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Romney Raising Money, Compliments from Unusual Sources

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In comments made to reporters at the Aspen Ideas Festival last Saturday, former President Bill Clinton weighed in on the presidential primary that is the Republican primary. It seems both Romney and the former ambassador to China under Obama, Jon Huntsman, are favorites of the former Democrat president. The one problem may be the reason Clinton likes the two men is the same reason the GOP base are wary of them both are known as moderates. But, yknow, I like the governors: I like Huntsman and Romney. Romneys a MUCH better candidate than he was last time, because hes not apologizing for signing the healthcare bill, said Clinton. Hes got another creative way of saying we [unable to retrieve full-text content]

oughta repeal Obamacare, but thats probably the price of gettin the nomination. Also, in an exclusive interview with ABC News, the former president made similar comments. The ones I liked are the ones that you think are more moderate. Because I think theyre a little more connected to the real world. And I think theyll be theyd be formidableBut Im afraid if I say anything nice about them, theyll lose for sure. Like us on Facebook As someone who wants a democrat to remain in the White House, that could be Clintons ultimate strategy. The former president opined that Huntsman did a very nice, a good job for America as ambassador to China. I think hes quite an impressive man. Compliments are not the only thing Mitt Romney has been

raising lately. His fundraising efforts have raised $18.25 million in the second quarter, with over $12 million on hand. The former Massachusetts governor is also celebrating a WMUR Granite state poll that shows 35 percent of likely Republican voters saying they would vote for him, followed by Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann at 12 percent. Bachmann, who surprised pundits by coming in a close second in a late June poll of likely Iowa caucus goers, has not yet released her second quarter fundraising total. Yet another way Romney can fuel his campaign resources is through his SuperPAC known as Restore Our Future. The PAC was formed by political aides and supporters and is designed to help him in the 2012 presidential race. The PAC collected $12 million in the first half of this year even

though efforts did not begin until April. Candidates or groups supporting specific candidates or issues can form SuperPACs. Although they can accept unlimited donations, they still must report the names of individuals who contribute. In an effort to get early third quarter dollars, Romney is heading overseas today for a fundraiser and meetings in London. The campaign is holding an event at the prestigious Dartmouth House Wednesday night prior to his meeting with British National Security Advisor Peter Ricketts. Campaign advisors have declined to issue specifics about the fundraiser, calling it a private event. There is a lot of interest in this election among Americans living abroad who like everyone else are worried about what the weak economy and lack of jobs means

for our status in the world, campaign advisor Eric Fehrnstrom said in an earlier statement, They want to know if we are going to lead the world economically or become something less. To a large degree Mitt Romney because he is well known as someone who has the skills to turn the economy around. Foreign citizens are prohibited from contributing to a candidate for U.S. president. Only U.S. citizens or those holding green cards are eligible to contribute. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters featured article: Ten Years Of Media Lens - Our Problem With Mainstream Dissidents.


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Republicans and advocate for a deal to reduce the deficit. In a town hall style meeting that Submitted at 7/6/2011 4:56:29 PM lasted about an hour, the president President Barack Obamas fielded questions posted by users Twitter Townhall would have of the Twitter site and sent his been more interesting if he had first live tweet from a laptop in answered tweet for tweet. the White House East Room Instead it looked a lot like an old- m a k i n g w h a t h e c a l l e d fashioned interview except the p r e s i d e n t i a l h i s t o r y . questions came over the transom For more of this story by Jeff on Twitter. Mason and Steve Holland, read Of the tens of thousands of here. questions posed at #AskObama Cantor floats tax compromise for the ones chosen allowed the debt deal president to chew over long- A top Republican floated a tax standing talking points but offered compromise that could revive little new insight. It might have hopes for a budget deal as been worth asking at least one fun President Barack Obama warned question off the well-trodden the United States could spiral policy path. back into recession if an The White House did get into the agreement is not reached soon. novelty of it, inviting 140 guests Rep Eric Cantor, the No. 2 official to match the 140 characters in the Republican-led House of allowed in a tweet. And Obama Representatives, said that his started off the event by tweeting party could agree to close some from a laptop with a presidential tax breaks in a trillion-dollar logo set up on a stand. budget deal as long as they were But that was the last time during offset with tax cuts elsewhere. the event that he issued anything For more of this story by Andy so brief. If his spoken answers Sullivan and Jeff Mason, read had been tweeted in full they here. would have gone way past the red Lagarde to give China bigger zone that signals over the limit on IMF job Twitter. China is close to clinching a topHere are our top stories from level post at the IMF, sources Washington familiar with the situation said Obama tweets for first time, after the IMFs new chief pledged tweaks Republicans to give more power to emerging U.S. President Barack Obama economies. IMF sources said Min took to Twitter to press his Zhu, a Chinese national who was economic agenda, using the a special advisor to Dominique popular social media site to tweak Strauss-Kahn, was expected to fill

a new deputy managing director post to be created by Lagarde. Min Zhu is expected to be named to deputy managing director, an IMF board member said. The appointment would first need the approval of the IMF board. For more of this story by Lesley Wroughton, read here. Roger Clemens perjury trial begins Baseball pitching great Roger Clemens may call ex-teammates to testify in his defense at his perjury trial while a prosecutor said he may mention or call as witnesses star players implicated in the steroids scandal. Both sides laid out their potential strategies on the first day of the trial in which one of the greatest pitchers in baseball history has been accused of lying to Congress when he denied taking performance-enhancing drugs. For more of this story by James

Vicini and Jeremy Pelofsky, read here. Easing economy will offer some respite to Obama Signs of economic improvement could bolster President Barack Obamas re-election hopes as he tries to beat back Republican attacks over his failure to create enough jobs. Economists say things are looking brighter in the second half of 2011, which would augur well for Obama as he gears up a 2012 campaign that will largely hinge on how Americans feel about the economy. For more of this analysis by Patricia Zengerle, read here. US FDIC backs pay clawback as Bair ready to exit U.S. regulators could snatch back up to two years of Wall Street executives pay if they are found responsible for the collapse of a major financial firm, under a provision approved on

Wednesday. It was part of a broader Federal Deposit Insurance Corp rule laying out the order in which creditors will be paid during a government liquidation of a large, failing financial firm. For more of this story by Dave Clarke, read here. From elsewhere Shuttles end stirs doubts about U.S. space program As the clock ticks down to this weeks space shuttle launch, there is a mounting sense of uncertainty about future dominance in space. Friday mornings launch of shuttle Atlantis to the International Space Station will mark the end of an era in the U.S. manned spaceflight program. But former astronauts say the space program is in disarray and fear the end of the shuttles could mean a permanent decline in U.S. space leadership. For more of this story, read here. Photo credit: Reuters/Larry Downing (Obama at Twitter Townhall) This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters featured article: Ten Years Of Media Lens - Our Problem With Mainstream Dissidents.

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Sarah Palin: The Great CommuniTweeter

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media -- in addition to linking to substantive policy proposals and attacking Obama -- would be a Barack Obama will hold a recurring theme in Palins tweets. Twitter townhall today where he Months later, in June of 2009, the will field and answer questions world became aware of Twitters with the #AskObama hashtag. impact, power, and reach when Recently, Obama indicated that he Iranian freedom fighters and will regularly tweet himself from d i s s i d e n t s u s e d T w i t t e r t o his Twitter handle, organize their protests against @BarackObama. Irans leaders. Further, Iranian Obama and his team are late to d i s s i d e n t s u s e d T w i t t e r t o the game. And though he will disseminate, in real time, details never admit it, Obama would not a n d i m a g e s o f t h e b r u t a l be tweeting or having Twitter crackdown they were facing. townhalls if it werent for the way Then, after lawsuit upon lawsuit former Alaska Gov. and potential made it impossible for her to presidential candidate Sarah Palin effectively govern Alaska, Palin became Twitters trailblazer. resigned from Alaskas In fact, I have said Palin should governorship. Perhaps she also be properly referred to as The sensed that Obamas leftist Great CommuniTweeter. policies were taking the country On April 29, 2009, Palin, then astray and could better be a force using the h a n d l e against his liberalism on the @AKGovSarahPalin, took to her national stage, Blackberry, used her thumbs, and And in November of 2009, tweeted, This is my official before kicking off her book tour, Twitter feed from here Ill Palin changed her twitter handle p r o v i d e u p d a t e s o n i s s u e s from @AKGovSarahPalin to concerning Alaskans. Learn more @SarahPalinUSA, which she about AK at currently uses. It was her first tweet. In a truly American way, Palin Hours later, in what would had reinvented herself on Twitter. foreshadow future events, Palin S h e w a s b o r n a g a i n a s then set out to correct a false story @SarahPalinUSA. And she from the national mainstream started the next chapter of her life media. Her second tweet was, as a private citizen trying to make AP gravely misquoted my staff, an impact without a formal title. saying I 'changed my mind' on the From her new Twitter handle, stimulus package. For accurate Palins first tweet was Michiganinfo, go to thx 4 Going Rogue! Perfect tour c7v84t. kickoff w/Kid Rock tune praising Attacking the biased mainstream N o r t h e r n M I h u m m i n g i n
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backgrnd @ Barnes/Noble. Above expectations. Instead of going rogue, though, from the time she first joined Twitter, Palin assimilated into the medium. She used URL shortening tools. She used abbreviations. She re-tweeted other tweets. She followed people. And along the way, she has coined words like refudiate, used Twitter to respond rapidly to false memes and reports about her, used it to promote and praise her daughter Bristol, highlighted military families, shown her love for Alaska, confronted media organizations such as Politico that have been thorns in her side, and made news. What makes Twitter work for Palin is she has found the secret to social media -- she comes across on Twitter as the type of person she is in real life. Shes authentic. Palins tweets do not read like they are press releases or have been run through a series of bureaucratic operatives or focus groups. And that is why her supporters, critics, and the media had to pay attention to every tweet. In the process, Palin lured the members of the mainstream media onto Twitter. They had to join out of necessity and curiosity. Of course, the GOP establishment and the mainstream media mocked Palin at first. They said she was not serious for just tweeting. And now, Twitter is conventional. It is the terrain on

which more of the political game is being played. And how the game has changed. In real time, news and information is shared and spread. Rapid response is conducted. Reporters are spun and the stories they will write about are shaped on Twitter. News is made. Stories are scooped. The medium partly is what it is today because the mainstream media is addicted to the medium. They follow other reporters, politicians, newsmakers, personalities, and activists. They regularly use the medium to better their reporting. Reporters obsessively read what people have tweeted at them, and that is why Twitter offers a chance for regular citizens to get points across to the members of the media before they even file their stories and can, in turn, play a role in shaping the narrative and adding to what Washingtonians refer to as the conversation. In the age of Twitter, is there a need to send a press release to a reporters inbox when a tweet can do the job faster and more effectively? Further, a tweet can get a jump start on disseminating the counterspin, otherwise known as the the truth or the facts in real America, and making it go viral without the mainstream medias filter. The velocity with which information spreads and gets to thought leaders and activists is immeasurably faster than even a

year ago. Even more symbolically, it is worth noting that Obama revolutionized the use of Facebook as an organizing tool to run circles around his opponents in 2008. Facebook was started in the Ivy League. Its first users were preppy college kids. Before Facebook was opened up for all to use, it decided like an old European sovereign which networks and profiles groups of users were able to see. Twitter was and is different. Twitter symbolizes the wild frontier. It is democratic and meritocratic, where the cream rises to the top. It is a medium in which interesting, engaging, and dynamic writers can have the same measure of influence as a former Gov. from Alaska. Twitter represents what some of Americas Founding Fathers referred to as the aristocracy of the soil. On Twitter, there were no rules, mores, or definitions of what was deemed to be conventional -- they were made up along the way by a collective community. In short, Twitter is emblematic of exurban frontier pioneer ethos that Palin personifies and champions. And so it is symbolic Twitter is where she started anew, so to speak, after she was brutalized as John McCains running mate in 2008 just as American pioneers have sought out the frontier and SARAH page 10

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Casey Anthony -- Single Mom of the Year!

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they can't pay. As I described in my last book, "Guilty," the leading cause of all How many months of man-hours social pathologies is single did Florida police spend searching motherhood. One way or another, for little Caylee Anthony back in Casey Anthony's refusal to give 2008, while her mother, Casey up Caylee for adoption was going Anthony, knew exactly where the to cost society -- and cost Caylee. child's body was? The statistics are so jaw-dropping If you were the victim of a crime that not giving up an illegitimate in Orlando, Fla., between July and child for adoption ought to be December 2008, you should be considered child abuse. enraged that the police couldn't Various studies have shown that prevent or investigate your crime children raised by a single mother because they were too busy comprise about 70 percent of looking for a missing child whose juvenile murderers, delinquents, mother already knew the kid was teenaged mothers, drug abusers, dead. dropouts, suicides and runaways. It's a zero-sum game with police Imagine an America with 70 resources. Cops combing through percent fewer of these social the woods searching for a missing disorders and you will see what c h i l d a r e n o t g o i n g t o b e liberals' destruction of marriage patrolling your street or arresting has wrought. suspects. A 1990 study by the (liberal) From repeat domestic violence Progressive Policy Institute calls to Los Angeles car chases, showed that, after controlling for hit-and-run drivers and the single motherhood, the difference balloon-boy hoax, worthless louts in black and white crime rates c o n s u m e v a s t l y m o r e l a w disappeared. enforcement resources than the Meanwhile, adopted kids, on rest of us. Cops in any town will average, turn out better than even tell you all the domestic violence biological kids raised in twocalls come from the exact same parent families. homes, over and over again. Of course, there aren't a lot of As long as we're looking for new studies of adopted children revenue streams, how about because they aren't constantly billing these white trash low-lifes mugging us. They're too busy for their massive consumption of running Oracle (Larry Ellison), police resources? The dregs of the District of Columbia (Anthony society need to be assessed a fee Williams), or fantastic political for their abuse of government websites, like "Big Government" services and thrown in debtors (Andrew Breitbart). prison in the unlikely event that One four-year study by the
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Search Institute in Minnesota found that adopted teenagers had greater empathy, higher selfesteem and more close friends than non-adopted teenagers in public schools, and were also less likely to engage in high-risk behavior, such as stealing and excessive drinking. In all, they scored higher than the control group on 16 indicators of wellbeing. They were as strongly attached to their parents as their non-adopted siblings. Indeed, contrary to Hollywood movies portraying adopted kids mystically driven to find their biological parents, the majority of adopted teenagers rarely thought about the fact that they were adopted. (Apple's Steve Jobs has shown little interest in his biological father and corrects people who refer to his "adoptive parents," saying, "They were my parents.") We could wipe out chronic poverty in America tomorrow -and the new iPad would be even more awesome, if such a thing were possible! -- if only women would get married before having children or give up their illegitimate kids for adoption. And yet, between 1979 and 2003, we went from about 600,000 babies being born out of wedlock, with about a quarter of them put up for adoption, to 1.5 million illegitimate births with fewer than 1 percent of them (14,000) given up for adoption. That's why Angelina Jolie and Madonna are

constantly having to break up tribal wars to adopt Third World children. A 2008 study led by Georgia State University economist Benjamin Scafidi conservatively estimated that single mothers cost the U.S. taxpayer $112 billion every year -- in addition to asking the rest of us to keep an eye on their kids while they go clubbing. We could have had two Iraq wars -- Obama could have "saved or created" half a million stimulus jobs -- at that price. But in fact, Scafidi underestimated single mothers' burden to society by excluding additional costs of single mothers to poverty programs such as the Earned Income Tax Credit. That makes his estimates very low: Single mothers are six times more likely to be in poverty than married families. More than 80 percent of homeless families are single mothers. Scafidi's study also did not consider the burden single mothers place on law enforcement because of their higher likelihood to neglect or kill their children. Eighty-five percent of mothers who kill their children through neglect are single mothers. The plague of single motherhood isn't an inevitable decay brought on by stupid choices of the underclass. Destroying the family is the active social policy of liberals. They enjoy experimenting with other people's lives and leaving the taxpayer

with the bill. The mainstream media and Hollywood studios are constantly issuing propaganda about the joys and triumphs of single mothers. Thus, for example, the noted scientific periodical Us Weekly celebrated single motherhood with an article titled "The New Single Moms and How They Do It," which delusionally proclaimed that the "sisters are doing it for themselves." No, they're not. They're "doing it" at an enormous and unasked-for cost to every man, woman and child in America. They're doing it at incalculable cost to the children themselves, such as helpless, innocent Caylee. A 2007 New York Times op-ed column about three gold-diggers fighting for custody of Anna Nicole Smith's illegitimate daughter said: "Surely this change is a welcome corrective to the injustice of traditional marriage laws and family values that stigmatized 'bastards' for life." Except one can't help noticing how many more illegitimate children there are -- and the accompanying child abuse, neglect, suicide, runaways and murders -- now that the stigma is gone. 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 6

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Prosecutor says he was stunned by Anthony verdict - CNN

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Jose Baez, lead defense attorney for Casey Anthony, answers questions after the jury found his client not guilty. STORY HIGHLIGHTS NEW: Verdict brought justice for Caylee, defense attorney says Jeff Ashton was on the prosecution team in the Casey Anthony trial He claims Anthony showed premeditation in the death of Caylee, 2 The Florida prosecutor is retiring (CNN)-- Casey Anthony's lawyer said Wednesday that her acquittal signified justice for little Caylee Anthony, who prosecutors unsuccessfully argued died at the hands of her mother. "Caylee would never have wanted her mother to suffer this way," defense attorney Jose Baez told Barbara Walters of ABC News. "Caylee certainly never wanted her mother to die." Baez and prosecutor Jeff Ashton separately spoke publicly and with the media Wednesday about their reactions to the verdict. Confident the state had presented everything it could to prove Casey Anthony killed her daughter, Ashton recalled his shock when

Florida jurors decided otherwise. "When I heard the 'not guilty' on the child abuse, I knew that was it," said the assistant state prosecutor. "I remember mouthing 'wow' four or five times to myself." Ashton, speaking with InSession's Beth Karas, said he is

convinced there was no evidence that Caylee, 2, died accidentally in 2008. After less than 11 hours of deliberation, a jury Tuesday found Casey Anthony not guilty of firstdegree murder and the other most serious charges. But the jury convicted her on four

misdemeanor counts of providing false information to law enforcement officers. She will be sentenced Thursday. Juror Jennifer Ford told ABC News that she and the other jurors cried and were "sick to our stomachs" after voting to acquit Anthony.

"I did not say she was innocent," said Ford, who had previously only been identified as juror number 3. "I just said there was not enough evidence. If you cannot prove what the crime was, you cannot determine what the PROSECUTOR page 10

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Gay History Makes its Way Into California Curriculum

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On Tuesday, a bill that would make the state the first to require textbooks and history classes to include the study of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans as well as those with disabilities passed in the state assembly. The bill also bans material that reflects negatively on gays. The measure passed along a party line vote, 49-25, with one Republican voting in favor. It is now on its way to Democrat Gov. Jerry Brown. Brown has not indicated whether or not he will sign it. Former Republican Gov. Schwarzenegger vetoed a similar bill five years ago. On a whole, Republicans are against the bill. According to The Associated Press, Republicans refer to it as a well-intentioned but ill-conceived bill. Concerns are raised that it would indoctrinate children to accept homosexuality. Openly gay Democrat Assembly Speaker, John Perez, is pushing for the governor to sign the bill.

"This bill will require California schools to present a more accurate and nuanced view of American history in our social science curriculum by recognizing the accomplishments of groups that are not often recognized," he said, according to the New York Daily News. If signed, the bill could take effect as early as the 2013-2014 academic year. The measure leaves it up to the local school boards on how to implement the policy. However, it will require school districts to adopt textbooks and other materials to cover the new agenda. California is one of the largest buyers of textbooks, causing fear that this bill could affect school systems throughout the country. Like us on Facebook Many California parents are concerned that they will not be allowed to opt their child out of these lessons, even if stating religious reasons. A similar case occurred in the Alameda school district in California in 2009. The school district adopted gay curriculum, however, because the lessons were considered social

science and not health education. Students were not given the choice to opt out. If parents are concerned that this curriculum conflicts with their religious beliefs, or if they feel their child isnt psychologically ready to handle the issue, then they should have first amendment rights and be able to opt out, says Candi Cushman, an education analyst for Citizen Link, a Focus on the Family affiliate. Assemblyman Tim Donnellly is against the bill. "I think it's one thing to say that we should be tolerant," Donnelly said, according to the New York Daily News. "It is something else altogether to say that my children are going to be taught that this lifestyle is good." The bills purpose is partly aimed at reducing classroom bullying of gay students. Cushman states that Focus on the Family promotes bully prevention regardless of sexual identity or any identity for that matter. Its unnecessary to politicize or sexualize the issue. All children should be protected regardless of identity because they are a sacred

creation of God. It sends the wrong message to children saying that they are only worthy of protection because of their identity. Republican Assemblyman Chris Norby, is a former high school teacher. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, he has raised concerns that the bill will end up micromanaging school instruction. Moreover, he also questioned how teachers could ascribe a sexual orientation to a historic figure when that person never identified as gay or lesbian and when the terms didn't exist. "I don't think this helps the teaching of history," Norby said according to the SF Chronicle. "I think it's a distraction." The SF Chronicle also reports that Republican Assemblywoman Linda Halderman said history should consider peoples actions and not their race or sexual orientation because such an approach "says that you should not think first whether someone is honest, has integrity, does good work." Cushman agrees, stating that in history class important people

should be studied for their contribution to society and not because of their sexual identity. Focus on the Familys concern is that it would bring adult identity politics into the classroom and into history. Its unnecessary and crazy. However, supporters of the bill maintain the claim that it will lead to a safer school environment for students in the sexual minority. The bill is formally supported by the California Teachers Association, several school districts and a progressive religious organization, according to SF Chronicle. It is opposed by many churches and conservative organizations. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters featured article: Ten Years Of Media Lens - Our Problem With Mainstream Dissidents.

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China cracks down on internet rumours of Jiang Zemin's death The Independent
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mail that the Defense Department is reviewing today's ruling with Submitted at 7/6/2011 6:30:04 PM the Justice Department. (Updates with Pentagon response "We will of course comply with in fourth paragraph.) orders of the court, and are taking July 6 (Bloomberg) -- The immediate steps to inform the Obama administration must field of this order," Lapan said. A immediately end the military's repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy on signed into law in December "is gays serving in the armed forces, proceeding smoothly, is well a federal appeals court said. under way, and certification is just The Log Cabin Republicans, a weeks away," he said. group that promotes equal rights Tracy Schmaler, a Justice for gays and lesbians, asked a Department spokeswoman, didn't U.S. appeals court to block further immediately return a call seeking enforcement of "Don't Ask, Don't comment. Tell" while the court reviews a 'Heightened Scrutiny' September lower court ruling that In its opinion today, the threedeclared the law unconstitutional. judge panel noted that the repeal The San Francisco-based appeals of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" is c o u r t t o d a y g r a n t e d t h e under way, and that the Obama organization's request. administration no longer opposes "As of today, the government is court challenges to the Defense of prohibited from applying or Marriage Act, which prohibits the enforcing 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' - f e d e r a l g o v e r n m e n t f r o m - the law is over and done with," recognizing same-sex marriages D a n W o o d s , a l a w y e r for purposes of taxes, Social representing the Log Cabin Security and other programs. Republicans said in an interview. Given those changes, "All investigations must stop, all "classifications based on sexual discharge proceedings must halt orientation should be subjected to immediately," he said. heightened scrutiny," the panel Marine Colonel Dave Lapan, a wrote. "The circumstances and Pentagon spokesman, said in an e- b a l a n c e o f h a r d s h i p s h a v e

changed," and the government "can no longer satisfy the demanding standard for issuance of a stay" blocking the lowercourt ruling, the panel said. The opinion cited U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder's February letter to Congress explaining the policy change and noting that gays and lesbians have "suffered a long and significant history of purposeful discrimination." Violates Rights U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips in Riverside, California, ruled Sept. 9 that the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, which prohibits gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military, violates constitutionally protected due process and free speech rights. President Barack Obama on Dec. 22 signed into law legislation lifting the 1993 policy. The White House said then that it would take a matter of months for new rules to be put in place. According to Woods, the lawyer representing the Log Cabin Republicans, the repeal Obama signed doesn't take effect until the Secretary of Defense, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of

Staff and the president certify that the military is ready for the policy change of ending "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." Though Obama signed the repeal in December and has taken credit for it, there's "no indication" the certification is happening, Woods said. In November, the Justice Department won from a different three-judge panel of the same appeals court a suspension of Phillips' order to allow for an "orderly change of policy." Today's panel of three different judges reversed that ruling. The case is Log Cabin Republicans v. U.S., 10-56634, 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals (San Francisco). --Editors: Peter Blumberg, Glenn Holdcraft This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters featured article: Ten Years Of Media Lens - Our Problem With Mainstream Dissidents. China cracks down on internet rumours of Jiang Zemin's death The Independent Despite his technocrat image, under Mr Jiang's tutelage China had its longest period of stable economic growth under Communist rule. The country also entered the World Trade Organisation and won the right to host the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.... China censors Web searches on Jiang Zemin's health Washington Post China Said to Censor Online Discussion of Ex-Leader New York Times China's censors scrub rumors of ex-leader dying The Associated Press Globe and Mail- BBC News- The Guardian all 233 news articles

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Ex-IMF Head Dominique Strauss-Kahn Unlikely to Resume France President Bid

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With each day, speculation mounts from New York City that, sooner rather than later, District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. will completely drop the assault charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn that have captivated the world since the former International Monetary Fund directors arrest May 14. Now there is fresh speculation about whether, if all charges are dropped against the man widely known as DSK, the French economist and politician will return to his country and resume what appeared to be his intention to run for president in 2012. Before DSKs spectacular arrest, it was widely assumed that he would resign the International Monetary Fund's helm on July 13, the day of the filing deadline to seek the presidential nomination in the Socialist Party primary held Oct. 9. Polls showed the former finance minister the strong favorite among militantes (cardcarrying party members) over four opponents, including 2007 nominee Segolene Royal (who handily defeated Strauss-Kahn for nomination in the primary five years ago). A France-Soir poll conducted in March showed

Strauss-Kahn topping the May 2012 general election field with 29% of the vote, compared with 23% for President Nicolas Sarkozy and 21% for National Front candidate Marine LePen. So, claiming a strong degree of vindication, can the 62-year-old DSK recapture this political brass ring?. Much has been written about a just-completed Harris Poll showing 49% of French citizens want Strauss-Kahn to come back to the French political scene, compared with 45% who dont. However, that poll was about a

very general comeback. More specifically, a just-completed poll of the weekly Le Nouvel Observateur found that 54% of voters nationwide do not want him to run in the Socialist primary and 63% say they dont expect him to. In short, Strauss-Kahn retains a strong following, but he is also far from the dominant figure he was in his party or in the general election before May 14. The events in New York have taken their toll, and Strauss-Khan would clearly have to campaign harder than he anticipated to win the

Kahn's acceptance of market economics has long been a stumbling block for supporting him among his partys hard Left. Opponent Royals website once featured a column criticizing the DSK Right. Throughout the trial, the vast wealth of the IMF chief and wife Anne Sinclair was on display, ranging from the $50,000-a-year Manhattan townhouse they rented to the $700 dinner they shared at an Italian restaurant last Friday after a judge ordered his house arrest ended and bail money returned. What clearly was underscored was the image of the StraussKahns as caviar socialistsand that doesnt help in Socialist nomination over Royal and others primaries. Strauss-Kahn may one day in October. resume a political career, but it is There are other factors as well. As word spread that the assault highly unlikely in 2012. So dont charges would likely be dropped, look for him as a presidential fiction writer Tristane Banon filed candidate. And dont wonder a suit in France alleging that when seeing a picture of French Strauss-Kahn attempted to rape President Nicolas Sarkozy: Why her during an interview she is this man smiling? conducted in 2003. (Banon has This entry passed through the repeatedly brought up these Full-Text RSS service if this is charges over the years and DSK your content and you're reading it has long denied them, including in on someone else's site, please read his authorized biography. Shortly the FAQ at she filed the suit, he filed a only/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters featured article: Ten Years countersuit for slander.) More significantly, Strauss- Of Media Lens - Our Problem With Mainstream Dissidents.

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they indicated, is this: Any major deal, whether it's for $2 trillion in Submitted at 7/6/2011 5:01:23 PM cuts or $4 trillion in cuts, will T w o D e m o c r a t i c o f f i c i a l s cause significant pain for both familiar with the negotiations over parties. But a larger deal allows a deal to raise the debt limit said backers to argue that despite their Wednesday that President Obama misgivings, they've taken a major wants the final deal to be bigger step toward dealing with the than the $2 trillion deal that has deficit and debt problem. been the focus of negotiations so Mr. Obama made the case for far. doing something "significant," In fact, they said, Mr. Obama that is, the larger deal - in wants the deal to save the conversations on Tuesday with government as close to $4 trillion the four top leaders in Congress: as possible. House Speaker John Boehner, Mr. Obama said Tuesday that House Minority Leader Nancy l a w m a k e r s h a v e " a u n i q u e Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader opportunity to do something big," Harry Reid and Senate Minority and a deal to save the federal Leader Mitch McConnell. government $4 trillion would The president called for a $4 certainly qualify. The officials trillion deficit cut over 12 years in said the president believes "these a speech in April, achieved in part moments come around at most by raising taxes on the highestonce a decade" and that "you can't earning Americans. run away from an opportunity like While Democrats initially called this." for a "clean" vote to raise the debt According to the officials, Mr. ceiling, they eventually began Obama believes that a larger deal negotiating with Republicans, would actually be easier to get who insisted on spending cuts through Congress. His thinking, larger than the increase in the debt

limit in exchange for their votes. (A $2 trillion increase would likely get lawmakers through the 2012 election.) Democrats insist that any deal must include revenue increases in addition to spending cuts, while Republicans have said any tax hikes are off the table. The Democratic officials familiar with the negotiations predicted a deal that includes tax increases can win enough votes from Republicans to pass the GOP-led House, arguing that "there is an openness there [with Republicans] to some revenues." The officials cited comments Wednesday by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, who said that "if the president wants to talk loopholes [in the tax code], we'll be glad to talk loopholes," to bolster their case. But it's important to note that Cantor went on to say that "any discussion of loopholes must be accompanied by offsetting tax cuts," adding, "we are not for increasing revenues." The officials nonetheless argued

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punishment should be." Prosecutors alleged Casey Anthony used chloroform to render her daughter unconscious and then duct-taped her mouth and nose to suffocate her. They said that she put the child's body in the trunk of her car for a few days before disposing of it. Caylee's skeletal remains were discovered December 11, 2008, by former Orange County meter reader Roy Kronk. Defense attorneys maintained the child drowned in the Anthony's above-ground pool on July 16, and that Casey Anthony and her father, George Anthony, panicked upon finding her there and covered up the death. George Anthony denied that in his testimony. Ashton told InSession that Casey Anthony showed premeditation by "her leaving with Caylee and her never being seen again." The prosecutor acknowledged no expert determination of a cause of death was significant. Still, Ashton said, he would like to know how duct tape came to be found on Caylee's skull.

Ashton also spoke of confrontations at pre-trial hearings and during the trial with Baez. "For Jose, everybody that was on the other side was the enemy and was lying and was this and that," Ashton said. "We went through a lot of accusations and there were times when I responded to them. We fought hard and I fight hard with most people I went to trial with." There will be no legal restrictions on Casey Anthony profiting on the details of this case, cashing in on deals for movies, books or interviews, analysts say. Prosecutors on Wednesday filed a motion seeking reimbursement by Anthony, based on her convictions, for special costs related to investigation and prosecution. Much was made of Casey Anthony's behavior, included partying, after Caylee disappeared. "We judge people pretty harshly. We judge them as if we know how we would react in their shoes," Baez told ABC. "We are

not in their shoes. We have not lived the life they have lived." "People respond to trauma in various ways," Baez said, adding he is concerned about Anthony's personal security. After 30 years, Ashton is retiring. He put that off to help handle the Anthony case. "This case was the most fascinating, complex, the most challenging case that I could possibly hope for," he said. "Everything after this would just be boring." CNN's Lateef Mungin contributed to this report. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters featured article: Ten Years Of Media Lens - Our Problem With Mainstream Dissidents.

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the exurbs to begin their lives anew. And that ethos is spreading across the world. And doing so with warp-speed that rivals the speed at which information spreads on Twitter. When protesters took to the streets in Egypt and across the Middle East, the Egyptian government shut down the Internet. During that week of tumult in February, no potential Republican candidate for president at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) except for John Bolton had anything coherent to say about Egypt. So it was fitting that, during that week, Palin tweeted: Media: ask "Will Obama Admin exert as much 'constructive' pressure on Iranian govt to change & allow freedom ~ as they just did for Egypt?" And her tweet was more coherent than almost anything said by the careful crop of professional Republican politicians. The calcified ruling classes in the Middle East are not the only ones afraid of how Twitter democratizes power. When the Chinese released Ai Weiwei, an artist who was jailed for speaking out against the government, they banned him from using Twitter as a condition of his being released.

Similarly, the old political order in America -- the often seedy nexus between the establishment media and the ruling class that has been standard operating procedure -- is under threat because of networks such as Twitter. And if Palin decides to run for the presidency, it will be this order she and her supporters will be trying to go around and topple. And Twitter will be a big part of their nerve center. Earth shattering elections and movements often occur due to changing mediums of communication. No potential candidate, at this point in time, is better positioned to use new mediums such as Twitter to circumvent a political order and establishment that seems more calcified. If Palin decides to run for president and succeeds, she will have done so because she is the Great CommuniTweeter. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters featured article: Ten Years Of Media Lens - Our Problem With Mainstream Dissidents.

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Screw austerity: The E.U.'s science spending, which is running at about US$79 billion for the current 2007-2013 period, is getting a boost to $114 billion for 2014-2020. The E.U.'s proposal recognizes that only by spending money on innovation and future tech can income growth be assured. Apart from this 45%+ boost in science cash, the rest of the E.U.'s roughly trillion-dollar budget remains flat. The proposal still awaits approval by the E.U.'s parliament and member states, but just getting this far is a milestone. The next phase is to forge spending into the next generation of the E.U.'s Framework Programme, which is its main research spending entity, to produce a plan called Horizon 2020. The spending shift has been championed by E.U. research commissioner Mrie GeoghanQuinn, and means that the share of the E.U. budget portioned out

gives research priorities for projects on "healthy aging." One previous beneficiary that won't see additional cash, however, is the impressive ITER European fusion reaction experiments-destined to perhaps replace traditional nuclear power as an infinitely more sustainable and non-polluting alternative--which will now have to earn extra cash from member states individually. Given that a report this week has suggested that European technology startups still see the best location to begin business as Silicon Valley, rather than locally, this news couldn't have had better for scientific research will farmers each year to keep them in embarrassing carbuncle that sees timing. And though Obama has eventually double from its 4.5% business, to keep food products billions of euros wasted on an been criticized for not necessarily figure in 2007 to 9% in 2020. rolling off the production line, and industry that should evolve. delivering on his science-centric How will Europe pay for it? This to keep fields fallow--as well as to Whichever way you look at it, the promises, perhaps the E.U. can is actually the biggest trick being d i v e r s i f y t h e i r b u s i n e s s e s . CAP eats up so much of the E.U.'s achieve more reliable results. pulled off: More than 4.5 billion D e p e n d i n g o n w h e r e y o u r funds that even this smallish Chat about this news with Kit would be transferred from the political feelings lie, the CAP is r e d i s t r i b u t i o n o f c a s h i s a E a t o n o n T w i t t e r a n d F a s t Company too. E.U.'s farm subsidies program, the either a majestic insurance policy r e v e l a t i o n . Common Agricultural Policy. that ties nations together and The new science money will be [Image: Flickr user Marshall This is the enormous pile of cash ensures E.U. autonomy in food spent on all sorts of initiatives, big Space Flight Center] paid by E.U. authorities to produce, or a monstrous and and small. One of the first areas

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How Craft Beer Brewers Hope To Help Towns Hit By Hard Times
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of beer production; even giant Anheuser-Busch captures waste heat from brewing and puts it to Submitted at 7/6/2011 5:47:41 PM use. Many local brewers are A new initiative aims to find community-minded; craft beer ways for craft breweries to be the giant Samuel Adams rents its business that powers dying corporate headquarters at the old industrial towns. Haffenreffer Brewery in Jamaica The recession isn't new to the Plain, Massachusetts, a space they mill towns of the Northeast; they share with light industry, a couple hit the skids long ago. Decades of restaurants, artists' studios, a before the most recent economic fitness club, and a variety of local collapse, proud, river-encircled nonprofits. cities from Maine to Pennsylvania "Shoe Town to Brew Town" had faded to mere shadows of the offers an opportunity not only to engines of productivity they were celebrate such initiatives, but during the Industrial Revolution. forge relationships between In place of idle smokestacks and brewers and experts to leverage shattered windows, Shoe Town to The project began as a notion local stewardship, Carbone was architects, and designers to talk the unique qualities of the craftBrew Town--billed as "a friendly hatched in the mind of New York aware of the need for resource- about the catalytic potential of beer industry. For Jimmy Carbone forum over food and drink" to be restaurateur Jimmy Carbone. intensive breweries to focus on craft brewing. and his fellow craft-brew held at New York's Brooklyn Imagining himself elected mayor sustainability. Working together, Many brewers large and small are enthusiasts, beer pairs well with a Brewery--imagines another scene: of his hometown of Haverhill, Carbone realized, beer producers, already focused on making their menu that includes sustainability, historic manufacturies throbbing Massachusetts, he had a vision of developers, and community infamously resource-intensive jobs, and vibrant communities. with the yeasty vapors of craft the city's moribund shoe factories groups could churn out a heady i n d u s t r y m o r e s u s t a i n a b l e . [Image: Flickr user Teddybear beer, and producing not only brew transformed into breweries. A co- b r e w o f o p p o r t u n i t y a n d Vermont's Magic Hat Brew Junction] but sustainably raised fish, creator of the " Good Beer Seal," sustainability. The event, on July Company recently installed a [Hat tip Design Observer's John hydroponic produce, and enough which certifies bars that show a 19, gives brewers a chance to digester that produces natural gas Thackara] natural gas to meet their own commitment to craft brewing and come together with activists, from the organic waste products Follow@fastcompany. energy demands.

EU to cut cost of mobile data roaming (a bit)

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The New Hydrogen Fueling Infrastructure: Filling Stations At Quick Lube Shops
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When hydrogen-powered cars hit the market in 2014, it's going to be hard to find fuel. But solarpowered hydrogen fueling startup SunHydro has a plan to quickly ramp up filling stations. We spend a lot of time talking about the possibilities for a large scale battery electric vehicle charging infrastructure, but what about hydrogen fuel cell vehicles? They're a little further out from commercialization--the first vehicles will hit the market in approximately 2014--but they offer plenty of advantages: quick filling time (it takes three minutes to fill up a car), a range of over 300 miles, and fuel prices that are comparable to gasoline (the equivalent of $2.50 per gallon). Solar-powered hydrogen fueling startup SunHydro has a simple plan to build out a hydrogen infrastructure before these cars become commercialized: stick

fueling stations in ubiquitous oil change and quick lube stations across the U.S. SunHydro and sister company Proton Energy Systems (the company that makes the hydrogen fueling equipment) have been in preliminary talks with the Automotive Oil Change Association about the potential to install fueling stations in some of

the AOCA's 15,000 oil change and quick lube centers across the country. The conversation began after the AOCA saw coverage of Proton's grand opening for its hydrogen fueling station in October of last year (Proton has been involved in 16 fueling stations, while SunHydro has one). The organization had been looking at

up to individual AOCA members. And while SunHydro and Proton would like to get started as soon as possible, there are no concrete business or branding plans yet. "[The stations] could be branded SunHydro, we could do cobranding with a particular fast lube owner, or we could put down Proton Hardware," says Mark Schiller, Proton's VP of business development. Make no mistake: SunHydro and Proton don't have grand dreams of crushing the battery electric car revolution. "We think there is definitely a market opportunity for a mix of both [hydrogen fuel alternative revenue streams, cell vehicles and EVs]. At the end explains R. Scotti Lee, an AOCA of the day, they're both electric board member. "Right now, it's cars--one is a battery, one is just grassroots. We're starting to hydrogen." shake the trees, telling [AOCA [Image: SunHydro] members] that you don't have to Reach Ariel Schwartz via Twitter get this set up for tomorrow, but or email. start setting aside money and Read More: The Hydrogen areas you can use for fueling." Economy's Dirty Secret Ultimately, the decision to install a hydrogen fueling station will be

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However, the shows dismal numbers never rebounded after the changes were made. CNN announced today it has We are in discussions with Eliot cancelled In the Arena, the 8 Spitzer about an alternative role, PM show hosted by Eliot Spitzer. a memo to CNN staff said, The shakeup was designed to according to Politico. We thank boost ratings going into the prime him and the entire In the Arena fall season. team for creating a program that The network will move Anderson m o v e d m a n y p o l i t i c a l a n d Coopers AC 360 broadcast to economic issues into the national the prime-time 8 PM spot where it spotlight. will go head to head with Fox Spitzer later issued a statement News OReilly Factor and saying, We engaged serious MSNBCs Last Word with people in conversations about Lawrence ODonnell. national and global issues in a Spitzers role began nine months way that was informative and ago when he was tapped to work challenging. I believe that we with conservative columnist provided diverse and valuable Kathleen Parker. Originally called perspectives during the shows Parker and Spitzer, the show tenure. I thoroughly enjoyed my was later renamed In the Arena time at CNN. after Parker was fired from the Like us on Facebook s h o w d u e t o l o w r a t i n g s . Interestingly, a small item in a

Daily News Gatecrasher column on June 28 predicted the shakeup. Now, CNN veterans Wolf Blitzer and John King and newcomer Piers Morgan will join Anderson in the evening line-up. Erin Burnett will host a new general news program that will be added in the fall. Spitzer resigned as Governor of New York three years ago when his rendezvous with prostitutes, including Ashlee Dupre, was uncovered. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters featured article: Ten Years Of Media Lens - Our Problem With Mainstream Dissidents.

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Investing 101: Undervalued, Profitable Companies With Improving Cash Holdings

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Submitted at 7/6/2011 6:31:16 PM

If youre looking for investing strategies to help identify undervalued stocks with strong cash holdings, look no further. Your education starts here. We put together a list of potentially undervalued and fiscally sound stocks by finding names that met all of the following conditions: - Trailing twelve month (TTM) net profit margin is at least 30% higher than the net profit margin in the previous period. Net profit margin (TTM) is also above 10%. - Current price is 20% or more below its target price - Cash and cash equivalents over the recent quarter greater than long-term debt. - Market cap above $500M Lastly, we narrowed down our results by identifying the stocks that have experienced significant levels of net institutional buying over the current quarter. Investing can be complicated, especially when so many accounting terms are being used. If any of the terms above dont make sense to you, have no fear. Lets take a look at what each of these metrics mean and why they are important: Cash and cash equivalents exceeding long-term debt: It is

always good for a company to have solid holdings of cash and cash equivalents. Cash is the most liquid asset because it can easily be used to pay off debts, taxes, dividends, etc. in a pinch, while other assets like property and inventory take time and/or effort to convert to cash, a concept known as "illiquidity". When a company has more cash than debt, risks to stockholders are lessened because these companies are better prepared to carry their debt and more likely to pay out dividends. Increasing Net Profit Margin: Net profit margin describes how much profit a company keeps for every $1 it generates in revenues. It is calculated as net profits divided by sales and is reported as a percentage. Increased net profit margin is a good thing because it means the company is retaining more earnings and implies that it is in better control of its costs. Trailing twelve months (TTM): TTM is an indication that the calculated data has come from the last twelve months. For example, if data released in July 2045 is "TTM" (ie, P/E TTM or "Trailing P/E"), this means the price and the earning-per-share data comes from the twelve-month period of August 2044 to July 2045. Target Price: Analyst target prices can be very useful guides

for investors. The target price is a price level set by analysts that, based on their data and estimates, represents their predictions for that company in the upcoming year. Because analysts often have different opinions, we use the average analyst target price. Although target price is upwardly biased, a steep discount from this number can signal that the company has more value to price in (meaning, the stock price may rise). Institutional Buying: Institutional investors are also known as "big money" investors or managers. They represent big pools of money such as investment banks, pension funds, mutual funds, hedge funds, endowment funds, etc. When they invest in stocks, they can invest hundreds of thousands of dollars or more at one time. Regular investors pay attention to what institutional investors do because it is easy enough to assume that the big money managers know what they are doing -- or at the very least know more than the average investor. This is why these investors are also sometimes referred to as "smart money. Note, investors should never blindly trust analysts or institutional investors or anybody else. Use information on institutional investing with other

research before making any investing decisions. Given the data points, do you think these companies will reach their target price? Are institutions making the right moves? Use the list below as a starting-off point for your own analysis. Click on the heat maps to access free, interactive tools to analyze these ideas Data sorted in alphabetical order. Analyze These Ideas (Tools Will Open In A New Window) 1. Access a thorough description of all companies mentioned 2. Compare analyst ratings for all stocks mentioned below 3. Visualize annual returns for all stocks mentioned 1. GeoResources, Inc.( GEOI): Independent Oil & Gas industry. Market cap at $607M. Net profit margin (TTM) at 21.61% vs. prior net profit margin (TTM) at 0.17%. Recent price closing at $23.84, compared to target price of $31.86 (implies a potential upside of 33.63%. Cash and equivalents (for recent quarter) at 42.15M vs. long-term debt of $0. Net institutional shares purchased over the current quarter represent 42.74% of the 19.42M share float. 2. HFF, Inc.( HF): Mortgage Investment industry. Market cap at $512M. Net profit margin (TTM) at 12.79% vs. prior net profit margin (TTM) at 0.09%.

Recent price closing at $14.23, compared to target price of $18.00 (implies a potential upside of 26.49%. Cash and equivalents (for recent quarter) at 72.34M vs. long -term debt of $209K. Net institutional shares purchased over the current quarter represent 12.28% of the 28.51M share float. 3. Hollysys Automation Technologies Ltd( HOLI): Industrial Electrical Equipment industry. Market cap at $512M. Net profit margin (TTM) at 16.46% vs. prior net profit margin (TTM) at 0.04%. Recent price closing at $9.41, compared to target price of $14.84 (implies a potential upside of 57.68%. Cash and equivalents (for recent quarter) at 102M vs. long-term debt of $33.17M. Net institutional shares purchased over the current quarter represent 10.38% of the 31.78M share float. 4. LogMeIn, Inc.( LOGM): Information Technology Services industry. Market cap at $909M. Net profit margin (TTM) at 17.14% vs. prior net profit margin (TTM) at 0.12%. Recent price closing at $37.78, compared to target price of $50.43 (implies a potential upside of 33.48%. Cash and equivalents (for recent quarter) at 176M vs. long-term debt of $0. Net institutional shares INVESTING page 16


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corporations, according to the Wall Street Journal. She established new rules in their Submitted at 7/6/2011 6:33:00 PM placerules that she will now Christine Varney, the top help clients navigate as a Cravath antitrust official in the US attorney. Department of Justice, is stepping Main Justice, a legal blog, reports down later this summer to join that Varney cannot represent Cravath, Swaine & Moore, a blue- clients before antitrust regulators chip New York- based law firm. for a certain period after leaving The law firm says that Ms. government service. Thus, her Varney will advise Cravath's role will at the firm will initially clients on merger-and-acquisition be limited to "counseling" clients, i s s u e s r e l a t e d t o a n t i t r u s t rather than representing them regulation. outright. Shortly after she was appointed In October, Varney hired a in April 2009, Varney got rid of former Cravath partner, Katherine Bush-era guidelines that made it B. Forrest, to be her deputy at the more difficult to challenge Justice Department, after Forrest anticompetitive behavior by had helped win Justice's approval

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purchased over the current quarter represent 9.81% of the 20.38M share float. 5. Mercury Computer Systems Inc.( MRCY): Computer Peripherals industry. Market cap at $57 3M. Net profit margin (TTM) at 13.96% vs. prior net profit margin (TTM) at 0.07%. Recent price closing at $18.99, compared to target price of $25.00 (implies a potential upside of 31.65%. Cash and equivalents (for recent quarter) at 156M vs. longterm debt of $86K. Net

institutional shares purchased over the current quarter represent 20.56% of the 27.73M share float. 6. Optimer Pharmaceuticals, Inc.( OPTR): Biotechnology industry. Market cap at $553M. Net profit margin (TTM) at 14.19% vs. prior net profit margin (TTM) at 40.69%. Recent price closing at $11.94, compared to target price of $18.67 (implies a potential upside of 56.34%. Cash and equivalents (for recent quarter) at 180M vs. long-term debt of $0. Net institutional shares purchased

over the current quarter represent 12.37% of the 42.04M share float. 7. TransGlobe Energy Corporation (USA)( TGA): Independent Oil & Gas industry. Market cap at $911M. Net profit margin (TTM) at 17.98% vs. prior net profit margin (TTM) at 0.08%. Recent price closing at $12.41, compared to target price of $16.77 (implies a potential upside of 35.12%. Cash and equivalents (for recent quarter) at 8.63M vs. long-term debt of $56.73M. Net institutional shares

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He's remarkably thinner. It was clear that the ladies had a great time working with him. He's got a Kevin James has had quite a great sense of humor and is very successful film career after his approachable. Check out our long run on television. His interviews below where they previous films were mainly discuss working with animals and a n c h o r e d b y o t h e r s t a r s . each other. Zookeeper, a family comedy Zookeeper comes to theaters July about talking animals helping 8th, 2011 and stars Kevin James, their lovable caretaker win back Rosario Dawson, Leslie Bibb, an ex-girlfriend, is Kevin James' Ken Jeong, Donnie Wahlberg, Joe first lead role since Paul Blart: Rogan, Nat Faxon, Steffiana De Mall Cop. Rosario Dawson co- La Cruz. The film is directed by stars as a fellow zookeeper who Frank Coraci. harbors a secret crush, and Leslie Please follow The Wire on B i b b a p p e a r s a s t h e Twitter and Facebook. aforementioned ex-girlfriend. I Join the conversation about this recently had a chance to interview story the stars in New York City. Kevin James has lost a lot of weight.

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"Any discussion about loopholes must be accompanied by Submitted at 7/6/2011 6:04:13 PM offsetting tax cuts," Cantor said at By Andy Sullivan and Laura a news conference. MacInnis Republicans had been adamant WASHINGTON| Wed Jul 6, about tax increases not being 2011 7:04pm EDT included in a deficit-reduction (Reuters) - One day before a deal that President Barack Obama crucial U.S. budget meeting hopes clears the way for also between the White House and i n c r e a s i n g U . S . b o r r o w i n g congressional leaders, a high- a u t h o r i t y . ranking senator said Republicans In a lengthy speech on the Senate h a v e a g r e e d t o i n c l u d i n g floor, Kyl talked about increased significant revenue increases in a r e v e n u e s f r o m t h e s a l e o f deficit-reduction framework. government assets or higher user "If you add up all of the revenues fees. that we Republicans have agreed He criticized, however, to, it's between $150 billion and Democratic proposals to get rid of $200 billion," said Senator Jon tax breaks on corporate jets or Kyl, the No. 2 Republican in the tossing an accounting method Senate. known as "last in first out" that Kyl said two possible ways to eases business tax burdens. bring additional revenue to the Democrats say they have offered government would be through up a "menu" of revenue increases sales of government property and of as much as $400 billion in the Thanko Hot Cool Box will be additional fees for government deficit-reduction and debt limit talks. more than happy to assist you. services, M e a n w h i l e , H o u s e o f If the limit on U.S. borrowing With the Thanko Hot Cool Box, you'll be sipping on drinks at the Representatives Majority Leader authority, now at $14.3 trillion, is exact temperature that you want.... Eric Cantor floated a possible tax not raised by the Treasury compromise, saying Republicans Department's August 2 deadline, could agree to closing some tax there are fears the United States breaks in a budget deal as long as could either miss some debt they were offset with tax cuts repayments or be forced into elsewhere. cutting off major government

benefits including Social Security checks. Obama said such an outcome could push the United States economy into a second recession or worse. On Thursday, Obama is scheduled to meet at 11:15 EDT with a bipartisan group of congressional leaders. Obama will push for a big agreement that could target as much as $4 trillion in savings -- double the size of what had been under discussion, according to Democratic officials. They provided no details on how they would reach that target. (Additional reporting by Thomas Ferraro, Susan Cornwell, Jeff Mason and Steve Holland in Washington and Richard Leong in New York; editing by Ross Colvin and Jackie Frank) This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters featured article: Ten Years Of Media Lens - Our Problem With Mainstream Dissidents.


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rally, and Portugal had to pay more to sell three-month T-bills on Wednesday. European Commission President "It seems strange that there is not Jose Manuel Barroso talks with a single rating agency coming m e m b e r s o f t h e E u r o p e a n from Europe. It shows there may Parliament ahead of a debate on be some bias in the markets when the EU budget at the European it comes to the evaluation of the Parliament in Strasbourg, July 5, specific issues of Europe," 2011. Barroso told reporters in the Credit: Reuters/Vincent Kessler European Parliament. By Gilbert Reilhac and Annika German Finance Minister Breidthardt Wolfgang Schaeuble called for S T R A S B O U R G , F r a n c e / limits to be placed on the rating B E R L I N | W e d J u l 6 , 2 0 1 1 agencies' "oligopoly." 6:50pm EDT Of the three major agencies, (Reuters) - European politicians Moody's and Standard & Poor's accused credit rating agencies on are U.S.-owned and based. Fitch Wednesday of anti-European bias Ratings is headquartered in New after Moody's downgrade of York and London and majorityPortugal's debt to "junk" cast new owned by a French company. doubt on EU efforts to rescue The European Union's executive distressed euro zone states body is drafting proposals to without debt restructuring. regulate rating agencies; there has European Commission President been political talk, but no action Jose Manuel Barroso said the so far, about creating a European decision to cut Lisbon's rating by agency. four notches so soon after it Michel Barnier, the EU official in became the third country to charge of regulation, said later he receive an EU/IMF bailout was could examine how to suspend the fuelling speculation in financial rating of countries that are getting markets. bailout funds from the EU and The cost of insuring all weaker International Monetary Fund. euro zone states' debt against These are Greece, Ireland and d e f a u l t r o s e a f t e r M o o d y ' s Portugal. announced the downgrade on Moody's thumbs-down, coming Tuesday. so soon after a new center-right The euro and European shares Lisbon government announced fell, ending a seven-day stocks austerity plans going beyond
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international lenders' demands, called into question the EU strategy for dealing with the euro zone sovereign debt crisis. Moody's said Portugal may need a second round of rescue funds before it can return to capital markets, just as European governments and banks are haggling over a second 120 billion euro ($172 billion) bailout for Greece, which has a much higher debt ratio. "The key worry of the market is that the events that we've been seeing with Greece are being repeated with Portugal," said WestLB rate strategist Michael Leister. IRELAND TOO? Ireland, the other euro zone country to have received a bailout, said on Tuesday it may have to make additional spending cuts next year to meet deficit reduction targets in its 85 billion euro bailout plan due to an economic slowdown. A Reuters analysis last week found that Dublin may also need a second bailout because it is unlikely to grow fast enough to make the envisaged full return to market funding in 2013. Moody's cited the EU's crisis management, and specifically the attempt to make private creditors share the burden of all future rescues, as one reason for its steep

downgrade. The demand that banks and insurers share the risk is driven by growing public hostility in north European creditor nations to any further bailouts for south European states seen as having lived beyond their means. But Moody's said insisting on private sector involvement not only increased the economic risk facing current investors, but also "may discourage new private sector lending going forward and reduce the likelihood that Portugal will soon be able to regain market access on sustainable terms. BANKERS FACE OBSTACLE COURSE Representatives of Greece's major creditor banks met in Paris under the aegis of the International Institute of Finance(IIF), a banking lobby, to discuss a proposed rollover of privately held Greek debt, but there was no sign of agreement. Banking sources said numerous issues involving credit ratings, interest rates, maturities and accounting consequences remained to be ironed out among multiple stakeholders and an agreement was only likely in September. Rating agencies have warned they would be likely to treat any "voluntary" rollover of Greek bonds as a distressed debt

exchange and declare it, at least temporarily, to be a selective default. French banks have offered a plan under which banks would roll over about half of Greek debt that matures in 2011-14, putting another 20 percent into a "guarantee fund" of zero-coupon AAA bonds, and cashing out the remaining 30 percent. German Deputy Finance Minister Joerg Asmussen put Berlin's alternative proposal for a debt swap extending existing bonds' maturities by seven years back on the table on Wednesday, even though the European Central Bank has warned against it. Asmussen also told Reuters Insider TV it was "absolutely premature" to discuss a second rescue package for Portugal, and Berlin was confident the country could implement its reforms and get back on track. "There is a new government in place so I would really suggest giving the government the time to do what the new government has promised," he said. "We are confident they are willing and able to implement the first package and get back on track," he said. France's new finance minister, Francois Baroin, was just as SLAMS page 26

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Keeping 10,000 troops in Iraq after the end of the year is the "high watermark," probably the AP2011 maximum of what the U.S. would In this Jan. 25, 2007 file photo, be willing to do," the source told the sun sets at a US military base Fox News. Camp Liberty in Baghdad, Iraq. The other official added that a The White House is willing to t r o o p d r a w d o w n d o e s n o t keep up to 10,000 U.S. troops in r e p r e s e n t " d i s e n g a g e m e n t . " Iraq next year, a source with "Under the terms of the U.S.-Iraq knowledge of the deliberations Strategic Framework Agreement, told Fox News. we are building a dynamic But many Iraqis and President p a r t n e r s h i p w i t h t h e I r a q i Obama's anti-war base oppose any government and people that e x t e n s i o n o f t h e m i l i t a r y ' s features cooperation in a range of presence even though Baghdad sectors, including education, will get the final say. energy, trade, health, culture, Iraq, which can make a formal information technology, law request for an extension, is not e n f o r c e m e n t a n d j u d i c i a l e x p e c t e d t o d e c i d e u n t i l cooperation," the official said. September at the earliest when the The White House has worked out 46,000 U.S. forces left in the options to keep between 8,500 country had hoped to start and 10,000 active-duty troops to heading home. continue training Iraqi security "Any request to keep troops in forces during 2012, according to Iraq beyond the agreed upon senior Obama administration and withdrawal date of December U . S . m i l i t a r y o f f i c i a l s i n 2011 would have to come from interviews with The Associated the government of Iraq and would Press. The figures also were noted be given serious consideration by by foreign diplomats in Baghdad this administration," another U.S. briefed on the issue. official told Fox News. All spoke on condition of B a g h d a d o f f i c i a l s w i l l b e anonymity to frankly discuss the weighing questions about the sensitive matter during interviews readiness of Iraqi security forces over the past two weeks. against fears of renewed militant White House spokesman Jay attacks and unrest if U.S. soldiers Carney on Tuesday said the stay beyond the December pullout Pentagon is still planning for all deadline. U.S. troops to withdraw by year's
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end, noting that time is running out for Iraq's government to ask them to stay. "We have said for a long time now if the Iraqi government asks us to maintain some level of troops beyond that end of the year deadline, we would consider it," Carney told reporters in Washington. He appeared to back off that possibility, however, adding: "That doesn't necessarily mean we would do it. We would just consider it. And I really don't have any more information on that possible outcome because, again, we haven't even gotten a request." Any change in the U.S. military withdrawal timetable in Iraq -after more than eight years and more than 4,450 U.S. military deaths -- could open up difficult political confrontations for

Obama as pressure builds to close out the Iraq mission and stick to pledges to draw down troops in Afghanistan. The Senate's top Democrat, Sen. Harry Reid, told the AP that the high cost of keeping U.S. troops in Iraq -- given a mounting U.S. debt crisis and Iraq's fledgling security gains -- is no longer necessary. Reid, the Senate majority leader, estimated nearly $1 trillion has been spent in Iraq since the U.S. invaded in 2003, including $50 billion this year alone. "As Iraq becomes increasingly capable, it is time for our own troops to return home by the end of the year and for these precious resources to be directed elsewhere," Reid, Democrat of Nevada, said in the statement. "There is no question that the United States must continue to

provide support for the Iraqis as they progress, but now is the time for our military mission to come to a close." Reid was responding to a request for comment after 15 U.S. soldiers were killed in Iraq in June, mostly by Shiite militias, in the deadliest month for the American military here in two years. It was the first public statement by a top party leader to oppose Obama's policy in Iraq, and may signal splintering Democratic support over his war planning just as he ramps up his 2012 re-election campaign. Iraq has flown under Washington's political radar for much of the past year, and Democrats who want Obama to end the war this year as promised vowed to exert more pressure on the White House. "With a false declaration that combat operations are over in Iraq, what is now Operation New Dawn has ironically become a forgotten war," said Ashwin Madia, a former Marine who served in Iraq in 2005-06 and is now interim chairman of "That is about to change." The group has raised millions of dollars for Democratic Party candidates. WHITE page 24


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Accuser seeks special prosecutor for Strauss-Kahn

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Former International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn and his wife Anne Sinclair leave their temporary Manhattan residence in New York July 6, 2011. Credit: Reuters/Shannon Stapleton By Noeleen Walder NEW YORK| Wed Jul 6, 2011 6:14pm EDT (Reuters) - Lawyers representing the woman who accused former IMF chief Dominique StraussKahn of sexual assault have asked the leading New York prosecutor to withdraw from the case and appoint a special prosecutor. In a letter to District Attorney Cyrus Vance, the lawyers accused a prosecutor in Vance's office of leaking damaging information about Strauss-Kahn's accuser. A spokeswoman for Vance had no immediate comment. "District Attorney Vance, we ask in earnest that your office voluntarily recuse itself from the Strauss-Kahn case and that you appoint a special prosecutor," Kenneth Thompson, the lawyer for the 32-year-old hotel maid from Guinea, wrote in a letter dated Wednesday. Recusals are rare and this one was not likely to succeed, legal

experts said. Reuters obtained a copy of the letter after defense lawyers for Strauss-Kahn met with prosecutors from Vance's office for nearly two hours on Wednesday as the case against him appeared in serious jeopardy. Both sides declined to give any details of the meeting. The New York Times had reported they would discuss whether the charges could be resolved by a dismissal or plea agreement. The case was thrown into jeopardy last week when prosecutors discovered the accuser had lied about being gang -raped in her home country in her application for U.S. asylum and changed details of her story about what she did after her encounter with Strauss-Kahn in a luxury suite. Thompson has said the woman had made mistakes in the past but insisted she was sexually assaulted by Strauss-Kahn, and that evidence existed to prove it. 'DAMAGING LEAKS' Thompson accused Vance's chief assistant, Daniel Alonso, of planting "damaging leaks" in the media that undermined his client's character and the charges against Strauss-Kahn. He faulted prosecutors for never handing over to him an audio recording of a telephone call his

client made to her boyfriend in an Arizona prison while leaking a description of part of the call to The New York Times. Thompson referred to a specific quote in which an unnamed law enforcement official spoke to the Times about that phone conversation. "She says words to the effect of, 'Don't worry, this guy has a lot of money. I know what I am doing,'" the Times reported. Thompson said Alonso used "virtually the same words" in relating the call to him hours before it appeared in the Times. The letter also complained about the office refusing to fully deny a story by the New York Post that his client may be a prostitute. Thompson filed a libel suit against the Post about that. "Such apparent leaks by members of your office is, without question, an abrogation of the duties and responsibilities of a prosecutor," the letter said. The letter also complained about one of the prosecutors having "screamed at and disrespected the victim while she met with them." Law experts say the request was unlikely to succeed. "It's a silly request," said Columbia Law Professor Daniel Richman, who said he believes Thompson's letter has more to do with public relations than with a

legitimate demand. "It makes for a nice sound bite." Recusals are rare and usually occur when there is a personal stake in the outcome for members of the prosecutor's office. "Recusals are unusual, but not unprecedented," said Paul Shechtman, a defense lawyer and former prosecutor. "This isn't the occasion for one." Shechtman said allegations of leaks to the media, even if true, are probably not enough to result in a recusal. "Whatever you think about leaks, if they were grounds for recusal, we would have a great number of recusal motions," he said. Benjamin Brafman, StraussKahn's defense lawyer, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. (Writing by Daniel Trotta, Additional reporting Joseph Ax and Christine Kearney; Editing by Sandra Maler) This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters featured article: Ten Years Of Media Lens - Our Problem With Mainstream Dissidents.

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Court Halts 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Ban


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an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court -- which seems unlikely Submitted at 7/6/2011 6:57:19 PM since the Pentagon already is A federal appeals court ordered committed to repealing the rule -t h e U . S . g o v e r n m e n t o n the government now is barred Wednesday to immediately cease from discharging gay or lesbian enforcing the ban on openly gay servicemembers anywhere in the members of the military, a move world. that could speed the repeal of the " T h e r u l i n g . . . r e m o v e s a l l 17-year-old rule. uncertainty -- American A three-judge panel of the 9th servicemembers are no longer U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in under threat of discharge as the San Francisco said the "don't ask, repeal implementation process don't tell" policy must be lifted goes forward," said R. Clarke n o w t h a t t h e O b a m a Cooper, Log Cabin Republicans administration has concluded it's executive director. unconstitutional to treat gay The ruling came in response to a Americans differently under the motion brought by Log Cabin law. The appeals court noted that Republicans, a group for gay GOP Congress repealed the policy in m e m b e r s , w h i c h l a s t y e a r December and that the Pentagon persuaded a lower court judge to is preparing to certify that it is declare the ban unconstitutional. ready to welcome gay military After the government appealed personnel. U.S. District Judge Virginia P e n t a g o n o f f i c i a l s s a i d Phillips' decision, the 9th Circuit Wednesday that they will comply agreed to keep the policy in place with the court order and are taking until it could consider the matter. i m m e d i a t e s t e p s t o i n f o r m The appeals court reversed itself commanders in the field. Col. with Wednesday's order by lifting D a v e L a p a n , P e n t a g o n its hold on Phillips' decision. spokesman, said the department is "The circumstances and balance studying the ruling. of hardships have changed, and Gay rights advocates said without (the government) can no longer

satisfy the demanding standard for issuance of a stay," the panel said. Although the stay is lifted, the 9th Circuit scheduled an Aug. 29 hearing to consider whether the government's appeal of the lower court's decision is valid. But it's unclear whether the Pentagon will pursue the appeal, since they have already said they'll stop enforcing the ban. Still, Dan Woods, the lawyer representing Log Cabin Republicans, cautioned gay military personnel against rushing to declare their sexual orientations until the government declares that it intends to abide by the ruling. During the eight-day period last fall before the 9th Circuit put Phillips' injunction prohibiting enforcement of "don't ask, don't tell" on hold, several of the estimated 14,000 veterans who had been discharged under the policy unsuccessfully tried to reenlist. A handful of Air Force members and members of the National Guard have been discharged from the military under the policy since December. The Pentagon has been moving carefully to implement the repeal

of the ban on openly gay troops. Under the law passed and signed by the president in December, final implementation would go into effect 60 days after the president and his senior defense advisers certify that lifting the ban won't hurt troops' ability to fight. Aubrey Sarvis, executive director of Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, said he was hopeful the Department of Defense would not challenge Wednesday's order. "This whole matter could have been avoided had we had certification back in the spring. It's time to get on with that important certification, end the DADT confusion for all service members, and put a final end to this misguided policy," Sarvis said. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters featured article: Ten Years Of Media Lens - Our Problem With Mainstream Dissidents.

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spokeswoman for AHCOA, denied any connection to ACORN. AP "We are not an affiliate, ACORN Logo subsidiary or ally of ACORN," A conservative watchdog group she told "Both the is accusing President Obama of G A O a n d H U D O f f i c e o f violating a funding ban that he Inspector General have done signed into law that prohibits the exhaustive work and come to the flow of federal money to the now- same conclusion." defunct community activist group A HUD spokesman told Fox ACORN or any of its affiliates. News that the department is in Judicial Watch says that in complete compliance with the law March, the U.S. Department of and added that AHOCA was Housing and Urban Development awarded the $79,819 grant "to (HUD) issued nearly $80,000 in provide fair housing and fair grants to Affordable Housing l e n d i n g i n f o r m a t i o n a n d Centers of America (AHCOA), assistance to at least 35,000 which the groups says is an minority, non-English speaking offshoot of ACORN. and immigrant households in the "This was an ACORN affiliate at Miami-Dade metropolitan area." the time of the funding ban and it In September, the Government has not changed in sum or Accountability Office(GAO) substance since then," Judicial issued an opinion saying, "The Watch President Tom Fitton told record does not show AHCOA to Fox News in an interview. "The be directly or indirectly under the funding ban was violated and the control of ACORN." administration is calling these "It is our view that AHCOA is not new entities. It just doesn't pass presently an affiliate, subsidiary, the laugh test." or allied organization of B u t A l y s o n C h a d w i c k , a ACORN," the GAO concluded.
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Judicial Watch senior investigator Sean Dunagan told Fox News that the GAO ruling used "strained logic." The group says the government's website listing federal expenditures identifies the organization receiving the $79,810 grant as "ACORN Housing Corporation Inc." and lists ACORN's New Orleans address. The group also says that ACHOA maintains the same board of directors, executive director and offices as ACORN Housing. The group also notes that a HUD inspector general report from September 2010 says that ACORN Housing is "now operating as Affordable Housing Centers of America" and has misappropriated funds from a $3.2 million federal grant. Although Dunagan admits no laws were broken, he says the bigger issue is the politicization at GAO. The once powerful ACORN fell on hard times after a series of undercover videos showed its

employees offering tax advice to a couple posing as a pimp and prostitute, tarnishing the group's reputation and crippling its source of funding. Congress passed and Obama signed into law the Defund ACORN Act in 2009 that yanked the organization's federal funding. After private donors held back cash, the group shut down in April 2010. "Certainly the intent of Congress was not to allow ACORN to change its name and get money," Fitton said.'s Stephen Clark and Fox News' Nicole Collins contributed to this report. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters featured article: Ten Years Of Media Lens - Our Problem With Mainstream Dissidents.

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By Margaret Wollensak Epoch Times Staff Created: Jul 6, 2011 Last Updated: Jul 6, 2011 President Obama makes a statement to the media during a daily briefing at the White House July 5, in Washington, DC. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images) As commander-in-chief of the U.S. military, President Obama has reversed the longstanding policy of not sending condolence letters to the families of service members who commit suicide while on duty in a combat zone. The president stated, This issue is emotional, painful, and complicated, but these Americans served our nation bravely. [They] have borne the incredible burden of our wars, and we need to do everything in our power to honor their service, and to help them stay strong for themselves, for their families, and for our nation. A letter of condolence to the families of service members who committed suicide in a combat zone would acknowledge that the service rendered by those individuals deserves the same

recognition as those who die as a result of enemy action. This decision is one of many that the president has made in order to remove the stigma attached with the unseen wounds of war, a commitment he says he has been working on since taking office. Sen. Barbara Boxer, co-chair of the Senate Military Family Caucus, is pleased with the result. Boxer led a bipartisan group of Senate colleagues who sent a letter to Obama on May 25, calling for the policy change. Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli, vice chief of Ssaff of the Army, also commended the presidents decision in a post on the White

House blog, noting it is a monumental step toward reducing the stigma on mental health problems among military personnel. Army and Marine suicide rates have been steadily increasing since 2004. Data goes back to 1980. In 2008, the Army suicide rate rose above the national average of 19.2 per 100,000 and reached a record of 20.2 per 100,000 serving. The armed forces medical examiner reported that accidents and suicides accounted for almost 50 percent of all deaths in the Department of Defense in 2008. Within the military, the Army

and Marine Corps have had steadily increasing suicide rates over the past few years while the Navy and Air Force have shown a very minor increase. Risk factors identified by the Department of Defense for soldiers who have returned from combat include: failing relationships; legal, occupational, and financial problems; alcohol abuse, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and traumatic brain injury. The U.S. military has attempted to provide services and programs to aid service people who return from combat. Prevention programs used by the military include pre-deployment education and training, suicide prevention t r a i n i n g , a n d MilitaryOneSourcea free, mostly confidential support service for military personnel. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters featured article: Ten Years Of Media Lens - Our Problem With Mainstream Dissidents.

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Though violence has dramatically dropped from just a few years ago, when Iraq teetered on the brink of civil war, attacks still happen almost daily. On Tuesday, Iraqi police said at least 35 people were killed when two bombs exploded outside a city council headquarters just north of Baghdad. Running for president in 2008, Obama promised to withdraw all troops from Iraq -- what he had described years earlier as "a dumb war, a rash war." Shortly after he took office, he pledged to stick to a Dec. 31, 2011, deadline negotiated between Washington and Baghdad for all U.S. forces to leave Iraq. Recently, however, the door gradually has been opening to push the deadline. In May, former Defense Secretary Robert Gates signaled Obama was willing to keep troops in Iraq beyond December. Last week, Navy Vice Adm. William McRaven, nominated to command U.S. special operations forces, said a small commando force should remain.

Without a request from Iraq, fewer than 200 active-duty troops would stay at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad as military advisers, a role that is common for American diplomatic missions worldwide. More than 166,000 U.S. troops were in Iraq in October 2007, the peak of the Pentagon's surge. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki refuses to publicly endorse a troops' extension. One of his critical political allies -- a Shiite movement headed by antiAmerican cleric Muqtada al-Sadr- has threatened widespread violence if troops stay. Al-Sadr's militias once waged fierce attacks on U.S. forces. Some of Iraq's Sunnis also oppose an extension. The Sunni Islamic Party in Iraq's northern Ninevah province, in a statement this week, called allowing the socalled "occupation forces" to remain "a great mistake against Iraq and its people." President Jalal Talabani plans a meeting as early as this week of Iraq's political leaders to discuss the troop issue -- which al-Maliki says he does not want to make

alone. The U.S. will not keep thousands of troops in Iraq without immunity. But it's far from certain parliament will approve it. Iraq is still seething from the 2007 shooting by guards from the security firm then called Blackwater Worldwide, which left 17 people dead but could not be prosecuted by Iraq courts because of an immunity deal at the time. Fox News' Mike Emanuel and The Associated Press contributed to this report. Related Stories White House to Reverse Ban on Military Suicide Condolence Letters This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters featured article: Ten Years Of Media Lens - Our Problem With Mainstream Dissidents.

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Officials at the U.S. Pacific Tsunami Center, which issued the A magnitude-7.6 earthquake hit first warning after the quake, said off the coast of New Zealand on that waves could be more than a Wednesday, prompting officials meter (3.3. feet) higher than to issue a tsunami warning which normal. was later canceled. The Kermadec Islands are New Zealands Civil Defense currently uninhabited and only agency said that the quake, which research teams reside there. The struck the subtropical uninhabited islands sit within the seismicallyKermadec Islands located around active Pacific Ring of Fire, which 500 miles from the mainland, extends around the outer areas of posed no tsunami threat. the Pacific Ocean. New Zealand However, they expect that there has been on watch after the city of will be unusually strong tidal Christchurch was rocked several surges and currents, the agency times by quakes since February. noted. More than 180 people have been The warning added, For the next killed and billions of dollars in 24 hours people should exercise damage has been registered. caution and discretion before This entry passed through the entering the water or going out in Full-Text RSS service if this is small boats in all parts of New your content and you're reading it Zealand. on someone else's site, please read This means that there is an the FAQ at risk to boats and ships only/faq.php#publishers. Five passing through the waters off the Filters featured article: Ten Years Kermadec Islands towards New Of Media Lens - Our Problem Zealand. With Mainstream Dissidents.

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Beijing Now Has 7 Million Migrants

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employment in Beijing, and a certificate from the local town of the migrant worker showing that the student does not have a guardian registered locally. With modern technology, the ancient system of family registration has made it easy for the Party-state to track its population. As stateowned enterprises were shut down during the recent period of Socialism with Chinese Characteristics, many migrants were forced to urban areas for employment. Chinese who live outside their officially sanctioned areas have little access to benefits and services and endure a lower level of socioeconomic status. Read the original Chinese article. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters featured article: Ten Years Of Media Lens - Our Problem With Mainstream Dissidents.
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BEIJING, CHINA DECEMBER 28: Students gather on the playground at Xingzhi Primary School, one of the largest migrant children's schools on December 28, 2004 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Cancan Chu/ Getty Images) Bejings migrant population has swelled to over seven million and their children, lacking the correct credentials, find it hard to enroll in school. Census data released on July 7 also showed that migrants account for a third of Bejings total population, and that the Chaoyang and Haidian districts, each with more than one million migrants, are where the largest number of migrants reside. Within the migrant population, 73.9 percent is in the city for work or business purposes. Family members constitute eight percent and 4.7 percent of the migrants are there for learning and training purposes. A school in the Daxing district has decided to close down after

realizing that 700 primary students are likely to be unable to continue their education, mainland media reported on July 5. The childrens parents hail from other provinces such as Anhui, Gansu, Henan, Shandong, and Zhejiang. Since the parents do not have the necessary residence permit (hukou), the youngsters cannot attend state-run schools. The schools principal has said that some students and parents have not yet learned of the closing and are expecting to matriculate.

However, the schools landlord has decided to not renew the lease when it terminates. New Century News reported on June 26 that, as of 2010, 30 percent of the students in Beijing do not have a household registration and cannot attend public schools during their years of compulsory education. If these migrant workers want their children to attend public schools, they have to obtain a Beijing temporary resident certificate, certificate for

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dismissive of Moody's action on Portugal. "A ratings agency's view is not going to solve the matter of tension on sovereign debt markets and the budgetary crisis," he said, adding he trusted Portugal's new government to meet its deficit reduction target by 2013. SELF-FULFILLING? EU officials complain that the ratings agencies' downgrades are a self-fulfilling prophecy, making it harder for countries under assistance programs to return to capital markets. Underlying the debate is an increasingly prevalent view in financial markets -- disputed publicly by EU governments -that Greece, and possibly also Portugal and Ireland, will have to restructure debt sooner or later and force significant losses on bondholders. The more widespread that assumption becomes, the harder it will be to negotiate further official funding for Greece. The International Monetary Fund board is expected to approve on

Friday the release of a vitally needed fresh tranche of loans for Greece after euro zone finance ministers agreed on Saturday to pay their share. The IMF's new managing director, former French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde, warned the crisis could be comparable to the collapse of Lehman Brothers nearly three years ago unless action is taken to stave off a Greek default. "I have very, very clear recollections of the first days of September 2008 and the last days. ... Some people at the beginning of the month thought, 'Not a big deal, it's OK, it will teach those guys a lesson.' The end of the month was not quite on the same page," she told reporters in Washington. But IMF sources say disquiet is growing among non-Europeans at the global lender over the risks of pouring more money into Europe's debt crisis with no resolution in sight. "It goes to show that this whole crisis isn't over just yet. Even if

they cough up some more money for Greece, and that looks like it's a done deal, it's not over," said Jay Bryson, global economist at Wells Fargo Securities. "I would think it's bad news for Spain and Italy as well." (Additional reporting by Ana Nicolai da Costa, Naomi Tajitsu and Alex Chambers in London, Walter Brandimarte in New York, Eva Kuehnen, Annika Breidthardt and Gernot Heller in Berlin, Leigh Thomas in Paris and Pedro da Costa in Washington; writing by Paul Taylor, editing by Jon Boyle and Leslie Adler) This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters featured article: Ten Years Of Media Lens - Our Problem With Mainstream Dissidents.

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Do Consumers Really Want Video Calling?

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As Apple, Google, and now Facebook scramble to offer their users video chat options, it's clear Submitted at 7/6/2011 5:30:02 PM that these companies are looking Once a communication device for to meet a huge perceived demand futuristic Sci Fi, now it seems as for the functionality. We all want t h o u g h v i d e o c a l l i n g i s to bypass simple voice messaging ubiquitous. On the heels of the f o r a f a c e - t o - f a c e v i d e o video conferencing component of c o n v e r s a t i o n , r i g h t ? the new Google Plus comes the Well, maybe. a n n o u n c e m e n t t o d a y f r o m Sponsor Facebook headquarters that video At Facebook today, Skype CEO calling will now be available on T o n y B a t e s o f f e r e d s o m e the social networking site as well. impressive statistics about the Google Plus Hangouts and the amount of video calling that the new video chat in Facebook join a VOIP service is witnessing. He plethora of other offerings, most said that Skype users average notably perhaps Apple Facetime, about 300 million minutes per t h e v i d e o c a l l i n g f e a t u r e month of video calling, a figure introduced as part of the iPhone 4 that makes up about 50% of last summer. Skype's traffic. Video Calling:

13% use video chat to talk to family, 9% use it to talk to friends and just 6% use it to talk to their significant other. Of course, the ease with which Skype integrates with Facebook is sure to boost the frequency with which we video chat. And as tech pundits and early adopters continue to rave about the Hangouts feature of Google Plus, perhaps we'll join The New York Times' Jenna Wortham in The Future or Just a Fad? realizing what a " life-changing" But other figures suggest that experience it can be. while there is a growing interest Or perhaps we'll find that, video in video calling, it is still just a chat is a nice feature to use every small portion of phone or VOIP once and a while... with some communication. According to a people... on days you're fully survey by VOIP service Rebtel dressed... and are in a tidy room that we reported on last month, with nice back-lighting, but isn't

really a killer feature at all. It will be like my experience with FaceTime on the iPhone something I used once to see if it worked and haven't utilized since. Indeed, The Atlantic's Alexis Madrigal wonders if it isn't "the cupholder of social networking" in other words, that extra feature that isn't really necessary to run the machine, but one that we judge on whether or not we want to buy the car. Do you see yourself using video chat more frequently? Or is it merely a new shiny toy to testdrive today, before returning to the good ol' fashioned voice call? Discuss

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Remember When Twitter Was A Joke? No One Is Laughing Anymore.

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I recall a time a few years ago when Twitter was scoffed at. It was the blogospheres punchingbag. It was the stupid little service that no one in their right mind would ever use. It was for people who wanted to share the mundane bits of their lives that no one else wanted to read. It was for egomaniacs. Or losers. It would never catch on. And then it did. I was thinking about this today as I stood in the East Room of the White House (#humblebrag). Why was I there? To see Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey moderate a Q&A session with President Obama. Yes, the President of the United States was answering questions that were coming entirely from Twitter, the formerly stupid service that was a joke, remember? The most fascinating thing about the event today was how well it worked. A week ago, the White House sent out a press release letting people know about the event and asking that questions be submitted via Twitter using the hashtag #askobama. Twitter the questions that would be asked. then teamed w i t h In total, there were some 169,395 Mass Relevance, used their own tweets with the #askobama algorithms, and assigned curators hashtag, were told. with political expertise to select Much like the debates we see

during election cycles, neither Dorsey nor the President knew what questions had been selected ahead of time. What ensued was an in-depth and fairly candid

conversation about a range of topics that people actually care about. According to the stats compiled by Mass Relevance, 26 percent of the Tweet questions

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about education, and 6 percent were about housing. All of the questions were serious in nature. And questions were also coming in during the event as well. A few times, Dorsey would select one as fresh as 10 minutes old to ask the President. Often, these would be about an answer the President gave earlier during the event. The President would then further clarify his stance. Realtime. And a few Tweet questions were selected from well-known political entities as well, such as Speaker of the House John Boehner (a Republican) and New York Times columnist Nick Kristof. Some might have a problem with this, since these people can ask questions of the President basically any time but the transparency of it happening over Twitter was refreshing. When the President addressed Boehners question on debt and job growth, he was quick to note that his rivals position is slightly skewed in his view, but he still answered it and then made fun of Boehners poor typing skills (which apparently wasnt his f a u l t ) . F o l l o w @johnboehner@johnboehner John Boehner After embarking on a record spending binge thats left us deeper in debt, where are the jobs?#AskObama about 9 hours ago via TweetDeck Reply Retweet Favorite

Of course, townhalls are just about as old as modern politics itself. And technology disrupting politics is nothing new either. Many are still certain that Kennedy won the 1960 election simply because he looked better on TV than Nixon, for example. But somehow Twitter and political discourse just feel right together. I recall having this conversation during the 2008 political primaries. Again, people were largely divided on the issue at the time as many were still divided on Twitter, a fact not helped by a myriad of downtime issues that year. But with scaling problems far behind them, events like the one today appear to make the Twitter/politics symbiotic relationship more clear than ever. I suspect that during the 2012 election cycle, things are going to get truly insane (hopefully in a good way). When you compare todays event to the similar townhall-style event that Facebook did with the President (at Facebooks headquarters) earlier this year, I dont think there is any question that this one was better. To me, the Facebook event was more akin to an old-school MTV townhall, or even a Rock the Vote event. Facebook is todays equivalent of MTV. Its where politicians go to get cred in front of a massive audience.

But the events themselves are often of little substance. Twitter, by comparison, is still a fraction of the size of Facebook. The President doesnt have to use such an event to push some big agenda or to try too hard to appeal to a certain demographic (though there is still some of that, of course), he can just take and answer serious questions seriously. If you had said four years ago that a Twitter event with the President would come across as dignified, everyone would have laughed. Hell, just using the words Twitter and President in the same sentence would have brought about uncontrollable laughter. But it worked seamlessly today. Still, some thought todays event seemed more of a meaningless marketing stunt (of course, the author of that post, Umair Haque, is the same guy who held one of the worst Q&As the modern tech world has seen at SXSW two years ago with wait for it then-Twitter CEO Evan Williams). To me, today seemed like the logical evolution of the townhall format. Forget the questions from the audience which often range from mediocre to poor and involve the politicians needlessly pandering to the crowd thank you SO much for you question, and I too grew up on a farm. Get a question the best one from anywhere answer it,

move on to the next one. When I read a few weeks ago that the President would finally be sending his own Tweets from his account, I too was a bit dubious. Why now? Oh, because there is an re-election campaign kicking off, of course. But to be honest, I was more worried that the President being too accessible via a service like Twitter might in some ways demean the postion not a popular thing to say, perhaps, but its something I suspect many people think. I wouldnt want a President that Tweets all day. And again, thats why I think todays event was the perfect compromise. The President will Tweet from time to time (undoubtedly often to help his campaign), but he should hold back most responses until he can give them in a more dignified setting like at the White House during a townhall event. Yes, even one that was technically a Tweetup (god that word sounds so lame still). And while questions can be brief, answers on important topics often require far more than 140 characters. This format works. Twitter is a channel through which everyone can be heard. Yes, you still have to sign up for an account, but thats free the barrier to entry for participating in these Q&A sessions has never been lower. Thats a great thing.

Thats truly powerful. And the White House is right to respect it. After todays event, I went back through some of my old posts about Twitter, trying to recall just how little respect the service got even just a few years ago. Heres one great example: some wondered if Twitter was going to fail because no one knew about it at a random wedding. Right. (And bonus points to me for that part at the end where I wonder what would happen if the iPhone gained a built-in Twitter button) Today I stood in the East Room of the White House with a President. To his left hung the Lansdowne portrait the White Houses old possession painted in 1797 (and rescued from the 1814 fire) depicting George Washington. To his right hung the companion portrait of Martha Washington painted in 1878. But front and center was a big screen television showing the Tweets directed at the President. Times change. Twitter, the little service that couldnt, now has the Presidents ear. CrunchBase Information Twitter Information provided by CrunchBase

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ZeroCater: Because Lunch At The Office Doesnt Have To Be A Complete Pain

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Spintronics discovery bring us one step closer to non-electric electronics

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We are a step closer to nonelectronic devices, claims an electrical engineer from the University of Cambridge. Dr Hidekazu Kurebayashi, from the Microelectronics Group at the University's Cavendish Laboratory has been working with spintronics -- an alternative to the electrical transistor, which has been in development since 1988. Spintronics exploits the electron's tiny magnetic moment, or spin, which can be harnessed to power devices; and provides an alternative to traditional charge current power. Kurebayashi claims that it "could radically change computing due to its potential of high-speed, highdensity and low-power consumption". Continue reading...


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123-year-old talking doll record speaks again

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Cylinder phonograph with historic tag(Credit: National Park Service) You can now listen to the oldest known American recording of a woman's voice that time and technology had left mute. The record groove surface viewed under a microscope. The nearly uniform groove width shows Edison's early square "chisel-cut" recording technique.(Credit: National Park Service) The recording of the first stanza from the nursery rhyme "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star," believed to have been produced for a talking doll sold by Thomas Edison, was rediscovered in 1967. But age had taken its toll. The ring-shaped cylinder phonograph record, which was made in 1888, was bent to the point where it no longer worked with a conventional stylus that required physical contact. However, a group of scientists from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory used a new imaging

technique to play the 12-second clip without needing to actually touch the record. After creating a digital model of the record's surface using a threedimensional optical scanning technology, researchers then saved the audio stored on the record as a .WAV audio file. The sound of the recording is faint and the first syllable of the first word of the recording is missing, but

once his talking dolls were put on the market. Think of them as early recording artists. The dolls, however, were never big sellers. This story originally appeared on If you have a question or comment for Charles Cooper, you can submit it here. However, because our editors and writers receive hundreds of requests, we cannot tell you when you may receive a response. Charles Cooper is an executive editor at He has covered technology and business for more than 25 years, working at CNET News, the Associated Press, Computer & Software after more than a century, the P h o n o g r a p h C y l i n d e r [ . . . ] l News, Computer Shopper, PC Week, and ZDNet. E-mail sound of a human voice comes R e c o r d . " through. Edison modified his idea for C h a r l i e . You can listen to the recording of talking doll records made of tin to This entry passed through the the talking doll here. the market when in April 1890, Full-Text RSS service if this is T h e i t e m w a s o r i g i n a l l y his substituted wax into his design your content and you're reading it discovered in the desk of Edison's r a t h e r t h a n t i n . S i n c e n o on someone else's site, please read s e c r e t a r y , W i l l i a m H . commercially viable method of the FAQ at, at the Edison duplicating sound recordings had only/faq.php#publishers. Five Laboratory in West Orange, N.J. been developed yet, Edison hired Filters featured article: Ten Years A t a g t i e d t o t h e c y l i n d e r women to make as many records Of Media Lens - Our Problem phonograph record reads: "Tin as he thought would be needed With Mainstream Dissidents.

United Statements of America [map]

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Submitted at 7/6/2011 4:29:00 PM

Do you know your state's motto? No? The Big Think's Strange Map

series can help with its United Statements of America, which maps the mottos of all 50 states for your learning pleasure. A history of each state motto at

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Amazon Cloud Drive Now To Include Unlimited Music, But It Will Cost $20/Year
Rip Empson (TechCrunch)

targeted at unlimited music listening, it should be noted that Submitted at 7/6/2011 6:22:35 PM the basic Cloud Drive storage Back in March, Amazon beat provides support for multiple Apple and Google to the music kinds of digital files, including locker punch with their Cloud photos, videos, and documents Drive and Cloud Player, which a la Dropbox. Amazon also said offered 5 GB of free storage space in its press release that those who and an accompanying music qualified for 20 GM of free player, respectively. At the time storage from earlier promotions of release, both the Cloud Drive can upgrade at no cost. and the Cloud Player were only For the iPad, Amazon says that available on the Web and the Cloud Player for the Web has Android. been optimized to offer Today, Amazon is announcing a customers streaming playback of few nifty enhancements to its their Cloud Drive music using cloud-based music locker, Safari. Those interested in including storage plans that offer checking it out, can go here to unlimited space for music, free learn more. storage for MP3 purchases, and Amazon, this offer is available presumably get them hooked on This announcement comes hot on Cloud Player has finally come to starting at the lowest price grade, the service before opting for the heels of Apples iCloud the iPad. $20/year, which includes 20 GB more. And, for a limited time, offering 5 GB of free online While the 25 million-plus iPad along with of file storage and unlimited space customers who purchase any s t o r a g e owners may be excited to test synchronization for music, for MP3s and AAC music files. Cloud Drive plan will receive Amazon Cloud Drive, there will As to the terms of these storage u n l i m i t e d s t o r a g e f o r n o photos, apps, documents, iBooks, be a price to pay for Amazons grades, they will remain much the additional cost, so if you want to contacts, e-mail and calendars. new enhancements albeit a same as they were when Cloud test out Cloud Drive, the time is Dropbox, Google, Microsoft, and small one. The Cloud Drive and Drive launched in March, with now. Amazon has not yet made it Amazon have all now jumped into Cloud Player will cost, at the very customers beginning at 5 GB of clear when it will lift this limited the cloud storage game, which least, $20 a year, which seem to free cloud storage, which will offer, but well be sure to update. will you choose? CrunchBase be a very reasonable price for allow users to begin uploading And though Amazons new Information Amazon Information unlimited space for for music their digital music libraries, and enhancements are certainly provided by CrunchBase storage. To clarify, according to

How limitless choice limits social change [video]

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The latest installment from RSA Animate tackles Professor Renata Salecls Paradox of Choice lecture. Salecl discusses the complexity of individual choice, drawing from her background in sociology, psychoanalysis and philosophy. Renata Salecl explores the paralysing anxiety and dissatisfaction surrounding limitless choice. Does the freedom to be the architects of our own lives actually hinder rather than help us? Does our preoccupation with choosing and consuming actually obstruct social change? All the webs most interesting videos. Permalink| Leave a comment



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Google Plus Accepting Accounts Again (Sometimes)

Marshall Kirkpatrick (ReadWriteWeb)

Malware Exploit Found for iOS Devices by German Researchers

Dan Rowinski (ReadWriteWeb)
Submitted at 7/6/2011 5:21:32 PM

Possibly Today (Updated) We scooped the heck out of the fundamental nature of what Submitted at 7/6/2011 7:22:07 PM became Google Plus, with Circles It may not stay this way for long, at its center, three months ago. we can't say, but if you visit That post remains our most right now you depth discussion of the new should be able to create an network. account on Google's new social First Night With Google Plus: network if you haven't yet. I just This is Very Cool created a second one. Several Our review after a night of members of our team were able testing, here's what you can to, with multiple test accounts. expect and how we went about This will probably be the last time Google may be tapping the gas trying to power up on the new we post about the service's pedal for short periods of time platform. availability. (Especially since each day, or they may have seen Google Plus: Is This the Tool several commenters are now Facebook's fancy new Skype Schools Have Been Waiting For? telling us that accounts are closed partnership today and just decided Audrey Watters discusses the again! Ugh, we created three of to throw the doors wide open. Go possible uses of Plus in education. them in the last 30 minutes and and check it out if you haven't yet, How Businesses Can Make the saw several mentions of accounts then come back here and enjoy Most of Google Plus opening on Twitter.) Update: We some links below to our thorough John Paul Titlow discusses just got another one in. So it coverage of Google Plus so far. effective business use of Plus, looks like they are dribbling in, The following posts are already even before business accounts sorry for all those who feel heavily discussed in Plus itself, have opened. taunted by the non-news. You along with so much more. We'll have more coverage of this have to wonder how long Google Sponsor exciting new social network in is going to wait to open the doors Compiling list as we speak... coming days and weeks. We and if they risk incurring some ill Google to Launch Major New hope you can get in! Discuss Social Network Called Circles, will.

Germany's Federal Office for Information Security issued a warning today that iPhones, iPads and the iPod Touch have a " critical weaknesses," the Associated Press reports. The malware is delivered by an infected PDF that can affect the user's device without them knowing. The same result would occur when a user visits a website with an infected PDF. This is one of the first malware weaknesses discovered for iOS. Android has an increasing problem with malware and rootkits but so far there has not been a significant weakness exploited on iOS (not counting the 120,000 iPads that were hacked last year which was really more the fault of AT&T than iOS). Is this just the first drip of a coming wave of mobile malware? Sponsor According to a Google translation of the German Federal Office for Information Security, the exploit will give the attacker administrative privileges over device which would include any data, email or contacts stored on the device. So far there is no official patch available for the exploit from Apple. But if you

have jailbroken your iOS device there is a patch available through Cydia. The exploit exists for all iOS devices running version 4.3.3. The agency stated that it "currently can not exclude that other versions of the IOS operating system are affected by this vulnerability," (translated from German with Google Translate). Apple works with Good Technologies to help secure iOS and has been consulted by corporations that focus on mobile strategy such as Juniper. If there is already a patch for this exploit in the Cydia store than it is likely that the security companies like Good and Fingerprint Security (a popular security app for the iPhone) will have the loophole closed relatively quickly. Discuss

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Apple Files ITC Complaint Against Samsung

Rue Liu (SlashGear)

followed by counter-suits from Samsung claiming ten patent infringement cases against Apple. The legal battle between Apple However, Apple later won early and Samsung, which erupted back access to Samsungs upcoming in April, has only been escalating. phones and tablets, which elicited Just last week Samsung filed a a request by the Korean company complaint with the International to ask the same of Apples iPhone Trade Commission (ITC) to block 5 and iPad 3. Unfortunately for the import of Apples iPod, Samsung, that request was denied. i P h o n e , a n d i P a d , a m o v e Additional patent claims have following Apples demands for an been added over the last two i n j u n c t i o n o n S a m s u n g months with neither side making smartphones and tablets. Apple any concessions. This battle has has now swung back with its own been surprising for analysts given ITC complaint. Samsungs relationship with Apple first sued Samsung Apple as their main components claiming their Galaxy series s u p p l i e r a n d A p p l e b e i n g phones and tablets were copying Samsungs largest client. Its the look and feel of the iPhone believed that an import ban on and iPad. This was promptly Samsung smartphones and tablets
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Apple files patent infringement suit against Samsung in South Korea Nokia accuses Apple of further patent theft iPhone 4 design patent granted as Apple/Samsung fight continues Samsung says it will fight Apple suit with counter-suit Samsung SNE-60 eReader Landing in UK Soon SG Comics Presents: Apple vs. Samsung is highly unlikely and that the two companies will eventually have to settle with a cross-licensing deal. [ via Bloomberg] Relevant Entries on Samsung files ITC complaint against Apple as legal battle rages Apple modifies patent compliant against Samsung adding more products and IP rights Apple Files ITC Complaint Against Samsung is written by Rue Liu& originally posted on SlashGear. 2005 - 2011, SlashGear. All right reserved.

BUSTED: This Video Should Destroy Paul Ryan's Credibility On Spending

Joe Weisenthal (Money Game)

job creation plan. The first idea made sense: Get rid of crony Submitted at 7/6/2011 4:21:00 PM capitalism regulation. Okay, fair Rep Paul Ryan was on CNBC enough. this afternoon, talking his book: Then he dropped a whopper: He s p e n d i n g c u t s , r e g u l a t i o n said we needed to cut the debt so elimination, etc. that we could eliminate interest Near the end, he was asked his rate pressure in the economy.

That's weird. Perhaps he hasn't looked at interest rates lately. He might be right that they're too high. But unfortunately, this kind of slip confirms he's someone whose economic ideas are based on ideology, not based on what's happening in the actual economy.

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SoundScan: album sales inching up


songs found on an album. For the first six months of 2011, the number of track equivalents Album sales for the first six sold is 221 million, an increase months of the year grew, which from the same period in 2010 of may not sound like much but it's 3.6 percent. the first time the recording This may not sound like much industry has seen any gains for the but this is an industry that hasn't period since 2004. had a lot to celebrate over the past R e s e a r c h f i r m N i e l s e n decade when it comes to music SoundScan reported Wednesday sales. Prior to 2004, album sales that the total number of albums had declined since 1999. The sold in the United States was music industry has blamed online 155.5 million, an increase of 1 p i r a c y f o r m u c h o f t h e percent from the 153.9 million plummeting sales. The Recording albums sold last year. Industry Association of America, Digital track sales were also up. the trade group representing the More than 660 million units were four top record labels, has lobbied sold, increase from last year of 10 the U.S. Congress for tougher percent. These numbers all sound antipiracy laws and has appealed nice but what happens when you for help from Internet service count what is known as "track providers. equivalents?" That number is CNET reported two weeks ago derived by dividing all song sales that some of the top ISPs are by 10, or the typical number of preparing to initiate some tough
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new rules--perhaps as soon as this month--in an effort to discourage the illegal downloading of copyrighted content (read Exclusive: Top ISPs poised to adopt graduated response to piracy.") File sharers and proponents of free content say that the wounds were self-inflicted by the inability of the four large record companies to keep up with changing technology. I'll have more on this tomorrow. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters featured article: Ten Years Of Media Lens - Our Problem With Mainstream Dissidents.

Blu-ray playback comes to OS X, but not from Apple

Mel Martin (TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog)
Submitted at 7/6/2011 6:00:00 PM

Move2Picasa Exports All Your Facebook Photos to Google+ (aka, Picasa, Google Photos) [Webapps]
Adam Pash (Lifehacker)
Submitted at 7/6/2011 3:30:00 PM

Web service Move2Picasa migrates all your photos from Facebook to Google Plus. Just Facebook, and let it do its work. v i s i t t h e s i t e , l o g i n w i t h More

We all know Steve Jobs does not want Blu-ray to be on Macs. He famously referred to the licensing rules for Sony's format as a "bag of hurt." Nevertheless, people do want to play movies on their Macs, and not be ripping DVDs or going to the iTunes store. With Blu-ray disks getting more popular, most computer manufacturers offer Blu -ray playback as an option. Now, you can join the club if you have a recent Mac. Macgo is offering a software player, the first on the Mac, and you can try it free for 90 days. If you like it, it's $39.95 for what's called "a life -time version." The app also supports DVD playback. Of course you need either an external or internal Blu-ray writer that you'll need to buy and set up yourself. I have an internal third party drive I purchased from Other World Computing, so I gave it a shot. On my Dual Core Xeon Mac Pro the app was a mixed bag. The movies I tried played, and looked great, but there was some stuttering, some macro-blocking,

and a couple of flat out pauses. This happened on several movies, including Ghost Writer and the restored Once upon a Time in the West. It could be that my older hardware is the problem, or maybe the software player is just a bit flaky. There are no minimum hardware specs posted on the site. There have been some positive results reported out there, however, so since the app is available with that 90-day trial, you can download it yourself and see how it works for you. Blu-ray playback comes to OS X, but not from Apple originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Wed, 06 Jul 2011 18:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Source| Permalink| Email this| Comments

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Griffin Ships iMarker For Crayola ColorStudio HD iPad App

Rue Liu (SlashGear)
Submitted at 7/6/2011 4:34:19 PM

Griffin and Crayola have teamed up to create a product that will help your kids express their creativity without finger-painting your walls. But, it will require you to get them their own iPad or lend them yours. The Crayola ColorStudio HD app for the iPad along with the iMarker stylus was first introduced back at CES and is now finally ready to ship. The ColorStudio HD for iPad app works with the Griffin iMarker stylus like a digital coloring book. It includes over 30 animated and interactive coloring pages that react while being colored. The app can also detect whether a stylus or a finger is touching the screen so that kids will have to keep their fingers off the screen to prevent mucking up their

creations. Griffin is now shipping the bundled package of the Crayolas ColorStudio HD along with the iMarker stylus for $29.99. The app itself can actually be downloaded for free from the App Store. Updates will continue to

add new sets of coloring pages to the app. [ via CNET] Relevant Entries on Griffin jump on iPad accessory gravy train Griffin offers new Cabinet

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Meet the young SoulCalibur V development team

JC Fletcher (Joystiq)
Submitted at 7/6/2011 7:30:00 PM

Namco takes us into its studio for a behind-the-scenes look at SoulCalibur V in this clip. You'll see the office, a bit of in-progress art and meet the people making the latest iteration of the weaponsbased fighter. Was producer Daichi Odashima even alive when Griffin Ships iMarker For the original Soul Edge came out? Crayola ColorStudio HD iPad Meet the young SoulCalibur V App is written by Rue Liu& development team originally originally posted on SlashGear. appeared on Joystiq on Wed, 06 2005 - 2011, SlashGear. All Jul 2011 19:30:00 EST. Please right reserved. see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| Email this| Comments

5 Most Embarrassing Celebrity Tattoos

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Submitted at 7/6/2011 1:00:56 PM

art as a Vera Wang gown or pair of Versace shades, and the artists who create and apply the designs Once associated with sailors, are becoming as acclaimed as bikers and weekend benders, their couture counterparts. tattoos are positively trendy But being a celebrity comes with among the rich and/or famous a price. When your name is writ these days. Your favorite star of large in pop culture, your life screen or sport is as likely to choices appear like sky-writing in flaunt a customized piece of body the sometimes merciless media --

especially when you make gaffes as attention-grabbing as any skywriting. We've chosen five truly blushworthy skinterior designs -- not to cast stones, but as cautionary tales. Each is a variation on the axiom, "Look before you leap." Or, in this case, "Think before you ink."

Our first story encourages you to wear your heart on your sleeve -or your collar, breast pocket or anything else you can toss in the laundry. Then all you have to do is change your clothes if you should have a change of heart. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it

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Waze makes plans to deal with LA's Carmageddon

Mike Schramm (TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog)
Submitted at 7/6/2011 6:30:00 PM

Here in Los Angeles, there's a cataclysmic event about to happen. No, it's not the next earthquake (as far as we know) or an alien invasion. It's Carmageddon, which is what the locals have started calling a closure period over July 16 and 17 where the city will shut down the 405 highway from the 10 to the 101. That's a huge stretch of road in a city that depends on its cars, so people are expecting the fallout to be pretty monstrous -- while lots of folks (including me -- my apartment is about two blocks from the 405 on Santa Monica) are hoping to just stay home for the weekend, we've all got places to go and things to do, so we may end up navigating the traffic anyway. iPhone app Waze is helping to jump on this grenade -- the company has teamed up with Los

Amazon Cloud Player Now Offers Unlimited Space for Music [In Brief]
Adam Dachis (Lifehacker)
Submitted at 7/6/2011 4:05:00 PM

If you're a paying member of Amazon Cloud Drive, you've been enjoying free music storage for Amazon MP3 purchases. Angeles' KABC 7 to bring real- an anti-Carmageddon website, streets to use. Fingers crossed that Now when you upload any MP3 time traffic updates to and from and hopes to provide alternate it's not quite as apocalyptic as it or AAC music, however, that t h e i P h o n e a l l t h r o u g h o u t r o u t e s a n d i n f o r m a t i o n t o seems it might be. won't count against your storage Carmageddon weekend, both frustrated drivers all weekend Waze makes plans to deal with either. It doesn't matter how using its social mobile network of long. LA's Carmageddon originally much you're paying for the users (which just recently hit 4.5 I hope it helps -- this particular a p p e a r e d o n T U A W - T h e serviceso long as you're paying million drivers around the world) stretch of the 405 is about six Unofficial Apple Weblog on something, you get your free to track movement on the road, lanes wide, and serves about Wed, 06 Jul 2011 18:30:00 EST. music storage. Check out the but also to connect the TV station 500,000 people on any given Please see our terms for use of official word over at Amazon for with volunteer users, who can weekend, so presumably all of feeds. details. More report where reporters might not those people will be off the Source| Permalink| Email this| actually be. The company's set up highway and looking for other Comments

Staff Favorites: Quick Dinners

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Submitted at 7/6/2011 3:00:00 AM

Top with onion, sauted bell Check out this salad for a similar pepper, reduced-fat sour cream, version to Tiffany's that uses and tomato.Tiffany Vickers ground round and raw peppers. "My go to meal is taco salad made Davis, Associate Test Kitchen View Recipe: Quick Taco Salad with ground chicken or turkey. Director Next Spicy Lemon Trout

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Motorola LTE Tablet Hits The FCC, Could Be The XOOM 2

Rue Liu (SlashGear)
Submitted at 7/6/2011 5:53:26 PM

What looks to be the new Motorola XOOM LTE tablet has just passed through the FCC today, signaling an imminent launch. This is good news for some but also upsetting for original XOOM customers still waiting for the 4G LTE upgrade. The FCC documents list the device only as IHDP56LU2 but reveals several interesting details on what could be the Motorola XOOM 2. The FCC filing was approved today for the tablets Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, CDMA, and LTE capabilities. The dimensions for the tablet are reported as being 259mm long and 166mm wide, which is slightly longer and a tad shorter than the original Motorola

XOOM. Last month, a Verizon commercial showed a mystery tablet that was believed to be the Motorola XOOM 2. The tablet is pictured below as part of the commercial to tout the carriers blazing 4G LTE network. So far,

there have not been any announcements from either Motorola or Verizon confirming a next-gen XOOM LTE tablet. [ via Android Community] Relevant Entries on Motorola Reducing XOOM

Orders Signals New Tablet In The Works? Motorola cuts Xoom WiFi price to $499 Motorola XOOM WiFi gets cheaper Motorolas XOOM 3G arrives in UK from 130 Motorola XOOM pre-order at Best Buy: February 24 release $1,200 Motorola XOOM listing: madness or mistake? Motorola to launch Xoom in Europe in Q2 Motorola XOOM crosses FCC, PopSugar (PopSugar) bound for AT&T? Motorola LTE Tablet Hits The FCC, Could Be The XOOM 2 is written by Rue Liu& originally posted on SlashGear. 2005 - 2011, SlashGear. All right reserved.

Happy World Kiss Day - See Lots of Hot Celebrity Make Out Pictures!
Submitted at 7/6/2011 3:55:08 PM

Fact or Fiction: TV Politics

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Submitted at 7/6/2011 1:00:56 PM

Television and politics go together like peanut butter and jelly. Or, peanut butter and seaweed, depending on who you ask. Some say television offers a huge amount of information to the general public, and others would

argue it dumbs down political discourse to appeal to the lowest common denominator. Whether TV is good or bad for democracy, the two have a long history together. See what you know about it in our TV and politics quiz. end of the quiz. Earn a point for every right This entry passed through the answer! Save your score at the

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It's World Kiss Day and what better way to celebrate than with a look at all the hot stars that love to lock lips!? From the year's most watched kiss between Kate Middleton and Prince William to Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez's steamy Hawaiian makeout, there are plenty of sexy smooches to see. Click through to see celebrity PDA all over the globe and have a happy World Kiss Day! View Slideshow


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The 5 Biggest Losers of L'Affaire DSK - By Joshua E. Keating

JOSHUA E. KEATING (Foreign Policy)

Tech team-up offers behind-the-scenes glimpse at Apple retail

Submitted at 7/6/2011 4:20:24 PM

FRENCH WOMEN It appears increasingly unlikely that former IMF Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn will ever face jail for the alleged attempted rape of a hotel chambermaid in New York on Mike Schramm (TUAW - The c o m p l e t e l y r e d e s i g n h e r May 14. Although there's still Unofficial Apple Weblog) packaging to sell in the Apple significant material evidence Stores, as well as book her on a implicating Strauss-Kahn in a Submitted at 7/6/2011 7:00:00 PM " r o a d s h o w " d e m o e v e n t , sexual act of some nature -- the Here's a post from Fortune that's specifically to show off Apple prosecution's case fell apart due to really intriguing: It's about a products and partners to its retail d o u b t s o v e r t h e v i c t i m ' s company named Lark, that's investors and potential clients. credibility -- and a second rape notable not so much for their It's all interesting, and it shows product (a wristband that monitors that even when Apple appears to y o u w h i l e y o u s l e e p i n be taking on a somewhat risky bit conjunction with the iPhone), but of tech for big placement in its for the fact that they've decided to stores, the company has usually retail exclusively in Apple Stores, done the research and all the work and all of the caveats and deals behind the scenes already. Nina Scaletti (Lifehacker) that go along with that. Lots of the Tech team-up offers behind-thedeal, obviously, is still hidden scenes glimpse at Apple retail Submitted at 7/6/2011 4:00:00 PM behind agreements, but the extent originally appeared on TUAW Apple's new iPhone set to hit the to which Apple has gone hands- The Unofficial Apple Weblog on market sometime in the third on with this product is impressive. Wed, 06 Jul 2011 19:00:00 EST. quarter; see how your Google+ When CEO Julia Hu showed up Please see our terms for use of profile looks to other users; loan process; WordPress 3.2 at a Apple expecting to pitch her feeds. lenders will soon have to show upgrade has faster features. More product, she instead was told that Source| Permalink| Email this| you your credit score during the Apple knew all about it, and Comments Apple apparently proceeded to

charge in France is now pending, his supporters back home are already crowing that the former IMF chief himself is the one who has been slighted and abused. This could, unfortunately, bring to an end a rare moment of the examination of gender relations in France, vindicating those in the media who saw the trial as a set up or an overreaction by a " puritan America," uncomfortable with the French public's laissezfaire attitude toward the peccadilloes of its politicians -never mind that philandering and attempted assault are hardly the same thing. Left out will be a

discussion of how someone who has repeatedly been accused of abusing his position for sex and presided over a culture of rampant harassment in the IMF could be a serious contender for the French presidency. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters featured article: Ten Years Of Media Lens - Our Problem With Mainstream Dissidents.

Lehman Brothers Remains of the Day: Apple Preparing for New iPhone in Third secretly borrowed from the Fed Quarter [For What Its Worth] before collapse
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Lehman Brothers secretly borrowed billions of dollars from the US Federal Reserve months before the investment bank filed for bankruptcy, it has emerged.

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The Hard Man of Damascus - By Gary Gambill

GARY GAMBILL (Foreign Policy)

provide both the brains and the muscle for a secular authoritarian political order that would Submitted at 7/6/2011 1:16:50 PM otherwise be untenable. With Syrian troops encircling the Alawite solidarity renders the city of Hama, Barack Obama's loyalty of the internal militaryadministration and its European s e c u r i t y a p p a r a t u s n e a r l y counterparts continue to hold out inviolable, enabling Assad to hope that Syrian President Bashar mete out a level of repression far al-Assad can be coaxed into beyond the capacity of most accepting a peaceful transition to a u t o c r a t s . T h e b l o o d i e s t democracy. Instead of joining the government reprisal during protesters in demanding Assad's P o l a n d ' s l o n g s t r u g g l e f o r resignation, the U.S. envoy to democracy -- the killing of nine D a m a s c u s , R o b e r t F o r d , i s Solidarity strikers in December encouraging prominent dissidents 1981 -- would make for a very to hold a dialogue with the placid Friday afternoon in today's regime. Syria, where over 1,400 have Unfortunately, there are no been gunned down in less than plausible circumstances under four months. Egyptian President which a democratic transition Hosni Mubarak's police quickly would constitute a rational choice disintegrated under comparable for the embattled dictator, and it strains, while his army engineered appears exceedingly unlikely that his downfall in less than three the Syrian people will peacefully weeks. accept anything less. The Syrian The powerful stigma associated p e o p l e ' s f i g h t f o r f r e e d o m with Alawite hegemony over a promises to be long, uncertain, majority Sunni population both and violent. necessitates and enables this The crux of the problem is Syria's police state. While the sectarian unique minority-dominated power identity of Assad and his chief structure, which is most closely lieutenants is not the primary comparable to Saddam Hussein's grievance of most Syrians, a Iraq. Alawites, a heterodox substantial minority -- perhaps 10 Islamic sect comprising roughly to 20 percent, mostly religious 12 percent of Syria's population, Sunnis -- loathe the regime so m a y n o t b e t h e p r i v i l e g e d deeply that they cannot be cominority suggested by some opted and will exploit any respite Western media reports, but they from repression to mobilize

against it. This feeds into the existential insecurities felt by most Alawites and makes it nearly impossible for the regime to safely liberalize. A straight-up transition to democracy under these circumstances is difficult to fathom. A freely elected Syrian government would surely be dominated by Sunnis, responsive to their demands, and therefore strongly disposed to mete out harsh justice for the preceding decades of brutal tyranny. Assad could never rationally accept such a transition unless his regime was on the verge of collapse, by which time a peaceful transfer of power would be exceedingly unlikely. Other countries have solved this conundrum by negotiating an agreement whereby an autocratic regime consents to free and fair elections, in exchange for the opposition's acceptance of limitations on the new government's authority to punish or dispossess existing stakeholders. By drawing into the process those who have the power to disrupt a peaceful transition, extrication pacts have propelled robust democratic breakthroughs in such thorny political climates as apartheid South Africa and Gen. Augusto Pinochet's Chile. A "pacted" transition requires that a critical mass of the ruling

elite come to prefer "democracy with guarantees" over the costs of continuing to forcibly monopolize power. Elite beneficiaries of authoritarian rule range from softliners, who have the fungible assets and limited criminal liability to make it in the "real" world of democracy, to hardliners, who don't. When there is a decline in the regime's ability to forcibly ensure continued public quiescence, soft-liners have growing incentives to hedge their bets by seeking a political accommodation with the opposition. Unfortunately, Assad is a hardliner. Under the present circumstances, he can count on solid Alawite backing, strong support from other religious minorities, and the acquiescence of many Sunnis who are prosperous, staunchly secular, or militantly anti-Zionist. These allegiances, however, would quickly evaporate in a democratic Syria. Absent the looming threat of catastrophic domestic upheaval, a regime-less Assad family may not even command majority support among Alawites. In contrast, the livelihoods of most Syrian civil servants, businessmen, military officers, and others who benefit inordinately from the current order -- a broadly multi-

confessional elite -- would not necessarily be threatened by a negotiated transition to more representative government. In contrast with Mubarak's Egypt, however, soft-liners have not been allowed to gain autonomous power within the state -- their ability to comfortably inhabit a post-authoritarian Syria puts them squarely outside the Assad family's circle of trust. The president's extraordinarily thin base of popular support and uncertain relations with soft-liners militate against a pacted transition. Whatever formal guarantees of immunity and institutional prerogatives Assad might eke out of the process, his acute political vulnerability will make it very risky for him to linger very long in a free Syria. Even Pinochet, whose sympathizers captured 40 to 50 percent of the national vote for many years after his departure, found that democratic republics eventually tire of honoring their prenatal promises to powerless ex -tyrants. 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 HARD page 43



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successfully it moves out of the showroom remains to be seen. In China, where fully half the Submitted at 7/6/2011 1:53:09 PM world's new buildings are erected BEIJING Among the most e a c h y e a r , t h e r e a s o n t h e important high-tech endeavors at government is interested in Shanghai Jiaotong University -- squeezing energy demand is widely considered to be China's simple. It's not just altruism or No. 2 engineering school -- is a global ecological goodwill. As c a v e r n o u s s h o w r o o m t h a t China continues to urbanize at a resembles nothing so much as a b r e a k n e c k p a c e , m o v i n g a futuristic Home Depot. projected 350 million people from Two years ago, the university, rural areas into cities over the next nestled in a leady suburb of 20 years and erecting the floorShanghai, received a multi- space equivalent of two New million dollar government grant to York Cities every year, its energy b u i l d a w o r k i n g m o d e l o f demand is rising worryingly residential "green building" quickly -- up 12 percent from just technologies for China -- in effect, last year. Feeding that demand is a museum dedicated to heat- not easy, and many cities in China absorbing window panes and continue to experience rolling rooftop solar cells that Chinese brownouts (the situation was architects and developers can use exacerbated during this summer's when designing the energy drought, when diminished river efficient mega-blocks and villas flows shrunk the available energy of the future. from hydropower). Professor Wang Ruzhu, director Beijing knows there's no silver of the Institute of Refrigeration bullet. That's why it's investing and Cryogenics and the Research heavily in both dirty coal and C e n t e r o f S o l a r E n e r g y a t clean energy and, increasingly, in Shanghai Jiaotong, gave me a tour energy efficiency. The operation on a recent sunny afternoon. It of buildings in China -- which was a glimpse at the ultra- includes heating, air-conditioning, efficient, high-tech fashion in and electricity -- accounts for 25 which the people of China will to 27 percent of the country's soon be living. Or at least, a annual energy consumption, glimpse of the dream of future a c c o r d i n g t o t h e N a t u r a l green living -- as with so much Resources Defense Council, else in China, the vision is which maintains an office in endlessly enticing, but how Beijing. China's own Ministry of

Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MOHURD) projects that energy use associated with buildings will rise 70 percent by 2020, unless greener building practices become the norm. That's why Beijing's most recent fiveyear plan takes a page from Jimmy Carter's enthusiasm for low thermostat levels and his infamous "put on a sweater!" campaign (heck, no one has to worry about winning re-election here). More specifically, China's fiveyear plan shows a special interest in the concept of building energy use and "green buildings," a notion born in America during the 1970s oil embargo. On June 15, MOHURD's director of building energy-efficiency, Hao Bin, announced that Beijing is finalizing a national energylabeling system for new building construction. As he told conference attendees at the Global Green Building Conference in Shanghai, the government is also evaluating plans to subsidize certain kinds of energy-efficient building materials. Already it's funding a number of research and demonstration projects. Wang, the professor in Shanghai, has been among the many beneficiaries of Beijing's newfound interest. Now in his 50s, he has been at Shanghai Jiaotong since he arrived as a

student there in 1980. His life has changed dramatically with the times. Standing in front of the university's iconic red gate, he recounts the downtown dorms he moved into as an undergraduate, with six or eight boys to a room and no amenities to speak of. Now he lives on the new university campus, a sprawling suburban outpost of green lawns and fishponds in Shanghai's bucolic Xuhui district, where his driver ferries him between appointments. Still a bit astonished by his own good luck and timing, he takes great pleasure in the Jetsons-esque task of imagining how future Chinese families should live, although he warns me that "the most important details" -- like better insulation -are not necessarily the most exciting developments to look at. The final green-tech showroom is set to open to the public in late summer, but Wang agreed to give me a quick preview. From the outside, the three-story glasswindowed building with an additional diagonal roof jutting up looked rather like a giant grand piano. The interior was still under construction: We stepped past wires strewn on the floor, over layers of thick dust, and around assorted pre-fabricated parts still in shrink-wrap. Standing next to a large groundfloor window, Wang pointed

outside to what appeared to be a large mound of dirt. Buried beneath was a geothermal heat pump, which, he says, can draw heat from the earth in winter and release it in the summer, decreasing the need to run a boiler and air-conditioning. Upstairs, he led me to two showrooms designed to look like the apartments of an average Chinese household: Exactly 50 square meters (538 square feet) and 70 square meters (753 square feet). The 70 square meter dwelling showcased a small living room with a TV and Ikea-like shelving built into a wall, a small bedroom with a plush bed that nearly filled the room, a long and narrow kitchen, and a bathroom. As we were leaving, he pointed to a small computer panel by the door, which, he explained, could be programmed to automatically turn off non-essential appliances when the family is not home. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters featured article: Ten Years Of Media Lens - Our Problem With Mainstream Dissidents.

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"Hamster Wheel Economy" (Michael Shedlock) (Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis)

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By Beth Kobliner, REDBOOK When I wanted to lose five pounds, a looming high school reunion motivated the weight right off me. Having a

TrimTabs cautions that while employment improved in June, the improvement may be temporary. Several other Submitted at 7/6/2011 1:50:00 PM Trimtabs says the U.S. economy economic indicators suggest that added 171,000 jobs in June. economic growth is likely to However, real wage and salary r e m a i n s l u g g i s h f o r t h e growth is -2.0% year-over-year f o r e s e e a b l e f u t u r e : when adjusted for 3.6% inflation and 2% payroll tax cut. Adjusted for the 3.6% Via Email ... The U.S. economy annualized increase in inflation, added 171,000 jobs in June, wage and salary growth was only reports TrimTabs Investment $90 billion annualized in June. Research. The June gain follows When corrected for the $114 increases of 127,000 in May and billion Federal stimulus coming 181,000 in April. from the 2% payroll tax reduction, Employment growth accelerated real wage and salary growth is in June after reaching an interim 2.0%. peak in March followed by a The housing market remains slowdown in April and May, depressed despite low mortgage says Madeline Schnapp, Director interest rates. Since there are an of Macroeconomic Research at estimated 12 million underwater TrimTabs. The rapid increase in h o m e o w n e r s , 6 . 4 m i l l i o n oil prices earlier this year spooked delinquent mortgages, and 24 everyone. Hiring managers put m i l l i o n u n e m p l o y e d o r the brakes on hiring until oil underemployed workers, it will prices moderated. take several years before housing TrimTabs employment estimates makes a meaningful contribution are based on analysis of daily to economic growth. income tax deposits to the U.S. Vehicle sales, an important Treasury from all salaried U.S. component of durable goods employees. They are historically sales, declined in June. Sales fell m o r e a c c u r a t e t h a n i n i t i a l to 11.4 million annualized units in estimates from the Bureau of June from 11.8 million in May. Labor Statistics. While part of the decline can be

attributed to inventory problems, sales are sluggish due to consumers unwillingness to take on a big purchase in the face of economic uncertainty. Three of the five Federal Reserve manufacturing districtsNew York, Philadelphia, and Texasreported deteriorating manufacturing conditions in June as manufacturers struggled to adjust to high input prices. The rebound in employment in June is likely to cheer equities, but the improvement could prove fleeting, cautions Schnapp. What we may be seeing is a hamster wheel economy where the economy is finally creating jobs, but net of inflation, income growth is barely positive. Subtract government stimulus, and income growth is actually negative. Going Nowhere Fast Despite the alleged "improvement" in jobs, TrimTabs describes the economy as a "Hamster Wheel Economy" -- the hamster runs faster and faster in its wheel but goes nowhere. Don't Count on a Big Rebound The "rebound" in employment will only cheer the markets if

there is a significant rebound. Last month the BLS report was +54,000 jobs. I except to see a rebound above that anemic total. However, I will take the "way under" line on Trimtabs +171,000 jobs estimate for Friday's jobs report. Anything under +125,000 and the unemployment rate is likely to tick up, perhaps significantly. Mike "Mish" Shedlock h t t p : / / globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot. com Click Here To Scroll Thru My Recent Post List Mike "Mish" Shedlock is a registered investment advisor representative for SitkaPacific Capital Management. Sitka Pacific is an asset management firm whose goal is strong performance and low volatility, regardless of market direction. Visit http:// account_management.html to learn more about wealth management and capital preservation strategies of Sitka Pacific.

Aston Martin may list shares in Hong Kong

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Submitted at 7/6/2011 4:17:34 PM

Luxury sports car manufacturer Aston Martin's management are considering a stock market flotation which could take place

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Greek Sovereignty Massively Limited; You Cannot Roll Over What You Do Not Have; Railing Against the Truth; EU Seeks to Curb Big Three Rating Firms (Michael Shedlock) (Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis)
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Jean-Claude Junker, the man who says "When it becomes serious, you have to lie", apparently has had a sudden splash of honesty, stating Greek sovereignty to be massively limited. Greece faces severe restrictions on its sovereignty and must privatize state assets on a scale similar to the sell off of East German firms in the 1990s after communism fell, Eurogroup chairman JeanClaude Juncker said. "The sovereignty of Greece will be massively limited," he told Germany's Focus magazine in the interview released on Sunday, adding that teams of experts from around the euro zone would heading to Greece. "One cannot be allowed to insult the Greeks. But one has to help them. They have said they are ready to accept expertise from the euro zone," Juncker said. Massive Loss of Sovereignty is an Insult If I was Greek, I would take a statement regarding massive loss of sovereignty as an insult, not help. Thus, true to form, in aggregate, Juncker's statements are a collective lie. EU Seeks to Curb Big Three

Rating Firms Bloomberg reports EU Seeks to Curb Big Three Rating Firms After Portugal Downgrade. European policy makers lashed out at rating companies after Moodys Investors Service cut Portugals debt to junk, reviving calls to curtail their clout. German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said the grip of the big three rating companies had to be broken when asked about Moodys downgrade. I have said before that we have to curb the influence of the rating agencies, Schaeuble told reporters in Berlin today. Theres a need to break up the companies dominance, he said. European Commission President Jose Barroso said he deeply regrets the timing and magnitude of Portugals downgrade by Moodys and said proposals for increasing regulation of the rating companies in Europe would come out this year. The moves by Moodys do not provide for more clarity. They rather add another speculative element to the situation, Barroso told reporters in Strasbourg today. The commission, the European Unions executive arm, is looking into the regulation of rating agencies to determine

whether there are some measures that need to be taken with regard to the prevention of possible conflicts of interest and other matters, he said. Developments since the sovereign- debt crisis show we need to take a further look at reinforcing our rules. Truth Not Appreciated I agree with Schaeuble regarding the need to break up the rating agencies. I have spoken about this many times. The key article is Time To Break Up The Credit Rating Cartel. Everyone readily accepted lies about US housing debt that anyone with an ounce of common sense could have spotted an ocean away. However, I have to laugh at the irony and motivation of Schaeuble's proposal. The fact of the matter is Moody's , Fitch, and the S&P are finally telling the truth about something. Greek Banks Ready for Debt Rollover Please consider Greek Banks Ready for Debt Rollover as Investors Meet to Discuss Aid Plan Greek banks are willing to roll over their government bonds as part of a European Union aid plan, Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos said, as debt-holders meet in Paris today to discuss

their role in rescuing the country. The Greek banks are ready to participate, Venizelos said yesterday in an interview with Bloomberg Television in Athens. We must respect absolutely the voluntary character of this procedure. This is very sensitive and I give a very crystal clear answer on this topic. About 20 banks and insurance companies are meeting in Paris to discuss the role of bondholders in a new Greek aid plan, said the Institute of International Finance, a banking-lobby group hosting the gathering. Talks began last week in Rome under the auspices of IIF Managing Director Charles Dallara, a former U.S. Treasury official. Incredibly Funny For Multiple Reasons The above story is incredibly funny for more than one reason. For starters Venizelos' statement regarding the "absolutely the voluntary character of this procedure" is straight out of the Jean-Claude Juncker "lie when it's serious" playbook. Venizelos goes on to say he wants to take the opportunity but not the risk. Everyone knows there is nothing "voluntary" about the debt rollover proposal. The idea is so preposterous even the rating

agencies cannot stomach the lie. More importantly ... You Cannot Roll Over What You Do Not Have The Wall Street Journal reports Greek Rescue Snarled by Sales Europe's hopes for a significant contribution by private bondholders to a new bailout for Greece are fading, as it becomes clear that banks have sold off a substantial proportion of their Greek government-bond holdings despite pledges by some of the institutions not to do so. Greece has about 64 billion ($93 billion) of benchmark bonds coming due in the next three years, among other liabilities, and euro-zone leaders had hoped that private lenders would voluntarily take on longer maturities in order to improve the country's battered finances. Euro-zone officials have described 30 billion as their target for private-sector participation in the new bailout. Governments want holders of Greek bonds that mature before the end of 2014 to agree to reinvest some of the money as the bonds mature. But the 30 billion target appears increasingly unrealistic. GREEK page 45

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The problem is that the banks and insurers at the negotiating table no longer hold as much of the debt maturing through 2014 as they did a year ago. In May of last year, German banks and insurers made a nonbinding pledge to maintain about 8 billion in Greek debt and loans for three years. Yet the current Greek debt holdings of those institutions suggests they have sold some of their holdings anyway. In an interview with Der Spiegel, the German weekly, Chief Executive Officer Michael Diekmann said Allianz had fulfilled its commitment under last year's pledge not to sell into "a falling market." He also said that the insurer had agreed not to sell only for as long as it made "economic sense." Analysts said banks were likely to have sold off short-term Greek debt because it trades at a smaller discount to face value than does longer-term debt. Meanwhile, hedge funds and other investors, who are likely to have bought up the paper, are less likely to be persuaded to engage in the debt rollovers being proposed by eurozone governments. Pledge Not to Dump as Long as it Made Economic Sense Banks dumped some Greek debt and lightened their load. Pray tell what's wrong with that? Everyone should be happy about

this, except perhaps banks that were not smart enough to dump when the dumping was good. Could that be French banks by any chance? Pondering the After the Dump Options The chain of amusement continues as Bankers Ponder Greek Debt Options. Bankers on Wednesday wrapped up their latest meeting on a private-sector contribution to alleviate Greece's debt crisis, and the chairman of BNP Paribas SA said they were now pondering a range of options. "There are a number of technical propositions that have been made," said BNP Paribas chairman Michel Pbereau on French radio station BFM. "I hope we'll find a solution that satisfies those who don't want a default and at the same time the effort from the private sector to accompany the action of public powers." The banks are trying to figure out a way to participate in a deal to repackage Greece's debts so that European taxpayers don't have to supply all the fundsbut they want to do so in a way that avoids Greece being declared in default. The main proposal on the table is a French plan to roll over part of Greece's debt that will reach maturity before 2014. However, Standard and Poor's said Monday

this plan would leave participating bondholders worse off, and therefore would probably lead to Greece being declared in "selective default." Stiffing the Taxpayers Please notice the key sentence "The banks are trying to figure out a way to participate in a deal to repackage Greece's debts so that European taxpayers don't have to supply all the fundsbut they want to do so in a way that avoids Greece being declared in default." Why should taxpayers have to supply any funds? Was it taxpayers that made stupid bets or banks? Those who made stupid bets should pay for them. Betting on Bailouts As I see it, the secretive dumping transferred some of the risk to hedge funds and others betting precisely on a guess that taxpayers will indeed pony up 100% and debt will be paid back. This takes us back to my June 27 article Leading German Economist Buys Greek Bonds On Belief in "Boundless Stupidity of German Government", Says Bailout Programs Will Exacerbate Problems Stefan Homburg, a leading German economist believes the bailout of Greece is exactly that wrong thing to do and will exacerbate bankruptcy problems. Nonetheless Homburg invested a

"considerable sum" in Greek bonds on belief in the "boundless stupidity of the German government to pay up". The only thing that makes any sense is a full and complete default. To any extent banks dumped bonds, the better off they will be in a default situation. Make the speculators and the banks not bright enough to dump foot the bill, not taxpayers. Mike "Mish" Shedlock h t t p : / / globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot. com Click Here To Scroll Thru My Recent Post List Mike "Mish" Shedlock is a registered investment advisor representative for SitkaPacific Capital Management. Sitka Pacific is an asset management firm whose goal is strong performance and low volatility, regardless of market direction. Visit http:// account_management.html to learn more about wealth management and capital preservation strategies of Sitka Pacific.

Get These 25 Documents Ready Before You Kick The Bucket

Ben Popken (The Consumerist)
Submitted at 7/6/2011 4:00:00 PM

After trying out base jumping and reconnecting with your estranged son, there's a couple things you'll want to add to your bucket list. Like getting these 25 documents ready so people know what to do with your bucket after you've kicked it. Everyone knows about getting a will ready, but you'll also want to have proof of ownership documents ready so there's a road map to all your assets. Also keep, in a secure place a list of all your accounts and logins, so your carefully managed piggy banks don't go missing. There's a few more at the cheery giant graphic over at WSJ. Guess they wanted to make it look fun! The 25 Documents You Need Before You Die[WSJ] This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters featured article: Ten Years Of Media Lens - Our Problem With Mainstream Dissidents.


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A Quick Calendar Of Events That Could Potentially Ruin Your Summer

Joe Weisenthal (Money Game)
Submitted at 7/6/2011 6:17:03 PM

Angelina Jolie Has the Twins in Her Arms and Shiloh by Her Side For Another Bowling Day
Lauren Turner (PopSugar)
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coupon payment (and related issue of whether rollover plan constitutes default)


Unbelievably, the VIX has settled down again, as the market shows almost no concern about, well... anything. Not even the debt ceiling, which gets talked about incessantly, is concerning anyone, except maybe a tiny handful of buyers of shortterm credit default swaps. In a note, BofA's Benjamin Bowler lists some big events that could smash the complacency out of the market, and send volatility soaring: July 8: IMF board meeting on releasing another tranche of aid to Greece. Mid-July: Greek bond and

Mid-July: Without concrete Of course, these are just the big movement on the debt ceiling, events, and none include all the Moody's could threaten a ratings data (like this Friday's jobs report) cut for the US. which could also kill the calm. Please follow Money Game on Twitter and Facebook. Late July: Italian austerity vote. Join the conversation about this story See Also: Late July: Results of European Q3 Begins With A Chinese PMI stress tests. Miss And Lower Stock Prices Citi On Why This Is A Great Opportunity To Buy Into "The E a r l y A u g u s t : C h i n a Grind Higher" manufacturing PMI. Suddenly, It's Too Quiet August 2: DEBT CEIL ING

Angelina Jolie carried both Knox and Vivienne in her arms and Shiloh walked closely behind as they left a bowling alley in Malta today. Angelina also brought all six kids to the lanes last week as they explore the local attractions, like the water park where the whole Jolie-Pitt family was pictured together. Pax and Maddox got another special treat when the two older Jolie-Pitt boys visited Brad Pitt on the set of World War Z over the weekend. Their overseas stay may be all about Brad's work schedule, but Angelina is currently grabbing the

spotlight for her own career. Angelina Jolie was one of the highest-paid actresses last year with both she and Sarah Jessica Parker earning $30 million each. View Slideshow

PSA: Kenshi slices up Mortal Kombat today

David Hinkle (Joystiq)

download today in Mortal Kombat for 400 MS Points ($5) -or, if you've already snagged the With all of yesterday's barbecues, Mortal Kombat season pass on subsequent food comas and Xbox 360, you've already paid for f i r e w o r k s , y o u m a y h a v e him. forgotten all about Kenshi, the Additionally, two more klassic blind swordsman with psychic kostumes are up for grabs as part powers. He's available for of the free compatibility
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Portuguese 10-Year Government Bond Yield See Photos Inside Kate Moss and Soars to 13.05%; Italy, Portugal, Ireland, all Jamie Hince's Wedding - Jude Fresh New Highs; Focus On the "Unsaved" Law, Kelly Osbourne, and More! Molly Goodson (PopSugar) (Michael Shedlock) (Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis)
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By now, everyone knows that "Greece is Saved" even though 2year government bonds are trading today at 28.3%, up from 26.62% at the open. Let's turn our attention away from Greece to the "Not Saved Yet" group of countries including Spain, Portugal, Ireland, and the big Kahuna, Italy. Portugal 10-Year Government Bonds - 13.05% Ireland 10-Year Government Bonds - 12.43% Greece 10-Year Government Bonds - 16.82% Spain 10-Year Government Bonds - 5.61% Italy 10-Year Government Bonds - 5.12% Please note that 10-year yields in Italy are now approaching 10-year yields in Spain. Also note that yields are not up across the board in Europe. Germany 10-Year Government Bonds - 2.93% Today's Scorecard

Country Yield Change New High Saved Spread to Germany Germany 2.93-0.08 0 Portugal 13.05+2.03 Y 10.12 Ireland 12.43+0.89 Y 9.5 Greece 16.82+0.30 Y 13.89 Spain 5.61+0.13 2.68 Italy 5.12+0.12 Y 2.19 I don't know about you, but I am sure glad "Greece is Saved". I look for equally impressive results when Portugal, Ireland, Spain, and Italy are "saved". Mike "Mish" Shedlock h t t p : / / globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot. com Click Here To Scroll Thru My

Recent Post List Mike "Mish" Shedlock is a registered investment advisor representative for SitkaPacific Capital Management. Sitka Pacific is an asset management firm whose goal is strong performance and low volatility, regardless of market direction. Visit http:// account_management.html to learn more about wealth management and capital preservation strategies of Sitka (Yahoo! News: Obituaries) Pacific.
Submitted at 7/6/2011 11:20:04 AM

Photographer Terry Richardson just shared pictures from inside Kate Moss and Jamie Hince's wedding! The famous photographer attended the starstudded nuptials, which included guests like Jude Law and Kelly Osbourne, who also popped up on Terry's blog. Kate Moss wore John Galliano and Manolo Blahnik shoes for her big day with Jamie Hince, though Stella McCartney was her designer of choice as she bid farewell to all her loved ones at the end of the epic three-day celebration dubbed Mossfest. There are tons of

rumors about where Kate and Jamie will be honeymooning, but no matter where they end up they'll, hopefully, have an amazing first week as newlyweds! View Slideshow

Correction: Twombly obituary (AP)

AP - In a July 5 obituary for Cy Twombly, The Associated Press erroneously described baseball star Cy Young, whom the American artist was nicknamed after, as a "slugger." He was a pitcher.



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Jehad Nga Speaks Out on Professional Insecurities, Libyan Detention

Pete Brook (Wired Top Stories)
Submitted at 7/6/2011 1:26:00 PM

| Next >> Burnt out cars, Tripoli, Libya (February 2011)| Next >> View all Jehad Nga has everything a young photographer could want: Assignments across the globe, front-page photos in international publications, gallery representation in New York and Los Angeles, and a raft of photojournalism awards. But for all that, after almost a decade shooting across Africa and the Middle East, Nga is questioning the photography industry and his place within it. In 2008, The Frontline Club Londons hub for independent journalists declared Nga One of the most talented emerging News 30 emerging photographers on the international photographers to watch, American scene. The sentiment was echoed Photo Magazines emerging by his inclusion in Photo District photographers and the World

Press Photos masterclass. His photographs of U.S. soldiers blindfolding and arresting Iraqis were adapted for the cover sleeve

of Alex Gibneys Oscar winning documentary Taxi to the Dark Side. Early in his career, Nga had

amassed a portfolio characterized by chiaroscuro and shadow-play. JEHAD page 49

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He developed an instantly recognizable visual signature for which he garnered widespread praise and sales. Over time, however, signature became brand and Nga felt his creative integrity slipping away. Everything others wanted of him, he was slowly rejecting. Its not uncommon for artists to reevaluate their work and direction, but it is less common that they candidly dismiss work that still sells well. On top of his professional conflict, Nga has come to a personal crossroads after the uprising in Libya where his father and extended family reside. He was detained there in February for four days and ushered out of the country. Now he wants to go back. We asked Jehad Nga how he cleansed his feelings of authenticity and what its like photographing on the ground in Libya. How are you currently thinking about your work? Jehad Nga: If you look at my website, youd think, Heres a photographer whose confident and secure in his work. On a good day its a complete mess, but I am very happy with the mess. Dilemmas are hard and can break the spirit but they bring on just decisions about your work. Where did your style come from? Nga: Theatrical lighting and the Caravaggio look has links to my background. Ive been in dramatic

productions since I was a kid. Bill Hensons work was always something I responded to. We first saw your work with your portfolios from Somalia and Mogadishu, a country and a capitol you care for a lot. Did the approach make sense there? Nga: I choose the view I did because I didnt want the environment or terrain to influence the viewer. But for me, Mogadishu was never about guns, bullets and militia [as seen in newspapers]. It was the work I was doing on the side that was more in tune with what was going on. It was work I knew would never see the light of day. I dont blame people for not picking up abstracted [personal] images. My Somalia work drew attention to Africa and attention to photography made on the continent. And elsewhere on the continent you made the Turkana series, your most recent big project, in northern Kenya in 2009. Did your disillusionment begin with Turkana? Nga: I crossed a line with Turkana. I couldnt accept that my photographs represented the people there. I made decisions that were aesthetic. I ran into a quagmire. I spoke to [NYC gallery representative] Bonni Benrubi about Turkana. Its common for photographers to think a show is great and then two days later feel it should come down. The pictures

have been selling well. Yet, Im uncomfortable with that margin between content and aesthetic. Photographers have relationships with their work; it demands attention. You live with it, sleep with it, care for it. In 15 years, I want to find myself in good company and have a pure relationship with my work. How does this wish fit with your gallery representation? Nga: Theres an added pressure with galleries, as I am required to do one show each year. The relationship I look for with galleries is a personal one and theyre sensitive to what Im doing. I trust they wont chop it up. Bonni pushes for museum sales which is what I prefer. In a previous discussion about Turkana you said, If I never see that work again itll be too soon. Maybe I sound bitter, but its like being haunted. Do you still feel that way? Nga: When we first corresponded, I was knee-deep in crisis. Id abandoned the work and I couldnt stand behind it. I felt Turkana was a con and I stepped away. A lot of people came into the gallery and bought work. Some of the things they said made me cringe. My criticisms are not a broad statement and they might not even be rational, theyre just reflective of a very low note. How people interpret my work is their business. I cant tell them how to relate [to it]. But, Im not

going to sell a guy a car in which the air-conditioning is broken. Then again, when I think its a fault, they might want it anyway, they might be happy driving with the windows down? So whats the answer? Nga: I made a personal decision away from assignment work. I went to Japan for two months and killed the entire project. I thought it would develop into a book, but it wont. I also learned I no longer need to go to a place for two or three months for a story. Any particular projects? Nga: Im going to self-publish a bi-monthly magazine. Its not for promotion and not for sale. 80% of the people I send it to wont even be photography people. My entire life exists on a hard drive and after my death, eventually the hard drive will die. Instead of putting my money into archival prints, I want to put it into these magazines. It will include the work of other photographers whose work wont get seen elsewhere. Perhaps in editions of 500. The idea that one of these magazines might slip behind a cupboard and gather an inch of dust, but survive is very appealing to me. They wont all survive; some of them may get trashed. But this is still a worthy investment [of time and money]. It is therapeutic. In the process of experimenting, I may take some flak but its okay. Im not public domain. People are

full of shit if they believe this [photography industry] is devoid of celebrity. I am sick of hearing Have you seen such and such a bodys work? Are you continuing with your assignment and editorial work? Youve had a consistent relationship with The New York Times. Nga: I dont do much editorial stuff; it doesnt interest me anymore. I am going to areas for my own reasons. The New York Times lends itself to a specific balance; assignment work allows me to see places I may want to return to later. I have one toe in this type of work and thats good for me. I dont want to return to a complete version of the editorial photographer. You were recently in Libya. Tell us about your relationship with the country. Nga: I went in early February and left before the end of the month. My fathers side of family live in central Tripoli, with the exception of a few who are living in other areas. My father lived there until the revolution of 69 when he started splitting his time between Italy and Tripoli. I was born in the U.S. My mothers family is from Missouri. My father lived in Italy. For reasons of a stable education, my brother and I grew up in England. I actually didnt return to Libya until 2003 when my grandmother passed away. At that point, I was able to acquire my own Libya JEHAD page 50


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passport. There was a veneer that had always existed between my family and I when I had visited but, under these circumstances, that veneer was shattered. I felt a very strong nationalistic connection to Libya for the first time. Were you working straight away? Nga: I was in Algeria prior to the [Libyan] revolution. I traveled to Libya on behalf of The New York Times. It wasnt until I got there that I realized working was out of the question. I had to take into account my family. The last thing Id do would be to jeopardize the safety of my family for the sake of work. I took a step back and decided to give it some room. People were very worried about journalists being inside the country. My intentions were strictly benign: I had no intention to uncover anything other than what I felt both sides were more than happy to show. That is to say the instability that the opposition were causing and also the measures the government was taking to suppress the opposition. It was important for me to flesh out the support that existed in Tripoli for Gaddafi. And that was objective. It is the truth that there were people who supported Gaddafi and [they] wanted to make their support well known. Youve not spoken publicly about your detention before. Can you tell us about it? Nga: I was in Green Square taking photographs. Id been granted permission by a member

of [Gaddafi's] military. He told me to take as many as I wanted. There was nothing remotely dangerous going on. Singing, rejoicing. It became a case of miscommunication. About 45 minutes into it, some other security personnel saw me taking photographs and of course they didnt know Id asked and been given permission. I was taken into custody for four hours, [which was] as long as it took for them to verify who I was. I can respect how diligent they were in regards to their security. It wasnt until two days later when I was detained under similar circumstances and that was for four days. Were you alone or with other journalists? Nga: I was by myself. The reasons [for detention] were relatively unclear. What was clear is that they were less interested in my journalistic ties than they were concerned I may have been someone who I wasnt. What did you say to them? Nga: Through clarification they realized that I was no threat. I remained as transparent as possible; an easy tactic as I had nothing to hide. They released me to a hotel where some colleagues had been staying. If its not a silly question, why do you want to return? Nga: Its not even a question of why. Its knowing in every fiber of my being that I absolutely have

to. In respect to Libya and in respect to my family and my father. It is tremendously important whats happening now. My father was my age in the revolution of 69. People dont quite understand. People talk about oppression like these fuckers whove spent all of a month there and talk like they know all about Libya. In 1969, time stood still. Watches stopped ticking and waited for a time when they could start up again. That time is now. When the moment comes, and God willing it will be bloodless, there will possibly be more journalists inside that country and inside Tripoli than there were in Baghdad 03. I have no wish to taint my experience in the whole thing by clambering for an assignment. So will you be carrying a camera? Nga: Absolutely. Luckily, I have a car and a home [in Libya] and these things aid my ability to spend and extended period of time without having to much concern with financial aspect. Thats a real benefit. A lot of people want to spend time but these are costly measures. Im not interested in forming a dialogue editorially. It is without question the most important thing in my life its not an assignment. I feel like its my destiny to be there. Its a culmination of all the roads Ive pursued over these years and I absolutely have to respond to that. Libya has proved

itself very dangerous for journalists. Is it as dangerous as people perceive and does that alter your thinking? Nga: Without a question it is as dangerous as people think. It is black and white. My dad has lost friends and everyone has lost friends there. There are rabbit holes all over the country and all over Tripoli; you can just fall down them and the likelihood of you coming back up again are slim to none. Theres no gray shades. The possibility of that happening to me is as good with me as anyone else. I serve no purpose in going back if 24 hours after arriving, Im taken again. My goal is to try to communicate to the powers that be that I am not a threat to anyone. Theres a tremendous amount of paranoia swirling round. If the government suspects I have some ties with some organization that I absolutely have not they would a grab me and go after my family. It wont be full steam ahead, I dont have blinders on. The only thing I want is for the country to be stable. Until I know I can be there without throwing up too much dust, I certainly wont return. Any idea when that will be? Nga: Tomorrow, today, as soon as possible. I go to bed hoping that when I turn on the TV in the next morning theres a signal. For me, its just a matter of time and my father feels the same way. Were in holding-patterns waiting for the phone call or a news break. I was ready to go back the day

after I left Libya. My bag is packed. I plan to spend as much time as possible, and not only as photographer. [The last time I was there] I felt the connection I was making with the country and people around me. I felt tremendously proud, while in fact, for most of my life Ive spent most of my time trying to seek refuge from my ties to Libya; I was a young kid in America and England and being associated with a country that was a black spot in most peoples minds. I hid from that as kids do, especially in the 80s when American-Libyan relations were not the best. I was going to an American school in London surrounded by American kids whose parents were in the armed services. In 86, America was bombing Libya so I tried to blend in as best I could but with a name like Jehad you can only go so far with that. Note: This interview has been edited together from multiple discussions between Jehad and the author over the past year. Based in Nairobi since 2005, Jehad Nga has covered stories including the Iraq war, Liberian civil war, Darfur conflict, illegal immigration in South Africa, Ghanaian economic reform, Syrian political reform, and conflict in the Middle-East. He is twice recipient of Picture of the Year Award (POYI). He has been selected by Photo District News, American Photo Magazine and JEHAD page 53

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5 Ways Google+ Could Steal Music Fans From Facebook

Eliot Van Buskirk (Wired Top Stories)
Submitted at 7/6/2011 11:26:00 AM

Googles social network, Google+, is late. Facebook has a big lead, having ousted MySpace, which in turn deposed Friendster, the site that started us all on this path towards recreating our social fabric as a network of connected personal nodes. Facebook is an excellent tool for sharing music usually in the form of Googles YouTube videos but even the developer of the top music app on Facebook says it doesnt do enough, music-wise. And when we canvassed the top 20 Facebook music apps, we were shocked by what we found. The list of the most popular music apps on this, the most popular social network, included werevertumorro and Shane Dawson TV, which arent even music apps; they merely alert fans when one of those videobloggers throws up another video on YouTube. Google+ may have a tough time making a dent in the popularity of Facebook. But on at least on the music front it can make a lot of inroads, fast. Fact is that music apps on Facebook are lacking and this is a real opportunity for a try to talk about its music strategy for Google+, mentioning quick win. contacted Google to F a c e b o o k s a p p a r e n t shortcomings in that area. A

spokeswoman declined to comment in part, she said, because Music Beta by Google is still in, well, beta. But even

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Drift: How This Ship Became a Floating Gitmo

Spencer Ackerman (Wired Top Stories)
Submitted at 7/6/2011 5:36:00 PM

This is the U.S.S. Boxer. A bigdeck amphibious assault ship, the Golden Gator displaces about 40,500 tons and provides a working home for more than 2,000 troops. Recently, its brig held a less likely passenger, Danger Room has confirmed: Ahmed Abdulkadir Warsame, a Somali whom the United States just charged with supporting alShabaab and al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula. But if Warsames case is the future of terrorism detentions, thats going to be a problem. The Navy simply doesnt have enough ships with the brig space to serve as a floating Guantanamo Bay. Out of the Navys 286 ships, only its 11 aircraft carriers and 10 bigdeck amphibious assault ships really have brigs to lock up potential dangerous detainees. Its destroyers, cruisers, subs, frigates and Littoral Combat Ships lack the space necessary to operate more than a makeshift brig. They also lack the guards and medical support personnel to detain someone for months, as in Warsames case. When someone is confined on surface ships, explains retired Rear Adm. Ronald Christenson, a former commander of the aircraft c a r r i e r T h e o d o r e

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YouTube music videos, which comprise many of the most popular videos on YouTube, are all over Facebook in the United States, and from what Google itself told us, the same is true for Spotify song links in Europe. Facebook is reportedly planning to integrate more tightly with multiple music services, the way it recently did with MOG, but still has a ways to go on that front. Meanwhile, Google has thousands of engineers, all of whose yearly bonuses will be tied to how social they can make its offerings. Clearly, Google+ could give Facebook a run for its money when it comes to sharing music from and across all of the music services ( read: silos) upon which we depend. The preponderance of YouTube music on Facebook is an indication that music fans want to use it to share music so why doesnt Facebook help us? 2. Group Listening Parties If you havent used Google Hangout yet, Google+s online video chatroom that lets you know when your friends are hanging out, consider that my former colleague Jenna Wortham of the New York Times thinks it just might be Googles killer app, which is really saying something, when youre talking about a company with as much to offer as Google does. And if youve yet to sign in to group listening service,

consider how many music fans already love the way the recentlylaunched service lets them get together to spin music and talk about it. By combining those two concepts with or without the video component to create real-time music listening parties with push notifications, Google+ could run circles around Facebook in the group listening department. And music fans would start evangelizing Google+ in order to get their friends involved, the same way they are currently doing with Continue reading 3. Live Musicians Plus Live Music Google+s Hangout feature could do something else, and surely this one has already occurred to Google engineers pining for that social bonus. Hangout could be a great way for stars to hold meetand-greet sessions with their fans. Plenty of other ways exist for this sort of thing, of course, but Google has money and famous people make appearances in exchange for it. If Google doesnt do this, one has to wonder how else theyre spending their money. And, of course, the company could archive these talks on YouTube, creating valuable content that would still be of interest 20 years from now, in many cases, and which wouldnt appear on Vimeo or any other competitors. Speaking of

YouTube, its been slowly edging into the live online music business. Clearly, those shows could find a place on Google+, with plenty of social-bonusfriendly features for talking about the show in real time. 4. Google Music Integration Oh yeah, Google already has its own music storage solution for fans, unlike Facebook, which uploads photos and videos for easy sharing but ignores your music collection. If Google+ doesnt do something interesting with the service still known as Music Beta by Google, its engineers dont just deserve to miss out on those bonuses; they should probably be fired. There are many ways to go with this, but for starters, they could make your music collection visible and searchable on Google+, use it as a way to introduce people to each other, work on creating DMCAcompliant streams that would allow people to listen to each others taste, and should probably use taste-combining algorithms to create stations out of multiple Music Beta by Google accounts too. Just a thought. 5. Android Apps For The Win Facebook doesnt have a popular smartphone operating system, and Google does. Im not an engineer, and have never even played one on TV, but Googles finest should be able to figure out how to use Android APIs for slicker integration between music apps

and Google+ than Facebook can manage on mobile platforms it doesnt control. Any other ideas? Let me know. See Also: Inside Google+ How the Search Giant Plans to Go Social Stop Asking For A Google+ Invite Get Started On Google+ Google+ vs. Facebook on Privacy: + Ahead On Points For Now First Look: Google+ and Minuses MOG Collaborates with Facebook on HTML5 Web App Smells Like Team Spirit, Needs Hardware Report: Spotify Will Launch in U.S. in Mid-July Reported Facebook Music Is Old News With One Big Exception What If Mozart Was on Facebook? Pages: 1 2 View All This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters featured article: Ten Years Of Media Lens - Our Problem With Mainstream Dissidents.

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qualifications. And an aircraft carriers brig is only big enough for about six to ten detainees, Christenson adds. Of course, in a pinch, the Navy has workarounds. In February 2009, the Navy placed 16 captured pirates aboard the supply ship Lewis and Clark, where about 20 Marines were tasked with guarding the mostly docile buccaneers. The Navy called the arrangement a temporary holding facility en route to depositing the detainees at a Kenyan pirate court. Ironically, DRIFT: page 54


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after the Lewis and Clark ceased holding its detainees, pirates chased it in May 2009. Even though [smaller] ships have this ability, if you want to have a real prison, you need a larger ship, says Eric Wertheim, who edits the authoritative Combat Fleets of The World for the U.S. Naval Institute. Also, you have to look at what ships are need for other duties, and how it affects the main mission of the ship. If its a small ship, and youve got a lot of [detainees], its gonna have a big impact. Problem is, the way the Obama administration is drifting, the fleet is shaping up to be default jailers in the war on terrorism. Last week, Vice Adm. William McRaven, the next head of the U.S. Special Operations Command, testified that ever since the Obama team effectively barred detainee transfers to Guantanamo Bay, terrorist suspects taken captive outside Afghanistan or Iraq would be briefly held aboard a naval vessel. As it turned out, McRaven secretly already had Warsame detained in precisely that manner, according to Warsames indictment in federal court.

Warsame, intercepted in the Gulf of Aden, had been floating out there for more than two months; Danger Room isnt sure how much time he spent on the Boxer, whose crew did not return an email seeking comment. (The Boxers involvement was first asserted by Danger Room pal Raymond Pritchett, but we confirmed it independently.) McRaven wasnt exactly happy about it. He urged the Senate Armed Services Committee to keep some long-term terrorism detention facility open, Gitmo or no Gitmo. Its not hard to see why McRaven wouldnt be pleased. Its not just that most of the fleet isnt equipped for the detention mission. Its that the whole enterprise is an improvised, stopgap measure. Since special operations forces snatch missions are classified, they surely involve keeping most of a ships crew in the dark, all while diverting resources from its main mission. Then theres the complexity of getting experienced interrogators flown out to see to pry information out of the detainee. And hovering over everything is the legal ambiguity and the potential for a PR or human-rights

disaster. Obama administration lawyers couldnt tell reporters why detaining Warsame was legal. The Joint Special Operations Command is still smarting from its detainee abuse scandal at Iraqs brutal Camp Nama, and there are reports it runs secret jails in Afghanistan, too. Uncertain legal authorities, inappropriate facilities and seat-of -the-pants planning for detentions is a recipe for something going very, very wrong. Theres reason to suspect that Warsame isnt the last detainee held on a ship. After a U.S. drone strike on Shebaab targets in Somalia on Friday, the countrys defense minister said that commandos retrieve[d] the bodies of dead or wounded militants. Obama officials deny it, but there could be other Warsames in Navy brigs. Its either ironic or tragic: Obamas opposition to Guantanamo Bay has led to precisely the kind of ad hoc, legally murky detentions that created so many problems at Guantanamo. Now the Navy and special operations forces are effectively holding the bag. Even on the large ships that have brig space for detainees,

Christenson says, extended detentions a month or something are very rare. Theyll transfer them to shore, get them in a big facility, he says. They dont want to keep someone in a ships brig for a long time. Unless Obama can reverse the drift of his detentions policy, they might have to. Photos: Wikipedia, U.S. Navy See Also: Actually, Special-Ops Night Raids Are Rather Gentle Commandos Hold Afghan Detainees in Secret Jails Pentagons Clandestine Killers Get New Chief Military Denies Having a Secret Afghan Torture Jail

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Rebel fighters in the Nafusa Mountains, most untrained in warfare, may number at most a few thousand [Al Jazeera] Libyan rebels in the country's western mountains advanced a dozen kilometres on Wednesday, seizing a town in another step toward securing a key north-south road that would open the way to the capital. After a roughly six-hour battle that lasted throughout the morning, rebels drove forces loyal to leader Muammar Gaddafi from the town of al-Qawalish. The two sides fought mostly at a distance, using heavy artillery, and black plumes of smoke could be seen rising from al-Qawalish in the afternoon, Al Jazeera's Jonah Hull reported. "Gaddafi forces have fled the town and [the rebels] have now gone in on foot to try and make sure that that is the case, to try to clear it, to move house by house and see that in fact the area is clear of Gaddafi forces," Hull said. Al-Qawalish is around 50km west of Gharyan, the last city in the Nafusa Mountain range, which runs east from the border with Tunisia and has been controlled mostly by rebels since the uprising against Gaddafi broke out in mid-February. Gharyan - still controlled by the regime - lies astride a major north -south highway that connects Tripoli, the coastal capital, with Sabha, a town in the southern desert that is held by Gaddafi's forces and has been used to

supply his troops and regime-held areas. The rebel fighters in the Nafusa hope to take Gharyan and cut off Gaddafi's supplies. From Gharyan, they can also mount an advance on the capital. "The capture of the town of alQawalish is an important step in that direction," Hull said. "The overall strategy of these fighters is clearly to reach Tripoli." But while rebel advances in tha Nafusa have been steady, they have also been slow, and the fighters must now take 50km of Gaddafi-held territory to reach Gharyan. Largest demonstration yet held in Benghazi As rebels scored military victories in the western mountains, their compatriots in the rebel-held cities of Misrata and Benghazi staged huge demonstrations to show their support. Tens of thousands of opposition supporters filled the streets of Benghazi, the de facto rebel capital in the east, holding antiGaddafi caricatures and shouting "Go Gaddafi go" and "God is great". A helicopter, its shiny surface plastered with Libya's monarchyera tricolour flag, hovered low above the crowd. Some fired their AK-47 rifles into the air in jubilation. A smaller demonstration was held in Misrata, which broke out of a loyalist siege in May but still endures near-daily rocket attack. The coordinated shows of

support were meant to counter a pro-regime demonstration held in Tripoli last Friday, which saw an enormous crowd take to the capital's streets waving Gaddafi's all-green flag. Civilians killed in Misrata East of Tripoli, in the rebel-held city of Misrata, at least 11 people were killed and dozens more wounded on Tuesday in an artillery barrage launched by Gaddafi forces, according to rebel sources. The shelling marked another bloody day for a city that has been bombarded continually since March. Sources said five rebels were killed in fighting at the western entrance to the city earlier in the day. As the rebels fought in Misrata, French Defence Minister Gerard Longuet appeared to question their chances of defeating Gaddafi's troops while also saying they no longer needed help. The rebels have a "growing capacity to organise politically and militarily" but are "currently not in a stabilised, centralised system", Longuet said. Yet Longuet said rebels were no longer in need of controversial French weapons drops. "There is emerging a political order distinct from that of Tripoli. The [rebel] territories are organising their autonomy... That is why the parachute drops are no longer necessary," he said. On the conflict's eastern frontline, a rebel representative said nine Gaddafi soldiers were captured

between Ajdabiya and Brega. Diplomacy continues Despite the ongoing violence, diplomatic negotiations are continuing over a possible solution to the conflict, though no proposal appears to have gained much traction. An unnamed senior Russian official was quoted on Tuesday as saying Gaddafi would consider stepping down under certain circumstances. His departure, if realised, would meet the rebels' central demand. "The colonel is sending signals that he is ready to cede power in exchange for security guarantees," the daily Kommersant newspaper quoted the official as saying. The Russian source added that France appeared to be the country most willing to play a part in Gaddafi's potential transfer of power. He said Paris could choose to unfreeze some of the Gaddafi family's accounts and promise to help him avoid trial at the International Criminal Court in The Hague. The rebels have rejected any proposed deal that would leave Gaddafi in power. Preparations were under way for an international meeting on Libya in Istanbul on July 15-16. Mahmud Jibril, the NTC's chief of staff, held talks with officials from Turkey and the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the prime minister of Turkey, whose country is NATO's sole Muslimmajority member and an influential regional player, has

called on Gaddafi to cede power and leave Libya. NATO looks to UN This month's meeting comes as diplomats debate what postGaddafi Libya might look like, with many hoping to avoid the chaos left in post-conflict Iraq or Afghanistan. Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the NATO chief, said on Tuesday that the alliance would like to see the United Nations assume the leading role in Libya's transition to democracy in the event Gaddafi leaves power. "To accommodate the legitimate aspirations of the Libyan people, it is necessary that Gaddafi leaves power," Rasmussen said. "After that, it is necessary to ensure a transition to democracy ... We want the United Nations to take the lead in this effort." Rasmussen is to meet Libyan opposition members in Brussels next week the rebels' first invitation to NATO headquarters, an alliance diplomat said on Tuesday. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters featured article: Ten Years Of Media Lens - Our Problem With Mainstream Dissidents.

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national British newspaper reports. The newspaper said phone British Prime Minister David numbers of relatives of dead Cameron has promised a full service personnel in Iraq and inquiry into a phone hacking Afghanistan were found in the scandal at a top-selling newspaper files of Glenn Mulcaire, a private which has prompted public investigator working for the News disgust over claims that the of the World. phones of a murdered schoolgirl The Daily Telegraph report and bomb victims may have been comes after Cameron said he targeted. would set up a public inquiry into J o u r n a l i s t s a n d p r i v a t e the alleged phone hacking. investigators working for the Personal scrutiny News of the World are alleged to Cameron is himself under have accessed the voicemail p e r s o n a l s c r u t i n y o v e r h i s messages of crime victims, decision to appoint a former News including Milly Dowler, a 13-year o f t h e W o r l d e d i t o r , A n d y -old girl later found murdered. Coulson, as his head of "We do need to have an inquiry, c o m m u n i c a t i o n s . possibly inquiries, into what has Coulson was forced to quit that happened," said Cameron, as role over the phone hacking saga British MPs debated the issue in earlier this year, but insists he an emergency debate at the knew nothing about phoneH o u s e s o f P a r l i a m e n t o n hacking. Wednesday. The News of the World was Cameron said earlier that claims previously thought to have that Dowler's phone messages had targeted members of the royal b e e n h a c k e d i n t o w e r e family, celebrities and other high"disgusting". But he told MPs an profile figures. inquiry could not take place until Al Jazeera's correspondent, Paul ongoing police investigations Brennan, reported from London were concluded. that "allegations [of hacking] first "And crucially, it doesn't involve emerged in 2005. police officers who were involved An inquiry was launched and it in the original investigation. It is was realised that journalists were important that we have enquiries hacking into people's private that are public and that are answering service. independent," Cameron said. "And the News of the World was Phones owned by relatives of paying celebrities out of court dead UK soldiers were also settlements to remain silent. There allegedly hacked by the News of are now question marks over the the World, the Daily Telegraph, a paper's handling [of the scandal],

the police's initial handling and also what happens next?" US car manufacturer Ford has already said it would pull advertising from the paper until the matter is resolved properly. Other companies have also said they were reviewing the situation. New information Australian-American media mogul Rupert Murdoch, owner of the sprawling News Corporation and its affiliate News International Ltd, which publishes newspaper titles such as The Times, The Sun and News of the World, said the company is "committed to addressing these issues fully and have taken a number of important steps to prevent them from happening again". In a statement released Wednesday, Murdoch wrote: "Recent allegations of phone hacking and making payments to police with respect to the News of the World are deplorable and unacceptable. "I have made clear that our company must fully and proactively co-operate with the police in all investigations and that is exactly what News International has been doing and will continue to do under Rebekah Brooks' leadership." The BBC said the material passed to police related to a trail of emails appearing to show that payments for information were made to police in the past which were authorised by Coulson.

It is not the first time a News Corp paper has been linked to police payments. In 2003, Brooks, then editor of The Sun, told a parliamentary committee that her paper paid police for information. News Corp later said this was not company practise. Brooks, now head of News Corp's British newspapers and other holdings, is reported to be a friend of Cameron and occasional guest at his country home. UK media reports The Daily Telegraph newspaper reported that News of the World journalists may have attempted to access voice messages left on phones as relatives waited for information about their loved ones in the aftermath of the London bombings in 2005 which killed 52 people. And The Independent newspaper said Brooks commissioned a search, on a personal matter, by one of the private investigators used by the News of the World, to trace the family of the murdered schoolgirl, Milly Dowler. The Guardian said police investigating the phone-hacking claims were turning their attention to high-profile cases involving the murder or abduction of children since 2001. The parents of two murdered schoolgirls in another high-profile case dating back to Brooks' editorship of the News of the World have been visited by police investigating the phone-hacking

affair. Takeover bid Cameron's government is weighing approval of News Corp's takeover bid for British broadcaster BSkyB. The hacking revelations are unlikely to derail that deal, since approval hinges on whether the takeover would give Murdoch too much power over the British media. The government has hinted that it will approve. Murdoch transformed the British press landscape in the 1980s during Margaret Thatcher's years as prime minister, bringing in new technology and confronting printers' and journalists' trade unions. He holds sway with global leaders and, through his media, is seen as one of the world's most powerful men. Brooks, who has worked for Murdoch for nearly half her life, was previously seen as untouchable because of her close relationship with the News Corp chairman and chief executive. But popular pressure could prove her undoing if readers start to desert the Sunday paper. Facebook and Twitter campaigns have sprung up in the wake of the latest allegation encouraging readers and advertisers to boycott the News of the World. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it CAMERON page 59



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Somali Prime Minister Abdiweli Mohamed Ali tours the capital, where many residents have fled to find food [REUTERS] The hardline Muslim militia battling Somalia's weak government has lifted a ban on humanitarian agencies supplying food aid to millions of citizens amid one of the region's worst droughts in 60 years, a spokesman for the fighters said on Wednesday. "We have now decided to welcome all Muslim and nonMuslim aid agencies to assist the drought-stricken Somalis in our areas," said Sheikh Ali Mohamud Rage, a spokesman for al-Shabab. Somalia is experiencing prefamine conditions, driving more than 1,000 people over the border into Kenya and Ethiopia each day, according to the United Nations. "All aid agencies whose objective is only humanitarian relief are free to operate in our area," Rage said, adding they should first contact al-Shabab's drought committee. Al-Shabab, which is connected to al-Qaeda networks in Africa and the Gulf, controls the majority of Somalia, including around half of the capital, Mogadishu, where Rage gave his press conference on Wednesday. In the past, they have said food aid creates dependency, but they have also used aid for themselves

and charged foreign organisations high fees to operate. One fourth of Somali population displaced The United Nations says 2.8 million people in Somalia need emergency aid and that around one fourth of the entire population has been displaced - either internally or as refugees leaving the country - as a result of famine and a long-running civil war. In the worst-hit areas, one in three children is suffering from malnutrition. Local analysts in Somalia said al-

Shabab lifted the ban on foreign aid organisations to generate money to fund their war effort, by charging those groups a registration fee. Since al-Shabab banned foreign aid, an increasing number of Somalis have been fleeing into government-controlled territory seeking assistance, to al-Shabab's apparent dismay. On Tuesday, al-Shabab soldiers blocked two trucks carrying people from southern Somalia to Mogadishu, in the hope of finding food and water.

"Al-Shabab fighters said they would not allow people to flee to Mogadishu, which is ruled by infidels," shopkeeper Ali Hussein told the Reuters news agency by phone on Wednesday from Afgoye, 40km (25 miles) outside the Somali capital. "Al-Shabab said it would open kitchens for them." UN welcomes ban lifting The senior UN humanitarian official for Somalia welcomed the news of the lifting of the food aid ban. "I am happy to cooperate with

anybody who can work to alleviate the current crisis to save hundreds of Somali lives," said Mark Bowden, the UN humanitarian coordinator for Somalia, who is based in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. The UN World Food Programme would not comment. It pulled out of southern Somalia in 2010 because of threats against its staff and al-Shabab's demands for payments in order to provide security. SOMALI page 59

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The world's biggest food agency has also faced challenges from donors after a local WFP contractor was exposed last March as a Somali businessman with links to al-Shabab. The lifting of the ban likely won't immediately help the millions of Somalis continue to suffer in their drought-plagued country. "We don't have anything to eat," said Sainab Yusuf Mohamed, whose child died as they were trekking across the desert in search of help. "As we were burying his body,

my second child died," she said by telephone from Bardhere District in southwest Somalia. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters featured article: Ten Years William Keck ( Of Media Lens - Our Problem Breaking News) With Mainstream Dissidents.
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Kansas City Star Saturn's Titanic Storm Composite Taken by Cassini Spacecraft ( PHOTOS) Christian Post A storm eight times the surface area of Earth has been battering

Jamie-Lynn Sigler Jamie-Lynn Sigler, who played mob daughter Meadow on HBO's The Sopranos, will guest star on the September 18 season finale of Lifetime's Drop Dead Diva. She'll play Tina Howard, described to me as a hard-edged but sweet travel agent with a sense of adventure. Bummer though her traveling days are over due to her diagnosis of fatal cardiac disease. She'll be as dead as The Soprano's Big Pussy if she doesn't find a new heart. When Tina is offered a new ticker, she refuses it, as the heart is from her brother a death row inmate who is to be executed in 72 hours. Tina wants nothing to do with her brother, and Jane ( Saturn's surface as the captured Brooke Elliott) must convince her image by the Cassini Spacecraft to take the heart that will save her reveals below. The storm which life. And then the real battle was first detected in December 5, begins Jane has to fight California law, which doesn't 2010,... Saturn Storm Rages Across 1.5 permit death-row inmates to Billion Square Miles [ PHOTOS] donate organs. Jane doesn't have long to win her case as Tina's International Business Times all 204 news articles

health is rapidly failing. Be still my heart! "We wrote this role specifically for Jamie-Lynn," says executive producer Josh Berman. "The character she plays is tough, vulnerable, funny, and clever. She's perfect for it!" Jamie Lynn says she jumped at the role. "I love the show," she says. "It's fun and moving and there's nothing else like it on TV. Also, I love my part. It's something completely different from anything else I've ever

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MSNBC. But Parker Spitzer did little in the way of generating ratings or buzz for CNN, even Submitted at 7/6/2011 4:54:00 PM after the network blew up the Eliot Spitzer program, got rid of Kathleen Eliot Spitzer is out and CNN is Parker, and built the show around doubling down on hard news and Spitzer. It was typically the lowest Anderson Cooper. -rated cable news program of the The cable news network night. Jautz did not want to announced July 6 that it will discuss why Spitzer didn't click reshuffle its prime time lineup with the CNN audience except to (again), making Anderson Cooper say, "We think we can do better." 360 its flagship program with a CNN has shown some ratings move to 8 pm/ET (plus a second improvement this year, especially airing at its current 10 pm/ET during coverage of major time slot), starting August 8. international stories like the Cooper replaces In the Arena, the uprising in Egypt and the killing roundtable discussion show that of Osama bin Laden. But it still Cooper could be a real alternative lags behind Fox News Channel. It was built from the ashes of Parker a repeat at midnight. Spitzer. Eliot Spitzer, the former "It underscores a commitment to to Fox News, MSNBC and now was up 15 percent in prime time New York governor-turned-cable quality journalism," Ken Jautz, Keith Olbermann on Current TV, d u r i n g t h e s e c o n d q u a r t e r , pundit, has been offered a executive vice president CNN/ which have a more politically averaging 685,000 viewers. Fox contributing role at CNN but has U.S. tells TV Guide Magazine of partisan bent. News Channel was the cable news the moves. "The shows not only CNN will update the repeats of leader with 1.8 million viewers, not yet accepted. CNN will also add an hour provide reporting but have a view Anderson Cooper 360 and Erin while MSNBC averaged 798,000 Burnett's new program in the viewers. newscast that features its newest based on their reporting." hire, Erin Burnett, at 7 pm/ET Jautz says Cooper's program has event of breaking news stories Subscribe to TV Guide Magazine Burnett was popular with the become much more than a straight that extend into the night. "They now! business crowd who tuned in to newscast, with its "Keeping Them will be freshened up whenever This entry passed through the her at CNBC, but her new Honest" segments and deeper events warrant," says Jautz. Full-Text RSS service if this is p r o g r a m , s e t t o l a u n c h i n analysis on issues the anchor Spitzer's original program, Parker your content and you're reading it September, will have a general takes on (often breaking down Spitzer, was an attempt by CNN on someone else's site, please read news focus. When she arrives, false or outrageous statements to tap into the popularity of the FAQ at King USA moves to 6 pm/ made by politicians). "The show political debate on cable in prime only/faq.php#publishers. Five ET while The Situation Room has much more of a point of view time, as evidenced by the success Filters featured article: Ten Years with Wolf Blitzer will run from 4 than it did before," he adds. "It's of The O'Reilly Factor and Hannit Of Media Lens - Our Problem pm/ET to 6 pm/ET Piers Morgan become much more energetic and y on Fox News Channel and the With Mainstream Dissidents. Tonight remains at 9 pm/ET with edgy." Jautz says he believes progressive lineup of hosts on

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White Collar Just weeks after unveiling the brand-spanking-new main titles on White Collar, USA Network will allow fans to determine whether it will stay or go, has learned exclusively. Beginning Friday, July 8, fans will be able to vote on whether to keep the new titles or revert back to the original sequence through Polling will close on Wednesday, July 13 at noon EST, and the winning choice will be unveiled during the July 19 episode and continue for the remainder of Season 3. White Collar: Is a musical episode in the works? The new main title sequence, which premiered last month during Season 3's second episode, takes place in a museum-like setting and shows the show's main cast in picture frames. The facelift

has quickly become a hot topic among fans on Twitter, who say they simply miss the original opening and that the new titles are"too cheesy." Some fans went so far as to launch a Facebook page to resurrect the first sequence, which features several fast-moving images from the first season. "Where would Neal Caffrey be without a second chance? Our new main title sequence has been

Exclusive: Beau Bridges cast as Peter's mentor on White Collar "Our Characters Welcome brand philosophy is predicated on the inclusion of everyone especially our audience," USA's senior vice president of brand marketing and digital, Alexandra Shapiro, said. "So when debate ensued among our core White Collar fans we decided crowdsourcing was an optimal way to involve our fans in determining the main title sequence's fate." Do you think White Collar's new main titles are worth saving? Or do you want the show to bring hotly debated with opinions back the original opening? covering a broad spectrum," series This entry passed through the creator and executive producer Full-Text RSS service if this is Jeff Eastin said in a statement. your content and you're reading it "We respect the opinions of our on someone else's site, please read fans and we couldn't think of a the FAQ at e t t e r w a y t o r e w a r d t h e i r only/faq.php#publishers. Five dedication than empowering them Filters featured article: Ten Years with this decision." Of Media Lens - Our Problem Eastin had been asking for fan With Mainstream Dissidents. feedback about the new main titles through his personal Twitter account.

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Raven-Symone and Holly Robinson A&E Renews 'Breakout Peete Reminisce About 'Hangin' Kings,' 'Shameless' Adds New With Mr. Cooper' (VIDEO)
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Chord Overstreet Will Return to 'Glee,' Probably

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was watching her eat chicken and waffles at Roscoe's. Submitted at 7/6/2011 12:15:00 PM Peete copped to her love of F i l e d u n d e r : T V R e p l a y chicken and waffles, but seemed After'The Cosby Show' made her surprised to hear Raven-Symon a star, Raven-Symone worked for describe her signature method of six seasons on the Mark Curry eating them in such vivid detail. "I sitcom'Hangin' with Mr. Cooper.' will remember this forever," said Wednesday o n ' T h e Raven-Symone. "You take the Talk'(weekdays, syndicated), waffle, you cut it in half, you dip there was a mini-'Cooper' reunion it like a taco in the thing, and then between Raven-Symone and her you put your chicken inside of it. former co-star, Holly Robinson It was so weird to me. But I Peete. Raven-Symone reminisced enjoyed watching it." about life as a child star, and said Permalink| Email this| Linking her most vivid memory from Blogs| Comments working with Peete on 'Cooper'

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Filed under: TV News'Breakout Kings' has received a Season 2 order from A&E, co-creator Nick Santora confirmed on Twitter. The drama about US Marshals using former fugitives to track other criminals on the run has been well-received by both viewers and critics. Its premiere in March 2011 was seen by 2.8 million viewers. Originally commissioned as a

pilot for Fox, A&E scooped up the project from 'Prison Break' veterans Santora and Matt Olmstead. "Thanks to all the BOK FANS for their support in our quest for a Season 2 pickup! As you've all heard already, it's official - we're back!" Santora said on Twitter. Production on Season 2 is expected to begin later this year. In other TV news ... Permalink| Email this| Linking Blogs| Comments

Filed under: Reality-Free, TV News Gleeks, don't completely freak out about this weekend's news that Chord Overstreet won't be returning to 'Glee' as a series regular in the fall. Just because the actor's series regular option wasn't picked up doesn't mean he won't appear on the show at all. TVLine spoke to an insider, who clarified the situation: "If Chord wants to appear on 'Glee,' the choice is his. The 'Glee' writers like his Sam character, and have plans to write for him." In fact, the 'Glee' crew is planning for his return. "He and his reps have been told that he is welcome back to 'Glee,'" the CHORD page 63

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CR analysis: Tiered data plans won't change bills for most Verizon smart-phone users As of tomorrow (July 7), Verizon will have replaced its $30-amonth unlimited plan with three new plans with varying data limits. But the least expensive of those is also $30, and it offers ANALYSIS: page 64

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Five dirt-cheap kitchen upgrades that pay The fed's big retreat from the mortgage market is the latest argument for smaller-but-smarter home upgrades, especially in the kitchen. As of this October, the biggest home loans that Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and federal agencies will guarantee drops from more than $700,000 to as low as $271,050, according to The Wall Street Journal. Thats likely to give an added boost to lower-priced homesand another reason to spend wisely when it comes to remodeling your kitchen. The good news: Consumer Reports latest tests yields a tantalizing menu of value-priced kitchen upgrades that cost as little as $1,000. Besides paying off now in improved looks and convenience, these smaller FIVE page 65



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Water less often and the savings will have you jumping for joy A lot of water gets wasted trying to keep up with the Joneses and their green lawns. But lawns dont need to drink as much as you think and over watering them will not only cost you but waste a natural resource as well. To stay green in summer, lawns need only about one inch of water a week, including rain. Heres how to determine if your lawns thirst is being quenched. On its GreenScaping website, the Environmental Protection Agency advocates a number of landscaping practices that can improve the health and appearance of your lawn and garden while protecting and preserving natural resources. Being stingy with the water is on the list. Water your lawn deeply, but infrequently, to moisten the whole root zone. Let the soil dry

between waterings to prevent lawn disease and save water. You can even let areas of lawn that dont get heavy wear go brown and dormantjust water once a month and itll bounce back in the fall. Heres how to measure the amount of water your sprinklers are spouting. Scatter clean, empty tuna cans or other straight-sided containers on your lawn. Turn on the sprinklers and check the time. When most cans have one inch of water in them, turn off the sprinkler and check how long it ran. Now you know how long to run your sprinkler each week in summer if you want to keep your lawn green.

When you mow, cut no more than one-third the height of the grass. This minimizes the amount of grass clippings. The EPA says that grasscycling, or leaving the clippings on the lawn can make lawns healthier. Mulching mowers makes grasscycling easy and can reduce mowing time by 30 to 40 percent by not having to bag clippings. Mulching is one of the factors considered in Consumer Reports lawn mower tests. Eleven selfpropelled mowers aced our mulching test but only one lawn tractor excelled at this task and no push mowers. Subscribe now! S u b s c r i b e t o for expert Ratings, buying advice and reliability on hundreds of products. Update your feed preferences

2GB of data per month. That's far more data than the vast majority of phone users ever needeven Verizon smart-phone subscribers, who reportedly have relatively large appetites for data. Our past reporting, as well as other more recent reports from the likes of MSNBC, indicate that data usage, even by Verizon smart -phone users, averages no more than about 500MB per month. And many customers, of course, use far less than thatincluding owners of some regular phones (detailed in our Ratings, available to subscribers) that require a data plan, even though they can't use the data-intensive apps that distinguish smart phones. Unlike other major carriers, Verizon has not introduced a lower-priced tiered plan for the many smart-phone owners who send and receive only a small amount of data every month. For example, minimal data users on AT&T can get a 200MB-a-month plan that costs $15 (its 2GB plan costs $25 a month). T-Mobile's plans are even cheaper, at $10 ( 220 200MB) and $20 (2GB) a month. Minimal data users on Verizon will, then, continue to pay the same $30 theyve been paying for the unlimited plan. The small percentage of data hogs among the carriers customers will pay

more: $50 a month for 5GB or $80 for 10GB. The amount of data used by smart-phone owners may, of course, increase in the future. That's especially true if they're on networks, including Verizon's, that are about to be upgraded (or expanded) to significantly faster 4G technology that may encourage greater data use by considerably increasing download and upload speeds. So far, Verizon isn't charging more to service the relatively few phones that run on its LTE 4G network. But that could change: Sprint, for example, charges a $10 premium on plans for its 4G phones. Want more detail? See our updated comparison of data plans from the major carriers. Related: AT&T kills unlimited data plans for new iPhone and iPad customers CR analysis: T-Mobile's new data plans could widen cost gap with AT&T Subscribe now! S u b s c r i b e t o for expert Ratings, buying advice and reliability on hundreds of products. Update your feed preferences

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How Nasty Is Your Bottled Water?

Ben Popken (The Consumerist)
Submitted at 7/6/2011 3:00:00 PM

Water. On a scale of A to F, where F is failing, the Nestle water got a B. Fiji only got a C, Does your bottled water taste and both Dasani and Poland funny? It's not just that it's Spring got a D. p r o b a b l y o n l y t a p w a t e r . Better work on including more Environmental Working Group sources in your papers next time, rated 173 brands of bottled water guys! Your bibliography is too b a s e d o n t h e i r s o u r c i n g skinny. information, purification, testing, Find your brand - Ratings for 173 a n d h o w t r a n s p a r e n t t h e bottled waters[Environmental information on their label and Working Group] website was. Turns out, some of More About: the biggest brands in bottled water bottled water, are, well, a little murky. score cards, Only three brands took high studies, marks, the most well-known of water, which is Nestle Pure Life Purified health,

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Crashes mar a windy, nervous 5th Tour stage - YAHOO!

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By JAMEY KEATEN Associated Press CAP FREHEL, France (AP)Crashes, crashes everywhere: Alberto Contador and some other top Tour de France riders tumbled to the asphalt Wednesday in a nervous ride on Brittanys narrow, windswept roads. Most recovered, and a rider who skirted trouble to excel was British speedster Mark Cavendish,

who again showed that hes one of the worlds top sprinters by leading a frenzied mass dash to the finish to win Stage 5. Gritting it out through pain of bruises, scrapes or broken bones, defending champion Contador and most of the other crash victims bounced back to finish the 102-mile trek from Carhaix to Cap Frehel along the rocky western French shores on the English Channel. The top of the standings didnt CRASHES page 67

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change. Thor Hushovd of Norway kept the yellow jersey for a fourth day, with a 1-second lead over Cadel Evans of Australia. Frank Schleck of Luxembourg is third, 4 seconds back. One who didnt make it through was RadioShack rider Jani Brajkovic, who was briefly knocked unconscious in a crash and taken to hospital where he was diagnosed with a concussion and a collarbone fracture. The promising 27-year-old Slovenian, who quit the race, was but one of the U.S. teams riders to run into trouble. Its a bad day for us, said Johan Bruyneel, the RadioShack team manager, bemoaning also that Jaroslav Popovych of Ukraine badly injured his right wrist and scraped up his left knee and elbow. Bruyneel said Brajkovic was so dazed and disoriented that he couldnt remember the crash: He couldnt tell us what happened, where he was and on which race. American veteran Levi Leipheimer, another RadioShack star and a four-time top-10 finisher at the Tour, was also involved in a crash but returned to the course. French time-trial champion Christophe Kern also dropped out. The stage ran along a picturesque patch of rocky Brittany cliffs

overlooking the Atlantic - but it was anything but pretty for many of the riders. Leipheimer complained about the dangers of the tight Brittany roads that often forced the pack to suddenly compact, making crashes more likely. These roads dont belong in the Tour, especially 1st week, he tweeted. At least six crashes marred the stage. Sky rider Bradley Wiggins of Britain and the Netherlands Robert Gesink, of the Rabobank team, joined Contador as title hopefuls who went down but recovered to finish. It was very nervous, and because of that you get a lot of crashes, because there are 200 riders who want to be in front, said Hushovd. The course was tricky, but so was the finale. Cavendish, one of the worlds best sprinters, collected his 16th career Tour stage victory and his first this year by speeding past Philippe Gilbert of Belgium - who finished second - and Jose Joaquin Rojas in third. I am really happy. It was a difficult finish, said Cavendish, who rides with the HTC-Highroad team. I put everything into it If we win, its not because were lucky, its because were good. The British sprinter, known

almost as much for his powerful legs as his sharp tongue, took aim at unidentified critics who he said expressed doubts about his abilities: Its always sweet to silence the ignoramuses. But Gilbert succeeded in making him work hard in the sprint. Normally, I try to win by a littleish margin, just to try and save energy, Cavendish said. Today, I had to give everything I had. Hes taken a lot out of me, so Ill take a couple of days to recover. Frank Schlecks younger brother, Andy - the Tour runner-up in 2009 and 2010 - avoided the spills and remained 10th, 12 seconds after Hushovd. Contador, who lost time in a Stage 1 crash, is 39th overall, 1:42 behind. Contador fell at about the 45-mile mark - just a kilometer after Brajkovic fell. With his Saxo Bank jersey ripped over the right shoulder, the Spanish three-time champion took off his helmet briefly, then gave a thumbs-up to signal that he was OK. It was very difficult day, with a lot of tension, said Contador, who had scrapes on his right shoulder, elbow and knee. He said he took a little knock while braking to avoid one crash, then had his own a few kilometers later. When I got back going, 5 kilometers later, my chain came

off - so I fell, Contador told French TV, which showed images of him throwing his bike on the roadside at the time. What matters is, I was able to get back up. Yes, itll be a bad night, of course, but you have to think about tomorrow, he added, suggesting his bruises and bumps might cause him to lose some sleep. In one of the more dramatic spills, Saxo Banks Nicki Sorensen bumped into the motorcycle of a race photographer, and skidded on a roadside. The motorbike dragged his bike along the road - and race organizers barred its driver from continuing to cover the race. A mass crash tangled up Frances Sylvain Chavanel and Wiggins. Yet another ensnared Belgian sprint star Tom Boonen and Quick Step teammate Gert Steegmans. I kept hearing over the radio, Crash! Crash! Crash!, and then I saw guys like Gesink coming back to the peloton all covered in dirt, Evans said. It was a dangerous day I think. With his jersey torn over his right shoulder, Boonen struggled through wincing pain behind an escort from teammate Andy Engels, and finished more than 13 minutes behind the main pack.

On top of his injury, Boonen was penalized along with Rojas for an irregular sprint during the intermediate sprint earlier in the days stage, race officials said. The riders were stripped of points used to calculate who wins the Tours green jersey awarded to the best sprinter. Andy Schleck summed up the pandemonium. The roads in the villages were very small and there was wind coming from every direction, he said. We went left, right, up, down. It made for a dangerous finale. By the end of the day, nearly every team had a rider involved in a crash today. Jamey Keaten can be reached at AP Sports Writers Samuel Petrequin and Jerome Pugmire contributed. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters featured article: Ten Years Of Media Lens - Our Problem With Mainstream Dissidents.



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Higher Education: Stanford Routt, and the touchdowns that werent his fault
Doug Farrar (Y! Sports Blogs Yahoo! Sports)

five alleged allowed touchdowns should not have been put on his name. Submitted at 7/6/2011 3:45:10 PM And as the film tends to show, In Wednesday's Yahoo! NFL those touchdown responsibilities feature on Oakland Raiders aren't always so for Routt or cornerback Stanford Routt, I any other cornerback in the t a l k e d t o R o u t t a b o u t t h e league. I first learned this when recent"Burn Rate" statistic used to former NFL quarterback Hugh designate which cornerbacks were Millen set me straight on a most and least efficient though the coverage mistake for which 2010 season. The statistic, which Seattle Seahawks safety Kam divides receptions by targets, C h a n e l l o r w a s b l a m e d a n d showed that Routt was the second s h o u l d n ' t h a v e b e e n . -best cornerback in the league last With that in mind, I went back season with 50 or more passes in and watched the touchdown his direction he allowed just 39 "credited" to Routt when the completions on 99 targets (39.4%) Raiders played the Tennessee for 635 yards, five touchdowns, Titans in Week 1. It was a 56-yard and 13 passes defensed. boot-action bomb from Vince At least, that's what STATS, Inc. Young to Nate Washington in said. Routt had a different story to which safety Tyvon Branch bit on tell a story that would negate the run fake, and Routt was left to two of the touchdowns for which s c r a m b l e d o w n f i e l d w h e n he was held responsible, remove Washington went unobstructed 9 7 y a r d s f r o m h i s y a r d a g e over the top. The look appeared to allowed total, and but his Burn be Cover-2, which requires the Rate at 37.4%. Revis would still safety taking coverage over the be #1 at 33.9%, but Routt top and the cornerback handing mentioned to me that two of his off the coverage downfield. It's a

common coverage error for which cornerbacks are frequently blamed, even when they're not at fault. The other touchdown in question happened against the San Diego Chargers in Week 5, a 41-yard bomb to Malcom Floyd. Routt told me what he recalled about the play: "That was a form of deep man and [Floyd] ran an over route from one side of field to the next." Routt didn't want to throw his teammates under the bus

[these observations are mine, not his, as a result]. On the San Diego touchdown, it looked like a nickel set in which Routt covered Patrick Crayton until Crayton slanted inside at about the 10-yard mark. Coverage looked to be a reverse Cover-2, where the safety plays deep and the corner plays underneath, while Floyd sped downfield. Nnamdi Asomugha dropped into deep coverage, and safety Michael Huff was left to stand as the primary intermediate/ deep defender on Crayton. Routt was blamed, it seems, simply because he was the player closest to Floyd when he crossed the goal line. Call me crazy, but I'm thinking that Routt shouldn't be dinged for doing his best to get downfield on a coverage responsibility that wasn't his. He was left holding the bag We discussed the difficulty of designating pass coverage efficiency with mere metrics in our burn rate/stop rate series it is absolutely impossible to know who's responsible for what

coverage unless you can watch the coach's tape, and even then, you're guessing because you don't have access to the game plan. That cornerback mistake in Cover -3 to your eyes may very well be a blown safety assignment in Cover -2. And what looks like man-onman may be Cover-1 with a deep defender unable to take his eyes off the running back. That's the caveat we have to keep going back to when discussing pass coverage metrics beyond interceptions and passes defensed. and that's also the other side of this argument; Routt may have given up completions where the statistical bull's-eye wasn't on him. Unless you're in the film room and the coaches are barking out assignments well, take it away, Mr. Mora Stanford Routt would most likely agree.

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Yani Tseng set to make history at Womens U.S. Open

Shane Bacon (Y! Sports Blogs - Yahoo! Sports)

in the same season two years later, and has been on a tear this year, showing once again that Submitted at 7/6/2011 3:54:30 PM she's the best player on tour and I once asked Natalie Gulbis who nobody's even close. the best person she's ever seen hit So can Yani add to her already the ball was. Her answer, as most impessive legacy this week at the would expect, was Tiger Woods. Broadmoor? It is a golf course She said it sounded different than that sets up well for her. At over anyone else in the game, and this 7,000 yards, a long-hitter is going is coming from a lady that has to be at a huge advantage, and played golf with some of the best Tseng is fifth on tour in driving in the world. distance, along with first in greens That might be expected, but what in regulation. you probably didn't expect was In an era on the PGA Tour where for someone on the LPGA to it seems the only dominant player come along that resembled Woods is the guy that won the week in his prime. before, the LPGA continues to That person is 22-year-old Yani produce talent that can ride that Tseng, and on Thursday, she will is in a great place with all aspects L a d i e s O p e n , t h e W o m e n ' s wave of momentum to multiple set out to complete the career of her life and she seems to really Australian Open and RACV wins. The problem for the rest of Grand Slam at the Women's U.S. enjoy herself again. She's in a Ladies Masters, all by a combined the field is, it sure doesn't seem Open, and if she does so, she will like Yani is ready to paddle back place we saw back in the early 14 shots. become the youngest man or 2000s a la Tiger." It isn't that she's just winning to shore, and if she can keep her woman to win all four of the big Well, she better be enjoying tournaments, but she's winning focus, it would almost be a ones. Who does one of her fellow herself. This year alone Tseng has the important ones. As a teenager, surprise not to see her hoisting competitors compare Yani to at w o n t h r e e L P G A e v e n t s , Y a n i w o n t h e L P G A that U.S. Open trophy come this point in her career? Yep, you including last month's LPGA Championship in a playoff against Sunday night. guessed it, Tiger Woods. Championship, where Yani won Maria Hjorth. She followed that "I knew when I first saw her that by an incredible 10 shots. Along u p w i t h t h e N a b i s c o she was going to be something of with that, she claimed the Taifong Championship and British Open a force," Christina Kim said. "She

Pyeongchang, South Korea wins 2018 Winter Olympics YAHOO!

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The Sports Xchange Get ready Pyeongchang. The Olympics are coming your way. After a decade and two defeats, the South Korean city won the right to host the 2018 Winter Games, beating out two European rivals Wednesday. "Koreans have been waiting for 10 years to host the Winter Games," bid leader Cho Yang-ho told reporters. "Now we have finally achieved our dream." Pyeongchang, a resort city 180 kilometers east of Seoul won out over Munich, Germany, and Annecy, France, in the first round of a secret ballot by the International Olympic Committee. Pyeongchang received 63 of the 95 votes cast, easily beyond the 48 needed for a victory. Pyeongchang was trying for third time, following defeats for the 2010 games in Vancouver, Canada, and the 2014 winter games in Sochi, Russia. It will be the first city in Asia outside Japan to host the Winter Games. Japan held the games in Sapporo in 1972 and Nagano in 1998. This was the first time an Olympic bid contest with more PYEONGCHANG, page 70


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Marylands Lewis allegedly punched a bar manager in the face

Graham Watson (Y! Sports Blogs - Yahoo! Sports)
Submitted at 7/6/2011 4:10:09 PM

New details are beginning to surface about the "team policies" Maryland offensive lineman Justin Lewis broke that led to his dismissal from the team earlier this week. Lewis turned himself in to authorities Tuesday in response to a second-degree assault charge levied against him by a manager at a bar in College Park. According to Alain Parcain, the manager at RJ Bentley's, Lewis punched him in the face for

"looking at his girl." In a statement of charges filed with the District Court in Prince George's County, Parcain said he "was assaulted by the defendant, leading to facial trauma, emergency room and dental work. Defendant told witnesses I was 'looking at his girl.' Parcain said in the statement that he was not working at the time of the incident, which he said occurred at about 2:30 in the morning on June 26. Parcain stated: "I did not know the defendant. He came up to me inside the bar, made his accusation and struck me in the

face with his fist. This led to two teeth being knocked loose and several lacerations inside my mouth. I required a root canal to repair the tooth."

Parcain also wrote: "I was not looking at other females at the time. Football teammates pointed out that the defendant's 'girl' was not even at the bar..."

Lewis, who was a redshirt junior, started 12 of 13 games last season, but missed spring football because of offseason knee surgery. Lewis was supposed to be a key component at right guard for an offensive line that was returning everyone except center Paul Pinegar. Maryland has seen its share of defections and dismissals since coach Randy Edsall took over the program. The Terps opened the 2010 season with 37 scholarship sophomores and juniors, but just 24 remain as the 2011 season approaches.

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than two finalists was decided in the first round since 1995, when Salt Lake City defeated three others to win the 2002 Winter Games. The city had been longing for a win. The Koreans led in each of the first rounds in the votes for the 2010 and 2014 Games, but lost in the final ballots. Campaigning under the slogan, "New Horizons," Pyeongchang worked off the idea that it deserved to win in its third try and will bring the games to a prosperous Asian market and

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of God, as well as our great need for him in our lives. The crisis of Uzziah's death for Israel and In the year that King Uzziah died, I s a i a h b e c a m e t h e g r e a t I saw the Lord seated on a throne, opportunity for Isaiah to see God high and exalted, and the train of in a fresh way and to be called his robe filled the temple. into a special ministry for God. Isaiah 6:1(NIV) Thoughts on How can God use your crises, Today's Verse... We often view hardships, trials, and difficulties? difficult times, crisis times, as bad Why don't you ask him to show because the circumstances we you! My Prayer... Holy God, I face are very hard. But difficult confess that I get discouraged times can also be an opportunity enduring hardships. I sometimes for our hearts to re-awaken to the wonder where you are and why steadfastness and the gloriousness you have forgotten me. Deep in
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my heart, dear Father, I know you are there. But sometimes, O God, it is difficult to keep my faith burning brightly when I don't hear your voice or see you face to face. Please strengthen my heart with your Holy Spirit and help me "see" you in a fresh way so that I will open myself to you and be tuned more perfectly for your service. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

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Wii U supports 3D TVs but Nintendo won't be 'focusing on' it

Christopher Grant (Joystiq)
Submitted at 7/6/2011 6:30:00 PM

It's beginning to sound like Nintendo's Wii U strategy is to make a piece of compelling hardware, and then get out of the way of third-party developers. Like the system's amorphous online functionality, reported to be " a much more flexible system," the Wii U will support 3D televisions but Nintendo itself won't be focusing on making 3D games. "If you are going to connect Wii U with a home TV capable of displaying 3-D images, technologically, yes, it is going to be possible," Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata told the Mercury News when asked if the Wii U would support 3-D, "but that's not the area we are focusing on." In statements reminiscent of the company's justification for not adopting HD for the Wii, Iwata says "when it comes to the home console, it depends upon the

availability of 3-D TV sets at home, which, unfortunately, is not expanding enough." On the other hand, the first Wii very directly targeted a non-core gamer and, as a result, the absence of features that appealed primarily to the early adopting, core gamer crowd made sense; with the Wii U, Nintendo is clearly catering to that audience. "These hardcore gamers are the ones that are

looking forward to something brand new, some brand new entertainment," Iwata says. "With Wii U, we will be able to provide them with that." Considering a massive part of Nintendo's marketing for the stillnascent 3DS involves highlighting its glasses-free experience, we don't think Nintendo is likely to start making 3D games for Wii U anytime soon. But much like

Nintendo's do-what-you-want online strategy, it sounds like Nintendo isn't going to stop thirdparty developers from asking you to put on some 3D glasses. Wii U supports 3D TVs but Nintendo won't be 'focusing on' it originally appeared on Joystiq on Wed, 06 Jul 2011 18:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| Email this| Comments



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Biking vs skiing
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Submitted at 7/5/2011 6:58:27 PM

This weekend there were two notable bike deaths in NYC, and I gotta say that spooked me. But this afternoon, I got on the bike anyway, and ten minutes into the ride, I was in the zone, and at the end of the ride, as usual, I didn't want it to end. I realized the other day that for me biking is like skiing, but only the good stuff, none of the schlepping and none of the pain. Skiing is a lot of work and relatively little time enjoying the thing you like about skiing. Okay biking isn't quite the rush of a great run down a steep mountain with great snow and a clear blue mountain sky, when you've done enough working-out during the off-season. And there's nothing like the view from the top on a bright Utah day. But then again biking isn't struggling to get the boots on, or the feeling of lameness in your legs 3/4 the way down the slope realizing even if you don't want to you have to make it down the remaining 1/4. And it isn't shivering on the lift on a cold snowy day, trying to cover every square inch of your skin, and realizing there's a place you didn't get (but it's too cold to take your

Mr President: Invoke the 14th and go on vacation

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Submitted at 7/6/2011 9:09:57 AM

After the Supreme Court intervened in the 2000 election there was some talk of the incoming Bush presidency being more bi-partisan, more inclusive of Democrats, given the horrible way the election was decided. I forget how the Bush people gloves off to try to fix it). Or spoil the whole thing. trying in vain to keep your You don't share the slopes with communicated this, but their goggles from fogging up. Or ice. skiers who weigh tens of tons. On response was basically forget it. Or crowds. Or snowboarders. your bike you do share the road We're going to govern as if we And in all my years of skiing, with trucks and buses. (Buses are won in a landslide. If you were reading Scripting and there are a lot of them, I don't the worst!) News at the time you would recall ever feeling at the end of a But both sports give you the day that I wish I could keep feeling, in the best moments, of remember that I was a supporter going. Usually I'm exhausted and weightless soaring. But biking can of Mr. Bush. One of my many in pain and totally ready for the be done with five minutes of prep, mistakes. end. And we joke that the best starting right outside your front Katrina vanden Heubel, writing in the Washington Post today, feeling of the day is taking the door. boots off. Today's ride was perfection. The said something I've been thinking. And biking is a lot cheaper. A weather simply could not have The current president, supposedly whole lot cheaper. been better for riding. Low 90s. a Democrat, should invoke the On the other hand, it seems it's Nice breeze across the trail from 14th Amendment, now. Instruct easier to get yourself killed biking west to east. No head wind or tail the Secretary of the Treasury to than skiing. But that's not to say wind. Not too crowded. The best. continue borrowing. He should you can't get yourself killed Map: 1 hour, 2 minutes. 11.36 probably give a speech, maybe something of a campaign rally, skiing. It can be done. But you miles. where he says the Republican only need to get killed once to Party isn't participating in government, they've lost their way, trying to harm the United States, and there comes a point

where you say enough is enough. His first job as President is to protect the country from terrorism. He can cite any number of Republican presidents. The Republicans go home with nothing but their vote to kill Medicare on the record. Then, if I were his campaign manager, I'd send him to Nantucket for a vacation with the family, while the Republicans fume. I don't think there's any doubt that the American people would back the President. And there's really nothing the Republicans can do about it but complain. Powerlessly. We're getting the worst of both worlds with President Obama. Every day he acts more like a Republican, but he does so without their resolve. If there were a Republican in the White House and the Democrats in the House pulling a stunt like this, do you have any doubt that the President would invoke the 14th Amendment and then go on vacation? Of course he would! Frankly: We'd like a President who was a little less compromising.

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An Israeli Biocomputer Can Now Detect Multiple Signs of Disease from Inside the Body
Clay Dillow (Popular Science New Technology, Science News, The Future Now)
Submitted at 7/6/2011 2:43:49 PM

A Biomolecular Computer at Work At least, this is how it was explained to us. Gil, et al. 2011 American Chemical Society Wouldn't it be easier to deal with disease if our bodies just fixed themselves? That's asking quite a bit from our physiologies, but Israeli researchers are working on tiny nano-computers that could do the job for us. They envision tiny machines made of biomolecules that autonomously troll the body looking for disease, computing a diagnosis and delivering drugs all at the same time. It's a long way off, but they're making progress-they've just developed a biomolecular computer that can autonomously identify multiple molecules at the same time. From a biomolecular computing standpoint (as well as from a diagnostics standpoint), that's pretty huge. The researchers have previously demonstrated a

biomolecular computer that could sense disease indicators one at a time. Existing in a two state system, it essentially was programmed in a "yes" state for a certain disease indicator. It then performed a series of computation steps, checking for one mRNA disease indicator after another. If all the indicators of a certain disease are present, the biocomputer would end unchanged in the same "yes" state. If any of the indicators were

defense against infection. Of course, all this is years-decades, really--away. The idea that of nanomachines--even ones constructed of biomolecules-swimming our bloodstreams loaded up with drug payloads is a bit anxiety-inducing. What if they malfunction or misdiagnose? What if they were to accidentally release too much of a drug at the wrong place at the wrong time, or to inadvertently mix the wrong drugs into a harmful pharmaceutical cocktail? You might lose sleep at night not present, it would end in a "no" The idea is to someday create wondering what the tiny machines state. It was rudimentary, but it swarms of biomolecular nano- inside of you were up to. Even so, was a diagnosis if an imperfect computers that can autonomously the idea of constant, vigilant, one. and continuously patrol our autonomous oversight of every The breakthrough here is that the bodies for the signs of disease. organ in the body is pretty team's biocomputer now can now Because they can now detect tantalizing. detect disease indicators from a indicators from more than one [ PhsyOrg] v a r i e t y o f s o u r c e s - - m R N A , source, diagnoses would be more miRNA, proteins, and a variety of accurate. And with more and small molecules like ATP. The b e t t e r c o m p u t a t i o n , t h e new biocomputer also needs biomachines could also deliver fewer interactions with disease the first round of preventative indicators and is designed with drugs to the site of burgeoning fewer moving parts. disease, acting as a first line of



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Windshield-Mounted Optical Sensor Helps Cars See, Even When It's Foggy or Dark Outside
Rebecca Boyle (Popular Science - New Technology, Science News, The Future Now)
Submitted at 7/6/2011 3:40:55 PM

Windshield Detector A new multi -functional detector can distinguish between darkness and fog. It consists of an infrared LED, two sensors (right and left in the front) and a camera. Fraunhofer IZM Cars are already capable of driving and parking themselves while avoiding obstacles, but to do so, they need to see their surroundings. How do you know whether you're maintaining a safe distance from vehicles around you when it's dark outside, or when headlights can't penetrate the fog? A new class of small, sensitive optical sensors could help. Researchers at Fraunhofer Labs in Germany are developing optical sensors that can be mounted between a car's

windshield and a rear-view mirror. The sensors collect images and analyze them to pick out hard -to-see spots, which can help a car when trying to park. The sensors can also determine weather conditions and ambient lighting, according to Fraunhofer. If a car knows it's foggy outside, it can automatically turn on fog lamps or emergency flashers, helping the driver see and helping other motorists notice the vehicle. Some pricey German cars have already been equipped with these systems, a Fraunhofer news release says. Researchers were determined to build a version that can last much longer - without burning out the LEDs and light detectors - enabling these types of sensors to become available in mass-market autos. The system consists of a camera, an infrared LED and two sensors with Fresnel lenses, which are lightweight and thin but have a

large aperture. The LED emits light waves that are scattered back in fog, but not in darkness, helping the car determine the conditions it's driving in, according to Henning Schroeder, group manager at the Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and

Microintegration IZM in Berlin. But the Fresnel lenses presented a special challenge. As Schroeder puts it, it's difficult to capture a signal from such a broad aperture and send it to a computer chip for image processing. Typically, a system like this would use optical

fibers, but the entire sensor is so small that the fibers would snap if engineers tried to twist them into place. Schroeder's group is manufacturing special glass optics instead. These "light pipes," hollow mirrored tubes that can deflect light by as much as 90 degrees, can enable a much smaller system, which could be more easily integrated into passenger cars. The team figured out how to make the light pipes with a hotstamping process that can easily be scaled up, Fraunhofer says. Researchers at Centro Ricerche Fiat are now testing the sensors in the field, according to Fraunhofer. The work is funded by a European Union project.

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MIT Offshoot's New A Road Map For Direct-Diode Laser Can Ending Malaria Cut, Weld, Blow Stuff Up Deaths
Clay Dillow (Popular Science New Technology, Science News, The Future Now)

(fueled by electricity rather than chemicals, which is already a plus from a safe-handling standpoint) augmented by an optical system Submitted at 7/6/2011 4:48:56 PM The reason most laser systems that wrangles several beams of aren't practical for jobs outside of light into a single powerful beam. the lab--things like missile Powerful enough, the company defense or interstellar empire says, for industrial cutting and building--is because of their low welding. Or for blowing stuff up. efficiency and high maintenance. Related Articles ALTB FAIL: Powerful lasers are by nature big Airborne Laser Weapon Fails lasers requiring a lot of per unit Second Test Firing in a Row input per unit of output, and they Video: Raytheon's Ship-Mounted tend to need highly controlled Laser Weapon Incinerates a UAV conditions to function consistently in Flight In New Attempt to Build and flawlessly. But a two-year-old a P r a c t i c a l M i l i t a r y L a s e r company spun out of MIT's Weapon, Lockheed Inverts a Lincoln Lab says it has broken Prism Tags Technology, Clay through several of the usual Dillow, defense, direct-diode limitations and i s lasers, laser weapons, lasers, commercializing a direct-diode military Weapons-grade lasers are laser system that is brighter, more a tough sell (as regular PopSci powerful, and significantly more readers know from our ongoing compact than its peers. boom and bust coverage of the TeraDiode's system is based on M i s s i l e D e f e n s e A g e n c y ' s semiconductor laser technology Airborne Laser Test Bed), but if

TeraDiode's system can pack as much punch into a small package as the company claims, it could be onto something. The company sees its lasers someday deployed on ships or tanks, small enough to be mobile but strong enough to down a UAV or perhaps even knock incoming artillery or RPGs out of the air. More near term, it wants to get its direct-diodes on the back of fighter jets to confuse--or perhaps even destroy--incoming antiaircraft missiles. And TeraDiode isn't just talking a big game it seems--the company told Xconomy that testing on the aircraft defense system could begin in a year, with deployment in three to five years. [ Xconomy]

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funding for the fight against malaria becoming pretty concentrated, with the Gates Submitted at 7/6/2011 2:17:00 PM Foundation as a particularly big Late last year, the World Health source of money. Organization said it's possible to But the fix, he writes, isn't for the end deaths from malaria as soon Gates Foundation to cut its as 2015. financial support. Instead, it's time It won't be easy, mind you. But "for the rest of the international widespread use of insecticide- community to increase and treated nets and indoor spraying diversify funding for malaria to kill mosquitoes have already interventions and research." helped a lot. To see a full-size version of the And now the Bill & Melinda infographic, you can click here. Gates Foundation, a big funder of This entry passed through the malaria projects around the world, Full-Text RSS service if this is put together a snazzy infographic your content and you're reading it that shows how the goal could be on someone else's site, please read reached. Tool around and see for the FAQ at, country by country. only/faq.php#publishers. Five Our colleague Tom Paulson, Filters featured article: Ten Years who's the impressario at the Of Media Lens - Our Problem global health blog Humanosphere, With Mainstream Dissidents. notes some concerns about


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Take the Healthy Fats Challenge

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Submitted at 7/6/2011 3:00:00 AM

Liberals (so-called) Are Racists, and Conservatives (who are not) Should Be Saying So
David Horowitz (FrontPage Magazine FrontPage)
Submitted at 7/6/2011 11:25:34 AM

Salmon is an excellent source of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Randy Mayor Click to Enlarge Fat is the most feared nutrient in the American diet. Thirty years ago, most health and nutrition experts encouraged us to eat as little as possiblecertainly no more than 30% of calories from fat. This was the mantra, and it informed Cooking Light s approach to a healthy diet, as well. Now we know that total fat is no longer really the issue. Some fats are more healthy, some less. And while its important to keep an eye on your daily intakefats are packed with caloriesa naturally balanced diet should embrace the good-for-you fats. What you need to know: Our bodies need fat to function properlyfat is an essential nutrient. But saturated fatsthose found in foods such as butter and other high-fat dairy products, meat, and coconut milktend, when eaten too often, to raise LDL (bad) cholesterol levels and promote plaque buildup in your arteries. This is also true of

the trans fats, which are often the product of the process that turns liquid fats solid for use in processed foods. Saturated fat intake should be kept to a reasonable level; trans fats should be avoided. By contrast, healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats help our bodies absorb vitamins and minerals from foods, lower LDL and total cholesterol, and keep us feeling full and satisfied. Replace

Michael Barone has an excellent piece on the the 6h Circuit Court of Appeals decision to overturn a Michigan ballot initiative designed to enforce the Civil Rights Acts of 1964 and 1965. The initiative was passed in 2006 and supported by 58% of Michigan voters. It was a constitutional amendment proposed by Ward Connerly and particularly designed to end racial preferences in Michigan universities. Like most universities in American, Michigan schools support separate dorms for blacks, separate graduation ceremonies, unhealthy fats with good ones, s e p a r a t e f r a t e r n i t i e s which youll find in vegetable everything, as Michael Barone oils, fish, nuts and nut butters, points out, but separate drinking seeds, and avocados. fountains (which, no doubt, will This entry passed through the be reserved for Muslims). In other Full-Text RSS service if this is words, so-called liberals and your content and you're reading it progressives have re-introduced on someone else's site, please read the segregationist idea that was the FAQ at thought to be buried with the Civil only/faq.php#publishers. Five Rights Acts of the 1960s. The Filters featured article: Ten Years difference is that this segregation Of Media Lens - Our Problem is desired by the former victims, With Mainstream Dissidents. while the former oppressors are

too guilt-ridden and tongue-tied to express the outrage that would be suitable to this particular outrage. The racist appeal, upheld by the court, was filed by a group calling itself By Any Means Necessary(BAMN), the name itself trumpeting its fascistic modus operandi and antidemocratic agendas. Whats most troubling about this is that the Democratic Party is in basic sympathy with progressive racism and thus that the American consensus no longer includes a commitment to the values embodied in the once historic Civil Rights Acts.

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To Friend Or Not: The Facebook Challenge For Doctors

(NPR Blogs: Shots - Health Blog)
Submitted at 7/6/2011 3:22:00 PM

Yanik Chauvin/ The wrong click might hurt a little bit. Even before Facebook said it would add Skype video and group chats, it was challenging enough for doctors to navigate the brave new world of social networking. Two years ago, Dr. Gabriel Bosslet received two friend requests from patients on his Facebook page. "I was kind of taken aback by it. I wasn't sure how to respond to it," he says. The requests were a first for the doctor, who is on the faculty at Indiana University's School of Medicine. Bosslet's wife, a pediatrician, and his colleagues were also receiving friend requests from their patients or their parents on Facebook. "I thought to myself, there's got to be something out there where people would have at least documented their experiences with this or how often it happens," he says. But to Bosslet's surprise there wasn't much information available. So last year, he and colleagues mailed surveys to more than 3,000 doctors, residents and med students around the country to gauge their attitudes toward

online social networks. Some 455 people responded, and the results revealed that a majority of them found it "ethically unacceptable to visit the profiles of patients" or interact with patients on social networks for either social or professional reasons. The findings were published recently in the Journal for General Internal Medicine. "We really tried to stress in the

blog and Twitter feed. Pho says there is a fear among physicians when it comes to social networks, but for assistance he pointed them to guidelines from the American Medical Association. Most doctors don't see more risks than benefits from social networking, he says. He agreed with the findings from Bosslet's study that doctors and patients should not be interacting on a personal level through social networks but says communication through such a network can contribute to the doctor-patient relationship. Pho's policy: never "friend" patients on Facebook. But he would reply to a patient on Twitter asking about a good website for breast cancer screening guidelines. "There has to be some nuance here, and I think that this is so early in the social media game, that a lot of discussion that these results have the potential for online social doctors don't fully appreciate to be tempered by the fact that the networks to make patient-doctor that," he says. response rates were so low, but communication better. There was Bosslet says there have been s t i l l t h e r e s u l t s w e r e s o also a major concern among some controversies involving compelling that's why the d o c t o r s o v e r p a t i e n t social media and his students. journal actually did decide to confidentiality. A report earlier Earlier this year, a medical p u b l i s h i t , " h e t o l d S h o t s . this year on problems with some student was reprimanded after a "Generally response rates this low d o c t o r s ' t w e e t s s h o w s t h e nurse saw his Facebook post don't get an editor to raise an c o n c e r n s regarding a patient. eyebrow." One doctor who does see Bosslet says that the information Data from the collected surveys potential is internist Kevin Pho, didn't violate federal privacy s h o w e d t h e m a j o r i t y o f who practices in Nashua, New FRIEND page 79 respondents was pessimistic about Hampshire. He also hosts a lively



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Breast-Feeding Can Be Worth HIV Risks In Developing World

(NPR Blogs: Shots - Health Blog)
Submitted at 7/6/2011 4:04:00 PM

Enlarge Melissa Block/ NPR While the majority of women in Mozambique breast-feed their children, Acacia Mukambe, who is HIV-positive, chose not to. Her daughter Virginia is now 16 months old, and so far has tested

HIV-negative. Melissa Block/ NPR While the majority of women in Mozambique breast-feed their children, Acacia Mukambe, who is HIV-positive, chose not to. Her daughter Virginia is now 16 months old, and so far has tested HIV-negative. In the West, HIV and breastfeeding are generally considered

incompatible. HIV-positive women are told to avoid breast-feeding all together, to give their infants the greatest chance of staying HIV-free. Not so in the developing world. In countries that lack clean water and an affordable, reliable supply of infant formula, the World Health Organization recommends that HIV-positive mothers

exclusively breast-feed their infants for the first six months. The thinking is that the benefits the nutrients found in breast milk and the boost to the infant's immune system outweigh the potential risk of HIV transmission. More than a thousand children become infected with HIV every day, the overwhelming majority

through their mothers, according to the United Nations. While antiretroviral drugs are central to efforts to prevent transmission of HIV from mother to child, counseling HIV-positive women to safely breast-feed is another strategy that's being promoted in developing countries. BREAST-FEEDING page 79

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It's believed that safe breastfeeding in combination with the drugs can dramatically reduce the likelihood that an infant will become infected. If the recommended regimens for both mother and child are followed, the chance of transmission falls to 5 percent in resource-poor countries, down from 30 percent to 40 percent if nothing were done. In reality, there are many factors complicating the decisions HIVpositive women make. Some of them find it difficult to breastfeed exclusively for the first six months. Others find it hard to stop

breast-feeding, as such a move would arouse suspicions among family and neighbors who might not be aware of a mother's HIV status. On Wednesday's All Things Considered, you can hear about efforts to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV in Mozambique's Gaza Province, where 30 percent of women ages 15 to 49 are HIV positive. While the overwhelming majority of HIV-positive women there do breast-feed their infants, we met one who didn't. At the urging of her husband, Acacia Mukambe never breast-fed her daughter

Virginia. The 16-month-old has so far tested negative. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters featured article: Ten Years Of Media Lens - Our Problem With Mainstream Dissidents.

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rules, but there were still consequences for discussing the patient in a public forum. "All of a sudden we have a forum that blurs the line between public and private," he says. 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

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Yemen: The Next Pakistan

Ryan Mauro (FrontPage Magazine FrontPage)

for another 8 months. Vice President Abdu Rabu Mansoor Hadi, who has led Submitted at 7/5/2011 11:45:34 PM Yemen since Saleh was forced to Al-Qaeda should be discouraged go to Saudi Arabia due to injuries by the killing of Osama Bin from an assassination attempt, Laden, the drone campaign in says that five provinces have been P a k i s t a n a n d i t s r e t r e a t i n overtaken. At least 135 soldiers Somalia, but things are looking up have been killed fighting radical for the terrorist group in Yemen. I s l a m i c m i l i t a n t s . F i g h t i n g The revolution against President continues to spread, and now the Salehs regime has enabled Al- government is using aircraft to Qaeda to expand its base, as the bomb terrorist-held land. ... U.S. rushes to build a base for drones that wont be completed



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Obama Touts Federal Worker Pay Freeze That Isnt

Lachlan Markay (The Foundry: Conservative Policy News Blog from The Heritage Foundation)
Submitted at 7/6/2011 4:45:14 PM

President Obama offered few concrete proposals for promoting fiscal responsibility during his Twitter town hall on Wednesday. One that he did mention was his drive to freeze federal employee salaries, though he offered the measure as an example of an effort to make these adjustments that are necessary during these difficult fiscal timesin a way that preserves collective bargaining rights. We froze federal pay for federal workers for two years, Obama claimed. Now that wasnt real popular, as you might imagine, among federal workers, the president added. But even federal workers acknowledged at the time that salaries would not be frozen under the plan. A spokesperson for the American Federation of Government Employees union told the Federal Times that the news that step increases will not be affected takes some of the sting out of the decision, in the Timess phrasing. In fact, under the measure the president dubbed a freeze, the

Federal Times estimated that 1.1 million federal employees will receive pay bumps totaling more than $2.5 billion in additional salary through the standard step increases federal pay system. Regularly scheduled step increases for the 1.4 million General Schedule employees who make up two-thirds of the civilian work force will continue. The size of those increases ranges from 2.6 percent to 3.3 percent and by law kick in

federal workers, since most of those workers cannot currently bargain collectively for pay or benefits. That was, of course, the chief irony of President Obama criticizing government union reform efforts in Wisconsin: the president is in charge of roughly two million federal workers who have fewer collective bargaining rights than unionized Wisconsin workers will under the new law in that state. The more central problem with President Obamas claim that he froze federal workers pay for two years is that its not really true. To his credit, the president did slow the growth of federal pay increases, and in his speech seemed to have a grasp of the rationale for a pay freeze, but under the plan implemented late every one, two or three years, out, any real reform effort will last year, federal salaries will be depending on an employees time have to address the skewed by no means static. in grade. incentives of General Schedule This entry passed through the In other words, seniority will pay system. Full-Text RSS service if this is grant federal employees continued In any case, the president did not your content and you're reading it pay raises under Obamas plan. implement a salary freeze in on someone else's site, please read That fact alone should give any meaningful sense of the term; the FAQ at pause: simply by salaries for more than a million only/faq.php#publishers. Five v i r t u e o f t h e i r c o n t i n u e d federal workers will likely rise. Filters featured article: Ten Years employment i.e. with almost no Leave aside that reforming public Of Media Lens - Our Problem regard for their performance worker pay in a way that With Mainstream Dissidents. federal workers will continue to preserves collective bargaining receive raises. As the Heritage rights is a near-meaningless Foundation has repeatedly pointed proposition when discussing

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Shame on Cuba: Blind The Moral Eye to Human Trafficking Foundations of a Fiscal Crisis
Olivia Snow (The Foundry: Conservative Policy News Blog from The Heritage Foundation)
Submitted at 7/6/2011 5:45:34 PM

If the girls give me trouble I hurt them. These are the words of human trafficker Aktham Zuhair Salem Madanat. Known for trafficking girls from Cuba to the United Kingom, Madanat had no qualms about openly discussing how he lured 10- and 11-year-old girls into the sex trade. In fact, Madanat is one of many involved in the lucrative human trafficking market throughout Cuba and beyond. In order to fight human trafficking, the State Department annually presents its Global Trafficking in Persons Report, a survey of 184 countries that measures compliance with human trafficking regulations specified in the Trafficking Victims Protection Act(TVPA). The 2011 Report places Cuba and Venezuela on the Tier 3 list. The Tier 3 designation is reserved for countries that do not comply with the minimum requirements in TVPA. Noncompliant countries receiving U.S. assistance can be sanctioned. Cubas placement on Tier 3 is both warranted and necessary. Because prostitution is not

criminalized for anyone over the age of 16, it is difficult to track child prostitution in Cuba. Economic malfeasance in Cuba has forced many young women into the sex-for-sale industry. Cubas tourism industry generated around$2 billion just in the past year, and illicit sex is a burgeoning part of the tourism industry profile. In fact, it has been suggested that the Cuban government even encourages sex tourism as a source for foreign cash that keeps the communist regime afloat. Fidel and Raul Castro have turned a blind eye to sex tourism and human trafficking. One of Fidel Castros flippant brush-offs included the following: There are no women forced to sell themselves to a man, to a foreigner, to a touristThose who do so do it on their own, voluntarily and without any need for it. We can say that they are highly educated hookers and quite healthy Such cynical views have landed Cuba a spot on Tier 3. Cubas blind eye toward sex tourism and human trafficking appears contradictory in a society where the state regulates virtually everything else. Venezuela, home to Castro ally

Hugo Chvez, also experiences high levels of trafficking, where of the 40,000 to 50,000 sex trafficked children, 78 percent are girls between the ages of 8 and 17. Venezuelas placement on Tier 3 is the result of a failure to enforce existing trafficking laws or enact new anti-trafficking legislation. Despite the large number of youth affected by human trafficking, Cuba and Venezuela continue to turn a blind eye to an age-old problem. It is striking how far these anti-American regimes will go to defy the U.S. in its efforts to eliminate the vestiges of modern-day slavery. Olivia Snow is currently a member of the Young Leaders Program at The Heritage Foundation. For more information on interning at Heritage, please visit: about/departments/ylp.cfm This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters featured article: Ten Years Of Media Lens - Our Problem With Mainstream Dissidents.

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failure to communicate in their respective, deeply entrenched beliefs. The resulting dysfunction Submitted at 7/6/2011 5:09:48 PM has a tragic aspect, I argue: By Clive Crook The tragedy of American politics J u l 6 2 0 1 1 , 6 : 0 9 P M E T - it is nothing less - is that these C o m m e n t I t t a k e s a s o c i a l two moral communities [liberals p s y c h o l o g i s t - - s p e c i f i c a l l y , and conservatives] not merely fail Jonathan Haidt at the University to recognise the other's crucial of Virginia--to explain the current contribution to US success, but fiscal impasse, or so I argue in a have actually come to despise new column for the FT. each other. It is the depth of this One is driven to ask what h o s t i l i t y t h a t a n i m a t e s accounts for the pathological progressives in the Democratic reluctance of politicians in this base and the Tea Party activists country to compromise, or to see who are battling to seize control the smallest particle of merit in of the Republican party. The the other side's arguments? This foundations of the crisis of goes far beyond disagreement governance are moral. over facts or economic theories. It This entry passed through the is more than a "culture war", too, Full-Text RSS service if this is as usually understood: this is not your content and you're reading it just a clash between contending on someone else's site, please read visions of the country's future. It the FAQ at more personal than that. only/faq.php#publishers. Five Haidt explores the contrasting Filters featured article: Ten Years moral intuitions of liberals and Of Media Lens - Our Problem conservatives, and locates their With Mainstream Dissidents.



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EU Follows Obama into the Brotherhood Abyss

Robert Spencer (FrontPage Magazine FrontPage)

State Department Tweets, but Is Anyone Listening?

Helle Dale (The Foundry: Conservative Policy News Blog from The Heritage Foundation)
Submitted at 7/6/2011 4:15:11 PM

have a policy embracing the happiness of this world. . . . We believe that Islam is an allSubmitted at 7/5/2011 11:50:09 PM embracing concept which Catherine Ashton, EU foreign regulates every aspect of life, policy chief adjudicating on every one of its Following quickly after the concerns and prescribing for it a revelation that the Obama solid and rigorous order. administration had resolved to Al-Banna wrote in 1934 that it establish contact with the Muslim is a duty incumbent on every Brotherhood, the European Union Muslim to struggle towards the has announced that it, too, is aim of making every people interested in talking with the Muslim and the whole world group. Michael Mann, a Islamic, so that the banner of spokesperson for EU foreign Islam can flutter over the earth policy chief Catherine Ashton, and the call of the Muezzin can explained: We are always open resound in all the corners of the to dialogue with anyone who is world: God is greatest [ Allahu interested in democracy. Ashton chief James Clapper who labeled country [Turkey] which was until akbar]! thus becomes the latest in a long the group largely secular, r e c e n t l y t h e s i t e o f t h e Brynjar Lia, the historian of the line of Western officials who have demonstrating abject ignorance Commander of the Faithful. Al- Muslim Brotherhood movement, confused democracy with the not only of the meaning of the Banna dedicated the Brotherhood explained: Quoting the Quranic practice of voting itself, and word Muslim in the groups to restoring the caliphate and verse And fight them till sedition ignored the manifest fact that the name, but of its own stated goals imposing Islamic law around the is no more, and the faith is Gods Muslim Brotherhood is dedicated and agenda, which have been world. His message began and [Sura 2:193], the Muslim Brothers to ideals that all free societies consistent since it was founded. ended with Islam: urged their fellow Muslims to Contrary to claims that it is a We summon you to Islam, the restore the bygone greatness of should oppose. Among those officials also are a m o d e r a t e o r g a n i z a t i o n , t h e teachings of Islam, the laws of Islam and to re-establish an great many at the highest levels in Muslim Brotherhood is actually Islam and the guidance of Islam, Islamic empire. Sometimes they Washington, where wishful t h e p r o t o t y p i c a l I s l a m i c and if this smacks of politics in even called for the restoration of thinking about the Brotherhood supremacist, pro-Sharia group of your eyes, then it is our policy. former Islamic colonies in (and other matters Islamic) not the modern age. It was founded in And if the one summoning you to Andalus (Spain), southern Italy, only prevails, but is the guiding Egypt in 1928 by Hasan al-Banna, t h e s e p r i n c i p l e s i s a Sicily, the Balkans and the force in formulating Middle East who decried the abolition of the politician, then we are the most Mediterranean islands. policy. After all, it was the Caliphate in 1924 for separating respectable of men, God be spectacularly clueless intelligence the state from religion in a praised, in politics . . . Islam does

The President isnt the only one engaging Americans on Twitter. On June 28, the notice went out from the State Departments spokesman that Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy Judith McHale would field her first Twitter Q & A the following morning. Under McHale, State has launched a number of new ventures on the Internet. The power of the technology combined with low overhead has made Public Diplomacy 2.0 a highly inviting tool for U.S. diplomats. Social media is the latest tool in American public diplomacy, whether the goal is democracy building in the Middle East, contact with foreign audiences, or promotion of information about the United States. State announced breathlessly: Using the hashtag#AskUSA, participants from around the world can simultaneously submit questions and share ideas directly with Under Secretary McHale about strengthening ties and increasing exchanges between the United States and other countries. The U.S. Department of States STATE page 83

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main official Twitter feed,@StateDept, will host the session. The department added that nine additional languages would be available for questions, including Farsi, Hindi, and Zhogwen (a Chinese language). Impressive, right? But oddly enough, global Twitter users did not jump at the opportunity to tweet with a distinguished U.S. government official. Tweets fell into three categories: Spam Some were questions from the London Independent newspaper, whose correspondent appeared to be writing about U.S. policy towards Egypt, Yemen, and Syria and was trying to nail down information about clashes and tear gas in Tahrir Square. The last category was made up

of variations on the question, What does cultural exchange mean for you? This question was asked over and over again by U.S. embassies in New Zealand, Quito, Bolivia, Russia, and Mexico, as well as the State Department Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs. One might conclude, therefore, that this was mainly an exercise in the State Department talking to itself. There was very little communication from McHale herself. The only answer to be found was McHales comment to the question, What have you done to improve relations between the United States and Iran? She answered, We have organized exchange programs between Americans & Iranians, including sports teams & students. That answer provides lots of food

for thought on the merits of U.S. public diplomacy. More fundamentally, one has to question the value of initiatives like a global Twitter Q & A, which sound sexy but provide only the illusion of action and communication. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters featured article: Ten Years Of Media Lens - Our Problem With Mainstream Dissidents.

Obamas Twitter Town Hall By the Numbers [STATS]

Christina Warren (Mashable!)
Submitted at 7/6/2011 5:33:07 PM

Behind-the-scenes details are OBAMAS page 84

Smartphone Attachment Diagnoses Cataracts

Jennifer Van Grove (Mashable!)

human eye, says Ramesh Raskar, director of the MIT Media Labs Submitted at 7/6/2011 5:52:00 PM Camera Culture group. Researchers at MITs Media Lab The device is capable of picking h a v e c r e a t e d a s m a r t p h o n e up changes in parts of the lens attachment called Catra that can that have not yet become opaque, diagnose cataracts in a matter of and thus able to detect cataracts at minutes. The screening tool is an earlier stage than standard currently being tested on subjects. tests. Catra clips on to devices such as Media Lab researchers hope phones and iPods, and scans the Catras portability will allow cases of preventable blindness. lens of the eye to create a map of physicians and self-testers better MITs Media Lab is working on the position, size, shape and diagnose cataracts, especially in a series of projects around eye density of cataracts. I like to developing nations. Ultimately, care. It developed and released think of this as a radar for the Catras purpose is to decrease the

Netra, an application and smartphone attachment for eye exams via mobile phone, last year.

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starting to pour in after the#AskObama Town Hall event earlier this afternoon, where Twitter users got to pepper the President with 140-character questions. According to both Simply Measured and TwitSprout, more than 70,000 tweets were sent during President Obamas first Twitter town hall. The most frequent points of discussion in these tweets, which included either the #AskObama hashtag or mentioned the @townhall username were jobs, the economy, housing and the legalization of marijuana. The jobs, economy and housing questions make sense in the context of the town hall parameters, but the mention of marijuana legalization might surprise some. A c c o r d i n g t o TwitSprouts#AskObama Twitter Dashboard, the most retweeted

question asked: Would you consider legalizing marijuana to increase revenue and save tax dollars by freeing up crowded prisons, court rooms. The President did not address that tweet. When it comes to the location of tweets, the majority came from major cities like New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, with the most coming out of Washington D.C.. Check out more statistics from the folks at Simply Measured. Tweet Volume Throughout the event, the number of tweets stayed steady. Data from Simply Measured. Conversation Topics The bulk of the conversation on Twitter focused on jobs, debt and taxes. Data from Simply Measured. Follower Growth Most of the growth in followers to Twitter's new @townhall

account took place in the hours leading up to the event. During the town hall itself, growth was steady. Data from Simply Measured. Tweet Location Big cities led the conversation, with 14% of tweets coming from Washington D.C. alone. Data from Simply Measured. More About:#askobama, barack obama, obama, politics, president obama, stats, twitter, twitter town hall For more Social Media coverage: Follow Mashable Social Media on Twitter Become a Fan on Facebook Subscribe to the Social Media channel Download our free apps for Tim Stevens (Engadget) Android, Mac, iPhone and iPad Submitted at 7/6/2011 7:14:00 PM

Amazon Cloud Player hits iPad, adds unlimited storage, scoffs at constrained competition
another new feature that isn't going away: Cloud Player for Web on iPad. This lets you play 20,000 songs? Not nearly your cloud tunes through Safari enough.$24.99 a year? Way too and that, combined with the whole spendy. Unlimited and $20 a unlimited storage thing, should year? That's a little better, at least, ease any nagging feelings of and that's what Amazon just regret you've been suffering since moved to. Taking a step up from budgetary pressures talked you its previous $20 for 20GB plan, into the 16GB model. the former bookseller is now Continue reading Amazon Cloud letting new subscribers get any Player hits iPad, adds unlimited amount of storage they want for storage, scoffs at constrained that price -- unlimited for .mp3 competition and .m4a files, anyway. Naturally Amazon Cloud Player hits iPad, this means any songs purchased adds unlimited storage, scoffs at through Amazon MP3 will also be constrained competition originally stored for to an infinite extent, not appeared on Engadget on Wed, 06 c o u n t i n g a g a i n s t y o u r a l l - Jul 2011 19:14:00 EDT. Please important quota. This is a "limited see our terms for use of feeds. time" kind of deal, so if you've Permalink BGR| Amazon| Email been on the fence now's the time this| Comments to click that cart, but there's

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MySpace Released Skype- Murdoch Powered Calls In 2007 condemns NotW phone hacking
Jennifer Van Grove (Mashable!)
Submitted at 7/6/2011 6:41:25 PM

How soon we forget. MySpace, the mostly-abandoned, Justin Timberlake-owned social network of yore, was the first to ink a VoIP deal for member-to-member calling more than three-and-ahalf years before Facebook. This little tidbit of truth was dug up by none other than MySpace co-founder Tom Anderson, who was also quick to point out that the place for friends also had one-on-one video chat in 2004. In the Mashable archives we find that on December 11, 2007, MySpace released a feature that would allow its members to Skype via MySpace IM with a single click (sound familiar?), albeit without the video functionality of todays Facebook release. Interestingly enough, Skype was an eBay property at the time. Now, it belongs to Microsoft. The point is that people werent really ready for it back then, Anderson, a Google+ user and newly self-professed fan of the competing Facebook offering,

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writes of video and voice chat on MySpace. While this trip down social media memory lane might make it seem like Facebook is launching an antiquated tool, we certainly dont think this ironic uncovering is cause for concern. After all, Facebook now has 750 million active members Skype, by comparison, has 170 million regular users and 663 million registered accounts and most of whom will care little about the social networks seemingly late release, so long as it connects

them to friends and family members. [ via Hacker News] More About: facebook, Facebook Video Chat, myspace, Skype For more Social Media coverage: Follow Mashable Social Media on Twitter Become a Fan on Facebook Subscribe to the Social Media channel Download our free apps for Android, Mac, iPhone and iPad

Brooks' leadership. We are committed to addressing these Submitted at 7/6/2011 6:55:04 AM issues fully and have taken a 7 Jul 2011 number of important steps to Rupert Murdoch has said phone prevent them from happening hacking at one of his flagship again." newspapers is "deplorable and MPs used a three-hour unacceptable" as David Cameron emergency Commons debate to ordered a public inquiry into the condemn journalistic practices at scandal. the News of the World. Labour T h e m e d i a m o g u l b a c k e d MP Chris Bryant, who secured the Rebekah Brooks to continue as parliamentary debate, suggested c h i e f e x e c u t i v e o f N e w s there could be other high-profile International despite claims that victims of phone hacking, saying: the News of the World hacked "I am told that police are looking m u r d e r e d s c h o o l g i r l M i l l y at not just Milly Dowler's phone Dowler's phone while she was and those of the families of Holly editor. Wells and Jessica Chapman, but M e a n w h i l e , p o l i t i c a l a n d the case of Madeleine McCann commercial pressure mounted as and 15-year-old Danielle Jones more leading companies pulled who was abducted and murdered advertising from the paper, and in Essex in 2001 by her uncle MPs including Labour leader Ed Stuart Campbell." Miliband said Ms Brooks had to Labour MP Tom Watson even go. demanded the suspension of Mr Murdoch, the chairman and James Murdoch, Mr Murdoch's c h i e f e x e c u t i v e o f N e w s son and the chairman of News International's parent company, International. In the Commons he News Corporation, issued a alleged that James Murdoch statement saying: "I have made attempted to pervert the course of clear that our company must fully justice, saying: "It is clear now and proactively co-operate with that he personally, without board the police in all investigations and approval, authorised money to be t h a t i s e x a c t l y w h a t N e w s paid by his company to silence International has been doing and MURDOCH page 86 will continue to do under Rebekah


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Royal couple tour wildfire town

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7 Jul 2011 Survivors of a devastating wildfire which tore through a Canadian town have been comforted by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. William and Kate made an unscheduled stop during their tour of North America to visit Slave Lake, Alberta, to see for themselves the damage wrought on the settlement. The royal couple had a private meeting with families affected by the disaster who are still reeling from the loss of their homes and livelihoods. More than a third of the town was razed to the ground when it was hit by a wildfire on May 15. There were no deaths in the settlement, named after the First Nations People called Slavey who live in the area. But the damage was extensive and forced the complete evacuation of Slave Lake's 7,000 residents - the largest displacement in the province's history. When the fires were at their height, oil companies in Alberta, the country's largest energy producing province, were

people who had been hacked and to cover up criminal behaviour within his organisation." Meanwhile, more companies announced they are cancelling advertising due to appear in this forced to shut off thousands of emergency services personnel weekend's issue of the News of barrels of output. from the fire brigade, the Royal the World. Halifax and the CoThe inferno began as a forest fire Canadian Mounted Police and the operative Group, which each had nine miles outside town and medical response team. two half-page adverts in last firefighters had thought they were During the visit the couple were Sunday's paper, joined Ford, winning the fight but the wind taken to a section of the town Vauxhall, Mitsubishi, Butlins and turned violent and gusts of up to where 80% of the devastation Virgin Holidays in suspending 6 2 m i l e s a n h o u r w h i p p e d including the loss of 400 homes their marketing. glowing embers into the air and had occurred. Charred remains of Mr Cameron told MPs that he on to homes and businesses which family homes - complete with the supports holding one or more quickly ignited. twisted wreckage of gazebos, inquiries into the scandal, while The Duke and Duchess flew into BBQs, boats and cars - littered the Deputy Prime Minister Nick t h e t o w n o n a g o v e r n m e n t neighbourhood. Clegg demanded that any inquiry Challenger jet. The royal couple The pair looked visibly moved as is presided over by a judge. The were dressed casually, with Kate they walked through the dustPM also said he took "full wearing tight jeans, the same navy covered remains, stopping to responsibility" for his decision to designer blazer she wore for her examine what had been a family employ former News of the departure from the UK, a cream saloon car. After 20 minutes they World editor Andy Coulson as his ruffled shirt and Pied A Terre were driven to the Northern Lakes most senior spin doctor - a black wedges. William wore a College, which was undamaged, position he quit in January. Mr dark jacket, pale blue shirt and to meet privately with some of the Coulson was drawn further into grey trousers. firefighters who helped tackle the the row with claims he had The request to tour the devastated blaze. authorised payments to police town came directly from the royal This entry passed through the when he edited the newspaper. couple, said Kevin MacLeod, Full-Text RSS service if this is Met Police Commissioner Sir Canadian secretary to the Queen, your content and you're reading it Paul Stephenson said News but it was kept secret until the last on someone else's site, please read International had given Scotland minute to ensure their presence the FAQ at documents which include would not disrupt any relief only/faq.php#publishers. Five information relating to efforts in the region. Filters featured article: Ten Years "inappropriate payments to The Duke and Duchess spent an Of Media Lens - Our Problem hour-and-a-half touring areas of With Mainstream Dissidents. the town which were affected by the fire and visited Northern Lakes College, where they met

officers" in his force. News International has established that Ms Brooks was on holiday in Italy when the News of the World ran a story referring to a message left on Milly's phone, the Guardian reported. The company also believes she was away in the fortnight after the Soham murders, the paper said. It later emerged Chancellor George Osborne's private home phone number also appeared in records kept by the two men at the centre of the original phone hacking scandal - private investigator Glenn Mulcaire and former News of the World royal editor Clive Goodman. There is no suggestion the Chancellor's phone was hacked by the men, his spokesman stressed. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters featured article: Ten Years Of Media Lens - Our Problem With Mainstream Dissidents.

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inquests in 2006/2007," a statement said. "We are making efforts to verify this information." 7 Jul 2011 A News International spokesman Relatives of soldiers killed in Iraq said: "Our titles have campaigned and Afghanistan may have been in support of the military over victims of News of the World many years and will continue to phone hacking, lawyers have said. do so. If these allegations are true The Ministry of Defence was we are absolutely appalled and s e e k i n g c l a r i f i c a t i o n f r o m horrified. We will be contacting Scotland Yard as sources said the MoD immediately to try and families of dead servicemen were verify the situation." being contacted by detectives over The new twist in the ongoing the scandal. saga for the Sunday tabloid News International said it would sparked fury amongst relatives of be "absolutely appalled and dead servicemen. Graham Knight, horrified" if there was any truth in whose son Ben was killed in the the allegations and it would be Nimrod explosion in Afghanistan immediately contacting the MoD. in 2006, said: "It's disgusting but MPH Solicitors - whose clients it doesn't surprise me." include Samantha Roberts, widow Ms McCool, a senior lawyer who of one of the first Britons killed in represented Mrs Roberts and was Iraq in 2003 - said they were instructed at the inquest of Lance called on Wednesday. Corporal Michael Pritchard, said "We have been contacted this there was no evidence to show morning in connection with a confidential information was possible phone-hacking on our obtained through hacking. clients, and Geraldine McCool, She added: "Whilst this arising out of high-profile military developing story continues to

shock and concern I confirm that I have never seen a news article that gave rise to concern that information had been obtained through illegal phone-hacking. Solicitors are cautious when leaving messages due to client confidentiality and my military clients and their families come from a background that works on a 'need to know' basis." An MoD spokesman said: "This is a matter for the Metropolitan Police who are investigating these allegations. It would be inappropriate for us to comment whilst this investigation is ongoing." This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters featured article: Ten Years Of Media Lens - Our Problem With Mainstream Dissidents.

NYT finds anonymous sources willing to foment Bush/Perry rivalry

Tina Korbe (Hot Air Top Picks)
Submitted at 7/6/2011 5:35:27 PM

All along, folks have said Texas Republican Gov. Rick Perry, should he decide to run for president, might have a Bush problem. But, back then, critics used the term to refer to the possible negative associations Perrys plentiful Bush-isms might evoke. Now, according to The New York Times, Perry might have the opposite problem. He might have distanced himself too much from W. At least, thats what a few anonymous sources tell The Times: But in recent years, Mr. Perry has broken politically with Mr. Bush, questioning his credentials as a fiscal conservative, accusing him of going on a big-government binge and playing down some of Mr. Bushs accomplishments in Texas in light of his own. Mr. Perrys public statements exposed a long-simmering rivalry that had been little known outside the political fraternity here but underscores the rightward drift of the Republican Party since Mr. Bush was president. More acutely, Mr. Perrys criticism holds potential peril and benefit for him should he decide to mount a presidential campaign, allowing him to establish an identity

distinct from Mr. Bush but risking a guerrilla campaign against him by the former presidents inner circle. One close associate of the former president, speaking on the condition of anonymity to avoid a personal confrontation with the governor, warned Mr. Perry against establishing his own conservative bona fides by criticizing Mr. Bush, saying, If youre really trying to be the nominee and want to go the distance, you just dont want the former president of the United States and his people working against you. Another, speaking anonymously as well, said, Hes going to need all the help he can get from all the Republicans he can muster, so he ought to be prudent about that. What can I say? It seems perfectly possible that a few disgruntled, loyal Bush aides would wince to hear the current Texas governor and a potential presidential candidate criticize their beloved boss and would be all too happy to talk to the NYT about it. But I just dont think Perry has all that much to worry about from a fellow (or gal) who asks to remain anonymous to avoid a personal confrontation with the governor. If, as The NYT page 90



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Don't Be Fooled: Romney Has More Money Than You Can Possibly Imagine
Chris Good (Politics : The Atlantic)
Submitted at 7/6/2011 2:07:51 PM

By Chris Good Jul 6 2011, 3:07 PM ET Comment With an outside group helping him, the candidate's own fundraising is only half the story Thanks to recent developments in campaign law and regulation, the 2012 election will be like a phone booth with money swirling around in it and all of the candidates, including President Obama, grabbing for as many dollars as they can. (More specifically, due to restrictions on coordination, it will work like this: Candidates will stand to the side, averting their eyes and politely asking donors for$2,500 at a time, the legal cap for giving, while the candidates' former advisers and fundraisers enter the booth, grabbing the cash, and not saying a word to the candidates about it. Winks, thumbs up, and long-range high-fives may or may not be exchanged. No one will talk about

what happens in the booth, but everyone will see how many fistfuls of cash emerge, because those fistfuls will eventually be disclosed in Federal Election Commission filings.) Mitt Romney is leading the money grab, hands down. His campaign announced today that he has raised $18.25 million in the last three months, for a total haul of $18.8 million this election cycle. While not every campaign has yet disclosed its latest figures, Romney's nearest cash competitor is Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), who took in $4.5 million. Tim Pawlenty ($4.2 million) and Jon Huntsman ($4.1 million), trail. It's safe to assume no other candidate has come close to Romney's gigantic load of money: Had anyone approached it -- or simply known such an approach was plausible, when the fundraising quarter closed last week -- he/she would have told every reporter in sight. Romney retains $12.6 million in the bank. He has given $52,500 of his own money to his campaign; during the 2008 election, he gave

$63.73 million. Multiple news outlets have pointed out that Romney fell short of his personal quarterly fundraising record of $23.5 million, set in the first quarter of 2007, when the 2008 presidential race was already heating up. But Restore Our Future, an independent group of Romney supporters, has raised an additional $12 million to spend on his behalf -- meaning backers of Romney have donated a total of $30.8 million this cycle, and a total of $24 million (not counting Romney's own bank account) is sitting at the ready to be spent, at a moment's notice, to advance Romney's presidential ambitions. Republican strategists with ties to Romney formed the group just two weeks ago and quickly set to work raking in unlimited donations -- a fundraising machine that operates far more freely than Romney's campaign. While candidates can't receive corporate or union donations and can only take $2,500 per donor for a primary and another $2,500 per donor for a general election,

groups like Restore Our Future can take as much as they want, including from corporate and union sources, thanks to a 2010 Federal Election Commission ruling that followed a few months after the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision. The only tradeoff: The group can't talk to Romney about its fundraising or activities. President Obama has a group like this too: Priorities USA, an independent group headed up by former Obama communications aide Bill Burton, will take in unlimited donations and spend it in support of Obama. Romney is the only GOP candidate with a large-scale Super PAC hauling in ducats to buoy his campaign. Outside groups found ways to help candidates in 2004 and 2008 -- Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, for instance -- but thanks to developments in campaign finance rules in the last year and a half, a new model has emerged, wherein Super PACs raise and spend money specifically to enhance the prospects of one

politician, for the duration of a campaign. Before, outside groups filed tax forms as 501(c)4 nonprofits and claimed most of their activities were for issue advocacy. They couldn't dedicate a majority of their resources to campaign politics -- particularly, toward telling people explicitly to vote for or against a candidate. The new breed of Super PACs can. Among GOP 2012 candidates, Romney is at the vanguard of this trend. When he announces his campaign fundraising totals, that's only half the story. Image credit: Rebecca Cook/ Reuters This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters featured article: Ten Years Of Media Lens - Our Problem With Mainstream Dissidents.

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Oh my: Bachmann within single digits of Romney in New Hampshire?

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Ninth Circuit: Dont ask, dont tell must end immediately

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members of that movement shes leading the way at 25% with Palin and Romney tying for second at Submitted at 7/6/2011 6:12:58 PM 16%, and Cain also placing in Old theory: Mitt Romney really double digits at 11%. Only 33% doesnt want to have to face Perry of Republican primary voters in or Palin in this race. New theory: the state identify themselves as Mitt Romney really needs Perry Tea Partiers though and with the and/or Palin to run to divide tea remaining folks Romneys way partiers and halt Bachmanns ahead with 33% to 13% for ascent. Bachmann, and 10% for Her net favorable rating is now H u n t s m a n a n d P a u l . +40, up 20 points in just two Romneys starting to show some months. In New Hampshire. signs of weakness in New W h e n P P P p o l l e d N e w Hampshire. His support is down Hampshire in April Michele 12 points from 37% on the Bachmann was stuck at 4%. Shes iteration of our April poll that gained 14 points over the last didnt include Mike Huckabee or three months and now finds Donald Trump. His favorability herself within single digits of Mitt numbers are headed in the wrong Romney. Romney continues to direction as well. Hes dropped a lead the way in the state with 25% net 18 points from +49 at 68/19 to to 18% for Bachmann, 11% for +31 at 60/29. Hes certainly still Sarah Palin, 9% for Ron Paul, 7% the front runner in the state but for Rick Perry and Herman Cain, hes not looking as inevitable as 6% for Jon Huntsman and Tim he did a few months ago. Pawlenty, and 4% for Newt Another poll from the University Gingrich. of New Hampshire has Romney Bachmanns surge in New ahead by a comfortable, more Hampshire is being built on the realistic 23-point margin, but even back of the Tea Party. Among in that case, Bachmanns crept voters identifying themselves as into second place with 12 percent.

Im dying to know what she raised for the quarter to see how her haul compares to his, but her teams holding off on releasing the numbers until July 15. His own numbers are both better and worse than they look. Better, in the sense that if you include the money raised by his super PAC, his quarterly take is closer to $30 million than it is to$18.25 million. And worse, in the sense that not long ago Team Mitt was hoping to raise wait for it $50 million in the first six months of 2011. No ones going to hit him with the underperformer narrative until New Hampshire turns competitive, but its out there in the water. Lurking. With just a fin visible above the surface As for Pawlenty, he pulls just three percent in UNHs poll (the same as Jon Huntsman, whos nearly without a pulse in the new Gallup) and six percent in PPPs poll while trailing Romney in a hypothetical head-to-head contest by 34 points. Things suddenly look so bleak that T-Paws campaign co-chair has begun to lower expectations in Iowa,

insisting that Bachmann will bevery hard to beat there even though until recently the state was a cornerstone of his strategy to propel past Romney. Actual quote: Shes got hometown appeal, shes got ideological appeal, and, I hate to say it, but shes got a little sex appeal too. Ugh. Exit quotation from HuffPos Pawlenty premortem postmortem: How does the sixth place candidate in the Iowa poll all of a sudden find support? Having been here so often, if folks havent decided to support him yet, will they now? [Its a] very tense and stressful situation over in Urbandale right now. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters featured article: Ten Years Of Media Lens - Our Problem With Mainstream Dissidents.

The courts order runs only two pages so take 30 seconds to read it. Remember last fall when a California district court ruled that DADT was unconstitutional? The Ninth Circuit issued a stay at the time postponing enforcement of the ruling until the appeal, but two things happened in the interim: Congress voted to repeal DADT in December and the White House decided in February that it wont enforce DOMA anymore. Hence todays lifting of the stay. If the executive and legislature are moving towards equal treatment for gays, the court figured, then whats the argument for upholding the stay? In a brief two-page order, a threejudge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco said the dont ask, dont tell policy must be lifted now that the Obama administration has concluded its unconstitutional to treat gay Americans differently under the law. The ruling was the latest legal development in the effort by gay rights supporters to end the policy. It came in response to a motion brought by Log Cabin Republicans, a group for gay GOP NINTH page 91



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Sen. Inhofe Pushes His Luck

James Fallows (Politics : The Atlantic)
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By James Fallows Jul 6 2011, 4:17 PM ET As reported here back in April, Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma (right), a long-time pilot and advocate for aviation, had two unusual aviation experiences recently. The first was that he landed on a runway that was closed and under repair, "sky-hopping" over construction workers who were on the runway at the time. This move led the airport manager to say, in a phone call recorded by the FAA, "I've got over 50 years flying, three tours of Vietnam, and I can assure you I have never seen such a reckless disregard for human life in my life." Inhofe apparently begged to differ, steaming out of the plane on arrival and telling the airport staff," What the hell is this? I was supposed to have unlimited airspace." The second was that the FAA decided that the appropriate sanction for Inhofe was "remedial training," mainly a discussion and check flight with an FAA inspector, rather than any of the "certificate actions" (suspension etc) that pilots dread and that typically follow "pilot deviations"

Times suggests, these aides aim to conduct a guerrilla campaign against Perry to exonerate Bush from any friendly criticism, theyll have to be a little braver than that. And if Times plane. "Forget about who I am," reporters want readers to believe he reportedly told the FAA former Bush aides actually have inspector who suddenly realized that aim, theyll have to more that the errant pilot he was about perseveringly encourage their to cite was his agency's boss. "Just sources to go on the record. It just do your job." seems like such a stretch that, out It seems that Inhofe is still of all the Bush haters in the world, imbued with the "What the hell is Bush aides would decide to this?" spirit. Presenting himself as systematically target Perry. the victim of out-of-control Correct his misstatements, of Federal tormentors, he has course. Disagree with him, sure. introduced a "Pilot's Bill of Endorse somebody else, fine. But Rights" to guard his fellow pilots conduct a guerrilla campaign against ordeals like the one he has against him? OK. endured. "I did nothing wrong, More importantly, none of the but at any time I could have criticisms Perry made at least suffered the revocation of a none of those cited in the NYT license," he told the Tulsa World. article seem at all o f t h i s s o r t . I d o n ' t w i s h I am sure the workmen on the disrespectful. Instead, they seem enforcement actions on anyone, runway share his outrage at the to proceed from a thoughtful but the question is whether the injustice of it all. review of certain Bush policies "remediation" approach had As a flight-instructor friend of that, however well-intentioned, anything to do with his status as a mine wrote when sending me the m i g h t n o t h a v e p r o v e d a s big shot. I quoted a retired FAA story, "More evidence of my long effective as Perry (or Bush) would -standing assertion that a major safety inspector as saying: have preferred. Im sure Perry >>"Senator got a pass - no doubt problem in today's world is that understands the exigencies of the about it. That would USUALLY those in power have no sense of presidency and thinks, as so many mean the decisions came from the irony." Or gratitude. do (including me!), that Bush top down. But no guarantees. This entry passed through the acquitted himself well in office, Inspectors who have been around Full-Text RSS service if this is all things considered. But that a while can do some finagling your content and you're reading it doesnt mean Perry should have too." Another former federal on someone else's site, please read to say less-than-ideal policies employee wrote in to recall how the FAQ at were actually ideal. Najeeb Hallaby, who was JFK's only/faq.php#publishers. Five Its also notable that one of the head of the FAA (and whose Filters featured article: Ten Years few OTR sources in the article daughter Lisa is now known as Of Media Lens - Our Problem came from the Perry camp and Queen Noor), responded when he With Mainstream Dissidents. had a rather different story to tell. made a mistake while landing a Perrys chief political strategist, David Carney, emphasized the

friendship that has always subsisted between Bush and Perry and described their differences pretty simply with, Same church, different pews. Carney also said Perry plans to reach out to Bush for advice about whether to run (a decision Perry will supposedly make in the next few weeks). To be sure, Carney acknowledged the popular impression of a rivalry between the two men, saying that, around the state capital, the rivalry takes on a lore-like cast, that its like an eight-foot alligator in the sewer. And The Times did, midway through the article, qualify the rivalry as one that festers mostly among aides. But it seems to me the only Bush problem Perry has is the tendency of The Times and other MSM outlets to continually mention Bush in the same breath, instead of evaluating Perry on his own merits. No matter. Perrys polling well enough anyway, and hes not even an official candidate. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters featured article: Ten Years Of Media Lens - Our Problem With Mainstream Dissidents.

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members, which last year persuaded a lower court judge to declare the ban unconstitutional Dan Woods, the lawyer representing Log Cabin Republicans, said that unless the administration appeals the order to the U.S. Supreme Court, dont ask, dont tell is over. Of note: The three-judge panel, which was unanimous, included Reagan appointee and conservative judicial rock star Alex Kozinski. The service branches have been instructing troops on the repeal of DADT for six months and a Pentagon spokesman says theyre just weeks away from certifying that it wont affect military readiness, so from a practical standpoint the rulings basically irrelevant. Legally, though, its interesting to see the court give weight to the

White Houses theory that DOMA is unconstitutional because laws targeting gays deserve heightened scrutiny under the Equal Protection Clause. Theyre not ruling on the merits of that argument here, merely noting it as part of the balance of equities in deciding whether its time to lift the stay, but if youre thinking ahead to a potential Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage, the WH DOMA argument is potentially more important to gay rights activists than congressional repeal of DADT is. And now, thanks to this, its in the mix of considerations at the appellate level. Dont forget either that Anthony Kennedy, in his most famous opinion on gay rights, spent time looking at what other contemporary legal authorities from law professors to state courts

to European courts thought of anti-sodomy laws. If hes going to do something bold, hell want lots of political cover for it, and the White Houses DOMA opinion and Congresss DADT repeal sets him up perfectly. Just a matter of time. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters featured article: Ten Years Of Media Lens - Our Problem With Mainstream Dissidents.

Screen Grabs: Engadget makes its prime time TV debut on XIII

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Google Maps Transit Navigation beta for Android hands-on (video)

Zach Honig (Engadget)
Submitted at 7/6/2011 5:57:00 PM

Earlier this afternoon, Google pushed Maps v5.7 to the Android Market. The app's Transit Navigation (beta) feature brings GPS stop-by-stop nav to public transit systems in over 400 cities around the world, helping you find the subway or bus stop, then

letting you know exactly when to get off as you ride. There are obvious benefits to using this in a foreign city, where alert-enabled (English!) directions could potentially save you hours of frustration. We left our office to brave the daylight in NYC, walking a block to the nearest until we reached the bottom of the subway station en-route to Times first staircase, where it lost cell Square. The app worked well up

reception and its GPS fix. Jump past the break to see how it fared above ground, and check out our hands-on video for a Google Maps-led adventure through New York City's public transit system. Continue reading Google Maps Transit Navigation beta for Android hands-on (video) Google Maps Transit Navigation beta for Android hands-on (video)

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Screen Grabs chronicles the uses (and misuses) of real-world gadgets in today's movies and TV. Send in your sightings (with screen grab!) to screengrabs at engadget dot com. It's been a long time coming but after years of cataloging various gadgets in TV and movies, we finally got our own starring role on the small screen. Our HTML code stood in for the usual computer gibberish pretending to be a dangerous hacking program on an episode of the French / Canadian TV series XIII and was spotted by a keen-eyed (and HDTV-equipped) reader as seen

above. US viewers might recognize the title since it was also the source of a videogame in 2003 and a miniseries that aired on NBC in 2009; in its current iteration, the tale of a conspiracy in the US government airs strictly outside our borders. A clip of the scene is included after the break, check for the "5 years old, highly encrypted source code" at about 1:29. Nice job Prodigy Pictures but next time we expect a speaking role, two scenes with costar Aisha Tyler, a trailer and a bowl of M&Ms -- but only the green ones. Have your people talk to our people, we've been looking

for a new career. [Thanks, Dennis] Gallery: Engadget on XIII Continue reading Screen Grabs: Engadget makes its prime time TV debut on XIII Screen Grabs: Engadget makes its prime time TV debut on XIII originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 06 Jul 2011 18:55:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| | Email this| Comments