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  • The Best or Worst Pollsters in the 2012 Election – How did Nate Silver Do It? (Gallup is Dead Last)

    11/14/2012 8:36:10 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Patheos ^ | 11/13/2012 | Tim Suttle
    Nate Silver has gotten a lot of press for his near perfect election night predictions. In 2008 Silver gained popularity and influence after he called 49 out of 50 states. Many pundits were predicting that Silver would crash and burn in 2012. Instead, he outperformed his 2008 predictions and now that Florida has been called for president Obama, Silver can tout a perfect record 50 out of 50 states called correctly.How did Silver do it?Only Likely Voters Matter: This is one obvious reason SilverÂ’s method outshines everyone else. Anything other than likely voter models is useless information. This is key....
  • Chris Matthews Claims GOP Ignorant of Science While Claiming Plants Absorb Carbon Monoxide

    11/14/2012 8:34:23 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 26 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Note to Chris Matthews: when seeking to slam Republicans for their supposed ignorance of science, try not to expose your own. On Tuesday's Hardball, Matthews—mocking the Republican congressmen vying for the chairmanship of the House Science Committee— committed this whopper: "As we all learned in grammar school—young people watching—trees absorb carbon monoxide." Uh, no, Chris. As even an MSNBC host might know, carbon monoxide is a toxic gas produced when there is insufficient oxygen to permit complete oxidation. Think running car in closed garage. Trees absorb carbon dioxide. Perhaps it was just a slip of the overworked Matthews' tongue, but...
  • Anti-gun immigrant chides Americans for 'literal following of the Constitution'

    11/14/2012 8:24:57 AM PST · by marktwain · 23 replies
    St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 13 November, 2012 | Kurt Hofmann
    Sanjay Sangohee has by all accounts enjoyed great success since coming to America. His Huffington Post biography makes that abundantly clear: "Sanjay Sanghoee is a banker and the author of Merger, a fast-paced financial thriller published by Forge Books and reviewed by Chicago Tribune, BARRON’s and others - available on Amazon. . . . He has more than a decade of experience in banking, ranging from Mergers & Acquisitions at Lazard and Dresdner to the investment side at Ramius, a multi-billion dollar hedge fund." One might expect that such prosperity would have inspired some gratitude for the system of government...
  • Obama's Post-Family America

    11/14/2012 8:23:14 AM PST · by CharlesMartelsGhost · 9 replies
    Front Page Magazine ^ | November 14, 2012 | Daniel Greenfield
    The Republican Party went into the 2012 elections with a number of handicaps. One of the biggest of these handicaps was that it genuinely believed in a single country defined by the American Dream of family values, hard work and national greatness. The Democratic Party, which scored decisive victories across the country, never believed in any such thing, though its leading lights, like Obama, occasionally paid lip service to the idea as a sop to older white voters who would have been turned off by the 2012 version of Obama sounding like the 2002 version of Obama. Where the Republican...
  • TEN MISSING DATES IN THE PETRAEUS SCANDAL

    11/14/2012 8:20:25 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Powerline ^ | 11/13/2012 | Scott Johnson
    Edward Jay Epstein has a large and distinguished body of work on intelligence and intelligence-related issues. Among his books in the field are Legend: The Secret World of Lee Harvey Oswald and Deception: The Invisible War Between the KGB and the CIA. Ed has also taken to the ebook form. His ebooks on intelligence-related issues include Killing Castro and James Jesus Angleton: Was He Right? This morning Ed has forwarded the following questions on the Petraeus scandal: Before we can walk the cat back, and establish the chronology of a possible penetration, we need to answer the following ten...
  • Poll: Fewer Americans Now Support Obamacare Repeal

    11/14/2012 7:30:33 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    ABC News ^ | 11/13/2012 | Z. Byron Wolf
    A record low number of American voters want to see the Affordable Care Act – Obamacare – repealed, according to a new post-election poll conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation. Obamacare was not the top issue driving American to vote, although nearly seven in 10 Americans cited it as a “major factor” in their decision choosing between the candidates, according to Kaiser. Voters who listed Obamacare as a major factor were evenly split between Republican Mitt Romney, 47 percent, and President Obama, 46 percent. But only 33 percent of Americans now want to see the law repealed. Romney had pledged...
  • Lawsuit: Airline, airport workers mistreated paralyzed vet at O'Hare

    11/14/2012 7:22:40 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 3 replies
    chicagotribune.com ^ | Nov 13, 2012 | Jennifer Delgado
    Lawsuit: Airline, airport workers mistreated paralyzed vet at O'Hare By Jennifer Delgado Tribune reporter 5:37 p.m. CST, November 13, 2012 A former Marine Corps Sergeant who was paralyzed while serving in Afghanistan claims he was mistreated at O'Hare International Airport almost two years ago when airline and airport-related employees injured him and left him to sit in his own urine for nearly two hours. In a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Cook County Circuit Court, Sgt. Joseph Smith, of North Carolina, says United Airlines and Air Serv Corporation employees refused to help him to his seat during a layover in Chicago...
  • Swedish School’s Big Lesson Begins With Dropping Personal Pronouns (such as "he" or "she")

    11/14/2012 7:13:23 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 19 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 13, 2012 | JOHN TAGLIABUE
    STOCKHOLM — At an ocher-color preschool along a lane in Stockholm’s Old Town, the teachers avoid the pronouns “him” and “her,” instead calling their 115 toddlers simply “friends.” Masculine and feminine references are taboo, often replaced by the pronoun “hen,” an artificial and genderless word that most Swedes avoid but is popular in some gay and feminist circles. In the little library, with its throw pillows where children sit to be read to, there are few classic fairy tales, like “Cinderella” or “Snow White,” with their heavy male and female stereotypes, but there are many stories that deal with single...
  • The GOP’s Hispanic Opportunity (Hispanics rank immigration a lowly fourth in their list of concerns)

    11/14/2012 7:12:35 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/13/2012 | Rachel Campos-Duffy
    The Republican establishment, consultants, and talking heads should all just take a deep breath. Yes, we have a serious problem with Hispanics. It’s a problem conservative Hispanics have been trying to tell the GOP leadership about for many years with little or no response or action. But the quick-fix immigration solutions now being offered by the likes of Charles Krauthammer and other establishment-elites figures are an over-correction, do not actually address the root of the problem, and, frankly, may even accelerate our losses in the crucial Hispanic demographic. Here’s Krauthammer’s analysis: “It requires but a single policy change: Border fence...
  • Is $250,000 a Year Rich? Let's Break It Down

    11/14/2012 7:07:18 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    CNBC ^ | 11/13/2012 | By: Jacqueline Leo
    It’s no surprise that working couples in big cities are struggling to raise children while paying off mortgages and student debt. What is surprising is that they’re lumped in with the so-called “wealthy” if they jointly earn $250,000 a year. The "fiscal cliff" has added a new sense of urgency to the tax hikes that President Obama plans to impose on America’s wealthiest citizens. Obama starts the meter at $250,000, and it goes up from there. The tax increases on high-income earners would deliver about $42 billion in 2013. They would create a small 0.1 percent drag on GDP, according...
  • Fiscal Cliff: Look Who Refuses to Compromise

    11/14/2012 7:04:05 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    IBD ^ | 11/13/2012
    Budget Talks: If President Obama wants to get a deficit deal done to avoid the fiscal cliff, his biggest challenge won't be Republicans, but his own hard-core left-wing supporters. Two days after the election, Obama's favorite economist, Paul Krugman, set the tone for the intransigent left in a column titled: "Let's not make a deal." Boiled down, his advice to Obama was this: Don't give in to any Republican demands, even if doing so would "inflict damage on a still-shaky economy." After all, Obama would be better positioned to "weather any blowback from economic troubles." Krugman's advice may be disturbingly...
  • What's Good for the Noose is Good for the Pander

    11/14/2012 6:57:34 AM PST · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 14, 2012 | Mike Adams
    Recently, Ann Coulter wrote a controversial column suggesting that numerous Republican losses in the 2012 election cycle could be tied to the GOP stance on abortion. After lamenting the problem, she suggested a solution: the GOP should officially abandon its opposition to the so-called rape exception to a ban on abortion. Ann's position on this matter is wrong for three reasons. First, it is unprincipled. Second, it will not be received with the popular support she envisions. Third, it is not the best political response to the problem. After elaborating on each problem associated with Ann's position, I propose an...
  • The Right Isn't Waving A White Flag

    11/14/2012 6:52:33 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 14, 2012 | Jonah Goldberg
    The conservative Gotterdammerung is finally here. "Like dazed survivors in a ravaged city, America's conservatives are wailing and beating their collective breasts," opines the Economist's "Lexington" columnist. "A leading conservative thinker," asked by the Economist to "list today's conservative ideas, laughs bitterly and replies, 'Are there any?'" Former Reaganite Rep. Vin Weber (R-Minn.) laments in the conservative journal Policy Review, "I have never been so concerned about the future of conservative ideas." A Washington Post columnist announced that "the long descent of the Republican Party into irrelevance, defeat, and perhaps eventual disappearance" has finally begun. William Kristol of the Weekly...
  • Fox News Crashes Bill Maher Show (VIDEO)

    11/14/2012 6:51:33 AM PST · by JesseWatters · 13 replies
    FoxNation.com ^ | Nov 14 | Staff
    O'REILLY: "Watters' World" segment tonight. As we told you in the "Talking Points Memo," some far-left elements in America now running wild after the re-election of President Obama. So, we sent FACTOR Producer, Jesse Watters, to check out the situation at a Bill Maher show in New York City.(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)
  • Suffering on L.I. as Power Agency Shows Its Flaws

    11/14/2012 6:25:09 AM PST · by Jim Noble · 22 replies
    The New York Times ^ | November 14, 2012 | DANNY HAKIM, PATRICK McGEEHAN and MICHAEL MOSS
    It was four days before Hurricane Sandy would arrive, and trustees of the Long Island Power Authority gathered as forecasters’ warnings grew dire. For more than two hours, the trustees talked about a range of issues, including a proposal to hire a branding consultant. Discussion of the storm lasted just 39 seconds... The examination by The Times shows that the Long Island Power Authority has repeatedly failed to plan for extreme weather... Officials, including Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, have excoriated the authority, but in the past, they have paid little attention to its management... Trying to fend off attacks on...
  • Vegetative man tells doctors ‘I’m not in pain’ via MRI communication

    11/14/2012 6:20:31 AM PST · by NYer · 67 replies
    Yahoo ^ | November 14, 2012 | Eric Pfeiffer
    More than 12 years after a car accident left him in a vegetative state, a Canadian man has begun communicating with doctors who are monitoring his brain activity through Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) scans. The BBC reports that 39-year-old Scott Routley has been able to communicate to doctors that he is not in any pain, marking the first time an uncommunicative, severely brain-damaged patient has been able to give direct answers regarding their care and treatment."Scott has been able to show he has a conscious, thinking mind," British neuroscientist Adrian Owen told the BBC. "We have scanned him several...
  • OWS buying and canceling debt

    11/14/2012 5:55:12 AM PST · by ksen · 66 replies
    Rolling Jubilee ^ | Recently | n/a
    From the top of their website: ------------------------------------ A bailout of the people by the people Rolling Jubilee is a Strike Debt project that buys debt for pennies on the dollar, but instead of collecting it, abolishes it. Together we can liberate debtors at random through a campaign of mutual support, good will, and collective refusal. Debt resistance is just the beginning. Join us as we imagine and create a new world based on the common good, not Wall Street profits. -------------------------------------
  • Barack Obama's Election And The Looming Crisis Of Liberalism

    11/14/2012 5:51:40 AM PST · by lbryce · 18 replies
    Forbes ^ | November 12, 2012 | Charles Kadlec
    What does Barack Obama’s re-election as President mean for the future of the United States and for the President’s place in history? Both liberals celebrating his electoral victory, and conservatives who fear for the future of the country, may be surprised by the thoughtful, serious and provocative answer to this question in: I Am the Change, Barack Obama and the Crisis of Liberalism by Charles Kesler, best known as the editor of the Claremont Review of Books, but also a professor of government at Claremont McKenna College and a Senior Fellow at the Claremont Institute. Full disclosure, this columnist is...
  • Vision Problems A Greater Risk For Veterans Following Brain Injury And Stress Disorder

    11/14/2012 5:45:07 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 4 replies
    Medical News Today ^ | Nov 13, 2012
    Vision Problems A Greater Risk For Veterans Following Brain Injury And Stress Disorder 13 Nov 2012 Many veterans of the United States armed forces who have traumatic brain injury or post-traumatic stress disorder also have undiagnosed, chronic vision problems, according to two studies presented at the 116th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, jointly conducted this year with the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology. New Recognition of What Traumatic Brain Injury Can Mean for Veterans' Vision In a study conducted at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, in Washington, D.C., researchers found that vision problems in veterans with mild TBI...
  • Obama’s Post-Family America--Fracturing social structures are leading to a fractured nation

    11/14/2012 5:03:32 AM PST · by SJackson · 15 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | November 14, 2012 | Daniel Greenfield
    The Republican Party went into the 2012 elections with a number of handicaps. One of the biggest of these handicaps was that it genuinely believed in a single country defined by the American Dream of family values, hard work and national greatness. The Democratic Party, which scored decisive victories across the country, never believed in any such thing, though its leading lights, like Obama, occasionally paid lip service to the idea as a sop to older white voters who would have been turned off by the 2012 version of Obama sounding like the 2002 version of Obama. Where the Republican...
  • War hero Army officer arrested for 'abducting young girls into his car and trying to lure ...

    11/14/2012 4:57:17 AM PST · by olcurmudgeon · 3 replies
    MailOnline ^ | Nov. 13, 2012 | Michael Zennie
    A U.S. Army officer who received the Bronze Star for valor in combat is also a predator who has roamed the towns near his Colorado military base for two years trying to lure young girls into his van, police revealed. First Lieutenant Aaron G Lucas is also believed to have abducted one nine-year-old girl this past summer and and dropped her off a short time later, according to police. He is charged with kidnapping and sexual assault, among other crimes.
  • "By nominating me, my party has made a choice to welcome the new America."

    11/14/2012 4:49:23 AM PST · by raybbr · 14 replies
    vanity | 11/14/2012 | raybbr
    Just after George Bush took office there was a great deal of talk about immigration. The GOP was in full capitulate mode hoping to corral the Latino/Hispanic vote by a proposal of amnesty. The only thing, in my opinion, that stopped it was 9-11. Because of that Bush had to put amnesty aside. We all know by now that Bush only got 40% of the Hispanic vote in 2000.Now, about that title. It comes from a speech George Bush made in Miami during his campaign in August of 2000.Here is an excerpt: We are now one of the largest Spanish-speaking...
  • Gov. Rick Scott wants to talk health care exchanges [Betrayal, Delay Tactic, or Realism?]

    11/14/2012 4:45:45 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 27 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | November 14, 2012
    Florida Gov. Rick Scott, one of the most vocal critics of the federal health care overhaul, is dropping his staunch opposition to the law. Scott said in an interview Tuesday with the Associated Press that he now wants to negotiate with the federal government. He said it's time for Republicans to offer solutions to help families after they lost their bid to defeat President Barack Obama. "The election is over and President Obama won," Scott said. "I'm responsible for the families of Florida. … If I can get to yes, I want to get to yes."
  • Immigrants and the GOP-Debunking some talk radio myths

    11/14/2012 4:43:35 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 40 replies
    wsj ^ | 11-14-12 | WSJ
    The GOP's Presidential election defeat is opening up a debate in the party, with more than a few voices saying they are willing to rethink their views on immigration. This is good news, which means it's also a good moment to address some of the frequent claims from the anti-immigration right that simply aren't true, especially about Hispanics. One myth is that Latino voters simply aren't worth pursuing because they're automatic Democrats. Yet Ronald Reagan was so eager to welcome Latinos to the GOP that he described them as "Republicans who don't know it yet." Recall that between 1996 and...
  • The Hiring Hypocrisy of The New York Times

    11/14/2012 4:36:29 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 14, 2012 | Brent Bozell
    Mark Thompson, a former director-general of the British Broadcasting Corporation, began his new job Monday as president and CEO of The New York Times. The lack of embarrassment was remarkable. Thompson claimed he was the worst kind of ignorant buffoon, knowing nothing about the massive sex-abuse scandal -- and then its censorship -- that's rocking the BBC. Scotland Yard has been conducting a criminal investigation into allegations of child sex abuse by the late disc jockey and TV personality Jimmy Savile over six decades, describing him as a "predatory sex offender." In mid-October, the metropolitan police stated they were pursuing...
  • Disaster Ignorance

    11/14/2012 4:16:05 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 14, 2012 | Walter E. Williams
    Here's a which-is-better question for you. Suppose a New Jersey motel room rented for $125 a night prior to Hurricane Sandy's devastation. When the hurricane hits, a husband, wife and their two youngsters might seek the comfort of renting two adjoining rooms. However, when they arrive at the motel, they find that rooms now rent for $250. At that price, they might decide to make do with one room. In my book, that would be wonderful. That decision would make a room available for another family who had to evacuate Sandy's wrath. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and others...
  • Slander me Elmo? Man accusing voice of Elmo...has recanted

    11/14/2012 4:08:33 AM PST · by gridlock · 55 replies
    Twitchy ^ | 11/13/12 | Twitchy
    Via Twitchy Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) The man who accused Kevin Clash (Elmo) of underage sexual conduct has RECANTED. His lawyer now says it was "adult consensual relationship." Kevin Clash statement: "I am relieved that this painful allegation has been put to rest. I will not discuss it further." Now: will every media outlet that wrote long stories about Elmo yesterday write equally long stories today?
  • Papa John's faces $250 million spam lawsuit [LOL! Supposedly NOT related to Obamacare]

    11/14/2012 4:03:53 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 38 replies
    CNN ^ | November 13, 2012 | Olivia Smith
    - Popular U.S. pizza chain Papa John's faces a $250 million class-action lawsuit for blasting customers with illegal text messages. The plaintiffs allege that Papa John's ( ) franchises sent customers a total of 500,000 unwanted messages in early 2010. The spam texts offered deals for pizza, and some customers complained they were getting 15 or 16 texts in a row, even during the middle of the night, according Donald Heyrich, an attorney representing the class. "After I ordered from Papa John's, my telephone started beeping with text messages advertising pizza specials," Erin Chutich, one of the plaintiffs, said in...
  • Did Freedom Win?

    11/14/2012 4:00:44 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 14, 2012 | John Stossel
    Democrats won big last week. So government will continue to grow. Individual freedom will yield. At least some people with records of supporting liberty were elected: Sen. Jeff Flake in Arizona and U.S. Reps. Justin Amash and Kerry Bentivolio in Michigan and Thomas Massie in Kentucky. Also, Washington and Colorado voted to allow any adult to use marijuana. (But users beware. Your newfound freedom may be short-lived thanks to that extraordinary human being in the White House -- you know, the one who smoked pot when he was in school. Despite promising that he wouldn't, he has cracked down on...
  • Camp Bastion Families Want Answers About Afghanistan

    11/14/2012 3:48:06 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 14, 2012 | Michelle Malkin
    While Secretary of State Hillary Clinton boozes it up in Australia and the Pentagon grapples with more floozy eruptions, outraged military families are still waiting for answers about the forgotten 9/14 attack on Camp Bastion. Muckrakers and distraction engineers are having a front-page field day with the so-called "sex scandal." But for surviving relatives and colleagues of heroic Marine Lt. Col. Christopher Raible and Sgt. Bradley Atwell, it's the national security scandal at Afghanistan's Camp Bastion that deserves headline coverage. There's been a virtual blackout of the alarming story in the national press. As I reported last month, the meticulously...
  • Jill Kelley is an 'honorary consul' of South Korea

    11/14/2012 3:47:50 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 24 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | November 13, 2012 | Josh Rogin
    Jill Kelley, the Tampa socialite connected to ISAF Commander John Allen and former CIA Director David Petraeus, is an "honorary consul" of South Korea, a diplomatic official with direct knowledge of the arrangement told The Cable. "She is an ‘honorary consul' of the Republic of Korea," the official said. "She assumed this position last August thanks to her good connections and network." The position of honorary consul is symbolic and has no official responsibilities, the official said. "She does not work as a real consul. They play a role to improve the relationship between the ROK and the U.S.," the...
  • US tops Google's list for government snooping

    11/14/2012 3:40:38 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 3 replies
    TG DAILY ^ | November 14, 2012 | Emma Woollacott
    Google handed over more user data to the US government in the first six months of this year than to all other countries combined. The US made 7,969 requests for user data, of which Google complied with 90 percent. Next most inquisitive was India, with 2,319 requests, Brazil with 1,566, France with 1,546, Germany with 1,533 and the UK with 1,425. The US figure presumably includes the FBI request that uncovered the contents of emails between CIA director David Petraeus and his biographer, Paula Broadwell.
  • Why Asian Airlines Reign Supreme {Over American}

    11/14/2012 3:27:03 AM PST · by Cronos · 33 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 26 Sep 2012 | Jennifer Chen
    ..On a recent trip to New York to see family and friends, I was at first pleased to discover that a U.S. carrier had a direct flight from Beijing to Newark International Airport. The fare was reasonable and the schedule suited me perfectly. Thirteen hours on a plane? Perfect time to catch up on Ben Stiller’s oeuvre. Less than an hour into the flight, I was regretting my choice. Flying coach, I expected uncomfortable seats, lackluster food and surly service, but what I hadn’t counted on was being turned away from the toilet. As I reached out to open the...
  • One Graph That Shows Which Party Really Looks Like America

    11/14/2012 1:39:39 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 45 replies
    Front Page Magazine ^ | November 13, 2012 | Daniel Greenfield
    “Why is the Republican Party so white?” is the great whine issuing forth from the fat mouths of a thousand media outlets. The Republican Party needs to be a party that “looks more like America” is the big lie of the left. So let’s take a look at the racial composition of Americans and the percent of the racial vote that Democrats and Republicans received to see which party really looks more like America. There’s America in gray. And the Republican Party in red right next to it. And there’s the Democratic Party off to the side looking nothing like...
  • So-Called “Vegetative” Patient Communicates With Doctors

    11/13/2012 11:53:01 PM PST · by kathsua · 29 replies
    LifeNews.com ^ | 11/13/12 | Steven Ertelt
    The battle to protect patients in a so-called vegetative state from euthanasia took a positive turn today with the news that doctors have been able to communicate with one patient. A Canadian man who was believed to have been in a persistent vegetative state for more than a decade has been able to communicate with scientists that he is not in any pain. It’s the first time an uncommunicative brain-injured patient has been able to communicate. The news could change the way doctors and society views such patients. From the story: Scott Routley, 39, was asked questions while having his...
  • Russia Considering Restoring Soviet-Era Law on Psychiatry, Opening Door to Political Abuse

    11/13/2012 11:02:01 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 22 replies
    Russian psychiatrists are pressing the Duma to return the Soviet-era law on psychiatric assistance that allowed doctors at Moscow’s Serbsky Institute and elsewhere to indefinitely detain and treat people whose only “symptoms” were opposition to Soviet leaders and their policies. For more than 40 years, the Communist Party used the provisions of this law against a wide range of dissidents. That tragic history sparked protests by psychiatrists, human rights activists and governments around the world and ultimately prompted Russian parliamentarians to replace that legislation with laws more in conformity with international practice. On Monday (November 12), the Nakanune.ru news portal...
  • Ann Coulter Uninvited to Speak at Fordham

    11/13/2012 10:55:39 PM PST · by publius1 · 34 replies
    The Observer ^ | 11/09/12 | IAN MCKENNA
    On Nov. 10 at 12:46pm, Fordham President Joseph M. McShane, S.J., released a new statement regarding the College Republicans decision to cancel the Ann Coulter event scheduled for Nov. 29 in light of recent student reactions. Below is the entirety of McShane’s message: University Statement | Ann Coulter Appearance Cancelled November 10, 2012Late yesterday, Fordham received word that the College Republicans, a student club at the University, has rescinded its lecture invitation to Ann Coulter. Allow me to give credit where it is due: the leadership of the College Republicans acted quickly, took responsibility for their decisions, and expressed their...
  • Germany gets on UN Human Rights Council

    11/13/2012 10:44:57 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 13 Nov 12 08:28 CET | (AFP/bk)
    The United States and Germany won a closely contested race Monday among western nations for UN Human Rights Council seats, while the likes of Venezuela and Pakistan secured places without a competitive vote. Rights groups condemned the “pre-cooked” arrangements by most continental groups at the 193-member UN General Assembly which gave council seats to countries whose records have been widely questioned. The United States, Germany and Ireland won the only open election among western nations. …
  • Human Eye Gives Researchers Visionary Design for New, More Natural Lens Technology

    11/13/2012 10:42:36 PM PST · by neverdem · 11 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | Nov. 13, 2012 | NA
    Drawing heavily upon nature for inspiration, a team of researchers has created a new artificial lens that is nearly identical to the natural lens of the human eye. This innovative lens, which is made up of thousands of nanoscale polymer layers, may one day provide a more natural performance in implantable lenses to replace damaged or diseased human eye lenses, as well as consumer vision products; it also may lead to superior ground and aerial surveillance technology. This work, which the Case Western Reserve University, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, and PolymerPlus team describes in the Optical...
  • SAUDI ARABIAN JUDGES FIGHT AGAINST KING ABDULLAH’S REFORMS

    11/13/2012 10:31:09 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 7 replies
    AFPC Eurasia Security Watch ^ | 10/12/2012 | Jeff Smith and Joshua Truman, eds.
    Saudi judges continue to resist King Abdullah’s efforts to reform the Sunni kingdom’s judicial system. In a letter sent to the country’s Minister of Justice, Mohammad al-Issa, conservative judges objected to foreign influence sweeping through Saudi’s sharia courts. The letter criticized foreign consultants with shaven faces, plans to let woman practice law, and the minister’s meetings with “infidels.” Saudi Arabia holds no formal legal code or system of precedent and judges determine cases by their own interpretation of sharia law. A U.S. embassy cable released by Wikileaks in 2010 suggested the Saudi legal system’s inability to hand down consistent decisions...
  • Hormone Combination Effective and Safe for Treating Obesity in Mice

    11/13/2012 10:07:02 PM PST · by neverdem · 25 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | Nov. 13, 2012 | NA
    Scientists at Indiana University and international collaborators have found a way to link two hormones into a single molecule, producing a more effective therapy with fewer side effects for potential use as treatment for obesity and related medical conditions. The studies were carried out in the laboratories of Richard DiMarchi, the Standiford H. Cox Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and the Linda & Jack Gill Chair in Biomolecular Sciences in the IU Bloomington College of Arts and Sciences, and of Matthias Tschöp, professor of medicine and director of the Institute of Diabetes and Obesity, Helmholtz Center Munich, Germany. Results were published...
  • DON’T BLAME SOCIAL ISSUES FOR ROMNEY LOSS

    11/13/2012 9:29:14 PM PST · by neverdem · 42 replies
    Human Events ^ | 11/12/2012 | Gary Bauer
    Republicans’ post-election loss ritual of scapegoating and finger pointing has begun, and, as is almost always the case, conservatism, and in particular values issues, is getting the bulk of the blame. Republican elites will soon join liberal commentators in declaring that the party must moderate on social issues or risk consigning itself to permanent minority status. But while the GOP would benefit from a period of reflection and self-examination, and while the party does need to adjust how it communicates with voters on social issues, its core values cannot change. It would be difficult to argue that November 6th was...
  • Guns, Gold And Four More Years

    11/13/2012 8:42:24 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies
    Personal Liberty Digest ^ | November 12, 2012 | Sam Rolley
    Most conservatives believe that the re-election of President Barack Obama is going to bring dire economic circumstances over the next four years, which could possibly drive the Nation into total collapse.The belief is likely not far-fetched considering the current state of affairs in American economics as the United States hurls toward a “fiscal cliff” which will combine rising tax rates and government shutdowns, the government prepares to raise its debt limit again to the tune of $2.4 trillion and the number of Americans out of work continues to trend at dismal levels.All of the ominous headlines about the shape of...
  • Sir Walter Scott Foresees Obama Reelection, End of U.S. (Vanity)

    11/13/2012 8:28:56 PM PST · by kreitzer · 4 replies
    "It has been thrown away like a child's broken toy. Well, transeat, the good sense of the people is much trusted to; we shall see what it will do for us. The curse of Cromwell on those whose conceit brough us to this pass. Sed transeat. It is vain to mourn what cannot be mended."
  • Wannabe mothers line up for 12/12/12 babies

    11/13/2012 7:46:14 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 19 replies
    Daily News & Analysis ^ | Wednesday, November 14, 2012 | Santosh Andhale
    Mumbai - It’s the last chance of the decade to have a unique, memorable birth date — 12/12/12. And expectant parents are lining up for that moment. Ahead of December 12, 2012, couples are preparing to fix this unique birth date for their newborns. This trend of having muhurat babies – or planned caesarean section on special dates – is getting fashionable among parents, say city gynaecologists who get requests from patients wanting babies on their ‘auspicious’ day. Over the last few years, dates with repetitive numbers all through the the ‘DD-MM-YY’ format are becoming a craze, says doctors. Last...
  • Google doodle celebrates Canadarm

    11/13/2012 7:39:10 PM PST · by Squawk 8888 · 3 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | November 13, 2012
    Canada's enduring contribution to space exploration is the focus of Tuesday's Google doodle. The Canadarm made its operational debut on Nov. 13, 1981, on the Space Shuttle Columbia (mission STS-2). It was retired 30 years later, after its 90th flight, on mission STS-135. "The arm is out and it works beautifully," pilot Richard Truly reported to Mission Control after deploying the "Remote Manipulator System" for the first time. "Its movements are much more flexible than they appeared during training simulations." Images beamed back to terra firma about an hour later showed Canadarm, as described by the Canadian Space Agency, "bent...
  • 'Doomsday Preppers' get ready for the endtimes ( 9 and 10 p.m. Tuesday, National Geographic)

    11/13/2012 7:09:46 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 28 replies
    Philadelphia Daily News ^ | 11/13/2012 | Ellen Gray,
    "THOUSANDS IN Northeast still without power," read a headline on CNN as I was getting ready to write about Tuesday's Season 2 premiere of Nat Geo's "Doomsday Preppers." Hurricane Sandy may not have figured in the end-of-the-world scenarios of the families profiled on the show, but unless you've been living under a particularly well-equipped rock, chances are there's something in your home that wasn't there a month ago, whether it's a fresh stash of D batteries or a case of canned soup Read more: http://www.philly.com/philly/entertainment/20121113_Ellen_Gray___Doomsday_Preppers__get_ready_for_the_endtimes.html#ixzz2CA8nkHOi Watch sports videos you won't find anywhere else
  • OK, Here's Barack Obama's Opening Offer

    11/13/2012 7:05:24 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/13/2012 | Joe Weisenthal
    Later this week, Obama will have his first face-to-face negotiations over the Fiscal Cliff. In a post that came out this afternoon, The Washington Post's Zachary Goldfarb nicely summarized Obama's opening offer: Obama’s previous proposal called for raising $1.6 trillion in new taxes on the wealthy by allowing tax rates to increase, imposing a new special tax on millionaires and limiting deductions for the wealthy. He also proposed $340 billion in health-care and entitlement savings, continuing $1.1 trillion in spending cuts already passed into law and generating another $1 trillion in savings through the end of the wars in Iraq...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ The Sandwich Test ~ 14 November 2012

    11/13/2012 6:00:26 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 75 replies
    Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | The Canteen Crew
    ~ Freeper Canteen ~ Canteen Mission StatementShowing support and boosting the morale ofour military and our allies' militaryand family members of the above.Honoring those who have served before. Today We Want You To Take..... The Sandwich Test Click here and take the quiz! To share your results, click "Get HTML", then copy and paste the code into a "Reply" box. Have fun! Please remember that The Canteen is here to support and entertain our troops and veterans and their families, and is family friendly.
  • After A Bitter Election, Unite A Divided Nation Around Federalism

    11/13/2012 5:51:34 PM PST · by billflax · 14 replies
    Forbes ^ | 11/13/2012 | Bill Flax
    “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” - Tenth Amendment What a nasty, sordid presidential campaign, particularly if you live in a hotly contested area. Thankfully, we watch very little television, but wow, talk about being inundated with attack ads. Apparently, Ohio got the point, Romney is evil. Some voters are now elated while others are depressed. Still more risk experiencing buyer’s remorse. Many in battleground states are just relieved it’s over. The increasingly rancorous nature of elections reflects...