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Egypt: Mubarak sons have millions in Swiss banks

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about 850 protesters during the Jan. 25-Feb. 11 Egyptian uprising. Submitted at 10/17/2011 8:31:55 AM Switzerland has already frozen CAIRO (AP) The two sons of the assets of the Mubarak family ousted president Hosni Mubarak and other ex-Egyptian regime have an estimated $340 million in f i g u r e s , w h i c h a l - G o h a r y Swiss bank accounts, a senior estimated at nearly $450 million. Egyptian Justice Ministry official He added that most of those assets said Monday. belong to the sons. By Amr Nabil, AP Egypt's attorney general froze the A pro-Mubarak supporter flashes assets of the former presidential his poster outside the Cairo court f a m i l y o n F e b . 2 0 , i n t h e last month where the former aftermath of 18-day uprising that leader and his two sons are on ousted Mubarak. trial. Mubarak's youngest son and oneAssem al-Gohary said Swiss time heir apparent Gamal, 47, authorities are investigating rose rapidly through the ranks of whether one of the sons, Alaa, his father's ruling National was involved in money laundering Democratic Party over the past along with other ex-regime decade to become the country's figures. At home, Mubarak and most powerful politician. his sons have been charged with The wealth of 49-year-old Alaa corruption and all three are under has been the subject of much arrest. Mubarak is also charged speculation well before the with complicity in the killing of political rise of his younger [unable to retrieve full-text content] [unable to retrieve full-text content]

brother. There are allegations that he used his status to muscle in on profitable enterprises, taking a cut of profits without contributing to the funds invested or work done. Al-Gohary also said that the wealth of Mubarak's top associate, tycoon Hussein Salem, and his family exceeded $4 billion. He added that Salem and his family have transferred funds overseas in the past six months. "They transferred assets into cash and deposited it in secret accounts in banks in islands overseas, Hong Kong, and United Arab Emirates," al-Gohary said in a statement. The 77-year-old Salem is codefendant in the Mubarak corruption trial and faces charges in relation to lucrative land and other deals, including exporting gas to Israel. He is also under arrest.

He along with his son were arrested in a wealthy Madrid suburb in June and Spain said it has frozen 33 million euros ($47 million) in accounts held by Salem and his relatives. Upon his arrest, Salem, one of the most secretive businessmen in Egypt, appeared before two judges: one handling the Spanish money laundering probe and another dealing with the international warrant under which Salem was arrested at the request of Egypt. Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. For more information about reprints & permissions, visit our FAQ's. To report corrections and clarifications, contact Standards Editor Brent Jones. For

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Marines frustrated by ban on memorial bracelets

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about the crackdown has been strong and substantial. Some Marines said they would Commands across the Marine risk nonjudicial punishment and Corps are clamping down on continue wearing their KIA troops who wear bracelets that bracelets. Another respondent commemorate friends killed in offered a more visceral response, action. And Marines are fuming saying, "They will have to pry it about it. off my cold dead wrist to take it By Josh T. Reynolds, for USA away from me. Don't let them TODAY Memorial bracelets worn take yours away." for friends who have died are Others have said that as Marines, prohibited by Marine Corps i t i s t h e i r d u t y t o f o l l o w regulations. regulations to the letter but that they hope senior leaders will By Josh T. Reynolds, for USA consider allowing the bracelets to TODAY be worn while in uniform. Memorial bracelets worn for Feedback from the fleet has f r i e n d s w h o h a v e d i e d a r e caught the top enlisted Marine's prohibited by Marine Corps attention. Sgt. Maj. Mike Barrett regulations. is looking into the issue of KIA bracelets worn by Marines wearing KIA bracelets in uniform, vary in design; some are rubber, said his spokesman, Gunnery Sgt. m o s t a r e m e t a l . T h e y a r e , Chanin Nuntavong. however, considered unauthorized There is nothing on the books jewelry, according to Marine explicitly banning KIA bracelets Corps uniform orders, but the by name, but the Marine Corps regulation being used to ban them order governing uniformsdoes not is enforced unevenly. Some authorize jewelry -- with only a commands turn a blind eye to it, few exceptions, including discreet with even senior leaders wearing watches, rings, necklaces and them, while others have told simple earrings for women. When Marines they are prohibited. the Marine Corps Uniform Board F r o m N o r t h C a r o l i n a t o last made recommendations in California and Japan, where 2009, it did not address KIA crackdowns are known to have bracelets. And to date, there is no occurred, and elsewhere around effort to do so, said Barbara the fleet, the reaction to a Marine Hamby, a spokeswoman for Corps Times call for opinions Marine Corps Systems Command,
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which oversees the uniform board. Respect, reverence Among rank-and-file Marines, the greatest source of confusion -and frustration -- lies in a passage of the uniform order that approves Marines to wear bracelets honoring prisoners of war or those who are considered missing in action. POW/MIA bracelets are similar in size and style to KIA bracelets. They were authorized by a Secretary of the Navy message published in 1972 during the Vietnam War. Few active-duty Marines wear POW/MIA bracelets because they don't hold the same relevance to the current generation of combat veterans. More than 82,000 U.S. troops are still unaccounted for going back to World War II. Today, just two are listed as missing or captured in action in Afghanistan or Iraq: Army Sgt. Bowe R. Bergdahl and Army Staff Sgt. Ahmed K. Altaie. "In different wars, there were so many POWs and so many missing

in action -- that was something they allowed Marines to do, maybe for morale, so that they would always remember," said Sgt. Megan Cavanaugh, who is assigned to the Marine Senate Liaison Office in Washington, D.C. "But in our time, we don't have a lot of missing in action. We don't have a lot of prisoners of war." The meaning of KIA bracelets today is the same as the meaning of POW/MIA bracelets during past conflicts, Cavanaugh said. They honor those who didn't come home. "There are few ways to make the loss of a Marine bearable," she said, "but memorializing them seems to help." Whether they're worn on base or off, the bracelets add honor to the uniform, Cavanaugh said. Out on the town, they are conversation starters that help share the Marine Corps' story with people who might otherwise know little about the sacrifice made by this generation's troops. "They know that the Marine wearing it has lost someone close to him, and it makes the Marine and the uniform that much more respected and revered," she said. Japan crackdown At Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, the issue came up a few weeks ago, said Lance Cpl.

Glenn Payne, a combat cameraman assigned to III Marine Expeditionary Force. His first sergeant posted a notice on the bulletin board saying "if you wear a KIA bracelet, please stop immediately," he said. It worked. He and most Marines in his unit stopped because they follow regulations, he said. But a few resisted, Payne said, and the duty noncommissioned officer told them to take theirs off. "After I get out, I'm going to wear mine forever," he said. At Camp Lejeune, N.C., Cpl. Jack Lipoff, a rifleman with 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines, said his unit banned the bracelets after returning from a rough deployment to Afghanistan between January and August 2010. "It wasn't harshly enforced but it was still something that you couldn't wear," Lipoff said. "A lot of people were pretty offended by that since we had just lost some guys. We took a lot of casualties." Many Marines in his unit kept wearing them anyway, he said. It helps to deal with the gravity of war. "It is probably one of the most pivotal things ever to happen in your life -- going to combat -- and not everyone came back from it. MARINES page 4

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Anti-Wall Street movement grows to dozens of cities

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U.S. when police moved to contain overflowing crowds or keep them off private property. NEW YORK (AP) About 175 Two officers in New York were protesters who were part of a injured and had to be hospitalized. g r o w i n g a n t i - W a l l S t r e e t At least one protest grew violent. s e n t i m e n t w e r e a r r e s t e d i n In Rome, rioters hijacked what Chicago early Sunday when they had been a peaceful gathering and refused to take down their tents s m a s h e d w i n d o w s , t o r e u p and leave a city park when it sidewalks and torched vehicles. closed, police said, after a day of Repair costs were estimated at protests in cities around the world $1.4 million, the mayor said where thousands gathered to rally Sunday. against what they see as corporate In Chicago, about 500 people had greed. set up camp at the entrance to By Hannibal Hanschke, AFP/ Grant Park on Saturday evening Getty Images Demonstrators take after a protest earlier in the day part in protests against the power i n v o l v i n g a b o u t 2 , 0 0 0 , t h e of the financial markets in front of Chicago Tribune reported. Police the Reichstag in Berlin on said they gave protesters repeated Sunday. warnings after the park closed at 11 p.m. and began making arrests By Hannibal Hanschke, AFP/ when they refused to leave. Getty Images Officers also asked protesters to Demonstrators take part in take down their tents before protests against the power of the beginning to cut them down to financial markets in front of the clear the area, police said. Reichstag in Berlin on Sunday. Protesters who were arrested The arrests were mostly peaceful w o u l d b e r e l e a s e d a f t e r and came as somewhat of a background checks were done to contrast to many demonstrators make sure they didn't have any elsewhere, who have taken care to outstanding arrest warrants, police follow laws in order to continue said. They could face fines for protesting Wall Street's role in the violating a municipal ordinance. f i n a n c i a l c r i s i s a n d o t h e r The arrests signify a new phase grievances. Most of the marches o f c i v i l d i s o b e d i e n c e f o r were largely non-confrontational, Chicago's wing of the movement, though dozens were arrested in organizers said Sunday. New York and elsewhere in the "It was very much a choice and
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p.m. closing time, police said. An exact number still wasn't available Sunday. In New York, two dozen were arrested Saturday when demonstrators entered a Citibank branch and refused to leave, police said. They asked the branch to close until the protesters could calculated," said Randy Powell, a be taken away. Earlier, as many as 1,000 27-year-old student at the School demonstrators also paraded to a of the Art Institute of Chicago who was arrested. "I feel like I Chase bank branch, banging drums, blowing horns and had to." The tactic to occupy a city park carrying signs decrying corporate has been used in other places with greed. A few went inside the bank city officials often working to to close their accounts, but the accommodate them. For example, group didn't stop other customers protesters in Iowa reached a deal from getting inside or seek to with Des Moines' mayor to move blockade the business. from the state Capitol to a city Lily Paulina of Brooklyn said she park, avoiding arrests. Plans to was taking her money out because temporarily evict New York she was upset that JPMorgan protesters from a park so the Chase was making billions of grounds could be power-washed dollars, while its customers were postponed at the request of struggled with bank fees and home foreclosures. political leaders Friday. But Chicago protesters said "Chase bank is making tons of they've come up short. Some money off of everyone while organizers said conversations with people in the working class are city officials weren't encouraging, fighting just to keep a living wage but they also have yet to apply for in their neighborhood," the 29permits. A message left Sunday year-old United Auto Workers f o r C h i c a g o M a y o r R a h m organizer said. E m a n u e l ' s o f f i c e w a s n ' t Police told the marchers to stay on the sidewalk, and the immediately returned. And in Tucson, Ariz., some demonstration seemed fairly protesters were arrested after they orderly as it wound through remained in a park after the 10:30 downtown streets.

The day culminated in an event in the city's Times Square, where thousands of demonstrators mixed with gawkers, Broadway showgoers, tourists and police to create a chaotic scene in the midst of Manhattan. "Banks got bailed out, we got sold out!" protesters chanted from within police barricades. Police, some in riot gear and mounted on horses, tried to push them out of the square and onto the sidewalks in an attempt to funnel the crowds away. Throughout the country from several dozen people in Jackson, Miss., to some 2,000 each in Pittsburgh and Chicago the protest gained momentum. Nearly 1,500 gathered for a march past banks in downtown Orlando, Fla. Hundreds marched on a Key Bank branch in Anchorage and declared it should be foreclosed. In Arizona, reporters and protesters saw an estimated 40 people detained around midnight at a park in Phoenix. In Colorado, about 1,000 people rallied in downtown Denver to support Occupy Wall Street and at least two dozen were arrested. Rallies drew young and old, laborers and retirees. In Pittsburgh, marchers included ANTI-WALL page 4

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And you won't forget them," he said. "You want other people to understand they mean a lot to you. A huge part of being a Marine is also remembering people who don't survive combat." Tattoos as an alternative Some Marines argue that the bracelets are an option for those who don't want to get tattoos, which the Corps has clamped down on, as well, in recent years. Some Marines have managed to hold onto theirs even after being told to ditch them. Among them is Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Sergio Sanchez, who is assigned to the naval hospital at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, Calif. During a previous assignment

with 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, Sanchez was asked to remove the bracelet he wears for Cpl. Mark Goyet, who was killed in Afghanistan in June. "One of the sergeants in my company said it wasn't authorized and asked me to take it off," he recalled. "I kind of got upset and said something -- stuff that I should not have said -- but afterwards I still did not take it off." At least six Marines he knows also continue to wear bracelets with Goyet's name, he said. And at the hospital, even his command master chief wears a silver KIA bracelet. "If they make me take it off, I'll probably just get it tattooed on my

wrist," Sanchez said. "That is how adamant I am about making sure my buddy's honor will live in my heart, my spirit and my mind -forever." 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 (china - Google News) the FAQ at Submitted at 10/17/2011 6:53:45 PM only/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters featured article: A 'Malign New York Times (blog) Intellectual Subculture' - George Outrage in China after toddler M o n b i o t S m e a r s C h o m s k y , run over, ignored Herman, Peterson, Pilger And CNN Beijing (CNN) -- Gruesome Media Lens. footage of a toddler falling victim to two successive hit-and-run accidents and then ignored by many passers-by at the scene last week in southern China continued

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parents with children in strollers. The peaceful crowd stretched for two or three blocks. "I see our members losing jobs. People are angry," said Janet Hill, 49, who works for the United Steelworkers, which she said hosted a sign-making event before the march. Retired teacher Albert Siemsen said at a demonstration in Milwaukee that he'd grown angry watching school funding get cut at the same time banks and corporations gained more influence in government. The 81year-old wants to see tighter Wall Street regulation.

Around him, protesters held signs reading: "Keep your corporate hands off my government," and "Mr. Obama, Tear Down That Wall Street." In Canada, demonstrators gathered in cities across the country, and overseas, tens of thousands nicknamed "the indignant" marched in cities across Europe, as the protests that began in New York linked up with long-running demonstrations against government cost-cutting and failed financial policies in Europe. Protesters also turned out in Australia and Asia. Copyright 2011 The Associated

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Clinton. Jack was so impressed, his office called mine, and asked if he could [ T h e f o l l o w i n g a r t i c l e w a s come out and meet me, Cain told originally published as the cover me on his campaign bus before a story for the October 17th, 2011 book-signing appearance at a i s s u e o f H u m a n E v e n t s Northern Virginia Costco on newspaper.] October 7. About a week later, For many businesses like mine, Jack flew to Nebraska, we had the cost of your [healthcare] plan coffee, talked for three hours. He is simply a cost that will cause us just wanted to get to know me for to eliminate jobs With all due three hours We were great respect your calculations are friends ever after. wrong, Herman Cain, then CEO In the 17 years after he met o f G o d f a t h e r s P i z z a , t o l d Kemp, Cain would go on to President Bill Clinton in an a s u c c e s s f u l l y t u r n a r o u n d nationally televised town hall on Godfathers Pizza and make it healthcare reform in April of profitable in much the same way 1994, a response very similar to h e d i d w i t h B u r g e r K i n g complaints made in town halls in franchises in Philadelphia, Pa. He 2009 against ObamaCare. served on several corporate Cain, who has edged out Mitt boards and was chairman of the Romney to now lead the GOP Kansas City Federal Reserve presidential race in several branch, arguably, he notes, one of national polls and in some state the weaker Federal Reserve polls in Iowa, South Carolina and branches. He hosted a talk-radio Florida, told HUMAN EVENTS show in Atlanta and survived that, after his exchange with stage-four colon cancer after Clinton, the business community doctors gave him only a 30% started to read the fine print in the chance of living. legislation and got active by [Kemp] was praying for me sending letters to members of [while I was battling cancer] Congress. because he was a man of faith, Jack Kemp Reaches Out Cain said. It was good to know While the business community that someone like Jack Kemp was was busy delving into the details in my corner. of Clintons healthcare plan, Jack After Cain survived his bout with Kemp, one of the most prominent cancer, Kemp was diagnosed with and influential conservatives of cancer, which ultimately took his the last century, saw Cain on life in 2009. t e l e v i s i o n a n d i m m e d i a t e l y I was devastated, said Cain, his wanted to learn more about the voice lowering, the hurt visible in businessman who confronted his eyes.
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An Exceptional Life In his thunderous, heartfelt stump speeches, Cain often cites former Morehouse College President Benjamin Mays, who was a mentor not only to Cain but also to many others, including Martin Luther King. The tragedy in life doesnt lie in not reaching your goal, the tragedy lies in having no goals to reach, Cain quotes Mays as saying. It isnt a calamity to die with dreams unfilled, but it is a calamity not to dream. Jack Kemp, like Cain, was a man full of dreams. Relentlessly optimistic, Kemp was an evangelist for free markets and called on Republicans to get out of the boardrooms and country clubs and into the ghettos and the barrios. Fred Malek, an influential Republican power broker who

channel his passion for conservative principle and policy, his energy, his inclusiveness and his passion that excited and inspired so many for so long. In many ways, Cain is that Jack Kemp Republican, who partly fulfills the vision Kemp had of the GOP. But Cain had led an exceptional life before the nationand Kemptook note of him in 1994. He grew up in segregated Georgia (I was po before I was poor, Cain says) and went to Morehouse, where he majored in math and physics, which allowed him to become a ballistics was a close friend of Kemps, engineer for the Navy before he took to his blog to write about entered the private sector. Kemps legacy soon after Kemps The 9-9-9 Plan passing. Kemp once said Cain had the For decades, Jack urged us to go voice of Othello, the looks of a outside our electoral comfort zone football player, the English of a n d r e a c h o u t t o A f r i c a n - Oxfordian quality and the courage Americans and Latinos, because of a lion. he believed they shared our values In many ways, Cains signature and that, by sharing the power of 9-9-9 economic plan, which our ideas with more people, we would overhaul the entire federal could help lift millions out of tax code and replace it with a 9% poverty and into the opportunity tax on corporate and personal society, as he aptly called it, income in addition to a 9% federal Malek wrote. We are not all the sales tax, is bold and courageous way there yet, but when we arrive, for it seeks to completely shred Jack will deserve a big share of the federal tax code that so the credit. frustrated Kemp. Malek further wrote: As our Confronted with criticisms that own party seeks new ideas and his plan, which is a first step to new leadership for the future, I the implementation of a FairTax can only hope that in doing so, we system, is regressive, Cain told are reminded of Jack Kemp. If we HUMAN EVENTS it is not are lucky and if we are smart, we DIAL page 6 will find someone who can

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because it would eliminate payroll taxes and taxes on used goods. Further, Cain said his plan would create empowerment zones, which would designate an area or zone that would qualify for lower tax rates. Those areas would be defined by various economic parameters, which the campaign is in the process of more specifically defining before finalizing its empowerment zone plan. Cain said that while Kemp spoke incessantly of enterprise zones, the tax code stood in the way of Kemps implementing economic reforms that economically depressed communitieswhether they were urban, rural, or bluecollarneeded. Therein lies the beauty of 9-9-9, Cain said. It provides a platform [by getting rid of the tax code] to make empowerment zones very easy to define [and implement]. Cains plan has also been criticized for giving Congress another stream of revenue from taxation. Cain, in response, says that it would be harder for Congress to raise taxes without public backlash when there are only three transparent taxes. Second, Cain said he will call for a two-thirds vote in the Senate to raise any taxes under his 9-9-9 plan. Yes from Laffer and Moore Art Laffer, the father of modern supply-side economics, told HUMAN EVENTS that Mr. Cains plan is simple, transparent,

neutral with respect to capital and labor, and savings and consumption, and also greatly decreases the hidden costs of tax compliance. There is no doubt that economic growth would surge upon implementation of 9-9 -9. Conservative economist Steve Moore, in an interview with The Wall Street Journal, said, This is the most exciting, bold plan out of any of the candidates We have a super-sized economic problem and [Cain is] coming up with super-sized solutions. Main Street Appeal It is not hard to imagine that Kemps vision of the future of the Republican Party looked like a bustling Costco in Northern Virginia. As I followed Cain into Costco (Costco employees told HUMAN EVENTS Cains book signing generated more excitement than Laura Bushs) as he was getting ready to sign copies of his book, This Is Herman Cain! My Journey To The White House, the warehouse was teeming with Whites, Blacks, Hispanics, Asians, all of whom were united by commerce. In fact, more so than Cains 9-99 plan and his anti-establishment rhetoric, Cains appeal stems mostly from his argument that he can use the problem-solving approach that he used in the small business sector, which the Obama Administration has been criticized for lacking, to transcend

geography and race and turn around the American economy. Im a Main Street executive, Cain said, contrasting himself with the Wall Street Romney. Ive made the hamburgers, made pizzas, cleaned bathrooms, swept the parking lots, balanced out the cash register receipts, taken the money to the bank, and done all the things you do when you run a business hands on. Added Cain: Further, when I ran the National Restaurant Association, you had to understand how to connect to hourly workers, part-time workers, restaurant managers It represented the full spectrum of the American lifestyle and experience. And so does his support today. Ricardo, from Alexandria, Va., said he liked the simplicity of Cains 9-9-9 because it breaks through all the other stuff that is out theretaxes here, loopholes therejust get [the tax system] fair and flat and easy to use. Added Ricardo: Just get out of the way and thats what Herman Cain is promising. Elaine Brown, from Culpeper, Va., liked that he was not a career politician. He is not a politician, I like that about him, Brown said. He likes to solve problems I know he doesnt have all the money, but he has the best message that the people are looking for. Jeff Lee, from Fairfax, Va., said he could see Cains appealing to a

broad cross-section of Americans because he knows what it takes for regular businesses to work and has had experience with people from different backgrounds and on all rungs of the corporate ladder. Added Lee: I also like his Wall Street and corporate experience Many politicians]are top to bottom politicians who come from Wall Street and try to understand regular businesses Herman is bottom to top He is one of us who also has learned how to deal with Wall Street. Patty Olsen told HUMAN EVENTS that she liked Cains Main Street appeal. I know he is telling the truth when he is speaking and I trust him, Olsen said. Its about the economy right now and I think he [can turn it around] hes done it for companies in the past, and I think he can do it for America. As the countrys economic outlook gets more grim under the Obama Administration, much of the frustrated electorate appears to be seeking more non-politicians to offer solutions, so Cain will now have his chance under the klieg lights to convince the nearly 70% of Republicans who are not supporters of a Romney candidacy that he can be their problem-solver. When America faced a similarly depressing economy in the leadup to the Reagan years, it was Kemp and his Kemp-Roth bill, which lowered the confiscatory

marginal tax rates, that unleashed Americas private sector and so strengthened the economy as to allow Reagan to defeat the Soviet Union without firing a bullet. America now faces an aggressively rising China, and Cains solution to confronting China is very much in the spirit of Kemp. We just need to outgrow China economically, Cain says. Kemp always said that Republicans were at their best when supporting policies that expanded the economic pie to give all Americans a larger slice, contrasting them to Democrats intent on divvying up the same size or shrinking economic pie. When asked if it would take a business executive who once turned around a pizza chain to best expand Americas economic pie, Cain smiled and simply said, Yes! Jarrett Stepman contributed to this article. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters featured article: A 'Malign Intellectual Subculture' - George Monbiot Smears Chomsky, Herman, Peterson, Pilger And Media Lens.

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Obama's jobs proposals, which would give states money to employ teachers, the president Mon Oct 17, 2011 2:38pm EDT mocked the Republicans who had * Obama urges Congress to "do blocked his original bill. the right thing" with vote "Maybe they just couldn't * Republicans see Obama strategy understand the whole all at once. based on bashing them (Adds So we're going to break it up into quotes, color) bite-size pieces so they can take a By Matt Spetalnick thoughtful approach to this ASHEVILLE, N.C., Oct 17 legislation," he said. (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama's strategy is to force Obama sought on Monday to turn R e p u b l i c a n s t o a c c e p t h i s up the heat on Republicans for proposals or be painted as blocking his jobs bill in Congress obstructionists getting in the way as he began a campaign-style bus o f e c o n o m i c r e c o v e r y a s tour across states vital to his 2012 campaigning for the November re-election chances. 2012 presidential and Hitting the road again, this time congressional elections heats up. in the swing states of North White House spokesman Jay Carolina and Virginia, Obama Carney told reporters that the attempted to rally public support Republicans opposing Obama's pressuring U.S. lawmakers to pass jobs plan had not put forward a at least parts of his $447 billion proposal of their own that would jobs package, even after the plan have a meaningful economic or as a whole was defeated last hiring impact in the next 12 to 18 week. months. "We're going to give members of Brendan Buck, a spokesman for Congress another chance to step R e p u b l i c a n H o u s e o f up to the plate and do the right Representatives Speaker John thing," Obama told a cheering Boehner, said the ideas his party crowd at the airport in Asheville, proposed last week to require a North Carolina, the starting point balanced budget, promote foreign for his three-day trek in a black trade and push offshore energy armored bus. exploration would have a more As Senate Democrats prepared to significant effect than Obama's force a vote this week on one of short-term stimulus.

"The Republican plan is focused on the type of reforms that will provide a lasting environment for private sector job creation, rather than a fleeting sugar high," Buck said, also questioning why Obama was on the road rather than speaking with lawmakers in Washington to find areas of agreement. "This bus tour looks a lot like the kind of political game the president has said the American people are tired of," he said. DEADLOCK IN CONGRESS Republicans say Obama's jobs package was laden with wasteful spending and counterproductive tax hikes for wealthier Americans who tend to be entrepreneurs and job creators. Their disagreement has extended the deadlock that brought the United States to the edge of sovereign default in August when Democrats and Republicans failed to agree on deficit cuts as part of a deal to raise the U.S. debt ceiling. It looks unlikely that any major steps to spur hiring will be passed before the 2012 election, when Obama will be judged for his economic stewardship. In Asheville, the president said partisan considerations needed to be set aside for the economy's sake.

"We can't do nothing. Too many folks are hurting out there to do nothing," he said. The White House billed Obama's trip -- his second bus tour through small-town America since he visited the rural Midwest in August -- as a chance to reconnect with ordinary citizens. His itinerary takes in two traditionally conservative states he won in 2008 but which polls show he is in danger of losing in his bid for a second term. But the White House said Obama's trip was official business with all costs covered by taxpayers, not from his campaign coffers. Waving people lined the streets in front of gas stations, fast-food restaurants and shopping malls as Obama's bus, with dark-tinted windows and red and blue flashing lights, led a long motorcade across the green, rolling hills. The bus tour takes place well over a year before the election during a period when incumbent presidents generally are spending their campaign time raising money. Obama's focus on retail politicking at this stage suggests he realizes he has a tough road in 2012 and has to start early to hammer home his message that

Republicans are refusing to join with him in finding ways to fix the U.S. economy. At a Southern barbecue restaurant where he stopped for lunch, diners expressed mixed views of the Democrat's record. "This isn't 'Obama Country' but I voted for him once and I'll vote for him again," said Howard Ward, 76, a retired textile manager. "He's doing the best he can with jobs. But it's going to be very close in this state in 2012." An elderly woman sitting nearby shook her head as she ate a barbecue chicken sandwich. "He hasn't done anything to fix the economy. He doesn't deserve a second chance," she said. (Additional reporting by Thomas Ferraro, Steve Holland and Laura MacInnis; Editing by Will Dunham) This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters featured article: A 'Malign Intellectual Subculture' - George Monbiot Smears Chomsky, Herman, Peterson, Pilger And Media Lens.

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by Brian H. Darling 10/17/2011 Members of the Occupy Wall Street movement moved into a U.S. Senate building in Washington, D.C., last week as a means of protesting the greed of faraway lower Manhattan's financial district. Protesters seem intent on blocking traffic, taking over buildings and dirtying up public spaces, all to push a laundry list of left-wing demands on the American people. Liberal politicians who embrace this extremist movement (e.g., President Obama) have put themselves in danger of being soiled by its actions. Nuclear Option in Senate Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D.-Nev.) even took a page out of the Occupy Wall Street playbook by using a tactic to abolish the rights of Republicans to offer amendments in the Senate. There are two traditions of the Senate that preserve the unique, valuable nature of the chamber: extended debate and the right to offer amendments. Reid eradicated the right of members to offer amendments. Although this power grab didnt amount to the Nuclear Option, it was a first

step toward Reids abolishing all rights of Republicans to participate in the legislative process. Democrats have a majority of members of the Senate, and this grants Reid majority leader status and the power to control the agenda. Reid blocked an attempt

by Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R.-Ky.) to offer, for tactical purposes, the Presidents jobs bill as an amendment to a China currency bill. Reid has used this tactic repeatedly to block Republicans from offering the amendment on almost every bill.

Senators Jim DeMint (R.-S.C.) and Tom Coburn (R.-Okla.) have popularized the practice of suspending the rules after the conclusion of debate as a means to offer quick votes on amendments. McConnell tried to suspend the rules to offer up the Presidents doomed plan.

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would pay premiums, less than $200 per month, to enroll in the program, and the program would pay the cost of long-term care (Photo: REUTERS / Joshua when participants required the Roberts) Kathleen Sebelius, services. Secretary of Health and Human To keep the program affordable, Services, testifies to the Senate it would need lots of young, F i n a n c e C o m m i t t e e i n healthy participants to pay into Washington on March 16, 2011. the program over a long period, but an inability to attract those Affordable Care Act opponents types of participants ultimately argue that Sebelius' action signals made the program, which was the unraveling of the health care supposed to pay for itself, law. Proponents argue that the financially unsustainable. failure of CLASS is due to the The only way to pay for the lack of a mandate, which is p r o g r a m w o u l d b e t h r o u g h present in the main part of the g o v e r n m e n t r e v e n u e s , Affordable Care Act. government debt or to mandate CLASS would have provided for coverage for everyone. CLASS nursing home care, home health was put into the Affordable Care care and rehabilitation for serious Act by the late Sen. Edward injuries. Medicare will only pay Kennedy (D-Mass.). At the time, for these services for a short most liberal Democrats wanted to period. Medicaid will pay for the require that everyone obtain services, but only the poor are coverage. That proved politically eligible for Medicaid. Since long- unfeasible, so it was made a term care can be expensive, many voluntary program. families will exhaust all their Like us on Facebook savings before becoming eligible CLASS was supposed to have a for Medicaid coverage. net revenue surplus of $86 billion CLASS was intended to help o v e r 1 0 y e a r s . W h e n t h e families pay for long-term care by Affordable Care Act was passed, o f f e r i n g i n s u r a n c e f o r t h e President Obama touted that fact services. It was to be a voluntary t h a t , a c c o r d i n g t o t h e program in which participants Congressional Budget Office, the

law would reduce budget deficits by about $138 billion. Most of those supposed savings came from CLASS. Republicans referred to that accounting as a budget gimmick because participants would pay into the program for five years before becoming eligible. Those five years of payments were counted as a net budget surplus, even though the program was supposed to be self-financing. Republicans were not the only critics of CLASS. The Democratic chair of the Senate Budget Committee, Kent Conrad (N.D.) said CLASS was a Ponzi scheme of the first order, the kind of thing that Bernie Madoff would have been proud of. Due to doubts about the fiscal sustainability of CLASS, Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.) inserted a provision into the Affordable Care Act that required the Department of Health and Human Services to conduct an actuarial analysis of the 75-year costs to determine its sustainability. If it was found to be financially unsustainable, the program would have to be abolished under the law. This is the reason the administration must now abandon the program. For 19 months, experts inside

and outside of government have examined how HHS might implement a financially sustainable, voluntary, and selffinanced long-term care insurance program under the law that meets the needs of those seeking protection for the near term and those planning for the future. ... But despite our best analytical efforts, I do not see a viable path forward for CLASS implementation at this time, Sebelius wrote in her letter to Congress. The conservative editors of The Wall Street Journal, critics of the Affordable Care Act, wrote on Monday, President Obama was a mask of indifference with no response when (House Budget Chair) Paul Ryan took CLASS apart at the 2010 White House health summit. Democrats included it anyway, but now that the Administration itself has vindicated its critics, Republicans have a new political opportunity to make real health-care legislative progress. They also suggested adding an amendment like Gregg's to the entire health care law, such that if independent actuaries declared it financially unsustainable it would be automatically repealed.

Jonathan Cohn, columnist for the liberal The New Republic, argued that the failure of CLASS vindicates the Affordable Care Act because it was the lack of a mandate that doomed CLASS. The Affordable Care Act has an individual mandate to purchase health insurance. The sustainability of CLASS would not have been in such question if everybody had to sign up for it. In other words, if longterm care insurance were subject to an individual mandate, old and sick people would not have been the only people enrolling, Cohn wrote. C o n t a c t : m Be the first of thousands of iPosters by sharing your news, views, and analysis. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters featured article: A 'Malign Intellectual Subculture' - George Monbiot Smears Chomsky, Herman, Peterson, Pilger And Media Lens.


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(CBS News) A journalist covering Sunday's Las Vegas Indy 300 race at which driver Dan Wheldon was killed in a massive 15-car wreck said conditions in the race were such that "Everybody kind of expected that there was going to be at least one or two really big crashes." Just minutes after the Las Vegas 300 began, Dan Wheldon driving car no. 77 - went airborne and crashed into a fence. In all, 15 cars were involved in a massive pileup that one driver described as looking like a scene from "The Terminator." Wheldon was airlifted from the track to a local hospital. A short time later, IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard announced Wheldon had passed away from "unsurvivable injuries." CBS News correspondent Bill Whitaker reports it was IndyCar's first fatality since 2006, when Paul Dana was killed during a crash in Miami, at a race Wheldon later won. In a preview of this weekend's race that Wheldon blogged for

USA TODAY Sports and was posted yesterday, he wrote, "As long as I can find some speed and keep up with the pack, I'll do everything I can to put on a show." Wheldon was racing Sunday for team owner Sam Schmidt, whose own Indy driving career was cut short in a horrific crash that left him a quadriplegic. The deadly realities of racecar driving Fellow drivers remember Dan Wheldon Dan Wheldon dies in 15-car IndyCar crash During earlier practice runs, some drivers had expressed concern about the track at speeds approaching 225 m.p.h. "We all had a bad feeling about this place, in particular just because of the high banking and how easy it was to go flat," driver Oriol Servia said. "We knew it could happen, but it's just really sad." Sports Illustrated writer Bruce Martin, who was covering the race and witnessed the fatal accident, told CBS' "The Early Show" that before yesterday's competition, there was concern

among the drivers about the race. "There was total concern about everything," Martin said. "Not so much the track, the track really didn't do anything wrong, as much as it was the style of race cars that you have in the Izod IndyCar. On a high bank speedway, they're able to go flat - that means flat to the floor with the accelerator - and by doing that, there was no separation of the field. So you had a pack of 34 cars all racing in one large group. At a lot of the other ovals you have a little bit of separation. They start 33 cars at the Indianapolis 500 - that's a twoand-half-mile flat oval. There's a lot of time for the cars to separate, for the good cars to get away from the slower cars. "Here, all of the cars were able to run pretty much the same speed, which created a giant pack. There were times early in the race where they almost went four-wide. "Remember one thing: The crash started at just 11 laps in what was a 200-lap race. It was far too early for something that serious, but everybody kind of expected that there was going to be at least one or two really big crashes in this race."

Martin said the size of the field, given the track, was a major factor: "Frankly, the size of the field, in my opinion, I thought was far too big for a mile-and-ahalf track. A general full field for an Izod IndyCar series race on a mile-and-a-half oval is 26-28 cars. They had 34 cars on Sunday, that's a lot. "And considering these cars were going over 222 miles an hour, that basically gives these drivers hardly any time to react when another car crashes, and that's exactly what you saw Sunday. As soon as the first couple of cars crashed, the other cars further back, they had nowhere to go. They all drove into it." Afterward yesterday's fatal crash, fellow drivers remembered Wheldon (left). "We lost a good friend," said Dario Franchitti. "I think everyone in IndyCar considered Dan a friend." Danica Patrick, who was making her final IndyCar start tweeted: "There are no words for today. Myself and so many others are devastated." In 2008 Wheldon took CBS News' Russ Mitchell for a ride in

an Indy car, and described what it's like being behind the wheel when you're going more than 200 miles an hour: "When you're driving one of these Indy cars, things happen so quickly, you've got to be very patient and - not slow to react, but very, very gentle." Dan Wheldon, who was 33, leaves behind his wife Suzi and two young sons. He was 33. When asked how the two-time Indy 500 winner will be remembered, Bruce Martin said, "His legacy is going to be how well-liked, how well-loved he really was by the fans, by his fellow competitors. He was really a tremendous ambassador for the sport of IndyCar racing." This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters featured article: A 'Malign Intellectual Subculture' - George Monbiot Smears Chomsky, Herman, Peterson, Pilger And Media Lens.

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Portland, Seattle Duke It Out For World's Most Nature-Inspired Building

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The Living Building Standard-which requires buildings to create all their own energy and recycle all their own water--is so hard to meet that only three buildings are "living buildings." Two, in the Pacific Northwest, are vying for the title of world's most sustainable. Ever since the invention of the skyscraper, the contest between cities to see who could be home to the tallest building has had a symbolic potency on par with the space race. Now two of America's "greenest" cities are engaged in a whole new sort of architectural cage match, and in the process they're inverting the dated priorities of the profligate, fossilfuel soaked 20th century and instead designing buildings based on the harmonious functioning of ecosystems. Within weeks of each other, groups in both Seattle and Oregon announced that they were building the world's "greenest" office building. These structures go way beyond the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED Gold standard, aiming instead for the much more stringent and results-oriented Living Building Standard. The defining feature of the

Living Building standard is that, true to its name, a building must behave like a living organism. And not just a wasteful, unsustainable individual, but an entire, self-contained ecosystem. A Living Building must produce all of the electricity it uses, and collect 100 percent of the water it consumes. Both requirements

mean that a living building must be extremely efficient with both energy and water in addition to being especially good at collecting both. So far only three buildings in the world have attained Living Building certification, in part because a structure's performance must be measured for a full year

to establish its bona fides. So it will be some time until we know whether--and by what measure-Seattle or Oregon is home to the "world's greenest building." Here are the contenders: The Cascadia Center for Sustainable Design in Seattle will be six stories tall and include 50,000 square feet of usable

space. The Oregon Sustainability Center will include four different kinds of solar panels, including ones embedded in its windows that allow visible light to pass through while also generating electricity. What's perhaps most interesting PORTLAND, page 19


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Va. GOP May Capture Senate; Revive Prayer, Abortion Bills

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Should Republicans gain at least three more Senate seats during the Nov. 8 election, they could potentially revive conservative bills on prayers in public and granting legal rights to fetuses, which would essentially end abortion in the state. Previously, such proposed bills had been killed by the Democraticcontrolled state senate. This time, if we take a majority, it would be a much more conservative group of individuals than the Republicans who were there before, and people would just have to realize that, said Del. Charles W. Carrico, a Republican candidate seeking to replace retiring Sen. William Wampler (R -Bristol), according to The Associated Press. Republican state House delegates have proposed such socially conservative bills as making it a crime for a woman to bring about her own miscarriage, protecting prayer at public areas and events, and mandating that physicians offer to anesthetize a fetus before carrying out an abortion. Despite

passing the House, these bills were all immediately shot down in the Democrat-controlled state Senate. Currently, state Democrats have 22 of the Senates 40 seats. All 140 seats in the Virginia General Assembly are up for election on Nov. 8, 2011. The GOP has focused on heavily Democratic northern Virginia, where some seats held by the Democratic Party are considered at risk. Like us on Facebook In the 39th State Senate District, Democratic incumbent Senator George Barker is being challenged by Republican hopeful Miller Baker, who worked as a lawyer in the Reagan Justice Department. Sen. Barker narrowly won election back in 2007 and some political commentators believe his seat is vulnerable this year in part because of the redistricting done earlier this year. Democrat Barbara Favola and Republican Caren Merrick are vying for the 31st State Senate District seat that was vacated when Democrat Senator Mary Margaret Whipple retired. Favola

won a divisive Democratic Primary in which vicious personal attacks were leveled by both sides. By contrast, Merrick has strong support from her party. Although some seats in Democratically-dominated Northern Virginia are at risk, many are secured. For example, Delegates David Englin and Charniele Herring are running unopposed. Since 2008, when Virginia supported then Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama in the presidential election, Republicans have been gradually striking back at Democratic power in the Commonwealth. In 2009, Republicans took the executive branch when Robert F. McDonnell became governor and Kenneth Cuccinelli became the states attorney general. In the 2010 nationwide Congressional elections, Republicans gained three Congressional Districts, giving them a total of eight of Virginias 11 seats in the House of Representatives. Virginia Republicans hope to continue this momentum, aided in

part by high statewide approval ratings for Gov. McDonnell and decreasing approval ratings for President Obama. If successful in taking back the state Senate, Republicans would control both the executive and legislative branches of Virginias government for the first time since 2001. According to Virginia law, an eligible voter must be at least 18 years old, a resident of Virginia, a U.S. citizen, not registered and planning to vote in another state, and not currently declared mentally incompetent by a court of law. Be the first of thousands of iPosters by sharing your news, views, and analysis. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters featured article: A 'Malign Intellectual Subculture' - George Monbiot Smears Chomsky, Herman, Peterson, Pilger And Media Lens.

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The NSF I-Corps Is Turning Scientists Into Savvy Entrepreneurs

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From faster vaccines to automated traffic reporting, scientists are taking ideas developed in the lab and applying lessons from the startup world about how to turn innovation into business. The National Science Foundation (NSF) funds approximately 18,000 scientists and researchers with nearly $7 billion each year, but much of the research never makes it out of the lab. A big part of the problem is that scientists don't always make the best businesspeople and, as a result, many brilliant ideas that could be spun off into commercial businesses stay buried in prototypes and research papers. That's where the new NSF ICorps, a public-private bootcamp for promising research projects, comes in. The I-Corps model is based on Stanford professor Steve Blank's Lean LaunchPad class, which trains scientists to become entrepreneurs. In eight weeks in Blank's class, students build their products and get orders. Blank says that he teaches students how to figure out their business models, decide on a customer base, and figure out branding--all by going outside the classroom to

member Lucas Arzola. "But we're willing to challenge this hypothesis and look at other markets and other business models." Another team from the University of North Texas has developed something called the Mobile Life Guard--a program that uses on-board vehicle computers and users' smartphones to analyze driving patterns and send alerts about potentially unsafe conditions (i.e. bad weather, an accident up ahead). "There is a large feature set, and we don't know what's useful to customers. We need some customer feedback," says team member Ram Dantu. If Blank's experience with Lean LaunchPad students is any indication, the I-Corps members will soon blossom into savvy entrepreneurs. Blank tells the find out what people want. "I had descended on Stanford's campus traditional production methods, story of one Lean LaunchPad gotten starting a company down for the first I-Corps meeting. which usually involves extracting team, Autonomow, that wanted to to the scientific method," says Unlike the Lean LaunchPad, vaccines from fluid in chicken build a robotic lawnmower. After Blank. "I was making them take however, most of the teaching for eggs. talking to potential customers, the their labs outside the building." the inaugural I-Corps class will be The UC Davis team hopes that I- team realized that it wasn't the Last year, Blank blogged about done remotely. "These guys have C o r p s c a n s t e e r i t s right market for them, and they every session of his class, and the other careers," says Blank. commercialization efforts in the instead built a robotic farm N S F t o o k n o t i c e . S o t h e The team projects are varied, to right direction. "Our hypothesis is weeding machine. "There's no organization created the I-Corps, say the least. One team from UC that we can be a producer of way in a [regular] class that they a quarterly program that offers Davis has developed a method to vaccines in a rapid fashion. It's would have figured that out," says $50,000 to awardees along with quickly grow and extract vaccines relevant to the H1N1 crisis or Blank. an accelerated version of the Lean from tobacco plant leaves. Using when you're dealing with other [ I m a g e : F l i c k r u s e r LaunchPad class. Earlier this the leaves, the team can grow a large outbreaks where you need to month, a group of 21 research full-fledged vaccine in just six produce millions of vaccines in a NSF page 14 teams from around the country weeks, at a cheaper cost that short amount of time," says team


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Israel-Palestinian mediators to miss 1st deadline - The Associated Press

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negotiations by Oct. 23, and the failure to meet that modest goal highlights the intractability of the Israel-Palestinian mediators to c o n f l i c t . T h e J e w i s h s t a t e miss 1st deadline continues to expand settlements in By BRADLEY KLAPPER, e a s t J e r u s a l e m a n d t h e Associated Press 1 hour ago Palestinians refuse to drop their WASHINGTON (AP) The request for U.N. recognition as an U.S. and other Mideast mediators i n d e p e n d e n t s t a t e a n d won't be able to revive direct membership in the global body. Israeli-Palestinian peace talks by Toner said the Oct. 26 meeting in the end of this weekend, missing Jerusalem would aim to establish the first deadline in a plan to an agenda for future Israelireach a two-state agreement by Palestinian talks, but he gave no the end of next year and sidestep a date for when those might occur. contentious U.N. vote over Israel and the Palestinians haven't Palestinian statehood without negotiated in more than a year, defined borders, U.S. officials a n d n e x t w e e k ' s t a l k s a r e said Monday. essentially a continuation of the State Department spokesman current diplomatic efforts. Mark Toner said the "quartet" of The quartet set the deadline for Mideast mediators will meet preliminary Israeli-Palestinian separately with Israeli and talks on Sept. 23, just hours after Palestinian officials next week, Palestinian President Mahmoud but Israel and the Palestinians Abbas presented the Palestinian weren't returning to the same bid for statehood at the United negotiating table. Nations. Toner said next week's The quartet of the U.S., United talks would be in "accordance Nations, European Union and with the timetable," even if they Russia had demanded last month c o m e t h r e e d a y s a f t e r t h e that both sides return to direct deadline, and that they will move

the sides "towards direct negotiations." "That is our ultimate goal," Toner said. The format of separate talks with Israel and the Palestinians represents a setback for the Obama administration, which has been trying to rally opposition in the international community to the Palestinians' U.N. action but has been unable to present the Palestinians a viable alternative that might lead to an independent state anytime soon. In an interview last week with The Associated Press, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said mediators had proposed an Israeli-Palestinian meeting this month and that the global spotlight on the conflict should be a catalyst to bring the sides into tough bargaining. "The whole world is saying now is the moment," Clinton said. But it appears mediators haven't devised a formula satisfying the Palestinian demand for a freeze on Israeli settlements for peace talks to occur, and the Israeli

demand that there be no preconditions on the negotiations. U.S. officials earlier had hoped that the two sides would meet on Oct. 23 in Jordan, and that they'd discuss the issues directly. The Obama administration has insisted that a peace agreement must be negotiated between the Israelis and Palestinians, vowing to veto any U.N. Security Council resolution recommending U.N. membership for an independent Palestine. Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters featured article: A 'Malign Intellectual Subculture' - George Monbiot Smears Chomsky, Herman, Peterson, Pilger And Media Lens.

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Cain, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Minnesota Republican Michele Bachmann and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman have all vowed to protest Nevada's caucus in the 2012 presidential primary. In addition to boycotting the caucus, Huntsman plans to boycott the Nevada debate as well. He is the only candidate planning to boycott the debate thus far. Cain's New Hampshire field director, Charlie Spano, told Politico, "If the Nevada caucus interferes with the New Hampshire primary, Mr. Cain will not participate." Santorum's statement responded, "Nevada's move has potentially forced the other early states to have primaries near Christmas and that destroys the primary process." The presidential contenders were also upset by news reports that

fellow presidential contender Mitt Romney lobbied the state to move its date to boost his campaign's momentum. Like us on Facebook The GOP of Nevada announced in early October that it pushed its caucus date from February 18 to January 14. The date change violates the Republican National Committee rules and could cost the group half its delegates. GOP National Committeeman Robert List told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that the Romney campaigned pressed the group for the date change. "We moved the date for the good of Nevada, not the Romney campaign," List told the ReviewJournal. "But Romney's people were pushing for us to move into January so that he could get some momentum and have a rising tide going into Florida." Romney is believed to be a frontrunner in the Nevada caucus, and an early victory could help him with other primaries. Santorum told Politico, "It's not surprising when a campaign

pushes for a leg up on the competition. But what is surprising in this case is that reports show Gov. Romney's campaign appears to be pushing a state to break the rules for his campaign's benefit." He accused Romney of "trying to bully states" and demanded he apologize. Jon Huntsman's advisers suggested that Romney had acted dishonestly. "It's unfortunate that the Romney campaign is trying to game the system for their own benefit and at the detriment of Granite Staters," senior Huntsman adviser Paul Collins said in a statement to NBC News. "Their move could harm the future of holding the first in the nation primary in New Hampshire. Granite Staters are looking for a chance to meet an alternative candidate who better represents their ideals and is truly authentic." Nevada was not the only state to change in caucus date in anticipation for 2012 Republican caucus. South Carolina moved its

date to Saturday, Jan. 21. Florida changed its primary to Jan. 31. Nevada's caucus may put New Hampshire, normally the first primary of the year, in a tough spot if it wishes to remain competitive. New Hampshire state law declares that no state can hold a "similar contest" within seven days of the state's primary. Santorum urged states to "stop the insanity" and quit playing with the primary calendar. Be the first of thousands of iPosters by sharing your news, views, and analysis. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters featured article: A 'Malign Intellectual Subculture' - George Monbiot Smears Chomsky, Herman, Peterson, Pilger And Media Lens.

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amendments. Conservatives need to hold the line to make sure Reid does not pull the Nuclear Option, which would kill the members right to engage in a filibuster to force extended debate. The Real American Jobs Act One heartening development last week was the introduction of the Real American Jobs Act (RAJA), sponsored by Republican Senators John McCain (Ariz.), Rob Portman (Ohio) and Rand Paul (Ky.). This comprehensive plan is an answer to the tax-and-spend American Jobs Act of President Obama, who has claimed the Republicans have no jobs plan. In the spending reform part of RAJA, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R.Utah) has offered his Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution to cut the size and scope of the federal government. It would limit the size of government and force supermajority votes to raise your taxes. The tax reform portion of the act would reduce individual tax income rates to a maximum of 25% and flatten the code to no more than three rates. Also, the Senate Finance Committee would be empowered to eliminate tax credits and deductions in a

manner that is revenue-neutral. Furthermore, the high corporate tax rate would be lowered to 25%. Conservatives would prefer one flat level of taxation for individuals and more specifics on eliminating preferential tax treatment, but flattening the code is a good idea. On regulatory reform, the plan adopts the bills of Sen. Jim DeMint (R.-S.C.) to repeal ObamaCare and repeal the socalled Wall Street Reform Bill (Dodd-Frank). Repeal of these laws would be the political shot heard 'round the world in the fight against the Obama-Reid-Pelosi Axis of Liberal. Sen. Rand Paul is pushing a provision to require congressional approval for all rules costing $100 million or morethe REINS (Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny) Act. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) proposes to impose a moratorium on new regulations until unemployment dips below 7.7%, and all this results in an excellent regulatory reform plan. RAJA contains a strong element of domestic energy production. A proposal by Sen. David Vitter (R.La.) would require the Interior Department to move forward with offshore exploration and drilling

to create jobs today. The plan of Sen. Jim Inhofe (R.-Okla.) to block the Environmental Protection Agency from using the Clean Air Act to regulate global warming would also help job creation by the private sector. Protect Life Act The House passed the Protect Life Act last week. This bill would ban ObamaCare subsidies from being used to fund heath plans that cover abortion. The act would enable pro-life Americans to avoid having their tax dollars being used for abortions. Brian H. Darling writes the "Legislative Lowdown" column for Human Events and is senior fellow for Government Studies at The Heritage Foundation. Follow him at Twitter: brianhdarling This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters featured article: A 'Malign Intellectual Subculture' - George Monbiot Smears Chomsky, Herman, Peterson, Pilger And Media Lens.

The 'Madden Curse' May Be Claiming Another Victim

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Submitted at 10/17/2011 2:42:00 PM

than one of his signature cutbacks. 2001: Eddie George - Tennessee Titans Do you believe in curses? The bruising back had an If you're a Red Sox fan, you did. impressive season, but had a If you're a Cubs fan, you still do. critical fumble as his top-seeded And if you're a fan of one of the Titans fell to Baltimore in the first "lucky" players to grace the cover round of the playoffs. of EA Sports' Madden video game 2002: Daunte Culpepper series, you know all too well Minnesota Vikings about the "Madden Curse." Culpepper struggled It's been over a decade since John tremendously all season. He had Madden relinquished his grasp as j u s t a 1 4 : 1 3 t o u c h d o w n t o the face of his video game. Year interception ratio before suffering after year, NFL superstars are a season-ending knee injury. chosen to be the face of the See the rest of the story at popular video game franchise. Business Insider And, year after year, said Please follow Sports Page on superstar's subsequent season Twitter and Facebook. ends in disaster. See Also: The curse may have struck again, NFL Betting Prediction: Our as Peyton Hillis is struggling to Picks For Every Game This start the 2011 season and may Weekend even be on the trading block. Going To A Jets Game Will Is the curse real? Take a look at Burn A Hole Through Your the evidence. 2000: Barry Sanders Pocket - Detroit Lions FANTASY FOOTBALL One of the NFL's all-time GUIDE: Here's Who You Should g r e a t e s t r u s h e r s , S a n d e r s Start And Sit This Weekend unexpectedly retired just one week before the season. An incredible career ended quicker

Murray Light, longtime Buffalo News editor, dies (AP)

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AP - Murray Light, an old-school newspaperman who spent 50

years at The Buffalo News, the last 20 as editor, died on his 85th

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Western CPAC Honors Tom Fuentes' Lifetime of Fighting the Good Fight
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Rights to reject, recall on all-party talks table Hindustan Times

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introduced Fuentes, and, instead, hes fighting for the causes he Submitted at 10/17/2011 2:01:00 AM believes in. IRVINE, Calif.Like just about Flanked by his family and facing everyone else in California a hushed audience of fellow Republican politics, the guests at c o n s e r v a t i v e s a t t h e H y a t t t h e W e s t e r n C o n s e r v a t i v e Regency Hotel, Fuentes cited the Political Action Conference here old adage about feeling as though who attended its tribute to Tom he'd died and went to heaven. In Fuentes on Saturday evening his words, "Imagine, if you will, a know that the former Orange great room full of conservative C o u n t y G O P c h a i r m a n a n d friends, beautiful ladies, gentle longtime conservative stalwart harp music, a flowing bar, the has been battling cancer. But they A m e r i c a n F l a g o n d i s p l a y , also know that the feisty Fuentes patriotic Boy Scouts, and, not a still gets out to conservative and Liberal in sight! For me, that is party functions and says whats paradise!" And at his tribute, he on his mind, in no uncertain found his paradisethe flowing terms. bar, surrounded by friends and In accepting the Western CPACs beautiful women. And there was Lifetime Achievement Award, not one liberal in sight. Fuentes, who turned 63 the next Fuentes stressed the importance day, did not disappoint. of gathering and sharing Heres someone who should be common values and ideas, but fighting for his life, said 1992 expressed sadness that our nation Republican U.S. Senate nominee and our state have gone astray. B r u c e H e r s c h e n s o h n , w h o While referring to the illness that

has slowed his pace considerably, the former GOP leader of Americas largest Republican County added that he still works for what he believes in through the telephone and e-mail. What is now critical, he urged the Western CPAC, is that we not allow RINOs [Republicans in Name Only] nor the limousine liberals to take over our party or our cause. Asked before his remarks whether he would do as in other recent appearances and name the names of Republicans who have tried to dilute the conservative cause, such as former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and some of the wealthy GOPers whom Fuentes has fought, the former party boss told HUMAN EVENTS with a chuckle: I may not name namesjust groups of people. Along with close friend Herschensohn, Fuentes was hailed

as a leader and fighter for conservatism by other guests such as Representatives Dana Rohrabacher (R.-Calif.) and Tom Price (R.-Ga.), chairman of the House Republican Study Committee. While the Orange County man may have his health challenges, it was evident from his remarks and the reaction from the audience that Tom Fuentes opinions and principles still ring vibrantly. John Gizzi is Political Editor of HUMAN EVENTS. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters featured article: A 'Malign Intellectual Subculture' - George Monbiot Smears Chomsky, Herman, Peterson, Pilger And Media Lens.

Deccan Chronicle Rights to reject, recall on allparty talks table Hindustan Times The government on Monday said activist Anna Hazare's demand for the rights to reject and recall elected representatives would be discussed soon at an all-party meeting on electoral reforms. rights would destabilise the country, the government will be... Tread cautiously on poll reforms Daily Pioneer Right to Recall will create political instability: CEC Cleaning up the mess Times of India Deccan Herald- India TodayBusiness Standard all 54 news articles

Why money diets don't work (Liz Weston) (Financiallyfit on Shine)

You're feeling bad about your debt load or your lack of savings, or both. So you decide to do something about it. Submitted at 10/17/2011 3:14:22 PM Tell me if this sounds familiar: F u l l o f e n t h u s i a s m a n d determination, you draw up a

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Ken Dumps Barbie, Leading Mattel To Rethink Its Rainforest Relationship

Ben Schiller (Fast Company)
Submitted at 10/17/2011 3:22:35 PM

how the earth is falling apart. Skar says Greenpeace targeted Mattel not because it was Greenpeace's successful necessarily the largest buyer of campaign to get the toy company paper from rainforest sources, but to change its packaging has because Mattel refused to respond lessons for future plans to target to the groups letters, and Ken and large companies to improve their Barbie allowed it to tell a story. behavior: Amp up the humor and Yes, it's about Mattel, but it's go viral. also about Asia Pulp & Paper, and Sometimes it takes humor to it's about anyone else that is make a serious point. That seems buying from them. We picked to be the lesson from Mattel because we were surprised Greenpeaces Barbie, Its Over to see the toy sector showing up, campaign--which recently and because they sell to kids, and resulted in Mattel overturning this is about the next generation. how it packages its products, Greenpeace now plans to target including its famous Barbie and other companies doing business Ken dolls. with Asia Pulp & Paper, and to T h i s s u m m e r , G r e e n p e a c e video, photos, and tweets went increase use of fiber produced people laugh as well as cry. We step up its campaign against the created a video showing Ken viral, leading 500,000 people to from companies certified by the saw this campaign propel itself companys own-brand toilet paper dumping Barbie (I don't date send emails to Mattel in protest, Forest Stewardship Council. online and in the media in ways line, known as Paseo. girls who are into deforestation), and the media to report the story Controversial sources was that we hadn't seen with other But what about Ken and Barbie? widely seen as a reference to Asia recent campaigns that employed Can they get back together now? a mock Twitter feud, photos of extensively. Pulp & Paper, Indonesia's largest many of the same tricks, if you "Yes", says Skar. "But there may Barbie chainsawing logs, and a [youtube Txa-XcrVpvQ] huge banner on the wall of Those had a rapid and profound paper company, and the butt of a w i l l , s a y s R o l f S k a r , a be other hurdles." Mattels L.A. headquarters. It was effect on the toy company. This longtime Greenpeace campaign. c a m p a i g n e r a t G r e e n p e a c e . [Image: Flickr user Tracheotomy hoping to draw attention to the toy month, Mattel announced a new Now the campaign is being seen I think it was the humor. People Bob] industrys use of paper from the policy, saying it planned to use a s a t e m p l a t e f o r f u t u r e were much more likely to share Indonesian rainforest in its more recycled content, avoid environmental marketing, and the this with their friends and family packaging, and it succeeded. The controversial sources, and need to create content that makes than some downer story about

Does your teen need a credit card? (Liz Weston) (Financiallyfit on Shine)
Submitted at 10/17/2011 3:13:16 PM

It's always a risk giving a

teenager a card, but doing so can also teach financial responsibility. Make sure your card-carrying teen understands the right way to use credit.

teenager a credit card can be a smart move. You can help build his or her credit scores and Theoretically, giving your

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about these buildings is that the their biomimetic properties mean that they have a great deal in common, despite having been designed independently of one another. For example, you won't see many skyscrapers contending for Living Building status because the ratio of roof space to a building's interior volume affects whether or not it can be energy selfsufficient, especially if it's relying on solar panels. That's one reason why the Cascadia Center is only six stories tall, and the Oregon Sustainability Center just seven. Just like biological organisms have their proportions limited by their environment, these buildings need to be relatively compact and close to cubical in shape. The structure with the lowest ratio of surface area to volume in nature is a sphere, after all. Both buildings use geothermal, ground-source heat pumps to accomplish a significant portion of their heating and cooling. This makes sense--unless both were built to a "passive house"

standard, which is quite difficult with commercial buildings--there simply isn't any other way to keep their internal environments comfortable. In this way they resemble reptiles basking on warm or cool rocks to help maintain their internal temperature. Rainwater catchment and an underground reservoir are also features of both buildings, and in this way they reproduce plants' capacity to store water. The most important feature that these buildings have in common is their external climate. It's no mistake that Portland and Seattle are contending for the world's greenest buildings, because their temperate climates mean that locations in the Pacific Northwest are among the least expensive in the world to construct "net-zero energy" buildings that can produce all the electricity they need. Indeed, a financial study conducted in 2009 by a team of architectural and building firms estimated that the price premium

(versus a conventional building) for a mid-rise office Living Building is around 26 percent in a climate like that found in Portland, Oregon. But the same building would cost 32 to 40 percent more than a conventional building in an especially hot or cold climate like Phoenix or Boston. (You can see a PDF of the cost comparison matrix here.) Just like organisms, buildings that are energy and water selfsufficient have to gather and expend more energy when they live in harsh climates. The larger lesson of the Living Building challenge is one we've forgotten since the surfeit of fossil fuels made heating and air conditioning the norm: Some parts of the world are simply easier to live in than others. [Images: Courtesty Cascadia Center for Sustainable Design and Oregon Sustainability Center]

FIRST LOOK: "The Avengers" Has A $225 Million Budget, A Hot New Female Star And The Ultimate Fanboy Director
Kevin Lincoln (Business Insider)
Submitted at 10/17/2011 2:50:00 PM

The fact that we know so much about"The Avengers," even though it doesn't come out until May 4, 2012, shows why it's such a huge deal. What's riding on the superhero extravaganza? Well, there are the three franchises that already exist: "Thor," "Iron Man," "Captain America," and "The Hulk." And there are the potential franchises: "Black Widow," based on Scarlet Johansson's character; "Hawkeye," based on Jeremy Renner's; and, you know, " The Avengers 2." So, what do we know about the movie so far? Let's get cracking."The Avengers" is based on the Marvel comics series, created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. Since its debut in 1963, there have been over 500 issues, with a rotating cast of heroes that has included Wolverine and Spider-Man as well as the movie's characters. (Source: Grand Comics Database)

The first hint of a movie version came in a bonus scene after the credits of "Iron Man," when Nick Fury played by Samuel L. Jackson tells Robert Downey, Jr.'s Tony Stark that he has "become part of a bigger universe." Surprisingly, "The Avengers" has been in development since 2005, but it wasn't until "Iron Man" dominated the box office that the movie officially received the green light. (Source: Total Film) See the rest of the story at Business Insider Please follow The Wire on Twitter and Facebook. See Also: GREED IS GOOD! Check Out The Best Films Featuring Big Business As The Big Villain Meet The Young, Hot, And Totally Unknown Cast Of The $30 Million "Footloose" Remake This Year's Box Office Is Doing Horribly -- And These 6 Movies Aren't Going To Help

Serious Fraud Office to investigate Olympus advisory fees

Jonathan Russell (Finance News - Business news from the UK and world)

The Serious Fraud Office has been asked to investigate hundreds of millions of pounds in advisory fees paid by Japanese

electronics giant Olympus as part of its acquisition of UK rival Gyrus Group.


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So Far So Good For October Car Sales

Joe Weisenthal (Business Insider)

incentive activity appears to be tracking slightly lower while pricing and mix also appear Submitted at 10/17/2011 2:43:40 PM favorable. All in, our initial One of the bright spots for the checks appear consistent with our economy, cars, continues to look latest thesis that: (a) The U.S okay for October. SAAR may prove more resilient From Citi: than recently reduced buy/sell October SAAR Channel Checks side expectations; (b) That pickup Our initial October channel truck mix will likely continue checks point to a decent start to surprising on the upside; and (c) t h e m o n t h , w i t h v o l u m e That overall pricing is likely to apparently running comfortably remain fairly resilient, though higher on a YoY basis. Its still comps do become tougher in Q4. e a r l y , b u t i t a p p e a r s t h a t Our 2011-12E SAAR estimates Septembers encouraging SAAR remain 12.8/13.9 million, above pace (13 million) is sustaining consensus expectations. thus far in October. Importantly, Please follow Money Game on

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Kenya Gets Pro-Active on Somalia Militancy

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The mobilization comes in the wake of a spate of kidnappings along Kenya's vast, porous border LAMU, Kenya -- Supported by with Somalia that prompted the military planes and helicopters, Kenyan government Saturday to Kenyan tanks, military trucks and effectively declare war on alcolumns of troops streamed across Q a i d a - l i n k e d A l - S h a b a a b the Somali border Sunday in militants. ... Subscribers receive: c o o r d i n a t i o n w i t h S o m a l i Access to in-depth feature government soldiers. Initially articles reported by locals, the operation Regular Strategic Posture was soon confirmed by Kenyan Reviews government spokesmen. Regular WPR Special Reports

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Evolution Group's largest shareholder withdraws support for Investec bid

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Investec's bid for Evolution Group has been dealt a major blow after the broker's largest shareholder withdrew its support for the deal.

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was dead. The Englishman was 33. "One minute you're joking around LAS VEGAS Every race car at driver intros and the next, Dan's driver heads onto the track gone," said Dario Franchitti, understanding this race could be whose wife, actress Ashley Judd, the last and hoping it won't be. had to bring him a box of tissues. On Sunday, IndyCar drivers got a "I lost, we lost, a good friend. harsh reminder when the worst Everybody in the IndyCar series happened to one of their own. considered him a friend. He was Two-time Indianapolis 500 such a good guy. He was a winner Dan Wheldon died when charmer." his car got caught up in a 15-car With the speed -- close to 225 pileup, sailed over another vehicle mph during practice -- and a and smashed into a catch fence at crowded 34-car field, a big worry IndyCar's season-ending race at was aggressive driving early in Las Vegas Motor Speedway. the 200-lap race. "Things happen in this kind of Chaos started when two cars racing," said Wade Cunningham, touched tires coming around turn also caught up in the wreck. "It's 2 and almost no one had time to so close. Not much room for react. error. I was near the front of what Within seconds, several cars caused all this, so I'm not thrilled burst into flames and debris about it. At this point, whose fault covered the track nearly halfway it was is kind of immaterial." up the straightaway. Some points The green flag had barely of impact were so devastating stopped waving when disaster workers had to patch holes in the struck. asphalt. Wheldon, driving from the back Video replays showed Wheldon's of the field for a chance at $5 car turning over as it went million, was moving through the airborne and sailed into what's pack when he drove into a tangle called the catch fence, which sits of cars careening off each other in over a barrier designed to give a every direction. bit when cars make contact. Unable to avoid the massive R e s c u e w o r k e r s w e r e a t wreck unfolding before him, Wheldon's car quickly, some Wheldon clipped another car and furiously waving for more help to went hurtling through the air, his get to the scene. car bursting into flames as it flew "It's unfortunate that early on in into a fence. the race they've got to be racing After just 11 laps, the race was so close. ...," Team Penske owner over. Two hours later, track Roger Penske said. "You always officials announced that Wheldon worry about those at these mileSubmitted at 10/17/2011 3:05:45 PM

on the track and Hildebrand drove over the left rear of Cunningham's car. Hildebrand appeared to go airborne, and Cunningham's car shot up into the wall, setting off a chain reaction among the cars behind him. Some of those cars slowed, others didn't, and others spun in front of Wheldon and Power. There was so much confusion on the track it was hard to tell who was driving what car. Power appeared to fly over Alex Lloyd's car, his ride rolling into and-a-halves at the speed and with r e l e a s e d M o n d a y m o r n i n g ; the catch fence and landing on its this many cars." Hildebrand was awake and alert right side. His in-car camera Three other drivers, including but will be held overnight for showed one of the front tires championship contender Will further evaluation. Power was coming toward him in the cockpit. Power, were hurt in the pileup. evaluated and released. Wheldon then appeared to drive Wheldon was airlifted from the An autopsy was planned Monday over a car driven by Paul Tracy, track to University Medical for Wheldon. who seemed to be slowing down. Center; news of his death came "I'll tell you, I've never seen Wheldon, however, went airborne f r o m I n d y C a r C E O R a n d y anything like it," Ryan Briscoe and spun into the fence. Bernard: said. "The debris we all had to "It was like a movie scene which "IndyCar is very sad to announce drive through the lap later, it they try to make as gnarly as that Dan Wheldon has passed looked like a war scene from possible," said Danica Patrick, away from unsurvivable injuries," Terminator or something. I mean, making her final IndyCar start. "It he said. "Our thoughts and there were just pieces of metal was debris everywhere across the prayers are with his family today. and car on fire in the middle of whole track. You could smell the IndyCar, its drivers and owners, the track with no car attached to it s m o k e . Y o u c o u l d s e e t h e have decided to end the race." and just debris everywhere. So it billowing smoke on the back In his honor, drivers, many was scary, and your first thoughts straight from the car. There was a sobbing openly, took part in a five are hoping that no one is hurt chunk of fire that we were driving -lap salute around the 1.5-mile b e c a u s e t h e r e ' s j u s t s t u f f around. You could see cars oval as thousands of fans stood e v e r y w h e r e . C r a z y . " scattered." and cheered from the grandstand. IndyCar has not had a fatality Wheldon, who came to the Also injured in the crash were JR since Paul Dana was killed at United States from England in Hildebrand and Pippa Mann. Both Homestead in 2006 during a crash 1999, won 16 times in his will remain in the hospital in a morning warmup. Wheldon IndyCar career and was the series overnight. IndyCar said Mann won the race later that day. champion in 2005. was being treated for a burn to her The accident appeared to start right pinkie finger and will be when Cunningham's car swerved INDY page 27


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Obama's Grade After 1,000 Days?

Submitted at 10/17/2011 3:05:45 PM

AP Friday: President Obama speaks at the General Motors Orion Assembly Plant in Lake Orion, Mich. WASHINGTON -- President Obama hit his 1,000-day mark Monday, and with new data showing hikes in poverty, foreclosures, joblessness and debt, the president has a little over a year to convince Americans that he is turning the country in the right direction. According to data from the Office of Management and Budget and Congressional Budget Office, the United States has added more than $4 trillion in public debt since Obama took office, and the federal government has spent $6.6 million a minute during that time. But the economy is still behind the eight ball: the jobless rate averaged 9.4 percent between Jan. 20, 2009, and Sept. 30, 2011, and nearly 3 million more Americans are in poverty compared with when Obama took office. The president's accomplishments over the last 1,000 days have been historic -- he oversaw the operations that killed public enemy No. 1, Usama bin Laden, and American terrorist cleric Anwar al-Awlaki. Obama and a Democratic Congress also pushed through a landmark health care

overhaul -- one that's been under assault since the day it was signed into law, and the president pushed for the repeal of don't ask, don't tell, the legislation that prohibited gays from serving openly in the military. But it's the sum total of his economic record that promises to be the prime target for the eventual Republican nominee -and arguably Obamas biggest hurdle as he seeks four more years. "He's got about 300 days to convince the American people that he deserves another term," said Andy Card, former White House chief of staff for President George W. Bush. "By his own standard, he said if he didn't have these things accomplished in three years, he wasn't going to get reelected." "It's going to be a competitive election, no doubt," said Simon Rosenberg, director of the New Democrat Network, who argued that the president inherited a "very tough situation" and despite the stats, has made things better. "The economy is better today than it was at the beginning of his presidency when we were losing 700,000 jobs a month," Rosenberg said. Data compiled from OMB, CBO, the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Treasury Department show how difficult it may be to convince Americans that the president is equipped to right the economic ship.

package, which he's pitching as a game-changer for the economy. The Senate held up his latest $447 billion jobs bill just last week, and Democratic strategist Mary Ann Marsh said the president can reasonably blame a stonewalling Congress for blocking measures he has tried to pass. The president has notched a series of high-profile accomplishments in his nearly three years, whether viewed popularly or not on the domestic As of Oct. 17, here is a snapshot of work longer -- on average front. They include the 2009 of what's different, compared with about 40.5 weeks, more than stimulus bill, the health care Jan. 20, 2009: d o u b l e t h e t y p i c a l b o u t o f overhaul, the financial institutions -- The U.S. debt increased by an joblessness in January 2009. overhaul and the "don't ask, don't average of $4.2 billion per day. -- The jobless rate has been at or tell" repeal. The total rise in that time breaks above 9 percent for 840 of the last Arguably his biggest down to more than $13,000 in 1,000 days. achievements came on the additional debt for every single -- Thirty-seven states have higher counterterror front, with the American. unemployment rates. successful takedown of bin -- The government has spent more -- Washington has spent almost L a d e n , f o l l o w e d b y t h e than $9.6 trillion, about 60 $ 3 8 0 b i l l i o n o n f e d e r a l assassination of al-Awlaki in p e r c e n t m o r e t h a n w h a t u n e m p l o y m e n t b e n e f i t s . Yemen. Washington took in. -- Since January 2009, 7,076 new "He's done a pretty good job of -- The country racked up as much final regulatory rules were issued. getting Usama bin Laden and debt in the last 1,000 days as it - - A b o u t 1 2 m i l l i o n m o r e getting some of the leading did in the first 79,135 days. Americans are on food stamps. terrorists and worked hard to (That's from 1776 to 1993.) -- Gas prices are up by more than protect America," Card said. "But -- In the last 1,000 days, America 80 percent. The price-per-gallon in terms of the economy and spent $1.2 trillion in interest on has exceeded $3 every day in what's happening domestically in the debt. By itself, that would 2011. the United States, terrible, terrible represent the world's 15th largest With the struggling economy as a grade." economy. backdrop, Obama's approval Rosenberg said Obama can be -- On the economic front, 2.22 rating has dropped nearly 30 credited with making a big dent in million jobs have been lost. percentage points since his the terror networks, as well as -- More than 2.4 million homes inauguration. improving education and health were repossessed for failure to The numbers could help explain care. pay mortgages. why the president is pushing so -- The unemployed are staying out hard for a comprehensive jobs OBAMA'S page 27

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Who Protects the Chinese People?

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By Xia Xiaoqiang Epoch Times Staff Created: Oct 17, 2011 Last Updated: Oct 17, 2011 The brutal slaying on Oct. 5 of thirteen Chinese crewmen by a gang of thieves in the Golden Triangle of the Mekong River in Thailand has shocked the Chinese people and the international community. Ten days later, the Chinese communist authorities have still taken no action except to say that they are highly concerned. The 13 Chinese crewmen of the Huaping, a Chinese cargo ship, were shot dead after being tied up. Most of their bodies had several gun shot wounds, and some were stabbed. The tongue of a female cook, Li Yan, was cut in half. One of the eyes of chief engineer Wang Guichao was gone. The criminals were unscrupulous and seemed unafraid of powerful China. When their peoples lives are threatened in foreign countries, all normal countries and governments will do their best, even using all national resources, to rescue them. To protect the lives and property of its citizens from being violated is the responsibility of the governments of all free and democratic countries. Has there ever been any case of

Chinese people and overseas Chinese being protected when they were in danger? There has been. Taiwan Rescues Overseas Chinese In September 1970, nearly 100 Chinese were killed or injured in Indonesia in just five days during anti-Chinese disturbances. Hundreds of Chinese rushed to the Embassy of the Republic of China (ROC), also known as Taiwan, in Jakarta to seek refuge and were trapped there by Indonesian military and police who surrounded the Embassy. Embassy staff sent an urgent telegram to Taipei, and Chiang Kai-shek, then President of Taiwan, immediately held a special meeting to discuss the issue that same night. Soon thereafter, Chiang deployed and personally directed a military rescue mission involving elite Marine Corps troops as well as air and land forces. On Sept. 15, 1970 eight helicopters, under the risk of being shot down by Indonesian anti-aircraft fire, landed at the Embassy. Indonesian authorities then mobilized a large number of military forces and police to attack the Embassy. However, second Lieutenant Liao Jun of the ROPs Sea Dragon troop held off the Indonesian army with M60 machine guns and commanded his men to attack with grenades. In the end, Liao fought with a bayonet and shovel. The

Indonesian forces finally withdrew after having sustained many injuries and deaths. On the next day, the Embassy staff and 574 overseas Chinese were rescued by helicopter to the ROC fleet on the sea. Twelve of the 127 Sea Dragon troops were killed and 23 wounded. May 1998 Riots In sharp contrast to this rescue mission by the ROC stands the attitude of the Chinese communist regime during another major political crisis in Indonesia, known as the May 1998 Riots, triggered by economic problems and mass unemployment. Protests and violence spread throughout Indonesia. According to a number of accounts, the Chinese community, in particular, became a target for organized crimes, with allegations of the military being involved. In many cities shops owned by Chinese Indonesians were the most common targets of looting. Jakarta's Chinatown was badly damaged by mobs, more than 1,200 Chinese were killed, and a large, unconfirmed number of Chinese women raped. Many Chinese Indonesians fled to Malaysia and Singapore. The Chinese regime declared that they would not interfere with another country's internal affairs and blocked the news from spreading in China. Foreign countries took actions to evacuate their nationals from

Indonesia. U.S. forces organized flights for its citizens, and kept the USS Belleau Wood and a marine helicopter squadron stationed in the region as part of an evacuation plan for U.S. citizens. The U.S. also expressed concern to Indonesian authorities about the brutal actions against the Chinese. News of the attacks on Chinese Indonesians and of China's response caused a stir the international ethnic Chinese community. Chinese Indonesians later hung banners that said, Better to be an American dog than a Chinese person. Taiwan again took a stance based on the principles of protecting overseas Chinese and protecting human rights and threatened to withdraw investments from Indonesia, unless those involved in the violence were brought to justice. Socialist System First According to the Pentagon's 2011 annual military report on China, Chinas military expenditure reached 601.1 billion yuan (US$91.5 billion) in 2011, increasing 12.7 percent over last year. The PLA navy owns 75 naval vessels, over 60 submarines, 55 medium and large amphibious ships, and around 85 small combat ships equipped with missiles. China has deployed 490 combat aircraft against Taiwan. They can arrive in the arena of

war without aerial refueling. The Peoples Liberation Army has about 1.25 million members. There are also millions of armed and regular police in China. Take Wuhan City for an example. Wuhans Political and Legal Committee required 20,000 police to patrol in the city on Aug. 27 to insure a safe environment for the 100th anniversary of the Xinhai Revolution. Cant all these Chinese military forces protect the Chinese peoples safety? Chinese Defense Minister Liang Guanglie's speech in Singapore this June can be reflected on. When answering the question of Chinas core interest, Liang said without any hesitation, First comes the socialist system, and then the integrity of national sovereignty and territory. Then, who will protect the Chinese people in time of disaster? Read the original Chinese article. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters featured article: A 'Malign Intellectual Subculture' - George Monbiot Smears Chomsky, Herman, Peterson, Pilger And Media Lens.


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wealthy country that has been successful in pushing exports. "Chancellor (Angela) Merkel flies By Scott Malone from Berlin to Beijing, there's 25 NEW YORK| Mon Oct 17, 2011 German CEOs that go on the 3:38pm EDT plane right behind her. And they (Reuters) - The United States is connect the dots. They play hard, not trying hard enough as a nation they play to win," Immelt said. to win business overseas, and that President Barack Obama, he is contributing to its economic added, "has been out driving and slump, said General Electric Co pushing to try to double exports in Chief Executive Jeff Immelt. the next five years. I think we can That is a big concern since compete very well. But we're not boosting exports is one of the best all-in the same way that the ways the nation can tackle the Germans are all-in." stubbornly high unemployment The nation's economic malaise, that is leading a growing number now in its third year, has left of Americans to question how many Americans angry and well the economic system is frustrated, Immelt said, and working. people in power need to "We're not trying that hard," e m p a t h i z e . Immelt told a Thomson Reuters "Unemployment is 9.1 percent. Newsmaker event in New York Underemployment is much higher on Monday. "We haven't really than that, particularly among tried as hard as we can to young people that don't have a compete, educate and sell our college degree," Immelt said. "It products around the world, and I is natural to assume that people think we can do better." are angry, and I think we have to Still, the head of the largest U.S. be empathetic and understand that conglomerate and a top adviser to people are not feeling great." the Obama administration on jobs A large and diverse group of and the economy believes the protesters, who complain that the United States can improve. He U.S. economic system is no noted that GE expects to generate longer working to the benefit of a 60 percent of its sales outside its l a r g e s l i c e o f t h e n a t i o n ' s home country this year. population, has been a visible He held out Germany -- home to presence on Wall Street for a one of GE's biggest rivals, month now. The movement, Siemens AG -- as an example of a known as "Occupy Wall Street,"
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has spread around the country. The protesters complain that the billions of dollars the U.S. government spent during the recession to prop up financial companies, including GE, have allowed banks to earn large profits without benefiting average Americans. GROWTH THE ONLY ANSWER The head of the world's largest maker of jet engines and electric turbines said he regarded stronger growth as the only real answer to the rising disillusionment. "The only way to solve this specific problem is growth," Immelt said. "If unemployment comes down, people will feel better. If unemployment goes up, people will feel worse, no matter what goes on Wall Street." Immelt said the gap between the pay of CEOs and average Americans is adding to tensions. "The discrepancy is certainly one of the problems today in terms of why people feel the system is unfair," Immelt said. But he said that lowering CEO pay would do little to lower unemployment. Immelt received compensation worth $21.4 million last year, including a $4 million bonus that was his first since 2007. "If CEO pay goes way down and unemployment is 12 percent,

people are still going to feel bad," he said. "It is a symptom but it is not the problem." Immelt is confident that U.S. business can compete with rivals in emerging markets such as China and also profit in developing markets. He cited Russia as a major focus over the next decade and said GE is also investing in resource-rich African countries including Mozambique, Angola, Nigeria and South Africa. GE expects to generate more than 60 percent of its revenue outside the United States this year. Analysts, on average, expect it to record revenue of $148.13 billion. SEES SLOW EUROPEAN GROWTH Concerns that Greece could default on its debt and threaten the European and U.S. financial systems have rattled the world economy in recent weeks, pushing down stocks and prompting big banks including Bank of America Corp and JPMorgan Chase & Co to begin laying off staffers. "The most likely case is that Europe has slow growth for a long period of time," Immelt said. "The process is going to have to be solved inside of Europe." Last week, the White House advisory panel Immelt heads submitted a report to the Obama administration saying that attracting more foreign capital,

being more aggressive in energy policy, and investing in infrastructure could help create jobs in an economy struggling with high unemployment. Immelt, a lifelong Republican, has drawn fire from some GE shareholders for his work with the Democratic Obama administration. The CEO defended his role, saying GE executives have long had a voice in Washington. "People need to try," he said. "I'd rather be in the arena trying than not doing what I can to help." Partisanship in Washington is hurting the nation's economy by slowing efforts to reform the system, Immelt said, adding that he worried that anti-Wall Street rhetoric hurts people other than those it is aimed at. "If your first comment is Wall Street is horrible and you're in a position of leadership, you don't hurt Wall Street," Immelt said. "But there is some guy in Illinois that's not going to build a factory today because he thinks the financial system is horrible. That's my point. This is a time when leaders, people like me, should be trying to do things that are more convergent, because ultimately words count." (Reporting by Scott Malone, U.S. page 29

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control of his car and hit a damaged vehicle that had come to a stop on the track in front of him head-on, at an estimated speed of D r i v e r s , i n c l u d i n g D a n 176 mph. Dan Wheldon went on Wheldon (77, in air at left), crash to win that race. Since then, the during a wreck that involved 15 cars had been used in 100 races cars during the IndyCar Series' and covered more than 500,000 auto race at Las Vegas Motor miles in competition without any Speedway in Las Vegas on loss of life, and few major Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011. Wheldon injuries. was airlifted to a hospital. (AP But one thing the vehicles cant Photo/Las Vegas Review-Journal, do is prevent an accident like the Jessica Ebelhar) 15-car pileup that took the 33year-old Wheldons life. And at When Dan Wheldon entered turn L a s V e g a s , s e v e r a l d r i v e r s two of the Las Vegas Motor t h o u g h t o n e w a s a l m o s t Speedways 1.5-mile oval for the i n e v i t a b l e . 10th time this past Sunday, he Oriol Servia, who qualified was driving of one of the safest second for the race with an cars on the planet. average speed of 222 mph, said, The Dallara IR-05 was built we all had a bad feeling about specifically to be driven in excess this place, in particular, just of 230 mph and protect its driver because of the high banking and in the event of an accident at how easy it was to go flat. And if those speeds. Its carbon fiber you give us the opportunity, we chassis was designed to break are drivers and we try to go to the apart during a collision and front. We race each other hard absorb the forces of a series of because that's what we do." massive impacts while keeping In 2006, the track was redesigned the cockpit surrounding the driver with steeper banking to make side intact. -by-side racing easier for the Since its introduction in 2005, much slower stock cars that only one driver, Paul Dana, had compete in the annual NASCAR died behind the wheel of the race held there. It had the same Dallara before Sunday. In a freak effect on the IndyCars, which accident during practice for the were seen racing four-wide at the 2 0 0 6 s e a s o n o p e n e r i n time of the crash. Homestead, Fla., Dana lost Driver James Jakes, whose car
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was damaged in the incident, added that unfortunately, its something I think a lot of us thought might happen. We practiced with no more than five or six cars in a group and now weve got 34.there was going to be some trouble. NASCAR driver Scott Speed, who has competed at Las Vegas in stock cars and was given the opportunity to drive in the spot taken by Wheldon as part of the GoDaddy IndyCar Challenge to bring a non-series regular into the race for the chance to win $5 million, told Fox Sports that, "you get all those cars so equally matched a driver can't make a difference. It's like [NASCAR racing at] Daytona or Talladega, but a lot more dangerous." Still, 14 drivers survived the incident with only minor injuries, highlighting how safe these cars

driver in the weeks leading up to the race, helping to develop an all -new Dallara chassis set to debut next season. Known as the IndyCar Safety Cell, it was designed to offer even better head protection than the current car and has side pods that extend beyond the rear wheels to allow the cars to bump into each other more than they can now without causing an accident like the one that set off the chain reaction in Las Vegas, and also keep them from being launched into the air. can be. The reason why Wheldon In 2001, CART, one of the two was not one of them has yet to be open-wheel racing series that later determined, but when his car combined to form IndyCar, was came to a rest it appeared to be forced to cancel a race at the missing the protective roll hoop Texas Motor Speedway after over his head. drivers complained in practice Most oval tracks like the one at about getting dizzy and blacking Las Vegas are surrounded by out from the g-forces created by walls called SAFER barriers that the high speeds that their cars are filled with polystyrene foam were capable of on the steeplyto help cushion the force of a banked 1.5-mile oval. Rules were crash and have been credited with changed to slow the cars down at saving many lives since they were subsequent events held at the introduced at Indianapolis in t r a c k . O n F r i d a y , I n d y C a r 2002. Unfortunately, Wheldons P r e s i d e n t a n d C E O R a n d y car got airborne and came into Bernard announced that the series contact with the catch fence above plans to return to Las Vegas for the wall, which is designed to its finale in 2012, and the keep vehicles and debris from organization has not yet said if it leaving the confines of the track, is reconsidering that decision. but can cause additional damage In an interview with Fox Sports in the process. in the wake of the crash, former In what has become an unfortunate irony, Wheldon was INDY page 28 working as IndyCars official test


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"Maybe they just couldn't understand the whole all at once. So we're going to break it up into By Matt Spetalnick bite-size pieces so they can take a ASHEVILLE, North Carolina| thoughtful approach to this Mon Oct 17, 2011 2:41pm EDT legislation," he said. (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's strategy is to force Obama sought on Monday to turn R e p u b l i c a n s t o a c c e p t h i s up the heat on Republicans for proposals or be painted as blocking his jobs bill in Congress obstructionists getting in the way as he began a campaign-style bus o f e c o n o m i c r e c o v e r y a s tour across states vital to his 2012 campaigning for the November re-election chances. 2012 presidential and Hitting the road again, this time congressional elections heats up. in the swing states of North White House spokesman Jay Carolina and Virginia, Obama Carney told reporters that the attempted to rally public support Republicans opposing Obama's pressuring lawmakers to pass at jobs plan had not put forward a least parts of his $447 billion jobs proposal of their own that would package, even after the plan as a have a meaningful economic or whole was defeated last week. hiring impact in the next 12 to 18 "We're going to give members of months. Congress another chance to step Brendan Buck, a spokesman for up to the plate and do the right R e p u b l i c a n H o u s e o f thing," Obama told a cheering Representatives Speaker John crowd at the airport in Asheville, Boehner, said the ideas his party North Carolina, the starting point proposed last week to require a for his three-day trek in a black balanced budget, promote foreign armored bus. trade and push offshore energy As Senate Democrats prepared to exploration would have a more force a vote this week on one of significant effect than Obama's Obama's jobs proposals, which short-term stimulus. would give states money to "The Republican plan is focused employ teachers, the president on the type of reforms that will mocked the Republicans who had provide a lasting environment for blocked his original bill. private sector job creation, rather
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than a fleeting sugar high," Buck said, also questioning why Obama was on the road rather than speaking with lawmakers in Washington to find areas of agreement. "This bus tour looks a lot like the kind of political game the president has said the American people are tired of," he said. DEADLOCK IN CONGRESS Republicans say Obama's jobs package was laden with wasteful spending and counterproductive tax hikes for wealthier Americans who tend to be entrepreneurs and job creators. Their disagreement has extended the deadlock that brought the United States to the edge of sovereign default in August when Democrats and Republicans failed to agree on deficit cuts as part of a deal to raise the U.S. debt ceiling. It looks unlikely that any major steps to spur hiring will be passed before the 2012 election, when Obama will be judged for his economic stewardship. In Asheville, the president said partisan considerations needed to be set aside for the economy's sake. "We can't do nothing. Too many folks are hurting out there to do nothing," he said.

The White House billed Obama's trip -- his second bus tour through small-town America since he visited the rural Midwest in August -- as a chance to reconnect with ordinary citizens. His itinerary takes in two traditionally conservative states he won in 2008 but which polls show he is in danger of losing in his bid for a second term. But the White House said Obama's trip was official business with all costs covered by taxpayers, not from his campaign coffers. Waving people lined the streets in front of gas stations, fast-food restaurants and shopping malls as Obama's bus, with dark-tinted windows and red and blue flashing lights, led a long motorcade across the green, rolling hills. The bus tour takes place well over a year before the election during a period when incumbent presidents generally are spending their campaign time raising money. Obama's focus on retail politicking at this stage suggests he realizes he has a tough road in 2012 and has to start early to hammer home his message that Republicans are refusing to join with him in finding ways to fix

the U.S. economy. At a Southern barbecue restaurant where he stopped for lunch, diners expressed mixed views of the Democrat's record. "This isn't 'Obama Country' but I voted for him once and I'll vote for him again," said Howard Ward, 76, a retired textile manager. "He's doing the best he can with jobs. But it's going to be very close in this state in 2012." An elderly woman sitting nearby shook her head as she ate a barbecue chicken sandwich. "He hasn't done anything to fix the economy. He doesn't deserve a second chance," she said. (Additional reporting by Thomas Ferraro, Steve Holland and Laura MacInnis; Editing by Will Dunham) This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters featured article: A 'Malign Intellectual Subculture' - George Monbiot Smears Chomsky, Herman, Peterson, Pilger And Media Lens.

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Despite winning this year's Indy 500, Wheldon couldn't put together a full-time ride this season but had a deal in the works for 2012. Andretti Autosport, the team with which Wheldon won the 2005 Indy 500, had agreed to a contract early Sunday for Wheldon to replace Patrick next season. The deal was supposed to be signed after the race. "Back when he was with the team in '05, we referred to the team as The Beatles because it was such perfect harmony (with his teammates) -- and with Dan coming back, there was talk of putting The Beatles back together," said John Lopes, chief marketing officer and VP of marketing for Andretti Autosport. "So today is devastating. We not only lost a future teammate, but a longtime teammate. It's so sad. He's going to be sorely missed and fondly remembered." Wheldon landed in the Las Vegas race thanks to Bernard's promise of $5 million to any moonlighting driver who could win the IndyCar season finale. Although there were no takers, Bernard refused to scrap the idea and Wheldon was declared eligible for the prize, which would have been split with a fan. Asked about speed after the crash, Wheldon's former boss Chip Ganassi said, "There'll be plenty of time in the offseason to

talk about that. Now is not the time to talk about that." And Franchitti said: "I agree. We'll discuss that and sort it out." But driver Oriol Servia didn't mince words: "We all had a bad feeling about this place in particular just because of the high banking and how easy it was to go flat. And if you give us the opportunity, we are drivers and we try to go to the front. We race each other hard because that's what we do," he said. "We knew it could happen, but it's just really sad." Wheldon had been providing blog posts for USA Today in the days leading up to the Las Vegas race, and in one posted Saturday to the newspaper's website he spoke of how he expected Sunday to be "pure entertainment." "This is going to be an amazing show," Wheldon wrote. "The two championship contenders, Dario Franchitti and Will Power, are starting right next to each other in the middle of the grid.Honestly, if I can be fast enough early in the race to be able to get up there and latch onto those two, it will be pure entertainment. It's going to be a pack race, and you never know how that's going to turn out." The accident spoiled what Bernard had hoped would be a showcase event for the struggling IndyCar Series. The second-year CEO worked

the entire season on turning the finale into a spectacle, and said he would offer his resignation to the IndyCar board of directors if ABC's broadcast didn't pull a .8 ranking. His goal was to improve upon last year's horrible television rating for the season finale and give the series some momentum for a strong season in 2013 with the introduction of a new car and new manufacturers. So Bernard poured everything into Las Vegas, renting the speedway from owner Bruton Smith and agreeing to promote the event himself. He landed enough sponsorship to at least break even, and the $5 million challenge bought him an enormous amount of publicity the entire year. Bernard got the Las Vegas Strip to close to stage a parade of cars, and hosted industry parties and a blackjack tournament to boost interest in the race. He even got MGM Grand Resorts to offer a pair of tickets to anyone staying this weekend in one of the chain's 14 properties. But what was hoped to be a day of celebration quickly turned somber. When drivers returned to the track for the tribute laps, Wheldon's No. 77 was the only one on the towering scoreboard. Franchitti sobbed uncontrollably as he got back into his car for the memorial ride. The sound of

"Danny Boy" echoed around the track, followed by "Amazing Grace." Hundreds of crew workers and representatives from each team stood at attention in honor of Wheldon. "What can you say? We're going to miss him," Ganassi said. "Everybody in IndyCar died a little today." Drivers, including Dan Wheldon (77, in air at left), crash during a wreck that involved 15 cars during the IndyCar Series' auto race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas on Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011.

Marsh agreed, saying, "he gets credit for stopping the economy from becoming even worse than it already was." However, she added, Obama "should have started on the jobs effort three years ago." Though foreign policy will likely not be a focal point of the race, Marsh said the president can point to successes to show that when unencumbered by Congress, he was able to get things done. But Dana Loesch, St. Louis Tea Party co-founder and talk radio host, said Obama's "lucky" breaks as president are "nothing that can sustain a campaign." "Jobs is his biggest hurdle," she FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2011, s a i d . " A n d u n l e s s h e d o e s file photo, Dan Wheldon talks something magical in the next about the 2012 IndyCar vehicle, at year or so ... I don't see him Indianapolis Motor Speedway in reelected." Indianapolis, Tuesday, Sept. 27, This entry passed through the 2011. Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it This entry passed through the on someone else's site, please read Full-Text RSS service if this is the FAQ at content and you're reading it only/faq.php#publishers. Five on someone else's site, please read Filters featured article: A 'Malign the FAQ at Intellectual Subculture' - George only/faq.php#publishers. Five M o n b i o t S m e a r s C h o m s k y , Filters featured article: A 'Malign Herman, Peterson, Pilger And Intellectual Subculture' - George Media Lens. Monbiot Smears Chomsky, Herman, Peterson, Pilger And Media Lens.


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A man uses a Citibank automated teller machine at a branch in Washington January 19, 2010. . Credit: Reuters/Jim Young By Joe Rauch Mon Oct 17, 2011 2:50pm EDT (Reuters) - Citigroup Inc reported higher quarterly earnings, helped by an accounting gain, but warned that developed markets could face weak growth for years, and the bank's shares fell. Stripping out the accounting gain, third-quarter earnings were better than expected, and Citi's stock rallied initially. But shares later weakened after senior bank executives sounded cautious notes on the economy and lending margins. Like its rivals, Citigroup was hit by the European debt crisis and the sluggish U.S. economy. Investment banking fees dropped and its loan book fell 2 percent. Operating expenses rose, in part because of investments made to boost its business. Chief Executive Vikram Pandit is trying to turn the bank around

after the financial crisis by focusing on emerging markets, where economies are still growing relatively quickly. The weak U.S. economy also weighed on results at JPMorgan Chase & Co "In the developed markets, growth is likely to be slow for years," Pandit said in a conference call with analysts. He also said the U.S. housing market remains the "greatest risk" that domestic banks face. Chief Financial Officer John Gerspach said the bank's net interest margin is expected to decline by "a couple of basis points" in upcoming quarters, absent a significant portfolio sale. Overseas growth has helped Citigroup in recent quarters, but there are early signs of difficulties in its emerging markets business. For example, retail loan volume in Latin America dropped 7 percent in the third quarter from the second quarter. Citigroup, the third-largest U.S. bank by assets, reported net income of $3.77 billion, or $1.23 per share, up from $2.17 billion, or 72 cents per share, a year earlier.

The latest results included a pretax gain of $1.9 billion, or 39 cents per share after taxes, due to the bank's widening credit spreads during the quarter. When a bank's debt weakens relative to U.S. Treasuries, it can record an accounting gain because it could profit from buying back debt. Excluding that gain, Citi earned $2.6 billion, or 84 cents per share. Analysts' average forecast was 81 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. In afternoon trading, Citi shares were down 29 cents, or 1 percent, to $28.11. They rose as high as $29.48 in morning dealings. INVESTMENT BANKING HIT Like JPMorgan, Citigroup's investment banking business was hurt when European market turmoil made companies reluctant to buy competitors or issue securities. Revenue at Citi's continuing securities and banking business fell 12 percent excluding the debt value adjustment, to $4.84 billion. Overall operating expenses rose 8 percent from a year earlier. Operating expenses were $12.46 billion and have been hovering

around that level since the fourth quarter of 2010. From the beginning of 2009 through the third quarter of 2010, quarterly operating expenses were typically closer to $11.9 billion. Citi, which received three U.S. government rescues at the height of the financial crisis, is seeing its problem loan portfolio shrink. Nonaccrual loans fell to $7.95 billion in the third quarter from $12.46 billion a year earlier. The bank's share price has fallen about 40 percent this year, in line with declines for other large banks. (Reporting by Joe Rauch in Charlotte, N.C.; editing by Gerald E. McCormick and John Wallace) This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters featured article: A 'Malign Intellectual Subculture' - George Monbiot Smears Chomsky, Herman, Peterson, Pilger And Media Lens.

CART racer and current NASCAR star A.J. Allmendinger said, obviously, with the new car coming in, it needs to be safer, but there are tracks that they don't need to race at. Dan Wheldon with the 2012 Dallara IndyCar Related Video IndyCar's $5 Million Man Fox Car Report 9/16/2011 This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters featured article: A 'Malign Intellectual Subculture' - George Monbiot Smears Chomsky, Herman, Peterson, Pilger And Media Lens.

Native American leader Elouise Cobell dies at 65 (AP)

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Gabon opposition leader Mamboundou dies (AP)

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presidential candidate has died. Pierre Mamboundou was 65.

AP - Elouise Cobell, the Blackfeet woman who led a 15year legal fight to force the U.S. government to account for more than a century of mismanaged Indian land royalties, died Sunday. She was 65.

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captive pandas. By comparing microbial gene sequences with those found in herbivores, they Giants pandas ingest up to 12.5 identified 13 different taxa of kilograms (28 pounds) of bamboo bacteria similar to Clostridium, d a i l y . ( J c w f / W i k i m e d i a which can digest cellulose. Seven C o m m o n s ) G i a n t p a n d a s , of these appear to be unique to Ailuropoda melanoleuca, have a giant pandas. digestive system typical of a " T h e h i g h p r o p o r t i o n o f carnivore, but can thrive on a Firmicutes[operational taxonomic bamboo-rich diet because they units] found in the gut of giant have a number of symbiotic pandas differs from the findings bacteria for digesting complex in previous studies attempting to carbohydrates, according to new characterize giant panda gut research from China. microbes and is notably similar to These omnivorous bears ingest t h a t f o u n d i n h e r b i v o r o u s up to 12.5 kilograms (28 pounds) mammals," the researchers wrote of bamboo daily, but their in their paper. gastrointestinal tracts cannot "However, the species richness in produce enzymes that herbivores the giant panda was lower than use to break down the cellulose that seen in previous work on and hemicellulose present in a mammalian herbivores and nonfibrous plant diet. herbivorous carnivores, perhaps Researchers from Beijing looked due to the pandas unique bamboo at fecal samples from wild and diet and simple digestive system."

By comparing the profiles of an enzyme called glycoside hydrolase with those of other herbivores, the team found that the abundance of enzymes that can digest intermediate carbohydrates in pandas (36

percent) is close to humans (37 percent), and lower than in cows (57 percent). They also found that the abundance of cellulases and endohemicellulases in pandas was the lowest of the herbivores,

suggesting that bamboo is a particularly indigestible food. However, these bamboo specialists have some traits that would also assist with breaking down plant fibers, such as strong teeth and chewing muscles, plenty of gut mucus, and pseudo-thumbs for grasping bamboo stems. The study was published online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) on Oct. 17. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters featured article: A 'Malign Intellectual Subculture' - George Monbiot Smears Chomsky, Herman, Peterson, Pilger And Media Lens.

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Difficulty Getting Up on Winter Mornings?

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Sanjiv Bhatt comes home to a hero's welcome Times of India

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By Dr. John Briffa Created: Oct 17, 2011 Last Updated: Oct 17, 2011 Lack of restful sleep may have a physiological basis. ( Here in the U.K., the days are noticeably shorter, and this time of year will herald for some the advent of low spirits or sometimes full-blown depression known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Ive noticed that many people dislike the winter because they may have to struggle to get up in the morning. A lot of people say they hate having to get up in the dark. A recent study suggests that this phenomenon and SAD might have a common root. This study, published in the October issue of Journal of Affective Disorders, assessed individuals who exhibited evidence of delayed-phase sleep phenomenon (DPSP). This condition is characterized by individuals having difficulty falling asleep at night and rising

in the morning. The researchers looked for evidence of SAD in individuals with DPSP and compared this with controls (those without DPSP). They found that those with DPSP were more than three times more likely to have SAD. Those with DPSP were also found to be more likely to experience seasonality in appetite, fatigue, and body weight. In other

words, those with DPSP were prone to experience increased fatigue, enhanced appetite, and weight gain in the wintersomething that is common with individuals suffering from SAD. The authors of this study conclude that SAD and DPSP are often to be found together in the same person, and this supports the idea that they may share a

common mechanism. Two approaches might be effective in helping those with DPSP. One of these is light therapy, and the other is treatment with the sleeprelated hormone melatonin. Light therapy has been shown to have potential in the treatment of SAD. Im not aware of any research that has found melatonin helps individuals with SAD, but I would not be surprised if such evidence comes to light. Dr. John Briffa is a Londonbased physician and author with an interest in nutrition and natural medicine. His website is This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters featured article: A 'Malign Intellectual Subculture' - George Monbiot Smears Chomsky, Herman, Peterson, Pilger And Media Lens.

The Hindu Sanjiv Bhatt comes home to a hero's welcome Times of India AHMEDABAD: A hero's welcome was accorded to suspended IPS officer, Sanjiv Bhatt, after his release from jail on Monday. Unrestrained celebrations erupted at Bhatt's residence in Sushilnagar area of Memnagar, soon after he was granted bail.... IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt granted bail Economic Times Battle ahead is not going to be easy: Bhatt Order on Sanjiv Bhatt's bail plea today Daily News & Analysis Daily Pioneer- Hindustan TimesThe Hindu all 177 news articles

TED: Bunker Roy: Learning from a barefoot movement - Bunker Roy (2011)
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In Rajasthan, India, an extraordinary school teaches rural women and men -- many of them

illiterate -- to become solar engineers, artisans, dentists and doctors in their own villages. It's

called the Barefoot College, and its founder, Bunker Roy, explains how it works.

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Clear lokpal or more Hisars coming, Hazare warns Cong - Hindustan Times
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RIM needs to step it up with BlackBerry freebies

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commentary Research in Motion, is that really all you've got? After a critical outage that left some BlackBerry users without email for as many as three days, RIM is offering customers $100 worth of premium apps for free. Enterprise customers also get a month's worth of technical RIM page 33

Daily Mac App: BatterySqueezer

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BatterySqueezer sits in the background ready to throttle programs when they're not being Submitted at 10/17/2011 3:00:00 PM used. Currently it supports four Modern Macs have pretty good browsers, Firefox, Chrome, Opera battery life, but there are times and Safari, as well as Reeder, when you can't get enough juice Microsoft Office and iWork. to keep working without a power The throttled apps aren't killed a d a p t e r . B a t t e r y S q u e e z e r off entirely, but plugins such as promises to help you extend your Flash, animated adverts and any battery by throttling process that processes that are demanding are are running in the background. reduced to practically no load. The idea is that by reducing the This has another benefit other amount of processing power than extended battery life and demanded by applications that are that's more free resources, which not actively being used, it reduces can be particularly useful on a low overall CPU load. Reduced CPU -powered Mac. load results in lower power usage, In anecdotal testing which in theory, should extend BatterySqueezer throttled Flash your battery life. from some 30% of CPU load to

about 3% with Chrome backgrounded. The result was very jerky Flash animations, but who cares when its in the background. As soon as Chrome was brought to the foreground, it

was unthrottled and everything was normal. It also had the benefit of keeping my hot-running Mac cooler with noticeably reduced fan speed when multi-tasking. BatterySqueezer is one of those

apps that will have different mileage for different people and setups. If you're trying to eek out as much out of your battery life as possible or trying to stretch out the resources of a low-power Mac, BatterySqueezer might just be the ticket and is available for US$3.99 from the Mac App Store. Daily Mac App: BatterySqueezer originally appeared on TUAW The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Mon, 17 Oct 2011 15:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Source| Permalink| Email this| Comments

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support. The problem is, the BlackBerry faithful stick with you for primarily one reason: your excellent e-mail service. If they wanted games, media apps and other whiz-bang features, they would have fled to an iPhone or Android smartphone already. You lose your e-mail, even for one day, and you lose your best reason for keeping a BlackBerry. "(RIM) has to do something really substantial, something that makes people go wow," said Lance Strate, a professor of communications and media studies for Fordham University. So here's a modest proposal: work with your retail and carrier partners to get your customers early upgrades to new BlackBerrys. For some of your best customers, hand them out for free. Already own a new BlackBerry? Throw in a Bluetooth handset or other accessory. Sure, giving away phones sounds like sacrilege at a company that generates the bulk of its revenue from hardware, but bear with me. Such a program would buy a massive amount of goodwill from peeved customers. You could even snatch away the spotlight from Apple's latest iPhone launch. RIM's BlackBerry DevCon conference starts tomorrow. Just

think how different the atmosphere would be if attendees were buzzing about the new BlackBerry program instead of grousing about the outage. There are longer-term advantages too. You can lock in customers that may have been tempted by the new iPhone or the latest wave of Android smartphone. You're so proud of the latest BlackBerry operating system? Here's a great way to get more users to try it out. Yes, your margins would take a hit. But right now, the smartphone business is all about market share, and you're on the losing end. Keeping existing customers-particularly loyal ones--in the fold with new BlackBerrys is one way to preserve your base. Unlike other analysts and bloggers who think the outage sounds the death knell for RIM, I think there's still time to repair your image. While customers may be angry, service contracts, business ties and other impediments keep most people from leaving right away. BlackBerry gives customers free paid apps A stepped-up giveaway program is another way to get some of your other BlackBerrys out in the wild. While the BlackBerry Bold flagship smartphone is performing well, the rest of the lineup has fared poorly.

"(RIM's) other BlackBerries, namely its aging Curve line and new models including the pure touchscreen Torch 9850 appear below plan," Sterne Agee analyst Shaw Wu said in a recent research note. If they aren't selling well anyway, why not create incentives to get some of these devices into your customers' hands? Hey, you're already giving away PlayBooks to developers at DevCon. Why not expand that program to some of your best customers? When the iPhone 4 launched, AT&T allowed customers to upgrade their phone after just one year. You could work with the carrier partners and provide incentives to them to enable similar early upgrades. For now, the apps and the promise of a month of technical support--which leaves your nonenterprise customers out in the cold--just don't cut it. "It's definitely too little, too late," Strate said. "I think they're really not recognizing the magnitude of disconnecting people at a time when we have come to expect connectivity 24-7." Are BlackBerry customers really going to be satisfied with a free copy of puzzle game "Bejeweled" or shooter "N.O.V.A."? These are trinkets that many would have never downloaded in the first

place. "We are grateful to our loyal BlackBerry customers for their patience," RIM co-CEO Mike Lazaridis said in a statement today. "We have apologized to our customers and we will work tirelessly to restore their confidence. We are taking immediate and aggressive steps to help prevent something like this from happening again." But you can't guarantee that customers will be safe from another outage. Despite your claims of superior reliability and security, your network has suffered from its share of problems, including a previous email and messenger outage just last month. Your customers will be a lot more understanding if they're using a new BlackBerry. RIM, it's time to step up your game. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters featured article: A 'Malign Intellectual Subculture' - George Monbiot Smears Chomsky, Herman, Peterson, Pilger And Media Lens.

Robot mimics human handwriting flow

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Submitted at 10/17/2011 10:43:00 AM

By: Duncan Geere Researchers have developed robots that can imitate human movement when it comes to actions such as handwriting or reaching for objects in a bid to make it easier for humans to predict their behaviour. A team from the University of Gttingen worked together to ensure that machines mimicked human movement. Most human movements involve a multitude of individual actions, connected to each other automatically. When children learn to write they guide the pen hesitantly at first before learning to connect the individual letters smoothly. Edited by: Olivia Solon Continue reading...



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Find My Mac not working for you? You're not alone

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(under the Internet category in System Preferences) to see if you can enable Find My Mac now. If Submitted at 10/17/2011 3:30:00 PM you can check the box, you're all If you're having trouble getting set! Lion to let you enable Find My If Find My Mac is still greyed Mac, you're not the only one. It out, however, then the problem is seems at least a few people are likely that your Mac is in need of running into a problem where a couple of housekeeping tasks to they see the above message in the get things in order. This next step iCloud preference pane, but works best if you close any apps clicking the update button (or you have open. Open your running System Update manually) Applications folder, then open the yields no updates to install. If this Utilities folder and select Disk describes your situation, the good Utility. You should be presented news is that there is a solution -- with a screen similar to the the bad news is that it might following: require a little bit of patience. From here, select the volume that Before getting too worked up Lion is installed on from the list over the problem, though, it's a on the left side of the menu as good idea to try the simplest shown above. Then click the methods first. Go to System Verify Disk button on the bottom Preferences, go to the Security right of the window, and Disk and Privacy preference pane, and Utility will scan the volume for click on the Privacy tab. Check to any problems. The process make sure that Location Services usually takes about five minutes, are enabled: but might take longer depending If that didn't do the trick, head on on the size of your hard drive. over to Apple's support site and If you're still with me at this download the Lion Recovery point, I'm betting that you will Update package manually, and probably receive a message install it. It's approximately 832 similar to the following: MB, so it may take a while to What this means is that download if you're on a slower somewhere along the line, the part I n t e r n e t c o n n e c t i o n . O n c e of the system that keeps track of installed, reboot your Mac and go where files are stored on the hard back in to the iCloud preferences drive recorded some information

any problems that are found. Once the repair has finished, close Disk Utility, then restart your Mac by selecting Quit from the OS X Utilities menu. When your Mac is finished restarting, you'll need to head back over to the Apple support site to download the 10.7.2 Update(or download 10.7.2 Server Update if you're running Lion Server). When the download finishes, go ahead and install the update, which will require a restart when the installation has finished. incorrectly. My guess is that this keyboard. You may need to press Finally, you'll want to go to your probably happened during the the Enter key to confirm the Downloads folder and install the upgrade to Lion, and affects a option if clicking with your Lion Recovery HD update that we specific part of the disk that is mouse does not seem to work. downloaded earlier. used by the recovery system. If all went well, you should be Luckily, it's not necessarily After a few moments, you will be able to go into your iCloud anything bad, and it's relatively presented with a screen labeled preferences now and enable the easy to fix, though the process Mac OS X Utilities. This menu Find My Mac option: might be a bit complicated if allows you to perform tasks like Find My Mac not working for you're unfamiliar with it, so I've restoring a Time Machine backup you? You're not alone originally outlined it below. or reinstalling Lion on your Mac. appeared on TUAW - The P o w e r o f f y o u r M a c The option we want, however, Unofficial Apple Weblog on completely. Use the Shut Down should be the last item in the list Mon, 17 Oct 2011 15:30:00 EST. command from the Apple menu. - Disk Utility. This will open the Please see our terms for use of Power on your Mac, and same screen we saw before, but feeds. immediately press and hold the this time you might notice that the Source| Permalink| Email this| Option key on your keyboard. Repair Disk button (in the bottom Comments Once you see the boot menu right, under the Verify Disk appear, you can release the key. button we clicked last time) is In the boot menu, select the now enabled. Go ahead and click Recovery HD item with your the repair button, and Disk Utility mouse, or the arrow keys on your will automatically find and fix

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Nokia Launches New NFCEnabled Games

Sarah Perez (TechCrunch)
Submitted at 10/17/2011 2:36:57 PM

meant to attract thousands of users. Instead, its the idea behind these games thats meant to be the O v e r t h e w e e k e n d , N o k i a focus of this news. launched a suite of casual games For example, one game involves developed at Nokia Research NFC-tagged playing cards which Center which are meant to are used to play a digitized demonstrate how NFC can enable version of a childs simple new forms of mobile gaming. The matching game. Traditionally, three new games include Nokia you would play this game by World Flags, Nokia Shakespeare flipping over cards to find the Shuffle and Nokia Nursery matched pairs. With the NFC Rhyme Shuffle. All can be played game, however, you tap the card now on any Nokia Symbian NFC- with your phone. While Im not enabled phone including the sure if a game like this is Nokia C7 Astound, C7-00, 600, screaming out for NFC, the 603, 700 and 701. concept of combining playing Nokia calls the games tangible cards with NFC in new ways has mobile games because of the way some appeal. Imagine playing a they interact with physical objects NFC-enabled version of one of in the real world using NFC tags. those Magic: The Gathering The games dont have to read or type games where with a tap you write to the tags in order to work could actually see the battles they only need to detect the between wizards animated on tags presence. That means they your phones screen, while the will work with blank NFC tags or mobile app also kept score for even contactless credit cards, you. That might be cool (well, for transit cards or ID cards, the nerds, wink wink). company explains. The two other Nokia games now Frankly, the user interfaces for available involve tapping cards to the games are only so-so, but to mix up either nursery rhymes or be fair, these are more akin to Shakespeare quotes. They look demo apps than real games pretty boring.

In a video, Nokia shows off a fourth concept (not available) where you tap different parts of a stuffed animal with an NFC phone to launch different games. That could provide toy makers a new avenue for upselling that was previously limited to ads that appear on their toys boxes and in their instruction manuals. Still, as much as I personally love technology, the idea that my childs teddy would simply serve as an avenue to toddlers first gaming addiction kind of makes me sad. Whatever happened to actually playing with your toys? (Maybe Im just getting old.) Nokia, it should be noted, is not the first to have ideas about NFCenabled gaming. One high-profile example comes from Rovio, which, launched an NFC-enabled version of Angry Birds called Angry Birds Magic earlier this year. That game also works on Symbian. Widespread NFC adoption is several years out, and is still waiting on Apples participation. That means opportunities for NFC -enabled gaming are few and far between today.

Nokia is often early to the smartphone space with innovative concepts, but its not until Apple executives upon them do they really reach the mainstream. Something tells me that NFC mobile gaming will be just another example of this ongoing trend. Crunchbase NOKIA Company: Nokia Website: IPO: NYSE:NOK Nokia is a Finnish multinational communications corporation. It is primarily engaged in the manufacturing of mobile devices and in converging Internet and communications industries. They make a wide range of mobile devices with services and software that enable people to experience music, navigation, video, television, imaging, games, business mobility and more. Nokia is the owner of Symbian operation system and partially owns MeeGo operating system. Learn more

Was an 1883 astronomy mystery a nearmiss billion tonne comet?

Duncan Geere
Submitted at 10/17/2011 10:53:11 AM

By: Duncan Geere In August of 1883, Mexican astronomer Jos Bonilla pointed his telescope at the sky and recorded an astonishing event: some 450 mysterious objects passing in front of the Sun, each with misty trails. Three years pass by and he finally publishes his account of the events in the French journal L'Astronomie -- but the incredulous editor shrugged the bizarre sighting off as insects or dust dancing across Bonilla's telescope. Now, 125 years later, a modern astronomer wants to set the record straight. Edited by: Mark Brown Continue reading...



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How SMBs Can Best Use VMware

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Worldwide Enterprise IT Spending To Total $2.7 Trillion In 2012 But Growth Is Slowing
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server, set it up and install a new operating system on the device, Submitted at 10/17/2011 3:00:00 PM you can just take a copy of an You might think that using existing server configuration, start VMware in a small- to mediumit, and install a new OS on the sized business (SMB) might be a virtual machine, often with a bit of overkill, since it's usually single command in the enterprises that can get the most virtualization software. out of virtualization tools. This not only puts new machines But SMBs can get just as much Twitter@TheTechScribe and into a production environment, it benefit from virtualization, if not Google+ at+Brian Proffitt. also lets SMBs do something they more, because the savings on the Not many SMBs need the might never have tried before, SMB's IT bottom line could be a benefits of high availability and given the expense of setting up a great percentage than that of a big high performance computing that physical machine: create test company's IT budget. virtualization can deliver, but they environments. Sponsor can certainly take advantage of Enterprises know all about test First, the infrastructure savings t h e b u s i n e s s c o n t i n u i t y environments: it's critical to run a while using VMware to run capabilities that virtual systems system within a protected state virtual machines on a single c a n p r o v i d e . W i t h b e t t e r before putting that machine and device are immediate: you can get continuity processes in place, its applications into "real" use. multiple servers on one box, thus SMBs will suffer fewer hits for SMBs, because they didn't have taking more advantage of the downtime and user error. the resources to set up test processing power on the machine Backups on virtual systems can devices, would rarely consider and saving the costs of buying be made with great ease, too. If such a step. new machines. the system is not mission critical, With virtualization, however, test Your electric bill will see some you can just turn the virtual environments are a snap to set up relief, too, since all that power machine off, make a copy of the and use for confirming a new won't be used for the servers and single big file that acts as the operating system or application the air conditioning unit that virtual machine's filesystem, and will do what it's advertised to do-would have to work to keep those start the VM again. Store the copy all without risking your real data. machines cool. Brian Proffitt is a off-machine, and without special Virtualization brings flexibility veteran technology journalist, software, you've just backed up an into an SMB's IT process, while a n a l y s t , a n d a u t h o r w i t h entire server. also delivering real cost savings e x p e r i e n c e i n a v a r i e t y o f Deploying new machines is very almost immediately. Not a bad technologies, including cloud, easy with virtualization, too. combination for SMBs stretching virtualization, and consumer Instead of having to buy a new every dollar. devices. Follow him on Discuss

customer relationship management (CRM) market is forecast to reach over $1 billion in G a r t n e r j u s t r e l e a s e d i t s revenue by year-end 2012, up worldwide enterprise IT spending from approximately $625 million estimates, which are projected to in 2010. total $2.7 trillion in 2012. Thats a The firm also said that despite the 3.9 percent increase from 2011 global economic challenges, expected spending of $2.6 trillion, enterprises will continue to invest but down from a 5.9 percent in IT, although the rate of expected increase in 2011. spending may slow. Gartner says this year alone, 350 Crunchbase companies will each invest more GARTNER than $1 billion in IT. And at the forefront of IT spending are Company: Gartner Website: applications in the cloud, social, g a r t n e r . c o m L a u n c h D a t e : data warehousing and mobility O c t o b e r 3 , 1 9 7 9 areas. Gartner says that $74 Gartner Consulting provides factbillion was spent on public cloud based consulting services that services in 2010, which only help their clients use and manage represented 3 percent of enterprise I T t o e n a b l e b u s i n e s s spending. But, the firm says that performance. Gartners 1,200 public cloud services will grow analysts and resarchers offer five times faster than overall IT consulting services and advice to enterprise spending (19 percent b u s i n e s s e x e c u t i v e s i n 8 0 annually through 2015). countries. In addition, Gartner By 2014, Gartner says that publishes original research and p r i v a t e a p p s t o r e s w i l l b e answers client questions. Learn deployed by 60 percent of IT more organizations. And in August, Gartner reported that social

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Grockit gets $7M to keep Are free BlackBerry apps enough of an boosting SAT scores
Submitted at 10/17/2011 1:26:06 PM

Social learning startup Grockit has raised an additional $7 million in venture funding to expand its online test-preparation services. Although not related to the funding, Grockit also recently launched a new service called Grockit Answers that can turn any YouTube video into a Q&A session. (Here's a companysupplied example on the credit crisis.) Grockit's tools draw on social networking and online gaming to personalize learning outside of the classroom--ideally, to help students conquer their academic weaknesses and ace test preparation. The company's tag line is "Test Prep Made Fun." Grockit claims one million registered users and 25,000 to 50,000 monthly actives. The San Francisco based company has now raised a total of $24 million, although its latest round--a series D--is at the same dollar value as its previous funding round, according to

CrunchBase. The series D was led by Atlas Venture. Benchmark Capital and Integral Capital are return investors, while NewSchools Venture Fund and GSV Capital also participated. In addition to the named venture backers, Grockit's prominent angel investors include Mark Pincus, Zynga's founder and CEO, and Reid Hoffman, LinkedIn's cofounder and now a partner at Greylock. Grockit says its social learning platform is based on rigorous academic research--specifically, formalized educational protocols such as adaptive learning algorithms that can help students improve their performance on standardized tests and entrance exams such as the SAT, ACT, GRE, and the LSAT and the GMAT. The company's latest product, the IIM-CAT, helps students prepare for applying to India's top management school. Grockit charges students a monthly fee--typically $19.99--for access to its practice test questions, study plans, reviews and so forth. The company claims

that students using its tools solve twice as many problems and are 10 percent more likely to get answers right than students who study alone. To date, students using Grockit have supposedly answered more than 10 million questions and sent 100 million message through the service. Last month at f8, Grockit announced a Facebook initiative. Students using Grockit can now invite Facebook friends to create online study rooms on Facebook. Via Facebook profiles, students can share their study progress, show questions attempted and the number of hours they've spent studying. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters featured article: A 'Malign Intellectual Subculture' - George Monbiot Smears Chomsky, Herman, Peterson, Pilger And Media Lens.

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RIM came knocking at the door with a contrite face, lots of apologies, and a gift box full of When a guy messes up in a apps. relationship, he might resort to We want to know if this changes flowers and a necklace to get back y o u r m i n d a b o u t l e a v i n g into good graces. Research In BlackBerry behind or makes you Motion announced today that it's feel better about staying. Are free offering a big bouquet of free apps enough of an apology? Vote apps to its upset customers after in our poll and talk it out in the several days of widespread comments. network outages and slow service. This entry passed through the The $100 selection of premium Full-Text RSS service if this is apps includes Sims 3, Bejeweled, your content and you're reading it Texas Hold'em Poker 2, and on someone else's site, please read S h a z a m E n c o r e . E n t e r p r i s e the FAQ at get a month of free tech only/faq.php#publishers. Five support as well. Filters featured article: A 'Malign In our BlackBerry poll last week, Intellectual Subculture' - George 42 percent of 830 responders said M o n b i o t S m e a r s C h o m s k y , that they plan to switch phones Herman, Peterson, Pilger And after the outage. That was before Media Lens. the network was patched up and


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Texas Instruments OMAP 5 processor demoed [Videos]

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Submitted at 10/17/2011 1:10:16 PM

The kind folks at Texas Instruments have released a couple of videos showing off their next generation of processors, the OMAP 5 platform, complete with graphics thatll make you blow your spleen out. This System on Chip thats otherwise known as TI OMAP 5 for short is one that was outed earlier this year complete with two 28nm ARM Cortex-A15 MPCores running at up to 2GHz. If that means anything to you, do read on! If youre completely baffled by processors in general, watch these videos, theyre informative! What we knew about this platform back when it was announced was that thered be at least two new processors, OMAP5430 and OMAP5432, both of them with up to 3 times the performance of previous generations OMAP4430. Want to know what devices run an OMAP right now? Have a look at our

lovely Texas Instruments portal and see for yourself: everything from the legendary DROID BIONIC to the Archos 80 G9 tablet to the possibility of being in the Samsung Nexus Prime, the device we hope to see tomorrow in Hong Kong sporting no less than Androids next generation Ice Cream Sandwich! What youre about to see here is

the OMAP 5 platforms graphics capabilities: and a demo on how the platform will work with manufacturers in the future: This is one of the new ways the processor groups are trying to spread the word that their processors are the ones people should adopt. In that theyve reached out to us to show YOU

these videos, theyre convincing the manufacturers of the smartphones and tablets and everything in between that theyre going to be what the consumer desires for their innards. Do these videos convince you to look for the OMAP 5 in your future device? Relevant Entries on

Texas Instruments OMAP 5 may bring Minority Report UI to Reality Texas Instruments OMAP Blaze on Sale Now Nokia N97 still using ARM11 not OMAP 3? TI tip multi-platform ARM Cortex A15 Eagle mobile devices Android Ice Cream Sandwich and Texas Instruments Collaboration Promised for Fall Rollout PandaBoard offers TI CortexA9 OMAP4 to imaginative devs Texas Instruments WiFi adapter adds wireless to fancy calculators TI OMAP-DM5x coprocessor enables 20MP, 720p camcorder on mobile phone Texas Instruments OMAP 5 processor demoed [Videos] is written by Chris Burns& originally posted on SlashGear. 2005 - 2011, SlashGear. All right reserved.

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BuddyTV Partners With AT&T To Let You Turn Your U-verse Into A Smart TV
Rip Empson (TechCrunch)
Submitted at 10/17/2011 2:06:39 PM

app gives you recommendations based on your personal preferences and what the app Back in July, Erick took a trip to thinks users want to watch. And, a hotel suite in Manhattan to get a j u s t l i k e N e t f l i x , t h e demo of BuddyTVs new iPhone recommendations get smarter the app. You can check it out here. more you favorite and the more For those unfamiliar, BuddyTVs you watch. (Speaking of Netflix, iPhone and Android apps turn the app also integrates with your smartphones into a smart Netflix Instant for users who viewing guide and a remote subscribe to the streaming video control with enhanced social service.) features like chat and the ability to Thus, users can create favorite broadcast what youre watching to channels to create a personalized Facebook and Twitter. At the TV listings view that displays time, the app was working only those channels that users exclusively with Google TVs, but watch most often (including HD today BuddyTV is announcing channels), as well as allowing that it has landed another big fish: users to set up reminders and AT&T. receive push notifications so that Beginning today, all AT&T U- theyll never miss another episode verse users can directly control of Americas Funniest Home their receivers with the BuddyTV Videos. Guide. Using their iPhone, iPod For AT&T U-verse users and Touch, or iPad, subscribers can avid smartphone users, this is an use the smart channel guide to a w e s o m e b o n u s , a s i t i s display only the channels that essentially turning your iPhone they want to watch. As you heart into a master TV remote that and rate shows and channels, the learns the more you use it.

The BuddyTV Guide app is free to download and is available now in the App Store. Native Android and Google TV versions are coming soon. For more, check out the video below: Crunchbase BUDDYTV Company: BuddyTV Website: Funding:$9.05M BuddyTV is an online TV guide and discussion center. It provides original articles, news and interviews on a large range of TV content. In addition to content provided by BuddyTV, fans can conduct TV jockey broadcasts about their favorite shows. Fans can broadcast live audio, video, text and polls to the larger BuddyTV user base. If not interested in broadcasting, BuddyTV has forums in which users can discuss everything from The Simpsons to The Simple... Learn more

iCloud prompts a look back at "cloud" icons

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Submitted at 10/17/2011 2:00:00 PM

Apple introduced iCloud earlier this year, and its announcement kicked off a renewed interest in the iconic cloud logo. Articles espousing the icon's Golden Ratio -based design and Apple's attention to detail followed shortly. Though Apple undoubtedly chose this icon for its precision design, it's likely that Apple's design team can't take full credit for the look. A post by Scott Hanselman points out the cloud icon may have its roots in the Pictos 1 icon collection. Though it's been

modified some, the basic circular cloud design has been widely used. It appears on Microsoft's website and in many iOS weather applications. A very similar cloud design even showed up on a BBC weather segment almost thirty years ago. You can check out his post for even more examples of this cloud configuration. iCloud prompts a look back at "cloud" icons originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Mon, 17 Oct 2011 14:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Source| Permalink| Email this| Comments



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Celtra Creating Self-Serve Platform for Rich Media Mobile Ads

Dan Rowinski (ReadWriteWeb)
Submitted at 10/17/2011 3:02:00 PM

A new tool is coming for advertisers that want to create rich media ads for the mobile Web and native applications. Celtra, an ad creation platform out of Cambridge, Mass., is launching a product tomorrow to create animated banner ads and single page expandable ads that are aimed to increase mobile ad engagement. The philosophy behind mobile ads is changing. The idea is to move away from drop down and static banner ads and create more rich media and interstitial ads that users are more likely to find enticing and harder to avoid. Celtra wants to lead the thirdparty charge in creating those kinds of ads but it is swimming in deep waters. There are a variety of companies that are aiming at the same goal. Sponsor Celtra is a self-service ad creation platform for iOS, Android and the mobile Web. It partners with the who's who of mobile ad creation and distribution, from Google's

DoubleClick and AdMob to Jumptap and real-time bidding network Nexage (also a Bostonbased company). It has created ads for Intel, Bing and Capital One (pictured). Celtra can provide the tools to create rich media ads as well as analytics for the performance of those ads. Celtra's solutions are near the top of the industry. Yet, the company could be in for possible disruption. It will not come from below with a startup looking to eats its lunch, but rather from above. Apple iAd is eventually aiming to do exactly what Celtra is releasing tomorrow - an easy-to -use platform designed for creating rich media ads in iOS and

the mobile Web. The difference between iAd and Celtra is the fact that Apple holds a tight rein on the iAd platform. When it initially launched, advertisers needed to pony up at least $1 million and then be subject to Apple's creative team. The payoff for the investment was supposed to be lucrative but Apple may have overplayed its hand as iAd has not been much heard of since launching in the spring of 2010. If Apple takes its grip off of iAd (which is entirely possible with the passing of Steve Jobs and his manner of control of the user interface) and creates a self-serve platform much in the same manner, Celtra will find itself competing directly against one of the largest corporations in the world. Developers and advertisers Does Celtra's new tool look like an answer to increasing engagement in mobile ads? Can it help developers get paid? Let us know in the comments. Discuss

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Google IO 2012 dates announced

Chris Burns (SlashGear)
Submitted at 10/17/2011 1:21:16 PM

Its the biggest Google developer event of the year, Google IO, and it feels like we were just there, but next years dates have been announced already! The 2012 Google IO event will be taking place on April 24th through the 25th and will be housed at the fabulous Moscone Center West in San Francisco, California. Heat! Bring your Easter baskets and put those Android bunny ears on because by that time, itll be a whole different game on the mobile operating system front for the big G. Add that date to your calendar folks, well be there without a doubt!

Registration dates for the event will be coming soon, with details still rather scant as far as whos going to be speaking there and whatll exactly be going on on the floor. You can check out our gigantic[Google IO portal] for information on whats been revealed in years past, especially 2011 where Ice Cream Sandwich was announced formally for the first time! Look at that logo! Then of course there were the freebies! There was a free Galaxy Tab 10.1 before it was released to the public, we saw Vic Guntotra opening his Galaxy Tab for the first time, free Chromebooks for everybody, and much, much more. What was once a place for developers to giggle about codes

Ford Escape gets new fuel efficient engines for 2012 Virgin Mobile postpones data throttling until 2012 Intel to support USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt in 2012 Google Announces Third Quarter Financial Results Google TV Gets Android Market And Android 3.1 Honeycomb Google announces Fiber Project winner is Kansas City, Kansas [Video] is now an internationally followed event. Why? Because its where all the makers and the doers go and speak about whats coming to everything Google! Seeya there! Relevant Entries on Google+ Corporate Accounts Testing To Launch Next Week Google Buzz finally gets axed to focus on Google+ Google IO 2012 dates announced is written by Chris Burns& originally posted on SlashGear. 2005 - 2011, SlashGear. All right reserved.

Max Levchin is Building Another Startup

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fascinating guy. Levchin, a Ukrainian immigrant whose parents fled Chernobyl, Submitted at 10/17/2011 2:45:52 PM was described by author Sarah PayPal co-founder Max Levchin, Lacy in the excellent book Once o n e o f t h e m o s t t i r e l e s s You're Lucky, Twice You're entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley, Good as, at his core, all about has begun work on another competition. After making online startup, he said this weekend on ecommerce viable and secure with Twitter. Levchin left Google just PayPal and inventing the widget six weeks ago, after the search at Slide, what will Levchin bring giant shut down his last startup it to market next? We'll find out acquired for an estimated $200 soon, he said this weekend. Peter Thiel at the TechCrunch million, Levchin is Sponsor also the Chairman of the Board of Levchin said last month while on D i s r u p t c o n f e r e n c e t h a t D i r e c t o r s a t Y e l p . H e ' s a stage with PayPal co-founder " i n n o v a t i o n , s p e c i f i c a l l y

technology innovation, in this country is somewhere between dire straights and dead... "I think there is a great deal of ferment and activity in Silicon Valley. There has definitely been some innovation, so it would be an exaggeration to say that nothing has happened. But if one looks outside of computers and the Internet, there has been...we've had 40 years of stagnation." That certainly is some context to launch something new in. Levchin's LinkedIn profile says his current position is Founder at

No Name Yet. No details about the new project are available, but Levchin says it's already coming along faster than expected and that he now has a "very real" need for an "amazing graphic/UI designer." He says he'll begin discussing what space the new startup is in soon. I wish I knew more than that, but I haven't been able to find any details and Levchin hasn't responded to a request for comment. Discuss


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HTC loses to Apple in ITC patent infringement complaint

Rue Liu (SlashGear)
Submitted at 10/17/2011 2:48:18 PM

The International Trade Commission (ITC) in the US has ruled in favor of Apple in HTCs original patent infringement complaint against the Cupertino company. Judge Charles Bullock issued the ruling today, stating that Apple did not violate any of the four patents in question. The complaint was filed back in 2010 and the patents involved basic functions like phone dialing and power management. The patents were not invalidated, instead, the ITC simply found that Apples iPads, iPhones, and iPods did not violate them. This preliminary decision will see a final hearing sometime in February of 2012. Although HTC and Apple still have other legal battlefields, this one is quite a setback for HTC, as it loses one major negotiation chip for reaching a settlement and saving

Samsung files ITC complaint against Apple as legal battle rages Apple targets HTC in second ITC patent case Apple Files ITC Complaint Against Samsung ITC Staff Backs HTC, Nokia in Apple Patent Case Kodak files patent infringement suit against Apple and RIM Apple willfully infringed patent, fined $19m in damages iOS devs smacked with In-App Purchase patent suit warnings Nokia files patent infringement suit against Apple in Delaware court itself from a possible injunction. Apple initiated the legal scuffle between the two companies and is also embroiled in a multinational patent battle with Samsung, which is similarly facing a possible injunction here in the US. Despite carriers, such as T-Mobile and Verizon, issuing statements against the injunctions in support for Apples opponents, theres a good chance that HTC and Samsung may have to remove some of their devices from the market. Apple has already won a ban on Samsung tablets in Germany and Australia. [ via Phonedog] Relevant Entries on HTC loses to Apple in ITC patent infringement complaint is written by Rue Liu& originally posted on SlashGear. 2005 - 2011, SlashGear. All right reserved.

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There Are Over 7,000 Abandoned Oil And Gas Wells In Pennsylvania Alone
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Silicon Roundabout concept is covered in digital billboards

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Submitted at 10/17/2011 10:00:00 AM

By: Olivia Solon What do you get if you cross Old Street's Silicon Roundabout with the glare of the digital billboards in Picadilly Circus? A concept design for an office building.

Architects 00:/ and Space Station have put together plans for a multi-floor office building mounted on top of Old Street roundabout and acting as a incubator hub for startups and technology companies. Edited by: Duncan Geere Continue reading...

state, many that were never properly sealed (plugged) or are in varying states of deterioration; Submitted at 10/17/2011 1:51:00 PM 2,184 abandoned and/or orphan As part of SkyTruth's ongoing wells in McKean County alone. work to illustrate drilling through This issue has become of greater images, mapping and raw data concern due to increased drilling analysis, analysts have produced a throughout the state, especially in new map illustrating the startling the Marcellus Shale region. number of improperly abandoned As more and more companies oil and gas wells in Pennsylvania. scramble to gain footholds in Drilling in the state goes as far Pennsylvania, West Virginia and back at 1859 but it was not until even New York, it is crucial that the 1920s that legislation required industry players and local citizens all new wells to be plugged at alike recall what past drilling production's end, and not until the booms have left behind. 1960s that all wells had to be The effects of a well, even after it permitted. has stopped producing, can have As a result, thousands of oil and serious environmental and health gas wells with no recorded consequences for decades to come location information litter the if proper regulations are not

mandated and followed. This post originally appeared at SkyTruth. Please follow Money Game on Twitter and Facebook. Join the conversation about this story See Also: Everything You Need To Know About Future Production From Canadian Oil Sands The New Yorker Mocks The 1% With Its Occupy Wall Street Cover Indy 500 Champion Dan Wheldon Dies After A Horrifying IndyCar Crash In Las Vegas



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U.N. Rips Iran's Human Rights Record in New Report

BARBARA SLAVIN (Foreign Policy)
Submitted at 10/17/2011 9:33:31 AM

An important reminder that the Islamic Republic's greatest victims are its own citizens. BY BARBARA SLAVIN| OCTOBER 17, 2011 A forthcoming U.N. report, obtained by Foreign Policy in advance of its publication later this week, condemns the Iranian regime for wide-ranging human right abuses, including the secret killings of hundreds of prisoners under mysterious circumstances. The report, compiled by Ahmed Shaheed, the new U.N. "Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran," makes for dismal reading: a compendium of violations of basic rights ranging from lack of free expression and assembly to summary executions and torture of detainees. Iran's authoritarian rulers have abused their people for centuries; thousands died during and in the immediate aftermath of the 1979 revolution. The picture improved somewhat under the 1997-2005 presidency of Mohammad Khatami but has darkened again in recent years. Hundreds of political activists, women's advocates, members of with ties to Western countries journalists, students, filmmakers, ethnic and religious minorities, have been swept into the prisons l a w y e r s , e n v i r o n m e n t a l i s t s , dissident clerics, and Iranians of the Islamic Republic since the

disputed 2009 presidential election. The government has freed some but replaced its

stockpile with others. About 500 U.N. page 46

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The Amerislump Is Upon Us - By Susan Glasser

SUSAN GLASSER (Foreign Policy)
Submitted at 10/17/2011 10:33:30 AM

Just how fast is the United States sinking? A cautionary tale of declinism -- and the political bloviation it inspires. BY SUSAN GLASSER| OCTOBER 17, 2011 Conservative agitator Pat Buchanan's new book says America might not survive until 2025. "The Suicide of a Superpower," it's called. Even the less alarmist are suddenly sounding a lot like him as economists now predict that China may surpass the United States as the world's largest economy a lot sooner than we thought, and learned conferences are convened to deal with what Fareed Zakaria memorably dubbed "the post-American world." Here at Foreign Policy, my colleague Joshua Keating (coiner of the "Amerislump" phrase) has taken to tracking all the gloomand-doom punditry under the heading " Decline Watch" on our website -- and not a day goes by without a classic example, from the poverty-stricken new muppet on Sesame Street who doesn't have enough to eat to the supposed cocaine slump on Wall Street and the new government initiative to attract Chinese

shoppers here -- so they can buy Made in China goods, but at the cheap prices caused by our undervalued dollar.

The zeitgeist about America is so bleak that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton even begins her speeches these days being forced

to remind audiences that the U.S. declinist, invariably does her best economy is still the world's to convince us that America is not largest and its workers by far the AMERISLUMP page 48 most productive. Clinton, no


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activists remain detained. Those convicted of crimes -- both political and otherwise -- faced the ultimate penalty more often in Iran than any other country except China. According to the U.N. report, there have been more than 200 "officially announced" executions in 2011 and at least 146 secret ones in a prison in the eastern city of Mashhad. Last year, 300 people were secretly executed there, the report says. Hadi Ghaemi, director of the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, says that those put to death in Vakilabad prison in Mashhad appear to have been charged with offenses that would not merit the death penalty elsewhere. "The Iranian government claims they are drug offenders, but they don't give the names, so there is no way to know," Ghaemi said. Those whose executions have been announced include juveniles. More than 100 Iranians under age 18 remain on death row, despite the fact that executing minors is forbidden by international covenants that Iran has joined, such as the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The new report was made available to FP days before Shaheed is to present the findings to the U.N. General Assembly on Oct. 19. Shaheed, a former foreign minister from the Maldives who assumed his position Aug. 1, has been rebuffed so far in his efforts to travel to Iran. The United States and other

Western countries lobbied hard in the U.N. Human Rights Council for the appointment as a way to pressure Iran to improve its record on human rights. Shaheed is the fourth such envoy to Iran. All have received little cooperation from the Iranian government, though Shaheed's predecessor, Maurice Copithorne, was allowed to visit Iran once during the Khatami years. According to the report, Shaheed received a letter Sept. 19 from Iran's ambassador to the U.N. in Geneva expressing "a willingness to exchange views and discuss his methodology of work." Shaheed has asked to visit Iran in late November and "looks forward to a positive response to that request, as it would further signal the cooperative and constructive intentions of the Islamic Republic," the report says. If Iran does not work with Shaheed to address his concerns, the next step may be to request referral to the International Criminal Court, Ghaemi said, perhaps focusing on Iran's use of summary and excessive executions. Asked about this, Shaheed wrote in an email that he would "likely consider all options at his disposal" if Iran does not cooperate and the U.N. Human Rights Council renews his mandate in March. Barred from direct access to Iran, Shaheed and his staff put together the report with material from local and international human rights organizations, witnesses, and

relatives of detainees. A number of individuals and organizations provided the Special Rapporteur with firsthand testimonies, the preponderance of which presents a pattern of systemic violations of the aforementioned fundamental human rights," the report says. The 21-page document discusses more than 50 specific cases, including those of Mehdi Karroubi and Mir Hossein Mousavi, the Green Movement leaders who ran against President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in 2009 and have been under house arrest since February. Mousavi, a former Iranian prime minister, is said to have lost "a significant amount of weight." Karroubi, a former speaker of parliament, "has not been allowed access to the family doctor, despite respiratory issues," and was allowed outside for fresh air only once for 10 minutes during a period of 186 days, the report says. He has been confined for the past few months in a two-room office occupied by security agents and psychiatrists who are trying to coerce him into making a televised confession, the report adds. Besides Mousavi, Karroubi, and other relatively well-known detainees such as filmmaker Jafar Panahi and human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, the report mentions: Bahman Ahmadi Amouee, a reformist journalist kept in solitary confinement in a cell that measures about 6 feet 6 inches by

4 feet 8 inches. He has been beaten and deprived of sleep, and his head was shoved repeatedly into a toilet. Mohammad Davari, a journalist who videotaped statements from detainees who said they had been raped at the infamous Kahrizak detention center in Tehran. According to his mother, Davari has been tortured and is being held in solitary confinement. Mohammad Sadiq Kaboudvand, a journalist and founder of the Human Rights Organization of Kurdistan. Arrested in 2007, he suffered two strokes in prison last year but was denied adequate treatment, according to his wife. Keyvan Samimi, managing editor of a defunct reformist magazine, who has developed liver disease but was denied treatment outside prison. Another prisoner, journalist Reza Hoda Saber, suffered a heart attack after going on a hunger strike and died June 12. According to the report, Saber "complained of chest pains for hours before he was given access to medical care." Even those who have been set free face continued punishment when bail of as much as $500,000 is not returned. According to the report, Iranian authorities hold onto deeds or promissory notes

even when cases are resolved. The Iranian mission to the United Nations had no immediate comment on the report. The findings are likely to intensify the international outcry against Iran lately stoked by the U.S. charges that members of the Quds Force supported a plot to assassinate Saudi Arabia's U.S. ambassador using members of a Mexican drug cartel. Although those allegations have aroused skepticism, more significant bad news for Tehran could come early next month when the International Atomic Energy Agency is expected to release new information about purported military dimensions of the Iranian nuclear program. Iran shows no sign of buckling to foreign demands on the nuclear front but has been sensitive to international campaigns regarding specific political detainees. Last year, for example, after a global outcry, Iranian authorities lifted a death penalty by stoning against a woman convicted of adultery, Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani. Iran has also not carried out a death sentence against Yousef Nadarkhani, a Protestant pastor who converted to Christianity from Islam when he was a teenager. Ghaemi said the new report could help alleviate the plight of detainees and perhaps keep others from being arrested. When it comes to human rights, Iranian authorities "only respond to U.N. page 49

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Don't Worry About Being Happy - By Charles Kenny

CHARLES KENNY (Foreign Policy)
Submitted at 10/17/2011 12:02:41 PM

Hey, world leaders: Knowing how good your citizens feel about themselves won't help you run your country. BY CHARLES KENNY| OCTOBER 17, 2011 If you want to understand how far the craze for measuring happiness has spread, look no further than that venerable U.S. institution, the Girl Scouts. Last week they rolled out a new badge for excellence in understanding " the science of happiness." And that should help the aspiring statisticians in their ranks, at least -- politicians have taken to happiness polls like kids after another package of Thin Mints. French President Nicolas Sarkozy recently suggested adjusting traditional economic indicators with a measure for happiness. Charles Seaford of Britain's New Economics Foundation notes that government officials in Australia, Britain, China, Ecuador, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the United States are joining France in moving toward tracking measures of the subjective quality of life. In Britain, the Office for National Statistics' Integrated Household Survey now asks how satisfied people are with their lives; Labour Party advisor

Richard Layard has called for subjective well-being polls to replace GDP altogether as the measure of a country's progress. Happiness polls certainly

measure something that matters -and results regarding "what makes you happy" are consistent across countries. Those who say they are happy smile more than average;

they sleep better and are seen as the polls suggest the value to happier by friends, family, and happiness of short commutes and psychologists. People who say long holidays -- two things we can they are happier go on to live longer, healthier lives. Not least, DON'T page 49


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retreating from the world at a time of national angst. Or at least that it should not. "Beyond our borders," she wrote in a recent piece for Foreign Policy arguing that United States should make a strategic pivot away from the wars of the Middle East and toward the economic opportunities of Asia, many are now questioning "America's intentions -- our willingness to remain engaged and to lead. In Asia, they ask whether we are really there to stay, whether we are likely to be distracted again by events elsewhere, whether we can make -- and keep credible economic and strategic commitments, and whether we can back those commitments with action." Clinton's answer is a resounding yes, but the questions themselves are revealing, extraordinary even coming from a sitting Secretary of State and the context is pretty clear: These are angst-ridden times to be an unabashed advocate of America's role in the world, when everyone from Tea Partiers at home to financial markets abroad is wondering about the staying power of this humbled superpower. Sixteen years ago, when another sitting Secretary of State wrote for Foreign Policy, the world looked like a starkly different place to a top American official -- a post-

Cold War mix of opportunities and threats, bound together not so much by anything except the promise of American leadership. Indeed, said Warren Christopher, "the simple fact is that if we do not lead, no one else will." It was an age, and one that now seems quaintly outdated, of America the indispensable nation. Flash-forward to today, and the struggle by the United States to assert its continued leadership in the world -- or even its commitment to remaining there. Which makes it all the more depressing to listen to the early debates of the 2012 presidential campaign, where the rest of the world by and large doesn't figure at all -- except for the increasingly shrill protestations of some Republican candidates about their belief in America's special destiny to lead the planet. Consider Mitt Romney's recent speech on foreign policy, before an audience of cadets at The Citadel, there to serve as an enthusiastic, uniform-clad backdrop while he questioned President Barack Obama's patriotism. "God," Romney lectured, "did not create this country to be a nation of followers." Obama's supposed sin? Not being sufficiently believing in the high church of American greatness, because, in 2009, he said, "I believe in

American exceptionalism, just as I suspect the Brits believed in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism." In the reductionist boilerplate of presidential politics, this has been translated into an alleged lack of faith in America. "I believe we are an exceptional country with a unique destiny and role in the world," said Romney, the former Massachusetts governor who has enlisted a who's who of Republican foreign policy heavyweights drawn heavily from the Bush administration to support his candidacy and casts himself as a classic GOP politician of the muscular internationalist type. "In Barack Obama's profoundly mistaken view, there is nothing unique about the United States." Now, this might seem like a difficult charge to make stick against Barack Hussein Obama, the African-American son of a single mother who rose against all odds to become the nation's first black president. But no matter: the more depressing point to me is simply that this is the debate Romney and others are determined to have, following in a long line of patriotic chestthumping rather than offering a real robust conversation over what to do for America at this time of troubles -- or what sort of role America should play in the world.

But Romney's problem is not just Obama and his multilateralistloving, we're-not-number-oneanymore-and-it's-okay party, but many inside his own GOP. Americans in both parties, as surveys have consistently found, are simply fed up with bearing the costs of global security that come associated with being the world's only superpower. Tell an audience that the United States currently spends more on defense than all the other countries in the world combined, and see what the reaction is. It's no accident that the biggest applause lines at the GOP debates this year have been when candidates like Ron Paul and Jon Huntsman call for withdrawal from Afghanistan -- as soon as possible. But even if Americans can be convinced to keep bearing the costs -- and that is very likely, given that this extraordinarily rich nation still spends just under 4 percent of GDP on defense and has had to make few sacrifices to maintain its military through a decade of post-9/11 wars in Afghanistan and Iraq -- it's still got a huge, and growing, image problem in a world where the decline narrative has set in. Recently, we asked a group of foreign writers and thinkers to play a game of Madlibs, and fill in the blank on this question: "The United States is....." Here's a

sampling of what they said: "Not the promised land anymore." "A sick superpower -- but still a superpower." "Facing a long spell of painful adjustments." "Its own worst enemy because it refuses to recognize its most severe flaws and then address them." The last comment may be the most relevant of all. There's much that ails America today, from schools that stink to collapsing infrastructure and a bloated financial system nowhere near finished dealing with the results of the burst housing bubble. But the bigger problem may be this: a political system that rewards bloviating over American greatness but not those whose hard work or big ideas might ensure Americans actually still have something to crow about. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters featured article: A 'Malign Intellectual Subculture' - George Monbiot Smears Chomsky, Herman, Peterson, Pilger And Media Lens.

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all get behind. But wonderful though it may be to imagine calculating the costs and benefits of government action in gigasmiles per minute, there are real problems with using measures of happiness as the basis for policymaking. Consider the much discussed link between happiness and income. We know with a fair degree of certainty that recessions make people unhappy, unemployment makes them even more so, and unusually rapid growth can lead to a temporary boost in reported well-being in a country. But while more money makes people happier in the short term, they may not stay that way: The link between long-term income growth and happiness is hotly debated. A 2002 study by economists Ada Ferrer-i-Carbonell and Paul Frijters looked at changes in the happiness of Germans over time, asking subjects about both income changes and how satisfied with life they were on a scale of zero to 10. The results suggested that it would take an 800,000 percent increase in income to raise the average German's reported satisfaction by one point on that 10-point scale. (In fact, happy people earn more as a result of their good humor -- who would you rather hire: Eeyore or Tigger? So governments might want to encourage happiness to improve economic performance, rather than the other way around.)

One conclusion from that evidence could be to say longterm GDP growth really doesn't matter and we should be focusing our attention elsewhere. But it is also worth asking why so few people go around asking for a pay cut from their employers or refusing to accept their lottery winnings. Perhaps we care about other things in life than improving our answer to a pollster about how happy we are. We might value the prestige or the experiences money can bring -- even if those things don't make us declare we are ecstatic in a poll. The same applies to children: Analysis of the relationship between kids and life satisfaction suggests that people with kids are less happy than those without kids -- but that doesn't mean kids aren't important to their parents. In fact, over the short term, happiness poll averages vary as a result of all sorts of daily hassles and small pleasures rather than anything we really want policymakers to focus on. Princeton University economist Angus Deaton has looked at daily tracking polls of subjective wellbeing in the United States during the financial crisis and suggests that, while they did track the performance of the U.S. stock market, scores were nevertheless "affected more by the arrival of St Valentine's day than a doubling of unemployment." He concludes, "In a world of bread

and circuses," monitoring changes in happiness polls "picks up the circuses but miss the bread." Adding to the difficulties of using happiness to guide policy is the fact that it has more to do with humans' inherently social nature than with the kind of absolutes that government policies can easily affect. Happiness researcher Carol Graham at the Brookings Institution reports that unemployment matters to happiness scores in general but matters less so when many others are unemployed. And being thin makes you happy in the United States and sad in Russia. Being absolutely rich matters a little, but what really matters is being richer than your peers and neighbors. These kinds of complex and context-dependent relationships are tough to manipulate from Washington. In fact, the nature of happiness can actually be a barrier to sensible policies. Over the long term, individual happiness reports just don't change very much -people have a "set point of happiness" they return close to even after disability or bereavement, for example. And Graham notes that people's immense ability to be happy even in grim circumstances means that they end up tolerating conditions that they shouldn't -- high death rates from easily preventable disease or kleptocratic rulers, for instance. How else to explain

Nigeria ranking above Germany in average happiness or Colombia above Canada and the United States? Is the policy conclusion that Nigeria is doing better on what really counts than Germany? This isn't to say that politicians shouldn't care whether their people are happy. But life is complicated and so is what makes up a good one. It is time to give up looking for a single indicator to capture how we're doing at it. And if leaders still really want to help raise national reported wellbeing, Deaton's results do suggest one approach. He reports that just thinking about politics makes Americans absolutely miserable -far more down in the mouth than the entire impact of the financial crisis. The implication: Maybe politicians should talk a little less -- about happiness and about everything else, too. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters featured article: A 'Malign Intellectual Subculture' - George Monbiot Smears Chomsky, Herman, Peterson, Pilger And Media Lens.

pressure," he said. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters featured article: A 'Malign Intellectual Subculture' - George Monbiot Smears Chomsky, Herman, Peterson, Pilger And Media Lens.

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Lowes to Close Stores;Gap to Close US Stores, Expand in China; Best Buy to Reduce Square Footage by 10%; Mall Vacancies Record High; Grim Jobs Picture (Michael Shedlock) (Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis)

Reduce Planned Openings Lowe's Cos. is shutting 20 of its homeimprovement stores and greatly slowing future openings in an Submitted at 10/17/2011 2:24:00 PM Financial job carnage has already effort to improve its profitability. been announced. Layoffs in the The closings affect about 1,950 financial sector may affect employees, and the retailer will 80,000 or more. Cash strapped book a related second-quarter cities and states are shedding charge of $345 million to $415 workers. Housing is abysmal. To million, or 17 cents to 20 cents a top it off, Retail jobs carnage is share. just around the corner. The company now expects to open 10 to 15 stores a year in Gap will close 189 stores in the N o r t h A m e r i c a f r o m 2 0 1 2 US and instead expand in China. forward, down from its prior Walmart plans smaller stores. assumption of about 30 stores a Lowes announced today it will year. Lowe's will open about 25 close 20 stores affecting 1,950 stores this year, as planned, employees. having already committed to the Best Buy plans to reduce square sites. footage by 10%. Lowe's closed 10 stores on Regional and strip mall Sunday and said it would shut 10 vacancies are at record highs more within a month. already. "Today we have a clearer view of the long-term economic recovery How many trucking jobs will that and decided to close these 20 cost? How many manufacturing stores," Lowe's spokeswoman jobs? Note the implications on Chris Ahearn said. "The stores commercial real estate rents and have under-performed and we prices. haven't seen progress necessary Today Citigroup set aside lower for them to reach profitability." reserves for losses. What a farce. Gap Closing 189 U.S. Stores, Let's take a look at some of the Expanding in China retail stories. Yahoo!News reports Gap closing Lowe's to Close 20 Stores, stores in US Reduce Planned Openings Oct 14, 2011 The Wall Street Journal reports The struggling retailer, which Lowe's to Close 20 Stores, runs the Gap, Old Navy and

Wall Street Turns the Jobs Gun on Itself Job cuts on Wall Street are nothing new. The industry is well known for its sponge-like quality, absorbing bankers when times are flush, squeezing them from the ranks when the business cycle slows. Hire, fire, repeat. But the most recent rounds of cuts5% or more at Goldman Sachs Group Inc., 400 to 600 employees at Credit Suisse Group Inc. and a combined 700 jobs at Barclays PLC since the start of the yearcould snap the trend. Those jobs might not come back for a long time. Goldman is even shipping some jobs to Asia. The securities industry still Banana Republic chains, detailed will have 700 Gap stores left by plans on Thursday to close 189 the end of 2013, down from 1056 employs about 800,000 people locations, or 21 percent of its in 2007. 80,000 Financial Sector nationwide, according to the Securities Industry and Financial namesake Gap stores in the U.S., Layoffs by the end of 2013. At the same NakedEmpire says'Financial Markets Association. That is only time, the largest U.S. clothing Sector Layoffs could top 80,000' 7.8% fewer than the all-time high, and roughly the same as in 2006, chain said it plans to triple the August 2, 2011 number of Gap stores in China In July, as financial sector layoffs when Bear Stearns Cos. and from about 15 by the end of the mounted, a top executive search Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. year to roughly 45 by the end of firm estimated as many as 80,000 still roamed the earth. next year. jobs might go in this coming It isn't a stretch to think that employment could fall to 2003 On Thursday, Gap officials round of financial layoffs. offered more details to analysts This is kind of like the beginning levels, meaning another 50,000 gathered in New York for its of a tsunami, said Richard Stein job cuts. And, in a worst-case annual meeting. The company of Caldwell Partners. You dont scenario, the decline could feel said that it plans to have closed 34 get it in one go it comes in sort like a throwback to pre-tech percent of its namesake Gap of short shock waves. Wall bubble days, when the industry stores between 2007 and the end Street Turns the Jobs Gun on employed 100,000 fewer people of 2013, not including Gap Outlet Itself LOWES page 54 locations. After the reduction, it The Wall Street Journal reports

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The Future Of Europe Rests With This Man

Michael Goldfarb (Money Game)

years in terms of volatility, financial and political," says Adrian Pabst, a specialist in Submitted at 10/17/2011 1:52:06 PM Europe's political economy at the LONDON - Once upon a time, University of Kent. "He will need central bankers were grey figures, incredible resolve, incredible hardly impinging on the public's wisdom and a little bit of luck." consciousness. Then came the In an unoptimistic time, people collapse of Lehman Brothers, the are generally positive about the 63 onset of the global financial crisis -year old Italian. With good and suddenly these grey figures reason. If you were designing a became the loan officers to entire perfect central banker Draghi nations. They haven't had time to would be the one. His CV ticks all get the media training necessary the boxes: for their new celebrity. Attend a venerable university in Italy's Mario Draghi fits the your home country: check. paradigm. Sober, grey, and Polish up your academic intensely private, in a few weeks c r e d e n t i a l i n C a m b r i d g e , time he will become head of the Massachusetts: check and check. European Central Bank, the bank (He has a doctorate from MIT and that oversees the euro. spent time as a fellow at Harvard's It's not an easy job even in good Kennedy School of Government). times, and these are the opposite. Work for Goldman Sachs: In his in-tray: the continued bail- check. out of Greece; keeping inflation Time at the World Bank: check and its evil shadow deflation out (executive director during the of the financially wounded euro 1980's). zone; overseeing the solvency of T r u s t e e o f e l i t e g l o b a l the euro zones retail banks and institutions: check times 2. (He is financial markets. That's the short a trustee of the Institute for term. Over the rest of his eight Advanced Study in Princeton and year term of office he will a n h o n o r a r y t r u s t e e o f t h e probably have to maintain that B r o o k i n g s I n s t i t u t e ) . stability as Europe's leaders deal Currently holds a senior with either: position: check. He is head of A) Fiscal union of the 17 euro Italy's central bank. zone nations, with its implied closer political ties; or There is no more qualified person B) The break-up of the euro, and in Europe to run the central bank, its potential destruction of the but that is not the reason why global economy. Draghi got the job. In the worst "This is the most critical time for traditions of EU decision making, the global economy in the last 70 until earlier this year it was

assumed a German would be the next head of the ECB, because it was Germany's turn. Since the ECB was set up in the late 1990's the job has been held by a Dutchman and a Frenchman. The head of Germany's Bundesbank, Axel Weber was supposed to get the gig but Weber resigned earlier this year and effectively removed himself from consideration. Draghi was a unanimous choice for the post. Not all in Germany are happy about an Italian taking over. Adrian Pabst, who is German, noted in the Guardian that the tabloid Bild, Germany's largest selling daily newspaper, recently ran a headline saying that "inflation and Italians" go together "like tomato sauce and spaghetti." Silvia Francecon, of the European Council on Foreign Relations' Rome office, understands why such sentiment is around. "The image of Italy nowadays is not a good one," she says. "But when Italians are good, really good, they are superstars. Draghi is one." Francecon says Germans or the French or any one else need not fear an Italian in charge of their central bank. "He will be objective. He will not be an Italian who is in charge of the Central Bank, he will be a European. He will work to save Europe and that means he will work to save Italy because this isn't Greece. If Italy fails, Europe

fails." Draghi is a person of discipline. He is committed to keeping his private life private. There are no bunga-bunga parties in his past. Francecon says little is known about him. "He subscribes to orthodoxy on austerity measures and structural reforms." His published writing is technical but this recent article gives a sense of how he thinks. For relaxation Francecon says, "Draghi likes to go mountain climbing." The hobby has taught him control. "He is calm and capable in difficult situations." Being up a rock face in the Dolomites, trying to drive a screw into the mountain to run a rope through certainly takes focus, patience, calm nerves and toughness. He is admired for being a tough customer. The ECFR's Fancecon says he is one of the few people in Italian public life to speak the truth to his compatriots. "He has told Italians, We cannot rely on others to save us, we have to save ourselves." Draghi was one of the main architects of the Basel III banking rules. These rules enacted a year ago force big banks to hold more capital in reserve. They also set up regulations for risk management. Not every banker is happy about the risk regulations. Last month, Jamie Dimon, head of JP Morgan, told the Financial Times, "I'm very close to thinking the U.S.

shouldn't be in Basel anymore. I would not have agreed to rules that are blatantly anti-American." In Pabst's view, "Draghi, as the architect of Basel III, can say to bankers: 'Look I know how this works and it is in your self interest to go along. If you take big risks this time no one will bail you out and you will go out of business." Europe's debt crisis is a global problem, exacerbated by the uncertainty that surrounds the political part of fixing it. Draghi in charge of the ECB will add a degree of stability to this time. Europe's politicians, who have to face the electorate, may press him to follow monetary policies that might buy them a bit of popular support. Draghi doesn't have to face the electorate, and the odds are he will still be running the ECB long after today's crop of leaders have been retired at the ballot box. This will likely be his last job, the one he has spent his life preparing for. Adrian Pabst is certain that Draghi is aware that these next eight years will mark him for posterity. "I don't think he wants to go down in history as overseeing the melt down of the euro zone." On that point, it's not just Draghi who is worried about historical reputation. A factor people outside of Europe should keep in mind when they are tempted to FUTURE page 55



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Smoke Clears, Fog Lifts, Revealing More Smoke and Fog; Sell the "No-News"; Point by Point Synopsis of the Merkel-Sarkozy Plan (Michael Shedlock) (Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis)

Germany Shoots Down Dreams of Swift Crisis Solution The G-20 did nothing and said nothing but today Angela Merkel Submitted at 10/17/2011 10:56:00 AM A couple of people asked me lifted some of the fog from yesterday to comment on the G- promises made a couple of weeks 20 meeting. I responded "What ago. The picture is now much did they say?" clearer. Merkel pulled back the Here is the answer. The G-20 fog revealing more fog. leaders said nothing and did Please consider Germany Shoots nothing other than to offer the Down Dreams of Swift Crisis hope that Merkel and Sarkozy Solution would provide a solution on Germany said European Union October 23. leaders wont provide the The fog of G-20 is gone and all complete fix to the euro-area debt there is to see is a fog of vague crisis that global policy makers promises by German Chancellor are pushing for at an Oct. 23 A n g e l a M e r k e l a n d F r e n c h summit. President Nicolas Sarkozy that German Chancellor Angela something dramatic will happen Merkel has made it clear that later. dreams that are taking hold again Sell the "No-News" now that with this package Sunday evening to Monday everything will be solved and morning provided yet another everything will be over on wild swing in the futures market. I Monday wont be able to be went to bead at 3 AM and the f u l f i l l e d , S t e f f e n S e i b e r t , S&P was up 10 points near 1230. Merkels chief spokesman, said at However, the S&P gapped down a briefing in Berlin today. The 5 points and is now down 15 to search for an end to the crisis 1204, roughly a 2% swing from surely extends well into next the overnight high. year. It's tough to say this was a "sell Obstacles to an EU accord the news" reaction because there include resistance by bankers to a was no news, at least from the G- deeper restructuring of Greek debt 20. Instead, it was a "sell the no- and discord among Europes news" reaction. capitals over how to multiply the

firepower of their bailout fund and recapitalize financial institutions. At stake is confidence in the 17-nation currency union that Merkel says she wants to preserve. As EU officials move toward an agreement that may include bigger losses on Greek debt holdings and the forced recapitalization of lenders, bankers are pushing back. Options include altering a July accord struck with investors for a 21 percent net-present-value reduction in Greek debt holdings. Five-Point Plan In the works for the summit is a five-point plan to Foresee a solution for Greece Bolster the firepower of the 440 billion-euro ($611 billion) EFSF Recapitalize banks Push to boost competitiveness and consideration European treaty changes to tighten economic management Point Number One: Greece Greece will default and it will be a hard default. The Yield on 1year Greek bonds is hit a new high of 176% today, currently at 172%. Merkel and Sarkozy have no plan

for Greece other than to keep Greece in the Euro and that is not up to Merkel and Sarkozy, but rather up to the citizens of Greece. Moreover, the smaller the haircut, the bigger the burden on Greece and the more likely Greece leaves sooner rather than later. Point Number Two: Bolstering the Firepower of the EFSF Let's assume Nouriel Roubini, Tim Geithner, and everyone else pitching "firepower" nonsense gets their way. Let's boost the EFSF to $2 trillion. Better yet, let's talk "Big Bazooka" and boost it to $40 trillion. Can Roubini, Geithner, Merkel, Sarkozy, or any of the EU clowns tell me exactly where $40 trillion will come from? Here is the answer: They can't. Moreover they cannot tell us where $2 trillion will come from either because all these plans for boosting the EFSF are against the German constitution, not that any of the EU jackasses care. So let's assume the jackasses get their way. Exactly what good will $2 trillion do? Will the ECB just print the money and give it away? Will citizens put up with another $2 trillion highway robbery plan to bail out the banks and

bondholders? Point Number Three: Raise Capital Banks are resisting mightily. Moreover, where does the capital come from? If from banks and bondholders, expect to see shareholder dilution. In fact, expect to see shareholder dilution regardless where it comes from. Is the stock market priced for that? Sovereign debt ratings will sink like a rock if nations start bailing out the banks, yet again. Point Number Four: Push to Boost Competitiveness I happen to agree with this point. It is necessary. However, look at the pushbacks against austerity programs. Expect more pushbacks, in every country. More importantly, even if there was substance to the plans (there isn't), and even if the "non-plans" were implemented (assuming Merkel and Sarkozy had plans that other nations would adopt), it would take years, not months to produce results. Point Number Five: European Treaty Changes to Tighten Economic Management Jackasses never give up. Point number five is proof. SMOKE page 54

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Gross Says he "Struck Out" on Bonds after Missing U.S. Treasury Rally, Now Using Leveraged Mortgage Play Hoping to Catch Up; Another Gross Mistake? (Michael Shedlock) (Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis)
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It's one thing to make a mistake. We all do. It's another thing to compound a mistake, using leverage, hoping to make it back up. Pimco's Bill Gross may have just done the latter. Please consider PIMCO's Gross admits he struck out on bonds this year In a Special Edition letter posted on PIMCO's website, Gross, who runs the $242 billion PIMCO Total Return portfolio, wrote that he underestimated the contagion effect from the Europe debt crisis and the U.S. debt ceiling debacle. "As Europe's crisis and the U.S. debt ceiling debacle turned developed economies toward a potential recession, the Total Return Fund had too little risk off and too much risk on," said Gross, who also shares the title of cochief investment officer at Pacific Investment Management Co. with Mohamed El-Erian. His fund's poor performance led Gross to simply call his open letter to investors, "Mea Culpa." It is up only 1.06 percent year to date versus the benchmark BarCap U.S. Aggregate Index which is up 3.99 percent.

"The simple fact is that the portfolio at midyear was positioned for what we call a "New Normal" developed world economy - 2.0 percent real growth and 2 percent inflation," Gross said. That's all changed, of course. Gross said PIMCO's internal growth forecast for developed economies "is now zero percent over the coming several quarters and the portfolio more accurately reflects this posture." I challenged the opinion of Bill Gross on March 10, 2011 in Pimco Dumps All Remaining Treasuries in Total Return Fund; Six Reasons to Fade Bill Gross Six Reasons to Fade Pimco I view this setup as favorable for US Government bonds. For starters there is no Pimco selling pressure, only potential buying pressure when Gross changes his mind. Second, everyone seems to think the end of QE II will be the death of treasuries. While that could be the case, sentiment is so onesided that I rather doubt it, especially is the global recovery stalls. Third, the US dollar is towards the bottom of a broad range and any bounce could easily wipe out gains in higher yielding emerging

I am not going to do another "Six reasons to Fade Bill Gross" post because he may be correct. However, I do not like the odds or the leverage. Here are a couple charts that show why. US Treasury Yield Curve $IRX = 03-Mo Yield $FVX = 05-Yr Yield $TNX = 10 Yr Yield $TYX = 30 Yr Yield Mortgage Rates Mortgage Rates from Mortgage Calculator A further rally is certainly -market debt. I have already commented on this p o s s i b l e i n t r e a s u r i e s a n d Fourth, the global macro picture before and the only reason I bring mortgage backed securities. is weakening considerably with it up again is because Gross may However, fixed-income traders may be a "sell the news" trade overheating in China, state be making another mistake. government austerity measures in Gross now has cash levels of following the Fed's "Operation the US, and a renewed sovereign negative 19% according to the Twist" announcement. debt crisis in Europe on top of a article. If that is still true, Gross is On September 23, I asked Has supply shock in oil. Emerging using leverage hoping to catch up. Operation Twist Played Out markets are unlikely the place to His play is in mortgage-backed Already? Time to Short Bonds? I did not know the answer then be in such a setup. securities. Fifth, chasing yield means The time to use leverage, if there and I still do not know the answer chasing risk, and that is on top of was one, would have been when now. I also do not know when currency risk. Chasing risk is treasury yields were much higher Gross put that leverage on, or his highly likely to fail again at some and nearly everyone believed average duration on that leverage. point, the only question is when. there was no risk of recession and However I can say that 10-year treasury yields are 42 basis points Sixth, several interest rate hikes the US dollar would go to hell. are priced in by the ECB this year. Many plowed into the Australian higher since I wrote that post. Will all those hikes come? I rather dollar and Swiss Francs, not only Mortgage rates are up as well, but doubt it, and if the ECB doesn't missing a huge US treasury but not as dramatically. hike, look for the US dollar to also getting clobbered in Swiss The risk Gross faces now is not rally, perhaps significantly. Francs and the Australian dollar GROSS page 55 Another Gross Mistake? to boot.


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than at the end of March. This latest cycle has a something in common with layoff waves such as the purges of the late 1990s, the post 9/11 downsizing and belt-tightening during of the financial crisis: It is all business. The big difference, of course, is that unlike those employment trends in the past, there isn't much evidence that these jobs will come back this time. Mall Vacancies Hit All Time Record Zero Hedge has a post out today with good commentary and excellent charts. Please consider"Internet Killed The Radio Store" - Mall Vacancies Hit All Time Record While the incremental bankruptcies in commercial REITs have been slow in coming primarily due to record low interest rates, the mall vacancy number just hit a new all time high. During the third quarter, vacancies at regional and superregional malls rose to 9.4 percent from 8.8 percent a year earlier and 9.3 percent in the second quarter, according to the New York-based property research company Reis. This was the highest since data was compiled in 2000." Citing a Bloomberg report but providing no link, Zerohedge states ... Employment data reveal the trend away from hiring at establishments that sell goods easily purchased on the Internet like books and hobby supplies.

The need to employ sales people at apparel and accessory stores has actually increased since sales assistance is a necessity. An extra large shirt is not the same across all brands, and footwear sizes vary greatly. Colors can mislead on the web. Wal-Mart and Best Buy are experimenting with smaller store formats. In its last quarterly earnings conference call Best Buy said, we are planning to reduce our big box square footage by 10 percent over the next three to five years. Our test results so far in this space continue to indicate that a store prototype which combines the enhanced operating model with reduced space and lower operating costs has not materially lowered our sales volumes. Where the Hell are the Jobs Going to Come From? I keep asking where are the jobs going to come from? Housing - no Financials - no Government - no (hopefully) Commercial Real Estate - no Retail Sales - no "What If" Scenarios Here is a chart I posted in 2009 showing job growth by month since 1999, and reposted this October in Hypothetical Employment and Unemployment Charts from the Atlanta Fed; Mish "What If" Scenarios Monthly Job Growth 1999-2009 click on chart for sharper image I posted the above table in

November of 2009. The key years are 1999, 2005, and 2006. Chart courtesy of BLS. Annotations by me, numbers are in thousands. The areas in deep blue mark recessions.

municipalities, and expending education opportunities via accredited low-cost online schools. In addition we should cut back military spending by 33% or more, and fix corporate tax laws that reward the flight of jobs and At the height of the internet capital overseas. Finally I suggest bubble with a nonsensical Y2K a return to the gold standard as scare on top of that, the economy noted in Hugo Salinas Price and managed to gain 264,000 jobs a Michael Pettis on the Trade month. Imbalance Dilemma; Gold's At the height of the housing Honest Discipline Revisited bubble in 2005, the economy Mike "Mish" Shedlock added 212,000 jobs a month. h t t p : / / At t h e h e i g h t o f t h e globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot. commercial real estate bubble com with massive store expansion, Click Here To Scroll Thru My the economy added somewhere Recent Post List Mike between 96,000 and 178,000 jobs "Mish" Shedlock is a registered per month depending on where investment advisor representative you mark the peak. for SitkaPacific Capital Management. Sitka Pacific is an Neither the housing boom, nor asset management firm whose the commercial real estate boom goal is strong performance and is coming back. Nor is there low volatility, regardless of going to be another internet market direction. Visit http:// revolution. Structural Problems account_management.html to Government is not the answer nor l e a r n m o r e a b o u t w e a l t h are Keynesian make-shift work m a n a g e m e n t a n d c a p i t a l programs that will hire a few preservation strategies of Sitka union workers at monstrous costs, Pacific. fixing little. We need to fix structural problems. That means scrapping DavisBacon and prevailing wage laws, getting rid of poisonous public union collective bargaining agreements, lowering benefits of public unions that act as a drain on cities, states, and

Look at the difficulties just to get the latest EFSF to pass. It brought down the government of Slovakia. Perhaps the clowns manage to get away with boosting the "firepower" of the EFSF (illegally of course), but they still have to come up with the money. However, getting 17 nations to agree to treaty changes has no chance at all. The German courts alone would stop it without a voter referendum and new German constitution. Fog Behind the Fog Thus, there is absolutely no substance to the Merkel-Sarkozy 5-point plan. There is only fog behind the fog, just as there was with the G-20 summit. Mike "Mish" Shedlock h t t p : / / globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot. com Click Here To Scroll Thru My Recent Post List Mike "Mish" Shedlock is a registered investment advisor representative for SitkaPacific Capital Management. Sitka Pacific is an asset management firm whose goal is strong performance and low volatility, regardless of market direction. Visit http:// account_management.html to learn more about wealth management and capital preservation strategies of Sitka Pacific.

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only being wrong a second time, but being wrong with leverage. I see little justification for leveraged plays on U.S. debt after these huge rallies. Bear in mind that point of view comes from a deflationist who thinks the US and Europe is in for another recession. Joe Weisenthal (Money Game) truck mix will likely continue Mike "Mish" Shedlock h t t p : / / surprising on the upside; and (c) Submitted at 10/17/2011 2:43:40 PM globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot. That overall pricing is likely to One of the bright spots for the remain fairly resilient, though com economy, cars, continues to look comps do become tougher in Q4. Click Here To Scroll Thru My Post List Mike okay for October. Our 2011-12E SAAR estimates Recent "Mish" Shedlock is a registered From Citi: remain 12.8/13.9 million, above investment advisor representative October SAAR Channel Checks consensus expectations. Our initial October channel Please follow Money Game on f o r S i t k a P a c i f i c C a p i t a l checks point to a decent start to Twitter and Facebook. FUTURE t h e m o n t h , w i t h v o l u m e Join the conversation about this continued from page 51 apparently running comfortably story get panicked about the political higher on a YoY basis. Its still See Also: chaos that emanates from the e a r l y , b u t i t a p p e a r s t h a t THE DOWNLOAD: How continent in these stormy times. Septembers encouraging SAAR F r e a k e d O u t I n v e s t o r s For all of their foot-dragging, pace (13 million) is sustaining Misinterpreted Economic Reports none of the leaders in Europe thus far in October. Importantly, And Are Now Seeing The Light want to be remembered as the incentive activity appears to be The New Yorker Mocks The ones who oversaw the collapse of tracking slightly lower while 1% With Its Occupy Wall Street the euro. This should concentrate pricing and mix also appear Cover their minds as the crisis enters favorable. All in, our initial Indy 500 Champion Dan crunch time. checks appear consistent with our Wheldon Dies After A Horrifying This post originally appeared at latest thesis that: (a) The U.S IndyCar Crash In Las Vegas GlobalPost SAAR may prove more resilient Please follow Europe on Twitter than recently reduced buy/sell and Facebook. side expectations; (b) That pickup Join the conversation about this story

Management. Sitka Pacific is an asset management firm whose goal is strong performance and low volatility, regardless of market direction. Visit http:// w w w . s i t k a p a c i f i c . c o m / (Holy Kaw!) account_management.html to l e a r n m o r e a b o u t w e a l t h Submitted at 10/17/2011 2:01:00 PM management and capital A numbers of corporate preservation strategies of Sitka executives are using social tools, Pacific. and especially Twitter, to reach out to customers and burnish their personal brand, Intel's Ekaterina Walter writes. Zappos chief Tony Hsieh tweets about his efforts to build a company founded on happiness; Virgin founder Richard Branson combines tweets about his ecological and humanitarian work with casual banter; and Tim O'Reilly of See Also: BARRY EICHENGREEN: O'Reilly Media uses his blog and Here's The Alternative To All The T w i t t e r f e e d t o p r o m o t e engagement, openness and Restructuring Chaos In Europe Slovakia Will Not Sink The innovation. "[S]ocial media has enabled them to cultivate their Eurozone Environment Environmentalists public image to an extent that was Interrupt U.K. Energy Summit to u n i m a g i n a b l e b e f o r e t h e explosion of online networking," Stage Oil Orgy Walter writes. Full story at SmartBlog on Social Media by SmartBrief. More SmartBrief stories. Permalink| Leave a comment

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Hip-Hop Style What Apple's Big Weekend Means in the Global Smartphone Market
Sowmya Krishnamurthy (AskMen Latest Articles) Tim Carmody (Wired Top Stories)here to follow AskMen Click Fashion on Twitter.When Submitted at 10/17/2011 1:41:00 PM rapper Lil Wayne stepped onto the MTV Apple Store at Pudong in Video Music Awards stage this Shanghai, China and tweets year, he set tongues The new iPhone 4S went safariwagging with his skintight,on sale Friday. This weekend, Apple fans inspired pants. Critics and sold over fourpanned of them. InTripp largely million Weezys three days.Thats half as many units as NYC leopard print skinny jeans the best-selling gadget in history (jeans, not jeggings). Aside from (Xbox that they left nothing to the fact Kinect) sold in two months. g i n a t i o n b e l o w t h e the ima So obviously, early critics were equator, technically theycalling Apples refresh Hip-hops biggest womens jeans. a disappointment have to feel sheepish. And clearly, artist had essentially cross-dressed customers think the 4S is a pretty on national television. Unlike attractive phone. But these hipother facets of entertainment, are surface a s t r a d i t i o n a l l y b e e n h o p h lessons. What do Apples numbers really mean? bending, hypercritical of gender Lets for comedic relief like save start with the arithmetic. An unlockedwearing a modelto mock Eminem baseline dress iPhone 4S sells Spears in the music video Britney for $650. Thats probably what Apple gets for subsidized for The Real Slim Shady. The devicesthen, was understandably outcry, that retail at $199, too, according to Asymcos Wayne tremendous: Had Lil Horace Dediu. So fourWhat was next: become soft? million devices times $650 d u k i n g i t billion iin R a p p e r s equals $2.6 o u t n revenue. Since at least a Wayne kilts?Maybe one day, but few of those four million were thehe was was far from soft. In fact, higher -priced 32GB and 64GBhere: Lil right on point. Pictured models, were probably talkingthe 2011 Wayne performs at closer to $3 billion in revenue; maybe more MTV Music Awards in women's if the Hip-hop style has always jeans. international pricing of iPhone 4S is more favorable. Thats more money in a weekend than Google makes from mobile in a year. And thats not counting iPhone 4s or 3GSes or cases or AppleCare+ or whatever else Apple was able to sell this weekend to people so crazy about

choice of dress -- big gold-rope chains (dubbed dookie chains for their appearance), Kangol hats, Modern Creation Munich leathers, and designer brands such as Louis Vuitton and Gucci -represented success in the ghettos. Early artists, from LL Cool J to Big Daddy Kane, wanted to emulate the same larger-than-life personas as they created their stage images.Interestingly, the authenticity of the brand names was not as important as its essence during this time. A been steeped in an ideal of urban brief history of hip-hops most designer of sorts, Dapper Dan, masculinity, with rappers going to i n f l u e n t i a l l o o k s a n d t h e famously launched his own great lengths to exude machismo underlying notions of masculine cottage business in Harlem by and power. As the paragon of identity that propelled them from creating custom pieces for rappers what manliness is -- call it that " the neighborhood block to the using swatches of high-end logos je ne sais quoi" or the more runway. Dealers & B-Boys: Late from luxury garment bags to colloquial "swag" -- has changed '70s To Mid '80s Male Identity: make anything from jackets to t h r o u g h t i m e , s o h a s t h e Dealers sat atop the drug-fueled s u i t s . T h e u n i q u e n e s s a n d acceptable image of what a rapper economy and served as role flagrance (who really believed should look like. Wayne was models for men growing up in the that Gucci made gaudy black and merely reflecting the current free- inner city. This, coupled with the gold tracksuits?) is what allowed spirited ethos where styles bleed silhouette of the popular B-Boy Dan to charge high prices. Steep, into each other and a man exerts craze, created the early fashion e v e n b y t o d a y s s t a n d a r d s h i s i n f l u e n c e t h r o u g h norm.Hip-hop style begins at the according to DEFinition: The Art individualism. Streetwear maven birthplace of the culture itself, in and Design of Hip-Hop by Cey Big Sean summed up the carefree the South Bronx, amid Reagan- Adams and Bill Adler: $1,200 philosophy to us earlier this year: era politics and the onset of the for a Fendi outfit, $1,400 for When youre a trendsetter crack epidemic. These conditions Louis Vuitton and $1,500 for instead of following the trends, c r e a t e d i n n e r - c i t y Gucci.How Run-D.M.C. you really dont give a f*ck about microeconomies where drug changed hip-hop style, next... anything.To fully understand dealers like Harlems Azie Faison Continue Reading how we got to this point, we dove represented the pinnacle of wealth into our archives to examine a and power to young men. Dealers

The 10 Most Common Hair Loss Questions

Jacob Franek (AskMen Latest Articles)

This article is sponsored in part by Rogaine(What's this?) Male pattern baldness is a topic near and dear to many men. Actually, it's a topic that most men -specifically 85% of all men -- will become familiar with at some point in their lives. Unfortunately, however, it's a also a subject that's still shrouded in myth, misconception and misunderstanding. With so much confusion, it's no wonder that many men lack answers to even the most basic questions regarding hair loss. But that's where we come in. Here are the top 10 most common hair loss questions -and, of course, their answers. Continue Reading

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2012 Nissan GT-R

GT-R is a technical marvel, a machine dedicated to the singular pursuit of going around a racetrack faster than anything With just one lap around a track else. Its hand-built, twin-turbo 3.8 in Germany, Nissans GT-R -liter V6 has been revised to push singlehandedly ushered in the out 530 horsepower, and its sixmodern era of performance speed dual-clutch transmission motoring. This giant-killing sports sits at the back to optimize weight car from Japan made headlines distribution and will swap cogs around the world when news faster than any human. Plus, its broke of its record-setting time advanced all-wheel drive system a r o u n d G e r m a n y s f a m e d holds the tarmac as if it were Nurburgring, running much faster welded to the ground.With the t h a n c a r s c o s t i n g t e n s o f launch control turned on, the GTthousands -- if not hundreds of R is capable of turning out a subthousands -- of dollars more. This four-second 0-60 time. Not lap helped establish Ring times wanting to grenade the pricey as the defining measure of a gearbox, weve opted to keep the v e h i c l e s p e r f o r m a n c e launch control turned off, but that capabilities, and it established the doesnt stop us from gunning the GT-R as the benchmark in car. And all we can say about that performance.Sure, since the GT- experience is that the GT-R is fast Rs record-setting run in 2007, -- scary fast. This is the only car other cars have come along and w e v e b e e n i n w h e r e t h e run the Nurburgring a bit faster acceleration literally frightens us. than the Nissan, but that doesnt Granted, it doesnt stop us from mean that the pride of Japan has doing hard launches. Anytime the been slacking. The new 2012 conditions are clear and safe, model has been upgraded and were mashing the throttle, but f e a t u r e s m o r e p o w e r a n d that doesnt mean the experience improved aerodynamics. And is any less overwhelming. Its while the upgraded GT-R has yet kind of like a rollercoaster -- its to make another official run fun because it scares you -- but around the Ring, numerous this thrill ride can kill you if you independent magazine tests have get stupid.Fortunately, the GT-R shown that the GT-R continues to has a lot of technologies at its be much, much faster than even disposal to keep its occupants the current crop of high-dollar safe. In addition to the bloat of hypercars. But does that mean that safety features found on all the GT-R is a car every man modern cars, the GT-R boasts a should aspire to own? Well, that complex all-wheel drive system depends Performance Nissans that cleverly shifts the engines
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came from an episode of Mobile Suit Gundam than a European coachbuilder. Its a love-it-or-hate -it look, though one that will be remembered as iconic in the decades to come.And to guys who grew up only hearing the legend of the GT-R, this car is already the greatest thing to hit the streets since, well, ever. This is the only vehicle weve driven where guys have chased us on foot, on motorcycle and by car just to get a picture of the thing. Those who happen to catch us as were power between wheels to make shift. Its incredibly engaging -- getting in or out of the car make it even the most hamfisted driver feedback is delivered in such a a point to initiate -- and stretch feel like Ayrton Senna. Granted, way that youd swear that the GT- out -- conversations with us just its the onboard computers R hardwired itself into your so they can spend a few more working all that magic, but they spine.That said, the things that minutes with the ultimate car. If make the car no less amazing. Of make Nissans GT-R so great are we were women, wed feel like course, these computers open up the same things that will make it the prettiest belle of the ball. But criticisms that the GT-R is too hard to live with for most guys. were not, and all the extra computer controlled and that it The GT-Rs typical enthusiast, attention can be disconcerting. All delivers a detached driving a man who spent perhaps a few the women we have come across, e x p e r i e n c e o n p a r w i t h a too many years driving a slammed as you can expect, couldnt care PlayStation game.But nothing can import, will find it easy to less about the turbocharged be further from the truth. Sure, the overlook the hypersensitive Nissan.Unlike other sports cars computer shifts power and shifts steering, the tires propensity to whose cabins scream race car at the gears, but the GT-R delivers tramline and the kidney-crushing the driver, the GT-Rs cockpit one of the purest, most analog r i d e . T h e G T - R m a y b e a t gives only hints of the machines driving experiences on the planet. Porsches Carrera GT around the potential. The leather-wrapped You can feel exactly where the Ring, but it doesnt yet match up seats are a bit snug, but they lack front tires are pointing, and to Porsches ability to deliver the deep bolsters and branding feedback from all four tires is bleeding-edge performance in a seen in other sports specials. Soft such that you can accurately feel c i v i l i z e d p a c k a g e . T h e cowhide wraps the rest of the each individual tires grip level. Competition: Watch The Corvette interior, save for the carbon-fiber You can describe the exact ZR1's Nurburgring lap Design panels surrounding the HVAC surface conditions down to the Nissans GT-R isnt exactly what controls. The navigation screen pebble count. This car may lack a one would call pretty. Designed was yanked from the standard third pedal, but you can feel the solely with function in mind, the Nissan parts bin, but the turn of a precise point where the gears GT-Rs form is unabashedly engage as you pull the paddle Japanese, looking more like it 2012 page 59



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Carriers Aim to Curb the 'Bill Shock' of Excessive Roaming, Data Charges
Christina Bonnington (Wired Top Stories)
Submitted at 10/17/2011 2:02:00 PM

Thanks to a new plan developed by the FCC and CTIA, an organization that represents the wireless communications industry, cell phone customers should soon see an end to bill shock that sinking feeling of dread we experience when reading through a monstrous, completely unexpected wireless bill. The plan is slated to roll out during the next 12 months, and should help prevent consumers from getting hoodwinked by unanticipated service fees and roaming charges. The Wireless Consumer Usage Notification Guidelines, as the plan is called, is simple: AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile will send free alerts to consumers who are about to incur pricy international roaming charges, or are on the verge of surpassing their monthly limits on voice calls, data use, and text messaging. Under the plan, carriers must provide notifications for at least two of these four areas by this time next year, and must provide notifications for all four areas by October 2013. Last year, the FCC identified a growing problem known as bill shock and took important steps

toward a solution These alerts will give consumers the information they need to save money on their monthly wireless bills, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski stated in a press release. Its important to note that the plan isnt a federal regulation, but rather a voluntary action on behalf of wireless carriers though in full anticipation of FCC redress. With todays move, the carriers are assuring the FCC that

they will take their own approach to ensure bill shock doesnt occur, and the FCC will take a trust but verify approach in making sure the carriers comply. Bill shock defined by Genachowski as a sudden, unexpected increase in a monthly bill has been sneak-attacking cell phone customers for years. Back in 2007 when the iPhone first debuted, many unwitting users took their shiny new phones

abroad and were devastated to come home to insane data charges amounting in the thousands. In fact, Wired magazines own Editor-In-Chief Chris Anderson racked up a$2,100 phone bill on an international trip that year. And I certainly remember my parents first case of bill shock: I had discovered text messaging on my first cell phone in high school and my family didnt have any text messaging plan in place at all

at the time. One in six cell phone users have experienced bill shock, according to the FCC, and 23 percent of those people saw unanticipated charges amounting to over $100. Carriers already offer tools to track data usage, minutes and messaging, but not necessarily in the form of automatic free text messages. Verizon offers a number of helpful free alerts and controls for usage-based data plans. AT&T lets you track your standings with its *Services utility, and offers a $5 Smart Limits service that lets parents or account holders set limits on other phones on the same plan (for example, you can set an SMS messaging limit for a text-happy teen). Most carriers, including TMobile, provide customers with an option to receive notifications when they approach or exceed monthly plan allowances, but the availability of such services depends on what plan you subscribe to. Until the new bill shock notifications are fully in place, be sure not to leave the country without first double-checking your exposure to roaming charges. And of course make sure you have a world phone or an international SIM so you can use CARRIERS page 60

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Beyonc Knowles 5 Tips for Living Bangs and Her Comfortably on a Budget RocksBump in NYC Baby
(HowStuffWorks Daily Feed)
Submitted at 10/17/2011 1:00:56 PM

ardent users of coupons; 39 percent of households earning more than $70,000 per year have Sadly, few people on this planet resorted to coupon clipping have access to immense stockpiles [source: Time]. of gold bullion and vaults full of Quite simply, many people have sparkly diamonds. Most of us started learning to live on a have to live within our means and budget. Having a budget equals on a limited budget. This is thinking about money in an especially true in these recession- analytical, logical way to avoid ravaged times, in which the idea excessive debt. It also means of luxury living looks less like setting realistic goals for spending brick mansions and more like rent and saving. In doing so, you can -stabilized apartments. prevent the recurring, hair-graying S i n c e t h e s o - c a l l e d G r e a t stress of getting behind on bills Recession began in 2007, the while actually getting more fun ranks of people living below the and enjoyment out of the money poverty line in America have you spend. expanded substantially. In the Before we launch into our tips, it southern part of the United States, may help to clarify exactly what it around 17 percent are considered means to live comfortably on impoverished. In Washington budget. There's no black-andD.C., more than 30 percent of white answer to that question. children live in poverty [source: For some people, putting away Reuters]. enough money to go on an annual Even for those who've managed three-day vacation might be the to avoid such destitution, the ultimate luxury. For others, going recession has strained family out to eat once a week or getting a finances. Relatively wealthy monthly pedicure might be a real families, especially, have become treat. Whatever you enjoy in life,

there's a difference between living on a fun-starved budget and living comfortably -- yet still affordably. Perhaps, the only thing stopping you from enjoying life a lot more is developing a better understanding of how to get the most from your money without having to sweat important bills. So if you're one of the vast majority of Earth's citizens who must carefully plot out purchases both minor and major, keep reading. You'll see some tips that may help you save more money and have more fun at the same time. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters featured article: A 'Malign Intellectual Subculture' - George Monbiot Smears Chomsky, Herman, Peterson, Pilger And Media Lens.

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Submitted at 10/17/2011 11:43:35 AM

Beyonc Knowles was casual in jeans, a t-shirt, and sky-high heels on her way into an office building in NYC today. She topped off the outfit with a hat, which covered her new bangs. Beyonc, who's expecting her first child in February, has been out and about in the Big Apple all month and she showed off her growing bump in a sexy, tight dress on Friday. Beyonc's belly is absent in the new video for "Love on Top," but it's on full display in her colorful "Countdown" video, which was released earlier this month. Beyonc's husband Jay-Z is preparing to set off on his "Watch the Throne" tour with Kanye West

at the end of October and will be on the road until the middle of December. We'll see whether Beyonc tags along for any of the dates or sticks around home in NYC to prepare for their new addition coming in the New Year. View Slideshow

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knob will switch the display, though it can be switched to a customizable telematics screen designed by the team behind Sonys Gran Turismo.The factory Bose sound system is top notch,

which is good since it needs to be cranked to mask the tire, engine and transmission noises that leak into the cabin. As we discussed in the Performance section, drivers who value performance over all

else will be more than happy to live with intrusive car noises, but for the money, everyone else should probably stick with a Porsche. Continue Reading



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Dark Matter: Now More Mysterious Than Ever

Adam Mann (Wired Top Stories)

Sculptor are themselves made of 99 percent dark matter and only one percent normal matter. It is Submitted at 10/17/2011 1:47:00 PM impossible to directly see the dark Astronomers have one more matter but, by observing the reason to scratch their heads over rotation of stars around each the unseen material known as galactic center, researchers can dark matter. Observations of two detect its influence and map out dwarf galaxies, Fornax and its distribution. Sculptor, show the dark matter While simulations suggest that w i t h i n t h e m i s s p r e a d o u t the dark matter density should smoothly rather than heaped into increase sharply near the galactic a central bulge, contradicting centers, the recent observations cosmological models. found the dark matter spread Researchers know dark matter relatively uniform throughout. Yet comprises a far greater percentage if these dwarf galaxies have no of the universe than the ordinary clump in their center, then what matter making up things like is pinning them in place? people and stars. Because of this, Observations of other small the distribution of dark matter galaxies have similarly failed to determines the structure of the find a dense central dark matter cosmos. Galaxies form when they c o r e , a d i f f i c u l t y t h a t h a s are attracted to and anchored by prompted astronomers to begin large clumps of dark matter. expanding their ideas on the The dwarf galaxies Fornax and mysterious substance.

Galactic Smash-Up Shows Where Dark Matter Goes Dark Matter May Be Building Up Inside the Sun Ample Dark Matter Ignites Starburst Galaxies Signs of Destroyed Dark Matter Found in Milky Ways Core Preponderance of Positrons Points to Dark Matter This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five It is possible that dark matter and therefore be less prone to Filters featured article: A 'Malign might interact more with ordinary clumping in galactic centers. Intellectual Subculture' - George matter than currently thought, Either case creates many further M o n b i o t S m e a r s C h o m s k y , allowing the regular matter to stir mysteries and problems for Herman, Peterson, Pilger And up the dark matter and spread it astronomers to keep mulling over. Media Lens. out. Alternatively, dark matter Image: ESO/Digitized Sky might move faster than expected Survey 2 See Also:

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your device abroad. If you find yourself repeatedly going over monthly plan limits, check your account settings to see if you can set up automatic notifications. Image: miyeong/Flickr 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

only/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters featured article: A 'Malign Intellectual Subculture' - George (HowStuffWorks Daily Feed) M o n b i o t S m e a r s C h o m s k y , Submitted at 10/17/2011 1:00:56 PM Herman, Peterson, Pilger And Sto-rms- are one of those Media Lens. incredible forces of nature that can change life in a single instant, but just how do we measure how destructive a storm is? Is it by the number of lives lost? Its lasting impact on a population? The

5 Most Destructive Storms

financial costs of the d-estruction? Most violent storms produce a terrible and terrifying combination of all three -- the overall effects often leave people stunned and devastated that so much chaos could happen on the whim of weather. Before we talk about the five big ones, let's get a little more familiar with the naming traditions of storms. All circling weather patterns with lowpressure centers technically are called cyclones. So hurricanes and tornadoes fall under the cyclone designation, but the term can be used to denote anything in the MOST page 61

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category that fits the definition. For example, middle-latitude(or midlatitude) cyclones, huge weather systems of varying strengths, are also in this category. Remember, the term "hurricane" is used for a storm that begins east of the international date line. This type of storm is called a typhoon if it's spawned to the west. If you're in the Indian Ocean, you call this same storm a cyclone. Also, knowing how scientists rate the strength of storms will help you understand the potential destruction they can cause. The Enhanced Fujita (EF) Tornado Scale and the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale categorize tornadoes and hurricanes based on wind speeds and the damage this wind causes. In both scales, the higher the number, the worse the storm. Read about each scale and

its corresponding categories in How Tornadoes Work and How Hurricanes Work. -In this article, we'll look at a couple of storms that topped the charts in destruction and death toll. Continue to the next page to begin our journey into the eye of the storm. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters featured article: A 'Malign Intellectual Subculture' - George Monbiot Smears Chomsky, Herman, Peterson, Pilger And Media Lens.

Kristen and Dax Spend Their Weekend Cruising Through LA and Making Out
Katie Henry (PopSugar)
Submitted at 10/17/2011 12:05:00 PM

Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard hopped on the back of two beach cruisers and took to the streets of LA on Saturday. The pair rode around town and stopped for an occasional kiss. Kristen's back from a recent trip to South Africa, where she swam with sharks, and is gearing up for the Jan. 8 premiere of her new Showtime series, House of Lies. Her schedule is jam-packed with projects in the new year; in addition to narrating Gossip Girl Kristen's also starring with Drew Barrymore and John Krasinski in the whale tale, Big Miracle. Dax's acting career is right on track as

Ask and Answer Questions About Flying [Help Yourself]

Submitted at 10/17/2011 11:30:00 AM

Stars and Their Families Get Festive at the Pumpkin Patch - Christina, Heidi, Alessandra and More!
Lauren Turner (PopSugar)
Submitted at 10/17/2011 12:42:21 PM

Every day we're on the lookout for ways to make your work well with a new storyline stirring up drama for his Parenthood easier and your life better, but character. Kristen and Dax have Lifehacker readers are smart, been engaged for almost two insightful folks with all kinds of years and are clearly going strong, expertise to share, and we want to despite not sharing any wedding give everyone regular access to plans just yet. View Slideshow that exceptional hive mind. Help Yourself is a daily thread where readers can ask and answer questions about tech, productivity, life hacks, and whatever else you need help with. More

October is in full swing and Halloween is right around the corner, which means it's pumpkin picking time! Lots of stars spent their weekend getting into the

spooky season including Christina Aguilera, Jessica Alba,

Alessandra Ambrosio, and more. There are already plenty of fun moments from Fall this year and even more from year's past so click through to see all the sweet Hollywood families hitting the patch! View Slideshow


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Should I Switch to iCloud From Google? [Lifehacker Showdown]

Whitson Gordon (Lifehacker)
Submitted at 10/17/2011 12:00:00 PM

Among the big enhancements to iOS 5 is Apple's new iCloud suite, which keeps your mail, contacts, calendars, documents, and other data stored in the cloud and and looked at how they stacked up synced to all your Apple devices. against one another. Here's what Most people currently use Google we found. More services for these features, so we played with iCloud for a few days

Charming News: 'Sons of Anarchy' Gets a Fifth What kind of broker Season from FX
is good for you? [infographic]
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Submitted at 10/17/2011 9:55:00 AM

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Filed under: Reality-Free, Stay Tuned FX has ordered a fifth season of 'Sons of Anarchy,' which is currently in the middle of its fourth season on the cable network. The news comes as no surprise: According to FX, the show's fourth-season premiere was the most-watched program in the

network's history, with 6.5 million viewers tuning in. The biker chronicle is the channel's biggest hit.

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"The gunfire of celebration is ringing out and they are going completely crazy here because NTC military commanders say they know this is sending a very 95 per cent of Gaddafi stronghold clear message to those prohas fallen, despite some pockets Gaddafi elements who are still of resistance. Last Modified: 17 holding out in Sirte. Basically, Oct 2011 18:24 Al Jazeera's Tony there is nowhere left to go," he Birtley reports from Bani Walid, said. which fell to Libyan fighters on Al Jazeera's James Bays, Monday after heavy fighting reporting from Tripoli, said the L i b y a ' s r u l i n g N a t i o n a l mood was calmer in the capital. Transitional Council says its "There are some celebrations here fighters have captured the town of but somewhat of a restrained Bani Walid, one of two last m o o d f r o m t h e N a t i o n a l remaining strongholds of deposed Transitional Council. They are leader Muammar Gaddafi. still stressing the point that there NTC military commanders are pockets of resistance, and said on Monday that they were although fighters are in the city encountering pockets of resistance centre, it will still be a few hours in the town, located about 170km until they have 100 per cent southeast of Tripoli. But they said control of the town." they had claimed about 95 per "Sirte now remains the last place cent of it. for the NTC to control ... and a "We are very much in the centre last place where key Gaddafi of Bani Walid. They [Libyan loyalists are taking a last stand," fighters] came through here just Bays added. over an hour ago and they are 'Sniper bullets' saying this is an almost complete In Sirte, Gaddafi's birthplace and liberation of the town," Al his final coastal stronghold, Jazeera's Tony Birtley reported fighting had eased on Sunday. from inside Bani Walid. The city on the Mediterranean "[There are] some pockets of coast, has been a site of fierce resistance by pro-Gaddafi forces clashes between NTC forces and but by-and-large 95 per cent of those loyal to deposed leader the town is under [NTC] control." Gaddafi for more than a month. He said the fall came after three Sunday saw a lull with only days of heavy fighting, using a lot intermittent shelling and rocketof heavy weapons and tanks. fire, AFP correspondents said.

"We are shelling with tanks and anti-aircraft weapons and then we will send our troops onto the streets," said Salem Ahmed, a tank commander from the eastern city of Benghazi. Ahmed said the advance was being held up by pro-Gaddafi snipers: "A few snipers can stop an army. "They are very professional. They shoot in the heart, the head, the chest." The focus of the NTC operations are two seaside residential neighbourhoods, the Dollar and Number Two, where Gaddafi loyalists are holed up. One NTC fighter told AFP there had been an exodus of civilians from the two areas on Sunday and that the besieging troops wanted to give others the chance to leave. Sunday's lull contrasted sharply with the previous day when Gaddafi loyalists mounted a fierce counter-attack in Sirte, forcing back the NTC fighters under a barrage of rockets and shelling. Khamis death 'unconfirmed' In another development, a US official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told the Reuters news agency that the US could not yet independently confirm reports that Gaddafi's son, Khamis, had died in fighting southeast of Tripoli on August 29. On Monday a television station

based in Syria that supports Gaddafi confirmed Khamis' death, along with that of his cousin Mohammed Abdullah al-Senousi, Gaddafi's intelligence chief's son. It said they were killed during a battle with NTC forces in the city of Tarhouna, 90km southeast of Tripoli. The Arrai TV station said Khamis and Senousi died "while confronting the enemies of their homeland" on August 29. The US official said similar information was being received in Washington from "reliable sources". NTC military officials had said in August that Khamis was killed in Tarhouna and buried in the city of Bani Walid, but there was no confirmation at the time from Gaddafi loyalists. Khamis had been reported dead twice during the uprising, only to reappear. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters featured article: A 'Malign Intellectual Subculture' - George Monbiot Smears Chomsky, Herman, Peterson, Pilger And Media Lens.


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Kenya to withdraw its troops. "Kenyan troops have entered 100 kilometres into Somalia and their The warning comes a day after planes bombarded many places hundreds of Kenyan troops and killed residents," Rage was crossed into Somalia to pursue al- quoted by the Reuters news Shabab fighters. Gregg Carlstrom agency on Monday. "We shall Last Modified: 17 Oct 2011 17:47 come into Kenya if you do not go Fighters from Al-Shabab will back." attack Kenya unless it withdraws His claims about the Kenyan its troops from Somalia, a o f f e n s i v e c o u l d n o t b e spokesman for the group has independently verified, and threatened. Analysts say the group Kenya's defence ministry did not will try to follow through on its respond to a request for comment. threat. Somalia's transitional government Hundreds of Kenyan troops has endorsed the raid: Nur entered Somalia on Sunday, Ahmed, the Somali ambassador in backed by helicopters and tanks; Nairobi, said Kenya "has a right officials in Somalia also said that to defend its people." jets had bombed al-Shabab 'The restraint would be gone' camps, though Nairobi would not Al-Shabab has attacked Kenya's confirm the jets were theirs. neighbours before - it killed more The troops are reportedly than 70 people in twin bombings advancing towards Afmadow, a last year in Kampala, the Ugandan town about 120km east of the capital - but the group has been border. Kenya's government says reluctant to attack Kenya, despite they have been ordered to attack repeated threats, because it feared al-Shabab bases in southern reprisals from the Kenyan army. Somalia. The group has been But with that army already inside l i n k e d t o s e v e r a l r e c e n t Somalia, analysts say al-Shabab kidnappings in Kenya. might be more likely to carry out Sheikh Ali Mohamud Rage, a an attack inside Kenya's borders. spokesman for Al-Shabab, told "Shabab was fearful that it would

trigger a robust Kenyan response," EJ Hogendoorn, an analyst at the Brussels-based International Crisis Group, said. "If in fact you've already triggered that response, then to some degree the restraint on Shabab would be gone." Sunday's Kenyan raid is largely a response to a recent spate of kidnappings in the country's coastal regions and along the border with Somalia. Two Spanish aid workers were kidnapped last week, and their driver was wounded, in an attack on Ifo refugee camp in Dadaab, which houses tens of thousands of Somali refugees. Earlier this month, a French woman was kidnapped from her home in Manda, on Kenya's northern coast. And last month, a British tourist was kidnapped from the resort of Kiwayu; her husband was shot dead. "This is affecting their tourist industry and the security of international staff working for various aid agencies," Hogendoorn said. "If this affects regions along the coast, it's an

enormous hit on their economy." An Ethiopian parallel? This is hardly the first Kenyan incursion into Somalia: Troops have pursued al-Shabab fighters across the border before. But those raids are usually brief and involve limited numbers of troops. Sunday's incursion, on the other hand, was much larger, and it was announced in advance: George Saitoti, Kenya's interior security minister, held a press conference on Saturday and promised Kenyan forces would attack al-Shabab "wherever they will be." Roger Middleton, a regional analyst at Chatham House, drew a parallel between the Kenyan incursion and Ethiopia's 2006 invasion of Somalia. "It's a substantial and longerlasting intervention, and if that's the case, the first thing that springs to mind is, Ethiopia tried this and it did not turn out too well," Middleton said. The Ethiopian invasion, and the years-long occupation that followed, is widely credited with strengthening al-Shabab, which was able to portray itself as a

resistance movement fighting an occupying power. And the group is already attempting to frame the Kenyan incursion in the same way: A radio station controlled by alShabab asked Somalis if they were ready to "live under Christians" and urged them to fight. "Get out of your homes and defend your dignity and religion. Today is the day to defend against the enemy," an al-Shabab official said in the radio broadcast, according to the AFP news agency. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters featured article: A 'Malign Intellectual Subculture' - George Monbiot Smears Chomsky, Herman, Peterson, Pilger And Media Lens.

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A day before the first phase of prisoner swaps is to take place, Israeli citizens unhappy with the agreement appeal. Last Modified: 17 Oct 2011 18:08 Hamas has erected a stage in Gaza City's AlKitaba Park, where it plans to welcome the returned prisoners [Reuters] Israel's supreme court is hearing objections to the agreement between Israel and the Palestinian resistance group Hamas, under which a total of 1,027 Palestinian prisoners are to be released in two phases for one Israeli soldier - 25year-old Gilad Shalit. But under the Israeli constitution, citizens unhappy with the agreement can appeal against it, and a number of them filed their objections on Monday. Among those opposing the deal are several Israeli families who lost people to Palestinian attacks, with the High Court hearing four petitions in a procedure which must first be exhausted before the exchange operation can go ahead. The court has never in its history overturned a government decision to free prisoners involved in Palestinian attacks. A justice ministry spokeswoman said that it was unlikely that the court would accept any further petitions after Monday's hearing, since it would have effectively dealt with the issue. Hamas leaders are confident that

the swap would be carried out as planned and that Israeli courts would not overturn the Israeli government's decision, an official from the group told Al Jazeera on Monday. Noam Shalit, father of Gilad Shalit, was expected to address the court as a respondent to the appeals filed by bereaved families and organisations representing

victims of violent attacks. The swap deal has the support of eight out of 10 Israelis, with a poll in the Yediot Aharonot daily showing 79 per cent were in favour and 14 per cent against. Areas cordoned off Already the Israeli military has cordoned off areas where the swap is expected to take place. Tuesday's operation will involve

Israel freeing 477 security prisoners, including hundreds who are serving life sentences for killing Israelis. In a statement on Monday, the military said that the area around the Ketziot prison, where most of the prisoners are awaiting the transfer, and the Kerem Shalom border crossing with Egypt, have been declared "closed military

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enforce it. Israelis are waiting to see the first images of Shalit, who has been held incommunicado since his capture by three Gaza-based groups on June 25, 2006. His family has been readjusting and preparing for the longawaited return of their son to their home in northern Israel, after finally moving out of the Jerusalem protest tent they called home for nearly 16 months. The vast majority of the prisoners to be freed are members of Hamas, the Palestinian group which governs the Gaza Strip. But Hamas included a few dozen fighters of its rival, Fatah, in its list of prisoners it demanded that Israel free in exchange for Shalit The Hamas official who spoke to Al Jazeera on Monday declared that the swap agreement was a "victory" for all Palestinians, regardless of party affiliation; and

that the group negotiated for the release of prisoners from all parties. Preparations in Gaza Hamas has erected a giant podium in Gaza City's Al-Katiba Park, where it plans to transport the prisoners after they cross into the Palestinian enclave from Egypt. Ismail Haniya, the prime minister, and members of the de facto Hamas government in Gaza, leaders of other factions, relatives and tens of thousands of onlookers were expected to welcome the prisoners. Not everyone is celebrating. More than 4,000 Palestinian "security prisoners" will remain in Israeli jails. A short walk from the park, relatives have set a up a tent in solidarity with prisoners who began a hunger strike on September 27, because Israel

dropped some of their privileges, such as the opportunity to study for an academic degree. Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretarygeneral, has said that the prisoner swap marks a positive step towards peace. "The recent announcement of the exchange of prisoners is welcome, it is a positive movement for peace," he said. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters featured article: A 'Malign Intellectual Subculture' - George Monbiot Smears Chomsky, Herman, Peterson, Pilger And Media Lens.

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Denver A man who's sinned too much in love with a woman that can't be The recent shock over Hank his. Surely a theme that's been W i l l i a m s J r . a n d h i s a n t i - revisited in country songs across presidential outburst reminded us the ages. But it's also a common a whole bunch of that exciting theme in hip hop, and Kanye moment back in 2005, where- West's Addiction is a great well, you remember it, surely. example. Go on, before you hit But the similarity between hip play, try and guess which song hop and country doesn't end with has the line She's got the same two guys who can't keep their thing about me, but more about mouths shut. A quick skim us, she's coming over so I guess through the jukebox should make that means I'm on drugs and it clear that rednecks and gangstas which song has the line Doc said, both share common ground, even Son you can't do anymore of that if they'd never admit it. After the cocaine, but she made me higher jump, we're going to take a quick than all of those expensive things. look at seven classic country These two public figures have songs, and then their seven m o r e i n c o m m o n t h a n n o t modern counterparts. And we'll k n o w i n g w h e n t o s h u t u p . start with Bocephus and Kanye. George Jones - I've Got Five See you inside? Dollars And It's Saturday Night Before we start we want to warn Go on and boast, youngsters. you: the language of today is Talk up what you did at the bar. more NSFW than the language of You're still not in the big leagues yesteryear. For your protection, yet. Because only a handful of we're only embedding the FCC- people in all of recorded history friendly country songs, and we're could outdrink a man named linking to the corresponding hip George Jones. This is a man who hop tracks. We like 'em both just did too much of everything, to the fine, but please be aware that all point that he eventually created an non-embedded links may be not alternate personality who was a safe for work, and maybe use duck, and still was able to headphones if some rapper's potty perform. So when the normally mouth would get you in trouble serious George starts singing a with your boss. Now, as we were poppy cover about a fun Saturday saying before... night, you know his club-ofHank Williams Jr. - O.D.'d In choice is gonna be hot. Well, I've

been working hard the whole week and now I'm'a gonna have some wine, women and song. Who can't identify with that feeling? Kinda like the club in JKwon's Tipsy where the dance floor is full and the chorus is too easy to forget. Everybody in the club gettin' tipsy repeated eight times? Even the drunkest college freshman in the world can figure out how to sing along with that. Townes Van Zandt - Waiting Around To Die Listen to that story. A young boy with a bad childhood, tries to escape, gets dragged into crime and prison and falls into drugs, all while killing time between his birth and his death. How is it possible to pick just one rap song to pair with that story? Even still we're going with the very NSFW Notorious B.I.G.'S Suicidal Thoughts. Biggy's reflecting on a wasted life just like Van Zandt did, and coming to the same conclusion: he might be too far gone to save. It's not true, of course (it never is) but the weight of the past can sometimes break a man's heart, and that's a feeling that easily crosses genres. Johnny Cash - Folsom Prison Blues I shot a man in Reno just to watch him die. It doesn't get simpler than that, right? Cash isn't a killer, but his character is, and

the Man in Black carries the darkness of the prisoner who can't tell the story himself. It's the natural twin of Ice T's Colors, managing to be both theatrical and informative. Neither man was an angel, of course, but Cash had his own variety hour, and Ice is on SVU. Despite the hype, neither of them were as bad as the people in their songs. Jeannie C. Riley - Cotton Patch As long as we're talking hip hop, can you believe nobody's sampled this crazy loop? Jeannie C. Riley's Cotton Patch isn't the same level of empowerment as her Harper Valley PTA, but it is an upbeat story of a small town girl learning how hard the big city can be. Compare that to the much sadder but still NSFW Keep Living from Jean Grae. To us, it sounds a bit like the same girl a year or so later, if she didn't get that ticket home and the city kept tearing her down. Loretta Lynn - Don't Come Home A'Drinkin' Ah, the diss song. Simple, elegant, and crosses gender lines. Loretta Lynn's ode to being cut off is rare in early country music, but she still found a social acceptable way to assert herself to some jerk. Compare this to this clean edit of Roxanne's Revenge, Roxanne Shante's response to UTFO. This answer song opened

up one of the weirdest and most complex rap feuds which you can read a little about here. Maybe Roxanne's contribution is referenced more today, but for 1967 country music, Loretta's diss was just as powerful. Hank Williams - I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive Wrote the song, then he died. A list of tragedies, and recollections, and sins, and heartbreak. He knew it was coming, some say, and he left before he finished what he could have done. This one's easy. Ol' Hank gets paired with 2Pac. I Ain't Mad At Cha is the kind of video that still makes some people say 2Pac knew what was coming, but it also makes for a very nice goodbye song from a real talent who died too young. And to be honest, both men have been eerily prolific since they died. Think Hank might be a silent partner in the Don Killuminati? Did we miss one? Did we make a bad choice? Do you hate that we paired Townes Van Zandt with a song featuring Puff Daddy? Holla in the comments, and please let us know if you can think of any more songs that might prove hip hop and country have the same shared heart. We want to know!

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our pizzas have gotten better" campaign has resulted in a 14% increase in sales in U.S. locations. Submitted at 10/17/2011 2:36:42 PM Pizza Hut has fared well enough Chris Morran (The For a period of time in early t h a t n a m e a p r i c e f o r a i r Personal budgets remain tight, so with a 5% increase, but Papa Consumerist) 2 0 1 1 , O r b i t z ' s h o m e p a g e transportation must state the full fewer Americans are dining out at John's effectively remained steady displayed advertisements that did price to be paid by the consumer, full-service restaurants. But on the with a small .4% drop from 2010. Submitted at 10/17/2011 2:52:01 PM not provide any information on including all carrier-imposed speedier side of the food service Domino's 'Brutally Honest' Ads industry, fast food sales are up, A t t r a c t S a l e s a s C o n s u m e r Orbitz has been slapped with a a d d i t i o n a l t a x e s a n d f e e s . surcharges. $60,000 fine by the Dept. of C o n s u m e r s c l i c k i n g o n a n DOT Fines Orbitz for Violating according to new reports. Spending Falters[Bloomberg] Transportation because the travel advertisement were not notified of P r i c e A d v e r t i s i n g The folks at Bloomberg have From released their restaurant indices, This entry passed through the site violated federal laws that the additional charges until after R u l e s [ D O T . g o v ] require clear disclosure of taxes they arrived at the following page This entry passed through the and while its numbers for the Full-Text RSS service if this is and fees associated with airfares. and scrolled down to the bottom Full-Text RSS service if this is quick service (aka fast food) your content and you're reading it "Consumers have a right to know of the page, where information in your content and you're reading it industry is up 4% this year, full on someone else's site, please read the full price they will be paying fine print about the taxes and fees on someone else's site, please read service restaurants are down 9% the FAQ at airfares," explained U.S. could be found. Also, consumers the FAQ at from 2010. only/faq.php#publishers. Five Transportation Secretary Ray s e l e c t i n g d i s c o u n t e d f a r e s only/faq.php#publishers. Five According to Bloomberg, sales at Filters featured article: A 'Malign LaHood. "We established airline advertised by Orbitz found that Filters featured article: A 'Malign U.S. McDonald's restaurants have Intellectual Subculture' - George price advertising rules to protect these fares were no longer Intellectual Subculture' - George increased in the area of 5% since M o n b i o t S m e a r s C h o m s k y , the consumer and will take available, and they were instead M o n b i o t S m e a r s C h o m s k y , last year, but the biggest gainer Herman, Peterson, Pilger And enforcement action when these taken to a page where a different Herman, Peterson, Pilger And was Domino's, whose "okay, we Media Lens. know we sucked but we promise rules are violated." fare was displayed. Media Lens. According to the DOT: DOT rules require that any ads

100-year-old man completed a marathon

Maggie Hendricks (Y! Sports Blogs - Yahoo! Sports)
Submitted at 10/17/2011 12:28:52 PM

Last week, we made you feel lazy with the story of a woman who completed a marathon, then gave birth to a baby. This week, it's a 100-year-old man who will make

you feel bad for not getting up to work out. Yes, a 100-year-old man completed the Toronto Marathon. Fauja Singh will be noted in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the oldest person to complete the 26.2-mile race. He as family and friends cheered him finished it in just over eight hours

on. Nicknamed the "Turbaned Tornado," which is also the name of his biography, Singh said that he hit a wall at 22 miles, but continued on. His coach, and translator Harmander Singh, said: "Just before we came around the final

corner, he said that 'achieving this will be like getting married again'. He's absolutely overjoyed, he's achieved his lifelong wish." The best part of Singh's story is that this was his eighth marathon, and he didn't start running the long distance races until he was 89.


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PixelJunk SideScroller moves right into PSN on Oct. 25

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comes from Q-Games' Twitter feed (which scrolls vertically). Submitted at 10/17/2011 3:40:00 PM SideScroller is the latest Q-Games' PixelJunk SideScroller downloadable title from the will fly from left to right onto the talented developer of PixelJunks North American PSN next week. Shooter, Eden and Racer. PixelJunk 4AM(formerly The October 25 launch date The studio is also working on

Lifelike), which we've managed to encapsulate as such: " You have to play it to understand it!" Gallery: PixelJunk Sidescroller (Gamescom 2011) PixelJunk SideScroller moves right into PSN on Oct. 25

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When Shawn Kemp blew up, and other warning stories

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Kemp's real issues started when his Seattle SuperSonics re-signed Gary Payton to a deserved Submitted at 10/17/2011 12:30:13 PM contract during the 1996 While we were trying to figure offseason, while taking a chance out something new to say about on defensive-minded big man Jim the NBA's ongoing lockout, Trey McIlvaine during the same month. Kerby at TBJ found something McIlvaine had led the NBA in interesting about the NBA's last blocks per minute in Washington lockout, from 1998. It relates to the year before, and he seemed the current one, and it should like a perfect fit alongside Kemp hopefully serve as a warning to and a SuperSonics team that had each of the NBA players locked plenty of firepower to make up for out from their teams. Not just in M c I l v a i n e ' s o f f e n s i v e regards to this (hopefully, just) s h o r t c o m i n g s . truncated season, but their careers Kemp, instead of relishing the in general. The story is about chance to improve upon his team's Cleveland Cavaliers forward 64-win season from the campaign Shawn Kemp, and how he got so prior, sulked. Unable to refat between this game, and the negotiate his relatively lacking start of the 1999 season nine contract due to the terms of the months later. No pregnancy jokes, year-old Collective Bargaining please. Agreement, he pouted his way First, the lowdown from the through the next season before Cleveland Plain-Dealer: forcing a three-team deal that sent The Cavs listed him at 6-10, 280 him to Cleveland in September of pounds -- a 34-pound increase 1 9 9 7 . K e m p , t o h i s c r e d i t , from the previous season -- but excelled with the Cavaliers that then-General Manager Wayne year, working with four rookies in Embry later revealed in his the rotation to help lead Cleveland autobiography that Kemp reported to the playoffs and the NBA's best to camp at 315 pounds. defense (that's pace-adjusted, "He was really very honest about mind you) under coach Fratello. it," former Cavs coach Mike For Kemp to assume that the Fratello recalled. "I said, 'Shawn, NBA would lose the entire 1998how did this happen?' He said, 99 season? That's tough to 'Coach, I didn't think we were swallow, so to speak, because few coming back.'" really thought the season would Now, the history. be lost. There was rhetoric, to be

sure, but take it from someone who was writing about the lockout back then -- far more expect the 2011-12 season to be canceled than expected 1998-99 to go bye-bye. And it's not as if Kemp hadn't

taken in criticism for his weight months before the season got underway in February. His appearance in a December charity game (and the subsequent pictures that showed up in ESPN the Magazine soon after) had

Cleveland fans writing off the 1999 campaign months before it started. Though they needn't. As Kevin Pelton pointed out on Twitter on Monday, Kemp actually came through with a fine season in 1999, utilizing an improved jump shot and his typically-good touch. It was Zydrunas Ilgauskas' injury (Big Z managed just five games that year) that sunk the Cavs. Faced with an increased offensive load the next season without Ilgauskas, Kemp's turnovers spiked as he hit his 30s, and his effectiveness decreased. It's not as if the Cavs didn't try to, pardon the turn of phrase, reshape their former All-Star. Then-GM Wayne Embry had this to say: "With the money we were paying him, we had every reason to expect him to stay in shape. It was not as if he could not afford to hire people to help him do that. The Cleveland Clinic nutritionist put him on a diet, but Shawn did not have the discipline to adhere to it. We even offered to have a chef go to his house and prepare meals for him. ... I told Shawn the same thing I told Mel Turpin years ago, 'I don't want anyone playing for me that weighs more than me.' That did not work either." WHEN page 75



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GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) The Green Bay Packers are 6-0 after beating St. Louis, making them the last unbeaten team in the NFL. Given the way the reigning Super Bowl champions are playing, and an apparent lack of strong challengers in the NFC, it's not hard to imagine the Packers making a run at a perfect season. It's only mid-October, but the topic already is coming up. After Sunday's 24-3 victory over the Rams, Packers players said it's far too early to even think about going undefeated but Charles Woodson wouldn't rule it out, either. The veteran cornerback says the Packers certainly are good enough to win every time they take the field. "Absolutely," Woodson said. "We have a very, very good team. We feel like every time we step on that field, we'll be better than our opponent. Can we? Yeah, sure.

But we've got to take it one game at a time. Next week will be a tough test against a division opponent. So we have to focus on that, focus on the next game each and every week, and I think we'll be fine." Talk of potential perfection is unlikely to be embraced by Packers coach Mike McCarthy, who may have suggested a mantra for his team during his postgame news conference Sunday. "We're seven days from being 70, and that's our message," McCarthy said. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers predicted that McCarthy wouldn't entertain thoughts of anything beyond Sunday's game at Minnesota. "Didn't Mike say, 'We have seven days to 7-0?'" Rodgers said. "Beware, that's his code, his theme for this week." Linebacker Clay Matthews clearly picked up on the message. "It's way too early to talk about 16 -0," Matthews said. "We've got

seven days to go 7-0, and that's what we're focused on. When you start getting ahead of yourself in this game is when you start fumbling and tripping up." The 1972 Miami Dolphins are the only team in the modern era to go undefeated through an entire regular season and playoffs, going 14-0 in the regular season, then winning a pair of playoff games and the Super Bowl. The 2007 New England Patriots went 16-0 in the regular season, then won two playoff games, but lost to the New York Giants in the Super Bowl. The Indianapolis Colts made a run at perfection in 2009, winning their first 14 games. For Green Bay, it's the seventh 60 start in franchise history and the first since 1965. Including the playoffs, the Packers have won 12 straight games, which matches the longest streak in team history set in 1961-62. Still, the Packers' play has been far from perfect.

Their defense is tough in the red zone and makes big plays, but is getting sliced up between the 20s, even by the winless Rams. They're explosive on offense but have had lulls in production. There's an overall feeling that the Packers haven't yet played to their potential. "Fortunately for us, we have a team where we can overcome those things," wide receiver Greg Jennings said. "Not a slap in the face to those guys (the Rams), but if we're playing a much highercaliber team, you never know what that does to you as far as the outcome of the game. That's no disrespect to those guys, but they're obviously struggling. We can't do that." At this point, some of the most challenging games left on the schedule appear to be a Nov. 6 game at San Diego, Tampa Bay at home on Nov. 20, at Detroit on Thanksgiving and at the New York Giants on Dec. 4. As the Packers surely would

point out, every week presents a challenge and nothing can be taken for granted. "That's the mindset you have to have," cornerback Tramon Williams said. "We don't talk about it in here because we won't talk about that until the 16th game, if we're undefeated at that point. We're 6-0 now and the only thing we're going to be focused on is 7-0 this week." ___ Connect with AP Sports Writer Chris Jenkins: ByChrisJenkins This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters featured article: A 'Malign Intellectual Subculture' - George Monbiot Smears Chomsky, Herman, Peterson, Pilger And Media Lens.

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best with the Rams," Elway tweeted. Submitted at 10/17/2011 1:53:03 PM It was widely reported last week The Denver Broncos will trade the Broncos were open to dealing Pro Bowl wide receiver Brandon Lloyd and that they shopped the Lloyd to the St. Louis Rams, NFL receiver ahead of Tuesday's trade Network insider Jason La Canfora d e a d l i n e . T h e R a m s , S a n reported Monday, citing a league Francisco 49ers and New England source. Patriots all were known to be in J o h n E l w a y , t h e B r o n c o s ' discussions with the Broncos, executive vice president of sources told The Denver Post. f o o t b a l l o p e r a t i o n s , l a t e r Lloyd, 30, is scheduled to make confirmed on Twitter that the $1.395 million this season. He led trade had been agreed upon, the NFL last season with 1,448 saying the team would receive a yards on 77 receptions and scored conditional pick in the 2012 NFL 11 touchdowns. Draft for Lloyd. In St. Louis, Lloyd will reunite "We appreciate all the hard work with former Broncos coach Josh that Brandon did during his three M c D a n i e l s , n o w t h e R a m s ' years in Denver and wish him the offensive coordinator, and provide

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Kemp had signed a massive contract extension following his trade to Cleveland, and Embry's correct -- the Cavs weren't obligated to hire a nutritionist or personal chef on top of the money they were already paying him for his hopeful 20 and 10 a night. And at some point, you have to stop blaming Jim McIlvaine for everything. Especially when you don't play with the guy anymore. No, this was on Kemp. It wasn't on McIlvaine or George Karl or Wally Walker or the lockout or bad advice he may have gotten on a lost season. Shawn may have held it together during the shortened 1999 season, but everything beyond that was a massive failure. He waddled his way to Portland in 2000, but had to leave the team towards the end of his first season as he struggled

with a cocaine addiction. Stints with and failed workouts in front of several other teams followed, and that potential was never realized. Shawn Kemp wasn't a blubbering mess during the shortened lockout season. He played quite well and nearly led the Cavaliers back to the playoffs. And his weight gain may not have been the beginning of his basketball end, because the 1996 offseason may have had more to do with his frustration than anything else. It didn't help, though. Keep that in mind as you consider the tiramisu during this lockout, NBA'ers.

Two new Skyward Sword trailers are a feast of gameplay

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Submitted at 10/17/2011 3:00:00 PM

Tired of seeing Link prance his way through context-free cutscenes involving giant birds and inscrutable floating cities?

The Japanese trailers for Zelda: Skyward Sword posted above and below should be more to your liking: They're chock-full of honest-to-goodness gameplay. Continue reading Two new of gameplay Skyward Sword trailers are a feast

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Deep Posts: David Garrard cant help the Raiders

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The Raiders, looking for a veteran to step in for the injured Jason Campbell, contacted free agent David Garrard. And then Garrard told them he needed surgery for a herniated disc in his back. So that'll be it for that. Not a lot of details are available at the moment, but Broncos defensive tackle Ryan McBean has been arrested for stalking. Santana Moss of the Redskins wants Rex Grossman to continue as the team's starting quarterback, saying, "You just can't give up on somebody because they had a bad outing." But Santana, it was a really, really bad outing. Bad news for Jahvid Best: That's two concussions this season. Not many people thought that

Jake Ballard could step in and be a quality tight end for the Giants. Brandon Jacobs included. By this time next year, Dolphins owner Stephen Ross wants to have a big name coach and a franchise quarterback. At 0-4 and with Matt Moore at the helm, they are very competitive in the Andrew Luck sweepstakes. If you missed Mike Vick's formal apology to the Redskins cheerleaders, here it is. This is either Asante Samuel riding Nnamdi Asomugha's back, or another bizarre Halloween outfit for Mark Herzlich.

Video: Immersive Flight Simulation Dome Offers Seamless, Super-Real 360-Degree Views
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13 or 14 10-megapixel projectors, which are calibrated by laser to ensure complete crispness in picture. The projectors can also Submitted at 10/17/2011 1:58:32 PM Barco, a maker of large-format display imagery in infrared so projector technologies, has just pilots can train for night flights-unveiled what it is calling a wearing night vision, pilots breakthrough in flight simulator actually see the blooming and technology], and for all the halo effects caused by night hardware involved we're inclined vision technology. to agree that his must be Related Articles A Flight something big. The new flight S i m u l a t o r F o r F l i e s H e l p s simulator dome--it's really more Humans Build Better UAVs like a sphere--offers state of the Danger Zone Arcade: Inside the art high-res visuals and full 360- Military's Ultra-High-Def F-16 degree views, allowing fighter F l i g h t S i m A u s s i e R e c o r d : pilot trainees to spot other aircraft World's Most Expensive Home from 12 miles away. Brew Flight Simulator Tags That's something of a step up T e c h n o l o g y , C l a y D i l l o w , from that flight simulator you aviation, fighter pilots, flight used to play on your mom's PC. simulations, flight simulators, The dome is bathed in light from military That kind of realism is

critical to ensuring pilots are prepared for real-world scenarios, the company says, and should help launch a new generation of similar simulators designed around a completely immersive experience in which several pilots can actually work together to carry out a mission rather than just run through a set of programmed scenarios. The setups are configurable and customizable so you'll have to call up Barco if you want a price quote. The video below is mostly an extended commercial for the product, but it does provide some nice views from inside the cockpit. [ PhysOrg]

Mark 9:41 (10-17-11)

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God's children, even if the blessing is simple. Second, we can rejoice when others do the I tell you the truth, anyone who simplest things to bless us in gives you a cup of water in my Jesus' name, because we receive name because you belong to the kindness and grace of others Christ will certainly not lose his and because God blesses that reward. kindness with his overwhelming Mark 9:41(NIV) Thoughts on grace. Bottom line -- let's live to Today's Verse... This simple and be a blessing! When we do, God clear passage cuts two ways: First, is blessed. We are blessed. We we are blessed when we bless bless others. In addition, when
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others are gracious to us, God has also promised to bless them. God pours his blessings out on all of us. In God's miraculous economy, the more we bless each other, the more blessings there are for everyone! My Prayer... Gracious and loving Father, please use me this week to be a blessing to everyone around me. But this week, dear Father, please lead me into the life of someone who

desperately needs your grace. Please give me discernment to see them when you bring them across my path. Give me courage to reach out and bless them. Keep them on my heart and help me as I seek to be a long-term blessing to them. In Jesus' name I ask for your help and grace to use this opportunity for your glory. Amen.

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Ken Levine gives us an update on BioShock for PlayStation Vita

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Submitted at 10/17/2011 3:20:00 PM

"We're still sort of in the paper design stage," Irrational Games head and co-founder Ken Levine told me this weekend. Sitting in a nondescript conference room four floors above Manhattan's Union Square, sipping on his second Diet Coke, Levine was referring to the new BioShock game coming to PlayStation Vita, which he announced himself on Sony's E3 press conference stage earlier this year. Despite the naming convention, BioShock on Vita isn't planned as a portable version of the upcoming game, Infinite, or the former two games set in the underwater city of Rapture -- at least, not right now. "That's not

the current goal for what we're doing," Levine explained. While he admitted that "things can change," he added, "I think for us, the idea we have is a really good expression on a platform like that [Vita]. It's a different goal. And it has to sort of have its own voice

in the franchise. If it just feels like a quieter voice in the franchise, I don't think that works. For us." Which isn't to say he derides other developers for taking the pared-down port approach. "I think there's room for every kind of game and every kind of

approach. But just for what we do. That's not to say I won't play a lot of those games. I'd love to have that kind of game on a handheld." It simply means the development of the BioShock Vita game isn't taking that route. "I'd rather do something that's an experiment and that's a little different. And is unique for the franchise," he teased. Continue reading Ken Levine gives us an update on BioShock for PlayStation Vita Ken Levine gives us an update on BioShock for PlayStation Vita originally appeared on Joystiq on Mon, 17 Oct 2011 15:20:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| Email this| Comments

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Photos: Denver Broncos trade Brandon Lloyd to St. Louis Rams Denver Post Photo by John Leyba, The Denver Post Broncos wide receiver Brandon Lloyd is brought down by Pittsburgh cornerback Keenan Lewis in the second quarter at Invesco Field at Mile High. Steve Nehf, The Denver Post Denver Broncos wide reciever Brandon Lloyd... and more

Video of the Day: Herman Cain Sings 'Imagine' With Pizza Lyrics
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imagine-with-pizza-lyrics/246824 / There's not much to say about this, except that it happened at the 1991 Omaha Press Club Show, while Cain was CEO of Omahabased Godfather's Pizza. The Omaha World Herald dug it up

last week for a profile of Cain's years at Godfather's; the entire video is here. Video credit: The Daily Beast/ Omaha World Herald This article available online at: politics/archive/2011/10/video-of-

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Faster-Than-Light Neutrinos Might Be Explained By GPS Failing to Account For Special Relativity
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distances and crunched their numbers in search of an explanation. Flummoxed, they dumped their findings on the larger physics Submitted at 10/17/2011 1:09:43 PM A possible victory for Einstein community, which proceeded to So it turns out that Einstein may eviscerate the experiment. In the not have been wrong about the three weeks since, almost 100 universal speed limit. Not only is papers have shown up on the special relativity safe, it provides preprint server arXiv trying to an explanation for those faster- make sense of it all. Physicists than-light neutrinos. They're not have blamed everything from breaking the light-speed barrier; poor geodesy to ill-timed clocks, they just appear to be, thanks to a n d o t h e r p a r t i c l e p h y s i c s the relativistic motion of the observatories are hard at work clocks checking their speed. trying to replicate the results. As we all remember, a few weeks Related Articles Baffling CERN ago some scientists at CERN set Results Show Neutrinos Moving the physics world on fire when Faster Than the Speed of Light t h e y s h a r e d d a t a s h o w i n g Scientists Determine Photons Can neutrinos were moving faster than Travel No Faster Than The Speed light. Specifically, they were of Light Fermilab Will Doubleshowing up at a distant neutrino Check CERN's Revolutionary detector about 60 nanoseconds Faster-Than-Light Claim Tags faster than the time in which light Science, Rebecca Boyle, cern, would make the same trip. But the controversy, Einstein, faster than rules of physics said this could not light, neutrino, neutrino detectors, be. The Oscillation Project with oscillation, special theory of Emulsion-tRacking Apparatus relativity Now a Dutch physicist team (which was not looking for says it's really very simple - the this result, by the way) calibrated OPERA team overlooked the their clocks, measured their relativistic motion of their clocks.

Technology Review's arXiv blog highlights the paper here. OPERA was studying neutrino oscillation, in which these ghostly particles switch from one type to another. They were firing off muon neutrinos from a neutrino beam at CERN and sending them to Gran Sasso, Italy, where researchers counted how many of them had become tau neutrinos. Along with careful Earthmeasuring, this experiment required super-precise synchronization of clocks at the two locations. The team did this with GPS satellites, which broadcast a time signal as they orbit about 12,500 miles above the Earth. The OPERA team had to calculate how long it takes for one of these time signals to reach the Earth. But they did not account for the clocks' relativistic motion, according to physicist Ronald van Elburg at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. The radio signals travel from the satellites at light speed, which has nothing to do with the satellites' speed. This is one of the central

tenets of special relativity: "Light is always propagated in empty space with a definite velocity c which is independent of the state of motion of the emitting body," as Einstein put it himself. But because the satellites are moving, from their point of view, the positions of the neutrinos and the detector are changing. The neutrinos are moving toward the detector, and the detector appears to be moving toward the neutrino source. So the distance between the origin and destination appears to be shorter than it would if it were being observed on the ground. "Consequently, in this reference frame the distance traveled by the [particles] is shorter than the distance separating the source and detector," van Elburg writes. This phenomenon is overlooked because the OPERA team thinks of the clocks as on the ground which they are, physically - and not in orbit, which is where their synchronizing reference point is located. Using the altitude, orbital period, inclination to the equator and

other metrics, van Elburg calculates the error rate: "The observed time-of-ight should be about 32 ns shorter than the timeof-ight using a baseline bound clock," he writes. This is done at both clock locations, so double that, and you get an early-arrival time of 64 nanoseconds. That pretty much accounts for the OPERA anomaly. "This paper shows that Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) happens to be less universal than the name suggests, and that we have to take in to account how our clocks are moving," van Elburg writes. Of course, his paper has not yet been published, and is subject to the same scrutiny and peer review as the OPERA folks, so we can't accept van Elburg's theory just yet. But it's certainly a handy explanation. And it's a lovely piece of irony, too - not only was Einstein's special theory of relativity right all along, it even provides a reason why. [via Technology Review]

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Verizon Updates Privacy Policy to Get More of Your Info

Christina Warren (Mashable!)
Submitted at 10/17/2011 2:37:27 PM

Verizon Wireless has changed its privacy policy and will be using data collected from users phones for internal reports and better targeted mobile ads. The largest wireless carrier in the U.S. started reaching out to customers Friday, informing them of the policy changes and offering users a way to opt out of data Dan Nosowitz (Popular Science on the progress of the spaceport. collection. - New Technology, Science Just one year ago, they toasted the Verizon says that any of the data News, The Future Now) completed runway. But now, it shares with third parties like construction on Spaceport advertisers will not be Submitted at 10/17/2011 12:42:24 PM Virgin Galactic Spaceport Virgin America, located a remote section p e r s o n a l l y i d e n t i f i a b l e . Galactic of desert in New Mexico's Sierra The type of data that Verizon is V i r g i n G a l a c t i c a n d i t s County, seems to be finished. The collecting includes: thoroughly British CEO, Richard hangar and terminal will be home URLs and search strings Branson, announced another to the new shuttle, mission Device location milestone on their way to opening control, and a waiting area for App and device usage Information about a users the world's first commercial soon-to-be astronauts. s p a c e p o r t : C o n s t r u c t i o n i s The company expects to begin Verizon products Demographic information such finished, and the terminal and test flights next year. as gender and age range hangar have been dedicated. [ Virgin] Virgin seems to be updating us Customers that dont want their fairly frequently, with equally information tracked or used for frequent dedication ceremonies, these purposes can opt out by visiting myprivacy.

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On the one hand, its sort of creepy to see to see that Verizon wants to collect and use customer information this way. On the other hand, at least users have the opportunity to opt out. Mobile operators have access to an enormous amount of data about our usage paterns. Should we really be surprised operators want to use that data to better serve their ancillary revenue streams, which include advertisements? Our question is: What is Verizon going to offer consumers in

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8 "Scary" Food MythsBusted!

David Zinczenko with Matt Goulding (Eat This, Not That)
Submitted at 10/18/2011 12:11:19 AM

There are plenty of things to be afraid of nowadays. Occupy Wall Street has turned into Occupy All Streets. The Democrats and Republicans cant put their heads together without making a hollow coconut sound. And Charlie Sheen is still free to date our daughters! Its hard to know what to dress up as for Halloween, since everyday life is already really creepy! And nothing has been made scarier than our food. We've been subjected to so many nutritional ghost storiesIt's cholesterol! No, it's gluten! No, it's mercury in the fish!that weve turned into the consumer equivalent of grade schoolers on a camping trip, sitting around the fire listening to tales of creatures ready to jump out and drag us into the woods. But here's the good news: The supermarket isnt a scary place at all. You already know how to eat right and take care of yourself. You just need to trust your instincts. Below, Im saying Boo! to some of the nutritional horror stories that have seized our nation of late. As Halloween season sets in, its time to stop fearing what lurks in your fridge. Come with me to a new nutritional world, compliments of the brand-new Eat This, Not That! 2012: The NoDiet Weight-Loss Solution, where

there are no tricks, just plenty of treats! Nutrition "Scare" #1: Fat Will Make You Fat! Eating fat does not make you fat. In fact, not eating enough fat can make you fat. A 2008 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that a diet high in healthy fats proved to be superior to a low-fat diet, both in terms of weight loss and overall health benefits. Saturated and trans fats have given fat a bad name, but the truth is that the unsaturated fats found in foods like nuts, salmon, and olive oil are a key component in a healthy diet. For more easy and effective weight-loss secrets that will melt your belly fat faster than ever, follow me right here on Twitter. Nutrition "Scare"#2: Bread Will Make You Fat! The low-carb craze of the early 2000s had people terrified of breaking bread, but eating the right kinds of breads and other grains can actually help you lose weight. An American Journal of Clinical Nutrition study found that overweight people who obtained all of their grain servings from whole grains lost more belly fat than those who skipped the whole grains. The reason: The fiber found in whole grain foods helps slow digestion, keeping you fuller longer. You should still avoid refined grains like "enriched" flour, but a moderate amount of whole grain bread can be a great addition to a balanced diet. Tip:

thing. A 2006 study in the journal Diabetes Care showed that coffee drinkers were significantly less likely to develop type 2 diabetes, and other research has linked coffee consumption with a reduced risk of Parkinson's disease, dementia, stroke, and True whole grain bread products d e p r e s s i o n . A n d g e t t h i s : will have "whole wheat" or According to researchers from the "whole grain" flour as their first U n i v e r s i t y o f S c r a n t o n i n ingredient. If you see anything Pennsylvania, coffee is the else, your "wheat" bread is an number-one leading source of antioxidants in the American diet. imposter. Nutrition "Scare" #3: Snacking So go ahead, enjoy your morning cup of joe guilt free! Will Make You Fat! Mom may have told you that Nutrition "Scare" #5: Thinking eating frequently is a surefire way About Food Will Make You to pack on the pounds, but she Obsessed With Eating! probably also told you that your Think about other things: Your face will freeze that way. In fact, friends. Your 401(k). The game. snacking throughout the day is Grandmas dentures. Anything actually one of the best ways to that will get your mind off food, avoid an expanding waistline. In a right? Well, no: According to recent study, Spanish researchers Dutch researchers, thinking about found that participants lost snacks and meals can actually significantly more body weight help you stay lean. The study when they added low-sugar, high- found that when asked questions protein snacks to their daily food like, "What will you do if you get routine. Why? Because consistent hungry two hours before your snacking helps maintain blood- next meal?" thinner participants sugar levels, keeping you full and were better able to give healthy preventing your body from storing responses, like "eat a handful of excess fat. Two great options for a nuts." While fantasizing about low-sugar, high-protein snack: how many onion rings you could nuts and (low-fat) dairy products, feasibly fit on a double bacon like yogurt. Or, try anything from cheeseburger is probably not this must-have list of the 50 Best going to keep the pounds at bay, taking a proactive approach to Snack Foods in America. Nutrition "Scare" #4: Coffee is your diet by thinking ahead will. Try planning nutritious meals for Ruining Your Health! It turns out that Americans' java the week or keeping healthy addiction may not be such a bad snacks like fruit and nuts on hand

to ward off hunger. To save money, time and calories, cook your own delicious meals at home with the New York Times bestseller Cook This, Not That! Easy & Awesome 350-Calorie Meals. Nutrition "Scare" #6: Dessert Will Ruin Your Life! Au contraire: Dessert makes life worth living, and it just might help you stay lean as well. Studies have shown that completely eliminating foods you love can send you sailing straight into binge mode. Is chocolate mud pie good for you? No, and if you feel like you want to cut down on indulgences, go right ahead. But if, like most of us, swearing off sweets instantly causes you to start daydreaming about hot fudge sundaes, you might want to rethink your approach. Try allowing yourself a small dessert every day to satisfy your cravings without doing too much damage. Need help? Try a Breyers Smooth & Dreamy Vanilla Fudge Brownie Ice Cream Sandwich. It has a very reasonable 160 calories and 16 grams of sugar. Or feast on this delectable list of 15 Desserts That Burn Fat! Nutrition "Scare" #7: Red Meat Will Give You a Heart Attack! Harvard researchers recently discovered that while eating processed meats like hotdogs and bacon can contribute to heart disease, there is no such risk for "SCARY" page 82

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Uneven Global Progress On Treatment Of Mental Illness

(NPR Blogs: Shots - Health Blog)

suffer from stress disorders and mental health problems. Four years ago, the influential Submitted at 10/17/2011 10:19:00 AM medical journal The Lancet ran SHAH MARAI/ AFP/Getty six papers and assorted editorials Images on mental illnesses. The themed Afghan men wait to receive collection, under the banner "No psychiatric treatment in a Kabul health without mental health," hospital. Scarred by decades of was a call to action for the world war, social problems and poverty, humanitarian community. more than 60 percent of Afghans So how much influence did the

articles have? The journal's editors commissioned a new batch of papers to find out. The latest reports come from researchers and policy analysts at universities, non -governmental organizations and governments around the world. Turns out there's been some encouraging progress in figuring out what needs to be done, but progress in actually getting help

for people has been slow. One of the things the new studies show is that different treatments work, but they have to be selected carefully. For example, an analysis of programs that address poverty a fellow traveler with mental illness show that just giving people money, in the form of microloans or cash, often doesn't

help. The study showed more consistent improvement with interventions such as individual or group talk therapy, or psychiatric drugs. An analysis of psychiatric aid offered to victims of traumatic situations such as war or natural disaster found that at least for UNEVEN page 82


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people who consume only unprocessed meat. Meat is also a complete protein, providing all nine essential amino acids, and many studies have linked protein consumption with weight loss. Moreover, meat and other animal products are the only dietary sources of vitamin B12, which helps your body make blood cells and maintain a healthy nervous system. But beware: Eating too much saturated fat has been linked to heart disease, so go ahead and include meat in your diet, but opt for the leanest cuts. Make other small tweaks to your diet to lose 10, 20 or even 30 pounds with this must-see report: The 25 Best Nutrition Secrets Ever! Nutrition "Scare" #8: Eggs are Cholesterol Bombs! Perhaps the biggest nutrition myth is that eggs are bad for your heart, a fact attributed to the cholesterol in the yolk. But here's the truth: The dietary cholesterol found in eggs actually has little effect on the amount of cholesterol in your blood. When it comes to increasing LDL ("bad

cholesterol"), trans and saturated fats are the real culprits. The incredible, edible egg is actually an excellent, affordable source of protein and B vitamins, and it may help you lose weight. A 2008 study in the International Journal of Obesity found that dieters who consumed two eggs for breakfast each day lost significantly more weight than those who consumed bagels. Finally, start your day right. A great breakfast will jumpstart your metabolism and have you burning more calories throughout the day. The wrong one might fill you up with empty calories and an entire days worth of fat, sugar and/or salt. Make sure you steer clear of the breakfasts in this shocking list of the 20 Worst Breakfasts in America. -----------TODAY'S MEN'S HEALTH NEWS: 67 Ways to Be Healthier in 50 Seconds... The Hottest Women of 2011... 50 Ways to Lose 10 Pounds! BUILD YOUR BEST BODY FAST! Check out The Big Book of 15-Minute Workouts, new

from Men's Health EAT RIGHT RULE: If your food can go bad, it's good for you. If it can't go bad, it's bad for you. FOLLOW DAVE ZINCZENKO RIGHT HERE ON TWITTER and get FREE health, nutrition and weight-loss secrets like this one every day! You'll lose weight and get healthy faster than ever! Get more nutrition, health, and fitness secrets from Men's Health: Subscribe today with this special offer and save 50% off the cover price. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters featured article: A 'Malign Intellectual Subculture' - George Monbiot Smears Chomsky, Herman, Peterson, Pilger And Media Lens.

Travellers defiant after court loss

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adults, psychotherapy and setting up social supports like education and group discussions helps. But the authors of the report say funders often lose interest after the initial crisis passes. That's a common refrain. Spend any time talking to folks who work with mentally ill people in poor countries, and they'll tell you

that they consider their programs seriously underfunded, in no small part because of stigma. "Many people don't want to be associated with mental illness," says Julius Kayiira, who runs Mental Health Uganda. And others "think there's no hope," he adds. A survey of 87 countries showed

more than half the countries reported more or much more awareness of mental illnesses in the past three years. The downside? There's not a whole lot of new money behind that awareness. There are other signs that show UNEVEN page 84

reinforced the perimeter of the 50 plots, which house 83 families, and placed the entire site into 17 Oct 2011 lockdown in order to resist Families fighting eviction from eviction." the UK's biggest illegal traveller Dale Farm resident Kathleen site were manning "barricades" McCarthy added: "The barricades after an appeal court ruling left are all that stand between us and them at the "end of the road". homelessness now... We'll have to Residents of the Dale Farm site fight off the bailiffs." near Basildon, Essex, said they Candy Sheridan, vice-chair of the had gone into "lockdown" and Gypsy Council and an adviser to were preparing to "fight off the the Dale Farm travellers, said of bailiffs". Lord Justice Sullivan's ruling: "It A Court of Appeal judge refused seems like the end of the road." travellers permission to continue Basildon Council's Conservative their legal fight against Basildon leader Tony Ball said Dale Farm Council. residents had been "living on Lord Justice Sullivan said there borrowed time" and urged them to w a s n o e v i d e n c e l i k e l y t o leave "peacefully and in a safe persuade appeal judges that the and orderly fashion". council's decision to enforce He said evictions would take eviction notices was "unlawful". place as a "at a time of (the Lawyers representing the council council's) choosing" and added: s a i d o f f i c i a l s w e r e m a k i n g "Our job is now to clear this site preparations to take action at the in a safe and dignified manner and site, said to contain more than 80 this is what we intend to do." families on 50 plots. This entry passed through the A spokeswoman for support Full-Text RSS service if this is group Dale Farm Solidarity said your content and you're reading it residents and supporters had gone on someone else's site, please read into "lockdown" in "anticipation the FAQ at an eviction". only/faq.php#publishers. Five "Today the Dale Farm community Filters featured article: A 'Malign were rejected the right to appeal," Intellectual Subculture' - George said the spokeswoman. "In M o n b i o t S m e a r s C h o m s k y , response to this news, residents of Herman, Peterson, Pilger And Dale Farm and their supporters Media Lens.

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Kids As Young As 4 Can Be Diagnosed, Treated For ADHD

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evaluating their young patients for ADHD as early as age 4, according to new guidelines from Submitted at 10/17/2011 8:32:00 AM a leading group of pediatricians. Jeff Chiu/ AP "Treating children at a young age Diagnosed with ADHD at age 5, is important, because when we Blake Taylor poses on campus at can identify them earlier and U n i v e r s i t y o f C a l i f o r n i a , provide appropriate treatment, we Berkeley, in 2009, when he was can increase their chances of 19. succeeding in school," said Doctors can and should be pediatrican Mark Wolraich, lead

author of the recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics. The most controversial part of the new advice is its endorsement of medication, such as Ritalin and Vyvanse, to treat even 4- and 5year-olds with moderate-to-severe problems when behavioral therapy falls short. The Food and Drug

Administration hasn't approved use of the drugs in children younger under 6. Doctors are free to prescribe medicines for uses that aren't explicitly approved by the FDA. The pediatricians group put together detailed advice for doctors to help them diagnose children ages 4 to 18, an expansion of the 6 to 12 age

group covered in the previous guidelines issued about 10 years ago. For parents, there's a revised tip sheet on symptoms of ADHD. ADHD is common, affecting about 8 percent of children, according to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control KIDS page 84



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mental illnesses are struggling to get the attention of funders. World Mental Health Day came and went last week without much notice. In September, the United Nations sponsored a major conference on non-communicable diseases. Mental illnesses got a short mention in the list of goals, but the conference itself focused on cardiovascular diseases, lung diseases, diabetes and cancer. There was almost nothing on mental illness. That's despite an analysis by the World Economic Forum that showed that the direct and indirect costs of mental illnesses in 2010 totaled $2.5 trillion three times the cost of cardiovascular diseases.

Christina Ntulo, a co-author of one of the papers in The Lancet and head of the Uganda division of BasicNeeds, a mental health NGO, says the trick may be to show how mental health affects physical health. "And in the last three years, there's been a lot of research showing links between mental health, maternal health and child health," she says. Another author a leader of the global mental health movement says what's holding things back is the lack of appreciation of mental illnesses as real diseases, with real burdens. What's needed, says Vikram Patel of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, is for the various advocates to get together and speak with one voice about the

need for the global health community to focus on mental illness. Will that happen? "Yes," he says, "because there's growing demand for it." This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters featured article: A 'Malign Intellectual Subculture' - George Monbiot Smears Chomsky, Herman, Peterson, Pilger And Media Lens.

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GE's new factory will push out one solar panel every ten seconds
Daniel Cooper (Engadget)
Submitted at 10/17/2011 3:55:00 PM

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money and, most importantly, energy. The factory will open ahead of schedule in 2012 and is General Electric is sending its reportedly capable of producing a troops to Colorado to conquer the new panel every ten seconds. You thin film solar panel business. The can learn all of that and more in 38th state will play home to a new the press release we've got for you f a c i l i t y t h a t l e v e r a g e s t h e after the break. supermodel-thin panel know-how Continue reading GE's new of PrimeStar Solar, which GE factory will push out one solar scooped up back in 2008. In panel every ten seconds traditional solar panels, sand is GE's new factory will push out refined into silicon ingots, sliced one solar panel every ten seconds wafers of which are then placed in originally appeared on Engadget a frame. The thin film process on Mon, 17 Oct 2011 15:55:00 eliminates this, sandwiching EDT. Please see our terms for use layers of semiconductors between of feeds. Permalink BusinessWire| panes of glass -- saving time, GE Energy| Email this| Comments

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Occupy Wall Street Goes Global

Arnold Ahlert (FrontPage Magazine FrontPage)
Submitted at 10/16/2011 11:17:31 PM

The Occupy movement went global on Saturday. Rallies were held in more than 900 cities around the world, with violence breaking out most notably in Rome, where 100 people were injured and police were forced to use tear gas and water cannons to break up a mob that burned cars and smashed the windows of shops and banks. 175 protesters were arrested in Chicago, when they attempted to set up camp in Congress Plaza, and 92 were arrested in New York. Another 8 were arrested in London. In Hong Kong, Derrick Benig, a 22-yearold art student, expressed what is rapidly becoming the overarching theme of these demonstrations. I want to tear down capitalism, he said. Mr. Benig is hardly alone, but the number of really dubious actors expressing support for such an idea is growing. On Sunday, the American Nazi Party released a statement decrying the judeo-capitalist banksters who swindled the American taxpayers out of A TRILLION dollars in the bailout scam AND continue to oppress the White Working Class even as they urged their members to utilize and support every movement of dissent against this evil American empire. Not to be outdone, the

Communist Party USA (CPUSA) also expressed solidarity with the demonstrations, which they characterized as the the newest wrinkle in the all-peoples upsurge against the banks and corporations and which they hoped would lead to more advanced programmatic ideas like nationalizing the banks and socialism. Irans supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, is convinced the protests will destroy capitalism and bring about the downfall of Western civilization. The one percent launched the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but the remaining 99 percent have to suffer the deaths and pay for it, he said. On their website, the organizers of the demonstrations, United For #GlobalChange, contend that people are rising up to claim their rights and demand a true democracy. There is another name for true democracy. Its called mob rule. And it is mobs in locations such as New Yorks Zuccotti Park, outside of St. Pauls Cathedral in London, in Torontos St. James Park, at Hennepin County Government Center plaza in Minneapolis, and at Woodruff Park in Atlanta, along with several other cities, that have announced their intentions of setting up semi-permanent campsites for as long as it takes. They intend to do so irrespective of municipal laws, sanitary conditions, or simple

respect for non-demonstrators who live or work nearby. Thus, what are currently being championed as non-violent demonstrations are setting themselves up for the inevitable confrontations which must eventually take place when municipal politicians are forced to confront the reality that no group of protesters can engage in civil disobedience, or flout the law, indefinitely. Politicians must also deal with the reality the providing sanitation and safety is currently costing cities such as New York and Boston millions of dollars of overtime costs. These overtime costs are eating holes in municipal budgets right now, even before any escalation of activity or confrontations take place. I dont think its the activists intention to break the public treasury here, but thats whats happening, said Boston

City Council President Stephen Murphy. Were concerned about making the citys streets, playgrounds, and parks clean and safe, but each of those may wind up taking less because of these protests. Harvard Law professor Richard Fallon notes that incurring such costs are political, not constitutional decisions. Cities have an obligation to make a space available to engage in speech and protest activities, but nothing more, he contends. Cities also have obligations to non-demonstrators which many are currently ignoring. With respect to businesses, NRO, for example, publicized a sad video of a working class New York man, ostensibly an immigrant, who has been unable to work for two weeks because of the mobs. Some business owners near Zuccotti Park have not only

experienced a downturn, but have been forced to deal with the inevitable unruliness as well. Ive had a lot of damage from the protesters, said Stacey Tzortzatos, owner of Panini & Co. Breads. Ive had to put a $200 lock on my bathroom because they come in here and try to bathe. The sink fell down to the ground, cracked open, pulled the plumbing out of the wall and caused a flood. Its a no-win situation. If I open the restroom for one, 30 people line up outside, disrupting my business. In Boston, downtown campers forced the cancellation of the Greenway Mobile Food Fest on Saturday, keeping twelve mobile food truck vendors, hardly members of the onepercent club, from earning a living. Neighborhood residents have also been adversely affected. Its been three weeks now, said Heather Amato, 35, a psychologist who lives in the Wall Street area. Amato said she had to shield her child from women dancing topless at Zuccotti Park. Enough is enough, she added. Melissa Coley, spokeswoman for Brookfield Office Properties, which owns the park, released a statement noting that sanitation conditions had reached unacceptable levels. Resident Karen McMann, 33, was equally OCCUPY page 89



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Government Backing for Solar Firms Remains an Economic Drag

Lachlan Markay (The Foundry: Conservative Policy News Blog from The Heritage Foundation)
Submitted at 10/17/2011 2:05:58 PM

The economic damage inherent in federal backing for solar power companies extends beyond Solyndra-style bankruptcies, in which taxpayers pour money into unprofitable but politically popular ventures. Even where government-backed companies stay afloat, federal intervention directs resources to less productive and profitable activities. Some solar power companies based in California are succeeding where Solyndra failed (that is, staying in business), due primarily to the states renewable energy mandate and restrictions on cheap energy. But while the companies have received significant backing from the federal government, taxpayers are potentially on the hook for $28 million per permanent job created. But the costs exceed even potential taxpayer losses. The federal governments incentives for investment in the industry which, the companies acknowledge, attracted investors who would otherwise have steered clear of solar have diverted more than $7 billion in financing to the solar industry. That means less available financing for

companies that do not enjoy solars government backing. In all, the $7 billion in federal loan guarantees went to financing six California-based solar companies, the Los Angeles

Times reports, to create a mere 250 permanent jobs. The six companies have capitalized on Californias renewable energy standard and restrictions on fossil fuels to secure a government-

mandated market share in the state. This year, state lawmakers and Gov. Jerry Brown approved legislation requiring all private and municipal electric utilities to

get at least one-third of their power from non-fossil fuel sources by 2020. The so-called renewable portfolio standard is GOVERNMENT page 89

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About that Perry Jobs Plan

David Frum (FrumForum David Frum)
Submitted at 10/17/2011 10:03:17 AM

The governors jobs plan is to open more of the US to energy exploration and production. He promises that such a policy will create 1.2 million new jobs. When I heard this, it seemed to me utterly implausible: the US oil and gas industry employs 2.1 million today, coal under 100,000 and these at a time of high prices and active production. 50% more jobs on top of that? In a capital-intense industry? Michael Levi of the Council on Foreign Relations checked Gov. Perrys math on the Atlantic website. Heres what he found: 1) The promise of 1.2 million new jobs is subject to a deadline of 2030! These are not new jobs that would be created in the here and now, but over a long timeline of future production. 2) The promise is also subject to a bold prediction that energy prices, high now, will rise even higher over the next 18 years, oil to $180 / barrel in todays money, natural gas to $12 per thousand cubic feet. That might happen, but then again, it might not. After all, Perry is hoping for a big increase in energy supply. Remember what happens to price as supply rises? 3) The plan rests upon heroic assumptions about the multiplier effect of oil and gas jobs. Fewer

than 400,000 of Perrys 1.2 million promised jobs will take the form of new hires by the oil and gas industry. The great balance are supposed to come from the ahem stimulative effects of oil and gas production. Specifically, he assumes that every 1 new job in production will support 2.5 new jobs somewhere else. But wait a minute. The precondition for the entire estimate is an assumption that energy prices more than double in

real terms over the next 18 years. If that assumption holds, were going to see a reverse-multiplier effect, with higher energy prices destroying many more jobs than are produced by oilworkers spending their money at the mall. In other words: Perrys 1.2 million figure is not a net figure. If hes right about the energy outlook, then his 1.2 million new energy-related jobs will hardly begin to offset a much larger number of energy-related job losses.

4) The biggest kicker of them all comes from this question: how new are Perrys jobs really? Suppose we dont elect Rick Perry president. Suppose we just continue on the present policy path. What happens to those 1.2 million jobs in that case? And the answer is: many of them show up anyway. Perry hypothesizes that the Obama administration will impose future regulations to inhibit the development of the gas -fracking industry in the US and then counts as new jobs the jobs

that would come by not imposing those as-yet-nonexistent regulations. Likewise he counts as new jobs the jobs that would come from approval of pipelines to Canadian oil sands. Yet those approvals are roaring ahead anyway. Last thought: Whered Perry get these numbers? Answer: he found them in a preexisting study conducted for the American Petroleum Institute. (That same study also undergirds the Senate Republicans job plan.) Youve got to ask though: if a candidates entire jobs plan depends on taking a single industrys policy wish list, tearing off the cover sheet, and putting his own name on the work, without even bothering to net out the costs and benefits for the whole US economy how serious is that candidate? As weve seen throughout the Perry campaign the answer is: not very. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters featured article: A 'Malign Intellectual Subculture' - George Monbiot Smears Chomsky, Herman, Peterson, Pilger And Media Lens.



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Perilous Times for Israel and U.S. in Defense

Val Jensen II (The Foundry: Conservative Policy News Blog from The Heritage Foundation)
Submitted at 10/17/2011 2:00:49 PM

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta testifies before the House Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, October 13, 2011. REUTERS/ Jonathan Ernst Last week was a dubious one for the worlds most advanced militaries. In the U.S., Defense Secretary Leon Panetta testified before the House Armed Service Committee on October 13, saying that any further cuts to defense will hollow out the force and risk national security. Meanwhile, in Israel, Defense Minister Ehud Barak warned on October 10 against current defense cuts to the Israel Defense Force, saying that Israels missile defense system (Iron Dome) would be slowed and one-third of the Israel Air Force and 20 percent of its Merkava tanks would also be put on inactive status. The cuts come at a particular bad time for both Israel and the U.S. Israel is dealing with an unnerving uncertainty with its neighbors because of the Arab Spring. The peace treaty with Egypt is now feared to be on shaky ground. The ousting of former Egyptian president Hosni

Mubarak has left a vacuum for the radically inspired and most politically organized group in Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood. The Heritage Foundations James Phillips spells out the ramifications of an ascension to power for the Brotherhood in his article. In short, the Brotherhood would eventually build a totalitarian Islamic state and further destabilize an already volatile region and deal a disastrous blow to American

power and influence in the Middle East. The implications for Israel should be obvious. This unnerving uncertainty goes beyond Israels bordering neighbors. It travels also to Turkey, with the unraveling of diplomatic, military, and trade relations. It continues to Iran, with the unending anti-Semitic rhetoric and incorrigible nuclear and regional ambitions. It even travels as far as the U.S., with the cold stance President Obama has taken

Netanyahu agrees that security will not be jeopardized. Even with recent victories against terrorists, Secretary Panetta warns that the U.S. faces continued threats from terrorism, nuclear proliferation, cyberspace, and rising regional powers. As can be witnessed with the recent Iranian assassination plot against the Saudi ambassador to the U.S., the boldness of rising regional powers that look unfavorably upon the U.S. cannot be underestimated. The U.S. military may be called on at a moments notice in order to conduct a major contingency operation, and a hollow force will be incapable of responding adequately. In both Israel and the United States, the socioeconomic situation is dire enough to warrant a revamping in defense spending, but they should not be so reckless diplomatically with Israel. that other revenue spending Despite pressure, however, Israeli avenues are not also considered. P r i m e M i n i s t e r B e n j a m i n Val Jensen II is a member of the Netanyahu signed off on $1.2 Young Leaders Program at The billion in cuts, which the Israeli Heritage Foundation. Click here defense department maintains is for more information on interning actually $2.4 billion in real terms. at Heritage. Unprecedented protests all over This entry passed through the Israel for better funding of social Full-Text RSS service if this is programs are largely the catalyst your content and you're reading it f o r t h e r e d u c t i o n . F i n a n c e on someone else's site, please read Minister Yuval Steinitz maintains the FAQ at Israel can afford to cut PERILOUS page 89 defense given recent raises, and

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expected to help California meet a legal mandate to cut carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions linked to global warming to 1990 levels by the end of the decade. The law calls for an 80% decrease by mid-century. Electric utilities in California see commercial-scale solar, wind and geothermal plants as the fastest way to comply with the states tough standards. Theyve signed numerous contracts with developers, who credit federal loan guarantees for helping them attract the private-sector capital they needed to launch. The renewable sector was hit hard by the U.S. financial crisis; a number of start-ups had difficulty getting financing. The renewable sector was hit hard because it generally makes for risky investments (as Solyndra so clearly shows). As Heritages Nick Loris explained, if wind energy could compete in the market and provide consumers with cheap electricity, it wouldnt need a mandate that forces production. The same goes for

solar. The credit crunch has spurred banks to reduce their risk on their books, which means shedding investments less likely to produce significant returns. Government loan guarantees, though, serve to reduce risk for lenders by offloading potential losses onto taxpayers, and making investment in solar more attractive. They remain risky investments, but investors themselves no longer need to shoulder that risk. Realizing that their companies may not be viable without government intervention, the California solar firms the Times examined have dramatically stepped up their lobbying efforts. The two companies mentioned specifically First Solar and Bright Source Energy have, together, spent nearly $3 million on lobbying since 2007, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. The economic losses of this government financing mechanism are three-fold. The clearest loss is the potential for another Solyndra.

With more than $7 billion at stake, taxpayers are on the hook if any of these companies fails. And that remains a possibility: First Solar, for instance, has seen 68 percent decline in the value of its stock since February from a high of $166 per share to under $54 today. There is more subtle economic damage inherent in this program, though. As mentioned, government incentives skew investment towards some industries, and away from others. The $7 billion put into these six companies is $7 billion that will not go towards financing ventures that do not need either taxpayer backing to attract capital or repeated government intervention (in the form of mandates or further financing) to stay afloat. The government-as-sugar-daddy investment model also diverts resources to unproductive lobbying activities. Money spent seeking federal handouts is money not spent building factories, hiring workers, or improving products. The potential for government

backing makes those productive activities less attractive for a company, which can get off the ground simply by currying favor with Washingtons power brokers. These loan guarantees will serve as a drag on the economy even if all of their beneficiaries stay afloat. The damage that federal intervention in the economy produces extends beyond Solyndra-style bankruptcies and ensuing taxpayer losses. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters featured article: A 'Malign Intellectual Subculture' - George Monbiot Smears Chomsky, Herman, Peterson, Pilger And Media Lens.

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exasperated. I do believe in the right to protest, she said. But in other cities, the financial district is separate. Here, this is a neighborhood theyre coming into. Theyre disrupting a lot of peoples lives. As of now, disruption for disruptions sake seems to be the

primary motivating force behind the movement. Michelle Nickerson, assistant professor of history at Loyola University, says the lack of a unifying goal doesnt mean the protesters should be dismissed out of hand. It takes time for activists to find each other, for them to identify

common grievances and goals, even to identify their political opponents and how to attack the problem, she contended.

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Chairman Buck McKeon: Further Defense Cuts Dont Make Any Sense
Jackson Marsteller (The Foundry: Conservative Policy News Blog from The Heritage Foundation)
Submitted at 10/17/2011 2:30:30 PM

While America tries to reduce its debt and get its financial house in order, it should not take a penny more out of defense, argues House Armed Services Committee chairman Buck McKeon(RCA) in The Wall Street Journal. Priority No. 1 for the supercommittee, argues Chairman McKeon, should be: not a penny more out of defense. The Defense Department, while making up less than 20 percent of the federal budget, has contributed to half of Americas deficit-reduction since 2009. Contrary to popular belief, defense spending has already been on the table. In the words of Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, more cuts would be shooting ourselves in the head. If the supercommittee fails to reach agreement on deficit

reduction, the law triggers automatic spending sequestration cuts of $1.2 trillionof which roughly half a trillion or more would come from the Department of Defenses budget. Such cuts would kill upwards of 800,000 active-duty, civilian, and industrial American jobs and inflate the unemployment rate by a full percentage point. The cuts would deeply undermine the Marine Corpss role as the expeditionary force in ready, leading to the smallest force in 50 years. They would take the Army below pre-9/11 troop levels, and the Air Force would have two-thirds fewer fighters and strategic bombers than in 1990. And last but not least, the Navy would have to mothball over 60 ships, including two carrier battle groups. McKeon, as chairman of the House Armed Services Committee and privy to a wealth of information about the capabilities and role the U.S.

military plays in the world, eloquently warns that these cuts to the Navy would endanger not only national security but also the global economy. The Navy defends freedom from those who attack us and secures vital sea lanes of commerce around the world worth over $14 trillion annually. McKeon reminds us that the men and women of the U.S. military are putting their lives in danger every day to provide us with the freedoms we hold dear. Personnel costs make up over half of the defense budget because it costs exponentially more to sustain a U.S. service member than it does to keep a Chinese, Iranian, or North Korean soldier under arms. By continuing to slash cut the defense budget, we are simply putting their lives in great risk. This brings to mind the oft-stated remark of a prominent member of the House Armed Services Committee, Representative Randy Forbes (RVA): I dont want [our soldiers] ever to be in a fair

fight. I want them to be in a fight that we know that they are going to win. Finally, McKeon challenged the U.S. Congress and the supercommittee to go after the debt crisis by going after the real drivers of Americas bulging debtthe Big Three entitlementsnot the defense budget. Jackson Marsteller is a member of the Young Leaders Program at the Heritage Foundation. Click here for more information on interning at Heritage. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters featured article: A 'Malign Intellectual Subculture' - George Monbiot Smears Chomsky, Herman, Peterson, Pilger And Media Lens.

Huawei MediaPad passes go at FCC, collects $200

Daniel Cooper (Engadget)
Submitted at 10/17/2011 3:33:00 PM

Huawei's mildly anticipated dualcore MediaPad shouldn't be long now that it's passed the multimeter-wielding ministrations of the FCC. As per tradition, it was the WiFi-only model that was passed fit for human consumption, but we're still expecting it to drink from TMobile's well of HSPA+. The 7inch tablet will have a 1,280 x 800 IPS display, run Honeycomb and should arrive before the holidays for $200 on contract. Huawei MediaPad passes go at FCC, collects $200 originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 17 Oct 2011 15:33:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| FCC| Email this| Comments

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The Face of the Democratic Party

Matthew Vadum (FrontPage Magazine FrontPage)
Submitted at 10/16/2011 11:16:45 PM

Salvador Dali would have been comfortable painting a mural of the surreal Occupy Wall Street movement. Supported by billionaire Marxists, mega-rich Hollywood airheads, radical libertarians, indebted students, sexual exhibitionists, malingerers, and professional protesters, the neocommunist Occupy Wall Street movement is fast becoming the face of the modern Democratic Party. This is a wonderful thing, says conservative columnist George F. Will. Will said he wants the Occupy Wall Street protests to prosper: I think they do represent the intellectual spirit of the American left, but also I remember the 1960s. We had four years of demonstrations like this [that] led up to 1968, when the Nixon/ Wallace vote was 57 percent the country reacting against demonstrators, and Republicans went on to win five of the next six presidential elections.

Organized by Obama allies such as the sleazy, SEIU-funded ACORN front group known as the Working Families Party, the Occupy Wall Street mobs demands are strikingly similar to the Democratic Party platform, differing largely only in degree. They include creating a singlepayer health-care system and a guaranteed living wage, abolishing credit agencies, free college education, banning the use of fossil fuels, open borders, and $1 trillion in useless new infrastructure spending.

Prominent national Democrats and the mainstream media are now working overtime to convince Americans that a revolution is in the air and that they should embrace it. In order to make the movement more palatable to middle America, they are pushing the line that Occupy Wall Street is a left-wing version of the Tea Party movement. Democratic office holders have been sprinting so hard to align themselves with the unwashed masses squatting in lower Manhattan that its a miracle they

havent suffered sports injuries. President Obama threw his lot in with the demonstrators and used the occasion to smear Republicans. The movement expresses the frustrations the American people feel, that we had the biggest financial crisis since the Great Depression, huge collateral damage all throughout the country, Obama said in a reference to Wall Street, which has long been a Democratic fundraising powerhouse. Yet youre still seeing some of the same folks who acted irresponsibly trying to fight efforts to crack down on the abusive practices that got us into this in the first place, the president pontificated, ignoring the role that Democrat-dominated Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the Democrat-created Community Reinvestment Act, and Democrataligned ACORN, played in sabotaging the economy. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said she supports the message to the establishment, whether its Wall Street or the political establishment and the rest, that change has to happen.

Herman Cain Cant Be President

David Frum (FrumForum David Frum)
Submitted at 10/17/2011 7:18:07 AM

In my column for CNN, I explain why Heman Cain cant be President: If Herman Cain had served as governor of Georgia, or even mayor of Atlanta, hed be a valid and credible candidate for president of the United States. But heres the trouble: he has not held those offices or any other executive office at any level of government. He did serve on the board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City in the 1990s, including two years as chairman a distinguished position and an important responsibility, but not one that involves the management of a public agency. So what? So everything! The presidents most fundamental job is to run the government. That job is very, HERMAN page 92



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very hard. The consequences of a mistake are very, very serious. For that reason, Americans have historically demanded a record of successful accomplishment in public office from their presidential candidates. The current president is an exception to the rule, and well enough said. Barack Obama became president despite a negligible record in large part as a reaction against the perceived failures of the George W. Bush presidency. Many voters in 2008 made a calculation like: Obama may never have governed anything. But George W. Bush was a two-term governor of the countrys second biggest

state, and he got us into Iraq and a terrible recession. So maybe experience doesnt count. Maybe what we need is a different style: somebody more cautious than Bush, somebody who doesnt always go with his gut. You might expect Republicans to react similarly against the Obama presidency, demanding from their nominee skills that Obama lacked: administrative experience, negotiating skill, deep policy knowledge. But no. From Donald Trump to Michele Bachmann to Herman Cain, the Republican activist base has again and again fixed its hopes on people who have never held an executive public office

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BlueSLR dongle arrives for BlackBerry and (some) Android phones

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app and pair this Bluetooth dongle to their (still Nikon-only) DSLR. The compatible dongle and free Offering to play matchmaker app will land later this month, but between your high-end camera before you lay down the requisite and smartphone, XEquals has $149, it's worth checking that both extended support for its BlueSLR your camera and phone models Continue reading BlueSLR remote control beyond iOS. Yes, are supported. As it stands, models. While Android support is likely to expand in the future, dongle arrives for BlackBerry and Blackberry and Android users can compatible Android phones are now download their respective limited to some HTC or Samsung there's no word on a Pre 3 version. (some) Android phones
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How Super Strong Glass Keeps Your Smartphone Screen From Breaking
Lauren Drell (Mashable!)
Submitted at 10/17/2011 1:55:33 PM

The Tech Innovators Series is supported by Lenovo. Lenovo does not just manufacture technology. They make Do machines super-powered creation engines designed to help the people who do, do more, do better, do in brand new ways. So many consumer electronics have touchscreens these days, and we tend to take them for granted. Sure, they might break or crack, but theyve gotten considerably more durable over the years. Thats thanks in large part to innovation by a team at Corning, manufacturers of Gorilla Glass. You may not know Corning by name, but youre certainly familiar with its accomplishments. The New York-based company produced the first glass light bulbs for Thomas Edison in 1879, pioneered Pyrex cookware in 1915, supplied the windows for the spacecraft Friendship 7 (which was flown by John Glenn for the first U.S. manned orbital flight), created missile nose cones during the Cold War, and was the site of Frank Hydes serendipitous discovery of high-purity fused silica in 1932 the precursor to the optical fibers that connect us to the Internet today. One of the companys most

recent accomplishments is the development of Gorilla Glass, which actually evolved from the 1962 invention of ChemCor. These days, consumers want more out of their smartphones and tablets the increased demand also comes with a desire for thinner, lighter, more durable and aesthetically pleasing devices with perfectly sensitive touchscreens. Thats not to say that Gorilla Glass is shatterproof, but its definitely more resilient in the face of tumbles, water and general clumsiness than previous glass displays. Mashable spoke with Dr. Shashi Shashidhar, Cornings business development manager, about Gorilla Glass history, how its made, how its tested and why its so strong. Where Youll Find It Corning has a list on its website that names devices with Gorilla Glass, like the Samsung Galaxy S II, Sony Bravia TVs and the HTC Sensation, to name a few. Noticeably missing is any mention of Apple devices Apple is notoriously secretive about their products and processes, but Gorilla Glass indeed protects the iPhones retina display. The Corning site says, Your favorite device may include Gorilla Glass, even if you dont see it listed. Gorilla Glass can be found in 200 million

devices, roughly 20% of the handsets in the world. Its 20 times stiffer and 30 times harder than plastic, which explains its popularity in the CE world. What Is It? Youre probably wondering what makes Gorilla Glass so unique. Its durability comes courtesy of an ion-exchange process that leaves a thin layer of alkali-aluminosilicate compressed around the glass. This provides extra strength and protection for your displays, says Shashidhar. The glass belongs to a family of ion-exchangeable glass that was marketed as ChemCor in the 1960s, but the particular composition in Gorilla Glass has been improved to provide better protection and usability in consumer electronic. We looked at why things break and what we

need to do in this compression layer to give you a better glass. So even though it came from the 1960s, it was modified about five years ago to be adaptable for consumer electronics, Shashidhar explains. When we were making ChemCor, the glass was pretty thick, and one of the things we had to figure out was how to make it work for a thin glass thin being one millimeter thick and below, says Shashidhar. Gorilla Glass creates an armor that protects the glass from breaking, from scratches, and makes it less prone to breakage than normal glass, he says. The armor that we have is built is the strongest of any commercial glass. Its stronger because its compression layer is deeper than

other glasses, allowing more flexibility and durability. In addition to being strong, its also remarkably thin from .5 mm to 2 mm so the glass can replace acoustic glass and is superior to other glass in terms of power conduction and other technical aspects. Plus, its thinness means the devices it protects are lighter, which saves on shipping costs. How Does It Work? If youve dropped a smartphone a million times and seen it survive every one without suffering a spiderweb of glass shards, youre probably wondering how Gorilla Glass is tested to endure such trauma. Shashidhar says Corning tests each product based on the way its used or creates a test thats similar to the way its used. And if your phones screen has shattered into smithereens, it wasnt sent back to the factory in vain the damage helps Corning determine how to make glass even stronger. We look at all the broken phones and devices that come back, and we go through whats called a failure analysis to figure out exactly how the glass broke. We can look at all the glass pieces and tell that the glass started to break exactly at this point, and from HOW page 94


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here it spread out, says Shashidhar, adding that most consumer electronics fall victim to a sharp fall like dropping it on cement or some other high impact event. Once we find out the cause, we do an indentation testing we take a diamond tip and press it on the glass and apply a certain load and see if it starts to break. The threshold at which it starts to crack tells us how much damage the glass can take. Thats a very effective test, and thats a good way to see if a glass is good for a consumer electronics or not. For reference, Shashidhar says that if you do perform this indentation test on a window glass, you can apply about 400 grams less than a pound before it starts to crack. But Gorilla Glass can sustain up six kilograms before it shows signs of

distress. Shashidhar says that putting Gorilla Glass on consumer electronics has really changed the user experience. Before Gorilla Glass was there, youd have to press very deeply on a plastic screen in order to register that you were touching it. But with the thin and sensitive Gorilla Glass, you barely have to apply pressure. Says Shashidhar, I would say that getting the glass has really changed the aesthetic look of the devices and also the touch user experience. Disclosure: Gorilla Glass is used in some Lenovo products. Series Supported by Lenovo The Tech Innovators Series is supported by Lenovo. Lenovo makes machines specifically for the innovators. The creators. The people who move the world forward. Machines like the

Lenovo ThinkPad and IdeaPad, meticulously engineered with visibly smart second-generation Intel CoreTM processors to help the people who do, do whats never been done. More About: features, gorilla glass, mashable, Tech Innovators Series For more Dev & Design coverage: Follow Mashable Dev & Design on Twitter Become a Fan on Facebook Subscribe to the Dev & Design channel Download our free apps for Android, Mac, iPhone and iPad

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New FCC Rules Could End Cellphone Bill Shock

Zoe Fox (Mashable!)
Submitted at 10/17/2011 1:41:55 PM

New U.S. regulations will require that wireless providers send customers usage notifications when theyve hit their monthly limits or are roaming overseas. Mobile users will receive updates before and after hitting their voice, text and data limits, and theyll receive roaming notifications while travelling overseas, announced the CTIA, Federal Communications Commission and Consumers Union in a statement Monday. The Wireless Consumer Usage Notification Guidelines, which will affect 97% of U.S. mobile users, will become part of the FCCs Consumer Code for Wireless Service. According to a 2011 poll by Consumers Union, 60% of U.S. mobile customers support bill shock legislation. Far too many Americans know what its like to open up their cellphone bill and be shocked by hundreds or even thousands of dollars in unexpected fees and charges, says President Barack Obama, who supports the

legislation. But we can put an end to that with a simple step: An alert warning consumers that theyre about to hit their limit before fees and charges add up. The free and automatic notifications will come by voice or text message. Providers must offer two of the four notifications overseas, text, voice and data by Oct. 17, 2012, and must provide all four by April 17, 2013. Would you like to receive usage notifications from your mobile provider? Let us know in the comments.

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An age of austerity?
Ed Morrissey (Hot Air Top Picks)
Submitted at 10/17/2011 2:25:14 PM

Have you heard that the Republican-imposed budget austerity is responsible for the continuing economic malaise? All of those budget cuts imposed as part of the FY2011 compromise has supposedly

damaged the economic recovery that was just around the corner, or something. Reuters reported on this claim last week: Obamas re-election chances next year may hinge on whether he can convince voters he is helping the U.S. economy dig out from the worst recession since the 1930s AGE page 96


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with unemployment stuck above 9 percent since May. Democrats also face tough odds as they try to hold on to their Senate majority and win back the House of Representatives from Republicans. Democrats have spent much of the year playing defense as Republicans aligned with the conservative Tea Party movement have won record spending cuts in a series of budget battles. With the recovery stalling, Democrats have shifted the focus from austerity back to stimulus, where they believe they hold a winning hand. Sounds like a great strategy. In fact, it only has one real flaw its just not true. Investors Business Dailys John Merline points out an inconvenient truth, which is that federal spending is rising, not falling and faster than the rate of inflation: In fact, in the first nine months of this year, federal spending was $120 billion higher than in the same period in 2010, the data show. Thats an increase of

almost 5%. And deficits during this time were $23.5 billion higher. These spending hikes havent stopped many analysts from claiming that the country is in an age of budget austerity, one thats hurting economic growth. A July article in USA Today, for example, claimed that Already in 2011, softer government spending has sapped growth. Jared Bernstein, former chief economic adviser to Vice President Biden, wrote over the summer that government spending cutbacks have been a large drag on growth in recent quarters and have led to sharp losses in state and local employment. Economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman argued in September that the turn toward austerity (is) a major factor in our growth slowdown. Its even less true of state governments. While the media focuses on potential and actual staff reductions at that level, the data actually shows that 2010

state spending increased by almost 10% over the last two years, once federal grants got counted. According to the survey, even states general-fund spending will increase this year by 5.2%. Heres a chart showing the actual spending by state governments during the recovery: Notice that the only category that declined at all was Corrections prisons and jails. Thanks to the Porkulus bill and other state projects, transportation spending jumped significantly, as did public assistance and Medicaid (a predictable result of economic stress). Higher education got a bigger increase than elementary and secondary education; perhaps someone can explain those priorities the next time Obama talks about elementary-school teachers and his jobs bill. Neither increased as much as the all other category. For all of that transportation spending, did the economy recover and did we embark on massive job creation? No? Then

why are Democrats pushing another public-works and state bloc-grants bill as a jobs stimulus? Maybe we should actually try an austerity plan that keeps capital out of the hands of bureaucrats and keep it in the hands of those who actually, you know, create jobs. That would have the novelty of never having been tried, despite what Krugman and Bernstein claim. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters featured article: A 'Malign Intellectual Subculture' - George Monbiot Smears Chomsky, Herman, Peterson, Pilger And Media Lens.

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Barack Obama, a Failed Problem-Solver

Conor Friedersdorf (Politics : The Atlantic)
Submitted at 10/17/2011 1:20:01 PM

John Podesta says the president can create space where change can happen. It's true. So why doesn't he deliver? In Ron Suskind's book Confidence Men, the author interviews John Podesta, former chief of staff to Bill Clinton, who analyzes the difference between his former boss and Barack Obama. "Clinton has an ability to synthesize competing positions, to command the room and arrive at ingenious versions of the middle ground, that's often invisible to others," Podesta said. Whereas Obama "draws people out of their comfort zone, but he does it subtly, challenging them with his openness and his commitment to change. He ends up making them rise to the occasion. He doesn't just synthesize and sell a solution. He finds opportunities in the larger body of players to create circumstances where change can happen. He's creating a space where solutions can happen." It's easy to see what he means. During George W. Bush's tenure, Obama managed to do what a lot of people doubted was possible: He created a space wherein a viable presidential bid could be mounted by a Democrat who opposed the Iraq war, asserted that the Bush administration broke the law when it tortured detainees, and insisted that we needn't

compromise our values or the rule of law to be safe from terrorism. If elected, Obama promised, he would shut down the prison at Guantanamo Bay, end unconstitutional spying on Americans, and introduce unprecedented transparency into the executive branch. And then he won saying all that! As a result, Obama entered office with a mandate that had civil libertarians and progressives as hopeful as they'd ever dared to be. But having created a space where change could happen, he proceeded to adopt most policies of his predecessor, so much that Dick Cheney, thought by

progressives to be one of the most radical national security officials in U.S. history, ultimately began praising him. Rather than reverse the excesses of the War on Terrorism, Obama has normalized most of them, a course that has made the Bush/Cheney approach into the bipartisan consensus, a normalized part of the governing establishment in Washington, D.C. For opponents of Bush/ Cheneyism, the Obama presidency has been a disaster. I came across the passage about Obama's ability to "create a space where solutions can happen" in a Huffington Post essay titled " The

Promise of Obama's Second Term." What its author fails to explain is why creating space for solutions is useful if implementing them is never attempted, even on matters like executive power and transparency where Obama has total control. I see no reason why a civil libertarian, or anyone alarmed by War on Terrorism excesses or government secrecy, would support or trust or be inspired again by Obama's soaring rhetoric. It is sometimes effective at building coalitions, as Election 2008 proved, but the idealism of the people in those coalitions was just exploited as a means to

power. Their hope was stoked, but the change never came. Image credit: Reuters This article available online at: politics/archive/2011/10/barackobama-a-failed-problem-solver/ 246774/ This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters featured article: A 'Malign Intellectual Subculture' - George Monbiot Smears Chomsky, BARACK page 98



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The movement appears to have struck a chord with progressive voters, but it does not seem to Submitted at 10/17/2011 1:05:29 PM represent the feelings of the wider Does the Occupy Movement public. reflect mainstream opinion about Not only doesnt it appear to be the problems that led to the resonating with non-progressives, financial crisis? According to a the entire effort might end up poll conducted by The Hill, the blowing up in the face of the protests reflect a distinctly narrow Obama administration as it seeks political view. The majority of to co-opt the movement: likely voters blame Washington, A plurality believe that the not Wall Street, for the financial Occupy Wall Street movement crisis and recession: will hurt Democrats and Obama In the minds of likely voters, in the 2012 election. Even those Washington, not Wall Street, is whose sympathies lie on the left p r i m a r i l y t o b l a m e f o r t h e of center seem unsure about the financial crisis and the subsequent likely political repercussions. Just recession. half of all liberal likely voters That is the key finding of this the group most likely to blame weeks The Hill poll, which Wall Street for the recession comes as the national Occupy a n d f e w e r t h a n h a l f o f a l l Wall Street movement a Democrats believe the protests protest that objects to risky will help their side next year. practices and excessive salaries at The crosstabs show a remarkable m a j o r b a n k s , a l o n g w i t h lack of traction for the Occupy American income disparities in Movements rhetoric even among general enters its second those perhaps somewhat inclined month. to support it. For instance,

younger voters (39 and younger) blame Washington instead of Wall Street 57/31. Self-professed liberals have a majority the other way, but not an impressive one at 36/55. Those making under $20K have a plurality more angry at Washington than Wall Street, 46/ 39, and support for Occupys position in the rest of the income demographics falls below 30%. Independents reject Occupys position 59/32, a big red flag if Obama expects to make political hay out of the protests. Speaking of which, these likely voters dont consider that a very good strategy, either. Pluralities in most demos figure that the Occupy Movement will hurt the 2012 prospects of Obama and Democrats in general. Exceptions are in the usual places: black voters (61/16 to help), Democrats (44/22), liberals (50/21), and the lower two income brackets, both virtual ties at 35/33 and 34/32. Indies go 2-1 in believing it will hurt rather than help (20/42),

moderates edge slightly in the same direction (29/31), and every age demo has a plurality believing it will hurt Obama and the Democrats. And all of this comes at a time when the national media has given very little coverage to the radical and anti-Semitic nature of the protests. If the media covered this movement the way they initially covered the Tea Party, only this time with plenty of reason to do so, no politician would seriously consider embracing this movement. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters featured article: A 'Malign Intellectual Subculture' - George Monbiot Smears Chomsky, Herman, Peterson, Pilger And Media Lens.

CNN poll shows rapidly widening voter-enthusiasm gap

Ed Morrissey (Hot Air Top Picks)
Submitted at 10/17/2011 1:45:50 PM

What a difference three weeks make! In CNNs poll of Republican primary voters taken September 23-25, Rick Perry led Mitt Romney by 8 points, 30/22, with Newt Gingrich in a distant third at 11%. In their poll taken over the weekend, Herman Cain has gone from 9% to leap into a virtual tie with Romney, who edges Cain by a single point at 26/ 25, while Perry drops to third at 13%. However, only a third of Republicans have made up their minds as to how theyll cast their vote: One day before a CNN Western Republican presidential debate, a new national survey indicates that Mitt Romney and Herman Cain are essentially tied for the lead in the race for the GOP nomination, with Rick Perry dropping to a distant third. CNN page 99

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But according to the CNN/ORC International Poll released Monday, only one third of Republicans and independents who lean towards the GOP say their minds are made up. With only 33% of all Republicans saying that their minds are made up, its far too early to say the race is over, or even that is has boiled down to a mano-a-mano fight between Romney and Cain, says Holland. The survey indicates that most Republicans say they are satisfied with the field of GOP candidates still in the race, although only one in five describe themselves as very satisfied. Republicans who back the tea party are more satisfied with the field of candidates than Republicans who are neutral toward the tea party. More importantly, the poll shows that the enthusiasm gap between Republican and Democratic voters continues to expand. Almost two thirds of Republicans describe themselves as either

extremely or very enthusiastic about voting in 2012 (38% and 26%, respectively), a slight increase from Junes results (38% and 23%). To get the context of those results, a CNN poll taken just before the midterm election last year showed enthusiasm in these categories at 29% and 25% and the GOP won 63 seats in the House and six in the Senate. Democratic enthusiasm has moved in the opposite direction. The new poll shows 21% and 22% extremely or very enthusiastic about voting, respectively, which puts the combination below a majority for the first time since the midterms. In June, those figures were at 26% and 29%. The gap between total significant enthusiasm between the two groups has moved from an R+5 in March to an R+6 in June and now to an R+21 in October. Its worth noting that this is after Barack Obamas attempt to generate base enthusiasm with his

class-warfare rhetoric and Potemkin jobs bill. If this strategy is working, its only because Democratic enthusiasm would otherwise be crashing through the floor. It looks like Obamas exciting the fringe while discouraging everyone else on his side, and since this strategy is almost designed to lose independents, its difficult to see how Obama expects to win another term. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters featured article: A 'Malign Intellectual Subculture' - George Monbiot Smears Chomsky, Herman, Peterson, Pilger And Media Lens.

Chart of the Day: Which Republicans Get the Most News Coverage?
Chris Good (Politics : The Atlantic)
Submitted at 10/17/2011 1:25:10 PM

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the creation of proprietary software and a new website. Chart credit: Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism This article available online at: politics/archive/2011/10/chart-ofthe-day-which-republicans-get-the -most-news-coverage/246835/ This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it

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Ron Paul really has been ignored by the media, according to a new study from the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism. The above chart expresses news stories about each candidate across print and broadcast from May 2 - Aug. 14, using Pew's inhouse computer algorithm. Pew describes its methodology accordingly: The outlets studied come from the five main sectors of mainstream media--print, network TV, cable, online, and radio. They include evening and morning

network news, several hours of daytime and prime time cable news each day, newspapers from around the country, the top online news sites, and radio, including headlines, long form programs and talk. In all, the Index sample includes a weekly average of 900 stories from 52 outlets (27 to 30 each week-day with some rotation), every Monday through Sunday. ... The News Coverage Index was designed by PEJ Director Tom Rosenstiel and Deputy Director Amy Mitchell and an advisory team of nine academic and commercial researchers over the course of two years. It required CHART page 99