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Iraq buys U.S. drones to protect oil
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The office, which operates out of the U.S. Embassy and manages U.S. military sales programs in By Jim Michaels, USA TODAY Iraq, confirmed the sale of drones Updated but declined to say the model or BAGHDAD - The United States number of drones that are part of has agreed to sell unarmed the contract. surveillance drones to Iraq's navy The drones will allow Iraq's as part of an effort to help protect military to keep a continuous that nation's oil exports amid watch over its oil terminals within growing tensions in the Persian Iraqi territorial waters of the Gulf and to strengthen U.S.-Iraqi Persian Gulf, where a significant ties. portion of the world's oil • By Nabil al-Jurani,, AP Oil originates and which Iran has workers are seen at West Qurna o c c a s i o n a l l y t h r e a t e n e d t o Phase 2, one of Iraq's biggest and b l o c k a d e . most promising oil fields, near The sales of drones and other Basra in April. U.S. military equipment are viewed by the United States as a By Nabil al-Jurani,, AP way to maintain deep ties with Oil workers are seen at West Iraq after the departure of Qurna Phase 2, one of Iraq's American troops in December. biggest and most promising oil The sales "helps facilitate that fields, near Basra in April. strategic relationship," Caslen "They understand the importance said. of the mission to protect its oil Iraq already said it is buying platforms," said Army Lt. Gen. more than $15 billion worth of Robert Caslen, who heads the U.S. military hardware, including U . S . O f f i c e o f S e c u r i t y 36 F-16 fighter planes, M-1 tanks Cooperation-Iraq. and armored personnel carriers, [unable to retrieve full-text content] [unable to retrieve full-text content]

Iraq said it is not worried about whether Iran views Iraq's progress as a threat. "Whether Iran has concerns or not, we're OK with that," alMoussawi said. "This is in our interest." Iraqi and U.S. officials say Iraq has made remarkable progress in insisting the weapons are for developing its energy industry since the time of the 2003 U.S.defensive purposes. "Iraq should have the ability to led invasion. protect itself against outside "This is one of the biggest energy a g g r e s s i o n , " s a i d A l i a l - stories in the world today," said Moussawi, an adviser to Prime J a m e s J e f f r e y , t h e U . S . ambassador to Iraq. Minister Nouri al-Maliki. Iraq is particularly concerned Iraq has boosted oil production to about the security of its oil 3 million barrels per day, up from facilities. The bulk of Iraq's about 2.5 million before the exports move through a handful invasion. In six years, Iraq of terminals on Iraq's narrow expects to be producing 10 Persian Gulf coast, making its million barrels a day, according to exports vulnerable to attack from Iraq's deputy prime minister for energy, Hussain al-Shahristani. other countries or terrorists. As a major oil producer, Iraq "We'd like Iraq to be considered could balance Western worries a s a d e p e n d a b l e l o n g - t e r m about Iran's threats to cut off oil supplier of world energy needs," shipments to some European al-Shahristani said. For more countries that import Iranian oil. information about reprints & permissions, visit our FAQ's. To [unable to retrieve full-text content] [unable to retrieve full-text content]

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Senator asks Ohio EPA for answers on lead contamination
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Agency, expressing concern about the lead-poisoning risks posed by soil around Tyroler Metals and 16 other former lead smelting sites in • By Chip Somodevilla,, Getty Ohio featured in a USA TODAY Images Sen. Sherrod Brown, D- investigation last month. Ohio, wants Ohio environmental "It is critical that families living officials to answer questions near the other smelters around the about lead contamination near state are made aware of possible former factory sites. health concerns," Brown said in his letter, which also seeks an By Chip Somodevilla,, Getty update from the agency on the Images status of cleanup efforts at the Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, Ohio sites and whether there will wants Ohio environmental be any action to address officials to answer questions contamination around the Tyroler about lead contamination near Metals site. former factory sites. The Ohio EPA has not responded A U.S. senator called for Ohio's since April to requests from USA top environmental regulator TODAY, including on Friday, for Sunday to answer questions about updates about any actions it is lead contamination around former taking to address potential health factory sites and what's being hazards posed by the sites. done to ensure families living in USA TODAY has reported that fallout zones are protected. the state agency knew eight years "What's troubling here is that a g o t h a t s o i l i n a n e a r b y many families in a neighborhood neighborhood was contaminated like this — families like the with lead particles. Most of the Sheftons — did not know that the state's tests at the time showed threat existed," said Sen. Sherrod lead levels two to five times the Brown, D-Ohio. He spoke at a federal hazard level for bare soil news conference outside the where children play, records C l e v e l a n d h o m e t h a t K e n show. Yet neighbors were never Shefton's family recently vacated alerted about the hazard until near the former site of the Tyroler U S A T O D A Y l a s t m o n t h Metals lead smelter. published details of the state's Brown sent a letter Sunday to tests — as well as the newspaper's Scott Nally, director of the Ohio own soil tests, which found E n v i r o n m e n t a l P r o t e c t i o n similarly high levels of lead at

other yards in the area. Shefton, the father of five boys, appeared with Brown at the news conference. "I need to know the lead levels here are like twice the legal limit for children," he said, "because I've got five." Shefton and his family moved out of the neighborhood last month after USA TODAY's tests showed high levels of lead in his yard, then he learned that his 6-year-old son, Jonathan, had an elevated level of lead in his blood. Jonathan's test results were the last straw, Shefton told USA TODAY for the article, which featured a photo of him and his son on the front page. Sunday's news conference was held outside of Shefton's former home. The Tyroler Metals site was one of more than 230 forgotten lead factories — that operated in an era before environmental regulations — featured in USA TODAY's investigation. A smelter operated at the Tyroler site from about 1927 to 1957, records show. Smelting no longer occurs at the

site, which is now a scrap yard with different owners. More than a decade ago, a scientific researcher warned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that the soil in hundreds of neighborhoods might be contaminated with dangerous levels of lead from factories that operated in the 1930s to the 1960s, but had since closed and been forgotten with the passage of time. Despite being given a list of the former factory sites' locations, USA TODAY found that federal and state environmental officials did little to investigate many of the sites or warn people living nearby of the dangers. Soil around lead smelters can be contaminated by lead particles that drifted out of the factories' smokestacks and other openings in the buildings. The particles fall onto the soil, where they can build up in the top few inches and can remain for hundreds of years if left undisturbed. Soil can also be contaminated with lead from leaded gasoline emissions and flaking lead-based paint. Regardless of the source, lead particles are poison, causing lost intelligence, ADHD and other health problems — especially for children. Children can be poisoned by ingesting tiny amounts of contaminated soil, when they put

dust-covered hands or toys in their mouths. Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention dramatically changed the federal definition of lead poisoning, cutting by half the amount of lead in a child's blood that should trigger protective actions. The Tyroler Metals site, which Brown emphasized in his press conference Sunday, was highlighted by USA TODAY as an example of government failures to take action — even when their own tests showed children and families were in danger. Regulators have known for eight years there was a problem in the neighborhood. At the request of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, state regulators at the Ohio EPA tested 12 samples of soil around the former Tyroler Metals site in 2002 and 2003. All but one showed lead contamination above the U.S. EPA's residential hazard level of 400 parts per million (ppm) for lead in bare soil where children play. Nine of the samples had lead levels ranging from twice to five times the hazard level, records show. The results indicated a possible fallout zone onto a neighborhood SENATOR page 4

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Teens at high risk in car surfing
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NORCROSS, Ga. – A 16-yearold boy recently lay in a medically induced coma in a hospital in this Atlanta suburb. The same situation befell a 16year-old girl in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. Elsewhere in Florida, a 19-year-old was sentenced in February to a year of house arrest and five years of probation for his part in a stunt that left two of his friends dead. • By David Massey,, The Daytona Beach News-Journal Hunter Perez's mother, Robin Parker, left, and Elizabeth Oyola, a friend, protest outside the Volusia County Courthouse on Feb. 3 after the sentencing of Josh Ritter. By David Massey,, The Daytona Beach News-Journal Hunter Perez's mother, Robin Parker, left, and Elizabeth Oyola, a friend, protest outside the Volusia County Courthouse on Feb. 3 after the sentencing of Josh Ritter. They were all participants in car surfing, a thrill-seeking activity in which people — mostly teens and young adults — ride on the exterior of a vehicle while it's being driven by another person. There are no reliable statistics on how many people are hurt or injured each year in the USA

while car surfing because police departments and hospital emergency rooms don't track victims. A 2008 study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found 58 car-surfing deaths and 41 non-fatal injuries from 1990 through August 2008. That anecdotal study was based on newspaper accounts of car surfing. Whatever the number of victims, incidents of car surfing could increase over the next few months: Teens have more driving freedom when school lets out, and summer is traditionally the most dangerous season for young drivers. "Teens are risk takers," says Arlene Greenspan, associate director for science at the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control at the CDC and a co-author of the 2008 study. "It's well documented (that) they look at the fun side of things and don't think about the risk." Greenspan says parents have substantial influence over what their children do. But many parents might be unaware that car surfing is even one of the dangers awaiting their children. "Parents need to be aware of the risks of some of the things their teens are doing out there," Greenspan says. "They should be addressing these risks with their teens." In Palm Beach Gardens, Hannah

Huntoon, 16, suffered a severe brain injury last month after she was thrown from the trunk of a moving car where she had been standing. "I didn't even know what car surfing was," her mother, Constance Huntoon, told WPBF 25 News. Los Angeles County Sheriff via AP Los Angeles County sheriff's Sgt. Philip Brooks says this photograph taken from a school bus on Wednesday May 12, 2010, shows a Malibu High School student climbing on top of a moving car in an area where the speed limit is about 50 mph. Even at speeds as slow as 5 mph, someone thrown from a moving vehicle can be seriously injured or killed, Greenspan says. Car surfing, at least at the time of the CDC study, was largely a phenomenon in the Midwest and the South, with 75% of victims coming from those two regions; 70% were males, and 69% were ages 15-19. Researchers also examined

behaviors similar to car surfing. They include: people leaning out of a window or the sunroof of a moving vehicle, being pulled alongside or behind a vehicle, usually on a bike or skateboard, and "ghost riding," where the driver exits a moving vehicle and dances next to it as the vehicle continues to roll forward. In the recent Georgia car surfing crash, police said a group of eight teens met one morning at Norcross High School and decided to skip classes to ride in one of their classmates' SUV. The teens were speeding through a neighborhood in Norcross, with as many as three of them riding outside the vehicle and holding onto the side. The SUV rounded a corner too fast and rolled over onto Alex Mora, 16, crushing his legs. The driver, Alejandro Rodriguez, 18, was charged with hit-and-run, for allegedly leaving the scene, with reckless driving and driving without a license, police said. In DeBary, Fla., Josh Ritter, 19, was sentenced in February to a year of house arrest and five years probation after pleading no contest to two counts of vehicular homicide and one count of reckless driving stemming from a car surfing crash last year. At Ritter's trial, police played cellphone video of a group of young men taking rides on the outside of an SUV on a dirt road

in DeBary. Volusia County Sheriff's investigators estimated that the SUV reached speeds of almost 75 mph in a 35-mph zone when the teens realized they were about to crash and screamed for Ritter to stop. Carlos Velazco and Hunter Perez, both 18, were killed. Volusia County Sheriff's spokesman Gary Davidson says police there rarely see or hear of car surfing incidents — but that doesn't mean it's not happening. "Of course, we have no way of knowing how much this is going on," he says. "We only find out about it when there is some tragic consequence like in this particular case or when someone observes it and reports it to us." "This was an eye-opener for a lot of people who didn't know it was going on or had never heard of car surfing," he says. "As with any dangerous practice, we would encourage parents to talk to their children, to be very conscious of their activities, particularly young teens getting behind the wheel. Law enforcement can only do so much." 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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northeast of the former smelter, the state's report said. But the regulators said it would be difficult to prove Tyroler smelter was the source since their research identified that other smelters had been on adjacent properties dating to 1912 and that a currently operating leadmanufacturing plant was nearby. Despite the hazardous levels of lead in the soil, the Ohio EPA never warned the neighborhood. Instead it sent its report in 200304 to the U.S. EPA and the Cleveland health department. But neither took any actions until USA TODAY's report. Since then, the Cleveland health department has been canvassing neighborhoods around the Tyroler Metals site to distribute lead poisoning-prevention literature. The department also sent its

health mobile to the neighborhood to give children free blood tests to check for lead poisoning. The city is convening a Lead Task Force to determine whether soil cleanups are needed around the former smelter sites in Cleveland. The U.S. EPA has said that it is reviewing information about the former Tyroler site and will be discussing with the Ohio EPA and city health officials whether additional action is warranted. The U.S. EPA said it had no further update on Friday. Sunday's news conference was the latest effort by Brown to seek action around the former smelter sites. On May 9, Brown and five other senators sent a letter to U.S. EPA administrator Lisa Jackson urging the agency to take "immediate action" to review smelter sites that had not been

assessed and to set priorities for cleanups. Last month, Brown asked the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee to hold a hearing on the smelter issue. The committee, which already had planned to have hearings on issues relating to lead poisoning and lead contamination, has said it will take up the issue this summer. 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.

From Libya to the world: Egypt makes its biggest arms bust ever
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European missile defense shield up and running – NATO
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The European missile shield is “up and running,” says NATO Secretary-General Fogh Rasmussen, who announced its “interim capability” to shoot down incoming missiles. Earlier Russia voiced concern over the

issue. -The “interim operational capability" declared by the NATO chief is the first step in fulfilling the controversial scheme to defend the whole of Europe against ballistic missile attacks. A final stage planned for 2022 is also set to provide coverage of the United States from Europe.

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Egyptian security forces have made their biggest ever smuggled arms bust, intercepting over 120 rockets and other supplies. The seized weapons, presumably on their way to the Gaza Strip, originated in neighboring Libya, smugglers say. -Three people were detained in a counter-smuggling operation covering four provinces along the Mediterranean coast, Egypt’s Interior Ministry said on Sunday. The weapons found in two vehicles and several caches in the western port of Damietta included 120 surface-to-air missiles, 30 ground-to-ground missiles, 15 Grad rockets, 25 anti-tank grenade launchers, TNT and navigation systems. The detained men say the weapons come from Libya and were meant to be delivered to the Gaza Strip via the Sinai Peninsula. Gaza is currently controlled by the Islamic resistance movement Hamas. Libya’s ransacked weapon’s depots have remained a major security concern for the region. Egypt security forces say that

since Libya’s leader Muammar Gaddafi was toppled last year, smuggled Libyan weapons have been pouring into various destinations via Egypt. In a similar incident this past April, Lebanese authorities detained a ship carrying several containers of Libyan arms. The weapons were presumably intended for the Syrian Free Army, an opposition group involved in a ground conflict with regular forces in Syria. In Algeria, two weapon caches were found some 40 km off the Libyan border two months ago. Libya’s interim government has warned that instability in the country which followed the regime change could result in Muammar Gaddafi’s arsenal falling into the hands of various terror groups, especially AlQaeda. 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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Bee Gees' Robin Gibb dies after long cancer battle - CBS News
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In this Nov, 6, 1979, file photo, the Bee Gees from left, Maurice, Robin and Barry Gibb sing close into the microphone at a Miami Beach concert in Miami. November 6, 1979. A representative said on Sunday, May 20, 2012, that Robin Gibb has died. He was 62. (AP Photo/ Phil Sandlin, File) (Phil Sandlin) LONDON &#8212 With his carefully tended hair, tight trousers and perfect harmonies, Robin Gibb, along with his brothers Maurice and Barry, defined the disco era. As part of the Bee Gees &#8212 short for the Brothers Gibb &#8212 they created dance floor classics like "Stayin Alive," ''Jive Talkin'," and "Night Fever" that can still get crowds onto a dance floor. The catchy songs, with their falsetto vocals and relentless beat, are familiar pop culture mainstays. There are more than 6,000 cover versions of the Bee Gees hits, and they are still heard on dance floors and at wedding receptions, birthday parties, and other festive occasions. Robin Gibb, 62, died Sunday "following his long battle with cancer and intestinal surgery," his family announced in a statement released by Gibb's representative

Doug Wright. Gibb was the second disco-era star to die this week. Donna Summer &#8212 who earned the Queen of Disco title by singing "Last Dance" and "I Feel Love" &#8212 died of cancer in Florida on Thursday. The Bee Gees, born in England but raised in Australia, began their career in the musically rich 1960s but it was their soundtrack for the 1977 movie "Saturday Night Fever" that sealed their success. The album's signature sound &#8212 some called it "blue-eyed soul" &#8212 remains instantly recognizable more than 40 years after its release. The album remains a turning point in popular music history, ending the hard rock era and ushering in a time when dance music ruled supreme. It became one of the fastest-selling albums of all time with its innovative fusion of harmony and pulsing beats. The movie launched the career of a young John Travolta whose snake-hipped moves to the sounds of "You Should Be Dancing" established his reputation as a dancer and forever linked his image to that of the Bee Gees. Recording Academy president Neil Portnow predicted that fans will dance to "Stayin' Alive" and other songs Bee Gees songs for

generations to come. "Robin has had an indelible impact on music," he said. Despite financial success, Robin Gibb and his brothers endured repeated tragedies. Maurice died suddenly of intestinal and cardiac problems in 2003. Their younger brother Andy Gibb, who also enjoyed considerable chart success as a solo artist, had died in 1988 just after turning 30. He suffered from an inflamed heart muscle attributed to a severe viral infection. Robin Gibb himself took care of his health and, at the time of his death, was a vegan who did not drink alcohol. Gibb was for decades a familiar figure on the pop stage, starting out in the 1960s when the Bee Gees were seen as talented Beatles copycats. They sounded so much like the Beatles at first that there were strong rumors that the Bee Gees' singles were really the Beatles performing under another name. Many late-'60s bands were

quickly forgotten, but the Bee Gees transformed themselves into an enduring A-List powerhouse with the almost unbelievable, and certainly unexpected, success of the song "Stayin' Alive" and others from the "Saturday Night Fever" soundtrack that accompanied the movie. With this second wind, the Bee Gees sold more than 200 million records and had a long string of successful singles, making their way into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. "Saturday Night Fever" &#8212 actually a compilation album featuring the Bee Gees but including songs by other performers &#8212 represented the pinnacle of Gibb's career, but he enjoyed more than 40 years of prominence as a Bee Gee, as a solo artist, and as a songwriter and producer for other artists. The Bee Gees consisted of Barry Gibb, the eldest, and twins Robin Gibb and Maurice Gibb. Their three-part harmonies became their musical signature, particularly in the disco phase, when Barry's matchless falsetto often dominated, and they were renowned for their wide-ranging songwriting and producing skills. The Gibbs were born in England on the Isle of Man, an island in the Irish Sea, but moved to Australia with their parents in

1958 when they were still quite young and began their musical career there. They had been born into a musical family, with a father who was a drummer and bandleader and a mother who liked to sing. After several hits in Australia, their career started to really take off when they returned to England in 1967 and linked up with promoter Robert Stigwood. After several hits and successful albums, Robin Gibb left the group in 1969 after a series of disagreements, some focusing on whether he or Barry should be lead vocalist. He released some successful solo material &#8212 most notably "Saved by the Bell" &#8212 before rejoining his brothers in 1970 and scoring a major hit with "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart." The Gibbs then suffered some slack years &#8212 searching for a style that could sustain them in the post-Beatles era &#8212 and Barry Gibb started experimenting with falsetto vocals, first on backup, and then in the lead position. The brothers were at a low point when they went into a French studio to try to come up with some songs for the "Saturday Night Fever" soundtrack at the BEE page 9


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Police, protesters clash after NATO rally Chicago Tribune
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For several hours on a muggy Sunday, police and protesters coexisted more or less as it was drawn up on the city permit: demonstrators rallied in Grant Park, then marched south on Michigan Avenue to Cermak Road. But after the anti-war speeches were done and the military veterans had disavowed their war medals, protesters had a decision to make: stay or go. A couple of hundred protesters, many wearing black, wanted to march east, where President Barack Obama and more than 60 world leaders met at McCormick Place on the opening day of the NATO summit. Chicago police, however, weren't going to let them pass. And so protesters pushed forward into the line, some hurling bottles and at one point a metal barricade at police. Under the watchful eye of police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, dressed in his white uniform and wearing sunglasses, thick waves of blue-helmeted

police in riot gear wielded their batons. Several protesters were bloodied. More were arrested. The clashes were the worst so far in three days of NATO marches. With protesters regrouping late Sunday, police were gearing up for another night of steering hundreds of impromptu marchers around the Loop. On Sunday night, several hundred protesters approached the Art Institute, where police officers — some on bicycles — blocked them from getting within 50 feet of the building. The protesters shouted, "Hey, hey, ho, ho, NATO has got to go," and then most kept walking down Michigan. About 50 protesters stayed in front of the Art Institute, saying they wanted to see the Obamas. Earlier Sunday evening, first lady Michelle Obama had an event at the museum. Sunday's confrontations followed a march and brief rally at Michigan and Cermak for a group of veterans who threw away their military decorations in a demonstration against the North

Atlantic Treaty Organization. NATO protest activist Andy Thayer implored demonstrators to move west, shouting through a bullhorn, "We went to a lot of trouble to make sure this march was a safe and peaceful march." That ran counter to what some protesters wanted. "We were trying to go east to NATO. That's kind of the whole point of the rally," said Max Dischar, 22, a demonstrator from Cincinnati who was treated by volunteer street medics after he said he was struck by riot police on the arms and ribs as he covered his head. He declined hospital treatment. By 9 p.m., authorities confirmed 45 arrests and four injuries to police officers they said were minor. Seven protesters were treated at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center, a hospital spokeswoman said. At least one Chicago police officer was admitted to Stroger Hospital with "minor injuries" and was in "good condition," a spokeswoman said. Police set up a detention area on Michigan just south of 21st Street where protesters were processed.

Protesters nearby shouted at the detainees to spell out their names. Lawyers from the National Lawyers Guild wrote down their names. The Secret Service said two people were detained for attempting to get over protective fencing near 25th Street and Michigan, spokesman George Ogilvie said. In addition, around 1 p.m., police detained seven men and women, all wearing black, at the Grant Park rally. A police sergeant said the protesters were carrying rocks, cans of spray paint, pry bars, urine -filled bottles and other "dangerous weapons." The group was detained in the shade while they were taken one-by-one to be cuffed, searched and placed in a Cook County sheriff's police bus. Along the march route, a brief scuffle occurred between protesters and police at Roosevelt Road and Michigan. A group dressed in black linked arms and tried to break through the sidewalk police line while others threw water and a stick from a protest sign. Police kept them in the street.

At one point, police officers could be heard warning not to let protesters approach them. "Don't let them break our ranks. That's what they're trying to do," one officer said. Police appeared to brush off a fusillade of expletive-filled taunts from some protesters. One man taunted police in riot gear, "You live for this kind of stuff, cracking people's head and watching them die in the street." And to a female officer: "I can't believe you got a little female here." Police didn't respond, but two female protesters in pink shirts rebuked the taunter. "Hey! None of that sexist stuff." 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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Boris Tadic concedes defeat in Serbian elections
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largely focused on the economic woes of ordinary Serbians, chiding Tadic and his government Former Serbian President Boris for growing unemployment, Tadic has conceded defeat in the plummeting living standards and country’s presidential runoff corruption within the ruling elite. election. Official preliminary Nikolic and his Serbian results show his nationalist Progressive Party also accused opponent, Tomislav Nikolic, Tadic and his supporters of ahead by a little over three per rigging the ballot in the first round cent. of the presidential poll, in which With 52.5 per cent of the votes Tadic came first. The former c o u n t e d , T o m i s l a v N i k o l i c president’s supporters rejected the secured 50.21 per cent, while claim. Boris Tadic managed 46.77 per Tadic resigned in April 2012 to cent, the Republican Electoral hold early presidential and Commission reports. The Center parliamentary election in hopes of f o r F r e e E l e c t i o n s a n d giving a boost to the Democratic Democracy, an independent Party, which he leads. That poll polling group, has counted all of w a s t o p p e d b y N i k o l i c ’ s the ballots and says Nikolic won Progressive Party, which managed 49.8 per cent, while Tadic to garner over 24 per cent of the received only 47 per cent. votes. The Democratic Party came Boris Tadic admitted his defeat in second with just over 22 per during a news conference. " I cent. wish Nikolic the best of luck" he Tadic ran his campaign on a said. promise to continue his liberal, In the meantime, Tomislav pro-EU policies. His presidency, Nikolic, traditionally considered which ran for eight years, was an anti-Western and pro-Russian marked by greater ties with politician, claimed his victory and Western Europe and a largely said his country would " not stray conciliatory stance towards from its European road". Kosovo, though he and his During the campaign, Nikolic g o v e r n m e n t c e n s u r e d i t s
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declaration of independence in 2008. His government also actively cooperated with the International Criminal Court for the former Yugoslavia, furnishing The Hague with indicted war criminals, such as Ratko Mladic and Goran Hadzic. This year the European Council granted Serbia official candidate status for the EU. Marko Gasic, a political expert on the Balkan region, believes Nikolic decided to embrace a proEU stance during the campaign as not doing so would have barred him from getting elected. “ The problem for Serbian voters is that they’re surrounded by NATO countries, their media is owned by NATO countries, whether directly or indirectly, and all the strings have so far been pulled by the pro-NATO lobby,” Gasic told RT. “ So any politician that wants to get anywhere in Serbia is certainly not going to be too anti-NATO. I think Nikolic has recognized that reality which has prevailed in Serbia for several years now and has adjusted his colors accordingly.” The political expert also noted that the population was largely

frustrated with the high levels of corruption and a grim economic situation under President Tadic. “ There are many evils in the system,” Gasic said. “ Expresident Tadic has presided over eight years of poverty, in which his oligarchy have drawn all the financial benefits and replaced communism with a kind of corruption-ism, which has been very good for them and very bad for everybody else in the country.” Gasic also noted that while the population was afraid of change, it was also fed up with poverty. “ Despite Tadic’s promises of an EU rose garden, even the EU garden looks very bare at the moment and Tadic’s offering looks even barer as a result,” he noted. 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.

Wanda Group of China buys AMC Entertainment Los Angeles Times
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Bloomberg Wanda Group of China buys AMC Entertainment Los Angeles Times By Richard Verrier The owner of China's largest movie theater circuit took a big leap forward into the US market, acquiring AMC Entertainment Inc., the nation's second-largest theater chain, the latest in a flurry of high -profile deal-making between... Deal Expands Chinese Influence on Hollywood New York Times China's Wanda to Buy AMC Cinema Chain for $2.6 Billion Bloomberg It's Official: China's Wanda Group to Buy AMC Entertainment Hollywood Reporter Washington Post- Wall Street Journal- MarketWatch all 162 news articles »

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China Clears Google Purchase of Motorola New York Times
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cool! Look at that," he said. "The light is so thin and wavy." Submitted at 5/20/2012 10:41:18 PM Observatory spokeswoman Susan Millions of people from Japan to Szotyori said more than 3,000 Redding, Calif., went out of their people watched the eclipse from way to look at the "ring of fire" the institute's mountaintop perch. solar eclipse Sunday. The eclipse Some visitors decided to avoid w a s m e t w i t h a f e s t i v e the long lines for telescopes and atmosphere: People held viewing watch the partial solar eclipse parties and converged at parks with homemade devices. and on rooftops. "We tried to buy special glasses In California, good weather and called five or 10 places, but provided some of the best views. everything was sold out," said The partial solar eclipse reached Julie Lim of Arcadia, who used a its peak in Los Angeles at 6:38 pinhole viewer made out of p.m., and visitors at the Griffith cardboard packaging that came Observatory counted down the with gift wrap. She said it was the seconds at the top of their lungs perfect way to help her 8-year-old before letting out a wail of daughter Iris monitor the eclipse's excitement. progress. "The light is dimmer. The air is "We wanted to show our daughter cooler," a woman said over a that you need to think about what loudspeaker. "Nature gets a little you can accomplish with your strange during an eclipse." own hands without relying on Ryan Berg, 20, of Los Angeles anyone else," Lim said. watched the crescent-shaped In Japan, Anthony Weiss, a image of the sun through a native of Florida, faced clouds in massive telescope. "That is so his Tokyo neighborhood and

feared he wouldn't be able to see the "ring" eclipse, when the moon blocks all but the sun's outer edge. But the clouds lightened up just enough for him to see the spectacle, which he photographed with his 8-year-old Canon PowerShot SD300. "I could very clearly see the ring," Weiss told The Times. Conditions were not so good atop Mt. Fuji, where Panasonic, trying to showcase its solar technology, had hired a team of climbers to broadcast the eclipse from Japan's tallest peak. The crew faced a windy snowstorm and battled to keep their footing. And in Hong Kong, a storm ruined the view. "Cloudy in Hong Kong, no luck for the solar#eclipse, so sad," tweeted@hanggyho. In Los Angeles, the partial eclipse was captured in backyards, roofs and parks -- as well as from such landmarks as Staples Center before the Clippers

game, Dodger Stadium, Hollywood Boulevard and Griffith Park and even on freeways. -- Garrett Therolf and Rong-Gong Lin II ALSO: Solar eclipse 2012: Fever is spreading to view historic event Children, young adults suffer most from solar eclipse blindness Solar eclipse: Next best chance for L.A. won't be until 2071 Photo credit: Hector Becerra / Los Angeles Times [ View the story "Solar eclipse watching in L.A." on Storify] 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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urging of Stigwood. The success of those tunes &#8212 closely linked to the popularity of the movie, and the power of the disco movement &#8212 changed their lives forever, giving them a string of number one hits. After several years of chart success, the Gibbs spent much of the 1980s writing songs and producing records for other artists, working closely with top talents such as Barbra Streisand, Dionne Warwick, Diana Ross and Dolly Parton. They also continued touring and releasing their own records. Gibb also released more solo albums, including "Secret Agent," during this period. The band continued in the 1990s, gaining recognition for their body of work with induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Then came Maurice's sudden death in 2003. The surviving

brothers announced that the name Bee Gees would be retired with Maurice Gibb's death, although Robin and Barry did collaborate on projects and Robin Gibb continued his solo career and extensive touring despite mounting health problems. He had to cancel several engagements in 2011, including one with British Prime Minister David Cameron, and he showed an alarming weight loss on his rare public appearances. He was hospitalized briefly in 2011 with what doctors said was an inflamed colon and had surgery for intestinal problems in March, 2012. One of his final projects was "The Titanic Requiem," a classical work he co-wrote with his son RJ, that the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra premiered in April to mark the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. Robin Gibb remained

emotionally attached to the Isle of Man, keeping a house there as well as homes in rural Oxfordshire, England, and Miami. He also became involved with numerous charities and worked to establish a permanent memorial to the veterans of Britain's World War II Bomber Command and recorded songs honoring British veterans. Gibb is survived by his second wife, Dwina, and four children, as well as his older brother, fellow Bee Gee Barry Gibb, and his sister Lesley Evans, who lives in Australia. 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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Facebook Stock May Tank This Week As Banks Run For The Hills (FB)
Edward Krudy, Reuters (Business Insider)
Submitted at 5/20/2012 9:59:00 PM

NEW YORK ( Reuters) - Newly issued shares in Facebook Inc may have a hard time in the coming week if lead underwriter Morgan Stanley stops supporting the stock and managers lower down in the IPO book who were hoping for an early surge decide to get out before going underwater. Facebook on Friday sold 421 million shares of stock in a deal that valued the company at more than $100 billion. But investors, expecting a first-day pop in price, instead saw it close just 0.6 percent above the IPO price at $38.23. As the underwriter, Morgan Stanley stepped in to support Facebook's stock when it fell toward its $38 IPO price shortly after it opened, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters. The shares spent much of the last hour of Friday trading near that price, with onlookers watching to see if it would post a $37.99 price which it did not. But the bank will not support the stock indefinitely, analysts said, and once that firepower is gone, funds that received IPO stock looking for a bounce may decide to bail as well.

Lead underwriters in a stock essentially "short" the stock through what is known as an "over-allotment" of shares - they sell shares to the market that they do not own. If the stock has trouble, which Facebook did, the underwriter supports it by then buying more stock at the IPO price. Had Morgan Stanley bought all of the shares traded around $38 in the final 20 minutes of the day, it would have spent nearly $2 billion. The "green shoe" overallotment, which can be used to support Facebook's stock, is 63 million shares. At $38 per share, that amounts to $2.4 billion in firepower. In an IPO where the stock rises significantly, the green shoe is typically exercised in the days after the debut and the company raises that additional amount. If Morgan Stanley shorted the full amount and bought shares on the open market to support the price, Facebook will not raise the extra $2.4 billion from the IPO. "Right now you have one big buyer, Morgan Stanley," said a former chief operating officer for Bear Stearns, who dealt with IPOs on the investment bank's syndicate allocation committee, but asked not to be named as he did not want to talk publicly about the issue.

PERFECTLY PRICED? In the end, Friday's action suggests the IPO was truly priced to perfection. The company increased the amount of shares being offered last week and boosted the original selling price. Brokers at a number of brokerdealers told Reuters their clients were getting as much, if not more, than they expected. That is what disappointed those expecting a 10 percent to 30 percent pop in the shares - rather than seeing the stock fall back to its IPO price shortly after opening. "A Herculean effort by the underwriters, I would call it," said Jeff Matthews of hedge fund firm "That's what people are trying to growth, the environment for a Ram Partners. "How could it be a figure out, how much of the shoe new stock is not ideal. hot deal if all the usual mutual is left," he said. "In most deals, on That could mean the stock's fate fund suspects already own some the Friday that would be it; come will depend on the strength of the going into the IPO?" he added. Monday, it would be all bets are IPO anchor orders - the big clients The classic move by an off, by Tuesday for sure." at the top of the IPO book, who underwriter to stop an IPO from That opens the door for short- see Facebook as a core holding - "breaking issue" worked, if only sellers and institutions looking to as well as a host of retail clients barely. get out. Short-selling is expected who are less likely to sell their Given the technical issues that to be limited for a few more days. shares quickly and may even be plagued Nasdaq, with the stock A prime broker on one of the lead enticed to buy more. opening about 30 minutes late and underwriters said Friday that they "It is very likely to dip under $38, d e l a y s i n r e c e i v i n g o r d e r would not be lending shares at particularly if overall market c o n f i r m a t i o n s c o n t i n u i n g least until settlement, which conditions deteriorate," said throughout the session, it is also comes three business days after Mohannad Aama, managing hard to know how much Friday's pricing. d i r e c t o r a t B e a m C a p i t a l action reflected reality. In addition, with the stock market M a n a g e m e n t i n N e w Y o r k . "You really don't know how that in correction mode as investors "Morgan Stanley will continue to fret about Europe's ongoing debt defend the $38 price, but that FACEBOOK page 11 crisis and the outlook for global support is not endless."

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left people, whether there were sellers who put in limits that weren't executed," said Rick Meckler, president of investment firm LibertyView Capital Management, a hedge fund with $1.3 billion in assets. "I don't know if people stepped away at some point because they just couldn't execute in a clear manner, and that Monday we will have some follow through of people that weren't executed and still need to sell." It's retail investors who stand to get hit the most if trades aren't executed properly, said Tim Pollock, professor of management and organization at the Pennsylvania State University. "This is a situation where small investors are more likely to be affected because of the sizes of the orders they're putting in," he said. "If Fidelity is saying they want to buy two million shares that's going to take priority over the smaller trades. As a regular retail investor placing orders through TD Ameritrade or Schwab you're at the back of the bus relative to institutional investors so you're

hostage to the system." One RBC broker said that with hindsight he was grateful that he was allocated just 500 of the 20,000 shares he requested. Others had similar relief. Said John Lane, founder of Lane Capital Markets, a small brokerdealer in Fairfield, Conn., that has managed about 40 initial public offerings: "Many retail and institutional buyers were floored at how much stock they got." Lane said he spoke with a hedge fund manager and a mutual fund manager who sent buy indications to more than a dozen brokerages on the theory that they would get a fraction of what they desired. "One got filled everywhere, and the other more than he wanted. They're both sweating right now," said Lane, who admits he bought shares near the end of the trading day at a little over $38.04. If shares fail to recover in coming days, retail investors who were lured back into the market by the Facebook frenzy may revert back to the caution that has slowed trading since the 2008 market crash, some brokers fear. Those who want to take bets

against the company will not be able to do so through the options market until May 29. Activity in options of companies like Zynga suggests investors are using those to hedge against their position in Facebook. Facebook's lackluster debut also had a knock-on effect on other social media stocks, which dropped sharply on Friday. LinkedIn, Groupon, Pandora Media and Yelp all fell at least 5 percent on Friday with Yelp losing 12 percent. SEE ALSO: Sorry, But This Whining And Umbrage About Facebook's IPO Is Ridiculous (Reporting by Edward Krudy, Jed Horowitz and Olivia Oran; Editing by G Crosse, Alwyn Scott and Muralikumar Anantharaman) Please follow Business Insider on Twitter and Facebook. Join the conversation about this story »

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The Obama Campaign Insanely Tries To Spin Cory Booker's Comments Into An Attack On Mitt Romney
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Politico's Dylan Byers noticed first the amazing spin attempt by the Barack Obama campaign on Cory Booker's comments "Meet the Press" earlier this morning. Basically, they're trying to salvage this potentially embarrassing scenario: A selfdescribed "Obama surrogate," Booker criticized the Obama campaign for its attack ads on Bain Capital this week. As we pointed out before, this shouldn't be that surprising. Booker has always been an unlabel-able Democrat, and "centrist" or "moderate" most aptly describe his political career. Still, amid undoubtedly mounting pressure, Booker was forced to go on a clarifying spree. He even made a nearly four-minute video,

the context of which was completely lost in a subsequent 35 -second clip tweeted out by Ben LaBolt, the Obama for America press secretary. The title of the video:"Cory Booker Encourages an Examination of Romney's Time at Bain Capital." What an attempt at a spin job.

You can make an argument that it's different than his comments not 12 hours ago — he's encouraging examining Mitt Romney's record in this video — but you'd have a really, really hard time. And it also leaves out the most important context of his "clarification" video, which he has

been consistent on the entire time: My concern is we're about to go into a significant political campaign that will affect the destiny of our nation and that the voices that are important — of the candidates or more importantly, of the concerns of the American people — are not going to be heard.

I am indeed upset. I am indeed frustrated. But I believe the American public, working together, we can begin to more and more denounce this type of campaigning and, more and more, focus on the issues that count, the issues that matter. And ultimately, my hope is that this election will not be about the small things, will not be about divisiveness, will not be about denigrating, will not be about painting with a broad brush, but ultimately can be about unifying our country. Twitter explains how no one is buying this: Please follow Politics on Twitter and Facebook. Join the conversation about this story »

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Motorola, Google's New Smartphone Company, Is Having A Huge Problem Upgrading Android Phones (MMI, GOOG)
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One Dead, 5 Injured inMississippi Prison Riot

Motorola announced in a brief blog post that some of its smartphones won't be eligible for upgrades to the newest version of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich. That's because Motorola says the update won't "improve" the devices. It doesn't give much more detail than that. We first came across Motorola's announcement on Engadget. To say Ice Cream Sandwich won't improve devices sounds pretty insane to us. It's full of a ton of awesome features that you won't find in the older versions of Android. In many ways, Ice Cream Sandwich outshines Apple's iOS. It gets worse though. Take a look at Motorola's

upgrade roadmap for Ice Cream Sandwich. Some phones aren't slated to get the upgrade until Q4 this year. That'll be almost a full year since Google released Ice Cream Sandwich. By the time Motorola gets around to upgrading some of its Android phones, Google will have already moved on to the next version of

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NATO: No Rush for Afghanistan Exits
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CHICAGO – The NATO alliance that has fought for a decade in Afghanistan is helping that nation shift toward stability and peace, but there will be "hard days ahead," President Obama said Sunday as alliance leaders insisted the fighting coalition will remain effective despite France's plans to yank combat troops out early. With a global economic crisis and waning public support for the war in the backdrop, world leaders opened a NATO summit confronted by questions about Afghanistan's post-conflict future: money for security forces, coming elections and more. They were also papering over the crack in the fighting alliance with the planned French withdrawal. "We still have a lot of work to do and there will be great challenges ahead," Obama said. "The loss of life continues in Afghanistan and there will be hard days ahead. " The end of the war is in sight, Obama said following a lengthy discussion with Afghan President Hamid Karzai on the sidelines of the NATO summit. The military alliance is pledged to remain in Afghanistan into 2014, but will seal plans Sunday and Monday to shift foreign forces off the front lines a year faster than once planned. Afghan forces will take the lead throughout the nation next year, instead of in 2014, despite uneven

performance under U.S. and other outside tutelage so far. The shift is in large part a response to plummeting public support for the war in Europe and the United States, contributors of most of the 130,000 foreign troops now fighting the Taliban-led insurgency. A majority of Americans now say the war is unwinnable or not worth continuing. Karzai said his nation is looking forward to the end of war, "so that Afghanistan is no longer a burden on the shoulder of our friends in the international community, on the shoulders of the United States and our other allies." Obama said NATO partners would discuss "a vision for post2014 in which we have ended our combat role, the Afghan war as we understand it is over, but our commitment to friendship and partnership to Afghanistan continues." Newly elected French President Francois Hollande has said he will withdraw all French combat troops from Afghanistan by year's end -- a full two years before the timeline agreed to by nations in the U.S.-led NATO coalition. "There will be no rush for the exits," NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said. "Our goal, our strategy, our timetable remain unchanged." Rasmussen denied there were fresh cracks in the alliance. He suggested a deal will emerge for France to move into a noncombat

U.S. applied heavy pressure to Karzai to schedule a second round of voting during the last presidential contest in 2009. The runoff was never held because Karzai's challenger pulled out, protesting what he said was an impossible level of corruption. The election chapter opened a rift between the U.S. and Karzai, who suspected that the Obama administration wanted to replace him. The Obama administration has mostly repaired its relationship with Karzai, but mistrust remains role but continue to support the on both sides. international mission. The U.S. official, speaking on Before the one-hour meeting with condition of anonymity to discuss Karzai, a senior U.S. official said sensitive diplomacy, said before Obama would focus on planning the meeting that Obama and for Afghanistan's 2014 elections, Karzai also were to discuss as well as the prospect of a prospects for a political settlement political settlement with the or peace pact between Karzai's Taliban. government and the Taliban-led Karzai has said repeatedly he will insurgency. The Taliban pulled step down from power when his out of U.S.-led talks in March, but term ends in 2014, opening the separate talks among Afghan and way for new elections. NATO's other contacts continue, the U.S. scheduled end of the war was official said. built around those plans, with The official said Obama believes foreign forces staying until the political reconciliation is essential 2014 election but exiting the to the country's future security. country by 2015. The Taliban is urging nations Obama and Karzai will discuss fighting in Afghanistan to follow ways to ensure that political rivals France's lead and pull their can compete fairly in the run-up international forces from the war to the election, as well as ways to this year. reduce fraud and support the "We call upon all the other NATO winner who emerges, the official m e m b e r c o u n t r i e s t o a v o i d said. working for the political interests Past Afghan elections were of American officials and answer riddled with irregularities, and the the call of your own people by

immediately removing all your troops from Afghanistan," the group said in a statement before the meeting. The insurgent group cited declining public support for the war in the West and said political leaders should listen to their constituents and get out of Afghanistan. The national security-focused NATO summit caps an extraordinary weekend of international summitry. Obama and the leaders of the world's leading industrial nations convened at Camp David, the presidential retreat in Maryland, for two days of talks focused in large part on Europe's economic crisis. Joining Obama and many of the G-8 leaders in Chicago are the heads of NATO alliance nations and other countries with a stake in the Afghan war. Prominent among those nations is Pakistan. Tensions between the U.S. and Pakistan have been running high following several incidents, including the U.S. raid in Pakistan that led to the death of Osama bin Laden and a U.S. airstrike that killed two dozen Pakistani soldiers. Both countries have been seeking to restore normal relations. Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari's acceptance of an invitation to attend the NATO summit was seen as an indication NATO: page 19

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vowed to stick by his pledge to withdraw French troops by year's end, two years earlier than the By Matt Spetalnick and Phil alliance timetable. Stewart NATO's plan is to shift full CHICAGO| Sun May 20, 2012 responsibility to Afghan forces for 11:15pm EDT security across the country by the (Reuters) - NATO will hand over middle of next year and then the lead role in combat operations withdraw most of the alliance's to Afghan forces across the 130,000 combat troops by the end country by mid-2013, alliance of 2014, Rasmussen said. leaders said on Sunday as they While foreign forces will charted a path out of a war that continue to fight the Taliban and has lost public support and other militants as necessary - and strained budgets in Western it may be very necessary - the nations. new mission for U.S. and NATO A NATO summit in Chicago on troops will assume a new focus on Monday will formally endorse a advising and supporting Afghan U.S.-backed strategy for a gradual soldiers. exit from Afghanistan, a move Looking toward the November aimed at holding together an presidential election, Obama allied force scrambling to cope who once called the Afghan w i t h F r a n c e ' s d e c i s i o n t o conflict a "war of necessity" but is w i t h d r a w i t s t r o o p s e a r l y . now looking for an orderly way President Barack Obama and out - sought to dispel the notion NATO partners want to show that shaky allies will leave U.S. their war-weary voters the end is troops to carry the ball alone. in sight in a conflict that has Obama warned of "hard days" dragged on for more than a ahead as he hosted the summit in decade while at the same time his home town, Chicago, a day trying to reassure Afghans that after major industrialized nations they will not be abandoned. tackled a European debt crisis that "There will be no rush for the menaces the global economy. exits," NATO Secretary-General The shadow cast by fiscal Anders Fogh Rasmussen said as pressures in Europe and elsewhere the summit got under way. followed leaders from Obama's He sought to put up a show of presidential retreat in Maryland to unity even as France's new the talks on Afghanistan, an President Francois Hollande unwelcome weight on countries
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mindful of growing public opposition to a costly war that has failed to defeat the Taliban in nearly 11 years of fighting. Obama made clear he expected NATO powers to formally embrace the Afghanistan transition plan, which had already been widely telegraphed by the Pentagon earlier this year. But the Chicago talks faced undercurrents of division. Hollande insisted he had no intention of backtracking on a campaign promise for an accelerated troop pullout, which helped him win the presidency from Nicolas Sarkozy this month. He said had reached a "common agreement" on the matter with fellow leaders and he would release details in coming weeks. A poll in January showed 84 percent of the French public backed an early troop withdrawal. France has about 3,400 troops in Afghanistan. "French combat troops will be withdrawn from Afghanistan by the end of the year," Hollande told reporters. "In 2013, only trainers for police and officers of the Afghan army will remain and this will be done within the framework of ISAF." Hollande's comments underscored the challenge for Obama, who has steadily narrowed his goals in

Afghanistan, in plotting a more gradual withdrawal that will not open the way for a Taliban resurgence. "We went into Afghanistan together, we want to leave Afghanistan together," German Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters. KARZAI THANKS U.S. TAXPAYERS Obama, meeting Afghan President Hamid Karzai on the margins of the summit, said the conference would agree on a "vision post-2014 in which we have ended our combat role, the Afghan war as we understand it is over, but our commitment to friendship and partnership with Afghanistan continues." Standing next to Obama, Karzai thanked Americans for "your taxpayer money" and said his country looked forward to the day it is "no longer a burden" on the international community. Karzai's government has been widely criticized for rampant corruption. Karzai's comments alluded to the political bind that Obama and other Western leaders face in underwriting a unpopular war effort and the build-up of Afghan forces during a time of budget austerity at home. With heavy security in place for the Chicago summit, batonswinging police clashed with anti-

war protesters marching by the thousands near the summit venue. Lawyers representing the demonstrators said at least a dozen people were injured, some with head wounds from batons, and more than were arrested. Trying to inject itself into the NATO proceedings, the Taliban urged countries fighting in Afghanistan to follow France's lead and pull their forces out in accordance with anti-war sentiment in the West. Obama told the summit's opening session: "Just as we have sacrificed together for our common security, we will stand together united in our determination to complete this mission." Essentially conceding Hollande was unlikely to be dissuaded, General John Allen, the U.S. commander in Afghanistan, played down the impact, saying "we have the capacity, using our current force structure, to ensure there is no degradation in security." Careful French comments on the issue illustrated the balance NATO leaders must strike as they seek to avoid the appearance of splits with NATO partners without alienating voters who want to see a swift exit. NATO page 19


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Lockerbie bomber Megrahi dies in Libya leaving unanswered questions
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By Hadeel Al Shalchi and Ali Shuaib TRIPOLI| Sun May 20, 2012 11:02pm EDT (Reuters) - Abdel Basset alMegrahi, the Libyan convicted of the 1988 bombing of a PanAm flight over Lockerbie, died of cancer on Sunday aged 60, leaving many questions on the attack and its aftermath unanswered. Megrahi, who said he was not responsible for bringing the jumbo jet down on the Scottish town and killing 270 people, was found guilty in 2001 but was freed in 2009 and returned to Libya because he had terminal cancer and was not expected to live long. The decision by officials in Scotland to return Megrahi to Libya angered relatives of many victims, 189 of whom were American, and was criticized by Washington as Megrahi returned to a hero's welcome from Muammar Gaddafi. That he survived for nearly three more years, outliving Gaddafi, who was overthrown last year, caused discomfort in Britain. Prime Minister David Cameron, visiting the United States on Sunday, said Megrahi should never have been freed.

Megrahi's brother Mohammed told Reuters he had died at his home in the Libyan capital from complications from prostate cancer and the funeral would take place on Monday. "He was too sick to utter anything on his deathbed," another brother, Abdulhakim, said. "Just because Abdul Basset is dead doesn't mean the past is now erased," he said. "We will always tell the world that my brother was innocent." Scottish leader Alex Salmond said his death confirmed his medical condition had been serious. "Mr Megrahi's death ends one chapter of the Lockerbie case, but it does not close the book," he said, noting Scottish lawyers were seeking other suspects. Megrahi, the only person convicted for the bombing, was found guilty under Scots law of secretly loading a suitcase bomb onto a plane at Malta's Luqa Airport, where he was head of operations for Libyan Arab Airlines in December 1988. The suitcase was transferred at Frankfurt to another flight and then onto New York-bound PanAm Flight 103 at London's Heathrow airport, concluded Scottish judges sitting at a converted Dutch military base selected as a neutral trial venue. All 259 people aboard the aircraft

were killed when it exploded and 11 people in the small town of Lockerbie died when homes and vehicles were obliterated by falling debris. Relatives of those killed said it would not ease their loss and the White House said it would not end the quest for justice. Megrahi, handed over by Gaddafi under a U.N.-brokered deal, always insisted he was merely an airline executive, not a Libyan intelligence agent as prosecutors charged. His trial was part of a process of rapprochement by which Gaddafi distanced himself from association with groups regarded as terrorists in the West and secured renewed cooperation with Western firms keen to exploit Libya's oil and gas reserves. CONTROVERSIES Reaction to Megrahi's death reflected the controversies that have raged for years over his role. Many people in Britain say they believe he was a scapegoat, while many in the United States have accused Britain of releasing him to help secure oil deals in Gaddafi's Libya. Britain has denied the charge. U.S. Senator Charles Schumer of New York, who wanted the Libyan government that took over after Gaddafi's ouster and killing by rebels to take Megrahi into

custody, said his return to Libya was a major injustice. "The whole deal smelled of a deal for oil for this man's freedom and that was almost blasphemy given what a horrible person he was and the terrible destruction and tragedy that he caused," Schumer told CNN. "I don't know if we'll ever get to the bottom of it now." British Prime Minister David Cameron, who was in opposition when Megrahi was freed, said in Chicago: "I've always been clear he should never have been released from prison. "Today is a day to remember the 270 people who lost their lives in what was an appalling terrorist act. Our thoughts should be with them and their families for the suffering they've had." Jim Swire, the father of one of the British Lockerbie victims, said he was convinced Megrahi was innocent. "I've been satisfied for some years that this man had nothing to do with the murder of my daughter and I grit my teeth every time I hear newscasters say 'Lockerbie bomber has died'" he told BBC News television. "This is a sad day." Megrahi told Reuters in October the West had exaggerated his role and the truth about what happened would emerge soon.

Babette Solon Hollister, 79, whose 20 year old daughter died on the PanAm flight said: "I don't know if he was totally guilty but we know he was involved ... I doubt anything will be resolved now." Libya's National Transitional Council (NTC), which ousted Gaddafi last year, has said it would work with the Scottish government over the possible involvement of others in the 1988 bombing, an attack the country's new rulers are eager to distance themselves from. "We would have liked to uncover more truths, but his death will not shut the Lockerbie file," NTC spokesman Mohamed al-Harizy said on Sunday. Gaddafi's Libya emerged from isolation after it scrapped a banned weapons program and paid compensation for the Lockerbie bombing. Megrahi was handed over by Libya with fellow suspect AlAmin Khalifa Fahima under a U.N.-brokered deal. Fahima was acquitted by the Scottish judges at Camp Zeist in January 2001. Megrahi was jailed in the town of Greenock, near Glasgow. On Sunday, his neighbors in the Libyan capital rolled out a carpet and set up chairs in the courtyard LOCKERBIE page 20

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• Nov. 24, 2011: Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu speaks during a news conference in Apache Junction, Ariz. Reuters An Arizona sheriff has allegedly ignored a Pentagon rule, collecting millions of dollars’ worth of surplus military equipment that is intended for law -enforcement use and distributing some of the gear to non-police agencies. During the past two years, the office of Sheriff Paul Babeu has received more than $7 million worth of Humvees, fire trucks, guns, defibrillators, barber chairs, underwear, thermal-imaging scopes, computers, motor scooters and other items, The Arizona Republic reports. According to the paper, the merchandise – secured through the Defense Logistics Agency -is made available to more than 17,000 police and sheriff's departments nationwide. Last year, nearly $500 million worth of new and used items were distributed by the agency -- more than double what was requisitioned in fiscal 2010. Federal regulations, according to the paper’s report, require the

surplus items to be used solely by law-enforcement agencies, especially counterdrug and counterterrorism efforts. Yet Babeu’s office, which helps oversee the program in Arizona, has doled out hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of unused equipment to non-police agencies and a business.

The rules also ban them from obtaining the equipment for the purpose of fundraising. But internal e-mails obtained through public-records requests by the newspaper show sheriff's officials touting their ability to get products from the Defense Department at no cost and to fortify their finances by selling

the goods at auction. In a budget presentation to Pinal County supervisors in March, Babeu said he intends to balance his budget in part by auctioning equipment procured from the military. Sheriff's e-mails also show that a top aide to Babeu encouraged employees from a private company to visit the sheriff's

office to see "how much stuff is available" from the Defense Department. Critics say that by requisitioning unneeded supplies, the sheriff's office may be depriving other police agencies of equipment. Kenneth MacNevin, publicPENTAGON page 19


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as more applicable in this situation". "We are very worried about this. Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister We do not want the region and the Sergei Ryabkov speaks during a world to fall divisions news briefing in the main building and bitter political arguments," he of Foreign Ministry in Moscow, said. December 15, 2008. Western countries suspect Iran's Credit: Reuters/Denis Sinyakov nuclear program is aimed at By Gleb Bryanski making a nuclear bomb, a charge MOSCOW| Sun May 20, 2012 Tehran denies. 7:59pm EDT A European Union embargo of (Reuters) - Russia's deputy Iranian crude takes effect in July foreign minister said on Sunday and tough new U.S. sanctions that military action against Iran come into force in late June. Iran's over its nuclear program was oil exports have fallen by more being considered in some Western than a fifth this year. countries. Russia has adamantly urged Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Western nations not to attack Iran R y a b k o v w a s s p e a k i n g t o to neutralize its nuclear program, reporters on a plane on his way saying that threats would only back from the G8 summit in encourage Tehran to develop such Camp David, where the G8 weapons. leaders signaled their readiness to Ryabkov dismissed suggestions tap into emergency oil stockpiles that Russia, the world's biggest oil quickly this summer if tougher exporter, sought to keep tensions new sanctions on Iran threatened around Iran on the boil in order to to strain supplies. benefit from higher global oil "It is one of many various signals prices. coming from various sources that "It would be a simplification and the military option is considered p o s s i b l y e v e n a d e l i b e r a t e as realistic and possible," he said. distortion of Moscow's position to "We are receiving signals, both believe that based on some wild, through public and intelligence egoistic intentions, we want oil to channels, that this option is now cost $200 per barrel," Ryabkov being reviewed in some capitals said.
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He said Russia wanted to keep oil prices stable at a level acceptable to consumers and suppliers. He said that any gains from the oil price spike would be short-lived. A meeting between Iran and six world powers - Russia, China, the United States, Britain, France and Germany - is scheduled to take place in Baghdad on May 23. Ryabkov said Russia had drafted a set of proposals for the Baghdad talks, saying negotiations needed to produce evidence of progress to the international community. Proposals included suggested steps for Iran to restore international confidence as well as incentives on cooperation, said Ryabkov, adding that any followup round of talks should take place within weeks in order to maintain the momentum. "Practical results are needed that can be shown to the international community as evidence that we are moving forward," Ryabkov said. TENSIONS OVER SYRIA Much like with Iran, Moscow has long urged Western powers not to intervene in Syria over bloodshed in which the United Nations says more than 9,000 people have been killed. At a G8 summit in France in May

2011, Russia successfully managed to water down a statement on Syria removing calls for action against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Ryabkov said that this time part of the G8 statement which concerns Syria, which called for a "political transition leading to a democratic plural political system", fully satisfied Russia. "Anything that will be a product of the process of national reconciliation and dialogue will satisfy the Russian side. We are nobody's advocates in this process," he said. Ryabkov said Assad's departure from power in a scenario similar to Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who had been granted immunity from prosecution, was discussed at the G8 summit, but Russia opposed the idea. (Reporting by Gleb Bryanski, editing by Maria Golovnina and Diana Abdallah) 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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affairs chief of the Defense Logistics Agency, said in an email to the Arizona Republic that the agency is looking at Pinal County's use of the program. He said more than 30 Arizona police agencies have been suspended or terminated for failing to meet program standards and nine remain under suspension. Federal officials did not identify those agencies. A response from the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, posted in the comments section following the paper’s story, includes the following: The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office has asked the Arizona Republic several times to complete a story regarding our tremendous success with the program as we wanted to inform the public. Each time the information was provided to the Arizona Republic they declined to write a story until today when this misleading story was posted. Sheriff Paul Babeu stated,

“Recently the Arizona Republic has done several stories containing inaccurate information about myself, members of my staff and the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office. “Despite our efforts to change this type of agenda-driven reporting by presenting their reporters and management with actual facts, unfortunately they have chosen to continue to write biased stories. The story today by Dennis Wagner regarding our use of this great program was more of the same. It is very unfortunate that the Arizona Republic is using their position to attack our office by providing the public with inaccurate information.” The equipment we have obtained has already been used to save lives and improve public safety in Pinal County. The Department of Defense and the State 1033 Program Coordinator all have approved of our use of the equipment we have acquired. Click for more from The Arizona

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that his country would reopen major roads used to supply NATO fighting forces in Afghanistan, a key U.S. demand. White House officials said that while they believe an agreement on reopening the supply routes will be reached, they do not expect that to happen during the NATO meetings. The two nations are haggling over how much Pakistan will be paid to allow the heavy transport truck to pass through. A senior U.S. official said the two sides are far apart. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive diplomacy. Officials have indicated that Obama and Zardari will not hold a separate bilateral meeting until the matter is resolved. Although miffed, Zardari is expected to see Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and other U.S. officials in Chicago. "I do hope that we will see a reopening of the transit routes in the very near future," Rasmussen

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Alliance leaders walked a cautious line in discussions this weekend on long-term funding for the Afghan police and army, whose ability to battle the Taliban is at the core of NATO strategy for leaving Afghanistan smoothly. The Obama administration, unwilling to be solely on the hook for the $4.1 billion annual price tag, has been seeking promises from its allies to give $1.3 billion

a year for Afghan forces. While there are few doubts allies will eventually provide support, NATO appeared unlikely to meet that goal by the end of the meeting. ID:nL1E8GIERC] PAKISTAN'S ZARDARI IS LAST-MINUTE GUEST A last-minute addition to the list of leaders at the carefully choreographed meeting was President Asif Ali Zardari of

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Panel Plus on the Wisconsin Recall Election
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outside his house in preparation for condolence visits by family and friends. "My brother was surrounded by his wife, children and his mother as he took his last breath," his brother Abdulhakim said. (Additional reporting by Lin Noueihed in Tunis, Olesya Dmitracova in London and Lily Kuo in New York, Adrian Croft in Chicago and Bill Trott in Washington; writing by Philippa Fletcher; editing by Alastair

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Sydney Morning Herald Union official threatened to set me up: Thomson ABC Online Suspended Labor MP Craig Thomson has named the Victorian union official he says set him up over allegations he used union money to pay for prostitutes during his time with the Health Services Union. Speaking under

parliamentary privilege in the House... Rob Cottingham Thomson in tears in address to (ReadWriteWeb) parliament Sydney Morning Submitted at 5/20/2012 1:00:00 PM Herald I'm the victim of a lynch mob: See more of Rob's cartoons at Thomson The Australian Noise to Signal. Craig Thomson pleads his innocence against findings he rorted union funds in... Courier Mail WA today all 473 news articles »

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Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi, who was sentenced... Megrahi funeral to take place Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset alMegrahi dies of cancer in Libya Belfast Telegraph Time to remember the Lockerbie victims - and hunt for the truth Financial Times- New York Times- The Guardian all 2,833 news articles »

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“snobbery that assumes the only route to social mobility runs through university”, as he The Guardian commits Labour to raising the Miliband to boost vocational status of vocational training. The training Labour leader wants to take on Financial Times Nick Clegg,... By George Parker Ed Miliband Miliband: Make life fairer for w i l l o n M o n d a y e j e c t t h e those who don't go to university
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Sydney Morning Herald Mother tells of being haunted after Milat boy murdered her son Sydney Morning Herald Family members of the 17-yearold who was killed by the greatnephew of Ivan Milat and his friend described them as "animals" who "deserve no mercy" during an emotional

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Aarushi's mother Nupur now wants to adopt a girl Zee News
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Zee News Aarushi's mother Nupur now wants to adopt a girl Zee News New Delhi: Dentist Nupur Talwar, who is an accused in the Aarushi-Hemraj double murder case along with her husband Rajesh, is now willing to adopt a girl child four years after the gruesome murder of her teenage daughter at her Noida residence in 2008. Nupur wants to adopt fellow inmate's child Hindustan Times Now, Nupur Talwar wants to adopt a girl child all 4 news articles » Jaya works the phone on Sangma J Jayalalithaa on Sunday spoke to leaders from across the political spectrum to support Nationalist Congress Party leader PA Sangma for the Presidency. Jayalalithaa had announced she was throwing her weight behind Sangma, even

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meeting. Detectives are investigating the alleged assault,... Submitted at 5/20/2012 10:23:19 PM Heffernan compared to Thomson Brisbane Times BigPond News Heffernan says allegations hurtful Heffernan comparison desperate: ABC Local Libs Brisbane Times A suspended New South Wales Abbott told to walk the walk on Liberal Party electorate officer, Heffernan The Australian Ray Carter has accused the Herald Sun Senator of assaulting him and all 192 news articles » making a homophobic attack on him at a Central Coast branch

Betfair to launch fixed-odds betting website
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than a quarter (27%) of income on childcare, according to a report by Submitted at 5/20/2012 9:39:05 PM MP Elizabeth Truss, for the BBC News CentreForum think tank. UK childcare needs to be more Childcare 'needs to be affordable - CentreForum overhauled' Belfast Telegraph BBC News Red tape is making childcare too Childcare in the UK needs to be expensive for poor families, says overhauled to make it more MP The Independent affordable, a report has suggested. all 75 news articles » The average family spends more

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Microsoft opens social search for all
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the service “to continue using products such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other Microsoft’s social network existing social networks, as well and companion search tool has as Bing, Google and other search exited beta, promising to integrate t o o l s ” r a t h e r t h a n s w i t c h comprehensive data gathering into w h o l e s a l e . “ W e h o p e t o a research tool ideal for students encourage students to reimagine and knowledge addicts. Unveiled how our everyday communication back in December 2011, a n d l e a r n i n g t o o l s c a n b e was described at the time as a way improved,” the company says, “by of creating “montages of visual researching, learning and sharing web content” by tagging search in their everyday lives.” results and seeing other suggested Initially, was available in topics from f e l l o w limited beta to students at researchers. However, Microsoft the University of Washington, continues to insist that is Syracuse University, and New intended to live alongside – not York University. Since then, the r e p l a c e – y o u r F a c e b o o k , team behind the service has been Google+ or Twitter account. busy refining it, adding concepts A c c o r d i n g t o t h e S o . c l like “ riffing” on topics – (pronounced “social”) FAQ, basically taking concepts or Microsoft fully expects users of content others have posted and

as to encourage community learning. You can try by logging in with your Facebook or Windows Live account here. Story Timeline • Microsoft socl social network seen and denied • Microsoft socl Facebook rival resurfaces • Microsoft official: Study group killer not Facebook killer Microsoft opens social search for all is written by Chris Davies& originally posted on SlashGear. allowing users to give it their own complete with companion chat, © 2005 - 2012, SlashGear. All spin – and public exploring and so-called “rich” posts of right reserved. through themed tagging. automatically created montages There’s also “video parties” from text, photos, audio and which pull together communal video. By default, all playlists of content guiding content is available publicly – viewers through a tagged theme, though it can be set to private – so

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Samsung Focus 2 Review
Michael Crider (SlashGear)
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AT&T has no shortage of valuepriced phones, and just lately, a pretty good selection of 4G LTE devices as well. But the two haven’t crossed over much yet, and the ranks of Windows Phone 7 devices are a little slim as well. Happily, all three of these categories can add the Samsung Focus 2, which goes on sale starting today for $49.99 with a two-year contract. Is it worth your hard-earned greenbacks? Let’s find out. Hardware Samsung has become surprisingly adept at putting out quality smartphone hardware, even on the low-end of its range. In general build and quality, the Focus 2 feels like a shrunken version of the white Galaxy S II: compact, light, glossy and very solid. The hard plastic shell isn’t the thinnest available, but there’s nearly zero flex, and its gentle curves feel comfortable in the hand. Controls are found mounted within the silver ring surrounding the phone: volume on the left side, power and two-stage camera button (yes!) on the right. The front of the device is dominated by a 4-inch, 480×800 Super AMOLED display. Margins on the side are small, but fatten out on the top and bottom to accommodate the speaker, frontfacing camera and Windows Phone controls. The screen itself

is rather typical of Samsung – if you like bright, saturated colors, you’ll be right at home, but if you’re more used to a 720p display or can’t stand the slight fuzziness of PenTile panels, you probably won’t be convinced. Around the back you’ll find a

battery door that uses Samsung’s “snap-on” technique, beneath which is the 1750mAh battery, MicroSIM card slot and not much else. The 5.0 megapixel camera sits next to a tiny speaker. There’s a clever little loop in the speaker grill that pushes up the back of the

phone about a millimeter – this ensures that there’s always some space between the back of the phone and a flat surface for speakerphone or video calls. The speaker itself is a little weak, but not nearly so much as some of the others I’ve seen, such as the

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the best out there, but as we’ll see later, plenty for Windows Phone 7.5 Mango. Internal storage is just 8GB, which you’ll have to make due with, since the Focus 2 lacks a MicroSD card slot. Naturally it’s got all the wireless bells and whistles with WiFi and Bluetooth accompanying 4G LTE. In the box you’ll get the standard wallwart and data cable combo, plus a surprisingly nice headset with inline music controls that matches the phone’s glossy white finish. Software If you’ve seen one Windows Phone, you’ve seen them all, at least from a software perspective. Aside from AT&T’s rather annoying additions (U-Verse, Navigator, Yellow Pages and more, all of which can be uninstalled) there are no surprises here. If you’re not already familiar with Mango, check out our review here. The Focus 2 handles Mango with aplomb, even as a budget phone. Navigating the slick and unique interface was quick and fluid, and I didn’t start noticing any slowdown until I began running dozens of apps at once. Speaking of apps, there’s nothing to be done about the lack of them on WP7. While you should be able to find utilities for most tasks, the absence of big names like Pandora is hard to overlook. Those who are familiar with Windows Phone, or perhaps more likely at this price point, those

who haven’t used a smartphone before, will not be disappointed. If you’ve been spoiled for choice of apps on Android or iOS, or you just don’t live in a Windows world, you may want to look elsewhere. WP7 Mango is undeniably beautiful and it’ll handle all the basic tasks of the other big players, but a platform lives and dies on its software support. Camera and Media The 5-megapixel camera on the Focus 2 is pretty much what you’d expect: reliable enough for candid snapshots, but “serious” photographers (if the term can be applied to mobile phones at all) will be better served elsewhere. Even in good lighting, I found myself having to adjust the white balance settings for shots where the sun wasn’t directly visible. Colors were erratically oversaturated or muted. Video is likewise lukewarm. With plenty of lighting the 720p sensor does well enough, but you’ll see some banding when moving around (and with a phone this light, it tends to happen a lot). The VGA front-facing camera is suitable only for video chat – selfpics will turn out better with the rear camera and a little guesswork. All that said, the two-stage camera button is a fantastic addition (though standard on Windows Phone 7 devices). The shutter is quick to focus and it activated when pressed and held,

even when the phone is off. I do not exaggerate when I say, I wish every single smartphone had a dedicated camera button, even when the camera itself is nothing to write home about. Music is a standard experience, even if it is a little weak coming out of the phone’s speakers. It’s a good thing, then, that the pair of headphones included is a step above the general lot, with easy-to use in-line controls and a microphone. It’s nice to see this inclusion, which is all too often absent on more expensive devices. Video plays well enough, though if you’re constantly browsing YouTube or the like, you’ll want something with a larger screen. Battery and radio The 1750mAh battery on the Focus 2 is something more usually found in a much larger smartphone. The combination of an efficient screen and WP7s generally un-demanding workload mean that the Focus 2 can ho surprisingly long without a charge. Despite some pretty heavy browsing and talking sessions, I couldn’t drain the Focus 2 to less than 40% of its capacity over a 12 -hour workday. Those of you who are frustrated with puny run-times shouldn’t have a problem here. Likewise, the call quality on the Focus 2 is surprising. Speaking with friends and family member across the country was sharp and clear, despite the generally spotty coverage in my mountainous area.

While I don’t yet live in an AT&T 4G LTE coverage are, I was at full bars nearly all the time, though actual speeds were a bit disappointing in the 1 to 1.5mbps range, where other AT&T phones tend to get at least 2mbps. Value The Focus 2 is undeniably a good deal at $50 on contract. The combination of solid specs, great battery life and good ergonomics would make it an instant recommendation… if it weren’t for other AT&T phones too close to it in the price range. For $50 more you can get the excellent Nokia Lumia 900, which beats it in nearly every category and looks great to boot. If you’re wiling to switch to Android, the 4.5-inch HTC Vivid is just $49.99. If you’re in an area without LTE or you simply don’t care about the faster data speeds, your options grow even more. There’s the stillrespectable iPhone 3GS, currently going for a dollar on AT&T’s website, the original HTC Titan for just a penny, or the 720p LG Nitro HD for the same price. Don’t get me wrong, the Focus 2 is a solid phone… but if I had my heart set on it, I might wait a couple of months for the price to drop to free or practically so. Wrap-up The Samsung Focus 2 is a very tidy device, and currently the cheapest phone on AT&T to combine LTE and Windows Phone 7. Anyone who purchases

it won’t be disappointed, especially those who require long battery life. That said, if a great camera or a big, high-res screen are in your list of must-haves, look elsewhere. It’s also hard to recommend the Focus 2 above the Nokia Lumia 900. The extra fifty bones is worth it in basically every category. Likewise, the other alternatives mentioned above can get you access to more apps (if not such a polished OS) for the same or less money. The Focus 2 is ideal for those who want to get into Windows Phone 7 for as little money as possible, without sacrificing build quality or an LTE connection. The phone is on sale starting today for $49.99 with a two-year contract. Story Timeline • AT&T Samsung Focus 2 brings LTE Windows Phone for $50 • AT&T Samsung Focus 2 Hands -on • Samsung Focus 2 hands-on and unboxing Samsung Focus 2 Review is written by Michael Crider& originally posted on SlashGear. © 2005 - 2012, SlashGear. All right reserved.

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The Story Behind Payment Disruptor And Its Founder Patrick Collison
Derek Andersen (TechCrunch)
Submitted at 5/20/2012 7:00:36 PM

a leader and CEO. His two brothers are equally impressive. John is one of Stripe’s coEditor’s note: This guest post is founders not to mention a Harvard written by Derek Andersen, who dropout and one of the first is the founder of StartupGrind and engineers at Auctomatic. His Vaporware Labs, and is a former youngest brother, Tommy, is a e n t e r t a i n m e n t d e v e l o p m e n t teenage blogger and writer that manager at Electronic Arts. p r o b a b l y h a s m o r e T w i t t e r Paypal created a cost effective f o l l o w e r s t h a n m o s t o f u s . way to safely accept payments 10 Y Combinator and Paul Graham years ago, but the web has Patrick holds the distinction of c h a n g e d d r a m a t i c a l l y a n d literally being the face of Y accepting payments has not. Combinator. He’s the skinny red Enter Stripe, a company that in headed guy you see on the front my opinion is going to get very of their website. While attending influential over the next few MIT at age 18, he and his brother years. At a recent Startup Grind decided to build a better version event I interviewed 24-year old of eBay. After applying to YC Irish co-founder Patrick Collison they merged with Kulveer and who has raised $18MM from H a r j e e t T a g g a r t o b u i l d Sequoia Capital and others. Auctomatic. They moved to an Patrick is leading a company apartment in San Francisco, raised poised to completely disrupt the angel funding, and went to work. online payment industry starting After launching and getting initial with your website. user traction, the company was Background acquired by Live Current Media Patrick has the most valuable of and the founders moved to Valley technology skillsets. He’s Vancouver to build the product. a technical prodigy having won From start to finish the company’s numerous prestigious awards pre-acquisition life span was just including Ireland’s 41st Young 1 0 - m o n t h s . S t r i p e w a s a l s o Scientist and Technology eventually funded by YC. Exhibition in 2005, a national Patrick said that YC’s founder science competition which boasts network is one of its most hundreds of submissions each valuable assets. “Having all these year from the country’s brightest other people building startups and young scientists. But he also has having them want to help us the personality and presence to be because we were a fellow YC

company, that was super valuable for us.” He added that perhaps the greatest advantage to YC is that, “Paul and the (other) partners are just really smart. There is no question that they are very top tier.” Because of the sheer quantity of deals and companies that they interact with combined with those smarts, they’re able to offer both specific and strategic feedback that is second to none. What makes Paul special? According to Patrick, Paul Graham is able to make surprising ideas and connections that other investors and advisors simply aren’t able to make. What isn’t Paul Graham so good at? Patrick says, “He’s not good at feigning interest.” Solving Hard Problems “The most striking example I know of schlep blindness is Stripe, or rather Stripe’s idea. For over a decade, every hacker who’d ever had to process payments online knew how painful the experience was. Thousands of people must have known about this problem. And yet when they started startups, they decided to build recipe sites, or aggregators for local events. Why? Why work on problems few care much about and no one will pay for, when you could fix one of the most important components of the world’s

infrastructure? Because schlep blindness prevented people from even considering the idea of fixing payments. Probably no one who applied to Y Combinator to work on a recipe site began by asking “should we fix payments, or build a recipe site?” and chose the recipe site. Though the idea of fixing payments was right there in plain sight, they never saw it, because their unconscious mind shrank from the complications involved.” - Paul Graham, SchlepBlindness. John and Patrick first started working on Stripe in early 2010. The inspiration came when Patrick, who was working on a few side projects, kept complaining about how difficult it was to accept payments on the web. The two quickly developed a simple solution and within 2weeks they had processed their first transaction. Over the next 6months they showed it to friends, watched people interact with it, and iterated as fast as they could. In the beginning they weren’t sure how big the market was or whether they could accomplish their goal of addressing issues like fraud and non-US payments in a user-friendly way. They originally partnered with a payments company, but quickly realized that the only way to control the entire experience was

to control all aspects of the process. That’s when they brought everything in house. By the fall of 2010, Stripe had become their full-time jobs. They thought about bootstrapping it, as they had to that point, but soon realized that as a payment startup they would need the kind of institutional credibility that only a top-notch investor could provide. “Even Turkeys Can Fly In A High Wind” Stripe’s most requested feature is to expand beyond the United States, which is something he assured me they’re working on. The team also recently moved from Palo Alto to San Francisco to accommodate their rapid expansion. To date the company’s growth has been completely organic. Before they publicly launched last fall they had more than 1,000 developers on a waiting list and have grown almost exclusively by positive word of mouth. For those wondering why they haven’t heard of Stripe, it’s because true to Steve Blank’s Customer Development process, they have planned to turn on the marketing as soon as they were sure the product was right. Quoting from a Kleiner Perkins founder Eugene Kleiner saying, “Even turkeys can fly in a high wind.” Watch the full interview here.


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Rise of the Tech Bandits: John Gruber & Josh Topolsky, the Cool Kids
Richard MacManus (ReadWriteWeb)

hobby in 2002 and made it a fulltime job in 2006. “I’ve wanted to write about this stuff as long as I Submitted at 5/20/2012 3:04:00 PM can remember,” he says. Editor's note: In the Summer Through his website, 400,000 2012 issue of SAY Magazine, RSS subscribers and 200,000 Dan Frommer chronicles the Twitter followers, he’s a healthy history of tech blogging. For the one-man media company — the r e s t o f t h i s w e e k , R i c h a r d shining example of how selfM a c M a n u s , w h o f o u n d e d publishing can work online. In ReadWriteWeb in 2003, will be addition to running small banner looking back on the early days. ads, Gruber, 39, also sells a In our final look at the leading weekly sponsorship for $6,500 — tech bloggers of this era, we and he’s almost always sold out. profile a couple of guys who have If he’s actually getting that rate, cornered the market in a certain Daring Fireball could be pulling brand of hipness. Gruber is the in at least $400,000 a year. To ultimate indie voice in Apple borrow one of Steve Jobs’ famous news, with his one-man blog punctuation marks, “Boom.” Daring Fireball. Topolsky is the At first glance, Daring Fireball leader at The Verge, a new style and The Verge have little in of tech blog that makes heavy use common. Daring Fireball has a of video and colorful imagery. I minimalist design, based around haven't met either of these two the color grey. The Verge is fellows, but I admire their blogs bursting with colors and its for a similar reason: both have homepage is crammed full of established themselves by doing stories. Daring Fireball is written something unique and different. and designed by one person: John An excerpt from Dan Frommer's Gruber. The Verge has a large Rise of the Tech Bandits: editorial and design team, with Gruber, a Web programmer Topolsky at the reigns as Editorinitially and now a storyteller, in-chief. Daring Fireball focuses j o u r n a l i s t a n d A p p l e - g e e k on one topic: Apple. The Verge figurehead, started the site as a casts a wide net across all

Topolsky, 34, and Patel, 31, cite influences such as early Wired, Computer Shopper and videogame magazines such as GamePro and Mondo 2000. There is the production quality, especially in video reviews, which far surpasses the competition. [...] And there is an offline talk show, On the Verge, shot in a New York theater. Too often, success in the media is thought to be had by copying other, previously successful, tech publications. After Mashable got popular by covering anything and technology. everything PR agencies sent its But the two blogs have at least way, newer tech blogs followed one important thing in common: suit. When TechCrunch bullied its they are originals. Nobody covers way to some big stories, other Apple like Gruber - his mix of bloggers raised their voices and Apple fanboy-ism and penetrating began to shout too. analysis is both endearing and But the biggest success stories insightful at the same time. The are usually originals. Sure those Verge may cover the same things brave ventures fail more often as other gadget blogs, like than not, but every now and then Engadget and Gdgt, but it has we get a unique voice like John brought a new design aesthetic to Gruber or a game-changing new t h e t e c h b l o g o s p h e r e . D a n product like The Verge. Thank Frommer summed it up well in his goodness for independent media! Rise of the Tech Bandits article: The Verge is not just another gadget blog. There is the look — an apparent nod to sci-fi novels.

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Heat overpower Pacers to tie playoff series
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Submitted at 5/20/2012 9:19:57 PM

(Reuters) - LeBron James and Dwyane Wade combined for 70 points as the Miami Heat recovered from back-to-back defeats to grind down the Indiana Pacers 101-93 on Sunday and level the NBA's Eastern conference semi-final at 2-2.

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Annular solar eclipse goes global, social
Steven Musil (CNET News)
Submitted at 5/20/2012 9:41:39 PM

minutes, depending on location. The best viewing, weather permitting, was expected to be Annular solar eclipse as seen over southwest Oregon, Northern from Southern California.(Credit: C a l i f o r n i a , c e n t r a l N e v a d a , Danny Sullivan/Twitpic) southern Utah, northern Arizona, T h e a n n u l a r s o l a r e c l i p s e New Mexico, and the Texas darkened the sun and lit up social Panhandle. networks this evening. The annular solar eclipse as Instead of completely obscuring captured on a hand rail in San the sun, the eclipse, which began Francisco.(Credit: Mike Murphy/ around 5:30 p.m. PT, created a Facebook) golden ring around the moon's Twitter users in those areas silhouette, giving millions in the flocked to social networks to w e s t e r n U n i t e d S t a t e s a n d share their photos of the eclipse in Southeast Asia front-row seats to varying stages captured with a spectacle that hadn't been devices that ran the gamut from witnessed in 18 years. the most advanced cameras with While the eclipse was expected to optimum lenses and filters to last about 3.5 hours, the "ring of images snapped with smartphones fire" phenomenon was only using tree leaves as filters and e x p e c t e d t o l a s t a b o u t 4 . 5 building walls as the canvas.

Southern Californians worried that late-afternoon clouds would obscure their view of the eclipse were instead treated to a natural but effective filter for the event. Hundreds of eclipse images

posted to Facebook and Twitter were counted by this reporter in an unscientific effort. The experience took some users back to the eclipse lessons learned in grammar school.

"I haven't done this since I was a kid," tweeted former CNET editor Bonnie Cha, posting an image captured by the light of the sun passing through a pinhole in a piece of paper and projecting on another piece of paper a proper distance away. I haven't done this since I was a kid.#eclipse BonnieSCha/sta...— Bonnie Cha (@BonnieSCha) May 21, 2012 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.

$150,000 Is Up For Grabs At Stanford’s BASES Finale This Week
Ryan Lawler (TechCrunch)
Submitted at 5/20/2012 10:09:56 PM

Stanford has been a hotbed of startup activity for decades, and it’s not just the engineering department. It’s student-run organizations like the Business Association of Stanford Entrepreneurial Students (BASES) program. And the group, which has been instrumental in promoting startup

activity at the university for the last 15 years, will be awarding $150,000 in prizes to participants from four different funding competitions this Tuesday. On Tuesday, May 22 it will put on the BASES Finale, which brings together four different funding competitions for one fullday event. From 10:00 am to 7:00 pm at the Arrillaga Alumni Center, groups will present as part of the E-Challenge, Social E-

Challenge, Product Showcase, and Forge program. A total of $150,000 will be up for grabs, with $50,000 in prizes being offered for the E-Challenge, Social E-Challenge, and Product Showcase. (Forge participants will automatically be entered into the Product Showcase.) The BASES Finale is being sponsored by the likes of Sequoia Capital, New Enterprise Associates, Perkins Cole, Accel Partners,

Lightspeed Venture Partners, Morgenthaler, and the like, which will also provide judges for the contests. BASES is expecting a good mix of students, entrepreneurs, and investors to show up for the event, which will also have a keynote by Alfred Lin, of Sequoia Capital (formerly Chairman and COO/ CFO of Zappos). Last year, the BASES Finale drew between 400 and 500 attendees, according to

Kevin Xu, Chief Branding Officer (CBO) at BASES. For more details on the event and to see an agenda, you can click here. And if you’d like to register and attend, go to [Image via Flickr/Jill Clardy]


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Microsoft Windows 8 goals revealed
Mark Raby (SlashGear)
Submitted at 5/20/2012 7:06:22 PM

Microsoft has released an extensive blog post that looks back at the history of Windows and then points to where it’s headed for the future. From the days of Windows 1, when reviews called the idea of a mouse “gimmicky,” “anti-productive,” and “uncomfortable,” to today when mice are potentially becoming irrelevant again (thanks to the prominence of touch control), there have been a lot of changes in the way we interact with computers. And after analyzing this, Microsoft has determined what trends are most prevalent right now. Among those things the company has picked on are that a computer that isn’t connected to the Internet 24/7 is now an oddity,

that people use their computers as social devices, and that laptops are quickly becoming far more popular than desktops. Incorporating that functionality, here are the defined goals of Windows 8: 1. Fast and fluid 2. Long battery life

3. Windows 8 apps 4. Live tiles 5. Time-saving 6. “Roam experiences” between PCs 7. Make PC a device, not a “computer” “Our vision for Windows 8 was to create a modern, fast and fluid

user experience that defines the platform for the next decade of computing. One which upends the way conventional people think about tablets and laptops and the role of the devices they carry. We wanted to create an experience that works however you want to work, powering a

new class of PCs that you are proud to own and love having in your life,” Microsoft’s Jensen Harris summed up. Story Timeline • Google and Mozilla blast Windows 8 browser bias • Windows 8 offers new parental controls with weekly reports • Microsoft offering $15 upgrade to Windows 8 Pro • Microsoft improves multimonitor support in Windows 8 • Microsoft emphasizes "confidence" for Windows 8 Metro apps [ via MSDN] Microsoft Windows 8 goals revealed is written by Mark Raby& originally posted on SlashGear. © 2005 - 2012, SlashGear. All right reserved.

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Schmidt challenges grads Earthlapse is a to turn off the screen for window on the an hour a day Earth from space
Steven Musil (CNET News)

Schmidt's address from the audience. Submitted at 5/20/2012 7:20:08 PM Eric Schmidt says being Google Executive Chairman Eric connected to everyone is a Schmidt speaking at a conference blessing, not curse, & will solve last year.(Credit: Stephen problems. Now commenting not Shankland/CNET) everyone is online#BU2012— Eric Schmidt has some advice for Allison Francis (@silverspeakers) college graduates: unplug for an May 20, 2012 hour a day. Schmidt embellished a bit on the "Take one hour a day and turn theme of today's social that thing off," Google's chairman technologies, per an account of emeritus told graduates today at the speech at BU Today: Boston University, receiving "You're connected to each other in approving applause from the Schmidt steered clear of recent ways those who came before you audience, according to a Reuters big-headline events in the tech could never have dreamed of. account of the speech. "Take your world, such as Facebook's IPO, You're using these connections to eyes off that screen and look into focusing instead on a traditional strengthen the invisible ties that the eyes of the person you love. message that urged graduates to hold humanity together and to Have a conversation, a real set their goals high and not to be deepen our understanding of the afraid of failure. conversation." world around us." His remarks came halfway "You are emblems of the sense of This entry passed through the through an address focused on the possibility that will define this Full-Text RSS service — if this is benefits of electronic tools such as age," he said, adding that, "If your content and you're reading it social media. "A distinctive you're awake, you're online, on someone else's site, please read feature of your new world is that you're connected. Some of you are the FAQ at can be unique while being probably tweeting this speech only/faq.php#publishers. Five completely connected," which, he right now." Filters recommends: Donate to said, was a "fulfillment of the Indeed, more than a dozen people Wikileaks. at the ceremony tweeted about American dream."

Mel Martin (TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog)
Submitted at 5/20/2012 2:30:00 PM

Earthlapse is a beautiful US$0.99 app for iOS that gives you an International Space Station view of the earth moving below. There are 8 time lapse scenes of weather, docking spacecraft and aurora in high resolution that is almost lifelike. You can control the speed of the movie, superimpose current weather for your location, show the current time, and information about each scene. The app was developed by the folks who did the striking Magic Window app with compelling landscape scenes, and now we get to see our landscapes from space instead of on the ground. I think this app is best on an iPad, and when your iPad is not in use it makes it a pretty effective piece of art for your desk or a nightstand. The app supports a selection of ambient music, but I actually like the effect better when I am free to contemplate the scene in a quiet room. The app supports the full Retina display on the iPhone. For some knotty technical reasons, the developer says the GUI is full Retina resolution on the iPad, but

the images are not. Nevertheless, the images are terrific. As was done with Magic Window, I'd love to see more scenes become available, but the app is quite nice as it is. It's just been released and is worth a look. I think you'll like it. The app is compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Gallery: Earthlapse Earthlapse is a window on the Earth from space originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Sun, 20 May 2012 14:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Source| Permalink| Email this| Comments


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Yahoo strikes deal to sell half of Alibaba stake
Steven Musil (CNET News)
Submitted at 5/20/2012 5:47:19 PM

growth and benefit from Alibaba's future." Yahoo is expected to sell half its Yahoo and Alibaba have finally 40 percent stake in Alibaba, agreed to a deal that will see the r o u g h l y 2 0 p e r c e n t o f t h e Internet pioneer sell back half its company, in a deal that values the stake in China e-commerce giant company at $35 billion. Yahoo is for $7 billion, the companies t h e n e x p e c t e d t o t a k e i t s announced this evening. considerable capital gains from The taxable deal, which was first that sale and start buying back its r e p o r t e d b y A l l T h i n g s D , own shares, which have long includes a complex share buyback languished in the mid-teens. plan by Yahoo and an Alibaba Incentives would also be put in IPO. place for an Alibaba IPO at some "Today's agreement provides time in the future, at which time clarity for our shareholders on a Yahoo would sell its remaining s u b s t a n t i a l c o m p o n e n t o f quarter of the company. At the Yahoo!'s value and reaffirms the time of the IPO, Alibaba will be significance of our relationship required to either purchase half of w i t h A l i b a b a , " s a i d R o s s Yahoo's remaining stake or allow Levinsohn, interim CEO of Yahoo to sell its shares in the Yahoo, in a statement. "We look IPO. Yahoo will then have the f o r w a r d t o c o n t i n u e d option to sell its remaining stake collaboration with the Alibaba at any time after Alibaba's public team on business initiatives as we offering. explore joint opportunities for The deal finally puts an end to

one of more difficult corporate relationships in the Internet community. Yahoo, which has been in a state of uncertainty for months, was said to be considering a deal to sell its Asian assets back to their majority holders in a tax-free deal worth $17 billion. However, an ownership swap involving Alibaba and Yahoo Japan fell apart earlier this year. Updated at 6:45 p.m. PT with company confirmation and details. 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.

TUAW Talkcast tonight: Previews, podcasters, and premature plaudits
Steven Sande (TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog)
Submitted at 5/20/2012 4:30:00 PM

News Corp bid for BSkyB could cause shareholder battle
Katherine Rushton (Finance News - Business news from the UK and world)
Submitted at 5/20/2012 2:30:33 PM

Rupert Murdoch will face a battle with shareholders if News Corp makes another attempt to take full ownership of BSkyB, one of the

broadcaster's most significant investors has warned.

I'm filling in for the regular crew tonight, so we'll talk about some of the news from the last week: Will new Macs be unveiled at WWDC? Is it news when a podcaster switches networks? Are Windows Phones really kicking iPhone butt in China? These topics and more will be analyzed, discussed, and dissected tonight on TUAW TV Live, and your opinion -- and I'm sure you have one -- is welcome. Your calls and questions help us make the show the best it can be. To participate on TalkShoe, you can use the browser-only client, the embedded Facebook app, or download the classic TalkShoe Pro Java client; however, for maximum fun, you should call in. For the web UI, just click the Talkshoe Web button on our profile page at 4 HI/7 PDT/10 pm EDT Sunday. To call in on regular phone or VoIP lines (yay for free cellphone weekend minutes!): dial (724) 444-7444

and enter our talkcast ID, 45077 -during the call, you can request to talk by keying in *8. If you've got a headset or microphone handy (you know those headphones that came with your iPhone?), you can connect via the free Zoiper, X-Lite or Blink SIP clients; and basic instructions are here. Talk to you tonight! TUAW Talkcast tonight: Previews, podcasters, and premature plaudits originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Sun, 20 May 2012 16:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Source| Permalink| Email this| Comments

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You're the Pundit: Are we going to see form factor changes?
Erica Sadun (TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog)
Submitted at 5/20/2012 3:30:00 PM

Backstage With The Disrupt NYC Hackathon Winners: Thingscription, PoachBase, & PractiKhan
Colleen Taylor (TechCrunch)
Submitted at 5/20/2012 10:40:52 PM

When it comes to evaluating the next big thing, we turn to our secret weapon: the TUAW braintrust. We put the question to you and let you have your go at it. Today's topic is form factors. Recently, rumors have been swirling about possible iOS device form updates. You may have read about 7" iPads (or, possibly, a 7" relaunched iPod touch) and iPhones with mighty 4" screens, both of which would certainly throw monkey wrenches into the world of app development. That's because each time Apple adds a new form factor into the mix, apps need to update to restyle their designs. They must meet both the physical form factor and the intrinsic aspect ratio. Each time this happens, universal apps grow bigger and space on your device grows smaller. So do you think you see Apple

TechCrunch TV backstage. Embedded above you can see our chat with the people who built the T h e s p e a k e r s c h e d u l e f o r Hackathon’s first place winner, TechCrunch’s Disrupt NYC ThingScription, a platform to let conference has been set for a people get subscriptions for while now, but three brand new deliveries of potentially any presenters were just added to the consumer good. lineup: The winners announced And in the videos below, you’ll earlier today at the finale of this first find our interviews with three past weekend’s 24 hour Disrupt of the five-person team that built 2012 Hackathon, Thingscription, the second-place Hackathon PoachBase, and PractiKhan. winner PoachBase, a web app for Since the winning apps were so finding the most poach-able seriously awesome — and we p o t e n t i a l h i r e s i n t h e t e c h have a very, very small sadistic industry. Below that is the bent (most of these people had not developer behind the third-place slept for at least 24 hours at this winner PractiKhan, an app that point, so a video interview with lets teachers create online lessons bright lights was especially fun) and tests utilizing content from — we pulled aside all three Khan Academy. winning teams for interviews with

moving forward on either one? Are these, as often, simply groundless speculation and spitballing? Or do you think either rumor has legs? You tell us. Place your vote in this poll and then join in the comments with all your analysis. Full disclosure: Certain TUAW staffers have ongoing bets with certain MacObserver staffers about a possible miniPad, with

lunch riding on the outcome. View Poll You're the Pundit: Are we going to see form factor changes? originally appeared on TUAW The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Sun, 20 May 2012 15:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of (news photos - Google News) feeds. Submitted at 5/20/2012 9:08:39 PM Source| Permalink| Email this| KOMO News Comments AP Photos: Millions view 'ring of fire' eclipse Seattle Post Intelligencer Photo: Wally Santana / AP An annular eclipse appears at a waterfront park in Yokohama, near Tokyo, Monday, May 21,

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FINALLY: Yahoo Officially Announces Plan To Monetize Alibaba Stake
Joe Weisenthal (Money Game)
Submitted at 5/20/2012 8:52:00 PM

composed of at least US$6.3 billion in cash proceeds and up to US$800 million in newly-issued A t l o n g l a s t , Y a h o o h a s Alibaba preferred stock. announced a plan to monetize its Yahoo's remaining stake in stake in Chinese internet company Alibaba will be disposed of over Alibaba. time. It's complicated, and it will be in As for cash plans: stages, but the process has begun, Yahoo! intends to return and Yahoo says it will get about substantially all of the after-tax $7.1 billion in short order, via cash proceeds to shareholders Alibaba's repurchase of half of following the closing of the Yahoo's stake in the company. transaction. While the form of the The plan is exactly what was return of capital to shareholders reported last week by Kara has not yet been finalized, Swisher at AllThingsD. Yahoo!'s board has increased Here's the key paragraph from the Y a h o o ! ' s s h a r e b u y b a c k announcement: authorization by US $5 billion The first step is the repurchase by concurrently with this transaction. Alibaba of up to one-half of Here's the release. Yahoo!'s stake, or approximately ------ Yahoo! and Alibaba Reach 20% of Alibaba's fully-diluted Agreement on Comprehensive shares. The purchase price will be Plan for Alibaba Stake based on a valuation of Alibaba to Agreement Realizes Significant be established through equity Value, Immediate Liquidity and financings that Alibaba intends to Path to Future Monetization u n d e r t a k e t o f i n a n c e t h e Yahoo! Board Increases Share transaction, subject to a floor Repurchase Plan by US$5 Billion valuation of approximately SUNNYVALE, Calif. & US$35 billion. The agreement H A N G Z H O U , C h i n a - includes substantial financial (BUSINESS WIRE)-- Yahoo! incentives for Alibaba to raise the Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO) and additional equity at a valuation Alibaba Group Holding Limited higher than US$35 billion. At the today announced they have minimum price and assuming the e n t e r e d i n t o a d e f i n i t i v e initial repurchase of the full 20% agreement for a staged and stake, Yahoo! would receive from comprehensive value realization A l i b a b a c o n s i d e r a t i o n o f plan for Yahoo!'s stake in approximately US$7.1 billion, A l i b a b a .

The first step is the repurchase by Alibaba of up to one-half of Yahoo!'s stake, or approximately 20% of Alibaba's fully-diluted shares. The purchase price will be based on a valuation of Alibaba to be established through equity financings that Alibaba intends to undertake to finance the transaction, subject to a floor valuation of approximately US$35 billion. The agreement includes substantial financial incentives for Alibaba to raise the additional equity at a valuation higher than US$35 billion. At the minimum price and assuming the initial repurchase of the full 20% stake, Yahoo! would receive from Alibaba consideration of

dispose of its remaining shares, at times of Yahoo!'s choosing following a customary lock-up period. This agreement is a result of extensive discussions between the two parties and a comprehensive review of both taxable and taxefficient alternatives. Yahoo! and Alibaba believe this agreement to be the best path to align incentives and maximize value for shareholders of both companies and it paves the way for Alibaba to achieve future public market liquidity for all of Alibaba's shareholders. For Yahoo!, the agreement provides for a staged exit over time, balancing nearterm liquidity and return of cash approximately US$7.1 billion, to shareholders with the composed of at least US$6.3 opportunity to participate in future billion in cash proceeds and up to value appreciation of Alibaba. US$800 million in newly-issued "Today's agreement provides Alibaba preferred stock. clarity for our shareholders on a The agreement also establishes a substantial component of framework for Yahoo! to Yahoo!'s value and reaffirms the monetize its remaining interest in significance of our relationship Alibaba in stages. First, at the with Alibaba," said Ross time of an initial public offering Levinsohn, Interim CEO of (IPO) of Alibaba in the future, Yahoo!. "We look forward to Alibaba will be required either to continued collaboration with the repurchase one-quarter of Alibaba team on business Yahoo!'s current stake at the IPO initiatives as we explore joint price or allow Yahoo! to sell those opportunities for growth and shares in the IPO. Second, benefit from Alibaba's future. I following such an IPO, Yahoo! want to thank Jack Ma, Joe Tsai has registration rights and rights to marketing support from FINALLY: page 33 Alibaba to enable Yahoo! to

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and the Alibaba team, as well as Tim Morse, Michael Callahan and our Yahoo! team for their dedication in achieving this successful outcome." "This transaction opens a new chapter in our relationship with Yahoo!," said Jack Ma, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Alibaba Group. "I look forward to working with Ross Levinsohn and the Yahoo! team as Alibaba builds China's leading ecommerce company. Yahoo!'s global audience reach will provide attractive partnership opportunities for Alibaba to explore markets outside of China. The transaction will establish a balanced ownership structure that enables Alibaba to take our business to the next level as a public company in the future." "We look forward to delivering the proceeds of the near-term transaction to our shareholders, and to the further enhancement of value and the additional monetization in the future that this agreement enables," said Timothy R. Morse, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Yahoo!. In addition to the share repurchase, the companies have also agreed to amend their existing technology and intellectual property licensing agreement. Among other things, this amendment will result in Yahoo! granting Alibaba a transitional license to continue to operate Yahoo! China under the Yahoo! brand for up to four years, while restrictions on Yahoo!'s

ability to make other investments in China will be terminated. Alibaba will make an upfront lump sum royalty payment of US$550 million to Yahoo! and continuing royalty payments for up to four years. In addition, Alibaba will license certain patents to Yahoo!. Upon closing of the repurchase transaction, the Alibaba shareholders' agreement will be amended so that the parties' respective rights will be commensurate with the parties' post-closing level of ownership in Alibaba. Yahoo! will continue to be represented on Alibaba's board of directors with the right to appoint one of four existing directors. Yahoo! intends to return substantially all of the after-tax cash proceeds to shareholders following the closing of the transaction. While the form of the return of capital to shareholders has not yet been finalized, Yahoo!'s board has increased Yahoo!'s share buyback authorization by US $5 billion concurrently with this transaction. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions. Alibaba will be required to close the repurchase with respect to at least one-quarter of Yahoo!'s current stake in Alibaba regardless of the amount of financing raised, and up to onehalf of Yahoo!'s current stake if it obtains the requisite financing. Alibaba intends to finance the repurchase through a combination of its own cash resources, debt, equity and equity-linked

financing. The transaction is expected to close within approximately six months. UBS Investment Bank acted as lead financial advisor to Yahoo! and Allen & Company LLC and Goldman Sachs& Co. also served as financial advisors. Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP acted as lead legal counsel to Yahoo! and Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP also acted as legal counsel. Munger, Tolles, & Olson LLP acted as legal counsel to the Yahoo! Board of Directors. Credit Suisse acted as lead financial advisor to Alibaba and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz acted as lead legal counsel to Alibaba. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP acted as counsel to Alibaba on certain financing and Hong Kong legal matters and Fenwick & West LLP acted as counsel to Alibaba on intellectual property matters. Conference Call and Webcast Information Yahoo! will host a conference call to discuss today's announcement at 5:45 a.m. Pacific Time / 8:45 a.m. Eastern Time Monday, May 21, 2012. A live webcast of the conference call, together with a supplemental presentation concerning the transaction, can be accessed through the Company's Investor Relations website at http:// The dial-in number for the live conference call is (866) 659-9165. Participants calling from outside the United States may dial (617) 399-5178. The passcode

73540611# is required to access the call. In addition, an archive of the webcast can be accessed through the same link. An audio replay of the call will be available for one week following the conference call by calling (888) 286-8010 or (617) 801-6888, passcode: 35326266. About Yahoo! Yahoo! is the premier digital media company, creating deeply personal digital experiences that keep more than half a billion people connected to what matters most to them, across devices and around the globe. And Yahoo!'s unique combination of Science + Art + Scale connects advertisers to the consumers who build their businesses. Yahoo! is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California. For more information, visit the pressroom ( or the company's blog, Yodel Anecdotal ( About Alibaba Group Alibaba Group is a leading ecommerce company based in China. Since it was founded in 1999, Alibaba Group has grown to include the following core businesses: 1688; 1688.HK), Alibaba Group's flagship company and a global ecommerce platform for small businesses; Taobao Marketplace, China's leading C2C online shopping destination;, a popular B2C online marketplace in China for quality, brand name goods; eTao, a comprehensive shopping search engine; Alibaba Cloud Computing, a developer of

advanced distributed cloud computing services; and China Yahoo!, one of China's leading Internet portals. Alipay, a leading third-party online payment service in China, is an affiliate of Alibaba Group. Forward-Looking Statements This press release contains forward-looking statements (including in the quotations in this press release) concerning the agreement entered into by Yahoo! with Alibaba Group Holding Limited, including, without limitation, statements about the expected timing of closing of the transactions contemplated by the agreement, the ability of Yahoo! to monetize its holdings in Alibaba in both the near-term and in the future, potential future actions by Yahoo! and Alibaba concerning future business initiatives between Yahoo! and Alibaba and the potential for an initial public offering of Alibaba shares, and other expected benefits of the agreement and related agreements. Risks and uncertainties may cause actual results and benefits of the transactions contemplated by the agreement and related agreements to differ materially from management expectations. The potential risks and uncertainties include, among others, the failure to consummate or delays in consummating the transactions contemplated by the agreement; uncertainty regarding the future valuation of Alibaba; uncertainty FINALLY: page 37



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Facebook Stock May Tank This Week As Banks Run For The Hills (FB)
Edward Krudy, Reuters (Money Game)
Submitted at 5/20/2012 9:59:00 PM

NEW YORK ( Reuters) - Newly issued shares in Facebook Inc may have a hard time in the coming week if lead underwriter Morgan Stanley stops supporting the stock and managers lower down in the IPO book who were hoping for an early surge decide to get out before going underwater. Facebook on Friday sold 421 million shares of stock in a deal that valued the company at more than $100 billion. But investors, expecting a first-day pop in price, instead saw it close just 0.6 percent above the IPO price at $38.23. As the underwriter, Morgan Stanley stepped in to support Facebook's stock when it fell toward its $38 IPO price shortly after it opened, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters. The shares spent much of the last hour of Friday trading near that price, with onlookers watching to see if it would post a $37.99 price which it did not. But the bank will not support the stock indefinitely, analysts said, and once that firepower is gone, funds that received IPO stock looking for a bounce may decide to bail as well.

Lead underwriters in a stock essentially "short" the stock through what is known as an "over-allotment" of shares - they sell shares to the market that they do not own. If the stock has trouble, which Facebook did, the underwriter supports it by then buying more stock at the IPO price. Had Morgan Stanley bought all of the shares traded around $38 in the final 20 minutes of the day, it would have spent nearly $2 billion. The "green shoe" overallotment, which can be used to support Facebook's stock, is 63 million shares. At $38 per share, that amounts to $2.4 billion in firepower. In an IPO where the stock rises significantly, the green shoe is typically exercised in the days after the debut and the company raises that additional amount. If Morgan Stanley shorted the full amount and bought shares on the open market to support the price, Facebook will not raise the extra $2.4 billion from the IPO. "Right now you have one big buyer, Morgan Stanley," said a former chief operating officer for Bear Stearns, who dealt with IPOs on the investment bank's syndicate allocation committee, but asked not to be named as he did not want to talk publicly about the issue.

PERFECTLY PRICED? In the end, Friday's action suggests the IPO was truly priced to perfection. The company increased the amount of shares being offered last week and boosted the original selling price. Brokers at a number of brokerdealers told Reuters their clients were getting as much, if not more, than they expected. That is what disappointed those expecting a 10 percent to 30 percent pop in the shares - rather than seeing the stock fall back to its IPO price shortly after opening. "A Herculean effort by the underwriters, I would call it," said Jeff Matthews of hedge fund firm "That's what people are trying to growth, the environment for a Ram Partners. "How could it be a figure out, how much of the shoe new stock is not ideal. hot deal if all the usual mutual is left," he said. "In most deals, on That could mean the stock's fate fund suspects already own some the Friday that would be it; come will depend on the strength of the going into the IPO?" he added. Monday, it would be all bets are IPO anchor orders - the big clients The classic move by an off, by Tuesday for sure." at the top of the IPO book, who underwriter to stop an IPO from That opens the door for short- see Facebook as a core holding - "breaking issue" worked, if only sellers and institutions looking to as well as a host of retail clients barely. get out. Short-selling is expected who are less likely to sell their Given the technical issues that to be limited for a few more days. shares quickly and may even be plagued Nasdaq, with the stock A prime broker on one of the lead enticed to buy more. opening about 30 minutes late and underwriters said Friday that they "It is very likely to dip under $38, d e l a y s i n r e c e i v i n g o r d e r would not be lending shares at particularly if overall market c o n f i r m a t i o n s c o n t i n u i n g least until settlement, which conditions deteriorate," said throughout the session, it is also comes three business days after Mohannad Aama, managing hard to know how much Friday's pricing. d i r e c t o r a t B e a m C a p i t a l action reflected reality. In addition, with the stock market M a n a g e m e n t i n N e w Y o r k . "You really don't know how that in correction mode as investors "Morgan Stanley will continue to fret about Europe's ongoing debt defend the $38 price, but that FACEBOOK page 38 crisis and the outlook for global support is not endless."

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European Crisis: Your 1 Minute Update
Tyler Durden

• EU bank resolution scheme: The head of the banking unit at the EU Commission indicated that This is where we stand right a crisis management proposal to about now. wind up failing banks would be • Future of the euro area— adopted by the EU on June 6. G e r m a n F i n a n c e M i n i s t e r • Spain— Economy secretary S c h ä u b l e a n d f o r m e r E C B Fernando Jimenez was quoted by president Trichet float proposals Reuters on Thursday saying that, on the future of the euro area – an w i t h S p a i n h a v i n g d o n e elected EU president, political everything necessary in terms of union, “federation by exception”. fiscal policy adjustments and While more integration is likely structural reforms, "we think that as a response to the current crisis, there should be some type of progress is not likely to be quick. reaction from the ECB". He • France and the fiscal compact— denied the story run in El Pais that G e r m a n F M S c h ä u b l e a n d Bankia has lost over €1bn in Eurogroup chairman Juncker are deposits, around 1% of retail and confident that French President corporate accounts, in the past Hollande and German Chancellor w e e k . L C H . C l e a r n e t h i k e d Merkel will find a common Spanish bond margins(>1.5 years) position on the fiscal and growth on Friday. pact. New French FM Moscovici • Moody's downgrades 16 says France will not ratify the pact S p a n i s h b a n k s . S p a n i s h unless it includes ambitious g o v e r n m e n t a p p r o v e s 2 0 1 2 c o m m i t m e n t s t o p r o m o t e budgets for 16 out 17 of the economic growth. However, with autonomous regions. In the results of the French public process, Spain discovered that its finance audit due on 1 June, fiscal 2011 budget deficit was not 8.5% consolidation may get more of GDP, but 8.9%. Oops airtime in the legislative election • Netherlands: Some details on c a m p a i g n t h a n d u r i n g t h e austerity measures. According to presidential one. De Telegraaf, the austerity
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package will include measures worth €16bn and taking into account the impact on the economy and also €1bn of extra spending, the government will expect a reduction in the budget deficit of €12bn. • Greece— Fitch downgrades Greece rating from B- to CCC. Fitch said that should new elections fail to result in a mandate for a new government to continue austerity measures, a Greek exit from the monetary union would be "probable".One poll shows New Democracy back in the lead... Other poll shows Syriza still in the lead. • Ireland— Opinion poll shows junior coalition party Labour losing support. According to a Millward Brown opinion poll in today’s Irish Independent, the governing Fine Gael party is on 34% (down 2 points since the general election), but its coalition partner Labour is down four points to 15%, losing voters to opposition Sinn Fein (up seven points to 17%) or to Independents (up one point to 18%). Opposition Fianna Fail remains on 17%. Satisfaction with the coalition is

at 29%, with 65% dissatisfied and 5% Don’t Knows. PM Enda Kenny’s satisfaction rating is at 42% (52% dissatisfied), while Labour leader Eamon Gilmore gets a satisfaction rating of 33% (56% dissatisfied). • Sweden— FSA sidesteps rules to foster corporate debt. Scandi currencies hit by risk aversion. The FSA is allowing corporate debt traders to keep daily bond and pricing data to themselves even though they are required to follow the same transparency rules, which apply to sovereign and mortgage debt, Bloomberg reports. According to the FSA, this compromise is taken out of necessity as regulators work out how to support a burgeoning market. “Sweden’s corporate bond market is pretty small with few trades and low liquidity. We would like to see a better working, more transparent market, but we do not see our job as regulating the creation of a market,” FSA said in an interview with Bloomberg. • Hungary— Pressure to rise before loan talks can proceed. The fact that Hungary holds up the

start of the negotiations on one minor issue suggests that the government is still gambling, hoping that it can either avoid a deal or – more realistically – loosen conditions as the deepening crises in peripheral Europe may ease international lenders’ stance towards Hungary. The above mostly via Citi's Jurgen Michels. • But the most important: episodic rumors, news, and speculation about bank runs in various stable and not so stable European countries. Heeeeere's Cramer: Average: Your rating: None Average: 5( 5 votes) 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.

Disney does Hunger Games
(Holy Kaw!)
Submitted at 5/20/2012 9:43:00 PM

Poor Beast, killed as a muttation before he even had a chance. Full story at 9GAG via Buzzfeed.

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By The Time Operation Twist 1 Is Over, The Fed Will Have Quietly Completed 40% Of Operation Twist 2 As Well
Tyler Durden

what we have been saying for over 3 years: it is not stock that Submitted at 5/20/2012 8:36:10 PM matters... it is flow. Recall the By the time Operation Twist (1) Goldman punchline: ends in just over 40 days time, on ... we have found some evidence June 30, Fed Chairman Ben that at the very long end of the Bernanke, according to his yield curve, where Operation previously announced "loose" Twist is concentrated, it may be target, will hope to have extended not just the stock of securities the average maturity of all bonds held by the Fed but also the in the System Open Market ongoing flow of purchases that Account (SOMA) to a record of matters for yields... roughly 100 months from 75 And there you have it. month at the onset of the program What the finding above means is in October 2011. After all the sole that the Fed has been ramping risk purpose of Twist was to load up assets, read the S&P even more the Fed's portfolio with duration, than where it should have been, forcing the rest of the market to based on simple flow models, and shift its investing curve even that contrary to market further into risky assets, as the expectations, the S&P500 should Fed will have effectively have been about 40% lower onboarded the bulk of securities compared to where it will be on in the 3-4% return interval. Now June 30 if the Fed has pursued its as we showed back in early April, stated goal, and targeted solely a hopes that the Fed will simply 100 month average maturity. continue with Operation Twist 2 Which however, does not mean more weeks of Twist to go: at the relative to estimates! In other Which has a rather scary after the end of "season" 1, as that the Fed can not be quietly current rate of SOMA purchases, words, Ben does not need to do a implication for the stock market: suggested by some clueless ramping up its operations in the the Fed will have a total portfolio full blown Operation Twist 2 if and when Ben announces that "access journalists" who merely o n g o i n g T w i s t i n g e p i s o d e . average maturity of just shy of episode: by the time Twist 1 is Twist ends on June 30 with no relay what they are told by higher Because as Stone McCarthy 110 months by June 30! Which over, he will have attained nearly successor program, stocks will powers, are completely misguided demonstrates, as of the past week, means that contrary to market 40% of the goals of the next immediately react, and realize that as the Fed simply does not have the Fed has already surpassed its expectations of what the Fed's potential sterilized operation. the Fed's SOMA account holds enough short-term securities (1-3 100 month maturity target of 100 own stated goal may have been, Why is this important? Well, well more than the expected longyears) to sell, and would have at months, and is at 102.82 months Bernanke will have gobbled up recall that over a month ago end, and that without further most 2 months of inventory for a as of May 16. And this is with 6 nearly 40% more long-dated Flow Goldman Sachs itself admitted TIME page 38 continued sterilized operation.

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regarding the financing of the transactions; uncertainty regarding if and when there will be an initial public offering of Alibaba shares; uncertainty (Mike “The sight of soup kitchens in destroyed Greece, and it is regarding any future business Mish Shedlock) (Mish's Global G r e e c e o n T V s c r e e n s i s pathetic that clueless, brainless, initiatives with Alibaba; general Economic Trend Analysis) concentrating minds,” says Mr scare-mongering political shills economic and market conditions; Hayes, as he goes door-to-door for Brussels are now going door- and the possibility that some or all Submitted at 5/20/2012 12:07:00 PM Door-to-Door May Drive Irish hammering home his message. to-door in an attempt to convince of the expected benefits of the Towards Yes Vote in Referendum The dominant theme of the Irish voters the exact opposite. agreement and related agreements on Merkozy Pact. campaign so far is a claim by the Heading into the Greek June 17 m a y n o t b e r e a l i z e d . A l l In a hard-fought battle to government that rejecting the national elections, expect to see information set forth in this press convince Irish voters to back treaty would bar Ireland from door-to-door fear-mongering in release is as of May 20, 2012. E u r o p e ’ s u n p o p u l a r f i s c a l receiving funds from Europe’s Greece as well. Yahoo! does not intend, and discipline treaty, Ireland’s deputy new bailout fund – the European Mike "Mish" Shedlock undertakes no duty, to update this finance minister has the task of Stability Mechanism. Without this h t t p : / / information to reflect subsequent convincing the leafy Dublin insurance policy, Dublin says, globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot. events or circumstances. More suburb of Templeogue. Ireland will struggle to exit its EU com information about potential Going door-to-door, Brian Hayes and International Monetary Fund Click Here To Scroll Thru My factors that could affect Yahoo!'s faces scepticism and occasional bailout programme on schedule at Recent Post List Mike "Mish" business and financial results is abuse. One constituent calls him the end of 2013. S h e d l o c k i s a r e g i s t e r e d included under the captions "Risk “a waste of space”, another “just a “ T h e g o v e r n m e n t i s investment advisor representative Factors" and "Management's yes man”. scaremongering rather than f o r S i t k a P a c i f i c C a p i t a l Discussion and Analysis of “If Greece goes down we are next arguing the merits of the treaty. Management. Sitka Pacific is an Financial Condition and Results in the firing line. I know people Most people are opposed to this asset management firm whose of Operations" in Yahoo!'s who are trying to put their money treaty but are scared out of their goal is strong performance and Annual Report on Form 10-K for into US dollars. We just don’t wits,” says Paul Murphy, a low volatility, regardless of the fiscal year ended December know what is going to happen Socialist member of the European market direction. Visit http:// 31, 2011, as amended, and here,” says Mr O’Reilly. Parliament and prominent No w w w . s i t k a p a c i f i c . c o m / Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q “This referendum is all about fear campaigner. Nothing bad can account_management.html to for the quarter ended March 31, on the one side and anger on the possibly happen if this treaty is l e a r n m o r e a b o u t w e a l t h 2012, which are on file with the o t h e r , ” s a y s D a v i d F a r r e l l , rejected. Accepting more bailout m a n a g e m e n t a n d c a p i t a l Securities and Exchange professor of politics at University funds from the IMF or ESM preservation strategies of Sitka Commission ("SEC") and College Dublin. “Most people would be the absolute worst thing Pacific. available at the SEC's website at have no great deal of enthusiasm for Ireland. f o r i t a n d w i l l o n l y v o t e Indeed, accepting funds from the Yahoo! is the trademark and/or reluctantly in this referendum.” Troika is one of the things that registered trademark of Yahoo! Inc. All other names are

trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective owner. Yahoo! Media Relations: Yahoo! Inc. Dana Lengkeek, 408-349-1130 or Sard Verbinnen & Co Charles Sipkins, 310-201-2040 or Yahoo! Investor Relations: Yahoo! Inc. Joon Huh, 408-349-3382 or Alibaba Group Contact: International Alibaba Group John Spelich, +852 9017-7444 or U.S. Sard Verbinnen & Co Paul Kranhold/Jenny Gore, 415618-8750 Source: Yahoo! Inc. News Provided by Acquire Media Please follow SAI on Twitter and Facebook. Join the conversation about this story »



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left people, whether there were sellers who put in limits that weren't executed," said Rick Meckler, president of investment firm LibertyView Capital Management, a hedge fund with $1.3 billion in assets. "I don't know if people stepped away at some point because they just couldn't execute in a clear manner, and that Monday we will have some follow through of people that weren't executed and still need to sell." It's retail investors who stand to get hit the most if trades aren't executed properly, said Tim Pollock, professor of management and organization at the Pennsylvania State University. "This is a situation where small investors are more likely to be affected because of the sizes of the orders they're putting in," he said. "If Fidelity is saying they want to buy two million shares that's going to take priority over the smaller trades. As a regular retail investor placing orders through TD Ameritrade or Schwab you're at the back of the bus relative to institutional investors so you're

hostage to the system." One RBC broker said that with hindsight he was grateful that he was allocated just 500 of the 20,000 shares he requested. Others had similar relief. Said John Lane, founder of Lane Capital Markets, a small brokerdealer in Fairfield, Conn., that has managed about 40 initial public offerings: "Many retail and institutional buyers were floored at how much stock they got." Lane said he spoke with a hedge fund manager and a mutual fund manager who sent buy indications to more than a dozen brokerages on the theory that they would get a fraction of what they desired. "One got filled everywhere, and the other more than he wanted. They're both sweating right now," said Lane, who admits he bought shares near the end of the trading day at a little over $38.04. If shares fail to recover in coming days, retail investors who were lured back into the market by the Facebook frenzy may revert back to the caution that has slowed trading since the 2008 market crash, some brokers fear. Those who want to take bets

against the company will not be able to do so through the options market until May 29. Activity in options of companies like Zynga suggests investors are using those to hedge against their position in Facebook. Facebook's lackluster debut also had a knock-on effect on other social media stocks, which dropped sharply on Friday. LinkedIn, Groupon, Pandora Media and Yelp all fell at least 5 percent on Friday with Yelp losing 12 percent. SEE ALSO: Sorry, But This Whining And Umbrage About Facebook's IPO Is Ridiculous (Reporting by Edward Krudy, Jed Horowitz and Olivia Oran; Editing by G Crosse, Alwyn Scott and Muralikumar Anantharaman) Please follow Business Insider on Twitter and Facebook. Join the conversation about this story »

"flow" forcing more 30 year paper into the gaping maw of Bernanke, stocks will have no reason at all to maintain their prior epic surge (all else equal, whcih it won't be). It also means that unless Bernanke is willing to see the stock market plunge ahead of the Obama re-election, which he isn't, or at least the President most certainly isn't, that the June Fed statement will be quite interesting, as not only will Bernanke have to maintain a program which is now uncovered to have been monetizing the long-end at a rate 40% higher than estimated, but will still have just two more months of capacity left for any potential future sterilized market propping experiments. Which only leaves the Fed with

one option: that of making Bill Gross, and all those others who are loading up on durationsensitive securities which will benefit from an LSAP based episode, very, very happy. Of course, the list of such assets most definitely includes gold. Average: Your rating: None Average: 4.7( 3 votes) 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.

Restore Champagne Carbonation with a Raisin [Food]
David Galloway (Lifehacker)
Submitted at 5/20/2012 4:00:00 PM

Real Simple magazine's weblog

recommends dropping a raisin into a bottle of champagne that's lost its effervescence and give it a The last gasps of carbon dioxide couple of minutes before pouring.

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These Are The Headlines That Are Driving Markets Higher
Joe Weisenthal (Money Game)
Submitted at 5/20/2012 7:41:00 PM

ORIGINAL POST, SEE UPDATE BELOW: A trader in Asia suggests that the market rally is keying off this headline (via Bloomberg): *CHINA MAY ANNOUNCE STIMULUS AFTER WEN COMMENT: SECURITIES What's going on, specifically? According to WSJ, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao spent the weekend talking about growth to various state media. The fact that he's talking about growth is seen as a major sign that inflation is not the fear and that it's time to pump the gas pedal. And here's China Daily's report: Premier Wen Jiabao called for greater efforts to support growth, through more monetary finetuning and fiscal incentives, amid signs of the economy further cooling. While economic growth is still on track, development will face more

complex domestic and global hurdles, Wen said during a weekend inspection tour to Wuhan, capital of Central China's Hubei province. "The relationship between maintaining growth, adjusting economic structures and managing inflation, must be properly handled," Wen said in

comments reported by Xinhua News Agency. "We should continue to implement a proactive fiscal policy and a prudent monetary policy while giving more priority to maintaining growth." Not surprisingly, the Aussie dollar ( via FinViz) is having a great start to the night.

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May 17, 2012| 10:12 am President Barack Obama's support of same-sex marriage, like blood in the water, has conservative sharks circling for a kill. In a nation that touts separation of religion and government, religious-based arguments command this battle. Lurking beneath anti-gay forays, you inevitably find religion and, above all, the Bible. We now face religious jingoism, the imposition of personal beliefs on the whole pluralistic society. Worse still, these beliefs are irrational, just a fiction of blind conviction. Nowhere does the Bible actually oppose homosexuality. These two paragraphs perfectly depict how many see any Christian opposition to homosexuality or gay marriage. We are undercover (or not!) theocrats trying to impose our personal preferences on the rest of the country. But the charge of legislating our morality is not as simple as it sounds. For starters, the government legislates plenty of morality already-morality about killing, stealing, polluting and a thousand other things we've decided are bad for society or just plain wrong. Moreover, the

arguments being made in favor of gay marriage are fundamentally about morality. That's why you hear words like justice, love, and equality. Most gay marriage advocates are making their case based on moral categories, if not religious and biblical. What's more, the pro-gay marriage side would like to see the state reject a conjugal view of marriage in favor of a new, heretofore unknown, definition of marriage. And in insisting upon the state's involvement, they want this new definition to be imposed on all. We may not all have to like gay marriage, but the government will tell us what marriage means whether we like it or not. In the past 60 years, we have learned more about sex, by far, than in preceding millennia. Is it likely that an ancient people, who thought the male was the basic biological model and the world flat, understood homosexuality as we do today? Could they have even addressed the questions about homosexuality that we grapple with today? Of course not. Like us on Facebook Here we have an example of progressive prejudice, the kind that assumes we have little to learn from the benighted masses who lived long ago. Whether they thought the world was flat has

nothing to do with whether ancient people can teach us anything about sexuality. Such a tidbit is thrown in, it seems to me, as a rhetorical cue that these people were as dumb as doorknobs and can't be trusted. More importantly, Helminiak distances himself from an orthodox understanding of biblical inspiration. Instead of approaching the Scriptures as the word of God, his first step is to position the Bible as a book by ancient people who don't know all the things we know. Hard evidence supports this commonsensical expectation. Taken on its own terms, read in the original languages, placed back into its historical context, the Bible is ho-hum on homosexuality, unless – as with heterosexuality – injustice and abuse are involved. That, in fact, was the case among the Sodomites (Genesis 19), whose experience is frequently cited by modern anti-gay critics. The Sodomites wanted to rape the visitors whom Lot, the one just man in the city, welcomed in hospitality for the night. The Bible itself is lucid on the sin of Sodom: pride, lack of concern for the poor and needy (Ezekiel 16:48-49); hatred of strangers and cruelty to guests (Wisdom 19:13); arrogance (Sirach/Ecclesiaticus

16:8); evildoing, injustice, oppression of the widow and orphan (Isaiah 1:17); adultery (in those days, the use of another man's property), and lying (Jeremiah 23:12). But nowhere are same-sex acts named as the sin of Sodom. That intended gang rape only expressed the greater sin, condemned in the Bible from cover to cover: hatred, injustice, cruelty, lack of concern for others. Hence, Jesus says "Love your neighbor as yourself" (Matthew 19:19; Mark 12:31); and "By this will they know you are my disciples" (John 13:35). How inverted these values have become! In the name of Jesus, evangelicals and Catholic bishops make sex the Christian litmus test and are willing to sacrifice the social safety net in return. There is really only one argument in the foregoing paragraphs: the sin of Sodom was about social injustice not about sexual immorality. No doubt, there were many other sins involved, as Helminiak rightly observes. But there is no reason to think homosexuality per se wasn't also to blame for Sodom's judgment. For example, Jude 7 states that Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities "indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural desire." Even the NRSV, translation of choice for

the mainline (and the version Helminiak seems to be using), says "pursued unnatural lust." Clearly, the sins of Sodom lived in infamy not simply because of violent aggression or the lack of hospitality, but because men pursued sex with other men. The longest biblical passage on male-male sex is Romans 1:2627: "Their women exchanged natural intercourse for unnatural, and in the same way also the men, giving up natural intercourse with women, were consumed with passion for one another." The Greek term para physin has been translated unnatural; it should read atypical or unusual. In the technical sense, yes, the Stoic philosophers did use para physin to mean unnatural, but this term also had a widespread popular meaning. It is this latter meaning that informs Paul's writing. It carries no ethical condemnation. Compare the passage on malemale sex to Romans 11:24. There, Paul applies the term para physin to God. God grafted the Gentiles into the Jewish people, a wild branch into a cultivated vine. Not your standard practice! An unusual thing to do - atypical, nothing more. The anti-gay "unnatural" hullabaloo rests on a mistranslation. WHAT page 42


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Besides, Paul used two other words to describe male-male sex: dishonorable (1:24, 26) and unseemly (1:27). But for Paul, neither carried ethical weight. In 2 Corinthians 6:8 and 11:21, Paul says that even he was held in dishonor - for preaching Christ. Clearly, these words merely indicate social disrepute, not truly unethical behavior. This line of reasoning is also common among revisionists. There is little to say in its favor, however, and Helminiak's argument-that para physin "carries no ethical condemnation"–is particularly weak. 1) He makes the rudimentary error of forgetting that words have a semantic range of meaning. Just because Paul used "against nature" or "dishonorable" in nonethical settings (sort of), doesn't mean those words and phrases cannot carry ethical weight in another context. It's like suggesting that if FDR once said "this soup is terrible" and later said "what the Nazis are doing is terrible" that he couldn't possibly mean anything more than "what the Nazis did was kind of strange and not my personal preference." 2) The context in Romans 1 tells us how to understand para physin. Paul has already explained how the unrighteous suppress the truth about God seen in nature and how they exchange the glory of the immortal God for images of created things. In both cases Paul contends that people believe a lie which prevents them from seeing things as they really are (1:25).

Then in the very next verse he singles out homosexuality as "contrary to nature." He is not thinking merely of things that are unusual, but of acts that violate the divine design and the ways things ought to be. For Paul, the biological complementarity of the male-female union is the obvious order of things. A male-male or female-female sexual pairing violates the anatomical and procreative design inherent in the one flesh union of a man and a woman. That Jewish writers of the period used comparable expressions to describe same-sex intercourse only confirms that this is what Paul meant by the construction. 3) Even more obviously, we know Paul considered same-sex intercourse an ethical violation, and not simply something uncommon, because of what he says in the very next sentence. Helminiak conveniently cuts off Paul's thought halfway through verse 27. Notice what Paul goes on to say: "Men committed shameless acts with men and received in their own persons the due penalty for their error" (NRSV). When you read the whole verse, Helminiak's "nonethical" argument becomes implausible. Paul thought homosexuality not just unusual, but wrong, a sinful error deserving of a "due penalty." In this passage Paul is referring to the ancient Jewish Law: Leviticus 18:22, the "abomination" of a man's lying with another man. Paul sees male-

male sex as an impurity, a taboo, uncleanness - in other words, "abomination." Introducing this discussion in 1:24, he says so outright: "God gave them up … to impurity." But Jesus taught lucidly that Jewish requirements for purity varied cultural traditions - do not matter before God. What matters is purity of heart. "It is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but it is what comes out of the mouth that defiles," reads Matthew 15. "What comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this is what defiles. For out of the heart come evil intentions, murder, adultery, fornication, theft, false witness, slander. These are what defile a person, but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile." Or again, Jesus taught, "Everyone who looks at a women with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart" (Matthew 5:28). Jesus rejected the purity requirements of the Jewish Law. In calling it unclean, Paul was not condemning male-male sex. He had terms to express condemnation. Before and after his section on sex, he used truly condemnatory terms: godless, evil, wicked or unjust, not to be done. But he never used ethical terms around that issue of sex. Helminiak's argument seems to be: Paul said homosexuality was an impurity; Jesus set people free from the purity requirements of the Jewish law; therefore, homosexuality is not wrong. This reasoning is so specious that it's

hard to know where to begin. Jesus did recalibrate the purity laws, but Mark 7:19 makes clear that the episode in question was about declaring all foods clean. Jesus was not saying for a second that anything previously called "unclean" or "impure" was now no big deal. Helminiak again connects words in a facile manner, suggesting that because Jesus fulfilled certain aspects of the ceremonial code, now anything described with the language of impurity cannot be condemned. Nine times in his epistles Paul references "impurity" and it is always in the context of vice and immorality (Rom. 1:24; 6:19; 2 Cor. 12:21; Gal. 5:19; Eph. 4:19; 5:3; Col. 3:5; 1 Thess. 2:3; 4:7). Besides all this, Jesus explicitly lists "sexual immorality" (in the passage Helminiak quotes) as one of the things that defiles a person. The Greek word is porneia which refers to "unlawful sexual intercourse" (BDAG), especially, for the Jew, anything condemned by the Law of Moses. It is simply not true that Paul, or Jesus for that matter, never considered homosexuality an ethical matter. To cite just one more example: in 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 and 1 Timothy 1:9-10 Paul uses a rare Greek word, arsenokoites, which is a compound from two words found in Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13. Paul thought the prohibition against homosexuality in the Old Testament was still relevant and the sin was still serious.

As for marriage, again, the Bible is more liberal than we hear today. The Jewish patriarchs had many wives and concubines. David and Jonathan, Ruth and Naomi, and Daniel and the palace master were probably lovers. The Bible's Song of Songs is a paean to romantic love with no mention of children or a married couple. Jesus never mentioned same-sex behaviors, although he did heal the "servant" - pais, a Greek term for male lover - of the Roman Centurion. These are wild assertions without any corroborating evidence. Whatever one thinks of Leviticus 18 and 20 for today, it's obvious that the Torah considered homosexual activity an abomination. It's absurd to think that any ancient Israelite would have any celebrated David or Jonathan or Ruth or Naomi or Daniel if they were homosexual. It is the worst kind of special pleading and reader response to conclude against all exegetical, theological, and historical evidence that any of these Old Testament heroes were gay. Likewise, there is no evidence to suggest that the centurion's servant was his lover. The leading New Testament lexicon (BDAG) gives three definitions of pais: a young person, one's own offspring, one who is in total obedience to another. If the word somehow means "male lover" in the Gospels, we need evidence greater than Helminiak's bald WHAT page 45

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Black Christians in an 'Adulterous' Relationship With Obama, Says Evangelical Pastor
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May 17, 2012| 2:31 pm • (Photo: The Christian Post/ Stephanie Samuel) Bishop Harry Jackson Jr. and other community group leaders gathered in WAshington, D.C. Wednesdrday to announce the launch of the grassroots group, E Plubribus Unum. The group plans to rally minorities around conservative ideas during the 2012 election season. In an interview with The Christian Post, Bishop Harry Jackson, Jr., who is the senior pastor of Hope Christian Church in Baltimore, Md., and one of the nation's most outspoken black pastors, maintains that Obama has drawn a hard line on major theological issues such as samesex marriage and expects black Christians to compromise their beliefs. "Obama laid down the gauntlet on black leaders," Jackson said. "The question we are being forced to address is 'are you going to be black or be godly.'" And Jackson is not alone in his sentiments. On Thursday, a group of black

ministers calling themselves the Coalition of African-American Pastors, many of whom represent the nation's fifth largest denomination, the Church of God in Christ (COGIC), are holding a press conference in Memphis, Tenn., to call on Obama to denounce his position on samesex marriage. The Rev. Bill Owens is a veteran of the civil rights movement and marched with Dr. Martin Luther King and other noted civil rights leaders during the peak of the movement in the 1960s. He believes Obama's evolution on the issues will have far-reaching effects on society and specifically in the black community. Like us on Facebook "We will be spending the next weeks and months visiting black churches, asking for support from pastors and their flocks to speak up against the media-generated view that gay marriage is a civil right," Owens told CP. "We ask President Obama to stand with the black church, on the word of God and evolve again back to the common sense biblical view that marriage is the union of husband and wife." When asked if Obama's "evolution" on the issue of same-

sex marriage was surprising, Owens said "no." "The reason it didn't surprise me was because President Obama is 'political.' But as pastors and members of the body of Christ, we're disappointed – very disappointed." Bishop Jackson also said Obama's announcement that he now supports same-sex marriage was nothing new. "I realized Obama was for samesex marriage from the very beginning of his political career," said Jackson. "Jeremiah Wright (Obama's former pastor) has been performing same-sex 'commitment services' for years. Obama has been exposed to this belief for years and has demonstrated time and time again that he does not believe that homosexuality is a sin. Actions speak much louder than words." Yet the issue of exactly where black Christians stand on the subject of same-sex marriage is what Democratic pundits and Obama campaign advisers want to know. In other words, will Obama's stance on same-sex marriage impact voter turnout in the African-American community and ultimately, the November elections?

Both Jackson and Owens say the answer to that question is "yes." Jackson outlined the issue by putting black Christians into three general categories. 1) Black Christians who are in a state of denial. This group thinks President Obama was forced to cave to political pressure from homosexual activists in order to win a second term. Jackson describes this group as "nominal Christians." 2) Black Christians who feel betrayed in the faith by the relation and will either not vote for Obama or protest by not going to the polls at all. This group could cause the Obama campaign to lose in some key battleground states such as Ohio and North Carolina. 3) Black Christians who are so angry with President Obama that they are planning to vote for the Republican nominee, which will most likely be former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. "The black community is in an adulterous relationship with President Obama," Jackson said. "He is asking us to stray from the most basic tenets of Scripture – that marriage is an institution made by God for man and woman

to become one and procreate. He's telling us it's fine to hold onto our beliefs but that it's also okay to accept his stance on a position that goes against that core belief." "This is no different than a married person having a relationship with someone other than their spouse," said Jackson. Jackson, like Owens, recognizes that the core issue for black Christians – like all Americans – is jobs. "Blacks want to be recognized and not taken advantage of," Jackson said. "They want politicians to realize there are significant issues of race that still need to be addressed and that jobs and economic opportunity are more important that homosexual marriage." When Owens was asked about Jackson's comments, he said they were "right on." But the elder civil rights leader said he also takes issue with the homosexual community comparing their desire to change the definition of marriage with the civil rights movement. "I take great exception to the comparison and it is an insult to me and many others who worked tirelessly to advance social justice BLACK page 45



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Would Jesus Approve of Same-Sex Marriage?
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(Matthew 7:12). But there's a flaw in the Theologian-in-Chief's May 19, 2012| 11:09 am understanding. Citing the Old But it was quite another to say Testament, Jesus said, "For this that it's Jesus who causes him to reason a man will leave his father embrace this position. This and mother and be united to his reminds me of what he said a few wife, and the two will become one months ago, on the issue of flesh" (Mark 10:7-8). One man. Obamacare and the like: Jesus One woman. made him do it. I addressed that Like us on Facebook issue in another recent column. Today people sometimes say that On May 9, 2012, President J e s u s n e v e r c o n d e m n e d Obama told Robin Roberts of homosexuality. But He did when ABC News that his position on He condemned pornea (from gay relations has now evolved to w h i c h w e g e t t h e w o r d the point that he thinks "same-sex pornography). In Matthew 15:19, couples should be able to get Jesus condemned a host of sins, married." one of which is pornea. This word Speaking of himself and his wife, i s t r a n s l a t e d a s " s e x u a l the President said, "We're both immorality." It would include all p r a c t i c i n g C h r i s t i a n s a n d the sexual sins prohibited in the obviously this position may be Old Testament, such as preconsidered to put us at odds with m a r i t a l s e x , a d u l t e r y , the views of others; but, you h o m o s e x u a l i t y , i n c e s t , a n d know, when we think about our b e s t i a l i t y . faith, the thing at root that we But the Bible doesn't just stop think about is, not only Christ there on the issue. It says that sacrificing Himself on our behalf, gays can be freed from this but it's also the Golden Rule, you lifestyle. Just like other sinners, know? Treat others the way you'd which is good news for all of us. want to be treated." Many years ago, I was on a panel It's certainly true that the Lord discussion on Fox News on the sacrificed Himself for us. And it's issue of leaving the homosexual certainly true that Jesus was the lifestyle. I was the only straight first to articulate the Golden Rule. person in the discussion---out of "Do to others as you would have about ten guests. Everyone else them do to you, for this sums up was either gay or ex-gay. The t h e l a w a n d t h e p r o p h e t s " gays were bent out of shape by

the ex-gays, trying to make the point that they had either never really been homosexual or that they still were, but were simply suppressing their true identity, their homosexuality. The host made the point that the ex-gay movement was born in California in the 1970s (with the birth of Exodus International, now headquartered in Orlando) and that one of the founders had fallen back into the lifestyle. I countered that contrary to the ex -gay movement being born in the United States in the 1970s, it was born back in the first century. Paul the Apostle wrote to the Christians in the Greek city of Corinth and spoke against a host of sins, including homosexuality, but then he adds, "And that is what some of you were, but you were washed…" In other words, they were changed. Change is possible. Thankfully, there are thousands alive today who have been so changed. I've had the privilege of interviewing several former homosexuals and lesbians. One of them told me: "As a homosexual, when I laid my head down at night, I had to think about all the shame I felt. I felt, even though I said I was free and was very happy about being gay, there was still a feeling of entrapment. I felt like I had committed myself

to something that I really was not sure that I could handle. And because of that, it drew me into a fury of trying to prove myself. And I found that most of my friends were the same way. You had to continuously prove yourself in that lifestyle." But he found freedom through God: "And I think about when Christ says that who the Son shall set free is free indeed, you know. And when Christ did set me free, I thought about, 'Wow. Here I am a Christian and I can truly express myself, and I feel no shame, no guilt, no nothing.' I would take the worst day as a Christian knowing Jesus Christ, rather than the best day without Him." The rights that activists claim they seek in gay marriage, such as inheritance rights or hospital visitation rights, are rights they already have-and well they should. But marriage involves the law, so this involves forced acceptance. Homosexual writer Andrew Sullivan said more than a decade ago, "If nothing else were done at all, and gay marriage were legalized, 90% of the political work necessary to achieve gay and lesbian equality would have been achieved. It is ultimately the only reform that matters." There's a reason society has laws related to who can get married. As the family goes, so goes society.

Same-sex marriage is simply another nail in the coffin of the American family, along with the spectacular failure of so many heterosexual marriages that fail to follow God's commands to the husband and wife as set forth in the Bible. The President may continue to get feted by the liberal media and the Hollywood left for embracing same-sex marriage. He may continue to rake in millions into his re-election coffers, but with all due respect, I think he seriously misrepresents the Savior when he claims that Jesus would favor same-sex marriage. Jerry Newcombe is host of and spokesman for Truth that Transforms with D. James Kennedy (formerly The Coral Ridge Hour). He has also written or co-written 23 books, including The Book That Made America: How the Bible Formed Our Nation and Answers from the Founding Fathers. Jerry co-wrote (with Dr. Peter Lillback) the bestselling, George Washington's Sacred Fire. He hosts the website 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 page 46

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assertion. Paul discouraged marriage because he believed the world would soon end. Still, he encouraged people with sexual needs to marry, and he never linked sex and procreation. Were God-given reason to prevail, rather than knee-jerk religion, we would not be having a heated debate over gay marriage. "Liberty and justice for all," marvel at the diversity of creation, welcome for one another: these, alas, are true biblical values. The link between sex and procreation did not have to be articulated by Paul because it was already assumed. God's design from the beginning had been one man and one woman coming together as one flesh. This design is reaffirmed throughout Scripture, not least of all by Jesus (Matt. 19:4-6) and by Paul (Eph. 5:31). An important aspect of this union is the potential blessing of children. The prophet Malachi made clear that procreation is one of the aims of marriage when he said about a husband and wife,

"Did he not make them one, with a portion of the Spirit in their union? And what was the one God seeking? Godly offspring" (Mal. 2:15). None of this proves the case against gay marriage as a government injunction (though that case can be made as well). What careful attention to the Bible does show is that the revisionists do not have a Scriptural leg to stand on. From the first chapter of the Bible to the Law of Moses to the New Testament, there is no hint that homosexuality is acceptable behavior for God's people and every indication that it is a serious sin. This is why I appreciate the candor of honest pro-gay advocates like Luke Timothy Johnson: The task demands intellectual honesty. I have little patience with efforts to make Scripture say something other than what it says, through appeals to linguistic or cultural subtleties. The exegetical situation is straightforward: we know what the text says…I think

it important to state clearly that we do, in fact, reject the straightforward commands of Scripture, and appeal instead to another authority when we declare that same-sex unions can be holy and good. And what exactly is that authority? We appeal explicitly to the weight of our own experience and the experience thousands of others have witnessed to, which tells us that to claim our own sexual orientation is in fact to accept the way in which God has created us. By so doing, we explicitly reject as well the premises of the scriptural statements condemning homosexuality-namely, that it is a vice freely chosen, a symptom of human corruption, and disobedience to God's created order. Of course, I disagree with Johnson's approach to the authority of Scripture and his liberal deference to experience. But I commend him for acknowledging what should be plain: the Bible really really calls homosexuality a sin. A sin that can be forgiven in Christ like a

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for black Americans," said Owens. "I, along with many others, marched for civil rights. I did not march for homosexual marriage." Still, with the all of the controversy surrounding the issue, the question remains if the issue will cause Obama to lose in

November. "I don't know if it will be a 'makeor-break' issue or not," said Owens. "But this is not good for President Obama." A recent Public Policy Polling poll shows that approximately 60 percent of black voters in North Carolina are opposed to same-sex

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million other sins, and a sin that can be fought against by the power of the Holy Spirit, but still a sin. That's what the Bible says. And as the CNN article demonstrates, it takes a lot of contorted creativity to make it say something else. This article was originally posted here. READ: MARRIAGE - THE BATTLE FOR OWNERSHIP Kevin Deyoung is the Senior Pastor at University Reformed Church (RCA) in East Lansing, Michigan, and a Council Member of The Gospel Coalition. 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 Lauren Turner (PopSugar) the FAQ at Five Submitted at 5/20/2012 5:18:42 PM Filters recommends: Donate to Taylor Swift struck a pose on the Wikileaks. carpet at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for the Billboard Music Awards today. She chose a stunning red Elie Saab gown for the musical event, which is being hosted by Julie Bowen and Ty Burrell. Taylor is nominated for multiple awards including top country artist. Her fellow country singer Carrie Underwood brought only/faq.php#publishers. Five husband Mike Fisher to the show, Filters recommends: Donate to where she'll be hitting the stage to perform. View Slideshow › Wikileaks.

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An annular solar eclipse will be visible May 20 from eastern Asia, the Pacific Ocean, and much of the North American West Coast. A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the Earth and the sun, casting a shadow that blocks out the sun’s light. But in an annular eclipse, the moon is too far from the Earth and the sun’s light isn’t completely blocked. Instead, a thin ring of glowing fire will be visible around the black circle that is the moon’s shadow. Above, you can watch a live feed of the event starting at 5:10 p.m. PDT courtesy of the Slooh Space Camera. Slooh will have telescope feeds from Japan, California, Arizona, and New Mexico and their show will include an array of special guests

including solar researcher Lucie Green of the Mullard Space Science Laboratory, and Bob Berman, contributing editor and monthly columnist for Astronomy Magazine. A livestream of their Google+ Hangout is below. If you’re looking to get a tip-top view, check out Panasonic’s live feed below, which will be taken from the summit of Japan’s Mt. Fuji. Engineers and mountain guides will be on hand to guide you through the event, starting at 3 p.m. PDT. Finally, you can catch amateur astronomer Scotty Degenhardt’s live broadcast from spooky Area 51 in Nevada. Will there be some unexplained phenomenon occurring at the same time as the eclipse? Watch to find out. If you are planning to see the skyward event yourself, it will begin shortly after 3 pm PDT over southern China, quickly sweeping across Japan. Just before 5 p.m.

of tiny odd crescents, as the spaces between leaves become pinhole cameras. This eclipse is the first of several spectacular heavenly phenomena this year. A partial lunar eclipse will occur in two weeks on June 4 and, a day later, the rare transit of Venus will take place. On Nov. 13, the Earth will experience a total solar eclipse. Unfortunately, that one will only be visible over a small patch of land in northern Australia. Finally, a penumbral lunar eclipse will take place on Nov. 28. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it PDT the eclipse will reach its with this table(.pdf) or with this on someone else's site, please read point of greatest occultation over one(.pdf) if you’re in Mexico, the FAQ at central Pacific. By 6:30 PDT Canada, or Asia. only/faq.php#publishers. Five it will be visible from Northern Those not directly in the path of Filters recommends: Donate to California and Nevada, eventually the eclipse will still see some Wikileaks. reaching as far as Texas. You can strange effects by stepping check the eclipse time for your outside. Shadows cast from trees local city if you’re in the U.S. and bushes will contain thousands

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The Billboard Music Awards Carpet Gets Glam With Katy, Miley, Julianne, and More
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The stars came out in Las Vegas for the 2012 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand tonight. Hosts Julie Bowen and Ty Burrell kicked off the white carpet with a Jean Paul Gaultierclad Miley Cyrus following closely behind. Nominee Taylor Swift wore red Elie Saab for the musical event, and presenter Julianne Hough chose a short Kaufman Franco dress. Alicia Keys, in long-sleeved Azzedine Alaia, had her husband, Swizz Beatz, by her side, as did performer Carrie Underwood, who looked glamorous in a sparkly Oscar de la Renta gown. Katy Perry matched her purple

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hair with a lilac Blumarine look and posed with her grandmother before heading inside to take the stage. Also on hand were Justin Bieber, Usher, John Legend and fiancée Chrissy Teigen, and Jordin Sparks - click through to see them all! View Slideshow ›

Save Money By Switching Your Smartphone to a Prepaid Service Provider [Saving Money]
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decision to unlock phones for customers who leave their service or travel overseas you can There have been shady ways in officially switch your phone to the past to unlock your iPhone or prepaid and potentially save a lot Android smartphone and use a o f m o n e y w i t h o u t b e i n g a SIM card from a prepaid service, technological genius or deal with but in the wake of AT&T's recent shady services. More »

ESPN PA Photos Andre Villas-Boas is one of many candidates for the Liverpool job ESPN Villas-Boas, 34, has been out of work since being dismissed as Chelsea manager in March following a run of disappointing results. He has been heavily linked with the Liverpool job since Kenny Dalglish was dismissed, and will reportedly meet the Reds'... and more »

Report: Wade had knee drained before Game 3 - YAHOO!
(- Bing News) reported Sunday based on multiple sources. After having fluid drained, Wade had one of Although Miami Heat guard the worst playoff games of his Dwyane Wade has downplayed career, scoring five points in the the injury to his knee during the 94-75 loss to the Pacers in Game series against Indiana, he had his 3. However, he responded with knee drained on Wednesday prior 30 points in the Heat's Game 4 to Thursday's Game 3 loss, v i c t o r y o n S u n d a y . W a d e
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declined to comment on the draining procedure after Game 4, saying only, "If I'm in uniform, I am ready to play." Wade had surgery on the knee four years ago, and problems apparently arose after Game 1. In Game 3, Wade had trouble driving to the basket and went scoreless in the

first half. During a timeout, Wade had a heated exchange with coach Erik Spoelstra. Wade spent Friday at Indiana University with coach Tom Crean, who was Wade's college coach during this three seasons at Marquette. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is

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How would you change Native Instruments' Maschine Mikro?
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Newcastle University neuroscientists use video game for stroke rehab
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Video games aren't neuroscience, unless they're helping stroke victims recover physical function in a scientific, medical capacity: then they're totally neuroscience. The above video shows off Circus Challenge, an action game from Newcastle University and Limbs Alive Ltd designed to help stroke patients regain motor control of their weakened hands and arms. Circus Challenge uses "next-gen" motion controllers - not the Wii, as other rehab systems have - to have patients fling pies at clowns, juggle, dive and perform other Big Top-inspired feats, with the difficulty progressing as motor

skills improve. Newcastle received £1.5 million from the Health Innovation Challenge Fund for its project, and hopes to use the funds to provide remotely monitored, at-home therapy for stroke patients. Aside from all the philanthropy and innovation in the Circus Challenge project, we think the game design is pretty pretty as well. Check it out for yourself up top. Newcastle University neuroscientists use video game for stroke rehab originally appeared on Joystiq on Sun, 20 May 2012 21:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| Email this| Comments

Native Instruments' gear is a must -have for those in the beat making world. We put the cheaper, dinkier Maschine Mikro through its paces and found that while we loved the portability, we weren't so hot on the lack of MIDI ports and absence of knobs for twiddlin'. That said, we weren't able to hate on the compromises that were made to bring it in under $600 and small enough to stow in a backpack, but how about you guys out there? When you've used this gear day in, day out, can you forgive its flaws in exchange for that extra cash in your hand, or do you wish you'd saved up a little more? If you were in NI's position, what would you have done differently? How would you change Native Instruments' Maschine Mikro? originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 20 May 2012 22:18:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| | Email this| Comments

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Lockerbie bomber Megrahi dies in Tripoli
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from. Susan Cohen, whose daughter Theodora died on board Flight E l e v e n y e a r s a f t e r 103, told the Press Association being convicted of planting a she hoped Megrahi died "a bomb on Pan Am Flight 103, painful, horrible death". which exploded over the Scottish "He died with his family around town of Lockerbie on December him," said the 74-year-old from 21, 1988, Abdel Basset al- New Jersey. "My daughter died a Megrahi has died in the Libyan horrible death when she was 20 city of Tripoli, his brother has years old with her full life ahead said. of her. You call that justice? Megrahi was found guilty of "I feel no pity for Megrahi, I killing all 259 people on board the believe he should have died a lot f l i g h t , a l o n g w i t h 1 1 o t h e r sooner. He should have been tried victims on the ground, by a in the States and given the death special court set up in The p e n a l t y . W a t c h i n g h i m b e Netherlands in 2001. released from prison was very He served eight years of a 27- painful for me." year-prison sentence, but was On the second anniversary of the r e l e a s e d o n c o m p a s s i o n a t e release of the former Libyan grounds in 2009, and allowed to intelligence agent, who always return to Libya after doctors said maintained his innocence, the that he had terminal cancer and Scottish government insisted its only, at the time, three months left decision to free him had been to live. vindicated. During the Libyan revolution in But British Prime Minister David 2011, his brother Abdel Nasser Cameron criticised the release as a told reporters outside the family "terrible mistake," and Deputy home in a residential district of Prime Minister Nick Clegg said Tripoli that Megrahi was "in and he would have liked to see him out of a coma". "back in jail behind bars". Amid the lack of law and order "I've always been clear he should after the revolt which brought never have been released from armed fighters onto the streets, his prison," Cameron said on Sunday. family claimed that his medicine "Today is a day to remember the had been looted and there was a 270 people who lost their lives in dearth of available doctors. what was an appalling terrorist The fact that he survived so act. Our thoughts should be with long after his release from prison them and their families for the in the UK provoked indignation in suffering they've had." Britain and the United States, Magrahi insisted he was an where most of the victims were a i r l i n e e x e c u t i v e , w h i l e

by Tony Gauci, the Maltese shopkeeper. It was suggested that Gauci may have seen a photo of Megrahi in a magazine days before picking him out of a line-up. US education Megrahi was born in Tripoli in 1952. He studied in the US and spent some time in Britain during the 1970s. He married in the 1980s, becoming the father of five children who grew up in the Libyan capital. In 2008, while in detention, Megrahi was diagnosed with prosecutors at his trial described over by the Libyan authorities advanced prostate cancer, which him as an intelligence officer for under a UN-negotiated deal, his lawyer said was incurable. the Libyan Intelligence Services, where he was held and then tried This led Libya, which spent years which the court accepted. a t a s p e c i a l c o u r t i n T h e lobbying for his release, to push British authorities to grant him 'Most Wanted' list Netherlands. Megrahi was charged after he At the trial, three judges found compassionate release. was identified by a Maltese him guilty and sentenced him to a Megrahi dropped his second appeal in August 2009, in a bid to shopkeeper as the man who minimum of 27 years in jail. bought clothes that were found in Megrahi was imprisoned in help clear the way for either a the suitcase carrying the bomb Scotland, spending the first part of prison transfer or compassionate planted on the aircraft. his sentence in Barlinnie prison in release - in order to allow him to Scorched clothes found at the site Glasgow, before being moved in return to his homeland. But many criticised the move, in Scotland had been traced to a 2005 to Greenock. shop in Malta. Despite the guilty verdict, many saying questions about a possible It is believed that the bomb, b e l i e v e d t h a t t h o s e r e a l l y wrongful conviction would never wrapped in the garments, was responsible for the Lockerbie be brought to light. This entry passed through the placed in a suitcase, checked into disaster had escaped justice. a flight from Malta's Luqa airport, A n a p p e a l m a d e i n 2 0 0 2 Full-Text RSS service — if this is and then transferred to the Pan over Megrahi's conviction was your content and you're reading it Am flight in London. unanimously rejected by a court on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at the 1990s, Megrahi was added of five judges. to the FBI's "Ten Most Wanted But a judicial review of his case only/faq.php#publishers. Five Fugitives" list, with offers of $4m two years ago raised serious Filters recommends: Donate to for his arrest. Details emerge over questions about the evidence used Wikileaks. Megrahi death to convict him, including the LOCKERBIE page 50 Megrahi was eventually handed reliability of the evidence given



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NATO summit discusses Afghanistan withdrawal
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line of police who tried to keep them from the lakeside convention centre where the The US president has warned of meeting got under way. "hard days ahead" at a NATO The march, estimated by police summit in Chicago dominated to number 2,500 to 3,000 people, by the withdrawal of forces from was led by a group of Iraq and Afghanistan. Afghanistan war veterans who "We still have a lot of work to do symbolically gave back their and there will be great challenges military medals. ahead," Barack Obama said on Al Jazeera's John Hendren, Sunday. "The loss of life monitoring the protests in continues in Afghanistan and Chicago, said several people had there will be hard days ahead." been arrested and handcuffed. The aim of the NATO summit is "Some protesters walked away to agree on a common stance as with blood on their faces so it the alliance prepares to hand over appears it turned violent in a security duties to Afghan forces at minor way," he said. the end of 2014. 'Peace and security' M o r e t h a n 5 0 l e a d e r s Obama said that the world was a r e a t t e n d i n g t h e m e e t i n g , behind his strategy to end the war including heads of state and in Afghanistan. As he met Karzai, government from the 28 NATO he also said that the United States countries, as well as Hamid r e c o g n i s e d t h e " h a r d s h i p " Karzai, the Afghan president, and Afghanistan had been through, Asif Ali Zardari, his Pakistani adding its people "desperately counterpart. want peace and security." Meanwhile, scuffles between Karzai said it was important to police and protesters broke out complete the security transition after thousands of anti-war and withdrawal of foreign combat demonstrators marched some troops from Afghanistan that the blocks away from the summit. summit will ratify. The protest was largely peaceful "Afghanistan will be no longer a until the end, when a small group burden on the shoulders of our of demonstrators clashed with a friends in the international

community, on the shoulders of the United States and our other allies," he said. The new French President, Francois Hollande, has promised to pull out the country's forces by the end of this year. While insisting he remained committed to NATO, Hollande told reporters he would "ensure our soldiers come back before the end of 2012." But NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen expressed confidence the alliance would "maintain solidarity" despite France's decision. "There will be no rush for the exits," he said. He also said he was optimistic that the international community will continue to finance the Afghan security forces, adding that supporting the Afghan forces is less expensive than deploying NATO troops. Fogh Rasmussen said that the international community in general has a responsibility and interest in ensuring that Afghan forces take full responsibility for security after 2014 to avoid terrorist safe havens being re-established. Some nations, including the US,

Australia, Britain, and Germany, have made pledges to an international fund set up to help Afghan forces after the NATO pullout. Al Jazeera's Patty Culhane, reporting from Chicago said: "US officials are not saying what they will be pledging, as it seems they want other countries to pledge initially." The US is expected to pay half of an estimated $4bn needed every year. Pakistan pressed A last-minute addition to the list of leaders at the carefully choreographed meeting is Zardari of Pakistan, whose western tribal areas provide shelter to fighters attacking Karzai's government and NATO forces. Zardari may encounter friction in interactions with NATO leaders who have been pressing Islamabad to reopen routes used to supply NATO soldiers in Afghanistan. Pakistan shut those routes in protest when US aircraft killed 24 Pakistani soldiers along the Afghan border in November. It is unclear whether a deal reopening those roads will occur this weekend as US officials had

hoped earlier in the week. NATO will use the summit to announce a milestone in the effort to provide a pan-European missile defence system, which has now has reached "interim capability." It will also formally endorse an agreement for 14 countries to jointly purchase five US made unmanned drone aircraft. The summit is taking place amid heavy security in Chicago. Three men were charged with terrorism on Saturday in an alleged plot to attack President Barack Obama's campaign headquarters, police stations, banks and the mayor's home with an arsenal of weapons that included beer bottles filled with gasoline, swords, a hunting bow and throwing stars. A fourth man faces terrorism charges in a separate plot to toss Molotov cocktails during protests against the NATO summit. 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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Tension in Lebanon over checkpoint deaths
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the shooting was allied with the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad. Clashes have erupted in the "The very fact the anger is being capital Beirut and residents directed against the Lebanese blocked roads in the northern army is dangerous because it has Lebanese region of Akkar near been the only institution keeping Tripoli after soldiers shot dead this politically unstable country two members of an anti-Syria together," our correspondent said. opposition alliance. Over the past week Alawites, the Gunmen fired rocket-propelled sect to which Assad belongs, and grenades and machine guns early Sunnis have been fighting each on Monday in intense street other in Tripoli, she said. battles in Beirut, wounding at "What has become clear here is least six people. that Lebanon can no longer The fighting appeared to be continue with its policy of among the worst clashes in Beirut disassociating itself with the since 2008 as fears mounted that turmoil just across the border." the conflict in neighbouring Syria Prime Minister Najib Mikati tried was spilling across the border. to quell growing tensions. "The The clashes erupted hours after government is determined to Sheikh Ahmed Abdul Wahid, a continue to shoulder its national S u n n i M u s l i m c l e r i c , a n d responsibilities amid this critical Muhammed Hussein Miraib, both period in Lebanon and the region, m e m b e r s o f t h e M a r c h and it will take all measures 14 alliance, were shot in their car necessary to preserve civil peace," near Tripoli on Sunday as they he said in a statement. "sped through a Lebanese army The clashes in Beirut occurred in checkpoint without stopping". the neighbourhood of Tarek Al Jazeera's Zeina Khodr, Jadidah. Sources said they pitted reporting from Tripoli, said two Sunni factions against each that people in the area had already other - one that opposes Assad made their verdict and they said against another that is loyal to a the army officer who carried out Sunni political figure, Shaker

Berjawi, who supports the Syrian president. 'Direct targeting' Lebanon's army released a statement confirming the deaths at the checkpoint but did not give any information on who was responsible or what led to the shooting. "The leadership of the army expresses deep regret for the death of the two victims ... It will immediately form an investigative committee comprised of senior officers and military police under the relevant court," the statement

direct targeting from the army," he told Reuters news agency. "Frankly, we do not want to see the army here because it works at the service of the Syrian regime," he said. Many Sunni Muslims in Lebanon's north sympathise with Syria's uprising against Assad and say that the Lebanese army is taking orders from Damascus. Syrian government troops were garrisoned in Lebanon until 2005. Beirut-based political commentator Rami Khouri said the recent violence in Tripoli that killed at least eight people and wounded dozens had been linked said. Some troops had recently pulled to events in Syria. out of Akkar to prevent tensions "You have tensions in the area from escalating after sporadic going back years but this has been fighting over the past week exacerbated by the situation in prompted by sectarian tensions in Syria ... Syria is not the primary neighbouring Syria, a security factor, but it is related," he said. This entry passed through the source said. Full-Text RSS service — if this is Khaled Daher, a member of parliament from the Future your content and you're reading it Movement party, which is part of on someone else's site, please read the March 14 alliance, said the the FAQ at Five two men were targeted. "If shots were fired at the tyres, Filters recommends: Donate to w e w o u l d s a y t h e r e w a s a Wikileaks. mistake. But we consider this a



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Preakness winner I'll Have Another begins final push for Triple Crown - Chicago Tribune
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bent the idea that a thoroughbred might respond best when it forms Submitted at 5/20/2012 8:49:46 PM strong bonds with only a few The last man to take a horse to people. Belmont with a chance to snag the Against the odds — literally, as elusive final gem in the Triple he has yet to be favored in a race Crown has some advice for Doug — I'll Have Another has put O'Neill. himself in position to become the Stay true to the horse. 12th Triple Crown winner. He'll "I think trainers going around be the 12th horse to have that asking other people what they chance since Affirmed won all should do, looking for how to three races in 1978. And he could handle it, that's stupid," Rick break the longest drought — 33 Dutrow, trainer of Big Brown in years — since Sir Barton first 2008, said in a phone interview accomplished the feat in 1919. Sunday. "It's got to be about your Sunday morning from Pimlico, horse. Whatever anybody else did O'Neill appeared unbowed by the doesn't matter. You know your increased pressure. A Triple horse." Crown winner has long been seen O'Neill, trainer of Kentucky as the panacea for all that ails the Derby and Preakness winner I'll sport. Whether true or not, O'Neill H a v e A n o t h e r , h a s a l r e a d y has said he'll gladly take that disregarded common wisdom burden. over the past three weeks. His Dutrow said that the media decision to come to Baltimore two attention should not bother days after the Derby, eschewing O'Neill. Both men have faced the decades-old trend of shipping questions about medication issues only a few days before the race, w i t h t h e i r h o r s e s w h i l e now seems brilliant. simultaneously thriving in front of His large entourage — he had at cameras. least eight different people "That part was fun, actually," working with the horse — was Dutrow said. "I don't see how that unusual. Employing the close-knit could get to you or the horse." contingent relied on considerable Dutrow brashly predicted a win financial investment from owner prior to his Belmont, calling it a Paul Reddam, of course, but also "foregone conclusion" and saying

the other "horses just cannot run with Big Brown." O'Neill will have no such issue. Though he's repeatedly showed confidence in his horse, boasting comes as naturally to him as running the last few yards of a race comes to poor Bodemeister, spectacular runner-up in both the Derby and Preakness. O'Neill likewise won't have to deal with what Dutrow said was the hardest part of his three-week wait for the Belmont: strife with his jockey. Big Brown, he said, never liked Kent Desormeaux, but the colt's owners insisted on keeping the hall of fame rider. Dutrow and Desormeaux quarreled after Big Brown's rough ride, which ended with him being pulled up despite no obvious injury. For Mario Gutierrez, the Triple Crown rookie, O'Neill has had nothing but praise. Big Brown had suffered a quarter crack on his front left hoof a week after the Preakness, and although Dutrow called it "a hiccup" at the time, he views the time it cost the colt on the track — about three days — as one of the things that hurt his chances. There are few times that any trainer would ask a horse to run

three races in six weeks, let alone at such long distances against toplevel competition. Lack of resiliency — not lack of talent — in today's horses has generally been cited as the reason for a lull in Triple Crown winners. "Not many trainers have to ever deal with this situation," Dutrow said. "So it's more important than ever that you just take what the horse tells you." I'll Have Another appeared fine — even frisky — Sunday morning as he prepared to leave Baltimore on a van headed to New York. He nipped at his handlers after eating everything in his feed tub. "He looked great," O'Neill said. "He had licked his feed tub. Once we cleaned the poultice off, his legs were ice cold. He had good energy." O'Neill hadn't yet decided what he'll do with I'll Have Another in the coming days, but the colt probably won't run on the track until at least midweek. O'Neill actually flew back to California on Reddam's private jet to check on his horses there. Assistant Jack Sisterson and others accompanied the horse to New York, hitting traffic along the way and arriving almost six

hours after departure. Basically a Pimlico rookie — he'd never seen one of his horses race in Baltimore until this week — O'Neill has more familiarity with Belmont. One of his colts, Stevie Wonderboy, won the Breeders' Cup juvenile there in 2005 and would have been a 2006 Triple Crown contender had he not shattered an ankle in February. Still, the shape of the track and length of the track are cause for concern. As are the fresh shooters. Union Rags remains pointed at the Belmont. The Michael Matztrained colt won the Champagne Stakes there last year, which marked him as one of the top horses in the age group. He sat out the Preakness following a troubled but intriguing run — at least the last part — at the Derby. Matz said the mile-and-a-half race won't trouble Union Rags. "I don't think it's going to be a problem," Matz said. "He's won there before, so I don't think that part of it will be a problem." Dullahan, third place in the Derby, will also be fresh for Belmont. He had a promising PREAKNESS page 53

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Kobe Almost Enough by Himself: A Fan’s View - YAHOO!
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Simple stated, do not allow the Thunder to bolt up and down the floor like they were participating You don't have to stretch in the Olympic Trials for the 400 credibility too dramatically to meter relay. consider the veracity that the Los In Game Two, the Lakers Angeles Lakers are a minute or rebounded radically from the two, a shot or two, a defensive carnage of the first game, and had possession or two, away from a the outcome comfortably in hand. commanding three games to one Uncharacteristically, one of the lead in their second round great closers in basketball history, Western Conference playoff Kobe Bryant, was noticeably series with the heavily-favored absent in the last two minutes and Oklahoma City Thunder. the Lakers coughed up a certain It's staggering to contemplate, victory. Those who follow the particularly after the first game in New York Knicks recognized which the Thunder was so utterly those last minutes as Carmelo dominant, you wondered if Kobe Anthony-like, at least since he's Bryant had defected to the other been playing on Broadway. bench. Since that game, you can Then the Lakers emerged on the certainly make a convincing case victorious end in Game Three at that the Lakers have outplayed home, summoning some selfOklahoma City in each of the next r e s p e c t a n d o v e r c o m i n g three contests, clearly missing Westbrook, Durant, and company. wonderful opportunities in two of Certainly, the worst of the three them. Fundamentally, the Lakers losses arrived in Game Four. have accomplished this unlikely Once again, Kobe and the Lakers competitive balance with the appeared in control in the fourth Thunder by following a scout's quarter but Kevin Durant outscript and strategy with precision. performed Kobe in each team's
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last possession with the former making a three-pointer and the latter missing one. While these last minute, yanking victory from the jaws of defeat performances are emblematic of championship teams, most believed the Thunder would dismiss the Lakers easily, save for the magnificence of Kobe Bryant and the moments he delivers. As it turns out, Oklahoma City may indeed win this series 4-1, but not all that handily. You wonder if it diminishes the aura of the Western Conference finals at all. The Spurs appear so much more dominant against the other Los Angeles team. Glenn Vallach has been a basketball fan, player, and coach during his lifetime and, as such, an ardent follower of the NBA even with all its warts. He have also been a New York Knick fan since the days of Howie Komives and Walt Bellamy, when he regularly boarded the IRT Subway at 180th Street in the Bronx for a trip to the Garden to

see his heroes. Sources: • Yahoo! Sports New York Knicks page • Yahoo! Sports Kobe Bryant page • Yahoo! Sports Carmelo Anthony page • Yahoo! Sports Kevin Durant page • Johnny Ludden, Yahoo! Sports, Kobe Bryant's late mistakes doom Lakers in their Game 2 loss to Thunder • Yahoo! Sports Oklahoma City Thunder page • Yahoo! Sports Los Angeles Lakers page 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.

Stiq Figures, May 7 - 13: I'mma can't use any of my dominoes edition
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Welcome to Stiq Figures, where the sales data is after the break and the posts don't matter. Every week, we take a look at, uh, something- meanwhile, the previous week's Japanese hardware sales figures are posted after the jump, and a discussion of said figures takes place in our comments. It may not be conventional, but it's a timehonored Joystiq tradition. By now, Mario's cheerful, singsong voice is as endemic to the character as his mustache and STIQ page 54

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workout at Churchill Downs on Sunday. "He's on track for a big Belmont," trainer Dale Romans said. And while D. Wayne Lukas would not guarantee that his

Derby and Preakness horse, I'll Have Another "is a nice Optimizer, would be part of the horse," he said. "But we're not field in New York, the 13-time going to hand it to him. He's got winner of Triple Crown races — to earn it." tied for the most all time — did promise one thing.

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overalls. Sprightly proclamations of "It'sa me, Mario!" and the like have endeared voice actor Charles Martinet's work to the hearts and minds of millions, but it might surprise you to know that Martinet's first stint as the man behind the 'stache wasn't Super Mario 64. In fact, it wasn't a Nintendo game at all. Martinet's first appearance as the prolific plumber was actually Mario's Game Gallery, a digital collection of card and board games for DOS, Windows and Mac OS, developed by Presage Software and published by Interplay. Mario's Game Gallery predates Super Mario 64 by roughly a year, but as you can tell from the collection of sound files above, Martinet had already settled into a ridiculous,

heartwarming and hilarious groove as Mario Mario. It's physically impossible to make it all the way through this video without laughing. In fact, it might be physically impossible just to make it all the way through this video. Continue reading Stiq Figures, May 7 - 13: I'mma can't use any of my dominoes edition Stiq Figures, May 7 - 13: I'mma can't use any of my dominoes edition originally appeared on Joystiq on Sun, 20 May 2012 23:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| Email this| Comments

What is a blorkmark?
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to fork off a new blog without increasing the complexity of the world you manage. This is Submitted at 5/20/2012 3:10:51 PM something you're constantly I'm working on the top-level user fighting. A lot of spaces shouldn't interface for the worldoutline overly complicate your life. software, and have decided, for So how does a seam get now at least, that blorkmarks will expressed? How are these markers be a top level feature. I could implemented? You could either leave them out in the first version, come up with a web service that and introduce the concept as an takes a name and tells you how to upgrade a few months after the find your way to that place, or you initial release. I might still do that. could use a system that already But I wanted to see if I could does most of the job, DNS. This is explain what they are to the one of my basic design principles. relatively technical people who When possible use alreadyread this blog. deployed and widely-supported The core idea in the worldoutline protocols instead of inventing new is that you can put a marker on a ones. Lots of good reasons for headline that says this place this. That's why I used DNS. It begins a new space. Which allows scales, it's widely deployed, and you to use the outliner to organize I've always felt it was underall your spaces. utilized, that there was a lot of This way of organizing has lots power there lying dormant. of advantages. It lets you view a So here's how it works from a blog as a structure of documents user standpoint. I put the cursor you can edit. And it can allow you on a headline, and choose the Add

Blorkmark command. It suggests a name, which I can override. Then it makes a call to a server which in turn calls Amazon's Route53, to register a cname, and associate it with the node you're pointing to. It takes 20 to 40 seconds for Amazon to do its work. And after that you have a way to get to this place. To the reader it looks as if it's a world unto itself, but in your view of the world, it's just a corner inside a bigger outline. A possibly much bigger outline, containing many such spaces. The path to the node is stored locally on your machine and on your worldoutline server. If you move it, no problem, the marker moves with it. So that's what a blorkmark is. It's something like a bookmark, but it points into content both in the place you edit it and in the place people read it.

The Joystiq Indie Pitch: Zytron II
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audience with the Joystiq Indie Pitch: This week, Kevin Murphy of Trinosis unveils the neon Indie developers are the starving beauty of Zytron II, a game that's artists of the video-game world, f i r m l y i n t h e " I f y o u l i k e often brilliant and innovative, but Geometry Wars..." category, and also misunderstood, underfunded proud of it. and more prone to writing free- What's your game called and form poetry on their LiveJournals. what's it about? We believe they deserve a wider Zytron II is a neon glow, twinSubmitted at 5/20/2012 10:30:00 PM

stick, multiplayer, scrolling shootem-up for Windows PCs. I like to

describe it as a scrolling version of Geometry Wars. What's with the "II" in the Zytron title? Is this game a sequel? Yes it is. Zytron II is the sequel to my original 1990 C64 game Zytron Megablast, Sold though the classic Commodore 64 magazine of the time, Zzap64. Continue reading The Joystiq

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NATO to Declare Interim European Missile Defense Capability
Baker Spring (The Foundry: Conservative Policy News Blog from The Heritage Foundation)

defendingU.S.territory against long-range missile attack. An earlier architecture, proposed by the George W. Bush Submitted at 5/20/2012 11:54:44 AM During the NATO meeting in Administration, would have Chicago, the alliance will declare provided for a defense of U.S. as that it has an interim operational well as European territory by capability to defend itself against fielding ground-based midcourse ballistic missile attacks. This is a defense interceptors inPolandand major step forward for NATO and an accompanying radar in the U . S . l e a d e r s h i p w i t h i n t h e Czech Republic. alliance. This option, which also included The declaration marks the the Aegis system, was canceled achievement of the first phase in by President Obama in 2009 in the Obama Administration’s o r d e r t o a p p e a s e R u s s i a n E u r o p e a n P h a s e d A d a p t i v e objections to it. This interim Approach missile defense plan. capability leaves U.S. allies more This interim capability is based on vulnerable to missile attacks than the Aegis missile defense system the technology would otherwise and its accompanying Standard permit, because the Aegis missile missile defense interceptor called defense system could have been the Block IA, which is deployed made more capable than the one on U.S. Navy cruisers and in place today by providing it the destroyers. This is a system that ability to counter long-range has demonstrated its capability in missiles in the late midcourse numerous intercept tests. phase of flight. As the term “interim operational Despite this decision, the capability” implies, however, this Russians continue to object to system is very limited in scope U.S. and NATO missile defense and needs to be expanded both c a p a b i l i t i e s . T h e O b a m a qualitatively and quantitatively. Administration in particular has The major shortcoming is that the responded to Russian objections capability does not extend to b y attempting to

persuadeRussiathatU.S.and NATO missile defense will not pose a threat to Russian missilebased nuclear forces. This approach to diplomacy toward Russia is misguided for at least the following four reasons: • The purpose of any missile defense system is to counter an offensive missiles only after they have been have been fired. They are inherently defensive and do not pose a threat to anyone. • The U.S. in particular has described its diplomacy toward Russia regarding missile defense as an attempt to find a cooperative arrangement where Russia will participate in a broader missile defense system. Genuine missile defense cooperation withRussiawould be desirable, but the current approach is about cooperating to limit the overall capabilities of the missile defense system. The Russians have made it clear that this is how they view it, and U.S. diplomacy has only served to reinforce this view. • Missile defense itself is not at the crux of the impasse withRussia; it really stems from Russia’s view that its national

security depends on its ability to threaten the U.S. and its NATO partners with nuclear-armed ballistic missiles—and most particularly those NATO countries that reside within its asserted zone of privileged interests. This Russian view should be unacceptable to all NATO countries under any circumstances, and the alliance should not be shy about stating this to the Russians. • This diplomatic approach fails to recognize that the proper way out of the current impasse is to persuade Russia that fundamentally defensive strategic postures are in everybody’s interest. The U.S. and NATO should have no objections toRussiamaintaining a capability to defend itself, even in the context of an unjustified perception byRussiathat the U.S. and other NATO countries are intent on committing acts of aggression. This is because the U.S. and NATO have no such intention and do not build their forces for such a purpose. The success of this diplomatic approach depends on Russia

renouncing any aggressive intent toward the U.S. and NATO. Given present circumstances, NATO leaders should use the Chicago meeting to affirm that alliance members, both individually and collectively, intend to defend themselves against missile attack by pursuing the most capable missile defense system technology permits. They should also challenge the Russians to join them in adopting fundamentally defensive strategic postures, where genuine cooperation in the field of missile defense will naturally be a central component. 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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Chart of the Week: Taxes Soaring Past Highest Level Ever
Rob Bluey (The Foundry: Conservative Policy News Blog from The Heritage Foundation)

House of Representatives will vote to stop the largest tax increase in American history. The bulk of Taxmageddon comes Submitted at 5/20/2012 2:05:08 PM A m e r i c a n s a r e f a c i n g a n from expiration of the 2001 and unprecedented $494 billion tax 2003 Bush tax cuts, but also hike on Jan. 1, 2013. It’s been means the child tax credit will be dubbed “ Taxmageddon” given cut in half, the Alternative the economic devastation it would Minimum Tax patches end, the cause. Death Tax returns to its 2001 Conventional wisdom suggests level, and a handful of new lawmakers in Washington will Obamacare tax hikes take effect. wait until the 11th hour to come Here’s the outlook under up with a solution. Fortunately, Heritage’s Federal Budget in Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) Pictures: announced last week he won’t If this isn’t enough to scare you, wait for a lame-duck session of then the prospect of waiting until Congress. From his speech to the after the November election Peter G. Peterson Foundation’s should be. Here are five good 2012 Fiscal Summit: reasons from Heritage’s J.D. T a x h i k e s d e s t r o y j o b s – Foster why Congress should act especially an increase on the now: magnitude set for January 1st. • Families and small businesses Small businesses need to plan. We should not be threatened by their shouldn’t wait until New Year’s o w n g o v e r n m e n t w i t h a Eve to give American job creators d e v a s t a t i n g t a x h i k e . the confidence that they aren’t • A massive tax hike would going to get hit with a tax hike on obviously devastate the economy New Year’s Day. Any sudden tax in 2013 and beyond, but the hike would hurt our economy, so uncertainty about how, when, and this fall – before the election – the even whether Congress will

prevent Taxmageddon is already adding to the large cloud of uncertainties hanging over the economy, threatening to slow job growth even further. • Congress has no excuse for threatening families and the economy with this tax hike with the entire summer legislative schedule wide open for business. • Many Members of Congress of both parties agree with President Obama on the need for fundamental tax reform. Allowing Taxmageddon to go into effect would raise tax rates while increasing the tax on saving and investment—the opposite of tax reform’s results. Even though positive reforms are extremely unlikely in 2012, Congress can prevent a severe case of sound policy backsliding and create more opportunities for exploring positive options for tax reform in the balance of the year by preventing Taxmageddon quickly. • Elections are referendums on past decisions and on the future direction of the country. Voters should be able to judge

performance of their Members on more than just vague assurances. Those favoring raising taxes should have the opportunity to vote their beliefs while challengers announce their fidelity to higher taxes, and likewise for those favoring low taxes and limited government. Citizens can vote their beliefs based on solid information. Kate Freeman (Mashable!) Conservatives should applaud Boehner for seeking a solution sooner rather than later. But without action from the donothing Senate, there’s little hope of stopping this enormous and unprecedented tax increase before November. 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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What You Can Learn From Zynga’s Cool Company Culture [PICS]
This post originally appeared on the American Express OPEN Forum, where Mashable regularly contributes articles about leveraging social media and technology in small business. When thinking of model places for workplace perks, the successful startups of Silicon Valley undoubtedly come to mind. And while heavy-hitters such as Google and Facebook are famous for their jaw-dropping employee amenities, up-andcoming mid-level companies are also getting in on the act. Mashable took a tour of Zynga, a wildly popular distributor of some of the most played social and mobile games. When it comes to perks, the father of FarmVille doesn’t skimp. In fact, Zynga’s office is so loaded with perks and amenities, it would make working WHAT page 57

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from home a bore. Good Food It’s not uncommon for tech companies in Silicon Valley and San Francisco to offer its employees catered lunches, but Zynga takes it further with meals cooked on-site by professional chefs. Each floor has a fullystocked and themed kitchen, including a candy kitchen and a healthy “zen” kitchen. Everything is prepared on-site — there’s even a pizza oven — and made with locally sourced ingredients. The company’s executive chef is Matthew DuTrumble, who was the youngest chef instructor at the California Culinary Academy and also had a show on the Food Network, Private Chefs of Beverly Hills. Want to eat some meat for lunch? The on-site butcher will take care of that in his two-floor kitchen. If you’re more interested in keeping a good diet, there are always healthy options, including a fully loaded salad bar and freshly brewed Kombucha. The

healthy options are an important perk, considering desk jobs are notorious for helping people pack on pounds. Good Fun In the basement, there is a lounge area packed with big screen TVs, a curved wood bar area and free beer on tap. If you’d rather unwind with a workout than an ice-cold beer, you can hit up the Zynga gym. Employees can take CrossFit classes, meet with a nutritionist or schedule a free massage. And if you want to work and play with your canine friend, he’s more than welcome — every day is bring your dog to work day at Zynga. After all, the company is named after the CEO Mark Pincus’ late dog, Zinga. Work Hard, Play Hard Zynga provides hotel-like amenities to keep employees happy and retain (and attract) talent. Tech companies in particular are notorious for providing awesome on-site perks to encourage employees stay at work longer and up their

productivity. Facebook offers employees a free shuttle to work, plus numerous “micro-kitchens” stocked with snacks, and a free cafeteria where employees are welcome to invite family members for lunch. Google has a golf course, basketball courts and nap pods for a mid-day snooze. Zynga churned out six games in the first quarter of 2012, so the team is definitely working hard. Despite the long hours, the employees’ access to a spacious top-of-the-line gym, a team of chefs and all the free beer you can drink makes for quite the hookup. All the perks in the startup world make sense — several Gallup studies have shown a correlation between productivity and worker happiness, and Gallup estimates that organizations whose employees are not happy and engaged lose out on billions of dollars in potential revenue. Check out the gallery of pics below to see some of the cool stuff they get to do at Zynga.

Work Life at Zynga This staircase leads to the lounge area and the gym. Click here to view this gallery. What do you think about this company? Would you work here? Why or why not? Tell us in the comments. More Small Business Resources From OPEN Forum: - Should Small Businesses Follow Everyone Back on Twitter? - Are You Falling into the Pricing Trap? - How to Take Your PR Pitches to the Next Level More About: mashable, open forum, startup, Zynga 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

Pakistan Blocks Twitter, Citing ‘Blasphemy’ [VIDEO]
Kate Freeman (Mashable!)
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Authorities in Pakistan blocked access to Twitter on Sunday, over mention of a contest held in 2010 asking people to draw images of the Prophet Muhammad, and a corresponding Facebook page attempting to make May 20 “Everybody Draw Muhammad Day.” At first it wasn’t clear who instituted the ban, but the Washington Post reported the chairman of the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority, Mohammad Yaseen, said “this is not a simple decision, it is a highlevel decision.” The Christian Science Monitor PAKISTAN page 58

10 Delightful Nyan Cat Accessories
Amy-Mae Elliott (Mashable!)
Submitted at 5/20/2012 4:35:11 PM

$9 for three Click here to view this gallery. If you love Nyan Cat as much as 1. Nyan Cat Stickers we do here at Mashable, then we We're sure you won't have any have a treat for you. We have problems deciding where to affix scoured the web for the very best these glorious 10-inch, weather Pop-Tart cat-themed accessories. resistant, Nyan Cat stickers. Cost: From stickers to scarves, these 10

caffeinated kitty called Nyan Cat, know in the comments below created by Chris Torres. which accessory is your favorite. SEE ALSO: 15 Rad Robot More About: accessories, Etsy, Accessories for Your Office features, geek, memes, nyan-cat Take a look through our gallery — it’s full of rainbows, sparkles doodads will brighten your day, and most of all, that special joy mainly because each features a that only Nyan Cat brings. Let us


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reported the “Minister for Information Technology, Raja Pervez Ashraf, issued a blanket ban on the site inside the country, upping the pressure on Twitter as negotiations continue.” The shutdown occurred around Noon on Sunday. Yaseen told reporters that Facebook had been cooperative in shutting down the offensive page, but they had heard no response from Twitter. A few hours later, the ban was lifted. Are there any circumstances in which it’s appropriate for a government to censor social media sites? Tell us in the

Focus on Lockerbie victims - PM
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Submitted at 5/20/2012 8:50:07 PM

Prime Minister David Cameron has said the victims of the Lockerbie bombing should be remembered following the death of the only man ever convicted of the atrocity. Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi was sentenced to life in prison for the 1988 bombing of a US airliner over the Scottish town which claimed 270 lives. He was later diagnosed with terminal prostate cancer and died

comments. More About: censorship, Facebook, Twitter For more Social Media coverage: • Follow Mashable Social Media on Twitter (Evening Standard - News) • Become a Fan on Facebook • Subscribe to the Social Media Submitted at 5/20/2012 8:50:08 PM channel The Lockerbie bomber has died, • Download our free apps for nearly three years after he was Android, Mac, iPhone and iPad r e l e a s e d f r o m j a i l o n compassionate grounds. Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi was sentenced to life in prison for the 1988 bombing of a US airliner over the Scottish town which claimed 270 lives. The former Libyan intelligence officer was later diagnosed with terminal prostate cancer and controversially released from prison in August 2009 with an estimated three months to live. The decision, by Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill, to free the only man ever convicted of the atrocity provoked an international storm. His death in Tripoli, at the age of 60, was in Libya - two years and nine announced by his son, Khaled. months after his controversial The news divided opinion. The r e l e a s e f r o m j a i l o n mother of one passenger said she c o m p a s s i o n a t e g r o u n d s . hoped the convicted terrorist Mr Cameron said: "I've always suffered a "painful, horrible" been clear he should never have death, while a spokesman for been released from prison. Today some of Megrahi's British victims is a day to remember the 270 said his death was "deeply people who lost their lives in what was an appalling terrorist act.Our thoughts should be with them and their families for the suffering they've had." The Prime Minister dismissed FOCUS page 59

Lockerbie bomber Megrahi is dead
regretted". The bombing of Pan Am flight 103, travelling from London to New York four days before Christmas, killed all 259 people on board. Eleven residents of the Dumfries and Galloway town also died after the plane crashed down on their homes in Britain's biggest terrorist atrocity. After protracted international pressure, Megrahi was put on trial in the Netherlands. He was found guilty in 2001 of mass murder and was ordered to serve a minimum of 27 years behind bars. Despite claims that he could not have worked alone and the lingering suspicion by some that he was innocent, Megrahi was the only man ever brought to justice over the terrorist attack. Mr MacAskill's subsequent decision to release him from Greenock prison and allow him to return home to die in Libya drew international condemnation. Scottish ministers have always insisted the move was made in good faith, on compassionate grounds alone and followed the due process of Scots law. But many strongly opposed the decision. US families were among the most vocal critics, along with US president Barack Obama. US secretary of state Hillary Clinton branded the move "absolutely wrong". American fury was compounded by the hero's welcome Megrahi received in Tripoli upon his return. Susan Cohen, whose daughter Theodora, 20, was on the flight bound for John F Kennedy airport, said she believed Megrahi should have received the death penalty. But David Ben-Ayreah, a spokesman for some of the British families who lost loved ones, described Megrahi as the "271st victim of Lockerbie". 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 Bee Gees' song catalogue, which includes Massachusetts, I've Gotta Get A Message To Bee Gees singer Robin Gibb has You, Lonely Days, How Can You died following a lengthy battle Mend A Broken Heart, How Deep with cancer. Is Your Love and Stayin' Alive, In a statement, Gibb's family said led to their induction into both the they were announcing his death Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and with "great sadness". the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Gibb, who had undergone Gibb's twin brother Maurice died intestinal surgery, notched up of a heart attack in 2003 following dozens of hits with brothers intestinal surgery. M a u r i c e a n d B a r r y - a s The star fell into a coma last performers and writers - and sold m o n t h a f t e r c o n t r a c t i n g more than 200 million records. pneumonia but his family later The statement said: "The family said he had "beaten the odds" just of Robin Gibb, of the Bee Gees, days after doctors said he "was in announce with great sadness that God's hands". At the time, his son R o b i n p a s s e d a w a y t o d a y Robin-John Gibb said his father following his long battle with was "completely compos mentis". cancer and intestinal surgery. The Doctors said they were family have asked that their "confounded" by the 62-year-old privacy is respected at this very Gibb's progress after he was given difficult time." a 10% chance of survival.

His family maintained a bedside vigil while he was been treated at a central London hospital. Gibb's relatives sang to him and wife Dwina said that he had cried when she played him the song Crying by Roy Orbison. Gibb had surgery on his bowel 18 months ago for an unrelated condition but a tumour was discovered and he was diagnosed with cancer of the colon and subsequently of the liver. 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.

calls for an inquiry into Megrahi's conviction which the Libyan always contested. "This has been thoroughly gone through," he said. "There was a proper process, a proper court proceeding and all the rest of it. We have to give people the chance to mourn those that were lost. I'm very clear that the court case was properly done and properly dealt with." First Minister Alex Salmond said: "Our first thoughts are with the families of the Lockerbie atrocity, whose pain and suffering has been ongoing now for over 23 years. Today's news was not unexpected - Mr Megrahi was diagnosed with terminal prostate cancer, which was the basis on which he was released. "His death does, however, put to rest some of the conspiracy theories which have attempted to suggest that his illness was somehow manufactured - today's

news confirms what we have always said about his medical condition. "The Lockerbie case remains a live investigation, and Scotland's criminal justice authorities have made clear that they will rigorously pursue any new lines of inquiry. Scotland's senior law officer the Lord Advocate recently visited Libya, and we have been offered the cooperation of the new Libyan authorities. It has always been the Crown's position that Mr Megrahi did not act alone but with others." 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.

Motorola skipping Ice Cream Sandwich for some devices, worries it'll make them fat
Sean Buckley (Engadget)
Submitted at 5/20/2012 7:25:00 PM

Despite Motorola's Android 4.0 rollout schedule, not every one of the manufacturer's devices are ready for dessert -- some, the

outfit says, will be put on a diet. "Obviously we want the new release to improve our devices," the company said in a recent blog post, "If we determine that can't be done, well, then we're not able Handsets that are bogged down by to upgrade that particular device."

Ice Cream Sandwich simply won't get an update. Even so, Motorola affirms that it's working closely with Google to keep its hardware up to date. Motorola skipping Ice Cream Sandwich for some devices,

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Quotes of the day
Allahpundit (Hot Air » Top Picks)

Barack Obama. “Well, look, this kind of nonsense shouldn’t happen,” the Ohio Submitted at 5/20/2012 8:31:59 PM Republican said in an interview posted at 9:31 pm on May 20, taped to air Sunday on ABC’s 2012 by Allahpundit “This Week.” “The election’s The early border skirmishes of gonna be about the economy and Campaign 2012 are reviving getting Americans back to work. questions about one candidate’s And I think Governor [Mitt] former pastor and shining a Romney’s prescriptions are much spotlight on the other’s high better.” school hijinks. Can a fresh round *** of questions about President ABC News’ George Will this Barack Obama’s birth certificate morning slammed The New York be far behind? Times for its story this week In a campaign year when voters outlining a proposed advertising have declared the economy their campaign to link Rev. Jeremiah top concern, Obama and Mitt Wright and President Obama… Romney are on notice that there’s Radio host Laura Ingraham no statute of limitations on the agreed, and offered that this issues or conduct that might be controversy may hint at things to used against them. And there’s come this election year. sure to be somebody with money “This to me was a shot across the or other means to insert even low- bow that if you are a wealthy … If threshold matters into the political you are a wealthy, wealthy person dialogue. in the United States, you happen “It’s open season,” says Eric to be conservative, you’re going Dezenhall, an expert on crisis to get involved in this election, management. “This is going to be then we are going to watch very rough.” everything that you do, and you *** sort of step over the line, you talk House Speaker John Boehner is about past associations with criticizing an abandoned super President Obama, anything like P A C p l a n t o u s e t h e R e v . that, we will try to destroy you,” Jeremiah Wright against President Ingraham said. “The idea that he

(Ricketts) was considering it was a total false narrative put forward by The New York Times to send a message to other people, don’t you dare get involved in this election, in any type of, quote, ‘controversial’ way.” *** In the interview, Wright told Ed Klein, author of The Amateur: Barack Obama in the White House, that he keeps a cardboard box of documents and notes detailing his experiences beginning in March 2008, when the controversy over his sermons began. “It’s a painful box to look at,” Wright said. “Marty had me over to his home for dinner in January [2010],” Wright told Klein. “He said to me, ‘Are you keeping notes on what’s happened to you in this Obama campaign?’ I said, ‘Yes, sir, I am.’ He said, ‘Don’t publish it until after the next election. They’ll think it’s sour grapes. Wait until after 2012.’” It was at that point, Wright told Klein, that he decided to leave the box untouched, at least for now. “I don’t look at the box,” Wright said. “I haven’t looked at it since I’ve been to Marty’s house.” “[Marty] said, ‘Don’t write that

until after 2012,” Wright said. “I said, ‘I’m not.’ [He said] ‘Don’t publish it.’ [I said] ‘I’m not.’ I haven’t even looked at it. I’ve just put all of it in one box and said I would get to it later.” *** “I will fight hard for Obama to win. But just as his 08 campaign did, I believe we must elevate & not denigrate. This is the Obama I know” *** “It behooves us to talk about what [Romney] did” as CEO of Bain Capital, Axelrod said. To that end, the campaign has released ads attacking Romney’s business record at the venture capital firm as “vampire” capitalism. “We believe strongly, [as] most Americans do, we honor success, we celebrate success, but we want everybody to have a fair shot at it,” Axelrod said. “If you ask me, ‘Was Romney good at making money for himself and his partners?’ Yes. [But] if you ask me, ‘Was that a good vision for building America’s economy?’ … The answer is no.” *** Karl Rove insisted on Sunday that attacking presumed Republican presidential nominee

Mitt Romney over his work at Bain Capital will not help President Barack Obama as much as his re-election campaign expects… “We saw that in how the Obama campaign went after him: they put a grand total of $83,000 behind their attack ad, and everybody in the media lapped it up. But let’s look at the facts: Romney invested $180 million in the company, the company made money for a while and eight years later after a flood of cheap-end steel came into the United States – principally from China – it and a number of other steel companies went under – over two years after he left Bain Capital.” “Over time, I think, this is going to be okay for Romney, as long as he engages in it,” Rove added. Via Mediaite. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.

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Today's Filibuster Reading List, with Practical Suggestions!
James Fallows (Politics : The Atlantic)

public option. Children of undocumented immigrants who served two years in the military or Submitted at 5/20/2012 12:53:37 PM went to college could become US The Atlantic still laments the citizens. Women paid less than departure /graduation /loss of our their male colleagues because of friend and colleague Joshua Green their gender would have broader (at right), who did great work here legal recourse against their for many years and is now at employers. Billionaires would not Bloomberg Business Week. But be able to manipulate the political he still is doing great work, most system from behind a veil of recently with a column for the anonymity. Boston Globe on -- wait for it -- Dozens of vacant judgeships h o w t h e b o r i n g - s o u n d i n g would have been filled. The filibuster really has become a first Federal Reserve would have -order distorting problem. operated with a full slate of I turn the microphone over to governors, including Nobel PrizeJosh: winning economist Peter An easy way to grasp [the Diamond. Elizabeth Warren filibuster's] importance, and why w o u l d b e d i r e c t o r o f t h e f i l i b u s t e r a b u s e h a s m a d e Consumer Financial Protection Washington such an angry, Bureau, not a candidate for the dysfunctional place, is to imagine Senate.... what the country would look like Each of these measures passed without it. the House and received, or would Let's take only the Obama have received, at least the 50 presidency. Had the filibuster not votes necessary to pass the Senate applied, the United States would -- but lacked the 60 votes to break have a market-based system to a filibuster. And while of course control carbon emissions, which these are all Democratic measures would limit the damage from that have been impeded --"Let's global warming, vitalize the clean take only the Obama presidency" technology sector, and challenge -- he immediately goes on to point other large polluters like China out that a comparable use of the and India to do the same. The new filibuster when the Republicans health care law would have a are back in control will hog-tie

them as well. For another time, we'll go into the ways in which the filibuster and overall government dysfunction are not really symmetrical "extremists on each side make both sides suffer" situations. The Democrats overall have a greater stake in effective use of public programs -- from GI Bill and Medicare of yesteryear through financial-regulation bodies today, and even the Census Bureau, as explained in an important NYT story today. Thus a bias toward a minority-veto, paralyzed Senate has an overall right-wing effect. But any administration is hamstrung if it cannot fill judicial seats, get ambassadors in place, staff up the executive branch, etc. For a change, here is some positive and even practical advice on what to do about a country whose private economy and culture are still highly resilient, but whose ability to address public problems is being

destroyed. I have two books and one article to recommend. 1) Ten Steps to Repair American Democracy, a book by Steven Hill, with foreword by my old speechwriting comrade Hendrik Hertzberg. Practical suggestions for improving campaigns, elections, and the functioning of the legislature, without invoking the deus ex machina of a whole new Constitution. 2) The Gardens of Democracy, by Eric Liu and Nick Hanauer. Liu is another one-time speechwriter, in his case for the Clinton administration; Hanauer is the creator of the recent controversial censored-for-awhile TED speech on inequality. Their book is about the crucial role of "public stories" -- the way we talk to ourselves about the public and private life. All great political leaders, from Lincoln to FDR to Churchill to JFK and Reagan -- have understood that people respond much more powerfully to parables and narratives than to debater-style ten -point analytical briefs. From the time of FDR through Reagan, Frank Capra-style "we're all in this together" narratives dominated. Since Reagan's time, "get the goddamned bureaucrats

off my back" narratives have prevailed, usually accompanied by a parallel "keep the government's hands off my Medicare" false-consciousness theme. Liu and Hanauer suggest a new narrative approach. 3) " Want to End Partisan Politics?" in the WaPo today by Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein. Mann and Ornstein have received deserved acclaim for a recent article and book on the real sources of governmental failure. Today's article suggests some things that actually could be changed. Enjoy the rest of the weekend. This article available online at: politics/archive/2012/05/todaysfilibuster-reading-list-withpractical-suggestions/257418/ 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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Reality Check: People getting worried about this economy
Jazz Shaw (Hot Air » Top Picks)

Having been writing about the economy for the last few years, one thing I’ve observed is this: Submitted at 5/20/2012 7:01:03 PM The stock market tends to dictate posted at 8:01 pm on May 20, the way people feel about the 2012 by Jazz Shaw economy. When the market goes Voters this year will be treated to up, people get very good at telling a pair of mutually exclusive stories about how the recovery is pictures when it comes to the real. When the market goes down, economy. What’s going to happen they start believing the worst. in the short term? What is coming And so it goes that with the our way further down the road? declines over the last few weeks, Obama will tell you that Bush the worry is on… wrecked the economy, but we are Meet The Press had Jim Cramer slowly but surely climbing back as a guest. On the show he warned out of the hole. Romney will say about imminent bank runs in that the “recovery” is stagnant and Europe. teetering on the brink of a relapse, Is Europe’s situation that big of a largely due to current fiscal problem for us, or is it all hype? If policy. So who is selling us the the nervous nellies on Wall Street straight goods? are going into panic mode, does Business Insider tends to see that mean that trouble is around things in a bit more of a dollars the corner for us, or are we still and sense kind of way, if you will. somewhat insulated from their And they look at how investors mistakes? I decided to ask the are feeling on Wall Street. The author, Joe Weisenthall, for his c u r r e n t n e w s i s , t o p u t i t take on the optics. charitably, not good. The interesting thing is that the

things people are talking about are completely not new: Greece, China, the expiration of the tax cuts and so on have all been on people’s minds for awhile. So in the sense that all these worries are real, yes, the concern is warranted. Still it’s a bit of a mystery what gets people to start taking seriously issues that aren’t new. Adding to the mystery is that some of the things people had been worrying about (like higher gas prices and imminent war) have been abating. In terms of the real US economy, there haven’t been any particularly worrisome developments of late. Most of the data has been so-so, like it’s been for awhile. So again, the big picture concerns are legitimate, but the increased intensity of worry over the past few weeks seems mostly to be about the undulations of the market. So in economics, much like with

politics, perception can often trump reality. If you give people something to worry about, they will worry about it and make real world decisions which can amplify the problem. If you scare the market enough, you can actually push the market downward. But more to our point of discussion, how does it affect the political spectrum in the USA? If people believe the economy is doing worse, they will vote against the those they perceive as being responsible for it. Right now that’s the party holding the White House. It’s a tangled web to be sure. 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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California high speed rail project going pretty much as expected
Jazz Shaw (Hot Air » Top Picks)

the 500-mile bullet train from San Francisco to Los Angeles could cost more than $100 billion, Submitted at 5/20/2012 5:31:16 PM though the Governor pegs the posted at 6:31 pm on May 20, price at a mere $68 billion. The 2012 by Jazz Shaw state has $12.3 billion in pocket, It’s been a while since we $9 billion from the state and $3.3 checked in on one of Ed’s favorite billion from the feds, but Mr. subjects, that being California’s Brown hasn’t a clue where he’ll high speed rail project. The get the rest. Maybe he’s hoping proposed service hopes to whisk Facebook will buy the train, commuters from San Francisco to though he’ll have a hard time Los Angeles in a matter of hours convincing Mark Zuckerberg that without all that bother of using the it’s worth 100 Instagrams. existing regional air service to do As the WSJ article goes on to the same thing faster. Earlier this point out, voters were originally y e a r , E d n o t e d t h a t s o m e sold on putting up $9B in bonds observers felt that the financing to fund the project on the promise for this effort was looking “ that it would “only” cost $33B in increasingly risky.” This weekend total and that a combination of the Wall Street Journal reports f e d e r a l d o l l a r s a n d p r i v a t e that our earlier estimation was in investments would make up the error. The financing isn’t “risky” rest. But Washington is facing at all… it’s an unmitigated something of a cash crunch itself, disaster. in case you hadn’t heard, and no The good news in this debacle is investment firms want to pony up that the state’s fiscal woes will a n y m o n e y w i t h o u t s o m e make it nearly impossible to assurance of revenue down the complete Governor Jerry Brown’s road. It’s simply not happening. runaway high-speed rail train. The I remain a fan of rail travel, bad news is that the Governor is partly because I hate flying and going to try anyway. partly from a sense of nostalgia I Transportation experts warn that suppose. And I’m still hopeful

that projects like this may yet come to fruition in places where they make sense. The Northeast corridor from Boston to Washington, DC still looks like it could support a high speed rail project if it were implemented intelligently. But California has neither the money nor the culture to support it. The state currently has a budget deficit which has grown by $7B just this year. And the residents there still very much live in a “car culture.” (One of the running jokes on the left coast is that LA has a subway system which rivals that of New York City, but nobody rides it.) This boondoggle looks like it will go down in history as an idea that makes the Big Dig look fiscally prudent by comparison. 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.

Inhabitat's Week in Green: NY Design Week, a hybrid Porsche and recycled sportswear
Inhabitat (Engadget)
Submitted at 5/20/2012 8:30:00 PM

Each week our friends at Inhabitat recap the week's most interesting green developments and clean tech news for us -- it's the Week in Green. Want a sneak peek into the future of design? This week Inhabitat hit NY Design Week to uncover the best and the brightest in green interior and furniture design. At ICFF we spotted an ethereal series of 3D printed Hyphae lamps and we were wowed by the iTree -- a massive iPod sound system made out of an entire tree trunk! We also saw LED technology take on surprising new forms - like Light and Contrast's tiny flower-shaped

lamps and Peteris Zilbers' quirky mood broom lamp(yes, it's shaped like a broom). We'll continue with the New York Design Week coverage throughout next week, so come back to Inhabitat in the coming days for more fresh new design finds, and read on beyond the break for more in the here and now. Continue reading Inhabitat's Week in Green: NY Design Week, a hybrid Porsche and recycled sportswear Inhabitat's Week in Green: NY Design Week, a hybrid Porsche and recycled sportswear originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 20 May 2012 20:30:00 EDT. Please INHABITAT'S page 64


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