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2012 candidates woo voters on Labor Day

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Republican presidential rival Senator John McCain. McCains vice presidential Submitted at 9/4/2011 9:59:04 PM running mate, Sarah Palin, is not a Labor Day is no day off for declared candidate, but the whole President Barack Obama and the world is waiting to find out Republicans who want his job. whether shell join the the race for The holiday to pay tribute to the 2012 Republican presidential American workers traditionally nomination. marks the start of the general The former Alaska governor is election campaign. And although the headliner at a Tea Party 15 months remain before the 2012 Express rally in Manchester, New election, youll find the 2012 Hampshire on Monday. Will she White House hopefuls on the road use her Labor Day speech to end Monday hoping to score points the suspense over her intentions? with voters. Palin has indicated shell make a Democrat Obama travels to decision sometime this month. Detroit on Labor Day to talk ABC News analyst Rick Klein about how to create jobs and poses the question: when Palins strengthen the economy, the decision finally comes will she White House said. With U.S. still be relevant? unemployment steady at 9.1 Former Massachusetts governor percent, Reuters Jeff Mason Mitt Romney was greeted by a writes Obamas on the spot to s m a l l g r o u p o f T e a P a r t y boost hiring and economic growth protesters at a pre-Labor day rally as he campaigns for a second term S u n d a y i n C o n c o r d , N e w in the White House. Hampshire. There was a bit of an Obama also spoke in Detroit on intraparty battle over whether Labor Day 2008 as his general Romney should be invited to election race heated up against speak at all. Some Tea party [unable to retrieve full-text content] [unable to retrieve full-text content]

contenders at Senator Jim DeMints Palmetto Freedom Forum. This is a chance for the candidates to define themselves in their own terms. And weve picked the candidates that are over 5 percent of the poll, so weve narrowed the field a little, DeMint said on CNNs State of the Union. Romney added the South Carolina forum to his schedule activists who do not want him to after an initial decision to skip it . win the Republican presidential M i n n e s o t a C o n g r e s s w o m a n nomination have launched an Michele Bachmann, businessman anyone-but-Romney campaign, and talk show host Herman Cain, The Washington Post reports. former House Speaker Newt That includes the protest in New Gingrich, and Texas Congressman Hampshire, home of the first-in- Ron Paul are also participating in the-nation-primary election. the question-and-answer session Republican front-runner Rick in what could be a preview of Perry, favored by many Tea Party Thursdays Republican debate in supporters, is concentrating his California. Labor Day efforts in South DeMint, a South Carolina Carolina, another early and Republican, is highly regarded in important primary state. The the Tea Party movement. His Texas governor has a town hall endorsement would be considered meeting in the morning before a prize, although he says hes not j o i n i n g f e l l o w R e p u b l i c a n ready to make a pick.

There is no one in the group that I couldnt support as our nominee, and theres no one who would not do a better job than our current president. So Im very open right now, he said. Im listening to what they say. Photo Credits: REUTERS/ Rebecca Cook (Obama in Detroit, Labor Day 2008); REUTERS/ Brian Snyder (Romney opponents in Concord, NH, Romney with supporters); REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (DeMint); REUTERS/Jim Young (Palin at rally in Indianola, Iowa); 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: A 'Malign Intellectual Subculture' - George Monbiot Smears Chomsky, Herman, Peterson, Pilger And Media Lens.

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is the first official day of the 2012 campaign. The politicians never stop campaigning, but now its for The Republican 2012 Field, In keeps. Order Accordingly, Power Play offers It is 22 weeks until the Iowa the Republican 2012 field, in caucuses maybe as little as 17 order. weeks if claim jumpers in Florida Rick Perry and Arizona move up their The Texas governor has won primaries. enough elections to know the Thats a relative eternity in perils that come with frontrunner political time. Remember, at this status. That doesnt make his task point in the 2008 cycle, all of the any easier, though. smart money was on Hillary Right now, Perry is taking heavy Clinton being the next president. flak from both sides. One-term Senator Barack Obama On Perrys left, Mitt Romney is was running what was mostly trying to burnish his Tea Party dismissed as a vanity campaign bona fides. He is doing his best to aimed at increasing his national remind the members of the name identification. Republican right that Perry is But, four or five months is how e x a c t l y t h e k i n d o f c a r e e r long it takes to set up a national politician that they claim to campaign for president. The fear despise. Thats coupled with an about John McCains August aggressive whisper campaign 2007 campaign collapse wasnt aimed at undecideds in the that the voters had already made Republican establishment about up their minds, but that he Perrys electability: too twangy, wouldnt have enough time to too dumb, too Christian too build a campaign that could Texan. endure through a months-long On his right, Michele Bachmann nomination fight. He nearly is preparing for what may be a didnt. kamikaze attack, starting with Most Americans wont really Wednesdays MSNBC debate. start paying attention to the Certainly the debate hosts and presidential election until next Romney will give her a clear Labor Day, but for millions of flight path to try to destroy p o l i t i c a l j u n k i e s , d i e - h a r d Perrys credibility with the right. R e p u b l i c a n s a n d d e v o t e d Expect to hear about Perry having supporters of the president, today been a Democrat until he was 39

and being something of a moderate on immigration. If Perry is going to win the nomination, he has to use his attackers against each other. The arguments brewing in Bachmanns camp are things that actually make an argument for Perrys general-election viability. Being a former Democrat who can talk to Hispanic voters is a good thing when it comes to beating Barack Obama. To make that argument work, Perry will need to seem cool under fire and look and sound presidential when Bachmann and Romney hit their licks. The tough part will be doing so in a way that doesnt diminish his greatest advantage: being the only candidate who has managed to thrill the GOP base. After his successful launch less than one month ago, Perry has been polishing up his presentation and raising money. Today begins a make-or-break three-week stretch for the Texan. Starting with Sen. Jim DeMints South Carolina candidate forum today and running through the Florida GOPs straw poll on Sept. 24, Perry has to prove that hes for real. Mitt Romney The last place anybody expected to see Mitt Romney on Labor Day is at Sen. Jim DeMints South

Carolina conservative cattle call. Romneys strategy called for skipping South Carolina altogether and avoiding the dangers of the Tea Party movement, but the rapid rise of Rick Perry has Romney in Columbia, S.C. today making his case to one of the most conservative members of Congress and has many supporters. Perrys ascendancy has accelerated Romneys move to the right, a journey that he began in 2007. And while his critics call him a flip flopper, Romneys movement has basically been in one direction. The Republican Party has become more conservative since then, and so has Romney. Whats tricky now for Romney is finding a way to block Perry without appearing to pander. Romney so far has resisted any impulse to change his message other than to play up the fact that he spent only four years in public office before launching what has now been a four-year quest for the presidency. Romneys message remains a withering assault on President Obamas record on the economy coupled with a tout for his own business credentials. If Michele Bachmann obliges Romney and eviscerates Perry or Perry cracks up on his own,

Romney can stay on message and actually be helped by his current difficulties. If Perry stumbles Romney will be better off for having broadened out his electoral map. Without Perry, Romney would be the last man standing and could move to secure victory swiftly and abandon his current strategy to win the nomination in a battle of attrition. The other bit of encouraging news for Romney has been the return of Sarah Palin. Shes on the trail in Iowa and New Hampshire speaking out against good old boys in the GOP and crony capitalism, a pretty direct warning to Perry. If Perry found himself under attack simultaneously by Bachmann and Palin, Romney would be back at cruising altitude pretty quickly. Palin could be a powerful ally for Perry or a deadly opponent. Romney has to hope its the latter. If she doesnt join the race, Romney may be left with little choice than to move farther to the right and to attack Perry more directly, which would be a serious problem for a candidate who is at his best above the fray. Michele Bachmann The high-water mark for the congresswomans campaign came on the evening of August 13. She REPUBLICAN page 4

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infrastructure investment, helping to provide assistance to those dislocated workers, people Enlarge image U.S. President who are out of work, whove been Barack Obama out of work for more than six Scott Olson/Pool via Bloomberg months and longer, and also U.S. President Barack Obama. providing tax breaks for middleU.S. President Barack Obama. class people, payroll taxes, and Photographer: Scott Olson/Pool for businesses, she said. via Bloomberg Obama will unveil his new jobs P r e s i d e n t B a r a c k O b a m a agenda in the speech to Congress addresses a union group in the as unemployment remains at 9.1 heart of the U.S. auto industry percent more than two years after today in a prelude to a nationally the recessions official end. The televised speech later this week sluggish recovery from the worst laying out his proposals to r e c e s s i o n s i n c e t h e G r e a t reignite the economy and boost Depression will be central issues employment. as Obama runs for re-election Marking the U.S. Labor Day next year. Republicans, who holiday, Obama is set to speak control the U.S. House, have t h i s a f t e r n o o n t o a c o r e signaled resistance to new Democratic Party constituency at spending that would add to the a Metro Detroit Central Labor federal budget deficit. Job Growth Council rally, where hell be Stalled joined by U.S. Labor Secretary Todays visit to Michigan Hilda Solis and AFL-CIO follows a Sept. 2 Labor p r e s i d e n t R i c h a r d T r u m k a . Department report that showed Before leaving for Detroit, payrolls unexpectedly stalled last Obama spent the weekend at month. The median forecast in a Camp David, the presidential Bloomberg News survey had retreat in Maryland, putting the called for a rise of 65,000. finishing touches on his Sept. 8 The unemployment rate in speech to Congress. Michigan was 10.9 percent in The things that hes talking July, higher than the national about are some things that have average and down from a high of been supported in the past by 14.1 percent in September 2009. Republicans and Democrats, The White House in June released Solis said this morning on NBCs a report that said that the $80 Today program. Those include billion bailout of the auto industry

American workers, whether theyre union or not union, are looking for leadership, he said. They dont want excuses. They dont want bipartisan crap. Concern over the economy has increased as growth weakened during the first half of the year to and the emergence of General its slowest pace of the recovery. Motors Co. (GM) and Chrysler U.S. stock futures fell, indicating Group LLC from bankruptcy that the Standard & Poors 500 saved at least 1 million jobs. The Index may slide for a third day administration estimates that the when trading reopens tomorrow, aid will cost taxpayers about $14 amid concern the worlds largest economy is weakening. Obamas billion. The United Auto Workers union Pivot Since Congress resolved a is bargaining with GM, Chrysler months-long partisan standoff and Ford Motor Co. for a new contract for U.S. autoworkers. over the national debt limit by The unions contracts covering raising it on Aug. 2, Obama has 113,000 workers at the three pivoted to a public focus on automakers expire Sept. 14. Labor boosting job growth. He spoke about jobs on a three-day bus tour Pressure Labor groups are pressing Obama through the Midwestern states of to seek major spending on Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois, infrastructure to create jobs. beginning Aug. 15. Unions were disappointed in Obama has spent much of the O b a m a s a g r e e m e n t w i t h year pressing Congress to act on a Republicans last December that familiar set of plans: renewal of a extended Bush-era tax cuts for all two-percentage-point cut in the A m e r i c a n s , i n c l u d i n g t h e employee-paid portion of the wealthiest, and in the continuing p a y r o l l t a x a n d e x t e n d e d efforts to cut federal spending by unemployment benefits, which are both scheduled to expire on Dec. $2.4 trillion. Im hoping that hell be very 3 1 ; e s t a b l i s h m e n t o f a n bold in his jobs proposal, infrastructure bank to fund public Trumka said of Obama last week works spending; ratification of o n B l o o m b e r g T e l e v i s i o n s free-trade deals; and overhauling Political Capital with Al Hunt. patent law. Obama has said those

will remain priorities. Recent signs of economic weakness have led private economists to raise forecasts for the unemployment rate next year. The median forecast for unemployment during next years fourth quarter, when the presidential election will be held, is 8.5 percent, according to 51 economists surveyed by Bloomberg News Aug. 2 through Aug. 10. Since World War II, no U.S. president has won re-election with a jobless rate above 6 percent, with the exception of Ronald Reagan, who faced 7.2 percent unemployment on Election Day in 1984. The jobless rate under Reagan had come down more than 3 percentage points during the prior two years. To contact the reporter on this story: Margaret Talev in Detroit at Mike Dorning in Washington at To contact the editor responsible for this story: Mark Silva 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 OBAMA page 4

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won the Iowa GOPs straw poll at Ames and delivered a deathblow to the presidential aspirations of fellow Minnesotan Tim Pawlenty. Bachmanns time as a top-tier candidate was brief, though. On the next day, Rick Perrys entry had changed the race for good. Bachmanns best argument for viability is that she might unite fiscal and social conservatives against the more moderate Mitt Romney. In a party that was dissatisfied with its frontrunner, it was a pretty good argument to make. But Perry offers the same argument and does so with a decade as governor of the second largest state in the union and more polish. Now, Bachmann finds herself in the second tier of the race with fellow House member Ron Paul. And while Paul has a strong organization and devoted longtime supporters, Bachmann is far less secure in her place. While Bachmann will be obliging Romney if she launches an all-out assault on Perrys conservative credentials, she may not have any alternative if she means to remain in the race. It wouldnt increase her viability as a potential nominee, but if Bachmann does not break Perry right now, she is heading down to the third-tier, and quickly. If she attacks Perry with as much ferocity as she did Pawlenty, whom she compared to Barack Obama, Bachmann will be reinforcing her biggest negative: that shes too edgy for mainstream politics. As much as

conservative activists want someone who is preaching fundamental change in politics, they know that the middle third of the political spectrum has to be convinced or Obama will squeeze out a second term and cement he and his movements gains. Attack dogs dont win party nominations, and if Bachmann becomes a perpetual antagonist especially over matters of conservative orthodoxy thats how she will be branded. She could do to Perry what Jon Huntsman seems committed to doing to Romney on the left: run a geographically narrow effort aimed at hobbling a more powerful candidate. For Huntsman, its Florida and New Hampshire. For Bachmann it would be Iowa and South Carolina. Bachmann is in a pickle. She may have to decide soon whether she would rather see Perry or Romney as the nominee -- a hard choice for a woman who was, for at least one evening, in the lead. Ron Paul Ron Paul can command the support of about 8 percent of the Republican electorate indefinitely. Thats not enough to be the nominee, but it is enough to change the trajectory of the Republican Party for the next generation. Unlike Michele Bachmann or any of the other candidates who have seen bursts of sudden support, Paul is not in the race because of his personality, biography or stump speech. His backers

support the 76-year-old Texas congressman because he offers the purest articulation of libertarian principles and doesnt change his tune is pursuit of broader support. A lot of politicians like to say that they are leading a movement, not running a campaign. In Pauls case, that is actually true. And while Bachmann has seen her support diminish amid questions of her viability, Paul has no such concern because his backers dont care if hes not the frontrunner. The question that haunts Republican strategists is whether Paul will take that support into a Libertarian general election candidacy. Paul and his backers have a prickly past with frontrunner Perry down in Texas and surely have no love for corporate captain Romney, he of the mandatory health insurance. If he and his backers balk at backing the eventual GOP nominee, it could be serious trouble for the party in the 2012 election. While Paul wouldnt take all of his Republican supporters in the general election, he would pick up many independents and Libertarians to replace them. In an election that could come down to a few precincts in Ohio or Florida, thats a serious threat. Pauls 8 percent is his ticket to stay in the race, remain on the debate stage and its also the reason that Perry and Romney cant do what Rudy Giuliani tried in 2008 and attempt to demonize Paul or his principles. The Rest

Labor Day is hard on the third tier of any presidential contest. Now its too late to say that its early. For some, like Gary Johnson, Herman Cain and Buddy Roemer, their campaigns are not hard to sustain because the only costs involved are a few small salaries and diesel for a bus. For others, like Jon Huntsman, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum, who rely on support from donors to keep slightly larger (or in Huntsmans case, vastly larger) operations afloat, its gut check time. They cant qualify for federal matching funds until January, but staying on the road for three more months will be hard for any of them. Huntsman could tap into his fathers fortune if he decides to stay in and try to play spoiler to fellow Mormon moderate Mitt Romney, but for the rest, it will only get harder to endure. 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: A 'Malign Intellectual Subculture' - George Monbiot Smears Chomsky, Herman, Peterson, Pilger And Media Lens.

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By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO| Mon Sep 5, 2011 11:22am EDT (Reuters) - Sixty separate wildfires, whipped by strong gusts of wind spawned by Tropical Storm Lee as it moved north, burned across Texas on Monday, destroying homes and leaving at least two people dead, authorities said. The Texas Forest Service said it responded on Sunday to 63 new fires that burned 32,936 acres, including 22 new large fires. Authorities in Gregg County, in northeast Texas, say a fire there killed a 20 year old woman and her 18 month old daughter, who were trapped in their mobile home by flames. Officials said the worst of the fires was east of Austin, where the Bastrop County Complex fire stretched for 16 miles. has destroyed more than 20,000 acres, and was zero percent contained. "We have about 16 miles long at this time and about six miles wide," said Bastrop County Fire Chief Ronnie McDonald. "The Circle D, K.C. Estates, Pine Forest, Colovista and Tahitian Village subdivision have been evacuated. Firefighters are trying to hold the fire at FM 2571," the

Texas Forest Service said of the BAstgrop on its web site on Monday. "Reports indicate possibly 300 homes have been destroyed. MODIS satellite image indicates the fire has jumped Highway 95 and is approximately 25,000 acres," the service said. Residents said the fire had moved at an amazing speed, driven by the strong, gusty winds. "It's pretty dire," Justice Jones of the Forest Service said on Monday morning. The Bastrop Complex fire has forced the evacuation of several subdivisions in the county of 70,000 people. "This is a shock," said one man as he drove out of the fire zone near Bastrop with his family. "We had some nice plans for Labor Day, and this gives you a sick feeling." Jones says aircraft, including at least one air tanker, were dropping tons of water on the fastmoving fire on Monday. Fire crews set up a fire line at a county road on the south end of the fire, where they hope to stop its spread. In the Steiner Ranch area of Austin, a separate fire has forced the evacuation of some 1,000 homes. One woman desperately scanned the wall of thick black smoke and flames looking for her lost dog.

"I was just driving around the neighborhood, I'm five months pregnant, and I was taking in smoke and I was freaking out," she said. "I looked to the right of me and everything over there was full of fire, it was just gone." "We've had multiple home losses across the state," Jones said. "Some of them on large fires like Bastrop, and some on fairly small fires. It doesn't have to be a large fire to destroy your home." About 200 homes had to be evacuated due to a brush fire in the Austin suburb of Pflugerville. Another 150 homes were evacuated in Longview, in east Texas. A dozen homes were also under mandatory evacuation on Monday morning near Tyler in east Texas. The winds sent ash from the fires flying around the state. Residents thirty miles away from Austin woke up on Monday morning to find ashes on their cars parked in their driveways. The fires are adding to the toll of record-setting fire miseries in parched Texas this year. More than 3.6 million acres in the state have been scorched since the wildfire season began in November, fed by a continuing drought which has caused more than $5 billion in damage to the state's agricultural industry and shows no sign of easing any time

soon. Jones says the number of fires burning across Texas have stretched the state's firefighting resources to the limit. "We have so many fires on the books right now, that any new fires are going to tax our firefighting resources." He urged residents of the state to be especially careful with Labor Day barbecues and other outdoor burning on Monday. Almost all of the state's 254 counties have already imposed burn bans, severely limiting or outlawing outdoor fires. "You know you can always accumulate more possessions over time," said one man who watched the Bastrop fire burn on Monday morning. "I'm just glad we all got out of there." (Reporting by Jim Forsyth. Editing by Peter Bohan) 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: A 'Malign Intellectual Subculture' - George Monbiot Smears Chomsky, Herman, Peterson, Pilger And Media Lens.

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China loses appeal to WTO over US tariffs on Chinese tires Washington Post By AP, GENEVA China has lost its appeal of a World Trade Organization ruling that the United States can raise import taxes on Chinese tires by as much as 35 percent. A WTO appeals panel said Monday that US officials acted consistently with... and more

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Obama, Unions Have Little to Celebrate This Labor Day

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portion of the payroll tax credit, and changes to unemployment insurance. But Trumka will likely The unemployment rate hovers at want more. about 9 percent, combine that Id say he needs to take another with AFL-CIO President Richard course in bargaining to help out, Trumka failing to prod union a frustrated Trumka said in the loyalist in Congress to help out, same interview. and unions are left feeling that the Like us on Facebook Obama administration has let Other labor leaders are also not them down. hesitant to express their Trumka, while appearing with disappointment with the president. Obama at a recent White House Obama campaigned big, but hes event, is still maintaining pressure governing small, Amalgamated on the president. In an appearance Transit Union President Larry o n B l o o m b e r g T e l e v i s i o n s Hanley told The Associated Press. Political Capital with Al Hunt, But not only Obama, but state the union leader reflected on the legislatures have also not been message he wants Obama to friendly to labor unions. Public deliver in his jobs speech. labor unions fought and lost major Im hoping that hell be very legislative battles in several states bold. Hell stand up for the in 2011, the most significant American worker and say, this is being Wisconsin. In Wisconsin, what needs to be done to fix the n o t o n l y d i d t e a c h e r s l o s e problem, and Im going to fight bargaining rights, but Republicans for it. retained their control of the state Obama is scheduled to present Senate after several bruising recall his job creation plan in a joint elections. address to Congress on Sept. 8. A The Obama administration and W h i t e H o u s e s p o k e s p e r s o n state legislatures aside, labor familiar with the speech said the unions have another problem at president will probably discuss hand the public. Labor unions i n c r e a s i n g s p e n d i n g o n have seen membership and public infrastructure, tax incentives to support of organized labor decline spur hiring, cutting the employer recently. In a new Gallup poll, 52

percent of Americans approve of labor unions, compared with past years when the figure hit 70 percent. Now, 78 percent of Democrats and 25 percent of Republican approve, a difference of 52 percentage points, compared with a 37-point gap last year, writes Gallup Managing Editor Jeffrey Jones. This could reflect a greater politicization of union issues given the fact that many state-level efforts to curb union influence were promoted by Republican governors often backed by Republican-controlled legislatures. Shifts in politics and demographics are a major piece of the union puzzle. In past decades, the majority of union employees could be found in factories, mines and construction sites. Now most are in public sector unions police, firefighters, teachers and office workers are the most prevalent all of who are on government payrolls. One of the first places governors and legislators looked to lower cost were salary and benefit packages that were included in collective bargaining agreements. It is no wonder labor unions are

being threatened when both economic and political winds are blowing against them. The pendulum has swung a long way, Ross Eisenbrey, a vice president of the liberal Economic Policy Institute, told The Associated Press. In the next year, I think all unions can really hope for is to keep more bad things from happening and to get as much of a jobs program enacted as possible. President Obama will spend Labor Day in Detroit at an annual event sponsored by the Metropolitan Detroit AFL-CIO. Analysts are predicting it will be a dress rehearsal for his speech on Thursday. Be the first of thousands of iPosters by sharing your news, views, and analysis. 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: A 'Malign Intellectual Subculture' - George Monbiot Smears Chomsky, Herman, Peterson, Pilger And Media Lens.

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panel asking the questions. With no one from the media on Submitted at 9/4/2011 6:20:38 PM the panel, Gingrich is unlikely to The forum will be different than accuse them of asking gotcha a debate. Instead of the candidates questions, as he did in the appearing on stage together, each previous debate. Rather, the candidate will appear one at a panelists try to get the candidates time and answer questions for 20 to focus more on how their minutes each. record, positions and experience Texas Governor Rick Perry, will advance conservative causes, former Massachusetts Governor if they were elected president. M i t t R o m n e y , M i n n e s o t a Like us on Facebook C o n g r e s s w o m a n M i c h e l e The panelists are South Carolina Bachmann, Texas Congressman S e n a t o r J i m D e M i n t , Ron Paul, former Godfather's Congressman Steve King (RCEO and Fed Chair Herman Cain, Iowa), and Dr. Robert P. George, and former Speaker of the House M c C o r m i c k P r o f e s s o r o f Newt Gingrich will all be in J u r i s p r u d e n c e a t P r i n c e t o n attendance. University. The event is also unique in who While DeMint and King are wellwill be asking the questions. In known as sitting members of most debates, questions are asked Congress, George will be the by the media, or, in Town Hall intellectual heavyweight of the style debates, by voters. Even in group and will likely ask the the Town Hall debates, though, toughest questions. the media still selects which George has been an important questions get asked. figure among social conservatives The Palmetto Freedom Forum, on by laying the legal framework for the other hand, is organized by opposition to abortion and gay conservatives and will feature marriage. His books include The prominent conservatives on the Clash of Orthodoxies(2001) and

Embryo: A Defense of Human Life(2008). George is also founder of American Principles Project, which hosts the Palmetto Freedom Forum. DeMint appeared on ABC's This Week and CNN's State of the Union to talk about the event. On State of the Union, he was asked about the declining support of independent voters for the Tea Party. There is no 'the Tea Party,' DeMint said. Obama, a lot of the Democrats, folks in the media have tried to speak of the Tea Party in derogatory terms and suggest it's a small right-wing group, but over 70 percent of Americans think we need to balance our budget and stop adding to the debt. That's pretty much what 'the Tea Party' is. It's thousands of small groups around the country who are concerned about the spending, the borrowing and the debt, and for every person who goes to a Tea Party rally, there are hundreds of people who share those concerns.

DeMint was also asked if there were any Republican candidates he could not support. There is no one in that group who I couldn't support as our nominee and there's no one who could not do a better job than our current president, DeMint replied. The Palmetto Freedom Forum can be seen Monday, 3 p.m. EST, on CNN or online at There will also be an analysis by the panelists following the event that can be watched live at Be the first of thousands of iPosters by sharing your news, views, and analysis. 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: A 'Malign Intellectual Subculture' - George Monbiot Smears Chomsky, Herman, Peterson, Pilger And Media Lens.

World Politics Review will be observing a reduced publishing schedule for the Labor Day holiday. Thomas P.M. Barnett's regular column, The New Rules, will appear as usual. However, there will be no daily or real-time content. Briefings, Trend Lines and Leading Indicators will resume normal publishing on Tuesday, Sept. 6. Photo: A child mill worker in Newberry, South Carolina, 1908 (Photo from the Library of Congress). 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: A 'Malign Intellectual Subculture' - George Monbiot Smears Chomsky, Herman, Peterson, Pilger And Media Lens.

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employment. In 1939 service industries Submitted at 9/5/2011 10:28:23 AM employed more people than In honor of Labor Day, which manufacturing by a ratio of 2.1-to was signed into law as a national -1.0. But that ratio was soon to holiday in 1894, I spent some change. For a clearer picture of time this morning studying a topic t h e r e l a t i v e g r o w t h o f I've occasionally mentioned: The manufacturing and services, the shift in the United States from a next chart illustrates just that: The manufacturing to a services cumulative growth of the two economy. series, along with total nonfarm The Department of Labor's employment. Bureau of Labor Statistics has During WWII, manufacturing monthly data on employment by employment rose dramatically, industry categories reaching back but it began returning to its preto 1939. The first chart below is war pattern after the war ended. an overlay of the compete series T h e r e a f t e r , m a n u f a c t u r i n g of employment numbers for the employment has had a complex t w o m a j o r c a t e g o r i e s , history with a peak in the late manufacturing and services. 1970s and a secular decline When I say major, I'm referring t h e r e a f t e r . H e r e a r e s o m e to the complete domination of the observations about manufacturing l a b o r m a r k e t b y t h e s e t w o and services over the past seven industries. To illustrate this fact, plus decades: I've also included the total of the Manufacturing is far more two categories and a dotted line sensitive to the business cycle. s h o w i n g t o t a l n o n f a r m Compare, for example, the

relative behavior of manufacturing and services relative to the recession bars. Growth in services began accelerating in the 1960s and accelerated again after the doubledip recession in the early 1980. Manufacturing accelerated at a slower pace in the 1960s and then oscillated around a flat line in sync with the four recessions from 1970 to 1982. Manufacturing employment peaked in June 1979. It never recovered from the double dip recession of 1980-1982. The spring of 1998 was the an interim high for manufacturing jobs, but with the recession of 2001 began a 35% decline in jobs from the 1998 peak to the trough (so far) in December 2009. Manufacturing has essentially flatlined over the past 21 months. Services industry employment began leveling off with the onset

of the 2001 recession. Growth began accelerating again in 2004, but the rate of growth was well below what we saw in the 1980s and 1990s. Services employment hit its all-time peak in January 2008, the second month of the Great Recession. Services employment is slowly improving, but it remains about 2.6% below the 2008 peak. Please follow Money Game on Twitter and Facebook. Join the conversation about this story See Also: Be Prepared For A Disastrous ISM Manufacturing Report The Good News And The Bad News In China's August PMI If iCloud Runs On Microsoft And Amazon, What The Heck Is Inside That Huge Apple Data Center?

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news programs. Follow him at @ pogue Tim Bradshaw of the FT Tim Bradshaw is the Financial Submitted at 9/5/2011 10:24:00 AM With so much tech news out T i m e s ' d i g i t a l m e d i a there, it's tough to keep track of correspondent. Great tech and what's new, and what's important. media news and analysis from the The best thing to do is turn to w o r l d ' s f i n e s t f i n a n c i a l Twitter, where reporters and newspaper, with an Euro angle newsmakers share links and gab. you don't see elsewhere. We've assembled 25 of the best Plus his handle is @ tim, which is tech people to follow on Twitter. pretty cool. Click the link below to check Andrew Chen them out. David Pogue, New Andrew Chen is a Silicon Valley York Times columnist startup entrepreneur who writes a David pogue is the god of the great metrics-focused blog on gadget world. He writes a column startup success tips. Full of insight for the New York Times and and a great way to get your hand makes several appearances on on the pulse of Silicon Valley.

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As Europe Closes, Top German Bank Chief Warns: Banking Situation Is "More Dramatic" Than In 2008
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Right at 11:30 AM (ET) when Europe closed, an ominous headline came out. R T R S - G E R M A N


Needless to say, the funding situation in Europe is very bad. Along the same themes, earlier FT's Tracy Alloway published chart from Deutsche Bank, showing that through 2011, there's been no net new issuance of bank debt in Europe.

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By Maria Golovnina NORTH OF BANI WALID, Libya| Mon Sep 5, 2011 10:22am EDT (Reuters) - Libyan forces made ready to storm a desert town held by loyalists of Muammar Gaddafi Monday but held off in the hope of a surrender that would avoid bloodshed. On-off negotiations involving tribal elders from Bani Walid, south of Tripoli, and a fog of contradictory messages in recent days, reflect the complexities of dismantling the remnants of Gaddafi's 42-year rule and building a new political system. At a military checkpoint some 60 km (40 miles) north of the town on the road to the capital, the latest word to journalists from Abdallah Kanshil, who is running talks for the interim government, was that a peaceful handover was coming soon. "The surrender of the city is imminent," he said. "It is a matter of avoiding civilian casualties. Some snipers have surrendered their weapons ... Our forces are ready." Similar statements for several few days have not been followed by an end to the siege, however. And, with communications cut, there is no word from inside the town. Last week, a senior military commander for the National

Transitional Council (NTC) said he believed Gaddafi himself was in Bani Walid, 150 km south of Tripoli, along with his son Saif alIslam, his former heir apparent. However, Kanshil said he thought the only member of Gaddafi's entourage still in the town was his spokesman, Moussa Ibrahim. In a comment to Reuters on Saturday, Ibrahim implied he might have been in Bani Walid. Another son of Gaddafi, Saadi, was quoted by CNN as telling the channel that he was "a little bit outside" Bani Walid, had not seen his father for two months and was trying to help bring peace despite "aggressive" talk from his brother Saif. TRIBAL NEGOTIATORS NTC military units are trying to squeeze pro-Gaddafi forces out of Bani Walid, as well as Gaddafi's home town of Sirte on the coast and a swathe of territory deep into the desert. Earlier, outside Bani Walid, an NTC commander, Mohammed alFassi, said force now seemed the only option. "The offer is that people who committed crimes in Gaddafi's name will be put under house arrest until the new government is formed. Some of them have accepted this but others said no," he said. Tribal politics, a feature of Libyan life that Gaddafi exploited to divide and rule, will still play a part as the NTC tries to disarm the varied groups that fought the sixmonth war to dislodge him, install

a democracy that can survive ethnic and other divisions, and revive Libya's oil-based economy. At Bani Walid, the Warfalla tribe, a diffuse group that includes as many as a million people, or a sixth of the population, has a key role in that its leadership centered on the town have retained loyalties to Gaddafi, while others, in cities like Misrata and Tripoli, joined the revolt. These tribesmen are now negotiating with their kin across the political divide. "They are now talking cousin to cousin," said one Warfalla man, who spoke to Reuters privately near Bani Walid. "But as you can see it is still not going well." Even as tribal elders in flowing white robes squatted in the shade Sunday for talks with NTC fighters in T-shirts and jeans, some homes in the nearby town of Tarhouna were still flying the allgreen Libyan flag imposed by Gaddafi, while others had raised the red, green and black of the new council. A dozen or so vehicles carrying more NTC fighters arrived at the checkpoint Monday. Ismail Ibrahim al-Gitani, a 33-year-old in a black "Free Libya" T-shirt and beret, who said he used to be a businessman, said his unit had been ordered forward. "Hopefully not a single will be fired, but if Gaddafi forces fire at us first we will respond," he said. LAW AND ORDER In Tripoli, NTC officials have

been trying to establish a new order, two weeks after Westernbacked rebels overran the city. Water is still short, but other supplies are improving. Ahmad Darat, the interim interior minister, said about half the police force had returned to work in the capital. The NTC announced a plan Sunday to offer work in the police and elsewhere to disbanded rebel fighters -- a move of a kind recommended by the United Nations which has raised the alarm about the large numbers of disorganized armed men in Libya. "As the days go by, they are coming back to work," Darat said of the police who were working under Gaddafi. The NTC is keen not to demonize those who served the old regime - to avoid what it sees as an error that contributed to Iraq's descent into bloody anarchy after Saddam Hussein's fall. "The vast majority of the policemen are serving the people and as the days go by we expect them to come back," Darat said. Asked about complaints about the conditions of those whom the new authorities were holding for questioning, Darat acknowledged there were problems in prisons but said they would improve as resources became available. Ian Martin, a United Nations adviser in Tripoli, said after a meeting at the interior ministry that the NTC should ensure that rights were respected. "One of the most important challenges is the

restoration of public security in the hands of a system which will respect human rights rather than the previous system which violated human rights," he said. The NTC is trying to assert its authority, but in a sign of dissent, Ismail al-Salabi, an Islamist military commander who fought Gaddafi, has urged interim cabinet members to resign because they were "remnants of the old regime." The new authorities' relations with the world outside are also still being worked out. China, which has been concerned it might lose out commercially to Western powers in the new Libya, said Monday it had not been aware of offers of arms to Gaddafi apparently made by Chinese companies in recent months. Documents found in Tripoli and published by a Canadian newspaper indicated officials from Gaddafi's administration had sought to circumvent a U.N. arms embargo and believed they had assurances from Chinese firms that they could supply weapons. (Reporting by Mohammed Abbas, Christian Lowe and Alex Dziadosz in Tripoli, Sherine El Madany in Umm Qundil, Emma Farge in Benghazi, Marie-Louise Gumuchian, Barry Malone and Alastair Macdonald in Tunis, and Amena Bakr and Omar Fahmy in Cairo; Writing by Marie-Louise Gumuchian and Alastair LIBYAN page 12

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ban on such sales. A ministry spokeswoman, Jiang Yu, said members of Gaddafi's A paramilitary policeman stands government had come to China guard at the entrance of the and held talks with a "handful" of Libyan embassy in Beijing Chinese arms company officials August 23, 2011. without the knowledge of the Credit: Reuters/Jason Lee government. By Chris Buckley "We have clarified with the BEIJING| Mon Sep 5, 2011 relevant agencies that in July the 9:00am EDT Gaddafi government sent (Reuters) - Chinese arms firms personnel to China without the held talks with representatives of k n o w l e d g e o f t h e C h i n e s e Muammar Gaddafi's beleaguered government and they engaged in forces in July over weapons sales, contact with a handful of people but behind Beijing's back, the from the companies concerned," Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Jiang told a news briefing in Monday. Beijing. The revelation is nonetheless "The Chinese companies did not likely to deal a fresh blow to sign arms trade contacts, nor did China's already delicate relations they export military items to with Libyan rebel forces that have Libya," Jiang said. "I believe that ousted Gaddafi. the agencies in charge of the arms The ministry confirmed the gist trade will certainly treat this of reports in the Globe and Mail seriously." and the New York Times that Even if the arms talks were documents found in the Libyan b e h i n d B e i j i n g ' s b a c k , t h e capital, Tripoli, indicated that controversy could intensify Chinese companies offered to sell mistrust between Beijing and the r o c k e t l a u n c h e r s , a n t i - t a n k rebels seeking to defeat Gaddafi's missiles and other arms with a shrinking forces and claim control total of some $200 million to of all Libya. Gaddafi's forces, despite a U.N. "We have hard evidence of deals
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going on between China and Gaddafi, and we have all the documents to prove it," a rebel military spokesman, Abdulrahman Busin, told the Times. The arms issue comes on the heels of tensions between Beijing and the Libyan rebels over frozen funds. On the weekend, the head of Libya's rebel National Transitional Council (NTC), Mustafa Abdel Jalil, said China had obstructed the release of some of Libya's frozen assets. Although China agreed with other powers last week to unfreeze $15 billion of Libyan assets abroad, it opposed handing control of more to the interim ruling council, according to Libyan rebel spokesman Shamsiddin Abdulmolah. "In principle, we don't have a problem" with unfreezing funds, said the Chinese spokeswoman Jiang. "But out of a responsible attitude, we and some members of the Security Council want further explanation and information from the applicant countries about the

uses of the funds and oversight of them," she said. Libya's interim council has promised rewards for those who took a leading role in backing the revolt against Gaddafi, and that has raised concerns that China could be disadvantaged. China is the world's secondbiggest oil consumer and last year obtained 3 percent of its imported crude from Libya. China did not use its U.N. Security Council veto power in March to block a resolution that authorized the NATO bombing campaign against Gaddafi's forces, but it condemned the expanding strikes and repeatedly urged compromise between his government and the rebels. By the time of the visit by Gaddafi's officials, China was already courting the Libyan rebels. But China has not joined Western powers in formally recognizing the NTC as the legitimate authority in Libya, but has acknowledged its "important role" after Gaddafi's ousting. The reports said Libyan security officials visiting China in July were received by three arms

companies, including Norinco and the China Xinxing Import and Export Corporation. Norinco has faced sanctions from the United States, which accused it of selling missile parts to Iran, in spite of Beijing's arms control rules. Asked if the Chinese companies or their personnel could be punished over the talks with Gaddafi's officials, Jiang said: "I'm sure that the agencies in charge of Chinese arms (sales) will deal with this in a serious and conscientious way." (Reporting by Chris Buckley; Editing by Nick Macfie) 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: A 'Malign Intellectual Subculture' - George Monbiot Smears Chomsky, Herman, Peterson, Pilger And Media Lens.

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AP Working with the CIA, Pakistani spies arrested three members of Al Qaeda, including Younis alMauritani, above, a top operative alleged to have been tasked by Usama bin Laden to target American economic interests around the world. ISLAMABAD -- Pakistani intelligence officers working with the CIA arrested three members of Al Qaeda including a top operative believed to have been tasked by Usama bin Laden with targeting American economic interests around the world, Pakistan's army said Monday. Younis al-Mauritani's arrest -made public five days before the 10-year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks -- was seen as a blow to Al Qaeda's central leadership in Pakistan, further degrading its ability to mount terrorist attacks abroad. The terrorist organization has seen its senior ranks thinned since Usama bin Laden was killed May 2 along with Atiyah Abd alRahman, the group's No.2, in a CIA missile strike last month. The public announcement of close cooperation with the CIA appeared aimed at reversing the widespread perception that ties

between U.S. intelligence and Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence agency had been badly damaged by the U.S. killing of bin Laden inside Pakistan. The Pakistani military said the arrests took place near the Afghan border in the southwestern city of Quetta, long known as a base for militants. It did not say when. The capture of an Al Qaeda militant inside Pakistan has become rare in recent years: most targets of CIA operations in the country have been killed by drone aircraft in a relentless series of operations launched in 2008. "This operation was planned and conducted with technical assistance of United State Intelligence Agencies with whom Inter-Services Intelligence has a strong, historic intelligence

relationship. Both Pakistan and United States Intelligence agencies continue to work closely together to enhance security of their respective nations," the military said in a written statement. The statement said al-Mauritani was mainly responsible for Al Qaeda's international operations and was tasked by bin Laden with hitting targets of economic importance in America, Europe and Australia. It said he was planning to target U.S. economic interests including gas and oil pipelines, power generating dams and oil tankers by using explosive -laden speed boats in international waters. It named the other two detainees as Abdul-Ghaffar al-Shami and Messara al-Shami.

U.S. officials were not immediately available for comment. The U.S. has said it doesn't know of any specific Al Qaeda plot to attack the U.S. ahead of Sept. 11. Since the 2001, attacks, Pakistan's spy agency has cooperated with the CIA to arrest scores of Al Qaeda suspects, most of whom were handed over to the United States. Many top Al Qaeda commanders are still believed to live in Pakistan, and getting Islamabad's cooperation in cracking down on the network has been a top American goal since 2001. But there have been persistent suspicions that the country was protecting militants. The fact that bin Laden was killed in an army town close to the capital, Islamabad, led to fresh doubts over Pakistan's commitment. 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: A 'Malign Intellectual Subculture' - George Monbiot Smears Chomsky, Herman, Peterson, Pilger And Media Lens.

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The Hindu Don't let Doha trade talks collapse: Anand Sharma Hindustan Times The struggling decade-old Doha Development Round of free-trade talks must not be allowed to collapse, the trade minister said on Monday. reducing import tariffs on industrial goods and services. "We must not allow this round to collapse," Anand Sharma... Doha round can't be allowed to collapse: Anand Sharma WTO members can chart a path forward on Doha Round: Lamy Business Line Lamy to seek India's support for Doha trade talks The Hindu ICT Update- Press Information Bureau (press release) all 21 news articles


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Post-nesting hawksbill turtle equipped with a satellite tag returning to the estuary in Bahia Jiquilisco, El Salvador. This hawksbill remained within Bahia Jiquilisco, moving into the bay's inner canals after nesting. (Alexander Gaos) Hawksbill turtles in the eastern Pacific Ocean have eluded scientists for decades, and now researchers know whythey have been searching in the wrong place. The turtles ( Eretmochelys imbricata) are hunted for their beautiful shells and their eggs. Coupled with the destruction of their coastal habitats and accidental capture by fisheries, their numbers have declined to the brink of extinction. Populations of the critically endangered reptiles are distributed world-wide along Atlantic and Indo-Pacific coastlines. Historically, they have been known to inhabit open-coast coral and rocky reefs, but a recent study

has revealed populations in the eastern Pacific are living in mangrove forests in inshore estuaries. "We were really shocked to see that adult hawksbills weren't even using coral or rocky reefs or any habitats that were even remotely similar to habitats they associate with in other parts of the world," says lead author Alexander Gaos at San Diego State University in a

Conservation International press release. With the help of fishermen and even illegal egg collectors, the researchers were able to find and attach satellite trackers to 12 female hawksbills in Central and South America to study their habitat use. "Our findings highlight the variability in life-history strategies that marine turtles and

other wide-ranging marine wildlife may exhibit among ocean regions and the importance of understanding such disparities from an ecological and management perspective," the scientists write in the study abstract. Conservationists hope this discovery will help organizations such as the Iniciativa Carey del Pacifico Oriental (ICAPO) broaden the

scope of projects aimed at protecting the species. "Where some have been found already, many more might be hidden away, still escaping detection by us," says Gaos. "That tells us that the ICAPO network needs to continue thinking outside the box and working together to solve these mysteries, focusing in areas where hawksbills haven't traditionally flourished, but are surviving anyway." The study appears in the Aug. 31 online edition of Biology Letters. Follow EpochTimesSci on Twitter Please send any feedback to 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: A 'Malign Intellectual Subculture' - George Monbiot Smears Chomsky, Herman, Peterson, Pilger And Media Lens.

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territorial unit within the French West African colonies. On Aug. 5, 1960, the territory known as Monday, Sept. 5, 2011 Upper Volta gains independence What European country dissolved and eventually becomes Burkina the African colony of Upper Volta F a s o . I n 1 9 8 4 , T h o m a s on Sept. 5, 1932? Sankaraa Marxist-Leninist THEN flight commander that takes On Sept. 5, 1932, the French c o n t r o l o f t h e c o u n t r y i n government dissolves the West 1983changed the name Upper African colony known as Upper Volta to Burkina Faso, meaning Volta (now Burkina Faso) and land of upright men. During his partitions it among its other West rule, Sankara aligned the country African colonies of Niger, the with communist regimes and French Sudan (now Mali) and dictatorships such as Cuba, North Cte d'Ivoire (the Ivory Coast). Korea and Libya. Upper Volta becomes a French NOW colony in 1919 and the French Late last month, a relatively government administers its rule unreported unrest in Burkina Faso through the traditional political gained international attention system of the Mossi peoplea when the trial began for three p o l i t i c a l s y s t e m t h a t i s policemen facing charges related superficially kept intact with the to the death of a student held in moro naba of Ouagadougou police custody. The courtroom regarded by the French as the was filled with hundreds of emperor of the Mossi. 15 years students seeking justice following after the initial dissolution, the the death of Justin Zongo. In French restore Upper Volta as a February, Zongos death sparked

an uprising across the impoverished country that included not only students, but also gave rise to a military mutiny that threatened the 24-year rule of President Blaise Compaore. According to experts, hostilities had been brewing in Burkina Faso for a while now. The police officers were found guilty of assaultwith two of the three policemen sentenced to 10 years in prison and the third sentenced to 8 years. The Burkina Faso government initially sited Zongos cause of death as meningitis. 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: A 'Malign Intellectual Subculture' - George Monbiot Smears Chomsky, Herman, Peterson, Pilger And Media Lens.

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Mediterranean Couscous Salad

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By Sandra Shields Epoch Times Staff Created: Sep 4, 2011 Last Updated: Sep 4, 2011 Couscous salad is nutritious and hearty enough to suffice as a main course for vegetarians. (Sandra Shields/The Epoch Times) Nutritious and easy to make, Mediterranean couscous salad can be a main course for vegetarians. Couscous is highly compatible with many other flavours. In this recipe, the capers can be replaced with kalamta or nicoise olives and the parsley with cilantro. I like a lot of lemon flavour so I add extra. The same goes for garlic, which can be adjusted to taste. Makes 3 to 4 servings 375 mL (1 1/2 cups) water 250 mL (1 cup) couscous 15 mL (1 tbsp) olive oil 250 mL (1 cup) garbanzo beans, rinses 75 mL (1/3 cup) green onions, green part only, minced 125mL (1/2 cup) red pepper, diced small

BBC News Raoul Moat letters reveal intent to take own life The inquest jury was read six letters written by gunman Raoul Moat which indicated he intended to take his own life. The letters are undated and addressed to social services, his ex-girlfriend Samantha Stobbart, business

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25 mL (2 tbsp) capers 50 mL (1/4 cup) parsley, finely chopped Juice of one lemon Minced garlic clove or powdered garlic to taste In a medium saucepan, heat water and olive oil to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in couscous. Let sit covered for five minutes and then fluff with a fork. Place couscous in a large bowl and add other ingredients, mixing well. Drizzle olive oil over salad. Chill.

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NSW set to lift Nick Clegg's free mining royalties school call 'too late' - The Independent - Ninemsn
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funding, newspapers report.... O'Farrell to send royalties bill to Submitted at 9/5/2011 3:47:57 PM PM The Australian Sydney Morning Herald Premier Barry O'Farrell's war on NSW set to lift mining royalties Julia Gillard's carbon tax The Ninemsn Daily Telegraph The NSW government is set to Baird reveals possible $700m lift mining royalties in Tuesday's blowout on budget eve Sydney budget to offset the carbon tax. Morning Herald The move is set to cost the federal Herald Sun- ABC Onlinegovernment almost $1 billion and risk retaliatory cuts to GST all 175 news articles payments and infrastructure

of the new-style schools prepared to open for the new... Submitted at 9/5/2011 4:00:53 PM Clegg rejects free school profits BBC News Nick Clegg's free school call 'too Hot air on free school profits late' Public Finance The Independent Free schools central to reform N i c k C l e g g ' s c a l l f o r t h e plan The Press Association Government's new free schools to be open to all and not run for - The Guardian profit may be "too little too late", all 364 news articles union leaders warned tonight. In a speech delivered as the first wave

The current and incoming head of the European Central Bank demanded on Monday that European governments quickly implement a strengthening of a regional bailout fund and press ahead with wider reforms.

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General Secretary should be BBC News admitted to a mental hospital.... Toddler's lake death investigated Hazare a mask of RSS: Digvijay BBC News A toddler has died after being Hindustan Times Anna Hazare a mask of RSS: found in a lake at a Lincolnshire Digvijay Times of India Kejriwal to Digvijay: Go ahead, lodge an FIR The Hindu India Today- Daily News & (Finance News - Business news from the UK and world) Analysis- Newstrack India all 35 news articles Submitted at 9/5/2011 9:24:26 AM More than 500 projects from 18

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2011 James Dyson Award runners-up

countries were entered into the James Dyson Award 2011. Any student studying engineering at university - or within four years of graduation - was eligible to enter. A panel of judges chose one winner in the UK, and here we take a look at the seven runnersup.

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The Future of Mobile Data Plans

Dan Rowinski (ReadWriteWeb)
Submitted at 9/5/2011 11:30:00 AM

Cellular data usage has become subject among consumers, carriers and federal regulators. Consumers want more data with less restrictions at manageable prices. The carriers want the opposite. The federal government is left to balance consumers' rights with spectrum allocation, bandwidth requirements, net neutrality and mergers that may disrupt the ecosystem. There are a lot of balls in the air. It is likely that there will not be any type of compromise between the interests of these groups any time soon. Carriers are starting to set bandwidth limits into their data plans and throttling users who exceed those limits. The data plan needs to evolve. Sponsor See Also: 15 Facts About Net Neutrality [Infographic] AT&T + T-Mobile - The DOJ's Case for Almost-Not-Quite-PriceFixing U.S. Sues to Block AT&T Acquisition of T-Mobile Over Antitrust Concerns AT&T Buying T-Mobile for $39 Billion Lawmakers Take Their First Whack at AT&T/T-Mobile Merger Hulu's Sale Could Have Big Implications On the Future of the Web AT&T to Start Data Throttling,

How Will It Affect Users? In Preparation for the iPhone, Verizon Plans to Throttle Its Heaviest Data Users Scenario: Families' Data Plan Headache Imagine that you are a parent trying to balance your budget. You have a teenage son and daughter (let's call them twins for sake of argument) and the family is fairly well off, perhaps upper middleclass. There is money, it just needs to be managed between the mortgage, old school loans, the car, household utilities and the ever growing web of data plans for every member of the families devices. Mom and Dad both have smartphones and some type of tablet on a data plan. That is four data plans between them. Then, let's say each of the twins has a smartphone and they share a tablet. That is seven data plans for a four-person family ranging from $15 to $30 per device. That is not outrageous for a well off family in a connected world, especially as smartphones and tablets continue to penetrate the market. Yet, every member of the family does not use their devices the same way. For instance, Mom uses a lot of data because she travels a lot for business and likes to download and stream movies and upload pictures. Dad uploads the occasional picture but really uses his devices mostly for email and checking up on the news. Between them, the twins use a fair

device, which is basically what the average data plan between Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and TMobile is currently, with fluctuations between each carrier. That 15 GB can be allocated to the family as a block and spread between the devices. One plan, one bill, less headaches. There will be months where Mom is not travelling and streaming as much content and the family will come in well below that number. Or amount of data between social perhaps they go over on a month. networking, pictures and watching The family should not be throttled short videos. Mom often exceeds or forced to pay for extra data her data limits while Dad comes depending on the circumstances nowhere near his. The twins come of the month if they have unused close to their monthly data data from another month. allotments, sometimes under or The carriers will hate this. Data is over. Yet, regardless of the usage, t h e n e w v e r s i o n o f t e x t the family is paying each month messaging, which was the new for those seven data plans. version of voice minutes. It is the Carriers Want To Increase ARPU cash cow for carriers because they The carriers like it like this can set the plans and rates in such because the average revenue per a way to maximize ARPU. The user is high. Yet, it drives Mom last thing that the carriers want to and Dad crazy because they have be are "pipes" that are just to manage all these disparate bills conduits for data usage through and the fact that they are not block data plans. Content and The reaching maximum return on Pipe: What The Carriers Want investment for data not used. It is The carriers want to grow their confusing and expensive. networks. That means they want This is a system that needs to more users with more data plans change. One way to do it would on faster networks that handle be to block a set amount of data data flow better. That is what is for the entire family that can be happening as smart devices used between every device, with proliferate and "4G" such as LTE unused data rolled over into the comes to maturation. The more next billing cycle. user that have data plans on In this scenario, there is one data multiple devices and the more plan for the seven devices. Let's efficient the network itself call it 15 GB per month, slightly becomes, the higher the margins less than 2.5 GB per month per

for the carriers. Yet, the carriers are in a fight over content, ostensibly the source of data usage. When a user streams a Netflix movie over their iPad and stay within their data limits, the carrier does not make any more from that user. From the carrier's perspective, they are just the "dumb pipe" that delivers the over-the-top content. In their minds, that is unacceptable. That is why you are seeing more carriers trying to throttle usage while also setting up their own content delivery networks. AT&T's U-Verse is a prime example. If the carriers can make money both from the data being used and the content going over the network, they are making money on the same data flow twice. In a blocked data plan scenario, this would be less lucrative. Regulators Sticky Issues The AT&T - T-Mobile merger puts a lot of this in to perspective. The Department of Justice thinks that if the merger goes through, the three remaining major carriers can do just about anything they want. Seven data plans for a family of four? Certainly! Let's charge more for every GB they use and then throttle them or make them pay more if they go over. The DOJ thinks that the carriers could collude to increase prices without actually intentionally doing so. All it takes is for one carrier to start FUTURE page 22



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Acer Aspire Ethos 5951G Review

Rue Liu (SlashGear)
Submitted at 9/5/2011 11:12:16 AM

The Acer Aspire Ethos 5951G is the 15.6-inch little brother in this top of the line entertainment and multimedia laptop series that also includes a super-sized 18.4-inch Aspire Ethos 8951G, which we reviewed previously. If you liked the performance along with the sleek and sophisticated styling of that one but need a more portable size, then this is it. Continue after the cut for our full review. Hardware The Aspire Ethos 5951G sports a black metal lid with subtle striations for a finish thats sleek and sophisticated. Opening it up, youll find the same material used as the bed for the chiclet style keyboard. The black isolated keys are backlit and have a very reassuring resistance about them that provides a solid and comfortable typing experience. The palm rest area is all black as well but is a matted surface that seems fingerprint-proof, which will keep it looking nice and grease-free. Theres a fingerprint reader located at the right side of this area, but what really stands out is the removable trackpad. The trackpad has a nice smooth finish with a satin sheen that helps prevent fingerprint smudges. It can be removed with the push of a latch and used as a remote control. Its completely black, save for a small blue LED indicator light and a slightly

indented button area, but once the button is pressed, backlit media control touch icons appear, including play/pause, forward, backward, volume, as well as Video and Music launchers. Its

really convenient, but also seems easy to lose. Above the keyboard, the Dolby Home Theater enhanced speaker spans across the entire width with the power button just above it to

the right and three shortcut keys to the left. And looking up from there is the 15.6-inch HD 16:9 widescreen LCD display with WXGA (1280 x 768) resolution. Theres also a standard embedded

webcam and mic. System - Acer Aspire 5951G Manufacturer Acer Product Type Notebook Operating System Microsoft ACER page 21

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Windows 7 Ultimate (64-bit) Motherboard Acer SM51_HR Processor Intel Core i7-2630QM Processor ID GenuineIntel Family 6 Model 42 Stepping 7 Processor Frequency 2.00 GHz Processors 1 Threads 8 Cores 4 L1 Instruction Cache 32.0 KB L1 Data Cache 32.0 KB L2 Cache 256 KB L3 Cache 6.00 MB Memory 6.00 GB DDR3 SDRAM 666MHz FSB 99.8 MHz BIOS INSYDE V1.04 Inside, its powered by the latest Intel Core i7-2630QM quad-core processor, clocking in at 2.0GHz and up to 2.9GHz with Intels Turbo Boost technology, along with an NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M graphics. It has 6GB of DDR3 SDRAM, supporting up to 16GB with 4 memory slots, and also has 2GB of dedicated DDR3 SDRAM for the GPU. It packs a 750GB (5400RPM) HDD, plenty of storage for all your multimedia files and also offers a Blu-ray disc drive. Connectivity options include WiFi and Bluetooth 3.0 along with ports for RJ-45 Ethernet, HDMI, three USB 2.0 ports with one being an eSATA combo port, one USB 3.0, VGA, and a built-in memory card reader. Software & Performance The Acer Aspire Ethos 5951G comes running Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit and includes

Microsoft Office Starter 2010, Silverlight, Skype, Windows Live Essentials 2011, Bing Bar, Adobe Flash Player 10, Adobe Reader 91 and several Acer-specific apps and utilities such as Backup Manager, ePower Management, eRecovery Management, Crystal Eye, and Video Conference Manager. But none of this seems to bog down the system, which has some rather impressive benchmark scores. Benchmark Score - Acer Aspire 5951G Section Description Score Total Score Windows x86 (64-bit) Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate (64-bit) Integer Processor integer performance 9073 11010 Floating Point Processor floating point performance 16840 Memory Memory performance 6580 Stream Memory bandwidth performance 6245 Using the GeekBench 2011 synthetic benchmarking tool, we found that the Aspire Ethos 5951G scored a blazing fast 11,010. That sets the 5951G with its 2.0GHz Intel Core i7-2630QM slightly ahead of the latest Intel Core i7-2720QM-toting MacBook Pro, which scored an already impressive 10,932. It also puts it way ahead of its 18.4-inch brother, the 8951G, which also sports a Core i7-2630QM, but scored only 7,301.

The display quality was excellent although viewing angles could be improved. Colors get a bit muted once you move from being in a direct line of sight. However, the audio quality was superb with a wide soundstage, good bass response, and crisp dialogue. Battery Battery life for the Aspire Ethos 5951G is rated for up to 7 hours, running on an 8-cell 6000mAh Lithium-Ion battery. Our testing of it, which involved playing a DVD at 100 percent brightness and audio, after one hour showed 78 percent battery remaining. That translates to roughly 4.5 hours of total battery life under this type of usage. Regular email and web browsing should yield much better results. Wrap-Up The Acer Aspire Ethos 5951G is a premium entertainment, multimedia, and gaming notebook that offers sophisticated styling, a solid build, and superb performance. It sports a Blu-ray drive, excellent sound quality, and boasts a unique removable multitouch trackpad that doubles as a remote control, adding convenience as well as a cool factor. Theres not too much we can pick on about the laptop, except that perhaps its still not quite as portable as its 15.6-inch size might suggest. While its

definitely more portable than the 18.4-inch 8951G, it still weighs a hefty 7.28 lbsnot something youd want to be lugging around town. But as a home or dorm entertainment, internet, work, and play hub itll shine. Priced at $1,399.99. Relevant Entries on Acer debuts new Aspire Ethos 5951 G and 8951G notebooks Acer Aspire Ethos 8943G & 5943G HD notebooks debut Acer Ethos 8951G and 5951G US price and specs confirmed RadioShack ad leaks showing subsidized Acer Aspire One for $99 Acer Aspire One Pro 731 and Pro 531 tipped Acer Aspire One A150 in black with 6-cell battery Acer Aspire One 533 leaks with optional Bluetooth 3.0 10-inch Acer Aspire One just $399? Acer Aspire Ethos 5951G Review is written by Rue Liu& originally posted on SlashGear. 2005 - 2011, SlashGear. All right reserved.

The Wicked Lasers Krypton S3 Will Fry Passing Satellites

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Submitted at 9/5/2011 10:35:29 AM

Services growth slows at fastest pace since 2001

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Alarm bells were sounded over prospects for the British economy after growth in Britain's dominant

services sector slowed last month at its fastest pace since the 2001 foot and mouth crisis.

For a little under $300 you, too, can ruin passing satellites with what is purported to be the brightest legal laser available. The Krypton S3 goes up to 1000mW for an output of 86 million lux 8,000 times brighter than looking directly at the sun. That kind of power will cost you, though: the 1000mW unit costs $999 compared to the $300 300mW laser. How dangerous is it? Well, Wicked Lasers advises: Warning: This lasers brightness is potentially hazardous to pilots vision and satellite sensors. NEVER point it at an aircraft or a satellite. The S3 Krypton is too powerful to be used as a laser pointer or a gunsight. Never point it at another person, an animal or a vehicle. Why would you need something like this? Well, its fun for astronomy and experiments but trust me on this dont give it to your kids. Ive used some of their lighter lasers and found myself temporarily blinded just by glancing at a laser reflection off of a matte balloon I was trying to pop. This is not a toy. Sharks and shark-mounted laser hardware sold separately. Product Page


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One Medical Raises $20 Million For The Modern Doctors Office
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Its 2011, but most doctors offices are still stuck in the 1990s when it comes to patient-facing technology. The receptionist probably has a computer to manage appointments, but typically you still sign in on paper, fill out forms on a clipboard, and your doctor relies on a loosely-bound sheaf of papers to check your medical records. Tom Lee is trying to change that from the ground up with One Medical Group, the venture-backed primary care practice he founded a few years ago where he is CEO. On Friday, he closed a $20 million series E, led by Maverick Capital, with Benchmark, Oak Investment, and DAG Ventures participating. The new round brings the total capital raised since 2007 to $46.5 million. One Medical operates 9 doctors offices in San Francisco and New York, and will open 5 more this year, expanding to Silicon Valley

increasing data prices and the others will follow, calling it "industry standard pricing." Yet, what if T-Mobile were to stay free. To compete with the bigger companies, they institute and Washington, D.C. Patients contrasts his approach to the of $149 to $199 for all the extra data blocking plans with rollover can schedule appointments online, physician practice management bells and whistles. of unused GBs per month. That is request prescriptions, get lab movement of the 1990s, an Lee himself was trained as a precisely the type of competitive results digitally, and see their i n v e s t m e n t f a d w h i c h s a w medical doctor before he got fed practices the DOJ thinks will be personal health summary online. hundreds of doctors offices rolled up with the healthcare system and inhibited in a three-carrier Doctors can access medical u p i n t o l a r g e r o p e r a t i n g went to Stanford business school. ecosystem. Change Will Come records electronically (One companies. The PPM movement He then became a co-founder of For The Carriers ... Eventually M e d i c a l d e s i g n e d i t s o w n in the 90s didnt fundamentally Epocrates, a popular mobile app Regardless of whether or not the electronic medical record with reengineer the workflow of the used by doctors to look up drug AT&T - T-Mobile merger is doctors and patients in mind, not doctors office or improve the interactions and care for patients. approved, data plans are going to administrators). One benefit of experience, says Lee. PPMs Lee led the design of the mobile change in the future. The carriers having digital medical records is were driven by administrators. and web products at Epocrates. are going to try and squeeze as that patients can visit any office One Medical is driven by Now he is using technology to much revenue as they can from since every doctor has access to doctors. Its approach is to redesign the entire primary care each user, until they face a their records. reengineer the doctors office to experience. backlash from both consumers New patients can join online, and be more patient-centered with less Crunchbase ONE MEDICAL and the government. pay online. It even has its own administrative overhead. GROUP Company: It is probably inevitable that the iPhone app for scheduling Whereas most primary care ONE MEDICAL GROUP carriers are going to be caught appointments. Simple questions doctors offices employ 3.5 to 4.5 W e b s i t e : between regulators and users and which can be addressed via email support staff per doctor, One be forced to change data plans to or the iPhone app are done Medical offices make do with 1.5 Funding: something that is more consumer digitally instead of requiring an in support staff or less. What does it $46.5M friendly. Yet, the next several -person visit. And when patients do with these efficiency gains? One Medical Group is a memberyears will see data plans become do go in, the offices are bright, We invest that back into the supported primary care medical more expensive, overage and airy and modern. doctor-patient relationship, practice that is redefining modern throttling more frequent and All of this technology, which is a explains Lee, so they have more medical care by leveraging consumers feeling the strain. combination of off-the-shelf and time to answer questions and have technology and innovative best Discuss proprietary systems, is aimed at a thoutghful discussion abouit practices to provide patients with reducing administrative costs, and healthcare choices. One Medical affordable, high-quality... Learn improving the experience for both accepts most insurance, but also more d o c t o r s a n d p a t i e n t s . L e e charges an annual membership fee

Vann Nath, survivor of Khmer Rouge prison, dies (AP)

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Submitted at 9/5/2011 6:30:08 AM

AP - Vann Nath, an artist who was among only seven people to survive Cambodia's most

notorious prison of the 1970s Khmer Rouge regime and who later depicted the facility's horrific

torture, has died, his daughter said Monday. He was 66.

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Samsung eyeing Intels MeeGo tip insiders

Chris Davies (SlashGear)
Submitted at 9/5/2011 10:43:58 AM

the brainchild of Intel and Nokia, the Finnish firm has since backed away from the software; only one S a m s u n g i s t i p p e d t o b e Nokia device will launch this year considering taking the lead on running the OS, the N9, and the MeeGo development, stepping company has said it will primarily into the shoes vacated by Nokia. be used as a test platform for No official announcement has future smartphone development. been made, but both MeeGo Samsung, meanwhile, is facing Experts and NetbookNews claim numerous patent suits from Apple numerous insiders have confirmed over the hardware and software to them that the Korean firm design of its Android-based which is known to be placing tablets and phones, while the open extra emphasis o n -source OS has brought patent software acquisitions and mergers holders like Microsoft out of the i n a n a t t e m p t t o b o o s t i t s woodwork, each demanding a competitiveness is a strong licensing tithe per device. Back in candidate for working with Intel July, it was suggested that some on the open-source platform. OEMs were giving greater The rumors follow reports last consideration to MeeGo because week that Intel was backing off of of the shaky legal situation around MeeGo development, with the A n d r o i d , w i t h a t r a n s i t i o n platform said to be put on the potentially straightforward thanks back burner in the face of to the similarities between the underwhelming interest from kernels of both platforms. smartphone and tablet developers. Of course, Samsung also has its Although MeeGo was originally own smartphone platform, bada,

Ex-MeeGo VP joins Palm with Samsung R&D boss tip insiders Nokia to use ARM chip in first MeeGo device MeeGo finally comes to N900 Samsung N102 to be N100 Meego clone with Windows 7 onboard MeeGo UI Screenshots Break Cover, Due to Release in October [Video] Acer Iconia M500 tablet runs MeeGo on Atom MeeGo v1.0 for netbooks and N900 launches, gets video demo Samsung eyeing Intels MeeGo tip insiders is written by Chris Davies& originally posted on SlashGear. 2005 - 2011, SlashGear. All right reserved.

and indeed one of its high-profile launches at IFA 2011 last week was a handset running it, the Wave 3. Although the company insists that sales of bada devices have been strong, the platform still lacks in consumer mindshare; Intels marketing budget and

desperation for a new hardware partner would certainly help address that, should Samsung choose to adopt MeeGo. Relevant Entries on No Nokia MeeGo device until 2011 confirms CEO

Twitter account hacking hits home

Submitted at 9/4/2011 6:09:53 PM

OK, I take hacking of Twitter accounts seriously now--former Rep. Anthony Weiner's spurious claims notwithstanding. When someone I follow sent me an annoyingly long string of tweets last month that read "Can you please enter your e-mail so I can get a iPad2 please!" I pinged

her. To my surprise, she hadn't even noticed. An embarrassing hack, but no real harm done. Then, a few weeks later, my account tweeted some political drivel. Which I expressly don't do. Just like her, I hadn't checked my own Twitter feed (the tweet had been out there for a few days). Problem is, mine was more subtle, therefore believable as a tweet from me. And I don't know

what the permanent solution is. Google "twitter hacked" and you'll get the standard fare of how to prevent your account from being hacked. Plus, a tutorial from Twitter that instructs you to change your password, revoke third-party applications that you don't recognize (found in settings/ applications), and update your password in trusted third-party applications, among other advice.

(And, yes, there also are plenty of blogs and posts about how to hack Twitter accounts.) My guess is that politically inspired hacking will get worse as we head into the teeth of the storm that is election-year politics. So, keep tabs on your tweets. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it

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Trend Micro Runs Deep with VM Security

David Strom (ReadWriteWeb)
Submitted at 9/5/2011 12:00:00 PM

together to respond to the constantly evolving state of the datacenter and share security Trend Micro announced a new status information so that any version of its Deep Security suite server requesting access to to offer protection across both encrypted data has up-to-date physical and virtual servers and chip features (if the chip is present protection before encryption keys desktops. Trend purchased this on the host machine) so that when are released. Trend has done a software last year from Third a hypervisor is compromised, better job integrating the two in Brigade, and the new version is a alerts will be created. Most VM terms of security policies and significant upgrade in that it protection products operate on management tasks as well. consolidates protection across just the VMs themselves: this SecureCloud is delivered as a b o t h p h y s i c a l a n d v i r t u a l doesn't help matters if the convenient hosted SaaS solution platforms and does so with a hypervisor is compromised. See under a free two-month trial or as combination of agent-based and the diagram below: an on-premise software agentless solutions. The goal is to The agentless anti-virus scanner a p p l i c a t i o n . protect your data from end-to-end, r e q u i r e s V M w a r e ' s v S h i e l d Deep Security starts at $1000 per Endpoint to be installed and only server, with volume discounts and they mostly succeed. works on certain Windows VMs. available. Secure Cloud starts at Sponsor T h i s p o s t s p o n s o r e d b y It will also work with the newer $1300 per managed encryption Microsoft. Don't get stuck in the vShield version 5 when it comes key and bundles with Deep IT past. Our private cloud solution out later this year. You'll need Security will be announced later is built for the future, and ready a g e n t s f o r p h y s i c a l s e r v e r by Trend. malware protection though. If you can't wait until year-end to today. T r e n d h a s a d d e d t o t h e i r Deep Security has beefed up its try either product, you can take a agentless protection for VMs to VDI protection so they are secure look at an in-depth comparison include file integrity monitoring; as move outside and back into the review of an earlier version of previous versions had agentless data center. Trend's Deep Security with four a n t i - m a l w a r e a n d i n t r u s i o n In addition to the new version of other VM security technologies prevention too. It is also one of Deep Security, Trend Micro also that I did earlier this year for the first to make use of Intel's announced last week at VMworld Network World. Discuss trusted protection management SecureCloud v2. The two work

Coming Soon to Engine Yard: MongoDB, PostgreSQL 9

Joe Brockmeier (ReadWriteWeb)
Submitted at 9/5/2011 10:00:00 AM

Engine Yard is moving well beyond its roots. On August 23rd, the company signed an agreement to acquire Orchestra to add PHP to its Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) offerings. Now it's announcing plans to add to its database stack. In a post last week, Engine Yard's Ines Sombra outlined plans to upgrade the MySQL implementation, and expand the database stack to PostgreSQL 9 and MongoDB. Sponsor According to Sombra, Engine Yard is going to be upgrading MySQL to 5.1 and 5.5. (You can find the current supported stack on the Engine Yard site.) PostgreSQL 9 is in a limited alpha preview for Engine Yard customers, with plans for a public beta shortly. MongoDB is not yet in alpha, but Sombra writes that Engine Yard has partnered with MongoHQ and MongoLab.

Engine Yard has its work cut out for it keeping up with Heroku, which was acquired by in December 2010. Heroku has been busy as well, adding Node.js last year and Clojure recently. (Heroku also supports Ruby, of course, and Java.) For datastores, Heroku supports a wide variety MySQL, MongoDB, CouchDB, Memcache, and PostgreSQL. After picking up PHP, PostgreSQL, and MongoDB, where do you think Engine Yard should go next? Discuss

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Apple tech would help disabled use iOS devices


accessories. A person could, for example, use a joystick to control an iOS device. Or a visually As consumer technology begins impaired individual could "see" including features that let the t h e s c r e e n u s i n g a b r a i l l e disabled express themselves, the attachment. The accessories c o s t o f a c c e s s t o a s s i s t i v e would be linked to the touchtechnologies has gone down screen device via a wireless significantly, from thousands of connection or a physical one. dollars to the price of a tablet. The method could be For instance, the BBC reports standardized, to make it usable that a patient with locked-in with any device no matter the syndrome lost his ability to speak, screen size. The protocol would so he uses an Apple computer and a l s o l i k e l y e x t e n d A p p l e ' s a n A n d r o i d p h o n e t o VoiceOver feature, which uses communicate. voice commands to help the blind While touch-screen devices are as well as the dyslexic navigate popular, they're still limiting-- iOS devices. especially in cases when the Disabled users can push disabled person can't type on the innovation and drive designers virtual keyboard. toward solutions that make Apple may soon get around this interacting with machines much touch-screen issue. easier. For instance, software In a recent patent application, the d e v e l o p e r Nuance company outlined a method for Communications invented a voice hooking up iOS devices to command to give the disabled the
Submitted at 9/4/2011 6:28:42 PM

ability to type on a PC, but now those mathematical models are used in Amazon's Kindle reader and Ford Motor cars as well. Patents, hiring data, and acquisitions suggest that voice recognition may be integrated into iOS 5. (Via Patently Apple.) Related stories Apple files patent application to learn the sound of your voice Apple applies for patent to keep screens fingerprint-less 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: A 'Malign Intellectual Subculture' - George Monbiot Smears Chomsky, Herman, Peterson, Pilger And Media Lens.

Deutsche Telekom taking next-gen iPhone pre-orders

Dave Caolo (TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog)
Submitted at 9/5/2011 10:30:00 AM

Deutsche Telekom (DT) has begun taking pre-orders for the so -called "iPhone 5," the next generation of Apple's immensely popular smartphone. Here's the odd part: it has barely more information than you or I do. A spokesman for the carrier confirmed to Bloomberg that it's taking pre-orders as of today. Deutsche Telekom is concerned with supply shortages, and wants to help its customers secure one of the little guys. DT admits that it does not now when the iPhone will be released, what it will be called (the Internet

has dubbed it "iPhone 5," but Apple could call it "Shirley" for all we know), what the features will be and so on. Still, those who must ride the bleeding edge (in the dark even) have their chance. Deutsche Telekom taking nextgen iPhone pre-orders originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Mon, 05 Sep 2011 10:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Source| Permalink| Email this| Comments

Apple Store heading for Hong Kong

Dave Caolo (TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog)
Submitted at 9/5/2011 11:30:00 AM

Hong Kong's first official Apple Store has been confirmed(Google translation here). Engadget Chinese reports that a Hong Kong

mall has uploaded pictures to its Facebook page, including some lettering on a banner advertising a forthcoming Apple Store. The Engadget team traveled to the mall and shot many photos of the barrier and confirmed that the store is scheduled to open on

please send us your photos and terms for use of feeds. stories. Enjoy your new store, Source| Permalink| Email this| Hong Kong! Comments Apple Store heading for Hong Kong originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple September 24th. Weblog on Mon, 05 Sep 2011 If you happen to be around, 11:30:00 EST. Please see our



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Apple iCloud will be powered by Microsoft and Amazon cloud servers according to reports
Shane McGlaun (SlashGear)
Submitted at 9/5/2011 10:22:35 AM

It takes a seriously robust server network to handle the kind of traffic and load that it takes to run a large and popular cloud service. Both Microsoft and Amazon offer this sort of robust server backend for companies to use. There is a new rumor going around that claims Apples iCloud service will use the Microsoft and Amazon server networks. Apparently Apple has asked that the two companies not talk about the deal, which is no surprise given they are competitors. I would have though Apple would be installing its own server network to handle the workload rather than farming it out. At the same time, Apple may be focusing on the iCloud service and meeting user needs than building out its own network. If iCloud proves to be really popular we may see Apple roll out its own network down the road. The rumor also claims that Microsoft sees Apple choosing to work with it a validation of the Azure platform. Other reports

Video: Designer captures a fantasy of fluidity

Submitted at 9/5/2011 9:56:00 AM

"I want people to watch my work and come away from it with a feeling of wonder and appreciation for the incredible world we live in and often take for granted," says Kim Pimmel, an Adobe designer whose video of ferrofluid racing through bubbles is gathering fans on Vimeo. For Compressed 02, Pimmel captured ferrofluid and dyes racing through bubble structures have said that one reason for Player Now With Unlimited Seconds Mac OS X Lion, iOS 5, using his Nikon D90 DSLR. He farming the iCloud network out to Music Storage iCloud told "I'm fascinated competitors was because Apple Apple buys iCloud domain Apple iCloud Imminent, by natural processes and forces -d i d n t w a n t t o b e a c l o u d according to a rumor Amazon Stops Selling MobileMe magnetism, gravity and light. I provider. It is also assumed that Apple iCloud $25/year tip spend a lot of time reading about Apple will have to use some sort insiders Apple iCloud will be powered by how things work on Wikipedia. of custom software to manage Amazon Undercuts iTunes, Microsoft and Amazon cloud One day while washing my hands requests and track data since two Now Offering Popular Songs For servers according to reports is I asked myself 'How does soap different companies and two 69 Cents written by Shane McGlaun& work?' and after learning a bit different technologies are in use. Apple iCloud vs. Google Music originally posted on SlashGear. about surfactants, I began taking [ via AppleInsider] Beta vs. Amazon Cloud Drive 2005 - 2011, SlashGear. All macro photographs of bubbles. R e l e v a n t E n t r i e s o n Best Buy Unveils Its Own right reserved. Continue reading... Cloud Music Service Amazon Cloud Drive, Cloud Apple WWDC 2011 In 120

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BAE invisibility cloak hides vehicles as scenery, cars and cows

signature on the vehicle. This allows even moving tanks to British defence company BAE be effectively invisible in the S y s t e m s h a s d e v e l o p e d a n infra-red spectrum, or mimic "invisibility cloak" that can other objects. "The tank skin effectively hide vehicles from essentially becomes a big infra view in the infra-red spectrum. red TV," BAE Head of External The patented system -- called Communications Mike Sweeney Adaptiv -- uses a matrix of told "You can hexagonal "pixels" that can display anything you want on it -change their temperature very including a cow -- while the rest rapidly. On-board cameras sweep of the vehicle blends into the the area to pick up the background background." Continue reading... scenery and display that infra-red
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Deutsche Telekom Is Offering Pre-Orders For A Nebulous, Unnamed Apple Phone

John Biggs (TechCrunch)
Submitted at 9/5/2011 9:57:27 AM

customers wont have to stand in line, DT is promised a huge rush of sales during the post summer In, according to Bloomberg, holiday slump, and it allows anti a n t i c i p a t i o n o f s u p p l y fanboys to crow about the iSchafe bottlenecks, Deutsche Telekom on this gloriously slow federal aka T-Mobile is offering pre-order holiday. Win-win-win. coupons to folks who call in Stunt or actual effort to prevent asking for the next iPhone, bottlenecks? You decide. whatever it may be. The move is quite clever:

Happy Labor Day from TUAW

Victor Agreda, Jr. (TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog)
Submitted at 9/5/2011 10:00:00 AM

It's Labor Day for those of us based in the US, so you may see rather slow posting today. Our "Daily" apps are on hiatus for the day as well (probably grilling something tasty). For everyone in the US, enjoy the holiday and be safe if you're

traveling. For the rest of the world, we'll be back in full force tomorrow, rest assured. Happy Labor Day from TUAW originally appeared on TUAW The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Mon, 05 Sep 2011 10:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| Email this| Comments

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As Europe Closes, Top German Bank Chief Warns: Banking Situation Is "More Dramatic" Than In 2008
Joe Weisenthal (Money Game)
Submitted at 9/5/2011 10:56:03 AM

chart from Deutsche Bank, showing that through 2011, there's been no net new issuance of bank Right at 11:30 AM (ET) when debt in Europe. Europe closed, an ominous Please follow Money Game on (TREND HUNTER - The Latest headline came out. Twitter and Facebook. Trends) R T R S - G E R M A N Join the conversation about this Submitted at 9/5/2011 11:00:02 AM DEVELOPMENT BANK KFW story C H I E F S C H R O E D E R - See Also: ( The fashion SITUATION OF BANK ING Eurozone Manufacturing world can get sort of crazy at INDUSTRY IS "MUCH MORE Activity Plunges To Two-Year times, and with eccentric stars like DRAMATIC THAN IN 2008 Low Lady Gaga and Katy Perry We haven't seen more context CHART OF THE DAY: Europe dominating the red carpets with yet. That's from FT Alphaville's Grinds To A Halt their out-of-this-world duds, it Neil Hume. The August Rally Continues c o m e s a s a w e l c o m e d , Needless to say, the funding Thanks To Scraps Of Good News refreshing... situation in Europe is very bad. In Europe Along the same themes, earlier FT's Tracy Alloway published

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Telegraph Reports Italy Needs to Rollover Record 62-Billion of Bonds in September; On September 7, German Court Rules on Bailouts (Michael Shedlock) (Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis)

additional 109 billion euro package of official aid for Greece that euro zone leaders announced last month. Submitted at 9/4/2011 8:10:00 PM On September 7 Germany's top However, many legal experts and court to rule on euro bailouts. The some government sources say K a r l s r u h e - b a s e d F e d e r a l they expect the court to set Constitutional Court will c o n d i t i o n s f o r G e r m a n announce its verdict on September participation in future bailouts, 7 at 4 a.m. EDT, it said in a perhaps giving the German statement on Tuesday. parliament a bigger say in The court is considering three approving it. That makes the l a w s u i t s b r o u g h t b y s i x court's verdict key for the whole eurosceptic plaintiffs -- five euro zone. academics and a lawmaker from For example, the eight judges the Bavarian sister party to c o u l d r e q u i r e G e r m a n Chancellor Angela Merkel's contributions to the European Christian Democrats -- against Stability Mechanism, the planned German-backed international regional bailout fund which will bailout schemes for Greece, start operating in 2013, to be Ireland and Portugal. subject to a vote by Germany's The plaintiffs argue that the parliament. Currently, this is not bailouts, which total 273 billion formally mandated. Any changes, euros ($393 billion), violate even parliamentary approval will p r o p e r t y r i g h t s a n d o t h e r leave the door open at a later date protections in the German and for saying enough is enough. European constitutions, and break Biggest Ever Italian Bond the "no-bailout" clause in the Rollover in September European Union's treaty, which The Telegraph reports Italy needs says neither the EU nor member to rollover 62-billion of bonds in states should take on other September. T he Globe and Mail governments' liabilities. claims 46-billion. Legal experts believe the court is Either way, September will be a extremely unlikely to block big month. Germany's participation in the Please consider German endgame multi-year bailouts, or in an for EMU draws ever nearer.

Finance minister Wolfgang Schuble could hardly have chosen a more toxic term than "Bevollmchtigung" or general enabling power when he requested blanket authority from the Bundestag for EU rescues, as if Weimar were so soon forgotten. He was roundly rebuffed. You can feel the storm brewing in Germany. Within days of each other, President Christian Wulff accused the European Central Bank of going "far beyond" its mandate and subverting Article 123 of the Lisbon Treaty by shoring up insolvent states, and Bundesbank chief Jens Weidmann said bail-out policies had "completely gutted" the EU law. Both believe the EU Project has taken a dangerous turn. Fiscal powers are slipping away to a supra-national body beyond sovereign control. "This strikes at the very core of our democracies. Decisions have to be made in parliament in a liberal democracy. That is where legitimacy lies," said Mr Wulff. We will find out to what extent Germanys constitutional court shares these fears when it rules this Wednesday on the legality of the EU rescue machinery, and delivers its verdict of life or death

for monetary union. The assumption this time is that the eight judges will insist on beefed up powers for the Bundestag, but will not disturb the existing nexus of bail-outs and bond purchases. That is the most likely outcome. Whether they go any further is the existential question for EMU. If they rule that the permanent bail-out fund (ESM) after 2013 breaches treaty law, they will queer the pitch greatly since the viability of the current fund (EFSF) depends on a hand-over. If they rule in any significant way that the EFSF itself breaches Lisbons `no bail-out clause, or even that Germany cannot participate until the Treaty is changed, market confidence in monetary union will collapse instantly. Whatever the court does, the simmering revolt in the Bundestag over recent weeks lays bare the salient strategic fact that Germany is not about to embrace fiscal union or quadruple the EFSF to 2 trillion, as deemed necessary by City analysts and EU officials to stabilize Italy and Spain. Nor will it pay for a third Greek rescue. The EU-IMF Troika left Athens

abruptly on Friday, blaming Greece for failure to comply. The equal failure is the scorched-earth austerity policies imposed by the EU itself. Fiscal deflation cannot work in a rigid economy with a large trade deficit and a high debt stock. It ensures a Fisherite debt deflation spiral. The IMF must know from its errors in Argentina a decade ago that Greece needs a 40pc devaluation and 50pc debt forgiveness to claw back to viability. Yet the EU has blocked both, and the Fund has until now acquiesced. Needless to say, battered banks, insurance companies, and pension fund will not wait for further rounds of punishment. They know that Italy must redeem 14.6bn of debt this week and 62bn by the end of September, the highest ever in a single month. It must roll over 170bn by December. The ECB can in theory hold the line by soaking up the entire public debt of Italy, the worlds third largest at 1.84 trillion. The question is whether it can plausibly act on such a theory when the president of EMUs dominant power deems this to be TELEGRAPH page 31



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Charting The Incredible Shift From Manufacturing To Services In America

Doug Short (Money Game)

HAPPY LABOR DAY: Now Here's The Real State Of The Job Market In America
Joe Weisenthal (Money Game)
Submitted at 9/5/2011 9:58:00 AM

employment. In 1939 service industries Submitted at 9/5/2011 10:28:23 AM employed more people than In honor of Labor Day, which manufacturing by a ratio of 2.1-to was signed into law as a national -1.0. But that ratio was soon to holiday in 1894, I spent some change. For a clearer picture of time this morning studying a topic t h e r e l a t i v e g r o w t h o f I've occasionally mentioned: The manufacturing and services, the shift in the United States from a next chart illustrates just that: The manufacturing to a services cumulative growth of the two economy. series, along with total nonfarm The Department of Labor's employment. Bureau of Labor Statistics has During WWII, manufacturing monthly data on employment by employment rose dramatically, industry categories reaching back but it began returning to its preto 1939. The first chart below is war pattern after the war ended. an overlay of the compete series T h e r e a f t e r , m a n u f a c t u r i n g of employment numbers for the employment has had a complex t w o m a j o r c a t e g o r i e s , history with a peak in the late manufacturing and services. 1970s and a secular decline When I say major, I'm referring t h e r e a f t e r . H e r e a r e s o m e to the complete domination of the observations about manufacturing l a b o r m a r k e t b y t h e s e t w o and services over the past seven industries. To illustrate this fact, plus decades: I've also included the total of the Manufacturing is far more two categories and a dotted line sensitive to the business cycle. s h o w i n g t o t a l n o n f a r m Compare, for example, the

relative behavior of manufacturing and services relative to the recession bars. Growth in services began accelerating in the 1960s and accelerated again after the doubledip recession in the early 1980. Manufacturing accelerated at a slower pace in the 1960s and then oscillated around a flat line in sync with the four recessions from 1970 to 1982. Manufacturing employment peaked in June 1979. It never recovered from the double dip recession of 1980-1982. The spring of 1998 was the an interim high for manufacturing jobs, but with the recession of 2001 began a 35% decline in jobs from the 1998 peak to the trough (so far) in December 2009. Manufacturing has essentially flatlined over the past 21 months. Services industry employment began leveling off with the onset

of the 2001 recession. Growth began accelerating again in 2004, but the rate of growth was well below what we saw in the 1980s and 1990s. Services employment hit its all-time peak in January 2008, the second month of the Great Recession. Services employment is slowly improving, but it remains about 2.6% below the 2008 peak. Please follow Money Game on Twitter and Facebook. Join the conversation about this story See Also: Be Prepared For A Disastrous ISM Manufacturing Report The Good News And The Bad News In China's August PMI If iCloud Runs On Microsoft And Amazon, What The Heck Is Inside That Huge Apple Data Center?

It's Labor Day! As many have noted, it's a grim time to be celebrating the American workers, who continue to have it as bad as ever. To give you a snapshot of the situation, we've culled 7 key charts (via the St. Louis Fed) that really show how bad things are. They all come from the latest Non -Farm Payrolls report released last Friday. The average duration of unemployment is exploding The civilian participation rate continues shooting downward Total number of unemployed (defined narrowly) is near all time highs See the rest of the story at Business Insider Please follow Money Game on Twitter and Facebook. See Also: The Truth About The Dismal Jobs Situation In America The 20 Cities Where Housing Is Worse Than It Was Last Year 15 Countries Sitting On A Fortune Of Metals And Minerals

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illegal. Troika Abruptly Walks Out of Talks in Athens In case you missed it, last Friday Inspectors leave Greece after talks are suspended THE STRUGGLE to keep the ailing Greek economy afloat took a further turn for the worse as the EU-IMF troika abruptly suspended talks in Athens on the release of the next round of rescue aid to the country. A team of troika inspectors unexpectedly left Greece yesterday after the emergence of divisions with the government over the execution of reforms agreed in its first international bailout. With the release of each round of bailout loans contingent on the delivery of agreed reforms, the latest breakdown raises fresh questions about the governments capacity to implement the rescue plan. The dispute comes as Greece tries to persuade private creditors to bear investment losses as a condition of its second bailout. The terms of the second rescue were finalised in July after months of dispute which intensified the sovereign debt crisis. With Italy and Spain under

pressure, the latest turmoil in Athens unsettled bond markets yet again. Greek two-year bond yields soared to a new record of more than 46 per cent and Italian and Spanish borrowing costs also rose. The troika comprising the EU Commission, the ECB and the IMF sent an inspection team to Athens a fortnight ago for the fifth quarterly review of the first Greek rescue. Top officials from the three institutions joined talks with Greek ministers on Monday but the deadlock persists. At a certain point you reach the conclusion that there is no point in having new meetings every day and you leave the Greeks a chance to do their homework, said a source close the troika. At issue is the Greek governments failure to deliver promised reforms to public sector pay and its tax collection system. The troika is also unhappy with the governments failure to liberalise a number of professions. Although the IMF had hoped to wrap up the talks next Monday, the troika said yesterday that its inspectors now expected to return to Greece by the middle of the month. It wants Athens to complete technical work by then

and to continue talks on policies needed to complete the review. Can Italy rollover debt without help from the ECB? I highly doubt it, but we are about to find out. There is lots of Eurozone action in September, that's for sure. 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.

5 Mobile Weather Apps

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Submitted at 9/5/2011 9:00:56 AM

"You know what they say about this cityif you don't like the weather, wait five minutes." It seems like that's been said of every city (except perhaps Seattle). Sometimes glancing outside -- or even being outside -- doesn't reveal the entire story, and even the most live-and-let-live types occasionally wonder if they should bring a jacket. Don't get caught off guard and in the rain -go exploring with some of the ever-evolving mobile weather apps. Some people believe that your preferred mobile platform reveals a lot about you; some people are more concerned about the weather's ability to make or break

your day. Whatever the case, not all mobile weather apps are created equal, so we've examined a variety of weather-related options for phones, pads and pods. From the pretty to the profound, for the curious onlooker to the thrill-seeking storm enthusiast, there's a mobile weather option destined for your home screen. 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: A 'Malign Intellectual Subculture' - George Monbiot Smears Chomsky, Herman, Peterson, Pilger And Media Lens.

Summer Sides
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Submitted at 9/5/2011 3:00:00 AM

This light salad mixes sweet tomatoes, peppery arugula, and

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European Equities Hammered; German DAX Down 5%; US Futures Down 2%; Italy 10-Year Yield Sharply Higher at 5.56%; Gold Hits 1900 Again (Michael Shedlock) (Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis)
Submitted at 9/5/2011 10:41:00 AM

Pippa Middleton Heads Back to Work and Does Lunch With a Guy Pal
Allie Merriam (PopSugar)
Submitted at 9/5/2011 7:34:02 AM

European Indices Click here to refresh Yahoo!Finance Major World Indices Asia-Pacific Indices Italy 10-Year Government Bond Yield Last month the ECB stepped in to "support" Italian bonds. What is it going to do, buy all of them? Metals Much-to-do was made over the recent sharp plunge in gold. The pullback lasted precisely three days and now gold is flirting with all-time highs once again. In bull markets, sharp pullbacks need to be bought, and in bear markets sharp rallies sold. The only trick is catching the turning point, and that is frequently not easy. However, given the Eurozone crisis, and the likelihood that central banks and governments everywhere will attempt more fiscal and monetary stimulus, it is

Pippa Middleton grabbed lunch in London today with a guy friend. With no Labor Day over in the UK, it was back to work for Pippa this morning - she did, though, have a long weekend for Britain's Summer Bank Holiday last Monday on Aug. 29. Pippa's hanging out in London with her pals while her sister Kate continues to set records. Kate's wedding dress, which is on display at Buckingham Palace, foolish to call a top in gold as goal is strong performance and became the hit of their Summer many have done all year. low volatility, regardless of exhibition. 500,000 people are Mike "Mish" Shedlock market direction. Visit http:// projected to check out Kate's h t t p : / / w w w . s i t k a p a c i f i c . c o m / Sarah Burton for Alexander globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot. account_management.html to McQueen gown before the exhibit com l e a r n m o r e a b o u t w e a l t h closes on Oct. 3. Pippa's own Click Here To Scroll Thru My m a n a g e m e n t a n d c a p i t a l Recent Post List Mike preservation strategies of Sitka "Mish" Shedlock is a registered Pacific. investment advisor representative for SitkaPacific Capital Management. Sitka Pacific is an asset management firm whose

McQueen dress from the April 29 ceremony caused a stir recently too. Bedfordshire's Queen's Head pub had to take down a poster of Pippa's bottom after patrons said it was "disrespectful." View Slideshow

PEZ Quiz
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Submitted at 9/5/2011 9:00:56 AM

Everybody has his or her favorite PEZ dispenser, whether it's Chewbacca or Batman. But how

much do you know about the plastic figurines and the candy in them? Test your knowledge with this quiz. Earn a point for every right answer! Save your score at the

end of the quiz.

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Former F1 Ace David Coulthard Races the Best Online

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His challengers are racing in Gran Turismo 5s digital realm. The fastest of them wins a trip to the Submitted at 9/5/2011 8:30:00 AM Brazilian Grand Prix. Can you beat the real thing? Everyone is racing against the Thirteen time Grand Prix winner clock. Everyone is driving the Coulthard challenges gamers. same car, on the same track. This is it. The Mercedes Live Everyone gets 15 minutes to set Race, where former Formula one their fastest time. And you can get ace David Coulthard races against in on the action online through six of the hottest gamers in the Sony and the developers of Gran world. Turismo 5, who are making it a Six competitors, selected from seasonal event you can participate among thousands of entrants, will in with your PlayStation3. compete online against Coulthard My challenge to all of the as he laps a real track in a real car. gamers out there is, can you beat Everyone will be be behind the the real thing? Coulthard said. wheel of a Mercedes-Benz AMG Lets see if you can beat me! S L S G u l l w i n g . T h e o n l y Coulthard is no slouch. The difference is Coulthards is real. former F1 (and current DTM)

driver scored 13 grand prix wins during a career that spanned 15 seasons. He ranks 11th on the list of all-time points scorers. When I first heard about this I thought it would be DC racing

gamers on a computer game, and hes absolutely hopeless at that, said former F1 driver Martin Brundle, who with Coulthard is an F1 commentator for the BBC. But in a real SLS I think hell

give them a good run for their money. Well see. You can watch the action here and comment on it as it all unfolds. 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: A 'Malign Intellectual Subculture' - George Monbiot Smears Chomsky, Herman, Peterson, Pilger And Media Lens.

Summer of Love: The Hottest Celebrity PDA Moments of the Season!

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There's nothing like warm weather and romantic getaways to make some of our favorite celebrities feel the love. This

Summer lots of stars have shown some sweet PDA with their significant others. Reese Witherspoon and Jim Toth enjoyed their honeymoon while Brooke Burke and Sofia Coppola were among the celebrities who

tied the knot. New parents Kate Hudson and Matthew Bellamy

kissed over a romantic lunch, sexy moments, and even more, in Kate Middleton and Prince our slideshow! View Slideshow William went on a hand-in-hand stroll, and Emma Watson, Ashlee Simpson, and Michelle Williams snuggled up with cute, new guys. Check out all of their sweet and



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Gallery: Empire Invades Gwyneth Paltrow Rocks AT&T Park for San Francisco Short Shorts on Her Way Giants' Star Wars Day
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Home From Venice

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Gwyneth Paltrow waved bye to fans yesterday when she left her Venice hotel and hopped into a water taxi. After a stunning few days at the city's film festival in an array of Prada dresses, she was dressed down in a simple top, shorts, and sandals. She had been out earlier, though, in a pink outfit for lunch. Gwyneth and her Contagion costar Matt Damon rose early Saturday for a photo call, then hit the red carpet for a premiere that night. Her husband

21 Ways You Can Relax and Recharge on Your Day Off [Holidays]
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Submitted at 9/5/2011 5:00:00 AM

Chris Martin wasn't on hand for the movie fun, but Matt made the rounds with his wife Luciana before they too left town last night. View Slideshow

Google celebrates Freddie Mercury [video]

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Submitted at 9/5/2011 10:18:00 AM

We're celebrating Labor Day here in the states (or " Labour Day" in Canada), which means the government's celebrating your hard work by giving you the day off. While long weekends are great, if you don't take a moment to unwind they don't do you much good. Make your day off count and check out some of our favorite ways to relax and recharge. More

Google pays homage to Freddie Mercury with an animated Doodle celebrating the Queen frontman on what would have been his 65th birthday. Doodler Jennifer Hom was the

She and other illustrators spent about three months putting the whole thing together. They even studied a bunch of old Queen albums and videos to pick out visual cues. Via THD. brains behind the elaborate All about Google. doodle, which was a team effort. Permalink| Leave a comment

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Steven Seagal Denies That a Puppy Was Killed During Reality Show Raid
Mix Sand and Paint to SlipProof Stairs [Clever Uses]
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Submitted at 9/5/2011 9:00:00 AM

With fall just around the corner, it's time to start thinking of ways to stay safe when the wet weather hits. If you want to keep your stairs from getting too slippery, Martha Stewart suggests adding a little sand to your paint mixture. More

Tunesque Lets Your Search the iTunes and Mac App Stores From Your Menu Bar [Downloads]
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Labor Day 2011 [infographic]

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Filed under: TV News According to the Associated Press, actor Steven Seagal and Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio have denied accusations by a Phoenix man and his lawyer that a family pet was killed during a raid filmed for Seagal's reality TV show. TMZ earlier reported that Seagal took part in a March 9 raid on the home of Jesus Llovera for his A&E show, 'Steven Seagal: Lawman.' Llovera alleges that Seagal arrived at his home with a tank, which he rammed into a gate on his property, and that an 11-month -old puppy was killed during the raid along with 100 roosters. Seagal said he's outraged by the allegation, and Sheriff Arpaio said it is without merit. "If my

deputies, or posse man Seagal for that matter, had done something so awful like shooting a family dog, then where are the photos to prove it?" Arpaio asked. Permalink| Email this| Linking Blogs| Comments

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Courtroom chaos as Mubarak trial resumes

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Riot police clash with antiMubarak demonstrators in front of the court [Reuters] Scuffles broke out inside and outside the courtroom as the trial of Hosni Mubarak, the former Egyptian president, resumed in Cairo with police witnesses expected to reveal details about a crackdown on protesters that left hundreds dead. Al Jazeera's Sherine Tadros said that court proceedings were halted just 40 minutes into Monday's session as lawyers for the prosecution and the defence had to be separated by police. People present said a fight broke out when a Mubarak supporter lifted up a photo of the former president, angering relatives of victims of the uprising. The scuffles prompted the judge to call a recess, briefly delaying the hearing of four senior police officers. As the trial resumed, a senior police witness denied that police could have used automatic weapons against protesters. "In my 30 years of experience with state security, I have not heard of any incident where an order was given to use live ammunition against protesters," police officer General Hussein Saeed Mohamed Mursi told the court, according to a Reuters correspondent.

Mursi, head of communication in the state security service, was in the police operations room during the uprising. Clashes outside At least 22 people were arrested outside the army academy where the trial is taking place as pro- and

anti-Mubarak groups clashed, and some threw stones at riot police. At least 26 people were injured 14 officers from the central security forces and 12 protesters. Our correspondent said more police had been deployed than for the trial's previous two sessions.

"Some of the people gathered outside the courtroom have started throwing rocks at the riot police," Tadros said. "This is something we saw in the last two sessions as well, when there was rock throwing between pro- and anti-Mubarak protesters.

Now it seems to be concentrated at the riot police. It is indicative of the kind of emotions this trial is evoking." Monday's session is expected to bring four senior police officers to COURTROOM page 38

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Standoff continues over Gaddafi stronghold

Submitted at 9/5/2011 4:58:42 AM

Libyan fighters are poised for assaults on two of Muammar Gaddafi's last remaining strongholds, Bani Walid and Sirte, but renewed negotiations have raised hopes for a peaceful end to the standoff. Fighters for the National Transitional Council (NTC) on Monday exchanged fire with Gaddafi loyalists as they advanced closer to the besieged city of Bani Walid, and were awaiting orders to launch their final attack after negotiations over its surrender collapsed a day earlier. "Rebels have pushed to within seven kilometres of the centre of Bani Walid. They exchanged fire with some of Gaddafi's forces," Al Jazeera's Sue Turton said on Monday, reporting from near the city. "But they have since retreated a little bit instead of setting up a defensive position there," she added. "And the reason for that is, we have more talks". Rebels said another group had come forward to negotiate, distancing themselves from those conducting previous talks, our correspondent said. "The rebels yet again have said they will stall going any further,

they have pulled back and they are waiting yet again to see if they can come to an agreement." Earlier talks Rebel negotiator Abdullah Kanshil said on Sunday that the earlier talks had broken down after Gaddafi loyalists insisted the fighters put down their weapons before entering Bani Walid, some 150km southeast of Tripoli. On Sunday Turton said the fighters were hoping the people in the town would rise up against supporters of Gaddafi. Turton reported that fighters outside Bani Walid estimated the number of Gaddafi troops remaining in the town at less than 100. "This is aside from the Gaddafi loyalists who we've heard have come out, who are manning checkpoints ... civilians who have weapons," she said. Meanwhile, in Gaddafi's hometown of Sirte, in the east of the country, negotiations also continued for the city's surrender. Bani Walid and Sirte, along with

Sabha deep in the Sahara desert, are the last pockets of support for Gaddafi whose whereabouts has been a mystery since he was toppled from power last month. Sleeper groups On Sunday, Al Jazeera's Andrew Simmons, reporting from AlSaddadah, southeast of Tripoli, said he had heard reports of fighting within Bani Walid. "This could be that that there are sleeper groups in that town [of Bani Walid] who are very much supporting the revolution and have started to rise in some parts of the town," he said. Earlier on Sunday, speaking in the eastern city of Benghazi, Ahmed Bani, the NTC's military spokesman, said that its fighters were in control of key strategic points around Bani Walid. "Soon Bani Walid will be liberated completely," he said. Chinese arms firms met Gaddafi officials Elsewhere, media reports on Monday suggested that Chinese arms firms had offered to sell

weapons worth about $200m to Muammar Gaddafi's beleaguered forces in July, Reuters reported. The Globe and Mail and New York Times newspapers reported that documents found abandoned in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, indicated that Chinese companies offered to sell rocket launchers, anti-tank missiles and other arms to Gaddafi's forces, despite bans on such sales. China's foreign ministry on Monday said Chinese arms firms had held talks with Libyan officials, but behind the government's back. "We have clarified with the relevant agencies that in July the Gaddafi government sent personnel to China without the knowledge of the Chinese government and they engaged in contact with a handful of people from the companies concerned," Jiang Yu, a ministry spokesman, told a news briefing in Beijing. 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: A 'Malign Intellectual Subculture' - George Monbiot Smears Chomsky, Herman, Peterson, Pilger And Media Lens.

'Downton Abbey' Star Went on a Diet After Fans Called Him Fat on Twitter
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Submitted at 9/5/2011 3:30:00 AM

Filed under: Reality-Free, TV News Many actors say that they never read their press clippings for fear of seeing something negative or hurtful, but we just know that some of them go ahead and read them anyway. Now one TV star has admitted that criticism from fans hit home, pushing him to go on a diet and lose 21 lbs. Dan Stevens, who plays Matthew Crawley in PBS period drama'Downton Abbey,' told'The Daily Telegraph' that he hit the gym after he was mocked online. "I think viewers will notice that I've lost [weight] since the first series," he said. "It's pretty much down to the fact that I had tons of comments on Twitter about how fat Matthew was looking." Permalink| Email this| Linking Blogs| Comments



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the witness stand in a case that has gripped Egypt and the Arab world. Mubarak arrived at the courthouse by helicopter, but Egyptians will not be able to follow the proceedings, previously broadcast on national television and big screens outside the courthouse, after Ahmed Refaat, the case judge, ruled that no more sessions should be televised Egyptians were stunned by television images of the 83-yearold former president of 30 years being wheeled into the courtroom cage on a hospital bed for the first two sessions. Mubarak's sons, Alaa and Gamal, once viewed as being groomed for top office, Habib el-Adly, his former interior minister, and six senior police officers are also on trial. Mubarak is the first Arab leader to stand trial in person since the beginning of a wave of popular uprisings sweeping the Middle East this year. 'Orders to kill' "We are expecting to hear the testimony of four witnesses that the prosecution has asked for to prove the charges against

Mubarak and the others," said Gamal Eid, a lawyer representing 16 of the roughly 850 people killed in the uprising. "These are key witnesses, people within the central security force, including the head of operations and communications," our correspondent said. "The prosecution is trying to prove that indeed those orders to kill unarmed protesters were given." Mubarak is charged with involvement in the killing of the protesters. Eid said one of the witnesses is General Hussein Saeed Mohamed Mursi, a top police officer who worked in the operations room of the police force during the uprising. "[Mursi] had been accused in a decision issued by the general prosecutor of deleting those recordings but he later turned into a witness," Eid said. The three other witnesses named by the court - Emad Badr Saeed, Bassim Mohamed el-Otaify and Mahmoud Galal Abdel Hamid are also police officers who were in the operations room during the 18 days of protests. Ten Kuwaiti lawyers had

been expected to join the defence team for Mubarak on Monday, but were not allowed into the courtroom, sources told Al Jazeera. Some of the lawyers said their role comes as a gesture of gratitude to Mubarak for his support for a US-led coalition that expelled Iraq from Kuwait in 1991. A press conference held by the Kuwaiti lawyers on Sunday descended into chaos when proMubarak supporters attacked a journalist, scratching his arms and beating him after he asked why the Kuwaitis were defending the ousted president. 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: A 'Malign Intellectual Subculture' - George Monbiot Smears Chomsky, Herman, Peterson, Pilger And Media Lens.

Chaz Bono Says His 'Dancing With the Stars' Training 'Is Going Really Well'
Catherine Lawson (AOL TV)
Submitted at 9/5/2011 6:30:00 AM

Filed under: Dancing With The Stars, TV News, Fall TV It seems as though Chaz Bono has chosen to address his critics by training hard and giving it his all on the'Dancing With the Stars' dance floor. Over the weekend Bono Tweeted that "Dancing rehearsal with @LaceySchwimmer is going really well. I had a little breakthrough today and I'm getting all the choreography down." His pro dance partner Lacey Schwimmer told'People' that Chaz is working hard and has already

dropped six pounds in weight thanks to his hard work and the gruelling regimen known as the 'DWTS' workout plan. Permalink| Email this| Linking Blogs| Comments

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Pakistan captures 'senior al-Qaeda leader'

Submitted at 9/5/2011 8:36:57 AM

Al-Mauritani is one of three alQaeda members Pakistan says it arrested with US help on Monday [Reuters] A senior al-Qaeda leader believed to have been responsible for planning attacks on the US, Europe and Australia has been arrested in southwest Pakistan, according to the Pakistan army. Younis al-Mauritani was detained on Monday in the suburbs of the southwestern city of Quetta along with two other high-ranking AlQaeda operatives, the military said in a statement. "In an intelligence-driven operation by Inter-Services Intelligence in co-ordination with Frontier Corps Balochistan, a senior al-Qaeda leader, Younis alMauritani, mainly responsible for planning and conduct of international operations, was nabbed," the statement said. "Al-Mauritani was tasked personally by Osama bin Laden [the slain al-Qaeda leader] to

focus on hitting targets of economical importance in United States of America, Europe and Australia. "He was planning to target United States economic interests including gas/oil pipelines, power generating dams and strike ships/ oil tankers through explosiveladen speed boats in international waters." Co-operation between the CIA

and Pakistan's intelligence agency, ISI, led to the arrests by the paramilitary, it said, without saying when al-Mauritani was detained. The army named the two other senior operatives who had been arrested as Abdul Ghaffar alShami and Messara al-Shami. Western intelligence officials from two separate countries confirmed al-Mauritani was part

of al-Qaeda's high-level team in Pakistan, and linked to threats against Europe. However, al-Mauritani is not listed on either the FBI's "most wanted" list or the US treasury department's list of global terrorists. "Interestingly one has to see whether this was indeed a credible threat as the military claims," Al Jazeera's Kamal Hyder reported

from Islamabad. Despite recent breaks in the relationship between US and Pakistan's spy networks following the US covert killing of bin Laden in Pakistan in May, the army heralded the co-operation that led to the arrests. "This operation was planned and conducted with technical assistance of United State Intelligence Agencies with whom Inter Services Intelligence has a strong, historic intelligence relationship," the military said. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters featured article: A 'Malign Intellectual Subculture' - George Monbiot Smears Chomsky, Herman, Peterson, Pilger And Media Lens.

7 Best Margarita Recipes

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our Classic, on the Rocks A regular happy hour frozen margarita is around 12 ounces and When chip-and-salsa joints lean weighs in at 410 calories (56% on the sugar to make tall, sweet c o m i n g f r o m s u g a r ) . O u r drinks, it adds up fast in the glass. lightened version is 130 calories Happy Hour Frozen Margarita vs. for a 6-ounce portion with just

14% coming from sugar. The Cooking Light Margarita: 1 ounce premium or silver tequila, 1/2 ounce Cointreau or other orange-flavored liqueur, 1.5 ounces fresh-squeezed lime juice. Shake with 3/4 cup ice; garnish

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Lock & Lock Food to Go BPAFree 18-Piece Airtight Container Set

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DirecTV customers have never seen Don Draper commit sexual harassment or Walter White brew up a batch of meth in HD, but that's finally about to change. The satellite provider will finally offer AMC in high-definition Sept. 9. The revelation first appeared on DBS Talk and was later confirmed by DirecTV, which has faced public pressure for more than a year to add the channel. But as complaining customers note, the provider still has a long way to go in terms of offering all the non-blurry versions of channels customers would like. AMC HD in TEST, replacing Cinema HD 131[DBS Talk via Engadget] 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: A 'Malign Intellectual Subculture' - George Monbiot Smears Chomsky, Herman, Peterson, Pilger And Media Lens.

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Just in: 2012 Audi A6

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Submitted at 9/5/2011 9:44:59 AM

Just in: 2012 Audi A6 Audi has long been thought of as being a step in status below its German rivals, BMW and Mercedes-Benz. But the company is trying very hard to shake that image with evocatively styled, luxuriously-finished, and hightech-content models. A big step toward this is the new Audi A6, their mid-sized luxury sedan and our latest test car. Extensive use of aluminum in the body and suspension components has kept weight down on the new A6: 4,077 pounds compared to our 4,108-lb 2010 A6 3.0T Quattro test car. Audis covered all of the bases with powertrain selections. Most A6s will have the impressive 3.0liter supercharged V6 with an eight-speed automatic and allwheel drive. Front-wheel drive A6s can be had with Audis 2.0liter turbocharged four-cylinder enginea first for this class here in America. A diesel version is planned for later. You wont find a V8 A6: the 3.0Ts performance makes it superfluous. Sadly, you also wont find an A6 avant (wagon in Audi-speak) in the United Statestoo bad because it is a stunning-looking car. Our A6 3.0T Quattro has the

$4,220 Premium Plus package. It includes 18-inch wheels, navigation, xenon headlights (with neat LED daytime running lights), and parking sensors. Maybe the most interesting added feature is the Audi Connect system, which uses a T-Mobile data connection (free for six months) to download Google Maps satellite images on the navigation screen. This is mesmerizing to watch while you drive, which doesnt help you pay attention to the road. The system also provides a mobile hot spot for passengers smart phones in the car and the capability to use Google for navigation destination searches. Thus configured, the A6 seems to set some sort of record for ways to program a navigation system, including the MMI rotating controller knob, a touch pad that lets you trace out letters, regular navigation system voice commands, and voice commands through Google web searches. Some early logbook comments suggest this is one or two methods

too many, especially compared to the simplicity of touch-screen controls. One curious line-item on the window sticker is REARVIEW CAMERA PREP. Theres a camera there, but no image on the screen when reversing. Unfortunately, earthquake-supply issues mean that our A6 and many other Audis are missing a necessary chip for rearview camera operation. Weve been told that well get the chip hopefully in late fall. Other options, including blindzone monitoring, cold weather package, and rear side air bags, brought our car to $56,295. The Ibis White paint saves a $475 metallic paint up-charge but the effect is a bit clinical when paired with its black leather and metallic (no wood) dash trim panels. First impressions? This A6 is very quiet and very quick with a well-balanced feel. It looks to provide strong competition in a crowded and competitive segment. Subscribe now! S u b s c r i b e t o for expert Ratings, buying advice and reliability on hundreds of products. Update your feed preferences

Daily electronics deals:Westinghouse LD3235 32in LED LCD HDTV

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Daily electronics deals:Westinghouse LD-3235 32in LED LCD HDTV Today's electronics deals, courtesy of The Consumerist: Amazon: 2TB Seagate Expansion 3.5in USB3 External Hard Drive $80 Best Buy: Westinghouse LD3235 32in LED LCD HDTV (720p) $259.99 Nintendo Wii Fit Plus Game w/ Balance Board $59.99 Free Shipping Staples: Panasonic KXTG9333T DECT 6.0 3-Handset Cordless Digital Telephone $39.99AR Free Ship Entertainment Amazon: BBC Human Planet [Blu-ray] $27.49 Neither Consumer Reports nor The Consumerist receive anything in exchange for featuring these deals; the posts are intended to be purely informational. These deals are often fleeting, with prices changing or products becoming unavailable as the day progresses.

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Colts delay Tressels employment until seventh week of regular season

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The Indianapolis Colts have decided to suspend the employment of new gameday consultant and former Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel for the first six games of the regular season. The move is an obvious response to the league's decision to suspend ex-OSU quarterback Terrelle Pryor the first five games of the regular season as a condition of his entry into the league's 2011 supplemental draft. According to Colts president Bill Polian, the idea to serve the suspension was Tressel's, after consultation with the NFL and team officials. And while the Colts term the move as beginning Jean's poolside concert at the Tressel's employment later in the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, season, it is a suspension on its Nevada yesterday (September 04). face, and in reality. The former reality star blames Polian released this statement: constant speculation of a breast... "After the announcement of Audrina Patridge Hot Style Coach Jim Tressel's agreement to Pictures: Vanity Nightclub Hard join the Colts as a game day Rock Las Vegas... American consultant, questions were raised Superstar Magazine with respect to the equity of his all 116 news articles

begin Coach Tressel's employment effective with our seventh regular season game. We have informed the league office of our decision and expect that they will be supportive of it. "We are very happy Coach Tressel will be joining us." Pryor was one of several Ohio State players suspended five games after an impermissible benefits scandal rocked the school. After it was discovered that Tressel lied to the NCAA about his knowledge in those matters, the school suspended him two games and fined Tressel $250,000. Tressel later requested a p p o i n t m e n t a s o p p o s e d t o that his suspension be extended to suspensions being served this mirror those of his players, but season by present and former eventually, both Pryor and Tressel Ohio State players. left the school and explored their " O v e r t h e w e e k e n d C o a c h options in the NFL. T r e s s e l , M r . I r s a y , C o a c h Pryor was selected in the third Caldwell and I had a discussion of round of the supplemental draft the issue. In addition, we had a by the Oakland Raiders, and will conversation with league officials serve his suspension through to apprise them of the details of Week 5 of the NFL season. Coach Tressel's employment and Tressel, who was hired by the the issues we were reviewing. Colts to serve as a replay "At Coach Tressel's suggestion, consultant, will not begin work and with Mr. Irsay's concurrence with the team until Week 7. and support, we have decided to



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First Down: MJDs new handcuff, Cassel hurting, Beanie no baby

Brad Evans (Y! Sports Blogs Yahoo! Sports)
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While you were huddled around the grill contemplating which cheese topping deserved the privilege of garnishing your meat, several tasty fantasy tidbits crawled off the wire. To make sure you remain at the top of your game heading into Week 1, here's a bulleted rundown of what you missed: Aside from Peyton Manning's neck and, more recently, Arian Foster's hammy, no body part has captivated the attention of fanatics more than Maurice Jones-Drew's surgically repaired knee. On Thursday, owner worries were finally calmed as the popular early-round pick ran uninhibited over two series against the Rams. He finished with 14 yard on five carries. Post-game he made a pointed comment to skeptics who've questioned his Week 1 preparedness. From the TimesUnion: "If they don't see it now, I don't know what to tell them." MoJo better be ready. On Friday, teammate Rashad Jennings, felled by a knee injury of his own, was placed on injured reserve, ending his season. The handcuff was expected to help ease MJD's workload, presumably

taking on 10-12 carries per game. However, with the Liberty product officially toast, promoted third-stringer Deji Karim will now

fill that void. Jack Del Rio is confident the former sixth-round pick, whose full name (AbdulGafar Olatokumbo Ayodeji

Lamar Karim) would force any fifth-grade spelling bee champ to his/her knees, is prepared to tally more carries than vowels. From "I feel great about our backfield. I FIRST page 45

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think we have depth. I think we have productive guys that will step up and play big for us. Deji is one of them. I think you'll see an increased role with Montell (Owens), an increased role with Brock (Bolen). But Deji in particular has been very explosive this preseason. He's got some real quicks, he's got great vision and he's been improved in all facets of his game. And the thing that stands out is the explosive element that he brings." Since Karim is limited to a change-of-pace role, he is nothing more than another bench back one leg twist away from a value explosion. But because JonesDrew has eclipsed 330-plus touches in consecutive seasons and is coming off major surgery, the chances of that happening might be better than you think. Todd Haley is a riverboat gambler. He a man who's never shied away from chasing the river. However, in his most recent attempt to score a flush, he failed. Miserably. Matt Cassel, who was smashed into the ground by Packers buffet closer Howard Green in the SECOND QUARTER in Thursday's preseason finale, is very questionable for Week 1's battle versus Buffalo due to a rib injury. Genius.

Inexperienced backup Tyler Palko, who has never started an NFL game, could be pressed into action, damning news for Dwayne Bowe. Last year, the wideout grabbed three passes for 16 yards and a TD against the Bills with Cassel. Without him, Bowe might be lucky to show up in the box score. Drayton Florence, one of the league's more physical corners, was effective against top targets last year limiting them to just 61.8 yards per game. As for other key Chiefs, particularly Jamaal Charles, one would think against one of the league's softest run defenses a ground-heavy gameplan would be implemented. Maybe, just maybe, the JC of KC could surpass 20 touches, an event that happened only four times last year. But, knowing Haley, Thomas Jones, Dexter McCluster and Le'Ron McClain will probably total 40 carries. Still, based on the favorable matchup, the explosive Charles is a top-five play this week. Remember last year he rolled up 238 total yards on 26 touches against the Bills. Don't worry too much about the stacked boxes. To the casual observer, Arizona's acquisition of Chester Taylor may raise a red flag for Beanie Wells. After all, during his

tenure in the desert, Ken Whisenhunt has supported a committee backfield. Once Taylor gets acclimated to his new surroundings he will play a role, but, make no mistake, Beanie will be the beast of burden. Motivated by those who've repeatedly panned him for his being physical soft, Wells has a giant chip on his shoulder. He consistently ran angry this preseason, showcasing impressive speed, power and determination. As Whisenhunt told the Arizona Republic over the weekend, the 23-year-old is "accelerating on contact" and "carrying guys downfield." If that attitude carries over into the regular season, Wells will be a strong RB2, possibly finishing inside the position's top-15 (And I've been one of Beanie's biggest critics). Undoubtedly, Kevin Kolb and Larry Fitzgerald will stretch defenses, creating exploitable opportunities for the ground game. Because blitz pickup is still a bugaboo for Beanie, Taylor will eventually seize duties on third downs. But the former firstrounder will be the primary earlydown and goal-line back. If the third-year back can avoid the infirmary, he could very well finish in range of 1,250 total yards

and 8-10 touchdowns. And, based on Arizona's very friendly early season slate (Car, @Was, @Sea), it wouldn't be a shock if he (or Kolb for that matter) stormed out of the gates. The generous defenses ranked sixth, eleventh and seventh, respectively, in fantasy points allowed to rushers a season ago. Peyton's ongoing neck saga has everyone in Fantasyland freaking out ( Read Behrens' rundown here). Though his potential early season loss is devastating for Indy, it doesn't mean all Colts skill players should be purposely avoided in drafts or auctioned off for a six-pack of Keystone and a bag of Rold Gold. Yes, it's true Kerry Collins once hunted beaver pelts alongside Native Americans in the Old Northwest Territory centuries ago, but, if given adequate time, the graybeard can still chuck it. Last year in a less potent Titans offense he averaged 216 yards per game, 6.8 yards per attempt and notched a solid 12:7 TD:INT split over seven starts. Since he's only been with the club for two weeks, his loose grasp of the offense is an issue, but Week 1 don't expect him to drop back into the pocket and immediately collapse into the fetal position. The Texans' secondary, which added Jonathan

Joseph and Danieal Manning, is improved, but still vulnerable. For now, Reggie Wayne, Austin Collie, Pierre Garcon and Dallas Clark receive only a slight downgrade. One other note, Jim Caldwell could turn more to Joseph Addai and bowling ball Delone Carter to help minimize pressure on Collins. Obviously, the backfield's success directly correlates with how well Collins performs, but if the grizzled veteran can at least be average, the tandem stands to benefit. Keep in mind the Texans and Browns, Indy's first two opponents, allowed a combined 106.6 rushing yards per game to RBs last year. ( UPDATE: Here is Jim Irsay's statement on No. 18. Based on the owner's unreadable tweets, be thankful it wasn't written in shorthand. The most disturbing part: "As of now Peyton continues to deal with a complicated neurological recovery, the end date of which is unpredictable.") Bring the noise on Twitter. Follow Brad@YahooNoise. -Images courtesy of US Presswire


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Saints, Pack in no mood to party ahead of Thursday opener - NFL

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"We live in a small town, so it's a big deal. But really, our approach Submitted at 9/5/2011 7:26:12 AM hasn't changed." With Lady Antebellum, Maroon Besides, McCarthy has seen Kid 5 and Kid Rock leading the Rock before at the Packers' pregame concert, the NFL is private victory party following the doing its best to provide a party Super Bowl. atmosphere for Thursday night's "He's an outstanding entertainer," opening game of the 2011 season. McCarthy said with a smirk. "I But the game itself is no party for could probably hear him from my the participants -- the New office. That's probably as close as Orleans Saints and the Green Bay I'll get to the concert." Packers, who just so happen to be Saints quarterback Drew Brees, t h e l a s t t w o S u p e r B o w l whose team won the Super Bowl champions. after the 2009 season only to be "There's a reason why we're upset in the wild-card round of playing in this game, but really in last season's playoffs, was asked my mind and my message to the about the difference of going into team is that's as far as it goes," this season without the burden of Packers coach Mike McCarthy being defending champions. told the Times-Picayune on "So many of the questions going Sunday. "I'm not really into being into last season were: What have in the limelight. That's just not you done about the Super Bowl really my personality, and it's hangover? How do you defend something I expressed to my against that and how do you football team. I'm not saying these prepare for a season after being guys operate the way I do. It's a the champs?" he said. "That's a big game; we understand that. It fun thing to be called defending w i l l b e a g r e a t e v e n i n g a t champs, but everybody also tries Lambeau, but we're really just to make it a stressful thing. In the focused on the Saints. end, I felt like we handled that

situation very well, even though we started off with a 4-3 record, which was not optimal for us, but I felt like we finished playing some of our best football at the end of the season. "Unfortunately, the playoffs did not go the way we expected. I still felt like we had as good a shot as anybody going into the playoffs, and that's all we wanted. That's all you can ask for in this league. I feel like we learn a lot from every season, whether it goes really well or we fall a little bit short." Brees also revealed that the Saints expected to play the Packers in last season's NFC Championship Game. "We knew all along the Packers were going to roll through the playoffs. We had it in our (plans) that we had to go to Seattle and win, go to Chicago and win, and then well see the Packers in the dome. The Packers upheld their end of the bargain," Brees said, according to the Packers' team website. Saints defensive tackle Aubrayo Franklin and rookie defensive end

Cameron Jordan both spoke confidently about their hopes of playing Thursday night despite lingering injuries. "That's the plan. Everything looks like it's on track right now, so I'll be ready to go," Franklin told the Times-Picayune. Franklin has been out since he sprained a medial collateral ligament in the second preseason game. Jordan missed the final preseason game with an undisclosed knee injury, but sounded as if he expects to play on Thursday. The Associated Press contributed to this report. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters featured article: A 'Malign Intellectual Subculture' - George Monbiot Smears Chomsky, Herman, Peterson, Pilger And Media Lens.

We were born only yesterday and know nothing, and our days on earth are but a shadow. Job 8:9(NIV) Thoughts on Today's Verse... While Job never learned why he suffered, he did learn his place in the universe before the Almighty God (Job 3841). When we are young, time passes so very slowly -- especially if we are waiting for something special! But as we get older, the years fly by more and more quickly. Yet despite all our learning, despite all our experience, we come to two great awakenings: our knowledge compared to what there is to know is so very small and our place in the passage of time is so very short. Both of these awakenings prepare us to turn our lives and future over to our God who longs to bring us to himself. My Prayer... Holy and Almighty God, my Abba Father, thank you so much for your overwhelming patience as you try to communicate your love to people like me with my limited abilities to comprehend your magnificence and glory. Please give me wisdom this week, to make the decisions I need to make and to choose your way and not my own. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ I pray. Amen.

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Mount up, cowboys: Morgan, Brewers take off in Western wear

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Taking a page from a colleague, Milwaukee Brewers manager Ron Roenicke suggested that his players, while they were in Houston, head to a Western wear shop and pick out an outfit they liked. As you can see from the photo in front of the team charter, most of the boys took the skipper up on his suggestion and rocked the cowboy look on the Brewers' flight to St. Louis on Sunday night. Nyjer Morgan(in blue at center of photo) really got into character, of course, demanding to be called " Tony Tombstone" a variation of his alter ego, Tony Plush. Roenicke was channeling Joe Maddon of the Tampa Bay Rays, with whom he worked on the Los Angeles Angel staff. Maddon frequently has the Rays dress in a theme on the road. As Tom Haudricourt wrote in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, his reasoning was simple:

"I like it," Roenicke said. "It's bonding and the humor. I was in San Antonio for a few years (in the minors). I bought stuff every once in a while there." The players seemed to take to it: Pitchers Chris Narveson(pictured left) and Yovani Gallardo interpreted the cowboy look in their own way. Asked about the somewhat conservative Roenicke

definitely fun for everybody. This would be the only time in my life I would dress like this, aside from Halloween, so I might as well go all in." This kind of stuff is great. Not necessarily because it works as a team-building exercise which it might but because the public gets to see ballplayers in wacky outfits. The same goes for the rookie hazing bit where guys have to dress like Baby Huey, or something. It's fun for them (usually), it's fun for us (always). It's especially fun for Morgan, who said via Twitter: Cowboy Plush 2 tha Rescue!!! Yeeeeeee-Haaaaaaaaa R u digging tha [Canadian] suggesting the theme, third a n d l i k e s t h a t w e e n j o y b a s e m a n C a s e y M c G e h e e ourselves," Braun said. "This is Tuxedo said, "He likes to have some fun. his contribution to us having fun. Saddle up Partner's, where taking Maybe we're finally starting to This breaks up the monotony of tha shootm up bang bang Crew 2 get to him. Maybe we're starting doing the same thing, wearing the tha Lou Aaaaahhhhh!!! to drive him off the deep end." same thing, traveling the same Big BLS h/t:@ShermanJef f Follow Dave on Twitter Ryan Braun said Roenicke might way every time." @AnswerDave and be understated in some ways but "It's nice for us to make fun of definitely likes to have fun with each other and have fun with it. engage the Stew on Facebook t h e p l a y e r s a n d p r o m o t e You see guys who typically camaraderie. would never wear stuff like this, "He definitely has a personality the majority of us, so it's


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Hall of Famer and former Sooner Lee Roy Selmon dies after stroke - Denver Post
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News of Lee Roy Selmon's stroke had already spurred tributes to him on Saturday, when members Lee Roy Selmon and his two of the University of South brothers starred for the Sooners. Florida's football team wore his TAMPA, Fla. Lee Roy number on their helmet. Selmon Selmon, the Tampa Bay had served as the school's athletic Buccaneers' Hall of Fame director from 2001-04. defensive end who teamed with was the rock of our family. This The Associated Press his brothers to create a dominant has been a sudden and shocking This entry passed through the defensive front and helped lead event and we are devastated by Full-Text RSS service if this is Oklahoma to consecutive national t h i s u n e x p e c t e d l o s s , " t h e your content and you're reading it championships, died Sunday s t a t e m e n t s a i d . on someone else's site, please read two days after being hospitalized Selmon and his brother Dewey the FAQ at a stroke. He was 56. were All-Americans in 1975 when only/faq.php#publishers. Five JC Fletcher (Joystiq) A statement released on behalf of the Sooners won their second Filters featured article: A 'Malign Submitted at 9/5/2011 10:30:00 AM his wife, Claybra Selmon, said he consecutive championship under Intellectual Subculture' - George d i e d a t a T a m p a h o s p i t a l coach Barry Switzer. They M o n b i o t S m e a r s C h o m s k y , The HD version of Metal Gear surrounded by family members. followed older brother Lucious to Herman, Peterson, Pilger And Solid: Peace Walker offers nice bonuses beyond sharper graphics "For all his accomplishments on Oklahoma, and the three played Media Lens. and dual analog controls. Today, and off the field, to us Lee Roy together during the 1973 season. Hideo Kojima announced that Peace Walker will feature online co-op (or CO-OPS, as it's known in-game) on Xbox 360 and PS3 via infrastructure mode. It is possible to play the PSP version online, but to do so (news photos - Google News) front of an electronic board Monday, wiping out gains made requires Sony's "adhocParty" app, and a connection to a PS3 that is displaying graphs of major stock last week as... Submitted at 9/5/2011 4:00:20 PM using a wired internet connection. m a r k e t i n d i c e s o u t s i d e a and more This version will be as simple as Photos of the Day, Sept. 5, 2011 brokerage in Tokyo September 5, National Post (blog) 2011. Japan's Nikkei stock A man waits to cross a street in average skidded 1.7 percent on
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Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker HD will have online co-op through PSN and Xbox Live
it is with any other Xbox Live/ PSN game. And, Kojima confirmed, it'll run in 60 frames per second even with 4 players. While you grudgingly admit that you want to buy the games again, now in the HD collection, here's a little perspective: Peace Walker is being sold separately in Japan, but it's just one part of a bundle here. Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker HD will have online co-op through PSN and Xbox Live originally appeared on Joystiq on Mon, 05 Sep 2011 10:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| Email this| Comments

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Dragon Quest X may have 'usage fees,' does have one screenshot
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In case you didn't stay up for the Dragon Quest X reveal event last night, you can get your first look at the online RPG for Wii (and eventually Wii U) in the single screenshot released by Square Enix so far. It appears to be some kind of lobby, with a bunch of player characters just cold lampin'. Players will be able to create their own characters, within five races: dwarf, elf, ogre, "weddy" (blue, aquatic-looking creatures) and "pukuripo" (cute little robed

creatures). Humans were also seen in the trailer, but there are no humans in this screenshot. That and the subtitle, roughly translated to "Awakening of the Five Tribes," suggest that humans

planning to charge a monthly fee for the online play. Or it could still be in the process of deciding whether it's worth it to charge for an online Wii game -- something that's already an uphill battle, even for the vaunted Dragon Quest series. Dragon Quest X may have 'usage fees,' does have one screenshot originally appeared on Joystiq on Mon, 05 Sep 2011 11:30:00 EST. won't be the focus. A small news post at the Dragon Please see our terms for use of Quest site, as discovered by feeds. Andriasang, includes "usage fee: Permalink| Email this| Comments TBA" among the specifications. Square Enix may, then, be

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Apparently all the US embassy cables, with none of the names redacted, have been released. It appears to me the sequence of events was this: 1. The Guardian released a password that unlocks an archive which had leaked. 2. Who leaked the archive? I have no idea, but it appears not to have been Julian Assange. CATCHING page 50

Deus Ex maintains UK top spot, Driver races into second

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Deus Ex isn't quite ready to give up the glory it earned for knocking Zumba Fitness off the top of the UK All Formats sales chart last week. The conspiratorial RPG may have experienced a 46

percent reduction in sales from its debut week, but it still had enough to keep Driver: San Francisco in second place for its premiere week. The usual cast make up the rest of the top ten, including Zumba Fitness dancing in third (take that!), with the exception of

Madden NFL 12, which found a nook in sixth. The only other new

title to enter the top 40 last week was Bodycount, which despite serious faults, found a home in 36th place. Find the UK top ten after the break. Continue reading Deus Ex maintains UK top spot, Driver races into second Deus Ex maintains UK top spot,

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3. Wikileaks released the archive without a password. After that a deluge of condemnation, from the professional press, of Julian Assange. It's all predictable, and as with almost everything they've said about and done to Assange, seems based on incorrect information, perhaps deliberately -- giving them the benefit of the doubt they never give to Assange. I have a Google email filter that sends me news about Wikileaks. For a while that had gotten dull. Now there are dozens of new stories coming out. There might be some big ones in here. Even though Wikileaks has the feel of an old story, it's generating lots of new investigations. Perhaps more than it initially did in December of last year. Micah Sifry says this will ruin some people's lives. Maybe it will, but we don't yet know which way things will turn. Why don't we reserve judgement until the facts are known. Also, Micah falls into the exact trap that the professional media laid for us, blaming it all on Assange. Someone pointed this out to him, and he acknowledges it in a postscript. But the attack remains, in the headline and the body of the piece. If I was Assange I would be seriously pissed off. Instead I am nauseated by the way these people flaunt their conflict, and pretend no one notices. The leak he refers to is about an Israeli political leader who

believes Israel will eventually have a majority Arab population, and being a democracy, that means at some point it will no longer be a Jewish state. But this leader believes that it'll be okay, and I agree that there are reasons to think that it might, given what's going on elsewhere in the Middle East. Who knows Israel might turn out to lead the Arab world to democracy. They have a fair amount of experience with it, relative to the others. Regardless, the person said these things. And maybe others in Israel believe them too, but haven't had the guts to say them publicly. Now someone is on the record -true -- without permission. They have every right to be angry. But who knows what energy could be unlocked. It might be just the thing to get things moving, and I think everyone agrees they need to be doing that. (And probably will, with or without Wikileaks.) And that's just one random cable from one part of the world. The US does business everywhere. The professional press has a lot at stake here. They have a method that they have religious feelings about, ones that some of us don't share, and that method is broken by the Wikileaks model. And it's seriously unwise to try to make this about one person, because it's not. It's about a new technology that makes things like Wikileaks possible. If you manage to nuke Wikileaks, that doesn't mean the genie goes back in the bottle.

I had an on-the-record email exchange with a reporter earlier this morning. Keeping with my no -interview policy, here's my side of the back and forth. 1. The technology that made Wikileaks possible is not going away. It may be that Assange is an imperfect leader, and maybe he's a visionary and has served his role, or maybe this is just version 1.0 and the people who won't work with him have their own issues (I think there's a lot of that going on). Regardless, it seems there's a huge amount of information that has just been released. Without judging the morality of the leaking or who is responsible (seems the Guardian leaked the password) the fact is a lot of information was just released and has yet to be parsed, so we have no idea what the impact will be and what its future implications are. Also a question for [the reporter] -- when did reporters become such moralists? And don't you guys have a huge conflict of interest here? Shouldn't you bend over backwards to be fair to Assange in light of the conflict? Should we trust those organizations to factor out their conflict when evaluating their position? 2. I completely lost faith in print media when Keller wrote his piece in the NYT Mag about Assange's socks (and other personal irrelevancies). That would have been a good time for the other publications to have

aimed a little of their grief at the Times, to show that they weren't all just gunning for Assange. Best interview I heard on the subject was with the former NYT lawyer in the Pentagon Papers case, who said that Wikileaks deserves all the first amendment protection that the Times gets. Obviously that's true. And that should not have ever been in question. (This was on the Brian Lehrer Show on WNYC.) Reminds me of the lukewarm support we got for the web from the Times in the 90s when the Communication Decency Act made a mockery of the 1st Amendment on the Internet. They never lifted a finger to help. I guess they didn't imagine that they would depend on electronic media to deliver their reporting. If this is all going to be dealt with an eye toward the future, you all need to take a step back and look at your own role, and admit some culpability and make some corrections. Just dumping on Assange creates a very negative impression. BTW, I'm going to post all my comments on my blog. I don't do interviews, but I do blog posts. So please try to represent my point of view in whatever bits you choose to run (if any). 3. And one more thing. I'm wearing clean socks. Dave

Carla Bruni: "I Will Never Show Photos Of This Child" - Celebrity Baby Scoop
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Sydney Morning Herald Carla Bruni: "I Will Never Show Photos Of This Child" Celebrity Baby Scoop "You don't have a child for the [ photo] gallery," she says in a new interview, insisting that she and her husband Nicolas Sarkozy will be keeping her baby far away from the media spotlight. Carla adds that her "position as the wife of the head of state... Carla Bruni in a Strict No-No Mood to Reveal Her Baby's Photos International Business Times all 132 news articles

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Google please
(Scripting News)
Submitted at 9/4/2011 6:21:38 PM

If you want serious people to seriously use Google-Plus, here's what you need, pronto: 1. A bookmarklet. When I'm on a page and want to shoot a link over to people following me on Twitter, or Facebook, all I have to do is click a bookmarklet and type a comment and hit Submit. The process is considerably more onerous for GP. Lots of things to remember how to do. I don't remember. So I don't do. 2. A very very simple API. Just give me a way to post an item to Google-Plus from a web app. I already have such an app for Twitter, so I can use my own tools

to write and publish where ever I want (including to an archive so I don't lose these suckers). I have the problem solved on my end, after years of fussing and figuring. Now please, the API only has to do this. You have to be able to write one of these in an afternoon. 3. If you really want to blow people away -- I mean really blow them away with a very powerful idea about data independence, publish an archive, in XML or JSON (RSS would be nice) to my S3 bucket, of everything I write on Google-Plus. Then it would become the home network for every power user of social networks. And tool makers. It's not enough to make the data easily exportable. If you really

want gobs of (deserved) attention and kudos, and to raise the bar really high for your competitors, provide a real-time off-site backup, and at the same time connect up to Amazon's cloud. You may not like them, but we do. Lots of us. Worth reaching out to. Okay, I know they're not going to do #3. But I wanted to at least give it a shot. PS: To Bradley Horowitz who, in a comment here, said I know how to reach him. I do. I write a blog post on Scripting News. (I didn't want any of my readers to think there was an insider's backchannel. Nope. Not here.)

RSS is supposed to be really simple

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I don't think this comes as a surprise to anyone. So when you make something for I read yet-another article about reading RSS, think about making how RSS readers do it wrong, and something that works for news. reward people for using Twitter as If you miss five days of reading their feed reader. This pains me, the news because you were on because it's not RSS's fault, it's the vacation (good for you!) the fault of people who designed RSS newspaper you read the first day r e a d e r s t o w o r k l i k e m a i l back isn't five times as thick as programs. RSS is not mail, and the normal day's paper. And it when you try to make it mail, you doesn't have your name on the make something that doesn't cover saying "Joe you haven't work. read 1,942,279 articles since this First basic fact about RSS is that paper started." It doesn't put you it's for news. on the hook for not reading
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everything anyone has ever written. The paper doesn't care, so why does your RSS reader? The reason readers work that way is that this is a "feature" they can implement, and they think it's neat (the programmers and marketers) so why not? Well, if you make your users wrong, they're eventually going to tell you to fuck off. Which gets you articles like the one on TechMeme today. Great. How about instead giving them what they want. Which is this: An RSS reader that works like Twitter.

Which is what I've been asking people to do since we started with RSS in 1999. I'll leave you with a pointer to my own RSS flow, something I decided to make public a couple of years ago so people could easily see how I think it should be done: That's it. Really simple. Like the name says.



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Cracking The Conundrum Of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

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Submitted at 9/5/2011 5:00:00 AM

[4 min 1 sec] Download Some patients describe chronic fatigue syndrome as feeling like an "unrelenting flu." Nearly three decades have passed since the debate began about a

series of symptoms that have come to be known as chronic fatigue syndrome. It's cause is still unknown, but over the years, researchers have identified various brain, immune system and energy metabolism irregularities involved. Some patients describe the syndrome as feeling like an "unrelenting, unremitting flu." Doctors say some treatments can

help. Arthur Barsky, a psychiatrist at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston and a professor at Harvard Medical School, says patients need to change how they experience symptoms typically pain, insomnia and anxiety. When patients adopt a more positive attitude, Barsky points out, it often translates into greater confidence and more energy.

A study published this year in T he Lancet found that a form of talk therapy, as well as exercise, offered relief for some patients. Researchers from the United Kingdom looked at cognitive behavior therapy, or CBT. In the study, over 600 patients with chronic fatigue syndrome were assigned to different treatments. All of them received

medical care for symptoms like pain, insomnia or anxiety. One group got counseled about how to pace activities. Another took part in an exercise program. And a third received the cognitive behavioral talk therapy. The therapy and the exercise group improved the most, reporting less CRACKING page 53

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fatigue, insomnia and anxiety. Barsky says his patients do best when cognitive behavior therapy is also combined with gradually increased exercise. "People need to begin to push themselves in the face of their fatigue, because if you don't, you become deconditioned and you get caught in a cycle which ... makes fatigue worse," says Barsky. But he cautions against overdoing it. People should start with mild, gentle exercise like clearing the table, doing the dishes, or taking the dog for a short walk. Then, slowly build up to longer and more frequent walks, he says. Lucinda Bateman is a doctor at the Fatigue Consultation Clinic in Salt Lake City who specializes in chronic fatigue syndrome. She's skeptical about the Lancet

study, pointing out that patients improved only moderately, and not much more than those who were counseled about pacing themselves. Bateman suggests her patients pace themselves, and try to do only as many activities as they can manage. She says some patients get caught in a "push and crash" cycle. When symptoms abate and they feel better, they may go all out, exercising, doing errands and socializing. But soon that level of activity often comes to a crashing end and patients can relapse dramatically, even becoming bedridden for several days or longer. Bateman takes also issue with CBT's implication that chronic fatigue syndrome is psychosomatic. We still don't know what exactly causes the

syndrome. And, like most professionals who treat patients, Bateman eagerly awaits the day when science can finally pinpoint its cause. With additional reporting from Joanne Silberner 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: A 'Malign Intellectual Subculture' - George Monbiot Smears Chomsky, Herman, Peterson, Pilger And Media Lens.

Netflix Arrives in Latin America

Todd Wasserman (Mashable!)
Submitted at 9/5/2011 9:34:56 AM

Netflix on Monday began offering its video streaming service in Brazil and plans to offer streaming in 43 Latin American and Caribbean countries by September 12. Netflixs Brazilian service, in Portuguese, costs 14.99 Brazilian real (about $9.35) a month. On Wednesday a Spanish version of the streaming service will be available in Argentina, Uruguay

and Paraguay. In Argentina, the service costs 39 Argentine pesos (about $9.28), while in the other two countries, it will cost $7.99 a month. On Thursday, Netflix will add Bolivia, Colombia, Venezuela, Peru and Ecuador. The company announced the Latin America expansion in June. Previously, the service had only been available in the U.S. Netflix is reportedly planning to launch in Europe in 2012. The expansion comes as Netflix has faced some challenges in its

core market, namely consumer opposition to a new pricing plan announced in July and a reported rival service from the Dish

expanded into its first foreign market, Japan. Netflix will also lose content from Starz on February 28. More About: dish network, hulu, netflix For more Media coverage: Follow Mashable Media on Twitter Become a Fan on Facebook Network. The Dish Network is Subscribe to the Media channel also said to be bidding on Hulu, Download our free apps for w h i c h o f f e r s a c o m p e t i n g Android, Mac, iPhone and iPad streaming service and recently



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Morning Bell: A Jobless Labor Day

Mike Brownfield (The Foundry: Conservative Policy News Blog from The Heritage Foundation)
Submitted at 9/5/2011 8:01:20 AM

Job-seekers (L) talk to employers (R) during an outdoor job fair at the Crenshaw Christian Center in South Los Angeles August. 31, 2011. For 14 million unemployed Americans and their families, this Labor Day will not be a happy one. Instead of enjoying a day off of work, theyre suffering a disturbing trend under the Obama economy: Jobs are not being created, the unemployment rate has not improved, and the economy is at a near standstill. Even worse, the labor markets stall might be turning into a decline. And today, in Detroitwhich in July had the highest unemployment rate of any metropolitan area in the countryPresident Obama is due to stand with labor presidents including the AFL-CIOs Richard Trumka, Teamsters James P. Hoffa, and the UAWs Bob King to tout his bailout of the auto industry and his yet-to-bedisclosed plan to turn the economy around. The Big Labor backdrop is ironic but not surprising. The union movement has helped lead to the staggering loss of manufacturing jobs in the United States, and the demands it has made on employers and governments help create the very conditions leading

to the tragic unemployment in Detroit and across the country. But they are strong political allies of the Presidenthaving spent$1.1 billion on politics and lobbying in the last election

cycleand they continue to hold a prominent seat at the table. It follows, then, that President Obama continues to put the institutional interests of unions ahead of Americas economic

well-being. In a new paper, Heritages Rea Hederman and James Sherk explain that the latest example comes from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), which issued several rulings

recently undermining employer and employee rights: snap elections, restricting secret ballot elections, and a new rule that MORNING page 57

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The Re-Evaluation of Clarence Thomas

Ben Shapiro (FrontPage Magazine FrontPage)
Submitted at 9/4/2011 11:36:48 PM

This week, Jeffrey Toobin, leftist columnist with The New Yorker magazine, wrote a fascinating profile of Clarence Thomas. Wrote Toobin: In several of the most important areas of constitutional law, Thomas has emerged as an intellectual leader of the Supreme Court. Since the arrival of Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., in 2005, and Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr., in 2006, the Court has moved to the right when it comes to the free-speech rights of corporations, the rights of gun owners, and, potentially, the powers of the federal government; in each of these areas, the majority has followed where Thomas has been leading for a decade or more. Rarely has a Supreme Court Justice enjoyed such broad or significant vindication. Those of us on the right knew that Thomas needed no such vindication. This was always a brilliant man with a very clear view of the Constitution a view of the Constitution, by the way, significantly more consistent than that of the much-ballyhooed Justice Scalia. While Scalia, for example, pays homage to stare decisis, or the notion that past decisions should not be overruled, Thomas does not he believes that if a decision was wrong when

it was first made, it does not become more right simply because it was enshrined long ago. According to Scalia, Clarence Thomas doesnt believe in stare decisis, period. If a constitutional line of authority is wrong, he would say, lets get it right. This is an admirably conservative position. Thomas opinions are not dazzlingly entertaining like

Scalias; they are not displays of legal virtuosity like John Roberts. They are almost always simple, to the point, and tremendously clear. Thomas is the model conservative justice, not Scalia or Roberts or Alito. And now the left is beginning to take notice. The silent Justice is said to be an intellectual nonentity, a cipher for his similarly conservative

colleague, Antonin Scalia, Toobin writes. But those who follow the Court closely find this stereotype wrong in every particular . More than virtually any of his colleagues, he has a fully wrought judicial philosophy that, if realized, would transform much of American government and society. Thomass views both reflect and inspire the Tea Party movement

Despite Thomas brilliance and his capacity for leading an entire judicial movement, the left has spent the majority of the last two decades painting him as a sexual aggressor and a silent moron. If such slanderous accusations had been made against a black liberal justice, there is no doubt that the media would have claimed racism. In Thomas case, however, the media have been enthusiastically complicit in the attacks. The truth about Thomas is simple: he is brilliant and crystal clear in his opinions. He does not ask questions in oral argument because, as everyone knows but no one acknowledges, oral arguments are stupid. They are stupid because everyone has already filed detailed briefs explaining their positions, and it is quite rare for a justice to ask a question to which he or she does not already know the answer. Oral arguments are for show. Thomas isnt about show. He is about results. Now the left is catching onto that fact, which makes for an uncomfortable revelation on their part. To recognize that Thomas has been smart all along means that they labeled him stupid because of his race. He wasnt stupid because he was conservative. Liberals might constantly label conservative politicians stupid, no conservative RE-EVALUATION page 56



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justice has been labeled stupid except for Thomas in the last thirty years. He was labeled stupid because he was black and conservative. When Barack Obama showed up in Washington D.C. in September 2008 and held a meeting with the Bush Administration about the Lindsey Burke (The Foundry: laws, schools that receive federal Over the same period, non- Department of Education nearly economy, saying virtually nothing Conservative Policy News Blog funding for school construction teaching staff grew by 83 percent. $100 billion through the stimulus the entire time, no one in the from The Heritage Foundation) would typically have to hire union This explosion in non-teaching in 2009, and just a year later, he media labeled him stupid. Yet workers, increasing costs and staff positions has resulted in no signed a $10 billion public when Thomas does the same thing Submitted at 9/5/2011 10:43:48 AM President Obama will likely call preventing non-union construction i m p r o v e m e n t f o r s t u d e n t education bailout. According to a in a role as adjudicator a role in for more education spending in companies from having a seat at achievement, but it has created a new poll by the journal Education which silence is an entirely his jobs speech scheduled for the bidding table. t r e m e n d o u s d r a i n o n s t a t e Next, when asked Do you think appropriate stance the left Thursday, and its anticipated that For all of these reasons, school b u d g e t s . that taxes to fund public schools labeled him a simpleton. he will make a pitch specifically construction (and maintenance) But beyond the immediate around the nation should increase, The good news here is that for new federal funding for school should be undertaken by state and constitutional and practical decrease or stay about the same? liberals drastically underestimated c o n s t r u c t i o n . B u t f e d e r a l l y l o c a l g o v e r n m e n t s n o t b y concerns, is new federal spending j u s t 3 5 p e r c e n t s u p p o r t e d Thomas. Thomas proved them financed school construction is Washington. But Washington can on school buildings the best way increasing education spending. wrong with his actions and his problematic on constitutional and play a role in removing some of to spend precious taxpayer The same likely holds true for words; for decades to come, his practical grounds. the federal red tape that binds the resources? At a time when more spending on school construction. opinions will be read when Justice The U.S. Constitution does not hands of school leaders. If states and more states are moving away Funneling more money through Ginsburgs are lying, dustmention the word education and and localities were given more from the old four-walls model the dead hand of the federal covered, on a shelf somewhere in c e r t a i n l y d o e s n t p e r m i t c o n t r o l o v e r e d u c a t i o n of schoolingaway from brick- government is not the answer to the back of Harvards Langdell W a s h i n g t o n t o f u n d t h e fundingthe ability to, for and-mortar buildings and toward improving education, and that Library. For once, the lefts construction of schools, which example, opt-out of No Child Left virtual educationthe Obama i n c l u d e s i l l - a d v i s e d s c h o o l racism was good for America if they hadnt been racist, maybe have historically been, and should Behind and target resources in a Administration wants to subsidize c o n s t r u c t i o n f u n d i n g . remain, under the direction of way that would be meet student it. 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Obamas Defilement of 9/11

Matthew Vadum (FrontPage Magazine FrontPage)
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As the tenth anniversary of the 9/ 11 terrorist attacks approaches, President Obama is again pushing his National Day of Service in an effort to pervert the meaning of that terrible day for partisan political purposes. In his weekly address on Aug. 27, Obama urged Americans to do volunteer work this Sept. 11, a day that the administration ought to officially call the National Day of Ignoring Islamofascism. The president said Americans should do something to serve their communities on that day to honor the victims of 9/11 and to reaffirm the strength of our nation with acts of service and charity. In Minneapolis, volunteers will help restore a community center. In Winston-Salem, North Carolina, theyll hammer shingles and lay floors to give families a new home. In Tallahassee, Florida, theyll assemble care packages for our troops overseas and their families here at home. In Orange County, California, theyll renovate homes for our veterans. All this charitable behavior may be fine and good but at no time has anyone really explained why this National Day of Service has to be held of all the 365 days in a year on Sept. 11. There is already a Martin Luther King Jr.

the murder of 3,000 innocent Americans by Islamic fanatics. Its about, in Obamas words, solving todays most pressing challenges: clean energy, energy efficiency, health care, education, economic opportunity, veterans and military families. Obamas desecration of 9/11 is part of an effort to dumb down the nation and turn the solemn annual commemoration of the Sept. 11, 2001 atrocities into a meaningless feel-good event that glosses over both the horrors of that day and the evil intentions of the Islamofascist barbarians who Day of Service every year run by e c o n o m i c c r i s i s w i t h o u t made them happen. the Corporation for National & precedent, would come forward At the behest of his radical the Community Service, the same a n d v o l u n t e e r t o w o r k f o r c o n s t i t u e n c i e s , administrations plans were government agency responsible c h a n g e . for coordinating the Sept. 11 day Obama urged volunteers to outlined in an Aug. 11, 2009 of service. participate in the work of W h i t e H o u s e - s p o n s o r e d The way the new National Day r e m a k i n g t h i s n a t i o n . H e teleconference call run by Obama of Service and Remembrance conflated his Saul Alinsky- ally Rev. Lennox Yearwood, envisioned in the Edward M. inspired neo-communist agitation president of the Hip Hop Caucus. Kennedy Serve America Act that as a community organizer in As I reported two years ago in a the president signed into law on Chicago more than 20 years three- part series at American A p r i l 2 1 , 2 0 0 9 i s b e i n g earlier with actual community Spectator, on the call Yearwood and others said they wanted 9/11 administered is all service and service that helps people. virtually no remembrance. This is All thats required on your part is t o b e u s e d f o r s o m e t h i n g deliberate. a w i l l i n g n e s s t o m a k e a positive, forward-leaning, and A t t h e s i g n i n g c e r e m o n y , difference. And that is, after all, productive. Their plan was to President Obama said nothing the beauty of service. Anybody turn what they called a day of about 9/11, except in passing. He can do it. You dont need to be a f e a r t h a t t h e y s a y h e l p s expressed hope that the generation c o m m u n i t y o r g a n i z e r , o r a R e p u b l i c a n s i n t o a d a y o f of young people that came of age senator, or a Kennedy or even a activism that would help the Left. amidst the horrors of 9/11 and president to bring change to [Hurricane] Katrina, the wars in peoples lives. I r a q a n d A f g h a n i s t a n , a n So its official: 9/11 isnt about

allows unions to cherry-pick which workers get to vote on unionizing. All these rules are designed to facilitate organizing companies whose workers are unenthusiastic about unions. Private-sector workers have a right to unionize, of course. Management gets the union it deserves. But unionization has economic costs, as Sherk and Hederman write: Unions make businesses less competitive and discourage investment. This reduces job growth. Studies show that jobs fall by 510 percent at newly organized firms. Going forward, employment grows by three to four percentage points more slowly at unionized businesses than at otherwise identical nonunion companies. The result can be felt in places like the Motor City as unionized manufacturing employment plummets. Since 2005, GM shed half of its unionized workforce. Nationwide, unionized manufacturing employment fell by 80 percent between 1977 and 2010, while non-union manufacturing employment decreased by 6 percent over that same time period. Unions are feeling the effects, with membership falling by over 600,000 workers in 2010 alone. If workers are happy without a union, the government should not foist one on them. Sherk explains why unions are on the decline: MORNING page 59



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Think Progresss Man of Hate

Daniel Greenfield (FrontPage Magazine FrontPage)
Submitted at 9/4/2011 11:38:49 PM

The Holy Land Foundation case did more than bring down the primary fundraising entity for Hamas in the United States; it also exposed the unwillingness of Muslims in America to make a clean break with their sympathies for Islamic terrorism. So it is not surprising that Wajahat Ali, one of the authors of Fear Inc, the Center for American Progresss recent report on Islamophobia, was also a passionate defender of the Holy Land Foundation, denouncing the prosecution of the once highlyrespected HLF as a pro-Israel policy initiative and a notch on the Bush Administrations get a terrorist club. A portion of the article was devoted to a defense of Sami AlArian, the head of Islamic Jihad in the United States. On his blog, Wajahat Ali ran a third-party piece which described Al-Arian as one of the earliest victims of the war on terror and listed a site to help donate to his legal campaign. The Fear Inc. report boasted of exposing a network of Islamophobes stirring up prejudice against Muslims; but that made it all the more curious that some of those targeted in the report were Muslims.

Zudhi Jasser, President of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy, was condemned because he dangerously and incorrectly labels mainstream Muslim-American organizations as subversive. The Holy Land Foundation represented one such difference of opinion between Ali and Jasser of what constitutes a mainstream Muslim-American organization. While Jassers American Islamic Forum for Democracy hailed the guilty verdict for its willingness to hold Islamists accountable for their countenance of front charities and organizations which

support terrorism either directly or indirectly; Ali instead chose to side with the Holy Land Foundation and against the United States. The Fear Inc. report continues the battle by attacking some of the Muslim and Jewish figures who have taken a stand against Islamic terrorism and their front groups in the United States. Rather than directly defending groups like the Holy Land Foundation, it instead tries to silence their critics. Not only do Ali and his coauthors attack Zuhdi Jasser and Tawfik Hamid, a former radical and current reformer, but Ali also

slurred Irshad Manji, a lesbian feminist and reformer as an infotainment prostitute and one of the paid henchmen of the Islam-haters for questioning the divinity of the Koran. Does questioning the divinity of the Koran make one a tool of the Islam-haters, if so the standards for what qualifies as Islamophobia are defined down to questioning Islamic theology in any significant way. What would lead Wajahat Ali to defend Hamas bagmen, bitterly denounce Mubarak long before Tahrir Square, attack Israel over Gaza and finally smear moderate Muslims who criticize Brotherhood front groups or dissent from conservative interpretations of Islamic theology? The common denominator in all of these is the Brotherhood, the theologically reactionary mothership organization of Hamas in Gaza, with ambitions to rule Egypt. During his college days, Wajahat Ali was on the board of the Muslim Students Association. The MSA is the original Brotherhood front group, which the NYPD called an incubator for radicalism and former FBI Special Agent John Guandolo described as a recruitment tool to bring Muslims into the Brotherhood.

Unhappy Labor Day For Small Businesses

David Frum (FrumForum David Frum)
Submitted at 9/5/2011 7:30:40 AM

On the eve of Labor Day, the Obama National Labor Relations Board issued a clutch of new rulings. One, probably the most important, will make it easier for unions to organize a micro-unit within a larger work force. To cite an example from a case last year: after a failure to organize a casinos dealers, a union sought permission to organize just the poker dealers. It lost, but the new rule improves future odds. A second new rule strengthens the carry over of pre-existing unions after an acquisition or merger. The third requires employers to post an 11 by 17 poster reminding employees of their right to organize. That last rule inflamed a friend of mine, who manages a small business especially hard hit by the economic slump. He writes: UNHAPPY page 59

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Union membership has fallen because traditional collective bargaining does not appeal to most workers. Polls show that only one in 10 non-union workers wants to organize. This makes sense: in the competitive private sector, unions can do little to raise their members pay. Additionally, most workers like their jobs and believe they are on the same side as their employers. Fortunately, Big Labor doesnt have to be the only game in town. Workers want a say in their workplace, but theyre becoming increasingly aware of unions limitations. Private-sector unions have little power to raise their members wages, while employers have learned that respecting their employees makes good business sense. That is why large majorities of workers say they are satisfied with their jobs and their bosses. Unions, though, arent going to go down without a fight. Thats

why theyre lobbying the Obama Administration to protect their interests. Unfortunately, the President is obliging, whether its by changing the rules of the game to make unionization easier, preventing private employers from locating in right-to-work statesas the NLRB is doing with Boeing case in South Carolinaor pushing for more government spending on infrastructure projects that employ primarily union members (while leaving the rest of the economy in the lurch). Meanwhile, Americans are suffering from the Presidents decision to satisfy unions before reducing unemployment, all while there are more signs of a declining labor market than there are of a recovery. There are things Congress and the President can and should do to improve the business climate, such as repealing Obamacare, opening the door to domestic energy

production, preventing harmful regulations, passing pending free trade agreements, and reining in the NLRB. Labor Day 2012 can be brighter than today, but Congress and the President must choose the right path to help get us there. Quick Hits: This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters featured article: A 'Malign Intellectual Subculture' - George Monbiot Smears Chomsky, Herman, Peterson, Pilger And Media Lens.

The new 11 x 17 posters the board is now requiring are not authorized in the 1935 act that created the board, and Congress has never subsequently given the board the authority to require them. Im thinking of refusing to post them. These Obama people have really gone too far. How many ways can they invent to discourage employers from hiring? I am powerless to do anything about the micro unit ruling, which of course is very troubling, but may stand up to legal scrutiny, as it pertains to very technical matters such as a bargaining units community of interest. It overturns years of precedent, and is a sneaky little trick by Craig Becker. But as an employer I can refuse to do something that a federal agency is attempting to do for which it has absolutely no statutory authority. Interestingly, the NLRB is not mailing out these

posters, but simply requiring people to get them off the NLRB website or order them from a commercial supplier. I guess Im saying there will be a very high level on non-compliance. Seems noteworthy somehow. Small business people who are struggling to stay afloat being required by some distant federal agency to print out suicide messages. Maybe its just the symbolism of it that irks me. 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: A 'Malign Intellectual Subculture' - George Monbiot Smears Chomsky, Herman, Peterson, Pilger And Media Lens.



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9/11 Plus 10: The Country We Lost

David Frum (FrumForum David Frum)
Submitted at 9/5/2011 10:57:17 AM

In my column for CNN, I discuss how 9/11 resulted in a feeling of national dedication and unity a stark contrast to the pessimism reflected in todays polls. About 8 oclock on the night of September 11, 2001, President Bushs staff received word. The president had returned to Washington. The White House had reopened. The walk back to the White House from temporary staff quarters in a borrowed office building remains one of my most vivid recollections of that terrible day. The streets of Washington were ghostly empty. Armed troops and military vehicles stood sentry at intersections leading to the White House. Yet the night was still and lovely. The buildings were brightly illuminated. The flags still flew at full height: only the next day would they be lowered to half-staff. To look back on that day is to see

a country in shock, a country in fear, a country in grief. Yet there was something else too, something else that President Bush was able to reach and channel, if only for a time: a tremendous feeling of national dedication. That first night, the strength seemed to surge around us. These buildings, now empty, would next day be filled with purpose: mobilizing the vast resources of the nation for the struggle ahead.

In September 2001, the United States could look back on almost 20 years of national success. It had triumphed in the Cold War and launched an Internet revolution. From 1983 through 2001, the United States had enjoyed a surge of prosperity punctuated only by the two briefest and shallowest recessions in modern history. Click here to read the entire column. This entry passed through the

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Google Celebrates Freddie Mercurys Birthday With Animated Doodle

Stan Schroeder (Mashable!)
Submitted at 9/5/2011 2:12:31 AM

Todays Google doodle celebrates the birthday of Queens legendary singer Freddie Mercury, and its definitely one of the most interesting doodles to come out of Googles workshop yet. Note that the doodle will become visible on Sept. 6 in the U.S. out of respect for Labor Day. One of the best vocalists ever in rock music, Mercury was born on Sept. 5, 1946, and he died in on Nov. 24, 1991. He was known for his flamboyant presence on stage, amazing four-octave vocal range and an unforgettable series of hits which ranged from hard rock to power ballads to neo-classical pieces. Todays doodle is also accompanied by a blog post from Google, which was written by none other than Queens guitarist Brian May, who recently performed at the MTV Video Music Awards with Lady Gaga. SEE ALSO: Top 10 Animated Google Doodles [VIDEOS]| Where Do Google Doodles Come From?

Baidu announces Android OS alternative, confirming its mobile aspirations

maps, reader, music, web apps, and even a program similar to Some people imagine Freddie as Just go to and hit Google Places -- as well as strong the fiery, difficult diva who play. At present time, Baidu's a cloud integration for backups, required everyone around him to More About: animation, Freddie desktop web browser / search storage and sharing. The new OS compromise. No. In our world, as Mercury, Google, google doodle, engine based in China that's will likely be up against intense four artists attempting to paint on queen meant to mimic Chrome(though competition from Nokia, Alibaba, the same canvas, Freddie was F o r m o r e D e v & D e s i g n it's actually wrapped around IE Xiaomi and Windows Phone always the one who could find the c o v e r a g e : code). The company, however, Tango(amongst others), so the compromise the way to pull it Follow Mashable Dev & has its sights set on conquering Chinese mobile space may get through. If he found himself at Design on Twitter t h e m o b i l e f r o n t a s w e l l , rather interesting in the coming odds with any one of us, he would Become a Fan on Facebook introducing Baidu Yi OS at its years. quickly dispel the cloud with a Subscribe to the Dev & Design annual get-together. The new Baidu announces Android OS generous gesture, a wisecrack or channel platform is essentially a forked alternative, confirming its mobile an impromptu present, May Download our free apps for version of Android, which will aspirations originally appeared on wrote. Android, Mac, iPhone and iPad p r o v i d e a l o t o f t h e s a m e Engadget on Mon, 05 Sep 2011 And the animated doodle itself functionality and services we're 11:23:00 EDT. Please see our well, we wont spoil it for you. used to seeing from Google; terms for use of feeds. Permalink Baidu, though, is adding a dash of Penn-Olson, The Register| Baidu| flavor by throwing in its own Email this| Comments bundle of apps -- such as native
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Facebook Flaw Lets You Hijack Page from Original Owner [REPORT]
Stan Schroeder (Mashable!)
Submitted at 9/5/2011 7:39:06 AM

A Facebook security flaw or, perhaps, a misunderstanding lets Page admins boot the creator of the original Page from admin status, effectively hijacking the Page, Naked Security reports. One could argue that this is working as intended: if the creator of a Facebook Page lets someone else in as admin, they have the same administrative rights as them, right? Wrong. Facebooks FAQ clearly states that the original creator of the Page may never be removed by other Page admins. Unfortunately, as visible in the video embedded below, a newly appointed page admin can remove the Page creators admin status, which can be very nasty in certain cases. Today, Facebook Pages are more than fun, theyre a serious part of business promotion and losing administrative access to a Page can lead to host of problems. Is it a security flaw or simply an error in Facebooks FAQ?

Netflix lands in Brazil, 43 other Latin American countries within the week
getting a price point equivalent to $7.99 in American currency and some having both English and Netflix promised our friends in Spanish language options. For Central and South America would more details check out the PR s o o n b e a b l e t o e n j o y t h e after the break and the chart pleasures of Watch Instantly. above. Starting today with Brazil, and [Thanks, Nicolas] More About: bug, facebook, with 43 other Latin American Continue reading Netflix lands in facebook page, hijacking, page c o u n t r i e s t o f o l l o w b e f o r e Brazil, 43 other Latin American For more Social Media coverage: September 12th, the pioneering countries within the week Follow Mashable Social Media streaming video service is making Netflix lands in Brazil, 43 other on Twitter good on that promise. Customers Latin American countries within Become a Fan on Facebook in the land of Carnival can enjoy a the week originally appeared on Subscribe to the Social Media free one-month trial, after which a Engadget on Mon, 05 Sep 2011 channel subscription will run $14.99 a 11:52:00 EDT. Please see our Download our free apps for month in Brazilian dollars. The terms for use of feeds. Permalink Android, Mac, iPhone and iPad roll out will be staggered over the TechCrunch| | Email this| coming days, with most areas Comments
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According to the Register, its the latter. Ultimately, it doesnt matter: either way it will confuse users and cause problems, since the FAQ says one thing and the reality is very different. Weve asked Facebook for comment but havent yet heard from them. Have you ever had a Facebook Page hijacked by another admin? Please, share your experiences in the comments. [via Naked Security]

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'Ban the chorus of mobile phone calls and loud talking on trains'
Peter Dominiczak, City Hall Correspondent (Evening Standard - News)
Submitted at 9/5/2011 5:04:08 AM

Rail bosses and Boris Johnson were today urged to consider putting 'quiet carriages' on Tube and Overground services. MPs and campaigners said the Mayor should follow the US example of Boston and New York, which have introduced quiet zones to improve the commuting experience. A number of operators serving London, including C2C and First Great Western, have introduced quiet zones and Transport for London was today encouraged to follow suit. On all 13 of Boston's commuter train lines passengers are forbidden from using mobile phones or having loud conversations between 6am and 9am and from 4pm to 7pm on weekdays. The successful programme is "policed" by customers and regular reminder announcements are made. The train company said it has spent no money on the

scheme. Senior Liberal Democrat backbench MP Tom Brake said: "It's a fantastic idea. I would urge all train companies serving London to consider this. I hope it will be self-policing and people respect others' privacy and desire to travel in silence." The Carshalton and Wallington MP added: "I find it extremely frustrating to listen to a chorus of mobile phone calls down a carriage. I would certainly opt for a quiet carriage." Lee Scott, Conservative MP for Ilford North, said: "Many Londoners would welcome a quiet zone. After a hard day's work, many just want to read their book or newspaper in silence." Caroline Pidgeon, leader of the London Assembly's Lib-Dem group, said: "We cannot underestimate the impact noise has on Londoners. Creating quiet carriages should be seriously looked at. There are many practical reasons why it might be difficult to introduce, but such arguments were once used to dismiss people

wishing to avoid tobacco smoke on the Tube." Green mayoral candidate Jenny Jones said: "It can be exhausting sometimes on the Tube because of all the noise. I'd be massively in favour." Train operator First Capital Connect said: "We have no plans at the moment to install quiet zones but if customers show there is a demand, we certainly would look into it." According to Southeastern, "it's something we would consider if demand was there." A spokesman for the Mayor said: "Given the high-frequency, hop-on-and-off nature of the Tube, the Mayor does not envisage that having a quiet carriage would be a practical proposal. However, TfL will continue to encourage everyone to show the utmost consideration for fellow passengers." What the passengers say Becky Tate, 24, accountant from Fulham: "Outside rush hour it would work. At rush hour people are less respectful. You are really crammed in."

Andrea Jackson, 28, catering trainer from Birmingham: "A quiet zone would be nice. But even on the train it's difficult to get people to follow the rules, so on the Tube I imagine it will be even more difficult." Peter Thomond, 34, managing director of an innovations company from Crystal Palace: "Frankly, all I care about is getting a seat and that prices are good. But quiet zones would not cost much." Beth Mackay, 28, musician from Hackney: "People would chat to each other on the Tube anyway. In rush hour I just want to get on and get to where I'm going." 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: A 'Malign Intellectual Subculture' - George Monbiot Smears Chomsky, Herman, Peterson, Pilger And Media Lens.

Met 'caution culture' lets 16,000 violent criminals avoid courts

Martin Bentham, Home Affairs Editor (Evening Standard News)
Submitted at 9/5/2011 5:53:55 AM

Thousands of violent offenders in London including sex attackers and muggers are escaping prosecution because of a "caution culture" at the Met, official figures reveal today. Thugs guilty of GBH, and criminals caught carrying knives and other weapons are avoiding court action. Others handed cautions include large numbers of offenders who admitted "assault with injury" or harassment. Campaigners today warned that the lenient approach was sending the "wrong message" to offenders and letting down victims who wanted to see their attackers punished properly Today's Met figures, obtained by the Evening Standard using the Freedom of Information Act, show that 16,447 violent offenders were cautioned in London in the 12-month period to the end of March this year. They show that 184 cautions were handed out for causing wounding or grievous bodily harm, 6,719 for carrying out an "assault with injury" and 5,162 for common assault. MET page 64


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to touch out - and will charge them the correct fare instead. This could save passengers about Evening Standard 5 Sep 2011 15million a year, the amount TfL Hundreds of thousands of Tube believes is overpaid annually by passengers overcharged for people paying up to 4.50 for an 'honest mistakes' will share in a "uncompleted" Tube trip or 6.50 15million annual refund. for trains. Commuters who accidentally Shashi Verma, TfL's director of forget to touch out will escape fares and ticketing, said: "The penalty fares in the biggest system is very sophisticated change to Oyster technology. already but it can't distinguish A new tracking system will between an honest mistake and " r e m e m b e r " t h e j o u r n e y s somebody who is trying to take passengers usually take - and the system for a ride. m a k e s u r e t h e y a r e n o t "We will fix an honest mistake if overcharged. The change follows we can figure out from the card growing concern over Transport what should have happened." for London's annual 60million The system applies to all pay-asincome from excess fares. you-go Oyster cards, which are Caroline Pidgeon, chairwoman of used for about 7.5million trips a the London Assembly transport week. TfL believes "incomplete" committee, said: "At long last TfL journeys account for about two are waking up to the fact that per cent of trips. serious overcharging takes place The Oyster computer runs 14 with Oyster." TfL currently checks on these journeys to charges passengers who fail to establish if passenger error was to swipe their Oyster card the blame. The process of repaying maximum fare for the Tube or the money direct to the Oyster cards railway. begins three days later. But the new system spots The new system is able to occasions when commuters forget remember the "symmetry" of

There were 247 cautions for sex offences, including nine for rape. The Met said these were cases in which the Crown Prosecution Service decided not to proceed on public interest grounds. They repeated journeys, for example, included incidents of consensual between a home and office. If a sex between young people aged commuter fails to touch out at his over 13 and child abuse within home station but then begins a families. journey there the following In 2009, the then Met morning, the computer will Commissioner Sir Paul assume he returned there the Stephenson called for the number previous evening. of cautions to be cut. The total for About 40,000 people a day are 2010/11 is significantly lower charged a maximum fare - which than the previous year's figure of differs from a penalty fare 18,445 and the 20,292 in 2008/9. imposed on fare dodgers - but However, a drive by Justice many are corrected automatically Secretary Ken Clarke to reduce or by passengers calling the the prison population and efforts Oyster helpline or complaining to to reduce spending on the courts station staff. and policing could make further The remainder will now be cuts difficult. processed through the new Blair Gibbs, the head of crime software. and justice at the Policy Exchange This entry passed through the think-tank, expressed concern at Full-Text RSS service if this is the figures. He said: "Cautions your content and you're reading it should be used sparingly for lowon someone else's site, please read level crimes committed by firstthe FAQ at offenders, not for violent only/faq.php#publishers. Five offences which cause injury. Filters featured article: A 'Malign "The growth of a caution culture Intellectual Subculture' - George sends out the wrong message and Monbiot Smears Chomsky, undermines those victims who Herman, Peterson, Pilger And want to see their attackers brought Media Lens. before a court." The Lord Chief Justice, Lord Judge, has also said that criminals who cause injuries should be

brought before the courts to ensure that they are made to face the full consequences of their actions and that adequate measures are taken to prevent reoffending. A Met spokesman said the force followed Home Office guidelines when deciding if cautions were appropriate. "In recent years, the emphasis has moved towards charging suspects to place them before the courts," he said. "There are however some occasions where a caution is considered more appropriate. The Met takes into account a number of factors, including the victim's wishes, public interest and previous convictions." All the offences are officially classed as violent crimes by the Home Office. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters featured article: A 'Malign Intellectual Subculture' - George Monbiot Smears Chomsky, Herman, Peterson, Pilger And Media Lens.

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New Bill Mandates Military Custody for All Terror Suspects

Yochi J. Dreazen (Politics : The Atlantic)
Submitted at 9/5/2011 7:11:44 AM

John McCain quietly inserted a provision in a Senate bill that would take away responsibility from law enforcement agencies like the FBI Reuters A little-noticed provision of the National Defense Authorization Act would put all terror suspects into immediate military custody, a controversial change that would have significant legal repercussions for the ongoing war on terror. The measure was tucked into the Senate's version of the omnibus Pentagon spending measure shortly before Congress adjourned for its summer recess. Similar language had been in the House version of the bill, but it was stripped out after intensive backchannel lobbying by senior White House and Pentagon officials. The measure's future will be decided when lawmakers from the two chambers meet in conference later this month to reconcile the two versions of the massive bill. If the measure goes into effect, militants arrested while planning or carrying out a terror attack--or in the aftermath of such a strike-would be placed under military custody rather than being left to

civilian law enforcement agencies like the FBI. The measure wouldn't apply to American citizens, but legal experts believe that it is written broadly enough to encompass large numbers of terror suspects. "Right now the president has a choice of whether the FBI or the military should take custody of a terror suspect, and there's often a preference for giving the FBI first dibs because of their expertise in interrogation and intelligencegathering," said Raha Wala, an analyst for Human Rights First. "This would take away that choice and require the military to take custody of a huge category of

terrorism suspects captured at home or abroad, which I think is very alarming." The provision was inserted into the NDAA at the request of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, according to Senate aides familiar with the panel's deliberations. McCain has long been a proponent of putting terrorism suspects into military custody and trying them before military commissions rather than in civilian courts. Like many of his fellow Republicans, McCain fiercely criticized the Obama administration for having FBI

agents detain and question wouldbe bomber Umar Farouq Abdulmuttalab, who attempted to blow up a packed airliner on Christmas Day 2009. "That person should be tried as an enemy combatant; he's a terrorist," McCain said on CNN in January 2010. "To have a person be able to get lawyered up when we need that information very badly betrays or contradicts the president's view that we are at war." Rachael Dean, a spokeswoman for McCain, declined repeated requests in recent weeks to comment on the lawmaker's support for the new provision.

The measure seems certain to reignite the heated political debate over the Obama administration's detention policies. Obama recently reversed his campaign pledge to close down the Guantanamo Bay detention facility and instead acknowledged that it will continue to hold terror suspects indefinitely. Obama also reversed an earlier vow to try Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in a civilian court. Despite those shifts, many Republicans argue that the president is soft on terror because NEW page 69



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Quotes of the day

Allahpundit (Hot Air Top Picks)
Submitted at 9/4/2011 7:45:28 PM

One day during the 2008 campaign, as Barack Obama read the foreboding news of the mounting economic and military catastrophes that W. was bequeathing his successor, he dryly remarked to aides: Maybe I should throw the game. On the razors edge of another recession; blocked at every turn by Republicans determined to slice him up at any cost; starting an unexpectedly daunting reelection bid; and puzzling over how to make a prime-time speech about infrastructure and payroll taxes soar, maybe President Obama is wishing that he had thrown the game Obama is still suffering from the Speech Illusion, the idea that he can come down from the mountain, read from a Teleprompter, cast a magic spell with his words and climb back up the mountain, while we scurry around and do what he proclaimed. The days of spinning illusions in a Greek temple in a football stadium are done. The One is dancing on the edge of one term. *** I keep thinking back lately to that candidate and team I watched

in 2008. The candidate really had his finger on something. The team almost never made a serious mistake. When a mistake did happen, they did a respectable job of digging their way out of it. They had some fight in them. Well, Ive learned something new from these folks: Up until now, Ive thought that running a strong presidential campaign is a sign that one can probably govern fairly well too. But there appears to be little correlation between the two. One wonders if there is concern now in the partys higher echelons about the White Houses methods. Of course there must be. But what, for example, do seasoned Democratic senators say to one another when they chat in private? What about the partys big money people? All of them must be dismayed. But which of them can reach Obama? Who can pierce the armor of his inner circle and tell him he needs to start doing business in a different way in a hurry? This week has the feel of one that might become retrospectively pivotal. If indeed we are standing there watching as President Perry is sworn in two Januarys from now, and were forced to ponder the what ifs, space will be reserved on that list for a week in which the administration made a

boneheaded political mistake, presided over a jobs announcement with zero growth, and turned on a key constituency group. *** In terms of policy, the White House has run out of whatever ideas it ever had So the only thing that matters to the people around Obama, who are eager for another four years of employment, is his re-election. Ive long thought that Obama himself is lukewarm about continuing in a job where the adulation he is used to is in short supply. For Democratic powerbrokers, however, maintaining their grasp of the White House is everything It fits with the campaign strategy Obama appears to have decided on portray Republican leaders as prisoners of the racist, Rightwing nutters from the Tea Party. Theyre to blame, the argument goes, for the gridlock in Washington because of their intransigence in the face of nice, reasonable Obama [T]he risks are high. Obama seems to intend to urge Americans that he be allowed to stay in the White House to prevent Republican extremists taking over the entire government. The candidate of hope and change in 2008 is fast becoming the

candidate of fear and the status quo this time around. *** No one, not even the presidents defenders, expect his coming jobs speech to mean anything. When the president spoke during a recent market swoon, the market dropped another 100 points. Democrats may soon have to confront an uncomfortable truth, and ask whether Obama is a suitable choice at the top of the ticket in 2012. They may then have to ask themselves if theres any way they can push him off the top of the ticket If would be one thing if Obama were failing because he was too close to party orthodoxy. Yet his failures have come precisely because Obama has not listened to Democratic Party voters. He continued idiotic wars, bailed out banks, ignored luminaries like Paul Krugman, and generally did whatever he could to repudiate the New Deal. The Democratic Party should be the party of pay raises and homes, but under Obama it has become the party of pay cuts and foreclosures. Getting rid of Obama as the head of the party is the first step in reverting to form If a few of the key constituency groups in the Democratic Party publicly wondered whether Obama should run for reelection,

rumblings would start. Some organized constituency groups say some components of the AFLCIO would need to announce that their support is up for grabs, based on a clear set of criteria. Given the Obama administrations rampant anti-labor policies, this wouldnt be an unreasonable posture. And then a senior politician, like, say, a Tom Harkin, would need to decide that he would want to encourage robust intra-party debate about the partys future In a few months, well know better if Obama still looks like a loser next year. If he does, that does not mean the Democratic Party must follow him down the path to oblivion. *** Via Newsbusters. *** Via Mediaite. 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: A 'Malign Intellectual Subculture' - George Monbiot Smears Chomsky, Herman, Peterson, Pilger And Media Lens.

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Saying goodbye to a true family man

Ed Morrissey (Hot Air Top Picks)

sister, when he was 21 and she was 19 and they became instantly inseparable. They had a love Submitted at 9/5/2011 8:00:49 AM affair throughout the rest of their Many Hot Air readers may be lives together; their song was wondering why I havent been The Twelfth of Never by doing much writing since last Johnny Mathis, and it fit them Wednesday, although those perfectly. They were married for following me on Twitter already 41 years until my Aunt Vis death know that we had a death in the in 2002, and throughout her family. My godfather and uncle, illness, he was entirely devoted to Emilio Squieri, passed away her. That was true for Emilio suddenly last weekend at 73 years with the entire family. When my of age. My cousins Cris, Tony, sister and I were kids, we spent and Jeanette buried him on summers with our cousins and Saturday, and the family is still Emilio and Vi in Lake Havasu, reeling. Arizona, so they became our Emilio was a remarkable man second parents. It took us some a real American success story. He time to realize that they were as came to the US as a teenager with welcoming and supportive of all his family from the Calabria our family as they were with us. region of Italy in the mid-1950s. Whenever anyone needed a hand He worked hard his entire life, with a project around the house, and not in the we-had-to-skip-our- Uncle Emilio would be the first to cappuccino-break manner we arrive, the last to leave, and think of working hard these days. wouldnt take a break until the Emilio worked six or seven days a work was done. He put men week building furniture for his twenty-five years younger than he entire adult life to provide for his to shame with his work ethic family. In fact, perhaps its and I should know, because Im appropriate to write this tribute on 25 years younger than him, and I Labor Day, because I have never can attest to struggling to keep seen any man work harder than up. He never provided his my Uncle Emilio, and to have as helping hand in a sense of being much joy as he did in doing so. obligated, either. Emilio loved He met Violet, my mothers helping his family and friends.

In fact, I learned this the hard way about 15 years ago or so, when I decided that I was going to repaint the interior of my house here in California. I got it into my head that I could do the whole job with just a paint sprayer. About two weeks later, I got a call from Aunt Vi, and she asked me, Did you paint your house a couple of weeks ago? I said yes, I did. She asked me, Why didnt you ask your Uncle Emilio to help? I was a little surprised by the question, and I said, Well, everyone always bugs him to help on projects, so I wanted to give him a break. Aunt Vi told me that hed heard about it, and wondered why I didnt want him to help out. Of course, I felt pretty bad about that and told her again that I just didnt want to bother him, and she told me, Oh, honey, he loves helping family out. Its never a bother. And its just poetic justice that I did a lousy job with the paint sprayer, too. The Bible instructs men to love their families with a servants heart. Uncle Emilio was the embodiment of that scripture, and he loved us all with a joy and warmth that was unmistakable.

As my other role model of manhood, my Dad, told me over the weekend, Uncle Emilio never had a bad word to say about anyone. He liked people, and everyone liked him. When I think about Uncle Emilio, I think about his smile and his laughter. He brought joy with him and shared it with all. Emilio Squieri was a big, big man, and he will leave a big, big hole in our lives and our hearts. The one consolation we all have is that Emilio and Vi are together again, sailing on towards that twelfth of never, and waiting to greet us at the end our journeys here in this world. And if any of us have any trouble settling into the next life, Emilio will be there will his big smile and laugh, sharing his joy with us all, and being the first to volunteer to give us a hand. My cousin told me over the weekend that Emilio was very proud of my success in life. She said that she would hear from her father if he happened to see me on TV or hear me on the radio. I was very touched by her recollection, but it got me thinking that we rarely get a chance to celebrate the true heroes of our lives the men and women who work hard

to provide for their families, help people out of love rather than from grudging obligation, and make a better life for the generations that follow. Those men and women dont usually get on TV or radio, and dont get the kind of attention that they truly deserve. Im blessed to have been Emilio Squieris nephew and godson, and Im blessed to celebrate his life and share in some small way what he meant to our entire family. Note: I hope that Hot Air readers will excuse me for a couple of days longer. I plan to spend as much time with my family as I can on this trip. Ill be back to work on Wednesday. The front page picture is that of Emilio and Vi at our wedding in 1994. 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: A 'Malign Intellectual Subculture' - George Monbiot Smears Chomsky, Herman, Peterson, Pilger And Media Lens.



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Is Sarah Palin Returning to Her Roots?

Conor Friedersdorf (Politics : The Atlantic)

of their respective parties, running against crony capitalism is actually a savvy move. Submitted at 9/5/2011 8:36:00 AM But is Palin the person to do it? See web-only content: I can't help but think that it's too late for the former Alaska politics/archive/2011/09/is-sarahgovernor to change her image at palin-returning-to-her-roots/ this late date. A candidate hoping 244545/ "Today, one in five working-age to successfully run against In Sarah Palin's big Labor Day men are out of work. One in seven In a recent issue of The Atlantic, entrenched corruption in both Weekend speech to tea partiers, Americans are on food stamps. Josh Green wrote about Palin's parties needs a squeaky clean she came on stage to chants of Thirty percent of our mortgages "Some GOP candidates also rise in Alaska as a populist, good- record, high likability, and a "Run, Sarah, Run." A recent Fox are underwater. In parts of raised mammoth amounts of cash, government reformer who ran reservoir of support to draw on News survey showed 71 percent Michigan and California, they're and we need to ask them, too: against the entrenched political during the inevitable backlash. of Republicans want her to stay suffering from unemployment What, if anything, do their donors class and managed to implement Palin squandered all that long out of the presidential race. But numbers that are greater than e x p e c t i n r e t u r n f o r t h e i r real reforms. What happened to ago. thousands of her fans in Iowa during the depths of the Great 'investments'? We need to know that woman when John McCain This article available online at: disagree. And once again Palin Depression... President Obama, is this because our country can't p i c k e d P a l i n a s h i s v i c e gave them no hint about whether this what you call 'winning the afford more trillion-dollar "thank presidential candidate? America politics/archive/2011/09/is-sarahshe's earnestly mulling a bid for future'? I call it losing - losing our you" notes to campaign backers. It was shown a thin-skinned attack palin-returning-to-her-roots/ higher office or just leading them country and with it the American is an important question, and it dog who pitched her message to a 244545/ on. dream. President Obama, these cuts to the heart of our problem. narrow audience of schadenfreude This entry passed through the The most noteworthy thing about people - these Americans - feel And I speak from experience in loving "real Americans." The Full-Text RSS service if this is the speech: for once, Palin that 'fierce urgency of now.' But confronting the corruption and the strategy won her a fanatical your content and you're reading it attempted to speak as a uniter, not do you feel it, sir?" crony capitalism since starting out following. on someone else's site, please read a divider. Addressing the crowd, in public office 20 years ago. I've And it made her very unpopular the FAQ at said early on that "we're not been out-spent in my campaigns with a lot of people. only/faq.php#publishers. Five celebrating red America, or blue "The President's big campaign two to one, three to one, five to The Iowa speech is Palin trying a Filters featured article: A 'Malign America. We're celebrating red, donors got nice returns for their one... But the reason is simple: It's different approach -- the old Intellectual Subculture' - George white and blue America." As 'investments' in him to the tune of because like you, I'm not for approach that she used in Alaska M o n b i o t S m e a r s C h o m s k y , telling were her criticisms. She billions of your tax dollars in the sale." with such success. With Obama Herman, Peterson, Pilger And didn't attack coastal elites or the form of 'green energy' stimulus and Texas Governor Rick Perry as Media Lens. lame-stream media or liberals (she funds. The technical term for this frontrunners for the nominations

called out "the far-left" instead). She attacked the corrupt status quo in Washington D.C., and tried to make President Obama the ultimate symbol of that corruption. A few representative quotes:

is 'pay-to-play.' Between bailouts for Wall Street cronies and stimulus projects for union bosses' security and "green energy" giveaways, he took care of his friends. And now they're on course to raise a billion dollars for his re-election bid so that they can do it all over again."

"My plan is about empowerment: empowerment of our states, empowerment of our entrepreneurs, most importantly empowerment of you - our hardworking individuals - because I have faith, I have trust, I have respect for you."

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of his stated preference for having FBI agents take custody of terror suspects and for trying militants in civilian courts whenever possible. Republicans were particularly incensed that FBI Jazz Shaw (Hot Air Top Service and 32 percent at FedEx, in something of a unique position. having less junk mail show up at agents read Farouk his Miranda Picks) i t s t w o b i g g e s t p r i v a t e They arent technically part of the our doors. In the political arena, rights and gave him access to a competitors. Postal workers also government, as they go to great direct mail campaigns will Submitted at 9/5/2011 9:30:53 AM lawyer. Sen. Susan Collins, a receive more generous health pains to point out in their recent become more expensive, putting We seem to hear this story on an benefits than most other federal ad campaign. Their operation isnt further pressure on limited donor moderate Republican from Maine, said in January 2010 that the annual basis, but this time they employees. directly funded by tax dollars. But resources. And all of this ignores sound like they mean it. The The Lonely Conservative thinks unlike a completely private the additional quarter million Obama administration had made a United States Postal Service is the real culprit is one weve seen company, they live with the people who will join the jobless serious mistake by treating "a foreign terrorist who had tried to teetering on the brink of financial many times before. federal governments thumb roles. murder hundreds of people as if collapse, with a $5.5 billion No layoff clauses?!?! No wonder pressing heavily on the scale. Its not a pretty picture. he were a common criminal." payment to retirees coming due they cant adapt to the changing T h e y s t i l l r e p o r t t o t h e Unfortunately, you can probably which they cant cover and a marketplace. There will always be government and require its guess where this is going. Expect Beyond the political wrangling, grand total of $9.2B in red ink for a market for parcel delivery, but consent for many actions which to see a push in Washington to many legal experts believe the new measure would significantly the year. the union and politicians are most businesses take for granted. have us bail them out. And you Our situation is extremely keeping the Postal Service from For example, they are looking at can just imagine the response change the legal contours of the serious, the postmaster general, doing whats necessary to stay laying off 120,000 more workers thats going to receive even as we broader war on terror. Patrick R. Donahoe, said in an viable. I wonder how long it will and almost that many again being struggle to find trillions in Benjamin Wittes, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, interview. If Congress doesnt be before we the taxpayers bail eliminated through attrition. But additional cuts. argued in a recent essay that such act, we will default. them out. theyre going to have to get UPDATE: As several in the In recent weeks, Mr. Donahoe As an aside, note the difference approval from Congress before comments section point out, it a change could be "profoundly has been pushing a series of between the labor costs of UPS they can do it. And their powerful was rather clumsy to say that the d i s r u p t i v e " t o A m e r i c a n painful cost-cutting measures to and FedEx. UPS is unionized and union has a far fatter retirement U S P S i s n t p a r t o f t h e counterterrorism efforts. Wittes erase the agencys deficit, which FedEx is not. Heres a video from package than private carriers in government. More correct would noted that a suspect arrested by will reach $9.2 billion this fiscal a couple years ago explaining the same business space. Again, be to say that they arent funded the FBI in the midst of an year. They include eliminating how the two companies are the USPS cant even negotiate to the same way that the rest of the unfolding terrorist plot would Saturday mail delivery, closing up governed by different federal change those agreements without government is in terms of a drain have to be transferred to military to 3,700 postal locations and labor laws. UPS tried to have that getting the nod from Uncle Sam. on the general fund of taxpayer custody even if the militant was providing useful information laying off 120,000 workers changed so unions would have What happens if the post office dollars. nearly one-fifth of the agencys had an easier time unionizing goes under completely? While This entry passed through the a b o u t t h e p l a n n e d a t t a c k , potentially setting back the work force despite a no-layoffs FedEx. individual, point to point, single Full-Text RSS service if this is investigation significantly. clause in the unions contracts The New York Post has an package delivery is handled fairly your content and you're reading it At the same time, decades of excellent rundown of the cost / cheaply and efficiently by their on someone else's site, please read "Absent a waiver, it seems clear contractual promises made to revenue problems facing the competitors at UPS and FedEx, the FAQ at that the provision would require unionized workers, including no- USPS, as well as the factors (for just two examples) those only/faq.php#publishers. Five that the FBI suspend a productive layoff clauses, are increasing the c o m p l i c a t i n g a n y p o s s i b l e outfits are not set up to deliver the Filters featured article: A 'Malign interrogation, transfer the arrestee p o s t o f f i c e s c o s t s . L a b o r solution. While the union issues millions of tons of daily paper the Intellectual Subculture' - George to the military, and that the represents 80 percent of the are certainly a huge part of the USPS handles for the same bulk M o n b i o t S m e a r s C h o m s k y , military begin things anew later agencys expenses, compared p r o b l e m , i t s i m p o r t a n t t o costs. Prices will go up, though Herman, Peterson, Pilger And on," Wittes wrote in the essay. NEW page 70 with 53 percent at United Parcel remember that the Post Office is many of us might see a benefit in Media Lens.



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"The last thing the bureau needs when it pulls someone off a plane who has just tried to blow up that plane is to worry about how quickly it can turn him over to the military--which have no nearby investigative presence or detention facility." Wittes cited a second area of concern: the fact that the provision could pave the way for the military to conduct lawenforcement activities on American soil, something that has been expressly outlawed under the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878. If the FBI uncovered evidence of a possible terror plot, Wittes wrote in the essay, the military would be "obliged to conduct the arrest raid on U.S. soil" to avoid running afoul of the law. "This scenario should scare those concerned about the integrity of intelligence and counterterrorism operations at least as much as it should scare those who get the willies thinking about the military conducting domestic arrest operations," he wrote. The Obama administration shares those concerns. When the House was considering its own version of the NDAA earlier this year, Pentagon General Counsel Jeh Johnson and other senior administration lawyers publicly and privately urged lawmakers to

scrap the language requiring the military to take immediate custody of terror suspects. "There is danger in overmilitarizing our approach to the current terrorist threat," Johnson said in a speech to the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy in July. "We must guard against the impulse to automatically send into military custody every terrorist, every alleged terrorist, particularly those arrested on American soil for acts that violate American law. Our military is the most powerful in the world ... because of the limits we place on its ability to reach into the other areas of national security typically occupied by civilian law enforcement." Republicans, of course, see the matter differently. Several GOP aides, speaking on background, said they believed that the military was better-suited to take custody of terror suspects because it could detain them indefinitely and interrogate them without advising the militants of the right to remain silent or giving them access to a lawyer. With time very much of the essence in ongoing terror cases, the aides argued that giving the military access to the suspects as quickly as possible could save American lives.

The debate about what to do with terror suspects has waxed and waned in recent years and is currently at a low point, overshadowed by the nation's economic woes and the ongoing fight over how to close the yawning federal deficit. But with the administration and Senate Republicans gearing up for a battle over the military's role in terror cases, the McCain provision --tucked into a massive bill with virtually no public notice--could be the spark that reignites the simmering fight. This article available online at: politics/archive/2011/09/new-billmandates-military-custody-for-all -terror-suspects/244546/ 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: A 'Malign Intellectual Subculture' - George Monbiot Smears Chomsky, Herman, Peterson, Pilger And Richard Lawler (Engadget) Media Lens. Submitted at 9/5/2011 10:15:00 AM

Vestel shows off a prototype BitTorrent Certified TV at IFA

- and we haven't been able to locate anyone who got a hands-on demo, let us know if you saw it -Far from sneaking in to the living but it definitely shows how room, Vestel had a BitTorrent BitTorrent is trying to expand its Certified television on display at platform in a manner similar to IFA 2011 this past week. That DivX and XBMC/ Boxee. Check official stamp means it packs the out the press release after the usual suite of connected TV break, we'll be sitting back and features including playing local watching some totally legal media across the network, and it's content we just torrented. g u a r a n t e e d t o w o r k w i t h Continue reading Vestel shows BitTorrent approved files from the o f f a p r o t o t y p e B i t T o r r e n t internet. There's no word on any VESTEL page 70 official release for this prototype -

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