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suggested that some sort of a cover-up of information explained Submitted at 6/24/2012 11:57:42 AM why it took until December 2011 By Donna Smith for the Justice Department to WASHINGTON| Sun Jun 24, formally withdraw the letter about 2012 12:57pm EDT the case, which was named (Reuters) - The congressman "Operation Fast and Furious." heading an investigation into a The House is set to vote this botched gun-trafficking case said week on contempt of Congress on Sunday he had no evidence the charges against U.S. Attorney White House was involved in a General Eric Holder, the top U.S. cover-up about the operation or in law enforcement official, for providing misleading information withholding access to some of to Congress. those documents. However, Republican Speaking on "Fox News Representative Darrell Issa said Sunday," Issa, the chairman of the documents the White House was House Oversight and Government shielding under an executive Reform Committee, was asked privilege claim would shed more whether he had evidence of a light on how much high-level White House cover-up. officials knew about a misleading "No, we don't," Issa said. F e b r u a r y 4 , 2 0 1 1 l e t t e r t o "I hope they don't get involved," Congress denying that guns had Issa said. "I hope this stays at been allowed to "walk" into the Justice. And I hope that Justice hands of Mexican drug cartels. cooperates, because ultimately, Republicans, who control the Justice lied to the American House of Representatives, have people on February 4th and didn't content] [unable to retrieve full-text

make it right for 10 months." Congressional investigators say the documents will shed light on who in the Justice Department knew the letter was misleading and why it took so long to withdraw it. POSSIBLE AGREEMENT TO AVERT CONTEMPT VOTE Democrats have accused Issa of going on a fishing expedition and note that the Justice Department has already turned over thousands of pages of documents relating to the botched operation, in which guns were allowed to be transported into Mexico. Two of the weapons were later found at the scene of U.S. border patrol agent Brian Terry's murder in late 2010. Terry's grieving family has demanded more information about who knew about the "Fast and Furious" operation. Representative Elijah Cummings, the top Democrat on the oversight [unable to retrieve full-text

committee, told "Fox News Sunday," that he too wants to satisfy the Terry family's need for information and said the dispute over documents could be worked out. "It's just a matter of sitting down and talking it over. We can get those documents and get this matter resolved," Cummings said. Asked if the House would seek to hold Holder in contempt if there was no deal over the documents, Issa said: "Yes, I believe they will, both Republicans and Democrats will vote that." It could take months to enforce a contempt citation as both sides are likely to turn to the federal courts to resolve the dispute between the White House and Congress. Issa suggested a deal could be worked out with administration officials, to cancel, or at least delay, next week's vote. "If we get documents that ... cast some doubt or allow us to content]

understand this, we'll at least delay contempt and continue the process," Issa said in an interview with ABC's "This Week" news show. "We only broke off negotiations when we got a flat refusal to give us information needed for our investigation." House Republicans advanced the contempt resolution after negotiations with Holder broke down last week. Holder had offered to brief congressional investigators and provide access to some documents to satisfy a congressional subpoena. Issa rejected the offer. (Editing by David Brunnstrom) This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.

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Tomas Munita for The New York Times Supporters of Mohamed Morsi celebrated in the streets of Cairo while fireworks went off in Tahrir Square. CAIRO Egypts military rulers on Sunday officially recognized Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood as the winner of Egypts first competitive presidential election, handing the Islamists both a symbolic triumph and a potent weapon in their struggle for power against the countrys senior generals. Mohamed Morsi, the candidate from the Muslim Brotherhood, was declared the winner of the Egyptian presidential election on Sunday. Mr. Morsi, 60, an Americantrained engineer and a former lawmaker, now stands ready to become the first non-military figure to lead Egypt in generations. But 16 months after the military took over at the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak, Mr. Morsis victory is an ambiguous milestone in Egypts promised transition to democracy. After a week of doubts, delays and fears of a coup since a public

ballot count showed Mr. Morsi ahead, the generals have showed a measure of respect for some core elements of electoral democracy they have accepted a political opponent over their ally, former Gen. Ahmed Shafik, after a vote that international monitors said

was credible. But Mr. Morsis recognition as president does little to resolve the larger standoff between the generals and the Brotherhood over the institutions of government and the future constitution. Two weeks before their promised date

for giving up power, June 30, the generals instead shut down the democratically elected and Islamist-led Parliament, took over its powers to make laws and set budgets, decreed an interim constitution stripping the new president of most of his power

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today a president to all Egyptians. "There is no room now for the language of confrontation," he By Yasmine Saleh and Marwa said. "This national unity is now Awad the route Egypt must take to move CAIRO| Sun Jun 24, 2012 itself beyond this difficult period." 6:41pm EDT The military council which has (Reuters) - Islamist Mohamed ruled the biggest Arab nation Morsy was declared Egypt's first since February 11, 2011, curbed freely elected president on the powers of the presidency by Sunday, sparking joy among his decree last week, meaning the Muslim Brotherhood supporters head of state will have to work on the streets who vowed to wrest closely with the army on a more power from armed forces planned democratic constitution. reluctant to cede ultimate control. The generals say they want to But many Egyptians, and anxious hand over to civilian rule but are Western allies, urged Morsy to plainly set on defending their work fast to repair a country privileges and suspicious of the economically stricken and bitterly ability of Egypt's fragmented, and divided since the overthrow of l o n g o p p r e s s e d , p o l i t i c a l Hosni Mubarak fractured the movements to establish a stable police state which had suppressed constitutional democracy. dissent for decades. Calling it a "milestone in their Morsy defeated former general transition to democracy", the Ahmed Shafik in a run-off last United States, the army's key weekend by a convincing 3.5 sponsor and also long wary of the percentage points, or nearly rise of political Islam, joined other 900,000 votes, taking 51.7 percent Western powers in congratulating of the total, officials said. Morsy and calling on him to form The announcement ended a week a government of national unity of angry disputes over the count that would respect all Egyptians' in the poll to replace Mubarak, civil rights. pushed aside by his fellow BROTHERHOOD WANTS officers 16 months ago to appease M O R E the Arab Spring revolution. Brotherhood officials, speaking In his first address to the people, as supporters turned Cairo's Tahrir many of whom voiced fears of Square into a roaring sea of flags Islamic law and a threat to secular and chants of "Allahu akbar!" traditions, Morsy insisted: "I am (God is greatest), said they would
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press on with protest vigils to demand that the ruling military council cancel this month's dissolution of the Islamist-led parliament and a decree which gave the generals powers that will restrict the president. "Morsy is the first truly democratically elected president in Egypt," the Brotherhood's Yasser Ali told Reuters. "He has the legitimacy and will sit down with the military council and all the political forces to resolve the outstanding issues." "Speak! Have no fear! The military must go!" crowds chanted on Tahrir Square, seat of the revolt. But like Morsy, other officials in a movement that opposed Egypt's army for six decades and was the inspiration for Islamist parties across the region, said they wanted to avoid outright confrontation. There were some isolated scuffles in parts of Cairo between rival groups. Several hundred Shafik supporters in the middleclass suburb of Nasr City chanted "Save Egypt! The Brotherhood will destroy it!", while soldiers tried to keep traffic moving. Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, who heads the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), called to congratulate the 60-year-old Morsy on his victory, state television said.

How these two men cooperate will determine Egypt's uncertain path from revolution to democracy and its relations with wary Arab and Western allies: Tantawi was Mubarak's defense minister for 20 years and has been close to the Pentagon; Morsy, jailed more than once under the old regime, has a doctorate in engineering from the University of Southern California. "We thank God for reaching this historic moment, this luminous moment which Egyptians achieved by their own hands, their blood, their tears and their sacrifices," Morsy said, calling his election a "victory of the national will". DISMAY FOR DIEHARDS Those who voted for Shafik as a bulwark against a religious rule that they fear will mean intolerance and alienation from the West were fearful: businessman Maged Abdel Wadud, 45, who had gathered with others at a hotel hoping to greet a victorious Shafik said: "This is a very bad day for Egypt. "I am so, so upset. I can't imagine this man becoming a president of Egypt. This is the beginning of the end for Egypt." Some of those backing Shafik accused the military council and Tantawi of "selling out" to the Brotherhood. But a source close

to the council itself insisted the election had been entirely fair, in contrast to those under Mubarak. Describing it as "a true example of democracy to the world" the military council source stressed the pressure was now on Morsy to take responsibility - something many think might backfire on the Brotherhood if Egypt remains in crisis: "The onus now is on the new president to unite the nation and create a true coalition of political and revolutionary forces to rebuild the country economically and politically," the source said. "The world is now watching the new president." WESTERN CONCERN Western powers, and Israel, have been concerned about the Islamist turn in Egypt. But Washington and Europe, both big aid donors, have also pressed the military to accept democracy, while urging the Brotherhood to respect all Egyptians' rights - notably those of women and the large Christian minority. A White House spokesman, naming women and Christians as important interest groups said: "It is important for President-elect Morsy to take steps at this historic time to advance national unity by reaching out to all parties and ISLAMIST page 5

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As recently as Sunday morning, the capital was tense with fears that the panel of Mubarakappointed judges overseeing the vote would declare Mr. Shafik president, completing a full military coup. Banks, schools and government offices closed early, fearing violence. Tens of thousands of Brotherhood supporters and their allies against military rule had gathered in Cairos Tahrir Square for the sixth day of a sit-in demanding that the military roll back its power grab. The throngs hushed as radios in the square began broadcasting the election commissioners rambling speech to introduce the official results. Then the moment came. The square erupted as the numbers came through: Mr. Morsi had won 51.7 percent of the runoff vote. Morsi, Morsi!, the crowd chanted. Down, down with military rule! Small fireworks were set off over the crowd, and Brotherhood supporters streamed in, swelling the crowd to perhaps 100,000 by nightfall. In a carnival atmosphere, vendors hawked cotton candy or threw pieces of fruit into the laughing crowd. After 84 years as an often outlawed secret society struggling in the prisons and shadows of monarchs and dictators, the Brotherhood is now closer than ever to its goal of building an Islamist democracy in Egypt. In my dreams I wanted this to happen, but it is unbelievable, said Hudaida Hassan, a 20-yearold from Menoufiya.

Even in a victorious moment, though, the Brotherhoods leadership acknowledged that the struggle was far from over: leaders immediately pledged to continue the sit-in and to fight on in the courts and in the streets to restore Parliament. In his first statement as president-elect, Mr. Morsi vowed to take his oath of office before the seated Parliament and not before the Supreme Constitutional Court, as the generals have decreed. Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, the chairman of the military council, congratulated Mr. Morsi. The Brotherhoods political arm said on its Web site that the official presidential guard, who previously served Mr. Mubarak, had arrived at Mr. Morsis home to begin protecting him. It was a stark contrast from the days less than two years ago when the arrival of armed officers at the home of a Brotherhood leader invariably meant a trip to one of Mr. Mubaraks jails. Fulfilling a campaign pledge to represent all Egyptians, Mr. Morsi resigned from the Brotherhood and its political arm, the Freedom and Justice Party. State news media reported on Sunday morning that the prime minister and cabinet would resign immediately, making way for Mr. Morsi to appoint his own team. The Brotherhood had reached out to rebuild alliances with liberals and other secular activists for its contest with the generals, and Mr. Morsi pledged to name a prime minister and other top officials

from outside the Brotherhood as part of a unity government. At the same time, however, Mr. Morsi has campaigned not as an individual with a vision of his own but rather as an executor of the Brotherhoods platform. He was the groups second choice as nominee, put forward after the Brotherhoods chief strategist and most influential leader, Khairat elShater, was disqualified. Mr. Morsi has vowed to carry out the program that Mr. Shater spent more than a year devising to reform and remake Egypts government ministries. Mr. Morsi and Mr. Shater have never effectively dispelled assertions that Mr. Shater would wield the true power in a Morsi government. Even after the two-month presidential campaign, Mr. Morsi remains an unfamiliar figure to most Egyptians. He earned a doctoral degree in materials engineering at the University of Southern California in 1982 putting him in the United States during the tumultuous years after Islamists assassinated President Anwar Sadat, leading his successor, Mr. Muabrak, to crack down on the Brotherhood. Those who knew him in Los Angeles say Mr. Morsi never appeared notably political or religious. But he returned to teach at Zagazig University in the Nile Delta, where he became a leader in the Brotherhood and eventually was one of its first members in the Mubarak-dominated Parliament. He was picked by higher-ups to

lead the Brotherhoods small parliamentary bloc, which then including just 18 members out of more than 500 lawmakers. He thus played a key role in the groups first experiment in multiparty electoral democracy and coalition-building. But in subsequent years, as he was elevated to the Brotherhoods governing board, he gained a reputation as an enforcer who discouraged voices of dissent. When the Brotherhood adopted a hypothetical party platform in 2007 that cited Islamic tenets as requiring that neither a woman nor a non-Muslim should be eligible to be president, Mr. Morsi was a chief defender of those planks. Since Mr. Mubaraks ouster, the Brotherhood has jettisoned those positions from its platform. But during the campaign, Mr. Morsi said that as a personal matter he still believed the presidency should go only to a male Muslim. Nonetheless, the jubilation over Mr. Morsis victory appeared to energize his supporters, and in the moment appeared to have won over even some more secular Egyptians who had stayed on the sidelines during the Brotherhoods tug of war with the military. Alaa Aswany, a novelist who campaigned against Mr. Morsi before the runoff and has been one of the sharpest critics of the Brotherhood, congratulated him on Sunday. Congratulations for the Egyptian people, Mr. Aswany wrote in an online commentary. The will of

the people was able to topple the old regime once more. Long live the revolution. Although it was clear as early as last Monday morning that Mr. Morsi had won more votes than Mr. Shafik, the weeklong delay in the official results stirred widespread fears that the militaryled government might seek to name Mr. Shafik as a decisive blow after its sweeping steps to entrench its own power. Before the results were announced, the capital was as tense on Sunday as on any day since the two-and-a-half-week revolt that brought down Mr. Mubarak. Army tanks and soldiers were deployed to protect the election commission, the Parliament and other institutions in preparation for possible violence. Foreign embassies warned their citizens to stay away from downtown. Mr. Morsis designation as president-elect will hand the Brotherhood and its allies an important anchor in its struggle for power with the military. The Brotherhood has sought to rebuild the partnership with more secular and liberal advocates of democracy that came together in the uprising against Mr. Mubarak, and Brotherhood leaders have vowed not to hold any negotiations with the generals without the participation of the other groups in their national front. In a statement, the White House MORSI page 8

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constituencies in consultations about the formation of a new government." The British and French governments echoed that sentiment. In Israel, at war with the Brotherhood's Palestinian offshoot Hamas, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he "respected" the democratic outcome in Egypt and expected to continue cooperation under the two states' peace treaty. Morsy, in a televised statement behind a presidential crest, said he would honor all international treaties, while not mentioning the Jewish state by name in a speech punctuated by religious language never used by his secular predecessor. In Hamas-run Gaza, where Palestinians hope Morsy may end Cairo's cooperation with an Israeli blockade, celebratory gunfire rattled across the crowded coastal territory. Iran, which is at odds with most Arab states, welcomed what it called an "Islamic awakening" in Egypt. A senior Western diplomat in Cairo called it "a triumph over the politics of fear and prejudice" and said: "The Muslim Brotherhood are far from a perfect organization, but Morsy's election

represents a genuine result for the revolution." He said he did not expect the movement to push its complaints so far as to provoke the military to hit back hard: "The Muslim Brotherhood will take what they've got - a prize unimaginable to them 18 months ago," the diplomat said. "An imperfect presidency is way better than none at all. "It's part of the new and delicate act of political compromise, part of Egypt's new cohabitation." LIBERALS CAUTIOUS, CHRISTIANS GLOOMY Half of those who voted in last month's first round of the election backed neither Morsy nor Shafik and many who voted in the runoff voted negatively - either against Morsy's religious agenda or against Shafik as a symbol of military rule. "We voted for Morsy reluctantly to prevent Shafik from getting in because if he were president, we would all be hanged," said Mohamed Abdel Latif, 28, a youth activist in the second city of Alexandria. "From today, we will oppose Morsy. "The Brotherhood must remember that they won because of us and they shouldn't repeat the mistakes of the past."

Hamdeen Sabahy, the secular leftist who finished a close third behind Shafik in the first round, called on Morsy to "swiftly form a national presidential administration and a government that expresses national reconciliation". Shafik, a former air force commander and Mubarak's last prime minister, offered his congratulations and said he was willing to serve in Morsy's administration if asked. He had the support of many in Egypt's 10-percent Coptic Christian minority, many of whom reacted gloomily to the outcome. Ehab Aziz of the Coptic American Friendship League said fellow Christians were worried they would face special taxes, as some interpretations of Islamic law suggest for non-believers. Joe Fahim, 29, a Christian in Cairo, said he felt "apathetic", adding: "For most Copts though, it's doomsday." MORSY TO STRUGGLE FOR CONTROL Analysts warned that Morsy may struggle to bring Egyptians the stability and prosperity they yearn for after stagnation and corruption under Mubarak, followed by 16 months of crisis. "President Morsy will struggle to

control the levers of state," Elijah Zarwan, senior policy fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations, said in Cairo. "He will likely face foot-dragging and perhaps outright attempts to undermine his initiatives from key institutions. Faced with such resistance, frustration may tempt him to fall into the trap of attempting to throw his new weight around," Zarwan told Reuters. "This would be a mistake. "His challenge is to lead a bitterly divided, fearful, and angry population toward a peaceful democratic outcome, without becoming a reviled scapegoat for continued military rule." Morsy has promised an "Egyptian renaissance with an Islamic foundation". Yet the stocky, bespectacled party official appears something of an accidental president: he was only flung into the race at the last moment by the disqualification on a technicality of Khairat al-Shater, the group's preferred choice. With a stiff and formal style, Morsy cast himself as a reluctant latecomer to the race, who cited religious fear of judgment day as one of his reasons for running. He struggled to shake off his label as the Brotherhood's "spare tire".

Questions remain over the extent to which Morsy will operate independently of other Brotherhood leaders once in office: his manifesto was drawn up by the group's policymakers. The role Shater might play has been one focus of debate in Egypt. Turnout was only 51.8 percent of the 50 million-strong electorate, slightly up on the first round but indicative still of a nation unused to having its voice heard without risking punishment and uncertain of the worth of the candidates. (Additional reporting by Shaimaa Fayed, Tamim Elyan, Tom Perry, Edmund Blair and Patrick Werr; Writing by Alastair Macdonald; editing by Philippa Fletcher) This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.

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for several days before making landfall. Submitted at 6/24/2012 6:33:07 PM Chris Landsea, a meteorologist at U n d e r s c o r i n g t h e s t o r m s the National Hurricane Center, unpredictable nature, forecasters said forecasters rely on computer discontinued a tropical storm models which were contradictory warning for Louisiana after until Sunday. forecast models indicated Debby They came into a bit more of an w a s l e s s l i k e l y t o m a k e a agreement that the westward turn westward turn than initially is less likely, he said. predicted. Coastal Alabama and Landsea said every storm is parts of Florida, including the d i f f e r e n t a n d h a s d i f f e r e n t P a n h a n d l e , r e m a i n e d u n d e r characteristics, and in this case tropical storm warnings. its a very unpredictable storm. Debby already has dumped heavy He said Debby could become a rain on parts of Florida and hurricane. spawned some isolated tornadoes, A major concern will be flooding causing damage to homes and from heavy rainfall. The storm is knocking down power lines. High moving slowly, allowing its winds forced the closure of an clouds more time to unload rain. interstate bridge that spans Tampa A public advisory said parts of Bay and links St. Petersburg with Florida and southeast Georgia areas to the southeast. could receive 5 to 10 inches of Storm tracks are difficult to rain, with some areas getting as predict days in advance. But as of much as 20. late Sunday the latest forecast Debbys top sustained winds map shows the center of the storm were at about 60 mph (95 kph). 100 miles (165 km) south- The storm was moving toward the southwest of Apalachicola, Fla., northeast at 3 mph (6 kph). and likely to meander northward The Highlands County Sheriffs

Office said in a news release that several tornadoes moved through the area southeast of Tampa, damaging homes. Sheriffs Office spokeswoman Nell Hays said a woman was found dead in a house in Venus that was destroyed in the storm. A child found in the same house was taken to the hospital. No further information was available on the childs condition or either persons age. This is quite common with this type of storm, senior hurricane specialist Stacy Stewart with the National Hurricane Center said of the twisters. They tend to not be very large or long-lived, which can be difficult to detect on radar. So people need to keep an eye on the sky. In Orange Beach, Ala., a 32-yearold man went missing Sunday in rough surf kicked up by the storm, said Coast Guard Lt. j.g. Torry James. Further information wasnt immediately available. Near the mouth of the Mississippi southeast of New Orleans,

Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser said officials were making preparations to protect the main highway from tidal flooding. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal also declared a state of emergency to make it easier to send supplies and workers to areas that may need it. However, despite warnings in the Panhandle, Debby hadnt totally dampened vacations. Thousands were on the beach at Pensacola Beach, Fla., on Sunday morning. Many used their phones to take photos of huge waves crashing into the concrete supports of a fishing pier. There wasnt any rain yet; just gusty winds and dark, fast-moving clouds. Few people were in the water. Red flags warned tourists to stay out of the surf, and lifeguards cruised the sand on all-terrain vehicles, blowing whistles at anyone who got near the waves. Workers from rental companies used pickup trucks to gather chairs and umbrellas as a

precaution against an unusually high tide. As of Sunday morning, 23 percent of oil and gas production in the region had been suspended, according to a government hurricane response team. Employees have been evacuated from 13 drilling rigs and 61 production platforms in the Gulf of Mexico. ___ Laboy reported from Miami. AP Auto Writer Dee-Ann Durbin in Detroit contributed to this report. Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.

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nowangels in heaven, Sergey Markin, the Investigative Committee spokesperson, told RIA Novosti. Hours after the crime, Ryabkova refused to talk to investigators. She will be delivered to a psychiatric hospital, where she will be under security while the investigation is on. Some reports claim that 30-year old Ryabkova tried to time her crime to coincide with her husband's return from either vacation or a business trip. Meanwhile, media is speculating on reports of possible reasons that could draw Ryabkova to kill her underage sons. According to one version, she suspected her husband of having an affair, while another suggests that financial problems forced her to throw both children out of the window. Police say that the family lived in a new apartment building. However, when police officers

walked in they saw uncolored walls, without wallpaper, and toys and clothes were scattered about the apartment. Neighbors said that quite often Ryabkova complained of a lack of money, Life News reported. However, different reports say that Ryabkovas husband works in IT in Moscow, and the family has always been considered successful and has never been on social services watch list. She did complain to neighbors that she and her husband were incompatible, said something about a difficult financial situation. But we saw nothing suspicious, neighbors say. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.

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referred to that promise, congratulating Mr. Morsi even as it called on him to reach out to Egypts non-Islamists: We believe in the importance of the new Egyptian government upholding universal values, and respecting the rights of all Egyptian citizens including women and religious minorities such as Coptic Christians. The statement also called on the military to allow a full transition to a democratic government. Official reaction in Israel was muted, congratulating Egypt on its election. Israeli officials have watched the roiling events next door with trepidation, reflecting concern that the Egyptian generals long honoring of a peace treaty with Israel would be up for reassessment under a new government. In Gaza, however, where the Brotherhoods ally Hamas is predominant, wild celebrations broke out. Gunmen took to firing long volleys in the air, leading to the death of a 24-year-old man and the wounding of two girls in Rafah, near the border crossing with Egypt. On its own, the Brotherhoods control of the presidency will do nothing to reduce the fierce polarization of Egyptian society. On Saturday

night, a counterprotest that reportedly grew to over 10,000 people took place in a neighborhood with a heavy concentration of military personnel, demonstrating in support of the ruling generals, Mr. Shafik and secular government. Mr. Shafik, Mr. Mubaraks last prime minister, campaigned with the support of the old ruling party elite as a new strongman who could restore order after 16 months of chaos. Earlier in the day, a group of secular political leaders and lawmakers who call themselves liberals held a televised news conference to declare their support for the generals and the dissolution of the Brotherhood-led Parliament. They praised the shutdown of Parliament as a victory for law and order, citing an unusually rushed court decision. (The Brotherhood has respected the court ruling but challenged its implementation.) The secular politicians also accused the Brotherhood of hijacking the revolution and called the group a threat to the civil character of the state. They dismissed the Brotherhoods pledges to govern in coalition, respecting individual and minority rights, and instead accused the

group of plotting to impose religious rule. Incongruously, given Washingtons history of antagonism with the Islamists of the Muslim Brotherhood, the secular block argued that the United States was improperly attempting to sway the presidential race in favor of the Brotherhood, although American officials and the embassy here have said they support the democratic process regardless of the result. Mr. Shafik was silent on Sunday. But a handful of his supporters held their own angry protests to denounce the election commissions declaration. Reporting was contributed by Mayy El Sheikh, Liam Stack and Kareem Fahim in Cairo, and Fares Akram from Gaza. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.

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released this statement on the 68th anniversary of the signing of the G.I. bill:

attract talented and hardworking people who believe in this country and want to help make it Romney spoke of a softer stronger, Obama said. Our approach to immigration reform, current immigration system pledging to overhaul the green doesnt allow for those values. It card system for immigrants with tells the best and brightest to families and end immigration caps study here, but tells them to leave for their spouses and minor start a company somewhere children. else. Immigration reform is not just a As long as I am president, I will m o r a l i m p e r a t i v e , b u t a n not give up the fight to change it economic necessity as well, ... They are Americans in every Romney said. Immigrants with single way except on paper, all advanced degrees start companies, they want is to go to college and create jobs, and drive innovation give back ... lifting the shadow of at a high rate. Immigrants founded deportation and giving them a or cofounded nearly half of our 50 reason to hope was the right thing top venture-backed companies. to do. They are nearly 30 percent more Both candidates have identified likely to start a business. And that L a t i n o v o t e r s a s a k e y kind of risk taking is something demographic to win in November. we need more than ever because Romney has tried to highlight new business starts are now at a unemployment which is at 11 30-year low. percent among Hispanics, higher Obama delivered his speech the national average of 8.2 percent before NALEO a day later, saying as a failure on Obamas part. Latino communities have been hit This entry passed through the harder by unemployment but that Full-Text RSS service if this is his administration has expanded your content and you're reading it Pell Grants and invested in on someone else's site, please read community colleges, which are a the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentgateway to a good job for so only/faq.php#publishers. Five many Hispanics, he said. Filters recommends: Donate to One of Americas greatest Wikileaks. strengths has been our ability to

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duration of the laser pulse, it can be putting out more power than a Submitted at 6/24/2012 1:55:10 PM large city needs, but the pulse LIPC in action(U.S. Army photo) only lasts for two-trillionths of a In the era of remote-controlled second." drones, invisible planes and But the laser isnt just the source microwave guns, no military of energy, it is the aiming innovation should come as a mechanism as well. surprise. But among the array of Lightning travels down the path new weapons none are more of least resistance, and the laser satisfying than a cannon that forms just such a channel. allows you to unleash bolts of This means that the operator can lightning. change aim simply by retargeting The Laser-Induced Plasma the laser beam. C h a n n e l ( L I P C ) c a n n o n i s But taming it was not easy. currently being tested at Picatinny "If the light focuses in air, there is Arsenal, a key US Army research certainly the danger that it will complex in New Jersey. focus in a glass lens, or in other "We never got tired of the parts of the laser amplifier system, lightning bolts zapping our destroying it," says Fischer. simulated targets," says George Now that the beam is working Fischer, who heads the research correctly, the biggest questions team. surround the combat situations in The charge is created by emitting which LIPC could prove useful. a laser pulse that charges the air, Theoretically, it can be used to and forms a hugely destructive take out a specific object in its bolt of lighting. entirety an enemy SUV or a "If a laser puts out a pulse with plane without having to destroy modest energy, but the time is everything around it. incredibly tiny, the power can be The charge is most powerful huge," says Fischer."During the when the target is a high-

conductivity object a metal tank stationed on a lower conductivity surface: land. This cannot always be guaranteed, and limits the number of things that can be targeted by LIPC. It is also likely to be significantly more expensive than conventional charges. Engineers are now working on turning the prototype into a mobile cannon that can be mounted on aircraft and trucks, but the US Army has not yet ordered any devices. It is possible that despite the intimidation factor and its design elegance, the man-made lightning bolt will remain a prototype at least for now. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.

Joy Hart unable to stop Alessandro Diamanti's penaly shot (AFP Photo / Damien Meyer) Late substitute Alessandro Diamanti scored the decisive penalty kick on Sunday night to give Italy a 4-2 shootout win over England and a chance to hold off the German machine in the Euro 2012 semis. Italy had everything it needed to beat England in the regulation but Roy Hodgsons charges had a bit of luck staying alive until penalties. The Italians dominated throughout, outshot England significantly, twice hitting the post, but poor composure in front of Joe Harts goal didnt earn them anything valuable. They even thought they had scored a late winner through

substitute Antonio Nocerino, who headed home from Diamanti's cross in the 115th, but the goal was ruled out due to offside. The game was decided on penalties, historically Englands weak point. And history repeated once again. Ashley Young hit the crossbar with England's third, and Ashley Cole's next attempt was saved by Gianluigi Buffon. Mario Balotelli, Andrea Pirlo, Antonio Nocerino and Diamanti made sure Italy would play so far perfect Germany in the semifinal on June 28. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.

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Rupert Murdoch Just BLASTED Mitt Romney On Twitter


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News Corporation Chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch just took to Twitter to take a couple of shots at Mitt Romney:

Boom. Earlier this year, Murdoch used Twitter to voice his endorsement of then-Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum ahead of the Iowa caucuses, saying that Santorum was the " only candidate with genuine big vision for country."

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13 Innovative Technologies Your Car Will Have In 2020


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app to search for something nearby, and get directions. Or maybe youd use that GPS device Submitted at 6/24/2012 4:12:00 PM suction-cupped to your window. Comparing the auto industry to But by 2020, your dashboard will the computer industry is like likely resemble a giant iPad. comparing two different Ideally, that means your cars generations of technology. Weve system can be linked to whatever got super-fast smartphones and cloud service your smartphones iPods streaming Rhapsody in our and tablets use, allowing you to pockets, but satellite radio and keep up with texts, calls, emails, clunky GPS devices attached to social network updates, and apps our dashboards. from behind the wheel. So when Automakers are aware theyre a youre ready to check in, you can little behind the times, and by just open apps like HRS Hotel 2020, many are promising Portal with a vocal command and dashboard and safety systems as talk your car through a map-based sophisticated as iPads maybe search, browse rates and room even more so. 1. Wifi types, view photos and videos Obvious, but vital; most of the your car. Transportation is calling to (while youre parked, hopefully), technologies on this list would be 2. Voice Recognition require voice input control of and book a room. fairly useless if the car wasnt a I take it back this is the most smartphones, mp3 players, tablets, Toyota calls it HMI (Humanrolling hotspot. Several auto vital technological advancement and any other devices drivers may Machine Interface), a system manufacturers are already theyre already working on in i n a u t o m o b i l e s . I f t e x t i n g use in the car. working on developing wifi for increases accident rates, what will Unfortunately, this technology p a r t n e r s h i p w i t h I n t e l a n d cars. In fact, connected cars are happen when drivers can tweet, may also prove to be the most M i c r o s o f t . T h e s e d i g i t a l the third fastest-growing update their Facebook page, and expensive for auto makers. As of dashboards may turn your USB technological device, following watch videos on YouTube? now, Apples Siri is the only mobile broadband modem or smartphones and tablets. Voice recognition is still making voice recognition system thats smartphone into a wireless router, Ford has introduced this in some its way from novelty to necessary, been highly praised and even like Fords Sync system. Or they models with their Sync system, even in the smartphone world, as Siri is a long, long way from could connect with Bluetooth and Toyota is working with Intel its proven a difficult technology w h a t e v e r K i r k h a d o n t h e devices like Kias Uvo, so making on developing one of their own. calls and finding music are all to master. But theres arguably a E n t e r p r i s e . Ideally, these systems will also voice-controlled. more urgent need to succeed in 3. Digital Dashboard have the ability to connect to your See the rest of the story at this field for car manufacturers Youre on the road and its time home network, allowing you to Business Insider than in any other industry; to find a hotel. Today, you might transfer information from your already, the US Department of fumble with your phone, use an Please follow Getting There on computer or laptop directly to Twitter and Facebook.

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No matter what happened on the final dive Kristian Ipsen and Troy Dumais were already bound for London. Chris Colwill didn't have that security.

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24 Executives Who Are Exceptional At Chess


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Games like bridge, poker, and chess are great for business. These games all use methods that can can be incorporated into the way you view and make business decisions. Chess in particular requires strategic decisionmaking, concentration, tactics, and evaluation. Bob Rice, author of Three Moves Ahead: What Chess Can Teach You About Business, wrote: "The more you look at the business world, the more you see that successful companies and the people who run them use chess strategies routinely (whether they know it or not)." While many chess masters play the game full time, we tracked some exceptional players who also excelled in business. Let us know who we missed and we'll add them too. Jared Hecht Rating: 1622 Title: Co-founder of GroupMe Hecht was a national chess champion in sixth grade. And then he moved on. He writes on his blog:

By the time I retired I had played against Hikaru Nakamura, hustled the hustlers in Washington Square Park, met most of my chess idols, and fulfilled my chess dreams. My chess career peaked at the age of 13. All things considered, that was probably a good thing. He founded the mobile group messaging app GroupMe in 2010 in New York. Andrei Filatov Rating: 1698 Title: Co-owner, N-Trans Group

Filatov's interest in the transportation business began at a chess tournament, he said in a Chessvibes interview: In my youth I was planning to become a chess arbiter. I entered the Minsk Institute of Physical Culture. But then perestroika happened and my scholarship shrank to $3 overnight. There was an international tournament in Katowice, Poland. I went there with my chess set, analyses, and books, only to discover that my

older and more experienced mates were bringing coffee grinders, cameras and fans It turned out to be good business: buy for roubles and sell in Poland for dollars. The result was a good addition to the stipend. You might say that is how it all started. Though he doesn't play chess much these days, he makes sure his young daughters get tutored on the game. "In my youth, it was my life," he said. Rex Sinquefield Rating: 1944 Title: Co-founder, Dimensional Fund Advisors, Author Sinquefield studies chess with two-time U.S. women's champion, Jennifer Shahade. When Bobby Fischer died in 2008, Sinquefield purchased his auctioned chess collection, which included floppy disks, periodicals, and manuscript notebooks. "I am thrilled to have this collection from arguably the greatest chess player in history," he said in a press release. See the rest of the story at Business Insider Please follow War Room on Twitter and Facebook.

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Los Angeles Times Ex-LA housing authority official brought to US to face charges Los Angeles Times Victor Taracena, apprehended in Guatemala, is accused of steering nearly $527000 in contracts to dummy companies created by his two brothers.

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Forty-somethings and teen phenoms.

White Sox acquire Youkilis from Red Sox


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Kevin Youkilis took off his batting helmet, waved to the

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Islamist joy as Morsy elected Egypt president


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today a president to all Egyptians. "There is no room now for the language of confrontation," he By Yasmine Saleh and Marwa said. "This national unity is now Awad the route Egypt must take to move CAIRO| Sun Jun 24, 2012 itself beyond this difficult period." 6:41pm EDT The military council which has (Reuters) - Islamist Mohamed ruled the biggest Arab nation Morsy was declared Egypt's first since February 11, 2011, curbed freely elected president on the powers of the presidency by Sunday, sparking joy among his decree last week, meaning the Muslim Brotherhood supporters head of state will have to work on the streets who vowed to wrest closely with the army on a more power from armed forces planned democratic constitution. reluctant to cede ultimate control. The generals say they want to But many Egyptians, and anxious hand over to civilian rule but are Western allies, urged Morsy to plainly set on defending their work fast to repair a country privileges and suspicious of the economically stricken and bitterly ability of Egypt's fragmented, and divided since the overthrow of l o n g o p p r e s s e d , p o l i t i c a l Hosni Mubarak fractured the movements to establish a stable police state which had suppressed constitutional democracy. dissent for decades. Calling it a "milestone in their Morsy defeated former general transition to democracy", the Ahmed Shafik in a run-off last United States, the army's key weekend by a convincing 3.5 sponsor and also long wary of the percentage points, or nearly rise of political Islam, joined other 900,000 votes, taking 51.7 percent Western powers in congratulating of the total, officials said. Morsy and calling on him to form The announcement ended a week a government of national unity of angry disputes over the count that would respect all Egyptians' in the poll to replace Mubarak, civil rights. pushed aside by his fellow BROTHERHOOD WANTS officers 16 months ago to appease M O R E the Arab Spring revolution. Brotherhood officials, speaking In his first address to the people, as supporters turned Cairo's Tahrir many of whom voiced fears of Square into a roaring sea of flags Islamic law and a threat to secular and chants of "Allahu akbar!" traditions, Morsy insisted: "I am (God is greatest), said they would
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press on with protest vigils to demand that the ruling military council cancel this month's dissolution of the Islamist-led parliament and a decree which gave the generals powers that will restrict the president. "Morsy is the first truly democratically elected president in Egypt," the Brotherhood's Yasser Ali told Reuters. "He has the legitimacy and will sit down with the military council and all the political forces to resolve the outstanding issues." "Speak! Have no fear! The military must go!" crowds chanted on Tahrir Square, seat of the revolt. But like Morsy, other officials in a movement that opposed Egypt's army for six decades and was the inspiration for Islamist parties across the region, said they wanted to avoid outright confrontation. There were some isolated scuffles in parts of Cairo between rival groups. Several hundred Shafik supporters in the middleclass suburb of Nasr City chanted "Save Egypt! The Brotherhood will destroy it!", while soldiers tried to keep traffic moving. Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, who heads the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), called to congratulate the 60-year-old Morsy on his victory, state television said.

How these two men cooperate will determine Egypt's uncertain path from revolution to democracy and its relations with wary Arab and Western allies: Tantawi was Mubarak's defense minister for 20 years and has been close to the Pentagon; Morsy, jailed more than once under the old regime, has a doctorate in engineering from the University of Southern California. "We thank God for reaching this historic moment, this luminous moment which Egyptians achieved by their own hands, their blood, their tears and their sacrifices," Morsy said, calling his election a "victory of the national will". DISMAY FOR DIEHARDS Those who voted for Shafik as a bulwark against a religious rule that they fear will mean intolerance and alienation from the West were fearful: businessman Maged Abdel Wadud, 45, who had gathered with others at a hotel hoping to greet a victorious Shafik said: "This is a very bad day for Egypt. "I am so, so upset. I can't imagine this man becoming a president of Egypt. This is the beginning of the end for Egypt." Some of those backing Shafik accused the military council and Tantawi of "selling out" to the Brotherhood. But a source close

to the council itself insisted the election had been entirely fair, in contrast to those under Mubarak. Describing it as "a true example of democracy to the world" the military council source stressed the pressure was now on Morsy to take responsibility - something many think might backfire on the Brotherhood if Egypt remains in crisis: "The onus now is on the new president to unite the nation and create a true coalition of political and revolutionary forces to rebuild the country economically and politically," the source said. "The world is now watching the new president." WESTERN CONCERN Western powers, and Israel, have been concerned about the Islamist turn in Egypt. But Washington and Europe, both big aid donors, have also pressed the military to accept democracy, while urging the Brotherhood to respect all Egyptians' rights - notably those of women and the large Christian minority. A White House spokesman, naming women and Christians as important interest groups said: "It is important for President-elect Morsy to take steps at this historic time to advance national unity by reaching out to all parties and ISLAMIST page 16

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Muslim Brotherhood-backed candidate Mohammed Morsi was declared the winner in Egypt's first free presidential election in history by the country's elections commission. In Tahrir Square, the birthplace of the uprising that ousted autocratic President Hosni Mubarak, joyous Morsi supporters wept and kneeled on the ground in prayer. They danced, set off fireworks and released doves in the air with Morsi's picture attached in celebrations not seen in the square since Mubarak was forced out on Feb. 11, 2011. In his first televised speech on state TV, Morsi pledged Sunday to preserve Egypt's international accords, a reference to the peace deal with Israel. He paid tribute to nearly 900 protesters killed in last year's uprising, saying without the "blood of the martyrs," he would not have made it to the presidency. In a non-confrontational speech, he did not mention the last-minute power grab by the ruling military that stripped the president of most of his major powers.

"I pledge to be a president who serves his people and works for them," Morsi said on his official web page. "I will not betray God in defending your rights and the rights of this nation." He was scheduled to address the nation Sunday night in his first speech after being declared president.

Many are looking now to see if Morsi will try to take on the military and wrestle back the powers they took from his office just one week ago. Thousands vowed to remain in Tahrir to demand that the ruling generals reverse their decision. On the sidelines of the political

drama are the liberal and secular youth groups that drove the uprising against Mubarak, left to wonder whether Egypt has taken a step towards becoming an Islamist state. Some grudgingly supported Morsi in the face of Ahmed Shafiq, who was Mubarak's last prime minister, while others

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period. Pro-democracy leader Mohammed ElBaradei urged unity after the results were announced. "It is time we work all as Egyptians as part of a national consensus to build Egypt that is based on freedom and social justice," he wrote on his Twitter account. The elections left the nation deeply polarized with one side backing Shafiq, who promised to provide stability and prevent Egypt from becoming a theocracy. Because of his military career, many saw him as the military's preferred candidate. In the other camp are those eager for democratic change and backers of Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood who were persecuted, jailed and banned under Mubarak but now find themselves one of the two most powerful groups in Egypt. The other is the ruling military council that took power after the uprising and is headed by Mubarak's defense minister of 20 years. Just one week ago, at the moment polls were closing in the runoff election, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) issued constitutional amendments that stripped the president's office of most of its major powers. The ruling generals made themselves the final arbiters over the most pressing issues still complicating the transition-- such as writing the constitution, legislating, passing the state budget-- and granted

military police broad powers to detain civilians. "I am happy the Brotherhood won because now the revolution will continue on the street against both of them, the Brotherhood and the SCAF," said Lobna Darwish, an activist who has boycotted the elections. Morsi, the 60-year old U.S.trained engineer, narrowly defeated Shafiq with 51.7 percent of the vote versus 48.3, by a margin of only 800,000 votes, the election commission said. Turnout was 51 percent. Also, a few days before that constitutional declaration, a court dissolved the freely elected parliament, which is dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood, leaving the military now in charge of legislating. "The revolution passed an important test,"said Yasser Ali, a spokesman for Morsi's campaign. "But the road is still long." Another Morsi's spokesman Ahmed Abdel-Attie said words cannot describe the "joy" in this historic moment. "We got to this moment because of the blood of the martyrs of the revolution," he said at a news conference after the results were announced. "Egypt will start a new phase in its history." This is the first time modern Egypt will be headed by an Islamist and by a freely elected civilian. The country's last four presidents over the past six decades have all came from the ranks of the military. "Congratulations because this

means the end of the Mubarak state," said Shady el-Ghazali Harb, a prominent activist who was among the leaders of the protests in January and February last year. The results of the elections were delayed for four days amid accusations of manipulation and foul play by both sides, raising political tensions in Egypt to a fever pitch. The delay plunged the country into nerve-wrecking anticipation and pushed tensions to a fever pitch. Parallel mass rallies by Shafiq and Morsi supporters were held in different parts of Cairo and cut-throat media attacks by supporters of both swarmed TV shows. In the hours before the announcement of the winner, the fear of new violence was palpable. Heavy security was deployed around the country, especially outside state institutions, in anticipation of possible violence. Workers were sent home early from jobs, jewelry stores closed for fear of looting and many were stocking up on food and forming long lines at cash machines in case new troubles began. Farouk Sultan, the head of the commission, described the elections as "an important phase in the end of building our nascent democratic experience." Sultan went to pains to explain the more than 400 complaints presented by the two candidates challenging counting procedures and alleging attempts of rigging. It appeared to be an attempt to

discredit claims that the election commission was biased in favor of Shafiq, the candidate perceived as backed by the military rulers. Brotherhood members and experts said the results were used a bargaining chip between the generals and the Brotherhood over the parameters of what appears to be a new power sharing agreement. The country's new constitution is not written and the authorities of the president are not clear. The country is deeply divided between supporters of the Brotherhood, liberals and leftists who also decided to back them as a way to stand up to the military, and other secular forces that fear the domination of the Brotherhood, and grew critical of it in the past year. The small margin of victory for Morsi also sets him for a strong opposition from supporters of Shafiq, viewed as a representative of the old regime. Naguib Sawiris, a Coptic Christian business tycoon who joined a liberal bloc in voicing opposition to the Muslim Brotherhood a day before the results were announced, said that he expects the new president to send a reassuring message to Egypt's Christian minority who represents around 10 percent of the population of 85 million . "There are fears of imposing an Islamic state, and Egypt becomes an Islamic state where Christians don't have same rights," Sawiris told the private TV station CBC. Morsi "is required to prove the

opposite...We don't want speeches or promises but in the coming period, it is about taking action...He was not our choice but we are accepting it is a democratic choice." Hamdeen Sabahi, a leftist presidential candidate who came in a surprising third place in the first round of elections, asked Morsi to live up to his pledges to form a national coalition government and appoint presidential aides from different groups "that express the largest national consensus." Khaled Abdel-Hamid, a leading leftist politician, said Morsi must fight to get his powers back or he will lose any popular support he may have garnered. "If he fights to get his power back, we will support him. But if does fight back, then he is settling for siding with the military," he said. Protesters in Tahrir have said they will not leave the square, in which they have been holding a sit-in for nearly a week, until Morsi can restore his rightful powers. The Associated Press contributed to this report. Print Email Share Comments Recommend Tweet Related Images June 24: In this image taken MORSI page 19

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constituencies in consultations about the formation of a new government." The British and French governments echoed that sentiment. In Israel, at war with the Brotherhood's Palestinian offshoot Hamas, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he "respected" the democratic outcome in Egypt and expected to continue cooperation under the two states' peace treaty. Morsy, in a televised statement behind a presidential crest, said he would honor all international treaties, while not mentioning the Jewish state by name in a speech punctuated by religious language never used by his secular predecessor. In Hamas-run Gaza, where Palestinians hope Morsy may end Cairo's cooperation with an Israeli blockade, celebratory gunfire rattled across the crowded coastal territory. Iran, which is at odds with most Arab states, welcomed what it called an "Islamic awakening" in Egypt. A senior Western diplomat in Cairo called it "a triumph over the politics of fear and prejudice" and said: "The Muslim Brotherhood are far from a perfect organization, but Morsy's election

represents a genuine result for the revolution." He said he did not expect the movement to push its complaints so far as to provoke the military to hit back hard: "The Muslim Brotherhood will take what they've got - a prize unimaginable to them 18 months ago," the diplomat said. "An imperfect presidency is way better than none at all. "It's part of the new and delicate act of political compromise, part of Egypt's new cohabitation." LIBERALS CAUTIOUS, CHRISTIANS GLOOMY Half of those who voted in last month's first round of the election backed neither Morsy nor Shafik and many who voted in the runoff voted negatively - either against Morsy's religious agenda or against Shafik as a symbol of military rule. "We voted for Morsy reluctantly to prevent Shafik from getting in because if he were president, we would all be hanged," said Mohamed Abdel Latif, 28, a youth activist in the second city of Alexandria. "From today, we will oppose Morsy. "The Brotherhood must remember that they won because of us and they shouldn't repeat the mistakes of the past."

Hamdeen Sabahy, the secular leftist who finished a close third behind Shafik in the first round, called on Morsy to "swiftly form a national presidential administration and a government that expresses national reconciliation". Shafik, a former air force commander and Mubarak's last prime minister, offered his congratulations and said he was willing to serve in Morsy's administration if asked. He had the support of many in Egypt's 10-percent Coptic Christian minority, many of whom reacted gloomily to the outcome. Ehab Aziz of the Coptic American Friendship League said fellow Christians were worried they would face special taxes, as some interpretations of Islamic law suggest for non-believers. Joe Fahim, 29, a Christian in Cairo, said he felt "apathetic", adding: "For most Copts though, it's doomsday." MORSY TO STRUGGLE FOR CONTROL Analysts warned that Morsy may struggle to bring Egyptians the stability and prosperity they yearn for after stagnation and corruption under Mubarak, followed by 16 months of crisis. "President Morsy will struggle to

control the levers of state," Elijah Zarwan, senior policy fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations, said in Cairo. "He will likely face foot-dragging and perhaps outright attempts to undermine his initiatives from key institutions. Faced with such resistance, frustration may tempt him to fall into the trap of attempting to throw his new weight around," Zarwan told Reuters. "This would be a mistake. "His challenge is to lead a bitterly divided, fearful, and angry population toward a peaceful democratic outcome, without becoming a reviled scapegoat for continued military rule." Morsy has promised an "Egyptian renaissance with an Islamic foundation". Yet the stocky, bespectacled party official appears something of an accidental president: he was only flung into the race at the last moment by the disqualification on a technicality of Khairat al-Shater, the group's preferred choice. With a stiff and formal style, Morsy cast himself as a reluctant latecomer to the race, who cited religious fear of judgment day as one of his reasons for running. He struggled to shake off his label as the Brotherhood's "spare tire".

Questions remain over the extent to which Morsy will operate independently of other Brotherhood leaders once in office: his manifesto was drawn up by the group's policymakers. The role Shater might play has been one focus of debate in Egypt. Turnout was only 51.8 percent of the 50 million-strong electorate, slightly up on the first round but indicative still of a nation unused to having its voice heard without risking punishment and uncertain of the worth of the candidates. (Additional reporting by Shaimaa Fayed, Tamim Elyan, Tom Perry, Edmund Blair and Patrick Werr; Writing by Alastair Macdonald; editing by Philippa Fletcher) This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.

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At last, the verdict. Republicans and Democrats are girding for a politically explosive week as the Supreme Court prepares to rule as early as Monday on the federal health care overhaul. The ruling, as campaign advisers are well aware, has the potential to re-shape this year's presidential race. For weeks, each party has been positioning itself to make the best of whatever outcome emerges from the tight-lipped justices. And the implications go far beyond the 2012 election. The outcome of the health care case, involving one of the most divisive domestic policies in modern times, will affect millions of Americans. Calling for the law's survival, supporters trumpet the expanded consumer protections and subsidies that make insurance more available and affordable. Calling for its defeat, critics blast what they describe as an unconstitutional requirement to buy health insurance, and warn the law will pummel businesses with its mandates and fines. In the run-up to the historic ruling, each party is crafting a game-plan. House Speaker John Boehner this past week cautioned the GOP

ranks against "spiking" the ball if the mandate is struck down. He and other Republicans say the party will remain focused on repealing whatever parts of the law remain following the upcoming ruling. And, they say, they'll pursue "step-by-step" reforms to replace the law no matter the court's decision. Lawmakers will be dealing with plenty of other matters this week - notably, a likely court decision

on Arizona's immigration law and a possible House vote to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt. On health care, they're trying to game out all scenarios. In a memo to colleagues, House GOP Conference Chairman Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, urged members to prepare for three possible rulings: a full repeal, a partial repeal involving the mandate or a law left intact. He advised members to schedule

time to read the entire decision, prepare statements for all three scenarios and consider scheduling tele-town halls with constituents. "No matter how the Supreme Court rules, this is going to be a seismic decision," said Michael Cannon, of the Cato Institute. "If they uphold the individual mandate, if they strike down the individual mandate -- either way, they will be defining the relationship between the

government and the citizens for decades to come." SUMMARY Possible outcomes in the Supreme Court case: Supreme Court upholds the entire law Court strikes down the entire law Court strikes down the individual mandate only (and possibly related provisions) While publicly expressing POLITICIANS page 20

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June 21, 2012: Mitt Romney campaigns in Orlando, Fla. AP The Obama and Romney campaigns cranked up their fight Sunday over claims that the Republican presidential candidate's former company helped fuel a wave of outsourcing and off-shoring that sent U.S. jobs overseas. The Obama campaign had already latched onto the narrative that Romney's Bain Capital contributed to the country's outsourcing shift, but a Washington Post story Friday on that very topic has since been employed as a bludgeon by team Obama. After releasing a web video and hosting a conference call Friday -highlighting the story and accusing Romney of shipping jobs overseas -- the campaign pushed out another video Sunday declaring: "America doesn't need an outsourcing pioneer in the Oval Office." But the Romney campaign is fighting back, noting that the Washington Post's resident factchecker challenged some of the claims in the Washington Post's own story. Plus Romney advisers

claim the Post -- and the Obama campaign -- are exaggerating what Bain Capital actually did. "No American jobs were shipped overseas in any of the Washington Post examples that were cited by the Obama campaign," Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom said on CBS' "Face the Nation" Sunday. Here's what the Post said:

Under a headline that declared, "Romney's Bain Capital invested in companies that moved jobs overseas," the Post detailed how Bain had invested in certain companies that provided outsourcing services like call centers. It also detailed how Bain went into business with companies that produced products

overseas. But the Romney campaign has pointed out two problems. Outsourcing, in which services like customer service are taken out-of-house, and off-shoring, in which jobs are sent overseas, are two different things. The Post story, the Romney camp suggests, conflated the two.

"There were companies that Bain invested in that did engage in outsourcing, a lot of companies do, obviously. That's an economic model that makes sense," Romney adviser Ed Gillespie said on CNN's "State of the Union," decrying the story as "baseless." ROMNEY page 20

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The House is set to vote this week on contempt of Congress charges against U.S. Attorney By Donna Smith General Eric Holder, the top U.S. WASHINGTON| Sun Jun 24, law enforcement official, for 2012 12:57pm EDT withholding access to some of (Reuters) - The congressman those documents. heading an investigation into a Speaking on "Fox News botched gun-trafficking case said Sunday," Issa, the chairman of the on Sunday he had no evidence the House Oversight and Government White House was involved in a Reform Committee, was asked cover-up about the operation or in whether he had evidence of a providing misleading information White House cover-up. to Congress. "No, we don't," Issa said. H o w e v e r , R e p u b l i c a n "I hope they don't get involved," Representative Darrell Issa said Issa said. "I hope this stays at documents the White House was Justice. And I hope that Justice shielding under an executive cooperates, because ultimately, privilege claim would shed more Justice lied to the American light on how much high-level people on February 4th and didn't officials knew about a misleading make it right for 10 months." F e b r u a r y 4 , 2 0 1 1 l e t t e r t o Congressional investigators say Congress denying that guns had the documents will shed light on been allowed to "walk" into the who in the Justice Department hands of Mexican drug cartels. knew the letter was misleading Republicans, who control the and why it took so long to House of Representatives, have withdraw it. suggested that some sort of a POSSIBLE AGREEMENT TO cover-up of information explained AVERT CONTEMPT VOTE why it took until December 2011 Democrats have accused Issa of for the Justice Department to going on a fishing expedition and formally withdraw the letter about note that the Justice Department the case, which was named has already turned over thousands "Operation Fast and Furious." of pages of documents relating to
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the botched operation, in which guns were allowed to be transported into Mexico. Two of the weapons were later found at the scene of U.S. border patrol agent Brian Terry's murder in late 2010. Terry's grieving family has demanded more information about who knew about the "Fast and Furious" operation. Representative Elijah Cummings, the top Democrat on the oversight committee, told "Fox News Sunday," that he too wants to satisfy the Terry family's need for information and said the dispute over documents could be worked out. "It's just a matter of sitting down and talking it over. We can get those documents and get this matter resolved," Cummings said. Asked if the House would seek to hold Holder in contempt if there was no deal over the documents, Issa said: "Yes, I believe they will, both Republicans and Democrats will vote that." It could take months to enforce a contempt citation as both sides are likely to turn to the federal courts to resolve the dispute between the White House and Congress.

Issa suggested a deal could be worked out with administration officials, to cancel, or at least delay, next week's vote. "If we get documents that ... cast some doubt or allow us to understand this, we'll at least delay contempt and continue the process," Issa said in an interview with ABC's "This Week" news show. "We only broke off negotiations when we got a flat refusal to give us information needed for our investigation." House Republicans advanced the contempt resolution after negotiations with Holder broke down last week. Holder had offered to brief congressional investigators and provide access to some documents to satisfy a congressional subpoena. Issa rejected the offer. (Editing by David Brunnstrom) This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.

from Egypt State TV, Supporters of Muslim Brotherhood President Mohammed Morsi react to the announcement of his victory in Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt. June 24: An Egyptian supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood's candidate, Mohammed Morsi, celebrates next to a giant campaign poster at his campaign headquarters in Cairo, Egypt. This combination of two photos shows Egyptian presidential candidates, from left, Ahmed Shafiq, and Mohammed Morsi. Share This Article Newsletter Signup Sign up for free e-mail news alerts from FoxNews.com and FoxBusiness.com. Newsletter Signup This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.

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confidence that the law will be upheld, both the White House and congressional Democrats are said to be quietly planning for the possibility of at least a repeal of the mandate. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi admitted that this outcome could threaten the entire law. "You have to have the mandate in order for this to work from a financial standpoint," she said. Because new coverage requirements put a financial burden on insurance companies, the mandate was meant to allay that strain by sending millions of new customers their way. Without the mandate, that formula falls apart. Democrats, though, are holding out hope that benefits of the health care law will stand regardless of the decision. Pelosi suggested that if the federal mandate goes, states might still be able to step in with their own individual requirements -citing the mandate in Massachusetts, the state Mitt

Romney used to govern. Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-Calif., speaking on ABC's "This Week," said some of the protections are here to stay no matter what. "I believe most Americans will say, 'we're never going to go back to those days where my child could be denied access to my health insurance because he or she has a pre-existing condition,'" he said. Becerra also questioned whether people will wonder if the Supreme Court has "become a political body" should it strike down the law. The comment underscored how Democrats may react should the decision come down in Republicans' favor -- by vilifying the court itself. The political implications of the ruling, though, are unclear. If the court strikes down all or part of the law, it's a major blow to Obama, but also diminishes the issue as a wedge for Romney in the 2012 campaign. If the court upholds the law, it's a victory for

Obama but also ensures Romney can run on a promise to repeal the law in 2013. Fox News' Doug McKelway contributed to this report. Print Email Share Comments Recommend Tweet Share This Article Newsletter Signup Sign up for free e-mail news alerts from FoxNews.com and FoxBusiness.com. Newsletter Signup This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.

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The Romney campaign also complains that going into business with a company that creates jobs overseas is not the same as going into business with a company that moves U.S. jobs overseas. "The jobs that were cited ... were created to support exports overseas," Fehrnstrom said. "When companies like Coca-Cola, for example, build a bottling plant in China so they can sell more soft drinks to the Chinese, we should be applauding that, because that type of entrance into new markets is what makes our companies stronger." Stephanie Cutter, deputy Obama campaign manager, questioned the claim on the same program. "Are you really saying that in none of the dozens of Bain deals that Mitt Romney was involved in, not one American job got sent overseas?" she asked. And in what by any standard was a stretch, she asserted that Romney "actually created the practice of outsourcing American jobs overseas to places like China and India." The Romney campaign also drew attention Sunday to a fact-check column from The Washington Post itself, which was published shortly before the Post's outsourcing article ran. That column debunked an earlier Obama ad that slammed Romney for shipping jobs overseas. "Regarding the outsourcing claims, we have frowned on these

before," the column said, noting that two of the companies in question were in business with Bain when Romney had stepped down to run the Olympics but hadn't sold his shares. Both those companies were cited in the Post's story on Friday -- SMTC Manufacturing and Modus Media. Though Modus Media reportedly specialized in helping other firms outsource, the fact-check noted that it is "not an example of shipping jobs overseas." Print Email Share Comments Recommend Tweet Related Stories Romney revs up money machine in Park City weekend Share This Article Newsletter Signup Sign up for free e-mail news alerts from FoxNews.com and FoxBusiness.com. Newsletter Signup This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.

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action. Gu Kailai, the wife of scandalridden Chinese politician Bo Xilai, allegedly confessed to Top Stories murdering British businessman Greeces new prime minister, Neil Heywood, a report says. Antonis Samaras, whose New In San Franciscos Chinatown, Democracy formed a coalition simply telling someone about government with two other parties your beliefs can get you a sock in last week, will miss the upcoming the jaw. After seven months of European Union [...] incidents, the city is starting to The Immigrant Council of take notice. Ireland welcomed the launch of a This entry passed through the n e w E u r o p e a n s t r a t e g y t o Full-Text RSS service if this is eradicate trafficking in human your content and you're reading it beings. on someone else's site, please read When world leaders sign the final the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contenttext of the Rio+20 Earth Summit only/faq.php#publishers. Five Friday, they will be signing off on Filters recommends: Donate to a document most see as falling far Wikileaks. below expectations for concrete

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PA Sangma targets Pranab Mukherjee for economic slowdown IBNLive.com


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companies that are now graduating out of the second class. In the video embedded above, There is certainly no shortage of you can watch our interview with s t a r t u p i n c u b a t o r s a n d Upwest Labs co-founder Shuly accelerators these days, but Galili and hear her talk about Silicon Valleys Upwest Labs is what Upwest is, what she and her doing something especially co-founder Gil Ben-Artzy look for unique. Upwest, which got off the in entrepreneurs, the vibe theyre ground in January, focuses on aiming to create, and more. She entrepreneurs with Israeli roots also gave us the scoop on whats it brings them to Palo Alto, up next for Upwest: The program California for 10 weeks, during is now accepting applications for which they work around the clock its third class of startups, which is to amp up their existing startups slated to start working in Palo to Silicon Valley speed. Alto in late August. The leaders Israel is of course no slouch in of Upwest will also be in Tel the tech department, but Upwest Aviv next month interviewing says bringing Israeli founders to prospective founders; you can Silicon Valley helps them bring learn more about that here. their startups to the next level in We also got a few current their development. Being here in Upwest companies (and one alum the hotbed of the modern Internet from the first class) to give us industry, startups can tap into their pitches and have a look at (TREND HUNTER - The Latest (TREND HUNTER - The Latest continuous feedback from users, some of their products. From other entrepreneurs, and of course beauty product reviews to video Trends) Trends) investors. The intensity of that editing automation, Upwest Submitted at 6/24/2012 12:58:02 PM Submitted at 6/24/2012 1:59:02 PM experience, Upwest says, makes certainly has hosted a diverse set ( TrendHunter.com) Whennot ( TrendHunter.com) It is not an them truly ready for primetime. of companies with very promising ifthe zombie apocalypse hits, I o p t i c a l i l l u s i o n , t h e J u n y a Earlier this month Upwest held offerings. One thing is certain: definitely want to be near Eric and Ishigami Family Chairs are meant the demo day for its second-ever This is definitely not the last well Barry of Moss Pawn with their to differ in design. The collection batch of companies, so we be hearing from many of them. new Ultimate AR-15 assault rifle. of five varying steel chairs were stopped by its office in the days In the order in which they appear, The modified assault rifle comes made for the Italian design after to get a firsthand feel for the h e r e a r e t h e s t a r t u p s w e with nearly... company Living Divani and... program and see some of the interviewed in the above video:
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Senexx is a social Q&A platform aimed to be used internally at enterprises. It allows co-workers to quickly ask and answer workrelated questions. The site, which graduated out of Upwests first class this past spring, just unveiled a big integration with Yammer. Groovideo is a web and mobile platform for collaborative video creation, letting groups of friends easily and quickly create videos together. Its product is especially handy for creating fun group messages for things like birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, graduations, and the like. Preen.Me aims to be a one-stopshop that lets women review, browse, and compare prices on beauty products. It also lets them trade application techniques, and receive customized recommendations based on personalized features such as skin type and tone. Deja.io is developing technology for online and mobile video, creating Pandora Radio-like channels of videos defined by the emotions they evoke.

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outside the Apple store back in the 2011 ads. Samsung Galaxy S III Pop Up Play: The other advert around pulls back on the direct snark and replaces it with, well, a decidedly Apple-style showcase of some of the TouchWiz enhancements on top of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich: Samsung Galaxy S III The

Next Big Thing Is Here: We cant blame Samsung for wanting to shout about the Galaxy S III. We loved the European version and had similarly warm, fuzzy feelings about the AT&T and T-Mobile USA models last week; the phone addresses most of our lingering criticisms around its predecessor, ratcheting up screen resolution and overall performance.

Still, even with all those core skills at its heart, Samsungs Galaxy S III adverts could still be interpreted as taking shots at its primary rival. So, a simple case of calling up an existing actor on the books, or a sly dig at Apple and an Easter Egg of sorts for those who have been paying attention? Let us know what you think and whether youre convinced by Samsungs campaign in the

comments. Story Timeline Samsung Galaxy S III Review Apple seeks Galaxy S III ban in USA Samsung will oppose Apple's Galaxy S III ban request Samsung Galaxy S III handles drops worse than iPhone 4 Apple's USA Galaxy S III ban denied by judge Samsung Galaxy S III USA carrier prices and dates collected Samsung Galaxy S III Review [AT&T & T-Mobile] Foxconn CEO says iPhone 5 will put Samsung Galaxy S III to shame Samsung Galaxy S III hands-on with device-exclusive sharing Galaxy S III hits T-Mobile USA today: AT&T and Verizon must wait Samsungs Galaxy S III ads crank anti-Apple snark is written by Chris Davies& originally posted on SlashGear. 2005 - 2012, SlashGear. All right reserved.

Another Dem. Congressman Refuses to Endorse Obama


President Obama's reelection problems continue in North Carolina, the state that's hosting this year's Democratic National Committee convention later this year. Congressman Mike McIntyre, a Democratic representative of North Carolina's Seventh Congressional District, is now refusing to endorse President Obama. A local news affiliate asked McIntyre who he'd be endorsing:

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Surface Detail: Microsofts Tablets Are Too Big To Fail


Chris Davies (SlashGear)
Submitted at 6/24/2012 5:32:41 PM

Inevitable branch-out or needless dilution; mounting desperation or a prelude to a Nokia takeover. Surface struck chords with the Windows faithful and rang warning bells among skeptics, with the analysis as deep as Microsofts launch details were shallow. Yet one things clear even at this early stage. No matter whether block-wrapping queues mark Surfaces in-store arrival, or if sales of the tablet make Zune look like a blockbuster, Microsoft will be crowing its legacy. Microsofts launch event for Surface was an uneasy mix of screw-up and success. For the geeks it was a travesty: Microsoft dragged them to LA on the grounds of little more than rumor and intrigue, refused to tell them the specific location until a few hours before, and then tightly controlled hands-on time afterwards. Exact technical specs were in just as short supply as playtime opportunities. Yet despite frustrating and infuriating the media, Surface has sat at the top of the attention stream for a week. Microsoft has been catapulted into the headlines of tablet-centric coverage a place youd traditionally find Apple occupying and the

feedback has been in general quite positive. The company scored points for its industrial design and apparent built quality, and the Metro UI of Windows 8 is a crisp

and honest alternative to the fauxleather and metal-effect UIs of iOS and Android. Does that mean Microsoft has a hit on its hands. Unfortunately

theres already a track record to times positive press as Surface look back to, and its not an has this past week, yet actual sales e s p e c i a l l y p r o m i s i n g o n e . have struggled to make a dint Windows Phone mustered just as much eager, attentive and at SURFACE page 26

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against rival smartphones. Microsoft even brought a miserychaser to the Surface announcement, confirming on Wednesday that all of the early adopters of Windows Phone wouldnt be getting the new version this fall. The company couched its bad news with the promise of some new visual glitz, but its hard not to be disappointed if youre just a few months into the contract of a smartphone facing limited upgrade potential."Xbox is the exception not the rule" That shaky ground is the place Microsoft has perhaps surprising to the company itself found it now occupies. Its still hugely successful in terms of finance, buoyed in no small part by Windows licensing, yet it struggles to demonstrate innovation or gain traction in all but gaming. Xbox is the exception not the rule, with Windows 8 yet to prove its mettle and Windows Phone seemingly incapable of

doing so. Faced with that, you can see why Microsoft might risk the sanctity of its OEM relations and wade more seriously into its own hardware range. The company has carefully paved the way for several potential outcomes: if Surface sells well, then Microsoft is likely to spin it out into a whole series of devices. If it tanks, Microsoft will rebrand it a design exercize intended to spur OEMs into innovation and action, quietly retire it perhaps with the comment that weve always primarily been a software company, and Surface was just a temporary showcase for that software or something similar and forever protest that it wasnt just another KIN. Because, at the end of the day, Surface isnt about tablets: its about Windows. Microsoft cant afford to fail with Windows 8, and it will blatantly do whatever it can to make sure theres no chance of that happening. If that

means taking the reins in device production, so be it; if that requires prodding other companies into action with a keenly-timed and eye-catching device showcase, then thats what Surface can be. And, if the postlaunch hype does in fact translate into keen sales, then theres a well known and struggling Finnish mobile device company out there thats been muttering about the importance of tablets for some time, and thats ripe for takeover. As products go, Surface is simply too important to Microsoft to let something so mundane as device sales decide its fate. Story Timeline Microsoft Surface re-introduced as a handheld tablet Microsoft Surface tablet details revealed Microsoft Surface for Windows 8 Pro revealed Microsoft Surface Tablet Hands -on [video] Microsoft Surface Touch Cover vs Type Cover hands-on

Microsoft Surface tablet event wrap-up Microsoft Surface could debut MagSafe-data hybrid hook-up Microsoft: Surface tablets perfect for Skype SlashGear 101: What is Microsoft Surface? A case against Microsoft Surface tablets' future success Clandestine Microsoft Surface launch leaves PC partners puzzled Microsoft Surface price puzzle polarizes pundits Surface vs iPad comparisons inevitable, but foolish in the end Microsoft Surface reportedly WiFi only Surface Detail: Microsofts Tablets Are Too Big To Fail is written by Chris Davies& originally posted on SlashGear. 2005 - 2012, SlashGear. All right reserved.

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Rare video of Woz from 1984 talking about computing, joining Apple and the Mac
Victor Agreda, Jr. (TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog)
Submitted at 6/24/2012 3:30:00 PM

Reader Sarah Bailey of the North East Ohio Apple Corps sent us the video below of Steve Wozniak talking about the then-new

Macintosh and lots of other Apple (and early computing) lore when he visited the Cleveland Apple club back in 1984. It's always great to see these old videos digitized for posterity, and this one is chock full of Apple stories. long, so grab a snack, get comfy The video is nearly two hours

and settle in for a slice of computing history. 1984 Steve Wozniak visit to NEOAC from NEOAC MUG on Vimeo. Rare video of Woz from 1984 talking about computing, joining Apple and the Mac originally

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DARPA fortifies soldiers' smartphones against malware


Dara Kerr (CNET News)

Thumbnails On Firefoxs New Tab Page Could Expose Your Private Data, Fix Coming Soon
Frederic Lardinois (TechCrunch)

apps and games. What can happen is while the soldier is on a game Submitted at 6/24/2012 6:15:47 PM or social networking app their For most ordinary citizens, information can be compromised l e a k e d i n f o r m a t i o n f r o m a by some type of malware that smartphone or tablet is a hassle infiltrates the operating system but not a life-or-death situation. and gets GPS, contacts, and other But for soldiers it can be another personal information. story. According to The New York The U.S. government is working Times, 3,000 soldiers stationed in to reinforce soldiers' devices Afghanistan are already using against data breaches. According Invincea software meant to shield to The New York Times, the data from loss and theft. The Defense Advanced Research software codes the operating Projects Agency, or DARPA, has system and if the smartphone or given a $21 million grant to the tablet is lost or stolen the device's company Invincea to protect memory is filled with "random, soldiers' Android-based phones useless data." and tablets from cyber threats. A new project Invincea is "By separating untrusted apps and working on with DARPA is content we are preventing the creating a virtual environment that compromise of the operating apps can run on and ensures that system," founder of Invincea confidential information doesn't Anup Ghosh told The New York get out."In other words, it is Times. trying to trick an ordinary Typically, Ghosh told the Times, application -- Facebook or Words soldiers' devices will be loaded With Friends -- into thinking that with both military apps and it is running in the phone's information along with personal operating system, when it is

actually sequestered in a separate virtual environment," The New York Times writes. "The application, in that way, can be prohibited from gaining access to certain information: the phone's location, for instance, or the contacts that it contains." In February, U.S. civilian and military officials began testing the use of secure Android smartphones that could be capable of transmitting confidential documents. This new program shows the data that each application on the phone utilizes and also lets the user control the specific data that can be sent over the network. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.

store personal information outside the users direct control. Mozilla promises that it will fix this issue Submitted at 6/24/2012 5:35:30 PM in a future release. Mozillas Firefox 13 launched Overall, the risk of somebody earlier this month and the latest stealing your identity because of version of the popular browser this seems pretty small, but the introduced a number of new browser probably shouldnt features, including support for capture screenshots from pages Googles SPDY protocol and a that sit behind login pages and new homescreen and easy access from secure sites. Just to be on the to your most often used sites safe side and especially if you through the improved new tab are on a shared computer its page. That convenient new speed probably be best to turn this dial-like new tab page presents a feature off for the time being. On bit of a security risk, however. As a shared computer, of course, you t h e R e g i s t e r r e p o r t s , t h e can also use Firefoxs Private thumbnails that accompany these B r o w s i n g M o d e ( w h i c h y o u links on the improved new tap should probably do anyway if you page have the potential to leak are using a public machine). p e r s o n a l i n f o r m a t i o n . T h e Googles Chrome and Opera browser, it turns out, regularly have been using similar new tab t a k e s s c r e e n s h o t s o f y o u r pages to make accessing often browsing sessions to create these used pages faster for quite a while thumbnails (even while you are now. There has been some limited browsing a secure site) and, in the d i s c u s s i o n o f t h e p r i v a c y process, could potentially expose implications of this feature in your private data like banking Chrome, but these two browsers information or email subjects to use smaller and hence harder to anybody else who uses your read thumbnails than Firefox. computer. Maybe thats why we never heard Talking to InformationWeek, much about these thumbnails as a Mozilla acknowledged this issue security issue so far. Firefox, and said that Mozilla remains however, uses relatively large resolute in its commitment to thumbnails to begin with and they privacy and user control. The new also scale with the size of the tab thumbnail feature within browser window. Firefox does not transmit nor

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What makes the Microsoft Surface tablet different? (poll)


Brooke Crothers (CNET News)
Submitted at 6/24/2012 5:12:06 PM

And has a two-year head start, to boot. So, it's a tall order for Microsoft Despite Microsoft's best efforts and Windows 8. on Monday to demonstrate why That said, the rollout of the 10.6Surface is different, it's a crowded inch (16:9 widescreen HD) market out there. Surface tablets on Monday All of the first-tier players like succeeded at the very least in S a m s u n g , A m a z o n , S o n y , showing that Microsoft has come L e n o v o , A c e r , A s u s , a n d up with a good idea. Motorola (not to mention a The catch with tablets is the lack Google-branded device that is of a physical keyboard, which expected) have already saturated doesn't appeal to some consumers. the Android tablet market. And keyboard docking solutions And then there's the iPad, which to date have typically not been is simply shorthand for tablet in a v e r y e l e g a n t , w i t h a f e w lot consumers' minds and exceptions. commands most of the market. Microsoft's 3mm pressure

sensitive cover doubles as a keyboard and trackpad and connects to Surface with a "single" magnetic click, And price. It's hard to win either

way. Go low and you have to cut corners, strip out features. That ultimately gives the product a bad rap. Go high and, well, that downside is obvious.

Microsoft appears to be leaning toward the higher end of the market, with pricing rumored to start at $599 for RT (ARM chipbased) models. Intel-based versions with 1,920x1,080-pixel displays could run a lot higher. Surface with 3mm cover that functions as a keyboard and trackpad.(Credit: Microsoft) This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.

Alan Turing, father of modern computing, gets Google tribute


Mark Raby (SlashGear)

Turings honor, Google also wrote a blog post detailing how the mans contributions will not Google is celebrating a milestone be forgotten. birthday of one of the most Turing pioneered the concept of important people in the world of algorithms, something that is a computing. Its a posthumous commonplace word today, no celebration, though. Alan Turing, more so than in the Mountain a man who paved the way for View, CA offices of Google. In what would become the era of fact, its probably one of the computing, was born 100 years companys favorite words. Turing ago this month. In addition to wrote a paper on the subject, Numbers. The astounding part creating a special doodle in e n t i t l e d O n C o m p u t a b l e he wrote it in 1936, long before
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anyone would invent what we take for granted today as a computer. He referred to such a device only hypothetically. A computing machinetoday better known as a Turing machinewas the hypothetical device that Turing dreamed up to run his algorithms. In the 1930s, a computer was what you called a person who did calculationsit was a profession, not an object, Google wrote in its blog post. To

see the rest of the entry, check out the via link below. Hopefully Turing is looking down from above to see how much his work is still appreciated. [ via Google Blog] Alan Turing, father of modern computing, gets Google tribute is written by Mark Raby& originally posted on SlashGear. 2005 - 2012, SlashGear. All right reserved.

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Autism Expressed Helps Autistic Children Learn About The Internet


Jordan Crook (TechCrunch)
Submitted at 6/24/2012 5:00:37 PM

search. From there, children learn about the difference between real content and spam, and learn to be The internet is an incredibly weary of just about everything on powerful tool, but its also a very the internet. Eventually, once dangerous place. Because of this, theyve been educated on social children with autism and other media, students are able to create disabilities often cant leverage their own social media accounts the power of the web, which is a on Facebook and Twitter. place where you should be able to The students learn everything in learn anything. an embedded browser But Autism Expressed, a startup environment, meaning there is a we discovered on our TC Philly hefty level of protection between Mini Meetup, is looking to them and the real internet. This educate autistic children about the way, students learn safely and internet so that they can have a Autism Expressed keeps itself safe surfing experience and enjoy liability-free. social media like the rest of us. The service has been picked up The service takes students by various schools and clinics, through various modules, starting and Autism Expressed is looking with lessons on what the internet to roll out further. is and how to perform a web

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Temporarily Block Firefox New Tab Thumbnail Security Breach [Firefox]


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Submitted at 6/24/2012 1:00:00 PM

UK-based The Register reported that the feature added in Firefox

13 that displays thumbnails of previous sessions when clicking on the new thumbnail tab can contain secure violations such as showing bank information, email

subject lines, and anything else

that was on your most recently closed browser tabs. A fix is promised in future versions, but if you don't want to wait we'll show you how to block this feature

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Robert Shiller Goes Off The Deep End With His New Housing Proposal
Lee Adler (Money Game)
Submitted at 6/24/2012 2:23:13 PM

Robert Shiller has finally gone off the deep end. He wants to condemn millions of US guaranteed mortgages from the bankster mafia. Shiller: My colleague Karl Case and I showed in 1996 that when the value of a home falls below the value of the mortgage debt when it is underwater a person is much more likely to default on the mortgage. And it is well known that in foreclosures, lenders lose so much on the legal costs and depressed market values of the homes that it would be in their interest to lower mortgage balances so the homeowners stay in place and dont default. If such mortgage principal reductions could be applied on a large scale, there could be large neighborhood effects, raising a sense of optimism among homeowners and bolstering the value of all homes and, ultimately, the whole economy. But mortgage lenders in all their different forms lack a group strategy. John Geanakoplos, a Yale economist, and Susan P. Koniak, a Boston University law professor, have proposed legislation that gives community-

based, government-appointed trustees a central role. The trustees would have the authority to impose a write-down of mortgage principal that served the interests of mortgage issuers as a group, without having to prove that each and every one would be better off. But Congress has not acted on their idea ROBERT C. HOCKETT, a Cornell University law professor, has outlined another approach, which uses the principle of eminent domain, to solve this collective action problem The principle allows governments to seize property, with fair compensation to owners, when a case can be made that such seizure serves the public interest. Traditionally, we think of eminent domain law as applying to land and buildings But eminent domain law neednt be restricted to real estate. It could be applied to mortgages as well. Governments could seize underwater mortgages, paying investors fair market value for them. This is common sense too. The true fair market value for these mortgages is arguably far below their face value, given the likelihood of default, with its attendant costs. via Real Estates Collective Action Problem NYTimes.com. This is nuts. Mass condemning

condemning authority must pay the legal fees and reasonable costs of the property owner challenging the condemnation in court. Mass condemnations take years, they have enormous costs, and are fraught with risk and legal challenges from property owners. I have seen condemnations for large takings last as long as 10-12 years from the initial proposal to completion of the taking. Markets can go through an entire cycle by the time they are complete, and municipalities invariably grossly overpay when they finally are able to acquire all the properties. It is often far, far more than when they first made a public m o r t g a g e s w o u l d b e a n know absolutely nothing about the a n n o u n c e m e n t o f t h e i d e a . unworkable mess, would take n u t s a n d b o l t s o f t h e In real estate condemnations, years, and would fail. The condemnation process. Im far speculators who get wind of the lawyers and appraisers would from an expert, but I know that process swoop in and buy up the make out like bandits though. you dont just say Poof, I take affected properties on the cheap And for sure, the taxpayers would these properties, and just like from the property owners (in this case the institutions who own the get screwed, just like they always that its done in a flash. do. Lets say that the City of mortgages) and then they threaten G o v e r n m e n t s c o u l d s e i z e Cleveland wants to seize all the to sue the municipality if they underwater mortgages, paying underwater mortgages there. That d o n t g e t t h e i r p r i c e . investors fair market value for would be probably a couple Municipalities, fearing having them. hundred thousand mortgages. Has things tied up in court, then cave Simple. Just like that, huh? anyone thought about how many and overpay for the assets. If a As a former commercial real different investors might be government is forced to overpay estate appraiser who sometimes involved? Dozens? Hundreds? for these mortgages, who, pray worked on condemnation cases Did anyone stop to think that tell, will then buy the mortgages (although I tried to avoid them as t h e s e i n v e s t o r s a r e o f t e n from the municipalities who much as possible) its plain to me institutions plenty big enough to condemn them? Once the city that Shiller and the guy who afford lawyers to challenge the ROBERT page 33 proposed this hare brained idea process? And in some states, the

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Wolfgang Schuble: Ask Not What Germany Can Do For You, Ask How Many Government Workers You Can Fire
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creditors by a week, according to state-run TV. The hospitalization Submitted at 6/24/2012 4:42:26 PM of the two very people the And it seemed like the most inspectors of the European innocent case of detached retina C o m m i s s i o n , t h e E u r o p e a n ever. On Friday, newly elected Central Bank and the International Greek PM Samaras had to be Monetary Fund collectively rushed to the hospital due to the known as the troika wished to r a t h e r p e c u l i a r o c u l a r meet, means that the latter had to complication, only to be followed put off their visit that was promptly by the new Finance originally planned for Monday." M i n i s t e r V a s s i l i s R a p a n o s In other words, the Troika which fainting and also being given was supposed to come to Greece urgent medical care. Both are tomorrow to evaluate what little procedures that require a few progress may have happened in hours of inpatient treatment. Yet order to release more cash to the judging by the implications these insolvent country, will not have to two freak occurrences have had, wait until after the latest and one would image that both greatest European summit, where patients are comatose and on the while everyone was expecting for same ventilator that kept former absolutely nothing to be decided E g y p t i a n p r e s i d e n t H o s n i (and certainly not the European Mubarak half alive, half dead a Federalist state which is the only w e e k a g o . T h e p u n c h l i n e , development that can keep the however, is that this may be the Eurozone together), suddenly the only case of detached retina in very fate of Greece in the modern history that costs a Eurozone is once again at stake country 5 billion. and may be decided as soon as From Kathimerini: next Friday. "The health problems of Prime State television channel NET Minister Antonis Samaras and reported on Saturday that the new Finance Minister Vassilis troika will now arrive early next Rapanos this weekend are month, which is after the changing the governments E u r o p e a n U n i o n s u m m i t timetable and postponing the visit scheduled for June 28-29 in of the representatives of Greeces Brussels.

This will of course postpone further the disbursement of the next loan tranche for Athens, that was due for June and amounts to 5 billion euros. Given that Samaras and Rapanos will stay in hospital until Monday - the former in order to recover after an eye surgery and the latter for tests to establish the reasons of his fainting on Friday it remains unclear whether Samaras will be able to travel to Brussels for the summit and when Rapanos will swear in as Finance Minister. Well, the detached retina may have been a fluke, and surely anyone would faint when seeing the Greek cash ledger, but adding insult to injury, and making some wonder about the odd timing of these events, is that it is suddenly becoming public knowledge what was previously only whispered in dark corridors: namely that Greece was pretending to be reforming in exchange for money that Europe was pretending to be paying Greek society. An AFP report observes that "Greece breached the rules of its EU-IMF loan agreement by taking on some 70,000 public sector staff in two years, undermining efforts to reduce the state payroll, a report said on Sunday."

To Vima weekly said the hirings in 2010 and 2011 were highest in local administration, health, the police and culture, where the number of employees actually increased. It cited a report from a permanent mission to Athens of the so-called 'troika' of international creditors, the EU, IMF and the European Central Bank, and data given by outgoing finance minister George Zannias. An unidentified troika official told the daily: " While they legislated rules to reduce the number of civil servants, they were bringing people in through the window." It appears that all those myths of austerity were just that (as we have explained time and time again): myths. The official added that over 12,000 people were hired by local councils even as a cost-cutting initiative merging municipalities was underway. Zannias' report to the new government coalition after June 17 elections allegedly reveals that although over 53,000 civil servants retired in 2010, the overall number of state staff was almost steady at 692,000 people, To Vima said.

In this case, most of the vacancies were filled immediately, the daily said. Similarly, although another 40,000 staff left in 2011, the net reduction on the payroll was only 24,000. By this time, Greece had promised to only hire one civil servant for every five that left. But over 16,000 people were hired instead of the allowed 8,000, To Vima said. The report came ahead of an expected EU-IMF audit starting on Monday. And while it is true that the bulk of the Greek "bailout" money went primarily to pay Greek creditors and the ECB, a good 20% of the cash did make its way into the Greek economy... Somewhere. Perhaps soon someone will ask just where. Did the politicians in charge of the country in the past two years steal all of that cash as well? What happens when the Greek society, now with absolutely no hope left, and more despondent than ever, finds out that its leaders once again betrayed it? Just how many Golden Dawn members will there be in the next government WOLFGANG page 34

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Trading as Character's X-Ray


Tim Knight from Slope of Hope
Submitted at 6/24/2012 4:58:52 PM

competitive situations, have demonstrated themselves to be people of extraordinary character. I've pondered in the past how By this I don't mean they are much we really know ourselves, paragons of virtue; some of them or each other. Real-life heroes, for are, and some of them act instance, seem to me to be born detestably. What I am saying is that way, and fate provided an that one does not become a worldopportunity for them to do class athlete (or a world-class something extraordinary that most a n y t h i n g ) w i t h o u t h a v i n g people wouldn't do. The person substantially more drive, selfwho leaps between the subway discipline, determination, and tracks and puts his body over a resiliance than the average fellow. child who fell down there wasn't Trading is, let's face it, necessarily trained to do such a extraordinarily challenging as thing. I don't think there's well. We are all in a daily anything specific to their gender, competition with one another. ethnicity, racial background, or A l t h o u g h o u r s c o r e s a r e n ' t anything else that drives them to normally a matter of public behave heroically. In that split- disclosure (unless you are running second, where most people's a big fund or otherwise have to desire for self-preservation would reveal your results), we all have a have held them back, some sense as to how we're doing i n d i v i d u a l s c h o o s e t o d o versus the market as well as how something with what we might we're doing versus our own describe as a very bad risk to expectations. reward ratio. There are a couple of reasons this But stepping away from the has been on my mind lately. First, subway tracks - always a wise my children are becoming more move, both figuratively and serious about their sports, and I've literally - let us consider more been reading what I can about e l e m e n t a r y a s p e c t s o f o u r sports psychology. Much of the character. How well do we really advice laid out in such books is know ourselves? What can we do almost identical to the kinds of to reveal our inner nature which, things successful traders speak of. in my estimation, most people My respect for athletes has elect to keep hidden by the veil of definitely kicked up several ignorance their entire lives? notches since I am witnessing upSlopers know I've never had an close the mental challenges in interest in watching sports, but what are assumed to be physical over time I've come to accept that activities (my disdain for the mere athletes of all kinds are people watching of sports, however, who, by the very nature of remains completely grumpy and

and improve aren't afraid to look at themselves in the mirror and be prepared to face some truths they might not want to face. Perhaps the fatalistic side of me as showing. At the risk of sounding irresponsible, I do not believe I am wholly responsible for what makes me tick. Yes, I am largely in control of what I choose to do, and the sort of person I'd like to be, but I also believe there are some core elements that are difficult if not impossible to change. I've never had the opportunity to save someone's life, but faced with a circumstance in which I could help someone at risk to myself, I would hope that I would be compelled to do so. If I weren't, I would see that as a weakness in character. But what if I did take the risk and save someone from danger, ignoring the peril to myself? I frankly don't sourpuss). that Slopers started insisting I just think I would deserve much credit The second reason is what put a lid on it), and the next day I for such a thing. I simply got happened with me earlier this tried to share my thoughts more lucky. I simply happened to be week. Dedicated Slopers may eloquently in a video about the born that way (whether or not I recall that on Wednesday, after difference between being nimble was, I have no idea; again, there the FOMC announcement, I and rash. hasn't been the opportunity). panicked a little later in the day The reason this matters so much The only thing I can point to as a and gobbled up long positions left to me is that I simultaneously situation in which I was pretty and right, which was not in my want to know more about my pleased with how I was "wired" plan nor executed in a sensible, character while at the same time was during a couple of car rational fashion. It was emotional, I'm afraid of what I'll discover. I spinouts I experienced. I'm a and when it comes to good think that most people like to feel pretty careful driver, but there trading, following the whirlwind positively about themselves. have been a couple of times when of surprising emotions is hardly a Mentally healthy people don't my car starting orbiting out of recipe for success. want to tell themselves what control (once on ice; once on a I brooded quite a bit about my rotten humans they are. But I also TRADING page 36 failure on that day (so much so think people who want to grow

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overpays, its stuck. Furthermore, what is the fair value of the trillions of dollars of mortgages guaranteed by Fannie, Freddie, and the FHA. Thats right. To the investor holding the mortgage, its 100 cents on the dollar, not one penny less. The whole idea is nuts. Aside from all the reasons its just dumb, its a practical impossibility. This is the problem with these academic conomists. Most of them simply dont live and act in the real world. They live in a world of theory. In the immortal words of the great existential philosopher Yogi Berra, In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is. Meanwhile, the mortgage servicing bankster mafiosi have figured out that by holding rather than dumping massive numbers of foreclosed properties, and even by slowing down the foreclosure process while allowing a few cramdowns in the form of short sales, the market has begun to rebound on its own. The bankster mafia know that placing massive numbers of properties on the market at once would crash the market and destroy the value of their portfolios, and essentially crash the financial system. So they have made a wise strategic decision not to self immolate. They will not now, not ever, dump on the market all this shadow inventory that all the housing bears are crapping their pants over. While ZIRP Bernankecide

destroys all the widows, orphans, Grandmas, Grandpas, and Aunt Millies, it serves its purpose. The bankster mafiosi have the benefit of zero cost of funds allowing them to carry all this worthless crap on their books indefinitely, and they will. By giving them the free money that he siphoned and skimmed from Grandma, Don Bernanke has guaranteed that the bankster mafia will live on to carry out their nefarious skimming and scamming schemes forever. What difference does Grandma make? Steal her home or steal her savings or break her knees. Its all the same. The rackets must go on. The banksters gotta get theirs. So screw you, Grandma. You dont matter. Youll be dead in few years anyway. The bankster mafiosi now recognizes that this housing inventory that it now owns is largely unmarketable anyway because it is located in areas where there never was and never will be enough demand to absorb all of it. Or it becomes unmarketable quickly due to physical deterioration and willful damage. But what the fuck do they care? The Don ObamaConsigliere Geithner Gang guarantees theyll get their money. The banksters attitude is, Shut the fuck up and pay me already. I dont blame them. Theyre rational. The Obama-Geithner gang under the cloak of the US Government made a promise, and the US Government doesnt rat

out on its fellow mobsters. Meanwhile there are benefits to others under the criminal status quo. What about the benefits to the economy of the countless numbers home occupants who have stopped paying, but stay on for months or years. They build savings or spend that money they save on not making mortgage payments in other ways. They buy twinkies, chips, beer, and soda, and Hyundais, all the things that keep the US economy strong. Thats a net benefit to the society as they screw the banksters, and ultimately the taxpayers who have unwillingly been committed to paying off their mortgages. But, good on them! The Squatter Stimulus Plan, Russ Winter called it. And for those who stay and pay in their underwater homes because they have the will and the ability to do sothey are the real heroes of this mess, because they are the ones paying the price, and through their sacrifice and devotion to duty, they keeping the system afloat. They are paying for all the rest of us. Were it not for the few, the strong, and the committed, the rest of us would be toast. We should kiss the ground they walk on, because they could walk away too. But they wont. At least not in any meaningful numbers from here on. Theyve stuck it out this long. Those who would have done it, have done it. Those who stay are suckers who actually believe in the rule of law, and in doing the right thing. There are still a few of

us. Fools. So the mortgage foreclosure process has essentially frozen, and reduced REOs on the market have caused supply shortages in desirable markets. While partly accidental, that is now embedded in the market. Worthless unmarketable supply is not supply. It will disappear over time. In the meantime, in most well located markets oversupply has already disappeared, and demand has rebounded enough to put in a price bottom in those areas, enough so that the national median price has been rising on a year to year basis for the past couple of months. These are facts that few are willing to recognize, but they are facts just the same. If any of these wild eyed crazy academics ever get some dumb ass municipality to actually try their stupid ideas, it will turn into just another boondoggle where Wall Street gets to skim the cream and the taxpayers are left holding the bag yet again. Because thats the way it is. And oh yeah. The US Government should stop paying off all these bad loans guaranteed by Fannie and Freddie and FedHo (FHA). As long as that guarantee is in place, the investors who hold these mortgages will never accept condemnation at less than par. Not now. Not ever. Why should they? Our government has guaranteed them that we the taxpayers will pay them 100 cents on the dollar, regardless of the

fact that their collateral is worthless. Stop those guarantees, and youd see the market clear real fast. But our government knows which side its bread is buttered on, and its not ours. Nope, the US Government is just another bankster mafia protection racket. Skim baby skim. Rob those grandmothers blind. The banksters must get paid. Meanwhile, check out Mainstream Media Gets It Wrong - In Coincidental Truth Telling, NAR PR Shows House Market Strengthening See the latest data on the Wall Street Examiners permanent housing chart page, which is updated whenever new data becomes available. You can bookmark that page for future reference. Latest free housing market updates Wall Street Examiner Professional Edition Housing Market Reports More Economic Charts Follow my comments on the markets and economy in real time @Lee_Adler on Twitter! Stay up to date with the machinations of the Fed, Treasury, Primary Dealers and foreign central banks in the US market, along with regular updates of the US housing market, in the Fed Report in the Professional Edition, Money Liquidity, and Real Estate Package. Try it risk free for 30 ROBERT page 34

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election, once this government too tumbles. Tying it all together, however, and making sure that Samaras' cabinet is doomed before the ink of its formation documents is even dry, is everyone's favorite Schrodinger finance minister(Now you see a bailout, now you don't): Germany's Wolfgang Schauble who just told Greece for the final time: no mas. From Reuters: Greece's new government should stop asking for more help and instead move quickly to enact reform measures agreed to in return for previous bailouts from its European partners, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said on Sunday. Schaeuble told Bild am Sonntag in unusually blunt language that Greece has forfeited much of Europe's trust during the sovereign debt crisis, as reflected in an opinion poll covering the euro zone's four biggest nations and published in the paper. "The most important task facing new prime minister (Antonis) Samaras is to enact the programme agreed upon quickly and without further delay instead of asking how much more others

can do for Greece," said Schaeuble, a close ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel and Europe's most powerful finance minister. Greece's new three-party coalition government said on Thursday it would renegotiate the terms of the 130-billion-euro bailout deal that is helping the country avoid bankruptcy. The coalition's platform particularly challenges euro zone paymaster Germany, which has offered to adjust the lifeline's terms to make up for time lost as a result of two Greek elections since May, but refuses to revise it radically. In a separate interview on Sunday published in Der Spiegel news magazine, Schaeuble again ruled out any form of collectivised debt such as euro bonds and defended the German government's hard line on that. "It's because you cannot separate the responsibility for decisionmaking from the liability," he said when asked why Germany was so adamantly opposed. "That's true for almost everything but especially when it comes to money. "Anyone who has the chance to

spend someone else's money will do that," he added, before telling the reporter: "You'd do that and so would I. The markets know that. And so from that point of view they wouldn't be convinced by euro bonds." So while wild speculations about this and that and the other future of the Eurozone continue, here is the bottom line: Germany will continue pushing every peripheral country closer to the brink (which helps Germany courtesy of increasing pressure on the EURUSD, which benefits the only real net exporter and mercantilism beneficiary in the Eurozone - Germany - by now only absolute economic dilettantes don't seem to understand this) until such time as PIIGS (and then all the other formerly core - here's looking at you socialist " fairness doctrine" entrants) come begging for any scrap that whoever is in charge of Germany will be willing to hand them, in the form of a Debtor In Possession loan of course, and thus accretive to Bunds. If that means presenting their gold to the German Cash4Gold pawn shop under the guise of a Redemption Fund or whatever it is called, so

be it. Unless of course, everyone keeps demanding that Germany bail them out. In which case Merkel will just unpack that brand spanking new shipment of DEMs and be done with it. The only winner out of this: Syriza's Tsipras who is sitting and cackling like a madman as everything is happening precisely as had been anticipated. Until the moment, that is, when he is elected to lead the country. At that point we are not sure whose life will be more of a living nightmare: his... or whoever is elected president in the US 2016 elections. Average: Your rating: None Average: 5( 8 votes) This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.

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They may not be doing much of anything else lately (except for now proudly accepting Spiderman towels are collateral of course), but the European Central Bank sure is a fan of football, and the fact that three of the four teams in the Semi-finals come from countries officially funded by the ECB. We do have the feeling that letting Germany slip into the congratulatory tweet below was a mistake that will cost someone their taxpayer funded job. Ironically, while it has been the world against Merkel in bailoutnomics for the past several months, the key battle for Europe has now shifted to the football stadium as well. Average: Your rating: None Average: 5( 3 votes) This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.

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SOROS: Here's How You End The Euro Crisis


Joe Weisenthal (Money Game)
Submitted at 6/24/2012 2:33:00 PM

Indeed, the upcoming summit is missing an important agenda item: a European Fiscal Authority George Soros has been producing (EFA) that, in partnership with the some of the best and clearest stuff ECB, could do what the ECB on the Euro crisis lately. cannot do on its own. In a speech in Italy recently he In particular, the EFA could brilliantly laid out why the Euro establish a Debt Reduction Fund was like a bubble, and why it's in a modified form of the European crisis today. Of course, it left Debt Redemption Pact that was people wanting a solution. proposed by Merkels Council of Now he's delivering on that. Economic Advisers and endorsed In an article to be published on by Germanys Social Democrats Tuesday in the Financial Times, and Greens. In exchange for titled How Europe Can Save specified structural reforms in Europe, he notes that on its Italy and Spain, the Fund would current path the Eurozone is acquire and hold a significant heading for the opposite of the portion of their outstanding stock open society ideal dreamed up by of debt. It would finance the the Euro's founders, and that purchases by issuing European instead the Eurozone is heading Treasury bills joint and several towards an anti-democratic world o b l i g a t i o n s o f t h e m e m b e r o f G e r m a n d o m i n a n c e a n d countries and pass on the benefit European subservience. Even o f c h e a p f i n a n c i n g t o t h e Merkel, Soros believes, doesn't c o u n t r i e s c o n c e r n e d . actually want to live in this world. The Treasury bills would be So how does Europe get solved. assigned a zero-risk rating by the Here's the nut of the piece: authorities and treated as the Merkel argues that it is against highest-quality collateral for repo the rules to use the European operations at the ECB. The Central Bank to solve eurozone banking system has an urgent countries fiscal problems and need for risk-free liquid assets. she is right. ECB President Mario Banks are currently holding more Draghi has said much the same. than 700 billion of surplus

liquidity at the ECB, earning only one quarter of 1% interest. This assures a large and ready market for the bills at 1% or less. Soros goes onto argue that this European Fiscal Authority could impose reasonable fines associated with failures to enact reforms. They wouldn't be instant death penalty fines (which is the way Europe operates now) but punitive enough to prevent the free-rider problem that bedevils any attempt to backstop peripheral

One of the things I heard repeatedly when I was in Greece was the frustration that what could have been a tiny problem (solving the debt of Greece, which is just 2% of Eurozone GDP) has been allowed to allowed to mushroom, because there was nothing ever serious and credible to solve the problem. Would the Germans ever go along with Soros' scheme? It's possible. The fact of the matter is that noises out of Merkel and Finance Minister Schauble lately have been along the lines of: If you're willing to give up fiscal control, burden sharing is possible. A big question remains on order and timeline and whether governments. Eventually, after the reforms it can all be done at once. happen, Eurobonds could be All this being said, it doesn't sound like Soros is particularly established. Soros doesn't say it specifically, optimistic, and he is worried that but just taking this step would the upcoming EU summit could probably massively improve turn into a "fiasco, which could peripheral borrowing costs (in well prove lethal." Spain and Italy) simply thanks to Please follow Money Game on the expectation that there was a Twitter and Facebook. path in place to take the worst- Join the conversation about this case scenario (a sovereign blowup story in either of those two countries) totally off the table.

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slick rainy/oily surface). In each instance, I got completely Spockfaced and calmly directed the car back to safety and control. Am I some kind of great guy that I didn't shriek and grasp my head with my hands? No; there was simply something about me that didn't freak out and took on the task in a very detached way. It's that same sort of calm detachment that I yearn for in trading. Part of the reason I trade such an absurd quantity of positions (currently 12 long, 63 short) is to make it almost impossible for me to act rashly. The awkwardness and unwieldiness of my portfolio forces me to take time to think, because whereas I could exit a single SPY position on a moment's notice, even the most panicked and adept trader would take several minutes to exit that many positions. Through my many years of trading, I can think of several things I've learned about myself: (1) I never get tired of charts. Call it a mental illness, but seriously, I've looked at hundreds of thousands of these things, and I

still look forward with excitement each day to looking at some more. This isn't work; it's play; and that's all I've ever asked of my gainful employment. (2) I favor the short side far more than the long side. I wish this weren't so, and I'm starting to think I'll go to my grave with this being the case, but for reasons I don't understand - impatience? pessimism? a propensity to worry? - I am always more enthusiastic and forgiving with short positions compared with long positions. (3) Although I've made progress, I wish I never acted rashly during market hours. This is a battle I am slowly winning, which is why what happened last week weighed on me so heavily. I recognize this shortcoming, and I know what to do to conquer it. But it's an ongoing battle with my default nature. If you, as a trader, find yourself to be utterly capricious, emotional, and profoundly lacking in anything resembling discipline, don't be surprised if you consistently lose in the markets. Someone with those

characteristics is not someone you want to wind up with on a deserted island, because the chances of you surviving are lower than if you'd simply wound up their on your own. I am flawed, and I recognize that. My flaws are made crystal-clear to me during some instances of trading. Trying to trade for a living also serves as an uncompromising X-ray into your character. I can only hope that, with determination and persistence, I can attenuate some of my shortcomings. I will leave this world still flawed, but I am striving to be less so once that day arrives. Average: Your rating: None Average: 3.7( 3 votes) This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.

Capital Controls Hit Spain: Government Laws Prohibit Cash Transactions Over 2,500; Minimum Fine of 10,000 for Failure to Report Foreign Accounts
noreply@blogger.com (Mike Mish Shedlock) (Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis)
Submitted at 6/24/2012 12:33:00 PM

If Spain is seeking further instability, a new law on financial transactions is sure to do just that. Via Google Translate, Spain passes a law limiting cash payments to 2,500 euros. Key Provisions Minimum fine of 10,000 for taxpayers who do not report their foreign accounts. Fine of 5,000 for each additional account Cash transactions greater than 2,500 prohibited Cash transaction restrictions apply to individuals and businesses The US requires reporting of foreign accounts as well, supposedly for the same reason, preventing tax fraud. In Spain however, consumers and businesses are already very nervous (and rightfully so), of a Spain exit from the euro with a

White House 'Congratulates' Morsi on Winning Egyptian Presidential Election


Daniel Halper (The Weekly Standard)
Submitted at 6/24/2012 1:13:00 PM

return to the Spanish peseta accompanied by an immediate devaluation. In that context, these controls are only going to make consumers and businesses even more nervous, if not outright suspicious about what is going on. Mike "Mish" Shedlock h t t p : / / globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot. com Click Here To Scroll Thru My Recent Post List Mike "Mish" Shedlock is a registered investment advisor representative for SitkaPacific Capital Management. Sitka Pacific is an asset management firm whose goal is strong performance and low volatility, regardless of market direction. Visit http:// www.sitkapacific.com/ account_management.html to learn more about wealth management and capital preservation strategies of Sitka Pacific.

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The Difference Between Obama's First Term And Bush's First Term In One Devastating Chart
Joe Weisenthal (Money Game)

employment, however, fell much harder under Obama than it did Submitted at 6/24/2012 11:18:00 AM under Bush. Great chart here from Invictus at This is of course exactly the T h e B i g P i c t u r e ( v i a B e n opposite of the big government Domenech) showing the job socialist stereotype that the situation under Bush's first term Obama economy is portrayed as, and Obama's first term. but oh well. The blue line is state government And it actually fits quite nicely employment. The green line is with what we have said... that the local government employment. private sector is doing "fine" And the red line is private under Obama. employment. On Twitter, a critic of this chart As you can see, under Obama, said that the comparison wasn't private employment snapped back meaningful, since the surge in much better than it did during state and local jobs under Bush Bush's first year. was a function of Homeland State and local government Security spending after 9/11.

That may be true, but if anything it just proves the point made by Krugman, that to jumpstart job creation in this country, perhaps we need to have a false fear of an

alien invasion. And here just for the heck of it is the same chart but with the performance of the S&P 500 (in orange) during each period.

And since some people were complaining about the burgeoning national debt under Obama, here's chart with that in it. The black line is in the national debt in both. As you can see, the national debt has grown a little bit faster under Obama, but hardly any faster than under Bush, and the trajectory is almost identical. SEE ALSO: Here's the truth about how the private sector is doing under Obama > Please follow Politics on Twitter and Facebook. Join the conversation about this story

Pregnant Reese Witherspoon Accepts Honors and Talks Baby


Molly Goodson (PopSugar)
Submitted at 6/24/2012 10:29:15 AM

CVC accelerates to bumper return on F1 investment

Reese Witherspoon flew out to Chicago to hit the red carpet and accept the Renaissance Award honors at the Gene Siskel Film Center on Saturday. Reese was

without husband Jim Toth for pictures, but she still had a bit smile on her face and joked about her growing baby bump. Reese talked about her pregnancy at the event saying, "Frankly Im feeling very round tonight." She also spoke about her next film, Devil's

Christian Sylt (Finance News Business news from the UK and in 1993. It happened in Arkansas, world) and its what Id say is a very Submitted at 6/24/2012 3:19:29 PM American story.And, after I finish Private equity firm CVC is set to that, Im going to take a little time make a return of over 600pc from off - and go have a baby." View its $1bn investment in Formula Slideshow One motor racing, according to Knot, which she shot in Arkansas, new research. "Its about a crime that occurred

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Southern Baptists Agree Same-Sex Marriage Not a Civil Rights Issue


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Louisville, Ky., and assistant professor of Christian preaching at Southern Baptist Theological June 21, 2012| 8:52 am Seminary, told reporters (Photo: The Christian Post) W e d n e s d a y . Messengers vote on resolutions In May, the president had during the Southern Baptist announced during an ABC News Convention Annual Meeting on interview that he finally decided June 20, 2012, in New Orleans, to support marriage for gay and La. lesbian couples after years of pondering over the issue. On the last day of their annual The Department of Justice has meeting, Southern Baptist also argued in Perry v. messengers overwhelmingly Schwarzenegger that the Defense a d o p t e d a r e s o l u t i o n t h a t of Marriage Act which defines denounces "the effort to legalize marriage as between a man and a 'same-sex marriage' as a civil woman and protects states from rights issue since homosexuality being forced to recognize gay does not qualify as a class marriage sanctioned in other meriting special protections, like states is unconstitutional. race and gender." Follow us The resolution, titled "'Same-Sex (Photo: The Christian Post) Dr. Marriage' and Civil Rights Richard Land, president of the Rhetoric," was a direct response Ethics and Religious Liberty to President Obama's personal C o m m i s s i o n , s p e a k s a t t h e affirmation of gay marriage and Resolutions Committee press recent federal lawsuits against the conference at the Southern Baptist D e f e n s e o f M a r r i a g e A c t , Convention Annual Meeting on according to the Resolutions June 20,2012, in New Orleans, Committee spokesperson. La. "This was a specific statement regarding the use of rhetoric that Dr. Richard Land, president of we find to be a misappropriation, the Ethics & Religious Liberty certainly with people who read a Commission, which advocates for lot of history that talks about the Southern Baptist values on godly Christian influences of the Capitol Hill, said Wednesday that Civil Rights Movement," Kevin the nation is heading toward the S m i t h , p a s t o r o f W a t s o n culmination of the debate on same M e m o r i a l B a p t i s t C h u r c h , -sex marriage. He pointed out that

32 states have voted to affirm marriage as between a man and a woman, and he predicted that same-sex marriage will also fail in Maryland, Minnesota, Maine and Washington. "The score is 32 for traditional marriage and zero for same-sex marriage," he said. Land, who is also the executive editor of The Christian Post, argued that the opinion of the American public will make the Supreme Court, even the liberal justices, think twice on the gay marriage issue. "If they are convinced that a majority of Americans are opposed against same-sex marriage, I think they are going to be very reticent about trying to repeat the mistake the court made with Roe and cram this down the throats of the American people," said Land. "I think it is important the largest Protestant denomination in the United States made it clear where they stand on this issue and made it clear that they are offended by the attempt to use civil rights rhetoric to argue for same-sex marriage." Despite their opposition to samesex marriage as a civil rights issue, Southern Baptists wanted to express their love to those engaging in the homosexual lifestyle. The eight-paragraph

resolution called on those affiliated with the denomination to stand against "gay-bashing" and to "engage in compassionate, redemptive ministry" for homosexuals. The following is the full text of the resolution on same-sex marriage as a civil rights issue: ON "SAME-SEX MARRIAGE" AND CIVIL RIGHTS RHETORIC WHEREAS, Marriage is a covenant relationship and an institution established by God rather than simply a human social construct (Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:46; Ephesians 5:2233); and WHEREAS, Southern Baptists have consistently affirmed our support of the biblical definition of marriage as the exclusive union of one man and one woman; and WHEREAS, The Scriptures indicate that all sexual behavior outside of marriage is sinful; and WHEREAS, All people, regardless of race or sexual orientation, are created in the image of God and thus are due respect and love (Genesis 1:2627); and WHEREAS, The Department of Justice has argued (Perry v. Schwarzenegger) that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional claiming that DOMA unfairly discriminates against homosexuals; and

WHEREAS, For the first time in history the President of the United States has publicly voiced his personal support of "same-sex marriage"; and WHEREAS, While homosexuality does not present the distinguishing features of classes entitled to special protections, like the classes of race and gender, we acknowledge the unique struggles experienced by homosexuals in some parts of society; and RESOLVED, That the messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana, June 1920, 2012, oppose any attempt to frame "same-sex marriage" as a civil rights issue; and be it further RESOLVED, That we deny that the effort to legalize "same-sex marriage" qualifies as a civil rights issue since homosexuality does not qualify as a class meriting special protections, like race and gender; and be it further RESOLVED, That we encourage Southern Baptists everywhere to fight for the civil rights of all people where such rights are consistent with the righteousness of God; and be it further RESOLVED, That we express our love to those who struggle with same-sex attraction and who SOUTHERN page 41

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How to Conquer Your Fears


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June 22, 2012| 7:53 am The history of predicted and expected "last day" dates is nearly as lengthy as modern history itself. Mostly recently, the world was predicted to end on May 2011. Why are so many gripped with dread over apocalyptic predictions? This is most likely because of our basic, human tendency to fear the unknown. Fear is a strong, emotional reaction to a perceived, imminent danger. Fear can be real or imagined, rational or irrational, normal or abnormal. Fear acts as a protective mechanism placed within us by God to activate our physical "defense systems" when we face serious danger. Ultimately, fear triggers the release of adrenaline in the body, which prepares us for a fight, flight or freeze response. While fear is a natural emotion designed by our Creator, fearfulness is a different story. Fearfulness suggests living in a continual state of fear, and that is not how God intended His children to live. My friend Ellen, a mature Christian leader with years of Bible training, understood this

fearful state all too well. "Each time I enter a dark room, I'm stricken with fear," she confided. "I've prayed and asked God to remove the fear, but it's still there. I know it's irrational. Why would a mature woman have such a childish fear?" Why, indeed? As I gently probed, I learned that Ellen, the youngest of four, had been forced as a child by her siblings to enter a dark room in search of her missing doll. Ellen's brother and sisters had strung the doll in the middle of the room, using yards of invisible thread. If she wanted her doll back, Ellen had to venture into the room alone. After a few steps, she became entangled like a fly in a spider's web. Panicked, she thrashed and lunged, grasping in the dark for her beloved doll. By the time she'd retrieved "Thumbelina," Ellen was terrified. Follow us Flash forward 40 years. Ellen desired to walk in faith, not fear. To do so, she'd need to understand that "fear is in the mindthinking before she could quell her fears. Interestingly, God never assumes that we will live without fear. In fact, His Word specifically addresses fear by telling us to say, "When I am afraid, I will put my trust in You" (Psalm 56:3 NASB).

Notice, this verse does not say "if," but "when" "When I am afraid." Yes, undeniably there will be times when you and I will be afraid God knows this will be true. However, we need not be consumed by fear. When you find yourself in fearproducing situations, try this practical project that helped Ellen conquer her fear of the dark: Imagine a grassy, pastoral scene where Jesus is very near. Start with verse one of Psalm 23 (NKJV): "The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want." Repeat the first phrase over and over, but each time, take a deep breath and slowly emphasize a different word. For example, say THE Lord is my Shepherd ... The LORD is my Shepherd ... The Lord is MY Shepherd The Lord is my SHEPHERD, I shall not want. Meditate on the implications of each emphasized word. For the remainder of the Psalm, say each verse five times slowly. Verse 2: "He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside still waters." (Imagine yourself lying down beside a calm pool of water.) Verse 3: "He restores my soul;

He leads me in paths of righteousness for His name's sake." (Take several deep breaths and slowly say five times, "He Restores My Soul." Each time emphasize a different word.) Verse 4: "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me." (Realize that you are not trapped. Slowly say, "I will fear no evil, You Are With Me." Repeat these words five times.) Verse 5: "You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over." Verse 6: "Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever." (Thank the Lord for the way He will use each fearful situation for good in your life.) In a few weeks of consistently applying this exercise, you, like Ellen, will be amazed at the transformation. You will see your fear change to faith, and even panic will be replaced with peace. Instead of wrongly focusing on "the end of the world," you can rightly focus on the end of your fear. By using the powerful Word of God in this way and by

focusing on the true Prince of Peace, you will be able to say, "I sought the LORD, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears" (Psalm 34:4 NKJV). June Hunt, counselor, author, radio host and founder of the worldwide ministry Hope For The Heart, offers a biblical perspective while coaching people through some of life's most difficult problems. June is the author of How to Forgive . . . When You Don't Feel Like It, 2007 Harvest House Publishers. Learn more about June and Hope for the Heart by visiting hopefortheheart.org/CP. Here you can connect with June on Facebook and Twitter, listen to her radio broadcasts, or find much -needed resources. Hope for the Heart provides spiritual guidance, heartfelt prayer, multi-media resources, and biblical wisecounseling. Call 1-800-488HOPE (4673) to visit with a Hope Care Representative, 7:30 a.m. until 1:30 a.m. (CST). This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.

Kate Bleasdale 'encouraged and condoned' falsification of accounts


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

Kate Bleasdale was sacked from encouraged and condoned" the Healthcare Locums, the company d e l i b e r a t e f a l s i f i c a t i o n o f she founded, after she "directed, a c c o u n t s .

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Ariz. Preacher Sentenced to Jail After Building 'Private' Church in Backyard


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weekly gatherings of about 30 to 40 people, has a pulpit and chairs. The building, located on his 1.5June 21, 2012| 9:52 am acre property, is about 2,000 Salman's case, which started in square feet and was previously 2007, reached its conclusion this labeled a "game room" by Salman week when a Phoenix court ruled but organized on the inside for that he was guilty of more than worship services. f i v e d o z e n v i o l a t i o n s i n Salman, who describes himself as constructing the building and a "Pastor of the Christian faith" sentenced him to 60 days in jail and was ordained in 1996 by and three years of probation. Church of God in Christ elders, The preacher, whose ministry is has spoken out on the case in c a l l e d H a r v e s t C h r i s t i a n several videos published to his F e l l o w s h i p , c l a i m s h e w a s YouTube Channel. exercising his religious liberty by Follow us worshiping at home on his private In the most recent video, property, and that his gatherings uploaded on June 17, Salman were no different than when appears with his wife, Suzanne people hold Super Bowl or Salman, explaining the history of Christmas parties. the case, claiming that the City of "You're taking a man out of Phoenix has been "harassing" him society and sticking him in jail for since 2007. worshiping at his home," he told a Salman reveals in the video that local news station. he had to report to the county jail The issue with Salman's case was this past Sunday to begin serving a building in his backyard, which his 60-day sentence. the City said he constructed "To the City of Phoenix, I am a without abiding by legal codes criminal and I deserve to go to a n d s a f e t y s t a n d a r d s . T h e jail. So we are fighting, we are building, reportedly used for fighting folks not only for us, but

for you," Salman says in the video. He adds, "I'm glad that I'm not going to jail because I'm a criminal like a thief or a murderer, but that I'm a criminal because I'm a Christian. ... And I am blessed and honored to do this for Christ because my heart is right and because my wife's heart is right." A California couple experienced a similar situation last year when the City of San Juan Capistrano fined them for holding Bible studies and religious gatherings in their home. Neighbors had complained that the meetings often attracted dozens of people, dozens of vehicles and too much noise. Chuck and Stephanie Fromm were fined $300 for what city officials said was a violation of a municipal code that makes it illegal for religious, fraternal or nonprofit" organizations in residential neighborhoods to hold such gatherings without a conditional-use permit. Salman says his Harvest Christian Fellowship is "dedicated in preaching the Gospel in the

streets, helping the needy and strengthening the saints." In an effort to shore up support, the Salmans have launched an online petition on Change.org directed to the "Mayor and City Council" of Phoenix. So far, only 93 visitors have signed the petition, which needs 100,000 supporters. "This is a message that religious practice and the right to assemble for such is a protected right," reads the description accompanying the petition. "Michael Salman should not be in jail for worshiping on his private property with family and friends. F R E E M I C H A E L SALMAN!!"@namenzie nicola.menzie@christianpost.com This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.

Meet Mugly, the ugliest dog in the world [video]


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Mugly, the Chinese Crested dog that took home the blue ribbon at this years Worlds Ugliest Dog Contest in Petaluma, California may seem to have a mug only a mother could love, but this dapper fellow was actually married to a darling Yorkie named Lola in an extravaganza that cost a whopping 20,000 following the celebrity he gained after winning the 2005 Ugliest Dog Contest in Britain. Rather than let that kind of celebrity go to his sparselycovered head, though, Mugly spends his time raising money for Many Tears Rescue Organization. Full story at Laughing Squid. Ugly dogs. Permalink| Leave a comment

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are engaged in the homosexual lifestyle; and be it further RESOLVED, That we stand against any form of gay-bashing, whether disrespectful attitudes, hateful rhetoric, or hate-incited actions toward persons who engage in acts of homosexuality; and be it further RESOLVED, That we affirm that pastors should preach the truth of God's word on human sexuality, marriage, purity, and love with all boldness and without fear of reprisal; and be it further RESOLVED, That we proclaim that Christ offers forgiveness of sin for those who turn from their sins and believe on Christ for the forgiveness of sin. In addition to the gay marriage resolution, messengers of the SBC also approved eight other resolutions: Resolution on "Appreciation," which expresses appreciation to God and all those who helped with this year's annual meeting. Resolution "200 Years of Baptist Ministry in Louisiana," which celebrates the 200th anniversary this year of the first Baptist churches in Louisiana.

Resolution on the "Sinner's Prayer," which affirms that "repentance and faith involve a crying out for mercy and a calling on the Lord" and the "Sinner's prayer "as a biblical expression of repentance and faith." However, the resolution notes that the prayer is "not an incantation that results in salvation merely by its recitation." Resolution on the "Cooperation and The Doctrine of Salvation," which affirms The Baptist Faith and Message as sufficient for understanding the doctrine of salvation. The resolution was approved in the wake of resurging debate between Calvinists and non-Calvinists in the Convention. Resolution on "Protecting Religious Liberty," which denounces the HHS mandate in Obama's healthcare plan and calls on the Obama Administration to protect the religious freedom of military chaplains to express their views on homosexuality. Resolution on "Biblical Scholarship and The Doctrine of Inerrancy," which affirms the "direct creation and historicity of Adam and Eve" and a "literal,

space-time fall of mankind into sin." Resolution on "Affirming Human Needs Ministry and Community Involvement by Local Churches," which encourages local churches to engage in needs of community. Resolution on "African American Contributions to American Baptist History," which acknowledges the role of African Americans in Baptist work in the United States, including that of Fred Luter Jr., the first AfricanAmerican president of the Southern Baptist Convention. READ: "HUMANS DON'T CREATE OR DEFINE MARRIAGE. GOD DOES" This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.

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Francis Maude cracks down on the 'sickie' culture in Whitehall


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All departments in Whitehall are to be forced to publish quarterly sickness absence rates for all their staff in a bid to help the public

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10 Ideas for Antiquating Your Modern Technology


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Modern technology is amazing and efficient. But there is something to be said for the giddy nostalgia created by products from the past. Thankfully, there are a lot of ways to combine the two experiences. 1. Rotary iPhone Dialer App For just 99-cents you too can be really frustrated every time you call your friend who has a couple of 9s in his phone number. 2. Make Your Tablet An 80sStyle Coin Operated Video Game No more pining for days gone by spending hours in the local mall

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Michael Phelps stays in 400 IM - ESPN


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Updated: June 24, 2012, 7:17 PM ET Associated Press OMAHA, Neb. -- Michael Phelps could have a showdown with rival Ryan Lochte on the very first day of the U.S. Olympic swimming trials. USA Swimming announced Sunday that Phelps passed on the deadline to scratch from the 400-

meter individual medley, meaning the winningest Olympian ever will at least swim the preliminary round Monday morning. Should he qualify for the evening final and decide to race it, he likely would be pitted against Lochte and Tyler Clary, who went 1-2 in the event at last year's world championships. Phelps will swim in the 10th of 12 prelim heats. Clary will go in the 11th, followed by Lochte in

the final heat. "We would like to see what he can do in the event," Phelps' coach, Bob Bowman, said in a text message to The Associated Press. "He's done a few decent ones in-season, so we are taking a shot and seeing how it goes." Phelps won the 400 IM at the last two Olympics, but vowed after Beijing to give up the grueling event that requires all four strokes. He had a change of heart,

putting the race back in his program at several Grand Prix meets leading up to the trials in Omaha. Lochte said Saturday he looked forward to facing Phelps in as many events as possible. "He's the world's best swimmer ever," Lochte said. "I love racing against him. It's fun. He's one of the hardest racers in the world. He'll go toe-to-toe with you until the end. That's excitement for me.

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Celebration in Egypt as Morsi declared winner


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The Muslim Brotherhood's Mohamed Morsi has officially won Egypt's presidential election and will be the country's next president, the electoral commission has announced. Morsi picked up 13.2 million votes out of just over 26 million, giving him about 51 per cent of the vote. His competitor, Ahmed Shafik, the final prime minister under Hosni Mubarak, received 12.3 million. More than 800,000 ballots were invalidated. The president-elected delivered a victory address on Sunday night. He spoke on state television, long a medium which demonised him and the Muslim Brotherhood. He thanked the Egyptian people for their votes, calling them "my family" and "my beloved," and promised to work to "restore their rights." "I have no rights, only responsibilities," Morsi said. "If I do not deliver, do not obey me." He also reached out to the army, the police, and Egypt's intelligence services, thanking them for their work in protecting the country, and promised to "preserve" the military. Congratulations from abroad Tens of thousands of people flocked to Tahrir Square to

celebrate Morsi's victory, where they waved Egyptian flags and chanted "God is great" and "down with military rule." Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, Egypt's military ruler, congratulated Morsi on his victory, state television reported. Reactions also trickled in from around the region: The governments of Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, and the Palestinian Authority congratulated the winner. The final results Turnout: 26,420,763 (51 per cent) Invalidated votes: 843,252 Morsi: 13,230,131 votes (51.7 per cent of valid votes) Shafik: 12,347,380 votes Read more on our live blog Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, said in a statement that he "respects the outcome" of the election, and "expects to continue cooperation with the Egyptian administration". Morsi made an oblique reference to Israel in his victory speech, when he promised to "keep all international treaties," a vow which would include the 1979 Camp David Accords between Israel and Egypt. The White House also congratulated Morsi, and urged him to "advance national unity by reaching out to all parties and

constituencies." Bishop Pachomius, the caretaker pope of Egypt's Coptic Church, issued a short statement congratulating Morsi. The Coptic community makes up about 10 per cent of Egypt's population, and some were worried by Morsi's candidacy, fearing that his government would restrict their personal freedoms. Gehad el-Haddad, Morsi's campaign spokesman, said in an interview shortly after the results were announced that Morsi would work to be a "president for all Egyptians". The president-elect is expected to take his oath of office later this month in front of the country's supreme court - though a spokesman said on Facebook that Morsi would take the oath in front of parliament, the "only elected institution" in the country. The Muslim Brotherhood said in a statement that Morsi had resigned his positions in both the Brotherhood and its Freedom and Justice Party, fulfilling a campaign pledge. There was no immediate reaction from Shafik's campaign. Political uncertainty ahead Morsi's victory caps off more than a week of behind-the-scenes negotiations between the Brotherhood and the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed

Forces (SCAF). He claimed victory just hours after last week's runoff election, based on unofficial numbers tallied by the Brotherhood, but the commission delayed its official announcement until Sunday. In the intervening days, Khairat al-Shater, the Brotherhood's political boss, met generals from SCAF at least once. Sources say they were negotiating exactly what powers the president will have. Morsi's spokesman, Gehad el-Haddad, reacts to the announcement Despite Morsi's victory, many of those questions about his power remain unanswered. "This is not the end of the game, it's a start of a huge responsibility," el-Haddad told Al Jazeera. "It comes with more challenges, turning from being the largest opposition group in Egypt to leading the country with its national front." Shortly before the polls closed last week, the generals issued a decree sharply limiting the powers of the new president. It permitted him to declare war, for example, only with the approval of the military council. SCAF will also keep control of legislative power, and the budget, until a new parliament is elected. Egyptians went to the polls in

November to elect a legislature, which was dominated by the Freedom and Justice Party, but it was dissolved earlier this month after a high court ruling found parts of the electoral law unconstitutional. Saad el-Katatni, the speaker of the now-dissolved parliament, also met with officials from SCAF, and told them that the Brotherhood would not accept the court ruling or the election-night decree. But it is unclear whether the Brotherhood ultimately accepted those decisions in exchange for the presidency. Either way, the military council which has promised to hand over power to a civilian government on June 30, in a "grand ceremony" will remain a powerful force in Egyptian politics, despite the election of a civilian president. Comments on this story? Share your thoughts below. 892 This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.

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Tunisia extradites Gaddafi-era PM to Libya


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Al Baghdadi Ali al-Mahmoudi, who served as prime minister of Libya under Muammar Gaddafi, has been placed in prison after Tunisia extradited him, Libyan officials say. A Libyan defence ministry official, Mohammed al-Ahwal, said that a helicopter transferred Mahmoudi to the capital Tripoli. "As a result of the intense diplomatic efforts undertaken by the Libyan interim government ... the Libyan government has received today Al-Baghdadi Ali Al-Mahmudi," Abdel Rahim alKib, prime minister of Libya's interim government, said on Sunday. Kib said Mahmoudi was being held in a prison under supervision of the ministry of justice and the judiciary police. Earlier on Sunday, Ridha Kazdaghli, a spokesman for Tunisia's prime minister, Hamadi Jebali, confirmed Mahmoudi's transfer to Tripoli. Dispute in Tunisia The extradition decision has touched off a row between the Tunisian president Moncef

Marzouki and the prime minister as Marzouki denounced the extradition as "illegal", in a broadside at his Islamist prime minister. A statement from Marzouki's office denounced Jebali's decision to extradite al-Mahmoudi, saying it had been taken without consulting him. "President Moncef Marzouki did not sign any decree. This decision will have repercussions for the relationship between the presidency and the government," Adnen Manser, a presidential adviser, said, giving warning of a "serious crisis". Marzouki was in southern Tunisia on Sunday for commemorations to mark the 70th anniversary of the foundation of the national army. Click here for more of Al Jazeera's special coverage Mahmoudi, who was Libyan prime minister until the last days of the Gaddafi regime, was arrested on September 21 in Tunisia as he tried to flee to Algeria. Two Tunisian court decisions backed Libya's request to extradite him, but Marzouki had said in May he was opposed to the

transfer unless Libya could guarantee it would respect Mahmoudi's rights and give him a fair trial. The extradition could establish a precedent for other countries who have given refuge to or arrested members of Gaddafi's old entourage. Libya's government and the International Criminal Court, which indicted Gaddafi's son Saif al-Islam in June for crimes against humanity stemming from the crackdown on last year's revolt, have argued for

been given any prior warning that he was about to be extradited. "I believe this is a state crime and is against human rights," he said. "This is a sad moment for human rights in Tunisia. I think he's going to be tortured and treated illegally and believe that those who handed him over bear part of the responsibility." Khorchid said he had not been allowed to see his client for 20 days and had heard that Mahmoudi had been placed in solitary confinement and had suffered a nervous breakdown since Tunisia's justice minister months over where he should be said last month that an extradition was imminent. tried. Libya considers it a matter of "We called the presidency and national pride and a measure of they said they had not signed the the country's transformation for extradition order and we were Saif al-Islam's and other Gaddafi surprised that he was handed over loyalists trials to be held in Libya. like this," he said. But human rights groups have 541 questioned whether Libya's justice This entry passed through the system can meet the standards of Full-Text RSS service if this is international law and say he your content and you're reading it should be handed over to the ICC on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentinstead. only/faq.php#publishers. Five 'State crime' Mabrouk Khorchid, Mahmoudi's Filters recommends: Donate to lawyer in Tunisia, said neither he Wikileaks. nor the Mahmoudi's family had

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NATO to meet over downed Turkish jet


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Turkey has said that Syria shot down its military aircraft in international airspace and declared it would formally consult NATO allies on a reaction. Turkey's assertion came as reports said search teams had located the wreckage in Syrian waters at a depth of 1,300 metres. Turkish news channels reported this on Sunday without citing a source after Ahmet Davutoglu , the country's foreign minister, said search-and-rescue teams were still searching for the two missing pilots. He said the search operations were in co-ordination with the Syrians, but could not be described as a "joint" operation. Davutoglu said the plane had been clearly marked as Turkish and said he did not agree with Syria's earlier statement it had not known the plane belonged to Ankara. Speaking on state-run TRT television, said the F4 fighter plane "was hit when it was a distance of 13 miles from the Syrian coast". The plane entered Syrian airspace on Friday, but quickly left when warned, Davutoglu said.

He said the jet was on a training mission, and "not involved in any operation against Syria". It was testing Turkey's own radar and defence systems, he said. Clinton's condemnation Davutoglu also said he also planned to set out Turkey's case before the UN Security Council. Hillary Clinton, US secretary of state, condemned Syria on Sunday for the "brazen and unacceptable" shooting down of a Turkish fighter jet and vowed to work with Ankara on a suitable response. "It is yet another reflection of the Syrian authorities' callous disregard for international norms, human life, and peace and security," Clinton said in a written statement. Envoys from NATO member states will meet in Brussels on Tuesday after Turkey requested consultations over the downing of its military jet by Syria, a NATO spokeswoman said. "Turkey has requested

consultations under Article 4 of NATO's founding Washington Treaty. Under Article 4, any ally can request consultations whenever, in the opinion of any of them, their territorial integrity, political independence or security is threatened," Oana Lungescu said. "The NAC (North Atlantic Council) will meet on Tuesday at Turkey's request. We expect Turkey to make a presentation on the recent incident." Turkey had close ties with Syria before the uprising. Humanitarian corridor Turkey has previously floated the possibility of setting up some kind of safe haven or humanitarian corridor inside Syria, which would entail military intervention, but has said it would undertake no such action without UN Security Council approval. Al Jazeera's Anita McNaught, reporting from Antakya, said: "Turkey is interestingly enough not invoking Article 5, which

states that an attack on one is an attack on us all. But [they invoked] merely the right of all NATO members to convene under Article 4 to discuss the issues facing a NATO member. "We dont seem to be at this stage facing ... a serious escalation of hostilities, which is what was initially feared when the incident happened." Earlier on Saturday, Davutoglu had briefed world powers about the downing of its plane even as a joint search for the missing airmen continued. Giulio Terzi, Italian foreign minister, on Sunday condemned the shooting down of the Turkish jet on an "inoffensive flight" as "a further extremely serious and unacceptable action by the Assad regime". European Union foreign ministers will discuss the Syria crisis, as well as Iran and Egypt, in Luxembourg on Monday. 565 This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.

MechWarrior Tactics developer snags social studio


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Roadhouse Interactive, developers of MechWarrior Tactics, recently announced the acquisition of social game developer Embassy Interactive in a press release. Now known as Roadhouse Game Studios, the newly-obtained Vancouver team "will focus on new product development for Facebook, smartphones and tablets." Embassy Interactive developed the UFC Undisputed Fight Night game for Facebook and Tangram Puzzle Pro for iOS. Continue reading MechWarrior Tactics developer snags social studio MechWarrior Tactics developer snags social studio originally appeared on Joystiq on Sun, 24 Jun 2012 18:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| Email this| Comments

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PHILADELPHIA The Phillies bullpen wasted a stellar start by Cole Hamels, and the relief effort put manager Charlie Manuel in a sour mood. Hamels pitched seven scoreless innings, striking out seven, but was lifted after tossing 111 pitches and Carlos Pena hit a three -run homer in the eighth off Antonio Bastardo to lead the Tampa Bay Rays to a 3-2 win over the Phillies in the opener of a day-night doubleheader. "That's our eighth inning guy," Manuel said of Bastardo. "I think right now, what you see is the pitchers that we have. That's the ones that we have in our minor leagues and up here. That's what it is." "You guys ought to sit in the dugout with me and give me all the scenarios," Manuel added. "I don't think we know them. I mean, we don't know how to manage the game. Like really, I think you should sit down there with us or tweet us (strategy) or something." In an outstanding duel with Rays left-hander David Price, Hamels pitched three-hit ball for seven shutout innings in his first appearance against the Rays since he was the MVP of the 2008

World Series. "He's good, that's as good as I've seen him," Rays manager Joe Maddon said of Hamels. "His velocity was up, great command of everything else. He was very good." The left-hander said he felt good, but didn't dispute Manuel's decision to remove him. "You just listen to your manager and go with their decision," Hamels said. "When you go out there, ultimately the pitch count is a factor in this day and age. And when you reach a certain point in the pitch count, they don't want to stress anything on your arm." "I felt really good, I was under control," Hamels added. "I still had the feel for all four pitches and I was able to throw them. Unfortunately, when you get to that sort of sacred number, you kind of understand that that's a part of the game. And you don't want to push it." Pena put the Rays ahead when he connected off Bastardo (2-2) for his 10th home run. "I got a pitch I could drive and wanted to make sure I put a good swing on it," Pena said. "It wasn't exactly a great pitch to hit, but I hit it and I hit it well enough. It is so much fun, feels great to help your team out in such a way." Hamels put his support behind Bastardo.

"I'm always going to be positive and always looking for the best," he said. "You don't need anybody to try to doubt your team. That's not a very good teammates and I've never done that." Price (10-4) became the first AL pitcher to reach 10 wins this season. He went seven innings and gave up four hits, including Jimmy Rollins' homer in the sixth. "David was outstanding, really, really good," Maddon said. "That's a great day's work." A duel between two of the top left-handers in the major leagues shaped up from the start. Price left trailing 1-0 before the Rays rallied. Fernando Rodney pitched a scoreless ninth for his 21st save in 22 chances. Rollins reached second base with two outs after a single and stolen base, but Rodney struck out Hunter Pence swinging to end the game. Rollins had three hits and Pence had a pair of doubles for the Phillies, who are 6-14 this month. "It's hard for us to have a winning streak because of our pitching," Manuel said. "At the same time, we're weak in other areas, too." Hamels was 1-0 with a 2.77 ERA in two starts against Tampa Bay in 2008 when the Phillies won their title. He pitched even better on Sunday. Hamels retired the first nine

batters before walking B.J. Upton to lead off the fourth. After striking out Pena, Hamels surrendered his first hit to Jeff Keppinger the play was originally ruled an error on third baseman Hector Luna and later changed to an infield single. Hideki Matsui followed with a clean single to center and the bases were loaded when Ben Zobrist walked. But Hamels got Sean Rodriguez to fly out to end the threat in a 33-pitch frame. "I would love to start and finish a game, but it can get very hairy to try to do that for a whole season and how long you'll last in your career," Hamels said. "You can't have one of those big innings where you throw the 20-25 pitches because that's going to hurt you. Unfortunately I wasn't able to do that." Price allowed a pair of hits in the first inning, including Pence's double. Price retired 11 straight batters until hitting John Mayberry Jr. with one out in the fifth. Rollins opened the sixth by hitting a changeup to left field for his third homer in as many games. Rollins slumped in April (.235) and May (.241) but raised his June average to .333. Bastardo entered in the eighth in relief of Hamels and walked two of the first three batters he faced.

Pena hit the first pitch over the fence in right field. "I knew Bastardo had thrown a lot of pitches the last five days and just hoping he'd make a mistake right there," Maddon said. The Phillies got a run back in the bottom half on Ty Wigginton's RBI single off Burke Badenhop. Philadelphia had a chance to go in front with the bases loaded and two outs, but left-hander Jake McGee came on and got Michael Martinez to fly out to short right field. The nightcap originally was scheduled for Friday, but was postponed due to heavy rain, wind and lightning after a 2-hour, 48minute delay. NOTES: Jim Thome, pinchhitting for the Phillies in the eighth, was intentionally walked to tie Mickey Mantle for seventh place all-time with 1,733 walks. ... Hamels fanned seven to tie Hall of Famer Jim Bunning for sixth place on the Phillies' career strikeout list with 1,197. ... The Phillies recalled right-hander B.J. Rosenberg from Triple-A Lehigh Valley prior to the game and Tampa Bay recalled left-hander Alex Torres from Triple-A Durham. Both were recalled due to a new rule allowing teams to add an extra player for PENA, page 47

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said. It was the first time I ever have been in the final of Roland Submitted at 6/24/2012 6:13:43 PM Garros. Thats a step further from By Danielle Rossingh - 2012-06- all these years that Ive been 24T23:01:01Z playing in Paris. Thats something Novak Djokovic said he wont let that made me satisfied. Im still the disappointment of missing out only 25, so I believe that I have a on a historic run of Grand Slam lot more years and a lot more c h a m p i o n s h i p s a f f e c t h i s chances to win Roland Garros. W i m b l e d o n t i t l e d e f e n s e . Also playing today, six-time The mens top seed from Serbia champion Roger Federer of will open Wimbledon on Centre Switzerland starts on Court 1 Court today against Juan Carlos against Spains Albert Ramos. Ferrero of Spain, two weeks after Thats followed by a match second-seed Rafael Nadal beat between two former top-ranked him in the final at Roland Garros. players, Kim Clijsters of Belgium Nadals seventh French Open win and Serbias Jelena Jankovic. ended Djokovics attempt to Womens top seed and French become the first man since Rod Open champion Maria Sharapova Laver in 1969 to hold all four of Russia follows Djokovic on major titles at the same time. Centre Court against Anastasia Its behind me now, Djokovic Rodionova of Australia. U.S. told reporters at Wimbledon Open champion Samantha Stosur yesterday. Yes, I was so close, of Australia plays Carla Suarez even though there was a slight Navarro of Spain, while former disappointment after the match Roland Garros winner Li Na of because I was aware of the chance China meets Ksenia Pervak of that I had in Roland Garros. Kazakhstan. Top Spot It didnt take long for Djokovic Djokovic took the No. 1 spot in to put his four-set defeat to Nadal tennis away from Nadal after in perspective. beating him in last years final at The day after, I felt good about the All England Club. Now hes m y t o u r n a m e n t , a b o u t m y the one being chased by Federer achievement in Paris, Djokovic and two-time Wimbledon winner

Nadal. The third-seeded Federer, who could play Djokovic in the semifinals, will reclaim the No. 1 ranking if he wins the title. Nadal has a shot at the top spot if he wins and Djokovic fails to move beyond the quarterfinals. Djokovic, who took time off after Paris and didnt play a grass-court tournament before Wimbledon, said hes not thinking about the rankings. Its not an issue, he said. If you worry too much about calculations, youre going to lose that necessary focus on the court. Federers Target Sixteen-time major winner Federer said hed rather win another Grand Slam title than become No. 1 again. His last major title was the 2010 Australian Open and he was ousted in the quarterfinals of Wimbledon in the past two years. The last time he was No. 1 was in May 2010, and hes one week shy of tying Pete Samprass record of 286 weeks at the top of the mens game. Its really titles that interest you the most at this moment, Federer said in a news conference at

Wimbledon two days ago. They go hand in hand. Were talking about the pinnacle of the sport. Djokovic said winning Wimbledon last year has boosted his confidence on grass. Im playing with more self-belief on this surface, which is the rarest surface we have now in the sport, Djokovic said. We dont get much opportunity to play on grass, only a couple weeks a year. But I realized my dreams last year. I played a perfect tournament. I like the conditions here. To contact the reporter on this story: Danielle Rossingh at Wimbledon through the London s p o r t s d e s k a t drossingh@bloomberg.net To contact the editor responsible for this story: Christopher Elser at at celser@bloomberg.net This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.

Hiromichi Tanaka leaves Square Enix


Jordan Mallory (Joystiq)
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and designer who has been a part of Square Enix since before it was even Square Enix, announced his departure from the company during Vanafest 2012, an event held to commemorate Final Fantasy XI's 10-year anniversary. Tanaka's departure is due in part to his health; he suffers from a "major illness" of some kind, according to Andriasang's translation of a Famitsu interview. Tanaka also cited a desire to work as a "single creator" on future development projects as a reason for resigning his post as Final Fantasy XI's producer. Aside from FFXI, Tanaka's portfolio at Square dates back to 1984's The Death Trap, although his work on the original Final

Fantasy probably garnered more exposure. He also worked on Final Fantasy II, III and IV, as well as Xenogears and Chrono Cross. Akihiko Matsui, currently part of the Final Fantasy XIV team, was named as Tanaka's successor. Matsui will work on both FFXI and FFXIV, primarily focusing on FFXIV until Version 2.0 is completed. Hiromichi Tanaka leaves Square Enix originally appeared on Joystiq on Sun, 24 Jun 2012 16:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| Email this| Comments

Mario crossover developer launches Super Retro Squad Kickstarter project


Mike Suszek (Joystiq)

upgrading, as well as hidden items in levels that can only be found with specific characters. E x p l o d i n g R a b b i t , t h e A $15 pledge to the project earns development team behind Super fans a digital copy of the game Mario Bros. Crossover, recently upon its tentative March 2013 hopped on the Kickstarter train to release for Mac, PC, Linux, seek funding for its next game, Android, and iOS. Super Retro Super Retro Squad. The game Squad will be fully funded if it s h a r e s t h e 2 D p l a t f o r m i n g reaches the $10k mark by July 19. qualities of the aforementioned [Thanks to everyone that sent this crossover game, but uses original in!] art and music this time around. Mario crossover developer The game will feature "40+ launches Super Retro Squad levels that will be spanned across Kickstarter project originally 8 worlds," and each world will be appeared on Joystiq on Sun, 24 "based on one of the characters, Jun 2012 19:30:00 EST. Please so there will be plenty of variety see our terms for use of feeds. found in the environments and Permalink| Email this| Comments enemies." The project also aims to include equipment and character
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A message from developers to users


(Dave Winer)

3. They do more of some things than others. Submitted at 6/24/2012 12:44:25 PM 4. Patterns emerge. On behalf of all developers I 5. You see which way to go. want to say something to all users. 6. You make that way easy. We need you. I think all good developers know Without users, there can't be any this, at a visceral level. But the software. longer we do this, the clearer it is. Because, as we know, software is There wasn't always a Mother's a process. Day or a Father's Day. At some And the process of software, at point we woke up and realized, some point, is driven by users. hey, we need these people. And The job of a developer is to seed we appreciate them. So let's give the process. them a day. To say, here -- I think this is a So we need to feel, imho, the good idea. same way for people who use our Then it's up to the users to agree software. or not. I'm feeling this very clearly now, But it goes way beyond that. as the uptake begins for my latest Developers, when we do our works. The users' presence is most appreciated work, are paving being felt. They're showing me cow paths. Making things we things I need to look at that I know people want work better. wasn't looking at before. The So the process is: feedback loop is kicking in. 1. Users do something. 2. Users do other things.

Top 10 Tech This Week [PICS]


Charlie White (Mashable!)

BET Awards App Wields Fun Social Gaming Mechanics [VIDEO]

Submitted at 6/24/2012 4:29:07 PM

Just when we were thinking last week was going to be hard to top, this week brought even more techno-goodness for us to exalt here on Top 10 Tech This Week. For instance, Microsoft gave us a Brian Anthony Hernandez into a moving goal. The more double-barreled look at two of its (Mashable!) disks a user makes in 15 seconds, hot upcoming products, including the more votes he or she will tally the surprise rollout of Surface Submitted at 6/24/2012 4:55:07 PM for a specific nominee. The high tablet, as well as a revealing peek T h e 1 2 t h A n n u a l B E T scorers for each nominee will at its Windows Phone 8 operating Awards ceremony airs July 1, and have their Twitter avatars and system. Both promise to shake fans and celebrities are already handles featured in the game's top things up in the tech world. preparing for the broadcast with -left corner for all users to see. SEE ALSO: Previous editions of the shows first-ever mobile app. "Our audience really loves the Top 10 Tech This Week The app for Android and iPhone prosp That was by no means all. We was released this month and Continue reading... got to listen to some kick-ass features gaming elements tied to More About: apps, bet, bet headphones, fantasize about a voting for the shows nominees awards, Entertainment, Facebook, helicopter bike, test the world's and predicting the order of Gaming, mobile apps, Music, first super-fast Wi-Fi router and performers. Twitter, viacom gazed upon the biggest LED TV One game lets users vote with the on the planet. All that slide of a finger, by shooting disks Continue reading... More About: Microsoft Surface, Tesla Model S, Top 10 Tech, trending, Windows Phone 8

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Andrew Sullivan complained yesterday that I had engaged in a McCarthyite attack on Ron Paul by writing the following: A politician isnt answerable for the antics of every one of his supporters. But theres surely a reason, isnt there, that racists, anti-Semites, 9/11 Truthers, and Holocaust deniers are so strongly attracted to the Paul campaign. They hear something. They continue to hear it too, no matter how firmly Ron Pauls more mainstream supporters clamp their hands over their own ears. Andrews riposte: Notice how pure the smear is, enabled and not diminished by the first sentence. Notice the key concept of Beltway ideological policemen: there is a mainstream and a non-mainstream. Dabble with the latter at your peril. Since David has perished by the cult of the mainstream, its odd he should deploy it against others. But to throw in Holocaust denial and 9/11 Truthers for good measure! Really. And notice how particularly cheap and easy it is to use such tactics against a libertarian. The traditional left is often based on collective associations, building a movement out of oppressed groups and their grievances, whether it be class or race or even

sexual orientation. Libertarianism is the opposite. Its about dis associating. When you listen to Paul saying he will not turn anyone away from supporting his platform regardless of their motives or beliefs, you are hearing a reflection of his libertarianism, not his bigotry. He will accept support from any quarter and compared with the corporate money flowing into the other candidates coffers, he is about as independent as a presidential candidate can be. Because he is a radical individualist, he doesnt even understand why he should somehow explain the belief of others, or justify their support. You should ask them, not him. This kind of gotcha-association game is particularly easy because libertarians favor liberty above all, and that will necessarily mean liberty for bigots as well as others. A principled belief in states rights will doubtless lead to more racist and homophobic policies in many states but also, of course, more enlightened and successful inclusive states like Oregon or New York or Massachusetts or California. A rejection of statism might lead to more discrimination in the private sector. But it doesnt mandate it. And it need not encourage it. A noninterventionist foreign policy will allow evil to triumph elsewhere in

the world, because it believes its none of our business or too riddled with unintended consequences to try extirpating. That may be right or wrong, but it is not an approval of the evil of Assad or Ahmedinejad or the North Korean junta. And again, it is actually much deeper an American tradition than permanent warfare. But if you can trot out David Duke or Ayatollah Khamenei as potential Paul supporters, you have a very easy, cheap and essentially McCarthyite target. It saddens me that this kind of tactic works. I still believe that the newsletters, because they were in Pauls name, require a clearer explanation from Paul than the muddled ones he has given. He should not be left off the hook. And his proposals deserve a thorough vetting and discussion. But there is something awry when a candidate is assessed not on his arguments and proposals but on the shadiness and ugliness of some of his fringe supporters. Ron Pauls supporters ask that their candidate not be judged by his associates. Or by the people he chose to employ. Or by the newsletters he published. Or by the book he wrote. Or by the way he earned the largest part of his living when out of office in the 1990s. Or by his purchase of the mailing list of the Holocaust-

denying Liberty Lobby. Or by the radio shows he chooses to appear on. Or by his strategic decision to reach out to racist voters. Or by the conspiracy theories to which he lends credence, from government creation of AIDS to Israeli culpability for the 1993 bombing to a putative 9/11 coverup. And here I thought that libertarianism was a doctrine of personal responsibility? May Ron Paul at least be judged by the words he has spoken with his own mouth within the current campaign? The supporters say no again. When Ron Paul tells an interviewer that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 made race relations worse, were not supposed to consider what he might mean by better. When Ron Paul warns that a border fence would be used to prevent fleeing American citizens from exiting the country, were not supposed to conclude that hes a paranoid crank. Andrew deploys what might be called the ontological defense of Ron Paul, as follows: 1) Ron Paul is a libertarian. 2) Libertarians espouse individualism. 3) Racism is a form of antiindividualism. 4) Therefore Ron Paul cannot be a racist. That is a demonstration of what

might be called the deductive method of reasoning. But theres another way to study reality: induction. Like this: 1) Ron Paul has again and again exploited bigotry, paranoia, and hate as fundraising devices. 2) Ron Paul is a libertarian. 3) So yes, I guess it is possible for a libertarian to do that. Heres my question for Ron Paul supporters: why the denial of the undeniable? Perhaps you like Pauls message of legalized marijuana? Why not just say so? You dont think its important to stop Iran from gaining nuclear weapons? Argue it forthrightly. If you regard Social Security and Medicare as literally the moral equivalents of slavery, go ahead, make your case. But all this excuse-making, special pleading and jiggering of the rules of evidence so as to exculpate Ron Paul from the record of his whole political life? For what? This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.

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Revolutionary Sermons That Rang with Notes of Freedom


Ryan Messmore (The Foundry: Conservative Policy News Blog from The Heritage Foundation)

allowed? He went on to explain that religious matters are to be separated from the jurisdiction of the state, not because they are Submitted at 6/24/2012 9:00:14 AM Today is the first Sunday of the beneath the interests of the state Fortnight for Freedom, a two- but, quite to the contrary, because week celebration of religious they are too high and holy and liberty in America. Church thus are beyond the competence leaders, and preachers especially, of the state. have played an important role in Another pulpit that rang notes of our nations struggle for and freedom was that of Samuel p r e s e r v a t i o n o f t h i s f i r s t Cooper. He was a pastor in freedom. Boston during the Revolution, and In 1833, the American Quarterly among his parishioners were John Register articulated the important Hancock, Samuel Adams, and role that ministers played in the John Adams. American Revolution: As a body In his Sermon on the Day of the of men, the clergy were pre- C o m m e n c e m e n t o f t h e eminent in their attachment to Constitution, Cooper praised the liberty. The pulpits of the land C o n s t i t u t i o n a s a h a p p y rang with the notes of freedom. f o u n d a t i o n f o r m a n y One minister whose pulpit rang generationsa constitution of loud with such notes was Isaac government founded in justice, B a c k u s . A p r e a c h e r i n t h e and friendly to liberty. tradition of George Whitefield, [W]hat a broad foundation for Backus served as pastor of the the exercise of the rights of Middleborough Baptist Church c o n s c i e n c e i s l a i d i n t h i s (Massachusetts) beginning in constitution! he proclaimed, 1751. which declares, that no subject In one of his most famous shall be hurt, molested, or s e r m o n s , B a c k u s a s k e d o f restrained in his person, liberty or colonial America: How can such estate, for worshipping God in the a union be expected so long as m a n n e r a n d s e a s o n m o s t that dearest of all rights, equal agreeable to the dictates of his liberty of conscience is not own conscience, or for his

religious profession or sentiments. Cooper emphatically urged his fellow congregants and citizens to appreciate the liberties protected in the Constitution and to defend the Constitution from any threat: It is with you also my fellowcitizensto give life and vigour to all its limbs[,] freshness and beauty to its whole complexion; to guard it from dangers; to preserve it from the corruption that is in the world; and to produce it upon the great theatre of nations with advantage and glory. One of the most articulate defenders of freedom was an itinerant Baptist preacher in Virginia, John Leland. He advocated to James Madison the need to secure the Bill of Rights in the U.S. Constitution. Be always jealous of your liberty, your rights, he insisted. Nip the first bud of intrusion on your Constitution. Leland especially championed the protection of religious liberty. In his sermon The Rights of Conscience Inalienable, he declared, Every man must give an account of himself to God, and therefore every man ought to be at

liberty to serve God in that way that he can best reconcile to his conscience. It would be sinful for a man to surrender that to man which is to be kept sacred for God. Today, religious liberty, guaranteed in the First Amendment, is under threat. In particular, the Obamacare anticonscience mandate undermines this freedom in an unprecedented way. Church leaders and other voices of moral authority can help articulate and defend the importance of religious freedom in the American constitutional order. During the Fortnight for Freedom, and especially on July 4, may the pulpits of our land once again ring out strong notes of freedom. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.

Gorgeous Look at the Aurora Borealis Took Three Years to Create [VIDEO]
Jeremy Cabalona (Mashable!)
Submitted at 6/24/2012 5:25:07 PM

This stunning time-lapse video of the Aurora Borealis was created over the course of three years. It was shot with a DSLR camera and used thousands of hours of footage to create the final breathtaking effect. SEE ALSO: Boy Ages From Birth to 9 in 127 Seconds [VIDEO] It's readily evident that a tremendous amount of time and careful skill went into creating this project. Chad Blakley, the creator of the video, called the labor-of-love "one of the most amazing experiences of my life." The video was shot in Abisko National Park, Sweden and created by photography tour group Lights Over Lapland. More About: aurora borealis, time-lapse, Vimeo

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Morsi elected as Egypt's president


(Evening Standard - News)
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England crash out on penalties


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called on Egyptians to unite and tried to reassure minority Christians, who mostly backed Mr Islamist Mohammed Morsi has Morsi's rival Ahmed Shafiq been declared the winner in because they feared Islamic rule. Egypt's first free presidential He said he carries "a message of election in history, closing the peace" to the world and pledged tumultuous first phase of a to preserve Egypt's international democratic transition and opening accords, a reference to the peace a new struggle with the still- deal with Israel. dominant military rulers who He also paid tribute to nearly 900 recently stripped the presidency of protesters killed in last year's most of its powers. uprising. "I wouldn't have been In Tahrir Square, the birthplace here between your hands as the of the uprising that ousted first elected president without ... a u t o c r a t i c P r e s i d e n t H o s n i the blood, the tears, and sacrifices Mubarak, joyous supporters of Mr of the martyrs," he said. Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood wept In the lengthy and redundant and kneeled on the ground in speech, Mr Morsi appeared to be prayer when they heard the s t r u g g l i n g t o c o m p o s e h i s announcement on live television. sentences. Wearing a blue suit and They danced, set off fireworks t i e , h e l o o k e d s t i f f a n d and released doves in the air with uncomfortable and did not smile Mr Morsi's picture attached in throughout as he read from a celebrations not seen in the square p a p e r . H e w a s n o n since Mubarak was forced out on confrontational and did not February 11, 2011. mention the last-minute power Many are looking now to see grab by the ruling military, whether Mr Morsi will try to take instead praising the armed forces. on the military and wrestle back The White House congratulated the powers they took from his Mr Morsi and urged him to o f f i c e j u s t o n e w e e k a g o . advance national unity as he Thousands vowed to remain in forms a new government. White Tahrir to demand that the ruling House press secretary Jay Carney generals reverse their decision. said Mr Morsi's victory is a In his first televised speech, the milestone in Egypt's transition to 60-year old US-trained engineer democracy after decades of

authoritarian rule under Mubarak. The Obama administration had expressed no public preference in the presidential race. Left on the sidelines of the political drama are the liberal and secular youth groups that drove the uprising against Mubarak, left to wonder whether Egypt has taken a step towards becoming an Islamist state. Some grudgingly supported Mr Morsi in the face of Mr Shafiq, who was Mubarak's last prime minister, while others boycotted the vote. Mr Morsi will now have to reassure them that he represents the whole country, not just Islamists, and will face enormous challenges after security and the economy badly deteriorated in the transition period. The results of the elections were delayed for four days amid accusations of manipulation and foul play by both sides, raising political tensions in Egypt to a fever pitch. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.

Millions of fans back home were glued to television screens as the drama unfolded. E n g l a n d f a n s w e r e l e f t Assistant Chief Constable Andy heartbroken as they watched Roy Holt, who is representing the Hodgson's side crash out of Euro British police contingent in 2012 on penalties against Italy in Ukraine for the Association of Ukraine. Chief Police Officers, said there The shoot-out ended supporters' were no reports of disorder hopes that this could be their year. following the match. The quarter-final had finished "The England supporters are goalless after extra time. subdued and there are no issues at Around 6,000 Three Lions fans all," he said. t r u d g e d f r o m t h e O l y m p i c This entry passed through the Stadium in Kiev after midnight Full-Text RSS service if this is local time as the long wait for a your content and you're reading it second major trophy continued. on someone else's site, please read David Martin, 35, from Hull, the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentsaid: "It's the same again. We just only/faq.php#publishers. Five can't take penalties. Filters recommends: Donate to "The disappointing thing for me is Wikileaks. that we just sat back during the game and did nothing."

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Nato to discuss Syrian air SCOTUS attack Update: La Loi, C'est Moi
(Evening Standard - News)
Submitted at 6/24/2012 6:10:07 PM

was "not an attack" and that the aircraft had violated its airspace. But Turkish authorities said Syria Nato ambassadors will meet this didn't warn the Turkish plane nor week to discuss how to respond to send its own jets to confront it. Syria's downing of a Turkish jet in Turkish Prime Minister Recep w h a t T u r k e y i n s i s t s w a s Tayyip Erdogan was expected to international airspace. make a statement on Tuesday and The incident has increased might announce retaliatory steps. regional tensions caused by the "No one should dare to test conflict in Syria, where reports T u r k e y ' s c a p a b i l i t i e s , " M r said nearly 40 people died in new D a v u t o g l u s a i d . clashes between rebels and regime Meantime, at the request of forces. Turkey, Nato's governing body The jet's wreckage was found in will meet on Tuesday to discuss the Mediterranean at a depth of the incident, said Oana Lungescu, 4,265ft, Turkish state media said. a N a t o s p o k e s w o m a n . T h e T h e t w o p i l o t s r e m a i n consultations were called under unaccounted for. article 4 of Nato's founding Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Washington Treaty. Davutoglu said the jet was on a "Under article 4, any ally can training flight to test Turkey's request consultations whenever, in radar capabilities, not spying on the opinion of any of them, their S y r i a . H e s a i d t h e p l a n e territorial integrity, political mistakenly strayed into Syrian independence or security is airspace on Friday, but was threatened," Lungescu said. The quickly warned to leave by North Atlantic Council - the Turkish authorities and was a mile ambassadors of the 28 Nato inside international airspace when countries - will decide whether to it was shot down off the coast of respond, she said. Latakia. The last time article 4 was Syria insisted that the shooting invoked was nine years ago - also

by Turkey - after tensions with neighbouring Iraq escalated. However, that case did not lead to the invocation of article 5, which declares that an attack against any single Nato country shall be considered as an attack against them all. Despite some opposition leaders' calls for Western military intervention in Syria, the United States and allies have been hesitant to get involved in what could prove a protracted conflict, preferring the diplomatic route. Syrian allies Russia and China have already shielded Syria from UN sanctions and stridently oppose any military intervention. It is unlikely the downing of the Turkish plane will change those calculations, despite Ankara's appeal for the Nato meeting. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.

James Fallows (Politics : The Atlantic)


Submitted at 6/24/2012 12:49:10 PM

I am not enough of a Supreme Court buff to have any confident idea of what the majority will rule on the Obama health care plan. But confidence in the very idea that the Roberts majority will approach this as a "normal" legal matter, rather than as one more Bush v. Gore front in the political wars, grows ever harder to maintain, especially after the latest labor-rights ruling. It is worth reading carefully this lead editorial in yesterday's New York Times. In short, the same five conservative Justices who in their pre-appointment phase had inveighed against "judicial activism" and "legislating from the bench," while promising to live the gospel of judicial "humility" if confirmed, went out of their way, in a ruling written by Samuel Alito, to decree new law contrary to what Congress had ordered and other courts had long approved.* Normally I shy away from apocalyptic readings of the American predicament. We're a big, messy country; we've been through a lot -- perhaps even more

than we thought, what with Abraham Lincoln and the vampires. We'll probably muddle through this and be very worried about something else ten years from now. But when you look at the sequence from Bush v. Gore, through Citizens United, to what seems to be coming on the healthcare front; and you combine it with ongoing efforts in Florida and elsewhere to prevent voting from presumably Democratic blocs; and add that to the simply unprecedented abuse of the filibuster in the years since the Democrats won control of the SCOTUS page 54

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Senate and then took the White House, you have what we'd identify as a kind of long-term coup if we saw it happening anywhere else.** Liberal democracies like ours depend on rules but also on norms -- on the assumption that you'll go so far, but no further, to advance your political ends. The norms imply some loyalty to the system as a whole that outweighs your immediate partisan interest. Not red states, nor blue states, but the United States of America. It was out of loyalty to the system that Al Gore stepped aside after Bush v. Gore. Norms have given the Supreme Court its unquestioned legitimacy. The Roberts majority is barreling ahead without regard for the norms, and it is taking the court's legitimacy with it. Three items for extra reading. 1) On how Democrats in general should react if the Court, as seems likely, announces a plainly partisan ruling about the health care law, see Michael Tomasky's argument. 2) If you want some bitter amusement, look back at Dahlia Lithwick's excellent real-time reports on how Samuel Alito and John Roberts presented themselves, back when they were trying out for their current lifetime roles: At his hearings, Roberts sounded the notes of "humility" and "modesty" repeatedly. Over and

over, he emphasized the need for judicial deference--to precedent, to the other branches of government, and also to his colleagues on the court. He declined to answer dozens more questions than did Alito. But his casting of himself as a modest cog in a vast and complicated machine afforded real comfort even to those of us concerned about his substantive views. At first blush, Alito's approach appears simply to be a different flavor of judicial modesty: Where Roberts spoke repeatedly of deference to other institutions, Alito persistently defers to the legal process itself. He tells us, over and over again, that he approaches cases with an "open mind." He says he would start analyzing any issue by closely scrutinizing the relevant statute. He insists--time and again--that he hasn't yet fully studied the issue at hand and cannot therefore offer an opinion. There's a lot more, and all in the same mode that in retrospect was quite plainly 100% cynical. 3) Reflecting the change in norms leading to a change in reality brought by routine abuse of the filibuster, a Congressional reporter tells us that a recent proposal failed in the Senate, because "Sixty votes were needed to pass." Of course we students of government know that this answer

is incomplete. These days, the actual number of votes needed is 60 -- or five. __ * Again, read the editorial, but it concerns "opt-out" measures for certain union dues and fees. Previous legislation and court rulings had approved the practice of unions withholding dues unless individual members "opted out." This was part of the larger balance of union and corporate power that has been worked out in legislation and court rulings over the past century. Samuel Alito, for the majority, decreed opt-out an unacceptable part of the balance and said that unions must switch to "opt-in." ** You can try this at home. Pick a country and describe a sequence in which:

notably, a unanimous Court decision, not the one-vote-margin strictly partisan results we've had in recent controversial cases. Also: from opposite ends of the pedantry spectrum, some people have written to ask what this foreign-language nonsense is doing in the title, and others why it's not capitalized the way "real" French would be. To the first: of course this is derived from the famous L'etat, c'est moi, which you can look up. To the second: this is Atlantic "house style." In our web posts all "significant" words in a title are capitalized, How would you describe a excluding "of" and "and" but democracy where power was including all verbs and any word being shifted that way? coming after a colon. Now you Update Underscoring the point, a know. B l o o m b e r g p o l l o f 2 1 This article available online at: constitutional scholars found that http://www.theatlantic.com/ 19 of them believe the individual politics/archive/2012/06/scotus First, the presidential election is mandate is constitutional, but only update-la-loi-cest-moi/258900/ decided by five people, who don't eight said they expected the This entry passed through the even try to explain their choice in Supreme Court to rule that way. Full-Text RSS service if this is normal legal terms. The headline nicely conveys the your content and you're reading it Then the beneficiary of that reality of the current Court: on someone else's site, please read decision appoints the next two "Obama Health Law Seen Valid, the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentmembers of the court, who Scholars Expect Rejection." only/faq.php#publishers. Five p r e s e n t t h e m s e l v e s f o r Update^2 Richard Nixon also Filters recommends: Donate to consideration as restrained, observed the "norms" in stepping Wikileaks. humble figures who care only aside rather than challenging the about law rather than ideology. hair's-breadth 1960 election Once on the bench, for life, results, which many of his those two actively second-guess supporters were sure had been and re-do existing law, to advance rigged. Also he deferred to the the interests of the party that Supreme Court when they ordered appointed them. him to hand over his secret White M e a n w h i l e t h e i r p a r t y ' s House tapes. But that was,

representatives in the Senate abuse procedural rules to an extent never previously seen to block legislation -- and appointments, especially to the courts. And, when a major piece of legislation gets through, the party's majority on the Supreme Court prepares to negate it -- even though the details of the plan were originally Republican proposals and even though the party's presidential nominee endorsed these concepts only a few years ago.

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Armstrong to USADA: Youre long on stale allegations and short on evidence


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Brooks: Gee, it was pretty dumb to assert executive privilege, huh?


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posted at 6:01 pm on June 24, 2012 by Erika Johnsen To any readers who might follow me on the Twitters (@erikajohnsen, hint hint!), I feel the need to issue fair warning and apologize in advance: I am a huge cycling fan, and the Tour de France is just around the corner. Really, I am just absolutely nuts about cycling it is the one sport I have followed almost religiously year-round since I was a teenager. So, while I usually try to restrict my tweets to at least generally political topics, cyclings greatest race starts in less than a week, and I just might not be able to contain myself. There are occasional instances, however, when the realms of politics and cycling intersect, affording me the perfect excuse to blog about it and to a lot of us tifosi, this relentless persecution of Lance Armstrong is about as annoying as it gets. Im no Lance Armstrong devotee

myself (although, thats nothing against him, more just that I always found it irksome when the English cycling coverage often turned into the Tour de Lance instead of focusing on the many great cyclists out there), but the continued inquisition has got to stop. Some people just cant stand a champion, and Armstrong has been the target of especially highprofile attention ever since his first Tour de France victory even though hes never once failed a doping test. After a two-year, multi-continent, federal grand jury criminal investigation failed to convict Armstrong earlier this year, youd think theyd finally just let it go and let the man enjoy his retirement, but alas: Lance Armstrong filed a scathing response Friday to the latest doping allegations against him, accusing the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency of violating its own rules and possibly breaking federal law during its investigation. The agency said Armstrong used performance-enhancing drugs and other improper methods to win

cyclings premiere event, the Tour de France, from 1999-2005. Friday was the deadline for Armstrong to respond to USADAs warning that charges were pending before his case moves to the next stage. The letter said USADAs case is long on stale allegations disproved long ago and short on evidence and offensive to any notions of due process. Armstrongs attorneys say they believe USADA investigators coerced false testimony from witnesses by promising not to charge them with doping; they argue this could violate bribery laws. Armstrongs letter also challenged the 2009-2010 blood tests, which were taken during his two-year comeback from retirement. Armstrong passed all his drug tests during that period and posted his testing results on his website, Livestrong.com, and no charges were brought, the letter said. While everybody would love it if the greatest sport in the history of sports (in my humble opinion)

were perfectly clean, and of course the responsible organizations need to conduct thorough investigations in order to deter doping enough already. A lot of people have had it out for Lance Armstrong for years, and maybe he deserves the extra scrutiny, but theyve failed to incriminate him every single time. These extended which hunts get the media to only focus on the negative aspects of cycling, and dont do much to bring in new fans. Please, its time to let it go and move on. Lay off Lance and focus on the active members of the sport, instead of continually dredging up old news and wasting resources the USADA is mostly funded by your tax dollars, by the way. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.

posted at 5:01 pm on June 24, 2012 by Ed Morrissey Forget the legalities of executive privilege and the partisan nature of the fight over the contempt charge, David Brooks told PBS on Friday night. Even if the assertion of the privilege is legal, which almost everyone agrees it isnt, its still a dumb response to a dumb program and its only going to benefit the Republicans: Im in general a defender of executive privilege, Brooks said. I think its important for an administration to be able to have conversations about policy that will be private, so they can have a normal deliberative process. In this case whether legally the administration is on solid ground in invoking it that is a gray area. Politically, I think its stupid. Brooks explained the right time to use executive privilege would be with a national security issue. However, in this instance, the right course of action might have been to lay out for the public how the policy was a mistake. I think politically its stupid, BROOKS: page 57

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Paraguay: Lugo will be spending more time with his families


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odds and ends. He had become a follower of Venezuelas ailing Hugo Chavez and Ecuadors Submitted at 6/24/2012 6:01:00 PM increasingly unstable Rafael posted at 7:01 pm on June 24, Correa, and at the OAS and the 2012 by Fausta Wertz UN, Paraguay took on the anti-US As previously posted, Fernando rhetoric of his ALBA masters. As Lugo, the Catholic bishop whos a priest, he had several children, sired at least a dozen children by some of whom he officially several women (at least one of acknowledged as his. Paraguayans which was underage at the time), frequently referred to Lugo as has crowned his political career the father of our country. by getting himself impeached. Lugo used his office to promote As Carlos Eire put it, the l a n d s e i z u r e s a n d , f r a n k l y , impeachment is good news from violence against landowners by Latin America, for a change. the poor. For him, the law was a The Diplomad has more, flexible, plastic, pliable material Lugo. I have met him on three which could be bent, pulled, and occasions, once in Paraguay and twisted into whatever form he saw twice in Washington. How do I fit. He encouraged violence, and put this diplomatically and he got it; dead cops and dead poor delicately? He is certifiably people. The Paraguayan congress insane. He is the stuff of novels had enough of the violence and and comedy movies. A Catholic w a c k i n e s s , i m p e a c h e d a n d bishop gone mad who promotes a convicted him in rapid fire order, w e i r d b l e n d o f p o p u l i s m , and swore in Vice President sixteenth century anti-Protestant Federico Franco. President Franco dogma, a dash of Marxism, some will hold the office until national anti-US rhetoric, and some other elections in 2013. The new chief

executive has run into a firestorm of criticism from around the region, especially the Chavez controlled ALBA nations, but others as well. Lots of gnashing of teeth and rending over garments over the supposed lack of due process, with some alleging the Congressional action is tantamount to a coup a la Honduras. Third, I am no Paraguayan constitutional expert, but any process that involves open voting by elected officials, and does not involve firing squads or electrodes to the genitals, is a dramatic improvement over what has happened before in Latin America and Paraguay. To have your process criticized as undemocratic by the likes of Castro and Chavez is no shame. Fourth, this is an opportunity for the US to begin to undermine ALBA influence and shore up a rocky democratic regime. The worst thing we can is criticize, criticize, criticize, and do what we

did in Hondurasi.e., let Venezuela take the lead. The US should act like a democratic superpower and not let ourselves get steamrolled by loud Latin American executives who do not like to see fellow chief executives removed, even by democratic means. Lugos crying coup, while new president Federico Franco explained the impeachment, The transition took place with little unrest, while the usual Latin American lefties arent happy. Cross-posted at Faustas blog. Hat tip: Phineas. This post was promoted from GreenRoom to HotAir.com. To see the comments on the original post, look here. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.

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because it is one thing if youre invoking executive privilege over some national security issue. This is a policy everybody admits was profoundly stupid. Why are you not saying, OK, this was a stupid policy, lets get it out there and lets figure out how it came about. Im also a general defender of executive privilege when it relates to non-delegable Article II powers, which the Constitution explicitly keeps separate from Congress and the judiciary. It shouldnt apply to people within federal agencies, which derive part of their authority by delegation from Congress as well as the executive branch. Thats what the courts decided in Espy, and thats why even the weak argument for deliberative process wont work here, unless it relates to involvement by Barack Obama and/or his inner circle of advisers working to present Obama policy choices on gun-running. That brings us to the foolishness

of this particular assertion of privilege. Few in the media were paying attention to this scandal, which means that most voters still have no idea that the US government allowed thousands of untracked guns to be sold to drug cartels, and that those guns are responsible for hundreds of murders in Mexico and the deaths of two American law-enforcement officers so far. By asserting executive privilege, Obama has assured that the media will be taking a much closer look at the scandal, and thats bad news for Democrats: I think it is a winner for the Republicans, Brooks said. Its funny it hasnt really registered with the country yet, what the government has done. When if it gets out: Wait, they were sending guns to Mexico? I think its such a thing that will startle people. I think its a clear winner for the Republicans. And what the Obama administration wants to do with this executive privilege: get it lost in the court

system, push it past the election, and then hopefully it will go away. Could that strategy work? Almost certainly not. While some media outlets yawned at the bodies piling up from Operation Fast and Furious, theyll have to report on a President thats hiding documents relating to it through executive privilege. That will force them to explain the scandal from the beginning sooner or later, and as Brooks says, most people will say, We were doing what? This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.

Switched On: Surface tension


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own pair of devices to support the flavors of the imminent Windows upgrades supporting Intel and E a c h w e e k R o s s R u b i n ARM processors. contributes Switched On, a After all, the fundamental c o l u m n a b o u t c o n s u m e r business model of Windows has technology. relied upon licensing to third If you hadn't been paying too parties. Ballmer himself has noted much attention to the wide swath in the past that products that ship of tablets and clamshells (and in the hundreds of millions (or m a s h u p s o f t h e t w o ) t h a t more) of units per year lend Microsoft is targeting with themselves well to the licensing Windows 8 and Windows RT, model as opposed to the vertical then the announcement of Surface integration model most notably contained many surprises. If you p u r s u e d b y A p p l e a m o n g have, then there were probably far Microsoft's main competitors. fewer surprises. But even if you Continue reading Switched On: knew just about everything about Surface tension Windows 8 and Windows RT, Switched On: Surface tension you were probably a bit surprised SWITCHED page 57 to see Microsoft jump in with its
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PSA: Sony Xperia Ion lands in US today, yours starting at $50 with two-years of commitment
Joe Pollicino (Engadget)
Submitted at 6/24/2012 3:50:00 PM

You've likely read our review of Sony's Xperia Ion by now, so just consider this a reminder for those who've yet to peruse it. After nearly half a year from being christened at CES, the Ion can officially be purchased today in the US. Agreeing to a two-year commitment and laying out 100 smackers at AT&T -- or just 50 at

Sony or Best Buy -- will net you this handset and its curious match -up of dated and up-to-date specs. On the one hand, this Xperia disappointingly runs Android Gingerbread(2.3.7) atop a dualcore 1.5Ghz Snapdragon S3 processor. However, it also packs a 4.6-inch HD Reality display (1280 x 720), 1,900mAh battery, 1GB of RAM, a 12MP (720p video) Exmor R sensor-loaded rear shooter, NFC and PlayStation

certification. Hit up your local AT&T, Best Buy or Sony store to see if it feels better in your hand than it did in ours, or shop for it

online at the source links below. [Thanks, Jason & Oliver] Continue reading PSA: Sony Xperia Ion lands in US today,

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Chinese astronauts go hands-on, manually dock with orbiting module


Jason Hidalgo (Engadget)
Submitted at 6/24/2012 2:49:00 PM

the Tiangong 1 orbiting module, China's three astronauts have now replicated the feat manually, Looks like China continues to according to the Washington Post add to its space cred after recently . For the uninitiated, the first joining the rarefied ranks of docking was done via remote countries that have successfully control from the ground. The docked craft in the final frontier. mission has had plenty of firsts Fresh off from the recent joining for China so far, including the also serves as a precursor to of the Shenzhou 9 capsule with country's first female astronaut. It e s t a b l i s h i n g C h i n a ' s f i r s t

permanent space station, a 60-ton facility that's about a sixth of the size of the International Space Station but is slightly bigger than NASA's old Skylab. 'Cause sometimes, you just gotta have your own space in space, you know? [Image credit: Associated Press] Chinese astronauts go hands-on,

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