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India under fire at cricket World Cup (AFP)
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sixes, but when you lose twothree wickets, you need to change Submitted at 3/13/2011 3:49:32 AM your approach. When you have NEW DELHI (AFP) – India 270-280 runs on the board, captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni batsmen want to play big shots," accused his team of World Cup said Dhoni. showboating after their Nagpur "You need to curb your thinking. nightmare while New Zealand and Different people have different Australia were Sunday poised to roles and responsibilities." reach the quarter-finals. India's demanding media also India are still on course to make laid into their team. the last eight but their three- "India choke in cliffhanger" was wicket defeat to South Africa the Hindustan Times front page sparked accusations from Dhoni headline, the demise of the that players were more interested national cricket team relegating in pleasing the crowd than even Japan's tsunami down page. safeguarding team interests. The Mail Today said: "The "In the batting powerplay, it's choke's on Team India." important that you don't play for The tag of 'chokers' has the crowd, but for your country," traditionally been reserved for said Dhoni. South Africa for their big time India lost four wickets, including c o l l a p s e s u n d e r p r e s s u r e , those of Sachin Tendulkar (111) p a r t i c u l a r l y l a s t w e e k e n d ' s and Gautam Gambhir (69) for 30 embarrassing failure to chase runs during the batting powerplay, down 172 to beat England in which eventually restricted their Chennai. total to 296. This time, Proteas skipper Their last nine wickets went for Graeme Smith, whose side can just 29 runs. reach the last eight with a win "Spectators love to see fours and over Ireland on Tuesday, was

revelling in victory, especially after fearing the worst when Tendulkar smashed his 48th ODI century. Needing 13 to win in the last over off seamer Ashish Nehra, South Africa found an unlikely star in Robin Peterson, who plundered 16 runs off the first four balls to help his side overhaul India's total. Man of the match Dale Steyn (550) played a key role in his team's fightback to bag his maiden fivewicket haul in one-day internationals. "For 15 overs up front we took an absolute beating but for 75 we played some incredible cricket," said Smith. "Chasing 300 on that deck, second innings was a hell of an effort from the guys and I think we're all pretty speechless at the moment." At Mumbai's Wankhede stadium, which will host the April 2 final, New Zealand piled up 358 for 6 against Canada in Group A knowing that a win will put them

into the quarter-finals. In-form Ross Taylor made 74 off 44 balls, with five sixes, to add to his 131 against Pakistan while Brendon McCullum scored 101. The Mumbai pitch has not been used for two years while the arena was renovated for the World Cup. The Black Caps are without injured skipper Daniel Vettori, who hurt his knee in the 110-run over Pakistan in Pallekele last Tuesday. Later Sunday, defending champions Australia can also guarantee a last eight place with victory over hapless Kenya in Bangalore. 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: Comment Is Free But Freedom Is Slavery - An Exchange With The Guardian's Economics Editor.

10K dead in Japan amid fears of nuclear meltdowns (AP)
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AP - The estimated death toll from Japan's disasters climbed past 10,000 Sunday as authorities raced to combat the threat of multiple nuclear reactor meltdowns and hundreds of thousands of people struggled to find food and water. The prime minister said it was the nation's worst crisis since World War II.

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New Orleans police: 5 teens shot in bar, 1 dead (AP)
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AP - Police say a gunman opened fire on teenagers attending a party

in a New Orleans bar and fled, wounding four other teens. killing an 18-year-old man and

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Libyan rebels flee Port Brega as Kadafi forces advance - Los Angeles Times
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Benghazi to stop or slow the assault up the Mediterranean coastal highway before it reached Reporting from Benghazi and the rebel stronghold. Ajdabiya, Libya Forces loyal to State-run TV claimed that Port Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi Brega, about 140 miles west of pushed deeper into rebellious Benghazi, had been "cleansed of e a s t e r n L i b y a o n S u n d a y , armed gangs." overrunning an important oil town The fall of Port Brega would and forcing lightly armed rebel represent a serious blow to rebel fighters back toward the resistance. It continues a o p p o s i t i o n s t r o n g h o l d o f government onslaught that has Benghazi. loosened the opposition's grip on The rebels fled Port Brega, site of eastern Libya. a strategic refinery complex and Just eight days ago, rebel fighters o i l t e r m i n a l , u n d e r h e a v y routed pro-Kadafi forces in Port bombardment and tried to hold Brega and another strategic oil b a c k r a p i d l y a d v a n c i n g city, Ras Lanuf, and spoke of government forces in Ajdabiya, attacking Tripoli, the capital. about 95 miles southwest of The closed refinery at Port Brega Benghazi. normally produces 15% of Libya's Panicked rebels in Ajdabiya gasoline and other fuels. With blocked reporters from driving other sources of gasoline also cut farther west. Many said they off by fighting, the rebels face a lacked the firepower or manpower growing fuel shortage. The to slow the assault by Kadafi's volunteer force fights from pickup fighters, who appeared poised to trucks and private cars. bombard the town. The Port Brega complex is still Photos: Conflict in Libya pumping natural gas through continues as Kadafi's forces move pipelines that provide fuel for east toward Port Brega electric plants in Tripoli and Rockets slammed down late Benghazi, according to executives Sunday afternoon on the western of Libya's biggest state-owned oil outskirts of Ajdabiya, 45 miles company. They said Kadafi could e a s t o f P o r t B r e g a , a s cut the pipeline to Benghazi and disorganized rebels scrambled to create electricity shortages in mount a defense of the city. Libya's second-largest city. T h e s t e a d y a d v a n c e o f From Port Brega, the coastal government fighters behind highway to Benghazi has no fixed airstrikes and rocket attacks put gun emplacements to fight off a pressure on rebel leaders in government advance. The only

defense is inexperienced and undisciplined rebel gunmen riding in pickups mounted with antiaircraft guns and other weapons. Seizing Ajdabiya might allow government forces to race east over a largely undefended desert highway to the key rebel port of Tobruk, where they would be in position to block the coastal highway between Tobruk and Benghazi. In Benghazi, representatives of the opposition national council claimed rebel fighters remained in control of Port Brega. But those same spokesmen also said last week that the opposition controlled two other eastern cities even as they were being overrun by Kadafi's fighters. "We are 100% in control'' of Port Brega, said Mustafa Gheriani, who often speaks on behalf of the 13-member national council that controls most of eastern Libya. Gheriani said Kadafi did not have enough loyal fighters to hold any eastern city or town they had taken over so far. "He can bomb the heck out of these places," he said, "but he doesn't have to foot soldiers to hold them." Gheriani and other council officials continued to insist that special-forces troops and army officers who had defected from Kadafi's army were leading and reorganizing the rebel force. But

there has been no sign of a coherent leadership for the guntoting young civilians who have rushed to the front. Security was heightened Sunday at the downtown Benghazi courthouse that serves as headquarters for the opposition. A front-end loader moved concrete barriers into place to block access to a narrow street leading to the courthouse entrance. Many shops in the city did not open their doors, and others lowered their shutters as reports from the front came over TV sets and radios. An announcer on the rebel-controlled Free Libya radio station urged residents to remain calm and patient. Some international journalists drove from Benghazi east to Tobruk on Sunday to avoid being trapped in Benghazi if government forces attempted to encircle and besiege the city. Security was increased at hotels frequented by journalists. On Saturday afternoon, a cameraman for the Qatar-based Al Jazeera network was shot and killed by gunmen about 10 miles west of Benghazi while returning from an assignment. An Al Jazeera correspondent said the network will toughen its security measures but will not be intimidated into leaving Libya. Othman Battiri, a correspondent for the network, said in an interview at the organization's

hotel in Benghazi that the attack was carried out by gunmen loyal to Kadafi. State-run TV has vilified the network, calling it a tool for the rebels and Al Qaeda. "It was a targeted attack,'' Battiri said. "This is Kadafi's weapon against the Libyan people — to silence the press from reporting the truth.'' Photos: Conflict in Libya continues as Kadafi's forces move east toward Port Brega Battiri said one of two men in a car that had been following the network's vehicle opened fire with an assault rifle when the vehicle slowed for a speed bump. Cameraman Ali Masan Jaber, 50, was shot three times and died at a Benghazi hospital, he said. An Al Jazeera correspondent in the vehicle, Baiba Mahadi, was wounded and a Libyan translator was grazed by a bullet, Battiri said. Mahadi left Benghazi by car for the Egyptian border with the cameraman's body, which was to be flown to Qatar. "We're staying right here,'' Battiri said. "Leaving would only help Kadafi achieve his goals.'' Zucchino reported from Benghazi, Libya, and Fleishman from Ajdabiya, Libya. 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 LIBYAN page 5

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Japanese Quake Survivors Await Relief as Engineers Battle Voice of America
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VOA News March 13, 2011 Photo: VOA - S.L. Herman Japanese soldiers delivering supplies to a makeshift radiation monitoring station in Koriyama, Japan, March 13, 2011 Hundreds of thousands of survivors of Japan's worst modern -day earthquake huddled for a third night Sunday in makeshift shelters, cut off from food supplies, heat, electricity and rescue, as engineers probe the source of a radiation surge at a second nuclear plant on Japan's northeastern coast. Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan, speaking late Sunday on national television, called the quake and the massive tsunami in the country's northeast the most severe challenge to his country since the end of World War Two. He spoke as overnight temperatures fell toward freezing and authorities issued increasingly grim casualty forecasts. Officials now say fatalities could exceed 10,000 in Miyagi prefecture alone. The latest nuclear alert was issued late Sunday for the

Onagawa power plant and reported by the International Atomic Energy Agency after radiation levels outside the facility exceeded maximum acceptable levels. The IAEA said engineers were still working to identify the source of the radiation shortly before midnight, and authorities insisted early Monday that there was no problem with the cooling system at the facility. Meanwhile, engineers at the at the Fukushima nuclear plant

continued late Sunday to pump sea water into the number one reactor. The walls of that reactor were destroyed in an explosion Saturday, but its containment structure remained intact, leaving experts uncertain of conditions inside. The government characterized the salt water flooding as a last-ditch attempt to prevent a core meltdown. Experts say at least two of three reactors at the site will remain shut down permanently.

Earlier Sunday, the government said radiation levels outside the Fukushima plant had briefly spiked to 400 times the normal level. More than 200,000 people had been told earlier to evacuate the area. Authorities say at least 19 people have been exposed to radiation and more than 160 others may have been. One-hundred thousand Japanese troops are now involved in relief efforts and a small flotilla of U.S. naval vessels is joining relief

efforts. Friday's earthquake off the eastern coast of Japan's main island, Honshu, was the strongest in Japan's modern history. A huge tsunami triggered by the undersea quake smashed into Japan's east coast minutes later, washing away entire villages, damaging roads, destroying harbors and leaving hundreds of thousands without electricity and other services. Hundreds of bodies have been recovered around the country, while many others victims are believed to remain buried in the rubble. 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: Comment Is Free But Freedom Is Slavery - An Exchange With The Guardian's Economics Editor.

Gadhafi forces shell oil town as troops advance (AP)
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AP - Troops loyal to Moammar

Gadhafi pounded an oil town in eastern Libya with artillery fire and airstrikes on Sunday, appearing to gain control of

another key site in their swift advance on the country's poorly equipped and loosely organized rebels.

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Patent Director: "Patent Filings Do not Equal Innovation," U.S. Needs New Measure
Gregory Ferenstein (Fast Company)

Obama called " embarrassing." David Kappos, director of the United States Patent and Submitted at 3/13/2011 8:14:40 AM Trademark Office, says the U.S. patent director David United States needs new ways to Kappos gives a forward-leaning measure innovation and also to look of patent policy at SXSW. give fast-track status to green In the spirit of SXSW, the U.S. technologies. patent office gives Fast Company First, Kappos says his office is a forward-leaning perspective on looking at new ways of measuring intellectual property and the steps innovation. After all, open-source i t ' s t a k i n g t o a d d r e s s a software, which explicitly rejects beleaguered system that President traditional intellectual property

rights, powers large parts of the technology industry, such as the Android mobile operating system. Additionally, corporations often take out huge pre-emptive patents to prevent competition from forming. "Patent filings do not equal innovation, by any stretch," says Kappos. While his solution to the problem may not completely satisfy those eager to see the United States move beyond the

patent paradigm, Kappos is pressing experts and universities to come up with new measures of innovation, such as job creation and job growth that arise from a particular idea. This is an especially timely idea, as China has been exerting pressure on its universities to churn out record numbers of patents, in a move that is clearly aimed at making itself look like the most innovative country on

earth. In this way, "winning the future" against the rising powers in the Eastern Hemisphere is as much a game of invention as it is statistics. In a world where patents are the measure of innovation, the United States might easily lose to China's sheer volume. The potential stigma of becoming second in the world is a PR war that the United States is no not PATENT page 6

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What Happens When David & Goliath Team Up
Gregory Ferenstein (Fast Company)
Submitted at 3/13/2011 1:11:55 PM

The Internet age has been a story Davids and Goliaths: small, scrappy startups overtaking established industrial titans. Recognizing that innovation often favors startups, PepsiCo decided to outsource part of its marketing R&D through a startup competition, the Pepsi10. Through the competition, Pepsi gains up-to-the-minute knowledge, and startups gain the resources of a powerful company. The process is all about "getting to see the trends," Joshua Karpf, who is part of PepsiCo's digital marketing team, told Fast Company during SXSW. "Imagine if someone was early with Facebook?" he muses, longingly. The opportunity to get in on the ground floor of a potential game-changer would

give a company like Pepsi an edge against other big companies that may be slower to adapt. Among his favorite entries in the Pespsi10 competition was Evil Genius Designs, which creates interactive experiences while customers stand in long lines, at, for instance, a theme park. Creating coupons and games to entertain them can make eager, grateful customers out of what would otherwise be frustrated and bored patrons. Evil Genius Design CEP Tracy Brown says that large companies wanting to outsource their R&D need to create an "ethos of fail." Being on the edge brings with it the baggage of startup success rates, which can be considered quite iffy for a more conservative conglomerate. James Dejulio, president of Tongal, another Pepsi10 winner, had advice for startups looking to target larger corporations: Get to

know the right person on the inside. After one of his ideas was rejected at a big corporation, he went above this particular employee's head and got approval from the boss. In particular, it helps to target people who have a "secure" job, as they’ll be more willing to take more risks. Finally, rising social media stars can also a great match for R&D partnerships. At SXSW, Brisk Tea is using popular photo sharing site Instagram to put photos on the cans. Contestants are incentivized to see their own works on tea drinkers throughout the conference, and Brisk get some buzz for savvy social marketing. Cooperative partnerships present powerful opportunities, in this way, for both David and Goliath. Follow Fast Company on Twitter. For full coverage from SXSW, see FastCompany.com/sxsw2011.

Japan Earthquake: Latest News and Updates (The Daily Beast)
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Japan races to prevent nuke reactor meltdowns (AP)
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AP - Japan's nuclear crisis intensified Sunday as authorities raced to combat the threat of multiple reactor meltdowns and

more than 170,000 people evacuated the quake- and tsunami -savaged northeastern coast where fears spread over possible radioactive contamination.

NEW YORK – Japan has been battered by an earthquake and tsunami, and now new nuclear threats have the nation in crisis mode. Officials say a " partial meltdown" was likely underway at a Fukushima facility on Sunday, and fears of radiation leakage at other plants have forced an evacuation of about 200,000 people in surrounding areas. Meanwhile, search and rescue operations are underway to find survivors. Japanese media estimate the current death toll to be as high as 1,700, but much worse figures are feared: One coastal town alone is missing 10,000 of its residents, and some of the hardest-hit areas had still not been reached by rescue crews as of early Sunday. The U.S. is LIBYAN sending helicopters as well as an continued from page 2 aircraft carrier equipped to serve our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ as a hospital. View our gallery below of wrenching images from content-only/faq.php Five Filters featured article: the disaster. Plus: Comment Is Free But Freedom Is • A nuclear expert from MIT Slavery - An Exchange With The answers our pressing questions on Japan's nuclear fallout. How bad Guardian's Economics Editor. could it get?• Eleanor Clift talks to Richard Thornburgh, the former Pennsylvania governor who oversaw America's worst

nuclear crisis, at Three Mile Island in 1979.• See shocking photos and videos from Japan's disaster zone, rounded up from social media feeds—cars washed away by floods, tremors at Tokyo's Disneyland, and more.• View our gallery of the 10 worst nuclear accidents in history, from Chernobyl to Yucca Flat in Nevada.• Disaster-preparation expert Irwin Redlener on why America wouldn't be prepared for a catastrophe like Japan's.• Tara McKelvey on how the crisis has many Americans second-guessing Obama's support of nuclear energy. • Complete coverage of Japan's earthquake. Shocking Photos: Japan Devastation and Aftermath Like The Daily Beast on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for updates all day long. For inquiries, please contact The D a i l y B e a s t a t editorial@thedailybeast.com. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ content-only/faq.php Five Filters featured article: Comment Is Free But Freedom Is Slavery - An Exchange With The Guardian's Economics Editor.

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Architecture for Humanity's Cameron Sinclair to Announce Japan Reconstruction Plan From Stage at SXSW
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TED Opens Up the Firehose of Data and Talks for Developers to Play [Exclusive]
Gregory Ferenstein (Fast Company)

Cohen, Executive Producer of Media for TED, told Fast Company that in keeping with the Submitted at 3/13/2011 11:45:05 AM organization's promise of TED data could power apps, transparency, "The natural next visualizations, and more. step is to open up content to the TED announced today at SXSW developer community.... Every that it is opening all of its online time we've allowed people to talks to the public. An application contribute, people have surprised programming interface (API) will and humbled and delighted us." allow open access to all talks and More to the point, she says, "We associated data (topic, location, k n o w w e d o n ' t h a v e t h e speaker, etc.) for developers who monopology on good ideas." might use that info to build all While the idea of an API is to sorts of tools and applications. uncover unpredictable uses of S p e a k i n g b e f o r e h e r data, Cohen says at the "top of our announcement at TED, June mind are devices and platforms."

But she or a developer might see a cache of data and wonders: "Is there a visualization?" Or, perhaps some interactivity or connections that the speaker or TED hadn't

thought of? "Is there a community that we've overlooked?" Cohen asks. In other words, this is a greenlight for developers to take

the massive TED platform and be creative. We'll update this post after Cohen's talk. Update: TED is looking to launch this "mid-year". You can contact them at: jobs [at] TED (dot) com. Also, they are looking to hire developers. Follow@FastCompany on Twitter. See our live coverage from SXSW. [Image: Flickr user magnifynet]

Week in Preview: Inflation, the FOMC and Nike Earnings
Trey Thoelcke (BloggingStocks)
Submitted at 3/13/2011 12:30:00 PM

Filed under: Earnings Reports, Forecasts, NIKE, Inc'B' (NKE), Economic Data, Federal Reserve The Federal Open Market Committee ( FOMC) meets again this week to review economic conditions and set monetary policy. On whether the Fed should end quantitative easing or extend it, Atlanta Fed chairman Dennis Lockhart recently said that the Fed should remain flexible given the rising energy prices, which could be a sign of coming inflation. Either at this meeting or

the next, the Fed could signal that interest rates will rise as a hedge against inflation. Inflation will also be the focus when the Department of Labor releases the Producer Price Index (PPI) and Consumer Price Index (CPI) this week. Back in January

the core PPI (which excludes energy and food costs) had its biggest jump in two years, and the core CPI had its largest uptick in more than year, the second month in a row in which consumer prices jumped. Continue reading Week in Preview: Inflation, the FOMC and Nike Earnings Week in Preview: Inflation, the FOMC and Nike Earnings originally appeared on BloggingStocks on Sun, 13 Mar 2011 12:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| Email this| Comments

Grilled Cheese, Beer, And Other Awesome Stuff: An Interview With GroupMe At SXSW
Jason Kincaid (TechCrunch)
Submitted at 3/13/2011 11:20:53 AM

There are few things better than free beer. Mix that with melted cheese and toasted bread, and you have a combination that satisfies even the deepest of human desires. And they’re available just outside the main convention center at SXSW, both free of charge. The food is being provided by GroupMe, the group messaging app that, along with competitors like Beluga and Fast Society, has received plenty of buzz in the

buildup to SXSW. We swung by their food stand for an interview with cofounders Jared Hecht and Steve Martocci (and to grab some food for ourselves). Tune in to learn how things have gone for GroupMe so far in Austin, why they chose to give away grilled cheese sandwiches, and adventures in Phish concert parking lots. Oh, and sorry for calling it “South by”. I hate when people do that. CrunchBase Information GroupMe Information provided by CrunchBase

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The $5,000 Burger And 13 More Ridiculously Expensive Restaurant Dishes
Joshua M. Bernstein (Business Insider)

Samundari Khazana curry ~ $3,000 Restaurant: Bombay Brasserie Submitted at 3/13/2011 11:01:00 AM Where: London In these frugal times, you might Details: This costly curry (its expect restaurants to roll out name means “seafood treasure”) inexpensive entrées and desserts is assembled with an ocean’s to woo penny-pinching diners. worth of luxe ingredients, More meatloaf! Less filet including abalone, crab, caviar, mignon! Some have. While others and lobster, whose shell is have stuck to their luxurious guns shellacked with loads of edible with dishes that could decimate gold. White truffles, morel your bank account in a few mushrooms and rice scented with forkfuls. saffron — the world’s most In some cases, these expensive expensive ingredient — seal the meals are more publicity stunt spicy deal. than inspired eating. For instance, Luxury Pizza — $1,000 in New Orleans, Arnaud’s serve Restaurant: Nino’s Bellissima its namesake dessert of Where: New York City strawberries, ice cream, and a port beef, black truffles, and foie gras. Which are worth the splurge? Details: The pie’s the limit at red wine sauce alongside a 5It’s served with two sides: crisp Which should be laughed off the this pizza shop, where a thousand karat pink-diamond ring, bringing bucks buys a luxurious thin-crust fries and a rare bottle of 1995 menu? You be the judge. the bill to $1.4 million. Adding a Petrus wine. Considering that you This post originally appeared at extravagance that’s crowned with gemstone to ratchet up a tab is an could buy that wine for less than The Daily Meal. FleurBurger chives, lobster, crème fraîche and easy tactic, as is overdoing it with a half-dozen kinds of caviar. $3,000 (a steal!), the dinner may 5000 — $5,000 top-shelf ingredients. be no deal. Restaurant: Fleur by Hubert View more at Business Insider For example, New York City’s See Also: Sometimes chefs’ culinary genius Keller Norma’s offers the Zillion-Dollar • Everything You Need To Know may justify the price tag. Also in Where: Las Vegas Frittata that, despite its florid Vegas, revered sushi chef Masa Details: The former Top Chef About The Controversial Swiss moniker, costs a mere $1,000. Takayama’s refined hot pot toque takes the burger-and-a- B i o c o r n C o m i n g S o o n T o That eye-popping sum buys a sixrestaurant, Shaboo, offers an beverage to decadent new heights A m e r i c a ' s F i e l d s egg frittata freighted with a omakase menu (chef’s choice) with this two-handed splurge, • How A Swiss Company Spent whole lobster, and 10 ounces of featuring immaculate cuts of the which is made with rich Kobe $ 1 5 M i l l i o n T o G e t A lustrous caviar. finest imported beef and seafood beef crowned with foie gras and C o n t r o v e r s i a l E n z y m e I n t o Elsewhere, at Hubert Keller’s that you dunk in divine broth. The b l a c k t r u f f l e s . T h e m e a t y A m e r i c a ' s C o r n C r o p new Las Vegas restaurant, Fleur, meal’s so transcendent you might spectacle is paired with a bottle of • 11 Amazing European Offices the onetime Top Chef contestant not blink at the $500 tab. 1 9 9 5 P e t r u s w i n e a n d t w o Americans Can Only Dream Of has devised the FleurBurger 5000. We’ve rounded up 14 of the Ichendorf Brunello glasses — The $5,000 hamburger is world’s top budget-busting dishes. yours to keep. fashioned from opulent Kobe

Hotel Room Rate Outlook at Wynn's Las Vegas Properties
Trefis (BloggingStocks)
Submitted at 3/13/2011 11:20:00 AM

Filed under: Stocks to Buy Wynn Resorts ( WYNN) is a developer, owner and operator of destination casino resorts. It currently owns and operates the Wynn and Encore resort casinos in Las Vegas, as well as Wynn Macau and Encore in Macau. Competitors include Las Vegas Sands ( LVS), MGM Resorts International ( MGM), SJM, Galaxy and Harrah's among others. We currently maintain a$118 price estimate for Wynn Resorts stock, roughly 10% below market price. Continue reading Hotel Room Rate Outlook at Wynn's Las Vegas Properties Hotel Room Rate Outlook at Wynn's Las Vegas Properties originally appeared on BloggingStocks on Sun, 13 Mar 2011 11:20:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| Email this| Comments

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There's One Huge Piece Of Good News For The Japanese Economy
Joe Weisenthal (Business Insider)
Submitted at 3/13/2011 11:43:00 AM

Since the earthquake hit, a lot of people have been wondering: Will this event finally break the fiscally-stretched Japanese government? The answer, we're glad to say, is no. Amid the incredible tragedy, Japan can be relieved about the fact that it's incredibly wealthy, and its government will have no problems financing the cleanup. This will come as a surprise to a lot of people, who note that the country's debt-to-GDP ratio is already at 200%, and that the country borrows more each year than it receives in taxes. Michael Schumann at TIME's Curious Capitalist blog writes: "....even though Japan is not yet showing signs of following Ireland, Greece and the rest of the euro zone periphery into a fullblown debt crisis, pressure has been mounting for Tokyo to finally put in place a credible plan to reduce its yawning budget deficits and contain its debt levels. Standard & Poor's just downgraded Japan's credit rating in January." Actually, Japan hasn't faced any real pressure to reduce its

like to save a lot. As we've pointed out before, the only thing that would cause the government to have less access to money is if its citizens started spending more (saving less) which would then reduce the need for the government to spend money. Unlike Greece and Ireland, where finance ministers do have to go hat in hand to borrow around the world (from, say, the Chinese, or Greek citizens living abroad), Japan's system is closed and fine. That's not to say things won't be stretched there. Japan faces a shortage of food, energy, usable infrastructure, equipment, etc., and that's why the rest of the world is pledging support. A yawning budget -- at least not 4 billion euros left in its treasury. shortage of yen is not one of its from the market, which is what Portugal literally could run out of problems and we already now that matters -- and the comparison to euros if it can't borrow. Japan on Monday the BOJ will flood the Ireland and Greece is absurd, doesn't have a pile of yen economy with even more since the monetary system in somewhere that it's counting. It liquidity. those countries is nothing like creates them at will, and though Remember, the bond market is Japan's, which has its own you might think that a Japanese pretty smart. currency and its own central bank. move to create yen would destroy There's a reason the yen and Ireland and Greece are at the the value of the currency, that JGBs rallied on Friday, while mercy of the ECB to ply them simply hasn't happened, despite equities tanked. That side of the with freshly printed Euros. Japan decades of monetary policy that ledger is okay. isn't. would make Ben Bernanke blush. For more coverage of the To starkly see how Japan's Japan's government -- despite situation in Japan, see here > monetary system is fundamentally what you might think -- isn't the Join the conversation about this different than the PIIGS, consider financial basket case you think it story » that earlier this month there was a is. Yes it borrows a lot, but it report about Portugal having just borrows a lot from citizens who

Video: Foursquare’s Naveen Selvadurai Gives “One Year Update” At SXSW 2011
John Biggs (TechCrunch)
Submitted at 3/13/2011 10:45:14 AM

At last year’s SXSW I caught a moment of Foursquare co-founder Naveen Selvadurai’s time to briefly chat about the company and their plans for the upcoming year. We were able to speak again this year and Naveen gave me the update on what has changed for the company since our last conversation. The short answer is that both the company and user-base have grown significantly. When I last spoke with him there were around 300,000 people using Foursquare to check-in and now there are over 7 million users. That, coupled with their recent loyalty deal with American Express, means we should be on the lookout for expanded services and features in 2011. Check out the video below for the update. Read More

Capita claim government travel plan will save millions
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Outsourcing group Capita has told the Government it could save

hundreds of millions a year by handing its travel arrangements to

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Frank Rich Writes His Last NYT Op -Ed And Confesses He Sometimes Gets Sick Of His Own Voice
Glynnis MacNicol (Business Insider)
Submitted at 3/13/2011 10:45:00 AM

Frank Rich penned his farewell op-ed in the NYT today, and goes to some length to assure readers his decision had nothing to do with the NYT. Actually he's just tired of the pace of the weekly column. When I felt frustrated by churning out a standard-length Op -Ed column after a few years, The Times went out of its way to accommodate me by giving me more space, all the better for trying to connect more dots. It was fated that I would one day find myself eager to break out of that box too. I have always wanted to keep growing as a writer, not run in place. My latest bout of restlessness had nothing to do with the tumultuous upheavals of the news business in the digital era. It was an old-media mission I started to chafe at — opinion writing within the constraints of newspaper deadlines and formats. Safire, a master of the form, was fond of likening column writing to standing under a windmill: No sooner did you feel relief that you had ducked a blade than you looked up and saw a new one

Hillary Clinton's Spokesman P.J. Crowley Resigns After Criticism Of Wikileaks Suspect Treatment
Obama whether he agreed with Crowley's remarks. The President answered that he Submitted at 3/13/2011 11:54:00 AM had “asked the Pentagon whether CNN is reporting that Hillary or not the procedures that have Clinton's press secretary P.J. been taken in terms of his Crowley has resigned. confinement are appropriate and As of yet, there is not official are meeting our basic standards" e x p l a n a t i o n b u t l a s t w e e k and that Pentagon officials "assure C r o w l e y t o a c r o w d i n me that they are. I can't go into coming down. He thrived on this, in June. Massachusetts that the treatment details about some of their but after 17 years I didn’t like Read his full column here > of WikiLeaks suspect Bradley concerns, but some of this has to what the relentless production of Join the conversation about this Manning-- whose treatment at the do with Private Manning's safety a newspaper column was doing to story » hands of U.S. military has been as well.” my writing. That routine can See Also: increasingly questioned and CNN's Ed Henry reports that p u s h y o u t o h a v e s t r o n g e r • THE WAY WE WRITE NOW: criticized in the media-- was Crowley stepped down "under opinions than you actually have, NYT Mag 'Adapts' Feature Story ''ridiculous and counterproductive pressure from White House or contrived opinions about From...Reddit Message Board and stupid." officials." subjects you may not care deeply • SHOTS FIRED: Bill Keller D u r i n g a t e l e v i s e d p r e s s Join the conversation about this about, or to run roughshod over Accuses Arianna Huffington Of conference on Friday ABC story » nuance to reach an unambiguous Plagiarism... Err 'Aggregation' reporter Jake Tapper asked conclusion. Believe it or not, an • Here Are The 6 Meanest Things opinion writer can sometimes get NYT's Bill Keller Says About sick of his own voice. Arianna Huffington In Sunday's Let's hope for Rich's sake he's Magazine noreply@blogger.com (Ad never forced to encounter the ServeRSS) (AdServRSS Feed) relentless production of blog post. He's set to start at NYMag Your gift to provide seeds, tools, and training will be multiplied 4 mean the difference between life times by grant funds, and can and death for hungry children.
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Noble Energy Resumes United States issues travel warning Deep Water Drilling in for Japan the Gulf
airports closed by the earthquake, except for the airport in the coastal city of Sendai, which Connie Madon A woman searches for supplies remains flooded, the department (BloggingStocks) amid piles of debris in Ofunato said. City, Iwate Prefecture in northern Submitted at 3/13/2011 10:10:00 AM In Tokyo, most public Japan, March 13, 2011. transportation including trains and Filed under: Competitive Credit: Reuters/Kyodo subways was operating, the Strategy, Market Matters, Oil WASHINGTON| Sun Mar 13, department said. The turmoil in North Africa and 2011 12:56pm EDT But many roads have been the Middle East has put pressure WASHINGTON(Reuters) - The damaged in the Tokyo area and in on the Obama Administration to State Department issued an northern Japan. In the far-northern resume issuing permits for deep located in the Middle East, South updated travel warning on Sunday I w a t e p r e f e c t u r e , t o l l r o a d water drilling in the Gulf of American and West Africa. that urges American citizens to h i g h w a y s a r e r e s t r i c t e d t o Mexico. Noble Energy ( NBL) Continue reading Noble Energy avoid going to Japan because of emergency vehicles only, it said. was the first to obtain a permit Resumes Deep Water Drilling in the powerful earthquake two days (Reporting by James Vicini, since the BP ( BP) disaster. the Gulf ago. Editing by Eric Beech) Noble is an international oil and Noble Energy Resumes Deep The department said it requested • Tweet this gas exploration company that Water Drilling in the Gulf all non-essential U.S. government • Share this o p e r a t e s i n t h e U . S . a n d o r i g i n a l l y a p p e a r e d o n personnel to defer travel and • Link this internationally. In the U.S. it has BloggingStocks on Sun, 13 Mar urged American citizens to avoid • Digg this operations on the West Coast, 2011 10:10:00 EST. Please see tourism and non-essential travel to • Email Rocky Mountains, mid continent our terms for use of feeds. Japan. • Reprints and the Gulf of Mexico. Its Permalink| Email this| Comments It said that strong aftershocks international operations are were likely for weeks after a We welcome comments that powerful earthquake such as the advance the story directly or with one that struck northern Japan. relevant tangential information. Flights have resumed at all We try to block comments that
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Dear Aunt TUAW: Should I renew MobileMe?
Erica Sadun (TUAW)
Submitted at 3/13/2011 12:00:00 PM

Dear Aunt TUAW, So my MobileMe account is expiring on the 15th, but the rumors are all abuzz about the possibility of Apple launching

MM as a free service in April. Sure, they're usually pretty good about giving some sort of refund or iTunes store credit if you're in a window just before they do something drastic, but I don't want to pay $99 now for $50 on iTunes in a month.

Does your weather sense tell you

free is really on its way, or should I bow to breaking my piggy-bank for uninterrupted service? Hugs, Your nephew Dan, the "Mobile Maybe" Continue reading Dear Aunt TUAW: Should I renew

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Japan Without Water, Power, Food Amid Fears of Nuclear Meltdowns
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hand and has not found her. "I haven't given up hope yet," Koyama told public broadcaster TAGAJO, Japan -- People across NHK, wiping tears from her eyes. a devastated swath of Japan "I saved myself, but I couldn't suffered for a third day Sunday save my daughter." without water, electricity and To the south, in Miyagi proper food, as the country prefecture, or state, the police grappled with the enormity of a chief told a gathering of disaster massive earthquake and tsunami relief officials that his estimate for that left more than 10,000 people deaths was more than 10,000, dead in one area alone. police spokesman Go Sugawara Japan's prime minister called the told The Associated Press. Miyagi crisis the most severe challenge has a population of 2.3 million the nation has faced since World and is one of the three prefectures War II, as the grim situation hardest hit in Friday's disaster. worsened. Friday's disasters Fewer than 400 people have damaged a series of nuclear officially been confirmed as dead reactors, potentially sending one in Miyagi. through a partial meltdown and According to officials, more than adding radiation contamination to 1,400 people were killed -the fears of an unsettled public. including 200 people whose Temperatures began sinking bodies were found Sunday along toward freezing, compounding the the coast -- and more than 1,000 m i s e r y o f s u r v i v o r s a l o n g were missing in the disasters. hundreds of miles (kilometers) of Another 1,700 were injured. the northeastern coast battered by Japanese officials raised their the tsunami that smashed inland estimate Sunday of the quake's with breathtaking fury. Rescuers magnitude to 9.0, a notch above pulled bodies from mud-covered the U.S. Geological Survey's jumbles of wrecked houses, reading of 8.9. Either way, it was shattered tree trunks, twisted cars the strongest quake ever recorded and tangled power lines while in Japan survivors examined the ruined For Japan, one of the world's remains. leading economies with In Rikusentakata, a port city of ultramodern infrastructure, the over 20,000 virtually wiped out disasters plunged ordinary life by the tsunami, Etsuko Koyama i n t o n e a r l y u n i m a g i n a b l e escaped the water rushing through d e p r i v a t i o n . the third flood of her home but Hundreds of thousands of hungry lost her grip on her daughter's survivors huddled in darkened
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emergency centers that were cut off from rescuers, aid and electricity. At least 1.4 million households had gone without water since the quake struck and some 1.9 million households were without electricity. While the government doubled the number of soldiers deployed in the aid effort to 100,000 and sent 120,000 blankets, 120,000 bottles of water and 29,000 gallons (110,000 liters) of gasoline plus food to the affected areas, Prime Minister Naoto Kan said electricity would take days to restore. In the meantime, he said, electricity would be rationed with rolling blackouts to several cities, including Tokyo. "This is Japan's most severe crisis since the war ended 65 years ago," Kan told reporters, adding that Japan's future would be decided by its response. In a rare piece of good news, the Defense Ministry said a military vessel on Sunday rescued a 60year-old man floating off the coast of Fukushima on the roof of his house after he and his wife were swept away in the tsunami. He was in good condition. His wife did not survive. A young man described what ran through his mind before he escaped in a separate rescue. "I thought to myself, ah, this is how I will die," Tatsuro Ishikawa, his face bruised and cut, told NHK as he sat in striped hospital pajamas.

Dozens of countries have offered assistance. Two U.S. aircraft carrier groups were off Japan's coast and ready to provide assistance. Helicopters were flying from one of the carriers, the USS Ronald Reagan, delivering food and water in Miyagi. Two other U.S. rescue teams of 72 personnel each and rescue dogs arrived Sunday, as did a five -dog team from Singapore. Still, large areas of the countryside remained surrounded by water and unreachable. Fuel stations were closed, though, at some, cars waited in lines hundreds of vehicles long. The United States and a several countries in Europe urged their citizens to avoid travel to Japan. France took the added step of suggesting people leave Tokyo in case radiation reached the city. Community after community traced the vast extent of the devastation. In the town of Minamisanrikucho, 10,000 people -- nearly two-thirds of the population -- have not been heard from since the tsunami wiped it out, a government spokesman said. NHK showed only a couple concrete structures still standing, and the bottom three floors of those buildings gutted. One of the few standing was a hospital, and a worker told NHK that hospital staff rescued about a third of the patients in the facility.

In the town of Iwaki, there was no electricity, stores were closed and residents left as food and fuel supplies dwindled. Local police took in about 90 people and gave them blankets and rice balls, but there was no sign of government or military aid trucks. At a large refinery on the outskirts of the hard-hit port city of Sendai, 100-foot (30-meter) high bright orange flames rose in the air, spitting out dark plumes of smoke. The facility has been burning since Friday. The fire's roar could be heard from afar. Smoke burned the eyes and throat, and a gaseous stench hung in the air. In the small town of Tagajo, also near Sendai, dazed residents roamed streets cluttered with smashed cars, broken homes and twisted metal. Residents said the water surged in and quickly rose higher than the first floor of buildings. At Sengen General Hospital, the staff worked feverishly to haul bedridden patients up the stairs one at a time. With the halls now dark, those who can leave have gone to the local community center. "There is still no water or power, and we've got some very sick people in here," said hospital official Ikuro Matsumoto. Police cars drove slowly through JAPAN page 20

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Police Probe Crime Link to New York Tour Bus Crash
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Submitted at 3/13/2011 12:11:12 PM

NEW YORK -- Police were investigating a bus driver's claim that he was driven off a major highway before his bus slid into a sign pole that sheared it end to end, killing 14 people and leaving others maimed in a horrific scene of blood, jumbled bodies and shattered glass. Many of the passengers on the bus were Chinatown residents. They ranged in age from 20 to 50, officials said. The driver, Ophadell Williams, told police that a tractor-trailer clipped his World Wide Tours bus just as it crossed the city line on a trip from the Mohegan Sun casino in Connecticut. But state police said witnesses told them Williams was speeding before Saturday morning's crash on Interstate 95. The crash, one of the deadliest bus accidents in years, killed 14 people who had traveled for a quick overnight trip to the casino and were returning to New York's Chinatown. Capt. Matthew Galvin of the NYPD's Emergency Service Unit was one of the first rescuers on the scene. He said when officers clambered into the wreckage, they found "bodies everywhere." "People were moaning and screaming for help," he said. Some of the dead were tangled up with the living. Though dazed, about seven people were able to walk away from the wreck on their own, he

said. Galvin said that in his 22 years on the job, "It's probably the worst accident I've ever seen in terms of the human toll." As many as 20 people were treated at area hospitals. Nine victims, including the bus driver, remained hospitalized Sunday. A spokesman for St. Barnabas Hospital said Sunday that Williams is in stable condition there. Two other victims are in stable condition at St. Barnabas. A spokeswoman for Jacobi Medical Center said six patients from the crash are in critical condition there. The crash happened at 5:35 a.m. (1035 GMT) Saturday, with some of the 31 passengers still asleep. The bus scraped along the guard rail for 300 feet (90 meters), toppled and crashed into the support pole for a highway sign indicating the exit for the Hutchinson Parkway. The pole knifed through the bus front to back along the window line, peeling the roof off all the way to the back tires. Most people aboard were hurled to the front of the bus on impact, fire department chief Edward Kilduff said. The southbound lanes of the highway were closed for hours while emergency workers tended to survivors and removed bodies. State police Maj. Michael Kopy said at a news conference Saturday night in Hawthorne, N.Y., that the crash was being handled "as if it is a criminal investigation." "It will take a long period of time

to determine what, if any, criminal acts may have occurred here," he said. Kopy said police had received reports from witnesses that the bus driver had been speeding on the Interstate, where the limit is 55 mph (about 90 kph). He identified the driver as Ophadel Williams, 40, of Brooklyn, whom he said was taken to a hospital with non-lifethreatening injuries. Kopy said blood had been drawn from the driver for analysis and that state police were working with authorities in Connecticut and Mohegan Sun officials to determine what the driver's activities were before the accident. "At this point it appears that the operator lost control of the vehicle for what is as yet an undetermined reason," Kopy said. He declined to identify the passengers or to describe their injuries. "The pole did go through the top half of the bus," he said. Chung Ninh, 59, told The New York Times and NY1 News that he had been asleep in his seat, then suddenly found himself hanging upside-down from his seat belt, surrounded by the dead and screaming. One man bled from a severed arm. Ninh said when he tried to help one bloodied woman, the driver told him to stop, because she was dead. "'Forget this one. Help another one,"' he said the driver told him. He said he and other passengers who were able

climbed out through a skylight. Passenger Jose Hernandez, 49, said he also was asleep at the time of the crash. "We tried to help people, but there was twisted metal in the way," Hernandez told the Times. New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said earlier Saturday that police were looking for the tractor-trailer, which did not stop after the crash. He said the truck was in a lane to the bus' left, although it was unclear whether the two vehicles touched. State police said later they were interviewing the driver of a tractor -trailer that was in the area at the time of the crash. They said the trailer had been located on Long Island and the tractor was found in Westchester County. Both were being inspected in Farmingdale, on Long Island, to determine if they may have clipped the bus. The bus, a 1999 Prevost, was being inspected at state police barracks. Video from a camera on the bus had been obtained by authorities, but not yet analyzed, Kopy said. He said investigators were trying to determine the exact speed the bus was traveling before the crash. A device that can record such information, similar to a flight data recorder on an airplane, was expected to be examined overnight. Limo driver Homer Martinez happened on the scene moments after the wreck and saw other drivers sprinting from their cars to assist the injured.

"People were saying, 'Oh my God. Oh my God,' holding their hands on their heads," Martinez said. "I saw people telling other people not to go there, 'You don't want to see this."' The wreck also closed the northbound side of the highway, but those lanes were open again by midmorning. The National Transportation Safety Board sent a team of investigators. Christopher Hart, the vice chairman of the NTSB, said the team would be looking at the motor carrier's safety programs, including those involving driver fatigue, as well as highway design and the bus itself. He said that part of the investigation could take several days. World Wide Travel of Greater New York, the operator of the bus, said it in a statement that the company was "heartbroken" and cooperating with investigators. "We are a family-owned company and realize words cannot begin to express our sorrow to the families of those who lost their lives or were injured in this tragic accident. Our thoughts and prayers are with them," it said. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration records listed World Wide Travel as having at least two other accidents in which people were injured in the past 24 months. The agency flagged the company for possible extra scrutiny due to violations POLICE page 15

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Japan fights to avert nuclear meltdown after quake
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Workers carry bodies from a damaged home for the elderly after an earthquake and tsunami struck Kesennuma City, Miyagi Prefecture in northern Japan March 13, 2011. Credit: Reuters/Kyodo By Taiga Uranaka and Ki Joon Kwon FUKUSHIMA, Japan| Sun Mar 13, 2011 1:06pm EDT FUKUSHIMA, Japan(Reuters) Japan struggled on Monday to avert a nuclear disaster and care for millions of people without power or water, three days after an earthquake and tsunami killed an estimated 10,000 people or more in the nation's darkest hour since World War Two. The world's third-largest economy opens for business later on Monday, a badly wounded nation that has seen whole villages and towns wiped off the map by a wall of water, leaving in its wake an international humanitarian effort of epic proportion. A grim-faced Prime Minister Naoto Kan described the crisis at Japan's worst since 1945, as officials confirmed that three nuclear reactors were at risk of overheating, raising fears of an uncontrolled radiation leak. "The earthquake, tsunami and the nuclear incident have been the biggest crisis Japan has encountered in the 65 years since the end of World War II," Kan

told a news conference. "We're under scrutiny on whether we, the Japanese people, can overcome this crisis." As he spoke, officials worked desperately to stop fuel rods in the damaged reactors from overheating. If they fail, the containers that house the core could melt, or even explode, releasing radioactive material into the atmosphere. The most urgent crisis centers on the Fukushima Daiichi complex, where all three reactors are threatening to overheat, and where authorities say they have been forced to release radioactive steam into the air to relieve reactor pressure. The complex, 240 km (150 miles) north of Tokyo, was rocked by an explosion on Saturday, which blew the roof off a reactor building. The government did not rule out further blasts there but said this would not necessarily damage the reactor vessels. Authorities have poured sea water in all three of the complex's reactor to cool them down. FEARS OVER OTHER REACTORS The complex, run by Tokyo Electric Power Co, is the biggest nuclear concern but not the only one: on Monday, the U.N. nuclear watchdog said Japanese authorities had notified it of an emergency at another plant further north, at Onagawa. But Japan's nuclear safety agency denied problems at the Onagawa plant, run by Tohoku Electric

Power Co, noting that radioactive releases from the Fukushima Daiichi complex had been detected at Onagawa, but that these were within safe levels at a tiny fraction of the radiation received in an x-ray. Shortly later, a cooling-system problem was reported at another nuclear plant closer to Tokyo, in Ibaraki prefecture. Fukushima's No. 1 reactor, where the roof was ripped off, is 40 years old and was originally set to go out of commission in February but had its operating license extended by 10 years. Prime Minister Kan said the crisis was not another Chernobyl, referring to the nuclear disaster of 1986 in Soviet Ukraine. • Share this • Link this • Digg this • Email • Reprints

saying, by using their own radiation counters and other means. This same dynamic — passing on second hand information as if it had been validated as true — also exists in most stories about possible impact on US reactors. We’re told all about our great nuclear technology but the Japanese have great nuclear technology, too. The public needs the straight facts from reporters, not journalism by press release or public statements. At the least, this should be a wakeup call in the US that we need to develop and promote energy sources that are not potentially destructive to human life if nature turns violent. We can’t count on creating perfect technology. Nature will destroy our toys. Mistakes will happen. diddums wrote: The true heros of the world are the Japanese people who continue FredFlintstone wrote: to work at these plants despite the ‘the International Atomic Energy danger. They are truely putting Agency (IAEA) said it had been their lives on the line for a noble told by Japan that levels “have cause and humanity in general. A been observed to lessen in recent very hard time for the families hours”.’ whose parents are making this T h i s s c a r e s m e . I t ’ s a n sacrifice. notafoolgoog wrote: international agency passing on I highly doubt Reuters is getting second hand information from a close enough to Fukushima or the government agency that, we hope, other 2 reactors under emergency is not fudging the truth or outright to check the veracity of the lying. Certainly the incentives are J a p a n e s e g o v e r n m e n t ’ s to be tight lipped at a time when s t a t e m e n t s . the public has a right to now. (first of all, you’d have to have a Hopefully Reuters and other news b a s e l i n e o n r a d i a t i o n a n d outlets are trying to validate what c e s i u m . . ) … the Japanese government is It is patently obvious, regretfully,

that the Japanese gov’t is vastly minimizing the threat. Why? Save face, keep panic at bay. But what is better – calm public or irradiated public? With radiation and cesium – in any quantities – in the atmosphere, it is irresponsible to keep the citizenry informed. The IAEA is toothless and lazy. Heroes to be working at the plants -I’m certain they are not doing it out of patriotism. It’s not a noble cause – do you think they do this willingly? hah…they are in harm’s way due to a corrupt utilities magnate (TEPCO) which has been corrupt and suspected of falsifying safety records. This reactor (Fukushima)was due to be decommissioned within a quarter… The seawater is not working. The rods are encased in 6thick stainless 1560 c. The rods run 2200 c. Not cool enough. The Japanese gov’t just publicly said “a meltdown may be happening”… If you follow news (AP/anything credible) …most US nuclear specialists believe a meltdown is a near certainty 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: Comment Is Free But Freedom Is Slavery - An Exchange With The Guardian's Economics Editor.

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who is under domestic pressure to respond harshly to the killings, is a member of that team. JERUSALEM – Israel said A government official, speaking Sunday it has approved hundreds o n c o n d i t i o n o f a n o n y m i t y of settler homes after five because he wasn't authorized to members of an Israeli family -- release this information to the including three children -- were media, said between 300 and 500 knifed to death as they slept in a apartments and homes were West Bank settlement over the approved for construction. weekend. Palestinian opposition to The attack and the government's settlement construction on lands response threatened to drive they want for a future state has Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking brought negotiations to a virtual even further out of reach. Israel, standstill over the past two years, which blames the attack on with Palestinians refusing to Palestinian militants, is liable to negotiate directly with Israel as set aside an emerging peace long as it persists. initiative it had planned to " W e c o n d e m n t h i s a c t o f propose, while the planned a c c e l e r a t e d s e t t l e m e n t construction of new settler homes construction," senior Palestinian o n l y d e e p e n e d P a l e s t i n i a n official Saeb Erekat said. "We mistrust of Israel. urge the international community The settlement construction, to intervene and implement the approved Saturday night by the two-state solution. This is the only Cabinet's ministerial team on way out of this vicious circle of settlements, would take place in violence and counter-violence." major West Bank settlement blocs Settler leader Dani Dayan called that Israel expects to hold on to in the government's move "a very any final peace deal, the prime small step in the right direction." minister's office said in a text Although ground has been message to reporters. Prime broken on as many as 500 Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, apartments and homes since an
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Israeli moratorium on new West Bank settlement construction expired in late September, the government is holding up approvals on hundreds of other homes, to the settlers' chagrin. The attack Friday night in Itamar, home to some of Israel's most radical settlers, was the deadliest against Israelis in years, and security forces were on alert Sunday for possible settler retaliation against Palestinians. The general security level around the country was raised, with an emphasis on the West Bank and Jerusalem, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said. The military said suspects had been taken into custody in connection with the killings but would give no details. Troops were searching the area around the settlement looking for the assailants and were beefed up in the area near the Jerusalem cemetery where the victims were to be buried later Sunday, the military said. The Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, a mostly defunct Palestinian militant group, took responsibility for the killings. But it was not

clear if the group really was responsible because it frequently takes credit for attacks it didn't commit in a bid to raise its profile. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas condemned the killings and Palestinian security forces were also searching for the perpetrators, Palestinian officials said. But in Gaza, ruled by Islamic Hamas militants, officials applauded the attack and residents celebrated the killings. At the start of Sunday's weekly Cabinet meeting, Netanyahu said he told Abbas that the Palestinian Authority must make "unequivocal efforts to stop allowing incitement" against Israelis. Developments on the diplomatic front could depend in part on whether the violence spreads. U.S.-backed peace talks between the two sides collapsed last year amid disputes over continued Israeli construction in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, territory Palestinians envision as part of their future state. Netanyahu had been expected to deliver a major policy speech soon, possibly proposing a

Palestinian state within temporary borders as a way out of a longstanding negotiations impasse. Such a proposal is anathema to the Palestinians, who fear the temporary arrangement will become permanently entrenched. With peacemaking at a standstill, the Palestinians are pushing for world recognition of an independent state -- with or without a deal. Although that would not deliver them an actual state, it could isolate Israel. The U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv had no reaction to the settlement construction approval. But the Israeli government official who spoke on condition of anonymity said the U.S. was aware of the Israeli decision. 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: Comment Is Free But Freedom Is Slavery - An Exchange With The Guardian's Economics Editor.

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involving driver fatigue regulations. The bus was one of scores that travel daily between Chinatown, in Manhattan, and the Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun casinos in southeastern Connecticut.

Mohegan Sun, in Uncasville, Connecticut, has estimated 20 percent of its business comes from Asian spending and caters to Chinese-American gamblers. Its website has a Chinese-language section offering gaming and bus

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New Teams Join Cooper Prototypes Lites for 2011 Season
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A pair of notable new teams are joining the Cooper tires Prototypes Lites Ranks for 2011, one in Lites 1 and one in Lites 2. JDC Racing Coming to Prototype Lites 1 Gerry Kraut drives the #55 Dougherty & Co./Dougherty Funding Élan DP02 at the Sebring Winter Test. (James Fish/The Epoch Times) JDC Racing will be new to Prototypes Lites 1 for 2011, but not at all new to racing. This veteran teams has competed in Star Mazda and F2000, winning Star Mazda championships in 2007 and 2009. This year Team Principal John Church decided to field an Élan DP02 in Lites 1 for driver Gerry Kraut. “IMSA Prototype Lites is a great way to expand JDC Motorsports’ racing horizons,” Church said in a series press release. “We couldn’t help but notice the growth of Prototype Lites over the past two years and believe this series is well positioned to continue that growth. We want to be a part of this growth. I haven’t seen Gerry this excited about the upcoming season in years!”

JDC Motorsports has a long and storied career in the Star Mazda and F2000 series, including Star Mazda titles in 2009 and 2007. The team decided to expand into the sports car arena in 2011, with Gerry Kraut behind the wheel. Team Principal John Church looks forward to joining the sports car ranks. “IMSA Prototype Lites is a great way to expand JDC Motorsports’ racing horizons,” said Church. “We couldn’t help but notice the growth of Prototype Lites over the past two years and believe this series is well positioned to continue that growth. We want to be a part of this growth. And I haven’t seen Gerry this excited about the upcoming season in years!” Gerry Kraut brings 18 years of racing experience to the job, most in open-wheel. He is eager to embrace the challenges of sports car racing in a the #55 Dougherty & Co./Dougherty Funding Lites 1 car. “I was most interested in being part of the American Le Mans series because of the quality of the organization and its exclusive focus on road racing,” Kraut said. “Prototype Lites appeals to me because they are sophisticated sports racers that compete in a

well-managed series at great venues. “Lites can be an end in and of itself or provide a step to the next level of prototype racing with the ALMS.” Wilzig Racing West Joins Lites 2 Alan Wilzig will campaign his West WR1000 in the 2011 Cooper Tire Lites 2 class. (James Fish/The Epoch Times) An experienced motorcycle racer, Alan Wilzig turned to automobiles in 2002 after the birth of his son. Wilzig started with a Radical pro-Sport, which

he has traded in for a West WR1000 for 2011. “I rode bikes knee-down on racetracks for 15 years,” Wilzig said in a press statement. “Then five years ago, we had our first child. That coincided with my introduction to the Radical chassis, which showed me that a racecar can be as much or more fun than a motorcycle. Then a business associate showed me how the West was specifically designed as a Radical-beater. And that was it.” Wilzig has long been a fan of

Prototype Lites’ parent series, the American Le Mans Series (ALMS,) which makes joining the Lites 2 grid that much more enjoyable. “I chose Lites for the same reason the fans choose ALMS and have always supported IMSA: the love of the cars. For me the appreciation begins before I even enter the cockpit,” he said. “Just looking at my West Race Cars prototype is a thrill for me. I like driving a car that exists solely for racing.” The first event on the Cooper Prototypes Lites calendar will be at Sebring International Raceway on March 17, at 4:15 p.m. and March 18 at 2:05 p.m., part of the ALMS Sebring Twelve Hours weekend. Tickets for the weekend are available online and at the box office. 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: Comment Is Free But Freedom Is Slavery - An Exchange With The Guardian's Economics Editor.

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Lawmakers confident on short-term budget deal
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President Barack Obama delivers remarks at TechBoston Academy in Boston, March 8, 2011. Credit: Reuters/Jim Young By John Whitesides WASHINGTON| Sun Mar 13, 2011 1:04pm EDT WASHINGTON(Reuters) Senior lawmakers in both parties said on Sunday that Congress will pass a stopgap spending bill to avert a government shutdown this week, but warned there are still big obstacles to long-term deals on the budget and debt. Leaders in both parties backed a plan by U.S. House of Representatives Republicans for a temporary three-week spending bill to keep the federal government operating through April 8 while they try to find a broader compromise. "I don't think we ought to let the government shut down," Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said on "Fox News Sunday," predicting the Senate would approve the House Republican plan. "I think it will pass in the House this week and later in the Senate," Senate Democratic leader Dick Durbin said of the temporary spending bill on CNN's "State of the Union." The short-term measure is needed to give Congress time to hammer out a spending plan to fund the government through September 30, when the current fiscal year

ends. Without another temporary spending bill, the federal government, starting on March 19, would have to begin shutting down nonessential services such as national parks, and could give layoff notices to workers who issue Social Security retirement checks. Republicans, who made big gains in last year's elections with promises to cut government spending, have demanded deep spending cuts of about $60 billion over the next six months. Democrats have resisted, expressing concern that the cuts would cripple key social programs and economic recovery efforts. Republicans pushed President Barack Obama and Democratic

congressional leaders to come up with their own list of deeper spending cuts. 'STEP UP' "We will pass the stopgap but this is not the pattern we are going to continue down the future. We think the Democrats need to step up and actually produce something," Representative Kevin McCarthy, the third-ranking House Republican, said on CNN. Other fights loom even after lawmakers agree on this year's budget. Congress must begin work on a budget for the next fiscal year, which starts on October 1, and must vote in the next few months on increasing the government's debt ceiling. McConnell predicted Senate Republicans would not support a

move to increase the government's borrowing authority unless Democrats make significant debtreduction efforts. "I don't intend to support raising the debt ceiling, and I don't believe any Senate Republicans do, unless we do something important related to spending and debt," McConnell said, without discussing specifics. "It is going to have to carry something with it that the markets, foreign countries and the American people believe is a credible effort to get a handle on spending and the debt effort," McConnell said. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke has warned that a failure by Congress to raise the debt ceiling in the next few months could lead to a default with dire economic consequences. • Share this • Link this • Digg this • Email • Reprints 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: Comment Is Free But Freedom Is Slavery - An Exchange With The Guardian's Economics Editor.

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Natural, Safe Ways to Ease Arthritis Pain
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practitioners are using this treatment to ease arthritis and other painful joint conditions. By W. Gifford-Jones, M.D. LILT causes the release of Created: Mar 13, 2011 Last endorphins, the body’s own Updated: Mar 13, 2011 painkillers; increases cortisol, the NSAIDS: Every year 25,000 precursor of cortisone; and people die from gastrointestinal stimulates new blood-vessel bleeding due to nonsteroidal antiformation. It is a non-invasive inflammatory drugs. (Karen treatment without complications. Bleier/AFP/Getty Images)“Why To my knowledge, natural shoot a mouse with an elephant approaches to arthritis treatment gun?” I recently asked a patient have not killed anyone. But in suffering from osteoarthritis (the North America, every year 25,000 wear-and-tear type of arthritis). people die from gastrointestinal Before using strong drugs that bleeding due to non-steroidal antimay cause major complications, inflammatory drugs, such as ask your doctor about these aspirin, Tylenol, Advil and Motrin natural ways to treat arthritis. (ibuprofen), and Aleve Vitamin C. I believe this vitamin (naproxen). is the most-overlooked remedy for Pound for pound, natural the treatment of aging joints. It’s enough to prevent arthritis or arthritis is no exception. Studies remedies are much safer than show that a mostly vegetarian diet prescription drugs, and it seems an indisputable fact that vitamin C coronary attack. is needed to produce healthy Glucosamine and Chondroitin. has a powerful anti-inflammatory logical to try these first. collagen, a vital component of These supplements have been effect on joints, thereby reducing Dr. Gifford-Jones is a medical cartilage. Unhealthy cartilage used for years in Europe to joint pain. Patients with arthritis journalist with a private medical means bones eventually grind p r e v e n t a n d t r e a t a r t h r i t i s . should concentrate on complex practice in Toronto. against one another, causing pain. Glucosamine gives cartilage its carbohydrates, such as whole His website is DocGiff.com He grains, vegetables, legumes, and m a y b e c o n t a c t e d a t Researchers at Boston University structure. C h o n d r o i t i n w o r k s w i t h fruits. Medical Center studied the Info@docgiff.com vitamin C intake of 640 people. glucosamine to attract and hold Omega-3 fatty acids are high in This entry passed through the They discovered that those with a water, providing cartilage its eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and Full-Text RSS service — if this is higher intake of vitamin C were cushioning effect. Several reports are present in fish oils. They help your content and you're reading it protected against the progression show that patients taking 1,500 t o e a s e a r t h r i t i s p a i n b y on someone else's site, please read milligrams of glucosamine and decreasing the production of the our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ of osteoarthritis of the knee. Remember, animals produce 1,200 milligrams of chondroitin prostaglandins that cause pain and content-only/faq.php vitamin C and humans do not. daily with meals had less pain and inflammation. You can take two Five Filters featured article: Linus Pauling, two-time Nobel increased mobility compared to 360-milligram capsules of EPA Comment Is Free But Freedom Is twice a day with meals. Prize winner, believed that those treated with a placebo. Slavery - An Exchange With The humans receive enough C in food Diet. A sound diet is powerful Low Intensity Laser Therapy Guardian's Economics Editor. to avoid dying of scurvy but not therapy for any condition, and ( L I L T ) . M a n y m e d i c a l

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Japanese Authories Warn of a Possible Second Nuclear Reactor Explosion
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mile) radius of the reactor has been evacuated. Because of damage sustained at By Miwako Nishimura thermal power stations, in Epoch Times Staff Created: Mar addition to the nuclear power 13, 2011 Last Updated: Mar 13, plants, Prime Minister Naoto Kan 2011 authorized on Sunday the Self Defence troops walk through unprecedented move of rolling debris to search for missing blackouts across nine prefectures people at Otsuchi town in Iwate including Tokyo. The blackouts prefecture on March 13, 2011. will occur between 6:20 a.m. and Japanese authorities warned on 10 p.m. Monday in Tokyo, Sunday that the Fukushima Gunma, Tochigi, Ibaraki, Daiichi No. 3 Reactor could Saitama, Chiba, Kanagawa, explode. (Jiji Press/AFP/Getty Yamanashi and eastern Shizuoka. Images) TOKYO—Japan’s Chief People are preparing for the Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano blackouts by cleaning out shop warned on Sunday that the shelves of food, water, and Fukushima Daiichi No. 3 Reactor batteries. could explode. "It is estimated extra evacuation measures. make the plant inoperable in the This entry passed through the that a large amount of hydrogen Full-Text RSS service — if this is On Saturday after a strong future. has accumulated near the upper aftershock, the No. 1 reactor at the Fukushima prefecture authorities your content and you're reading it area of the building at the No. 3 same plant exploded. Seawater is said on Sunday that so far 22 on someone else's site, please read Reactor, and there is a possibility frantically being pumped in a bid people have tested positive for our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ of hydrogen explosion,” he said at to avoid a meltdown of the fuel radiation exposure, but 160 more content-only/faq.php a televised press conference. r o d s . T h e r o d s n e e d t o b e may also have been irradiated. Five Filters featured article: Edano, however, downplayed the complete submerged in water at Fifteen of the confirmed cases Comment Is Free But Freedom Is threat at the second reactor and all times to avoid overheating. were at a hospital within 6 miles Slavery - An Exchange With The said only a very small amount of Guardian's Economics Editor. Using seawater is considered a of the reactor. radioactive material has leaked measure of last resort since it will Everyone within a 20 km (12.4 out and there is no need to call for

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the town and warned residents through loudspeakers to seek higher ground, but most simply stood by and watched them pass. In Sendai, firefighters with wooden picks dug through a devastated neighborhood. One of them yelled: "A corpse." Inside a house, he had found the body of a gray-haired woman under a blanket. A few minutes later, the firefighters spotted another -- that of a man in black fleece jacket and pants, crumpled in a partial fetal position at the bottom of a wooden stairwell. From outside, while the top of the house seemed almost untouched, the first floor where the body was had been inundated. A minivan lay embedded in one outer wall, which had been ripped away,

pulverized beside a mangled bicycle. The man's neighbor, 24-year-old Ayumi Osuga, dug through the remains of her own house, her white mittens covered by dark mud. Osuga said she had been practicing origami, the Japanese art of folding paper into figures, with her three children when the quake stuck. She recalled her husband's shouted warning from outside: "'GET OUT OF THERE NOW!"' She gathered her children -- aged 2 to 6 -- and fled in her car to higher ground with her husband. They spent the night in a hilltop home belonging to her husband's family about 12 miles (20 kilometers) away. "My family, my children. We are

lucky to be alive," she said. "I have come to realize what is important in life," Osuga said, nervously flicking ashes from a cigarette onto the rubble at her feet as a giant column of black smoke billowed in the distance. 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: Comment Is Free But Freedom Is Slavery - An Exchange With The Guardian's Economics Editor.

Which Magazine Will You Pick Up This Weekend?
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It's the weekend, which means it's time to check out all the headlines at the newsstand! People takes a closer look at the custody war brewing between Charlie Sheen and Brooke Mueller, while Star tries to uncover Christina Aguilera's supposed secrets. InTouch has the latest Teen Mom drama, and Us has the scoop on The Bachelor's upcoming proposal. So, tell us - which

magazine will you pick up this weekend? Which Magazine Will You Pick Up This Weekend? PeopleHoping things work out with Charlie and his kids. Star- What's really going on with Christina? In Touch- A Teen Mom divorce and a wedding? Us- Dying to know more about Brad's big proposal!

(Founder Stories) Joel Spolsky On Startups: “Have A CoFounder Otherwise You’ll Go Insane”
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“have a co-founder” to share the load, “otherwise you’ll go insane.” And “make sure you All this week on Founder Stories, figure out who wons what,” he we’ve shown segments from adds, and do that up front. As Chris Dixon’s interview with Dixon points out, the last thing S t a c k E x c h a n g e C E O J o e l you want is to have to explain to Spolsky, who also writes the Joel later investors why some guy on Software blog. In the final named Frank who was only rapid-fire Q&A video above, around for 3 weeks owns 30 Spolsky doles out some advice to p e r c e n t o f t h e c o m p a n y . ( other startup founders, primarily Disclosure: Host Chris Dixon is

an angel investor in Stack Exchange). Spolsky also explains why he admires Bill Gates more than Steve Jobs, why his favorite c h a r i t y i s DonorsChoose(crowdsourced funding FTW), why he finds it easier to hire people in New York City, and dishes on the group think in Silicon Valley. Below is the entire 30-minute

interview, or you can watch it in segments. In Part I, Spolsky talks about when to raise VC cash and how he seeded the original Stack Overflow community with the readers of his blog, in Part II he rails against what bad SEO has done to the Internet and why he chooses to go deep in each vertical site Stack Exchange rolls out, and in Part III he rags on Yahoo Answers. It’s worth

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Google to Launch Major New Social Network Called Circles, Possibly Today
Marshall Kirkpatrick (ReadWriteWeb)

Google Gadgets. These are heavy hitting tech leaders and the service should be very interesting. Submitted at 3/13/2011 10:56:07 AM Sponsor We believe that Google will A Matter of Personas preview a major new social With Circles, I believe that service called Google Circles at Google will attempt to accomplish South by Southwest Interactive s o m e t h i n g c r i t i c s f r o m t h e today. If what we've heard is blogosphere, academia, SXSW correct, the service will offer 2010 keynoter danah boyd, photo, video and status message privacy watchdogs and others sharing. Everything users share on have all called on the social Circles will be shared only with networking world to do: to allow the most appropriate circle of our online communication to social contacts in their lives, not respect the same boundaries that with all your contacts in bulk. our offline social lives do. Circles may be shown off at an School and work, friends and event co-hosted tonight by the f a m i l y , t h e s a c r e d a n d t h e ACLU, an organization focused profane; we've always been able on privacy and the liberties it to communicate different things to affords. It may not be a big different people in different public launch yet, but it's clear circumstances. Facebook, Twitter that this is a major product in the and other online social networks works at the very least. have collapsed all those contexts The service has been developed into one big bucket. We speak to with extensive participation by our "friends" all at once, no matter Chris Messina, the co-creator of what we might want to say to one numerous successful social and group of people or another. And software phenomena online, from t h u s w e o f t e n f e e l l e s s BarCamp to Hashtags and much comfortable than we might saying more. Messina declined to anything at all. comment for this story. Jonathan This fundamental discomfort has Sposato, CEO of the photo editing been, many people argue, a service Piknik that Google limiting factor in the growth, acquired last year, is working on reach and depth of online social Circles as well. Sposato may be interactions. If that problem the only entrepreneur to have sold could be solved, there are big new not one but two startups to Google ways that the online world could - having founded Phatbits, a grow and evolve. This has been a service that was acquired by more sophisticated understanding Google in 2005 and became of privacy, not just as a public/

as developer friendly as other Google social products, but with a much greater emphasis on design and usability. Messina and Sposato both have strong backgrounds in working with developers and APIs. Messina was trained as a visual designer and created the full page ad in the New York Times announcing the launch of Firefox, then went on to become a leader in the open web community. His private dichotomy but as a matter work has included co-creating the of contextual integrity of international unconference communication, that we and phenomenon called Barcamp, others have been calling on helping build OpenID federated Facebook to adopt for almost two identity system, leading the years. Activity Streams movement for an The development of Circles is interoperable social network user likely heavily influenced by the activity data system and initiating w o r k o f e x - G o o g l e s o c i a l the use of #hashtags on Twitter. t e c h n o l o g y r e s e a r c h e r P a u l When he joined Google in Adams. Adams has written a J a n u a r y 2 0 1 0 , w e w r o t e book called Social Circles, which extensively about his life and will be released this Summer and career. he published a widely read slide Right: Messina posted this photo deck about what is wrong with on Foursquare today of posters social networking: specifically the promoting Google's hacker event lack of respect for context and at SXSW. personas. ( The Real Life Social It is nearly inconceivable that Network) Adams worked on User Messina would be involved and Experience at Google for four the effort wouldn't be a standardsyears, but just months after based platform play. If Circles is p u b l i s h i n g h i s i n f l u e n c i a l unveiled at SXSW, the timing presentation he left Google for c o u l d n ' t b e b e t t e r f r o m a Facebook. The Real Life Social developer relations perspective. N e t w o r k v 2 V i e w m o r e Google can position itself as documents from Paul Adams g o i n g e x a c t l y t h e o p p o s i t e Courting Developers direction Twitter is. Twitter saw Given who is working on it, I its biggest outpouring of criticism expect that Google Circles will be

yet when it told developers on Friday that they should not build any more basic interfaces, clients, for using Twitter. It remains to be seen how that will play out, but if a major social network wanted to try to lure developers to build on their platform, this could be a good time to start talking about it. Google Tries Again Google has launched many different social efforts over the years but has remained far behind Facebook and Twitter in its efforts. Social networking is an important technology for Google to find success with as it's a key way that people spend time online and that targeted advertisements are delivered to those people. Google Buzz felt overbearing and bolted on. It also got privacy terribly, terribly wrong. Google Wave was more confusing than collaborative. Google's Open Social interoperable widget platform was hugely hyped as a distributed Facebook killer, but it now primarily focused on enterprise social networks. Reports emerged last June that Google has been working on a secret social project called Google Me. In December a screenshot was leaked to TechCrunch showing a new toolbar item on Google.com called "Loop." (Loop seems similar to Circles - I think Circles GOOGLE page 26

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SXSW: Mint Talks Mobile App Development Challenges, Teases New iPad App
Sarah Perez (ReadWriteWeb)
Submitted at 3/12/2011 6:57:50 PM

Aaron Forth, Vice President of Product for personal finance and budgeting service Mint. com, talked at SXSW this week about the challenges the company faced when going mobile. As a service whose business model depends on people visiting the Mint.com website, the decision to launch a mobile application was not one the company took lightly, Forth said. But Mint did decide go mobile, launching first on iPhone, then on Android, after studying the actions of its mobile user base. And now, Mint is planning to launch a brand-new iPad application in just a few months a prospect that has the company again rethinking its product for the tablet's multitouch interface. Sponsor Case Study: Mint Goes Mobile Mint says that the majority of its users have a phone connected their account with the service, and 20% are relying only on a mobile phone. Given those demographics, the company knew it wanted to serve the mobile audience with native applications. Forth then explained the thought process the company went through when creating its first mobile app (the iPhone version of Mint). The results make for an interesting case study which other

developers may be able to learn from. Step 1: Pick Your Platforms Carefully Forth said that when it came to making a decision about what devices to launch its applications on, the first thing they looked at was device adoption trends. What devices have good market share?, they wanted to know. The answer was Android and iPhone and Android, each which have "massive distribution," said Forth. Another important factor was whether or not the platforms they chose would have a way to get apps directly to consumers via an app store environment. Again, both iPhone and Android filled this need. Finally, they needed a platform where there was a good SDK available and developer support. In this area, Forth said Mint found that Apple's strict guidelines didn't interfere with development, but actually helped them understand very simply what they could and could not do. They didn't have to figure out the phone, he said, they could just focus on development. Another key factor in the decision was finding a platform where there was low fragmentation. "It's hard enough to support multiple browsers and versions," said Forth. Mint wanted to find platforms that had a fragmentation strategy plan. Apple is great example of this, he

when you go mobile," said Forth. On the "reused" side, there was only brand and positioning, the finance data and the user profile that was ported to the mobile app from the Web. Everything else was new. This included, of course, the UI itself- the interaction and visual design involving gesturing, a one-button said. Once the company decided what interface on iPhone and the fact platforms it wanted to build apps that there's not a lot of typing for, it created some general goals. involved when using mobile apps. F o r e x a m p l e , t h e c o m p a n y It also included new security decided it wanted to earn a top f e a t u r e s w h e r e e n c r y p t e d three position in the free finance protocols were used to exchange c a t e g o r y a n d i t w a n t e d t o data, plus the use of passcodes t a k e a d v a n t a g e o f s p e c i f i c and more. platform features available to Also new were to the company native apps, because that would were the skills involved in the make it more likely that platform app's creation (languages like maker would highlight the app Objective C and Cocoa), the within its store as a showcase d i f f e r e n t d e v e l o p m e n t environments used, the QA example of its platfrom. Finally, Mint wanted to deliver process and the authentication on-the-go utility to its users, and methods. Even the service layer and make Mint easy to access. But architecture was new, because the most importantly, because Mint needed visitors to its website to layer of APIs used for the earlier earn revenue, it decided to build Mint Web app were different than its mobile app as more of a ones that support the mobile app. companion to the site, instead of a On a phone, explained Forth, the app needs to be more efficient standalone application. Step 2: Figure Out What's when delivering the payload of data to the device. It's bursting Transferrable The second question Mint needed data to you upon loading, instead to address was to figure out what's of streaming data to you, like on reused versus what's new when the Web. going from the Web app to Step 3: What is the End User mobile. "You basicaly tear down Experience You Want? the idea of what your product is Finally, Mint wanted to focus on

the user experience, keeping in mind that the mobile app will serve different needs than Web app, and its design needed to evolve in order to embrace device it runs on. Mint designed the app to focus on core jobs using simple screens: an overview screen, accounts screen, expenditures screen and budget screen. In a later version of app, Mint made it easier for new users to sign up for the service directly from the app itself. This was important to the company because Mint's users with mobile phone are more engaged than the others. After 4 weeks, 20% of Mint's new sign-ups were from mobile, said Forth. Mint Coming to iPad! Now Mint is developing its first iPad application, which again is forcing the company to redefine what its app is. The tablet form factor offers new possibilities, and new use cases, said Forth. Within the iPad app, some of its graphic libraries will be built in HTML5, for example, when previously on the Web, its graphics were built with Flex. It will also incorporate gesturing for things like categorizing transactions, which will work via drag-and-drop. Like its iPhone counterpart, the iPad app will be more similar to the iPhone than SXSW: page 27

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SlashGear Week in Review – Week 11 2011
Shane McGlaun (SlashGear)
Submitted at 3/13/2011 9:41:46 AM

It’s that time again, welcome to this week’s edition of the SlashGear Week in Review. Biggest news in the tech world this week has to be the iPad 2, hitting shelves on Friday and promptly selling through Apple’s initial stocks for online orders. We posted up our review of the iPad 2 mid week. The new iPad 2 is clearly far ahead of competitors on most levels. Samsung says that its Galaxy Tab 10.1 is on schedule and no changes will be made to the device. This is after reports surfaced last week that Samsung was rethinking the Tab 10.1 and changes might be made. Western Digital announced that it plans to purchase Hitachi GST in a deal that will cost WD $4.3 billion. The deal still has to get regulatory approval before it can complete. National Geographic has taken the cartoon house from Up and reproduced it in the real world. They attached a bunch of large balloons to the outside of a house shell and then floated it with the balloons. A judge decided to allow Sony to unveil the IP addresses of all the folks that visited the GeoHot website. The intention is to try to figure out if any of those people downloaded the PS3 hack GeoHot made. Reports surfaced that Facebook and Skype are in talks to create a video calling system to fight Apple FaceTime. I could see them

adding this capability to your Facebook page. Microsoft reportedly paid Nokia $1 billion to use Windows Phone on its handsets. The price was reportedly to keep Nokia from going Android. The Lenovo ThinkPad X220 and X220T got official last week. The T version is a convertible tablet and the rigs promise up to 24

hours of runtime with the optional battery. Tesla offered up some new details on the Model S EV. The car will hit mid-2012 and will have a 300-mile range. An interesting S.N.A.K.social networking keyboard landed this week. The keyboard has all sorts of shortcut keys for Facebook to allow access to functions with one button press. A cool watch

concept called the Konect turned up. The watch had a USB section and looked like something from Star Trek. Philips debuted an interesting TV called the Cinema 21:9 Gold that is 3D capable and allows two people to play games on side-byside screens. This is a seriously wide TV. Samsung has outted new platter tech that allows 1TB

of storage per platter. That means that 4TB HDDs will be possible soon. Kaspar the creepy robot surfaced early in the week. The bot is designed to help autistic kids and interact socially with others. Why do helpful robots have to be so creepy? Logitech unveiled a new SLASHGEAR page 28

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Do We Really Want to Talk to Strangers Based on Our Location?
Mike Melanson (ReadWriteWeb)

with real people you may not even know." Ask Around, on the other hand, is Submitted at 3/13/2011 12:26:55 PM "a location-centric app that lets With SXSW well under way in people join, save and share Austin, Texas, the servers behind conversations taking place in their apps like Beluga, GroupMe, Kik immediate vicinity." The basic and FastSociety must be working idea here is that the people around overtime. After all, people like you can offer a value that services talking to their friends, right? like Google cannot, based on the In this same batch of apps, we've s i m p l e f a c t t h a t y o u h a v e seen another phenomenon, though common location. Why is the - apps that make it quicker an train stopped? Google might not easier to talk to people you don't know, but the person five cars up know - and we have one big might. question: Do people really want to So let's look at these two talk to strangers? scenarios a bit more: Yobongo Sponsor wants to make it easier to meet Two apps that immediately come people around me by breaking the t o m i n d i n t h e s p h e r e a r e ice a little bit and Ask Around Yobongo and Ask Around, both wants to help out with local of which use location to bring search by providing a way to strangers together in a group chat. quickly ask people around me F o r Y o b o n g o , t h e v a l u e questions in real time. proposition is that a group chat Say I go to the bar and I'm the room based on your location and a shy type. I sit down, order a beer, number of other signals can make and whip out my trusty iPhone. I it easier to meet the people around open up Yobongo and I see it says you. Co-founder Caleb Elston I'm chatting with 10 people near distinguished Yobongo from other Austin. How long do I sit at the group messaging apps, explaining bar and chat with people on my that "those products are focused iPhone before the ice has been on organizing your close friends broken enough to overcome my around very specific topics or shyness and finally say "Hey, let's events. We are focused on cross the room and talk face to ambient real-time communication face"? Since this is a chat based

Launching Ask Around as a separate app dedicated wholly to this use case lets everyone explore the shared experience of location. Want to have a behind the scenes conversation with friends in the bar? Predict the next play in the game to those watching it with you? Find out where off campus people are heading tonight? Discover what the crowd across the street is looking at? Ask Around is the app for that. around location, it's also very real- With Ask Around, the group time. There's only so much time conversation is entirely public before one of us potentially just as with Yobongo - so I'm not moves on to another location and sure how much I would use it for makes the jump from one room to a " b e h i n d t h e s c e n e s " another. conversation, but what about the Here's the thing: if I'm the type of rest of these ideas? Do I want to person that can't go to a place and predict the next play with people meet people face to face, is two around me? Is this supposing that seconds of chatting on my phone I'm at the game or a sports bar? really going to break down the And if so, why does the location barriers of introduction enough to actually matter? It would seem get past that? I'm not so sure it is. we're talking about a topic, not a Now, Ask.com says that Ask location. And if the crowd across Around can be the service I go to the street is looking at something, when I want to know about what's why not cross the street and look going on around me. yourself? We saw some of this location- The biggest question for a service centric chat behavior evolving like Ask Around is, who is on the naturally in our flagship app and other end? When that hypothetical took the hint that there was real train stops, do we all jump on Ask interest in having a discussion Around to talk to people in our with those people around you. immediate location? The idea

seems to be based around asking questions to people in a vicinity, but is a location a strong enough bond to get strangers communicating? And if everyone goes on there to ask questions, who's doing the answering? So, the question really is with group messaging for strangers how do you keep both parties interested on both ends? What's the incentive to keep Ask Around running on your phone if you don't have a question? For Yobongo, is a mix of location and social signals enough to match user expectations and bring the serendipitous connections promised? Bringing location explicitly into the formula of communication with strangers is a relatively new thing and we're sure to see more of it, but we're not so sure that it's there quite yet. What do you think? What apps have you seen that do it just right? Has Yobongo brought you serendipity or Ask Around information you wouldn't have otherwise found? So far, it hasn't for me. Discuss

This Week In Downloads [Download Roundup]
Dave Drager (Lifehacker)

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Infinity Blade for iPad 2 [REVIEW]
Chris Burns (SlashGear)
Submitted at 3/12/2011 11:10:48 PM

Let us go forth and review an app made specifically for the Apple mobile platform iOS – this particular update coming hard and downloading fully optimized for iPad 2. This is a game that, in a way, takes everything we learned from games like Final Fantasy, Virtua Fighter, and even the nonvideo game Dungeons and Dragons, and breaks it down to a touchscreen-based, mobile operating system … masterpiece. It’s not the greatest game ever made, and I’ll give you a little preview in saying I don’t even think I’ll play it more than a few times, but is it worth the cash you could potentially lay down on it? First Impressions This game fires up to show several brand names that spell out “this is going to be amazing almost no matter what.” EPIC Games, UDK, ChAIR, and the mother of them all, UNREAL Technology. We’ve just reviewed a couple of games for the Motorola XOOM that had UNREAL involved, and oh my goodness let me tell you that we’ve essentially now GOT to crack our claws out for any new game that comes along associated with them. They’re good. As this game fires up, it rolls past the start screen, hitting almost immediately the playing of the game via just a tiny bit of training. A mistake many games have been making in this transitional period

with mobile gaming is to move a game that was on a console or otherwise larger system here to mobile without changing it a bit. You’ve got to make it work FASTER, because that’s what a mobile gamer not only expects, it’s what he or she needs. This game knows that, and it knows it hardcore. The game launches instantly into a storyline and cinematic that are complicated enough to be

engaging but simple enough that you don’t have to CARE what’s going on to play the game. Perfect balance achieved! Gameplay This game consists of walking a distance, seeing if there are any items about your feet for picking up, making sure your health and person are up to snuff, and fighting. Fighting in this game consists of tapping and swiping across the screen, not unlike what

you’d be doing in Fruit Ninja, but here with a level of complexity that again achieves a perfect balance. The balance is between response time, intricacy, and entertainment value. This fighting system has enough moves and advancements in moves as you move through the game that you will not become bored. This fighting system has a response time that, while not 100% perfect, is the best you’re going to find on

the iOS platform. This fighting system allows you to hit, cut, dodge, parry, block, use magic, use special moves, and more and more as you move along and gain experience. It’s entertaining every single time you fight. Storyline The story here is that you’re a warrior whose father has been killed by this evil warlord. You INFINITY page 29

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Why Gowalla hasn't stopped moving
(CNET News.com)

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As recently as a year ago, at last year's SXSW, Gowalla's homeSubmitted at 3/13/2011 10:46:35 AM turf advantage--offices in AUSTIN, Texas--It can't be easy downtown Austin, connections to for Josh Williams, the CEO of local businesses, and ties to geolocation service Gowalla, to Austin's local game-developer see once-close rival Foursquare community that also gave it plastered all over his hometown i n r o a d s a t F a c e b o o k - - w a s this week for the annual South by considered enough to give it a Southwest Interactive Festival crucial leg up in what some were (SXSW). On the massive outdoor pitching as a showdown between "Pepsi Max Lot" where lucky the two geolocation apps. But in Foursquare check-ins can earn the end, the New York-based users "golden tickets" to a Foursquare left town with more Monday night concert by Big Boi, buzz, plenty of contacts among at local vendors participating in a digital marketers, and the general blockbuster partnership between acknowledgment that it had won F o u r s q u a r e a n d A m e r i c a n the much-hyped "check-in wars." E x p r e s s , o r j u s t o n t h e It now has 7 million users in smartphones of the tens of c o m p a r i s o n t o G o w a l l a ' s 1 thousands of geeks who flood the million, and both start-ups have Texas capital for the conference had to keep abreast of potentially each year. competitive moves on behalf of "Obviously they've gone on to bigger companies like Facebook massive growth," Williams told and Twitter. CNET, sitting in a coffee shop Foursquare has become one of near Gowalla's offices--a coffee the darlings of the "hyperlocal" shop that happens to be adjacent m a r k e t i n g s e t - - a r e v a m p e d to a bike shop owned by cyclist version just in time for SXSW Lance Armstrong, whose h i g h l i g h t s social Livestrong Foundation has been a recommendations and local deals. major Gowalla partner. But he That's why it's probably been doesn't see this as game over for smart for Gowalla to make both Gowalla. Now, "there's an aspect conscious and unconscious moves of us feeling like we can build the to brand its app as a travel tool product that we always wanted to and not a source for potential build and not necessarily feel like local deals. Williams calls it a there's pressure to trade blows "socially curated Lonely Planet" with those guys," he said. in reference to the famed travel J o s h W i l l i a m s , C E O o f guide company. Though it hasn't G o w a l l a ( C r e d i t : C a r o l i n e inked any partnerships with travel McCarthy/CNET) guide companies yet, a deal with

Disney Parks is what Williams likes to talk about when he illustrates the direction in which he hopes Gowalla will go. "You look at Disneyland, that's in LA and it's primarily local traffic, so we've seen our local user base grow exponentially in LA because of the Disney deal," he explained. "At Disney World (in Orlando, Fla.)...it's a tourist destination, and that's where you see a lot of people going there and they'll hit it and be aggressive about it for a couple of days." It fits Gowalla's interface, which counts check-ins as "stamps" in a "passport" and pins on a map. Users can also create "trips" of suggested spots on an itinerary, something that Williams says new updates to Gowalla will further play up. In spite of tens of millions of dollars in venture funding and high-profile

marketing partnerships, geolocation apps have shown few signs of true mainstream appeal. Might the average consumer find a "check-in" more palatable if it all adds up to a sort of digital travel scrapbook? "We're really popular in Vegas, and we see a lot of usage in places that I would say are traditionally travel towns," Williams observed. "There's probably something to be said about that." Though Williams said the "check -in" and seeing where your friends have been remains important, the global rather than the local will continue to be a priority. So are they courting the likes of Lonely Planet? "I don't know if I'd say travel guide companies specifically, but anybody interested in tourism and the travel industry," Williams said of Gowalla's hypothetical forthcoming business deals. "I think it's certainly helped us guide our business development a little more." This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ content-only/faq.php Five Filters featured article: Comment Is Free But Freedom Is Slavery - An Exchange With The Guardian's Economics Editor.

is better.) I believe that Circles will be a toolbar level service as well. It's hard to think of a stronger angle to take than support for contextual integrity of communication and conversation, of personas in social networking. Google has tried and failed in many other (though not all) social efforts. Bringing some of the best thinking and the best innovators in the world to a new effort to tackle one of the world's biggest problems is very ambitious. Presuming that the things we're hearing are true (I believe they are), then we'll follow up with indepth coverage of Google Circles once it's launched. That may be tonight, it may be as far in the future as the Google IO developer conference in two months - but I believe we are going to see at least some parts of it today. More clear than the timing is that this is definitely happening: Google is putting some of its most innovative social thinkers behind a major product called Circles and focused on personas. Discuss

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When 9th in iPad 2 line can't get the one he wants
(CNET News.com)
Submitted at 3/13/2011 12:05:08 PM

I know that patience isn't everybody's thing. Friday, I wandered along early in the (my) morning to see how many people were lined up at the Apple store in Corte Madera, Calif. It was the most civilized line I have ever seen, not unlike the one you'd see at Starbucks every morning. It was populated by those who might be described as being past the middle of their lives. And yet, it seems, there was still no guarantee that these very nice people would actually get the iPad 2 that they were queuing for. A most civilized line in Corte Madera, Calif.(Credit: Chris Matyszczyk/CNET) A report in 9to5Mac, for example, describes how one enterprising man was ninth in line at the Century City Apple store in LA. You might imagine that if you were ninth in line at a significant Apple store in a large city, you would be able to choose precisely

had one and their friends didn't. Perhaps no one should be surprised by what people will do in order to feel that the Joneses are one step behind them. But it might be advisable, even for those at the front of the line, to have first befriended--or, um, incentivized--the manager of their local Apple store, Best Buy, or other fine retailer. They might know something (though one Best Buy manager told me he had no idea until the product turned up at his store). Otherwise, queuers might end up feeling like those fans who turned up at this year's Super Bowl, only to discover that, thanks to the NFL's incompetence, their seats the model that you were craving. And yet, he says, there was no nice little folding chairs), in a weren't there. It seems not. For, in this case, the way of knowing whether the store rather deserted shopping mall, This entry passed through the white 64GB models were already would or wouldn't. they all told me the same thing. Full-Text RSS service — if this is sold out. Yes, Verizon and You'd think that, in this socially They said that if they didn't sit your content and you're reading it AT&T. Worse, those who were networked world, there ought to and wait, it might be two weeks on someone else's site, please read around 30th in line reportedly be a better way for purchasers and before they got the iPad 2 they our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ weren't able to buy a 3G model at s t o r e s t o f i n d m u t u a l wanted. content-only/faq.php all. None. Of any kind. accommodation. When I asked whether those two Five Filters featured article: LockerGnome's Chris Pirillo When I asked those at the front of weeks really mattered, I was told Comment Is Free But Freedom Is offered a video in which he the line in Corte Madera why they that they didn't know, but it Slavery - An Exchange With The complained that Best Buy simply were prepared to sit all day, certainly mattered in the case of Guardian's Economics Editor. didn't have any 3G iPads at all. reading airport novels (albeit in the iPhone 4. Why? Because they

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website, as there won't be a deep, exhaustive set of menus. It will serve as a companion to the website as well. In the Q&A session at the end of the talk, an audience member asked why Mint didn't launch on iPhone and Android at the same

time. "In an ideal world, we would," said Forth. But there were time constraints. Also, Mint's developers were more comfortable and familiar with iOS, which made it easier to launch there first. If there is etiquette around when to launch

on different platforms, we probably broke it, Forth said. Discuss

Gary Vaynerchuk won't make it as a pro bowler
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professional bowler. This was at the American Express Open Forum event on Saturday night at This video will show you why SXSW. Click here to buy his you need to buy Gary’s new book, book. The Thank You Economy: he’s Permalink| Leave a comment » clearly not going to make it as a
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Google to launch new social network at SXSW?
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When it comes to social networks, Google has not managed to garland itself in too much glory. Critics suggest Google doesn't quite understand what makes people buzz. And yet an interesting report has emerged that says Google might be using an event at SXSW this evening to launch--or, at least, preview--a new social network. According to ReadWriteWeb, Google's social network is to be called Circles. At its heart it purportedly has something that seems crucial in today's socially networked world--privacy. The idea seems to be that this social network will allow you to share every part of your being-namely status updates, photos, and videos--with a very specific group of friends (hence the name "Circles"), rather than with the great unwashed and unfiltered. The report suggests that Google might be at least offering a sneak peek of this concept tonight, at an event co-hosted by the ACLU, an organization that feels there is

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set of speakers for computer users called the Z906 that are THX certified. The speakers have 500W of power and will sell for nothing mutually exclusive don't necessarily rhyme with a right at $350. between privacy and freedom. world that is increasingly lazy and NVIDIA showed off the GeForce Philosophically, it would appear laissez-faire. GTX 590 video card with Dual that this idea recognizes the Still, the heart of the idea seems a GPUs. The video card is expected fundamental truth that we are not very interesting one and one can to ship on March 22. A geek one personality to everyone. As only hope that it also puts created an awesome laser gun that we connect to different social pressure on Facebook to consider will melt foam and pop balloons. groupings, we offer a different how much easier its own privacy It may be the best geek DIY ever. side of ourselves--the side that we controls have truly become. It will Microsoft brags that about 10 feel most comfortable showing to also put additional pressure on million Kinect sensors and games that group. Google to consider even more have now been sold. I wonder It may well be that after some carefully its own attitude to how many of them are still in use time within a particular group, we privacy, given such difficult or are actually being used for feel better about revealing some snafus as the "Oops, we appear to games and not some sort of of our more hidden traits. But that have recorded some e-mails over geekery. A new rumor has pegged is our choice. One that this Wi-Fi" incident. the white iPhone 4 to be coming purported social network seeks I have contacted Google for in April. The rumor also claims reportedly to respect. confirmation of Google Circles that the white iPhone may be for If Google Circles truly is as and all who sail in it and will AT&T only. described in what is still a update should I hear from the The Kinect was hacked to speculative report, one possible company. perform home automation duties. danger is that it will turn out to be This entry passed through the The sensor was used to turn the complicated. It's hard enough in Full-Text RSS service — if this is lights in a room on or off when the real world to work out who your content and you're reading it you entered or left. your friends are. Worse, one day on someone else's site, please read Gemini unveiled the FirstMix DJ someone is your friend, and the our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ controller this week. The next, they're someone you used to content-only/faq.php controller is USB and is designed know. Five Filters featured article: to be a cheap entry for new DJs to Managing all the different Comment Is Free But Freedom Is the market at about $80. A cool permutations online might require Slavery - An Exchange With The earphone design surfaced that a c o n s i d e r a b l e a m o u n t o f Guardian's Economics Editor. uses a zipper to combine the cords aforethought, accuracy, and of your earbuds to keep them alertness. These are things that from getting tangled. It’s a simple solution to an issue that really bugs many folks. Full-Text RSS service — if this is Comment Is Free But Freedom Is Canon announced this week that your content and you're reading it Slavery - An Exchange With The it would be supporting the Thunderbolt standard from Apple. on someone else's site, please read Guardian's Economics Editor. our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ content-only/faq.php Five Filters featured article:

That should allow photographers to shoot video and photos over to a Mac much faster than using USB. Apple sold a lot of iPad 2 tablets this week. After moving 600,000 of the tablets the ship date slipped to 5-7 days. Flash Player 10.2 is due to land in days. The update will bring Flash support to the Motorola Xoom tablet. Some leaked renderings of what is supposed to be the iPhone 5 surfaced Friday. The renderings show a larger screen than current offerings. Geeks at iFixit took a new iPad 2 and ripped it apart. They always show us what the innards of gadgets look like right when they launch. A student in NYC was first in line at the Apple Store to get an iPad 2. Another geek offered$900 for that first spot and the student sold it. Thanks for reading and we will see you next week! Relevant Entries on SlashGear • SlashGear Week in Review – June 23rd • Angry Birds hits PSP/PS3 as PlayStation mini game this week • SlashGear TV Week in review Episode 1 • SlashGear week in review, issue 1 • PS3 the “console war king” in Australia, or is it?

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SXSW: PathCrosser, an App for Comparing Facebook & Foursquare Checkins with Friends

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need to go into the castle where your father war murdered (20 years earlier,) and beat your way through a series of monsters until you reach the head villain whom you must also kill. The first time Sarah Perez (ReadWriteWeb) Foursquare, for example, which we went through the game, it took could serve to augment the raw about 20 minutes to find the Submitted at 3/12/2011 9:02:22 PM checkin data with your personal throne room, and we scored a single hit on the head bad guy. He Only a few weeks ago, when notes. local discovery app WHERE The fun part about using this app murdered the crap out of us launched a recommendation i s t h a t i t c a n b e a g r e a t instantly afterward. Once you die, engine for sharing places with conversation starter - bump at least by his hand, your quest friends, I said I wished someone phones with a friend and, all of begins again, but not as you, as would build an app that used sudden, not only do you see each your son. We’ve only done this a Facebook or Foursquare checkins other's travels by way of your couple times so we assume it’s instead. As it turns out, someone c h e c k i n h i s t o r y , t h e a p p ' s always a son, and the story always did just that. A new application matchmaking engine tells you goes that it’s 20 years later once called PathCrosser, launching whether or not you and your again. Your son, since he’s in right now in the iTunes App Store Matchmaker and Guide friend have similar tastes and your bloodline, inherits not only the power and experience you had and Android Market is a mobile The PathCrosser application interests. app that, like WHERE, uses keeps it simple - it's not a Yelp Plus, for those who don't use when you died at the head of the Bump technology to compare competitor where users write long location-based checkin services, top boss, but your gear as well. y o u r o w n p e r s o n a l l o c a l reviews of the businesses they've PathCrosser provides (or rather, it This isn’t the first place in the recommendations with your visited, it just pulls in the w i l l p r o v i d e ) a W e b - b a s e d story where you’ll be questioning f r i e n d s . W i t h t h e B u m p checkins you already have on interface where you can pick out logic, and it’s not the last, but if integration, you simply launch the hand - those from Facebook the places you've visited or mark you accept this oddness, you’re app and tap phones with another Places and Foursquare. Going them as places you would like to going to have one whole heck of a person to make a connection. But forward, the app will integrate visit. However, that portion of the lot of fun playing this oddity of a unlike WHERE, it doesn't expect additional checkin sources, too, PathCrosser service has not game. Plus, it’d totally be horrible to use data housed only within its PathCrosser's creators Clark launched just yet because this if you lost your awesome sword own service - it pulls data from Harris and Matthew Simpson told startup built "mobile first," as so after a single death! Wrap-Up the services you already use: me when I sat down with them many today choose to do. this afternoon to see the new app For a first look at PathCrosser in Facebook and Foursquare. If you're looking for a new app to in action. action, check out the video below try while waiting in line for some What's more, PathCrosser plans (sorry for the quality, I need a of those SXSW parties tonight, to work with third-party APIs better camera): give PathCrosser a go and see ( a p p l i c a t i o n p r o g r a m m i n g PathCrosser is available here in interfaces) to pull in other the iTunes App Store or here in what you think. i n f o r m a t i o n t h a t w o u l d b e the Android Market. Discuss Sponsor C o n v e r s a t i o n S t a r t e r , relevant, like your tips on PopSugar (PopSugar)
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While I write this review, this game costs a total of $5.99 in the app store, and I personally have only tried it out on the iPad 2. It looks and acts like it’s the best game ever made for the mobile platform, and feels like a game whose format I and we have never before experienced. It’s a winner. It’s worth the $6 if only to experience this new format of game and learn what’s possible for the future. Plus there’s some unbelievably freaky monsters in here you’ve just GOT to witness. Go buy the crap out of it[here] Relevant Entries on SlashGear • iPad 2 Benchmarks Blast Competition, Show Less-than1GHz Processor Speed • SiliconDrive USB Blade – Size matters not • Viliv S10 Blade gets reviewed: great multipurpose tablet • Swatch Infinity watch • Final Cut saw blade cuts and sands at same time

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Following Earthquake, Japanese Officials Fear Partial Nuclear Meltdown Underway
Lora Kolodny (TechCrunch)
Submitted at 3/13/2011 11:19:58 AM

A massive earthquake that struck off Japan’s northeastern coast on Friday— taking 1,200 lives, with thousands still unaccounted for and ten thousand feared dead by police — also damaged multiple nuclear power plants there. On Sunday, Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said a partial meltdown at the Fukushiman Dai-ichi nuclear complex, was likely under way. The partial meltdown follows a blast on Saturday at one unit of the complex, where operators are working to cool the reactor core by injecting seawater and boron into its containment vessel. Also on Sunday, according to the International Atomic Energy Association Japan’s Tohoku Electric Power Company (TEPCO) reported a state of emergency at a another facility, the Onagawa nuclear power plant; while its three reactors remained under control, the emergency alert

was related to radioactivity readings in the area that exceeded allowable levels. Eric Talmadge and Mari Yamaguchi reported for the Associated Press: “More than 170,000 people had been evacuated as a precaution… Edano said the radioactivity released into the environment so far was so small it didn’t pose any health threats. A complete

and water currently. The natural disasters could have caused even more damage if not for Japan’s investments in advanced warning systems, and constant updating of building codes to deal with earthquakes, especially. Japan’s Meteorological Agency warned of strong aftershocks ahead; their website suggests a 70 percent chance of a magnitude 7class earthquakes through March 16, 2011. As oil prices are skyrocketing, generally, and energy demands are rising the United States’ meltdown — the collapse of a energy chief, Steven Chu, recently power plant’s systems and its asked Congress to consider an ability to keep temperatures under American clean energy standard control — could release uranium that would include nuclear along and dangerous contaminants into with renewable sources like solar the environment and pose major, and wind. The situation in Japan, however, underscores controversy widespread health risks.” While facing the terrifying around designating nuclear as a prospect of multiple nuclear clean energy source. CrunchBase meltdowns in their country, Information Tokyo Electric Power millions of Japanese households I n f o r m a t i o n p r o v i d e d b y remain without electricity, food C r u n c h B a s e

Weird, Freaky and True Videos
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The Japanese Death Toll Will Top 10,000 (EWJ)
Joe Weisenthal (Money Game)

Meanwhile, we have our first estimate for insured losses from Submitted at 3/13/2011 8:47:00 AM disaster modeling company AIR The latest death toll estimate for Worldwide, which estimates Japan is now above 10,000 and it losses at up to $35 billion. could go a lot higher, because that Bear in mind, that is simply number applies to one region insured losses. In terms of alone-- the Miyagi prefecture. economic losses, the initial

but that was simply using Kobe as a benchmark. It now seems clear that this is much bigger than Kobe, and as such the economic losses will likely be much higher as well. estimates were for it to be On Friday, we looked at some of somewhere around $100 billion, the re-insurers already getting hit

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Violet strikes again in the Mystery Next Door: an interactive iOS children's book
David Winograd (TUAW)
Submitted at 3/13/2011 10:00:00 AM

iPad 2 first impressions: Mel Martin
Mel Martin (TUAW)
Submitted at 3/12/2011 6:15:00 PM

Our friend Violet is back in the third original installment of this excellent modern series of interactive children's books from My Black Dog Books LLC. Violet and the Mystery Next Door(US$3.99) is a universal app that looks great in landscape mode of any iOS device. The book tells the story of Violet finding a mysterious new neighbor, just her age, and goes about finding more about him in the snow. The Violet series has added more play value with each story, and this one adds branching. At two points in the story you are asked a yes or no question. Depending upon your answer, you are taken to a number of pages that follow that line, eventually ending up at the same place and continuing the story. This adds much more variety for small children since they can follow a number of

branches, making the book shorter or longer. Eventually kids will take all the paths, causing them to spend more time with Violet and her world. This was an excellent design decision and really adds a lot to the book. Another good choice was to put a book icon in the upper left that lets you scroll to any page in the book. In one branch, you are asked if the mysterious boy sees Violet sneaking up on him. Answering no causes the boy to go into his house, where you see that he has a lot of toys. Then he runs outside

to make a snow angel and vanishes so Violet has to find him. When she does find him, they have an interactive snowball fight. If you tell the app the boy did see Violet, she chases him to his Clubhouse, where you'll find an empty snowman. You can build the snowman by moving his eyes, nose, buttons, and some other things onto it, providing even more play value. Eventually Violet and the mysterious boy wind up at the snowball fight, and the story takes off from there. Gallery: Violet and the Mystery Next Store Gallery Continue reading Violet strikes again in the Mystery Next Door: an interactive iOS children's book Violet strikes again in the Mystery Next Door: an interactive iOS children's book originally appeared on TUAW on Sun, 13 Mar 2011 10:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Source| Permalink| Email this| Comments

I was able to grab the new iPad 2 at my local Best Buy yesterday. I arrived about an hour before 5 PM and wound up number 13 in line. I knew the local Apple Store would be a zoo, so the Best Buy worked out well. I asked the people in line with me if they were previous iPad owners. Everyone in line said yes. That may or may not reflect the larger reality, but my guess is most of these buyers are looking for faster, thinner, camera, etc. What are my out of the box impressions? Overall, good. The first thing that struck me is the size. It's really thinner than the original iPad. As my colleague Steve Sande noted, the thinness is easily apparent. It's easier to hold, especially with one hand, and approaches a kind of Kindle-like feel, even though it is heavier than most unitasking ereaders. The Kindle WiFi is 8.5 ounces versus the iPad WiFi at 1.33 pounds. I don't think the weight reduction is

a big deal, but the slimmed thickness does make a world of difference. Continue reading iPad 2 first impressions: Mel Martin iPad 2 first impressions: Mel Martin originally appeared on TUAW on Sat, 12 Mar 2011 18:15:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Source| Permalink| Email this| Comments

Mixergy interview with Andrew Warner
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Submitted at 3/13/2011 12:22:00 PM

This is my Mixergy interview with Andrew Warner. Andrew and Mixergy have interesting

stories in their own right that involve the drama of entrepreneurship. Today, Mixergy’s mission is to “introduce you to doers and thinkers whose ideas and stories

are so powerful that just hearing them will change you.” This interview happened right after Enchantment shipped. I was in a Toronto hotel room when I did it and feeling pretty loose. I

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iPad 2 Benchmarks Blast Competition, Show Less-than-1GHz Processor Speed
Chris Burns (SlashGear)
Submitted at 3/13/2011 12:03:38 AM

A couple of things have come to light over the past few days, most of these lovely little tidbits coming out over the past 24 hours where the iPad 2 has been release out into the wild. The first of which we didn’t touch on for more than a few moments in our[early iPad 2 review a few days ago]– as you’ll see in our Geekbench result below, one point stands out pretty hard: the Processor. Instead of the 1GHz CPU in its head that it’s supposed to be, the iPad 2 is running at 894 MHz. In another couple tests by IOSnoops and AnandTech, as reported by Engadget, clocked the ARM Cortex a( in at right around 900HMz as well. Apple you scoundrels! We’re not too worried about it though, as this beast has continued to be put through the tricks and traps of benchmarking by not only us, but by others, and the fact that the tablet is running a dual-core PowerVR SGX543MP2

Apple now accepts donations to Red Cross Japan relief fund via iTunes
Chris Rawson (TUAW)
Submitted at 3/13/2011 12:00:00 AM

GPU is quite encouraging. While our pals have found the iPad 2 to render 57.6 frames per second in a GLBenchmark test, while the Motorola XOOM Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet worked at 26.7 frames per second and the iPad 1 moved a super speedy 17.6fps. Would you like to see a game that displays the complete excellence of the tablet’s graphics? Have a look at Infinity Blade! It’s fantabulous.

Relevant Entries on SlashGear • Team to show off Xtreem-S1 SSD at CeBIT • iPad 2 Browser Benchmarks • iOS 4.3 Benchmarks on iPad • AMD ATI Radeon HD 4890 launched with 1GHz speed • Benchmarks for Asus ATI HD 5770 video card leak

Following the disaster caused by the magnitude 8.9 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, Apple has posted a donation page on iTunes where you can use your iTunes account to make a secure donation to the American Red Cross and its Japanese relief fund. 100% of donations made through iTunes go to the American Red Cross; unlike every other corner of iTunes, Apple is taking no percentage of the profits from these donations whatsoever. Steve Jobs recently said that via the iTunes Store, Apple may have the largest credit card database of any online retailer, so rigging up a

donation page on the iTunes Store seems like a good way to raise the potential for donations to the Red Cross and its relief efforts in Japan. If you don't have an iTunes account or would rather donate directly, our own Rick Martin (currently in Tokyo) has put together a list of donation sites. [via 9to5Mac] Apple now accepts donations to Red Cross Japan relief fund via iTunes originally appeared on TUAW on Sun, 13 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Source| Permalink| Email this| Comments

Euro Disney share price spike investigated by French watchdog
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France's stock exchange watchdog, the Financial Markets Authority (AMF), has launched

an investigation into a sudden spike in the price of shares in Paris-based theme park operator

Euro Disney.

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Scramble to Avert Meltdowns; Death Toll Estimate Tops 10,000; Industries Shut Down; Japan Goes Deeper in Debt; Keynesian Stimulus Nonsense
noreply@blogger.com (Michael Shedlock) (Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis)
Submitted at 3/13/2011 5:42:00 AM

Ever since the earthquake and tsunami hit Japan, news has been flowing from the country, nearly all of it bad. Partial Meltdowns Likely Occurred The New York Times reports Japanese Scramble to Avert Meltdowns as Nuclear Crisis Deepens After Quake Japanese officials struggled on Sunday to contain a widening nuclear crisis in the aftermath of a devastating earthquake and tsunami, saying they presumed that partial meltdowns had occurred at two crippled reactors and that they were facing serious cooling problems at three more. The emergency appeared to be the worst involving a nuclear plant since the Chernobyl disaster 25 years ago. The developments at two separate nuclear plants prompted the evacuation of more than 200,000 people. Japanese officials said they had also ordered up the largest mobilization of their Self-Defense Forces since World War II to assist in the relief effort. On Saturday, Japanese officials took the extraordinary step of flooding the crippled No. 1 reactor at Fukushima Daiichi

Nuclear Power Station, 170 miles north of Tokyo, with seawater in a last-ditch effort to avoid a nuclear meltdown. Then on Sunday, cooling failed at a second reactor — No. 3 — and core melting was presumed at both, said the top government spokesman, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano. Cooling had failed at three reactors at a nuclear complex nearby, Fukushima Daini, although he said conditions there were considered less dire for now. A meltdown occurs when there is insufficient cooling of the reactor core, and it is the most dangerous kind of a nuclear power accident because of the risk of radiation releases. The radiation levels reported so far by the Japanese authorities are far above normal but still too small to pose a hazard to human health if the exposure continued for a brief period. The fear was that more core damage would bring bigger releases. Death Toll Likely Exceeds 10,000 Yahoo!Finance reports Japan quake-tsunami death toll likely over 10,000 The death toll in Japan's earthquake and tsunami will likely exceed 10,000 in one state alone, an official said Sunday, as millions of survivors were left without drinking water, electricity and proper food along

were closed and people were running out of gasoline for their vehicles. Auto Industry and Sony Shuts Down The Telegraph reports Japan shuts down as economic fears grow The three largest motor manufacturers – Toyota, Honda and Nissan – said they would stop production at almost all of their domestic assembly plants. The safety of the workforce and deaths were cited as reasons behind the decision. The electronics giant Sony also said it would be shutting down production. Economists warned that the the pulverized northeastern coast. hardest hit in Friday's disaster. A l t h o u g h t h e g o v e r n m e n t Teams searched for the missing closures staged by the motor and doubled the number of soldiers a l o n g h u n d r e d s o f m i l e s electronics companies could be deployed in the aid effort to (kilometers) of Japanese coastline, the tip of the iceberg, with other 100,000, it seemed overwhelmed and hundreds of thousands of parts of industry likely to feel by what's turning out to be a triple hungry survivors huddled in knock-on effects in the coming disaster. Friday's quake and darkened emergency centers that days. tsunami damaged two nuclear were cut off from rescuers and “Temporary closures of factories reactors at a power plant on the a i d . A t l e a s t 1 . 4 m i l l i o n and oil refineries and the shutting coast, and at least one of them households had gone without down of power stations are likely appeared to be going through a water since the quake struck and to affect output throughout the partial meltdown, raising fears of some 2.5 million households were country,” said Wolfgang Leim of Commerzbank. “Economic output a radiation leak. without electricity. The police chief of Miyagi Japanese Trade Minister Banri may therefore shrink again prefecture, or state, told a Kaeda said the region was likely slightly in the first quarter.” Japan gathering of disaster relief to face further blackouts and that Set to Go Deeper in Debt officials that his estimate for power would be rationed to Japan's national debt is 200% of deaths was more than 10,000, ensure supplies go to essential GDP. Of the G20 nations, that is the highest percentage in the police spokesman Go Sugawara needs. told The Associated Press. Miyagi Large areas of the countryside world in terms of Debt-to-GDP. has a population of 2.3 million remained surrounded by water Japan cannot afford more debt, and is one of the three prefectures and unreachable. Fuel stations SCRAMBLE page 34

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but more debt is coming regardless. Bloomberg reports Japan Plans Spending Package as Quake Slams World's Most Indebted Economy Japan aims to compile a package to fund the rebuilding effort after its strongest earthquake on record, a step that may worsen the challenge of reining in the world’s biggest public debt. Policy makers will need to compile a spending package “over the medium to long-term” to cope with the aftermath of the 8.9magnitude earthquake and the tsunami it triggered, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano told NHK Television. “A supplementary budget is like the last thing that people watching the JGB market want to hear,” said Ogawa, adjunct professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs in New York, and a former Japanese banking analyst who lived in the nation for 15 years. The prospect of rebuilding “signals another leg down in Japan’s fiscal health. So

I’m concerned that in the short to medium run, there’s going to have to be more borrowing,” she said. “We will probably need a supplementary budget to work on this,” Sadakazu Tanigaki, who heads the Liberal Democratic Party, told reporters March 11 after Kan convened a meeting of party leaders. “We will cooperate with all our might.” Japan’s borrowing burden is a legacy of economic stagnation following the bursting of its stock and property bubble in 1990. Financial-industry bailouts and repeated attempts to revive growth through fiscal stimulus contributed. The debt is set to reach 210 percent of GDP in 2012, the highest among countries tracked by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, compared with an estimated 101 percent for the U.S. One potential positive from the earthquake is the chance to revive a less-populated area of the nation. Provincial regions outside of Tokyo have borne the brunt of the decline in Japan’s population

since 2006. The prefectures of Akita and Aomori, within Tohoku, have had the biggest decline in residents in the five years through 2010. Miyagi, where Sendai is located, accounts for 1.7 percent of the nation’s people, according to economist Richard Jerram at Macquarie Securities Ltd. “This is a Keynesian stimulus program that nobody can argue with: just rebuilding the city of Sendai,” said Marcus Noland, deputy director of the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington, coauthor of the 2001 book “No More Bashing: Building a New Japan-United States Economic Relationship.” “Rebuilding Sendai could actually be an opportunity to try to create a growth pole in northern Japan.” Keynesian Nonsense I had been wondering how long it would take before some Keynesian clown would make a case that there is some economic benefit to be derived from the earthquake.

The idea is complete nonsense of course. There is nothing economically stimulating about tsunamis or earthquakes, or the destruction of any useful property. 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.

Selma Blair Preps to Welcome and Possibly Exploit Her Baby
Allie Merriam (PopSugar)
Submitted at 3/13/2011 9:04:00 AM

Selma Blair smiled on Thursday while out on a bagel run in LA. The actress, who's expecting her first child with boyfriend, Jason Bleick, also clutched a copy of the book Exploiting My Baby by Teresa Strasser. Selma's working her baby bump into her enviable wardrobe, chic-ly covering her stomach in Lanvin to hit the red carpet at last month's Grammys. She even opted for a two-piece recently for a bikini-filled day at the beach in Malibu. View Slideshow ›

World Markets Update: Declines All Around The World
Doug Short (Money Game)
Submitted at 3/13/2011 8:32:33 AM

My deepest sympathy for the people of Japan. The Nikkei ended a tragic week down over 4%. The Shanghai Composite was the best performer for the week, down fractionally. The chart below illustrates the

comparative performance of World Markets since March 9, 2009. The start date is arbitrary: The S&P 500 and Bombay SENSEX hit their lows on March 9th, the Nikkei 225 on March 10th, the DAX on March 6th, the FTSE on March 3rd, the Shanghai Composite on November 4, 2008, October 27, 2008. However, by and the Hang Seng even earlier on aligning on the same day and

measuring the percent change, we get a better sense of the relative performance than if we align the lows. A Longer Look Back Here is the same chart starting from the turn of 21st century. The relative over-performance of the emerging markets (Shanghai, Bombay, Hang Seng) is readily

apparent. However the pattern has generally been reversing over the past few months. ---------This post previously appeared at Dshort.com > Join the conversation about this story »

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There's One Huge Piece Of Good News For The Japanese Economy
Joe Weisenthal (Money Game)
Submitted at 3/13/2011 11:43:00 AM

Since the earthquake hit, a lot of people have been wondering: Will this event finally break the fiscally-stretched Japanese government? The answer, we're glad to say, is no. Amid the incredible tragedy, Japan can be relieved about the fact that it's incredibly wealthy, and its government will have no problems financing the cleanup. This will come as a surprise to a lot of people, who note that the country's debt-to-GDP ratio is already at 200%, and that the country borrows more each year than it receives in taxes. Michael Schumann at TIME's Curious Capitalist blog writes: "....even though Japan is not yet showing signs of following Ireland, Greece and the rest of the euro zone periphery into a fullblown debt crisis, pressure has been mounting for Tokyo to finally put in place a credible plan to reduce its yawning budget deficits and contain its debt levels. Standard & Poor's just downgraded Japan's credit rating in January." Actually, Japan hasn't faced any real pressure to reduce its yawning budget -- at least not

pointed out before, the only thing that would cause the government to have less access to money is if its citizens started spending more (saving less) which would then reduce the need for the government to spend money. Unlike Greece and Ireland, where finance ministers do have to go hat in hand to borrow around the world (from, say, the Chinese, or Greek citizens living abroad), Japan's system is closed and fine. That's not to say things won't be stretched there. Japan faces a shortage of food, energy, usable infrastructure, equipment, etc., and that's why the rest of the world is pledging support. A shortage of yen is not one of its from the market, which is what Portugal literally could run out of problems and we already now that matters -- and the comparison to euros if it can't borrow. Japan on Monday the BOJ will flood the Ireland and Greece is absurd, doesn't have a pile of yen economy with even more since the monetary system in somewhere that it's counting. It liquidity. those countries is nothing like creates them at will, and though Remember, the bond market is Japan's, which has its own you might think that a Japanese pretty smart. currency and its own central bank. move to create yen would destroy There's a reason the yen and Ireland and Greece are at the the value of the currency, that JGBs rallied on Friday, while mercy of the ECB to ply them simply hasn't happened, despite equities tanked. That side of the with freshly printed Euros. Japan decades of monetary policy that ledger is okay. isn't. would make Ben Bernanke blush. For more coverage of the To starkly see how Japan's Japan's government -- despite situation in Japan, see here > monetary system is fundamentally what you might think -- isn't the Join the conversation about this different than the PIIGS, consider financial basket case you think it story » that earlier this month there was a is. Yes it borrows a lot, but it report about Portugal having just borrows a lot from citizens who 4 billion euros left in its treasury. like to save a lot. As we've

Saudi Arabia Is Back: 200 Protest In Riyadh, Police Fire Shots In The East
Joe Weisenthal (Money Game)
Submitted at 3/13/2011 10:00:15 AM

Going into Friday, the world was bracing for a day of rage in Saudi Arabia. It was largely a flop, and on Saturday the Saudi market surged on the calm. But now there are fresh reports of trouble. An AP report says 200 people are protesting in Riyadh outside of the Interior Ministry to protest the holding of prisoners. And at a protest in an unspecified in the east, police have actually fired on protesters, injuring 1. In terms of the Saudi market today, it was rallying strongly throughout the day, and then dived late in the situation, finishing modestly higher. This, combined with the ongoing tragedy in Japan, should make for a very active open to world markets over the next several hours. Join the conversation about this story »

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5 Flying Car Prototypes
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Submitted at 3/13/2011 1:00:56 PM

airport security hassles goodbye as you depart for your next vacation. Science fiction has served as a So what's the holdup? Why can't looking glass into the future for ordinary people fly themselves on many advances we eventually short hops between cities, using came to feel we couldn't live the large network of hardly used without. Its conceived devices small airports around the country? that labor on our behalf without It's not such a far-fetched idea: In requiring our attention, imagined fact, there are more than 2,800 the ability to see and hear one small airports around the United another instantaneously over great S t a t e s , a n d t h e y ' r e v a s t l y distances and predicted the reality u n d e r u s e d [ s o u r c e : F r a n k ] . that we'd be able to make journeys For a while, NASA even had a that once took weeks or even research program to figure out months in mere hours. how to make it super-easy for One technological perk where the ordinary folks to use this littlepresent has yet to catch up with known network by flying on it the future sci-fi has painted for us, themselves. But one of the key however, is the elusive, personal e l e m e n t s w o u l d b e s m a l l , flying car. relatively affordable planes that Spend just a little time as a daily were as easy to operate as cars car commuter in a major city, or a [source: NASA]. road warrior business traveler It just so happens that more than who spends too much time stuck a few companies are working on in airports, and it's easy to these dual-use vehicles. Whether understand the allure of a car that you call them flying cars, or could levitate above the delays roadable aircraft, it's an idea that and frustrations of traveling with refuses to stay grounded. the jostling masses. Or a personal Flying cars and their intrepid plane that lets you kiss those inventors have actually been with

us for decades, but for many reasons, they've always seemed to sputter and stall before reaching commercial success. But design advances, lightweight materials, electronic flying aids and new government rules could make this the decade that flying cars finally take off in the marketplace. This article will look at five contemporary prototypes of flying cars (in no particular order) and offer some estimate of when they might be buzzing treetops near you. What if your ride to the airport was also your ride at the airport? Read the next page for our first prototype that offers door-torunway service. 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: Comment Is Free But Freedom Is Slavery - An Exchange With The Guardian's Economics Editor.

Top 10 Things That Women Invented
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The Five Best VoIP or Voice Chat Apps? [Hive Five]
Dave Drager (Lifehacker)
Submitted at 3/13/2011 9:00:00 AM

Whether you use them for business communication, talking to family over long distances or

just fragging your friends over the

latest FPS; communication has been revolutionized by voice calling apps. Thursday we asked to nominate your favorite and now it's time to pick a winner. More »

At the end of the 20th century, only 10 percent of all patents were awarded to female inventors [source: Bedi]. When you compile a list of the most famous inventions of the past few centuries, few women will show up as the creators of those items. It's not that women lack ingenuity or a creative spirit, though; it's just that women have faced many hurdles in receiving credit for their ideas. Take the case of Sybilla Masters, a woman who lived in the American colonies. After observing Native American women, she came up with a new way to turn corn into cornmeal. She went to England to obtain a patent for her work, but laws at the time stipulated that women couldn't own property, which included intellectual property like a patent. Such property was considered to be owned by the woman's father or husband. In 1715, a patent for Sybilla Masters' product was issued, but the name on the document is that of her husband, Thomas. Such property laws prevented many women from acquiring patents for inventions several centuries ago. Women were also

less likely to receive a technical education that would help them turn an ingenious idea into an actual product. Many women faced prejudice and ridicule when they sought help from men in actualizing their idea. And some women came up with ideas that would improve life in their households, only to see their inventions treated with scorn for being too domestic and thus unworthy of praise. Mary Kies was the first American woman to earn a patent in her own name. In 1809, she developed a way of weaving straw into hats that was an economic boon for New England. By receiving that piece of paper with her name on it, Kies led the way for other female inventors to take credit for their ideas. In this article, we'll salute 10 things invented by women. 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: Comment Is Free But Freedom Is Slavery - An Exchange With The Guardian's Economics Editor.

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Alanis and Her Man Show Off Their Baby Love, Ever, On a Stroll
Lindsay Miller (PopSugar)
Submitted at 3/13/2011 6:58:00 AM

Alanis Morissette and her husband, rapper Mario Treadway, took their infant son Ever on a walk around their LA neighborhood on Thursday. The first photos of the couple's new addition were revealed last month, and the proud parents have been bringing him along on outings ever since. Alanis revealed that she and Mario were expecting last August and the musical duo welcomed their little one during the holidays. Alanis is one of

Listen to Live Coverage from Japan In English from YokosoNews [Earthquake]
Melanie Pinola (Lifehacker)
Submitted at 3/13/2011 7:00:00 AM

several celebrities to bring a baby into the world recently - see how well you can match stars and their babies' names with LilSugar's quiz! View Slideshow ›

Get Your Kids to Eat Better Meet the noodle weenie By Letting Them Add 'Secret' Ingredients [Kids]
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Submitted at 3/13/2011 10:31:00 AM

Much of the world's attention is turned towards Japan and other areas affected by the earthquake. At times like these, the more immediate news we can get, the better. YokosoNews has been providing real-time English translation of Japanese-language network NHK on Ustream. More »

Melanie Pinola (Lifehacker)
Submitted at 3/13/2011 8:00:00 AM

Parents of picky eaters sometimes have to resort to trickery to get them to eat better. One "trick" that might encourage with the cooking and mixing a healthier appetites combines two sweet or surprise ingredient into techniques: enlisting kids' help the dish. More »

If you haven’t found much to smile about in the last twenty-four hours, get ready for some sore cheek muscles. It’s a noodle, it’s a weenie, it’s a poor man’s spaghetti and meatballs (with a little ketchup thrown on) and it really needs to join the elite class

of food known as all-American dishes. Move over apple pie, you require too much skill and too many ingredients! (If you’re not smiling yet, then say “noodle weenie” five times really fast.) Full story at Buzzfeed. Not food. Art. Permalink| Leave a comment »

Jon Moulton builds £200m green energy fund
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Submitted at 3/13/2011 3:55:26 AM

Jon Moulton, the venture capital veteran, is to launch a £200m investment fund to focus on sustainable energy and infrastructure.

British bank accounting standards 'not fit for purpose'
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One of Britain's most respected Financial Reporting Standards a c c o u n t a n t s c l a i m s t h e used by British banks are not "fit c o n t r o v e r s i a l I n t e r n a t i o n a l for purpose".

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New Japan quake fear as nuclear crisis grows
Tania Branigan, James Randerson, Jo Adetunji (The Guardian World News)
Submitted at 3/13/2011 12:11:01 PM

• Up to 10,000 feared dead in Miyagi prefecture alone • Cooling system fails at a second nuclear plant • Japan PM: "worst crisis since WWII" • 190 people exposed to radiation • Original quake upgraded to magnitude 9 by Japanese authorities • Over 250 aftershocks so far • NEWS: "Worst crisis since WWII", says PM 5.10pm: Here's a round up of events so far today: • The Japanese prime minister has called the disaster the worst crisis since WWII. There are also reports that up to 10,000 are feared dead in the Miyagi prefecture alone. • The original earthquake to hit Japan has been upgraded to a magnitude of 9.0 by the Japanese authorities (the US Geological Survey has not made the same change). • The struggle to control a nuclear crisis at two power stations continues. Officials said there is a risk of a second explosion at the Fukushima power station but Yukio Edano, chief cabinet secretary, said the facility could withstand the impact. Technicians are battling to cool a third reactor after a blast at reactor one on Saturday. Technicians are pumping sea water into the reactor in a bid to prevent a

nuclear meltdown. There are also unconfirmed reports that a cooling system pump has stopped operating at Tokai No. 2 Power Station, a nuclear power plant, in the village of Tokai, Ibaraki Prefecture. • More than 250 aftershocks have rocked Japan since the original earthquake on Friday. The US Geological Survey said 30 of these were in excess of magnitude 6. Japan's meteorological agency said there was a 70% chance of a magnitude 7 aftershock striking in the next three days. • The huge rescue effort now includes 100,000 Japanese soliders, around 40% of its armed forces. International rescue teams are heading towards the region including a UK team. Tokyo's vice-mayor said 44,000 meals of crackers, 643,000 of instant rice and 57,000 units of condensed milk are on their way to the disaster area, along with 384,000 blankets and 9000 portable toilets. • Stories of rescues and tragedies are beginning to emerge, including from Hiromitsu Shinkawa, a 60-year-old man rescued after being swept out to sea with only his roof as a makeshift raft. • A volcano in southern Japan has resumed its eruption after a two week break. It is not clear whether this is connected with the earthquake on Friday. 4.58pm: A dramatic video of the wave breaching sea defences on Friday (hat tip @MJuliusB). 4.48pm: A picture of Hiromitsu

Shinkawa after his rescue by Japan's Maritime Self-Defence Force. He was swept 10 miles out to sea on the roof of his floating house. 4.44pm: According to a report from the Kyodo News Agency, Japan's Fire and Disaster Management Agency said a cooling system pump stopped operating at Tokai No. 2 Power Station, a nuclear power plant, in the village of Tokai, Ibaraki Prefecture. We're looking into this to try to verify what the situation is. 4.30pm: More on the power shortages caused by the closure of nuclear plants: Tokyo and the surrounding area will see rolling three hour blackouts from tomorrow, officials have said. Schedules are still being finalised and the measures could apply for weeks. "We have to avoid at all costs a sudden power shortage whose scale could have devastating consequences for the economy and people's lives," Prime Minister Naoto Kan told a press conference. @TimeOutTokyo says NHK is reporting a government request for residents to avoid going to work tomorrow, if possible, to relieve expected pandemonium at stations. 4.17pm: Toyota has said it will suspend operations at all 12 factories in Japan on Monday. Nissan will also suspend production at its three domestic plants on Monday as two of them

were damaged in the earthquake, with others set to follow according to autoblog UK. Reuters is reporting that the Tokyo Stock Exchange and other Japanese financial markets will re -open on Monday as normal, the government said. Financial Services Minister Shozaburo Jimi said in a statement that authorities would watch market activity closely to ensure against market manipulation in the wake of the disaster. 3.36pm: According to Associated Press, Japan's weather agency says a volcano in southern Japan has resumed eruptions of ash. The Meteorological Agency issued a warning saying that Shinmoedake volcano had resumed shooting out gas, boulders and ash after a couple weeks of inactivity. The mountain is on the other side of Japan from the epicenter of Friday's magnitude 8.9 earthquake and resulting tsunami, which devastated much of the country's northeast coast. It was unclear if the eruptions were linked to quake. 3.10pm: The earthquake has bent the tip of the Tokyo Tower. This picture of the iconic landmark was taken by Martyn Williams, Tokyo bureau chief at IDG News Service. 3.02pm: Here's a live stream of NHK-TV. Lots of dramatic pictures of the tasunami aftermath and interviews with survivors. 2.59pm: Tania Branigan has spoken to Dr Alexander Densmore from the Institute of

Hazard, Risk and Resilience at Durham University about the risk of aftershocks. The Japanese meteorological agency has warned there is a 70% possibility of a tremor of magnitude 7 or higher in the next three days. The rule of thumb for aftershocks is that you can expect a factor of about one magnitude less than the biggest shock. The other thing is ' Omori's law' - really an observation - that the rate of aftershocks decreases in a very predictable way. The bigger the earthquake, the bigger the change in stress and the more aftershocks. There are many more aftershocks than after the Sichuan earthquake in China, but that was magnitude 7.9 and this was 8.9. You have 30 times more energy released. It's not about how much the ground shakes, but how much energy is released, because that's what gives other parts of the fault increased stress. That's what aftershocks are: areas around [the location of the original shock] relieving stress. But those also affect other parts of the fault: you get a cascade effect. On a positive note, he added that buildings should stand up to the strain. We see a cumulative effect with things like landslides: you weaken hill slopes, rock is shaken and a little bit loosened, and then the next shock – even if smaller – can trigger more landslides. With buildings that tends not to NEW page 39

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happen. These [in Japan] are designed to move: they have expansion joints and shock absorbers…You are not creating cracks which get bigger and bigger. If they can survive the main shock they should be okay. The important thing is that they don't collapse, even if they are damaged: as long as they don't actually fall down, that's 95% of the battle. 2.47pm: Science correspondent Ian Sample has written a Q&A on the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima power plants. Here's a flavour: The strategy of pumping sea water into nuclear reactors is untested. It could take several days to bring the temperature and pressure of the reactor cores down to within safe limits. If the cooling fails, the reactors could overheat and cause a total meltdown of the radioactive fuel rods in the core. This would only lead to a major release of radiation if the reactor's containment vessel was breached. The Japanese authorities have classified the sitiuation as a level 4 "accident with local consequences" on the International Nuclear and Radiological Event Scale (INES). The scale runs from zero for a deviation in normal operations to seven for a major accident. The Three Mile Island incident in 1979 was a five and Chernobyl in 1986 was a seven on the scale. 2.43pm: James Randerson now back at the controls. 2.22pm: A picture of Hiromitsu

Shinkawa, the man who was rescued by helicopter after he was swept away to sea on the roof of his house has emerged. 2.22pm: The US Geological Survey says the earthquake appears to have moved the main island of Japan by 2.4 metres. Kenneth Hudnut, a geophysicist, said: "At this point, we know that one GPS station moved (8 feet), and we have seen a map from GSI (Geospatial Information Authority) in Japan showing the pattern of shift over a large area is consistent with about that much shift of the land mass." 2.08pm: Ian Hanson, senior lecturer in forensic archaeology at Bournemouth University who is currently on sabbatical at the International Commission on Missing Persons, said the true numbers of those missing won't be accurate until all agencies involved in collecting data collate their information. "Often with disaster situations numbers of people reported missing is very high initially – but this is often because multiple agencies are collecting information and individual missing people will be reported multiple times. "We have seen this discrepancy before at 9/11- people were reported missing by multiple people to multiple agencies, and it is only once a united database of missing is collated that the true figure is known. 9/11 saw the number of missing drop rapidly from first days estimates of

20,000 to 10,000 then 5,000 ... then the true figure of just under 3,000 over time. We may see the same thing here as lists are amalgamated." 2.04pm: Hi, Jo Adetunji here, taking over from James. Professor Richard Wakeford from the Dalton Nuclear Institute at the University of Manchester explains more about the scale and response to the nuclear crisis. The reactor cores were still hot when the reactor shut down (essentially when the chain reaction stops), as time goes on that radioactive decay heat will get less and the problem will get less. In this case, the diesel generators that ran the cooling systems were flooded by the tsunami, so sea water is now being used to cool the core. "If the fuel is uncovered by cooling water it could become so hot it begins to melt – if all the fuel is uncovered you could get a large scale meltdown. So Japanese authorities are doing all they can at the moment to keep the core cooled with seawater. "This is a well known potential accident scenario, so the regulatory authorities ensure that there are appropriate plans in place to ensure that cooling water is kept pumping. Ultimately in this case there was be provision to put seawater through the core to ensure that the core is covered and cooled. "There will be intense monitoring around the site of the reactors for release of radiation. We will know immediately if there had been a

major release – and this clearly hasn't happened at the moment. "The Japanese authorities are doing the right thing by evacuating people just in case the worst happens. If it did, there are measures that will be taken – for example, to counteract radioactive iodine, people would be given stable iodine tablets that would block the uptake of radioactive iodine by the thyroid. They would also put out a food ban from the affected area. "This approach is very different to Chernobyl where the authorities were in denial and did not act to protect the population (they did not issue iodine tablets or stop people eating local food) – many of the thyroid cancers seen could have been prevented by taking action immediately." I'm handing over for a while to my colleague Jo Adetunji. Round up of reports from the affected area of North East Japan today from Jo Adetunji: Reports have emerged of whole towns and villages swept away or submerged by the waves, including Rikuzentakata village in Iwate prefecture in which 5,000 houses have disappeared beneath the water. In Otsuchi village, the town hall was swept away reportedly with the mayor and local officials inside. In Ofunato, a small northern coastal city, a nursing home with 30 elderly residents was swept away and rescuers in the town of Minamisanriku said they have been unable to locate half of the 17,500 population.

A ship that went missing after being swept away by the tsunami on Japan's northeastern coast on Friday was found and about 81 aboard were also airlifted to safety, Jiji Press said. Another image from Dan Chung who is in Shiontona. 1.11pm: Some analysis from Ian Sample about the crisis at the Fukushima nuclear power plants: The decision to pump sea water into the power station's No.1 reactor yesterday was unprecedented and it may be several days before engineers know whether the strategy has worked. The sea water, mixed with boric acid, should remove heat from the reactor and bring it within safe margins. On Sunday, a similar technique was ordered at the station's No.3 unit, where a cooling system also failed. The reactors are usually cooled by deionised water, so pumping sea water around them will make them unusable in future. On Saturday, a hydrogen explosion blew the roof off the No.1 reactor, injuring four workers. The hydrogen was produced when water inside the pressure vessel became superheated and split into hydrogen and oxygen. The hydrogen appears to have exploded when engineers vented pressure from the reactor. The Japanese Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency, (NISA) measured a radiation peak of NEW page 40

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500microSieverts per hour on Saturday at the boundary of the power station. The general population is exposed to a natural background radiation of around 2000 microSieverts a year. 1.02pm: My colleague Jo Adetunji has spoken to the Guardian's Asia environment correspondent Jonathan Watts who is in North East Japan. He said that in the city of Sendai there are huge queues for water, food and fuel. 12.51pm: One piece of clarification. Although the Japanese authorities have updated the size of the quake to magnitude 9.0, the US Geological Survey is still referring to it as magnitude 8.9. 12.35pm: Here's a summary of events today so far: • The original earthquake to hit Japan has been upgraded to a magnitude of 9.0 • The struggle to control a nuclear crisis at two power stations continues. Officials said there is a risk of a second explosion at the Fukushima power station but Yukio Edano, chief cabinet secretary, said the facility could withstand the impact. Technicians are battling to cool a third reactor after a blast at reactor one on Saturday. Technicians are pumping sea water into the reactor in a bid to prevent a nuclear meltdown. The size of the evacuation zone around Fukushima is now 20km. • The Japanese prime minister has called the disaster the worst crisis since WWII. There are also

reports that up to 10,000 are feared dead in the Miyagi prefecture alone and up to 190 people exposed to radiation after cooling system fails at a second nuclear plant. • More than 250 aftershocks have rocked Japan since the original earthquake on Friday. The US Geological Survey said 30 of these were in excess of magnitude 6. Japan's meteorological agency said there was a 70% chance of a magnitude 7 aftershock striking in the next three days. • The huge rescue effort now includes 100,000 Japanese soliders, around 40% of its armed forces. International rescue teams are heading towards the region including a UK team. Tokyo's vice-mayor said 44,000 meals of crackers, 643,000 of instant rice and 57,000 units of condensed milk are on their way to the disaster area, along with 384,000 blankets and 9000 portable toilets. • Stories of rescues and tragedies are beginning to emerge, including from Hiromitsu Shinkawa, a 60-year-old man rescued after being swept out to sea with only his roof as a makeshift raft. Our correspondent Jonathan Watts in Miyagi prefecture interviewed Harumi Watanabe who said she was unable to rescue her elderly parents from their house before the wave hit. • The UK Foreign Office has set up contact numbers for assistance for British nationals and has advised against all non-essential travel to Japan. It has also issued

information about the status of Japanese airports. 12.07pm: A gallery of remarkable images from the Guardian's Dan Chung who is in tsunami-ravaged Shiontona. 11.54am: Associated Press has this report from Banda Aceh in Indonesia of the reactions of survivors of the 2004 tsunami watching the pictures of the devastation in Japan: Tears streamed down Maisara Mucharam's face as she watched aerial shots of the tsunami pummeling Japan's coast and remembered the day, six years ago, when her youngest daughter was ripped out of her arms by the heavy salty sea. Survivors of the 2004 tsunami that started off Indonesia sat glued to their TV sets, stroking each other's hands, as images of last Friday's disaster in northern Japan flashed repeatedly across the screen. "I heard someone screaming and ran to see what was going on," said Mucharam, who also lost her husband and two other daughters. "I tried, but couldn't stop watching," the 38-year-old said, her voice trembling. "It was exactly the same, except they have this horrible footage, events unfolding right before your eyes." 11.41pm: The full piece from our Asia environment correspondent Jonathan Watts who is in Shintona, Miyagi prefecture talking to survivors and relief workers is live. Here's some of it: The nearby bay is filled with cars, concrete and half-sunken

homes that have floated away from their foundations. A railway line has been ripped from the ground and twisted vertically like a garden fence. Cars and motorbikes lie broken and so roughly re-parked by the tsunami that some balance precariously on their bonnets. Emergency and media helicopters buzz overhead and the bereaved sob by the side of the road. The air is rich with the rotting smell of disaster and death. Self-defence force personnel and rescue workers search for bodies amid the the mud. Their work is sporadically interrupted by earthquake alerts and tsunami warnings, but they do not have to look far. When found the dead are wrapped in blue tarpaulins and laid on military stretchers. In Shintona their numbers rose as quickly as the dozen or so rescue workers were able to find and carry them. "We have found 50 bodies today and there'll be more," said an officer in the self defence forces as his team took a quick lunchbreak. "We're putting more efforts into rescue elsewhere as there is very little chance of anyone surviving here." 11.33am: Japanese prime minister Naoto Kan has urged Cabinet members to ensure "maximum efforts" are made to save as many people as possible, Kyodo news agency has reported. He has also met the heads of the Tokyo Electric Power Company, which runs the Fukushima nuclear

plant, and Toshiba, which supplied some of the equipment used in the facility, to discuss the crisis. Electricity providers have warned that consumers could face a week or more of rolling electricity black -outs from tomorrow, due to the shortages caused by shutting down power plants. "There is a high possibility that service areas of Tokyo Electric and Tohoku Electric will face an abnormal situation in which a great deal of supply shortage will occur,'' the industry minister Banri Kaieda told reporters. His ministry has urged large firms to restrict their use of air conditioning, neon lighting and hot water to help conserve the supply. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano has said the government will use its contingency funds of some 200bn yen ($2.44bn) to pay for the relief effort. But Kyodo says the president of the opposition Liberal Democratic Party has said it will meet the government to discuss a possible temporary tax increase to fund relief work. 11.13am: Associated Press is reporting that Japan's prime minister has called the disaster the worst crisis since World War II when two nuclear bombs were dropped of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. He has urged country to unite. 10.59am: The UK Foreign Office is advising against all nonessential travel to Tokyo and the NEW page 41

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North East of Japan. It has set up contact numbers for assistance: British nationals in Japan who require assistance should contact the Foreign Office helpline in London: +44 20 7008 0000 (from Japan) or 020 7008 0000 (in the UK). You can also e-mail the Foreign Office on japan.earthquake@fco.gov.uk or skype (text not call) on "fcojapan". It has issued the following information about the status of Japanese airports: Sendai- Closed Sado- Closed Iwate-Hanamaki- Closed Misawa- Closed NRT/Tokyo Narita- Open, although flights to and from the airport are experiencing some disruptions. There are some train and bus services to the airport but traffic is heavy and serious disruptions in travelling to Narita continue. 1700 people are currently at Narita airport; airport authorities are distributing sleeping bags and food. HND/Tokyo Haneda- Open, though flights are subject to cancellation. UKB/Kobe Airport- Open KIX/Osaka- Open KIJ/Niigata- Open Amori- Partially open Akita- Partially open Misawa- Partially open Yamagata- Partially open Shonai- Partially open Odate Noshino- Partially open Fuksushima- Partially open 10.40am: The Tokyo Electric Power Company which operates

the Fukushima Daiichi and Fukushima Daini nuclear power stations has confirmed that a crane operator has been killed at the Daini plant. The operator was trapped in the crane operating console of the exhaust stack and was transferred to the ground at 5:13pm on Saturday and confirmed the death at 5:17pm. In an update early on Sunday morning, the International Atomic Energy Agency said that four workers had been injured by the explosion at Unit 1 reactor of the Daiichi plant. In addition, one worker was exposed to higherthan-normal radiation levels that fall below the IAEA guidance for emergency situations. And at Fukushima Daini, four have been injured. 10.06am: This map from the US Geological Survey shows the aftershocks that have hit the region since Friday. There have been over 250 aftershocks, with 30 of those in excess of magnitude 6. 9.47am: Justin McCurry in Tokyo reports that Japan's meteorological agency on Sunday upgraded last Friday's earthquake from magnitude 8.8 to 9.0, although it is still referring to this estimate as an "interim value". It occurred 130km off the Pacific coast of Tokoku region at a depth of 24km. It is advising people to be vigilant for further tsunamis, landslides and further building collapses. It is also warning that there is a 70% chance of a magnitude-7 aftershock striking the country in

the next three days.There will be a 50% risk over the three subsequent days. 9.39am: Japan's Daily Yomiuri has this powerful eyewitness piece on the "hellish sight" of Kesennumma in Miyagi prefecture, hit by quake, tsunami and fires: Black smoke belched from fires that continued to spread even after daybreak in this city on the Sanriku Coast with a population of 75,700. All but the platform of MinamiKesennuma Station on the JR Kesennuma Line was swept away by tsunami as if it had never existed. Also hit by tsunami, the city's central community center near the station was flooded to the secondfloor ceiling, forcing people evacuated there to stay overnight on the third floor, community center officials said. Many wrecked cars and trucks lay amidst heaps of rubble, while broken houses were swept down the Okawa river along the JR line. The water continued to ebb and flow with waves from the sea. 9.36am: In a a small indication of the massive relief effort now underway, Tokyo vicemayor@inosenaoki says 44,000 meals of crackers, 643,000 of instant rice and 57,000 units of condensed milk are on their way to the disaster area, along with 384,000 blankets and 9000 portable toilets. 9.19am: Our correspondent Jonathan Watts is in Shiontona, Miyagi

prefecture. He has been speaking to survivors of the tsunami. One woman, Harumi Watanabe said she rushed home from work to save her elderly parents but was unable to get them out of the house quickly enough. "There wasn't time to save them. They were old and too weak to walk so I couldn't get them in the car in time," she said. When the wave hit the house, her mother and father were ripped from her grasp and dragged under -water. "I stood on the furniture, but the water came up to my neck. There was only a narrow band of air below the ceiling. I thought I would die," said Watanabe. Early indications are that older people will make up a high proportion of the dead because they were unable to act on the tsunami warnings in time. "There are many old people here. We have evacuation drills, but people could not get to the meeting place in time. The tsunami was beyond our expectations. We must reflect on our shortcomings," said Jiro Saito, head of the local disaster countermeasures committee. Watts reports that further round the coast in Minami Shirazu, close to 10,000 people are reportedly missing after the town was engulfed by the tsunami. The full story will be online shortly. 8.50am: Agence France Presse has more details of the extraordinary story of the 60-yearold man rescued after being swept 15km out to sea by the tsunami: A Maritime Self-Defence Force destroyer rescued 60-year-old

Hiromitsu Shinkawa after discovering him floating on a piece of roof in waters off Fukushima Prefecture, two days after the disaster struck. The man, from the city of Minamisoma which has been virtually obliterated, was swept out along with his house after the massive tsunami tore into Japan's northeast following a 8.9magnitude earthquake on Friday. He is conscious and in "good condition" after his rescue which took place around 12:40 pm (0340 GMT), ministry officials said, adding that he was transported to hospital by helicopter. "I ran away after learning that the tsunami was coming," Shinkawa told rescuers according to Jiji Press. "But I turned back to pick up something at home, when I was washed away. I was rescued while I was hanging to the roof from my house." 8.40am: These remarkable interactive graphics from ABC in Australia and the New York Times use before-and-after pictures of the disaster zone to demonstrate the extent of the devastation. Another New York times interactive allows you to zoom in on a scene of devastation in Sendai, northern Japan. This interactive map help convey the scale of the disaster. 8.31am: One very welcome piece of good news: astonishingly, a 63year-old man was rescued after NEW page 45

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Gaddafi forces push rebels from east Libya town
Chris McGreal, Simon Tisdall (The Guardian World News)

"They shot 40 to 60 rockets at the same time. The sky was raining with rockets, with shrapnel. There Submitted at 3/13/2011 11:39:32 AM was heavy artillery. Then they Rebels driven out of town of advanced," he said. "It was Brega under heavy bombardment impossible to stay." as pro-regime forces advance Refadi said that among the towards Benghazi victims was a seven year-old boy Muammar Gaddafi's forces were who lost part of his skull and routing Libyan rebels in the east brain and who he expected to die. of the country today, driving the He said he also saw four civilians, revolutionaries into full retreat three men and a woman, dead from the town of Brega with a beside the road. rain of rockets and shelling. The regime's assault came after it The rebel army fled in hundreds seized control of the strategic oil of pick-up trucks, many with town of Ras Lanuf yesterday. machine guns mounted on the With the opposition line broken, back, and saloon cars back toward Gaddafi's forces appeared to have t h e n e a r e s t m a j o r t o w n o f little trouble moving on Brega A j d a b i y a . S o m e o f t h e about 90 miles along the road revolutionaries, many of whom towards the rebel capital of are young men with no previous Benghazi. combat experience, appeared It is not clear if the revolutionary close to panic. Many of the forces will be able to make a remaining civilians in the area stand in Ajdabiya, which sits on fled with them. an important intersection where The rapid advance by pro-regime the main coastal road divides. If forces came as Hillary Clinton, the town falls, Gaddafi's army the US secretary of state, prepared would be able to move on to travel to the region to meet Benghazi and head toward towns representatives of the Libyan closer to the Egyptian border, rebels' revolutionary council. notably the major oil city of C l i n t o n ' s t r i p f o l l o w s a n Tobruk. unprecedented Arab League call In what is seen as a crucial week for western military intervention both diplomatically and militarily to assist the embattled rebels. for Libya, Clinton is due to spend The call has increased pressure two days in Egypt and Tunisia on Barack Obama to throw starting on Tuesday, the first visits Washington's full weight behind by the US secretary of state since efforts to oust Gaddafi before it is the recent popular uprisings. too late. Officials from the Benghazi-based Suliman Refadi, a doctor fleeing rebel council are expected to Brega hospital, said the town travel to meet her. The exact came under intense bombardment. venue and timing of the meeting

has not been disclosed. The Obama administration has so far blocked British and French moves to impose a no-fly zone over Libya to curtail Gaddafi's attacks on rebel forces and civilians. One stated reason for its reluctance is concern that the US has little first-hand knowledge of the embattled rebel groups, which have been asking for western military assistance with increasing urgency in recent days. Speaking at a press conference on Friday, Obama expressed caution about dealing with the Benghazi council, which France alone has recognised as Libya's legitimate successor government. The opposition was "just getting organised", Obama said. Clinton's talks are intended to give the US a better picture of who it may be dealing with if Gaddafi falls. Catherine Ashton, the EU's foreign policy chief, is also in the region and was due to hold talks about the no-fly zone proposal with the Arab League in Cairo today. It was not immediately clear whether Ashton would also seek to make contact with the Libyan rebels. Like the US, the EU has demanded Gaddafi's resignation and an end to the violence but has so far stopped short of endorsing military intervention. With events moving fast on the ground, it seemed increasingly possible that the diplomatic initiatives would come too late to save the Libyan uprising, a fear apparently shared by the Arab

League. Its unanimous weekend decision to ask the UN security council to impose a no-fly zone over Libya was seen as an extraordinary step, given historical opposition by the 22-nation bloc to western intervention in the region. The move was also a risky one for Arab leaders who face popular dissent at home. Syria and Algeria reportedly argued strongly against the decision in private discussions, insisting on a clause saying any western forces should withdraw as soon as the crisis abated. Amr Moussa, the Arab League secretary general, said: "Our goal is to protect the civilian population in Libya after what has been reported of attacks and casualties in a very bloody situation." Describing Gaddafi's government as "illegitimate", the League has suspended its membership and begun talks with the rebels, although it has not extended formal recognition to the Benghazi council. Pressure on Obama to drop US objections to a no-fly zone has been increased by the Arab League decision highlighting "serious crimes and great violations" by the Libyan regime and by a statement by Mustafa Abdel Jalil, head of the Benghazi revolutionary council. Jalil claimed at the weekend that if Gaddafi's forces, which have gained the upper hand in the fighting in recent days, succeeded

in taking Benghazi, it would result in "the death of half a million people". The US, Nato and the EU say that military intervention would be justified if there were demonstrable need to prevent criminal atrocities on the ground, if there were a sound legal basis (such as a new UN security council resolution) and if there were strong regional support. Some US officials have expressed doubts as to whether a no-fly zone would make any difference to the outcome, since most of the regime's attacks use ground troops or artillery. William Hague, the foreign secretary, suggested in a statement yesterday that the requirement for regional support had been all but satisfied. Hague said that the outcome of the Arab League meeting showed "Gaddafi's actions do not have support in the region". "In brutally repressing a popular uprising by his own people, it is clear he is isolated and ignoring the will of the international community ... The Arab League call for a NFZ [no-fly zone] is very significant and provides important regional support to the option of creating a NFZ," he said. The White House said the Arab League's declaration of support was an "important step", but did not say whether it viewed it as definitive. GADDAFI page 44

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Iran accused of use of child soldiers
Robert Tait (The Guardian World News)

as young as 12 and were possibly prepubescent. They had rural accents, which indicated they had Submitted at 3/13/2011 9:46:57 AM been brought in from villages far Armed children as young as 14 from Tehran, she said. are said to have been deployed Some told her they had been alongside riot police attracted by the promise of chelo Iran's Islamic regime is using kebab dinners, one of Iran's "child soldiers" to suppress anti- national dishes. government demonstrations, a " I t ' s r e a l l y a v i o l a t i o n o f t a c t i c t h a t c o u l d b r e a c h international law. It's no different international law forbidding the than child soldiers, which is the use of underage combatants, c u s t o m i n m a n y z o n e s o f human rights activists have told conflict," said Hadi Ghaemi, the the Observer. campaign's executive director. The International Campaign for "They are being recruited into Human Rights in Iran says troops being part of the conflict and aged between 14 and 16 have armed for it." been armed with batons, clubs and The UN convention on the rights air guns and ordered to attack of the child requires states to take demonstrators who have tried to "all feasible measures to ensure gather in Tehran. The youths – t h a t p e r s o n s w h o h a v e n o t apparently recruited from rural attained the age of 15 years do not areas – are being deployed in take a direct part in hostilities". regular riot police roles and The allegation comes amid comprise up to one-third of the efforts by Iran's opposition Green t o t a l f o r c e , a c c o r d i n g t o movement to revive the mass witnesses. protests that challenged President One middle-aged woman, who Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's resaid she was attacked by the election in 2009, which opponents youths, reported that some were s a y w a s r i g g e d . D r a w i n g

encouragement from the uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia, organisers have vowed to stage demonstrations every Tuesday. Protesters who gathered on 1 March and a week later were met by a blanket security presence, which activists say refined the tactics used to crush the postelection revolt, when smaller detachments of youths were used informally by the hardline Basij militia. Last Tuesday youthful riot squads formed along Valiasr Street, Tehran's central thoroughfare, and forced pedestrians to run an intimidating gauntlet. Protesters chanting antigovernment slogans were attacked. Multiple arrests were reported. "They are very keen to display violence. Teenage boys are notorious for that," said Ghaemi. "They are being used to ensure there is a good ratio of government forces to protesters and because the average policeman in Tehran could have some kind of family connection to

the people they have to beat up. It's a classic tactic to bring people from outside, because they have no sense of sympathy for city dwellers." The renewed clampdown coincides with concern over the whereabouts of the Green movement's nominal leaders, Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi. Both were apparently placed under house arrest last month and then reported to have been taken into detention, despite official denials. Robert Tait is a senior correspondent for RFE/RL and a former Tehran correspondent for the Observer. • Iran • Arab and Middle East protests • Mahmoud Ahmadinejad • Middle East • Protest Robert Tait guardian.co.uk© Guardian News & Media Limited 2011 | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions| More Feeds

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A traditional pub salad made with sausages or sliced meats, cheese, and any combination of mixed lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, coleslaw, or chutney, this dish is always served with soda bread. Adjust the number of servings or ingredients to suit your tastes. View Recipe: Ploughman's Lunch Platter Next Brown Soda Bread 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: Comment Is Free But Freedom Is Slavery - An Exchange With The Guardian's Economics Editor.

'Saturday Night Live' - Zach Galifianakis / Jessie J Recap
Dr. Ryan Vaughan, PhD (no, seriously) (TV Squad)
Submitted at 3/13/2011 6:00:00 AM

Filed under: Recaps[' Saturday Night Live' - ' Season 36, Episode 17'] You can count on Zach Galifianakis to bring his own

peculiar take on humor when he hosts ' Saturday Night Live,' a humor that seems to embrace the live and unpredictable nature of the show. Not many other hosts carry with them the reputation or the chops to bring the element of "anything can happen" back to the forefront, and it's what I enjoyed

most about this episode. Even if that "anything" turns into

"nothing," we still watch the show with a different kind of anticipation that can help make every sketch just a smidge funnier. In this, his second hosting stint, Zach Galifianakis put out pretty much what I expected: an unwavering commitment to his comedic ideals, enough awkward

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Flare Path – review
Michael Billington (The Guardian World News)

exploring the group ethos. Peter Kyle, an ageing Hollywood star, has turned up in the hope of Submitted at 3/13/2011 9:45:22 AM reclaiming the one true love of his Theatre Royal Haymarket, life, the recently married Patricia. London She, however, is faced with a Sienna Miller may be the box- conflict. Who needs her more? office draw, but Trevor Nunn's Kyle, whose career is on the magnificent revival of Terence skids, or her pilot husband, R a t t i g a n ' s 1 9 4 2 p l a y i s a n Teddy, whose breezy manner ensemble achievement. And that conceals shattered nerves? But the seems appropriate for a play that private drama is played out is a tribute to the collective spirit against the background of a of wartime bomber crews and bombing raid which is "not t h e i r p a r t n e r s . G i v e n t h e exactly a piece of cake". circumstances, you'd hardly Rattigan allows himself one expect a debate about the morality sentimental piece of plotting; and of the air offensive: what the play the final act of renunciation has p r o v i d e s , w i t h R a t t i g a n ' s strong echoes of A Tale of Two c h a r a c t e r i s t i c f l a i r f o r Cities, which he and Gielgud had understatement, is a deeply a d a p t e d i n 1 9 3 5 . B u t t h e moving portrait of people at war. o c c a s i o n a l r o m a n t i c i s m i s The action is set in a Lincolnshire counterbalanced by Rattigan's hotel lounge in the autumn of genius for barely expressed 1941: it's where the RAF pilots emotion. A simple exchange of and crews hang out before and goodbyes between a tail-gunner after their raids on German and his wife, as he leaves for a territory. But Rattigan uses a raid, brings a lump to the throat. personal dilemma as a way of And, as the men fly off to face

possible death, the wife of a Polish pilot says to Patricia: "This is the first time you've been here for a do, isn't it?" In one sense, Rattigan's plays are an attack on the English vice of emotional containment. But he also understood its dramatic power and, watching this play, it struck me that Rattigan learned that from his own wartime RAF experience. Nunn's production, using interpolated film of the flight take -off, beautifully captures both the sense of danger and its boozy, raucous aftermath. And the performances are impeccable. Sienna Miller looks suitably strained, tense and taut as the agonised Patricia and James Purefoy admirably conveys the sense of exclusion felt by the movie star caught up in wartime action. Sheridan Smith is also quite stunning as a former barmaid who now finds herself a countess because of her marriage to the Polish pilot: Smith never overdoes the brassiness and there

is a heart-stopping moment when her features light up as she learns, from a letter, how much she was loved by her missing-in-action husband. But all the acting is first-rate, from Harry Hadden-Paton as Patricia's secretly terrified husband to Clive Wood as the bluff squadron leader who, in one of the play's few overtly patriotic lines, says: "My God, we do owe these boys something, you know." It is typical of Rattigan that this is delivered almost as an aside; and it is precisely that embarrassed English emotional hesitancy that makes this play so overwhelmingly moving. Rating: 4/5 • Terence Rattigan • Theatre • Sienna Miller Michael Billington guardian.co.uk© Guardian News & Media Limited 2011 | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions| More Feeds

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Attention may soon shift to the UN security council, where British and French diplomats have reportedly drawn up a draft resolution on a no-fly zone, although it has yet to be circulated. The Arab League statement could be significant in reducing Chinese and Russian opposition to a new resolution authorising limited

intervention. Both countries, vetowielding members of the security council, continue to express reservations. "Middle Eastern countries should handle their affairs themselves and should not be subject to outside interference," vice-foreign minister Zhai Jun said during a tour of the region. Robert Gates, the US defence

secretary, who last week questioned the wisdom of imposing a no-fly zone, appeared to soften his position at the weekend. Gates said: "A little bit too much has been read into some of my remarks last week," Gates said. "If we are directed to impose a no-fly zone, we have the resources to do it. This is not a question of

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his home was swept 15km out to sea by the tsunami, Japanese media are reporting. Rescuers in a helicopter spotted him waving from the rooftop near Futabacho, Fukushima prefecture. 8.19am: Good morning, we're continuing our live coverage as Japan tackles the aftermath of Friday's devastating 8.9 magnitude earthquake and the ensuing tsunami. Tokyo has doubled the number of rescuers to 100,000 and is still struggling to control the crisis at two nuclear power stations. The developments today: • Up to 10,000 people may have died in Miyagi prefecture, a police official there has told broadcaster NHK. Miyagi was the area worsthit by the double disaster. The previous estimate of the death toll

was around 1,800, although police had said they were unable to make contact with 9,500 people in the devastated town of Minamisanriku. • Japan is still struggling to control the crisis at two nuclear power plants damaged in Friday's huge earthquake and tsunami. The emergency cooling system has failed at another reactor. • As many as 190 people may have been exposed to radiation. Potentially unsafe levels have been detected in 22 people. • Aftershocks also continue to hit the region, with two tremors of 6.2 magnitude earlier today. • Millions remain without power and drinking water and reports from the disaster zone suggest many survivors are struggling to find food.

• International rescue teams are arriving in Japan. You can read yesterday's live coverage here. • Japan earthquake and tsunami • Japan • Natural disasters and extreme weather Tania Branigan James Randerson Jo Adetunji guardian.co.uk© Guardian News & Media Limited 2011 | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions| More Feeds

Worst Company In America Bracket To Be Revealed Monday At SXSW
Chris Morran (The Consumerist)

If you're in town for the festival, come on by and check it out — especially if you're a rep for a Submitted at 3/13/2011 9:00:00 AM company that stands a good We've finally finished sorting chance of making the list. t h r o u g h t h e y o u r e - m a i l 11:00 a.m. CT nominations for this year's Worst Austin Convention Center Company In America tournament. Ballroom F Now we're set to reveal the 32 This entry passed through the businesses vying for the title. Full-Text RSS service — if this is The complete bracket will be your content and you're reading it posted here at 12:00 p.m. ET on on someone else's site, please read Monday at the same time as I'll be our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ unveiling the matchups at SXSW content-only/faq.php in Austin as part of the panel Five Filters featured article: d i s c u s s i o n T h e L e g a l Comment Is Free But Freedom Is Ramifications of Saying "I'm Slavery - An Exchange With The Sorry". Guardian's Economics Editor.

Zach Galifianakis Hangs Over Saturday Night Live
Robyn Ross (TVGuide.com: Breaking News)
Submitted at 3/13/2011 9:47:00 AM

Zach Galifianakis Burly, bearded Zach Galifianakis began his Saturday Light Live monologue with some one-liners and impressions that included "the guy from Queens who's obsessed with cargo shorts," and ended up dressed like Little Orphan Annie singing "Tomorrow" with a complement of scrawled messages a la an old Bob Dylan video. Miley Cyrus answers her critics on Saturday Night Live

In The Talk, Kristen Wiig plays Julie Chen, Abby Elliot portrays Leah Remini, Nasim Pedrad is Sharon Osbourne and Vanessa Bayer an awkwardly shy Sara Gilbert. Galifianakis chimes in as a disgruntled audience member who wanted to be at The View. Plus: Look for Bill Hader's impersonation of Steven Tyler. In the digital short "Zach Looks for a New Assistant," Galianakis interviews children and learns Usher is not Justin Bieber's dad. Watch more videos from Saturday Night Live In "Scared Straight," The Hangover star is a Hannibal

Lecter wannabe and Kenan Thompson portrays his boot camp instructor-cousin setting youths who've committed minor offenses straight.

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Hugh Martin, "Have Yourself a Richard Hatch Ordered Merry Little Christmas" Songwriter, Back to Prison — Again Dies at 96
Robyn Ross (TVGuide.com: Breaking News)
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Robyn Ross (TVGuide.com: Breaking News)
Submitted at 3/13/2011 10:30:00 AM

Hugh Martin "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" songwriter Hugh Martin has died. He was 96. Martin is best known for composing the score to the 1944 musical Meet Me In St. Louis, in which Judy Garland famously performs the song that became a seasonal classic. Martin and songwriting partner Ralph Blane received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song for writing the film's "The Trolley Song." The duo also were nominated in 1947 for "Pass the Peace Pipe" from Good News. Remember other celebrities we lost this year In 2010, Martin, who died Friday of natural causes at his Encinitas, Calif., home, released an autobiography titled Hugh Martin: The Boy Next Door— a reference to yet another notable song from Meet Me in St. Louis. "Our family was blessed to have

Uncle Hugh in our lives. Not only was he an amazing and talented musician and composer, but the most caring and thoughtful man you'll ever meet," Suzanne Hanners, Martin's niece, said in a statement on his website announcing his death. "He was adored by family and friends and respected and loved by colleagues. He had such grace and class. He truly was 'the boy next

door.'" Born Aug. 11, 1914, in Birmingham, Ala., Martin also received four Tony nominations. Check out the rest of today's news "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" was recorded by more than 500 singers — among them Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Christina Aguilera, Garth Brooks, Ella Fitzgerald, Whitney Houston, the Jackson 5, Barry Manilow, Bette Midler and Lou Rawls. Martin is survived by brother Gordon, nephews Gordon Martin Jr. and Hugh Martin III, nieces Suzanne Hanners and Lua Martin Wells and manager and longtime friend Elaine Harrison. 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: Comment Is Free But Freedom Is Slavery - An Exchange With The Guardian's Economics Editor.

Richard Hatch Richard Hatch is heading back to jail. The first Survivor winner, who is currently appearing on Celebrity Apprentice, was supposed to refile his 2000 and 2001 taxes to pay what he owed, but failed to do so, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Hatch will serve a ninemonth sentence. Check out the rest of today's news "As far as I can tell, you've made no effort to put any money into the government's coffers," U.S. District Court Judge William Smith said. Hatch previously spent three years in prison after failing to pay taxes on the $1 million he won on Survivor. He was released in 2009. Richard Hatch sent back to jail Smith told Hatch during Friday's sentencing: "It needs to be a severe punishment. That's the only thing that will deter you in the future." He ordered him to serve 26 months' supervised release, during which 25 percent of Hatch's gross

income would be garnished and paid to the Internal Revenue Service. Hatch is to report to jail on Monday. 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: Comment Is Free But Freedom Is Slavery - An Exchange With The Guardian's Economics Editor.

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USC Trojans reinstate men's basketball coach Kevin O'Neill
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What's On Tonight: '60 Minutes,' 'Celebrity Apprentice,' 'Ax Men,' 'Big Love'
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Submitted at 3/13/2011 7:30:00 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. All Night Hallmark Channel:'I Love Lucy' marathon continues

7PM ABC:'America's Funniest Home Videos' CBS:'60 Minutes' NBC:'Dateline' After the jump, the rest of the schedule. Permalink| Email this| Linking Blogs| Comments

his team, as well as to me, our administration, our fans and the Pac-10." Submitted at 3/13/2011 11:27:12 AM O'Neill was suspended for the Updated: March 13, 2011, 12:27 r e m a i n d e r o f t h e P a c - 1 0 PM ET tournament in light of his After suspending Kevin O'Neill i n v o l v e m e n t i n a v e r b a l on Friday, USC reinstated their altercation with Arizona booster men's head basketball coach on Paul Weitman in a Los Angeles Sunday, athletic director Pat hotel lobby Thursday night. Haden announced. O'Neill, in his second year at the "Effective immediately, I am helm of the Trojans, was with his reinstating Kevin O'Neill as our wife, Roberta, when the incident men's basketball head coach," took place at the JW Marriot. Haden said in a statement. "Coach "I'm excited to be back coaching O ' N e i l l a n d I h a v e t a l k e d the Trojans and I am looking numerous times these past few forward to the postseason," days. He has continued to express O'Neill said. "This is a special his regret and embarrassment over team and we have shown that we the incident that led to his can compete with anyone in the suspension from any remaining country. games of the Pac-10 Conference "But I temper my excitement of Tournament. More On USC being reinstated with the For more news and notes on the realization that I made a serious Trojans, check o u t error in judgment the other night. ESPNLosAngeles.com's blog. The disciplinary measures that Pat Blog Haden took, including the "... Further, he understands that he suspension, were absolutely the let them down as their role model right call. My wife, Roberta, and I and leader. He has apologized to are both very apologetic for the

embarrassment we caused the Trojan Family. We vow to move forward in a positive manner." Assistant coach Bob Cantu took charge of USC for the rest of the Pac-10 tournament, which ended for the Trojans later Friday night when they lost to Arizona, 67-62, in the first semifinal. "It was a difficult lesson for Coach O'Neill," Haden said. "I believe the suspension served its purpose and will eliminate any such inappropriate behavior by Coach O'Neill in the future. Although he has been reinstated, Coach O'Neill knows that he still faces additional institutional discipline and a fine." 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: Comment Is Free But Freedom Is Slavery - An Exchange With The Guardian's Economics Editor.

Interview: Click here to learn more about Insomniac Click
JC Fletcher (Joystiq)
Submitted at 3/13/2011 12:30:00 PM

Insomniac Games made the surprise announcement at SXSW Interactive that a new division would make games for Facebook and other social gaming

platforms. The newly hired team is already at work on an unannounced project based on a new IP. I wrangled the two Insomniac panelists, marketing director Ryan Schneider and lead artist Tony Mora, to discuss how the new

and to find out just what a "social Sun, 13 Mar 2011 12:30:00 EST. game" is. Please see our terms for use of Continue reading Interview: feeds. Click here to learn more about Permalink| Email this| Comments Insomniac Click Interview: Click here to learn division will integrate "social more about Insomniac Click gaming" into the Insomniac style, originally appeared on Joystiq on

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Ugi comes with a DVD that runs exercisers through a series of 30 different back-to-back exercises in a single 30-minute workout (there are 5 different workouts to choose from—150 exercises in all—so your body never gets bored of burning fat!). Next Nike Training Club App 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: Comment Is Free But Freedom Is Slavery - An Exchange With The Guardian's Economics Editor.

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“The absence of an agreement is a shared failure, and I think (fans) should be disappointed,” said Jeff WASHINGTON — Forget hash P a s h , t h e l e a g u e ’ s c h i e f marks and end zones. The NFL’s negotiator, after it all broke down playing field has moved to the yesterday. “It doesn’t do us any courtroom. good to shut down our business. Everyone’s worst nightmare No one is happy with where we happened on K and 21st Street. are right now.” After 16 days of mediation, the The result led to a fury of legal owners and the union failed to activity, beginning with the union reach an agreement on a new officially decertifying to file an collective bargaining agreement. antitrust lawsuit against the NFL They failed to reach an agreement to prevent the impending lockout. on another extension of the The lead plaintiff is Tom Brady[ negotiating window. stats], who joins nine other highThey failed. Period. profile names. Because the list is
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alphabetical, the case will be Tom Brady vs. the NFL. They hope football continues while the courts (and unionfriendly Judge David Doty in Minnesota) handle the issues. Either way, the result is the first work stoppage in two decades. “Any business where two parties don’t trust each other,” union chief DeMaurice Smith said, “is a business that can never be as successful as it can be. And I dare any one of you to show an economic indicator the NFL has fallen on hard times.” They now enter a period of

uncertainty. No agents need to be certified, no discipline or drugtest rules apply. It is unprecedented. And it was high-drama getting there. Smith made a last-minute ultimatum, which the owners ignored. “I hate to say this,” union outside counsel Jim Quinn said, “but (Pash) has not told the truth to our players or fans. He has lied to them.” Key members of the NFL’s team also took a variety of shots at the union, lashing out at it for attempting to lock out the players

all along. Smith replied that “nothing could be further from the truth.” Both sides have reason to gripe in the non-compromise. 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: Comment Is Free But Freedom Is Slavery - An Exchange With The Guardian's Economics Editor.

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NEW YORK (AP) — It was time for Kemba Walker to be honest. He had the MVP trophy and a piece of the net. His team had won the Big East tournament with what may be the most impressive five days a player and team have ever had in college basketball. • By Nicole Sweet, US Presswire Connecticut guard Kemba Walker goes up for a dunk against Louisville during the Big East tournament final in New York. By Nicole Sweet, US Presswire Connecticut guard Kemba Walker goes up for a dunk against Louisville during the Big East tournament final in New York. "Now that's it over I can definitely tell you I was tired. With about two minutes left I was gassed," he said with a smile that appropriately looked tired. "I just wanted to win this game so bad my heart took over." How could he not be tired? The No. 19 Huskies won their seventh Big East championship by winning five games in as many days. Forget conference tournaments, nobody could find any team playing that rigorous a stretch in the early season, midseason or postseason. Walker shattered the tournament scoring record, getting 19 points in the ninth-seeded Huskies' 69-66

victory over No. 14 Louisville on Saturday night. Three of the first four wins were also over ranked teams. "Suffice it to say this is a very special night for us and a tremendous week for us," said Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun, whose seven titles broke a tie for the most in conference history with Georgetown's John Thompson. "He is as special as any player I've ever coached. No one's going to surpass him. They may equal him but no one is going to surpass him. ... Five games in five days, he's amazing." Walker, a 6-foot-1 junior guard, took home the most obvious MVP award in any conference tournament. He finished the five games with 130 points, 46 more than the previous record. It wasn't just the points he got for the Huskies (26-9). He grabbed so many big rebounds, made so many key passes and clutch steals, all while exhibiting leadership good enough to take a team loaded with sophomores and freshmen to the championship. "What these kids have accomplished this week has been as moving for me as anything I could possibly think of. Whatever was asked of them, they did," Calhoun said. "Their heart took over, their determination to win, and their skill level. I couldn't be more proud of them."

Preston Knowles had 18 points for the third-seeded Cardinals (259) and his three-point attempt at the buzzer bounced off the rim, setting off a well-deserved celebration by the Huskies. "It was a good look and I thought it was going in," Knowles said. "They made plays, they deserve it. I thought we deserved it, too, but that's not the way it went." When the Huskies ended the regular season with a home loss to Notre Dame, few gave them much chance at winning the tournament considering they would have to win five games to do it. Nobody should have discounted a team with Walker. He beat top-seeded Pittsburgh with a jumper at the buzzer. His game against fourth-seeded Syracuse in the semifinals was an

all-around performance rarely seen by a guard. He had 33 points, 12 rebounds, five assists and six steals. Considering the way he struggled in the two regular-season losses to Louisville (36 points on 10-of-33 shooting), it seemed things were stacked against him. Nobody should have discounted another great effort from Walker. "For me it was special, because I'm at home, playing in front of the greatest fans in the world," the native of the Bronx said. "My family, my friends. Words can't even describe it." He picked up his second foul with 7:15 to play in the first half and the Huskies leading 27-15. He made one brief appearance in the final seconds and Connecticut held a 38-32 lead at halftime. "We were on the plus side," Calhoun said of keeping Walker on the bench. "The only thing that was a consideration was the five games in five days, and would we have enough in the second half? ... I didn't want us to sit down to some degree, I wanted to keep playing, because that's when you get tired." The second half was always close — neither team led by more than four points over the final eight minutes — and the sellout crowd of 19,375 at Madison Square Garden seemed to be just waiting for Walker to do something special.

He made a great drop pass to Jeremy Lamb for a basket that gave the Huskies the lead for good at 65-64 with 33 seconds left. Louisville turned the ball over on the inbound pass and Walker added two free throws with 16.4 seconds to go. Knowles' three-point attempt with seven seconds left was tapped back out and Mike Marra was fouled by Walker taking a 3 with 3.9 seconds to go. Marra, a 78.6% free throw shooter, made the first and third to make it a one -point game. "I was so mad at myself," Walker said of the foul. "Coach said 'Stay down.' I'm telling everybody to stay down and I'm the one who jumped. We were fortunate he missed that free throw." Freshman Shabazz Napier was fouled with 3.3 seconds left and the 75.6% free throw shooter made both for the final margin. Marra, who also threw away the inbound pass, had the full support of his teammates. "These are the guys I feel that I let down, so for them to tell me it's all right means a lot," Marra said. "I just feel bad the way it ended. It's going to take a few days and hopefully just put this behind me." Lamb had 13 points for the Huskies and fellow freshman UCONN page 53

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lockout, even before it went into effect. "I know this sort of gives us a bad Welcome to The NFL Lockout. name - as well as the owners - in As far back as May 2008, it some fans' eyes," said Minnesota became a possibility. Vikings defensive end Brian As recently as a week ago - when Robison, one of the plaintiffs in owners and players agreed to the case that forever will be extend the deadline for a new known as Brady et al vs. National collective bargaining agreement - Football League et al. "Some fans Commissioner Roger Goodell are more upset with the owners, made it sound avoidable. and some are more upset with the And yet here we are: The players." country's most popular sport - The lockout, a right management water-cooler fodder for six has to shut down a business when months of Mondays; generator of a CBA expires, means there can more than $9 billion in annual be no communication between the revenues; responsible for the two teams and current NFL players; most-watched programs in U.S. no players - including those TV history, the 2010 and 2011 drafted in April - can be signed; Super Bowls - is stuck in a teams won't pay for players' holding pattern, thanks to its first health insurance. work stoppage in nearly a quarter They took the term "lockout" of a century. rather literally at the Tennessee The owners imposed a lockout on Titans' headquarters in Nashville, the players Saturday, essentially where a metal chain secured the shutting down operations. That main gate to the parking lot's front came hours after talks broke off entrance, an extra bit of security and the union dissolved itself, normally not seen there. meaning players no longer are The NFL has enjoyed labor peace protected under labor law but since a 1987 strike by the players, instead are now allowed to take but now next season could be their chances in federal court jeopardized, depending on what under antitrust law. Nine NFL happens in court. players, including superstar Fans really will be upset if quarterbacks Tom Brady, Peyton regular-season games are lost. No Manning and Drew Brees, and Sundays on the couch or at a bar, one college player headed for the scanning television screens for the pros filed a class-action lawsuit in latest "Did you see that?!" plays. Minnesota and asked for a No fantasy football leagues or preliminary injunction to block a office pools.
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So what happened? With so much at stake, why did everything fall apart? Despite 16 days spent in face-toface talks at the office of a presidentially appointed federal mediator, how did it come to this? In terms of the key bargaining issues, there really was one that stands out: Put simply, owners and players couldn't figure out a mutually palatable way to split all those billions of dollars that come from TV contracts, ticket and merchandise sales, sponsorship deals, etc. By Friday afternoon, when mediator George Cohen declared "no useful purpose would be served" by asking the parties to keep negotiating, it appeared the NFL and union were about $185 million apart on how much owners should get up front each season for certain operating expenses before splitting the rest of the revenues with players. That's a far cry from the $1 billion that separated the sides for months. There also was a significant standoff on the union's insistence on seeing years of detailed financial statements for all 32 teams. The players' point, basically, was: If you say you need more money from us up front, prove it by showing us what you bring in and what you spend and what you're left with. But this wasn't merely about

numbers. It also was about trust and respect: Each side has accused the other of bargaining in bad faith. The NFL filed a charge against the union with the National Labor Relations Board. The union has said owners were planning for a lockout since they exercised an opt-out clause in the old CBA in 2008. Indeed, U.S. District Court judge David Doty - who has overseen NFL labor matters since the 1990s and is expected to handle Friday's filings - sided with the players in a March 2 ruling, saying the league improperly negotiated TV contracts with an eye to a lockout. And neither side held back as the rhetoric escalated Thursday and Friday. After talks ended, NFL Players Association executive DeMaurice Smith referred to football as a "business where two partners don't trust each other," and said: "While the players were moving forward, thinking that this was about fairness, honesty and transparency, the National Football League was meeting in secret to talk about collusion, conspiracy, leverage and breaking our game." Jim Quinn, outside counsel for the union, spoke about "greed on the part of these owners" and, in reference to NFL lead negotiator Jeff Pash, said: "I hate to say this, but he has not told the truth to our

players or our fans. He has, in a word, lied to them about what happened today and what's happened over the last two weeks and the last two years." Pash, for his part, noted one dollar figure Smith had mentioned to reporters a few days earlier and said it was "not close to factual." Pash also spoke of the union's "commitment to litigate, as we've said all along." New York Giants owner John Mara chimed in, too, saying, "I never really got the feeling during the past weeks that (the players) were serious about negotiating." The league's statement Saturday announcing the lockout called the NFLPA's decertification a "sham" and said the players' court action is "built on the indisputably false premise that the NFLPA has stopped being a union and will merely delay the process of reaching an agreement." New England Patriots owner Bob Kraft, a member of the league's powerful labor committee, issued a statement Saturday saying, "I remain confident that an agreement will be reached and that the 2011 season will be played." He added that he hopes the sides will "return to the negotiating table very soon." That's theoretically possible, and it echoed what Goodell said when LOCKOUT, page 52

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Updated: March 13, 2011, 9:58 AM ET By Adam Rubin ESPNNewYork.com Archive PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- New York Mets left-hander Johan Santana disputed a published report that his season is in jeopardy, and instead portrayed himself as steadily recovering from a Sept. 14 surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule in his left shoulder. "We're right on the right track and where we're supposed to be," Santana said Sunday morning, on his 32nd birthday. "Whoever is saying that I'm not ready I think is lying. We are all on the same page here. And I've been doing my job and doing my rehab and everything the way it's supposed to be done. ... How can you have a setback at this point, where I'm just beginning to throw? I haven't even got on the mound. I haven't even forced my body to try to throw hard. "It's just a slow process and I'm just doing it with caution. ... They always said that this takes time and this is a very slow process," Santana added. "There are going

he left the mediator's office Friday. Then again, the previous Friday, Goodell pointed to the decision to to be days you're going to feel be shut down from throwing as smooth progression of recovery. delay the expiration of the old good. There are going to be days soon as Sunday. So has Santana had any setbacks? CBA and said: "The fact that you're not going to be so good. Santana said he's actually more W a r t h e n i n s i s t e d n o t h i n g we're continuing this dialogue is a But that doesn't mean you're done optimistic now about his recovery noteworthy, not since a couple of positive sign." or anything." than at the start of camp. delays since beginning to toss a The signs were more ominous a Santana insisted any discomfort " W e ' v e made s o m e baseball in January. week later. is not alarming. i m p r o v e m e n t s , " h e s a i d . "Ever since then he has not --"It's just regular soreness that As for turning 32, Santana smiled missed any throwing time," AP Sports Writers Jon you're supposed to feel," he said. and said: "I'm trying not to think Warthen said. "... He's right on Krawczynski in Minneapolis, "It's nothing new. We're keeping about it, but I'm getting old. That's time, if not maybe a step or two Teresa M. Walker in Nashville, track of everything. ... I've had part of life. I've been blessed." ahead of that." and Joseph White in Washington pain before. I know the difference At the start of camp, general According to Warthen, Santana is contributed to this report. between pain and soreness. As of manager Sandy Alderson outlined making 30 throws at 45 feet. He This entry passed through the right now, you go through a a plan that would allow Santana to then goes to 70 feet for 40 throws. Full-Text RSS service — if this is process where you have to build step on a mound for the first time At the start of camp, he was your content and you're reading it everything up and your arm, your May 1 and return to major league throwing 25 throws at 40 feet, on someone else's site, please read shoulder is weak. You know you action by late June or early July. waited for a few moments, then our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ have to overcome that. But it Santana recently upped his did another 25 throws at that content-only/faq.php takes time. That's why this is a sessions throwing on flat ground distance. Five Filters featured article: very slow process. And that's from three to four days a week. "We're moving back," Warthen Comment Is Free But Freedom Is what we're doing right now." The progress "has been great," said. Slavery - An Exchange With The Mets: Spring Training 2011 pitching coach Dan Warthen said. Adam Rubin covers the Mets for Guardian's Economics Editor. As all eyes turn to Port St. Lucie "We've been actually sneaking ESPNNewYork.com. You can to watch the Mets prepare for the him back a couple of extra feet follow him on Twitter. 2011 season, ESPNNY.com has each time without him really This entry passed through the you covered! knowing it, but I think he does Full-Text RSS service — if this is Spring Training Center| Mets know it. The arm is working in your content and you're reading it blog great position. He's getting it up. on someone else's site, please read The Bergen Record reported He's missed a day here and there, our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ Sunday that Santana is in danger but he's gone back-to-back content-only/faq.php of missing the entire season because he missed [on] his wife's Five Filters featured article: because he is not progressing birthday. We gave him an extra Comment Is Free But Freedom Is well. The newspaper said team day there. So everything is going Slavery - An Exchange With The officials believe Santana will be right on target, maybe a little bit Guardian's Economics Editor. " l u c k y " t o p i t c h t h i s y e a r . ahead." According to the report, he could In any rehab, it may not be a

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Figure skating officials mull cancelling world championships in Tokyo
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Updated: March 13, 2011, 12:47 PM ET LAUSANNE, Switzerland -International skating officials are considering canceling next week's world figure skating championships in Tokyo, saying the nuclear crisis in Japan is "very worrisome." The International Skating Union initially said Yoyogi stadium had been undamaged by Friday's devastating earthquake, and the worlds would begin as planned on March 21.[+] Enlarge AFP/Getty Images The threat of nuclear meltdowns at reactors as close as 170 miles from Tokyo has forced the evacuation of more than 170,000 people and prompted fears of radiation contamination. But the threat of multiple reactor meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi complex 170 miles from Tokyo has forced the evacuation of more than 170,000 people and prompted fears of radiation

Roscoe Smith had 12. Both grabbed seven rebounds. Siva had 13 points, seven rebounds and seven assists for the many countries to avoid traveling Cardinals. to Japan until the situation is Louisville, which beat Marquette settled." and Notre Dame after receiving a The ISU said it is waiting for double-bye to the quarterfinals, more information from Japanese was looking for its second title in authorities, and will have another as many championship game statement by Monday morning at appearances. The Cardinals won it the latest. all in 2009. U.S. Figure Skating said it, too, Pitino may have paid Walker the was monitoring the situation. The highest compliment of the fiveUnited States is sending 15 day stretch. skaters to worlds, with Meryl When Walker was fouled in the Davis and Charlie White favorites second half as he flipped the ball to become the first Americans to over head toward the basket, win a world title in ice dance. Pitino yelled to the officials: "He's Copyright 2011 by The not Michael Jordan. He's not Associated Press Michael Jordan." c o n t a m i n a t i o n . A s t a t e o f was training in Fukuoka on the This entry passed through the Walker agreed. emergency was declared Sunday island of Kyushu ahead of worlds. Full-Text RSS service — if this is "This is what I work for the whole at another nuclear power plant. The ISU said it "respected" the your content and you're reading it summer," he said. "All that hard The United States and several Japanese skating federation's on someone else's site, please read work is paying off. If the refs call European countries have urged desire to go ahead with worlds in our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ it, it's a foul. I'm not Michael content-only/faq.php citizens to avoid travel to Japan. Tokyo. Jordan. I'm Kemba Walker." France took the added step of " H o w e v e r , t h e r e c e n t Five Filters featured article: Copyright 2011 The Associated suggesting people leave Tokyo in developments since Saturday, in Comment Is Free But Freedom Is Press. All rights reserved. This case radiation reached the city. particular the developments in the Slavery - An Exchange With The material may not be published, The French skating federation Fukushima nuclear plant, are very Guardian's Economics Editor. broadcast, rewritten or also brought home European worrisome," the ISU said in a redistributed. For more champion Florent Amodio "as a statement Sunday, "and also UCONN page 54 precautionary measure." Amodio resulted in travel advisories from

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Colossians 1:17 (03-13-11)
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his presence are what hold our world, our universe, and our nature together. He is the He [Jesus] is before all things, sustaining force, the enabling and in him all things hold power, and the generous preserver together. of life as we know it. So since he — C o l o s s i a n s 1 : 1 7 ( N I V ) could provide us these things and Thoughts on Today's Verse... they are but a faint anticipation of Before there was an earth, what is yet to be, won't it be great universe, or nature, there was to see him, just as he is, and share Jesus! He was before they were in his glory with him?! My made. He will be after they are Prayer... Thank you, Jesus, for long gone. In fact, his power and your gracious providence this day.
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Thank you for creating this incredible world in which I live. You are worthy of all praise, honor, glory, and thanks! I look forward to the day, dear Lord, when I can worship you face to face, and give thanks to our Father with you, for his wonderful love. To you, and in your name, dear Jesus, I offer all my thanks and praise. Amen.

Deep Sea: The scariest game ever
JC Fletcher (Joystiq)
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I don't even know if Wraughk Audio Design's Deep Sea is intended to be scary, but it's more effective at generating real fear than any game I've ever seen. And it does so with no graphics at all. The Independent Propeller Award finalist is daunting from the outset: first, the player is helped into the gas mask contraption seen above, with blacked out eyes. Then, noisecanceling headphones are lowered onto your face, and your hand is guided to a flight-stick style joystick. The game is simple: you use recorded audio direction from an AI character, and directional

audio cues, to locate enemies underwater, then "ping" them with your sonar to target them. You'll get feedback from the AI commander character when you ping: things like "It's far to the left," essentially. And that's it!

as it tracks your breathing and plays exaggerated "breathing" sound effects over the audio, drowning out commands. I've never considered myself a claustrophobic person, but panic set in immediately upon playing this game. This seems like one of those games best suited for a proof of concept, or an experience to be had at events. I doubt Wraughk is going to be selling blackout gas masks to anyone. I hope that What makes it terrifying is the doesn't happen. c o m b i n a t i o n o f i n s t a n t Deep Sea: The scariest game ever c l a u s t r o p h o b i a d u e t o t h e originally appeared on Joystiq on o p p r e s s i v e m a s k , a n d t h e Sat, 12 Mar 2011 20:30:00 EST. helplessness of total sensory Please see our terms for use of deprivation. Being scared to death feeds. actually makes the game harder, Permalink| Email this| Comments

PAX East todo: It's not the Length, it's the Mirth (Game Length Versus Value)
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With new forms of distribution for video games come new pricing models. Outlets like Apple's iOS App Store and digital distribution storefronts like Xbox Live Arcade and PSN are challenging the convention of $60 AAA retail titles, and complicating the already peculiar brand of calculus that gamers use when determining "value". Why is $1 okay on iPhone but $6 is too expensive? Why is one ten-hour PAX page 55

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retail game criticized for being "too short" while others aren't? Why are we so hung up on game length? Join myself and a stellar lineup of panelists as we wrestle with this age-old quandary. Panelists include: • Chris Hecker is the sole developer behind SpyParty, the as -yet-undated indie "about human behavior, performance, perception, and deception." • Mike Wilford is CEO of Twisted Pixel, the Austin-based developer behind upcoming downloadable titles Ms. Splosion Man and The Gunstringer. • Albert Reed is the studio director and co-founder of Cambridge-based Demiurge Studios, which has worked on everything from Mass Effect on

PC to Borderlands, and its first original IP, the downloadable Shoot Many Robots. • Chris Grant is a writer who works from home in his pajamas. The panel takes place at 4:30pm on Sunday, March 13, in the Wyvern Theatre (on the 2nd floor). PAX East todo: It's not the Length, it's the Mirth (Game Length Versus Value) originally appeared on Joystiq on Sun, 13 Mar 2011 13:20:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| Email this| Comments

iPad 2 installed in Ford F-150 truck, does FaceTime while you roll over stuff (video)
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SoundMan Car Audio's done it again, and this time on day one -they've stuffed an iPad 2 into the dashboard of an unsuspecting Griffin McElroy (Joystiq) M y d e m o n s t r a t i o n f o r vehicle, in this case a 2010 Ford F Battleblock Theater was not one -150 pickup. While that doesn't Submitted at 3/12/2011 7:30:00 PM of these magical instances -- not sound like the most exciting hack When checking out games on the d u e t o t h e n a t u r e o f m y in the world, we have to give show floor of a convention like unacquainted co-op partner, but credit where it's due -- Doug and PAX East, there's a strange because of the many, many ways company now have a truck that phenomenon that occurs with The Behemoth's latest allows you can make FaceTime video calls, surprising regularity -- you're to royally screw your accomplice. browse to world-class technology paired up with a stranger to play With so many annoyances at his websites (we're blushing) and play a l o n g w i t h y o u i n a m u c h disposal, I can't really blame him Pandora too. See the SoundMan crew show off the fruits of their anticipated, co-op focused game, for his malfeasance. and by the end of your demo, the Continue reading Battleblock labors in a video after the break. Annie Groer (Politics Daily) rules, either at the dinner or at two of you are as thick as thieves. Theater preview: Uncooperation [Thanks to everyone who sent this Sunday's matinee reprise show, The goodbyes you share as you Battleblock Theater preview: in] Submitted at 3/13/2011 11:43:00 AM t h u s b u s t i n g a n i m a g e - l e s s leave the demo station are as U n c o o p e r a t i o n o r i g i n a l l y Continue reading iPad 2 installed Once again, you won't see this tradition in place since 1885. painful and poignant as that appeared on Joystiq on Sat, 12 i n F o r d F - 1 5 0 t r u c k , d o e s costumed spoof on C-SPAN or Say what you will about the irony fateful farewell ceremony on the Mar 2011 19:30:00 EST. Please FaceTime while you roll over stuff (video) YouTube, unless someone among or hypocrisy of a group of l a s t d a y a t C a m p G o l d e n see our terms for use of feeds. iPad 2 installed in Ford F-150 Friendships. Permalink| Email this| Comments the record 633 invited guests at journalists barring media cameras truck, does FaceTime while you Saturday night's 126th annual from broadcasting the onstage roll over stuff (video) originally Gridiron Dinner surreptitiously antics (C-SPAN has been asking appeared on Engadget on Sun, 13 captures the singing, dancing and to do just that for a quarter Mar 2011 09:39:00 EDT. Please wise-cracking and posts it online. century). Only the speeches by see our terms for use of feeds. Of course there's always a chance President Obama, Indiana Gov. Permalink| SoundMan Car Audio| an adroit cellphone or cameraGRIDIRON page 56 Email this| Comments toting guest will violate club

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Mitch Daniels (cracking jokes for the Republicans) and HHS Secretary Kathleen Sibelius (doing stand-up for the Dems) will be on the written record, although many more details will likely leak out. In a nod to the times, tweeting, Facebooking and other instant communication about all aspects of the dinner were embargoed until it ended. So in the interest of semitransparency, herewith the lyrics from every parody performed this weekend by nearly 100 journalists and a handful of vocally-blessed ringers with truly great voices. Don't Stop Believin'(Journey/ Glee) D E M O C R A T I C CHEERLEADERS singing about Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Obama DEM CHEERLEADER 1 He came from Ha-wai-i, with hope, change and audacity. Now two years later and he is on the run. D E M O C R A T I C C H E E R L E A D E R 2 In a designer blouse, not long ago she ruled the House. She lost her power, and it's just no damn fun. D E M O C R A T I C C H E E R L E A D E R 1 He calls her on the telephone. D E M O C R A T I C C H E E R L E A D E R 2 Says Nancy, are you all alone? BOTH For a moment, they both shut their eyes, and dream on and on and on and on. What if midterms, had turned out

very differently? D E M O C R A T I C C H E E R L E A D E R 1 What if red states had turned blue? CHEERLEADER 1 What if we could, cap and trade and then we'd save the whales. CHEERLEADER 2 Health care for all, D E M O C R A T I C C H E E R L E A D E R 2 Dental too! BOTH Don't stop, believin'. R E P U B L I C A N CHEERLEADERS 1& 2 Who are you deceivin'? D E M O C R A T I C C H E E R L E A D E R 1 We're cooked. D E M O C R A T I C C H E E R L E A D E R 2 We're through. D E M O C R A T I C CHEERLEADERS 1 & 2 Whoa oh oh! Don't stop believin'. R E P U B L I C A N CHEERLEADERS 1& 2 Dudes, you must be dreamin'. D E M O C R A T I C C H E E R L E A D E R 1 Farewell. D E M O C R A T I C C H E E R L E A D E R 2 Aloha. D E M O C R A T I C CHEERLEADERS 1 & 2 Whoa oh –oh! CHORUS Don't stop! LIVIN' ON A PRAYER(Bon Jovi/Glee) R E P U B L I C A N

CHEERLEADER 1 Boehner used to work in a bar. Palin hunts for moose, they're not very far. Like Russia, they're in her yard. R E P U B L I C A N C H E E R L E A D E R 2 Bachmann would repeal this whole room. Newt is back for more, O'Donnell might fly in soon, On her broom. R E P U B L I C A N CHEERLEADER 1 & 2 Now, that we're run by the Tea Party Let's fire all the unions, make them work for free. With God and money we rule the House for now, Just don't ask us how. R E P U B L I C A N C H E E R L E A D E R 1 Are we screwed next year? D E M O C R A T I C CHEERLEADERS 1 & 2 Hell yeah! You haven't got a prayer. R E P U B L I C A N C H E E R L E A D E R 2 Senate seemed to be so near. D E M O C R A T I C CHEERLEADERS 1 & 2 No way, you haven't got a prayer. CHORUS Haven't got a prayer! TIME WARP(Rocky Horror Show/Glee) SPEAKER And now the part, where we sing 'bout ourselves. I apologize, boss, if this causes any stress. But fair is fair, and no one is exempt here, So now it's time, to poke fun at

the press. PRESS CHEERLEADER 1 I remember, when newspapers were dying Network ratings in the dumps, it surely looked like the end. The furloughs were appalling, but then Bloomberg started calling. We're back in business again. CHORUS We're back in business again. PRESS CHEERLEADER 2 There's Arianna on the left. PRESS CHEERLEADER 1 Glenn Beck's on the right. PRESS CHEERLEADER 2 Juan Williams works for Fox now. PRESS CHEERLEADER 1 NPR? Not so bright. PRESS CHEERLEADER 2 Is that Jul-i-an Assange there? PRESS CHEERLEADER 1 No, he's not that insane. BOTH But thanks, Jules, your leaks were our gain. CHORUS We're back in business again. REPORTER I took a flogging, before I started blogging, Each morning I write tweets, then switch to video. I like to write at Starbucks, it's like the newsroom 'cept it don't suck, Maybe I'll go to work at Patch, and cover 'burbs in Kokomo. Politico sent out a news alert, in just one hour it's the thirty-third. The cycle never stops, 24-7 in the know. Enrollment's up in J-school.

We're the cool kids but not that cool. DEMOCRATIC AND R E P U B L I C A N S CHEERLEADERS AND REPORTER So welcome to Gridiron, my friends. CHORUS Welcome to Gridiron, again. Wel-come to Grid-iron, a-gain. KNOCK AROUND BARACK(Rock Around the Clock, Bill Haley) Cast portraying Republican Reps. Eric Cantor, Kevin McCarthy, Paul Ryan, Darrell Issa CANTOR House went up 63, thanks a lot Barack Six more seats in the Senate, thanks a lot Barack Boehner's now the Speaker, and the Dem's are still in shock We're gonna knock Barack around the clock Pick your spending cuts, and come with us We'll put it all in an Omnibus RYAN, McCARTHY, ISSA We're gonna block Barack around the clock We're gonna block block block it's our bedrock We're gonna rock gonna rock our great big voting bloc CANTOR When health care dies, and earmarks flee We'll owe a debt to the tea par-ty TRIO We're gonna move Obama to the right GRIDIRON page 57

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We're gonna mock mock mock his election fright We're gonna talk, gonna talk, and then we might indict CANTOR Republicans will have our way We'll protect your wealth when you pass away We're gonna knock Barack around the clock It's just a recipe for more gridlock We're gonna block, gonna block Barack around the clock. CHORUS We're gonna block Barack around the clock It's a recipe for more gridlock We're gonna knock, gonna knock Barack around the clock. A BOEHNER MEDLEY(From: Johnny Angel, Shelley Fabares, and It's My Party, Lesley Gore) Cast portraying John Boehner LEAD SINGER Johnny Boehner (GIRL GROUP: Johnny Boehner), he's our Speaker (he's our speaker) He's got charm and grace and such élan We Republicans are thrilled That he's our No. 1 man Johnny Boehner (GIRLS: Johnny Boehner), how we love him (how we love him) He's the one who some of us adore How we hold our breath when votes Are counted on the House floor He gets headaches All his ducks in a row Shot down by his own folks No wonder that he smokes In his loafers, and his brightcolored ties

At least he wears a shirt While others online flirt Johnny Boehner (GIRLS: Johnny Boehner), we still love him (we still love him) He's so orange, suave and doctrinaire If his convictions have to die At least he'll do it with flair ALL SHOUT: LOOK! HERE HE IS NOW! BOEHNER(It's My Party and I'll Cry If I Want To) Nobody knows just how hard it can be Keeping a caucus in line; Right wingers go their own way. They pay their speaker no mind. I'm try'n to show them some leadership here Some gravitas and some gu-uts; How did I end up in bed With all these Tea Party nuts? It's my party and I'll cry if I want to, Cry if I want to, Cry if I want to; You would cry too if it happened to you. LADIES OF MAINE (Lady of Spain, Eddie Fisher) Cast portraying: Republican Sens. Jim DeMint; Sen. Rand Paul; Sen. Olympia Snowe DUET Ladies of Maine, we abhor you Loyalty means nothing to you How could you work with those yahoos? Just when we needed you most? Stimulus money, how could you? Gays and abortion, why would you? Tea party's now aiming for you Ladies of Maine, you'll be toast. CHORUS:

Ladies of Maine, you'll be toast R E P U B L I C A N MEMOIRS(Paperback Writer, The Beatles) Cast portraying George W. Bush, Donald Rumsfeld, and Dick Cheney BUSH Hey Dick and Rummy, did you read my book? It took me DAYS to write, you should take a look it's based on my mem'ry of decider days how I got Saddam, Even when I learned that he had no weapons CHORUS He had no weapons RUMSFELD Iraq's my story and I do confess How because of YOU it became a mess Paul Bremer, Condi Rice and Colin too Screwed the whole thing up Never told me that we needed more troops there Needed more troops there CHORUS: Needed more troops there...troops there....troops there... CHENEY Mine will come out soon and then I'll settle scores Like Iraqi prisoners you'll be on all fours Al Qaeda's working to destroy this place, Still a real grave threat But Obama knows that we did the right things CHORUS: We did the right things

BUSH, RUMSFELD, CHENEY If you really like them you can have our rights, We can make a movie for you overnight. BUSH: Brad Pitt, RUMSFELD: George Clooney, CHENEY: and Matt Damon too. They can play our parts Just as long as they can make us look macho Make us look macho CHORUS: Make them look macho...macho...macho FINGER IN THE WIND(Candle in the Wind, Elton John) Cast portraying GOP Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham MCCAIN: Gays in the military Used to never bother me at all I was happy once letting The Joint Chiefs make that call And on immigration, You know my old stance was withdrawn And my message, it became: "Hey Juan, get off my lawn." [shout this line] And it may seem to you I lived last year With my finger in the wind Never knowing what to cling to 'Cause I had to win And when it comes to all your judgments Frankly, I don't give a damn. I still have my Senate seat And my best friend, Lindsey Graham CHORUS He still has his Senate seat And his best friend, Lindsey Graham

LEADER OF THE PAC(Leader of the Pack, the Shangri-Las) Cast portraying Mitch Daniels and Girl Group SPOKEN: MITCHETTE 1 Is she really gonna give to HIM ? MITCHETTE 2 Well, there she is. Let's ask her. MITCHETTE 1 Betty – Is that Mitch's PAC you're supporting? BETTY: Mm-hmm MITCHETTE 2 Gee – it must be great giving to Mitch. Is he doing anything for you? BETTY Uhn – uhn MITCHETTE 1 By the way, where'd you meet him? SUNG: Betty: I met him at the O-M-B He read tax code and rules to me You get the picture? MITCHETTES Yes, we see BETTY: So now I give to the AIMING HIGHER PAC. (Motorcycle Noise) Some folks say he's a true heavyweight (Mitchettes: weight, weight) Though he may come from a really dull state MITCHETTES (Watcha mean when ya say that he comes from a really dull state?) BETTY GRIDIRON page 61

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They said he had no height But I fell for his might That's why I give to the AIMING HIGHER PAC (Motorcycle Noise) One day I might want somebody new (Mitchettes: new, new) But till then Mitch will just have to do MITCHETTES (Watcha mean when ya say that ya might want somebody new?) BETTY My Hoosier's plans are grand But sometimes he seems bland CHORUS But still she gives to the AIMING HIGHER PAC THE IMPOSSIBLE TWEET(The Impossible Dream, from Man of La Mancha) SARAH PALIN character To tweet the un-thought-about tweet To own my own name through trademark To scorn those who opine against me To shoot caribou on a lark To give those at C-Pac the shaft To star in reality shows To bear the unbearable liberals To blog about things I don't know This is my quest To side-step the press To run if I want to Not under duress To fight for the right And to lay waste the left To be willing to refudiate Without knowledge or heft And I know if I only stay true To my Tea Party base That my books and my speeches will sell

If I just show my face CHORUS And her world will be richer for this Who needs work or an office to seek PALIN I'll rise as a modern-day Shakespeare To tweet the un-thought-about tweet I'VE SEEN EVERYONE(I've Been Everywhere, Hank Snow) Cast portraying Karl Rove and various GOP presidential candidates names in the song ROVE Well, back in the day, you know They called me the ARCHitect I had a certain knack for knowin' Who the people WOULD elect But this time I dunno unless There's someone I've missed And, listen, man, I've looked at Every hopeful on the list! I've seen every one, man I've seen every one, man Sure as the mornin' sun, man They all wanna run, man Egos by the ton, man I've seen every one. I've seen... Romney, Huckabee, Christie, Giuliani Johnson, Huntsman, Daniels and Pawlenty Roemer, Cain, DeMint, Santorum Trump, Bush, Bachmann, Barbour and Bolton Perry and Pence and Palin and Paul Gingrich, too, I've seen 'em all. Tim is excitin' -- NO, not very But HE's got Red Hot Smokin' Mary

Cain's an expert with a pizza Mitch, he's shorter than Scalia Haley hopes he can win it all, And history'll get an overhaul. I've seen every one, man I've seen every one, man Sure as the mornin' sun, man They all wanna run, man Egos by the ton, man I've seen every one. I've seen ... Huckabee at his weekly weigh-in Sarah Palin out surveyin' Eye of Newt and chin of Romney Guy in drag, that's Giuliani Mitt, he's drivin' fast and far With man's best friend strapped to his car. John McCain, I guess he's history What he's thinkin', it's a mystery Where the heck is Harold Stassen Guess he's pushin' up the grass..an' Someone mentioned Alan Keyes CHORUS (Shouted) Not again!! Oh, spare us please! CHORUS We've seen every one, man We've seen every one, man Sure as the mornin' sun, man They all wanna run, man Egos by the ton, man ROVE I've seen every one. EVERYTHING's COMING UP ROSES(Gypsy) Cast portraying Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid PELOSI Things are swell! REID Things are fine! PELOSI Harry's still got his JOB, I got mine

REID Now we're back. PELOSI Frick and Frack. REID Nancy, everything's coming up roses! PELOSI Lost the House REID That's okay PELOSI Running things was a drag anyway REID Budget cuts? Not for us PELOSI Honey, we would be holding our noses! REID Who needs winning! Power's lost its lus-TER PELOSI My head was spinning! REID It's our turn to filibus-TER! PELOSI We give up! To the right! REID Let them get 60 votes every night! PELOSI Our stimulus ... will stimulate! REID Any year now! Just you wait! PELOSI There's really nothing left for us to do! REID Nancy, everything's coming up roses for me and you! PELOSI Boehner's in charge; let's see how much that he can do! BOTH

The mess that we left him will mess up his Tea Party! CHORUS Everything's coming up roses for you and for me! JUST LIKE A LIBERAL(Bob Dylan's Just Like a Woman) Cast portraying Howard Dean HOWARD DEAN Nobody feels any change Since that election night Chicago – it's all the same! Everyone supposed, we knew `The One' we chose But lately we seen the emperor has no clothes Now we're wondering: Who's that man? (refrain) He looks just like a lib-ral Yes he does and he writes books just like a lib-ral Yes and his knee jerks just like a lib-ral But he works with ... the Re-publi-CANS John Boehner's his new friend Can you believe they cut the rich man's tax again? What were those campaign pledges worth? Quell the oceans, heal the earth Don't ask don't tell the country of your birth End the war, close Guantanamo – "No we can't!" (refrain) He's so cool just like a lib-ral Yes he is Harvard Law School just like a lib-ral Suffers us fools, just like a lib-ral SOLOIST and CHORUS: But he rules with Republi-CANS GRIDIRON page 65

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MY FAVORITE FRIENDS(My Favorite Things from "The Sound of Music") Cast portraying Sec. of State Hillary Clinton and global leaders named in the skit: (Spoken) Oh, no! We said WHAT about WHO? How dare that Wiki-Leaks publish our super-secret cables? Can you imagine a world where diplomats say what they really think about foreign leaders? Well it would certainly make it more fun to listen to Hillary Clinton. Here comes our frequent-flying secretary of state now. HILLARY CLINTON, singing: A thin-skinned French MIDGET who goes by Sar-KO-zy A dirty old man that they CALL Berlus-CO-ni A nut job named KARzai who we must defend These are a few of my favorite friends Kim JONG-il's a drunken delusional FAT man MedVEDev and Putin are Robin and BATman In a Mafia state run by Russian made-men CHORUS: These are a few of my favorite friends Germany's MERK-el is timid and NER-vous QuaDAffi's had sexy UKRAINian nurses Prince ANdrew's bad language can SOMEtimes offend CHORUS: These are a few of her favorite friends After long flights

When this job bites When I'm feeling bleak I simply imagine my favorite friends When they see their WI-ki leak IT WAS NEWS TO ME(You Belong to Me) Cast portraying CIA Director Leon Panetta: PANETTA See the pyramids along the Nile. Authoritarians were just our style. Revolutions brewing all the while How was I to see? Tunis, Cairo, those kids ran amok Hid their plans where we would never look A very secret place they call Facebook It was news to me. Could it be that after all those years Of giving tyrants cash and guns and gear Egypt, Bahrain all that oil so dear Won't belong to us? CHORUS Won't belong to us! ___________________________ ______________________ TSA MEDLEY(Heigh-Ho from "Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs" and Give up the Funk) TSA SCREENER Heigh-ho! Heigh-ho! To frisk you we must go! We'll reach way down and grope around! Heigh-ho! Heigh-ho. Heigh-ho Heigh-ho! Heigh-ho! We'll goose you 'til you glow! We're going to look, in every nook! Heigh-ho! Heigh-ho! If you say NO, say NO! To XRay you must go! And we'll

divulge your every bulge! Heigh-ho! Heigh-ho! Heigh-ho Heigh-ho! Heigh-ho! This may feel kind of low! If it's a pain, then take the train! Heigh Ho! Heigh-Ho HARRIED AIR TRAVELER You got a late flight to catch, you're in line, losing time There's a whole lot of waitin' goin' on (Heigh-ho!) You feel a hand on your waist, moving 'round, slidin' down There's a whole lot of feelin' goin' on (Heigh-ho!) Don't touch my junk! (Heigh-ho!) CHORUS: Don't touch my junk! (Heigh-ho!) I know my rights! (Heigh-ho!) Stay outta my tights! (Heigh-ho!) When did the courts (Heigh-ho!) Let you into my shorts? (Heighho!) Yo, screener punk! (Heigh-ho!) CHORUS: Don't touch my junk! ___________________________ ___________________________ _______ SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW(from the Wizard of Oz) Cast portraying Health Sec. Kathleen Sebelius and characters from The Wizard of Oz SECRETARY SEBELIUS Somewhere over the rainbow Mandates lay. We made sure they won't start 'til After Election Day. Somewhere over the rainbow Cost curves bend, And the savings we promised Will cause the debt to end. But if you have a slacker son Who's sitting home upon his

bum, He's covered. And if conditions pre-exist, You won't lack coverage due to risk. Don't you just love this?! Somewhere over the rainbow Folks will see A better system if it's fine with Justice Kennedy. Some day they'll thank us, yes they will, But only after They...get...very ... ill. TRIANGULATE(Twist and Shout) Cast portraying Bill Clinton Well, take it from Bubba now (CHORUS: take it from Bubba) Tri-ANG-u-LATE! (CHORUS: tri-ang-u-late) Fake it, fake it, Obama now (CHORUS: fake it Obama) For me it worked great. (CHORUS: It worked great) You're going to look so tight (CHORUS: look so tight) You're going to look so slick (CHORUS: look so slick) Play the left against the right now (CHORUS: left against right) Just like I did in 96 (CHORUS: ninety-six) [8-bar dance break] CHORUS Aaah, aaah, aaah, aaah, (squeal) Well, it's really not that hard now (CHORUS: not that hard) Tri-ANG-u-LATE! (CHORUS: triangulate!) Your opponents aren't that smart now (CHORUS: not that smart) You know they'll take the bait (CHORUS: Take the bait, oooh!) You're a silver-tongued devil,

(CHORUS: silver-tongued devil) There's no one so deft (CHORUS: none so deft) You can own the whole center now (CHORUS: own the whole center) If you freak out the Left (CHORUS: freak out the left!) CHORUS Aaah, aaah, aaah, aaah "MAKE IT STOP"("Start Me Up" Rolling Stones) RED CHEERLEADER 1 Yeah we started up So long ago you thought we'd never stop Since we started up You wondered when the show would ever stop We've been on so long Bill Daley's nappin' on a table top Seventh course is done Alan Greenspan's beggin'make it stop, make it stop, make it, make it, make it stop We've made you ladies sigh We've made you grown men cry We singe but never fry Sometimes we're cute, sometimes we're mean Sometimes out meaning is impossible to glean CHORUS Time to stop Time to stop " T H E G R I D I R O N PLAYERS''("Livin' on a Prayer" Bon Jovi) BLUE CHEERLEADER 1 They got some nerve to stand up on stage They're barely employed, they don't act their age GRIDIRON page 68

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Annie Groer (Politics Daily)
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Bowing to precedent -- and perhaps the advice of his 2012 campaign staff -- President Obama finally attended a Gridiron Dinner Saturday night for the first time since winning the White House. He had skipped the two previous white-tie banquets and amateur theatricals where some of Washington's top journalists spoof the political/media establishment in song, dance and ridiculous costumes. But on Saturday night, Obama duly snarked for his supper by mocking himself, potential rivals, and the traditionbound club that even in this age of Twitter and You Tube, steadfastly bars TV coverage. As commander-in-chief, he signaled Marine Gunnery Sgt. Kevin Bennear, one of the club's musically gifted ringer members, to "play that song we talked about," meaning the loud and proud "Born in the U-S-A, Born in the U-S-A" refrain made famous by Bruce Springsteen. "Some things just bear repeating," Obama said of the lyrics, as if there might be any birthers questioning his citizenship among more than 630 politicians, government and media heavyweights who packed the Renaissance Hotel ballroom for the priciest and most exclusive of

Washington's press celebrations of itself. ($300 per ticket, and a fraction of the more than 2,000 expected at next month's White House Correspondents' Association Dinner). Then, taking aim at his hosts, whose predecessors entertained their first White House guests 126 years ago, Obama ticked off the heady events of 2011 that topped old regimes elsewhere in the world and said, "Look out, Gridiron Club." He had other targets, of course, some of them in the audience and most already ridiculed onstage in elaborately costumed Republican and Democratic skits. Commenting on the "unusual skin tone" (translate orange) of the absent House Speaker, John Boehner, Obama said he used to think it was a tan until he saw how often his nemesis got weepy. "I realize that's not a tan, it's rust." Noting a new civility (really?) that has "people with strong disagreements getting along as never before," Obama cited Mitt Romney, the "former Massachusetts governor and presidential candidate working together by sharing a host body. It's inspiring...and creepy." The president thanked the rotund Republican Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour -- not known for his athleticism -- for backing First Lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" anti-obesity initiative.

unimposing, unassuming, uninspiring, understated, uncharismatic, accountant-like, non-telegenic, boring, balding, blunt, nerdy, wooden, wonky, puny, and pint-sized. Really, it all points to one inescapable conclusion: It's destiny!" In her speech, Sebelius told Daniels they had much in common. "We're both Midwest governors, we've both been cabinet members and neither of us is going to be president in 2012." Saying one reason she took her current job was because "it came "Haley, when Michelle said you executive and President Bush's with great health insurance." should run, she didn't mean for budget chief. "I don't have a joke Sebelius then announced a plan to president." here. I just wanted to put that put TSA airport screeners in the As for the also-absent Secretary out." HHS building "making it a lot of State Clinton, Obama said her Having asked his own cabinet easier for the businessman on the passion for recent Middle East members to "cut things they care go by allowing him to get a regime change made it "hard to about, in Kathleen's case it was boarding pass and a colonoscopy s l e e p w i t h H i l l a r y o u t o n her once-promising political at the same time." Pennsylvania Avenue shouting career." Among all that levity a couple of and throwing rocks." Earlier Daniels, his right arm in a back-stories played out. The president had barbs for the sling following rotator cuff At a time of toxic partisanship in dinner's other two speakers, surgery, went after Obama by Washington, the 65-member Indiana's Republican Gov. Mitch r e c a l l i n g t h e D e m o c r a t i c Gridiron Club (disclosure alert: I Daniels, a possible 2012 White candidate's private remarks to big was tapped to join in 1990) and its House contender, and Democratic party donors about conservatives swank dinner offers the chance Health and Human Services clinging hard to their guns and for political adversaries to share a Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, a their religion. "Mr. President, night of conversation, merriment, former Kansas governor who has until I get this thing off, I can political gossip and agenda struggled to push his embattled cling to my gun or my Bible, but promoting. health care plan. not both." But it's also the kind of gathering "Mitch tore into his filet like it At five-foot-seven and balding, that make cynical voters outside was a public employee," Obama Daniels, who said he's still the Beltway think there's not a said of Daniels, who got rid of mulling whether to run, ticked off dime's worth of difference collective bargaining by state a string adjectives used to workers. He cited Daniels's prior describe him in recent news OBAMA page 69 experience as a pharmaceutical stories. "Small, stiff, short, pale,

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Japan Prime Minister Says Country Faces 'Most Severe Crisis' Since World War II
Politics Daily Staff (Politics Daily)

evacuated to emergency shelters, many of them residents in areas near stricken nuclear power Submitted at 3/13/2011 10:04:00 AM plants, and millions of Japanese Japan's Prime Minister Naoto a r e c o n f r o n t e d w i t h f o o d K a n s a i d S u n d a y t h a t t h e shortages, loss of power and other earthquake and tsunami that had basic services. devastated much of northern The government has ordered Japan and raised the specter of 100,000 troops to engage in nuclear meltdowns and release of rescue and recovery efforts, the radioactivity has confronted the largest such mobilization since the nation with its most "severe last world war. crisis" since World War II. Two of the nuclear power plants " W e J a p a n e s e p e o p l e h a v e whose cooling systems had failed overcome all kinds of hardships in the wake of the quake may and were able to create a experience at least partial prosperous society," Kan said in a meltdowns and the same problems nationwide television address. "In l o o m e d o v e r f o u r o t h e r s , the face of the earthquake and according to the New York tsunami we should be able to Times. overcome these hardships, we While the magnitude of the believe we can overcome this." situation at the nuclear plants has However, he said, "The current been likened to the Chernobyl situation of the earthquake, disaster in Russia 25 years ago, tsunami and the nuclear plants is where the plant's nuclear core was in a way the most severe crisis in exposed and radioactive fallout the past 65 years since World War spread over a wide area, the II, " Kan said. Times said Japanese nuclear Officials predicted that the death safety officials and others experts toll in the prefecture of Miyagi, b e l i e v e t h a t t h e r e l e a s e o f which is the state at the epicenter radiation likely would be much of the quake, would "certainly be s m a l l e r b e c a u s e o f d e s i g n more than 10,000," the Japanese d i f f e r e n c e s i n t h e p l a n t s . network NHK reported. At the plant where the situation Over 300,000 people have been was most dire – the Fukushima

Daiichi Nuclear Power Station which is about 170 miles north of Tokyo – officials sought to deal with the breakdown of cooling systems by flooding the its reactor with seawater. The cooling also failed at a second reactor at the plant, raising the specter that nuclear melting was occurring there too and posed the danger of another explosion at the facility such as the one that occurred Saturday. "The possibility that hydrogen is building up in the upper parts of the reactor building cannot be denied. There is a possibility of a hydrogen explosion," said Yukio Edano, the government's chief

cabinet secretary. But he said the steel containment structure at the plant was "designed to withstand shocks." "If measures can be taken, we will be able to ensure the safety of the reactor," Edano said. "We're in a key period now," nuclear expert Joe Cirincione told Fox News Sunday. "The next 12 to 24 hours will tell us whether the Japanese officials will able to get control back over these reactors, or it's gone, it's lost. The pumping of the sea water into reactor number one is that last ditch effort to try to stop it before it's too late. If they can succeed, if they can hold it for the next 24

hours or, so then these reactor cores will cool down and will be implied path to containing this disaster." Cirincione said that if the danger at the Japan reactors were "to stop right now" it would rank lower on the scale of nuclear accidents, " a local event without significant injury." He said, "if it continues, it will certainly get to ... the Three Mile Island category of a serious event. We almost lost Three Mile Island and almost went meltdown. It stopped at the last minute. That is the situation we're fighting to maintain in Japan. If there is a meltdown, that puts in a ... Chernobyl category -- a serious nuclear incident with potential for large scale loss of life." 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: Comment Is Free But Freedom Is Slavery - An Exchange With The Guardian's Economics Editor.

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They lust for . . . your gaffes They been from Dogpatch to Camelot Coverin' politicians some were clean some not For tellin' truth to power they're OK but –– for laughs Is this all they got? Whoa-oh the Gridiron players Whoa-no they don't have a prayer They got a band, pretty costumes to wear But whoa-no they don't have a prayer CHORUS Whoa-oh the Gridiron players Whoa-no they don't have a prayer They got a band, pretty costumes to wear But whoa-no they don't have a prayer "THE GRIDIRON-RON''("Da Doo Ron Ron," Crystals) RED CHEERLEADERS; BLUE CHEERLEADERS; OLD NEWSBOY; GOOD-GIRL & BAD-GIRL GROUPS RED CHEER 1 Tonight we showed the world the way to get along RED DUET At Gridiron-ron at Gridiron RED CHEER 2 Just drink a glass of wine and sing a silly song CHORUS At Gridiron-ron at Gridiron RED DUET Strange bedfellows Dancing dosi-dos 'Til the curtains close CHORUS At Gridiron-ron at Gridiron

BLUE CHEER 1 Sebelius tried sell us medicine BLUE DUET At Gridiron-ron at Gridiron BLUE CHEER 2 Mitch Daniels rocked us like a crazy man CHORUS At Gridiron-ron, at Gridiron BLUE DUET Monday we will fight But we're friends tonight By the rosy light Of Gridiron-ron of Gridiron OLD NEWS We started up the show in 1885 CHORUS The Gridiron-ron, the Gridiron OLD NEWS Some of us remember 'cause we're still alive QUINTET At Gridiron, son, at Gridiron QUINTET O say can you see Sweet Civility Baby 'tis of thee We sing at Gridir'n at Gridi-ron CHORUS REPEATS VERSE O say can you see . . . 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: Comment Is Free But Freedom Is Slavery - An Exchange With The Guardian's Economics Editor.

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between the two political parties, and that the relationship between the pols and the press is entirely too cozy and elitist. Gridiron president Susan Page of USA Today took note of that when she said in her welcoming speech that all those swells dressing up in white tie and sipping fine wine and hanging out for an evening "is exactly what the Tea Party suspected." Then there is the irony of the Gridiron's policy of barring TV cameras, photographers and nonmember, non-guest journalists from covering the dinner. This is the 25th straight year CSPAN has been denied access, prompting Mark Knoller, longtime CBS Radio White House Correspondent to Tweet that the policy "puts members of the Gridiron in the indefensible position of staging a presidential event, but barring full press coverage. // There are great reporters among Gridiron's members, journalists I respect, but they know better than to block presidential coverage. // We in the media rightfully object when the White House or a political committee bar full press coverage of a presidential appearance. // But Page told Politics Daily that transparency is maintained by all those reporters at the dinner who

file stories after it's over, and who attend the Friday dress rehearsal to see the costumes and hear the lyrics. She also told me there is no great move afoot among members to push for TV cameras inside the room. In part, it's to preserve a little mystery and exclusivity. But let's not kid ourselves. There probably aren't too many Gridiron members -- or their bosses who pick up the considerable dinner tab – very eager to end up on C-SPAN or You Tube dressed as a Hell's Angel, a drag queen or a dancing oil rig. As Obama left the ballroom Saturday night, he had one bit of cheery news for the crowd: "The bar will be open till midnight and last time I checked, so will the government." Actually, the afterparty was still going strong early Sunday. 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: Comment Is Free But Freedom Is Slavery - An Exchange With The Guardian's Economics Editor.

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Engadget’s Editor in Chief Resigns as AOL Shakeup Continues
Christina Warren (Mashable!)
Submitted at 3/12/2011 6:39:39 PM

Joshua Topolsky, editor in chief of Engadget, has just announced that he is leaving the popular AOL-owned technology news site. Topolsky has been with Engadget for nearly four years and has held the role of editor in chief since 2008. According to Kara Swisher at All Things D, managing editor Nilay Patel is also on his way out. These departures come just two days after AOL announced the layoffs of 900 employees— including 200 editorial staffers — as part of its restructuring and reorganization process in the wake of its acquisition of the Huffington Post. According to Swisher, Topolsky’s decision was not related to The Huffington Post deal — in fact — Arianna Huffington tried to persuade Topolsky to stay. It appears, however, that some of the same issues that saw the departure of associate editors Paul Miller and Ross Miller back in February — notably issues over the so-called “AOL Way” and the editorial direction of Engadget‘s parent company — may have driven the latest departures. In a blog post announcing his

exit, Topolsky says that he won’t be “leaving the industry or the news game” and that he has a “few fantasy projects in mind.” Topolsky also writes that he will continue on in a role as editor-atlarge and will be hosting a few more episodes of the Engadget Show. Historically — AOL has been very hands-off in its dealings with Engadget. If that policy has changed (which remains unclear), more departures might be on their way. More About: aol, engadget, joshua topolsky For more Media coverage: • Follow Mashable Media on Twitter • Become a Fan on Facebook • Subscribe to the Media channel • Download our free apps for Android, Mac, iPhone and iPad

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Saudi “Day of Rage” Is Subdued Affair
James Phillips (The Foundry: Conservative Policy News.)

Most Saudis may want reform, but they are not necessarily opposed to the royal family, in Submitted at 3/12/2011 5:44:03 PM part because they have an Posted March 12th, 2011 at economic stake in continuing the 6:44pm in American Leadership welfare benefits afforded by the Print This Post present political system. The The March 11 “Day of Rage” apparent indifference to the call to demonstrations called for by action by a Saudi silent majority political opponents of the Saudi led a prominent Saudi journalist monarchy did not materialize as to observe: “Everybody was anticipated. Turnout for the surprised when this day of rage protests was sparse in the face of t u r n e d i n t o a s i l e n t warnings from Saudi officials that Bayaa[ceremony performed in l a w s p r o h i b i t i n g p u b l i c Islamic societies where the public demonstrations would be strictly formally endorse the rule of a enforced. On the day of the leader].” But there were other protest, the government ordered a contributing factors, such as massive police clampdown, uncertainty about the intent of the mobilizing thousands of internal organizers of the proposed security forces in major cities to protests and a reluctance of some erect a web of checkpoints and Sunni reformists to become too mobile patrols. Perhaps more c l o s e l y i d e n t i f i e d w i t h t h e importantly, there was growing ongoing demonstrations by Saudi confusion over exactly who was Shia leaders. calling for the “Day of Rage.” The only places the “day of rage” T h e g r a s s r o o t s F a c e b o o k didn’t fizzle out were relatively campaign, which originally called small demonstrations of several f o r t h e e s t a b l i s h m e n t o f a hundred protesters near the constitutional monarchy, vibrant eastern cities, Qatif and Hofuf, civil society and greater respect where Saudi Shiites demonstrated for human rights, was gradually for the release of Shia prisoners. taken over by Islamists who Saudi Shiites, who make up 10 called for the overthrow of the percent to 15 percent of the monarchy and establishment of an population, comprise a majority in Islamist state. the oil-rich Eastern Province.

Many Saudi Shiites resent the religious discrimination they experience at the hands of the Wahhabi religious establishment, and they maintain that they do not receive a fair share of the jobs or the profits from the oil extracted from their province. The Saudi government has made limited efforts to address some of these concerns but also suspects that some of the Shia leaders may be doing the bidding of their coreligionists in Iran. The Saudi government, which already announced a $36 billion package of economic subsidies for state workers, retirees, and the unemployed, could further defuse the situation in the Shiite community by making concessions on other fronts. But the mood in Shiite areas of the Eastern Province could be inflamed by events in neighboring Bahrain. Tens of thousands of predominantly Shia demonstrators mobilized peacefully to encircle the royal palace on Saturday, a day after police and loyalist crowds violently clashed with demonstrators. The island’s Shia majority has long harbored legitimate complaints about unequal access to political power, economic opportunities and jobs

under the Sunni-dominated political system established by the ruling al-Khalifa dynasty. There had been apprehension in world oil markets that after the loss of approximately 1 million barrels a day of Libyan oil production, a violent day of rage in Saudi Arabia would presage political instability that could disrupt Saudi oil production. Although the muted response of Saudi Sunnis to confusing calls for change is likely to calm oil markets in the short run, the growing political tensions in Bahrain soon may explode and spill over into Saudi Arabia. If it results in an interruption of Saudi oil exports, oil prices could rise even higher in the future, with increasingly damaging effects on the global economy. 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: Comment Is Free But Freedom Is Slavery - An Exchange With The Guardian's Economics Editor.

House and Senate Analysis: March 13-19, 2011
Maggie Piggott (The Foundry: Conservative Policy News.)
Submitted at 3/13/2011 8:00:33 AM

Posted March 13th, 2011 at 9:00am in Ongoing Priorities Print This Post Analysis provided by Heritage Action. House Analysis: March 13-19, 2011 With the current short CR is set to expire on Friday, March 18 th the House will be focused on yet another short term extension. The plan put forward by Republican leadership cuts an additional$6 billion dollars over three weeks, but again fails to include important policy riders like defunding Obamcare, blocking implementation of the EPA’s capand-trade plan, and denying federal funding for Planned Parenthood. Failure to pass a either a short term or a longerterm extension by Friday would lead to a government “shutdown,” which Heritage explains is more like a government slow down. Major Floor Action: • H. J. Res 48: Further Continuing Appropriations Amendments, 2011 Major Committee Action: Senate Analaysis: March 13-19, 2011 The Senate begins the week with HOUSE page 72

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Moment of Truth for Leftists
Assaf Wohl (FrontPage Magazine » FrontPage)
Submitted at 3/13/2011 10:12:32 AM

This article is reprinted from Ynetnews.com. Hello there, global leftist: Almost every day, Israel’s citizens are told of more displays of hostility by you against us. Often we are informed of various boycotts imposed on Israeli goods, the cancellation of cultural events in Israel, and even attempts to boycott Israeli academia. This past week I watched Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters urging a boycott on Israel. His arguments included an embarrassing combination of charges, including the finest lies taken from al-Jazeera’s propaganda. The most prominent argument was Israel’s portrayal as a racist “apartheid state” that sets up a wall separating Arabs and Jews. Now, listen to what happened Saturday. One or more terrorists infiltrated the community of

Itamar, which is located beyond the protective fence. They butchered five family members with knives, including an 11-yearold child, a four-year-old boy, and a three-months-old baby girl. Gaza residents celebrated the massacre, so this is not a case of individual madness. These are the same Palestinians who celebrated

Before the fence was built, premeditated acts of horror were perpetrated within Israel regularly. In 2002 alone, some 189 Israelis were massacred in 53 terror attacks. As the fence kept expanding, hostilities declined, until in 2009 they stood at zero. So these are the numbers. My conclusions, which are only premised on the data presented above, are simple: With a fence in place, there are no massacres. Without a fence, hundreds of civilians are massacred. Hence, those interested in removing the fence support the slaughter of Israelis. So why do you, dear leftist, endorse massacres in the death of thousands at the Twin practice? Useful idiots Ask yourself the following Towers. These are the same question: Why do you compare people who are standing at the squares of Tehran, Damascus, the premeditated slaughter of B e i r u t a n d e v e n I s t a n b u l , civilians to unintentional harm to screaming “Death to Israel.” As it civilians who serve as a human turns out, “Israel” can also be a shield for rocket launchers and suicide bombers? There are two baby. Let’s put ideology aside for a possible answers here. moment and only talk numbers.

The South By Southwest Panels, Illustrated [PICS]
Todd Wasserman (Mashable!)
Submitted at 3/13/2011 9:27:20 AM

Sometimes the best way to stand out at a digitally focused event like South by Southwest is to do something analog. That was some of the thinking behind Ogilvy Notes, a project by the ad agency Ogilvy. The agency dispatched six artists at SXSW to attend up to 80 panel discussions and act sort of as court reporters. The artists not only take notes about the talks, but provide some illustrations, a practice known as SOUTH page 73

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a vote on a judicial nomination and a cloture vote on a small business bill on Monday afternoon. Late last week, ten Republican Members (Senators Vitter, Paul, Ensign, Toomey, Rubio, Wicker, Sessions, Lee, DeMint and Ayotte) sent a letter to Leader Reid announcing their opposition to any bills that are not

fiscal in nature, so it’s not clear if Senator Reid will have enough support to move to the small business legislation on Monday. If cloture is not invoked, Reid will have to figure out what legislation to move to while waiting for the House to complete their work on a new CR (a move that would be complicated in light of the letter

from the ten Republican members). As a reminder, the short term CR is set to expire on Friday, March 18, so both chambers will have to act before then to avoid a government shutdown. Major Floor Action: • S. 493: SBIR/STTR Reauthorization Act of 2011

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visual note-taking or graphic representations. Jordan Berkowitz, executive director of creative technology and innovation at Ogilvy, says the idea came about by asking the question: “What can a large advertising agency do at an event like this — promote itself or add value?” Opting for the latter, the Notes are supposed to bring attendees up to speed on events they’ve missed. (Though not all the events. Berkowitz says there are too many and that would be impossible.) Ogilvy will distribute 11 X 17 prints for free and is posting the the Notes online. Berkowitz says the agency wasn’t interested in doing something totally digital though. “There’s something really fun and tactile about this,” he says. “It’s a skill that uses both sides of your brain.” "The 90 Minute Solution: Live Like a Sprinter" Speaker: Tony Schwartz. Artist: Sunni Brown "Agile Self-Development" Speaker: Dinah Sanders. Artist: ImageThink. "Be Heard: How to Innovate at Big Companies" Speakers: Gene Kim, William Hertling. Artist: Liisa Sorsa

"Beyond Check-Ins: LocationBased Game Design" Speakers: John-Paul Walton, Zach Saul. Artist: ImageThink. "Brave New World: Debating Brands' Roles as Publishers" Speakers: Gary Kim, Joe Pulizzi, Pawan Deshpande, Tom Ashbrook. Artist: ImageThink. "Client Knows Best? How to Sell Unsolicited Ideas" Speakers: Alessandra Lariu, Hashem Bajwa, John Wimsatt, Nick Parish, Ty Montague "Collaboration Over Competition" Speakers: Derek Neighbors, Jay Baer, Kristie Wells, Sally Strebel. Artist: Stephanie von Dressler. "Design Across Disciplines" Speakers: Brett Lider, Elaine Wherry, Matthew Robbins, Stephen Atkinson. Artist: ImageThink. "How Print Design is the Future of Interaction" Speaker: Mike Kruzeniski. Artist: ImageThink. "iPad Design Headaches" Speaker: Josh Clark. Artist: ImageThink. "Keynote" Speaker: Seth Priebatsch. Artist: Nora Hertling. "Game Mechanics Can and Do Solve Real Problems" Speaker: Seth Priebatsch. Artist:

ImageThink "Left Brain Search = Google. Right Brain Search = X" Speakers: Barney Pell, Don Turnbull, Lior Ron, Nikhil Daftary, Sep Kamvar. Artist: Heather Willems. "Mobile Health in Africa: What Can We Learn?" Speakers: Douglas Naegele, Jaspal Sandhu, Josh Nesbit, Patricia Mechael. Artist:Heather Willems "Public Transit Data, APIs and City Governments" Speakers: Jerry Jariyasunant, Julie Blitzer, Michael Uffer. Artist: ImageThink. "Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better" Speaker: Jane McGonigal. Artist: ImageThink. "Social Media Data Visualization: Mapping the World’s Conversations" Speakers: Adam Bly, Benjamin Wiederkehr, Eric Friedman, Robin Richards. Artist: Nora Herting. "Social Shopping: The Future of Selling Stuff Online" Speaker:Willo O’Brien. Artist: Stephanie von Dressler. "Star Wars Uncut: The Force of Crowdsourcing" Speakers: Annelise Pruitt, Casey

Pugh, Jamie Wilkinson. Artist: Liisa Sorsa. "The Elevation of Black Women in New Media" Speakers: Angela Benton, Deanna Sutton, Kathryn Finney, Shane Roberts, Susan Morgan. Artist: ImageThink. "Web Mashup Platforms for Future Programmable Cities" Speakers: Christine Outram, Dominique Guinard, Rachel Sterne, Vlad Trifa. Artist: ImageThink. "Why Can't Startups and Advertisers Play Nice?" Speakers: Charlie Taylor, Gloria Lin, Jay Adelson, Kaitlyn Trigger. Artist: ImageThink. More About: Ogilvy, sxsw, trending For more Business & Marketing coverage: • Follow Mashable Business & Marketing on Twitter • Become a Fan on Facebook • Subscribe to the Business & Marketing channel • Download our free apps for Android, Mac, iPhone and iPad

Apple & Microsoft Take Different Approaches to Japan Relief
Charlie White (Mashable!)
Submitted at 3/13/2011 11:19:44 AM

If you were trying to solicit donations for earthquake victims in Japan, what approach would you take? Take a look at how technology rivals Microsoft and Apple decided to handle this delicate situation. First up, Microsoft. The company tweeted a plea on its Bing search engine Twitter account, offering to donate up to $100,000 for earthquake victims, but under one condition: that users would retweet the message, which would result in Microsoft increasing its donations by one dollar per retweet: It’s straightforward enough, and sounds a lot like an offer we told you about yesterday from the nonprofit Explore.org, offering to contribute $1 for each Facebook “Like” of its “ Dog Bless You” Facebook fundraising page received. That seemed to go smoothly yesterday, where we heard a few complaints but overall the reaction was positive. Microsoft’s idea was not so wellAPPLE page 74

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received. Shortly after the company initiated its fundraiser, a backlash began, where some called the scheme a crass marketing attempt, and comedian Michael Ian Black told his 1.6 million Twitter followers in no uncertain terms that Microsoft should “stop using tragedy as a f***ing marketing opportunity.” The company soon withdrew the deal, offering instead to simply donate the $100K: Next up, Apple. Instead of offering to contribute anything to the earthquake victims, Apple set up a special place(iTunes link) in its iTunes store, promising to deliver 100% of any donations to the Red Cross to benefit Japan. Apple’s iTunes donation page makes it as easy to help earthquake victims as it is to buy

iTunes music, where as you can see, the suggested donations are in amounts of $5, $10, $25, $50, $100 and $200: So that’s Apple’s technique — not to actually donate money, but to encourage everyone else to stop by the iTunes Store (and perhaps buy something else while they’re there), and help the poor souls laid low by the tragic quake and its ominous nuclear aftermath. Of course, Apple is donating something with this deal, because it’s not free to move boatloads of cash from one place to another. What do you think of this, commenters? Should multibillion dollar corporations simply donate to these causes, should they try to get us involved, or should they just facilitate our donations? Are these crass attempts at capitalizing

on horrific tragedy? Do nonprofits get a pass, as long as it doesn’t look like they’re self-promoting too much? Where do you draw the line? More About: apple, charity, Contribute, donate, Earthquake, japan, microsoft, Victims For more Social Good coverage: • Follow Mashable Social Good on Twitter • Become a Fan on Facebook • Subscribe to the Social Good channel • Download our free apps for Android, Mac, iPhone and iPad

Verizon iPhones Fell Back an Hour Instead of Springing Ahead
Brenna Ehrlich (Mashable!)
Submitted at 3/13/2011 12:50:27 AM

Researchers claim discovery of lost city of Atlantis, conveniently Reuters, but sure enough, it's not located in southern RESEARCHERSwriters75don't Spain page April1st yet and its Vlad Savov (Engadget)
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If you need to wake up at any specific time tomorrow, beware: It appears that some Verizon iPhones fell back an hour at midnight tonight instead of springing forward. Daylight saving time hits tonight/ tomorrow morning, which means we all lose an hour of sleep — unless you have a Verizon iPhone, in which case you’ll wake up utterly confused, as phones are

currently falling back an hour. This isn’t the first time the iPhone has been foiled by time — an alarm glitch kept many Apple users from getting to work on

time back in January as well. Apparently, however, this issue is only affecting those with Verizon iPhones. If you have such a phone, restart your device to fix

the issue and get the clock back to normal. Update: It looks like some AT&T phones were affected by the glitch as well. More About: trending, verizon, Verizon iPhone Samsung Galaxy S II For more Mobile coverage: hits the FCC, potentially • Follow Mashable Mobile on ready for AT&T 3G Twitter • Become a Fan on Facebook Sean Hollister (Engadget) • Subscribe to the Mobile channel • Download our free apps for Submitted at 3/13/2011 11:21:00 AM Android, Mac, iPhone and iPad SAMSUNG page 75

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Surely you remember the Samsung GT-i9100, colloquially known as the Galaxy S II? Sammy's been tight-lipped about which US cellular carriers might offer it, but the Federal Communications Commission might have an idea. You see, the Exynos 4210-toting Super AMOLED Plus smartphone just made its way to the FCC authorization database, 850MHz and 1900MHz GSM frequencies in tow -- which just so happen to be the ones required to get a gig at AT&T. Mind you, the handset could also be moonlighting in Canada with those particular bands, but the odds are decent we'll see it stateside sooner than that. By the by, this particular Galaxy S II is also sporting 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies, meaning it'll almost certainly

come with dual-band 802.11 a/b/g /n WiFi. The Galaxy S II wasn't the only Samsung to hit the FCC this week, though, as the SGH-i708 also dropped on by -- it appears to be a worldphone with 850 / 1900MHz GSM frequencies alongside CDMA, EV-DO, and the standard Bluetooth and 2.4GHz WiFi. Samsung Galaxy S II hits the FCC, potentially ready for AT&T 3G originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 13 Mar 2011 11:21:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink Wireless Goodness (1),(2)| FCC (1),(2)| Email this| Comments

seem to be joking: the location of the lost city of Atlantis has finally been discovered. Such is the bold claim from an international team of researchers, dreamers and intrepid adventurers. With the use of ground-penetrating radar and electrical resistivity tomography, they've unearthed evidence to suggest that a spot on the southern coast of Spain, just north of Cadiz, played host to what may have been human society's first metropolis. One of the reasons why it's taken archaeologists so long to pinpoint its whereabouts may be the fact that it lies 60 miles inland, where you wouldn't really expect it to be susceptible to the effects of tidal waves (which is what Plato's account of the ancient city identified as its demise). A National Geographic

documentary on the subject will be broadcast this evening where we may learn more about what was discovered, the methods for doing so, and the gorgeous tans those scientists built up in sunny Spain. Continue reading Researchers claim discovery of lost city of Atlantis, conveniently located in southern Spain Researchers claim discovery of lost city of Atlantis, conveniently located in southern Spain originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 13 Mar 2011 07:40:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| Reuters| Email this| Comments

Google ships last Cr-48 laptop 'for now,' partner Chrome OS devices still on track for summer
Vlad Savov (Engadget)
Submitted at 3/13/2011 12:56:00 PM

The very same gentleman that introduced us to Google's Cr-48 laptop, Product Management VP Sundar Pichai, has disclosed the unfortunate news that Google has shipped the last of them, at least "for now." The next opportunity to catch a ticket to ride the

Chrome OS bandwagon will come in the middle of this year, as promised, with devices from Acer and Samsung coming to market. Rumor had it that Google received about 60,000 Cr-48s from ODM Inventec back in December, though whatever the number of manufactured units Google's partners not to stray too was, the fact is that it's now been far away from the Cr-48 template fully depleted. We'd urge

in the summer -- we're huge fans of its minimalist good looks, even if the OS itself could do with a few more layers of spit, polish and features. Continue reading Google ships last Cr-48 laptop 'for now,' partner Chrome OS devices still on track for summer Google ships last Cr-48 laptop 'for now,' partner Chrome OS

devices still on track for summer originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 13 Mar 2011 12:56:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink thechromesource|@sundarpichai (Twitter)| Email this| Comments