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Obama Urges Hill Leaders to Extend Payroll Tax Cut - ABC News
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The White House said Obama told Boehner that "the short-term Submitted at 12/21/2011 12:56:11 PM bipartisan compromise passed by Seeking to break a stalemate that almost the entire Senate is the is threatening 160 million workers only option to ensure that middlew i t h J a n . 1 t a x i n c r e a s e s , class families aren't hit with a tax President Barack Obama urged hike in 10 days and gives both the top leaders of Congress sides the time needed to work out Wednesday to first pass a short- a full-year solution." term extension while promising to An aide to the speaker said work with lawmakers on a full- Boehner urged the president to year measure. press Reid to engage in Obama's calls to House Speaker negotiations on a full-year John Boehner, R-Ohio, and extension of a 2 percentage point Senate Majority Leader Harry tax cut for every worker and Reid, D-Nev., came as the two jobless benefits for millions of l e a d e r s w e r e t r a p p e d i n a people out of work for more than d e a d l o c k o v e r c o m p e t i n g six months. demands. House Republicans "Let's get this done today," insist on immediate talks on a full Boehner told Obama, according to -year measure; Democrats insist the aide, who required anonymity the House adopt a bipartisan t o c h a r a c t e r i z e a p r i v a t e Senate plan for a 60-day conversation. extension and focus on the full- Boehner's reaction gave no hints year plan when Congress returns of a breakthrough, even though from vacation in January. House Republicans appear [unable to retrieve full-text content] [unable to retrieve full-text content]

increasingly isolated. They're not getting support from Senate Republicans and are battling against a president whose approval numbers, while not impressive, are better than theirs. Earlier Wednesday, the combatants on Capitol Hill continued to fight over a battleground that's already well worn. Reid started the day with a letter to Boehner to urge him to bring House lawmakers back to Washington and approve a bipartisan measure the Senate approved overwhelmingly last weekend. That bill would extend the payroll tax cut and jobless benefits for two months, giving bargainers time to agree to a more expensive, yearlong measure. "Because we have a responsibility to assure middle-class families that their taxes will not go up while we work out our

differences, we must pass this immediate extension first," Reid wrote. Minutes later, Boehner and other top House Republicans invited reporters into a meeting where they urged Reid to bring senators back to town so they can negotiate over a yearlong extension of the tax cut and jobless benefits. The bill would also postpone a scheduled Jan. 1 cut of 27 percent in payments to doctors who treat Medicare patients. "All we're asking for is to get Senate members over here to work with us to resolve our differences so we can do what everybody wants to," Boehner said. Aides to Boehner and Reid couldn't say whether Boehner and Reid have actually spoken in the past week. "As always, we keep the lines of communication open," said Boehner spokesman Michael

Steel. Obama and leaders of both parties want to extend the tax cuts and jobless benefits and prevent the cut in doctors' reimbursements for an entire year. Most lawmakers have left Washington for the Christmas and New Year's holiday, but could quickly return to vote on any agreement. The back and forth underscored a pressure-packed partisan fight, being waged on the eve of a presidential and congressional election year, in which neither side is showing any indication of give. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.


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FAA rules: Airline pilots must fly shorter shifts, rest more
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WASHINGTON Airline pilots would fly shorter shifts and get longer rest periods under new rules the Federal Aviation Administration finalized Wednesday in a landmark effort to prevent dangerous fatigue. By Mark Wilson, Getty Images Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced a new "pilot fatigue" rule Wednesday that will determine how much time off pilots have between work periods. By Mark Wilson, Getty Images Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced a new "pilot fatigue" rule Wednesday that will determine how much time off pilots have between work periods. The FAA developed the most sweeping changes in pilot rules in 50 years after a Colgan Air crash in western New York state in February 2009 killed 50 people. "This new rule raises the safety bar to prevent fatigue," Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said, adding that the Colgan crash was his most difficult day so far in his post. Existing rules dating to the 1960s were riddled with loopholes. Between overnight shifts of up to 16 hours, the eight hours of rest could include eating, showering

and getting to a hotel. Carriers could extend the workday if a pilot was flying an empty plane. Under the new rules: Flight-duty times would range from nine to 14 hours. For the first time, rather than just counting flight time and rest time, flight-duty time would count the time spent flying to the job, which is sometimes called dead-heading, as if the pilot were working. Flight-time limits will be eight or nine hours, depending on the start time of the pilot's entire flight duty. Minimum rest periods will be 10 hours between shifts. The pilot must have an opportunity for eight hours of uninterrupted sleep during that rest period. There will be cumultative rest times. Pilots must have 30 consecutive hours of rest each week, which is a 25% increase over current standards. "Every pilot has a personal responsibility to arrive at work fit for duty," said FAA Acting Administrator Michael Huerta. "This new rule gives pilots enough time to get the rest they really need to safely get passengers to their destinations." Huerta said the FAA developed the rules with scientific research about the time of day pilots are flying, the number of flight segments and the number of time

pilots of commercial airliners. The FAA decided not to apply the rules to cargo pilots because of the costs to that industry, Huerta said. LaHood said he would invite cargo executives to his office in 2012 and urge them to voluntarily adopt the changes. "It was tough to implement it on zones crossed. Scott Maurer of Moore, S.C., cargo because of the cost-benefit whose 30-year-old daughter Lorin to this," LaHood said. d i e d i n t h e C o l g a n c r a s h , The package-delivery company welcomed the two-hour increase UPS argued in comments to the in required rest periods for pilots FAA against the same standards as "definitely a positive." But he because cargo pilots fly mostly at wanted to review the detailed night and carry fewer people. The tables about many hours a pilot company's 2,600 pilots have can be on duty during a day in gotten used to flying at night and order to gauge how effective the sleeping by day, so limiting consecutive overnight flights rule is. "Quite frankly, sometimes the would disrupt them. The company warned that devil is in the details," Maurer nighttime restrictions would said. "We know there was an awful lot of lobbying money require them to hire more pilots leveraging against this thing." and install sleeping facilities on Development of the rules pitted some planes. the pilots, who advocated greater Robert Travis, president of the rest for safety, against the airlines, Independent Pilots Association which argued that limiting flight for UPS pilots, blasted the exemption for cargo pilots. times will raise costs. The FAA estimated the changes "Giving air cargo carriers the would cost airlines nearly $300 choice to opt-in to new pilot rest million a year. But Airlines for rules makes as much sense as America estimated it could cost allowing truckers to 'opt-out' of drunk-driving laws," Travis said. $2 billion more each year. Another dispute in development "To potentially allow fatigued of the rules was whether to apply cargo pilots to share the same the same rules to cargo pilots as s k i e s w i t h p r o p e r l y r e s t e d

passenger pilots creates an unnecessary threat to public safety." Mike Mangeot, spokesman for UPS in Louisville, thanked the FAA for its careful consideration in recognizing that rules should differ between cargo and commercial carriers. "One size has never fit all when it comes to crew rest regulations," Mangeot said. "UPS places the highest emphasis on the safe operation of our airline." The National Transportation Safety Board has urged safety enhancements to reduce pilot fatigue for decades. Although the board didn't blame fatigue as a cause in the Colgan crash near Buffalo, the board found that neither pilot appeared to have slept in a bed the night before. Relatives of the victims lobbied Congress for better schedules to give pilots rest. The relatives also urged FAA to complete the rules that were due Aug. 1, but were delayed with review by the White House Office of Management and Budget. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five FAA page 3

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5 Polish troops killed by Afghan roadside bomb

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of the capital Kabul. One of their vehicles was destroyed by a roadside bomb, he said. KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) A AP Television News footage roadside bomb blast killed five from the scene showed wreckage P o l i s h s o l d i e r s i n e a s t e r n of what seemed to be a U.S.-made Afghanistan Wednesday, NATO Cougar armored terrain transport and a Polish official said, in the vehicle. The blast appeared to deadliest single attack for the have broken the 19-ton vehicle Polish military there. into three large pieces, which lay By Nishanuddin Khan, AP scattered around a crater not far Afghan police officers on alert from some village homes. outside the police station at the Poland is in the process of scene where a suicide bomber was withdrawing some 100 out of the shot by police in Khost, south of 2,600 troops it has in Afghanistan. Kabul. So far this year, 532 NATO Polish spokesman Jacek Sonta service members have been killed said in Warsaw that the soldiers in Afghanistan. The attack on the were in a convoy headed to Polish convoy brings the number Rawza, in eastern Ghazni of NATO troops killed in province, when it struck the D e c e m b e r t o 1 6 . bomb. Also in the east, Afghan police The Taliban immediately claimed said they shot dead on Wednesday responsibility for the attack in a a would-be suicide bomber before text message to journalists. he was able to attack a police Taliban spokesman Zabiullah station. Mujahid said "a Polish tank" was Youqib Khan, deputy police chief blown up and all its occupants in Khost province, said policemen were killed. identified the would-be bomber in Mohamad Ali Ahmadi, deputy front of a bank next to the police governor of Ghazni province, said station in Khost city and killed that Polish soldiers were attending him before he could detonate his a morning meeting in the Rawza e x p l o s i v e s v e s t . A s e a r c h district of Ghazni city, about 77 operation was under way because miles (125 kilometers) southwest police fear the attacker, who was
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wearing a vest packed with explosives, might not have been working alone, he said. Also Wednesday, an Afghan military spokesman said the country's armed forces now number 180,000 troops, a significant step toward having enough troops to replace departing coalition forces. Defense Ministry spokesman Mohammad Zahir Azimi said the troop numbers increased by more than 40,000 in 2011. This brings the military closer to the goal of having 195,000 Afghan troops by next October. "Once we achieve that, then we will start discussing an agreement with international community to expand to 240,000 soldiers," Azimi said. "And once we have reached that, the Afghan National Army will be able to take control of internal and external security in all of Afghanistan." The expansion of the army and police is a critical element in NATO's exit strategy from Afghanistan. Coalition forces, which started their drawdown this year, are already handing over responsibility for security to the Afghan army and police in

selected regions. The process will run through 2014 when international forces are to end their combat role. Azimi noted that troops are continuing to leave the Afghan military and that the attrition rate remains high, at about two percent a month. This makes it necessary to recruit and train large numbers of men just to keep up the army's strength levels. Attrition includes all service members leaving the security forces, including those who have completed their terms of service or left due to medical or other reasons, losses in combat and desertions. Critics have said some of the men deserting the security forces often with their weapons are defecting to the Taliban and providing the insurgents with trained new fighters. Azimi attributed the losses mainly to the problems the men face when they are based far from their homes and families in regions in the east and south, where the insurgency has been the most active. In an unrelated development, The U.S. Army said that eight U.S. soldiers were charged in

connection with the Oct. 3 death of a fellow soldier in southern Afghanistan's Kandahar province. Pvt. Danny Chen, a 19-year-old from New York, N.Y., was found in a guard tower at Combat Outpost Palace with what the Army described as "an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound." Chen was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Wainwright, Alaska. In a statement, the military said the eight soldiers from Chen's company faced charges ranging from dereliction of duty, assault, negligent homicide and involuntary manslaughter. Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.

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USA sees 'flattest' growth in population since 1940s

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estimates. "The nation's overall growth rate is now at its lowest point since The recession may be officially before the Baby Boom,'' Census over, but its impact continues to Bureau Director Robert Groves r e v e r b e r a t e a s t h e n a t i o n said. experiences its most sluggish Many Sun Belt states that were population growth since the hit hard by the housing collapse 1940s. have not regained their footing 2010 photo by David Wallace, except for Florida, which is The Arizona Republic Mauricio showing glimmers of a recovery. Guzman, right, moves out of a For the first time since the midPhoenix apartment before heading 2000s, the state is gaining more to New Mexico. Arizona has seen people from other states than it is a big decline from its annual losing. The state grew 1.2% to growth of 3.3% before the 19.1 million. recession. It grew only 1.1% to "Florida is growing as much as it 6.5 million in the year that ended had in 2005-06," said William July 1. Frey, a demographer at the Brookings Institution. 2010 photo by David Wallace, The Census estimates are more The Arizona Republic than double what Florida Mauricio Guzman, right, moves demographers had estimated, out of a Phoenix apartment before based on electrical hook-ups. heading to New Mexico. Arizona "It could be that people are filling has seen a big decline from its up vacant units that had electric annual growth of 3.3% before the hook-ups already," said Scott recession. It grew only 1.1% to Cody, demographer with the 6.5 million in the year that ended University of Florida's Bureau of July 1. Economic and Business Research. The U.S. population grew 0.7% The discrepancy could also mean to 311.6 million in the year that that more people are living under ended July 1, even slower than at one roof and therefore not in need the height of the recession when of new power connections. t h e p o p u l a t i o n g r e w 0 . 9 % , "It could be that people come a c c o r d i n g t o n e w C e n s u s down and are moving in to an
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said. The state gained a net 7,000 people from other states, a huge drop from the 133,000 it netted from 2005 to 2006. Even states such as North Carolina, which had maintained a steady growth even during bad times, are experiencing drops in new migrants. The state gained a net 32,000 people from other existing household," Cody said. The uptick in net migration gains states, the lowest increase in the has less to do with more people past decade. coming to the state than fewer "The pain is being felt, and it's people leaving, said Kenneth actually expanding to more parts," Johnson, demographer at the Frey said. "The latest Census University of New Hampshire's numbers tell us more of the same." Carsey Institute. "I would guess that all the Michigan is losing fewer people construction workers who were and its growth is almost flat, going to get out of the state may largely because people who have been gone by the latest wanted to leave have already left, he said. Census data," he said. Texas, now with a population of Among other states: 25.7 million, had the largest gains, North Dakota's oil boom is but its growth rate slowed to fueling growth not seen in decades up 1.4% to 684,000. 1.7%. Nevada had its lowest growth The state's gains since 2010 are ever 0.7% to 2.7 million. almost one-third as great as Arizona, another highflier before growth experienced during the the economic downturn, grew entire decade, Johnson said. only 1.1% to 6.5 million, a big States in the Northeast that were decline from its annual growth of losing to the Sun Belt enjoyed faster growth largely because 3.3% before the recession. " T h e y h a v e t h e l o w e s t i n - people are not moving and, migration they've seen," Frey therefore, not leaving. New York is growing almost three time as

fast now as it was in the mid2000s. Massachusetts is growing faster than during most of the last decade. New Hampshire is on the flip side of the equation: It grew only 0.1% to 1.3 million, largely because fewer people are moving from Massachusetts. Maine suffered from the slowdown in migration even more. It gained only 800 people and births now barely outnumber deaths (by 180). Puerto Rico continued to lose people, dropping 0.4% from 2010 to 3.7 million. It has lost 120,000 people, or more than 3%, since its population peaked in 2004. No state changed ranks since 2010. California remains the most populous with 37.7 million. Frey said the nation experienced the lowest rate of immigration since at least 2000. . State populations(Source: Census Bureau) This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.

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Obama in Surge to Enlist Veterans' Votes for '12

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vote illustrates the unpredictability of veteran voters. Then Republican presidential Veterans and their families could candidate Sen. John McCain (R.prove decisive in the 2012 Ariz.), a former navy pilot and presidential election, which prisoner of war during the explains President Barack Vietnam War, should have Obamas push to curry their trounced the national security favor. Republicans, who neophyte Obama among traditionally receive strong veterans. But McCain won veteran support, had better not veterans by just 10 points due to take them for granted. his strong support among the The nations 22.7 million military oldest veterans, while Obama won veterans stand out as a critical the majority of those under age voting bloc because they account 60. for 20% of the country when their ABC News hired Gary Langer of extended families are counted, Langer Research Associates to and they tend to vote at higher analyze the 2008 veteran vote. rates than most of their cohorts. What Langer found gives Obama Perhaps more important is their hope for 2012. overrepresentation in battleground Veterans were split by party in states such as Ohio, Florida, 2008, 35% identified themselves Arizona and Virginia. as Democrats and 34% as The Obama campaign studied Republicans, which was down these facts and evidently from 41% in 2004. This understands that in the expected Republican drop proved decisive, tight 2012 race, veterans are up and illustrates that veterans party for grabs. That explains the allegiance is not fixed. Presidents aggressive use of his But ideologically the veterans commander-in-chief status, the remained the same between 2004 nations purse and the federal a n d 2 0 0 8 , w i t h 4 1 % s e l f bureaucracy to curry veterans identifying as conservative and favor. 19% as liberal. Further, among C o n s i d e r w h y t h e O b a m a veterans who voted for Bush in campaign believes veterans to be 2004, 12% defected to Obama in a winnable voting bloc, and what 2008, which evidently included it is doing to clinch their support. some conservatives. Obama also The Obama campaign likely won 72% of nonwhite veterans, believes the 2008 presidential and 73% of veterans who did not
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vote in 2004 but did in 2008. The anti-Republican shift found by ABC News was noted among active-duty troops in a 2010 Military Times survey as well. The Times found self-identified Republicans had fallen by onethird since 2004, from 60% to 41%. The same survey found self -identified independents had nearly doubled to 32% in the same period. Apparently veterans who selfidentify as independents are growing at the expense of the Republican Party, which means both major political parties must compete for their support in 2012. The possibility of capturing the veterans bloc evidently

influenced the Obama campaign to change its message. As late as this summer, both Obamas depicted our troops as wounded dependents of the welfare state but then changed their strategy. Last week, first lady Michelle Obama gushed, Im inspired, before thousands of troops at Fort Bragg, N.C. I never feel like I can fully convey just how thankful I am, because words just dont seem to be enough, said the first lady. Whether the first lady is sincere doesnt matter. What matters is whether veterans buy Obamas new message, and his campaigns three-part strategy. First, President Obama declared

to the Fort Bragg crowd, Ive come to speak to you about the end of the war in Iraq. He expects many veterans will credit him with a number of significant security feats, which might translate into votes. He fulfilled his 2008 campaign promise to end the Iraq war, which for many troops and their families is welcome news. They are weary of back-to-back combat rotations and credit Obama with sticking to his promise. But withdrawing troops now may lead to new violence and an unstable future Iraq, a problem Obama will address if reelected. President Obama claims credit for presiding over military and intelligence operations that killed al-Qaedas senior leadership, including Osama bin Laden. He won a new nuclear disarmament agreement with Russia, and helped NATO remove Libyas dictator. These accomplishments are tempered by the ongoing Afghanistan war (which he is trying to exit), and the growing tension with Iran. And on the foreign policy front, the Arab Spring uprisings are works in progress, and Obamas strained relationship with Israel tempers his record. OBAMA page 10

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South Korea in furor over intelligence vacuum on Kim Jong il's death - Christian Science Monitor
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collapsed and died on a train. JoongAng Ilbo, a leading daily here, quotes an unidentified Submitted at 12/21/2011 11:46:07 AM source in Beijing as saying Getting information out of North Chinas ambassador to North Korea is notoriously difficult, but Korea informed his government m a n y s a y S o u t h K o r e a ' s of Kims death on the same day. intelligence service has been South Koreas foreign ministry embarrassed by playing catch-up has said emphatically that China on Kim Jong-il's death. did not get word well in advance, Pyongyang citizens grieve as but the sense remains that South they visit a portrait of late North Koreas National Intelligence Korean leader Kim Jong Il on Service is playing catchup on an display in the plaza of the event that analysts should have Pyongyang Indoor Stadium in known about first. Pyongyang, North Korea, on Dec. A member of South Korea's 21. ruling party, Gu Sang-chan, (AP) rebuked the director of the By Donald Kirk, Correspondent intelligence service, Won Seiposted December 21, 2011 at hoon, for what he called a major 12:43 pm EST Seoul, South major problem in our informationKorea gathering ability regarding North Senior South Korean officials Korea. face a barrage of criticism over Mr. Won admitted frankly that one question: Why didn't they analysts knew nothing of Kim have an inkling of the death of Jong-ils death until a wailing Kim Jong-il before North Koreas North Korean news reader, clad in state media announced it Monday, the traditional black hanbok attire 50 hours after he died? of mourning, announced it at noon After stumbling over questioning Monday. from members of the National He did, however, question the A s s e m b l y , o f f i c i a l s w e r e circumstances of the death, saying humiliated Wednesday by a report there was no sign the train on that the Chinese may have known which Kim Jong-il was said to about Mr. Kims death within have died was still at the station. h o u r s a f t e r h e r e p o r t e d l y The basis of that claim was

are the only ones with actual eyes on the targets as a result of their predominant role as North Koreas only real ally and source of arms, oil, and food. The failure to penetrate the ruling structure in Pyongyang contrasts with mounting success in gleaning insights from people in the countryside. Contacts have been communicating to outsiders with increasing frequency via Chinese cellphone networks, and rising numbers of defectors have come to South Korea with bits of information. On the basis of such contacts, says the Rev. Kim Seung-eun, assumed to be video images from armed forces and Workers Party. satellites, but the broader question One problem, in the view of who runs a shelter for North remained as to whether anyone in some observers, is that the CIA korean refugees, the mood is one South Korea, or in the US Central has either not sought or not been o f w a i t i n g a n d w o n d e r i n g . Intelligence Agency (CIA), has a a b l e t o c u l t i v a t e h u m a n Rather than be mournful, he real fix on power-maneuvering in intelligence inside North Korea says, We know that people are Pyongyang. Satellite images, as it has elsewhere. The US has anxious and nervous about what informants been relying on State Department will happen now that Kim Jong-il Aside from scrutinizing the North intel, says Louis Dechert, a is dead. Korean media, analysts are retired Army officer with years of Few people, he adds, were aware f i x a t e d o n s a t e l l i t e i m a g e s service in Korea and Vietnam. of the existence of Kim Jong-il's supplemented by reports from State Department officials are successor, third son Kim Jong-un, informants using cellphones near neither trained, motivated, nor even though the elder Kim the Chinese border. Since the budgeted to do it, Mr. Dechert introduced his son to the world at massive parades and other events Korean War ended in 1953, there says. has been no report of an informant D e c h e r t , p r e s i d e n t o f t h e in September and October 2010. w i t h i n t h e s m a l l e l i t e i n Combined Korean-US Veterans There has been no question since SOUTH page 13 Pyongyang at the apex of the Association, believes the Chinese

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Meet Facebooks Compassion Czar

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Humans have spent millennia learning how to read each others emotions and treat each other right. Facebook is now trying to figure out how to help them do that online. Last year, Facebook started noticing something odd in the way people were using its "Report This Photo" feature. The company had put the link under every photo on the site so users could flag images that violated the company's terms of service, like ones that included scenes of illegal drug use or graphic violence. But now they were getting reports of images that didn't seem to include anything out of the ordinary. Just regular pictures of regular people. Facebook eventually realized that the people reporting the photos were actually in the images themselves--and the company realized that the problem was that those users didn't like the pictures or, in some cases, particularly among younger users, felt that the images were being used to bully them. "The two default pathways we provided to users to deal with this," Arturo Bejar, one of Facebook's directors of engineering, tells Fast Company, "were either to comment on the picture in front of all of your friends, which is calling further

attention to the picture, or hit Report." So Bejar's team, which is responsible for safety on the social network, developed new workflows to help users

communicate privately among themselves. But what started out as a simple effort to solve the mystery of why the pictures were being reported is slowly blossoming into a larger

initiative at Facebook--one empathy and compassion within spearheaded by Bejar (pictured, the community itself. right) that seeks to develop new While trying to solve the photos ways of facilitating conflict problem, Bejar sought help from resolution between users, and in the process promote more MEET page 9

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Vice's Eddy Moretti Directs His Obsessions

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Continuing the ongoing efforts to highlight creative disrupters, Fast Company spoke with the executive creative director behind a once-scrappy free Canadian mag that's become a groundbreaking multi-media machine. (Bukkake past and all.) Image by Dan Meyer Vice Media debuted in 1994, as a Montreal magazine best known for its handy guides on topics such as shagging Muslims and the art of bukkake, hand-delivered by three friends in their parents' vans. Today, it's a branding empire-including record and book labels, a film division, and the in-house creative services agency Virtue-that operates across 34 countries. (In April, it raised more than $50 million from investors, including MTV founder Tom Freston and ad giant WPP.) The man behind most of that expansion: executive creative director Eddy Moretti, who recently chatted with Fast Company about, as he puts it, "taking my obsessions and building new parts of the business around them." Excerpts below. FAST COMPANY: Vice has launched a number of new media channels in the past few years, from tech-news site Motherboard to music-video site Noisey, and you're the point man who oversees all of them. What's that like?

EDDY MORETTI: It's almost like I have four or five different creative careers that run parallel to one another, and I really try not to let any of them go. When I joined Vice in 2000, I was brought in to launch a film division with [cofounder] Shane Smith. After the dot-com bubble burst, I became a creative that did things across the company. With each new project, I get to set the tone of a new brand from day one. I'm kind of all over the place, but that's what makes it good and fun and interesting. Does it get hard to keep up with

all of your different projects? The volume of content we crank out is kind of scary. But we have brilliant creatives who love coming into work, and we give them a lot of freedom. And we do a lot of in-house work, which makes the job of micromanager a lot easier. I'm always jumping into so many different things, so I get to indulge a lot of creative ambitions. So you sort of bend the business to your creative whims rather than the other way around. Yeah. When we launched our first new online channel,,

I went to Baghdad in the middle of the war and made a feature film [ Heavy Metal in Baghdad] out of it because I met these musicians who had the only heavy metal band in the city. I snuck into a Pakistani gun market and documented hugely destructive extraction processes in the Alberta oil sands. Launching VBS let me see a world completely separate from my work with our film division and the magazine. Vice almost died in the dot-com bubble burst, yet you've rebounded considerably since then; now has 3.2

million unique visitors a month. What did that episode teach you? We were part of a big dot-com with an incredible burn rate and it was just, "Grow, grow, grow! We'll figure out the business model later!" And then the bubble burst and everything was ruined. We went from a staff of 75 to 20 in a month. But we were liberated for a second, creatively. Our ambitions didn't fall apart because of the collapse. Now, we don't want to sacrifice the spirit of anything we want to create, but VICE'S page 10

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experts in real-world social interaction, like Emiliana Simon Thomas at Stanford's Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education and Dacher Keltner at the University of California, Berkeley's Social Interaction Laboratory. Along the way, Bejar discovered that, while humans are very good at reading each other's emotions in the real world and, usually, modifying their behavior in order to avoid hurting each other's feelings, software interfaces have not evolved to give humans the same capabilities in the digital world. Online communities are still relatively nascent, and the typical mechanism for mediating disputes, which emerged out of online bulletin boards and forums, was simply to turn to the moderator for help. That, Bejar says, explains why Facebook users started clicking the Report link. They were used to the idea of reporting issues instead of handling them themselves. But with almost a billion people using Facebook, Bejar's team realized it would quickly become unsustainable for the social

network to have to mediate every conflict. Plus, he says, it's not even the ideal solution for users. "People think that communities online are different from communities in real life," Bejar says. "But they're not. Communities online are a mirror of communities in real life." And in the real world, you don't ask some anonymous third party for help when a friend inadvertently hurts your feelings. You take it up directly with them. So with Facebook becoming a place where people increasingly socialize in ways previously limited to the real world, Bejar says it's increasingly important to develop mechanisms online so people can negotiate their social interactions in digital space as easily as they do offline. As a result, Bejar has started investigating ways to modify Facebook's interface to aid this evolution. Earlier this month, the company hosted a Compassion Research Day at its Palo Alto campus, where Simon Thomas, Keltner, and other researchers in the fields of human behavior and social interaction from Yale, Berkeley, and local schools

shared what they know about human-to-human interaction. This past spring, Bejar's team released enhancements to the Report This Photo feature, called"Social Reporting," that let users handle photo issues themselves. Now when you click the Report link, there's an option that says "I don't like this photo of me." When you select it, there's an option to send a message to your friend. And when you click that, Facebook opens a text box where you can type a message. For those who aren't sure what to say, the box comes with a pre-populated note saying, "Hey, I don't like this photo. Please remove it." It's not rocket science, of course, and some might wonder why Facebook users couldn't simply have thought to message their friends on their own. "While it feels very intuitive, no one was doing it," Bejar says. While humans have spent millennia fine-tuning interpersonal interactions in the real world, online, people sometimes are at a loss. Bejar says that before Facebook started prepopulating the text box, usage

of the workflow would drop off before hitting Send, as if users didn't know what to say. Once Facebook added the canned text, usage of the feature skyrocketed. And it's working, Bejar says. Over 75% of people who receive those messages delete the image in question. Facebook's enhancements so far, which also include a way for teenagers to get help from a trusted adult when they feel a picture is being used to harass them, are just the beginning of a long list of potential innovations to strengthen human-to-human interaction in the social network. "Every time I hear one of these people talk," Bejar says of Keltner, Simon Thomas, and their colleagues in the field of human social interaction, "I walk out with a to-do list of things we need to do." [Image: Flickr user Jesslee Cuizon] E.B. Boyd is's Silicon Valley reporter. Twitter| Google+| Email

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He is careful about claiming credit for his controversial social agenda among conservative veteran audiences, however. His campaign credits him with repealing the militarys homosexual exclusion policy, and Obama appointees are pushing to remove all combat barriers to women, and allow abortions on demand in military hospitals. Second, Obama said, I am committed to making sure that you get the care and benefits and the opportunities that youve earned. He promised the Fort Bragg audience he'd do whatever it takes to ensure the health of our forceincluding your families. This resonates among veterans. We will help our wounded warriors heal, and we will stand by those whove suffered the unseen wounds of war, said Obama. The President has made mental health services a top priority for veterans. This is important for both active forces and veterans suffering from warrelated post-traumatic stress disorder, and addresses the rash of suicides racking the force.

Obama is also protecting military benefits such as pay and allowances. Military compensation is now $85,581 per year on average, and the justsigned defense bill gives active military personnel a 1.6% pay increase. Housing allowances and retirement funding are up under Obama. Even military retirees will get a 3.6% cost-of-living adjustment this year, their first since 2009. But Obamas benefits largesse cant hide coming cuts in Pentagon funding, which will jeopardize veteran support. The military will have to boot tens of thousands of service members and consider reductions in health care, and the Veterans Benefits Administration is likely to share some of the pain as well. Finally, Obama promised the Fort Bragg soldiers, Our commitment doesnt end when you take off the uniform. He claims credit for helping soldiers transition to civilian life and unemployed veterans find work. He admits there are 1 million unemployed veterans, but touts his American

Jobs Act as assisting veterans in finding jobs in the civilian workforce by providing a tax credit of up to $9,600 for hiring unemployed and disabled veterans. And Michelle has worked with the private sector to get commitments to create 100,000 jobs for those whove served, Obama told the soldiers. At an October event, Michelle Obama praised Sears for offering to hire 30,000 veterans. Mrs. Obama boasted to the Fort Bragg audience that her husband is helping more than half a million veterans and military family members go to college through the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill. The bill allows veterans, service members, reservists and guard members to receive an instate, undergraduate education at a public institution for no cost. Obama claims credit for reforming the way we fund health care for veterans by signing the Veterans Health Care Budget Reform and Transparency Act. That act funds veterans medical care a year in advance. He also

championed more than 500,000 veterans previously denied veteran health care and expanded transportation and telemedicine services so that rural veterans get care and benefits faster. Obama deserves credit for some security successes, and clearly America expects the President to take care of veterans. What veterans dont like is false praise, half-truths, and political manipulation by those who defend America. Veterans beware of the wolf in sheeps clothing! Robert Maginnis is a retired Army lieutenant colonel, and a national security and foreign affairs analyst for radio and television. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.

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(Photo: Reuters/Jeff Haynes) U.S. Republican presidential candidate and Representative Michele Bachmann (R-MN) talks to students and supporters at the Grundy Center High School in Grundy Center, Iowa, December 19, 2011. Many GOP women believe Bob Vander Plaats request was out of line. Bachmann, who has confirmed that the call between she and Vander Plaats took place, quickly dismissed the call to drop out and maintained that she still has a chance to secure the Republican nomination. I did receive a phone call, Bachmann confirmed on Fox News Wednesday morning. My numbers have always been above Senator Santorums, so it makes no sense for me to drop out, Bachmann also mentioned on CBS The Early Show. Although Bachmann has been

polling in the mid-single digits, her numbers have consistently been higher than Santorums. In the latest ISU/Gazette/KCRG poll, Bachmann came in at 7 percent to Santorums 5 percent. Like us on Facebook Vander Plaats, along with the entire board of The Family Leader had been struggling for several days to come to a consensus on one of four GOP candidates that were under consideration. The board was unable to come to a decision, but gave Vander Plaats permission to throw his personal weight behind the candidate he thought would be the best person for evangelicals. The Christian Post attempted to contact Vander Plaats by phone and email, but could not reach him prior to publication. However, women leaders in the Republican Party believe Vander Plaats was out of line to make such a request of Bachmann. Dee Dee Benkie, the former Chairwoman of the Young Republican National Federation and now a GOP political strategist and Fox News Contributor, was

disappointed by his call. It is so obvious that Vander Plaats is being biased toward the lone woman in the race. Why should you ask someone who agrees with your platform, with what you believe to get out of the race? Why didnt he ask Ron Paul or Newt to get out of the race? Its just not right, Benkie exclaimed. We are not looking at the national polls we are looking here in Iowa, the tide has turned and an electric light switch gone off and we have tremendous momentum here in Iowa, Bachmann added. As the lone female in the Republican primary, Bachmann has garnered a significant amount of traction among conservative women. Earlier this month, Phyllis Shafley of Eagle Forum announced her support for Bachmann. If I were an Iowa voter, I would be making plans right now to cast my vote for Michele Bachmann for president on January 3, said Shafley. Other influential females from across the nation seemed surprised that someone of Vander

Plaats stature would make such a request of Bachmann. In our gender-neutral world, there is still a bias against women, specifically conservative women, said Tennessee Eagle Forum leader and lobbyist Bobbie Patray. I think its a bit presumptuous for Vander Plaats to ask anyone to get out of the race. In the electoral process, the voters are the ones who are best positioned to make such a determination. Both Bachmann and Santorum have visited all 99 counties in Iowa and are counting on heavy retail campaigning to propel them to finish in the top of the Iowa caucuses that are now less than two weeks away. Be the first of thousands of iPosters by sharing your news, views, and analysis. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.

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TripAdvisor IPO's, Layar Unveils AR App For Photos, "The Hobbit" Trailer Released
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Nears $1 Billion. Google closed down its Renewable Energy Cheaper Than Coal or "RE in a Submitted at 12/21/2011 2:04:43 PM bout of spring cleaning last Breaking news from your editors month, but its focus on clean at Fast Company, with updates all energy is getting spruced up. The day. company's latest investment is in Amazon Polishes Up Its iPad four solar panel projects led by Kindle App. While its Fire tablet Recurrent Energy in California. is selling well, Amazon is clearly Added with its previous taking no chances with its app on investments, GigaOM observes, the most popular tablet--the iPad: Google's total clean tech The firm has just added a slew of investment is inching toward $1 new features and fixes to the iPad billion. --NS Kindle app, from a new design for Chinese Hackers Break Into U.S. magazines to print replica Chamber Of Commerce. Hackers textbooks to "seamless integration in China infiltrated the U.S. of personal documents," which is Chamber Of Commerce and an expansion of its mail-yourselfgained access to information your-docs service. Meanwhile, about its 3 million members last Apple is rumored to be launching year. Though it's not yet clear its iPad 3 soon. --KE how much data the hackers TripAdvisor Goes Public. viewed, initial reconnaissance TripAdvisor began trading on indicates that they homed in on NASDAQ today under the symbol four Asia policy experts and stole TRIP. The high-profile site was 2009, Fast Company's list of the With Sony. Preparing for Netflix's app to its collection of data- their emails, the Wall Street formerly part of Barry Diller's w o r l d ' s M o s t I n n o v a t i v e entry into Lovefilm's home layering tools for video and Journal reports. --NS I n t e r A c t i v e C o r p . e m p i r e . Companies, is bringing more market, the U.K. video service has images. With the Stiktu app, you Crucial Pilot Tests Begin For TripAdvisor had $486 million in Middle Earth adventures to life in signed a deal with Sony Pictures can snap pictures of anything, and India's Biometric ID Project. Over 2010 revenue and the valuation of the film adaptation of J. R. R. Television for exclusive rights to add a layer of text, or a sticker, or the next few weeks, three cities in the IPO is approximately $4 Tolkein's The Hobbit. The digital stream hit movies like The Social a sketch to it. The image can then India will roll out pilot tests that billion. In an extra bit of good effects company was behind the Network, Salt, and 2012. It's the be sent off to friends via Twitter could determine if India's unique news for the firm's employees, stunning battle scenes in the Lord latest of a series of streaming or Facebook, who can can view it, ID project, Aadhaar, will see a Standard and Poor's announced of the Rings trilogy directed by deals its made with companies tag it, or favorite it, TheNextWeb viable future. The project is that TripAdvisor is being named Peter Jackson. The trailer for that include the BBC, Lionsgate, explains. The app is available for running into serious opposition in to the S&P 500. --NU Jackson's The Hobbit is out now, MGM, and Miramax. --NS Android and iOS in nine countries parliament, with a panel asking --Updated 10:15 a.m. EST for a revision of the act that and the movie will come to U.S. Layar Unveils AR App For All in Europe. --NS "The Hobbit" Trailer Now Out. theaters in December 2012. --NS Photos. Augmented reality tech --Updated 7:30 a.m. EST TRIPADVISOR page 14 Weta Digital,#40 on the Fast 50 Lovefilm Signs Streaming Deal company Layar has added a new Google Clean Energy Investment

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The second-hottest Republican contest for anything in Florida (after the presidential primary in late January) is that for nomination to oppose Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson in 2012. And while the GOP Senate primary is eight months away, it is now as hard-fought and intense as the presidential primary only one month from now. About two months ago, five-term Rep. Connie Mack announced for the Senate primary, reversing an announcement he had made earlier this year declining a Senate race to seek re-election to the House. At this point, Mack is considered the instant frontrunner. His namesake-father was the Sunshine States much-loved senator from 1988-2000, his charisma and graciousness were invaluable companions to a record as conservative as that belonging to the late Sen. Jesse Helms (R.N.C.). A dozen years after Mack retired, grass-roots activists in the state GOP speak warmly of him as Senator Mack or simply the Senator. So is Mack the Younger the political heir to Mack the Elder? He certainly has the name, and his voting record (lifetime American

Conservative Union rating: 92.80%) is similar to his fathers. But Mack is finding that the contest is not a slam-dunk and that at least one opponent is by no means rolling over for him. Adam Hasner, former majority leader of the state House of Representatives and Macks leading primary opponent, made it clear he would attempt to mobilize the conservative grassroots and tea partiers who handsomely delivered the nomination and election to nowSen. Marco Rubio last year. There are differences between the two. During a recent visit to HUMAN EVNETS, Hasner pointed out to us his biggest disagreement with the congressman was over his securing numerous earmarks, and Macks sharp public criticism of the Arizona (anti-illegal immigration) law. Another major issue expected to emerge in the primary is that Mack has voted repeatedly for stem cell research. As if to underscore his differences with Mack, Hasner noted that his record in Tallahassee "was with Marco Rubio, when I was majority leader and he was speaker, 98% of the time." Hasners strength among grass-roots activists was demonstrated through his triumph

in straw polls at the state Conservative Political Action Conference earlier this year and, more recently, at the Pasco County GOP straw vote. There are three other major contenders in the Senate primary, including George LeMieux, longtime right-hand man to former Gov. Charles Crist (who bolted the GOP to run for the Senate against Rubio as an independent) who was appointed to fill a year in the Senate after a vacancy occurred last year. LeMieuxs association with Crist, however, is considered a fatal wound among primary voters. For now, at least, the Senate primary race appears to be one between Adam Hasner and Connie Mackand that contest will surely be watched in Florida as much as the Republican primary between Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich coming up soon. John Gizzi is Political Editor of HUMAN EVENTS. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.

then that Kim Jong-un would emerge as the great successor, as hes now referred to in the North Korean media, but clearly that transition of power had little bearing on the daily struggle to survive outside Pyongyang and other centers. Looking for illegal ways to make a living The Rev. Kim cites a call from a woman near the Chinese border saying daily survival is really hard. With pay averaging less than one dollar a month, he says, people have to find illegal ways to make a living, including smuggling drugs across the border. For the first time, he says, hes getting reports of low level officials wondering about the strength of the new regime. When they meet, they are asking questions, says the pastor. Civil servants and military officers are talking about whether he is willing to lead us. Under the circumstances, North Koreans may find themselves better informed by reading leaflets dropped by balloons fired by activists in South Korea. Activists on Wednesday lofted 10 balloons into North Korea from Imjin-gak, south of the truce village of Panmunjom. The theme

of the messages was the transfer of power from father to son as well as reports of revolts against entrenched dictatorships in the Middle East a topic that goes unreported in the North Korean media. One of the organizers, Park Sanghak, was quoted by Yonhap, the South Korean news agency, as calling on North Koreans to walk out of the yoke of slavery by the Kim dynasty and to regain their freedom and human rights. Activists criticize South Korean authorities for permitting people to send condolences to North Korea -- though the government won't be sending a delegation to the funeral and has denied permission for opposition politicians to attend. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.


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expert is asked to comment on something and they have no idea because the teleprompter isn't Submitted at 12/21/2011 12:13:00 PM working. During CNBC's "Fast Money Here's why Fortress is down. H a l f T i m e R e p o r t " t h e This morning the publicly traded teleprompter was going a bit investment management firm haywire (see the video below). announced that its chief executive When Fortress Investment officer Dan Mudd would take a Group's chart came up the "Fast temporary leave of absence. Money" team was scrambling to Following that news, shares of find someone to comment on why Fortress slipped more than 5% in the stock is trading down today. pre-market trading. The stock It appeared that no one on the was last down more than 1% on "Fast Money" team really knew the New York Stock Exchange. why. Last Friday, the Securities and "You want me to take a shot at Exchange Commission announced that?" Anthony Scaramucci, the it is suing Fortress Investment CEO of Skybridge and CNBC Group's Mudd in a lawsuit contributor, asked. involving his role as CEO of "What's the news on Fortress? Is Fannie Mae along with other top there any news on Fortress? Is former Fannie and Freddie execs. that why we put it up there?" he The SEC's civil suits allege that asked. Mudd and other Fannie and It's interesting because this is the Freddie execs made false and sort of thing broadcasters fear misleading credit risk disclosures happening during a show -- the regarding subprime mortgages. t e l e p r o m p t e r n o t w o r k i n g However, Mudd has denied the properly. SEC's allegations. But it's also something they have "The SEC is wrong, and I look to prepare for so they can fly by forward to a court where fairness the seat of their pants because it is and reason not politics is live television after all and the the standard for justice," Mudd show must go on. said on Friday. It's interesting to watch when an Following the SEC's civil suit,

there was news that the FBI was beginning its own probe into the matter. The FBI has launched an investigation into whether Mudd and other former Fannie and Freddie execs misled investors and the public about subprime loans prior to the 2008 financial crisis, according to The Daily. Randal Nardone, Fortress principal and co-founder, will serve as interim CEO, effective immediately, Fortress said in a statement. Watch the video below. Please follow Clusterstock on Twitter and Facebook. Join the conversation about this story See Also: VIDEO: Play Jeopardy With CNBC Anchor David Faber Former CNBC Anchor Trish Regan Is Joining Bloomberg TV Meet Fortress Investment Group's Ex-Billionaire Interim CEO Presented By: Strengthen Customer Relationships Ads by Pheedo

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Cohen didn't point out on his video tour: a giant, ceramic yellow pepper in the kitchen, an Well it's nice to see that Andy Emmy award in the living room, Cohen's new-found fame as Bravo peanut butter in the pantry, exec-turned-late night host with a peonies on the coffee table and million dollar book deal hasn't Jonathan Adler "Letter" pillows of prompted the bubbly Bravolebrity his initials on the couch. to go on a spending spree just yet. While we love that the reality TV Turns out, Cohen is keepin' it hit maker is keepin' it real, we kitschy in his small, Manhattan prefer Cohen's "Bravo clubhouse" apartment. on the boob tube. After welcoming viewers into his "Watch what happens" HERE. home through his lavender foyer Please follow The Wire on in this video, Cohen Twitter and Facebook. makes tour stops at a living room Join the conversation about this mirror he describes as "a flat disco story ball, basically," a baseball he See Also: threw out as the first pitch at a The Entire Combined Contents Cardinals game and his view of Of Michael Jackson's Home Sold the Empire State Building. For Less Than His 'Thriller' Jacket Oh, and a kitchen that also acts as The Best Twitter Reactions a shrine to comedian/actress/ From Golden Globes Nominees author, Amy Sedaris. (And Stars The Awards Passed While opening his pantry door, Over) Cohen reveals, "I have my Amy Guess What Gag-Worthy Sedaris poster in here from her Phrase Zac Efron Got Tattooed book, which she signed, 'All you On His Body?! can eat!,' which is kinda funny." Cohen then takes us over to the Presented By: Win New fake cake from Sedaris and jar of C u s t o m e r s sprinkles she conned him into Ads by Pheedo purchasing for "like, $5." Here are a few things we noticed


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enforcement agency, the fall of any G-Sifi would cause significant disruption to the wider Financial regulation is all the financial system and economic rage these days, and banks have activity. And which government always borne the mask of scorn would let that happen? So b y its w h e n c o n f r o n t e d w i t h n e w designation alone, the G-Sifis requirements that range from have essentially been labeled "too holding more capital to better risk big to fail." Thus, the new management. standards and scrutiny that the GBut, leave it to bankers to make Sifis will be subject to will be lemonade out of lemons. Rob Cox appealing to clients, and the extra and Peter Larson at Reuters b u s i n e s s t h a t a t t r a c t s m a y BreakingViews has a piece today outweigh the costs of trying to about how banks can spin heavier adhere to the new rules. regulation to their benefit From Reuters Breakingviews: o b v i o u s l y n o t t h e o r i g i n a l Moreover, in the eyes of credit intention of the regulators. They rating agencies and customers, point to the G-20 designated 29 banks with a G-Sifi label will be global systemically important deemed stronger counterparties. financial institutions (G-Sifi), In certain businesses, particularly which include American financial f o r e i g n e x c h a n g e , c r e d i t giants such as Goldman Sachs, JP derivatives, cash management, Morgan. Morgan Stanley, Bank of transaction processing and even America and Citigroup, along equity and fixed-income trading, with well-known foreign banks this competitive edge could like UBS, Barclays and Deutsche outweigh the cost of holding more Bank among others. capital. According to the G-20's financial The G-Sifi designation could be

so attractive that banks not in the group of 29 might even vie for the label by expanding or petitioning the G-20. Of course, when regulators do finalize the exact rules and requirements for GSifis, the advantage could disappear; but for the time beingt alk about a positive spin on things. Read the whole Reuters piece here > Please follow Clusterstock on Twitter and Facebook. Join the conversation about this story See Also: Here's The Real Story Behind Ron Paul's Racist Newsletters FOX News Thumbs Nose At Rivals In Awesome Christmas Card This Is The Beginning Of The End Of The Housing Bust Presented By: Win New Customers Ads by Pheedo

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1:30 p.m. It was unclear whether he had retained an attorney, Raines said. Jimmie Whitelow, a spokesman Andre Curry, 21, right, has been for the Illinois Department of charged with aggravated domestic Children and Family Services, battery after allegedly using told on Tuesday painter's tape to bind his 1-year- t h a t h i s a g e n c y w a s a l s o old daughter and later placing an investigating the image. Whitelow image on Facebook. said DCFS officials have had no prior contact with the family. A 21-year-old Chicago father is Curry's purported Facebook due in court Wednesday afternoon profile contains several messages to face abuse charges after he from Saturday referencing the posted an image on Facebook image. "Nasty dirty child abuser," depicting his 1-year-old daughter one posting read. "To do this to bound with duct tape on her your daughter, your flesh and mouth, wrists and ankles. blood, is unbelievable." Another Chicago Police Department posting read: "This is what spokesman Officer Ron Gaines happens when children have told that Andre children. I won't leave a negative C u r r y f a c e s o n e c o u n t o f comment because hate breeds aggravated domestic battery. He more hate. This boy needs prayer, was arrested on Tuesday after he education, parenting classes, and allegedly used purple painter's therapy." tape to bind his daughter. This entry passed through the An image of the alleged abuse Full-Text RSS service if this is was posted on Curry's Facebook your content and you're reading it profile, but it has since been on someone else's site, please read r e m o v e d . A c a p t i o n the FAQ at the image read: only/faq.php#publishers. Five "This is wut [sic] happens wen Filters recommends: Donate to [sic] my baby hits me back. ; )" Wikileaks. Raines said Curry was scheduled to appear in domestic court at
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By Benjamin Kang Lim BEIJING| Wed Dec 21, 2011 8:58am EST (Reuters) - North Korea will shift to collective rule from a strongman dictatorship after last week's death of Kim Jong-il, although his untested young son will be at the head of the ruling coterie, a source with close ties to Pyongyang and Beijing said. The source added that the military, which is trying to develop a nuclear arsenal, has pledged allegiance to the untested Kim Jong-un, who takes over the family dynasty that has ruled North Korea since it was founded after World War Two. The source declined to be identified but has correctly predicted events in the past, telling Reuters about the North's first nuclear test in 2006 before it took place. The comments are the first signal that North Korea is following a course that many analysts have anticipated -- it will be governed by a group of people for the first time since it was founded in 1948. Both Kim Jong-il and his father Kim Il-sung were all-powerful, authoritarian rulers of the isolated state. The situation in North Korea

appeared stable after the military gave its backing to Kim Jong-un, the source said. "It's very unlikely," the source said when asked about the possibility of a military coup. "The military has pledged allegiance to Kim Jong-un." North Korea's collective leadership will include Kim Jongun, his uncle and the military, the source said. Jang Song-thaek, 65, brother-inlaw of Kim Jong-il and the younger Kim's uncle, is seen as the power behind the throne along with his wife Kim Kyong-hui, Kim Jong-il's sister. So too is Ri Yong-ho, the rising star of the North's military and currently its most senior general. The younger Kim, who is in his late 20s, has his own supporters but is not strong enough to consolidate power, analysts said. "I know that he's been able to build a group of supporters around himself who are of his generation," said Koh Yu-hwan, president of the Korean Association of North Korean Studies in Seoul. "So it is not entirely elders in their 70s, plus some like Jang in their 60s, who are backing him. These young backers will be emerging fairly soon." Koh said the coterie was put in place by Kim Jong-il before he

died. "The relative calm seen these few days shows it's been effective. If things were not running smoothly, then we'd have seen a longer period of 'rule by mummy', with Kim Jong-il being faked as still being alive." He said the younger Kim would accept the set-up, for now. "Considering the tradition of strongarm rule by his father and grandfather, things can't be easy for him," he said. "REGIME SURVIVAL" Ralph Cossa, an authority on North Korea and president of the U.S. think tank Pacific Forum CSIS, said it made sense that the ruling group would stick together. "All have a vested interest in regime survival," he said. "Their own personal safety and survival is inextricably tied to regime survival and Kim Jong-un is the manifestation of this. I think the regime will remain stable, at least in the near-term." He added in a commentary that the new group may be inclined to reform, but stressed this was far from confirmed. "Over the long term, there appears to be some hope, primarily emanating from Beijing, that Kim Jong-un will take North Korea down the path of Chinese-style reform, apparently based on the belief that Jang is or will be a 'reformer'."

"Who knows, this may be true. While this could relieve the suffering of the North Korean people over time, it will do little to promote the cause of denuclearization, however." The high-level source also said North Korea test-fired a missile on Monday to warn the United States not to make any moves against it. Pyongyang however had no immediate plans for further tests, barring an escalation of tensions. "With the missile test, (North) Korea wanted to deliver the message that they have the ability to protect themselves," the source said. "But (North) Korea is unlikely to conduct a nuclear test in the near future unless provoked" by the United States and South Korea, the source said. The unpredictable North's nuclear program has been a nagging source of tension for the international community. Pyongyang carried out nuclear tests in 2006 and 2009, and has quit six-party talks with South Korea, the United States, China, Japan and Russia on abandoning its nuclear program and returning to the Non-Proliferation Treaty. The high-level source also said Beijing was only notified of Kim's death earlier on Monday, the same day North Korean state television

broadcast the news. Kim died on Saturday. A leading South Korean newspaper reported on Wednesday China learned of Kim's death soon after it occurred. China has given no official comment or even hints suggesting it was told of Kim's death before the public announcement. Beijing, the North's closest ally and biggest provider of aid, has pulled out the stops to support the younger Kim. The government has invited him to visit and, in an unusual gesture, President Hu Jintao and VicePresident Xi Jinping also visited the hermit state's embassy in Beijing to express their condolences. Roads leading to the embassy were blocked. Mainly, the prospect of instability on its northeastern border worries China and it sees the younger Kim and his coterie as the best prospect for keeping North Korea on an even keel. North Korea has been pressed by China to denuclearize and is willing to do so on condition that North and South Korea, the United States and China sign an armistice replacing a 1953 ceasefire agreement, the source said. The two Koreas have been EXCLUSIVE: page 19


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parliament, a move unlikely to succeed. Having stuck by a decision to By Suadad al-Salhy and Aseel withdraw U.S. forces in 2011, a Kami return of the kind of sectarian BAGHDAD| Wed Dec 21, 2011 blood-letting that killed tens of 1:53pm EST thousands of Iraqis after Saddam (Reuters) - Iraq's Sunni Muslim fell could embarrass President minority rejected a call for all- Barack Obama as he campaigns p a r t y t a l k s o n W e d n e s d a y , for re-election. i g n o r i n g U . S . p r e s s u r e f o r Vice President Joe Biden called dialogue to resolve a sectarian Maliki and the Sunni speaker of crisis that has erupted since parliament on Tuesday to press American forces left the country for urgent talks among Iraq's this week. leaders. But there was little sign With fears mounting that the o f a t h a w o n W e d n e s d a y , nation of 30 million might one although it remained unclear how day fragment in chaos in the far the rhetoric reflected a real absence of the U.S. troops who threat to the fragile coexistence of toppled Saddam Hussein in 2003, Sunnis with the majority Shi'ites Shi'ite Prime Minister Nuri al- and ethnic Kurds, both oppressed Maliki warned Saddam's fellow under Saddam. Sunnis they faced exclusion from Maliki, calling on the Kurds to power if they walked out on his hand over Sunni Vice President ruling coalition. Tareq al-Hashemi who has taken The main Sunni-backed party, refuge in their autonomous furious at terrorism charges region, said he wanted Hashemi's l e v e l e d b y t h e S h i ' i t e - r u n Sunni-backed Iraqiya block to end authorities against Iraq's Sunni a boycott of parliament and of his vice president on the day y e a r - o l d p o w e r - s h a r i n g Americans left, rejected Maliki's g o v e r n m e n t . call for all-party talks in the "But," he warned, "If they insist, coming days and vowed to try and they are free to do so and they can unseat the prime minister in withdraw permanently from the
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state and all its institutions." SUNNIS SLAM MALIKI Iraqiya said it would not attend talks with Maliki, "since he represents the main reason for the crisis and the problem, and he is not a positive element for a solution." As well as Hashemi, who stands accused of running death squads based on televised confessions by men claiming to be his bodyguards, the other most senior Sunni politician, deputy prime minister Saleh al-Mutlaq, is also under fire from Maliki, who has asked parliament to remove Mutlaq from office. Hashemi has dismissed the charges against him as a fabrication, a denial that has credibility in Washington, where one U.S. official said he believes the charges were unfounded. The White House on Tuesday said it was "obviously concerned" about the arrest warrant issued for Hashemi. In his calls to Baghdad, Biden had "stressed the urgent need for the prime minister and the leaders of the other major blocs to meet and work through their differences together." Shi'ite leaders insist there is no

political motive behind the case against Hashemi. But Sunnis, outnumbered about two to one by Shi'ites, see it as proof that Maliki, now freed of the trammels of U.S. occupation, is determined to tighten his personal grip on government and to marginalize the Sunnis. In a system devised under U.S. occupation to divide power, Iraq has a Shi'ite prime minister with Sunni and Kurd deputies, a Kurdish president with Shi'ite and Sunni vice presidents, and a Sunni parliament speaker with Shi'ite and Kurd deputies. Having long shunned the U.S.backed institutions set up when Saddam's decades of one-man rule ended, Sunni voters propelled Iraqiya into first place in a fragmented parliament last year. But Maliki was able to draw on other Shi'ite and Kurdish groups to build a coalition, in which Iraqiya eventually took part. Tensions among the major groups has, however, hamstrung the government, leaving key posts such as that of defense and interior minister unfilled and obstructing legislation that could clarify rules for investing and

exploiting Iraq's vast oil and gas reserves. Iraq sits astride a Sunni-Shi'ite faultline running through the Middle East, fuelling mutual accusations of foreign influence, whether from Shi'ite Iran to the north or from the Sunni-ruled Arab states to the south. In an interview with Reuters, Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshiyar Zebari, an ethnic Kurd, said that the country's domestic schisms risked inviting more interference from outside: "As long as your internal front is fragmented and not united ... others who want to interfere will be encouraged," he said. "That's why it is very important to deal with this crisis as soon as possible." (Additional reporting by Serena Chaudry in Baghdad; Writing by Alastair Macdonald) This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.

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AP - Director Yoshimitsu Morita, absurdity and vulnerability of has died. He was 61. w h o s e f i l m s d e p i c t e d t h e everyday life in conformist Japan,

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Wynn promises a facility that fits with New England sensibilities, nothing like the gaudy lights seen on the Vegas strip. Steve Wynn, Las Vegas casino "This is not a vast complex. It is a mogul. complete integrated complex, but it enjoys a scale, will enjoy a scale Settled in the 1700s in the years when we present it, that is leading up to the American appropriate to Foxboro so it Revolution, the Town of Foxboro, doesn't seem to be misfitting, Mass., is best known today as the oversized, out of scale or gross, h o m e o f t h e N e w E n g l a n d crude. It will be lovely and it will Patriots. be in the woods, a nice place to Now a Las Vegas casino mogul take your family for shows and wants to bring a new game to for food and beverage," said town -- gambling. Wynn, who believes the facility After a bitter political battle, state will benefit the surrounding leaders legalized casino gambling community. "It will be a great just last month. Massachusetts place to graduate school, get a job G o v . D e v a l P a t r i c k s i g n e d and have a career." legislation allowing up to three Wynn is promising $10 million in casinos and one slots parlor, tax revenue each year, tens of marking the biggest expansion in thousands of jobs and even free gambling since the lottery was child care. created decades ago. At a town meeting last week, Gaming industry leaders are now residents were already taking in a race to win the right to build sides. Some supported the plan and profit. based on the promise of many Among them, developer Steve new employment opportunities. Wynn is teaming up with Patriots Others fear the community will be owner Robert Kraft, proposing a changed forever. billion-dollar resort-style hotel Foxboro Town Manager Kevin and casino complex across from Paicos believes the stakes are too Gillette Stadium. high. He says the mere discussion
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of a casino is tearing at the fabric of the small town. "What I'm watching is the disintegration of that sense of community over the promise of a great deal of money and it's been my judgment and I've said it strongly and vocally to the board that the disintegration of this community is not worth the money," said Paicos. "I don't care if that money is $10 million, $15 million or $20 million. At the end of the day that money is not worth disintegrating this community." The National Football League bans Kraft from owning a casino interest, but a deal would allow him to lease the land to Wynn. "What concerns me is long unemployment lines and people being out of work and the economic hardship that's going to happen in the not-to-distant future if we don't get our act together in this country," said Kraft. "That's the biggest problem we have in America today -- is the lack of good jobs for Americans across the country and if we think we're insulated here, I think we're mistaken." The Foxboro Board of Selectmen invited Wynn to appear at a

divided for decades and remain technically at war since their 1950 -53 conflict ended with an armistice but no peace agreement. The United States backed the South, while China supported the special town meeting on Jan. 10, North in that conflict. giving him the chance to convince Pyongyang is also convinced residents the billion-dollar there are U.S. nuclear weapons in development plan will be a good South Korea and demands deal for the community. Washington pull them out, the Even if Wynn manages to win source said. over the people of Foxboro he's (Additional reporting by Jack Kim facing plenty of competition. in Seoul; Editing by Raju A newly formed Gaming Gopalakrishnan and Jonathan Commission will oversee the Thatcher) bidding process to establish who This entry passed through the will get to build a gaming facility, Full-Text RSS service if this is where and when. The law allows your content and you're reading it for the casinos to be built in three on someone else's site, please read different regions of the state. the FAQ at Mayor Tom Menino only/faq.php#publishers. Five supports a plan to build a casino Filters recommends: Donate to at the old Suffolk Downs race Wikileaks. track in East Boston. The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe is looking into building opportunities in southern Massachusetts and has special negotiating rights under the new law. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.


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This undated photo, obtained by Fox affiliate WNYW-TV, shows 19-year-old Pvt. Danny Chen. Eight U.S. soldiers deployed to southern Afghanistan have been charged in connection with the shooting death of a fellow soldier, the Army announced Wednesday. Pvt. Danny Chen, 19, was found dead in a guard tower in Kandahar province in October with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, officials said. It was first believed that he may have committed suicide, but an investigation by the military revealed that Chen, an AsianAmerican from New York City's Chinatown, was the victim of harassment and ethnic slurs by his fellow soldiers. During a news conference Wednesday with Chen's family, New York Rep. Nydia Velazquez said soldiers called Chen "Jackie Chen" in a derisive accent. She said Chen was dragged across a

floor, had stones thrown at the back of his head and was forced to hold liquid in his mouth while upside down as part of apparent hazing. According to an Army press release, First Lt. Daniel J. Schwartz, Staff Sgt. Blaine G. Dugas, Staff Sgt. Andrew J. Van Bockel, Sgt. Adam M. Holcomb, Sgt. Jeffrey T. Hurst, Spc. Thomas P. Curtis, Spc. Ryan J. Offutt and Sgt. Travis F. Carden, all of C Co., 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, were charged in

"We realize that Danny will never return, but it gives us some hope," said Yen Tao Chen, his father, speaking through a translator. Chen enlisted in January and was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Wainwright, Alaska. He was reportedly found dead on Oct. 3 with a gunshot wound below his chin. The charges come after hundreds of protesters marched in lower connection with Chen's death. Manhattan last week, demanding Five of the eight soldiers have answers in the investigation into been charged with negligent Chen's death. h o m i c i d e a n d i n v o l u n t a r y The Associated Press contributed manslaughter. Other charges to this report. against the soldiers include This entry passed through the making a false official statement, Full-Text RSS service if this is dereliction of duty and assault your content and you're reading it consummated by battery. on someone else's site, please read T h e s o l d i e r s r e m a i n i n the FAQ at f g h a n i s t a n b u t h a v e b e e n only/faq.php#publishers. Five removed from their duty positions Filters recommends: Donate to and sent to a different base. They Wikileaks. are under increased supervision. Chen's family told the news conference they were encouraged by the charges.

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There's trouble brewing this Christmas for Real Housewives of New Jersey stars Teresa and Joe

Giudice. On Tuesday, a grand jury in Passaic County, N.J., handed

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Obama calls Boehner, urges deal on payroll tax

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opposition to a short-term measure that the Senate passed overwhelmingly at the weekend By Caren Bohan and Thomas and signaled an unwillingness to Ferraro reopen negotiations now, as WASHINGTON| Wed Dec 21, Republicans are demanding. 2011 1:45pm EST Obama and many economists say (Reuters) - In a bid to end a the payroll tax cut is crucial to the w o r s e n i n g s t a n d o f f o v e r country's fragile economic extending a tax break for recovery. Americans, President Barack Carney said the two-month Obama urged Republican House extension negotiated by the of Representatives Speaker John Senate was "the only option to Boehner on Wednesday to pass a ensure that middle class families short-term extension and return to are not hit with a tax hike in 10 talks on a year-long deal in the days." New Year. It was not immediately clear how Obama telephoned Boehner and Boehner and his fractious caucus Senate Majority Leader Harry will react to the offer. Reid, a Democrat, to stress his House Republicans have been w i l l i n g n e s s t o w o r k w i t h coming under heavy fire from Congress to get an agreement on fellow Senate Republicans and the expiring payroll tax cut for conservatives over their refusal to 160 million Americans, White consider the two-month deal eked House spokesman Jay Carney out by the Senate leadership on said. Friday night. Senate negotiators Obama asked Boehner and House had been unable to agree on how Republicans to drop their to pay for a longer-term
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extension. Boehner's control over his caucus, which includes many Tea Party-aligned fiscal conservatives, has come under increased scrutiny after House members revolted against the Senate deal. Senate Democrats, sensing they have a political advantage on an issue that has sharply divided Republicans in the Senate and the House, are refusing to reopen negotiations. Most have already left Washington for the holidays. (Writing by Ross Colvin, additional reporting by Caren Bohan, Kim Dixon and Paul Eckert; Editing by Vicki Allen) This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.

Over the Horizon: The Art of the Reasonable in North Korea

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Cold War reality, in which North Korea could no longer depend on the good graces of the Soviet Kim Jong Il is dead, and the Union and in which even the world is wondering what to do support of the Peoples Republic about it. The task of leading North of China could be tenuous. He K o r e a h a s f a l l e n t o a n devoted enormous resources to a inexperienced 27-year-old without nuclear weapons program that a major constituency, even as the gave the DPRK no significant threat of regime collapse worries strategic advantage and further both friends and enemies of the contributed to its international largely isolated nation. What isolation. Kim also failed to open should Washington, Beijing, the North Korean economy in any Seoul and Tokyo do in order to meaningful way, leading to a avoid a crisis? Some observers are collapse in North Korean living arguing that this represents an standards. Finally, the DPRKs opportunity for the United States human rights record under Kims to push hard against the DPRK, rule has been unspeakably awful. hopefully causing it to topple. I n t h e e n d , K i m s s i g n a l This would be a mistake; the achievement was the ability to DPRK is likely not only to survive long enough to die in survive such pressure, but to power, without even having r e s p o n d b y l a s h i n g o u t i n assured the succession of his son, dangerous and unpredictable Kim Jong Un. ... ways. A much better approach This entry passed through the would be to reach out to North Full-Text RSS service if this is Korean factions potentially your content and you're reading it interested in reintegrating the on someone else's site, please read DPRK into the international the FAQ at, in the hopes of only/faq.php#publishers. Five tipping the balance of power Filters recommends: Donate to any woman from speaking to you. within the regime. Wikileaks. To find out what they are and Kim Jong Ils legacy is clear. He make sure you arent committing utterly failed to adjust to the postany of these cardinal sins in the appearance department, read on. Continue Reading


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The Shadow of Protectionism Still Lurks in 2012

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the summer, the underlying issue of currency manipulation still threatens the global economy. A Europe's unresolved debt crisis decade after it joined the World has been the major problem Trade Organization, China is facing the global economy of late. perceived to be the main culprit, Beyond taking center stage for artificially keeping its yuan at a economic policymakers, Europe's level that makes its exports problems led investors to seek cheaper on the world market, refuge in the safe haven of U.S. thereby hurting producers in other debt, dubiously anointed the countries. ... least dirty shirt of the global This entry passed through the economic landscape. As investors Full-Text RSS service if this is pulled out of faster-growing your content and you're reading it economies, the capital flight on someone else's site, please read drove down the value of those the FAQ at currencies, many of only/faq.php#publishers. Five which had been bid up at the Filters recommends: Donate to beginning of 2011. Wikileaks. While the problem of overvalued currencies may have receded over

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Online sex abuse victims urged to come forward - BBC News

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Woman killed after New LG Magic Remote car loses control - gets voice control Herald Sun
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Woman killed after car loses control Herald Sun A WOMAN has been killed after the driver of the car she had been

travelling in lost control in western Victoria. Police say the Holden station wagon had been travelling on the Henty Highway at Dooen about 10pm (AEDT) yesterday when the car veered off... and more

You can soon talk to your LG Cinema 3D smart TV using a new Magic Remote announced by the Korean chaebol. Besides voice recognition, the controller has also been upgraded with a scroll wheel, gesture sensing, and a 2Dto-3D conversion button. LG says the Magic Remote makes for a faster smart-TV

browsing experience, and improved comfort and convenience. That said, the company did not provide any pricing and availability details in its press release. LG's current Magic Motion remote control is bundled with certain TV models such as the 47LW6500. So what's your preferred smart TV controller? Is it a swanky smartphone, large-screen tablet, or funky Wiimote-like wand?

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Verizon's 4G network: Can you hear me now?

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Verizon Wireless's claims of having the most reliable wireless network are being tested, with the company experiencing two outages on its new 4G LTE network this month. The latest outage began in the wee hours of the morning Wednesday and affected 4G customers across the nation. From New York City to Denver to Washington state, customers complained that they could not access the 4G data network. Some customers said that they weren't even able to access the 3G wireless service, despite Verizon's claims that this network was not affected. By mid-morning on the East coast, Verizon said that service had been restored. "Verizon Wireless 4G LTE service is returning to normal this morning after company engineers worked to resolve an issue with the 4G network during the early morning hours today," the company said in a statement emailed to CNET. "Throughout this time, 4G LTE customers were able to make voice calls and send and receive text messages. The 3G data network operated normally."

A similar outage occurred on December 6, when customers across the U.S. were only able to intermittently access 4G data. The carrier took about a day and a half to resolve that glitch. It's not unusual for wireless carriers and other companies to experience network issues occasionally. No network is up 100 percent of the time. But the fact that these outages happened so close together and the fact that they are happening to Verizon Wireless, a company that touts itself as the most reliable network in the U.S., makes it notable. "The big attraction for Verizon is its network superiority," said Roger Entner, founder of the market research firm Recon Analytics. "People pay a premium for this superiority. But if that goes away, they are merely expensive." Indeed, Verizon is almost fanatical about its network reliability, Entner said. And in its marketing, it differentiates itself from competitors, such as AT&T by pointing to its network reliability. Who could forget Verizon's famous television ad campaign, "Can you hear me now?" Verizon has won accolades from consumer groups for its reliable network. And this August, J.D. Power and Associates crowned it the nation's most

reliable wireless network, again. Verizon hasn't offered much explanation for why its 4G wireless network is experiencing outages. But given that Verizon is the first major wireless operator in the world to deploy the new 4G LTE technology on such a large scale, it's not surprising that it would experience hiccups in service, Entner said. The new network that Verizon is deploying is based on a new technology called LTE. And the architecture for the network is very different from the traditiononal cell phone network, which is based on a technology known as CDMA. While the traditional network uses a combination of circuit switched and packet switched technologies, LTE uses an entirely packet switched technology. This means that the network itself operates much like the Internet. This new packet network offers many benefits to Verizon and its customers. It not only significantly increases the capacity of the network, so that Verizon can offer faster speed Internet service. But it also offers network efficiencies, so that Verizon can serve more subscribers at a lower cost. But as Verizon transitions from one network to another, Entner said there is much to learn.

"When you are the first carrier in the world to really deploy LTE in any significant scale, there are going to be issues," he said. "Verizon has no else to look to to learn the painful lessons of deploying this network. The issues they're experiencing are likely growing pains. And they're to be expected." Indeed, Verizon has been expanding its 4G LTE network at a rapid pace. A year ago, the company launched the network 38 markets. By the end of this year, it's expected to have 190 markets and more than 200 million customers able to access to the LTE network. It's introduced several handsets that use the 4G LTE network as well. The quick expansion and the increasing number of users on the network, who are likely using more data than ever before, is likely what's contributed to the network outages. Entner said that it's a good sign that the outages have all begun in the middle of the night when network traffic volumes are at their lowest. He said this means the outages are likely being caused by upgrades and patches to the network. Unlike some wireless operators, Verizon schedules most of its upgrades at night to mitigate disruption to consumers, he said. But with a

new network, issues are bound to come up and one glitch can cascade affecting not just one region of the country but multiple regions. Entner explained that similar issues were common in the early 1990s when cellphones first became popular. Wireless operators were learning how to deploy and scale the networks and at times the networks would get overloaded with callers completely shutting down service. "The carriers had to learn how the network worked and how people used it," he said. "The same thing is likely happening here. There's a steep learning curve when you're first." Unfortunately for Verizon 4G LTE subscribers, they may suffer the consequences of Verizon's lessons. But Entner believes that Verizon's reputation and track record is still strong enough to weather the storm. Unlike the recent Research In Motion BlackBerry outage, Verizon seems to be resolving the issues relatively quickly. A BlackBerry outage earlier this year knocked out email and messaging service throughout the world for three or four days. "It's a small set back," he said. "As long as, these outages don't VERIZON'S page 31

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RIAA Slams Google's Anti-Piracy Efforts, Demands Even More Unreasonable Measures
John Paul Titlow (ReadWriteWeb)
Submitted at 12/21/2011 12:15:05 PM

The Recording Industry Association of America is mad. This time, the ire of the RIAA is not directed at Blogger-hosted sites pointing to zip files of new albums on Megaupload. Nor is it directed at the college students who would dare to click the "download" button on such sites. Instead, the RIAA is lashing out at Google, whose search engine is the gateway to the Web for hundreds of millions of people. Over the last year or so, Google has been making it a bigger priority to discourage copyright infringement among people who use its various Web services. Those measures, the RIAA has argued, are not enough. Sponsor Google first promised to make a handful of copyright-friendly changes to its search engine last December and by September of this year was reporting that major progress had been made. When users enter certain piracy-related search terms into Google's search box, they won't see autocomplete suggestions, as the company has filtered them out. They're also

responding to YouTube video takedown requests in a much more timely fashion, sometimes a little too quickly. Changes like this are a priority for Google, which seeks to bolster its relationships with content owners and media companies so it can further build out initiatives like Google Music and Google TV. The RIAA isn't satisfied. In a rather scathing "report card" on Google's anti-piracy efforts, the music industry group gave the company an overall grade of "incomplete" and went on to harshly criticize their efforts as being inadequate. For one thing, the RIAA thinks Google could be investing more time and energy into stopping piracy. The search giant spent $60 million on these efforts, which the RIAA points out is a very tiny percentage of their total revenue. The group argues that other Internet players, such as payment processors and ISPs have done more to combat piracy and that Google has a "special responsibility" to do more. Tightening the Reins on Android Apps and Users' Takedown Appeals The organization takes issue with Google's slow removal times for

taking down copyright-infringing Android apps. The Android Marketplace, which is less tightly regulated than Apple's mobile app store, leaves more leeway for thing like malware and apps that violate copyright. The RIAA spends a paragraph lashing Google for not being more timely about app takedown requests, but does briefly concede "that Google has improved its takedown speeds for links to infringing files in search results and on hosted blogs to less than 24 hours." Still, the organization complains that Google makes it too easy for uploaders to appeal takedown notices. If the recent YouTube spat between Universal Music Group and Megaupload is any indication, it would appear that major labels still have the upper

hand in that process. RIAA: Please Censor This, Even Though It's Not Illegal The RIAA acknowledges where Google has made progress in the last year, but in each case, argues that it could be doing a lot more. For every piracy-related term that has been filtered out of autocomplete, there are a half a dozen that the RIAA thinks should also be tossed out. For example, their report takes issue with the fact that typing "lady gaga mp3" leads to the autocomplete result "lady gaga mp3 download", which can lead users to sources of illegal downloads. This may be the case, but downloading MP3 files is not an inherently illegal act, so we can understand why Google wouldn't want to censor those terms. This part of the report is particularly unconvincing. The Lady Gaga example they provide is flimsy and no additional evidence is offered that Google has done a shoddy job of blocking piracy-related terms from autocomplete. We have to imagine this is an ongoing process within Google and one that must carefully balance the interests of rights holders with the

sensitivities of Google's users, many of whom will balk at any sign of perceived censorship. The Devil in the Details: SOPA Many of the RIAA's demands are not unreasonable. Blatant piracy should be harder to conduct in the Android Marketplace. There are a few of its own policies that Google could do a better job of enforcing. Still, the report underplays the progress Google has made and has a certain angry, zealous ring to it. When you reach the end of the document, you get a better sense of where some of the frustration is coming from. "While professing to agree that copyright infringement is a serious problem that needs to be addressed, Google raises alarmist, self-serving criticism to any legislative proposal to deter or thwart rampant copyright infringement." This is an obvious reference to the Stop Online Privacy Act and legislation like it, which is indeed opposed by Google and most major Web companies, not to mention a growing contingent of the Web's most active and passionate users. RIAA page 32



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Tracks Grabs $1 Million To Build Kindle app update The Experience Graph; Adds brings some Kindle Photobucket Founder To Its Board Fire features to iPads
Rip Empson (TechCrunch)
Submitted at 12/21/2011 1:09:29 PM

automatically in realtime, streaming their tracks to iOS devices via airplay, receive news The photo-sharing market is and updates through a feed that saturated, and, by and large, we presents activity from friends dont need more players. The across tracks and networks, as players that are there, if theyre well as geo-tag photos to show n o t l e a d i n g , a r e t r y i n g t o where pictures were taken and differentiate themselves from the when all viewable through an rest in a host of different ways. In interactive map. the case of Tracks, while it is, by Tracks are users social photo makeup, a photo-sharing app, stories, and the Tracks CEO CEO Vic Singh says that the thinks that, rather than basing an startup really isnt trying to solve app on Facebook Connect and a a photo-sharing problem so much users friend network, users want as its building a service where a more realistic mapping of fluid people can create small networks networks in realtime thus, around shared experiences in the Tracks are micro-networks that real world. cut across networks that enable In October, we covered the u s e r s t o m a k e a n d s h a r e startups launch of its iOS app, e x p e r i e n c e s e a s i l y . which seeks to do just that by That being said, apparently leveraging the experience graph T r a c k s w a n t s t o d o b o t h . to allow users to create on-the-go Previously, users had to invite group photo albums, and merge their friends to join a Track, but online and offline worlds by the team has upgraded its iOS app allowing users to turn those to to allow friends to join Tracks photos into printable physical based on their social graph, rather photo books, and so on. than just the invite-only model. The idea is really to create unique Im not necessarily buying m i c r o - s o c i a l n e t w o r k s t h a t another graph, nor am I convinced r e v o l v e a r o u n d r e a l w o r l d that Tracks can beat Instagram or experiences. Users can snap a mobile Pinterest, though I think pictures, then filter those images inherently the concept behind

Tracks has some power. Making social photo stories is something mobile users inherently want to do in realtime and on-the-go, but the user experience has to be seriously differentiated from the rest. Tracks has some of the best features of the leading photo sharing apps, filters like Instagram, and so on. But does it do it better? Well, more than a couple of investors are willing to bet that it does. Today, the startup has announced that it has raised $1 million in seed funding to go after the mobile experience graph. The investors include General Catalyst, TMT Investments, Eniac Ventures, AppFund, BHV Ventures, Harbor Road Ventures,, and a handful of angels including Photobucket founder Alex Welch, who will be joining the board. Its a big vote of confidence for the young startup, which launched at TechCrunch Disrupt NYC in May. Not bad for six months. For more, check out Tracks at home here. And chime in to let us know what you think.

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For any iPad owner who's seen those spiffy-looking magazines and newspapers on Amazon's Kindle Fire tablet and thought, "Hey, why don't my magazines and newspapers look this spiffy?", here's good news: Amazon just rolled out a Kindle app update that adds rich magazine and newspaper viewing to the iPad, among other things. Kindle 2.9 for iOS offers several appreciable changes, and not just for the iPad. For example, iPhone and iPod Touch users will also notice a new scrolling menu atop their library; it lets you sort your view between books, magazines, and documents. Also, you can now e-mail documents to your Send-toKindle address for quick and easy viewing on your iWhatever. (Those documents will also reside in Amazon's cloud so you can redownload them to other devices.) In addition, Amazon has built in a PDF reader, which you can use not just for documents linked to your Kindle account, but also for PDFs that come from the Web,

iTunes, and e-mail. The reader supports tables of contents and thumbnail navigation. But it's definitely iPad users who clean up with this update. Like the Kindle Fire, the iPad can now tap more than 400 magazines and newspapers, all of them displayed in full color, just like the paper editions. And good news for students: the new iPad app supports printreplica textbooks, which can be purchased or rented (at considerable savings). According to Amazon, "print replica textbooks maintain the rich formatting and layout of the print editions, with features including notes and highlights, zoom and pan, linked table of contents, and Whispersync of notes, highlights, and last page read." Kindle 2.9 is available now. As always, it's free, though obviously most Kindle content is not. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.

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Second Batch of Crunchies Tickets on Sale Now

Susan Hobbs (TechCrunch)

TUAW Best of 2011: Vote for the best iPhone social networking app
Steven Sande (TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog)
Submitted at 12/21/2011 2:00:00 PM

worlds most modern and beautiful acoustic venues. In Submitted at 12/21/2011 1:00:52 PM addition to the San Francisco I know that all of you have been Symphonys infamous musical waiting on pins and needles premieres, the Davies has hosted refreshing the TechCrunch home benefit concerts and readings with page multiple times each day to Sting, Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, see when the next batch of Jack Nicholson, Annette Benning, Crunchies tickets will be on sale. Bruce Willis and Sean Penn. The Well, today is the day! The Davies Symphony Hall has second batch of tickets for the 5th sweeping views of San Francisco Annual Crunchies Awards are City Hall and the War Memorial available now. 250 tickets have Opera House. The curved, floor to been released for the annual event ceiling glass lobby makes a honoring the best achievements in gorgeous setting for the 5th tech brought to you by GigaOm, Annual Crunchies. If you would VentureBeat and TechCrunch for like to learn more about the general admission purchase. The Crunchies, you can check out all first batch sold out in less than of last years Crunchies Awards two hours, so purchase your happenings here. tickets now, lest you have to wait Tickets will sell out quickly. for the next release in January. Dont delay in getting your seat The Crunchies has a bigger, for the hottest party to kick off the grander home this year at the new year in tech. If you miss your Davies Symphony Hall with the chance to get your tickets today, after party to immediately follow well release another batch of at the same venue. The Davies is tickets in January. Stay tuned for home to the world renowned San f u t u r e t i c k e t r e l e a s e Francisco Symphony, now its a n n o u n c e m e n t s . 1 0 0 t h y e a r . T h e D a v i e s After the past few weeks of Symphony Hall is one of the spirited debates, all of the

nominations are in and the votes are being tabulated. We will announce the finalists in early January and open voting for the Crunchies awards. The 5th Annual Crunchies Awards Tuesday, January 31, 2012 Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall 201 Van Ness Ave. San Francisco, CA 7:30pm midnight Awards Ceremony and After Party A night of celebration with festive attire. Our sponsors help make the Crunchies happen, if you are interested in learning more about sponsorship opportunities during the ceremony or after-party, please contact Jeanne Logozzo. For press credentials, please fill out this request form and confirmations will be sent separately via email. Tickets are on sale here. Be sure to act fast and get them now! Image credit: Orange Photography

The nominations are in, and the poll is ready to go! The TUAW Best of 2011 awards are all about you -- the readers -- and what you think is the cream of the crop of Apple or third-party products and software. To vote, select one entry from the top nominations made by readers. We'll be announcing the winner in just a few days. Vote early and often! TUAW is asking for your votes for the best iPhone social networking app of 2011. The iPhone is with you almost all of the time, which makes it the perfect device with which to let your friends and family know where you are and what you're doing. Social networking apps for the iPhone make this possible with a few taps. From the reader nominations come the following candidates for the TUAW Best Social Networking App of 2011: the newly rebooted Path(free), Facebook(free), IM+ Pro(US$1.99), Tweetbot($2.99), and Voxer Walkie-Talkie PTT(free). As with the Mac video and photo

apps, I've broken out the voting into two polls. Please feel free to vote for one video app and one photo app, and we'll announce the winners in a few days. And now, let the voting begin! View Poll TUAW Best of 2011: Vote for the best iPhone social networking app originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Wed, 21 Dec 2011 14:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Source| Permalink| Email this| Comments



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BlackBerry PlayBook gets Angry Birds, and there was much rejoicing
Chris Burns (SlashGear)

to own the business-class tablet for yourselves early on will be glad to know that the most The BlackBerry PlayBook isnt popular game in the whole mobile exactly one of mobiles greatest universe is now available for you, success storied, and RIMs too. The only downside here is attempt at making BlackBerry that each of these games will cost function as a tablet-sized OS you $4.99 apiece. Luckily though hasnt quite taken off yet the way this means you wont have to theyd planned in the beginning, mess with advertisements that but all that is set to change amid block your gameplay area. news this week that finally, at Youll have the best time in the long last, Rovio has released world playing the games everyone Angry Birds for the device. And else has had access to for many not just one game, three! Youll months now, and included in your now be able to download Angry packages youll find such bonuses Birds, Angry Birds Seasons, and as ties to the Rio movie that was Angry Birds Rio from BlackBerry released in the middle of this past App World for your PlayBook, summer and all the Seasons you just in time for the holidays! missed in the summer of your Y o u n e w o w n e r s o f t h e discontent. On the plus side, it BlackBerry PlayBook who picked does appear that Rovio will one up for $199 as well as all you continue to update these apps old-school owners who blasted through the future just as they do your pocketbooks for the chance the rest of the platforms, so no
Submitted at 12/21/2011 12:26:01 PM

confirmed Angry Birds Rio Coming to smartphones and tablets in March Gear4 offers Angry Birds cases for iPhone 4 Roku and Rovio work together to bring Angry Birds to TVs Another Angry Birds cake. Eat it or destroy it out of frustration? Angry Birds plush characters announced Angry Birds headed to Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii Angry Birds Catapults To Facebook BlackBerry PlayBook gets Angry Birds, and there was much rejoicing is written by Chris Burns& originally posted on SlashGear. 2005 - 2011, SlashGear. All right reserved.

need to buy new games, one times enough! You can pick up Angry Birds Rio then head a bit back in time to grab the original Angry Birds and have the continuation of holiday cheer with Angry Birds Seasons.

Its cheer time for BlackBerry PlayBook! Thanks for the tip, Jason! [ via N4BB] Relevant Entries on Angry Birds for PlayBook

Vast neutrino observatory will be second-largest human structure ever built

Duncan Geere
Submitted at 12/21/2011 6:29:00 AM

Forty different universities and institutions from across Europe are partnering on a project to build a neutrino observatory under

the Mediterranean sea that will be the second-largest structure ever built by humans, after the Great Wall of China. The KM3NeT telescope will have a volume of "several" cubic which purportedly stands for kilometres -- hence the odd name, " k i l o m e t r e - c u b e d n e u t r i n o

telescope". It will comprise of a number of towers -- each taller than the 830-metre Burj Khalifa in Dubai -- which will be filled with spheres containing photomultiplier tubes, which will record neutrinos passing through.

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Steve Jobs bronze statue unveiled in Budapest, Hungary

Chris Burns (SlashGear)

story straight out of Budapest. The group spoke with Graphisoft Chairman Gabor Bojar who This week the statue of Steve mentioned the work by Toth to be Jobs in Budapest you may have a dedication to the man who heard of has been officially represented a revolution which, as unveiled, looking much like a he said in so many words, can man on a mission, complete with only be compared to the discovery his patent-perfect set of jeans and of writing. Bojar spoke highly of turtle-neck, all in one color. Jobs for his contributions to a then Erected by Hungarian software tiny firm in communist Hungary company Graphisoft and designed in the 1980s: and sculpted by sculptor Erno He was one of the greatest Toth, this monument is the first in (personalities) in our era, thats whats sure to be a long line of what we wanted to express with statues complimenting the life of this sculpture here. In some the late software powerhouse. ways, Apple was a religion. We Graphisoft wants the world to have felt his spirit every day and k n o w t h a t t h e y a p p r e c i a t e now it is embodied. We hope that everything Jobs did for them, w e c a n d e s e r v e w i t h o u r including inspiration, but not least e n t r e p r e n e u r i a l c u l t u r e i n of all cash and computers. Hungary what this sculpture Photo credit for the shot above expresses as a message. Bojar goes to Laszlo Balogh who took What do you think, ladies and the photo for Rueters original gentlemen? Look like a nice
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write Steve Jobs movie Fake Steves secret identity has been revealed GTA IVs Statue of Happiness and Hillary Clinton Steve Jobs taking a leave of absence from Apple due to heath concerns Lost Steve Jobs interviews to be shown in movie theaters Steve Jobs to Give iPods to Chilean Miners as a Personal Gift Apple retail stores to close Wednesday during Steve Jobs memorial Steve Jobs bronze statue unveiled in Budapest, Hungary is written by Chris Burns& originally posted on SlashGear. 2005 - 2011, SlashGear. All right reserved.

enough statue to encapsulate the epic nature of the man who was essentially responsible for bringing the personal computer to the market at large? What would a statue of Steve Jobs look like if you made one yourself? Would it

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Android team wishes you a Santa-laden Galaxy Nexus Holiday

Chris Burns (SlashGear)
Submitted at 12/21/2011 12:44:10 PM

Theres a video out there today by the name of Happy Holidays from Android, which contains spirits being made bright, laughing all the way, and Santa himself, not to mention the brand new Samsung Galaxy Nexus making everyones noses glow with delight. Of course theres no way this is a response to Santa using Siri, right? It really doesnt matter, what matters is that this commercial is completely lovely and makes for a warm cup of hot chocolate directly from Googles Android headquarters where though it doesnt often snow, it certainly did this year. Youll find Android figurines galore, the Galaxy Nexus showing off Santa making a call, the original Motorola XOOM making the rounds in the offices of our friendly Android developers.

Inside the Santas Loot frame youll find no less than the original Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 sitting behind glass, the special edition Snowman Android figurine holding on tight, and a subsequent scene with two fellows in blue and white pod seats have them using Lenovo ThinkPad notebooks. Strange

choice there fellas! Those same two dudes are also using Android Beam, mind you, and the final scene has Santa using the panorama ability of the Galaxy Nexus (on stock Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich) to capture a lovely scene of the whole Android family. Half of them arent wearing coats

because, believe it or not, its not really that cold in California right now! Happy holidays from the Android Community and dont miss our full review of the Galaxy Nexus coming up later today, straight outta Verizon! Relevant Entries on Verizon confirms Galaxy Nexus

exclusive Verizon Galaxy Nexus set for December 15th says multiple sources Galaxy Nexus spotted with Verizon 4G LTE Samsung (Galaxy) Nexus Prime leaked in Best Buy ad, on sale 11/ 27? Samsung confirms Galaxy Nexus hits Europe November 17 Galaxy Nexus visits FCC again, but with AT&T bands Galaxy Nexus appears on leaked Verizon map Galaxy Nexus site goes live, Android page gets Tron-style Ice Cream Sandwich video Android team wishes you a Santa -laden Galaxy Nexus Holiday is written by Chris Burns& originally posted on SlashGear. 2005 - 2011, SlashGear. All right reserved.

Firefox 9 arrives, Mozilla renews Google search contract

Mark Brown
Submitted at 12/21/2011 6:19:00 AM

Mozilla and Google have renewed a contract where Google

will continue to be the default search engine in the browser Firefox for at least three more years. "We're pleased to announce that

we have negotiated a significant

and mutually beneficial revenue agreement with Google," a spokesperson for Mozilla said in a statement. "This new agreement extends our long term search

relationship with Google for at least three additional years." By: Mark Brown, Edited by: Duncan Geere Continue reading...

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TUAW TV Live at 5 PM ET: The 2nd anniversary show

Steven Sande (TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog)

Digg Meets Frictionless Sharing, Launches Social Reader on Facebook

Alicia Eler (ReadWriteWeb)
Submitted at 12/21/2011 1:00:00 PM

BST) sharp, and we'll take a few minutes to chat before the demos start. To join in on the chat and Submitted at 12/21/2011 1:30:00 PM watch the live streaming video, Time flies when you're having drop by TUAW about five fun. Yes, believe it or not, TUAW minutes before the start time to TV Live has been polluting the get your instructions on how to blogosphere every Wednesday participate. If you're unable to join afternoon since December 22, us for the show, remember that 2009, making today the second you can always subscribe to the anniversary of this live video video podcast and watch the show stream. Viewers have been treated at your leisure in iTunes or any to hundreds of product and app other favorite podcatching app. demos, interviews with The past shows are also available fascinating guests, and most of on the TUAW YouTube channel. my hat collection. The chat is now available as well Today I'll have more of the same on IRC: join us on server on tap, including demonstrations, chat room #tuaw of the Doxie Go scanner ($199), -tv. the Verbatim Ultra-Slim TUAW TV Live at 5 PM ET: Bluetooth Keyboard($84), Newer The 2nd anniversary show T e c h n o l o g i e s ' N u T o u c h noise canceling headphones($299 originally appeared on TUAW Gloves($19.99) a n d with an 8 GB iPod touch), and the The Unofficial Apple Weblog on NuScribe($19.99) stylus/pen, the most important of all -- the Opena Wed, 21 Dec 2011 13:30:00 EST. Autriv High-Sensitive Magnetic iPhone 4 case(AUD$39.95). Please see our terms for use of Stylus($19.99), the very cool Please note that the last demo feeds. Deckster Re:Class iPod nano involves beer... Source| Permalink| Email this| w a t c h b a n d ( C A D $ 1 6 5 ) , As usual, I'll be starting the show Comments AblePlanet Clear Harmony active at 5 PM EDT (2 PM PDT / 10 PM

Today Digg and Facebook are getting close. Real close. Digg is unleashing its new social reader on Facebook. When users turn on social sharing from their Digg accounts, all the stories they read will be frictionlessly shared to their news feed and their friends' news tickers. This new feature smooshes together your Facebook social graph and your Digg social graph, two social sets that might not really have much in common. This is yet another attempt at making Digg more social, following on the heels of Digg's real-time newswire and social newsrooms, which function like topical channels curated by users. Sponsor Like other Facebook social news apps users will have control over what they share. They can turn social sharing off completely, select which audiences to share to and go back later to edit their activity. There's also the backend

route on Timeline, which requires editing behind the scenes on the Facebook Activity Log. Digg decided to launch this new feature after it found that fans of the Digg Facebook page were visiting top Digg stories more regularly than its actual users. After users turn social sharing on from the Digg side (see above), all stories that a user reads on Digg will appear in the Facebook news ticker and news feed. The Digg Social Reader on Facebook will roll out slowly. Discuss

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become a trend, Verizon will be alright. But if this continues another year or two, that could be a completely different story."

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HTC completes workaround to get past Apple's patent ban

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HTC said it was pleased with a recent patent infringement ruling from the ITC, because it involves a simple UI element that was easy to fix. It appears the company was not exaggerating as the workaround is already completed. HTC infringed patent (#5,946,647) which describes a "system and method [which] causes a computer to detect and perform actions on structures identified in computer data." In a nutshell, it's describes a method to select an item like an email

address or a phone number and launch the appropriate application. The patent doesn't cover the idea, but the exact method used in iOS. HTC has until April 2012 to

and confirmed the decision will not affect any core parts of the Android operating system. It's a "user interface feature" which can be fixed easily. This is terrific news for Android handset makers who probably won't have to go toe -to-toe with Apple in a legal battle over this patent. [Via HTC Source and WSJ] HTC completes workaround to get past Apple's patent ban originally appeared on TUAW apply this fix to its handsets, and The Unofficial Apple Weblog on the company is already testing it Wed, 21 Dec 2011 13:00:00 EST. for compliance. If all goes well, Please see our terms for use of future handsets will likely ship feeds. with the fix already in place. Source| Permalink| Email this| Google chimed in on this ruling Comments

Of course, the opposition to SOPA has little to do with simply not wanting to "stop online privacy" but rather focuses on the broad freedom it gives authorities to shut down websites and the threat it poses to the kind of innovation and creativity that has built the Web we know and love today. Discuss

Spotify For BlackBerry Officially Released, Only Supports Old Hardware

Chris Velazco (TechCrunch)
Submitted at 12/21/2011 1:09:24 PM

for BlackBerry was officially released today, but youll only be able to use it under some specific If youre a BlackBerry user and circumstances. youve been waiting for a music According to Spotifys blog, the service thats just a bit more newly released app will only work compelling than BBM Music, for users with the following then you may be in luck BlackBerrys: the Bold 9780, Bold emphasis on the may. Spotify 9700, Curve 9300, Bold 9000, and

the Curve 8520. If none of those handsets sound terribly familiar, I cant say I blame you the newest of the bunch (the 9780) was released more than a year ago. Spotify doesnt explicitly mention whether or not the app works with newer BlackBerry 7 devices, but a

Spotify rep told the owner of a newer Bold 9900 that he could be sneaky and try it anyway. Even then, the sneaky approach wont work for everyone. Spotifys blog mentions that CDMA BlackBerrys arent compatible at all, and neither is the Torch 9800. That said,

BlackBerry owners with flashier hardware may still want to give it a whirl some users on CrackBerry have apparently gotten the app to work on both a Bold 9900 and the ostensibly verboten 9800.

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MasterCard and Microsoft announced a new strategic initiative to market and sell Microsoft's cloud productivity service, Office 365. You can get an automatic 10% discount when you buy through their discount program and use your MasterCard. There are several plans that start at $6 per user per month for less than 50 seats (undiscounted). Sponsor We last looked at Office 365 here and compared it to Google Docs and Zoho Docs. Microsoft has changed a few elements of its plans since our article came out this summer. The program is similar to those from other credit card companies, and there is a list

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David Rosenberg On The Difference Between The Buy And Sell Sides, And What He Is Investing In Right Now
Tyler Durden

portfolio managers from Paul Tudor Jones to Jeremy Grantham Submitted at 12/21/2011 1:03:41 PM to John Paulson to Bill Gross While part of Merrill Lynch, at least three or four times a year. David Rosenberg was always an Now the only PM's I speak to are o u t l i e r , i n t h a t h e n e v e r our PM's. Not that they "have to" sugarcoated reality, and could agree with all of my calls, but I always be relied upon to expose am here as their economic the dirt in the macro and micro concierge 24/7. The same holds picture, no matter how granular or true for our clients. In my n u a n c e d , a n d h o w m u c h i t previous life on the "sell side", it conflicted with other propaganda was very rare for me to sit down research to come from the bailed one-on-one with private clients. out broker. Then three years ago Today, that takes up a good part he moved to Canadian investment of my day helping our client firm Gluskin Sheff, transitioning base make investment decisions from the sell side to the buy side, that will build their wealth in a yet for all intents and purposes his prudent manner over time." As for daily letters, so very appreciated what he likes (and dislikes) we by many, never ceased, in essence will leave it up to the reader to making him a buysider with an find out, but will note that Rosie asterisk - one who daily shares his appears to take issue with being latest vision with the broader labelled a permabear. And why public, in addition to his personal not: he has been far more right investment team. In one of his last than not since the December 2007 letters of the year, Rosie presents s t a r t o f t h e S e c o n d G r e a t a detailed breakdown of all the D e p r e s s i o n . key differences between the sell From Gluskin Sheff: and buyside, at least from his Marrying The Macro And The perspective, and also how, now Micro that he manages other people's It's been nearly three years since I money, he is investing in the joined Gluskin Sheff + Associates future. To wit: " In my former and to this day I still get asked the role as chief economist at Merrill question about what the big Lynch, I flew all over the world differences are between working a n d s a w a l l t h e l e g e n d a r y at a big bulge bracket bank where

I spent most of my career and a boutique wealth management firm. Well, from the lens of an economist and strategist, the answer in one word is "relevance". I no longer sit on a different floor or in a different building than the critical decision makers. My office is right in the trenches with our portfolio managers and I sit kitty corner to our CIO, Bill Webb. We are in constant contact. Moreover, instead of seeing the CEO once or twice a year at some gala at a speaking event, I am in regular contact with Jeremy Freedman daily, in fact. In my former role as chief economist at Merrill Lynch, I flew all over the world and saw all the legendary portfolio managers from Paul Tudor Jones to Jeremy Grantham to John Paulson to Bill Gross at least three or four times a year. Now the only PM's I speak to are our PM's. Not that they "have to" agree with all of my calls, but I am here as their economic concierge 24/7. The same holds true for our clients. In my previous life on the "sell side", it was very rare for me to sit down one-on-one with private clients. Today, that takes up a good part

of my day helping our client base make investment decisions that will build their wealth in a prudent manner over time. So in what way are we marrying the top down "macro" view that I provide with the bottom-up "security selection" process among our portfolio managers? While our Portfolio Managers remain long-term bulls on the resource sector, they are rightfully cautious. After all, we are clearly witnessing global growth slow, which always provides a headwind for commodities. China will do the right thing eventually and re-stimulate its economy, and we all agree that the authorities there have a much better handle on their economy than the market gives them credit for. But the economic trends over the nearterm are sufficiently challenging such that the commodity space will be quite sloppy, and in our view, for at least another quarter. Where we have conviction on the "long side" (remember, we manage our own alternative strategies) right now is in energy, primarily oil-levered equities. Gold is under some real pressure right now, but we still like the long-term picture. I don't see how Europe resolves itself without

some form of monetization/ printing, which has to be good for precious metals in the end. Elsewhere, we still favour agriculture stocks even though they've pulled back and our investment team favours adding to this sector at more attractive reentry points. Within base metals and bulks, our favorites from a structural standpoint are copper, coal and iron ore, but again they will likely underwhelm until the Chinese picture becomes clearer. The bottom line: we are secular bulls, but with year-end window dressing, tax-loss selling and a dearth of catalytic news, we probably won't see the bottom in basic materials until January or February. In our U.S. equity strategy, our PM's have bought into the view of a slower growth environment and are rightfully running a lower beta (about 0.9) portfolio which emphasizes high return/high ROE businesses. As such, they continue to scour the universe for businesses with unique competitive barriers and which embrace many of our deflationary and frugal/cocooning spending DAVID page 39



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Of Course Yahoo Can Be Fixed

Henry Blodget (Money Game)
Submitted at 12/21/2011 12:59:55 PM

Entertainment, videos, etc.) Yahoo's brand Yahoo's "products"

Given the behavior of Yahoo's board in recent years, it's not surprising that just about everyone on earth has written the company off for dead. After all, Yahoo's core business has gone from dominating the Internet world ten years ago to becoming a mere annoyance in an effort to "monetize" some Asian investments. But the consensus that there's no saving Yahoo is flat-out wrong. (Importantly, this does not mean the current board WILL save Yahoo. In fact, given the board's track record over the past decade, it seems likely that the current board will NOT save Yahoo. But, with the right folks at the helm, the core business is eminently fixable.) Despite the fact that it has become a laughingstock and cautionary tale among the digital elite, Yahoo's properties are still visited by some 700 million normal people a month. 700 million! Right now, there are two other media companies on the planet that have audiences that are about that big: Google and Facebook. Everyone else is miles behind. This humongous audience is attracted by several things: Yahoo Mail (still one of the leading mail platforms worldwide) Yahoo content (Finance, Sports,

So, how do you fix Yahoo? And what will the company look like when you're done? Well, I don't yet see my name on All of those things can be the list of potential CEOs Yahoo improved radically from where is actively considering, so I'm they are today, even without a going to be coy here. (If the Board radical transformation of the wants the milk, they're going to company. have to buy the cow.) But I'll But wait. speak in generalities. Hasn't everyone moved on to What Yahoo needs more than Google and Facebook and Twitter anything is focus. It needs to by now? figure out what it is and where it Hasn't Yahoo missed the search wants to go. And then it needs to and then social wave? sell off everything that won't help Haven't a lot of Yahoos gotten it achieve that mission. d e m o r a l i z e d a n d l e f t t h e So what is Yahoo? And where company? should it go? Yes, yes, and yes. Yahoo is a media and Yahoo completely whiffed c o m m u n i c a t i o n s c o m p a n y . s e a r c h , a n d t h e n Y a h o o Yahoo should try to become a completely whiffed social. And a bigger, richer, and more powerful lot of great Yahoos have left. media and communications And Yahoo still has 700 million c o m p a n y . ( A n d I ' m u s i n g visitors a month! "media" loosely--it will include That tells you something. some commerce here and there.) What it tells you is that parts of Doing this will be challenging, Yahoo are still healthy and but far from impossible. providing products and services Meanwhile, on the financial side, that lots of people want. Yahoo basically has three sources And here's something else Yahoo of revenue: has. Display ads:~$450 million of Revenue and cash flow. net revenue in Q3, flat Even in its current deflated state, Search:~$375 million of net Yahoo still generates $1.6 billion revenue in Q3, -13% of revenue per quarter ($6 billion Other:~$250 million in Q3, flat per year) and $250 million of free cash flow ($1 billion a year). The products that produce the Compared to Google, that's "Other" revenue should probably peanuts. be sold. But compared to a whole lot of That leaves "display" and other companies, it's a bonanza. "search." HOW TO FIX YAHOO Search revenue will likely

decline more, but it doesn't need to collapse. One benefit of having pages that 700 million people land on every month is that you have a lot of real-estate on which to put search windows that people can use to search every month. Yahoo should obviously keep putting its search windows wherever it can. (Search revenue is effortless, super-high margin revenue). And, as soon as is feasible, Yahoo should threaten to dump the Microsoft search partnership and sign up with Google unless Microsoft pays Yahoo exactly what it would earn from search if it were partnered with Google (a lot more than it will earn from Microsoft). Yes, Microsoft might squawk. Yes, the government might squawk. But search is already a natural monopoly market (Google has ~65% of the market), Yahoo only has 15% of the market, Yahoo is being unfairly punished by being forced to work with crappy Microsoft, and Yahoo will have to fire thousands upon thousands of people if it can't radically improve its financial performance (This is what Yahoo will tell the government an an effort to persuade the government to let it do a deal with Google. And all this will have the benefit of being true.) Meanwhile, on display, Yahoo should sharpen its content and content-distribution strategy (in short, more and better content, across dozens of verticals) and

sharpen its brand advertising offerings (bigger ads, better targeting, more customized deals, etc.). The former will give more people a reason to actively come to Yahoo, and the latter will allow Yahoo to make more money from them. Part of this "sharpening" will involve doing a lot more with social and community throughout the site. Lastly, Yahoo needs to invest heavily in its communications platform (Yahoo Mail, Messenger, etc.) and make it amazing. This means rethinking and "modernizing" the product to some extent, but mostly it just means taking what is already good and making it great. This is critical: Yahoo communications platform is the glue that holds the content, content-distribution, and search businesses together. Yahoo could survive without Mail--it's not a huge revenue generator--but it provides enormous distribution for the content and search businesses. To let Mail just die a slow death will mean passing on an extraordinary opportunity. In short, there are four steps to fixing Yahoo: Focus the company(Sell anything that doesn't serve the core mission) Generate more revenue from search(threaten Microsoft, defect to Google) Invest heavily in content and COURSE page 41

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Guest Post: Legality Of MF Global Asset Transfer Questioned

Tyler Durden
Submitted at 12/21/2011 12:37:32 PM

Submitted by Mark H. Melin Legality Of MF Global Asset Transfer Questioned Commodity Customer Coalition founder James Koutoulas is requesting that MF Global bankruptcy Judge Martin Glenn investigate three potential legal issues that are said to have occurred in transferring of MF Global assets. The key issues include the fact that JP Morgan was able to purchase MF Global bonds at a discount without any open bidding process and the assets were apparently sold without disclosure to or approval from the U.S. bankruptcy court or trustees. The third issue centers on JP Morgan seeking special favors from the Federal Reserve to receive priority treatment over investor segregated fund accounts. The first such non-transparent movement of assets occurred when JP Morgan is said to have purchased MF Globals Sovereign Debt at a significant discount without an open bidding process, paying $0.89 and later selling that debt to investor George Soros for $0.95. No one is going to complain about JP Morgan generating profit. However, purchasing assets of a bankrupt firm without an open bidding

process or disclosure to the bankruptcy court and trustees is where JP Morgan may be in trouble, according to Mr. Koutoulas. This sale could be subject to clawback provisions, legal experts speculate. (On December 9, 2011 The Wall Street Journal reported the fact that bonds were moved to KPMG London office, which was the bankruptcy administrator, but at the time the article did not discuss sale details or approval through the bankruptcy process. See " Corzine's Loss May Be Soros's Gain" by Gregory Zuckerman and Dana Cimilluca.) The key issue is that such transfers is the bonds were purchased at a discount without open bidding and the process was not disclosed to or authorized by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, according to Mr. Koutoulas. Who gave JP Morgan permission to purchase those bonds at a discount without open bidding? The second questionable movement of assets is said to have occurred when JP Morgan purchased MF Globals stake in the London Metals Exchange (LME) without proper disclosure. The event was widely reported at a basic level on November 28, 2011. The larger issue, however, appears to center on the fact that such a transaction was not

approved by the U.S. bankruptcy court and trustee. Was this disclosed in court? Mr. Koutoulas rhetorically asked. No. Was their trustee approval? No. The third issue occurred in congressional testimony Thursday, December 15, 2011 where it was discovered JP Morgan asked the Federal Reserve to write a letter claiming that the segregated funds should not be categorized as client money. How many letters like this have they asked for in the past? I want all the statistics regarding the number and content of letters, Koutoulas questioned. JP Morgan wanted a get out of jail free card from the Fed. Guess what? That doesnt fly with me. Their hubris is so severe. They think we dont know the industry, like we are Occupy Wall Street radicals or something and dont have a clue or message, Mr. Koutoulas said, noting that the CCC is comprised of experienced industry participants who understand the financial services industry from the inside. Mr. Koutoulas seeks to solve the problem with JP Morgan without dragging the issue through court. In speaking to JP Morgan, Mr. Koutoulas said Listen, you are buying vulture MF Global claims

at $0.86 on the dollar. Why dont you pay a fair price of $0.97 take the customers out of the bankruptcy and we will indemnify you from any class actions resulting from this. A vulture claim occurs when an MF Global claimant such as a farmer or small business person is in desperate need of cash and sells their claim to someone such as JP Morgan, who purchases the claim at a lower rate than the value at maturity. In this example if JP Morgan purchased the claim at $0.87 and all clients were eventually "made good" JP Morgan would receive the par value of $1.00. With the MF Global bankruptcy proceedings apparently moving along much quicker than expected, JP Morgan stands to potentially make a quick 13% return on such vulture claims. Mr. Koutoulas reports that JP Morgan would not even discuss the issues. I can see that you disagree with me, said Mr. Koutoulas, whose organization represents over 7,000 MF Global clients, mostly professional investors. They wont even meet with me and talk with me. Mr. Koutoulas is currently working Pro Bono and many of the lawyers are working at a highly discounted rates and requested that industry

participants donate to help . I need professional litigators and bankruptcy attorneys backing me up, said Northwestern Law School grad Koutoulas who also operates Typhon Capital Management, which is an NFAregistered Commodity Trading Advisor and Commodity Pool Operator. "We've had an outpouring of lawyers who want to help," Mr. Koutoulas said, sitting with a young Yale Law School grad as we spoke. In calling on MF Global presiding bankruptcy Judge Glenn to investigate these issues, Mr. Koutoulas is rallying the futures industry to boycott use of JP Morgan. Call your FCM and if they are using JP Morgan say We wont do business with you if you work with JP Morgan, he said, requesting that industry participants get on Twitter and follow the#BoycottJPM hash tag. For additional information on the Commodity Customer Coalition v i s i t www.CommodityCustomerCoaliti and on Twitter use hash tag#boycottJPM For a related radio interview: Mark H. Melin is author / editor of three books, including High Performance Managed Futures GUEST page 41



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$30 Billion Fund Manager Makes Case for Being Totally on Sidelines in Treasuries and German Bonds (Mike Mish Shedlock) (Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis)
Submitted at 12/21/2011 1:13:00 AM

Michael Platt, CEO and founder of BlueCrest Capital, a $30 billion hedge fund, states the case in an interview on Bloomberg for being totally on the sidelines in shortterm US Treasuries and German Bonds. Link if video does not play: Euro Crisis - Hedge Fund CEO Mike Platt - Bloomberg 15-12-2011 The video is 15 minutes long and well-worth watching. Platt is not a permabear by any means. He caught the rebound nicely in 2009 but now believes the prudent thing to do is completely avoid risk for the time being as better opportunities will come down the road for those who stay liquid. Partial Transcript Michael Platt: We distill it down to one really essential fact. If you look at the debt of Italy at 120% of GDP, which is increasing at a real rate of 5% where they have to fund these days, and if you look at GDP which is now forecast to be declining at 1.5%, arithmetically that debt is going to blow up. We don't see anything that is happening at the policy level that gives us any indication that there's

going to be anything to convert this situation from where it is now to a much more substantial and real crisis in the future. If Italy and Spain are forced to roll their debt over which this year is going to be on the order of 600 billion euros, if they have to pay rates between 5 and 7 percent, then the situation in Europe is unsustainable. We are not going to have any Eurobond. We are not going to have a full political and fiscal union where the transfers can take place. It seems that what we are going to have is an attempt to control the European situation through continued austerity which is a process that is pro-cyclical. More austerity creates more slowdown. To raise more capital we are looking for a three trillion take-down in European balance sheets. There is nowhere I can see to get any growth from. Bloomberg: It's all about economics and not a cultural and political divide? Michael Platt: Absolutely it's about a cultural and political divide. The reality is there is no willingness within the Eurozone to share wealth. I want to make something very clear, the market price says the

probability of a eurozone breakup is distinctly non-zero, despite what the politicians say. Bloomberg: Is it going to get worse? Michael Platt: We are going into 2012 and the problem is going to get worse. The actual process that this has been unfolding under as been extremely gradual and there has been a lot of optimism in the markets that some kind of solution will be found. But unfortunately, the process of bond markets selling off, driving funding costs higher, has been absolutely continual and now as debt rates go up to 7% it becomes a self-fulfilling prophesy. Bloomberg: Most of the banks in Europe are insolvent now? Michael Platt: repeating ... If banks were hedge funds and you marked them to market properly, I would say most most of them are insolvent. Bloomberg: How do you feel about banks as counterparties? Michael Platt: I do not take any exposure to banks at all if I can avoid it. All the money at BlueCrest Capital is in 2-year US government debt or 2-year German debt. We have segregated accounts with all our

counterparties. We are absolutely, radically concerned about the credit quality of our counterparties. Bloomberg: Are you afraid of taking risk right now? Michael Platt: Absolutely. We are not interested in taking any peripheral debt risk at all. Bloomberg: You are looking for all of the potential opportunities out there in the world, not to perform. Michael Platt: The most important thing to remember about crises is: you don't make your money going into the crisis. Because when you go into a crisis like 2008, markets trade against positions. People have positions on. People need to get risk off. All the things that people thought were a good idea, start going into reverse. The big money is made in the aftermath of the crisis. Bloomberg: Are you looking at opportunities in illiquid assets? A lot of hedge funds are saying man, there is a lot of yield to be had in some of these illiquid products. Michael Platt: I would not touch illiquid assets. We are going into an environment in which banks are going to delever. Illiquid assets are going to be coming out

on the street everywhere. The price of liquidity is going to go up. Bloomberg: You're not temped? Just as were hearing, banks are shedding assets, we are hearing from many investors this stuff is too cheap to ignore. Michael Platt: It would have been the end of my business in 2008 if I had done such a thing. Ayone that had illiquid positions in their hedge funds, there were runs on those hedge funds because people wanted to get the cash out. In 2008 I paid out $9.5 billion to the street. I was up a lot and completely liquid. Bloomberg: Do you expect we are going to see a repeat of 2008? There's going to be something akin to a credit crunch and anybody holding illiquid assets is going to get crushed the same way they were three years ago? Michael Platt: That's what I think. Yeah. What's going on now is significantly worse than 2008. End Transcript That is one of the best interviews I have heard in a while. Platt stated his position very well and I am in essential agreement with the overall message about risk. $30 page 40

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themes. We are somewhat agnostic as to what sectors we find these businesses in, but as it shakes out, we continue to favour Technology as well as Consumer Staples and Healthcare. Within Technology, we think we are in inning two of nine with regard to enabling mobility, and have embraced the ecosystem leaders which we perceive to have unfair advantages (Apple, Qualcomm, Google, American Tower). Some might argue, but I believe a smartphone is less of a luxury these days than cable television. The cost to the consumer after carrier subsidy is less than $100 and costs as low as $15 per month for a device which can be your phone, camera, messaging device, video camera, book reader, internet browser, video player, and countless other things. Within the Consumer group, we focus on businesses that take advantage of secular trends or provide good dividend income rather than high-end retailers or restaurants (ex-McDonalds). Our largest weights embrace the trends surrounding the U.S. consumers "saving money" or taking steps to watch their pennies. Our largest two discretionary positions are providers of used/refurbished auto parts, given the average age of

vehicles on the road in the U.S. (10.6 years) and the desire to provide inexpensive fixes. We then have the likes of McDonalds, Family Dollar (the second largest U.S. dollar store chain), Mattel (I would argue toys for kids aren't discretionary; grandparents are living longer, divorces are good for toy buying, and the average Mattel toy is less than $12). Very much in line with my thoughts on the consumer. Given the regulatory overhang and clouded earnings outlook in the Financial Services Sector we are focused on their credit offerings and remain wary of the equity. Our European exposure through ADRs (American depositary receipt) is comprised of Vodafone (all wireless and owns half of Verizon Wireless and will yield 8% in 2012) and Ryanair (actually do better in recessions as large and high cost airlines in Europe consolidate and lose money). We have been long Aerospace all year (see my work on this from yesterday's Breakfast with Dave), as airlines need to upgrade planes in the era of $100/bbl oil and competitive fares in order to stay in business. This is a solid 3-5 year growth market and backlogs have never been bigger for the plane makers. This goes to show,

yet again, that we can invest in secular growth themes that transcend the Eurozone debt crisis, economic headwinds in the United Sates and growing real estate strains in China. This holds true, for example, in the Healthcare space, where valuations are attractive and the overall business is non-cyclical. The sector more than discounts the patent cliffs for big Pharma, and will benefit from rising income levels in emerging markets. The average dividend of greater than 3% yield dovetails nicely with our (Safety & Income at a Reasonable Price) S.I.R.P.strategies. Within our long/short strategies, we are positioned conservatively at the current time. We are long either large cap, blue-chip dividend payers that are growing their dividend or Canadian yieldoriented names that are mid-cap (names that we have owned for many years, whose management we know well and that we believe operate in a very good competitive position). We are generally short businesses we think are either in secular decline or have a poor capital structure that may force a dividend cut. Thematically, we are generally short anything reliant on paper, as

we believe the digital transition and cultural changes will make these dinosaur businesses obsolete. We are long power and pipe companies in Canada that pay an attractive dividend yield and we view the underlying assets as very valuable. We are long blue-chip, large cap U.S. dividend payers McDonald's, Hersheys, Altria are some examples. We have been short the Canadian consumer/housing through some retailers and mortgage insurers. The longs in this universe are more in the property and casualty firms that are well positioned from a balance sheet and competitive perspective. On net, we are short the financials. In conjunction with our resource sector view, we remain long Canadian exploration and production firms that have good organic growth profiles and have an oil bias or a bias of gas-rich or natural gas liquids. Also consistent with my long held view that this is a multi-year malaise, and identifying where people spent their time for enjoyment in the dirty-thirties, it was at the movie theaters. In our view, this sector has become a cash cow. We're long both Canadian and U.S. theatre companies in our long/short

strategies, and it is a theme that is working well. When Gerry and Ira started the business in the early 1980s, 1-bill yields were in double-digits. Now that is a big "risk-free" hurdle for any fund manager to clear, but interest rates at that level were also foreshadowing a very benevolent macroeconomic landscape ahead. But today we have the inverse. Risk-free rates are close to zero, which is a tailwind for us, but it is also a signal of how challenging the investment horizon is currently there are far fewer needles in the haystack. But between my top-down research and the bottom-up by our PM's and analysts, we are finding quite a few. Perma bear, indeed. It's all about preserving capital first and generating attractive risk-adjusted returns over time. Average: Your rating: None This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.

Who Benefits from the Mortgage Interest Deduction?

Andrew Hanson, Ike Brannon and Zach Hawley (The Weekly Standard)
Submitted at 12/21/2011 12:45:00 PM

One of the costliest tax deductions in the IRS code is the one that allows homeowners to deduct their mortgage interest

from their income. The $477 billion in deductions taxpayers claimed last year (which includes second homes and home equity

loans, and covers mortgages up to $1 million) is highly skewed to upper income households concentrated in the suburbs of a

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Investigating the NAR's Seemingly Incredulous Statement on the Accuracy of Local Housing Data; Discussion with Calculated Risk on "Where to From Here"

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Wal-Mart Is Crushing The Competition Again -Here's How

Joe Weisenthal (Money Game)

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content-distribution Make the communications platform great

marketing campaign twice as large as LY along w/ addl Submitted at 12/21/2011 11:51:00 AM features such as Layaway L e a r n m o r e a b o u t d i g i t a l (supporting toys & electronic commerce and social media on sales), Super Saturday toy & Feb. 7, 2012 at the Social electronic sales events (began 11/ Commerce Summit. Meet leaders 5), in the space and boost your ROI Xmas Price Guarantee, a Holiday and market knowledge. Credit offer (6 mos no interest w/ From BofA/ML's Robert F. WMT credit card); (3) solid Black Ohmes, an explanation of how Friday traffic; (4) WMTs gas 10c Wal-Mart is STILL garnering rollback program & lower gas more and more market share this prices; (5) early traction on year. WMTs planned $2bn price We believe WMTs Old School investment over the next 2 yrs; (6) strategy is supporting market a return to the broadest assortment share gains & improvements in possible & improved on-shelf customer traffic this holiday availability; & (7) ongoing season, driven by: (1) aggressive expansion of multi-channel re- emphasis on EDLP (Everyday (Walmart Black Friday #4 Low Price); (2) a robust holiday searched item on Google over

Black Friday). Note that Wal-Mart is at a new 52-week high. 1-year chart of WMT via Bloomberg Please follow Money Game on Twitter and Facebook. Join the conversation about this story See Also: FOX News Thumbs Nose At Rivals In Awesome Christmas Card This Is The Beginning Of The End Of The Housing Bust STOCKS EXPLODE HIGHER AFTER MOUNTAIN OF GOOD NEWS: Here's What You Need To Know

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Cindy Crawford Starts Her Annual Mexican Getaway With Clooney and Friends
Katie Henry (PopSugar)
Submitted at 12/21/2011 10:51:25 AM

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Cindy Crawford took a stroll with friends on the white beaches of Cabo yesterday. She's in Mexico with her husband, Rande Gerber, and their close friend George Clooney. Cindy, Rande, George, and George's girlfriend, Stacy Keibler, spent Thanksgiving south of the border, and it seems they're planning a similar celebration for the upcoming holidays. George is expected back in LA just after the new year for Hollywood's 2012 award season. He's up for multiple nominations, and it's likely his

supportive friends Cindy and Rande will be there to cheer George on like they did over the Summer at the Venice Film Festival. View Slideshow



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7 Year Bonds Price Just Off All Time Low Yield In Last Non-Bill Auction Of The Year
Tyler Durden

When Issued and modestly worse than November's 1.415%. And Submitted at 12/21/2011 12:14:18 PM while the previous weekly Today's$29 billion 7 Year bond auctions were records only to auction, the last of the week and disappoint in their internals, this of the year, priced just modestly one was the opposite, with a 2.68 better than this week's previous 2 Bid To Cover, above the 2.59 and 5 year primary issues, LTM average, and solid Indirect although on the surface it may takedown at 42.01%, far better have been a little weaker, pricing than the 39.88% in November, at 1.43%, just wide of the 1.422% while Directs declined from

18.85% to 12.95%. This left 45.04% for Dealers to use as immediately repo collateral. And with that, the US just added another$40.8 billion in net new debt, which we believe after today's update on settled debt from last week will finally push total US debt to GDP over 100%, and certainly when one accounts for the historical adjustments to

previous GDP following today's epic existing home sales adjustment by the NAR, which will almost certainly bring total US GDP as of September 30, 2011 to under $15 trillion. Average: Your rating: None Average: 5( 1 vote) This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is

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Onset of Electrical Resistance Measured for First Time

Dave Mosher (Wired Top Stories)
Submitted at 12/21/2011 11:00:00 AM

Using a fast-pulsing laser, physicists have recorded the first moments of electrical resistance, the friction that generates heat as electricity travels through circuits. Its quite the feat: electrons in a computers semiconductor slow from near-light speed to a snails pace in roughly 300 femtoseconds, or about 10,000 times faster than it takes light to travel one foot. We had to use very fast laser pulses to measure such short time periods. You could never do it with typical electronics, said Klaus Reimann of the Max Born Institute in Berlin, a physicist who co-authored a study of the effect Dec. 16 in Physical Review Letters. Semiconductors are materials that borrow properties of both electrical conductors, such as copper, and electrical resistors, like ceramic. Theyre found in everything from transistors and

LEDs to solar panels and microprocessors. Depending on the material, semiconductors perform a circus of physical feats, including producing light. When a voltage is applied to gallium arsenide, for example, the material spits out infrared photons (which makes them great hidden light sources for security cameras). Semiconductors are also crucial components of computer processors. When a voltage is applied, they store and shuttle bits of information. As this happens, the friction of electrons in the material electrical resistance heats them up. Physicists knew electrical resistance didnt kick in the moment a voltage was applied. Electrons experience some freedom before slowing to a crawl and scattering. What wasnt certain was how quickly they make that transition (illustrated in the animation above, with electrons in blue, electron holes left by departing electrons in red, and voltage signified by the green

arrow). Any scattering processes will take some time, but we didnt know how much, Reimann said. To find out, Reimann and six colleagues set up a terahertz laser, able to emit 1 trillion pulses of light per second, and split its beam in two. One half shined on a strip of gallium arsenide and helped its electrons create a current. The other measured the electrons movement. Because a standard computer was too slow to compile the data in one shot, the researchers ran the experiment hundreds of times, taking a reading at a slightly different moment with each iteration. Data point by data point, a picture of resistance emerged. In gallium arsenide, it took 300 femtoseconds for electrons to begin slowing and scattering. Reimann said the speed of electrical resistances onset scaled with the number of electron holes, where an electron had popped out and moved. The more holes, the faster electrons slowed to a crawl. Someday, when computers reach

processing speeds 1,000 times faster than whats possible now, the effect may be crucial. We have no idea if or when that will happen, but you might be able to use it to make computers that are faster and use less electricity, he said. Video: Max-Born-Institute Citation: Strong correlation of electronic and lattice excitations in GaAs/AlGaAs semiconductor quantum wells revealed by twodimensional terahertz spectroscopy. By W. Kuehn, K. Reimann, M. Woerner, T. Elsaesser, R. Hey, and U. Schade. Physical Review Letters, Vol. 107, No. 067401 Dec. 16, 2011. D O I : 1 0 . 1 1 0 3 / PhysRevLett.107.067401 This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.

The 40 Best Shirtless Moments of 2011!

Mackenzie Wagoner (PopSugar)
Submitted at 12/21/2011 10:34:46 AM

Why Celebrate Christmas When You Can Join the Messianic Cult of Obama?
Mark Hemingway (The Weekly Standard)

The Obama campaign would very much like for you to start a new holiday traditionharanguing

your Republican relatives about voting for Obama. Nothing creepy here, nosiree:

The sexiest men in Hollywood kept the temperature rising all year long with jaw-dropping shirtless moments. When David Beckham wasn't baring his abs in Malibu, Robert Pattinson was shooting sexy honeymoon scenes without his shirt for Breaking Dawn. Ryan Gosling let his sixpack steal the show in Crazy, Stupid, Love, and Garrett Hedlund and Andrew Garfield showed serious skin on a boys' day at the beach. In case you missed it, check out the best bikini pictures of the year and see all the buff celebs in our roundup of 2011's best shirtless bodies! Also, don't miss all our Best of 2011 coverage across the PopSugar Network! View Slideshow



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What To Do When You Can't Get Hard

Dr. Hernando Chaves (AskMen Latest Articles)

When Playful Sex Goes Awry Dear Doc Chaves, I had a weird thing happen to me and Im not sure what to think about it. My girlfriend and me were hiking and she wanted to go down on me to be playful. We picked a spot that was pretty secluded and she started to blow me. Well, two other hikers came out of nowhere and walked near us. We both freaked and ever since then, I havent been able to get hard. Not even when were alone. Im totally traumatized and dont want to talk about the hike or the erections with my girl. This is getting ridiculous to not get hard. Its been almost two weeks without having sex. Im getting freaked.- Mike, CT Well, you win the award for best hiking adventure. I hope you realize how lucky you are to have an openminded partner with and adventurous relationship. It seems pretty obvious your erection issues are related to the shock of getting caught with your pants down. I know its a tough thing to forget, but youre going to have to learn to let go of the anxiety. One of the best ways to

begin the process of letting it go is to talk about it. Some men arent socialized to talk things out, but its been proven to have amazing benefits to health, anxiety and mental well-being. Youre penis is trying to tell you something. Its telling you that youre holding on to way too much shame and anxiety and hes on strike until you let go of some of that mental baggage. Try talking about the hike with your partner. Express your feelings, talk about how it affected you and share with her the impact it has on you. Also, let her know that your erection difficulties arent about her, but connected to the hiking experience. The dialogue should take off and hopefully you will have a supportive, healing

conversation. Next, forget about sex for a while. Yes, exactly the opposite of your goal, but hear me out first. Youre putting too much pressure on your penis and its creating a negative cycle of unsuccessful attempts at erection. Try a different approach until you feel more comfortable and your penis is ready. Let your partner know you would like to not have intercourse but want to focus on non-intercourse activities like being nude together, foreplay, kissing, massage, cunnilingus, and being present with your partner in the sexual moment. Sometimes a bit of time off from the expectations of intercourse plus the healing power of talking and communication may do the trick. Also, try masturbating

alone in the meantime. My guess is youll feel most comfortable and the least amount of anxiety during a solo session. See if erection and self-pleasure is possible. If it is, gradually, but not forcefully, get comfortable and bring that erection back into your partnership with slow pacing. Who knows, your erection may just pop up unexpectedly during these outercourse sessions (nonintercourse behaviors). If things persist, it could be helpful to seek out a sex therapist for added support. So your homework assignment is talk, outercourse and masturbation. Dont you wish school assignments were always like this? Why Would She Want To Get Freaky? Hi Doc,While dating this girl, Im getting to know her sexual side and its way beyond freaky. Some of the things she mentions are a little outside my zone and she hints at other things way past my comfort zone. One thing she mentioned when we were a little drunk is that she wanted to sit on my face and me. Im not so sure about this, especially with the dirtiness of the backdoor. My question is, why would she want to do this?Find out what Doc Chaves thinks, next... Continue Reading

What will future Americans think of us?

(Holy Kaw!)
Submitted at 12/21/2011 1:05:00 PM

Future Americans will look back on today's times with an mixture of shame and disgust, economist and former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers says in this Big Think video. New philosophies and ethical standards will take the place of our foibles and failings, he says. "It would be very surprising if there are not important aspects of how we live today that will shock the consciences of those who look back on us, just as our consciences are shocked by those who came before." Full story at SmartBlog on Leadership by SmartBrief. More SmartBrief stories. Permalink| Leave a comment

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Exclusive Video: See Mwahaha's 'Rainbow Diamond' Eye-Fry

Scott Thill (Wired Top Stories)

Top 10 Isaac Newton Inventions

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Submitted at 12/21/2011 8:00:56 AM

gigantically small at the time. Tilton, co-director Josh Rauber Submitted at 12/21/2011 12:21:00 PM and cinematography engineer Psychedelic sonics collide with Evan Rivera Lee compressed digital trickery and 60 quarts of Peacocks potent dosing into a paint in the visually rich music surreal reel full of paint and video for Mwahahas Rainbow pathos. The short take? It looks Diamond, exclusively premiered like a 60s happening mashed above. through the iTunes visualizer. The tectonic electro-pop track With deadline pressure and no from the Oakland, California, budget, I pulled all of my bands self-titled debut matches resources together, Tilton, whose up nicely in name and inspiration brother Cyrus is also a Mwahaha with the head-trip clip, co- member, told in an edirected by Mwahaha band mail. I work at a paint store, so I member Nathan Tilton. dug through its discounted pile of Some of the lyrics were written mis-tinted paint, each one being a the morning after an all-night acid different color. I took about 60 trip, Mwahaha vocalist Ross quart cans to a basement in West Peacock, whose bald visage Oakland, and one idea led to provides Rainbow Diamond another. with much of its canvas, told Tilton stayed away from plot, in in an e-mail. I respect to both Peacocks trip and r e m e m b e r t h i n g s l o o k i n g videos open narrative format.

The result is a complementary twin of Mwahahas musical debut, a record with shifting sonics that evoke everyone from The Dears and Deerhoof to David Bowie and Pink Floyd. (That last bands iconic back cover for the uneven record Ummagumma is directly quoted in Mwahahas band photo.) Screen the premiere video above and let us know in the comments section if you enjoyed Mwahahas weird ride. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.

You may know Sir Isaac Newton(1642-1727) as "that apples-and-gravity guy," but the inscription on his tomb at Westminster Abbey hints at far greater wonders. According to the carved Latin script, interred within are not merely the bones of a great man, but the bones of the greatest man who ever lived. "Mortals rejoice," it reads, "that there has existed such and so great an ornament of the human race!" Even for a eulogy, you have to admit that's a ridiculous level of praise -- or so it seems at first. Born the son of an uneducated farmer, Newton died a true polymath -- a celebrated master of

astronomy, chemistry, mathematics, physics and theology. His endless curiosity led him to tackle problems as minuscule as rug-peeing cats and as grandiose as humanity's ultimate purpose in the cosmos. Newton's many inventions, discoveries and harebrained notions provide a glimpse into a legendary mind. Let's kick things off with a bang. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.

Quiz: Are you a true nerd?

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Submitted at 12/21/2011 8:00:56 AM

So, you pride yourself on math proficiency and an intimate knowledge of Wookiee mating rituals. But do you really know

everything there is to know about nerd culture? Test your nerd levels with our quiz. Earn a point for every right answer! Save your score at the end of the quiz. This entry passed through the

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William and Kate Make a Special Visit to Diana's Dearest Charity

Allie Merriam (PopSugar)
Submitted at 12/21/2011 11:07:09 AM

Prince William and Kate Middleton made a special holiday visit to the headquarters of the Centrepoint charity in London this evening. The foundation is one that is quite special to William, as it was the organization most closely associated with the philanthropic works of his mother, Princess Diana. Diana was formerly Centrepoint's patron, an honor that William now holds. Kate is presently determining which foundations she will focus on, and it's been rumored that Centrepoint, which helps young homeless people, is near the top of her list. William and Kate took a cooking class at the center tonight and were snapped cutting shapes out of pastry.

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For inviting afternoons of sunbathing, cocktails, killer views of your surroundings, and celebrity sun worshippers relaxing Kate stepped out this evening in a nearby, nobody does the trendy Ralph Lauren sweater dress, but it rooftop pool scene better than a was her strapless Alexander trendy hotel.Weve reviewed McQueen gown that turned heads some of the largest, highest and at Monday's Sun Military Awards. The findings suggest that food most attractive hotel pools Kate and William attended with (Holy Kaw!) availability has been a primary worldwide to bring you our his brother, Prince Harry, who Submitted at 12/21/2011 12:39:00 PM driver of animal evolution, f a v o r i t e s . A n d w e d o n t spoke during the ceremony. Harry Evolution can be a heads or tails starting with the head and then on recommend staying for just an shared his excitement to go to afternoon of drinks and eye candy Afghanistan for another tour of question, with scientists debating down. -- youll party into the wee hours duty with his fellow servicemen which parts of animals diversified Full story at Discovery News. first. It turns out that heads win, More news from Discovery at several of these pools. and women. View Slideshow according to new research, with Communications. Continue Reading species evolving in their heads Permalink| Leave a comment before other bodily changes become evident.

Strange heads evolved before unusual bodies

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Oh Christmas tree!: a history in photos

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Submitted at 12/21/2011 12:38:00 PM

Christmas would not be Christmas without a glittering fir

tree. The most recognizable and traditional symbol of the holiday season, the Christmas tree is a custom that has continued from generation to generation and place

to place.

But how did the the fir tree find its way from the lonely forests into homes? The story goes back many centuries. Full story at Discovery News.

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The Best Turn-by -Turn Navigation App for iPhone [Iphone App Directory]
Adam Dachis (Lifehacker)
Submitted at 12/21/2011 11:00:00 AM

The iPhone, being without a built -in turn-by-turn navigations app, has found itself with a number of third-party options. We've test a lot of them and found the best to be Waze, the free socially-aware app with live traffic and plenty of other awesome features. More

The Kindle App for iPhone and iPad Now Gets Emailed Documents (Including PDFs) [Kindle]
Melanie Pinola (Lifehacker)
Submitted at 12/21/2011 10:50:00 AM

Draw On Your Desktop with These Sketched Up Wallpapers [Wallpaper Wednesday]

Adam Dachis (Lifehacker)
Submitted at 12/21/2011 10:30:00 AM

The Cutest Movie & TV Puppies, Kittens & Animals Of The Year
Jordan Zakarin (TV on

iOS: Amazon just updated its iPhone and iPad apps in a big way: You can now send documents to your iOS device via a new Send-to-Kindle email address, even PDFs. There's a new layout too for viewing books, newsstand, and docs. More

Big and colorful wallpapers are great, but some of the most compelling images require nothing more than a pencil and paper (or pen). Here are some great sketches to decorate your desktop. More

supporting parts featuring some very highly trained stars. From "Parks and Recreation" horse L'il Submitted at 12/21/2011 12:54:57 PM Sebastian (RIP) to Uggie the dog Out of all those Golden Globe from "The Artist" and the 14 nominations handed out last horses than got into the action as week, guess how many nods were Joey in "War Horse," our screens given to animals for their work in were filled with some of the most show business this year? dynamic animals in show Zero. That's how many. And it's a b u s i n e s s . national scandal, a shame of the As a tribute, we've put together highest order. some of the best performances It was a great year for our furry, from the non-Homo Sapien wing feathered and otherwise non- of the Screen Actors' Guild. Vote h u m a n f r i e n d s , w i t h m a j o r for your favorite! starring roles and scene-stealing

National Grid fined 4.3m over slow gas leak responses

Emily Gosden (Finance News Business news from the UK and world)
Submitted at 12/21/2011 12:31:20 PM

Deck The Halls, Plug The Ears: Horrible Holiday Commercials

Crystal Bell (TV on
Submitted at 12/21/2011 2:00:05 PM

Those of you who don't have the ability to fast forward through TV

commercials this holiday season know exactly how annoying holiday commercials can be. From the Christmas jingle knockoffs, to the awful lip-syncing and autotune, this season's most

heinous commercials all have one and yes, we've been humming thing in common: bad music. these at our desks for the past So HuffPost TV is bringing you three days. this pop-up video style horrible Video by Andrew Rothschild holiday commercial mash-up. Consider it the worst of the worst,

National Grid Gas has been fined 4.3m and Northern Gas Networks (NGN) fined 900,000 by energy regulator Ofgem for failing to attend to gas leaks on time.


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Syria group urges UN action over 'massacre'

Submitted at 12/21/2011 11:21:07 AM

were able to operate from," she said. She also noted that Idlib was a S y r i a n s e c u r i t y f o r c e s a r e "strategic area" because it was maintaining a heavy presence in located near Turkey, which has the northwestern Idlib province become a serious critic of the after an offensive on army Syrian government and a defectors killed about 250 people, supporter of the opposition including a large number of movement. civilians, activists say. "If defectors really take over the The Syrian National Council, an province, it would give them a umbrella group representing supply line to Turkey and create a opponents of President Bashar al- safe zone which they have been A s s a d ' s g o v e r n m e n t , o n demanding for some time now," Wednesday called for "immediate our correspondent said. action" by the Arab League and Civilians bodies 'burnt and the UN Security Council to beheaded' condemn and halt what it called Reports of violence are difficult "horrific massacres" conducted by to verify because communications Syrian forces in Idlib and other to the region have mostly been areas. shut down. Many people in the Al Jazeera's Zeina Khodr, province also lack electricity and reporting from the Turkish city of water, according to activists. Antakya, along the border with Alaa El Din Al Youssef, a Syrian Syria, said the Syrian military's opposition member in Idlib, operations had been focused on described the government's attack Idlib because it was attempting to on the area of Jabal al-Zawiyah on regain control over what had Tuesday as a "massacre". become a stronghold for army "Civilians were surrounded by defectors. security forces who killed 100 of "It is clear that army defectors us. The corpses of those killed have taken control over some were left in the streets and the towns and villages, almost as mosques and we are not allowed though they have created some to bury any of them." sort of safe area, where protesters "Some of those killed cannot be from other regions were seeking a recognised. Some were burnt and safe haven and where defectors some beheaded with their hands

tied. We are really scared because the area might be stormed once again." Activists said the army offensive had targeted the village of Kfar Owaid, about 50km from the border with Turkey. It is part of the rugged mountainous region of Jabal al-Zawiyah, which has been the scene of clashes between troops and army defectors and intense anti-government protests for weeks. Troops began attacking the region on Saturday, residents said. The army said it had completed its military operation in Jabal alZawiyah after tens of people were killed in clashes with "armed men". Al Jazeera cannot independently verify reports from Syria because of restrictions on reporting inside the country. The Local Co-ordination Committees activist network said 15 people were killed in different Syrian provinces across the

country on Wednesday - five in Hama, four in Homs, three in Idlib and three in Deraa. Arab observers The latest fighting comes as the Arab League prepares to send a team of observers to Syria on Thursday as part of an effort to halt the violence. Syria agreed to the move on Monday after the Arab group threatened to submit the issue to the UN Security Council. Ahmed bin Helli, the League's deputy secretary-general, said he hoped the mission would enable a resolution to the crisis to be found without any need for international intervention. But Khodr said the SNC's latest statement suggested they had lost patience with the Arab League initiative. "The SNC now thinks the Arab League should work on ways to topple the government, and not work on peace plans because for them that is no longer on the

table," she said. France denounced what it said was an "unprecedented massacre," and urged Russia to accelerate talks for a UN Security Council resolution on the crisis. French foreign ministry spokesman Bernard Valero said: "Everything must be put in motion to end this murderous spiral into which Bashar al-Assad is dragging his people, deeper each day." Russia has proposed a Security Council resolution that would denounce violence from both sides. France has called this "unacceptable," seeking instead a resolution that would directly pin the blame for the violence on the authorities and threaten strong international sanctions on Damascus. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.

Gallup: Gingrich and Romney Are Now Equally Strong versus Obama
Jeffrey H. Anderson (The Weekly Standard)

The latest Gallup poll of registered voters, conducted late last week and over the weekend,

shows Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney trailing President Obama by identical tallies 50 to 48


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Iraq's Maliki urges Kurds to hand over VP

Submitted at 12/21/2011 6:37:15 AM

2006 and 2007, when neighbours turned on neighbours and whole sections of Baghdad were divided Nouri al-Maliki, Iraq's prime along sectarian lines. minister, has called on authorities Hashimi has rejected the charges in the autonomous Kurdish region against him, while the US has to hand over Tariq al-Hashimi, the urged calm in a row that has country's vice president who is raised questions about the stability wanted on allegations of running of the country and reignited a death squad. sectarian tensions just days after "We call for the government of the final withdrawal of US troops. the Kurdistan region to take its Joe Biden, the US vice responsibility and hand over president, who visited Iraq earlier Hashimi to the justice system," this month ahead of the pullout, Maliki told a news conference in said the US was monitoring Baghdad on Wednesday. "We do conditions in Iraq closely and not accept any interference in remained committed to a longIraqi justice." term strategic partnership. Maliki also rejected Hashimi's "The vice president also stressed c a l l s f o r A r a b L e a g u e the urgent need for the prime representatives to observe the minister and the leaders of the investigation and any questioning, other major blocs to meet and telling reporters: "This is a work through their differences criminal case, and there is no need together," the White House said in for the Arab League and the world a statement. to have a role in this." Follow in- The latest intrigue has raised depth coverage of the nation in suspicions that Maliki, a Shia, flux ordered the arrest of the vice Officials issued the warrant for president as part of a campaign to Hashimi's arrest on Monday, after consolidate his hold on power. earlier banning him from leaving 'I blame Maliki' the country. The accusations date Kurdish leaders have been trying back to the height of the war in to work out a solution, sheltering

Hashimi from arrest in their semiautonomous region in northern Iraq. It is unlikely they will agree to hand over the vice president, said Al Jazeera's Omar al-Saleh, reporting from the Iraqi capital Baghdad. "Kurdish officials in the region said that they will never hand the vice president back to Baghdad because as things stand now he is a suspect and he's not convicted of any crime; and he came in his capacity as vice president of this

country, so he is a guest in other words," our correspondent said. Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, Hashimi said: "I swear to God that Hashimi didn't commit any sin or do anything wrong against any Iraqi either now or in the future and this is my pledge to God." He spoke from the Kurdish city of Erbil, where he travelled on Sunday after learning that authorities were preparing to arrest him. He described the confessions of his bodyguards that aired on Iraqi

state TV as "fabricated" and the charges as a campaign to "embarrass" him. "Maliki is behind the whole issue. The country is in the hands of Maliki. All the efforts that have been exerted to reach national reconciliation and to unite Iraq are now gone. So yes, I blame Maliki," he said. On Monday, state-run television aired what it characterised as confessions by men said to be bodyguards for Hashimi. The men said they killed officials working in the health ministry and foreign ministry as well as Baghdad police officers, and that they received $3,000 from Hashimi for each attack. Maliki effectively runs the interior ministry, where the charges originated. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.

This is Leo Messis niece feeding him Pringles

Brooks Peck (Y! Sports Blogs Yahoo! Sports)
Submitted at 12/21/2011 11:02:01 AM

Although it's been necessary, all

the racism talk is still depressing - especially since this is the holiday season, after all. So, to help lift your spirits and restore a tiny sliver of your faith in

humanity, here's a picture of

Lionel Messi's niece feeding him Pringles in an airport. Someone needs to make a bronze sculpture out of this scene and put it in a village square.

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Scientist: Killer flu virus threat over-hyped

Submitted at 12/21/2011 10:26:02 AM

Hong Kong culled 17,000 chickens and halted live imports for 21 days after three birds tested positive for H5N1 [AFP] A top Dutch scientist heading a team which created a mutant killer flu virus has said that publishing the results of the team's findings will not present a serious threat to global health. "The threat to bio-security is not as big as everybody thinks," Ron Fouchier, whose team at the Rotterdam Erasmus Medical Centre announced the mutant version in September, told the AFP news agency on Wednesday. "Recreating this virus is definitely not easy. You need highly-skilled people and a very large team, as well as specialised facilities, to do this type of work." Two top scientific journals said on Tuesday that they were mulling whether to publish full details on how Fouchier and his

team mutated the H5N1 "bird flu" virus in order for it to pass from one mammal to another. Researchers genetically altered the flu strain in a lab, making it airborne and likely to be contagious between humans for the first time. The research has sparked fears that a pandemic causing millions of deaths could be triggered if it

emerged in nature or fell into hands of bio-terrorists or rogue countries. A US government science and advisory committee urged the US journal Science and the British journal Nature to withhold key details of Fouchier's team's research, so that people seeking to harm the public would not be able to manufacture the virus.

H5N1 viruses cause outbreaks so that the countries can now be on the lookout if these mutations arise," he said. He said his team would respect a recommendation by the US National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB) that the journals withhold key details on their work, saying redrafts of their findings had been re-submitted for approval before the board. The H5N1 strain of avian influenza is fatal in 60 percent of human cases but only 350 people have so far died from the disease, largely because it cannot, yet, be transmitted between humans. Fouchier said his team believed This entry passed through the publishing the full findings, Full-Text RSS service if this is including a detailed description of your content and you're reading it the mutated virus, how it becomes on someone else's site, please read a i r b o r n e a n d i t s m i g r a t i o n the FAQ at, could help save lives in only/faq.php#publishers. Five case of an outbreak. Filters recommends: Donate to "These are important details that Wikileaks. we need to get out very quickly. This is information that needs to be shared with countries where

Who is Killing Irans Currency?

David Frum (FrumForum David Frum)
Submitted at 12/21/2011 7:14:51 AM

Something or somebody is destroying Irans currency. Steady decline over the past two months has turned into a panic over the past 72 hours.

[T]he rial fell to unprecedented lows against the dollar Tuesday, amounting to a 15 percent loss in value over the past three days, the Fars News Agency reported. There is sheer panic in the market, one steel trader said. The price of the dollar is increasing by the hour.

The immediate trigger is a

breakdown in trade relations with the United Arab Emirates but obviously theres a lot more going on. And this is before the central bank sanctions of Menendez-Kirk begin to bite. It really may be possible to change Iran without war.

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Ooma Telo VoIP Home Phone System

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Submitted at 12/21/2011 12:00:26 AM

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Sporty Honda Civic Si Version Earns Consumer Reports Recommendation

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ranks 9 out of 11 of tested cars in Consumer Reports sporty car category. Submitted at 12/21/2011 9:59:59 AM Consumer Reports found the Sporty Honda Civic Si Version Civic Si 201-hp, 2.4-liter fourE a r n s C o n s u m e r R e p o r t s cylinder engine delivers terrific Recommendation acceleration at high revs. Volkswagen Jetta GLI outscores Compared with the frenetic C i v i c S i i n h e a d - t o - h e a d previous Civic Si, the now larger comparison engine has more torque and is YONKERS, NY While earlier more relaxed in everyday driving. tests of the more-popular basic The Si returns a very good 29 versions of the Honda Civic mpg overall. A slick-shifting sixs c o r e d t o o l o w t o b e speed manual is the only Recommended, the sportier Si transmission offered on the Si. version has earned a notably T h e C i v i c S i h a s a g r e a t higher rating from Consumer powertrain, but it needs a better Reports. car wrapped around it, said As a result of these latest tests, David Champion, sr. director of C o n s u m e r R e p o r t s n o w Consumer Reports Automotive Recommends the Si version of the Test Center. Civic because it scores high Consumer Reports tests also enough and its reliability rating is found the Volkswagen Jetta GLI likely to be above average. contains several important While the Si performed better upgrades over the basic Jetta SE than more basic versions of the which like more basic versions Civic, the car still suffers from of the Civic, scored too low to be many of the same drawbacks as Recommended. The GLIs 200other Civics: vague steering, hp, 2.0-liter turbo-charged fourcheap plastics, a jittery ride, and cylinder is powerful and pulls lots of noise. The Civic currently willingly in any gear, even at low

engine speeds. It delivered a very good 27 mpg overall, 2 mpg shy of the Si. The GLI is nimble and tackles corners with little body lean. Its steering is quick and more communicative than the Civic Sis. That agility helped the GLI thread quickly through CRs avoidance maneuver. The full report on Consumer Reports tests of the Civic Si and Jetta GLI is available on and in the February issue of the magazineon newsstands January 3. Updated daily, Consumer is the go-to Website for the latest auto reviews, product news, blogs on breaking news and car buying information. Check out CRs ongoing Twitter feed at @CRCars.A4. Although it scored higher than the Civic Si in Consumer Reports tests, the Jetta GLI is too new for Consumer Reports to have enough reliability data to make a Recommendation. The Jetta GLI currently ranks 6 out of 11 sporty cars in Consumer Reports

comprehensive Ratings, a category that is led by the Volkswagen GTI, Subaru Impreza WRX, and Mazdaspeed3. Consumer Reports found the Jetta GLIs cabin is more userfriendly. Some drivers didnt like the Civic Sis dual-tiered dashboard, with the tachometer mounted below the digital speedometer. And having a single knob to control radio tuning and volume is tedious. The Jettas dashboard is much more conventional, with clear analog gauges and a touch-screen radio with a separate tuning knob. But some of its radio menus are complex. The Civic Sis interior is airy and open. It has low sills and lots of glass. Drivers sit low to the floor and have good head and knee room. The steering wheel tilts and telescopes, but the console encroaches on right-leg room. The Jetta offers generous seat travel along with a tilt-and-telescopic wheel. But the long clutch pedal travel still made many drivers sit closer to the wheel than theyd

like. Some also found that the wide center console pressed into their right leg. Consumer Reports is the worlds largest independent producttesting organization. Using its more than 50 labs, auto test center, and survey research center, the nonprofit annually rates thousands of products and services. Founded in 1936, Consumer Reports has over 8 million subscribers to its magazine, website and other publications. Its advocacy division, Consumers Union, works for health reform, food and product safety, financial reform, and other consumer issues in Washington, D.C., the states, and in the marketplace. Subscribe now! S u b s c r i b e t o for expert Ratings, buying advice and reliability on hundreds of products. Update your feed preferences

TED: Daniel Goldstein: The battle between your present and future self - Daniel Goldstein (2011)
TEDTalks (TEDTalks (video))
Submitted at 12/21/2011 10:33:51 AM

Every day, we make decisions that have good or bad consequences for our future

selves. (Can I skip flossing just this one time?) Daniel Goldstein makes tools that help us imagine

ourselves over time, so that we make smart choices for Future Us.

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Attention shoppers: Dont be swayed by a celebrity name

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Collection uncoated cookware, $550, however, was unimpressive and uncomfortable to use and Submitted at 12/21/2011 10:24:59 AM scored a 43. Attention shoppers: Dont be At 73 of 100, Emerils 10-piece swayed by a celebrity name non-stick Emerilware set, $200, As of earlier this week, one in cooked evenly and was a breeze four people had not begun their to clean although handle comfort holiday shopping, according to and sturdiness was only good in the most recent Consumer Reports our tests. h o l i d a y p o l l . T h o s e s a m e Kitchen knives procrastinators told us that as In our tests of kitchen knives, we desperation sets in theyre less slice, pare and chop to measure inclined to look for bargains. With cutting performance, handle shoppers in grab-and-go mode, comfort and balance. Rachael products branded by celebrities Rays Furi Gusto-Grip scored may be tempting but from our very good in all aspects, chalking testing weve discovered that up a 73 in our Ratings. Paula some make good gifts and some D e e n s 1 4 - p i e c e s e t ( m o d e l dont. #51484) was only good at cutting Cookware performance although they were Emeril Lagasse's uncoated 10- comfortable to use. It scored a 52 piece Emerilware Stainless set, and typically sells for $80. $200, scored 67 out of 100 in Blenders Consumer Reports cookware tests Our best blender, the VitaMix and excelled at cooking food 5200, scored a 76 in our tests but evenly. The Culinary Institute of typically costs $450. For that you A m e r i c a ' s 1 0 - p i e c e M a s t e r can buy five Wolfgang Puck

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Police release photos of man who pushed wrong Wal-Mart shopping cart with ... - The Grand Rapids Press
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Submitted at 12/21/2011 11:48:17 AM

Police release photos of man who pushed wrong Wal-Mart shopping cart with... The Grand Rapids Press By Heather Lynn Peters | The Muskegon Chronicle Wal-Mart video surveillance captured an image of the man walking out of the store following the 2 pm incident. Police hopes the man contacts them about the incident. Police say while the 2 pm incident... and more

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USPS Delivers Christmas Gift 371 Days Late

Chris Morran (The Consumerist)

she began driving 25 miles out of her way to use a different post office. Submitted at 12/21/2011 12:30:00 PM After finally receiving her lowA woman in Florida recently priority mail, the mom thinks that received a Christmas gift from her what may have happened is that it daughter in Arkansas, but she isn't got lost at the post office it was waiting until Dec. 25 to open it. originally destined for, and that it Why? Because the Postal Service was likely found when that office was supposed to have delivered in w a s c l o s e d d o w n i n l a t e time for last Christmas. November. On December 10, 2010, the Regardless, she is very amused woman's daughter watched as her by the fact that it eventually local post office prepared the popped up after more than a year. priority mail shipment and sent it She even made sure to save the on its way. That was the last top of the box as proof of her tale. anyone saw of it until it showed A rep for USPS apologized and up at her mom's in the last week. said, "It is not the type of service "I was furious. I didn't want to we try to provide." hurt my parents" by having them That's right, because usually the think I didn't send a Christmas package is just gone forever. g i f t , " t h e d a u g h t e r t e l l s Included in the box was a gift She was so angry, card which the daughter worries

might have expired in the yearplus that it's been sitting unused. But the USPS rep says the Postal Service can provide a letter explaining to the retailer that the package was delayed. We can't wait to write the followup story about this poor woman trying to explain this story while standing at the cashier at some local retailer. Postal Service delivers Christmas gift to Indian River family one year late[] This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.

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Photos: Siegfried & Roy reveal Christmas miracle at O.V.'s Magical Forest - Las Vegas Sun
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Submitted at 12/21/2011 12:54:42 PM

Las Vegas Sun Photos: Siegfried & Roy reveal Christmas miracle at O.V.'s Magical Forest Las Vegas Sun Two cutouts allow kids and

adults to step in and become part of his entertainment cast for family photos. Opportunity Village, founded in 1954 by a small group of local families seeking to improve the lives of their children with intellectual... and more

bassist Jerry Only. AMSTERDAM, Netherlands ( UPI) -- Officials in the Every week in this space, well Netherlands say marijuana cafes take a look at the news and offer in the south of the country have o u r o w n i n c i s i v e b l e n d o f until May 1, 2012, to turn commentary, analysis, and poop themselves into members-only jokes. The news you need, from a clubs. voice you can trust, in the 90 Locals continue to insist that seconds you have to spare: thats smoking the once-fashionable Woot Weads the Wire. jackets just won't offer the same DUQUESNE, Pa. ( UPI) -- effect. Gunfire broke out at a 16-year- THE HAGUE, Netherlands ( old's birthday party in Duquesne, UPI) -- The International Criminal Pa., leaving one person dead and Court said it referred Chad to the several wounded, police said U.N. Security Council for not Sunday. arresting Sudan's president when Police immediately consulted an he visited the country in August. English major, who urged them to Sources say Chad was all like detain local friars before things " n o t m y j o b , d u d e " w h e n got even worse. questioned about his failure to act. CINCINNATI ( UPI) -- A JAKARTA ( UPI) -- Strong Cincinnati landlord is being w i n d s a n d h i g h s e a s a r e accused of discrimination after hampering rescue vessels off Java posting a sign on a gate on her as rescuers look for survivors property reading, "Public from an asylum boat that Swimming Pool, White Only." overturned in bad weather. A spokesperson says the sign is And in a related story, it looks completely misunderstood, and it like DC Comics has stepped up merely points out that the pool is their attempt to give Aquaman the being funded through joint "Dark Knight" treatment! donations from the estate of soul superstar Barry White and Misfits

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Study: Rich People Are Unfeeling Robots Devoid Of Compassion

Mary Beth Quirk (The Consumerist)

Online holiday shopping up 15 percent this year over last

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Submitted at 12/21/2011 9:59:59 AM

their parents' incomes, since being poor in college is like being a fish with gills. Submitted at 12/21/2011 12:00:00 PM Part of the experiment included Time to pity rich people! At least subjects reporting how often us poors have that capacity, they're like, "I often notice people whereas a new study says that the who need help," among other rich are less compassionate than assessments designed to catalog the rest of us. Let's all pause and how and when subjects felt feel bad for them for exactly one certain emotions. second. When the numbers on these cites a study from the inventories were crunched, Stellar University of California, Berkeley and her colleagues found no that says the richer you are, the m e a n i n g f u l p e r s o n a l i t y less compassionate you are. The differences among the students study was published in a journal that could be attributable to c a l l e d E m o t i o n , w h e r e income except one: across the psychologists researched the board, the lower the subjects' empathic capacities of a group of family income, the higher their 300 college students. The group score on compassion. was picked for maximum Even after the extensive economic diversity based on experiments, does a low score on

a compassion scale really mean rich people are unfeeling robots who take baths in money? Maybe not, they just might not have experience observing and reacting to hardship in others, which explains the phenomenon of rich kids joining up with the Peace Corps and other institutions to get a taste of the real world. Got Money? Then You Might Lack Compassion[Time] This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.

u local Photos: What Is That Cloud? - WMUR Manchester

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HOOKSETT, NH -- On Tuesday, cloud. Meteorologist Kevin the u local community shared Skarupa says it is a "hole punch photos of an unusual cloud cloud," which... formation in the sky. U local users and more from Hooksett, Antrim and Hampton all spotted a similar

Online holiday shopping up 15 percent this year over last Holiday shoppers in the U.S. spent 15 percent more on online purchases compared to the same time period last year, according to ComScore, a company that tracks Web use: And more Americans are using their personal computers as well as mobile devices to cross items off their holiday shopping lists. From Nov. 1 through Dec. 16, shoppers doled out $30.9 billion on online purchases, up from $26.9 billion during that same time period in 2010. Last week, total online sales reached beyond $1 billion on four separate days. But Cyber Monday was still the largest online shopping day of the season. On that day, the Monday after Thanksgiving, online sales rose 22 percent from last year to hit $1.25 billion. Also of note this year is that Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving), which is traditionally when shoppers hit retailers' brick-and-mortar outlets, saw the greatest percent change in

the amount spent by shoppers online when compared to last year: Shoppers spent a total of $816 million buying items online. Black Friday was one of six specific online shopping days that ComScore compared to last year (as opposed to longer time periods), other days included Thanksgiving, Cyber Monday, and Free Shipping Day. As the holiday shopping season winds down, you can find lots of tips and advice at our holidayshopping hub. Heaviest Week in U.S. Online Holiday Shopping History Pushes Season-to-Date Total to $32 Billion, Up 15 Percent vs. Year Ago[ComScore] Subscribe now! S u b s c r i b e t o for expert Ratings, buying advice and reliability on hundreds of products. Update your feed preferences


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Consumer Reports Poll Says 14% Of Shoppers Lie To Cover Up Lack Of Gift
Mary Beth Quirk (The Consumerist)

percent just do nothing about it whatsoever. Sorry, no present! Shrug. Submitted at 12/21/2011 1:00:00 PM Then there are those of you who You're a mean one, Mr. Grinch. just flat-out lie, as 14 percent say Or at least a liar, according to a they mumble something like, "Oh, new poll by our astute older I mailed it!" or "I left it at home." siblings at Consumer Reports. Smooth. While some of us hem and haw Avoidance is also popular, at 12 and promise a gift in the future, a percent, and another 12 percent full 14 percent of shoppers lie just re-gift an unwanted item outright when they haven't bought they've got lying around at home. a gift for someone. Happy holidays, everyone! All this stress around the holidays 14 percent of shoppers lie when means four out of 10 adults polled t h e y h a v e n ' t b o u g h t a struggle to finish getting all those g i f t [ C o n s u m e r R e p o r t s ] gifts on time. So Consumer This entry passed through the Reports wanted to know what Full-Text RSS service if this is they give or say to the people they your content and you're reading it passed over. on someone else's site, please read The poll says 41 percent promise the FAQ at'll give a person a gift if they only/faq.php#publishers. Five didn't have time to buy one before Filters recommends: Donate to the holidays, or even hand over a Wikileaks. homemade voucher for a personal service (17 percent) while 31

Team sources say Big Ben might sit out final two games - NFL
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tiebreaker, the team will focus on being healthy for the postseason. Submitted at 12/21/2011 10:24:23 AM Charlie Batch is Roethlisberger's Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike backup. Offensive coordinator Tomlin hasn't announced his Bruce Arians prefers the veteran intentions at quarterback publicly to Dennis Dixon, but others in the or within the organization, but it's organization believe Dixon's widely believed in the front office athleticism and improvisational that Ben Roethlisberger will rest skills make him the more viable his high ankle sprain Saturday starter. Should Batch struggle and against the St. Louis Rams and become a sitting target behind a could sit out Week 17 as well. wounded offensive line, Dixon Roethlisberger was clearly might see the field. hobbled during Monday night's 20 On Tuesday, Tomlin denied -3 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. wanting to sit Roethlisberger He was immobile and had to during Monday night's game, adjust his plant foot on throws to contradicting the quarterback's compensate for the injury. With own account of being approached the Steelers assured a playoff spot to come out late. Tomlin did and trailing the Baltimore Ravens acknowledge that the injury for the AFC North title on a affected Roethlisberger's game.

"I'm sure it did," Tomlin told SiriusXM NFL Radio. "A lot of his game is predicated on mobility and so forth. But he wanted to give it a shot, we wanted him to give it a shot. We don't make any excuses for what we tried to do (Monday)." Center Maurkice Pouncey, who missed Monday night's game, likely will sit another week as well, according to sources. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.

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The Trivial Eye: Name These Christmas Movie Posters

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Submitted at 12/21/2011 12:00:00 AM

of visual trivia. Every Wednesday! 8 pictures! No prizes! All fun! This week Internet trivia's a tough business. Christmas Movie Posters The question that can't be Say what you will about Googled is also the question so Christmas movies - even the obscure that almost nobody would funny ones can turn schmaltzy at have a chance at guessing it the drop of a penny in the correctly. Unless the questions poorbox. But nobody can deny aren't questions at all. while image that without Christmas movies, of eight cinematic chestnuts this -driven search is still in its there would be a lot more week. Can you guess what movie infancy, we're rolling out the infomercials on basic cable this posters they're from? Trivial Eye, a new weekly column time of year. We've carved slices

Answers can be found by clicking here. Please post your answers, or arguments, below! But know this: the Trivial Eye is presented for public amusement and no prizes are offered other than that familiar feeling of aggravation that so much of your mind is occupied by useless trivia. JC Fletcher (Joystiq)

Rumor: PS Vita glitch leads to dolphin debug mode

Submitted at 12/21/2011 1:55:00 PM

Is Mark Sanchez dating Victorias Secret model Kate Upton?

Chris Chase (Y! Sports Blogs Yahoo! Sports)
Submitted at 12/21/2011 10:59:27 AM

Mark Sanchez was back on Page Six on Wednesday when the New York Post linked him to 19-yearold Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Kate Upton. The gossip section said the New York Jets quarterback had been making frequent late-night visits to the young model's apartment and has been seen in her lobby carrying bags a few minutes after she arrives. (And you thought he

only badly telegraphs his passes!) Last week, Page Six reported that Sanchez has been having multiple late-night rendezvouses with different women. Upton's rep declined to comment to the Post on Upton's personal life. A rep for Sanchez didn't respond. One source tells the newspaper that the two are "just friends." Sanchez dated former "Sopranos" actress Jamie-Lynn Sigler and was also linked to actress Hayden Panettiere. There was also that much-publicized encounter with a

17-year-old girl who boasted on Facebook about " hooking up" with the quarterback.

Of all of the weird glitches to occur in newly-launched game hardware, this is by far the most soothing. Andriasang spotted a video taken by a new Vita owner of what appears to be some kind of debug mode, complete with three swimming dolphins, a floating oyster, and a pearl, all of which can be seen from various As Tony Romo has showed us in angles and zooms.. It is truly a the past, making relationship multiporpoise device. headlines right before a pivotal We'd be a lot more charmed by late-season game against the New this, if not for the fact that this York Giants rarely turns out well. Vita was reportedly stuck in this Whoever is leaking these stories dolphin mode. No amount of to Page Six, whether it be his variable dolphin lighting could people or Upton's people, could make up for that inconvenience. easily have waited until January, Rumor: PS Vita glitch leads to when the Jets season should be in dolphin debug mode originally the rearview. Unless that source is appeared on Joystiq on Wed, 21 Tom Coughlin and it's all part of Dec 2011 13:55:00 EST. Please his master plan to get the media see our terms for use of feeds. under Sanchez's skin, in which Permalink| Email this| Comments case, brilliant.



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Puck Daddys Top 10 shootout goals of 2011

Harrison Mooney (Y! Sports Blogs - Yahoo! Sports)
Submitted at 12/21/2011 11:09:30 AM

Here at Puck Daddy, we like to have it both ways. For instance, we make no bones about our disdain for the shootout, which remains a thoroughly crummy tiebreaker. (Granted, it's no XFL coin toss, but there are much better ways to decide these matters). But, like any skills competition, while the shootout may lack as a way to decide a hockey game, it yields an abundance of highlightreel material, and when it does, we gleefully drop our jaws along with the rest of you. When it comes to jaw-dropping shootout goals, 2011 was no exception. From the next generation of the spin-o-rama to the fiftuple deke, it was a good year for hockey's divisive solution to ties. Here are Puck Daddy's top 10 shootout goals of 2011. Excelsior! 10. Benoit Pouliot uses his long reach (January 6) Benoit Pouliot gets us started with the classic Forsbergian drag move, telegraphing the forehand before bring the puck back and letting it slide into the open net as Brent Johnson's momentum give this list some international carries him elsewhere. I chose the French broadcast to flare right off the hop, and also to bewilder offensively monolingual

coach Randy Cunneyworth. He has no idea what's going on right now.

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stickhandle, completing the full rotation then pulling the puck back to give himself an extra second to gather the puck and get it up. The hitch works like gangbusters, as Corey Crawford finds himself flat on his stomach while St. Louis has plenty of time and space to observe the open goal and shovel the puck into it. Should it have counted? Well, it did. So whatever. 8. Pierre-Marc Bouchard undresses Steve Mason(December 27, 2010) I know, I know. It's not from 2011. But come on, it's four days off, and this post is being published on December 21. Are we really to say that any incredible shootout moves that happen between today and the Winter Classic have no place on next year's countdown?My friends, let us make an exception, especially for this sweet move. Like a great many American politicians, Bouchard gets Mason to bite by leaning right, then going left at the last second. And Mason bites hard. By the time Bouchard gets in close, he has the whole net to shoot at. 7. Daniel Briere's controversial stop n' go (November 3) I'm of the mind that great shootout goals are like great WWE matches. It's not enough for one of the two involved parties to do well -- both parties have to exhibit a special kind of

chemistry. This goal puts that principle on display, as Johan Hedberg comes way out, then goes starfish on Danny Briere, who puts on the brakes and gingerly steps around like him. It's like they rehearsed this. But did Briere come to a complete stop? Perhaps, but Hedberg came to a complete stop first. I say they cancel each other out. 6. Mikael Granlund's classic Forsberg (August 27) This isn't the first time Mikael Granlund has pulled off the Forsberg classic, but considering how badly the Slavia Prague netminder bites on the deke, you'd think it was. Maybe they don't have Youtube in the Czech Republic? Granlund makes this look so, so easy. Check out the way the goalie hangs his head in shame as Granlund is sliding the puck across the goal line. I like a goalie that demurely acknowledges his defeat. 5. Todd Bertuzzi's Malik-ian between-the-legs tally (September 25) Pavel Datsyuk gets all the love when it comes to Detroit shootout specialists, but this clip shows why Todd Bertuzzi isn't far behind. Coming in on Alexander Salak, he puts the puck between his legs ala Marek Malik, but then he adds a twist to the move,

throwing the puck to his backhand and going top corner. 4. Mike Ribeiro's'filthy' shootout winner (March 9) Mikka Kiprusoff has a history of being posterized when he goes for the pokecheck, and Mike Ribeiro has a history of awesomeness in the shootout, so you knew this was going to be a good showing. Ribeiro goes backhand, then he increases the degree of difficulty by keeping his shoulders turned away from Kiprusoff while bringing the puck back to the forehand for the goal. I love this clip because the announcers get creative with their adjectives, describing this goal as "filthy", "sauve", "creamy", and "nasty". It's like they're reading from a list of banned Google search terms. 3. Sam Lofquist goes betweenthe-legs-backhand-forehand (July 17) Most people assumed that Mikael Granlund would be the star of the shootout competition at Minnesota Wild camp in the summer, but it was defensive prospect Sam Lofquist who had everybody talking after this spiffy move. He goes between-the-legs to the backhand, pulls the puck to the backhand, then goes back to the forehand before scoring. Granted, a pokecheck from the goaltender might have prevented this from landing on Youtube, but that's

why these guys are at camp: to learn lessons. 2. Patrick Kane's fiftuple deke (December 14) Wherein Gordon Bombaby's tried and true triple deke is rendered obsolete by about 12 additional dekes. While drifting in at a glacial pace, Pat Kane absolutely freezes Niklas Backstrom with more stickhandling than a kendoka. It's like it happens in slow motion, which makes it even more awesome when you watch it in slow motion. You can actually see Backstrom heave resignedly before Kane even shoots the puck. 1. Mikhail Grabovski's spin-orama 2.0. (January 6) The thing that makes this move so great is that, by now, we've all seen the spin-o-rama a number of times, so we think we know what Grabovski's going to do. Even Conklin is fairly certain Grabovski's going backhand, so he leans back towards the far post and only half-heartedly shuffles across when Grabovski continues past him. But then Grabovski completes the full rotation, brings the puck back to the forehand, and roofs it. Ladies and gentlemen, the next generation of the spin-o-rama.

Tebow Balances Football, Philanthropic Work - ABC News

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There's a quarterback Tim Tebow can't wait to meet while in Buffalo for a pivotal late-season game. A special guest showing up at his request. And no, it's not former Bills star Jim Kelly. Tebow is bringing in Jacob Rainey, a highly touted prep player from a private school in Virginia who had part of his right leg amputated after a severe knee injury during a fall scrimmage. Tebow is looking forward to chatting with Rainey before and again after the Denver Broncos' game against the Bills on Saturday. For as dedicated as Tebow is about improving on the field, he's just as devoted to his engagements off it. That's why losses really don't linger. He's already turned the page after the Broncos' 41-23 home loss to Tom Brady and the New England Patriots on Sunday. "I'll move on and continue to be positive and everything," Tebow said Tuesday. As if he knows any other way. Tebow has become the center of the football universe since guiding TEBOW page 60



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the USC Trojans lost 30 scholarships and were banned Submitted at 12/21/2011 8:01:13 AM from bowls in both 2010 and 2011 The Ohio State Buckeyes spread for the Reggie Bush benefits fear through the Big Ten by hiring s c a n d a l . L e a v i n g a s i d e t h e Urban Meyer as head coach. questions about the different Teams like my Penn State Nittany punishments, the Trojans still Lions and the Wisconsin Badgers serve as an example that the have to hope that Meyer doesn't Buckeyes can remain dangerous make the Buckeyes overwhelm on the field. the Leaders Division and the rest USC took some of the worst of the Big Ten. However, if Ohio punishments in NCAA history S t a t e s t a r t s o v e r w h e l m i n g and yet finished the 2011 season everyone in 2012, at least it won't at 10-2 and No. 5 in the AP poll. really count. The Trojans would have made the The sanctions for the end of the Pac-12 title game if they were Jim Tressel era came down on eligible and could have even been Dec. 20 as Ohio State was back in the Rose Bowl as well. stripped of more scholarships and Their sanctions didn't make a bit banned from bowl bids in 2012. of difference this season, as USC As such, the Buckeyes won't be is starting to get its swagger back able to overtake the Nittany Lions and hopes that Matt Barkley will and Badgers and make the Big return next season to make it more Ten title game at the same time dangerous - especially since it is next year. This is a sigh of relief bowl eligible again in 2012. for Penn State, Wisconsin and the The Trojans did this despite rest of the conference - although it heavy punishments and having might not be able to breathe easy Lane Kiffin as their coach. for long. Meanwhile, the Buckeyes got off All told, Ohio State lost nine e a s i e r f o r t h e i r l a c k o f scholarships and the chance to institutional control and now have play in a bowl next year - whereas two-time national champion

Meyer leading them. By that comparison, Ohio State should be undefeated or 11-1 next year and be ready to contend for the national title again in 2013. USC and Ohio State were the allpowerful symbols of the Pac-12 and Big Ten, before scandal brought them down and made them mediocre on the field for a year or so. Yet the Trojans are inching back into the elite regardless and the Buckeyes had every intention of coming back there after hiring Meyer. If Ohio State can make a strong statement in their bowless 2012 season like USC did in 2011, the rest of the Big Ten will have reason to fear them next year and especially beyond. Penn State is in no position to take anyone lightly because they have sanctions, especially since the NCAA is trying to figure out if it can punish Penn State for the Jerry Sandusky crisis. The Buckeyes can still make life harder for the Nittany Lions and the Big Ten at large in 2012, should Meyer be able to brush these sanctions aside. If USC

could do it with Kiffin and with far harsher punishments to deal with, there's no reason to doubt Meyer and Ohio State as well. Robert Dougherty is a life-long Philadelphia resident and Temple alumnus from the Class of 2007. Other stories by this contributor New Mexico Bowl biggest win in Temple history? Temple cruises to landmark New Mexico Bowl win Owls aim for New Mexico Bowl win 32 years in the making Will Penn State, Houston get past disappointing bowl fate? BCS rankings mean little in setting up bowl matchups Note: This article was written by a Yahoo! contributor. Sign up here to start publishing your own sports content. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.

the Broncos (8-6) from the brink of playoff extinction back into contention. Denver leads the AFC West by a game over Oakland and San Diego after rebounding from a 1-4 start under Kyle Orton. The Broncos are in prime position to make the playoffs for the first time since the 2005 season. AP FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2011 file photo, Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow (15) reacts after a touchdown run by Denver Broncos running back Lance Ball (35) against the New England Patriots, in Denver. For all those fans worried that he's not completely sold on Tebow and might put the unorthodox quarterback on the trading block this winter, relax. Broncos' Vice President of Football Operations John Elway said the city's new comeback king isn't going anywhere. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey, File) Close Tebow's name and image have been popping up all over as he's appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated, been mentioned at the Republican debate in Iowa and spoofed during a "Saturday Night Live" skit in which the show playfully mocks his faith. Although Tebow hasn't seen the clip yet, his teammates have watched it. "I've heard some players have been laughing about it a little bit," Tebow said. Tebow doesn't mind all the attention. It gives him a platform for his causes, such as the Tim TEBOW page 61

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Tebow Foundation's "Wish 15" program. On Sunday, he brought in Kelly Faughnan, who is dealing with tumors and seizures. "It gives her an opportunity to have a good time and gives her a little hope and puts a smile on her face," Tebow said. "Ultimately, that's what's important. As hard as it is to say it, that's more important than even winning or losing the game." With every passing game, Tebow steadily improves in the passing department. Sure, his mechanics are still rough and his style unorthodox. But he's making far better reads and decisions than he was several weeks ago. "He's not afraid, no stranger to hard work," coach John Fox said. "He works as hard as any player

I've ever coached." Tebow even received quite a backing from the boss himself, John Elway, who gave his strongest indication yet in an interview with The Associated Press that he believes Tebow can transform from a scrambling quarterback into a pocket passer. That meant a lot to the young quarterback. "Mr. Elway is obviously one of the best to ever play the game. To get any compliment from him is extremely nice," said Tebow, 5-0 on the road since taking over the starting job. "He's been around this game a long time. That's nice to hear." Bills coach Chan Gailey applauds Denver's bold choice of switching to the unconventional option offense to better fit Tebow's

unique skill set. Gailey always believed that approach could be successful for a short window anyway. "I thought the first team that had guts enough to try it, it was going to work for about two years," Gailey said. "Then, defensive coaches in the NFL would catch up to it a little bit. Then, it would be a struggle." This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.

Star Wars: The Old Republic a big risk for EA, say analysts, everyone else on Earth
Richard Mitchell (Joystiq)
Submitted at 12/21/2011 1:25:00 PM

It's no secret that EA has a lot riding on the success of Star Wars: The Old Republic. What is a secret, however, is just how big a risk the recently launched MMO

poses for the company. As reported by Reuters, Robert W. Baird & Co analyst Colin Sebastian believes that EA may have sunk more than $300 million into the development of The Old STAR page 61

Limbo is in Mac App Store now, damned to Steam in January

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Playdead promised you a Mac OS release of its charming (but grim!) indie platformer Limbo by "the end of the year" and while we're not quite ready to call it a Christmas miracle, the Danish developer has delivered on its promise. Limbo is live in the Mac App Store today, with a $9.99

sticker price accompanying the 83 MB download. Waiting for the Steam release, so you can take advantage of the cross-platform SteamPlay feature? Playdead's Dino Patti tells Joystiq that Limbo will be available on Steam on January 13th, a little over three weeks from today. But if that's too long to wait and/or you don't want to drop cheddar on the Mac App Store release, we

think we've got a solution: Patti gave us a handful of codes to share with you all, which we'll be

Republic. Others estimate somewhere between $100 million and $300 million but, either way, it's a hefty investment to lose if Sith fever doesn't catch on - not to mention the loss of expected dropping onto Facebook and monthly subscription fees. Twitter sometime today. EA revealed in February this year Limbo is in Mac App Store now, that its Old Republic business damned to Steam in January would be profitable at 500,000 originally appeared on Joystiq on subscribers and at least one Wed, 21 Dec 2011 12:50:00 EST. analyst, Sterne Agee's Arvind Please see our terms for use of Bhatia, believes the game should feeds. handily reach that quota. Bhatia Permalink| Email this| Comments expects the game to sell 3 million copies and lasso 1.5 million subscribers by the end of the year. STAR page 62



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Should The Old Republic fail, Bhatia believes EA's 2012 earnings could be reduced by up to 20 percent. It's also worth pointing out that one analyst, Cowen & Company's Doug Creutz, believes The Old Republic may have already hit the 1.5 million player mark. Of course, the best way to learn of the MMO's success is simply to crack open your window, because you can bet that EA will be shouting it from the hills the

moment The Old Republic starts turning a profit. Star Wars: The Old Republic a big risk for EA, say analysts, everyone else on Earth originally appeared on Joystiq on Wed, 21 Dec 2011 13:25:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| Email this| Comments

I now see Stallman's logic

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"There's a broken URL in this post" or "I found the code you're looking for, here's a pointer." Submitted at 12/21/2011 7:49:01 AM But it should be possible to post Last Wednesday I wrote a piece something a bit longer to a describing some features I wanted comment, because sometimes we in Disqus, the commenting system move a thread to a blog post I use here on Scripting News. because it can't be dealt with I sent a pointer to Daniel Ha at adequately in such a constrained Disqus, but not much of a space. You can breathe more discussion followed (heh) -- easily in a comment thread. It's which isn't surprising. Daniel is a for problem solving. Twitter is busy guy, and I'm just a user. It's good for announcing the problem, easy to say no to users. not solving it. However... However sometimes people use I still want the feature. commenting software to write It goes like this. blog posts. Why do they write Twitter limits you to 140 blog posts in other people's characters. I think it's brutal, but it comments sections? I don't know, serves a purpose. It keeps people but I wish they wouldn't do it in concise. mine. No one reads them. I want Commenting software serves my comment threads to serve a a n o t h e r p u r p o s e . Y o u c a n purpose. They're not a place for c o m m e n t . H e n c e i t s n a m e . random people to vent or tell their A comment is a short thing. Like l i f e s t o r y . T h e y ' r e h e r e t o

accumulate knowledge and interesting perspectives. Not your rants, missives, screeds, autobiographies. Those belong in your space. I believe this very strongly. And I'm not a totally random person, please. So don't treat me like one. Anyway -- I've heard that WordPress has the feature I want. It can limit comments to a blogger -determined maximum. I'd start

with 1024 characters and see what happens. The text area wouldn't accept more than 1024. There would be a little JavaScript counter that says how many are left. Just like Twitter, but with a more generous allocation. But one that would be determined by the sysop. I could see playing some games with this. Like Casual Friday -maybe one day a week we could up the minimum to 5000 characters. Either enough people want this feature so Daniel & Co add it. Or I switch to some other software that has the feature (not desirable, but possible, I'd still use Disqus to host the old comments and use the new software for new posts). Or write my own software that does what I want (horrible, I already have way too much stuff on my plate to seriously consider adding

something new to the mix, but if I have to I will do it. I have written commenting software that was used by a lot of people. However I don't relish dealing with spam. That looks like a massive undertaking.) Or do without. Maybe finally I see the logic of Stallman's open source militancy. What a crock that I'm boxed into such a corner, for so long, because the developer of software I use, and promote, won't give me what amounts to a very small feature. I mean really, in the big perspective, isn't it ridiculous that a programmer would have to wait for such a long time (I asked for this the first time over a year ago) for something that could probably be added in an afternoon.

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Patients Want To Read Doctors' Notes, But Many Doctors Balk

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Submitted at 12/21/2011 9:49:00 AM Wouldn't you love to know what she's jotting down? Of course you would. Doctors write about their patients all the time, in notes detailing office visits and treatments. But for patients, those notes are a

closed book. Maybe the doctor has scribbled that the patient was "difficult," as Elaine discovered when she peeked at her chart in a memorable Seinfeld episode. When her dermatologist saw her snooping, he grabbed the chart out of her hands. Well, patients seem ready to take that risk. When asked if they'd

like to see their doctors' notes, patients in two new studies overwhelmingly say yes. But doctors aren't nearly as enthusiastic. The idea of opening up doctor's notes has been around for decades. Advocates figure that patient oversight will reduce medical errors and help patients be more engaged. Patients have a

legal right to see their records. But actually getting those notes can be expensive and slow. Doctors and hospitals can charge whatever they want for photocopying, and can take up to two months to deliver. (Patient advocate Regina Holliday was charged 73 cents a page when she asked for copies of her husband's chart when he was dying of

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The first survey asked 18,741 patients of the Department of Veterans Affairs health system if they'd like to share their online personal health record with family members or other doctors. Seventy-nine percent said they would. The patients were almost all men over age 50. Many were in poor health. (Some personal health records include doctor's notes; many do not.) But it's the second survey that really gets at the conflict over control of the medical record. It's a poll taken at the very start of OpenNotes, a yearlong experiment that aimed to measure benefits and problems when doctors let patients read their notes. (OpenNotes is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which also is an underwriter of NPR.) Both studies were published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The patients overwhelming thought that open visit notes were a great idea. They said it would give them more control and be better prepared for appointments. They also said it would help them do a better job following doctors' orders. More than 37,000 patients took part in the survey, and 92 to 97 percent endorsed access. That's a lot of enthusiasm. One notable survey participants

is " e-Patient Dave" DeBronkart, who became a passionate advocate for open access after being treated for cancer. "My view is, of course I should be able to see my records: whose data is it, anyway?" DeBronkart wrote at the start of the study in June 2010. The doctors, however, aren't so sure. Most thought the patients would be more confused and worried if they saw their notes. The doctors also thought they'd have to work more as a result. About one-third of the 173 doctors polled decided not to take part in the OpenNotes project. For them, the prospect of patients peering over their shoulders meant they would have to be less candid, particularly when writing about such touchy subjects as cancer, obesity, substance abuse and mental health. And unlike the doctors who signed on to the experiment, they didn't think all this hassle would make patient care better or safer. So, will open notes be a big headache with no real benefit, or a way for patients to finally have a window into their doctors' thinking? The data from OpenNotes is due to be released next year and it should help shed some light. But for now, here's a clue. In May 2009, the University of

Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center started letting patients read their electronic medical records online. More than 84 percent of current patients have looked at their records. Referring physicians are using them, too. The two most common requests they make are that doctors fix something written down incorrectly, and for how best to translate medical jargon. "As a result, they are more informed about their care plan and diagnostic results and ask smarter, more focused questions," Thomas Feeley, vice president of medical operations at M.D. Anderson, and Kenneth Shine, executive vice chancellor for health affairs at the University of Texas system, wrote in an accompanying editorial in Annals. And yes, the doctors do complain about the time it takes to explain what they wrote. But all and all, they're happy with it. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.

Students Develop Black Market in Candy

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Andre Jahchan, a 16-year-old at Esteban Torres High School, said Submitted at 12/21/2011 7:21:52 AM the food was super good at the Via LAist: tasting but it was super gross on LAUSD students hate the new campus: the chicken pozole was lunch menu. watery, the vegetable tamale was The district has received awards burned and the noodles were for improving lunches from the soggy. U.S.D.A and from the Physicians Adults have been selling black Committee for Responsible market candy, chips and instant M e d i c i n e , b u t t h e s t u d e n t s noodles to hungry students, who l i t e r a l l y a r e n t h a v i n g i t . have been ditching lunch and Participation in the lunch program s u f f e r i n g f r o m h e a d a c h e s , is down, lots of food is being stomach pains and even anemia, thrown away, kids are coming to the Times reports. class hungry and L.A. Unifieds Hat tip: Tyler food services director, Dennis C o w e n B r i a n B o l d u c Barrett, acknowledged the rollout This entry passed through the of the new menu was a disaster, Full-Text RSS service if this is according to the Los Angeles your content and you're reading it Times. on someone else's site, please read When the district tested out the the FAQ at, it found that 75 percent of only/faq.php#publishers. Five students liked the food, but the Filters recommends: Donate to food at the taste-test did not have Wikileaks. translate well to mass production. One student the Times spoke with

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After 25 Years In Woman's Stomach, A Pen Still Writes

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Submitted at 12/21/2011 11:02:00 AM

You might have heard about the case on Wednesday's Morning Edition. Twenty-five years ago, a British woman who saw a spot on a tonsil tried to get a better look using a pen and a mirror. She slipped and the pen went down her throat.

Neither the woman's husband nor her doctor believed her. X-rays at the time didn't detect the pen. Now, "they are eating their words," as NPR's Linda Wertheimer put it. A CT scan shows she was right. And the woman, 76, had the felttip pen removed. Even after all these years without trouble, doctors figured there was a risk

the pen could tear a hole in her stomach. Remarkably, the pen still worked. Take a look for yourself at the scan showing the pen in her stomach. And the acid test, so to speak, "Hello," written with the retrieved pen afterward. The images come courtesy of BMJ Case Reports, a peerreviewed clearinghouse for quirky

and significant cases, that has become one of our favorite reads. The journal kindly gave us permission to reproduce the images. For more, see the case report: "An incidental finding of a gastric foreign body 25 years after ingestion." Beyond being a bit bizarre, the case does have a few lessons for

clinicians, the reporting doctors write: "plain abdominal X-rays may not identify ingested plastic objects and occasionally it may be worth believing the patient's account however unlikely it may be." Courtesy of BMJ Case Reports A pen removed from a woman's AFTER page 66



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Census Bureau Says Half of Americans Are Poor? Think Again.

Rachel Sheffield (The Foundry: Conservative Policy News Blog from The Heritage Foundation)

Americans counted as poor or near poor, the administration expects to generate political pressure to expand the welfare Submitted at 12/21/2011 11:30:26 AM Last week, the Associated Press state and raise taxes. HOW reported that, based on the Census This new definition of poverty continued from page 66 Bureaus new poverty measure, disconnects any true meaning as his own in 2010 did half of America is now poor or from the word. In reality, it acts as congressional Republicans low-income. a measure of inequality, by grudgingly join in support. In the Forget about Occupy Wall placing poverty thresholds on a year-plus since then, Republican Streets ballyhooed 99 percent of sliding scale. Thus, rather than talkers have denigrated the Americans who arent rich. measuring the purchasing power holiday as ineffective and worse. Now were supposed to believe of an individual or familyhow The Journal was very much one 50 percent of us are poor or close much they can buythe new of those denigrators, and it repeats to it. measure calculates how much a the denigration in todays Of course, that all depends how person or family can buy in editorial: you define poverty or near comparison to others. In one fell No employer is going to hire a poverty. And by the definition of swoop, the Obama Administration worker based on such a small and this new measure, quietly ushered can now categorize half of temporary decrease in in by the Obama Administration, America as poor or nearly poor. employment costs, as this years low-income in some areas of This new measure might not be tax holiday has demonstrated. The the country can now mean up to q u i t e s o e g r e g i o u s i f t h e entire exercise is political, but nearly $90,000 for a family of Administration would simply call Republicans have thoroughly four. As Heritages Robert Rector it what it is: an inequality index. botched the politics. explains in National Review But it insists on using the So the Journal does not come to Online, suddenly, what was e m o t i o n a l l y c h a r g e d t e r m this debate with clean hands. The thought to be the median income poverty. Thats because most Journal is blaming House in most communities is now Americans arent willing to Republicans for believing things considered low-income. increase welfare spendingand the Journal itself taught them to Rector asserts: with it, taxes and the deficitto believe. By dramatically expanding the meet the liberal goal of equal Ive been an advocate of the definition of poverty (and near outcomes for all. payroll tax holiday for a long poverty), the administration The federal government already time, but Ill concede the Journal furthers the presidents agenda to spends nearly $1 trillion every s p r e a d t h e w e a l t h . B y year to fund approximately 70 HOW page 67 artificially inflating the number of welfare programs. Yet rather than

addressing the causes of poverty and helping individuals become self-reliant, this burgeoning welfare state has incentivized government dependence. Adding Obamas new measure to the mix will only encourage greater reliance on government. Perhaps even more tragic, obscuring the definition of poverty removes the focus of antipoverty policy from those who are truly in need. With an unclear understanding of poverty, it is impossible to create sound, effective policy to help those who indeed want for the necessities of life. Of course, if the goal is not to address the causes of poverty but to redistribute wealth, the new poverty measure is the perfect tool. For further information about poverty, seeUnderstanding Poverty in the United States. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.

How Dare The WSJ Blame The House GOP?

David Frum (FrumForum David Frum)
Submitted at 12/21/2011 9:18:17 AM

The Wall Street Journal this morning excoriates House Republicans for mishandling the payroll tax holiday: The GOP leaders have somehow managed the remarkable feat of being blamed for opposing a oneyear extension of a tax holiday that they are surely going to pass. This is no easy double play True that. But if anyone is to scold on this score, it should not be the Journal which is as responsible as any of the House members for the GOPs payrolltax predicament. The GOP is in trouble because deep down, Republicans do not want to do the payroll tax holiday. They ignored the idea when it was first floated back in 2009 by conservative economists as an alternative to a spending-side fiscal stimulus. Not until President Obama adopted the idea HOW page 66

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this much: the holiday in itself is no silver bullet. It has to be joined by vigorous monetary measures and (sadly but probably) more government infrastructure spending if we are to jolt employment numbers upward. Yet here again the Journal does not come with clean hands. If the payroll tax holiday is not a sufficient answer of itself, it remains a huge improvement over the various remedies proposed by the Journal, which would actively deepen and prolong the slump: tighter money and large, immediate cuts in government spending. The Journal also of course as always favors tax cuts too. But not this one. The payroll tax holiday is the rare example of a tax cut the Journal strongly dislikes. In todays editorial, the Journal suggests that its dislike is based on the holidays temporary nature. Yet the Bush tax cuts of 2001 and 2003 were temporary too, and that time limit did not disqualify them in the Journals eyes. I sense a different motive. The payroll tax holiday depletes the Social Security trust fund. Eventually the money will have to

be recouped. How? Republicans fear that the money will be recouped with higher taxes on higher-income earners. They foresee the day when Democrats demand that the fund be replenished either by lifting the cap on payroll taxesor by some kind of surtax on high earnersor (worst of all!) by merging the Social Security system with general federal revenues and outlays. I foresee that day myself, and I worry about it. Thats a reason that I so strongly favor carbon taxes or consumption taxes or some other form of nonredistributive federal revenue source. The US government of the 21st century will need considerably more money than it collected in the decade of the 2000s, andRINO though I amI very much prefer that money be collected in some way other than an increase in the top marginal rate of income tax or a higher capital gains tax rate. But I can foresee and discuss the problem becauseunlike House RepublicansI am not in thrall to another Journal teaching: the claim that the poorer 47% of Americans pay no tax. This

claim rests on denying the existence of payroll taxes altogether. If you deny that payroll taxes exist, it becomes very difficult to discuss the consequences of reducing or remitting them, including some arguably serious long-term consequences. The Journals 47% myth ties the tongues of House Republicans and pushes them into a quandary where they cannot speak openly about their concerns about a measure they dislike. They then take refuge in bogus concerns about how the tax cut is to be paid foreven as they passionately deny the need to pay for any of the tax cuts they favorand with their own shoelaces thus absurdly tied together, naturally they trip over their own feet. All that is bad enough. But having tripped over their own feet, it must be very galling for House Republicans then to be jeered at by an editorial page that almost more than any other entity, was the party responsible for the lace-tying in the first place. Its hard for Republicans to articulate those fears, however, because to do so would require

them to relinquish one of the partys central conceitsa conceit propounded by nobody more forcefully than the Journal itself. That is the conceit that 47% of Americans pay no tax. That 47% do pay taxes, of course, and the heaviest tax they pay is the payroll tax. Admit that fact, and a favorite talking pointplus a big chunk of the Wall Street Journal editorial pages ideologygoes poof up in smoke. UPDATE: TPM adds the important point that the Wall Street Journal, Americas leading economic newspaper, completely botched the details of the payroll tax holiday. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.



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Cuba, North Korea, and Vaclav Havel

Ray Walser (The Foundry: Conservative Policy News Blog from The Heritage Foundation)
Submitted at 12/21/2011 10:30:05 AM

On learning of the death of Kim Jong-il, Cuban authorities immediately declared three days of official mourning. Their action underscored longstanding ties of intimacy between two of the worlds most oppressive, most anti-American regimes. The death of North Koreas tyrant also evoked a feeling that the Cuba of Fidel Castro, age 85, and reigning leader Raul Castro, age 80, will soon be overtaken by the passage of time, ushering in fresh and similar regime uncertainties. Independent-minded Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez sees deep parallels: genealogy has been more determinate than ballot boxes, and the heritage of blood has left usin 53 yearsonly two presidents, both with the same last name. The dauphin over there is named Kim Jong-un; perhaps soon they will communicate to us that over here ours will be Alejandro Castro Espin [Raul Castros only son and possible heir].

Unlike North Korea, which remains remote and distant from the U.S. and the West, Cuba continues to enjoy the benefits of travel and tourism despite its inhospitable political climate. According to Cuban authorities, the island will receive more than 2.5 million visitors in 2011, many from the U.S., who have taken advantage of Obama-era travel concessions. Yet, the stagnant and repressive

political system grinds on, and the regime shows no signs of loosening its grip. It lashes out viciously at small groups of activists who dare protest the absence of democracy, such as a December 2 roundup of 46 dissidents, and complains loudly about intrepid protesters who pulled off a fireworks display off the coast of Havana to protest human rights violations. Sadly, friends of Cuban liberty

without noticing what is going on around us. Todays neo-realists in the White House and State Department prefer relative silence when it comes to Cubas 50-plus years of dictatorship. They seek good relations with a regime that admires the regimentation of North Korea rather than the freedom of the United States. Yet, as former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright observed in eulogizing Havels life and actions, the urgency in his [Havels] voice came less from lofty expectations of human character than from the distress he felt at those who accepted injustice simply because it was easier to look away than to resist. mourn the passing of former This entry passed through the Czech anti-Communist dissident Full-Text RSS service if this is and ex-President Vaclav Havel, your content and you're reading it the antithesis of a Kim Jong-il or on someone else's site, please read a Castro. the FAQ at a full lifetime, Havel never only/faq.php#publishers. Five shied away from support for Filters recommends: Donate to d i s s i d e n t s , d e m o c r a c y , a n d Wikileaks. freedom in Communist Cuba. On travel to Cuba, he was firm: I dont think we can go to Cuba and lie sunning on the beach, having a good time and enjoying a drink,

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Most Charitable Nations Are Among the Most Economically Free

Lachlan Markay (The Foundry: Conservative Policy News Blog from The Heritage Foundation)

Awww: Kim Jong Un Has to Share Power with Uncle

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Freedom. The UK comes in at 16. Economically free countries tend to be wealthier, meaning citizens generally have more to give. But Submitted at 12/21/2011 12:30:03 PM Four of the worlds five most more fundamentally, nations with charitable nations also rank unfree economies tend to see the among the ten most economically state displace civil society as the free, a comparison of a pair of source of charitable giving. studies finds. The welfare system, explained The Charities Aid Foundation Milton Friedman in 1980, has released its annual World Giving destroyed private charitable Index on Wednesday. The survey arrangements that are far more ranks the nations of the world effective, far more compassionate, according to a definition of far more person-to-person in charity that includes direct helping people who are really, for d o n a t i o n s t o c h a r i t a b l e no fault of their own, in a organizations, volunteer work, disadvantaged situation. and the helping of strangers in Freer economies, on the other need. The worlds five most hand, both leave citizens with charitable nations, according to more money to give to the the report, are, in order: the charities of their choosing, and United States, Ireland, Australia, foster a sense of individual New Zealand, and the United responsibility towards the less Kingdom. fortunate as opposed to a sense The first four nations all rank that it is the states responsibility among the top 10 most to care for the poor and economically free, according to d o w n t r o d d e n . Heritages Index of Economic The CAF report also found that

while financial giving had declined as a result of global economic troubles, volunteer work had increased. This suggests that given fewer resources available, individuals will find other ways to help those in need. The United States, however, saw an increase both in financial giving and volunteer time. The former is a striking find, given the persistent unemployment and economic stagnation currently gripping the nation. Even in the midst of financial hardship, Americans find ways to give back. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.

Saturday. The source declined to be identified but has correctly Submitted at 12/21/2011 4:25:49 AM predicted events in the past, Via The Telegraph: telling Reuters about the Norths . . .Kim Jong-un, North Koreas first nuclear test in 2006 before it new leader, will share power with took place. . . an uncle and the military after the Like a Disney movie, but with death of his father Kim Jong-il as g e n o c i d a l d i c t a t o r s a s t h e the isolated country shifts to characters. Maybe some sort of collective rule from strongman talking animal with teach Kim dictatorship, according to reports. Jong Un to be nice to his people The source, with close ties to and a witch will turn his evil Pyongyang and Beijing, told uncle into a toad which hungry Reuters that the military, which is N o r k s w i l l t h e n trying to develop a nuclear e a t . G r e g P o l l o w i t z arsenal, has pledged allegiance to This entry passed through the the untested Kim Jong-un who Full-Text RSS service if this is takes over the family dynasty that your content and you're reading it has ruled North Korea since it was on someone else's site, please read founded after world War Two. the FAQ at source also said Beijing was only/faq.php#publishers. Five only notified of Kims death Filters recommends: Donate to earlier on Monday, the same day Wikileaks. that North Korean state television broadcast the news. Kim died on


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Heres How Twitter Got Big [VIDEO]

Sarah Kessler (Mashable!)
Submitted at 12/21/2011 12:43:01 PM

The big question for people in the industry is How do we find the right person or hub to adopt A new study suggests good ol our new app so that it will go fashioned real-world networks viral? But we found that the lone played a bigger role in Twitters tech-savvy person cant do it; this path to prominence than online also requires word of mouth. The influencers. social network needs geographical M I T r e s e a r c h e r s a n a l y z e d proximity. In the U.S. anyway, Twitters user acquisition between space and similarity matter. 2006 and 2009 in 408 U.S. cities Media attention also played a key with relatively high numbers of role in Twitters popularity. Twitter users. They found at first Gonzlez and her co-authors the network spread through Jameson Toole and Meeyoung young, tech-savy innovators Cha used the number of news with little regard for geography. It stories appearing weekly in took off, for instance, both in its Google News to show its key birthplace San Francisco and influence in their model of across the country in Boston. But Twitters path to prominence. from there, its popularity traveled In 2009, for instance, there was a only short distances to areas huge spike in user acquisition just outside of these cities after Ashton Kutcher challenged w h i c h i n d i c a t e s t h a t m o r e CNN to a Twitter popularity traditional networks played a big contest. The week Kutcher went role. on the Oprah Winfrey show to Even on the Internet where we announce his victory was the may think the world is flat, its largest increase in Twitter user not, said the studys co-author acquisition throughout the entire Marta Gonzlez in a statement. study. Like many bestselling

1. Not Burt Reynolds Not Burt Reynolds" src="http:// /fake-twitter/1burt.jpg" /> Not Burt Reynolds has less followers then most accounts on this list, but with tweets like "When I lose a follower, I just assumed they died. Because let's face it, it's hard not to love me," and "You can call it a mustache, or a hairy set of angel wings," the account's sure to catch fire. Follow this account for tweets documenting what you imagine Mr Reynolds' life would be like. Click here to view this gallery. More About: ashton kutcher, mit, Oprah winfrey, Social Media, Twitter For more Social Media coverage: books have gained from the It isnt surprising that people Follow Mashable Social Media Oprah effect or politicians have w a t c h O p r a h , T o o l e t o l d on Twitter gained through the Colbert bump, Mashable. Whats surprising is Become a Fan on Facebook it seems that Twitter gained users that word of mouth mattered so Subscribe to the Social Media through the right media attention. m u c h u n t i l t h e m e d i a g o t channel But, Toole points out, its hard to involvedwe dont usually think Download our free apps for get mentioned on Oprah without about social networks being Android, Mac, iPhone and iPad gaining some traction first. embedded in the real world.

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Romans 15:12 (12-21-11) Celebrate the Mashable Awards Winners at MashBash at CES
Jennifer Diamond (Mashable!)
Submitted at 12/21/2011 1:16:23 PM

Now that the Mashable Awards winners have been announced, its time to celebrate their victory at MashBash during CES in Las Vegas. Well be celebrating the best of digital at the brand new 1OAK Nightclub in the Mirage Hotel and Casino on Wednesday, January 11, 2012. You can expect a night of networking, dancing and celebration in true Mashable style at one of the hottest new clubs in Las Vegas. San Francisco-based DJ duo A Plus D a.k.a. Adrian and Mysterious D will be spinning their world famous mashups at MashBash. Think Lady Gaga +

Bob Marley or Will Smith + Daft Punk, mixed together under one roof. A Plus D, creators of Bootie, the biggest mashup bootleg party in the world, will rock the party with their musical concoctions and creative song combinations. Stay tuned for more exciting announcements about MashBash in the coming weeks. MashBash Info and Tickets Date: Wednesday, January 11, 2012 (during International CES Convention week) Time: 8:00 p.m. 11:00 p.m. PT Location: 1OAK Nightclub, Mirage Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, NV (1OAK is located at the Mirage Hotel & Casino just off the North Valet access or SelfParking entrance into the hotel) Online Ticketing for MashBash at

Jesus brought the reign of grace to the hearts of millions of Jews and non-Jews by conquering death And again, Isaiah says, "The and bringing true life. My Root of Jesse will spring up, one Prayer... Father, as this year draws who will arise to rule over the to a close and ethnic and religious nations; the Gentiles will hope in emotions are stirred around the him." world, please bless us with peace. Romans 15:12(NIV) Thoughts Give us a deep sense of your love on Today's Verse... When Jesus and presence. Shepherd us in your came, he did come to the nation of grace. At the same time, rekindle Israel, according to the promises in our hearts your desire to bring made to God's people. He was a all people together in peace proper descendant of King David, through salvation in Jesus. Please the son of Jesse. His birth was bless your children throughout the prophesied by Jewish prophets world who are lovingly sharing and recorded in the Bible of the your gospel to a culture other than Israelite people. But no matter their own. Bless them as they are CES celebrating Mashable how Jewish his origins, Jesus apart from their families. Most of Awards (Las Vegas 2012 came for all people in fulfillment all, bless them with the joy of International CES convention) of Old Testament promises that their desire -- using them to lead [Ticketed Event] powered by God would save all nations someone to salvation during this Eventbrite Premiere Sponsors through Israel and the Jewish holiday season. In Jesus' name I More About: Awards, bootie, Messiah. While David brought pray. Amen. CES, event, Events, las vegas, Israel great power and notoriety mashable awards, mashable as an awesome warrior and King, awards winners, mashable events, MashBash, Party, trade show For more Entertainment coverage: Follow Mashable Entertainment on Twitter Become a Fan on Facebook Subscribe to the Entertainment channel Download our free apps for Android, Mac, iPhone and iPad
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Digg Makes Sharing Its Links to Facebook Automatic

Sarah Kessler (Mashable!)
Submitted at 12/21/2011 1:00:07 PM

Cricket LTE goes live in Tucson, introduces the Huawei Boltz

Brad Molen (Engadget)
Submitted at 12/21/2011 2:09:00 PM

Digg is tapping into Facebooks Open Graph on Tuesday to make sharing its links on the social network instant. Like Open Graph integrations from news sites such as The Washington Post, the new feature will make stories youre reading on the news aggregators site automatically show up on your Facebook friends news tickers and Timeline. Digg is also launching a Newsbar that sits on top of Digg pages reached through Facebook. The most important feature of the bar is a front-andcenter button that turns automatic sharing to Facebook on and off. You can also remove individual actions from Facebook tickers if you decide after the fact that you dont want to share them. One of the points of feedback [Facebook gave us] was to try to make it as simple as possible to activiate and deactivate social sharing and even to edit what you

have shared, explains Digg CEO Matt Williams. The prominent, ever-present button Digg has dedicated to this task isnt a bad way to avoid ticking off users who dont want every move they make ending up on Tickers. Those who do use the social sharing feature, however, will be doing Digg a favor. When you paste a link into Facebook from a page you found on Digg, youre likely driving traffic to the links

Leap Wireless, the Cricket folks, told us we can expect to see LTE service go live in Tucson before the end of the year -- and by golly, they were bound and determined to do it. Sure 'nuff, the prepaid carrier is now ready to match wits against MetroPCS as it brings its first 4G market and device live with just ten days remaining in 2011. At least 90 percent of Tucson will be able to enjoy the faster speeds, with nearby Nogales, AZ receiving some expansion love sometime in content but not to Digg. If 2012 and at least two-thirds of its someone clicks on an article countrywide network benefiting shared automatically from the from the next-gen service within Ticker, however, theyll land on the next two to three years. Its first LTE device is the Huawei Digg instead. Will you be turning on Diggs Boltz -- also known as the Huawei social sharing feature? Let us E397 in other parts of the world -know why or why not in the and can be bought for $150 with no contract. Eventually, Leap comments. More About: digg, Facebook, says, the lineup will be expanded facebook open graph

to include smartphones and tablets. Now, let's talk pricing: two data plans of 5GB each are available, with $50 getting you download speeds of 3Mbps and $60 offering you 6Mbps. Granted, this is nothing compared to the ultra-fast speeds you see on Verizon and AT&T's LTE networks at the moment, but it's a start. Continue reading Cricket LTE goes live in Tucson, introduces the Huawei Boltz Cricket LTE goes live in Tucson, introduces the Huawei Boltz originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 21 Dec 2011 14:09:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| | Email this| Comments

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Mills hits back in voicemail row

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Submitted at 12/21/2011 11:10:04 AM

Terry to face 'race slur' charge

in which case you're not compromising anybody. But if she didn't, then we can proceed on the premise that it's somebody else, can't we?" Earlier, the Leveson Inquiry was told by a former financial reporter at the Daily Mirror that it was "very unlikely" that former editor Mr Morgan did not know about alleged phone hacking at the paper. James Hipwell, who was jailed for purchasing low-priced stocks and then recommending them to readers, told the inquiry: "Looking at his style of editorship, I would say it was very unlikely that he didn't know what was going on because, as I have said, there wasn't very much he didn't know about." He also added that Mr Morgan's phone had been hacked by a colleague. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.
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press release by my ex-husband, he has never insinuated that I have leaked tapes of him to the media." 21 Dec 2011 On Tuesday, counsel to the Heather Mills, the former wife of inquiry Robert Jay QC asked Mr pop star Sir Paul McCartney, has Morgan about a recording of a said that she never disclosed voicemail message left by Sir private voicemail messages from Paul for Ms Mills when the her ex-husband to former tabloid couple were suffering problems editor Piers Morgan. with their marriage. Mr Morgan Ms Mills said that Mr Morgan, refused to say when or where he who told the Leveson Inquiry into heard the message - because he press standards that he had heard wanted to protect a "source". a voicemail message left to her by Lord Justice Leveson asked: "The Sir Paul, was using her as a only person who would lawfully "scapegoat" and added that she be able to listen to the message is would be "more than happy" to the lady in question or somebody answer any questions the inquiry authorised on her behalf to listen had for her about the subject. to it. Isn't that right?" In a statement, Ms Mills said: Mr Morgan said he did not know "For the avoidance of doubt, I can what he was "expected" to say, categorically state that I have and added: "All we know for a never ever played Piers Morgan a fact about Lady Heather Mills tape of any kind, never mind a McCartney is that in their divorce voice message from my ex- case Paul McCartney stated as a husband. fact that she had recorded their "Piers Morgan is doing all he can conversations and given them to to deter the Leveson Inquiry from the media." finishing their important job. Lord Justice Leveson told Mr Morgan is using me as his Morgan: "I am perfectly happy to scapegoat and I would be more call Lady McCartney to give t h a n h a p p y t o a n s w e r a n y evidence as to whether she questions that the inquiry would authorised you to listen to her like to put to me. As stated in a voicemails. She may say she did,

hope to be given the chance to clear my name as quickly as possible. I have never aimed a 21 Dec 2011 racist remark at anyone and count England football captain John people from all races and creeds Terry has vowed to clear his name among my closest friends. I will after being told he will be fight tooth and nail to prove my prosecuted for racially abusing innocence. I have campaigned another top player. against racism and believe there is The 31-year-old faces criminal no place for it in society." charges over video footage Chelsea FC said in a statement appearing to show him shout an that it would continue to be "fully offensive comment at Queens supportive" of Terry. Park Rangers defender Anton Ms Saunders said: "I have today Ferdinand. advised the Metropolitan Police Chief London prosecutor Alison Service that John Terry should be Saunders told police there was a p r o s e c u t e d f o r a r a c i a l l y realistic possibility of conviction aggravated public order offence surrounding claims Terry called following comments allegedly Ferdinand a "black c***" during a made during a Premier League league match. football match between Queens The Chelsea defender, who faces Park Rangers and Chelsea on a maximum fine of 2,500 if October 23, 2011. c o n v i c t e d , s a i d h e w a s "The decision was taken in "disappointed" as the Crown accordance with the Code for Prosecution Service announced he Crown Prosecutors and after would appear before magistrates careful consideration of all the in February accused of a racially evidence I am satisfied there is aggravated public order offence. sufficient evidence for a realistic Terry, whose future as a leading prospect of conviction and it is in international player is in doubt, the public interest to prosecute added he would fight to prove his this case. He is now summonsed innocence. He is one of the most with a criminal offence and has decorated English players in the the right to a fair trial." modern domestic game, having Terry will appear before West led west London's Chelsea FC to a London Magistrates' Court on string of trophies and league titles. February 1. He said: "I am disappointed with TERRY page 74 the decision to charge me and


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Police officer held over 'payments'

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home less than a week after officers questioned former News of the World crime editor Lucy 21 Dec 2011 Panton over alleged payments. A serving Scotland Yard officer "Officers from Operation Elveden has been arrested on suspicion of arrested a serving Metropolitan receiving illegal payments from P o l i c e S e r v i c e o f f i c e r o n journalists. suspicion of misconduct in a The 52-year-old woman, public office and offences understood to be a member of the contrary to the Prevention of force's specialist operations Corruption Act 1906," a force branch, is being held in Essex statement said. after detectives swooped on her Eight suspects have now been home at dawn. arrested as part of Operation She is the first police officer Elveden, which was launched arrested under Operation Elveden, a f t e r o f f i c e r s w e r e h a n d e d the inquiry into alleged illegal documents suggesting News payments, which runs alongside International journalists had made the Operation Weeting phone- payments to officers. hacking investigation. Ms Panton, 37, who is married to The specialist operations division a Scotland Yard detective, was in which she works covers some questioned and later bailed after of the Met's most demanding officers swooped on her Surrey roles, from counter-terrorism to home last Thursday. protecting the Royal Family. Others questioned as part of the The suspect was arrested at her inquiry include former News

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Iowa Voters: What Do They Really Want?

Molly Ball (Politics : The Atlantic)
Submitted at 12/21/2011 12:31:00 PM

The state's caucus-goers are the most sought-after group in presidential politics. But their voices have been strangely absent from coverage this cycle. SIOUX CITY, IOWA -- The Iowan had something to say to Mitt Romney, but Romney didn't seem to be listening. "My question is, what are you going to do for agriculture?" said the man in the black jacket with a picture of a tractor on the back. "I think we should just totally do away with the farm program -- get rid of it, make us sink or swim on our own and get some incentives to get the young people back in there," he added. In response, Romney reminisced about working on his uncle's ranch in Idaho, blamed the DoddFrank financial reform legislation for squelching loans and investment, and launched into that most hoary of Iowa-pandering cliches, a paean to ethanol. "I know some of my friends think that we should just not worry about ethanol," Romney said. "I actually like the fact that ethanol is part of our energy mix." He finished his long answer by vowing to "do my best to keep the American farm sector alive and well." But what about getting rid of the farm program? Romney didn't say.

In a campaign season that's been driven by a steady stream of nationally televised debates, the voices of the voters -- especially those all-important Iowa caucusgoers -- have been largely drowned out. The candidates and media spend less time in Iowa and the other early states, and when they're there, they often seem to be speaking more to an idea of Iowa than the real people who will vote on Jan. 3. The result is a disconnect between caucus-goers and the candidates trying to woo them -- a phenomenon that helps to explain

the dramatic fluctuations in the electorate in recent months. Romney's back-and-forth with the man in the tractor jacket was a case in point, even if he was just doing what candidates always do and answering the question he would prefer to have gotten: Iowa caucus-goers are difficult to pigeonhole. Just when you think they're looking for assurances their agricultural subsidies won't stop flowing, it turns out they want to hear the opposite. "We're a tough bunch to figure out," said Christopher Rants, a former speaker of the Iowa House

of Representatives from Sioux City who's supporting Romney. "That's why Mitt Romney has probably been reluctant to come back. He tried once, and he got it wrong." Iowa caucus-goers, for all their sway, are a rather tiny tribe -about 120,000 attended the 2008 Republican caucuses, and many expect turnout to be slightly lower in 2012. Though too easily caricatured as overwhelmingly churchy and rural, there's some truth to that perception: In 2008, according to CNN's caucus entrance poll, 60 percent

described themselves as evangelical or born-again Christians, and 69 percent were from rural areas. But interviews with dozens of die -hard Republican caucus-goers in recent weeks found a wide swath of opinions among caucus-goers old and young, urban and rural. All shared a determination to pick the right Republican nominee to oust President Obama, but they disagreed on what that meant; some favored Romney as the electable candidate based on polls IOWA page 76


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showing him narrowing the gap with Obama, while others felt a tough, pugilistic conservative would be better equipped to take on the incumbent than a mealymouthed pragmatist lacking in charisma. They also tended to share a sense that this election represents a crucial referendum on the country's direction. The imperative to oust Obama, they repeatedly said, was not merely a Republican's desire to defeat a Democrat, but a necessity to prevent what they saw as disastrous consequences for America's well-being and the American ideal itself. There was an apocalyptic tone and a genuine fear in many of their comments. Bill Van Vliete, a 72-year-old Des Moines interior designer, said his top priority was "beating our current president." Why? "His basic philosophy is so counter to anything I understand or believe," he said. "I really believe he is undoing our country systematically." Van Vliete had just seen Rick Santorum speak at a conservative group's breakfast meeting at a Machine Shed restaurant in a Des Moines suburb. He said he'd been impressed by the former Pennsylvania senator but was still "wrestling" with his choice of candidate. "I'm just overcome with the dishonesty of government right now," he said. The urgency of defeating Obama and the hard-line ethos of the tea party movement have made Iowa

voters more demanding this year, said Chuck Laudner, a GOP operative based in Rockford, two hours north of Des Moines near the Minnesota border. "Usually when a candidate comes to Iowa, they try to own an issue area -- the pro-life candidate, the flat tax candidate, the immigration candidate -- and they build a coalition out from there," said Laudner, who is supporting Santorum. "But since the last caucus in 2008, everything the government touches is on fire. We're in crisis mode. Barack Obama spurred the whole tea party movement. "Now people want a full-spectrum conservative -- a rock-ribbed, consistent fighter for all of these issues," Laudner added. "The bar is exceedingly high. That's why you see candidates shoot up to 30 percent and then the bottom falls out all of a sudden." The problem is that Iowans' passion for defeating Obama isn't matched by passion for any of the candidates. "Folks aren't putting up signs and wearing pins like they usually would -- it's so uncertain," said Ann Trimble Ray, a consultant and activist who lives in Early, a city of 600 situated halfway between Fort Dodge and Des Moines. "There is a sense, not of panic exactly, but anxiety about how late it is and the fact that they haven't decided," Trimble Ray added. One evening last week in downtown Des Moines, over a thousand likely caucus-goers

attended the screening of a prolife film hosted by Mike Huckabee at which Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich and Santorum all spoke. "I really never thought I would have to worry about losing my country in my lifetime, but the last two or three years, that has become a real concern," said Robert Dopf, a semi-retired Des Moines lawyer who chairs Iowa Right to Life. "I've got grandkids, and the way it's going, they're not going to grow up in the kind of country I was privileged to know." Many of the religious conservatives at the event dismissed the idea that the economy ought to trump cultural concerns. "If you get life right, everything else falls into place," said Stacie West, echoing a common sentiment expressed by candidates and audience members alike. West, 35, teaches Braille to blind children in the small town of Cromwell. Her words illustrate why cultural issues always seem to take center stage in the campaign even though relatively few voters call them decisive: For those voters, abortion is an absolute litmus test, the sine qua non of all other priorities. There is also a sense that, while other issues are a matter of technical calculation, social issues indicate a candidate's deeper moral convictions, and values are not subject to the vicissitudes of policy debates. A Huckabee voter in 2008, West

was waiting for God to tell her whether to vote for Santorum or Bachmann this time. "I don't worry," she said. "Christ is the ultimate judge. He ultimately makes the decision who rules the country." Then there was Norma Halverson, 64, a retired nurse from Laurens, Iowa, who said she's known as "Grandma Teddy" on the AM radio shows she regularly calls into. "I've never been so afraid for my country as I am now," she said. Halverson proceeded to detail a complicated set of fearsome circumstances involving the Council on Foreign Relations, the imposition of martial law, the CIA, terrorists coming across the Mexican border and a manmade viral pandemic. She displayed a radiation detector on her keychain. "I'm supporting Michele Bachmann, but my husband is supporting Ron Paul," she said. "My goal is to get them connected" -- that is, together on the ticket. Halfway across the state, Greg Moe, 61, had come out to a hear Newt Gingrich at a country club in Fort Dodge. A farmer from Moorland and a self-described "socially liberal Republican," he said, "This conservative Iowa evangelical thing sort of gets overdone, even though I am a church person." Moe, who caucused for Rudy Giuliani in 2008, is supporting Newt Gingrich now because he believes he's the best on national security and "knows what he's

doing." He frets that his state does the rest of the nation a disservice by weeding out more electable, moderate candidates. "If I were to vote on a single issue, it would be a mandate for ethanol, because of all the jobs that provides for Iowans," he added. Kim Alstott, the 60-year-old retired owner of companies that manufacture birdseed and rat poison, also attended the Gingrich campaign stop in Fort Dodge. But Alstott, who was elected to the Fort Dodge city council last month, beating an incumbent by a one-vote margin, said he wasn't a Gingrich supporter. (Iowa caucusgoers are not an easy sell, and it's common to find that few members of the audience are supporters of the candidate they've come out to see. Campaign events here aren't rallies -- they're shopping trips.) "I will vote for Rick Santorum in the caucus, because he's honest and speaks his mind and doesn't flip-flop like some other people," Alstott said. The candidates' visits had make a deep impression on him, especially Michele Bachmann, who "never let anybody ask her any questions" when she visited. "She cut her own throat with that one," he said -- Iowans don't want to be lectured. If anyone ought to have a sense of the Iowa electorate, it's Santorum, who has spent months trudging to every corner of the state -- 350 campaign events in all IOWA page 80

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The Media's Deaf, Dumb, and Blind Campaign Coverage

Bob Garfield (Politics : The Atlantic)
Submitted at 12/21/2011 11:56:36 AM

The most powerful segment of the political right has moved into fringe territory. Why has the press been largely silent on this? When presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich this weekend floated the idea of arresting federal judges over "activist" decisions, something very strange happened: It was in the papers. Not on page one, or anything. No "-gate" suffix. No wall-to-wall cable coverage, like for a shark attack or a missing blond. Still, Gingrich's remarks did get a mention, possibly because the scenario he described sounded so gigantically unconstitutional. And unapologetically authoritarian. And just plain scary. That's the strange thing. Till now in the presidential race, such qualities have seldom constituted newsworthiness. So cowed are the media by the accusation of liberal bias that they've been mainly confined to parsing poll numbers while the candidates for the Republican nomination take to the stump, one after another, with ideas once reserved for militia camps and reactionary pamphleteering. For months and years, the GOP presidential candidates have mimicked the

most incendiary and marginal right-wing firebrands of the 1950s and 60s. Yet neither the provocations, nor their eerie echoes, have gone much remarked upon. For instance, when Rep. Michele Bachmann asserted that public schools "are teaching children that there is separation of church and state, and I am here to tell you that is a myth," based perhaps on her objection to the accepted

understanding of the Establishment Clause, this raised no great media hew and cry. Maybe because the refrain was so familiar. In 2010, Sarah Palin said as much, too: "Go back to what our founders and our founding documents meant -- they're quite clear -- that we would create law based on the God of the bible and the Ten Commandments." Which, if you were listening carefully, also had

a familiar ring. Here is what Wesley Swift had to offer on the subject: "This is a Christian nation. The Supreme Court ruled on separate occasions that this is a Christian nation. And the fact remains that there are many forces that are seeking to destroy Christian civilization." Wesley Swift being the founder of the Christian Identity movement -- a white supremacist, anti-Semite and convicted

domestic terrorist. One of his brothers in paranoia was the socalled "minister of Hate," the Rev. Gerald L.K. Smith, founder of the racist and anti-Semitic America First movement. His boogeyman was the United Nations, which he characterized as "the greatest subversive plot and plan in the history of the world for the destruction of the Constitution of MEDIA'S page 78


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the United States and its substitution by a World Government with all our citizens slaves." Robert Welch, founder of the John Birch Society, shared Smith's black-helicopter vision, asserting that "A part of that plan, of course, is to induce the gradual surrender of American sovereignty, piece by piece and step by step to various international organizations of which the United Nations is the outstanding but far from only example." Oh, and who else has taken a position on the One World Government question? Why, presidential aspirant Ron Paul. "They are a threat to us," Paul wrote of the U.N. "They would confiscate our guns.... The right of ownership of private property is severely threatened by our own government, but it's going to be a lot worse if the United Nations gets involved.... If the United Nations has their way, there will be a curtailment of our right to practice religion.... Eventually we will not have the United States of America and we will be nothing more than a pawn of the United Nations." Trying to recall...has this come up in the debates? Look, this phenomenon isn't entirely mysterious. The left has moved right. The center has moved right. What constitutes a controversial position is a moving target. And in narrating the ebb and flow of political fortunes, the press is indeed supposed to be dispassionate. But that's not the

same as deaf, dumb and blind. It never stopped being the media's job to evaluate the world and explain what constitutes news. Is it not very big news that the most powerful and influential segment of the political right, in full view of a largely mute press corps, has veered into Glenn Beck World? Xenophobia. Demonization of the United Nations and the Federal Reserve. Radical reduction of federal budget and influence. Conflation of federalism with socialism. Cult of states rights. Christian exceptionalism. Return to the gold standard. Not to mention the dismantling, in the name of jobs, of the entire regulatory infrastructure of the nation. Texas Gov. Rick Perry on the radical Obama administration: "They are socialist. Their policies prove that almost daily. Look, when all the answers emanate from Washington D.C., one size fits all, whether it's education policy or whether it's healthcare policy, that is, on its face, socialism." Bachmann: "Now we've moved into the realm of gangster government. We have gangster government when the federal government has set up a new cartel.... This is the crown jewel of socialism." Newt Gingrich: "This is, indeed, a secular-socialist machine." (And on another occasion, reframing campaign-finance reform as ideologically motivated, "The idea that a congressman would be tainted by accepting money from

private industry or private sources is essentially a socialist argument.") On December 16, New York Times columnist and Nobelwinning economist Paul Krugman called Ron Paul's economic doctrine "madness." Like the Gingrich coverage outbreak, this story, too, was an outlier. Till now, Paul has seldom been asked to defend theories that are long associated with the John Birch Society, Aryan Nation and habitues of tinfoil-hat chat rooms: "I want competition with the Fed. I want to legalize the Constitution. I want to legalize the trading in gold and silver, no taxes, no sales taxes, no capital gains taxes. Private companies can mint their own coins, they just have to be not fraudulent, like our government is fraudulent. " Apart from the manifest looniness of the arguments, Paul's rhetoric implies economic and political tyranny being foisted on a nation of dupes. Indeed, GOP candidates have not been shy about playing the tyranny card, which -- in view of our nation's founding -- might be considered but one rude bridge from fomenting revolution. Their opponents are characterized not merely as misguided or foolish or cynical or stupid; they are unpatriotic and un-American. The president of the United States, alleged Rick Santorum, "has a deep-seated antipathy toward American values and traditions." Bachmann spies enemies in both

the legislative and executive branches government, asserting on one occasion, "I wish the American media would take a great look at the views of the people in Congress and find out: Are they pro-America or antiAmerica?" And on another one: "The federal government will virtually have control over every aspect of lives for the American people," she said. "It is time to stand up and say: We get to choose. We choose liberty, or we choose tyranny -- it's one of the two." As for the overthrow of our way of life by the judiciary, you need only turn to Gingrich -whose outburst over the weekend wasn't his first of the subject. This was from September: "I believe the legislative and executive branches have an obligation to defend the constitution against judges who are tyrannical and who seek to impose un-American values on the people of the United States." It took three months for that statement to generate a controversy. In a healthy journalistic environment -wherein a politician's utterances are deemed in and of themselves worthy of comment, analysis, due diligence and skepticism -- it should have taken five minutes. (Indeed, this press silence is why Rick Perry was forced a few weeks ago to run his notorious gay-baiting ad aimed at Iowa evangelicals, an ad which for good measure sneered at the constitutional principle of secularism. It was a desperate bid

to get noticed, because when he said such things before live audiences, the media simply shrugged.) So tell me again why debate questions are on cap-and-trade, or on what Mitt Romney did or didn't do with Massachusetts health care in 2006? I propose this instead: "Sir, you have declared America to be a tyranny and your political opponents to be antiAmerican. Are you proposing an overthrow? And if not, why not?" I might also turn the question around on the press itself, an institution frozen nearly immobile by the chilling effect of the "liberal bias" meme. Presidential hopefuls have created a vast, breathtaking archive of extremist remarks previously the province of kooks, hatemongers and outlaw militants. Should not these statements be identified, examined, explained and thoroughly interwoven into the narrative of the campaign? And if not, why not? Image credit: REUTERS/Jeff Haynes This article available online at: politics/archive/2011/12/themedias-deaf-dumb-and-blindcampaign-coverage/250315/ This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters recommends: Donate to MEDIA'S page 79

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Rasmussen poll shows Romney leading 25%, Paul 20%, Gingrich 17%
Ed Morrissey (Hot Air Top Picks)

Texas Governor Rick Perry and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, both at 10%, are the Submitted at 12/21/2011 11:45:31 AM only other candidates in doubleposted at 12:45 pm on December d i g i t s . Minnesota 21, 2011 by Ed Morrissey Congresswoman Michele Could the race in Iowa really go Bachmann earns six percent (6%), to a man who has spent the least f o r m e r U t a h G o v e r n o r J o n amount of time in the state among Huntsman four percent (4%), all of the candidates vying for while one percent (1%) prefer caucus-goers? Rasmussens latest some other candidate and eight poll of 750 likely caucus-goers percent (8%) are not sure. show Romney with a small but This poll reflects the highest level statistically significant lead, 25% of support yet measured for to 20% for new second-place Romney and Paul. Its also by far candidate Ron Paul. But the big the best result yet for Santorum move may be from the second who on Tuesday received an tier: endorsement from Bob Vander Former Massachusetts Governor Plaats, a major social conservative M i t t R o m n e y a n d T e x a s leader in Iowa. While the Congressman Ron Paul are Evangelical Christian vote is very leading the pack in Iowa with just divided at this time, Santorum two weeks to go until Caucus now picks up 19% of it, more than Day. But large numbers of voters any other candidate. Romney is remain uncommitted and lots close behind at 18%. could change between now and Among those who say they are January 3. certain to participate in the The new Rasmussen Reports caucus, Romney and Paul are s u r v e y o f I o w a c a u c u s essentially even. As always in a participants shows Romney on top caucus, the organizational effort with 25% of the vote followed by to get identified supporters to Paul at 20% and former House show up on January 3 is likely to Speaker Newt Gingrich at 17%. determine the outcome.

The organizational edge might go to Paul but it might not, either. Even if Romney has not spent much time in Iowa, he has built a significant organization in the state, and he launched a massive ad buy of over $3 million last week. Furthermore, Romney isnt having to compete against expectations, so a big finish here might be enough to generate enough momentum to run the table in the early states especially if Paul ends up being the second-place finisher. A Gingrich third-place finish would put a serious dent in his credibility as a candidate. And it might get worse than that. Both Perry and Santorum have moved up to 10% in this poll, but Santorums support is almost double that of a week ago. Bachmann has not gotten the same kind of boost, remaining at 6%. Santorum edges ahead of Perry among Republicans (13% to 11%) and just behind Pauls 14%, but both trail Romney (27%) and Gingrich (21%). Paul gets 32% of independents, which is no great shock, and Romney comes in second at 19%, which is also no

great shock. Among those who consider themselves very conservative, Santorum comes in third at 19%, almost tying Gingrich and Romney, who get 21% each. Santorum now also comes in third among Tea Party adherents at 17%, just behind Romney at 18% and Gingrich at 23%, and ahead of Paul (14%) and Perry (12%). As for Paul, this poll shows that his bounce is real, if sometimes overestimated, but he has significant issues in this support. When asked to pick the weakest candidate to put against Obama, Paul wins with 26% of the respondents, followed by Michele Bachmann at 21% and Gingrich at 16% a danger sign for Gingrich as well. (Santorum only gets 4%, but then again, he only gets 4% in the question on which candidate would be strongest, too.) Gingrich does well in the strongest-candidate question with a second place 25%, but thats ten points below Romneys 35%. Paul only gets 15% on this question, making him the only one of the top three to underperform his support on this

question. If caucus-goers break late on the question of electability and its certainly a trend weve seen in the past then Romney stands the most to gain. A third-place finish would be a boost to Santorum, who hasnt ever broken out of the pack, and a big disappointment to Gingrich, who had a big lead in Iowa just a couple of weeks ago. If Paul falters, Romney will probably get the most benefit, but Santorum could be riding a wave that could crest with perhaps even a secondplace finish, if social conservatives in Iowa begin to flock to his banner and that could have South Carolina Republicans, known for their evangelical social conservatism, taking a new look at Santorum. Well see. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.

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of Iowa's 99 counties, some of them to audiences of just a few hardy souls. His days often begin before dawn and end after dark. His transportation is a rented SUV -- he'll have to scrape off the Santorum for President sticker when he returns it -- driven by his 20-year-old daughter. "The people of Iowa, repeatedly, they thank you for coming out, thank you for spending the time," Santorum said in an interview. "That means something to people out here, that you respect them enough to get in front of them and answer their questions. A lot of folks may be thinking, 'I'll go with the guy who had the courage to come out and face us and stand up and talk about what he believes in, instead of hiding behind consultants and TV ads.'" A man who'd just heard Santorum speak interrupted the interview to get his point across. "Obama don't do nothin'," he said. "I used to think he was smart, but I'm not even sure anymore that he's smart -- intellectually smart. I mean, he'd had no experience, zilch, but I just accepted the fact

he was a smart guy. I don't know now. I'm questioning it." Turning back to the interview after commiserating with the man and thanking him for coming, Santorum defended his family values-centered campaign pitch. "These are important issues because a lot of folks understand they're foundational," he said. "You can't have limited government, you can't have freedom without responsibility, responsible behavior, and a strong family unit to be the foundational building block of a society." Religious conservatives still make up a substantial enough portion of the Iowa electorate to swing the caucuses if they all go to one candidate, as they did for Huckabee in 2008. But in speaking almost exclusively to this bloc, Bachmann, Santorum and Perry are fighting the last war, when the battlefield has changed dramatically, said J. Ann Selzer, the Des Moines-based researcher behind the Iowa Poll. "The mood of this electorate is focused on the economy," Selzer said. "To the extent there are

some focused on abortion and gay marriage, it appears that's a smaller proportion than in times past." In a poll Selzer conducted for Bloomberg News last month, caucus-goers were asked what issues they considered "critical." The top four were government spending and debt, the economy, jobs and taxes. Abortion was sixth, with just 33 percent considering it critically important. "That's not to say that if you can get them all to support one candidate that can't be a meaningful number," she said. "But the mood is very different this time around." At Romney's event in Sioux City, most audience members were Romney supporters in 2008 who'd stuck by their candidate. Helen Miller, a 68-year-old retiree who had brought her husband, a Democrat, to the event, said she thought Romney had lived "a moral life" and had "plans" to fix the economy. But when the Romney campaign contacted Miller and asked her to stand up for Romney at the

caucuses, where candidate representatives are allowed to make a pitch before the voting takes place, she balked. "They asked me to speak at the caucuses, and I turned them down flat," she said. "There's somebody more educated and better at speaking than I am in Sioux City. I'm just a common, everyday person. I don't want to get up and tell people what they should do." Image credit: Reuters/Jeff Haynes This article available online at: politics/archive/2011/12/iowavoters-what-do-they-really-want/ 250248/ This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.

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Someone Is Messing With

Molly Ball (Politics : The Atlantic)
Submitted at 12/21/2011 11:20:52 AM

An Internet prankster has redirected the website bearing Gingrich's name to ones that carry reminders of the candidate's most embarrassing episodes Updated 12:40 p.m. If you went to Wednesday morning, you didn't get a campaign website for the candidate currently leading national GOP primary polls. Instead, the address redirected to a number of sites that referenced embarrassing episodes in Gingrich's career: * The commercial Gingrich taped with Nancy Pelosi calling for action on global warming * A June Washington Post article headlined "Gingrich campaign implodes" * A post earlier this month on our sister site, The Atlantic Wire, headlined "Gingrich's Campaign Still Looks an Awful Lot Like a

Book Tour" * A Greek travel guide * The Freddie Mac website * The Tiffany & Co. website The mystery of who was behind the prank was short-lived: the Democratic PAC American Bridge soon sent a press release touting its ownership of the domain and offering to sell it to the highest bidder. (Gingrich

larkish campaign that often saw him signing books rather than stumping for votes. Even the Pelosi commercial is a reminder not only that Gingrich took a suspiciously liberal position, but also of his preening for the cameras. The Democratic group wants to push the idea that as much as voters may find Gingrich an attractive candidate, Gingrich has only one priority: himself. Image credit: Getty Images/Jewel Samad This article available online at: politics/archive/2011/12/someone didn't own it in the first place -Rather, the sites point to a - i s - m e s s i n g - w i t h his campaign site is collection of references to n e w t g i n g r i c h c o m / 2 5 0 3 4 5 / It's interesting to note the theme G i n g r i c h ' s s e l f - i n t e r e s t e d This entry passed through the of the array of sites American ventures: The don't-call-it- Full-Text RSS service if this is Bridge chose to redirect to. lobbying consulting gig for your content and you're reading it They're not about Gingrich's Freddie Mac, the $500,000 credit on someone else's site, please read erratic behavior as speaker of the line at Tiffany, the Greek cruise the FAQ at more than a decade ago, or he took when his aides would only/faq.php#publishers. Five his infidelities and divorces, or, have liked him to be campaigning Filters recommends: Donate to with the exception of the Pelosi i n I o w a , h i s s u b s e q u e n t Wikileaks. commercial, his policy stances. abandonment by those aides, the



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The Ed Morrissey NLRB finalizes rule to establish ambush elections Show: Guy Benson,
Tina Korbe (Hot Air Top Picks)

Clearly the focus is on the parts of the rule that gain the most days in the election process. And it Submitted at 12/21/2011 12:25:13 PM still gets unions their key goal, posted at 1:25 pm on December which is to cut the average 21, 2011 by Tina Korbe election time down substantially. Just days before Democratic T h e p r o p o s e d r u l e s i n t h e member Craig Beckers term resolution would still reduce expires, the National Labor election times down by about half, Relations Board formally adopted probably around 21 days. new procedures to govern union The new procedures will take elections. The upshot: The new effect April 30, 2012, and little is rules will shorten the time period likely to happen between now and between the day an employee first then to forestall that. The House requests an election to unionize of Representatives has passed and the day that election actually legislation to establish a minimum takes place. The Labor Relations -35-day election period, but that Institute explains in greater detail: legislation will probably not pass The new election procedure does the Senate. away with the 25-day period for Meantime, the significance of Board review of unit decisions snap elections remains much the a n d t h e a b i l i t y t o s u s p e n d same, regardless of whether the hearings once the region has NLRB abandoned the most determined that there are no major controversial elements of its unit issues (i.e. unit issues proposals. As Ive said since the affecting more than 20% of the threat of quickie elections first voting unit). It leaves out many surfaced, the design of shortened o f t h e o t h e r c o n t r o v e r s i a l election periods is to limit the provisions related to things like a m o u n t o f t i m e i n w h i c h initial statement of position, voter employers can make the case lists, 7-day hearings and the like. against unionization.

NLRB Chairman William Pearce says, This rule is about giving all employees who have petitioned for an election the right to vote in a timely manner and without the impediment of needless litigation. But that litigation is only needless if employers needs dont count in the equation. Weve seen too many times that, with this particular NLRB, that is all too true. What is, perhaps, most exasperating about this is that just two people decided it. The Board has been down to just three members for some time and Republican NLRB member Brian Hayes voted against ambush elections. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at Five Filters recommends: Donate to Wikileaks.

King Banaian
Ed Morrissey (Hot Air Top Picks)

The search has its own website now, Find Marizela, for the latest in the efforts to bring Marizela Submitted at 12/21/2011 1:01:43 PM home. There is also a fund for the posted at 2:01 pm on December family to keep the search efforts 21, 2011 by Ed Morrissey going. Be sure to check there and Today on The Ed Morrissey at Michelles site for further Show (3 pm ET), my Townhall developments, and keep the colleague Guy Benson brings us family in your prayers. up to date on all of the latest from Americas Most Wanted is now Iowa. In the second half, our old on the case, too. friend King Banaian, now a Michelle has a new update on the member of Minnesotas House of case: Representatives, will join us to She disappeared from the talk about the debate over public University of Washington campus financing for a Vikings stadium. area in Seattle at the age of 18 The Ed Morrissey Show and its exactly seven months ago today. dynamic chatroom can be seen on Spring and summer came and the permanent TEMS page be went, along with Marizelas 19th sure to join us, and dont forget to birthday. Autumn is now upon us. keep up with the debate on my Her university friends are back in Facebook page, too! school. Marizela Perez has been missing Life goes on, but remains at a in the Seattle area for more than standstill. nine months now. Marizelas case Uncertainty corrodes. has a connection here at Hot Air, Grief deepens and settles without as she is the cousin of the Boss the ability to mourn. Emeritus, Michelle Malkin. There are no new developments Michelle is trying to spread the f r o m t h e S e a t t l e P o l i c e word through Facebook and Department. Nothing to report. Q13Fox/KCPQ in Seattle. We The family is moving forward on want to encourage prayers for the legal front to try and obtain Marizelas family, and also try to information from Marizelas reach anyone in the area who I n t e r n e t / s o c i a l n e t w o r k i n g knows where Marizela might be accounts that the Seattle Police and ask them to contact the MORRISSEY page 83 police.

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Sony PlayStation Vita review (Japanese edition)

Mat Smith (Engadget)

more revolutionary. And it may have to be. Mobile gaming is snapping at its heels, with game It's hard to believe that Sony's developers continuing to boost the venerable first portable has just scale and polish on smartphone reached its seventh birthday. The offerings. Even Sony has been PSP launched in 2004: a year attempting to get in on the mobile when the Motorola RAZR V3 action, with underwhelming claimed top phone prizes and results so far. tablets were called tablet PCs. So here's the PlayStation Vita, Since then, its closest rival has attempting to breath new life into undergone several substantial the portable gaming market. transformations, but the PSP has There's no 3D screen, it doesn't do remained largely untouched, aside phone calls (although our test from getting a little slimmer. model is the 3G-connected Sony's hoping its new portable variant) but there is, however, a superstar is less evolutionary, load of power underneath that 5Submitted at 12/21/2011 1:35:00 PM

inch OLED hood. It looks to be the answer to more "traditional" gamers' prayers, but there are plenty of questions we've been itching to answer. Is a portable

gaming console still a valid gaming option? How long will the battery last? What's that rear touchscreen all about? Read on and see how Sony's next-

generation portable stacks up. Gallery: Sony PlayStation Vita review (Japanese edition) Continue reading Sony PlayStation Vita review (Japanese edition) Sony PlayStation Vita review (Japanese edition) originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 21 Dec 2011 13:35:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| | Email this| Comments



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Sony divisions to elope in Vegas, celebrate the marriage of Television and Internet at CES 2012
Zach Honig (Engadget)

means -- the ceremony will take place at the Bellagio Wedding Submitted at 12/21/2011 1:34:00 PM Chapel on the evening of January Well, we can't decide if this is 1 1 t h , w i t h a " R e c e p t i o n one of the cheesiest or most clever Immediately Following." Since event invites in CE history. Sony's this is technically a marriage PR arm just sent us an e-vite to between cousins, we've spent time the marriage of Sony Electronics with both the bride (Bravia) and H o m e D i v i s i o n a n d S o n y the groom (Sony Entertainment E n t e r t a i n m e n t N e t w o r k , Network -- or SEN, when among simplified to "Television and friends), so we mean no offense if Internet" on the company's forced to choose sides in the appropriately generic Wedsite chapel. Coincidentally, we'll wedding page. Now this won't be already be in town, so we may a cheap Vegas wedding by any pop in to greet the likes of family

members "Al Gore, Father of the Internet" and HMZ-T1, aka "Aunt Madge." Care to come along? The

couple-to-be's site appears to be open to all, so hit up the source link to sign the guest book and send in your RSVP. Sony divisions to elope in Vegas, celebrate the marriage of Television and Internet at CES 2012 originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 21 Dec 2011 13:34:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| Sony (Wedsite)| Email this| Comments