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Many soldiers not fit for combat for medical, other reasons
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of soldiers either on the sick list, with limited-duty issues, or unfit Submitted at 11/3/2011 4:23:10 PM and waiting months to receive By Gregg Zoroya, USA TODAY their medical retirement. Plans are Updated in place to reduce the Army by Nearly 90,000 soldiers are either nearly 50,000 soldiers in coming unfit for combat with health years, further diminishing the restrictions or are otherwise pool of healthy GIs, according to unavailable for combat, according a spokesman for the House to data released to USA TODAY. Armed Services Committee. While the Army says it can fill "With larger numbers of noncombat brigades heading to deployable soldiers within a Afghanistan with healthy soldiers smaller force, the Army will — some rushed in at the last continue to struggle to have minute as units head overseas — s u f f i c i e n t m a n p o w e r t o the growing list of ill, injured or adequately meet all mission wounded is making the job requirements," Claude Chafin tougher, say military officials. says. "The problem of a growing There could be even deeper cuts population of not-medically-ready into the healthy ranks of the Army soldiers has begun to erode the under current plans to reduce the readiness of the Army," the Defense budget by $465 billion service's surgeon general, Lt. Gen. over 10 years, Gen. Ray Odierno, Eric Schoomaker, recently said at the Army chief of staff, told a m i l i t a r y c o n f e r e n c e i n Congress this week. Washington, D.C. The Army has 565,400 activeArmy data show record numbers duty soldiers augmented by content] [unable to retrieve full-text

52,600 mobilized National Guard and Reserve soldiers. There are another 500,000 Guard and Reserve soldiers available to call up. The categories of staffing problems include: • 47,000 soldiers who are temporarily out of action recovering from wounds, injuries and illnesses, says Lt. Col. Tim Beninato, another spokesman. • 23,000 soldiers who are on limited duty. Many have health issues, though some deploy for restricted jobs. Others are unavailable for war because they are in transit between bases, caught up in legal cases or in school, though many of these could be sent to war in an emergency. • 18,178 soldiers are in a disability process for soldiers who are no longer fit for combat that takes more than a year on average to complete.

But that system has become bloated and slow over the years, Army officials says. The Army cannot replace soldiers who are waiting for medical retirements until they are gone. "It's taking us too long to get through the (disability retirement) system" says Gen. Peter Chiarelli, Army vice chief of staff. To speed up the disability process, Chiarelli has recently pushed to hire 700 civilian evaluation case managers, assistants, lawyers, doctors and others at a cost of $65 million next year, says Lt. Col. David Gercken, an Army spokesman. Assessing disability for rising numbers of mental problems are particularly time consuming, Army officials say. "An Army at war for 10 years has a voracious demand for behavioral health," says Maj. Gen. Richard Stone, deputy surgeon general. For more information

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Swing States poll: Obama's path to 2nd term an uphill climb
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WASHINGTON – For President Obama, the path to a second term is going to be an uphill climb. By Isaac Brekken, AP People rally for jobs in Las Vegas Oct. 13. Nevada's unemployment rate is highest in the nation and jobs are a top voter issue in the swing state. While Americans across the nation are downbeat about the economy and the future, a special USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds that voters in a dozen key battleground states for the 2012 election are in an even deeper funk about their lives, Obama's tenure and the nation's politics. One year before Election Day, the debut Swing States survey charts a narrower and more difficult course to victory for Obama than he navigated four years ago — and shows opportunities for Republicans in some states that have gone Democratic for decades. Obama has "had some really good ideas … but he's struggling with trying to get his ideas into place and dealing with Congress, and he hasn't done a very good job with that," Mary Jo Jones, 57, of Grand Rapids, Mich., said in a followup interview after being surveyed. She supported Obama

in 2008 but would consider switching in 2012 to former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, if Republicans nominate him. "He seems to be a pretty good businessman, and he might have some ideas to help us on the economy." Michigan, which has backed the Democratic candidate in the last five presidential elections, is among the 12 swing states likely to determine the outcome next year. The others are Florida, North Carolina and Virginia in the South; Colorado, Nevada and New Mexico in the Mountain West; Iowa, Ohio and Wisconsin in the Midwest; and New Hampshire and Pennsylvania in the Northeast. USA TODAY and Gallup will be polling these battleground states over the next year. The states were chosen based on their voting histories, the results of the 2010 midterm elections and demographic trends. In the nation's unique voting system for president — in which the outcome is based on the Electoral College rather than the popular vote — the combined findings provide a snapshot of the election's direction. Other states and the District of Columbia clearly lean to one party or the other, and almost equally so: Obama starts with a

likely 196 electoral votes from solidly Democratic states, the Republican nominee with 191. A candidate needs 270 to win the White House. Those calculations spotlight the dozen states in the middle that will command a disproportionate share of candidates' time, TV ads and grassroots organizing by campaigns and advocacy groups, trying to energize partisans and appeal to independents. "A really, really, really narrow sliver of people in a really small group of states are going to decide who's the next president of the United States," says Steve McMahon, a Democratic strategist whose bipartisan consulting firm sponsors its own PurplePoll of swing states. The map and the electorate have shifted in some ways during the past four years. Republican strategist Ed Gillespie, the party's former national chairman and co-founder of the powerful new fundraising group called American Crossroads, says Obama's apparent weakness among white, working-class voters creates openings for the GOP in the Great Lakes. Ohio, a key battleground in recent elections, seems increasingly difficult territory for the president. Indiana, which he carried in 2008, is now rated by

analysts in both parties as safely Republican. Obama campaign manager Jim Messina says a growing number of Hispanic voters are boosting Democratic prospects in the Mountain West as well as in states such as North Carolina. He says that Georgia, with its large black population (nearly a third of the state) could be competitive, though it has voted Republican in the last four presidential elections. And he says Arizona, carried by native son John McCain last time, could be within Obama's reach in 2012. "Our entire intent this year is to put as many states as we can in play," Messina told USA TODAY. He is now working to build ground organizations across the country. "Our entire goal here is to make sure we have many pathways to 270 electoral votes." Obama carried all 12 of these swing states in 2008, and he needs to claim about half of their 151 electoral votes to win this time. That means he could lose the three Southern states and Ohio but still win a second term if he carried everything else, sweeping the Mountain West and prevailing in the other Rust Belt states. That combination would put him a bare two electoral votes over what he needs to be re-elected. For both parties, the next 12

months represent a political jigsaw puzzle as they try to pull together a mix of states whose electoral votes add up to 270 — and the keys to the White House. Potholes in the landscape The USA TODAY/Gallup Poll shows a split nationwide: 47% for Obama, 47% for Romney. In the swing states, three Republicans challengers are all close enough to Obama in head-to -head matchups to signal a race that is essentially tied, whoever wins the nomination. Romney leads Obama by a single percentage point while Republican businessman Herman Cain lags the president by three points and Texas Gov. Rick Perry trails him by five. The underlying perils for the president are particularly pronounced in these battlegrounds, presumably because they are in parts of the country that have been hit hardest by the nation's economic troubles. Four of the states have unemployment rates in double digits, well above the national average of 9.1%. Rust Belt states such as Michigan continue to struggle with the exodus of heavy manufacturing industries. Those in the Sun Belt, including Florida and Nevada, have been at the SWING page 3

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center of the home mortgage boom-and-bust. Among the findings of the USA TODAY/Gallup Swing States Poll: • By nearly 4 to 1, those surveyed aren't satisfied with the way things are going in the United States. That could signal trouble for incumbents in general and the president in particular as voters increasingly hold him responsible for the country's economic troubles. • By 60% to 37%, those in swing states say they and their families aren't better off than they were three years ago — a version of the question Republican challenger Ronald Reagan posed to devastating effect against Democratic President Jimmy Carter in 1980. Residents in swing states are more likely than those elsewhere to say their families' lives have taken a negative turn. Americans in other states also are dispirited, but not to the same degree: 44% say they're better off; 54% say they aren't. • By more than 2 to 1, Republicans in swing states are more likely than Democrats to say they are "extremely enthusiastic" about voting for president next year — an important test of whether supporters will be willing to volunteer their time, contribute money and vote. The enthusiasm gap between Republicans and Democrats and the intense opposition to Obama among Republicans loom as major challenges for the

president. "The intensity of that job-approval rating … really changes the composition of who actually votes in this election," Romney pollster Neil Newhouse said Wednesday at a breakfast with reporters hosted by The Christian Science Monitor. "The energy behind conservatives, behind the antiObama sentiment — that changes the calculus in some of these individual states." He predicts that disappointment with Obama's presidency will make it harder for Democrats to generate high turnout among young people, Hispanics and others whose support fueled his 2008 victory. "My friends were overwhelmingly excited four years ago about Obama," recalls Ryan Hill, 23, of Toledo, Ohio, a Republican and recent college graduate now working as a waiter and an unpaid intern. He hopes to enter Ohio University next fall to seek an MBA. "I don't hear anybody talking about it any more. I think people thought that things were going to change quickly, and they didn't." Rachael Piterski, 20, a student at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro who is considering her first vote, says she "kinda, sorta" supports Obama. "I think he's done good, but not great," she says. Voters also have questions about the Republican field that the Obama campaign and the Democratic National Committee plan to hammer, especially once

the GOP nominee has become clear. Democrats already are attacking Romney as a flipflopper in thrall to his party's most conservative forces. "Elections are always about choices, and voters are going to have a very clear choice on how to move the country forward," Messina says. In Chesapeake, Va., Ken Carpenter, 41, a technician at a Chrysler dealership and one of those surveyed, says he is "pretty settled against the Democratic Party" but not yet impressed with the Republican alternatives. "There's always squabbling that goes on during the primaries and such," he says, "but I'd rather have them get past that, get to some of the meat of the issues." 'The rotten basket of eggs' Obama continues to have avid backers, especially among African -Americans. By more than 3 to 1, non-white voters in swing states support Obama over Romney. "I think it will be relatively difficult, but I'm positive that he'll win," says James Thompson, 60, of Milton, Pa., who works for a company that helps people with mental disabilities. He says the nation is "at a standstill" but blames Republican intransigence, not Obama. "I know that he has lost a number of his backers from 2008, and there's a lot of misinformation out there," Thompson says. "But I do think the American people will be able to see through all the negativity." "Considering the rotten basket of eggs he's got, he's done pretty

well," agrees Louis Gonzales, 57, a "jack of all trades" from Denver. He says he and other Hispanics have been offended by the harsh rhetoric used by Republican presidential candidates on immigration issues, including Cain's suggestion that the United States build an electric fence across its Southern border. (Cain later said he was joking.) "What if we put an electric fence across the Canadian border?" Gonzales asks. "Nobody is talking about that." Overall, however, Obama's jobapproval rating in the swing states is just 40%, well below the level of past presidents who have won second terms and below the 45% rating he gets in other states. His support sags especially low among men and among white, non -Hispanic voters. Only about onethird of those groups say they approve of the job Obama is doing as president. The swing states survey of 1,334 adults, taken Oct. 20-27, has a margin of error margin of 3 percentage points. The nationwide results from a USA TODAY/ Gallup Poll of 1,056 adults taken Oct. 26-27 has an error margin of 4 percentage points. One factor that should bolster the Republican nominee: Nine of the 12 swing states have GOP governors, including all four big industrialized states — Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin — which modern Democratic presidential candidates traditionally target. What's more, Obama has lost his

advantage over the GOP in handling critical issues, including those on which Democrats customarily are favored. Those surveyed in the battleground states prefer an unnamed Republican presidential candidate to handle unemployment, and Obama gets only equal ratings on managing health care. By 51%-38%, swing-state voters say it was a "bad thing" that Congress enacted Obama's signature health care overhaul last year. They overwhelmingly prefer a Republican candidate to handle the federal budget deficit and debt, and they divide about equally over who would be better in managing international threats such as terrorism. On this Americans agree: Times are tough. A 54% majority rate economic conditions as poor; most of the rest say they are only fair. By more than 3 to 1, they say things are getting worse. "We're on the wrong track," worries Tom Ayersman, 56, of Roscoe, Pa. How is Obama doing? He harrumphs. "I think I could do a better job than he's doing, and I'm unemployed." An electrical engineer, Ayersman lost his job three years ago and now works part-time in a state program that pays the minimum wage. He's scraping by with help from his sister and some friends. "Things aren't looking good right now for anybody," he says. "I'm not enamored with the Republicans … but I'll probably SWING page 5



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Greek PM scraps referendum, seeks unity government
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at this moment, would mean a much greater danger of bankruptcy and of course exit Greek Prime Minister George from the euro," Papandreou said. Papandreou today scrapped plans Update at 11:10 a.m. ET: The for a debt bailout referendum, G r e e k E n g l i s h - l a n g u a g e averting a political and economic newspaper Ekathimerini reports showdown with the European that opposition parties are calling Union, and opened emergency for snap elections or the formation talks with opposition leaders. of a national unity party. It reports Update at 2:55 p.m. ET: Prime that the spokesman for the New Minister George Papandreou has D e m o c r a c y p a r t y , Y i a n n i s accepted an opposition proposal Michelakis, tells Skai TV that "the t o f o r m a t e m p o r a r y u n i t y only solution is early elections." government to get the needed The leader of the right-wing support for Europe's latest bailout Popular Orthodox Rally Giorgos plan, the Los Angeles Times Karatzaferis is calling on ND reports. quoting senior officials. leader Antonis Samaras to accept Update at 12:47 p.m. ET: Greek a p o s s i b l e o f f e r t o f o r m a P r i m e M i n i s t e r G e o r g e government of national unity. Papandreou today abandoned his "Mr. Papandreou cannot now plan to put a European rescue deal leave office with any dignity," to a referendum and opened Karatzaferis tells journalists. "I emergency talks with his political ask Antonis Samaras to say 'yes' opposition. to a government of national Speaking to his ministers, emergency." The leader of the Papandreou said his proposal to centrist Democratic Alliance, hold a referendum "has at least Dora Bakoyannis, is also calling brought many people toward a for a coalition government, rational view" of Greece's dire Ekathimerini reports. e c o n o m i c s i t u a t i o n , t h e Update at 11:07 a.m. ET: Two Associated Press reports. Several officials close to Greek Prime Greek lawmakers had called for a Minister George Papandreou says coalition unity government to he scrapped his referendum plan approve the bailout package after the main opposition leader w i t h o u t a r e f e r e n d u m , b u t said would back it, the AP reports. Papandreou said stepping down The officials tell the AP that would make things worse. Papandreou made the comments "Elections as a solution, today and during an emergency Cabinet

government. Update at 12:47 p.m. ET: Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou today abandoned his plan to put a European rescue deal to a referendum and opened emergency talks with his political opposition. Speaking to his ministers, Papandreou said his proposal to hold a referendum "has at least brought many people toward a rational view" of Greece's dire economic situation, the Associated Press reports. Several Greek lawmakers had called for a coalition unity government to approve the bailout package meeting today. One also says the without a referendum, but premier would not resign despite Papandreou said stepping down mounting pressure and would would make things worse. await the outcome of Friday's "Elections as a solution, today and confidence vote in his at this moment, would mean a government. much greater danger of Update at 10:58 a.m. ET: Reuters bankruptcy and of course exit quotes an official from Prime from the euro," Papandreou said. Minister George Papandreou's Update at 11:10 a.m. ET: The office as saying that the proposed Greek English-language referendum will be dropped if the newspaper Ekathimerini reports ruling and opposition parties that opposition parties are calling strike a deal to resolve the for snap elections or the formation country's political crisis. "There is of a national unity party. It reports no reason to have a referendum if that the spokesman for the New there is consensus between the Democracy party, Yiannis two large parties," the Michelakis, tells Skai TV that "the unidentified official tells Reuters. only solution is early elections." Papandreou's government, The leader of the right-wing bowing to pressure, has agreed to Popular Orthodox Rally Giorgos hold talks with the opposition on Karatzaferis is calling on ND its demand for a caretaker

leader Antonis Samaras to accept a possible offer to form a government of national unity. "Mr. Papandreou cannot now leave office with any dignity," Karatzaferis tells journalists. "I ask Antonis Samaras to say 'yes' to a government of national emergency." The leader of the centrist Democratic Alliance, Dora Bakoyannis, is also calling for a coalition government, Ekathimerini reports. Update at 11:07 a.m. ET: Two officials close to Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou says he scrapped his referendum plan after the main opposition leader said would back it, the AP reports. The officials tell the AP that Papandreou made the comments during an emergency Cabinet meeting today. One also says the premier would not resign despite mounting pressure and would await the outcome of Friday's confidence vote in his government. Update at 10:58 a.m. ET: Reuters quotes an official from Prime Minister George Papandreou's office as saying that the proposed referendum will be dropped if the ruling and opposition parties strike a deal to resolve the country's political crisis. "There is no reason to have a referendum if GREEK page 5

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Corpus Christi television station KZTV on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011, a YouTube video that shows him lashing his then-16year-old daughter with a belt "looks worse than it is." (AP Photo/Aransas County) In this March 17, 2005, photo Hillary Adams, the daughter of Aransas County Court-at-Law Judge William Adams, practices the piano at her home in Rockport, Texas. Williams Adams told a Corpus Christi television station the video secretly recorded in 2004 looks “worse than it is.” The video shows Adams violently whipping his daughter, Hillary, in the legs more than a dozen times, while she screams and refuses to turn over on a bed to be beaten. (AP Photo/The Caller-Times, Rachel Denny Clow) Aransas County Court-at-Law Judge William Adams issued a statement through his lawyer on Thursday in which he questions his daughter Hillary's motives for posting the secretly-made 2004

video online last week. The judge does not apologize in the three-page statement for lashing his then 16-year-old daughter 17 times with a belt while she wailed and pleaded with him to stop. He told a TV station Wednesday that the video "looks worse than it is" and that he was just disciplining his child. Police are investigating and Adams says he will "respond" to any investigations. ___ November 03, 2011 05:46 PM EDT Copyright 2011, The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 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 recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.

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Barroso called for “national unity,” saying Greece is on the Submitted at 11/3/2011 5:22:06 PM verge of running out of funds. P r i m e M i n i s t e r G e o r g e “There’s a real danger of a Papandreou struggled to hold on disorderly default,” billionaire to power after Greece’s largest investor George Soros said in a opposition party rebuffed his speech in Budapest. Without overtures to form a national support for Greek lenders, “you’re government, raising the prospect liable to have a run on the banks of elections that could delay aid in other countries as well. That’s needed to prevent default. the danger of a meltdown.” Opposition leader Antonis Unified Approach Samaras rejected sharing power Papandreou’s hope for a unified with Papandreou and called on the approach to tackle the financial premier to quit. Papandreou, 59, crisis disintegrated last night as scrapped a referendum on an Samaras rejected his overtures accord with the European Union before leading deputies of his to avert a split in his party before New Democracy party out of a confidence vote scheduled for parliament. Papandreou’s Pasok midnight tonight. party controls 152 seats in the 300 “I never excluded any topic from -member legislature after one the discussion, not even my own l a w m a k e r s w i t c h e d t o a n position,” Papandreou told independent this week. lawmakers in Parliament. “I am If the premier loses the not tied to a particular post. I c o n f i d e n c e v o t e , P r e s i d e n t repeat I am not interested in being Karolos Papoulias could try to re-elected but just in saving the bring parties together to form a country.” national administration under a Papandreou’s inability to resolve new premier or invite opposition the political gridlock pushes the parties to form a government. country closer to the first default Under Greek law, an election by a European Union nation even could be held within three weeks. as his scrapping of the referendum The unexpected announcement averted potential ejection from the by Papandreou Oct. 31 that the 17-member euro zone. European country would hold a referendum Commission President Jose triggered the biggest two-day

slide in the MSCI World Index in almost three years and sent spreads on French, Greek and Italian bonds over bunds to euroera records. Greek two-year bond yields climbed above 100 percent for the first time yesterday after the EU blocked aid. “With the announcement of a referendum the entire loan accord was up in the air,” Samaras told lawmakers. “This in turn caused a wave of speculative pressure on other vulnerable countries of the union, such as Italy, and this in turn prompted a wave of panic across international markets.” Continued Participation Papandreou said Greece’s continued participation in the euro was at risk and any rejection of the accord reached in Brussels last week would force Greece to exit the currency. The Minnesota-born lawmaker has led his party since 2004, three decades after it was founded by his father Andreas at the end of Greece’s military rule. “It is unprecedented for an elected prime minister of Greece to cast doubt over the only two great achievements since the fall of the military dictatorship -- Greece’s membership of the European Union and of the euro area, in just

72 hours,” said Dora Bakoyannis, a former foreign minister and lawmaker who supported Papandreou in the first bailout vote in 2010 and was expelled from the main opposition party. “The only things we have to be proud of are directly at threat today because of Mr. Papandreou’s brilliant referendum idea.” The premier has struck a deal to step down after tonight’s confidence vote and hand power to a negotiated government, Reuters reported yesterday. Political Vacuum Papandreou said Greece cannot have a political vacuum at this critical time and that it would be irresponsible for the government to resign. A nationwide vote would hold up disbursement of Greece’s next aid package that was frozen by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy in the wake of Papandreou’s unexpected decision to hold the plebiscite. “One option I consider catastrophic would be to go to elections, Parliament would shut down, we would sink into conflict and polarizations,” Papandreou said. “Its doubtful we would reach

the end of elections without going bankrupt and having lost time.” European leaders Oct. 26 agreed to boost the European Financial Stability Facility’s firepower to 1 trillion euros ($1.4 trillion), set aside 100 billion euros for Greece and provide 30 billion euros in collateral for a debt swap that will give Greece’s investors new, lower-risk bonds at 50 percent off the existing debt’s face value. Bond Exchange Banks, Greek authorities and other officials continued to work on a proposed bond exchange even as the political turmoil cast doubt on Greece’s next rescue package. “We assume that the agreement reached on Oct. 26 and 27 would remain in operation,” Hung Tran, deputy managing director of the Institute of International Finance, a Washington-based banking trade group that negotiated the bond exchange, said yesterday. Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos said early elections would endanger the financing package and the sixth tranche of loans from last year’s bailout. “The country needs the constitutional instrument of a PAPANDREOU page 17

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percent of Republicans said Romney had the right “knowledge and experience” to be President As Republican presidential front- while 51 percent said Cain did. runner Herman Cain battles Peter Brown, who is one of the allegations from over a decade poll’s director, said that “Cain’s ago that he made “inappropriate lead in the horse race is built on comments” to women while he voters’ positive views of him w a s l e a d i n g t h e N a t i o n a l personally, but there are warning Restaurant Association, his signs that his lack of political campaign’s inconsistent and often experience could make it difficult testy handling of the crisis for him to eventually close the threatens to undermine Cain’s sale.” greatest strength among voters -- According to Cain’s campaign his likability. manager Mark Block, “supporters A c c o r d i n g t o a n a t i o n a l are fired up and rallying around Quinnipiac University poll, which Mr. Cain.” was conducted between October “Americans are tired of dirty 25-31, Cain led the primary field politics and are willing to commit with 30 percent of the vote. Mitt their time, talent, and treasure to Romney was second with 23 help Mr. Cain turn this country percent. And Newt Gingrich came around,” Block said. in third with 10 percent. Initially, Block is right. Further, Cain led Romney, 47 to According to the Cain campaign, 39 percent, in a head-to-head the campaign raised nearly as contest. much money last week as it did in In the poll, 61 percent of the the three month third quarter Americans liked Cain as opposed f u n d r a i s i n g p e r i o d a s to 19 percent that did not. Further, conservatives and supporters were among Republicans, 82 percent of galvanized to donate to Cain. Republicans said Cain was Further, Cain’s chief Iowa “likable” as opposed to five strategist Steve Grubbs said that percent that did not. the campaign has had the best Cain’s likability is at the core of organizing days of the year during his appeal, and it was reflected in the past week, as the campaign the Quinnipiac poll in which 75 has gained more new precinct
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captains and volunteers than in any other period to date. Polling done by Gallup not only confirms the intensity of Cain’s supporters, but also shows how much that support may be in peril as the drama concerning the past allegations against Cain plays out in the coming weeks. According to the Gallup organization, Cain’s “positive intensity score,” which is measured by taking a candidate’s “highly favorable” numbers and subtracting one’s “highly negative” numbers from it, is the only one that has improved since Gallup’s initial measurement. Cain’s score has gone from 19 to 29. Romney’s has went from 15 to 12, Newt Gingrich’s from 17 to 12, Ron Paul’s from 13 to 6, Rich Santorum’s from 16 to 8, Rick Perry’s from 21 to 6, Jon Huntsman’s from 12 to negative 2, and Bachmann’s from 20 to 3. “The stability may not persist … as Cain is attracting scrutiny for allegations of sexual harassment while he was president and CEO of the National Restaurant Association,” said Frank Newport, who is Gallup’s Editorin-Chief. “All interviews in the most recent field period were conducted before that story

broke.” Newport also said that per their past polling regarding media scandals, “the real key in these situations is how the candidates handle them. Challenges and crises in many fields of endeavors are often positives, because they provide an opportunity for those involved to show their mettle by their calm, cool, and collected reactions.” “Military fame and fortune doesn’t come to peacetime bureaucrats for the most part, but accrues to those who handle the crises and challenges of wars and battle,” Gallup said. “Business executives are often likewise rated on how they handle crises, just as are NFL quarterbacks and airline pilots.” After knowing news organizations were inquiring about Cain’s past for 10 days, Cain’s lack of a steady response has puzzled many. According to Gallup’s Newport, “these types of revelations and historical dredging of the record are certainly not unusual in political campaigns.” “Many campaigns are so sure that these types of revelations are coming that they have fullyprepared quick response plans

sitting in a file drawer, ready to spring into action when something surfaces,” Newport said. To date, the Cain campaign’s response has threatened to take his campaign off message. Going forward, the challenge for Cain’s campaign will be twofold. First, they must harness the support that they have received into ground support in the early voting states. Second, as Cain will get maximum publicity, he has an opportunity to turn what could be notoriety into a positive by using the platform the media will give him to talk about substantive issues and look like an executive and a leader. Whether he has the organization and advisers to allow him to do that will largely determine if voters will think Cain and his organization are equipped to compete in the big leagues or are unable to hit curve balls that are thrown their way. 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 recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.


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"Go Bold or Go Home"
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Early findings from the Tea Party Debt Commission. by Dean Clancy 11/03/2011 Government debt has become the single greatest threat to liberty and prosperity around the globe. It has swamped Greece. It threatens Ireland and Portugal. The possibility of its spreading across Europe has provoked panic. America faces its own equally daunting challenge. Our national debt now stands at $14.7 trillion, nearly equal to our entire annual output. This summer, Congress had a golden opportunity to use the debt ceiling crisis to force the substantial spending cuts that everyone knows are needed to save our economy. But once again, the Beltway crowd failed us. But, just as we saw in 2009 and 2010, the tea party is stepping into the breach. Together with local groups across the country, we’ve formed our own “Tea Party Debt Commission.” Like the Super Committee, our Commission has a dozen members; though instead of powerful insiders, they’re all regular citizens. On Nov. 17, these outsiders will unveil a bold, serious, and credible plan that stabilizes the debt, reduces spending by $9 trillion over the next decade, and balances the budget within ten years without

tax hikes. While the Super Committee meets in secret, we are traveling across the country, holding field hearings in crowded churches, public libraries, community centers, even a Denny’s restaurant. We’re gathering testimony from thousands concerned citizens. It’s amazing how knowledgeable local activists are on budget matters, the Constitution, and what’s going on in D.C. Americans are clearly watching this debate, and they’re hungry for bold, principled change. Splitting the difference and kicking the can down the road isn’t going to cut it. As one of our commissioners, Greg Fettig, a small businessman from Noblesville, Ind., sums up what we’re hearing: “Go bold or go home.” Through our website,, we are employing state-of-the-art crowd-sourcing technology to

learn about people’s priorities. And we’re getting incredible information that the Beltway simply doesn’t have, or hasn’t taken the initiative to gather. More than 50,000 people have visited the site to date, and more than 8 in 10 of them have clicked through all the way to the end of the survey, an absolutely amazing “retention” rate for a web poll. Here’s how it works. When you visit the site, you’re asked to choose between two randomly matched pairs of proposed spending cuts. You must choose one of the two items. After you’ve done this eight or ten times, the computer shows you how much money you saved over one and ten years. The 40,000 completed surveys so far have included 725,000 randomly generated budget cut matchups. And the results? Here are the top 10 currently trending ideas (with the percentage of people who chose the idea over an

alternative): 1. Repeal ObamaCare (93%) 2. Reduce duplicative purchases of Pentagon supplies (90%) 3. Eliminate the Department of Education (81%) 4. Privatize Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac (81%) 5. Reduce discretionary spending to 2008 levels (76%) 6. Block-grant Medicaid (73%) 7. End ethanol tax credits (71%) 8. Sell under-used federal buildings (71%) 9. Eliminate HUD (70%) 10. End earmarks (68%) Together, these reforms would generate $6 trillion in 10-year savings, the same amount as the House-passed Ryan budget, twice as much as the bipartisan Simpson -Bowles Commission, and five times the Super Committee’s goal. We found no significant differences between those who describe themselves as tea party supporters and those who don’t.

And our findings are also remarkably consistent across age groups. Most interesting: there’s a strong political consensus -- left, right, and center -- for a handful of bold ideas, including ObamaCare repeal, privatizing the housing giants, ending ethanol tax credits, and cutting discretionary spending back to 2008 levels. These “common ground” savings ideas would save some $4.6 trillion. Ending the federal role in education rates very high (80%), as does getting out of the housing business (70%). Folks clearly want to keep defense strong, but also make it leaner. Cutting the big entitlements is less popular, to be sure. But here’s an interesting finding. Fully half of visitors would means-test Social Security benefits; six in ten would reduce future benefit growth. Are you listening, Washington? "GO page 13

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Imagine A World Where The Cable Guy Shows Up On Time
Jeff Cram (Fast Company)
Submitted at 11/3/2011 5:56:03 PM

A growing group of customer experience professionals are working hard to make some of life's most frustrating experiences not just tolerable, but delightful. There aren’t many people who look forward to scheduling an appointment with the cable company. You’re typically given a 3-4 hour window to wait at home for something that takes just a few minutes. That is if they arrive on time, or even at all. A wasted day, and an irate customer to boot. Fair or not, the cable industry is the poster child for sub -par customer service. Kimberly Edmunds is working to change this experience. As the SVP of Customer Operations at Cox Communications, Edmunds is in a newly created position (as of April 2010) helping to provide a seamless service experience across all of Cox’s customer touch points. And she’s not alone in this mission. Edmunds was one of 180 customer experience professionals on hand in Boston last month for the inaugural meeting of the Customer Experience P r o f e s s i o n a l s Association(CXPA). The CXPA is organizing a tribe of customer

experience professionals dedicated to helping organizations rethink business through a customer-centric lens. Quite simply, they believe that good customer experience is good business. It may be fitting that the group met in Boston, just steps away from where the Sons of Liberty sowed the seeds of the American Revolution. (Yes, before he was named for a beer, favorite son

Sam Adams was an anti-tax rabble-rouser. Pity the cable guy who showed up late at his brownstone.) The CXPA is hoping to usher in a business revolution of its own. “Most organizations don’t understand the specific impact customer experience has on their business,” said Bruce Temkin, cofounder and chairman of the CXPA (pictured, with cofounder Jeanne Bliss; photo courtsey

CXPA). Temkin spent 12 years at Forrester Research focused on customer experience, and is currently the managing partner of the Temkin Group, a customer experience research and consulting firm. He and CXPA cofounder Jeanne Bliss are on a mission to formalize the discipline by bringing together its most passionate members. They have clearly tapped into something.

The association, formed in April 2011, has already grown to almost 1,000 members. The inaugural event featured attendees from brands including Sprint, UPS, LexisNexis, Stowe Mountain Resort, and Rue La La. Temkin also has the numbers to back up the growing demand for customer experience. The State of Customer Experience IMAGINE page 17


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Christian Health Care Providers Seek Conscience Protection
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Submitted at 11/3/2011 3:30:21 PM

The rule was passed last year as part of President Obama’s controversial health care overhaul. It is scheduled to go into effect next August. The overhaul package includes numerous components designed to improve women’s health. However, religious health care providers say that by mandating they provide contraception coverage, Congress is infringing on their religious rights. “I think some members (of Congress) were generally receptive to our message. However, others were very opposed to it. The opposition believes that government should provide contraceptives and sterilization methods to citizens. This violates our religious beliefs,” William Cox, CEO of Alliance of Catholic Health Care, told The Christian Post. Cox, David Stevens of the Christian Medical Association, and Jane Belford, chancellor of the Archdiocese of Washington, testified in front of Congress in favor of conscience protection. The Catholic Church and other Christian organizations are morally opposed to artificial contraception.

In the past, religious organizations have been able to skirt around federal mandates such as these because the rule has always provided for a “religious exception” clause. However, this bill does not do so. The exception clause is so strict that it only pertains to churches and no other religious organizations like universities and hospitals. According to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Catholic hospitals account for one of every six admissions in the United States. Like us on Facebook "Until now, federal law has never prevented religious employers, like the Archdiocese of Washington, from providing for the needs of their employees with a health plan that is consistent with the church's moral teachings," said Belford. The Republicans present hammered the Obama administration for passing a rule that infringes on religious freedom. "Groups who have for centuries cared for the sick and poor will now be forced to violate their religious beliefs if they want to continue to serve their communities," said Rep. Joseph R. Pitts (R-Pa.), a Protestant who chairs the health subcommittee of

the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Some of the Democrats who opposed conscience protection argued that by providing an exception clause for religious insurance providers they would be doing a disservice to the patients. Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) said, “If you have moral convictions, you can keep them,” he said. “Just don’t try to impose them on everybody else.” The president of Catholic for Choice, Jon O’Brien also testified, saying that the National Conference of Catholic Bishops “claim to represent all Catholics when, in turn, theirs is the minority view.” He continued: “Advocating for expansive refusal clauses in health care delivery regulations would affect all patients – whether those patients are Catholic or not.” “Seeking exemptions for religious organizations to cover essential health benefits, such as full coverage of recommended preventive services including contraception, under the Affordable Care Act will only serve to endanger many women’s access to the healthcare they need – whether those employees share those religious beliefs or not. In reality, these exemptions would deny the right of everyone

seeking comprehensive health care.” According to National Public Radio, Pennsylvania Republican Rep. Tim Murphy, a Catholic, became noticeably irritated at O’Brien’s remarks, stating, "Asking a group in a survey whether they've acted or thought of acting in a certain way that runs counter to the church's teachings is no more a moral code than asking people if they ever drove over the speed limit is a foundation for eliminating all traffic laws." Cox told The Christian Post that his response to O’Brien’s argument is that patients who do not share the Catholic belief in regards to contraceptive are free to “go someplace else. There’s a lot of providers who make those services available.” 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 recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.

China to Commit on Currency Flexibility, Brainard Says BusinessWeek
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Submitted at 11/3/2011 4:34:01 PM

Globe and Mail China to Commit on Currency Flexibility, Brainard Says BusinessWeek 3 (Bloomberg) -- China will make commitments on currency flexibility as part of a Group of 20 action plan that will call upon export-oriented economies to boost domestic consumption, said Lael Brainard, US Treasury undersecretary for international... China to Commit to More Currency Flexibility at G-20, I.S.'s Brainard Says Bloomberg White House: China open to discussing currency policy Washington Post (blog) China poised to relent on currency: US trade official Globe and Mail all 11 news articles »

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Occupy Protesters Disavow Oakland Violence - ABC News
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"Monster" greenhouse gas levels seen - CBS News
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Occupy Wall Street protesters had just a few hours to celebrate what they saw as their biggest victory so far: the peaceful shutdown of the nation's fifthbusiest port. Then the rioting began. A day after some protesters clashed with riot police, set fires and shattered windows in Oakland, Calif., demonstrators across the country condemned the violence and wondered whether it was a turn that would destroy their cause. "They don't speak for the majority of people who were here yesterday," said Hadas Alterman, a college student who was gathering trash at a tent camp near Oakland City Hall. "That was an hour of action, and we were out here for 12 hours and it was peaceful." The protest outside the port, which reopened Thursday, represented an escalation in tactics as demonstrators targeted a major symbol of the nation's commerce with peaceful rallies and sit-ins. The violence that followed,

however, raised questions about whether a movement with no organizational structure and no high-profile leaders can do anything to stop those they called troublemakers. So far, few cities have reached the level of Oakland, a unique place with a long history of tensions between residents and police. Bob Norkus at the Occupy Boston camp said the riots didn't represent the broader movement and likely wouldn't have a lasting effect on it, either. The movement is still evolving and mistakes are inevitable, he said. AP Occupy Oakland protesters march Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011, in Oakland, Calif. Thousands of anti-Wall Street protesters are in the streets of Oakland, as part of a day-long series of events aimed at showing the movement's strength and unity. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) Close It "has to be nonviolent, or else it will just end. We won't get the support," he said. "It doesn't mean you can't agitate people. But you can't also be breaking windows and burning." Police in riot gear arrested more than 80 protesters in downtown

Oakland, where bands of masked protesters took over a vacant building, erected roadblocks and threw chunks of concrete and firebombs. Five people and several officers were injured. Chris Hedges, who demonstrating at Goldman Sachs' headquarters in New York, said the clashes in Oakland are a reminder to protesters that they should only respond peacefully to police actions. "It's awful. But police want people to break windows and set cars on fire, because it's the kind of thing they know how to master — with force," he said before being led quietly away in handcuffs. Raymon Curtis, who was protesting in Portland, Ore., said he doesn't believe the police in his city are seeking violence. "I looked in their eyes and at first I thought it was a hard look," Curtis said. "Then, I realized it was the same look I had when I went to prison for the first time. They're terrified." Some protesters said violence can bring attention to the cause. "This thing has to escalate so people see the violence and who is protecting the interests of the

corporations," said Denver protester Dwayne Hudson, standing next to a grill with logs burning over charcoal to stay warm after a snowstorm. The far-flung movement challenging the world's economic systems and distribution of wealth has gained momentum in recent weeks, with Oakland becoming a rallying point after an Iraq War veteran was injured in clashes with police last week. Organizers called for a general strike on Wednesday, and supporters in New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles and elsewhere held smaller-scale demonstrations, some in solidarity with their Oakland counterparts. Protesters in Oakland and in other cities viewed the day's events and the port shutdown as a significant victory. 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 recommends: Donate to Wikileaks. "Monster" greenhouse gas levels seen CBS News Workers cycle past a coal-fired power plant on a tricycle cart in Changchun, in northeast China's Jilin province, Dec. 17, 2010. (AP) (AP) WASHINGTON - The global output of heat-trapping carbon dioxide jumped by the biggest amount on record,... Biggest jump ever seen in global warming gases Biggest jump ever seen in global warming gases The Seattle Times all 271 news articles »


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Connie Mack Back on Track to Seek Florida GOP Senate Nod
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and his family and Connie has never settled,” according to one GOP activist from Lee County, Two weeks after it became which cast the most Republican official, the surprise news from votes in the 14th District. Florida that four-term Rep. “There’s no love lost there.” Connie Mack has reversed an Sure enough, within days of earlier decision, and will run for Mack’s change of mind on a the Republican Senate nomination Senate race, the first candidate to in 2012 after all, has left political declare for the Republican observers from Tallahassee to nomination for his now-open Washington, D.C., breathless. House seat was Chauncey Goss, Earlier this year, with polls son of the former congressman. showing Mack the runaway More than a few Lee County favorite for nomination against GOPers believe that young Goss, Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson, the a former Office of Management namesake son of Florida’s muchand Budget official and deputy loved former senator (1994 to staff director for the House 2000) announced that he would Budget Committee under Rep. stay in the House rather than run Paul Ryan (R.-Wis.), was for the Senate. seriously exploring a House race Now Mack has reversed himself before Mack opted to run for the and will face a primary field that Senate. includes former State House Other possible Republican House Majority Leader and conservative hopefuls range from State Rep. favorite Adam Hasner, former blocks to overcome. Although he In addition, Mack has never quite Rep. Carole Green, who had the Gary Audobon, chairman of the Sen. George LeMieux (once the h a s c o m p i l e d a t h o r o u g h l y nailed down the Republican base backing of Goss’ wife, Mariel, House Rules Committee and a closest ally of former Republican conservative record (lifetime in his own 14th District, where his and some of the Goss children. strong conservative, to former Gov.-turned-independent Charles American Conservative Union father was a U.S. representative (Goss himself, who had been State Rep. Burt Saunders, who is Crist), retired National Guard Col. rating: 92.8%), Mack has said from 1982 to 1988. The younger named to be CIA director by then- considered more moderate. The Mike McCallister, and Ruth’s some unkind things about tough Mack had served one term in the President George W. Bush, race is quite uncertain at this Chris Steak House President anti-illegal immigration laws such F l o r i d a H o u s e f r o m F o r t remained officially neutral in the point, given that the legislature is Craig Miller. as the one enacted in Arizona. In Lauderdale before moving into race, but after the primary, made n o t l i k e l y t o b e g i n t h e It is inarguable that Mack’s name a Republican nomination fight, the 14th and running in ’04, when i t q u i t e c l e a r t o H U M A N redistricting process until after and the fondness Sunshine State this could come back to bite him, then-Rep. and fellow Republican EVENTS that he resented Mack January. GOPers have for his father will be much as Texas Gov. Rick Perry is Porter Goss stepped down. In a running in a district in which he John Gizzi is Political Editor of an asset to him in the primary f i n d i n g a s h e s e e k s t h e four-candidate primary, Mack had not lived since he was a HUMAN EVENTS. next year. It is also true that R e p u b l i c a n n o m i n a t i o n f o r raised $1.4 million and narrowly teenager.) CONNIE page 13 Mack will have some stumbling P r e s i d e n t . (36% to 32%) outpolled State “The bad blood between Porter
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Wis. Senate Approves Bill Favoring Abstinence, Marriage in Sex Ed
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sex education are not taught hygiene and human physiology – Submitted at 11/3/2011 4:01:22 PM both vital subjects. The bill, which passed along "We are trying to back away from party lines 17-15, would amend a the bill passed last year that we state bill passed last year. A feel mandated sex education that D e m o c r a t i c m a j o r i t y h a d was too nonjudgmental, too approved legislation requiring explicit and at too young an age," s c h o o l s t o m a n d a t e a state Sen. Glenn Grothman (Rcomprehensive human growth and Dist. 20) told Fox News. development (sex education) The bill that passed the Senate curriculum that discusses and is supported by WCC contraceptives as an equally mandates that “abstinence from effective option at preventing sexual activity” be presented as p r e g n a n c y a n d s e x u a l l y the “only reliable way to prevent transmitted diseases to abstinence p r e g n a n c y a n d s e x u a l l y for all sexual activity. transmitted diseases” in sex While the legislation allows education classes. parents to review their school Like us on Facebook district’s human growth and Additionally, Sella said the bill development curriculum and gives school districts and teachers choose to opt their children out of the right to choose an abstinence t h e s u b j e c t m a t t e r , s u c h only approach to human growth curriculum goes against the a n d d e v e l o p m e n t b a s e d o n beliefs of many Christian parents. p a r e n t s ’ w i s h e s . Additionally, Barbara Sella, “What we wanted to say is it’s not associate director for Respect Life up to the state to teach one [type] and Social Concerns campaign of of sex education. No, there are t h e W i s c o n s i n C a t h o l i c other paths,” she told The Conference, said children who C h r i s t i a n P o s t . have opted out of comprehensive In opposition, Democratic state

Sen. Jon Erpenbach (Dist. 27) told Fox News teaching abstinence is akin to going "back to the Flintstone era." Meanwhile, Valerie Huber, executive director of the National Abstinence Education Association, denounced sex education curriculums that attempt to normalize teen sex. “By [normalizing teen sex in school curriculums], they are ignoring the data that shows that most teens are not ‘doing it,’ ignoring the evidence showing that abstinence education is effective, and ignoring the value and importance of sexual risk avoidance,” Huber said in a statement emailed to The Christian Post. Almost 75 percent of Americans aged 15-17 have never had sex, she said. “Teens deserve the information and skills necessary to reinforce those good decisions – and to encourage those percentages [of abstinent teens] upward,” Huber stressed. The latest bill would also mandate teachers to give

instruction about parenting and the positive socioeconomic benefits of marriage. Sella said this part of the bill is very important because “we increasingly forget that marriage is the safest place to raise children.” She added, “It is so important to teach what sociologists tell us: the best way to get out of poverty and stay out of poverty is to be married.” Huber commended Wisconsin Republicans for taking a stand for abstinence and marriage. “We also hope that this legislation can provide a model for other states to follow,” she praised. 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 recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.

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Starbucks profit jumps 29pc but sales weaken in Europe
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Starbucks's fiscal fourth-quarter profit jumped nearly 29pc on

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Obama Administration Subpoenaed Over Solyndra Scandal
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Submitted at 11/3/2011 5:12:20 PM

and Solyndra investor George Kaiser, an Oklahoma billionaire. “Uncooperative conduct has necessitated this vote,” Rep. Cliff • P h o t o : ( R e u t e r s / K e v i n Stearns(R-Fla.), chair of the Lamarque) U.S. President Barack House Energy and Commerce Obama passes by a construction Committee's Subcommittee on site as he tours Solyndra, Inc., a Oversight and Investigations, solar panel manufacturing facility said. Stearns complained that the in Fremont, California May 26, W h i t e H o u s e h a s b e e n 2010. unresponsive to repeated attempts by his committee to obtain more Solyndra received a loan information related to the guarantee for $535 million in S o l y n d r a i n v e s t i g a t i o n . 2009 and went bankrupt two Ranking Member Diana DeGette months ago. Shortly after the ( D - C o l o . ) a r g u e d t h a t t h e bankruptcy, the FBI raided s u b p o e n a s w e r e a n a c t o f Solyndra offices and the home of “irresponsible partisanship.” She the president of Solyndra. agreed that the White House T h e H o u s e E n e r g y a n d needs to produce the documents C o m m e r c e C o m m i t t e e ' s that the committee has requested, Subcommittee on Oversight and but argued that the White House I n v e s t i g a t i o n s h a s b e e n has been cooperative so far, investigating whether the White noting that it has supplied almost House inappropriately pushed the 1,000 pages of documents so far, Office of Management and so the subpoenas are unnecessary. Budget to approve the loan, and Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) inappropriately restructured agreed, saying that a subpoena Solyndra's loan. Questions have “should only happen if there is an a l s o b e e n r a i s e d a b o u t t h e unbridgeable impasse. ... That is involvement of Obama fundraiser not the case today.”

Like us on Facebook “We smelled a rat from the start,” Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) said. “I wish it had not come to this, but it has.” Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) said he worried that the Solyndra scandal “has tainted the entire alternative energy loan guarantee program.” While admitting that many in his party would like to do away with the program altogether, Barton said, “I happen to be a supporter.” Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) argued that Republicans are issuing the subpoenas because they are backing an effort by the oil and gas industry to shut down the alternative energy industry, which they view as a threat to their profitability. In a late attempt to prevent the subpoenas, the White House released another 1,200 pages of documents Wednesday night. Those documents show that the administration paid investment banking firm Lazard Ltd. $1 million to recommend options for the failing Solyndra. One option

the firm suggested was to arrange a government bailout of the company. That option was rejected shortly before the Solyndra plant shut down. On Sunday, Beacon Power Corp., another solar power company that received a loan guarantee through the same government program as Solyndra, declared bankruptcy. Today's subpoena will mark the first time that the Obama White House has been issued a subpoena by Congress. 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 recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.

World Citizen: Arab Spring Economies Face Daunting Challenges
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The governments that emerge in the aftermath of the uprisings in the Middle East will face a challenge as daunting as any faced by the men who ruled for decades before them: They must urgently improve living standards for the millions who now demand change -- and they must do it in the wake of unrest that has caused already-dismal economic conditions to worsen even more. Despite the loud calls for democracy and freedom, the real engine of the Arab revolts has not been philosophical or political. Above all, the popular revolutions have been motivated by a pressing need for the kind of economic growth that makes a difference in the lives of everyday people, not just the powerful and wellconnected. ... 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 recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.

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Yahoo's IntoNow Provides Signs Of Life For The "Premier Digital Media Company"
E.B. Boyd (Fast Company)
Submitted at 11/3/2011 5:40:42 PM

Yahoo is known for acquiring startups and letting them languish. But IntoNow cranked out a whole new product--and a possible game -changer for the TV industry--in six months. Is this the beginning of something new? Yahoo has gotten a lot of flack over the last few years for acquiring innovative companies and then basically letting them languish--if not actually die--on the vine. The most recent example was Delicious, the popular bookmarking site acquired by Yahoo in 2005, whose fate provoked an infuriated outcry in tech circles late last year when it became known that the Sunnyvale behemoth was looking to jettison it altogether. But Yahoo’s handling of IntoNow--the TV “check in” app it acquired in April--might suggest a turning point for the company. Not only has the acquisition continued to thrive since coming under the Yahoo umbrella, but it actually turned around an entirely new product-and a pretty revolutionary one--

just six months after walking in the door. (See"How Yahoo's Into Now 'Listens' and Revolutionizes The Way We Watch TV.") "Yahoo has been very good about keeping us as a team and allowing us to do what we want to do," Adam Cahan, IntoNow’s founder and now a Yahoo vice president, tells Fast Company. "We’re a microrganization within Yahoo. We are primarily a technical and product team, which means we

get to just work on our own for a while, which is great. That’s very different." Indeed, as Cahan told us, it was during those months after the acquisition, when the IntoNow team was allowed to explore and ideate, that they came up with the IntoNow tablet app that might be a potential game-changer for the television industry. Cahan tells Fast Company he didn’t have any intimate

managing that. We’ve not had to deal with that. That’s why we’ve been able to iterate and develop a lot of product in a short time frame." It’s still too early to give Yahoo’s product process a top grade. Witness the personalized newsstand tablet app, Livestand, for example, which was developed in-house at Yahoo and launched today. While potentially useful, the app is not particularly innovative, and some are already criticizing it for missing the point of how a personalized news app should work. But the fact that Yahoo didn’t let an acquisition languish, and instead created the conditions it knowledge of what had happened needed to thrive and innovate-with other Yahoo acquisitions. that’s a sign that, as the old Monty But, generally speaking, he says: Python saying goes, the company "Where a lot of these acquisitions might not actually be dead yet. tend to go sideways is when [ I m a g e : F l i c k r u s e r A n n i e there’s too much emphasis on L i n d g r e n ] i n t e g r a t i o n u p f r o n t , w h i c h E.B. Boyd is's basically completely stops the Silicon Valley reporter. Twitter| product process. Especially, when Google+| Email moving from a small company to a large company, you start getting into involved in cross-functional stuff. You can spend a lot of time

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iPhone App Tracks Guerillas, Facebook Project Hacked, China Tops Booming Asian App Market, Apple To Issue iOS5 Battery Bug Fix
Nidhi Subbaraman (Fast Company)
Submitted at 11/3/2011 5:51:34 PM

Breaking news from your editors at Fast Company, with updates all day. New iPhone App Tracks African War Atrocities. The NGO Resolve, which Fast Company has written about before, has released an iPhone application which tracks Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) atrocities in real time. The LRA is a guerilla force operating in East Africa which has been implicated in war crimes, mass abuse, and the kidnapping of child soldiers. -- NU --Updated 3:30 p.m. EST Facebook Open Source Project Seemingly Hacked. Unless the folks at Javelin intented to describe it as a "large, bloated

library with an unintuitive, verbose syntax and very few features...," it seems the open source Javascript library funded by Facebook has been opened up a bit too far. There's more. And the unflattering description lives here, too. To be clear, this might not be what Mark Zuckerberg means when he touts a " more open and connected" world. --TG --Updated 11:49 a.m. EST China Tops Asia's Booming App Market. Dropping costs of older iPhones and increasingly capable basic Android devices are fueling an app boom in Asia led by China, a new study reports. China, the biggest app market after the U.S., grew from representing 1.2% of all apps downloaded globally in January, to 12% in October, Flurry Analytics has found. --NS

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Gold Glove Winners 2011
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Gold Glove Award Winners 2011 The best fielders at each position were honored by Major League Baseball Tuesday with the announcement of the Gold Glove

Awards. All nine positions in both leagues are voted on by managers and coaches. Nine players became first time winners of the annual award. The Red Sox and Dodgers were the most decorated teams this year with three winners a piece, while

Yadier Molina led all current

winners with his fourth straight Gold Glove at catcher. A notable omission in the American League is Mariners outfield Ichiro Suzuki. The 38year old had won the award the previous 10 seasons until missing the cut this year.

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Management 2011 report shows that while only 7% of organizations consider themselves a customer experience leader today, 61% aspire to be a leader within three years. While customer experience isn’t a new concept, organizations are just starting to formalize the people, processes, and technology to make it all happen. It turns out there’s a reason why really good experiences are hard to come by. They take a lot of work to create and manage. The speakers shared top challenges which include executive support, clearly defined goals, organizational culture, and connecting the dots across internal departments. They talked of “silo dysfunction” and the notion that an organization’s structure is often the biggest hindrance to delivering exceptional experiences.

“Being a customer experience leader in an organization is a sales job,” said Susan DeLaney, VP of Customer Experience at UPS. “Like it or not, [the silos] exist. You’re not going to break them down.” Diane Simmons moved from a role on Fidelity Investments’ web team to her current position of VP of Customer Experience. One of the first things she did was pick 40 folks from across the organization to become what Fidelity calls Voice of the Customer ambassadors. The entire team took a field trip to Walt Disney World in Orlando, which has a program to train you in the magical ways of Disney customer experience. In addition to continuing their day jobs, the ambassadors are expected to spend a few hours per week identifying customer experience issues, providing

feedback on products, and evangelizing the role of customer experience to others. It’s a grassroots-driven approach to change the culture starting with the folks who provide the best examples of great service in action. Organizations hope the result of all these efforts are deeper customer loyalty, better customer experiences, engaged employees and ultimately, a better bottom line. Not to mention a cable guy who shows up on time. For more leadership coverage, follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn. [Image: Flickr user rick]

government, it can’t be ungoverned, unable to negotiate, sign things, get the money from the European Union and International Monetary Fund,” Venizelos told lawmakers. The European Central Bank unexpectedly cut interest rates yesterday after fallout from Greece pushed up borrowing costs and forced Europe’s rescue fund to cancel a bond issue for the first time. Cooler Heads Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Greece’s possible exit from the euro currency block was discussed by the world leaders at the Group of 20 summit in Cannes, adding he expected “cooler heads will prevail.” Barroso said the EU wants to keep Greece in the euro and that the country’s exit from the monetary union would risk setting a precedent for investors. “They’re really on the verge of being unable to pay for their

schools and hospitals,” Barroso said on Europe 1 radio. “Obviously this is the type of situation that requires national unity. We’re saying, ‘Please, agree on the essentials. It’s you the Greeks who have to be united’.” To contact the reporter on this story: Maria Petrakis in Athens at To contact the editor responsible for this story: John Fraher at This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.

Check Out This Incredibly Cool Augmented Reality Interactive Ad From NatGeo
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The folks at digital creative agency Appshaker have put together an amazing augmented reality space for National Geographic in Hungary ( via Simply Zesty).

The idea is fantastic, plus it's targeted and well executed. Kids love this sort of stuff, and that's exactly who NatGeo is looking for. Plus, the parents get involved, and even some random adult passersby. Best of all, it's not complicated. There's no smartphone involved --

just stand in front of the screen, and experience it. This is what engagement is all about. We'd love to see this executed on a bigger scale in a high traffic area like, say, Times Square. It'd be a huge hit, especially with kids. Check it out: Live Augmented Reality for

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MLB Pitcher Mike Hampton Is Selling His Super Sweet Arizona Mansion For $4 Million
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It also helps that Apple has more than $80 billion in cash, and isn't afraid to use it to improve its Apple is so paranoid about leaks supply chain efficiency -- next from its suppliers, it once shipped • Apple offered one parts year, the company plans to double products in unmarked tomato manufacturer an up-front payment its spending on supply chain to boxes so outsiders wouldn't know of $1 billion to commit most of a $7.1 billion. there were Apple products in factory to Apple products. The Apple's hyper-efficient supply them. manufacturer said no because it chain was largely oveseen by Tim That's just one of the crazy didn't want to be too dependent. Cook, who won enough trust from conditions Apple imposed on its Steve Jobs to win the CEO role suppliers, according to when Jobs stepped down. BusinessWeek's Peter Burroughs. • Designer Jony Ive wanted the Please follow SAI on Twitter and For instance: MacBook Air to have a green Facebook. • It puts electronic monitors in l i g h t a p p e a r t o b e s h i n i n g Join the conversation about this boxes of parts as they travel THROUGH the case when the story » between plants in China to make camera was on. The only way to See Also: sure they don't get leaked. do this was by poking tiny holes • What's Changed At Apple Since in the aluminum with a laser -- so Tim Cook Took Over Apple found a supplier for the • THE APPLE INVESTOR: • The finished iPad 2 shipped in laser machines and convinced it to Apple Will Lose The Consumer u n m a r k e d b o x e s t h a t w e r e sign an exclusive. It's since Tablet War, But Win Enterprise monitored at every handoff point bought hundreds of the machines • Google Just Doesn't Care About Telegraph Staff (Finance News - Business news from the UK by Apple employees. at about $250,000 apiece. iOS and world) • Many suppliers are required to have two weeks' worth of Apple can get away with all this because it buys parts in huge volumes.
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– whose father was a Cuban exile and moved to Las Vegas to work in the Casino industry – used Twitter as his outlet, and it was • A screenshot of the Klout page then that he quickly began for CEO and Co-Founder Joe r e a l i z i n g t h e p o w e r o f t h e Fernandez. (Courtesy m e d i u m . • CEO and Co- “It was amazing to me that I could F o u n d e r , J o e F e r n a n d e z . tell my opinion to the people I (Courtesy: trusted the most,” he said. “It was a realization that word of mouth When Joe Fernandez first thought was now scalable. It was even of, a growing website more exciting to think that it that measures how influential a could be measurable.” person is on the Internet, he was Today, does exactly in the midst of recovering from that for over 100 million users, major jaw surgery. For three measuring their social media months Fernandez had his jaw influence by defining people by a wired shut. He was bed ridden, single number: 1 represents the isolated, forced to eat only what least influential, 100 the most could fit through a straw and influential. The website calculates could only communicate in 140 your Klout score based on true characters. reach, how many people you “ Twitter was still kind of a joke,” influence, amplification, how Fernandez said. “This was in early much you influence them, and 2008, it was before hashtags were network impact, the full influence e v e n r e a l l y b e i n g u s e d . ” of your network. Scientists then SUMMARY jam all that information in an Joe Fernandez graduated from algorithm to create your everthe University of Miami in changing, sometimes frustrating, computer science and finance. He Klout score. started, a website that Just as an SAT score is used to measures how influential you are judge students and a credit score on the Internet, after being i s u s e d t o j u d g e f i n a n c i a l inspired by the use of Twitter in standing, Fernandez hopes that early 2008. Since then over 100 the Klout score will become an million people get their Klout “ingredient” in job interviews. scores every day. I got everything short of death Unable to speak, the 34-year-old threats. People are emotionally
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attached to their score. It is tied to their ego. - Joe Fernandez, CEO of on Response to Changes to Website As a matter of fact, if you want to work at Klout – your score plays a role in the hiring process, Fernandez said. A concept he knows will involve some controversy. “People are emotionally attached to their score. It is tied to their ego,” he told Fox News Latino. It is that emotion that has the Twitterverse up in arms over recent changes to the algorithm that determines users Klout scores. A Twitter protest movement even started called#occupyklout. “I got everything short of death threats,” the CEO said about the reaction to the changes. The Birth of Klout It was a January winter day in New York, while Fernandez was recovering from jaw surgery in his apartment, that he wrote the word Klout on a sheet of paper. A little stir crazy that day, Fernandez, says he was thinking about his favorite food – burritos. Everyone would ask him where the best place to get a burrito was, and he began to think that his recommendations should somehow be recognized or rewarded. After all, he was

influencing his friends on where to eat. “I don’t know if it was the drugs from pain relievers,” he joked. But at the very least, he thought, he should get a free burrito out of the deal. The thought of burritos in combination with a grand vision of measuring how influential people are on social media, a la how broadcast television and radio are measured, stirred Fernandez into action. And Klout was born. Fernandez became obsessed with making the idea a reality. He even left his job at a real estate data company in New York.Yet his own passion wasn’t enough to initially convince many people that Klout was a viable idea. Unable to find support, he went to Singapore and put up his own money to hire a team to work on the first version of Klout. He camped out there for four months with a small team, and on Christmas Eve 2008, Klout was officially launched. “The launch was pretty bad,” Fernandez recalled. The website was so primitive that he was actually processing all of the Klout accounts himself. Everyday, Fernandez would manually calculate the Klout scores for the 2,000 people who initially signed up for the website.

“I couldn’t sleep. I couldn’t go to my girlfriend’s birthday. I was always having Internet problems while working in my bedroom,” he said. “It was just really bad. Twenty hours of work everyday and it was terrible because I was spending all of my time processing accounts.” The marketing campaign on the other hand wasn’t so complex. Just as the initial inspiration began, Fernandez sent out a tweet. “I just tweeted out my Klout score and someone tweeted out my link,” he said. “At the time my Klout score was in the 30s.” Today, Fernandez’ Klout score is 66. On a measuring scale between 1 and 100, the Klout CEO is surprisingly just somewhere in the above average range in the Klout universe a fact he equates to his lack of consistent use of social media. “I get busy with work and I don’t create content actively. I have the same Klout, I think, everyone else has,” Fernandez explained. “I sometimes complain to the science team about my score and they don’t care. I don’t even have enough clout to affect that,” he added. In an effort to vastly improve the site, Fernandez went back to Singapore in early 2009 for two 'EGO'-DRIVEN page 23


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Greek PM ready to go, dump referendum, for euro deal
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Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou delivers a speech to socialist lawmakers from his party in Athens November 3, 2011. Credit: Reuters/Yiorgos Karahalis By Dina Kyriakidou and Abhijit Neogy ATHENS/CANNES, France| Thu Nov 3, 2011 5:59pm EDT (Reuters) - Intense European pressure forced debt-stricken Greece to seek political consensus on a new bailout plan instead of holding a referendum after EU leaders raised the prospect of a Greek exit from the euro to preserve the single currency. Fast-moving events in Athens overshadowed the first day of a summit of the Group of 20 major economies on the French Riviera on Thursday, with anxious world leaders urging Europe to act to stop contagion from its sovereign debt crisis. Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou bowed to cabinet rebels and agreed to step down and make way for a negotiated coalition government if his Socialists back him in a confidence vote on Friday, government sources told Reuters. "He was told that he must leave calmly in order to save his

(PASOK) party," one source said on condition of anonymity. "He agreed to step down. It was very civilized, with no acrimony." Papandreou, son and grandson of left-wing prime ministers, hinted he was ready to quit for the sake of national unity, telling parliament he was not wedded to his job. G20 leaders meeting in Cannes discussed increasing the International Monetary Fund's resources and building a financial firewall to protect vulnerable euro zone economies Italy and Spain from a possible Greek default. Papandreou said his call this week for a referendum, which sparked panic on global financial markets and infuriated European partners, "was never a purpose in itself", and he would be happy if the vote were not held. Papandreou told PASOK lawmakers he had agreed to talks with the center-right opposition on a transitional government to implement a new EU/IMF bailout program agreed last week, and pave the way for early elections. At a bruising meeting in Cannes on Wednesday night, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned him that Athens would not receive a cent more in aid until it met its commitments to the euro zone.

Greece was due to get a vital 8 billion euro installment this month and says it will run out of money in mid-December if it does not get the loan. Despite the turmoil in Athens and uncertainty over the euro zone, European stock markets and the euro rallied in volatile trading as the likelihood grew that Greece would not hold the highly risky referendum. The European Central Bank also provided a surprise boost by cutting interest rates by 25 points to 1.25 percent and saying its policy of buying euro zone government bonds would continue for now with limited scope to support its monetary policy. The leaders of China, Russia and the United States pressed the Europeans to move more swiftly to contain the debt crisis, with Washington urging Germany to relent and let the ECB play a greater role in financial firefighting, G20 sources said. "Europe should aid itself. The European Union has everything for that today -- the political authority, the financial resources and the backing of many countries," Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said the leaders had discussed contingency plans if

Greece were to leave the euro zone, "but my expectation is that cooler heads will prevail and the package will be accepted (by Greece)". ITALY NEXT Italy was next in the euro zone firing line, facing fierce pressure to make good on long delayed economic reforms. European G20 leaders along with U.S. President Barack Obama, IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde and new ECB President Mario Draghi met on the sidelines to press Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi for a timetable for key labor market, pension and privatization measures, EU sources said. Berlusconi failed to win agreement from his divided center -right cabinet for the reforms just before flying to Cannes. A draft plan agreed with the G20 on Thursday includes a commitment by Italy to get its budget deficit "near balance" by 2013 and to rapidly reduce its debt-to-GDP ratio, sources told Reuters. That is less ambitious than Italy's promise only last month to balance its budget in 2013. EU leaders are concerned that if Italy cannot get its finances in order, the economy -- the eurozone's third largest -- could go the way of Greece, Ireland and

Portugal in needing a bailout from the EU. GREECE REVOLT In Athens, Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos led the revolt against Papandreou, saying Greece's euro membership was a historic achievement and "cannot depend on a referendum". Dissident PASOK lawmakers called for a temporary national unity government, which some suggested could be led by former ECB vice-president Lucas Papademos. Signaling for the first time a will to compromise, opposition leader Antonis Samaras called for a transitional government to lead Greece to early elections within weeks and said parliament should first ratify last week's 130 billion euro ($178 billion) bailout deal. European Union leaders have long called for national unity in support of painful austerity measures required to cut the country's crippling debt, expected to reach 160 percent of gross domestic product this year. Sarkozy told a news conference the tough message delivered by France and Germany to Greece's political class was starting to bear fruit. "Things are progressing," he said, welcoming Samaras' support for the bailout plan. GREEK page 24

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Groupon set to price closely watched IPO
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Wednesday. To pull the deal off the company cut its valuation by about half. An online coupon sent via email Existing shareholders aren't from Groupon is pictured on a selling and only 4.7 percent of the laptop screen November 29, 2010 company is being offered -- the in Los Angeles. second-smallest stake float in the Credit: Reuters/Fred Prouser past decade. It also skipped By Alistair Barr and Clare meetings with potential investors Baldwin in Europe and Asia. Thu Nov 3, 2011 5:59pm EDT Solid demand for a limited (Reuters) - Groupon Inc is set to supply of Groupon stock may price one of the year's most support the IPO on its Friday closely watched initial public debut. offerings late Thursday, to strong One of the three investors who demand for the scaled-back stock spoke with Reuters on Wednesday market debut of the largest daily said he had placed an order for deal company. 150,000 Groupon shares, but Chief Executive Andrew Mason expected to get a much smaller and his executive team have spent allocation. almost two weeks on the road Another investor who met p i t c h i n g t o i n v e s t o r s a n d Groupon management during the addressing criticism about a r o a d s h o w s a i d l a t e o n r e p l i c a b l e b u s i n e s s m o d e l , Wednesday that he asked to buy slowing growth and accounting stock in the IPO but will not be concerns. getting an allocation. The company is poised to price "It seems very tight," the investor the IPO $1 to $2 above the current added. $16 to $18 range, responding to Longer-term, Groupon shares surprisingly strong demand for the may be volatile on concern about biggest U.S. IPO in months, three the company's ability to generate buyside sources told Reuters on profits and the likelihood that
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existing investors will sell some of their holdings at some point. "The post-IPO investor will be taking a risk on this deal," said Josef Schuster, founder of IPO research and investment house IPOX Schuster. "It's maybe a good trade for a day trader, in and out in a single day, but I don't want to be in it for the long run," Schuster said. He added that IPOX did not ask for shares in the IPO because it has a multi-year time horizon. FLOAT Schuster thinks Groupon is worth $3 billion to $5 billion. If the IPO prices at $19 or $20, the company will be valued at about $12 billion or $13 billion. A year ago, Groupon turned down a $6 billion offer from Google Inc. Earlier this year, the daily deal company began talking to bankers about an IPO that would have valued it at more than $20 billion. By October, Groupon was planning to raise about $540 million from the IPO, down from $750 million earlier in the year. Other Internet companies that

went public this year also floated a small amount of their outstanding stock, but the floats were not as small as Groupon's 4.7 percent. LinkedIn, a social-networking company focused on professionals, floated 8.3 percent of its shares, while Pandora Media, an online music streaming service, sold 9.2 percent of the company. LinkedIn surged on the first day of trading in May and the stock remains far above its $45 IPO price. Pandora shares surged initially, then slumped. Its shares traded below the $16 IPO price on Thursday at just over $15. COMPETITION Long term, Groupon's many competitors will likely push the money-losing company even further into the red, said one investor at a $350 million hedge fund who attended the New York roadshow but decided to pass on the IPO. "On the roadshow they say they're going to keep marketing spending relatively flat on absolute terms

yet they'll get margin expansion from it but I seriously doubt it," said the investor. "Competition is coming: you're going to have to spend more." , the world's largest Internet retailer; Google, the biggest online search company; and American Express, a leading credit card issuer, have all launched daily deal businesses this year. "When you take a closer look, the only reason that they're generating cash flow is because they stretch out the payment terms to merchants to 60 days," the investors said. "If that wasn't the case, they'd actually be burning cash." (Reporting by Alistair Barr; Editing by Richard Chang) 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 recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.

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When Mississippi voters go to the polls on Tuesday to elect a new governor and legislature, they will also be handed three ballot initiatives, including one that would restrict the state's ability to expropriate land under eminent domain laws. Initiative 31 would impose a 10year waiting period on any eminent domain taking if a private property were to be transferred to another person. At the heart of this initiative is the 2005 US Supreme Court case Kelo v City of New London. In that case, the justices ruled 5-4 that the state of Connecticut could take the home owned by Suzette Kelo and turn it over to a private developer, who wanted to put up a hotel, condos and a shopping complex. "We've just looked around the country and seen what's happening in other states and we're just trying to be proactive," said Randy Knight, who is leading the charge for passage of 31. "We're trying to put out the fire before it gets here." Knight is a Mississippi dairy farmer and president of the state Farm Bureau Federation. The Farm Bureau is the driving force behind the initiative -- taking the

issue to the people after Gov. Haley Barbour vetoed two similar measures that came from the Legislature. "We just don't think the government has the power or the authority to take private land and turn it over to someone else for economic development," Knight

told Fox News. The Farm Bureau has mounted an aggressive campaign of billboards, radio and Internet ads imploring voters to "stop eminent domain abuse." Opponents of Initiative 31 say that's just plain misleading. "They're running billboards that

say stop eminent domain abuse. What abuse? Show me a victim," said Leland Speed, the director of Mississippi's Development Authority. Speed says the only recent example of the state taking property is in Blue Springs -- near Tupelo. There, the state took land

from a church to build a Toyota assembly plant. The grand opening is next week. But the church had closed down in 1927. The land was abandoned -- no owner could be found to see if they wanted to sell to Toyota. MISSISSIPPI page 24

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months. It was his connection with a judge at a tech conference after that trip that landed him his first real investment, worth $25,000. It was that investment that spurred the move of the company from New York to San Francisco, where he is now in charge of 50 employees. Recent Controversy When the new changes to Klout's algorithm took effect last week, Fernandez was on a business trip in Europe and was taken aback by the reaction. “The last week there have been so many rumors," he said. "There are just a lot of misconceptions about the new algorithm. We are addressing some concerns.” “What annoys me the most is the rumor that it [the new algorithm] penalizes you for talking to people with low influence,” he said. “We are not about that kind of elitism. In reality, the way it works is that anyone who engages in your content helps you, the more influential they are the more helpful it is.”

The reality is 53 percent of peoples scores actually went up, he told Fox News Latino. The CEO admits he’s surprised by the reaction but believes the controversy over the new algorithm is partly because the people who dropped in score tended to be more at the top end, so they are louder about it. In the meantime, the Klout creator does have some advice on what people should and shouldn’t do to raise their scores. “I think people should care about their Klout score but changing the way you are on social media to benefit your Klout score is ultimately a losing strategy in the same way that trying to play the SEO game instead of creating quality content is ultimately a losing strategy [for websites],” Fernandez explained while comparing his algorithm with how Google uses their algorithm to rank websites. “The hardest thing is consistency. The Internet has a short attention span," he said. "If you disappear

for a couple of days or a week it can be a challenge. It’s about finding that balance between being present without being noisy. If you talk too much people will tune you out. It’s about finding that right tempo which is the biggest challenge.” The Future of Klout Fernandez believes Klout can really force companies to recognize individuals for the power of their word of mouth, a concept he thinks is “really exciting.” “I think of NIKE paying millions of dollars for someone like Lebron James,” he said. “I imagine the power of having 1,000 mini Lebrons across the United States talking about NIKE.” Fernandez expects a huge amount of growth from his company and now, more than ever, he understands the stakes. After all, when it comes to Klout scores, it’s not just business – it’s personal. Fernandez admits the road for

Klout has been a roller coaster and he is still trying to grasp the success of the company thus far. But this is only the beginning. “From a consumer standpoint I want it to be a VIP pass to the entire world," he said. "For the first time, I want Klout to have network value. I want people to have the ability to attract or push away customers.” Bryan Llenas can be reached at m or on Twitter@LlenasLatino. Follow us on foxnewslatino Like us at foxnewslatino 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 recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.

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Three councils to get divisional scheme ABC Online The Queensland Government has decided to change the way residents in the three local government areas of Gympie, Fraser Coast and Townsville are represented. Local Government Minister Paul Lucas says the three councils will now have... Councillors split into divisions in Townsville, Gympie and Fraser Coast Courier Mail News soon on divisions The Gympie Times all 4 news articles »

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The Guardian PM 'in danger of neglecting women', warn Tory MPs David Cameron has concentrated too much on promoting policies that appeal to men and not women, according to a new group of Conservative MPs. By

Christopher Hope, Senior Political Correspondent The Tory MPs have set up an informal group to act as a... Exclusive: Tory rebels form new Eurosceptic group The

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Euro area leaders talked openly of a possible Greek exit from the 17-nation currency area, seeking to maximize pressure on Athens and preserve the euro in case of a "no" vote. Merkel repeated that the stability of the euro had priority for Germany over Greece's euro membership, touching a popular nerve at home. Germany's best selling Bild newspaper railed against Greece and demanded it be ejected from the euro. A telephone poll found 86 percent of Germans want Greece out of the currency. The chairman of euro zone finance ministers, Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker, said policymakers were working on possible scenarios for a Greek exit. The specter of a possible hard Greek default and euro exit hung over the G20 summit, highlighting Europe's frailty and divisions just when Sarkozy had hoped to showcase his leadership of the world's major economies. The summit had been meant to focus on reforms of the global monetary system and steps to rein in speculative capital flows and regulate commodities markets, but the shockwaves from Greece

upended the talks. Obama said Europe had taken some important steps toward a comprehensive solution to its debt crisis but now needed to flesh out and implement the plan quickly. A disorderly Greek default would reverberate across the euro zone, engulfing big economies like Italy and Spain, and potentially plunging the global economy into a recession. CREDIT LINES? Euro zone finance ministers are working to accelerate implementation of an anti-crisis package agreed on October 27. That plan, which includes debt relief for Greece, a recapitalization of European banks and a leveraging of the bloc's rescue fund, was meant to stem the two-year old crisis before Papandreou's referendum call cast the bloc into turmoil. Officials said the meeting focused on speeding up the creation of a firewall to protect other vulnerable euro zone states from the fallout from Greece. The risk premium on Italian bonds over safe-haven German Bunds has hit euro-lifetime highs this week, despite European Central Bank buying of its bonds. Spain had to pay its highest yield

since 2008 at a bond auction on Thursday. The G20 is considering an IMF proposal to create a new shortterm line of credit to help countries that are facing economic shocks beyond their control, a G20 official familiar with the talks said. British finance minister George Osborne said leaders discussed increasing the global lender's resources, which China strongly backed, and he had heard no dissenting voices. (Additional reporting by Lefteris Papadimas in Athens, David Ljungren, Abhijit Neogy, Giselda Vagnoni, Catherine Bremer, Gernot Heller, Daniel Flynn, Luke Baker, Gui Qing Koh and Alexei Anischuk in Cannes; Writing by Paul Taylor; Editing by Janet McBride) 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 recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.

News Corp's HR chief Beryl Cook departs
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News Corporation's head of human resources is stepping down from the embattled media empire.

The state put $330,000 in a trust account. No one has come forward to claim it. Speed says if Initiative 31 passes, it could kill the type of jobs projects that the state put together with Toyota. "I have had an opportunity to see what is necessary to attract megaprojects and what has to happen," he said. "And this totally messes up our ability to compete effectively." Bishop Ronnie Crudup of the New Horizon Church agrees. He has campaigned in barbershops and other venues across the city, hoping to get people to vote against 31. "Talk radio, been on television and different things like that, talking about it just to let them know this is bad for the state of Mississippi. We need to do everything we can to encourage job creation and to do something that would shoot ourselves in the foot," Crudup said. Supporters of the measure dismiss talk that Initiative 31 will be a jobs killer. "We're one of only seven states that haven't adopted a strong eminent domain law," Knight said. "Other states have adopted a strong eminent domain law. They're still getting jobs. They're still getting economic development. They're still getting businesses to come set up in their state." According to Steve Bullock, senior attorney at the Institute For Justice, 43 states have revised their laws regarding private

property and eminent domain. Twenty-two of them have laws that are just as strong as the measure that's on the Mississippi ballot next Tuesday, Bullock said. The most outspoken foe of Initiative 31 is Barbour. He says people are under the misimpression that it will stop all cases of eminent domain expropriation. "It will not affect more than 99 percent of the eminent domain cases in Mississippi -- they're exempt," he said. This time around, though, Barbour does not have the power of the veto pen. This one is in the hands of the people. Both candidates to replace the term-limited Barbour -Republican Phil Bryant and Democrat Johnny DuPree -- have thrown their full support behind the initiative. Speed said he thinks opponents are fighting a losing battle. "This is a very emotional topic," he said. "It's motherhood and apple pie. And politicians in an election year won't touch this thing with a 10-foot pole." 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 recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.

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zone. "Venizelos told him he must make Submitted at 11/3/2011 5:12:31 PM a graceful exit both for his sake By Dina Kyriakidou and for the party's sake and that ATHENS| Thu Nov 3, 2011 the ministers would help him do 6:12pm EDT it," the source said. "This is (Reuters) - Greek Prime Minister p r o v i d e d h e s u r v i v e s t h e George Papandreou has struck a confidence vote, which is not at deal with ministers to step down all certain." and hand power to a negotiated A minister present at the meeting coalition government if they help said Papandreou agreed to step him win a confidence vote on down after he had forged a Friday, government sources with coalition with the conservative knowledge of a cabinet meeting New Democracy party. said. "That was the agreement," the They said the ministers involved minister said on condition of in the deal were led by Finance anonymity. "That is now proving Minister Evangelos Venizelos. difficult because (opposition "He was told that he must leave leader Antonis) Samaras is setting calmy in order to save his party," all these conditions." one source told Reuters on Sources at New Democracy said condition of anonymity. "He they envisaged a non-political agreed to step down. It was very government that will rule for one civilized, with no acrimony." month to six weeks and The source said Papandreou Papandreou's resignation was a admitted he had made a mistake key condition. in calling on Monday for a "We don't want to even have our referendum on a bailout package own people in this government. In agreed with the EU last week. fact it would be best if it was German and French leaders completely non-political," a senior summoned him to a meeting in ND official said. Cannes on Wednesday where they Government officials said the demanded Greece keep to the deal socialists would negotiate for it to or risk exclusion from the euro last for 6 months and probably

end up with 3 months. Both parties agree that this government would ratify the bailout agreement and then take the country to elections. If ND managed to win them outright, it would try to renegotiate the agreement. "We only want to discuss and change what is not working and only with our partner's agreement. Policies that take us backward must change. For example, we've seen that every time they raise taxes, tax revenues go down," the ND official said. Officials at PM's office refused to comment on the discussions in the cabinet. He has not said he would resign and his office has repeatedly denied such an intention. (Reporting by Dina Kyriakidou) 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 recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.


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First National Emergency Somali Pirates Broadcast Test Scheduled Release Algerian Ship
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By Steve Gigliotti Epoch Times Staff Created: Nov 3, 2011 Last Updated: Nov 3, 2011 Announcement countdown from the FCC's website marking the date and time of the natio's first test of the Emergency Alert System. (Courtesy of The “this is only a test” message that everyone has heard on TV or radio will be seen and heard simultaneously across the country this week, when the Emergency Alert System (EAS) transmits it on Nov. 9 at 2:00 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time). The purpose is to “assess the reliability and effectiveness of the EAS as a public alert mechanism,” according to a statement from the system. EAS participants, including television and radio broadcasters, satellite radio and satellite television providers, as well as cable television and wireline video providers, perform state and local weekly tests, but this will be the first nationwide test. No review of the entire system has

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happened until this week. According to the FCC, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will use the results of the test to assess the reliability of the EAS mechanism and make improvements if needed. The EAS started in 1994. It replaced the Emergency Broadcast System (EBS) that began in 1963. The EAS informs the public about emergencies and weather events. The test will last approximately 30 seconds. Due to limitations with the system, some viewers or

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Aden off the coast of Somalia. There has been an upswing in Submitted at 11/3/2011 3:22:45 PM pirate attacks this year, especially Somali pirates released an in the Indian Ocean, according to Algerian cargo ship with a crew a r e c e n t r e p o r t f r o m t h e of 25 on Thursday. International Maritime Bureau. Since Jan. 1, the pirates held the Compared with 2010‘s figures, MV Blida and crew hostage after attacks are up 22 percent in it was hijacked in the Arabian Sea January to September, the report off the coast of Oman. The crew added. However, pirates were less consists of 17 Algerians, 6 successful overall in actually U k r a i n i a n s , 2 F i l i p i n o s , a hijacking ships. Jordanian, and an Indonesian. Last week, U.K. Prime Minister “Somali pirates released the Blida David Cameron announced that ship with five of our compatriots British ships will be able to carry on board,” the Ukrainian Foreign armed guards on board to deter Ministry said in a statement. “The pirate attacks. ship has been deployed to a safe This entry passed through the port.” Full-Text RSS service — if this is The ministry noted that there are your content and you're reading it currently “no Ukrainian sailors on someone else's site, please read held in the captivity of pirates.” the FAQ at’s release comes just only/faq.php#publishers. Five two days after Somali pirates Filters recommends: Donate to h i j a c k e d a G r e e c e - o w n e d Wikileaks. chemical tanker in the Gulf of

Danish jazz bandleader Papa Bue dies (AP)
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AP - Danish trombonist and known as Papa Bue, has died. He bandleader Arne Bue Jensen, was 81.

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Pakistan's Afghanistan Plan: Strategic Depth 2.0
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Spectrum judge bins gender plea with 'elite' label on Kanimozhi - Calcutta Telegraph
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The past month has seen an unusual flurry of diplomacy between the U.S. and Pakistan, with relations going from troubled to tense to partially reconciled. The row began when outgoing Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that the Haqqani Network was a “veritable arm” of Pakistan’s military intelligence agency, the ISI. The Pakistani government and military responded by denying any such links and strongly cautioned against U.S. unilateral action inside Pakistan. The U.S. then took steps to lower the temperature, dispatching U.S. Special Envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan Marc Grossman, followed by a high-profile visit by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton,

accompanied by CIA Director David Petraeus and newly appointed Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey. Clinton urged Pakistan to take action against the Haqqani Network, but in a surprising volte face also publicly asked Pakistan to"encourage the Taliban to enter negotiations.” Pakistan agreed to do the latter. The entire episode shined a bright light on the Pakistani security establishment’s ties to the Afghan Taliban. This relationship has often been described as Pakistan’s “double game” or “hedging strategy” and is explained as arising from Islamabad’s desire to gain “strategic depth” in Afghanistan -- that is, to have a friendly, Pashtun-dominated government in Kabul as an insurance policy in Pakistan’s historical rivalry with India. This vision of strategic depth surfaced

in the late-1980s and defined Pakistan’s objectives in Afghanistan throughout the 1990s. The policy amounted to rendering Afghanistan a satellite state and had a two-pronged focus: Deny India military and political influence in Afghanistan, and ensure that the government in Kabul would not incite Pakistani Pashtuns to secede. Accordingly, Pakistan provided the Taliban logistical, military and political support under the government of Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and helped them capture Kabul in 1996. ... 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 recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.

The Hindu Spectrum judge bins gender plea with 'elite' label on Kanimozhi Calcutta Telegraph New Delhi, Nov. 3: The 2G trial court today rejected Kanimozhi's bail plea saying the DMK Rajya Sabha member belonged to an elite section of society and therefore could not claim the privilege of being a woman to

seek bail. A weeping Kanimozhi, 43,... No bail for Kani, 7 others Deccan Herald Kanimozhi breaks down as fourth bail plea rejected Hindustan Times Court refuses bail to Kanimozhi, 7 others in 2G scam Times of India Economic Times- The HinduChandigarh Tribune all 466 news articles »

Daily App Deals: A Powerful Personal Finance App for Android for Nearly 50% Off [Deals]
John Verive (Lifehacker)
Submitted at 11/3/2011 2:30:00 PM

The Daily App Deals post is a round-up of the best app discounts of the day, as well as some

notable mentions for ones that are on sale. More »

Personal info returned to UK consumers with 'midata'
Mark Brown
Submitted at 11/3/2011 10:52:16 AM

Google, Three and MasterCard are among 26 companies that have signed up to a government

initiative called "midata", that's aimed at giving UK citizens access to the personal information kept by corporations. The take-away mantra is that "data should be released back to

consumers," and organisations will hand over your key

information in a portable, Duncan Geere Continue reading... electronic format -- called "personal data inventories" (PDIs). They'll be released in 2012. By: Mark Brown, Edited by:


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News of the World hackers may have targeted 5800 victims - Daily Mail
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YOU CAN LEAD MY FREE WORLD ANY TIME: The G20 pics that reveal a very special ...
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than has previously... Phone-hack victims 'up to 5800' Submitted at 11/3/2011 5:37:58 PM BBC News USA Today Met finds names of 5800 News of the World hackers may p o t e n t i a l h a c k i n g v i c t i m s have targeted 5800 victims Financial Times Daily Mail Phone hacking: number of N e a r l y 5 8 0 0 c e l e b r i t i e s , possible victims is almost 5800, politicians, sports stars and others police confirm The Guardian may have been targeted in the AFP- The Press AssociationNews of the World hacking scandal, it was claimed last night. all 99 news articles » The latest figures suggest the practice was far more widespread

when he visits Australia this month. Picture: AP Source: AP SHE... Julia Gillard has met with Barack YOU CAN LEAD MY FREE Obama at the G20 The Australian WORLD ANY TIME: The G20 Jobs focus at home and abroad pics that reveal a very special... Sydney Morning Herald Australian trade plan gains President Barack Obama greets momentum Business Spectator Australia's Prime Minister Julia The Canberra Times- Herald Sun Gillard at the G20 Summit in - ABC Online Cannes. Picture: AP Source: AP all 203 news articles » Funny guy: Obama will give Gillard's political standing a boost
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Giles Fraser: Church risks being 'spiritual arm of heritage industry'
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Raj warns of 'riots' if Blow to Greens' gas 'denial' as report backs Nirupam, others continued mining - The Australian to provoke - Rediff
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Sydney Morning Herald Blow to Greens' gas 'denial' as report backs mining The Australian GREENS' claims that there is no scientific proof coal-seam gas is better for the environment than coal have been undermined by a new expert report, which finds the carbon footprint of generating power from gas is up to 87 per

cent smaller than that... Coal seam gas company rocks into Canberra ABC Online Seeking land protection against coal seam gas mining Manning River Times Coal seam gas 'clean' claims under attack Sydney Morning Herald Herald Sun- Mail all 458 news articles »

there would be "riots". A war of words has begun after Congress MP... India Today Rein in your leaders: Raj tells Raj warns of 'riots' if Nirupam, Congress Hindustan Times others continued to provoke Mumbai fireworks on parochial Rediff issue Business Standard M a h a r a s h t r a [ I m a g e s ] Shiv Sena made Raj Thackeray N a v n i r m a n S e n a c h i e f R a j big: Uddhav Daily News & Thackeray [ Images ] on Thursday Analysis said if north Indian-origin leaders in Mumbai [ Images ] did not stop all 33 news articles » making inflammatory statements,
Submitted at 11/3/2011 5:36:02 PM Giles Fraser: Church risks being 'spiritual arm of heritage industry' The Church of England risks becoming the “spiritual arm of the heritage industry” unless it changes its attitude to money, according to the outspoken cleric who resigned from St Paul's Cathedral last week. By Martin Beckford, and Victoria Ward The Rev... What do clergy who have resigned do next? The Guardian VIDEO: Protest 'an accident of geography' BBC News The St Paul's protests The Economist Daily Mail- Grimsby TelegraphBurton Mail all 47 news articles »

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Let CBI investigate illegal mining in Goa, demand BJP - Times of India
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Submitted at 11/3/2011 5:25:08 PM

Kevin Rose’s Oink Hits The App Store
Erick Schonfeld (TechCrunch)
Submitted at 11/3/2011 3:42:17 PM

The Hindu Let CBI investigate illegal mining in Goa, demand BJP Times of India PANAJI: A BJP delegation on Thursday met President Pratibha Patil and submitted a memorandum demanding that the illegal mining scam in Goa be handed over to a special

investigating team or the central bureau of investigation (CBI).... BJP seeks CBI probe into Goa mining scam The Hindu Gadkari meets President on illegal mining in Goa Daily Pioneer Gadkari urges President to direct action against Goa govt All India Radio Newstrack India- Parda Phash all 14 news articles »

Ala. man whose case changed mental care dies at 57 (AP)
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Submitted at 11/3/2011 3:03:28 PM

lawsuit helped lead to nationwide changes in mental health care has died.

AP - An Alabama man whose

Oink, the first app from Milk, Kevin Rose’s startup lab is now available in iTunes. Oink is an app that lets you rate things at different places, and uses social reputation to help others figure out who to trust about what topics. Rose gave a preview of Oink a couple weeks ago at the Web 2.0 Summit. At the time, I wrote: Oink is a mobile app that lets you rank things in different places. So instead of ranking a restaurant or point of interest, you can rank specific things at those places. Rose showed an example of one of his favorite places, The Samovar Tea Lounge. On Oink, you can rank the different teas at the lounge, and see how they rank against the other teas there and teas you can get nearby.

founded by Kevin Rose, Jeff Hodsdon, and Daniel Burka. Everything is based on hashtags Milk has announced its first like #tea, and each type of #tea is mobile app, Oink, to be released ranked by place or within a this fall. Learn more: Website: geographic radius. You can chose Learn more Person: Kevin Rose to find the best #teas within 1 W e b s i t e : k e v i n r o s e . c o m mile, 5 miles, 25 miles, etc. And Companies: Pownce, Revision3, WeFollow, ngmoco, Six Apart, i/ they all show up on a map Okay, I am off to see Kevin Rose o Ventures, Sofa Labs, Digg, to get a demo. Try out the app Chomp,, Milk and let me know what you think. Kevin Rose is an angel investor Update: the full app is invite-only, and serial entrepreneur. He is the but you can check out most of the C o - F o u n d e r o f M i l k a n d features without an invite. Milk previously the founder of Digg will be letting in thousands of and WeFollow. Rose also cofounded Revision3, and Pownce people a day. (acquired by Six Apart). In Crunchbase addition, Rose is also the co-host • MILK of the tech news podcast • Diggnation and founder of • KEVIN ROSE Foundation, a private newsletter Company: Milk Website: and podcast. Learn more Launch Date: November 3, 2011 Funding:$1.5M Milk is a mobile development lab

Amazon Kindle review (late 2011, no keyboard)
Nate Lanxon
Submitted at 11/3/2011 9:24:00 AM

When Amazon unveiled its new range of Kindles -- including the

Kindle Fire tablet -- our eyes widened. But only this new sixinch keyboardless Kindle is making its way to the UK for the time being, for £89. So the

question is, is it better than the

keyboarded version it now undercuts on seemingly price and design alone? By: Nate Lanxon, Edited by: Duncan Geere Continue reading...



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HTC Rezound first impressions: Music to my ears
Submitted at 11/3/2011 3:46:04 PM

HTC CEO Peter Chou shows off the HTC Rezound.(Credit: Sara Tew/CNET) To absolutely nobody's surprise(and again), HTC today announced the HTC Rezound for Verizon, the first U.S. smartphone to use HTC-owned Beats Audio. Originally known as the Vigor, the Rezound is HTC's stateside answer to Europe and Asia's HTC Sensation XL with Beats Audio, which CNET got a chance to see in early October at CTIA. The Rezound, which features the same integration with the Beats headphones as the Sensation XL, will run on Verizon's ultrafast 4G LTE network. In addition, it's packing a 4.3-inch 720p HD display, which should make mincemeat out of qHD displays we've seen from phones like the Motorola Droid Bionic. There's a ton more besides with this Android 2.3 Gingerbread device, so let's jump in. Design The Rezound has rounded corners, and a face just barely set into the unit. HTC has long delivered on excellent phone craftsmanship, as the Amaze 4G and Sensation phones have demonstrated. The Rezound has a matte back

cover surrounding an island of ridges on its backing, to help with grip. The camera and LED flash are on the back cover, with the

volume rocker on the right spine. It's not as flashy-looking a phone The Micro-USB charging hub is to my eyes as the all-white HTC on the left, and the 3.5mm headset Radar 4G, or even the purple jack is up top. HTC Rhyme, but HTC phones are

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a little extra character. I wish it had Gorilla Glass to better protect the goods. Taking a cue from the HTC Droid Incredible, the Rezound is designed inside and out.(Credit: Sara Tew/CNET) Features The features are where the Rezound can soar. Of course it's off to a good start with Verizon's 4G LTE network, which offers currently unbeatable speeds. The big deal is the set of Beats by Dr. Dre earbuds that come with each phone--I cover those in the following section. Another ballyhooed trait is the phone's 4.3-inch 720p HD touch display. While it certainly sounds impressive, we won't really be able to judge clarity, color, sharpness, and all the rest until we sit it side-by-side with our favorite screens--right now those belong to the Samsung Galaxy S II phones, the iPhone 4S(and iPhone 4), and the LG Marquee. It's also equipped with a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm MDM9600 processor, 1GB RAM, 16GB of internal storage, and a 16GB preinstalled microSD card. It'll carry HTC Sense 3.5, the absolute latest version of HTC's custom Android interface. Sense 3.5 will feature a customizable and interactive lock screen from which you can do things like check the weather, stocks, and social network updates. For multimedia, there's a rearfacing 8-megapixel camera with support for 1080p HD video

capture and fun effects like slowmotion recording. There's a frontfacing 2-megapixel camera as well. These are the top-notch specs we'd hope for in the Rezound, but of course camera quality isn't about megapixels alone. The Rezound has a lowlight sensor to help improve night shots. We shall see. HTC hasn't had a reputation for the ultimate cameras across the board, HTC said during the launch event in New York, despite the feature-packed HTC Amaze 4G and the T-Mobile MyTouch Slide 4G. Like those two, the Rezound's camera will have instant capture, panorama, and action burst modes. There will also be photo-editing tools, which is a definite plus, especially as more and more smartphones from competing brands include these. Other details include a 1,620mAh battery, Bluetooth 3.0, DLNA support, hot-spot support for up to 10 devices, and Mobile High Definition Link (MHL) capability for watching content on a compatible HDTV. Apps like HTC Watch, a movie app, are also onboard. Beats Audio Just how good is Beats by Dr. Dre? Good enough to warrant buying the phone? Our team got a demo of the Sensation XL's Beats headphones at CTIA and yes, with the one-two combination of the hardware (the headsets) with the onboard software, they made a big difference.

When you plug in the headphones, the phone recognizes that you've got Beats. When you turn on the software algorithm, it really boosts the sound, specifically boosting the bass and creating louder, fuller, and heavier audio. It's like playing music through your car speakers, versus pumping up a bass line you can feel thrumming in your seat. One often-heard criticism is that the headphones aren't a one-sizefits-all solution for every musical genre. One common complaint is that the aggressive tones degrade more delicate symphonies and choral music. However, people who predominantly listen to rock, hip-hop, and other genres in that vein will notice a rounder sound. Of course, we'll do some more indepth audio tests once we get a phone in hand for an appreciable length of time. The Beats in-ear headphones on their own range from $120 to $180 when you buy them through retail channels, so there's a definite advantage to buying an HTC Beats phone like the Rezound, which has in-ear buds bundled in. What I will say is that if you're simultaneously in the market for a new phone and some new earbuds, get ye to a Verizon store when these come out and try them for yourself. Pro tip: if you can manage it, take a microSD card filled with songs you like to see how the Beats-enhanced sound plays out. The Ice Cream Sandwich

question Verizon has a problem on its hands. It's lining up a plethora of presumably fantastic phones, like the razor-thin Motorola Droid Razr and this here Rezound. But it's also going to start selling the formidable Samsung Galaxy Nexus sometime in mid-to-late November, with its enormous Ice Cream Sandwich update. Where does that leave the Rezound? The good news is, Rezound fans (and HTC devotees) should know that HTC is committed to bringing phones introduced within 18 months of an Android release up to speed, so yes, the Rezound will get Ice Cream Sandwich. HTC has already said during its launch announcement that Ice Cream Sandwich "will likely come early next year." The question I can't answer is exactly when, but look for it in January. Price and availability The HTC Rezound will cost $299.99 with a new, two-year Verizon service agreement and will be available beginning November 14 at Verizon, Best Buy, and Best Buy Mobile stores. You'll also need a $39.99 minimum Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk plan and a minimum $30-per-month data plan. This is a costly bundle that makes the Rezound one of Verizon's priciest phones, and that's even without the prestige of Android Ice Cream Sandwich--for now. LTE is expensive, there's premium hardware on hand if you

count the prestige headphones, and it has the hottest specs on the market, so the price, while high, is not a surprise. I suspect holiday deals will kick in once the phone hits shelves. In sum The HTC Rezound did not disappoint. The screen quality, camera, and speed all promise to be top-of-the-line, and the phone also comes with a pair of celebrity -branded in-ear headphones that are worth quite a bit on their own. At $300 and data requirements, the Rezound may be one of Verizon's priciest phones, but it also promises to be one of its most powerful. It'll be a hot contender against Verizon's other forthcoming handset powerhouses: the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and the Motorola Droid Razr. CNET will bring you a full, indepth review as quickly as we can once we get a review unit in our hot little hands. 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 recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.



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It's Apple's Sandbox, Developers Just Play In It
Joe Brockmeier (ReadWriteWeb)
Submitted at 11/3/2011 6:00:00 PM

Despite a number of cogent arguments against it, Apple is going through with the requirement for apps in the Mac App Store to be sandboxed. A number of Mac developers have already spoken up about the policy, but Apple's going through with it anyway. Initially set to go into effect this month, Apple has moved the deadline to March 1, 2012. Does Apple really know better than independent developers here, or is it just being a bully in its own sandbox? Sponsor The basic concept isn't bad: Apple wants to restrict applications to a "sandbox" that limits their access to system resources, as a security measure. If applications distributed through the Mac App Store are compromised, it limits the damage they can do to a user's machines. So this sounds good in theory, but it's tying the hands of a lot of developers in terms of being able to distribute through the App Store. But is it actually going to work, is it necessary and will there be more restrictions down the road for apps not in the App Store? What's Restricted

Apple is restricting most things by default, and only giving developers "entitlements" to a limited set of system resources. This includes things like access to a user's movies, iTunes folder, built-in microphone and/or camera, the Downloads folder, address book, calendar and so on. Essentially, the resources that Apple's powers that be have determined to be of most interest and valid targets for developers. Note that all of these resources are "entitlements," which means that developers have to request access to them. It's not up to the user, it's got to pass muster before an app ships through the Mac App Store. More on that in a moment. Pauli Olavi Ojala works on Conduit and Radi. Today he writes about the problems with the Mac App Sandbox and the kind of applications it will limit. According to Ojala, it will prohibit all manner of applications and plugins being distributed via the app store. (Plugins because they'd need to be placed in another app's container or directory structure, which is already a no-no.) If an application wants access to, say, the Thunderbolt port? Nope, that's not allowed. It also means that backup software isn't allowed in the App Store, obviously. It will, of course, rule out apps like

VMware's Fusion or Parallels. Of course, a lot of applications are already locked out of the App Store. Dumb and Dumber... Apps Even the "entitlements" that Apple has carved out are not guaranteed to developers. I see this as both good and bad. Having Apple as the arbiter of whether you can access a system resource or not is sub-optimal when developers have a legitimate need to access that resource. Then again, there's legitimate concern that some shops will ship software that goes peeking into corners that it shouldn't. Does a game need access to my contacts? Does a productivity app really need access to my microphone or camera? But Apple's vision here seems to be a world of apps that don't and can't really talk to one another and that's, well, not optimal. As Andy Ihnatko writes about not being

able to interact with the Preview app: "why on Earth wouldn't Apple's own utility for viewing, modifying, and converting images and PDFs be a superstar of scriptable apps?!?" Why indeed? I'm wondering if, for instance, applications like Evernote will have to be pushed out of the App store – or completely hobbled to live in it. Evernote is a pretty popular app on Mac OS X. One of the best features of Evernote is the ability to grab Web pages. Evernote kind of has to "talk" to the other apps to be able to do that. If Ojala is right, Evernote wouldn't even be able to take screenshots. At all. There's no entitlement for that. Security Theater All of these restrictions remind me a bit too much of the security rules for flying today. Only 3 ounces of liquid. No nail clippers. And so on. But you can buy a couple of bottles of high-proof alcohol (that would make for excellent weapons) in the duty free and take them on the plane. So there's a lot of applications that are out there that can be exploited, and what's the protection from those? Worse, what's the protection from applications that are malware in the first place? Apple's Way or The Highway

To sum up, Apple has gotten a lot of its users used to finding software via the App Store. First via iOS, then with the Mac App Store. Then the company has steadily tightened restrictions and grabbed for more revenue for the apps distributed via the iOS App Store. Now the company is essentially dumbing down the applications that can be distributed via the App Store. I really have to wonder whether there will be a day when Mac OS X is like iOS: The only way to install applications on a stock system will be through the App Store. I'm trying to avoid looking at this as a black and white issue, because it's not as simple as "restrictions bad, freedom good." As we've seen with Android, developers can and do abuse app stores. Having a gatekeeper is not always a bad thing. But this tips the scales. Apple is being overly restrictive, at least as far as I'm concerned. We no doubt have quite a few Mac users and developers in the audience: What do you think about the new rules? Is Apple getting it right, or should they back off? Discuss

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Microsoft Finally Contributed Code to Samba Open Source Interop Project
Scott M. Fulton, III (ReadWriteWeb)

changed," wrote Samba's Chris Sertel yesterday. "We still disagree on some things such as Submitted at 11/3/2011 6:40:00 PM the role of software patents in Five years ago, the complaint p r e v e n t i n g t h e c r e a t i o n o f against Microsoft brewing before i n n o v a t i v e s o f t w a r e ; b u t the European Court of First Microsoft is now at the forefront Instance was that it was not of efforts to build a stronger contributing enough knowledge c o m m u n i t y a n d i m p r o v e about Windows' source code to let interoperability in the SMB others develop services for it. world." The change from both That didn't make sense to the sides European Commission, which "Disagree" is a noticeable toning openly asked, what good is an down from the language Samba operating system if it doesn't e m p l o y e d i n i t s o r i g i n a l operate anything except itself? objections to Microsoft's business Yesterday, the organization conduct. Sensing a conspiracy to responsible for the Free Software- neutralize competition, five years licensed system of file and print ago next week, Samba published a services called Samba - the group condemnation of Microsoft's that had helped keep Microsoft in patent covenant deal with Novell. c o u r t f o r o v e r s i x y e a r s - Alleging the deal was an attempt acknowledged that a distribution t o d i v i d e F r e e S o f t w a r e that showed up in Samba's proponents from the sources of respositories on October 11 commercial software that may contained interoperability code eventually become free, the for Windows from Microsoft Samba team wrote, "The GPL itself. [General Public License] makes it Sponsor clear that all distributors of GPL'd "A few years back, a patch software must stand together in s u b m i s s i o n f r o m c o d e r s a t the fight against software patents. Microsoft would have been Only by standing together do we a m a z i n g t o t h e p o i n t o f stand a chance of defending unthinkable, but the battles are against the peril represented by mostly over and times have software patents. With this

of abuse of dominant power in September 2007, it was ordered to freely disclose interoperability code, and to regularly communicate how it was complying with that order with the aid of an appointed monitoring trustee. By March 2009, the EC determined that Microsoft was sharing enough code to render the need for the trustee unnecessary. But a fine of nearly €900 million agreement Novell is attempting to hung over Microsoft in the destroy that unified defense, i n t e r i m , a n d l a s t M a y , t h e exchanging the long term interests company's objection to the fine of the entire Free Software was heard. A final ruling on that community for a short term fine is forthcoming. advantage for Novell over their Responding to that objection, c o m p e t i t o r s . " N o v e l l h a d Samba creator Andrew Tridgell distributed its version of the was quoted as saying that while Linux kernel under the GPL Microsoft had publicly published established by the Free Software c e r t a i n e l e m e n t s o f i t s Foundation. interoperability code, it had The current version of the GPL withheld certain mundane parts of makes no such imposition on the code that the company licensees to stand up against claimed should be licensed to software patents in general, but others only for a fee. r a t h e r s t i p u l a t e s t h a t t h e "There is nothing innovative c o n t r i b u t o r t o t h e l i c e n s e d here," Free Software Foundation software may not impose any Europe quotes Tridgell as saying. patents rights it may have against "All the innovative bits are either any user of the software. The already published by Microsoft's long, long fine own researchers, or are contained After Microsoft was found guilty in the Microsoft program source

code - and we have no interest in seeing that. The innovation certainly isn't in the protocol specifications." The fact that the withheld portion of the code was indeed mundane was actually the subject of a 2007 EC objection, which proposed that no company should be allowed to charge money for something that isn't unique and worthy of protection. The full extent of what Microsoft did contribute to Samba is unknown, and Microsoft had not provided comment to RWW by press time. But Samba's Chris Hertel, at least, saw the contribution as significant, and noted the seismic shift in the landscape in five years' time: "Most people didn't even notice the source of the contribution. That's how far things have come in the past four-ish years," he wrote, "but some of us saw this as a milestone, and wanted to make a point of expressing our appreciation for the patch and the changes we have seen." Discuss



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Samsung Galaxy Player 5.0 vs Galaxy S II [Video]
Chris Burns (SlashGear)
Submitted at 11/3/2011 5:53:03 PM

Now that we’ve reviewed the gigantic Galaxy Player 5.0 for what it is on its own, it’s time to compare to the rest of the market a bit more in-depth, starting with what at first glance might appear to be the Player’s closest cousin: the Galaxy S II. Before we continue, know this: it’s almost as if these two devices aren’t from the same family, that’s how different they are. Though the Galaxy Player 5.0 is only being released now near the holiday season, the Galaxy S II (in all its forms here in the United States) takes no prisoners when it comes to power and abilities. The Galaxy S II comes in several different shapes and sizes here in the United States, two of the more powerful ones being the two we’ve got right here, the Galaxy S II from AT&T and the Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch. The first of two has a 4.32-inch display at 480 x 800 resolution and a 1.2GHz dualcore processor made by Samsung. The Epic 4G Touch has the same specifications on a 4.5-inch display. This means that the pixel density is down but the power is the same. The Galaxy Player 5.0 has a single-core processor at 1Ghz that’s also made by Samsung and a display that’s 5-

inches large with the same 480 x 800 pixel resolution. In addition, the Galaxy Player has a TFT LCD display while the Galaxy S II units both have a Super AMOLED Plus display. Have a look here to see if you can spot the differences in quality: Each of the displays above are set to full brightness, and the device on the far right is the Samsung Stratosphere. This device is a 4G LTE enabled Samsung device

with a Super AMOLED (not plus) display also at 480 x 800 pixel resolution. Again, see if you can tell the difference from the photo above. Have a peek at the video below for a hands-on comparison of the Galaxy Player 5.0, the Galaxy S II in the two flavors mentioned, and the Stratosphere, each of them in kind: So what about price comparisons? Have a peek here at some prices that are live RIGHT

this second here: Galaxy S II AT&T$199 on contract$549 off contract Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch$99.99 on contract$599.99 off contract Samsung Stratosphere$149.99 on contract$409.99 off contract Galaxy Player 5.0$259.00 And heed this again: the Galaxy Player 5.0 has no on contract price because there is no contract in any instance, it’s a Wi-fi only

device. The question you’ve got to ask yourself, as with all decisions between devices like these, is “what do I want this device to do?” If it’s just having a one-time-only cost for a 5-inch display having device that’ll work as a display for games and videos in a variety of places on a Samsung interface, the Galaxy Player 5.0 is your clear winner as SAMSUNG page 39

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HTC Rezound hands-on roundup from around the web
Chris Burns (SlashGear)
Submitted at 11/3/2011 5:02:37 PM

This week a device by the name of HTC Rezound was released, one that’ll be carried by Verizon on their 4G LTE network and will play host to the very first appearance of HTC’s Beats collaborative fruits here in the USA. While several other devices have been announced for the UK already, this 720p (another first for the company) dual-core 1.5GHz processor 4.3-inch display having smartphone will be on its own here in the United States, at least at first. Here in this post there’s a collection of handson accounts from across the web on the device that HTC has already called “Ice Cream Sandwich ready.” Brian Heater of Engadget spoke on how the Beats were flowing through the device, noting that the actual earbuds that will come with the device didn’t seem to be on hand to test out, but that the much more expensive over-the-ear headphones sounded heavy: Unfortunately, the company wasn’t showing off those custom Beats earbuds for our demo, and we had to settle for an over-ear pair — naturally, we rocked a little Dre on the thing. As you’d expect, the sound is extremely bass-heavy. You can thank Beats

for that, no doubt. The music continues to play, even as you launch other apps, which can be bit a distracting when you’re trying to stream a video using the phone’s LTE radio. For the record, that video loaded quite quickly. Chris Ziegler of The Verge has a bit to say about the actual feel of the device, taking special care to assure you that the device isn’t your everyday wafer:

Let’s just cut to the chase: this is a beefyphone. As they did on the Sensation, HTC employs a trick in which it rounds the edges of the device to give the appearance (and feel) that it’s a little less thick than it actually is, but the trick works with less dramatic effect here — there’s just no lying about a shell this deep (13.65mm, according to the official fact sheet). The rear cover has a pretty pronounced non-stick

effect; I wouldn’t call it straightup rubber, but needless to say, it’s not going to slip out of your hands. Jordan Crook of TechCrunch spoke on beats and compared the audio quality to the iPhone: To be honest, I was a bit skeptical over whether or not Beats would make a big difference, but I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the Rezound and its audio quality. I

was really able to hear those low notes in a way that’s lacking on my iPhone and other phones I’ve tested, and anyone who’s all about the tunes will surely appreciate Beats integration. Mark Spoonauer of LaptopMag speaks on how much of an improvement the display is over the DROID BIONIC, another dual -core LTE device on Verizon: HTC page 36



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MacTech 2011: Guy Kawasaki's keynote address
Kelly Guimont (TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog)

and he's good at it, so everybody wins, but it's nice to see something that was more Submitted at 11/3/2011 4:00:00 PM personally about him. Guy Kawasaki was the keynote One of the biggest things he speaker for the first day of learned was how to give a good MacTech 2011. Instead of a talk presentation, and his slides about Enchantment or Bozosity, reflected that. He pointed out that this talk took a different turn: It (like Steve) he uses a dark was about Steve Jobs. background which is easier on the Specifically, it was about what eyes (and if you're a speaker who Guy had learned from Steve and walks into the projector beam, from working for Steve. I really your eyes are saved too), keeping liked his talk since it was a bit the info on a slide as minimal as more personal than some of the possible, and shared his own other presentations I've seen him formula for determining the give. It was fun to watch him m i n i m u m f o n t s i z e i n a walk across a photo of an Apple presentation: Determine the age of employee reunion and point out the oldest person seeing the slides, people and explain who they and divide their age by two. That's were. I really felt like I was your minimum font size. getting a chance to sit and talk I liked his specifics about Steve, with Guy about Steve and Apple too. He was discussing how a and his time there, not like I was leader needs to know when it's sitting in a room full of people time to make a change if the listening to him talk. I enjoy any wrong path was chosen. He said, chance I get to hear him speak, "Steve can say something and

reverse himself later, and you'll think he was right twice." A favorite of the Apple fanatical was the slide after that, which said "Real CEOs demo." (I know it was a favorite, it got applause.) His example was how Steve knew the products well enough to demo

them, and he brought other people in to show off other pieces, but it was basically the Steve show and no other company does that even still. Two things stuck with me as things I learned from Guy that he learned from Steve: First, design

counts. (I already knew I was all over this, but it was reinforced during the talk.) It's important that something look good, and price does NOT equal value. Also, he put up a chart with two axis, "Unique" and "Value". He discussed the other three pieces and then made it to the last one and said, "What I learned from Steve is that history is made in the upper right corner." This was a great way to kick off MacTech 2011, it was nice to start with some fun and a tribute to the person who is why we're all here in Los Angeles in the first place. MacTech 2011: Guy Kawasaki's keynote address originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Thu, 03 Nov 2011 16:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| Email this| Comments

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Having a 720p screen might sound like overkill for a phone, but we appreciated the enhanced detail when loading next to the Droid Bionic. We saw more lines of text on the Rezound, and the panel is fairly bright. However, the viewing angles on this LCD aren’t as wide as what you’ll find on the

HTC Droid RAZR or Galaxy Nexus, both of which have Super AMOLED screens. NOTE several of the images below are from the publishers above as well as HTC USA on Facebook, HTC USA also providing the hero image for this post. BONUS: here’s the official first

promo video for the device: Relevant Entries on • HTC Rezound leaks ahead of Verizon debut • HTC Rezound to get Ice Cream Sandwich early 2012 • Galaxy Nexus found on Verizon MAP for November 10 at $299

• HTC Rezound hyped up by Beats CEO Jimmy Iovine in NYC • SlashGear Weekly Roundup Video – June 12, 2011 • Motorola Disappoints at CTIA • HTC Rezound official • HTC teases first Beats-enabled USA device with event invite HTC Rezound hands-on roundup

from around the web is written by Chris Burns& originally posted on SlashGear. © 2005 - 2011, SlashGear. All right reserved.

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Google alters algorithm to Apple's Siri make results more fresh service hit with another outage

When it comes to recurring events, such as presidential elections or corporate earnings Google altered its search results, the new algorithm algorithm today to bring in more produces results that are most timely topics, a move that affects recent unless the search specifies about 35 percent of all searches. otherwise. The Web giant said it's trying to "Different searches have different surface the most relevant results freshness needs," Singhal wrote. to users, and with more and more "This algorithmic improvement is real-time data popping up on the designed to better understand how Net, Google changed its algorithm to differentiate between these blog post. to find it. kinds of searches and the level of Google's Amit Singhal(Credit: In June, Google completed its freshness you need, and make Caffeine Web indexing system sure you get the most up to the Stephen Shankland/CNET) "Given the incredibly fast pace at that provided "50 percent fresher minute answers." which information moves in results," the company said then. Google search results after the today's world, the most recent With that tool, Google altered the company improved freshness in information can be from the last algorithm to better determine the algorithm(Credit: Google) week, day or even minute, and when to deliver those more up-to- This entry passed through the depending on the search terms, date results. Full-Text RSS service — if this is the algorithm needs to be able to So now, when users search, for your content and you're reading it figure out if a result from a week e x a m p l e , " O c c u p y O a k l a n d on someone else's site, please read ago about a TV show is recent, or protests," Google returns results the FAQ at a result from a week ago about that are news heavy, surfacing only/faq.php#publishers. Five breaking news is too old," Google links to articles from newspapers Filters recommends: Donate to Fellow Amit Singhal wrote in a that may be only minutes old. Wikileaks.
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prices. Those queries are then piped through Apple's servers, Submitted at 11/3/2011 3:06:59 PM where they're processed and sent Update at 1:40 p.m. PT: Siri's back to the user's handset. working again on multiple devices This appears to be the second here, and users reporting the widespread outage of Siri since it feature as functional following the launched alongside the iPhone 4S earlier outage. last month. The first took place Apple's Siri service, the voice immediately following the launch a s s i s t a n t f e a t u r e t h a t ' s a n of the device in the U.S. and other exclusive to the recently launched countries on October 14. Today's iPhone 4S, is experiencing outage was first reported by blog downtime once again, according iSmashPhone. to numerous users. An Apple representative did not At approximately 11 a.m. PT, respond to a request for comment users began posting to Twitter about the issue. We'll update this that they were experiencing post if that changes. problems getting Siri to respond Worth noting is that Siri is in to voice commands. Affected "beta" according to Apple. The users reported that the feature company says it plans to add activated correctly, but was not support for additional languages, connecting to process voice as well as bringing over some commands. Tests on several U.S. only features like maps and iPhone 4S devices owned by local search sometime next year. CNET staffers confirmed the This entry passed through the issue. Full-Text RSS service — if this is Siri uses the iPhone 4S' built-in your content and you're reading it m i c r o p h o n e , t a k i n g u s e r on someone else's site, please read commands and turning them into the FAQ at on the phone. That only/faq.php#publishers. Five includes things that make use of a Filters recommends: Donate to n e t w o r k c o n n e c t i o n , l i k e Wikileaks. searching the Web, setting reminders, and checking stock



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AMD to cut 10% of workforce in 2012, saving for emerging markets and the cloud
Rue Liu (SlashGear)
Submitted at 11/3/2011 5:27:22 PM

The world’s second largest PC chipmaker Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) announced today that it will be cutting 10 percent of its workforce by the end of Q1 2012. That amounts to about 1,200 to 1,400 workers to be let go from its global workforce. The weak computer market has forced AMD to refine its cost structure and to consider investing in lower power, emerging markets and the cloud. AMD has been struggling with setbacks this year, including the

delay of important new chips due to manufacturing problems. Furthermore, worldwide PC sales have been stagnant while smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices experienced strong growth. In order to stay competitive, AMD may have to enter these emerging markets. The 10 percent cut in AMD’s global workforce along with other cuts in operational costs will save the company a total of $200 million in 2012. That savings will then be reinvested into new technologies such as lowerpowered chips for mobile devices or cloud computing.

1100 printers released • HP Reveals Plans To Focus On Cloud, Connectivity, And Software • Netbook shipments expected 18% decline • MetroPCS eyes VoIP roll out in early 2012 • Toshiba cloud-based Canvio 3.0 portable HDD surfaces AMD to cut 10% of workforce in 2012, saving for emerging markets and the cloud is written by Rue Liu& originally posted on SlashGear. © 2005 - 2011, SlashGear. All right reserved.

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Top 10 YouTube Videos of All Time
Richard MacManus (ReadWriteWeb)
Submitted at 11/3/2011 5:40:00 PM

YouTube has come to define the era of online video, so let's take a look at its most popular videos of all time. Our latest update has Justin Bieber still at number 1 with Baby, which was the first video to earn a half a billion views! Currently, Bieber and Eminem between them make up half of the top 10. Also of note is

a music video by Jennifer Lopez called On The Floor ft. Pitbull, which has risen to number 3 with 400 million views in only 8 months. We first did this list in August 2007, at which point Evolution of Dance by comedian Judson Laipply was number 1 with nearly 56 million views (it's now outside the top 10). The next update was September 2008, when Avril Lavigne's Girlfriend pop music video was number 1 with 103

million views. In January 2010, Charlie bit my finger - again ! was number 1, with 148 million views. By the beginning of January 2011, Justin Bieber was at number 1 with over 400 million views for Baby. Here is the top 10, as of November 2011: Sponsor 1. Justin Bieber - Baby ft. Ludacris; 649,623,894 views

2. Lady Gaga - Bad Romance; 423,923,748 views 3. Jennifer Lopez - On The Floor ft. Pitbull; 417,381,499 views 4. Shakira - Waka Waka(This Time for Africa); 413,412,908 views 5. Eminem - Love The Way You Lie ft. Rihanna; 397,664,841 views 6. Charlie bit my finger - again !; 383,735,762 views 7. Eminem - Not Afraid; 288,623,089 views

8. Parto in un letto; 281,544,980 views 9. Justin Bieber - Never Say Never ft. Jaden Smith; 273,182,970 views 10. Justin Bieber - One Time; 272,420,659 views This post is regularly updated by John Paul Titlow Discuss

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Keen On… Robert Levine: Is Google Killing Our Culture? (TCTV)
Andrew Keen (TechCrunch)

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editor of Billboard magazine, isn’t necessarily the first to make this Submitted at 11/3/2011 3:38:49 PM argument – but Free Ride is According to Robert Levine, the probably the most credible and author of the just published Free coherent book to date on the Ride: How Digital Parasites Are impact of the Internet on our Destroying the Culture Business, culture. and How the Culture Business Free Ride has already ignited Can Fight Back, the Internet is controversy for its portrayal of destroying the market for high Google’s central role in the free quality culture. Blaming both the culture movement. “Follow the ideology of free culture and money,” Levine told me, when he online piracy, Levine argues that came into our New York City the digital world is making it studio last week to talk about Free increasingly hard for professional Ride, and you’ll find Google writers, journalists, musicians and bankrolling organizations like film makers to make a living Harvard University’s Berkman selling their content. Center for Internet and Society Levine, the former executive and The Stanford Center for

it’s essentially your only choice. If on the other hand you want power, thinness, and connectivity wherever you go, you’ll be best off with one of the Galaxy S II devices. For 4G LTE, you can either choose the Stratosphere here or the DROID Charge, another lovely choice from Internet and Society which pursue Verizon. Of course all of these are extremely permissive positions on Samsung devices. What if you copyright reform. So is Levine want a comparable device to the right – could Google really be Galaxy Player 5.0 but don’t mind if it’s not a Samsung-made killing our culture? interface and set of hardware? Crunchbase We’ll be working with an iPod • ROBERT LEVINE Touch next – stay tuned to Person: Robert Levine Website: SlashGear for more! Relevant Entries on Companies: ROBERT LEVINE was most recently executive editor of • Samsung Galaxy S II hits UK Billboard magazine. His articles May 1 on technology, business, and • T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Tab culture have appeared in the New up for pre-registration York Times, Fortune, Condé Nast • Samsung Galaxy S WiFi 4.0 Portfolio, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, and Travel & Leisure. He lives in New York. Learn more

hands-on • Samsung Galaxy Tab promo tries to give expensive slate some context [Video] • Samsung Galaxy Player YPGB1 Android PMP headed to CES 2011 • Samsung: Galaxy Note hits Europe Q1 2012, US afterwards • Samsung Galaxy SII gets new US teaser video • Samsung Galaxy Tab gets officially teased [Video] Samsung Galaxy Player 5.0 vs Galaxy S II [Video] is written by Chris Burns& originally posted on SlashGear. © 2005 - 2011, SlashGear. All right reserved.

Sparrow for iPhone tease
Kelly Hodgkins (TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog)

the company's upcoming iPhone app. Here's what he had to say, We want our user to spend less Submitted at 11/3/2011 5:00:00 PM time on mail. Our goal is to Sparrow for Mac is a popular provide an efficient and playful Gmail client for the desktop that's experience. But we need to see if easy to use and even easier on the the UI we've come up with makes eyes. Soon, its elegant simplicity as much sense on the iPhone as will be available on the iPhone. we thought when we designed it. Sparrow developer Dominique Our focus is efficiency. Sparrow is midway through Leca talked to Business Insider According to the Business Insider development. The team is putting and let the cat out of the bag about report, the iPhone version of

the final touches on the core app and is tweaking the user interface design to see what works best for the app. An early screenshot suggests it will support avatars, multiple accounts, and will have the signature Sparrow look. Sparrow for the iPhone is expected to arrive in the upcoming months. Knowing the quality of work produced by the folks at Sparrow, it will be worth

the wait. Sparrow for iPhone tease originally appeared on TUAW The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Thu, 03 Nov 2011 17:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Source| Permalink| Email this| Comments



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Disrupt Hackathon Winner Docracy Raises $650,000 From First Round
Erick Schonfeld (TechCrunch)
Submitted at 11/3/2011 4:55:53 PM

signed. The more a document is signed, the more social proof it gathers that it is a well-accepted Following in the footsteps of document. GroupMe, another startup born at Founders Matt Hall And John a Disrupt Hackathon is moving on Watkinson were frustrated with to becoming areal company. Last how hard it is to find standard May, Docracy was one of our business documents online they Hackathon winners, and now it’s could trust. They want Docracy raised a $650,000 seed round led to be “a place for documents to by First Round Capital. Vaizra live and be discussed,” says Hall, Investments, Rick Webb and so that people can figure out if it Q u o t i d i a n V e n t u r e s a l s o is the right document for them. participated. The usage stats will be key here. When Docracy launches publicly, Once you find a doc you like, it will be a repository for legal you can edit it to suit your and business documents such as particular needs. Here is a sample NDAs and term sheets. Anyone doc. It is time ro liberate will be able to upload a document, documents from PDF and .doc which will be translated into files. native HTML5. The documents can be redlined, shared, and even

Apple expands in -store pickup to all of California
Steven Sande (TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog)
Submitted at 11/3/2011 6:00:00 PM

Lomography launches the LomoKino video camera
Duncan Geere
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Apple appears to be expanding the retail pickup option that began in three San Francisco Apple Stores. With the program, orders made in the online Apple Store can be picked up in a retail store by customers, making it easy to purchase a configure-to-order (CTO) device and still get the personalized service you need from Apple Store employees. The pickup coverage expanded

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The New Stars of Cannes
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Some surprising economies are hogging the spotlight at this year's G-20 summit. BY URI FRIEDMAN| NOVEMBER 3, 2011 The flashbulbs are going off in Cannes again, but it's not the usual collection of celebrities. Nevermind that it's flabby finance ministers instead of toned movie stars, the interesting thing about this year's Group of 20 summit of the world's most powerful economies is that the traditional powers find themselves elbowed from the spotlight and, in some cases, begging for a little help. This week's meeting -- which kicked off today under the shadow of the European debt crisis -- finds some major economies significantly hobbled, while others are emboldened by unexpected upswings. Argentina and Turkey are unexpected heavyweights as their economies surge, while traditional international players such as the United States and Japan are too concerned by domestic problems to decisively step in and stem the financial turmoil in Europe. China and Brazil may be experiencing some uncharacteristic economic difficulties, but they'll be playing more critical roles in the summit than ever before. To be sure, the developed nations of Europe and America still

account for half of global GDP, and wield considerable geopolitical might. But, as AFP's Hugues Honore points out, this year's G-20 could very well mark a turning point. "The giant emerging economies of Asia and Latin America could stake a historic claim to global economic

power if they arrive at the G-20 summit in Cannes with offers of aid for hobbled Europe," he argues. Let's catch up with how 10 key members of the G-20 are faring in today's uncertain economic climate. Above, U.S. President Barack Obama and French President

Nicolas Sarkozy head to a bilateral meeting in Cannes on Thursday. Philippe Wojazer/AFP/Getty Images CHINA GDP growth: 9.5 percent Unemployment rate: 9.4 percent (2008)

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materials fuels the growth of countries like Indonesia and Brazil. Downside: The debt crisis could take a toll on China's economy, since Europe is its biggest export market. Chinese officials are also trying to engineer a so-called "soft landing" by slowing growth to control inflation (the Chinese economy grew at its slowest pace in more than two years in the third quarter). As the Associated Press explains, "The big question is whether the world's economic superstar will shrink gradually -or so fast that it harms a fragile global economy." G-20: It's the Chinese -- not the Americans -- who might prove to be the heroes of the G-20 by investing in Europe's rescue fund. But Chinese officials are wary of doing so because a significant portion of the Chinese public doesn't believe it's a good investment. Above, a man in Hong Kong walks past a display of the Hang Seng Index, which dropped on Tuesday over concerns about Europe's debt crisis and weak manufacturing data from China. Aaron Tam/AFP/Getty Images UNITED STATES GDP growth: 1.7 percent Unemployment rate: 9.1 percent Upside: The United States is still, by almost any measure, the world's largest economy. And there are bright spots in its recovery from the 2008 recession. Consumer spending and economic growth are picking up, and inflation appears to be under

control. Downside: The United States is plagued by sluggish economic growth and stubbornly high unemployment, not to mention dangerously vulnerable to financial turmoil in Europe. G-20: President Obama declared today that resolving the European financial crisis is "the most important aspect of our task over the next two days." But while Obama has been a key player at previous G-20 summits, it's unclear what help -- if any -- the U.S. can provide. "The president will need to tread carefully, given that the United States is struggling to fix its own fiscal problems and has limited means to intervene in Europe even if it wanted to," Reuters explains. Above, protesters march as part of Occupy Chicago in October. Scott Olson/Getty Images ARGENTINA GDP growth: 8.2 percent Unemployment rate: 7.3 percent Upside: We hear a lot about Brazil's economic clout, but Argentina is growing twice as fast as its Latin American neighbor. Faster, in fact, than any country in the Western Hemisphere -- an accomplishment that helped President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner cruise to reelection in October. According to the Center for Economic and Policy Research, Argentina has grown 94 percent since 2002, when it emerged from a severe recession and the biggest debt default in history. Several factors -- fiscal stimulus, rising consumer

spending, strong demand for agricultural and automotive exports, unorthodox government policies such as re-nationalizing private pensions -- have enabled Kirchner to slash poverty, unemployment, and income inequality. Downside: Surging imports are shrinking trade surpluses while heavy public spending is depleting fiscal surpluses and fueling inflation, which is officially at 9 percent but privately estimated to be more like 25 percent. The foreign reserves Argentina has been harnessing to pay down debt are decreasing, and the Central Bank of Argentina predicted this week that the economy will grow at a slower pace in 2012 because of a "weaker increase in global economic activity." G-20: Look for Argentina's economic successes to embolden Kirchner, who is set to meet oneon-one with President Obama on Friday. According to Argentina's Clarín, one of Kirchner's priorities in Cannes will be to "export her economic ‘model.'" The nations to whom Argentina still owes billions of bailout dollars may respond that they'd just like the money, thanks very much. Above, an employee of Argentina's National Institute of Statistics and Census holds a sign showing the difference between official inflation figures and alternative estimates during a Jan. 2008 demonstration in Buenos Aires. Juan Mabromata/AFP/Getty

Images AUSTRALIA GDP growth: 2 percent Unemployment rate: 5.2 percent Upside: It sounds odd to put it this way, but Australia is going into the G-20 with a relatively strong economy ... for a developed country. During a public appearance in Cannes on Wednesday, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard explained that her country has low debt, low unemployment, and solid public finances. The country owes a lot of its economic success to booming global demand for its commodities, especially in the mining industry. Downside: The strong Australian dollar is hurting the country's manufacturing and tourism industries, employment outside the resource sector is weak, and slow growth in Europe and China, Australia's biggest trading partner, is taking its toll on the exportdependent economy. This week, the Reserve Bank of Australia cut interest rates for the first time in over two years in response to these very concerns. G-20: Gillard's rhetoric in the weeks leading up to the G-20 suggests she'll take an assertive stance at the summit. She's called on European leaders to stop "muddling through" the continent's debt crisis and urged the U.S. and Japan to pursue fiscal sustainability and new sources of growth. She's also pledging to double Australia's support for the International Monetary Fund to help stabilize the global economy.

Above, a June 2010 protest against a controversial mining tax. Gillard's government is still pushing the tax in an effort to balance Australia's budget and spread mining wealth to other sectors of the economy. Paul Kane/Getty Images INDONESIA GDP growth: 6.6 percent Unemployment rate: 6.8 percent Upside: Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim country, has one of the top-performing economies in the G-20. Southeast Asia's biggest economy boasts low inflation, low debt, and an accelerating growth rate. Economist Nouriel Roubini praises the country for deriving so much of its GDP from domestic consumption, while others wonder whether Indonesia now deserves to take its place among China, Brazil, India, Russia, and South Africa as one of the up-andcoming BRICS economies. Downside: The Economist argues that the young democracy is plagued by corruption and is too reliant on exporting commodities like coal, gas, and palm oil to China and India. In October, Indonesia's central bank, fearing a global recession, cut its benchmark interest rate to stimulate domestic demand. G-20: Indonesia will be pushing development policy in Cannes. "The President says that although what is happening in European countries and the United States is an important issue to address, we NEW page 46



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WikiWorld - By Blake Hounshell
BLAKE HOUNSHELL (Foreign Policy)
Submitted at 11/3/2011 12:55:38 PM

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales talks about censorship, biased journalism, and the Arab Spring. Interview by BLAKE HOUNSHELL| NOVEMBER 3, 2011 In 2001, tech entrepreneur Jimmy Wales launched Wikipedia as a free and open compendium of the world's knowledge -- an Internet encyclopedia edited in real time and authored by its readers. A decade later, Wikipedia has become a global household name and a valued resource for tens of millions of people, with more than 20 million articles across 282 languages. Foreign Policy's Blake Hounshell, along with three other journalists, met with Wales at the third annual World Innovation Summit for Education(WISE), hosted by the state of Qatar. Wales spoke about Wikipedia's expansion plans, biased journalism, and his battle against censorship. Excerpts: Question: Why are you here? Jimmy Wales: Well, I'm here for the WISE conference. I think it's an amazing event, and basically one of the things that we're very interested in at Wikipedia is the growth of Wikipedia in the languages of the developing world. Arabic is quite important to us moving forward. There's about 155,000 entries in Arabic,

and part of our five-year strategic plan is to increase that substantially. So, we're always looking for opportunities in the Middle East to meet people, to let

people know what's going on. Of reason to be here. course, personally I'm quite Q: And what is your expansion interested in issues around plan? e d u c a t i o n a n d t e c h n o l o g y , JW: This year our focus has been obviously, so [that's] another India. We have a few people on

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to universities, helping with PR -letting the public know that Wikipedia exists in all those Indian languages. So those are just some pilot projects that, as we learn from those, we'll know what we're going to do in other geographies. And in our five-year strategic plan we did identify the Middle East and North Africa as a key area that we wanted to move forward in. Q: Did you observe an increase in interest in the wake of the Arab Spring? JW: I don't think so. It's a very good question. We publish all the statistics; it's all online. But I haven't heard from anyone that there was any remarkable uptick - if it was a 20 percent uptick I probably wouldn't have heard about it. Q: There's a lot of chatter in the region about the role of social media in the revolutions. Do you consider Wikipedia a social network, social media? JW: I do consider Wikipedia to be social media, but we're not a social network in the sense that you don't go onto Wikipedia to link to your friends and share photos and updates and things like that. But it's definitely social media in the sense that we're open to broad participation by the public, we invite people to get involved from the community, and that sort of thing. Q: Since we are at an education conference here, what do you do to improve education worldwide? JW: One of the interesting things is that I just visited some of the

universities here [in Qatar] this morning and met some students, and the one thing students will say when you meet them is, "Oh, thank you so much; I use Wikipedia all the time." Q: Also journalists, by the way. JW:[Laughs.] Also journalists, by the way. Q: Does that scare you when you hear people say that? JW: No, it doesn't. I think we've moved into a position where it's about making sure people know how to use Wikipedia correctly, both students and journalists, obviously. Journalists all use Wikipedia. The bad journalist gets in trouble because they use it incorrectly; the good journalist knows it's a place to get oriented and to find out what questions to ask. I think what's really interesting in education is that the amount of formal schooling hasn't declined. There are certain trends and so on, but it's more or less stable. But in the last 15 years, 20 years, the amount of informal learning has exploded as people just have the opportunity to explore new kinds of resources and learn new things. And obviously Wikipedia plays a large role in that informal learning world, where someone just becomes interested for whatever random, personal reason in, I don't know, Azerbaijan, and they say, "Oh, I can go and learn the history of Azerbaijan very easily. It's all online; it's quite simple to get to." Q: As anyone can contribute and be an author [to Wikipedia], what

is the quality control vis-à-vis unobjective news, biased news, slanted news? How do you deal with that? JW: So the main way that we deal with it is that we have a community that's very passionate about neutrality and quality. It doesn't mean it's perfect. And we're actually in many ways quite old-fashioned in our approach. We really look for reliable sources -- we'll say, for example, that just because someone wrote something in a blog somewhere, that doesn't mean it's a reliable source. We need to get sources, you know, that are quite oldfashioned about it. We're looking for good-quality academic journals, books, newspapers, magazines -- we'd prefer serious newspapers to tabloid newspapers and those kinds of things. Q: But what is the quality control if something is obviously wrong or slanted. How do you deal with that? Do you correct that or do you leave it? JW: No, it gets corrected quite quickly. It is up to the community -- if we didn't have a quality community, we wouldn't have quality results. At the foundation, we're very interested in making sure that the community is healthy, making sure that it's quality-focused, that they're happy, productive, etc. Q: How many authors do you have worldwide? JW: It's hard to measure because if someone just comes and makes one small edit and we never see them again, it doesn't really count.

But what if they make three edits? What if they make 10? When do you cut it off? [Crosstalk.] My point is, the question of who counts as regular or not is a little vague, but we do have measures. And by those measures, it's around 100,000 every month who are editing Wikipedia -- more than just a small edit. And then, in terms of the very active editors, it would be numbers like 800 in Germany.... It's different for different languages. I always say probably 3-5,000 people really are the very, very active core community, and they would be the ones who would be always engaged in the deepest conversations about what does it mean to have quality and how can we ensure it, what counts as a reliable source, etc. Q: When you moved into other languages, because it started as a very American-centric thing... JW: Not really. Q: Well, English-language centric. JW: Yeah, we started in English, yeah. Q: And there's obviously a much larger community of English speakers. Were you surprised that you had to kind of promote the concept of building the community? JW: No, not really, and in fact, the website was first in English but very soon after was in German and French. And in the early community -- even though we were working in English -- we had a lot of Germans, for example, and German is the

second-largest Wikipedia language. In terms of people getting it, I haven't seen any real difference culturally anywhere. There are some cultural difficulties in the communities. I would say our biggest difficulties had to do with more technical issues as we were moving across languages. So actually it took us about two years before the website was really functional in languages that are written right to left. There's a whole host of complicated technical issues in being left-toright versus right-to-left. And because our developers were all English- and German[-speaking], primarily, they had to learn about those things. They were passionate, but they were volunteer developers and it took awhile to get it working and to find enough people, say, in Arabic, to help test it and so on. So it took a while to get launched in those languages. And you can still see that reflected in the number of entries. Q: What are your future plans? Is it geographical expansion -- you mentioned India ... or do you imagine having other platforms, like maybe news? JW: I guess they would be three things. One, geographical, yes. Two, technical innovation that applies across the entire site but would have an impact on the large languages. And here I'm thinking mainly about the editing WIKIWORLD page 47


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should not forget the agenda for developing countries to progress with their development," Indonesia's deputy finance minister explained, according to the Jakarta Post. Above, an Indonesian vendor walks past the construction of an elevated road in Jakarta in Sept. 2011. Romeo Gacad/AFP/Getty Images FRANCE GDP growth: 1.75 percent Unemployment rate: 9.9 percent Upside: France is still a major economic force in Europe, boasting the eurozone's secondlargest economy and working with Germany to spearhead the effort to resolve the region's debt crisis. Downside: French President Nicolas Sarkozy recently cut France's growth forecast and announced a new round of austerity measures as he seeks to maintain France's AAA credit rating amid warnings from ratings agencies and balance the budget by 2016 in the face of mounting public debt. Markets are especially nervous about the exposure of French banks to shaky sovereign debt, and unemployment is at an 11-year high. The Financial Times adds that France is falling behind Germany in terms of growth, export market share, and employment. G-20: Sarkozy, whose approval rating is floundering months ahead of a likely reelection campaign, is hosting the Cannes summit and emphasizing the need

to make progress on a debt crisis solution. However, he is seeing what was meant to be a triumphant moment turning to one of uncertainty and fear. The Guardian points out that the debt crisis has overshadowed Sarkozy's attempts to make the G-20 less about crass capitalism by, for instance, inviting Bill Gates to speak on development. Above, protesters in Paris express solidarity for the Occupy Wall Street movement in Oct. 2011. Miguel Medina/AFP/Getty Images TURKEY GDP growth: 7 percent Unemployment rate: 9.1 percent Upside: Turkey's economy has tripled in size over the last decade. Turkish officials are actually worried Turkey is growing too fast. Last month, Mehmet Yorukoglu, a Turkish central bank official, announced that the institution was trying to slow down growth to avoid imbalances between Turkey and trading partners such as Europe and the U.S. with weaker demand. "We have very good fundamentals at home," he explained. "The public sector finances are very healthy, the banking sector is very healthy, productivity and output growth is very strong, but demand imbalances between our economy and the economies we export to may create financial stability risks." Downside: With all its growth, Turkey is beginning to look a lot like the United States -- before the financial crisis. Last week,

Turkey's central bank rolled out measures to curb runaway bank lending. "Across the country, the signs of rampant consumer spending are on display," the Wall Street Journal wrote on Wednesday. "Huge billboards advertise advantageous loan rates for anything from cars and houses, to holidays and weddings. It isn't uncommon for middleclass Turks to have four or five credit cards." G-20: Amazingly, in this time of economic turmoil in Europe, Turkey is still complaining about not being able to join the European Union. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said as much this week in an interview with Germany's Bild newspaper and in a press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. "Our membership would be a win for both sides," he explained. "We wouldn't be a burden but would take burdens away." Above, people protest against the government's economic and labor policies on Oct. 8, 2011 in Ankara. Adem Altan/AFP/Getty Images GERMANY GDP growth: 2.9 percent Unemployment rate: 7 percent Upside: Germany boasts Europe's largest economy and has been an anchor of economic stability on the continent, taken a leading role in developing a regional response to the debt crisis. Downside: There are some signs that regional instability and slowing growth in major

emerging markets are taking their toll on Germany's export-driven economy. In October, the country's unemployment rate rose and manufacturing contracted for the first time in about two years. Germany's Economy Ministry says the economy may increasingly rely on domestic demand rather than exports to sustain growth, which is slowing. G-20: German Chancellor Angela Merkel will push for financial market regulation in Cannes, but German officials have admitted that she'll probably walk away empty-handed. She'll also look to seal a debt crisis deal announced by European leaders last week and bolster the International Monetary Fund (IMF) so that it can support the plan. Above, an activist in Berlin holds a placard with a West German banknote and the words "There is life after the Euro" ahead of a parliamentary vote on a debt crisis deal in Oct. 2011. John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images BRAZIL GDP growth: 3.5 percent Unemployment rate: 6.0 percent Upside: Brazil, buoyed by an expanding consumer class and the export of commodities such as soy and iron ore to China, will overtake Britain this year to become the world's sixth-largest economy, according to an Economist Intelligence Unit forecast. Brazil experienced a rush of foreign investment last year when its economy grew by 7.5 percent -- the fastest rate in

Brazil in nearly a quarter of a century. And that was in the aftermath of the global financial crisis. Downside: Brazil's commoditiesfueled economy has slowed down significantly this year amid slowing demand in China and Europe's economic woes, and the Wall Street Journal noted this week that Brazil's industrial output is shriveling up as "factories wither under the weight of a soaring currency, crumbling infrastructure and sprawling bureaucracy." The contraction raises "questions about the longterm sustainability of Brazilian growth," the paper added. The Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development expressed particular concern about inflation in a report last month. G-20: Brazil's economy may be threatened by instability in Europe (and the effect that instability has on China), but Brazilian officials have shown little desire to help Europe solve its fiscal problems and will likely criticize their European counterparts in Cannes. Last week, the country rejected the idea of buying European bonds to help ease Europe's debt crisis, though it did say it might provide financial assistance through the International Monetary Fund. "The Europeans always take too long to find solutions," Brazilian finance minister Guido Mantega complained recently. NEW page 48

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environment and making it easier for people to edit. We want the editing interface to be more like a word processor because there's a lot of wiki markup text. It's a barrier to entry that shouldn't be there and that impacts, for example, contributor diversity, because if the only people who can edit are tech geeks, computer programmers, obviously that's a certain demographic of society and it excludes a lot of people who would be great editors. And then the third thing, if we think of new projects, whole new areas, I don't think there would be much in that area. There is a community process for launching a new project, but it hasn't been very active. We do have Wikinews; we've had it for many years, but it's never been all that successful. It's a great little project, but they've not managed to catch on and really grow it, in part because we've not had the resources to invest in fixing software issues unique to them, helping them promote the site, things like that. So because of that, the Wikimedia Foundation has enough on its plate. I doubt we're going to launch into new areas. Q: What is the role of Wikipedia in a closed society where there's political censorship? JW: Well, I think it's really interesting what some of the possibilities are. In many places, particularly closed societies, one of the difficulties that people face

is that all of the media that they have access to is one-sided, and they really need a broader access to information to help them understand the world, to help them respond to the authoritarian situation, and Wikipedia plays a role in that. One of my examples here -- and I don't speak Farsi, for example, so I can only rely on other people's discussions of this -- but when there was the unrest following the elections back in '09, I asked someone to translate for me the Farsi Wikipedia entry into English so that I could see how it looks. Obviously translation is difficult, but she said that it was actually quite easy to translate because it was all very matter-of-fact, it wasn't metaphorical, which is harder to translate. And when I read what was there it was all quite very good; it was like typical Wikipedia -- it just reported the facts in a very neutral way. And I think that's important. It's an important role to play when people are torn between, you know, a domestic media that's really all one-sided in favor of the government; a lot of Western press, which may be biased in a different way and in any case it isn't written in their language; and random things from Twitter and blogs and so on. And to have a community that focuses on "Let's just try to present just the facts and boil it down and not be too biased," I think is valuable, and I

hope it serves the needs and interests of people who are in oppressive environments. Q: Have you had to engage in any kind of discussions with governments about censorship? JW: Yes, the Chinese government. We were banned in China for three years; then we were unblocked just before the Olympics. I've been twice to visit the minister in Beijing, and he's been twice to visit me in the U.S. And, well, we don't agree. As a matter of principle, we will never participate in censorship; that's just a fundamental principle at Wikipedia. So doing something like Google did, going into China and agreeing to participate to get better access, is not something we want to do -- which means that today, although we are broadly accessible in China, they do filter certain pages and, you know, we're sort of at a comfortableish... Q: No issues in the Middle East? JW: There are issues in the Middle East, yeah. There's filtering in many of the countries - I'm not sure about all of them, but many -- and occasionally we get blocked completely, for example in Syria. I'm not sure if we're even accessible today in Syria; I'm not sure what the status is. So yeah, there are those kinds of issues. We've not had direct contacts with the governments there. Typically they manage their own network and they filter certain pages, and we just don't

have the resources. If we had the resources we would do outreach and talk to them about the filtering, but we just don't have that yet. Q: How do you finance Wikipedia? JW: Every year in the fall we have our annual giving campaign and we ask the public to donate. The vast majority of the money that supports Wikipedia comes from small donors -- 20 to 30 dollars. We also have some funding from philanthropic foundations. Some major donors at various times have given larger gifts, although that's a small piece of the overall puzzle. We're very happy to be financed primarily by small donations because of two things. One, it gives us independence; we're not concerned about what any one donor might think. But, two, it also keeps us honest in a sense; it keeps us focused on the reader because if they don't love Wikipedia, they won't donate. 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 recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.

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Above, people walk past a Rio de Janeiro newsstand with papers reporting on the world economic situation in Aug. 2011. Antonio Scorza/AFP/Getty Images JAPAN GDP growth: Less than 1 percent( possible decline) Unemployment rate: 4.1 percent Upside: Japan's economy, the third largest in the world, has been slowly recovering from a recession triggered by the devastating tsunami and earthquake in March. Downside: Japan's export-driven economy is faltering in the face of

Europe's debt crisis, slowing global growth, floods across much of Asia this fall, and a soaring yen. The government is also struggling to roll out a$250 billion rebuilding effort at a time when its debts are already twice the size of the economy. G-20: Japanese officials will press the E.U. to strike a debt deal and raise the issue of the strong yen, which recently necessitated an aggressive government intervention. "Tokyo is keen to win G-20 understanding that a strong yen is one challenge too many," Reuters writes. Above, Nissan Motor president

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Make Your Own Whipped Cream Using Coconut Milk for a Longer Lasting Topping [Food Hacks]
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Submitted at 11/3/2011 3:30:00 PM

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AIG Posts A Gigantic Loss
Joe Weisenthal (Money Game)

the third quarter of 2011, compared with a diluted loss per Submitted at 11/3/2011 3:20:05 PM share of $18.53 for the third Yeah, remember them? quarter of 2010. The third quarter AIG just announced that it lost a 2011 after-tax operating loss per boatload of money this past share was $1.60, compared with quarter. an after-tax operating loss per From the announcement: share of $0.84 for the third quarter -American International Group, last year. Inc. (NYSE: AIG) today reported The results for the quarter were a net loss attributable to AIG of negatively affected by several $4.1 billion and an after-tax macroeconomic drivers, including operating loss of $3.0 billion for d e c l i n i n g e q u i t y m a r k e t s , the quarter ended September 30, widening credit spreads, and 2011, compared with a net loss of declining interest rates. Declining $2.5 billion and an after-tax equity markets contributed to a operating loss of $114 million for loss of $2.3 billion in the market the third quarter of 2010 valuation of AIG’s holding of The loss per share was $2.16 for A I A G r o u p L i m i t e d ( A I A )

ordinary shares. Widening credit spreads, reduced interest rates, and changes in the timing of estimated future cash flows drove declines of $931 million in the recorded fair value of AIG’s holding of Maiden Lane III LLC (ML III), and $43 million for SunAmerica’s holding of Maiden Lane II LLC (ML II). In addition, various economic, technological, and specific counterparty issues that were identified in the quarter contributed to a change in management’s judgment regarding certain aircraft in International Lease Finance Corporation’s (ILFC) fleet that resulted in a non-cash charge of

approximately $1.5 billion. “AIG continues to navigate a challenging global economic environment, and our results for the quarter were adversely affected by equity market declines, widening credit spreads, and declining interest rates, as well as property catastrophe losses,” said Robert H. Benmosche, AIG President and Chief Executive Officer. “We also took significant impairments at ILFC, reflecting management’s decision on certain aircraft that would be disposed of prior to the end of their previously estimated life in light of technological developments in the aircraft

industry, fleet management announcements by certain airlines, and our newly acquired part-out company.” Please follow Clusterstock on Twitter and Facebook. Join the conversation about this story » See Also: • Amazingly, AOL Still Has 3.5 Million Dialup Subscribers • The Protesters Tried To Do WHAT?! To Jamie Dimon Last Night? • PAUL TUDOR JONES: In 3-4 Years, There Might Be A Once In A Generation Opportunity

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Eurozone's Waterloo; Papandreou Forced to Cancel Referendum; Democracy Dies to Protect Banks; Germany's Dilemma: The Eurocratic Nanny Zone Vote (Michael Shedlock) (Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis)
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Cowards Win For Now We will not get to see the precise wording of Prime Minister George Papandreou's referendum because enough cowards in the Greek parliament in conjunction with blackmail by Merkel and Sarkozy have put an end to Papandreou's regime. Thus, the on-off on-off Greek referendum is once again set to "off" this time permanently. Equity markets reacted positively to the referendum cancellation and also to the surprise rate cut by the ECB, but the euphoria will not last (except perhaps for gold). Please see ECB Cuts Rate .25 to 1.25% in Surprise Move; Draghi Says Exit of Any Nation From Euro ‘Not in the Treaty’; HalfTruths and Blatant Lies; Case for Gold for a a discussion. Grand Plan Becomes Eurozone's Waterloo Steen Jakobsen, chief economist at Saxo Bank says The Grand Plan for Europe became the Waterloo of the Eurozone The pre-Cannes meeting between Merko-zy and Papandreou did not change the mind of the Greek Prime Minister. The vote of confidence or more precisely the

lack of it, is still going ahead and will probably culminate tomorrow, Friday. This morning the Greek Finance Minister is indicating his displeasure with the PM by publicly opposing Papandreou this is political posturing developing into a contention for the leadership of the political party PASOK. There is a brief rally in the market based on the idea, wrongly in my opinion, that the finance minister can and will take over and win a confidence vote, but the facts remains the same:

The EU has overstretched its ability and resources and the next 48 hours is yet again about saving the concept of the Eurozone as a powerful, pragmatic way of conducting fiscal and monetary policies, but in reality we have become saturated with debt, empty promises, and a political system which is reduced to producing plans for later plans. Weak Economies, Weak Leaders, and Greece on the Brink I have not agreed with much in the New York Times recently, but today's editorial Greece on the Brink is nearly flawless. Here are a few snips. • Greece has been pushed too far Europe’s leaders should have and has not complied with the paid more attention to the distress austerity it promised of ordinary Greeks and less to the • We are beyond any proper distress of well-heeled European solution for this mess and only the bankers. Rather than trying to 'blame game' remains with Greece punish the “profligate,” they potentially leaving the EURO should have thought about the inside of the next three months. consequences of condemning Greece to years of negative Note also that the influential growth, soaring unemployment newspaper Bild Zeitung this and rising taxes with nothing morning is calling for Greece to promised in return except that be thrown out of the EU and to maybe, a decade from now, its have a German referendum on ratio of debt to gross domestic the bailouts. product might get back down to Waterloo of EU the problematic levels of 2008-9. Last week's EU Summit looks Greece needs to make serious, more and more like the Waterloo painful reforms, including doing of the EU. away with antiquated labor rules,

streamlining a bloated public sector and selling off poorly managed state assets. Mr. Papandreou was already making real progress. But it was becoming impossible to keep laying off thousands of state workers while austerity choked off any realistic possibility of their finding private sector jobs or to keep slashing social benefits and services while the numbers of poor and unemployed surged. It is late but, we hope, not too late to avert a full meltdown. Europe’s leaders need to renegotiate the pending Greek bailout deal to emphasize reform and growth over unremitting austerity and offer other bailout applicants the same approach. If they want any of the money lent to Greece paid back, Athens needs room to grow and earn. Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, President Nicolas Sarkozy of France and others are now rushing to blame the Greeks for the summit package’s rapid unraveling. They need to take their own full share of responsibility for this crisis — and finally fix it. Democracy Dies to Protect Banks The spot-on sentence is " Rather than trying to punish the 'profligate', they should have

thought about the consequences of condemning Greece to years of negative growth, soaring unemployment and rising taxes with nothing promised in return except that maybe, a decade from now, its ratio of debt to gross domestic product might get back down to the problematic levels of 2008-9." Indeed, resolution of this mess has been 100% about how to bail out banks at taxpayer expense even though banks brought this mess on to themselves by treating sovereign debt as if it had zero risk. Worse yet, banks plowed into sovereign debt trades with massive leverage. Eurozone is Unfixable My one quibble with the article is the Eurozone is not fixable. Merkozy and the EMU ought to be spending time on developing a full blown Euro exit strategy for nations because there has never been a currency union in history that has survived without a fiscal union in place at the same time. Germany is Last Hope for Sensible Democratic Referendum EMU officials and political opportunists like Merkozy may have been able to ram through EUROZONE'S page 52



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Bank of America Employees Flood Rivals with Resumes; BNP, ING Book Charges on Greek Debt, Slash Jobs; "Project New BAC" on Rip-Roaring Start (Michael Shedlock) (Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis)

Nationalised Dutch bank ABN AMRO ABNNV.UL is shedding 2,350 jobs -- some 9 percent of its workforce -- as the state readies it Submitted at 11/3/2011 11:05:00 AM Damages related to Greek debt for a return to private hands, exposure continue to mount. ING while Rabobank said it planned a n d B N P h a v e b o t h t a k e n 1,200 job cuts to save costs. writeoffs related to Greek debt ING, which said it would go and both are cutting jobs. ahead with its plan to list its Expect more damage related to insurance operations by the end of sovereign debt in Spain, Portugal, 2013, took a 467 million euro and Italy as well as general writedown on Greek government writeoffs related to the European bonds to put them at market value recession. Please see Europe and said it has written down all its U n d e n i a b l y i n R e c e s s i o n ; bonds to market value. BNP Germany Manufacturing PMI Books $2.76 Billion Charge on Contracts for First Time in Two Greek Debt Years, New Orders Collapse for a France's biggest listed bank BNP discussion of the recession. Paribas (BNPP.PA) reported a 72 In the US, Bank of America is percent slide in third-quarter shedding up to 30,000 jobs and earnings on Thursday after it BofA employees have flooded booked a bigger-than-expected 2 rivals with resumes. Here are a billion-euro ($2.76 billion) charge few key articles to consider. on Greek debt and sold billions of ING to Cut 2,700 Jobs to Cope euros' worth of government With Deteriorating Market bonds. Please consider ING to cut 2,700 The charge equated to 60 percent jobs, takes Greek hit of BNP's sovereign exposure to Dutch financial services group t h e c r i s i s - w r a c k e d G r e e k ING Group (ING.AS) (ING.N) economy and reflected last said on Thursday it would cut month's pledge from private2,700 jobs at its Dutch banking sector creditors to write off a o p e r a t i o n s t o c o p e w i t h a bigger chunk of their Greek debt, deteriorating market, which led to the bank said in a statement, Greek and other impairments. though it added the plan was still ING's announcement follows job "shrouded by uncertainty." cuts by other big Dutch lenders. Describing the bank's Greek

provisioning as "adequate" for the time being, BNP Chief Executive Baudouin Prot nonetheless did not rule out a Greek sovereign debt default, telling Reuters Insider TV it would be "unpleasant" but manageable. "A (Greek) default certainly would be manageable. Unpleasant, but manageable," he said. "I think that (BNP's provisioning) is adequate...We will see as things go." "We will have some staff reductions as we implement the deleveraging plan," he said. "We are working the numbers and we will make announcements to the different platforms in midNovember." Adequate for the Time Being The key phrase in the above article is the statement by BNP CEO that "Greek provisioning is 'adequate' for the time being". The emphasis needs to be on "time being" because the heart of the batting order, Portugal, Spain, and Italy are next up to the plate. "Time being" for Portugal and Italy may be a matter of days. Bank of America Employees Flood Rivals with Resumes Please note the increasing number of financial sector layoffs everywhere you look. ING, BNP, and ABN have all announced

huge layoffs. In the US, Bank of America Employees Flood Rivals with Resumes Bank of America Corp employees are flooding rival companies with resumes as a major cost-cutting program gets under way at the second-largest U.S. bank. Competitors say they are getting an influx of calls, emails and LinkedIn connection requests as the bank embarks on a plan to slash 30,000 jobs over the next few years. The employees are scouting jobs in retail, commercial and investment banking, bankers and recruiters said. In recent months, Bank of America has laid off employees, including senior leaders, in consumer, human resources, capital markets and other areas, people familiar with the situation said. The cuts are part of a round of 3,500 layoffs announced in August and the first wave of Project New BAC, which takes its name from the company's stock symbol. Bank of America said it had 288,739 employees on September 30, up from 288,084 three months earlier, but about 2,000 have been told they will be let go. Efficiency

at "New" Bank of America Those last two paragraphs highlight the efficiency of " Project New BAC". After announcing as many as 30,000 layoffs, supposedly 3,500 quickly, headcount is up by 655. Also note that Bank of America has dropped its plan to charge customers $5 a month for debit cards following a customer backlash after the fee was announced in September. For details, see the Wall Street Journal article BofA Retreats on Debit Fee, Citing Uproar. Yes indeed, " Project New BAC" is off to a rip-roaring start ... of the same blatant incompetence we have learned to expect from the " Old" Bank of America. 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:// BANK page 51

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Here Are 6 Losers In Today's Stock Market Rally (ANF, MEMC, K, FTR, TIE, HIG)
Eric Platt (Money Game)
Submitted at 11/3/2011 4:05:17 PM

Guess What? General Electric Didn't Pay Any Income Taxes In 2010 Either (GE)
Vivian Giang (Money Game)
Submitted at 11/3/2011 5:01:05 PM

Even with a 2% gain in the markets today, nearly one in five firms on the S&P are down. Check out the major movers below: Losers: Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF): Down 19.9%— The teen apparel retailer beat same-store sales forecasts in the U.S. but said that flagship comps in Europe and Asia were negative. Abercrombie has increasingly relied upon international expansion to fuel growth. Pricing concerns abroad may have caught up to the company, where it positions average swing tickets higher than in the U.S. MEMC Electronics(WFR): Down 11.8%— MEMC reported a quarterly loss after the bell, missing analyst expectations and guiding further lower. Following the news, UBS lowered its target

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some sort of forced agreement in a majorly undemocratic fashion but fortunately the German supreme court has insisted on a referendum for major treaty changes. Please see Germany's Top Judge Throws Major Monkey Wrench Into Leveraged EFSF Machinery, Demands New Constitution and Popular Referendum for Further Powers for details. Today, democracy died in Greece. The last hope for a sensible democratic action culminating in a relatively sanguine breakup of the Eurozone rests with Germany. German voters will get their chance sooner or later. Here is the

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Robert, Kristen, and Taylor Put Their Prints in Cement!
Allie Merriam (PopSugar)
Submitted at 11/3/2011 3:22:07 PM

It's a big day for Twilight fans Robert, Kristen, and Taylor's handprints were laid down in cement outside Grauman's Chinese Theatre this morning! While Rob and Taylor were in suits, Kristen sparkled in a Marios Schwab dress. The heat was a little much for Rob, who joked that he wished he'd remembered the LA temperatures and picked a different outfit. Jimmy Kimmel introduced the trio, getting some hopes up by saying Taylor would

also put his abs into the cement! It was a major milestone for the three leads in the franchise, who will all be busy in the coming weeks in the run-up to Breaking Dawn Part 1's release on Nov. 18. Robert and Taylor have already started making the late night talk show rounds, with Robert visiting Jimmy Kimmel Live and Taylor doing The Tonight Show just yesterday. Robert also linked up with Ashley Greene for a couple of early premieres in Europe last week. Now that Robert, Kristen, and Taylor have reunited for their

final press push, all eyes will be on Mr. Pattinson and Ms. Stewart for any signs of affection. Kristen finally admitted to their

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IWC Watches
Watch Snob (AskMen Latest Articles)

The Watch Snob is in. IWC Watches I’ll admit, I’m a sucker for advertising. So I’ve fallen hard for IWC’s “Engineered for Men” campaign and the design of its watches, which really appeal to my inner pilot, diver and sailor. In looking at your past columns, I’ve noticed that you seem to not like IWC in general. Yet it seems to meet most of your criteria for a good brand: in-house movements, long history, etc. So why don’t you like IWC? Are there any of its watches you like? Here’s the thing about IWC: I have tried to like it, and it isn’t doing a lot of things right. But it is a confused brand. On the one hand, it wants to be taken seriously and indeed has put out some fine innovations and movements, such as its eightday hand-wound, its Pellaton auto -winding system and the 89360 chronograph calibre. This year, it’s dipped a toe in the exclusive waters of ultra-complicated movements with its Portuguese Sidérale Scafusia. So why does it continue to dabble in overpriced fashion pieces such as its cartoonish Aquatimer and the gussied-up Portofino? I have a theory: IWC is like that awkward girl in school who slept with all the boys just to be considered

popular. Sure, she got a lot of attention but not exactly the kind she could be proud of. Then, like the girl who matured into an elegant woman but never developed the self-esteem to accompany her charms, IWC can’t shake off its desire to stay popular with the wrong crowd. If I’ve lost you in my metaphor, let me illuminate. IWC was a onceproud watch company, like so many were, before the so-called quartz crisis of the 1970s. But then it entered that awkward phase when it became desperate for attention and turned out some forgettable pieces just to stay afloat. When it finally found its footing again, it had developed, shall we say, a reputation with the wannabe Village People like you (the diver, the pilot, the sailor). Rather than return fully to glory, IWC is afraid to step away from

the boys that snuggled up to it. I hold out hope that we’ll see a day when IWC trickles down its inhouse calibres to all its references and again becomes the brand it once was. It seems to be on the right path. Roger Dubuis Watches I haven’t heard you write much about Roger Dubuis. I have about $30,000 to spend on a timepiece to celebrate a promotion and am considering brands beyond the usual suspects. I’m curious to get your opinion on Roger Dubuis. Is it a worthy contender? If I could wear a Roger Dubuis upside down, I might consider wearing one. Its movements are beautiful to behold, finely decorated, fully in-house and signed with the prestigious Geneva Seal. But turn a Roger Dubuis over and the front resembles something a porn star or pro basketball player would wear: trendy, oversize and hard to

read. Certainly not worthy of the kind of money you want to spend. Being a young brand, Roger Dubuis has some maturing to do. A turnaround may come from its new CEO, Georges Kern, who ironically is also heading up IWC, and we just learned my thoughts about that brand. If Kern can hold off the marketers, fire the design team and give the company back to the watchmakers, I’d say it’s worthy of consideration. Some of its latest references show a glimmer of promise, but I think it’s still a few years away. Question from a Watch Knob Was there a Watch Snob back in the 1960s putting down all the brands that were sold in department stores and used the same off-the-shelf movements? Judging from all of the cheap vintage mechanical watches for sale on eBay that used the same movements and similar designs, I doubt things were much different back then than all the watches out there now. Prices may be inflated, brand names may have changed and the media is different, but as long as there are inferior watches and watch knobs who buy them, there will be watch snobs. We transcend time. In more ways than one. Check out the Watch Snob archive here. Continue Reading

Add a Pinch of Salt to Your Laundry to Keep Colors Vibrant [Clever Uses]
Thorin Klosowski (Lifehacker)
Submitted at 11/3/2011 3:00:00 PM

It seems like every laundry detergent makes claims to keep colors lasting for a long time, but according to DIY blog Apartment Therapy, the easiest trick is to add a tablespoon of salt to the load. More »

Apple Patent Details More Efficient OLED Display
Christina Bonnington (Wired Top Stories) The battle between component APPLE page 54 Submitted at 11/3/2011 5:03:00 PM performance and battery drain is


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hotter than ever. We want ever more powerful processors and bigger, brighter displays, but these components run on batteries, after all, and draw increasing amounts of power. It’s an escalating problem, but an Apple patent revealed today shows one way Apple could provide relief. Using a hybrid OLED display, Apple could get power savings of up to 30 percent in future iPhones and iPads. Such an OLED-based display would also allow Apple to make an ultra-thin iDevice. These power-saving possibilities come at a time when battery life issues are at the forefront of many iOS 5 and iPhone 4S users’ minds. In today’s patent reveal, we see an iPhone display that would include an “opacity switching layer” sandwiched between a transparent OLED layer and a solid background layer (like a reflective white sheet). When no current is running through the switching layer, black would be displayed. The layer could be switched to be transparent or semi -transparent to reveal white beneath. With an LCD display, like those in current iPhones and iPads,

backlighting is always on when the screen is in use. Thus, it’s always draining a little bit of power. But OLED displays (like Samsung’s Super AMOLED Plus) work differently. OLEDs operate at a lower voltage than comparable LCDs and only use power when pixels are turned on— two factors that translate into battery-power savings. With current OLED technology, however, power can be quickly gobbled up in applications that display a lot of white space, such as in word processor, email and e-reader apps. You know, because of all those turned-on, white-displaying pixels. This can make OLED an inefficient choice in some situations. But because the two technologies function so differently, directly comparing OLED power consumption with LCD power consumption is “like comparing apples to oranges,” DisplaySearch’s Jennifer Colegrove says. This makes it difficult to tell which method is really the most efficient overall. Apple’s OLED display would work differently, though, minimizing the instances when

OLED pixels need to be brightly fired up. One other quirky benefit of a possible Apple OLED display: It could enable the Apple logo on the back of a device to be illuminated — much like this clever hack, but even when the OLED is powered off. Display tech seems to be a hot area for Apple’s R&D teams. A previous Apple patent detailed a hybrid LCD and electronic paper display that would also help conserve your smartphone’s precious battery life (e-ink is a very low-power technology). Another patent showed how Apple could keep future displays smudge and fingerprint-free using an oleophobic coating. via Patently Apple 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 recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.

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TED: Daniel Wolpert: The real reason for brains - Daniel Wolpert (2011)
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Submitted at 11/3/2011 9:55:30 AM

Neuroscientist Daniel Wolpert

starts from a surprising premise: gives us a glimpse into how the the brain evolved, not to think or brain creates the grace and agility feel, but to control movement. In of human motion. this entertaining, data-rich talk he

Apple’s again looking to land itself on the butt end of an antitrust complaint after removing the iOS Amazon cloud music player, aMusic, from the App Store. Citing legal reasons with the music industry, the author said he was confident that it could be returned. But we doubt it will be offered in its current incarnation. It will likely just play back a flashing letter “a,” since music executives and Apple are a cozy bunch. Ditto for the author’s other app gMusic, which works with Google’s music locker service, and will likely see the same fate of being tossed into a legal black hole in the next couple weeks.Since Amazon and Google both pursued their music locker services without the approval of

music studios and Apple’s iCloud music locker was arranged with their approval, Apple’s got a decent defense for this move. But when added to the list of shady moves when handling media and music competitors like Spotify, this one’s starting to take on a Microsoft vs. Netscape feel. The only reason Spotify likely made it into the iOS App Store was because the FCC intervened. Spotify also had the advantage that it had signed deals with the rights holders where Amazon and Google just steamrolled them entirely.It will be interesting to see if the new leadership at Apple will be pursuing the same scorched earth methods favored by Steve Jobs, who no one denies was ruthless when dealing with competition. Check out our ultimate Spotify playlist for guys. Continue Reading

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Bid Now for Role in Joss Whedon's In Your Eyes
Angela Watercutter (Wired Top Stories)
Submitted at 11/3/2011 4:34:00 PM

A walk-on role on the Joss Whedon-penned movie In Your Eyes is currently up for auction on eBay. Screengrab: If you’re the kind of superfan who acts out Buffy the Vampire Slayer in your living room, it might be time to get out your credit card: An eBay auction is under way for a role in an upcoming Joss Whedon film, and it could be yours! Now that Whedon’s surprise reboot of Much Ado About Nothing has wrapped filming, Bellwether Pictures — the nerd auteur’s microstudio he runs with wife Kai Cole— is launching into In Your Eyes. The film, which is being directed by Brin Hill and scripted by Whedon, is offering a walk-on role for charity. It would be cooler if it were for a spot in next summer’s superhero team-up The Avengers, but hey, In Your Eyes could be the next Whedon cult classic. You never know! The charity is The Adrienne

Shelly Foundation, a nonprofit that provides grants and other support to female actors, writers and directors. Details about the role, including the schedule and filming locations, aren’t revealed in the eBay auction listing, but the fine print does promise that the “winner will be able to bring a friend to watch and experience their big debut!” It also, inexplicably, offers “free shipping” (which Whedon fanfic creators will probably take the wrong way).

In Your Eyes is being billed as a “metaphysical love story” about two opposites who attract one another and find themselves connected in mysterious ways. “When I wrote In Your Eyes, I didn’t have the wherewithal (or the moxie) to make it without an established production house,” Whedon said in a statement at the time the film was announced. “I believe, as I did then, that it’s a pretty timeless romance, and now, with the creation of Bellwether Pictures … I have the opportunity

to prove it.” As of this writing, the high bid for the role had already passed $1,500. On the off chance that Whedon’s next film isn’t your cup of tea, the Adrienne Shelly Foundation is offering a slew of other charity auctions, including lunch with Mad Men’s Jon Hamm, a Community walk-on and meet-and-greet, and VIP tickets to The Colbert Report. All the auctions end Nov. 11, so start figuring out how much you can charge to your PayPal account

now. Whedon, presumably, will sleep sometime in the near future. (Probably.) [via The Mary Sue] 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 recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.


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AMD Cuts Workforce So It Can 'Cut Chip Power'
Robert McMillan (Wired Top Stories)
Submitted at 11/3/2011 5:33:00 PM

Advanced Micro Devices wields the ax (Photo: Flickr) Chipmaker AMD announced some big layoffs on Thursday, saying it needs to cut costs in order to push into new markets and stay ahead of rivals. The company is laying off about 1,400 people, a bit more than 11 percent of its workforce of 12,000. The cuts will come from all parts of the company, says Drew Prairie, a company spokesman. “It’s from vice president all the way down to individual contributors.” AMD hired a new CEO, Rory Read, in August, and he’s trying to push the company into new markets. Building chips that don’t gobble up a lot of power is the current fixation in the chip industry. This helps out in both mobile devices such as the iPhone and in the servers that power massive data centers. Prarie says that AMD want to take some of the $200 million it will save from the layoffs and other cost-cutting initiatives and funnel that money into new initiatives. “It’s about putting in place a competitive cost structure, but it’s also about accelerating

Ace Frehley: KISS's CodeWord For Cocaine Was 'Betty White' (VIDEO)
Stephanie Opella (AOL TV)
Submitted at 11/3/2011 12:30:00 PM

Filed under: TV Replay Ace Frehley, aka the Spaceman, landed in the'Today'(weekdays, 7AM ET on NBC) studios to talk about his life in and out of the some of our future growth they may want to redeploy people AMD expects that the layoffs glam-rock band, KISS. Matt opportunities,” he says. to focus on these low-power will be completed by the end of Lauer got right to the point: "I In other words, AMD will hire chips,” says Brookwood, with March 2012. Says Kevin Krewell, think anybody who watched KISS people after it’s done with the job research firm Insight 64. an analyst with chip-research firm over the years, probably the cutting. Prairie couldn’t say how Two months ago, AMD hired the The Linley Group: “AMD is thought crossed their minds that many people the company expects designer of Apple’s iPhone 4, either heading toward a direct you guys dabbled in drugs." Ace to hire. Mark Papermaster, as its chief conflict with ARM or it’s heading fully copped to embracing the '70s lifestyle. The layoffs took chip analyst technology officer. toward a partnership.” Nathan Brookwood by surprise. The company may be getting This entry passed through the "You gotta realize, Studio 54 and AMD has had some trouble ready to double-down on its own Full-Text RSS service — if this is that whole scene in Manhattan in cranking out enough of its new X86 designs, or it may be getting your content and you're reading it the '70s, a lot of people were Vision A series processors to ready to produce its own variation on someone else's site, please read doing cocaine." So much so that meet demand, but it has actually o f t h e l o w - p o w e r e d A R M the FAQ at the band had a code name for the been gaining share against Intel in m i c r o p r o c e s s o r , w h i c h h a s only/faq.php#publishers. Five party-drug. "Well, we called it the PC market. sparkled in the mobile phone and Filters recommends: Donate to Betty White," he said, giggling. Permalink| Email this| Linking “I think what it comes down to is touchscreen markets. Wikileaks. Blogs| Comments

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10 Mobile Apps for Bookworms
Lance Looper (HowStuffWorks Daily Feed)

they can enjoy many of the benefits of digital readers without shelling out for yet another Submitted at 11/3/2011 1:00:56 PM device. After all, according to a Reading is undergoing a rapid May 2011 Nielsen Report, at least transformation thanks to the one smartphone can be found in advancing technology of mobile n e a r l y 4 0 p e r c e n t o f U . S . devices. Digital readers such as households, compared to just 9 Amazon's Kindle and the Nook percent that possess an e-reader f r o m B a r n e s & N o b l e a r e [sources: Nielsen, Kim]. changing the way people read and So curl up with the warm glow of even how publishers distribute your tiny screen and check out their content. Both are smaller and these book-friendly apps currently lighter than an average paperback, a v a i l a b l e o n s m a r t p h o n e and can store hundreds of books. p l a t f o r m s . And since these devices are now This entry passed through the e q u i p p e d w i t h I n t e r n e t Full-Text RSS service — if this is connectivity, you can even use your content and you're reading it them to make purchases. For a on someone else's site, please read couple hundred bucks, you can the FAQ at virtually any volume and only/faq.php#publishers. Five carry your entire library with you. Filters recommends: Donate to Smartphones are also getting in Wikileaks. on the action. As a result, bibliophiles are discovering that

Work Excuses
into her convertible. Even Pinocchio would shake his head at these fabrications. Some of the other cheaply coined excuses Since everyone has caught on to included a refrigerator falling on the fact that dogs don’t eat an employee, too many headaches homework, the smartest people in after too many garage sales and our society have come up with a accidentally drinking antifreeze. new set of ingenious fibs to Research also showed that the top excuse themselves from work. time of the year to call in sick is After surveying almost 3,000 in the first quarter (January people, job website CareerBuilder through March), as 34% of sick listed the worst reasons for days were taken then. Also, while missing work: - Employee’s 12- 84% still call in to notify their year-old daughter stole his car and boss, 11% merely send a text he had no other way to work. message. If you're that desperate Employee didn’t want to report it to miss work, you might just think to the police.- Employee said bats about quitting. Here's why it could got in her hair.-Employee’s make you happier than ever. brother-in-law was kidnapped by RELATED VIDEO: Why You a drug cartel while in Mexico.- A r e n t G e t P a i d W h a t Y o u Employee was in line at a coffee D e s e r v e shop when a truck carrying flour Continue Reading backed up and dumped the flour
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'Parks and Recreation': Andy and April Are Getting a Web Series
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Submitted at 11/3/2011 11:45:00 AM

Filed under: TV News Not a hoax! Not a dream! NBC is giving us more'Parks and Recreation'! Our favorite Pawnee lovebirds, Andy (Chris Pratt) and April (Aubrey Plaza), will star in their very own series of webisodes. According to EW, will debut five webisodes of the comedy after the Thurs., Nov. 3 airing of the hit comedy. The webisodes spin out from the 'End of the World' episode and follow Andy and April as they embark on a road trip. Permalink| Email this| Linking Blogs| Comments


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Watch the Wanderlust Trailer - Are You Excited to See the Movie That Brought Jennifer and Justin Together?
Lauren Turner (PopSugar)
Submitted at 11/3/2011 3:30:32 PM

The trailer for Wanderlust is out! Jennifer Aniston stars in the comedy alongside Paul Rudd, but it was her other costar, Justin Theroux, who caught her attention during production. Jennifer and Justin met while working on the film late last year, and their relationship has since turned into a serious romance. The couple share a few funny scenes in the clip, including one where Justin teaches Jennifer to milk a goat after she and Paul move to a commune. So we want to know are you excited to see the movie that sparked Jennifer and Justin's love?

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Watch the Wanderlust Trailer Are You Excited to See the Movie That Brought Jennifer and Justin Together? Yes - I want to see their chemistry on screen! No I'm not interested in this movie, even if Justin is in it.

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Self-described social media scientist Dan Zarrella examined 40,000 randomly selected LinkedIn profiles to determine the

Volkswagen freshens look of 2013 CC Volkswagen will introduce an updated version of its swoopy CC at the Los Angeles Auto Show later this month. The four-seat sedan has a coupelike roofline that compromises functionality compared with a traditional sedan. The new model has a more prominent large, square grille to make it look more like the new Passat, along with blockier taillights á la the freshened Eos convertible. most and least connected job The updated version will go on positions on the social network. sale in the spring as a 2013 model. Via Dan Zarrella. Subscribe now! Improve your connectivity on S u b s c r i b e t o LinkedIn. for expert Permalink| Leave a comment » Ratings, buying advice and reliability on hundreds of products. Update your feed preferences

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Greek PM to drop referendum plan
Submitted at 11/3/2011 8:14:33 AM

After meeting his cabinet, George Papandreou signals his intention to drop his planned vote on the euro bailout. Last Modified: 03 Nov 2011 10:32 George Papandreou's future as PM is still uncertain as he is to face a vote of confidence on Friday [EPA] The Greek prime minister has announced he will scrap the idea of a referendum on a vital bailout package and hold talks with the opposition to resolve the country's political and economic crisis. In a speech to his cabinet on Thursday, George Papandreou said he would assign the task of discussions with the opposition to two senior party members and praised their support of the bailout deal. If the opposition agreed to back the deal in parliament no referendum would have to be held, he said. "I will be glad even if we don't go to a referendum, which was never a purpose in itself. I'm glad that all this discussionhas at least brought a lot of people back to their senses," he said in the text of his speech released to media. "I will talk to [opposition leader Antonis] Samaras so that we examine the next steps on the basis of a wider consensus." He reiterated that Greece's eurozone membership was not in question and that heading to elections immediately would

entail a big risk of the country going bankrupt. Al Jazeera's Jonah Hull reporting from Athens said: "Talks will begin with the opposition and if a concensus is reached then there is no need for a referendum". "Addressing the parliament, Papendreaou thanked the opposition for their change of heart towards the bailout, which is

astonishing as people in Greece would say that Papandreou is mad as it was him who suggested the idea of a referendum in the first place." The opposition New Democracy Party had earlier in the day called for a transitional government to lead the country until it secures a vital aid payment from foreign lenders, with a view to new

elections after the funds are received. Papandreou was told by European leaders on the sidelines of the G20 summit in France that his country had to choose whether it wants to stay in the eurozone or miss the bailout. He faces a confidence vote on Friday. A series of defections cast doubts on whether he will keep

his job. No resignation In the run-up to the emergency cabinet meeting, Papandreou told the Greek state TV he was not resigning. The Reuters news agency quoted a source in his office as saying "there is no resignation by the GREEK page 62


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Oakland 'strike' over after major protest
Submitted at 11/3/2011 8:37:16 AM

center of the square. Tim Simons, an organiser with the local protest, told Al Jazeera Streets quiet after thousands are that the police impetus for the first evicted by police after paralysing tear gas attack may have been major US port and "occupying" based on a new "occupation" that f o r e c l o s e d b u i l d i n g . L a s t some demonstrators started. Modified: 03 Nov 2011 13:37 "After the demonstrations today, Police in Oakland have left the people went ahead and took over scene of earlier overnight clashes a n a b a n d o n e d b u i l d i n g - a with Occupy Oakland protesters, foreclosed bank owned property f i r i n g t e a r g a s t o d i s p e r s e and turned it into a social centre," demonstrators lingering in the he said. streets after a day of large "There was no provocation at all, demonstrations that paralised the other than occupying a building, fifth largest port in the country. which is part of this movement. Just after midnight on Thursday "That was a very peaceful, calm, morning, hundreds of officers situation until the riot police from at least six cities lined up moved in." shoulder to shoulder and donned Many of the street lights in the gas masks, then declared the area suddenly went dark as the crowd to be an unlawful assembly confrontation unfolded. It was not and fired volleys of tear gas as clear whether they were turned off protesters turned and ran. or knocked out by a power A few activists paused to pick up disruption. canisters and hurl them back at The clashes in Oakland, which officers as they fled. shot to the forefront of nationwide "This was peaceful until you anti-Wall Street protests after a came!" a protester shouted at former soldier was badly injured police. Police later charged the in a rally last week, followed a plaza with batons and more tear day of rallies that drew some gas to push protesters farther into thousands of supporters at their

peak and shuttered the busy Port of Oakland. A volunteer legal support group reported that just over 100 people were arrested during and after the melee. Port closure The "Occupy" activists frustrated with a financial system they believe benefits corporations and the wealthy, had aimed to disrupt commerce with a special focus on banks and other symbols of corporate America. A group, estimated by police at 7,000, and by local media outlets as large as 20,000, marched from Oakland's central intersection to the city's port, which handles about $39bn a year in imports and exports. Longshoremen who work at the port said that their union contract prevented them from participating in the day's protests, which organisers called a "general strike", but a clause in the contract allows workers to stay out of work if they feel unsafe entering. As a result, on Wednesday evening, a Port of Oakland spokesperson said maritime

operations at the port had been "effectively shut down". "The port in Oakland is probably one of the most valuable places where money flows through," Simons told Al Jazeera. "These occupations actually have the capability to disrupt flows of capital, the flows of money, that the 1 per cent is using." Some protesters stood atop tractor-trailers stopped in the middle of the street. Others climbed onto scaffolding over railroad tracks as a band played played through loudspeakers, using amplifiers powered by stationary bike generators. "Maritime area operations will resume when it is safe and secure to do so," the port said in a statement. A port spokesperson said officials hoped to reopen the facility on Thursday morning. Broken windows Windows were smashed at several Oakland banks and an upscale supermarket. Howard Jordan, Oakland's acting police chief, blamed the vandalism and unruliness on a small group that he identified as anarchists.

The demonstrations centred at Ogawa Plaza, scene of a tug-ofwar last week between police who cleared an Occupy Oakland encampment there and protesters who sought to return, and ultimately succeeded in doing so. Prior to marching on the port, protesters blocked the intersection of 14th Street and Broadway, where Scott Olsen, an Iraq war veteran, was wounded during a clash with police on the night of October 25. It was the wounding of Olsen, a soldier turned peace activist who suffered a serious head injury during protests last week, that seemed to galvanise support and extra media attention. Olsen remains in an Oakland hospital and has been moved from critical to fair condition. 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 recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.

Lunch with Heritage: Online Chat on Spending
Todd Thurman (The Foundry: Conservative Policy News Blog from The Heritage Foundation)
Submitted at 11/3/2011 4:30:53 PM

Join us on Friday November 4 from 12-1 EST for our “Lunch

with Heritage” online chat. We will be joined by Heritage’s Budget expert Pat Knudsen. He will be taking your questions about our new Appropriations tracker, what needs to be cut from

the budget, and what the super committee should focus on. If you would like to be reminded about the event, leave your email address in the form below. If you cannot make the chat and have a

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Obama urges swift end to eurozone crisis
Submitted at 11/3/2011 8:10:57 AM

seen some progress, looking forward to working together to figure out how we can implement Greek debt crisis tops the agenda this in an effective way, to make as leaders of world's biggest sure that not only is the eurozone economies gather in southern stable but the world financial France for G20 summit. Last system is stable as well.'' Modified: 03 Nov 2011 10:17"/> Greek roller-coaster A G20 summit of the world's Al Jazeera's Jacky Rowland, biggest economies is under way in reporting from Cannes, said: "The Cannes, in southern France, with European leaders meeting here in the issue of the Greek debt crisis Cannes have really been riding a commanding the most attention. kind of Greek roller-coaster over US President Barack Obama has the last 48 hours or so. pledged to stand with European "[Obama] made it clear that this is leaders to resolve the eurozone not a crisis that just affects crisis, but he wants its financial European leaders but has an problems dealt with quickly. impact on the whole world. We Speaking alongside French only have to look at the kind of President Nicolas Sarkozy after volatility recently that there has the two met privately on the been on the euro-dollar exchange sidelines of the Group of 20 rate to see why people like summit on Thursday, Obama said President Obama are telling the that resolving the European European leaders that they need financial crisis is "the most clarity and detail about how this important aspect of our task over rescue plan is going to be the next two days". implemented." "We're going to have to flesh out Obama, however, is not the only more of the details about how the world leader concerned about the plan will be fully and decisively G r e e k crisis, our implemented," he said. correspondent said. At a later meeting with German Russian President Dmitry Chancellor Angela Merkel, M e d v e d e v , s p e a k i n g o n Obama said: "We are now, having the sidelines of the Cannes

summit, urged Europe to move swiftly to contain the debt crisis. "I am convinced that due to the size of the European economy no outside aid can become a decisive factor for the eurozone and the first and the most simple conclusion is Europe should help itself, the European Union has everything for that today - the political authority, the financial resources and the backing of many countries," Medvedev said. Russia willing Medvedev said Russia is willing to help the eurozone to overcome the crisis. "Russia is a part of Europe and we are no indifferent to the problems of the European Union," he said, "and secondly we are ready to participate in the programmes of financial assistance to the EU countries first of all through the instruments of the International Monetary Fund. "The actions of our [European] partners should be much more active, much more decisive to bring order, otherwise we will be hostages of these problems for a long period of time and all delays such as

referendums or something else will not help to resolve the issue." While fast-moving events in Athens overshadowed the first day of the G20 summit, Al Jazeera's Rowland said other important issues inevitably took a back seat. "Certainly, the effect of all this inevitably has been to overshadow some of the other really important issues that were due to be discussed at this summit, that will still be discussed at this summit," she said. "Things like efforts to try to make global growth more sustainable, and the idea that it shouldn't just be this divide between wealthy developed countries and poorer countries who are traditionally the recipients of aid." 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 recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.

Bastion narrator takes a hilarious journey through other games
Ben Gilbert (Joystiq)
Submitted at 11/3/2011 5:30:00 PM

What happens when Bastion's ever-present contextual narrator lands in some of gaming's most famous titles? Pure hilarity, as seen in the Dorkly-crafted video above. Bastion narrator takes a hilarious journey through other games originally appeared on Joystiq on Thu, 03 Nov 2011 17:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| Email this| Comments


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prime minister ... There is no resignation by the cabinet". Papandreou caused fears and panic on financial markets by announcing on Monday that Greece would hold a referendum, tentantively on December 4, on a second bailout plan negotiated with eurozone leaders last week. "It's not the moment to give you the exact wording, but the essence is that this is not a question only of a programme, this is a question of whether we want to remain in the eurozone," Papandreou said. Opinion polls suggest a majority of Greeks, worried about austerity measures, think the bailout package is a bad deal for Greece, but Papandreou said he expected more support from the population than he could garner in parliament. "I believe the Greek people are wise and capable of making the right decision for the benefit of our country," he said.

German and French leaders told Papandreou at a news conference i n C a n n e s o n Wednesday that saving the euro was ultimately more important to them than rescuing Greece. Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, said the stabilisation of the euro could be better achieved "with Greece than without Greece", but added that stabilising the currency was more important. "Our Greek friends must decide whether they want to continue the j o u r n e y w i t h us," Nicolas Sarkozy, who said last week that it was a"mistake" to allow Greece into the eurozone, told the news conference in Cannes. Sarkozy and Merkel said eurozone finance ministers would meet next Monday to expedite decisions on leveraging the eurozone's rescue fund to build a firewall to protect other

weaker members of the currency area. Jean Leonetti, France's European affairs minister, said there was no question of the eurozone renegotiating Greece's bailout package. Papandreou told reporters in Cannes his referendum would in effect be a vote on whether Greece should remain in the euro. But the European Commission said if Greece left the European single currency, it would have to leave the European Union as well. 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 recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.

Emily Deschanel Before She Was Famous
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Submitted at 11/3/2011 1:00:00 PM

Luke 11:10 (11-03-11)
(Verse of the Day)

suggests it is true. The Bible promises us that it is so. But Luke emphasizes one specific answer to For everyone who asks receives; prayer that God-seekers receive. he who seeks finds; and to him God longs to give us a truly great who knocks, the door will be and wonderful gift: his presence opened. in us through his Holy Spirit (vs. — Luke 11:10(NIV) Thoughts on 13). Because of the indwelling Today's Verse... God answers Spirit, God can do unimaginable prayers! Recent research in the things for us and through us. My recovery of surgery patients for Prayer... Loving Father, the whom others prayed seems to sacrifice of your Son for my sins validate this. Our experience is a truly incredible gift. The
Submitted at 11/3/2011 2:00:00 AM

blessing of salvation through Jesus is more wonderful than words. The gracious gift of your presence in me through your Holy Spirit is comforting and empowering. Thank you for your assurance that as I seek you, you are eager to bless me. In Jesus' name I thank and praise you. Amen.

Filed under: Features, Celebrities and Gossip Before she was forensic anthropologist'Bones,' Emily Deschanel,'New Girl' Zooey Deschanel's older, less hipster sister, was a high school senior at Crossroads School in Los Angeles. After her feature-film debut in 1994's rom-com 'It Could Happen To You,' Deschanel had a few more notable roles, like Stephen Kin's 'Rose Red' in 2002 and 'Boogeyman' in 2005, before landing the role of Temperance Brennan on Fox's'Bones.' The hit show returns for Season 7 on Thurs., Nov. 3 at 9PM ET on Fox, and expect a few big changes for our favorite duo. Bones is pregnant (Deschanel was at the time too!) and feeling the early kicks of her baby, and Booth is having a hard time adjusting to

the life of an expectant dad. Check out Deschanel's high school picture after the jump. Is it just us or did she look more like her little sister when she was younger? Permalink| Email this| Linking Blogs| Comments

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Sean University: When You're Feeling Powerless
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#OccupyOakland: It's a Riot
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Submitted at 11/3/2011 1:24:47 PM

In the old days, there was a pretty simple scientific formula for electricity. You took one part kite, one part one part key, one part lightning storm, and five parts dumbness for thinking it’s a good idea to fly a kite when there’s lightning around, and voila: power! But while the process was easy enough, it was also really dangerous because of all the dumbness being released into the environment. That’s why someone was like, “Hey, let’s put this stuff in outlets.” Fast forward many years, and we, as a society, have become dependent on electricity. For example, just to read this hyperinformative Sean University lesson, you’re using electricity to power your computer, your modem, and (if you’re one of the lucky ones) your robot eyes. And just like with anything that we rely too much on, life can get really tough when electricity goes away because of a power outage, especially for a small business. Your computer, your printer, that lava lamp you look at to relax – you can’t use any of that stuff. It

Via San Francisco Chronicle: Work crews and employees of trashed buildings in downtown Oakland set to work this morning cleaning up from the postmidnight riot that broke out after Occupy Oakland’s daylong general strike. Graffiti was spraypainted on many buildings along Broadway from 14th to 16th streets, where masked vandals shattered windows and threw objects at police. Officers responded by firing tear gas and flash-bang grenades and making can be a daunting task to keep 3. Without a printer to print your office building, ask yourself dozens of arrests. As the sun rose, things running smoothly without important documents and a Xerox this important question: “how downtown Oakland business power, but it’s not impossible! machine to make copies to many dangerous criminals or owners were again assessing the Here are 5 simple tips to keep distribute among your employees, creatures were we storing in here damage, much as they did after a your business running during an you’ll have to use an information- whose electromagnetically locked series of protests related to the outage: disseminating technique from cages might have opened when killing of unarmed BART rider 1. Candles are a fire hazard. So if ancient times: just telling people the power went out?” If the Oscar Grant in 2009. . . you need light, it’s always best to stuff and making up any parts that answer is greater than 0, leave Here’s my favorite part, from use highly-concentrated groups of you forget. that room alone. If the answer is later in the article, “At the Men’s well-trained fire flies. 4. A power outage, no matter greater than 6, you might want to Wearhouse, which had closed 2. Avoid saying things that will how small, can mess up your work from home. Wednesday and put up signs in bring down employee morale, alarm clock; that’s why it’s But hey, your business is like a support of the general strike, like, “well, since there’s no important to set a back up alarm snowflake, by which I mean, windows were shattered.” Obama power, your jobs are going to on your cell phone. But if your unique (not cold-hearted and wanted a class war and that’s suck even more than usual today.” cell phone dies and you don’t proceeding slowly towards its what he’s got.— Greg Pollowitz Instead, try pretending the power have power, there will be no way bitter end). Tell me about it in the This entry passed through the outage is a positive thing. Tell to charge it; that’s why it’s comments, and I’ll give you some Full-Text RSS service — if this is your employees that it’s an “In- important to set a second back up tips for how to get work done your content and you're reading it Office Rustic Work Retreat.” alarm on your steam-powered with the lights off. on someone else's site, please read Wear old-timey clothing and clock. the FAQ at in a mule to reinforce this. 5. Before going into any room in only/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.



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Big Retailers Opening Walmart Spoils Memorial Service Because They Think My Doors Even Earlier Photos Look Too Professional On Black Friday
Chris Morran (The Consumerist)
Submitted at 11/3/2011 3:15:00 PM

Consumerist reader Jessica was trying to do something nice for her late friend's memorial service by collecting photos that she then uploaded to to ordering prints. But when she went to pick up the pics, the folks at Big W wouldn't hand them over without a written copyright release. See, Jessica's friend was a professional photographer, as is her friend's husband, who had emailed Jessica the photos to have printed. "So even their candid pictures appear professional," she explains to Consumerist. At the store, the Walmart staff had the prints — which she had already paid for online — ready to go, but withheld the photos because they appeared to be taken by professionals (which they

were). They even held back a candid, non-pro shot because it "looked professional enough." In addition to those photos, Jessica says that Walmart wanted copyright info on a couple of shots that had been taken at a pro studio like Olan Mills back in the '70s. "There was no mark on them to indicate where they were taken, and my friend's mom had sent me those," writes Jessica. "She paid for them back in the day when they were taken, and she scanned them.for me last week. How am I supposed to get written copyrights for every single picture? "And why did Walmart print the pictures in question, take my money, and only then question whether they were professional? Yes, I checked the box that said I had permission to print these, as I had implied permission FROM THE PICTURE OWNERS. These pictures were emailed to me by

her husband and mother to be used for the sole purpose of her memorial service. I do not feel I was in the wrong here by agreeing that I had permission, as I did, as I understood it.... I am going to have to print terrible copies from my home computer just to have pictures of my beautiful, departed friend at her memorial service." Since Jessica had pre-paid for these photos but Walmart would not allow her to pick them up, we've advised her to contact her credit card company and issue a charge back. From 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 recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.

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One outlet mall said they're responding by opening even earlier, at 10 pm Thanksgiving Instead of the usual 3am Black Day. "We're trying to stay ahead Friday door opening, several of the curve," Steve Schuknecht, r e t a i l e r s , i n c l u d i n g T a r g e t , general manager of the Tanger Macy's, and Kohls, announced Outlet Center in Howell, told CBS they're going to be open at Detroit. midnight this year. Could this mark the opening shot Black Friday is the shopping in a never-ending arms race of b o n a n z a d a y t h e d a y a f t e r ever-earlier openings? T h a n k s g i v i n g t h a t m o s t If so, it means that retail workers Consumerist readers don't care won't be getting much of a about. Retailers offer discounts to holiday during the holidays. "I shoppers to kickoff the holiday don't like the fact I have to come shopping season, although the in on Thanskgiving, but when you quality of the deals has fallen off work in retail it's the nature of the in the past several years as more beast," Schuknecht admitted. shoppers caught on and stores Retailers To Open Earlier Than realized they didn't need to mark E v e r B e f o r e F o r B l a c k down as much to get people in the F r i d a y [ C B S D e t r o i t ] door. RELATED In their announcement, Target Target Store Has Great Black said, "To provide shoppers with a Friday Idea: Only 30 People At A jumpstart on unbeatable Black Time Friday deals, Target stores will From open at midnight—earlier than This entry passed through the e v e r — o n F r i d a y , N o v . 2 5 . Full-Text RSS service — if this is Extended store hours, along with your content and you're reading it T a r g e t ' s P r i c e M a t c h a n d on someone else's site, please read REDcard Rewards, will have the FAQ at feeling merry and only/faq.php#publishers. Five b r i g h t . " W h o c a r e s a b o u t Filters recommends: Donate to spending time with family, let's Wikileaks. get to the deals!

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FTC levies nearly $27 million Recall: 541,000 Under Armour football helmet judgement against marketers' chin straps for cut dangers fake hoodia weight-loss claims
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FTC levies nearly $27 million judgement against marketers' fake hoodia weight-loss claims The Federal Trade Commission announced it has settled its two year old case against two companies which hyped weightloss products based on "hoodia," a substance derived from the Hoodia gordonii cactus of southern Africa. The 2009 FTC complaint alleged executives at Nutraceuticals International LLC and Stella Labs LLC falsely marketed hoodia products as effective weight-loss and appetite-suppression supplements even though there has been no scientific evidence of such properties for the plant material. The complaint further alleged that some of the

however, says the FTC. No monetary fine was levied against Craig Payton, another principal at Nutraceuticals International because his assets were already seized in another unrelated federal drug case, said the FTC. In the settlement, all the companies' hoodia products didn't defendants have also been barred from making any false or even contain the chemical. David Romero, a principal at unsupported claims about foods, both companies was assessed a drugs, or dietary supplements; $22.5 million fine for his role in from helping others to make these the bogus marketing claims. claims; and from misrepresenting Romeo forfeited to the FTC a the results of any scientific study. Vermont vacation home and In FTC ‘Hoodia’ Weight Loss $635,000 in business loans as part C a s e , S e t t l e m e n t R e q u i r e s Defendants to Turn Over of his settlement. A $4 million judgment was also Assets[FTC] Subscribe now! S u b s c r i b e t o assessed against Deborah Vickey, a m a r k e t i n g e x e c u t i v e a t for expert Nutraceuticals International. Her Ratings, buying advice and judgment has been suspended r e l i a b i l i t y o n h u n d r e d s o f over her inability to pay the fine, products. Update your feed preferences

Recall: 541,000 Under Armour football helmet chin straps for cut dangers The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced today a recall of more than half a million UA Defender Chin Straps made by Under Armour in Baltimore. The faulty chin straps for football helmets have sharp metal snaps that may cut players. According to the CPSC, Under Armour has received six reports of injuries that required stitches. The recall involves all UA Defender Chin Straps, which were available in four color schemes: white and black, red, midnight, navy and royal. All the affective straps have a hard nylon shell, a padded chin area and a plastic strap with “Under Armour” printed on it. They also feature metal clasps that tighten the straps and attach them to the helmet. The faulty straps were sold at sporting goods stores and Under Armour outlet stores nationwide and at

from January 2008 through September 2011 for about $20. Consumers are warned to immediately stop using the recalled chin straps and contact Under Armour for a free replacement chin strap. For additional information, consumers can call Under Armour toll-free (888-823-0343) or visit the firm’s website at Under Armour Recalls Chin Straps for Football Helmets Due to Laceration Hazard[CPSC] Subscribe now! S u b s c r i b e t o for expert Ratings, buying advice and reliability on hundreds of products. Update your feed preferences


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Phony Bedbug Exterminator Steals Jewels
Ben Popken (The Consumerist)

Two-time World Series winner Terry Francona would be a nice fit for Cardinals - Boston Herald
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apartment complex various maintenance and service works to Submitted at 11/3/2011 4:00:00 PM perform work inside apartments New York Police are warning without giving the residents a Queens residents to be on the heads up. lookout for a jewel thief in Don't open your door to strangers bedbug exterminator's clothing. and make anyone claiming to be a CBS New York reports that the service professional show ID. In m a n k n o c k s o n a p a r t m e n t New York, bugmen are required residents' doors and identifies to carry a New York State photo himself as a bedbug exterminator. ID and a pesticide applicator's He sports a blue uniform, an ID license. badge, and a white spray tank. NYPD: Be On Lookout For He then enters the bedroom and Phony — But Convincing — shuts the doors behind him and Exterminator[CBS New York] tells the residents to stay out of From the room for 30 minutes to avoid This entry passed through the breathing in the fumes. But Full-Text RSS service — if this is instead of bedbugs, he's looking your content and you're reading it for jewels. He cleaned out the on someone else's site, please read jewelry boxes of three different the FAQ at, snatching up $15,000 only/faq.php#publishers. Five worth of stolen goods. Filters recommends: Donate to It's not uncommon in New York Wikileaks. for supervisors to send around the

Boston manager Terry Francona, who teamed with Epstein to win two World Series (2004, 2007) for S T. LOUIS - One night you’re the Red Sox[ team stats]. Though winning the World Series. Two both men departed Boston after a days later, you’re having a stormy end to the 2011 season, triumphant victory parade in Epstein and Francona are said to downtown St. Louis. Three days be on good terms. later, you’re searching for a new Advantage, Cubs? Not so fast. manager to replace the iconic Though Epstein and Hoyer should Tony La Russa. make the Cubs more formidable, Oh, and Albert Pujols is a free a n d t h e y w i l l b e w o r t h y agent. opponents, there’s a lot of work to Cardinals GM John Mozeliak do at Wrigleyville. If we’re hasn’t had much time to celebrate. talking about the potential for Mozeliak’s choice for a new winning big over the next couple m a n a g e r w i l l b e h i s m o s t of seasons, the Cardinals have the i m p o r t a n t d e c i s i o n s i n c e better situation for a manager. becoming the GM after the 2007 Mozeliak can go one of three season. Yes, bigger than his ways: 1 - Go for the safest, surest controversial call to trade Colby h i r e . T h a t w o u l d b e T i t o Rasmus. How do you replace La F r a n c o n a . Russa? You can’t really. But it’s 2 - Put a premium on continuity possible to make a terrific hire. by promoting from within. That If Mozeliak makes the wrong would be Jose Oquendo. pick, it could set the franchise 3 - Take a chance on a younger, back for years. In some ways, the u p - a n d - c o m i n g m a n a g e r i a l jockeying for a new manager p r o s p e c t f r o m o u t s i d e t h e represents the first challenge o r g a n i z a t i o n . match between Mozeliak and the We don’t claim to know what Cubs’ new regime, led by team Mozeliak will do. president Theo Epstein and GM But we know what he should do. Jed Hoyer. I don’t really understand the need That’s especially true if the Cubs to drag this out. If Francona wants and Cardinals each pursue former your job, then hire him and get on
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with the next item of business. This team has to attempt to sign Pujols, find a shortstop, locate a lefty reliever and come up with a righthanded bat that can complement Jon Jay in center field. The Cardinals are not a rebuilding franchise. The Cardinals are not a trainingground franchise. The Cardinals aren’t on a five-year plan. This job shouldn’t be given to a starsearch audition winner. The St. Louis managing job is ready-made for success. The tradition is rich. The fan support is passionate. This is a crown jewel of a franchise. The annual goal does not change: make the playoffs, reach the World Series, do everything within reason to win a championship. Visit the St. Louis Post-Dispatch at This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.

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Pac-12 Preview: Washington State cleans up its tarnished image
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Submitted at 11/3/2011 3:16:48 PM

Midway through the Washington State basketball team's visit to the Pullman Senior Center in midSeptember, an elderly woman made a comment to Marcus Capers that made the senior guard chuckle. "She told me she was mad at her husband for not joining her at the retirement home, so I said, 'That's messed up,'" Capers recalled. "She said, 'Well he has been dead for 12 years,' and I was like, 'Wow, can you really be mad at him for that?'" Every Washington State player probably has a similar funny anecdote to that one because the Cougars spent so much of their offseason getting to know people in their community. They helped build a house for Habitat for Humanity in July, they signed autographs and ran the pop-a-shot booth at Pullman's National Lentil Festival in August and they ran a handful of summer basketball clinics attended by kids from across the Pacific Northwest. It was especially important for Washington State players to participate in such activities this problems last season. offseason because the basketball Three of the team's top four program needed to rehabilitate its scorers last season were cited for image after a flurry of legal separate marijuana infractions, with Klay Thompson and Reggie

Moore serving suspensions. School officials took the negative publicity that followed seriously enough that athletic director Bill Moos told The Spokesman-

Review, "We have to instill in our student-athletes a mentality that Saturday's game is more important than tonight's party." "We had a few issues off the court

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Puck Previews: Chris Carpenter skates with Blues; Pens vs. Sharks
Greg Wyshynski (Y! Sports Blogs - Yahoo! Sports)
Submitted at 11/3/2011 3:27:13 PM

Back by popular demand, here are your Puck Previews: Spotlighting the key games in NHL action, news and views as well as general frivolity. Make sure to stop back here for the nightly Three Stars when the games are finished. • St. Louis Cardinals pitching hero Chris Carpenter practiced with the St. Louis Blues today ( video here). Via Lou Korac:"Apparently Roman Polak didn't know who Chris Carpenter was when he walked into the Blues' locker room today, as told by Carlo Colaiacovo:'He came into the room and introduced himself to some of the guys and Roman came up to me and he goes, 'Who is that guy over there?' 'I said, 'He's trying out to be our new tough guy.' He goes, 'Really? He just comes and introduces himself as Chris.' I said, 'That's Carpenter, man! He was just in the World Series!' Roman's something else." [ More from] Preview: New Jersey Devils at Philadelphia Flyers, 7 p.m. Johan Hedberg gets the start after Marty Brodeur's befuddled performance against the Leafs last night. Sergei Bobrovsky goes for the Flyers, who will get Danny Briere back

from injury — a player who has 23 points in 41 career games against the Devils. Preview: Anaheim Ducks at New York Rangers, 7 p.m. These teams previously met in Sweden, where

the Ducks won in a shootout despite Henrik Lundqvist being in beast mode. Jonas Hiller will try and rebound from a terrible outing in Washington, and we'll see if the Ducks heed the words of Obi-

Wan Selanne: "There's no room news." f o r p a s s e n g e r s r i g h t n o w . Preview: Chicago Blackhawks at Especially when the team is Florida Panthers, 7:30 p.m. The struggling. Everybody has to play Blackhawks are 7-2-2 and leading their best and the effort has to be PUCK page 70 there every night. If not, it's bad

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university," Washington State coach Ken Bone said. "That is not who we are going to be. We made it clear that the culture was going to change after our last game against Wichita State at Madison Square Garden. Our guys have embraced that idea, carried through with getting very involved in the community this offseason." To ensure Washington State doesn't have to endure any more off-the-court problems this season, Bone has led the team in discussions about the importance of character before practices this month. Capers and fellow senior Abe Lodwick have supplemented that by having 1-on-1 conversations with Washington State's returners and its seven newcomers so that every player understands they cannot afford to be reckless. More from The Dagger's Pac-12 Preview • MONDAY: How much will being homeless hurt UCLA? • TUESDAY: Projections and storylines to watch next year • WEDNESDAY: Ranking the league's 15 best non-conference games • THURSDAY: How Washington State is repairing its tarnished

image • FRIDAY: Q&A with Oregon State guard Jared Cunningham "We know we're under the microscope, and I don't think a lot of players understood that last year," Capers said. W"e have a better understanding now. We're more focused. People know that everyone is watching you and your image is on the line. That's some of the things we've been telling the younger kids." The early departure of Thompson and top big man DeAngelo Casto have diminished expectations for Washington State this season, but the Cougars believe they can emerge as a surprise contender in the Pac-12. Moore has regained his aggressiveness since recovering from the wrist injury that hampered him last year, senior Faisal Aden is capable of picking up some of the scoring slack in Thompson's absence and Capers, Lodwick and junior forward Brock Motum are valuable role players. As much as Bone wants to have success on the court, it's equally important to him that his team is responsible off it. "I'm really impressed with this year's team so far," Bone said. "We haven't had any problems.

Guys are doing a great job." More conference previews from the Dagger: ACC: Lessons from the pros keep North Carolina humble and hungry, ACC projections and storylines to watch, Ex-Wake Forest star Ish Smith scouts the league, Ranking the 15 best nonleague ACC games, Q&A with Florida State junior Michael Snaer Atlantic 10: Temple's Micheal Eric hopes to seize his chance, A10 projections and storylines to watch, Ex-Xavier star Byron Larkin scouts the league, Ranking the 15 best non-league A-10 games, Q&A with St. Louis guard Kwamain Mitchell Big East: For Cincinnati's Yancy Gates, suspension was a turning point; Big East projections and storylines to watch; Ex-Notre Dame forward Jordan Cornette projects the league; Ranking the 15 best non-league Big East games Big Ten: How Zack Novak became Michigan's emotional leader; Big Ten projections and storylines to watch; Ex-Ohio State star Jim Jackson scouts the league; Ranking the 15 best nonleague Big Ten games; Q&A with Michigan State forward Delvon Roe

Big 12: Big 12 projections and storylines to watch, Iowa State's Royce White aims to capitalize on second chance, Ex-Oklahoma guard Michael Neal projects the league, Ranking the 15 best nonleague Big 12 games, Q&A with Baylor point guard Pierre Jackson CAA: Has VCU's improbable Final Four run impacted its recruiting?; CAA projections, allleague teams and storylines to watch C-USA: Marshall aims to end NCAA tournament drought; CUSA projections, all-league teams and storylines to watch. Mountain West: San Diego State out to prove it's no one-hit wonder; MWC projections and storylines to watch; Ex-New Mexico forward Daniel Faris projects the league; Ranking the 12 best non-league MWC games; Q&A with UNLV guard Anthony Marshall WCC: Kevin Foster aims to shoot Santa Clara into WCC title picture; Projections and storylines to watch next year; Q&A with BYU guard Charles Abouo

Dear Criminals: Never Mess with a Vietnam Vet with a Parrot on his Shoulder
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Submitted at 11/3/2011 12:18:25 PM

Via Perry Hall Patch: Had the robber of AMS Liquor World in Perry Hall known his target better, he may have thought twice about pulling a knife on the store’s longtime owner. The owner, a man in his 60s who requested not to be identified, is a Vietnam War veteran who sports an ever-present parrot on his shoulder and who displays a cardboard cutout of cowboy-era Clint Eastwood near the front of the store. And for the 20 years since it opened, the owner has kept a handgun in the store. But Saturday afternoon was the first time he ever fired it. . . The only thing better would have been if the parrot had pecked the guy’s eyes out.— Greg Pollowitz 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 recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.


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the Central, scoring 10 goals in their last two games. Duncan Keith is out with a hand injury, so expect a little more ice time from Steve Montador. Brian Campbell and Kris Versteeg face Chicago for the first time as Panthers."I don't think you ever forget who your friends are from the past," said Campbell. So can you forget who your friends are from the future? Did we just create a temporal paradox? Preview: Calgary Flames at Detroit Red Wings, 7:30 p.m. The Wings are on a 0-4-1 slide, and haven't lost six straight games since Feb. 7-17, 2008. All they did that year was win the Stanley Cup. Again. Jokinen plays with Iginla tonight, and Kiprusoff starts. Adam Proteau believes it's time for Iggy and Kipper to leave Calgary so the team can properly rebuild. Preview: Vancouver Canucks at Minnesota Wild, 8 p.m. Josh Harding gets another start for the Wild, as he's 2-0-0 on the season. Cory Schneider goes for the

Canucks, because dominating Minnesota appears to be a bit of a hobby for him. According to The Province, David Booth"has just two assists in four games" after being acquired from the Florida Panthers. "Just" two points. In four games. Welcome to Vancouver. Preview: Pittsburgh Penguins at San Jose Sharks, 10:30 p.m. This should be a fun one. The Sharks have won 11 of their last 13 games against the Penguins and are 8-0 at home against them since 1997. (Including one tie. Remember those?) Sidney Crosby isn't playing. But that doesn't mean you still can't build a column around him. Check out previews and updated scores for all of today's games on the Y! Sports NHL scores and scheds page. For tonight's starting goalies, check out Left Wing Lock. Evening Reading • Andy Strickland with the latest on the Blues' ownership change. [ True Hockey]

• Katie Baker's NHL column for Grantland covers Alex Ovechkin and a great many other things. [ Grantland] • The 10 top brother combos in NHL history. [ The Province, via Chris Richards] • Tobias Enstrom is out for a month with a broken collarbone. [ Arctic Ice Hockey] • Jonathan Lessard of the BaieComeau Drakkar was suspended 15 games by the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League on Thursday for a knee-on-knee hit that ended the season of the Quebec Remparts' Nick Sorensen. [ Y! Sports] Puck Buddy Comment of the Day: From The Stro on Pekka Rinne: Nashville has never had a STRONG goalie between the pipes. One could argue Vokoun, but he struggled plenty before this season. Signing the leagues premier goalie to a long term deal, and having Lindback as a back up and several replacements in the Admirals shows that we WANT

to have the best play here. Weber's stock may have dropped due to the negotiations last year, but I would still argue that the fans here want him back just as much as they want Pekka locked up. Hopefully Weber can see we are committed and give us some sort of "hometown discount" to stick around. Suter, while an amazing and tremendous player, I think we could easily slide Ellis in that spot form the Admirals and he'd be just as good, if not better. Add in Fisher, Kostitsyn, and Smith on the front line, and that is a front line that teams will have to worry about. Nashville Rises. Bold Prediction: Rick Nash scores the game-winner against the Leafs.

Broncos' offense looking more like Tim Tebow's offense - Denver Post
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After one historical comeback to go with seven quarters of inept football in Tim Tebow's two starts at quarterback this season, there has been some discussion that the Broncos need to conform more of their playbook to fit Tebow's game. Oakland coach Hue Jackson said they already have. "I think they are trying to build an offense for him," said Jackson, whose Raiders meet the Broncos in Oakland on Sunday. "You try to put your players in situations where they can have success. Everything they're doing is trying to give him an opportunity to have BRONCOS' page 71

New Alan Wake is an XBLA game
JC Fletcher (Joystiq)
Submitted at 11/3/2011 6:30:00 PM

The new Alan Wake game to be revealed at the Spike VGAs will be for Xbox Live Arcade. This was first noted as a correction in a tweet by Game Informer news editor Jim Reilly, who clarified

that it's a downloadable game, and "not Alan Wake 2." The announcement was confirmed on the Alan Wake Facebook page, which also asks "Are you ready to become the Champion of Light?" We'll see the first screenshot on GI's website on Monday. reports we've received in the past. These details are in keeping with

In May, Remedy head of development Oskari Häkkinen told Joystiq that a new Alan Wake project was in progress, but was not Alan Wake 2, and "neither will it be DLC." That report also offered a fall release window, which is seeming unlikely at this point. Later that same month, a

rumor popped up outing the next game as "Alan Wake's Night Springs" for XBLA. New Alan Wake is an XBLA game originally appeared on Joystiq on Thu, 03 Nov 2011 18:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| Email this| Comments

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success. "They're trying to move him around in the pocket a little bit, and then they're using his legs in the running game so that he's the primary ball carrier at times. I think they're using his talents and abilities." The Raiders beat the Broncos 2320 in the season opener, when Kyle Orton was Denver's top QB. The biggest difference in the Denver offense since Tebow has taken over is the number of times the Broncos have tried to run out of the shotgun formation. With Tebow at quarterback, they tried running the ball in the shotgun 16 times against Miami and 18 times against Detroit. Tebow ran the ball on 16 of those plays, most of which were called runs. The previous high with Orton as the starter was five times, against the Chargers, with Tebow getting three of those carries. Tebow has been in the shotgun 80 times in the past two games, easily the highest total in back-toback games this season. The

Broncos have been in a threewide receiver formation, including plays negated by penalty, 102 times in the past two games, a season high for back-toback games. Orton played out of the shotgun 30 times in the season opener against the Raiders — 27 pass plays and three runs — but was in the shotgun only 12 times the next week in a win over the Bengals and 15 times vs. Tennessee in Week 3. "That's what we do as coaches, put players in position to succeed," Broncos coach John Fox said. "That's what coaching is." Denver offensive coordinator Mike McCoy said he routinely goes over the game plan with the team's starting quarterback each week to see what they do and do not prefer on the list. Tebow was asked Wednesday about his input. "I'm up in meetings and listening and part of it," he said, "but ultimately it's their say." Jeff Legwold: 303-954-2359 or Loading the gun The Broncos have been more willing to spread things out with Tim Tebow at QB than with Kyle Orton. The totals so far this season, including snaps negated by penalties: Orton's five starts In shotgun: 98 plays (19.6 per start) Sacks in shotgun: 5 (1 per start) Running plays in shotgun: 14 (2.8 per start) Tebow's two starts this season In shotgun: 80 plays (40 per start) Sacks in shotgun: 10 (5 per start) Running plays in shotgun: 34 (17 per start) 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 recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.

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always said this: It's hard to be the guy on the team. When they say this is your team. It's hard to be Submitted at 11/3/2011 2:57:56 PM that guy now. Because you get all Quarterback Philip Rivers' subpar the questions of what's wrong and season has been a topic of what's right. Then, you get your national interest since the events teammates that expect certain depicted in the above video, things from you. When that which deadens my soul a little bit doesn't happen, you get strange every time someone clicks on it. looks in the locker room. So it's A lot of theories have been hard to be that guy when it's your thrown around. Some people team. So that may have a little bit think he might be concealing an to do with what's going on." injury. Some people think the Hm. Distraction. If that is the Chargers offense is severely case, we'll probably never know crippled when Antonio Gates isn't what it is, because it's not going to healthy. Some think San Diego's come from Rivers. If he had some receivers aren't very good at kind of an excuse to offer, and he getting separation. Others point intended to do it, it probably the finger at a running game that's would've come already. nowhere near where it should be. For now, as it will until Rivers LaDainian Tomlinson of the New turns it around, it remains a York Jets has another theory, m y s t e r y . H e ' s t h r o w n 1 1 though, and his opinion is not to interceptions on the year, only be dismissed, because he spent the two fewer than he did all of last better part of four years side-by- s e a s o n . H i s t o u c h d o w n - t o side with Rivers. interception ratios in the last five "I don't know what Philip may be years look like this: 30-to-13, 28going through right now. But I to-9, 34-to-11, 21-to-15, and 22-to w i l l s a y , t o m e , h e s e e m s -9. This year, through seven distracted for some reason. It just games, he sits at 7-to-11. seems like he's distracted. I


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Video of the Day: Sen. Vitter's Honey-Badger Analogy for LSU/'Bama
Chris Good (Politics : The Atlantic)
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The World's Most Amazing Gameforge lays off Databases: Sloan Digital 100, Star Trek: Infinite Sky Survey Database Space looking shaky
Alexander Sliwinski (Joystiq)
Submitted at 11/3/2011 6:00:00 PM

organizational structure, we can optimize our use of resources and great potential for further growth Gameforge is set to cut a little increase," said CEO Alexander over 20 percent of its staff. Roesner in a statement. "This will reports that the German browser- strengthen our long term position based games company, which in the dynamic market for online bought a majority share in games." Frogster last year, will cut 100 of Gameforge lays off 100, Star its 450 employees. Trek: Infinite Space looking T h e p u b l i s h e r p r e v i o u s l y shaky originally appeared on canceled Mythos and Hellbreed, Joystiq on Thu, 03 Nov 2011 and is now reportedly struggling 18:00:00 EST. Please see our to finish Star Trek: Infinite Space terms for use of feeds. unless a co-publishing agreement Permalink| Email this| Comments is signed. "Through a more efficient

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to determine why some white dwarfs have unexpected traces of metal in their atmospheres. By comparing SDSS measurements of thousands of newly identified Submitted at 11/3/2011 4:13:12 PM Amazing Databases: Sloan white dwarfs with those of other Wikimedia Commons More than stars, they determined that the a hundred terabytes dedicated to " p o l l u t i o n " i s m o s t l i k e l y maps of the universe planetary debris, including In 1998, astronomers using the material that once contained 2.5-meter Sloan telescope at New water. Because the Milky Way M e x i c o ' s A p a c h e P o i n t contains so many polluted white Observatory began scanning the dwarfs, scientists reasoned that sky and loading the images they rocky and watery planets may be captured into the freely available more common than previously S l o a n D i g i t a l S k y S u r v e y thought-thus, extraterrestrial life database. Since then, astronomers may be more likely to exist in our have used that 100-terabyte-plus g a l a x y t h a n s c i e n t i s t s h a d cache to map half a billion stars, p r e v i o u s l y g u e s s e d . galaxies, asteroids and quasars; Check out the other nine most create 3-D maps of our outer amazing databases in the world galaxy; and study the structure of here. the universe. Last year, scientists used the SDSS's enormous sample of stars

On Saturday, #1 Louisiana State will face #2 Alabama in the biggest college football game of the year, a meeting of Southeast Conference powers and starkly conflicting philosophies about the universe. We know where Louisiana Sen. David Vitter (R) stands. On the Senate floor Wednesday, he summed up the LSU game strategy, warning that "It really doesn't matter who LSU's opponent is, because as we say in Louisiana, the honey badger takes what he wants." For those who don't get the honey -badger reference, watch below: Video credits: SenatorVitter/ YouTube via@meredithshiner, czg123/YouTube This article available online at: politics/archive/2011/11/video-ofthe-day-sen-vitters-honey-badgeranalogy-for-lsu-bama/247837/ 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 recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.

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Bringing Biodiversity Data Online, One Leaf At A Time
Rebecca Boyle (Popular Science - New Technology, Science News, The Future Now)
Submitted at 11/3/2011 3:24:07 PM

Pressed Plants in Movable Stacks The herbarium at the Missouri Botanical Garden contains about 6.3 million samples of pressed plants, stored in manila folders and categorized by family in these movable stacks. The collection is so large it is split between two buildings. Courtesy Missouri Botanical Garden Converting millions of pressed plants into a vital digital archive On Oct. 6, 1846, prisoner of war Friedrich Adolph Wislizenus ventured into the rocky hills near the secluded Mexican town of Cusihuiriachi to collect some plants. He and his westward exploration party had been captured as the MexicanAmerican War broke out, but the St. Louis-based doctor and naturalist decided to continue his research during his imprisonment. He pulled up a crimson wildflower, henceforth named Heuchera sanguinea, and hiked back to the village. He arranged the spindly plant so that once it was dried and mounted on paper, both sides of its leaves would be visible to future botanists, and then he pressed it between sheets of

newsprint. After he was freed in the spring of 1847, he carried the dried plant and many others back to St. Louis, presenting it to his friend and fellow doctor Georg Engelmann. And this is where the crisp, rust-colored sample remains - a piece of botanical history, but also an important piece of data, one of almost 6.3 million specimens stored in a forest of manila folders at the Missouri Botanical Garden.

Click to launch the photo gallery "Biodiversity science isn't often looked at as data-intensive, or as Big Data. But what we have is base data for all other science," says Chris Freeland, director of the Center for Biodiversity Informatics at MBG. "These little plants, these pieces of information, are part of the knowledge ecosphere that we have about life on Earth, and we need to know everything we can

including medicinal plant manuals dating to the time of Gutenberg; thousands of living plants, which grow for public enjoyment on 79 acres in the center of urban St. Louis; and the 6 million-plus dried specimens - the unseen garden - which are used for studying the morphology, distribution and use of plant species worldwide. Along with samples collected by Wislizenus and his peers, the garden has collections obtained by Charles Darwin, James Cook and nearly every naturalist to travel westward in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark. All of this data, from books to scanned images to specimen labels, will be online within a few years, Freeland says. The garden is even building API tools so others can write apps to mine it all. Jim Solomon is the curator of MBG's herbarium, the name for a about all of them." collection of permanently Aiming to share their specimens preserved plant parts. Towers of w i t h t h e w o r l d , a t e a m o f 12x16-inch manila folders, each archivists and botanists are h o l d i n g s p e c i m e n s l i k e H . painstakingly photographing sanguinea, crowd every surface of every single one of them and his office - some are tied together putting them online for anyone to with red string, while others lay access. open with multiple plant pieces The Missouri Botanical Garden is poking through. The prodigious o n e o f t h e w o r l d ' s l a r g e s t piles are a fraction of MoBot's repositories of data about plants, overall collection, he says. data that exists in several forms. It BRINGING page 74 owns rare first-edition books,


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Among the 37 total herbaria worldwide, there are probably 400 million such folders, he estimates. "Out of the total number of individual plants that have lived on the Earth in the past couple of centuries, that is vanishingly small," he says. "Yet that is the primary source of all our knowledge of the plants on the Earth." Down the hall is one part of herbarium storage, which looks like any university library with its rows upon rows of movable shelves. Solomon spins a wheel on a row containing the family Clusiaceae and reaches for a folder containing a species of Garcinia. He lifts out a card covered with 4-inch-long leathery leaves, knobby roots and a cluster of small round fruits - not the type of thing you would expect to pull out of a file folder, and not an item you'd typically associate with Big Data. For decades, botanists hoping to mine this data have had to contact MBG or another herbarium and ask for samples in the mail. Plant data mining is usually for taxonomic research - say a botanist in Madagascar finds an

interesting plant with an erect stem, dimorphic leaves and green pollen, and wants to know if it's a distinct species, or perhaps a new hybrid. Simple morphology what plants look like - is still the primary way to do this. To help this research, MBG archivists circulate about 100,000 samples a year, including loans, gifts and new accessions. But all this handling can damage the samples, and it's difficult for botanists in developing countries - which contain the greatest areas of biological diversity - to send and receive this type of mail. This is part of MBG's motivation for cataloging and digitizing data about every specimen in its possession. So far, the team has gotten through 3.9 million samples, and scanned about 169,000 images. This is a special challenge by itself, because as the Garcinia sample makes clear, not all plants are conveniently flat. "You have things like coconuts, or giant agaves, and other big bulky things, so it does take some specialized equipment," Freeland says. MBG is working with the Royal Botanic Gardens in the

U.K. to build new imaging equipment to scan the samples in super-high resolution, so botanists can zoom and pan and see detail. Lest these collections seem dusty and antiquated, be apprised that modern plant data also comes in the form of phylogenetic material. Although the vast majority of taxonomic work is still based on morphology, MBG does have a DNA bank, comprising about 11,000 samples specifically preserved for the purposes of DNA extraction. Botanists collect leaf samples, preserve them in silica gel and store them at -20º C, where they are likely to yield better-quality DNA than herbarium material. Legacy collections aren't tested in this way, because the DNA extraction process requires too much material to be destroyed, Solomon says. All this work, which touches several different projects at MBG, will help botanists in other countries study native plants and help natural historians understand plant uses and distribution throughout four centuries. The garden is one of six institutions involved in the

Encyclopedia of Life project, for instance, which will catalog data about every species on Earth and make it available online, serving as a single access point for studying the world's biodiversity. Freeland is a self-described openaccess evangelist, encouraging other herbaria and museums to share their collections as openly as possible. Ultimately, he hopes researchers will be able to use it to map new connections in the web of life. "That's what we want to document, is that ‘aha' moment, and I'm a firm believer that they are in there. That's the big data challenge. What's traditionally been a very human-centric domain, people going out and collecting plants, now we're throwing algorithms at the problem," Freeland says. "The more data that are available, the more comprehensive your science can become."

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Secret Security Supercomputer Cielo, What Are You Working on Today?
Clay Dillow (Popular Science New Technology, Science News, The Future Now)
Submitted at 11/3/2011 4:43:42 PM

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Los Alamos Labs' Cielo Supercomputer DOE Maintaining America's nuclear deterrent is a 24x7 job, but Cielo isn't complaining. Name: Cielo TOP500 Rank: 6 Vital Stats: System: Cray XE6 8core 2.4 GHz running Linux. Processors: AMD x86_64 Opteron 8 Core 2400 MHz (9.6 gigaflops). Sustained performance: 1.11 petaflops. The hardware takes up about 1,500 square feet but uses less than 4 megawatts of energy. The system consists of 96 cabinets with nearly 9,000 compute nodes and approximately 300 terabytes of memory. What Are You Up To? Installed this year, Cielo is Los Alamos National Labs' newest nuclear weapons modeling and simulation

platform. As such, specifics on what it's working on at any given time are closely held. Cielo works for three national laboratories: Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), Sandia National Laboratories (SNL), and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). Like its sister system Roadrunner, it performs advanced physics and predictive simulations to assure the safety, security, and effectiveness of the

U.S. nuclear deterrent. Cielo did tell us it is running roughly 20 projects on the particular day in question, all above our security clearance. But it has busier days. On a recent unspecified day, it ran 663 jobs ranging in size from 1 node to 4096 nodes (the system has a total of 8192 nodes). Each node contains two 8 core processor chips. With all that work Cielo gives a good deal of credit to its

filing system, which puts your USB 3.0-equipped external hard drive to shame. The 10-petabyte storage system moves files between supercomputers and storage at speeds approaching 8 gigabits per second. Catch up with more supercomputers here.

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A Disco Beat Isn't Enough For CPR Stardom
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The three songs have been found to help people compress the chest Submitted at 11/3/2011 10:40:00 AM at the right rate. Unfortunately, Lennox McLendon/ AP adding music to the CPR mix "Stayin' Alive" is catchy and doesn't improve its overall memorable, but the Bee Gees' effectiveness, a new study finds. smash hit isn't necessarily a good Researchers compared the CPR thing to sing to yourself when technique of 74 paramedics, giving someone CPR. health care professionals, and "Disco Science," which you may students planning to enter those know from the movie Snatch, has fields, all of whom had completed joined the '70s hit "Stayin' Alive" CPR training. Each person gave and the British children's song chest compressions for three 1"Nellie the Elephant" on a unique minute intervals, while listening playlist. (in random order) to " Disco

Science," the country tune " Achy Breaky Heart" and silence. "Disco Science" has a tempo of 105 beats per minute, while "Achy Breaky Heart" clocks in at 120. Previous research had shown that listening to a song with a beat in line with American Heart Association guidelines of at least 100 chest compressions per minute helped people maintain the proper rate, and that held true in this study. But, getting the rate right isn't enough. Over half the

compressions were too shallow. It's important to do both well for the best results, Malcolm Woollard, a trained paramedic, told Shots. Woollard is a professor in pre-hospital and emergency care at Coventry University in the U.K. Still, improper compressions are better than nothing. "We know that bad CPR is better than no CPR," Woollard said. Which is heartening, really, because in this study, lots of bad habits presented themselves. More

than a quarter of the participants didn't release completely between compressions when they were listening to either tune. And between half and two-thirds put their hands in the wrong places, regardless of musical accompaniment. Compressions delivered too high on the chest can fracture ribs, making CPR less effective, while those given too low on the chest can damage the liver. Failing to DISCO page 78

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Insurance Penalties For Smokers Draw Wide Support
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much they pay for health coverage to their behavior. Submitted at 11/3/2011 2:47:00 PM Starting next year, for instance, Don Emmert/ AFP/Getty Images Wal-Mart, the nation's largest A woman smokes outside an private employer, will charge office building in New York City. workers who smoke a penalty When it comes to improving ranging from $260 to $2,340 health, there are carrots and there annually on health insurance. are sticks. That's a pretty big stick. As for a One way to try to influence carrot, the retailer will offer free people's habits is by tying how smoking-cessation help.

Across the country, employers are rewarding some workers, such as those who exercise, and penalizing those who are overweight or smoke. We wondered how that approach is going over, so we asked more than 3,000 adults across the U.S. in the latest NPR-Thomson Reuters Health Poll. A solid majority — 59 percent —

say that smokers should pay more for health insurance than nonsmokers. Nearly threequarters of people in households with with annual income of $100,000 or more a year say smokers should pay more. Seventy percent of those with at least a college degree support higher rates for smokers. How do the smokers feel?

Slightly less than a third of them support higher fees for health insurance. Americans aren't too keen on higher charges for people who are overweight or obese. Some 69 percent are opposed to that, leaving 31 percent in favor. People with at least a college INSURANCE page 78


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release completely stops the heart from filling with blood. Woollard said he didn't expect any of those problems to be solved by listening to music. "We did this bit of research with our tongues at least partially in cheek," Woollard told Shots. He described it as a fun experiment, designed to get paramedics interested in research and raise public awareness of CPR. The AHA estimates that emergency medical services treat 300,000 people for cardiac arrest each year, and CPR can double or triple a victim's chance of survival.

Advances in training and equipment are making CPR more effective. Chest pumps that provide automated feedback to paramedics have proven more effective coaches than pop singers. The devices measure the rate and depth of compressions, gives real time feedback, and record the data to allow for better training. Similar tools are available to the general public as well, including a PocketCPR mobile app. Woollard considers CPR a worthy area of research, but he and his co-authors plan to end their quest for the perfect

pumping song. Their paper concludes, "This interesting but unproductive area of resuscitation research should be discontinued." 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 recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.

Protesters Occupy Mitch McConnell's D.C. Office
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degree and those living in $100,000-plus households were more likely to support a penalty. But the majority in all groups opposed higher fees for the overweight. The question may have hit too close to home for some. Twothirds of Americans are overweight or obese, about in line with the proportion in the poll that opposes higher insurance fees for the group. Is it OK not to hire people because they are overweight or obese? Nope. Only 11 percent of those surveyed said that was a good idea compared with 89 percent against it. Overall, people prefer insurance discounts for positive behavior over penalties for those who stray from the road to good health. Eighty-five percent of people

polled support insurance breaks for people on the right track compared with 15 percent who are against them. The telephone poll was conducted during the first half of September. The margin for error is plus or minus 1.8 percentage points. Click here to read the questions and full results. You can find the previous polls here. 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 recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.

White House Subpoenaed, Stimulus Loans Under Investigation
Mike Brownfield (The Foundry: Conservative Policy News Blog from The Heritage Foundation)
Submitted at 11/3/2011 3:19:50 PM

office in the Russell Senate Office Building. McConnell primarily uses a separate office in the Submitted at 11/3/2011 1:38:58 PM Senate. McConnell aides and Protesters occupied Senate Capitol Police officers said the M i n o r i t y L e a d e r M i t c h protesters were respectful and not McConnell's office on Thursday, confrontational. They were from a notably partisan move that t h e g r o u p O u r D C , w h i c h aligns the protesters more closely advocates for the unemployed, with congressional Democrats and were demanding an audience who say McConnell is a key with the Republican leader. roadblock to action on economic A McConnell spokesman said the legislation President Obama has group was offered a meeting with p r o p o s e d . M O R E F R O M staff, which protesters declined. NATIONAL JOURNAL: They were given water and chairs, Obama Reelection Could Hinge he added. on Greece This article available online at: 5 Questions to Ask During Obmama's G-20 Visit politics/archive/2011/11/ The John Kerry Moment? protesters-occupy-mitchThe protest took place as the mcconnells-dc-office/247857/ Senate was set to vote on the This entry passed through the latest piece of Obama's jobs Full-Text RSS service — if this is agenda, a $60 infrastructure your content and you're reading it spending bill, along with an on someone else's site, please read a l t e r n a t i v e G O P s u r f a c e the FAQ at bill. Both were only/faq.php#publishers. Five expected to be defeated on mostly Filters recommends: Donate to party line votes. Wikileaks. An estimated 10-20 protesters entered McConnell's personal

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today, one involving a potential bailout of the company and the latest regarding Congress’s move to subpoena the White House for related communications. Meanwhile, the Department of Energy’s Office of Inspector General is “is investigating more than 100 potential instances of criminal abuse of stimulus loan monies,” according to a Daily Caller report. The Washington Times reports on the Solyndra subpoena: By a 14-9 party-line vote the Energy and Commerce Committee’s investigative subcommittee authorized issuing a subpoena for any White House documents related to Solyndra, which received renewable energy loan guarantees under President Obama’s stimulus program. The request for documents could include details of the president’s own travel and communications. The White House immediately took issue with the decision, saying it has “cooperated extensively with the committee’s investigation by producing over 85,000 pages of documents, including 20,000 pages produced

just yesterday afternoon,” as Fox News reports. Congress is undertaking an investigation following news this summer that the company was going bankrupt after receiving a $535 million taxpayer-backed loan guarantee from the Department of Energy. For President Obama, the company was a hallmark of his “green jobs” plan to stimulate the economy, and according to The Hill, Obama Administration officials went so far as to consider a bailout plan to keep the company from going under: Under the August plan, which was outlined in nearly 1,200 pages of documents the Obama administration released Wednesday evening, private investors would have put about $100 million into Solyndra, the company that received a $535 million loan guarantee in 2009. Meanwhile, the Energy Department would have agreed to convert some of Solyndra’s debt to the federal government into a partial stake in the company. The agreement would have also authorized the Energy Department

to appoint two independent directors to Solyndra’s board. The Solyndra investigation is just one of many focusing on the Obama Administration, which advertised that under its stimulus plan, scores of Americans would be put to work thanks to a massive outlay of taxpayer cash. But loans made under that plan are now being investigated for possible criminal activities, as indicated by Energy Department Inspector General Gregory Friedman in congressional testimony yesterday. According to the Daily Caller, Friedman says those investigations have led to five criminal prosecutions and more than $2.3 million in recovered stimulus funds. He also criticized the department’s loan program, saying, “The Loan Guarantee Program had not [been] properly documented and as such could not always readily demonstrate how it resolved or mitigated relevant risks prior to granting loan guarantees.” One solution to the problem? Heritage’s Nicolas Loris says that Congress should scrap the energy

loan guarantee programs altogether: There are two kinds of companies that seek loan guarantees: (1) those that are economically uncompetitive, and (2) those that can be competitive. The former need loan guarantees to stay alive. But as we’ve seen with Solyndra, even they will eventually fail. For those that can be competitive, loan guarantees are nothing more than handouts that pad their bottom lines. Neither case can be justified. These clean energy loan and loan guarantee programs don’t just need to be cut. They need to be done away with entirely. 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 recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.


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Trade Policies from Down Under: A Good Example for the United States
Brittany Cobb (The Foundry: Conservative Policy News Blog from The Heritage Foundation)

countries would benefit from this type of American trade policy. Data demonstrates that countries with more free trade have stronger Submitted at 11/3/2011 5:00:08 PM W i t h t h e W o r l d T r a d e economies, reduced poverty Organization’s Doha Round of levels, and less inequality. t r a d e t a l k s a t a s t a n d s t i l l , According to GlobalWorks Australian Prime Minister Julia Foundation, U.S. trade barriers Gillard is taking action by giving hurt not only poor people in other poor nations “ongoing and c o u n t r i e s b u t a l s o p o o r absolute access to 100 per cent of Americans. U.S. tariffs are [Australia’s] trade markets.” The usually low on luxury goods but United States should follow in relatively high on low-end goods. Australia’s footsteps by removing For example, tariffs on cotton all barriers to imports from poor shirts are as high as 19.7 percent, nations. and up to 32 percent on polyester According to Gillard, “Economic shirts. These import taxes hurt growth and trade is the surest way low-income and middle-income out of poverty, the surest way to families the most. create jobs and spread growth.” Some products from poor Poor countries have had free countries are exempt from U.S. access to Australia’s market since tariffs through programs like the 2003 with no tariffs or quotas. G e n e r a l i z e d S y s t e m o f G i l l a r d w a n t s t o s e e o t h e r Preferences. It would be even countries eliminate import taxes better for the United States to and other barriers imposed on abolish all barriers to imports goods from poor nations. from these countries, as Australia The United States and poorer has done. Removing import taxes

and other barriers to trade would spur further economic growth and help the poor. In the words of Prime Minister Gillard, removing barriers to goods from poor countries would encourage “[a] world of peace and order among nations and a world of liberty for people.” Brittany Cobb is currently a member of the Young Leaders Program at The Heritage Foundation. For more information on interning at Heritage, please visit: about/departments/ylp.cfm This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.

Nook Simple Touch seeing price drop to $99, touts 'no annoying ads'
Darren Murph (Engadget)
Submitted at 11/3/2011 5:59:00 PM

other e-reader, a two-month battery life built-in WiFi, and no annoying ads." Man, Amazon. Who says a friendly jab is Are you really going to sit back unwarranted? A leaked Barnes & and take that? Noble's slide that slipped into our Gallery: Barnes & Noble Nook hands has confirmed that the Simple Touch leak t o u c h - e n a b l e d N o o k ( n o w Nook Simple Touch seeing price formally know as the Nook drop to $99, touts 'no annoying Simple Touch) will fall from $139 ads' originally appeared on to $99 as early as November 16th, Engadget on Thu, 03 Nov 2011 bringing with it a v1.1 software 17:59:00 EDT. Please see our update that's largely unheralded terms for use of feeds. Permalink| for now. In the paperwork, B&N | Email this| Comments claims that this guy offers "25 percent faster page turns than any

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Where Is Yahoo Headed? Its Product Chief Has a Clue [INTERVIEW]
Ben Parr (Mashable!)

quick fashion, people notice,” he says. “People read what they read.” Yahoo Chief Product Officer However, Irving claims the Blake Irving says that he’s not turmoil hasn’t affected the interested in the vacant Yahoo company’s product pipeline. He CEO job, but is instead focused says Yahoo can’t prevent what the on a big pipeline of mobile media is saying and what his products and beating Nielsen at its friends are reading, but his team is own game. still working on “incredibly cool In an interview with Mashable, stuff.” Yahoo released four the charismatic Yahoo executive products Wednesday, including claims he’s not vying to replace Livestand, a social newsstand app C a r o l B a r t z , w h o w a s for the iPad that competes with unceremoniously bounced from Flipboard. the company in September. “We all know what we’re trying “No. I’m a great product guy,” to build here,” Irving said. “Not Irving emphatically responded just for Yahoo, but for the web. when asked whether he’d make a We’re steadfast in that, and good CEO for Yahoo. “Even if I e v e r y o n e i n t h e p r o d u c t did make a good CEO for any o r g a n i z a t i o n k n o w s t h a t . ” company, I’m a product guy first IntoNow and the Yahoo Vision and foremost.” Irving showed excitement about Irving admits that the turmoil IntoNow for iPad, another product with Yahoo’s leadership has made that Yahoo released Wednesday. it tough to recruit talent, though The app can “listen” to a TV h e s a y s n e w r e c r u i t s a r e show and figure out what show convinced once they meet with and episode the clip comes from, the team and see the products but it now comes with tweets and they’re working on. “When your information related to the show. CEO exits your company in a This makes it an ideal TVSubmitted at 11/3/2011 4:43:16 PM

watching companion. “It allows you to have a personal experience for television when your’e in a shared environment,” Irving stated. Perhaps the most important thing about the app, however, is its ability to track user behavior as they watch. Irving says Yahoo knows if someone is “in front of the TV or at the fridge” based on their behavior with the app. Activity on the app can reveal whether somebody is interested in

an on-screen character or presenter, or has tuned out and is doing something else. Irving even made a bold claim about how much information Yahoo can gather through the app: “We will know more about what’s happening on TV than Nielsen,” he said. This information opens up a huge opportunity for brands. Irving explained the app may know somebody is watching a Coke commercial during a TV show.

“Couldn’t you advertise Pepsi?” Irving said. He believes the app provides a better place to advertise, since viewers’ attention moves away from the TV and towards the tablet during commercial breaks. In fact, Pepsi and IntoNow have already partnered on one promotion; users that tagged a Pepsi MAX commercial received a free soda. How does IntoNow and Livestand fit into Yahoo’s overall strategy and future? We’ve heard Yahoo say over and over that it considers itself the premiere digital media company. Irving fleshed out that description by saying today’s web is good at relevance, but isn’t good at “providing real meaning” to the things we watch and interact with. “The vision and mission of the company,” Irving said, “is bringing personal meaning to the web.” More About: Blake Irving, interview, Livestand, Yahoo, Yahoo Livestand


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LinkedIn by the Numbers: 131 Million Members, 1 Million Groups, 400% Mobile Growth
Ben Parr (Mashable!)
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LinkedIn‘s growth metrics are up: The professional social network now has 131 million members and more than a million groups, LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner told listeners on an earnings call. Weiner says more than 15 million people joined the business social network in the third quarter of 2011. That’s a boost of 63% compated to the growth rate this time last year. And more of those users are accessing the service through mobile. Weiner says mobile pageviews are up by 400% yearover-year. In total, mobile accounts for 13% of LinkedIn’s unique visits. The LinkedIn Share button is also gaining traction. The Share button is now on 180,000 domains, up from 100,000 in the second quarter. There are now 40,000 developers using the LinkedIn APIs, an increase of 30% from the second quarter. As for revenue, the company already announced that revenues

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jumped by 126% to $139.5 million, but broke down the growth of main revenue streams. LinkedIn’s Hiring Solutions product now has 7,400 customers, an increase of 159%. LinkedIn didn’t say how many people are using its Marketing Solutions, but claimed it is growing at a 113% year-over-year rate. Finally, Premium Subscribers have doubled in the last year and is growing “faster than overall membership.” Despite the positive numbers (and beating Wall Street

estimates), LinkedIn shares are taking a pounding. The company’s stock is down by more than 9% in after-hours trading. More About: earnings, linkedin For more Business coverage: • Follow Mashable Business on Twitter • Become a Fan on Facebook • Subscribe to the Business channel • Download our free apps for Android, Mac, iPhone and iPad

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The search giant made the announcement in its official Google blog on Thursday, showing how it has continued its integration of YouTube into Google+. Last summer, Google incorporated the ability to play YouTube videos in Google+ Hangouts. Now it takes that a step further, offering a YouTube icon on the top right of the Google+ interface that does a cool slide move when you mouse over it, asking “What would you like to play?” Once you’ve entered the name of a video, topic or your favorite

musician or band, a pop-up window appears, displaying a list of related videos that might interest you. I tried it by entering “Beatles,” and a Beatles video started playing in a dynamically re-sizing window, while offering more like it underneath. Share a YouTube video and anyone in your chosen share circle has access to a related playlist, right from your post. The company also announced a couple of new Google+ Chrome extensions — one is similar to a previously released version that lets you add a +1 to web pages, but now you can also share them

with your circles right from its drop-down interface. The second extension lets you see your Google+ notifications right from your Chrome browser: For those who don’t care to use the Chrome browser, Google says it’s offering a new version of Google Toolbar for Internet Explorer that also has these two new features on board. More About: chrome, Google, YouTube

Canon launches C300 cinema camera, prepares to take on Red Scarlet and Arri Alexa
Zach Honig (Engadget)
Submitted at 11/3/2011 6:13:00 PM

Well, we have to hand it to Canon -- this was one tight-lipped product launch. The imaging company just unveiled its C300 cinema camera at Hollywood's Paramount Studios, in front of a crowd of hundreds of journalists and film industry elite, including Martin Scorsese. Canon is no stranger to the professional

photography community, but it has yet to make a name for itself in Hollywood, where cameras such as the Arri Alexa and RED EPIC dominate the digital filmmaking world. The C300 may not appear to be overwhelmingly powerful on paper -- stock features include an EOS or PL mount (not both), 1080p capture, a pair of CF card slots, timecode and HD-SDI output -- but judging by the sample films we saw today,

its incredibly powerful sensor and versatile form factor are likely to play a more significant role in making this camera a success.

Fujio Mitarai is saying that the camera is especially well-suited to accurate color reproduction, particularly skin tones.

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Religious Right Still Lacking a Champion in 2012 Field
Molly Ball (Politics : The Atlantic)
Submitted at 11/3/2011 10:43:29 AM

As Baptist preacher Herman Cain's morals come into question, no candidate is inspiring evangelicals the way George W. Bush once did A leading figure on the religious right says conservative evangelicals are frustrated with their choices in the Republican presidential field. Richard Land, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, said the GOP candidates' tough talk on illegal immigration, as well as their antigovernment fervor, are alienating Christian voters. And it doesn't help that doubts have arisen about the personal morals of a candidate many social conservatives embraced -Herman Cain, who is a Southern Baptist preacher in addition to being a former businessman. The staunchly conservative Land insists evangelicals will be motivated to vote for the Republican nominee, whoever it is, by their antipathy toward President Obama and his policies. But in a panel at the National Press Club on Wednesday, Land's criticisms of some of the rhetoric and positions that have become

commonplace in today's GOP were striking. Asked whether the "compassionate conservatism" of George W. Bush has fallen by the wayside, Land said, "It existed, and it exists. One reason there's a lot of frustration on the part of evangelicals is we don't see anyone who's running who fits that model." He added, "I am more of a Bushie than a Reagan or Perry on

these issues. Reaganism believed that government is a necessary evil and we should have as little of it as possible. I happen to think government can be used as a way of empowering people to make good, positive decisions for themselves." Land cited the post-World War II G.I. Bill as an example as well as a robust commitment to foreign aid. In addition, he bemoaned the demonizing of illegal immigrants.

"There has been shameless politicking on this issue from both sides of the aisle," he said. In their cynical jockeying for political advantage, he said, "One side has ginned up nativism, while the other side has ginned up fear in the Hispanic community." Meanwhile, the majority of Americans support some kind of comprehensive immigration reform. Asked by an audience member to

talk about Cain, who has spent the week embroiled in scandal thanks to continuing revelations about accusations of sexual harassment, Land appeared pained. "I'm amazed at the amateurish way in which Mr. Cain has dealt with this issue," Land said. "He clearly had to know it was there -if he didn't, then he's not competent to be president -- and RELIGIOUS page 87

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On third thought: Cain still seems to think Curt Anderson is the leaker; Update: Time for another “vague new details emerge” update
Allahpundit (Hot Air » Top Picks)

probably a good bet. I speak from personal experience. Days after I got into the Submitted at 11/3/2011 4:37:22 PM presidential race in 2007, I was Via the Right Scoop. I’m g r e e t e d w i t h a w e b s i t e , picturing Mark Block, who kinda “,” described in sorta cleared Anderson a few the media at the time as an “anti hours ago, smoking two at a time Fred Thompson smear site.” You while listening to this. The most couldn’t really tell who was interesting bit comes near the end, behind it, but we learned of it when Cain retreats ever so from the Democratic National slightly from his claim yesterday Committee, which made ample that he told Anderson about the use of it. We assumed that they h a r a s s m e n t c l a i m s w h e n had created it. However, a Anderson worked for him in reporter at the Washington Post 2004. Now, he says, he’s “almost (of all people) decided to find out certain” that he told him. He does who was behind the site. After a make a good point in noting that lot of effort, she traced it to an any political consultant worth his executive of TTS Strategies, a salt would have probed the South Carolina consulting firm candidate about skeletons in his run by J. Warren Tompkins, one closet in order to craft damage of the most notorious hardball control in advance. But in that p o l i t i c a l o p e r a t i v e s i n t h e case, how come Cain’s current c o u n t r y … campaign advisors didn’t think to In 2007, he was running Mitt d o t h a t ? N o w o n d e r s o m e Romney’s campaign in South Republicans want Block out. Carolina, where Mitt was behind Meanwhile, at NRO, Fred the rest of us in the polls. Of Thompson is dropping dark hints course, when confronted, both or settling old scores. Or maybe T o m p k i n s a n d M i t t w e r e both. Has Cain convicted the “shocked” to learn that a rogue wrong campaign? employee (who ran Tompkins’s I have no idea who originated the office) was running such a story. But I’d say that looking website (out of the office), and the inside the Republican family is site was taken down immediately.

One of the more benign and amusing things the site accused me of was being a “flip flopper.” I kid you not. This doesn’t mean that Mitt is behind the Herman Cain hit piece. I’d like to think that he — and his extensive staff, many of them with training in the “political dark arts” — has learned that when you hire the meanest dog in the junkyard, it’s a little difficult to claim that you are surprised when he bites. Translation: Maybe Romney’s cleaned up his act, but never doubt that he’s capable of this. But why would Romney want to take out Cain? He’s a godsend to him in sapping support from a more experienced, better funded conservative challenger. Update: Can an alleged scandal about a presidential frontrunner be boring? It can if we’re in Day Five and still only getting secondhand breadcrumbs like this. The woman in question, roughly 30 years old at the time and working in the National Restaurant Association’s government affairs division, told two people directly at the time that Cain made a sexual overture to her at one of the group’s

events, according to the sources familiar with the incident. She was livid and lodged a verbal complaint with an NRA board member that same night, these sources said. The woman told one of the sources Cain made a suggestion that she felt was overtly sexual in nature and that “she perceived that her job was at risk if she didn’t do it.”… She described it as an “unwanted sexual advance” to the other source. The woman took the matter immediately and directly to the board member because “she wanted this fixed,” the source said. POLITICO has learned the accusation was also later brought to the attention of another board member as well as the restaurant association’s general counsel Peter Kilgore, both of whom are said to have looked into the matter. The woman, who now works in New Jersey, left the NRA in May 1998, shortly after the incident — under an agreement that paid her oneyear’s salary, in the mid$30,000s, sources said. The amount of the settlement was first reported by the New York Times.

They claim to have spoken to six different sources who are “familiar with aspects of the woman’s story,” whatever that means. If it’s true that she was made to think she’d be fired if she didn’t accept his come-on, that’s obviously serious — but even that’s being qualified with the caveat that she “perceived” that was the case. What did he actually say? How does this story crawl on past the weekend with details this vague? Meanwhile, Cain’s raised $1.2 million since the story broke. At the rate we’re going, come December Politico will still be running airy pieces about what may or may not have happened, Cain will be at 50 percent against Romney, and he’ll have raised $20 million for the month. 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 recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.



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Networks can’t get enough of this Herman Cain scandal
Tina Korbe (Hot Air » Top Picks)
Submitted at 11/3/2011 5:13:08 PM

As Chris Cillizza just tweeted, “Sometimes picking the ‘Worst Week in Washington’ winner is tough. This is not one of those weeks.” Since Sunday night, when Politico broke the 12-yearold news that two women accused Herman Cain of sexual harassment during his tenure at the helm of the National Restaurant Association, Cain has had it rough (that is, unless you look at his fundraising numbers). True, Cain complicated matters for himself by not handling the scandal with the consistent aplomb this kind of hit requires. His evasions and revisions provided plenty of fodder for media outlets starved for a “GOP idiot” story. Still, it’s surprising the drip-drip of developments — a political consultant who backs up the claims here, an Iowa radio host who adds his own complaints there — has sustained as much coverage as it has. Networks have hit the story 50 times in just four days, according to a report from the Media Research Center. Just for fun, the MRC compares that coverage to the attention the MSM gave to the Clinton sex scandals in the early 1990s. Bet you can guess what the results

were: In comparison, over a similar three-day period these same programs were far less interested in charges against Democrat Bill Clinton. After Paula Jones held a public press conference in February of 1994, there was only one report on her allegations. Following Kathleen Willey’s July 1997 claims of being groped by the President, there were a mere three reports. For Juanita Broaddrick, who came forward in February 1999 to say Clinton raped her, only three stories followed charges appearing in the Wall Street Journal.

It should also be pointed out that all these women offered their names. They weren’t anonymous. Additionally, the accusations of assault and rape go far beyond what’s being mentioned with the Cain scandal. This chart says it all: More recently, my anecdotal remembrance of Weinergate suggests the MSM didn’t warm to that story so quickly, either. So, what’s the deal? Why are the MSM so fixated on this? Hint: It has nothing to do with Herman Cain. Every minute that’s dedicated to these accusations is a minute that’s not dedicated to

today’s disappointing jobs numbers or Obama’s shrill harping of the AJA. Every minute that’s dedicated to these accusations is a minute that’s not dedicated to Obama’s low approval numbers or his wife’s startlingly angry advance campaigning. Every minute that’s dedicated to these accusations is a minute that’s not dedicated to the impending implosion in Europe or China’s ever-extending credit line. Sure, it’s interesting to speculate who might have planted the story, whether it was a GOP rival or someone on the left. Yes, it’s

amusing — after a fashion — to parse Cain’s responses and to predict how this scandal might affect his positive intensity scores and overall polling numbers. Fine, I’ll concede, it’s fascinating to observe Cain’s fundraising numbers go up as the scandal unfolds. But, yesterday, Allah asked the exit question: “Know who this helps?” Maybe it does help Mitt Romney somewhat. But it helps Barack Obama more. The surest way to beat Obama in 2012 is to make the election a referendum on the policies he’s pursued. But won’t it be automatically, you ask? Not if the MSM succeeds in making it about the GOP nominee, whoever he or she might be. If the media can paint the Republican candidate as extreme — or maybe even just scandal-plagued personally — undecided voters will fixate on that and will fail to examine Obama’s record. Believe me, I think character counts in a leader — and I don’t find it the slightest bit appealing that Cain has faced sexual harassment charges in the past. So, let’s factor in the accusations and the Cain campaign’s bumbling response to the drop of this story into our selection of a NETWORKS page 87

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CNN Political Ticker: “‘Fast and Furious’ flap likely to linger”
Tina Korbe (Hot Air » Top Picks)
Submitted at 11/3/2011 3:53:08 PM

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Ya think? And since when is it acceptable to refer to an operation that resulted in the deaths of at least 200 Mexicans and some 11 violent crimes in the U.S. as a “flap”? It’s a “flap” when the president mistakenly refers to 57 states, when he taunts the House of Representatives for reaffirming the national motto in the midst of a jobs crisis, when he tours the country in a Canadian bus to promote the creation of American jobs. It’s a scandal when a bureau within the Justice Department shows “ wanton disregard for the law” (to borrow a phrase from a Congressman) to funnel weapons into the hands of Mexican drug lords. I can only hope the hed writer chose the word “flap” for alliterative purposes and not out of a concern for accuracy. But, then, the reporter had no reason to think F&F is a scandal when his sources downplayed the

seriousness of the operation, repeating the line that it was intended to track the weapons and disrupt the power of the drug cartels and suggesting the failure to track the weapons was a mistake of non-monumental proportions: Congressional committees and the Justice Department’s independent inspector-general are now looking into what happened, with Republicans accusing Attorney General Eric Holder of trying to stiff-arm investigators. But as embarrassing as “Fast and Furious” may be, it’s not in the same league as administrationthreatening scandals like Watergate or the Harding administration’s Teapot Dome, University of Virginia analyst Larry Sabato said. “The only scandals that matter in a presidential year are the ones that directly connect to a president,” Sabato said. He added, “Everybody admits it was a dumb idea,” but similar programs were launched during the Bush

administration. Nor does the controversy about “Fast and Furious” appear to be a mortal threat to anyone’s job at this point, said Peter Toren, a former federal prosecutor and Justice Department official. … “It’s certainly a black eye for the Justice Department,” which oversees the ATF, Toren said. But he added, “This is more of a botched operation rather than a scandal.” Sadly, Sabato and Toren are probably right. Despite calls for Eric Holder’s resignation from at least 30 different members of Congress, the AG’s job is probably not in “mortal” jeopardy at the moment — especially thanks to the recent testimony of DOJ criminal division chief Lanny Breuer, who said he failed to warn his superiors (presumably including Holder) about the questionable tactics employed in both Operation Wide Receiver (a similar Bush-era program) and F&F. As Sabato put it, Breuer is “taking one for the team,” leaving

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he should have addressed it proactively." Now, Land said, Cain had "better be completely transparent, or he will pay a price," particularly among voters who care about Holder in a comfy, cozy spot, traditional values. insulated from the implication that "If he can't answer questions and he had intimate knowledge of the can't answer them with full dangerous practices employed transparency, then it will certainly under F&F. harm him in the Republican Still, even Toren suggests it’s primaries," Land said. stupid of Holder or anyone in the In particular, he said, DOJ to stonewall. "evangelical women are far less “I think it would be best to get out forgiving than evangelical men in front of it, say what really are on this issue." happened and let the chips fall Land's comments highlighted the where they may,” he said. seeming splintering of the We’ll see if Holder takes that religious right since the pinnacle tactic when he testifies before the of influence it seemed to reach Senate Judiciary Committee next under Bush. Tuesday. The history of the Christian right In the meantime, the Political is well known, from its rise to Ticker article makes me wonder political power in the 1990s to its whether I wouldn’t rather the mass mobilization for Bush in MSM continue to ignore the story. 2000 and 2004. While white This entry passed through the evangelical voters remain Full-Text RSS service — if this is overwhelmingly Republican, your content and you're reading it Democrats, led by Obama, have on someone else's site, please read made inroads with a younger the FAQ at of evangelicals who only/faq.php#publishers. Five see issues like environmental Filters recommends: Donate to stewardship and poverty relief as Wikileaks. more important than litmus tests on abortion and gay marriage. "Democrats for years were just shooting themselves in the foot with evangelicals" by positioning themselves as "secular fundamentalists," said Jim Wallis, the evangelical activist regarded as the leader of the social justicefocused "religious left," who RELIGIOUS page 88



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appeared on the panel with Land. Obama, Wallis said, changed that with his emphasis on a moral vision for policy, and it was a key part of his victory in 2008. While Wallis and land argued vigorously over economic policy along conventional partisan lines, they agreed that people of faith shouldn't avoid the political arena -- a view that's gained ground in recent decades in a community that was once told not to be worldly. "When I was growing up, I was told that faith was really a private matter between me and the Lord," Wallis said. Now, he said, he agrees with Land that "faith is

public. God is personal, but never private. We both agree and we've both argued with those who would restrict faith to the private sphere." Land and Wallis may agree on this -- both of their bread and butter is political theology. But they also agree that the political climate is uglier and less compassionate than it's been in a long time, raising the possibility that religious voters, seeing no clear champion, could instead retreat from politics anew. That is, they might be so turned off that they stay home in 2012. Image credit: Reuters/Jonathan Ernst

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The Canon Hollywood event liveblog!
Michael Gorman (Engadget)
Submitted at 11/3/2011 6:00:00 PM

started at 3PM local time, translated into times for your locales below. Lights, check! Camera? Well, it Psst... and toss your own time soon might be a Canon. We're live zone / day in comments below! from the red carpet at Canon's 12:00PM- Hawaii (November Hollywood launch event, where 3rd) we're expecting the company to 03:00PM- Pacific (November reveal its first cinema camera. 3rd) We'll be watching the action live 04:00PM- Mountain (November 06:00PM- Eastern (November 3rd) as it hits the silver screen in 3rd) SoCal, but you can catch it all 05:00PM- Central (November 10:00PM- London (November 3rd) from home right here! Things get 3rd)

11:00PM- Paris (November 3rd) 02:00AM- Moscow (November 4th) 07:00AM- Tokyo (November

4th) Photos by Zach Honig. Continue reading The Canon Hollywood event liveblog! The Canon Hollywood event liveblog! originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 03 Nov 2011 18:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| | Email this| Comments

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