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Docs warn about Facebook use and teen depression (AP)
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It can be more painful than sitting alone in a crowded school Submitted at 3/28/2011 5:45:31 AM cafeteria or other real-life CHICAGO – Add "Facebook encounters that can make kids feel depression" to potential harms down, O'Keeffe said, because linked with social media, an Facebook provides a skewed view influential doctors' group warns, of what's really going on. Online, referring to a condition it says there's no way to see facial may affect troubled teens who expressions or read body language obsess over the online site. that provide context. Researchers disagree on whether The guidelines urge pediatricians it's simply an extension of to encourage parents to talk with depression some kids feel in other their kids about online use and to circumstances, or a distinct be aware of Facebook depression, condition linked with using the cyberbullying, sexting and other online site. online risks. They were published But there are unique aspects of online Monday in Pediatrics. Facebook that can make it a Abby Abolt, 16, a Chicago high p a r t i c u l a r l y t o u g h s o c i a l school sophomore and frequent landscape to navigate for kids Facebook user, says the site has already dealing with poor self- never made her feel depressed, esteem, said Dr. Gwenn O'Keeffe, but that she can understand how it a Boston-area pediatrician and might affect some kids. lead author of new American "If you really didn't have that Academy of Pediatrics social many friends and weren't really media guidelines. doing much with your life, and With in-your-face friends' tallies, saw other peoples' status updates status updates and photos of and pictures and what they were happy-looking people having doing with friends, I could see great times, Facebook pages can how that would make them make some kids feel even worse if upset," she said. they think they don't measure up. "It's like a big popularity contest
— who can get the most friend requests or get the most pictures tagged," she said. Also, it's common among some teens to post snotty or judgmental messages on the Facebook walls of people they don't like, said Gaby Navarro, 18, a senior from Grayslake, Ill. It's happened to her friends, and she said she could imagine how that could make some teens feel depressed. "Parents should definitely know" about these practices," Navarro said. "It's good to raise awareness about it." The academy guidelines note that online harassment "can cause profound psychosocial outcomes," including suicide. The widely publicized suicide of a 15-yearold Massachusetts girl last year occurred after she'd been bullied and harassed, in person and on Facebook. "Facebook is where all the teens are hanging out now. It's their corner store," O'Keeffe said. She said the benefits of kids using social media sites like Facebook shouldn't be overlooked, however, such as
connecting with friends and family, sharing pictures and exchanging ideas. "A lot of what's happening is actually very healthy, but it can go too far," she said. Dr. Megan Moreno, a University of Wisconsin adolescent medicine specialist who has studied online social networking among college students, said using Facebook can enhance feelings of social connectedness among welladjusted kids, and have the opposite effect on those prone to depression. Parents shouldn't get the idea that using Facebook "is going to somehow infect their kids with depression," she said. ___ Online: American Academy of Pediatric: http://www.aap.org This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ content-only/faq.php. Five Filters featured article: Libya and Oil.
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Harry & David in bankruptcy as gift sales fall (Reuters)
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Shippers Stick With Tokyo as US Says Radiation Easily Cleaned - Bloomberg
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Japanese ports handle about 4 percent of the world’s boxes and, prior to the quake, 18 percent of the containership fleet by capacity was due to call in the country, according to data from the research unit of Clarkson Plc, the biggest shipbroker. Photographer: Toshiyuki Aizawa/Bloomberg Five of the six biggest container shippers are maintaining routes to Tokyo and Yokohama after the U.S. Navy said radiation on vessels from the leaking Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant can be scrubbed off with soap and water. A.P Moeller-Maersk A/S, Mediterranean Shipping Co. and CMA CGM SA, the top three, are still serving Japan’s two busiest container ports, 2 1/2 weeks after an earthquake and tsunami damaged the Fukushima plant, 220 kilometers (135 miles) to the north. Among the top six shippers, only Hapag-Lloyd AG, the No. 4, is diverting vessels to docks in the south of the country. The Japanese government is allowing ships to sail as close as 30 kilometers to the stricken reactors, and the International Maritime Organization, a United Nations agency, says operations in and out of Japan can continue as normal, with levels of radiation presenting no medical basis for
imposing restrictions. “These are extremely low levels and are easily cleaned off,” Commander Jeff Davis, a spokesman for Seventh Fleet, which is helping with recovery efforts, said by today by telephone. “Even if they weren’t, they still wouldn’t rise to the level where they would cause any harm to human health.” Tokyo port, which accounted for 22 percent of Japanese container throughput last year, according to market researcher Alphaliner, has tried to ease fears through steps including posting information about radiation levels. They were safe as of March 27, according to the Transport Ministry’s website. Trade Hub Japanese ports handle about 4 percent of the world’s boxes and, prior to the quake, 18 percent of the containership fleet by capacity was due to call in the country, according to data from the research unit of Clarkson Plc, the biggest shipbroker. CMA CGM, based in Marseille, France, said on March 25 that all of its owned and chartered vessels would continue to call in Japan as scheduled, serving nine ports -none of them in the contaminated area. Evergreen Marine Corp. of Taipei, the fifth-largest container line, is serving Tokyo and Yokohama as usual, spokeswoman Katherine Ko said
today by phone. Neptune Orient Lines Ltd.’s APL unit, the world No. 6, is also maintaining its route to Yokohama, Japan’s secondbiggest container port. “Alarm bells aren’t ringing for the shipping industry at this stage,” Jan Fritz Hansen, executive vice president of the Copenhagenbased Danish Shipowners’ Association, whose members account for as much as 7 percent world sea transportation, said today by phone. “It’s pretty much business as usual.” Nagoya Return Hamburg, Germany-based Hapag -Lloyd said March 25 that it would resume services to Nagoya, Japan’s third-largest container port, though the moratorium on sailings to Tokyo and Yokohama will be lifted only when the locations are “considered safe,” adding that “security is above everything.” Ships are being rerouted to ports further away from Fukushima, such as Kobe. The U.S. fleet has taken steps to avoid contamination, including trying to keep ships upwind from the Fukushima plant and asking helicopter pilots to fly with windows closed, Davis said. For sailors on some land missions within 50 nautical miles of the power plant, it’s also administering potassium iodide. Radiation on the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier and helicopters using the ship as a
base was cleaned off after the vessel passed through a plume on March 13, the spokesman said, adding that there was both surface and air contamination. “It’s absolutely possible to protect our people against the possible effects of radiation while carrying out our mission to help the Japanese people,” Davis said. “It is a risk that absolutely can be mitigated and managed.” Debris The navy is working with Japan’s Self-Defense Forces to clear harbors of wreckage from the March 11 tsunami and helping deliver aid. The seven container ports damaged in the disaster handled only 1.3 percent of Japanese container volumes last year, according to Alphaliner. Japan is advising against sailing within 80 nautical miles of Fukushima because of debris dragged out to sea, Hidefumi Akagi, who is responsible for advising companies on ocean routes at the Japan Coast Guard, said today by phone. Container lines including Copenhagen-based Maersk have set up their own exclusion zones that go beyond official recommendations. Neptune Orient’s APL division is keeping ships 200 kilometers away from the plant and has stopped taking bookings for cargo to be hauled by land or barge into “high- risk” areas, Mike Zampa, a spokesman, said yesterday.
China Action Overseas authorities are also scanning cargos, and the MOL Presence was rejected by a port in China last week because of “abnormal” radiation levels after passing more than 120 kilometers off the coast of Fukushima prefecture. The vessel, operated by Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd., is heading for Kobe, Japan, according to AISLive Ltd. ship-tracking data on Bloomberg. Eiko Mizuno, a spokeswoman for Tokyo-based Mitsui O.S.K., said today she couldn’t comment immediately on what will happen to the ship. Calls to the port of Kobe were referred to the shipping line, which operates a terminal there. The MOL Presence sailed past Fukushima on March 16, according to Mitsui O.S.K. It called at Tokyo on March 17 before sailing with 4,698 containers to Xiamen, where it was rejected because of the radiation levels, according to a March 25 notice on the website of the Xiamen Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau. The berth used wasn’t contaminated, it said. U.S. Customs and Border Protection scanned 355 boxes at the port of Los Angeles on the first container ship to arrive from Japan following the quake, according to operator APL. All SHIPPERS page 9
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Libya rebels fight for Sirte road - BBC News
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28 March 2011 Last updated at 11:53 ET Libyan rebels are battling for control of the road leading to the heartland of government loyalists. The rebel army has been moving rapidly westwards, but came under heavy attack on the approach to Col Muammar Gaddafi's birthplace of Sirte. Nato, which now runs the coalition action, has denied its strikes are to provide cover for a rebel advance. Britain and France have urged Col Gaddafi's supporters to defect "before it is too late". The anti-Gaddafi rebels have seized a number of key coastal communities and important oil installations in recent days, including Ras Lanuf, Brega, Uqayla and Bin Jawad. Earlier on Monday, the rebels said they had seized Sirte, but the BBC's Ben Brown in Bin Jawad says it is now clear their progress was halted before they reached the town. They came under repeated ambush from government troops, says our correspondent. Continue reading the main story In facts: Sirte • Birthplace of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi • Port city 450km (280 miles) east of Libya's capital Tripoli
• Halfway along Libya's northern coast between Tripoli and rebel stronghold of Benghazi • Home to some ministerial offices as Col Gaddafi tried to transfer more authority • Population of around 140,000
main story Analysis As Gaddafi's hometown, Sirte has a great deal of support for the leader. We're told there have been signs of discontent and perhaps a split among Gaddafi's people there, but nevertheless its importance is that it's the only Reports said bombardments of major place in the centre of the the road between Bin Jawad and country still held by Gaddafi Nawfaliyah sent the rebels fleeing forces. back towards Bin Jawad. They've lost the whole of the east "This is the frontline. The army and if they lose Sirte they would has stopped over there, we are have lost the middle of the stopping here," one fighter told country as well. The rebels would Reuters, indicating the road feel their progress towards Tripoli towards the town of Nawfaliyah. was unstoppable. AFP news agency says the shells Although seemingly premature, I fired at the poorly armed rebel suspect the reports of rebels convoy landed mostly on sand taking the city are having a dunes. psychological impact on Gaddafi "It won't be as easy as we thought supporters in Tripoli. to take Sirte and then march on Three weeks ago it was obvious [the capital] Tripoli," one rebel that the morale of the Gaddafi told the news agency. forces wasn't terribly high and "But we won't stop - we'll now, combined with the attacks of advance. They can't hold us up for the coalition forces, it must be long." worse. AFP said the rebels had again The quicker the rebel progress begun to move cautiously towards goes, the faster morale here will Sirte, which is about halfway start to buckle. But if progress along the coast between Tripoli slows I suspect the reverse may and Benghazi. Nato command happen, and resistance will On Sunday, Nato began taking stiffen. over control of the coalition The head of the Nato operation, military action in Libya. Canada's Lt Gen Charles The mission had previously been B o u c h a r d , h a s r e j e c t e d under US command, with the suggestions that the coalition air alliance responsible for enforcing strikes were to provide cover for t h e n o - f l y z o n e a n d a r m s the rebels to advance. embargo. Continue reading the "Our goal is to protect and help
the civilians and population centres under the threat of attack," he told a news conference. Lt Gen Bouchard said the alliance was taking steps to ensure "minimum collateral damage". "Our job is to ensure the safety of people and we will do what it takes to do that, but we will also ensure that we ensure their safety in doing our operation," he said. Britain's Ministry of Defence said its Tornado GR4 aircraft destroyed ammunition bunkers on Monday morning in the Sabha region, in the southern Libya desert Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has criticised the alliance action, saying it goes beyond the remit of the UN Security Council resolution and amounted to interference in a "civil war". The battle for Misrata, the last significant rebel-held city in western Libya, has continued, with Gaddafi forces reportedly shelling the city on Monday. But later in the day, the foreign ministry said a ceasefire was in place and that calm had been restored. "The city of Misrata now enjoys security and tranquillity and public services have started to recover their ability to provide customary services to all citizens," the state news agency Jana quoted officials as saying. Britain and France have issued a joint statement calling on Col
Gaddafi's supporters to "leave him before it is too late". "We call on all Libyans who believe that Gaddafi is leading Libya into a disaster to take the initiative now to organise a transition process," they said. The countries said this process could involve the "pioneering" Interim Transitional National Council in Benghazi and "civil society leaders as well as all those prepared to join the process of transition to democracy". "We encourage them to begin a national political dialogue, leading to a representative process of transition, constitutional reform and preparation for free and fair elections." Meanwhile, Qatar has become the first Arab nation to recognise the rebel leadership - the Transitional National Council - as the official representatives of the Libyan people Send your pictures and videos to email@example.com or text them to 61124(UK) or+44 7725 100 100(International). If you have a large file you can upload here. Read the terms and conditions 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: Libya and Oil.
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Exploded Star's 'Stripes' Hold Clue to Cosmic Mystery (SPACE.com)
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what’s happening in the blast wave of this powerful explosion." [ Top 10 Star Mysteries] The discovery of X-ray "stripes" Staring at an exploded star in the remains of an exploded star The Tycho supernova remnantis may help astronomers learn how located in our own Milky Way some of the highest-energy galaxy, about 13,000 light-years particles in our galaxy reach their from Earth in the constellation incredible speeds, a new study Cassiopeia. suggests. It's named for the Danish N A S A ' s C h a n d r a X - r a y astronomer Tycho Brahe, who Observatory spacecraft detected a reported observing the supernova suprisingly regular pattern of X- in 1572. The event likely occurred rays in a well-known supernova when a white dwarf star grew so remnant called Tycho. The new much in mass that it eventually observations provide the first exploded in a so-called Type Ia direct evidence that a cosmic supernova, researchers said. event can rocket particles to Chandra peered at the supernova energies 100 times higher than remnant for more than 200 hours those achieved by Earth's most back in 2009. Over these extended powerful accelerators, researchers observations, the spacecraft said. picked up some strange X-ray The find may also help scientists stripes in Tycho. figure out how some of those These stripes provide support for super-speedy particles — which a theory about how exploding are known as cosmic rays, and stars accelerate charged particles constantly bombard Earth— are to incredible energies, researchers produced, they added. said. "We’ve seen lots of intriguing A supernova shock wave structures in supernova remnants, When a star explodes, it creates a but we’ve never seen stripes fast-moving shock wave that b e f o r e , " s a i d s t u d y l e a d e r spreads through space. HighKristoffer Eriksen of Rutgers energy charged particles — such University in a statement. "This as protons and electrons — can made us think very hard about bounce back and forth across this
shock wave repeatedly, gaining energy with each crossing. One theory predicts that, near this ever-expanding shock wave, magnetic fields become highly tangled and the motions of the charged particles extremely chaotic. This creates a messy network of X-rays, with some "holes" of little emission and some "walls" with lots of the stuff. Researchers think Tycho's stripes are evidence that this is happening. The stripes are likely the "walls" of theory — regions where the magnetic fields are more tangled than surrounding areas, and where particle movement is more turbulent. In these areas, protons and electrons become trapped and spiral around the magnetic field lines; the electrons emit lots of Xrays in the process, researchers said. However, the regular and almost periodic pattern of the X-ray stripes was unexpected. It wasn't predicted by theory, researchers said. "It was a big surprise to find such a neatly arranged set of stripes,"said co-author Jack Hughes of Rutgers. "We were not
expecting so much order to appear in so much chaos. It could mean that the theory is incomplete, or that there’s something else we don’t understand." The researchers published their results last month in The Astrophysical Journal Letters. Spawning speedy cosmic rays The stripes could also help researchers understand how some of the highest-energy cosmic rays— which are mostly protons — are spawned. [ The Strangest Things in Space] The spacing of the X-ray stripes likely indicates proton energies about 100 times higher than those reached in Earth's most powerful particle accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider — and they're equivalent to the highest-energy cosmic rays thought to be produced in our galaxy, researchers said. That result also supports previous theory, as supernova remnants have long been considered a good candidate for producing the Milky Way's most energetic cosmic rays. Protons can reach energies hundreds of times higher than the highest-energy electrons, but since they do not radiate X-rays efficiently like electrons do, direct
evidence for the acceleration of cosmic ray protons in supernova remnants has been lacking, researchers said. The new results also support the prediction that magnetic fields in interstellar space are greatly amplified in supernova remnants. The difference between the observed and predicted structures, however, means that other interpretations cannot be ruled out. "We were excited to discover these stripes because they might allow us to directly track, for the first time, the origin of the most energetic particles produced in our galaxy,"Eriksen said. "But we’re not claiming victory yet." Follow SPACE.com for the latest in space science and exploration news on Twitter@Spacedotcom and on Facebook. 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: Libya and Oil.
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Consumer spending up, inflation accelerates (Reuters)
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U.S. economic activity, to advance 0.6 percent. A second report showed pending WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. sales of previously owned homes consumer spending rose for an unexpectedly rose in February, eighth straight month in February, pointing to a rebound in home but much of the gain went to sales in March after a string of cover rising food and energy poor housing market data. The prices, providing little lift to the National Association of Realtors economy. said its Pending Home Sales Overall consumer spending rose Index, based on contracts signed 0.7 percent last month after a 0.3 in February, increased 2.1 percent percent increase in January and to 90.8. inflation accelerated at its fastest Economists had expected the p a c e s i n c e J u n e 2 0 0 9 , t h e index, which leads existing home Commerce Department said on sales by a month or two, to fall Monday. Spending adjusted for 1.0 percent. inflation rose just 0.3 percent U.S. stocks held steady at higher following a flat reading in l e v e l s , w h i l e p r i c e s f o r January. government debt were marginally "On balance the report is a mixed weaker. The dollar was slightly bag of news highlighting that l o w e r a g a i n s t a b a s k e t o f rising prices are taking some c u r r e n c i e s . steam out of recent momentum, SPENDING SEEN SLOWING but consumers remain on a After increasing at its fastest clip moderate track of spending in four years in the final three growth," said Julia Coronado, a m o n t h s o f 2 0 1 0 , c o n s u m e r senior economist at BNP Paribas spending is expected to slow in in New York. the first quarter, with rising Economists polled by Reuters energy and food prices stealing had expected spending, which from spending on other goods and accounts for about 70 percent of services.
Spending grew at a 4.0 percent annual rate in the fourth quarter, helping to lift overall economic growth to a 3.1 percent pace during the quarter from 2.6 percent in the July-September period. "Real spending growth, the base on which GDP is built, slowed to 2.1 percent in the three months ending in February. Unless it snaps back in March, which is unlikely with gas prices still rising, GDP growth is likely to be less than 2.5 percent," said Chris Low, chief economist at FTN Financial in New York. High food and energy prices pushed up overall inflation last month. The Commerce Department said the personal consumption expenditures price (PCE) index rose 0.4 percent, the fastest since June 2009, after gaining 0.3 percent in January A core measure of inflation closely watched by the Federal Reserve, the core PCE index excluding food and energy, increased 0.2 percent after rising by the same margin in January. In the 12 months through
January, the core PCE index rose 0.9 percent, the fastest rise in four months, after rising 0.8 percent in January. Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke has said high food and energy costs should prove transitory, but that the central bank was prepared to act if needed to ensure an inflation psychology does not take root. Incomes rose 0.3 percent last month after rising 1.2 percent in January. That compared with economists' expectations for a 0.4 percent gain. With consumption outpacing the growth in incomes, savings fell to $676.7 billion from $710.5 billion in January. (Reporting by Lucia Mutikani, Editing by Andrea Ricci) 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: Libya and Oil.
American Express Revs Up Its E-wallet
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The Amazon Kindle's New, Old Threat: Barnes & Noble's Nook Is Coming on Strong
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Barnes & Noble's Nook e-reader is in the headlines for a number of reasons at the moment, and it's prompting a big question: With no competing device from Amazon, can the Nook steal the Kindle's throne? The original Nook was the first ereader to challenge the Amazon Kindle with a cleverer Androidpowered device that one-upped the Kindle with a second color screen. Then B&N reinvented the Nook into the Nook Color, an allcolor touchscreen device that garnered a serious amount of attention because of its high promise, interesting design, and low price for a large Android tablet. Now this device is back in the news. The Home Shopping Network has been teasing the Nook Color for a while now, but just recently revealed some inside information on a big update to the Nook due in April. Specifically HSN has been mentioning an OS upgrade that will add the ability to play Adobe Flash content in web pages (for video streaming and gaming powers), and the arrival of the new dedicated App Store--an event B&N has independently
confirmed. There's also a new email app that runs outside the browser environment. According to B&N, the Nook App store seems to be a curated version of an Android App store, (superficially similar to the one Amazon's developed), that will include "exciting new apps" like Angry Birds and "Drawing Pad." The Flash movie abilities may precede Motorola's plans to add Flash to the much more expensive Xoom tablet.
Meanwhile, DigiTimes is reporting that far-East production partners have delivered three million Nook Color units to B&N already. Sales are estimated at 600,000 to 700,000 for the first months of 2011, following the million-unit fourth quarter of 2010, and Digitimes estimates that the Nook's $250 price point has let it capture "over 50% of the iPad-like market" in North America. We're assuming this figure includes the Kindle and all
The aging Kindle, after all, is beset by several technological weakpoints including its awful browser and slow-speed grayscale screen. Amazon is making moves to capture income from the Android market by having its own very Apple-like third party Android Appstore, but it hasn't got an Android device on sale of its own. The Kindle may appear to some consumers to look a little dull compared to the huge number of color touchscreen tablets that're coming on sale, despite it's lauded e-ink display (and if you doubt the consumer is that shallow, then remember phenomena like the megapixel wars in digital cameras and cellphones--where a shinier more-capable device garners more attention). And since Amazon expects to have sold around 8 the competing Android tablets, no million Kindles (of all types) in matter what their size, but that 2010, and B&N only launched the still seems like a bold assertion. Nook Color in late October 2010, The question is: If Barnes & it looks like the Nook is definitely Noble really is ordering Nooks by moving in on Amazon's turf. the millions, is planning a big [youtube MpQ6NMohbo4] headline-grabbing update in a few To read more news like this, weeks, and is leveraging the price follow Fast Company on Twitter: of its Nook Color as one of the Click here. most affordable large-screen Read More: Most Innovative Android tablets that costs half the Companies: Amazon iPad's price... can the Nook actually corner the e-reader market?
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Apple Rumor Roundup: New MobileMe, More and Better Location Apps, Smart TV
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The Apple rumor mill grinds ever on, and has turned up new hints about the future of MobileMe, location apps, and that Apple TV story (again). MobileMe goes free? Apple seems to have ceased sales of MobileMe direct to customers, and a revamp is both highly anticipated and overdue. Rumors have been building up, and center on a new free access business model, and the launch of iTunes streaming service as a "music locker" stored in user's MobileMe iDisk space in the cloud--possibly utilizing the North Carolina data center. Now those rumors have acquired an extra momentum with suggestions from "informed sources" that Apple has closed a deal with Warner music, and then leveraged that fact in discussions with other labels. The closing date for these deals is seemingly close-Apple is rumored to be planning an April launch for the revamped MobileMe. The new service may well be free (or at least partly) and include more cloud-centric facilities for storing and sharing files of all sorts, from photos to business productivity files. The rumored price for Apple's
"music locker"? A very reasonable-sounding $20 per year. Location, location, location (apps) Apple's just advertised for two new staff to work in "iOS Maps Application" Development, positions to be based in Apple's HQ in Cupertino. The ad begs applicants to "come work for the team that revolutionized the mobile technology industry" to "define what computing looks like in a post-PC era." Most excitingly, the advert notes that "the Maps team is looking for an exceptional developer to join us in our mission to radically improve how people interact with maps
and location-based services." The words "radically improve" have set the tech world atwitter. Apple has always touted the location-based powers of the iPhone and iPad, integrating Google Maps into an app right from the get-go and applying for lots of patents in location-based systems. The company has been buying many location-based companies over the last several years, and may be moving away from using Google's code, prompting observers to wonder if an upcoming iOS revamp would see Apple launching advanced location-specific apps that use its own navigation codes.
Apple TV hardware? Recent rumors hinted that Apple was looking into licensing its AirPlay protocols, enhanced for wireless streaming video powers, to third-party TV makers in the same way it does for streaming music currently--a move that would allow Apple to sneak into the TV market. Now the oft-quoted "analyst" crowd has come up with some new information that hints Apple is actually working on TV hardware of its own, a Smart TV that's connected to the Net to enable app and video content downloads and streaming, DVR powers, and perhaps FaceTime
video conferencing. According to Katy Hubert of Morgan Stanley, the motivation for a new Apple product in a new market is (no surprise) the cash: If it can tap a mere 1% of the HDTV business by 2013 then it'll add $4 billion in revenues to Apple's already impressive finances. To read more news like this, follow Fast Company on Twitter: Click here. Read More: Most Innovative Companies: Apple
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Apple Spends the Weekend in Court
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Apple won against Nokia, but potentially could lose--big-against Kodak. Apple's legal team had a roller coaster of a weekend, winning against Nokia's attempt to block imports late last Friday, but could potentially lose to Kodak in an estimated $1 billion case. Nokia's rejected suit alleged patent infringement against a number of essential iPhone features, including the use of the familiar "wiping" navigation gesture. Mere hours ealier, the same court, the International Trade Commission, revived a previously rejected suit by Kodak, who is seeking massive royalties on patent related to lowresolution previews of still images. The upshot is that Apple is maintaining its King of the Hill status at 2-0 against its eager opponents, but it may drop to an even 1-1, if Kodak wins a reversal. The ITC is a strategic arbitrator in these cases, for both the expeditious European court system and the ITC's ability to block imports of the offending technology (as it has done against Sony's Playstation). “In the United States, most intellectual
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The inaugural Innorobo summit in Lyon brought together more than a hundred robots from all over the world, their makers keen to showcase their abilities to potentials buyers and business partners. property claims never reach court Apple had not violated five of the resulting image, stored on the The aim of the event was to and are settled in advance,” patents (his decision can be read harddrive of the phone, is of a address some of the challenges German intellectural property here[pdf]). Both Apple and Nokia much higher quality. This process, the robotics industry faces and to lawyer, Peter Chrocziel, tells the will await a decision by the full of low-resolution preview/high- demonstrate some of the key New York Times. “But in Europe, commission around August 1st. resolution capture is what Kodak applications for robots around the it is the opposite.” Just a bit earlier, the same ITC claims it invented, something the world. The venue was abuzz with The Nokia-Apple ping-pong court agreed to review Kodak's previous judge struck down as exoskeletons, football-playing humanoids, educational androids battle began in October of 2009, suit against Apple and RIM. an"obvious" invention(pdf) when Nokia claimed royalties K o d a k c l a i m s i n t e l l e c t u a l Both cases are ongoing and for children and highly precise r e l a t e d t o e s s e n t i a l i P h o n e property ownership over the low- portend potentially enormous industrial robot arms. features, such as 3G connectivity. resolution image preview that's sums in compensatory royalties. Check out the gallery to see some As is typical in patent cases, displayed while a camera phone is Related Story: Apple Sues of the amazing robots on show. Apple counter-sued, reaching into aimed at the capture target. Most Amazon: App Store vs. Appstore Continue reading... its grab-bag patent portfolio for users will know this as the Is On! any overlapping technology constantly refreshing, blurry Follow Fast Company on Twitter. currently used on Nokia devices. images that are shown on the Also follow Greg Ferenstein on On Friday, Judge James Gildea screen as they steady the camera Twitter. made an initial determination that on what they want to capture. The
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VCU AD on coach Shaka Smart: 'We're gonna' keep him' - USA Today
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boxes on the vessel, the APL Korea, were cleared for delivery. No Impact Nippon Yusen KK, Japan’s largest shipping line by sales, hasn’t seen any major impact on (Top Stories - Google News) NBA in Oklahoma City Thunder s c h e d u l e s b e c a u s e o f t h e exclusion zone, Jun Katayama, a guard Eric Maynor. Submitted at 3/28/2011 10:52:46 AM "They hadn't won a lot but I don't spokesman, said today by phone. VCU AD on coach Shaka Smart: think they realized how much Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd., the 'We're gonna' keep him' they won because of Eric," nation’s third-largest shipping RICHMOND, Va. -- Shaka Teague said. "I think he never line, has no plans to operate ships Smart, the 33-year old who's got stopped working on them. I in Fukushima and the rest of Virginia Commonwealth in the attribute a ton of their success to Tohoku region, said Makoto Arai, Final Four, is suddenly the hottest him and his dogged persistence, a spokesman. There are no major coaching commodity in NCAA his love of the kids, and he's a ports in that area, he said. Orient Overseas (International) men's basketball as the Rams conference schools, where some master psychologist." prepare to take on Butler in coaches earn in excess of $2 In his first season on the job, Ltd., Hong Kong’s biggest million. Houston. Smart coached VCU to a 27-9 container line, is continuing Speaking a day after No. 11 seed RALLY: Rams welcomed home record and a College Basketball services to all Japanese ports VCU upset top-seeded Kansas in by a big crowd Invitational Championship. Now, except those shut because of the Elite Eight, school athletics VIDEO: Celebration takes to the he's got the Rams on the brink of damage from the tsunami, said Stephen Shen, a spokesman. The director Norwood Teague said he streets in Richmond a national title berth. has every intention of keeping "We're going to get aggressive, "He wants some support for the company has been affected by obviously," Teague said. "(School program and that's something that Hapag-Lloyd’s decision to skip Smart in Richmond. "We're gonna' keep him," Teague president) Dr. (Michael) Rao and he and I talked about well before calls because it has an agreement s a i d . " W e j u s t h a v e t o b e I have talked about it a lot and the NCAA tournament," Teague to use space on those services, he talked to Shaka that we're not said. "And we'll continue to get said. proactive about it." Smart earns a $325,000 base going to talk about this until the aggressive with that aspect of it as Hanjin Shipping Co., the operator of a container terminal in Tokyo, s a l a r y u n d e r t h e c o n t r a c t season's over." well." extension he signed last year thru For his part, Smart said his sole This entry passed through the began inspecting cargo for 2016. After tournament bonuses, focus this week was on having Full-Text RSS service — if this is radiation a few days after the he stands to earn in excess of success in the Final Four. your content and you're reading it q u a k e , S o n y a C h o , a "Obviously the No. 1 priority is on someone else's site, please read spokeswoman, said today by $500,000 this season, according to o u r t e a m a n d m a k i n g s u r e our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ phone from the company’s Seoul Teague. But as VCU has mounted its everybody is in the right frame of content-only/faq.php. Five Filters headquarters. No contamination has been found, she said. The improbable run through the mind," Smart said. featured article: Libya and Oil. In 2009, Smart took over a group tournament, Smart has been mentioned as a candidate for t h a t h a d l o s t i t ' s m o s t several vacancies at power accomplished alumnus to the
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Why Is the New York Times Partnering With Shell Oil?
Ariel Schwartz (Fast Company)
Submitted at 3/28/2011 10:31:22 AM
The New York Times often covers Shell Oil's misdeeds and questionable choices, which in past years have included drilling in the arctic and denying human rights abuses in Nigeria. The oil industry is undeniably contentious and filled with scandals and coverups--all the more reason for the Times to write about it. But how can the Times remain objective when it is partnering with Shell Oil on an energy conference? Shell is teaming up with the Times (as a media partner) for its 2011 Energy Summit next month in Houston, Texas. The summit will reportedly feature a keynote address from Bill Richardson, the former Governor of New Mexico,
as well as an "intimate conversation" with former Times columnist Frank Rich and an inside look at Shell's EcoMarathon, which challenges high school and college students to build energy-efficient vehicles. Climate Progress got its hands on
a copy of an invitation to the "symposium for 50 leaders from government, business and academia." Apparently, the Times is furnishing the conference an interactive iPad app and digital magazine featuring content from the paper. Whether that means the
Times will include only oil industry-friendly articles or a more balanced perspective is hard to say, but it's troubling that the newspaper is willing to provide tailored content to Shell in the first place. This isn't the first time the New York Times has come under fire for its oil industry dealings. In 2009, the paper ran a greenwashed front page ad from ExxonMobil. But running a misleading ad is arguably less of a crime than going so far as to pitch in on an oil industry-sponsored event. We're waiting on the Times for comment. Follow Fast Company on Twitter. Ariel Schwartz can be reached by email.
Fighting fire with blasts of electricity
Submitted at 3/28/2011 9:40:00 AM
Analyst Calls: ALU, BTU, FCX, LEAP, MAR, NTRS, NVDA, PCS, T, VZ ...
Eric Buscemi (BloggingStocks)
Submitted at 3/28/2011 12:00:00 PM
Filed under: Analyst Reports, Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades, AT and T (T), Verizon Communications (VZ), Alcatel-LucentADS (ALU), Marriott Intl'A' (MAR), Analyst Initiations, Freep't McMoRan Copper (FCX)
Analyst Upgrades • Alcatel-Lucent ( ALU) to buy from neutral at Goldman. • Nvidia ( NVDA) to outperform from market perform at JMP Securities. • Verizon ( VZ), AT&T ( T), Leap Wireless ( LEAP) and MetroPCS ( PCS) to outperform from neutral at RW Baird. • Illumina ( ILMN) to buy from
hold at Auriga. • Sun Bancorp ( SNBC) to neutral from sell at Janney Capital. • American Tower ( AMT), SBA Communications ( SBAC) and Freeport McMoRan ( FCX) to overweight from equal weight at Morgan Stanley. Continue reading Analyst Calls:
Future firefighters could tackle raging blazes with a blast of electricity, said researchers speaking at the National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in California. Harvard professor Ludovico Cademartiri described a discovery that could change the way we fight fires. The idea itself is based on a 200year-old observation that electricity can manipulate fire, either causing the flames to bend and twist, or snuffing it out entirely. But this complex physical reaction hasn't been widely studied by researchers and very little research has been done ALU, BTU, FCX, LEAP, MAR, on the phenomenon. Continue NTRS, NVDA, PCS, T, VZ ... reading... Analyst Calls: ALU, BTU, FCX, LEAP, MAR, NTRS, NVDA, PCS, T, VZ ... originally appeared on BloggingStocks on Mon, 28 Mar 2011 12:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| Email this| Comments
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How To Become A Superhero (Or...Why I Would Never Donate To A Major Charity)
James Altucher (Business Insider)
need immediate help) I never donate a dime to a huge charity. The American Cancer Submitted at 3/28/2011 11:29:00 AM Association might be a great A few years ago there was a story charity. But what will my dollars in the NY Post about a boy who do for them? Nothing. Warren had been locked in a closet almost B u f f e t t a n d B i l l G a t e s a r e from the time he was born until he s p e n d i n g $ 1 0 0 b i l l i o n o n was about fifteen years old. I e r a d i c a t i n g c a n c e r , A I D S , might not have the exact details m a l a r i a . O t h e r b i l l i o n s a r e right. His parents fed him food fighting every major cause out but never let him out of the closet. there. The baby boomers are So he never grew properly and he about to leave behind $9 trillion. was only about 80 pounds or Hopefully a good chunk of that maybe less. The authorities took will go to charity. They can him away and put him in some handle all of the major causes. My sort of home for abused kids. His money will make zero difference. parents were arrested and are And I have no way of doing due presumably now in jail. diligence on the charity so I won’t In the article in the NY Post, the know how my dollars are being person running the institution he spent. was now staying at said he “liked What I like to do is direct playing chess”. So I called up the donation into what I call “microinstitution and said I would pay causes”. Specifically, pick up the for a guy I knew, a former US local paper and see who needs chess champion, to come over help RIGHT NOW where a small there and give him chess lessons. a m o u n t o f m o n e y c a n They told me they would get back immediately make a significant to me. A few hours later they difference in someone’s life. For called and said, “thanks, but due instance, if the NY Post writes to the specific circumstances we about a house burning down in really can’t take the chance of any Brooklyn and now a family is outside contact with adults.” So homeless – put them up in a hotel. that was that. Simple. Easy. Cheap. Makes their (Every day the NY Post has lives better while they deal with countless local situations that the loss of their home and all of
their belongings. And probably nobody else thought of it. Anyone can be a superhero. Here’s the rules for being your own Micro-Charity: 1) You are donating directly into the situation. So you know that every dollar is being put to work exactly the way you want it to be. No layers of bureaucracy that are found at many large charities. 2) The situation needs help right now. TODAY. And you can help. Its easy to find these situations. Look in any local paper. Papers feed on pain. There’s always someone today in your area who is in pain for some reason and needs help. An example we all saw on youtube last week was the kid getting bullied who got suspended when he fought back. Get that kid a math tutor while he’s suspended. 3) The donation MUST be anonymous. Or as anonymous as possible. For several reasons: • Legal issues. If you put someone up in a hotel and, god forbid, there’s a one in a million chance something goes wrong in the hotel, you don’t want to be legally responsible. • Ego. This is charity. You can’t let it feed your ego at all. Nobody
must know. Not the people you are helping. Not anyone else. Its like when Superman saves someone from being run over by a bus. He’s done. Now he just flies off to the next situation. • Risk. You’re not really a trained giver and in some situations (very rare) you might find yourself in an inappropriate situation. Best you can just wipe your hands and move on. These situations are rare though and do not supersede the greater good being done in most cases. I can guarantee you this will feel a lot better than handing $100 over to whatever mega-charity is already getting billions from the billionaires. Let Bill Gates save the world. You can save a life. —Follow me on twitter. Join the conversation about this story » See Also: • Women Rock! – And Four Other Things I Learned From The Star Trek Animated Series In 1973
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A Punching Bag No More
Submitted at 3/27/2011 11:00:00 PM
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Radio Conspiracy Theorist Alex Jones Accuses 'Fairy Dancing' Glenn Beck Is Stealing His Stuff
Glynnis MacNicol (Business Insider)
Submitted at 3/28/2011 11:31:00 AM
Meet radio host and noted conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. If you don't listen to his popular radio show you might recall him from his epic appearance on The View earlier this month where he defended recent guest Charlie Sheen noting he "didn't kill a million people in Iraq. He wasn't involved in taking down [World Trade Center] building 7 in New York." In fact, it was Sheen's interview with Jones that resulted in his suspension from CBS way back in February. Jones is profiled i n this week's New York mag and reveals he is of the opinion that Glenn Beck is ripping him off. He's even gone so far as to make a video explaining how. It's called the Glenn Beck Secret. It's 15 minutes long. But it's more than that! Says Jones in the video: "I have refused to sell out. I have been offered big TV deals, even bigger syndication radio deals.And I've said no, because I was openly told I would have to compromise my information. So I
Exploring EVE Online's offline 'Fanfest' in Reykjavik
Submitted at 3/28/2011 6:50:00 AM
didn't sell out. So the system just takes an actor, a facsimile of what I am, and puts him forward so he will compromise the information." That facsimile is Glenn Beck. And this from the article: Jones takes Beck’s success personally. “It’s very, very painful to see this biological android, a complete actor, reading off teleprompters and singing and dancing around and prancing around, a fairy dancing and prancing around, using my material."
And: He's got psychological-warfare operatives writing some of that teleprompter stuff...I’ve watched it. It’s very sophisticated; it’s very dangerous.” Essentially Glenn Beck is a puppet of a Fox News -- described by Jones as the “alternative media for old people" -- created to keep people from knowing the truth. Only one half of that sentence has a glimmer of truth to it. See, Monday's aren't so bad. The Glenn Beck Secret below!
Join the conversation about this story » See Also: • Larry King Live...On FOX! 'Elizabeth Taylor Was The Last Of The Great Movie Stars' • BILL O'REILLY: 'I Respect CNN, They're A Very, Very Good News Gathering Agency' • Jon Stewart Ignores Evidence In CNN-Fox Fight
"FUCK YEAH SPACESHIPS!" roars a crowd of around 2500 people in a sports hall in the chilly town of Reykjavik. They've all travelled from around the world to Iceland with one thing in common -- a love of the ultra-deep, ultra-complex, massively-multiplayer online roleplaying-game EVE Online. This is Fanfest -- an annual gathering of fans of the game, run by its Icelandic developer, CCP games. But they haven't just come to cheer riotously at videos of turrets firing. They've come to meet the people that they spend hours and hours of time with in the in-game world. Continue reading...
Disable Ping to Save Battery on Your iOS Device [Ios Tip]
Whitson Gordon (Lifehacker)
Submitted at 3/28/2011 8:30:00 AM
If you've noticed that your iPhone or iPod touch's battery life has declined since the iOS 4.3 update, you may find that disabling a few
services—namely the Ping social network—will help your battery last longer. More »
Jack Dorsey Is Product Lead, Executive Chairman At Twitter
Nicholas Carlson (Business Insider)
Submitted at 3/28/2011 11:32:00 AM
RIM Worth $70 Though Near-Term Concerns Are Warranted
Submitted at 3/28/2011 12:30:00 PM
Twitter cofounder and first CEO, Jack Dorsey, just tweeted that he is "thrilled to get back to work at @ Twitter leading product as Executive Chairman." We first reported the Twitter board's intention to hire Dorsey back last week. During negotiations, the possibility of making Dorsey Twitter's CEO came up, but the board eventually decided it would be better to put him in charge of product and keep current CEO Dick Costolo around. As an Odeo employee back in 2006, Jack Dorsey invented Twitter with some help from another employee named Florian Webber. After Twitter split out from Odeo, Dorsey was the company's first CEO in 2007. Then chairman Ev Williams pushed Dorsey out in 2008, taking the CEO job for himself. Ev Williams stepped down as Twitter CEO last fall, handing
over the job to then COO Dick Costolo. At the time, it was reported that Williams would lead product development at Twitter. This turned out not to be true. These days, Williams is hardly ever at the office. Neither is another more visible cofounder, Biz Stone, who nevertheless still makes plenty of appearances in the media representing Twitter. Click here for updates. Join the conversation about this
story » See Also: • Co-Founder Biz Stone Went On Conan For Twitter's Fifth Anniversary • Twitter In Negotiations To Bring Jack Dorsey Back As Chief Product Officer • "Jack Is CEO, Now And Forever"
Filed under: Research in Motion (RIMM), Stocks to Buy Research In Motion ( RIMM) recently announced the fiscal year Q4 2011 earnings, in which it gave a disappointing revenue outlook for FY Q1 2012 quarter. Its shares tumbled by 10% in the after-market hours after the announcement and opened around these levels Friday morning. RIM, which competes with Apple ( AAPL), Nokia ( NOK) and Motorola Mobility ( MMI) in the smartphone market, stands to lose further ground in the near-term as suggested by the weak outlook. However, we still believe there is value for long term holders of the stock despite the disappointing guidance.
We have updated our price estimate for RIM stock to $69.59, which is about 25% higher than market price. Continue reading RIM Worth $70 Though Near-Term Concerns Are Warranted RIM Worth $70 Though NearTerm Concerns Are Warranted originally appeared on BloggingStocks on Mon, 28 Mar 2011 12:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| Email this| Comments
MIT's artificial leaf is ten times more efficient than the real thing
Submitted at 3/28/2011 7:05:00 AM
Speaking at the National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in California, MIT professor Daniel Nocera claims to
have created an artificial leaf, made from stable and inexpensive materials, which mimics nature's photosynthesis process. The device is an advanced solar playing card, which is left floating cell, no bigger than a typical in a pool of water. Then, much
like a natural leaf, it uses sunlight to split the water into its two core components, oxygen and hydrogen, which are stored in a fuel cell to be used when producing electricity. Continue
CHARGE Anywhere Makes Nexus S an NFC Terminal
Sarah Perez (ReadWriteWeb)
Submitted at 3/28/2011 11:23:02 AM
How Pepsi, Apple And 18 Other Brands Wound Up With The Logos They Have Today
DKumar M (Business Insider)
Submitted at 3/28/2011 11:32:00 AM
This post originally appeared at instantShift. Have you ever wondered how the first Apple logo looked 30 years ago? Did you know Volkswagen was Hitler’s idea? Do you know how the IBM logo has changed over time? Or where the Mercedes-Benz brand and three-pointed star logo comes from? Our friends at instantShift researched the evolution of 20 well-known corporate brand logos. Apple's latest logo
emphasizes shape over color Shell simplified its logo in the 1970s so it would be clearer on faxes Xerox revamped its logo in 2004 and again in 2008 to get away from the stereotype that it only made photocopiers View more at Business Insider See Also: • 20 Companies With Awesome Facebook Fan Pages • 9 Smart Ways To Spruce Up A Facebook Page • 7 Ways To Hire People With Awesome Personalities
CHARGE Anywhere, a mobile payments company and gateway provider, has introduced a system that enables the Google Nexus S phone to function as an NFCenabled mobile payments terminal. Using a mobile application downloaded to the device, merchants can accept NFC payments using just their Nexus S smartphone. An optional printer and swiper enables merchants to accept traditional credit card payments as well. Sponsor NFC & Traditional Payments Accepted With its mobile payment platform for Android, shown off at last week's CTIA conference in Orlando, Florida, CHARGE Anywhere is making a name for itself in the growing mobile payments space that includes competitors like VeriFone, Square and Intuit. With CHARGE Anywhere's system, merchants can accept NFC-enabled payments, such as those from MasterCard's PayPass and Visa's payWave (both contactless payment systems), using only their mobile phone. For traditional credit card processing, the company also provides a combination card
swiper and receipt printer which connects to the mobile application over Bluetooth. Printer/swipers are available for Android, BlackBerry, iPhone and iPad devices while an optional audio jack swiper and sleeve are available for the iPhone only. By Q2 2011, CHARGE Anywhere plans to add PayPal support to its application to supplement the payment methods it accepts, which now include Cash, Check, Credit, Gift/Loyalty cards and ACH/eCheck payments. The benefit of using the CHARGE Anywhere solution, says the company, is that a merchant can bring their own account from their own bank to the service, instead of having to drop that and sign up for a new one. The company supports all major card processors and allows its transactions to be uploaded into QuickBooks. Other Apps
The new Android solution is being made available as a software update to the Android application already available in both the official Android Market and the Amazon Appstore for Android. CHARGE Anywhere already has its software in other app stores too, including iTunes, RIM's BlackBerry App World and the Windows Marketplace (for Windows Mobile; a Windows Phone 7 version is in the works). JME and Brew versions are available as well, with the Brew version arriving in Verizon's VCast apps store soon. NFC, or near field communications, is an emerging technology that allows for shortrange, wireless data transfers between two devices, such as a mobile phone and a point-of-sale system. Google is reportedly working on its own mobile payments system with Citigroup and MasterCard, according to a new report out today. Other initiatives in the U.S. include Isis, a carrier-led NFC payments system with Discover and Barclay Card as partners and Visa's In2Pay, which enables NFC transactions on a number of mobile devices through the use of microSD cards either inserted into the phone itself or into a case for the phone. Discuss
Coast Guard Rips WH for 'Muted' Oil Spill Response
Submitted at 3/28/2011 12:11:06 PM
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration failed to set up an "effective" communications system during last year's BP oil spill and threatened its own credibility by "severely restricting" the release of "timely, accurate information," according to a newly released report commissioned by the U.S. Coast Guard. Quietly posted on the Coast Guard's website two weeks ago, the report offers the first major assessment of the federal government's communications efforts during the worst oil spill in U.S. history. "Several layers of review and approval by the White House and (Department of Homeland Security) prevented timely and effective crisis communications and hindered the Coast Guard's ability to ... (keep) stakeholders informed about the status of the response," the report reads, adding that "accurate and timely messaging from the response organization improves transparency with the public." Information centers in Houma, La., and Mobile, Ala. -established by the Coast Guard in accordance with pre-set plans for major disasters -- were "effectively muted," the report reads. Photographs could not be released without Washington's blessing, and Coast Guard
officials leading efforts on the ground "were not authorized to conduct media interviews, hold press conferences or send press releases without prior approval from DHS," according to the report. Asked about the report, sources with knowledge of White House and DHS involvement went even further, saying the administration "looked at this as a political problem, not an operational problem." After all, one source said, the 2010 midterm elections were drawing closer as the oil spill crisis deepened, and the White House "went into campaign mode." An administration official, however, strongly disputed that contention, saying involvement from the White House and DHS in Washington was "a necessary step" after what began as a relatively routine Coast Guard response became a "unique and unprecedented" government-wide effort. More than 40,000 people took part in the response. "Calls were coming in -- both in Washington and in the Gulf region -- and it was imperative given all the moving pieces that information remain consistent," the official said. "Throughout the course of the spill, we executed a successful effort to consolidate the release of information among 17 federal agencies." The official noted that DHS appointed outgoing Coast Guard Commandant Thad Allen to be the National Incident
Commander, effectively the government's "principal spokesman." The report described Allen as a "credible spokesman" who "proved to be an effective means of communicating a unified message to the public." In addition, the official said, the administration engaged in a "robust" effort to keep the public informed, including daily briefings by Allen and daily "fact sheets" issued to the press and posted online. At the same time, the report reads that the Coast Guard lacked "enough senior personnel with the requisite crisis communications training and/or experience to effectively manage the public affairs campaign for an incident of this magnitude," and those who had the requisite training or experience "were quickly overwhelmed by the tremendous demand for information." Early on, senior Coast Guard officials made public missteps. In the days after the explosion ripped through the Deepwater Horizon in April 2010, Rear Adm. Mary Landry, then the head of the response effort in the Gulf region, told reporters, "We do not see a major spill emanating from this incident." In a statement to Fox News, a Coast Guard spokesman said the newly released report "does not reflect the views of the Coast Guard," but one of the sources with knowledge of White House involvement said it "depends on who you talk to." Essentially, the
source said, the oil spill response created "a clash of cultures," with operational needs scraping against political ones. Nevertheless, the report states the communications system put in place was a departure from prior practice, with White House and DHS officials in Washington becoming gatekeepers to information about developments in the Gulf Coast. "If any level of the response organization is restricted from interacting with the media and the public in any way, it has the potential to damage the credibility of the Federal Government and erode public trust," the report reads. Information about the incident was "channeled up" to the Unified Area Command, the regional hub of the response effort, where it "was packaged and released after review and approval" from the DHS public affairs office in Washington, the report reads. At the time, some of the most senior Coast Guard officials expressed frustration with the process, a source said. "The additional handling and approval process for releases of information often prevented the response organization from providing real-time information," according to the report. "Because the Coast Guard was severely restricted in its ability to distribute timely, accurate information, it was perceived by some that the Federal Government was purposely withholding
information pertaining to the incident from the American public." The administration official, however, insisted such a process is routine in federal government, saying agencies "do run things up the chain, and they come back down" every day. In addition, the source who said the White House "looked at this as a political problem, not an operational problem" noted the Bush administration looked through a similar prism and likewise took control of the message during Hurricane Katrina in 2005. "Negative press equals lost votes," the source said. "It's not a political party thing, it's about political operatives and what's in their comfort zone." The newly released report offers no specific cases of delayed or restricted information, and one source said he was not aware of any substantive information or photograph ultimately prevented from being released. But, the source said, it would take up to eight hours for DHS or the White House to approve a photograph's release. Another source involved with the oil spill response said he knew of at least one press release that was not immediately sent out due to fears it could upset environmental activists. In one instance, a Coast Guard official was directed to release information that -- unbeknownst to him -- was at best misleading, COAST page 24
Fight Intensifies for Libya Strongholds
Submitted at 3/28/2011 12:11:06 PM
BIN JAWWAD, Libya – Forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi now have control of part of Misrata, the third largest city, a rebel spokesman told Reuters Monday. "Part of the city is under rebel control and the other part is under the control of forces loyal to Gaddafi," said the spokesman, who declined to be identified. The government in Tripoli said it had "liberated" Misrata -- the only city in the country's west under rebel control in recent days -- but did not provide additional details. Elsewhere, rebel forces on Monday fought their way to the doorstep of Qaddafi's hometown of Sirte, a key government stronghold guarding the road to the capital Tripoli. The lightning rebel advance of the past few days, backed by powerful international airstrikes, has restored to the opposition all the territory they lost over the past week and brought them to within 60 miles of this bastion of Qaddafi's power in the center of the country. "Sirte will not be easy to take," said Gen. Hamdi Hassi, a rebel commander at the small town of Bin Jawwad, just 18 miles from the front. "Now because of NATO strikes on [the government's] heavy weapons, we're almost fighting with the same weapons, only we have Grad rockets now and they don't."
Libya's rebels have recovered hundreds of miles of flat, uninhabited territory at record speeds after Qaddafi's forces were forced to pull back by international air strikes that began March 19. In a symbolic diplomatic victory for the opposition, the tiny state of Qatar recognized Libya's rebels as the legitimate representatives of the country -- the first Arab state to do so. Hassi said there was fighting now just outside the small hamlet of Nawfaliyah, 60 miles from Sirte and scouting parties had found the road ahead to be heavily mined. He added that the current rebel strategy was to combine military assault with an attempt to win over some of the local tribes loyal to Qaddafi over to their side. "There's Qaddafi and then there's circles around him of supporters, each circle is slowly peeling off and disappearing," Hassi said. "If they rise up it would make our job easier." Witnesses in Sirte reported Monday there had been air strikes the night before and again early in the morning, but the town was quiet, and dozens of fighters loyal to Qaddafi could be seen roaming the streets. Moving quickly westward, the advance retraced their steps in the first rebel march toward the capital that was stopped March 5 by Qaddafi's superior weaponry. But this time, the world's most powerful air forces have eased the way by pounding the
government's military assets for the past week. The east of the country shook off nearly 42 years of Qaddafi's rule in a series of popular demonstrations starting in midFebruary and inspired by similar successful uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia. Qaddafi's forces crushed similar uprising in the west of the country. Sirte is strategically located about halfway between the rebel-held east and the Qaddafi-controlled west along the Mediterranean coast. It is a center of support for Qaddafi and is expected to be difficult for rebels to take. West of Sirte is the embattled city of Misrata, where residents reported fighting between rebels and Qaddafi loyalists who fired from tanks on residential areas. Rida al-Montasser, of the media committee of Misrata, said that nine young men were killed and 23 others wounded when Qaddafi brigades shelled their position in the northwestern part of the city on Sunday night. He also said that the port was bombed. Turkey's Anatolia new agency said a Turkish civilian ferry carrying 15 medics, three ambulances and medical equipment was heading for Misrata to help treat some 1,300 people injured in attacks there. Meanwhile, international airstrikes have continued against Libya, including the southern town of Sebha, reported the state news agency. The area remains strongly loyal to Qaddafi and is a
major transit point for ethnic Tuareg fighters from Mali and Niger fighting for the government. JANA said the strikes destroyed a number of houses, though past attacks on Sabha, 385 miles south of Tripoli, targeted the airport and the flow of foreign fighters reinforcing the regime. The rebels in past days retook two key oil complexes along the coastal highway and promised to quickly restart Libya's stalled oil exports, prompting a slight drop in the soaring price of crude oil to around $105 a barrel. In Washington, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said he could not offer a timetable for how long the Libya operation could last, as the Obama administration tried to bolster its case for bringing the United States into another war in the Muslim world. The U.N. Security Council authorized the operation to protect Libyan civilians after Qaddafi launched attacks against the protesters who demanded that he step down. The airstrikes have crippled Qaddafi's forces, allowing rebels to advance less than two weeks after they had seemed at the brink of defeat. The assault on Sirte, where most civilians are believed to support Qaddafi, however, potentially represents an expansion of the international mission to being more directly involved with regime change. "This is the objective of the
coalition now, it is not to protect civilians because now they are directly fighting against the armed forces," Khaled Kaim, the deputy foreign minister, said in the capital, Tripoli. "They are trying to push the country to the brink of a civil war." The tiny Persian Gulf state of Qatar, however, has formally recognized the rebels as the legitimate representatives of the country and promised to help them sell their crude oil on the international market. Qatar has been well ahead of other Arab countries in embracing the rebels and is also participating in the U.N.-mandated no-fly zone over Libya. Turkey, meanwhile, has confirmed that even as rebel forces advance on Sirte it has been working with the government and the opposition to set up a cease-fire. "We are one of the very few countries that are speaking to both sides," Foreign Ministry Spokesman Selcuk Unal said, without confirming whether Turkey had offered to act as mediator. Turkey's prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan also told reporters his country will take over the running of the airport in Benghazi to facilitate the transport of humanitarian aid to Libya. He did not say when, however. The Associated Press contributed to this report. FIGHT page 19
Cyberbullying Meets Its Match With Crisp Thinking
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rooms to online video games, employ moderators to scan over messages in search of harmful By Joshua Philipp content. The problem was, as the Epoch Times Staff Created: Mar online spaces began to grow past 28, 2011 Last Updated: Mar 28, 10,000 users, or even into the 2011 millions, monitoring the content COST OF BULLYING: Laura becomes nearly impossible. (2nd L) and Kirk Smalley (C) “There’s just too much data weep while listening to President floating around, and it also Barack Obama talk about their b e c o m e s v e r y e x p e n s i v e , ” familys tragedy during a White H i l d r e t h s a i d i n a p h o n e House Conference on Bullying i n t e r v i e w . Prevention on March 10. (Chip While working with the U.K. Somodevilla/GETTY IMAGES ) government to stop cyberbullying When communication entered the and online sexual predators in cyber domain, the problems found 2000, inspiration hit. “I thought in the adolescent social sphere ‘hey, if we can stop spam in ef o l l o w e d c l o s e b e h i n d . mail why can’t we work out what Cyberbullying has become an humans are doing to each other increasingly popular method for online. So that’s really where we kids harassing kids, as bullies can started out,’” Hildreth said. access their victims through cell With this, Hildreth would go on phones or computers any time of t o d e v e l o p a n e w t y p e o f the day. behavioral monitoring software The problem has reached an that would change the game on extent to where President Barack cyberbullies. The system, run Obama addressed the issue under Crisp Thinking, takes a directly during a March 10 speech fresh approach at rooting out at the White House, drawing problematic users. attention to recent suicides of kids There was a simple premise who were targets of bullying. behind the software—address the “Today, bullying doesn’t even p r o b l e m i n a w a y m o s t end at the school bell—it can monitoring systems fall short. The follow our children from the program has a unique ability to hallways to their cell phones to sort out joking from cruelty and is their computer screens,” Obama designed with a special knack for said. catching the gist of longer Adam Hildreth, CEO of software conversations where problems company Crisp Thinking, saw this may not show on the surface. problem early on when he used to Hidreth’s software runs a kind of develop virtual, online worlds for “credit check” on the user. “What kids. do we know about the user, what Many online spaces, from chat are they saying at the moment,
likely to use drugs, skip school, or face in-person bullying. It wasn’t long ago when users would get booted from online spaces for so much as using bad language. In early 2000, online games had fewer issues and played less of a role in the mainstream, but as these spaces began to grow, new problems arose.“Everything is going social, games are going social. We’ve got more and more environments going for kids and teens. So as we get more and more user-generated content, the problem we have would continue growing if we didn’t have this system,” Hildreth and how is the other person Today’s kids live dual lives said. reaction to what’s being said. That between the real world and the Crisp Thinking uses a “relation doesn’t tell us exactly what’s digital world. They have online analysis engine” that will watch going on, but it gives us a great identities, whether in the form of the relationship between users. context to make a decision,” he game characters or social network “What our software does is it said. accounts, such as Facebook. monitors that relationship over a The system worked surprisingly There are even massive online period of time and it is trained to well—it has a 98.4 percent g a m e s w h e r e t h o u s a n d s o r respond to instances where accuracy rate. “We’ve caught millions of users can interact. cyberbullying is happening or every instance of cyberbullying, S i n c e k i d s a r e a l w a y s online grooming by a cyber and we’ve caught every instance connected—whether through predator,” Hildreth said. of online grooming,” Hildreth computers or cell phones—they The system will often give said. are susceptible to this form of problematic users one warning The software has since been bullying at all times. before booting them from its picked up by big-name clients, Cyberbullying peaks for kids system and close to half of the including Sony Entertainment, the between middle school and high users who are warned to turn their Cartoon Network, and LEGO. school. It can include anything behavior around. Hildreth said he Crisp Thinking was also chosen to from cruel text messages, to is also looking into ways of partake in the U.K. government’s s p r e a d i n g r u m o r s t h r o u g h rewarding users who contribute to Web Mission 2011 project that Facebook, to making websites online communities, with hopes flies 20 of the top up-and-coming meant to tease a kid, according to that it will encourage better online tech companies in the U.K. to the U.S. government’s new spaces. Silicon Valley, where they StopBullying.gov website. Overall, the system gives, n e t w o r k w i t h U . S . t e c h According to the website, kids “reassurance that they can launch companies. facing cyberbullying are shown to CYBERBULLYING page 18 A Safer Web have lower grades and are more
Japan Fears Spread of Contaminated Seawater
cooling system, nuclear safety officials said. Contaminated water inside Unit 2 TOKYO – Workers at Japan's has tested at radiation levels some damaged nuclear plant raced to 100,000 times normal amounts, pump out contaminated water plant operator Tokyo Electric suspected of sending radioactivity Power Co. said. levels soaring as officials warned Workers also discovered Monday that radiation seeping radioactive water in the deep from the complex was spreading trenches outside three units, with to seawater and soil. the airborne radiation levels The coastal power plant, located outside Unit 2 exceeding 1,000 140 miles northeast of Tokyo, has millisieverts per hour -- more than been leaking radiation since a four times the amount that the magnitude-9.0 quake on March 11 government considers safe for triggered a tsunami that engulfed workers, TEPCO said Monday. the complex. The wave knocked The five workers in the area at out power to the system that cools the time were not hurt, spokesman the dangerously hot nuclear fuel Takashi Kurita said. The pits are rods. designed as pathways to allow T h e f r a n t i c e f f o r t t o g e t workers to lay out drainage pipes temperatures down and avert a or electrical wires. widening disaster has been slowed As officials scrambled to a n d c o m p l i c a t e d b y f i r e s , determine the source of the explosions, leaks and dangerous radioactive water, Chief Cabinet spikes in radiation. Two workers Secretary Yukio Edano said the were burned after wading into contamination in Unit 2 appeared highly radioactive water, officials to be due to a partial meltdown of said. the reactor core. On Monday, workers resumed A TEPCO spokesman said the the laborious yet urgent task of presence of radioactive chemicals pumping out the hundreds of tons such as iodine and cesium point to of radioactive water inside several damaged fuel rods as the source. buildings at the six-unit plant. The However, pressure inside the water must be removed and safely containers holding the reactors stored before work can continue w a s s t a b l e , i n d i c a t i n g a n y to power up the plant's regular meltdown was only partial,
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spokesman Kaoru Yoshida said, suggesting that the core remains largely intact. New readings show contamination in the ocean has spread about a mile farther north of the nuclear site than before. Radioactive iodine-131 was discovered just offshore from Unit 5 and Unit 6 at a level 1,150 times higher than normal, Hidehiko Nishiyama, a spokesman for the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency, told reporters. Japan's nuclear watchdog, the Nuclear Safety Commission, said Monday its members -government-appointed experts who monitor the atomic industry - believe the radioactive water came from the containment vessel. It did not clearly state that the primary containment vessel, which protects the core, had been breached. It could take weeks to clear out the radioactive water, said Gary Was, a nuclear engineering professor at the University of Michigan. "Battling the contamination so workers can work there is going to be an ongoing problem," he said. Edano, the government spokesman, urged residents to stay out of the 12-mile evacuation
zone around the nuclear complex, saying contaminants posed a "big" health risk. He was responding to reports that people had been sneaking back in. Meanwhile, a strong earthquake shook the region and prompted a brief tsunami alert. The quake off the battered coast of Miyagi prefecture in the northeast was measured at magnitude 6.5, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. No damage or injuries were reported. Scores of strong earthquakes have rattled Japan over the past two weeks, adding to the sense of unease across Japan, where the final death toll from the March 11 disasters is expected to top 18,000 and hundreds of thousands remain homeless. Confusion at the plant has intensified fears that the nuclear crisis will last weeks, months or years amid alarms over radiation making its way into produce, raw milk and even tap water as far away as Tokyo. TEPCO officials said Sunday that radiation in leaking water in Unit 2 was 10 million times above normal -- an apparent spike that sent employees fleeing. The day ended with officials saying the huge figure had been miscalculated and was 100,000
times above normal, still very high but far better than the earlier results. "This sort of mistake is not something that can be forgiven," Edano said sternly Monday. TEPCO Vice President Sakae Muto promised better readings. "We will work hard to raise our precision in our work so as not to repeat this again," he said at a news conference. The crisis did not interrupt a yearly rite much loved by the Japanese: the start of the cherry blossom season. Cherry trees typically begin blooming in the south in March, in the capital days later, and in the chilly north in April -- the signal that spring has arrived. Pink and white buds appeared at the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo on Monday, the country's meteorological agency said. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ content-only/faq.php. Five Filters featured article: Libya and Oil.
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ending uncertainty about who would lead the allied effort. Submitted at 3/28/2011 11:02:07 AM Obama is expected to hail the Rebel fighters run through sand alliance's decision as proof he is dunes as fighting rages nearby making good on his pledge that against forces loyal to Muammar the United States -- with its forces Gaddafi, east of Sirt in eastern entangled in Iraq and Afghanistan Libya, March 28, 2011. -- will play only a limited role in a Credit: Reuters/Finbarr O'Reilly war in a third Muslim country. By Matt Spetalnick Rebel gains on the battlefield in WASHINGTON| Mon Mar 28, Libya could also give him a boost. 2011 12:02pm EDT But he still must reassure an WASHINGTON(Reuters) - American public preoccupied President Barack Obama faces the with domestic economic concerns c h a l l e n g e o n M o n d a y o f that intervention in Libya serves convincing Americans he has U.S. national interests and also clear aims and a U.S. exit strategy must overcome doubts that he has in the Libya conflict as he seeks a clear idea of an end game. to counter growing criticism from Obama, asked about Libya at a Congress. "town hall" public meeting on O b a m a , a c c u s e d b y m a n y education on Monday, said the lawmakers of failing to explain U.S. involvement would be the U.S. role in the Western air "limited both in time and in campaign against the forces of scope." Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, CRITICISM will try to define the mission's Obama's address to the American purpose and scope in a televised people marks his boldest move to address at 7:30 p.m. EDT. seize back control of the Libya Coalition allies will also be debate in Washington. listening closely. The speech Republicans have been the most comes just one day before a high- outspoken in their complaints that level conference in London billed he has failed to communicate as a discussion of political thoroughly the mission's goals, strategies to end Gaddafi's 41-year and some have chided him for not rule of his oil-exporting North seeking congressional approval. African nation. While most fellow Democrats are Obama's task was made easier still backing him, some see a lack when NATO agreed on Sunday to of a coherent exit plan. assume full responsibility for " T h i s p o l i c y h a s b e e n military operations in Libya, characterized by confusion,
indecision and delay," Republican Senator John McCain told Fox News on Sunday. "It's no wonder that Americans are confused as to exactly what our policy is because on one hand they say it's humanitarian, on the other hand they say Gaddafi must go." White House officials defend Obama's cautious approach as necessary to forge a coalition, including Arab support, and deny any failure to articulate U.S. objectives. Obama has said the purpose of the U.N.-approved military action was to protect civilians, not to oust Gaddafi. However, he has made no secret of his desire to see Gaddafi go. What remains unclear, however, is what happens if Gaddafi stays in power despite a no-fly zone and air strikes. Obama has yet to address that scenario -- aside from reiterating that U.S. ground forces would not be used -- and it was not known how far he would go in his speech at the military's National Defense University in Washington. • Tweet this • Share this • Link this • Digg this • Email • Reprints We welcome comments that advance the story directly or with
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Vegan Body Cleanses Kaeng Raeng is a New Way to Lose Weight & Stay Healthy (TrendHunter.com)
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Daily Mail Group sees regional advertising plunge
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Daily Mail & General Trust has reported a 12pc decline in
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Syrian forces fire to disperse Deraa protest
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Submitted at 3/28/2011 9:57:37 AM
A burnt poster depicting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (R) and his father late president Hafez alAssad, is seen at the entrance of the Baath party's office that was burnt by protesters in the town of Nawa, near the southern Syrian city of Deraa, in this picture taken March 26, 2011. Credit: Reuters/via Your View DAMASCUS| Mon Mar 28, 2011 10:57am EDT DAMASCUS(Reuters) - Syrian forces opened fire to disperse hundreds of protesters in Deraa calling for an end to emergency laws on Monday, but demonstrators regrouped despite a heavy troop deployment, a witness said. At least 61 people have been killed in 10 days of antigovernment protests in the southern city, posing the most serious challenge to President Bashar al-Assad's rule. Assad has yet to respond to the demonstrations, which have spread to the port city of Latakia and Hama, but Vice President Farouq al-Shara said Assad would give an important speech in the next two days. The demonstrators in Deraa
converged on a main square chanting: "We want dignity and freedom" and "No to emergency laws," the witness said. He said security forces fired in the air for several minutes, but protesters returned when they stopped. Security forces have reduced their presence in recent days in the poor, mostly Sunni city, but residents said on Monday they had returned in strength. "(Security forces) are pointing their machine guns at any gatherings of people in the area near the mosque," said a trader, referring to the Omari Mosque which has been a focal point of demonstrations in the city. Abu Tamam, a Deraa resident whose house overlooks the mosque, said soldiers and central security forces occupied almost every meter outside the mosque. Another resident said snipers had repositioned on many key buildings. "No one dares to move," he said, speaking before Monday's demonstration began. Such demonstrations would have been unthinkable a couple of months ago in Syria, where the Baath Party has been in power for nearly 50 years but now faces the wave of Arab revolutionary sentiment which has toppled
leaders in Egypt and Tunisia. EMERGENCY LAWS Vice President Shara said Assad would give an important speech in the next two days that would "assure the people," according to the official news agency, SANA. Assad has been criticized by the West and even close ally Turkey, Syria's northern neighbor, for using violence against peaceful protesters. At home he is facing growing demands to scrap emergency law, which was imposed by the Baath Party when it took power in a 1963 coup, to release thousands of political prisoners, allow freedom of speech and assembly and curb the free reign the security apparatus has in the country of 22 million. "I think he is not decided on whether to go on television and try to defuse the situation or choose an even more brutal crackdown route," a senior diplomat in Damascus said. Lawyers say emergency law has been used by authorities to ban protest, justify arbitrary arrests and closed courts and give free rein to the secret police. "I do not see Assad scrapping emergency law without replacing it with something just as bad," he added.
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lighthouse wrote: Gaddafi’s fault, please ignore. proodsyria wrote: Please be realistic, that is not possible at all. Just publishing news based on a witness… then I could be a witness and say many army peaople killed from protesters and you should publish this as well. Please do not put fuel on fire, do not get involve to serve one part of the issue. Wish you do not ignore this as usual and let it go to the comment SyrianVoice wrote: please do not just announce News based on witnesses !!,my family lives there and i was told nothing as such was happens ,you are widely effective and professional why you broadcast news based on witnesses? 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: Libya and Oil.
McAfee: Change In Corporate Culture Leaves Businesses Vulnerable To Hackers
Nicholas Deleon (TechCrunch)
Submitted at 3/28/2011 9:51:42 AM
McAfee, the computer security company, has issued a fresh warning to the world’s corporations and other large organizations. The firm has warned that hackers now have these bodies fully in their sights, and that a combination of the decentralization of the workplace (thanks to to proliferation of mobile devices and the like) and the move to the cloud means inhouse security technicians have their work cut out for them. And since there’s a market out there for stolen corporate secrets, you can bet that the bad guys aren’t going to stop anytime soon. Read more…
Wingsuit flight over Monterrey, Mexico [video]
Submitted at 3/28/2011 11:44:00 AM
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glide through the mountains of Monterrey, Mexico with nothing more than a wingsuit, helmet, and camera crew. Footage of the
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Rebels push west before Libya crisis talks
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including a quick ceasefire, exile for Gaddafi and dialogue between rebels and tribal leaders. A rebel fighter runs through sand Russia criticized the Western dunes as fighting rages nearby intervention that has turned the against forces loyal to Muammar tide in the conflict, saying it Gaddafi some 80 km (50 miles) amounted to taking sides in a civil east of Sirt in eastern Libya, war and breached the terms of a March 28, 2011. United Nations Security Council Credit: Reuters/Finbarr O'Reilly resolution. By Angus MacSwan The French and British leaders NAWFALIYAH, Libya| Mon called for supporters of Gaddafi to Mar 28, 2011 12:00pm EDT abandon him and asked Libyans NAWFALIYAH, Libya(Reuters) opposing him to join a political - Rebels advanced toward the process to pave the way for his birthplace of Libyan leader departure. Muammar Gaddafi on Monday, "Gaddafi must go immediately," f i r i n g m o r t a r s a n d h e a v y President Nicolas Sarkozy and machineguns in sporadic clashes Prime Minister David Cameron with loyalist forces. said in a joint statement. "We call Emboldened by Western-led air on all his supporters to drop him strikes against Gaddafi's forces, before it is too late." the rebels took the town of In the nine days since the start of Nawfaliyah and moved toward the Western-led bombing, the Sirte, the leader's birthplace and motley volunteer force of rebels an important military base, in the has pressed half-way along the sixth week of an uprising against coast from its stronghold of his 41-year rule. Benghazi toward the capital Diplomatic activity accelerated Tripoli, regaining control of all on the eve of a 35-nation meeting major oil terminals in the east of in London Tuesday to discuss the the OPEC member state. crisis in the oil-producing North A U.S. Treasury Department African country. official said the rebels cold sell Italy proposed a political deal Libyan crude oil without being
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subject to U.S. sanctions if they conducted transactions outside the National Oil Corp and other sanctioned entities in Gaddafi's administration. Monday the rebels met sporadic resistance as they continued their advance in convoys of pick-up trucks with machineguns mounted on them. Just west of sandy, barren Nawfaliyah, bursts of sustained machinegun fire and the whoosh of several rockets could be heard, and plumes of black smoke rose ahead. "Our guns are trying to get the Gaddafi people," said Faisal Bozgaia, 28, a hospital worker turned rebel fighter. "Those are from our guns," he told Reuters, pointing to the smoke columns. Rebels said occasional ambushes by Gaddafi forces had pushed them back but that they later regained their positions. "We were fighting here with Gaddafi forces. We are advancing one, two kilometers at a time," rebel Khalif Ali, 22, said in the town of Harawah, west of Nawfaliyah. But the rapid advance is stretching rebel supply lines.
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kc10man wrote: When Sirte falls, everyone will turn against him. Gaddafi better listen to the Arab union folks talking to him. He, and his family can still get a good exit deal. A billion bucks, and get back all his property in England. Take it assholle! AIRFORCE wrote: You Fight To Be A Man Your Whole Life, In Order To Protect The Children That You Wish To Be. GOD BLESS YOU ALL. chipata wrote: Gaddafi will pay for whatever is happening in Libya. He should have the heart of the innocent people he is killing. 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: Libya and Oil.
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Equitable Life campaigner vows to continue the fight for more compensation.
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Movie Review: ‘Certified Copy’
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Submitted at 3/28/2011 6:51:23 AM
In his first screen outing, opera singer William Shimell is nearly as impressive. He projects an Movie review: Certified Copy. elegant but manly presence quite It is a major auteur’s first befitting the character, and his production outside his native Iran, rich voice well serves the film’s featuring a British opera singer in heavy dialogue. his on-screen acting debut. Ultimately, “ Certified” is such Fittingly, their efforts were in an intelligent and inviting service of a film that explicitly encounter that it overcomes any challenges notions of authenticity. viewer resistance to its rather While there is indeed a bit of slippery nature. Indeed, it is a narrative gamesmanship afoot, the strange pleasure to submerse sophistication and seductiveness one’s self into, thanks to the of Abbas Kiarostami’s “ Certified charm of its leads, the Copy” is such that it may be craftsmanship of Kiarostami, and enjoyed at face value when it book talk, though he cheerfully stunning scenery—so far, so his director of photography. opens today in New York. admits he has no reasonable good. Shortly after a woman One of the best selections of last It is worth noting up front that excuse. No matter. His baritone mistakes them for a married year’s New York Film Festival, “ both Kiarostami and lead actress voice and erudite charm quickly couple, though, the dynamic Certified Copy” opens today Juliette Binoche condemned the win back the restive crowd. (March 11) in New York at the abruptly changes. Iranian government’s arrest of However, one woman in the front The woman is now much more IFC Center. f i l m m a k e r J a f a r P a n a h i , a t row reluctantly leaves early, forceful, while the formerly suave This movie was first reviewed by C a n n e s , w h e r e B i n o c h e literally pulled away by her m a n i s s u d d e n l y p e t t y a n d Joe Bendel during the New York eventually won best actress hungry son. Clearly she has also petulant. Are the characters play- Film Festival and is republished h o n o r s f o r h e r w o r k i n “ fallen under the speaker’s spell, acting or is Kiarostami playing here from the Oct. 1 edition of Certified.” though she vehemently disagrees with us? Either way, we have just The Epoch Times. One wonders if Kiarostami will with Miller’s premise. Joe Bendel writes about heard some very smart have trouble in shooting future An amateur art historian, Miller discussions about grown-up independent film and jazz and projects outside the Islamist wrote a treatise extolling the value issues, against an evocative “ La lives in New York. To read his prison of Iran. At least in this of replicas, de-coupling notions of Dolce Vita” backdrop. One of the most recent articles, please visit case, he certainly made the most value and authenticity from each w o r l d ’ s f i n e s t ( a n d m o s t jbspins.blogspot.com. of his romantic Tuscan locales, other. As an antiquities dealer, the beautiful) screen thespians, This entry passed through the which genuinely sparkle through unnamed woman sees things more Binoche again demonstrates that Full-Text RSS service — if this is cinematographer Luca Bigazzi’s conventionally, but even her son women can be sensitive and your content and you're reading it lens. perceives her interest in the vulnerable without being weak or on someone else's site, please read As “ Certified” opens, the writer. In fact, she is visibly compliant. As the woman, she our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ audience (both in the theater and nervous when the writer agrees to essentially takes on a number of content-only/faq.php. Five Filters in the film) is staring at an empty meet her before his evening flight. roles so convincingly that it featured article: Libya and Oil. chair. Eventually it is filled by They spar good-naturedly over makes it difficult to truly know British author James Miller, aesthetics and soak up the what to make of “ Certified.” unapologetically late for his own
76 Artistic Tentacles From Sea Creature Shoots to Creepy Squid Masks (TrendHunter.com)
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Submitted at 3/28/2011 10:53:02 AM
( TrendHunter.com) Octopi are known for their long tentacles and sticky suction cups and these artistic tentacles take inspiration from their odd appendages. Along with squids, octopi are one of the strangest and most mysterious...
Pulse News Reader Updates with Easier Setup and Better Social Importing [Updates]
Kevin Purdy (Lifehacker)
Submitted at 3/28/2011 7:10:00 AM
Android/iOS: Pulse, the elegant mobile reader for news and feeds, has updated with some notable improvements. Among them are easy importing of your prime items from Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, and other social spots, along with an easy way to load in "packs" of feeds for news, sports, tech, or other topics. More »
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App of the Week: Instapaper 3.0.1
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Submitted at 3/28/2011 6:18:43 AM
READING ON THE GO: A screenshot of Instapaper displaying an article in The Atlantic. The reading app lets users grab content from the Web for later reading. (Tan Truong/ The Epoch Times) Instapaper is a smart twist on the eReader app. Unlike other apps such as Kindle, iBooks, or other eReaders which boast of giving you access to massive libraries of books, Instapaper lets you use the World Wide Web as your library. In other words, if you can find it on the Web, you can add it to Instapaper. But if you can read it in your Web browser, you may ask yourself, why would you need anything else? Your browser may very well be good enough for general reading, but it’s not always available to you such as when you’re beyond a wireless signal. Additionally, your browser is not optimized for an extended reading experience. Instapaper takes your content, saves it to your iPhone, reformats it for the small screen, and wraps it up in an interface built for serious reading. Instapaper makes adding content very easy by including a built-in Web browser.
If you happen to be in Safari, you just copy the address of the Web page and once you come back to Instapaper, it will recognize that you had just copied a Web address and prompt you to add it to your collection. Like many eReaders, Instapaper has many of the same options such as reversing the colors for nighttime reading, changing the font size, changing margins and line spacing, and offers a
degree of polish in some of its presentation. For example, there is no full-screen mode to reduce distractions and the text is also not justified, giving your document a ragged right margin. Even the settings for the user interface are scattered in several locations instead of being accessible from just one location. One ironic point is that although Instapaper provides for an offline reading experience, you must establish an account and add your documents to their website before you can begin reading your documents. This has advantages, however, because it acts as a cloud service and provides you access to your documents even as you switch devices or log in through their website. The developer also added a feature that allows you to share documents with your friends. This definition look-up function. can be quite useful for Instapaper also makes clever use collaborations as well as for of the accelerometer to control the discovering new material to read. direction and rate of scrolling. Instapaper sells for $4.99. This is a nice alternative for when This entry passed through the you just don’t feel like flicking Full-Text RSS service — if this is through your reading material. To your content and you're reading it satisfy all possible preferences, on someone else's site, please read Instapaper even offers tapping as our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ yet another way to page through a content-only/faq.php. Five Filters document. Although Instapaper featured article: Libya and Oil. offers a multitude of ways to customize the controls, it lacks a
Has Anyone Else Noticed That Gold Has Been Garbage?
Joe Weisenthal (Money Game)
Submitted at 3/28/2011 10:29:16 AM
Rebooting the News today at Noon Eastern
Submitted at 3/28/2011 10:37:32 AM
Has anyone else noticed that gold has been garbage for months now? You'd think that with a weakening dollar (against other major currencies) and uncertainty out the wazoo in Japan, Europe, and the Mideast, that gold might be able to catch a bid. But nope, not really. Here's a look at GLD (the big gold ETF). It's basically right where it was in Mid November. Of course, silver is doing much better. Join the conversation about this story » See Also: • Qaddafi And The Hidden Pot Of Gold In Libya • Goldman Predicts A Big Move Higher In Gold • Dylan Grice Explains How The First Credit Crunch Happened In Rome, Why We Are Repeating The Same Mistakes, And Why Gold Is A Good Buy
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according to two sources. The information related to whether the White House was controlling the oil spill message. In May 2010, amid media concerns that access to impacted areas was being restricted, a Coast Guard public affairs official told The Associated Press that the White House had to sign off on all requests for tours of the spill zone. In response, the White House referred questions to Coast Guard Lt. Commander Rob Wyman who told The Associated Press that the official's description of the process was incorrect and that all requests from media were "decided on by the command center in Robert, La." Those assertions contradict the findings of the newly released report, and administration officials did not deny that the official's initial assessment was correct after all. An e-mail to Wyman Sunday seeking comment
was not returned. The administration official, meanwhile, dismissed the report, which offers no direct attribution for its statements, as little more than "an opinion piece." Only six pages of the 167 pages address the issue of "external communications," with the rest of the report analyzing other aspects of the response like other recent reports have. "Compared to the meticulously researched and sourced Oil Spill Commission Report (released Wednesday), this one is sufficiently lacking in both and, as such, is being received accordingly," the official said. The official said the report "is just one of many reports that have and will continue to inform the Coast Guard's efforts to prepare for and respond to a catastrophic oil spill." The report, officially dubbed an "Incident Specific Preparedness
Review," was authored by an 11member team of representatives from inside and outside government. Nearly 100 people were interviewed by the team, more than a third of them current or former Coast Guard officials. Four DHS officials and two White House officials were interviewed. The report was finalized in January. Perhaps ironically, some within the Coast Guard wanted to issue a press release two weeks ago announcing the report's release, but those efforts were quashed. 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: Libya and Oil.
iPad 2 sells out internationally
First Americans arrived at least 15,500 years ago [video]
Submitted at 3/28/2011 10:48:00 AM
Evidence found at a dig site about 40 miles northwest of Austin in central Texas suggests people lived in the area 2,500 years earlier than previously thought, rewriting what anthropologists know about when the first inhabitants arrived in North America.
The researchers found nearly 16,000 artifacts, including projectile points and knives, in layers dating back to 15,500 years ago. “Most of these are chipping debris from the making and resharpening of tools, but over 50 are tools. There are bifacial artifacts that tell us they were making projectile points and knives at the site. There are expediently made tools
and blades that were used for cutting and scraping," says Michael Waters, professor of anthropology at Texas A&M University. Full story at Futurity. More research news from top universities. Permalink| Leave a comment »
as outlets such as Best Buy and Future Shop had run out of the new iPad. And in Australia, the After launching Friday in 25 iPad 2 also sold out over the countries outside the U.S., Apple's weekend at Apple stores and third iPad 2 was already sold out by -party retailers, according to the Saturday afternoon across major Australian. markets, according to several France saw a similar situation, reports. according to Fortune, with one The long lines of iPad 2 buyers in shopper at Apple's Opera Store in the United Kingdom apparently Paris saying that more than 3,000 scooped up all the available stock iPad 2s were sold in just five from Apple's stores and other hours, with the store eventually retail outlets throughout the running out by late Saturday country. afternoon. The French Web site Speaking with Apple stores in MacBidouille said that the first Regent Street and Covent Garden eager buyers waited in line for 30 areas in London, the Web site hours. Pocket-Lint found that supplies Prospective iPad 2 buyers in the were depleted on Saturday with United States have run into the no more stock expected yesterday same long lines and depleted and no indication of new iPad 2s stock since the tablet's launch in today. The situation was generally mid-March. But the tablet's online the same at other major retail availability recently eased a bit. chains in London, including PC Online wait times for the tablet in World, Curry's, Phones4U, and the U.S. shrunk last week to three Carphone Warehouse. to four weeks from four to five Outside of London, Apple stores weeks. in such areas as Birmingham, This entry passed through the Manchester, and Bristol also ran Full-Text RSS service — if this is out of the tablet, while a sales rep your content and you're reading it told Pocket-Lint that there's no on someone else's site, please read iPad 2 stock at all in the whole our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ area of South West England. content-only/faq.php. Five Filters Looking at Canada, Electronista featured article: Libya and Oil. found that several of the Apple stores across the country as well
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The New Rules: Managing Global Supply Chains a Key U.S. Advantage
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Submitted at 3/28/2011 1:50:00 AM
extended and dramatically expanded in their throughput capacity. While many in the West fret over But most crucially, the West will the challenge of "rebalancing" the have the opportunity to extend global economy after the recent transparency as well. Think about global financial crisis, several a n y d e f i n i t i o n o f " b l a c k trends suggest that the field of globalization" out there, whether supply chain management could t e r r o r i s m , d r u g a n d h u m a n offer a key advantage for an trafficking or other transnational America eager to double its criminal networks. They will all exports by 2014. On the surface, be considerably constrained by supply chain management might trusted supply chains that connect n o t s o u n d t o o s e x y , b u t the world's emerging middle class u n d e r s t a n d t h i s : I n t o d a y ' s to both jobs and higher standards globalization, neither companies of living. nor countries compete -- supply Second, American firms that used chains do. Companies like Wal- to view emerging markets like Mart have known this for some China and Brazil primarily in time. Thus, positioning America terms of their cheap labor "threat" to be the world's pre-eminent now realize that those countries provider of secure, transparent will provide our nation with most and efficient supply chains will of its export growth in the years ensure that our economy masters ahead. At Cold War's end, neither g l o b a l i z a t i o n ' s c o m p e t i t i v e country ranked among our top 15 landscape in the fullest sense. export destinations. Now, China Why? stands at No. 3 and Brazil sits at First, the world is undergoing an No. 8. And we're not just selling u n p r e c e d e n t e d g l o b a l them "stuff" -- supply chains infrastructure build-out, thanks to include management services globalization's still-rapid advance. provided as well as infrastructure Going forward, emerging and built and equipment or products frontier economies in Latin sold. America, Africa, the Middle East Third, software, communications and Asia will outspend the West and monitoring technologies by almost two-thirds on future associated with supply chain w a t e r , e l e c t r i c i t y a n d management have finally caught transportation infrastructure. With up with the vision we were all all that construction -- roughly sold back in the mid-to-late $40 trillion by 2030 -- global 1990s, where pulling a product off supply chains will be further the shelf in Wal-Mart tees up its
replacement in an Asian factory seconds later for delivery to the U.S. In truth, that promise has yet to be realized, primarily because a surprising amount of the upstream supply chain in Asia and, by extension, most of Asia's raw material suppliers in frontier economies -- mainly in Africa -remain far more pre-digital than one might imagine. But with the ongoing infrastructure build-out, much of that will change, and that change will create a strong market for U.S. technology and service exports. Companies like Wal-Mart are key drivers of integration in this process. For example, not too long ago, the Arkansas-based retail behemoth cut its worldwide product-delivery window from four days to three, sending shivers throughout global supply chains. All of a sudden, the world's biggest "big box" wanted all its suppliers to become 25 percent more efficient in their supply chain operations. Companies that missed that tighter deadline would suffer a fine deducted from their bill. Though a bitter pill, the move significantly improved globalization's vast networks without any government regulations. How does one make this heightened efficiency happen? The short answer is more transparency and increased flexibility. Legacy supply chain
management platforms are classically rigid "systems of record," meaning they can record what went wrong and when it went wrong. What they can't do is anticipate mistakes or breakdowns and recalibrate supply chains on the fly -- until now. Armed with powerful new software, the field of supply chain analytics, also called supply chain intelligence, enables stakeholders to see deeper into activities all along the chain and react faster to unexpected events than ever before, creating what noted industry analyst Lora Cecere calls "sense and respond" networks. As a result, analyst Jeremy Friedler notes, companies are no longer limited to measuring past performance. Instead, "analytics ties future and predictive performance together by analyzing trends based on millions of data points gathered from operational transactions in real time throughout the globe." So everything connects to everything else, across time as well. Such technology arrives just as our national security establishment is finally getting serious about systematically hardening all the supply chains running into and out of America against terrorist attack -- a stunningly ambitious and difficult agenda but likewise a national competitive advantage if done
well. Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security entered into a partnership with the World Customs Organization -meaning, with dozens of governments around the world -to strengthen the security and resilience of global supply chains. Project Global Shield, for example, focuses on the worldwide movement of dangerous chemicals. But frankly, this is the tip of the iceberg. The recent product scandals emanating from Chinese suppliers highlight another potential application. China's regulatory system resembles our own from several decades ago, and that's too bad, because China's cheaper medical drugs, supplies and equipment could do a whole lot to reduce medical costs here in the States -- if the quality of their supply chains could be guaranteed. If we want China's chains to get that much better, and quickly, then the answer is to sell them the equipment, technology and monitoring capacity necessary to elevate the transparency of their supply chains, making them -- but also us -- safer as a result. But there's no need to stop there. The same approach can be applied as far upstream in supply chains as possible, meaning not just improving connections between NEW page 28
BRICs Fall Flat on UNSC Libya Vote
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Submitted at 3/28/2011 1:41:00 AM
The U.S.-led intervention in Libya is now in full swing, thanks to a 10-0 vote by the U.N. Security Council in favor of authorizing military force. But the seeming unanimity of the vote belies key abstentions from a wary Germany as well as Brazil, Russia, India and China -- the four emerging economic powers known as the BRICs. The BRICs' abstentions raise difficult questions about the future of a rules-based international order at a time of relative U.S. decline. The BRICs' move seemed to be grounded in their longtime allergy to Western-led military operations. Couched in language of humanitarian concern, their national leaders' reactions to the vote were quick to acknowledge the problematic situation on the ground in Libya, but pointed to a military response as a dangerous escalation. Of course, these same countries are prone to jettisoning their squeamishness over military action when it suits their immediate needs. Writing in the Daily Beast, Shirin Tahir-Kheli, a former U.S. delegate to the U.N., noted India's spotty record on intervention: "In 1971, when brutal action by the Pakistani military against people in what was until then East Pakistan resulted in civilian deaths through a disproportionate use of force, India moved its
military into East Pakistan citing humanitarian concerns." Likewise, Moscow's stated rationale during its 2008 intervention in Georgia read like a passage from the responsibility to protect handbook, even though allegations of Georgianperpetrated genocide circulating at the time were later found to be fabricated. Still, the BRICs have consistently opposed military action when their direct interests are not at stake, so their stance now is no great surprise. What is surprising is that this opposition failed to translate into "no" votes, particularly from veto-wielding Russia and China. Writing at the National Interest, the Cato Institute's Ted Galen Carpenter speculated that Washington must have engaged in diplomatic horsetrading to keep the resolution afloat. "Neither Moscow nor Beijing regards foreign policy as an altruistic enterprise," points out Carpenter. "The United States paid something to get them to abstain rather than cast a veto." While the abstentions may have allowed the four BRIC nations and Germany to register disapproval of intervention while avoiding blame for a massacre of Libyan civilians at the hands of Moammar Gadhafi's forces, the fence-sitting comes across as a sign of unwillingness to make difficult decisions in a time of crisis. Dhruva Jaishankar, a fellow at
India's Takshashila Institution, argues that there are two major possible outcomes of the coalition war: either Gadhafi defeats the rebels but is weakened in the process, or rebel forces force him out and take power themselves. "In neither scenario does India come out on top by abstaining," Jaishankar cautions. "Any successor regime is likely to begrudge India's decision, while Gadhafi, even if he intends on rewarding India's behavior, may be unable to deliver upon his promises." In this sense, the Security Council vote was a test of international engagement, one the BRIC countries -- and other "zero problems" powers like Turkey -failed. Rather than assert themselves as responsible guardians of international norms, as befits their geopolitical rise, these countries continue to avail themselves of the fruits of the global commons so long as it remains underwritten by Western military power. Equally telling was South Africa's vote in favor of the resolution. Set to accede to the BRIC group later this year, South Africa's putative regional leadership on the Libya question was rejected by the other members in favor of the familiar comforts of opposition. In other words, not only could the fivenation club of emerging powers not reach a consensus position, but it showed no deference to the regional expertise of one of its
members. Clearly, the future of both the responsibility to protect doctrine and the primacy of regional security architectures appear clouded without Western leadership. This sentiment was echoed last September by former Mexican Foreign Minister Jorge G. Castañeda in a presciently titled Foreign Affairs article, "Not Ready for Prime Time: Why Including Emerging Powers at the Helm Would Hurt Global Governance." "Not enough attention has been paid to the fact that although these countries are already economic powerhouses, they remain political and diplomatic lightweights," declared Castañeda, whose arguments perfectly forecasted BRIC waffling over Libya. "Given this, granting emerging economic powers a greater role on the world stage would probably weaken the trend toward a stronger multilateral system and an international legal regime that upholds democracy, human rights, nuclear nonproliferation and environmental protection." The BRICs' poor showing has likely undermined their bid for a larger role in global governance. And their collective abstention, coming after the Arab League had passed a resolution in support of action, simultaneously undermined multilateralism and the regional institutions it depends on at a crucial moment. Contrary to their concerns, the situation in
Libya is unlikely to set a significant precedent, in part because Europe, which spearheaded the case for intervention in Libya and has been a strong advocate for the responsibility to protect, remains limited by sharp internal divisions and a glaring lack of the operational capabilities needed for such an operation. The winner in all this, counterintuitively, is the United States. While the Obama administration has yet to overcome its difficulties in strategic communications, U.S. involvement began without bombast or the kind of openended commitment that typified interventions in Iraq and Afghanistan. For all the talk of U.S. decline, Washington has been able to simultaneously conduct two land wars and a massive humanitarian operation in Japan, all while remaining capable of checking Iran and taking the lead on Libya. This underscores a global presence and capability that will remain relevant, and remain welcome, for a while yet. Michael Hikari Cecire is the managing editor of Evolutsia.Net, a blogozine covering Georgian policy issues. Photo: Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, Chinese President Hu Jintao and Brazil's former President Luiz BRICS page 28
Libyan Crisis a Missed Opportunity for Turkey
(World Politics Review: Articles)
Submitted at 3/28/2011 2:02:00 AM
The uprising in Libya and the subsequent foreign military intervention there are providing a significant test for Turkey's stated desire to create a foreign policy that combines realism with idealism, while also highlighting the difficulty Ankara is facing in balancing its aspirations to become a more independent regional leader in the Middle East with its efforts to maintain its traditional alliances. Furthermore, the developments in Libya threaten to deepen ongoing tensions between Turkey and NATO as well as some of the alliance's member countries, in particular France. In recent years, Turkey has set lofty goals for its foreign policy, especially in the Middle East, where Ankara has sought to establish itself as a mediator, promoter of democratic values and even a restorer of regional "dignity." Speaking recently to an annual gathering of his diplomatic corps, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu laid out a vision that portrayed Turkey as "the frontrunner on the list of wise countries in the international community." Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, meanwhile, was among the most forceful regional voices calling for Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to step down during the recent mass
protests in Cairo. In a speech that he gave to the parliamentary group of his Islamic -rooted Justice and Development Party (AKP) in early February, Erdogan supplemented his appeal for Mubarak to step down with a bold vision of where Turkey's government stands regarding the wave of change sweeping through the Middle East. "The AK Party, not only in Turkey but all over the world, has always opposed the status quo and oppression, and supported aggrieved peoples without any fear or hesitation," Erdogan said. But the subsequent crisis in Libya found Ankara taking a significantly more cautious approach, initially opposing both the imposition of sanctions against the regime of Moammar Gadhafi and any NATO-led military intervention in the country. Far from the grand vision for regional change and justice that Erdogan put forward in his speech about Egypt, Turkish Foreign Ministry officials now said that they were taking a distinctly more realistic approach and looking at regional developments on a "case by case" basis. In the case of Libya, Turkey's considerations appeared to be heavily influenced by its deep economic interests there, particularly in the construction field, where it had won some $15.5 billion in tenders over the past five years, as well as by the
presence of more than 25,000 Turkish workers who needed to be hastily evacuated. But Turkey's criticism of the Gadhafi regime remained muted, even after the evacuation of Turkish citizens from Libya freed Ankara to take a tougher stance. Meanwhile, Erdogan's suggestion that the people of Libya "embrace each other and determine their own direction" at a time when Gadhafi was preparing to attack the rebel stronghold of Benghazi may have signaled a return to idealist rhetoric, but also seemed to be a woefully inadequate response to what many felt was an impending humanitarian disaster. Likewise, Turkish suggestions that diplomacy be "given a chance," at the same time that Gadhafi was promising brutal retribution against the rebels, also seemed out of touch with realities on the ground. Ankara has backed off from its initial opposition to NATO being involved in the Libya crisis and is now even expressing its willingness to take a leading role in the military operation there. But Turkey's initial position and its hard bargaining within NATO before finally agreeing to let the alliance take over military operations in Libya could reinforce a gathering impression that Ankara is acting as a spoiler and outlier within the organization. That impression first surfaced following Turkey's initial opposition to the appointment of
Anders Fogh Rasmussen as NATO's new secretary-general in 2009, and it was further established by the tough conditions Ankara initially set for joining the alliance's missile defense program. If not addressed, it could risk hardening into a dangerous split between Turkey and NATO. Meanwhile, relations between Turkey and France, which were already strained before the Libyan crisis because of differences over Ankara's European Union membership bid, appear to be heading towards an even rougher patch. Turkey was noticeably among the countries not invited to the Paris meeting that led to the start of military action against Libya, with French officials suggesting that Ankara's stated opposition to an intervention there disqualified it from attending. Turkish leaders, in response, have obliquely accused Paris of being motivated by oil concerns and seem to have made a priority of reducing the French leadership role in the Libyan operation. The fact that an ambitious middle power like France spearheaded the action in Libya highlights the ways in which the crisis represents a missed opportunity for Turkey to have assumed the kind of regional leadership role it aspires to play. While Erdogan, Davutoglu and other Turkish leaders have long talked about their desire to create a proactive Middle East foreign policy that
respects regional sensitivities, Ankara's undefined and overly accommodating approach to the Libyan crisis, at least in the early stages, left the door open for other actors to step in and assert their vision for how the problem should be resolved. Turkey, though, could look at Libya as a dress rehearsal. With unrest continuing in Yemen and especially in neighboring Syria -two countries where Ankara has recently been investing heavily in both political and economic terms -- Turkey is likely to be faced with some of the same, if not more-complicated, policy problems it faced in Libya. How Ankara chooses to confront those challenges could very well be an indicator of the lessons it has drawn from the Libyan crisis. Yigal Schleifer is a Washingtonbased journalist and analyst covering Turkey and the surrounding region. He is also the author of " Istanbul Calling," a blog covering Turkish foreign and domestic affairs. Photo: Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan (European Commission photo). 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: Libya and Oil.
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Chinese chains and American ones, but going through Chinese chains to reach embryonic ones now being constructed in frontier economies -- meaning, wherever China is buying raw materials. In sum, the answer does not lie in waiting for the next big terror attack to, once again, trigger more firewalling of the American economy, nor in retreating to "near-shoring" every time a natural disaster strikes a critical node in the supply chain. Instead, we should extend our supply chain monitoring technologies the world over, simultaneously promoting a more stable and efficient globalization while conquering new high-tech export markets. To that end, we don't need one great supply chain security center here in the U.S. to keep us safe; we need a network of operational centers spread across the world that fill in the global governance gaps currently plaguing the system. What's more, the private sector will drive this expansion/upgrade process far more than the public sector -- to wit, Wal-Mart's big move into southern Africa thanks to its significant investment in the local Massmart chain. Wal-Mart is there because there's an emerging middle class that craves
its marketing and supply skills, just like what happened previously in China. And anywhere Wal-Mart goes, American providers of supply chain management technologies and services ought to flourish as well, connecting frontier economies to emerging and developed ones. Nobody is going to give America a "rebalanced" global economy on a platter, least of all those ambitious Chinese. But there's no reason to label China as a pure enemy when as a "frenemy," it will suffice as a gateway to revitalizing U.S. technology exports. By improving America's supply chain connectivity to emerging markets like China, and in many instances partnering with Chinese firms as they "go global" in extending their own chains, U.S. firms can access and sell to that global "bottom of the pyramid" with the best of them. America was the original frontier economy, and we once knew how to do such frontier integration in our sleep. It's time to wake up from the dream of trade protectionism and put American firms back on the frontlines of globalization's continued expansion -- where they belong. Thomas P.M. Barnett is chief
analyst at Wikistrat and a contributing editor for Esquire magazine. His latest book is " Great Powers: America and the World After Bush" (2009). His weekly WPR column, The New Rules, appears every Monday. Reach him and his blog at thomaspmbarnett.com. Stephen F. DeAngelis is president and CEO of Enterra Solutions, LLC. He has more than two decades of expertise in running supply chain-focused technology companies and assisting corporate and governmental entities to become more sustainable and resilient to globalization's challenges. Photo: Wal-Mart Supercenter in São José do Rio Preto, Brazil (Photo by Arthur Jacob, licensed under the Creative Commons ShareAlike 3.0 Agreement). 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: Libya and Oil.
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10 Notorious Instances of Foreclosure Fraud
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Submitted at 3/28/2011 9:00:56 AM
It wasn't long ago that real estate investment truly seemed like a golden ticket. Housing prices skyrocketed as low interest rates and generous financing requirements encouraged more people than ever to venture into home ownership. But like many cases where things seem too good to be true, the real estate boom quickly revealed its dark side. The housing market plummeted in 2008 as massive numbers of homeowners began missing mortgage payments or walking away from homes they could no longer afford. Sadly, the mortgage crisis forced many homeowners into foreclosure -- after they failed to make home payments, their lenders exercised their legal rights to repossess the homes. The foreclosure process is long,
stressful and complicated, and it comes with an added risk: Con artists and scammers have come up with a variety of fraud schemes that target those involved in foreclosure [source: Miller]. Some foreclosure scams target homeowners on the brink of losing their homes. Others take aim at lenders, and some may even be inadvertently caused by banks overwhelmed by the high number of bad loans in their portfolios. We'll look at 10 of the most notorious foreclosure frauds in recent years, including both cases that made headlines and widespread issues that put homeowners at risk. 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: Libya and Oil.
Internet pioneer Paul Baran dies in Calif. at 84 (AP)
(Yahoo! News: Obituaries)
AP - Paul Baran (BARE'-un), in the 1960s has been credited whose work with packaging data with playing a key role in the later
development of the Internet, has died.
HTC Desire S Review
Chris Davies (SlashGear)
Submitted at 3/28/2011 9:10:51 AM
The original HTC Desire became one of the most popular Android smartphones of 2010, a compelling balance of screen-size, functionality and pricing that convinced us in our review and continued to convince buyers throughout the year. Now, HTC is back with the follow-up, the HTC Desire S. Question is, with dualcore Android phones already on the market, does the “S” stand for “sequel” or just “surpassed”? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut. Hardware The original Desire was HTC’s own-brand version of the Nexus One, the first Google Phone; since then, Google has partnered with Samsung on the Nexus S, leaving HTC to follow its own path with the Desire S. Smaller than the Desire, at 115 x 59.8 x 11.63 mm, and 5g lighter at 130g, the Desire S borrows the unibody stylings of the HTC Legend, with a wraparound fascia/backplate inset with soft-touch matte plastic camera and battery sections. Up front is a 3.7-inch Super LCD display running at WVGA resolution, the same number of pixels as the Desire but not AMOLED like the original. Underneath are the usual home, menu, back and search keys, now touch-sensitive rather than physical buttons, but thankfully still in the same order as on the Desire. No optical trackpad,
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screen magnifier. Above the screen there’s an LED indicator light, along with a front-facing VGA-resolution camera for video calls. On the left edge there’s an easily pressed volume bar, together with a microUSB port for charging, while the top edge has the power/ lock button and a 3.5mm headphone jack. As well as the camera, there’s a speaker on the upper back panel; the lower panel pulls off to reveal the SIM slot and microSD card slot, along with the easily-accessed 1,450 mAh battery. It’s a very successful design, hitting the aesthetic points with the matte finish and discrete splashes of chrome, along with satisfying usability. The slight “HTC chin” makes it easier to pull the Desire S from a pocket, while the lens for the 5-megapixel autofocus camera (paired with a single LED flash) is ever so slightly recessed so as to avoid scratching when placed on a table. In the hand it feels solid and creak -free, more premium than the plastic-backed Desire. It’s hard not to imagine that this could have been the design for the second Nexus, had Google stuck with HTC as a hardware partner. Inside, there’s Qualcomm’s single-core 1GHz MSM8255 processor, the same “Scorpion” chipset as powers the Desire HD and Incredible S. As with both those phones, the Desire S gets 768MB of RAM (along with 1.1GB of internal storage), 50percent more than you’d find in
the Desire. Connectivity includes dualband HSPA/WCDMA along with quadband GSM/EDGE, together with WiFi b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1. There’s also GPS, a g-sensor, digital compass, proximity sensor and ambient light sensor. Software Unlike the Incredible S, the HTC Desire S will hit the market running Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread, the first of HTC’s phones to launch with the latest iteration of the platform. On top is HTC Sense, the company’s combination UI, widget suite, app platform and online cloud system, and a newer version to what you’ll find on the Incredible S. Without looking at the system info page it’s hard to spot the transition to Gingerbread, so thorough is HTC’s reskin. As for Sense, you still get seven homescreens and various eyecatching widgets to fill them with, but now the menu draw is paginated into grids rather than free-scrolling. The Car Panel (a finger-stab scaled UI for using the Desire S while driving), Connected Media controller, Flashlight, FriendStream (for pulling in Facebook, Twitter and Flickr updates), HTC Hub, Locations, Peep (HTC’s own Twitter client), the Teeter game, Weather app and WiFi Hotspot app are all preloaded as normal, but now you also get a Mirror app which basically turns on the frontfacing camera and turns your smartphone into a replacement for a pocket mirror. Still, we know plenty of people who check their
hair and makeup using the shiny, reflective surfaces on their phones, so perhaps HTC is onto something. HTC Desire S demo: The pull-down Android status bar keeps the useful list of recentlyused apps running along the top, but adds a new tab at the bottom of the notifications section for Quick Settings. That has checkboxes for WiFi, Bluetooth WiFi Hotspot, GPS and Mobile Network power, along with a shortcut to the full settings menu. It’s a great use of the space, and saves the homescreen from being cluttered with power widgets. In the call options you can have the Desire S automatically reduce the ringtone volume when you pick up the handset, automatically set it louder when the phone is in a pocket or bag, and automatically switch on the speakerphone when the phone is flipped over. Flash Player 10.2 is supported, which means in-browser video streaming, animations and games. As with the Incredible S, the Desire S struggled with 720p HD video playback, warning that the video had not been optimized for mobile viewing and dropping frames (over a fast WiFi connection, not 3G) throughout the clip. However, the end result was still watchable, with no audio glitches. There’s no TV or film streaming, nor OnLive gaming service, as will debut on the Flyer tablet. While HTC has said other devices will get those services in time, it’s yet to confirm which models
exactly. No telling, either, whether the Desire S’ processor will be capable enough to run them (HTC has used a single-core 1.5GHz chip for the Flyer). Therein lies the flipside of the processor argument: a single-core 1GHz is sufficient today, but it’s harder to judge whether it might be up to scratch twelve months into the average two-year agreement, when the next OS update and batch of chipsetintensive apps are out. Also missing is the HTC video call app shown alongside the Desire S’ launch at MWC 2011 last month. In fact, out of the box there’s no video calling functionality; instead you’ll have to look to Skype or another thirdparty app in order to take advantage of the front-facing camera. Still, thanks to HTC’s Hub – which includes a download store for the company’s own apps – we imagine video calling can be added in later when it gets its official release. Camera Having been impressed with the 8-megapixel camera on the Incredible S, we had similarly high hopes for the Desire S’ camera. Unfortunately it’s not quite the same all-rounder. Stills are noticeably grainier, though still fair for a 5-megapixel unit, but macro shots are poor. While the Desire S shares the same touch-to-focus as the Incredible S, it simply couldn’t lock onto closeup subjects in the same way. Images generally can be blotchy and fuzzy, lacking detail in wider scenes, though mid-range subjects
look good. The VGA front camera produces, unsurprisingly, rubbish stills. Video fares better, with 720p HD on the Desire S coming through reasonably jerk-free, and as long as your pans are slow’n'smooth there’s only minimal tearing. The same touch-to-focus system can be used during video recording, automatically adjusting exposure and contrast as well, though there’s the same slight lens jump as the Incredible S displayed. HTC Desire S 720p HD video sample: Incidentally, while there’s no shortage of sharing options, HTC’s gallery shows one odd frustration by lacking a share button when you’re actually viewing a photo. The menu key pulls up slideshow, media streaming, “show on map”, photo details and options to set the image as wallpaper or something else, but if you want to send it as an email attachment or some other route, you need to back out and long-press on the thumbnail to get the “Share” command. HTC would do well to consider adding a dedicated camera button, and there’ll be those who wish the Desire S had an HDMI output. Instead you get DLNA streaming support. In short, it’s the same passable camera that the original Desire had, good enough for casual, everyday use but not – unlike the better smartphone optics we’re seeing – something you’d want to replace your HTC page 33
Intel 320 Series SSDs debut: up to 600GB
Chris Davies (SlashGear)
Submitted at 3/28/2011 10:44:53 AM
Intel has announced its latest SSD range, the 25nm-based 320 Series, replacing the existing X25 -M and slashing prices by up to $100. Available in 40-, 80-, 120-, 160, 300- and 600GB capacities, the third-gen SSDs more than double sequential write speeds as well, up to 220 MB/s sequential writes, together with up to 270 MB/s sequential reads. Unlike the SSD 510 Series, the 320 Series uses a 3Gbps SATA II interface rather than 6Gbps. The 320 Series is priced at 40GB at $89; 80GB at $159; 120GB at $209; 160GB at $289; 300GB at $529 and 600GB at $1,069 (in 1,000-unit quantities). Press Release: Intel Announces ThirdGeneration SSD: Intel® SolidState Drive 320 Series Features Enhanced Performance/ Reliability, Larger Capacities and 25nm Intel® NAND Flash Memory NEWS HIGHLIGHTS • Third-generation Intel® SSD 320 Series on 25-nm NAND flash memory offers 40-, 80-, 120-, 160 -GB plus higher capacity 300- and 600GB options. • Advanced architecture enables robust, reliable SSDs with enhanced security features for desktop/notebook PCs or server data center storage. • Performance, reliability upgrades enhance solid line of high-performing SSDs with up to
$100 price drop over current Intel® X25-M SSD model. SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 28, 2011 – Intel Corporation announced today its highly anticipated third-generation solidstate drive (SSD) the Intel® Solid -State Drive 320 Series (Intel® SSD 320 Series). Based on its industry-leading 25-nanometer
(nm) NAND flash memory, the Intel SSD 320 replaces and builds on its high-performing Intel® X25-M SATA SSD. Delivering more performance and uniquely architected reliability features, the new Intel SSD 320 offers new higher capacity models, while taking advantage of cost benefits from its 25nm process with an up
to 30 percent price reduction over its current generation. “Intel designed new quality and reliability features into our SSDs to take advantage of the latest 25nm silicon, so we could deliver cost advantages to our customers,” said Pete Hazen, director of marketing for the Intel Non-Volatile Memory (NVM)
Solutions Group. “Intel’s third generation of SSDs adds enhanced data security features, power-loss management and innovative data redundancy features to once again advance SSD technology. Whether it’s a consumer or corporate IT looking INTEL page 32
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to upgrade from a hard disk drive, or an enterprise seeking to deploy SSDs in their data centers, the new Intel SSD 320 Series will continue to build on our reputation of high quality and dependability over the life of the SSD.” The Intel SSD 320 is the next generation of Intel’s client product line for use on desktop and notebook PCs. It is targeted for mainstream consumers, corporate IT or PC enthusiasts who would like a substantial performance boost over conventional mechanical hard disk drives (HDDs). An SSD is more rugged, uses less power and reduces the HDD bottleneck to speed PC processes such as boot up and the opening of files and favorite applications. In fact, an upgrade from an HDD to an Intel SSD can give users one of the single-best performance boosts, providing an up to 66 percent gain in overall system responsiveness.1 The Intel SSD 320 Series comes in 40 gigabyte (GB), 80GB, 120GB, 160GB and new higher capacity 300GB and 600GB versions. It uses the 3 gigabit-persecond (3gbps) SATA II interface to support an SSD upgrade for the more than 1 billion SATA II PCs installed throughout the world. Continuing to offer highperforming random read and write speeds, which most affect a user’s daily computing experience, the Intel SSD 320 produces up to
39,500 input/output operations per second (IOPS) random reads and 23,000 IOPS random writes on its highest-capacity drives. In addition, the company has more than doubled sequential write speeds from its second generation to 220 megabytes-per-second (MB/s) sequential writes and still maintains one of the highest read throughputs at up to 270 MB/s sequential reads. This greatly improves a user’s multitasking capabilities. For example, a user can easily play background music or download a video, while working on a document with no perceivable slow down. Already one of the most solidperforming SSDs over time, Intel continues to raise the bar on SSD reliability in the way it has architected its third generation, using proprietary firmware and controller, to further demonstrate that not all solid-state drives are created equal. In this rendition, Intel creatively uses spare area to deploy added redundancies that will help keep user data protected, even in the event of a power loss. It also includes 128-bit Advanced Encryption Standard capabilities on every drive, to help protect personal data in the event of theft or loss. “Solid-state drives continue to be one of the hottest trends in computing,” said Bernard Luthi, vice president of marketing, Web management and customer service at leading e-retailer Newegg.com.
“Intel remains a top brand because of its consistent performance and extremely low return rate. We are sure customers will welcome the new higher capacity drives, and now is a great time for consumers to upgrade their PC to a fast new SSD.” Intel SSD 320 prices, based on 1,000-unit quantities, are as follows: 40GB at $89; 80GB at $159; 120GB at $209; 160GB at $289; 300GB at $529 and 600GB at $1,069. Check retailers/e-tailers for consumer pricing. All models include a limited 3-year warranty from Intel. “With recent announcements, we have expanded our SSD product line and now offer both consumers and computer OEMs more SSD choices,” said Tom Rampone, vice president and general manager, Intel NVM Solutions Group. “We see the Intel SSD 320 as a solid advancement to our SSD roadmap, and will continue to upgrade and refresh our SSD product line as we add more enterprise options for our business customers throughout the year.” Another benefit for Intel SSD purchasers is the Intel® SSD Toolbox with Intel® SSD Optimizer, a free utility which provides Microsoft Windows* users with a powerful set of management, information and diagnostic tools to help maintain the health and out-of-box performance of the drive. To help
ease the installation process, all Intel SSD users can download the free Intel® Data Migration Software to help clone the entire content of a previous storage drive (SSD or HDD) to any Intel SSD. Intel SSDs can be purchased in the United States from such retailers as Best Buy or Fry’s Electronics, plus a variety of resellers, retailers or Internet etailers such as Newegg.com or Amazon.com worldwide. To download the multimedia press kit go to www.intel.com/pressroom/ kits/ssd. A special enterprise addendum for data center customers and more information on Intel SSDs can be found at www.intel.com/go/ssd. Follow Intel SSDs on Twitter: @intelssd, Facebook: Intel Solid State Drive ( O f f i c i a l ) o r communities.intel.com. Relevant Entries on SlashGear • Intel Sandy Bridge roadmap leaks • Intel X-25M and X25-V SSDs now in Best Buy stores • Intel Super Spinner X18M and X25M SSD get price break • Kingston now offering rebranded Intel solid-state drives • Corsair adds new F60, F120, and F240 SSDs to line
Jane Goodall’s field notes digitized [video]
Submitted at 3/28/2011 10:40:00 AM
In July 1960, Jane Goodall began meticulously recording the behavior of chimpanzees in Africa. That effort has continued uninterrupted for 50 years, and now the resulting data is being digitized for future generations. The collection includes all of Goodall’s notes, including her very first observation, along with narratives in English and Swahili, check-sheets, hand-drawn maps, video, and photographs. “Jane Goodall’s contribution to primate studies simply cannot be overstated,” says Anne Pusey, who began working with Goodall in Africa in 1970 and will oversee the project housed at Duke University. “She helped establish a new way of studying animals in the wild, and inspired countless others to follow in her footsteps. We’re delighted to have Dr. Goodall visiting us to see what we’re doing with her data, and to meet with the students and faculty who are making the work she started even more valuable." Full story at Futurity. More research news from top universities. Permalink| Leave a comment »
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dedicated camera with. Phone and Performance As a phone, the Desire S proved capable; callers had no issues with audio performance, and we were able to hear them loud and clear through the earpiece. The speaker could do with being a little louder, mind. Reception was a step up from the last-gen hardware; compared to a Nexus One on the same network, the Desire S managed to cling more tenaciously to a signal in a known poor coverage area. While having two cores in your smartphone is likely to be the fashionable push in 2011, the Desire S is ample evidence that a good balance of hardware and software can deliver a polished user-experience without demanding the fastest (and most energy-guzzling) chip around. Interestingly, despite having the same chipset/RAM as the Incredible S, the Desire S only scored 1147 in Quadrant benchmarking; the Incredible S managed 1559. Nonetheless, the 1GHz Snapdragon proved enough to keep the smartphone moving on at a fair lick, with apps loading with little in the way of delay. Battery
HTC quotes up to 435 minutes of WCDMA talktime (up to 590 minutes GSM) or up to 455 hours of WCDMA standby (430 hours GSM) from a full charge of the 1,450 mAh battery. In practice, with push Gmail turned on, and a mixture of browsing, messaging, some photography and a couple of short calls, the Desire S ran for a full day. Less intensive use and you could probably extend that into a second day, though if you’re a fan of streaming media then you’ll likely discover that has a particularly large impact on battery life. Still, the smaller display than the Incredible S and Desire HD pays dividends. WrapUp Back when we reviewed the HTC Desire, almost twelve months to the day, the smartphone was at the cutting edge of Android devices. Tagging on the coat-tails of the Nexus One, it closely followed Google’s example of a sizable screen, fast processor and up-todate software, shaping up as a solid all-rounder. The Desire S launches into a very different market, one where 4inch screens and larger are common, where dual-core processors are appearing among
the high-end devices, and where expectations of Android are greater than ever. In that line-up, the Desire S is no longer the HTC flagship but its solid, mid-range phone: the handset for the everyman (or indeed everywoman) rather than an aspirational phone for bleedingedge early adopters. To meet that brief it has to be even more consistent, even more complete, something that all users can get to grips with. On that front HTC’s mixture of preloaded apps hits most of the key areas, video calling aside. The Sense UI is easy to navigate and, with these latest tweaks, not lacking in functionality, while the online suite of location-tracking, sync and remote access services flesh out the Android experience in a way neither Google nor any other OEM producing Android phones delivers. The lingering question is “what’s next?” and with dual-core devices already on the market (though not, yet, from HTC itself) the Desire S goes up against faster, more future -proofed smartphones. Those cautious early adopters may do better waiting for the HTC Pyramid, expected to not only
double the cores but throw a higher-resolution, qHD display into the mixture as well. Still, the Pyramid will be expensive, and the good thing about the Desire S is that its midrange focus should mean a reasonably affordable price tag. At the beginning we asked if the “S” in HTC Desire S stood for “sequel” or “surpassed”, but in fact it’s more likely for “solid” – reliable hardware, well-crafted software, and on track to be another HTC best-seller. Relevant Entries on SlashGear • HTC Desire hits Vodafone April 8th • August US launch for HTC Desire confirmed • HTC Desire hits U.S. Cellular today • Black Edition HTC Desire hits Orange UK late April • HTC Desire Z dropping sooner & cheaper says Amazon; new HTC Desire HD listing tips £540 price
Natalie Avoids Any Black Swan Controversy During a Day Out With Benjamin
Allie Merriam (PopSugar)
Submitted at 3/28/2011 9:18:38 AM
Liz Taylor's Greatest Looks
(HowStuffWorks Daily Feed)
Submitted at 3/28/2011 9:00:56 AM
many marriages and, you know, everything else, we thought we'd take a look at some of your most Screen legend Elizabeth Taylor iconic looks. has died at age 79. We'll miss Above, actress Elizabeth Taylor you, Liz! And while we're poses for a portrait on the set of remembering your great movies, the movie 'Giant' which was
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Natalie Portman hopped into a taxi in NYC yesterday afternoon with her fiancé, Benjamin Millepied, following closely behind. The couple had a day out together in the city after a few outings for just Natalie and her pup Whiz. She's now gearing up for the release of her new movie Your Highness, but it's her Academy Award-winning film Black Swan that has the Ivy League-educated star back in the headlines. Her ballet dancer body double continues to make claims that she did most of the work in the thriller, but Benjamin leaped to Natalie's defense recently to say she really appeared in at least 85 percent of the scenes. View Slideshow ›
Technology/ Culture/ Products/
Yahoo exec rips Google for overpaying for YouTube
attendees the price that Google paid was "still crazy." Then, it was on. Someone from Yahoo has Google's Neeraj Arora defended accused Google of overpaying for his company by saying YouTube YouTube. had already paid for itself, to Google CEO E r i c which Mitzenmacher responded Schmidt(Credit: Elinor Mills/ by whipping out his phone to find CNET) comments made by Google CEO Oh, the irony. Eric Schmidt about how YouTube Steven Mitzenmacher, a Yahoo had yet to turn a profit. One of the senior director of corporate l o n g e s t - r u n n i n g d e b a t e s i n development, is skeptical that I n t e r n e t v i d e o i s w h e t h e r Google has recouped the $1.65 Y o u T u b e i s p r o f i t a b l e . billion the search company paid in But what's humorous about O c t o b e r 2 0 0 6 t o a c q u i r e Mitzenmacher's "crazy" statement YouTube, the Web's top video- is that a Yahoo exec would sharing site. According to a story criticize anyone for flubbing the in The Wall Street Journal, valuation of an acquisition. In Mitzenmacher was speaking on a 1999, Yahoo paid $5. 7 billion panel at the Global Technology paid to Mark Cuban and the other Symposium in Menlo Park on founders for Broadcast.com, an Friday. Also on the panel were Internet radio service. This is execs from LinkedIn, Adobe and generally regarded as one of the Google. worst acquisitions of the dot com T h e p a p e r r e p o r t e d era. And how about the $3.6 Mitzenmacher was ballyhooing billion Yahoo paid the same year Yahoo's plans for "a very big for GeoCities, the Web hosting year" of acquisitions and vowed service? How much did Yahoo the company would come out get back on that deal? "guns blazing." He offered a More recently there was Maven sample of his blazing guns by N e t w o r k s , a W e b - v i d e o taking a shot at a deal that's over distribution service, which Yahoo four years old. He told conference a c q u i r e d f o r a r e l a t i v e l y
Submitted at 3/28/2011 11:07:40 AM
would be a competing offer-because of who Google was-paying much more than they were worth. In the deal dynamics, the price, remember, is not set by my judgment or by financial model or discounted cash flow. It's set by what people are willing to pay. And we ultimately concluded that $1.65 billion included a premium inexpensive $160 million, only to for moving quickly and making shut it down less than two years sure that we could participate in later. the user success in YouTube." In addition, Schmidt has already Mitzenmacher's question, acknowledged paying a $1 billion however, is relevant. Google premium for YouTube. never offers a straight answer "I believe YouTube was worth a b o u t w h e t h e r Y o u T u b e i s somewhere around $600 million profitable or not. We may have to to $700 million," Schmidt said wait until YouTube ever generates during a 2009 deposition taken as enough profits to be material to part of the copyright lawsuit filed the company, in which case the against Google by Viacom. Later company would be obligated to in the deposition, a copy of which report it. was obtained by CNET, Schmidt This entry passed through the explained his reasons for paying Full-Text RSS service — if this is the big premium at the time. your content and you're reading it "[YouTube] is a company with on someone else's site, please read very little revenue, growing our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ quickly with user adoption, content-only/faq.php. Five Filters growing much faster than Google featured article: Libya and Oil. Video, which was the product that Google had. And they had indicated to us that they would be sold, and we believed that there
Alexander Skarsgard Hangs Around in His Hood
Allie Merriam (PopSugar)
Submitted at 3/28/2011 8:50:49 AM
Alexander Skarsgard took refuge from the rain in LA on Saturday with the help of his blue hoodie. He was out running errands solo after a busy week of meeting up with his friends and sticking to his intense gym routine. Alexander has also hit the town to support his lady friend Kate Bosworth, who's been focusing on her blossoming jewelry business. Alex is gearing up for the June debut of his HBO series True Blood, which promises to show off the fruits of his labor at the gym. View Slideshow ›
At Least It's Cheaper Than Therapy
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Submitted at 3/28/2011 9:00:00 AM
It's not often we link to BoingBoing from our blog. It's
not because we don't like them. We really do like them, honest. It's just that with a site as famous as BoingBoing, people tend to go and read it themselves. What's the
point in constantly reblogging what their bloggers have already blogged so well? Still, every now and then, they find something so amazing that
we absolutely have to make sure you guys don't miss it. This is one of those times. We hope you enjoy.
Technology/ Culture/ Obituaries
Microsoft VP apologizes for Windows Phone missteps
acknowledged being wrong when he said that "most people" had received an earlier February Windows Phone 7, perceived as update. And he said that although the day-late-dollar-short he called the updates "complete" smartphone competing against the from Microsoft's end and that the iPhone and Android devices, process was "going well," he continues to trip over itself. A realized after the fact that it was month of missteps with phone neither complete nor going well updates led corporate vice for those who had yet to receive president Joe Belfiore to try to the update. explain the problems in an upbeat Belfiore also sought to address video on Microsoft's corporate criticism of a timetable Microsoft Web site last week, only to have released last week, intended to to post an apology over the notify customers when carriers weekend over appearing out of would update their phones. But touch. that timetable was vague, stocking Microsoft announced plans last even more angst amongst week to roll out its latest update, Windows Phone 7 users. "We which includes the ability to copy Microsoft's Joe Belfiore(Credit: and the update process. "There are know the table would benefit and past text, a feature it Tom Krazit/CNET) quite a few Windows Phone 7 greatly from more detail, and we previewed last October. It's one Belfiore appeared on a Microsoft c u s t o m e r s w h o a r e v e r y are hoping to add more to it by that rivals such as the iPhone have Web site, Channel 9, explaining frusturated (sic) with Joe and how working with the Operators who long-had. But that update is only the challenge of getting the update poorly the update process has own the 'testing' phase to get more trickling out, first to so-called out to every phone. Rather than been managed, myself included," clarity," Belfiore wrote. "unbranded" phones in Europe, contrition, though, Belfiore joked wrote holisticdetective. "I think he Belfiore promised another update those devices that have not be with the interviewers, talking may want to consider stepping at Microsoft MIX11 conference in customized for specific mobile about how much users enjoy the down and letting someone take Las Vegas next month. carriers. The idea, according to Windows Phone 7 over the reigns who can bring This entry passed through the Microsoft, was to "to help ensure experience."The best thing is that some credibility back to the Full-Text RSS service — if this is the process is as problem-free as your content and you're reading it people love the phones," Belfiore Windows Phone 7 team." possible," Windows Phone said. "Our feedback has been very The lashing from commenters led on someone else's site, please read general manager Eric Hautala good." Belfiore to post his apology. our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ wrote in a blog post The pace of Not so much for his video "Many of you are making critical content-only/faq.php. Five Filters the rollout has upset some a p p e a r a n c e , h o w e v e r . c o m m e n t s h e r e w h i c h a r e featured article: Libya and Oil. Windows Phone 7 customers, Commenters laid into Belfiore certainly fair," Belfiore wrote. He who want the features right away.
Submitted at 3/28/2011 11:10:58 AM
How to Turn Google Reader into a Customizable Read-ItLater Service [Reading]
Whitson Gordon (Lifehacker)
Submitted at 3/28/2011 9:00:00 AM
You find a lot of interesting articles as you browse the web, but you don't always have time to read them right away. Read-itlater services like Instapaper and Read It Later both help solve that problem, but rather than signing up for yet another service, you can actually turn your Google Reader account into a personalized read-it-later archive. More »
Leading Norwegian actress Wenche Foss dies (AP)
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Submitted at 3/28/2011 10:48:41 AM
AP - A leading Norwegian actress Wenche Foss has died in hospital after a long illness. She was 93.
Woman who buried tenants in yard dies in prison (AP)
(Yahoo! News: Obituaries)
AP - A California woman who was convicted of killing her
elderly tenants and burying them in the backyard of her boarding
house died Sunday in prison, authorities said. She was 82.
Warner Bros Adds 5 More Movie GroupMe Brings Titles to Facebook Rentals, But Is It Brands to Group a Threat to Netflix? Messaging
Audrey Watters (ReadWriteWeb)
Submitted at 3/28/2011 11:20:35 AM
Earlier this month, Warner Bros announced that it would become the first Hollywood studio to make its movies available for sale or rental via Facebook. Its first offering: The Dark Knight. Now Warner Bros has added 5 more blockbuster titles to its Facebook rental catalog: Inception, Life as We Know It, Yogi Bear, and the first two Harry Potter movies. The new films will cost between 30 and 40 Facebook credits (between $3 and $4) for a 48-hour rental period. During that time period, you'll have unlimited streaming access to the movie, meaning you can pause, rewind, watch on different computers, and watch numerous times. The movies are purchased and streamed within the Facebook page, meaning you won't have to leave the site in order to watch. You'll still be able to update your status and chat with friends. However, as the video player is
Certainly renting a movie for $3 to $4 a pop isn't as good a deal as Netflix's $8 per month streaming subscription. Netflix has more titles, and that $8 gets you unlimited access to them. However, none of the six titles that Warner Bros has released via Facebook are available to stream on Netflix. (You can get the DVDs in the mail, of course, with the exception of Yogi Bear. New titles have a 28-day waiting Flash, you won't be able to watch period before coming to the your Facebook movies on your movie rental site). Apple devices. Recent statistics point to Netflix Sponsor as controlling a major share of the The move by Warner Bros to video streaming market - 61%. make its films available to stream But despite its success with via Facebook is an effort to customers, the movie rental expand the company's digital company has frequently butted distribution efforts. The titles heads with the movie studios. released today include a number Warner Bros has not indicated of very recent movies. Yogi Bear what its plans are for releasing was just released on DVD last more movies via Facebook, but it week, and Life As We Know It may be looking to sidestep that came to DVD in early February. control that Netflix currently has But the real competition here over the online streaming market. might not be the DVD rental Discuss business: it's likely Netflix and its video streaming service.
Audrey Watters (ReadWriteWeb)
Submitted at 3/28/2011 10:15:44 AM
Tata Motors to invest £50m in UK research and development
(Finance News - Business news from the UK and world)
Submitted at 3/28/2011 11:35:15 AM
Tata Motors, the owner of Jaguar Land Rover, is to invest around £50m in its research & development base in the Midlands
over the next two years, in a vote of confidence for UK manufacturing.
GroupMe, one of the myriad of new group messaging apps that has come on the scene in recent months, is introducing a new feature today that hints at how this startup at least, may plan to make money: Featured Groups. These groups will give brands an opportunity to create groups and engage in conversations with fans around their particular brand. By clicking on the new Featured Groups tab, users will be able to create and join in the conversations about various television shows, bands, and music events. Sponsor The new feature is launching with five brands on board, including Oxygen's Bad Girls Club, MTV's America's Best Dance Crew, Bon Jovi, and the Bonnaroo and Coachella music festivals. Once users join these groups, they'll be open to messages from these brands - news, marketing information, exclusive content, contests, and reminders that the show is on. GroupMe says that it was already seeing these sorts of interactions in the app, with people organizing
to discuss brands and shows in this way. And the new feature follows a successful SXSW, where those who created groups got access to special information about events in Austin. That makes sense, particularly for events - media and music ones as people are likely already creating groups to discuss these things, and GroupMe's new feature could mean better information and better deals. This trick, of course, will be that these branded groups not inundate users with unwanted messages. The new Featured Groups do suggest that GroupMe might have found a business model. But is this a feature that will appeal to users and help distinguish the startup from the sea of other group-messaging startups? Discuss
The DIRECTV iPad app in depth
David Winograd (TUAW)
Submitted at 3/28/2011 12:30:00 PM
The DIRECTV iPad App, a free app that we briefly wrote about when it was first released, is one of the best, most complete iPad apps I've used. If you are one of the 160,000 DIRECTV customers with a Wi-Fi connection to an HR20, HR21, R22, R23, HR24, H21, H23, H24 or H25 model receiver (or multiples of these for that matter), download the app before reading any further. Those with other models can't set a recording, but can browse the program guide. This app is almost perfect with only a few minor caveats, which I'll get to later. In function, it does all that the free iPhone app does (like searching for shows) and much more. I don't have a 3G iPad, so my testing was Wi-Fi only. When you first run it, it will find all of your connected receivers. If
it fails, you'll need to execute the following steps on your remote control: Menu button > Parental Fav's and Setup > System Setup > Whole Home > External Devices > Allow. To confirm that you've done it correctly, touch the little gear in the upper right corner to produce a screen that looks
something like this: This screen not only lists your DVRs, but it also gives you a great deal of control over how the app will operate. I suggest that you check out every option before you really start playing with the app. Tap the little arrow on the right, and you'll find out if your
receiver has an IP address and can be used with the app without using a wired or wireless Wi-Fi connection. In my house, I have connections to Theater 1 and Theater 2, and checking each with the arrow tells me my IP address and that control is enabled. All the rest show no IP address and can eventually be used if I connect them to Wi-Fi. At the bottom left of the screen, you can see your enabled receivers as well as which one is controlling your TV, marked with a check, as seen on the next page. Continue reading The DIRECTV iPad app in depth The DIRECTV iPad app in depth originally appeared on TUAW on Mon, 28 Mar 2011 12:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Source| Permalink| Email this| Comments
How the Sunk Cost Fallacy Feeds FarmVille Addiction and Bad Purchases [Psychology]
Kevin Purdy (Lifehacker)
Submitted at 3/28/2011 8:00:00 AM
If FarmVille isn't all that great of a game, why do people play it? It's the same reason people go on vacations they're not really looking forward to. The "sunk cost fallacy" is a strong, almost primordial thing, and it helps to understand it. More »
Zapd Creates Themed Websites Right From Your Phone
Erick Schonfeld (TechCrunch)
Submitted at 3/28/2011 11:31:36 AM
you create a themed, welldesigned, mobile-friendly website in 60 seconds. You pick a theme, Tumblr and Posterous showed snap a photo, add a caption, and if the world that making blogging you want you can even write a simpler makes it more accessible. little text (don’t strain yourself). Both make also make it really When you publish the site or a easy to publish from your phone. new entry, you can share a short Now Zapd, a new service from URL with your friends via Seattle startup Pressplane, wants Twitter, Facebook, or email. to take it one step further and let (You can also sign in with your you create websites right from Facebook ID). I tried it and it your phone. literally took me a few minutes to Zapd is an iPhone app that lets create these two sites, Seeking
and The Truth. “We’re trying to demonstrate a glimpse into the future of web publishing,” says CEO Kelly Smith. “It will start from your phone. Not the other way around.” All editing is done on the iPhone (although browser-
based editing will come soon). The sites are optimized for tablet and phone browsers, supporting landscape mode and swiping templates. And you can change themes on the fly right from your phone. The app comes with a bunch to choose from. Pressplane’s other product is Inkd, a graphic design marketplace for business cards, brochures, and other printed designs. The company raised$1.7 million in 2008 and more recently
another$400,000 to launch Zapd. Investors include Mika Salmi(formerly of MTV Networks and founder of Atom Entertainment), who is also the company’s new chairman, Mike Slade, and Zillow CEO Rich Barton. CrunchBase Information Inkd Mika Salmi Information provided by CrunchBase
Next Version of iOS, Mac OS to be Revealed at WWDC in June
Sarah Perez (ReadWriteWeb)
10.6.7 update causes OpenType font issues
Dave Caolo (TUAW)
Submitted at 3/28/2011 12:00:00 PM
over the network, as opposed to having the tunes stored on their Submitted at 3/28/2011 10:17:45 AM device itself. Apple has announced it will hold Separately, a report on Business its annual Worldwide Developers Insider(via The Music Void) notes Conference (WWDC) June 6-10 that, in addition to the music at Moscone West in San locker, Apple's MobileMe suite of Francisco. During the five-day cloud-backed services would be event, Apple will introduce the lowered to just $20 per year. next versions of both its desktop Earlier this year, we made some and mobile operating systems, guesses about what the next Mac OS and iOS, respectively. It iPhone could hold, based on will also offer app demonstrations recent Apple acquisitions and and over 100 technical sessions innovation. news. This included thoughts on intended for mobile developers. There's no word yet on what we its support for NFC, cloud-based can expect to see in either Mac music (as noted above), facial Sponsor The sessions will be led by Apple OS or iOS, but there have been r e c o g n i t i o n a n d a d v a n c e d engineers and will offer code- plenty of rumors. In particular, artificial intelligence. Regardless level assistance, insight into recent reports from TechCrunch of which rumors pan out to be optimal development techniques have noted that iOS may only be true, we're sure Apple will and guidance on making the most previewed at WWDC, but won't surprise us with whatever it of their apps, says the company in arrive on devices until later this chooses to reveal. its press release, out this morning. fall. The holdup, apparently, has Developers interested in In addition, Apple will host its to do with Apple's move to the attending WWDC can register Design Awards, which will "cloud." Specifically, Apple's now at http://developer.apple.com recognize iPhone, iPad and Mac music locker service will be /wwdc/. Tickets are $1,599.00. apps that it feels highlights both detailed, which would allow Discuss o u t s t a n d i n g d e s i g n a n d customers to stream their tracks
The Top Picks for 2011 - from Consumer Reports
Press Room (Consumer Reports)
Submitted at 3/27/2011 9:00:59 PM
There's a thread on Apple's Discussion Boards suggesting that Mac OS X 10.6.7 introduces issues with OpenType PostScript fonts when it comes to printing and PDF handling. Kurt Lang writes: "As soon as you install 10.6.7, OpenType PostScript fonts are indeed broken... [the issue] is confined to OT PS fonts. All PDF files, including those using OpenType PostScript fonts display correctly in Preview. With the Acrobat Reader, all PDF files display correctly except those using OT PS fonts. So no matter who gets PDF files created under 10.6.7 using OT PS fonts, they will not display correctly on the Mac or in Windows..." Oops. Lang goes on to note that everything was working perfectly under Mac OS X 10.6.6. Also, he has not changed his installations of Adobe Reader or Preview. Only the OS is different. Since everything works fine in Preview and is only troublesome in Reader, you might be inclined to point the finger towards Adobe.
However, we agree with Lang that it isn't solely Adobe's responsibility to ensure compatibility with minor OS updates -- if something's changed in the OS's type handling without Apple announcing it, there's not much Adobe could do in advance. As far as we know, Apple is not yet working on the issue. If you've experienced this trouble, let us know. Hopefully a fix will be issued soon. Thanks, Laurie. 10.6.7 update causes OpenType font issues originally appeared on TUAW on Mon, 28 Mar 2011 12:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Source| Permalink| Email this| Comments
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A primer on group messaging apps
Richard Gaywood (TUAW)
Submitted at 3/28/2011 11:00:00 AM
apps is spotty. For example, at the time of writing, only Beluga and If you follow our tech startup Yobongo were in the UK App sister site TechCrunch, or if Store -- this is probably because you've read any of the reports these apps incorporate free-to-thefrom the South by user SMS features that are tricky SouthWest(SXSW) conference to make work cheaply this year, you've probably seen a internationally. As I'm in the UK, lot of column inches given to this means I can't do a detailed current-media-darling "group review roundup of all the apps. messaging" apps. SXSW has a Look for this in a future TUAW reasonable track record of post by one of our American commonly mentioned apps, predicting the Next Big Thing. It bloggers. I'll use Beluga as an Beluga. To my surprise, what I was where Twitter first came to example to demonstrate concepts found was a slick, well-designed many people's attention in 2007, that are common to all the group app that solved a communication for example, and it was an early messaging apps. problem I didn't know I had. success story for Foursquare in Continue reading A primer on That'll teach me to be cynical! 2009, too. group messaging apps Before I explain what I liked My usual reaction to hype like A primer on group messaging about Beluga, an aside: there are a this is to roll my eyes and avoid apps originally appeared on number of other significant group the apps in question altogether, TUAW on Mon, 28 Mar 2011 messaging apps, including although that might just be 11:00:00 EST. Please see our GroupMe, Fast Society, Yobongo, because I've never blagged tickets terms for use of feeds. the soon-to-relaunch Betwext to SXSW. Eventually, though, Source| Permalink| Email this| Talk and the brand new, boughtTechCrunch's relentless Comments by-Google Disco. However, enthusiasm wore me down, and I international availability of these took a look at one of the
Shoparatti: Another Daily Deal Aggregator (But Curated By Melissa Rivers!)
Robin Wauters (TechCrunch)
Submitted at 3/28/2011 10:59:18 AM
The Monkey Prize Tasting Trials, 2006
Woot (Woot! - One Day, One Deal)
Submitted at 3/28/2011 12:03:24 AM
Way back in ought-six, we conducted this series of highly scientific trials to determine whether our new Monkey Prize wine would live up to our
exacting standards of excellence. Meaning, we wanted to be sure it wasn't poison. So why are we looking back at this footage now? Because a new edition of Monkey Prize wine, Monkey Second Prize, comes out this week on Wine.Woot!
WWDC 2011: All Software focus and Hardware no-show?
Chris Davies (SlashGear) Apple WWDC pageannounced officially 40 WWDC 2011 earlier this
make her Shoparatti selections. Yipit and 8coupons needn’t worry too much at this point, Exclusive - There’s a ton of daily though. deal sites out there, and we’ve “As a mom and passionate seen a bunch of daily deal shopper I know what it’s like to aggregators pop up in the past few spend hours hunting down the months, too. Today sees the best deals on the web; it’s launch of yet another one of frustrating and time consuming,” those, dubbed Shoparatti. said Rivers. “Everyone knows I A ‘one-stop destination for busy love shopping, not to mention online shoppers’, Shoparatti’s getting a deal and telling my claim to fame is its semi-famous friends about the great deal I just editor-in-chief Melissa Rivers, got.” daughter of comedian and actress Barf. Joan Rivers. We’d be somewhat excited about Rivers and her team of editors the news if endorsements of will scour more than 100 daily involvement from celebrities ever deal web sites and showcase the helped a startup succeed in the best offers they can find through cutthroat e-commerce industry, Shoparatti.com, Facebook and an but alas. Also, why would anyone iPhone app. According to the b o a s t a b o u t t h e f a c t t h a t press release, Rivers will be ‘everyone’ knows how much he drawing upon her “expertise in or she loves shopping? spotting trends in lifestyle, entertainment and fashion” to
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morning, and now the dates are confirmed the attention has turned to what surprises the company may have up its collective Cupertino sleeve. The WWDC 2011 invite promises “a preview of the future of iOS and Mac OS X” which certainly implies iOS 5.0 and OS X Lion will make more than an appearance, but what about the iPhone 5? Last year, Apple used WWDC 2010 to officially announce the iPhone 4, prompting speculation that the company will unveil the fifth-generation smartphone at this year’s developer event. Meanwhile, we’re also expecting
to see a third-generation iPad later in the year, complete with a higher-resolution display amid other changes. Finally, mid-2011 might be around the time that high -end users are calling out for a Mac Pro refresh; the last significant update was back in September 2010. However, various sources are suggesting that the softwarethemed event won’t be the time for shiny new hardware. The Loop has heard from sources that it’s definitely software-only, which might mean the iPhone 5 has to wait a little longer; after all, it’s not been long since the
Verizon iPhone 4 went on sale. Relevant Entries on SlashGear • Apple WWDC 2009 Dates announced: June 8-12 • WWDC session videos for developers now online • WWDC 2007: iChat media sharing & real-time effects Video • Apple WWDC 2011 dates confirmed: Promises preview of iOS 5.0 and OS X Lion • iPhone 5 Rumored To Debut June 5th – 9th
Picture of the Day: Mayor Bloomberg in a Spider-Man Suit
Garance Franke-Ruta (Politics : The Atlantic)
Submitted at 3/28/2011 11:16:44 AM
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Amazon “digital locker” cloud aiming to overshadow Apple and Google?
Chris Davies (SlashGear)
Submitted at 3/28/2011 9:45:09 AM
Apple, Google, and now Amazon – all tipped to be racing to offer their own “digital locker” services for users to store their digital media online and then stream it to mobile devices. According to CNET‘s sources, Amazon could announce a cloud-based storage system for music, video and ebook content as early as this week, despite not apparently having all the necessary licenses in place. Amazon already keeps online backups of Kindle users’ ebooks,
and its S3 server business would make it an obvious choice for cloud services. Meanwhile there’s the Amazon Video on Demand service for streaming TV and movies.
meanwhile, is expected to announce a heavily cloud-based update to iOS and OS X in the coming months. [ via Gizmodo] Relevant Entries on SlashGear • Google’s music aspirations surface • iOS 5.0 this fall with Cloud services, Latitude rival and iPad 3? • New MobileMe To Launch According to the sources, April, Revamped And Free Amazon would allow users to • Google Cloud Print lets Chrome store content not bought from its OS get physical own store, believed to be the • Apple sues Amazon.com over strategy that has delayed Google’s App Store launch of a similar service. Apple,
Filed under: American Idol, TV News'Idol' producers can't make this stuff up, now can they? 'American Idol' finalist Casey Abrams sings "I Don't Need No Doctor" for the save, is asked to stop mid-song and told he's indeed, getting the only save of the season. Stunned, he falls to his feet and gives Ryan Seacrest a shock of his own, boring his wiry red beard between the host's legs. Moments later backstage, he collapses again. All this on a day that started with another blood transfusion for the fragile Abrams. Permalink| Email this| Linking Blogs| Comments
Barron's: Steve Jobs among world's best CEOs
Kelly Hodgkins (TUAW)
Submitted at 3/28/2011 11:30:00 AM
Barron's compiled it annual list of the world's 30 best chief executives and Apple's Steve Jobs tops the list, again. Jobs was selected for his vision and forethought that anticipates the products and services that customers want, even before they realize it. Jobs' insight has led to the development of the iPod touch, the iPhone and the iPad. These three products top their respective market and have become must-have items for technophiles and the average consumer alike. Barron's also notes that Jobs took the PC company from an all-time low in the 90's and turned it into the second most valuable
company in the US. Apple's current market value has climbed to US$315 billion, a figure that is only topped by ExxonMobil. Other CEOs on the top 30 list include Jeff Bezos of Amazon, Warren Buffet of Berkshire Hathaway, and Reed Hastings of Netflix.
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Are you buying into the Times paywall?
Submitted at 3/28/2011 9:30:49 AM
Some Day 1 Verizon iPad 2 Orders Still MIA Despite Immediate Payment Withdraw, Overnight Shipping Promises
Matt Burns (TechCrunch)
Submitted at 3/28/2011 11:25:49 AM
Today is the day I thought would never come-- the NY Times is turning on its paywall for the rest of the world (Canada got it last week). I haven't received a pitch from
them, beyond getting a free account for the rest of the year from Lincoln. Not sure who else got that offer. Could be the Times gave that to everyone they thought might be vocally against the paywall? Or might feel the pain and complain publicly? Or maybe they just want me to
read their stuff and decided that a little money between friends is kind of crass. (I wish Apple would give me some free hardware on that basis. Often felt I deserved a little shout out from them. What ever.) So the big question is -- what are you going to do today?
the transgressions. It seems that more than a few customers where promised their iPad 2 would ship Hell hath no fury like an Apple either immediately or within 2-3 fanboy scorned. Verizon is just days upon ordering. That’s not the now starting to feel the rage case. It’s more like 2-3 weeks for previously directed at just AT&T. some but according to two That’s what happens when iPad 2 separate trusted Verizon retail orders fail to ship on time. sources, that was the same Fanboys take to the forums and estimated shipping window given unleash the beast. on day 1. T h e r e ’ s a l a r g e t h r e a d o f Read More complaints over on Verizon’s official forum that details most of
Fed Seat Stalemate Keeps Diamond in the Rough
Submitted at 3/27/2011 11:00:00 PM
If a modern-day Aesop were to write a fable that illustrates the essential character of the American government, he could model it on the story of Peter Diamond. Of the 67 winners of the Nobel Prize in economics, only a handful could be considered giants, thinkers whose names will echo in the halls of academia centuries from now. Diamond, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is one of them. Which makes it surpassingly odd that he finds himself in an appalling Senate confirmation purgatory. His nomination to the Federal Reserve Board of Governors has been mired in the approval process for 11 months. The gruesome sight is instructive. Anyone who wants to fix Washington needs to start with an understanding of Diamond’s case. Since his initial nomination, Diamond has been twice approved by the Senate Banking Committee but hasn’t made it to the Senate floor for a vote. After his first approval from the committee last July, the full Senate failed to vote on the nomination before a long summer recess. Under Senate rules, a nomination
that doesn’t get a floor vote before a full recess must be returned to the White House, unless the Senate agrees by unanimous vote to hold the nomination until the next session. That means any one senator can scuttle the nomination. Diamond’s name was sent back to the White House. In a more likely scenario, Diamond is pilloried by Republicans and goes back to MIT defeated. What would have been his chair at the Fed sits empty, until the next election, when a Republican wins the White House and sends a worthy Fed nominee to the Senate for confirmation. Try, Try Again President Barack Obama reissued the nomination in September, and Diamond was reapproved by the Banking Committee in November. The Senate again failed to vote on the nomination before the end of the session in December, nullifying the nomination for a second time. Hoping that the third time is the charm, the Obama administration renominated Diamond shortly after the current session opened in January. Diamond may be in trouble because he holds views that are to the left of the Republican Party on many issues. In “Saving Social Security: A Balanced Approach,” the 2004 book he co- wrote with
former Obama administration economist Peter Orszag, he revealed himself to be opposed to the individual retirement accounts that are at the center of many conservative proposals for reforming Social Security. That said, the most likely explanation for Diamond’s confirmation problems is that he is caught up in the Republican payback for indefensible Democratic behavior during the final years of George W. Bush’s presidency. The worst of many confirmation horror stories under Bush was the refusal of Democrats to confirm his nomination of Randall Kroszner to the Fed board. No Slam Dunk Kroszner, a respected conservative economist at the University of Chicago, was already serving a partial term when Bush nominated him for a full 14-year term in 2007. Confirmation should have been a slam dunk. But Democrats held him up, motivated in part by a desire to reserve that appointment for a president of their own party, which they in fact got in the 2008 election. This is what we have come to: In the minds of our politicians, partisan maneuvering and scoresettling far outweigh the desire to populate government with skilled
individuals. The fact that Diamond could be caught up in this mess is especially lamentable, since his body of work is difficult to locate on the political spectrum. Tax Theory Pioneer Along with James Mirrlees, also a Nobel winner, Diamond was a pioneer in the field of tax theory. His path-breaking work on optimal taxation demonstrated that government shouldn’t tax production, a result that helped start the literature that led to the flat-tax movement. That work should warm the heart of any redmeat Republican. The Nobel committee cited his work on search theory, an area of economics that explores the implications for markets of the observation that search can be costly, a characteristic of realworld economies that had previously been omitted from models. This innovation made the models better without slanting them politically. At this point in the fable, our modern-day Aesop would have to decide between two endings. He could imagine a president with great wisdom, who recognizes the history of injustice that has led us to this impasse. Such a man would call up Republican leadership and offer a deal that solves the problem and sets the
stage for a hopeful future. The deal is possible because Federal Reserve Governor Kevin Warsh recently announced his intent to retire from the board, opening up a new vacancy. If Kroszner were nominated to fill that position, then the Senate would confirm both Diamond and Kroszner. There it is -- a happy ending. In a more likely scenario, Diamond is pilloried by Republicans and goes back to MIT defeated. What would have been his chair at the Fed sits empty, until the next election, when a Republican wins the White House and sends a worthy Fed nominee to the Senate for confirmation. Guess what happens then. Kevin A. Hassett is a senior fellow and director of economic policy studies at AEI. Photo: Official White House photo by Pete Souza This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ content-only/faq.php. Five Filters featured article: Libya and Oil.
TEDTalks : Patricia Ryan: Don't insist on English! - Patricia Ryan (2010)
Submitted at 3/28/2011 9:31:00 AM
At TEDxDubai, longtime English teacher Patricia Ryan asks a provocative question: Is the
world's focus on English preventing the spread of great ideas in other languages? (For
instance: what if Einstein had to pass the TOEFL?) It's a passionate defense of translating
and sharing ideas.
The Revolution Will Soon Be Televised - By Blake Hounshell
BLAKE HOUNSHELL (Foreign Policy)
Submitted at 3/28/2011 5:10:10 AM
DOHA, Qatar—For the first time in its history, Libya is getting its own independent satellite channel. A group of Libyans from abroad and inside the country is setting up the new station to broadcast news and commentary about Libya for a Libyan audience, with the aim of countering Libyan state propaganda and promoting dialogue about the country's future after Muammar al-Qaddafi, the brutal leader whose four-plus decades in power appear to be drawing to a rapid close. The channel, to be called simply Libya TV, launches this week in Doha after less than two weeks of hurried preparation. Its founder is the avuncular Mahmud Shammam, a well-known Libyan expatriate journalist who edits Foreign Policy's Arabic edition. Libya TV's initial team of 19 young staffers was assembled partly over Facebook, Shammam says. In mid-March, he put out a call for volunteers on his page and immediately got more than 200 requests to join. "One woman even said her life would mean nothing if she did not participate," Shammam told me. Another new staffer left Ajdabiya, an eastern city that until the last few days was occupied by Qaddafi's fighters, to join the network in
Doha. The channel had to buy him a new set of clothes when he arrived. Shammam, a staunch secularist, has long been an outspoken critic of Qaddafi's regime, dating back to his days as a student activist at Michigan State University, where he squared off against Qaddafi supporters led by Musa Kusa, now the regime's foreign minister and a key member of its inner circle. ("He's not stupid," Shammam says of Kusa. "He knows the regime is collapsing.") Returning home to Libya after college, Shammam got into trouble after participating in the January 1976 student demonstrations in Benghazi, and left the country in March of that year, never to return. He has spent the years since as a journalist and activist, with stints at a number of different outlets, including nearly 10 years at the helm of Newsweek's Arabic edition. He's a frequent guest on Al Jazeera, where he was a board member for four years, and is close to Libyan opposition leaders both in and outside the country. For the first month, Shammam hopes to broadcast four hours of original programming each day, including a 20-minute news bulletin and a half-hour talk show, and then extend it thereafter. He is keen to give Libya's young people, who have been at the forefront of the uprising, a
prominent voice at the station. "The youth who liberate Libya can run it," he says. "If we don't let them take responsibility now, we're going to be in trouble." According to Mohamed al-Akari, the new station's Tripoli-born manager, Libya TV has set up a studio in Benghazi and another in London, in addition to its headquarters in Doha, and has correspondents throughout Libya. While editorially independent, the channel could prove an important outlet for the revolutionaries, especially if the drama of the uprising fades and the conversation shifts to less visually gripping topics like constitutional reform, political development, and education. International coverage of Tunisia and Egypt has dropped precipitously in the wake of the respective departures of Zine elAbidine Ben Ali and Hosni Mubarak. In the early days of the uprising, Libyans set up the National Transitional Council (NTC), a body describing itself as "the political face of the revolution." The purpose of the council, a senior NTC representative told me, was to combat the regime's message that a post-Qaddafi Libya would mean chaos, tribalism, and civil war, as well as to "liberate our country, to speak to the world in one voice, and to mobilize support for the
resistance." One of the key challenges of a post-Qaddafi Libya will be combating the years of "indoctrination" Libyan children faced, he told me, noting the wide gulf between a highly educated, worldly diaspora that is eager to help rebuild the country and a bruised, battered population inside Libya that has known only Qaddafi for 42 years. "We need a heavy dosage of dialogue," says Shammam, speaking for the new satellite channel. "We want Libyans to think about the future: the rule of law, civil society, a new constitution. We want to promote a culture of forgiving." Libya TV is being funded primarily by donations from Libyan businessmen abroad, including one $250,000 contribution from a wealthy Libyan donor in Britain. The state of Qatar, in addition to agreeing to host the network on its soil, has turned over the facilities and technical staff of Al-Rayyan, a local channel focused on cultural programming. 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#publishers. Five Filters featured article: Libya and Oil.
What's On Tonight: 'Secret Life of the American Teenager,' 'The Event,' 'Nurse Jackie'
Bob Sassone (TV Squad)
Submitted at 3/28/2011 7:15:00 AM
Here's what's on TV tonight (all times Eastern). Check your local TV listings for the full schedule. 7PM MTV:'Silent Library' 8:00 NBC:'All Together Now: A Celebration of Service' ABC Family:'The Secret Life of the American Teenager'(season premiere) Disney XD:'Zeke and Luther' TCM:'Annie Hall' After the jump, the rest of the schedule and the late-night talk shows. Permalink| Email this| Linking Blogs| Comments
The Eyes of Texas Are Sparkling in the 2010 Census
What's been happening is that people from the Northeast and the Midwest have been flocking to The Census Bureau last week the South Atlantic states, not to r e l e a s e d c o u n t y a n d c i t y retirement communities but to populations for the last of the 50 Tampa and Jacksonville, Atlanta states from the 2010 census last and Charlotte and Raleigh, which week, ahead of schedule. Behind are among the nation's fastestthe columns of numbers are many growing metro areas. The South vivid stories of how our nation Atlantic has been attracting has been changing--and some smaller numbers of immigrants as lessons for public policy as well. well. Geographically, our population is Coastal California, in contrast, moving to the south and west, to h a s h a d a v a s t i n f l o w o f the point that the center of the immigrants and a similarly vast nation's population has moved to outflow of Americans. High Texas County, Missouri. housing costs, exacerbated by noThat sounds like the familiar g r o w t h p o l i c i e s a n d story of people moving from the environmental restrictions, have Snow Belt to the Sun Belt, but made modest homes unaffordable t h a t ' s n o t e x a c t l y w h a t ' s to middle-class families who don't happening. Instead, the fastest want to live in Spanish-speaking growth rates in the 2000-to-2010 neighborhoods or commute 50 decade have been in Texas, the miles to work. Rocky Mountain states and the California for the first time in its South Atlantic states. history grew only microscopically W e ' r e f a m i l i a r w i t h t h e faster than the nation as a whole phenomenon of people moving to (10.0 percent to 9.7 percent). the West Coast. But the three Metro Los Angeles and San Pacific Coast states--California, Francisco increasingly resemble Oregon and Washington--grew by Mexico City and Sao Paulo, with 11 percent in the last decade, just a large affluent upper class, a vast 1 percent above the national proletariat and a huge income gap average, while the South Atlantic in between. states from Virginia through the Public policy plays an important Carolinas and Georgia to Florida role here--one that's especially grew by 17 percent. relevant as state governments seek In 2000 the South Atlantic states to cut spending and reduce the had 121,000 more people than the power of the public employee Pacific Coast states. In 2010 they unions that seek to raise spending had 2.8 million more. and prevent accountability.
Submitted at 3/27/2011 11:00:00 PM
The lesson is that high taxes and strong public employee unions tend to stifle growth and produce a two-tier society like coastal California's. The eight states with no state income tax grew 18 percent in the last decade. The other states (including the District of Columbia) grew just 8 percent. The 22 states with right-to-work laws grew 15 percent in the last decade. The other states grew just 6 percent. The 16 states where collective bargaining with public employees is not required grew 15 percent in the last decade. The other states grew 7 percent. Now some people say that low population growth is desirable. The argument goes that it reduces environmental damage and prevents the visual blight of sprawl. But states and nations with slow growth end up with aging populations and not enough people of working age to generate an economy capable of supporting them in the style to which they've grown accustomed. Slow growth is nice if you've got a good-size trust fund and some nice acreage in a place like Aspen. But it reduces opportunity for those who don't start off with such advantages to move upward on the economic ladder. The most rapid growth between 2000 and 2010, 21 percent, was in
the Rocky Mountain states and in Texas. The Rocky Mountain states tend to have low taxes, weak unions and light regulation. Texas has no state income tax, no public employee union bargaining and light regulation. Texas' economy has diversified far beyond petroleum, with booming high-tech centers, major corporate headquarters and thriving small businesses. It has attracted hundreds of thousands of Americans and immigrants, highskill as well as low-skill. Its wideopen spaces made for low housing costs, which protected it against the housing bubble and bust that has slowed growth in Phoenix and Las Vegas. The states, said Justice Louis Brandeis, are laboratories of reform. The 2010 census tells us whose experiment worked best. It's the state with the same name as the county that's the center of the nation's population: Texas. Michael Barone is a resident scholar at AEI. Photo: Flickr user Smooth_O/ Creative Commons 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: Libya and Oil.
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Misguided Views of Libertarian Economics and the Alternative "Regulation" Model
firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Shedlock) (Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis)
for decades. At worst, and far more likely, new financial regulation is highly likely to sew the seeds of the next crisis. Submitted at 3/28/2011 3:25:00 AM One of the brightest regulars who • The regulation model sponsored Regulation sponsoring Moody, comments on my blog has a Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Fitch and the S&P did just that. totally distorted view of what • The regulation model gave huge So did thousands of affordable Libertarian economics is all tax breaks written by GE for GE housing programs. So did the about. Unfortunately, I am quite • T h e r e g u l a t i o n m o d e l Community Reinvestment Act. So c o n f i d e n t t h a t h e r v i e w i s encourages flight of jobs overseas did sponsorship of Fannie Mae mainstream. • The regulation model supports and Freddie Mac. So did HUD. So Tin Hat writes ... corrupt public unions that have d i d t h o u s a n d s o f f i n a n c i a l Here is the core premise behind bankrupted cities and states loopholes. And most importantly libertarian economics: • The regulation model gave us so did the legislation that created The private business sector will the Fed and its bubble blowing the Fed and FDIC. put ethics, morality and public policies The legislation model has been employee good above profits, • The regulation model gave us disproved in spades yet otherwise shareholders, bonuses, golden thousands of affordable home intelligent people keep clamoring p a r a c h u t e s a n d C E O programs all of which drove up for more of it as if we could find, compensation -- IF they were the price of homes hire, and listen to some "allcompletely unfettered from any • The regulation model provides knowing" super-regulator that can government imposed rules, laws, hundreds of billions of dollars of identify the next crisis in advance and regulations. student loans the effect of which and write timely legislation that And IF the private sector entity is to make those graduating from the likes of Barney Frank would failed in its fiduciary duty to the school now, perpetual debt slaves. deem wise and pass. public, Main Street would rise up • The regulation model gave us a The idea is ludicrous given we and kick them out. healthcare bill we literally "had to cannot even get consensus about That's Corporatism. Regulation pass to find out what was in it" what to do after the housing Model vs. the Libertarian Model according to Nancy Pelosi. bubble has already burst. Also Sorry Tin Hat but that is not what Congress did not write that bill, it bear in mind the Fed is supposed Libertarian economics is all about w a s e n t i r e l y w r i t t e n b y a to regulate the economy. How or stands for at all. consortium of special interest well did that work out? F i r s t l e t ' s p o n d e r t h e lobbyists. It's preposterous to believe that "Regulation" Model. Congress can identify and appoint The "Regulation" model assumes I can provide thousands of more some sort of super-regulator Barney Frank (feel free to examples of what the "regulation" because no such person exists in substitute your least favorite model has given us. the first place. r e p r e s e n t a t i v e ) w i l l w r i t e The very best financial regulation Sure, many people identified the r e s p o n s i b l e l e g i s l a t i o n a n d will ever do is prevent the last housing bubble in advance. I did, Congress will stop taking bribes crisis. However, we are not going so did other bloggers and so did for legislation they want. to have another housing bubble people like Elizabeth Warren.
Here are some examples of what the regulation models has wrought.
What good did it do? I am quite certain a huge number of bight people can identify the next crisis. Indeed they already have. Some people are calling for hyperinflation, some are calling for deflation, some are calling for stagflation, some think Japan will blow up, and others think peal oil will send oil prices to the moon. Some think printing money is a good idea, others don't. Lots of people are going to be right because there are lots of people in every one of those camps, and one of them is guaranteed to happen. When one of them does, many people will say "I told you so". So who do you want the Fed to believe? I don't want the Fed to act on any of those calls because there should not be a Fed in the first place. The Fed failed as a regulator, again, and again, and again. Libertarian Economic Model The Libertarian model does not end all regulation. Indeed the basis of the Libertarian economic model is that we need to protect private property, prevent fraud, protect human rights, and give everyone an equal chance under the law. Had we done that, and "just" that we would not be in this mess. In the Libertarian model, Fannie Mae and Freddie mac would not have existed. Nor would there
have been a Fed keeping interest rates too low, too long. Without the loose lending model of the Fed, and without banks being able to lend more money than they have, the housing securitization model that blew up would not have happened or if somehow it did, it would have been less problematic by orders of magnitude In the Libertarian model, there would not have been government sponsorship of the rating agencies Moody's, Fitch, and the S&P. In the Libertarian model the construct of "Too big to fail" does not exist. Indeed, allowing failure is one of the tenants of the Libertarian model. Note that something like GlassSteagall would work in the context of a Libertarian model because its purpose is to put a firewall to prevent fraud. Pollution laws would still be needed to protect private property. Child labor laws would still be needed to protect human rights. Public safety laws are fine. No one would be allowed to yell "fire" in a movie theater. If you want to take that model and add some social safety nets, all but strict Libertarians might agree. Failure of Regulation All the corporatism, all the bank MISGUIDED page 46
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failures, the credit bubble, the housing bubble, and all the warmongering is a direct result " of" regulation that Libertarian economics has nothing to do with. Indeed most of those those things could not happen in a Libertarian Gregory White (Money Game) Status: COOL What to watch for: Spillover model. To the extent that any of Submitted at 3/28/2011 11:19:17 AM from the uprising in Tunisia has them could happen, they would Right now, the world is focused been obvious in the Middle East, not occur to the same magnitude. on the chaos in the Middle East c a s c a d i n g t o E g y p t , L i b y a , Libertarian Solution and crisis at Japan's Fukushima Yemen, Bahrain, Syria, and The solution is to throw away all reactor complex. beyond. But what if such a legislation except what is needed to protect private property, But what if the the market is spillover came to China? ignoring what's next? China has many of the same prevent fraud, protect human rights, and give everyone an equal We've compiled 10 crises that end spell doom for the Australian underlying worries that exist in chance under the law. could be about to rip your those countries: high food and economy? playbook to shreds. They range fuel inflation, a repressive regime, That means all tax breaks that Status: COLD favor GE as well as all tax breaks from the financial, to the What to watch for: If there's a e t c . A n d a s m a l l p r o t e s t for homes, have to go. Tax code macroeconomic, to the slow down in Asia as a result of movement is developing, with should not favor any group or geopolitical. And they all have Japan and or China, then Australia protests occurring recently. thing. Drug imports from Canada potential wide ranging effects. could feel the heat. The reason is Investments to watch: China would be allowed in this model Will Belgium turn out to be the that Australia is a key commodity ETFs and warmongering would stop. surprise sovereign debt default? exporter for the region, and a long View more at Business Insider Subsidies to home builders would Status: COLD See Also: -term decline in demand would What to watch for: Belgium is • David Rosenberg's 10 Huge stop. Subsidies for ethanol would hurt both the Aussie dollar, and still without a government, Questions Confounding The stop. In fact, subsidies for the broader economy. everything would stop. breaking all sorts of records with The Australian housing market is Global Economy Government would not be 288 days now since it last had • Morgan Stanley On The believed to be in bubble territory leadership. The country's ethnic Inflation Story Scaring The allowed to spend more than it already, so if the economy was to groups are battling it out over a Bejusus Out Of Asian Investors takes in, banks would not be slow, it may get slammed. allowed to lend more money than potential split, which would see I n v e s t m e n t s t o w a t c h : • Here's The Story Behind The they have ownership of, and the Wallonia separate from Flanders. Yogurt That The Women At Your Commodity prices, particularly Fed would be abolished. Where the debt ends up is copper, the Aussie dollar, and Office Are Going Crazy For Instead, those in the regulation uncertain. Australian banks camp want to patch a million Investments to watch: Belgium Could we be witnessing a new CDS revolution in China? Could the commodity bubble's
misguided pieces of legislation that should not even exist, and worst of all they expect Barney Frank to get it right. One model has been tried and failed a million times. One model has never been tried. Yet misguided souls want more of the model guaranteed to fail. Quite frankly it is preposterous. 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.
5 Tips to Stop Arguing over Money
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Submitted at 3/28/2011 5:18:38 PM
Money, it seems, can buy you everything except a lasting relationship. According to a survey conducted
divorced couples in the United States cited… by Citibank, fifty-seven percent of
Economy/ Gaming/ Food/
China Bull Mark Mobius Explains Why Shanghai Whole-Grain Salads Stocks Have Sucked For Two Years
Gus Lubin (Money Game)
shares and the so-called “redchips” listed in Hong Kong, Submitted at 3/28/2011 11:02:31 AM which is where we finding the Templeton's Mark Mobius has most interesting opportunities. touted the Chinese growth story Most importantly, markets go for years. through cycles, and investments, So how does he explain the and the Chinese market are no nearly 50 percent decline in the exception. This underscores the Shanghai index from peak in importance of patience and our 2008? view that any serious investor Mobius says the yuan-listed should have at least a five year Shanghai market is generally investment horizon. Alternatively, closed to foreigners, creating a a check out Hugh Hendry's guide to liquidity crunch and volatility. If shorting China > you were smart like him, you'd Join the conversation about this invest in "red-chip" stocks on the story » Hong Kong market. See Also: From his blog: • No Matter How Well Japan I have heard queries from baffled Recovers China Now Has A investors about past share market in Hong Kong, addition, the underperformance of Serious Problem On Its Hands underperformance of the Chinese which is where we are buying and the broader Chinese A share • China Is About To Institute A stock market despite the longhold stocks. market last year was a result of Big Series Of Reforms That's term positive outlook for China. The A share market is generally the influx of initial public G o i n g T o M a k e T h e F o o d One key factor that I would like to closed to foreign investors, the offerings, which made a strong I n f l a t i o n P r o b l e m W o r s e stress is that, as equity investors, renminbi is not convertible in this comeback on the mainland, • UBS Gives 3 Reasons To we look at individual stocks rather market and the capital cost soaking up a significant amount Expect A "Significant" China than the market as a whole. There structure and a systematic of liquidity from listed stocks to Slowdown This Year is quite a difference between shortage of equity supplies; all higher-valued new companies. what’s happening in the domestic contribute to higher volatility. In We continue to focus on the H Chinese A share market and the H
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With their nutty taste, mild flavor, and irresistible chewy texture, whole grains are a fitting canvas for salads because they harmonize with the bright, fresh flavors we enjoy most. Start with recipes with lots of herbs and vegetables, like this bulgur salad, as a basis for customizing your own grain salad. Stir in leftover chicken or shrimp to vary the flavor if you prefer. View Recipe: Bulgur Salad with Edamame and Cherry Tomatoes Next Colorful Quick Quinoa Grecian Salad 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: Libya and Oil.
NintendoWare Weekly: Demos, Faceez: Monsters
JC Fletcher (Joystiq)
It's definitely a slower day for the service than most Mondays, with Submitted at 3/28/2011 12:00:00 PM just two new games (one of which With the 3DS now out in stores -- is Faceez: Monsters, allowing us and unable to support DSiWare to relive the joy of finding out u n t i l M a y - - w e e x p e c t e d something was called Faceez), but Nintendo's download service to releases are still happening. become a total ghost town today. What we didn't expect was for
WiiWare to go quiet(er). There
have been occasional no-release days in the past, but today marks the first time in the history of the service that only demos have come out. Gallery: Faceez: Monsters (DSiWare) Continue reading NintendoWare
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Jack Dorsey Officially Returns to Twitter
Lauren Indvik (Mashable!)
Submitted at 3/28/2011 11:39:37 AM
After Big Blows To Sarkozy And Merkel, Here's Who's In Trouble Next In Europe
Joe Weisenthal (Money Game)
Submitted at 3/28/2011 10:51:00 AM
They were minor regional elections, but both Nicolas Sarkozy and Angela Merkel were dealt big defeats in regional elections this weekend. The implications for broader Europe are significant. A weakening political hand at home makes it harder for these leaders
to go along with expansive bailout mechanisms for broader Europe. That's especially the case with Merkel. Don't take your eye off Finland. Via Citigroup, here's a look at the latest opinion polling in the Finnish election scheduled for April 17. You can take a wild guess whether a party called the True Finns is going to be pro-bailout or
not (hint, they won't be. You can read about their sance here). Granted, they're still tiny, but for a party that was under 5% of support just a few years ago, any solid showing will freak out the current government. As for other big political events on the horizon, see here: Join the conversation about this story » See Also:
• The Case Against German Stocks • Danske Bank On The 3 Scenarios For The European Sovereign Debt Crisis • WHAT CRISES? Asian Markets Are Soaring Higher, Even In Tokyo
Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey has officially returned to Twitter as Executive Chairman, CEO Dick Costolo announced, fittingly, via Twitter. Dorsey will continue to act as CEO of his most recent startup, Square. More to come… For more Social Media coverage: • Follow Mashable Social Media on Twitter • Become a Fan on Facebook • Subscribe to the Social Media channel • Download our free apps for Android, Mac, iPhone and iPad
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Why Data Is the Real Basis of the Universe
Kevin Kelly (Wired Top Stories)
Submitted at 3/28/2011 6:00:00 AM
and minds operate, too, right? Gleick: Yes. Information is crucial to our biological Information underpins everything substance—our genetic code is in the universe, Gleick says, from information. But before 1950, it music to money. was not obvious that inheritance Photo: Andreas Laszlo Konrath had anything to do with code. Information flows everywhere, And it was only after the through wires and genes, through invention of the telegraph that we brain cells and quarks. But while understood that our nerves carry it may appear ubiquitous to us messages, just like wires. When now, until recently we had no we look back through history, we awareness of what information can see that a lot of different was or how it worked. In his new stories all turn out to be stories book, The Information, science about information. writer James Gleick documents Kelly: Let’s talk about your title, the rising role of information in The Information. What are you our lives and the way new trying to do with the word the technologies continue to increase there? its velocity, volume, and Gleick:[Laughs.] What can I say importance. Gleick—whose first about that? I just got it into my book, Chaos, was a National head early on. I have tried not to Book Award finalist and whose become too conscious of why biographies of Richard Feynman exactly I came up with it. and Isaac Newton were both short Kelly: What it communicates to -listed for the Pulitzer—spent me is that information is a seven years compiling his epic definite, specific thing, rather than account. Wired spoke with Gleick u n d e r s t a n d i t a t t h e t i m e . information as a manipulable an indefinite generalization. about his unified history of the Investigating Shannon’s ideas thing. Gleick: You got the transmission fundamental force behind life, the became the fulcrum of this book. Kelly: And how would you correctly. universe, and everything. Pages: Previous 1 2| Full Page | Kelly: What were those ideas? define this thing? Kevin Kelly: What prompted you Gleick: Shannon said that the G l e i c k : S c i e n t i f i c a l l y , Next to write a whole lot of information notion of information has nothing information is a choice—a yes-or- This entry passed through the about information? to do with meaning. A string of no choice. In a broader sense, Full-Text RSS service — if this is James Gleick: I’ve been thinking bits has a quantity, whether it information is everything that your content and you're reading it of this book my whole career. represents something that’s true, informs our world—writing, on someone else's site, please read When I was working on Chaos, something that’s utterly false, or painting, music, money. our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ the young rebels of the Dynamical something that’s just meaningless Kelly: And as we came to content-only/faq.php. Five Filters Systems Collective in Santa Cruz nonsense. If you were a scientist understand how information featured article: Libya and Oil. would try to explain Claude or an engineer, that idea was very w o r k s , t h a t i m p a c t e d o u r S h a n n o n ’ s i n v e n t i o n o f liberating; it enabled you to treat understanding of how our bodies information theory to me. I didn’t
John 13:21 (03-28-11)
(Verse of the Day)
Submitted at 3/28/2011 2:00:00 AM
After he had said this, Jesus was troubled in spirit and testified, "I tell you the truth, one of you is going to betray me." — John 13:21(NIV) Thoughts on Today's Verse... I can still remember my friend saying it in church one Sunday: "We think so badly of old Judas for betraying the Lord for 30 pieces of silver, but how many times do we betray him for nothing?" Ouch! What makes this so difficult for us to bear is Jesus' anguish knowing one of his own would betray him. Let's make every effort and call upon God's strength so that such betrayal can never be true of us! And if it ever is, let's make sure we run toward his grace with an honest desire to escape sin and come back to him! My Prayer... Jesus, I am sorry for the times I have broken your heart with my rebellion and neglect. Father God, I apologize for my lack of passion and zeal for your Son's sacrifice that saved me from sin and death. I want to live more vibrantly for Jesus so others may see him and come to know him. It is in his precious and holy name I pray. Amen.
Culture/ Daily Word/
March 28, 1979: Reactor Meltdown at Three Mile Island
Tony Long (Wired Top Stories)
Submitted at 3/28/2011 6:00:00 AM
1979: Equipment malfunction and human error lead to a partial reactor meltdown at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant near Middleton, Pennsylvania. It is the most serious accident ever involving a U.S. commercial nuclear facility. Things started going wrong at 4 a.m. when a malfunction caused the main feed-water pumps to stop running, leading to an overheating of the plant’s TMI-2 reactor. Although the reactor shut down automatically, a relief valve — which should have closed as the pressure decreased — failed to operate, causing coolant to leak out and the reactor’s core to overheat. Operators were unaware of the leak and erroneously assumed that the core was properly cooled. They attempted to relieve the pressure on the core by reducing the flow of coolant — exactly the wrong thing to do. Overheating caused the zirconium tubes where the nuclear fuel pellets were stored to rupture, and the pellets
began to melt. Only the structural integrity of the containment building’s walls prevented Three Mile Island from becoming a Chernobyl-style catastrophe. There was no rupture, meaning all the damage was contained within the facility. No deaths or injuries have ever been attributed to the Three Mile Island meltdown. But it did lead to tighter safety and design
regulations and more rigorous oversight by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Source: U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Photo: A cooling tower of the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant looms behind an abandoned playground. (Barry Thumma/AP) This article first appeared on Wired.com March 28, 2007. See Also:
• Wired Science — Understanding Japan's Nuclear Crisis • Danger Room — Despite Contamination, Navy Copters Keep Aiding Japan • Gadget Lab — How a Legacy From the 1800s Is Making Tokyo Dark Today • Reactor Drawings Make Nuclear History Beautiful • The Lasting Fallout of a
Nuclear Meltdown’s Data Gaps • Former 'No Nukes' Protester: Stop Worrying and Love Nuclear Power • China Takes Lead in Race for Clean Nuclear Power • Complete Wired.com coverage of nuclear energy • June 27, 1954: World's First Nuclear Power Plant Opens • Jan. 21, 1979: Neptune Moves Outside Pluto's Wacky Orbit • Jan. 25, 1979: Robot Kills Human • March 19, 1979: House Proceedings Air Live on C-SPAN • July 11, 1979: Look Out Below! Here Comes Skylab! • Sept. 24, 1979: First Online Service for Consumers Debuts • Oct. 10, 1979: Pac-Man Brings Gaming Into Pleistocene Era • March 28, 1910: It Floats, It Flies, It's a Seaplane 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: Libya and Oil.
Libya rebels advance
The World (PRI's The World)
Submitted at 3/28/2011 9:00:54 AM
Tweet The uprising against Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is in its sixth week. The rebels had been losing ground until the Western-
led air strikes began on March 19th. Those strikes have enabled the rebels to regain control of eastern Libya and they are now advancing west along the main coastal road. The rebels have set their sights on Colonel Gaddafi’s home town Sirte now. The city’s
Benghazi to the capital, Tripoli. • Follow Ben Gilbert on Twitter Correspondent Ben Gilbert is in Benghazi. Read tweets about Libya • • • • Live updates from the BBC Analysis: Turning Tide? Coalition firepower Pictures from Libya
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Internet Architect Paul Baran Dies at 5 Extreme Jobs for TV 84 Crews
John C Abell (Wired Top Stories)
Submitted at 3/28/2011 9:23:00 AM
Paul Baran. (© 2011 IEEE) Paul Baran, who dreamed up what became the internet’s fundamental architecture, an idea so out-of-this-world 50 years ago that AT&T wouldn’t deal with him, has died. He was 84. The New York Times reports that Baran died on Saturday from complications of lung cancer. Baran was working at the famed RAND corporation on a “ survivable” communications system in the early 1960s when he thought up one of its core concepts: breaking up a single message into smaller pieces, having them travel different, unpredictable paths to their destination, and only then putting them back together. It’s called packet switching and it’s how everything still gets gets to your e -mail inbox. The need to create a resilient network was considered critical in the early days of the Cold War, when fears of a nuclear attack on military command and control systems were especially ripe. Baran and others postulated that with near infinite redundancy on how a message could get from here to there, such a network could not be effectively destroyed
— and was thus a credible deterrent to even trying. Baran approached AT&T to build such a network. But the company, which at the time had the U.S. telephone monopoly and, backing Baran, could conceivably have also owned the internet, just didn’t see the possibilities. In a 2001 interview with Wired, Baran recounted his reception. The response was most interesting. The story I tell is of the time I went over to AT&T headquarters — one of many, many times — and there’s a group of old graybeards. I start describing how this works. One stops me and says, “Wait a minute, son. Are you trying to tell
us that you open the switch up in the middle of the conversation?” I say, “Yes.” His eyeballs roll as he looks at his associates and shakes his head. We just weren’t on the same wavelength. If you think in analog terms, the signal arrives instantaneously. If you think in digital terms, time moves very, very slowly, and you can do things like change the path while you’re in the middle of a syllable. But it was a mental block. They didn’t understand digital. It was mostly generational, but there were young analog guys who had the same problem. If a guy considered the model of transmission to be analog, transmission time was instantaneous. It was a hang-up that caused people to think I was bullshitting them or didn’t know what I was talking about. But the Air Force got it, and at the end of the 1960s, Defense Department’s Advanced Research Projects Agency built the Arpanet, which was subsequently replaced by the internet as we now know it. See Also: This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ content-only/faq.php. Five Filters featured article: Libya and Oil.
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during a rappelling descent. Cameraman Doty threw himself on top of Rinella to save him from Here's a riddle: What do you get a broken neck. A minute later, the when you put 12 New Yorkers in same rope coiled around Doty's a tent on the side of a mountain in leg and Rinella returned the lifeAlaska during a brutal rain storm saving favor. All in the name of with tens of thousands of dollars adventure reality TV. in camera equipment and little to Getting paid to make television no connection to the outside sounds like a dream job to most w o r l d ? W h y , a r e a l i t y T V couch potatoes, but in some production crew, of course! extreme situations, it can be a T h a t ' s h o w D a n D o t y , nightmare. Keep reading for our cameraman and outdoor safety l i s t o f t h e m o s t e x t r e m e expert described his experience a s s i g n m e n t s f o r T V c r e w s . during the filming of the Alaska This entry passed through the episode of The Travel Channel's Full-Text RSS service — if this is "The Wild Within" [source: your content and you're reading it Doty]. After that harrowing night on someone else's site, please read on the mountain, the show almost our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ lost its host, Steven Rinella, when content-only/faq.php. Five Filters a coil of rope holding 300 pounds featured article: Libya and Oil. (136 kilograms) of food and gear tangled around Rinella's foot
Jessica Simpson Gets the Star Treatment in a Special Issue of WWD
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talked to me about X Factor. I think it would be a lot of fun. It's definitely my life. To be a mentor Jessica Simpson is front and for up-and-coming artists is right center on a special insert in up my alley. I would have loved today's WWD focused on her to have a mentor. I love watching power in the fashion industry with people's dreams come true." her Jessica Simpson Collection, • On her wedding date:"No date which is poised to make a billion has been set yet. We've both been dollars in revenue. She spoke married before. We're enjoying about the hard work she and her our commitment to each other. mom, Tina, do for the line, with We want to take our time . . . I Jess getting final approval on will be part of designing my own e v e r y i t e m t h e y p r o d u c e . wedding gown. We might elope if Footwear is apparently the it gets to that point." category in which Jessica's brand • On what she likes to do best:"In does best, and she's hoping to my downtime, I'm wearing sweats m a t c h t h a t w i t h u p c o m i n g and on my couch catching up on releases in sportswear and, TV shows. My fiancé is really someday, makeup. Jessica spoke into art, and I am, as well. We've about her long hours to the been watching a lot of fun publication, touching on rumors documentaries and going to art she's joining The X Factor and galleries and hanging out with sharing more about meeting her some cool painters. My house is fiancé, Eric Johnson, as well as my little château. I like to stay their wedding plans. She said: home with my friends and cook, • On rumors about The X or we all order in. My house is a Factor:"They have definitely revolving door. I always have at
least five people over all the time." • On how she and Eric met:"He was out with some of my friends, and I was at home. One of my friends said, 'You should come back to Jessica's house.' He came to the door and said, 'This is Eric Johnson,' and I said, 'Who?' And he said he was coming to hang out. And I haven't let him leave the house. We got engaged at the house. It's one of those rare stories." • On Eric joining the family business:"No. Eric's a great guy. He's taking art classes at UCLA. He's very artistic. It's nice to have an artistic athlete. You don't find that too much . . . We're very relaxed. It takes a lot to get us stressed out. We talk through everything. You'll see him off in the corner, and what's Eric doing? He's just meditating." View Slideshow ›
From toxic waste to green cars
metal foam that is lighter than solid metal yet absorbs a higher Submitted at 3/28/2011 10:34:00 AM amount of energy under Millions of tons of toxic waste c o m p r e s s i o n . could be kept out of landfills by “Composite metal foams made using it to create lightweight with fly ash could be seamlessly composite metal foams for use in i n c o r p o r a t e d i n t o v e h i c l e a u t o m o t i v e a n d c o n s u m e r manufacture with no compromise products. More than 70 million in performance,” says Nikhil tons of fly ash—a poisonous by- Gupta, associate professor of product of coal combustion—are m e c h a n i c a l a n d a e r o s p a c e produced by coal power plants in engineering at the Polytechnic the U.S. every year, and more Institute of New York University. than half that amount is dumped Full story at Futurity. in landfills. More research news from top It contains hollow particles that, universities. when added to a molten metal Photo credit: NYU such as aluminum, create a porous Permalink| Leave a comment »
Katherine Heigl Brings Her On -Key Daughter Naleigh Along For a Visit to Grandma's House
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Madonna sued over Malawi school
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Katherine Heigl pushed her new short hair back behind her sunglasses yesterday when she headed out to visit her mother Nancy's home in LA with her young daughter, Naleigh. Nancy was able to go along with Katherine and her husband, Josh, on a recent Florida vacation, where the actress showed off a range of bikinis. The Kelley-Heigl gang got back to California last week, as Josh had to do interviews to support the release of his new album, Georgia Clay. He spoke about the musical atmosphere in his household and Naleigh's evolving tastes, saying,
Girls ostensibly following the change of plan not to build the school as planned," he told Submitted at 3/28/2011 11:04:02 AM Reuters news agency. "My clients Raising Malawi's decision to are also being forced to sign a drop plans for $15m elite discriminatory termination academy for girls cost workers' agreement before they are paid their jobs, claims lawyer their benefits." Eight charity workers in Malawi The papers were filed with are suing Madonna after the Malawi's industrial court, which collapse of her $15m (£9.4m) handles employment disputes. academy for girls cost them their Madonna's US representative was jobs. The employees' lawyer said not immediately available for they are taking the US singer to comment, but there were reports court for unfair dismissal and non that the singer is considering -payment of benefits. filing a counter-suit. Chirambo said some of the "She loves it when I sing - if I'm The board of Raising Malawi was playing the piano or guitar, she'll ousted after failing to start the workers he represented were come over and sing with me . . . building of an elite girls' school directly connected to the school She's a really smart girl. She'll amid allegations of financial project, while others taught come over and strum my guitar mismanagement, including lavish Kabbalah, a form of Jewish and even sing in the right key." spending on offices, cars and golf mysticism of which Madonna, 52, membership. is a devotee. View Slideshow › Madonna, who has adopted a boy The group includes Dr Anjimile and a girl from the southern Oponyo, who had been recruited African country, lent $11m to head the school. An audit by (£6.9m) to the charity and now the Global Philanthropy Group, sits on the board. The charity brought in by Madonna to rescue w o r k e r s ' l a w y e r , M z o n d i the charity, reportedly said of Chirambo, said the singer had 14 Oponyo: "Her charisma masks a days to respond to their concerns. lack of substantive knowledge of " T h e i r e m p l o y m e n t w a s the practical application of terminated by the trustees of educational development, and her Raising Malawi Academy for weak management skills are a
major contributor to the current financial and programmatic chaos." The school was to take in 500 girls and prepare them as female leaders of the future. When news of its demise emerged two months ago, the Malawian government expressed concern and there was anger among villagers who had sacrificed their homes to make way for the 47.4-hectare (117acre) site near the capital, Lilongwe. It was reported by the New York Times last week that $3.8m (£2.4m) had been spent on the abortive project. The charity's executive director, Philippe van den Bossche, the boyfriend of Madonna's former personal trainer, left in October amid criticism of his management style and cost overruns. • Malawi • Madonna • Universal primary education David Smith guardian.co.uk© Guardian News & Media Limited 2011 | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions| More Feeds
Gove announces EMA replacement
Andrew Sparrow (The Guardian World News)
country who are first in line for cuts? This government are picking the poorest teenagers in our Submitted at 3/28/2011 11:35:32 AM country, whilst at the same time Rolling coverage of all the day's giving gold plated subsidies to political developments as they i n d e p e n d e n t s c h o o l s , i t s a happen disgrace! 5.34pm: Gove has just said there 5.25pm: Gove is still making his was not much support for the statement. He says college heads EMA system to remain in its told him that they wanted the new current form. There was a shriek system to be discretionary. He of incredulity from someone on was making this point in response the Labour benches. Gove insisted to an MP who said that Gove was he was right. If Labour had passing on responsibility for listened to what people actually saying people would not be thought, they might have stayed in getting the new EMA to colleges. power, he said. 5.19pm: Here are some more 5.30pm: James Mills, head of the details about the schemes that I've S a v e E M A c a m p a i g n , i s picked up from the Department describing Gove's statement as a for Education's news release, partial U-turn. He's put out this w h i c h s h o u l d b e o n t h e statement. department's website soon. This is clearly a small victory for • Giving 12,000 of the most Save EMA as it was us who vulnerable children £1,2000 will scared Gove into paying current cost around £15m. This money is students on EMA, but the war only going to a very tightly continues as the government are defined group of vulnerable cutting EMA by 60% instead of children. It includes those on 90% and many hundreds of i n c o m e s u p p o r t ( b u t n o t housands of the poorest pupils necessarily those whose parents will no longer receive EMA ... are on income support). If Michael Gove thinks that he • The discretionary fund, which deserves credit after giving 70p will allow colleges to distribute extra a week to 12,000 of the money to poor children, will be poorest students whilst at the worth £165m. Colleges will have same time taking away £30 a the freedom to decide how they week to many of their classmates pay this money, and whether to whose finances are marginally link it to behaviour or attendance. better, then he really is delusional. • The government is launching an Remember that currently 80% of eight-week consultation on its those on EMA are from families plans. whose household income is below 5.13pm: Simon Hughes, the Lib £21,000 a year. Dem deputy leader who helped Why is it the poorest kids in our Gove develop his scheme, says he
thinks it's a "grown-up" successor to EMA. 5.11pm: Labour's Paul Goggins says Gove has caused "huge confusion" for students. When Gove says no child will be stopped from staying on at school through poverty, how does he define poverty? Gove says there should be enough money for everyone eligible for free school meals to receive £800 a year. 5.09pm: Andy Burnham said that Michael Gove's statement could not disguise the fact that Gove was imposing a 60% cut. In his response to Gove, he repeated many of the points he made in the comment he released earlier. See 4.40pm. 4.52pm: Gove is still speaking. He says that, in order to raise achievement, the government has extended the academies programme, introduced the English baccalaureate and introduced the pupil premium. In the budget George Osborne released £125m to build schools and colleges. There will be a new generation of technical colleges, he says. No young person must be stopped from staying on at school on financial grounds. But is it fair to pay 45% of students a cash incentive to stay on at school when the money could be directed at the poorest, he says. Alan Johnson said in 2007 that in future Labour would not use EMA. Instead it would produce a
more targeted scheme, he says. (I don't recognise this quote. I will try to post it in full later.) Every family paying the basic rate of tax where children stay on at school after 16 will receive more in child benefit, he says. • Some 12,000 pupils will receive an annual bursary of £1,200 if they stay on in education. This group includes those in care, care leavers and those on income support (ie, teenage parents, teenagers who are severely disabled and teenagers living away from home). This is more annually than they received under EMA. • Those most in need currently on EMA will be protected. All young people who began courses in 2009 -10 and who were told they would get EMA will continue to get their weekly payments. And those who started in 2010-11 and who get the maximum payment, £30 a week, will continue to get at least £20 a week until the end of the next academic year. • There will also be a new, post16 bursary scheme. This will cover the costs of travel, food and equipment for poorer students. There will be £180m in the fund. This means every child eligible for free school meals who chooses to stay on could be paid £800 a year, "more than many receive under the current EMA arrangements." • Schools and colleges will have the freedom to decide who they allocate the money from this bursary. It will be available from
September. 4.49pm: Michael Gove is making his statement now. He says it builds on the work of colleagues, such as David Laws, Sarah Teather, Nick Clegg and Simon Hughes (all Lib Dems). Britain has been falling behind other nations, he says. England has slipped down the interntional educational rankings. The OECD has said that England has one of the most unequal systems of education in the developed world. Nearly half of school leavers never succeed five decent GCSEs, including English and Maths. There is a particular problem with vocational education, he says. But apprenticeships are now going up. More young people are being trained for work. 4.40pm: Michael Gove is about to make his statement about the replacement for the education maintenance allowance. For some background on the subject, here's a reading list • A House of Commons library note about the education maintenance allowance. • A BBC Q&A about EMA. • Barriers to participation in education and training, a report from the Department for Education. This is the report used by the government to justify the abolition of EMA because it found only 12% of young people receiving EMA would have given up education if they had failed to GOVE page 55
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get the money. (See paragraph 5.9 on page 54.) • A report from the Institute for Fiscal Studies saying EMA is cost -effective. • The Save EMA campaign website. And here is a statement that Andy Burnham, the shadow education secretary, has put out ahead of Gove's statement. Michael Gove has slashed funding for young people who need help to stay on in education. This is yet another chaotic announcement from the Education Secretary. From school building to school sport and Bookstart it's the same old story - no consultation, botched decisions and no grip on the detail. Now with talk of yet another legal challenge to one of his decisions, he looks set to announce funding that doesn't go far enough to support these teenagers who want to continue learning. We also need to know where this money has come from - will we see further cuts to other parts of the education budget to pay for this? If it is additional money from the Treasury then why on earth wasn't it in last week's Budget? Young people are bearing the brunt of this shambolic Government. At a time when they should be looking ahead to exams, they are worrying about whether they will have the financial support they need to stay in education – it's a betrayal of young people and will lead to more of them dropping out. With
youth unemployment at nearly one million, this Government should have kept their promise to retain EMA instead of risking a lost generation of young people. 4.33pm: Labour's Thomas Docherty asks if service personnel involved in the operation in Libya will be exempt from redundancy. Cameron says the government has already said that those on duty in Afghanistan, about to go on tour or just returning home won't be issued with redundancy notices. The same should apply to anyone on active duty serving their country, he says. 4.26pm: Cameron says more than 40 foreign ministers will attend the Libyan conference in London tomorrow. The UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, is also coming, he says. 4.23pm: Cameron says he "would not be at all surprised" if Colonel Gaddafi were to announce some "all-encompassing ceasefire" ahead of tomorrow's conference in London. 4.22pm: Labour's Chris Bryant asks Cameron if he will publish the note of the conversation between Alistair Darling and George Osborne about Britain joining the EU financial stability mechanism. Cameron says that he will look into this. He says he is confident that Osborne told Darling that he did not agree with what Darling was doing. 4.14pm: Cameron's statement was mostly about Libya, but he also talked about the EU summit at the end of last week and, in the course of that, he talked about the
prospect of Britain having to contribute to another EU bail out. He said Britain was committed to contributing under a deal agreed by Alistair Darling on the weekend after the general election, before the coalition took over. George Osborne told Darling at the time that he did not support the move. Alistair Darling has just told Cameron that he gave a "somewhat incomplete account" of the conversation Darling had with Osborne at the time. Darling said he did not have the power to block the plan, because it was going to go through anyway under the qualified majority procedure. 4.10pm: Cameron is responding to Miliband now. Cameron will keep the Commons informed. In his first 10 months as prime minister, he has made 15 statements to the Commons. That is more than Margaret Thatcher, John Major, Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, he says. The emphasis is still on protecting people, he says. The government is now "in proper contact" with the rebels, he says. 4.06pm: Ed Miliband is responding now. He asks if efforts are being made to remind the rebels that they have humanitarian obligations too. Will Cameron confirm that the UN resolution is designed to protect the Libyan people, not just one group of Libyans? Who will be in charge of postconflict planning? Will Cameron be willing to recall
parliament during the Easter recess if events in Libya change? 4.03pm: Downing Street has released the text of the joint letter issued by David Cameron and Nicolas Sarkozy, the French president, about Libya. Here's an extract. In the words of the Arab League resolution, the current regime has completely lost its legitimacy. Qadhafi must therefore go immediately. We call on all his followers to leave him before it is too late. We call on all Libyans who believe that Qadhafi is leading Libya into a disaster to take the initiative now to organize a transition process. In our view, this could include the Interim National Transitional Council, the pioneering role of which we recognize, the civil society leaders as well as all those prepared to join the process of transition to democracy. We encourage them to begin a national political dialogue, leading to a representative process of transition, constitutional reform and preparation for free and fair elections. To help Libya make this transition, we are today also calling on all the participants at the London conference to give their strong support. We have averted a humanitarian disaster but Libya still faces a humanitarian crisis. In London, our countries will come together with the United Nations, the European Union, the African Union, NATO and the Arab League to consider how we can
bring urgent relief now, and how we can support the needs of the people of Libya in the future. In the last few weeks, the Libyan people have demonstrated their courage and their determination. Like all other peoples, they have the right freely to choose their leaders. We must unite to help them make a new beginning. 3.55pm: David Cameron is making his statement about Libya and the EU summit now. He says the no-fly zone is having a "significant beneficial effect". He mentions the bombing raid by British Tornado jets this morning. (3.01pm.) He says Nato is now in complete charge of the operation. Qatari jets have taken part in the mission to enforce the no-fly zone, he says. Five Arab nations will be represented at the conference in London tomorrow about Libya. Cameron says there must be the maximum diplomatic unity around the world to make the pressure on Gaddafi effective. Europe is "fully on board with this mission", he says. Danish, Dutch and Spanish aircraft are flying over Libya today to help enforce the no-fly zone. Britain and France are issuing a joint statement ahead of tomorrow's conference, he says. The people of Libya must decide who governs them. They have a far better chance of being able to do so as a result of what has GOVE page 56
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happened over the last week, he says. 3.54pm: The May statement is over. Here's the key point. • May to consider giving the police the power to ban known troublemakers from attending political demonstrations. 3.53pm: May dodges a third attempt to get her to condemn Boris Johnson. 3.52pm: Simon Hart, a Conservative who used to run the Countryside Alliance, says he bought more than 400,000 people on a march to London and they did not leave so much as a broken window. May agrees; she says she attended the Countryside Alliance pro-hunting march herself. 3.50pm: Labour's Emily Thornberry says the police operation was successful because the police differentiated between the peaceful majority and the violent minority. Does not that illustrate why it was so wrong for Johnson to conflate the two? May says the opposition are keen to talk about the mayor because they do not want to talk about Ed Miliband's speech. 3.49pm: Labour's Mike Gapes asks May to say that Boris Johnson's remarks were "unacceptable". May says Johnson is responsible for police as mayor of London. She does not defend his comments, but she does not condemn them either. In fact, she dodged the question entirely. 3.47pm: In response to a question from the Conservative MP Justin Tomlinson, May says she
investigating whether those who caused damage can be forced to pay for it. The Riot Act of 1886 has things to say on this, she says. 3.46pm: Theresa May says football banning orders have been successful. That is why she has asked the police if it would be useful for them to have those powers in relationship to demonstrations. 3.43pm: Julian Brazier, a Conservative, says it was "ludicrous" for Ed Miliband to address the rally on Saturday in the language of Abraham Lincoln. May says many MPs will agree. She wonders how many in the audience realised Miliband would also have cut spending if he had been in power. 3.41pm: Keith Vaz, the Labour chairman of the home affairs committee, suggests the police do need more powers to police demonstrations like this. 3.38pm: Theresa May says she did not withdraw a statement she was going to make today. She says she is grateful for the the work done by police support staff. She says she wants to consider the case for pre-emptive banning orders, of the kind used against football hooligans. She does condemn Boris Johnson. Instead, she criticises Yvette Cooper for introducing a partisan tone to the exchanges. 3.34pm: Yvette Cooper says she tabled her urgent question because May withdrew plans to make a statement herself. Like May, she condemns the violent protesters in
the strongest terms. She asks May to pay tribute to the police civilian staff who supported the officers on duty. She asks May if she will instigate a coordinate effort to stop anarchist groups hijacking protests like this. And she quotes Boris Johnson's comment about Ed Miliband's being "quietly satisfied" about the violence. (See 11.23am.) Will May condemn those comments? 3.30pm: Theresa May says 4,500 police officers were on duty in London on Saturday policing the march. Up to 500,000 people attended it. She wants to express her gratitude to officers who put themselves in harm's way. And she wants to condemn in the strongest possible terms the behaviour of the mindless minority who caused violence. • Some 56 officers were hurt, of whom 12 required hospital treatment. • Another 53 members of the public were hurt. • More than 200 people were arrested, of whom 149 have been charged. More charges are expected to follow. May says she will review the powers available to the police. I have asked the police whether they need further powers to prevent violence before it occurs. I am willing to consider powers which would ban known hooligans from rallies and marches and I will look into the powers the police already have to force the removal of face
coverings and balaclavas. If the police need more help to do their work, I will not hesitate in granting it to them. • May to consider giving the police the power to ban "known hooligans" from attending demonstrations. • Powers available to the police to order the removal of masks also to be reviewed. 3.25pm: Theresa May, the home secretary, will be answering the urgent question about the policing of the demonstration on Saturday at 3.30pm. Yvette Cooper, the shadow home secretary, has tabled the question. 3.01pm: RAF jets attacked Libyan ammunition dumps early this morning, the Ministry of Defence said today. Here's the statement from its spokesman, Major General John Lorimer. Following the retreat of Colonel Gaddafi's forces from most of the coastal towns east of Sirte, RAF Tornados have joined other coalition aircraft patrolling over Misrata where, despite significant losses as a result of air strikes, the regime continues to mount attacks on the town. During the early hours of this morning, Tornado GR4 aircraft conducted strike missions against Libyan ammunition bunkers in the Sabha area in the southern Libya desert. Tornado GR4 aircraft flew from RAF Marham and were refuelled en route by Tristar tanker aircraft from RAF Brize Norton. Storm Shadow missiles were launched against ammunition bunkers used to re-supply Libyan government
troops attacking civilians in the north of the country, including Misrata. Initial reports suggest that the bunkers have been destroyed and that the Libyan government has been denied ammunition it uses to threaten civilians in the north of the country. 2.49pm: According to the Press Association, Boris Johnson has now suggested that the TUC should contribute to the cost of cleaning up the mess caused the small number of violent protesters who broke away from the main anti-cuts demonstrations on Saturday. When you look at what the police had to do, coping with the aggression that they faced from people in Piccadilly and elsewhere, I think they did a very good job in tough circumstances. There is a balance to be struck between really heavy-handed restraint of protesters and being too lax and I think they got that balance right. Obviously there has been damage to property and it would be a wonderful thing, frankly, if the organisers of the march would contribute to the costs of clearing it up. In response, Dave Prentis, the Unison general secretary, said Johnson was being absurd. Boris Johnson is right to say that the violence on Saturday had nothing to do with the hundreds of thousands of peaceful protesters on the TUC march. It is therefore ridiculous to suggest that the TUC GOVE page 57
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should pay towards the clean-up operation. Will he ask the Queen and Prince Philip to chip in if there is violence on the royal wedding day? Nigel Stanley, the TUC head of campaigns, also criticised the mayor's comment. The Metropolitan police have made absolutely clear that the violence and vandalism on Saturday had nothing to do with the TUC or our supporters. Indeed our stewards were also subject to attack by the very small minority who tried to hijack our event. It is disappointing that the mayor can't tell the difference between the near half-million peaceful TUC demonstrators and the tiny number of trouble makers for whom we have no responsibility. 2.39pm: Britain is sending 100 tonnes of bottled water to Japan, Andrew Mitchell, the international development secretary, announced this afternoon. The water will be sent from Hong Kong and will be distributed to people living in the Ibaraki prefecture, following an urgent request from the Japanese authorities. 1.59pm: According to PoliticsHome, the poorest 12,000 pupils will receive a guaranteed £1,200 a year under the scheme being announced by Michael Gove to replace the education maintenance allowance. That means they will get more than they do now, as the BBC has said (see 1.01pm) - but only by £30 a year. Gove will spend £180m on the new scheme, but most of it
will go to schools and colleges that will have discretion as to how they use the money to help poor pupils, PoliticsHome says. Even if the new programme costs £180m, it will be far less generous than EMA, which costs more than £500m. 1.01pm: Here's a lunchtime summary. • Up to 12,000 of the poorest students could benefit under the government's plans to replace the education maintenance allowance, it has been claimed. Michael Gove, the education secretary, will publish details of the new scheme this afternoon and the BBC says 12,000 of the poorest pupils will get more than they do now. Overall, though, thousands of pupils will lose out because the new scheme will be far less generous than the £500m programme it replaces. It has been claimed that Gove will spend £180m on the initiative, more than was originally planned. (See 12.35pm.) • Lord Ashdown has suggested that Nato leaders should consider the case for a ceasefire in Libya. Downing Street said there would have to be a "genuine ceasefire" before the attacks by coalition forces, which are designed to protect civilians from Colonel Gaddafi's forces, could stop. David Cameron will say more about this when he makes a statement to MPs at 3.30pm. (See 8.51am and 12.11pm.) • A report published by Ashdown has said that by 2015 around 375m people will be affected by
climate related disasters every year. It urges the government to improve the way it responds to international disasters. "For too long the performance of the international humanitarian system has been inconsistent and far less than the sum of its parts," Ashdown said following the publication of his report (pdf), which was commissioned by Andrew Mitchell, the international development secretary. There are more details in the Department for International Development's news release.(See 8.51am and 10.49am.) • Cameron has urged people to set up their own businesses."I want to make a direct appeal to everyone who's sitting at home or at their desk thinking about starting their own business," he said at the launch of StartUp Britain, an initiative designed to support entrepreneurs. "Now is the time to do it. If you've been turning over a good idea for years, now is the time to make something of it." (See 9.16am.) • Harriet Harman has urged Boris Johnson to withdraw what she described as a "disgraceful" claim that Ed Miliband was "quietly satisfied" with the disorder that followed Saturday's anti-cuts demonstration."This is typical of Boris Johnson - thoughtless, shallow and plain wrong," Harman said. (See 11.23am.) 12.52pm: There's going to be an urgent question in the Commons at 3.30pm on the violence after the anti-cuts demonstration in
London on Saturday. That means the timetable for this afternoon will run roughly like this: 3.30pm: A Home Office minister replies to the question about the demonstration. Around 4pm: David Cameron makes a statement on the EU summit and Libya. Around 5pm: Michael Gove makes his statement about replacing the education maintenance allowance. (See 12.35pm.) 12.35pm: Michael Gove will announce a replacement to the educational maintenance allowance in the Commons this afternoon. Ministers always said they would replace the scheme, which pays children from lowincome families up to £30 a week to stay on in school and which costs more than £500m a year, with targeted help for the very poorest pupils, but we did not know how generous this would be. In January John Hayes, the skills minister, told the Financial Times(subscription) that only a "very small amount of money" would be available to pay for the replacement. But, according to a story by Andrew Grice in the Independent on Saturday, Gove will announce that the new scheme will be worth £180m a year. The figure is more generous than expected and follows a lastminute intervention by Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister. Only £75m was earmarked for the replacement scheme in last autumn's spending review. That
was raised to £111m after pressure from the Liberal Democrats. In negotiations alongside talks on the Budget, Mr Clegg squeezed a further £70m out of the Treasury. The deal was approved by David Cameron, the Chancellor George Osborne and the Education Secretary Michael Gove. The majority of the new budget will be distributed to colleges to award, at their discretion, to students from less privileged backgrounds. A smaller proportion will be earmarked for automatic payments to students with special needs such as the disabled. Mr Clegg also won a pledge that the amount of money being spent would be reviewed, which could boost the fund in 2012-13. 12.11pm: Asked about calls for a ceasefire in Libya (see 8.51am), the prime minister's spokesman told journalists at the Number 10 lobby briefing: "We want to see a ceasefire, but we want to see a genuine ceasefire." David Cameron is going to say more about Libya when he makes a statement on the outcome of the EU summit in the Commons at 3.30pm. 12.09pm: Ed Miliband is going to join Charles Kennedy, the former Lib Dem leader, and Caroline Lucas, the Green party leader, on a cross-party platform to call for a Yes vote in the referendum on the alternative vote, it was confirmed today. GOVE page 58
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11.33am: You can read all today's Guardian politics stories here. And all the politics stories filed yesterday, including some in today's paper, are here. As for the rest of the papers, I've already mentioned the Nick Clegg interview in the FT (see 10.01am) and Boris Johnson's column in the Telegraph (see 11.23am). Here are three other articles worth noting. • Nigel Morris in the Independent says Chris Huhne, the Lib Dem energy secretary, has written an angry letter to his cabinet colleague Lady Warsi, the Conservative co-chairman, about the tactics being used by the No to AV campaign. [Huhne] targeted his anger at his Tory Cabinet colleague, Baroness Warsi, in a bluntly worded letter that exposed the growing strains between the Coalition partners on the issue. Mr Huhne challenged her, as the Tory chairman and a patron of the "no" campaign, to pull the plug on its "scaremongering and misleading" publicity. He attacked the £250m claim, which has been backed by the message that the money could be used to treat sick babies or buy body armour for soldiers, as the "politics of the gutter". Mr Huhne, the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, wrote: "When David Cameron launched his 'no' campaign, he said this should not be a source of tension between us or risk breaking the Coalition. It won't, if your 'no' camp now withdraws
these disgraceful advertisements and campaigns on facts not fears, substance not smears." • Rosa Prince in the Daily Telegraph says Ed Miliband has been criticised for comparing the anti-cuts protest on Saturday with the American civil rights movement. [David Davis, the Tory MP] said: "I suspect the brave people of the civil rights movement will be shocked to hear the Labour leader undertake such hyperbole as to compare a march like this to the sort of heroic acts they had to undertake to win fundamental rights." • Mary Ann Sieghart in the Independent says it may be becoming impossible for a prime minister of any party to opt out of state education. But what about George Osborne? His children started at a state primary – another good Church of England school in Westminster – but have moved to a private prep school. For now, he can get away with it. He has always been more private about his family than Cameron. Chancellors, unlike Prime Ministers, aren't expected to bare all. The public perception of Osborne, though, is that he is rather more snooty and less affable than Cameron. Although he didn't go to Eton, he betrays a certain haughtiness. If the Chancellor were to run for leader in eight or 10 years' time, the fact that his children were at private school might serve to confirm that reputation. His Tory colleagues are now
intrigued to see what decision the Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt takes when his baby is older. He is ambitious, and widely thought to be Osborne's main rival for the leadership when Cameron goes. Hunt too is rich, but he made his own money rather than inheriting it. If Hunt chooses the state system, the race could easily be portrayed as one between old, privileged and new, meritocratic Tory. 11.23am: In his Daily Telegraph column today Boris Johnson claims that Ed Miliband will be "quietly satisfied" with the disorder that followed Saturday's anti-cuts demonstration. All we have had from Labour is some generalised hatred of wealth -creators, especially in the City of London, and the intelligent proposal from a senior Labour figure that members of the financial services industry should be "machine-gunned". In the absence of any other programme from the Left, it is perhaps not surprising that the extremists behave as they do. The sad thing is that in spite of their crocodile tears, Balls and Miliband will feel quietly satisfied by the disorder – a token, they will tell themselves, of the public feeling that is out there to exploit. Harriet Harman, Labour's deputy leader, has just issued a statement calling the allegation "disgraceful". This is typical of Boris Johnson thoughtless, shallow and plain wrong. He should withdraw this disgraceful allegation
immediately. Instead of attacking the Labour leader Boris Johnson should be listening to the hundreds of thousands of people who marched peacefully. 11.08am: A third Conservative has stood down as a candidate in the Scottish elections, the BBC reports. It says David Meikle had demanded an investigation into the ranking of candidates for the party's Glasgow's list, alleging electoral malpractice. 10.54am: Michael Gove will make a statement in the Commons at 4.30pm on the replacement for the educational maintenance allowance. 10.49am: The Ashdown report into the way Britain responds to humanitarian emergencies has not even formally been launched yet, but the British Red Cross has already issued a response. This is from Sir Nick Young, its chief executive. Reducing the need to deploy teams from overseas by building local resilience and capacity to respond is absolutely key in improving disaster response. Money invested in disasterpreparedness can pay for itself many times over once disaster strikes, and doing so makes perfect humanitarian and economic sense. The Ashdown Review is a welcome opportunity to ensure more efficient emergency assistance, and should translate to more effective aid helping more vulnerable people. 10.01am: I'll post a full round-up of what's in the papers later. But it's worth doing something
separate on the Nick Clegg interview in the Financial Times (subscription), which is full of good lines. • Clegg said the budget was essentially a Lib Dem budget. Asked what would have been different if he had written it without Conservative input, he said: "Not much. This Budget was pretty close to what would have been delivered if I was prime minister and we had a Liberal Democrat chancellor." • He suggested property taxes could go up to fund a cut in the 50p rate of tax."A liberal tax system rewards work and enterprise and captures pollution and unearned wealth," Clegg said. He pointed out that, in his budget speech, George Osborne talked about redoubling efforts "to find ways of ensuring that owners of high value property cannot avoid paying their fair share." Yesterday Vince Cable, the business secretary, suggested the government could revive the Lib Dem plan for a "mansions tax" on properties worth more than £2m. Clegg ruled this out, and said the government would consider other ways of taxing property. "It could be a range of things: the way the council tax system is structured; the way stamp duty is structured," he said. • He accused Ed Miliband of "slightly infantile" party political point-scoring. Clegg used the phrase in relation to Miliband's decision not to share a pro-AV GOVE page 60
Tackling the media scrum
Stephen Abell (The Guardian World News)
Submitted at 3/28/2011 11:37:20 AM
The Press Complaints Commission's anti-harassment hotline often allows people in the news to regain their privacy Media scrums – the crowds of reporters, photographers and hangers-on that assemble around a celebrity or people in the news – are a feature of British journalism. They may congregate because of a legitimate news story where an unfortunate family is the centre of attention, or they may be made up of freelance paparazzi in pursuit of a celebrity shot. We saw them after the Cumbria shootings, where the media descended on the Whitehaven area, seeking to explain what had happened. Or they can crop up following stories of marital infidelity by public figures, or whenever scandal looms. The Press Complaints Commission has developed a system to deal with the issue, and we hope more people will become aware of it. A 24-hour antiharassment hotline allows people facing unwelcome press attention to get in touch with a senior member of the PCC team at any time to ask for help. We can then disseminate their request for privacy across the whole newspaper and magazine industry, to some news and picture agencies, and to broadcasters.
It is an interesting (perhaps) regulatory wrinkle that the broadcasting regulator, Ofcom, has no powers prior to transmission, and so cannot deal formally with concerns about the presence of broadcast crews. The PCC fills the void by communicating directly with broadcasters. A PCC "desist request" is an example of collaborative work across the industry, rather than any form of legalistic restraining order. Because it is voluntary, it can be more effective than a confrontational legal approach, at least as an initial response to a problem. The PCC circulates about 100 requests every year. So about twice a week we are using a system of voluntary collaboration to protect the privacy of people who ask for our help. This has increased year-on-year for the last three years, as more people become aware of the service and it becomes more established in newsrooms. The request goes to relevant senior figures within each news organisation: editors, managing editors, legal departments. The idea is simple: we are providing journalists with information to prevent them intruding on people's lives by contacting or photographing them. It is worth emphasising that this is no more than a request, but the code enforced by the PCC
requires that editors heed such a request (either by instructing members of staff, or not taking freelance copy), unless they feel that the public interest will be served by persistent approaches. In the case of a family coming to terms with the death of a loved one, no such public interest is likely to be present. The system does not assume that no one involved in a news event will wish to speak to the press. Even in the saddest stories there are those who wish to communicate their thoughts about what has happened. However, we feel the PCC can perform a legitimate service in representing those who have decided not to speak. The response is generally immediate and effective. Indeed, that is why we proactively contact those at the centre of news stories to offer our services either directly to them or via representatives, such as police family liaison officers or MPs. During the recent inquest we did a lot of work with families in west Cumbria connected to the Derrick Bird shootings, and will visit the region soon to meet them face-toface. An example of someone who approached us directly was a mother whose son had taken his own life. She was aware there would be legitimate attention from the media in the inquest but asked the PCC to make clear that
she did not wish to offer any comment. This wish was respected, and we were told a few days later that we had helped during the particularly difficult days. At the heart of all of this is the intent to protect the vulnerable. The strict rules on photographing or approaching children, for example, are widely followed. But a large number of those contacting the PCC are concerned about how the presence of journalists might adversely affect their children, and we seek to ensure those concerns are allayed. One key constituency is mothers connected to those in the public eye, who wish to pursue their normal lives with their children without harassment. Once editors are aware of a potential problem, the market for such images is reduced, and the pressure on the individual is relieved. In the end, the system has applications across all types of journalism. It is now regularly used by public figures (often via PRs and lawyers) who are the victims of paparazzi harassment. The idea is that we are able to inform editors of concerns about general paparazzi behaviour, or specific incidents. If an individual is being subject to persistent pursuit and harassment (being followed in cars, say, or staked out at home), we want to warn editors so they do not become complicit in
behaviour that is in breach of their own code. One benefit of this all of this that editorial decisions are left in the hands of editors. This is not a watered-down injunctive system. However, it means that editors are given the relevant information to make responsible decisions, and are expected to do so. It is striking – as complainants will testify – how often such decisions are taken. This is not to say there is no place for legal action, or that problems do not arise, but rather that the PCC offers a service that is free, confidential and collaborative, which should be viewed as a legitimate and effective option. It will never be a perfect solution to a potentially messy problem, but it is a practical response that can bring real relief to those who use it. Stephen Abell is the director of the Press Complaints Commission • Media law • Privacy & the media • Press Complaints Commission • Newspapers & magazines • National newspapers • Newspapers • TV news • Television industry Stephen Abell guardian.co.uk© Guardian News & Media Limited 2011 | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions| More Feeds
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platform with him. "He's elevated personal abuse into a sort of strategy," Clegg said. • He said the Lib Dems "now occupy a very commanding position in the intellectual debate." This was a reference to the way the budget plans to raise the income tax allowance and to crack down on tax avoidance came from the Lib Dem manifesto, and to the fact that Danny Alexander first proposed the windfall tax on North Sea oil companies. • He played down the suggestion that he was the most unpopular politician in the UK. Speaking to George Parker on a train from Sheffield to London, he said: Of course there are people who are angry. Of course there are people who are particularly smarting about the difficult issues we've had to deal with, not least on tuition fees. But look: we're sitting here in a second-class carriage, right? Everyone knows who I am. But are people hurling tomatoes at me? • He said Britain had to avoid "mission creep" in Libya."We have to be prepared to show iron self-restraint at some point and accept that there is a line beyond which we cannot and will not go as an international community," he said. 9.16am: David Cameron wants
you to start a business. He's speaking at the launch of StartUp Britain later this morning but Downing Street have released some words from his speech already. This is what he's going to say. I want to make a direct appeal to everyone who's sitting at home or at their desk thinking about starting their own business. Now is the time to do it. If you've been turning over a good idea for years – now is the time to make something of it. If you're working for a big firm but know you could do a better job on your own – now is the time to make the leap. If you're dreaming about starting up the next great British brand - now is the time to make it happen. There are thousands of people out there who are entrepreneurs but they just don't know it yet. There are millions of success stories that haven't been written yet. So seize this moment. Take these opportunities. Make it happen – and together we can drive our economy forward. StartUp Britain is a private sector organisation. More than 60 companies have offered support and people who want to launch businesses can use its website to find out what help is available. (Companies have offered things like 10% off business insurance.)
Cameron is also going to announce measures to promote enterprise in schools, such as an extension of the Tenner Tycoon programme and help for schools to run their own businesses through the enterprise champions programme. 8.51am: Lord Ashdown has been giving interviews this morning. The former Lib Dem leader has been invited onto Radio 4 and Radio 5 Live to talk about his report about the way the government responds to humanitarian disasters, but he has also been talking about Libya. PoliticsHome have been monitoring what he's been saying. Here are the key points. • Ashdown said Nato leaders should start thinking about the need for a ceasefire in Libya. He said that the rebels were making good progress against Colonel Gaddafi's forces, but that this was creating three dangers. One is a military danger, one is a legal danger, one is a political danger. These guys are now going hell for leather down that coast road. I guess they are not tremendously good on command and control. The legal issue is protecting civilians. There is a real military risk as well that [the rebels] over extend themselves, and face a counter attack by the Gaddafi forces. There is a legal
danger. Now this is not about protecting civilians, it looks as though it might be about regime change. Does that extend us beyond the UN resolution? That leads to a political danger - could some of the Arab nations whose support for this is essential hop off? Ashdown said he thought it was "time for those who are thinking about the direction of this campaign to start thinking of a ceasefire". • He said the Department for International Development should take a leading role internationally in planning for humanitarian emergencies because disasters were going to become more common. The reason for this is basically twofold. One is increasing global warming in the Himalaya Hindu Kush area in particular, the third greatest concentration of snow and ice in the world. The second is increasing population densities, in places like Pakistan. People are living in the flood plains where they've never lived before. We believe these are going to be more frequent, and what that means that being good - as DfID is - isn't good enough. We're going to have to look at ways that we change completely with the way that we deal with these things. 8.43am: It's relatively quiet at
Westminster this morning. Here's what's in the diary. 11am: David Cameron speaks at the launch of StartUp Britain, a campaign by entrepreneurs to encourage people to start their own businesses. 11am: Andrew Mitchell, the international development secretary, and Lord Ashdown speak at the launch of Ashdown's report into how the government responds to humanitarian disasters. 2.30pm: Iain Duncan Smith, the work and pensions secretary, takes questions in the Commons. 3.30pm: Cameron is expected to make a Commons statement on last week's EU summit. I'm sure it will pick up. I'll be looking at the best politics stories in the papers, covering all the breaking political news and bringing you the best politics from the web. I'll post a lunchtime summary at around 1pm, and an afternoon one at about 4.30pm. Andrew Sparrow guardian.co.uk© Guardian News & Media Limited 2011 | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions| More Feeds
Return of the bubble perm
Ian J Griffiths (The Guardian World News)
CI5 agency. The original series starred Martin Shaw as Doyle, a hot-headed Submitted at 3/28/2011 11:10:49 AM police detective, and Lewis Shooting expected to begin later Collins as ruthless former SAS this year on film version of cult sergeant and mercenary Bodie. 70s detective show that starred Running for 57 episodes on ITV Martin Shaw and Lewis Collins between 1977 and 1983, it offered The nostalgic trend for cult a six-year showcase for bubble c l a s s i c t e l e v i s i o n s h o w s perms and polo neck jumpers. resurfacing on the big screen Lionsgate said the film would looks set to continue with a big take up the story of Bodie and s c r e e n r e m a k e o f l a t e 7 0 s Doyle's first CI5 mission together. favourite The Professionals. Zygi Kamasa, the studio's UK Studio Lionsgate has acquired the chief executive, said: "This rights to produce a film version of production will combine the wit the adventures of Bodie and and fast-paced action of the Doyle, the style-conscious, crime- original TV series but also fighting vanguard of the fictional completely reinvent it for a new,
modern audience." The company will team up with producers Callum McDougall, who was an executive producer on the last two James Bond films, and Richard Whelan, who worked on Marvel's Captain America. Shooting is expected to begin in the UK later this year. • Action and adventure • The news on TV • Television Ian J Griffiths guardian.co.uk© Guardian News & Media Limited 2011 | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions| More Feeds
John Corbett Previews Tara's New Season
Megan Walsh-Boyle (TVGuide.com: Breaking News)
season? Corbett:[ Laughs] I think the show will be over when she's Submitted at 3/28/2011 10:20:00 AM better. John Corbett TV Guide Magazine: What's the There's no such thing as too state of her marriage to Max? much John Corbett! After a sweet Corbett: It's always dipped in a stint on Parenthood last month, lot of love, but there's a lot of the former Sex and the City star craziness going on, too. This r e t u r n s a s t h e u l t i m a t e season, we get to see what Max's levelheaded hubby in Showtime's threshold may be — how much is United States of Tara. Here, he really willing to put up with? Corbett tells us what's shaking on TV Guide Magazine: In Episode and off the show. 3, we're introduced to Max's TV Guide Magazine: Is Tara hoarding mom (guest Frances "cured" of her dissociative Conroy). How much insight will i d e n t i t y d i s o r d e r a f t e r h e r she offer into Max's psyche? breakthrough at the end of last Corbett: Max's dad was married
to a lady with some mental problems, too, but he didn't stick around — he bailed when Max
was young. That's a conflicting thing for Max. TV Guide Magazine: Speaking of dads, will we see your Parenthood character return? Corbett: I talked to the producers about coming back next season and they're OK with it. I had more fun working on that show than I've had since Northern Exposure. They are all really good improvisational actors, so to jump in and try to keep up was exciting and a lot of fun. TV Guide Magazine: You're turning 50 in May — any big plans? Corbett: I've only had one
birthday party my entire life, when I was 8 years old. I think it's time to have another. We'll play guitars, drink a couple of beers, and I'll be accepting of the 5-0. United States of Tara airs Mondays at 10:30/9:30c on Showtime. Subscribe to TV Guide Magazine now! This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ content-only/faq.php. Five Filters featured article: Libya and Oil.
Keck's Exclusives: Who's the Big Bang Bride?
William Keck (TVGuide.com: Breaking News)
Submitted at 3/28/2011 10:24:00 AM
The Big Bang Theory One of The Big Bang Theory guys will pop the question April 7, and "the couple will probably eventually get married," says exec producer Bill Prady, who confirms the betrothed will be one of these couples: Leonard & Priya "Leonard joining the Koothrappali family would affect a lot of relationships in an interesting way," Prady hints. (But what about Penny?) Sheldon & Amy "Sheldon feels his one and only true love is science," says Prady. "So this would represent a paradigm shift in our cognitive appreciation of the universe." Howard & Bernadette
"Howard's a mama's boy, but he has always wanted to be a husband and dad." My bet It's Howard, to which Simon Helberg says, "You would never think he would be the first. If that happens, it will probably get screwed up." Subscribe to TV Guide Magazine
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European Networks Pull 'Simpsons' Nuclear Jokes in Response to Japanese Crisis
Jean Bentley (TV Squad)
and either pulling them altogether or replacing jokes that are Submitted at 3/28/2011 6:15:00 AM "unsuitable" to air considering the Filed under: TV News In normal situation in Japan. times, Homer's hilariously inept 'Simpsons' creator Al Jean told antics at the Springfield nuclear Entertainment Weekly that he plant are just another slightly off- understands if certain episodes are color storyline on'The Simpsons.' pulled. "We have 480 episodes, But in light of the current nuclear and if there are a few that they crisis in Japan, the jokes may not don't want to air for a while in seem as funny, and several light of the terrible thing going countries overseas are pulling on, I completely understand that," episodes that make light of he said. "We would never make nuclear meltdowns. light of what's happening in According to The Hollywood Japan." Reporter, networks in Germany, Permalink| Email this| Linking Austria and Switzerland are Blogs| Comments screening episodes of the series
Prince Harry Throws Brother William His Stag Party
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Prince William and Prince Harry One detail of Prince William's wedding is being kept a secret: what happened at his bachelor party. "I can confirm that Prince William's stag party has taken place," the Prince's office said with no further plans to comment. Prince William and Kate Middleton choose royal wedding cakes Over the weekend, William's brother Harry threw the bash. The event took place at a country estate and the guest list included close friends Thomas van Straubenzee, James Meade, and nightclub owner Guy Pelly, People reports. William and bride-to-be Kate Middleton recently announced that Leicestershire-based cake
Susan Lucci Optimistic About Future of 'All My Children' Despite Cancelation Rumors (VIDEO)
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Mini strokes linked to heart attacks
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problems go away within 24 hours. Mini strokes are often referred to Submitted at 3/28/2011 6:00:59 AM as "warning strokes," as they can Mini strokes linked to heart p r o v i d e t h e f i r s t s i g n t h a t attacks someone is at risk of a fullAs a medical writer, I read a lot fledged stroke, which can cause of research about health risks, brain damage, disability, and some of it useful (Fish and fish oil death. This early alert allows linked to reduced risk of macular people to get treatment to reduce degeneration), some depressing ( their risk. BPA levels highest in the US, In the new study, researchers study finds), and some totally explored whether mini strokes unexpected ( Can your birth also warn of a raised risk of heart m o n t h p r e d i c t y o u r h e a l t h attacks. After all, the conditions problems?). Falling in the "useful" have similar causes, involving a category is a new study linking disruption of blood flow either to "mini strokes" to a higher risk of the brain (in a mini stroke) or the heart attacks. Think that falls heart (in a heart attack). And more in the "depressing" column? studies show that most people Read on. who have a mini stroke eventually A mini stroke (also called a die of heart disease, the most transient ischemic attack) occurs common cause of heart attacks. when the blood supply to a part of The researchers reviewed the your brain is blocked for a short health records of 388 people time, without causing permanent who'd had a mini stroke, to find damage. It can make you lose out how many had suffered a control of one side of your body, heart attack in the following 10 to or lose sight in one eye. But these 20 years. They then compared
these figures with the risk of heart attacks among people who hadn't had a mini stroke. None of the people had been diagnosed with heart disease at the start of the study, and the average age was 72. Overall, people who had a mini stroke were twice as likely to have a heart attack as their peers. And they continued to have a higher risk 10 to 20 years after their mini stroke. Even more striking, people who had a mini stroke before age 60 were 15 times more likely to have a heart attack. These findings strongly support guidelines recommending that doctors routinely assess patients' risk of heart disease after a mini stroke. As they say, an ounce of (early) prevention is worth a pound of cure. Useful information, indeed. What you need to know. If you've had a mini stroke, talk to your doctor about your risk of having a heart attack (and heart disease).
You could mention this study as part of your discussion. Your doctor may recommend further tests or treatments—or reassure you that your risk is actually low. Keep your heart healthy with our prevention guidelines. Use our free tool to assess your risk for having a heart attack. Incidence and Predictors of Myocardial Infarction After Transient Ischemic Attack[Stroke] Coronary Risk Evaluation in Patients With Transient Ischemic Attack and Ischemic Stroke[Circulation] — Sophie Ramsey, BMJ Group ConsumerReportsHealth.org has partnered with The BMJ Group to monitor the latest medical research and assess the evidence to help you decide which news you should use. Subscribe now! S u b s c r i b e t o ConsumerReports.org for expert Ratings, buying advice and reliability on hundreds of products. Update your feed preferences
First drive video: 2011 Dodge Durango
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Submitted at 3/28/2011 9:05:00 AM
First drive video: 2011 Dodge Durango Think of the Durango as yet another episode of “Extreme Makeover: 2011 SUV Edition.” Just like the recently introduced 2011 Ford Explorer, the reborn Durango makes the move from a truck-based platform to a more car-like unibody structure. The Durango shares that structure with the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee and the upcoming next-generation FIRST page 66
Worst Company In America Sweet 16: Walmart Vs. Delta
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Submitted at 3/28/2011 11:00:01 AM
Two sultans of suck square off in today's Sweet 16 match-up that pits big box stores against jumbo jets. In the first round of this year's WCIA tournament, Walmart bullied the nerds at GameStop
into submission. And while the fight was a blow-out, many tourney insiders believe that Big W's margin of victory should have been greater than it was. Speaking of slim margins, Delta's grounding of United/Continental was one of the tightest early round bouts. But Delta's triumph, however narrow, proved that while it may no longer be the
biggest airline in the country anymore, it's still the worst. Neither competitor has fared well in the later rounds of previous Worst Company In America tournaments, so it will be interesting to see which of these two terrors lives on to be crappy another day. This poll will close at noon ET on March 30, so be sure to vote
now! Which Company Is Worse? online survey This is a post in our Worst Company In America 2011 series. The companies competing for this honor were chosen by you, the readers. Keep track of all the goings on HERE. See and print the entire WCIA 2011 bracket, here.
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Mercedes-Benz ML. The Durango covers a lot of marketplace bases. Most trims come with three rows of seats, but more sporting versions have only two. Most Durangos will have Chrysler’s Pentastar 3.6-liter V6 to take on the Chevrolet Traverses and Explorers of the world. But the Durango also offers a 5.7-liter Hemi V8, making it a credible Chevrolet Tahoe competitor. Even six-cylinder Durangos can tow an impressive 6,200 lbs., notably more than the unibody competition from Ford or GM. Curiously, the Dodge website notes “In order to increase capability for high-load applications including trailertowing, V6 test engines were subjected to a substantial 50percent increase in severity testing versus previous V6 engines.” (One wonders about those previous V6 engines.) The V8 ups that capacity to 7,200 lbs. for the AWD version. We bought a Durango Crewlux
AWD with the V8. (The Durango V6 will get a new eight-speed automatic transmission sooner than later, so we’ll wait for that one. For now, both engines use a five-speed automatic.) Our test truck has an optional technology package with active cruise control, forward collision warning, and blind-spot monitoring; big sunroof; towing package; and a rear-seat entertainment system. There are piles of other equipment, such as built-in Garmin navigation, memory driver’s seat, power tilt and telescope wheel, and satellite TV capability. Our Durango’s sticker price of $47,375 might seem a bit steep until you compare it broadly to the competition. Like the redesigned Grand Cherokee, this generation Durango can now be mentioned in the same breath as luxury SUVs from Japan and Europe. Needless to say, it costs less than most of those competitors. Our Durango is also
$10,000 less than our last tested Chevy Tahoe LTZ, and the Durango is more pleasant to drive, better finished inside, and has more equipment. (The Tahoe can fit one more person and tows 1,000 lbs. more.) The old Durango was a workhorse of a SUV and short on refinement. The new Durango is a big step ahead, one that shows how far Chrysler has come despite the turmoil of the last few years. We’ll see how the Durango stacks up when we test it soon at the track. Meanwhile, enjoy our first drive video of our Durango. -Tom Mutchler Subscribe now! S u b s c r i b e t o ConsumerReports.org for expert Ratings, buying advice and reliability on hundreds of products. Update your feed preferences
Delaware Woman Climbs Into Her Basketball Hoop To Protest State Ripping It Out
Ben Popken (The Consumerist)
Submitted at 3/28/2011 11:00:00 AM
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A woman climbed up and sat on top of the basketball hoop in front of her house in a faceoff with a bulldozer sent by the the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) to rip it out. The truck already had seven other hoops in the back but this one wasn't going down without a fight, a confrontation caught on video by Delaware Online. DelDOT said the hoops violated Delaware's "Clear Zone" law, which prohibits trees, shrubs, hoops and other objects from being within seven feet of the edge of the pavement in subdivisions. This hoop, which her husband said had been up for 60 years, fell under state scrutiny, along with seven other hoops, after an anonymous letter from someone in the neighborhood complained. Delaware had sent the families letters notifying them about the pending removal. The neighbors, along with their state representative, wrote letters back to protest and they thought the action was still pending when the trucks rolled up. A State Trooper told the homeowners that the hoops were
in an area through which the state had right of way, and as such, they could remove them. "I hope you all sleep well at night," shouts the homeowner in the video as the pole is ripped out of the ground. "We will," someone says. "I'm sure you will!" the homeowner shouts back. "March Sadness! You hate kids! There goes 60 years of history. No wonder this country is going to hell in handbasket." You can also see in the video the trooper tells the angry man that he can have the hoop after it's taken out of the ground. But instead of the hoop being left there, it's loaded into the truck with the others and the homeowners are told they can file a request to get it back. DelDOT, police remove basketball hoops but woman's protest sends them away - But in the end, the highway crews return and cart off pole[Delaware Online](Thanks to Mike!) 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: Libya and Oil.
Some Girl Scouts Join 20th Century, Begin Taking Credit Cards For Cookies
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For decades, if you wanted to chow down on Thin Mints or any other Girl Scout cookies, you needed to have cash on hand or find someone willing to take a check. But now, a handful of troops in Ohio and California are shaking things up at the 100-yearold organization by accepting credit cards. "Normally, I think a lot of customers would love to buy cookies, but they have to walk by the booth because they're not carrying cash," the director of business services for the Girl Scouts of Northeast Ohio, where
major electronics(both available to subscribers). Price shouldn't be your only criterion. Be wary of lower-priced deals that seem too good to be true, and check return policies for restocking fees and other gotchas. around 200 troops are testing out you to a troop near you that's For general buying advice for smartphone-based credit card selling them. But until all the Neither Consumer Reports nor many of the products on sale readers, tells the Associated Press. troops begin taking plastic, "I know I never carry cash when remember to hit up the ATM The Consumerist receive anything above, check out our free Buying I'm out shopping." before you go on a cookie-buying in exchange for featuring these Guides. Subscribe now! deals; the posts are intended to be S u b s c r i b e t o She says she knows of one troop binge. purely informational. These deals ConsumerReports.org for expert that saw a 20% increase over last Would you buy more Girl Scout year since it began accepting cookies if you could pay by credit are often fleeting, with prices Ratings, buying advice and changing or products becoming r e l i a b i l i t y o n h u n d r e d s o f credit cards and that there is "a lot card? of interest across the country with Girl Scouts are changing the way unavailable as the day progresses. products. Update your feed T h e s e p o s t s a r e n o t a n preferences other Girl Scout councils." She they do business, accepting credit adds that she "wouldn't be cards for cookies[NY Daily endorsement of the featured products or the Web sites that sell surprised if you see it everywhere News] this time next year." This entry passed through the them—though some of the sites In addition to the Ohio troops, Full-Text RSS service — if this is m a y b e i n c l u d e d , a n d there are 10 troops in the San your content and you're reading it recommended, in our Ratings of Diego area who have begun on someone else's site, please read retailers for computers and other accepting credit cards. our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ While the Girl Scouts don't sell content-only/faq.php. Five Filters c o o k i e s o n l i n e , featured article: Libya and Oil. GirlScoutCookies.org can point
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Media Molecule auctioning original LittleBigPlanet art for Japan relief
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four sketches up for grabs on the auction block, each of which show the evolution and Media Molecule is doing its part development of the franchise's for the Play for Japan campaign, floppy, stitched protagonist, auctioning off a few rare pieces of Sackboy. Each piece comes with a o r i g i n a l c o n c e p t a r t f o r copy of LBP2 with an extremely LittleBigPlanet, along with signed limited edition cover slip signed team. copies of its sequel. There are by the entire Media Molecule
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Knight leads Kentucky past UNC in regional final
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coach John Calipari and the Wildcats are two wins away from a national title. Finally. Brandon Were you at the game? Did you Knight scored 22 points and attend another game recently? fourth-seeded Kentucky advanced Check in with ESPN Passport for to the Final Four for the first time iPhone, or check in online to since their 1998 national title with archive your memories, photos, a 76-69 win over second-seeded and your personal win-loss North Carolina on Sunday in the record. East Regional final."We got Team Stat Comparison Kentucky back," senior center UK Josh Harrellson said. "A lot of UNC Points 76 69 FG Made- people doubted us. A lot of people Attempted 27-56 (.482) 27-62 really didn't think we'd be the (.435) 3P Made-Attempted 12-22 team we are. We really pulled it (.545) 3-16 (.188) FT Made- together as a team, and we're back Attempted 10-16 (.625) 12-15 now."The Wildcats (29-8) will (.800) Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 13 (0 play Connecticut in Houston on /0) 17 (0/0) Largest Lead 11 2 Saturday night after turning back Research Notes a late surge by the Tar Heels (27Kentucky and Connecticut 10), who erased an 11-point certainly picked the right time to deficit before running out of gas get hot. Neither team won their in the final 2 minutes. DeAndre conference regular season title but Liggins added 12 points for b o t h w o n t h e i r c o n f e r e n c e Kentucky, including a 3-pointer tournament and remained hot from the corner with 37 seconds reaching the Final 4. Kentucky r e m a i n i n g t o h e l p l i f t t h e has been relying on their 3-pt Wildcats.A season after falling a shooting while UCONN has been game short of the Final Four doing with their effort on the behind a roster filled with future boards. NBA stars, the Wildcats are Kentucky passes Kansas on the heading to the national semifinals Final Four list, making it for the for the 14th time behind Knight's 14th time, 4th most in history heady play and Calipari's ESPN Stats & Information relentless energy.He revitalized Associated Press the flagging program a year ago NEWARK, N.J. -- Kentucky behind superstar John Wall. In spent 13 straight springs watching Calipari's second season, he other schools play in the Final delivered on his promise to return Four, a destination college Kentucky to glory.Even if the guy basketball's winningest program who hired him wasn't sure this considers its birthright. At most would be the year Kentucky places, that's hardly a drought.In would end its 13-year drought the Bluegrass, it's a lifetime.Now between Final Fours."I thought he
Heels in December in Chapel Hill. It was a different story in New was building toward it, but I didn't Jersey. And in March.It's a month think this was the year," Kentucky Kentucky and North Carolina president Lee Todd said.It didn't have owned for years. They've look like it in January, when the c o m b i n e d f o r 2 1 0 N C A A Wildcats couldn't win a close tournament victories -- 105 each game. It didn't look like it in - but Sunday's victory was the February, when they couldn't win Wildcats' first in three NCAA on the road.Calipari admitted it meetings with the Tar Heels.Not didn't look that way two weeks that North Carolina coach Roy ago, when his team was relegated Williams was in the mood for a t o a f o u r t h - s e e d d e s p i t e history lesson."I'm going to focus c o n v i n c i n g l y w i n n i n g t h e on what a wonderful group of kids S o u t h e a s t e r n C o n f e r e n c e and what a wonderful year it tournament. The powers that be was," he said. "But it still doesn't put Kentucky in the same bracket take away the hurt that you feel as top overall seed Ohio State."I today." Tyler Zeller led the Tar just thought the path to get here Heels with 21 points and nine would be so ridiculous," Calipari rebounds and Harrison Barnes said, "that we would have to play added 18 points, but North out of our minds or people would Carolina fell behind early and have to get knocked off."Done struggled to keep the hot-shooting and done.Kentucky edged Ohio Wildcats in check."No question, I State on Friday, then gave the thought we were going to pull it Final Four another blueblood out," Barnes said. "We've been program, though with a twist. t h r o u g h s o m a n y o f t h e s e There will be no No. 1 or No. 2 situations before. Losing didn't seeds playing the last weekend of enter my mind until the final horn the season since 1979, well before s o u n d e d . " I n s t e a d , i t w a s the field expanded to 64 teams in Harrellson giving teammate Eloy 1 9 8 5 . T h e W i l d c a t s h a v e a Vargas a bear hug and Knight pedigree and a roster full of f l e x i n g a t m i d c o u r t b e f o r e highly touted freshmen. Yet gleefully cutting down the nets they're just as reliant on holdovers while Barnes and the Tar Heels such as Liggins and Harrellson.A trudged slowly off the floor.It's a seldom used reserve a year ago scene Kentucky has longed for -who has flourished in his final a mission that began in earnest season, Harrellson again held his when the program lured John own against North Carolina's Calipari away from Memphis in bigger, more heralded front line, 2009.He promised he wasn't "the scoring 12 points and grabbing grand poobah" the day he signed eight rebounds as Kentucky his eight-year, $31.65 million avenged a 75-73 loss to the Tar contract, but there's little doubt
who rules the Bluegrass now."You play at Kentucky to raise banners, and I'm happy we did this," said Kentucky athletic director Mitch Barnhart. "I'm happy for these guys, because no one gave them a chance."Calipari joins Rick Pitino as the only men's basketball coaches to lead three different programs to the Final Four. Calipari's previous visits at Massachusetts in 1996 and Memphis in 2008 were vacated by the NCAA for rules violations, but Calipari was not found liable in either instance.Barnhart said Calipari wanted his Final Four appearances with the Wildcats "to stick." Time will tell, though he's already restored the luster to a program that's slowly slipped off its perch over the last decade.That lust for a championship banner is why Kentucky went after Calipari so aggressively, making him the highest paid coach in the country.He came close a year ago, as the Wildcats missed their first 20 3-point attempts in a dismal 73 -66 loss to West Virginia.There were no such issues Sunday. Knight hit a 3-pointer barely 3 minutes in, and Kentucky kept right on shooting. Darius Miller, Terrence Jones and Doron Lamb also drilled 3s of their own to give the Wildcats an early confidence boost. Kentucky made 12-of-22 3pointers on Sunday, very different from the miserable 4-for-32 effort they put together last season.But that was a different team, one KNIGHT page 71
VCU shocks No. 1 Kansas to roll into Final Four
Associated Press (ESPN.com)
Submitted at 3/28/2011 1:26:59 AM
Butler. Virginia Commonwealth is crashing the Final Four. Two weeks ago, the 11th-seeded Rams Were you at the game? Did you so doubted they would get an attend another game recently? NCAA tournament invite that Check in with ESPN Passport for they watched Cartoon Network iPhone, or check in online to and went out for burgers instead archive your memories, photos, of watching the selection show. and your personal win-loss Now, all of America will be record. watching them in the Final Team Stat Comparison Four.The 11th-seeded Rams are VCU heading to Houston, and final No. KU Points 71 61 FG Made- 1 seed Kansas is heading home Attempted 21-53 (.396) 22-62 after the biggest March upset in (.355) 3P Made-Attempted 12-25 y e a r s . VCU stunned the (.480) 2-21 (.095) FT Made- Jayhawks 71-61 on Sunday, Attempted 17-22 (.773) 15-28 becoming just the third 11th seed (.536) Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (0 to make the Final Four. The /0) 20 (0/0) Largest Lead 18 6 Jayhawks had been the last top Research Notes seed standing, but what looked VCU joins 2006 George Mason like an easy path to the final as the only teams to make the weekend ended in a stunning Final Four from the Colonial collapse.Eighth-seeded Butler, Athletic Association you're promoted to a favorite next VCU's high for 3-pt FG in a w e e k . V C U i s t h e t r e n d y game is 12, done 3 times. All 3 underdog pick this year."Once times have come in the Men's again we felt like nobody really Basketball Championship thought we could win going into Kansas shot just 4-30 outside the this game," said VCU coach paint in its Elite 8 loss to VCU. Shaka Smart, the budding star of The four made shots are the the tournament. "Our guys have fewest in an NCAA Tournament done a phenomenal job of putting game since Oklahoma sank just all the doubters aside, all the three against North Carolina in people that didn't believe in us, the 2009 Elite 8, while the 13.3 a n d g o i n g o u t t o d o t h e i r percent shooting is the 3rd-lowest job."VCU guard Joey Rodriguez in the past three tournaments. counted one of Kansas' vaunted With Kansas loss to VCU this M o r r i s t w i n s - - M a r c u s o r marks just the third time since Markieff -- as one of those many seeding began that no number 1 doubters. During a pregame seeds will reach the Final Four. captains meeting with officials, ESPN Stats & Information Rodriguez said one of the brothers Associated Press offered him some parting words: SAN ANTONIO -- Move over, "The run ends here.""We'll see,"
arenas. In Newark, N.J., where Kentucky was playing North R o d r i g u e z s h o t b a c k . T h e Carolina, the crowd erupted when Jayhawks saw all right.VCU the public address announcer players, hoisting their Southwest broadcast the final score from regional champion trophy, poured Texas."Anything is possible," he into the temporary bleachers told the arena.It's George Mason w h e r e V C U ' s w i d e l y all over again, and VCU had an outnumbered fans sat in an even tougher Final Four path than Alamodome that was otherwise their tiny conference brethren in colored in Kansas blue and 2006.The Rams needed five wins white.VCU had sold out its to go from First Four to Final allotment of 1,000 tickets in San Four. Along the way, they toppled Antonio after advancing farther the Pac-10's Southern California, than any Rams team in school the Big East's Georgetown, the history. The weekend before in Big 10's Purdue, the ACC's Chicago, VCU had so many Florida State and now the Big 12's leftovers that Purdue fans scooped Kansas.They'll pick on someone them up. Jamie Skeen led VCU their own size next: Butler.The with 26 points, and as the final Jayhawks? All they did was bully seconds ticked down, heaved the smaller teams to get this far. ball from the free throw line into Kansas never apologized for the stands behind the opposite coasting through a favorable backboard. His teammates on the bracket that served up schools bench, who spent the final seeded 16th (Boston University), minutes with locked arms to hold n i n t h ( I l l i n o i s ) a n d 1 2 t h each other back, finally spilled out (Richmond).None of those games onto the court, grinning ear to ear. tested the Jayhawks, who had Kansas players walked slowly off been ranked No. 1 this season and the court. Several, including had won 11 in row. Then VCU Markieff Morris, cried."Probably came out and showed it wasn't the best game they played ever," j u s t a n o t h e r p u s h o v e r . T h e Markieff said. "Probably the best Jayhawks spent the first half not game ever as a school tonight. We knowing what hit them. Kansas let them. We let them beat (36-3) hadn't trailed by more than us."Smart was guided from one two points the entire tournament. interview to another wearing the With five minutes left in the first cut-down net around his neck. half, the Jayhawks trailed by 17. The cheers for VCU were only Marcus Morris had 20 points and interrupted for guard Brandon 16 rebounds, and his brother had Rozzell, who stood at midcourt as 13 and 12. They played in the crown serenaded him with an disbelief as VCU, which ousted impromptu "Happy Birthday."The Florida State on 3-pointers on celebration even carried to other Friday night, used the long ball to
bury the Jayhawks early this time.The Rams hit 9 of their 12 3pointers in the first half. Kansas trailed 41-27 at halftime and closed the lead to 46-44 with 13:11 left, but a 10-2 VCU run put the Jayhawks right back where they started.Smart, the 33year-old whose enigmatic personality has made him a breakout star, was so animated shuffling in front of his bench that officials shooed him back. Another official later served Smart his first technical all season.Smart said he used that moment as a motivator -- though he had to clean up his language first."It was basically forget the refs, forget Kansas, this is all about us," Smart said. "We got to do what we got to do."VCU (2811) is the third 11th seed to crack the Final Four. The last was George Mason in 2006, when that Colonial Athletic Association school stunned Connecticut in its regional final. LSU made it in 1986.The Rams' upset guaranteed a Final Four without a No. 1 seed.Ohio State, Pittsburgh and Duke didn't even last to the regional finals. Two traditional basketball powers, Arizona and Kentucky, and defending runnerup Butler took care of that.On Saturday, Smart quoted a line from "Dumb and Dumber" to explain how he felt about his team: "So you're saying we've got a chance?" A day later, he leaned on another old comedy to sum up VCU page 70
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the Ram's unlikely run."Ever seen the movie 'Major League?' " Skeen told reporters. "I can't say exactly what the guy says. But Associated Press (ESPN.com) director Mike Hamilton said. "He While playing in Europe in According to news reports, a they get in some situations, and has a proven track record of November of 1997, Martin was player received extra tickets to Submitted at 3/28/2011 12:58:03 AM there's only one thing left to success as a head coach at diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin's Tennessee's March 6 home game Updated: March 28, 2011, 1:58 Missouri State and an assistant at Lymphoma. He returned to the against Kentucky, and the NCAA do."Win the whole blank thing." Copyright by STATS LLC and AM ET Associated Press Purdue as well as an outstanding United States for treatment of a said Pearl violated its "bump rule" The Associated Press K N O X V I L L E , T e n n . - - career as a college basketball malignant tumor between his on Sept. 14 after speaking with a This entry passed through the Tennessee has turned to Missouri player." heart and lungs, and is currently high school junior on a recruiting Full-Text RSS service — if this is State's Cuonzo Martin to stabilize Martin went 61-41 in three in full remission. trip to Georgia. a basketball program facing seasons at Missouri State after "Cuonzo has an inspiring personal In six seasons, Pearl, 51, amassed your content and you're reading it N C A A s a n c t i o n s f o l l o w i n g eight years as an assistant coach at story, and we look forward to his a 145-61 record. The Volunteers on someone else's site, please read recruiting violations by former Purdue under Gene Keady and impact on Tennessee basketball," made school history during his our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ content-only/faq.php. Five Filters coach Bruce Pearl. Matt Painter. During his tenure, Hamilton said. tenure by achieving their first No. Tennessee announced Sunday it the Bears improved from 11-20 in Martin and Missouri State faced 1 ranking in 2008, winning their featured article: Libya and Oil. had hired the 39-year-old Martin his first season to 26-9 in the 2010 Pearl and Tennessee on Nov. 17 first Southeastern Conference as the Vols' 18th head coach. A -11 season, earning them their in the second round of the regular-season championship in press conference to introduce first Missouri Valley Conference preseason NIT, a close game won four decades and reaching their M a r t i n w a s s c h e d u l e d f o r regular-season championship and by the Vols, 60-56. Tennessee first NCAA tournament regional Monday. Martin the MVC coach of the year went on to win the tournament. finals before missing out on a trip Martin takes over at Tennessee honor. It was one of the lone bright spots to the 2010 Final Four by a single without knowing what kind of As a player at Purdue, Martin in the Vols' season after Pearl point. sanctions the Vols may face next scored 1,666 points in 127 career acknowledged in a tearful press Copyright 2011 by The season. School officials will go games and set the Boilermakers' conference on Sept. 10 that he'd Associated Press Updated: March before the NCAA's Committee on single-game record for 3-pointers misled the NCAA investigation 28, 2011, 1:58 AM ET Associated Infractions on June 10-11, with with eight in an NCAA regional about a cookout at his home Press f i n a l w o r d o n t h e V o l s ' semifinal victory over Kansas in attended by high school juniors. This entry passed through the punishment likely not coming 1994. The NCAA has since alleged 10 Full-Text RSS service — if this is until the fall. The East St. Louis, Ill., native v i o l a t i o n s b y T e n n e s s e e ' s your content and you're reading it "Cuonzo is among the most was selected 57th overall in the basketball program and charged on someone else's site, please read promising young coaches in the 1995 NBA draft by the Atlanta Pearl with unethical conduct. our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ game, and we are excited about Hawks and played in the NBA for Pearl was fired after school content-only/faq.php. Five Filters the coaching ability, toughness four years, including stints with o f f i c i a l s b e c a m e a w a r e o f featured article: Libya and Oil. and energy that he brings to our t h e M i l w a u k e e B u c k s a n d additional potential violations program," Tennessee athletic V a n c o u v e r G r i z z l i e s . committed by him and his staff.
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Heels clawed back into it.Yet he faltered in the final minute, missing a 3-pointer after Liggins' big shot then missing another one after Knight hit two free throws to give Kentucky a six-point lead.Barnes refused to discuss whether he'll return next year."All I know is the last two years I played basketball it ended with a championship, not a loss," he said. "I never felt like this before."Neither have the Wildcats, all of whom where in grade school when Kentucky beat Utah in San Antonio for their seventh national title in 1998.They don't need to be reminded of the program's rich history. It dangles from the rafters at Rupp Arena. Now they have a chance to add their own chapter to the legend."This is a great tradition that we have to live up to," Knight said. "It feels good that we were able to do this for Kentucky." Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ content-only/faq.php. Five Filters featured article: Libya and Oil.
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Balotelli for the game with Ukraine. "I considered calling him after the Manchester City striker Mario game against Slovenia but then I Balotelli must "mature'' before he thought it was best not to because can return to the Italy team, this group has responded well,'' he according to the country's football said. "I want responsible players federation president. continuity. He needs to mature in my national team. The external GettyImages Mario Balotelli: Not and that has to be a personal episodes that surround Balotelli picked for Italy are annoying but this has choice. • Balotelli caught throwing darts "We hope he grows and that the happened in the past with other • Ronaldo would calm me, says focus is placed on his technical players so this is nothing new. Balotelli ability. He is a great champion of "In certain cases the behaviour off • Balotelli asks Prandelli for help Italian football and will return to the pitch conditions the judgement Giancarlo Abete delivered the be a part of the national team.'' of what you do on the pitch. It ultimatum after Balotelli was left Prandelli has not given up on will be his performances on the out of Italy's Euro 2012 qualifier Balotelli: "He has extraordinary pitch in the next two months that against Slovenia on Friday for talent but has to be consistent with will make us understand if he is breaching the team's code of his performances. If that is the ready to begin an adventure with conduct while competing for his case, he will be taken into us. club. "He will have to do well with City consideration.'' The 20-year-old, who was shown Prandelli believes a lack of and make sure people talk about a red card for a reckless challenge affection leads Balotelli to him for what he does on the pitch. during City's Europa League exit misbehave. Only then will he become an at the hands of Dynamo Kiev "Everyone is responsible for their important player for the national earlier in March, is also out of own behaviour,'' Prandelli said. team because his talent cannot be Cesare Prandelli's squad for "Balotelli has to understand that questioned.'' Tuesday's international friendly with this type of behaviour, he is This entry passed through the against Ukraine in Kiev. only hurting himself. We have Full-Text RSS service — if this is Over the weekend he was again sent him positives messages. I your content and you're reading it involved in controversy after think he is struggling, he is in on someone else's site, please read t h r o w i n g d a r t s a t s o m e o f n e e d o f a f f e c t i o n , b e i n g our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ Manchester City's youth players considered, and perhaps this is his content-only/faq.php. Five Filters from a first floor window. featured article: Libya and Oil. way of expressing this need.'' Abete said: "Balotelli still has Prandelli admitted he had mulled s o m e p r o b l e m s a n d l a c k s over the possibility of recalling
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Defend your home with a motion-activated Minecraft Creeper
Ben Gilbert (Joystiq)
Creeper not only defends his house, but also terrorizes his Submitted at 3/28/2011 11:30:00 AM neighbors. As seen above, Chris Tired of alarm companies failing likes to place the Creeper in very you, and of man's best friend appropriate locations. Head past running away? So was Chris, the break to see a video of the creator of the motion-activated monster in action. "Attack Creeper." Pulled from the Continue reading Defend your wild world of Minecraft, the real- home with a motion-activated life version of the game's Creeper Minecraft Creeper is far less terrifying. He won't, for Defend your home with a motion i n s t a n c e , m u r d e r y o u i n a -activated Minecraft Creeper clandestine mine. originally appeared on Joystiq on Combining a "cheap RC car," a Mon, 28 Mar 2011 11:30:00 EST. PIR sensor, several cardboard Please see our terms for use of boxes, and a melange of other feeds. electronic bits (not to mention a Permalink| Email this| Comments good amount of ingenuity), Chris'
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Reggie Fils-Aime on the competition and what it means to be a 'garage' developer
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Submitted at 3/28/2011 11:05:00 AM
A few minutes before Nintendo of America president Reggie FilsAime handed over the first 3DS sold in the US (as seen above), he spoke with me on how the new portable stands out from the competition, what Nintendo considers a "garage" developer versus an "indie," and what he's playing at launch (spoilers: it's not Nintendogs + Cats) "At its heart, what Nintendo's trying to do is to bring more and more consumers into gaming. And to do it in a way that's fundamentally different than anyone else," Fils-Aime told me, explaining his company's continued adherence to the"Blue Ocean" business strategy. "With the Nintendo 3DS -- yes, it's a handheld, but 3D in the palm of your hand without glasses. A full range not only of games but of other elements -- photography,
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video. It's not what people expected. Which is, at its heart, what the Blue Ocean strategy and Innovator's Dilemma (which was the other book we used to demonstrate our strategy) are all about." Because of this strategy, among other things, Fils-Aime remains unconcerned with the competition -- whether that competition be from Sony's upcoming NGP
platform or from the smartphone crowd. "First off, it's a product that isn't out yet," he said of the NGP. "It's a product that hasn't had an announced price point, it hasn't had an announced availability. So, how that product impacts us is to be told in the future." Gallery: Nintendo 3DS NYC Launch Event Continue reading Reggie Fils-
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Barbour on the Late Unpleasantness
Ta-Nehisi Coates (Politics : The Atlantic)
necessary to bring about the abolition of slavery," he continued. "Abolishing slavery Submitted at 3/28/2011 10:23:36 AM was morally imperative and Mississippi's governor offers his necessary, and it's regrettable that thoughts: it took the Civil War to do it. But "Slavery was the primary, central, it did." cause of secession," Barbour told I think this is an important me Friday. "The Civil War was admission. You can make the case
that this is all politics, and not heartfelt. Given that Barbour is a politician, I don't find that particularly damning. George Wallace's racism wasn't heart-felt either, but it still did incredible damage to Alabama. By that same principal, a step away from the gleeful profession of Confederate
creationism, no matter the motives, will always earn my praise. Good on Haley Barbour. It's that simple. After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register. This entry passed through the
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dinnertime cooking fatigue is to cook the same old thing over and over. Or perhaps you cook for kids or other adults who don’t like to try new things? Challenge yourself or others in your house to try something new and use this list of produce as a guide. We’ve got some common substitutions that may make expanding your culinary repertoire a cinch. If you like zucchini and squash, try baby squash like pattypan and scallopini squash, which resemble flattened, scallop-shaped saucers (see picture at left). Baby squash boast mildly sweet, buttery flavor and tender flesh. Try them in Sautéed Baby Squash with Basil and Feta. If you like water chestnuts, try jicama. This edible root resembles a turnip, is often called a Mexican potato, and its crisp, juicy flesh is a cross between water chestnuts and a pear. It’s available yearround and is a great addition to crudités platter, as a filling for sushi, and in quick-cooking methods like stir-frying that allow it to maintain its crispness. Try it in Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Peanut-Miso Sauce. If you like lima beans, try fava beans. Also known as broad beans, fresh fava beans have a fleeting season—from late March to early May—but their emerald green color, firm texture, and subtle nutty flavor are worth waiting for. Try them in Fava Bean Risotto with Fresh Mozzarella and Prosciutto.
If you like basil, try mint: Mint isn’t just for garnishing dessert plates and adding to fruity cocktails. It’s bursting with flavor and freshness and can impart delicious complexity to many dishes—both savory and sweet—the way basil does. Try it in Shrimp with Lemon, Mint, and Goat Cheese. If you like pineapple, try mango. Mango’s taste has been likened to a cross between a pineapple and a peach, and this tropical fruit can add sublime sweetness to salsas, relishes, smoothies, and salads. Try it in Mango Shrimp Kebabs. If you like lemons, try Meyer lemons. Meyers are a cross between regular lemons and mandarin oranges, but they are much sweeter and less acidic that regular lemons. The floral essence of a Meyer is unlike any other citrus. They’re only available March through May, but they’re worth the wait. Try them in Meyer-Lemon Chicken Piccata. If you like potatoes, try turnips or rutabega, which hold up to most popular potato cooking methods. These root vegetables can be boiled and mashed, or roasted and pureed. Try them in Braised Root Vegetables and Chicken Thighs. If you like spinach, try arugula. Although arugula is decidedly more intensely flavored than spinach (it has a peppery flavor), its texture is similar to spinach. If you’d like a change in salad, sides, and mix-ins to soups, go bold and try arugula. It pairs well
with vinaigrettes and wilts quickly much like spinach. Try it in Mediterranean Barley with Chickpeas and Arugula. If you like apples and pears, try a quince. This round- or pearshaped fruit looks and tastes like a cross between an apple and a pear, but they are inedible raw. Once cooked, they develop a grainy texture similar to pears and a lovely rosy amber color. Try them in Caramelized Quinces. If you like cabbage, try Brussels sprouts. Put any preconceived notion of Brussels sprouts aside. Buy the freshest sprouts available (look for small, firm sprouts with compact, bight-green heads) and cook them as quickly as possible to avoid their flavors from getting too strong. And choose the right cooking method: They should be tender but still slightly crisp and their color should remain intense; olive-drab sprouts have been overcooked. Try them in Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Ham and Garlic. If you like onions, try shallots, which are petite onions that look like large gloves of garlic. They have lower water content than onions, so their flavor is more concentrated than that of onions. When you want full onion flavor without the bulk of a full-size onion, shallots are ideal. Try them in Roasted Butternut Squash and Shallot Soup. If you like peaches, try fresh apricots, which are among the first fruits of summer. They have
delicate flavor and creamy texture. They are great in crisps or tarts, much like peaches, but they’re also good in savory dishes like Arugula Salad with Chicken and Apricots. If you like green beans, try okra. We know. Okra might be a tough sell for many, but it has a mild flavor and, once cooked, a viscous texture similar to the ever-popular green bean. Try it in IndianSpiced Okra. If you like green onions, try leeks. Leeks look like overgrown green onions, but they are actually milder and sweeter. Unlike green onions, they are best cooked since they’re very fibrous when raw. Try them in Halibut with Leeks. If you like cooked carrots, try parsnips. The two look very similar but parsnips have pale, cream-colored skin. Its tough, woody texture softens with cooking. They should be added in the last 30 minutes of cooking when preparing soups and stews to keep them tasty. Try them in Butternut Squash and Parsnip Baked Pasta. 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: Libya and Oil.
Doctors Should Ask Kids: Are You On Facebook?
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Submitted at 3/28/2011 10:02:00 AM
Enlarge iStockphoto.com Who's he friending now? iStockphoto.com Who's he friending now? If the pediatrician wants to know if your kids are on Facebook, it's not because she wants to friend them. The question about Facebook, and other queries about a child's life online, should be part of the medical history doctors take of kids in the age of social media, according to recommendations just out from the American Academy of Pediatrics. Parents should find out, too. You don't really need peerDOCTORS page 75
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reviewed stats to know that tweens and teens spend a ton of time checking up on their friends (and rivals) on smartphones and computers. But sometimes the chatter can stray into dark territory, including cyberbullying, sexting, or even "Facebook depression." Dr. Gwenn O'Keeffe, lead author of the American Academy of Pediatrics social media guidelines, told the Associated Press, that Facebook presents a special challenge for kids struggling with their own self-esteem. As the AP summed it up: With in-your-face friends' tallies, status updates and photos of happy-looking people having great times, Facebook pages can make some kids feel even worse if they think they don't measure up. The pediatricians also point to work that suggests Internet addiction may be linked to depression.
Parents shouldn't wait for the doctor to check up on their kids behavior, though. Indeed, the advice to pediatricians says they should help parents get with the program and find out what their kids are doing. The pediatricians have long recommended that parents ask their kids each day, "Have you used the computer and the Internet today?" The latest advice also suggests that pediatricians tell parents to educate themselves about how social media work to narrow the "participation gap" that separates them from their tech-savvy kids. Parents, the doctors say, should also hold family meetings to talk about rules of the online road and to check privacy settings and things like that. "The emphasis should be on citizenship and health behavior and not punitive action, unless truly warranted," the pediatricians advise. Don't
rely on monitoring software alone. Bringing up some of these subjects may not be easy for parents. The pediatricians have some ideas for that, too. Check out tips for talking with kids about social media and sexting from the academy. And for more on how to help kids navigate the challenging online world, check out this post from KQED's MindShift blog 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: Libya and Oil.
Lady Gaga Donates $1.5 Million to Zynga’s Fundraising Campaign For Japan
Brenna Ehrlich (Mashable!)
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Restore Our Border
Submitted at 3/28/2011 3:00:31 AM
A year after Arizona rancher Rob Krentz’s murder, it’s time to implement a blueprint for border control. Y esterday marked the first anniversary of the murder of Arizona rancher Rob Krentz by an illegal alien. His death was especially shocking because Krentz had no involvement with the illicit traffic across our border with Mexico -- previously, the
violence had been almost completely confined to, for instance, illegal aliens held for ransom by their smugglers, or drug dealers fighting over their contraband, or law-enforcement officers upholding the laws of the United States. But Krentz was just an ordinary rancher who happened to be in the path of the increasingly dangerous flows across our border. His murder has had far-reaching effects. Though the legislation
Lady Gaga is apparently on top of it when it comes to donating money to those affected by the March 11 Thoku earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Today, it was announced that the pop star donated $1.5 million to Zynga’s fundraising initiative with Save the Children, as well as to the American Red Cross. Gaga raised these funds via sales of her Japan Prayer Bracelets. “I’m inspired that my little monsters banded together to help those affected by the terrible tragedy,” she said in a release. Last week, the singer also participated in a benefit album called Songs for Japan, which also features popular tunes in original, remastered, live or acoustic formats from Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Justin Bieber, was already in the works, the Eminem, Katy Perry and more. killing helped impel the passage Worldwide proceeds from album of SB 1070, Arizona’s landmark downloads will go to the Japanese anti-illegal-immigration measure, Red Cross Society. which, in turn, led to the infamous Zynga, for its part, donated more J u s t i c e D e p a r t m e n t l a w s u i t than $2.5 million in the last two weeks for Save the Children’s against Arizona. #ad#In an attempt to manage the J a p a n E a r t h q u a k e T s u n a m i political fallout of Krentz’s murder and the DOJ lawsuit in the leadup to the November elections, the Obama administration RESTORE page 76
Children in Emergency Fund via its social games ( Café World, CityVille, FrontierVille, FarmVille, Words With Friends, Vampire Wars, YoVille and Zynga Poker). Players donated 100% of the purchase price of virtual goods to the relief effort. What do you think of these methods of fundraising? Would you buy a bracelet — or a virtual farm — to benefit charity? More About: facebook, Lady Gaga, social good, social media, Zynga 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
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deployed National Guard troops to the border, though purely in a support capacity. (They’re preparing to leave in June.) Krentz’s murder also led the administration into Baghdad Bob–style denials of reality, most notably homeland-security secretary Janet Napolitano’s assertion that “the border is as secure now as it has ever been.” Since she said that, Border Patrol agent Brian Terry was murdered west of Nogales by smugglers, and a drug dealer in suburban Phoenix was beheaded for stealing from a Mexican cartel. This highlights a development that was repeatedly confirmed to me by locals when I toured the Arizona border earlier this year -numbers of people sneaking across are indeed down, but the danger level is up. A Border Patrol spokesman made the same point to a Washington Post reporter last month: The number of Border Patrol agents has doubled since 2004, and the danger they face when stopping potential illegal immigrants has increased “exponentially,’’ said Mark Qualia, a spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection. “In the 1990s, you’d be catching migrant workers, average Joes coming here to seek jobs,” he said. “There was very, very rarely any altercation.’’ Now, Qualia said, agents are more likely to encounter people with outstanding warrants for drug trafficking and other crimes. “They are much more desperate,
and they have a tendency to be a lot more combative,” he said. This increased danger has led to perhaps the most interesting development in the year since Krentz was murdered: his fellow ranchers have gotten organized in demanding real border control. Before March 27, the Arizona Cattlemen’s Association was just a trade group like any other -representing the interests of the state’s beef-producing families to the legislature, litigating water rights, running qualitycertification programs, etc. But with the murder of one of its own last spring, the organization put together the Restore Our Border (R.O.B.) plan, named after Krentz and designed to prevent similar outrages against their members and other Arizonans. The cattlemen lobbied the legislature, and a resolution endorsing the plan was passed by the state senate last month and is now before the house. #page#An overview of the plan’s 18 action items sheds some realworld light on the shortcomings of our border-security effort: 1. Immediately deploy operational units of the U.S. Military to the Arizona/Mexico Border to assist the US Border Patrol to deny illegal entry into the United States between the ports of entry. #ad#This is such an obvious measure that the fact we’re not doing it is itself an indictment of our governing class’s lack of commitment to defending America’s sovereignty. Military
backup for the Border Patrol needs to be a permanent, systemized effort, not a shortlived episode of political theater. 2. Authorize the use of force by governmental officials in the interdiction of vehicles and all aircraft (including ultra lights) illegally crossing the U.S./Mexico Border. This is all we have right now on much of the border -- vehicle barriers or Normandy barriers. They’re better than nothing (though obviously only for ground vehicles, not aircraft), and smugglers do have to stop while they cut through them (which happens a lot), but smugglers also need to know that the Border Patrol can use force if necessary. 3. Enforce all existing immigration laws, both with lawenforcement agencies and within the judicial branch. Implement Operation Streamline across all Border Patrol Sectors on the U.S./ Mexico border. Almost all illegal aliens apprehended by the Border Patrol are given “voluntary return” -they don’t challenge their removal to Mexico, and, in return, we don’t prosecute them for the federal crime of entry without inspection and don’t register their removal as a formal deportation, which would limit their ability to return legally in the future. Operation Streamline is an effort in a few, relatively remote parts of the border to criminally prosecute everyone who’s apprehended, jail them for a few weeks, and then return them -- meaning they’ve
paid both an immediate price for their crime as well as the longertern one of having a criminal record. 4. Establish Forward Operating Bases (FOB) immediately adjacent to the U.S. border with Mexico. (We suggest at least one FOB every 12 miles). Work with affected rural residents to establish FOB locations and determine the need for additional sites. These Forward Operating Bases for Border Patrol agents are imperative, because in some cases, the local headquarters office where agents gather before each shift is an hour-and-a-half drive from the border itself. The handful of FOBs we do have are converted shipping containers that can be moved quickly depending on changes in illegal traffic. I asked one rancher who has a base on his land, and who provides it with its water, whether the agents considered it hardship duty to be there; he said that, on the contrary, there’s a wait list to work at these FOBs, because Border Patrol agents tend to sign up for the action, not for commuting from a distant location. 5. Enhance the “Pursuit and Apprehension” policies for Law Enforcement to ensure deterrence and protect U.S. residents and State authorities from potential harm. In the first instance, authorize the Border Patrol, State and Federal Law Enforcement Agencies to use these enhanced policies to enforce existing laws
and to interdict all border incursions. 6. Add at least 3,000 Border Patrol field agents in Arizona by 2012. Ensure additional incremental equipment is part of Field Agent deployment. Make available concomitant resources within the Department of Justice to meet the increased demands on the legal system from these additional agents. #page#Anti-enforcement folks constantly deride our border efforts by noting how the number of Border Patrol agents has increased and illegals are still coming. What they don’t tell you is that, even after the buildup, the entire Border Patrol is still smaller than the NYPD. Even if every Border Patrol agent were stationed on the Mexican border (and they’re not, because we have thousands of miles of border elsewhere), there would still be only an average of maybe two agents per mile per shift. The notion that this is excessive, or even adequate, is laughable. 7. The judicial and law enforcement systems which prosecute Border related criminal activities must recognize and apply an enforcement mechanism that provides felony prosecution of as many detainees as feasible, including first-time entrants, with existing judicial resources and continuing expansion of judicial capacity as need indicates. Penalties for conviction must bar any illegal entrant from ever RESTORE page 77
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working or receiving residency visa status in the U.S. #ad#This is an expansion of the Operation Streamline idea, the core principle being that there need to be severe consequences for violating our border if there’s ever to be deterrence. Currently, since we don’t really treat border incursions as all that serious, neither do the illegal aliens. 8. Increase permanent “Stone Garden Funding” for County law enforcement affected by Border security problems to provide additional fully-equipped deputies with all-terrain vehicles and sufficient matching local judicial and penal system personnel, equipment and infrastructure expansion to the level that eliminates any unfair cost burden for Border security on Border States, counties and municipalities. Operation Stonegarden funds help border-county lawenforcement agencies pay for overtime and other expenses related to addressing what should be federal responsibilities. It’s simple equity that local taxpayers not have to bear the entire burden of coping with the failure of the federal government to secure the border. Even jurisdictions a little farther north of the border have had to ramp up their policing to protect their citizens; Pinal County sheriff Paul Babeu h opes to get funding from the state legislature to cope with the increasing law-enforcement burden created by illegalimmigration-related cartel
activity. 9. Expedite deployment of sufficient and appropriate communications technology, as needs are determined by Sector and Station Chiefs, to Border Patrol units operating in Arizona and New Mexico. 10. Require the Border Patrol to attain full time, around the clock border surveillance capability by means of electronic, optical, and other appropriate technology, together with necessary support personnel as determined by Border Patrol Sector and Station management. Ensure additional incremental agents are deployed to operate and maintain this hardware and technology. Camera towers like the one pictured here are an invaluable tool for border surveillance. But there’s often not enough manpower to actually monitor all the cameras and call in sightings to agents in the field. Smugglers quickly figured out, of course, that if the camera at the top of the tower wasn’t moving, that meant no one was controlling it, and thus no one was watching. And, as I understand it, the monitors back at headquarters are manned by fully trained agents instead of more junior -- and less expensive -personnel, a misallocation of resources if there ever was one. 11. Replace outdated or ineffective air support resources with contemporary rotorcraft and small single engine fixed wing aircraft. Deploy air support on or near the U.S. Border. Ensure enough air support to monitor the
Border and respond to calls from Border Patrol Agents. #page#I didn’t get any helicopter rides on my recent Arizona border trip (we passed on the official dog -and-pony show), but the problem of “outdated or ineffective” equipment is one the Border Patrol has faced for years in a whole range of areas. You see, it’s not a real security force like the Army or the FBI or the Coast Guard, or even the LAPD, so giving it hand-me-downs is not a problem. This has been most problematic with regard to fencing; for years, the little border fencing we had was made of Vietnam-surplus metal landing mats that were corroding and almost useless-- as seen here(this is one of the many places where the fencing just ends). Things have improved a lot, as is clear from this photo. But there’s still a long way to go. 12. Subsidize private communications infrastructure and equipment expansion through installation of either new cellular telephone towers or other radio technology sufficient to ensure near-complete coverage so that citizens living or working in remote areas along the U.S. Border and especially along known smuggling corridors have the capability to contact law enforcement at any time as needed. #ad#I’m not a fan of subsidizing anything private, but cell coverage isn’t great in much of southern Arizona, as should be obvious from this beautiful but
desolate vista. There are lots of places without cell coverage, of course (heck, I barely get a signal a few miles outside Washington, D.C.), but people in the immediate vicinity of the Mexican border are vulnerable to foreign threats in a way that someone in, say, eastern Montana or northern Alaska is not. What’s worse, there are signs like this all around that basically tell people they’re on their own because “smuggling and /or illegal entry is common in this area due to the proximity of the international border.” The least the feds could do is facilitate better cell coverage so that a rancher out repairing his fence can call the Border Patrol in an emergency. 13. Establish Citizens Advisory Boards in every Border Patrol Station and cooperate with rancher liaison groups within each Station to address security issues in rural areas of the Sector. This is a commonsense component of community policing but not a standard practice for the Border Patrol. The ranchers I met in Nogales told me they had a good relationship with the current area chief, but it’s basically by chance -- this kind of thing needs to be institutionalized. 14. Establish seamless border enforcement from Florida all the way to San Diego without jurisdictional gaps occurring in areas between Border Patrol Sectors. Just as shift-change can be a time when things fall between the cracks, the same can happen
where different Border Patrol sectors or stations (the component parts of sectors) meet. 15. Increase the number of additional Arizona Horse Patrol Units, and fund them appropriately. As is obvious from the mountain vista above, there are large parts of the Mexican border -- and not just in Arizona -- that are not carfriendly. Horses give the Border Patrol access to places even allterrain vehicles have a hard time reaching. 16. Streamline the federal claims process for recovering damages caused by illegal alien burglaries, vandalism and ranch infrastructure/livestock losses, including damage to range resources, livestock, and losses from fires on both private and public lands attributable to the activities of illegal Border crossings. 17. Adequately fund State and Federal Attorneys’ Offices to assure timely prosecution of Border related offenses. #page#Inadequate resources is a major part of the reason such a small proportion of illegal aliens are prosecuted. And after all, the budget is the policy. 18. Track the achievement of Border Security by means of monthly disclosure of all crimes, by title and code, committed and suspected to have been attributable to illegal aliens or smuggling activity. Include in such disclosure statistics County RESTORE page 80
The Scandal of 'Gun-Walking'
other sources say the gun walking strategy was approved all the way Why did the Justice Department up to the Justice Department. The allow Mexican cartels to purchase idea was to see where the guns 2,500 U.S.-made guns? ended up, build a big case and W hy did the U.S. Bureau of take down a cartel. And it was all Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and kept secret from Mexico. Explosives stand by and watch as ATF named the case “Fast and guns were transported across our Furious.” southern border to Mexico, to be Last Wednesday, President used by violent drug cartels? Obama said that neither he nor T h e p h e n o m e n o n o f Attorney General Eric Holder “gunwalking” appears to be a approved the operation. But who standard sting-operation tactic within the Justice Department did that in this case has gone wildly a u t h o r i z e t h e d a n g e r o u s awry. The idea was that federal operation? And who decided to a u t h o r i t i e s w o u l d a p p r o v e ignore the judgment of the agents firearms purchases that seemed in the field? An e-mail from a suspicious, and then monitor the group supervisor told ATF agents buyers to see where the guns w h o w e r e u p s e t a b o u t t h e ended up. But the scale of the operation’s risks, “Whether you purchases was massive, and the care or not, people of rank and a g e n t s o n t h e g r o u n d k e p t authority at HQ are paying anxiously waiting for the order to attention to this case and they also stop monitoring and intervene, believe we are doing what they according to stunning accounts envisioned the Southwest Border f r o m A T F a g e n t s a n d Groups doing.” documentation uncovered by CBS Even the gun shops themselves News and other sources. As early were wary of selling the firearms; as March 2010, ATF agents were the purchasers were paying with finding the “monitored” firearms cash out of paper bags. But the i n t h e h a n d s o f s u s p e c t e d sellers were assured by the ATF criminals in Mexico. One ATF e- that they should go forward with mail reported,“Our subjects the transactions. One of the purchased 359 firearms during p u r c h a s e s w a s f o r 5 7 5 M a r c h a l o n e , ” i n c l u d i n g semiautomatic rifles for “personal “numerous Barrett .50 caliber use.” One agent estimates the total rifles.” number of guns purchased by #ad#According to the dozen ATF suspicious buyers under ATF agents who have come forward as m o n i t o r i n g a t 2 , 5 0 0 ; o t h e r whistleblowers, the concept was officials put the number closer to not the half-baked idea of a rogue 2,000. Nearly 800 were recovered manager. Reported CBS: “as a result of criminal activity on ATF Agent John Dodson and both sides of the border.”
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Worst of all, the guns that the ATF agents were ordered to let slip into Mexico were not merely used in cartel violence in Mexico, but were used against American citizens and law enforcement. CBS News noted: On Dec. 14, 2010, Border Patrol Agent Brian Terrywas gunned down. Dodson got the bad news from a colleague. According to Dodson, “They said, ‘Did you hear about the border patrol agent?’ And I said, ‘Yeah.’ And they said ‘Well it was one of the Fast and Furious guns.’ There’s not really much you can say after that.” Two assault rifles ATF had let go nearly a year before were found at Terry’s murder. Only after Terry’s death did the ATF round up and charge 34 individuals believed to be involved with moving the guns across the border. The Department of Justice initially denied the whistleblowers’ claims. Last week, however, DOJ sent a confidential memo to U.S. Attorneys in southwestern border states, declaring, “We should not design or conduct undercover operations which include guns crossing the border. If we have knowledge that guns are about to cross the border, we must take immediate action to stop the firearms from crossing the border, even if that prematurely terminates or otherwise jeopardizes an investigation.” #page#So, the DOJ appears to have initially lied about the
circumstances, and it is now insisting the men at the top didn’t know what was going on. The Department of Justice at first referred the allegations to its own inspector general, an unusual choice in that the whistleblowers claim they already contacted the IG and never had their phone calls returned. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa) is pushing for an outside investigation. Rep. Darrell Issa (R., Calif.), chairman of the House Government Reform Committee, wrote ATF acting director Kenneth Melson, charging that “you are not cooperating with congressional inquiries about Project Gunrunner and Operation Fast and Furious.” Issa has asked for documents about the genesis of the operation as well. An ATF assistant director told the Center for Public Integrity that new tactics aimed to collect evidence that would help dismantle major drug-trafficking organizations in Mexico, instead of focusing on the prosecution of small-time straw buyers. #ad#The revelations are a new wrinkle in the strange record of the Obama administration when it comes to guns. President Obama’s record in the Illinois state senate and the U.S. Senate demonstrates a hostility to the Second Amendment. He is accurately characterized as an anti-gun president, who selected an antigun vice president, an anti-gun secretary of state, and an anti-gun attorney general.
Shortly after he was confirmed, Attorney General Eric Holder stated that the Obama administration would seek to reinstate the assault-weapons ban that expired in 2004. But that proposal spurred quick and vehement opposition from 65 progun House Democrats, making passage of a new ban all but impossible. Since then, when President Obama has mentioned the word “guns,” it has usually been in appearances with the Mexican president, talking about the need for “an enforcement strategy that slows the flow of guns into Mexico.” With the president himself talking about the need to stop guns from crossing the border,why would the ATF allow just that to happen? Why would they take such an enormous risk of harming innocent life in both Mexico and the United States, to say nothing of risking exactly the sort of embarrassment and outrage that the current revelations are generating? What made this operation worth overruling the objections of the agents on the ground monitoring the transactions? What we know about the “gunwalking” operation is already deeply troubling; nothing less than a full investigation to the satisfaction of the whistleblowers, Grassley, and Issa will suffice. The facts at present point to a dangerous and extraordinarily SCANDAL page 81
Libya and the Soros Doctrine
Rick Moran (FrontPage Magazine » FrontPage)
Submitted at 3/27/2011 11:55:29 PM
United Nations Security Council Resolution 1973, which authorizes a no-fly zone over Libya and the protection of civilians by all means necessary, is the culmination of a decadelong effort to radically strengthen the ability of the UN to intervene in sovereign nations through the “Responsibility to Protect” (R2P) doctrine. Behind the initiative are, unsurprisingly, some of the usual suspects: National Security Council adviser Samantha Power and her patron George Soros. Their call to prevent human rights abuses through military intervention masks an agenda to alter drastically the concept of state sovereignty and to allow the United Nations to essentially coopt the US military. A 2008 backgrounder produced by The Heritage Foundation on the Responsibility to Protect articulates one of the most dangerous aspects of the doctrine: “R2P would effectively cede U.S. national sovereignty and decisionmaking power over key components of national security and foreign policy and subject them to the whims of the international community.” What we are seeing unfold in Libya today may very well be a test case for this doctrine: the United Nations has “borrowed” the US military to enforce its idea of Gaddafi’s “responsibilities.” And
one question of grave concern is: Might the UN also “borrow” the U.S. and other Western militaries in future to impose its will on member states it feels are not living up to the UN’s nebulous idea of state responsibilities? Before we examine the ingredients of this potentially catastrophic scenario, a bit of historical background is necessary. The Responsibility to Protect doctrine, which is deliberately nebulous and illdefined, is not new. In fact, Hitler’s intervention in the Sudetenland was justified by “humanitarian reasons.” Hitler’s propaganda machine created
mass hysteria in Germany by falsely accusing Czechoslovakia of carrying out atrocities against ethnic Germans. Hitler negotiated with Neville Chamberlain on the basis that he was only going to intervene to save lives. Chamberlain may not have bought Hitler’s lies, but Munich occurred nonetheless. The doctrine was applied sporadically for the next 50 years because military intervention of any kind during the Cold War risked nuclear confrontation. Although the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan was justified by Moscow as a “humanitarian” endeavor, there were few other
cases. Once the Soviet Union disappeared, a host of situations occurred in the 1990s that drove debate in the United Nations toward accepting the use of humanitarian intervention to stop governments from killing their own people. The ad hoc nature of these interventions gave an opening to individuals who wished to codify UN intervention into international law. Most of these same people also recognized humanitarian intervention as a means of vastly strengthening the UN, while weakening the sovereignty of nations.
The history of Responsibility to Protect bears this out. The International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty(ICISS) was formed out of the UN Millennium Summit in September 2000 with a mandate “to promote a comprehensive debate on the relationship between intervention and sovereignty, with a view to fostering global political consensus on how to move from polemics towards action within the international system.” The ICISS issued a report in December of 2001 titled “The Responsibility to Protect” that encapsulated “the Commissioners’ views on intervention and state sovereignty and their recommendations for practical action.” The document was sent to the UN for debate and approval. At the UN, a firestorm broke out over the R2P concept (now the official name of “humanitarian intervention”), largely divided between the industrialized West and the impoverished South. The former colonies only saw a legal way for Western powers to invade them, while the West — including the United States — viewed R2P as a potent weapon to prevent another Rwanda. The ICISS was chaired by Gareth Evans, former foreign minister for Australia, whose thoughts about the report and sovereignty in particular bear looking at in detail. LIBYA page 85
Luck as America’s Foreign Policy
managed until they grew into crises that were not anticipated. America’s leaders — of both The United States military is one parties — bounce from one tool of American foreign policy. impulse to another instead of When there is strategic confusion, formulating a coherent foreign the military fights in some places policy. but not others, based on T he United States is in another distinctions that are at worst war for the purpose of changing irrational and at best unclear. another regime. Those who deny Some examples include this are kidding themselves. America’s fighting to stop cruelty President Obama has repeatedly to civilians in Bosnia and Libya, said that Qaddafi has to go. In but not in Sudan or the Ivory addition, military force was used Coast. America does not engage against him only when it appeared in “nation building” -- except in the rebellion might be defeated Iraq and Afghanistan, and before without it; the war is part of an that in Bosnia, and before that in international campaign to force Japan, Korea, and Germany. Qaddafi out; and the success or Weapons of mass destruction, failure of the war will be judged particularly in the hands of largely by whether Qaddafi terrorists, pose the greatest danger manages to stay in power. to America. Yet America, now O f c o u r s e , W a s h i n g t o n i s engaged in removing a Libyan debating whether this new war is regime that ended its WMD a mistake. That question is program seven years ago, is impossible to answer with any taking no military action against accuracy because no one has an Iranian dictatorship that is supplied the strategic context that every bit as brutal as Qaddafi’s, is makes the question meaningful. busy building nuclear weapons, #ad#This is a point I have made and is the chief sponsor of before. The last four American international terrorism. presidents have failed to do what None of these decisions was only they could have done: define necessarily wrong. But they all America’s strategic mission in the were the products of impulse p o s t – C o l d W a r w o r l d b y rather than policy, or at best they identifying the national interests were based on assumptions not the United States will seek to articulated and not formed into a advance and the means by which coherent strategy. That makes it it will advance them. difficult to weigh the costs against In the absence of strategic clarity, the benefits, since both can be foreign policy becomes a series of calculated only with reference to impulses, expressed through often broader objectives, and, over the c o n t r a d i c t o r y d e c i s i o n s , i n last four administrations, no one reaction to events that no one has formulated such objectives.
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There is another problem with strategic confusion: When the government doesn’t know which objectives are important, it tends to neglect the capabilities by which all objectives are achieved. Since the end of the Cold War, America’s military has operated at a far higher operational tempo than during the Cold War years. But while the military has been busier than ever, its size and strength have been declining. The Air Force is smaller, and its planes are older, than at any time since the inception of the service in 1947. The Navy has fewer ships than at any time since 1916. All three of the services are 30 to 40 percent smaller than they were during Desert Storm, which is the reason why the Guard and Reserves have been constantly mobilized, and why a number of Army units are on their fifth or sixth deployment in Iraq or Afghanistan. The situation is so bad that an independent review panel headed by former secretary of defense Bill Perry recently declared that “a train wreck is coming” for America’s military unless it is strengthened and modernized. Yet the percentage of the federal budget being spent on sustaining the military is at an historic low. The Obama administration has been busy cutting modernization programs for the last two years. Not to be outdone, Congress is passing spending bills that cut the administration’s proposed defense budget even further.
President Obama is not exactly a hawk on military issues. One would think that Congress would be reluctant to cut his defense budget, at least while Americans are dying in Afghanistan. But considerations like that seem to have no impact in Washington these days. One gets the sense that the leaders in both parties -- with a few notable exceptions -- have simply given up on foreign policy. They can’t figure out how it all fits together or which parts of it really matter. So they act as if none of it matters. Their “policy” is to wait for the biggest headline or the most pressing demand, and then to react. That reaction usually takes the form of sending American troops to do more and more with less and less, for reasons that even the leaders understand are pretexts. Unfortunately, the United States does have vital interests abroad, and the threats to those interests are growing. The Libyan campaign, however it ends, shows again that America is sailing with uncertain masters in troubled waters, trusting to luck, and neither anticipating nor prepared for the gathering storm. — A former member of both the House and Senate Armed Services Committees, Jim Talent is a distinguished fellow specializing in defense studies at the Heritage Foundation. Jim Talent
law incidents. Disclosure? Transparency? That would be nice. #ad#Is this all that’s necessary to restore control over our borders? No -- we also need to enforce the ban on hiring illegal aliens, to reduce the magnetic attraction of coming here; we need to discontinue the Mexican Border Crossing Card, which serves as a tool for widespread fraudulent entry; and we need an unequivocal federal commitment to cooperation with local law enforcement. But the R.O.B. Plan is a fine road map for tightening the border. We owe it to Rob. — Mark Krikorian is executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, an NRO contributor, and author of The New Case Against Immigration, Both Legal and Illegal and How Obama Is Transforming America Through Immigration. Mark Krikorian
Michele Bachmann 2012?
accidental positive that a lot of people have gravitated towards in Iowa eyes the Tea Party darling a presidential candidate,” agrees from Minnesota. Rhodes. I f Michele Bachmann decides to But Rhodes also sees her appeal r u n f o r p r e s i d e n t , a l i k e l y to Iowans as broader than her possibility considering she will Hawkeye origins, noting how form an exploratory committee Bachmann’s personal experience this summer, she could be a game as a homeschooling mother gave -changer in Iowa -- and possibly her credibility when addressing win the caucuses. homeschoolers earlier this week. “If she does decide to run, Iowa “She has so many unique stories will be incredibly favorable. She’s that are almost perfect for each a natural Tea Party type of a and every segment,” Rhodes candidate,” says Ryan Rhodes, remarks. chair of the Iowa Tea Party. Neither should Bachmann be The Minnesota Republican w r i t t e n o f f a s t h e s o c i a l congresswoman is currently on conservative candidate; she’s also her fourth visit to Iowa over the proven her appeal to more fiscally past year. This trip, which began oriented voters. Edward Failor, with an Iowa homeschooling president of Iowans for Tax convention and concluded with Relief, says that Bachmann’s Rep. Steve King’s Conservative January speech to his group drew Principles Conference, gave her “a really solid turnout” of 300, the opportunity to burnish her with about 30 to 40 percent of conservative credentials and them newcomers to the group. establish relationships with “She has ‘it,’” says Failor, talking Iowa’s movers and shakers. a b o u t B a c h m a n n ’ s a p p e a l . #ad#Bachmann, who was born “Whatever ‘it’ is, however you and partly raised in Iowa, is define it, that draws people, and benefiting from her connection to that’s a real big benefit for her.” the state. “I don’t think that Ultimately, in what promises to Iowans look for a person from be a crowded GOP 2012 field, their state. But it’s a great way to personality, not policy, may be open a speech, it’s just sort of a key. “Because most of these way to break down some of those candidates are probably going to barriers,” observes Iowa GOP be somewhat similar on the strategist Bob Haus. issues, I think caucus-goers will “She’s from Iowa originally, and I be looking for people that are think that’s a huge, almost pretty vocal, adamant about trying
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[to] push back against the march toward socialism if they’re elected,” says Steve Scheffler, president of Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition. “They are looking for somebody with steel in their spine, and Congresswoman Michele Bachmann certainly has that,” he adds. Another crucial factor could be Bachmann’s longstanding friendship with influential Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King. The two have shared staff, and Bachmann has previously touted King as a possible presidential contender. “She has a very strong friendship, a professional [and] philosophical friendship with Rep. Steven King, who is a great retail campaigner, who has an immense following in the conservative movement here in the state,” says Haus, adding that he would guess King would endorse Bachmann. Bachmann, who founded the congressional Tea Party Caucus, is likely to appeal to some voters because of her leadership in the Tea Party movement. “She stood on the steps of the Capitol [arguing] against the health-care bill. She’s been standing against it since day one, and continues to say it must be repealed, and that’s a major, major issue for tea partiers,” observes Rhodes, referring to Bachmann’s 2009
rally against Obamacare. Bachmann’s lack of executive experience (she was a Minnesota state senator prior to being elected to the House) isn’t likely to be a deal-breaker for voters. “There are other candidates in the race that clearly have that executive [pedigree]. Her appeal is not about being an executive, it’s about the black-and-white philosophical direction of the country,” says Haus, saying that possible Bachmann supporters would probably place executive experience lower on their priority list. If she does mount a candidacy, the general sense seems to be that she will prove a formidable competitor in the Iowa caucuses. “Michele Bachmann would do extremely well,” remarks Rhodes. “I think it’s a wide-open field,” Haus says. “Anybody who jumps in and applies maximum effort is going to do well. I think that any preconceived notions about who may or may not be a frontrunner right now are completely wrong.” “Some of the newer people on the block,” he adds, specifically noting Bachmann and Mississippi governor Haley Barbour, “are going to make a tremendous impact this time.” — Katrina Trinko is an NRO staff reporter. Katrina Trinko
risky operation executed without the knowledge or consent of the top officials in our government, accurate claims initially falsely denied, and whisteblowers dismissed and ignored by the official watchdogs. --- Jim Geraghty writes the Campaign Spot on NRO. Cam Edwards hosts NRANews’s Cam & Company on Sirius XM from 9 p.m. to midnight weeknights. Jim Geraghty Cam Edwards
Arming the Enemy in Libya
Arnold Ahlert (FrontPage Magazine » FrontPage)
Submitted at 3/27/2011 11:55:07 PM
The military mission America is helping to prosecute in Libya against Gaddafi has placed us into some questionable circles – to say the least. Libyan rebel leader Abdel-Hakim al-Hasidi, in a recent interview with the Italian ARMING page 82
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newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore, admitted that some of his rebel fighters, ”around 25 men from the Derna area in eastern Libya, had been recruited by him to fight coalition troops in Iraq. Al-Hasidi also admitted that he himself had fought against America’s “foreign invasion” in Afghanistan. Thus, it appears that America’ degradation of Gaddafi’s fighting forces, claims of “humanitarianism” notwithstanding, is aiding our Islamist enemies. According to both U.S. and British officials, Al-Hasidi revealed he had been captured in 2002 in Peshwar, Pakistan. Handed over to the United States, and finally sent to Libya where he was released in 2008, he was a member of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG). LIFG was reportedly responsible for the killing of dozens of Libyan troops in a series of guerrilla attacks near the cities of Derna and Benghazi in 1995 and 1996. While LIFG is not part of al Qaeda itself, American military officials point to an ”increasingly co-operative relationship” between the two organizations, and al Qaeda has come out in support of the Libyan rebel forces, claiming their victory would lead to ”the stage of
Islam” in the North African nation. Al Qaeda is also helping itself. Idriss Deby Itno, president of Chad, has reported that the terrorist organization’s offshoot in North Africa, Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), has helped itself to surface-to-air missiles from a Libyan arsenal. Speaking to African weekly Jeune Afrique, Deby Itno claimed he was “100 per cent sure” of his assertion. ”The Islamists of alQaeda took advantage of the pillaging of arsenals in the rebel zone to acquire arms, including surface-to-air missiles, which were then smuggled into their sanctuaries in Tenere,” said Deby Itno. Tenere is part of the Sahara desert region stretching from northeast Niger to western Chad. “This is very serious. AQIM is becoming a genuine army, the best equipped in the region,” he added. And despite the fact that he and Muammar Gaddafi are enemies, Deby Itno backed the Libyan leader’s claim that al Qaeda helped to orchestrate the current uprising. ”There is a partial truth in what he says,” he said. ”Up to what point? I don’t know. But I am certain that AQIM took an active
part in the uprising.” He also characterized Western intervention there as a “hasty decision.” Other officials in the region confirmed Deby Into’s assertion regarding the stolen weapons. ”We have sure information. We are very worried for the subregion,” said a Malian security official who wished to remain anonymous. ”We have the same information, about heavy weapons, including SAM 7 missiles. It is very worrying. This over-arming is a real danger for the whole zone,” said a military source from Niger, who also explained that ”AQIM gets the weapons in two ways; people go and look for the arms in Libya to deliver them to AQIM in the Sahel, or AQIM elements go there themselves.” If a report by Sky Net News is any indication, the Obama administration is impervious to this reality. According to that website, “Western diplomatic officials” have confirmed that the U.S. is “considering the legality of arming the Libyan rebels.” Ostensibly, one of the “unintended consequences” of U.N. resolution 1970, requiring all member nations
to ”immediately take the necessary measures” to prevent the supply or sale of weapons to the Libyan government, contained no exceptions for supplying antiGaddafi forces. The administration is exploring a legal framework by which rebel forces could be armed if they could prove such arms were necessary to “defend themselves from Gaddafi’s forces.” Mark Kornblau, spokesman for US Ambassador Dr. Susan Rice, confirmed the possibility. ”Resolutions 1970 and 1973, read together, neither specify nor preclude such an action,” said Kornblau. Britain and France are reportedly considering similar options with a coalition diplomat claiming the U.N. mandate ”authorizes all necessary measures to protect civilians under threat of attack,” and that any action taken “will be consistent with the United Nations Security Resolution and with international law.”
Morning Bell: What Would Democrats Cut?
Conn Carroll (The Foundry: Conservative Policy News.)
Submitted at 3/28/2011 8:36:21 AM
Posted March 28th, 2011 at 9:36am in Ongoing Priorities Print This Post As a third temporary spending bill expires next week, the attention of Capitol Hill will once again be focused on producing a permanent spending bill to keep the federal government open and operating. The threat of a government shutdown would not exist had the Democratically controlled 111th Congress passed a budget for this fiscal year. In fact, not only did they fail to pass a budget, but for the for the first time in the history of the budgetmaking process, last year’s Congress failed to even vote on a budget. And now, even as the consequences of their failure are just days a way, the Democrats have still failed to agree on a plan that cuts spending. Thirty-eight days ago, on February 19, the House of Representatives passed a budget that would keep the federal government open for the rest of this fiscal year. Responding to the overwhelming mandate from the American people delivered last November to cut federal spending, that House budget cut $61 billion in spending from 2010 MORNING page 84
School Choice: Created Equal, but Not in Washington, D.C.
Rachel Sheffield (The Foundry: Conservative Policy News.)
Submitted at 3/28/2011 11:27:01 AM
Posted March 28th, 2011 at 12:27pm in Education Print This Post This week, the U.S. House of Representatives will vote on a bill that would reauthorize the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program(DCOSP), the flagship school choice program in the nation’s capital. Since 2004, this program has provided low-income schoolchildren in Washington, D.C., which ranks 51st in the nation in standardized test scores, with scholarships worth $7,500 each to attend private schools of their choice. However, despite the program’s popularity and success— including significantly increased graduation rates and improved reading scores—political maneuvers have managed to jeopardize the future of this program and, along with it, the futures of hundreds of children in the nation’s capital. The new legislation, introduced by Speaker of the House John Boehner (R–OH) and known as the SOAR Act, would not only reauthorize the scholarship program but also expand it to give more children the opportunity for school choice. While many legislators support school choice programs like
DCOSP, many others (mostly congressional Democrats) continue to fight it. Yet, ironically, many Members of Congress have benefited from school choice themselves—either personally or through their own children—while denying D.C. students the same benefit. For example, Senator Richard Durbin (D–IL), who successfully inserted language into legislation in 2009 to phase out the DCOSP, not only attended private school himself but also sends his children to private school. Moreover, a Heritage Foundation study found that nearly 40 percent of the Members of the 111th Congress sent a child to private school. Nationally, only 11 percent of all
Additionally, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan attended private school himself, and when he came from Chicago to D.C. after being appointed Secretary, his family chose to live in Arlington, Virginia,“where good schools are assumed.” But how many families have the kind of options for their children that Obama and Duncan do? Unfortunately, today school choice is mostly limited to those who have means. And if DCOSP is eliminated, school choice will be even more limited. Yet for DCOSP students and so many others like them, school choice has meant not only greater control American students are enrolled in over their education but, more importantly, greater control over private school. And let’s not forget that President their futures. Obama himself was a scholarship Instead of closing the doors of recipient as a child. This is what opportunity for children, as the gave him the opportunity to attend Obama Administration and some the prestigious Punahou School in Members of Congress have Hawaii. On top of this, his attempted to do these last two daughters attend the upscale years, now is the time to open it Sidwell Friends School in D.C. If wider for more of the nation’s he had no choice but to send his students. girls to public school, they would This entry passed through the be students of the Francis-Stevens Full-Text RSS service — if this is Education Campus, where only 45 your content and you're reading it p e r c e n t o f s t u d e n t s m e e t on someone else's site, please read proficiency levels in reading, and our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ 40 percent meet them in math. content-only/faq.php. Five Filters (While these proficiency levels featured article: Libya and Oil. are low, sadly, they are much higher than those at many other D.C. public schools.)
“Drill, Brazil, Drill,” Obama Says
Conn Carroll (The Foundry: Conservative Policy News.)
Submitted at 3/28/2011 10:00:34 AM
Posted March 28th, 2011 at 11:00am in Energy and Environment Print This Post It took them a week and a half, but The Washington Post editorial board has finally noted the absurdity of President Barack Obama’s support for oil drilling … in other countries. From today’s paper: When was the last time an American president stood before an audience in a foreign country and announced that he looked forward to importing more of its oil? Answer: Just over a week ago, when President Obama joined political and business leaders in Brasilia in hailing the fact that their newly discovered offshore petroleum reserves might be twice as large as those in the United States. Americans “want to help with technology and support to develop these oil “DRILL, page 85
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opponents. His troops pulling back into Tripoli is the key to this strategy and his living to fight Submitted at 3/27/2011 11:40:46 PM another day. In Tripoli, Gaddafi After a week of air strikes by knows his forces are safe from American and NATO warplanes NATO air attacks, since the entire on forces loyal to Muammar civilian population serves as a Gaddafi, the news is once more human shield. As part of this encouraging for the Libyan rebels. survival strategy, Gaddafi even The insurgents were reported on has civilian supporters inside his Sunday to have retaken Brega, the family compound, since their crossroads city of Ajdabiya and presence ensures his and his the important oil port of Ras family’s safety from NATO Ranuf. Ras Ranuf had fallen to bombs. Gaddafi’s troops last March 12. NATO air strikes inside a builtAfter the second day of their up urban area would not only risk renewed offensive, rebel forces causing heavy civilian casualties stand 370 kilometers west of their but would also make a mockery of stronghold of Benghazi, to which the UN resolution allowing the Gaddafi’s soldiers had driven establishment the no-fly zone. them and his tanks had entered assistance, hopes of a quick rebel his stronghold of Tripoli and The resolution was passed to save l a s t S u n d a y . N A T O a i r victory and an end to the conflict towns in Western Libya. innocent civilian lives and not to intervention that day ended the are, however, problematic. In the Because of the NATO air strikes, see them perish in NATO air L i b y a n d i c t a t o r ’ s h o p e s o f N e w Y o r k T i m e s , a r e b e l the Libyan leader knows his attacks. crushing the rebellion any time fighter was quoted as saying heavy weapons like artillery, Using civilians as human shields soon, causing his forces to Gaddafi’s troops offered no tanks and armoured personnel against Western air strikes is not a w i t h d r a w a f t e r s u f f e r i n g resistance and simply pulled back carriers that have played such an new tactic. Saddam Hussein used substantial losses. past Ras Lanuf. important role in his soldiers’ anti-American supporters from With the rebels once again in “There wasn’t any resistance,” successes now cannot move or be Western countries as human control of Eastern Libya, they are said Fariz Sheydani, 42. “There placed in the open. A French shields before the 2003 war that now set to advance further west to was no one in front of us. There’s warplane, for example, was toppled him. Hamas employs this Sirte, the coastal stronghold of no fighting.” reported to have destroyed a tactic in Gaza against Israeli Gaddafi’s tribe and the high-water Gaddafi loyalists apparently also loyalist artillery battery outside of forces, while the Taliban often mark of their first offensive did not damage the important oil Ajdabiya on Saturday. have civilians accompany them, against Tripoli. NATO warplanes facilities located in Ras Lanuf Since Gaddafi knows he cannot voluntarily or otherwise, as were reported to have bombed before their retreat. If this is true, w i n t h i s w a r w i t h N A T O protection when they go on Sirte Saturday night in preparation Gaddafi’s non-resistance of such a warplanes controlling the skies, missions. for the expected rebel attack. strategic town strongly indicates his strategy now appears to be one B u t e v e n w i t h N A T O ’ s his forces are retreating to defend of surviving by waiting out his
levels. The Democrats then produced a plan that they said “cut spending,” but even The Washington Post Fact Checker found no real cuts. And they will not even go on record identifying which cuts in the House’s bill they are willing to accept. The Post explains why: “Such a move would force Democrats to go on record defending programs that Republicans had identified as wasteful.” It is understandable why the Senate is so afraid to offer its own spending plan. When the President offered his own budget for next year, he claimed that it would produce only a $7.2 trillion deficit over the next 10 years. At the time, we predicted that the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) would produce vastly different numbers, since the President’s proposal included audaciously hopeful economic forecasts and fake spending cuts. Sure enough, on March 18 the CBO scored the President’s budget as causing $9.5 trillion in deficits over the next 10 years. That is more debt than the federal government accumulated from 1789 to 2010 combined. Heritage analyst Brian Riedl surveys the damage: These large deficits will persist because the President’s steep tax hikes cannot keep up with his runaway spending. Relative to the historical averages (which were also pre-recession levels), MORNING page 86
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Mr. Evans sought to turn the debate on sovereignty “on its head” by “characteriz[ing] it not as an argument about the ‘right’ of states to anything, but rather about their ‘responsibility’ — one to protect people at grave risk.” That “responsibility” is to be defined by the United Nations. Mr. Evans envisions a world where sovereign nations are hardly “sovereign” as we understand the term. Indeed, Evans is seeking nothing less than a brand new definition of sovereignty — what he calls “a new way of talking about sovereignty itself.” The starting point, he says, is that sovereignty “should now be seen not as ‘control,’ as in the centuries-old Westphalian tradition, but, again, as ‘responsibility.’” No “rights.” No “control.” At least Mr. Evans is willing to let nations keep their borders — for now — although that may also be under threat from R2P. One can imagine the United Nations taking the US to task for trying to keep
millions of illegals from crossing our border: We have no “right” to keep hungry, desperate people from seeking a better life. Might our border policies also violate the R2P doctrine? Indeed, such an argument is already being made. In 2004, the Secretary General Kofi Annan set up a blue ribbon committee to examine the ICISS findings and issue a report to the United Nations. The Panel on Threats, Challenges, and Change swallowed the “new” definition of sovereignty while recommending R2P be adopted as a matter of policy and law. Their report, “A More Secure World: Our Shared Responsibility,” recommended that it be the responsibility “of every State when it comes to people suffering from avoidable catastrophe, mass murder and rape, ethnic cleansing by forcible expulsion and terror, and deliberate starvation and exposure to disease.” In other words, “responsibility” has morphed from the 1990s
concept–which entailed that it is up to the world community or voluntary coalitions to intervene where necessary to protect innocents–to a set of rules that sovereign nations themselves must satisfy the United Nations or the hammer will fall. In direct violation of its own charter, the UN has set itself up as the arbiter of where sovereignty begins and ends, tossing aside Article 51s “inherent right to selfdefense” clause. The Office of the Special Adviser for the Prevention of Genocide at the UN makes this clear. The individual state’s idea of sovereignty takes a back seat to the UN’s judgment: “Sovereignty no longer exclusively protects States from foreign interference; it is a charge of responsibility where States are accountable for the welfare of their people.”
reserves safely, and when you’re ready to start selling, we want to be one of your best customers,” Mr. Obama said. … As for offshore drilling, Mr. Obama’s enthusiasm for punching holes in the ocean floor off Brazil is hard to reconcile with his decision, announced Dec. 1, to keep the waters off the East and West coasts and the eastern Gulf of Mexico off-limits to exploration indefinitely. His policy was a reversal of an earlier decision he had made to open some of those areas. We can understand that reversal, after the massive oil spill in the western Gulf last year. And, demonstrating a measure of flexibility even after the disaster, the administration has announced five deep-water drilling permits in the western Gulf since the spill. Heritage analysts Nicolas Loris and John Ligon have detailed just how much energy President Obama is leaving undeveloped here in the United States: * Access onshore and offshore: At least 19 billion barrels of easily recoverable oil lie off the currently restricted Pacific and Atlantic coasts and the eastern Gulf of Mexico. Another 19 billion barrels estimated to be in the Chukchi Sea off the Alaskan coast are inaccessible because of onerous regulations, such as acquiring air-quality permits. The U.S. Environmental Appeals Board invalidated the Environmental Protection Agency’s permit approval for that
area after appeals from environmental groups. Another obvious and senseless restriction is in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, where an estimated 10 billion barrels of oil lie beneath a few thousand acres that can be accessed with minimal environmental impact. Those 10 billion barrels are equivalent to 16 years’ worth of imports from Saudi Arabia at the current rate. * Access to oil shale: According to the U.S. Department of the Interior and the Bureau of Land Management, there are 800 billion barrels (a moderate estimate) of recoverable oil from oil shale in the Green River Formation, which goes through Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming. This is three times greater than the proven oil reserves of Saudi Arabia. While the technology is still developing and environmental considerations need to be taken into account, the Administration should not create onerous restrictions stifling commercial investment in research and technology that would make the process economically viable and safe for the environment. 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: Libya and Oil.
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The Left’s March on London
Rich Trzupek (FrontPage Magazine » FrontPage)
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President Obama would raise taxes by 1.3 percent of GDP yet increase spending by 4 percent of Submitted at 3/27/2011 11:45:20 PM GDP. The main drivers of runaway spending—surging Protesters thronged into the Social Security, Medicare, and streets of another capital this Medicaid costs—would not be weekend to protest government reformed at all. Accordingly, the spending cuts that will reduce the annual cost of interest on the power of public-sector unions — national debt would quadruple. and nanny state services in … general. This time, the capital in Under President Obama’s budget question wasn’t in the middle of proposal, taxpayers would see America, but in the heart of the large tax increases, bigger United Kingdom, as hundreds of government, and slower economic thousands marched through the growth. The President who streets of London to protest declared that “I didn’t come here austerity measures that the to pass our problems on to the coalition government has next President or the next imposed. generation—I’m here to solve The UK now owes more money them” would, over the next as a percentage of GDP than any decade, drop an additional time in recent history since it paid $80,000 per household in debt off its World War II debts. the 1980s, the government’s plan someone tries to rein in out of onto the laps of our children and Excluding the financial sector, the to fix the island’s economic woes control government spending. grandchildren. UK’s national debt is running included a mix of tax hikes and According to the story in The The White House spent all of over sixty per cent of GDP. spending cuts. It is the $130 Independent: 2010 deflecting criticism about its A c c o r d i n g t o C o n s e r v a t i v e billion in spending cuts that has [McCluskey] told the protesters delegate to the European Union the left infuriated, and no one in they were bearing witness to Daniel Hannon, the UK currently Britain seems quite so angry as services closing, old people going spends more money servicing that those people who are members of without care, libraries, swimming massive debt than it does on or are at the head of the nation’s pools and parks going to ‘ruin’ n a t i o n a l d e f e n s e . C l e a r l y , labor unions. and young people heading for a something needed to be done and Len McCluskey is general l i f e o n t h e d o l e . ‘ B u t y o u Amy-Mae Elliott (Mashable!) the coalition government of secretary of Unite, the largest represent a spirit of resistance in Conservative Prime Minister labor union in the UK and Ireland. every workplace and community Submitted at 3/28/2011 10:51:17 AM David Cameron and Liberal He used the march this weekend that says we are not going to have The Digital Photo and Film Deputy PM Nick Clegg moved to to attack the Cameron government our way of life killed so that the Series is supported by Adobe® start chipping away at that with the kind of hysterical rich and greedy can live as they Photoshop® Elements. To mountain of red ink shortly after hyperbole that has become the please,’ he said. connect with the product team, taking power in 2010. default mode on the left whenever find creative tutorials, tips and Much like Margaret Thatcher in information, join them on Facebook and Twitter. It’s not just music videos that are being shot on cell phones these
deficit spending by pointing to the President’s debt commission. Then when the commission finally produced a report that included actual spending cuts, the White House couldn’t run from it fast enough. Congressional Democrats have no plan to cut government this year, next year, or any year. Conservatives should hold firm to their $61 billion in cuts and force Democrats to produce their own spending cut plan. Quick Hits: This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read our FAQ page at fivefilters.org/ content-only/faq.php. Five Filters featured article: Libya and Oil.
7 Superb Short Films Shot With Cell Phones
days. Short films are, too. Even full-length films are being shot on mobile devices — Oldboy director Chan-wook Park’s Paranmanjang will soon be released in movie theaters, for example. We’ve found seven superb short SUPERB page 87
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films — documentary, action, and even the world’s smallest stopmotion movie — that have been shot on cell phones. So, grab some popcorn and have a look through our gallery of great mobile-made clips. Let us know in the comments which ones you like best. 1. BMX Filmed and edited by Lenaic Marechal on a Nokia N8, this bike -themed short shows off some great BMXing skills, as well as some great cell-phone cinematography. 2. Golden Harvest Shot on the Panasonic Lumix GH1 and the iPhone 4, this is a lovely montage of harvest-time activity. The director reveals some tricks of the trade in the video description -- the time-lapse shot was snapped on the iPhone attached to a home-made tractor dolly with Legos and Blu-Tack! 3. The Commuter Shot in four days by the McHenry Brothers, Nokia's official showcase film for the N8 stars some big names -- Pamela Anderson, Ed Westwick, Dev Patel and Charles Dance all make appearances. 4. Apple of My Eye
Director Michael Koerbel shot this entirely on the iPhone 4 and edited it in iMovie -- all within 48 hours. The $103 budget shows how much you can achieve with very little. 5. 156 Turns Billed as the "first corporate iPhone 4 film," 156 Turns takes you inside the world of motorcycle racing at the 2010 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. 6. Dot Another Nokia-backed project sees " the world's smallest stopmotion animation character" filmed on an N8, thanks to the addition of Professor Fletcher's "CellScope" microscope attachment. 7. Space Balloon Luke Geissbuhler and his son Max launched an iPhone into space from the unlikely location of Newburgh, NY. They posted this incredible video once the photo made it back down to Earth. Series Supported by Adobe Photoshop Elements The Digital Photo and Film Series is supported by the Adobe® Photoshop® Elements product team. Adobe’s® photoediting software delivers powerful
options that make it easy to create extraordinary photos, unique print creations, quickly share memories in online albums, and automatically organize and help protect your photos. Download a free trial of Adobe® Photoshop® Elements® 9 to try it out! More Video Resources from Mashable: - 8 Simple Ways to Improve Your YouTube Channel - Top 10 Funny YouTube Videos About Twitter - 10 Fascinating YouTube Facts That May Surprise You - 10 Incredible Interactive YouTube Videos - 10 Captivating Time-Lapse Design Videos More About: Digital Photo and Film Series, iphone, Nokia, short films, video, videos For more Video coverage: • Follow Mashable Video on Twitter • Become a Fan on Facebook • Subscribe to the Video channel • Download our free apps for Android, Mac, iPhone and iPad
Sony Ericsson Xperia Play review
Vlad Savov (Engadget)
gaming to all those with a taste for it. Yes, the Sony influence is Submitted at 3/28/2011 12:00:00 PM strong with this one, and the The PlayStation Phone. We've Android Market will be joining had quite the intimate history with t h e f u n w i t h X p e r i a P l a y this gamepad-equipped slider, optimized titles from third-party learning of its secretive existence developers. So all we really need way back in August and then to know now is whether the handling a prototype unit in Android smartphone underpinning January, so you'll forgive us for this smash-bang fusion of old and feeling sentimental and still new school entertainment happens entertaining our pet name for it. to be any good. Shall we get The Sony Ericsson marketing Started? gurus renamed it the Xperia Play Gallery: Xperia Play review when it finally went official at Continue reading Sony Ericsson M W C t h i s y e a r , b u t t h e Xperia Play review PlayStation connection remains as Sony Ericsson Xperia Play strong as ever. Aside from the D- review originally appeared on pad, iconic game keys, and two Engadget on Mon, 28 Mar 2011 touchpads, this device comes with 12:00:00 EDT. Please see our a little app named PlayStation terms for use of feeds. Permalink| Pocket, which will be serving up | Email this| Comments dollops of classic PlayStation One
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Marc Jacobs Intern Calls CEO a “Tyrant” in Twitter Meltdown
Lauren Indvik (Mashable!)
Submitted at 3/28/2011 11:27:45 AM
A Marc Jacobs intern staged a meltdown of sorts on the fashion brand’s official Twitter account Friday evening. The anonymous intern was assigned to oversee Marc Jacobs’s Twitter feed while the company searches for an official overseer of its social media accounts. Beginning last month, followers have been invited to send in clever tweets to nab interviews with the company’s CEO, Robert Duffy. Thus far, Duffy has been “presented… with 50 people,” the intern tweeted, but is “not happy” with any of them. The intern went on to tweet that Duffy is a “tyrant” and that@MarcJacobsIntl followers “have no idea how difficult Robert is. I am only an intern,” he wrote. “My last day is tomorrow. I wouldn’t be tweeting this if not!” “Good luck! I pray for you all. If you get the job! I’m out of here. See ya! Don’t want to be ya! Roberts a tyrant! Seriously! He is tough!” the intern continued. “I can call him out! I’m out! Won’t work in this town again! I know that! Learned a lot. But, I
don’t have the energy for what is expected!” said another tweet. Before signing off, he wrote, “Yea, walk in my MJ shoes! Don’t judge me! I’m alone in this office having to try and entertain you all. This isn’t easy. I have tried. Done!” Most of the tweets, which were sent from Twitter’s official application for iPhone, were deleted by 4 a.m. Saturday morning, the Daily Mail reports. The company later tweeted a warning to “protect your passwords,” and assured followers that “all is well here at MJ. Twitter is a crazy place.” As far as PR mishaps go, it was hardly a disaster. Given the
amusing irreverence that has long marked the voice of Marc Jacobs’s Twitter feed, the rant was, in fact, perfectly on brand. We can only hope the company’s next Twitter overseer is as entertaining. [via The Cut] More About: fashion, marc jacobs, pr, social media, twitter For more Social Media coverage: • Follow Mashable Social Media on Twitter • Become a Fan on Facebook • Subscribe to the Social Media channel • Download our free apps for Android, Mac, iPhone and iPad
DARPA's Urban Photonic Sandtable Display enables 3D battlefield planning without goofy glasses
Tim Stevens (Engadget)
like this ROAMS bot. No word on when the system will be deployed Submitted at 3/28/2011 11:24:00 AM to the field, but it should allow You probably point and laugh at grizzled commanders and uppity your friends when they have big, businessmen to find unobtanium bulky 3D glasses perched on their deposits, even if they happen to noses in theaters. That kind of be located right under a big 'ol tomfoolery just won't do amongst tree. the military brass, who frown at Continue reading DARPA's the slightest hint of snickering in U r b a n P h o t o n i c S a n d t a b l e the operations room. This new 3D Display enables 3D battlefield system, called the Urban Photonic planning without goofy glasses Sandtable Display (UPSD), DARPA's Urban Photonic should help. It's a DARPA Sandtable Display enables 3D project, a fully holographic table battlefield planning without goofy (no glasses required) that can be glasses originally appeared on scaled up to six feet diagonally Engadget on Mon, 28 Mar 2011 and allows visual depth of up to 11:24:00 EDT. Please see our 12-inches. The technology comes terms for use of feeds. Permalink courtesy of Zebra Imaging, which Information Week| DARPA| earlier wowed us with some Email this| Comments insane 3D printouts, and the data will come from LIDAR systems
The White Populism of Geraldine Ferraro
Ta-Nehisi Coates (Politics : The Atlantic)
Submitted at 3/28/2011 10:15:00 AM
Joan Walsh writes a good column on Geraldine Ferraro, but I don't understand the following section. Walsh begins by claiming Ferraro's comments on Obama were indefensible. Then inexplicably marshals a defense: In her 2009 interview with Traister for "Big Girls Don't Cry," she softened -- a little. "I got tied in by the Obama campaign on being racist, which I probably will go to my grave with and will never get over," she said, with sad prescience." And I wasn't, obviously. What I said was not racist. If Hillary had drawn black women the way she drew other women, she would have won. Black women had two choices, race or gender. They went with race. As a mother, if I were a black woman, would I rather have my kids see a black get elected president of the United States? I would, quite frankly. I didn't think there was anything wrong with that. So when this [reporter] said to me, 'What do you think is going on, I said, 'It's black voters.'" She went on: "So when I heard this stupid-assed comment by [David Axelrod] who knew me, because I had supported [African American state controller] Carl McCall when he ran for governor ... to call me a racist ... I was like a lunatic." As I noted last year when I reviewed David Remnick's great
Obama bio, "The Bridge," while Ferraro was pilloried for suggesting Obama's race was a political advantage, inside his campaign, some advisors believed the same thing. Mona Sutphen told Remnick many in the campaign also thought race was helping Obama more than it was hurting. "He is the embodiment of American diversity. In the end, that played really well for him," Sutphen explained. Remnick observed that where before the election, campaign pollsters feared a "Bradley effect" -- when whites tell pollsters they'll vote for the black candidate, but don't -- but afterward they discussed a "Palmer effect" or a "Huxtable effect" - the possibility that popular black TV characters like "24's" David Palmer and the whole "Cosby Show" made Obama's race less a disadvantage than an asset for many voters. That's just a long-winded, ruminative set of ways to suggest something like what Ferraro claimed. But putting it in her white ethnic Queens vernacular "He happens to be very lucky to be where he is" -- gave it the tone of white grievance that made it objectionable. She was right; she sounded "like a lunatic." Let's begin by noting that every presidential candidate in recent memory has tried to deploy identity in some politically advantageous manner. It is certainly true that Barack Obama attempted to leverage his own identity as a biracial black
man in much the same way. It's also true that through most of American history, whiteness was not simply the deployment of political advantage, it was the deployment of decisive political advantage. And yet while you could definitively say of that Roosevelt and Lincoln were "lucky" to be white, your statement would be myopic, and skip over many other attributes, the absence of which kept millions other white people out of the presidency. One can't even award that level of "true" myopia to Geraldine Ferraro. As always, the original quote is instructive: If Jesse Jackson were not black, he wouldn't be in the race. Oh wait. That's Ferraro in 1988 describing a man fortunate enough to be born in grinding poverty to a 16-year old poor single mother and a deadbeat father. Jackson went on to become a presidential candidate, winning seven primaries, four caucuses and seven million votes, a historic feat made possible, not by skill, hard work or intelligence, but by all the advantages routinely and liberally afforded to black people raised in the Jim Crow South: Twenty years later Ferraro had matured and endeavored to offer a more nuanced take: If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position. And if he was a woman of color, he would not be in this position. He happens to be very lucky to be who he is. This is not an indelicate
rendering of some ruminative, long-winded truth. It does not simply assert, as Sutphen and Remnick did, that Obama's diverse background helped him. It asserts that his skin color imparted a singular, decisive advantage, without which, Obama could not cope with the likes of H i l l a r y C l i n t o n . The necessary implication is bizarre. It holds that the party of Jack Kennedy would never have as its front-runner a handsome, male, Ivy League educated, Illinois senator, who edited the Harvard Law Review, had a picturesque family, and was a rousing speaker, unless he had the obvious, and indisputable advantage of being black. The implication is bizarre, but familiar. It is the alternative world of white populism, one that Ferraro, tragically, chose to inhabit. The hallmarks are all there. She repeatedly claimed that Axelrod and the Obama campaign had called her "a racist." The charge does not exist in known reality (I have yet to see such a claim attributed), so much as in that parallel universe where whites are always under attack. Ferraro, again: Since March, when I was accused of being racist for a statement I made about the influence of blacks on Obama's historic campaign, people have been stopping me to express a common sentiment: If you're white you can't open your mouth without being accused of being racist.
They see Obama's playing the race card throughout the campaign and no one calling him for it as frightening. They're not upset with Obama because he's black; they're upset because they don't expect to be treated fairly because they're white. I'm put in the mind of the great Jane Austen, proving that Ferraro's white populism is the manifestation of something all -too human: The power of disappointing them, it was true, must always be hers. But that was not enough: for when people are determined on a mode of conduct which they know to be wrong, they feel injured by the expectation of anything better from them. Ferraro is a hero to a generation, and this is as it should be. Full stop. I was eight when she was nominated for vice-president, and while I could not register the full import of the thing, I understood that the world had somehow opened up, and later, more specifically, that Ferraro, herself, through dint of her own hard work, had opened the world up. From Ferraro, from someone who likely been told she was only in the 1984 race because she was a woman, many of us, indeed, expected better. After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register. This entry passed through the WHITE page 90
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Microsoft's SpecNet promises to seek out unused wireless spectrum
Donald Melanson (Engadget)
Submitted at 3/28/2011 11:46:00 AM
Microsoft's been toying around with hardware for so-called white space spectrum for some time now, and it's now back with another fairly ambitious scheme. Dubbed "SpecNet," the hardware in this case in actually a network of spectrum analyzers that would seek out and map where spectrum is available and where it's not, and let unlicensed devices use it when it's available. Of course, that's still all a bit theoretical, and it does face a few significant hurdles. Those spectrum analyzers, for instance would cost between $10,000 and $40,000 apiece, and you'd obviously need a lot of them MICROSOFT'S page 91
Samsung Series 9 (NP900X3A) laptop review
Joanna Stern (Engadget)
most stunned. And well, a glance at that picture above should explain why we found ourselves Back at CES, Samsung pulled out counting down the days until its quite a few surprises, and no, March launch date. The 2.8-pound we're not referring to its Zoll- system is a complete and total 180 i n f u s e d p r e s s c o n f e r e n c e - - from Samsung's typical bulky although, that performance still mainstream systems, yet its 0.64gives us the willies. Of all the inch thick chassis still crams in Korean c o m p a n y ' s quite a bit of horsepower with a announcements at the show, Core i5-2537M processor, a which we'll remind you included 128GB SSD, and 4GB of RAM. an impressive new LTE phone It's also built from some of the and range of SmartTVs, it was its toughest stuff on earth, has a Series 9 laptop that left us the b a c k l i t k e y b o a r d , a n d a n
Submitted at 3/28/2011 12:45:00 PM
incredibly high quality 400 nit LCD. You see, the $1,699 machine teeters on having the absolute perfect balance of beauty and brawn, and certainty has the core ingredients to compete with that other extremely popular and super thin ultraportable-- but when you get it home and out of its fancy box, does it truly have the chops? Or is this just yet another rail thin and expensive Windows laptop that falls short? The time has come to find out hit the break for our full review.
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for a nationwide network, although Microsoft suggests that they could be set up on an ad hoc basis and assigned to different areas for a specific time period. Those interested in the finer technical details can dive into Microsoft's full paper on the subject at the source link below. Microsoft's SpecNet promises to seek out unused wireless spectrum
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