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George Mitchell returns to law firm after 2 years as Mideast envoy
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George Mitchell says he doesn’t believe in retirement. After two years focusing on Middle East peace for President Barack Obama, he returned Monday to the law firm DLA Piper as chairman emeritus. In an interview with Leigh Jones of Reuters, Mitchell said Israelis and Palestinians have mutual interests. Palestinians won’t get statehood unless Israel gets security, and vice versa. “If you can make sure the agreement has the central demand of each side, you can get an agreement,” he said. Mitchell resigned from the Middle East special envoy post in March, having served the two years he had promised the president. “I told him that I was interested and would serve, but

2006 into steroid use within Major League Baseball. Mitchell’s return to DLA Piper is just the latest turn of the revolving door between the federal government and the private legal sector, according to a study of data from the Center of Responsive Politics by Terry Baynes of Reuters. Since Obama took office in 2009, at least 10 lawyers in the administration have left their government posts for private practice. Photo credit: Reuters/Mike Segar (Mitchell at DLA Piper) This entry passed through the that I could not do it for a whole enormous difficulty, complexity Full-Text RSS service — if this is presidential term. I had children and long history of the conflict,” your content and you're reading it late in life.” Mitchell, who is 77, he said. on someone else's site, please read said he did not want to spend too Mitchell returns to the 4,200- the FAQ at time away from his family. attorney DLA Piper as chairman only/faq.php#publishers. Five “My only objective was to serve emeritus, the same job he gave up Filters featured article: Ten Years the best I could to advance the when President Obama appointed Of Media Lens - Our Problem o b j e c t i v e t h a t w e a l l s e e k him to the Middle East position. With Mainstream Dissidents. comprehensive peace in the The last time he was at DLA Middle East, recognizing the Piper, he led an investigation in

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Syrian forces round up hundreds near northwest town (Reuters)
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Play Video By Khaled Yacoub Oweis AMMAN (Reuters) – Syrian troops rounded up hundreds of people in a sweep through villages near Jisr al-Shughour on Monday, fleeing residents said, after President Bashar al-Assad's army retook the rebellious northwestern town. Nearly 7,000 Syrians have fled the region around Jisr alShughour, seeking sanctuary in neighboring Turkey, while thousands more are sheltering in rural areas just inside Syria, activists say. Monday's wave of arrests followed an assault by troops, tanks and helicopters to regain control of the town, one week after authorities said 120 security personnel were killed there in fighting they blamed on "armed groups." Some residents said those killed were soldiers who had mutinied, refusing to shoot protesters and joining demonstrators calling for an end to Assad's rule. The town of 50,000, just 20 km (12 miles) south of the Turkish border, is the latest focus of a

military crackdown on the protests which have swept Syria for nearly three months and continue despite the deaths of hundreds of civilians. Refugees from Jisr al-Shughour said the military was combing villages to the east of the town and arresting hundreds of men between the ages of 18 and 40, in a pattern seen in other military crackdowns since the unrest started in March. Residents said the army unit that took the town was commanded by Assad's brother Maher. Ahmad Yassin, 27, said he left his 7,000 sq meter plot of land east of Jisr al-Shughour early on Monday when a force of 200 soldiers and men wearing black came in armored personnel carriers and cars and poured petrol on the wheat crops. "I tried to save my three cows but there was no time. I put my wife and two children in the car and drove straight to the border," he said. His account of troops setting fire to crops echoed reports from other refugees, but the official state news agency has accused "armed terrorist groups" of burning land as sabotage. Syrian rights groups say 1,300

civilians have been killed since the start of the uprising. One group, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, says more than 300 soldiers and police have also been killed. Syria has banned most foreign correspondents, making it difficult to verify accounts of events. ARMY TAKES CONTROL The government says the protests are part of a violent conspiracy backed by foreign powers to sow sectarian strife. Army units "have taken total control of Jisr al-Shughour and are chasing remnants of the armed terrorist gangs in the woods and mountains," the Syrian news agency said on Sunday. It said a soldier and two armed men were killed in clashes around the town. The army defused explosives planted on bridges and roads and uncovered mass graves holding mostly mutilated bodies of 12 security men killed by armed groups, it said. Thousands of people from Jisr alShughour, located on a vital road junction, had already fled to Turkey before Sunday's assault. Turkey has grown increasingly critical of Assad and has now set up four camps to accommodate refugees.

In a sign of tension between Syria and Turkey, which had close trade and political ties before the crisis, supporters of Assad protested outside Turkey's embassy in Damascus on Sunday. Turkey's Anatolian news agency said some people climbed the embassy walls and hung a Syrian flag, and Syrian security forces prevented some protesters from trying to lower the Turkish flag. A resident said the crowd then tore down tourist posters on the outside wall of the embassy. France, with British support, has led efforts for the United Nations Security Council to condemn Assad's repression of the protests but Russia and China have suggested they may use their veto power to kill the resolution. A spokesman for British Prime Minister David Cameron said newly re-elected Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan welcomed British efforts to put pressure on Assad at the United Nations. French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe has said Assad had lost the legitimacy to rule Syria. The White House condemned the Syrian forces' latest violence in the "strongest possible terms" and said Assad should step aside if he

will not lead a democratic transition. Assad, who inherited power when his father died in 2000, has offered some moves aimed at appeasing protesters, lifting a 48year state of emergency and promising a national dialogue -steps which have been dismissed by many activists. The privately owned Syrian newspaper Al-Watan said a committee formed to investigate the unrest had imposed a travel ban on the former governor of Deraa, where protests broke out on March 18, and its head of security. It said there would be "no immunity for people who committed crimes." (Additional reporting by Alexandra Hudson in Guvecci, Turkey; Writing by Dominic Evans; editing by Tim Pearce) 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 the FAQ at Five Filters featured article: Ten Years Of Media Lens - Our Problem With Mainstream Dissidents.

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For New Hampshire GOP, extremism isn't all that popular - CNN
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good politician knows this. The state's traditional blend of fiscal conservatism and social Republican presidential hopefuls tolerance poses a tricky challenge will have their chance to appeal to for the seven GOP candidates New Hampshire voters Monday onstage at St. Anselm College. night. STORY HIGHLIGHTS Answers that win applause in • Answers that win applause in Iowa living rooms might not work Iowa living rooms might not work as well in the Granite State. as well in New Hampshire Discussions of faith, now • Religion isn't as central to life common in presidential debates, in New Hampshire, where social are important to most Republican conservatives hold limited sway voters in other early primary and • Limitations on government are caucus states. But religion is not important to many new activists a s c e n t r a l t o l i f e i n N e w in the Granite State Hampshire, where social conservatives hold limited sway. Editor's note: Charles Perkins of A quarter of Granite Staters go to North Village Media is the retired church on a typical Sunday, far executive editor of the New below the national average. Hampshire Union Leader. CNN This state is one of the few where hosts the first New Hampshire same-sex marriage is legal. In Republican presidential debate on 2 0 0 9 , w h e n a D e m o c r a t i c Monday from Manchester at 8 Legislature and governor replaced p.m. ET. Follow all the issues and civil unions with same-sex campaign news leading up to the marriage, many local Republicans debate on were angry. Despite a sharp turn and@cnnpolitics on Twitter. to the right in both the state House Watch the debate on CNN TV, and Senate in the 2010 elections, CNN .com and mobile devices. quick reversal of the new law has A n d p a r t i c i p a t e w i t h y o u r not become a top GOP priority. questions on the live blog on the According to a University of New CNN Political Ticker. Hampshire poll in February, 37% Manchester, New Hampshire of Republicans strongly support ( C N N ) - - N e w H a m p s h i r e repeal. Ending same-sex marriage Republicans will not watch is extremely important to just 5% Monday night's presidential of the state's voters. debate in the same way as typical As a result, questions asked voters across the country. Any Monday night about divisive

which they see as nothing but big, intrusive bureaucracy. Eminent domain is another government power distrusted by many of these new conservative activists. A controversial power line proposal that depended on state confiscation of rural land already faced broad opposition, but the new activists' votes may prove decisive in blocking the project. Questions that touch on some of these issues may seem unusual elsewhere, but not here. The social topics may get more House speaker and state party answers will have real impact as attention along Myrtle Beach, chairman. New Hampshire's Republicans South Carolina, than on Hampton In this new political climate, and independents begin studying Beach. Other issues are more issues that matter to libertarians, the field. important here. strict constitutionalists and fiscal To avoid stumbling here, New Hampshire's reputation as a conservatives are moving to candidates must remember that c o n s e r v a t i v e R e p u b l i c a n center stage. the Granite State is changing but stronghold is well-deserved. The Past attempts to weaken unions it remains unique. Treating its state's most influential modern went nowhere. But labor now has voters like Iowans would be as governor, Meldrim Thomson, left few Republican friends in New foolish as confusing ethanol with a tight-fisted legacy of small Hampshire. A controversial right- maple syrup. government that endures more to-work bill, which would make This entry passed through the than three decades later. His m o s t u n i o n m e m b e r s h i p Full-Text RSS service — if this is populist slogan, "Ax the Tax," voluntary, may be passed over your content and you're reading it ensured that the sales and income Democratic Gov. John Lynch's on someone else's site, please read taxes accepted in most states veto. the FAQ at remain political poison Limitations on government are only/faq.php#publishers. Five here for decades. important to many of these new Filters featured article: Ten Years In November, a new populist activists. Many embrace the 10th Of Media Lens - Our Problem w a v e a r r i v e d . T e a P a r t y Amendment, which they see as With Mainstream Dissidents. insurgents won scores of state essential protection against a toolegislative seats. The activists powerful federal government. then overwhelmed the GOP T h e y h a v e n o u s e f o r establishment, electing allies as "compassionate conservativism,"


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Sarah Palin Emails on Christian Faith Attract Media Fire
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believed dinosaurs and humans existed at the same time,” AP reported, alluding to her belief in National Journal included Palin’s creationism as a Christian. prayer for God’s guidance on the In a story entitled “Sarah Palin Alaska’s budget in what it asked God for guidance over f e a t u r e d a s t h e t o p 1 0 Alaska state budget,” U.K.’s “revelations” from her emails Guardian said Palin’s emails Sunday. “I have been praying for “ r e v e a l ” p l e a s f o r “ d i v i n e wisdom on this ... God will have inspiration in aiding policies to show me what to do on the affecting allocation of funds in the people’s budget because I don’t state.” “Sarah Palin sought advice yet know the right path ... He will from an unusual source when she show me though,” Palin was was deliberating over how to quoted as saying in an email. frame the Alaskan state budget in This was one of the 13,000 2008 – she called on God for emails from her first 21 months as guidance, according to emails the governor of Alaska released r e l e a s e d u n d e r f r e e d o m o f last Friday. information,” the daily said. The Associated Press also found Like us on Facebook Palin’s prayer worth a special Guardian admitted that there was mention while portraying her in a nothing new about her faith in negative light. “At least once, she G o d . “ T h e f o r m e r A l a s k a n p r a y e d f o r s t r e n g t h , ” t h e governor’s deep religious beliefs newswire exclaimed. “Other are well known.” She is an times, she fired off messages to evangelical Christian who belongs her aides, most fierce when the to the Assembly of God in her subject was defending her record home town of Wasilla, a church or her family.” whose congregants have been “They (the emails) also revealed known to speak in tongues, it that Palin, as the newly minted added. So why was this featured Republican vice-presidential as news? nominee [in 2008], was dismayed “… Rarely has such a direct by the sudden onslaught of connection been drawn between q u e s t i o n s f r o m r e p o r t e r s , her faith and her policymaking,” especially one about whether she Guardian justified, comparing it

with “the controversy that followed George Bush’s statement that God had advised him to attack Iraq shortly after the invasion.” Africa’s Mail & Guardian Online suggested that the content of a letter Palin wrote to friends and family about the birth of her Down’s syndrome baby, Trig, showed “her God complex.” She signed from “Trig’s Creator, Your Heavenly Father,” it said, quoting her email as saying, “Every child is created special… Trig is no different, except he has one extra chromosome.” First requested during the 2008 presidential race by citizens and media, Sarah Palin’s emails were released last Friday after government attorneys read every page to identify and edit sensitive information. The three-year delay is being linked to the volume of the material. Palin, a possible candidate in the 2012 presidential election, has been vocal about her Christian faith. In August 2008, when Time’s Jay Newton Small interviewed then little-known Palin on phone, she identified her religion as Christianity saying she was a “Bible-believing Christian” and attended “a non-

denominational Bible church.” “I was baptized Catholic as a newborn and then my family started going to nondenominational churches throughout our life,” she said. In another interview, with CBS, on June 2, 2010, Palin said she did not intend to impose her faith on others. “I think it [evolution] should be taught as an accepted principle. And, as you know, I say that also as the daughter of a school teacher, a science teacher, who has really instilled in me a respect for science. It should be taught in our schools. And I won’t deny that I see the hand of God in this beautiful creation that is Earth. But that is not part of the state policy or a local curriculum in a school district.” She said this describing herself as “an open book.” 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 the FAQ at Five Filters featured article: Ten Years Of Media Lens - Our Problem With Mainstream Dissidents.

Power Generators, China CNR, Ping An: China Equity Preview - San Francisco Chronicle
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The Age Power Generators, China CNR, Ping An: China Equity Preview San Francisco Chronicle June 14 (Bloomberg) -- Shares of the following companies may have unusual moves in China trading. Stock symbols are in parentheses and prices are as of the previous close, unless stated otherwise. The Shanghai Composite Index, which tracks the bigger... China Backtracks on High-Speed Trains New York Times China Yuan Down Late On Higher Central Parity Rate Wall Street Journal China May loans slow, money growth at 30-mth lows Reuters Bloomberg- MarketWatchSydney Morning Herald all 348 news articles »

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Dem Party Leaders to Discuss Weiner's Fate as Congressman Weighs Options - Fox News
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"treatment" and was to request a "short leave of absence" from the Submitted at 6/13/2011 8:45:54 AM House to fix himself up. AP According to his office, he left to Rep. Anthony Weiner enters his seek professional help Saturday home in New York June 11. morning at an unnamed location, With members of Congress so it was unlikely he would make returning to Washington and the an appearance in the nation's Anthony Weiner sexting scandal capital Monday. poised to stretch into its third Democratic leaders, though, week, pressure is building on the surely will discuss Weiner's fate e m b a t t l e d c o n g r e s s m a n t o when they meet late Monday promptly resign. afternoon in the Capitol. The The scandal has dominated leaders' meeting comes ahead of a coverage and conversation in full House Democratic Caucus Washington, as more lurid meeting Tuesday morning. pictures and chats emerge by the Members of the party are weary day. After a new pictorial of a of discussing the scandal -- a fact nearly nude Weiner in the gym that showed as top Democratic emerged over the weekend, brass on Saturday called for reports surfaced claiming the New Weiner to resign after two weeks Y o r k D e m o c r a t i s f i n a l l y of relative silence. considering stepping down. The caucus could decide to kick But a source told Fox News that Weiner out of their ranks or strip Weiner is waiting until his wife -- him of committee assignments, H u m a A b e d i n , a n a i d e t o putting even more pressure on the Secretary of State Hillary Clinton incumbent to leave. Another route -- returns from her trip to Africa leaders are pursuing is an ethics with Clinton before making a committee probe, but that could decision. take months to resolve. For the time being, Weiner White House Press Secretary Jay claims he is merely seeking Carney, who previously had

House gym, a background which sets off more questions about the congressman's use of congressional facilities for less than official purposes. The pictures were taken by Weiner using the camera on his phone and a mirror. Weiner's decision to seek treatment followed his acknowledgement that he had exchanged online messages with a 17-year-old girl in Delaware, first revealed by Weiner and the girl's family avoided commenting on the resigning and is going back to attorney said nothing improper controversy, said Monday that work. had passed between the two of President Obama finds the issue While party leaders call on them, and state police have closed to be a distraction. Without saying Weiner to leave, his mentor Sen. the investigation. whether Weiner should resign, Charles Schumer backed his This entry passed through the Carney said the president believes decision to seek help. Full-Text RSS service — if this is Weiner's actions and dishonesty "I am heartbroken. For those of us your content and you're reading it were "inappropriate." who are longtime friends of on someone else's site, please read Though politicians have resigned Anthony Weiner his wrongful the FAQ at lesser scandals, Weiner behavior is distressing and only/faq.php#publishers. Five apparently was buoyed by polls saddening. It's clear he needs Filters featured article: Ten Years indicating his constituents are professional help and I am glad he Of Media Lens - Our Problem willing to forgive him. Voters is seeking it," Schumer, D-N.Y., With Mainstream Dissidents. demonstrated both for and against said in a statement Sunday night. him outside his Queens office On Sunday, TMZ released 11 Sunday. Whenever confronted by new pictures of the congressman, reporters, Weiner claims he's not taken from what appears to be the


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Dinosaur auction features fighting pair of skeletons (Reuters)
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Heritage Auctions declined to disclose which museum picked up the pair, though the organization By Marice Richter did say the museum was outside DALLAS (Reuters) – Natural the United States. history buffs with Tyrannosaurus- "I'm ecstatic that 'the fighting pair' sized bank accounts got a chance found such a great home," David to ante up on Sunday when an Herskowitz, director of natural unusually large collection of fully history at Heritage Auctions, said assembled, museum-quality in a statement. "These are dinosaur skeletons was put up for important and iconic Jurassic-era auction. specimens, which science did not The featured stars of the Heritage even know existed together at the Auctions bidding were a "fighting same time, and now they will be pair" of dinosaur skeletons that going to a final destination where sold to a museum for $2.75 the public will get to enjoy them million, and an enormous, 19-foot a n d w h e r e t h e y w i l l b e o f -long triceratops that fetched maximum benefit to science." $657,250 from a private collector. Collectors and museum The Dallas auction included more benefactors were able to bid in t h a n 2 0 0 i t e m s , i n c l u d i n g person and online. meteorites, minerals and other Hundreds of people showed up at fossils. Dallas' Fair Park to catch a The fighting dinosaurs -- an glimpse of the rare and unusually allosaurus and a stegosaurus -- large collection of dinosaur were offered together because of skeletons and other artifacts. their discovery in a Wyoming Paul Garner of Dallas came on quarry with the jaw of the Sunday with an entourage of allosaurus wrapped around the leg family and friends. of the stegosaurus, leading to "We heard about it from a friend, speculation that the two were so we came to look," the day engaged in a predator-prey battle. before the auction, he said. "We

came back for a second look and with better cameras." While some specimens were being offered for re-sale, the allosaurus and stegosaurus were on the market for the first time. Paleontologist Henry Galiano, whose company unearthed the allosaurus and stegosaurus in Wyoming's Dana Quarry in 2007, said the pair was put up for auction to raise money to continue research and the search for new specimens. Dinosaur skeletons have held the public's fascination since they were first put on display over 150 years ago. Searching for and excavating such fossils is still a tedious, labor-intensive process that has seen little technological advancement since the 19th century, Galiano said. Yet, interest in the "bones business" is increasing, and there are more expeditions worldwide than ever before. "I think it was probably the film 'Jurassic Park' that got the public really interested in dinosaurs," Galiano said. Interest was further spurred by the discovery of a

Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton, now named Sue, in 1990, he said. Sue was sold at auction in 1997 for $8.3 million to Chicago's Field Museum of Natural History, Herskowitz said. Dinosaur skeletons rarely fetch that much and are considered a relative bargain in the world of collectibles, he said. On Sunday, he said, the triceratops skeleton was offered at an opening bid of $500,000. "Fossils are cheap compared to fine art," he told Reuters. "It's amazing the millions people will spend on fine art." (Editing by Corrie MacLaggan and Steve Gorman) 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 the FAQ at Five Filters featured article: Ten Years Of Media Lens - Our Problem With Mainstream Dissidents.

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Seniors face Medicare cost barrier for cancer meds (AP)
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AP - Chemotherapy is now available in a pill, but if you have Medicare, you may not be able to afford it.

40 years after leak, Pentagon Papers are out (AP)
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AP - Call it the granddaddy of WikiLeaks. Four decades ago, a young defense analyst leaked a

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Road Trains--Not Driverless Cars--Are The Future Of Hands-Free Driving
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Submitted at 6/13/2011 11:55:11 AM

Before we get cars driven fully by computers, we'll have platoons of vehicles lead by a professional driver that let you take your eyes off the road and save fuel. They'll be on the road in Europe by 2020. Google may be grabbing headlines for its experiments with driverless cars, but fully robotic vehicles probably aren't the next step in our automotive future-think about how long it will take for governments to approve the technology and for auto companies to manufacture driverless cars en masse. Instead, we may soon see vehicle platoons (aka "road trains") that allow software-equipped cars to automatically follow a professional driver in a "lead car". It's a technology that could reduce congestion and increase both speed and fuel economy--and according to Volvo, it may be on European roads by 2020. "This is easier than what Google is trying to do," Erik Coelingh, a technical specialist at Volvo, tells Fast Company. "What we are trying to do is take a step in the middle between the adaptive cruise control cars that we have today and the Google car that we have in the future." When road train technology is

commercialized, a driver equipped with platooning software could use an in-vehicle navigation screen to find the nearest platoon and drive to the end of it. At that point, the car could wirelessly connect to the platoon and take over braking, acceleration, and steering--and drivers could safety start texting or watching a movie. Volvo imagines that professional drivers would lead each platoon, though there is no technical reason why regular drivers

couldn't take over. But just as bus drivers are required to have special licenses, Coelingh believes that road train lead drivers should probably have special qualifications for the job. Employing professional drivers would also remove a lot of legal hurdles, since each road train would be led by a real, live human. [youtube kpv9YJ4OvkE] Beyond giving drivers the opportunity to relax on the highway, road trains have a

number of advantages over today's cars: They're ostensibly safer, and they save fuel (driving close to the car in front of you reduces aerodynamic drag forces, which are a major contributor to fuel consumption). So far, Volvo has successfully completed tests on a closed track in Sweden with one lead vehicle and one following car. Next up: driving in platoon formation with several vehicles at the same time on a closed track, and then moving into the real world.

Volvo is working on road platooning as part of the EU's Safe Road Trains for the Environment ( SARTRE) Project, an (apparently existential) initiative that aims to put road trains on unmodified highways-no embedded magnets under the road, for example--where they can safely interact with traffic. "What we want to try to do is take cars that we have in production today and modify them as little ROAD page 8


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Homosexual Federal Judge Subject of Court Proceedings
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US man sorry for 'Gay Girl in Damascus' blog hoax (AFP)
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marriage ban are asking the chief federal judge in San Francisco to vacate Walker’s decision. At issue is Judge Walker’s 10- However, the more intriguing part year, same-sex relationship while of today’s case will be Walker’s h e w a s p r e s i d i n g o v e r t h e same-sex relationship. Proposition 8 case in California. While considered a “stretch,” the Proposition 8 was approved by argument Walker should have California voters in November of r e v e a l e d h i s h o m o s e x u a l 2008 and says, “Only marriage relationship and excused himself between a man and a woman is from the case may not set legal valid or recognized in California.” precedent as much as bring The measure passed with 52.5 further contention to an already percent of the popular vote. volatile issue. In August of 2010, then Chief Like us on Facebook U.S. District Judge Walker In an editorial published today in o v e r t u r n e d P r o p o s i t i o n 8 , the Sacramento Bee, California declaring the state’s ban on attorney Courtney Powers argues h o m o s e x u a l m a r r i a g e Walker, or any other judge, “unconstitutional.” should not have to reveal their W a l k e r s t e p p e d d o w n i n private lives when hearing court February of this year after a 20- cases. year career on the bench. Soon “Requiring judges to reveal the after he announced his retirement details of their private lives and he confirmed that he was gay. opine about their future would Reports of his relationship with a c o m p r o m i s e t h e i r p r i v a c y , same-sex partner then surfaced. autonomy, dignity and ability to Attorneys representing the c o n t r o l t h e i r p e r s o n a l sponsors of California’s gay relationships with others – all

values Americans expert from one another and their government,” argued Powers. University of Minnesota law professor Richard Painter said in an interview with the Silicon Valley Mercury News, “I don’t think recusal is justified. I think the holding (on Proposition 8) is wrong on the law … but the holding is not wrong because the judge himself is gay or because he lives with another man. That is irrelevant.” Proposition 8 supporters are taking a different approach in presenting their arguments in court papers. “Such a personal interest in his own marriage would place Chief Justice Walker in precisely the same shoes as the two couples who brought the case,” they wrote in court papers. “In this case, Judge Walker’s actions have violated timeless rules for judges. His decision not to recuse himself from this case is in conflict with what federal law demands of a judge who has an

interest that could be substantially affected by the outcome of the proceeding,” said Alliance Defense Fund Senior Legal Counsel Austin R. Nimocks. Walker, who is 67 years old now, declined to issue a statement on the hearing. He did state in a prior interview that he never felt his same-sex relationship was relevant to the Proposition 8 case or that he had any obligation to disclose it to attorneys on either side of the case. Regardless, legal scholars and parties on both sides of the issue will be watching today’s proceedings with great interest. 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 the FAQ at Five Filters featured article: Ten Years Of Media Lens - Our Problem With Mainstream Dissidents.

AFP - A US student based in Scotland apologised on Monday for writing the fake "Gay Girl in Damascus" blog, saying he feared the hoax could harm the efforts of real-life opponents of the Syrian regime.

Facebook to file for public offering: report
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[unable to retrieve full-text content] NEW YORK (Reuters) Facebook is set to file for an initial public offering of its shares that could value the popular social networking site at more than $100 billion, financial news channel CNBC reported on Monday.

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as possible in order to allow them to drive on the road-train platoon project," says Coelingh. Major auto companies are already working on a common communication standard for intelligent vehicles. This will allow platoon-ready cars from a

variety of automakers to communicate with each other. There are still kinks to work out, of course. What happens if the software malfunctions while a car is in a platoon? How many auto companies need to be involved to make this viable on a large scale?

And who will pay the professional drivers? "We're in the research stage, so we cannot solve all the problems," says Coelingh. "The most important thing is that we have the cars communicating with each other."

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US intercepted N. Korea ship over arms fears (AFP)
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Koreans. We talked directly to all the Southeast Asian countries Submitted at 6/13/2011 1:07:49 AM including Myanmar, urging them SEOUL (AFP) – The US Navy to inspect the ship if it called into intercepted a North Korean ship their port," he was quoted as suspected of carrying missiles or saying. other weapons to Myanmar and "The US Navy also contacted the made it turn back, a senior US North Korean ship as it was official said Monday. sailing, to ask them where they The comments by Gary Samore, were going and what cargo they special assistant to President were carrying." Barack Obama on weapons of North Korea is subject to mass destruction, confirmed international and United Nations reports of the incident, which sanctions designed to curb its happened last month, in The New missile and nuclear programmes. York Times and South Korean UN Resolution 1874, adopted in media. June 2009, one month after the The New York Times said the North's second nuclear test, ship was intercepted south of the toughened a weapons embargo Chinese city of Shanghai by a US and authorised member states to destroyer on May 26. intercept such shipments. In an interview with Yonhap Another North Korean ship, the news agency, Samore identified Kang Nam I, was forced to the cargo ship as the M/V Light reverse course in 2009 after being and said it may have been bound suspected of trying to deliver for Myanmar with military-related military-related supplies to contraband, such as small arms or Myanmar. missile-related items. The New York Times said the "We talked directly to the North Light was registered in Belize,

whose authorities gave the United States permission to inspect the ship. It said the US destroyer McCampbell caught up with the Light somewhere south of Shanghai and asked to board the vessel under the authority given by Belize. The paper, quoting unidentified US officials, said the North Korean refused four times. But a few days later, it stopped dead in the water and turned back to its home port, tracked by US surveillance planes and satellites. "Such pressure from the international community drove North Korea to withdraw the ship," Samore was quoted by Yonhap as saying. "This is a good example that shows that international cooperation and coordination can block the North's weapon exports." The United States has frequently expressed concern at military ties between Myanmar and North

Korea. Last month Deputy US Assistant Secretary for East Asia and Pacific Affairs Joseph Yun expressed concern directly to Myanmar's new army-backed government. US diplomatic memos released last year by the website WikiLeaks said Washington has suspected for years that Myanmar ran a secret nuclear programme supported by Pyongyang. A top Myanmar official told visiting US Senator John McCain this month that his country is not wealthy enough to acquire nuclear weapons. 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 the FAQ at Five Filters featured article: Ten Years Of Media Lens - Our Problem With Mainstream Dissidents. Drought fears after long dry spring Lynn News WEST Norfolk is not yet officially in drought – but it may very soon be if the dry spring conditions continue into early summer. Last week, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs announced that Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire and parts of... Drought talks between Government and farmers Farmers Guardian Farmers' fear over extended drought Bearsden Herald Water, water, everywhere... rain deluges parts of Britain (just as drought's... Daily Mail The ArgusNorfolk Eastern Daily Press all 14 news articles »

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my goal is to be a champion in life and off the field," Burress said. Submitted at 6/13/2011 12:18:57 PM He was released from prison last (Top Stories - Google News) been tied to this all year. From the biggest stages. The other LeBron's nationally televised free greats simply didn't do that. Add NEW YORK (AP) — Plaxico Monday. Burress hopes to play in Submitted at 6/13/2011 11:40:00 AM agency announcement to the three in his attitude, and it amazes me Burress will work with the the NFL again, and his agent has B y M a r k P a u l , Y a h o o ! stars dancing on a stage to a that some people still think he's National Urban League and Brady spoken with several teams. Contributor Network season full of poorly timed great. He made it clear that he is Center to Prevent Gun Violence "I'm eager and excited about the The Dallas Mavericks bounced comments, the Miami Heat earned the second fiddle on this team. after spending nearly two years in next step, not knowing where it the Miami Heat and won the NBA their status as the most hated Miami might win a title, but it prison on a weapon possession will be," he said. "I'm dedicated to change and just being a better championship. The Mavericks team. Even in the NBA Finals, won't be because of LeBron charge. The 33-year-old former New person." stunned the Heat, overcoming a 2- they did dumb things. They James. 1 series deficit to win the title. celebrated too early in Game 2, The NBA season is in the books, York Giants receiver said Monday Dungy, the retired Indianapolis Miami failed to close out games when they squandered a 15 point and Miami will remain strong he will be mentored by Magic Colts coach, recalled that at the in the fourth quarter, and their two lead at home. They had LeBron next year. But for now, the most Johnson and Tony Dungy through first meeting of every training biggest stars came up small and Wade mock Dirk Nowitzki on annoying team in sports came up the Brady Center. He'll volunteer camp, he would ask how many compared to D i r k camera. There was a lot of short. That brings joy to a lot at Urban League youth programs players owned weapons. As many as 90 percent would raise their Nowitzki(notes). Now, Miami annoying things they did that NBA fans, including most of us in and recruit other pro athletes. will have to wait another year disgusted fans, and it finally got Philadelphia. It makes me smile Referring to guns, Burress said: hands. before they can live up to the them. Miami wasn't the better that James and his team will face "My voice here today is that they "That's the society we live in," he don't help anybody." said. "They feel they have to get a hype. As a fan of the NBA and a team, and all of the Miami haters another year of questions. Burress, speaking at the Urban gun to protect themselves or fan of the Philadelphia 76ers, I can take solace in that. Note: This article was written by was thrilled that the Heat lost. It LeBron said he expected a ton of a Yahoo! contributor. Sign up League headquarters on Wall because everyone else is doing it. felt a lot like karma coming back championships, but he is still here to start publishing your own Street, said he would tell other That doesn't need to be the players: "If you're going to carry a situation." to get them. looking for his first. As a guy sports content. I have never been a fan of who is constantly anointed the This entry passed through the weapon, make sure you've done Please follow Sports Page on LeBron James(notes). I did like best player in the NBA, LeBron Full-Text RSS service — if this is everything properly, that you're Twitter and Facebook. Dwayne Wade up until he had simply came up small. I'm a little your content and you're reading it obeying all the laws or the rules Join the conversation about this that needless dunk as time expired baffled by how many people think on someone else's site, please read of that state, and you know fully story » in Game 5 against the 76ers. That he is so great and deserves a spot the FAQ at how to operate the weapon if you See Also: • Johnny Damon Puts Rays Up sparked interest in Philadelphia, among the greatest ever. Yes, only/faq.php#publishers. Five choose to carry one." Burress caught the winning For Good Against Baltimore as we all rallied behind the hated LeBron has great talent. Yes, he Filters featured article: Ten Years Boston Celtics when they faced can rebound and pass. But he also Of Media Lens - Our Problem touchdown in the 2008 Super • Prince Fielder's Home Run Bowl. Nine months later, his L e a d s T o S w e e p O f T h e Miami. But that was just one sign has no titles. Not only that, but he With Mainstream Dissidents. unlicensed handgun accidentally C a r d i n a l s of their bad karma. Miami has has come up notoriously small on w e n t o f f i n a M a n h a t t a n • Cleveland's Struggles Continue, nightclub, striking his thigh. Lose To The Yankees "I'm a champion on the field, and

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Bill Gates Funds Human Waste To Biofuel Project In Ghana
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Developing countries lack both clean water and clean energy sources. By converting soiled water into energy and clean water, a new project could wipe away both problems. Waste to fuel facilities are nothing new--in the past few years, we've seen chicken pooppowered fuel cell plants, a scheme to use astronaut poop for fuel in space, and a town that's converting wastewater sludge into thermal energy. But now, occasional clean energy cheerleader Bill Gates is taking an interest in the technology--and that means it may start getting more attention. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation recently awarded Columbia University professor Kartik Chandran a $1.5 million

grant to develop a "NextGeneration Urban Sanitation Facility" in Accra, Ghana. The facility, which has not yet been built, will turn organic compounds from fecal sludge into biodiesel and methane (two energy sources). Some 2.1 million city dwellers around the world depend on non-

piped solutions to their sewage needs. That is to say, their waste is going into septic tanks, storage devices, or just being dumped directly into the water supply. All that fecal matter in the water-especially in places that also lack water treatment facilities-generates an incredible amount of waterborne illness.

If Chandran's project comes to fruition, it will both provide a cheap source of fuel in an energypoor region an minimize the amount of fecal sludge that ends up in local bodies of water. "By training tomorrow’s engineers in sustainable approaches to ‘resource and energy recovery’ rather than 'wastewater treatment,'

a sea-change can be achieved in the way we perceive of and manage human waste. In fact, the term 'wastewater' is already archaic. Wastewater is, after all, just water with a different chemical and biological composition," explained Chandran in a statement. We'll probably hear about more human waste to biofuel plants in the developing world in the near future. And hopefully, that will at least begin to cut down on the 1.8 million people who die each year from water-transmitted diseases like cholera. [Hat tip: Cleantechnica][Image: Flickr user jdn] Reach Ariel Schwartz via Twitter or email.

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iPad Makes Calls, Microsoft's Interactive Ad Move, Cheap Gigabit Internet Service, And More...
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[youtube -36qTeAdDMI] Microsoft Mulling Interactive Advertising? Submitted at 6/13/2011 1:01:30 PM A new patent application from The Fast Company reader's Microsoft hints at an interactive essential source for breaking news advertising program, "enabling and innovation from around the consumers to interact with thirdweb--updated all day. party advertising content through Hacked iPad Makes Phone Calls voice or body gestures via The Apple hackers that brought computer game console and Facetime to the iPhone 3GS now sensor devices." As MS ramps up claim to give the iPad cellular Kinect's gesturing abilities for capabilities in this new video. s h o p p i n g , p a s s i v e l y s i t t i n g Assuming Apple gets wind of this t h r o u g h c o m m e r c i a l s o f new feature, and likes it, they overenthusiastic, statuesque might just ban it--and then bring it models might just get a lot more back next year as an official fun. feature. Blazing-Fast Gigabit Internet For

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Hollywood attorney Linda Lichter (at left, pictured with Fox Searchlight co-president Nancy Submitted at 6/13/2011 12:25:38 PM Utley) will be in attendance. Michelle Obama is in Hollywood "Sex and the City" producer today, making all the stars of the Michael Patrick King (whose new silver screen seem just a little less series, "Two Broke Girls," debuts glamourous. on CBS this fall) will be there. And tonight, she'll hold an See the rest of the story at intimate fundraiser at the new Business Insider home of White House interior Please follow The Wire on decorator Michael S. Smith and Twitter and Facebook. his partner, HBO executive James See Also: Costos. • CASTING CALL: Pacino Puts (If it's anything like the Bel Air Off His Gotti Pic And Angelina villa Smith recently sold, the Jolie Takes Her Next Starring venue will likely be gorgeous.) Role But what's even more fascinating • FROM MICHAEL TO TIGER: is who's on the tiny, exclusive How Sex Rehab Became Part Of guest list -- it's a preview of American Culture Obama's star stumpers of 2012. • Here Are The 6 Most Profitable Ellen and Portia DeGeneres will Secret Movie Creatures Ever be listening to Mrs. Obama's pitch.

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court. A jury convicted Zvi Goffer, 34, Submitted at 6/13/2011 10:55:12 AM a former Galleon Group trader, of By Grant McCool two counts of conspiracy and 12 NEW YORK| Mon Jun 13, 2011 counts of securities fraud for 11:55am EDT activities between 2007 and 2009. (Reuters) - Three former Prosecutors said he was a securities traders were convicted ringleader who paid cash bribes to on Monday on all counts of fraud two Ropes & Gray lawyers to and conspiracy to commit insider learn what corporate deals the law trading on pending mergers, in f i r m w a s w o r k i n g o n . T h e another victory for prosecutors in lawyers, Arthur Cutillo and Brien their probe of suspicious trading Santarlas, have pleaded guilty to on Wall Street. criminal charges. Brothers Zvi Goffer and Emanuel Emanuel Goffer, 32, was Goffer and a third trader, Michael convicted on one conspiracy Kimelman, their former partner at charge and two securities fraud trading firm Incremental Capital counts. Kimelman, 40, was found LLC, chose to go to trial when guilty of conspiracy and two dozens of other insider trading c o u n t s o f s e c u r i t i e s f r a u d . defendants in the broad probe Kimelman had rejected a plea deal have pleaded guilty. soon before the trial began on The case is part of a wide- May 16. r a n g i n g i n s i d e r t r a d i n g The jury found that the men investigation focused on hedge traded on advance knowledge funds and traders, a probe marked about pending mergers involving by the use of FBI wiretaps. The computer network equipment c e n t r a l d e f e n d a n t i n t h e maker 3Com Corp and Canadian government's probe is Galleon drug company Axcan Pharma Inc. Group hedge fund founder Raj The jury deliberated for five Rajaratnam, who was convicted days. The forewoman stood in last month of insider-related court Monday morning and charges, also in Manhattan federal pronounced the verdict.

The convictions carry a maximum possible prison sentence of 25 years for each man. On May 11, another jury in the same courthouse convicted Rajaratnam, 53. He is scheduled to be sentenced on July 29. Zvi Goffer worked at Galleon for about seven months in 2008. In both trials, prosecutors relied heavily on dozens of secretlyrecorded phone conversations of the defendants and the testimony of some of their former associates. The case is USA v Zvi Goffer et al, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, No. 10-00056. (Additional reporting by Basil Katz, editing by Gerald E. McCormick and Maureen Bavdek) 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 the FAQ at Five Filters featured article: Ten Years Of Media Lens - Our Problem With Mainstream Dissidents.


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Obama these days than traditional swing state Ohio. With a large black population (22 percent) and China Looms Over Obama Jobs a major segment of its economy Push driven by government-funded “Cree management never runs this higher education and research, company as a U.S. company. We North Carolina could stay in consider Cree to be a global Obama’s orbit for some time. company with local wisdoms.” Though Virginia, with a similarly - - C h u c k S w o b o d a , c h i e f large black population and greater executive of LED manufacturer government dependence is more Cree, who will meet President a p p e a l i n g f o r t h e O b a m a Obama on a campaign trip to the campaign, North Carolina has the company’s North Carolina plant right mix of blacks and white today, quoted by trade publication liberals to merit the president’s LEDs Magazine speaking at the attention. December 2010 opening of a new But Politico reports today that plant in the Guangdong Province one of Obama’s top economic of China. surrogates, Larry Summers, was President Obama is on a best- trying to buck up disheartened case scenario campaign trip today. donors by promising that the He’s heading to North Carolina, a unemployment rate could be as red state he turned blue in 2008, low as 8 percent by Election Day. selling the advantages of his 2009 If that’s the spin from the home stimulus package for green jobs. team, it seems unlikely that The closer we get to Election Obama will be looking at such a Day, you may be more likely to large campaign map. An economy find Obama in a blue state like that crummy would put Obama on Pennsylvania talking the need to t h e d e f e n s i v e n o t j u s t i n protect the steel industry or Pennsylvania but other blue states simplify the tax code. But for like Michigan. It would also make now, he is operating a campaign holding on to swings states like on offense. Like trying to sell the Ohio and Florida an ordeal. GM and Chrysler bailouts in Ohio Speaking of Florida, Obama last week, this trip is about trying heads there for some more bigto turn a negative, in this case the money fundraising. As Democrats stimulus, into a positive. begin to openly wonder if Obama Interestingly, North Carolina can win back the big money looks a bit more hospitable to donors who fueled his recordSubmitted at 6/13/2011 1:08:01 PM

shattering 2008 drive, Obama will be targeting the deep pockets of South Florida. Then he’s off to Puerto Rico for a photo-op. That’s part of a strategy to minimize the clout of the Republican-leaning Cuban community that dominates Florida’s Hispanic population. As Obama looks to mobilize Caribbean immigrants other than Cubanos, look for the administration to highlight Haiti aid and other initiatives. But before Obama can get on to the business of marginalizing conservative Latinos, he must first get out of North Carolina intact. Republicans are hammering the administration for choosing to highlight the accomplishments of lighting manufacturer Cree in Durham, N.C. Cree got nearly $30 million is subsidies from the president’s 2009 stimulus to encourage the manufacture of environmentally friendly LED (light emitting diode) bulbs and is a growing operation. But the company’s growth seems mostly to be happening in China, where more than 50 percent of the company’s workforce now resides. Republicans say Cree took money borrowed from China at the expense of American taxpayers to subsidize Chinese jobs. While Obama likes to highlight

Americans who are operating in China, Cree may be a bridge too far for American (and North Carolinian) voters at a time of massive unemployment, a shaky domestic economy and a gathering debt crisis. Romney Tests His Front-runner Clout “President Obama said that he designed Obamacare after Romneycare and basically made it Obamneycare. What I don’t understand is that they both continue to defend it.” -- Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty on “FOX News Sunday.” Mitt Romney is looking to solidify his new status as the Republican front-runner today. Most of the 2012 field will be on his turf today as the second Republican debate of the cycle takes place in New Hampshire. Hosted by CNN’s Candy Crowley, the debate should be a chance for Romney to shine as the kind of pragmatic moderate that has traditionally thrived in the Granite State. While Romney is steering clear of the terrain more favorable to his foes in places like Iowa and South Carolina, the frontrunner in a slew of recent polls is staking a heavy wager on New Hampshire. Anything but a big win there would be deadly to his chances.

So he will have to face the pack tonight. Tim Pawlenty has the most at stake as he travels to New Hampshire. The former Minnesota governor is far from his Midwestern comfort zone and toting a consistent second-tier polling status. Pawlenty has been more pugnacious and more frankly conservative as Republicans wonder if the Minnesota nice guy is relevant. He will be looking to take the bark off of Romney tonight as he demonstrates that he’s no shrinking violet and to solidify his status as a more conservative alternative to Romney. While Romney will have to reassure New Hampshire voters that he is a Massachusetts moderate, Pawlenty’s audience will be national in nature. But Pawlenty will have to go a long way to not get upstaged by the attacks on Romney that will be leveled by the other combatants. Rep. Michele Bachmann, RMinn., is making her presidential quasi debut (CNN is allowing her to join the fray even though she has not filed as a candidate but is excluding former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson who has filed and consistently shown national ECONOMY page 17

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• Toasted pignoli nuts for garnish (optional) Dressing: • 1/2 cup olive oil • 1/4 cup white rice vinegar • Splash of red vinegar • 1 teaspoon salt • 1/2 teaspoon pepper Cook raviolis according to packaged directions. Drain and place raviolis in large serving dish in a single layer while cooling. (This way they won’t stick to each other.) While pasta is cooling, combine the oil, vinegars, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Whisk ingredients together. Add raviolis and the rest of the ingredients in large bowl and pour just enough dressing to coat. Very gently toss salad to blend all ingredients. Sprinkle with the torn basil, grated Parmesan, and toasted pignolis. Taste and season again if needed. Meringue Cookies Aunt Lena’s hundred-year-old cookie recipe, called “schkoomies” is a great low-fat, tasty cookie. This is a fabulous dessert to bring to any picnic lunch. • 6 egg whites • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar • 2/3 cup sugar (I use vanilla sugar*) • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, use more if not using vanilla sugar

RAVIOLI PICNIC SALAD: It is made with small cheese-filled raviolis, sweet tomatoes, fresh basil, and a sprinkle of pignoli nuts. (Maureen Zebian/THE EPOCH TIMES ) The warm weekends are a perfect time to plan a barbecue with family and friends. Keeping it simple and easy is definitely the way to go, especially after a busy week. Hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken or fish—it’s all delicious when grilled to perfection! Judy and I like to serve homemade blueberry lemonade or an iced sweet tea with fresh mint, but what about the side dishes? We are so sick of that same coleslaw, potato salad, and “that every picnic macaroni salad” the kids want us to make! Our Aunt Fran (DeDe) came up with a great new idea for a side picnic salad. It is made with small cheese-filled raviolis, sweet tomatoes, fresh basil, and a sprinkle of pignoli nuts. Everyone will love this Italian ravioli salad! Ravioli Picnic Salad • 2 cups grape tomatoes, cut in half • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley • 1/4 cup black olives • 1 shallot, sliced thin • 1 small bunch fresh basil, torn • Grated parmesan cheese for garnish

grills. Combine zest and sugar. Mix zest into sugar by using fingers and rubbing into the sugar. Grill fruit, skin side down, about 3 minutes. Turn again and continue grilling for 3 minutes more or until fruit reaches desired doneness. Remove to serving plate and sprinkle with the zestinfused sugar and sprinkle with the cheese. Grilled angel cake is a lovely addition! *Vanilla Sugar: Make a batch and store in airtight container for use in all your favorite recipes. • 2 cups granulated sugar • 1 vanilla bean, split Topping: • 4 ounces good quality dark chocolate, melted • Nuts for garnish, optional favorite nuts! Yum! Grilled Peaches GRILLED PEACHES:Here is a low-calorie dessert that will get everyone asking,can I get this Preheat oven 250 degrees F. Line recipe? (Maureen Zebian/The cookie sheet with parchment Epoch Times) Here is a lowpaper. Combine egg whites and calorie dessert that will get cream of tartar and mix until everyone asking, “Can I get this foamy. Add sugar and vanilla recipe?” extract and continue beating until • 4 ripe peaches or apricots, meringue holds soft peaks. (Soft halved, pit removed peaks are when the tips of these • 1/4 cup vanilla sugar* peaks gently bend.) • 1 teaspoon lemon zest Spoon 2 tablespoons of meringue • Crumbled blue cheese or goat onto cookie sheet, or you can use cheese for garnish, optional a pastry bag to pipe onto sheet. • Grilled angel food cake, Bake 40 minutes or until gently optional golden. Remove and let cool. When cookies are cool, you can Turn on grill and brush lightly dip the bottoms or tops in melted w i t h o l i v e o i l o r u s e chocolate and sprinkle with your recommended nonstick spray for Insert the bean pods deep into the sugar. Toss container around a few times and enjoy the wonders of vanilla sugar! TwiceBakedTwins: Judy and Joy are identical twins who live in Connecticut and enjoy sharing their love for food with others. Visit their website for more great r e c i p e s : h t t p : / / 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 the FAQ at Five Filters featured article: Ten Years Of Media Lens - Our Problem With Mainstream Dissidents.


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By Kristen Meriwether Epoch TIimes Staff Created: Jun 13, 2011 Last Updated: Jun 13, 2011 The participants of the Men's Open Doubles Final during their trophy presentation, with Aki Takayama-Wolfson, tournament director. (Gary Du/The Epoch Times) FLUSHING—Nadal may rule the Clay, and Federer may own the grass, but could either of these tennis superstars do what they do from a chair? Wheelchair tennis is not a new sport, but one that may be unfamiliar to those outside the world of wheelchair sports. This weekend the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y., played host to the 11th Annual Jana Hunsaker Memorial Tournament. Hunsaker, who was a tennis director for the USTA National Tennis Center and an advocate for wheelchair tennis, passed in 2000. The tournament she had organized for many years took on her namesake, and became an international event. Aki Takayama-Wolfson took on the responsibility of tournament director after Hunsaker’s passing. “She was very endearing to me, so I wanted to keep the

wheelchair tennis alive, and certainly the tournament.” Takayama, a full-time tennis instructor for the USTA for the past 16 years, learned to teach wheelchair tennis from Hunsaker. Takayama’s passion for the sport keeps her coming back year after year. “I love it. I think it is great for the community. I think it is great for the player’s overall happiness.” The tournament has grown by leaps and bounds. Takayama reports an increase of five to seven more participants each year. This year there were 63 participants over four levels of competition, including both singles and doubles. They are coming from all over the world, from as far away as Australia and Japan. The Open Division (top level) also featured $10,000 in prize money divided amongst the winners of each bracket. The Game The rules of wheelchair tennis are almost identical to the rules Nadal and Federer play by, except the player is allowed two bounces instead of one before returning a volley. Stephen Welch, a veteran wheelchair tennis player from Southlake, Texas, explained, “ Wheelchair tennis is equal parallel to able-bodied tennis in terms of strategy and preparation, and what it takes to win.”

to allow for quick, sharp movements. Most chairs have a fifth anti-tip wheel in the back so that the player does not fall backward. The chairs are like shoes for these athletes, so personal preference and style change with the needs and desires of the athlete. Anthony Anderson, Welch’s doubles partner, used his engineering skills to specially design a chair for himself. Welch won the men’s Open Division Singles Tournament, defeating Alexander Jewitt 6–2, 7–6(4). Welch and Anderson also won the Anthony Anderson returns a shot have to push to prepare.” Being O p e n D i v i s i o n D o u b l e s during the Men's Open Doubles mobile leads to less time to tournament, defeating John Final of the Jana Hunsaker prepare and more margin for Becker and Alexander Jewitt 6–3, Memorial Tournament on Sunday error, such as rolling too far for a 6–3. at Billie Jean King National shot. If you would like to watch a Tennis Center. His partner Learning how to move in the wheelchair tennis match, the U.S. Stephen Welch, watches from the chair takes practice. Welch said, Open will host a wheelchair net. (Gary Du/The Epoch Times) “At first when you are learning division featuring the top eight Moving to get to the ball presents how to play, it’s the thing that is players in the world in September. the biggest challenge. “A big most funky and counterintuitive. Stephen Welch hopes to attend as difference is the mobility. In the The racket is in your hand, as well the wild card. chair, you can go forward and as the rim of the wheel. It’s really You can follow back, but you can’t make a lateral weird.” Kristen@Call2theBullpen step.” In tennis, lateral W a t c h i n g a m a t c h i s l i k e This entry passed through the movements are a huge part of the watching a ballet. The players are Full-Text RSS service — if this is game, with players often working constantly moving because, as your content and you're reading it from one side of the court to the Welch pointed out, it is much on someone else's site, please read other during a point. Welch noted, harder to get going from a the FAQ at“Technically speaking, it’s much complete stop. only/faq.php#publishers. Five more difficult to play tennis in a The chairs the players use are Filters featured article: Ten Years wheelchair because when an able- specialized specifically for tennis. Of Media Lens - Our Problem bodied player is in transition, he is The wheels are cambered to With Mainstream Dissidents. preparing the whole time, but we approximately a 20 degree angle

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support in polls). She is guaranteed to denounce moderate Republicanism of Romney’s brand as namby-pamby stuff. Herman Cain, former Sen. Rick Santorum and Rep. Ron Paul, RTexas, will also be RINO hunting. There will be plenty to work with. Aside from the old reliable for Romney attacks – the former governor’s 2006 health care law – there is some new material. Romney has reaffirmed his belief that Americans are partly responsible for causing the earth’s temperature to rise. There’s also a zinger in today’s Wall Street Journal that looks at how much Romney relied on federal funds to help rescue the scandal-scarred 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. The paper reports that when the Government Accountability office probed why the Salt Lake City games got more than $1.3 billion in aid (more than double the outlay for the 1996 Atlanta games) Romney wrote to investigators: "The mission of taking the Olympic Games to the world is a mission of peace. Recognizing that our government spends billions of dollars to maintain wartime capability, it is entirely appropriate to invest several hundred million dollars to promote peace." Meanwhile, Texas Gov. Rick Perry is trying on his role as

potential presidential contender. Perry fired up Hispanic pro-life activists at a Los Angeles convention and will be popping up soon at high-profile events, including the Southern Republican Leadership Conference on Saturday in New Orleans. As Perry tests his national appeal as a more conservative alternative to Romney, the existing applicants for that position (plus Bachmann) will be probing all of his weak spots. Rank and File Dems Demand a Tax Hike HOUSE MINORITY WHIP STENY HOYER: “Supply-side economics, frankly, has failed. It failed in the Reagan administration where we incurred $1.4 trillion in new deficit. It failed…” HOUSE BUDGET COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN PAUL RYAN: “Steny, the commission recommended supply -side economics. Erskine Bowles is saying lower tax rates for economic growth…We think revenues should grow by growing the economy, and raising tax rates hurts economic growth.” HOYER: “Now listen to me -That was the argument in 1981, that was the argument in 2001 and both times we had continuing large deficits.” RYAN: “The difference today is

we’re putting up the spending cut.” -- Budget debate on “Face the Nation” Some Democrats are trying to make a tax increase on upper income earners a condition for a debt deal, warning Republicans that they will face the prospect of shutting down the government in order to defend “millionaires and billionaires” if they don’t agree. It’s getting late in the game (the shutdown would start around Aug. 2 and the economic upheaval caused by fear of an impasse is already well underway), and Democrats are looking for something that can get the support of some Republicans (at least seven in the Senate and 24 in the House) and nearly all of their members. If the goal is to raise the current debt limit by $2 trillion from the current $14.3 trillion, Democrats will need some kind of tax hike to keep their team together. If President Obama and congressional Democratic leaders don’t have unity, they will be more reliant on Republicans, which likely means a series of short extensions under the Boehner plan ($1 in cuts for every $1 in borrowing). Ending what Democrats call “the Bush tax cuts” is shaping up as a precondition of any debt deal on the left. President Obama traded

that away in December to prevent an across-the-board tax increase as the decade-old rates were set to expire, kicking in the higher rates of the Clinton era. Since there is not enough time to cut a deal on overhauling the whole tax code – a process that would have allowed the kind of cut-rates-but-close-loopholes deal that could have had bipartisan support, a tax hike on the wealthy has become the one-line answer for disheartened Democrats. But while there is some wiggle room on the right when it comes to a big tax deal and even the nature and size of cuts, there is nothing to be done on a straight tax hike. It looks increasingly likely that Democrats are going to face a similar process of a series of smaller cuts to keep the government open as they did during the springtime battle over a continuing resolution. 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 the FAQ at Five Filters featured article: Ten Years Of Media Lens - Our Problem With Mainstream Dissidents.

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Nouriel Roubini, economics professor at Stern School of Business at New York University, attends a session at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos January 26, 2011. Credit: Reuters/Vincent Kessler By Kevin Lim SINGAPORE| Mon Jun 13, 2011 9:31am EDT (Reuters) - China faces a "meaningful probability" of a hard economic landing and the euro zone is storing up problems for the future by not tackling the debt crisis head on, said Nouriel Roubini, the economist who predicted the global financial crisis. He said U.S. Treasury prices, which have risen sharply as investors sought a safe haven from the euro area debt crisis and worries about a slowdown in the global economy, were fairly valued although he was cautious about U.S. equities. New York-based Roubini is closely followed by Wall Street because he predicted the U.S. housing meltdown that precipitated the global downturn. China avoided a hard landing during the global credit crunch but faces a downturn after 2013 as

it will struggle to keep increasing fixed investments, Roubini said. "There is a meaningful probability of a hard landing in China after 2013," he told a financial conference in Singapore. Roubini said investment was already 50 percent of gross domestic product. Sixty years of data had shown that overinvestment led to hard landings, he said, citing the Soviet Union in the 1960s and 70s, and East Asia before the 1997 financial crisis. "I was recently in Shanghai and I took their high-speed train to Hangzhou," he said, referring to the new Maglev line that has cut traveling time between the two cities to less than an hour from four hours previously. "The brand new high-speed train is half-empty and the brand new station is three-quarters empty. Parallel to that train line, there is a also a new highway that looked three-quarters empty. Next to the train station is also the new local airport of Shanghai and you can fly to Hangzhou," he said. "There is no rationale for a country at that level of economic development to have not just duplication but triplication of those infrastructure projects." U.S., EUROPE Roubini said the risks confronting the global economy

were evenly balanced. U.S. corporates had strong cash balances of some $2 trillion and the fact that the global financial crisis was not followed by a great depression were positives. Persistent debt problems in advanced economies and the fact that U.S. consumption is being sustained by tax cuts and other government support were negatives, he said. "It is a glass that is half full and half empty," said Roubini, head of an investment advisory firm that bears his name. Asked about his outlook on U.S. financial markets, Roubini said he would stay defensive on equities but he did not believe there was a bubble in treasuries. "At current levels, U.S. treasuries are fairly valued. I don't think there is a bond bubble," he said, adding U.S. 10-year bond yields at 3 percent or slightly lower were consistent with the low growth and low inflation outlook for the world's largest economy. "Every time there is a global bout of risk aversion, and every other week there is another tail risk or black swan event, people dump the euro, dump yen and go to the safety of the U.S. dollar and U.S. treasuries," he added. U.S. 10-year yields edged up just over half a basis point in Europe

on Monday to 2.9802 percent. But they have fallen from 3.7 percent in February and 3.9 percent in April last year. Other risks to the global economy include the debt problem in Europe's so-called periphery countries and the euro zone's reluctance to address issues head on. Greece, Portugal and Ireland have been financially bailed out over unsustainable debt levels. The EU is currently thrashing out a second package for Greece to ensure the country is funded through 2014 but many analysts believe Athens will struggle even then to avoid a harsh debt restructuring in the future. "Kicking the can down the road, muddling through, extending and pretending that Greece will be better and you buy time... may make the collapse more disorderly over time," he said. (Editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan and Neil Fullick) 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 the FAQ at Five Filters featured article: Ten Years Of Media Lens - Our Problem With Mainstream Dissidents.

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"I am heartbroken. For those of us who are longtime friends of Anthony Weiner his wrongful AP behavior is distressing and Rep. Anthony Weiner enters his saddening. It's clear he needs home in New York June 11. professional help and I am glad he With members of Congress is seeking it," Schumer, D-N.Y., returning to Washington and the said in a statement Sunday night. Anthony Weiner sexting scandal On Sunday, TMZ released 11 poised to stretch into its third new pictures of the congressman, week, pressure is building on the taken from what appears to be the embattled congressman to House gym, a background which promptly resign. sets off more questions about the The scandal has dominated congressman's use of coverage and conversation in congressional facilities for less W a s h i n g t o n , a s m o r e l u r i d an appearance in the nation's Carney, who previously had than official purposes. The avoided commenting on the pictures were taken by Weiner pictures and chats emerge by the capital Monday. Democratic leaders, though, controversy, said Monday that using the camera on his phone and day. After a new pictorial of a nearly nude Weiner in the gym surely will discuss Weiner's fate President Obama finds the issue a mirror. emerged over the weekend, when they meet late Monday to be a distraction. Without saying Weiner's decision to seek reports surfaced claiming the New afternoon in the Capitol. The whether Weiner should resign, t r e a t m e n t f o l l o w e d h i s Y o r k D e m o c r a t i s f i n a l l y leaders' meeting comes ahead of a Carney said the president believes acknowledgement that he had considering stepping down. full House Democratic Caucus Weiner's actions and dishonesty exchanged online messages with a But a source told Fox News that m e e t i n g T u e s d a y m o r n i n g . were "inappropriate." 17-year-old girl in Delaware, first Weiner is waiting until his wife -- Members of the party are weary Though politicians have resigned r e v e a l e d b y F o x N e w s . c o m . H u m a A b e d i n , a n a i d e t o of discussing the scandal -- a fact over lesser scandals, Weiner Weiner and the girl's family Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that showed as top Democratic apparently was buoyed by polls attorney said nothing improper -- returns from her trip to Africa brass on Saturday called for indicating his constituents are had passed between the two of with Clinton before making a Weiner to resign after two weeks willing to forgive him. Voters them, and state police have closed of relative silence. demonstrated both for and against the investigation. decision. The caucus could decide to kick him outside his Queens office This entry passed through the For the time being, Weiner claims he is merely seeking Weiner out of their ranks or strip Sunday. Whenever confronted by Full-Text RSS service — if this is "treatment" and was to request a him of committee assignments, reporters, Weiner claims he's not your content and you're reading it "short leave of absence" from the putting even more pressure on the resigning and is going back to on someone else's site, please read H o u s e t o f i x h i m s e l f u p . incumbent to leave. Another route work. the FAQ at party leaders call on only/faq.php#publishers. Five According to his office, he left to leaders are pursuing is an ethics seek professional help Saturday committee probe, but that could Weiner to leave, his mentor Sen. Filters featured article: Ten Years Charles Schumer backed his Of Media Lens - Our Problem morning at an unnamed location, take months to resolve. White House Press Secretary Jay decision to seek help. so it was unlikely he would make With Mainstream Dissidents.
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Wikimedia A Crystal jelly (Aequorea victoria) swims gracefully through the ocean. This one seems right out of the latest X-Men film. Scientists have merged lightemitting proteins from jellyfish with a single human cell to create a unique first: a living, biological laser, according to a report published in the journal Nature Photonics. "This is the first time that we have used biological materials to build a laser and generate light from something that is living," said Seok-Hyun Yun, an optical physicist at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, who created the "living laser" with his colleague Malte Gather. Lasers require two elements: a material that amplifies light, called a "gain medium," and an

arrangement of mirrors to concentrate light waves into a beam. Gain mediums have traditionally been crystals, semiconductors or gases. Yun and Gather turned instead to green fluorescent protein (GFP) -- the substance that makes jellyfish bioluminescent. The team engineered human embryonic kidney cells to produce GFP, then placed a single cell between two mirrors to make an optical cavity just 20 micrometres

across. When they fed the cell pulses of blue light, it emitted a directional laser beam visible with the naked eye -- and the cell itself wasn't harmed in the least, reported The laser beam is tiny and weak compared with traditional lasers, the researchers said, but still an order of magnitude brighter than natural jellyfish fluorescence, with a "beautiful green" color. Yun and Gather have big plans for living lasers. They suggest

biologists could use them to study a specific cell in the body, turning it into a living laser to examine the cell's structure. Or doctors could do the same, turning on a laser within a person's body to treat a disease attacking cells. Yun pictures a future where cells could even "self lase" from within the body's tissue. "I have been working on cells and lasers for 40 years, and I don't think I would have thought of this," Michael Berns, a biomedical engineer at the University of California, Irvine, told Read more about living lasers at 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 the FAQ at Five Filters featured article: Ten Years Of Media Lens - Our Problem With Mainstream Dissidents.

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The summit makes some progress, including a joint Submitted at 6/13/2011 2:18:03 AM declaration and further talks, and Monday, June, 13, 2011 some separated families are Leaders of the two Koreas met allowed to meet in August of that for the first time ever on June 13 year. However, the legacy of the of what year? event is sullied in 2003, when the On June 13, 2000, leaders of the cash-for-summit scandal breaks, two Koreas meet for the fist time revealing that Kim Dae-jung’s ever, starting a 3-day summit. As administration paid Kim Jong-il South Korean President Kim Dae- approximately $500 million to jung lands in Pyongyang and is agree to the meeting. greeted by Supreme Leader Kim Today, tensions between the two Jong-il, hopes run high in the Koreas are perhaps the highest South that these are the first steps they've been since the end of the toward reconciliation, and the Korean War in 1953. In 2010, the chance for families to reunite after North made two unprovoked over half a century of separation. attacks on the South. Of gravest The initiative is part of Kim Dae- concern to Seoul and the West is jung’s “sunshine policy” of North Korea’s nuclear weapons engagement with communist capabilities. Since 2003—when North Korea—a policy that earns Pyongyang admitted to having him the 2000 Nobel Peace Prize. n u c l e a r w e a p o n s a n d a l s o

withdrew from the Nuclear NonProliferation Treaty—multiple efforts have been made to try to engage Kim Jong-il in negotiations with no meaningful results. The current government in Seoul last month extended an invitation to Kim Jong-il to return to the table for a series of nuclear security summits. Kim rebuked the offer, calling President Lee Myung-Bak and his government a gang of traitors. 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 the FAQ at Five Filters featured article: Ten Years Of Media Lens - Our Problem With Mainstream Dissidents.

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In a message posted by on their company blog, Admeld CEO Michael Barrett says there are no Last week, we reported that Formed just over three years ago, specific integration plans yet. He Google had acquired Admeld, an the Admeld team is an example of also points out the two companies advertising optimization platform the huge strides the industry is will remain independent in the for publishers, for around $400 making—it has quickly developed marketplace while the transaction million. A couple of days after we a great service that is helping undergoes regulatory review. broke the story, Google has now many major publishers manage More on the acquisition over on officially confirmed the their ad space more efficiently industry blog AdExchanger. acquisition, albeit without sharing Admeld, which launched in 2007, and profitably. the purchase price. had raised just$30 million in By combining Admeld’s In a blog post, Google’s VP of services, expertise and technology venture capital from Foundry Display Advertising, Neal Mohan, with Google’s offerings, we’re Group, Spark Capital, Norwest says: investing in what we hope will be Venture Partners and Time Providing better ad management an improved era of flexible ad Warner Investments. CrunchBase services to publishers is an area management tools for major Information Admeld Google that has seen a huge amount of Information provided by publishers. investment in recent months. CrunchBase



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Rocky Agrawal (TechCrunch)
Submitted at 6/13/2011 11:52:54 AM

same—it’s the Groupon business model. Businesses are being sold Editor’s note:This guest post is incredibly expensive advertising part of an in-depth series looking campaigns that are disguised as at the daily deal industry written “no risk” ways to acquire new b y R o c k y A g r a w a l , a n customers. In reality, there’s a lot entrepreneur who has worked on of risk. With a newspaper ad, the local products since 1995. Read maximum you can lose is the Part I, Part II, and Part III also. amount you paid for the ad. With H e b l o g s a t r e D e s i g n a n d Groupon, your potential losses Tweets@rakeshlobster. can increase with every Groupon Imagine you’re a small business customer who walks through the owner. You have to choose door and put the existence of your between two propositions: business at risk. • You can pay $62,500 for Groupon is not an Internet marketing. You’ll get a whole lot marketing business so much as it of customers coming through your is the equivalent of a loan door. No guarantees if they will sharking business. The $21,000 ever come back, but they’ll come that the business in this example once. gets for running a Groupon is • I’ll pay you $21,000. You get essentially a very, very expensive $7,000 in about 5 days, another loan. They get the cash up front, $7,000 in 30 days and the but pay for it with deep discounts r e m a i n d e r i n 6 0 d a y s . I n over time. (This post applies to e x c h a n g e , y o u ’ l l g i v e m y Groupon operations in the United customers cheap products for the States and Canada; it’s different next year. in other parts of the world.) In many cases, running a I’ve been working on local for a G r o u p o n c a n b e a t e r r i b l e long time and I know it’s hard to financial decision for merchants. get small businesses to spend Groupon’s financials also raise money on advertising. Really questions about its ongoing hard. Even getting $200 a month viability. Buying Groupon stock ($2,400 a year) is a high hurdle to could be as bad a deal for meet. investors as running a Groupon There’s no way a business will offer is for merchants. This is my sign up for #1. Most merchants opinion, but I have some facts to would laugh you out of the store back it up. if you asked for $60,000. Traffic is not necessarily Except they are. In droves. profitable traffic Although they sound completely Groupon can clearly deliver different, #1 and #2 are really the customers. But in order to know if

number of deals that will be sold. The number of deals that will be sold is a function of, among other factors, how deep a discount and how commonly needed the product is. The larger the discount, the greater the volume. All of this creates an incentive to drive up Groupon’s revenues. It also provides an incentive for salespeople to sell bigger and bigger deals, some of which might not be suitable for a small business. Because of all the hype around Groupon, salespeople are able to use the “Who’s Who” model—sell what an honor it is to be specially selected to be featured on Groupon. it makes financial sense as a G r o u p o n u s u a l l y w i n s a n d Groupon’s process for selecting c u s t o m e r a c q u i s i t i o n t o o l , merchants usually lose. The which deals it runs has little merchants need to know two key merchant agreement is one of the transparency. It’s not always the highest bids that win; sometimes, numbers: most lopsided I’ve seen. • The proportion of Groupon It’s rare that Groupon loses . . . lower value bids win just to keep customers who are already their until merchants figure out how to subscribers opening their emails. (In this case, think of merchants customers cheat. bidding with discounts, so the • How often new customers come The hidden auction back. Underlying Groupon’s success is deeper the discount, the higher the an auction. It’s not explicit, like bid). I’ve also heard from The higher the first number, the Google’s AdWords bidding merchants who say Groupon has worse their deal will perform. The platform, but the economic effects changed their deals at the last higher the second number, the are similar. The fact that Groupon minute to make them more better their deal does. runs daily deals creates artificial profitable for Groupon. But for most businesses, these scarcity and drives up pricing to Cash is king Many small businesses are critical numbers are impossible to absurd levels. Even with four struggling for cash and the know. Groupons haven’t been out deals a day in a given market, long enough to generate this data. you’re talking about fewer than Groupon sales pitch resonates. Marketing with no upfront And Groupon’s tracking methods 1,500 deals a year. aren’t collecting this data. (My The “bid” in this auction is the payment. You get cash within intuition is that Groupon doesn’t t o t a l r e v e n u e t h a t g o e s t o d a y s . A s t e a d y s t r e a m o f want to know.) Groupon. That’s a function of the customers. This is not a new idea. Groupon touts a win-win value of the voucher, the WHY page 25 proposition. But the reality is that negotiated revenue share and the

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Rewards Network has been offering restaurants cash upfront in exchange for discounted meals over time. (But on more generous terms than Groupon.) Groupon’s S-1 calls tough economic times a risk; but the recession was really their opportunity. As other forms of credit dried up, struggling businesses jumped at the chance to get cash now in exchange for discounting their product later. The real risk for Groupon is that the economy improves to the point that businesses don’t have to resort to deep discounting. Repeat Groupon businesses Some of the analysis of Groupon’s long term prospects has pointed to repeat Groupon offers from merchants as evidence of a viable long-term model. How can a repeat customer be bad, right? For a Groupon merchant, a repeat customer is a great thing. But for Groupon itself, a repeat customer can be a sign of trouble ahead. I had been struggling to understand why some businesses ran repeat Groupons or cycled among the various daily deal vendors, given that the economics clearly suck if you can’t drive repeat traffic. Some let the same customer buy 3 or more of the same deal. That’s a clear no-no for a loss-leader designed to acquire new customers. A conversation with Forkfly(a Groupon Now competitor) CEO Paul Wagner was enlightening. He suggested that they were doing what struggling families do when

they max out a credit card—they get another one. That makes perfect sense. Revenue from subsequent daily deals help pay for the obligations created by the first one. Receipts look like the one at right. Lots of product going out, staff to pay and little cash coming in. Taking out another Groupon loan is a quick fix. (If I were a sales rep, I’d have that date marked on my calendar for follow up. “I know we did 50/50 last time, but I’m thinking Groupon gets 70% this time.”) Hacking Groupon How would you exploit an overpriced loan? Don’t pay it back. Assume that you’re a business that is unscrupulous and you’re looking to make a quick buck. You could create a wildly generous deal that would sell like crazy. In about 30 days, you’ll have 2/3 of your share of the deal. Then you shut down operations. It also works for businesses that are just having a tough time. As critical as I am of Groupon, the slam dunk case is to sign up with Groupon if you’re going bankrupt. I strongly encourage every business that is about to go under to call Groupon. (Don’t tell them Rocky sent you.) It makes total financial sense—as a Hail Mary play. If you’re lucky, the upfront cash will be enough to help you stay afloat. If not, well, you were already going out of business. It may be your best option. In the short term, you’re actually helping Groupon because

they’re being valued on revenue and no one is taking into account risk. Groupon is essentially holding a portfolio of loans backed by the receivables of small businesses. If a business goes under, consumers will come back to Groupon for their money back. Unless Groupon is actually doing credit assessments on businesses that it chooses to feature, this is a big risk for Groupon. The onerous terms for participating in Groupon also create an adverse selection problem. The most successful businesses don’t need Groupon for customer acquisition or financing. The assumption is that nothing will go wrong and all of these “loans” will be paid back. (At least the subprime mortgage lenders were able to sell that risk off to Wall Street and AIG.) Like the mortgage lenders, Groupon doesn’t know exactly how much risk it has piled up. Because some merchants track redemptions on paper, Groupon has no way of knowing how many unredeemed Groupons are outstanding. If a business goes under and the records are unavailable, every buyer of that Groupon could try to make a claim against it. (The risk is mitigated by the fact that a lot of redemption occurs within the first 60 days, but we don’t know how much.) Google, with more than $36 billion in cash on hand, is uncomfortable enough with that

risk that it dumps it onto Google Offers buyers. Groupon could mitigate this risk by changing its terms and conditions so that the consumer is responsible in case a merchant goes bankrupt. Relying on float Where does Groupon get all the money to give to these merchants? Credit cards—yours. Groupon gets paid within a couple of days by its banks. It then takes that money and gives it to the merchant in three chunks. From Groupon’s S-1: Our merchant payment terms and revenue growth have provided us with operating cash flow to fund our working capital needs. Our merchant arrangements are generally structured such that we collect cash up front when our customers purchase Groupons and make payments to our merchants at a subsequent date. In North America, we typically pay our merchants in installments within sixty days after the Groupon is sold. We use the operating cash flow provided by our merchant payment terms and revenue growth to fund our working capital needs. If we offer our merchants more favorable or accelerated payment terms or our revenue does not continue to grow in the future, our operating cash flow and results of operations could be adversely impacted and we may have to seek alternative financing to fund our working capital needs. Translation: They’re using money from new deals to pay for

previous deals. They need to keep growing revenue. As of March 31, they owed merchants $290.7 million. In the agreement I’ve seen, the first installment is 33% in 5 days. If they have to pay merchants faster, that could lead to problems. And Google might force that to happen. According to Google Offers’ payment terms, merchants receive 80% of their share in 4 days—more than twice as much, 1 day earlier. There’s no way that was an accident. If Groupon matches these payment terms, they’ll need cash faster and need to grow faster. (Google Offers accelerates the rate at which Groupon’s scheme has to draw in new suckers.) If Groupon doesn’t match, it gives Google a key differentiator to win deals. If those businesses go with Google’s more generous terms, that too will starve Groupon of the cash it needs to pay earlier merchants. Now here’s the crazy part. Not only is Groupon effectively giving loans to merchants, but it also works the other way around. The merchant is on the hook for the entire value of those deals until Groupon pays the merchant back its portion. Unlike other loan providers, the merchant is making a short-term loan to Groupon. (Not technically, but effectively.) They buy inventory in advance of the Groupon run. They also serve WHY page 28



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American Airlines replaces in-flight screens with Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1
Chris Davies (SlashGear)
Submitted at 6/13/2011 11:22:35 AM

Up in the air, Junior Android! Samsung is taking to the skies with its Galaxy Tab 10.1, inking a deal with American Airlines to put 6,000 of the Honeycomb slates into the premium cabins of select transcontinental and international flights. Rather than the existing in-flight entertainment system, AA will use specially customized Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablets bearing extra memory. The exact nature of Samsung’s modifications is unclear, but we’re guessing there’ll be some sort of UI tweaking to suit an onboard library of multimedia. AA may also offer streaming content from a wireless store onboard, as well as internet access using existing WiFi systems. Back in May, the airline announced plans to stream movies and TV shows from the ground to select flights, and while it’s not announced, we’d be very surprised if that functionality wasn’t added too. If you want to play with a Galaxy Tab, you’ll need to be in the expensive seats on transcontinental flights between New York’s JFK and Los Angeles, JFK and San Francisco, and Miami and Los Angeles

served with 767-200 and 767-300 aircraft; international flights to and from Europe and South America served with 767-300 aircraft; or transcontinental flights departing from Boston to Los Angeles served with 757 aircraft. Alternatively you could pick one up yourself later this week and sit

in cattle class. [ via Android Community] Press Release: Samsung Mobile Seals Landmark Agreement with American Airlines to Provide Galaxy Tab™ 10.1 for Premium Class In-Flight Entertainment American Airlines Becomes First

North American Airline to Feature Branded Tablets Onboard by Ordering the World’s Thinnest Mobile Tablet Currently Available DALLAS–(BUSINESS W I R E ) – S a m s u n g Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile), the No. 1

mobile phone provider in the U.S.1, today announced that American Airlines will offer Galaxy Tab™ 10.1 mobile tablets for premium class in-flight entertainment. “Our engagement with American Airlines further illustrates the growing interest and demand we’re seeing from enterprise customers for the Samsung Galaxy portfolio” “Earlier this month we made history by launching the world’s thinnest large screen tablet currently available and today we unveil another first with American Airlines’ selection of the Galaxy Tab 10.1,” said Dale Sohn, President of Samsung Mobile. American Airlines, a founding member of the oneworld® Alliance, plans to deploy 6,000 of the new Galaxy Tab 10.1 devices onboard select flights beginning later this year. The tablets will replace the airline’s current personal entertainment device in American’s premium cabins on transcontinental flights between New York’s JFK and Los Angeles, JFK and San Francisco, and Miami and Los Angeles served with 767-200 and 767-300 aircraft; international flights to and from Europe and South America served with 767-300 AMERICAN page 28

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Analyst: Wii U is 'two years too late'

landscape. Pachter says he believes Microsoft and Sony will continue to reduce the price of Nintendo's Wii U is coming their consoles going forward, and under fire from Wedbush analyst if the Wii U is too expensive Michael Pachter.(Credit: Sarah compared with those alternatives, Tew/CNET) it could be in for trouble. Nintendo has been touting its "Depending on pricing, the upcoming Wii U console, but at system will be either a least one analyst isn't convinced it phenomenal success or a has what it takes to be a success. phenomenal failure, as In a note to investors today, competitive bundles for Xbox 360 Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter with Kinect and PS3 with Move said that Nintendo's console, are likely to be priced below $300 which was revealed last week at by the time the Wii U launches," the E3 gaming expo, is coming to Pachter said. the market too late, and he's Microsoft's 250GB Xbox 360 concerned the device might not with Kinect bundle is currently offer a level of graphical power priced at $400. Sony's 320GB that will set it apart from the PlayStation 3 and Move bundle is competition. available for $400, as well. "We think that Wii U is arriving Nintendo's Wii U is scheduled to two years late, given that the other launch next year. Pricing and HD consoles already have availability have yet to be peripherals for movement," revealed. Pachter wrote to investors. "As players looking for advanced Sony discussed plans to release movements. A couple of months Nintendo was not immediately Nintendo did not provide any gameplay took issue with. The new consoles; however, they later, Microsoft released its available to comment on Pachter's specifics around the new console's device also lacks the graphical weren't expected to do so. In a Kinect controller-free motion- statements. power or pricing (Nintendo used prowess of its competitors. report earlier this year, video gaming peripheral. This entry passed through the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 game Nintendo has promised to address game blog Kotaku cited sources If Nintendo can't deliver an Full-Text RSS service — if this is f o o t a g e i n t h e W i i U those shortcomings in the Wii U. who claimed Microsoft and Sony alternative with longevity to not your content and you're reading it presentation), we are assuming Even so, if Nintendo cannot were readying new hardware for only take on current competitors, on someone else's site, please read that the Wii U is unlikely to deliver graphical power that easily 2014. Between now and then, the b u t f u t u r e c o n s o l e s f r o m the FAQ at greater power than the trumps the competition, Pachter blog's sources claimed, the Microsoft and Sony, as well, the only/faq.php#publishers. Five current HD consoles." says, the company will have companies would double down on venerable game company could Filters featured article: Ten Years Nintendo's Wii U is the game squandered "a tremendous first- their current hardware and motion be in for trouble, Pachter says. To Of Media Lens - Our Problem company's best answer yet to its m o v e r a d v a n t a g e , " l e a v i n g gaming. compound its troubles even With Mainstream Dissidents. high-definition counterparts, the Microsoft and Sony open to Last year, Sony released the further, Nintendo will need to Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. capitalize with their own future PlayStation Move peripheral, think about Wii U pricing in Nintendo's current Wii console hardware offerings. allowing gamers to control addition to the device's power as it only supports standard-definition At E3, neither Microsoft nor onscreen action with their hand e v a l u a t e s t h e c o m p e t i t i v e gaming, which many hard-core
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aircraft; and transcontinental flights departing from Boston to Los Angeles served with 757 aircraft. “Our engagement with American Airlines further illustrates the growing interest and demand we’re seeing from enterprise customers for the Samsung Galaxy portfolio,” said Tim Wagner, vice president and general manager of enterprise sales for Samsung Mobile. “As we continue to grow our enterprise customer base, we’re committed to empowering a connected mobile workforce and enabling leading companies like American Airlines to enhance their customers’ experience by providing world-class entertainment and enterpriseready devices.” The Galaxy Tab 10.1 combines the Android platform, ultra-slim, lightweight design, a brilliant 10inch touchscreen and array of applications enhancing the inflight entertainment experience

for travelers onboard American Airlines. “Through our agreement with Samsung, American is the first North American airline to offer a branded tablet onboard its aircraft,” said Virasb Vahidi, American’s Chief Commercial Officer. “We are working hard to revitalize our fleet and invest wisely in new products and services to modernize and enhance the travel experience. Working with Samsung to outfit our premium cabins with the innovative Galaxy Tab will give our premium customers a modern and innovative in-flight entertainment experience.” The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is a WiFienabled tablet that measures at just 8.6 millimeters slim, making it the thinnest large screen tablet currently available in the world. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is powered by the Android™ 3.1 (Honeycomb) platform, offering faster and smoother transitions between different applications,

more intuitive navigation to and from home screens and broader support of USB accessories, external keyboards, joysticks and gamepads. Samsung will customize the Galaxy Tab for American’s in-flight entertainment needs, including the addition of expanded memory. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 WiFi edition is currently available exclusively at the Best Buy Union Square location in New York City. Starting June 17, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 will be available nationwide. Visit and for additional details. 1 Number one mobile phone provider in the U.S. claim for Samsung Mobile based upon reported shipment data, according to Strategy Analytics, Q1 2011 U.S. Market Share Handset Shipments Reports. Relevant Entries on • Delta Air Lines is the latest to

offer in-flight Wi-Fi access • Free In-flight Gogo Facebook access: Get poked at 30,000 feet • Gogo in-flight Internet service turns one • In-Flight iPod Connectivity in 2007 • Southwest Airlines Implementing WiFi on All Flights • Continental Airlines to offer Gogo Internet on flights • American Airlines planning inflight streaming movies to your iPad this fall • Southwest Airlines To Offer InAirtainment Via iTunes American Airlines replaces inflight screens with Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 is written by Chris Davies& originally posted on SlashGear. © 2005 - 2011, SlashGear. All right reserved.

the initial rush of customers. The business is in a hole before they get their 30- and 60-day Groupon payouts. While the chances might be small, Groupon merchants should know that they’re taking on the risk of Groupon’s collapse. If Groupon collapses, a lot of small merchants could be left holding the bag. If you know of a business that closed after running a Groupon or other daily deal, please send an email with the name of the b u s i n e s s t o And remember, correlation is not causation. Photo credits: Rachel Lovinger and Rocky Agrawal. CrunchBase Information Groupon Information provided by CrunchBase

Webcam antics with Rita and Frank
Dave Caolo (TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog)

description as "their new Mac." According to YouTube, the couple wants to take a photo Submitted at 6/13/2011 1:00:00 PM commemorating Frank's 84th H e r e ' s a n u n i n t e n t i o n a l l y birthday, which they'll then share amusing and decidedly sweet with friends. video of an older couple, Rita and As they wait in vain for the Frank, trying to photograph i m a g e t o b e s n a p p e d , t h e y themselves with their computer, s o m e h o w m a n a g e d t o r e f e r r e d t o i n t h e v i d e o unknowingly shoot a video of the

proceedings. We can only assume they're using a Flash-capture web

app of some sort, as Photo Booth doesn't count down from 15. Of course, that's a guess. If you ask me, the result is much sweeter and far more charming than the photo could have been. Happy birthday, Frank! [Via Gizmodo] Webcam antics with Rita and Frank originally appeared on

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Jason Calacanis: "Blogging Is Dead" & Why "Stupid People Shouldn't Write"
Dan Rowinski (ReadWriteWeb)
Submitted at 6/13/2011 1:05:07 PM

"Blogging is largely dead." "There are a lot of stupid people out there ... and stupid people shouldn't write." "There needs to be a better system for tuning down the stupid people and tuning up the smart people." Serial entrepreneur and publisher Jason Calacanis has never been opposed to saying what is on his mind. In fact, it is the characteristic that has helped him rise to the top of the Internet publishing world. He sat down with our managing editor Abraham Hyatt onstage at the ReadWriteWeb 2Way Summit on Monday and dished on his thoughts about the state of publishing, how Google's Panda initiative is doing to websites and what Web 3.0 will be about. Sponsor Web 3.0: The Age of Expertise "You have to have a deep understanding to be a blogger," Calacanis said. Calacanis thinks that Web 3.0 will be the "Age of Expertise." Blogging brought about the era of Web 2.0 where people who may not have had a voice before could publish whatever they want. The rise of kittens on the Web, for instance. Add the ability to comment on stories and then

share them through social media and Web 2.0 was the Age of Interactivity. "The concept of journalism is going away," Calacanis said. "It is not enough to be a writer. You need to be a writer and an expert." Calacanis brings up the idea of local news as something that people do not care about. In that vein, he thinks that AOL local news effort Patch, which the company has poured millions of dollars into, will ultimately fail. Instead of just the news of a local McDonalds being built, people want how much that new

franchise will cost, what benefit it will have for the local economy etc. "People bring up the edge case of the local town meeting," Calacanis said. "Who gives a f**l? Nobody cares anymore." The blog itself is not going away. People will continue to have a voice and low barrier to put that voice on the Web. Yet, that doesn't mean that anybody will be paying attention. "People and their blogs will continue," Calacanis said. "But, I think that experts will inherit the space."

That is what Calacanis is starting to do with Mahalo. He considers the sight to be a "video education company." He wants employees who are a "triple threat" - the ability to shoot video, edit/ produce video and be the host of the video. On Mahalo v. Google Panda and Launch As Experian reported in April, Mahalo's traffic has been crushed by the changes to Google's algorithm - codenamed Panda -designed to limit the affect of content farms in search results. "Yeah, Panda has cut our traffic in half," Calacanis said. "Yet, it

didn't affect our YouTube traffic at all." Essentially, Calacanis sees the future of the Web through the lenses of experts who produce video. He does not hold out hope that he can approach Google to tweak Panda so that Mahalo does not suffer along with the rest of the so-called content farms. Calacanis is also betting on the resurrection of the email newsletter, this time as an interactive discussion engine of experts. His newest venture is JASON page 30



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Next iPhone in Final Testing Stage, Launches in September
Chris Burns (SlashGear)
Submitted at 6/13/2011 12:36:57 PM

Word has it that Apple is currently in the final testing stage, that being the AP stage, of their next generation iPhone. This means that the device is being carried around by high-level Apple and carrier executives, and we can expect the phone by September. This set of factoids comes from a source speaking with 9to5Mac that’d previously been “accurate” in providing inside tips. This news also came attached to some Verizon bits including the idea that Verizon and Apple have yet to strike a deal regarding FaceTime over 3G. Whether or not that means they’ll be waiting until 4G LTE is still up for question. The current word from this same source is that the newest generation iPhone will be out in September of this year, and that carrier support for FaceTime is still being worked on, kinks being ironed out regarding iOS 5s support for over the air updates. Whilst taking a snoop around some iOS 5 SDK files they had

lying around, 9to5Mac located references to “N94 and “N93,” both of which are apparently unreleased iPhone models. The N94 model is more than likely the iPhone 4 with A5 dual-core chip that Apple is supposedly sending out to developers as we speak. The N93 is more than likely simply a variation of the N94. what this more than likely means is a carrier difference, noting that with the current model, GSM is

N90 and CDMA is N92, this pointing toward such a situation quite blatantly. Could this new model be being prepared for Sprint or T-Mobile? We shall see! Additionally 9to5Mac have found rather disheartening connections leading to the following image: This is the same sort of situation that revealed the iPad 2 to be having the same camera as the fourth-generation iPod touch, now showing the newest generation

iPhone to be rolling out with the same 5 megapixel sensor as found in the iPhone 4. All this said, if you were asking yours truly, I’d say look for a slight reboot of the iPhone. Nothing too drastic – perhaps a bit bigger than the launch of the Verizon iPhone, but it’ll be no iPad 2. Look for a major reboot inside 2012, this 2011 model will be made simply to accommodate iOS 5 in its best form.

[ via 9to5Mac] Relevant Entries on • Verizon Model Apple iPhone Hits Final Test Stage, iPhone 5 Reaches EVT • CDMA iPhone 3,2 N92 prototype spotted? • Apple Final Cut Pro JawDropping Revamp Coming Next Week? • Apple sends out final iPhone email before launch • Final Fantasy VII potion begs to be ingested • Apple iPad tablet caught in app testing? • Verizon iPhone and iPad About to Enter Field Testing? • Free iPhone 4 cases not due until September 1st Next iPhone in Final Testing Stage, Launches in September is written by Chris Burns& originally posted on SlashGear. © 2005 - 2011, SlashGear. All right reserved.

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called Launch and is centered "Within a year, Launch will have around tech news. And as he is more traffic than TechCrunch," k n o w n t o d o , C a l a c a n i s i s Calalcanis said. predicting big things for Launch. Discuss

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Union Square Ventures Leads $3M Round In 4chan Founder Moot’s New Startup Canvas
Leena Rao (TechCrunch)
Submitted at 6/13/2011 12:27:47 PM

since January (he declined to reveal specific engagement numbers). Apparently, demand to Exclusive: 4chan founder get in is so high, that Pool has had Christopher Poole(a.k.a. Moot) is more about the community. to throttle back the number of announcing a round of funding One of the more killer features people he is letting in even on a today for his new startup, Canvas. that Canvas offers, according to private basis. One of the reasons Union Square Ventures led a $3 Poole, is the ability to remix Poole has restricted the number of million series A round of funding, images. The image editor on the users on the cite is because he w i t h a l l o f t h e c o m p a n y ’ s site lets users do simple photo and wants a small, core group to p r e v i o u s a n g e l i n v e s t o r s image editing in the browser, define the norms and early usage participating, including SV Angel, which is awesome for meme patterns of the site. Lerer Ventures(who led Canvas’ propagation. Canvas has also The startup currently has five s e e d r o u n d ) , A n d r e e s s e n recently added basic oEmbed employees (including Poole) Horowitz, Founder Collective, support for a few sites, and will working on Canvas out of its and and Joshua Schachter. Canvas continue to add support for other Manhattan offices, including lead had previously raised$625,000 in sites over time. developer Timothy Fitz; senior Pool has said that he built Canvas software developer Michael seed financing. Canvas is a place for people to into a separate venture-backed Rooney; designer and frontend post media (i.e. images, video) company as opposed to porting engineer Dave Mauro; and office and start a discussion. Canvas, over the existing 4Chan users manager Eunsan Huh. FYI, Moot which launched in beta in January onto the new platform because he actually went to California to and is still invite-only, is similar believes the Canvas can be its recruit his team and brought them to 4chan in some ways, except own sustainable community. He to New York. And the company is that content is archived, and says that while the Canvas and hiring, in case you are interested. people create accounts. Users can 4 c h a n c o m m u n i t i e s w i l l The new funding will be used to s t i l l s t a y a n o n y m o u s , w i t h eventually overlap, he doesn’t grow the team and scale the communities and interactions want to force the communities to product, says Poole. He adds that b u i l t a r o u n d s h a r i n g a n d interact. he’ll also “keep an eye out for Poole tells us that while the opportunistic investments,” for photoshopping images. As Poole told us a few weeks ago company is still in private beta Canvas. CrunchBase Information at TechCrunch Disrupt, We want (the site will be released to the Canvas 4chan Christopher Poole to re-imagine what the modern public in a few months), he’s I n f o r m a t i o n p r o v i d e d b y message board would look like … impressed with the growth and C r u n c h B a s e It’s less about the product and engagement of the community

Almost half of iOS developers surveyed also code for Android
Kelly Hodgkins (TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog)
Submitted at 6/13/2011 11:00:00 AM

Slightly less than half of iOS developers surveyed at WWDC also write applications for Android, a little over a third also code for BlackBerry devices and 36% focus only on iOS. These figures and more come from a Piper Jaffray survey of 45 iOS developers at WWDC. Besides platform preferences, the survey also reveals the following: • 100% of developers write apps for the iPhone and 93% write for the iPad • only 7% of developers code for the Mac • 100% believe that iOS is the best platform for monetization • 100% believe iOS is the easiest

platform for development • 51% of developers think iOS has the highest potential for growth, 41% believe in Android • 38% of iOS developers dislike Apple's strict limitations Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster points to the results of this survey as evidence that Apple's dedicated and talented developers are one of its most valuable assets. Almost half of iOS developers surveyed also code for Android originally appeared on TUAW The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Mon, 13 Jun 2011 11:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Source| Permalink| Email this| Comments



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A New Reason to Jailbreak: Custom Widgets in iOS 5's Notifications Center
Sarah Perez (ReadWriteWeb)

are ready for testing. Sponsor Submitted at 6/13/2011 1:18:52 PM Hacking the Notifications Center In Apple's next mobile operating in iOS 5 system iOS 5, there are now Homer, who goes integrated widgets for core apps by@WillFour20 on Twitter, like stocks and weather available tweeted a proof-of-concept based in the operating system's new on his hack last week, showing a N o t i f i c a t i o n s C e n t e r . T h i s simple "Hello World" widget, Android-like drop-down list of showing the text . He has also updates, accessible by swiping posted templates for creating down from the top of the screen, these notification center widgets alerts you to things like new online at GitHub for other emails, missed calls, voicemails developers to access. and other updates from your Settings Widget installed apps. One of the first widgets to take But developers hoping to include advantage of this hack has now t h e i r o w n w i d g e t - l i k e been released. This tweak, created notifications in the center were by a 14-year old Italian developer disappointed to find out that their known as qwertyoruiop, allows only option was for text-based you access to basic settings, updates. However, thanks to a without having to launch the hack from developer Will Homer, Settings app and delve into there is now a way for jailbroken System Preferences. This is phones to run third-party widgets similar to the functionality within the Notifications Center. provided by SBSettings, a popular Some of the first examples of jailbreak app that allowed for these widgets are already out, and quick access to commonly used

as MusicCenter created by developer Aaron C. Wright (@WrightsCS on Twitter) is also on the horizon. This widget will show you what song is currently playing in your Music app, along with the album artwork. Wright says additional features like "Tap to Tweet," music controls and other track information like rating and duration will come in later versions. This widget is not yet available for download. functions. With iOS 5, Apple has taken A c c o r d i n g t o t h e b l o g great pains to remove many of the RedmondPie, this widget lets you temptations that once intrigued turn various functions off or on, the jailbreaking community, from like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Airplane Wi-Fi sync options via iCloud to mode, plus adjust the brightness the pull-down notifications list and volume, and reboot, power itself and more. But with these off or "re-spring" the phone custom widgets, jailbreakers (refreshing the homescreen after looking for a richer experience applying jailbreak tweaks or than what Apple allows for out of themes). the box will once again find a N o t e : R e d m o n d P i e h a s reason to hack their phones. installation details here. Music Image credit: Settings Center Widget; Other sources: A second custom widget known iClarified, RedmondPie Discuss

Storm formation process dissected by West African study
Submitted at 6/13/2011 11:49:00 AM

Subtle changes in soil moisture levels could be used to predict rainfall to help farmers in drought prone areas of Africa, claims a new study. A team of researchers from the UK, France and Australia analysed 3765 storms across a region of around 2.5 million kilometres in the Sahel region of West Africa. Using satellite images, they determined that one in eight of these storms correlated with where an area of high soil moisture met an area of low moisture. The images were taken every 15 minutes at a scale of a few kilometres on every day of the 2006-2010 wet seasons. Continue reading...

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Turkey arrests 32 after Anonymous' Web attacks

season for hackers. One person's illicit hacker might be another person's sanctioned Anonymous coordinated an military authority, though. The attack on Turkish government United States and United Web sites on Friday to protest Kingdom increasingly talk of censorship.(Credit: screenshot by distributed denial of service cyberwar as just a facet of Stephen Shankland/CNET) ( D D o S ) , w h i c h i n v o l v e s a ordinary war. After hacker group Anonymous' If you have a question or coordinated flooding of a Web apparently successful Operation comment for Stephen Shankland, site with traffic with specially Turkey to protest Internet you can submit it here. However, crafted network tools. censorship, the country's Security firm Sophos, though, because our editors and writers authorities have detained 32 s a i d t h e T u r k i s h a t t a c k e r s receive hundreds of requests, we people in connection with the apparently used an attack tool cannot tell you when you may attack on Turkish government called LOIC (Low Orbit Ion receive a response. Web sites. C a n n o n ) t h a t i s n ' t t e r r i b l y Stephen Shankland writes about a After Friday's attack, Turkey's wide range of technology and anonymous. telecommunications authorities "LOIC...doesn't do a very good products, but has a particular investigated and took the people job of covering your tracks-- focus on browsers and digital into custody, according to a report making it potentially easy for photography. He joined CNET today by Turkey's state news computer crime authorities to News in 1998 and since then also agency. Eight of those detained track those behind the attacks," has covered Google, Yahoo, were under 18 years old, the servers, supercomputing, Linux said Sophos' Graham Cluley. report said. A l o o s e g r o u p o f a n g r y and open-source software and The arrests come just days after hacktivists is only one force science. Spain said Friday it arrested three s p o t l i g h t i n g t h e N e t ' s This entry passed through the Anonymous hackers in v u l n e r a b i l i t i e s t o d a y . T h e Full-Text RSS service — if this is connection with attacks on Sony's International Monetary Fund your content and you're reading it PlayStation Network, suffered what was reported over on someone else's site, please read governments, banks, and others. the weekend to be a major the FAQ at followed quickly, network breach. Google said it only/faq.php#publishers. Five with an Anonymous attack that disrupted a plan the company said Filters featured article: Ten Years reportedly took a Spanish police originated from China to break Of Media Lens - Our Problem off the Net. into Gmail accounts. It's open With Mainstream Dissidents. The attacks take the form of a
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Apple almost worth more than Microsoft, HP and Dell combined
Kelly Hodgkins (TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog)
Submitted at 6/13/2011 12:00:00 PM

Before WWDC, Apple's market cap exceeded that of Microsoft and Intel combined. This week another report compares Apple to Microsoft, Dell and HP. After a slight dip in its stock last week, Apple is now valued at US$301 billion which is slightly less than the $302 billion of Microsoft ($200 billion), HP ($72.8 billion) and Dell ($29.3 billion) combined. Apple's position is even more impressive when you compare it to other tech and mobile leaders. Last year, Apple surpassed Microsoft in market cap and is now worth 100 billion more than Microsoft. This figure is more than RIM, Nokia, Netflix and eBay combined. It is equal to Amazon and Adobe combined and is only $15 million shy of Intel's total market cap. If it

can grow that much in the least months, one wonders how much its lead will extend at the end of the next 12 months. Apple almost worth more than Microsoft, HP and Dell combined originally appeared on TUAW The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Mon, 13 Jun 2011 12:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Source| Permalink| Email this| Comments



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ASUS Eee Pad Transformer sequel running Windows 8 tipped for 2012
Chris Davies (SlashGear)
Submitted at 6/13/2011 11:38:20 AM

Windows on ARM and picking something like a next-gen Tegra chip such as Kal-El. ASUS has apparently confirmed The Android version of the that it intends to offer an updated, ASUS Eee Pad Transformer 2 Windows 8 version of the Eee Pad will be cheaper than its Windows Transformer. Set to go on sale in 8 counterpart, but the “grown up” 2012 – alongside a new Android Microsoft OS will allow for more version, Notebook Italia reports – complex document creation and the Transformer sequel will use e d i t i n g . M i c r o s o f t r e c e n t l y the same detachable-keyboard showed a demo of the new design as the existing model, with Windows 8 UI, a more tableta secondary battery hidden inside friendly interface intended to the dock section. Meanwhile, new answer criticisms that Windows 7 supplies of the first Transformer had never been suited to tablet are expected to come through the finger-control. pipeline very soon. As for the original Eee Pad However, it will also be thinner, Transformer – which we reviewed lighter and generally smaller than last month– ASUS CEO Jerry the model it replaces, little Shen told the Taiwan Economic surprise given the direction tech News[ via ZDNet Asia] that the generally goes in. Specifications company plans to ship 300,000 of are unconfirmed, so it’s not the tablets in this month alone. known whether ASUS will be That, he says, will exceed all using an x86 processor from Intel other tablet sales, bar those of the o r A M D ’ s r a n g e s f o r t h e iPad 2, and follows 400,000 Windows 8 tablet, or using shipments in April and May.

pricing • ASUS Unveils Eee Pad Transformer: Tablet/Notebook Running Android Honeycomb • ASUS Eee Pad Transformer To Get Android 3.1 Honeycomb OTA Next Week • Eee Pad Transformer launches and short supply is almost gone already • ASUS Eee Pad Transformer To Be In Stock June 2nd On Amazon • ASUS confirms Eee Pad Transformer 3G and Slider due August ASUS Eee Pad Transformer sequel running Windows 8 tipped for 2012 is written by Chris Davies& originally posted on SlashGear. © 2005 - 2011, SlashGear. All right reserved.

The Eee Pad Transformer is expected to account for 10percent of ASUS’ June total revenue, and the company is considering raising its shipment goal for August if demand continues. Relevant Entries on • ASUS Eee Pad Transformer walkthrough [Video] • Android 3.1 packing Eee Pad Transformer supports PS3 and Xbox 360 gaming controllers • ASUS Eee Pad Transformer gets US/Canada release date &

Six ways the Wii U's pad controller will work in games
Submitted at 6/13/2011 10:18:00 AM

Game developers are currently brainstorming clever new

concepts for Nintendo's Wii U. The upcoming console, which will hit shop shelves in 2012, comes with an innovative new controller. The pad sports a

massive 6-inch touchscreen which can be used to display bonus data, like menus and maps, in-between your hands.

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New Service to Open Source Custom URL Schemes for iOS Developers
Sarah Perez (ReadWriteWeb)
Submitted at 6/13/2011 11:56:01 AM

From the makers of mobile app discovery service Zwapp, there c o m e s, a new initiative which aims to open source the unpublished custom URL schemes for iOS applications. For those unaware, a custom URL scheme is a way for apps to communicate with each other and do other smart things. For example, custom URL schemes allow other apps or Web pages to call the app, trigger it and send data to it, or even transfer data between lite and paid app versions. Apple's built-in apps like Safari, the Phone app, the Messaging app, Email and others have URL schemes included by default. Developers using the iOS SDK can built their own, too. Unfortunately, though, there isn't a well-maintained master list of these custom URLs anywhere on the Web. Sponsor Because Zwapp wants to use the custom URL schemes for app detection purposes, it needs a

founder. Already, over 8,300 apps had been donated to this project by the end of last week, and as of this morning, that number has climbed to 9,517. As awareness grows, even more apps should come soon. To access the data, Zwapp has made a JSON API available to developers. The list is also available on the website for manual perusal and searching. In master list like this to better Zwapp's App function. But instead of building At present, Zwapp does not use up such list in private, the the data from OneMillionApps in company has launched an open its iOS application, which scans source initiative to improve inter- your device to determine what app communications for all iOS apps are on your phone so you developers, allowing everyone to can share those with friends. contribute and benefit from the Currently, it only detects 25-50% w o r k . H o w of the apps you have installed on its first run, and more are found as Works you start using the app. However, The site went live just last week, the scan results from the new and uses an open source Mac-only service will be included in Zwapp tool to scan your iTunes library in shortly and this will lead to much order to locate these custom URL better first-run scores, van Elas schemes. The data that is scanned explains. is uploaded to the site and is In the meantime, developers or i n s t a n t l y a c c e s s i b l e t o a l l end users wishing to contribute to developers. No personal or private the project can do so here. data is scanned or made public, Discuss says Alexander van Elas, Zwapp's

Tiny crustaceans and huge whales share biological buoyancy tactics
energy. Although biologists have considered a connection between A new discovery has shown that this and the creatures' 'hibernation' tiny crustaceans solidify their habits, this is the first time they body oils in the same way as have been able to 'understand the whales to regulate buoyancy. exact relationship between these Copepods are 3mm-long marine two elements in the animal's life animals, which head to the depths cycle', as lead author Dr David of the ocean to escape the storms Pond said in a press release. and food scarcity of winter. Continue reading... Copepods are rich in omega-3 oil, which is naturally high in
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TiVo unveils Premiere Q quad-tuner DVR
Submitted at 6/13/2011 11:48:26 AM

TiVo's new Premiere Q.(Credit: TiVo) TiVo has unveiled two new hardware products to bolster its appeal to service providers. Dubbed the Premiere Q, TiVo's latest DVR is the first from the company that can record up to four programs at the same time. In addition, the device comes with support for streaming content when connected to the Web via Ethernet or home-entertainment networking standard MoCA (Multimedia over Coax Alliance). Up to three HD streams can be accommodated over those connections.

According to TiVo, the Premiere Q will support a full range of services from cable and satellite providers, including video on demand, pay-per-view, and caller ID. TiVo released the original Premiere last year. That device,

which is available to consumers, allows users to record two shows simultaneously. The $100 version allows up 45 hours of HD recording, while the $300 XL version accommodates 150 hours of HD storage. TiVo also unveiled the Preview

today. That streaming device is designed for users who want access to programming and TiVo's user features, including software and its Web content, but won't be recording shows. TiVo said that those with multiple DVRs can also use the Preview to

access content stored on a Premiere or Premiere Q DVR elsewhere in the home. For now, TiVo is only offering its new devices to service providers. Cable operator RCN will be the first to bring the Premiere Q and Preview to its customers. TiVo said it hopes to make its new devices available to other cable operators "later this year." 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 the FAQ at Five Filters featured article: Ten Years Of Media Lens - Our Problem With Mainstream Dissidents.

The 15 Most Miserable Countries In The World
Mamta Badkar (Money Game)
Submitted at 6/13/2011 11:43:00 AM

Energy prices: compare the suppliers
(Finance News - Business news from the UK and world)
Submitted at 6/13/2011 11:18:16 AM

The global economic picture is fairly grim. Debt ridden Eurozone countries have seen unemployment driven high by austerity measures and economic stagnation. The civil unrest in the Mideast and North Africa stemmed in part from joblessness in the region. Meanwhile, the price of food and energy soars everywhere.

The so-called "misery index" is calculated by adding together unemployment and inflation. Doing this simple calculation, we found the most miserable countries in the world. Note: We calculated figures for 81 countries that consistently report unemployment and CPI figures#15 Argentina Misery index score: 17.1% CPI inflation: 9.7% Unemployment: 7.4% Source: Bloomberg

#14 Ireland Misery index score: 17.5% CPI inflation: 2.7% Unemployment: 14.8% Source: Bloomberg #13 Latvia Misery index score: 18.2% CPI inflation: 5% Unemployment: 13.2% Source: Bloomberg See the rest of the story at Business Insider Please follow Money Game on Twitter and Facebook.

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Sir Roger Carr, chairman of Centrica, has warned that further steep fuel bill hikes are inevitable in the wake of Scottish Power's announcement of an inflationbusting 19pc increase in gas prices and 10pc hike in electricity tariffs. Compare the average bills of the 'big six' providers here.

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Beware the Erosion of Competition
(AEI.Org: Articles)
Submitted at 6/12/2011 11:00:00 PM

Competition is a fact of life-the driving force of biological evolution and a constant presence in all human interactions. It is also a method of organization, used to promote efficiency and excellence and to resolve conflict peaceably. Competition is the key to the success of private-market economies and is used in many other areas; for example, the Nobel and Pulitzer Prizes spur competition in the sciences and in journalism. Even when we don't "like" competition when we face it in our personal lives, we appreciate its benefits and admire it in action-from Steve Jobs to Li Na. The American Constitution uses competition to promote good government. Regular democratic elections limit incumbents' hold on power and open succession to outside competition. The "separation of powers" in our national government forces Congress and the president to compete for public favor and to balance each other's excesses; the 2010 election is only the latest to demonstrate that Americans like their government divided. Under our federalist system, states compete for citizens and employers by offering different mixes of schools, transportation, public amenities, regulations, and taxes-think of booming Texas vs. bankrupt California. The federal

and state governments also compete with each other, as in the current state challenges to the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and the federal challenge to Arizona's immigration law. The Constitution protects and promotes private competition as well. The First Amendment is more than a matter of individual rights: It also ensures unbridled competition in the supply of news, religious faiths, political creeds, and information of all kinds. These are great goods in themselves and keep political officials relatively honest and well -informed. The First Amendment also averts political-religious violence of the sort that was common in England and continental Europe when the Constitution was drafted and that remains a terrible problem in the Arab Muslim world. Finally, the Constitution contains many provisions protecting private property and free economic competition. The founders regarded competitive enterprise as a critical source of prosperity and national strength. They also hoped that numerous competing and conflicting interests would cancel each other out politically, thereby weakening demands for special-interest favoritism. The competitive nature of the American system means that our government is often fractious, muddled, and indecisive. As a result, we hear frequent calls for a

parliamentary system in which the executive is a handmaiden of the legislature. But parliamentary systems are prone to instabilityespecially in the face of crises, when legislative divisions can cause the government to fall at the worst possible time. Also, authoritarian governments such as China's are sometimes envied (sotto voce) for their superior decisiveness and orderliness. But authoritarian governments become corrupt, sclerotic, and insular over time. The American regime, now 222 years old, has outlasted hundreds of regimes that looked stronger for a time but came to ignominious and often ruinous ends. In government as in biology, competition promotes resilience and adaptability. Finally, the Constitution contains many provisions protecting private property and free economic competition. The founders regarded competitive enterprise as a critical source of prosperity and national strength. Our political system is, however, becoming markedly less competitive. State policy competition is being supplanted by "cooperative federalism"-as a result of federal policies (such as Medicaid) that encourage state uniformity and judicial policies that permit states to "export" taxes and regulatory requirements to citizens of other states. The National Labor Relations Board's effort to prevent Boeing from opening a plant in South Carolina

rather than Washington state is a conspicuous effort to inhibit state policy competition. But the most worrisome instance of declining political competition is the weakening-collapse might be a better word-of the separation of powers. Our national government is now, in many critical respects, a unilateral executive government with occasional oversight by Congress and the judiciary. Most domestic discretionary policymaking is conducted by regulatory agencies. The agencies are executive-legislative hybrids that write and enforce rules-de facto laws that often have enormous economic consequences -under very broad delegations of authority from Congress. The migration of lawmaking from Congress to regulatory agencies has been under way for many decades but has accelerated dramatically since the financial crisis of 2008. In the course of the financial crisis, the Federal Reserve Board and the Treasury Department made financial commitments of more than $2 trillion, used regulatory powers aggressively to arrange mergers of private banks, and bailed out and acquired substantial control over scores of major financial institutions and two automobile companies. The major decisions were all made within the executive branch, with scant congressional involvement. Congress was outraged-yet

promptly acquiesced through supporting legislation. Then, a year later, Congress passed two laws-the Dodd-Frank Act and the Affordable Care Actthat set new standards of legislative delegation. Although both statutes are very long, they decide very little; instead they create regulatory agencies and launch many hundreds of rulemaking proceedings under extraordinarily vague standards that leave the serious policy choices to the agencies. The new structures of national policy in the financial and healthcare sectors are still largely unknown, to be determined as the agency proceedings run their course. But one thing is certain: Both sectors will become much less competitive. A few large financial institutions will be designated "systemically important" and thereafter operate under the government's protection. When power is concentrated in government, it becomes concentrated in the private sector as well. The causes of the decline of competitiveness in our political institutions are many and complex. But certainly one of them is a decline in public appreciation for the virtues of competition, amounting in many cases to a vain desire to be released from its demands. Before we continue much further, BEWARE page 40



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Palestinian Statehood: What Is the UN's Role?
(AEI.Org: Articles)
Submitted at 6/12/2011 11:00:00 PM

An aversion to reality can be a powerfully destructive force. Its most visible manifestation in international affairs lies in trying to create political "facts on the ground" through the United Nations. Accordingly, it is no surprise that the Middle East, one of our most intractable problems, provokes so much U.N. activity, even though the real-world consequences are so limited. The next episode of reality avoidance is the near certainty that, this fall, the General Assembly will vote to recognize a Palestinian state, possibly also declaring that state's borders with Israel to be the 1967 lines (actually, just the Green Line marking the 1949 cease-fire positions). Absent dramatic action by Washington, perhaps 150 or more of the U.N.'s 192 members, including many nominal U.S. allies, will vote in favor. Will such a resolution actually make any difference? Is it political theater, or something to take seriously? While a General Assembly convulsion would be largely symbolic, symbols can have consequences if you accept their underlying mythology. How will Israel respond? How should the United States respond?

First, neither the Security Council nor the General Assembly has the legal authority to declare statehood. The U.N.'s website says candidly that the world body "does not possess any authority to recognize either a state or a government." Attempting to ram such a declaration through is not merely improper but destructive of the U.N. itself. Some, however, argue that there is precedent, citing General Assembly Resolution 181 of 1947, which endorsed a plan to partition the former British League of Nations mandate into Jewish and Arab states, and a "special international regime" for Jerusalem. They should read what the resolution actually says. Like all assembly resolutions, it is not legally binding. It simply "recommends" the partition plan in question, and "requests that the Security Council take the necessary measures" to implement it. The council never adopted the plan. Although the Jewish leadership accepted it, the Arabs did not, and a multi-front Arab assault followed. End of precedent. While the foregoing international law arguments are complex and probably have eternal life, they will settle nothing today. Perhaps the most reality-averse idea of all is believing the League of

Nations' or the U.N.'s actions more than 50 years ago reveal a solution for today. Resolving the Arab-Israeli dispute is ultimately a matter of power and political resolve now, not ambiguous precedents and musty resolutions. If dust-gathering texts from the past could determine the outcome now, what logic requires us to go back merely a few decades? Why not go back millenniums for even more compelling authority? Second, whatever serious political work is done at the U.N. is done by the Security Council, where the veto of the five permanent members--the United States, France, China, Britain and Russia--gives them predominance. For decades, this has aggravated Third World nations, the largest of which alternate between advocating the abolition of the veto or themselves becoming permanent members. If the U.N. is ever to play a constructive role in the Arab-Israeli dispute, it will be through the Security Council, not the General Assembly. The council and the assembly jointly decide on the admission of new members to the U.N. Because the U.N. Charter provides that only "states" can be members, a decision to admit "Palestine" would obviously mean that those supporting membership

considered "Palestine" to meet the charter's statehood requirement. Last year, many believed the Obama administration might not veto a Palestinian membership application, and the original Palestinian strategy was indeed to convene the council to seek U.N. admission, or at least declare a Palestinian state. The outcry from President Obama's political opponents, and even from otherwise supportive Democrats, punctured that balloon, thereby prompting statehood advocates' switch to the General Assembly's almost uniformly anti-Israel, antiU.S. majority. This is the true indicator of reality aversion. Finally, if the president chooses to stand by and let a resolution happen, rather than taking dramatic diplomatic action such as threatening to cut off U.S. contributions to the U.N., the proper U.S. response is to ignore whatever passes. When the General Assembly adopted the infamous "Zionism is racism" resolution in 1975, Ambassador Daniel Patrick Moynihan responded: "The United States rises to declare that it does not acknowledge, that it will not abide by and that it will never acquiesce in this infamous act." That's a good place to start here as well. We should simply disregard the outcome, and tell the world so at

every opportunity. Israel and whoever else stands tall and votes against the resolution in that very lonely General Assembly room should do the same. The reality is that the controlling U.N. approach to this dispute is grounded in the decisions made after the 1967 and 1973 ArabIsraeli wars, namely Security Council Resolutions 242 and 338. These "land for peace" resolutions make no mention of "the 1967 borders" or any other specific line, and for very compelling reasons. Those who drafted these texts understood full well that the 1967 lines could never meet Israel's legitimate quest, in 242's words, "to live in peace within secure and recognized boundaries free from threats or acts of force." It has been America's consistent policy to support those Israeli aspirations, and should remain so today. Taking assembly recommendations to heart can only cause problems. True, a massive majority supporting Palestinian statehood will constitute yet another assault on Israel's legitimacy and its security needs. And while that vote is likely to be frustrating and bitter, it is best to treat it like the grass we tread beneath our feet. PALESTINIAN page 40

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U.S. Navy Needs Diesel Submarines
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requirements. In addition to the deep-sea dives and prolonged blue -water missions that became the U . S . N a v y N e e d s D i e s e l staple of submarine operations Submarines during the Cold War, there are a T h e U . S . N a v y f a c e s a number of scenarios today that are fundamental dilemma: It needs focused on the littoral areas, the more submarines, but the overall green water within 100 miles of defense budget required to build land, be they in the strait of those submarines is headed south. Hormuz or Malacca, off the How should it square this circle? shores of Taiwan or in the South The answer is that the Navy China Sea. should procure a fleet of diesel- It is these missions that often powered subs. Not only are favor diesel submarines. Diesel diesels cheaper than nuclear- subs are smaller, stealthier and powered subs, but they have the more maneuverable in tight a d v a n t a g e o f b e i n g b e t t e r spaces than nuclear submarines. platforms for many of the tasks For example, unlike a nuclear the Navy faces today. submarine's power plant, a diesel's T h e d e m a n d f o r a t t a c k primary engine can be turned off submarines is both quantitative when submerged, reducing noise and qualitative. Over the past two emission. Indeed, unlike a nuclear decades, for example, China has -powered submarine, a modern a d d e d m o r e t h a n 4 0 n e w diesel can hide on the ocean's submarines. Although they are not f l o o r , d e a d l y s i l e n t , w h i l e equivalent to ours, they still need monitoring whatever passes over to be tracked - and that takes and around it. numbers. Meanwhile, the list of And with the advent of Air actual and potential submarine Independent Propulsion (AIP) missions, including close-in technology, today's diesel subs intelligence, surveillance and can remain submerged for weeks r e c o n n a i s s a n c e , s p e c i a l at a time. When deployed to bases operations, and blockade and in the Far East or Middle East, the mining, continues to grow. range and reach of today's AIPThese growing operational equipped diesels would put them demands are coupled with the well within striking distance of exigencies of new undersea critical choke points.
Submitted at 6/12/2011 11:00:00 PM

And, using the recent sale price of Germany's Type 212 subs to Turkey as a point of reference approximately $500 million versus the $2 billion for a Virginia -class nuclear attack submarine the Navy would be able to ramp up submarine production without breaking the bank. The U.S. Navy is not ignorant of the advantages of diesel subs. Time and again, American naval crews have struggled to detect their diesel-electric "foes" at sea. Over the past two years, for example, Peruvian and Chilean diesels have made life extremely tough for the U.S. in naval exercises. Nor is this new; in a joint training exercise in 2005, a Swedish AIPoutfitted Götland-class sub scored a "strike" on the carrier Ronald Reagan. And, most famously, in 2006 a Chinese Song-class diesel submarine surfaced undetected within striking distance of the carrier Kitty Hawk off Japanese waters. Building diesel submarines in the U.S. has other advantages as well. There is a growing global market for diesel submarines among allies and partners and it's work U.S. shipyards certainly could use. In addition, having diesels in the fleet provides an in-house

training tool for anti-submarine warfare efforts against other nations' diesels. It is useful to remember that Russia and China have successfully incorporated both diesel and nuclear submarines into their force structure. Of course, the U.S. Navy has been dead set against building anything but nuclear-powered submarines for a half-century now. Indeed, one reason the offer of a sale of eight diesel submarines to Taiwan made by President George W. Bush in 2001 has never gotten off the ground is because the Navy brass has feared that any diesel construction in the U.S., even if strictly for foreign sales, might open the door to Congress asking, "Why not for our own fleet?" In addition to the decades-old, Rickover-induced inertia, the new excuse for not building diesels is the claim that the missions that diesels might usefully perform can be handled with unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs). Why build a new class of submarine when UUVs attached to nuclear submarines can carry out those tasks? But while UUVs are a promising idea, "promising" is the key here. Significant questions pertaining to

speed, payload, sensors and communication remain. In what was billed as Defense Secretary Robert Gates' valedictory policy speech at the American Enterprise Institute on May 24, he noted that "more and more money is consumed by fewer and fewer platforms," and that, in the future, the department's "guiding principle … must be to develop technology and field weapons that are affordable, versatile, and relevant to the most likely and lethal threats in the decades to come." That's a spot-on assessment as to why the U.S. Navy needs diesel submarines. Gary Schmitt is a resident scholar and the Director of Advanced Strategic Studies at AEI. Richard Cleary is a research assistant at AEI. U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Adam M. Bennett 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 the FAQ at Five Filters featured article: Ten Years Of Media Lens - Our Problem With Mainstream Dissidents.

Correction: Obit-Windham (AP)
(Yahoo! News: Obituaries)
Submitted at 6/13/2011 11:40:33 AM

AP - In a June 12 obituary about Kathryn Tucker Windham, The Associated Press erroneously

reported that she had two children. Windham had three children: Two daughters, one of

whom preceded her in death, and a son.



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The Missionary Position By Molly Worthen
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Smith was a charismatic prophet who commanded his followers to accept new scriptures and Submitted at 6/13/2011 9:01:38 AM doctrines, like polygamous When Joseph Smith, the religious marriage and baptism of the dead, genius and sometime-treasure distinguishing the Mormon faith hunter who founded the Mormon from mainstream Christianity. faith, announced in 1844 that he Romney and Huntsman, by was running for president of the contrast, appear to be respectable United States, international affairs and rule-bound to a fault. were not his top priority. In a Both have distanced themselves pamphlet outlining his campaign from the Church of Jesus Christ of platform, Smith quoted James L a t t e r - d a y S a i n t s ' m o r e Madison's inaugural address i d i o s y n c r a t i c b e l i e f s , a n d declaring that he would "cherish Huntsman has implied that he is peace and friendly intercourse no longer devout. Yet their with all nations." But he never got domestic records and approaches the chance to elaborate on his to politics speak volumes about foreign policy: Later that year, the Mormon worldview and what while Smith was in jail awaiting a Mormon president might mean trial on charges that he had for U.S. foreign policy. Despite ordered the destruction of an anti- the partisan rhetoric that the Mormon newspaper, a mob of campaign trail may require, they armed men stormed his cell and are realists whose international fatally shot him as he jumped out e x p e r i e n c e a n d i n s t i n c t i v e of the window. prudence would rein in their On the face of it, the Mormons commitment to any ideological angling for the White House in grand strategy. 2012 could hardly be more Smith's risky and mercurial different from the founder of their behavior -- and the conspiracy faith. Where Smith turned to seer theories of today's most famous stones and wildcat banking Mormon guru, Glenn Beck -- are schemes to raise money, Mitt exceptions in the church's history Romney and Jon Huntsman are and culture, not the rule. The early paragons of fiscal caution and big Latter-day Saints (so called -business capitalism -- one a self- because they believe that Smith made millionaire, the other an heir restored the true church in the to a billionaire's chemical fortune. "latter days," the last era before

the Second Coming of Christ) did not build a self-sustaining empire in the Salt Lake Valley without a fair dose of caution and business sense. Some historians argue that Smith's schemes were more pragmatic than they seem: His church's survival and subsequent thriving suggest he did something right. In part, Mormons have prospered by adapting their beliefs to changing times. When doctrines like polygamous marriage and the prohibition against blacks in the Mormon priesthood became politically untenable, the LDS church denounced them: New revelations indicated God had changed his mind. Mormons' talent for careful planning and flexible strategy has contributed to the rapid growth of their church around the globe and the expanding influence of Mormons in the corridors of Washington and the business world. 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 the FAQ at Five Filters featured article: Ten Years Of Media Lens - Our Problem With Mainstream Dissidents.

In fact, a Palestinian statehood resolution will almost certainly wound the United Nations, perhaps gravely, just as for many Americans "Zionism is racism" delegitimized not Israel but the U.N. itself. Perhaps that risk will awaken our excessively multilateralist administration to the dangers of acquiescing in the Palestinian proposal. Does Obama believe that further discrediting the U.N. is really in our interest? If, however, he continues to be the most anti-Israel president since 1948, then others will have to act. Congress could adopt legislation cutting off American contributions to the U.N. if the Palestinian resolution is adopted, which might persuade statehood advocates to back down. In any

event, there will be fireworks this autumn over Turtle Bay, but no real harm as long as we remember that, in the end, it's just entertainment. John R. Bolton is a senior fellow at AEI. UN Photo/John Isaac 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 the FAQ at Five Filters featured article: Ten Years Of Media Lens - Our Problem With Mainstream Dissidents.

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we should consider whether the world we are headed for-featuring numerous monopolies of power in the government regulating dependent economic monopolies in the private sector, with little in the way of democratic accountability-is likely to be better than the one we inherited. This article is a preview of Christopher DeMuth's 2011 John M. Templeton Jr. Lecture on Economic Liberties and the Constitution, to be delivered at the National Constitution Center at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. The public is invited to the free discussion, which will include Michael L. Wachter, Penn professor of law

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Roubini Eyes "Perfect Storm" and Bond Market Revolt; German Central Bank Says Greek Default Would Not Destabilize the Euro; Time to Short Treasuries? (Michael Shedlock) (Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis)
Submitted at 6/12/2011 1:59:00 PM

In a radical departure from the viewpoint of Jean-Claude Trichet, the president of the German central banks says Greek Default Would Not Destabilize the Euro Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann raised the pressure on governments to agree to a Greek bailout without the European Central Bank taking part in easing the country’s debt burden, saying the euro can withstand a default. Weidmann said the ECB was unwilling to turn its emergency bond-buying program into a “lasting institution” and that Greece’s implementation of austerity measures and asset sales was crucial to securing the handout to prevent a default. He spoke in an interview with German newspaper Welt am Sonntag. “If the commitments are not met, that cancels the basis for further funds from the aid package,” Weidmann told the newspaper. “This would be Greece’s decision, and the country then would have to bear the surely dramatic economic consequences of a default. I don’t think this would be sensible, and it would surely put partner countries in a difficult

situation. But the euro would even in this case remain stable.” Weidmann’s depiction of a default as a liveable outcome contrasts with warnings from fellow ECB officials Lorenzo Bini Smaghi and Christian Noyer, as well as European Union Economic and Monetary Affairs Commissioner Olli Rehn, who described it as a “Lehman Brothers catastrophe” last week. Zero Hedge commented on the Radical Change To ECB's Tune Translation: we now believe our banks are well enough reserved for what comes next. It also means that the rift with the ECB, which will be exposed as nearinsolvent courtesy of using Greek collateral for tens of billions of loans that will have to be impaired, is now terminal. I concur that ZH provides one possible answer, and a logical one. However, my top answer is that at long last, someone (in this case the German central bank) was stricken with an unexpected dose of common sense and recognizes a default is coming. To mitigate the damage, Weidmann may have lied about the consequences, and the preparedness of European banks. Is there any reason to believe Weidmann is attempting to do

banks which would in turn encourage lending to US borrowers, the Fed has been conducting yet another stealthy foreign bank rescue operation, which rerouted $600 billion in capital from potential borrowers to insolvent foreign financial institutions in the past 7 months. QE2 was nothing more (or less) than another European bank anything but contain the damage only increase the losses and I rescue operation! I respectfully in case Greece defaults? suggest the German central bank disagree. US banks are not I covered the prospect of lies in has come to that conclusion. lending because they are capital Politicians 'Lying Through Their US Reserves Bailing out constrained (not reserve Teeth' on Greek Aid (and European Banks? constrained), and because there Everything Else Too). The discussion on Zero Hedge are too few qualified businesses T h u s , w h i l e i t ' s p o s s i b l e regarding T he Fed's $600 Billion that want loans. European banks are prepared for Stealth Bailout Of Foreign Banks Giving more reserves to US default, it's equally possible, if not Continues At The Expense Of banks would not do a thing. As I more plausible, they are not, and The Domestic Economy, Or have pointed out on numerous that Weidmann is lying about it. Explaining Where All The QE2 occasions, lending comes first Will the Default be Orderly or Money Went is more problematic. reserves second. Disorderly? The Fed does not give money Fictional Reserve Lending A default is given. The question away, the Fed loans it. Lending Revisited now is whether that default will money to foreign banks does not Once again let's review Fictional be orderly or disorderly. If a prepare them for a Greek default. Reserve Lending And The Myth default is coming, it makes no Nor does that loan come " at the Of Excess Reserves sense to throw more money at it. e x p e n s e o f t h e d o m e s t i c Inquiring minds are reading BIS Indeed history shows the sooner e c o n o m y " a s Z e r o H e d g e Working Papers No 292, the truth is admitted the less the suggests, except in the general Unconventional monetary haircuts. sense that it fueled a liquidity policies: an appraisal. The sad reality of the matter is bubble, driving up asset prices The article addresses two t h e " T o r t u r e d B o d y W i l l and the price of food and fallacies Surrender" because Greece is gasoline. In summary, instead of Proposition #1: an expansion of Insolvent doing everything in its power to bank reserves endows banks with P r o l o n g i n g t h e a g o n y b y stimulate reserve, and thus cash, ROUBINI page 43 extending Greece more loans will accumulation at domestic (US)



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Trichet's Twisted Mind Fights the Oil Monster Alone (Michael Shedlock) (Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis)

But most importantly, this entire notion of "inflation expectations" is nonsense. It's time for a recap of Miracle of Survival and Falling Submitted at 6/13/2011 10:54:00 AM I cannot help but laugh at the Inflation Expectations. latest nonsense out of ECB Bear in mind what follows was president Jean-Claude Trichet. written in response to misguided Please consider Trichet: Need to Fed worries about deflation prevent oil-fed inflation spiral. (falling, not rising, inflation Speaking at an event organized by expectations). The same applies the London School of Economics, in either direction as I shall get to Trichet said the recent surge in in a moment, but first consider energy and commodity costs had t h i s s n i p r e g a r d i n g f a l l i n g driven the sharp increase in i n f l a t i o n e x p e c t a t i o n s . headline euro zone inflation over Miracle of Survival and Falling the last year. Inflation Expectations "In those circumstances, the Series of Questions central bank must prevent increases in the prices of raw • If your refrigerator conks out, materials from being incorporated will you buy a new one or wait 6 into the long-term inflation months to take advantage of expectations which could trigger lower prices? second round effects on wages • If the transmission on your car and prices," he said. fails will you wait 6 months to get "Unemployment at 9.9 percent of it fixed? the labor force remains much too • If your pantry is bare, will you high, and structural reforms are of wait 1 month to buy food even if the essence to make the euro area you expect food prices to drop? economy much more flexible and • If you need a new winter coat, to elevate its growth potential," he will you wait and if so, how said. Inflation Expectation Theory long? is Nonsense There is not a damn thing the The answer to that last question ECB or anyone else can do about is "Perhaps for a bit, but you will peak oil. There is nothing the not wait 3 years even if you E C B c a n d o a b o u t r a p i d l y expect prices will be even lower expanding credit in China. There 3 years from now." is nothing the ECB can do about Miracle of Survival misguided QE policies in the US. Today I received an even better

example from "Chris" who writes... Hello Mish The best argument in your “winter coat” deflation comparison is consumer electronics. Everyone knows that as soon as they buy something from the consumer electronics department the price next month will go down or the same product will be offered with more bells and whistles for the same price. Yet by some miracle Best Buy seems to survive! Thus, the next time you hear the Fed or some parrot taking about the importance of inflation expectations and how people will hold off buying stuff if they expect prices to fall, please calmly ask them how the hell Best Buy stays in business, making a huge profit on hundreds of stores, selling merchandise that will undoubtedly be lower in price in a few months. According to the incredibly silly "inflation expectations" model, Best Buy cannot possibly exist, so it must be a miracle that it not only exists, but thrives. To show that inflation expectation is nonsense in both directions please consider the following questions. Rising Inflation Expectations Questions

• If your refrigerator is working, will you buy another one out of fear prices are going up? • If you have a nice winter coat will you buy another one out of fear of rising prices? • If your freezer and pantry are full, will you buy more food with nowhere to store it? • Other than your car, do you have a place to store oil?

else, if money supply and credit are constant. Wage growth is anemic. Credit is anemic. Fears of an inflation spiral as a result of rising "inflation expectations" is nonsensical. No Winning Solution For Trichet I am not saying Trichet shouldn't hike. I am saying his explanation is piss poor. Quite frankly he is trapped in a One Size Fits Businesses may buy ahead of Germany Policy on interest rates. price increases, but no more than There are no solutions given the they have room to store raw w i d e l y v a r y i n g e c o n o m i c materials. Consumers may stock problems of Euro-Zone countries. their freezers but only at the The ultimate irony in Trichet's expense of something else they madness is he proclaims to be will then not have money to buy. worried about inflation, yet The only time people get in a promised "unlimited liquidity" at mad rush to dump currency is in 1.5%. Are we to believe a hike periods of hyperinflation or when from 1.25 to 1.5 percent will cure credit is expanding rapidly. Well the inflation problem, so much so credit is not expanding rapidly, that the ECB can continue consumers are deep in debt and offering "unlimited liquidity"? deleveraging. Apparently not, given Trichet Given constant supply of money wants to hike rates to contain the and credit, if consumers stock up "inflation expectations" of his on one thing it is a mathematical own "unlimited liquidity" policy. certainty they will have to cut Is that twisted or what? back elsewhere. Please see Confused Trichet Why Do Prices Rise? Walks Tightrope on Liquidity, P r i c e s d o n o t r i s e o u t o f Rate Hikes, Greece; Reflections expectations; prices rise out of on Unexpected Things for more increased money supply and details. credit (or supply constraints such Mike "Mish" Shedlock as peak oil). If prices rise as a h t t p : / / result of supply shocks, even peak TRICHET'S page 44 oil, prices have to fall somewhere

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additional resources to extend loans Proposition #2: There is something uniquely inflationary about bank reserves financing From the article.... The underlying premise of the first proposition is that bank reserves are needed for banks to make loans. An extreme version of this view is the text-book notion of a stable money multiplier. In fact, the level of reserves hardly figures in banks’ lending decisions. The amount of credit outstanding is determined by banks’ willingness to supply loans, based on perceived riskreturn trade-offs, and by the demand for those loans. The main exogenous constraint on the expansion of credit is minimum capital requirements. A striking recent illustration of the tenuous link between excess reserves and bank lending is the experience during the Bank of Japan’s “quantitative easing” policy in 2001-2006. Japan's Quantitative Easing Experiment click on chart for sharper image Despite significant expansions in excess reserve balances, and the associated increase in base money, during the zero-interest rate policy, lending in the Japanese banking system did not increase robustly (Figure 4). The analysis by the BIS is consistent with analysis by Australian economist Steve Keen

and Fran Shostak as noted in Fiat World Mathematical Model. The simple fact of the matter is reserves have little to do with bank lending. That aside, I certainly agree with Zero Hedge that the Fed ought not be doing all this lending to foreign banks. Rubini Eyes "Perfect Storm" Including a US Bond Market Revolt Please consider Roubini Says a ‘Perfect Storm’ May Converge on the Global Economy in 2013 A “perfect storm” of fiscal woe in the U.S., a slowdown in China, European debt restructuring and stagnation in Japan may converge on the global economy, New York University professor Nouriel Roubini said. There’s a one-in-three chance the factors will combine to stint growth from 2013, Roubini, who predicted the global financial crisis, said in a June 11 interview in Singapore. Other possible outcomes are “anemic but okay” global growth or an “optimistic” scenario in which the expansion improves. “There are already elements of fragility,” he said. “Everybody’s kicking the can down the road of too much public and private debt. The can is becoming heavier and heavier, and bigger on debt, and all these problems may come to a head by 2013 at the latest.” Bond Market ‘Revolt’ World expansion may slow in the second half of 2011 as “the

deleveraging process continues,” fiscal stimulus is withdrawn and confidence ebbs, Roubini also said. In the U.S., a failure to address the budget deficit risks a bond market “revolt,” Roubini said. “We’re still running over a trillion -dollar budget deficit this year, next year and most likely in 2013,” Roubini said in a speech in Singapore on June 11. “The risk is at some point, the bond market vigilantes are going to wake up in the U.S., like they did in Europe, pushing interest rates higher and crowding out the recovery.” In Europe, officials need to restructure the debt of Greece, Ireland and Portugal, and waiting too long may result in a “more disorderly” process, Roubini also said. Time to Short Treasuries? I discussed the possibility of a bond market revolt on June 1, in a video discussion with Aaron Task and Henry Blodget: Will the Bond Market Eventually Force Congressional Hands? In response, several people asked me if it was time to short treasuries. The answer is I don't know. In 2008, I advised against that action. In fact, I was steadfast yields would plunge. Shorts were clobbered. Now, I don't know. There may be a flight to safety trade on, or not. The market could revolt next week or two years from now. This is a big change in my position in 2008 and even 2010. 5-yr, 2-yr, and 1-yr yields all hit

new lows in October of 2010. The long-end of the curve did not follow. That was it for me on the long-end, at least for now. The bull market in treasuries is likely over. The downside is obvious, and the next major move in yields is North. If the Fed does try QE3, the bond market could revolt. Right now, until the Fed does something new, the treasury market can go either way. I see no particular edge in shorting long-term treasuries now, but that certainly does not mean buy them. 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:// account_management.html to learn more about wealth management and capital preservation strategies of Sitka Pacific.

Why You Have To Pay Attention To Silver Vs. Gold
Joe Weisenthal (Money Game)
Submitted at 6/13/2011 12:07:50 PM

Sometimes it seems frivolous to do thinks like price gold in silver or whatnot, but sometimes it's actually interesting. Remember, silver outperforms when the economy is good, because it has the embedded benefit of being an industrial metal, and that aspect of it grows when growth is strong. Gold outperforms when the economy is bad. Look at today. The market has finally gone negative, but every early on, silver was getting clocked when priced in gold, and continues to get drubbed. Keep an eye out for this "tell" Please follow Money Game on Twitter and Facebook. Join the conversation about this story »


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important -- we have to live within our means -- but the #1 issue is that we stay #1, the richest Submitted at 6/13/2011 12:17:39 PM country around, and keep Last week, I met President g r o w i n g . Obama at the White House. Unfortunately, I left without any As I've already described, at first, specific ideas about how the I was starstruck. But, eventually, I White House plans to promote recovered and starting taking growth and keep the U.S. No 1. notes. What I did hear, from President O b a m a s p e n t 1 5 m i n u t e s Obama and other speakers, was addressing about 20 reporters. the following: The message of his talk was that • This is how we're taking care of economic growth is his top the average americans who were priority, followed by addressing duped into buying mortgages they the deficit problem. couldn't afford (in part) by the How do you create growth while banks we bailed out: Elizabeth also addressing the deficit? Warren is working on a program One way is you don't worry about that will demand that businesses the deficit for now. Obama said write simple-to-read loans and that dealing with the deficit will other financial documents with come second to creating growth in " m e a n i n g f u l d i s c l o s u r e . " his priorities. So the deficit will T i m e l i n e : u n k n o w n . presumably take a back seat to more stimulus spending, provided the White House can actually get • This is how we're keeping an any additional stimulus passed. eye on rising gas prices: We're (That's Jim Roger's prediction and "decreasing dependence on gas," actually, there was a sign of said Obama. coming stimulus last week.) Austin Goolsbee, President Obama's top economist, also • This is how we're trying to spoke to us, and he hammered the balance the budget: Raising taxes growth priority home: will be the main way, as far as I The issue of the deficit is could tell. Obama said, "Taxes are

the lowest level they've been" in my lifetime.

• And this is how we're stimulating growth: Encouraging people to create more (which isn't really *stimulating* anything). Obama had a "Call to Arms" to inspire entrepreneurs, and he said that making "meaningful investments" in things like infrastructure, education, and clean energy is important. But of all the points, I was the least clear Katie Henry (PopSugar) on how the administration plans Submitted at 6/13/2011 10:17:00 AM to accomplish growth. Ryan Reynolds returned to the US yesterday after a stint in Take the White House tour > Please follow Money Game on London. He was spotted outside NYC's JFK Airport waiting for Twitter and Facebook. Join the conversation about this his car and later in the day took a stroll near his Manhattan hotel. story » Ryan's Green Lantern costar See Also: • 20 Ways The Economy Has Blake Lively was also on the East Gotten Worse Since Barack Coast over the weekend to join her boyfriend Leonardo DiCaprio Obama Became President • BEIGE BOOK OUT: Slowing for dinner at The Darby. Both Seen In Multiple Districts, Only Blake and Ryan are expected back in LA for the Wednesday Dallas Is Accelerating • Morgan Stanley: Here's 4 premiere of their action flick but Reasons The Economy Is About h a v e a m o r e p r o m o t i o n a l appearances scheduled in the Big To Re-Accelerate Apple beforehand. Ryan's joining David Letterman on tomorrow's The Late Show, while Blake will

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Ryan Reynolds in NYC Pictures

drop by the Live! With Regis & Kelly earlier in the day. Their castmate Peter Sarsgaard is holding down the fort in Hollywood and was spotted grabbing lunch with brother-inlaw Jake Gyllenhaal over the weekend. View Slideshow ›

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Who Should Head the IMF? (Michael Shedlock) (Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis)

government ministers, will announce its decision on July 8, the official said. She was speaking on condition of anonymity, in Submitted at 6/12/2011 7:48:00 PM Three candidates are touring the accordance with French judicial globe in their effort to become the policy. next head of the IMF. I believe it Questions have been raised about is a shoo-in for French finance L a g a r d e ’ s r o l e i n g e t t i n g minister Christine Lagarde but arbitration in 2008 for French two other candidates have their businessman Bernard Tapie, who hat in the ring. won $449 million as I s r a e l ' s S t a n l e y F i s c h e r compensation for the mishandling Announces Bid to Head the IMF of the sale of sportswear maker Mexico's IMF Candidate is Adidas. Agustin Carstens Lagarde has denied any Lagarde backs the ECB stance of w r o n g d o i n g . no haircuts on sovereign debt. It's She is on a world tour to support certainly the right policy if you her bid to be the next managing a r e r u n n i n g f o r t h e I M F . director of the IMF. Nominations Otherwise it's flawed. for managing director closed Note that the French court yesterday, and the body’s 24conveniently delayed a review of member executive board is to vote charges against Lagarde until after June 30. A poll in The Guardian the election. A French court has asks Would Christine Lagarde postponed a decision on whether make the best head of the IMF? 1. to open an investigation into Yes, she's got a distinguished Christine Lagarde, the country’s record finance minister and front-runner 2. No, emerging nations need t o t a k e t h e h e l m a t t h e more of a say Sadly, those are the International Monetary Fund, a only two choices the Guardian judicial official said yesterday. offers. What if someone does not The Court of Justice of the think much of Lagarde, but does Republic, a special tribunal that not want to give emerging handles legal matters involving markets more of a say?

Here is a poll with a lot more choices, including "no one". Note: The discussion above has biased my poll, but at least all the relevant answers are listed. Good Grief - I throw up a poll and it morphs into an ad. Apologies offered Online Surveys 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:// account_management.html to learn more about wealth management and capital preservation strategies of Sitka Pacific.

Alexander Skarsgård on the True Blood Set With Deborah Woll
Lindsay Miller (PopSugar)
Submitted at 6/13/2011 10:11:00 AM

Alexander Skarsgård clocked a late night on the set of True Blood in LA on Thursday before hitting Runyon Canyon with a furry friend for a hike yesterday afternoon. The actor has been back in character as the bloodsucking Eric for the last couple of months as he preps for the hit series to return to HBO on June 26. He teamed up with his costar Deborah Woll for the evening shoot, which featured a few dead bodies, and the pair were spotted sharing light moments between takes. Alexander's vampire duties prevented him from making his way to Cannes last month with his Melancholia leading lady Kirsten Dunst. She picked up the best actress honor at the cinematic

celebration, but the two will likely get a chance to reunite when the film makes its expected stateside debut this Fall. Alexander has been focusing on his physique during his downtime from the show by hitting the gym often. The actor is also a familiar face on newsstands this month since he's on the covers of both GQ and Interview. View Slideshow ›

"Spider-Man" producer Laura Ziskin dies at 61 (AP)
(Yahoo! News: Obituaries)

AP - Laura Ziskin, who produced the "Spider-Man" movie franchise

among many other hits in a 35- She was 61. year Hollywood career, has died.



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Why Microsoft Has Made Developers Horrified About Coding for Windows 8
Ars Technica (Wired Top Stories)
Submitted at 6/13/2011 10:57:00 AM

Developing for the new Windows 8 platform won't be anything like developers' past experiences, according to Microsoft. Photo courtesy of Ars Technica By Peter Bright, Ars Technica When Microsoft gave the first public demonstration of Windows 8 a week ago, the reaction from most circles was positive. The new Windows 8 user interface looks clean, attractive, and thoughtful, and in a first for a Microsoft desktop operating system, it’s finger friendly. But one aspect of the demonstration has the legions of Windows developers deeply concerned, and with good reason: they were told that all their experience, all their knowledge, and every program they have written in the past would be useless on Windows 8. Key to the new Windows 8 look and feel, and instrumental to Microsoft’s bid to make Windows a viable tablet operating system, are new-style full-screen “immersive” applications. Windows 8 will include new APIs for developing these applications, and here is where the problem lies. Having new APIs isn’t itself a concern—there’s simply never been anything like this on

Windows before, so obviously the existing Windows APIs won’t do the job—but what has many troubled is the way that Microsoft has said these APIs will be used. Three minutes and forty five seconds into this video, Microsoft Vice President Julie LarsonGreen, in charge of the Windows

Experience, briefly describes a new immersive application—a weather application—and says, specifically, that the application uses “our new developer platform, which is, uhh, it’s based on HTML5 and JavaScript.” Cue much wailing and gnashing of teeth.

Windows developers have invested a lot of time, effort, and money into the platform. Over the years, they’ve learned Win32, COM, MFC, ATL, Visual Basic 6, .NET, WinForms, Silverlight, WPF. All of these technologies were, at one time or another, instrumental in creating desktop

applications on Windows. With the exception of Visual Basic 6, all of them are still more or less supported on Windows today, and none of them can do it all; all except Visual Basic 6 and WinForms have a role to play in WHY page 47

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modern Windows development. Hearing that Windows 8 would use HTML5 and JavaScript for its new immersive applications was, therefore, more than a little disturbing to Windows developers. Such a switch means discarding two decades of knowledge and expertise of Windows development—and countless hours spent learning Microsoft’s latest-and-greatest technology—and perhaps just as importantly, it means discarding rich, capable frameworks and the powerful, enormously popular Visual Studio development environment, in favor of a far more primitive, rudimentary system with substantially inferior tools. A Justified Reaction The idea of Microsoft discarding all of that expertise seems crazy, and one might think that the developer response is an overreaction—but it’s seen as confirmation of the direction Microsoft already appears to be heading down: moving HTML5 to the foreground, in spite of its inferiority to other technology. The Windows 8 comment made by Larson-Green was shocking, yes, but seemed to be confirmation of what developers were already suspicious of. Developers aren’t willing to assume that the company is going to do right by them, because the messaging from the company has given them every reason to believe that the Larson-Green really meant what she said; if you want to use the new development platform, you’re going to have to

use HTML5 and JavaScript. The company has never exactly been good at picking a direction for its development strategy and sticking with it. Too much infighting, too many leaps aboard new technology bandwagons, and too much software that fails to adopt new paradigms. But until about a year and a half ago, it looked like things were beginning to settle down, with the combination of .NET, Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), and WPF’s Flash-like sibling, Silverlight. WPF and .NET provide a flexible, high-level, and structured approach for writing GUI applications, and Silverlight is a cut-down version of WPF that can be used as a browser plugin on both Windows and Mac OS X. Neither of these technologies was perfect—WPF has never been as fast as it should have, and Silverlight is not as cross-platform as it ought to be—but the set of products did at least represent some kind of a coherent vision for software development. WPF and .NET for big applications, Silverlight for portable ones. Hopes Dashed But then Internet Explorer 9 happened. Microsoft jumped on the HTML5 bandwagon, and that’s when things all got rather muddy. Prior to Internet Explorer 9, Silverlight had been the company’s preferred solution for developing rich cross-platform applications. The lack of broad platform support meant that Silverlight could never quite rival Flash on this front, but it was

there, and it worked well on those platforms that were supported. With Internet Explorer 9, however, Silverlight took a back seat. HTML5 became the way forward. If Silverlight were to be used at all, it should only be used for those things that HTML5 couldn’t do very well, such as streaming video. For anything else, the message was that developers should use HTML5. Microsoft did have a point. If you’re really wanting to target people on any platform, HTML5 is the way to go. For Web-facing applications that don’t have any special needs such as DRM video, HTML5 is the long-term bet. But third-party developers were deeply unhappy when this repositioning was made explicit, and they had a point too. For a developer writing an internal-use line-of-business application, one for whom depending on a browser plug-in is not a problem, Silverlight had, and still has, a lot of points in its favor. HTML5 remains true to its text mark-up heritage; its structure and semantics are still geared towards creating structured text documents, not application user interfaces. Where Silverlight programs can deal with buttons, icons, list boxes, tree views, and other interface controls, HTML5 applications must generally deal with boxes of text, with no higher -level concepts to work with. There are JavaScript libraries that attempt to bridge this gap, but they lack the capabilities and control that Silverlight offers.

Ultimately, if one were to design a framework for creating user interfaces, it would look a lot more like Silverlight than it does HTML5. Another weak area for HTML5 is tooling. Design and development tools that work with HTML5 are not as developed or as robust as those that exist for Silverlight, making HTML5 development more complicated, especially as application complexity increases. Thus far, though the company has continued to promote it as the first choice for browser-deployed applications, Microsoft has done little to address these issues with HTML5. Redmond has, however, done something with HTML5 that it has never bothered to do for either Silverlight or WPF, and that’s make it fast. Internet Explorer 9 builds on top of an API called Direct2D. This is a 2D graphics library that uses Direct3D 10 for acceleration. The Direct2D API is even lower-level than HTML5; while HTML5 pages are basically built up of text boxes, these boxes do have some “intelligence” of their own; they have layout rules, borders, backgrounds, and more. Direct2D in contrast can handle little more than curved lines (or groups of curved lines), with every aspect of layout left to the developer. And unlike the inefficient way in which WPF uses Direct3D, Internet Explorer 9 and Direct2D have been optimized and are far more efficient. With Internet Explorer 9,

Microsoft was therefore telling its developer community two things: HTML5 is the preferred technology, regardless of its suitability or desirability, and if you want high performance you can either use the low-level Direct2D from C++ directly—unpalatable—or the mid -level HTML5. If you want a high -level, purpose-built API with high performance (a version of WPF built on top of Direct2D, for example) it isn’t going to happen. The Windows 8 comment thus seems to be the culmination of Microsoft’s policy of the last few years. HTML5 was already the blessed development platform in spite of its many failings, and with Windows 8 developers were going to be faced with little alternative but to embrace these inadequate technologies if they wanted to produce new-style immersive applications. As crazy and destructive as this policy appears, it has the feeling of consistency. Internet Explorer 9 and the downplaying of Silverlight were the first step down this path; immersive applications requiring use of HTML5 are the next. Pages: 1 2 View All This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters featured article: Ten Years Of Media Lens - Our Problem WHY page 49



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Anonymous Attacks, Shutters Spanish Police Web Site
David Kravets (Wired Top Stories)
Submitted at 6/13/2011 11:14:00 AM

A Spanish policer officer shows off an Anonymous mask The web site of Spain’s federal police was hit by the hacking group Anonymous on Sunday, forcing it offline for about an hour. The distributed denial of service attack against, Anonymous said, was in retaliation for the Spanish government’s arrest of three Anonymous members accused of participating in a string of web bombardments that took down sites across the globe. “The attack is a direct response to the Friday arrests of three individuals alleged to be associated with acts of cyber civil disobedience attributed to Anonymous,” the group said in a statement. The police said the three, whose identities were not disclosed, carried out the attacks from a server based in one of the suspect’s houses in northern Spain. The Spanish police said that Anonymous was responsible for attacks on Sony, government sites in Algeria, Iran, Egypt and

Libya, in addition to two Spanish banks and an Italian energy concern. The Spanish police said it was investigating the outage of its site. Anonymous has publicly taken credit for attacks against PayPal, Visa and others because those institutions declined to transmit donations to the whistleblower site, WikiLeaks. It also declared Sony a target to protest the Japanese media concern’s lawsuit against PlayStation 3 hacker George Hotz. The police originally said Friday

the arrests were in connection to hack of Sony’s PlayStation Network, which forced the company to shutter its online gaming service for more than a month. But Reuters said the arrests were not related to the PlayStation intrusion, but allegedly involved other attacks on “ some Sony websites.” Anonyous has denied involvement in the PlayStation attack. Sony Chairman Howard Stringer said Anonymous had attacked the websites of several Sony

divisions. Another hacking collective, LulzSec has taken responsibility for penetrating servers at Sony Pictures and Sony BMG. See Also: • Cops Arrest Three Anonymous Members Allegedly Involved in Sony Hack • Anonymous Hacks Security Firm Investigating It; Releases Email • PlayStation Network Hack: Who Did It? • Group Posts E-Mail Hacked From Palin Account — Update • Palin Hacker Group’s All-Time Greatest Hits • LulzSec Claims Another Sony Hack • Sony Settles PlayStation Hacking Lawsuit • How One Man Tracked Down Anonymous — And Paid a Heavy Price 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 the FAQ at Five Filters featured article: Ten Years Of Media Lens - Our Problem With Mainstream Dissidents.

Teen brains predict song popularity
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Submitted at 6/13/2011 12:27:00 PM

The brain activity of teens, recorded while they are listening to new songs, may help predict a tune’s popularity. The finding suggests it may be possible to use brain responses from a group of people to predict cultural phenomenon across a population—even in people who are not actually scanned. “It’s not quite a hit predictor,” says Gregory Berns, a neuroeconomist at Emory University, “but we did find a significant correlation between the brain responses in this group of adolescents and the number of songs that were ultimately sold.” Full story at Futurity. More research news from top universities. Photo credit: Emory University Permalink| Leave a comment »

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Entering the Stretch Run of Ultramarathon Training
Simon Wheatcroft (Wired Top Stories)
Submitted at 6/13/2011 12:00:00 PM

Editor’s note: This is the seventh installment in a series of guest blog posts by Simon Wheatcroft, who is training for a 100-mile ultramarathon later this month, despite being legally blind for the past 11 years. For further timely updates on his progress, please follow Simon on Twitter or check out Adapting to Going Blind and Blind100. As I start my taper and the runs become unusually short, I can’t help but reflect on how far I have come physically and mentally. Physically, I have hit some fantastic milestones during my months of training. Breaking marathon distance on a weekend run was certainly monumental. Running a minimum of one marathon a week seems so strange and sounds like an enormous distance when you think about it. My next major milestone was the

30-mile mark. In many ways, surpassing marathon distance was both a physical and psychological milestone. That 26.2-mile distance just sticks in your head as some sort of finite distance. It’s the distance most people talk about. Inevitably, the talk eventually leads to how tough it is to run that distance. The constant reinforcement of this idea made breaking that milestone a strange one. As soon as I would fatigue slightly, I’d go Ahhhhh, it’s because I’m at marathon distance, while somehow totally ignoring the fact I had not drank enough water and/or forgotten to eat. That mental block of moving past the marathon distance was important to realize and break down. Being able to comfortably run 30 miles smashed this thought process, although “comfortably” is an extremely generous word for my first ever 30-mile run. It hit me hard and I fatigued heavily around mile 27. However, three

weeks later I had shaved 40 minutes off my first 30-mile run and it now seemed wholly manageable. As long as I hit the right levels of hydration and fueling, the distance no longer seemed to matter. In fact, I now feel more comfortable at 30 miles than I ever did at six miles.

remarkable leap. Being able to concentrate on the nuances needed to run — even when fatigued — has put me in great shape to attempt the 100-mile run in 11 days’ time. With less than two weeks until I approach the starting line of the Cotswold Ultra 100, the hardest training is behind me and it’s time to finalize my nutrition plan, engage that positive thinking and maybe relax a little. That is, if I can find the time. Photo: Flickr/ seanvenn, CC 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 the FAQ at mental state is where the only/faq.php#publishers. Five biggest difference has been made. Filters featured article: Ten Years Being blind and still training Of Media Lens - Our Problem alone has allowed me to push my With Mainstream Dissidents. mental limits further than I ever could have imagined. During the past year, I have gone from running one to two miles solo to 30. That, speaking for myself, is a

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(Woot! - One Day, One Deal)
Submitted at 6/13/2011 9:00:00 AM

It's going to be a lonnng week (especially if you're a Mavs fan who stayed up late) so why don't

we ease into things slowly? Here's a little low-impact technological magic that combines quality timing and slight of hand with, well, iPods. I personally think this sort of

magic might be a little more impressive than just the plain old fashioned kind, because not only did the magician have to learn the physical skills, he also had to figure out iPod programming.

What's your take on it? Is this the new direction of magic or an abhorrent abomination destroying the art?



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Iceland crowdsourcing constitution
(Holy Kaw!)
Submitted at 6/13/2011 11:58:00 AM

Beyoncé Knowles Landing at the Airport in Nice, France
Lindsay Miller (PopSugar)
Submitted at 6/13/2011 10:04:00 AM

Iceland’s Constitutional Council wants input from the country’s residents on a new governing document and the group has turned to social media for help with facilitating the public’s feedback. The council published a draft of the current working document online and has asked for input on amendment suggestions through Facebook, YouTube, Flickr, and Twitter. The government officials also broadcast their weekly meetings live on Facebook, a move applauded by many for encouraging transparent government. “I would like to express my

profound awe, gratitude, and example.” jealousy toward the awesome A final draft of Iceland’s new transparency and collective constitution will come out by the national effort that the people and end of June. leaders of Iceland are showcasing Full story at Mashable. i n t h i s f a n t a s t i c p r o c e s s , ” All the top Iceland news. commented one Facebook user. Permalink| Leave a comment » “The world can only hope that our leaders look to Iceland as an

Beyoncé Knowles landed at the airport in Nice yesterday in a white blazer, shades, and a chic straw hat. The singer, who was accompanied by a bodyguard, is looking forward to the release of her album 4 on June 28. The title track, which features Kanye West and Andre 3000, hit the Web last week, hot on the heels of her new video for "Run the World (Girls)." B has been promoting the upcoming CD since May, taking the stage at the finale of American Idol, and rocking the Billboard Music Awards. This was Beyoncé's latest trip to France after she and her husband, Jay-Z, spent a romantic week in Paris during April to mark their anniversary and hang out with

their adorable nephew. In a few more weekend, Beyoncé is set to perform elsewhere in Europe at Glastonbury in England. Beyoncé is on the cover of Dazed and Confused magazine's July issue, and told the magazine she's now focused on taking risks and pushing her boundaries but is nonetheless nervous for the live show. View Slideshow ›

Google Adds Copy-and-Paste Picture Insertion to Gmail [In Brief]
Whitson Gordon (Lifehacker)
Submitted at 6/13/2011 9:55:00 AM

Gmail added drag-and-drop image insertion last year, but

they've pumped up Gmail's image -sharing features even more today by adding clipboard support. Now, if you've copied an image right into Gmail's Compose from somewhere, you can paste it

window to send it. This currently only works in Google Chrome, though Google says they hope to add it to other browsers soon. [ Official Gmail Blog] More »

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These Are the Most Common Lockscreen PINs (and You Should Avoid Using Them) [In Brief]
Adam Pash (Lifehacker)
Submitted at 6/13/2011 9:45:00 AM

Watercooler: The Juicy Appeal of Food Network Star's Bobby Flay
Damian Holbrook ( Breaking News)
Submitted at 6/13/2011 11:02:00 AM

iPhone developer Daniel Amitay anonymously recorded and analyzed passcodes of users of his Big Brother Camera Security iPhone app, resulting in an 0000, 2580, 1111, 5555, 5683 interesting list of the ten most (spells LOVE), 0852, 2222, 1212, common passcodes, which, in 1998. More » order of popularity, include 1234,

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Use a White Noise Ringtone to Find Your Lost Cellphone Faster [Cellphones]
Java-Princess (Lifehacker)
Submitted at 6/13/2011 9:30:00 AM Submitted at 6/13/2011 5:00:00 AM

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We've featured numerous ways to call your lost phone so you can find it, but reader Java-Princess lets us know that a white noise ringtone on the other end will make it even easier to find. More »

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Bobby Flay Let's face it, some reality-show judges are sweet, others are sour. And Bobby Flay? That dude is savory. Last night, the Food Network Star host and main judge brought another serving of scary to the table as the remaining 14 hopefuls tried once again to turn his frown upside down. Yet there was no satisfying Flay. Whether it was Orchid's canned oysters or preverbal Justin's on-camera bungle, Chef F had no shortage of disses to hand out, usually paired with a side of eye rolls, annoyed questions or, worse than anything else, disdainful silence. Think of him as the Simon Cowell of the spice rack. It's a startling change after a season of fawning nonsense on Idol and the "up with people!" input from The Voice crew. Not that we're asking for Adam Levine or Xtina to hurl unwarranted insults at their wannabes, but a little critical thinking would be nice. Maybe they could take a break from bickering with each other to watch some FNS and pick up

some tips. Because even though Flay may be tough, his salty disposition makes for some tasty TV. What do you think? Is Flay too mean? 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 the FAQ at Five Filters featured article: Ten Years Of Media Lens - Our Problem With Mainstream Dissidents.



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More Syrians waiting to cross Turkey border
Submitted at 6/13/2011 11:06:01 AM

spoke out on Monday, saying troops had begun fighting among themselves in the midst of the Reports say hundreds of Syrians military operation. have been gathering on the "The troops are divided. Four northern border with Turkey, tanks defected and they began to preparing to cross over if the fire on one another," the AFP Syrian army advances further into news agency quoted 35-year-old t h e a r e a a f t e r s e i z i n g t h e Abdullah as saying. rebellious town of Jisr alHe fled Jisr al-Shughur on Shughour. Sunday and crossed the border Syrian security forces announced into Turkey in order to find food. on Sunday they had retaken Jisr al "When they started to fire on each -Shughur after army troops, other, I decided to flee," he told backed by helicopter gunships and AFP. tanks, moved into the northern Abdullah, who like many other town. refugees would only give his first Almost 7,000 Syrians have so far name, said that troops had crossed the border with Turkey to pounded Jisr al-Shughur with escape violence, and an estimated heavy gunfire at the start of the 10,000 more are waiting for the assault. opportunity to cross. Al Jazeera correspondent Anita The refugees are making use of McNaught reports from the unofficial border crossings. Turkey-Syria border spoke to Witnesses said those still in Syria people inside the camp in Turkey. had taken shelter among trees A man saw two military near the border since forces helicopters hovering over the moved into the northwestern town and there were reports of province of Idlib. indiscriminate shooting. The uprising, now in its third Al Jazeera smuggled a camera month, seeks an end to Bashar al- inside the camp and an eyewitness Assad's one-party rule, more account gave this statment. political freedom and an end to " W e w e r e b e s i e g e d i n J i s r corruption and poverty yesterday, we couldn't leave. They 'Troops divided' shot at everyone, I was shot in the Some residents of northern Syria chest, My cousin who was with who have fled the army assault me died.

"They cut our electricity, water, we were left with nothing that is why we came to the Turkey borders. State television said army units fought "armed groups" on Sunday, but residents and activists said troops had clashed with mutinous soldiers defending the town alongside residents. "Army divisions entered Jisr alShughur and purged the state hospital of armed groups," the television said. "Two members of the armed organisations were killed, large numbers of them arrested, and lethal weapons in their possession were seized." Erdogan's stand On the diplomatic front, a spokesman for David Cameron, the British prime minister, said on Monday that Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish leader, had expressed support on Monday for Britain's efforts to put pressure on Syria at the UN Security Council. "Prime Minister Erdogan welcomed the UK's efforts to put pressure on the regime through a Security Council resolution and they agreed that Britain and Turkey should work hand in hand to achieve this," the spokesman said. He said the two leaders noted that

"the situation had deteriorated markedly in the last week and agreeing that the violence was a cause of deep concern. "They agreed on the importance of international unity in response to a crisis that is increasingly dangerous for the Syrian people and the region." The crackdown and the resultant misery have heaped on civilians trapped in the ongoing violence have been globally condemned. The White House accused the Syrian government on Saturday of creating a humanitarian crisis and urged it to halt its crackdown on civilians and give the Red Cross immediate, unfettered access to the country's northern region. "Syrian leaders have no excuse for denying humanitarian assistance by a neutral body like the ICRC," the White House said. "If Syria's leaders fail to provide this access, they will once again be showing contempt for the dignity of the Syrian people." Jisr al-Shughur siege Human-rights groups say Syrian security forces have killed more than 1,300 civilians in bloody efforts to suppress the antigovernment demonstrations. Some residents of Jisr al-Shughur who fled to Turkey have told the Associated Press that thousands of

young men, including soldiers and police who switched sides and joined the uprising against Assad, had armed themselves and planted dynamite at the town entrances. Troops and tanks had laid siege to Jisr al-Shughur after authorities said the would retaliate against the reported killings of 120 security personnel last week. Syria's state television reported on June 6 that security personnel had been killed in an ambush, but refugees and rights groups said the dead were mutinous soldiers, shot for refusing to fire on civilian protesters. Reports said troops removed 10 uniformed bodies from a mass grave in front of the military police building on Sunday. At least four of the bodies were beheaded or struck on the head with an axe, according to an AP reporter who was invited to accompany the Syrian forces. 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 the FAQ at Five Filters featured article: Ten Years Of Media Lens - Our Problem With Mainstream Dissidents.

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Lebanese PM announces new cabinet
Submitted at 6/13/2011 9:25:31 AM

New government announced by PM Najib Mikati nearly five months after he was named to form a cabinet [Reuters] Lebanon's prime minister has announced a new cabinet, dominated by allies of Hezbollah, five months after the party and its allies brought down the government. Najib Mikati's cabinet, unveiled on Monday, gives Hezbollah and its allies 16 of the 30 seats. In the previous government, they had 10 seats. The cabinet still must be formally presented to parliament for a vote of confidence. Mikati was appointed to form a government after Hezbollah and its allies toppled Saad al-Hariri's coalition in January over a dispute involving the UN-backed tribunal investigating the assassination of Rafiq al-Hariri, Saad's father. "Let us go to work immediately according to the principles and basis that we have affirmed our commitment to several times, namely defending Lebanon's sovereignty and its independence and liberating land that remains under the occupation of the Israeli enemy," Mikati said. Talal Arslan, a Druze politician who was appointed as minister of state resigned within hours of the announcement due to dissatisfaction over his post. "I cannot participate in a

government in which Najib Mikati says the Druze do not have the right to demand a key ministry," Arslan said at a televised news conference. Political sources said Mikati could easily replace Arslan, who had been demanding the Defence Ministry portfolio. Arslan said he would not support a vote of confidence in the government at a parliamentary session, but Hezbollah and its allies still have enough votes for the government to be approved. Political wrangling had held up

the formation of the cabinet, including disagreements over sensitive posts. Move welcomed Al Jazeera's Rula Amin, reporting from Beirut, said that this move solves some of Lebanon's problems. "This country, without a government, was barely functioning," she said. "Mikati told the Lebanese people that they shouldn't judge him by the names of the new cabinet, but rather by their future actions." "This country is a close neighbour of Syria where there are troubles,

and many people fear that the crisis could spill over - some people are hoping that forming a new government will help to face some challenges." Mohammed Safadi, the former economy minister, was named finance minister and will need to improve Lebanon's growth outlook which was driven down by the political stalemate. Fayez Ghusn was named defence minister and Marwan Charbel as the interior minister. Nicolas Sehnawi was given the telecommunications portfolio, a

post ridden with controversy due to disagreements over privatising the sector. Hariri, who is supported by the West and Saudi Arabia, has refused to join Mikati's government. Tribunal controversy A main aim of the government will be to agree on a unified stand to face indictments by the tribunal expected to implicate members of Hezbollah in the 2005 killing of Hariri. The group denies any link LEBANESE page 54


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Bahrain medics on trial over protests
Submitted at 6/13/2011 4:04:42 AM

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scene of anti-government protests during the unrest that began in February. "/> "The hospital became politicised. Bahrain has begun the trials of 48 And then in the middle of March medical professionals accused of it became militarised in the a t t e m p t i n g t o t o p p l e t h e military crackdown," Michalski monarchy. said. Those on trial include some of "The net effect of this, including the country's top surgeons, the detention of the doctors and accused of supporting weeks of the medical personnel, the net pro-democracy protests in the effect for the patient is some country. patients are very fearful, and they It is the latest trial at a special don't know where to go when they security tribunal set up by are sick and injured, [or] if they Bahrain's rulers amid a far- are injured in these protests." r e a c h i n g c r a c k d o w n i n t h e Michalski said wounded patients kingdom, which is home to the should be entitled to treatment, US Navy's 5th Fleet. regardless of "what side" they Human rights organisations have were on. condemned the trials, saying the "Medical personnel should be staff are being hounded for allowed to deliver that treatment treating hundreds of wounded in an impartial manner," he said. protesters. Bahrain is ruled and dominated Speaking to Al Jazeera, David by a Sunni minority, Bahrain has Michalski, of Medecins Sans a Shia majority population. Frontiers, said the move had far- T e n s i o n b e t w e e n t h e t w o r e a c h i n g c o n s e q u e n c e s f o r communities has been festering patients in Bahrain. for years. Salmaniya Hospital, Bahrain's To balance the population, the main state-run hospital, was the government is accused of granting

to the attack. Mikati, who says he is politically neutral, said the Lebanese government would seek to maintain positive ties with all Arab countries. thousands of citizenships to Sunni The Syrian president, Bashar alworkers. Assad, who has been fighting a Bahrain, a US ally that hosts the popular revolt against his 11-year US Navy's Fifth Fleet, called in rule, telephoned Mikati to troops from its fellow Sunni-led congratulate him, Lebanese media Gulf neighbour Saudi Arabia to said. help it crush the pro-democracy Syria is a strong ally of protests in March. Hezbollah, the main player in the The kingdom's rulers blamed political coalition which helped sectarianism and Iran's bring Mikati to power in January. manipulation of the protests. "This government is committed to The country's Sunni leaders, however, lifted military-run emergency laws in June 1 in a bid for talks with Shia groups and other opposition factions. But Shia leaders insist that authorities must ease security pressures and protest-linked trials before dialogue can occur. This entry passed through the Consumer Reports News (Consumer Reports) Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it Submitted at 6/13/2011 9:59:59 AM on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Selling It: Well, that explains it only/faq.php#publishers. Five You can bet the Fee Fee Fee Fee Filters featured article: Ten Years is twice as high. S u b m i s s i o n s : Of Media Lens - Our Problem or With Mainstream Dissidents. Selling It, Consumer Reports, 101 Truman Ave., Yonkers, NY 10703 Subscribe now! S u b s c r i b e t o for expert

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Shocking Twists Coming Up on Entourage
Carita Rizzo ( Breaking News)
Submitted at 6/13/2011 10:10:00 AM

Jeremy Piven With Ari Gold ( Jeremy Piven) wife-less and perhaps already back on the singles market, is a reunion with ex-girlfriend and movie exec Dana Gordon just a matter of time? "What happens with us is what I think fans have been hoping would happen at some point," Constance Zimmer, who plays the "female Ari," tells TV Guide Magazine. "It could be a little raunchy!" At the 22nd Annual Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation's 'A Time for Heroes' carnival on June 12, Zimmer revealed that in the eighth and final season, all of the characters will be exploring territory we haven't witnessed before. "[They] dive very deep into their inner cores of who they are as people, which we haven't been able to see," she says. "We've seen a lot about the work and the industry, and this is about what these people are deep down and what

"There's one [surprise] in the second episode. And then there's one in the second to last. And there's one in the third episode having to do with me." And when all is said and done, the last season will leave the doors open for that much talked about feature film. "It definitely ends in a way where you're going to see all of the characters, and wonder, 'now what happens?!'" says Zimmer, adding that the movie seems like more than just a possibility. "Now that we've gotten to this place in their lives, you're definitely going to want to see more." they've been missing in their The new season of Entourage premieres July 24 on HBO. lives." The season, which includes guest Subscribe to TV Guide Magazine stars like Bobby Flay"stirring up a now! little bit of trouble" for Ari and This entry passed through the Dana and Andrew Dice Clay Full-Text RSS service — if this is interacting with Drama, will also your content and you're reading it include shocking twists that on someone else's site, please read c a u g h t Z i m m e r o f f g u a r d . the FAQ at"There's a huge surprise that only/faq.php#publishers. Five happens. When I read it I was Filters featured article: Ten Years like, 'Oh my God! I did not see Of Media Lens - Our Problem that coming,'" she tells us. With Mainstream Dissidents.

Gene Simmons and Shannon Tweed Display Unraveling Relationship on 'Today' (VIDEO)
Nick Zaino (AOL TV)

Simmons said, fiddling with his collar. Tweed looked angry to be Submitted at 6/13/2011 8:15:00 AM there. Hoda Kotb asked Simmons Filed under: TV Replay Kathie about his assertion that he didn't Lee Gifford asked Gene Simmons know the women except from that Monday on'Today'(weekdays, photo. "Please," said Tweed. 7AM on NBC) if he were in "deep "What he means is he didn't know pooky." There are all sorts of their names." slang definitions for that word, Tweed said the relationship has and we're assuming Gifford did pretty much unraveled, but in the not mean Garfield's beloved bear. interest of the upcoming season But Simmons is in deep trouble, if of'Gene Simmons Family Jewels' his longtime partner Shannon which details the situation, she Tweed's responses in Monday's didn't want to say too much. "I interview are any indication. don't want to give away The interview centered around everything," she said, "but it's not Simmons' infidelities, starting looking great." with a photo of him with other Permalink| Email this| Linking women. "Oh, kill me now," Blogs| Comments



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ABC Announces Bachelor Pad 2 Cast; Confirms Jake-Vienna Reunion
Rich Juzwiak ( Breaking News)
Submitted at 6/13/2011 11:04:00 AM

Jake Pavelka and Vienna Girardi As expected, Jake Pavelka and Vienna Girardi, who fell in love on Season 14 of The Bachelor and then fell out on the season's reunion, will share the screen once again on Season 2 of Bachelor spin-off Bachelor Pad. Stirring the drama further, Girardi's current flame, Kasey Kahl of The Bachelorette Season 6, also has been cast. Bachelor's Chris Harrison: "You just saw Jake for who he is" Via Entertainment Weekly, ABC has announced the 18 Bachelor alums who'll live together, bicker and compete in the upcoming season of the challenge show. They are: Gia Allemand( The Bachelor, Season 14) Graham Bunn ( The Bachelorette, Season 4)

Kirk Dewindt ( The Bachelorette, Season 6) Holly Durst ( The Bachelor, Season 12) Vienna Girardi ( The Bachelor, Season 14) Jackie Gordon ( The Bachelor, Season 15) Kasey Kahl ( The Bachelorette, Season 6)

Michelle Money ( The Bachelor, Season 15) Ella Nolan ( The Bachelor, Season 14) Jake Pavelka ( The Bachelor, Season 14) Justin "Rated-R" Rego( The Bachelorette, Season 6) Erica Rose( The Bachelor, Season 9)

Melissa Schreiber ( The Bachelor, Season 15) Michael Stagliano ( The Bachelorette, Season 5) Alli Travis ( The Bachelor, Season 15) Additionally, three as-yetunrevealed contestants from the current season of The Bachelorette will appear. The second season of Bachleor Pad kicks off with a two-hour premiere Monday, Aug. 8 at 8/7c on ABC. Check out the video to hear Bachelor vets explain why they thought they should be cast on this season of Bachelor Pad: 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 the FAQ at Five Filters featured article: Ten Years Of Media Lens - Our Problem With Mainstream Dissidents.

'CSI' Is the Most -Watched Show In the World
Jean Bentley (AOL TV)
Submitted at 6/13/2011 7:30:00 AM

It appears the inability to change the channel during daylong procedural cable marathons isn't just an American phenomenon -how else can you explain the news that'CSI: Crime Scene Investigation' is the number one most-watched TV show in the entire world? For the third time in the past four years, 'CSI' received the International Television Audience Award for a Drama TV Series at the Monte Carlo TV Festival, Zap2It reports. That means the CBS series had the highest ratings across five continents and 68 countries in 2010 for an astounding 73.8 million viewers, according to Eurodata TV Worldwaide statistics. Permalink| Email this| Linking Blogs| Comments

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Debt Collectors Out To Prove They Are Not All Zombie Bullies Who Want To Eat Your Face
First, an industry group set up, an informational website awash in Submitted at 6/13/2011 11:43:18 AM soothing colors and stock photos For decades, U.S. debt collectors of happy families. While the site have plied their trade under the does have links to governmental watchful but lazy eye of the and public groups that can offer Federal Trade Commission, which real assistance, it is interesting has the authority to go after the that its "file a complaint" link worst of the bunch but can't create does not go to the FTC but to the n e w r u l e s g o v e r n i n g t h e s e industry group's website. businesses. But later this summer, Meanwhile, lobbyists for the debt collectors will come under collections industry are rising up the supervision of the new out of the Potomac River and Consumer Financial Protection lurching toward Capitol Hill to Bureau... and that scares them, push for changes it says everyone especially after complaints about will benefit from. Nick Zaino (AOL TV) me," joked White. debt collectors jumped 17% last You can see the industry's key Roberts couldn't help but bring year to 140,036. Submitted at 6/13/2011 7:20:00 AM lobbying positions here [PDF], up the last time White was on So folks in the collections biz are but here are a few highlights: Filed under: TV Previews, TV 'GMA,' when she was hitting on undertaking both policy and * A federal statute of limitations: Replay Betty White stopped host George Stephanopoulos. publicity efforts to show the Rather than each state having its b y ' G o o d M o r n i n g "Oh, yeah, I'll hit on almost government and citizens that it's own statute of limitations on the America'(weekdays, 7AM on anybody," said White. "Maybe really only a few bad apples who amount of time collectors can use ABC) to preview the new season even Don Rickles." are harassing you through your litigation to collect a debt, the of'Hot In Cleveland,' and got a White also mentioned that Facebook friends, pretending to industry is proposing a 7-year little dreamy-eyed talking about 'Cleveland' will visit Amish be law enforcement officers, statute that would be standard in some of the upcoming guest stars, country in one episode, which setting up fake courtrooms, or all states. especially John Mahoney. She features White's character Elka on threatening to shoot and eat your * Allow the use of cellphone also mentioned that Don Rickles the lam, using only her flirting dog. numbers, e-mail or text: Current and Carl Reiner will be making skills to stay one step ahead of the guest appearances, prompting host law. Robin Roberts to call her a name- Permalink| Email this| Linking dropper. "I know what's good for Blogs| Comments
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Betty White Previews New 'Hot In Cleveland' Season, Will Hit on 'Almost Anybody' (VIDEO)

rules strongly limit the use of newer technology for contacting consumers. The collections industry argues that many people have replaced their landlines with cellphones, and that texting or emailing is a much more efficient way of reaching people. * Voicemail: Collections agents often say too much when leaving a voicemail, or say absolutely nothing at all. The industry is asking for standardized language for its agents to use when leaving a voicemail message that would not violate any laws or do damage to a consumer's privacy. Debt Collectors Ask to Be Paid a Little Respect[NY Times] Thanks to Alexa for the tip! 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 the FAQ at Five Filters featured article: Ten Years Of Media Lens - Our Problem With Mainstream Dissidents.



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Silo 42” 1080p LCD HDTV
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Submitted at 6/13/2011 12:00:18 AM

Alone Time A beautiful sunrise on an empty beach. Something you’ll probably never ever get to see. Let’s be honest with ourselves, okay? Only two kinds of people ever get to see an empty beach: super rich film producers and Jim Cantore. And you’re never going to be able to hire armed guards to clear the area nor will you report on a hurricane at ground zero, so why even bother? Instead, just get a Silo 42” 1080p LCD HDTV and pop in some romantic comedy or maybe The Best Of The Weather Channel, close the curtains… and dream. In 1080p, the peaceful sunrise will look so good, you’ll think it’s right there in front of your. And a 42” screen at 1920x1080? Hey, it might as well be a window in your summmer cottage, right? Because the Silo 42” 1080p LCD HDTV offers HD color which will be pretty much exactly what you would see if you were on that beach by yourself. Or at least, you’ll assume it’s what you’d be seeing. And anyway, if you’re wrong, you won’t ever know. You’re never ever ever getting a chance to be there.

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Women get more annoyed than men with aspects of bad customer service
Consumer Reports News (Consumer Reports)
Submitted at 6/13/2011 9:29:59 AM

Diners and Employees at Marie Callender's Restaurants Abruptly Kicked Out
Paul Eng (The Consumerist)
Submitted at 6/13/2011 12:15:00 PM

tried to sell them an extra feature or something unrelated to their reason for calling: • 50 percent of men• 42 percent of women Some things that annoyed men and women pretty much equally included having to wait on hold 2. Annoyed at not being able to forever, and while enduring that get a human being on the phone. wait listening to the same ad or message played over and over • 75 percent of women• 67 a g a i n . T h e s a m e w e n t f o r repetitive music. percent of men What's your top gripe about crummy customer service? 3. When a person does eventually For more about what both men come on the line, they don’t’ and women hate about bad seem sorry that they can’t fix the customer service check out the full story, What’s wrong with problem. customer service? Subscribe now! S u b s c r i b e t o • 50 percent of women• 42 for expert percent of men Ratings, buying advice and reliability on hundreds of The one category where men’s products. Update your feed levels of annoyance went above preferences and beyond women’s? When the person on the other end of the line

Women get more annoyed than men with aspects of bad customer service When it comes to certain aspects of customer service women get frustrated at higher percentages than men, whether it’s over the phone or in person. Recent survey results published in the July issue of Consumer Reports, show just how annoyed both men and women are with customer service. Here are some aspects of customer service that frustrated women more than men when it came to trying to reach customer service by phone. The percentages below represent the number of men or women who reported being "tremendously annoyed." 1. Having to go through multiple steps to get the right person on the other end. • 61 percent of women• 51 percent of men

wasn't until this morning the "why" the sudden shut down was made. Marie Callendar's may be known According to several news for warm pot pies, but patrons and o u t l e t s , P e r k i n s & M a r i e employees of Marie Callendar's Callender's Inc. filed for Chapter restaurants in Washington got a 11 this morning, citing the rising cold bit of news last night: The cost of food staples such as coffee eatery's parent company told and eggs and declining consumer restaurant managers they needed spending. With more than $440 to shut down and tell customers million in debt and less than $300 — some in the middle of their million in assets, the company meals — to get out. plans on closing 65 of its 600 The manager of the Marie restaurants and firing 2,500 Callendar's location in Northgate, employees nationwide as part of Wash., told KOMO TV news: its reorganization efforts. I thought it was a big joke, Customers kicked out as Marie because I was like, 'I still have Callender's shuts down[KOMO] people in the restaurant,' and they Perkins & Marie Callender's Files were like, 'they need to leave.' Bankruptcy[Bloomberg] There was a party of 25 in the This entry passed through the back room. It was somebody's Full-Text RSS service — if this is birthday party, and I feel so bad your content and you're reading it t h a t w e l i k e r u i n e d t h e on someone else's site, please read celebration. the FAQ at corporate spokeswoman told only/faq.php#publishers. Five KOMO on Sunday evening, the Filters featured article: Ten Years abrupt closing was "a very Of Media Lens - Our Problem difficult decision to make" and the With Mainstream Dissidents. company apologizes "to any guests" in the restaurants. But, it


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Teens who eat right weigh less later in life (Consumer Reports)

Study: At 88 Hours, Takes Longest To Respond To Emails
Ben Popken (The Consumerist)
Submitted at 6/13/2011 12:00:00 PM

So, now when my daughter fusses about how she wants to look good on the beach or at a Submitted at 6/13/2011 9:29:59 AM dance, and worries about her Teens who eat right weigh less figure, I can hand her a handful of later in life carrots and tell her, “Eat up, Trying to convince my 15-yearkid—not just for your heart, but old daughter to eat more fruits and for your bottom line.” vegetables by pointing to statistics See our advice on how to control about heart disease, cancer, and from when they were nine or 10 your weight and our new Ratings diabetes is like trying to convince years old till they were 19. Those of seven top diets. her to think about retirement or whose diets most closely matched Source funeral arrangements. Thanks the recommendations of the Use of a DASH Food Group Mom, talk to me in a couple D A S H d i e t — w h i c h w a s Score to Predict Excess Weight decades. But a recent study in the developed by the NIH's National Gain in Adolescent Girls in the A r c h i v e s o f P e d i a t r i c s & Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute National Growth and Health Adolescent Medicine might give and emphasizes lots of fruits, Study[Archives of Pediatrics & me a more compelling argument. vegetables, whole grains and low- Adolescent Medicine] It found that teenage girls who ate fat dairy products—had the lowest Subscribe now! the most fruits and vegetables gains in body-mass index, or S u b s c r i b e t o were less likely to become BMI, over time. And, at 19, the for expert overweight later in life. girls whose diet least resembled Ratings, buying advice and Researchers in the National the DASH recommendations? r e l i a b i l i t y o n h u n d r e d s o f G r o w t h a n d H e a l t h S t u d y They were most likely to be products. Update your feed recorded dietary information on overweight. preferences 2,327 girls in three U.S. cities

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Ubisoft's Wii U roundtable, now on video
Ben Gilbert (Joystiq)
Submitted at 6/13/2011 1:10:00 PM

Remember the second developer roundtable that Nintendo held during E3 2011? The one that featured Killer Freaks From Outer Space? First and foremost, it's rude to refer to Nintendo head

Satoru Iwata and Ubisoft head Yves Guillemot as killer freaks, not to mention accuse them of being from other outer space. Oh, right, yes, the game. That one. Anyway, the full HD video of that roundtable discussion has b e e n u p l o a d e d b y U b i s o f t , saw, previewed, and broke out in showing the entirety of what we i t s o r i g i n a l p r e s e n t a t i o n .

Interested in watching foreign men struggling with the English language in front of dozens of journalists? Or in live gameplay of Ghost Recon Online and Killer Freaks? Here's your chance! Continue reading Ubisoft's Wii U roundtable, now on video Ubisoft's Wii U roundtable, now

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Scandal "Gates" : Ben the Over-Literal Dermestid Beetle Weighs In
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Lance Armstrong’s awkward encounter with Tyler Hamilton
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Submitted at 6/13/2011 10:28:09 AM

TEDTalks : Daniel Kraft: Medicine's future? There's an app for that - Daniel Kraft (2011)
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Submitted at 6/13/2011 8:14:00 AM

At TEDxMaastricht, Daniel Kraft offers a fast-paced look at the next few years of innovations in

Lance Armstrong and Tyler Hamilton had an awkward, unexpected run-in at an Aspen restaurant this weekend, according to The Outside Blog. It was the first time the former friends and teammates had seen each other since Hamilton went on "60 Minutes" and accused Armstrong of doping during his celebrated cycling career. Outside Online details the encounter: [Saturday] night, Hamilton went to dinner with friends at Cache Cache, a French restaurant that also happens to be one of Armstrong's favorite Aspen hangouts. (Armstrong has a home here, but Hamilton thought the medicine, powered by new tools, seven-time Tour de France winner t e s t s a n d a p p s t h a t b r i n g was out of town.) During dinner, diagnostic information right to the Hamilton left his table to go to the bathroom. As he walked out of patient's bedside. the bathroom, an arm blocked his path. It was Armstrong. The two hadn't spoken since Hamilton's 60 Minutes appearance. "He wanted to get into it," Hamilton told me this morning. "I was like, 'Let's step outside and talk away from the crowd, but he

wouldn't. He said, 'No one cares.'" Then, according to Hamilton, Armstrong began to berate him. (Armstrong's version of the encounter is a bit more tame: "I said, 'Hey, what's up?'" he says. "It was certainly awkward for both of us. It was truly uneventful.") The blog reports that the owner of the restaurant, a good friend of Armstrong's, then kicked Hamilton out of the restaurant. The cyclist said he was "rattled" by the incident. So, to sum up, Hamilton narcs on Armstrong on national television,

hasn't spoken to him since then, goes to a city in which he lives, eats at one of his main hangouts and then is surprised when he runs into him and there's a minor confrontation? Bro, I amicably broke up with a girl 10 years ago and still avoid the coffee shop she used to frequent. And she moved out of the state in 2006! If you don't want to run into Lance, avoid the places you know he'll be. If you don't heed that advice, understand that it's going to lead to some conflict.



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Still no title for James as Heat fall short YAHOO!
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(AP photo) “They can get a few days or a few months or whatever the case may By BRIAN MAHONEY, AP be on being happy about not only Basketball Writer myself, but the Miami Heat not M I A M I ( A P ) — L e B r o n accomplishing their goal. But they James(notes) understands that have to get back to the real world people hated “The Decision,” at some point.” mocked his welcoming party, James left Cleveland for Miami delighted in his finals failure. to win titles, so he’d have All-Star He doesn’t care. Those aren’t the help around him and he wouldn’t people the King aims to please. have to carry the team. “Absolutely not, because at the Problem was, the Heat couldn’t end of the day, all the people that carry LeBron. were rooting on me to fail, at the His disappointing first finals with end of the day, they have to wake the Heat ended Sunday night with up tomorrow and have the same the Dallas Mavericks’ 105-95 life that they had before they victory in Game 6. James started woke up today,” James said. strong and faltered at the finish, “They have the same personal just as the Heat did in this series. problems they had today. I’m James agreed the loss felt like a going to continue to live the way I “personal failure” but also said “it want to live and continue to do hurts of course, but I’m not going the things that I want to do with to hang my head low.” me and my family and be happy He averaged just 17.8 points, few with that. Related Video Top 5 of them coming in the clutch plays situations that define the great Top 5 plays players. He tried to console Mavs win first title More NBA himself by noting that he won two Finals more games this time than he did • Wetzel: LeBron's failure warms in his first finals try, when his Cleveland's heart Cleveland Cavaliers were swept • Buy championship gear by San Antonio in 2007, and that maybe he could win two more MIAMI, FL - MAY 31: Head games next time. coac… He’ll need to. Because until then, Getty Images - Jun 1, 12:15 am the accusations of quitting against EDT LeBron James leaves the Boston in last year’s playoffs, of court after Game 6. shrinking under the pressure this
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team that kept him out of the paint. And while they celebrated in Dallas, there was surely a big bash going on in Ohio, James’ home state. Fans there were stunned and shunned when he time, will only grow louder. decided to leave the Cavaliers, “That doesn’t bother me,” James and the hurt turned to rage when said. “I understand this is a huge he opted to do it in the heavily stage, and you want to perform criticized TV show called “The well for nobody else besides your Decision,” which included the teammates. That’s ultimately what much-mocked announcement that it’s about for me. If I can play he was taking his talents to South well for my teammates, help my Beach. teammates win basketball games, And make no mistake, it’s a load then I’m always satisfied with of talent. James just couldn’t that. It hurts me, and I get on figure out how to use it in this myself when I’m not able to play series. well and help my teammates “Any time you feel like you get to win.” the top of the mountain and you Miami simply couldn’t overcome fall off, there’s definitely a James’ poor fourth quarters in personal failure,” James said. most of the series. He had only 11 He claimed confusion over how points in the final periods of the t o b e m o s t e f f e c t i v e w h e n first five games, a major reason s u p e r s t a r b u d d y D w y a n e the Mavericks kept finding ways Wade(notes) was playing well. He to rally late in games they trailed said he wasn’t tired from playing much of the way. too many minutes, that nothing He had seven points in the final was wrong with his shot. quarter of this one to finish with But something was amiss, 21, but he had gone too long because the two-time league without impacting the game after MVP, largely considered the most scoring nine of Miami’s first 14 talented player in the NBA, was at points. best the third-best player in this “Sometimes you got it, sometimes s e r i e s behind Dirk you don’t, and that was this case N o w i t z k i ( n o t e s ) a n d W a d e . in this series,” said James, calling The Mavericks showed no fear of Dallas an underrated defensive J a m e s . J a s o n T e r r y ( n o t e s )

wondered aloud if James, a firstteam All-NBA defender, could guard him for seven games after James shut Terry out in the fourth quarters of Games 1 and 3. Turns out, James couldn’t. Terry finally broke free in the fourth quarter of the pivotal Game 5 and led the Mavs with 27 points in the clincher. DeShawn Stevenson(notes) claimed it appeared James “checked out” down the stretch in Game 4. James had become perhaps the league’s most-scrutinized player since last July, with the way he left the Cavs rubbing so many the wrong way. But it was rare for him to receive such criticism for what happened on the court as he did during this series. He never got to play with another great player in Cleveland, where he eventually felt he would never be able to win a title. So while there was ridicule over the way he did it, there was understanding why he left Cleveland, why he felt he needed better players around him. But it also meant nothing but a title would do for James’ critics, something he seemed to understand when he pointed out after Game 5 that he had a tripledouble but it was viewed by many STILL page 64

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On home ice, can Bruins extend series?
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Submitted at 6/13/2011 10:17:25 AM

Updated Jun 13, 2011 11:15 AM ET The outcome of Game 6 between the Vancouver Canucks and Boston Bruins on Monday night either will determine this year's Stanley Cup champion or force a seventh and deciding game back in Vancouver on Wednesday. Both teams face similar factors which could prove decisive in determining the game's outcome. Their respective goaltenders, Boston's Tim Thomas and Vancouver's Roberto Luongo, must be at their best. Of the two, Luongo will face the most pressure, for although he has had two shutouts in this series, he also had arguably his worst performances of this year's playoffs in Games 3 and 4 in Boston, where he was lit up for a dozen goals. Thomas, on the other hand, has been consistently the better goalie in this series, and is very comfortable in his home rink, with nine of his 14 victories in this year's postseason coming at home. Both teams also must cash in on the power play. Boston's performance with the man advantage throughout the postseason has been abysmal, but

in this series, Vancouver's power play has been worse. The Bruins have scored twice on the power play (both times in Game 3); the Canucks' sole PP goal came in Game 2. Given how tempers have flared at times in this series, resulting in childish taunts and questionable antics, it's probably a good thing for both clubs they have been ineffective with the man advantage. In Game 5, however, there was much less of the trash talk and scrums after the whistle, likely because both clubs recognized the seriousness of the situation at this point in the series. Now, both teams must continue to maintain their poise and remain disciplined in Game 6. Although their respective power plays may be poor, it is still possible a bad penalty resulting from a loss of composure could result in a potential series-deciding goal. That means such Canucks as Alex Burrows and Maxim Lapierre, and Bruins such as Brad Marchand and Shawn Thornton need to tone down their chirping and chippy antics during game action and stoppages in play. Back in front The Canucks regained the lead in the Stanley Cup with a 1-0 win over the Bruins in Game 5. Take a look at the best photos from the

over Vancouver, the Bruins must open the scoring, preferably with a first-period goal. If they can get to Luongo early, they could rattle him, as they did in the previous games in Boston, resulting in yet game. another lopsided win. The two teams must maintain For the Canucks to win Game 6 t h e i r p u n i s h i n g , p h y s i c a l and clinch their first-ever Stanley defensive play. This series has Cup championship, they need seen its share of crushing body more production from their best checks, and it has clearly taken its offensive players. toll on a number of players on The top line — the Sedin twins both clubs. and Burrows — was a factor in It also has made quality scoring Game 2 of this series but has chances difficult to come by, since gone quiet. Ryan Kesler especially in the three games in c o n t i n u e s t o p l a y w e l l Vancouver. Both goaltenders defensively, but his offensive played well in those games, but production has dried up. they also had a lot of help from It's believed Kesler and Henrik their defensemen. Sedin are hampered by injuries, Both clubs also have unique but the Bruins have also done a factors they must exploit to fine job of shutting them down. achieve victory in Game 6. Although the Canucks lead this The Bruins must again capitalize series, they have been outscored on home-ice advantage, as they 14-6. They're living dangerously did in Games 3 and 4. In the three if they continue to get the bulk of games in Vancouver, the Bruins their scoring from their third and managed only two goals. But in fourth lines. The Sedins, Kesler the two games in the TD Garden, and Burrows must step it up in they outscored the Canucks 12-1. Game 6. Being down 3-2 in the Cup Finals Even if their best forwards can should also inspire the Bruins, for regain their scoring touch, it will they don't want to suffer the be for nothing if the Canucks indignity of losing this game in cannot carry over their strong shut front of their fans and watching -down, home-ice performances in the Canucks parade the Stanley this series into Boston for Game Cup on Boston ice. 6. To repeat their home-ice success In Games 3 and 4, the Canucks

played as though they either expected the Bruins to roll over, or perhaps they were simply unprepared for how much the Bruins would elevate their game in front of their hometown fans. Whatever the reason, those were embarrassing, crushing defeats for the Canucks, and they cannot let the Bruins do that to them again. Yes, Luongo needs to be on top of his game between the pipes, but his teammates need to play with the same consistent defensive effort as they did in the three games in Vancouver. To do that, they must score the game-opening goal and force the Bruins to play catch-up. In every game in this series, the team that scored first ultimately went on to win. The Canucks have proved they can be very stingy with a one -goal lead, but in Game 6 they must do something they've yet to do in this series: open up a lead of more than a goal. This year's Cup Finals are similar to last year's, as the first five games were all won by the home team. That trend could continue, as the Bruins certainly played better in this series on home ice than they did in Vancouver, but the Canucks are now one win away from winning their first championship in franchise history HOME page 66



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launched an expletive-ridden tirade at a female line judge in the 2009 U.S. Open semi-finals. By Martyn Herman “That just still makes me feel like EASTBOURNE, England, June I have that desire, and, I have that, 13 (Reuters) - If her rivals hoped insatiable, just innate thing inside her life-threatening health scare me that I just want everything and h a d m e l l o w e d h e r , S e r e n a I just want to win and I want to do Williams had bad news on well.” M o n d a y a s t h e A m e r i c a n With elder sister Venus playing sauntered back into the spotlight her first match since January on on England’s south coast. centre court at the tranquil Wearing a smart black jacket, Devonshire setting, Serena’s white T-shirt and black leggings appearance in the rambling and a dazzling smile, the 29-year- grounds caused quite a buzz. old radiated health as she spoke of Schoolchildren raced after the the long journey back from her imposing Williams and even some “death bed” to preparing for an of the players on the practice u n l i k e l y d e f e n c e o f h e r courts stopped to stare at the Wimbledon title. player whose glittering career had “I’m definitely going to still get seemed in danger of a premature really serious about line calls,” e n d i n g d u r i n g t h e d a r k e s t Serena told a packed news m o m e n t s o f t h i s y e a r . conference when asked if her Asked what she missed most enforced absence triggered by while she recovered from surgery slicing open her foot on broken to repair foot tendons and then, glass in a Munich bar last July more worryingly, the pulmonary had doused her fire. embolism that needed emergency “I probably won’t make the same treatment in February, she did not threats. But my attitude hasn’t beat about the bush. changed. I still cracked a couple “It sucked because I missed a lot, of rackets in practice. But that’s I left ranked number one,” she good,” added the 13-times grand said. “That’s what I miss most is slam champion who famously just being on top of the game and
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as a bad performance, because he did so little in the fourth quarter. And one of his biggest critics, Cavs owner Dan Gilbert, fired a quick shot on Twitter, congratulating the Mavs and just playing some really good point in my career or my life. noting that “There are NO tennis. I am really excited to be “This is like a totally different SHORTCUTS. NONE.” back.” road where I’m more or less When it was over, James walked CANDID DETAIL thinking, okay, I have nothing to over to Wade for a hug, then With so much conjecture about lose at this point.” shook hands with some Mavericks the state of her health, Williams Not that the dominant force in players. Nothing quite like the explained in candid detail just women’s tennis for the past spectacle he found in this arena how close the blood clots on her d e c a d e i s m e r e l y b a c k f o r last summer, when the Heat lungs came to ending her career a p p e a r a n c e s . hosted an over-the-top pep rally to and even her life. “I’m here not to lose,” Williams, celebrate winning the free agency “I had several clots bilaterally, in who will take her first competitive championship by adding James both lungs,” she explained. “A lot steps on Tuesday against Tsvetana and Chris Bosh(notes). of people die from that because Pironkova, told reporters. “I’m And that’s the only crown the you don’t recognise it. Me being hoping I can peak at Wimbledon. King gets to wear for now. an athlete, I couldn’t breathe. I I can peak hopefully in the second Follow Brian Mahoney on honestly just thought I was out of week, and hopefully I’ll get Twitter at shape. I thought I needed to get on there.” Briancmahoney the treadmill or something. (Reporting by Martyn Herman; This entry passed through the “(The doctors) just said it could Editing by Ed Osmond, To query Full-Text RSS service — if this is have gotten a lot serious a day or comment on this story email your content and you're reading it later or two days later. It could sportsfeedback@thomsonreuters.c on someone else's site, please read have been really not good. It om) the FAQ at have possibly been career- This entry passed through the only/faq.php#publishers. Five ending. For the grace of God I got Full-Text RSS service — if this is Filters featured article: Ten Years there in time and I was able to your content and you're reading it Of Media Lens - Our Problem recover from it.” on someone else's site, please read With Mainstream Dissidents. While Williams has endured her the FAQ at share of injuries during her only/faq.php#publishers. Five c a r e e r , s h e s a i d t h e l a t e s t Filters featured article: Ten Years comeback was the toughest. Of Media Lens - Our Problem “This is totally different,” she With Mainstream Dissidents. said. “I’ve had some serious health problems and I was literally on my deathbed at one

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Nick Cotsonika (Y! Sports Blogs - Yahoo! Sports)

do. But of the board, he said: "We just have a little ritual that we've done with every win in the Submitted at 6/13/2011 10:19:34 AM playoffs." BOSTON -- Shhh. Don't tell The ritual traces back to Ed anyone. But bivouacked just Viesturs, a mountain climber and below the Stanley Cup summit, motivational speaker. He became the Vancouver Canucks have their the first American and fifth own motivational tool. person ever to summit all 14 of The Canucks didn't want to talk the world's highest peaks without about it, but the secret came out supplemental oxygen. Monday morning as they prepared Viesturs spoke to the Canucks at for Monday night's Game 6 and the beginning of the season and the possibility they could clinch again before the playoffs. Bieksa their first Cup in the franchise's 40 called him a "pretty impressive -year history. individual" and said "he's been It turns out the Canucks have a our guy." board with a picture of the Stanley How does his journey relate to Cup atop a mountain in their that of the Canucks? dressing room. Along the bottom "The challenges and teamwork, is says: "NO SHORTCUTS TO obviously," Bieksa said. "He THE TOP." There are base camps "We don't really talk about it a defenseman Andrew Ference Game 7 of the Eastern Conference summits a lot of the peaks, but it bought on e-Bay for about 35 final, wasn't able to pass it to the takes a whole team just to get up representing each round of the whole lot," Burrows said. Canucks defenseman Kevin bucks (from a Vancouver store, of next guy because he had been there, and it takes months and playoffs. Each victory is commemorated with a carabiner. Bieksa let out a sigh when asked all places). Ference intended to knocked out by a late hit and months of climbing, and it's years about the board. wear it around the room for fun, suffered a concussion. The Bruins and years of training, too. So Fifteen down … or up, rather. "That's privileged information," but it became a motivational tool l e f t i t h a n g i n g u n d e r h i s there's a lot of parallels there. One more to go. "Obviously we've talked about it, Bieksa said, sort of smiling, sort when the Bruins started using it to nameplate until after Game 4, "But again, what are we talking t o g e t t o t h e p e a k o f t h e of frowning. "That's something recognize the hero of each when Horton appeared to present about this for?" it to his replacement on the top Bieksa laughed. mountain," Canucks winger Alex we don't talk about. That's our victory. Burrows said. "That's what we'll own personal thing. That's our It became a powerful symbol line, Rich Peverley, who had "We'll talk more about it after." jacket." after Game 3 of this series, when scored twice in his absence. try to do tonight." Who puts the carabiner on the The Boston Bruins, of course, Nathan Horton, who held the Bieksa mocked the jacket, saying have a kitschy late-'80s jacket that jacket for scoring the winner in it was something Pee-Wee teams board after each victory?


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Sophomore point guard Kendall Marshall learned how crazed North Carolina fans can be last September when a man stopped him in the parking lot of the Dean Dome and had his four-year-old daughter rattle off the names of each current Tar Heel player. Impressive as that was, it may not top the boy pictured above with

Ever-faster times. Not that I'm trying for speed, I'm not. New shoes might have made the diff. Nice and stiff. But hard to get in and out of the straps. Probably need to get new pedals Practically chillllly. Lots of Sunday riders out. the full-color Tar Heel logo too. T e m p e r a t u r e i n l o w 7 0 s . Peeve: Park police keep riders off shaved into the back of his head. Marshall tweeted that photo on Sunday from the first day of this year's Roy Williams Basketball Camp at the Dean Dome. The boy (Verse of the Day) to the faith. is at least nine years old since — Acts 14:21-22(NIV) Thoughts Submitted at 6/13/2011 2:00:00 AM that's the minimum age to on Today's Verse... Let's make a participate in the camp, but that's They [Paul and Barnabas] commitment to do better at all we know about his identity. preached the good news in that helping our new brothers and Well, aside from that he has a city and won a large number of sisters in Christ grow in Christ. talented barber and he's probably disciples. Then they returned ... The apostles didn't just lead not a Duke fan, of course. strengthening the disciples and people to Christ, they also encouraging them to remain true encouraged and strengthened

their bikes in pedestrian areas, but do nothing to keep pedestrians out of bike space. I want a camera on my helmet that I can take pics with by wiggling my ears. I'll point it at all the pedestrians who make riding dangerous for all of us. Map: 10.92 miles, 59.5 minutes.

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them in their faith. My Prayer... Holy and loving God, thank you for those precious people who nurtured me when I was a young Christian. Please use me to bless the new Christians in my church family. In the name of my brother and Lord, Jesus Christ. Amen.

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Super Stardust Delta preview: Tilt to live
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The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D launch trailer has some questions for you
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adamant about using every available feature, even if they don't necessarily augment the The first portable variant of experience. Housemarque's stellar twin-stick Gallery: Super StarDust Delta shooter, Super Stardust, had to (PS Vita) make do with a fifty percent Continue reading Super Stardust reduction in analog control when Delta preview: Tilt to live it arrived on PSP. Super Stardust Super Stardust Delta preview: Delta is much better off on the Tilt to live originally appeared on s u p e r i o r P l a y S t a t i o n V i t a Joystiq on Mon, 13 Jun 2011 hardware, though the authenticity 12:40:00 EST. Please see our of the game's asteroid slaughter terms for use of feeds. feels a little muddled by excess. Permalink| Email this| Comments Like most launch titles, it's

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Globe and Mail Were Weiner's Gym Photos Unethical? Gothamist Thanks to TMZ's release this weekend of his gym photo shoot, the already intense pressure for randy Rep. Anthony Weiner to resign just keeps building to a climax. But while Weiner may now be considering stepping down (while in "treatment"),... More Photos and More Calls for Weiner to Resign New York Times As More Photos Leak, Pressure Intensifies for Weiner to Resign The Atlantic New Weiner photos taken in House gym could be an ethics breach New York Post Sydney Morning Herald- The Seattle Times- The State Column all 3,993 news articles »



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iPhone Controlled Cannon Tosses Beer From the Fridge
<p>Ryan Rusnak, as told to Amanda Schupak</p> (Popular Science - New Technology, Science News, The Future Now)
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Beer Me Ryan Rusnak programmed a three-second delay between trigger and release so you have time to put down your iPhone and set up for the catch. John B. Carnett A hard-to-build fridge makes grabbing a beer easy I have a background in programming, but a program by itself has limited use. I was like, man, I need to make a project that will actually control something. I had my old mini-fridge from college lying around and, I thought, how about an iPhonecontrolled drink vending machine? So I did it . . . and it sucked. You could control it from your living room-or from Chinabut the cans just rolled out onto the floor. It was a pain to walk over and get them. I wanted to get a beer to travel from the fridge across a room with minimal effort and maximum cool. Go here to see how you can build a beer cannon just like Ryan's. I called my friend Graham Phero, and we started building a new version. We thought it would be awesome to use compressed air to propel the cans, but we had no idea how much pressure to use.

the barrel. Barrel: The barrel pipe should be just wide enough to accommodate a can without creating excessive friction. Too much space between the can and the barrel wall will let air escape past the can and diminish pressure. Turret: The whole assembly sits on top of a Lazy Susan. Using a fixed joint that provides a 90degree turning radius, a servo moves the assembly to aim the throw. Microcontroller: An ioBridge 204 microcontroller, which lets users control devices via the Internet, is the brains of the operation. It connects to the vending and turning servos and has an Ethernet port to link to the Web. Relay Board: When the app commands the robot to toss you a beer, the message is directed to the relay board, which directs a We started with 100 psi and app that could select a beverage, plugs into the wall and connects pulse of current from a nine-volt destroyed a can of beer on the aim the cannon, and fire it. How It by a hose to the expansion tank, a battery to the sprinkler valve, ceiling of a garage. After that, we Works short, capped PVC pipe. A opening it momentarily so the started at 10 psi and worked up. Time: 2 Days regulator valve between them cannon can fire. Slowly the rest of the project Cost:$400 controls the pressure in the tank. The App: The vend button sets began to take shape. The vending Drink Storage: The shelves angle Optimal pressure for lobbing a off a series of commands. First the servo for the selected drink's mechanism is a series of slanted down slightly so the cans roll to can of beer 15 feet: 45 psi. shelves built inside the fridge, the dispenser. At the lower end, Valve: A sprinkler valve plugs shelf drops, pausing to let a can with a servo at each end. The beer an arm attached to a servomotor into the expansion tank and holds roll by. The door on the front of is funneled into a cannon, and the holds the cans in place. When the the pressurized air in until you're the fridge housing opens, and you whole thing is mounted on a lazy servo receives a signal to retract, a ready to fire. It's attached to an aim with the left and right arrows. susan, allowing it to turn so you can is sent through a cutout in the electric relay that will open it for a Rusnak is getting a master's can aim the throw. My friend Josh fridge and into the cannon barrel. tenth of a second, releasing the air IPHONE page 69 Lilly helped me design an iPhone Air Supply: An air compressor from the tank and forcing it down

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degree in Human-Computer Interaction at Carnegie Mellon University in the fall. You can get full instructions to build the project and search for "Beer Cannon Controller" in the iTunes store to download the app for free.

Making the Sausage Rosie the robot waits for the sausages to be cooked before taking them out of the water and serving them. TUM Our favorite robot is learning to shop for, prepare and serve entire meals - from cookies to a round of beers and now, breakfast. In this latest robot-cook experiment, PR2 gets some help from a German ‘bot named Rosie, and the pair serves up a traditional Bavarian sausage breakfast. Researchers at Technical University Munich built a kitchen for Rosie and their PR2, nicknamed James, and the two previously learned how to make pancakes. The goal is to test how well the robots' perception and control mechanisms can be generalized, because they share the same operating system and visual-detection systems via the Xbox Kinect. In the first part of the video, James goes grocery shopping in a

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lab set up by the CoTeSys (Cognition for Technical Systems) research cluster. He brings the ingredients to Rosie, who is already boiling the Weisswurst, waiting for the sausages to cook before taking them out of the water and placing them in bowls. Then the PR2 slices bread and serves breakfast to a group of robotics engineers. Mysteriously, the meal lacks a glass of hefeweizen, a gross oversight given the PR2's known

beer-grabbing abilities. Rosie uses the Kinect and perception algorithms to use the skimmer, and learns 3-D models for the pot of water and the serving bowls so she can find them no matter where the PR2 sets them down. James also uses the Kinect to detect a bread slicer and a baguette, which he prepares to serve with the sausages. In the course of making breakfast, the robots learn from their mistakes and improve their abilities, as a

news release from TUM explains. The software and algorithms used in this demonstration will be available to other TUM researchers. Watch their culinary skills in action, accompanied by appropriately German-sounding club music. [ IEEE Spectrum]

Sydney Morning Herald Emma Watson Vamps It Up for Vogue ( Photos) PopEater But it's clear from her latest photo shoot with Vogue that this newly-anointed fashion icon kissed that phase of her life goodbye a long time ago. Her short hair slicked back and her lips painted vampire red, Watson talked to Vogue about love,... Emma Watson Covers Vogue's July Issue, Champions Young British Designers ( PHOTOS) Huffington Post all 369 news articles »


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US Government Backs SuitcaseSized "Shadow Internet" to Battle Censorship Abroad
Julie Beck (Popular Science New Technology, Science News, The Future Now)
Submitted at 6/13/2011 11:46:55 AM

Shadow Internet Nrbelex on Flickr The United States is developing what the New York Times is calling " shadow internet" - a prototype network that can fit into a suitcase and be carried across state borders to provide political dissidents with access to the web in the event that their repressive governments shut down communications. This project is part of the Obama administration's effort to undermine government censorship.

is strong enough to operate without the need for nearby towers or even satellites. Wireless antennas would increase the range of the network. Other projects within this effort, financed by the State Department, include building stealth wireless networks and independent cell phone networks inside of foreign countries. The U.S. has already spent $50 million to create such a cell phone network in The suitcase will use a mesh without the need for a central, Afghanistan, to counteract the n e t w o r k t e c h n o l o g y , w h i c h official network. This sort of tech Taliban's ability to shut down creates a wireless web from cell has previously been used in official Afghan cell phone service phones and personal computers remote or disaster-struck areas to at will. that can transmit messages, provide web connections--it's like [ New York Times] pictures or videos to one another a cell phone swarm that in concert

For Pesticides: Apples Are Worst, Onions The Best
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Enlarge A pesticide sprayer rolls through an apple orchard. A pesticide sprayer rolls through an apple orchard. Maybe you overlooked the U.S. Department of Agriculture's yearly roundup of pesticides in FOR page 71

Katy Perry’s “Last Friday Night” Stars Rebecca Black, Glee Cast & More [VIDEO]
Brenna Ehrlich (Mashable!)
Submitted at 6/13/2011 11:45:57 AM

Katy Perry’s ’90s-infused, B-list star-studded video for “Last Friday Night (TGIF)” has premiered on Funny Or Die, and we’re having enough nostalgia-

induced panic attacks over here that we’re going to go ahead and pick the latter option. Last week, we heard tell that the vid would feature such illustrious guest stars as YouTube pop princess, Rebecca Black. Now, after watching all eight minutes of

accoutrements to stock an entire chain of Contempo Casuals (RIP). the aforementioned video (yes, More About: Corey-Feldman, eight minutes) we know the guest Debbie-Gibson, GLEE, hanson, stars also include: various Glee humor, katy-perry, Kenny-G, cast members, Hanson, Kenny G, music, pop culture, Rebecca Corey Feldman and Debbie Black, video Gibson. Oh, and enough neon For more Media coverage:

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foods released last month. It's long and full of tongue-twisting chemicals — like tetrahdrophthalimide and pyraclostrobin — found on some popular produce. But the Environmental Working Group, an advocate for stricter pesticide controls, has crunched the numbers from that report and a bunch of others to come up with a guide for concerned shoppers. There's a "Dirty Dozen," headlined by apples, celery and strawberries. And there's also a catchy "Clean 15" of fruits and vegetables lowest in pesticides. The top three on that list: onions, sweet corn and pineapples. The EWG suggests that people buy organically grown fruits and vegetables for the varieties on its list of the most likely to carry pesticide residues. But the group also says the health benefits from

produce mean that "eating conventionally-grown produce is far better than not eating fruits and vegetables at all." Data from the latest USDA report show that 98 percent of apples and 97 percent of grapes tested had at least one pesticide residue. On the other end of the spectrum, only 0.1 percent of fresh sweet corn had a detectable pesticide. But organic isn't necessarily synonymous with pesticide free. The USDA report says some organic lettuce tested contained pesticides. The most common residues were from spinosad(found in 18 percent of samples) and azadirachtin A/B, which USDA says are OK for use in organic agriculture. And the USDA says less than one -third of 1 percent of the food samples it tested contained pesticide residues that exceeded

safety tolerances establishe d by the Environmental Protection Agency. Nearly three percent of the foods sampled contained pesticides for which the EPA hasn't set standards, USDA said. Overall, the USDA concludes that pesticide contamination of food is below the limits set by EPA. 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 the FAQ at Five Filters featured article: Ten Years Of Media Lens - Our Problem With Mainstream Dissidents.

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Miliband dismisses leadership talk
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Submitted at 6/12/2011 10:15:21 PM

13 Jun 2011 Ed Miliband has dismissed the latest criticisms of his leadership as "Westminster tittle-tattle" as he promised to make Labour the party of society's "grafters". Mr Miliband used a keynote speech to launch a twin-pronged attack on both excesses in the boardroom and abuses of the benefit system. He suggested companies could be

required to include a staff representative on their remuneration committees while people who were in work could be given priority in the allocation of council housing. But after a weekend dominated by reports of unrest among Labour MPs and claims of a continuing rift with his older brother David, whom he defeated for the leadership, he was again forced to defend his own performance as leader. In response to repeated questions

by journalists, he said that such matters were of no interest to ordinary voters. "Ordinary people up and down this country inhabit a different world. People aren't interested in who said what to whom in the Labour Party," he said. "I am here because I was elected by my party. The gossip and tittletattle of Westminster is irrelevant to most people's lives." The latest wave of speculation about his leadership was sparked by an unauthorised biography by

Mehdi Hasan and James Macintyre which alleges he and his brother were barely on speaking terms after falling out as a result of last year's leadership contest. David Miliband was forced to issue a statement, insisting that he stood "fully behind" his brother and urging the party to do the same. Speaking at a south London community centre, Ed Miliband insisted they talk "all the time" and dismissed suggestions that he

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The Founders on a Standing Navy: American Military Action Abroad (17831860)
Marion Smith (The Foundry)
Submitted at 6/13/2011 10:45:08 AM

Posted June 13th, 2011 at 11:45am in First Principles Print This Post In 1794, President George Washington requested and Congress authorized the building of six frigates, a type of warship widely used at the time. The presence of a standing U.S. Navy was deemed necessary in order to defend American citizens and commerce from European wars and the Barbary Coast pirates. By 1794, it had become clear that the ongoing wars between Revolutionary France and England would continue to place American ships in harm’s way. The United States needed to protect American commerce and enforce its neutrality in the European wars. But this was not the most immediate reason for building a navy. For those who believed that the U.S. could do without active naval war ships in peacetime or that future conflict could be averted through diplomacy alone, the events of November 1793 proved them wrong. In that month, Algerian Pirates captured 10 American ships and 110 U.S.

citizens who they took back to the Barbary State of Algiers. From accounts of the time, we know that the Barbary Pirates killed, tortured, or enslaved the American citizens. The only recourse offered by diplomatic tradition was tribute from the U.S. in order to placate the Barbary pirates. But this option compromised America’s hard won independence. This was not the first incident between the Barbary Pirates and Americans abroad, but it was their boldest and deadliest attack on the United States. Prior contact between American diplomats and the Muslim States’ emissaries had alerted America to their new enemy. John Adams and Thomas Jefferson wrote about their diplomatic encounter with the Barbary Ambassador from Tripoli, who demanded outrageous sums of payment as ransom for American citizens held captive. When Adams and Jefferson asked the Ambassador why the Barbary States would attack American ships without any justification and in violation of the Law of Nations, his answer was disturbing: “The Ambassador answered us that it was founded on the Laws

of their Prophet, that it was written in their Koran, that all nations who should not have acknowledged their authority were sinners, that it was their right and duty to make war upon them wherever they could be found, and to make slaves of all they could take as Prisoners, and that every [Muslim] who should be slain in battle was sure to go to Paradise.” Adams and Jefferson recognized this for what it was—a significant clash of understandings regarding justice and war—and saw little hope for diplomatic success. Any

that the United States would uphold its political principles abroad was also contained in the Constitution by giving Congress the power to “define and punish…Offenses against the Law of Nations” (Art. 1, Sec. 8). After the attack by Algerian pirates in 1793, Washington took the steps necessary to provide for the common defense. The new terror coming from the Barbary Coast had to be confronted on American terms, and that required military force. Washington’s request was granted in the Act to Provide a Naval Armament, which passed in Congress on March 27, 1794 by a vote of 50 to 39. diplomatic resolution would be The threat from the Barbary “buying peace” through tribute, Coast was the most immediate Jefferson said. Jefferson preferred and urgent reason for building a to obtain peace through war in U.S. Navy. This was evidenced by order to defend American lives the fact that once the and property, and to more unsatisfactory Treaty of 1796 stalwartly uphold America’s between the U.S. and Algiers was political principles abroad. But in signed, Congress attempted to cut 1786, the Articles of off funding for the six frigates Confederation thwarted this which were still being course, because the Articles did constructed. Washington implored not invest sufficient authority in Congress to let the ships be built, the national government. in order to provide for future Once the Constitution was safety. Congress answered by adopted in 1788, the U.S. giving Washington three of the government could “provide for FOUNDERS page 77 the common defense”. The idea

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Gates’ Gutsy Farewell
Rick Moran (FrontPage Magazine » FrontPage)

North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), which is desperately searching for Submitted at 6/12/2011 11:45:55 PM relevance in a changed world Defense Secretary Gates, due to following the collapse of the step down at the end of this S o v i e t U n i o n . T h e d e f e n s e month, apparently wanted to go secretary was particularly galled out speaking his mind. His around b y t h e “ r e a l p o s s i b i l i t y o f -the-world farewell tour has collective military irrelevance,” included visits to several US due to the refusal of several bases and major addresses to our member nations to increase their allies in Asia, the Middle East, combat capabilities in order to Europe, and Afghanistan. At reflect the needs of the alliance in every stop, he has made a point of Libya and especially Afghanistan. reaffirming our commitment to Unless alliance nations increase our friends and alliances, while their participation in combat warning that after a decade of war o p e r a t i o n s , G a t e s w a r n e d and a rising debt, the US may not that NATO’s future is “dim, if not be able to maintain the same level dismal.” of support that it previously He criticized NATO nations for supplied to meet security threats their lack of defense spending, around the world. pointing to the fact that in Libya, The bluntness is unusual coming NATO is now running out of from a man known for his bombs after just 11 weeks. The p r a g m a t i s m a n d l o w - k e y US has had to increase its support m a n a g e m e n t s t y l e a t t h e substantially to make up for the Pentagon. His tenure – one of the deficient stockpiles of weapons, most consequential for any and Gates was incredulous that secretary of defense in recent “the mightiest military alliance in decades – has been marked by history is only 11 weeks into an consensus building and an ability operation against a poorly armed to work with a conservative like regime in a sparsely populated President Bush, as well as the country — yet many allies are liberal President Obama. He is b e g i n n i n g t o r u n s h o r t o f leaving at an unsettling time when munitions, requiring the U.S., a d r a w d o w n o f f o r c e s i n once more, to make up the Afghanistan and massive defense difference.” cuts loom on the horizon. He even raised the possibility that His speech in Brussels last Friday it may reach the point that the US was particularly harsh in its might not see the need for a assessment of the state of the European alliance any longer.

“The blunt reality is that there will be dwindling appetite and patience in the U.S. Congress — and in the American body politic writ large — to expend increasingly precious funds on behalf of nations that are apparently unwilling to devote the necessary resources or make the necessary changes to be serious and capable partners in their own defense.” Without naming any nations specifically, Gates complained of a “two tiered” membership in NATO “between those willing and able to pay the price and bear the burdens of commitments, and those who enjoy the benefits of

NATO membership but don’t want to share the risks and the costs.” He also scolded the alliance for being “apparently willing and eager for American taxpayers to assume the growing security burden left by reductions in European defense budgets.” In truth, while the lack of defense spending by Europeans is certainly a big part of the problem, it is the failure to define a new mission for the aging alliance that appears to be a stumbling block to unity. Should NATO be an alliance that stresses combat missions — the US view — or should it opt for “soft” power, like “humanitarian,

development, peacekeeping, and talking tasks,” as Gates put it. The latter view is held by most European countries who have their own problems with debt and weak economies, and who also lack the national will to sustain casualties in combat operations like Afghanistan and Libya. The test in the coming months will be how the alliance holds together when we begin to withdraw our combat forces from Afghanistan. Most NATO troops are not currently engaged in combat due to“national caveats” that prevent the alliance from putting their soldiers in harm’s way. This led one Canadian officer to remark, “How many battalions does it take to protect Kabul airport?” Indeed, as an example, the bulk of Germany’s 5,000 troops are attached to Provincial Reconstruction Teams in quiet provinces in the north of Afghanistan. Efforts to get nations like Germany, Spain, Turkey, and Italy to alter those caveats have proven unsuccessful. As Gates said in Brussels, it isn’t a matter of nations refusing to participate as much as it is that they are incapable of doing so. “The military capabilities simply aren’t there,” he said.



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Security and Hospitability Can Go Hand in Hand: Expand the Visa Waiver Program
Helle Dale (The Foundry)
Submitted at 6/13/2011 12:00:18 PM

The omission is a matter of considerable bitterness for some staunch allies of the United States. Posted June 13th, 2011 at 1:00pm In Iraq and Afghanistan, Poland in American Leadership Print more than pulled its weight as an This Post American ally, while other When President Obama went E u r o p e a n s c h o s e t h e public with his support for s i d e l i n e s — F r a n c e a n d t h e expansion of the U.S. Visa Germany come to mind. Yet when Waiver Program (VWP) while in traveling to the United States, Poland last month, it was a long- Poles have felt like second-class overdue acknowledgement of not citizens. They have to endure the just Poland’s but Europe’s critical $100 visa application fee and the importance as an ally of the long lines outside the U.S. United States. consulate, while French and (It may of course also have been German citizens pay only a $14 an acknowledgement of the online registration fee. importance of Polish-Americans The unfairness of it all has for the presidential race, but that rankled to the point where every is another matter.) Polish president has brought it up Poland clearly deserves to be in meetings with both President party to the VWP, which allows Bush and President Obama, with travelers from certain countries to the Polish media following every enter the United States for 90-day move breathlessly. Thus, it is no visits for vacation or business c o i n c i d e n c e t h a t a m o n g without the hassle and expense of Europeans, Poles have registered obtaining a visa. That Poland and considerably lower approval of European allies like Romania, President Obama’s leadership Bulgaria, and Croatia still remain than have other Europeans (most outside the program is a public of whom admittedly exhibit diplomacy issue that Congress irrational exuberance on this needs to address. (Other countries subject). merit consideration in the As Obama concluded his program—Chile, for instance.) E u r o p e a n t r i p i n W a r s a w ,

however, he finally announced his support of the most recent attempt at revising the VWP, the Secure Traveler and Counterterrorism Partnership Act of 2011. This is a welcome (if somewhat belated) step forward on the part of the Obama White House and State Department. The President expressed support both in conversations with Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski and in a letter to Congress in favor of the legislation, which is sponsored by Senators Mark Kirk

(R–IL) and Barbara Mikulski (D–MD) in the Senate and has 14 co-sponsors in the House. The bill aims to decouple biometric exit control of foreign visitors from the eligibility of candidate countries to join the program. The two are entirely separate issues that got lumped together in the last VWP legislation of 2007. The changes in the VWP were soon reflected in the number of travelers to the United States from the new member countries. Out of eight new participants in the

program, six experienced a surge in travelers across the Atlantic. The most dramatic increase was in the Czech Republic, which registered a 17 percent increase in temporary visitors over 2007. Furthermore, visitors to the United States tend to come away with a much improved view of the country, a bonanza from a public diplomacy perspective. Foreigners who visit the U.S. are over 74 percent more likely to view it favorably and 61 percent more likely to support the U.S. and its policies than those who have never had first-hand experience of America and Americans. In addition, tourism is a plus for the struggling U.S. economy, which can use all the help it can get. It is now up to Congress to move the ball forward. 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 the FAQ at Five Filters featured article: Ten Years Of Media Lens - Our Problem With Mainstream Dissidents.

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Defenders of the Weiner
Ben Shapiro (FrontPage Magazine » FrontPage)
Submitted at 6/12/2011 11:43:18 PM

Our short national nightmare is over. It is, indeed, Anthony Weiner’s organ. And the world can rest safe at night knowing that it will remain ensconced in a pair of gray Fruit of the Looms for the foreseeable future. Now, in fact, Weiner is supposedly entering rehab; he is the media’s newfound “victim” of sex addiction – the same malady that afflicts every male on planet earth, but which somehow does not drive them to send photographs of their intimate parts to random people they meet on the internet. While some top Democratic leaders are calling for Weiner to step down, many on the Left are not satisfied to see their erstwhile hero bite the political dust. They want to rehabilitate him, to excuse him, to relieve his moral culpability for tweeting his eponymous body part to women around the nation. And so ethical leader Alec Baldwin wrote at Huffington Post in defense of the Good Representative, explaining, “The Internet, as I understand it, is best for sharing information, ideas and even feelings … Photos to find love. To find sex. My thought on Weiner is that he is a very busy man … He exists under a constant pressure cooker of selfanalysis and public appraisal.” Baldwin feels that this time

pressure justifies Weiner’s odd email habits: “For high functioning men like Weiner … that leaves one tried and true source of a reliable high. The affirmation when someone lets you know they want to sleep with you. Or even cyber-sleep with you.” So to get this straight, if you’re a busy guy, you should be able to send photographs of your genitals to random women, to save time. Try that one on your wife and see if it works. But according to Baldwin, urgency justifies sexual urgency. After all, as Baldwin says, “Let he who is without sin …” Leave it to liberals to take the New Testament out of context in order to let a sexually perverted ally off the hook.

actually attacked Weiner’s wife, then backed away when called on it. The defense didn’t rest there. MSNBC host Cenk Uygur mouthed the most typical liberal line with regard to Weiner’s nonresignation: “Democrats never stick up for their own, and that’s why they get rolled by the Republicans on a consistent basis.” In this view, only gutless Democratic incompetence allowed the Weiner issue to become an issue – instead, Democrats presumably should have stood as one, standing and proclaiming “I am Spartacus!” in order to obscure the tweeter. Baldwin isn’t even the worst of Julian Zelizer of Princeton the leftists when it comes to the University said that it didn’t d e f e n s e o f W e i n e r . C h r i s matter to the American people Matthews explained his fear that that a Congressman we pay with Democrats would “never get the our tax dollars sees fit to spread Speakership back because the his frank and beans across the people in the rural areas of this fruited plains – after all, most c o u n t r y w h o a r e C h r i s t i a n Americans are concerned with conservative culturally – you can “the causes behind the stunningly say backward if you want – but high unemployment rate.” And they don’t like this kind of stuff at Charlie Rangel – he of the all.” In other words, only bigots incessant real estate scandals – care whether a married man says he doesn’t get the focus at decides to have a public Kodak all: “I know one thing: He wasn’t m o m e n t w i t h h i m s e l f a n d going out with prostitutes, he distribute it via internet to horny wasn’t going out with little boys, w o m e n t h e c o u n t r y o v e r – he wasn’t going into men’s room European liberals, by contrast, with broad stances. All of those would write this off as a harmless things I understand.” Of course, indiscretion. At least Matthews two of the three of Rangel was attacking the country at large referred to here resigned. this week – a few days ago, he

Why You’re Not Getting the College Education You Paid For
Sterling Beard (The Foundry)
Submitted at 6/13/2011 11:15:54 AM

Posted June 13th, 2011 at 12:15pm in Education Print This Post Anywhere else it would have been grounds for dismissal. But when J. Michael Bailey, Professor of Psychology at Northwestern University, allowed demonstrations with sex toys as a part of a course, he was immune to firing, let alone outside pressure, because he had tenure. -That was just one of the examples author and former Wall Street Journal editor Naomi Schaefer Riley gave while discussing the problems of university tenure in her talk“The Faculty Lounges and Other Reasons Why You Won’t Get the College Education You Paid For,” held Wednesday at The Heritage Foundation. “The most pernicious aspects of university tenure,” she said, “do not make headlines at all.” Though the system may protect those whom The New Criterion’s Roger Kimball infamously deemed “tenured radicals,” its other flaws are worse. “I am concerned less with the radical than I am with the lazy, WHY page 76



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Landslide Islamist Victory in Turkey
Ryan Mauro (FrontPage Magazine » FrontPage)
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Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan and his Islamist Justice and Development Party (AKP) won a landslide victory in Sunday’s elections. The Islamists won half of the vote, leaving them short of the two-thirds majority they sought in the parliament, which would have allowed them to rewrite the constitution unobstructed. However, the AKP’s huge victory means the Islamists will still control Turkey and oversee the writing of a new constitution. The election actually results in a slight loss for the AKP. The party currently holds 331 of the 550 seats in parliament, and is projected to now only have 325. The Islamists must win the support of only five non-AKP seats to put up a draft constitution for a referendum. The popularity of Prime Minister Erdogan and his party means that such a referendum is very likely to pass. The AKP may not have the twothirds majority that would have allowed for a unilateral writing of the constitution, or even enough to unilaterally submit a draft for a referendum, but not much stands in its way.

“Elections taking place today are likely to be the last fair and free ones in Turkey. With Turkey’s leading Islamist party controlling all three branches of the government and the military sidelined, little will stop it from changing the rules to keep power into the indefinite future,” wrote Dr. Daniel Pipes of the electoral results. In September, 58 percent of Turks voted in favor of a referendum that paved the way for a new constitution. Tellingly, Iran endorsed the referendum. A key objective was to undermine the power of the military that has

acted as a vanguard of secularism. It asserts civilian control over the military and increased the power of the president and the parliament over the judiciary. Both the presidency and the parliament are controlled by the AKP. The Erdogan government’s reforms were welcomed in the West because they make Turkey more democratic structurally, but these reforms have coincided with disturbing crackdowns on political opponents. The government has blocked many websites, including YouTube, without having to explain why.

the incompetent, or the merely distracted,” Riley said. Riley contends that the tenure system wasn’t built with the interests of students in mind. It was built to provide economic Over 60 journalists have been security for a group of people who imprisoned for what they’ve trained for years for jobs that written. Two of them were carried little remuneration. It was, arrested in March and have still in fact, a de facto arrangement in not been informed of the charges many American workplaces; against them. As Dr. Barry Rubin employees often worked for the points out, the Erdogan same employer for the duration of government has “repressed their careers. Academic freedom opposition and arrested hundreds was a distant, secondary concern of critics, bought up 40 percent of during tenure’s early days. the media, and installed its people In the 19th century, however, in the bureaucracy.” university benefactors and There has also been a concerted professors clashed more and more effort to decrease the political often. influence of the military. Over “The faculty had their own ideas 160 current and former military about what they wanted to study, officers have been charged with and they didn’t much care for involvement in an alleged coup outside interference,” Riley said. plot in 2003. It has been called the They wanted the benefactors’ “the largest-ever crackdown on money, but not the benefactors. A Turkey’s military.” The modern version of this can be government claims that elements seen in the Charles G. Koch of the military sought to carry out Charitable Foundation’s gift to attacks, including the bombing of Florida State University, the terms mosques. Those arrested have of which allow the foundation to also been accused of planning to ensure that its intent—promoting foment conflict by provoking libertarian ideas on Greece to shoot down a Turkish campus—remains intact. military aircraft. Top officials Research universities typically including the former commander used tenure to protect professors of the First Army and former and their scholarship from leaders of the air force, special benefactors’ influence; they were forces and navy have been to become “public intellectuals” arrested. Erdogan’s opponents who would “add to the general allege that the arrests are pool of knowledge available to politically-motivated. mankind.” This required shelter for their scholarship. Tenure WHY page 77

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became an assurance of academic freedom, but their role as experts in their field placed them above public criticism. By the 1970s, this led to the job market in academia collapsing. Tenured professors held all of the jobs. This hurts Ph.D. holders looking for tenure-track positions, yet they still support the tenure system. “It’s not so much that we absolutely insist on security,” Riley quoted a graduate student as saying, “but the reality is that academic life has so little going for it. There is only this one, absolutely gratuitous benefit, which is that you have this absurd amount of security, which almost no one else in the workforce has.” An alternative system of multiyear, renewable contracts would provide a sensible alternative, reducing the stranglehold that

faculty have over higher education. Thanks to tenure, they can play a waiting game and outlast their critics. With tenure in place, reform is impossible. Sterling Beard is currently a member of the Young Leaders Program at The Heritage Foundation. For more information on interning at Heritage, please visit: about/departments/ylp.cfm 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 the FAQ at Five Filters featured article: Ten Years Of Media Lens - Our Problem With Mainstream Dissidents.

six ships ( USS United States, USS Constellation, and USS Constitution). Congress, however, was soon compelled to appropriate funds for many more ships, as the U.S. would soon fight two wars with the Barbary States in 1801 and 1815. This episode during Washington’s administration reveals that the Founders, despite their minor disagreements over foreign policy, understood the “common defense” to encompass more than merely territorial defense in the face of immediate dangers. Washington’s wise procurement of these frigates enabled President Thomas Jefferson to dispatch them to the Mediterranean when diplomacy failed again in 1801. President James Madison did the same in 1815. They well understood that U.S. independence was directly

related to America’s constant defense at home and its ability to uphold the principles of freedom abroad without coercion. —Marion Smith is a graduate fellow in the B. Kenneth Simon Center for Principles and Politics at the Heritage Foundation. This post is the third in a series on the Founders’ understanding of military engagement. 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 the FAQ at Five Filters featured article: Ten Years Of Media Lens - Our Problem With Mainstream Dissidents.

4 Tips For Interviewing Long-Distance Job Candidates
Amy-Mae Elliott (Mashable!)
Submitted at 6/13/2011 12:00:22 PM

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Experts demand changes to NHS plans
(Evening Standard - News)
Submitted at 6/12/2011 10:04:37 PM

13 Jun 2011 The Government's plans for the NHS must undergo significant changes to secure the future of the health service, experts say. The aim of improving services is universally supported but there are "genuine and deep-seated concerns" which need to be addressed, the NHS Future Forum, appointed by the

Government to review its plans, said. The Health and Social Care Bill is currently on hold on its passage through Parliament after Prime Minister David Cameron announced a "pause" for reflection. The Bill has attracted criticism from the medical profession and unions, particularly over increasing competition between the NHS and private companies. Over the last two months,

members of the forum have met more than 6,700 people face to face and have received more than 29,000 emails, comments and questionnaires. The Government will officially respond to the report on Tuesday, but Prime Minister David Cameron has already outlined "real changes" to the reforms - pre -empting the content of the report. Publishing the findings, NHS Future Forum chairman Professor Steve Field said the NHS would

be in a "strong position" to tackle future challenges, including an ageing population, if the Government accepted its recommendations. "There is no doubt that the NHS needs to change," he said. "The principles underlying the Bill - devolving control to clinicians, giving patients real choices and control, and focusing on outcomes - are well supported. "However, during our listening we heard genuine and deep-seated

concerns from NHS staff, patients and the public which must be addressed if the reforms are to be progressed." 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 the FAQ at Five Filters featured article: Ten Years Of Media Lens - Our Problem With Mainstream Dissidents.


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and employees work from home, there’s a good chance your next hire might be located many miles away from HQ. Although this brings many benefits to both the employer and employee, one area which can be a challenge is the job interview process. Flying candidates out to meet you is too costly for some small companies, meaning a longdistance job interview is the only option. Interviewing is a skill in itself, and adding the element of distance can make it even more tough. We’ve spoken to some experts in the area to bring you four tips for how to successfully interview long-distance. 1. Practice Makes Perfect Interviewing is a skill like any other. It’s one thing to pen a set of questions, but quite another to use those as a basis for a successful and informative conversation, especially when you’re not in the same room as the candidate. It’s well worth running through a mock interview with an existing employee to see how well the questions flow, if the order works and to adjust as is best. Additionally, if you’re using tech during the interview, such as a video webchat program or screensharing software, do at least one dry run before the actual interview to make sure you know exactly how it all works and that you are comfortable with the setup so you can concentrate on what the candidate is saying,

rather than on technical issues. And, if you’re going down the video webchat route, but are personally not that experienced at being on the small screen, then log some time in front of your webcam to get comfortable. “Video interviews, although growing in popularity, are still not as widespread as you might think. The parties, even the recruiters, are still somewhat uncomfortable with being on camera. Although the same face is seen in real life, many people just don’t like the way they look on cameras. For a recruiter to use video tools effectively they need to be comfortable with the technology and comfortable in their own skin,” advises Michael D. Haberman, SPHR, vice president of Omega HR Solutions. “Both take practice. The recruiter wants to come off as polished. You need to be aware of your mannerisms. Things which you do, such as blinking, looking away, etc., which would seem normal in a face-to-face become magnified on video. Despite the fact that you don’t actually have someone physically in front of you, you must remember that you can still be seen, and some people have lapses.” 2. Be Clear About Objectives There may be many stages to your long distance interview process — an initial, more informal chat to arrange a more formal, longer phone interview, a video interview, and maybe even

a demonstration or skills-based session. It’s only fair to let your interviewee know exactly what to expect. This includes giving an estimate of how long you’d expect the session to last, what they should have on hand, any previous work examples to provide to you in advance, who will be on the call and what you’re hoping to get out of that stage of the interview. And, always allow time at the end of every stage for the interviewee to ask you questions. What they ask (and how) can be as telling as some of their responses to your queries. 3. Keep Things Professional “Do treat a telephone interview like any other face-to-face interview. It is tempting to treat a telephone interview more casually, but set clear objectives and stick to them,” suggests Andrew Spence, HR consultant for Glass Bead Consulting and author of the HR Transformer Blog. Don’t forget that your candidate is also interviewing you and assessing your company’s prospects. Keeping the interview process as professional as possible — despite the fact you may both be taking part from your sofa — is important. “Even though the interview is being done from your home, you still have to dress business professional for the interview,” confirms Haberman.

It might sound obvious, but for a phone or webchat interview ensure your cell phone is turned off, your laptop won’t start bleeping calendar reminders, noone is going to burst in on you chatting, etc. Your candidate should likewise ensure the same, making for a calm and uninterrupted session. 4. Anticipate Awkward Silences You might be lucky and just click with your interviewee, but chances are, even if they are a suitable candidate for the job, there will be the odd moment where you talk over each other, don’t catch what the person said, misconstrue meaning, etc. In these situations you need to try and smooth things along as best you can. “Do try to build rapport, but don’t force it. Without being able to see the candidate’s non-verbal response, you might find there are some awkward silences and interruptions, but persevere without being domineering,” advises Spence. Good communication is so much more important when you’re not face-to-face with someone. Ensure your interviewee clearly understands the questions you are asking. If they get stuck on something, offer to come back to that point, and if they’re getting fuddled or fudging an answer, step in with a firm but friendly manner to help them out. If you give your candidate every chance to do well, you will get a

better sense of their suitability for the role. Everyone gets nervous and flustered about an interview, the skill is not to get them to break down — but to rise up and show you their potential. What other tips do you have for interviewing long-distance candidates? Let us know in the comments. Series Supported by Elance The Digital Careers Series is supported by Elance, where businesses hire and manage in the cloud for immediate access to the talent they need, when they need it. Elance offers the flexibility to staff up or down, and it’s faster and less expensive than traditional staffing and outsourcing. Check out Startup Cloud to learn more. Images courtesy of iStockphoto, simoningate, numbeos, and Flickr, Xavi Calvo, Calsidyrose, Fotogravirus More About: business, digital careers series, how to, human resources, interviews, List, Lists, small business For more Business & Marketing coverage: • Follow Mashable Business & Marketing on Twitter • Become a Fan on Facebook • Subscribe to the Business & Marketing channel • Download our free apps for Android, Mac, iPhone and iPad

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Boxee’s Mac, Windows & Linux Software To Get Major Updates
Christina Warren (Mashable!)
Submitted at 6/13/2011 12:17:15 PM

PM pledges £814m child jabs boost
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Submitted at 6/12/2011 7:23:51 PM

Boxee users on Mac OS X, Windows or Linux can expect a major update to the media center with a social twist later this fall. On the official Boxee blog, Boxee CEO and co-founder Avner Ronen wrote that the Boxee team is working on delivering a new version of the downloadable Boxee software to end users that better matches the software that ships with the Boxee Box by D-Link. Ronen goes on to explain the reasons for delays in the development of the Boxee software, noting that “We know Boxee users on computers have been frustrated with the long wait.” The reason for the wait, as most users have probably surmised, is the Boxee Box. When Boxee first started in 2007, it wanted to build its own set-top box but realized that the cost in developing such a product was out of reach. Thus, the company focused instead on building software to run on Mac

computers, Apple TV devices and Windows and Linux PCs. In 2009, flush with funding and a hardware partner, the dreams of building a box became an attainable reality. Ronen writes: “The effort to build the Boxee Box involved writing on a completely new OS, handling a totally different and more involved setup process, support for new security mechanisms, writing a new browser, integrating new hardware libraries for video,

audio and graphics handling, and many more tasks. It was (and still is) an enormous task for a relatively small team, keeping in mind that we weren’t ‘starting from scratch’ — we were adapting a product and code base that already existed which is considerably harder.” We’re impressed with Ronen’s transparency in the matter, even if the answer isn’t something Boxee fans like hearing. The goal is to bring the downloadable version more in-line with the CE version

and to keep development better aligned in the future. For do-it-yourself media server fans, Boxee — even without significant updates — remains a good choice. Still, other platforms, notably XBMC(the project Boxee is based on) and Plex are both charging ahead with development and new features. XBMC has experienced a renaissance of sorts in the last year, with builds available for a growing number of platforms and a host of new features. Do you still use Boxee on your media PC or have you moved to something else? More About: boxee, htpc, media center, software, XBMC For more Tech & Gadgets coverage: • Follow Mashable Tech & Gadgets on Twitter • Become a Fan on Facebook • Subscribe to the Tech & Gadgets channel • Download our free apps for Android, Mac, iPhone and iPad

13 Jun 2011 David Cameron has committed an extra £814 million of British money to the vaccination of children in poor countries, insisting the UK had a "moral" obligation to help despite public spending cuts at home. The announcement came as world leaders, charities, companies and billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates gathered in London for a fund-raising conference by the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (Gavi). The extra money will more than double the UK's contribution to the initiative, previously set at £680 million between 2011 and 2015. Britain is by far the biggest source of funding for Gavi, followed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which has promised to provide 1.3 billion US dollars (£800m). Mr Cameron said the UK's money would help vaccinate more than 80 million children, saving 1.4 million lives. But, mindful of criticism of the Government's commitment to protecting aid spending at 0.7% of PLEDGES page 80



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national income, he also struck a defensive note. "At a time when we are making spending cuts at home what we are doing today and the way we are protecting our aid budget is controversial," the Prime Minister said. "Some people say we simply can't afford spending money on overseas aid right now, that we should get our own house in order before worrying about other people's problems. "Others see the point of helping other countries to develop, but they don't think aid works anyway, because corrupt dictators prevent it from reaching the people who really need it." But went on: "I think there is a strong moral case for keeping our promises to the world's poorest and helping them, even when we face challenges at home. When

you make a promise to the poorest children in the world, you should keep it." In total, the conference secured funding commitments of 4.3 billion dollars - including an extra one billion from Microsoft founder Mr Gates - exceeding a target in advance of 3.7 billion dollars. 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 the FAQ at Five Filters featured article: Ten Years Of Media Lens - Our Problem With Mainstream Dissidents.

New Weiner scandal: license plate fraud?
Ed Morrissey (Hot Air » Top Picks)

The New York license plate bolted on Weiner’s Pathfinder US Congress 9 – had expired as Submitted at 6/13/2011 11:15:40 AM of 2006, according to the DMV. The one thing we can’t say with “That license plate should not be certitude is that Anthony Weiner on a car,” a DMV spokeswoman has been registering his vehicles said. It wasn’t even issued to the with the DMV. The New York Pathfinder, but to another one of D a i l y N e w s d i d a l i t t l e Weiner’s cars, a Honda, according investigating after seeing expired to vehicle records. tags on his Nissan Pathfinder, and As abuses of power go, this one discovered that not only has the is decidedly tamer than the car not been registered, but the scandal surrounding Weiner the plates on them belong to a last couple of weeks. Still, as one different car (via JWF): investigator told the NYDN, W h e n W e i n e r ( D - Q u e e n s , swapping plates is something one Brooklyn) was photographed by would normally expect of a the Daily News fleeing the c r i m i n a l , n o t a m e m b e r o f Capitol in his Nissan Pathfinder, it C o n g r e s s . O r i s t h a t a was clear the July 2007 redundancy? registration sticker in his window This new peek into Weiner’s was expired, and there was no approach to responsibility may inspection sticker to be seen. lend itself less to double entendres Weiner, through a staffer, said the and hilarious jokes, but it may 1988 Nissan Pathfinder was also be more revealing. Until registered in New York State. now, Weiner earned $174,000 in Not so, said the state Department annual salary as a Congressman. of Motor Vehicles. His wife earns almost the same

amount working for Hillary Clinton, putting their combined household income at a figure exceeding $325,000 per year. Weiner has agitated for higher taxes and more government regulation, but has apparently evaded his responsibility to pay for fees owed the state of New York for the last four years — even switching plates to save himself a few hundred dollars. If that’s less sexy than Weiner’s social-networking scandal (in all senses of the word), it speaks more directly to a ruling-clique sensibility and utter hypocrisy. 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 the FAQ at Five Filters featured article: Ten Years Of Media Lens - Our Problem With Mainstream Dissidents.

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How free is your state?
Ed Morrissey (Hot Air » Top Picks)
Submitted at 6/13/2011 10:38:52 AM

The Mercatus Center at George Mason University undertook a study of personal liberty in each of the 50 states, based explicitly on “an individual-rights framework.” First started in 2009, Mercatus has fine-tuned the study to include more policy variables — and that’s bad news for Massachusetts. Thanks to the health-insurance mandate as well as a number of other restrictive measures, the Bay State has fallen to 46th among the states for freedom: The Bay State ranks near the bottom of a new “Freedom in the 50 States” study, which found the health-care law, gun laws, taxes and a string of other “nanny state” rules on smoking, seat belts, transfats and firecrackers makes Massachusetts one of the least free states in the nation. New Hampshire, the commonwealth’s “Live Free or Die” rival to the north, ranked first in freedom, in the study by the libertarian Mercatus Center at George Mason University. Massachusetts trailed at 46th. “The big takeaway is that Massachusetts is not doing well overall in terms of freedom,” said study co-author William Ruger, despite the state’s laissez faire attitude toward gay marriage and pot. “There’s this kind of stereotype or myth that the deep

blue states are more economically restrictive but more personally free. But the data doesn’t actually bear that out . . . Liberals tend to want to constrain your freedom in all areas.” Really? Well, let’s take a look at the bottom 5 states to test that theory: • 50th: New York • 49th: New Jersey • 48th: California • 47th: Hawaii • 46th: Massachusetts Yes, these all seem to fit that profile, don’t they? The only real surprise in the bottom 10 is Alaska, usually seen from the lower 48 as home to a more libertarian spirit. The study marks Alaska low mainly for its fiscal policy: Alaska’s big problem is fiscal policy. Over a quarter of the state’s workforce is employed by state or local government, and that figure does not include federal employees. Alaska has the highest debt and government spending to personal income ratios in the country. However, Alaska does extremely well on personal freedom, scoring fifth on our ranking. Reasons for its score include fully legalized possession of small amounts of marijuana (accomplished through a court ruling), the least-restrictive gun laws in the country, strong assetforfeiture protections, recognition of same-sex domestic partnerships, and possibly the best

homeschooling laws in the country. On economic regulation, Alaska does poorly on labor law, occupational licensing, and eminent-domain reform but relatively well on healthinsurance regulation. As for Massachusetts, it’s exactly what you think: Massachusetts has a reputation as a liberal state par excellence, and therefore it might be surprising to discover that the state ranks higher on economic than personal freedom. The state has fallen significantly since 2007, due in part to the notorious Romneycare health-insurance reform. Tax rates remain about average, and the government payroll is remarkably small. The biggest fiscal problem for Massachusetts is debt, which equals more than a quarter of personal income. Meanwhile, on personal freedoms the state has highly restrictive gun laws, bicycle- and motorcycle-helmet laws, personal injury and uninsured motorist auto-insurance mandates, fairly restrictive gambling laws, a total fireworks ban, extremely strict private- and homeschool requirements, terrible asset-forfeiture rules, extremely strict campaign-finance laws, high cigarette taxes, and a total statewide smoking ban. On the positive side, the state did decriminalize marijuana possession in 2008. Same-sex marriage remains in place. Labor laws are subpar, except on workers’ compensation funding

(self-insurance is allowed). How about my state of Minnesota? We came in at #34, which is still 14 places above the state I left to move here (California): Minnesota’s taxes and spending are somewhat higher than average, although debt and government employment are not. Social services spending and individual income taxes stand out as particularly high. Some striking facts about Minnesota include the following: the state still has blue laws for alcohol, low-level marijuana possession is decriminalized, the state lacks helmet laws and prohibits sobriety checkpoints but requires personal injury and underinsured motorist auto insurance coverage, health insurance coverage mandates are the third most costly in the country, occupational licensing is the second worst in the country, asset forfeiture puts the burden of proof on the owner, and cigarette taxes are high. The state has improved by allowing its minimum wage to lapse to the federal standard. On the latter point, I believe that the state did that only after Congress raised the minimum wage in 2007 — just before the economy tanked. So which state in the union is the most free? Why, it’s the one with “Live Free or Die” as its motto. New Hampshire gets to #1, but that’s not to say it’s perfect: New Hampshire is, by our count,

the freest state in the country. Depending on weights, however, it really shares the slot with South Dakota. New Hampshire does much better on economic than personal freedom and on fiscal than regulatory policy. Under unified Democratic control in 2007–2008, the state saw a respectable increase in freedom. A smoking ban was enacted, but so were same-sex civil unions. Taxes, spending, and fiscal decentralization remain more than a standard deviation better than average, and government debt actually went down slightly. Gun laws are among the most liberal in the country, but carrying a firearm in a car requires a concealedcarry permit. Effective retail-tax rates on wine and spirits are zero. Marijuana laws are middling; lowlevel possession could be decriminalized like it is in Maine, while low-level cultivation could be made a misdemeanor like it is in both Maine and Vermont. New Hampshire is the only state in the country with no seatbelt law for adults. It lacks a motorcyclehelmet law but does have a bicycle-helmet law and authorizes sobriety checkpoints. State approval is required to open a private school. Homeschool laws are slightly worse than average; standardized testing and recordkeeping requirements are stricter than those in most states. Eminent-domain reforms have HOW page 84



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The Scandalous Pleasure of Not Writing About Anthony Weiner
Annie Groer (Politics : The Atlantic)
Submitted at 6/13/2011 10:46:54 AM

By Annie Groer Jun 13 2011, 11:46 AM ET Comment A recovering gossip columnist on the spring's bumper crop of political scandals and juicy stories These are tough times for a recovering gossip columnist. In the past month alone, while toiling in solitude on my first book, I've left to other writers, bloggers and talking heads the ceaseless task of dissecting this spring's bumper crop of political scandals and juicy stories: Rep. Anthony Weiner's full-frontal, cyber-sexcapades, including an allegedly not indecent exchange with a 17-year-old high school girl and a stab at rehab to become a "better husband and a healthier person" after a tortuous cycle of lying, denying, crying and defying Dem leaders who want him byebye-ing; former California g o v e r n o r A r n o l d Schwarzenegger's belated confession that he sired a son with a trusted family housekeeper years before seeking office, thus turning Maria Shriver into another grievously betrayed Kennedy clan wife; former House Speaker Newt Gingrich's six-figure Tiffany debt listed on third spouse Callista's

financial disclosure statement, which surfaced weeks before the implosion of his White House campaign and finger-pointing at Mrs. Gingrich for insisting they take a very pricey Greek Isle Cruise rather than campaign in those tedious early states; thrice-

wed IMF chief Dominique Strauss -Kahn's long history of consensual and predatory sex, capped by criminal allegations of attempted rape of a hotel maid; and twotiming, two-time presidential candidate John Edwards's indictment, charging him with

campaign finance violations in a scheme to hide and silence mistress/baby mama Rielle Hunter, who bore his love child as wife Elizabeth was dying of cancer. Whew! To be sure, these men are just the

latest in a seemingly endless bipartisan parade of lust-busted public servants. But it's a good bet that by, say, the Fourth of July -or maybe even next Friday -- yet another narcissistic official whose SCANDALOUS page 84

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CBS poll shows majority of Americans want “fundamental changes” to Medicare …
Ed Morrissey (Hot Air » Top Picks)

changes are necessary to make it work better”; “There are some good things about Medicare, but Submitted at 6/13/2011 11:55:44 AM fundamental changes are needed”; This report from a CBS poll or “Medicare has so much wrong starts promisingly enough: with it that we need to completely A new CBS News poll shows rebuild it.” that Americans have mixed Twenty-seven percent – feelings about what should i n c l u d i n g 3 6 p e r c e n t o f happen to Medicare: While 53 Democrats – said only minor percent say the program needs changes are needed. Thirteen fundamental changes … percent, meanwhile, said the Wow! H e r e I w a s , program must be completely underestimating the ability of the rebuilt. But 53 percent says American public to deduce that a Medicare needs fundamental Ponzi scheme inevitably ends changes — even though there are badly, and the voters surprise us g o o d t h i n g s a b o u t i t . T h a t all. Or at least they do until you i n c l u d e s a m a j o r i t y o f read the rest of the sentence: Republicans and independents, 58 percent say it should continue and 43 percent of Democrats. … the way it is set up now. Respondents were also asked if Er, so we should fundamentally they would like to see Medicare change Medicare to keep it “continue the way it is set up now, continuing as it is set up now? as a program that pays the doctors Where did CBS poll for these and hospitals that treat senior results, in psychiatric hospitals? citizens” or “if they think it Or did the methodology create the should become “a program that oxymoronic results? gives senior citizens payments Americans were asked which of towards the purchase of private three statements comes closest to insurance.” Democrats have their views: “Medicare works called for keeping Medicare as it pretty well and only minor is now, while Republicans have

advocated transforming it into a voucher-style system in which seniors chose their coverage option and are allotted a certain amount of money to cover their insurance costs. In the poll, 58 percent of Americans said the program should continue as it is now – including 70 percent of Democrats and 58 percent of independents. Less than half of Republicans – 45 percent – share that view. Majorities of both those who are over 55 and under 55 said the program should continue the way it is set up now. (The Republican plan would transform Medicare only for those who are 55 or younger.) It’s easy to blame the pollster in this case, but the methodology really isn’t the problem in this case. (Nor is the sample; this came from the same poll as the presidential approval rating last week, where Democrats and Republicans were evenly sampled.) The problem in this case lies with the electorate, and the fundamental gap between acknowledging a problem and

taking action to correct it. Voters see the fiscal dead end towards which Medicare is hurtling at breakneck speed. They want the program changed to avoid the collapse, which most people understand will require fundamental changes. On the other hand, they don’t want to lose their future benefits, which they see as being guaranteed by the same single-payer model that has created the Ponzi scheme in the first place. It’s hard to imagine what kind of “fundamental” change envisioned by the obvious overlap of the 53% who back such change and the 58% who want the status quo to remain, but it’s clear that it would be akin to rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic. Without a doubt, this presents a big challenge to anyone who proposes fundamental change to Medicare, but it also poses problems for those who oppose fundamental changes, too. Politicians who keep using the Chip Diller routine of yelling “All is well!” are not likely to find their credibility boosted in this

climate, while those who roll out a complete re-imagining of Medicare will have to work hard to convince people of the necessity of such an approach. It’s a perfect climate, unfortunately, for weak and barely-incremental proposals that merely kick the can a couple of years down the road … which is almost certainly what Joe Biden’s task force will end up recommending to Congress. The implosion will have to be in motion by the time voters are willing to part with the fantasy of single-payer, and by that time, it will be too late for comfortable transitions. 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 the FAQ at Five Filters featured article: Ten Years Of Media Lens - Our Problem With Mainstream Dissidents.


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brain has drifted groin-ward will get caught committing an inexplicably stupid, arrogant act that sullies the office and humiliates the family. And here I sit, day after day, doing research, tweaking chapter synopses and crafting an author marketing strategy without typing a single word for public consumption about this current pack of political miscreants and potential criminals. Make no mistake. I find each of their stories riveting in the extreme. After all, I spent nearly four years in the late 1990s cowriting the Washington Post's cheeky "Reliable Source" gossip column, which was long on sex, lies, politics and idiocy. But chronicling the bad behavior of the rich and powerful finally proved too corrosive, so I switched portfolios to architecture, home design, antiques and 21st century manners, which occasionally touched on such lesser sins as appalling lack of taste and failure to send a timely, hand-written thank you note. After a 2008 Post buyout, I launched a varied and entertaining freelance career (though I have yet to pitch something truly divine to Garden and Gun). But old

habits die hard, and in January 2010, I joined to create and write "The Republic of Dish." This 14-month gig included stories about those crashing boors, Tareq and Michaele Salahi, South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford and his Argentine soulmate, Al and Tipper Gore's divorce and Rep. Chris "Craigslist" Lee, who unlike Weiner, apparently bared only his chest in an emailed photo to a potential date. Mercifully, my job also included serious, straightforward political and campaign reporting. When PoliticsDaily ceased to exist in March, I returned to the book in earnest. These days, it is increasingly difficult to concentrate amid so many titillating stories, all of which seem perfect for a snarkinfested HBO docu-potboiler. Like an ex-jockey who chomps at the bit while watching Triple Crown races, or a retired firefighter obsessed with the horrific Arizona blaze, I sometimes wonder whether I should re-enter the world of gossip, rumor and innuendo, even if only temporarily. And then what? Would I phone Lee Hart in Colorado and ask how she weathered husband Gary

Hart's 1987 dalliance with Donna Rice, in, among other places, their Capitol Hill home, for God's sake? Would I interview the very same Donna Rice, now Hughes, who now heads Enough Is Enough, an anti-porn and Internet safety advocacy group? Would I check in with Jenny Sanford, who divorced her lovesick husband and wrote a book about the ordeal? Track down Michele Lee to see whether she stuck with her shirtless excongressman hubby (he's her second, and the father of their young son), or ask if she has some helpful House-spouse advice for Huma Abedin, now pregnant after just 11 months of marriage to the disgraced Weiner? I know there isn't a chance in hell Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who knows a thing or two about staying married to a straying husband, would reveal any wise counsel she may be giving Abedin, who has worked closely with Clinton since her 1996 stint as a White House intern. And Abedin herself is among the most private and tight-lipped members of the Washington politocracy. Should I query the usually garrulous Bill Clinton, who performed their marriage ceremony, about his take on

Weiner's next move? Hah! Is it worth asking former New York governor Eliot Spitzer -- the infamous john whose fondness for hookers derailed a promising political career, but in due time spawned a second profession as a CNN talking head -- if he is now a better person and a healthier husband and how Weiner should handle, his, uh, comeback? As I ponder the questions I'd put to these scandalistas and those who love them, I am struck by a simple truth: I do not, at this moment, wish to reach out to a single one of 'em. I'd much rather take a good strong shower and focus my own story. Image credit: David Karp/ 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 the FAQ at Five Filters featured article: Ten Years Of Media Lens - Our Problem With Mainstream Dissidents.

gone far. The state’s liability system is one of the best, but campaign-finance regulations are quite strict. The drug lawenforcement rate is low and dropping, while arrests for other victimless crimes are high and dropping. Asset-forfeiture law is definitely subpar, with potential for abuse. Assuming that every governor rumored to be thinking of a run for the GOP presidential nomination gets into the race, which one would get the individual-liberty nod based on this study? Palin’s Alaska comes in at 44th, while Tim Pawlenty’s Minnesota gets 10 places above that. Chrsi Christie’s New Jersey is second-to-last, which means we need Christie to do some work there rather than on the national stage. Jon Huntsman’s Utah is above average at 20th, but Rick Perry’s Texas wins the prize at 14th. However, Mitch Daniels’ Indiana wins the bronze medal at #3, which might have impressed primary voters had he thrown his hat into the ring. 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 the FAQ at Five Filters featured article: Ten Years Of Media Lens - Our Problem With Mainstream Dissidents.

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Herman Cain's Anti-Muslim Bigotry Should Be Disqualifying
Conor Friedersdorf (Politics : The Atlantic)
Submitted at 6/13/2011 11:30:15 AM

By Conor Friedersdorf Jun 13 2011, 12:30 PM ET Comment The loyalty test he proposes for Muslim Americans isn't just discriminatory and unconstitutional -- it would never work Presidential candidate Herman Cain has reiterated his position that any Muslim serving in his administration would be forced to take a loyalty test with this statement: "That's not discrimination. It's called trying to protect the American people. This nation is under attack constantly by people who want to kill all of us, so I'm going to take extra precaution." That's chilling logic. The last time the United States government decided that an "extra precaution" made it okay to presume the disloyalty of citizens, we imprisoned more than 100,000 completely innocent Japanese Americans.

Even if it weren't bigoted and imprudent, however, Cain's logic should be disqualifying for its sheer idiocy. Think about it. His plan for deciding whether someone is a sleeper jihadist or worthy of being trusted in the White House is essentially to ask them, "Do you swear you're loyal to the United States?" This would happen in a "one-on-one conversation," where the former

CEO would do what exactly? Apparently being in a room alone with a man is enough for Cain to tell his intentions, because no one has ever lied in the history of mankind, or been misjudged when telling the truth. The guy is running as the "common sense" candidate and offering up terrorism solutions so blinkered they fail on three levels. We've covered the bigotry

problem. Then there's the fact that an actual terrorist would lie during any conversational loyalty test. But even in an alternate universe where conversations about loyalty were magic guarantors of actual loyalty, real jihadists could just lie about being Muslim and avoid taking any test at all: under his plan it wouldn't be required of non-Muslims. Perhaps Cain grasps the glaring

flaws in his plan, and is merely pretending loyalty tests are something he'd implement. In that case, he's shown himself willing to exploit anxiety about an ethnic minority for the sake of populist appeal. The next president may well preside over a terrorist attack by Islamist extremists, so the last thing we need is an Oval Office occupant prepared to target innocent Muslims with discriminatory policies should doing so happen to poll well. Cain should disavow this position or drop out of the race. Image credit: Reuters This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters featured article: Ten Years Of Media Lens - Our Problem With Mainstream Dissidents.



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A First Look at Rep. Giffords
Tom Madigan (Politics : The Atlantic)
Submitted at 6/13/2011 10:36:47 AM

By Tom Madigan Jun 13 2011, 11:36 AM ET Comment The congresswoman is speaking in complete sentences according to a friend, and new photos show her with few signs of the shooting In the photos that give the public its first good look at her since an assassination attempt in January, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is smiling. Two new photos released on Giffords's Facebook page early Sunday show the Arizona Democrat with close-cropped hair and few obvious traces of the shooting at a public event in Tucson. ( TIMELINE: Gabrielle Giffords's Recovery) The note on Giffords's Facebook page says, "The photos were taken

May 17 at TIRR Memorial Hermann Hospital, the day after the launch of Endeavour and the day before she had her cranioplasty." Giffords had been transferred to the Houston hospital for rehab and to be near her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, who was preparing to lead the Endeavour space shuttle

said on NBC's "Meet the Press." "She's making remarkable progress. We're so proud of her." Photos released shortly after the shooting showed Giffords's hand holding her husband's. And video by a Houston television station showed her boarding a plane for Florida, from a distance, in April. But the photos released Sunday are the first that show Giffords portrait-style. Giffords was shot point-blank in the head on January 8; six were killed and 13 injured in the rampage. Image credit: Getty Images and mission. the hospital back in January, said Facebook Giffords's mother appears with she talked to her friend on This entry passed through the her in one of the photos. They Wednesday over the phone. "We Full-Text RSS service — if this is were taken by P.K. Weis, a r e a l l y h a d a w o n d e r f u l your content and you're reading it longtime photojournalist at the conversation; she spoke to me in on someone else's site, please read Tucson Citizen who had long full sentences, initiated those the FAQ at Giffords, the note said. s e n t e n c e s i n s t e a d o f j u s t only/faq.php#publishers. Five Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, responding, which is what she'd Filters featured article: Ten Years D-Fla., who was there when really only been able to do Of Media Lens - Our Problem Giffords first opened her eyes in recently," Wasserman Schultz With Mainstream Dissidents.

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Sony, Panasonic, others to launch cross-platform ebook service, later this year
Amar Toor (Engadget)
Submitted at 6/13/2011 1:17:00 PM

Don't look now, but there's some major synergy going on in Japan's e-book market, now that Sony, Panasonic, Rakuten and Kinokuniya have all joined forces on a new digital quest. Today, the quartet of companies announced they're working on a system that would allow users to purchase and read content across their respective e-readers, injecting the e-cosmos with a heavy dose of free love and good vibes. Under the new service, customers would be able to manage their downloads and browse bestsellers within a centralized web-based marketplace, regardless of the device they go to bed with every night. Because within this new universe, there would be no "mine," "yours," or "theirs" -- all

HP reportedly in talks with major labels over cloudbased service
will be one and one will be all. The chieftains have already held powows with a handful of digital publishers, though they expect to have more friends around the campfire by the time the project launches later this year. Sony, Panasonic, others to launch cross-platform e-book service, later this year originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 13 Jun 2011 13:17:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink Engadget Japan| Nikkei| Email this| Comments

YouTube subtly adds HD preview images, logoless playback option
Darren Murph (Engadget)
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least six months away, according to some), while one other said that HP is still "trying to narrow down what their service will look like." HP reportedly in talks with major labels over cloud-based service originally appeared on Engadget

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It ain't nearly as monumental as the day that YouTube actually started supporting high-def videos, but it'll certainly make those who routinely upload HD content a bit happier. We're talking about two new additions put forth by the YT team: HD preview images and a logoless playback option. Any new video uploaded to the site in a resolution of 480p or higher will have an HD preview image wherever the player is embedded, and we're told that preexisting HD videos

We've already seen some rumors of a cloud-syncing music store for the HP TouchPad, not to mention talk of " Music Synergy," and it now looks like there could be will be updated "in the next few some more movement on that weeks." Moving right along, that front. According to, pesky YouTube watermark (seen HP's discussions with the major above) will be no more should record labels about a cloud-based you choose to nix it, but it's not as service of some sort are now simple as just ticking a box; you'll "heating up," although that need to add "?modestbranding=1" apparently doesn't mean an actual at the end of the video URL in launch is imminent. One major order to make it disappear. So, label exec told Billboard that the service could be "something like celebratory drinks at noon? Y o u T u b e s u b t l y a d d s H D Qriocity for a variety of media, p r e v i e w i m a g e s , l o g o l e s s which can be delivered on any HP p l a y b a c k o p t i o n o r i g i n a l l y device," but added that "we don't appeared on Engadget on Mon, 13 know how serious they are," Jun 2011 12:49:00 EDT. Please which isn't exactly an encouraging see our terms for use of feeds. thing to hear. That uncertainty Permalink The Inquirer| YouTube was echoed by other unnamed sources, who were reportedly Blog| Email this| Comments unsure about how quickly HP could launch such a service (at REPORTEDLY page 87