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Economists say adult circumcision not best anti-HIV tactic
"a large public campaign to get people into the clinic," said Bjorn Submitted at 9/28/2011 11:58:02 PM Lomborg, director of the By Oren Dorell, USA TODAY Copenhagen Consensus Center, a Updated Danish think tank focused on cost A group of top world economists -effective public spending that said Wednesday that adult male commissioned the panel. circumcision, a global priority for Getting men to volunteer to be preventing HIV infection, is not circumcised would not be easy nearly as cost-effective as other and "it could cause more risky methods of prevention. behavior," Lomborg said. • By Jinty Jackson, AFP/Getty The economists conducted a firstImages A Swazi man awaits to be ever cost-benefit analysis of the c i r c u m c i s e d i n a m a s s i v e , top AIDS-fighting approaches by nationwide drive to circumcise its comparing the costs of prevention men in a bid to curb the spread of and treatment options per lives HIV. saved. The group told representatives of By Jinty Jackson, AFP/Getty g l o b a l o r g a n i z a t i o n s a t Images Georgetown University that more A Swazi man awaits to be cost-effective ways to prevent the c i r c u m c i s e d i n a m a s s i v e , spread of the disease are an HIV nationwide drive to circumcise its vaccine, infant male circumcision, men in a bid to curb the spread of p r e v e n t i n g m o t h e r - t o - c h i l d HIV. transmission of the disease and A s u c c e s s f u l a d u l t m a l e making blood transfusions safe. circumcision effort would require Each year 2.5million people are content] [unable to retrieve full-text
But the economists estimated the cost-benefit ratio for such circumcisions at 23:1. The economists said increasing annual spending on an AIDS vaccine by $100million would be a better investment because it could potentially eradicate the disease, even though the cost-benefit ratio, infected with the disease and 12:1, is lower, Lomborg said. 2million die, about 70% of them Other improvements "are so in Africa, according to the cheap and effective" they jumped to the top of the list, he said. Copenhagen center. Preventing mother-to-child Marelize Gorgens, HIV transmission by treating HIVprevention coordinator at the World Bank, disagreed with the positive pregnant women with e c o n o m i s t s , s a y i n g m a l e medication and improving the circumcision is like a vaccine blood supply had a cost-benefit because it reduces the risk of r a t i o s o f 9 5 : 1 a n d 3 9 3 : 1 , respectively. infection by 60%. "We need to spend money on "Making blood transfusions safe things we know work," Gorgens costs almost nothing, but we're not doing it," Lomborg said. For said. The World Bank and the U.S. more information about reprints & State Department support a major permissions, visit our FAQ's. To push for adult male circumcision. r e p o r t c o r r e c t i o n s a n d clarifications, contact Standards content] [unable to retrieve full-text
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Poverty affects 46 million Americans
poverty in 2006 and 2010 by race/ ethnicity: Source: Census American L E E S B U R G , V a . – B i l l y Community Survey 2006 and Schlegel plunged from middle 2010 class into poverty in the time it The recession that led to an took his daughter to play a soccer explosion in poverty began in season. December 2007 and ended — • By Stephen McGee, for USA officially, anyway — in June TODAY Dwanna Myree, of 2009. It not only made the poor Detroit, holds up $10, which is all poorer, it snagged those who she has for the next five days. thought they had worked themselves out of poverty and By Stephen McGee, for USA blindsided those who never TODAY thought they would be caught in Dwanna Myree, of Detroit, holds its net. up $10, which is all she has for Today, 15% of the USA— one in the next five days. six Americans — are considered In January 2010, he was making poor, the highest rate of poverty $50,000 a year as a surveyor, since 1993. Now among the poor meeting the mortgage payments are the college-educated, the on his three-bedroom home in the former middle-class worker, the nation's wealthiest county and suburbanite and the homeowner. paying for his children to play They've been hit by layoffs, cuts hockey and soccer. in work hours, health problems Then came February. Schlegel, and other crises. They've gone 45, was laid off. During the next through savings and 401(k)s. 18 months, the divorced father of They live off food stamps or other three almost lost his house, had to government benefits and rely on stop paying child support and help from family members and turned to the local food bank for friends. basic necessities. Numbers released this month by "You've got to swallow your t h e C e n s u s B u r e a u s h o w pride," Schlegel says. "Especially s t a g g e r i n g t r e n d s : around here, people lose their •A record number of Americans status and they feel they don't fit are living in poverty — 46 in." million. That's more than at any This is the face of poverty after time since the Census Bureau the Great Recession. Millions of began tracking poverty data in Americans such as Schlegel now 1959. find themselves among the •The number of families below suddenly poor. the poverty line rose 18%, from Percentage of people living in 7.3 million in 2006 to 8.6 million
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in 2010. The poverty line last year was a household income of $22,314 or less for a family of four. •More people living in the nation's suburbs are poor. The number of poor people living in the suburbs of metropolitan areas rose 24%, from 14.4 million in 2006 to 17.8 million last year. By comparison, the number of poor living in central cities rose by 20%. •Those who have not worked during the previous 12 months make up an increasing share of the poor. The number of poor people 16 and older who had not worked during the previous year increased by 28% from 2006 to 2010. "It's all about joblessness," says Timothy Smeeding, director of the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. "There's just not enough work." The solution to poverty is simple, Smeeding says: It's a job. 'It was the only thing I had left' Schlegel had always had a job. He started after high school as a chainman, making $4.25 an hour holding the chains that helped surveyors measure land distances.
He worked his way up to lead a crew and earned enough that he and his wife could buy a $125,000 duplex in 1991 in Leesburg, the county seat of Loudoun County in Northern Virginia. The couple divorced in 2004 and now share custody of their three children. "I had a good job, so everything was OK," Schlegel says. In 2007 he was laid off for two months, but quickly found work. That was the job he lost in 2010, when the construction industry took a dive. He sent résumés online to construction companies across Northern Virginia, but none were hiring. He found himself with $2,500 in monthly bills that included his mortgage, car payments, utilities and food. The only money coming in was $378 a week he received in unemployment benefits. So he stopped paying almost $1,000 in child support. Thankfully, he says, his ex-wife was still working. He also didn't pay his $1,000 mortgage for nine months. When the bank started to foreclose on the house, he filed for bankruptcy to keep from losing the property. "It was the only thing I had left," he says. "I've been there 20 years. It's where the kids grew up." He turned to his parents, who helped him pay bills. He applied for food stamps and went once or twice a month to Loudoun Interfaith Relief, the local food
pantry that gave him and his children enough fruits, vegetables, bread and canned food to last at least a week. "It was depressing," he says. "The kids would go in the house and there was no food in the cupboard. When I saw all the food and bread, I was so happy. It was like a gift from God." Food pantries a savior for many Relying on food pantries has become the new normal for families such as the Schlegels, says Ross Fraser of Feeding America, which serves 61,000 food pantries. A study by the organization found that more than one-third of its clients have used a pantry every month during the last year. Schlegel's family is one of 21,000 the Loudoun pantry helped in the last year. The demand has increased markedly since 2007, when the pantry helped 9,000 families, says Wanda Moloney, the pantry's client relations manager. Loudoun County, about 40 miles west of the nation's capital, is known for rolling hills, farms, horses and wineries. In Loudoun, where the median annual income is $120,000, the number of poor people rose from 7,680 in 2006 to 11,000 in 2010. The increase in poverty there is following a national trend in the rise of the suburban poor that began in 2000 and accelerated POVERTY page 3
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during the recession, says Elizabeth Kneebone, a senior research associate at the Brookings Institution. During the early 2000s, the increase occurred in metropolitan areas in the Midwest that were hit hard by the loss of manufacturing jobs. During the recession, the trend shifted to communities in the West and South that were hurt by the real estate bust, she says. More low-income families moved to the suburbs looking for better jobs, cheaper housing and better schools for their children, she says. They were families like that of Mirna Ventura, 30, who came to the United States from El Salvador in 2001 and moved to Loudoun County four years ago with her husband, Josue Zelaya, 27, his mother and his younger siblings. The family speaks little English. Zelaya worked in construction, making $17 an hour with health care benefits; Ventura was a fastfood cashier earning $9 an hour, and her mother-in-law made more than $10 an hour cleaning rooms for a hotel. They lived in a $400,000 townhouse with a mortgage that Ventura now acknowledges was too expensive for people with their income. "We almost had the American dream," she says in Spanish. "We had a house. We had jobs. We were helping our families back home." But suddenly everything changed. In April 2008, an electrical fire ruined the house.
They had no fire insurance because Ventura says the family didn't realize they were supposed to renew it after two years in the house, so it expired. They did not have money to fix the house, so they walked away from it. The mortgage company is still looking for payment on what they owe on the house, but Ventura says they don't have the money. Two months after the fire, Ventura's husband was laid off. He was called back but his hours and benefits were cut. Then last year, her mother-in-law developed a brain tumor and lost her job, and because she couldn't take Ventura to work anymore, Ventura lost her job, too. The family found a house in Great Falls that would accommodate the nine members of their family. The owner gave them a break on the rent, but it's still $2,500 a month. The family made do with Zelaya's part-time work and the income from parttime landscaping jobs of two of his teenage brothers. Ventura's mother-in-law started making tamales and other El Salvadoran treats and selling them to friends and family. In August, Zelaya got full-time work again, making $14 an hour with no benefits. Ventura is looking for work at the fast-food restaurants and retail stores near their house, but so far no one is hiring, she says. They, too, have turned to the food pantry to help make ends meet. "We're starting new again,"
Ventura says. Hispanics, blacks are hit hard Hispanics and blacks living in poverty remain disproportionate to their population. So do people in families headed by single women, where more than onethird live below the poverty line. As a black woman and a single mother of three, Dwanna Myree, 38, worked hard not to become a poverty statistic. Born and reared in Detroit, she graduated from Marygrove College in 1995 with a degree in business administration. She worked in payroll departments in architectural firms and nursing homes, making upward of $18 an hour and earning health care benefits. Eleven years ago, she bought her three-bedroom, ranch-style home in a middle-class section of Detroit where city workers, teachers and other professionals live. In 2003, she was fired after a disagreement with her boss, and since then she's been working full -time temporary jobs that lasted up to a year at a time. But as the recession bore down on Detroit and its unemployment rate rose to 13%, fewer temp jobs were available. Her job outlook is complicated because she has multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable chronic disease that can cause extreme fatigue and loss of vision and use of limbs. So here she is, suddenly poor. It's been almost two months since Myree had a temp job. She tracks her bills using a spreadsheet that
shows the $2,246.93 she owes every month and the $1,732 she receives in unemployment and child support to pay the bills. "I don't have dreams; I have numbers," she says. Myree makes up the $587 difference by juggling when she pays the bills, keeping an eye out for the best grocery sales, returning soda bottles for cash and turning to her father, a retired General Motors worker. She says she wouldn't be able to make ends meet without him. Myree has filed for bankruptcy, exhausted the $2,000 she had left in her 401(k) and almost lost the house three years ago when she couldn't pay the mortgage. She ended up working out a deal to lower her monthly bill from $1,500 to $600. "You talk about the whole American dream thing," she says. "It's very overrated." 'We are barely getting by' For some, success was barely within reach before it was snatched away. Sandra Jackson's family had managed to hover above the poverty line. Jackson, 34, lives in Columbia, S.C., with her husband of 12 years, Michael, 37, and their five sons. She has been disabled since 1998, when a chunk of her spine was removed because of a tumor. She had been attending a technical college at the time and had to quit, and she has been unable to work since. Jackson has 10-year-old triplets with cognitive
problems — they weighed only 2 pounds each when they were born. Still, the family was managing, living off $2,642 in disability checks and her husband's $1,800 monthly paycheck from the construction job he had for 16 years. "We were making it," Sandra Jackson says. "We didn't have everything we wanted, but we had everything we needed." That changed quickly when Michael Jackson lost his job five months ago. "Now, we are barely getting by," she says. They've cut cable, the Internet and the house phone. He has applied for jobs with the city, at the recycling plant and nursing homes. So far, no luck. It has caused tremendous stress on the family, Sandra Jackson says. "I'm trying to hold it together." Like those in many struggling families, she is hopeful. "We're going to work it out," she says. In Virginia, Schlegel was one of the lucky ones. This summer, he finally found a full-time job as a surveyor. He's making $42,000 a year now. But the last 18 months have left their mark. He says he's budgeting to live off only $1,500 a month — the amount he received in unemployment. Just in case. "I'm afraid I'm going to lose my job again," he says. "I guess that comes with what we're all going POVERTY page 4
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race for Republican nomination. All the major Republican presidential candidates have By Joan Biskupic, USA TODAY vowed to overturn the law. Updated The justices, who open a new WASHINGTON – The Obama term on Monday, would likely act administration on Wednesday on the pending appeals this fall asked the Supreme Court to and hold oral arguments in early decide the constitutionality of a 2012. requirement that most Americans Justice Department lawyers have buy health insurance by 2014, appealed a decision by an Atlantapaving the way for a ruling in the based appeals court that said the middle of the 2012 presidential individual-insurance mandate election campaign. went beyond Congress' power to By Kathy Willens, AP regulate interstate commerce. The President Obama urges the lawyers say that appeals court Supreme Court to decide on the decision, which conflicts with two constitutionality of the 2010 appeals court rulings rejecting health care law. challenges to the law, undermines Separately, 26 states and the federal efforts to tackle the "crisis N a t i o n a l F e d e r a t i o n o f in the national health care Independent Business, which have market." The administration said c h a l l e n g e d t h e m a n d a t e a s the appeals court ruling "denies exceeding federal power, urged Congress the broad deference it is the justices to intervene and strike due … to address the nation's it down. most pressing economic The new filings all but guarantee p r o b l e m s . " the justices will review the law The requirement that most that is at the heart of President Americans buy insurance or face Obama's domestic agenda and that a tax penalty is the centerpiece of has become a flashpoint in the the health care law passed by
Congress and signed by Obama in March 2010. The law was the most significant change in the nation's health care system since the creation of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965 and extends insurance coverage to 32 million Americans. The administration says people without insurance incur billions of dollars in costs that are passed on to the insured. It contends that creates a substantial burden on interstate commerce that is within Congress' power to address. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit disagreed as it declared that forcing people to buy insurance represents an "unbounded assertion of congressional authority." The 26 states and business group won major portions of their challenge, but the 11th Circuit rejected claims that the law's expansion of Medicaid encroaches on the states and that if the mandate is unconstitutional, the entire law is void. The states and business group have asked the justices to reverse those findings.
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Speaking at Wired 2011: Rory Sutherland
chairman of the UK arm of Ogilvy, the worldwide Having entered the company as advertising and marketing agency. an account executive in 1988, An early adopter of the internet Rory Sutherland is now vice (he lays claim to being the first Briton to have details stolen
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online, costing him £22.45), Sutherland is a firm believer of a 360 degree marketing approach -one that incorporates digital, social media, web 2.0, traditional
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Boston Red Sox collapse and suffer a damning finish - Washington Post
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(blown save, defeat), Carl Crawford, whose trapped liner on Robert Andino’s game-winning Boston Red Sox collapse and two-out single is his trademark suffer a damning finish By defensive mistake, and all the Thomas Boswell, brain-dead base runners from BALTIMORE David Ortiz to Marco Scutaro Red Sox, report to the River Styx who killed innings with their at dawn. crazy feet. These days, there’s no boatman Now, lets turn to the Tampa Bay in a dark cowl to take you over to Rays who, minutes after the Red the other side where the souls who Sox had blown a 3-2 lead and lost, wail for eternity are found. won this AL wild-card race for They’ve got an elevator now. Just the ages with a walk-off homer by push the “down” button. Don’t Evan Longoria in the 12th inning worry; you can’t go too low. Pick against the Yankees. We have a any rung. Mr. Dante has fine few words for you guys, too. punishments arranged at every First, gentlemen, please return the level. New rules: No more eternal thousand-mile magic carpet, the damnation. They let you out next perpetual pixie-dust machine and opening day to try again. Excuses, the vat of voodoo juice. The rest fine, they’re permitted, too. But of mankind needs all of ’em back. for now: Go to hell. Now. You’ve done it now. You’ve Don’t get greedy. You just topped all your forebears. That’s a burned several lifetimes of joy. 7-20 final-month implosion, a Those computers claimed your blown nine-game lead and the chances of catching the Red Sox worst September collapse to were down to nine-tenths of one squander a postseason spot in percent when the month started. baseball history. Now, go get ready for October. Do the ’04 and ’07 Red Sox Longoria, with your two homers, teams have to give back their including the winner, please, World Series rings now, too? No, don’t ever tell anybody how you no, it wasn’t quite that bad. But it did it. There’s mystique. Then was close. there’s something even beyond it. On this night of a 4-3 after- Silence is part of the deal. Say midnight walk-off loss to the nothing and, the rest of your life, Orioles, the dishonors belong to people will pass you and say, exhausted Jonathan Papelbon “There he is.” And they won’t
have to say whom. Dan Johnson, we hardly know what to say. When you hit your two-out-in-the-ninth home run to tie the Yankees, 7-7, it was incredibly improbable. But when that blow proved to be the cornerstone of victory, your swing joined the game’s elite history. The further the Rays go, the bigger it gets. Okay, that takes care of the Red Sox and Rays. Everybody else, the millions of you, just sit down and stop screaming. The real baseball season is only beginning. If you pass the Boston tombstone, nod out of respect. To fail so greatly, you must first have stature. (Okay, and a zillion-dollar payroll.) But, still, there but for grace go we all. This Camden Yards scene needs to be set. As the sun sank Wednesday, baseball turned into a world gone wonderfully mad. But as midnight approached, then passed, the glorious insanity fed on itself and went viral. Scoreboard watching shot up an asymptotic curve with fans of four wild-race-race teams desperately fixated on results of games involving eight different clubs, all of ’em playing simultaneously for hours. But the best theatre by orders of magnitude — or one of the scariest hair-pulling horror shows
on record if you are part of Red Sox Nation — was presented here in Camden Yards. The collapsing Red Sox saw their baseball lives pass before their eyes all night — both on the field against the Orioles and on the scoreboard during an 86-minute rain delay. It was pure devil-made torture. Has there ever been anything quite like it? Not with me watching. During the long delay in play, the Red Sox viewed a brand new TV soap opera: “As Our Fate Turns.” As Camden fans watched the Rays game on the big video board, Tampa Bay erased that 7-0 deficit to New York. Yes, the hated Yankees make Sox life heaven then turned it to Hades. When Longoria’s three-run homer made it 7-6, the Camden crowd bellowed, “Lets Go Rays,” to annoy Red Sox fans in the crowd and inspire their Orioles for that comeback of their own. However, when Johnson connected to create extra innings, the crowd of 29,749 — most of whom never left — went blissfully if damply nuts. However, this was just the richest part of a wild night across baseball America. Hanging in the balance were two wild-card spots and the delectable possibility that the Red Sox might have to go to Florida on Thursday to play the
Rays and the Braves might head to St. Louis for two “play-in” games on the same day to see which teams advanced to the playoffs in October. Two such sudden-death games, as a cannon-shot introduction to the drama of October baseball, would be unprecedented; and the ideal blend of genuine drama and mega-marketing to advertise the sport. Reality disagreed. Rays and Cards make the playoffs. No games Thursday. Three of the four concurrent games were insanely tense. The crowd here had an experience shared with fans in St. Petersburg, Houston and Atlanta, with scoreboard updates, and sometimes video, punctuating the live action. When the Braves’ Chipper Jones smoked a gapper in the bottom of the 10th that looked like a sure walk-off piece, the crowd began to applaud, then gasped, and cheered even louder when Phils center fielder Michael Martinez made a flat-sprint lunging lastinstant snag. How much did it matter? Oh, only a whole season’s worth. Instead of meeting the winning Cards, the Braves lost in the 13th inning and will now watch BOSTON page 13
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U.S.-Pakistan Ties at Breaking Point Over Embassy Attack
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U.S. relations with Pakistan are approaching a precipice, with serious consequences for U.S. military forces in Afghanistan hanging in the balance. Outgoing Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Michael Mullen last week publicly accused Pakistan’s InterServices Intelligence (ISI) Directorate of direct complicity in a terrorist attack on the U.S. Embassy in the Afghan capital of Kabul that killed seven people and wounded 10 others. He also indicated complicity by the intelligence agency, which is under the control of Pakistan’s military, in an earlier attack by the Haqqani Islamist group on a U.S./ NATO base outside the capital that wounded 77 people. “With ISI support, Haqqani operatives planned and conducted that truck bomb attack as well as the assault on our embassy,” Mullen said in testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee. “We also have credible evidence that they were behind the June 28 attack against the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul and a host of other veritable arm of Pakistan’s Inters m a l l e r — b u t Services Intelligence agency,” e f f e c t i v e — o p e r a t i o n s . T h e Mullen concluded. Haqqani network acts as the U.S. suspicion of Islamabad’s
links to terrorist organizations—including the Taliban in Afghanistan and the Haqqani network, which also has
ties to al-Qaeda, are not new. But particularly since the bin Laden such blunt public accusations are. raid in May,” said Lisa Curtis, an “U.S.-Pakistan relations have U.S.-PAKISTAN page 11 been on a downward slide,
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activity.” Young Americans for Freedom is not political, and has had a The assault on conservative ideas historic presence at hundreds of has a new battleground: the high Catholic colleges and high school campus. And now, even schools across the country. It is a students at private religious project of Young America’s institutions aren’t safe from Foundation, and both were ideological discrimination. founded by Catholics (William F. La Reina High School, a Catholic Buckley and Ron Robinson). school for girls in Thousand Oaks, Never before has this excuse been Calif., has denied student Isabella used to a chapter or event on a Foxen’s application to start a Catholic campus. Young Americans for Freedom And here’s why: The archdiocese chapter. From the beginning of and Young America’s Foundation the application process, Isabella share the exact same tax status. faced roadblocks. Young Americans for Freedom is A d m i n i s t r a t o r s a r b i t r a r i l y a branch of Young America’s demanded—not following any Foundation, a 501(c)(3) tax written policy—that Isabella exempt organization—just like acquire 35 student signatures the archdiocese. The foundation before considering her application educates young people about the to start a club. Isabella found 86 benefits of free enterprise, limited students to sign on, but the school government, a strong national denied her application anyway. defense, and traditional La Reina’s excuse? Principal values—and these ideas are not Shannon Gomez said the school’s partisan. administration “did not feel the The IRS says on its website that c l u b f o s t e r e d a b a l a n c e [ d ] 501(c)3s “may not attempt to political perspective,” and influence legislation as a according to a local paper, the substantial part of its activities, spokesman for the Archdiocese of and it may not participate in any Los Angeles (which oversees La campaign activity for or against Reina) “said no political student political candidates.” Educating clubs are allowed—liberal or young people about conservative conservative—because federal ideas is allowed, and that’s law forbids nonprofit, tax-exempt exactly what Young America's o r g a n i z a t i o n s s u c h a s t h e Foundation does. a r c h d i o c e s e f r o m p o l i t i c a l La Reina didn’t deny the club
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and La Reina and the archdiocese aren’t even on the same page on the issue. In a Ventura County Star article, Tod Tamberg, the spokesman for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, said, “We're not saying that politics has no place in the life of young people. We're just saying there is a place for that activity, and it’s not on a school campus.” But later the article reports that La Reina Principal Gomez “said the Young [Americans for Freedom] chapter would clearly because of tax reasons. La Reina have a conservative point of view, administrators rejected this and there was no proposal for a s t u d e n t - d r i v e n a p p l i c a t i o n liberal club to balance that.” because of their ideological bias. The archdiocese said public As evidence of their bias, La policy-related clubs are not Reina’s administration had no allowed. Gomez said these clubs problem granting club status to are acceptable if there’s balance. left-of-center groups such as the Which one is it? Green Team and the Human It’s clear La Reina administrators Rights Campaign—both of which a r e a r b i t r a r i l y p i c k i n g a n d choosing which side gets heard. discuss public policy. And coincidentally, the same And students are the ones who administrator who originally suffer. denied the club had no problem Isabella and the 86 other students i n t r o d u c i n g a G r e e n P a r t y wanted a conservative club for a candidate last year at a required reason. Despite the lip service La school event. The Green Party is Reina’s administrators pay to the political—even if it doesn’t get idea of “balance,” conservative a n y v o t e s — y e t L a R e i n a ideas are not being adequately welcomed one of their candidates represented in the classroom or in the school’s clubs. with open arms. La Reina has no written policy on Allowing Isabella to start her political or ideological balance, club would have shown that La Reina is open to intellectual
diversity, but it seems Gomez and La Reina aren’t open to conservative perspectives. La Reina’s unprecedented action to block conservatism on campus, if allowed to stand, will upend a long-standing record of free expression on Catholic campuses. There’s no excuse for blocking honest student activism, and La Reina should reconsider its decision immediately. Ron Meyer is a program officer for Young America's Foundation(YAF). YAF introduces young people to conservatism through lectures and conferences across the country, and preserves the Reagan Ranch in Santa Barbara, Calif. Ron has appeared on Fox News and been published with the Christian Science Monitor, Yahoo! News, AOL News, HUMAN EVENTS, and the Daily Caller. 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 fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters featured article: A 'Malign Intellectual Subculture' - George Monbiot Smears Chomsky, Herman, Peterson, Pilger And Media Lens.
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Kercher: Loved ones rally to keep memory alive - CNN
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Remembering Meredith Kercher STORY HIGHLIGHTS • Friends and relatives of murder victim Meredith Kercher seek to keep her memory alive • Kercher was killed in 2007 in villa in Perugia, Italy, that she rented with Amanda Knox • 21-year-old lived life to full and had "big heart," say friends • Local priest, politician say number of people at her funeral showed her popularity London (CNN)-- Amid the massive global interest in the trial of Amanda Knox in Italy, it's easy to overlook the victim of the murder, British exchange student Meredith Kercher. Her friends and family are determined to keep her memory alive. "I want people to remember Meredith for the good times she had in Perugia, not just the horrible ending," said Natalie Hayward, who got to know the 21 -year-old before her death. "She was very generous and open and had a very big heart. She was a very fulfilled human being. She was happy and talked about her family all the time. She had lived life to the full. That gives me a great deal of comfort." Kercher was just 21 when she
was killed in 2007 in the villa she rented with Knox in the central Italian university town of Perugia. Her body was semi-naked and her throat had been slashed. Knox was convicted of her murder, along with her exboyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito. The American was sentenced to 26
years in prison, Sollecito to 25. A third defendant, Rudy Guede, a drifter from the Ivory Coast, was also convicted of her murder in a separate trial, and sentenced to 16 years. Kercher was a third-year student at the University of Leeds focusing on European Studies
when she got the chance to live in Perugia for a year to study European Politics and Italian. She worked at Gatwick Airport, near her home in Coulsdon, a dormitory town south of London, to raise money for the trip. Her father John told the Daily Telegraph: "She fought so hard to
get out there. There were quite a few setbacks but she was determined to go and kept persisting and eventually got what she wanted." Her family later described how she was "excited at the prospect of KERCHER: page 14
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS • Health officials say the only contaminated fruit is from Jensen Farms • If consumers don't know where a melon came from, they can ask the store • If there is any doubt about a cantaloupe's origin, it should be thrown out, officials say • Consumers should not try to wash off the bacteria (CNN)-- In the wake of a multistate outbreak of listeriosis linked to bacteria-tainted cantaloupe, authorities assured the public that cantaloupe grown in places other than Colorado's Jensen Farms is safe. But if it doubt about a fruit's origin, they said, it's best to throw it out. The outbreak -- blamed on the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes - was first reported September 12. As of Wednesday, it had grown to 72 cases in 18 states and had killed 13 people, officials with the Centers for Disease Control said. The number of cases is expected to rise, as it can take one to three weeks for a person who ingests the bacteria to show symptoms. All of the tainted cantaloupes were grown at Jensen Farms in Granada, Colorado, although they were shipped to 17 states -Illinois, Wyoming, Tennessee,
Utah, Texas, Colorado, Minnesota, Kansas, New Mexico, North Carolina, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Arizona, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. "It's important to know that if you know the cantaloupe that you have is not Jensen Farms, then it's OK to eat," CDC Director Tom Frieden told reporters during a conference call Wednesday. "But if you're in doubt, then throw it out." The recalled cantaloupes may bear a green-and-white sticker that says, "Product of USAFrontera Produce-Colorado FreshRocky Ford-Cantaloupe," or a gray, yellow and green sticker that says, "Jensen Farms-Sweet Rocky Fords." But not all cantaloupes may have a sticker, Frieden said. Consumers are urged to ask the supermarket or supplier if they know where the cantaloupes came from. If the cantaloupe's origins remain unconfirmed, it should be disposed of, he said. However, the likelihood of tainted cantaloupes in the nation's food supply is decreasing, thanks to the fruit's short shelf life -about two weeks, officials said. The recalled cantaloupes were shipped from July 29 through September 10, "so we really are nearing the end of the shelf life of the product in addition to its recalled product," Sherri McGarry, a senior adviser with
the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), told reporters. The recall itself should be removing the cantaloupes from shelves, she said, but the shelf life means the tainted cantaloupes will not be edible much longer. "But consumers do have their own practices so we need to be cognizant some folks may hold that a little bit longer than we might expect," she said. If consumers do have a cantaloupe from Jensen Farms, authorities recommend they don't try to wash off the bacteria. "We want you to throw that product away," McGarry said. The fruits should be disposed of in a closed plastic bag and placed in a sealed trash can, to prevent people or animals from eating them, the CDC said. Refrigeration will not kill the Listeria bacteria, which can grow even at low temperatures, officials said. And the longer a contaminated food is stored in the refrigerator, the more opportunity the bacteria has to grow. "It is very important that consumers clean their refrigerators and other food preparation surfaces" in order to minimize risk, the FDA says on its website. After washing refrigerators, cutting boards and countertops, the agency recommends sanitizing them with a solution of one tablespoon chlorine bleach per gallon of hot water and drying them with a
paper towel or cloth that has not been previously used. Jensen Farms has now ended its cantaloupe harvest for the season, so no new contaminated fruit will be entering the market, FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said Wednesday. Although Jensen Farms does produce other products, there is no concern for any other product from the company, McGarry said. Listeriosis causes fever, muscle aches, diarrhea and other gastrointestinal symptoms. It rarely is a serious concern for healthy children and adults, the CDC said, but can be dangerous for older adults or those with weakened immune systems. It can be treated with antibiotics. The source of the outbreak -- the deadliest U.S. outbreak of a foodborne illness since 1998 -remained under investigation. Officials could not give a figure Wednesday for the number of cantaloupes recalled. 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 fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters featured article: A 'Malign Intellectual Subculture' - George Monbiot Smears Chomsky, Herman, Peterson, Pilger And Media Lens.
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As a tablet, the Kindle fire won't threaten the iPad, even at $199. As a digital catalog and promotional tool for moving Amazon products, it could be revolutionary. When Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos hit the stage yesterday in New York City to unveil the new family of Kindle products, a line of inexpensive e-readers and a $199 tablet called the Kindle Fire, he hammered one Jobsian refrain home for the audience: "We're offering premium products, and we're doing it at non-premium prices." That mantra was repeated to me later on (several times) by Steve Kessel, senior vice president of Amazon Kindle, almost verbatim: "We work hard to offer premium products at nonpremium prices," he said. We get it. But more importantly, how is the company able to offer premium products at nonpremium prices? Is the company selling the tablet at a loss? After all, no other tablet maker has been able to put forth a device as competively priced--except HP, which only managed to start selling its now-discontinued TouchPad after lowering the boom on prices to spark a fire sale. Piper Jaffray analyst Gene
Muster estimates the company is losing $50 per unit--quite the sum considering Bezos (and several analysts) expects the device to sell "many millions" this holidy season. But here's why Bezos isn't concerned: The Kindle Fire's maker also happens to be the
world's largest online retailer, and it can use that leverage to stomach a short-term hit for a long-term future of getting more customers hooked (addicted) on Amazon's services and content. Kessel, of course, declined to say whether the tablet is selling for a
loss. "Well, we're a for-profit company I'll remind you," he told me yesterday with a grin. "I am not going to discuss the specific economics." Pressed again, he repeated the same talking point: "I will just remind you that we're a for-profit company."
But the vision here is to drive sales of digital media content through Amazon, correct? "No, the vision is to build an incredible customer experience," Kessel says. "To do what Kindle has WHY page 16
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Asian studies fellow at The Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. “However, what has happened over the past few days is significant. “The United States just can’t afford to sit back idly when it has information in hand about Pakistan’s involvement in attacks on U.S. forces and the embassy.” That information reportedly includes cell phones from dead Haqqani gunmen that show phone calls made to known ISI operatives. The information, in a sense, puts the punctuation marks on earlier U.S. suspicions and frustrations, including that Pakistan on occasion passes intelligence information given it by the United States to terrorist groups. One result of those suspicions has been an increase in unilateral drone strikes against Afghan terrorists who use Pakistan’s lawless tribal border areas as sanctuary. The strikes have, of course, roiled the country’s government and anti-American public. Another was Washington deliberately not informing Islamabad in advance of the U.S. raid in Pakistan in May that resulted in the death of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. Bin Laden was living securely in a compound in a Pakistani
military town near Islamabad. Pakistan reacted with embarrassment, insult and injury, denying it had any knowledge of bin Laden’s whereabouts or in any way protected him. Outrage quickly followed. The United States, it said, had violated the country’s sovereignty. Islamabad is playing a similar card in the latest imbroglio, acting the aggrieved party to “baseless” accusations while simultaneously reminding Washington that Pakistan’s important support in the Afghan conflict could be in jeopardy. If a rose by any other name is still a rose, then the same could he said for extortion. Pakistan’s hand in dealing with Washington and NATO comprises its ports and roads, through and on which from 30% to 50% of supplies for troops in Afghanistan pass. The United States provides Pakistan with billions of dollars in civilian and military aid. Washington could cut back on that funding, but there are the roads and ports to consider. “I think Pakistan is overplaying its hand by defying the United States so brazenly,” Curtis said. “The United States does have some options, but they are not cost-free options.” In short, it comes down to political will in Washington.
Curtis believes the Obama administration contributed to the situation. By giving a date certain for full U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan (2014), Pakistan may be trying to more rapidly ensure influence in Afghanistan if the Taliban should return to strong postwar influence, if not power itself. The Haqqani network, allied with the Taliban and promoted by Pakistan for participation in Afghan peace talks, is one route to that. So too the Afghan Taliban itself, which enjoys safe haven in Pakistan’s tribal areas near the border with Afghanistan. The Haqqani network is an Islamist organization based in Pakistan’s North Waziristan that conducts operations mainly in Afghanistan’s Paktia, Paktika, Wardak and Khost provinces, as well as in Kabul province. It is believed to receive funding from supporters in the Gulf and have as many as 15,000 gunmen and operatives. Its supreme leader is Jalaluddin Haqqani, who developed ties with the ISI when he fought Soviet forces with support from Pakistan and the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. Pakistan is obviously playing a double game. The question is whether Washington has the political will to confront it with
more than rhetoric. So far, the Pakistanis have used a dicey but successful strategy of s e l e c t i v e counterinsurgency—fight those groups in the countries that directly threaten the Islamabad government, while turning a blind eye or supporting those conducting violence in Afghanistan or in archrival India. The dirty laundry between Washington and Islamabad is now in the public domain, and U.S. power and prestige—not to mention American lives—are the stake. Richard Tomkins, a former White House and Pentagon reporter with extensive overseas experience, is embedded with U.S. forces in Iraq and writes for several U.S. publications. 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 fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters featured article: A 'Malign Intellectual Subculture' - George Monbiot Smears Chomsky, Herman, Peterson, Pilger And Media Lens.
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Islamic organization is under investigation for being a coSubmitted at 9/28/2011 11:25:35 PM conspirator in a federal terrorism indictment. • (Photo: Reuters/Jessica Rinaldi ) The Internal Revenue Service has A woman holds a sign at the " I s u b m i t t e d a c o n g r e s s i o n a l Am A Muslim, Too" rally on complaint against CAIR for March 6, 2011. further investigation. The complaint was initially brought by Nezar Hamze, South Florida U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., d i r e c t o r o f t h e C e n t e r f o r after the organization was stripped American-Islamic Relations from its title as a “nonprofit” (CAIR), said he aligns himself organization for failure to file with the values of the Republican annual tax reports as required by Party. He applied to become a law. member of executive committee, Furthermore, in the complaint t h e t o p g r o u p w i t h i n t h e letter, Wolf raised the issue of a Republican Party of Broward 2009 letter from the CAIR County. He also wanted to start a director to Muammar Gadhafi in Muslim Republican Club. which the director referred to the The Broward County GOP b r u t a l d i c t a t o r a s “ Y o u r allegedly changed their rules, Excellency” and asks him for a c c o r d i n g t o M c C l a t c h y financial support. Newspapers, in order to vote on The Cypress Times also his application in secrecy. The uncovered a diplomatic cable in GOP denies that he was turned which CAIR Chairman Larry down because of his religion; S h a w , a c o n v e r t t o I s l a m , rather, they claim, it is because he followed up the letter by praising is associated with CAIR. The Gadhafi's " leadership."
Like us on Facebook "We have felt for years pride and glory in your leadership," Shaw, a longtime North Carolina state senator, told the terrorist leader in 2009. "We want to assure you that Muslims in America are your brothers and supporters. They share with you your interests and aspirations." Gadhafi is an infamous humanrights violator and supporter of terrorist attacks. He ordered the attack on Pan Am Flight 103 in 1988 which killed 270 people. For those reasons, the Broward GOP maintains, Hamze was denied membership. He was voted down 158-11. He is still allowed to attend meetings, but must do so as a member of the public. “The state party works from the bottom up. Counties have the authority to operate under their rules. If anyone opposes those rules they can petition the state and then try again,” Brian Hughes, the communications director for the Florida GOP told
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spending the year studying there to improve her language skills, make new friends and immerse herself in the culture. She was pursuing her dream." She moved into a shared apartment with Knox but tensions mounted between the two young women, according to Hayward, who met Kercher in September 2007. Hayward told the Sunday Telegraph that Kercher, known to her friends as "Mez," became "frustrated" by Knox's refusal to do cleaning and was unhappy that her flatmate kept a sex toy on open display in a bathroom cabinet. Kercher, the youngest of four children, had a good sense of humor, according to her family, and "a sense of the ridiculous." While growing up she was interested in poetry, gymnastics and ballet. Meredith is not only a terrible loss to her family and friends, she is also a huge loss to the world. John Kercher The Kercher family has largely avoided the media, but her Indiaborn mother Arline gave an interview to Italian television
show Porta a Porta in September in which she described Meredith's love of life. She said her daughter was a "very loving child, a very sweet girl." She said: "She was always ready to help you. I will never, ever forget her." Her father John, a freelance journalist, wrote in Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper about the moment he learned the British student killed in Perugia was his daughter. He'd spoken to her the day before. "I drop the phone," he wrote, " I don't believe it and think there must be a mistake. But I know it's probably true. I can't cry. I'm numb with shock." He also told about hearing that some of Meredith's friends planned to lay flowers at her old school after her death. Expecting just a few, he and Arline arrived to find more than 70 people, some having come from around the country. "It's unbelievably touching," John Kercher recalled. "Meredith is not only a terrible loss to her family and friends, she is also a huge loss to the world," he said.
Richard Ottaway, the member of parliament for Coulsden, was taken aback by Meredith's funeral at Croydon Minster. "It was packed and overflowing," he told CNN. "It was quite clear Meredith was a popular girl ... so many friends there. It was the perhaps moving service I have ever been to." The priest who took the service described how Meredith's parents dealt with that emotionally charged day. "They were very, very courageous," said Canon Colin Boswell, vicar of Croydon. "They had great dignity and calm sort of dignity which they maintained right up until now." This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters featured article: A 'Malign Intellectual Subculture' - George Monbiot Smears Chomsky, Herman, Peterson, Pilger And Media Lens.
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The number of ethnic minority adoptions also remains low. Asian and Black children accounted for Only 60 babies were adopted in just four percent of adoptions last the UK last year despite record year. numbers being taken into care, Of 65,520 children in care, threereports the Independent. quarters find themselves in foster The number has fallen from 150 care while just over 2,000 have in 2007 and 4,000 in 1976. There been listed for adoption. are currently 65,520 kids under 16 Please follow Europe on Twitter in government care homes in the and Facebook. UK, the highest number for two Join the conversation about this decades. story » The Guardian reported that the See Also: UK's children's minister, Tim • Europe May Have Found A Loughton, has said the figures are C o m m o n E n e m y I n G y p s y "just not good enough." The T r a v e l e r s government is now trying to • BRUISINGS, BURNINGS streamline the adoption process, AND BEATINGS: Europe's which normally takes two years Worst Soccer Hooligans and seven months to complete. It's • Turkish Cartoonist Faces Trial been proposed that babies under Over Religious Insults one-year-old be fast-tracked through the system.
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done for reading--that simplicity, that ease of use--to bring that to movies, TV shows, apps." Or, in other words, the vision is to sell movies, TV shows, apps, and yes, more books, on the Kindle Fire. It's a strategy only Apple and Amazon can pull off-every other tablet maker has stumbled because they lack content. Have you ever purchased a book through HP? A song through Motorola? A magazine through Samsung? An app through Toshiba? No, these companies don't provide content-they provide hardware. Amazon, on the other hand, can leverage its position as a retail giant. Think about what Apple did a decade when it introduced the iPod and starting selling music. The record labels were in a tight spot, hemorrhaging money over pirated music. And Steve Jobs came along with a solution, leveraging its position as the industry's savior to force the labels to sell songs at the neverheard-of-before 99 cents, a price point which helped drive sales of the iPod. Ten years later, Amazon's approach is almost the opposite
(and more traditional for hardware sellers, but for the trove of goods Amazon hawks). It's selling the Kindle Fire at a reported loss, aiming to make up for it through the services it provides. Music? You'll get that through Amazon, with songs starting at just 69 cents. (Remember, this was the comany that was able to offer Lady Gaga's latest album for under a buck.) Books? No other company has the library of titles Amazon has, and for as low prices. Movies and TV shows? Yes, Amazon again. Customers will also be given a free onemonth membership to Amazon Prime, a service that gives all customers access to two-day shipping (which could help spur physical sales) and Amazon Instant, the company's Netflixstyle streaming service. And on the Kindle and Kindle Touch--in case the ease of ordering from Amazon via Kindle wasn't enough to attract impulse mobile buyers-the company is knocking off between $30 to $40 if you'll let the devices come pre-loaded with AmazonLocal, Amazon's local deals marketplace and Groupon competitor.
The Kindle Fire isn't an iPad killer by a long shot. The idea here is to make a killer for Amazon's retail business--and with the low price point, perhaps make it No. 2 on the market. "I think the reality is that Amazon will be the strong No. 2 competitor to Apple," says Forrester Research analyst Sarah Rotman Epps. "But I don't think Amazon's goal is to say, 'We want to be No. 2.' I think there goal is to sell a lot of content." Epps estimates Amazon will sell about 3 million Kindle Fires the first quarter it's released. Ironically, the more devices the company sells, the larger the loss is up front. But on the back end, that means 3 million more customers all wired to the Amazon store. That's why SVP Kessel kept reminding me Amazon is a "forprofit company." One way or another, he and Bezos are determined to reach that end.
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• (Photo: REUTERS/Scott Audette)(L-R) U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, (R-TX), Texas Governor Rick Perry, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) and businessman Herman Cain pose before the Republican Party of Florida presidential candidates debate in Orlando, Florida, September 22, 2011. Former Mass. Gov. Romney had slipped to second place in the Fox News poll in August with the support of 22 percent of voters. But Fox's new poll released Wednesday evening gave him back the status of frontrunner with his steady support of 23 percent. After three Republican debates since the last poll, Texas Gov. Perry moved to second place with just 19 percent supporting him as the Republican presidential nominee. In the August poll, held soon after Perry launched his presidential campaign, he had the support of 29 percent to claim the top position.
The support for former Godfather's Pizza CEO Cain witnessed the most impressive shift. He was supported by just six percent in August, but his score tripled to 17 percent giving him third place this time around. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich also increased his score from three percent in August to 11 percent in the September poll. Minn. Rep. Michele Bachmann, however, could not maintain her support of eight percent, which put her in third place, in the previous poll. She came down to three percent in the new poll. In July, Bachmann had the support of 15 percent of voters. Texas Rep. Ron Paul and former Governor of Utah Jon Huntsman were ahead of Bachmann in the new poll with six percent and four percent, respectively. Like us on Facebook Asked which of the Republican presidential candidates they had the most in common with, 17 percent – the highest – said Perry, followed by Cain with 14 percent. Only 12 percent named Romney, and 10 percent said Bachmann. Some Republicans are encouraging New Jersey Gov.
background... Pranab, Chidambaram stand Submitted at 9/29/2011 1:45:44 PM together to 'close' 2G note row Hindustan Times Chris Christie to run for president Moneycontrol.com because they see him as a strong 2G note didn't reflect my views: Pranab-Chidambaram put up united front over 2G note leader and a straight talker. The Pranab Mukherjee Times of India IBNLive.com poll asked the voters if they thought Christie should run for NEW DELHI: Seeking to put an 2G note controversy: Pranab, president. Only 32 percent said end to the raging controversy Chidambaram say matter's closed; “yes.” Asked if Donald Trump’s surrounding the 2G note sent by BJP disagrees NDTV.com Zee News- India Todayendorsement of a candidate would the finance ministry to the PMO, influence their decision, only six f i n a n c e m i n i s t e r P r a n a b C h a n d i g a r h T r i b u n e percent said they were “more Mukherjee on Thursday said that all 726 news articles » likely” to vote for that candidate. it did not reflect his views and The poll, conducted Sept. 25-27, w a s a n i n t e r - m i n i s t e r i a l was based on live telephone interviews with a national sample of 925 registered voters. It has a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points. 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 Thursday. "Unity is our your content and you're reading it (Nation - Google News) strength.... on someone else's site, please read Submitted at 9/29/2011 1:33:20 PM Congress under attack over the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentIndia Today Telangana issue NDTV.com only/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters featured article: A 'Malign Give Telangana state in a month Telangana protests: Siege at Congress ministers' homes Daily Intellectual Subculture' - George or two: TRS IBNLive.com News & Analysis Monbiot Smears Chomsky, P T I H y d e r a b a d : T h e p r o - Pix: Telangana protestors take Herman, Peterson, Pilger And Telangana agitation should be fight to secretariat on Day 17 Media Lens. continued with full steam to make Rediff the Centre accept the separate Economic Times- The Hindu statehood demand in a few all 216 news articles » months from now, TRS President K Chandrasekhar Rao said on
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Nissan's Future Mind-Reading Cars Won't Steer You Wrong
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Forget self-driving cars; Nissan and the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland (EPFL) have teamed up to work on mind-reading vehicle technology. Truly handsfree driving may not be too far off. Thought control via brain machine interface isn't a new idea --EPFL researchers are already working on mind-reading
wheelchair systems. But the concentration levels required to control thought-reading systems is extremely high, which is why EPFL and Nissan are working on a device that uses statistical analysis to predict a driver's next move. The system monitors brain activity, eye movement, and the surrounding environment to predict whether a driver plans to, say, make a right turn, speed up, or change lanes on the highway. "The idea is to blend driver and
vehicle intelligence together in such a way that eliminates conflicts between them, leading to a safer motoring environment,"
number of kinks to work out. What happens if the brain machine interface malfunctions and misreads brain activity? Could the system be infected by a virus? It will be a while before anyone has the chance to find out. Nissan hasn't yet given any estimates as to when the technology might be ready for real-world vehicle testing. So explained Professor José del R. send good thoughts. Millán of EPFL in a statement. [Image: Nissan] As with self-driving cars, we Reach Ariel Schwartz via Twitter imagine that there are still a or email.
FDA Grant Aims to Improve Food Safety
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A recent Listeria outbreak infected 72 people from 18 states according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). To date, 13 deaths have been reported. Unfortunately, such outbreaks are not unusual. The CDC estimates that approximately 76 million people get sick each year from contaminated food and more than 300,000 are hospitalized. 5000 of these cases are fatal. Because of increasing concerns over food safety, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently offered Alabama’s Auburn University a $6.5 million
grant to strengthen the protection of the US food supply. Under a five year program Auburn will implement a national food training program based on the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act . “Under this program, new ways will be provided where all inspectors will have equal opportunity to have training,” said Patricia Curtis, director of Auburn's food systems initiative and leader of the FDA program in a telephone interview. According to Curtis, Auburn’s food systems initiative provides further training for different commodities to address the varying backgrounds of food
inspectors. “It’s a process,” she notes. “There is such a huge array of commodities and inspectors are usually specialized in particular areas. Continuing education is very important as there are always new pathogens. Curtis says that the training will help keep inspectors current on pathogens and educate them on different products available to deal with an outbreak. The Auburn program will work with over 3000 local health agencies, and coordinate with city and county officials to monitor food supplies at restaurants and supermarkets. State health and agriculture agencies will inspect
food manufacturing facilities; the FDA and other federal agencies will monitor the foods that are imported. “Auburn will work with the FDA to strengthen protection of our food supply and improve the way we detect and respond to foodborne illness,” said Curtis. Before the Auburn program, food inspectors did not receive any standardized training and there were no requirements with regards to skill levels for those positions, in addition to a system to keep food safety personnel up to date on new inspection technologies, changes in laws and regulations or developments in food safety science.“Our long-
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The Worst News Yet About The Big Redemptions At Man Group
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Yesterday shares of Man Group's publicly-traded hedge fund group plummeted after news of an uptick in redemptions, but that isn't the worst news. Man Group is a huge hedge fund - $65 billion AUM, the biggest in Europe - and it's not just trading one strategy, like other hedge funds. They're very diversified, as the CEO Peter Clarke said today in a statement, "Extreme market volatility in recent months has [...] reinforced the need for diversifying, non-correlated investment returns. The benefit's of Man's strategy to build out a range of investment styles to suit differing market conditions have been strongly evident in this period." Normally it is a benefit to be diversified. But Man Group's shares plummeted 23% yesterday (graph
below) after news of a $1.8 billion increase in the firm's redemptions and a $4.5 billion drop in the firm's sales. Those redemptions were driven in large part by poor hedge fund performance. DowJones writes, "half of the firm's fall in assets has been driven by net poor performance at GLG," the hedge fund that Man Group acquired last year. GLG lost $1.1 billion because of general under-performance, and $1.9 billion from its long-only funds. Long-only fund losses are expected right now. So far this year, it's been long/short and value driven investors that have been killed in particular, because the market is down. The worst news is this, from Dow Jones: Notable under-performance within GLG's hedge fund stable came from the GLG Emerging Markets fund, managed by Bart Turtelboom and Karim AbdelMotaal, which lost 13.3% in July
and August, and the GLG European Opportunity Fund, managed by Markus Merz, which dropped 13.5% in the same period. ... [Man] AHL gained 6.5% during July and August, and is up 7.7% in the five months to the end of August. This leaves it around 5% off its high-water-mark. ... Galia Velimukhametova's GLG European Distressed is up 7.1% Pierre Lagrange's GLG European Long Short fund has gained 5.9%, while the GLG Market Neutral fund, managed by Steve Roth, is up 5.6%. Man Group is well diversified in the hedge fund space. These poor numbers in all of their funds might be hint of more terrible performance numbers to come at hedge funds, and not just the long/ short, value, and event-driven managers like we've been seeing so far this year. We spoke to an investor in a Emerging Markets fund yesterday. The news they're
getting from the fund (not GLG) is that it doesn't know what's driving losses. The fundamentals look good, but his picks are simply not performing. And the fact that Man Group won't hit its high water mark also isn't good news, because it means its managers aren't getting paid well for their work. Please follow Clusterstock on Twitter and Facebook. Join the conversation about this story » See Also: • Shares In Huge Hedge Fund Getting Destroyed As Clients Race For The Exits • Morgan Stanley Hit With $9.3 Million Lawsuit Over Sino-Forest Options • Hedge Funder Pays Way Above Ticket Price For Bruce Wasserstein's Old Place
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become the first All Black to play 100 games. Different views Israel Dagg of the All Blacks The French may profit from goes over to score his second try resting players, but the All Blacks during the IRB 2011 Rugby defeat was comprehensive. NoWorld Cup Pool A match between one knows for certain whether New Zealand and France at Eden player-management strategies are Park on September 24, 2011 in more valuable than momentum. Auckland, New Zealand. (Sandra T h e p o p u l a r v i e w i s t h a t Mu/Getty Images) The Scots have momentum over-rules everything the chance to knock England out – t h e p r o f e s s i o n a l v i e w i s of the world cup when the sides o b v i o u s l y d i f f e r e n t . clash in Auckland, New Zealand For example, both New Zealand on Saturday. and South Africa rested players On paper, England is much through the just-completed Tristronger. But the Scots come into Nations, then came second and a the game after losing to Argentina humiliating third respectively. 12-13 in the dying minutes, so But at the moment, New Zealand they will be focussed – and is the cup favourite, while many desperate. A loss will put them people believe that South Africa – out of the cup. who won the last world cup – are Argentina, who meet lowly really the favourite. South Africa Georgia, are certain to go through The Africans are a riddle tied up to the quarter-finals. New Zealand in a conundrum. For example, The top-ranked side in the world, hooker Bismarck du Plessis is one New Zealand, are the competition of the stars of the tournament. But front-runner after their impressive he plays off the bench behind 3 7 - 1 7 w i n o v e r F r a n c e i n Springboks skipper John Smit, Auckland last Saturday. Though who seems to be one season too Les Bleus were under-strength, old. the Blacks were on-song. Winger Brian Habana scored his The win featured the inclusion of 39th international try to break the young fullback Israel Dagg, 23, in South African record held by place of the 98-Test veteran Mills Joost van der Westhuizen to Muliaina, 31, who debuted about become the leading South African the same time as NZ coach t r y - s c o r e r . S a d l y , v a n d e r Graham Henry, who presides over Westhuizen, 40, is suffering from his 100th Test when the All motor neuron disease and has Blacks plays lowly Canada in been given an estimated two-toWellington on Sunday. five years to live. The French clash saw New Winger Habana had gone 11 Zealand captain Ritchie McCaw Tests without a scoring a try.
The Springboks drew the Pool-of -Death, which includes Wales, Samoa and Fiji. While none of these sides are world-beaters, they are all significant teams, and each is capable of threatening, if not beating, any side. The exciting thing about the South Africans is their commitment to boring play. South African hooker Bismarck du Plessis shines in the cup despite starting behind captain John Smit (Marty Melville/AFP/ Getty Images) While international-rugby evolves rapidly, the Springboks play the same way they did in the 1900s. That is: big tight-forwards, supported by big loose-forwards, supported by big backs, with the exception of the flyhalf, who is never touched because he prefers to kick rather than confront. This outdated plan won them the last world cup in France in 2007.
granddaughter, Zara Phillips. He is considered to be too old, but he still managed to make headlines while celebrating in Queenstown. It’s questionable whether he did anything wrong, but he inspired ongoing headlines like this:“No more dwarf-throwing, drunkenness or womanising for England.” Australia Australia have been hit hard by injuries – and by an unexpected loss to Ireland, which means they will face South Africa then New Zealand on the path to the final. With an ongoing injury to star open-side flanker David Pocock, B a c k t h e n a l m o s t - e v e r y o n e there have been calls for the “knew” they had lost the plot by inclusion of Wallaby giant George c l i n g i n g t o l o n g - o u t d a t e d Smith. However, the 110-cap tradition. Smith, 31, is playing in Japan, They could silence any lingering after being rejected by the criticism should the Boks back-up Wallabies. their success in the cup. England Australia are ranked two in the England, by contrast, have an world, but the poor performance exciting back-line to go with their of their forwards through the cup traditionally good pack. Young, means they are outsiders to win. Samoan-born centre Manu Tuilagi In a sense, the Wallabies are the – his brother Alesana Tuilagi face of modern rugby. They are plays on the wing for Manu innovative, adventurous and Samoa – is outstanding, though he expansive. That means they can is yet to find form. threaten any side – at any time. However, because of his skills, However, that brilliance failed height and weight, the 20-year-old badly against Ireland, who had will almost certainly feature performed badly leading into the through the cup. cup, slipping to eighth in the England centre Manu Tuilagi world. leaves defenders in his wake as Ireland should beat Italy in his side defeats Romania 67-3 in Dunedin on Sunday to finish Dunedin. (Marty Melville/AFP/ ahead of Australia in their pool, Getty Images) but both should go through to the His centre partner, Mike Tindall, 32, is married to the Queen’s ENGLAND page 21
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Platyctenids have two sticky, branching tentacles for capturing planktonic prey. They move Comb jellies infesting a star fish slowly by everting the mouth and at Ambon in Indonesia. (Matthew using it rather like a slug's foot. Oldfield) Ctenophora or comb These comb jellies can produce jellies are marine animals that use both asexually with buds forming groups of cilia for swimming, off the edge of the body, and ranging from a few millimeters to sexually with the female retaining 1.5 meters in size with a diversity young in a small pouch. of forms, including the flattened Larvae can swim with the deep-sea platyctenids. appearance of normal comb jellys, While other comb jellies are free- but settle and metamorphose to swimming, most platyctenids do become benthic. not have eponymous combs. They Matthew Oldfield is a freelance are benthic and slug-like with a photographer based in Bali, downward-facing mouth. Indonesia, specializing in editorial
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How CloudFlare Aims to Save the Future of the Internet, With an Amazon-Style Technology Roll Out, for Free
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company was in a great position to build a bridge between the IPv4 web, which hit capacity earlier Submitted at 9/28/2011 8:23:18 PM this year, and the incompatible Baby trashes bar in Las Palmas future of the internet, IPv6. One year ago a distributed DNS Prince says the scarcity of new and content delivery network globally compatible IP adresses in s t a r t u p c a l l e d C l o u d F l a r e some parts of the world has launched at a TechCrunch event. already caused the price of basic It didn't win. ReadWriteWeb's web hosting to soar beyond what Frederic Lardinois wrote about its independent innovators can afford promise to "speed up your website to pay for the experiments that by an average of 30% and will define the future of the d r a m a t i c a l l y d e c r e a s e y o u r internet. bandwidth usage and server load Saving the World's $9 Web by preventing spam bots and other Hosting attackers from reaching your site." As the world runs out of IPv4 He said it had the potential to adresses and is forced to switch become a highly disruptive over to the much larger but company. incompatible world of IPv6, One year later, CloudFlare now CloudFlare says it's built a says it serves up 15 billion web solution in its global network of pages every month to 350 million distributed but newly built people. That's a whole lot of network connectivity. Called an people - and it makes a whole lot Automatic IPv6 Gateway, the free of things possible. Some of those s e r v i c e b e c a m e a v a i l a b l e things began happening this week. yesterday to website owners and Sponsor will be made available to web What do you do with a shiny hosts soon. Photo of CloudFlare new, globally distributed network CEO Matthew Prince by Max capable of serving up billions of Whittaker for TechCrunch. web pages? CloudFlare CEO Prince says that prices for IPv4 Matthew Prince, a graduate of adresses have skyrocketed in Trinity College, Harvard Business Asia, where only a hoarded few School and the University of remain available for sale from Chicago law school, decided his web hosts to their customers.
taking its giant cloud infrastructure built to support eCommerce and making it available as a pure cloud service to outside developers. CloudFlare blew up by offering to handle There are a near infinite number traffic management for website of IPv6 IP adresses available, but owners in the cloud, as a service, you can't get to those from the and through its success now has a IPv4 web that everyone lives on network it can leverage to do IPv6 today. By providing a free IPv6 translation. gateway, CloudFlare says it will It all brings Amazon's Kindle e n a b l e w e b h o s t s t o s e l l Fire and Silk browser back to inexpensive hosting to customers mind - though there are some again while still allowing those major issues with the idea of customers to interact with the rest r u n n i n g t h e w h o l e i n t e r n e t through Amazon servers so it can of the web. Prince says that eliminating the be served up super fast to tablets price-inflating scarcity of IP Amazon has also proven that it adresses in Asia is essential to the can find amazing ways to use existence of a market that surplus network capacity. supports low-cost experimentation (Ironically, Prince posted on o n l i n e a n d t h u s t o g l o b a l Twitter this evening that he innovation. "The world needs $9 thought Silk "is great idea but per month web hosting," he says, will face technical (mis-caching), "and the experiments built on that legal (copyright) & privacy affordable level of service need to concerns.") be accessible by the rest of the Hopefully it's a virtuous circle web." I Heard You Like Internet whenever anyone's cloud service enables a whole new level of in Your Internet You could presume that this is an cloud services to be built on top opportunistic move by the year- of the capacity they built to fill old company, but it sounds smart the original market demand. and generally beneficial to me. Perhaps all of us should be asking It's reminiscent of Amazon's ourselves: what market demand could I fill that would enable me
to create surplus capacity that could then become the basis of entirely new service offerings? If that new offering happens to help solve a gnarly, expensive, debilitating and unavoidable problem like the end of IPv4 then perhaps there is no longer a mystery step between hoarding underpants and profit. What of the high degree of centralization that such a bridge creates? Is CloudFlare a company that the whole world should feel comfortable sending its web traffic through? Prince says that just as it takes 5 minutes for customers to get onboard CloudFlare's service, it takes even less time to get off of it. So it would be contrary to the company's interests not to act in their customers' best interests. Prince also cites his 8 years of adjunct professorship in Internet Law at Chicago's John Marshall University as reason to trust him. He's also spent the last 10 years working in the anti-spam industry and advised governments around the world on the subject. IT departments are so appreciative of what CloudFlare does, says the company's CEO, HOW page 28
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The Top 6 Alternatives To The Kindle Fire
Matt Burns (TechCrunch)
Submitted at 9/29/2011 8:51:08 AM
Android apps including the Kindle reader. BlackBerry Playbook The Amazon Kindle Fire isn’t the It’s hard to love the Playbook, only low-cost tablet option in but if you’re a diehard BlackBerry town. Sure, it might be the hot addict and you like a tablet with a new kid, but there are a multitude smooth OS and great screen, this of tablets that can be had for $300 may be the one for you. Despite or less. Some are cheap and P l a y b o o k ’ s s a d s t o r y l i n e – clearly only for enthusiasts. Other released too soon, email and tabs are legitimate deals that offer calendaring apps that didn’t work Honeycomb on modern CPUs. right, a wonky syncing system – Best of all – and Amazon knows it’s a solid device for BlackBerry this – all of them can run the users. Kindle app, instantly turning them Major retailers are currently into Kindle Fire competitors. cutting the PlayBook’s price Asus Transformer ahead of a likely official price cut. The Asus Transformer was in Staples and Office Depot both high demand caused by a limited currently offer the tablet at $399 supply. Asus underestimated the with $100 gift cards while Best demand and under-manufactured Buy is selling it for $299 out the the tablet. The story goes that door. Asus ramped up production, but it The PlayBook ships with the was too late. The tablet’s 15 Kobo reading app installed, but minutes of fame had passed and the Kindle Cloud Reader allows now the tablet can be had for f o r K i n d l e $300 – or slightly more if you reading experience through just want a reputable retailer. the PlayBook’s (or any device’s) The Transformer is quite a web browser. bargain. It’s arguably one of the Dell Streak 7 top Android 3.x tablets and has a The Dell Streak 7 is the oldest slender frame, stunning IPS tablet of the bunch but it still has screen, and tons of ports. There’s some legs. The Android 2.2 tablet a vibrant developer community is a great small-ish tablet for the and a few first- and third-party Android fanboy. It’s compact, accessories. The Transformer is a highly customizable, works with a safe, low-cost bet to taste-test massive number of Android apps Honeycomb. And, like the rest on – including the Kindle app – and this list, can run all of Amazon’s can readily be had for less than
$250. Rumor has it that the Streak 7 will even get an official Honeycomb update in the near future – or you could just install it yourself. Archos 80 G9 Archos has been at the tablet game nearly longer than any other company. Their latest is concocted from their traditional recipe that involves slightly ahead -of-the-curve hardware with aggressive pricing. The slender $299 Archos 80 G9 packs a dualcore 1GHz ARM Cortex CPU, 8inch screen, and 8GB storage. However, buyer beware. While the 80 G9 looks great on paper, our early experience with the tablet hasn’t been pleasant. Look for a full review in the coming days but the tablet’s built quality is a bit rough. Nook Color There isn’t a better cheap tablet than the Nook Color. Modders have hacked nearly every version of Android onto the ereader (with mixed results) or you could just use the stock OS that already features apps, email, and a fully functional web browser. The stock operating system is capable enough to satisfy most but if not there’s a nearly endless supply of Nook Color mods, hacks and general tomfoolery available. You can even install a Kindle app on the B&N reader. Blasphemy?
Sure, but it’s also turns the little reader into the ultimate ereading machine. Barnes & Noble thought outside the traditional ereader bounds with the Nook Color. Rather than producing just another ereader, they released a trifling, but totally hackable, tablet for half the price of the iPad. It was a hit. That’s what Amazon hopes to do with the Fire and successive tablets. Velocity Micro Cruz T408 The Cruz T408 runs Android 2.3 on a 4:3 8-inch screen. There’s a 1GHz Cortex A8 CPU, 512 MB of RAM, a front facing camera, and it has an MSRP of only $239.99. This tablet is inexpensive and feels cheap. I have a review sample sitting on my desk. It’s not an iPad-killer, but could sway some potential Nook Color or Kindle buyers. It’s slightly larger than the Nook Color and the form and fit isn’t as nice. However, the T408 comes with Gingerbread preinstalled, along with a bunch of apps including Angry Birds, Kindle, and Amazon’s Appstore. If you’re buying the Nook Color just to run Android, why not get a larger screen? Amazon’s grand entrance into the tablet arena will likely steal some of these tablets’ glory. The Kindle and Amazon brands are trusted names, which is exactly what
most low-cost tablets lack. The Fire is just a low-cost tablet concealed by fresh UI layer. This strategy is great for most consumers but some buyers, like me, want a little more fun out of our non-iPad tabs. However, here’s hoping that the successes of the Fire and iPad do not influence future tablet innovation and leave us in a world of dumbed -down, mass-market mobile operating systems. Crunchbase • KINDLE FIRE Product: Kindle Fire Website: Company Amazon Kindle Fire brings you Movies, apps, games, music, reading and more, plus Amazon’s cloudaccelerated web browser Product features: 18 million movies, TV shows, songs, magazines, and books Amazon Appstore thousands of popular apps and games Ultra-fast web browsing Amazon Silk Free cloud storage for all your Amazon content Vibrant color touchscreen with extra-wide viewing angle Fast, powerful dual-core processor Amazon Prime members enjoy unlimited, instant streaming of over 10,000 popular movies and TV shows Learn more
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The Pros & Cons of Frictionless Sharing
Richard MacManus (ReadWriteWeb)
Submitted at 9/29/2011 1:08:22 AM
One of the most controversial aspects of Facebook's re-design announcements last week was the introduction of "frictionless sharing." That's Facebook's term for when something you are reading, listening to or watching is automatically shared to your Facebook Timeline. Up till now, sharing on the social Web has largely been a manual process. You click a Facebook "Like" button, you click the "Check In" button in Foursquare, you click a button to "Re-Tweet" something. With Facebook's frictionless sharing, once you approve a media partner app, all of your activity in that app is automatically shared to Facebook. No need to click any buttons. Frictionless sharing may well turn out to be a masterstroke by Facebook (I actually think it will). But because this is a relatively new concept, people rightly have concerns about it. In this post we'll review the pros and cons, so that you can decide for yourself whether to enable automated sharing. Sponsor Firstly, let's look at how this works. I'm going to use music as
an example, but note that music sharing is geo-restricted. My country is one of those which doesn't have access to frictionless sharing of music, but for research purposes I found a temporary workaround. So here's what happens... Using the online music service MOG as an example, when you connect MOG to Facebook (via the settings on MOG's website) you are giving it permission to share all of the songs you listen to. When you listen to songs in MOG, each song is automatically posted into your Facebook Timeline: Once you've listened to a few songs, Facebook pops a Music dashboard into your Timeline. Click on it and you'll see something like this: The Cons of Frictionless Sharing When I first saw this automated sharing behavior in news apps like Washington Post and The Guardian - in which each article you browse to is added to your Timeline - I raised the concern that there are some things you may not want to have shared to your social network. An article that may compromise you in your career, for example. Or an embarrassing song. Another potential issue for users
is that this adds enormously to the noise in Facebook, although so far Facebook seems to be doing a good job of hiding frictionless sharing activity from your Facebook home page. Where you'll most see the noise is in the News Ticker, the constantly scrolling live feed of updates from your friends and people you subscribe to. Yet another issue is that it "eliminates the curation aspect of our self-presentations," as The Atlantic nicely put it. You no longer pick and choose which things to share, it is all shared automatically. Developer Adrian Short wrote one of the best alarmist articles I've read about Facebook's frictionless sharing - which he refers to as "[Facebook's] euphemism for silent total surveillance." Short's main
concern is over "the way Facebook collects and uses our data," which he thinks is "both unpredictable and opaque." Indeed, based on Facebook's past behavior there is good reason for people to be worried about what Facebook will do with all of this data. The Pros of Frictionless Sharing Despite those very real concerns, I still think frictionless sharing was a masterful move by Facebook and it will come to be the norm for future generations of Internet users. Yes your sharing data can be used by corporations and governments, but it can also be used by you and third party apps - which will likely be very useful to you. For example, say you opt into frictionless sharing on MOG, Spotify or Rdio and over the next 2-3 years you amass over 10,000 songs in your Facebook music dashboard. You - or a third party app - could identify patterns in that data to find new music artists to listen to. Or you could check your sister's music dashboard to see what music she's been listening to the most over the past six months, to help you buy her a new album on iTunes for her birthday. I'm sure many, much more clever, use cases for your sharing data will be developed
over time. Also, the fact is that automated sharing is a lot easier and less hassle for users than manual sharing. I fully expect Facebook's frictionless sharing to soon be copied by other apps, such as Foursquare (probably once NFC becomes the norm in smartphones) and Twitter (who will be looking enviously at Facebook's automated sharing platform, because of the huge amount of Interest Data that Facebook is now mining). Another point worth noting is that you can modify the privacy settings for each app. So for example, maybe you only want your close friends to see what music you listen to. Go to the Facebook Applications page and change the privacy settings accordingly. In the end of course, it will be up to you the user to decide whether or not to take the risk of frictionless sharing. Personally, I'm all in (at least, once the annoying geo-restrictions are gone!) and I'm excited to see what I'll be able to do in the future with my sharing data. How about you, are you persuaded more by the pros or the cons of frictionless sharing? Let us know in the comments! Discuss
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The Return of Phone Tag
David Strom (ReadWriteWeb)
Submitted at 9/29/2011 9:00:00 AM
One big change in the email era was that the notion of an administrative assistant, or a Many of us remember when the departmental secretary, became new fangled fax machine was first rarer. Workers typed their own called a telecopier and was going reports, and filed their own t o r e v o l u t i o n i z e o f f i c e correspondence in their electronic communications. How far we inboxes. I don't think I have been have come since then. But with all in an organization with any the various waves of tech to secretaries for more than 20 years. revolutionize our offices, I think Enter the fax machine and IM we have almost come full circle Before email there was this thing back to the lonely telephone. (You first called a telecopier that would can still buy one at Amazon, of take six minutes to send a page of course.) text. That was going to remove Sponsor the spatial dimension and allow When email first became a part work teams to be located around of my corporate life, many the world. Well the fax machine bemoaned the death of the did help, but it wasn't until IM hierarchal organization. The became popular for business use notion, back in the late 1980s and that we could instantly get in early 1990s, went like this: since touch. Email wasn't fast enough. anyone can email his or her boss, And, by the way, even less phone there was a flattening of the tag, since you can just message corporate structure. We could someone. send memos up the corporate food I saw folks IM each other that chain at will, and this took some were sitting three cubes away. of the authority from our direct Those that got really good at IM managers as well as the nature of would do group chat discussions, reporting relationships. But there many-to-many conversations. was a benefit: No more phone tag. Those organizations that got People sitting next to each other really, really good at IM would in the same office would rather hire people anywhere, it didn't email each other than pick up the matter where, because they were phone. Those that got really good instantly part of the hive mind. at email would set up email You just needed an enlightened l i s t s e r v s , o n e - t o - m a n y boss who could feel comfortable conversations. about managing remote staffers.
telephone time that now when someone does dial us (and the verb is still used despite the fact that phones haven't had dials for some time), it becomes singular and noteworthy. Well, organizations have become flatter, and certainly some have become more innovative and inclusive in their decisionmaking. But the hard part is not to be flat, but to be effective, no matter what the structure. Here is the thing: as companies succeed, they need to have more middle managers. As a manager, you can't have 30 direct reports if you plan on spending time with each one. So you have to set up some structure, no matter whether you use email, Facebook or carrier pigeon. Even our most hypercommunicative companies like Microsoft and Google have lots of middle managers today. So we have almost come full But email, fax, and IM seem so me with fixing my PowerPoint circle, back to the phone. When it last year. Now we are in the social slides. And even less phone tag, rings it is either a PR person networking era. That extended the since we don't talk anymore on trying to follow up on an earlier notion of who is your colleague, our phones to anyone. I had a email (bad) or someone really because now you have insight into discussion on our text chat line important, who wants to jump the social graph of a company. earlier this week where we made ahead of my email inbox, my With just a few keystrokes, we fun of PR folks that actually had unread Facebook feeds, and my can find the resident expert in the nerve to call us. In real time. latest tweets. Sigh. Middle Eastern business, or who On the telephone. Discuss knows how this plastic part is Return of the phone fabricated, or where to go to get But this brings me to my point: this analysis run, or who can help we have eliminated so much
Thomas Cook suspends dividend after profit warnings
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T-Mobile Joins Verizon, Takes Samsung’s Side In Apple Patent Suit
Jordan Crook (TechCrunch)
devices that can make use of that network,” Verizon said in the Submitted at 9/29/2011 9:06:38 AM filing. “The accused Samsung It looks as though the carriers are devices are among the few ready to weigh in on the Apple vs. products that can access Verizon Samsung case, with Verizon and Wireless’s next-generation highT-Mobile both voicing their speed network.” opinions over the past week. On Wednesday T-Mobile Since the original showdown in followed suit, filing its own A p r i l — w h e n A p p l e s u e d paperwork with the court asking Samsung over Galaxy tablets and that Samsung products be left smartphones — Apple has had the alone, reports Reuters. T-Mobile’s upper-hand, winning an injunction main concern, according to the against the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in filing, is holiday sales this year. Germany, delaying the same The pink carrier “prominently G a l T a b m u l t i p l e t i m e s i n features” the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and A u s t r a l i a , a n d w i n n i n g a Galaxy S II in its marketing preliminary injunction on three campaigns, says the filing, and an G a l a x y s m a r t p h o n e s i n t h e order in Apple’s favor would Netherlands. “unnecessarily harm” T-Mobile After watching the events play and T-Mo customers. “At this late out, Verizon and now T-Mobile date, T-Mobile could not find have said that they play for comparable replacement products Samsung’s team, and would like for the 2011 holiday season,” said to keep Samsung’s products on T-Mobile in the filing. “These their shelves. investments cannot be recouped On Monday, Verizon filed easily.” paperwork with the Northern After six months of world-wide District Court of California saying bickering between Apple and that a ban on Samsung products, Samsung, and countless other or Apple’s efforts to do so, would patent wars spring up all over the hurt the carrier’s ability to roll out place, the carriers are surely its 4G LTE network. getting worried about how these “That investment depends on cases may affect their businesses. consumers having access to The court is expected to make a
ruling on October 13. Crunchbase • T-MOBILE • VERIZON Company: T-Mobile Website: tmobile.com IPO: DT T-Mobile is a mobile telephone operator headquartered in Bonn, Germany. It is a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom. T-Mobile has 101 million subscribers making it the worlds sixth largest mobile phone service provider globally. Learn more Company: Verizon Website: verizon.com IPO: VZ Verizon Communications Inc. delivers broadband and other wireline and wireless communication innovations to mass market, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates America’s largest wireless network that serves nearly 102 million customers nationwide. Verizon’s Wireline operations include Verizon Business and Verizon Telecom, which brings customers converged communications, information and entertainment services over Verizon’s fiberoptic network. Learn more
Epson Megaplex MG850HD Projector is ready for your iPhone, iPad
Kelly Hodgkins (TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog)
Submitted at 9/29/2011 10:00:00 AM
Epson has an HD projector that was designed with Apple customers in mind. The MegaPlex MG-850-HD has all the bells and whistles you would normally see on a mid-range projector including HD 720P support, a brightness of 2800 lumens and built-in speakers, but it's the projector's connectivity options that make it interesting. This particular model has a dedicated dock that's compatible with the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. This dock makes it easy for you to take the contents of your iOS device and display it on a 40-
inch screen. The projector will even charge your iOS device when you have it docked. If you have a Mac or a PC, you can use the on-board USB port to connect your device to the projector as well. These connectivity options are convenient but they will cost you. The Epson MG-850HD lists for a pricey $799. Epson Megaplex MG-850HD Projector is ready for your iPhone, iPad originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Thu, 29 Sep 2011 10:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Source| Permalink| Email this| Comments
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Priceline Jumps Into Daily Deals Space (Actually, Nightly Deals Space)
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that CloudFlare can do a whole lot of it for free. Enough of those free users convert to paying customers that things are working out just fine for the year-old company. When a world, no a galaxy, of new devices come online in the next few years - the demand for Sarah Perez (TechCrunch) Living Social and others offer. Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, new IP addresses will be all the The deals will show up in the N e w greater. The IPv6 system is set up Submitted at 9/29/2011 8:46:43 AM mobile app when a traveler does a York, Phoenix, Portland, San and ready for that - but the rest of Travel discounter Priceline.com search for hotel rooms with a A n t o n i o , S a n D i e g o , S a n us aren't without investments in is launching a new daily deals check-in date of “today.” When F r a n c i s c o , S a n t a IPv4 to IPv6 translation service aimed at helping users they buy a deal, they can choose Fe and Washington, D.C. More technology that are far too find cheap hotel rooms. (Or to check-in that day, and stay up cities will be added in the future. maybe it would be more accurate to 4 nights at discounts of up to The Priceline mobile app is to call it a “nightly” deals 35% off published prices, says available in iTunes and the service?) Priceline. The app will also show Android Market. Starting today, same-day offers hotel descriptions, maps, photos, Crunchbase for heavily discounted hotel ratings and the current discount • PRICELINE rooms will become available in rate. Priceline’s “ Hotel & Rental Car Priceline SVP Marketing John Company: Priceline Website: Negotiator” app at 11 AM local Caine says that the discounter priceline.com Launch Date: time and can be instantly booked decided to go after the daily deals S e p t e m b e r 2 9 , 1 9 9 8 up until 11 PM, or until the deal market after discovering that 70% F u n d i n g : $ 7 7 . 3 M sells out. of Priceline’s mobile customers Priceline gives travelers the To be clear, Priceline isn’t using were looking for same-day check- inside track to travel deals and (TREND HUNTER - The Latest the group-buying model of ins. discounts. With their exclusive Trends) Groupon here, which requires that Starting today, 3-star and 4-star deal search technology, priceline a certain number of people sign rooms will be available via the aims to deliver more ways to save Submitted at 9/29/2011 8:23:06 AM up for a deal in order for it to new service in 34 cities across the on airline tickets, hotel rooms, ( TrendHunter.com) The layered “tip” (meaning become active.) U . S . , i n c l u d i n g rental cars, vacation packages and Light Spot by Robert Stadler But it certainly is tapping into the Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, cruises than anyone else. Learn plays tricks with your eyes as the instant gratification from discount Denver, Ft. Lauderdale, Honolulu, more one dimensional wall piece fervor that services like Groupon, H o u s t o n , L a s V e g a s , L o s becomes three dimensional once
expensive for most individual companies participating on the internet today. Prince's company has rapidly built up the infrastructure to swallow those costs and offer the technology needed as a service in the cloud. For free. I think it's correct to call that potentially disruptive. Discuss
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Dragon Go for iPhone gets smarter
Mel Martin (TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog)
and richer app integration, and ultimately opening new doors for the consumer mobile destination Submitted at 9/29/2011 9:30:00 AM experience. This is another step Dragon Go!, the all-purpose towards the mobile semantic web, voice recognition search app from and we've just gotten started." Nuance, is getting a significant These new services join Google, upgrade today. In fact, it's almost Bing, Yahoo, Wikipedia, Twitter, a preview of some of the YouTube and many others that functionality we suspect will be in were already built into the app. I iOS5. find Dragon Go! and Siri(now The free app lets you speak owned by Apple) to be two of the c o n v e r s a t i o n a l l y w i t h y o u r I tried some of the new functions, best demos for the iPhone around. iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. Say and was impressed. For instance, If you already have Dragon Go! things like "What's the best I said "Watch Mad Men on you should see the update today. steakhouse in Kansas City", or Netflix," and Dragon Go initiated If you don't have it, download it "Find me some pictures of Lady a Google search. When I clicked and impress yourself and your Gaga", and the app will parse on the resulting link, my Netflix friends. what you said and nearly always app launched and the show Gallery: Dragon Go! updated started. I also successfully with significant new features return useable results. The update, which should hit the searched TUAW for articles and Dragon Go for iPhone gets App Store today, adds many more h a d i t d e f i n e w o r d s u s i n g smarter originally appeared on options, including the ability to Dictionary.com. For apps that TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Submitted at 9/29/2011 8:00:00 AM launch popular movie and TV require a login, you'll have to set Weblog on Thu, 29 Sep 2011 streaming services; get direct up Dragon Go! to link with those 09:30:00 EST. Please see our Oxygen is a limited resource in space -- so how does the access to more of the most apps, but that's not a difficult task. terms for use of feeds. popular names in mobile content, Vlad Sejnoha, chief technology Source| Permalink| Email this| International Space Station (ISS) get topped up? Using a robotic like Spotify; get answers to the officer at Nuance said "We're Comments cargo-freighter. Every 17 months, toughest of questions from deeply invested in continuing to the Automated Transfer Vehicle Wolfram|Alpha and Ask.com; evolve Dragon Go! with new and, find friends on Google+. features, more content providers
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Smart Ways to Make Money With Your Car
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Submitted at 9/28/2011 5:12:31 PM
In today's uncertain economy making some extra income by launching a side business may sound appealing, but have you
ever thought of leveraging your car? Yahoo! Finance's Farnoosh Torabi visits with someone who's done just that. Read the article
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LG IPS5 Series displays promise super-accurate color
Chris Davies (SlashGear)
Submitted at 9/29/2011 9:03:42 AM
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LG has launched a new range of LCD display, the IPS5 series, and as the name suggest the fourstrong line-up each uses an IPS panel rather than cheaper TN. Available in 21.5- and 23-inch sizes, all supporting Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution and 250 cd/m2 brightness, the IPS5 range is precalibrated by imaging experts who even include a report on the monitor’s tuning in the box. That, LG reckons, is enough to ensure that “onscreen colors are identical to real-life colors” with color temperatures of around 6,500K. Viewing angles are also improved, as we’ve seen on other IPS implementations, while there’s a dynamic contrast ratio of 5,000,000:1. LG will also offer a so-called Dual Package feature, which will
Professionals • Flexible e-paper mass production imminent; color version soon after? • ViewSonic unveils three 16:9 Graphic Series displays • Samsung developing coloraccurate notebook LCD • LG to Begin Manufacturing 9.7 -inch Color, 19-inch Flexible Epaper Displays by End of Year • Color E Ink devices due by end of 2010 says PVI • Color-changing objects possible with chLCD supposedly make setting up a second display more straightforward, including spreading the Windows task bar across both monitors. The IPS5P throws in a height-adjustable, posable stand too. No word on pricing at this stage, but the IPS5 series will go on sale this month and the IPS5P will arrive in November. Relevant Entries on SlashGear.com • HTC Using Super TFT LCD Displays to Reinforce Dwindling Stock • NEC new MultiSync MD series monitors are for Medical LG IPS5 Series displays promise super-accurate color is written by Chris Davies& originally posted on SlashGear. © 2005 - 2011, SlashGear. All right reserved.
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Top 10 Football Movies
one of a huge variety of sporting events on TV. Sometimes, though, there isn't a game on. Lucky for you, we've figured out Fall: man's favorite season. It's what you should watch if you find not uncomfortably hot anymore, y o u r s e l f s t u c k i n t h i s and when it's rainy or cold, you circumstance. Here are the top 10 in time for your football addiction can always stay inside and watch football movies or all time -- just
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to rear its head again, just like it does every September. Feel free to give shout-outs to any that we missed in the comments. The criteria to make this list: The plot of the movie must revolve around football, rather than just featuring a single scene with the sport.The
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White Nokia N9 due Q1 2012?
Chris Davies (SlashGear)
Submitted at 9/29/2011 8:38:56 AM
for actual release, as Nokia finesses the polycarbonate machining process used in the Nokia could be readying two new production of the N9 chassis (and, N9 color variants, it’s suggested, we expect, the chassis of select with white and green versions of Nokia Windows Phones). the MeeGo smartphone spotted. It’s not the first time a white N9 According to the picture shared has been caught in the wild. Back with SlashGear from Ricciolo1, in August the phone was caught the white N9 will be part of a taking a photo in the hands of limited market release in Q1 next model Sanja Suzanna, who has year, though there’s no telling also been featured on Nokia’s exactly which markets those will own N9 mini-site. At the time it be. was suggested that it could be a Meanwhile, the green Nokia N9 close-fitting case, though no has no suggested availability, at official explanation has been least at present. It’s possible it given and, according to Nokia, could be a prototype not intended red, blue and black are the three
twelve months • Nokia Nseries to all run Maemo not Symbian by 2012 • Nokia Board Chair Jorma Ollila reveals plans to step down in 2012 • Nokia N82 looks good on paper • Nokia C5-03 Symbian^1 budget touchscreen phone debuts • Nokia: Symbian death in 2012 on Nseries speculation is “completely premature” colors the N9 comes in. [Thanks JOE!] Relevant Entries on SlashGear.com • Nokia N73 Hit with Bleach, Goes All White • Nokia: Big Windows Phone push in 2012; Increased R&D in low-end devices • No Nokia Windows Phone for White Nokia N9 due Q1 2012? is written by Chris Davies& originally posted on SlashGear. © 2005 - 2011, SlashGear. All right reserved.
Spotify adds Private Listening to quell Facebook complaints
Chris Davies (SlashGear)
Submitted at 9/29/2011 8:18:28 AM
means all Spotify sign-ups will need a Facebook account – had seen users bombarding their Spotify has added a “Private Facebook walls with information Listening” feature to its streaming o n w h a t m u s i c t h e y w e r e music service, allowing users to currently playing. In return, t e m p o r a r i l y – o r , i n d e e d , Spotify offered six months of permanently – conceal what unlimited streaming, something tracks they’re listening to. Billed the company says around 250,000 as a way to “temporarily hide people a day are clamoring for. your guilty pleasures” by the Whether this private listening company, the move follows feature will be sufficient to widespread criticism at the close diffuse complaints remains to be privacy setting. For a temporary integration between Spotify and seen, though Spotify did go on fix, meanwhile, you can enable Facebook. record earlier this week with a Private Listening via the new That integration – which now more in-depth description of the
option in the File menu of the Spotify app. Relevant Entries on SlashGear.com • Spotify US thrown open: no invite required (Update) • Spotify hooks up with Facebook for music sharing • Spotify Plans U.S. Domination With Help From Facebook • Facebook Launching Music Service With Spotify? • Spotify Will Not Be Exclusive Partner To Facebook Music • Pandora and Facebook land on Android
• Spotify for iPhone v0.4 approved for App Store • Spotify: 250,000 new users daily after Facebook deal Spotify adds Private Listening to quell Facebook complaints is written by Chris Davies& originally posted on SlashGear. © 2005 - 2011, SlashGear. All right reserved.
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Humble Indie Bundle team offers a Frozen Synapse Bundle
Mike Schramm (TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog)
Submitted at 9/29/2011 9:00:00 AM
High Street retailers that have collapsed this year
Telegraph Staff (Finance News - Business news from the UK and world)
Submitted at 9/29/2011 8:07:29 AM
The Humble Indie Bundle guys are back with another pay-whatyou-want bundle of games. Proceeds from your purchase may be directed to the developers or to charity, in any combination you like. This time around, they're focusing on the turn-based strategy game Frozen Synapse, offering it up to anyone who wants to pay in at any price. There is a reason to pay a little higher this time. If the price you choose is higher than the average (currently around US$4.50) will also get you the Frozenbyte
bundle, featuring the great Trine, the Shadowgrounds games, a game prototype called Jack Claw, and the upcoming release Splot. That lot for less than five bucks is a great deal, even if the Humble Indie Bundle folks aren't actually
providing a bundle to everyone this time around. And as you'll probably remember from the past few offerings, these guys have a habit of adding even more extras into their deals, so odds are good that those six
games aren't all you'll get if you buy in now. As usual, all of the games are available through Steam and are compatible with Mac, Linux and Windows. If you need something to play this coming weekend, you won't find a better deal around. Humble Indie Bundle team offers a Frozen Synapse Bundle originally appeared on TUAW The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Thu, 29 Sep 2011 09:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Source| Permalink| Email this| Comments
A number of High Street companies have gone into administration this year, hit by the slowing economy and belttightening by shoppers. Some have been bought out of administration, with Alexon the latest.
Why Ann Taylor Loft Is The FastestGrowing Brand In America
Kevin Lincoln and Aimee Groth (Money Game)
Submitted at 9/29/2011 8:15:00 AM
Ann Taylor's stock is the most attractive of any retailer's, says UBS in its latest global equity research report. This is largely due to its Ann Taylor Loft spinoff, which was
launched in 1996 and targets young professionals with more casual, trendy clothing. This is a big turnaround for a company that was cutting jobs and closing stores as recently as 2009. On top of high sales from the fall, Ann Taylor is scoring points with its latest advertising campaigns,
which features celebrities like Katie Holmes — and signs are good for holiday lines, according to UBS. The company has also thrown $15 million into e-commerce— which has proved to be smart, because online sales for both brands are up 30%. So it's no surprise that Ann
Taylor Loft was recently named the fastest growing brand in America by RetailSails, with a 161% year-over-year growth. Now read about why UBS says Talbot's doesn't have any leadership or brand vision > Please follow War Room on Twitter and Facebook. Join the conversation about this
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Atomic Dogs - By Konstantin Kakaes
KONSTANTIN KAKAES (Foreign Policy)
Submitted at 9/28/2011 7:08:06 PM
Why can't the world's nuclear energy watchdog do anything about Fukushima or Iran's weapons program? I went to find out. BY KONSTANTIN KAKAES| SEPTEMBER 28, 2011 The Incident and Emergency Center of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is on the eighth floor of the organization's headquarters building in Vienna. It is a low-ceilinged room, with a small conference table and a handful of cubicles, that somehow manages to be claustrophobic despite its expansive views toward the center of the city -one set of windows looks down on the IAEA's plaza, where over 100 national flags line a fountain; the other looks across the Danube. It was a gray and stately vista of European order the day I visited. For almost two months following Japan's March 11 earthquake and tsunami, which triggered a stillunfolding crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, the room was staffed around the clock by 230 IAEA staff members working in shifts. I asked Elena Buglova, the Incident and Emergency Center's (IEC's) director, what they had accomplished during their 24/7 alert. "We did accomplish the activities of the IEC in line with the plans and procedures agreed
in advance, which were known to member states, which were known to the competent authorities," she said. These are some of the plans and procedures Buglova followed, which she showed me on a slide: Fundamental Safety Principles; Governmental, Legal and
Regulatory Framework for Safety; Preparedness and Response for a Nuclear or Radiological Emergency; Arrangements for Preparedness for a Nuclear or Radiological Emergency; and, lastly, the Criteria for Use in Preparedness and Response for a Nuclear or Radiological
Emergency. But for all this preparedness, even as the Fukushima Daiichi plant leaked a radioactive cloud into the atmosphere, all Yukiya Amano, the IAEA's head, could do was relay reassuring messages from the Japanese government, bound as he was by IAEA
regulations limiting his authority. Even Buglova couldn't tell me what any of this had actually accomplished. I was in Vienna for the IAEA's annual General Conference -- a chance for the ambassadors of the ATOMIC page 34
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151 IAEA member states to take stock of the past year and make plans for the next. Assorted VIPs also make an appearance, including U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu, the highest-ranking American official there. In a week in Vienna I heard exactly one person -- George Felgate, head of the World Association of Nuclear Operators -- express some sense of responsibility for the disaster. "Did we fail? Yes, we did," Felgate said, referring to the Fukushima plant's lack of preparation for a massive tsunami and the resulting loss of electrical power. By contrast, Amano's opening statement went directly to the public reaction: "[Fukushima] caused deep public anxiety throughout the world and damaged confidence in nuclear power," he said. Amano's attitude was not one of contrition, but rather was directed at how to assuage public fears, the implication being that such fears stem from ignorance and could not possibly be well-founded. Can the IAEA prevent the next Fukushima? Can it prevent the spread of nuclear weapons? I'd come to find out the answer to these questions. And the answer, which saddened me and should sadden you, is no. The story of the IAEA is a story of good intentions getting tangled in officiousness. It is a place where the dominant culture prevents smart people from taking risks. Its mandate is limited by law, but also by an attitude that revels in these
limitations. The week-long conference began on Monday morning, Sept. 19. For the next three days, each member state made its statement, with sessions sometimes going late into the night. Without fail, each of these would ritually include congratulations to the conference's new president, Romanian diplomat Cornel Feruta; condolences to the people and government of Japan; and then a welcome to the new IAEA members: Commonwealth of Dominica, the Kingdom of Tonga, and the Lao People's Democratic Republic. (There was some confusion when Mozambique's energy minister mixed up Dominica and the Dominican Republic.) None of these countries was joining the IAEA because of its interest in preventing proliferation. They were after the IAEA's main fringe benefit -easier access to nuclear technology. And herein lies part of the problem: The IAEA has two mandates that often come into direct conflict. The first is to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons. The second is to encourage the spread of nuclear energy and other peaceful uses of nuclear technology. In broad terms, poor countries want to give priority to the second goal and rich countries want the first. The result is an organization that does the second adequately well -- rich countries are happy to be exporters of energy technology -but that is failing at the first.
No country that has ever been determined to get nuclear weapons has failed in doing so because of the IAEA's intervention; it can, at best, cause delays. And the countries that have given up nuclear weapons -Belarus, Kazakhstan, South Africa, and Ukraine -- did so not because of the IAEA's enforcement capacity, but because of political considerations. This failure is for several reasons. The first is that it is extremely difficult to control the spread of technology. Many bomb-making tools have so-called "dual uses" (meaning both civilian and weaponization utilities). For instance, the precision machining tools used to create, say, currency engraving plates could also be used to shape a bomb. Thus, keeping technology from a country determined to create a bomb, even a poor and backward one like North Korea, is next to impossible. But the failure also stems from the fact that most IAEA members are more interested in acquiring peaceful nuclear technology than in curtailing new nuclear powers. Indeed, as much as the IAEA wants to paint itself as a technical agency, it is, by its nature, political. Whether it is Israel or Iran, the United States or Egypt, most member states have a basically identical goal: Each is concerned with its own national interest, which mostly involves keeping the agency weak. Giving the agency enforcement powers (to do what it is actually tasked to
do) would involve ceding some measure of sovereignty, and for different reasons, nobody wants to do this. Much better to make pro forma statements and applaud. There were reminders of the inherent futility of the IAEA's mission throughout its headquarters. Along the main auditorium's left wall was a small sign that says "Financial Contributions." In front of the sign was a table with a tray of chocolate coins, there to encourage delegates from delinquent countries to pay their dues. By Thursday, the coins were gone. I didn't see who ate them. At the conference's outset, 14 countries had had their voting privileges suspended for nonpayment; five more were on negotiated payment plans, their dues having been restructured. In the rotunda, between the cafeteria and the main conference room, a number of countries had set up booths. The first one was by the Lebanese Atomic Energy Commission (slogan: "Reliability, Development, Sustainability"), which was facing off with the U.S. exhibit ("Resilience, Responsibility, Results"). Right now, the Lebanese program is reliably and sustainably pretty small, employing 70 people to do things such as environmental monitoring and border security, which is surely just how the United States and Israel like it. Walking down the corridor between them, I came to what the United States and the IAEA have spent so much time, money, and
effort trying to keep track of: an Iranian uranium centrifuge. The shiny metallic IR-1 was a little bit taller than I am and looked somewhat like an elongated keg of beer, with a thin helix running around it, just big enough that one might attempt rolling a gumball down. It was the same model that the computer virus Stuxnet ruined at Iran's Natanz facility. "The world has a great fear of these things," said Hossein Haji, the friendly but reticent proprietor of the booth. "But it is like any other machine." (It seemed like the wrong moment to mention that other machines aren't able to produce nuclear explosives.) Right next to a centrifuge was a table with about 10 small pellets of uranium reactor fuel, each about half the size of a AA battery -- radioactive but harmless, unless you get a lot of them together, as in a reactor. Then there were a few sections of fuel rods, into which the pellets would be slid in a functioning reactor. And then there was a scale model of Bushehr, Iran's first nuclear power plant, which opened on Sept. 12 after almost 35 years of delays. Haji gave me a small box of pistachios, courtesy of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran. On one side of the lid was the first part of Iran's slogan, "Nuclear Energy for All," and on the reverse, "Nuclear Weapon for None." The slogan sums up Iran's argument, which is in its way (regardless of what one believes ATOMIC page 36
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The Sick Men of Europe - By Joshua E. Keating
JOSHUA E. KEATING (Foreign Policy)
Submitted at 9/28/2011 5:17:31 PM
A checkup on the continent's crisis-ridden economies. BY JOSHUA E. KEATING| SEPTEMBER 28, 2011 GREECE Greece continues to be ground zero for the European financial crisis. Experts from the European Union, the International Monetary Fund, and European Central Bank are in Athens this week to test whether the country is complying with the terms of its EU bailout package. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has suggested that the rescue might need to be renegotiated based on their findings. At stake is whether the country will receive its latest 8 billion euro tranche of the 110 billion euro bailout -- though most analysts agree it's a Band-Aid, at best. Germany's parliament is voting on Thursday on whether to approve enhanced powers for the eurozone's bailout fund -- known as the European Financial Stability Facility -- thought critical to ensuring Greece's solvency going forward. Prime Minister George Papandreou was in Germany this week to plea for more aid from the German government and business leaders, describing his
country's recent efforts to cut debt levels as "superhuman." He pledged a budget surplus by 2012. In order to plug a budget gap that would have put the latest bailout tranche at risk, the government passed a controversial new property tax this week. Further austerity measures could include an additional 20 percent wage cut for various segments of the public sector (on top of the 15 percent cut they've already absorbed), a 4 percent reduction of pensions, and more tax increases. Greece is aiming to reduce its deficit to 7.5 percent of GDP by the end of this year from 10.5 percent last year. With the new measures, Greece appears to have avoided a default for now, but possibly at risk of further damage to the country's social stability: A new round of strikes and demonstrations has swept through Athens with more planned for next month. PORTUGAL The Portuguese government got an unwelcome surprise this week when it was discovered that the regional government of the Madeira Islands, a North Atlantic archipelago considered part Portuguese territory, had failed to report roughly $1.4 billion in debt. The islands may now need a $6.9 billion bailout from the central government at a time when Lisbon is desperately trying
reversal, Angola's state oil company and the family of its president have invested heavily in Portugal. Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva also toured Portugal, urging Brazilian companies to invest in their former colonial master. SPAIN to get its own house in order. According to the latest Spanish Portugal received a$116 billion central bank figures, the country's bailout from the EU and IMF in economy grew at an anemic 0.4 May. The country has undergone percent in the first quarter of 2011 a painful series of austerity and only 0.2 percent in the measure since then, including months after that, putting the freezing salaries for state workers, government's goal of 1.3 percent raising taxes, and selling stakes in growth for this year in serious some of the country's biggest doubt. The unemployment rate companies. Further measures remains stubbornly high at nearly could include cutting more than 21 percent, and the Spain's public 1,700 government jobs. The debt has climbed to a 14-year high measures are intended to cut the of 65.2 percent of GDP. The deficit to 5.9 percent of GDP this Spanish housing market, where year from 9.2 percent last year. rampant speculation was among Thus far, Prime Minister Pedro the initial causes of Spain's debt Passos Coelho has had strong crisis, is also still in disarray, with support for the cuts from mortgage approvals falling to parliament. record lows. All the same, unemployment is at To reassure markets that Spain its highest rate since 1983, and the will avoid the fate of Greece and economy is expected to remain in Portugal, Spain's parliament this recession for at least two more month narrowly passed a years. The country's credit rating constitutional amendment, which was downgraded to junk status in will restrict annual deficits to 0.4 July. More people are also leaving percent of GDP except during Portugal than at any time since the times of crisis. Another law will end of dictatorship in 1974, require the government to curb mostly to the former Portuguese the accumulated debt to below 60 colonies of Brazil, Angola, and percent by 2020. The government Mozambique. In a striking role
is also raising money by forcing companies to pay some taxes earlier and requiring hospitals to buy cheaper generic drugs. These measures followed harsh austerity cuts last year, which included freezing pensions, cutting publicsector wages, and raising the retirement age. The constitutional amendment, supported by Spain's ruling Socialist Workers' Party, was met with street protests throughout the country and prompted a walkout in parliament from leftist and regional parties. Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero dissolved parliament on Sept. 26 and has called for early elections within the next few months. Polls show the Socialists trailing the conservative People's Party. IRELAND If you're looking for a glimmer of hope on Europe's periphery, it's probably Ireland, which grew by a stronger than expected 1.6 percent in the second quarter of this year, the second-highest rate in the eurozone, driven largely by export growth. Industrial and agricultural output was also up. Some commentators are suggesting that this could be a sign that the harsh austerity measures instituted by Ireland (contingent on the $113 billion bailout it received last SICK page 39
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as to Iran's real intentions) correct. The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which every country in the world except Israel, India, Pakistan, and North Korea has agreed to, is an explicit bargain. The five countries that had nuclear weapons when the treaty came into force in 1970 promised to try to get rid of their weapons, in exchange for which everybody else would promise not to develop them. This, of course, has not happened -- the United States has no plans for "general and complete disarmament" any more than Iran really needs to enrich uranium to 20 percent for " research purposes." But Israel, India, and Pakistan, despite being non-signatories to the nonproliferation treaty, are members in good standing of the IAEA. For the past year, Ansar Parvez, chairman of the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission, has been the chair of the IAEA's board of governors. If there were ever a case in point as to why the agency has no leverage with outliers and rogues, it is this: A nuclear scofflaw nation's presidency of the board of governors is understood to be part of the normal course of business. Like at many multilateral agencies, there is a tension between the representatives of the member states, who at least have an understanding that they are engaged in a political process, and the IAEA staffers, who see themselves as technocrats. But the technocratic pretension -- that nuclear safeguards, for instance,
can be disinterestedly applied -- is really just a mirage. The current trend is to move away from strict accounting mechanisms (such as looking at the amount of nuclear material that goes into and out of a reactor) and toward drawing conclusions about whether anything nefarious is taking place at the state level. But this means making a political decision about a state's intensions. For instance, if Iran refined uranium to, say, 90 percent U-235 -- high enough for a bomb -- but didn't build a weapon, it would quite reasonably be seen by the West as provocative, but it would not be in violation of any of Iran's agreements with the IAEA. The agreements basically say that you can do anything short of building a weapon, as long as you tell the IAEA about it. The West's claim then is simply that Iran is doing things behind the IAEA's back -which does seem to be the case, as in the enrichment facility at Fordow, near Qom, which was built by Iran in secret. But with such a lack of clarity and with a weak-willed IAEA, it all continues to be more tough talk than anything else. In his statement to the conference, Chu, the U.S. energy secretary, said that Iran has "continued to engage in a long-standing pattern of denial, deceit, and evasion, in violation of its nonproliferation obligations." He continued: "The international community must send a strong message that violations of nuclear nonproliferation obligations will
not be tolerated." What this means, besides do as we say -- or else-- is not clear. Unsurprisingly, Iran's ambassador to the IAEA, Ali Asghar Soltanieh, shrugged and told me that the conference was an "unfortunate failure because of the unwillingness of the nuclear weapons states to compromise. They cannot get their way through pressuring everybody." On Thursday, with the three days of interminable speeches finally out of the way, hopes were high that the assembled parties could finally get down to business and pass some measures. They had come up with an "Action Plan" to enhance nuclear safety in response to Fukushima. The plan somewhat anticlimactically proposed that "Member States ... be strongly encouraged to voluntarily host IAEA peer reviews." It passed by consensus, almost unnoticed by the assembled delegates. Amano had originally wanted a stronger Action Plan that he'd pitched in June, but it had long since been stripped of its meat. The Venezuelans then complained that the IAEA had recognized Libya's National Transitional Council, and a resolution rebuking North Korea passed without controversy. On Thursday afternoon, the newly recognized Libyans lost out to the Egyptians for the African seat on the IAEA's board of governors, with Algeria's ambassador protesting that she didn't want the one vote for Algeria to be counted
-- she would rather have zero. Then, on Friday morning, the Arabs complained about Israel's nuclear weapons, but refrained from putting forward a resolution expressing their complaints, as they had in past years. But there was a vote on applying the agency's "safeguards" -- the inspections, cameras, and seals, among other measures that are the agency's tools for preventing proliferation -- across the Middle East as a whole. Of course, this was aimed at Israel, the only country in the region that isn't subject to the IAEA's inspections. One-hundred and thirteen countries voted in favor, and no one voted against, but there were eight abstentions -- Israel and the United States, along with Canada, Colombia, Botswana, Uganda, Palau, and the Marshall Islands. Glyn Davies, the U.S. ambassador to the IAEA, said that Washington didn't abstain lightly. "Efforts to single out one country for criticism," he said, "will stand in the way of progress." Once again, it was politics as usual. Finally, late on Friday night, Feruta returned to the dais and said, "Good afternoon, distinguished delegates. It's disco time. You can see that the light is going down." He was reconvening the plenary session six hours late, having failed to get the delegates to agree on the conference's main counterproliferation measure: strengthening the system of safeguards. But a number of countries without nuclear weapons wanted to add a clause
calling on nuclear powers to disarm, which of course, the nuclear powers would not accept. Feruta reminded everyone that it wasn't too late to make their contribution to the technical cooperation fund, but the chocolate coins were long since gone and it felt like the dying moments of a public-radio fundraiser. There were audible sighs in the room when Germany's ambassador asked for another half-hour to try to salvage the resolution. Feruta adjourned for 20 minutes, and I finally gave in and ate my stash of Iranian pistachios. When the delegates came back, Feruta announced that there was still no agreement. He then thanked China for pledging 1,915,180 euros to the IAEA's technical cooperation fund, Palau for pledging 683 euros, and Senegal for its 3,738 euros. Feruta then thanked everyone for the privilege of serving, with obvious emotion in his voice. "Where there is a will, there is a way," he said, which I guess meant that there wasn't a will, at this conference, anyway. He then called for a minute of silence for silent prayer or meditation, as has been customary for years (in accordance with Rule 48 of the rules of procedure). The silence lasted exactly 33 seconds. But like the IAEA's other halfmeasures, it would have to be enough. This entry passed through the ATOMIC page 39
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How I Became A State Department Outcast By Peter Van Buren
PETER VAN BUREN (Foreign Policy)
Submitted at 9/29/2011 8:53:14 AM
The journey from insider to outsider doesn't take much -- just a few candid blog posts. BY PETER VAN BUREN| SEPTEMBER 29, 2011 I never intended to create this much trouble. Two years ago I served 12 months in Iraq as a Foreign Service Officer, leading a Provincial Reconstruction Team. I had been with the State Department for some 21 years at that point, serving mostly in Asia, but after what I saw in the desert - the waste, the lack of guidance, the failure to really do anything positive for the country we had invaded in 2003 -- I started writing a book. One year ago I followed the required procedures with State for preclearance (no classified documents, that sort of thing), received clearance, and found a publisher. Six months ago the publisher asked me to start a blog to support the book. And then, toward the end of the summer, the wrath of Mesopotamia fell on me. The Huffington Post picked up one of my blog posts, which was seen by someone at State, who told someone else and before you know it I had morphed into public
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started an al Qaeda franchise in the Foggy Bottom cafeteria. My old travel vouchers were studied forensically, and a minor incident from my time in Iraq was blown up into an international affair. One blog post from late August that referenced a Wikileaks document already online elsewhere got me called in for interrogation by Diplomatic Security and accused of disclosing classified information. I was told by Human Resources I might lose my job and my security clearance, and I was ordered to pre-clear every article, blog post, Facebook update, and Tweet from that point out. A Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs wrote, without informing me, directly to my publisher, accusing me in writing of new security violations that had apparently escaped the sharp eyes at Diplomatic Security, and demanded redactions. The publisher refused, citing both the silliness of the actual redactions (everything was already online; one requested redaction came from the movie Black Hawk Down, and another from George Tenet's memoirs) and the First Amendment. It seemed kind of sad, kind of desperate, and maybe a little bit unfair. I always took my obligation to protect information seriously, and all my material
went through a careful vetting process with the publisher as well as with State to make sure nothing had slipped through. I wrote about all this on the blog TomDispatch, and before I knew it, the story went viral. I found myself returning calls to the New York Times, the ACLU, Reporters Without Borders, CBS, NPR, and about a million blogs and radio stations. I had hoped to promote the book I had written, which came out yesterday, but the story ended up being about me and the State Department instead. I never intended this to be a fight against my employer of 23 years, and I never intended to become a poster child for the First Amendment. However, I'm not one to back down when bullied, and I am afraid that in their anger and angst, the Department of State has acted like a bully. In addition to false accusations of security violations, State has used its own internal clearance requirements as a blunt weapon. The State Department, on paper, does not prohibit blogs, tweets or whatever is invented next. On paper, again, responsible use is called for -- a reasonable demand. But this rule must cut both ways - responsible writing on my part, responsible control on State's part. And responsible standards for clearance. The department's "preclearance" requirements are
totally out of date. Originally designed for a 19th-century publishing model, its leisurely 30day examination period is incompatible with the requirements of online work, blogs, Facebook, and tweets. But the department has refused to update its rules for the 21st century, preferring instead to use the 30 days to kill anything of a timely nature. What blog post is of value a month after it is written, never mind a tweet? In addition, the pre-clearance rules are supposed to be specific in their goals: to prevent classified or privacy protected information from going out, stopping info on contracts and procurement, and blocking private writing that seeks to pass itself off as an official statement from the Department. In my case, however, any attempts to pre-clear blog posts ran into the Department of Silly Walks. My bland statements about the military in Iraq made using easily Googleable data were labeled "security risks." When even those were clipped out, everything I wrote was labeled as possibly being confused with an official statement, even though my writing is peppered with profanity, sarcasm, humor, and funny photos. Say what you want about my writing, but I can't imagine anyone is confusing it with official State Department
public statements. As required, I always include a disclaimer, but the pre-clearance people simply tell me that is not enough, without explaining what might be enough other than just shutting up. So instead of using pre-clearance as it is on paper, a tool to guard only against improper disclosure with which I have no disagreement, it is used as a form of prior restraint against speech that offends State. Me, in this instance. We have been battered to death with public statements from the Secretary of State on down demanding the rights of bloggers and journalists in China, Burma and the Middle East be respected. While the State Department does not lock its naughty bloggers in basement prison cells, it does purposefully, willfully, and in an organized way seek to chill the responsible exercise of free speech by its employees. It does this selectively; blogs that promote an on-message theme are left alone (or even linked to by the Department) while blogs that say things that are troublesome or offensive to the Department are bullied out of existence. This is not consistent with the values the State Department seeks to promote abroad. It is not the best of us, and it undermines our message and our mission in every country where we work where
people can still read this. I have a job now at State that has nothing to do with Iraq, something I enjoy and something I am competent at. To me, there is no conflict here. I'd like to keep my job if I can, and in the meantime, I'll continue to write. I have no need to resign in protest, as I don't think I've done anything wrong absent throwing a few pies at some clowns and bringing to daylight a story that needed to be told, albeit at the cost of some embarrassment to the Department of State. That seems to me compatible with my oath of office, as well as my obligations as a citizen. I hope State comes to agree with me. After all, State asks the same thing of governments abroad, right? 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 fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters featured article: A 'Malign Intellectual Subculture' - George Monbiot Smears Chomsky, Herman, Peterson, Pilger And Media Lens.
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year) -- which included raising taxes, lowering the minimum wage, and cutting the government's payroll -- are working. But Ireland is certainly not out of the woods. Under the terms of the bailout deal, Dublin needs to draw up more austerity plans in the next few months to reduce its budget deficit to 8.6 percent of GDP, which will necessarily take capital out of the fragile economy. Ireland's export-driven growth is also highly sensitive to conditions in the global economy, so Europe's sluggish 0.2 percent growth is hardly good news for the Emerald Isle. Unemployment remains at 14.5 percent and would be even higher if the emigration rate weren't at a 20-year high. ITALY Bleak as the European economy is at the moment, what really keeps EU leaders up at night is the rapidly deteriorating situation in Italy, which has a nominal
GDP almost seven times the size of Greece's. It's widely accepted that a bailout -- if it comes to that -- would overwhelm the eurozone's resources. Italy's debt currently stands at 120 percent of GDP. Standard & Poor's downgraded the country's credit rating from A+ to A in a surprise move on Sept. 21, putting the world's eighth-largest economy below Slovakia and on a par with Malta. Consumer confidence is at a three-year low. This month, Italy pushed through a package of tax hikes and spending cuts aimed at achieving a balanced budget by 2013. But this isn't going to solve the underlying problem of sluggish growth. The government's forecasts were revised down this week, with only 0.7 percent growth expected this year and 0.6 percent next year. As it did in the U.S. downgrade in August, Standard & Poor's also based its assessment on Italy's
fractious political system, predicting "continuing future political uncertainty about the means of addressing Italy's economic challenges." Not that it needs saying, but having a prime minister embroiled in a series of increasingly explosive legal and personal scandals doesn't help matters. 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 fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters featured article: A 'Malign Intellectual Subculture' - George Monbiot Smears Chomsky, Herman, Peterson, Pilger And Media Lens.
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Plan Your Career Like You Would a FourPhase Project [Career]
Melanie Pinola (Lifehacker)
Submitted at 9/29/2011 6:30:00 AM
Many of us are great at carrying out work or individual projects from start to finish—the whole shebang. For our life-long careers and dreams, however, we're less go with your career, however, likely to have a plan with concrete could help you achieve greater milestones and steps in place. success. More » Mapping out where you want to
Government and the Power to Issue Fiat Currency Out of Thin Air
email@example.com (Michael Shedlock) (Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis)
based economy, and credit markets can override the Fed's ability to create inflation, assuming of course a definition of Submitted at 9/28/2011 3:42:00 PM Here is an excellent video on fiat inflation that encompasses credit. currencies by my friend Dominic Please see Yes Virginia, U.S. Frisby at Frisby's Bulls and Bears. Back in Deflation; Inflation Scare Bear in mind we are in credit Ends; Hyperinflationists Wrong
Twice Over for a discussion. 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
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Enron-i-sation of Europe; Is the Euro "Beyond Rescue"?
firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Shedlock) (Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis)
Submitted at 9/29/2011 3:21:00 AM
Steen Steen Jakobsen, chief economist for Saxo bank in Denmark discusses the Enron-isation of Europe in an Email "Macro Brief" The Enron-i-sation of Europe: Finding solutions through SPV’s speak for themselves. Apart from the inability to being implemented (if German constitutional court is heard) it’s also a slippery road towards permanent aid. Hiding debt in more and more obscure vehicles is similar to Enron having 1000s of SPV hiding the “real issue”. Debt is debt. It needs to be paid back or someone needs to take a loss! New financial tax: This is major game changer – this is in my opinion the beginning of the end for Europe – the “new new” in this scenario is that G-20/EU seems to have found an academic documentation that the tax may not need be applied “universally” – they mention domestic taxes in India(not freely trading market) and UK. The suggested (not confirmed) level of taxes are 0.1 pc on shares and bonds (1 mio. EUR equals “tax” of 1.000 EUR) and 0.01 on derivatives or 1.4 pips on each side of EURUSD! This is
MASSIVE tax……. And as such shows that my Maximum Intervention concept is now operating a top speed. Banks are now meeting around Europe to move their operation outside the EU. We are no longer doing two steps forward, three steps back, but one step forward and ten back. Furthermore the so called “Plan” for saving Europe is not reality. All my sources confirm, again and again, this is a desperate attempt to find the right path through this mess. The people in the know, realize there are no longer any good solutions only pain. The pain from here is either 2-5 years of recession or 10-15 years. Enron-i-sation & tax makes this week the new low in solidarity, rationality and solution seeking. Cash is king – and cash in UK, Switzerland, Singapore, and US even more King-ish. I remain EXTREMELY bearish on this. Notes on SPVs Investopedia describes the Special Purpose Vehicle/Entity SPV/SPE What Does Special Purpose Vehicle/Entity - SPV/SPE Mean? 1. Also referred to as a "bankruptcy-remote entity" whose operations are limited to the acquisition and financing of specific assets. The SPV is
usually a subsidiary company with an asset/liability structure and legal status that makes its obligations secure even if the parent company goes bankrupt. 2. A subsidiary corporation designed to serve as a counterparty for swaps and other credit sensitive derivative instruments. Also called a "derivatives product company." Thanks to Enron, SPVs/SPEs are household words. Euro is "Practically Dead, Beyond Rescue" Bloomberg reports Euro Is Beyond Rescue in Debt Crisis, Szalay-Berzeviczy Says The euro is “practically dead” and Europe faces a financial earthquake from a Greek default, according to Attila SzalayBerzeviczy, global head of securities services at Italy’s biggest lender UniCredit SpA. (UCG) “The euro is beyond rescue,” Szalay-Berzeviczy said in an opinion piece for index.hu., a Hungarian news portal, which he signed as former chairman of the Budapest Stock Exchange. “The only remaining question is how many days the hopeless rearguard action of European governments and the European Central Bank can keep up Greece’s spirits.” “It’s one scenario among many, one which may lead to the
breakup of the euro area via a banking crisis,” he said in the interview. “This can still be averted. It primarily depends on the Germans, and secondly on European citizens, especially on how much the Greek population can tolerate.” Szalay-Berzeviczy’s “are his own personal view and do not reflect the position of the company,” Claudia Bresgen, a spokeswoman at UniCredit in Munich, Germany, said by e-mail."Beyond Rescue" and "This can still be averted" are logical opposites. Nonetheless, it's interesting to see such blunt comments from high places at major lenders, even if those comments "do not reflect the position of the company". For more on the twisted mess in Europe, please consider these recent posts
• European Stocks Climb Most in 16 Months; Pimco's El-Erian Says "Europe Finally Gets It"; El-Erian is Wrong in Multiple Ways • Germany's Top Judge Throws Major Monkey Wrench Into Leveraged EFSF Machinery, Demands New Constitution and Popular Referendum for Further Powers
I struggle to see how the Eurozone can survive intact. No currency union without a fiscal union has ever survived and the German court ruled out a fiscal union without a new constitution and popular referendum. Good luck with that given 75% of Germans oppose more bailouts. See the above articles for details. Mike "Mish" Shedlock h t t p : / / globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot. com • Growing Isolation in Germany Click Here To Scroll Thru My as Merkel's Allies Abandon Her; Recent Post List Mike Polls Show 75% of Germans "Mish" Shedlock is a registered Oppose More Bailouts; Clock Ran investment advisor representative Out of Time for SitkaPacific Capital • Merkel Prepares Market for Management. Sitka Pacific is an Bigger Haircuts; Split opens Over asset management firm whose Greek Bail-Out Terms; Needs vs. goal is strong performance and Fantasies low volatility, regardless of • Europe Plans to Tax Stock and market direction. Visit http:// Bond Transactions .1%, w w w . s i t k a p a c i f i c . c o m / Derivatives .01% Despite US account_management.html to Objections; Expect More Crashes ENRON-I-SATION page 41 Should it Pass
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Growing Isolation in Germany as Merkel's Allies Abandon Her; Polls Show 75% of Germans Oppose More Bailouts; Clock Ran Out of Time
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the dose," said the lanky Mr. Bosbach of the Greek debt crisis. "My fear is that when the big bang happens, it won't just be us Submitted at 9/28/2011 11:53:00 PM German Chancellor Angela w h o w i l l h a v e t o p a y b u t Merkel will likely survive a key g e n e r a t i o n s h e r e a f t e r . " vote on Thursday to expand the The lawmaker rebellion EFSF bailout fund, but passage underscores a broader shift among now depends on support from the Germans about their nation's role opposition. in Europe since the crisis erupted E v e n m o r e t e l l i n g i s t h e nearly two years ago. While the increasing isolation sentiment in Thursday vote is expected to pass, Germany. Polls show shows three and a vast majority of Germans -quarters of Germans are against c o n t i n u e t o f e e l a s t r o n g , the expanded European rescue historical commitment to Europe, fund that's subject to Thursday's with a common currency as its vote. So, who is it that politicians a n c h o r , m a n y h a v e g r o w n represent? doubtful of whether it's worth the The Wall Street Journal reports ever-growing cost of saving the Germans Reconsider Ties to euro. Europe When German lawmakers A poll for national German vote Thursday on whether to put broadcaster ZDF earlier this more money into Europe's bailout month shows three-quarters of fund—a step many investors see Germans are against the expanded as essential to prevent a market European rescue fund that's panic—several conservative subject to Thursday's vote. deputies, including Wolfgang The measures before German Bosbach, a prominent champion parliament today would nearly of European integration, are double the main euro-zone's expected to vote "no." Mr. bailout fund's lending capacity to B o s b a c h , a h i g h - r a n k i n g €440 billion ($595 billion) and conservative in Ms. Merkel's allow the fund to buy sovereign Christian Democratic Union, has bonds in the open market. recently become an outspoken Germany's contribution to the critic of the bailout strategy. new, expanded rescue loan "The first medicine didn't work, package is €211 billion, still less and now we are simply doubling than half the €500 billion it
pledged to bail out its banks in 2008. But many see the European Central Bank's moves to buy billions of euros in low-grade government bonds of southern European countries as another sign that European institutions are slipping away from them. Even more unpalatable is the prospect of making the euro zone collectively liable for its members' debts, as a growing chorus of European officials have recently urged. Many argue so-called euro bonds, which Ms. Merkel has steadfastly opposed, are the bulwark to relieve financial pressure on debt-ridden members and underpin the euro zone's full fiscal union. But to Germans, it would mean relinquishing their hard-won low borrowing rates to pay for the largess of more free-wheeling members. "Ultimately the euro-bond issue will come to a head, and Ms. Merkel will have an impossible dilemma," says one senior German coalition lawmaker. "If she goes back to the German people with [euro bonds], she is out. If she doesn't, she will be a very lonely person in Europe." Merkel's Clock Ran Out of Time The vote in Germany is a foregone conclusion, but it is the
end of the line for Merkel, whether or not she needs opposition votes for passage. She is taking a stance 75% of the nation does not agree with, and that stance is guaranteed not to work. The German court nixed Eurobonds, permanent bailout funds, and leveraged use of the EFSF. Greece is going to need more and there is no more to give. Time will not improve this situation but it's a moot point. The clock ran out. Mike "Mish" Shedlock h t t p : / / globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot. com Click Here To Scroll Thru My Recent Post List Mike "Mish" Shedlock is a registered investment advisor representative for SitkaPacific Capital Management. Sitka Pacific is an asset management firm whose goal is strong performance and low volatility, regardless of market direction. Visit http:// www.sitkapacific.com/ account_management.html to learn more about wealth management and capital preservation strategies of Sitka Pacific.
GoodRx Finds the Cheapest Prescription Drugs at Local and Online Pharmacies [Health]
Melanie Pinola (Lifehacker)
Submitted at 9/29/2011 5:30:00 AM
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Everyone Missed It, But Ben Bernanke Peed On The Fed Again Last Night
Joe Weisenthal (Money Game)
8 Ways US Cities Are Slashing Spending And Cutting Services
Eric Platt (Money Game)
Submitted at 9/29/2011 8:37:15 AM
• 2009: 12% Source: National League of Cities #6: Across the Board Services Cuts • 2011: 24% of cities plan to make cuts across the board • 2010: 25% • 2009: 17% Source: National League of Cities See the rest of the story at Business Insider Please follow Money Game on Twitter and Facebook. See Also: • What The Country's Biggest Retailers Are Saying About The Economy • The 18 Cities Where Housing Prices Are Getting Destroyed • Germany Told The White House That Boosting The EU Rescue Fund Would Be A 'Stupid' Idea
—————————— A Plaintive Plea From Mr. B? Submitted at 9/29/2011 8:32:03 AM Chairman Bernanke spoke in We've talked about this before, Cleveland at 5:00 (EDT) last the fact that Ben Bernanke is night. The speech was interesting growing increasingly vocal about but it was the Q&A that produced his skepticism that monetary the stir. Here’s a bit from an AP policy can do much to save this report on the event. economy. WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal This is a HUGE change from Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke someone who once said that the said Wednesday that long-term Great Depression was entirely the unemployment is an American Fed's fault, and that the Fed would "national crisis" and suggested never let that happen again! that Congress should take further This was the famous line from action to combat it. He also said the speech he gave at Milton lawmakers should provide more Friedman's 90th birthday party: help to the battered housing Let me end my talk by abusing industry. slightly my status as an official Bernanke noted that about 45 representative of the Federal percent of the unemployed have Reserve. I would like to say to been out of work for at least six Milton and Anna: Regarding the months. Great Depression. You're right, "This is unheard of," he said in a we did it. We're very sorry. But question-and-answer session after thanks to you, we won't do it a speech in Cleveland. "This has again. never happened in the post-war In his daily note, Art Cashin period in the United States. They caught a key bit from a Ben are losing the skills they had, they Bernanke Q&A last night after he are losing their connections, their g a v e a s p e e c h , f u r t h e r attachment to the labor force." emphasizing that Bernanke has He added: "The unemployment radically changed his views. situation we have, the job
situation, is really a national crisis." Bernanke said the government needs to provide support to help the long-term unemployed retrain for jobs and find work. And he suggested that Congress should take more responsibility. There was even a line that might be seen as a cross between “I’ve done my job” and “we’re plumb out of bullets”. "Monetary policy can do a lot, but monetary policy is not a panacea," Bernanke said. Please follow Money Game on Twitter and Facebook. Join the conversation about this story » See Also: • ROB ARNOTT: We're In The Worst Depression Since The Great Depression • Say What You Want, But Investors Have Made Bank Betting On Bernanke • CITI: Policymakers Are Too Timid To Prevent The 'Nightmare Scenario'
Municipalities expect major spending cuts amid revenue shortfalls. According to the National League of Cities, revenues will decline another 2.3% this year on lowered state aid and a smaller tax base. The NLC surveyed 272 cities across the US to see how each city planned to cut back. We ranked the 8 most popular actions.#8: Human Services Cuts • 2011: 14% of cities plan to cut Human Services • 2010: 17% • 2009: 11% Source: National League of Cities #7: Modifying Pension Benefits/ Plans • 2011: 20% of cities plan to modify pensions • 2010: 22%
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How To Make Up
You get drunk and make an ass of yourself Whether you’re at a family event like a wedding or at a get-together at a bar, too many If you’ve been in a relationship Jack and Cokes can turn a for any length of time, chances gentleman into a jester faster than are you’ve been the recipient of it takes to do the chicken dance. If the evil eye, the silent treatment you do wind up spilling your or, worse, you’ve been relegated drink all over your girl or making to the couch -- all forms of the a scene on the dance floor (think dreaded doghouse. While you’re ‘80s dance moves) or accidentally bound to make the occasional mooning the bride and groom, relationship slipup (no one’s she’ll probably be pissed (as in perfect, after all), it’s how you angry, not intoxicated) and a little deal with those sticky situations embarrassed. Women tend to feel that can mean the difference how to stay out of the doghouse There’s no need to grovel or beg responsible for their boyfriend’s between sleeping with her and and on her good side. sticky forgiveness over such a mild actions, but once you apologize to sleeping with the dog. No wonder situation #1 You get caught misdemeanor (it’s not your fault any necessary parties, there’s no canines are called man’s best checking out another woman you have testosterone surging reason for your girlfriend to walk friend. No matter what the Sure, it’s human nature to notice a through your veins) and it’s not around like she’s branded with a misdeed, however, the key for beautiful woman -- heck, even like she doesn’t sneak peeks. scarlet letter. It was you who you to stay out of the doghouse is your girlfriend will gawk at a Either acknowledge that you’re made the ass of yourself, so she to own up and move on. Having gorgeous gal -- it’s how you look “busted” and laugh it off or admit shouldn't leverage it into her own acknowledged your relationship that gets her bent out of shape. to what caught your eye about pity party. Stay out of the b l u n d e r a n d a p o l o g i z e d ( i f The key for you to stay out of the her. Keep the observance as doghouse: Don’t go on a bender necessary), she has no right to doghouse is to avoid looking at unsexual as possible and be sure next weekend; take it easy on the punish you. If that doesn’t work, a the target like a sex object; in to steer clear of crude associations bottle for the next while. We help kiss should shut her up and help other words: Keep your head like her “jugs” and “booty,” even you stay out of the doghouse with you stay out of the doghouse. screwed on straight and your if she is stacked like Dolly Parton. a few more tips… That being said, there are specific mouth closed. If you do get Stay out of the doghouse: Don’t Continue Reading recourses to follow depending on c a u g h t s t a r i n g , i n s t e a d o f deny looking. Women are very the situation, so the next time you immediately jumping to the observant and she’ll only take fall off the wagon and wind up defensive (which will only get her your fibbing as another strike pissing her off, here’s a guide of riled up even more), admit it. against you. sticky situation #2
Allison Young (AskMen Latest Articles)
Pink and Carey Hart Show Baby Willow the Big Apple Sights
Lauren Turner (PopSugar)
Submitted at 9/29/2011 3:04:00 AM
Oracle and Autonomy row escalates as Larry Ellison accuses Mike Lynch of lying
Katherine Rushton (Finance News - Business news from the UK and world)
The row between Oracle and Autonomy has escalated into a war of words after the US company's chief Larry Ellison
accused Autonomy's Mike Lynch of having a "poor memory or lying"
Pink held on tight to baby Willow during a day out in NYC yesterday. Pink and her husband Carey Hart brought their 4-monthold to visit the Big Apple after spending much of the Summer at home in Malibu. During their downtime, the couple hit the beach with their daughter, shared sweet date nights, and were also spotted riding motorcycles down PCH. Pink and Carey have stayed out of the spotlight since welcoming their first child in June, even skipping the MTV VMAs where Pink's "F*cking Perfect" video was up for an award, though it looks like the family of three is happy to be out exploring a new city. View Slideshow ›
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When a brand isn't worth saving
Submitted at 9/29/2011 12:52:00 AM
Kate Holmes Hangs in LA as Tom Cruise and His Short Hair Report For Duty
Allie Merriam (PopSugar)
Submitted at 9/29/2011 6:32:11 AM
Brand-creation, according to Fastco Design, is a bit like the movie Old Yeller... at least insofar as you have to know when it's time to take the brand out back and put it out of its misery. Harsh, true, but that's life. Sometimes a brand is just going to waste resources. How can you tell if a brand is going to flop? This article takes a look at innovations from pre-existing large companies. For example: Is it strategically useful for developing the company’s competencies? Brands that signify broader opportunities that a company wants to take advantage of across the portfolio can help build internal capabilities. For P&G, Oil of Olay was a key leverage point in gaining a more
robust market position in health and beauty. Between 1984 (when P&G acquired Oil of Olay’s parent company, Richard-Vicks) and 1997, P&G almost exclusively acquired health and beauty brands, signaling its interest in the category. The process of reinventing Olay in the late 1990s helped P&G improve
its skin-care and packaging technology as well as develop a more sophisticated understanding of how to appeal to women. Full story at Fastco Design. Top branding news. Photo credit: Fotolia Permalink| Leave a comment »
Katie Holmes flashed a smile yesterday when she left the Maxfield shop in LA. She was chatting on the phone as well, possibly with her husband Tom Cruise, who's across the country in Pittsburgh at the moment. Tom's in Pennsylvania getting to work on his new film One Shot. The movie, in which Tom plays the character Jack Reacher from Lee Childs's popular book series, may be the first in a new franchise. The picture already seems to include some of Tom's patented stunt work, as he was behind the wheel of a vintage car yesterday. Many fans of the books were upset that Tom, who's under six feet tall, was playing the supposed massive character of Jack. Lee Childs recently defended Tom, saying, "I wasn't surprised [by Cruise's casting]
because this was on the cards for a very long time . . . we've been dealing with his people for six years. Obviously, Tom Cruise doesn't match the physical description of Reacher in the books, but the movie is not going to match the book anyway. More than that though, which actor does match Reacher physically? What people forget is that Tom Cruise is quite possibly the best actor of his generation." View Slideshow ›
Top 10: 2011 TED Talks
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This article is sponsored in part by Porsche(What's this?) TED has ballooned from a single conference in 1984 about technology, entertainment and
content. That's a lot of ideas to spread while still making time for fantasy football. We culled the list of talks from 2011 down to these 10, which brought us a little closer to understanding this year's big issues and the challenges that design into a network of events, lie ahead. fellowships, prizes, and web Continue Reading
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Proven ways to get your VC funding
Submitted at 9/29/2011 12:56:54 AM
Jessica Simpson, Nicole Richie, Eva Longoria, and More in This Week's Fun and Funny Celebrity Twitter Pictures!
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If you're looking for entrepreneur -guru mumbo jumbo, don't look at this HuffPo article–it's the real deal. In it, Carol Realini (an entrepreneur who has raised over $175 million) offers some simple advice on getting VC funding. For example her 10-5-3-1 rule: • Get 10 successful first meetings with VCs. This is your rich pipeline of interested investors. • Have at least 5 of these meetings end with the VCs doing due diligence. If you only have 12 doing due diligence, work the non due diligence VCs harder. If you don't know if due diligence is being performed, ask the VC yourself or have an advisor ask for a more transparent response. • You need to get 3 term sheets
This week celebrities partied publicly on Twitter! Nicole Richie celebrated her 30th birthday with Joel Madden, while Jessica Simpson whisked Eric Johnson away on a family vacation. Eva Longoria played the latest Charlie's Angel, and Heidi Klum went under the sea with John Legend- click through to see all the pics, and don't forget to follow from these 5 VCs. If you have 3 key to securing VC for your earlyof them, you can negotiate the stage startup is a solid pipeline best terms and deals for yourself. with the momentum to close. You would also be able to tolerate some fallout, and find the investor Full story at HuffPo. that is best for your business. News for entrepreneurs. Don't tell these 5 VCs know who Photo credit: Fotolia the other 4 interested VCs are Permalink| Leave a comment » because they may comingle. • Receive 1 wire transfer. The
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Former archbishop who gave JFK eulogy dies at 98 (AP)
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Submitted at 9/29/2011 8:09:15 AM
NY artist & furniture dealer Robert Loughlin dies (AP)
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Submitted at 9/29/2011 5:31:07 AM
Hipmunk Brings Comprehensive Flight Search to Android Devices [Android Downloads]
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Submitted at 9/29/2011 6:00:00 AM
AP - Former Archbishop Philip Matthew Hannan, who gave the eulogy for President John F. Kennedy and later served more than three decades as the head of the New Orleans Roman Catholic Archdiocese, died Thursday. He was 98.
AP - Robert Loughlin, who painted a square-jawed man he dubbed "the brute" around New York City and sold vintage furniture to art world stars, died Tuesday. He was 62.
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Merkel wins crucial vote on Greek bailout
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Submitted at 9/29/2011 12:16:44 AM
Members of German parliament vote by a large majority to approve new powers for EU's bailout fund. Last Modified: 29 Sep 2011 05:16 German Chancellor Angela Merkel was supported by 523 deputies who support the EU bailout fund [EPA] German Chancellor Angela Merkel has won a major vote in the Bundestag, as deputies approved new powers for the European Union's bailout fund. The vote in the lower house on expanding the $599bn bailout fund had been seen as a crucial test of Merkel's authority amid fears of a major backbench rebellion. Among the 611 deputies present, 523 approved the measure, 85 voted against it and three abstained. Only 15 deputies from her centreright coalition voted against the measure or abstained after threats of a major backbench rebellion which would have delivered a stinging blow to her political authority. Traders and European partners had been on tenterhooks ahead of the vote as Germany, the eurozone paymaster, became the 11th country among the 17 using the euro to agree to boost the scope and size of the fund, called the EFSF. Most European stock markets
rose on Thursday in response to the Bundestag vote. Frankfurt's DAX 30 index was up 0.51 per cent at 5,610.93 points and in Paris, the Paris CA 40 advanced 0.71 per cent to 3,016.97 points. In London the FTSE 100 fell 0.39
per cent to 5,197.81. Madrid won 0.90 per cent and Milan shot up 1.18 per cent. The Euro climbed from 1.3536 to to $1.3635 late in New York on Wednesday, while the dollar dipped from 76.53 yen to 76.49 yen on the same day.
Opposition support Opening the lively, at times fraught debate on Thursday, Volker Kauder, who heads Merkel's parliamentary group of conservatives, said it was a pivotal moment in the spiralling eurozone debt crisis.
"Today in the Bundestag, we have an important decision for the future of our country and for the future of Europe," he said, as he called on rebels within the centreright coalition to toe the line. MERKEL page 47
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It had been predicted Merkel might need the support of the centre-left opposition to pass the bill. Earlier, her own party, the Christian Democrats (CDU) and their allies had been pressuring a handful of dissidents to get in line. Before the vote took place, the CDU second-in-command Hermann Groehe, said "We are working to convince people." He said "it will be close" but the government would not put itself in the humiliating position of depending on the Social Democrats and Greens. Lisa Paus, a member of the Green Party, told Al Jazeera that the opposition supported Merkel in spite of the large public dissent against the move because the bailout is necessary. "They say almost 70 per cent of Germans said, 'do not vote for this, say no'. We said yes because we know it's necessary," Paus said. "It is necessary now to do this but we also know it is not sufficient." She said people are not behind the bailout fund because Merkel is "just running after the markets" and hasn't explained "what is happening to the people". "What is necessary now is to have a chancellor who tells the whole story, who tells what had already happened during the last 1.5 years," Paus said.
"If she doesn't do that, then it's true what the people are afraid of - that these 211 billion euros Germany is guaranteeing, will really go bust." "What we need is a sustainable strategy which looks to the future and which talks to the markets and tells them what they really want to know [and] where Europe wants to go," she added. International auditors from the European Commission, along with those from the European Central Bank and the IMF, are due to begin reviewing Greece's attempts to reduce its debt levels on Thursday. Eurozone members are in the process of ratifying proposals put forward in July, one of which would see private lenders writing off about 20 per cent of their loans to Greece. The auditors endorse the country's latest austerity measures for Athens to receive its latest tranche of bailout funds and meet its debt obligations. Financial tax On Wednesday, the EU's executive proposed a EU wide tax on financial transactions which it said would raise $78bn a year, despite resistance from the UK and national banks across the continent. The EC proposals for the tax, which would take effect from January 2014, will need unanimous approval from all EU
states. Jose Manuel Barroso, the head of the EC, said on Wednesday that banks must "make a contribution" as Europe faced its "greatest challenge". Under the plan, stock and bond trades would be taxed at the rate of 0.1 per cent, with derivatives at 0.01 per cent. The EU executive said the tax would be imposed on all transactions in financial instruments between financial firms when at least one party to the trade was based in the bloc. Revenues would be divided between the EU's own budget to cut national contributions, with the rest going directly to member states. The G20 forum had tried and failed in the past year to agree on a global transaction tax, as many countries fear it would be too easy for financial firms to evade the tax. Germany and France have been among countries pressing the EC to propose the tax, as they seek to show their citizens they are serious about recouping some of the costs of the banking crisis. Austria, Belgium, Norway and Spain also support such a tax. UK opposition The UK is against any EU wide transaction, as London could be hardest hit by the tax as the majority of banking transactions in Europe come through the city.
"The government will continue to engage with its international partners on Financial Transaction Taxes and has no objection to them in principle," a UK Treasury spokesman said. "But any financial transaction tax would have to apply globally and there are a number of practical issues that need to be worked through." Without Britain's backing, the EU commission may attempt to introduce the tax voluntarily among eurozone countries. The proposal would introduce new minimum tax rates and harmonise different existing taxes on financial transactions in the EU. The European Banking Federation said the introduction of a transaction tax was "nonsense" as it could shift business to elsewhere in the world. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters featured article: A 'Malign Intellectual Subculture' - George Monbiot Smears Chomsky, Herman, Peterson, Pilger And Media Lens.
Suspicious Letter Sparks 'Dancing With the Stars' Security Alert
Catherine Lawson (AOL TV)
Submitted at 9/29/2011 2:35:00 AM
Filed under: Dancing With The Stars, TV News, Fall TV A suspicious letter containing an unidentified white powder sparked a massive security alert at CBS studios in Hollywood Wednesday afternoon. TMZ reports that police were called in after the letter, which was addressed to'Dancing With the Stars,' was discovered in the mailroom of CBS Television City around 2PM PT. LAPD spokesman Richard French told the Associated Press that no one was exposed to the white powder and no injury was reported. A hazardous materials team gathered and tested the powder before declaring it harmless. Permalink| Email this| Linking Blogs| Comments
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Bahrain medical staff sentenced over protests
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Phil Villarreal (The Consumerist)
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Thirteen doctors and nurses who treated anti-government protesters given 15-year jail terms for crimes against state. Last Modified: 29 Sep 2011 09:44 Thirteen doctors and nurses who treated anti-government protesters during demonstrations in Bahrain earlier this year have been jailed for 15 years for crimes against the state. Seven other medical professionals were given sentences of between five and 10 years by a special tribunal on Thursday that was set up during the emergency rule that followed the demonstrations. The doctors' trial has been closely watched and criticised by rights groups for Bahrain's use of the security court, which has military prosecutors and both civilian and military judges, in prosecuting civilians. Most of the medics worked at the Salmaniya Medical Centre in Manama, which was stormed by security forces after they drove protesters on March 16 out of the nearby Pearl Square - the focal point of Bahrain's protest
movement. The Bahrain News Agency said that the medics were tried for "forcefully occupying Salmaniya Medical Centre... possessing unlicensed arms (AK-47s) and knives, incitement to overthrow the regime, seizing medical equipment, detaining policemen, and spreading false news". They were also accused of "inciting hatred to the regime and insulting it, instigating hatred against another sect and obstructing the implementation of law, destroying public property and taking part in gatherings aimed at jeopardising the general security and committing crimes," BNA said. "All these acts were done with a terrorist aim." Speaking to Al Jazeera, Sheikh Mubarak bin Abdulaziz al Khalifa, a top member of Bahrain's information affairs authority, said that the medics were not "practising their profession in the manner that all doctors and nurses should have been abiding to". Denying the charges But the doctors have repeatedly denied the charges, which they say were created by the
authorities to punish medical staff for treating people who took part in anti-government protests. "There was no sense of rebellion," Robert Fisk, senior Middle East correspondent for The Independent, who was in Bahrain during the March unrest, told Al Jazeera. "It was a professional sense of, 'how do we treat so many people who have been shot and wounded in a short period of time?'" The daughter of one of the charged medics told Al Jazeera that none of the doctors or nurses attended Thursday's hearing. "These cruel sentences present a serious breach of law and is considered to be an attack on the medical profession," she said in a statement. "We urge all international medical organizations, societies, bodies to take an action, issue a statement or do anything to condemn the recent sentences of Bahraini medical professionals." Matar Matar, a former opposition MP in Bahrain, told Al Jazeera condemned the sentences, saying they signal that the goverment is ignoring a major "political problem" and "that a big portion of Bahrainis are insisting
to have political reforms". "Day after day, if we are late to solve and fix our problems, they'll become more complicated," he said. "They [officials] should face the problem and start real political reform." In the same court, but a separate case, one protester was sentenced to death and another to life imprisonment on Thursday for killing a police officer during the protests. Thursday's sentences came a day after the tribunal upheld sentences for 21 activists convicted for their roles in the protests, including eight prominent political figures who were given life terms on charges of trying to overthrow the kingdom's Sunni rulers. 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 fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters featured article: A 'Malign Intellectual Subculture' - George Monbiot Smears Chomsky, Herman, Peterson, Pilger And Media Lens.
As Apple prepares to unveil the iPhone 5 next week, it also may soon bring down the hammer on the long-beloved but now largely obsolete iPod Shuffle and iPod Classic. Citing an unnamed source, The Unofficial Apple Weblog reports the older models could be phased out, leaving the iPod Touch and the iPod Nano to carry the brand's torch. Among the reasons the older iPods may be put out to pasture are the Classic's outdated hard drive model and the Shuffle's lack of a screen. The streamlining could refer to a "product transition" Apple referred to at a recent earnings call. Apple may discontinue the iPod shuffle and classic[The Unofficial Apple Weblog via CNN] 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 fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters featured article: A 'Malign Intellectual Subculture' - George Monbiot Smears Chomsky, Herman, Peterson, Pilger And Media Lens.
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Rival forces clash across Yemen
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Submitted at 9/29/2011 6:49:26 AM
Forces loyal to President Ali Abdullah Saleh clash with defected soldiers and tribesmen in incidents across the country. Last Modified: 29 Sep 2011 11:49 Defected soldiers of General Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar provide protection for anti-Saleh protesters [EPA] Fierce clashes have erupted in Yemen's capital between troops loyal to President Ali Abdullah Saleh and forces led by defected General Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar. Fighting broke out on Thursday in north Sanaa between forces from the elite Republican Guard, led by Saleh's son Ahmed, and soldiers from Ahmar's First Armoured Division, which provides protection for anti-Saleh protesters, witnesses said. Republican Guard forces based in Amran Street were locked in a heavy exchange of fire with dissident troops deployed in Thalathine Street near Change Square, where protesters demanding Saleh's removal have camped for months, witnesses said. They said heavy shelling believed to be coming from Republican Guard bases north of the capital was targeting a residential neighbourhood near the state television offices, with residents pleading for help and to be spared.
Earlier on Thursday, at least one person was killed and five others injured by heavy shelling and gunshots from forces loyal to Saleh in the Sufan neighbourhood of the capital. In a separate incident, Yemeni security forces opened fire to disperse children at a rally in Ibb, south of Sanaa. The children were demonstrating against the death of Anas al Saeedi, a 10-month-old baby who was killed in clashes last week. The protestors want the child's killers, who have yet to be
identified, to be put on trial. Saleh loyalist troops also clashed with Ahmar tribesmen in AlHasaba, in renewed fighting with the influential tribe whose leader Sheikh Sadiq al-Ahmar has sided with the protesters. The gunbattle erupted a day after other tribesmen fighting the Republican Guard north of Sanaa shot down a fighter jet. The military held opposition leaders responsible for downing the Sukhoi SU-22 near Arhab, 40km north of the capital, a region that is the northern
gateway into Sanaa. In other unrest on Thursday, one civilian was killed and five others were wounded in overnight bombing in Taiz, Yemen's second largest city, which has been the scene of continuing massive antiSaleh protests. Saleh refusal Saleh, who is under international pressure to relinquish power and allow new elections, returned to the country on Friday, sparking violence in which scores of people have been killed. The 69-year-old president has
repeatedly refused to sign a power transfer deal brokered by the Gulf Co-operation Council under which he would hand over to Vice President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi in return for immunity from prosecution. Walid al-Amari, a leading activist from the youth revolution committee, told the AFP news agency that young people are planning to march on Thursday from their encampment at Change Square to the south of the city where Saleh's residence is located. "There will be an escalation during the coming two days. The youths will march to Hedda Street, where the president's residence is," said Amari. He said protesters want a peaceful march and have asked the leadership of the defected First Armoured Division not to provide any armed protection that could provoke Saleh loyalists. 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 fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters featured article: A 'Malign Intellectual Subculture' - George Monbiot Smears Chomsky, Herman, Peterson, Pilger And Media Lens.
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'NCIS' Casts Melinda McGraw as Gibbs' Ex-Wife
Catherine Lawson (AOL TV)
Submitted at 9/29/2011 1:55:00 AM
DirecTV DVR Makes Me Watch Ads... But Only For DirecTV
Laura Northrup (The Consumerist)
Submitted at 9/29/2011 8:30:00 AM
'The Playboy Club' Loses Advertisers, PTC Calls for Immediate Cancellation
Catherine Lawson (AOL TV)
Submitted at 9/29/2011 3:30:00 AM
Filed under: Reality-Free, TV News, Fall TV Will it soon be time to bid farewell to'The Playboy Club?' Yes, if the members of The Parents Television Council (PTC) have their way. The PTC has been campaigning against NBC's new drama series for months, urging advertisers and NBC affiliates to drop it. Now the PTC claims that seven advertisers have already
withdrawn from 'The Playboy Club' and is calling for the series - which the pressure group says "objectifies and degrades women" -- to be cancelled immediately. Asking members to put pressure on the remaining sponsors of the show (Capital One, Samsung and Chrysler), PTC President Tim Winters said the group wants to know "if their corporate values are in step with those of the Playboy brand." Permalink| Email this| Linking Blogs| Comments
Filed under: Reality-Free, TV News, Fall TV Senior Special Agent Jethro Gibbs' penchant for marrying redheads has long been a source of humor on'NCIS,' and this season we'll finally get to meet one of his ex-wives, the oftmentioned Diane. According to TVGuide.com,'Mad Men' alum -- and redhead -Melinda McGraw will guest star as Diane on an episode called 'Devil's Triangle,' airing in early November. She'll be joined by Joe Spano, who plays her character's other ex -husband (and Gibbs' best friend), FBI Special Agent Tobias Fornell.
"Imagine being the ex-wife of both Gibbs and FBI Agent Fornell," says 'NCIS' executive producer Gary Glasberg. Permalink| Email this| Linking Blogs| Comments
We always knew that the cable companies that rent us our DVRs would eventually find a way to let customers time-shift, but still us all to watch commercials. DirecTV subscriber Dan wonders whether he's alone in being unable to use his 30-second skip button only on his satellite provider's inhouse ads. He asks: I recently discovered that I cannot "30 second skip" in-house Directv Ads on DVR'd shows. Do you know the ad where everybody's head gets replaced with Ben Franklin's? Yeah, my DVR makes me watch them and all of their other ads. Has anyone else experienced this? This seems inefficient, seeing how he already has DirecTV and all. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters featured article: A 'Malign Intellectual Subculture' - George Monbiot Smears Chomsky, Herman, Peterson, Pilger And Media Lens.
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Motorola XOOM 10.1” 32GB Android Tablet with Wi-Fi
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many different assumed names. We can even use the 720p video capture to video chat! Until they Copywriting’s A Dangerous Gig catch me, that is. Because once Xoom, Xoom, Xoo… wait, what you cross a powerful corporation, do you mean by “That’s someone they never stop… until you’re else’s jingle,” huh? dead. Can you own music, man? Can Anyway, it’s too late for me, but you own the sky? What lawyer’s not for you. Remember two gonna come down from some things: never steal another crazy magic dreamland and tell company’s jingle, even if it’s me I can’t sing, man? I got a song funny, and always have a in my head and I want to be free! Motorola XOOM 10.1” 32GB X O O M ! X O O M ! Android Tablet with Wi-Fi in XOOOOOOOM! Yeah! All right! your knapsack in case you need to Let your freak flag fly! disappear. Now, if you’ll excuse …oh, hang on, I’ve got a letter. me, two mean looking guys in RX Hmm. Well, it seems like you -7s just pulled up outside. I think really can own music. And now I really gotta zoom. Authorized I’ve got an injunction and I owe f o r S q u a r e T r a d e E x t e n d e d several million dollars to a car W a r r a n t y company. Well, looks like it’s a Warranty: 1 Year Motorola life on the run for me! Thankfully Condition: Refurbished I’ve got a Motorola XOOM 10.1” Features: 32GB Android Tablet with Wi-Fi • 1 0 . 1 ” m u l t i - t o u c h , H D so I can keep reading my email on w i d e s c r e e n the go. • 1GHz NVIDIA dual-core The multi-touch HD display processor gives me access to 150p per inch • 3 2 G B i n t e r n a l m e m o r y , video, and the Android 3.1 memory expansion via microSD system makes it so easy to get card ( card not included) apps from the Android Market. • Android 3.1 (Honeycomb) Plus the Motorola XOOM 10.1” • Adobe Flash Player 10.2 32GB Android Tablet with Wi-Fi • Front-facing 2-megapixel has a microSD slot, an HDMI camera / Rear-facing 5-megapixel audio/video output port, 32GB of camera with LED flash internal memory, and 802.11n Wi • 720p video playback & video -Fi, so I’ll be able to check in capture with my pals while hiding under • 802.11n Wi-Fi networking
• Expanded Bluetooth features – mouse, keyboard, shortcut keys • HTML5-based Android Webkit browser • Battery life for up to 10 hours of Wi-Fi internet browsing • Scrollable and stacked widgets • Google Talk with Video Chat The Details: • Motorola XOOM boasts a dualcore processor with each core running at 1GHz, 10.1-inch widescreen HD display, and ultra -fast Wireless-N Wi-Fi networking • Offers support for Adobe Flash Player—enabling you to view the web without compromise • Video chat on Google Talk with any other Google Talk-enable device (smartphone, tablet, PC) • Google’s Android 3.1 (Honeycomb) operating system offers a multi-touch, holographic user interface • Features the latest Google Mobile innovations, including Google Maps 5.0 with 3D interaction, access to over 3 million Google eBooks and Google Talk with video and voice chat • Front-facing 2-megapixel camera for video chats over Wi-Fi via Google Talk, as well as a rearfacing 5-megapixel camera (with LED flash for stills) that captures video in 720p HD
• The 10.1-inch display delivers console-like gaming performance on its 1280 x 800 pixel display, and it features a built-in gyroscope, barometer, ecompass, accelerometer, and adaptive lighting for new types of applications • 32GB internal memory, memory expansion via optional microSD cards • 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi networking • Bluetooth for hands-free devices and stereo music streaming • Access to personal and corporate e-mail • HD 720p video playback • HDMI audio/video port enables you to output pictures, slides and videos in HD quality (720p) via HDMI cable (HDMI cable not included) • 3250 mAh battery for up to 10 hours of Wi-Fi Internet browsing • With five customizable home screens, you can easily access your favorite live widgets or application shortcuts • Onscreen keyboard has also been redesigned to make entering text fast and accurate on larger screen sizes • Scrollable and stacked widgets let you scroll or flick through content within the widget itself, on the home page, without opening the application • Unobtrusive notification system
displays icons for different notifications (messages, downloads, system updates, etc.) in the lower right corner; just touch the digital time display to open the entire notification panel • Desktop-like web browser (HTML5-based Android Webkit) with tabbed browsing and Chrome bookmark sync • Android Market for Android 3.1 is your one-stop-shop for eBooks, games, and applications • Data encryption ensures the privacy and security of data on your tablet • Support for the new Android Market Movie rentals service with thousands of titles available for immediate viewing • Full support for the new release of Adobe Flash Player 10.2 delivering significant performance enhancements when viewing rich Flash content on the web • Resizable widgets to enable further customization of your home screen • Support for USB-connected peripherals and accessories such as keyboards, mice, game controllers and digital cameras • Expanded Bluetooth features to support Bluetooth headsets in Google Talk video chats and Bluetooth mouse support in addition to additional shortcut MOTOROLA page 53
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HDTVs: Samsung plasmas earn our first top scores for 3D
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Submitted at 9/29/2011 6:14:59 AM
HDTVs: Samsung plasmas earn our first top scores for 3D We've been testing 3D TVs for well over a year now, and while many of the sets were capable of producing a satisfying threedimensional viewing experience, none had achieved our highest 3D score. That's all changed with several 2011 Samsung plasma models, the first TVs to earn excellent marks for overall 3D performance. That achievement is even more impressive when you consider that our 3D tests have evolved since our first 3D TV Ratings, when ghosting—or the presence of double images, even when you're wearing 3D glasses—was the primary criteria for judgment. In addition to ghosting, we now consider 3D resolution, image brightness, and viewing angle when compiling a 3D performance score. In our latest HDTV Ratings(available to subscribers), Samsung's 59-inch PN59D7000
1080p plasma set nabbed not only top marks for 3D, but also the highest overall score in the ratings. This 59-inch 1080p plasma TV from Samsung is among the best TVs we've tested, with excellent overall picture quality, accurate colors, and a lot of features, including built-in WiFi and and access to a lot of Internet content, including streaming movies and TV shows. In the 3D mode, the TV—which like all plasmas uses active 3D technology—had the least amount of ghosting we've seen, and no viewing angles issues. And unlike some of the newer passive 3D TVs we've tested, it was able to send full-resolution 1080p images to each eye for sharp, detailed 3D images. Three other Samsung plasma sets—including a 43-inch 720p model that costs only $550—also earned excellent 3D scores from our testers, though overall 2D picture quality scores differed. But we've also seen major improvements from many other brands, so that many sets can now deliver very good 3D performance.
JVC, which recently announced it was licensing its TV brand to Amtran Video, a contract manufacturer. We were pleasantly surprised with the 42-inch set we tested: It was not only considerably less expensive than previous JVC TVs this size, it had very good picture quality, and it We suggest first finding a TV was only one of a handful of TVs that has excellent 2D picture with very good sound quality, quality and the features you want, among the best in the Ratings. a n d t h e n c h e c k i n g i t s 3 D We also tested new LCD Tvs performance. Sticklers for image f r o m b r a n d s i n c l u d i n g L G , detail may prefer models that use P h i l i p s , R C A , P a n a s o n i c , active-shutter 3D glasses, but Samsung, Sanyo, Sony, Toshiba, others may opt for TVs that use and Vizio. For complete details passive 3D technology—which about these and more than 100 offer brighter images and use other tested models, visit our TV l i g h t w e i g h t , c o m f o r t a b l e Ratings and tested models pages, polarized glasses like the ones w h i c h h a v e r e c e n t l y b e e n you get at the movies. There are expanded to include more detailed several models of each type in the test results. Subscribe now! S u b s c r i b e t o Ratings that deliver excellent high -def picture quality and very good ConsumerReports.org for expert Ratings, buying advice and 3D. There are also several other TVs r e l i a b i l i t y o n h u n d r e d s o f of interest in our latest Ratings, products. Update your feed including a 70-inch LCD TV from preferences Sharp, the largest flat-panel TV we've ever tested. We also had our first look at a new line of Black Crystal LCD TVs from
Battlefield 3 beta now available to the masses
Alexander Sliwinski (Joystiq)
Submitted at 9/29/2011 9:27:00 AM
Battlefield 3's open multiplayer beta should now be available for all on Xbox 360, PS3* and PC. The infantry focused " Operation Metro" map is the sampler for the beta, pitting two sides against each other in Rush Mode. One team defends, while the other attempts to destroy several sets of objectives before they get turned to Swiss cheese. The beta will end on October 10. There's not much time to fret afterward, as the full game will hit stores and EA's Origin shop on October 25. * Update: According to EA's Battlefield Twitter, PS3 owners in North America will have to wait until later today. Gallery: Battlefield 3 (9/15/11) Battlefield 3 beta now available to the masses originally appeared on Joystiq on Thu, 29 Sep 2011 09:27:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| Email this| Comments
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keys with the Bluetooth keyboard • Picture transfer protocol feature support to enable easier transfer of photo files to your PC without the need for drivers Additional Photos: • Bottom Profile (I/O Ports) • Back Profile • Rear-Facing Camera Lens & Flash, Speaker, Power Button • Protected microSD Slot • Package Contents • Packaging Technical Specifications: Android Platform: Android 3.1 (Honeycomb) Camera: 5MP Web Cam: 2MP Digital Zoom: Yes Flash: Dual-LED Focus: Automatic Music Player: Android Music Video Capable: 720p video playback Video Capture: 720p Playable Formats: AAC, H.263, H.264, MP3, MPEG-4, ACC+ Enhanced, OGG, MIDI, AMR NB, AAC+ Streaming Media: Audio, Video, Internet Radio Video Editing Software: Movie Studio Email: Corporate Sync, Google Mail, POP3/IMAP (embedded), Corporate Directory Lookup (GAL) Instant Messaging (IM): Google Talk Wi-Fi: 802.11a /b/g/n Bluetooth Technology: Stereo Bluetooth® technology 2.1+EDR+HID Web Browser: Android HTML Webkit, Tabbed
browsing, Chrome bookmark sync, Incognito mode, Form autofill Synchronization: Corporate Sync, GOTA Connector Type: Micro USB; HDMI out Data Transmission Rate: USB 2.0 GPS and Location Services: eCompass, aGPS (assisted) with Google Maps™, Google Latitude™, Google Maps Street View, barometer Headset Jack: 3.5mm Wallpapers: Preloaded and downloadable, Live wallpaper Power: Battery Type: 24 Whr Browsing Over Wi-Fi: up to approx 10 hrs MP3 Playback: up to approx 3.3 days Standby time: up to approx 14 days Video Playback Time: up to approx 10 hrs Internet and Games: Web Access: Wi-Fi Games: Cordy, Dungeon Defenders Adobe Flash Player: Adobe® Flash® 10 Player Android Market: eBooks, games, movie rentals and applications Google Mobile Services: Gmail Google Maps (version 5.0) Google Talk with Video Chat Google eBooks YouTube Interface: LightResponsive Display Custom Navigation: 5 fully customizable home screens Pinch to zoom Touch screen Virtual Keyboard: Portrait and Landscape Voice Commands
Built-In Microphone Physical: Display Size: 10.1" WXGA (1280 x 800 pixels; 150 pixels / inch), HD 720p Weight: 25 ounces (708 grams) Dimensions: 9.8"(H) x 6.6"(W) x 0.5"(D) (249.1 x 167.8 x 12.9mm) Antenna Type: Internal Form Factor: Tablet Materials and Finish: Anodized aluminum and soft touch Productivity and Software: Calculator Calendar Airplane Mode Applications: QuickOffice® Viewer Clock with Alarm Technology: Memory: 32GB on board Processor Speed: 1GHz Dual Core Accelerometer: Yes Sensors: Proximity, ambient light, barometer, gyroscope In the box: • Motorola XOOM 10.1” 32GB Wi-Fi Android Tablet • 3250 mAh Lithium-Ion Battery (installed) • AC Adapter • USB Cable • Quick Start Guide • User Manual Discuss this product Price: $349.99 I want one!
Daily electronics deals: Refurbished Apple iPads
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Submitted at 9/29/2011 6:44:59 AM
Daily electronics deals: Refurbished Apple iPads Today's electronics deals, courtesy of The Consumerist: • Geeks.com: Real Wood USB Keyboard and Mouse for $18 + $6 s&h • Apple Store: Refurbished Apple iPads: 16GB WiFi + 3G for $399 + free shipping, more • Tanga.com: EGO Raytel Tellphone 1000 EZBlue Visor Hands-Free Car Kit & SpeakerPhone for $13.99 • Newegg: OCZ (OCZ550FTY) Fatal1ty 550W Modular Power Supply $34.99 after Rebate and Coupon EMCKAHC35. Free Shipping
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Test complete video: Hyundai Equus
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Submitted at 9/29/2011 6:29:59 AM
Businesses Try To Cut Insurance Costs By Coaxing Workers To Get Healthy
Phil Villarreal (The Consumerist)
Test complete video: Hyundai Equus Few car companies have been more ambitious of late than Hyundai. The Sonata moved from a footnote to being a direct rival to the biggest names in the family sedan segment. The Elantra small sedan is a strong seller and a CR Top Pick in its class. And the Genesis sedan has firmly muscled its way into the luxury sedan market. But Hyundai has even bigger prey in its sights. Its Equus aims to rival ultra-luxury sedans like the Lexus LS, BMW 7 Series, and
get an iPad that contains an owner's manual (there’s also a paper manual) and lets you book service appointments. The 2012 Equus moved to a 5.0-liter V8 and an eight-speed automatic but you don’t get an iPad anymore. Hyundai giveth, Hyundai taketh. So does the Equus stack up Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Of against its lofty competition? course, this being Hyundai, We’ll answer that question in our they’re doing it for (many) road test video. thousands of dollars less. Our Subscribe now! S u b s c r i b e t o 2011 Equus Signature stickered for $58,900--or about the same as ConsumerReports.org for expert the last Lexus LS we tested, Ratings, buying advice and assuming you also threw in a r e l i a b i l i t y o n h u n d r e d s o f loaded Hyundai Sonata Limited products. Update your feed preferences turbo. Our Equus has a 4.6-liter V8 and a six-speed automatic. You also
strides to encourage employee health, offering on-site primary care clinics. The company, which Submitted at 9/29/2011 8:45:00 AM three years ago started offering With health insurance premiums preventative care for employees, rising fast, businesses are looking including treatment for chronic t o k e e p e x p e n s e s d o w n b y conditions, says its efforts have e n c o u r a g i n g e m p l o y e e s t o cut costs for both the company improve their health, thus cutting and workers. down on the cost of care they'll To cut insurance costs, use. More companies are offering companies help workers get on-site gym access and check-ups, healthy[USA Today] discounts on healthy cafeteria This entry passed through the food and incentives to get workers Full-Text RSS service — if this is to quit smoking. your content and you're reading it According to USA Today, the on someone else's site, please read U.S. Department of Health and the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentHuman Services is also getting only/faq.php#publishers. Five into the act, launching a project Filters featured article: A 'Malign meant to encourage companies to Intellectual Subculture' - George focus on preventive care and M o n b i o t S m e a r s C h o m s k y , personalized healthcare plans for Herman, Peterson, Pilger And employees. Media Lens. The article points to Michelin as an example of a company taking
Syndicate trailer shows off Starbreeze's vision
Ludwig Kietzmann (Joystiq)
Submitted at 9/29/2011 9:12:00 AM
Starbreeze's slick, deadly and dour vision of the future is compiled with panache in this first trailer for Syndicate, the FPS
reboot of Bullfrog's classic tactical game of the same name. Backed by a Syndicate remix from electro house producer Skrillex (download it here), the visuals cut between flashy remote brain-hacking. combat, aerial takedowns and
The trailer concludes with a tease for "The Executive Package" preorder bonus, likely another one of EA's "limited edition" bundles tied to first-run copies of the game. It's out on February 21, 2012 (or: 0221 2012).
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Shuffle Up and Deal: Matthew Stafford makes the leap
Scott Pianowski (Y! Sports Blogs - Yahoo! Sports)
Submitted at 9/29/2011 6:59:03 AM
In my most optimistic and idealistic mind, I look forward to this weekly exercise as a sharing of ideas, a way for us to connect on the NFL and try to figure things out, kindly, respectfully. It's a nice idea, anyway. I'm going to cling to it for the next five minutes or so, until I hit "send" on this piece and release it to the world. I know what's coming. I've got a flak jacket here if I need it. Ranking pieces invariably are going to get someone's dander up, because it's only human nature for us to get protective of the players we own and like. When someone questions our guy, we don't stand for it. Well, some of you won't. I know how it goes. Below are my ranks for the rest of the year, how I'd draft if I were entering a fresh league starting tonight. Some of you might feel that I've reacted too much to three weeks of data, while others will insists I'm not using the new season enough. Opinions are always going to be all over the place, and that's good - that's why we have a game in the first place. I welcome your respectful disagreement in the comments, as always - just make sure you bring a reason. Defend your stance, back it up with observations and
best of all, facts. Aimless rants
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won't help anyone, but a cohesive argument is always welcome in this space. And although my ranks will get questioned on a regular basis like anyone in this industry it's part of the game, it comes with the territory - I'm actually doing fairly well if you want to go to the tally sheet (an older example, a newer example). And whatever I may get wrong here won't be for a lack of effort or caring; I want the cleanest sheet possible. Win the argument, I'll adjust the rank. In future weeks, we'll break this exercise up to two pieces. In the upcoming Odd Weeks, we'll do the passing game positions, the QBs, WRs and TEs. In the Even Weeks, we'll rank the running backs, along with the kickers and defenses. Rationale: I don't want to be too jumpy with rank adjustments off just one week of results. Breaking the Shuffle Up in two bite-size pieces for future weeks seems to fit the flow better. Enough of the preamble. Here are the ranks, and additional comments will be added shortly. Pardon the rough formatting, we're still working on the best way to present this piece. And I reserve the right to tweak this list during the day, to account for fresh news and data and the fine arguments of readers like yourself. Let's get this 2011 season figured out before the other guy does. Quarterback 1. Tom Brady- Get a haircut, get a real job 2. Aaron Rodgers 3. Drew Brees
4. Philip Rivers 5. Matthew StaffordSuperstardom if he can stay healthy 6. Ryan Fitzpatrick 7. Ben Roethlisberger- I really don't know what to do with him 8. Michael Vick- Hardest player in the league to rank right now 9. Cam Newton 10. Matt Schaub 11. Matt Ryan 12. Tony Romo 13. Joe Flacco 14. Eli Manning 15. Josh Freeman 16. Kevin Kolb 17. Mark Sanchez- You'll want him Week 5 against New England 18. Jay Cutler 19. Sam Bradford 20. Rex Grossman 21. Chad Henne 22. Colt McCoy 23. Kyle Orton 24. Jason Campbell 25. Matt Hasselbeck 26. Andy Dalton 27. Donovan McNabb 28. Alex Smith 29. Matt Cassel 30. Tarvaris Jackson 31. Blaine Gabbert 32. Matt Flynn- If Rodgers got hurt, this guy's a Top 15-20 QB, easy 33. Vince Young- No one knows how ready he is 33. Kerry Collins 34. Curtis Painter- Time for the Paintball era? 35. Charlie Whitehurst 37. Jon Kitna 38. Jake Locker 39. Tyler Thigpen- He'd be fun in
Buffalo if anything happened to Fitzpatrick 40. Christian Ponder 41. Bruce Gradkowski 42. Shaun Hill 43. Mike Kafka Running Back 1. Ray Rice 2. Adrian Peterson 3. LeSean McCoy 4. Darren McFadden 5. Fred Jackson- Can play in all packages, all game situations 6. Chris Johnson 7. Ryan Mathews- He's missed games to injury in four straight years 8. Matt Forte 9. Arian Foster 10. Maurice Jones-Drew 11. Michael Turner 12. Rashard Mendenhall- Love the schedule, hate the runblocking 13. Peyton Hillis 14. Ahmad Bradshaw 15. Felix Jones 16. Frank Gore- Put it this way, I'm glad I don't own him 17. Jahvid Best 18. Beanie Wells 19. Tim Hightower 20. LeGarrette Blount- Still a two -down back 21. Daniel Thomas 22. Steven Jackson 23. James Starks 24. Cedric Benson 25. Joseph Addai 26. Darren Sproles- Not built for heavy touches but man, what an electric player 27. Shonn Greene 28. Brandon Jacobs 29. Willis McGahee
30. Mark Ingram 31. Jonathan Stewart 32. Ben Tate 33. Mike Tolbert 34. Michael Bush 35. BenJarvus Green-Ellis- I get the idea they want something better 36. Ryan Grant 37. Marshawn Lynch 38. Pierre Thomas 39. Dexter McCluster 40. Roy Helu 41. Stevan Ridley 42. Danny Woodhead 43. DeAngelo Williams 44. Knowshon Moreno- Hard to believe he was a first-round pick 45. LaDainian Tomlinson 46. Montarrio Hardesty 47. Bernard Scott 48. Earnest Graham 49. Cadillac Williams 50. DeMarco Murray 51. Thomas Jones 52. Delone Carter 53. Kendall Hunter 54. Deji Karim 55. Javon Ringer 56. Marion Barber 57. Reggie Bush- Why does he continue to get the big endorsement deals? 58. C.J. Spiller 59. Ronnie Brown 60. Ricky Williams Wide Receiver 1. Calvin Johnson- Almost any touchdown count is in play; uncoverable 2. Andre Johnson 3. Larry Fitzgerald 4. Greg Jennings 5. Roddy White 6. Mike Wallace
7. Hakeem Nicks 8. Vincent Jackson 9. Wes Welker- PPR gold but touchdowns aren't nearly as bankable 10. Steve Johnson 11. Steve Smith 12. DeSean Jackson 13. Brandon Marshall 14. Miles Austin 15. Anquan Boldin 16. Brandon Lloyd 17. Dez Bryant- Mad talent but injury-prone tag looms 18. Santana Moss- May we all age so gracefully 19. Santonio Holmes 20. Jeremy Maclin 21. A.J. Green 22. Mario Manningham 23. Mike Williams 24. Nate Washington 25. David Nelson 26. Lance Moore 27. Percy Harvin- I don't understand his modest touch count 28. Marques Colston- Says he's playing in Week 4 29. Dwayne Bowe- Showed a little something in San Diego 30. Julio Jones 31. Eric Decker 32. Nate Burleson 33. Plaxico Burress 34. Deion Branch 35. Denarius Moore- On a different team, I'd go 10-12 slots higher 36. Reggie Wayne 37. Sidney Rice- Had a snappy opener 38. Robert Meachem- It's SHUFFLE page 60
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Red Sox did this to themselves - Boston Globe
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By Chad Finn, Boston.com/ Globe Staff If you're a baseball fan first, it's a night you'll never forget. If you're a Red Sox fan first, it's a night you'll never be allowed to forget. The 2011 Boston Red Sox completed the worst regularseason collapse in baseball history last night, gagging away ... well, hell, you know. We'll keep today's postmortem brief since we'll be considering and reconsidering this 7-win, 20-loss September nightmare through the winter and spring and probably beyond. Seven wins. Twenty losses. And none more painful than the last. Oh, yeah, this one is going to linger, folks, right up until the Red Sox win something meaningful again. In '78, the Red Sox showed tremendous resilience after their famous collapse, winning their final eight games of the regular season to force a one-game playoff. In 2003, it was an extraordinarily admirable team done in by a fierce, talented rival and its own molasses-brained manager. This . . . this is just. Appropriate. This is right, how it should be. It stinks if you're a Red Sox fan, but world to steal their place in the it's the frigid truth The Red Sox postseason. Took 'em to the 12th gave the Rays every chance in the inning of their 162d game, but
damned if they didn't do it. You could say Joe Maddon's crew ripped the Sox' heart out. But first
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perhaps Marco Scutaro-- I don't sympathize with this crew the way I did with Yaz in '78 or Buckner in '86 or Pedro and Wakefield and just about all of them in '03. These guys did this to themselves. How did it happen? Why? It feels like there are pieces of the knowledge puzzle missing. Is it chemistry? It's not a lack of ability -- the Sox were the best team in the American League through much of the summer, going 81-42 from the conclusion of the 2-10 start until September 1. On that date, they were on cruise control toward October, nine games up on the Rays in the wild card race. Two days later, Baseball Prospectus gave them a 99.6 chance of making the postseason. So now we know what 0.4 percent looks like. Last night was a microcosm of the whole month of September, right down to the shell-shocked Carl Crawford botching a catchable ball again, Robert Bleepin' Andino tormenting blank-eyed Jonathan Papelbon again, and the Rays digging out of the grave again, coming back from a 7-0 deficit against the Yankees, who did an honest job of maintaining the game's integrity while also preparing for their long-since secured postseason berth. The eerie juxtapositions of events of last night -- the Rays winning on Evan Longoria's walk-off homer mere seconds after Andino and the Orioles had staggered the
Red Sox, when a Boston victory and a Tampa Bay loss had both been one out away from reality earlier in the game -- became instant baseball lore. With a similar dramatic collapse by the Atlanta Braves concluding in the National League, it was a compelling, unforgettable night of baseball, provided your spirits didn't get crushed like a John Lackey fastball. Last night was the denouement of a month's worth of horrendous performances from those who make up this $161 million roster, of all of the innings wasted by a lack of urgency, inspiration, and a shortage of timely pitching and hitting. Don't let anyone tell you that injuries weren't a reason for this -- Kevin Youkilis and Clay Buchholz and even Daisuke Matsuzaka would have made a difference, and Adrian Gonzalez's power was sapped by shoulder and leg woes -- but don't let anyone tell you they were the reason, either. Talented, richly compensated players did not perform, starting with Lackey, who simply cannot return to this team or this city next year. Not only is he coming off the worst season a Red Sox starting pitcher has ever submitted, but he's a miserable, dim, finger-pointing, unaccountable wretch of a teammate, and those may be his good qualities. That the Red Sox were apparently considering acquiring lefthanded mediocrity
Bruce Chen to pitch a one-game playoff if necessary tells you all you need to know about Lackey's status with the team. Pack up the sneer and the sacks of unearned cash and just go away. There are others who will be called to the witness stand today. Gonzalez has some lovely statistics and the dubious distinction of being a featured star on a second straight team that collapsed down the stretch. Big Papi's clutch mojo has been absent so long that a huge hit in a pivotal situation seems more like a tired wish than a real possibility. Josh Beckett and Jon Lester need to pitch up to their reputations, and I think they should seriously shop Beckett. I can't believe I'm sitting here watching ancient Johnny Damon get interviewed after earning yet another trip to the postseason while I wonder why Carl Crawford, the player Damon helped replace in Tampa at a fraction of the cost, plays with such timidity. What has happened to that dynamic player who tormented the all those years while he was in Tampa Bay? And is he gone for good? Because right now, he's Coco Crisp with a lousy glove. The man who put this bunch together won't escape crossexamination. Theo Epstein is a tremendous general manager when common sense and context are considered, but he must be accountable for the Lackey and Crawford contracts (provided the
latter wasn't pushed on him by ownership desperate to boost NESN ratings). I do not want him to lose his job or bolt for the Cubs by any means; I want him to find his way out of this mess he has created. And I trust he will. As for the manager, please don't bring those ill-considered gripes to me, the reactionary argument that someone's head has to roll, that Terry Francona has gone too soft. Save the shrieking for someone else; I'm going to be more infuriated if Francona leaves than I was when Papelbon threw that meatball to Nolan Reimold. Just because Francona doesn't light up his players to the media doesn't mean he's passive behind closed doors. He's honest, funny, and sarcastic -- I'm sure he gets his points across. Again, please, try to keep perspective, and that goes double for anyone in ownership who wrongheadedly thinks Bobby Valentine is the solution to anything. Have we actually forgotten during this meltdown and his helplessness to prevent it that Francona has so many essential attributes and admirable accomplishments, starting with those two championships? It wasn't so long ago -- I suppose August is the correct answer -that a third seemed a real possibility this year. He handles the complexity and ancillary nonsense of the managerial job in Boston as well as anyone ever has. He is usually rewarded by his
trust in his players; don't make him the scapegoat because they failed him this year. You want it to go back to the way it was before 2004, Mr. Henry? Start by dumping the best manager the Red Sox have ever had, and you just may get that wish. If Francona leaves, it had better come on his own terms. Just because the Red Sox blew it in agonizing fashion doesn't mean the whole organization needs to be blown up. Keep Theo, keep Tito, and erase all evidence that this Lackey thing ever happened, and the optimism for 2012 will return soon enough. Who knows, maybe you'll even sell a few bricks. Just don't let a bad ending destroy what should still be a good situation once the shock and disappointment fade. 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 fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters featured article: A 'Malign Intellectual Subculture' - George Monbiot Smears Chomsky, Herman, Peterson, Pilger And Media Lens.
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Cardinals win, earn NL wild card when Braves lose - San Jose Mercury News
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Photo/David J. Phillip)) with a great group of guys," Berkman said. "It just makes it special." HOUSTON—Soaked with beer The Cardinals will open the and champagne, Albert Pujols and postseason on Saturday at NL Lance Berkman embraced in the East champion Philadelphia. In St. Louis Cardinals plastic- the other NL playoff matchup, wrapped clubhouse, basking in a Arizona visits Milwaukee. celebration no one thought St. Louis went 6-3 against the possible less than a month ago. Phillies in the regular season. C h r i s C a r p e n t e r a n d t h e Amid the smiles and spray, the Cardinals completed one of Cardinals were already looking baseball's greatest comebacks on ahead. Wednesday night, clinching the "A lot is going to be made of the NL wild card with an 8-0 win fact that we played pretty well over Houston and a later loss by against the Phillies this year," Atlanta. Berkman said, "but with the The Cardinals got their playoff playoffs all around it's a different spot when the Braves fell to story." Philadelphia 4-3 in 13 innings. The Braves and Cardinals entered St. Louis trailed Atlanta by 10 1/ Wednesday's regular-season 2 games on Aug. 25, then won 23 finales with 89-72 records. of the last 31 games to finish its St. Louis made quick work of the improbable charge. punchless Astros, then rushed "Any time you're on a playoff back into the clubhouse to watch team and you make a run like this, the end of the Atlanta game. With you invest a lot of yourself in the the Braves two outs from defeat, a season clubhouse attendant wheeled in a St. Louis Cardinals' Ryan Theriot dolly stocked with cardboard and his teammates celebrate their boxes of beer. wild-card berth in the National And when Freddie Freeman League baseball playoffs, after rolled into a season-ending double beating the Houston Astros 8-0 play, the party began. The Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011, in Cardinals passed out black caps Houston. The win coupled with with "2011 MLB Playoffs" the Atlanta Braves' loss to the emblazoned on top and black TPhiladelphia Phillies put the shirts with NL wild-card logos. Cardinals in the playoffs. ((AP Within minutes, the floor of the
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amazing, every single night grinding, playing their butts off, not giving up." Atlanta's game started an hour earlier, but the Cardinals virtually took away any hope for a Houston victory in the first inning, jumping to a 5-0 lead against Brett St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina and pitcher Chris clubhouse was littered with bottle Carpenter celebrate the Cardinals' caps and corks. 8-0 win over the Houston Astros "It's a great feeling to be able to in a baseball game Wednesday, come from so far Sept. 28, 2011, in Houston. ((AP St. Louis Cardinals' Chris Photo/Pat Sullivan)) Myers (7Carpenter delivers his final pitch 14). of a baseball game against the Pujols and Berkman drove in Houston Astros Wednesday, Sept. runs with singles, and David 28, 2011, in Houston. Carpenter Freese doubled to left-center threw a two-hitter in the before Myers even recorded an Cardinals' 8-0 win. ((AP Photo/ out. Berkman scored when Skip David J. Phillip)) down," Schumaker's hard grounder Berkman said. "We felt like we ricocheted off Myers' glove for an had a run like this in us, and we infield hit, and Freese came home executed it just in the nick of on Nick Punto's single to right. time. And here we are." "I'm glad that we contributed Carpenter (11-9) pitched like an early in the game," Pujols said, ace, striking out 11 and allowing "and Carpenter obviously took two hits in his 15th career them out and took care of complete-game shutout. The business." Cardinals poured onto the field Carpenter was in total command after Carpenter fielded J.D. from the start, striking out five of Martinez's weak grounder for the the first nine hitters. He also had final out. an RBI single in the third to drive "It was exciting, there's no doubt in Freese, who reached base when about it," Carpenter said. "The right fielder Brian Bogusevic way these guys have played the dropped his fly ball for an error. past month-and-a-half has been St. Louis stretched the lead to 7-0
in the fifth. Myers, 4-0 with St. Louis Cardinals' Jon Jay, center, celebrates with teammates Nick Punto (8) and Daniel Descalso (33) after the Cardinals' 8-0 win over the Houston Astros in a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011, in Houston. ((AP Photo/David J. Phillip)) a 1.24 ERA in his last five starts, hadn't allowed more than nine hits in a start since Aug. 6. "I really wanted to go out there and put them out," Myers said. "It didn't work out." St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Chris Carpenter, left, throws to Houston Astros' Clint Barmes, right, during the third inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011, in Houston. ((AP Photo/David J. Phillip)) 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 fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters featured article: A 'Malign Intellectual Subculture' - George Monbiot Smears Chomsky, Herman, Peterson, Pilger And Media Lens.
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crowded here all of a sudden 39. Mike Thomas 40. Danny Amendola 41. Jordy Nelson- Not on the field as much as I'd like 42. Davone Bess 43. Hines Ward 44. Victor Cruz 45. Torrey Smith- A lot depends on how quickly Evans returns to 100 percent 46. Titus Young 47. Malcom Floyd 48. Mike Sims-Walker- Bradford deserves better than this 49. Johnny Knox 50. Lee Evans 51. Jabar Gaffney 52. Antonio Brown 53. Pierre Garcon 54. Brandon Gibson 55. Early Doucet- Better late than Early 56. Devin Hester 57. Michael Jenkins 58. Michael Crabtree 59. Steve Breaston 60. Devery Henderson 61. Arrelious Benn 62. Andre Roberts 63. Earl Bennett 64. Donald Jones 65. Andre Caldwell 66. Austin Collie 67. Brian Hartline 68. Braylon Edwards 69. Jacoby Ford 70. Patrick Crayton 71. Chad Ochocinco Tight End 1. Jermichael Finley
2. Jason Witten 3. Rob Gronkowski 4. Jimmy Graham 5. Vernon Davis- Bitched prior to Week 3, then saw the ball 6. Tony Gonzalez- Best tight end in league history 7. Aaron Hernandez- Closing in on return 8. Owen Daniels 9. Dustin Keller 10. Kellen Winslow 11. Brandon Pettigrew 12. Jermaine Gresham 13. Antonio Gates- I doubt he plays this week, and when will he be 100 percent? 14. Fred Davis 15. Greg Olsen 16. Marcedes Lewis 17. Jared Cook 18. Dallas Clark 19. Ed Dickson 20. Scott Chandler 21. James Casey- Also qualifies at running back 22. Heath Miller 23. Randy McMichael 24. Benjamin Watson 25. Evan Moore 26. Todd Heap 27. Brent Celek 28. Visanthe Shiancoe 29. Leonard Pope 30. Lance Kendricks 31. Jeremy Shockey 32. Chris Cooley 33. Anthony Fasano Kicker 1. Neil Rackers- A very safe, bankable offense
2. Mason Crosby 3. Stephen Gostkowski 4. Sebastian Janikowski 5. Jason Hanson- Deserves to kick for a winner 6. Alex Henery 7. Billy Cundiff 8. Robbie Gould 9. Nick Folk- The setup is right 10. Nick Novak 11. Dan Bailey 12. Rian Lindell 13. Matt Bryant 14. Graham Gano 15. John Kasay- Hartley is out for the year 16. Shaun Suisham 17. Lawrence Tynes 18. Rob Bironas 19. Jay Feely 20. David Akers 21. Phil Dawson 22. Olindo Mare 23. Josh Brown 24. Connor Barth 25. Dan Carpenter 26. Ryan Longwell 27. Steven Hauschka 28. Mike Nugent 29. Matt Prater 30. Adam Vinatieri 31. Josh Scobee 32. Ryan Succop Defense 1. Green Bay - Pass defense struggling but they're still loaded with talent 2. NY Jets 3. Philadelphia 4. Detroit 5. NY Giants
6. Pittsburgh - Looks like an old group all of a sudden 7. Dallas 8. New Orleans 9. Baltimore 10. San Diego 11. Chicago 12. Washington - This group is a lot better than I anticipated 13. Tennessee 14. Houston 15. Atlanta 16. Minnesota 17. New England 18. San Francisco 19. Cincinnati 20. Cleveland - They'll play in a lot of 17-13 games 21. Oakland 22. Indianapolis 23. Miami 24. Tampa Bay 25. Denver 26. Carolina 27. St. Louis - Too many injuries, and being hung out to dry by offense 28. Seattle 29. Buffalo 30. Jacksonville 31. Arizona 32. Kansas City ---------------------Stafford image courtesy of Associated Press
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Eagles’ Vick says ‘100 percent chance’ he’ll start - Philadelphia Daily News
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Kicker’s golf clubs stolen by man delivering Chinese food
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his right hand and making all the customary throws. Submitted at 9/28/2011 10:43:49 PM A few days earlier, Reid - who September 28, 2011| By Jeff revealed the injury was a bruise McLane, INQUIRER STAFF and not a break as originally WRITER diagnosed - said the swelling had Michael Vick said that there is a to go down enough so that Vick "100 percent chance" that he will could grip the football. After start Sunday despite a deep bone practice, Vick showed reporters bruise in his right hand. the back of his hand where the Eagles coach Andy Reid was swelling had gone down. There's a slightly less optimistic, but the tattoo of the Superman emblem fact that Vick said he took all the there. snaps with the first team at "It stands for a lot now," Vick practice on Wednesday was a sure said of the tattoo. "It's time to s i g n t h a t h e w o u l d b e a t show and prove." quarterback against the 49ers in Injuries have been Vick's three days. Kryptonite through the early part " I ' m p l a y i n g t h i s w e e k , of this season. He suffered a regardless," Vick said before concussion in the third quarter p r a c t i c e a t t h e N o v a C a r e against Atlanta on Sept. 18 and Complex. "Even if it was broke I had to leave the game. And then a think I would have probably week later vs. the New York padded it up and went back out Giants, a Chris Canty hit injured there. You got to take precaution, Vick's hand and eventually but this is what I love to do." knocked him out of the game. Vick said he wore a glove with a Vick said "they'll have to cart me pad insert during practice. At the off the field" for him to come out beginning of practice he worked this Sunday. out with the other quarterbacks, "I'm tired of letting my guys holding the football at times with down," he said.
The Eagles are off to a disappointing 1-2 start. There are many reasons for the slow start, but Vick's injuries haven't helped matters, especially considering the Eagles were leading both times he was forced from the game. Vick also has been inconsistent. He has five turnovers, something he said he needs to limit. Asked if he could be playing better, Vick said: "Absolutely." "I look at the St. Louis game played well," Vick said. "I looked at the Atlanta game - I played well, just got knocked out of the game. And then last week I felt there was some things I could have done better." 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 fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters featured article: A 'Malign Intellectual Subculture' - George Monbiot Smears Chomsky, Herman, Peterson, Pilger And Media Lens.
It's not often that we come across a story involving a kicker, golf clubs and Chinese food. Unfortunately for Atlanta Falcons kicker Matt Bryant, though, we've got one today. From Fran Jeffries at the Atlanta JournalConstitution: Kristian Vail, 22, of Flowery Branch, was arrested and charged with stealing the bag of clubs, valued at more than $3,000, from the open garage at Bryant's home on Sept. 16. "He went into the open garage, took the clubs, delivered the food and went on his way," said Braselton Police Assistant Chief Lou Solis. Vail, who was arrested on Sept. 22, faces felony burglary charges. Investigators found the clubs on the Internet using their serial numbers, Solis said. Vail had traded the clubs and golf bag to Michael Gibson, 22, for 80 Ecstasy pills, Solis said. The good news is that most of the golf clubs have been recovered. One notable exception is Bryant's Scotty Cameron putter, which
remains at large. Scotty Cameron putters are one of the most absurdly-overpriced items in an industry built on absurdlyoverpriced items. I guess the lesson here is that you should lock your garage when you're having food delivered. As wonderful as it is when a stranger shows up at your door with hot, delicious Chinese food, it does not make that stranger your friend. As you're inside innocently enjoying your moo goo gai pan, he'll be out on the street trading your hybrid 3 -iron for a bag of E.
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Gears of War 3 sold over 3 million units in first week
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claims. It is also the only Xbox 360-exclusive franchise to reach this milestone after being M i c r o s o f t a n n o u n c e d t h i s introduced during the current morning that Gears of War 3 console generation -- ruling out surpassed three million sales the longer-running Halo for that during its first week at retail. The u l t r a - s p e c i f i c sales publisher also reveled in this c o m m e n d a t i o n . small window of opportunity to Continue reading Gears of War 3 say that Gears 3, in just one week, sold over 3 million units in first "has already grossed more than week any 2011 video game to date." Gears of War 3 sold over 3 That's a record it'll be lucky to million units in first week hold past November 8 when Call originally appeared on Joystiq on of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 drops. Thu, 29 Sep 2011 10:00:00 EST. The success of the latest sequel Please see our terms for use of also pushes the Gears of War feeds. franchise over the billion dollar Permalink| Email this| Comments (news photos - Google News) Submitted at 9/29/2011 1:57:43 PM mark in lifetime sales, Microsoft
Compuserve. Now I'm creating shrinkwrap software for Amazon and You know I think the cloud is Rackspace's clouds. I love the great. I've been preaching the idea of people running their own advantages of everyone having servers. And we're going to get their own outpost on the web some of them to do it, for sure. forever. The dream goes back, for But there are ominous storm me, to the early 80s. I wanted clouds looming over the horizon, Compuserve to host my apps. and in those clouds are the seeds They said I was crazy. of the next revolution. Which is So I started a BBS on an Apple II coming into focus... running in my living room. Wrote Tech is just a loop. First we the software myself. organize, then we disrupt, then it Ten years later I was had a server gets organized again, then that on the Internet, fumbling my way gets disrupted. around, trying to recreate the The benefits of all of us pooling v i r t u a l w o r l d w e h a d o n our resources are great. But
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BigCo's form and make money from controlling the use of the pooled resources. Pretty soon they start upgrading your computer when the feel like it. Pretty soon you can't take data off the network. Pretty soon they control what gets said. Then someone invents a personal computer, one that you, the user, controls. The freedom is wonderful! I know because the PC was born when I was coming of age. That's what comes after the cloud.
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Army Developing Drones That Can Recognize Your Face From a Distance
Clay Dillow (Popular Science New Technology, Science News, The Future Now)
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Building a 'Soft Biometric' Profile Progeny Systems Corporation via Danger Room And even recognize your intentions It's not enough for the U.S. military to be able to monitor you from afar. The U.S. Army wants its drones to know you through and through, reports Danger Room, and it is imbuing them with the ability to recognize you in a crowd and even to know what you are thinking and feeling. Like a best friend that at any moment might vaporize you with a hellfire missile. Of a handful of contracts just handed out by the Army, two are notable for their unique ISR capabilities. One would arm drones with facial recognition software that can remember faces so targets can't disappear into crowds. The other sounds far more unsettling: a human behavior engine capable of stacking informant info against intelligence data against other evidence to predict a person's intent. That's right: the act of determining whether you are friend or foe could be turned over to the machines. That's a bit disquieting whether
you are an insurgent warfighter or not. But back to the overarching topic at hand: The U.S. military is pulling in more ISR data than it knows what to do with these days, a lot of it useless noise that's inconsequential to ongoing operations. And, as DR notes, the strategy in Afghanistan has changed from one of winning hearts and minds through nation building projects to targeting specific bad guys.
The hard part is keeping up with the bad guys, and that's where Progeny Systems Corporation's "Long Range, Non-cooperative, Biometric Tagging, Tracking and Location" system comes into play. The facial recognition layer of its technology is pretty standard: take some 2-D pictures of a target's face, use them to build a 3-D model, and then use that 3-D model to recognize the face later. But that's not necessarily easy.
It's difficult enough for computers to pull off biometric facial recognition when the subject is stationary and looking straight at the camera. Toss in the many variables inherent in aerial ISR--a moving target who may be in profile or looking downward, a moving drone, low resolution cameras, etc.--and it's a major challenge. Progeny's system, if it works the way the company and the Army
envision it, needs just 50 pixels between the target's eyes in a 2-D image to build the 3-D model. "Any pose, any expression, any face," the company's lead biometric researcher tells Danger Room. From that model stored in Progeny's database, the system could identify the target from an even lower resolution image or video. The closer the drone is to the subject, the better all of this works. But progeny also layers in a second kind of recognition that can work at more than 750 feet. This "soft biometric" system basically takes in a bunch of nonfacial but otherwise outwardly relevant data--skin color, height and build, age, gender--to build a larger kind of model for its vision algorithms to work with. If a body is moving through the crowd, Progeny claims that a drone circling high overhead can keep track of him or her simply using this larger, whole-body identification system. But what good is tracking if you don't know who your enemies are? Another contract handed out to Charles River Analytics seeks to develop a human behavior engine known as Adversary Behavior Acquisition, Collection, Understanding, and ARMY page 65
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Inside the Factory: How a Chef's Knife Is Made
Paul Adams (Popular Science New Technology, Science News, The Future Now)
Submitted at 9/28/2011 3:13:25 PM
Knives Await Grinding Paul Adams PopSci goes to Germany to witness the cutting edge of manufacturing Last week, I visited Solingen, Germany's "city of blades," where knives, swords, and the like have been made for centuries. In between sipping beers and munching wursts, I paid a visit to the factory of Zwilling J.A. Henckels, at their kind invitation, to peer at the semi-roboticized lines where they produce their knives. The raw material comes into the factory on huge spools of sheet steel, each sheet the thickness of a knife. The steel is cut into individual blanks, destined to become individual knives. About three weeks elapse between when a blank comes off the spool and when it emerges, a finished knife, at the other end. In my breathless tour of the factory, I watched as a giant press cut and stacked the blanks, which are made of the company's secret
blend of stainless Special Steel. The blank is transported to another building, where the first of the factory's 90-odd industrial robot arms takes it in hand. In the classic design, the knife has a thickening where the blade meets the handle. This is formed first, by heating the middle of the blank, and then pressing the metal's two ends together so the molten middle bulges and widens. Then the blank is quickly cropped
into the rough shape of the knife it's going to be. After that, it steps through a series of cooling, supercooling, and heat-tempering steps that give it its corrosion resistance and toughness. This is one of the benefits of the Special Steel, I'm told -- it heats and cools in very predictable ways, allowing the factory to use more precise temperatures rather than temperature ranges.
After the tempering, any distortions or warpings that the heat has created in the blade are hammered out by a highly skilled human, who picks up and eyes each knife, one at a time, and flattens any that need flattening with precise strokes of a little hammer. The knife passes into the hands of another series of robots, which use grinding wheels to narrow down the thickish blank into the
tapered contour of a blade. Only roughly, though -- the fine grinding and sharpening, as well as putting on the handles, is left to the factory's humans, who wear puffy gray overalls and exude the confidence that comes with being extremely good at your job, and quite possibly coming from a line of knifemakers generations old. Wooden handles are glued onto the tang of the knife and then riveted in place; plastic handles are simply melted on by heating the tang and inserting it in a ready handle. The edges of the handles are smoothed by robots. Finally the knife is cleaned and passes onward to the scrutiny of the quality assurance women. If it has no flaws -- there's a big photobook of possible flaws -- it gets packed up and winds up in someone's kitchen. Check out the step-by-step gallery of pictures from the knifemaking process.
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Summarization (ABACUS). It mashes up all kinds of behavioral data into a system that churns out an assessment of adversarial intent, determining if a subject has enough built up resentment toward the U.S. and its aims to be a potential threat. So pretty soon the drones may
know who you are, where you're going, and what you're planning to do when you get there. [ Danger Room]
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Today, Make Sure Rabies' Days Are Numbered
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CDC Around the world, bites from dogs infected with rabies are the most common way for humans to become infected. It seems sometimes that there's hardly a space on the calendar that
hasn't been claimed for a campaign to raise awareness for an illness or health condition. Today, for instance, is World Rabies Day, I learned from a tweet from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggesting a celebration to learn about how to prevent the fatal disease. Around the world more than
55,000 people a year die from rabies, a figure that surprised me. Rabies is caused by virus that's usually transmitted by animal bites, most often from dogs. About 40 percent of rabies cases are in kids, according to the World Health Organization. So vaccinate your dog against rabies. Steer clear of wild animals — especially those that are acting
up. The CDC says more than 90 percent of reported animal rabies cases in the U.S. are in wild animals. The top species: raccoons, bats, skunks and foxes. In case of an animal bite, get to the doctor pronto. Rabies shots after a bite, or other exposure, can halt the viral infection, but the window for treatment is short. Details here.
Don't wait to feel sick before seeking medical help. "If you start showing signs of illness, you've bought the farm," says veterinarian Charles Rupprecht at the CDC in the video below. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it TODAY, page 67
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Google Makes a Pitch for Free Market
solutions to be market-based, the company embraces policies that conservatives strongly oppose, such as net neutrality. Suspicions on the right also arise from its former CEO’s close relationship to President Obama. “I think one of the things we’ve learned is that no company can get anything done in Washington without partnerships on both sides of the aisle,” said Adam Kovacevich, head of competition public policy and public affairs at Google. “People may not necessarily agree with the politics of some of our executives, that doesn’t mean that philosophy about government regulation on Internet content should be different.” The company, however, is attempting to strike a different tone with a Congress that is asking questions about Google’s role in the marketplace. The Senate’s Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights Subcommittee held a hearing last week on the issue. “They welcome the oversight of the Senate Antitrust Committee and they welcome the FTC investigation,” said Dunn, “but what they want is that the solution be a free-market based approach, including the net neutrality debate.” Dunn noted that the net neutrality debate taught Google how Washington works and why it is now advocating a market-based policy approach. James Gattuso, senior research fellow in regulatory policy at The Heritage Foundation, suggested that it is more likely that the Federal Trade Commission’s recent investigation into Google’s search -engine practices are what motivated the company to change its tune. Despite its efforts in Washington, there are moments when Google’s actions continue to scare conservatives. Such was the case Monday when Douglas Edwards, former director of consumer marketing and brand management at Google, stood up during Obama’s LinkedIn town hall and said, “ Please raise my taxes.” “It sometimes pains me as a Republican to see former Google execs standing up and asking to be taxed more,” remarked Dunn, in response to questions about Edwards’ comment. Not everyone at The Bloggers Briefing was convinced of Google’s arguments or motives. Scott Cleland, author of “ Search and Destroy: Why You Can’t Trust Google, Inc.” and a Microsoft consultant, criticized Google’s antitrust legal council, Susan Creighton, when she called the company an exemplar of free market principles. Cleland later wrote for Forbes that “Google is engaged in an emergency, politically-expedient, extreme makeover to try and get free market conservatives to rescue Google from their own reckless disregard for the rule of law and for the property and privacy of others.” UPDATE: Seton Motley, president of Less Government, asserted at The Bloggers Briefing that Google donated money to MoveOn.org. Google says that’s inaccurate. The company has never donated to the left-wing organization. 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 fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters featured article: A 'Malign Intellectual Subculture' - George Monbiot Smears Chomsky, Herman, Peterson, Pilger And Media Lens.
Google is growing up. That was the message company representatives shared at Heritage this week on the Silicon Valley behemoth’s 13th birthday. Google is making the case for the free market — and taking its message to conservatives. The Heritage Foundation hosted representatives from Google at Tuesday’s Bloggers Briefing. The meeting came just a few days (news photos - Google News) after a Senate hearing in which Submitted at 9/29/2011 11:52:49 AM Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt was grilled by lawmakers Photos: MLB wildcards are over the company’s search engine decided ranking practices. Denver Post The search engine giant recently (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) added former Republican staffers Boston Red Sox third baseman to round out its ranks and build Mike Aviles sits in the dugout relationships with organizations after Boston's 4-3 loss to the and lawmakers on the right. Lee Baltimore Orioles in a baseball Dunn, a former aide to Sen. John game Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011, McCain (R-AZ), is one of the in Baltimore. Boston was recent additions. eliminated from the playoffs after “You have to remember Google is the Tampa... a new company, and I think they and more » were learning the ways of Washington,” Dunn said about the tech giant’s past activities and recent efforts to build bipartisan support with policymakers. While Dunn purported Google’s
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Morning Bell: Obamacare’s Soaring Price Tag
Mike Brownfield (The Foundry: Conservative Policy News Blog from The Heritage Foundation)
large part, Obamacare. According to Kaiser Family Foundation CEO Drew Altman, the President’s health care legislation was Submitted at 9/29/2011 8:46:12 AM On January 21, 2009, Barack responsible for approximately 20 Obama stood on the steps of the p e r c e n t o f t h e i n c r e a s e i n U.S. Capitol and, in his inaugural premiums. Heritage’s Kathryn address, pledged to America that Nix explains what parts of he would “wield technology’s Obamacare are to blame: wonders to raise health care’s Provisions of the law that have quality and lower its cost.” What already gone into effect are he did wield, of course, was a driving up the cost of premiums, 2 , 0 0 0 - p a g e b i l l k n o w n a s including requiring insurance Obamacare. More than a year on, plans to cover children up the age we now know that health care of 26 on their parents’ policies costs are soaring, and the and requiring governmentPresident’s signature legislation is a p p r o v e d p r e v e n t i v e c a r e to blame. measures to be covered with zero Most Americans know that cost sharing by all plans. m e d i c i n e i s g e t t i n g m o r e The bad news is that Americans expensive, but a new survey puts can expect costs to go even a shocking sticker price on the higher. For starters, the full force rapid increase. The Kaiser Family of the law won’t even kick in until F o u n d a t i o n a n d t h e H e a l t h 2014–in other words, there’s an Research and Educational Trust onslaught ahead. And even report that between 2010 and without Obamacare, premiums are 2011, family premiums increased skyrocketing and hitting small by 9 percent and for individual businesses. Just imagine what the p r e m i u m s b y 8 p e r c e n t . future will hold. Nix warns that According to the survey, “The “already-enacted provisions are average premium for single just the beginning,” and just next coverage in 2011 is $452 per week, the Institute of Medicine month or $5,429 per year … The will release its recommendations average premium for family on what should and should not be coverage is $1,256 per month or covered under Obamacare’s $15,073 per year.” “essential health benefits” What’s driving those costs? In package. What could be the
result? Even larger premium hikes than we’ve already seen. With the cost of health care growing so tremendously over the past decade (for families, 31 percent higher premiums today than in 2006, 113 percent higher than in 2001), one might think that the news media would begin to ask whether the very law responsible for even higher costs ought to stand. That question, though, is not being asked, and the issue of Obamacare’s contribution to increased costs is not being examined. Fortunately, the very basis of Obamacare will face ultimate legal examination. Yesterday, the National Federation of Independent Business filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court appealing the 11th Circuit’s decision that the unconstitutional individual mandate could be severed from the Obamacare legislation. Twenty-six states, too, have lined up to argue their case before the Supreme Court, filing a petition for certiorari. Likewise, the Department of Justice yesterday asked the Court to review the lower court finding that the individual mandate is unconstitutional. The Washington Post reports that a decision will likely come next summer.
While America waits for a decision from the Supreme Court, Obamacare’s damage continues unabated. Families, individuals, and businesses are paying higher costs for health care. New regulations are exacting a heavy toll on job growth. And there are more regulations to come. The good news is that Obamacare is not the only option–real reforms can reduce health care costs for all Americans. And that change can come with repealing Obamacare, offering consumers more choices of coverage and full ownership of that coverage, and giving states greater latitude to experiment and innovate with health care programs, as Heritage proposes in its Saving the American Dream plan. America’s health care system is already unaffordable, and Obamacare only makes it worse. Fortunately, there are conservative alternatives to the President’s flawed plan. Quick Hits: • The FBI has arrested a 26-yearold physics graduate and model hobbyist from Massachusetts for planning to attack the Pentagon and Capitol using a remotecontrolled aircraft filled with plastic explosives. • Germany has approved the
expansion of a fund to bail out heavily indebted European countries. Six of 17 euro zone countries still need to pass the agreement. • A cache of weapons from the botched Fast and Furious gunrunning operation have been discovered in El Paso. Forty firearms were being stored for transfer to Mexico. • Forces from Libya’s interim government captured the airport in Sirte, dictator Muammar Qadhafi’s hometown. It’s one of his last two remaining bastions of support. • There’s more good news in the fight against illegal immigration at the state level. A federal judge has upheld part of Alabama’s immigration law. Read more about it on Foundry.org. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters featured article: A 'Malign Intellectual Subculture' - George Monbiot Smears Chomsky, Herman, Peterson, Pilger And Media Lens.
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Pakistan’s Terror Treachery on Trial
Rick Moran (FrontPage Magazine » FrontPage)
its way to praise China as an “allweather friend” as a reminder to the US that they have a few cards Submitted at 9/28/2011 11:55:32 PM to play in the region as well. Outgoing chairman of the Joint The State Department sought to Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike distance itself from Mullen’s Mullen, caused a ruckus in both remarks even while putting the Washington and Islamabad when finishing touches on designating he stated flatly before the Senate Haqqani a foreign terrorist group. Armed Services Committee that Why this hasn’t happened before the Taliban-supported terrorist is due to the fading hope that the group Haqqani was “a veritable terrorists could play a meaningful arm” of Pakistan’s Inter-Services role in peace talks between the I n t e l l i g e n c e a g e n c y ( I S I ) . Afghanistan government and the Although this didn’t come as Taliban. Recent attacks against a surprise to those following the our embassy in Kabul and our US-Pakistan saga, what was soldiers at a NATO outpost by the stunning was the fact that he terrorists would seem to have uttered the charge on the record— dashed whatever forlorn hope was a first for the US government. The harbored in the State Department U n i t e d S t a t e s h a s b e e n that Haqqani could be relied upon complaining to the Pakistani as a partner for peace. government privately for years Meanwhile, the Obama White about the duplicity and treachery House tried to tone down the of the ISI as they support the rhetoric, hoping to bridge the Afghanistan Taliban and the chasm that has suddenly opened Haqqani terrorist network as a between the two countries by matter of state policy. However, refusing to endorse Mullen’s actually charging the ISI with remarks. And Secretary of State collusion in attacks on Americans Hillary Clinton met for several escalated the tensions between the hours with Pakistan’s foreign two countries to historic levels. minister last week and emerged The Pakistani government saying the right things about reacted angrily to the charges and “cooperation” and “vital strategic thousands took to the streets interests.” around the country to protest But unlike past dust-ups over against what they perceive as border incursions from Pakistan American threats to deal with the into Afghanistan by the Taliban Haqqani network on their own. and Pakistan’s perceived lack of The government also went out of a g g r e s s i v e n e s s i n f i g h t i n g
terrorists in the rugged Northwest Frontier Provinces, the underlying contradictions in US-Pakistani relations are in the open, and both governments feel the need to defend themselves. What are those contradictions? At bottom, the question that must be asked of Pakistan is: are they friend or foe? Ever since the take down of Osama bin Laden in an al-Qaeda safe house 60 miles from the capitol Islamabad, relations have been steadily deteriorating. But despite the perfidy of the Pakistani military and the ISI, a break in relations would only assist the terrorists and destabilize Afghanistan even more than it is now. However, this“escalation” by the Pakistani military in
irredentist claims on Pakistan’s own Pashtun regions, or bow to Indian influence. The military’s worst-case scenario would be an Afghanistan controlled or dominated by groups with ties to India, such as the Northern Alliance, which it fears would permit New Delhi to continue activities that are hostile to Pakistan even after the United States leaves the region. Admiral Mullen made some other interesting comments at that senate hearing as well. He said, “With ISI support, Haqqani operatives planned and conducted directly countenancing attacks on that truck bomb attack” on US citizens must be dealt with September 10 that killed 5 and and condemned or there simply is wounded 77 coalition soldiers. no hope in going forward with the Mullen added, “We also have Pakistanis on any reasonable credible evidence that they were behind the June 28th attack basis. Pakistani commentator Aqil against the Intercontinental Hotel Shah, writing in Foreign Affairs, in Kabul and a host of other cheered Mullen’s comments, smaller but effective operations.” calling them “the most direct and The State Department leaked to daring official U.S. indictment of the Washington Post: “Adm. the Pakistani military to date,” Mike Mullen’s assertion last week and pointed out that the Pakistani that an anti-American insurgent military’s game has a lot to do g r o u p i n A f g h a n i s t a n i s a with their concerns about India ‘veritable arm’ of Pakistan’s spy gaining a foothold in Afghanistan: service was overstated and Ideally, the military would like c o n t r i b u t e d t o o v e r h e a t e d Afghanistan to become a reactions in Pakistan and r e l a t i v e l y s t a b l e s a t e l l i t e misperceptions in Washington.” dominated by Islamist Pashtuns, which are much less likely than more secular Pashtuns to make
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The Defense Contractors of Islam
Daniel Greenfield (FrontPage Magazine » FrontPage)
also sits on the board of the One Nation Foundation, which exists to promote the confusingly dual Submitted at 9/28/2011 11:50:42 PM proposition that Muslims are One of the more peculiar twists persecuted in America and that in the caliphate’s tale is that a they are loyal Americans. sizable amount of the funding for The One Nation Foundation Islamic propaganda aimed at board includes Saudi Arabia’s Americans comes from Muslim- Hisham Alireza, who is also on owned defense contractors. the board of trustees of the Sabtech Industries recently made extremist Zaytuna College, and the news when it lost its security H a m z a Y u s u f H a n s o n , t h e clearance after some suspicious founding director of Zaytuna donations to Muslim charities cost College. its president, Rahim Sabadia, his Hanson, aka the “Mufti of security clearance. Sabtech’s California,” had called Judaism a work on upgrading the Navy’s “racist religion” and two days AEGIS system on warships put it before the Muslim attacks of at the nerve center of one of the September 11 was quoted as most important defense saying, “This country technologies in the United States. unfortunately has a great, a great The real question, though, is not tribulation coming to it. And how Rahim Sabadia lost his much of it is already here, yet security clearance, but how he got people are too illiterate to read the it in the first place. Sabadia was writing on the wall.” foreign born and had close ties to The One Nation Foundation Pakistan as a member of (COPA) board includes the wife of Sohaib the Council of Pakistan-American Abbasi, another Pakistani Muslim Affairs. After being stopped on tech millionaire CEO. During his return trip from Turkey, he Obama’s fundraising tour in used his favorite congressman to California, one of the mansions he introduce a bill allowing people stopped by was the Abbasi home, with their names on no fly lists to before going on to describe have them removed. Americans in Pennsylvania as Through the Sabadia Family bitter people clinging to their Foundation, Rahim was a major Bibles and guns. funder of CAIR to the tune of a Abbasi’s Informatica has handled quarter of a million dollars and defense contracts, though they are
Xenel is run by the Saudi Alireza clan, which has been tied to the Bin Ladens and a bank that was accused of funding Al Qaeda. And funding also came from the El-Hibri Foundation. The ElHibris have played an even more vital role in the defense industry than Sabadia. While Sabadia had access to AEGIS– the El-Hibris have access to the most destructive non-nuclear weapons of mass destruction in the country. Through a complicated series of buyouts and takeovers, the ElHibris’ Emergent Bio-Solutions controls the anthrax vaccine and stands as our defense against biowarfare. Documents from the company, which was then known as BioPort, have found their way into the hands of Pakistani nuclear scientists in Afghanistan. There has been further speculation that anthrax samples may have even found their way into the hands of terrorists. not its bread and butter. The in Yemen, Anwar Al-Awlaki, and At a Senate Armed Services Abbasis also funded the “Sohaib Daisy Khan, wife of the former Committee hearing in 2001, and Sara Abbasi Program in Ground Zero mosque imam, part Senator Tim Hutchinson said that Islamic Studies” at Stanford of the funding for the propaganda B i o P o r t w a s “ c o s t i n g t h e University. And the Sabadia broadcast, which has been turned American taxpayer millions and Family Foundation funds Islamic into a lesson plan for classrooms, m i l l i o n s o f d o l l a r s a n d propaganda films broadcast on came from the Sabadia Family jeopardizing the safety of our public television. Foundation. troops who we’re not able to When PBS aired, “Muhammad: Another funder was Hisham provide that anthrax vaccination.” Legacy of a Prophet,” featuring Alireza’s company, Xenel, aka none other than Al-Qaeda’s man Arabian Bulk Trade Limited.
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On “Costless” Benefits for Public Workers
Jason Richwine (The Foundry: Conservative Policy News Blog from The Heritage Foundation)
Submitted at 9/28/2011 6:15:50 PM
In our work on public sector compensation, Andrew Biggs of the American Enterprise Institute and I have routinely counted enhanced job security as a benefit for public workers, and we have tried to quantify just how valuable it can be. Some critics have argued that public workers actually have no extra job security, but this is demonstrably untrue. A more interesting criticism comes from a recent letter to the editor in the Columbus Dispatch: While job security usually is considered a benefit for publicsector employees, it should be included in the analysis only if it results in a cost to the employer. It can be argued that reduced employer flexibility because of union restrictions (i.e., firing an employee, assigning new job responsibilities, etc.) is a cost to the public sector, but measuring such “costs” related to job security is no easy task. But Biggs and Richwine use a model to determine the job-security factor
which has nothing to do with the cost to the public sector. It should be emphasized that of course job security comes at a cost to employers. In the public sector, job security prevents governments at every level from quickly changing and adapting their workforces to meet evolving public needs. Imagine, for example, a government agency that wants to cut costs by switching to a computerized record system, a school district that wants to hire more effective teachers, or a park service that needs skilled workers to operate new equipment. All of these innovations require replacing some existing workers with new employees who have more applicable skills. Preventing that replacement from happening, as excessive job security does, is a clear cost to taxpayers. Nevertheless, job security does not necessarily cost employers the same amount that it benefits employees, so let’s assume for argument’s sake that the letter writer is correct that job security is, at least to some extent, a “costless” benefit enjoyed by public workers. In that case,
should public–private comparisons really consider only employer costs for employee compensation rather than employee benefits? Emphatically no. Employee benefits are what matter, and employer cost is irrelevant. To see why, let’s go to an extreme case. Forget job security for a moment and imagine that a magic genie appears before a state legislature and says that it will automatically double the salaries of every public worker in the state. For every dollar the legislature allocates to public-sector salaries, the genie will magically add another dollar. In this case, knowing it has the genie’s help, how much should the state pay its workers? The correct answer is half the market rate. The genie will double the salaries to fair market levels, and then taxpayers can enjoy the savings. The money saved by the genie’s presence could be used for other spending priorities or tax relief. If the legislature continued to pay market levels as if the genie did not exist, then public workers would receive an undeserved windfall, taxpayers would not receive any savings,
and the genie’s gift would result in no public benefit. The “genie” in this story is, of course, any benefit to public workers that is costless. Even if such costless benefits exist, compensation is fungible. Employers can reduce compensation in costly areas (such as wages) in order to balance increased benefits in costless areas (such as, allegedly, job security). Thus, when comparing compensation, ignoring “costless” benefits to public workers leads to as much waste of taxpayer money as ignoring costly benefits does. 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 fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters featured article: A 'Malign Intellectual Subculture' - George Monbiot Smears Chomsky, Herman, Peterson, Pilger And Media Lens.
The Case for Romney
David Frum (FrumForum » David Frum)
Submitted at 9/28/2011 4:37:42 PM
In my column for The Week, I make the affirmative case for Mitt Romney to be the Republican presidential nominee: For three years, Republican activists, strategists, and donors have tried to find a plausible alternative to Romney, and again and again they have failed. For about 15 minutes, that alternative seemed at last to have materialized in the form of Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Perry still leads the national polls and is still raising money. Yet it’s hard to miss the loud hiss of air escaping this particular balloon. So maybe it’s time to reconsider the long-standing frontrunner — CASE page 73
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The Lady Gaga Administration
Ben Shapiro (FrontPage Magazine » FrontPage)
Submitted at 9/28/2011 11:49:03 PM
On Sunday, President Obama, demonstrating once again his populist bona fides, held a fundraiser near San Francisco for his Hollywood friends. The price of admission: $38,500 per plate. (Couldn’t these folks have donated that money to pay down the debt in order to ensure that they turn over their “fair share?” Never mind.) In attendance was one Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, aka Lady Gaga. And as usual, it wasn’t enough for the queen of bizarroworld to show up – she had to steal the show. Before the event, Lady Gaga reportedly met privately with President Obama to discuss the issue of bullying of gays. Then, during the Q&A portion of the dinner, she stood up and read a fan letter from a gay 14 -year-old, Jamey Rodemeyer, who committed suicide, reportedly after being teased about his sexuality. She called on President Obama to make bullying illegal. “I am meeting with our
President,” Gaga said on Twitter before the event. “I will not stop fighting. This must end. Our generation has the power to end i t . T r e n d i t #MakeALawForJamey.” Before his suicide, Rodemeyer made a heartbreaking video that you can view here. In it, he talks about how he thought he might bisexual in December of last year;
he was sent hate from people who told him he would go to hell. He says things were getting better – when he came out as bisexual, he says, he got lots of support from his friends and family. He says he looks up to Lady Gaga, that she told him he was “born this way.” He attended Lady Gaga’s “Monster Ball” and felt liberated. Just four months later, he was
dead by his own hand. Bullying is a terrible practice. There is no question about it. There is also no question that Rodemeyer suffered from some sort of depression. His parents made the right moves – they had him seeing a social worker and a therapist, apparently. Sometimes that isn’t enough. There are two great tragedies to Rodemeyer’s story, then: the horrific bullying, and the fact that its victim was mentally troubled. Beyond the tragedy of Rodemeyer’s death, there are at least two specific problems with Lady Gaga’s call to presidential action. First, bullying affects a huge percentage of the population. Very few people have never been bullied at school. It usually has nothing to do with sexuality. Chubby kids get bullied. Short kids get bullied. Religious kids get bullied. Atheist kids get bullied. Singling out bullying of gays as somehow more noteworthy politicizes the issue.
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the candidate who was more than conservative enough for party conservatives back in 2008 — and to rediscover his good points. 1) Given the dreadful economic conditions, the Democrats will have no choice in 2012 but to run a negative campaign against the Republican alternative. Message: “We may have disappointed you on jobs, but they will take away your Medicare, Social Security, and unemployment insurance.” Of all the Republicans in the field, Romney is least vulnerable to this line of attack. He did not associate himself with the Ryan plan to withdraw the Medicare guarantee from people under age 55. He did not denounce Social Security as a “monstrous lie.” He has not condemned the unemployed as lay-abouts. Yes, Romney has vulnerabilities of his own in a general election, plenty of them. But at least he is
not adding more. Perry, on the other hand, generates new raw material for Democratic attack ads almost every time he opens his mouth. 2) After the campaign comes the presidency. Who can believe that Rick Perry has the wherewithal to do that job? The global financial crisis still rages about us. Just ahead: Debt defaults in Europe. After that? Perhaps the popping of China’s real-estate bubble. What else? Who knows? The person you want in that job in such a time is someone with a deep understanding of finance and economics. The U.S. is paying dearly now for electing in 2008 a president who lacked such understanding, despite many other fine qualities. As a result (as Ron Suskind now reports), economic decision-making in the Obama White House degenerated into a struggle between advisers to sway
a more or less passive president. Romney spent much of his career in financial markets. One benefit of that experience: He is less likely to be overawed by possibly self-interested actors than a less familiar president. The U.S. has had quite enough of that. Click here to read the full column. 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 fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters featured article: A 'Malign Intellectual Subculture' - George Monbiot Smears Chomsky, Herman, Peterson, Pilger And Media Lens.
1 Chronicles 16:10 (09-29-11)
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reverencing the holy name of the Father who gave up his precious Son so we could be his children. Glory in his holy name; let the He loves us that much. Incredible! hearts of those who seek the My Prayer... You have blessed me LORD rejoice. in so many ways, Father. How can — 1 Chronicles 16:10(NIV) I e v e r b e g i n t o t h a n k y o u Thoughts on Today's Verse... p r o p e r l y ? I c o n f e s s t h a t I What is your glory? Do you glory sometimes seek notoriety and in your accomplishments, your glory for myself even though I wealth, your status, your looks, know it is fleeting and often it is your piety, your humility ...? In only the false flattery of those the old hymn "Beneath the Cross who want something from me. of Jesus," we confess, "My glory, But deep in my heart, dear God, I all the Cross." That's what know that my true glory is found Christians mean when we "glory in the adoption covenant you in God's holy name." Our full signed with your grace. Thank understanding of God's holy name you! Words cannot capture my has been greatly expanded by appreciation, but please know that Jesus. He taught us to not only I look forward to being eternally reverence the name of God, but grateful for all that you have also to call him Father. Any other done. May the glory be yours in cause of joy, any other basis for heaven and throughout the earth, boasting, is a passing illusion. For both now and forevermore. In the those whose hearts seek the name of Jesus I praise you. Amen. LORD, glory is found in
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How the Recession Changed Conservatives
David Frum (FrumForum » David Frum)
Submitted at 9/28/2011 10:23:04 PM
In my Marketplace commentary, I discuss how the Great Recession changed conservative thinking on economic issues: The Great Moderation has ended in the Great Recession. Interest rates have been cut to near zero, and still there’s not much of a recovery. At this “zero bound,” liberals have rediscovered their old faith in active government: fiscal stimulus, government spending. Conservatives might have been expected to reply by reemphasizing new possibilities in monetary policy, the now famous concept of “quantitative easing.” Instead, many conservatives have changed their minds. They have
Rick Perry accused Ben Bernanke of treason for thinking otherwise. Yet there are only two policy levers, fiscal and monetary, and if you refuse to pull either, you are condemned to do nothing except wait for the economy to improve on its own. And wait. And wait. Click here to read the full commentary. 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 fivefilters.org/contentturned against quantitative easing. prices most Americans pay, only/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters featured article: A 'Malign They call for tighter money – not anymore. to battle inflation (there isn’t any) Why – in a universe of prices – it Intellectual Subculture' - George but they think the value of the is these almost randomly selected M o n b i o t S m e a r s C h o m s k y , dollar is best measured against the prices that should govern is never Herman, Peterson, Pilger And p r i c e o f s o m e s e l e c t i o n o f very well explained. Explained or Media Lens. commodities, especially gold, not, the view is strongly held – to silver and oil. It is not about the the point where Texas governor
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Hipmunk Flight Search Takes Off on Android
Jennifer Van Grove (Mashable!)
Submitted at 9/29/2011 8:06:47 AM
Hipmunk, a year-old travel startup with a focus on flight and hotel search, has released a mobile app for Android devices. Hipmunk for Android mirrors the aesthetic of the Hipmunk website and the feature set of the previously released iPhone application, but it’s created from scratch to offer an experience unique to Android. The Android app features flight results sorted by “agony” and “ecstasy” — the company’s custom algorithms are designed to surface the most enjoyable flights. App users can sort by flight price, duration, departure and arrival time, view if there’s Wi-Fi on board, save searches, and book travel directly with airlines or third-party services like Orbitz. Hipmunk joins other travelbooking apps, including ones from Travelocity and Kayak, in the Android Market. “There was a fair amount of pressure on us to do an Android version,” Hipmunk co-founder
and CTO Steve Huffman tells Mashable. Huffman says that the startup was reluctant to build an Android app at first. “I was a naysayer of the whole thing … because there weren’t very many good Android apps out there.” So Hipmunk hired Android developer Ryan Oldenburg to tackle the challenge. “He’s got this chip on his shoulder about the quality of Android apps, and he’s determined to make Android apps that are just as good as iPhone apps,” Huffman says.
The investment in Android is likely to pay off for the young travel startup. Already, 20% of all Hipmunk searches happen via mobile devices and search-to-buy conversion rates on mobile are on par with website conversion rates — and that’s without an application on Android. Why is Hipmunk so popular with web and mobile flight searchers? Huffman says it comes down to a commitment to offering the best possible search experience. “There aren’t any options online
where users aren’t being abused by the services that they’re trying to use — specifically travel,” Huffman says. “We care very much about the experience the user is going to have … whether it’s on the site or on a phone.” Next up, Huffman says, Hipmunk plans to add hotel search to all of its mobile applications and release updates to the website. Hipmunk has raised roughly $5 million in funding. Huffman says the startup is bringing in revenue and not looking to raise an additional round at this time. Image courtesy of Flickr, San Diego Shooter More About: Android Application, hipmunk, startup, travel For more Mobile coverage: • Follow Mashable Mobile on Twitter • Become a Fan on Facebook • Subscribe to the Mobile channel • Download our free apps for Android, Mac, iPhone and iPad
Nokia Lays Off 3,500, HTC Explorer Announced: Today’s Top Stories
Lauren Indvik (Mashable!)
Submitted at 9/29/2011 8:18:55 AM
Welcome to this morning’s edition of“First To Know,” a series in which we keep you in the know on what’s happening in the digital world. We’re keeping our eyes on four particular stories of interest today. Amazon Launches Tablet, 3 New Ereaders Amazon announced four new devices Wednesday: a $199 Android-based tablet, the Kindle Fire, a$149 Kindle Touch 3G, a$99 Wi-Fi-only Kindle Touch and the next-generation, Wi-Fionly eink Kindle for $79. Following the announcement, Barnes & Noble reportedly cut the price of its Nook Color ereader by $25. ( UPDATE: The Nook Color price cut has been in effect in some time, and was not related to NOKIA page 76
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Neiman Marcus to Give Away Clutches via Foursquare Hunt
Lauren Indvik (Mashable!)
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Neiman Marcus is launching a Foursquare challenge in conjunction with its annual shoe and handbag event on Saturday. The high-end apparel and accessories retailer will hide 15 Nancy Gonzalez clutches (pictured right) at 15 of its 41 stores. Visitors who check in to Neiman Marcus on Oct. 1 will see a message indicating whether they are in the vicinity of a clutch and, if so, where to search for it. The first players to retrieve those clutches get to keep them. Shoppers who aren’t able to unearth a clutch can enter to win one. Each store will reward a clutch to a randomly selected entrant. In all, 56 Nancy Gonzalez clutches will be given away. Scavenger-style mobile hunts are nothing new. In fact, Neiman Marcus hosted a nationwide SCVNGR challenge in stores this spring. Shoe and accessories label Jimmy Choo and Mattel’s Barbie franchise have staged hunts in urban centers across the globe. Neiman Marcus’s October
campaign is unusual in that it takes place entirely within the confines of its stores — which, given that it’s meant to drive people into stores for the event, makes a good deal of sense. Gabrielle de Papp, VP of corporate public relations at Neiman Marcus, adds that the initiative is also designed to encourage customers to interact with the retailer on Foursquare not just for the event, but regularly. “We have early indications that many of our customers are eager to interact
with us on Foursquare, and we intend to increase our activity on it going forward,” she says. More About: fashion, foursquare, Marketing, nancy gonzalez, neiman marcus, retail For more Business coverage: • Follow Mashable Business on Twitter • Become a Fan on Facebook • Subscribe to the Business Nicholas Cecil, Chief Political Correspondent (Evening channel Standard - News) • Download our free apps for Android, Mac, iPhone and iPad Submitted at 9/29/2011 6:24:39 AM Home Secretary Theresa May was at the centre of a major security row today after her personal engagements diary was left in a concert hall. The journal listed her meetings
Amazon’s announcements Wednesday, a B&N rep said.) Nokia Lays off 3,500 Nokia has laid off 3,500 employees as it downsizes its manufacturing facilities in Europe and the U.S. HTC Explorer Details Confirmed HTC has officially announced the latest addition to its Android smartphone lineup, the HTC Explorer, which will be made available in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East in October. Groupon Launches Groupon Goods Groupon has launched an online retail site called Groupon Goods, which offers deals on pilates, coffee brewers and LED TVs. Further News • Best Buy has cut the price of the BlackBerry Playbook to $299.• Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah has revoked a sentence of 10 lashings that a woman was meant to receive for driving in the
kingdom, according to a tweet from a Saudi princess’s Twitter account.• Flickr has launched an Android app with Instagram-like filters.• Hipmunk, a year-old travel startup with a focus on flight and hotel search, has released a mobile app for Android devices.• Neiman Marcus is giving away 58 clutches at Foursquare-based scavenger hunts across the nation.• Fashion designer Rebecca Minkoff is turning to her Instagram followers to help design her first print ad.
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Theresa May in lost diary blunder
with top police officers, phone numbers and even the exact time she was due to visit a gym. Scotland Yard is investigating the circumstances of the blunder amid claims by MPs that her security had been compromised. The diary was left on Sunday at a THERESA page 77
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Glasgow concert hall where Mrs May was attending a National Police Memorial Day to remember fallen officers, which was also attended by Prince Charles. It included details of her visit to the gym, as well as a toplevel meeting with the Chief Constable of Warwickshire Keith Bristow. The journal stated that Mr Bristow was booked in on Tuesday this week to talk to the Home Secretary about his candidacy to become head of the National Crime Agency, which is set to take over from the Serious Organised Crime Agency in 2013. Keith Vaz, Labour chairman of the Commons home affairs committee, said: "It's serious that someone with the security importance of the Home Secretary should have her security compromised in this way. "It is very disappointing that this has happened." Shadow home affairs minister Vernon Coaker said: "We've been warning for some time that you can't trust Theresa May with public safety and security.
"This just confirms our worries. She needs to get a grip not just on her diary but also her brief." Mrs May, who was accompanied by a Met Police security team and members of her private office, is not herself thought to have left the diary at the concert halls. Details in the diary were passed to Police Review magazine. Other events in it included the opening of a furniture repair shop called Chissock Woodcraft near Reading and a charity cabaret evening at Wentworth Golf Club. The diary had phone numbers for her private secretary and contacts at events she was attending. Bizarrely, it also featured the words News of the World - the closed Sunday newspaper scribbled in black pen on its front page. It was found after the event at Glasgow Concert Halls, also attended by Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond. The diary also stated that before attending the National Police Memorial Day she met the Chief Constable of Strathclyde Police Stephen House. It also revealed a 30-minute
lunch meeting in Glasgow with Police Minister Nick Herbert last Sunday after a meeting with Strathclyde Police about gang warfare in the area. The diary was returned to the Home Office by Police Review staff this week after all the meetings had taken place. A Met spokesman said: "We are aware a document was misplaced and are looking into the circumstances. The paper was not protectively marked. Security was not compromised." 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 fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters featured article: A 'Malign Intellectual Subculture' - George Amar Toor (Engadget) M o n b i o t S m e a r s C h o m s k y , Submitted at 9/29/2011 9:55:00 AM Herman, Peterson, Pilger And Just a few days after unveiling Media Lens. the waterproof IS13SH, Sharp has come out with yet another beastly submersible, known as the Aquos Phone 102SH. Juiced by a 1GHz TI OMAP 4430 CPU, this Gingerbread-coated handset boasts a 4.5-inch glasses-free 3D display with 720 x 1280 resolution, along with 1GB of RAM and a 32GB microSDHC card. The device also packs a 12 megapixel CMOS sensor and supports DLNA, infrared connections, e-wallet functionality and your standard
Sharp's Aquos Phone 102SH brings 3D qHD display, 12 megapixel CMOS sensor to Japan
802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 3.0 capabilities. No word yet on price, but Japanese carrier SoftBank will begin selling the 102SH in early December. Scurry past the break for more information in the full and translated PR. Continue reading Sharp's Aquos Phone 102SH brings 3D qHD display, 12 megapixel CMOS sensor to Japan Sharp's Aquos Phone 102SH brings 3D qHD display, 12 megapixel CMOS sensor to Japan originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 29 Sep 2011 09:55:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink TechCrunch| | Email this| Comments
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Merkel defeats rebels to save euro bailout
Joe Murphy, Political Editor (Evening Standard - News)
"The danger we face is of change leading to fragmentation," warned the Deputy Prime Minister, Submitted at 9/29/2011 6:28:24 AM adding: "That we become divided, Angela Merkel today secured turning away from each other... victory in a vital vote to back the That would be a disaster." new European mechanism to In Athens, civil servants defend the euro. protesting against austerity She defeated a rebellion to win measures blocked entrances to the vote to ratify the £383billion government buildings. "Take your bailout fund agreed by single bailout and leave," shouted currency leaders last July. protesters outside the finance The vote in the Bundestag was ministry as international finance won by 523 to 85 with just three chiefs reopened talks on whether abstentions. The euro immediately Greece has yet done enough to rose against the dollar as investors merit receiving more funds. breathed a sigh of relief that the Taxi drivers, hospital workers German leader had won the day. and other public sector staff were Up to 20 members of her ruling all due to hold strikes. coalition had said they might Italy was forced to pay "eyerebel in protest at having to pump watering rates" on new loans money into the Greek economy today, indicating that the crisis is yet again. infecting the heart of the With a coalition majority of just e u r o z o n e . 19, that left Mrs Merkel in the A new bailout mechanism for the humiliating position of possibly eurozone countries - which relying on pro-euro members of Greece is depending on- was the Opposition to win. agreed by EU leaders in July but In a speech in Poland, Nick has to be ratified by each country Clegg urged European leaders to before being used. stand "shoulder to shoulder" in the Germany's vote was the last crisis. major hurdle. Finland endorsed
the European Financial Stability Facility, which offers guarantees of £383 billion, yesterday. Greece has just five weeks left before it will run out of money and default without help. Its prime minister George Papandreou is expected to dash to Paris for crisis talks tomorrow. Among ideas reportedly on the table are a 50 per cent write-down of Greek government debts - or a possible deal to multiply the bailout fund five-fold. European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso is pressing for a "Robin Hood" tax on financial transactions but Britain and other countries are opposed. 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 fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters featured article: A 'Malign Intellectual Subculture' - George Monbiot Smears Chomsky, Herman, Peterson, Pilger And Media Lens.
Harman accuses the Lib-Dems of doing Cameron's dirty work
Nicholas Cecil, Chief Political Correspondent (Evening Standard - News)
Millions could be denied the vote, she suggested, under the proposals which would introduce voluntary registration and put an Submitted at 9/29/2011 2:18:45 AM Harriet Harman tore into the end to households signing up, Liberal Democrats today for shifting the onus on to each doing the "dirty work" of the individual to fill out the electoral Tories as she brought the Labour forms. annual rally in Liverpool to a Ms Harman defended Ed close. Miliband as leader, highlighting Labour's deputy leader unleashed his intervention in the hacking a barrage of criticism at Nick scandal. Clegg's party as she vowed that "Ed took on Murdoch and won," Labour would no longer have "no- she said. "There will be change go areas" to contest town hall and now. parliamentary seats. She also "But we should be in no doubt, c l a i m e d D a v i d C a m e r o n ' s the decisive factor was the Conservatives think TV series courage and determination of our Downton Abbey is a "fly on the leader Ed Miliband." She praised wall documentary". him for speaking up for the "And they never need to do their "squeezed middle" and focusing own dirty work - why would they, on the need for responsibility in they've got the Lib-Dems for society from top to bottom. that," she added. "The Lib-Dems "Behind their front doors people boast of being a brake on the are worried - behind the front Tories. So what happened on door of Downing Street the Tories tuition fees, on VAT, on police are oblivious," she added. "As we cuts, on the NHS? Clearly the look to the year ahead, as more brakes failed." people suffer from the Tories, as She accused Lib-Dems of making fewer people trust the Lib-Dems, it harder for local communities to the political map is changing and get CCTV and for forcing the Labour's activists are mobilising." police to destroy DNA evidence. She added: "We will make strong Ramping up her attack, she said c h a l l e n g e s i n c o u n c i l s a n d the Lib-Dems to "their eternal constituencies all over the country shame" had "colluded" with the Conservatives to change the law HARMAN page 79 on the electoral register.
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$737 million in green-tech loan to company connected to Pelosi family?
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facility in Nye County, Nev. The project is sponsored by Tonopah Solar, a subsidiary of CaliforniaSubmitted at 9/29/2011 7:45:07 AM based SolarReserve. A s T i n a w r o t e y e s t e r d a y , The Energy Department said the Americans still favor government p r o j e c t w i l l r e s u l t i n 6 0 0 subsidies to companies unable to c o n s t r u c t i o n j o b s a n d 4 5 otherwise compete in the green- p e r m a n e n t j o b s . tech industry. That may be Forty-five permanent jobs? That especially true of Nancy Pelosi puts the cost per permanent job at and her family, but not exactly for over $16 million, a figure that r e a s o n s o f e n v i r o n m e n t a l could employ perhaps a hundred improvement. Let’s start with this people had the capital remained in report from The Hill, via Gateway the hands of the private sector that Pundit and Instapundit, on the produced it. Whatever else these latest approved green-tech loan g r e e n - t e c h l o a n s a r e , t h e y from the Department of Energy: certainly are not job-creation DOE announced a $737 million stimulus. loan guarantee to help finance But that’s not the best part. As construction of the Crescent b o t h G a t e w a y P u n d i t a n d Dunes Solar Energy Project, a 110 American Glob discover, one of -megawatt solar-power-generating S o l a r R e s e r v e ’ s “ i n v e s t m e n t
In 2009, the president announced hopes to rid the world of nuclear weapons. Why there's been little progress since. Just ten weeks after Inauguration Day in 2009, President Obama partners” is Pacific Corporate ? That’s exactly what’s going on used his first overseas trip in Group, through its Clean Energy with this program, and with office to announce his intention to and Technology Fund. And Barack Obama’s demands for rid the world of nuclear weapons. PCG’s executive director is Ron more blank checks for stimulus. The U.S. "must ignore the voices P e l o s i — b r o t h e r o f N a n c y T h e o n l y t h i n g O b a m a ’ s who tell us that the world cannot Pelosi’s husband. Suddenly, this stimulating is the pockets of his change. We have to insist: Yes we deal makes a lot more sense than cronies. can," he told a cheering crowd of spending $737 million for forty- This entry passed through the 20,000 in Prague's Hradcany five jobs. Full-Text RSS service — if this is Square, rhetorically linking the no This surely is just a coincidence your content and you're reading it -nukes push to the sky's-the-limit … in the same way that the push on someone else's site, please read idealism that had electrified by the Obama administration to the FAQ at fivefilters.org/content- supporters during his recent approve a loan to a failing only/faq.php#publishers. Five presidential campaign. Solyndra backed by one of his big Filters featured article: A 'Malign Obama's high-profile campaign bundlers was just a Intellectual Subculture' - George endorsement of what arms-control coincidence. Recall Reason TV’s M o n b i o t S m e a r s C h o m s k y , advocates call "global zero" was a excellent video yesterday on the Herman, Peterson, Pilger And hugely significant step for a U.S. urban-renewal movement, in Media Lens. president to take. But since then, which governments seized he's been hit with some jarring property ostensibly to improve reminders of just what an uphill neighborhoods but parsed out the climb that journey to zero will be. spoils to the politically connected POLITICS page 80
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And despite some successes -most notably the New START treaty with Russia signed last year -- many of those following weapons policy say Obama's effort to begin reshaping the U.S.'s own massive nuclear arsenal in light of the zero goal has proceeded far more slowly than expected. In fact, despite Obama's pledge, he's spending more than President Bush did to upgrade and modernize our weapons. "He's clearly accomplished much less than had been hoped," says Barry Blechman, a veteran weaponspolicy expert who has served on the Pentagon's Defense Policy Board and as a top arms-control official. Advocates of major arms reductions say they always knew progress would be slow. But two and a half years after Prague, nuclear-weapons policy has become yet another area where the heady optimism of the administration's early days has largely evaporated. And Obama's bold push for a nuclear-free world -- and an American nuclear posture in support of that goal -looks to be in danger of stalling. *** In endorsing zero, Obama wasn't just paying lip service to some pie -in-the-sky dream of his liberal base. Since well before Prague, the U.S. nuclear weapons program has been facing something of an existential crisis. We haven't built a new bomb since 1992, and the nuclear track no longer tends to attract the military's best and
brightest. "There isn't a whole lot of career advancement in nukes these days," Stephen Schwartz of the Center for Nonproliferation Studies told me last year. That's led to a loss of focus, experts say, which in turn lies behind a recent spate of hairraising, Homer-Simpson-style nuclear blunders: nuclear-tipped cruise missiles unknowingly flown from an air force base in North Dakota to another in Louisiana; ballistic missile components mistakenly shipped to Taiwan, where they sat for two years; Air Force officers falling asleep while guarding launch codes for nuclear weapons; scientists at Los Alamos flat-out forgetting how to make a crucial nuclear material. Nuclear-weapons policy has become yet another area where the heady optimism of the administration's early days has largely evaporated. There's also been a shift in thinking about the demonstrated value of nuclear weapons in history. Until recently, the firm consensus was that Hiroshima and Nagasaki ended World War II, and that for the 45 years that followed, the doctrine of "mutually assured destruction" averted a U.S.-Russia nuclear conflict. Over the last decade, though, scholars have challenged both claims, arguing that fears of a Russian invasion played a greater role than the atom bomb in Japan's decision to surrender, and that the Cold War stayed cold more thanks to sheer luck than any fool-proof grand strategy -- as
close calls like the Cuban Missile Crisis suggest. The threat of terrorism has pushed in the same anti-nuclear direction. In late 2007, four national-security veterans with unimpeachable Cold Warrior bona fides -- Henry Kissinger, Sam Nunn, George Schultz, and William Perry -- launched a campaign to convince the world that a planet free of nuclear weapons is the only guaranteed long-term way to guard against what many see as the gravest threat to American and global security: the prospect of a terror network or rogue regime acquiring nuclear material. And if global zero is ever to become a reality, they say, the U.S. will need to lead the way. That campaign was crucial in giving Obama the cover he needed to endorse global zero and perhaps even paved the way for New START, the biggest arms control success of Obama's tenure to date. Few deny that the treaty -which was signed in April 2010, and among other provisions, places limits on the number of deployed strategic nuclear warheads on both sides -- was a major accomplishment that helped get U.S.-Russia relations back on a positive track, as well as a key starting point on the path to zero. (Between them, the two countries own the vast majority of the world's nuclear weapons. The U.S. has around 5,000, while Russia may have as many as twice that.) That same April, Obama hosted a major nonproliferation
summit in Washington, where 47 countries made voluntary commitments to work to safeguard loose nuclear material. But that "nuclear spring," as the White House dubbed it, may come to signify the apex of armscontrol advocates' hopes. Thanks to wariness on the part of the Russians, and ideological opposition to arms control from much of the Republican Party, further U.S.-Russia agreements look to be a long way off. "There's a lot of skepticism [among U.S. lawmakers], even about further reductions, let alone zero," says James Acton, a senior associate in the Nuclear Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment for Peace. "So it'll be potentially very hard to make an agreement that satisfies Russian concerns and is ratify-able in the Senate." And since the U.S. won't disarm unilaterally, that bodes poorly for the chances of additional cuts. Adds Acton: "I'm deeply pessimistic about the prospects for further reductions." *** If Obama got out ahead of the Russians and the GOP, he appears to have done the same with a nuclear-weapons bureaucracy -on both the civilian side of the Pentagon and the uniformed military -- that relies for its continued existence on a robust ongoing weapons program. Vested interests within the Department of Defense, many arms-control advocates say, have a strong personal incentive to
oppose reductions. In the wake of the Prague speech, Strategic Command, the Pentagon command in charge of nuclear weapons, held its first annual "Deterrence Symposium" -- a conference on nuclear strategy aimed in part at asserting the ongoing relevance of traditional nuclear-based deterrence theory in a post Cold-War world. At last year's conference, speakers ridiculed the commander-inchief's stated goal of zero, to the chuckles of uniformed military officers. "Are we actually going to see a world without nuclear weapons?" James Schlesinger, the hawkish former Secretary of Defense from the Nixon and Ford administrations asked in the confab's keynote speech. "This is the vision of many people, and I remind you that the dividing line between vision and hallucination is never very clear." This year, though, there wasn't much talk of global zero at all, almost as if the nuclear threats earlier worried over had passed. Instead, nuclear planners and theorists buzzed around a hangarlike auditorium at the Qwest Center in Omaha, Neb., in August, confidently anticipating a future in which nuclear weapons remain as central a part of U.S. security strategy as ever. ("The greatest tool of self-defense that the world has ever seen," as Keir Lieber, who teaches at Georgetown's School of Foreign Service, put it at the Omaha POLITICS page 81
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conference.) Even the administration seemed anxious to tamp down expectations. When I asked both the top military official in charge of nuclear weapons, Stratcom commander Bob Kehler, and the top civilian policy-maker on nuclear weapons, Defense Department deputy undersecretary James Miller, about the role the president's goal of zero played in driving policy and strategy, each began his response by noting that Obama had cautioned in the Prague speech that a nuclear-free world might not be achieved in his lifetime. Miller even felt compelled to add that "the goal [of zero] remains," though no one had suggested otherwise. That Team Obama might have seen a need to reassure was understandable. After the inspiring rhetoric of Prague, many arms-control advocates expected that the administration's Nuclear Posture Review (NPR), a broad statement of nuclear strategy that the last few administrations have produced, would be similarly bold. Instead, when it came out in April of last year, it re-stated the goal of zero but then went on endorse the status quo in several key areas. Among other issues, the NPR declined to state, as arms-control
advocates had urged that it should, that the sole purpose of the U.S. arsenal was to respond to a nuclear attack -- instead leaving open the possibility that the U.S. could be the first to use nukes in a conflict. And it recommended maintaining the U.S.'s traditional three-pronged combination of airbased, land-based, and sea-based missiles, disappointing those who think we could safely eliminate one of those with no cost to our global reach. Daryl Kimball, the executive director of the Arms Control Association, says the decision was "yet another shortcoming" of the NPR. Opponents of reductions, by contrast, could barely contain their enthusiasm. Gen. Kevin Chilton, then the commander of Stratcom, called the NPR "a tremendously good-news story" for advocates of traditional ColdWar-era deterrence, adding that his team was "intimately involved" with the document's production. Schlesinger declared: "It is something of a gift that the NPR turned out to be as strong as it is." *** Obama's team argues that moving more quickly could have backfired. "A very bold, overly aggressive arms-control agenda is one the Russians are not prepared
for, is one our allies are not prepared for, and therefore isn't practical," one administration official says. The official refers to Obama's "balanced approach," designed to "take practical steps toward the long-term goal, while ensuring that deterrence remains effective." But as Obama has at times discovered on domestic policy lately, when you're facing adversaries intent on thwarting you, a balanced approach can mean you end up conceding a lot. Traditionally, Senate ratification of major arms control treaties has been little more than a formality. But in exchange for Republican support for New START, Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), who has been deeply skeptical of arms reductions, demanded that the White House put up $85 billion -at a time of massive concern over the federal deficit -- to maintain and modernize some of the very weapons systems that many see as outdated and obsolete. Not all arms-control advocates think that's a bad thing. "I think it actually helps you get to zero," Acton says. "It makes a world of low numbers a safer place, because it's harder for Russia to win an arms race." But it certainly creates some strange optics, if nothing else. The
new funding means that despite the president's call for a nuke-free world, we'll spend more under his administration to maintain our nuclear warheads than we did under President Bush -- a situation that Kimball, calls "incongruous." And it continued a pattern of generous Obama administration funding for the U.S. weapons program. In February 2010, it asked for $80 billion over 10 years - a 15 percent increase over the Bush administration -- for the National Nuclear Security Administration, which oversees the U.S. weapons complex. "I'd have killed for that budget and that much high-level attention in the administration." Linton Brooks, who served as NNSA administrator during the Bush years, said at a briefing shortly afterwards. *** Things don't figure to get any easier from here, either when it comes to reducing the U.S.'s own arsenal or on arms control efforts more broadly. Though Kyl, the GOP's prime arms-control skeptic, is stepping down next year, a Republicancontrolled Senate could doom the administration's chances of getting further deals through at an acceptable cost. That could spell
trouble for one of the next big items on Obama's arms-control agenda: finally ratifying the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, which was signed back in 1996 and bans all nuclear testing. For now though, arms-control advocates are still looking on the bright side, even as they acknowledge that the momentum that Kissinger, Nunn, Schultz, Perry, and Obama helped generate a few years ago has petered out, at least for the moment. "The most recent wave in support of zero has crested, leaving behind an altered nuclear landscape," Michael Krepon, a nuclear policy expert at the Stimson Center, wrote recently. "Zero will always be in the picture now." Image credit: REUTERS/Viktor Korotayev 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 fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters featured article: A 'Malign Intellectual Subculture' - George Monbiot Smears Chomsky, Herman, Peterson, Pilger And Media Lens.
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Final Q2 GDP number comes in at 1.3%
Ed Morrissey (Hot Air » Top Picks)
second quarter primarily reflected positive contributions from nonresidential fixed investment, Submitted at 9/29/2011 8:25:44 AM personal consumption The Commerce Department expenditures (PCE), exports, and released the final revision to its federal government spending that estimate of second-quarter growth were partly offset by negative this morning, and the GDP figure contributions from state and local returned to the first estimate from government spending and private July. The revision back to 1.3% inventory investment. Imports, certainly looks better than the which are a subtraction in the second pass’ 1.0%, but it’s not calculation of GDP, increased. going to convince anyone that the The acceleration in real GDP in economy has caught fire: the second quarter primarily Real gross domestic product — r e f l e c t e d a d e c e l e r a t i o n i n the output of goods and services imports, an upturn in federal produced by labor and property government spending, and an located in the United States — acceleration in nonresidential increased at an annual rate of 1.3 fixed investment that were partly percent in the second quarter of offset by a deceleration in PCE, a 2011, (that is, from the first downturn in private inventory quarter to the second quarter), investment, and a deceleration in according to the “third” estimate exports. r e l e a s e d b y t h e B u r e a u o f Final sales of computers added Economic Analysis. In the first 0.07 percentage point to the quarter, real GDP increased 0.4 second-quarter change in real percent. GDP after adding 0.08 percentage The GDP estimate released today point to the first-quarter change. is based on more complete source Motor vehicle output subtracted data than were available for the 0.10 percentage point from the “second” estimate issued last second-quarter change in real month. In the second estimate, GDP after adding 1.08 percentage the increase in real GDP was 1.0 points to the first-quarter change. percent (see “Revisions” on page The report contains slightly better 3). news on real final sales of The increase in real GDP in the d o m e s t i c p r o d u c t , w h i c h
eliminates inventory adjustments and focuses on actual sales. That figure rose 1.6% over Q1, which had only increased 0.1% over 2010Q4. That indicates more actual growth, although 1.6% is still an anemic growth figure. Reuters gives a glass-half-full report on the new numbers: There is cautious optimism the economy will skirt another downturn as factory output continues to expand, although at a slower pace than earlier in the recovery, and businesses maintain their appetite for spending on capital goods. Details of the GDP revisions also were consistent with an economy that is on a slow growth track rather than sliding back into recession. Consumer spending growth was revised up to a 0.7 percent rate from 0.4 percent. The increase in spending, which accounts for more than two-thirds of U.S. economic activity, was still the smallest since the fourth quarter of 2009. Export growth was stronger than previously estimated, rising at a 3.6 percent rate instead of 3.1 percent. Imports increased at a 1.4 percent rate rather than 1.9 percent.
That left a smaller trade deficit, and trade contributed 0.24 percentage point to GDP growth. Well, it’s an improvement over Q1 to be sure, but it’s hardly going to build confidence in the economy, either. If factory output stays at a “slower pace than earlier in the recovery,” that’s a recipe for stagnation, not a burst of economic growth. It makes this the New Normal, along with 9% unemployment and a staggering housing market. Another economic indicator indicated better news — so much so that it looks curiously like an outlier: In the week ending September 24, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 391,000, a decrease of 37,000 from the previous week’s revised figure of 428,000. The 4-week moving average was 417,000, a decrease of 5,250 from the previous week’s revised average of 422,250. The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.0 percent for the week ending September 17, unchanged from the prior week’s unrevised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week
ending September 17 was 3,729,000, a decrease of 20,000 from the preceding week’s revised level of 3,749,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,743,000, a decrease of 4,500 from the preceding week’s revised average of 3,747,500. That would be great news, except that there is no real correlation between this and any sudden burst of economic activity. Reuters notes that the Department of Labor isn’t exactly confident in its report, emphasis mine: New claims for jobless benefits fell sharply last week to their lowest level since April although a Labor Department official said government statisticians had problems seasonally adjusting the data. Expect this number to get revised upward next week. Sharply. 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 fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters featured article: A 'Malign Intellectual Subculture' - George Monbiot Smears Chomsky, Herman, Peterson, Pilger And Media Lens.
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Democrats oddly unenthusiastic about voting in 2012
Ed Morrissey (Hot Air » Top Picks)
Submitted at 9/29/2011 9:05:51 AM
If Barack Obama won his 2008 election based on voter enthusiasm, then he’s got a very, very big problem rolling into next year. According to Gallup, enthusiasm among Democrats and Democrat-leaning independents has dropped to a decade-long low: In thinking about the 2012 presidential election, 45% of Democrats and independents who lean Democratic say they are more enthusiastic about voting than usual, while nearly as many, 44%, are less enthusiastic. This is in sharp contrast to 2008 and, to a lesser extent, 2004, when the great majority of Democrats expressed heightened enthusiasm about voting. Here’s the graph, which shows the problem quite clearly: Interestingly, Democratic enthusiasm dropped significantly in the primary seasons of both 2004 and 2008, although not below 51%, and rebounded sharply after the nominees had been locked into place. In the year prior to both elections, enthusiasm had been at least significant. In 2004, Gallup’s Democratic enthusiasm index hit the mid-60s, and that produced not just a win for George Bush
ASUS announces Ivy Bridge PCIExpress motherboards, for early earlyadopters
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but also for Republicans in the House and Senate. Imagine what a 45% on the enthusiasm index would produce in 2012. Well, we keep hearing that this enthusiasm problem affects voters across the spectrum, that politics has gotten so partisan that it’s turning everybody off. Is that true? Gallup surveyed Republicans and Republicanleaning independents, and the answer is … no: Democrats’ muted response to voting in 2012 also contrasts with Republicans’ eagerness. Nearly 6 in 10 Republicans, 58%, describe
themselves as more enthusiastic about voting. That is nearly identical to Republicans’ average level of enthusiasm in 2004 (59%) and higher than it was at most points in 2008. In 2004 at election time, it was 69%, and 65% in 2008. Republicans probably need to get a little more fired up in the coming months, but they are a lot more enthusiastic than their counterparts. I’d guess that their enthusiasm and Democratic lack of enthusiasm come from the exact same source, and unfortunately for Democrats, that
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Sprint set to end Bill to Account program on October 5th, all equipment must be purchased outright
Brad Molen (Engadget)
Submitted at 9/29/2011 9:31:00 AM
Sprint's the last of the big four national carriers to offer a Bill to Account program, which allows equipment purchases to be billed directly to the customer's account (provided they're in good standing). Unfortunately, it's likely going to be the next consumer-friendly policy to get
the boot out the door, never to be seen again. According to the SprintFeed screenshot, Sprint appears to be concerned that too many people are taking advantage of the service by terminating their plans before the equipment's actually paid off. We're uncertain of how much money this practice was costing the company, but the Now Network is looking to shave dollars off its expenditures any
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