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  • Police: Man loses drug money, asks police for excuse note for drug cartel

    12/05/2012 8:16:29 AM PST · by jakerobins · 16 replies
    TUCSON, Ariz. — A North Carolina man claims he misplaced $20,000 in drug money and asked authorities to write him an excuse note so a Tucson cartel wouldn't kill him. The Arizona Daily Star says 30-year-old Demarco Alonzo Thomas has been arrested on suspicion of money laundering and racketeering. According to documents from the Tucson Airport Authority Police Department, Thomas thought it might help smooth things over if he could show cartel members a phony receipt from authorities stating they had seized the money.
  • Officials: Serbia's NATO ambassador leaps to death

    12/05/2012 6:29:11 AM PST · by Renfield · 8 replies
    Lexington Herald-Leader (KY) ^ | 12-5-2012 | SLOBODAN LEKIC and DUSAN STOJANOVIC
    BRUSSELS — Serbia's ambassador to NATO was chatting and joking with colleagues in a parking garage at Brussels Airport when he suddenly strolled to a barrier, climbed over and flung himself to the ground below, a diplomat said. By the time his shocked colleagues reached him, Branislav Milinkovic was dead. His motives are a mystery. Three diplomats who knew Milinkovic said he did not appear distraught in the hours leading up to his death Tuesday night. He seemed to be going about his regular business, picking up an arriving delegation of six Serbian officials who were due to hold talks...
  • Pitt chancellor, top officials get raises

    12/05/2012 5:11:00 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 1 replies
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | December 4, 2012 | Debra Erdley
    University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Mark Nordenberg will pocket a 3.3 percent raise or $18,500 for the 2012-13 fiscal year, bringing his base annual compensation to $580,000. Six other university officers will get raises ranging from 3.3 percent to 15 percent under a package the Compensation Committee of Pitt’s board of trustees approved on Tuesday. Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor Patricia Beeson will see her annual salary jump $34,000 to $374,000; Executive Vice Chancellor and General Counsel Jerome Cochrane are up $18,000 to $493,000; Secretary of the Board of Trustees and Assistant Chancellor Jean B. Ferketish, gets an $8,000 hike to...
  • California Church to Become Site of Islamist Convention

    12/04/2012 8:50:14 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 52 replies
    RSN ^ | Friday, 30 November 2012 06:23 | Ryan Mauro
    The Muslim Public Affairs Council’s choice of location for its 12th Annual Convention on December 15 is telling: The All Saints Episcopal Church of Pasadena, California. The group, founded by Muslim Brotherhood followers, says this is the “next step in its mission by crossing the interfaith line.” Yet again, the Islamists are taking advantage of naïve Christians with a desire to show off their tolerance. … Hassan Hathout says they sought to begin the “Islamic Movement” in the U.S., a term the Brotherhood uses to describe its ideology. In 1997, he predicted its success because “America needs Islam. If you...
  • Obama to fill key posts in weeks; Hagel on Pentagon short list

    12/04/2012 8:29:06 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tue Dec 4, 2012 5:18pm EST | Matt Spetalnick
    President Barack Obama is expected to announce his nominees for secretaries of state and defense in the next two weeks, with former Republican Senator Chuck Hagel on the short list of potential choices to head the Pentagon, senior administration officials said on Tuesday. Hagel, whose appointment would give Obama's reshuffled second-term Cabinet a bipartisan cast, met the Democratic president at the White House this week to discuss a post on his national security team. But there was no sign that Obama had decided on any of the key nominations he will put forth. … Other top contenders to replace Defense...
  • News Corp To Buy SportsTime Ohio Channel From Cleveland Indians Owner: Report (Murdoch-Fox)

    12/04/2012 11:33:32 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 2 replies
    Deadline.com ^ | 12/4/12 | Nancy Tartaglione
    In a move that would surely please Fox News chief (and Ohio native) Roger Ailes, News Corp is expected to announce it is acquiring regional sports network SportsTime Ohio. It’s currently owned by the Dolan family, which also owns the Cleveland Indians baseball team. The price tag is said to be about $230M, according to Reuters sources. This would be the second RSN deal for News Corp in less than a month: In November, the company acquired a 49% stake in The New York Yankees’ YES Network, giving it local media rights to the Bronx Bombers and Brooklyn Nets. That...
  • Windows 8 outsells Windows 7

    12/04/2012 6:07:15 AM PST · by SmokingJoe · 83 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 28 Nov 2012 | Jennifer O'Mahony
    Sales of the Windows 8 operating system, which was launched on October 26, were driven by upgrades rather than users purchasing the software on new machines, according to Reuters. Microsoft sold 60 million Windows 7 licenses in two months, compare to 40 million licenses of Windows 8 in one month. Tami Reller, finance and marketing head of Microsoft's Windows division, said yesterday: "Windows 8 upgrade momentum is outpacing that of Windows 7," speaking at an investor conference held by Credit Suisse. Previous versions of Microsoft operating systems sold considerably fewer licenses than Windows 8 in a comparable period, with XP...
  • Piers Morgan looks like a fool debating the 2nd Amendment on Twitter.

    12/04/2012 12:53:24 AM PST · by South40 · 58 replies
    Twitter ^ | 12/4/2012
  • 8 Tories “in secret lunch plot to defect to UKIP” as 2 parties go to war over electoral pact

    12/03/2012 9:54:23 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 04:17 EST, 27 November 2012 | Matt Chorley and Jason Groves
    Eight Tory MPs are in talks about defecting to the UK Independence Party, its millionaire treasurer has claimed. A series of “secret lunches” have been held by Stuart Wheeler, a former Conservative donor now trying to coax MPs to join UKIP. The revelation comes as the two parties continue a war of words over a mooted electoral pact and the fallout from the decision by Rotherham council to remove three foster children from a couple because they were UKIP members. … Conservative Party vice chairman Michael Fabricant had urged the Premier to strike a deal with UKIP, arguing it could...
  • Store employee fired after ‘booting’ ambulance [says he didn't know it was an ambulance]

    12/03/2012 9:26:38 PM PST · by grundle · 46 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | December 3, 2012 | Mike Krumboltz
    One generally assumes that an ambulance with its lights flashing can park wherever it pleases. This past weekend in New Orleans, a parked ambulance was "booted" by a convenience store employee, who was apparently annoyed that the ambulance had parked in his store's lot. Never mind that the paramedics were treating a man inside the store. That employee has since been fired. According to a report from WWLTV.com, the paramedics put the patient in the back of the ambulance and began to drive away when the vehicle came to a sudden stop. The medics saw that someone had put a...
  • Jackson Lee: “Who Wants to Make a Fuss About Social Security When It’s Solvent?”

    12/03/2012 5:08:25 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 52 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 3, 2012 | Elizabeth Harrington
    Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D.-Texas) said last week that Republicans are being “frivolous” when they talking about reforming Social Security as a means toward fixing the federal government’s fiscal problems because Social Security is “solvent.” According to Social Security’s trustees, the program has operated in the red each of the last two years. “Who wants to make a fuss about Social Security when it's solvent?” she asked on Friday. “And then who wants to make a fuss about Medicare when it's solvent until 2024?” …
  • U.S. government confirms world won't end in 2012

    12/03/2012 3:53:07 PM PST · by ColdOne · 30 replies
    politico44 ^ | 12/3/12 | BYRON TAU
    The U.S. government is rebutting claims that the end is nigh. "The world will not end on December 21, 2012, or any day in 2012," an unsigned USA.gov blog asserts. Some New Age theorists believe that the ancient Mayan civilization predicted a late December doomsday for all of humanity. Others believe the date signifies the start of a new era. Their predictions are based on the idea that the Mayan Long Count calendar "ends" in 2012 — something that scholars say is a misrepresentation. "False rumors about the end of the world in 2012 have been commonplace on the Internet...
  • (D'OH!) Turkey Fines 'Blasphemous' Simpsons for Poking Fun at God

    12/03/2012 1:58:27 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 14 replies
    ANSAmed ^ | Monday, 3 December 2012 | ANSAmed
    Turkey fines 'blasphemous' Simpsons for poking fun at God • God offers coffee to the devil in one of the cartoon's episodes (ANSAmed) - ANKARA - Just about everything that could be said and written about the super-popular cartoon 'The Simpsons' had been, except that it was blasphemous. Now even that ''milestone'' has been reached, thanks to the watchdogs of Turkey's television stations under the Islamic-leaning government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. According to the newspaper Hurriyet, Ankara's Council of Radio and Television (RTUK) has handed down a TRY 52,951 fine (about 23,000 euros) to the private broadcaster CNBC-E...
  • History of Hamas Murderous Attacks

    01/26/2006 8:17:27 AM PST · by Alouette · 10 replies · 659+ views
    Israel National News ^ | Jan. 26, 2006 | Hillel Fendel
    Hamas has set the destruction of Israel as its goal. Between September 2000 and April 2004, Hamas perpetrated 425 terrorist attacks against Israel and murdered 377 Israelis - nine every month. Hamas was founded by Islamic militant extremists in the Gaza Strip in 1988, shortly after the first intifada broke out. The word Hamas is an acronym for the Arabic words for "Islamic Resistance Movement." Though it is also involved in social and welfare programs, the organization is devoted chiefly to the obliteration of Israel. Its charter states, "Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate...
  • College Demands Construction Crew Remove ‘Sexist’ ‘Men Working’ Sign

    12/03/2012 1:20:11 PM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 71 replies
    National Review ^ | December 3, 2012 | Eliana Johnson
    A construction crew working on the campus of Ohio’s Sinclair Community College was forced to halt work until it removed a “Men Working” sign that was deemed “sexist” by a college administrator. A spokesman for the college told National Review Online that the incident, which occurred on November 21, stemmed from the school’s “deep commitment to diversity,” and that it takes that commitment “very seriously.”
  • Pray for Our American Heroes and Nation

    12/03/2012 12:17:20 PM PST · by Faith · 18 replies
    December 3, 2012 | Faith
    But now, O Lord, You are our Father; We are the clay, and You our Potter; And all we are the work of Your hand. Isaiah 64:8
  • Romney was right

    12/03/2012 8:55:02 AM PST · by T.O.K. · 21 replies
    BizPacReview.com ^ | December 3, 2012 | JEFFREY SCOTT SHAPIRO
    It’s hard to be honest in politics. Perhaps that has been Gov. Mitt Romney’s real problem all along. Romney’s candor came out in a recent conference call that was reported by the New York Times in which he said that President Obama offered free “gifts” to both illegal aliens and American citizens. Romney’s observation about rewarding illegal aliens with citizenship and giving free benefits to people exploiting the system is not the same as criticizing minorities—but for decades the Left has manipulatively used racism, sexism and discrimination to intimidate the Republican Party into cowering into the aimless, weak institution that...
  • Homeless man given pair of boots . . . seen wandering the streets shoeless

    12/03/2012 6:52:06 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 116 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | December 3, 2012 | Barry Paddock AND Bill Hutchinson
    The barefoot homeless man who was given a pair of shoes by a kind-hearted beat cop is wandering the streets shoeless again. Jeffrey Hillman, 54, was spotted panhandling on the upper West Side Sunday without the $100 boots NYPD Officer Lawrence DePrimo bought for him on a frigid November night in Times Square. “Those shoes are hidden,” Hillman told The New York Times after he was spotted walking around with no shoes on Broadway near W. 79th St. “They are worth a lot of money. I could lose my life.” A tourist from Arizona snapped a cell phone photo of...
  • Serbia accuses Hague tribunal of selective justice

    12/03/2012 6:28:26 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 03 December 2012
    Serbians reacted angrily at the acquittal of a former Kosovo guerrilla leader by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), less than two weeks after the court freed two Croatian military commanders who were accused of war crimes, EurActiv Serbia reports. The acquittal of ex-Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) leader Ramush Haradinaj was met by fierce criticism of The Hague tribunalÂ’s work. Serbian officials said the decision was a blow to international justice and made the process of reconciliation in the region more complicated. Â… Belgrade considers that the tribunal has lost credibility and has shown bias in acquitting...
  • Yvo de Boer: Put €150 per tonne price on carbon

    12/03/2012 6:21:25 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 03 December 2012 | Arthur Neslen
    Urgent action is needed to boost carbon prices to €150 per tonne ($215.65/ton)—2,250% higher than current levels—if the EU is to meet its decarbonization goals by 2050, the former secretary-general of the UNFCCC has told EurActiv in an interview. “We very quickly need to see a carbon price in the order of €150 a tonne because that’s the kind of level that drives the price signals that we really need,” Yvo de Boer said on a phone line from Manila, in the Philippines. EU carbon allowances are currently trading at €6.60 per tonne ($9.49/ton), but a price of around €150...
  • Psoriasis drug may halt or reverse Alzheimer's disease

    12/02/2012 10:29:54 PM PST · by jwsea55 · 34 replies
    SmelLASlime ^ | November 27, 2012 | Melissa Healy
    A biological medication already widely used to treat plaque psoriasis may be able to slow the accumulation of amyloid plaques in the brain that are the hallmark of Alzheimer's disease, a new study has found. The same study found that in older mice with established Alzheimer's, this treatment approach, which suppresses the brain's immune reaction to beta amyloid, brought a marked improvement in cognitive function and may even halt or reverse early signs of Alzheimer's. The new study was published this week in the journal Nature Medicine. Conducted by researchers in Switzerland and Germany, the study offers a glimmer of...
  • School Replaces Baby Jesus with Frosty the Snowman

    12/02/2012 7:40:55 PM PST · by massmike · 24 replies
    http://radio.foxnews.com ^ | 12/02/2012 | Todd Starnes
    Frosty the Snowman is there — and so is Santa Claus. But the Baby Jesus is stuffed inside a closet at Cottondale Elementary School — leaving many residents of this small town in the Florida panhandle outraged. The Nativity scene had been a part of the school’s holiday lawn decorations for years. But this year the yuletide display is strictly secular. Principal Brenda Jones told television station WJHG the decision to keep Baby Jesus in the closet came after an official with the Dept. of Education dropped by to discuss the separation of church and state. “The Dept. of Education...
  • Gun Talk Radio 12/2/12

    12/02/2012 5:05:24 PM PST · by mylife · 119 replies
    GunTalk Radio ^ | 12/2/12 | Tom Gresham
    ~~Come on in and shoot the breeze~~ Gun Talk Radio 12/2/12~~07:00 CST Listen to the podcast Here Or the KIDO 580 stream Here
  • Japanese scientists develop humanoid to keep astronauts company

    12/02/2012 4:10:02 PM PST · by null and void · 40 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 12/2/12 | Julian Ryall
    Astronaut Koichi Wakata and an artist's impression of the robot Photo: EPA The 13-inch android is scheduled to be completed by next summer and will be sent to the orbiting ISS shortly before astronaut Koichi Wakata arrives, according to officials of the Kibo Robot Project. Currently being developed by a consortium of companies, including Toyota, Robo Garage Co. and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, the robot will weigh around 2.2lbs and be able to recognise Wakata's facial features. It will then have the ability to communicate with the astronaut in Japanese and take photographs during their stay on the...
  • Ralph Nader: President Obama’s a ‘war criminal’ [video at link]

    12/02/2012 2:37:38 PM PST · by grundle · 22 replies
    Politico ^ | 9/25/12 | PATRICK GAVIN
    It’s no surprise that Ralph Nader isn’t a fan of former President George W. Bush. After all, the longtime activist ran against him in both 2000 and 2004. But Nader’s even less a fan of President Barack Obama, if only because he thinks Obama was capable of so much more. On issues related to the military and foreign policy, Obama’s worse than Bush, “in the sense that he’s more aggressive, more illegal worldwide,” Nader told POLITICO, going so far as to call Obama a “war criminal.” “He’s gone beyond George W. Bush in drones, for example. He thinks the world...
  • Nader: War Criminal Obama Worse Than Bush [video at link]

    12/02/2012 2:28:24 PM PST · by grundle · 7 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 2 Dec 2012
    “He’s gone beyond George W. Bush in drones, for example. He thinks the world is his plate, that national sovereignties mean nothing, drones can go anywhere.”
  • Ambulance gets 'booted' while paramedics tend to emergency

    12/02/2012 11:42:44 AM PST · by grundle · 63 replies
    wwltv.com ^ | November 30, 2012 | Brendan McCarthy
    NEW ORLEANS - The Quicky's convenience store in Mid-City takes its parking lot rules seriously. Very seriously. About 4 p.m. Friday, New Orleans paramedics rushed inside the store for a man with a life-threatening medical issue. They worked on the patient with chest pain, put him inside the vehicle, then started to speed off. The paramedics “heard a loud noise,” and the vehicle came to a screeching halt, according to Jeb Tate, spokesman for New Orleans Emergency Medical Services. The medics stepped out and found a boot on their ambulance. Convenience store employees allegedly put a restrictive parking boot on...
  • Timing of Obama vacation another brick in the wall

    12/02/2012 10:00:33 AM PST · by cap10mike · 45 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | Dec. 1, 2012 | Michael Dorstewitz
    President Obama is once again in disengagement mode. The first family has scheduled another vacation – for three weeks, beginning Dec. 17. This in and of itself doesn’t bother me. Presidents are entitled to take vacations – even presidents who spend more time on the golf course than they do in the Oval Office. I don’t even begrudge him the disruption he’ll be causing his constituents. According to the Hawaii Reporter, the Obamas’ vacation will hugely restrict the comings and goings of the residents living in the upscale Oahu neighborhood, where they’ll be staying. Streets will be barricaded and, unlike...
  • Howie Carr thread week of Dec 2, 2012

    12/01/2012 9:25:31 PM PST · by raccoonradio · 6 replies
    howiecarr.us ^ | 12/2/12 | raccoonradio
    Howie thread for the week starting with his Sunday Boston Herald column
  • Ingraham closes in on a return to radio.

    12/01/2012 7:43:42 PM PST · by raccoonradio · 30 replies
    Inside Radio ^ | 12/1/12 | Inside Radio
    Conservative talk host Laura Ingraham expects to be back on the air “in the next several days.” When she does return, the program may be unfamiliar to some listeners. She’s not offering many specifics, but in an interview with a Houston station, Ingraham hints it will be more of an entertainment-based show than what’s she’s done for the past 11 years. “It’s time for a new show and it’s time for a new focus that really embraces the culture and expands the conservative reach,” Ingraham told KSEV host Edd Hendee during an appearance yesterday on his morning show. Ingraham thinks...
  • MTV to debut 'Buckwild' in 'Jersey Shore' slot on Jan. 3 -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

    12/01/2012 12:25:06 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 31 replies
    Inside TV ^ | Saturday, December 1, 2012 | Dan Snierson
    BUCKWILDIn just a few weeks, it will be time to pack up the beach towels, tanning oils, and tanning oils and say goodbye to Jersey Shore for good. How will you fill your Thursday nights at 10 p.m.? MTV is hoping to hit pay dirt (mud?) several hundred miles southwest of New Jersey with Buckwild, a new reality series about nine young-adult friends in small-town West Virginia who say they are living by the motto, “Whatever happens, happens.” And what seems to be happening is a lot of riding down hills inside giant tires, driving trucks dangerously through mud, tearing...
  • Alabama Wins SEC Title, Will Face Notre Dame Next (Beat Georgia 32-28)

    12/01/2012 5:15:03 PM PST · by blam · 169 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 12-1-2012 | Brian Hamilton
    Alabama Wins SEC Title, Will Face Notre Dame Next (Beat Georgia 32-28) Alabama running back Eddie Lacy scores on a 41-yard touchdown run as he is chased by Georgia's Shawn Williams during the second quarter. (John David Mercer-USA TODAY Photo / December 1, 2012) Brian Hamilton Tribune reporter6:53 p.m. CST, December 1, 2012 ATLANTA -- Notre Dame, the Tide rolls for thee.Alabama rallied twice in the second half to down Georgia 32-28 in the SEC Championship game at the Georgia Dome on Saturday, all but assuredly earning a shot at the No. 1 Irish in the BCS title tilt on...
  • San Francisco Woman Apprehends Burglar with Bear Spray [armed citizen]

    12/01/2012 4:30:19 PM PST · by grundle · 41 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | December 1, 2012 | Jessica Ferri
    Sick and tired of a burglar stealing packages from homes in her neighborhood, a San Francisco woman took matters into her own hands on Tuesday, according to the Daily Mail. Luring the thief with a dummy package, Sonya Yu sprayed him with bear repellent and threatened him with a wooden sword, chasing him away. Minutes later, the alleged burglar, Andy Anduha, 51, was apprehended by law enforcement. Protect your home from theft this holiday season Yu, a photographer, recounted the entire incident on her Twitter account as events unfolded. Yu informed her followers that several items had been stolen by...
  • Kim Kardashian brings out fans, Islamists and police in Bahrain

    12/01/2012 3:08:22 PM PST · by Gamecock · 36 replies
    Reuters ^ | 1 December 2012 | Hamad Mohammed
    Television celebrity Kim Kardashian brought out screaming fans, angry Muslim hardliners and police throwing stun grenades on Saturday when she visited Bahrain to launch a milkshake franchise, witnesses said. About 100 Sunni Salafists demonstrated with banners outside The Walk Bahrain, an upmarket mall in the capital Manama, after some MPs tried to block the visit over what they called her "bad reputation", according to a local newspaper. Thousands of fans, who had paid up to 500 Bahraini dinars ($1,360) a ticket, broke into hysterical screams as the 32-year-old celebrity launched the Millions of Milkshakes franchise inside the mall.
  • H.S. Principal Violated Policy by Making Boys Hold Hands

    12/01/2012 1:22:47 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | November 30, 2012 | Penny Starr
    The principal of at a high school in Mesa, Arizona violated policy when he required two boys who were fighting to hold hands in front of other students, according to a report on azcentral.com. Tim Richard, principal at Westwood High School, has not been reprimanded but has met with Mesa Public School officials, who advised him not to speak to the media about the incident, according to the article posted on Friday. …
  • Iran Unveils Unusually Colored Blue Submarine

    11/30/2012 10:22:36 PM PST · by LukeL · 59 replies
    www.yahoo.com ^ | 11/30/2012 | Eric Pfeiffer
    It looks like the Iranian Navy really wanted people to see its new submarine. In a live broadcast on state TV on Wednesday, the Islamic Republic showed off a new Sina 7 submarine that is painted in an unusually bright turquoise blue hue...
  • North Korea Says Its Archaeologists Discovered A 'Unicorn Lair'

    12/01/2012 8:32:07 AM PST · by teflon9 · 33 replies
    NPR ^ | November 30, 2012 | Eyder Peralta
    It's not the first time we've heard fantastical news from North Korea's state news agency. And if you thought the "peculiar natural wonders" would be buried along with the Dear Leader, my were you mistaken. Today, the Korean Central News Agency said that archaeologists from the History Institute of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea "reconfirmed" the "lair of a unicorn" that was ridden by King Tongmyong. Via the Japan-based Korean News Agency, which distributes KCNA news, here's a bit more of the breaking development: "The lair is located 200 meters from the Yongmyong Temple in Moran Hill in Pyongyang...
  • (RoboFish) Homeland Security to Deploy Underwater Drones that Mimic Tuna Fish

    11/30/2012 9:57:48 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 20 replies
    DVICE ^ | Nov 30, 2012 | Adario Strange
    Homeland Security to deploy underwater drones that mimic tuna fish With even gossip magazines being (falsely) accused of wanting to deploy aerial drones, it seems like the only place you might be able to escape robotic scrutiny would be somewhere far off at sea. Turns out: not true. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has funded a new underwater robot that can find you even in your underwater lair. The BIOSwimmer was developed by Boston Engineering Corporation's Advanced Systems Group (ASG) as an unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) modeled after the shape and swimming mechanics of a tuna fish. According to...
  • Double-Barrel 1911 Lands ATF Approval, Importation To Begin Next Year

    11/30/2012 7:44:34 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 55 replies
    GUNS.com ^ | 11.27.2012 | Max Slowik
    Double-barrel 1911 lands ATF approval, importation to begin next year The ATF has given Arsenal the green light to import their double-barreled, double-everything 1911. Arsenal turned a lot of heads a few months back when they announced their truly unique handgun, the AF2011-A1, but many assumed that the gun would never wind up for sale in the U.S., because it fires two cartridges with one pull of the trigger, making it a machine gun according to federal law. Arsenal maintained that their double trigger design, and matching pair of sears and hammers, would not raise the hackles of the gatekeepers...
  • Van Rompuy opposes direct election of the EU’s top leaders

    11/30/2012 6:05:30 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 30 November 2012 | Georgi Gotev
    Directly electing the European Commission President at the 2014 EU elections would “organize the disappointment in advance”, said European Council President Herman Van Rompuy. Directly electing his own successor would be “even more absurd”, he added in comments that are likely to irritate proponents of increased democracy in the European institutions. Van Rompuy’s statement, made at a public conference in Brussels on Wednesday (28 November), runs in direct opposition with the EU’s major political families, who in their majority, would like to “give faces” to the next European elections in May 2014. But Van Rompuy warned that the “huge legitimacy”...
  • In 1929, Deflation Started In Europe Before Overtaking The U.S.

    11/30/2012 3:50:10 PM PST · by blam · 23 replies
    EWI ^ | 11-30-2012 | EWI
    In 1929, Deflation Started In Europe Before Overtaking The U.S. Economics / DeflationNov 30, 2012 - 05:23 AM By: EWI What Happens in Europe Will Not Stay in Europe More than 1,500 years after the fact, scholars still debate the causes of the Roman Empire's fall. What historians do agree on is that the crumbling empire's final days were marked by economic contraction, a struggle to fund Rome's routine affairs and excessive debt. Sound familiar? Mark Twain said, "History doesn't repeat itself, but it does rhyme." That quote seems to apply when economically comparing the Roman Empire and the United...
  • USS Wasp veteran remembers wartime raids

    11/30/2012 12:44:27 PM PST · by pabianice · 4 replies
    “Raid on Marcus Island, May 19, 1944. Shell exploded above us, blew-in escape hatch. I had my finger on the trigger and fired several rounds when I flinched. Pilot Ensign Morrison, radio operator Wydeen, turret gunner Such.” So reads a routine entry in the Navy Flight Logbook of Edward Such, of South Grafton, who flew as the turret gunner aboard the TBF-1 Aircraft of Torpedo Bombing Squadron ONE FOUR (VT-14), embarked aboard aircraft carrier USS Wasp (CV-18) in the Pacific from 1944 to 1945. Daughter Janet Such, formerly a planner at Jamesbury Corporation while she lived in Shrewsbury from 1975...
  • Ingraham Seeks WTNT Radio Lifeline

    11/30/2012 10:02:51 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 23 replies
    DCRTV ^ | 11/30/12 | Dave Hughes
    11/29 - UPDATED. DCRTV hears that DC-based political talker Laura Ingraham (right) could soon return to the airwaves via a brokered deal with DC area talker WTNT, 730 AM/102.9 FM. Ingraham, who had been heard until early this week on WTNT, recently announced that she's leaving her syndicator, TRN. But, we're told, she does not yet have another national radio distribution deal set up. Sources tell us that she's been talking to Clear Channel's Premiere and Cumulus. That leaves her with the short-term possibility of buying time from WTNT and doing her show from its Fairfax studios, allowing her to...
  • Californians Are The New Wetbacks Headed For Mexico

    11/30/2012 6:29:01 AM PST · by Texas Eagle · 11 replies
    chrissstreetandco ^ | 11/30/12 | Chriss W. Street
    President Obama met with the newly elected President of Mexico, Enrique Pena Nieto yesterday. While the press focused on the Administration’s talking points for discussions on a wide range of issues from energy to climate change, the real concern is that the Mexican economy is far out performing the U.S. and the new immigration concern is increasingly from Americans illegally moving to Mexico. Nowhere is this trend more challenging than in California, which was just awarded the booby-prize by 24/7 Wall Street survey, as the “Worst Run State” in the United States. The State has unemployment: 10.1% (2nd highest), Budget...
  • Egyptians protest after draft constitution raced through

    (Reuters) - Thousands of Egyptians protested against President Mohamed Mursi on Friday after an Islamist-led assembly raced through approval of a new constitution in a bid to end a crisis over the Islamist leader's newly expanded powers.
  • French mouths water with the return of Burger King

    11/30/2012 1:50:35 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 24 replies
    France 24 ^ | 11/30/2012
    The announcement that US fast food chain Burger King is set to make a return to France after a 15-year hiatus has caused huge excitement, even if only two franchises are planned for 2013. Burger King is making a return to France after a 15-year hiatus, in news that has set mouths watering in a country better known for its haute cuisine, fine wine and cheeses. The US fast food chain’s imminent return after it quit the country in 1997, citing the brand’s poor commercial performance, has been the subject of intense and repeated rumours for years. And the confirmation...
  • Mitch McConnell On Barack Obama: He Can’t Get Anything He Wants. Those Days Are Over

    11/29/2012 5:40:47 PM PST · by what's up · 41 replies
    Hot Air ^ | Nov 29, 2012 | Duane Patterson
    MM: Well, it’s certainly true that they could get what they have claimed for years they wanted to do by doing nothing. They could get a big Defense cut, and they could get a massive tax increase. But of course, they don’t want to get a tax increase on everybody, only on the top two rates. Also, do they really think it would be good for the economy for all of this to kick in? I tell you, I think the fundamental observation I would make about all of this right now, whether it’s this totally unserious proposal from the...
  • Feeling Hopeful, More Becoming Entrepreneurs (Bizarro World Alert)

    11/29/2012 1:11:18 PM PST · by crosshairs · 31 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 11/29/12 | unknown
    In a sign that more Americans are feeling upbeat about their economic prospects, more people were running or starting new businesses in 2011 - the highest level since 2005, according to a study released Thursday. More than 29 million Americans were engaged in entrepreneurship last year - a 60 percent gain from 2010, according to a report issued by Babson College and Baruch College. And nearly 40 percent of these entrepreneurs are expected to create more than five new jobs during the next five years. "There is renewed interest in entrepreneurship," said Donna J. Kelley, associate professor of Entrepreneurship at...
  • George H.W. Bush hospitalized, report says

    11/29/2012 9:05:22 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 24 replies
    Politico ^ | November 29, 2012 | By KATIE GLUECK
    Former President George H.W. Bush is in the hospital, the Houston Chronicle reported Thursday. Bush, 88, is at Houston’s Methodist Hospital receiving treatment for a “chronic cough,” his chief of staff, Jean Becker, told the Chronicle.
  • Algae turns Australian oceans milky pink

    11/29/2012 12:51:58 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 1 replies
    France 24 ^ | 10/29/2012
    A huge red algal bloom along vast stretches of southeastern Australia's coastline Thursday resulted in beaches being closed and turned swathes of usually pristine ocean milky pink. A swimmer stops short of a red algae bloom at Sydney's Clovelly Beach on November 27 The algae, noctiluca scintillans, forced the closure of Sydney's Bondi beach and a number of neighbouring inlets earlier this week, and government officials said it had now spread along the fringes of two states. "Samples taken at Bondi Beach on 27 November confirmed the presence of noctiluca scintillans, which appears as a pinkish to reddish discolouration in...