtained, a luxury clinic near Baden-Baden— a German spa town on the edge of the Black Forest — is favored as a likely destination. But wired.com reports it’s more likely Mubarak will land in Saudi Arabia. The article cites Recorded Future, a data mining company funded by Google and

AP - Keith Olbermann, who last month abruptly left his MSNBC talk show, is headed to the Current TV public-affairs channel to do a similar politically pointed show.

AP - Employers should think twice before trying to restrict workers from talking about their jobs on Facebook or other social media.

Ex-MSNBC host Keith Olbermann heads to Current TV (AP)
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the CIA. “If you want to know where he’s going next,” says Recorded Future CEO Christopher Ahlberg, “you’ve got to know what he’s done in the past.” Mubarak has been a frequent visitor to Saudi Arabia, the article notes. It would not be an unprecedented move. Toppled in Tunisia last month, former Tunisian President Zine alAbidine Ben Ali has taken up residence in the Saudi kingdom for an unspecified period of time. And while we’re on the subject of presidents and exile…. In Haiti, outgoing President Rene Preval can’t depart fast enough for some Haitians who want him to leave office immediately… While former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, ousted in 2004, is poised to return home

from exile in South Africa… Meanwhile former president-forlife Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier, who fled to exile in France in 1986, recently returned ( for love or money?). The former dictator, now facing corruption and “crimes against humanity” lawsuits, is prohibited from leaving. Photo credit: Reuters/Wolfgang Rattay (a hotel in the German health resort of Baden-Baden) This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ content-only/faq.php Five Filters featured article: Collateral Damage - WikiLeaks In The Crosshairs.

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AP - Keith Olbermann, who last month abruptly left his MSNBC talk show, is headed to the Current TV public-affairs channel to do a similar politically pointed show.

Academics claim reburial legislation is stifling archaeology
Submitted at 2/8/2011 6:15:00 AM

Romania may get even tougher on witches (AP)
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AP - There's more bad news in the cards for Romania's beleaguered witches.

Archaeologists have expressed their concerns about legislation that requires human remains discovered in ancient settlements to be reburied within two years. In a series of letters to justice secretary Ken Clarke, leading archaeology professors and members of RESCUE, The British Archaeological Trust, explain how the legislation is causing "severe damage to research and the advancement of knowledge". Continue reading...

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The First Secret: One Minute Goals
Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson (Fast Company)

"Trenell, he said, one of your goals for the future is for you to identify and solve your own Submitted at 2/8/2011 10:42:21 AM problems. But since you are new, Can a company be managed in a come on up and we'll talk. simpler way? We continue our "When I got up there, he said, Tell Leadership Hall of Fame series, a me, Trenell, what your problem is year-long look at the top business --but put it in behavioral terms. books and authors, with an "Behavioral terms? I echoed. excerpt from The One Minute What do you mean by behavioral Manager, by Ken Blanchard and terms? Spencer Johnson. What does this "I mean, the manager explained revered business fable tell us to me, that I do not want to hear about setting up goals at your job? about only attitudes or feelings. "One of my One Minute Goals Tell me what is happening in was this: Identify performance observable, measurable terms. problems and come up with "I described the problem the best I s o l u t i o n s w h i c h , w h e n could. implemented, will turn the "He said, That's good, Trenell! situation around. Now tell me what you would like "When I first came to work here I to be happening in behavioral spotted a problem that needed to terms. be solved, but I didn't know what "I don't know, I said. to do. So I called the One Minute "Then don't waste my time, he Manager. When he answered the snapped. phone, I said, Sir, I have a "I just froze in amazement for a problem. Before I could get few seconds. I didn't know what another word out, he said, Good! to do. He mercifully broke the That's what you've been hired to dead silence. solve. Then there was a dead "If you can't tell me what you'd silence on the other end of the like to be happening, he said, you phone. don't have a problem yet. You're "I didn't know what to do. The just complaining. A problem only s i l e n c e w a s d e a f e n i n g . I exists if there is a difference eventually stuttered out, But, but, b e t w e e n w h a t i s a c t u a l l y Sir, I don't know how to solve this happening and what you desire to problem. be happening.

"I could do B, I said. "But if you do B, will what you want to happen really happen? he countered again. "No, I realized. "Then, that's also a bad solution, he said. What else can you do? "I thought about it for a couple of minutes and said, I could do C. But if I do C, what I want to happen won't happen, so that is a bad solution, isn't it? "Right. You're starting to come around, the manager then said, with a smile on his face. Is there anything else you could do? he asked. "Maybe I could combine some of these solutions," I said. "Being a quick learner, I suddenly "That sounds worth trying, he realized I knew what I wanted to reacted. be happening. After I told him, "In fact, if I do A this week, B he asked me to talk about what next week and C in two weeks, I'll may have caused the discrepancy have it solved. That's fantastic. between the actual and the Thanks so much. You solved my desired. problem for me. "After that the One Minute "He got very annoyed. I did not, Manager said, Well, what are you he interrupted, you solved it going to do about it?" yourself. I just asked you "Well, I could do A, I said. questions--questions you are able "If you did A, would what you to ask yourself. Now get out of want to happen actually happen? here and start solving your own he asked. problems on your time, not mine. "No, I said. "I knew what he had done, of "Then you have a lousy solution. course. He'd shown me how to What else could you do? he solve problems so that I could do asked. it on my own in the future.

"Then he stood, looked me straight in the eye and said, You're good, Trenell. Remember that the next time you have a problem. "I remember smiling as I left his office." Trenell leaned back in his chair and looked as if he were reliving his first encounter with the One Minute Manager. "So," the young man began, reflecting on what he had just heard. . . . Agree on your goals. See what good behavior looks like. Write out each of your goals on a single sheet of paper using less than 250 words. Read and re-read each goal, which requires only a minute or so each time you do it. Take a minute every once in a while out of your day to look at your performance, and See whether or not your behavior matches your goal. Follow @FastCoLeaders for all of our leadership news, expert bloggers, and book excerpts. Reprinted with permission from The One Minute Manager by Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson. Published by William Morrow. Read more about our Leadership Hall of Fame.

Nintendo announces UK 3DS launch games lineup
Submitted at 2/8/2011 10:11:00 AM

Nintendo has revealed which 13 games will go on sale alongside

the 3DS when the upcoming handheld launches in the UK this March. However, Nintendo itself isn't

bringing out its biggest guns for

launch day -- you're getting either planes or dogs, as the console launches with Pilotwings Resort and three different flavours of

Nintendogs + Cats as first-party launch titles. Continue reading...

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Obama Budget Seeks $53 Billion for High-Speed Rail - San Francisco Chronicle
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Elon Musk's SpaceX rocket to carry moon rover to historic Apollo 11 site
Barry Bazzell (Business Insider)
Submitted at 2/8/2011 12:50:58 PM

access to high-speed rail within 25 years. Some high-speed routes Submitted at 2/8/2011 12:30:58 PM in California and the Midwest are (Updates with details of proposal, already under way, he said. r e a c t i o n , s t a r t i n g i n t h i r d Connecting Cities paragraph.) The administration's goal is to Feb. 8 (Bloomberg) -- President c o n n e c t l a r g e m e t r o p o l i t a n Barack Obama will ask Congress communities and economies with next week to approve a six-year, a transportation alternative to ease $ 5 3 b i l l i o n p r o g r a m f o r congestion on roads and at construction of a national high- airports while reducing pollution. speed and intercity rail network, Biden's remarks, released in Vice President Joe Biden said. advance by the White House, "There are key places where we didn't spell out how the six-year cannot afford to sacrifice as a program would be financed, or n a t i o n - - o n e o f w h i c h i s what other federal programs may infrastructure," Biden said in a be reduced to offset costs. speech today at 30th Street Republicans in Congress are Station in Philadelphia. Obama unlikely to provide the funding or submits his fiscal 2012 budget to endorse the administration's Congress on Feb. 14. national vision. Under the budget proposal, about "To spend the money across the $8 billion would be spent in the country in dribs and drabs is not first year to develop or improve g o i n g t o d o i t , " U . S . interconnected rail corridors that Representative Bill Shuster, the Biden said would form the Pennsylvania Republican who backbone of a national high-speed chairs the railroad subcommittee rail system. of the House Transportation and Such corridors would be divided Infrastructure Committee, said in into three categories: "core a phone interview. "I'm not express" for trains achieving willing to spend money unless we speeds of between 125 and 250 know it is going to be targeted on miles per hour or more; "regional" the one corridor where it could lines for trains traveling between seriously have an impact, and 90 to 125 miles per hour and that's the Northeast Corridor." " e m e r g i n g " r a i l l i n e s f o r Conservative leaders in Congress passenger trains traveling as much have called for eliminating the as 90 miles per hour. high-speed rail program In his State of the Union address altogether and Republicans on the last month, Obama set a goal of House Appropriations Committee giving 80 percent of Americans have previously pushed to cut its

funding. Successes Cited The vice president cited success in high-speed rail programs in advocating for its expansion. He said passengers traveling from Pittsburgh and Harrisburg on Amtrak's Keystone Corridor now connect to high-speed Acela service to Boston, New York City and Washington. Since track improvements raised speeds between Harrisburg and Philadelphia to 110 mph in 2006, the Keystone Corridor has seen rail ridership increase by 57 percent, he said. "With rail ridership reaching alltime highs in many areas of the country during 2010, these investments will ensure that more Americans have the option of taking a train to reach their destination," said Biden, who as a senator often took Amtrak, the government-owned rail passenger service, to his home in Delaware. The six-year, $53 billion request comes on top of a $10.5 billion down payment toward a highspeed rail system, $8 billion of which was funded through the stimulus program. Manufacturing Jobs GE Transportation President and Chief Executive Officer Lorenzo Simonelli, whose company is the leading manufacturer of dieselelectric locomotives, welcomed Biden's announcement. "The investment could help GE

Transportation sustain or create high-tech manufacturing jobs in the U.S. as we build the next generation of higher-speed passenger locomotives and highspeed trains serving America's rail traveling public," Simonelli said in an e-mailed statement. GE Transportation is headquartered in Erie, Pennsylvania. Biden also said the administration will consolidate the Transportation Department's rail loan and grant programs for cities and states into two accounts. The first $4 billion account would help fund network development, building new infrastructure, stations and equipment. A second account, also funded at $4 billion, would be earmarked for system preservation and renewal, including maintenance and repair on Amtrak and other publiclyowned assets. --Editors: Joe Winski, Andrea Snyder This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ content-only/faq.php Five Filters featured article: Collateral Damage - WikiLeaks In The Crosshairs.

A company using technology developed at Carnegie Mellon University plans to put a robotic rover on the moon in 2013. Astrobotic Technology recently signed a contract with SpaceX, an aerospace company run by Elon Musk, to carry the robot to the moon. Musk is also the chief executive officer of electric car maker Tesla Motors. The Carnegie spin-off is now the first entrant in the $30 million Google Lunar X-Prize competition to sign a launch contract. SpaceX, which is based near the city of Hawthorne in southern California, plans to open an office in Chantilly, Va., which is the home of the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), the cover agency that makes and operates the country's spy satellites. Chantilly is 25 miles from the nation's capital. On Dececmber 8, SpaceX became the first private company to launch a spacecraft into orbit around the Earth and return undamaged. Join the conversation about this story »

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President Obama's on-again, off-again relationship with the Chamber - Washington Post
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highlights -- and lowlights -- of the relationship between Obama and the Chamber. President Obama spoke to the January 2009: Relations between Chamber of Commerce Monday, P r e s i d e n t O b a m a a n d t h e reaching out to a group with Chamber started out fairly warm. which he has struggled to find The Chamber backed Obama's common ground over his first two stimulus plan. "The Chamber is years in office. very encouraged by the direction The move is a classic political the President-elect is taking with play for the ideological middle. his recovery package," Chamber President Obama and his political of Commerce Chief Executive team know that he must win back Tom Donahue said at the time. independent voters to claim a August 2009: The Chamber second term next November and launched a "multi-million-dollar" playing nice with adversaries is national ad campaign attacking the sort of bipartisan comity that Democratic health care reform appeals to those centrists. proposals as "expanded Of course, Obama's speech to the government control of health Chamber brought a swift rebuke care." They also went after from his liberal allies. "Two climate-change legislation, calling weeks ago the President promised for public hearings to explore the that he would work to rebuild science of global warming. people's faith in government October 2009: The Obama meeting with the biggest lobbyists administration began criticizing in the country is hardly a step in the Chamber for opposing their the right direction," said Erica major reform proposals, saying Payne, the founder of a liberal the group was "mobilizing against coalition known as the Agenda change." Bruce Josten, the Project. Chamber's chief lobbyist went on Liberals may not need to worry, F o x N e w s t o l a m e n t t h e however. History suggests that the "invectives" and "name-calling" detente between President Obama coming from the White House. and the business community may December 2009: Obama held a be short-lived. jobs summit at the White House Here's a look at a few of the and neglected to invite the

Chamber. January 2010: The Chamber of Commerce ran ads for Scott Brown in the Massachusetts Senate election -- the most active third-party group helping the Republican candidate who went on to score a historic victory. March 2010: The Chamber began ramping up its election year efforts targeting Democrats with negative ads. July 2010: In a letter posted on their website in advance of a jobs summit, the Chamber argued that Obama's economic policies are "job-destroying" and that administration officials "took their eyes off the ball" and "neglected" to focus on job creation. White House adviser Valerie Jarrett responded with a letter defending administration policy. October 2010: The White House attacked the Chamber of Commerce for alleged ties to foreign donors, a charge the organization labeled a smear campaign. November 2010: After the midterm elections, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner met with Donohue. Obama told reporters that relations with the business community had not been "managed by me as well as it

needed to be." The two agreed to work together on a South Korea free-trade pact. December 2010: The Chamber invited Obama to speak at an event, but the event was canceled before the Obama administration replied. January 2011: The Chamber praised Obama for appointing JP Morgan executive Bill Daley as his new chief of staff. "This is a strong appointment. Bill Daley is a man of stature and extraordinary experience in government, business, trade negotiations, and global affairs," they said in a statement. But Donahue was still wary. "This is one tough guy and if business thinks they are going to put their arm around Daley and he's going to do their bidding, they're wrong. He's going to do the president's bidding," he said. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ content-only/faq.php Five Filters featured article: Collateral Damage - WikiLeaks In The Crosshairs.

Colombia's IDP Crisis: Caught in the Crossfire
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Looking down from the hilltops of Bogotá's southern rim, a sea of shingled rooftops and cinderblock huts stretches toward the horizon. These ever-expanding slums are home to tens of thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs), Colombians who have fled their homes elsewhere in the country to escape the country's long-running armed conflict. ... Subscribers receive: • Access to in-depth feature articles • Regular Strategic Posture Reviews • Regular WPR Special Reports • Access to our Document Center • Access to WPR’s entire archives • Enhanced search across the entire site • Participation in our discussion section Click here to subscribe » Click here to take a free trial » Already a subscriber? Login here. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ content-only/faq.php Five Filters featured article: Collateral Damage - WikiLeaks In The Crosshairs.

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Is the McDonald's Slump Ending?
Brent Archer (BloggingStocks)
Submitted at 2/8/2011 1:30:00 PM

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico – Three teenage boys were shot to death in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez, at least two of them U.S. citizens and high school students in Texas, authorities said Monday. The boys were killed at 4:22 p.m. Saturday while looking at cars in a dealership in the city across the border from El Paso, Texas, Chihuahua prosecutors' spokesman Arturo Sandoval said. One was found inside a white Jeep Cherokee and the other two in the courtyard. There were no leads on suspects or a motive, Sandoval said. Two managers were also in the dealership during the attack. One refused to give a statement, while the statement from the other manager was not released because of the pending investigation, Sandoval added. At least 60 bullet casings were found at the scene. One of the boys, Carlos Mario Gonzalez Bermudez, 16, was a sophomore at Cathedral High School in El Paso, said Nick Gonzalez, the Roman Catholic brother who is the principal. Another victim, Juan Carlos Echeverri, 15, had been a freshman at the private all-boys

Catholic school last year but left to study in Ciudad Juarez, Gonzalez said. Both were U.S. citizens, he said. The U.S. Embassy in Mexico City said it could provide no immediate information on the case. The third teenager was identified as Cesar Yalin Miramontes Jimenez, 17. The school principal said Gonzalez Bermudez mainly lived in Ciudad Juarez and commuted each day across the border. He said 20 percent of the 485 students enrolled at Cathedral are from Ciudad Juarez. Gonzalez said the school's sophomore class had a prayer service Monday and officials planned a rosary service for the entire school later in the week. "It's a lot of pain, a lot of sorrow, a lot of tears, a lot of coming together as a community to try to hold each other up and to try and make sense today," Gonzalez said. "How do you make sense of this meaningless tragedy? Hopefully this can really empower us to make a positive change in the border community because their deaths will have no meaning otherwise." Many Ciudad Juarez residents travel across the border on a daily basis for work or study. Some

Mexicans live in El Paso for safety reasons and commute to Ciudad Juarez. Ciudad Juarez city has become one of the world's most dangerous cities amid a fierce turf war between the Sinaloa and Juarez drug cartels. More than 3,000 people were killed last year in the city of 1.3 million residents. Gonzalez said students at the school have had a number of relatives killed in the violence in Ciudad Juarez. A graduate of the school was killed last fall, he said. "Our Juarez kids knew all three" of the teenagers killed over the weekend, he said. "It's a very tight knit community. A lot of them car pool; that's how they know each other." ___ Associated Press writer Olivia Torres reported this story in Ciudad Juarez and Juan A. Lozano from Houston, Texas. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ content-only/faq.php Five Filters featured article: Collateral Damage - WikiLeaks In The Crosshairs.

Filed under: Major Movement, International Markets, Good news, McDonald's (MCD), Options, Technical Analysis McDonald's ( MCD- option chain) shares are rising today after the company announced this morning that its January same-store sales rose 5.3% worldwide, while US same-store sales rose 3.1%. Analysts were expecting sales to rise 4.5%. MCD cited January snowstorms for the disappointing US performance, but super strong performance in Europe, up 7%, is offsetting the weaker US. This stock has been in a bit of a downward slide over the past month or so, but today's data and the stock's reaction could signal a change in fortunes. If you think that the stock won't fall by too much in the coming months, then now could be a good time to look

at a bullish hedged trade on MCD. MCD opened this morning at $74.37. So far today the stock has hit a low of $74.20 and a high of $75.97. As of 12:00, MCD is trading at $75.70 up $2.25 (3.0%). The chart for MCD looks neutral and S&P gives MCD a neutral 3 STARS (out of 5) hold ranking. Continue reading Is the McDonald's Slump Ending? Is the McDonald's Slump Ending? originally appeared on BloggingStocks on Tue, 08 Feb 2011 13:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| Email this| Comments

Space Junk Nets - Japanese Space Agency JAXA and Nitto Seimo Team Up to Clean Earth's Orbit (GALLERY)
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global discourse, that hasn't stopped the Japanese space agency JAXA and fishing net company Nitto Seimo from teaming up in order...

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Funnel Makes Web Surveys That Are Fun
David Zax (Fast Company)
Submitted at 2/8/2011 10:37:16 AM

Okay, yes, fun is perhaps too strong a word. But as two former Microsoft employees get set to launch a survey tool for iPhone, Android, and iPad, they might just have built the first such product that doesn't make you want to throw something. In his recent job as a Microsoft employee, Ryan Panchadsaram had to travel by plane a fair amount. He kept noticing that the airlines had an annoying habit of sending him a survey via email the day after his flight--right while he was in the middle of work, and so he would never bother with it. Furthermore, the surveys were often complicated, unwieldy grids where he was forced to deliver absurd shades of nuance (was he "neutral," or just "mostly neutral," about his inflight service?). Why couldn't the airline have just sent him a simple survey while he was waiting on the tarmac, or in the taxi home-when he was bored and looking for something to do?

That's the thinking behind Funnel, a simple and attractive survey tool for iPhone, iPad, and Android. Panchadsaram and a colleague, Jimmy Do, left longstanding jobs at Microsoft in the fall and have been bootstrapping their survey tool ever since. Funnel launches next week. A number of the features of Funnel are nice, if obvious. Since

we'll let them build three pages of responses, right?" But as they thought about it, they realized that wouldn't fly. "That will go against what we've tried to build," Panchadsaram remembers thinking, "a short, quick survey that, when you get it, you know you can take quickly." Version 1 of Funnel is free; the team doesn't want to hinder adoption. Future versions will have paid features: you could pay to remove "made with Funnel" from the interface, making it appear more integrated with your business's website, for instance. Panchadsaram also says future versions will make fuller use of it's usable on a smartphone or way it enforces the survey aspects unique to mobile--starting, tablet, it relies on touch rather designer to ask questions that of course, with geolocation. t h a n c l i c k i n g , w h i c h really matter, and to simplify. And this might be crazy, but here Panchadsaram calls a "completely There came a crucial moment goes: If the team makes Funnel d i f f e r e n t , " m o r e n a t u r a l during the design phase where a p p e a l i n g e n o u g h , m a y b e experience when compared to the Panchadsaram and Do realized companies won't even have to standard Survey Monkey fare. they could only comfortably fit up bribe you with gift certificates and Funnel also has pleasing design, to six possible survey responses raffles to get you to do web surveys in the future. something we hardly expect from on one page. surveys--but why shouldn't we? "Well," they figured at first, "if One of the most insightful the business wants to have 18 features of Funnel, though, is the possible responses to a question,

Stanley Works Soars Above $70
Joseph Lazzaro (BloggingStocks)

psychological resistance in the rear-view mirror in the past three months, and now may be a good Submitted at 2/8/2011 12:00:00 PM time to consider taking some Filed under: Stocks to Buy profits off the table, if you're in Stanley Works ( SWK) shares, near $32. first discussed here on February However, those investors who 10, 2009, at a price of $32.48, can tolerate the risk can maintain have put both $60 and $70 their full position in SWK, as

more upside is likely ahead. With Stanley's March 2010

acquisition of Black & Decker complete, look for 2011 sales to surge 20% to 22%, including organic growth of about 6% to 9%. In 2012, revenue should rise 7% to 10%. Continue reading Stanley Works Soars Above $70 Stanley Works Soars Above $70

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Egypt Protests Swell Despite Government Steps on Reform - Voice of America
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Luis Ramirez | Cairo February 08, 2011 Photo: AP Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman, center, meets with representatives of protesters in Cairo, February 6, 2011 The government of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has announced new reforms as thousands of protesters continue to camp out in Cairo's Tahrir Square, demanding Mubarak's ouster. The protests are in their 3rd week. It was the latest effort by Mubarak's government to give the protesters an incentive to go home, as the demonstrators call for more people to join them. Newly appointed Vice President Omar Suleiman went on state television Tuesday saying Mubarak wants a peaceful transfer of power. He said the Egyptian leader ordered a committee to review changes to Egypt's constitution and also to investigate violence during last week's massive demonstrations. Watch Luis Ramirez's report: The Egyptian vice president offered reassurances to the demonstrators, many of whom are young people, saying Mubarak believes young people deserve to be appreciated and has given instructions that protesters should

If Sarah Lacy’s New Book Hits #1, We’re Throwing A Party
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not be prosecuted or have restrictions imposed on them or their freedom to express themselves. Suleiman's words did not appear to move the demonstrators, who staged their 15th day of protests on Tahrir Square, where many are camping out in tents. Many say they will stay there until Mubarak leaves office. As Suleiman was speaking, a steady stream of protesters made their way past army checkpoints into the square. Some analysts say the government has succeeded, at

Last night I reviewed TechCrunch Editor Sarah Lacy’s new book Brilliant Crazy, Cocky: How The Top 1% of Entrepreneurs Profit From Global Chaos. It shot up from #23 on the list of top entrepreneurship books to #2 overnight. And that’s just for the Kindle. The hardcopy is also for sale on Amazon but hasn’t hit physical bookstores yet. least for now, to buy time by to leave sooner. They are calling Here’s the thing. We don’t like making incremental concessions. for a massive turnout at the end of being #2. We like being #1. And On Monday, it announced raises the week. NEW: Follow our we’re almost there. So if you in pay and pensions for public Middle East reports on Twitter people just buy a few more copies sector employees. a n d d i s c u s s t h e m o n o u r of the book, and you sure won’t be disappointed, it’ll be at the top The Mubarak leadership wants F a c e b o o k p a g e . normalcy to return to the country This entry passed through the of the list. after two weeks of often violent Full-Text RSS service — if this is And then we’ll be throwing a demonstrations. your content and you're reading it party. We’re thinking March 9 in President Mubarak has already on someone else's site, please read San Francisco. With an open bar. said he will leave, by not seeking our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ So get to it people. We need to put this whole Paul Carr thing reelection in September, and some content-only/faq.php in the opposition agree with him Five Filters featured article: behind us, and celebrate the good that the transition should be Collateral Damage - WikiLeaks In t h i n g s i n l i f e . C r u n c h B a s e Information Sarah Lacy gradual and peaceful. The Crosshairs. Information provided by The protesters say they will not CrunchBase give up their struggle for Mubarak

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Singapore Opens Lab Aiming to Produce Hydrogen Fuel By Imitating Photosynthesis, Dominate Regional R&D
Jenara Nerenberg (Fast Company)

amount of energy in the first place, making it cost-ineffective for commercial use. But by Submitted at 2/8/2011 10:56:12 AM imitating photosynthesis, The new facility is Singapore's researchers are gaining ground in latest bet on regional dominance extracting fuel with minimal in education, research, and exertion, providing a sustainable, development. In time, the U.S. alternative energy source. The may also be a competitor. process, dubbed "artificial leaf With today's launch of Nanyang technology," is popular with Technological University's (NTU) proponents of biomimicry. Solar Fuels Lab, Singapore is "Nature has lots of wonderful ramping up efforts to be a ways to renew itself. We can learn regional education, research and a lot from nature if we look hard development hub in Asia. The lab enough, to find sustainable is the first in Asia to experiment solutions to some of the world's with creating hydrogen fuel from most pressing problems," said w a t e r a n d s u n l i g h t , t h u s NTU President Professor Bertil m i m i c k i n g p h o t o s y n t h e s i s . Andersson. The process of extracting It remains to be seen whether the hydrogen from water and sunlight new research will serve to propel usually requires a substantial S i n g a p o r e f o r w a r d a s a n

unmistaken R&D leader in the region, but the University itself is devoting ample resources to the research, combining the efforts of NTU's School of Materials Science and Engineering and the

Energy Research Institute. The U.S. announced a similar initiative last year, which means that if Singapore is successful in its research, the island nation would become a competitive

player not just in Asia, but with the West as well. Education is at the heart of Singapore's quest for regional dominance--INSEAD, MIT, Johns Hopkins, and others have all chosen the country for branch campuses, helping the country grab a part of the $2.2 million international education market, and making room for byproduct revenue streams such as tourism and industry expansion. "This growing education market in Asia is a major economic opportunity for us," Singapore's Minister for Foreign Affairs, George Yeo, once said. Follow Fast Company on Twitter. [Image: flickr user Kevin Krejci]

Brace Yourself, Iran Wants A "Day of Rage" Too
Grace Wyler (Business Insider)
Submitted at 2/8/2011 12:51:00 PM

The request creates an awkward quandary for Iran's hardline leadership, which has expressed As the Arab world reels from the strong support for the Egyptian uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia, protesters. The regime, which I r a n ' s " G r e e n " o p p o s i t i o n views the Arab uprisings as an movement is asking supporters to Islamic awakening akin to its return to the streets next Monday 1979 revolution, now finds this for their own "Day of Rage." claim contested by the Green Opposition leaders have asked movement, which views its 2009 Ahmadinejad to allow a peaceful demonstrations as a harbinger of solidarity rally in support of the what has gone down in Egypt and popular movements in Egypt and Tunisia. Tunisia, the New York Times The opposition is hoping the reports. "Day of Rage" re-energizes the

Green movement, which has been beaten back by a fearsome government crackdown since the 2009 riots. So far, the Feb. 14

protest has sparked considerable interest online - its Facebook page shows more than 17,000 people "likes."

Although online support doesn't necessarily mean bodies on the street, any type of popular uprising in the Islamic Republic has the potential to send the region into a tailspin. But after Egypt and Tunisia, why not Iran? Don't Miss: The 11 countries at risk of becoming the next Egypt> Join the conversation about this story » See Also: • Middle East Unraveling?

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CIA's Revamped Website Has Flickr Stream, New Kids' Games, YouTube Puppy-Cam Vids!
Jenara Nerenberg (Fast Company)
Submitted at 2/8/2011 1:27:48 PM

The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) wants the world to know that it loves social media--and just re-vamped its site to prove it. The K-9 cam video is the cutest thing since Keyboard Cat. The CIA has launched a revamped website, complete with a YouTube channel and Flickr photo stream, as well as games and an interactive timeline of the agency's history. “The idea behind these improvements is to make more information about the Agency available to more people, more easily,” Director Leon E. Panetta

said. “The CIA wants the American people and the world to understand its mission and its vital role in keeping our country safe.” The CIA is also planning for a mobile version of its site and is keeping in mind an international audience--the site will soon be readable in several foreign languages. Over at the kids' page, which launched years ago, lil snoops learn that "CIA employees gather intelligence (or information) in a variety of ways, not just by 'spying' like you see in the movies or on TV (though we do some of that, too). On the following pages, you can read more about us, play some games, and help us solve

some puzzles. Throughout this section, you’ll also see some top secret things you won’t find anywhere else." Like the totally adorbs " CIA K-9 Cam," which takes viewers on a

Officer--a black Lab with a voice like Dora the Explorer. [youtube MUsGhMXBycA] Kids, for one, are left with the distinct impression that the CIA is a really cool place to work-"Career ads" are just beneath the puppy vids. All told, the more interactive social media element caters to a younger audience, which perhaps signals a looming recruiting drive in the months to come. That, or the U.S. wants its people to know kid-friendly video tour of the CIA that it really loves sharing. headquarters with their specially- WikiLeaks, take note. trained canines. "I search vehicles, Follow Fast Company on Twitter. buildings, and other areas for explosives," says Bradley, an Explosive Detection Canine

NetEase (NTES): China's Expanding Internet
Steven Halpern (BloggingStocks)

Digest explains, "At least 450 million Chinese are now online. Online gaming has 265 million Submitted at 2/8/2011 1:00:00 PM users and is expected to gross F i l e d u n d e r : I n t e r n a t i o n a l over $4 billion over the past year. Markets, China, Newsletters, "This company has a wide Stocks to Buy offering of products, even though "NetEase ( NTES) fits right into it is mostly known to western the theme of rapidly expanding investors as a gaming platform. In sales, a home page service similar Internet revenues and profits in fact, NetEase falls into all of the to Yahoo, email, search and a new China," says Jim Trippon. major categories of web revenue o n l i n e B 2 C ( b u s i n e s s t o The editor of the China Stock generation with significant ad

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WHO calls for probe of GlaxoSmithKline's swine flu vaccine after reports of narcolepsy
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Fed Governor Fisher Promises To Vote Against More QE, And Says The Fed Is An "Accomplice" To Congress
Joe Weisenthal (Business Insider)
Submitted at 2/8/2011 12:50:00 PM

The hawks are coming! According to CNBC, Dallas Fed Governor Fisher has promised to vote against QE, and says the Fed is an accomplice to Congressional fiscal malfeasance. Here's the full speech ----------------It is a great pleasure to speak to the Stemmons Corridor Business Association. I had the good fortune of knowing John Stemmons. He was one of my father-in-law’s closest friends, and his son, Johnny, who was taken from us way too early in life, was a cherished friend of mine. Mr. Stemmons looked like John Wayne and had the business acumen of Trammell Crow, who, as many of you know, was an early business partner of John’s. Without John Stemmons, Trammell Crow could never have developed the Trade Mart and all of his other innovative concepts that helped the Stemmons Corridor and Dallas become vital economic hubs. Only John Stemmons would have had the foresight to donate 100 acres of recovered flood plain to the people of Texas, saving the state the cost of acquisition of a vital transportation artery and allowing him to develop this corridor into

the great property it became. He was a giant of a man and an exemplary proponent of the freemarket capitalism that made our city and our state and our country great. It is somehow fitting that you asked me to speak here today, just two days after the 100th celebration of Ronald Reagan’s birthday. Old John Stemmons loved President Reagan. In 1984, the Republican convention was held here in Dallas. My father-in -law, Congressman Jim Collins, was also a good friend of the president. During the convention, Mr. Collins invited me to join Mr. Stemmons and a handful of their friends to visit with Mr. Reagan. The president was in remarkable form and, great raconteur that he was, told this story: Paddy McCoy, an elderly Irish farmer, received a letter from the Department for Works and Pensions stating that he was suspected of not paying his employees the statutory minimum wages and that an inspector would be sent to the farm. On the appointed day, the inspector turned up. “Tell me about your staff,” he asked of Paddy. “Well,” said Paddy, “there is the farmhand. I pay him 240 a week and he has use of a free cottage.” “That’s good,” said the

mentality that too often fails to grasp the essence and magic of Stemmons-like entrepreneurship that is the hallmark of American success. I am going to take advantage of this platform to remind you that the Federal Reserve System is uniquely structured to balance “inside the Beltway” influences inspector. “Then there’s the housekeeper. with “outside the Beltway” She gets 190 a week, along with thinking. The governors of the Fed in Washington are appointed free board and lodging.” “That sounds fine,” said the by the president of the United States and confirmed by the inspector. Paddy went on. “There’s also Senate. The 12 bank presidents, the half-wit. He works a 16-hour like me, who operate the System day, does 90 percent of the work, in the field and also sit on the nets about 25 pounds a week Federal Open Market Committee when all is said and done, but (FOMC) with the Fed governors, takes down a bottle of whiskey are not. Instead, we are selected a n d , a s a s p e c i a l t r e a t , by, and serve at the pleasure of, occasionally gets to sleep with boards of directors drawn from the citizenry of our districts. Herb my wife.” “That’s disgraceful, Paddy,” said K e l l e h e r , t h e f o u n d e r o f the inspector. “I need to interview Southwest Airlines, is the current chairman of the Dallas Fed the half-wit.” “Well,” said Paddy, “you’re board, which includes eight others ranging from Renu Khator, looking at him.” John Stemmons laughed so hard the dynamic president of the he cried. As rich and as prominent University of Houston, to Joe Kim as he was, he identified with the King, a goat rancher who is the Paddy McCoys of the world. He president of Brady National Bank, took delight in doing things as a rural bank with $80 million in independently as possible; he was footings. a great example of individual As a Federal Reserve Bank initiative in a world that has president, I play a dual role under become increasingly dependent the watchful eye of my board of on government intervention and directors. I am the CEO of a $100 what we have come to know as an billion Bank that lends and “inside the Beltway” mentalitya provides cash to and supervises

and regulates local banks. We provide myriad services to the 27 million people who populate 360,000 square miles of Texas, northern Louisiana and southern New Mexico—27 million hardy citizens whose economic output exceeds the output of Australia and is only slightly less than that of India. On the policy front, my job is to bring a Main Street perspective to the table. When I was asked by the Dallas Fed board six years ago to become president of the Bank, I met with Alan Greenspan. I asked the Chairman how I could best serve the System. His answer was crisp: “Just speak to the truth,” he said. John Stemmons would have given me the same advice. So today, I will speak to the truth as I see it. As I always do, I speak only for myself and my colleagues at the Dallas Fed and not for anybody else on the FOMC or elsewhere in the System. I suspect this will immediately become clear. Only a month ago, a new Congress was sworn in. New leadership took office in the Lower House, with the new speaker saying, “The American people have humbled us. … They have reminded us that everything is on loan from them.”[ 1] The Senate retained FED page 14

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its leadership but underwent a sea change in its composition. At the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue, the White House revealed significant staff changes while also announcing a new attitude toward the business community. The administration pledged to clear the underbrush that hampers businesses’ job creation by rooting out laws and regulations that, in the words of the president, “are just plain dumb,” and by vowing to now bring federal spending under control.[ 2] The new Congress and the new staff in the White House have their work cut out for them. You cannot overstate the gravity of their duty on the economic front. Over the years, their predecessorsRepublicans and Democrats togetherhave dug a fiscal sinkhole so deep and so wide that, left unrepaired, it will swallow up the economic future of our children, our grandchildren and their children. They must now engineer a way out of that frightful predicament without thwarting the nascent economic recovery. I have been outspoken about the limits of monetary policy as a salve for the nation’s fiscal pathology.[ 3] The Fed has done much, as I see it, to provide the bridge financing until the new Congress gets to work restructuring the tax and regulatory incentives American businesses need to confidently expand their payrolls and capital expenditures here at home.[ 4]

The Federal Reserve has held short-term interest rates to nil. We have expanded our balance sheet to unprecedented levels, with the effect of holding down mortgage rates and the rate of interest paid on Treasuries and the myriad financial instruments that are priced off of Treasuries, including corporate debt. After much debatewhich included strong concern expressed by one member with a formal vote and others, like me, who did not have voting rights in 2010the FOMC collectively decided in November to temporarily undertake a program to purchase U.S. Treasuries that, when added to previous policy initiatives, roughly means we will be purchasing the equivalent of all newly issued Treasury debt through June. By this action, we have run the risk of being viewed as an accomplice to Congress’ fiscal nonfeasance. To avoid that perception, we must vigilantly protect the integrity of our delicate franchise. There are limits to what we can do on the monetary front to provide the bridge financing to fiscal sanity. The head of the European Central Bank, Jean-Claude Trichet, said it best recently while speaking in Germany: “Monetary policy responsibility cannot substitute for government irresponsibility.”[ 5] The entire FOMC knows the history and the ruinous fate that is meted out to countries whose central banks take to regularly

monetizing government debt. Barring some unexpected shock to the economy or financial system, I think we are pushing the envelope with the current round of Treasury purchases. I would be very wary of expanding our balance sheet further; indeed, given current economic and financial conditions, it is hard for me to envision a scenario where I would not use my voting position this year to formally dissent should the FOMC recommend another tranche of monetary accommodation. And I expect I will be at the forefront of the effort to trim back our Treasury holdings and tighten policy at the earliest sign that inflationary pressures are moving beyond the commodity markets and into the general price stream. I am a veteran of the Carter administration and know how easily prices can spin out of control and how cruelly markets can exact their revenge. I would not want to relive that experience. But here is the essential fact I want to emphasize and have you think about today: The Fed could not monetize the debt if the debt were not being created by Congress in the first place. The Fed does not create government debt; Congress does. Deficits and the unfunded liabilities of Medicare and Social Security are not created by the Federal Reserve; they are the legacy of Congress. The Fed does not earmark taxpayer money for pet projects in local communities

that taxpayers themselves would never countenance; only the Congress does that. The Congress and administration play the dominant role in creating the regulatory environment that incentivizes or discourages job creation. It seems to me that those lawmakers who advocate “Ending the Fed” might better turn their considerable talents toward ending the fiscal debacle that has for too long run amuck within their own house. A look within the United States makes clear the overriding influence of fiscal and regulatory policy. Monetary policy is uniform across the 50 states; the base rate of interest paid on a business or consumer loan or a mortgage in Michigan, California, Ohio or New York is the same as that paid in Texas. Yet there is a reason that Michigan and California each lost more than 600,000 jobs over the past decade while Texas added more than 700,000 over the same period. There is a reason that the population of Ohio grew by only 183,000 residents over the past 10 years, while Texas grows by that number every five and a half months. There is a reason that with each passing census, the state of New York has been losing congressional seats and Texas has been adding them; a reason that, in the recent census, California failed to gain any while Texas gained four. There is a reason that, as documented in the Jan. 12 issue of the Wall Street Journal,

college graduates—the best and brightest of the successor generation—are leaving New York and Cleveland and Detroit and moving to Austin, Texas.[ 6] There is a reason no state in the union houses more Fortune 500 headquarters than Texas. There is a reason for the disparate employment growth that has taken place in the 12 Federal Reserve districts over the past two decades, data that are documented in the graph at your place setting. That reason has nothing to do with monetary policy. It has everything to do with the taxation and fiscal and regulatory policies of the states. The cost of capital does not explain the different economic performances of the states; the cost of doing business has everything to do with those differences. However wellmeaning tax and regulatory initiatives in the laggard states may have been when they were conceived and levied, they have had unintended consequences that have led to economic underperformance and job destruction. Similarly, the key to correcting the underperformance of the American economy and American job creation does not presently rest with the Federal Reserve. It is in the hands of those who make fiscal and regulatory policy. The Fed has reduced the cost of business borrowing to the lowest levels in decades. It has seen to it FED page 15

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that liquidity is widely available to banks and businesses. It has kept the economy from deflating and it has kept inflation under control. This has helped raise the economic tide. Recent data make clear that the risks of a doubledip recession and deflation have ebbed and that economic growth and job creation are beginning to flow. Yet the ships of jobcreating investment remain, with some exceptions, tied to the docks—or worse, are choosing to sail for foreign ports where tax and regulatory conditions are more favorable, very much in the same way that Ohio, Michigan, New York and California businesses and workers have navigated to Texas. U.S. nonfarm payrolls fell by 8.75 million jobs from their peak in January 2008 to their trough in February 2010. Estimates are that the population of Americans of working age increased by 4.4 million during the same period, creating a shortfall of over 13 million jobs. Since February 2010, the shortfall has only gotten worse: Although employers have added approximately 1 million new jobs, the working-age population has increased by an additional 1.7 million. All in all, we have approximately 6 million more people of working age than we did when the recession began—and a net loss of 7.7 million jobs. Divining policies that will encourage the private sector to increase hiring by enough to make up some of this

lost ground is both an urgent and a daunting task. I don’t believe the Fed is constraining job creation. None of my business contacts, large or small, publicly held or private, are complaining about the cost of borrowing, the lack of liquidity or the availability of capital. Just this morning at 7:30, for example, the National Federation of Independent Business released results from a survey of 2,144 randomly selected small businesses. It said, “Ninety-two percent [of those surveyed] reported that all their credit needs were met or that they were not interested in borrowing.”[ 7] A recent Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index survey reports that about 80 percent of those who were reluctant to hire said they were afraid revenues wouldn’t increase enough to justify the expense.[ 8] The problem is not the availability of credit. The problem for businesses, small or large, is generating enough final sales at a profit; the need is for revenue that exceeds the expense of incurring that revenue. You can’t have stronger sales if you don’t have stronger job creation. We will not have robust job creation until businesses are confident they can earn a good return on the investment they must make to add new workers. Employers live in a world in which they are free to invest their monies in expanding operations and hiring workers anywhere in the world, in any place they have

the best opportunity to earn a superior return on investment. This is one of the legacies of the Reagan era—of having won the Cold War and having the majority of previously closed or dysfunctional governments choose prosperity as their goal rather than the economic suppression of their people. To achieve that prosperity, they need job-creating investment. To attract that investment, they provide incentives through tax and regulatory incentives and other means. Whereas before we lived in a world of mutually assured destruction, we now live in a world of mutually assured competition. We have no choice but to create the conditions that incent businesses that operate in the United States to compete using American workers. This requires rethinking by Congressthe sole body with the power to shape our nation’s taxes and spending and write regulatory laws to condition economic activity. Our lawmakers must do so in a manner that both stimulates the desire of businesses to put Americans back to work at the earliest opportunity and provides meaningful assurance that longterm fiscal imbalances they have wrought will be brought under control, assuring the long-term viability of the U.S. economy. Before the recent mid-term election, most all of my business contacts claimed that taxes, regulatory burdens and the lack of

understanding in Washington of what incentivizes private-sector job creation were inhibiting the expansion of their payrolls. They felt stymied by a Congress and an executive branch that have appeared to them to be unaware of, if not outright opposed to, what fires the entrepreneurial spirit. Many felt that opportunities for earning a better and more secure return on investment are larger elsewhere than here at home. Perhaps because I live so far outside the Beltway—among the Washington-skeptical, independent-minded people of the Eleventh Federal Reserve District—I was therefore not surprised by the outcome of the recent election. As I watched it unfold, I thought of one of the better books I had read in the summer of 1998, at the recommendation of a friend, the eminent historian David McCullough. It was titled Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World, written by Mark Kurlansky, and was considered by the New York Public Library to be “one of the 25 best books of the year.”[ 9] Buried in the middle of that remarkable little book is a wonderful description of the causes of the American Revolution. Kurlansky wrote that “Massachusetts radicals sought an economic, not a social, revolution. They were not thinking of the hungry masses. … They were thinking of the right of every man to be middle-class, to

be an entrepreneur, to conduct commerce and make money.” Referring to John Adams, John Hancock and John Roweeveryone seemed to be named John in New England in those dayshe posited that the revolution “was about political freedom.” “But,” he went on, “in the minds of its most hard-line revolutionaries, the New England radicals, the central expression of that freedom was the ability to make their own decisions about their own economy.” He concluded that “all revolutions are to some degree about money,” reminding the reader that, reflecting upon France’s revolution, the Comte de Mirabeau said, “In the last analysis the people will judge the Revolution by this fact alone [sic] … Are they better off? Do they have more work? And is that work better paid?”[ 10] We now have a new, younger andin the sense depicted by Kurlanskymore radical Congress working alongside a president as they seek to craft policies more responsive to the message given by the electorate. The new Congress was elected to cast off the status quo of what many have come to feel is excessive encroachment upon the people’s freedom to make their own decisions about the economy. To do so successfully, this new, radical Congress and newly inspired president had better bear in mind Count Mirabeau’s FED page 16

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analysis. The people of the United States will judge them not by their rhetoric, not by their declarations, proclamations and statements of intent, but by whether their policies result in a people who are better off, have more work and are better paid. The leaders of our government cannot attempt to talk their way out of the problem like their predecessors did. Or string out needed remedies until after the next election. They must fix the problem now. If they fail to do so, then the election, for all its hoopla, will prove to have been nothing more than a case of putting old, rancid wine in new bottles. Theirs is not an easy task. We have all become used to the false comfort of having government coddle us, whether we are rich businesses receiving subsidies or poor citizens sustained by government largesse. The election tapped into a foreboding sense that the cost of that comfort now exceeds its benefits, as manifest in looming mega-deficits, deep if not unfathomable unfunded liabilities, egregious abuse of fiscal powers symbolized by earmarks, and other methods used by politicians to grease the skids of their reelection. Tapping into that foreboding in the recent election was the easy part. Talk of reform is cheap. Enacting reform will be painful. A reader of Shakespeare will

recall the dialogue between Glendower and Hotspur in Henry IV. Glendower claims, “I can call spirits from the vasty deep.” And Hotspur replies, “Why, so can I, or so can any man; But will they come when you do call for them?”[ 11] We shall see if the new Congress will prove worthy of the power the American people have “loaned” them, and, together with the president, actually draw the spirits of fiscal reform and sanity from the “vasty deep” to at long last implement meaningful fiscal and regulatory policy that incentivizes private-sector job creation here at home while arresting the hemorrhaging of our Treasury. If they do, then more Americans will find work and be better off, better paid and freer to make their own decisions about the economy. If they don’t, then woe to our children, their children and the American Dream. I am tempted to end this cheery talk by saying, “Have a nice day!” and walking off the stage. However, I would hate to leave this podium with your having concluded that I am just another central bank curmudgeon. I am professionally programmed to worry. Like John Stemmons, I am also a red-blooded American, as are all my colleagues at the Fed. I draw on the wisdom of Marcus Nadler, one of the great minds of the Federal Reserve from a

period when our economy endured an even more dire test. To counter the intellectual paralysis and down-in-the-mouth pessimism that gripped the financial industry after the Great Depression, Nadler put forth four simple propositions: First, he said: “You’re right if you bet that the United States economy will continue to expand.” Second: “You’re wrong if you bet that it is going to stand still or collapse.” Third: “You’re wrong if you bet that any one element in our society is going to ruin or wreck the country.” And fourth: “You’re right if you bet that [leaders] in business, labor and government are sane, reasonably well informed and decent people who can be counted on to find common ground among all their conflicting interests and work out a compromise solution to the big issues that confront them.” This became known as Old Doc Nadler’s Remedy, and for my part, it is spot on. Every one of us preoccupied with what ails us should keep it in mind. It may seem like the stuff of our wildest dreams to imagine getting ourselves out of the current nightmarish predicament. But I believe we can and we will. We are Americans. When put to the test, Americans rise to the occasion, no matter how great

the challenge. We have done it time and again. We have no choice but to do it once more. Thank you. About the Author Richard W. Fisher is president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. Notes The views expressed by the author do not necessarily reflect official positions of the Federal Reserve System. • See comments by John Boehner, speaker of the House of Representatives, in his speech to the oening session of the 112th Congress, Jan. 5, 2011, http:// boehner.house.gov/News/ DocumentPrint.aspx?DocumentI D=218986. • Lawyer and businessman William Daley, who was commerce secretary under President Clinton, was named White House chief of staff on Jan. 6. • See “Storms on the Horizon,” speech by Richard W. Fisher, May 28, 2008, www.dallasfed.org /news/speeches/fisher/2008/ fs080528.cfm. • See “Recent Decisions of the Federal Open Market Committee: A Bridge to Fiscal Sanity?” speech by Richard W. Fisher, Nov. 8, 2010, www.dallasfed.org/ news/speeches/fisher/2010/ fs101108.cfm. • See “Trichet Urges BudgetCutting,” by Brian Blackstone, Wall Street Journal, Jan. 8, 2011,

http://online.wsj.com/article/ SB1000142405274870473950457 6067352757709020.html. • See “College Graduates Flock to Sunbelt,” by Conor Dougherty, Wall Street Journal, Jan. 12, 2011, http://online.wsj.com/article / SB2000142405274870451590457 6076254294271720.html l. • See “NFIB Small Business Economic Trends,” by William C. Dunkelberg and Holly Wade, National Federation of Independent Business, February 2011, www.nfib.com/Portals/0/ PDF/sbet/sbet201102.pdf. • See “Many Small Businesses Hiring Fewer Workers Than Needed,” by Dennis Jacobe, Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index, Feb. 4, 2011, www.gallup.com/poll/145946/ small-businesses-hiring-fewerworkers-needed.aspx. • Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World, by Mark Kurlansky, New York, N.Y.: Penguin Group, 1998. • See note 9, p. 93. • Henry IV, Part 1, by William Shakespeare, Act 3, Scene 1. Join the conversation about this story »

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Facebook Will Move This Summer
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UBS: Getting the Trust Back
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This morning in a press conference at Menlo Park city hall, Facebook detailed its plans for a big new headquarters in the city. Facebook CFO David Aberman explained that the company has been looking for new space since 2009, when its old Palo Alto space started to get crowded. The company looked at several sites before deciding on the millionsquare-foot Sun Microsystems campus. The campus is in an industrial part of town with few amenities -a sharp contrast with the current location near downtown Palo Alto. But Ebersman said that Facebook would be renovating the campus to make it a fun place to work, focusing on an outdoor courtyard that connects the nine buildings. Eventually, Facebook and the city of Menlo Park hope that other businesses will follow, creating a sort of "borough" on the far side of highway 101, the main road through Silicon Valley. Facebook had about 2,000 employees at the end of 2010, and has been growing at a rate of about 50% per year. It expects that growth rate to continue if business is good, which would put

headcount at 3,000 by the end of next year. The Sun campus has space for 3,700 seats today, but Facebook thinks it could hold more with a clever redesign. But just in case, the company also bought an adjacent property from General Motors, which has 400,000 more square feet to expand into. One possible stumbling block might be community debates about traffic. Menlo Park mayor Richard Klein warned that his city "likes a fight," and he expects there to be a lot of heated discussion about how to handle

the influx of new cars near the campus. Facebook has commute programs in place for employees, but the new campus is a bit more isolated than the current location, which could be complicated for bus lines and bike riders. The renovations are starting now, and the move should be completed no later than 2012. Here are a few mockup sketches that Facebook passed along. Join the conversation about this story »

Filed under: Earnings Reports UBS ( UBS), which is the biggest bank in Switzerland, has had a long road to recovery. But according to its fourth-quarter report, it looks like the firm is finally getting back on its feet. Net income increased by 7.1% to $1.35 billion. Actually, the firm was profitable for all of 2010, which was the first time since 2006. There were some headwinds in the quarter, though. One was the strength of the Swiss franc. Also, UBS had to make some adjustments because of the

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is essential for the metabolism of cholesterol, and has Activator X, which helps the absorption of TREATS: Homemade coconut- minerals, and is anti-inflammatory patty hearts make a delicious St. for the heart. Butter is better if Valentine's Day present. (Louise made from raw, organic cream, M c C o y / T h e E p o c h T i m e s ) but raw butter is difficult find. Valentine’s Day is a time to Powdered sugar or sugar of any celebrate our love or regard for kind raises insulin, increasing fat friends, neighbors, relatives, and storage and triglycerides in the schoolmates with flowers and blood. Both have been linked to various beautiful creations all heart disease. The sugar amount coming from an unnamed source. in the recipe has been cut in half. A valentine from The Epoch Stevia has been added instead to T i m e s H e a l t h s e c t i o n i s a keep the sweetness without healthful-for-the-heart candy adding calories. recipe. It is not difficult to make Egg white is high in protein and until it comes to coating the low in cholesterol (for those who pieces with chocolate. care). It contains B vitamins and Here’s why the ingredients may including B12, which is hard to be good for your heart: get outside of meat, and folate Unrefined, virgin coconut oil and required by the heart. butter were used instead of butter Last comes the chocolate with its and vegetable shortening. If the compliment of environmentalcoconut oil were hydrogenated as toxin eliminators called flavons. in non-dairy creamers, it would be These give chocolate its strong a trans fat—definitely a bad flavor and are refined out in steps, a c t o r — i n c r e a s i n g L D L a n d reducing the percentage of dark preventing the body from using chocolate as they are taken out. HDL. Flavons help our immune system Unrefined virgin coconut oil, on by eliminating free radicals that the other hand, keeps the blood increase LDL, which coats from clumping, increases HDL, arteries. and improves absorption of Our friends might not care what calcium and magnesium, both kind of chocolates we give, as it is necessary for healthy regulation our hearts, our kindness, and our of the heartbeat. compassion they value. However, Butter has an anti-stiffness factor making something from fine that prevents hardening of the ingredients shows how much we arteries. It contains lecithin, which value them.

top of your saucepan, combine the powdered sugar, (stevia), butter, (coconut oil), and egg white, and whisk together. Place the bowl over the saucepan of simmering water, and continue to heat and stir until the mixture is wellcombined and very runny, about 5 to 10 minutes. 3. Remove the bowl from the heat and stir in the coconut, vanilla, and coconut extract. (I made heart shapes and patties from one rounded tablespoon each of the mixture before freezing.) Wrap the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate (freeze) until it is firm enough to scoop, about 2 hours. 4. Melt chocolate and oil. Devise Woodson Merrell, M.D., an teaspoon stevia powder a way to coat hearts and patties integrative physician, found in a 1/4 stick butter + 4 tablespoons without getting chocolate all over. study published in the February coconut oil 2010 Journal of Circulation that 1 egg white from free-range- (A long pair of forceps?) Coating with melted chocolate people with many friends had chicken egg takes knowledge, ingenuity, and lower blood pressure. He said:“ 1 1/2 cups unsweetened organic skill that I have not yet Many valid arguments regarding shredded coconut attained—see photo. stress reduction and decreased 1 teaspoon vanilla extract risk for heart attack can be made 5 squares unsweetened chocolate, This entry passed through the t o e x p l a i n t h e r e l a t i o n s h i p 1/4 cup confectioners sugar, 1 Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it between friends and heart health teaspoon vanilla that’s been teased out by this 2 t e a s p o o n s c o c o n u t o i l on someone else's site, please read our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ innovative study. Preparation “But I like to think of it in terms Keep tasting when adding sugar content-only/faq.php of our friends being those to and stevia. Remember stevia can Five Filters featured article: whom we give our hearts for be 300 times sweeter than sugar. Collateral Damage - WikiLeaks In safekeeping. It’s nice that the 1. Fill a medium saucepan with The Crosshairs. biology proves this to be true.” an inch of water and set it over Recipe for Coconut-Patty Hearts medium heat to simmer. 1/2 cup powdered sugar + 1/8 2. In a bowl that fits snugly on

Xstrata profits jump by more than 300pc on rising commodity prices
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Hedge fund managers arrested in insider case
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tips on technology stocks. Expert networking firms match industry consultants to hedge funds By Matthew Goldstein and Grant seeking background on certain McCool sectors. NEW YORK| Tue Feb 8, 2011 Hedge fund managers Sam Barai, 11:59am EST head of Barai Capital NEW YORK(Reuters) - Two M a n a g e m e n t , a n d D o n a l d hedge fund managers were Longueuil, who previously arrested on insider trading charges worked for SAC and later for a o n T u e s d a y , w h i l e a n o t h e r fund not identified in court portfolio manager and an analyst d o c u m e n t s , w e r e a r r e s t e d , agreed to plead guilty in authorities said. connection with the probe, the The other defendants, who have latest development in a broad reached plea deals according to investigation of hedge funds' court documents, are portfolio trading activities. manager Noah Freeman, a former The charges were announced by analyst at hedge fund Sonar federal prosecutors, who are Capital in Boston and later a investigating the ties between portfolio manager at SAC Capital, hedge funds and consultants for and Jason Pflaum, an analyst who so-called expert networking firms worked with Barai. that are accused of improperly Barai, a former hedge fund leaking confidential corporate managing director at Citigroup's information to investors. Tribeca Global Management, The latest charges involve a l a u n c h e d B a r a i C a p i t a l portfolio manager and an analyst Management in 2008. The fund, who both once worked for hedge which focuses on technology and fund titan SAC Capital Advisors. media companies, is in the SAC itself has not been charged process of closing. with any wrongdoing. Barai's fund was one of four Tuesday's charges mark the raided by federal agents late last expansion of the probe beyond year when the trading probe was e x p e r t n e t w o r k i n g f i r m heating up. The raids shocked the consultants and employees to hedge fund world, and were hedge fund employees who followed by dozens of subpoenas allegedly were recipients of secret to hedge funds and mutual funds
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including SAC that did business with various expert network firms and consultants. A SAC spokesman was not immediately available for comment. Barai was charged with securities fraud, conspiracy and obstruction of justice, according to the court documents. He is accused of engaging in insider trading involving shares of Marvell Technology Group Ltd and Fairchild Semiconductor International Inc. Freeman and Pflaum are cooperating with prosecutors, according to the court papers. Longueuil was charged with conspiracy and obstruction of justice, according to the court papers. Ben Rosenberg, a lawyer for Freeman, did not immediately return a call requesting comment. Attorneys for the other defendants could not immediately be reached. (Additional reporting by Martha Graybow, Jonathan Stempel, Emily Chasan and Svea HerbstBayliss; Editing by John Wallace, Derek Caney, Dave Zimmerman) • Share this • Link this • Digg this • Email • Reprints

Philippic wrote: These “expert networks” are a thriving part of our service economy. Since Regulation Fair Disclosure was enacted in 2000, direct communication between company management and individual Wall Street traders has been effectively barred. Since then, these expert networks have served as a go-between for industry and traders. The two expert networks investigated since late last year are Primary Global Research and Broadband Research, both technology sector networks. It would seem that insider trading is so endemic to Wall Street that an industry has grown out of it, one of so-called “experts,” who are really just company insiders. The Philippic boadiceatoo wrote: Bravo!!! Keep going and don’t forget the banks!!! This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ content-only/faq.php Five Filters featured article: Collateral Damage - WikiLeaks In The Crosshairs.

Content Is Back – So It’s Natural That Getty Images Signs Style Video Factory CraneTV
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With all this recent talk of acquisitions and content strategies, it’s clear that content is coming back. Dare I even say… Content is King? (Shudder… no, let’s not go there). Suffice it to say that content production is turning into a big deal with the likes of Demand Media commanding strong interest in their IPO. Meanwhile, the old content companies are producing video, but not nearly at the rate of knots of the young upstarts. And a case in point today is Crane.TV, a premium online video magazine for contemporary culture, which has figured out how to produce lots of video aimed at a high-end audience. Today it has signed a deal to provide content to Getty Images video entertainment library. Getty Images, a leading creator and distributor of still imagery, footage and multimedia, works in over 100 countries.

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Egyptians stage big protest, dismiss power plan
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Mubarak after 30 years in office. But they dismissed his promises, accusing the government of An Egyptian soldier atop a tank playing for time, and swore they watches opposition supporters would not give up until the d u r i n g a h u g e r a l l y i n t h e current "half revolution" was opposition stronghold in Tahrir complete. Square in Cairo, February 8, Wael Ghonim, the Google 2011. executive whose tears in a Credit: Reuters/Yannis Behrakis television interview appear to By Marwa Awad and Andrew have boosted Tuesday's turnout Hammond significantly, addressed the CAIRO| Tue Feb 8, 2011 1:42pm cheering crowd in a protest EST movement that has yet to produce CAIRO(Reuters) - Egyptians a leader. staged one of their biggest "You are the heroes. I am not a p r o t e s t s y e t o n T u e s d a y hero, you are the heroes," said demanding President Hosni Ghonim, who had described on Mubarak step down now, their Monday night being blindfolded wrath undiminished by the vice by state security during his 12 president's announcement of a days in detention. plan to transfer power. Activists say Ghonim was behind Protesters, many moved by a a Facebook group that helped to Google executive's tearful account inspire the wave of protests. His of detention by Mubarak's state interview also appears to have security, poured into Cairo's persuaded many Egyptians to side Tahrir Square to pack a space that with the protests. can take a quarter of a million "Ghonim's tears have moved people. millions and turned around the While the government refuses to views of those who supported budge on the demonstrators' main (Mubarak) staying," website demands, Vice President Omar Masrawy.com wrote two hours Suleiman promised there would after the interview. In that short be no reprisals against the span, 70,000 people signed up to protesters for their campaign now Facebook pages supporting him. entering a third week to eject Later Ghonim expressed his
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sorrow for the victims of the violence that has claimed an estimated 300 lives during the current wave of protests. "My condolences to the fathers and mothers who lost sons and daughters who died for their dream," he told Reuters. "I saw young people dying and now the president has a responsibility to see what the people demand," he said, adding that these demands include Mubarak, 82, stepping down. Google had launched a service to help Egyptians circumvent government restrictions on using the social network Twitter, enabling them to dial a telephone number and leave a voice mail that would then be sent on the online service. The state news agency said 34 political prisoners had been released, the first to be set free since Mubarak promised reforms to quell the popular uprising. FIRST TIMERS Protesters completely filled Tahrir Square for the third time since the demonstrations began on January 25. "I came here for the first time today because this cabinet is a failure, Mubarak is still meeting the same ugly faces," said Afaf

Naged, 71, a former member of the board of directors of the stateowned National Bank of Egypt. "He can't believe it is over. He is a very stubborn man," she said. • Share this • Link this • Digg this • Email • Reprints Life1 wrote: Whathever you do, don’t give up or go home. It took close to a year to overthrow the Shah.. If this is only the beginning, so be it! leungsite wrote: Will the 15% pay hike to civil servants be able to tame the mass rally in Egypt ? Not at all, these demonstrators are mostly from lower to middle working class trailing more in poverty to public servants and police who benefit most doing the crackdown. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ content-only/faq.php Five Filters featured article: Collateral Damage - WikiLeaks In The Crosshairs.

NASA and ESA to search for habitable environments on Jupiter’s moons
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Kids react to more viral videos [video]
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A team of US and European scientists are planning a £2.5 billion mission to explore the potential habitability of Jupiter's moons. NASA and the European Space Agency have joined forces for the proposed 2020 Europa Jupiter System Mission, which will investigate the evolution of Jupiter's Europa and Ganymede satellites and explore their potential for life. The ESA is submitting its report for approval this week, following up from NASA's November submission. If the joint proposals are successful orbiters from NASA will be sent to Europa where an icy ocean boasts a unique environment similar to Earth's, while the ESA's orbiter will circle Ganymede, the only known satellite to have its own magnetic field. Continue reading...

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Falun Gong Parade Float Attacked In Mexico City
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District, struck on Independence Street, next to Chinatown. A three-minute long video of the By Alejandro Nadal & Matthew incident made by La Razon Robertson newspaper in Mexico has been Epoch Times Staff Created: Feb uploaded to YouTube. 8, 2011 Last Updated: Feb 7, At 2:04 it shows a man known as 2011 Héctor López, a representative for Hired Mexican thugs destroy a local merchants in the area. He Falun Gong float As the three r u n s s e v e r a l r e s t a u r a n t s i n women in traditional Chinese Chinatown and has been known to outfits stood meditating, half a the Falun Gong community for dozen thugs were tearing apart years; he has previously admitted their golden Chinese New Year to them that part of his job is to float behind them. keep Falun Gong out of Practitioners of Falun Gong (also Chinatown, on behalf of the known as Falun Dafa) in Mexico merchants he represents, who City’s Chinatown face a difficult receive pressure from the Chinese enough time owing to the control Embassy. exerted in the area by the Chinese The merchants are told that if the Embassy, but Feb. 5 was the first Falun Gong presence in Mexico’s time the embassy had hired thugs Chinatown is not suppressed, they t o s u p p r e s s t h e m i n b r o a d will have difficulty traveling to daylight. China to stock up on their wares. After the men finished tearing An employee of the Cuauhtemoc down the banners, cutting the District, the part of Mexico City slender ropes, bundling up the where the thugs are believed to handmade lotus flowers, and h a v e o r i g i n a t e d f r o m , h a d balling up the anti-persecution admitted to the Falun Gong messaging, they began carting it community two years ago that all off. there was an agreement to the The thugs, who witnesses said same effect between the district w e r e t r a n s p o r t e d i n v a n s and the Chinese Embassy. belonging to the government of Mr. López in this instance was Mexico City’s Cuahutemoc the one guiding the thugs as they

assailed the stationary float, according to eyewitnesses interviewed by The Epoch Times. The video also reveals that the incident took place under the watchful gaze of the police. Gerardo de la Concha, a political columnist in Mexico who is supportive of Falun Gong, said they “did nothing. Then later said they felt too intimidated by the aggressiveness of the strike group.” The president of the Mid-USA Falun Dafa Association, Sen Yang, who often acts as a spokesperson for Falun Gong in North America, said “Peaceful Falun Gong practitioners, who are celebrating the Chinese New Year and exposing the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in China, were attacked by thugs. This is unbelievable. “We hope more local residents in Mexico City will understand how good this practice is and stand up against the violence. We urge Mexican authorities and police to investigate the incident and bring the criminals to justice.” The spiritual discipline, Falun Gong, has been persecuted in China since 1999, after the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) decided

to target the group because of its large size and independence from the Party. CCP embassies and consulates seek to pursue that campaign around the world to the extent that local conditions permit. The attack also reminded some of the lawlessness practitioners are subject to in China. “I feel very sad because I come from China, I love my culture,” said Li Xuhong, a Falun Gong practitioner who was present when the float was demolished. “Fortunately, I am a Mexican citizen and I am doing this practice freely in this country, but if I was in China, maybe I would already be dead from persecution there. “I do not want that to happen in this country too,” added Li. “Here we have human rights, freedom of expression, and freedom of belief.” This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ content-only/faq.php Five Filters featured article: Collateral Damage - WikiLeaks In The Crosshairs.

Dell Windows 7 Tablet Coming “Later This Year”
Matt Burns (TechCrunch)
Submitted at 2/8/2011 12:20:25 PM

The Windows 7 tablet scene is about to get a big boost from a big player. Dell just announced a whole series of new business computers and notebooks — generally stuff we pass over — but one little paragraph made the whole thing worth reading. It teases nothing less that 10-inch Windows 7 tablet aimed right at businesses. HP Slate? You’ve got some competition. Just like its HP counterpart though, this model seems destined for the enterprise market meaning it likely won’t end up at Best Buy. It’s pretty clear that major computer makers have zero interest in releasing a consumeroriented Windows 7 slate device even though it’s clear there’s a market for such a thing. Read More

This Is Undoubtedly The Only Stock That's Up 27,400% Today
Joe Weisenthal (Money Game)
Submitted at 2/8/2011 12:31:25 PM

Gateway Industries is a penny stock company that's being taken over by Robert F.X. Silverman for

some new, unspecified venture.

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Ohio Proposal Gets to the Heart of Abortion Debate
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Submitted at 2/8/2011 12:02:22 PM

An unborn child's heartbeat can be detected as soon as 18 days after conception, and supporters of a bill slated to be unveiled in the Ohio Legislature Wednesday say that women should be prohibited from ending pregnancies beyond that milestone. State Rep. Lynn Wachtmann is planning to unveil the "Heartbeat Bill" and a legislative aide for the Republican tells Fox News that 42 of the 99 representatives in the Ohio state House have signed on to the bill, which would make an exception to the heartbeat rule only in emergency medical situations. According to 2009 data from the Ohio Department of Health, 56.6 percent of abortions in that state occur in the first nine weeks of pregnancy. And since the fetal heartbeat appears on monitors by six weeks into gestation in most cases, supporters of the bill

believe that it could prevent thousands of abortions. "When the Heartbeat Bill passes, it will be the most protective law in the nation," Janet Folger Porter, president of conservative advocacy group Faith2Action, said in a release. Porter helped craft the bill, and was also instrumental in passing the nation's first ban in partial-birth abortion when she was legislative director of Ohio Right to Life. While the legislation must still be proposed in the state Senate and a court challenge could derail the plan, advocates for the bill hope that if the Ohio measure is successful, other states will follow suit with similar laws. A website created to tout the bill urges supporters to send heart-shaped balloons to the governor and state representatives by Valentine's Day. A music video on the site features babies dancing to the tune of Nena's "99 Red Balloons" -- retooled with pro-life lyrics. But pro-choice group NARAL has equated the bill to "political

interference" into a private medical issue. "Our state is facing crushing budget deficits and talking about slashing Medicaid funding for thousands of Ohio women, yet these politicians are focusing on an extreme and unconstitutional bill that, if passed, would entangle our state in a costly legal battle," Kelly Copeland, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio, told Fox News. And though Porter and former Ohio Right to Life president Linda Theis vocally support the Heartbeat Bill, the pro-life organization's current executive director says the legislation is destined for failure. "Unfortunately, the Heartbeat Bill will not survive a court challenge, and therefore not save one life," Ohio Right to Life executive director Michael Gonidakis told Fox News, arguing that state courts and the Supreme Court would slap down the heartbeat cut -off in the same way they would reject a full abortion ban.

"Because the Supreme Court, unfortunately, has ruled on countless occasions that any restrictions on abortion previability are unconstitutional," he says. Gonidakis instead supports a lateterm abortion ban that has passed the state House and is slated to be introduced in the Ohio Senate Wednesday. As for the Heartbeat Bill, Wachtmann's office says there has also been talk of introducing a companion bill in the Senate, and is optimistic that it, too, will move to the upper chamber for consideration. Fox News' Megan Dumpe contributed to this report. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ content-only/faq.php Five Filters featured article: Collateral Damage - WikiLeaks In The Crosshairs.

Social Media Lighting The Twitter Ball by Sarah Turner is an EcoConscious & Recycled Illuminator (GALLERY)
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Study: Gibbons sing with regional accents
Submitted at 2/8/2011 12:09:00 PM

Regional accents have been discovered in the songs of crested gibbons, our closest relatives after great apes.

The small apes (genus However, researchers from the Nomascus) -- which can be found German Primate Centre in in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Goettingen have discovered southern China -- were already conclusive correlations between known to communicate in species song structure, genetics and -specific song when defining territory or attracting mates. geography, answering questions

surrounding the primates' evolutionary development and migration patterns in the process. Continue reading...

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Tablet Buyer’s Guide
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Submitted at 2/8/2011 8:22:52 AM

The Motorola XOOM is among the most anticipated tablets, and will launch with the new Android 3.0 operating system. (Courtesy of Motorola) Being portable, rich with features, and increasingly more powerful, tablets are beginning to prove their worth. With a large number of devices currently on the market, and with next-generation devices just around the corner, there are a few key issues that buyers should be aware of before going out to buy one. The tablet market still consists of first-generation devices, although there are still some good gadgets in the mix. The Apple iPad is currently on top. Aside from strong hardware features, it has a rich selection of apps built-in and downloadable from Apple’s robust App Store. With everything from games, to eBook readers, productivity tools, it can cater for both business and leisure needs. There is also a large selection of Android tablets available, and the number is set to grow even larger since Google announced the development of the new Android 3.0 operating system (OS)

designed specifically for tablets, codenamed “Honeycomb.” There is a general consensus that the current Android tablets are just scaled-up Android smartphones, since they use the Android 2.2 operating system, codenamed “Froyo.” The Android 2.2 OS, and all versions prior to it, are designed and optimized for smartphones. Like the iPad, a large number of built-in and downloadable applications enable these devices to be used for a variety of functions. There is a problem, however, which is that since most of the applications available for

7, Viewsonic gTablet, NextBook Next2, NextBook Next3, Archos 7, Archos 101, Samsung Galaxy Tab and Notion Ink Adam. Whether to Wait With the market still budding, and the next generation of devices just around the corner, some would-be-buyers are holding out for the next releases before jumping on the bandwagon. The real back-breaker is whether holding out for next-generation devices could turn into a neverending waiting game, since there is always something new around the corner. Apple has an unfortunate culture of holding information about Android are also designed for products it is developing, which smartphones—with a maximum makes it hard to tell whether it’s screen resolution of 854 by w o r t h w a i t i n g . T h a n k f u l l y , 480—those applications may not however, Android and BlackBerry display or function as intended for devices are much more open. tablets that have larger screens What is certain is that the whole and higher screen resolutions. tablet market is on the verge of a Like the Android smartphones, new wave of devices. however, the Android OS has This entry passed through the some serious perks, specifically Full-Text RSS service — if this is that the operating system is more your content and you're reading it o p e n a n d a l l o w s f o r m o r e on someone else's site, please read customization. There are also a lot our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ to choose from, which gives a content-only/faq.php broader range of sizes and Five Filters featured article: specifications that can better suit Collateral Damage - WikiLeaks In the needs of each user. Among The Crosshairs. them are the Viewsonic ViewPad

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14 Ways to Save Money on Groceries
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Submitted at 2/8/2011 1:07:51 AM

from Rebecca DiLiberto’s Penny Saving Household Helper. You’ll be surprised… market with these tips and tricks

Save money and trips to the

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U.S. clears Toyota's electronic throttles
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The Global Crisis of Protracted Displacement
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Submitted at 2/8/2011 6:38:00 AM

the New York Stock Exchange, shortly after the release of the Submitted at 2/8/2011 12:43:22 PM findings. By John Crawley and David Although Toyota has cleared a Lawder major hurdle in its ongoing safety WASHINGTON| Tue Feb 8, saga, regulators said they would 2011 1:43pm EST consider imposing requirements WASHINGTON(Reuters) - A for all vehicles to have braking U.S. government investigation s y s t e m s t h a t a u t o m a t i c a l l y s h o w e d n o l i n k b e t w e e n counteract any instances of e l e c t r o n i c t h r o t t l e s a n d unintended acceleration. unintended acceleration in Toyota Toyota, which has put Motor Corp vehicles, a victory for electronically controlled throttles the world's top automaker battered in its vehicles since 2002, has by recalls over runaway vehicles. consistently said those systems The encouraging result for were safe. Toyota stems from a 10-month The probe by National Highway probe ordered by Congress Traffic Safety Administration and following recalls of nearly 8 NASA engineers found that the million of its best-selling models only causes of the unwanted in the United States over defective acceleration were the previously floor mats and accelerator pedals identified sticking accelerator that hurt its reputation for quality. pedals and loose floormats that Some safety advocates and could jam the pedals. c o n g r e s s i o n a l i n v e s t i g a t o r s Those problems were the root of questioned whether software- massive recalls in 2009 and 2010 driven throttles also played a role that created a safety crisis that i n u n i n t e n d e d a c c e l e r a t i o n rocked Toyota to its foundations. complaints. Regulators are looking into 89 "There is no electronic-based deaths that may be associated cause for unintended high-speed with sudden acceleration in acceleration in Toyotas," U.S. Toyota and Lexus vehicles but Transportation Secretary Ray have so far linked only a handful LaHood said in a statement. to the floor mat problem. Toyota's U.S.-traded shares were Although the investigation turned up 4 percent in afternoon trade on up no flaws that would prompt

another massive recall, Toyota still faces significant risks from scores of civil lawsuits stemming from the recalls. Those cases in federal and state courts, which may turn on the timing of company disclosures to regulators of already established defects, have an estimated potential liability of up to $10 billion. (Reporting by John Crawley and David Lawder; Editing by Tim Dobbyn) • Share this • Link this • Digg this • Email • Reprints

situation in Dadaab has changed little since 2001, as Somalia itself has virtually collapsed in the One of the most complex and midst of renewed chaos and difficult humanitarian problems killing. The camps' population has confronting the international increased from some 125,000 at community today is that of the time of my visit to almost protracted refugee situations. 300,000 today. ... Subscribers These are refugee situations that receive: h a v e m o v e d b e y o n d t h e • Access to in-depth feature emergency phase, but where articles solutions in the foreseeable future • Regular Strategic Posture do not exist. Many of the refugees Reviews left behind in these situations • Regular WPR Special Reports have to live under terrible • Access to our Document Center conditions, warehoused in camps • Access to WPR’s entire or stuck in shanty towns, exposed archives to dangers, and with restrictions • Enhanced search across the placed upon their rights and entire site freedoms. • Participation in our discussion I first became aware of the section wrote: Oh good. Government motors is significance and dimensions of i n v e s t i g a t i n g o n e o f i t s the contemporary problem of Click here to subscribe » competitors. That will go well. prolonged exile in 2001, after a Click here to take a free trial » This entry passed through the brief visit to the Somali refugee Already a subscriber? Login here. Full-Text RSS service — if this is camps around Dadaab, in northern This entry passed through the your content and you're reading it Kenya. At the time, these were Full-Text RSS service — if this is on someone else's site, please read among the most violent camps in your content and you're reading it our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ the world. Somali refugees had on someone else's site, please read been contained in these camps our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ content-only/faq.php Five Filters featured article: since the early 1990s, and they content-only/faq.php Collateral Damage - WikiLeaks In c o m p l a i n e d t h a t t h e y w e r e Five Filters featured article: invisible to the international Collateral Damage - WikiLeaks In The Crosshairs. community. There appeared to be The Crosshairs. no end in sight to their predicament. Unfortunately, the

Growing out of control? China by numbers
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As China raises interest rates for the third time in four months to fight inflation, here are the

numbers keeping China's economy swimming along

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Google Executive Hailed As a Hero UNHCR and the in Egypt Protection Mandate
(FOXNews.com)

volunteer translators gathered on Twitter to render his comments in Submitted at 2/8/2011 12:02:22 PM English throughout the night and Google Inc. executive Wael posting a full version with English Ghonim, released from detention subtitles: http://egypt.alive.in/. b y E g y p t i a n s t a t e s e c u r i t y Online, it has become the new Monday night, became the face of rallying point to keep the protests t h e c o u n t r y ’ s o n l i n e y o u t h alive. Mr. Ghonim couldn’t be movement after he conceded to reached to comment. creating a Facebook group that Mr. Ghonim said he created a helped amass thousands of people Facebook page for Khalid Said, for the antigovernment protests the 28-year-old Egyptian man rocking Egypt in their third week. who died after allegedly being In a moving interview broadcast beaten by police. The page, whose on Egypt’s Dream TV, Mr. administrators weren’t known to Ghonim sat on the set of host the public, became a rallying M o n a E l S h a z l y ’ s e v e n i n g point for the January 25 protests. program just hours after being “I didn’t want anyone to know I taken home from detention by the was the admin,” Mr. Ghonim said, ruling National Democratic breaking into tears. Others, he Party’s Secretary General Hossam said, risked far more than he did. Badrawi. Ms. El Shazly had The revelation—a tightly kept interviewed Mr. Ghonim on her secret even among Egypt’s program by telephone, on the b l o g g i n g a n d o n l i n e government’s crackdown on the community—drew rapid-fire Internet, the night before Mr. responses of support on Twitter, Ghonim went missing. (Story where friends of Mr. Ghonim had continues after video links.) gotten their first confirmation of Click here to watch part 1 of the h i s r e l e a s e f r o m d e t e n t i o n interview. Monday with his single-line Click here to watch part 2 of the tweet: “Freedom is a bless that interview. deserves fighting for it.” Click here to watch part 3 of the Egyptian columnist Mona interview. Eltahawy tweeted: “Those The interview made its way worried that #Egypt revolution q u i c k l y o n t o Y o u T u b e , a s was beginning to sag, Wael

@Ghonim intvu gave it shot of adrenaline in the heart. Yalla [Go], Egypt!” Another tweeter said Mr. Ghonim “represents what a new #Egypt should be. He represents the Egypt we long for and will work tirelessly to have.” And as Mr. Ghonim gained almost celebritylike status online, another asked fellow tweeters if they agreed Mr. Ghonim looked like “an #Egyptian Orlando Bloom?” Mr. Ghonim said early in the interview that he didn’t want to take on that role. “I’m not a hero,” he said. “The heroes are the ones who protested, who are the ones who sacrificed their lives, who were beaten,” he said. “I was just there writing on the keyboard.” Click here for more on this story from The Wall Street Journal. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ content-only/faq.php Five Filters featured article: Collateral Damage - WikiLeaks In The Crosshairs.

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Submitted at 2/8/2011 6:34:00 AM

One need not venture far into the world of refugee assistance to encounter a maxim whose air of axiomatic truth can be a conversation-stopper, and whose terms, like sacred postulates of the refugee-response system, are rarely unpacked: The Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has the refugee-protection mandate. But several issues within that black box are worth illuminating. Namely, what does "refugee protection" mean? What is the nature of the "mandate"? And is it true that UNHCR is its unique possessor? While this might seem like a dry line of inquiry, like so much else these days, it will eventually lead to George Clooney. ... Subscribers receive: • Access to in-depth feature

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Terrific Tubular Furniture - Meltdown PP Tube 1 is A Wildly Inventive Recycled Plumbing Seat (GALLERY)
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Obama Plans Jobless Aid For Troubled States
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MPAA sues Hotfile, battle for cloud begins
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cover their unemployment insurance debts. Under federal Submitted at 2/8/2011 12:02:22 PM law, such tax increases are WASHINGTON -- The Obama automatic once the money owed administration is proposing short- reaches a certain level. term relief to states saddled with Under the proposal, the unemployment insurance debt, administration would impose a coupled with a delayed increase in moratorium in 2011 and 2012 on the income level used to tax state tax increases and on state employers for the aid to the interest payments on the debt. jobless. In 2014, however, the The administration plans to a d m i n i s t r a t i o n p r o p o s e s t o include the proposal in its budget increase the taxable income level plan next week. The plan was for unemployment insurance from confirmed to Fox News late $7,000 to $15,000. Under the Monday by a person familiar with p r o p o s a l , t h e f e d e r a l the discussions on the condition unemployment insurance rate of anonymity because the budget would be adjusted so that the new plan is still being completed. higher income level would not Rising unemployment has placed result in a federal tax increase, the such a burden on states that 30 of person familiar with the plan said. them owe the federal government States, however, could retain $42 billion in money borrowed to their current rates, meaning m e e t t h e i r u n e m p l o y m e n t employers could face higher insurance obligations. Three states unemployment insurance taxes already have had to raise taxes to beginning in 2014. begin paying back the money they Though the administration could owe. More than 20 other states face criticism for enabling states likely would have to raise taxes to to increase taxes, the thrust of the

administration's argument is that federal taxes would not increase and that the move is fiscally prudent because the federal government ultimately would be repaid at a faster rate than if it did nothing. The person who described the plan said only 13 of the 30 states that owe the $42 billion would be expected to repay their share of the money in the next nine years under current conditions. The administration's proposal would allow 15 more states to repay the money, this person said. The Associated Press contributed to this report. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ content-only/faq.php Five Filters featured article: Collateral Damage - WikiLeaks In The Crosshairs.

Whale Wars Videos
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Submitted at 2/8/2011 12:00:56 PM

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alternative to BitTorrent filesharing services and growing in popularity. There's no need to For the first time, a group of download any software. A user Hollywood film studios have filed logs on to a locker service and a copyright lawsuit against a watches whatever film or TV cyberlocker. show stored there. Hotfile, a file-hosting service has The MPAA was careful to make made a business out of offering a the distinction that not all stash box for people to store their cyberlockers are unlawful. The pirated movies, the Motion trade group for the top film Picture Association of America studios said Hotfile "openly (MPAA) has claimed in its suit discourages use of its system for against Hotfile. personal storage. Hotfile's "In less than two years Hotfile has business model encourages...users become one of the 100 most to upload files containing illegal trafficked sites in the world," the copies of motion pictures and TV MPAA said in a press release shows to its servers and to thirdissued today. "That is a direct party sites." result of the massive digital theft According to the MPAA's suit, that Hotfile promotes." Hotfile is no free-information According to the MPAA, Hotfile advocate. This is straight-up is operated by Florida resident piracy for profit, the trade group Anton Titov. said. Hotfile collects revenues by A growing number of digital- charging a monthly fee. locker services have come under More to come fire lately by copyright owners. This entry passed through the Liberty Media, the company with Full-Text RSS service — if this is financial stakes in QVC, Starz and your content and you're reading it Sirius XM radio, last month also on someone else's site, please read filed a copyright suit against our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ Hotfile. On the music side, EMI, content-only/faq.php the smallest of the four record Five Filters featured article: labels, is suing MP3tunes.com, a Collateral Damage - WikiLeaks In digital locker specializing in the The Crosshairs. storage of songs. The cyberlockers are an
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Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GF2 Review
Vincent Nguyen (SlashGear)
Submitted at 2/8/2011 11:40:20 AM

Panasonic’s LUMIX GF1 worked its way into the kit-bags of several on the SlashGear team, charmed by its compact size and solid picture and video quality. Now the Micro Four Thirds camera has a successor, the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GF2, packing the same sensor but new image processing and a refreshed touchscreen interface. Does the smaller GF2 lose some of its sibling’s charm? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut. Hardware Side by side with the GF1 and it’s clear that the new GF2 is an evolutionary design. The family resemblance is obvious, but Panasonic has also followed the trend in Micro Four Thirds cameras to shrink down the chassis: in fact, the GF2 is supposedly 19-percent smaller and 7-percent lighter, while still accommodating the 12.1megapixel 17.3 x 13 mm sensor. The innovative dual-hinge popup flash is still in place, triggered by a button on the rear panel, and there’s a hot-shoe with a port for the optional electronic viewfinder accessory (the same model as for the GF1). Storage is via SD/ SDHC/SDXC card, while ports include mini HDMI and either USB 2.0 or AV Out via included adapter cables. A stereo microphone is on the top panel, just to the right of the hot-shoe,

but there’s no external microphone input and the GF1s remote release socket has been removed. We’ll go into controls in the next section, but most obvious is the new 3-inch touchscreen on the rear of the GF2, which is used for operating the bulk of the camera’s functionality. It’s fixed, rather than angle-adjustable as on Sony’s NEX range, but has a new anti-reflective coating which makes for easier outdoor viewing than the screen of the GF1. Inside there’s a new version of Panasonic’s Venus Engine FHD for image processing, together

with an extended ISO range that now tops out at ISO 6400. Video recording has been boosted, with the GF1s 720p 60fps mode joined by a new 1080i 60fps mode. The older camera only recorded mono sound, as well, which has been upgraded to stereo on the GF2, and the recording volume itself can be adjusted in the settings. Two GF2 SKUs are available, following the example of the GF1, with the camera body paired with either a 14-42mm lens or a 14mm prime lens. Also carried over is the lack of in-body optical image stabilization, which is instead offered by certain lenses in

Panasonic’s range. The 14-42mm lens supports it, but the much smaller pancake lens does not. While we’re generally in favor of size-reduction, one unfortunate consequence is that the GF2s battery is smaller than that of the GF1. That means fewer photos per full charge, Panasonic estimating 300 to 320 shots depending on which lens you’re using. We can’t argue with the GF2s speed, however. Start-up is less than a second, auto-focus is one of the fastest we’ve seen on a Micro Four Thirds camera, and back-to-back shots are possible in around 1 second intervals.

Alternatively there’s a burst mode for 3.2 frames/sec; it will grab up to 7 frames if you’re trying to save RAW files, or can shoot JPEGs indefinitely. Controls The biggest change is the new 3inch touchscreen on the back of the GF2, a 460k dot 3:2 aspect TFT LCD which, while requiring a reasonably firm press, is responsive and straightforward. Physical control lovers may find the new LUMIX a step backward, however, since Panasonic has used the touchscreen to retire several of the hardware controls PANASONIC page 28

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that stud the GF1. Most notable is the mode dial, previously to be found up next to the shutter release, and the functionality of which has been subsumed into the touchscreen menus. Only a single function shortcut remains, a one-press button to toggle the GF2 into Intelligent Auto (iAuto) mode, which is backlit in blue when active. The power switch and video record button are still present, but the new stereo microphone is where the burst/ timer shot switch used to be. Rear panel controls have also slimmed down. The thumb-dial is still present – though we’d still prefer it to be slightly easier to turn and to protrude from the chassis a little more – as is the four-way control, playback button and quick-menu/function button, but others have been lost in the refresh. The AF/MF toggle and AF/AE Lock buttons are particularly missed. Panasonic’s menu UI isn’t the most intuitive we’ve used, though after a while we grew familiar with its nuances. It’s possible to pull out shortcuts to the most commonly used controls and pin them to the quick menu for more straightforward access; you can also flick through the menus using the directional controls rather than reaching over to swipe at the touchscreen. We’re left in two minds about the GF2s controls. Coming from a GF1 there’s an obvious learning hurdle to get past, and as touchscreen smartphones have

shown us, there’s a lot of flexibility on offer when you make buttons virtual rather than physical. Nonetheless, it’s arguably more immediate to twist a mode dial or quickly thumb a manual focus button when you’re in the midst of shooting frames, an immediacy that’s somewhat lost when you have to stab through various layers of menus. The touchscreen will probably make things easier for first-time users, but perhaps also encourage them to leave the GF2 in iAuto mode rather than experiment with the various manual modes on offer. Image Quality That reluctance to experiment would be a shame, because the GF2 is capable of some highly impressive photos and a fair degree of manual control. Obviously there’s RAW as well as JPEG output – as well as a hybrid mode which stores both formats – but the Panasonic’s JPEG system does a decent job on its own. Given the GF1 struggled with visible noise at ISO 800 and above, the GF2s new ISO 6400 mode is only really useful to impress on the spec sheet. In the more normal range of ISO 100 to 400, however, the LUMIX does far better, especially if you take the extra time to tweak the RAW files in post-production. The popup flash isn’t going to win any awards for strength – it’s rated at 6m at ISO 100 – but there’s little in the way of red eye. As for more out of the ordinary shots, the GF2 supports a

maximum shutter speed of 60 seconds, and there are various My Color Modes for tweaking the final picture. As well as eight presets – which work for stills and in movie mode – including Expressive, Retro, Pure, Elegant, Cinema, Monochrome, Dynamic Art and Silhouette, there’s a custom mode for your own balance of color, brightness, saturation and contrast. The GF2s contrast AF system offers face detection, AF tracking, 1-area and 23-area focusing modes, as well as touch-to-focus using the touchscreen. You can set the Fn button to lock the autofocus, though that does then mean you lose the Q.Menu shortcut. As for AE, that uses a 144-zone system with a range of automatic or manual settings; the GF2 showed a tendency to over-expose frames, but you can easily notch that down with the thumb-dial. Video Quality Though there are plenty of arguments over whether 720p HD is in fact preferable to 1080i, and while we’d have liked to have seen 1080p on offer, in the end the GF2 offers a choice between the progressive and interlaced modes and users can take their pick. Footage is recorded in AVCHD format or Motion JPEG, and can be played back on a display from the LUMIX itself thanks to the HDMI output; you’ll need to supply your own HDMI cable, however, since that’s no longer bundled. One of the benefits of Micro Four Thirds cameras over traditional

DSLRs is the flexibility available during video recording, and the GF2 is no different. As in the still mode, there’s tap to focus support using the touchscreen, and while they’re not the quickest transitions we’ve seen the overall affect can be quite visually pleasing. There’s also less focus hunting than on some rivals. Actual footage is crisp and sharp, though with the pancake lens it can be jumpy at times thanks to the absence of optical image stabilization. Mount the GF2 onto a tripod, however, and it’s far more successful. Audio can be hit and miss, however, and with no microphone input there’s no way around that. We’re hoping Panasonic release a microphone adapter for the hot-shoe for some extra flexibility. Wrap-Up The GF1 didn’t just count the SlashGear team among its admirers; in fact it was one of the most loved Micro Four Thirds models around. That leaves the LUMIX GF2 with plenty to live up to. Panasonic has clearly decided to shift the GF2s positioning to target the consumer crowd, with a greater focus on the iAuto mode and the relegation of more complex – and often intimidating – manual controls into the new touchscreen menu structure. Those manual options are still there, of course, but they’re arguably harder to access on the fly than the various physical buttons of the GF1. Still, there’s plenty on offer to make up for the changes, not least the physical decrease in weight

and bulk. Based on the premise that the best camera is the one you have on you, the shrunken GF2 and its slimline pancake lens stand an even greater chance of slipping into a coat pocket than its predecessor, while still offering solid image quality. Sony’s NEX line is smaller again, but chubby lenses and the absence of an integrated flash have their own drawbacks. GF1 users, then, are unlikely to see the GF2 as a sensible upgrade path, but for those looking to step away from compact cameras Panasonic have created a very legitimate option. While we’d hope such users would at least occasionally stray from the iAuto mode, the truth is that the GF2 does a decent job at managing its settings when left to its own devices, leaving the manual modes for more challenging scenes such as low-light or nighttime. At $699.95 (with the 14mm pancake lens) it’s not cheap, but it opens the door to flexible lens options and a solid core unit with plenty going for it. Relevant Entries on SlashGear • Panasonic DMC-FZ7 6.0 megapixel camera • Panasonic Released New Firmware 1.1 for DMC-L 10 • Panasonic new TZ series Lumix Gets 28mm wide angle with 10x Optical zoom range • CES 2008 : Panasonic Teams up with T-mobile and Google’s Picaso to offer free Wireless Image Service PANASONIC page 30

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NFC Gets More Flexible with "Open NFC" for Android
Sarah Perez (ReadWriteWeb)
Submitted at 2/8/2011 10:19:44 AM

Semiconductor solutions provider Inside Secure has released an open source NFC protocol stack for Android 2.3, code-named "Gingerbread," which it will provide to chip vendors, smartphone manufacturers, wireless carriers and software developers for free. The stack, called Open NFC, is the first hardware-independent implementation of NFC (near field communication) for Google's Android mobile operating system. Prior to this launch, Android's support for NFC code would only work with NFC chips from the vendor NXP Semiconducters. With Open NFC, however, different NFC chips can be used in Android phones, with less effort than would have been required before. Sponsor Why Open NFC? Explains Philippe Martineau, executive vice president of the NFC business line for Inside Secure, "Open NFC relies on a separate, very thin and easily adaptable hardware abstraction software layer, which accounts for a very small percentage of the total stack code, meaning that the Open NFC software stack can be easily leveraged for different NFC chip hardware." "This has tremendous cost, timeto-market and flexibility advantages for NFC chip vendors, smartphone manufacturers and

software developers who would otherwise have to contend with rewriting the hardware-specific elements of the Gingerbread NFC protocol stack," he said. What he means is that, without something like Open NFC, any smartphone manufacturer that wanted to build phones using chips from another company besides NXP would have had to rewrite a substantial portion of the code found in the Android OS to allow the stack to work with a different NFC controller or combo connectivity chip. What Else Open NFC Does The code referencing the NXP hardware is not confined to a thin hardware-specific layer, Martineau said, but is found throughout the stack. With Open NFC's hardware abstraction layer, however, adapting that stack to new hardware is much simpler. Open NFC itself is not new - it was introduced last year. This is just the first time it has been ported to Android. The Android version of the stack includes the ability to both read and write tags and it supports peer-to-peer communications, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi pairing, interactions with single-wire protocol SIMs and other secure elements and is compatible with smart cards and RFID tags. The stack is also available for WinCE 6.0, Windows Phone 7, Linux 2.6, MeeGo and other mobile platforms in addition to Android. The software download will be available for Android 2.3/

their phones, too, although less is known about their particular initiatives. More importantly, three of the four leading U.S. mobile operators - AT&T, Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile, have teamed up on a mobile payments service called Isis which will utilize NFC technology. The service will be rolled out over the next 18 months in key markets, says the group. 2.4 via Inside Secure's website at And other startups are taking the end of the month. It's free and advantage of NFC as well. For open-sourced under the Apache example, person-to-person mobile License. D e v e l o p e r payments company mPayy documentation is available here. interfaces with NFC technology in Why NFC Matters its mobile payment services for NFC, a short-range wireless public transit and brick and communications technology, has mortar retailers. Another startup, been widely used in other parts of Bling Nation, is offering stickers the world, especially in regions that NFC-enable phones that don't within Europe and Asia, but has include the necessary hardware. not yet caught on in North Forrester research analysts America. But with the launch of pegged NFC as one of the top Android 2.3 and the newest mobile trends for 2011, saying Google Android flagship phone, that in some regions in the U.S. the Nexus S, NFC support is built where NFC infrastructure is in right in. place, the technology will begin to The technology forms the basis move from the trial stages to for upcoming mobile payments broader adoption this year. platforms which would allow you Note: We've reached out to NXP to wave your phone at a device at for comment and will update the point of sale in order to make when it arrives. Stay tuned. a purchase - no credit cards Update: The following is NXP's required. Google is working on a statement from Henri Ardevol, mobile payments service of its Vice President and General own, which would tie together Manager, secure transactions, several of its products, including NXP Semiconductors: Google Places, Hotpot (local NXP is committed to the openbusiness recommendations) and, source development of NFC APIs of course, Android. Both Apple and protocol stacks. We’re and RIM have plans for NFC in working with partners from across

the eco-systems which include many parties such as Google, handset manufacturers, mobile network operators to support the development of NFC devices and applications. The NFClib from NXP has a classical layered structure, with a Hardware Abstraction Layer (HAL) providing a clear abstraction of the underlying Hardware and the Operating System. This HAL represents a fraction of the total software stack, as is typical in any connectivity technology implementation. NXP is the only supplier to provide the full stack in open source, including the HAL. The HAL API is located in phHAL4Nfc.h file and is also available to any other HW manufacturer willing to map their Hardware. Ultimately a standard API for Hardware abstraction will be provided by the NCI currently in specification phase at the NFC Forum. NXP plays an active role in the NFC-Forum to drive NFC related standards. The rest of NXP’s code is developed to support a broad range of industry standards, and is not proprietary to any specific hardware platform. By supporting the industry in this way, we believe that this will drive the creation of compelling NFC applications by handset manufacturers and independent application developers alike.” Discuss

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Echo Launches "Real-Time As A Service" [Live Video]
Mike Melanson (ReadWriteWeb)
Submitted at 2/8/2011 12:00:00 PM

Khris Loux and his company, Echo, have always had a tentative relationship with the lowly blog comment. Echo launched in 2009, described as a "blog commenting platform" much like Disqus. Right from the beginning, however, Echo went beyond the comment and aggregated all sorts of realtime data from around the Web to pull into the section normally reserved for comments. Now, Echo has gone beyond declaring the death of the comment and relaunched as a "real-time as a service" platform. At its re-launch event today, the company brought out the big guns to show off just how useful it thinks its new incarnation will be. We got a chance to talk with them beforehand to go beneath a bit of the flashiness and we got a glimpse of a service that adds a new building block onto the Web and could bring the real-time Web to previously untouched corners of the Internet. Sponsor Moving On from the Static Page When we spoke to Echo CEO Khris Loux the other day, he laid it out for us quite simply. "In the ways that print gave way to TV, static pages will give way," said Loux. "The challenge for the rest of the publishers on the

Internet is that they're running static websites. The revenue has moved on from those sites." He went on to explain that the primary form of real-time interaction on most sites is through Facebook comments or "likes" or Facebook Connect and, while those are good and valid tools that publishers should still use, they are not enough. According to Loux, the main problem there is that "Facebook and Twitter still control the experience and ultimately control the revenue." The answer to all of this, of course, is the new version of Echo, which acts as a "real-time as a service" platform. It can help aggregate all manner of real-time data - from Facebook posts to Tweets to comments to blog posts on your own site - and help you and your users to interact with the content."Real-Time As A Service" "We are putting forth the notion of 'real-time as a service.' Just like a start-up would no more build their own data center, a publisher or start-up should no longer build real-time. You could build Plancast with this. You could build Yammer," said Loux. "The Web is becoming designing blocks and Echo, real-time as a service, is the new block in town." In many ways, Echo has done this all along - it has allowed publishers to pull in and aggregate

create a real-time site about the World Cup. Another site, set up for teen idol Greyson Chance, shows off the ability to pull in content and interact with it in different ways. In this case, the stream of pictures is created from Tweets using the #WOTL hashtag. But, as Loux pointed out, it would only take another step to turn the entire page into a contest, letting users vote on each others' pictures and displaying them real-time content to display, in according to votes. That's the type real-time, on their site. The big of interactivity that echo is trying difference now is that the service to enable with its new service. is acting more as a real-time Will it work? The company is platform and less as a simple coming out today with a number service to display real-time of big names, from NBC to Sports content. Once it pulls in the data, I l l u s t r a t e d t o R e u t e r s a n d it stores it and lets you work with Newsweek. But these are all it. It "socializes" it. It lets you companies that could certainly interact with the data in ways that afford to build their own real-time are based on what users do with it. components. The real question is They can vote content up or whether or not small companies down, comment on it, share it will use Echo as the real-time socially, and based on these b u i l d i n g b l o c k t h a t L o u x actions the publisher can display envisions. If Echo can bring the it differently. And, of course, it's real-time Web to publishers big all in real time. As Loux put it, and small alike, in a way that they Echo "doesn't care" what type of can interact with and own the content you're dealing with, once content, it could make a big it's in the system it can be treated splash. Stay tuned below to watch the same as any other. What Can today's launch event, live from SF Echo Do? MOMA. If you want to see the new Echo Live TV by Ustream Visit the in action, you can take a look at Official e2 Launch Microsite the Sports Illustrated World Cup Discuss site from last year, which uses the new service. It aggregates on-site content, tweets and photos to

Designer Cubicle Storages - Object by Minus Tio Adds Style & Luxury to the Home (GALLERY)
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Submitted at 2/8/2011 12:14:02 PM

( TrendHunter.com) I think if the Rubiks Cube had a stylish appeal, it might look something like the 'Object' by Minus Tio. This cubicle storage space screams both style and luxury. The unit is made from Swedish marble,...

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Troubled grandson of J. Paul Getty dies at 54 (AP)
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Submitted at 2/8/2011 12:48:03 PM

AP - J. Paul Getty III, the troubled grandson of one of the world's richest men who lost an ear in a grisly kidnapping as a teenager and suffered a devastating stroke as a young man, has died. He was 54.

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Android Apps Get Virtualized to Run on Other Phones
Sarah Perez (ReadWriteWeb)
Submitted at 2/8/2011 12:36:01 PM

reliability as well as the ability to lock in data that comes from running apps in virtual Mobile technology company environments instead of directly Myriad has announced new on the device. software called Alien Dalvik As ReadWriteWeb's Alex w h i c h w i l l a l l o w A n d r o i d Williams noted last fall, mobile applications to run on non- virtualization is why President Android phones. The software B a r a c k O b a m a c a n u s e a will be demonstrated live for the BlackBerry - the highly lockedfirst time next week at the Mobile down apps are run in a virtual World Congress in Barcelona. environment where they're Although Myriad may not be a protected from security threats household name, the company is and break-ins. also the maker of virtual machine It also means that corporate software called Dalvik Turbo, employees could bring their own which was introduced last year as phones to work, filled with the way to speed up the performance personal, "fun" apps they enjoy, of Android applications by up to while still meeting the needs of three times, while also improving I.T. battery life on Android phones. But on the consumer side of the This latest release builds on top of equation, mobile virtualization that technology and will be could allow applications from one available for the MeeGo platform mobile platform to run on another. l a t e r t h i s y e a r , w i t h o t h e r In this case, with the Alien Dalvik platforms to follow. software, it means Android apps Sponsor can run on MeeGo and other What's Mobile Virtualization? platforms. Android Apps on M o b i l e v i r t u a l i z a t i o n i s Nokia MeeGo Phones...Very developing area in the mobile Interesting industry, with obvious For Nokia, which has been possibilities in the enterprise planning on introducing high-end space where mobile phones are handsets running the smartphone more and more often serving as operating system MeeGo, the e n d p o i n t s f o r e n t e r p r i s e possibilities are intriguing. This applications. As with PC/server would mean that Nokia customers virtualization scenarios, mobile would not only have access to the virtualization also offers the MeeGo-ready apps sold through benefits of increased security and Nokia's own app marketplace, the

system. To demonstrate the technology in action, Myriad says it will show off Alien Dalvik running on a Nokia N900, which isn't actually a MeeGo device, but rather a Maemo-based one. Nokia's Maemo is sort of a precursor to MeeGo, as it and Intel's Moblin OS merged to form the forthcoming MeeGo OS. You can see the video demo of Alien Dalvik here on YouTube Ovi Store, but they could also run now. many of the nearly 200,000 This news is especially Android applications available interesting in light of recent t o d a y . ( M y r i a d s a y s " t h e developments at Nokia, and the majority" of Android apps can run speculation that it will partner unmodified, without comprising with Microsoft to offer phones performance. We'll see if that's built with Nokia hardware, but true next week at Mobile World r u n n i n g M i c r o s o f t ' s n e w Congress!) Windows Phone 7 mobile For the end user - the mobile o p e r a t i n g s y s t e m . A s a n consumer - it means they wouldn't alternative, this virtual machine be limited to choosing a phone or software could instead allow tablet based on what apps its Nokia to continue as planned with software operating system runs by their MeeGo initiatives, but default, but could pick the device launch devices that had immediate whose hardware they preferred, access to Android apps. Maybe whose user interface looked the Nokia will surprise us and do both best, or any other of a number of those things. factors, and still have access to Note: We've reached out to the large ecosystem of Android Myriad for some additional details apps thanks to virtualization. on this news, specifically if it has For example, there are already p l a n s t o m a k e p a r t n e r s h i p rumors that RIM's upcoming announcements of any kind at PlayBook tablet will use a Dalvik MWC. We'll update when we hear virtual machine to run Android back. Discuss apps on the BlackBerry operating

Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes Take a Bandaged Suri to Thai Food
Lauren Turner (PopSugar)
Submitted at 2/8/2011 10:03:30 AM

Tom Cruise held Suri's hand as they left a Thai restaurant in Vancouver last night. Suri had a band-aid on her knee, but that didn't slow her down as she skipped out of the restaurant. Katie Holmes followed behind as the group wrapped up their dinner, which came after Katie's adventurous vegan lunch with Isabella earlier in the day. The whole Cruise clan recently returned to Canada, where Tom continues filming Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol. Tom is fully focused on work at the moment, while his name has been brought up in conjunction with Scientology's latest headlinemaking news. The New Yorker just did a big piece on director and former Scientologist Paul Haggis that revealed the organization was under investigation by the FBI for its alleged use of free labor. View Slideshow ›

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JBL Studio 1 Series Speakers Now Available
Samia Perkins (SlashGear)
Submitted at 2/8/2011 12:36:29 PM

JBL Studio 1 Series speakers are now available, with floorstanding loudspeakers, a bookshelf loudspeaker, a center-channel loudspeaker, and a subwoofer. With JBL’s background in movie theater speakers, these will be sure to deliver amazing sound. They will sell for $169 to $499. • JBL Studio 190 Dual 6.5-inch (165mm) floorstanding loudspeaker, sells for $449 • JBL Studio 180 6.5-inch (165mm) floorstanding loudspeaker, sells for $349 • JBL Studio 130 4-inch (100mm) bookshelf loudspeaker, sells for $299 • JBL Studio 120c Dual 4-inch (100mm) center-channel loudspeaker, sells for $169 • JBL Studio 150P 300-watt high -performance, bass-reflex powered subwoofer sells for $399 They are available here. From the press release: The Studio 190 is a three-and-a-

half-way dual floorstanding loudspeaker featuring dual woofers and midrange drivers with two 6 ½-inch- PolyPlas™ cones and CMMD® Lite tweeter domes with proprietary BiRadial® waveguides to offer exceptional clarity and realism with outstanding bass response. The Studio 180 is designed in a similar vertical tower package and is a three-way floorstanding speaker with one 6 ½-inch PolyPlas cone. Perfect for a bookshelf or tabletop, or for someone who is looking to pack some big sound into a more convenient spacesaving place, the Studio 130 bookshelf loudspeaker will do the job. The two-way speaker system offers exceptional clarity and realism with outstanding bass response. Featuring 4-inch lowfrequency transducers and 1-inch high-frequency transducers, Studio 130 speakers are ideally suited for use as satellites in a Studio 1 Series home theater system, or on their own in compact-yet-captivating musiconly systems. The Studio 130s

will transform your home entertainment experience with both style and substance. The last in the series, the JBL Studio 120c system is an ideal choice for the center-channel speaker in a multichannel home theater system. Voice-matched to other speakers in the JBL Studio 1

Series, and sharing the same dynamic new industrial design, the 120c renders the dialogue, music and effects of even the most challenging movie soundtracks with confidence and style. Like the other loudspeakers in the line, the two-and-a-halfway dual center channel also features two magnetically shielded 4-inch (100-millimeter) PolyPlas cones and a 1-inch CMMD Lite dome, magnetically shielded, in a Bi-Radial constant directivity waveguide. Relevant Entries on SlashGear • JBL EON 500 Series portable speakers look slick • CEDIA 2007 – Video Demo of Terra’s weatherproof AC Series Speakers • Cambridge SoundWorks Newton II speakers introduced today • Rokit Generation 2 studio speakers launch • CEDIA 2007 – Terra Speakers CA Series

Pregnant Victoria Beckham Covers Her Bump With a Loose Tee at Heathrow!
Allie Merriam (PopSugar)
Submitted at 2/8/2011 8:17:00 AM

Mom-to-be Victoria Beckham made her way through Heathrow airport this morning on her way out of the UK. The designer is leaving England to prep for her upcoming Victoria Beckham Collection presentation during New York Fashion Week. She picked leather leggings and a loose shirt for the voyage, looking chic in the first full photos taken since she announced her pregnancy last month. Victoria spent the last few weeks close to home with her sons Romeo, Cruz, and Brooklyn, as well as husband David, who just debuted a new look of his own. View Slideshow ›

iPod Classic stock low, prompts refresh rumors
Michael Gray (TUAW)
Submitted at 2/8/2011 1:30:00 PM

AppleBitch picked up a tip that the shipping times are getting pretty long for the iPod Classic and that many Apple retailers are simply out of stock. Since the iPod Classic hasn't been updated

since fall 2009, we're now seeing speculation that the iPod Classic might be due for a refresh soon. Hardmac reported last month on a new line of hard drives that could indicate the iPod Classic's capacity might go up to 220 GB. R e i n f o r c i n g t h e n e w s , Amazon.com shipping times for AppleBitch points out that

the iPod Classic run 2 to 4 weeks. MacStories points out that Best Buy says the iPod Classic is backordered. We'll probably see other Apple sites pick up on these hints, and some solid speculation about when an about a new iPod Classic announcement will appear.

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It's official: Facebook moving to Menlo Park
(CNET News.com)
Submitted at 2/8/2011 12:26:32 PM

A sample image of what Facebook's new campus might look like after it takes over Sun's old buildings in Menlo Park.(Credit: Facebook) MENLO PARK, Calif.--Mark Zuckerberg is moving into Scott McNealy's old digs. Later this year Facebook will move into the nearly vacant office complex formerly home to Sun Microsystems near the foot of the Dumbarton Bridge, Chief Financial Officer David Ebersman announced today at Menlo Park City Hall. The first groups will make the short trek from downtown Palo Alto to Menlo Park starting in June or July, the company said in a press release, confirming what was already fairly common knowledge. After Oracle acquired Sun, it laid off thousands of employees and started moving others farther

north up U.S. 101 to its campus in Redwood Shores, leaving a sparsely populated complex of 9 buildings covering 57 acres on the shore of the bay. Sun still has a few employees in the location, but Facebook will take it over later this year. The deal is called a "sale leaseback," a 15-year lease from

Oracle with an option to purchase the property after 5 years, and the terms were not disclosed. Facebook will maintain its current presence in Palo Alto, but will call the Menlo Park campus its headquarters. Facebook has 1,400 employees in Palo Alto and 2,000 worldwide, the company

said in a press release. More to come If you have a question or comment for Tom Krazit, you can submit it here. However, because our editors and writers receive hundreds of requests, we cannot tell you when you may receive a response. Tom Krazit writes about the everexpanding world of Google, as the most prominent company on the Internet defends its search juggernaut while expanding into nearly anything it thinks possible. He has previously written about Apple, the traditional PC industry, and chip companies. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ content-only/faq.php Five Filters featured article: Collateral Damage - WikiLeaks In The Crosshairs.

Avoid Surprise Expenses by Knowing Baggage Costs Before Booking Your Flight [Saving Money]
Adam Dachis (Lifehacker)
Submitted at 2/8/2011 10:30:00 AM

Airlines raked in over 2.5 billion dollars in baggage fees last year, indicating that you're probably paying a lot more for your baggage than you need to. Just like you add shipping costs to your total before buying goods online, start adding on baggage costs to your tickets to avoid incurring additional travel expenses you didn't expect. More »

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Dell rolls out 10-inch Windows 7 tablet
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Submitted at 2/8/2011 12:38:08 PM

Steven Lalla, vice president and general manager of Dell's commercial client product group, holds up the company's new commercial Windows tablet.(Credit: James Martin/ CNET) Dell introduced a new 10-inch Windows 7-based tablet today designed for users "who need greater mobility, as well as IT organizations that demand control, security, manageability, and integration with existing infrastructure investments." The Windows 7 Business Tablet, which runs on an Intel processor, should be available later this year.

The enterprise wants a Windows solution because it fits into the IT management scheme, Steven Lalla, vice president and general manager of Dell's commercial client product group, said at a media event in San Francisco. Not to say Android doesn't, he added, but he maintained that a bigger chunk of the business sector wants to go the Microsoft. The tablet, however, will come in an Android version as well. It looks like neither version will fall under Dell's Streak banner. The tablet was among 39 new products unveiled at the company's Dell Means Business event this morning. They include laptops, tablets, desktops, and workstations. Lots more specs and

photos to come! If you have a question or comment for Leslie Katz, you can submit it here. However, because our editors and writers receive hundreds of requests, we cannot

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Bing-Powered Searches Up 6.5%, Eating Into Google's Market Share
Audrey Watters (ReadWriteWeb)
Submitted at 2/8/2011 12:16:58 PM

Bing seems to be doing something right, at least according to the latest numbers from the Web analytics firm Experian Hitwise, that show its share of searches on the rise. The data comes on the heels of a war of words between search engines Google and Bing which took the form of undercover stings and accusations of copied search results, as Google seeks to maintain its position as the

premier search engine. Sponsor According to Experian Hitwise's data, Bing-powered searches comprised 27.44% of searches for the month of January, with Yahoo and Bing receiving 14.62% and 12.81% respectively. (Yahoo finalized its transition to Bing for its search engine in August.) For its part, Google accounted for 67.95% of all searches, down 2% from last month. Bing and Yahoo Search also achieved the highest success rates in January, meaning that for both search engines more than 81% of

searches resulted in a visit to a website. Google's, by comparison, was 65%. As Experian Hitwise notes, "The

share of unsuccessful searches highlights the opportunity for both the search engines and marketers to evaluate the search engine result pages to ensure that searchers are finding relevant information." It also provides an interesting backdrop to the recent spats between Google and Bing, as Bing looks like an increasing threat to Google's domination of search. Discuss

Yahoo BOSS Will Now Cost You, But It Is Still Five Times Cheaper Than Google’s Search API
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Huge Touchscreen at The University of Groningen
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• 4900 x 1700 Pixels • 120 Hz stereo capability • 50 ms latency And what you really were waiting for…the video: [ via Earth Times] from The University of Groningen Relevant Entries on SlashGear • Samsung Mobile puts charge stations in colleges and universities • Apple iPad Hitting Every Seton Hill University Full Time Student • University of Florida Launches StarCraft Course • COM-BAT makes for a robotic surveillance wonder • Assistant Professor Wants to Install a Camera Into the Back of His Head

announced that BOSS would no longer be free for developers. Today, Yahoo finally released the upcoming pricing for Yahoo BOSS. Unlimited searches across the Web will cost 80 cents per 1,000 searches, with cheaper prices for a more limited index (40 cents), images (30 cents), and news (10 cents). Sites that generate enough search volume can apply for Yahoo search advertising to also be shown. A portion of any resulting revenues presumably would be applied against the charges, and maybe even help developers make a little money off search. That is the way Google’s custom search API works. Google actually charges more on a costper-thousand basis (anywhere

from $4 to $5 per 1,000 searches), but it remits a portion of that based on how search ads perform on your site. For moderate to large sites, the calculus will be which search API can deliver the most revenue after all is said and done. For developers who just want access to Web search, the lower cost of Yahoo BOSS could certainly be appealing. It is at least five times cheaper on a pure cost per search basis (assuming it is not offset by any search revenue). CrunchBase Information Yahoo! BOSS Google Information provided by CrunchBase

When Is It Appropriate to Fake a Phone Call? [Ask The Readers]
Adam Dachis (Lifehacker)
Submitted at 2/8/2011 10:00:00 AM

Sometimes we want to be ignored, and our phones do a great job at isolating us from the world. But is it appropriate to fake a phone call just to ignore someone, or should we approach that confrontation head on? More »

The University of Groningen, in the Netherlands, has converted a 3D theater into the world’s largest touchscreen, used for teaching mathematics and computer science students interactivity. The screen has a curvature of 135 degrees and is transparent. Continue past the break to see the video and find out exactly how large this screen is. The screen measures 10 meters by 2.8 meters (or 32.8 feet by 9.2 feet for those of you who are metrically challenged like me) and can detect up to 100 simultaneous touch inputs. The screen uses infrared LEDs and 6 Optitrack cameras to detect touch. Here are the specs: • 6 Optitrack cameras • 1000 infrared LEDs

Consumer Reports optimistic about Verizon iPhone
Steven Sande (TUAW)
Submitted at 2/8/2011 12:15:00 PM

Remember those warm summer days last year when the iPhone 4 was fresh from the Apple tree and Consumer Reports said it couldn't recommend the smartphone because of the "grip of death" reception issues? Well, now that the Verizon iPhone is hitting the streets, the famous consumer advocacy and product testing group is weighing in on the newest variety of iPhone. Although Consumer Reports

hasn't yet had an opportunity to actually test the Verizon iPhone, The Street is reporting that Senior Editor Mike Gikas says "key technical differences" separate the phone from the AT&T model. Does this mean that Consumer Reports may give the Verizon iPhone a thumbs-up? We'll have to wait to see the results of their detailed testing. You can watch The Street's interview of Gikas on the next

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Kelly Hodgkins (TUAW)
Submitted at 2/8/2011 12:30:00 PM

Intel confirmed on Monday that the dual-core version of its Sandy Bridge processor will begin to ship on February 20th. Early last week, Intel disclosed the existence of a flaw in the SATA chipset for its second-generation Core i5 and Core i7 processors. Over time, this flaw would degrade the performance of both internal DVD and hard drives. Intel developed a fix for this hardware issue and began production of a new and improved chipset. Originally, Intel projected these updated chips would be available in mid-March, prompting speculation that this delay would alter the availability of Apple's 2011 MacBook Pro lineup.

With the possibility of a February availability date, computer manufacturers like Apple may not be affected by this flaw and their 2011 inventory may roll out as planned. This is good news for Apple customers hoping to score a brand new MacBook Pro. That rumored March 11th date is now looking a bit more promising.

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iControlPad with Bluetooth Shipping This Month
Samia Perkins (SlashGear)
Submitted at 2/8/2011 12:05:12 PM

Kim Kardashian Spends the Night With Kris, Jonathan, and a Prince
Katie Henry (PopSugar)
Submitted at 2/8/2011 10:24:52 AM

Kim Kardashian dashed into NYC's Madison Square Garden last night with her boyfriend Kris Humphries and BFF Jonathan Cheban. The trio was out for a Prince concert, with Kim and Kris indulging in some PDA before she was swept on stage to dance

with Prince. Her attempt to show off her moves alongside Prince didn't go so well, as he ended up

supported device may fit, you might have to make your own adjustments to the iCP clamps to Back in September we wrote match. about iControlPad dumping the [ via iControlPad] dock connectors in favor of Relevant Entries on SlashGear Bluetooth. The new iControlPad • iControlPad dumps Dock with Bluetooth is scheduled to Connector for Bluetooth over ship February 16th. According to Apple legal fears; Android BT iControlPad’s website, the gaming confirmed sending her back to her seat- Kris, pad should work with any phone, • iControlPad for iPhone in though, snapped a photo of her c o n s o l e , o r c o m p u t e r w i t h production; release imminent second, more successful attempt Bluetooth. You just need to put in • iControlPad iPhone gaming to shake it next to the legendary the right clamps to fit your phone, controller gets video demo singer. Kim has been all about and go. You can even use it to • iControlPad makes playing spending her free time with her charge your phone while playing games on your iPhone easier • iControlPad for iPhone NBA beau, but today she was games. Hey, multitasking! b a c k t o b u s i n e s s w i t h a n The iControlPad supports all production parts now shipping appearance on the Rachael Ray phones, console, or computer with [Updated] Bluetooth. Any phones which are Show. View Slideshow › a similar in size with the listed

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The Next Big Thing among EcoApocalyptics?
imagination won't be long in catching up. Maybe it already has: The first Hollywood movies about Several months ago, the Wall asteroids came out in the late Street Journal's Bret Stephens 1990s, after astronomers began offered up a column noting the warning of their potential danger, inexorable collapse of the climate and we've already had a couple of campaign and wondering what movies, such as The Core, that new eco-apocalyptic scare would relate to the root cause of be ginned up to replace it; he magnetic shift--changes in the hot offered a steak or gourmet burger molten-iron core of the earth. lunch to the reader who submitted Trouble is, a complete collapse or the best idea. I suggested shifts in sudden shift in the earth's polarity the earth's magnetic field; Bret e- might spell "game over" for life Michael Gray (TUAW) sold a quarter of the movies that mailed back to say that several on planet earth (though this is in Apple did. If you add up all the people had suggested this idea. dispute). Submitted at 2/8/2011 1:00:00 PM non-Apple online retail outlets for (I'm not sure whether he ever This story suggests that changes iTunes is the top seller of electronic movies, they make up a declared a winner and served up in the earth's magnetic fields are causing, or will cause, an increase downloadable movies, controlling little more than 1/3rd of the the burger.) two thirds of the total market, available sales. Of course, selling The idea has been percolating in "super storms." The initial according to IHS Screen Digest. movies online is a relatively new among earth scientists for quite a problem for the eco-apocalytpics This proud distinction is focused business and things could change while now. This NASA story here is that it offers an alternative on the actual purchase of movies in 2011. In the meantime, it seems from 2003, for example, shows explanation for climate change. from iTunes, not streaming if you want to sell a movie online, how much the magnetic north But that's not a bug--it's a feature. pole has moved over the last 150 All the eco-apocalyptics need is internet rentals such as those you really need to be on iTunes. years. Looks like the idea is some semi-plausible way to allege offered by Netflix. IHS is a [Via electronista] market research firm that analyzes iTunes controlled 65% of online starting to catch on with the human causation for the erratic streaming video and the electronic movies sales in 2010 originally media, which means the popular magnetic fields. Surely before sales of movies, which makes this appeared on TUAW on Tue, 08 k i n d o f s t u d y t h e i r e x a c t Feb 2011 13:00:00 EST. Please bailiwick. see our terms for use of feeds. The closest runner up to Apple's Source| Permalink| Email this| success was Microsoft, who only Comments
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iTunes controlled 65% of online movies sales in 2010

long we'll hear some Gore-like figure claim that the world's growing electricity grid, along with all our artificial metal buildings, airplane flights, and so forth, are "confusing" the planet. It's even better than greenhouse gases. It will require us to shut down virtually the whole of advanced civilization and return to the 17th century--the Unabomber would love it-because even windmills and solar panels won't save us. Steven F. Hayward is a F. K. Weyerhaeuser Fellow in Environmental Studies at AEI. Photo Credit: iStockphoto/ evirgen This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ content-only/faq.php Five Filters featured article: Collateral Damage - WikiLeaks In The Crosshairs.

See the first two minutes of Dragon Age 2
David Hinkle (Joystiq)
Submitted at 2/8/2011 1:10:00 PM

During a recent demonstration of Dragon Age 2(the last before it

launches on March 8), BioWare allowed us to capture up to two minutes of game footage. We thought you might like to see the in-game introduction -- you'll find

it just after the break.

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scenes documents is that Reagan was more involved than we thought, and took a very active Reagan Today role especially in writing his W o u l d R o n a l d R e a g a n b e speeches. Many of his most nominated in today's GOP? He f a m o u s p a s s a g e s h e w r o t e was more of a pragmatist back in himself; in many cases, very long the 80s, and I believe would passages. He also tended to write cringe with some in the GOP his own talking points for his striving for purity, instead of the summits with Soviet officials, and big tent party that he talked about. disregarded the State Department Steven Hayward : briefing books. It is forgotten now but the GOP Reagan's Children establishment in 1980 did not I'm 63, and remember well my favor Reagan, and considered him HS civics teacher being very too extreme to win. They'd have d i s a p p r o v i n g o f E l e a n o r nominated anyone but Reagan if it Roosevelt, saying she was always had been done in the "smoke telling everyone how to raise her filled room" of the old days. The children even though all of hers irony is that the GOP is now a had been divorced and generally Reaganite party. I think he'd made messes of their lives. I easily be nominated today; after thought of this during the Reagan all, John McCain won the GOP Administration, when "family nomination convincingly last time values" were supposed to be around, despite conservative and paramount, but he and Nancy grassroots dislike of him. were at some point estranged The Actor As President from all 4 of their children. One, Ronald Reagan was a good actor, OK, maybe even 2, but all 4? That and a great communicator as to be spoke reams about his President. Thus, some think much qualities as a person. I actually of his Presidency composed a lot voted for him twice, but both of his reading speeches like cue were votes against his opponent, cards and not being very involved rather than for him. in deciding what it was he was Steven Hayward : reading. How is your reaction to I think that's too strong a that accusation? judgment. Reagan was never Steven Hayward : estranged from Maureen, for One of the main revelations of example. But on the larger point, the last 15 years, with the opening it has to be difficult to be the child of private papers, meeting o f v e r y f a m o u s p e o p l e . transcripts, and other behind-the- Dysfunctional families are the
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rule rather than the exception. You mention FDR's family, but it is also true of Winston Churchill's family to a large extent. Richard Nixon's two daughters have not been on speaking terms with each other for years,the result of a feud over their father's library. It is always a bit sad and disheartening, but not surprising. At one point in the 1980s, an exasperated Nancy Reagan told Bill Buckley, "I love my children, but sometimes I don't like them." How was Morris chosen as biographer? When Morris finished his official biography of Reagan, Dutch, many thought that he really missed capturing what Reagan was really like, despite having unlimited access for hundreds of hours. What do you think? And what book do you think is the best overall book of Reagan or the Reagan years? Steven Hayward : I'm not a fan of the Morris book, and Micheal Deaver told me when I interviewed him that selecting Morris was the second-biggest mistake he ever made for Reagan. (Number one was the Bitburg cemetery visit in 1985.) I have a number of theories about why Morris went off the rails, despite enormous writing talent and great perceptive powers, btu they take a while to explain. I think the best books about Reagan (aside from my own, but I'm

obviously biased) are Lou Cannon's especially his last one (whose exact title I forget), an almost complete bio that takes Reagan from childhood through the governorship to the White House. The real Reagan I remember Reagan as a mean spirited president who dumped on the poor to make the rich richer.I think the Reagan legacy proves the power of revisionist history. I don't think his legacy would be seen the same way by "neutral" historians. It bothers me that authors on the right and left see their role more as propogandists then historians. Steven Hayward : Well, we can obviously have an argument here, but as to "neutral" historians, you have several prominent liberals who have written positively about Reagan, including Princeton's Sean Wilentz, Richard Reeves, John Patrick Diggins (a protege of Arthur Schlesinger), and James Mann. Most, like Wilentz, have strong criticisms to make of aspects of Reagan, but it is flat incorrect to say that "neutral" historians wouldn't treat him positively. They already have. 100 Years of Incredible Lies and Distortions Since Ronald Reagan was a reactionary, none too bright, perhaps suffering from dementia throughout his two terms as many

have insisted, completely ignorant of economics, guilty of criminal conduct while in office, racist and otherwise bigoted, mean, largely uneducated and indifferent, not seriously religious, a hypocrite and a liar, a corporate tool and largely a PR hack throughout most of his adult life and especially as President of the United States, is this man not a perfect symbol for the current incarnation of the GOP? Steven Hayward : So we'll put you down as undecided? Health care reform I have heard that Reagan was a proponent of health care for all Americans? But this was notion was stifled by the GOP. Steven Hayward : I think you are confusing him with Nixon, who did at one point propose universal health insurance. (In an irony, Ted Kennedy opposed the Nixon proposal, as he didn't think it went far enough.) Reagan as far as I know always opposed government-sponsored universal health care. Warts and all? How open should we be about Reagan's mistakes? Selling guns to Iran? Bargaining with terrorists over hostages after saying he wouldn't? Calling Marcos a "friend of democracy"? Saying 100 page 39

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that (then apartheid-ruled) South Africa had supported the U.S. in all of its wars? One news report said the Reagan Library's exhibits were open about Iran-Contra, but to what degree? Today we have some criticizing Obama for not being tough enough with Iran, but he didn't sell it guns. Steven Hayward : I am somewhat surprised that more isn't being made of Irancontra in the observance of his centennial this last week. It is the darkest spot of his presidency, and I'm quite hard on him about it my book, which is otherwise proReagan. There were multiple mistakes and failings, the chief one being his insistence the arms deals continue after the first few had failed. And there were other problems. Some of the issue raised then about executive relations with Congress over foreign policy matters are current again under Bush and Obama in how we deal with terrorism, Iraq, Afghanistan, etc. Beyond that, I have challenged conservatives to examine what should be learned from Reagan's failure (which Reagan acknowledged later) to control government spending growth more effectively. Taxes Ronald Reagan raised taxes seven of the eight years he was President. He also tripled the deficit. Wouldn't the present day GOP be less in love with him if they knew these facts? Steven Hayward : Actually the time many conservatives were very unhappy

about Reagan's tax compromises (especially the 1983 budget deal). But the liberals who point this out overlook one thing: Reagan never compromised on the taxes that liberals most wanted raised-income taxes. The tax increases Reagan agreed to were always excise taxes, and changes in deductions and other things that mostly benefitted big business. Reagan believed that not all taxes are created equal as to their effect on economic performance. A Crucial Subject the Founding Fathers Didn't Address Too bad the Founding Fathers didn't require in the Constitution that if politicians cut taxes or increase spending, they were required to make equivalent spending cuts or find specific new revenue sources--not hollow rhetoric or endless borrowing--to fund the Federal Government. This is a simple concept but one most politicians don't have the moral fiber to address. Reagan cut taxes, increased unfunded spending and the National Debt went up nearly 200 percent when he left office and headed back to live out his days in the cushy Bel Air section of Los Angeles. Other than nostalgia, why is Reagan championed by conservatives on this particular subject? Steven Hayward : Well, Reagan did urge a balanced budget amendment in every state of the union speech, plus a line item veto for the president, as well as amendments requiring a 2/ 3rds vote to raise taxes and a constitutional spending limit.

None of these ever got very far (though the balanced budget amendment passed one house I believe), and might not be good ideas anyway. Racism Didn't Ronald Reagan make his first speech in Philadelphia, Mississippi after getting the nomination and wasn't the purpose of the visit to send a message to Southern Whites that he was on their side? And isn't that how he carried the south. Should anyone be proud of that? Steven Hayward : The inside story of this whole episode has never been told. (I didn't hear most of it until after I'd finished my book.) That venue was Trent Lott's idea (!). When Reagan was reminded of the checkered history of the place, Dick Wirthlin told me it was one of only three or four times he ever saw Reagan angry. But he didn't want to cancel the appearance, as it would make him look weak, etc. And it did prompt Jimmy Carter into making a string of blunders that helped Reagan. By the way, the same day Reagan appeared there, Arizona Gov. Bruce Babbitt (a Democrat) wrote in the New York Times that "states rights" was a concept that didn't deserve its bad reputation. How come Babbitt could get away with saying that, but not Reagan? Gay rights Where do you think President Reagan would be now regarding gay rights when you remember he was against the Briggs Initiative

that would have prohibited gays from working as school teachers ? Steven Hayward : Thanks for recalling Reagan's stance on the Briggs initiative, which has been almost forgotten. I have no idea where he'd come down, though I suspect he'd oppose gay marriage, and support civil unions, which is the halfway house on the issue right now. RR's view of government? When Reagan famously declaimed in his first inaugural address that government doesn't solve problems, it IS the problem, he made what is probably the most radical, extremist statement we have heard from any public official in the modern era, worthy of a 1920s anarchist. Yet during his time in office he signed multiple tax increases and expanded the federal budget and workforce. So what was his real view of what government is for? What did he think the government was supposed to be doing? Steven Hayward : A 1920s anarchist?? You mean like Calvin Coolidge (whom Reagan most closely resembled)? Hadn't realized Coolidge could be counted as an anarchist. But in any case, we shouldn't miss the immediate sequel in the inaugural address, where Reagan says: "Now, so there will be no misunderstanding, it is not my intention to do away with government. It is rather to make it work--work with us, not over us; to stand by our side, not ride our back." Not terribly anarchist-or even libertarian.

Reagan & the future of the planet I'm afraid--and I mean that honestly--that Reagan's most important legacy may turn out to be the fact that he redefined the GOP as a party hostile to what it perceives as environmental activism. During his presidency, that meant inaction on national issues such as acid rain. Now, however, the apparent permanence of that position means that one of America's two great political parties is implacably opposed to accepting the reality of climate change, and acting on it. It's not what Reagan intended or perhaps would have wished were he alive now, but given the importance of the U.S. in all global affairs, this aspect of his legacy may well turn out to have catastrophic consequences for the entire planet. I truly hope I'm wrong. Steven Hayward : I could go on all day on this question (and unfortunately it would take all day), but guess who said this: "There is an absolute necessity of waging allout war against the debauching of the environment. The bulldozer mentality of the past is a luxury we can no longer afford. Our roads and other public projects must be planned to prevent the destruction of scenic resources and to avoid needlessly upsetting the ecological balance." Answer: Gov. Reagan, in 1970, about the time he appointed a Sierra Clubber as his top environmental 100 page 40

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aide, cancelled several dams and road projects, set aside about 100,000 acres of redwoods in state parks, etc. The story of his presidency is much more complicated, but if you look at the actual data, something contrary to image emerges: air pollution fell further, faster, than at any time since 1970. This was mostly due to technology changes that came on line. Best thing? What is the best thing Reagan did for America? Steven Hayward : The one that is most forgotten today. At the time Reagan became president in 1980, the institution itself was in deep trouble. The previous four presidents had all been judged failures, and the theme became widespread that no one could be a successful president in modern times. For example, political scientist Theodore Lowi wrote: "The presidency has become an impossible job, because the presidency has become too big, even for the likes of FDR." The air was thick with reform proposals, from a single six-year term to parliamentary style cabinet government. The highest measure of Reagan's achievement is that after eight years of his presidency, the IranContra disaster notwithstanding, all talk of the presidency as an inadequate institution had vanished into the mists, and has not returned. The National Journal polled presidential

scholars in 1985, finding that a large majority thought Reagan had succeeded in "reviving trust and confidence in an institution that in the post-Vietnam era had been perceived as being unworkable." Americans may have been unhappy with Reagan's successors, but not because the presidency itself is in trouble. Favorite Reagan story? Do you have any particular memories of Reagan? Something that sticks out to you? A story you remember well? Steven Hayward : My favorite was his quip to Sam Donaldson in a 1982 press conference, when Donaldson asked if Reagan should share the blame for the country's poor economic condition instead of just blaming Democrats. Reagan replied, "Yes, Sam, because for a long time I was a Democrat." You can look this one up on YouTube. Washington DC not sure what the big deal is about RR losing his marbles, i remember hearing him at an ABA session in 1985 and thinking "they got what they wanted." Didn't they know he wasn't all there but reelected him anyway? That's what i think. Steven Hayward : Whether his Alzheimers was starting its onset in his second term is hard to know. Reading his diary and other documents (meeting transcripts etc), it is hard to detect a noticeable loss of faculty. But he was old, had been shot, etc. I do notice that the

Reagan of the 1980s generally spoke slower, and seemed more relaxed or even plodding (because more in control of himself?) than he was in the 1960s and 1970s, when he speaks quicker, but is also more feisty in ways that didn't always help him. Even without the shooting and the possible Alzheimers, the hypothesis should be entertained that he has past his prime. (But so was FDR in 1944.) Was Dick Cheney Right About Reagan? Isn't it a myth or accepted as dogma by the MSM that the Democrats are the party of tax and spend and the Republicans are fiscally responsible? Doesn't the evidence going back to Reagan indicate the GOP when in power has run enormous deficits and debt and grew the Federal government? Dick Cheney said that Reagan proved deficits don't matter. Steven Hayward : There is something to the first part of this question, that is, why does the GOP have such a better reputation on taxes and spending when the actual record is more mixed? (i.e., Clinton's spending record looks positively Republican when matched up against the last 50 years in total, and arguably better than Reagan's depending on how you qualify it, i.e., Clinton got to enjoy defense budget cuts). I think it comes down to something simple-Democrats seem much more eager to raise taxes and spending than Republicans (certainly true under

Obama), but one thing the Tea Party proves, I think, is that a lot of people now have noticed that both parties are pretty bad on this score. I still don't know what to make of Cheney's remark, and I've heard competing and conflicting explanations of what he actually meant by it. GOP I find their obsession with Reagan to be a bit creepy and cult like. Reagan also wasn't the stalwart Republican people would now like to make him out as. I do think, though, that is a very demonstrative of the lack of new ideas and fresh thought on the right that they are left to hitch their wagon to a so-so president from 30 years ago... Steven Hayward : Whether you think he was so-so as a president or not, if you think of it in the abstract, Reagan is like FDR or JFK for Democrats--a model of politically successful governance to point to. You won't find many Nixon Republicans, or Carter Democrats, for a simple reason. (I could go on: Eisenhower Republicans? Cleveland Democrats? Not even Wilson Democrats make the lists.) Tip O'Neill Reagan used to invite Tip O'Neill to dinner. How can Obama get Boehner to come to dinner? Steven Hayward : Well, he might just want to try inviting him. If nothing else, they can share a cigarette together on the White House balcony.

Reagan and Obama Why does President Obama say such nice things about Reagan when he was disastrous for the American people with his policies. He can only be accredited with being a good speaker who could unite the country together as he stabbed us in the back. Steven Hayward : Leaving aside the many quarrels that might be picked here, just consider that Bill Clinton said nice things about Richard Nixon at the time of Nixon's death. Clinton, and Hillary, had worked to impeach Nixon! I think you can chalk this up to the basic comity of American politics that everyone says we want more of after Tucson. Reagan wouldn't be nominated today. He had too much guts on immigration reform. Nobody likes to remember amnesty was Reagan's thing--or if they do, they call it a mistake. Steven Hayward : Hmm. Maybe. Two things to keep in mind. First, the illegal population at the time of the 1986 act was about 1 to 2 million--far less than the perhaps 20 million we have today. Second, Reagan was a big believer in assimilation-that is, that immigrants should become citizens in the full sense of embracing the nation's principles. That idea, which multicultural liberals don't like, was notably missing from George 100 page 41

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W. Bush's immigration reform language and proposals. It might go differently if Bush had actually emulated Reagan's approach to the issue. Reagan's Rehabilitation An article in Salon had an interview with Will Bunch, who wrote "Tear Down This Myth" and Bunch credited Grover Norquist's Ronald Reagan Legacy Project for rehabilitating Reagan's image, which was once worse than Carter's. Did time and Reagan's Alzheimer's basically lessen American's feelings toward him and his Presidency? Steven Hayward : I saw that interview, and I wasn't sure how literally Bunch meant to credit Norquist's project alone, though I am sure Grover would be happy to take credit. I think the proper parallel is with Eisenhower, whom liberals thought was plodding and unimaginative in the 1950s, but who about 10 years later (it really started with Murray Kempton, and then Fred Greenstein at Princeton) started discovering hidden dimensions to the man, and revised their opinion sharply upward. Similarly with Reagan, the discovery of his extensive writings in the 1970s, and the opening of documents from his presidency, contradicted a number of misperceptions about the man, while introducing new mysteries (such as his fervent nuclear abolitionism). Reagan and religion? To what degree was Reagan's thinking, especially in the later

years of his administration, influenced by fundamentalist, "end times" views? Steven Hayward : Interesting question. Possibly. In one of his private letters to Peter Hannaford, he said something like (I have the exact quote in my book somewhere) that a lot of things going on remind him of the "end times" in the Bible. He then added, prudently for a politician, "Don't quote me on this." And on more than one occasion he said publicly things like "we may be the generation that sees Armageddon." Amazing stuff. I tried to find out whether he might have, during the 1970s, read Hal Lindsay's famous prophecy book The Late Great Planet Earth (I believe this was the top selling book of the decade), but didn't find any evidence. But that (crackpot) book informed a lot of fundamentalist Christian thinking back then. Budgets Could you please tell us if Reagan ever submitted a proposal for a balanced budget? Hint: the answer begins with the letter "n." Steven Hayward : Narrowly correct, perhaps, but perhaps not; the first year's fiveyear budget plan (which is how budgeting is done) projected a small surplus by 1985, so I could dispute you. But our five-year budget plans are like five-year Soviet economic plans--they are always wrong. In Reagan's case, even if they'd got all the budget cuts they proposed for those five

years, the recession of 1982 would have put it all out of whack right away. Favorite quote? Do you have a favorite Reagan quote? Why do you like it? Steven Hayward : Yes, an obscure quote from his 1965 book "Where's the Rest of Me?" explaining his fondness for Tom Paine--a fondness which used to drive many conservative thinkers slightly crazy. I can't find it right now for some reason; I'll post it if I can lay my hands on it. Philadelphia, Miss.? If Reagan in 1980 didn't know about the "checkered history" of Philadelphia, Miss., wouldn't that indicate someone who was a little out of touch with some important public issues? Steven Hayward : I didn't say he didn't know it. I said he had to be "reminded" of it. I am pretty sure--though I'd have to go back and check--that he had commented on the Schwermer--Chaney--Goodman murders back in the 1960s. Reagan and gay rights Mr. Hayward: I learned some years ago that there was a coterie of older, wealthy gay men around Nancy Reagan, especially a former movie star turned interior decorator named William "Billy" Haynes, who wound up redecorating the American embassy in London for Walter Annenberg. The interesting thing is that when Mr, Haynes died, the only person who could really comfort his grieving, long time

partner Jimmy Shields was Ronald Reagan, who told Jimmy (I am quoting from memory), "You know, Billy wouldn't want you to carry on this way, he'd want you to keep the decorating business going." Those who think that Ronald Reagan was ultraconservative on social issues should remember he lived in Hollywood for much longer than he lived in Sacramento or DC. Thanks. Steven Hayward : I believe Haynes and Shields were guests in the Lincoln bedroom while Reagan was president. If not them, then two other gay friends of Nancy's. Boehner He did invite him to the state dinner for China and Boehner refused the invitation. Not exactly detente. Steven Hayward : Well, perhaps. A state dinner is not the same as a one-on-one or small dinner. There's no real face time at state dinners (I've been to one--great fun for a citizen, but probably less so for a senior member of Congress.) Deification?? I am having a hard time with this continuing effort to deify Reagan. I lived thru his attempts to shut down EPA and other government agencies during his first term, and believe me, it was an ugly time. Fortunately, cooler heads prevailed and he failed. Even US industries recognized the folly of having 50 states doing regulations rather than one central agency. This whole effort to make him the

latest "saint" is unseemly. Steven Hayward : Again, this requires a long argument/coloquy. I wrote at some length in my book about the Superfund train wreck with Burford-Gorsuch-McGill or whatever her name was that week. On the other hand, I can suggest a counter-factual in which a second-term Jimmy Carter would have constrained the EPA, probably not in the same way, but in similar ways. Above all, the EPA was only about 10 years old when Reagan became president, and like several other new regulatory agencies, there were still a lot of fundamental problems with them in my opinion. Quite right that business does not want 50 separate state regulatory standards; I don't think regulatory federalism was part of Reagan's (stillborn) New Federalism initiative, but I could be wrong. Steven F. Hayward is the F. K. Weyerhaeuser Fellow at AEI. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ content-only/faq.php Five Filters featured article: Collateral Damage - WikiLeaks In The Crosshairs.

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influenced by a different historical experience, that of the fear of another Great Depression. So this country has a huge aversion to recession, huge. And if you ask a policymaker if you're going to make a mistake, which mistake would you rather make, they would say I'd rather make an inflation mistake than make a growth mistake. El-Erian described the impact of the Fed's policies as "inflating the whole world," saying the liquidity is flowing everywhere, not just into the U.S. Read the full piece at Der Spiegel > Join the conversation about this story »

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The hawks are coming! According to CNBC, Dallas Fed Governor Fisher has promised to vote against QE, and says the Fed is an accomplice to Congressional fiscal malfeasance. Here's the full speech ----------------It is a great pleasure to speak to the Stemmons Corridor Business Association. I had the good fortune of knowing John Stemmons. He was one of my father-in-law’s closest friends, and his son, Johnny, who was taken from us way too early in life, was a cherished friend of mine. Mr. Stemmons looked like John Wayne and had the business acumen of Trammell Crow, who, as many of you know, was an early business partner of John’s. Without John Stemmons, Trammell Crow could never have developed the Trade Mart and all of his other innovative concepts that helped the Stemmons Corridor and Dallas become vital economic hubs. Only John Stemmons would have had the foresight to donate 100 acres of recovered flood plain to the people of Texas, saving the state the cost of acquisition of a vital transportation artery and allowing him to develop this corridor into the great property it became. He

was a giant of a man and an exemplary proponent of the freemarket capitalism that made our city and our state and our country great. It is somehow fitting that you asked me to speak here today, just two days after the 100th celebration of Ronald Reagan’s birthday. Old John Stemmons loved President Reagan. In 1984, the Republican convention was held here in Dallas. My father-in -law, Congressman Jim Collins, was also a good friend of the president. During the convention, Mr. Collins invited me to join Mr. Stemmons and a handful of their friends to visit with Mr. Reagan. The president was in remarkable form and, great raconteur that he was, told this story: Paddy McCoy, an elderly Irish farmer, received a letter from the Department for Works and Pensions stating that he was suspected of not paying his employees the statutory minimum wages and that an inspector would be sent to the farm. On the appointed day, the inspector turned up. “Tell me about your staff,” he asked of Paddy. “Well,” said Paddy, “there is the farmhand. I pay him 240 a week and he has use of a free cottage.” “That’s good,” said the inspector.

grasp the essence and magic of Stemmons-like entrepreneurship that is the hallmark of American success. I am going to take advantage of this platform to remind you that the Federal Reserve System is uniquely structured to balance “inside the Beltway” influences “Then there’s the housekeeper. with “outside the Beltway” She gets 190 a week, along with thinking. The governors of the Fed in Washington are appointed free board and lodging.” “That sounds fine,” said the by the president of the United States and confirmed by the inspector. Paddy went on. “There’s also Senate. The 12 bank presidents, the half-wit. He works a 16-hour like me, who operate the System day, does 90 percent of the work, in the field and also sit on the nets about 25 pounds a week Federal Open Market Committee when all is said and done, but (FOMC) with the Fed governors, takes down a bottle of whiskey are not. Instead, we are selected a n d , a s a s p e c i a l t r e a t , by, and serve at the pleasure of, occasionally gets to sleep with boards of directors drawn from the citizenry of our districts. Herb my wife.” “That’s disgraceful, Paddy,” said K e l l e h e r , t h e f o u n d e r o f the inspector. “I need to interview Southwest Airlines, is the current chairman of the Dallas Fed the half-wit.” “Well,” said Paddy, “you’re board, which includes eight others ranging from Renu Khator, looking at him.” John Stemmons laughed so hard the dynamic president of the he cried. As rich and as prominent University of Houston, to Joe Kim as he was, he identified with the King, a goat rancher who is the Paddy McCoys of the world. He president of Brady National Bank, took delight in doing things as a rural bank with $80 million in independently as possible; he was footings. a great example of individual As a Federal Reserve Bank initiative in a world that has president, I play a dual role under become increasingly dependent the watchful eye of my board of on government intervention and directors. I am the CEO of a $100 what we have come to know as an billion Bank that lends and “inside the Beltway” mentalitya provides cash to and supervises mentality that too often fails to and regulates local banks. We

provide myriad services to the 27 million people who populate 360,000 square miles of Texas, northern Louisiana and southern New Mexico—27 million hardy citizens whose economic output exceeds the output of Australia and is only slightly less than that of India. On the policy front, my job is to bring a Main Street perspective to the table. When I was asked by the Dallas Fed board six years ago to become president of the Bank, I met with Alan Greenspan. I asked the Chairman how I could best serve the System. His answer was crisp: “Just speak to the truth,” he said. John Stemmons would have given me the same advice. So today, I will speak to the truth as I see it. As I always do, I speak only for myself and my colleagues at the Dallas Fed and not for anybody else on the FOMC or elsewhere in the System. I suspect this will immediately become clear. Only a month ago, a new Congress was sworn in. New leadership took office in the Lower House, with the new speaker saying, “The American people have humbled us. … They have reminded us that everything is on loan from them.”[ 1] The Senate retained its leadership but underwent a sea FED page 44

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change in its composition. At the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue, the White House revealed significant staff changes while also announcing a new attitude toward the business community. The administration pledged to clear the underbrush that hampers businesses’ job creation by rooting out laws and regulations that, in the words of the president, “are just plain dumb,” and by vowing to now bring federal spending under control.[ 2] The new Congress and the new staff in the White House have their work cut out for them. You cannot overstate the gravity of their duty on the economic front. Over the years, their predecessorsRepublicans and Democrats togetherhave dug a fiscal sinkhole so deep and so wide that, left unrepaired, it will swallow up the economic future of our children, our grandchildren and their children. They must now engineer a way out of that frightful predicament without thwarting the nascent economic recovery. I have been outspoken about the limits of monetary policy as a salve for the nation’s fiscal pathology.[ 3] The Fed has done much, as I see it, to provide the bridge financing until the new Congress gets to work restructuring the tax and regulatory incentives American businesses need to confidently expand their payrolls and capital expenditures here at home.[ 4] The Federal Reserve has held

short-term interest rates to nil. We have expanded our balance sheet to unprecedented levels, with the effect of holding down mortgage rates and the rate of interest paid on Treasuries and the myriad financial instruments that are priced off of Treasuries, including corporate debt. After much debatewhich included strong concern expressed by one member with a formal vote and others, like me, who did not have voting rights in 2010the FOMC collectively decided in November to temporarily undertake a program to purchase U.S. Treasuries that, when added to previous policy initiatives, roughly means we will be purchasing the equivalent of all newly issued Treasury debt through June. By this action, we have run the risk of being viewed as an accomplice to Congress’ fiscal nonfeasance. To avoid that perception, we must vigilantly protect the integrity of our delicate franchise. There are limits to what we can do on the monetary front to provide the bridge financing to fiscal sanity. The head of the European Central Bank, Jean-Claude Trichet, said it best recently while speaking in Germany: “Monetary policy responsibility cannot substitute for government irresponsibility.”[ 5] The entire FOMC knows the history and the ruinous fate that is meted out to countries whose central banks take to regularly monetizing government debt.

Barring some unexpected shock to the economy or financial system, I think we are pushing the envelope with the current round of Treasury purchases. I would be very wary of expanding our balance sheet further; indeed, given current economic and financial conditions, it is hard for me to envision a scenario where I would not use my voting position this year to formally dissent should the FOMC recommend another tranche of monetary accommodation. And I expect I will be at the forefront of the effort to trim back our Treasury holdings and tighten policy at the earliest sign that inflationary pressures are moving beyond the commodity markets and into the general price stream. I am a veteran of the Carter administration and know how easily prices can spin out of control and how cruelly markets can exact their revenge. I would not want to relive that experience. But here is the essential fact I want to emphasize and have you think about today: The Fed could not monetize the debt if the debt were not being created by Congress in the first place. The Fed does not create government debt; Congress does. Deficits and the unfunded liabilities of Medicare and Social Security are not created by the Federal Reserve; they are the legacy of Congress. The Fed does not earmark taxpayer money for pet projects in local communities that taxpayers themselves would

never countenance; only the Congress does that. The Congress and administration play the dominant role in creating the regulatory environment that incentivizes or discourages job creation. It seems to me that those lawmakers who advocate “Ending the Fed” might better turn their considerable talents toward ending the fiscal debacle that has for too long run amuck within their own house. A look within the United States makes clear the overriding influence of fiscal and regulatory policy. Monetary policy is uniform across the 50 states; the base rate of interest paid on a business or consumer loan or a mortgage in Michigan, California, Ohio or New York is the same as that paid in Texas. Yet there is a reason that Michigan and California each lost more than 600,000 jobs over the past decade while Texas added more than 700,000 over the same period. There is a reason that the population of Ohio grew by only 183,000 residents over the past 10 years, while Texas grows by that number every five and a half months. There is a reason that with each passing census, the state of New York has been losing congressional seats and Texas has been adding them; a reason that, in the recent census, California failed to gain any while Texas gained four. There is a reason that, as documented in the Jan. 12 issue of the Wall Street Journal, college graduates—the best and

brightest of the successor generation—are leaving New York and Cleveland and Detroit and moving to Austin, Texas.[ 6] There is a reason no state in the union houses more Fortune 500 headquarters than Texas. There is a reason for the disparate employment growth that has taken place in the 12 Federal Reserve districts over the past two decades, data that are documented in the graph at your place setting. That reason has nothing to do with monetary policy. It has everything to do with the taxation and fiscal and regulatory policies of the states. The cost of capital does not explain the different economic performances of the states; the cost of doing business has everything to do with those differences. However wellmeaning tax and regulatory initiatives in the laggard states may have been when they were conceived and levied, they have had unintended consequences that have led to economic underperformance and job destruction. Similarly, the key to correcting the underperformance of the American economy and American job creation does not presently rest with the Federal Reserve. It is in the hands of those who make fiscal and regulatory policy. The Fed has reduced the cost of business borrowing to the lowest levels in decades. It has seen to it that liquidity is widely available FED page 45

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to banks and businesses. It has kept the economy from deflating and it has kept inflation under control. This has helped raise the economic tide. Recent data make clear that the risks of a doubledip recession and deflation have ebbed and that economic growth and job creation are beginning to flow. Yet the ships of jobcreating investment remain, with some exceptions, tied to the docks—or worse, are choosing to sail for foreign ports where tax and regulatory conditions are more favorable, very much in the same way that Ohio, Michigan, New York and California businesses and workers have navigated to Texas. U.S. nonfarm payrolls fell by 8.75 million jobs from their peak in January 2008 to their trough in February 2010. Estimates are that the population of Americans of working age increased by 4.4 million during the same period, creating a shortfall of over 13 million jobs. Since February 2010, the shortfall has only gotten worse: Although employers have added approximately 1 million new jobs, the working-age population has increased by an additional 1.7 million. All in all, we have approximately 6 million more people of working age than we did when the recession began—and a net loss of 7.7 million jobs. Divining policies that will encourage the private sector to increase hiring by enough to make up some of this lost ground is both an urgent and

a daunting task. I don’t believe the Fed is constraining job creation. None of my business contacts, large or small, publicly held or private, are complaining about the cost of borrowing, the lack of liquidity or the availability of capital. Just this morning at 7:30, for example, the National Federation of Independent Business released results from a survey of 2,144 randomly selected small businesses. It said, “Ninety-two percent [of those surveyed] reported that all their credit needs were met or that they were not interested in borrowing.”[ 7] A recent Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index survey reports that about 80 percent of those who were reluctant to hire said they were afraid revenues wouldn’t increase enough to justify the expense.[ 8] The problem is not the availability of credit. The problem for businesses, small or large, is generating enough final sales at a profit; the need is for revenue that exceeds the expense of incurring that revenue. You can’t have stronger sales if you don’t have stronger job creation. We will not have robust job creation until businesses are confident they can earn a good return on the investment they must make to add new workers. Employers live in a world in which they are free to invest their monies in expanding operations and hiring workers anywhere in the world, in any place they have the best opportunity to earn a

superior return on investment. This is one of the legacies of the Reagan era—of having won the Cold War and having the majority of previously closed or dysfunctional governments choose prosperity as their goal rather than the economic suppression of their people. To achieve that prosperity, they need job-creating investment. To attract that investment, they provide incentives through tax and regulatory incentives and other means. Whereas before we lived in a world of mutually assured destruction, we now live in a world of mutually assured competition. We have no choice but to create the conditions that incent businesses that operate in the United States to compete using American workers. This requires rethinking by Congressthe sole body with the power to shape our nation’s taxes and spending and write regulatory laws to condition economic activity. Our lawmakers must do so in a manner that both stimulates the desire of businesses to put Americans back to work at the earliest opportunity and provides meaningful assurance that longterm fiscal imbalances they have wrought will be brought under control, assuring the long-term viability of the U.S. economy. Before the recent mid-term election, most all of my business contacts claimed that taxes, regulatory burdens and the lack of understanding in Washington of

what incentivizes private-sector job creation were inhibiting the expansion of their payrolls. They felt stymied by a Congress and an executive branch that have appeared to them to be unaware of, if not outright opposed to, what fires the entrepreneurial spirit. Many felt that opportunities for earning a better and more secure return on investment are larger elsewhere than here at home. Perhaps because I live so far outside the Beltway—among the Washington-skeptical, independent-minded people of the Eleventh Federal Reserve District—I was therefore not surprised by the outcome of the recent election. As I watched it unfold, I thought of one of the better books I had read in the summer of 1998, at the recommendation of a friend, the eminent historian David McCullough. It was titled Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World, written by Mark Kurlansky, and was considered by the New York Public Library to be “one of the 25 best books of the year.”[ 9] Buried in the middle of that remarkable little book is a wonderful description of the causes of the American Revolution. Kurlansky wrote that “Massachusetts radicals sought an economic, not a social, revolution. They were not thinking of the hungry masses. … They were thinking of the right of every man to be middle-class, to be an entrepreneur, to conduct

commerce and make money.” Referring to John Adams, John Hancock and John Roweeveryone seemed to be named John in New England in those dayshe posited that the revolution “was about political freedom.” “But,” he went on, “in the minds of its most hard-line revolutionaries, the New England radicals, the central expression of that freedom was the ability to make their own decisions about their own economy.” He concluded that “all revolutions are to some degree about money,” reminding the reader that, reflecting upon France’s revolution, the Comte de Mirabeau said, “In the last analysis the people will judge the Revolution by this fact alone [sic] … Are they better off? Do they have more work? And is that work better paid?”[ 10] We now have a new, younger andin the sense depicted by Kurlanskymore radical Congress working alongside a president as they seek to craft policies more responsive to the message given by the electorate. The new Congress was elected to cast off the status quo of what many have come to feel is excessive encroachment upon the people’s freedom to make their own decisions about the economy. To do so successfully, this new, radical Congress and newly inspired president had better bear in mind Count Mirabeau’s analysis. The people of the FED page 48

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In Mid-January I received a request from Angel Martín to do an interview for the Spanish newspaper "Libertad Digital". Dear Mish, I am a follower of your blog. I work for the economics section of a Spanish classical liberal online newspaper, LibertadDigital.com, with a strong Austrian flavor in economics. We have published exclusive interviews to people such as Jim Rogers, Marc Faber, Antal Fekete, Robert Higgs, or Gerald O'Driscoll. We plan to open a new newspaper, called Free Market, and exclusively limited to economic and financial issues. It would be a great honor to have an interview with you in the opening of the website (on your predictions for 2011, your perspective on Spain and the European debt crisis, and so on). What do you think about it? Thank you very much for your time. Best regards, Angel Martin Oro Interview Questions and Answers I was happy to oblige "Libertad Digital". Here is the interview in Spanish:"No confíen en gobiernos o bancos centrales: son los culpables de la crisis" Here is the interview in English.

Q: What is your general prediction for 2011? Will the crisis be over at the end of this year? A: I covered many specific topics for the US and global markets in my post Ten Economic and Investment Themes for 2011 My general long-term thesis is the US will go in and out of deflation for a number of years just as Japan has done. Stocks are richly price and historically are poised for no gains for another 10 years. That is not a prediction for 2011 as timing is very difficult. However that equity warning is similar to one I made in 2006-2007. Q: On Europe, what is your view of the European Bailout Funds? Should sovereign states go bankrupt? How could this be done? Will the European Monetary Union and the Euro survive? A: The Euro is likely to survive, but I can see things that could cause the member group to shrink. One thing I am certain of is there will be haircuts on sovereign bonds. What cannot be paid back won’t. Eventually Ireland and Greece will default. However, it is important to step back and understand just who is being “bailed out” here. It is certainly not Ireland. It is bondholders of Irish debt that are being bailed out. Those bondholders are UK banks,

German banks, French banks, and US banks in that order. The person footing the bill is the average Irish citizen. Those Irish citizens should not stand for it and they won’t. I made my suggestions for the next Irish Parliament in my post Irish Government Collapses, Six Cabinet Members Resign,

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came out of its crisis by forcing haircuts on bondholders. Ireland should do the same. Q: In the United States, is the banking system healthy now, after the Paulson’s Plan and the government interventions? Or do you expect more turbulence and troubles coming from the US banks? A: The entire global banking system is technically bankrupt. There is $40 trillion in US denominated debt that cannot possibly be paid back. European banks are in no better shape. That is what the sovereign debt crisis in Europe is all about. Look at Japan. It has a debt-to-GDP ratio of 200%. Yet, Japan’s demographics could not be worse. The Japanese people were savers, but the government squandered it all and 100% more in foolish efforts to defeat deflation. The US is making the same mistake. Bernanke is crowing now, but US unemployment is still near 10% (if you believe the reported numbers). I don’t. Unemployment in the US is higher. Q: What about China and the emerging economies (India and Latin America)? Will they be able to sustain such outstanding growth rates? China is overheating. It has the world’s largest property bubble. I MISH page 47

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talked about that a number of times recently. Here are a few links. Shanghai Prepares for Property Tax to Curb ‘Speculative’ Buying; China Addresses Symptom NOT Problem "Consensus Nonsense"; Is the Yuan Undervalued? Who Wins a Currency War? China Secretly Buying US Treasuries Via UK Accounts? Trade Deficit Math; "Hot Money" Math Q: Many people, since 2008, have feared high inflation as a consequence of the expansionary monetary policy of the FED. However, this has not taken place yet. Why were they wrong? And also, will 2011 be a year of very high inflation as some predict? Fears of rampant inflation in the US are misguided. Yes, the Fed is “printing” but so is China, the ECB, the UK and for that matter everyone else. China is the real culprit regarding commodity prices and inflation. It’s important to have an understanding of what inflation is. Here is my definition: “Inflation is a net expansion of money supply and credit, with credit marked-to-market”. “Deflation is a net contraction of money supply and credit, with credit marked-to-market”. That last phrase “marked-tomarket” explains the US stock market rally nicely. Credit never expanded, but Bernanke reignited the junk bond market and bonds banks were holding went from “priced for bankruptcy” to “good

as gold”. This happened even though credit card debt, consumer loans, home equity loans, and consumer debt in general still continue to contract. This helps explain the recovery in financial assets but not the real economy or jobs. In contrast, prices are soaring in China along with unsustainable levels of credit expansion. Those who focus on prices as well as those who focus solely on money supply both miss the boat. Greenspan ignored rapidly expanding credit in the housing bubble years. China is doing the same now. In China, credit is expanding at 35% a year with GDP rising less than a third of that. That is a distinct sign of an overheating economy. India is in the same inflation boat with China. Australia is dependent on commodity demand from China. It should be easy to see what happens to Australia when China slows. Notice I said “slows”. There is a good chance China crashes. Moreover, Australia faces a double whammy because its property bubble is starting to implode now. Those paragraphs should explain how interconnected and unbalanced the global economy is. Q: What is your view on the Spanish economic troubles? As an investor and analyst, would you trust the current Spanish Government? A: At first glance, Spain’s woes

appear similar to US and Ireland (housing bubble and property speculation) and dissimilar to Greece. However, all of the countries just mentioned are alike in regards to problems with public unions. In the case of Greece, public unions and unsustainable pension problems are the overriding concern. In other countries it is private sector debt. Thus, all of the countries have the same problems; it’s just the order of importance of the problems that differs. I see no reason to trust any governments or central banks. The Fed took illegal actions and so did the ECB. Jean-Claude Trichet broke every major promise he ever made by cutting interest rates to nothing and by buying sovereign government bonds. Buying bonds was against the Maastricht Treaty. Germany has done things that are arguably against its constitution. There is even a power struggle at the ECB now as Trichet’s term expires. Axel Weber is the leading candidate but he was against Trichet’s bond purchases. I suspect they may declare an emergency and keep Trichet on beyond his term. Greece lied to the EU to gain admission. Japan’s policies over the last two years have been a disaster. Are we supposed to believe Spain? Italy? Any central bank? Why? Q: Since the minimums of March 2009, the US and European stock markets have risen more than 60 %. What would you expect for the

foreseeable future? A: I have a saying: “They don’t know and neither do I”. However, as I stated above, equities are hugely overpriced here. Expect Long-term gains to be minimum and most likely negative. Q: Finally, what are your recommendations for policymakers to get out of the financial and debt crisis as soon and healthy as possible? And even more importantly, what must be done to avoid future crisis like this one? Everyone likes to blame lack of regulation. However, I like to point out that regulation created Fannie Mae, regulation empowered the big three rating agencies, regulation gave tax breaks to homebuilders, Greenspan openly endorsed derivatives, etc. I can go on for hours regarding the failure “of” regulation. In a free market, there would have been no Fannie or Freddie. Nor would there be 30 year mortgages. The first thing a decent regulator would do is shut Fannie and Freddie down. Instead we just guaranteed their debt. If you want to see just how screwed up the credit rating agencies in the US are, please read Time To Break Up The Credit Rating Cartel That is another clear case of government screwing up a perfectly workable system. I am not against all regulation, however. Regulation that protects property rights and prevents fraud is fine. Glass-Steagall should not

have been revoked. It provides a wall to prevent some forms of fraud. However people use GlassSteagall as a scapegoat. It would not have stopped this crisis at all. Finally, it is important to understand the root cause of this mess: Fractional reserve lending and the Fed (and central bankers in general). Note too, that it was regulation (legislation) that created the Fed. Together the Fed and fractional reserve lending are the driving forces that allow unmitigated creation of debt. They are all guilty. However, the Fed and the People's Bank of China are the worst. The result of central banker sponsorship of credit is bigger boom and bust cycles of increasing amplitude. Unfortunately, there will be another crash as the global imbalances and root causes of this mess have not been addressed. Mike "Mish" Shedlock h t t p : / / globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot. com Click Here To Scroll Thru My Recent Post List Mike "Mish" Shedlock is a registered investment advisor representative for SitkaPacific Capital Management. Sitka Pacific is an asset management firm whose goal is strong performance and low volatility, regardless of market direction. Visit http:// www.sitkapacific.com/ account_management.html to learn more about wealth MISH page 49

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United States will judge them not by their rhetoric, not by their declarations, proclamations and statements of intent, but by whether their policies result in a people who are better off, have more work and are better paid. The leaders of our government cannot attempt to talk their way out of the problem like their predecessors did. Or string out needed remedies until after the next election. They must fix the problem now. If they fail to do so, then the election, for all its hoopla, will prove to have been nothing more than a case of putting old, rancid wine in new bottles. Theirs is not an easy task. We have all become used to the false comfort of having government coddle us, whether we are rich businesses receiving subsidies or poor citizens sustained by government largesse. The election tapped into a foreboding sense that the cost of that comfort now exceeds its benefits, as manifest in looming mega-deficits, deep if not unfathomable unfunded liabilities, egregious abuse of fiscal powers symbolized by earmarks, and other methods used by politicians to grease the skids of their reelection. Tapping into that foreboding in the recent election was the easy part. Talk of reform is cheap. Enacting reform will be painful. A reader of Shakespeare will recall the dialogue between

Glendower and Hotspur in Henry IV. Glendower claims, “I can call spirits from the vasty deep.” And Hotspur replies, “Why, so can I, or so can any man; But will they come when you do call for them?”[ 11] We shall see if the new Congress will prove worthy of the power the American people have “loaned” them, and, together with the president, actually draw the spirits of fiscal reform and sanity from the “vasty deep” to at long last implement meaningful fiscal and regulatory policy that incentivizes private-sector job creation here at home while arresting the hemorrhaging of our Treasury. If they do, then more Americans will find work and be better off, better paid and freer to make their own decisions about the economy. If they don’t, then woe to our children, their children and the American Dream. I am tempted to end this cheery talk by saying, “Have a nice day!” and walking off the stage. However, I would hate to leave this podium with your having concluded that I am just another central bank curmudgeon. I am professionally programmed to worry. Like John Stemmons, I am also a red-blooded American, as are all my colleagues at the Fed. I draw on the wisdom of Marcus Nadler, one of the great minds of the Federal Reserve from a period when our economy

endured an even more dire test. To counter the intellectual paralysis and down-in-the-mouth pessimism that gripped the financial industry after the Great Depression, Nadler put forth four simple propositions: First, he said: “You’re right if you bet that the United States economy will continue to expand.” Second: “You’re wrong if you bet that it is going to stand still or collapse.” Third: “You’re wrong if you bet that any one element in our society is going to ruin or wreck the country.” And fourth: “You’re right if you bet that [leaders] in business, labor and government are sane, reasonably well informed and decent people who can be counted on to find common ground among all their conflicting interests and work out a compromise solution to the big issues that confront them.” This became known as Old Doc Nadler’s Remedy, and for my part, it is spot on. Every one of us preoccupied with what ails us should keep it in mind. It may seem like the stuff of our wildest dreams to imagine getting ourselves out of the current nightmarish predicament. But I believe we can and we will. We are Americans. When put to the test, Americans rise to the occasion, no matter how great the challenge. We have done it

time and again. We have no choice but to do it once more. Thank you. About the Author Richard W. Fisher is president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. Notes The views expressed by the author do not necessarily reflect official positions of the Federal Reserve System. • See comments by John Boehner, speaker of the House of Representatives, in his speech to the oening session of the 112th Congress, Jan. 5, 2011, http:// boehner.house.gov/News/ DocumentPrint.aspx?DocumentI D=218986. • Lawyer and businessman William Daley, who was commerce secretary under President Clinton, was named White House chief of staff on Jan. 6. • See “Storms on the Horizon,” speech by Richard W. Fisher, May 28, 2008, www.dallasfed.org /news/speeches/fisher/2008/ fs080528.cfm. • See “Recent Decisions of the Federal Open Market Committee: A Bridge to Fiscal Sanity?” speech by Richard W. Fisher, Nov. 8, 2010, www.dallasfed.org/ news/speeches/fisher/2010/ fs101108.cfm. • See “Trichet Urges BudgetCutting,” by Brian Blackstone, Wall Street Journal, Jan. 8, 2011, http://online.wsj.com/article/

SB1000142405274870473950457 6067352757709020.html. • See “College Graduates Flock to Sunbelt,” by Conor Dougherty, Wall Street Journal, Jan. 12, 2011, http://online.wsj.com/article / SB2000142405274870451590457 6076254294271720.html l. • See “NFIB Small Business Economic Trends,” by William C. Dunkelberg and Holly Wade, National Federation of Independent Business, February 2011, www.nfib.com/Portals/0/ PDF/sbet/sbet201102.pdf. • See “Many Small Businesses Hiring Fewer Workers Than Needed,” by Dennis Jacobe, Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index, Feb. 4, 2011, www.gallup.com/poll/145946/ small-businesses-hiring-fewerworkers-needed.aspx. • Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World, by Mark Kurlansky, New York, N.Y.: Penguin Group, 1998. • See note 9, p. 93. • Henry IV, Part 1, by William Shakespeare, Act 3, Scene 1. Join the conversation about this story »

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from reduced administrative costs and cuts to reimbursement rates for providers, according to people familiar with the budget. Several Submitted at 2/8/2011 4:25:00 AM Florida Governor Rick Scott is Florida counties are already planning sweeping changes that e x p e r i m e n t i n g w i t h s u c h a has public unions howling but system, and the governor would corporations thrilled. like to expand it statewide. Budget Plans In one of his more controversial recommendations, the governor • Cut property and corporate proposed pension-system changes income taxes by $2 billion that would require public • Transfer Medicaid recipients to employees to contribute 5% of managed-care plans their salaries to the retirement • R e q u i r e e x i s t i n g p u b l i c system and would direct new employees to contribute 5% of hires into 401(k)-style plans. He their salaries to the retirement estimated the changes would save system about $1.4 billion a year. Battle • Put new public employees in shaping up over pension proposal 401K plans The Miami Herald has some additional details in Battle The Wall Street Journal has more shaping up over pension proposal details in Florida Governor Seeks Florida's pension system is Cuts in Budget Gov. Rick Scott currently funded by state and called Monday for overhauling local governments contributing Florida's Medicaid program, the equivalent of between 9 and curbing its pension system and 10 percent of an employee's trimming government services as income toward retirement. In the he detailed a budget proposal he case of high-risk workers like had promised would be full of big police and firefighters, the cuts. percentage is higher. Mr. Scott proposed transferring Scott has talked of a 5 percent Medicaid recipients to managed- buy-in by employees -- basically care plans, a move he estimated splitting the difference with the would save about $2 billion a year state. on average. "It's only fair that if you're going The savings would come mainly to have a pension plan, you're

going to do just like the private sector does,'' Scott said. Right Moves These are exactly the right moves. I commend the budget plan. Scott's plan will put money in the hands of taxpayers via lower property taxes and require public union workers to pay their share. Hopefully Governor Scott can get all of his proposals passed and other states follow. Mike "Mish" Shedlock h t t p : / / globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot. com Click Here To Scroll Thru My Recent Post List Mike "Mish" Shedlock is a registered investment advisor representative for SitkaPacific Capital Management. Sitka Pacific is an asset management firm whose goal is strong performance and low volatility, regardless of market direction. Visit http:// www.sitkapacific.com/ account_management.html to learn more about wealth management and capital preservation strategies of Sitka Pacific.

Katy Perry Shares About Her Famous Shape and Romance With Russell in Elle
Allie Merriam (PopSugar)
Submitted at 2/8/2011 9:32:23 AM

got made fun of for the over-theshoulder boulder holder . . . and all I wanted was to look like Kate Katy Perry went bright for the Moss. Little did I know . . . that March cover of Elle- check out these things would come in handy the magazine's behind-the-scenes someday." photos from their shoot. The • On her romance with starlet is prepping for a world tour Russell:"Everything clicked really to support her Teenage Dream fast. We kind of instantly got past album, though she's been busier all the surfacey stuff. And ever lately showing off her fragrance, since then, there hasn't been a dull as well as some skin, in Mexico. moment . . . We both needed She opened up about her much- balance, and we give that to each discussed figure inside the other. It wasn't about me taming publication, also chatting about him, which is what everyone her love with husband Russell always says - it was about Brand and her rocky start in timing." music. She said: • On her rocky start:"I had two • On her shape:"I was shaped like cars repossessed, and I was a square at one time. I was! I'm writing bad checks, but I gave generally around 130 pounds, myself a timeline. I thought, which is totally fine for me. But Okay, if I don't make it by 25, I'm when I was a kid, I was the same just going to get married and pop height and weighed more like out some babies and do some 145. And I had enormous boobs crafts." that I didn't know what to do with, so I wore minimizers, which were View Slideshow › not cute. Those thick-ass straps! I

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Why Deutsche Bank Just Jacked Up Its 2011 GDP Forecast By A Full Percentage Point
Joe Weisenthal (Money Game)
Submitted at 2/8/2011 12:16:40 PM

Deutsche Bank's Joe LaVorgna has upped his GDP forecast to 4.5% for 2011. Here's why: After factoring in the weather, which wreaked havoc on the January employment report—depressing both employment and hours—we believe the labor market is finally gaining significant traction. This is apparent from the rare 0.8% decline in the unemployment rate over the past two months, the largest back to back drop since 1958-59. The rate also declined 0.8% in 1950-51 and in 1954-55. In all three of these instances, the unemployment rate was lower over the next 12 months on average by 1.3%. In light of this new information, we are lowering our yearend unemployment rate forecast to 7.8%, down from our previous forecast of 8.8%. Importantly, the drop in the rate confirms our view that growth is significantly above trend this quarter. Based on the mix in Q4 2010 real

GDP, which showed 7.1% growth in final sales but only a $7B increase in inventory building, we should see significantly more inventory accumulation this quarter, enough to propel output up to +4.5% (see chart in attachment). The combination of strengthening demand and negligible inventory levels means that the restocking of goods should proceed at a faster pace this year relative to what we

initially expected. Certainly, this is what the January ISM survey appears to be telling us—the headline figure posted its highest reading in since May 2004. All of the subcomponents increased, and new orders, the most forwardlooking component, made a new cyclical high. In fact, this new information points to strengthening capex relative to our baseline expectation, which we had worried was too low

because we had not fully accounted for the increase in accelerated depreciation in our previous forecast: Companies can now expense 100% of their capex this year and 50% next year, which could lift 2011 real GDP $60 to $70 billion. In light of the strength in the factory sector and what it implies for both inventory building and capex, we are marking up our full year 2011 real GDP forecast as measured on a Q4 over Q4 basis by one full percentage point to 4.3%. We hinted at this potential change two weeks ago in our US Economics Weekly, but warned that we would need to see stronger employment data before moving in that direction. The employment news, in particular the drop in the unemployment rate, was sufficiently upbeat in our view to make this forecast update. The right hand-side column contains our new forecast relative to our previous baseline. -JL Join the conversation about this story »

Who pays for a royal wedding -- and how much does it cost?
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Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding is sure to be the event of the decade, if not the century. However, the focus of many British taxpayers will be how much it all costs. Unfortunately, it's not going to be an easy question to answer. Royal weddings are notoriously extravagant, and any commoner can tell you that this one is going to be pretty pricey. How pricey, you ask? Most realistic estimates place the final cost for the wedding around 12 million pounds, all of which will be covered by private funds. However, the state may have to pay a hefty sum to cover public services. Full article at HowStuffWorks.com. Total aggregation of HowStuffWorks.com. Photo credit: Fotolia Permalink| Leave a comment »

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Why WebOS Hasn't Lived Up to Its Potential — Yet
Mike Isaac (Wired Top Stories)
Submitted at 2/8/2011 6:00:00 AM

When Palm first unveiled webOS in 2009, the new platform was supposed to be the next mobile messiah. With its sexy user interface, a developer-friendly backend and a host of new features like multitasking and contact Synergy, everyone was certain webOS would be the platform to rejuvenate the once-prominent PDA pioneer company. Of course, webOS has shaped up to be less of a Jesus than an L. Ron Hubbard, as the platform’s following never rose above cult status. As of November 2010, Palm’s market share of U.S. mobile platforms weighs in at a paltry 3.9 percent, according to a comScore report. Sales of the Palm Pre — the flagship device on which webOS was first shipped — were lackluster, with numbers never breaking the 1 million mark in the first three months of the phone’s release. Weigh that against the iPhone 3GS, which launched two weeks after the Pre. 1 million of Apple’s handsets were sold in the first three days after release. Palm loyalists are praying for a comeback, and may see it at the upcoming invite-only event at Hewlett-Packard’s San Francisco offices on Feb. 9. “The hope is that HP/Palm will be releasing some new smartphone handsets as well as tablets,” says developer Justin Niessner in an

interview with Wired.com. “If they fail to deliver, I know quite a few people — including myself — that will be switching to a different mobile OS.” So what happened? Why did webOS seem so promising and then fall flat on its face? The Good The mobile landscape hasn’t always looked so grim for Palm’s

platform. “WebOS introduced a sound development metaphor which had the potential to attract developers,” IDC software analyst Al Hilwa told Wired.com in an interview. “It has a smooth and fluid interface, with good bones like multitasking and a wealth of features, making it a fairly easy platform to develop for.”

Apps for the webOS platform are written primarily in JavaScript and HTML, programming languages used by developers to code for the web. So if you’re already a web developer — and after the early days of the dot-com boom who isn’t? — developing apps for webOS is relatively easy. “Lots of people who wouldn’t have otherwise created apps

flocked to to webOS,” developer Roy Sutton, who runs app development tutorial site webos101.com, told Wired.com in an interview. “They could come in and port over a portion of an existing web app to webOS in a matter of hours.” Alternatively, developing for WHY page 53

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Rumsfeld WikiLeaks Himself to Rehab Image
Spencer Ackerman (Wired Top Stories)
Submitted at 2/8/2011 8:48:00 AM

A memoir isn’t enough to rehabilitate the careers of today’s disgraced public officials. Any case you make for yourself is damaged by the fact that you’re the one making it. A shrewder tactic is to go full-on Assange, releasing formerly secret documents that you can say prove you were right all along. And so here’s Donald Rumsfeld, doing his best WikiLeaks impression to accompany his new book. After Iraq and Afghanistan, Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay, there are few rhetorical tactics Rumsfeld can employ to satisfy his hordes of critics. So he’s accompanying his memoir, Known and Unknown, with tons of primary source material: hundreds of raw documents detailing his thought process at the Pentagon, all searchable on his new website. This way, he’s not engaging with a debate he’s unlikely to win; he’s burying it under an avalanche of paper. To put it uncharitably: when you’ve got a rep for being lessthan-honest and unwilling to debate, you might as well let the documents speak for themselves. So take, for instance, one that Rumsfeld’s promoting on his website. It’s a September 9, 2002 summary from the Joint Staff’s top intelligence official confessing that U.S. assessments of Saddam Hussein’s weapons of

mass destruction “rely heavily on analytic assumptions and judgment rather than hard evidence.” Rumsfeld told the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to “take a look” at the memo, because “what we don’t know about WMD… is big.” Aha! Rumsfeld was a voice for moderation on the Iraq WMD all along! He looks pretty good for bravely disclosing that, right? Not

when you remember that after he received that summary, he continued to portray the evidence against Iraq as ironclad, up to and after the invasion. (“ We know where [the WMD] are. They’re in the area around Tikrit and Baghdad and east, west, south and north somewhat.”) Or take Afghanistan. On January 23, 2002, Rumsfeld told subordinates that stockpiling old

weapons could be a cost-effective way to equip a new Afghan army. Not a bad idea, except that building that army was a low priority for his Pentagon. Contemplating “complications” for U.S. defense strategy, on May 21, 2001, Rumsfeld acknowledged “the U.S. military has no doctrine for police work. Shouldn’t we have some work going on with respect to that?”

Maybe it would have helped in Afghanistan and Iraq. But in April 2002, Rumsfeld dismissed concerns that U.S. forces needed to be involved in securing the peace with a quippy “ Ah, peacekeeping.” Rumsfeld’s documents show him worrying about military interrogations. “I don’t feel I have RUMSFELD page 54

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Apple’s mobile operating system requires learning its tool chain. That means learning Cocoa Touch, Apple’s proprietary API for building iOS apps. Another big draw for the developer crowd — “developer mode.” After entering the Konami code while on the Pre’s main idle launch screen, the phone becomes startlingly easy to hack. “Users can install anything from patches that change core functionality of webOS,” says developer Justin Niessner, “to replacement kernels that enable a user to overclock their WebOS device.” Additionally, you can access and load “Homebrew” apps, or those still in beta from other developers, onto the Pre. While the Homebrew repertoire consists of a paltry 500+ beta apps, it’s the kind of access that appeals to the hacker sensibility. Palm Pre users didn’t have to deal with some of the setbacks that Android OS enthusiasts ran

into with platform expansion across multiple hardware manufacturers. With Google’s push to update the OS an average of twice yearly since debut, version fragmentation issues have plagued both developers and consumers. The Bad Indeed, Palm had attracted lots of positive attention from the tech press at large after the Consumer Electronics Show announcement. While many doted over the sleek look of the new hardware, others (like Wired.com) wagered that webOS would be Palm’s “secret sauce,” the kicker that would set the Pre apart from other 2009 smartphone debuts. ‘It took us six months to see a product. In Silicon Valley time, that’s an eternity.’ But with every advantage webOS had in the veritable mobile platform buffet available to consumers, there were just as many setbacks (if not quite a few more). “The platform had such

tremendous hype and momentum after it was announced at CES 2009,” says Sutton. “But it took us six months to see a product. In Silicon Valley time, that’s an eternity.” The Pre was all but considered vaporware by the time its June 6 launch date came around, only to have its thunder immediately stolen by the iPhone 3GS, which launched shortly thereafter to much consumer ado. As for the phone itself, some found the Pre’s design lacking. “Palm definitely could have done themselves a favor by releasing some hardware with more modern design cues,” Niessner says. “The screen was smaller than other comparable smart phones on the market. And the slide-out QWERTY keyboard was also very difficult to use.” Even if you loved the design of the hardware, “The life cycle of the Pre and even the Pre Plus [eventual successor to the Pre] was short,” says developer Peter Ma. ” It couldn’t catch up with the

number of iPhones and Android devices coming out after it.” HTC’s Nexus One, for instance, has a 1-GHz Snapdragon processor (compared to the Pre’s 500-MHz), 512 MB of RAM (to the Pre’s 256 MB) and a 5megapixel camera (to the Pre’s 3 megapixels) — it’s literally close to twice the phone that the Pre is. “While the perceived speed of the Palm Pre was acceptable,” Niessner says, “the numbers certainly didn’t do the hardware any favors.” Pages: 1 2 View All This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ content-only/faq.php Five Filters featured article: Collateral Damage - WikiLeaks In The Crosshairs.

17 Silly and Unusual Motorcycle Names
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Submitted at 2/8/2011 12:00:56 PM

10 ways to build a nest egg
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Submitted at 2/8/2011 11:11:00 AM

The retirement picture in the United States is bleak. More than half of all Americans have not figured out how much they need to save for retirement. To help stave off economic ruin

in retirement, or to make sure your golden years are comfortable, financial planners advise clients move fast to build their nest eggs. The key is to save. If you have been saving, keep going. If you haven't, start. How? • Create and Stay on a Budget. Keep reading to find out. • Invest in Real Estate. • Contribute to a 401(k) Plan.

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Andreas Schlegel/ Getty Images Many companies hire expensive marketing firms to come up with catchy names for their products. Others just wing it. The following is a list of motorcycles burdened with monikers seemingly conjured up during an out-of-control brainstorming session. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ content-only/faq.php Five Filters featured article: Collateral Damage - WikiLeaks In The Crosshairs.

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good data on the people we have been capturing and interrogating in either country,” he told his intel chief, Steve Cambone, on September 12, 2003. “I don’t feel I am getting information from the interrogations that should be enabling us as to the answer to the questions I’ve posed.” Probing. But perhaps Rumsfeld might have considered that before changing the rules for military interrogations at Guantanamo Bay, which “ migrated” to Iraq, to allow more brutal treatment. Rumsfeld isn’t the first to take this docs-based approach. His policy chief, Douglas Feith, under fire for sexing up intelligence on Saddam Hussein’s relationship with al-Qaeda, accompanied his 2008 War and Decision with a searchable online supplement of his own documents from the Pentagon.

Of course, RummyLeaks ain’t quite WikiLeaks: his documents have been officially declassified, and many paint him in quite the flattering light, on their face. But like WikiLeaks’ trove of war documents, Rumsfeld leaves it up to his readers to dig through a huge trove to find their own gems. A transparency measure, sure. But one that has the effect of snowing a reader under a ton of data, leaving them in the meantime with the narrative that he’s shaping. And Rumsfeld isn’t just learning from Assange. He’s on a social media tear. Since joining Twitter in October, @RumsfeldOffice has stroked the rhetorical erogenous zones of his conservative followers, all in time for his public reemergence. Sample tweet: “100 years after President #Reagan’s birth, it is worth

remembering that the Cold War didn’t just end. It was won.” He’s done high profile media interviews to promote the book — which, in all fairness, I have yet to read. But we’ll see if Rumsfeld’s new transparency strategy provides him with much public vindication. Photo: DoD See Also: This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ content-only/faq.php Five Filters featured article: Collateral Damage - WikiLeaks In The Crosshairs.

Tab Badge Draws Your Attention to the Tabs that Need It [Downloads]
Whitson Gordon (Lifehacker)
Submitted at 2/8/2011 8:30:00 AM

Firefox 4: Most web sites will add a number to the tab name if you have notifications to read, but they aren't exactly eye-catching. Extension Tab Badge makes sure you see which tabs are calling for your attention with a red badge. Charlie Sorrel (Wired Top More » Stories)
Submitted at 2/8/2011 8:16:00 AM

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Seven More Easy Ways Rand Paul Forges His Own Path to Integrate Your Google Apps [Google]
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Kevin Purdy (Lifehacker)
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Google's productivity apps—like Gmail, Google Maps, Calendar, Docs, and so on—can play so well together, once you've ticked the right checkboxes. We've clever tricks to the fold that make previously shown you seven ways managing your web-based life to integrate your Google apps; much easier. More » now we're adding another seven

prominent role in major issues from the get go. For example, he has presented a plan to slash $500 Tuesday, 08 Feb 2011 11:10 AM billion from the government By Dan Weil budget in the next year. Paul was Most freshman senators stay in the first Republican in the Senate the background when they enter to complain that House Budget Congress, ceding the spotlight to Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s more senior colleagues. That has proposal to trim $32 billion from been true even of heavyweight the federal budget this year personalities such as former Sen. doesn’t cut it. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y. But that’s Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., one not the case for Kentucky’s new o f C o n g r e s s ’ t o p b u d g e t Republican Sen. Rand Paul, The hardliners, says Paul’s plan has Hill reports. He’s taking a merit. “I think we could do it,”

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Martini-fueled whinings of Wired.com New York Bureau Chief John C. Abell, for it is finally adding real page-numbers to Kindle Books through a firmware update (v3.1). One big complaint about ereaders is that their page-numbers don’t correspond to the pagenumbers in a printed book. This makes it tricky to match where you are if reading in e-ink and regular ink, and also makes referencing passages very hard. You can get around these problems with search, and the Kindle uses “page locations” to keep your place. Amazon seems to have solved the problem of transferring numbers from physical, fixed-sized pages to the virtual page, where changing font-sizes alter the number of “pages” a book has.

The fix is clever: The Kindle only displays the page-number when you press the “menu” button, working out the equivalent paperbook position on-demand. And because the Kindle pages don’t correspond exactly to the printed page, it tells you the page number for the text at the top right of the screen i.e.. the first few words. And to let you know just which book your page numbers match up with, there is a new “Page Numbers Source ISBN” field in the e-book’s description. The 3.1 update also brings “Public Notes”, which lets you share your note and “Before You Go”, which lets you rate the book from the Kindle when you get to the end, and see recommendations. Finally, newspaper and magazine layouts have been improved to look more

like a proper table of contents. The “Early Preview Release” of v3.1 can be downloaded now, or you can just wait for it to be delivered automatically. Page numbers will be coming to Kindle apps in the future. Kindle Software Update Version 3.1 — Early Preview Release[Amazon] This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ content-only/faq.php Five Filters featured article: Collateral Damage - WikiLeaks In The Crosshairs.

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Meet 'Glee''s Lauren Zizes, aka Ashley Fink
Jean Bentley (TV Squad)
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Filed under: Reality-Free, TV Previews, Celebrity Interviews Has 'Glee's' Brittany S. Pierce met her match in the one-liner department? Actress Ashley Fink has popped up as McKinley High student Lauren Zizes on'Glee' since the first season, often to bluntly call out her classmates for their dumb behavior and crack wise. But now that her character has joined New

Directions, we've noticed the Houston-born, L.A.-raised actress can deliver a zinger with the bite of Sue Sylvester and the humor of our beloved Brittany. When TV Squad caught up with the 24-year-old actress last month, she told us she didn't find out Lauren, the Greco-Roman wrestling state champion, was becoming a full-fledged member of New Directions until the wardrobe department called her come in for your fitting tomorrow because for the big number you for a fitting. "They were like, 'You need to have to match everyone,'" she

said. "And I was like, 'That's weird. Why do I have to match everybody?' Because they called me before I got the script. And they were like, 'Oh, no! Did we ruin the surprise?' I was like, 'There is no way this could be ruined -- this is the best news ever.'" The self-professed musical theater geek ("I know the big snobs don't like 'Wicked' and 'Rent,' but I love 'Wicked' and 'Rent.' I love 'Spring Awakening,' 'Next to Normal,' 'In the

Heights'") would not spill one. Single. Detail. About the upcoming episodes. (Though we now know for sure she's the lady Puck is crushing on.) After the jump, Fink discusses her Golden Globes experience, her dream 'Glee' guest star and her favorite karaoke song. Permalink| Email this| Linking Blogs| Comments

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Paul Scheer, Stephen Rannazzisi, Nick Kroll and Mark Duplass Until FX renewed The League Monday, die-hard fans were panicked they had seen the last of Kevin's meltdowns and Ruxin's schemes. Creators and executive producers Jackie and Jeff Schaffer said they never doubted the comedy's future. "I honestly never questioned it," Jackie tells TVGuide.com. "I think we have the funniest cast on TV hands down. We weren't done with them, the network wasn't done with them yet and God knows the fans weren't done with them yet." FX renews The League for Season 3 The League kicked off in late October 2009 and averaged 1.08 million viewers in its six-episode first season. Thanks to strong writing, an experience ensemble and noteworthy guest stars like Chad Ochocinco and Rob Huebel, Season 2 caught the attention of both critics and an average of 1.4 million viewers. "We're not just getting a footballlovers audience, but a comedy-

lovers audience, which has been great," Jeff says. "People have realized our mantra, which is you don't have to know anything about fantasy football, you just have to have friends that you hate." Adds Jackie: "This is just a show about a group of friends who like to torture each other." Watch full episodes of The League These days, Jackie has plenty of reason to celebrate. She won the fantasy football league she and her husband play in along with the show's cast. "It's my greatest shame," her husband says. "Jackie really knows what she's doing."

league. We're excited to see how that works out," Jeff says. "Will he be a gracious champion or will he be a terrible, terrible tyrant?" You don't have to know football to love The League Keeping a promise made to the fans before the show was picked up, Season 3 will also include a cameo from Rafi's infamous friend Dirty Randy. With both NFL players and comedians clamoring to appear on the show next season, one of this year's biggest challenges looks to be coordinating guest stars. "A lot of amazing NFL players would like to be on the show now. In a case of life imitating art, The first 10 picks of any fantasy Steve Rannazzisi failed to make draft — these guys are calling us their league's playoffs after his and saying, 'Hey, I'd like to be on character, Kevin, failed to make it the show,'" Jeff says. "I'm so glad to the Shiva Bowl last season. we didn't do a show about fantasy "Steve was the only cast member garbage men or anything." who played fantasy before the This entry passed through the show and now he's just ended up Full-Text RSS service — if this is with a terrible record." your content and you're reading it Looking ahead, the Schaffers on someone else's site, please read have already started writing our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ Season 3, which premieres next content-only/faq.php fall on FX. It will explore the Five Filters featured article: a f t e r m a t h o f t h e l e a g u e ' s Collateral Damage - WikiLeaks In surprising winners and losers last The Crosshairs. year. "We ended season 2 as the reign of Ruxin [ Nick Kroll] began; the evil overlord of the

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From Mississippi to ‘The Corner’: A Tale of Right-Wing Wrongness
Jesse Singal (The New Republic - All Feed)
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By now, it’s easy to be cynical about the Internet’s ability to degrade rational argument. After all, one can only read so many birther blogs without starting to go numb. Still, once in a while, the foggy chaos that is the online world parts, and we catch a glimpse of how the realm’s worst ideas form, adapt to the environment, and, despite their utter lack of fitness anywhere else (well, with the popular exceptions of AM radio and Fox News), thrive in cyberspace. Perhaps the best recent example is a chart that has been racing around the conservative blogosphere for the last few months. According to its findings, a one-parent family with two children making $14,500 a year has more disposable income than an identical family making $60,000 a year; a family making just $3,625 a year doesn’t quite do as well as the one making $60,000, but it comes close. Those who publish the chart claim it shows that it pays to be poor in America because of government largesse, courtesy of Obama and the Democrats, that the middle class doesn’t have access to. Problem is, the chart is full of errors. I traced it back to the man who made it, a newspaper

publisher in Mississippi, and found that the math, methodology, and logic he used to generate the chart, as well as an op-ed he wrote to accompany it, are wholly unsound. To make matter worse, despite the chart’s cringe-worthy flaws, very few outlets on the Internet, from small-scope blogs to a handful of forums hosted by major national publications, bothered to fact-check it. The story of the chart is a distressing new Exhibit A for those who argue that, practically speaking, there’s no longer any such thing as objective reality in the digital age. The sentiment that the poor are pampered by “big government” and simply mooch off the system isn’t new. But it took on a heightened resonance recently, as Congress sought to hammer out an agreement on the extension of unemployment benefits—and

To back up this claim, Emmerich provided a chart ostensibly based on the numbers he’d uncovered during his online tinkering: I sent the chart to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, and its researchers replied with a lengthy dossier of the chart’s errors. For starters, Emmerich overestimated the federal tax liability of the $60,000 family by failing to distinguish between gross and taxable income (the $60,000 family only has $40,400 in taxable income, according to the CBPP) and by ignoring the conservatives jumped at the published the results he’d found child tax credit, which benefits chance to argue against them. in his newspaper, the Northside wealthier families more than “The truth is the unemployed will Sun. In an October 14 column poorer ones. The family making spend as little of that money as headlined, “WITH WELFARE IT $60,000 would actually pay only they possibly can,” Republican MAKES SENSE TO WORK about $8,043 in payroll and Representative John Shadegg of LESS,” Wyatt spun out his theory income taxes, not $13,034. As for Arizona said on MSNBC. “I’m about unemployment and the Medicaid, CBPP pointed out that opposed to giving people money poor: a family making $14,500 for doing nothing,” Newt People don’t want to work. wouldn’t actually be eligible in G i n g r i c h s a i d i n a s p e e c h . Especially in the Delta, people Mississippi, where the cutoff level Wyatt Emmerich was among just won’t show up on time and of qualifying income for a family t h o s e c o n c e r n e d t h a t , w i t h often fail drug tests. of three is a paltry $8,064 per government benefits propping “How can this be?” you may ask. year. Even if that family were them up, poor people might not You have to work to eat. Well, eligible, however, Emmerich’s have an incentive to work. So the that’s really not true anymore. In estimate of their benefits is way Harvard graduate, who was born fact, our welfare state rewards not off. Medicaid is a relative bargain into a newspaper-publishing working. You can do as well for Mississippi—the state spends, b u s i n e s s i n G r e e n w o o d , working one week a month at on average, $2,510 a year per Mississippi, and now runs a paper minimum wage as you can adult beneficiary and $1,659 per of his own, spent some time this working a $60,000-a-year, full- child beneficiary, according to the fall playing around with online time, high-stress job. … most recent numbers. calculators that, he told me, allow A one-parent family of three So how did Emmerich arrive at people to determine, by plugging making $14,500 a year (minimum the inflated $16,500 number? I in family size and income, how wage) has more disposable much in government benefits they income than a family [of the same FROM page 58 are eligible for. Wyatt then size] making $60,000 a year.

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put the question to him, and he told me that he got it by estimating what it would cost the family to buy private insurance on the open market if they did not have Medicaid, applying his own copays and deductible to the equation. (Although Emmerich lumped CHIP into the same category as Medicaid in his chart, he didn’t consider the two benefits separately in this calculation—which is just as well, since children on Medicaid aren’t eligible for CHIP in the first place.) Even if we accept this dubious methodology, however, Emmerich’s numbers are extreme overestimates. I went to ehealthinsurance.com, a website that provides information on various insurance plans, and got price quotes for a 24-year-old woman with two young kids living near Jackson, Mississippi, where Emmerich’s newspaper is located. The costs were substantially lower than I expected—for less than $500 a month, the woman could cover herself and her kids, pay no coinsurance, and have only a $3,000 deductible. The grand total? Far less than $16,500. But getting roped into analyzing the costs is also problematic, since a mere 6 percent of working adults get health insurance on the private market, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. An overwhelming majority get employer-sponsored insurance, which, because the government subsidizes it through the tax code, is cheaper: On average, according

to Kaiser, Americans who get health care in this way paid just $3,997 for coverage in 2010. Another big problem with the chart is the Section 8 portion. It probably shouldn’t have been included, given the scarcity of the vouchers and the complicated process required to obtain them. Seven out of 10 eligible families don’t receive Section 8 benefits, according to CBPP. But, even if the families in the chart were lucky enough to receive the vouchers, Emmerich botched this calculation by basing it on a percentage of each family’s income. This is not how Section 8 subsidies are determined; rather, eligibility and the subsidy amount are based on factors like family assets, the unit in question’s rental price, and the median income in a given county. In other words, Emmerich simply couldn’t have determined this amount with such limited information. (When I asked Emmerich to direct me to the online calculators, including the one for Section 8, that he had allegedly used to make the chart, he told me he didn’t know where they were because his browser history had expired. His column mentioned “[o]ne Web site … GovBenefits.org … [that] gave me a list of dozens of additional programs and private grants available to low-income family providers.” But plugging in that URL reveals that GovBenefits.org is a placeholder site with links to “Online College” and “Free Money.”) Perhaps more frustrating than the

chart’s numerical errors is the language that accompanies it. In the column he penned for his newspaper, Emmerich’s claimed that the family making $14,500 has more “disposable income” than the family making $60,000, a reference to the “total” numbers at the bottom of the chart. But the chart conflates disposable income with economic benefits. Some items on the chart, like the tax credit, are disposable income, unrestricted money the families can use as they please. But other items, like food stamps, are government benefits that must be used for specific purposes. Adding these two types of items together is like adding apples and oranges. When I asked Emmerich about his decision to use “disposable income” in his column to describe the totals in his chart, he quickly acknowledged that “‘economic benefit’ … is the more precise term.” But this error had already done its damage: As Emmerich’s chart and column gained momentum around the Internet, people continued to refer to its totals as “disposable income.” Then, like Emmerich, they used this descriptor to take an absurd leap of logic, asserting that, with money in their pockets, poor people have no incentive to hold jobs. If Emmerich did not have a particularly clear sense of his methodology, he was sure of his logic: that his numbers prove government benefits are discouraging the poor from

working. What’s more, he was sure the numbers he’d uncovered (or concocted, depending on how you look at it) would have an impact. “I thought, ‘You know, I bet if I send this out on my e-mail chain, I bet this thing could get circulated,’” he told me, referring to an e-listserv he’s on that regularly sends out links. Emmerich’s instinct was right. After about a month, his chart landed in a forum on Sean Hannity’s website. (“It demonstrates very nicely why productivity should never be taxed,” opined one poster. “And as a side demo, subsidy for sloth is another bad plan.”) It was also picked up by Yahoo! News via The Atlantic Wire. Countless other sites soon joined the list. And, somewhere along the way, the chart became credited to “Source: Wyatt Emmerich, theclevelandcurrent.com”—meani ng even the citation got botched. A major node in this great game of Internet telephone was the conservative blog Zero Hedge, where, on November 21, poster “Tyler Durden” noted: Emmerich analyzes disposable income and economic benefits among several key income classes and comes to the stunning (and verifiable) conclusion that “a oneparent family of three making $14,500 a year (minimum wage) has more disposable income than a family making $60,000 a year.” … Ever wonder why Obama was so focused on health reform? It is so those who have no interest or ability in working, make as much

as representatives of America’s once exalted, and now merely endangered, middle class. From Zero Hedge, the chart ascended to one of the highest points on the right-wing totem poll: The Corner. Veronique de Rugy posted the chart on this well -read National Review blog on December 10, around the time that President Obama was in the final stages of hammering out a tax deal that would include cuts on high earners. “Maybe President Obama and Mr. Krugman should direct some of their attention to this problem,” snarked de Rugy, “rather than spending so much of their time complaining that the rich don’t get soaked enough.” In other words, she took Emmerich’s chart at face value. Granted, The Corner doesn’t always comport itself in an impressive manner, but it’s still a blog for a major national publication. One would hope such a forum would check the numbers that supposedly back up a claim as provocative as Emmerich’s. And The Corner wasn’t the only website that disseminated Emmerich’s chart to a broader audience: The post on The Atlantic Wire(which was later mirrored by Yahoo! News) conveyed some skepticism about the chart and eventually linked to a handful of rebuttals, but the author of the post clearly didn’t look into the chart’s veracity for himself before publishing it. FROM page 62

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Gimme Fuel, Gimme Fire
Henry Sokolski (The New Republic - All Feed)
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When the Iranian Revolution overthrew the Shah in 1979, years of “peaceful” U.S. nuclear cooperation with the Persian dictator suddenly seemed like they had been a bad idea. In part as a result of this early assistance, Tehran is on the road to producing a bomb’s worth of weapons-grade uranium in roughly a year or less. And with protests upending governments in Egypt, Tunisia, and the rest of the Middle East, this sequence is on the cusp of repeating itself to produce a nuclear domino effect. Yet, remarkably—given its stated c o m m i t m e n t t o denuclearization—the Obama administration seems eager to pursue policies that will only make the threat worse. The United States has had formal civilian nuclear cooperation ties with Egypt since 1981, when the country ratified the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT). Before that, Cairo made several haphazard attempts to get the bomb. Such flirtations with nuclear weapons were supposed to come to an end with ratification, but unfortunately, they didn’t. Instead, President Mubarak made several public statements that Egypt would not hesitate to get nuclear arms if necessary. He has refused U.S. requests to forswear making nuclear fuel (a process that can

bring states to the brink of acquiring nuclear weapons). And in 2005, his nuclear scientists admitted they had violated Egypt’s pledge to declare all sensitive nuclear activities to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Even more dangerously, unlike Iraq, Syria, and Libya—all of which have been caught attempting to develop a nuclear weapons option—Egypt has the technological capability to separate weapons-usable plutonium from spent reactor fuel, and it operates a research reactor large enough to make a bomb’s worth of plutonium each year. Meanwhile, the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt’s largest political party clamoring for a say in Cairo’s future, is on record demanding that Egypt develop nuclear weapons to balance those of Israel. We can only hope that most Egyptians ignore this group. If, however, Egypt goes radical or remains politically unstable, the country’s nuclearization would be a major danger. One of Europe’s leading nuclear experts projects that if this were to happen, Algeria—which also has the technology to extract nuclearweapons–usable plutonium and a reactor making nearly a bomb’s worth of the stuff each year—would be politically compelled to match Egypt bomb for bomb. And such a nuclear domino effect could easily occur in the context of popular

revolutions spreading throughout the Middle East: According to Standard and Poor’s Jordan and Algeria are the next Arab states whose governments are likely to be destabilized. Jordan currently lacks any major nuclear facilities, but it is actively seeking French and South Korean help to build several large reactors, and it has resisted American pleas to forswear making nuclear fuel in exchange for U.S. nuclear assistance. Likewise, there is a proliferation threat from Saudi Arabia, a country that has more than hinted that it will get its own bomb if and when Iran does. It, too, is seeking “peaceful” nuclear reactors and has rejected American pleas to forswear making nuclear fuel as a condition for securing U.S. nuclear cooperation. What is truly flabbergasting, though, is the fact that the Obama administration seems willing to accede to both Jordan’s and Saudi Arabia’s demands. At almost exactly the same time Egyptian protestors were filing into Tahrir Square on January 25, a highly respected arms control news service reported that the U.S. government was discussing nuclear deals with Jordan and Saudi Arabia which would not include the “gold standard” safeguards that the Obama administration has demanded from other countries, such as the United Arab Emirates (UAE), to ensure that nuclear cooperation is less likely to enable nuclear

proliferation. In specific, these deals lacked any requirement that Saudi Arabia or Jordan forswear making nuclear fuel or ratify a new, tougher nuclear inspections regime known as the IAEA Additional Protocol. Within 24 hours of this Internet report, Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Affairs Ellen Tauscher's office called up to Capitol Hill to arrange a meeting where Tauscher and Deputy Energy Secretary Daniel Poneman could explain that the story was exaggerated. But it wasn't exaggerated by much. As one veteran nuclear reporter noted a week later, the State Department has clearly retreated from the “gold standard” in these deals. The United States agreed that it would only insist that Jordan refrain from making nuclear fuel for the first ten years of any U.S. nuclear cooperation agreement. Presumably, the same would be allowed of Saudi Arabia. (And, once the UAE sees the bar being lowered for its neighbors, it has the legal right under the terms of its own nuclear agreement to abandon its commitment to the “gold standard” as well.) This, in turn, has aggravated members of Congress. The chair of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Republican Ileana Ros Lehtinen, was already on the warpath over the administration’s unwillingness publicly to explain the generous terms of the U.S.-Russian nuclear

cooperation agreement which entered into force in January 2011. She and others in Congress were also irked about reports that the Obama administration wanted to cut a U.S. civilian nuclear cooperation deal with Vietnam which was similarly lacking the UAE nonproliferation conditions. And now, the House committee is poised to mark up legislation that would require both the House and the Senate to vote on all nuclear cooperation agreements if they fail to contain the “gold standard” level of nuclear safeguards. Senator John Ensign has introduced similar legislation in the Senate, which would require all U.S. nuclear cooperation agreements to be approved by Congress. White House officials seem to think this will all soon blow over. They’ve backed away from the deals on the Hill, saying that none of the reported deals with Jordan or Saudi Arabia are imminent; and they are temporarily slowrolling further nuclear n e g o t i a t i o n s until—presumably—the political situation in Egypt looks more stable. But it would be foolish for anyone who is concerned about a Middle Eastern nuclear domino effect, whether a Republican or Democrat, to let these agreements go forward without adequate safeguards. And the Obama administration, which has made such a show of its commitment to GIMME page 62

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David Thomson on Films: Remembering Maria Schneider
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asked Schneider. Later on, she would say she sometimes felt “raped” by the two men, Submitted at 2/7/2011 11:00:00 PM especially in the simulated anal A generation of male movie- sex scene. And it’s hardly a fit goers may have gulped when they response to say, well, she could saw the obituaries for Maria have said no, she could have Schneider and that picture of her walked away from it all—after all, f r o m 2 0 0 3 w h e n s h e w a s $4,000 isn’t that much to lose, is 50—tense, not quite well, anxious i t ? B u t s h e w a s 1 9 , t h e about being looked at. How can illegitimate daughter of a famous we read so much into one picture? French actor (Daniel Gelin), and Well, how did we assume so possibly messed up. Do you know m u c h i n 1 9 7 2 w h e n t h e any 19-year-olds like that? Nor breathtaking Schneider rolled should we underestimate how, for across the screen in Last Tango in all the daring and insight of Paris like a bowling ball and took B r a n d o ’ s p e r f o r m a n c e , t h e part in all those scenes with such audience went to see Maria aplomb? In 1972, we told Schneider, too, and see her naked. ourselves, we were watching the I never met Schneider, but the most candid mainstream film we film world was rife with stories were ever likely to see. Wasn’t that she was a victim of drugs, she the girl of the moment who’d t h a t s h e w a s b i s e x u a l a n d do anything, and wasn’t that promiscuous, and that she had Marlon Brando there with her, breakdowns. Of course, not all of doing everything? Yes, it was, but those things are necessarily on the if you noticed, Brando somehow same level, and you would have k e p t h i s c l o t h e s o n , w h i l e had to be there to know the order Schneider’s breasts, her bottom, in which they occurred and and everything else were there for ranked. The film business is often anyone to see. She got $4,000 for prepared to ask young women to the picture, it is said. I daresay do anything they can think of on Brando got more. But he was a screen and then write them off as star, and she was 19. bad characters because they can’t T h e d i r e c t o r , B e r n a r d o be cool about it. Bertolucci, had told the two actors I regret that the obituaries didn’t he wanted to film their actual say more about another of her sexual behavior on screen. Brando films: The Passenger(1975), by refused. No one seems to have Michelangelo Antonioni—and a

more interesting picture than Last Tango in Paris. It’s a story about a disenchanted foreign reporter, David Locke (Jack Nicholson), who takes advantage of the death of another man in an African hotel by acquiring the dead man’s name and identity. So it’s a surprise to discover that he now seems to be a gun-runner. When “Locke” comes back to London (his home), he sees a girl in a green dress, reading a book in a London Square. They notice each other without saying a word—the girl is Maria Schneider, and she seemed to have aged well in three years. She was less voluptuous, more ordinary, but very pretty, and she seemed smart. Then, the action moves to Barcelona, where “Locke” must go on a mission indicated in the dead man’s diary. And the girl is there again, a visitor in one of the Gaudi houses. Now they talk, and become companions. The Passenger knows no more about its own plot than David Locke, but the coincidence of the girl in both places is odd. She and Locke become lovers as they travel together, and Schneider is touching as a funny person with a love of life. She is naked again for a moment, but the film does not exploit that. And she is there at the end as we realize Locke has

been murdered in one of the most elaborate shots in film history. At that point she seems bereft, a loser, but can we be sure she wasn’t part of an intrigue that was watching the gun-runner? In an intricate, deeply felt film, she establishes a relationship with Nicholson who never condescends to her or treats her as a stooge. Two years later, Schneider made a strange, inadvertent contribution to film history. Luis Bunuel was about to make That Obscure Object of Desire, in which a man played by Fernando Rey is driven almost mad by a very desirable girl who will not yield to him. Bunuel tested several actresses but gave the part to Schneider, though some felt she was too passive to be the extroverted, flamenco-dancing girl in the script. The shooting started badly. The screenwriter, Jean-Claude Carriere, said she was, “brilliant … but lackluster, dull,” because she was doing drugs. So Schneider was fired, and Bunuel and Carriere responded to the awkward situation by casting two actresses as the woman—Angela Molina and Carole Bouquet—and so the man’s frustration turns more comic because he can’t tell them apart. Maria Schneider did only a few other—she was good and

authentically sexy in Jacques Rivette’s Merry- Go-Round in another lead part, but as the mad woman in Franco Zeffirelli’s version of Jane Eyre she had hardly anything to say. People said she was “difficult” and “unreliable,” and perhaps that was so, but, at 19, if you’ve had a stick of butter pushed up your arse on camera as preparation—and had the years of jokes because of it—maybe “difficult” is easier to understand. It’s hard now to think the essential purpose of Last Tango in Paris wasn’t to take advantage of Maria Schneider to get our dollars. I don’t mean to say the film lacks anguish, or that Brando isn’t riveting in it. But I’m not sure it was worth doing if it ruined a life. You can argue that actresses know what to expect. Haven’t they heard about show business? Maybe. But some actresses are desperate to believe in what they are doing. Just like actors. Just like us. Let’s tip our hats to Maria Schneider. 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. For more TNR, become a fan on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

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David Thomson on Films: Remembering Maria Schneider
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asked Schneider. Later on, she would say she sometimes felt “raped” by the two men, Submitted at 2/7/2011 11:00:00 PM especially in the simulated anal A generation of male movie- sex scene. And it’s hardly a fit goers may have gulped when they response to say, well, she could saw the obituaries for Maria have said no, she could have Schneider and that picture of her walked away from it all—after all, f r o m 2 0 0 3 w h e n s h e w a s $4,000 isn’t that much to lose, is 50—tense, not quite well, anxious i t ? B u t s h e w a s 1 9 , t h e about being looked at. How can illegitimate daughter of a famous we read so much into one picture? French actor (Daniel Gelin), and Well, how did we assume so possibly messed up. Do you know m u c h i n 1 9 7 2 w h e n t h e any 19-year-olds like that? Nor breathtaking Schneider rolled should we underestimate how, for across the screen in Last Tango in all the daring and insight of Paris like a bowling ball and took B r a n d o ’ s p e r f o r m a n c e , t h e part in all those scenes with such audience went to see Maria aplomb? In 1972, we told Schneider, too, and see her naked. ourselves, we were watching the I never met Schneider, but the most candid mainstream film we film world was rife with stories were ever likely to see. Wasn’t that she was a victim of drugs, she the girl of the moment who’d t h a t s h e w a s b i s e x u a l a n d do anything, and wasn’t that promiscuous, and that she had Marlon Brando there with her, breakdowns. Of course, not all of doing everything? Yes, it was, but those things are necessarily on the if you noticed, Brando somehow same level, and you would have k e p t h i s c l o t h e s o n , w h i l e had to be there to know the order Schneider’s breasts, her bottom, in which they occurred and and everything else were there for ranked. The film business is often anyone to see. She got $4,000 for prepared to ask young women to the picture, it is said. I daresay do anything they can think of on Brando got more. But he was a screen and then write them off as star, and she was 19. bad characters because they can’t T h e d i r e c t o r , B e r n a r d o be cool about it. Bertolucci, had told the two actors I regret that the obituaries didn’t he wanted to film their actual say more about another of her sexual behavior on screen. Brando films: The Passenger(1975), by refused. No one seems to have Michelangelo Antonioni—and a

more interesting picture than Last Tango in Paris. It’s a story about a disenchanted foreign reporter, David Locke (Jack Nicholson), who takes advantage of the death of another man in an African hotel by acquiring the dead man’s name and identity. So it’s a surprise to discover that he now seems to be a gun-runner. When “Locke” comes back to London (his home), he sees a girl in a green dress, reading a book in a London Square. They notice each other without saying a word—the girl is Maria Schneider, and she seemed to have aged well in three years. She was less voluptuous, more ordinary, but very pretty, and she seemed smart. Then, the action moves to Barcelona, where “Locke” must go on a mission indicated in the dead man’s diary. And the girl is there again, a visitor in one of the Gaudi houses. Now they talk, and become companions. The Passenger knows no more about its own plot than David Locke, but the coincidence of the girl in both places is odd. She and Locke become lovers as they travel together, and Schneider is touching as a funny person with a love of life. She is naked again for a moment, but the film does not exploit that. And she is there at the end as we realize Locke has

been murdered in one of the most elaborate shots in film history. At that point she seems bereft, a loser, but can we be sure she wasn’t part of an intrigue that was watching the gun-runner? In an intricate, deeply felt film, she establishes a relationship with Nicholson who never condescends to her or treats her as a stooge. Two years later, Schneider made a strange, inadvertent contribution to film history. Luis Bunuel was about to make That Obscure Object of Desire, in which a man played by Fernando Rey is driven almost mad by a very desirable girl who will not yield to him. Bunuel tested several actresses but gave the part to Schneider, though some felt she was too passive to be the extroverted, flamenco-dancing girl in the script. The shooting started badly. The screenwriter, Jean-Claude Carriere, said she was, “brilliant … but lackluster, dull,” because she was doing drugs. So Schneider was fired, and Bunuel and Carriere responded to the awkward situation by casting two actresses as the woman—Angela Molina and Carole Bouquet—and so the man’s frustration turns more comic because he can’t tell them apart. Maria Schneider did only a few other—she was good and

authentically sexy in Jacques Rivette’s Merry- Go-Round in another lead part, but as the mad woman in Franco Zeffirelli’s version of Jane Eyre she had hardly anything to say. People said she was “difficult” and “unreliable,” and perhaps that was so, but, at 19, if you’ve had a stick of butter pushed up your arse on camera as preparation—and had the years of jokes because of it—maybe “difficult” is easier to understand. It’s hard now to think the essential purpose of Last Tango in Paris wasn’t to take advantage of Maria Schneider to get our dollars. I don’t mean to say the film lacks anguish, or that Brando isn’t riveting in it. But I’m not sure it was worth doing if it ruined a life. You can argue that actresses know what to expect. Haven’t they heard about show business? Maybe. But some actresses are desperate to believe in what they are doing. Just like actors. Just like us. Let’s tip our hats to Maria Schneider. 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. For more TNR, become a fan on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

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Instead, by posting the chart largely unchallenged, the blog implied that it might hold some relevance and legitimacy. Indeed, the real story here isn’t necessarily Emmerich’s fuzzy math; as important is the fact that the chart was posted again and again with so little discussion of its accuracy. If those who pushed the chart along in its Internet journey cared about its content and the methodology, rather than its underlying political message, they could have done a little Googling. It wouldn’t have taken much to crack the surface, get below the presumption that poor people are coddled by the government, and find the beginning of a long list of problems with Emmerich’s work. But, perhaps because of ideological bent or maybe due to simple laziness, people decided

that no fact-checking was required. Emmerich, it turns out, was partially right. In Obama’s America, there are people who have little incentive to work: Internet pundits, particularly conservative ones—and especially those who think poor people are a threat to America. Jesse Singal writes for The Boston Globe’s opinion pages. He can be reached at jsingal@globe.com. Alexander C. Hart, a reporter-researcher for The New Republic, contributed research to this article. For more TNR, become a fan on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

ending the spread of nuclear weapons, has a lot of explaining to do. Correction: Originally, this article stated that Under Secretary Tauscher and Deputy Secretary Poneman "rushed" up to the Hill to assure lawmakers that the story was exaggerated. In fact, Tauscher's office called up to the Hill to arrange a meeting where they could explain that the story was exaggerated. We regret the error. In addition, the Energy Department has disputed selected details from the Global Security

Newswire story cited in this piece. For more TNR, become a fan on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Henry Sokolski is executive director of The Nonproliferation Policy Education Center and editor of Nuclear Power’s Global Expansion: Weighing Its Costs and Risks.

Australia sees 3DS release on March 31
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Submitted at 2/8/2011 1:30:00 PM

What's On Tonight: 'No Ordinary Family,' 'Traffic Light,' 'The Good Wife'
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Submitted at 2/8/2011 6:30:00 AM

Filed under: Reality-Free, TV Previews Here's what's on TV tonight (all times Eastern). Check your local TV listings for the full schedule.

8PM ABC:'No Ordinary Family' CBS:'NCIS' NBC:'The Biggest Loser' FOX:'Glee' The CW:'One Tree Hill' PBS:'Pioneers of Television' MyTV:'Are You Smarter Than a

Fifth Grader?'(two episodes)

HGTV:'My First Place' 8:30 Cooking Channel:'FoodCrafters' After the jump, the rest of the schedule and the late-night talk shows. Permalink| Email this| Linking Blogs| Comments

Nintendo detailed its plans for the Australian launch of the 3DS today at an event in Sydney. The device will be available March 31, just four days after the North American release date, at a price of AU$349.95 (around US$354). It'll be available in Aqua Blue and Cosmo Black, the same two colors available everywhere else. Strangely, the Australian 3DS won't have StreetPass(which allows 3DS systems to wirelessly communicate with one another) or SpotPass (through which the 3DS seeks available wireless signals for automatic downloads of content) when the device is first available. Those will be released as an update late this year or in early 2012. Australia sees 3DS release on March 31 originally appeared on Joystiq on Tue, 08 Feb 2011 13:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| Email this| Comments

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Exclusive: One Life to Live's Cyber-Bully Revealed
Michael Logan (TVGuide.com: Breaking News)
Submitted at 2/8/2011 12:28:00 PM

Austin Williams The teen bullying plot on One Life to Live turns personal February 22 when the anonymous jerk who's been harassing high schooler Shane Morasco ( Austin Williams) over the internet turns out to be someone we know well — Blair and Todd's kid Jack (Andrew Trischitta). TV Guide Magazine spoke with the soap's Emmy-winning head writer Ron Carlivati about this ripped-fromthe-headlines story and where it's headed. TV Guide Magazine: Did the recent rash of suicides among bullied teens make you move quickly with this story? Carlivati: Yeah, we did jump in pretty fast on this one — faster than with most stories. I took the idea to [executive producer] Frank Valentini, then we quickly took it to [ABC Daytime chief] Brian Frons. The time was right and Shane seemed to be the perfect kid to do it with. We've partnered with STOMP Out Bullying [ stompoutbullying.org] and will be running PSAs for the organization starting the day Jack is revealed as the bully. It's not that bullying

hasn't been going on since forever, but it's become a renewed issue in our society and people — especially parents — don't know exactly what to do and how to deal with it. TV Guide Magazine: It's interesting that you had Shane's grandma, Echo, find out about the cyber-bullying early on, then bow to pressure from Shane not to tell his parents. Seems like a big mistake on her part. Carlivati: We have a responsibility when we tell a story like this to help the audience learn what they should do in such a situation, but that doesn't mean we don't show our characters making the wrong choices. The situation will get worse for Shane as we move into the spring. At first, we're centering the story on the kids but as we move forward — I'm already plotting this into May sweeps and beyond — it'll also become a story about the parents. How much do you monitor your child? How do you keep up with your kid in this difficult era of the internet? Should Shane's parents, Rex and Gigi, have seen the warning signs? What about Jack's parents? Sometimes these things are happening right under your nose and you're not aware of it. TV Guide Magazine: How do

parents are working hard to put food on the table. Shane doesn't have the hippest, coolest sneakers, or the best clothes, and that becomes yet another reason to terrorize him. Don't forget that Jack's male role model is Todd, who has his own long history of bullying. And there's also denial there. Blair will not want to believe her sweet little boy can do such horrible things. TV Guide Magazine: It sounds like this will go way beyond cyber -bullying. Carlivati: The threats soon turn physical. Things are going on in Jack's life that will amp up his Blair and Todd react when they cruelty level and make him even find out their son's a little shit? worse. Carlivati: It's going to be a TV Guide Magazine: A lot of the surprise for them. Though we've bullying that's made the news cast a new Jack for this story [14- lately has been gay-related. Did year-old Carmen LoPorto has you purposely avoid going there? Carlivati: It seemed more been replaced by 16-year-old Trischitta] we've seen the seeds of important that we not tell a gay this problem because Jack has story, though that's not to say that already been a bit of a Dennis the certain kinds of gay slurs won't Menace-type character — a come up as the story progresses. prankster and troublemaker but in It's important to say that kids can a humorous way. I think his be targeted by bullies for any becoming a bully is a very number of reasons. Shane is realistic evolution as he goes into artistic, he's into comic books, he high school. Here he is a popular, has asthma, which keeps him on good-looking and wealthy kid, the sidelines during gym, and he's and there's little Shane, whose a sensitive kid. He's been targeted just for being different. And it

becomes a group thing. Once the other kids start piling on it doesn't really matter what the reason is because he's become a target. He's somebody they can get to. It becomes a herd mentality. This has been a real challenge to write because Austin is such a great actor and makes it all so heartbreaking to watch. I feel mean putting poor little Shane through so much pain. I can't imagine there's anyone in our audience who doesn't feel for him. It's tough stuff, but it's important to get the word out. TV Guide Magazine: An increasing number of these cases do end in suicide or suicide attempts. How far will you take this story? Carlivati: Right now, all I'll say is this: The problem with Shane will reach critical mass. Subscribe to TV Guide Magazine now! This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ content-only/faq.php Five Filters featured article: Collateral Damage - WikiLeaks In The Crosshairs.

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Cheers & Jeers: The Chicago Firebrand
Bruce Fretts (TVGuide.com: Breaking News)
Submitted at 2/8/2011 12:29:00 PM

NASA report on Toyota unintended acceleration due out this afternoon
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The Chicago Code Cheers to The Chicago Code for unleashing the bear inside Jason Clarke. Want more Cheers & Jeers? Subscribe to TV Guide Magazine now! The Australian actor is probably best known to American audiences as Tommy Caffee, the velvet-glove politician to Jason Isaacs' iron-fisted sibling Michael on Showtime's late, great Brotherhood. But as detective Jarek Wysocki in Fox's Windy City cop drama, he blows through crime scenes like a man on a tornado-like mission to uproot corruption. He's an instantly fascinating character, and Clarke charges him with kinetic energy. Wysocki's got no time for partners, but it looks like the popculture obsessed newbie appealingly played by Friday Night Lights alum Matt Lauria could last longer than the standard one day. He's got no time to break up with his (as-yet unseen)

electronic systems. But in NASA’s study, the agency tried bombarding Toyota vehicles with Submitted at 2/8/2011 9:16:14 AM electromagnetic signals in a N A S A r e p o r t o n T o y o t a Chrysler facility and found no unintended acceleration due out evidence of the problem. this afternoon Consumer Reports also presented After studying electronics in to the NAS panel ( PDF). Toyota vehicles for months, Toyota recalled nearly 9 million NASA, the U.S. space agency, is cars and trucks in 2009 and 2010 due to release its report in a press for problems that could lead to conference at 2:00 this afternoon. unintended acceleration, including Early reports don’t indicate the floor mat interference and sticking report will find any electronic accelerator pedals. smoking gun that could have In the end, we’ve found that the caused some cars to accelerate out o n l y w a y t o g u a r d a g a i n s t twentysomething fiancée, even only one slice. though he's still sleeping with his Did Jason Clarke blow you away of control, though the study’s unintended acceleration is for conclusions are not yet clear. (See drivers to put the car in neutral. ex-wife. He's laser-focused on on The Chicago Code? We demonstrated this in several reteaming with his former partner- This entry passed through the LA Times story.) turned-superintendant (a slightly Full-Text RSS service — if this is NASA was engaged after five vehicles at our test track, and miscast Jennifer Beals) to bring your content and you're reading it Congressional hearings into the recommend drivers practice the d o w n t h e s m o o t h - c r i m i n a l on someone else's site, please read complaints against Toyota in 2009 maneuver themselves in a safe alderman (the magnetic Delroy our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ to look into potential causes of environment. unintended acceleration in Toyota We will be attending the NASA Lindo) who's calling the city's content-only/faq.php shots — figuratively and literally. Five Filters featured article: v e h i c l e s , w i t h a f o c u s o n presentation today and will share With his not-quite-leading-man Collateral Damage - WikiLeaks In electronic systems. The National the findings this afternoon. Academies of Science (NAS) is — Eric Evarts looks and sui generis intensity, The Crosshairs. conducting a concurrent study For more information on Clarke gives you the sense that i n t o w h e t h e r a u t o m o t i v e unintended acceleration, see our Wysocki's got more layers than a electronic systems in general are Guide to unintended acceleration. deep-dish pizza. And that's after d e s i g n e d w i t h s u f f i c i e n t Subscribe now! safeguards. That report is due out S u b s c r i b e t o later this year. Earlier, a report to ConsumerReports.org for expert the NAS team(PDF) leaked out, Ratings, buying advice and showing how electronic “latchup” r e l i a b i l i t y o n h u n d r e d s o f c a u s e d b y e l e c t r o m a g n e t i c products. Update your feed i n t e r f e r e n c e c o u l d c a u s e preferences unintended acceleration in Toyota

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EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: 'V' Stars and Xoom and iPad2 are imminent: Now's no time Producer Dish on Season 2, Wild Stunts and the Controversial Finale to buy a tablet computer
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Filed under: Reality-Free, Celebrity Interviews, Stay Tuned When 'V' returns from a short break 9PM ET Tuesday, expect a lot of intrigue between alien leader Anna (Morena Baccarin) and FBI agent Erica (Elizabeth Mitchell) at a swanky party. The two women will finally meet again in Tuesday's episode, and according to executive producer Steve Pearlman and stars Morena Baccarin and Laura Vandervoort, there are many more twists to come before 'V' finishes its second season March 15. But before we get to the scoop on what's coming in the remainder of the season, one question has to be asked: Is it fair for the sci-fi drama to leave its viewers on a cliffhanger at the end of season 2, given that the show's return is not a sure thing? "There are a number of different cliffhangers that I think fans will enjoy and there are some holy [crap] moments that I think they

Xoom and iPad2 are imminent: Now's no time to buy a tablet computer Motorola Xoom tablet Photo: Motorola If you're considering buying a tablet computer, you might want to hold off another three or four weeks. There's strong evidence that on Feb. 24, Best Buy will begin offering the much-anticipated Motorola Xoom, a 10.1-inch tablet that's the first to run Google's Android 3.0 won't have expected," Pearlman check out an exclusive clip from (Honeycomb) operating system. said of the season 2 finale. Some the show's Feb. 22 episode. It's (The Xoom might be pricey: A stories will be resolved, but he o n e o f t h e m o s t e l a b o r a t e , reportedly leaked Best Buy flyer and the show's other producers complicated stunts 'V' has ever prices it at $799, plus the also want to leave fans "in a place d o n e , a n d i t i n v o l v e d t h e requirement that you buy at least a of wanting more," he added. production taking over two floors month's worth of 3G data in order "Will [fans] be pissed if there's no of a Vancouver hotel for two t o a c t i v a t e e v e n i t s W i - F i capability.) third season? I think fans of show days. are going to be pissed there's no Permalink| Email this| Linking And a new iPad (dubbed "iPad2" by bloggers) is almost certainly t h i r d s e a s o n u n d e r a n y Blogs| Comments due by April, the first anniversary circumstances," Pearlman said. of the original iPad's release, I've got much more 'V' intel although Apple hasn't even made below, but before we get to that, an announcement yet. When the new iPad arrives, it's sure to be an improvement over the iPad you

can buy now; a built-in camera is among the new features it's almost certain to have. Once both of these tablets are available, competition will really heat up. Prices may fall on other tablets that are already available, such as the Dell Streak 7 and Samsung Galaxy Tab. No matter how you slice it, within a few weeks, tablet shoppers will find more choices, new features, and maybe even lower prices. All of which means that patience right now is a virtue that could pay off handsomely. —Jeff Fox Subscribe now! S u b s c r i b e t o ConsumerReports.org for expert Ratings, buying advice and reliability on hundreds of products. Update your feed preferences

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Consumers Union asks Verizon for iPhone upgrade clarification
Carol Mangis (Consumer Reports)
Submitted at 2/8/2011 7:29:35 AM

Consumers Union asks Verizon for iPhone upgrade clarification Consumers Union, the non-profit publisher of Consumer Reports, has asked Verizon to clarify its iPhone upgrade policy. Specifically, what options will purchasers of the Verizon iPhone 4 have if a newer iPhone 5 comes out(as Apple's recent history would indicate) this summer—or at any point before a buyer's 2year contract with the carrier ends? In a letter sent yesterday to Verizon President and CEO Daniel S. Mead, CU's Policy Joel Keller (TV Squad) there's one major difference Somewhere around the second Counsel Parul P. Desai posed between this show and similar episode, though, it hit me: The these questions:...Will customers Submitted at 2/8/2011 7:00:00 AM shows on the schedule. show was treating its characters as receive a rebate or some type of Filed under: Reality-Free, 'Traffic Light' is actually funny. real adults, with relationships that discount towards purchasing the Features, Midseason TV Fifteen While watching the four episodes show the flaws and foibles of both n e w i P h o n e m o d e l ? W i l l years ago, there was a spate of "a that FOX sent for review, I was people involved. In doing so, it customers wanting to replace the group of single friends hang out trying to put my finger on why treats its viewers like adults, too, iPhone 4 with the iPhone 5 be in together" sitcom clones. Now this show made me laugh out loud putting faith in them to laugh in violation of their two-year we've reached the stage where we while shows like 'Rules of recognition at smaller situations contract commitment and thus have a proliferation of "three Engagement,' 'Perfect Couples' without having to resort to this subject to an early termination fee couples at different stages of their and 'Better With You' generally g e n r e ' s u s u a l o v e r - t h e - t o p of $350? Will customers face any other costs, penalties, or obstacles relationship" or "two couples at leave me stone-faced. It's not the c h a r a c t e r i z a t i o n s . different stages and their single situations each guy gets himself Permalink| Email this| Linking friend who won't grow up" into; they're fairly generic and Blogs| Comments sitcoms.'Traffic Light,' which have been seen in sitcoms forever. premieres on FOX tonight at The humor is sophisticated but 9:30PM ET, is one of those. But nothing groundbreaking.

The Funny 'Traffic Light' Treats Its Characters and Viewers Like Adults

for upgrading to an iPhone 5? These so-far-unanswered questions haven't precluded a huge amount of preorders from current Verizon customers for the iPhone 4. Some buyers may be content to stick with that phone even if a newer version is announced, but many will want to upgrade. CU asked Verizon to provide "transparent answers to these questions" before Feb. 10, the day the Verizon iPhone will be available for purchase to everyone. —Carol Mangis Subscribe now! S u b s c r i b e t o ConsumerReports.org for expert Ratings, buying advice and reliability on hundreds of products. Update your feed preferences

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Cable companies fight to fend off FiOS
Eileen McCooey (Consumer Reports)

neighbors called the police or set the dogs on him. Meanwhile, that same week, in Submitted at 2/8/2011 8:59:59 AM my sister's neighborhood a few Cable companies fight to fend off miles away, a Verizon rep was FiOS trying to woo cable customers to Competition in the TV business switch to FiOS TV service. This is creating some enticing options wasn't a stealthy surveillance for consumers. And it's turning under cover of darkness but an old into quite the cloak-and-dagger -fashioned door-to-door canvass affair, at least in my neck of the during daytime hours. It made for woods! a less dramatic experience than I Arriving home on a cold, sleety enjoyed, but the goal was similar. night last week, I spied a wellThese aggressive tactics dressed man venturing into a underscore just how cutthroat the neighbor's driveway with a competition for your eyeballs has flashlight trained on the side of become. Things are likely to heat their house. He didn't look like a up as Verizon continues to expand sneak thief, but he was sure acting its FiOS coverage. As of year-end like one. I watched him repeat this 2010, the company had 3.5 at another house or two, then I got million FiOS TV customers in 12 out of my car and called (from a s t a t e s a n d t h e D i s t r i c t o f safe distance, with the panic C o l u m b i a . button on my key fob at the Whether you go with Verizon or ready), "Sir, can I help you?" not, this is good news for He politely replied: "Yes! I'm consumers. FiOS has been rated from [the local cable company]. tops for TV service in our past I'm checking to see what kind of few consumer surveys, and TV service your neighbors have. Verizon typically offers very If they have FiOS, I can offer attractive packages to get cable them a great deal to switch to customers to switch, including a cable." I told him I still have fairly recent no-contract option. cable, so he moved along and But cable companies are fighting spared my house the scrutiny. I back with their own great deals didn't hear any sirens or wild and service upgrades, so you don't barking, so I assume none of the have to switch to come out ahead.

Cablevision, for instance, recently added interactive games and Facebook compatibility to its Optimum TV service. TimeWarner Cable introduced Signature Home, a "connected living experience" that carries a premium price tag. And Comcast launched Xfinity, which promises enhanced HD picture quality and more HD On Demand. It's basically a no-lose proposition. If you have multiple service options in your area, weigh the choices carefully, and bargain hard(some tips in the video above) with whichever one suits you. Just remember my experience, and don't hit the panic button if someone from a TV company shows up on your doorstep some night. And let us know if you've received an interesting offer from TV providers in your neighborhood. — Eileen McCooey 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

Jayhawks Rout Tigers in Second Half
Terrance Harris (FanHouse Main)
Submitted at 2/7/2011 10:44:00 PM

Filed under: Kansas, Big 12, Missouri LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Missouri played about as good as it possibly could during the first half against Kansas on Monday night, yet the Tigers still went into halftime trailing by four points. The second half wasn't nearly as close as the No. 2 Jayhawks ran away with an impressive 103-86 over their rivals in front of a packed house at Allen Fieldhouse. Kansas' 103 points were the most scored against Missouri since 2002. A major reason for the offensive production was an outstanding

performance from the Jayhawks reserves. Mario Little came off the bench to score a career-high 17 points, while Travis Releford added 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting from the field as Kansas' bench outscored the 20th-ranked Tigers 36-16. The production of the reserves almost overshadowed strong performances from the Jayhawks starters. Marcus Morris, who scored just five points in the first half, finished with a game-high 22 points, while his twin brother Markieff Morris finished with 16 points and guard Tyshawn Taylor added 13 points. With the win Kansas improved to 23-1 and 8-1 in the Big 12 to stay in contention for the league title.

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Serengeti 160 Lumen Cree LED Flashlight 2 Pack
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Will It Ever End? Cavs Lose 25th Straight
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The miscues doomed the Cavs to a 99-96 loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Monday night, Submitted at 2/7/2011 9:13:00 PM making it 25 straight losses, the F i l e d u n d e r : C a v a l i e r s , most in league history no matter Mavericks how it's counted. DALLAS (AP) -- The Cleveland Cleveland set the single-season Cavaliers lost their way into the futility record a few days ago, but NBA record book in fitting the league also keeps an overall fashion -- not with a blowout, but losing streak record that takes into with the kind of head-slapping account skids stretched over two plays typical of a team that can't seasons. This topped that one, too, do anything right. making the first year of the postLike a 7-foot center losing a LeBron James era even more jump ball to a 6-foot-2 guard. And forgettable for the Cavaliers. The a decent outside shooter deciding previous mark also was set by the to pass as time expired instead of Cavs, spanning the end of the putting up a potential tying 3- 1981-82 season and the start of pointer. 1982-83.

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Sources: Los Angeles Lakers, Denver Nuggets have initial Carmelo Anthony talks
Chris Broussard (ESPN.com)
Submitted at 2/8/2011 12:18:53 PM

Anthony said the Nuggets superstar would sign off on a deal that would make him a Laker. Updated: February 8, 2011, 1:18 More on the Lakers PM ET By Chris Broussard For more news, notes and ESPN The Magazine analysis of the Lakers, check out Archive the Land O' Lakers blog from the The Lakers and the Denver Kamenetzky Brothers. Blog Nuggets have had preliminary The Nuggets have no interest in discussions about a blockbuster Lakers forward Ron Artest and trade that would send Carmelo sources said they may not insist A n t h o n y t o L o s A n g e l e s , on getting Lamar Odom either. A according to league sources. The straight-up trade of Anthony for Lakers' package would be built Bynum meets the financial around Andrew Bynum. requirements of the collective Talks are in the preliminary bargaining agreement, but more stages, but it appears that another players could be involved since option besides the New York Denver would look to shed as Knicks has materialized for the much salary as possible. Nuggets. The Nuggets are also engaged in "There have been discussions talks with New York about a three between the two teams," one of - w a y t r a d e i n v o l v i n g t h e the sources said. "The Lakers are Minnesota Timberwolves. Initial definitely an option." discussions centered around Of course, Anthony, who can opt Denver getting Wilson Chandler, out of his contract after this with Minnesota sending Corey season, would likely have to agree Brewer and a first-round pick to to sign a three-year, $65 million Denver as well. But Denver wants extension with the Lakers for more than that and has its eye on them to part with Bynum. But Los young Knicks assets Danilo Angeles is believed to be a city Gallinari and Landry Fields, along Anthony would be amenable to with Chandler. playing in, as he and his wife, La Minnesota, which would receive La Vasquez, bought a home there Anthony Randolph and Eddy last summer. Two people close to Curry in the trade, also wants

more in return if it is to send a first-round pick to Denver. In a sign that the Denver-New York talks have heated up, Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan has had direct negotiations with Nuggets owner Stan Kroenke, according to the New York Daily News. One stumbling block to a Nuggets-Knicks deal, however, is the health of Chandler. The Daily News reported Tuesday that he is experiencing discomfort in his surgically repaired left ankle. With the Feb. 24 trade deadline approaching, the Nuggets are weighing every possible option, including holding on to Anthony for the remainder of the season while hoping the owners can negotiate the right to put a franchise tag on players in the new collective bargaining agreement. Under that scenario, the Nuggets would be able to "franchise" Anthony and keep him in Denver. Photos: Carmelo Anthony's career Stay in Denver? Go to N.Y. or L.A.? As MeloDrama plays out, enjoy photos of a star's career: Carmelo Anthony The likeliest outcome, however, remains that Denver will trade

Anthony before Feb. 24, and one source said the club will likely pull the trigger a week or so before the deadline. It is believed that the Lakers have not yet made an offer for Anthony but that the two clubs have merely had discussions. Los Angeles has long viewed Bynum as a building block and potential star, but a series of knee injuries throughout his six-year career has frustrated the Lakers to the point that one source said the club would consider moving him. Bynum missed the first 24 games of this season while recovering from offseason knee surgery and also missed a game last week with a bruised knee. Pau Gasol starts at center in Bynum's absence, with Odom moving to power forward, and the Lakers' record of 18-7 without Bynum this season is better than their record with him (18-9). The Nuggets like Bynum's immense upside and believe that, at 23 years old, he can overcome his health issues. They understand it would be a risk, though, and are not entirely certain they would trade for him, one source said. While Bynum is clearly a health risk, acquiring him is not a huge

financial risk for Denver, considering his great potential. Bynum has two years and $31 million left on his contract, but the final year is a team option for $16.5 million. If Bynum experiences another injury next season, the Nuggets could decide not to pick up the option and thus be on the hook for just the $15.1 million he's due next season. Bynum is averaging 11.3 points and 7.4 rebounds per game in 27 games this season. In five full seasons with Los Angeles, Bynum has averaged only 56 games per season due to injuries. Anthony is coming off a 50point, 11-rebound outing Monday, but the Nuggets lost to the Rockets. Chris Broussard covers the NBA for ESPN The Magazine. Follow Chris Broussard on Twitter:@chris_broussard This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ content-only/faq.php Five Filters featured article: Collateral Damage - WikiLeaks In The Crosshairs.

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Doc Rivers says those who rip Kevin Garnett would love to have him on their team
Chris Forsberg (ESPN.com)

Green Bay Packers' victory party at Lambeau Field is sold out
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Submitted at 2/8/2011 11:01:56 AM

Square Garden on Dec. 15 and suggested that Garnett "needs to Submitted at 2/8/2011 9:45:29 AM calm the [expletive] down." Updated: February 8, 2011, 10:45 Suns coach Alvin Gentry went on AM ET By Chris Forsberg the radio last week and suggested ESPNBoston.com he's lost respect for Garnett due to Archive his antics, which included tapping CHARLOTTE -- With Spike Lee Channing Frye below the belt as the latest to call out Kevin Garnett he released a 3-pointer (Garnett for his on-court behavior, joining was ejected in the ensuing dusta line that grows deeper each day up). Lakers coach Phil Jackson with opposing coaches, players jabbed Garnett about the low and a slew of national pundits, blow soon after. Celtics coach Doc Rivers jumped Rivers said he was unaware of to the defense of his star forward Gentry's comments, but also before Monday's game against the brushed them off. Bobcats. "Actually, I didn't know Alvin "That means he's on their mind, said anything," Rivers said. "I'll that's fine by me," Rivers said. just let Alvin talk. He seems to do "Kevin does nothing wrong, he that well." plays the game the right way. I Garnett picked up his teamthink all these people that call him leading eighth technical foul of out would take him on their team the season Monday night for right now. Other than that, I could s h o v i n g C h a r l o t t e ' s G e r a l d care less about that stuff." Henderson less than a minute into Lee, a celebrity Knicks fan, told the second half. Eduardo Najera ESPNNewYork.com that Garnett t o l d r e p o r t e r s t h a t G a r n e t t cursed him out "for no reason" elbowed him in the face near the during Boston's visit to Madison end of the game, but said he told

Garnett "he hits like my grandma." Follow ESPN Boston on Facebook Check out our new page on Facebook, where we share your passion for Boston sports and provide an outlet to vent, celebrate and debate. Will you be our friend? Earlier this season, the Pistons' Charlie Villanueva accused Garnett of calling him a "cancer patient" on the court, an accusation Garnett denied. "My comment to Charlie Villanueva was in fact 'You are cancerous to your team and our league,' " Garnett said at the time. "I would never be insensitive to the brave struggle that cancer patients endure." Rivers noted that the anger directed at Garnett could be traced to Boston's success. "[The criticism] says that our team is pretty good," Rivers said. "When they were bad in Minnesota, you heard nothing. So that's all it is. Kevin's not going to

change. Kevin's a terrific player, he plays the right way. I think all coaches would love their players to play like Kevin Garnett, to be like Kevin Garnett, and act like Kevin Garnett. I don't worry about it." Earlier this season, in the wake of the Villanueva controversy, Garnett made no apologies for his style of play. "I'm a passionate player," he said. "If you don't like the way I am ... I play this way the last 15, 16 years. I leave it on the court." Chris Forsberg covers the Celtics for ESPNBoston.com. Follow Chris Forsberg on Twitter:@ESPNForsberg This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ content-only/faq.php Five Filters featured article: Collateral Damage - WikiLeaks In The Crosshairs.

Updated: February 8, 2011, 12:01 PM ET GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Giddy fans reveling in the Green Bay Packers' fourth Super Bowl title bought out all 50,000 seats to Tuesday's celebration at Lambeau Field in a matter of hours, despite forecasts that call for frigid conditions. Mike and Mike in the Morning Super Bowl XLV MVP Aaron Rodgers describes the game plan the Packers had going up against Pittsburgh, how he's matured over the last few years and what it was like to be on the field as a Super Bowl winner. More Podcasts » Tickets to the "Return to Titletown" event went on sale Monday morning for $5 each and were sold out by that evening, team spokesman Aaron Popkey GREEN page 71

Dragon Age 2 preview: A shot of adrenaline
David Hinkle (Joystiq)

statement shouldn't come as much of a shock -- all of the marketing materials and crunchy riffs have " W h a t w e w a n t e d t o d o , said as much. But fans of fundamentally, is take Dragon BioWare's successful 2009 RPG A g e : O r i g i n s a n d g i v e t h e shouldn't fear a repeat of Prince of franchise a shot of adrenaline." Persia: Warrior Within. T he Lead designer Mike Laidlaw's aesthetics have changed, the
Submitted at 2/8/2011 1:00:00 PM

operates beneath the surface. Gallery: Dragon Age 2 (2/8/ 2011) Continue reading Dragon Age 2 preview: A shot of adrenaline Dragon Age 2 preview: A shot of battles system has been altered, adrenaline originally appeared on but a familiar formula still Joystiq on Tue, 08 Feb 2011

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said. Tickets were selling on the online ticket sales site StubHub on Tuesday for as much as $140. The celebration figured to be an icy one. Forecasts for the Green Bay area on Tuesday called for a high of 10 degrees and subzero wind chills. It didn't matter to the Packers faithful, who began showing up at the stadium hours before the Tuesday event began. Don Jobe, 24, of Appleton, and three of his friends were in the Lambeau parking lot by 9:45 a.m., braving 3-degree temperatures and a negative 14-degree wind chill to tailgate. "That's what true Packer fans do," Jobe said as he struggled in the cold to light the group's grill. "You only win the Super Bowl so often." Jobe's friend, 21-year-old Stephanie Tipler, said the group wanted to get to Lambeau by 7 a.m., but that she talked them into holding off until 9 a.m. Packed in the group's trunk were

brats, beer and cupcakes. "Typical Wisconsin cuisine," Tipler said. The cold didn't bother Ken Hampp, 23, of Appleton, as he sipped a Budweiser. "The weather's fine. I can barely feel it," he said. "That's my favorite thing about winter. You can just stick your beer in the snow." Green Bay has been in the throes of a non-stop party since the Packers defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-25 in Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, Sunday night. Thousands of fans surged into the city's downtown streets Sunday as green-and-gold fireworks exploded overhead. On Monday, fans packed city sidewalks to cheer on the team's returning motorcade. Schools let out early and people skipped work so they could see the team as it traveled from Austin Straubel International Airport to Lambeau Field along a

route that included Lombardi Avenue, named in honor of the legendary Packers coach Vince Lombardi. Some fans milled around the stadium's atrium and lined up for tours of the stadium, while others just stood in the parking lot and screamed in jubilation. The stadium's pro shop was so packed with customers snatching up Super Bowl team gear that officials made shoppers stand in line to get in. Fans across the atrium shouted "Go Pack Go!" Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ content-only/faq.php Five Filters featured article: Collateral Damage - WikiLeaks In The Crosshairs.

Report: Hudson Entertainment shut down
JC Fletcher (Joystiq)
Submitted at 2/8/2011 1:50:00 PM

A blog post by Hudson Entertainment brand manager Morgan Haro reveals that Hudson Entertainment, the Californiabased American arm of Japan's Hudson Soft, is closing down. "It was revealed today," Haro said in the post, "that all of Hudson's previously planned projects have been canceled and that our office will be closing it's doors at the end of February." Hudson Entertainment has been active since 2003; prior to that, "Hudson Soft USA" published games from 1988 through 1995. The closing is a result of Konami's full acquisition of Hudson Soft, after which Haro speculates "there apparently won't be any need for the talents within the San Mateo offices of Hudson Entertainment." Haro also

speculated that the difficulty of finding an audience for Japanese games in the west, and the proliferation of both giant publishers and indies, as recent problems for Hudson. "You're either a hit, or an indie developer looking to be a hit." Hudson's most recent American release was Lost in Shadow on Wii. Report: Hudson Entertainment shut down originally appeared on Joystiq on Tue, 08 Feb 2011 13:50:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| Email this| Comments

Baked Beans in Tomato Sauce
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White beans are so versatile. We usually have several cans ready to go and at least a pound or two of dried beans in the pantry. This is

a simple baked bean dish, with the beans first cooked in simmering water and then baked in a tomato sauce, flavored with bacon and sage, sweetened with honey, and spiced up with some chile flakes. place of the bacon, or rosemary You could also use pancetta in

instead of sage. If you swap out molasses for the honey you'll have something a lot closer to Boston baked beans. Continue reading "Baked Beans in Tomato Sauce" »

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Time to Turn Off National Anthem Before Sports Events
Kevin Blackistone (FanHouse Main)
Submitted at 2/8/2011 9:11:00 AM

Why I feel good about staying with RSS
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Submitted at 2/8/2011 11:20:00 AM

Filed under: NFL On Capitol Hill one June day in 1955, moments after what was dubbed as a premiere of The Pledge of Allegiance set to music, House members in attendance and gallery spectators looking on engaged in a rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner." It wasn't planned for our national lawmakers to sing the United States' anthem that day. It never is. Sports, however, have and continue to do ritualize it with barely a shred of relevance. It was, no doubt, Christina Aguilera's fault that she flubbed the National Anthem's lyrics at the Super Bowl on Sunday. But if our lawmakers don't sing it every day to begin the country's business, spectators of a mere

sporting event shouldn't be forced to sit through it, either, especially during the time we are living through right now. There are, after all, a lot of people out there who argue that they don't want politics to have anything to do with sports. They accuse coaches, athletes and media of disrespecting service

men and women in battle by using war metaphors to describe how touchdowns are scored, comefrom-behind victories are achieved and adversity is fought through to win a game. Yet, those same people don't see a contradiction at rising to their feet at every sporting event to mouth (a 2004 Harris Interactive poll showed most U.S. citizens don't know the National Anthem's lyrics) words that came to Francis Scott Key as he watched U.S. soldiers at Baltimore's Fort McHenry raise a huge American flag to celebrate surviving bombardment from British forces during the War of 1812. Instead, they hoot and holler, sometimes with an American banner turned into a bandana on their heads, when military jets swoop overhead as the color guard prepares to relinquish the field of play to the opposing sports teams.

I feel good about staying with RSS. It's a good gateway. I realized that this morning when I finished a user-facing feature that builds on TwitterFeed. Why should I worry about how to connect to Twitter. It's become a chore to keep up with their APIs and various conceptual complexities. Let the TwitterFeed guys do that. I can leverage all their work by simply outputting RSS. If you want a 140-character limit, then don't use more than 140 characters. If you find it ridiculously confining (try to have a "discussion" about any real subject in 140-char chunks and you realize it's hopeless) then write at the length that works for you. If people don't want to read your ramblings, they won't read them. You learn how to make your ideas persuasive, and gauge the interest of the people you're talking to. I feel comfortable rambling here a bit, because my readers are highly intelligent and are receptive to new ideas. And you

guys are accustomed to me rambling. It's remarkable how things always come back to the tried-and -true ideas. Does this sound a lot like Dogma 2000 to you? It does to me. Something else that's really cool about TwitterFeed. I store my stuff where I want to and then tell them where I put it. This is so much more rational that the other approach, where I give my stuff to a website and they decide how I can access it. And of course they can change the rules anytime. See how much better the RSS approach works. PS: This was inspired by a post on Joe Moon's blog.

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In Controversial Move, Michael Fed Judge Vacancies at Vick Receives Key to City of Dallas Crisis Level
Jimmy Hascup (FanHouse Main)
Submitted at 2/8/2011 8:58:00 AM

(Newsmax - Inside Cover)
Submitted at 2/8/2011 6:08:22 AM

Filed under: Eagles, NFL Quarterbacks Michael Vick hasn't played for the Dallas Cowboys, nor was he a part of Super Bowl XLV, which was held at Cowboys Stadium. He is not a celebrity in the area, nor is he a foreign dignitary. Less than four years ago, Vick was convicted of a felony related to a dogfighting ring and served 19 months in jail. This past season, he led the Philadelphia Eagles to the playoffs and defeated their hated rivals, the Cowboys, in his only regularseason start against them. Yet on Saturday, Feb. 5, also the day the 30-year-old QB was named the NFL Comeback Player of the Year, Vick was given a key to the city of Dallas by Dallas mayor pro tem Dwaine Caraway - a gesture that has caused quite a stir across Dallas and among animal activists.

What was the basis of Caraway's honor to Vick? "The message and the kids are far greater than all this response about, 'Why give him the key to the city?'" Caraway told ESPNDallas. "He is telling kids and exchanging with them the rights and wrongs of the things that he did and encouraging kids to further their education and to not deal with the drugs. To obey

their parents and pick the people they hang around. "That's a message I would challenge anybody to say that not one kid across America shouldn't hear from people in notoriety such as Michael Vick." Still, it's a gesture that has animal activists and the city of Dallas abuzz.

Tuesday, 08 Feb 2011 12:08 PM By Henry J. Reske Vacancies in the federal judiciary have risen dramatically since President Barack Obama took office two years ago and are now at crisis levels. Judicial retirements coupled with delays in confirming new judges have led to dramatic workload increases and even delayed trials, The Washington Post reported. Three judges in Tucson, Ariz., are handing 1,200 cases each, and three of four authorized positions in a federal district in Illinois are vacant. Chief Judge Michael McCuskey is traveling 90 miles between Urbana and Springfield and relying on two retired judges, both 81, to take up the slack. "I had a heart attack six years ago, and my cardiologist told me recently, 'You need to reduce your stress.' I told him only the U.S. Senate can reduce my stress,'' he told the Post. There are delays of up to three years on the civil docket that handles such things as civil rights cases and business disputes. The 9th Circuit in California has spent $250,000 to fly judges to the island of Saipan in the U.S. territory of the Northern Mariana Islands because the areas only

judge retired a year ago, the Post said. Of 857 federal judgeships, 101 are vacant, with 46 of those classified as judicial emergencies. There were 54 vacancies when Obama took office in 2009. Blame for the numbers fall on GOP delaying tactics, a slow pace of nominations, and a poor confirmation system. The crisis has pushed Republicans and the White House to work together, and the Senate approved three nominees on Monday, with another eight expected soon, the Post reported. © Newsmax. All rights reserved. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ content-only/faq.php Five Filters featured article: Collateral Damage - WikiLeaks In The Crosshairs.

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Florida's Scott Sends Shockwaves with $5B in Budget Cuts
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create a single job nor spur our economy forward; instead it takes Submitted at 2/8/2011 6:19:45 AM us further into the economic Tuesday, 08 Feb 2011 12:19 PM ditch," Florida Democratic Party Florida's Tea Party-backed Chairman Rod Smith said in a Governor Rick Scott proposed statement. cutting more than $5 billion from But Florida is not alone in state spending Monday while also contemplating large spending cuts slashing taxes as he laid out his to offset revenues only slowly first budget proposal aimed at recovering from recession and the closing a deficit of nearly $4 winding down of $150 billion of billion. federal assistance to states from The Republican, a former 2 0 0 9 ' s e c o n o m i c s t i m u l u s healthcare executive, proposed p r o g r a m . saving nearly $4 billion over two According to the Center on years by reforming Medicaid, the Budget and Policy Priorities think health insurance program for poor t a n k , n e a r l y a l l s t a t e s a r e people. considering spending less in fiscal He also saw savings of $2.8 2012 than they did in 2008. That billion over two years through an was the last year before recession overhaul of Florida's relatively devastated revenues. healthy state pension system. TEA PARTY EVENT Scott also proposed cutting taxes Not only have states not returned by more than $4 billion over two to their pre-recession fiscal health, years. This would include a roll- but total proposed spending for back of corporate income taxes fiscal 2012 could be more than 10 from 5 percent to 3.5 percent and percent below 2008 inflationreductions in property taxes. adjusted levels, the CBPP said in Critics of the budget plan from a report last week. S c o t t , w h o w a s e l e c t e d i n Twenty-four states project lower November on a pledge to create revenues in fiscal 2012 than they 700,000 jobs in seven years, said had in fiscal 2008, according to i t w o u l d c u t n e a r l y 9 , 0 0 0 CBPP data. positions from state payrolls and Governors and other leaders in slash billions of dollars from New York, California, Texas and spending on education. other states are eyeing deep cuts "This budget from the governor is in spending in education and a frontal assault on the quality of healthcare and very few, if any, life of every Floridian and will not increases in taxes as ways to

balance budgets. The finances of Florida, the fourth-largest U.S. state, are less distressed than many others faced with fiscal crises that roiled the traditionally stable U.S. municipal bond market. But Florida is an epicenter of the continuing U.S. mortgage crisis and it is struggling with record high unemployment, as it seeks to trim budget gaps amid dwindling revenues. Seeking to remain true to the Tea Party movement that advocates smaller government, Scott unveiled his budget to about 1,000 Tea Party activists in Eustis, about 200 miles outside the state capital, Tallahassee, where the state legislature will have to approve his proposed budget. The event took on a carnival atmosphere as hawkers sold Tshirts, buttons and hats with themes such as "Don't Tread on Me" and "Friends Don't Let Friends Vote Democrat." Scott said he can squeeze $600 million from reviewing and renegotiating contracts while trimming $400 million by shifting more Medicaid patients to managed care and $500 million by making changes to juvenile justice and state prison programs. Scott's budget proposal has Florida spending just under $66 billion in fiscal 2012 starting July

1 and $63.3 billion in fiscal 2013. The current fiscal 2011 budget totals $70 billion, including about $23 billion of general revenue spending, and was helped by federal stimulus funds that are running out. Florida's unemployment rate in December remained at 12 percent, compared to an adjusted national figure in December of 9.4 percent, and requires high spending on jobless benefits while hurting sales taxes and other government revenues. Leaders of the legislature agree government needs to reduce taxes and regulation. But they point to Florida's forecast $3.6 billion budget hole and the tail-off of federal funds and say now may not be the time to provide tax cuts to businesses. (Additional reporting by Barbara Liston in Eustis and Michael Connor in Miami; Editing by Tom Brown and Eric Walsh) © 2010 Thomson/Reuters. All rights reserved. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ content-only/faq.php Five Filters featured article: Collateral Damage - WikiLeaks In The Crosshairs.

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My Farewell* Post to Politics Daily Readers
Matt Lewis (Politics Daily)
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authored an article or two for her site (on tech issues) over the years. This is all to say that I have Columnist For the last couple of no personal issue with Ms. years, I have been honored and Huffington, and that I am not a privileged to be a part of the "Huff-hater." superb Politics Daily team. It is However, writing a guest post is with some reluctance that I different from working for announce my imminent departure someone, and it occurs to me that from PD for The Daily Caller. AOL has vastly underestimated PD remains a unique place on the the public perception (I would Web, where diverse and often argue the accurate impression) nuanced opinions are welcomed that Huffington is a far-left and encouraged -- and where civil liberal. debate over incredibly serious Obviously, I am more than happy (and occasionally trivial) political to write for a mainstream news ideas and news takes place on a outlet where differing opinions daily basis. are allowed to flourish, but I am But while I have loved my tenure less comfortable with the notion at PD, recent news that AOL had of being permanently affiliated acquired The Huffington Post -- with an overtly left-of-center and that Arianna Huffington (sometimes activist) outlet. would become editor in chief of As a conservative (albeit, an many AOL sites -- alarmed me. admittedly iconoclastic one), it is I've met Ms. Huffington exactly vital that I maintain the freedom once -- on the set of "Nightline's" to call them like I see them. election night coverage. She could Other conservatives or n o t h a v e b e e n k i n d e r . libertarians might make a A d d i t i o n a l l y , I h a v e e v e n different call, and I would not

disparage them for doing so. I am incredibly blessed to be joining a terrific organization in The Daily Caller. I look forward to learning from it's founder and editor in chief, Tucker Carlson, and working alongside the terrific team he has assembled. The Daily Caller and Tucker Carlson personify iconoclastic conservatism, and so I am hopeful I will quickly fit in. You might be wondering why I'm telling you this now. The plan -as of now -- is for me to remain here at PD for a couple of weeks before officially moving on in March. But rather than writing my farewell post on my last day (as is typically how such matters are handled), I wanted to write about this today. (That may make this a bit premature, but it is because of you-- the readers -- that all of us here have the honor of writing about politics, and therefore you deserve to know.) I will miss PD, and I am forever indebted to the entire PD team --

especially Editor in Chief Melinda Henneberger and Executive Editor Carl Cannon. These are incredibly kind, smart, and classy folks, and it has been an honor to work for them and to learn from them. As someone who began as a blogger (not a reporter), it has been incredibly rewarding to work alongside some of the top journalists in America, and to learn from people with such journalistic credibility and writing chops. To paraphrase and conflate a couple of recent farewells: Good night and good luck. I'm taking my talents to South Beach! This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ content-only/faq.php Five Filters featured article: Collateral Damage - WikiLeaks In The Crosshairs.

Obama Sends Religious Freedom Nominee Back to Senate Despite Concerns
David Gibson (Politics Daily)
Submitted at 2/8/2011 12:05:00 PM

Religion Reporter President Obama has re-nominated a New York pastor and motivational speaker, Suzan Johnson Cook, also known as "Dr. Sujay," to be his ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom despite widespread concerns about her qualifications for the post and a Senate "hold" that halted her confirmation last year. Obama waited until last June to fill a post that had already been OBAMA page 76

Alex Wagner on MSNBC: Parsing Sarah Palin on Egypt and the Presidency
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Submitted at 2/8/2011 10:35:00 AM

Production Team Politics Daily White House Correspondent Alex Wagner appeared on MSNBC's "The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell" to discuss Sarah Palin's recent remarks on the

Egypt crisis and foreign policy as well as her criticisms of the Obama White House. Click play below to watch the segment. In an effort to encourage the same level of civil dialogue among Politics Daily’s readers that we expect of our writers – a “civilogue,” to use the term coined by PD’s Jeffrey

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low on the diplomatic pecking order despite the critical importance of the issue, as recent events in Egypt and the rest of the Muslim world have shown. And Johnson Cook, a Baptist pastor from the Bronx, was from the start cast as too much of a lightweight for such a job: She has been a chaplain to the New York City Police Department, has written books of spiritual uplift, and was described in a 2002 New York Times story as "Billy Graham and Oprah rolled into one." That wasn't what Sen. Jim DeMint, the conservative South Carolina Republican, was looking for in the nation's chief promoter of religious freedom overseas, and he reportedly put a hold on her nomination, which then expired over the Christmas recess. But it didn't seem there was a lot of enthusiasm for Cook anywhere else, either. Her November confirmation hearing was perfunctory -- she was asked one question, and Sen. John Kerry, chair of the Foreign Relations Committee vetting her, wasn't

present. Obama did not include Johnson Cook among his recess appointments in early January, and some advocates for religious freedom rights tried to use that opening to drum up support for an alternative before Obama renominated her. Thomas F. Farr, a former diplomat who heads the Religious Freedom Project at Georgetown's Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs, sent out an e-mail appeal in late January asking activists to lobby the White House to find a nominee with a stronger resume. "There is, it seems to me, good reason to be alarmed by the administration's utter indifference to reinvigorating US international religious freedom policy," Farr wrote. An influential and experienced voice in that post was necessary "to address more effectively, for example, the increasing persecution of Christians in the Middle East, or the continued growth of Islamist extremism." Farr wrote that if no pressure

were forthcoming, Johnson Cook would likely be re-nominated and the issue would continue to take a back seat. That seems to be what happened, as Farr had predicted: "Bottom line: there is virtually no pressure -- public or private -- for the White House, the State Department, or the Democratcontrolled Senate to treat US religious freedom policy with any seriousness." Filed Under: Senate, Republicans, Religion, Foreign Policy, Obama Administration, National Security, Disputations, Conservatives, Middle East, White House, Barack Obama, Islam, Human Rights This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ content-only/faq.php Five Filters featured article: Collateral Damage - WikiLeaks In The Crosshairs.

On Those “Draconian” Spending Cuts
Brandon Stewart (The Foundry: Conservative Policy News.)

and The National Debt Road Trip videos, has created another new video which puts this hysteria into Submitted at 2/8/2011 11:00:31 AM perspective. L a s t w e e k , H o u s e B u d g e t But while we can be assured that Committee Chair Paul Ryan (R- this and all efforts to curb WI) outlined $58 billion in non- government’s growth will be met security domestic spending cuts. by fierce opposition, that should Within hours, Senator Harry Reid not discourage legislators from (D-NV) attacked the proposal moving forward. As we noted last calling it “unworkable” and “even week, much more spending more draconian than we originally reductions and fundamental anticipated.” But these outcries e n t i t l e m e n t r e f o r m w i l l b e w e r e h a r d l y u n e x p e c t e d necessary for our country to c o n s i d e r i n g W a s h i n g t o n ’ s regain its fiscal health. spending addiction. As National This entry passed through the Review’s Rich Lowry commented Full-Text RSS service — if this is in his column this morning, your content and you're reading it “ T h e r e i s a c o m p l i c a t e d on someone else's site, please read mathematical symbol practically our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ u n k n o w n t o t h e H o u s e content-only/faq.php Appropriations Committee. It’s Five Filters featured article: called the minus sign.” Collateral Damage - WikiLeaks In In response to these outcries, The Crosshairs. Matthias Shapiro, the creator of Obama Budget Cuts Visualization

Romans 7:24-25 (02-08-11)
(Verse of the Day)

While marred by sin and death, human beings are still created in God's image and fashioned in our What a wretched man I am! Who mother's womb by his Sovereign will rescue me from this body of care. But we bump up against the death? Thanks be to God -- hard reality of our weakness and through Jesus Christ our Lord! failure. We cannot be like God in — R o m a n s 7 : 2 4 - 2 5 ( N I V ) his most defining attribute, Thoughts on Today's Verse... holiness. We sin. We rebel. We
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fail. We do what we know we should not do. We neglect the important matters of God's will and nitpick at nothing. With our words, we hurt and injure those we love. Who can save us from these bitter and limiting realities that we find in ourselves? Praise and hallelujahs go to Jesus when

we trust him as our Messiah and Lord, since he can then save us from these evils and make us ready to live a life of blessing to others and to God. My Prayer... Worthy of praise and honor are you God Most High. You are mighty, holy, and beyond compare. You have also chosen to

be loving, generous, merciful, forgiving, and tender with us, your children. Thank you for being God, just the way you have chosen to reveal yourself to us as God. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

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Sex in the Digital Age
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| Print Article| Email to Friend Hey, in this high-tech age, who's not guilty of playing with your favorite gadget almost as much as you play with your girl? To discern just how couples are handling the invasion of gizmos in the bedroom, we partnered with our sister mag Shape to poll more than 1,200 men and women, asking them about sex in the digital age. • 58 percent of guys think they'll score with a woman quicker if they can stay constantly connected. Almost 80 percent of women agree that technology creates intimacy faster, but of those, only 38 percent are sleeping with guys sooner. • • 35 percent of women feel that being continually hooked up to the world makes the time they spend with the man in their life less intimate. • • 9 in 10 guys admit to dry spells and going without sex for at least a week in the last year. •

If you're into high-end audio gear and especially custom solutions, • 6 in 10 can go that long without your ex? There's a 39 percent shot you've probably heard of a checking their Facebook page it'll P.O. your current girl.) company called Westone. In Related articles: • • operation since 1959, the firm has • 43 percent of women have been • Sexy texting is still the rage. 70 Make Her Orgasm decades of experience crafting inbroken up with via a text, but only percent of women have "sexted" Cyber Sex Decrypted ear headphones and audio gear, 27 percent of guys have gotten the with their lover. More than two- Have "Vacation" Sex (At Home) and it doesn't look like they're digital brush off. thirds admit to sending their lucky [on Facebook, Digg, Reddit and stopping any time soon. We had a more] • man scandalous photos. chance to get our ears molded This entry passed through the • Texting is the number one mode • back at CES so we could check lovers use to stay in touch today. • 63 percent of guys hop online Full-Text RSS service — if this is out the company's top-of-the-line Guys use it 39 percent more often and do some recon before taking a your content and you're reading it model, the ES5, and now we've than calling, while women use it woman out. 70 percent of women on someone else's site, please read had some proper time to put them our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ 150 percent as often. report doing the exact same. through the paces and see whether content-only/faq.php • • they live up to the hype -- head • 7 in 10 women admit to • 31 percent of women are OK Five Filters featured article: past the break for the nitty gritty. checking out their guy's ex on with being asked out via a text. Collateral Damage - WikiLeaks In Gallery: Westone ES5 custom inFacebook. (Still 'friends' with However, 65 percent would prefer The Crosshairs. ear monitors Continue reading Westone ES5 custom in-ear monitors review Westone ES5 custom in-ear monitors review originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 08 Feb 2011 13:53:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| | Email this| Comments

you picked up the phone and call. • • Women are more likely than men to snoop. Of the women we polled, 49 percent have checked their lover's computer history, and 76 percent go through the inbox if it's "accidentally" left open. • • 66 percent of women consider sex room chatting to be cheating—so think before you enter. • • 39 percent of women would rather give up sex for a year than part with their cell phones. •

Westone ES5 custom in-ear monitors review
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Stuffed Peppers with Braised Potatoes
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Nutritional Breakdown Per serving Calories: 318 | Print Article| Email to Friend Protein: 7 g Ingredients Carbs: 61 g Fat: 7 g • 4 large red or yellow bell Fiber: 6 g peppers Serves 4 • 1 tbsp olive oil Want More Protein? • 1 onion, finely chopped Mix a bit of lean, browned • 2 garlic cloves, finely diced hamburger or ground turkey into • 2 tomatoes, chopped the rice mixture before stuffing • 2 tbsp golden raisins the peppers. You can also use • 1 tbsp toasted pine nuts diced chicken or a bit of your • 1 tbsp chopped fresh mint favorite shredded cheese. • 1 cup long-grain brown rice Related: • 1 lb new potatoes, sliced More Healthy Recipes • 1/2 cup tomato sauce [on Facebook, Digg, Reddit and tomatoes, golden raisins, pine the peppers, drizzle with a little more] How to Make It nuts, and mint and cook for olive oil, and then pour the tomato This entry passed through the 1.) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. another 5 minutes. Stir in the rice. sauce over them, coating evenly. Full-Text RSS service — if this is Slice a third of the top of each 3.) Fill the peppers with the rice 4.) Bake, uncovered, for about 45 your content and you're reading it pepper then scoop out the seeds mix—do not overfill, as the rice minutes, checking when nearly on someone else's site, please read and inner pith. Trash the innards. will expand when cooking. done to make sure the peppers our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ Save the tops to replace later. 2.) Replace the pepper tops and set aren't burning or collapsing. Serve content-only/faq.php Heat the olive oil in a frying pan, the peppers on a baking sheet. hot, or at room temperature, with Five Filters featured article: add the onion and garlic, and cook Collateral Damage - WikiLeaks In Scatter the potato slices around a salad. gently for 10 minutes. Add the The Crosshairs.
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The Economy and National Security
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If we don’t get our economic house in order, we risk a new era of multi-polarity. T oday, economic and fiscal trends pose the most severe longterm threat to the United States’ position as global leader. While the United States suffers from fiscal imbalances and low economic growth, the economies of rival powers are developing rapidly. The continuation of these two trends could lead to a shift from American primacy toward a multi-polar global system, leading in turn to increased geopolitical rivalry and even war among the great powers. The current recession is the result of a deep financial crisis, not a ECONOMY page 79

Dell promises a 10-inch Windows 7 tablet later this year
Joanna Stern (Engadget)
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We've got very little information here, but Dell's just announced that it's planning to bring a 10inch Windows 7 tablet to market later this year. According to the press release, it will be aimed at commercial and enterprise markets. Sound familiar? Yep, it

sounds like a HP Slate in the making, but let's hope this one is faster and sticks to its shipping schedule. We've got no other details for now, but we're hoping to dig up more at the"Dell Means Business" event, which should be starting any moment now. Stay tuned... Note: The pictures above were pulled from a Dell PowerPoint

about the Win 7 tablet (full picture of the lovely slide after the break) -- we're assuming that's

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mere fluctuation in the business cycle. Recovery is likely to be protracted. The crisis was preceded by the buildup over two decades of enormous amounts of debt throughout the U.S. economy -- ultimately totaling almost 350 percent of GDP -- and the development of credit-fueled asset bubbles, particularly in the housing sector. When the bubbles burst, huge amounts of wealth were destroyed, and unemployment rose to over 10 percent. The decline of tax revenues and massive countercyclical spending put the U.S. government on an unsustainable fiscal path. Publicly held national debt rose from 38 to over 60 percent of GDP in three years. #ad#Without faster economic growth and actions to reduce deficits, publicly held national debt is projected to reach dangerous proportions. If interest rates were to rise significantly, annual interest payments -- which already are larger than the defense budget -- would crowd out other spending or require substantial tax increases that would undercut economic growth. Even worse, if unanticipated events trigger what economists call a “sudden stop” in credit markets for U.S. debt, the United States would be unable to roll over its outstanding obligations, precipitating a sovereign-debt crisis that would almost certainly compel a radical retrenchment of the United States internationally. Such scenarios would reshape the

international order. It was the economic devastation of Britain and France during World War II, as well as the rise of other powers, that led both countries to relinquish their empires. In the late 1960s, British leaders concluded that they lacked the economic capacity to maintain a presence “east of Suez.” Soviet economic weakness, which crystallized under Gorbachev, contributed to their decisions to withdraw from Afghanistan, abandon Communist regimes in Eastern Europe, and allow the Soviet Union to fragment. If the U.S. debt problem goes critical, the United States would be compelled to retrench, reducing its military spending and shedding international commitments. We face this domestic challenge while other major powers are experiencing rapid economic growth. Even though countries such as China, India, and Brazil have profound political, social, demographic, and economic problems, their economies are growing faster than ours, and this could alter the global distribution of power. These trends could in the long term produce a multipolar world. If U.S. policymakers fail to act and other powers continue to grow, it is not a question of whether but when a new international order will emerge. The closing of the gap between the United States and its rivals could intensify geopolitical competition among major powers, increase incentives for local powers to play major powers

against one another, and undercut our will to preclude or respond to international crises because of the higher risk of escalation. The stakes are high. In modern history, the longest period of peace among the great powers has been the era of U.S. leadership. By contrast, multi-polar systems have been unstable, with their competitive dynamics resulting in frequent crises and major wars among the great powers. Failures of multi-polar international systems produced both world wars. #page#American retrenchment could have devastating consequences. Without an American security blanket, regional powers could rearm in an attempt to balance against emerging threats. Under this scenario, there would be a heightened possibility of arms races, miscalculation, or other crises spiraling into all-out conflict. Alternatively, in seeking to accommodate the stronger powers, weaker powers may shift their geopolitical posture away from the United States. Either way, hostile states would be emboldened to make aggressive moves in their regions. As rival powers rise, Asia in particular is likely to emerge as a zone of great-power competition. Beijing’s economic rise has enabled a dramatic military buildup focused on acquisitions of naval, cruise, and ballistic missiles, long-range stealth aircraft, and anti-satellite capabilities. China’s strategic

modernization is aimed, ultimately, at denying the United States access to the seas around China. Even as cooperative economic ties in the region have grown, China’s expansive territorial claims -- and provocative statements and actions following crises in Korea and incidents at sea -- have roiled its relations with South Korea, Japan, India, and Southeast Asian states. Still, the United States is the most significant barrier facing Chinese hegemony and aggression. #ad#Given the risks, the United States must focus on restoring its economic and fiscal condition while checking and managing the rise of potential adversarial regional powers such as China. While we face significant challenges, the U.S. economy still accounts for over 20 percent of the world’s GDP. American institutions -- particularly those providing enforceable rule of law -- set it apart from all the rising powers. Social cohesion underwrites political stability. U.S. demographic trends are healthier than those of any other developed country. A culture of innovation, excellent institutions of higher education, and a vital sector of small and medium-sized enterprises propel the U.S. economy in ways difficult to quantify. Historically, Americans have responded pragmatically, and sometimes through trial and error, to work our way through the kind of crisis that we face today.

The policy question is how to enhance economic growth and employment while cutting discretionary spending in the near term and curbing the growth of entitlement spending in the out years. Republican members of Congress have outlined a plan. Several think tanks and commissions, including President Obama’s debt commission, have done so as well. Some consensus exists on measures to pare back the recent increases in domestic spending, restrain future growth in defense spending, and reform the tax code (by reducing tax expenditures while lowering individual and corporate rates). These are promising options. The key remaining question is whether the president and leaders of both parties on Capitol Hill have the will to act and the skill to fashion bipartisan solutions. Whether we take the needed actions is a choice, however difficult it might be. It is clearly within our capacity to put our economy on a better trajectory. In garnering political support for cutbacks, the president and members of Congress should point not only to the domestic consequences of inaction -- but also to the geopolitical implications. As the United States gets its economic and fiscal house in order, it should take steps to prevent a flare-up in Asia. The United States can do so by signaling that its domestic ECONOMY page 83

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Are Health-Care Waivers Unconstitutional?
and unions get waivers, or can individuals also get them? For The president cannot simply example, if a family physician decide who does and does not feels financial pressure under the have to follow the law. health-care law to fire one of his T he constitutional dispute over employees, will he get a waiver to the health-care law has thus far avoid adding to unemployment? centered on the lawfulness of the Indeed, can even a small statute itself -- most dramatically corporation get a waiver? Small when, last week in Florida, a businesses provide most new jobs, federal judge held the act to be b u t t h e a n s w e r i s o b v i o u s : void. Waiting in the wings, Waivers are mostly, if not however, is another constitutional entirely, for politically significant question, one concerning not the businesses and unions that get the statute, but waivers from it. special attention of HHS or the The Department of Health and White House. The rest of us must Human Services has granted 733 obey the laws. waivers from one of the statute’s As it happens, waivers have a key requirements. The recipients history. In the Middle Ages, the of the waivers include insurers pope granted waivers, known as such as Oxford Health Insurance, dispensations, and English kings labor organizations such as the soon followed suit. Technically, Service Employees International these grants relied on what were Union, and employers such as called “ non obstante clauses” -PepsiCo. This is disturbing for c l a u s e s i n w h i c h t h e k i n g many reasons. At the very least, it specified that, notwithstanding a suggests the impracticability of particular law, the recipient of the the health-care law; HHS gave the grant could do as he pleased. waivers because it fears the law Supplementing this dispensing will cost many Americans their power was the suspending power. jobs and insurance. Whereas a dispensation waived #ad#More seriously, it raises compliance with a statute for a questions about whether we live p a r t i c u l a r i n d i v i d u a l o r under a government of laws. corporation, a suspension waived Congress can pass statutes that compliance for everyone. apply to some businesses and not The underlying justification was others, but once a law has passed - that the king had absolute power - and therefore is binding -- how - a power above the law -- and can the executive branch relieve this caused consternation. Men s o m e A m e r i c a n s o f t h e i r had speculated about God’s power obligation to obey it? to perform miracles or otherwise The dangers of inequity are act above His own laws, and it obvious. Will only corporations was troubling enough that the
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pope, in imitation of God, excused individuals from canon law; but it was even more immediately worrisome that the king now was dispensing with statutes and sometimes suspending them, for this suggested that he had power above the law of the land. Recognizing the danger, the chronicler Matthew Paris in 1251 lamented the introduction of dispensing grants in England. These clauses, he complained, amounted to saying, “Notwithstanding any old liberty, the matter shall proceed.” This sort of provision allegedly provoked a judge -- Roger de Thurkeby -- to sigh, “Alas! Alas!#...#The civil court is now tainted by the example of the ecclesiastical one, and by the sulphurous spring the whole river is poisoned.” By the late 17th century, Parliament restricted the suspending and dispensing powers. English kings used the suspending and especially the dispensing power for theoretically good purposes, such as to ensure religious toleration. In acting above the law, however, and thereby freeing others from the law, these monarchs revealed the danger of the suspending and dispensing powers. #page#After the Revolution of 1688, in the English Declaration of Rights, Parliament declared the royal exercise of either power to be illegal, except where

authorized by statute. As a result, what nowadays are called “waivers” were lawful only by legislative delegation. Americans went even farther: In their state constitutions, they followed the English pattern of recognizing legislative delegation of the power to suspend laws, but they entirely rejected the dispensing power. The suspending power seemed to be a specialized, temporary type of legislation, and its legislative character was so widely accepted that when state constitutions established their legislatures, they did not have to spell out that the legislative power included a power to suspend. Instead, the state constitutions merely provided that the suspending power should never be exercised except by the legislature or under its authority -- the goal being to leave room for legislative delegation of the suspending power to the executive. #ad#Constitutions, however, could take different paths. Although the U.S. Constitution followed the state constitutions in simply assuming that suspension was part of the legislative power, it did nothing to authorize delegation of the suspending power to the executive. Even more strikingly, no American constitution, state or federal, allowed dispensation, let alone its delegation. Nor should this be a surprise. The power to dispense with the laws had no place in a constitution that divided

the active power of government into executive and legislative powers. The dispensing power was not a power to make laws, nor even a power to repeal laws, but rather a power to relieve individuals of their obligation under a law that remained in effect. It thus was a power exercised not through and under the law, but above it. Of course, after a violation of a statute, the executive could refrain from prosecuting the offender or even pardon him. Until the legislature changed the law, however, neither the legislature nor the executive could simply tell a favored person that he was not bound by it. Waivers can be used for good purposes. But since the time of Matthew Paris, they have been recognized as a power above the law -- a power used by government to co-opt powerful constituencies by freeing them from the law. Like old English kings, the current administration is claiming such a power to decide that some people do not have to follow the law. This is dangerous, above the law, and unauthorized by the Constitution. --- Philip Hamburger is the Maurice and Hilda Friedman Professor of Law at Columbia Law School. Philip Hamburger

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Egypt: a Foreign Policy Failure
Stephen Brown (FrontPage Magazine » FrontPage)
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As predicted, President Barack Obama’s attempt last week to oust Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak from power failed miserably after he ran into a steel wall of opposition from the Egyptian president and his generals. Ignoring the pressure to resign, Mubarak showed Obama he will be the one who decides when he steps down and that he has the Egyptian military’s support in doing so. The White House’s plan to force Mubarak’s immediate departure not only exhibited an embarrassing lack of knowledge concerning Egyptian society and the danger a hasty coup would pose to Egypt’s fragile stability, but also that longtime American allies cannot rely on the Obama administration when in difficulty. This latest policy setback indicates, as has long been suspected, that in the area of foreign affairs, the Obama administration is in way over its head. Perhaps the largest misstep in the failed attempt to get Mubarak out was made by Obama himself. In an obvious misreading of the political situation and of Mubarak’s character, President Obama intervened personally in Egyptian internal affairs with a hasty, 30-minute phone call to

Mubarak last Tuesday evening after the Egyptian president said in a speech to the nation he would not seek re-election in September. The speech met with a mixed reception, but managed to garner sympathy among segments of the population, a development the White House had obviously not even considered. After last Wednesday’s violence, the pressure from the White House on Mubarak to step aside increased significantly. That day, the Egyptian army stood aside and allowed pro-Mubarak supporters to attack anti-government demonstrators. The violence was probably part of a premeditated strategy to start reducing the size of the anti-government crowds and restore order to Cairo’s streets. But the frustration with the street battles, and with Mubarak, could be sensed in White House spokesman Robert Gibbs who bluntly related to the press that Mr. Mubarak’s offer to not seek re-election in September was inadequate. “Not September. Now means now,” said Gibbs. “The conversation the president had with President Mubarak was direct…[and]…the message that the president delivered to President Mubarak was that the time for change had come.” Also on Wednesday, Obama asked American military commanders, as well as the

the demonstrations should end. Already on Monday, the army corralled the demonstrators into a smaller area on Cairo’s Tahrir Square to allow for a flow of traffic as banks reopen and the city begins to return to normal. Even before Obama’s misplaced phone call to Mubarak, however, Senator John Kerry had already said Tuesday morning in a New York Times op-ed piece that Mubarak “must accept that the stability of his country hinges on his willingness to step aside gracefully…”, indicating the direction Democratic policy was to take. But what a difference a couple of days make, especially when one is leaders of France, England and probably also feared that the trying to cover up a foreign policy Germany, “to lean hard on Egyptian leader’s rapid removal failure. On the weekend, the Egyptian army chiefs to bring would only lead to chaos, as White House began its spin that it Mubarak’s presidency to an end Mubarak himself had already n e v e r w a n t e d M u b a r a k o u t in the coming hours.” Again, the stated. (The benefit this scenario immediately. Returning from a misreading of the Egyptian would have given to the Islamist security conference in Munich, political scene’s inner workings is Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood Hillary Clinton told journalists astonishing, considering the w a s a n o t h e r f a c t o r t h e that removing Mubarak too important place this state occupies administration seemed to ignore.) h a s t i l y w o u l d t h r e a t e n t h e i n t h e A r a b w o r l d a n d a s Additionally, any high-ranking transmission to democracy. It America’s and Israel’s most officers owe their loyalty and seems to have eluded Clinton, important Arab ally. Obama’s p o s i t i o n s t o M u b a r a k , a n d however, that this chaos factor is a d v i s o r s s e e m e d t o h a v e therefore would not be prepared exactly why Mubarak told a discounted the fact that Mubarak to throw their leader under the White House emissary, Frank is a general himself with a bus. Now that he has said he Wiesner, last Monday he was not distinguished war record. And would step down in September, going to resign. although Mubarak has donned his brother officers, along with civilian clothes, he is still many ordinary Egyptians, believe regarded, and regards himself, as Mubarak should be allowed to a member of the officer corps. leave on his own time with his Besides, his fellow officers pride and dignity intact and that

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Huntsman: Weak-Kneed or Rock-Ribbed?
his way, he would have accomplished more: At the The former Utah governor’s b e g i n n i n g o f h i s t e n u r e , record is a mix of centrism and Huntsman proposed eliminating conservatism. the corporate franchise tax for J on Huntsman, the former small businesses making less than g o v e r n o r o f U t a h t u r n e d $5 million, an idea that failed to ambassador to China turned gain political traction. ( a l m o s t c e r t a i n l y ) 2 0 1 2 #ad# Health care. Huntsman p r e s i d e n t i a l c o n t e n d e r , h a s began focusing on health care in q u i c k l y b e e n l a b e l e d t h e 2005, when less than a third of “moderate” GOP candidate. But Utah businesses with 50 or fewer w h i l e h e ’ s m a d e d e c i s i o n s employees provided their staff (backing civil unions for same-sex with health insurance. In 2009 c o u p l e s , s a y i n g P r e s i d e n t Utah created a state insurance Obama’s stimulus “probably exchange for small businesses. wasn’t large enough”) sure to irk E m p l o y e r s g a v e a d e f i n e d some on the right, Huntsman has contribution, and employees were also pushed for conservative allowed to choose from an array initiatives over the years in of plans. “It’s really a model of matters ranging from taxes to defined-contribution, consumerhealth care to abortion. As the choice health-care insurance,” campaign season heats up, expect says Edmund Haislmaier, a senior to see Huntsman backers make research fellow in health-policy the case for his conservatism by s t u d i e s a t t h e H e r i t a g e highlighting his record on these F o u n d a t i o n , a d d i n g t h a t five issues: Huntsman was a “prime mover” Taxes. As governor, Huntsman in creating the exchange. Unlike decreased Utah’s income-tax rate, Mitt Romney’s Massachusetts switching from a top rate of 7 h e a l t h - c a r e p l a n , t h e U t a h percent with various deductions to program did not include an a flat rate of 5 percent with individual mandate or strive to minimal tax credits. He also provide universal coverage. It’s slashed the sales tax on non- too early to tell how the exchange prepared foods from 4.75 percent will work out -- it wasn’t fully to 1.25 percent and lowered the launched until 2010 -- but it will overall sales tax from 4.75 percent give Huntsman credibility on the to 4.65 percent. And if he’d had “replace” part of the assault on
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Obamacare. School choice. Huntsman remains the only U.S. governor to have signed a bill instituting statewide school vouchers. The legislation gave most Utah parents vouchers worth $500 to $3,000 (the amount depended on family income) per child annually to apply toward private-school tuition. Unfortunately for schoolchoice advocates, the teachers’ union launched a massive push against the law and succeeded in putting the question of vouchers on the ballot. Huntsman, who had campaigned in support of vouchers, did not actively urge support for them after the backlash began. Ultimately, over 60 percent of Utah residents voted against school vouchers. Abortion. In 2006, Huntsman signed a bill that required girls under 18 to obtain parental consent for an abortion. Three years later, he signed a trio of prolife bills that made secondtrimester abortions illegal, changed performing a late-term illegal abortion from a thirddegree felony to a second-degree felony, required abortion providers to explain to women 24 hours before the abortion the kind of pain an unborn child experiences during the procedure, and created a legal fund to which

residents could donate for the purpose of defending in the courts a state ban on abortion that is expected to be passed before 2014. Foreign policy. While Huntsman’s position as ambassador to China is his bestknown foreign posting, it’s not his only one. Under George H. W. Bush, Huntsman served as ambassador to Singapore, an appointment that made him, at 32, the youngest U.S. ambassador in a century. Huntsman also served as a deputy trade ambassador for George W. Bush, a position that included negotiations with other nations on free-trade agreements. With the 2012 field short on contenders with foreign-policy credentials, Huntsman’s international experience may prove an appealing difference to some primary voters. It remains to be seen whether Jon Huntsman can successfully be all things to all men. But if, by stressing different parts of his record, he can successfully sell himself as a moderate to centrists and a conservative to hard-liners, he could be difficult to beat. — Katrina Trinko is an NRO staff reporter. Katrina Trinko

Code Pink’s Egyptian Agenda
Rich Trzupek (FrontPage Magazine » FrontPage)
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The Left’s anti-American and anti-capitalist agenda has led its faithful to consistently support adversarial dictators and mass murderers throughout history — from Joseph Stalin to Mao Tsetung to Saddam Hussein. Today, as tensions in Egypt continue to escalate, it’s déjà vu all over again. Code Pink, that collection of self-proclaimed feminists supposedly devoted to women’s rights, peace and justice, is revealing its true nature once again. As the evidence reveals, the organization’s supposed support for democracy in Egypt is really just a thinly-veiled effort to undermine American and Israeli security interests; indeed, by lending aid and comfort to the radical Muslim terrorist groups that are exploiting turmoil in CODE page 84

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single shot that misses. Senator Paul, to his credit, argues H ouse Budget Committee that Republicans should enact a chairman Paul Ryan (R., Wisc.) full $500 billion in spending cuts has proposed a budget under this year. He should look to his which Congress would cut federal left, look to his right, and do the spending. Let us repeat that: U.S. arithmetic: Republicans remain in Rep. Paul Ryan has proposed a the minority in the Senate, Barack budget under which Congress Obama remains in the White would cut federal spending -- not House, and a piecemeal approach the rate of growth in federal to spending reform therefore has a spending, not future federal greater chance of contributing to spending at some distant date, not real success than do more radical federal spending vs. an imaginary a p p r o a c h e s . R e p r e s e n t a t i v e baseline, but actual federal Ryan’s proposal already is $74 spending. The $1.087 trillion in billion less than the president’s discretionary spending under the budget request; Republicans will current continuing resolution have a hard enough time making would be replaced by $1.055 those cuts, much less Senator trillion in the new budget, an Paul’s. actual, honest-to-God reduction in If the Paul Ryan budget is federal outlays of $32 billion. enacted, Republicans will have a #ad#Conservative budget hawks, real accomplishment off the bat: Sen. Rand Paul (R., Kent.) and They will have drawn first blood Rep. Jeff Flake (R., Ariz.) in the battle against federal fiscal prominent among them, have incontinence. They will have argued that this cut is insufficient. actually reduced discretionary It is. Further spending cuts will spending and taken the first steps have to be made and our broken on the road toward national fiscal entitlement programs will have to recovery, and they will have done be made rational. But let’s not so without compromising core underestimate the magnitude of federal responsibilities (nationalthe political challenge that task defense spending will in fact see a involves. A five- or ten-year effort small increase, reflecting the that continually reduces federal reality that we still are fighting spending is vastly preferable to an two wars). Which is to say, attempt to achieve everything in a Republicans will have gone a long
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way toward reestablishing their credibility as the party of fiscal responsibility, something it is absolutely necessary for them to do before the next stage of this campaign: the very difficult process of reforming Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, along with making the additional discretionary-spending cuts needed to bring the budget into sustainable balance. One of the reasons that Democrats suffered their ignominious shellacking at the polls last November is that they tried to do too much too quickly. The legislative fights were polarizing, the lack of debate appalling, the parliamentary thuggery off-putting. Republicans should be careful not to mimic their performance. Their goals should be ambitious, their means gradual. Senator Paul and Representative Flake are right to hold Republicans’ legislative feet to the flame, and we trust that they will continue to do so. We also trust that they will back the Ryan budget as the most efficacious realistic avenue toward reform. EDITOR'S NOTE: This article has been amended since its original posting. The Editors

challenges will not impede its intentions to check Chinese expansionism. This can be done in cost-efficient ways. While China’s economic rise enables its military modernization and international assertiveness, it also frightens rival powers. The Obama administration has wisely moved to strengthen relations with allies and potential partners in the region but more can be done. #page#Some Chinese policies encourage other parties to join with the United States, and the U.S. should not let these opportunities pass. China’s military assertiveness should enable security cooperation with countries on China’s periphery -particularly Japan, India, and Vietnam -- in ways that complicate Beijing’s strategic calculus. China’s mercantilist policies and currency manipulation -- which harm developing states both in East Asia and elsewhere -- should be used to fashion a coalition in favor of a more balanced trade system. Since Beijing’s over-thetop reaction to the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to a Chinese

democracy activist alienated European leaders, highlighting human-rights questions would not only draw supporters from nearby countries but also embolden reformers within China. #ad#Since the end of the Cold War, a stable economic and financial condition at home has enabled America to have an expansive role in the world. Today we can no longer take this for granted. Unless we get our economic house in order, there is a risk that domestic stagnation in combination with the rise of rival powers will undermine our ability to deal with growing international problems. Regional hegemons in Asia could seize the moment, leading the world toward a new, dangerous era of multi-polarity. --- Zalmay Khalilzad was the United States ambassador to Afghanistan, Iraq, and the United Nations during the presidency of George W. Bush and the director of policy planning at the Defense Department from 1990 to 1992. Zalmay Khalilzad

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Egypt, Code Pink is leading the Left in helping Islamists to reestablish the Islamic caliphate. The notion that Code Pink is supporting a democratic movement that will bring freedom to oppressed Egyptians after thirty years of tyranny surely sounds noble and appealing to the leftist group’s legion of supporters. But Jodie Evans and the rest of the staff over at Code Pink know exactly what they are really doing. They have, after all, seen fundamentalist Islam first hand. In 2009, Code Pink organized a gathering of over one thousand “peace activists” to show support for Palestinians in Gaza. This also meant demonstrating solidarity with the ruling power in Gaza: Hamas. Cuddling up with terrorists didn’t appear to bother Code Pink much, as the ladies readily accepted the protection of Hamas while they were in Gaza. The Jerusalem Post’s Caroline Glick recounted how the hundred or so who actually made it into Gaza were treated: “Hamas immediately placed them under siege. The Palestinian champions had planned to enjoy home hospitality from friends in Gaza. But once there they were prohibited from leaving the Hamas-owned Commodore Hotel

and from having any contact with local Gazans without a Hamas escort. Rather than being permitted to judge the situation in Gaza for themselves, they were carted onto Hamas buses and taken on “devastation tours” of what their Hamas tour guides claimed was damage caused by the IDF during Operation Cast Lead. And then these international protesters were forced to participate in a Hamas-organized march to the Erez crossing.” No matter how shabbily they were treated by Muslim terrorists, Code Pink members – then and now – remain convinced that all of the problems in the Middle East will be solved if America leaves the region and Israel disappears. There are no other enemies of freedom any consequence as far as the Left is concerned and we’re seeing that radical point of view in evidence once again as Code Pink and fellow fringe activists like Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dorn work to further the agenda of radical Islamist groups like Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood. As Kristin Taylor and Andrea Shea King reported at Big Government, Code Pink appealed to followers to:“ Help us raise $5,000 in emergency funds today

to support the Egyptian revolution.” As of Friday Code Pink co-founder Medea Benjamin tweeted that they had already raised $10,000. This would not be the first example of Code Pink helping to fan the flames of unrest in Egypt. When the organization was attempting to launch the “Gaza Freedom March” from Egypt in 2009, Benjamin coauthored a letter chiding the Mubarak government for potentially interfering with their plans. The letter went on to say: “If these plans are canceled there will be a lot of unjustified suffering for the Palestinians of Gaza and over a thousand internationals who had nothing in mind but noble intentions.“ The Muslim Brotherhood was so pleased with a letter that simultaneously attacked Mubarak and elicited sympathy for Hamasruled Gaza that they published it on their web site. Additionally, the Muslim Brotherhood has published Code Pink banner ads, including one urging the arrest of George W. Bush, at its web site.

The Brotherhood Amongst Us
Nonie Darwish (FrontPage Magazine » FrontPage)
Submitted at 2/7/2011 10:41:11 PM

The Muslim Brotherhood has long been a major political force in the Muslim world. Its power comes from a deep conviction among Muslims in general that its ideology represents true Islam and that it is the front line of defense of Islam and its protection from any novelty or change. As a matter of fact, there is a law in

Sharia that entrusts the Muslim head of state with just that: protecting Islam from any “bidaa” — meaning novelty. Many Muslims in the West defend not only the Brotherhood but also many of its affiliates such as Hamas, and place them in high regard. To many Muslims, criticizing the Brotherhood is equivalent to attacking Islam itself. Thus, the Brotherhood has BROTHERHOOD page 86

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Much to Savor in The Collected Writings of Sarah Rose Horowitz
David Forsmark (FrontPage Magazine » FrontPage)
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Visit Pajamas Media. Of all the books written by conservative activist and Frontpage Magazine founder David Horowitz, there is no doubt that his most heartfelt and poignant is A Cracking of the Heart, a tribute to his daughter, Sarah Rose Horowitz, who passed from this life in March 2008 at the age of 44. In his tribute, Horowitz recounted how his daughter’s absolute generosity of spirit affected his life and those around her — despite her many physical afflictions brought on by Turner syndrome, which tragically shortened her life. This excerpt from Horowitz’s eulogy profoundly touched on that shining character trait that Sarah possessed: Many people would have been depressed and then overwhelmed by the difficulties Sarah faced in the ordinary business of her life;

the medical procedures she was put through, which often did not work … she packed more interests and more travels, more experiences and more learning, more friends, and more projects, more people that she touched in her brief lifetime than most people do in earthly journeys that are twice as long. And she left a greater vacancy behind. … A born candidate for dependency,

Sarah never allowed herself to become anyone’s burden but her own … never mind the difficulties she might encounter. … But most of all, her father was proud of her heart, and her generosity of spirit, even toward those with whom she vehemently disagreed. Thus, Sarah Rose Horowitz has been well spoken for — but now she gets the chance to speak for

herself. Anyone who read A Cracking of the Heart and fell in love with Sarah’s indomitable spirit and indefatigable good will should round out the picture by picking up the newly published The Collected Writings of Sarah Rose Horowitz. The collection consists of a novelette, short stories, poems, Torah commentaries, letters about Sarah’s involvement

with the Jewish tribes in Uganda known as the Abayudaya, and her last radio interview. Her father’s eulogy appropriately rounds out the book. The extremely engaging novella, The Family of Man, opens the collection, and it alone is worth the price of the book. This is the story of a Jewish “hippie” family, the Friedmans, with two girls and a boy, moving away from the politically charged atmosphere of ’70s Berkley and back to the mother’s middle class home after the parents split. It obviously has autobiographical aspects; but someone with no idea of the author’s background would still find it emotionally potent, with vivid and likable characters and a sense of time and place that draws the reader into the world of this family. To continue reading this article, click here.

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Even PolitiFact Admits: President Obama Raised Taxes
Conn Carroll (The Foundry: Conservative Policy News.)
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Posted February 8th, 2011 at 11:00am in Entitlements, Health Care Print This Post This Sunday while defending charges that he was a “man who wants to redistribute wealth,” President Barack Obama told Fox News‘ Bill O’Reilly: “I didn’t raise taxes once.” As PolitiFact points out, not only is this completely false, but President Obama began raising taxes almost immediately upon taking office: The idea that Obama did not raise taxes is just plain wrong. He signed legislation raising taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products soon after taking office; that money goes to pay for children’s health insurance programs. The law went into effect in 2009. He also signed the health care law, which includes taxes on indoor tanning that went into effect last year. (Regular PolitiFact readers will remember our fact-check of reality TV star Snooki and her complaint about the new tax last year.) The new health care law also

includes a tax on people who decide not to have health insurance, as an incentive for them to get coverage. The tax phases in gradually, starting in 2014. By 2016, the tax would be $695 per uninsured person up to a maximum of three times that amount, or $2,085. The law includes exemptions for people who can’t find affordable insurance, and a few other special

is that all workers and employers split a 2.9 percent Medicare tax; the self-employed pay all of it.) The small percentages may not sound like a lot, but those taxes are expected to generate $210 billion over 10 years, or just over half of all the new revenues the health care law authorizes. Other provisions include new fees on health insurance companies and prescription drug manufacturers, and a new tax on high-cost “Cadillac” health insurance plans. Politifact fails to total up all of Obamacare’s tax hikes, but The Heritage Foundation did. All told Obamacare contains 18 separate tax increases that will cost taxpayers $503 billion between 2010 and 2019. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is circumstances. More significantly, the health your content and you're reading it care law includes new taxes on on someone else's site, please read the wealthy, starting in 2013. our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ Individuals who make more than content-only/faq.php $200,000 and couples that make Five Filters featured article: more than $250,000 will see Collateral Damage - WikiLeaks In additional Medicare taxes of 0.9 The Crosshairs. percent. They will also, for the first time, have to pay Medicare taxes on their investment income at a 3.8 percent rate. (Current law

been a major force in bringing down regimes and installing new governments, and whether we like it or not they will play a significant role in any administration, whether it is openly Islamic or nominally secular. Wherever Muslims go, the Brotherhood will follow. It has now even infiltrated many nonMuslim countries, including the U.S. and even our government. As a fellow Egyptian, I have no doubt that the head-covered, Egyptian-born White House advisor Dalia Mogahed is herself a Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas sympathizer and Sharia defender. She helped write president Obama’s Cairo speech, which was geared to appease and legitimize the Brotherhood, the very organization that inspired AlQaeda that attacked America on 9 /11. Obama believed that he would be the hero who will make the Muslim world love us, but he ended up only empowering the Brotherhood against both Arab reformists and Western interests. Wherever the Sharia-enforcer Muslim Brotherhood goes, turmoil and lawlessness, including vigilante street justice, follows. No government can rule independently of religion (Islam) if the Brotherhood, or any of its affiliates, is present. And now the Brotherhood is operating in the U.S. under pretty names, and influencing our politicians from the lowest to the highest levels. BROTHERHOOD page 87

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A Valentine’s Day Wish for Free Trade
Bryan Riley (The Foundry: Conservative Policy News.)
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Americans saved more than $16 million on roses last year thanks to U.S. trade policy toward Colombia. Under the Andean Trade Preference Act (ATPA), many products from Colombia are exempt from U.S. import tariffs. Colombia is the biggest supplier of cut flowers to U.S. consumers, and the ATPA exempts Colombian roses from the 6.8 percent U.S. tariff. This importtax cut saved American rose buyers $16.6 million last year. The current ATPA requires periodic reauthorization by Congress. This introduces an element of political uncertainty that hurts both Colombia and the United States. U.S. interests would be better served by implementing the proposed U.S.–Colombia Free Trade Agreement. This mutually beneficial trade pact would permanently remove most major government-imposed barriers to trade between people living in

While the U.S. media is petrified of the Brotherhood taking hold of the Egyptian government, they are closing their eyes to many of its covert operatives and their influence in the U.S. itself. While our media is terrified that Egypt will be a sharia ruled State, it is attacking Americans who want to make Sharia illegal in America. Westerners should not have any illusions about a secular government in Egypt or in any other Muslim nation. There are two kinds of governments in the Muslim world: (1) those who

pretend to be secular when they are not and (2) openly proclaimed theocracies. The Brotherhood has learned lessons from Iran and is not likely to choose the latter form. They will probably not take power openly, at least not right away. We will not see a bearded Sheikh installed as the Egyptian ayatollah.

these two countries. The U.S.–Colombia Free Trade Agreement would boost President Obama’s goal of doubling U.S. exports. In recent years Colombia has signed free trade agreements with Canada and the European Union, giving exporters in those countries an advantage over their U.S. competitors. As Valentine’s Day approaches, with Mother’s Day not far behind, it is a good time to consider the benefits of the proposed U.S.–Colombia Free Trade

Agreement not just for U.S. flower buyers but for the Colombian workforce and U.S. exporters as well. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ content-only/faq.php Five Filters featured article: Collateral Damage - WikiLeaks In The Crosshairs.

Facebook Announces Its Big Move [LIVE]
Ben Parr (Mashable!)
Submitted at 2/8/2011 12:08:28 PM

social network is about to announce its plan to make it happen. FACEBOOK page 88

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We’re here live at the Menlo Park City Hall’s Council Chamber, where Facebook and the City of Menlo Park are about to hold a joint press conference to announce the company’s big move. Our sources have told us that Facebook is indeed taking over the old Sun Microsystems campus north of Highway 101 in Menlo Park ( we have pictures of Facebook’s new offices), and an aerial view of the campus being displayed at this press conference confirms it. We still don’t know some of the key details, though. When will Facebook move? What other buildings has it acquired? Is Facebook getting a specual deal? How many people does Facebook intend to support with the new 11building complex? Here are my live notes: Facebook Moves to Menlo Park: Live Notes All times are in Pacific Time 10:02 AM The room is filling up with city officials and the press. There are a lot of police officers roaming the premises. 10:03: On a side note, this will be my second time ever reporting from a city hall. The first time was when I was in the 8th grade. Facebook is leaving Palo Alto, its home for the last six years, and moving to Menlo Park. The social network is about to announce its plan to make it happen. We’re here live at the Menlo

Park City Hall’s Council Chamber, where Facebook and the City of Menlo Park are about to hold a joint press conference to announce the company’s big move. Our sources have told us that Facebook is indeed taking over the old Sun Microsystems campus north of Highway 101 in Menlo Park ( we have pictures of Facebook’s new offices), and an aerial view of the campus being displayed at this press conference confirms it. We still don’t know some of the key details, though. When will Facebook move? What other buildings has it acquired? Is Facebook getting a specual deal? How many people does Facebook intend to support with the new 11building complex? Here are my live notes: Facebook Moves to Menlo Park: Live Notes All times are in Pacific Time 10:02 AM The room is filling up with city officials and the press. There are a lot of police officers roaming the premises. 10:03: On a side note, this will be my second time ever reporting from a city hall. The first time was when I was in the 8th grade. 10:07: Microphone issues! 10:09: The entire city council is here. The Mayor, Vice Mayor and several council members are here. 10:09 Facebook’s CFO is taking the stage. 10:10: Facebook makes it

official: it’s the Sun Microsystems campus. 10:11:“We will work hard to be a good neighbor and a good community member.” 10:12: Facebook now has three fellows from the Environmental Defense Fund to help make the campus more green. 10:13: Mayor Cline is discussing the move. He’s happy to have Facebook in his town and makes it clear that this isn’t coming as a surprise to Palo Alto, Facebook’s current home. They’ve been collaborating on this move. 10:15: Mayor Cline is discussing the impact on the local community. Essentially, it’s a chance to create new businesses around Facebook’s new location. 10:16: Cline: “Hopefully the partnership will be long, and very rewarding.” 10:19: Facebook’s now revealing the details of its move. Facebook contacted Oracle about the potential sale a few months ago. 10:20: It can support 3,600 people now, but Facebook believes it can support more. 15 year long-term lease with an option to purchase the cmapus after five year. Facebook also purchased 22 acres of land nearby, the land formerly owned by General Motors. 10:21: The 22 acres won’t be developed right now, but are there for flexibility. 10:21: Facebook could move in as soon as June or July.

10:22: Facebook’s already renovating the office (so that’s where there were so many chain link fences at the campus…). 10:23: Facebook will be hosting a Charrette on March 5. It’s a hackathon for the Menlo Park area. Q&A Q: Tax breaks included in the purchase? A: No. Q: Is Facebook moving all of its operations out of Palo Alto? A: Yes. But we’re retaining our Palo Alto buildings — leases end 2013. Q: Financial impact on the city? A: We’re still discussing that and figuring out details. There could be exchanges for development. Facebook doesn’t have a traditional sales tax model. Q: People keep asking about the office/purchase price. A: And they say they can’t share at this time. Q: Did Facebook look at other locations? A: Yes. It wanted a location nearby where it is now. Sun’s campus was “far and away” its first choice. Q: How will the culture fit? A: Facebook’s culture is about bringing together energetic and motivated people to create something that connects people. Q: How will Facebook keep the feel of the campus consistent from one end to the other? A: Facebook says the buildings are connected by a central

courtyard. It wants to give it an “urban street” feel. Q: Parking? A: 3,700 parking spots. Q: How many jobs? A: Don’t know, but we’re setting up a dedicated Menlo Park site for jobs so you can go to this website and have a recruiter dedicated to the Menlo Park residence. Q: Perks? Will it be like Google? A: We want to make Facebook a great working environment in our own way. Q: Who’s paying for the renovations on the building, since it’s a part-lease? A: Facebook is. Q: A small business owner in Menlo Park is asking about the contract and subcontract work for the site. A: Facebook might look into ways to let businesses bid on the Menlo Park project. That’s a wrap, folks. More About: facebook, Menlo Park, sun microsystems 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, Mac, iPhone and iPad

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Introducing Mashable Follow, Our New Social Layer
Pete Cashmore (Mashable!)
Submitted at 2/8/2011 11:03:23 AM

We’re excited to announce today the beta launch of a new social layer we call Mashable Follow. This project is the start of a significant shift for Mashable in 2011, as we evolve from being a purely editor-driven news site to becoming a true news community that seeks to engage our readers in the news process. Beyond personalization, we believe that curation is the next great wave in news, and empowering our community to choose the news of the day is the ultimate aim of the Follow project. The Engagement Era If you’re a Mashable reader, chances are you’re already among the most engaged news consumers on the web: • Social influence service Klout named Mashable the Most Influential Media Outlet, while a Hewlett-Packard study ranked @mashable the most influential Twitter account, based on retweeted links. • Thanks to our 3,400,000+ strong community across social platforms, Mashable articles are retweeted more than 40,000 times per day and shared on Facebook more than 40,000 times per week. • It’s largely due to you, our exceptionally passionate readers, that we’ve been able to grow beyond 12 million unique visitors per month and become the world’s largest independent web technology news site.

Which led us to the question: How do we make Mashable more social, more useful and more personalized to you? Better still, how can we let our readers choose the news they want to read — and one day curate the news for their own networks of influence? That was the starting point for Mashable Follow, which enters beta testing today. Mashable Follow: A Better Mashable Experience What is Mashable Follow? Well, Mashable had an extremely successful 2010, growing from 15

staff members to 40 and increasing our output to more than 45 stories per day. We also launched new channels like Business & Marketing, Dev & Design and Startups. The downside of all this new content: More content for readers to sift through! So, how about we let readers log in to Mashable and follow only the topics that interest them? That’s what the first incarnation of Mashable Follow is all about: • Easy log-in: Log in to Mashable with your Twitter or Facebook account – no need to create a new

one! • Follow topics: The new “Follow” buttons on every story let you subscribe to those topics via your “My Stories” feed (and coming soon, e-mail!). Whenever we publish a story matching your topics, you’ll be notified. • Simple sharing: Given that the Mashable community loves to share, we wanted to make sharing our stories even easier – so we did! Mashable Follow allows readers to add their Facebook, Twitter, Google Buzz and Digg accounts (and more coming soon!) to their profile pages and

share to all of these services in a single click. • Profile pages: Mashable Follow also lets you create a profile page on Mashable, promote all your social media accounts, and connect with other Mashable community members who share your interests. • Badges: For a bit of fun, Mashable members can now earn badges for sharing stories, connecting with other Mashable users, commenting on articles, following topics and more. Over INTRODUCING page 90

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More than 90% of consumers unsubscribe, “unlike” or stop following brands because of too frequent, irrelevant or boring communications, according to a report by social media and e-mail marketing services company ExactTarget. Released Tuesday, “ The Social Break-Up” is a study that surveyed more than 1,500 consumers, exploring changing online behaviors and top motivations for “unliking,” unfollowing and unsubscribing from brand communications via Facebook, Twitter and e-mail. Here are a few key findings from the study: • 91% of consumers have unsubscribed from opt-in marketing e-mails. • 77% of consumers report being more cautious about providing their e-mail address to companies versus last year. • 81% of consumers have either “unliked” or removed a company’s posts from their Facebook News Feed. • 71% of consumers report being more selective about “liking” a

company on Facebook than they were last year. • 51% of consumers expect that a “like” will result in marketing communications from brands, while 40% do not believe it should result in marketing communications. • 41% of consumers have “unfollowed” a company on Twitter.

Overwhelming frequency is a top complaint among consumers across Twitter and Facebook -- in fact, it's the number one reason why people "unlike" brands on Facebook. Take care not to overload your audience with updates. How Facebook Fans React to Uninteresting Messaging If Facebook fans aren't satisfied, they are more than willing to With 95% of U.S. online "unlike" or hide brands in their interested. consumers using e-mail (and 93% news feeds. Reasons People Unsubscribe of U.S. online consumers being Reasons People Unfollow Brands From Opt-In E-Mails subscribers to at least one opt-in e on Twitter Similar to the Facebook findings, -mail per day), the e-mail findings Relevant content should be a top "too frequent e-mails" is the top are particularly important for priority for brands communicating reason why consumers marketers hoping to remain in with followers on Twitter, but unsubscribe from opt-in e-mails. good standing with their inundating followers with tweets Following that is the complaint audiences via e-mail. But isn't the way to go. that the content became repetitive Facebook and Twitter are relevant More About: business, e-mail, eor boring over time. Brands as well, as 65% of U.S. online mail marketing, exacttarget, should take this note to heart and consumers are currently active on facebook, social media, twitter be sure to vary content from ethe platform (to the point of For more Business & Marketing mail to e-mail. obsession, sometimes), and 9% of coverage: How Subscribers React To U.S. online consumers are active • Follow Mashable Business & Uninteresting E-mail Messaging tweeters. Marketing on Twitter Once again, content is king. If Take a look at the images below • Become a Fan on Facebook your e-mail campaigns aren't for more detail about why • Subscribe to the Business & engaging, you can be sure that consumers unsubscribe from Marketing channel consumers have plenty of ideas on brand messages via e-mail, • Download our free apps for how to get rid of them. Facebook and Twitter, and how Android, Mac, iPhone and iPad Reasons People "Unlike" Brands they go about getting rid of brand on Facebook updates when they’re no longer

time, we hope to create more substantial rewards for our most engaged readers, awarding more influence to our most dedicated community members and allowing them to set the news agenda. Just the Start Of course, these new features are just the starting point for Mashable‘s social ambitions, and we have grand plans to make Mashable much more than just a digital news source: We want our community to power the news. With your help, feedback and contributions, we can’t wait to make that happen! To get on the invite list for Mashable Follow, please visit mashable.com/follow. We’re adding new people as quickly as we can. More About: announcements, follow, mashable, mashable follow, social, social media, social networking, trending 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, Mac, iPhone and iPad

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Mark Zuckerberg Has Obtained a Restraining Order Against His Stalker
Sarah Kessler (Mashable!)
Submitted at 2/8/2011 12:17:19 PM

Mark Zuckerberg has obtained a restraining order against a man who took the term “Facebook stalking” to a literal level. According to TMZ, 31-year-old Pradeep Manukonda sent Facebook’s CEO messages through Facebook, left flowers and a handwritten note at his home, and showed up at several Facebook offices looking for him. At one point, security intercepted Manukonda walking up to Zuckerberg’s home. According to the handwritten note and Facebook wall posts obtained by TMZ, Manukonda consistently referenced a problem that he wanted Zuckerberg to help him with. “Thank you for your valuable time and attention towards my problem,” the note reads. The wall post, left on Randi Zuckerberg’s wall, takes a more drastic approach. “I owe my entire life to your service .. please help

Dell expands business lineup with new Latitudes, OptiPlex desktops, and Precision workstations
not a concern? New OptiPlex desktops (990, 790, and 390; starts at $650) have the Intel vPro me, then I am ready to die for More About: facebook, mark Lest we forget, Dell is a major processor and small footprints. you,” it reads. zuckerberg, Restraining order, enterprise player, and today's The Precision T1600 workstation, A judge ordered Manukonda to Stalker stay at least 300 yards away from For more Social Media coverage: truckload of new hardware which has 2nd-generation Intel Zuckerberg, his sister and his • Follow Mashable Social Media announcements should further Core / Xeon processors and AMD solidify that notion in your brain / NVIDIA graphics, starts at $840. girlfriend. In a later interview on Twitter m a t t e r . T h e r e a r e 2 4 n e w Interests piqued? We know we're w i t h T M Z , M a n u k o n d a • Become a Fan on Facebook apologized for his behavior. “I’m • Subscribe to the Social Media "business computing solutions" in glossing over a lot of the more all, but to paint a broader picture... business-y details, so if you're a peaceful guy … I’m sorry he channel thought I was trying to harm • Download our free apps for lots of laptops and desktops. On inclined to find out more, press him,” he said. Android, Mac, iPhone and iPad the mobile front, the Latitude release after the break. E5000 series (E5420 and E5520 Gallery: Dell Latitude, Precision Photo Courtesy of Flickr, f o r t h e b u d g e t - c o n s c i o u s and Optiplex lineup for 2011 deneyterrio professional, start at $859) and Continue reading Dell expands "business rugged" E6000 series b u s i n e s s l i n e u p w i t h n e w (E6220, E6320, E6420, and Latitudes, OptiPlex desktops, and E6520 ATG) boast the Intel's 2nd Precision workstations generation Core ships, backlit Dell expands business lineup k e y b o a r d , a n d " L a t i t u d e with new Latitudes, OptiPlex commonality" across 26 models. d e s k t o p s , a n d P r e c i s i o n There's also talk of the Latitude workstations originally appeared XT3 convertible tablet, but details DELL page 91 are sparse beyond that. Mobility
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Verizon (like most operators) has thus far been coy about its plans for rolling out voice calling services on its LTE network, in part because voice isn't a core service of LTE -- everything is simply treated as data, which means carriers have needed to mull their options and decide how (and when) to add voice into the

mix. We'd gotten the vague impression from Verizon's LTE launch event late last year that 4G voice wasn't in the company's 2011 plans, but it turns out that's not true: they've now come out to say that the LG Revolution-announced at CES last month -will be Verizon's first VoLTE device when it launches mid-year. Naturally, it'll fall back to CDMA voice when you're out of LTE range, but the move will represent

the carrier's first baby step into the 4G voice realm; it'll offer higher sound quality than you're used to with traditional cellular and landline calls (akin to HD Voice, we imagine) which will be one of its selling points when it launches. Every indication is that this will be a glacially slow transition -it'll take years for handsets to support the standard on a wide scale and LTE footprints to expand nationally, never mind

inter-carrier call compatibility -but it's a big move nonetheless. Look for more news on this at MWC next week. [Thanks, Ravi] Verizon's LG Revolution to support voice over LTE mid-year originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 08 Feb 2011 13:36:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| CNN| Email this| Comments

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