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  • Maybe Russians Should Apologize for the 20th Century First

    04/20/2014 4:11:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 20, 2014 | John Ransom
    Jim Kress Wrote: There are so many grammatical mistakes in this leaflet [about Jews in Ukraine] that it could fool only non-Russian speaking people about its authenticity. I found few mistakes in one word in the very first sentence. It is unacceptable to ignore the fact of so many grammatical mistakes in the “official document” for a large multiple media publications.Before jumping to emotional conclusions, people have to cool down and realize that their ignorance of another nation’s culture, history, and language should not be used by our government and their lackey media as an excuse to justify the involvement...
  • The Grievance Industry's Spawn

    04/20/2014 3:56:04 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 20, 2014 | Derek Hunter
    On Aug. 28, 1964, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke the immortal words, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” Amen. The people judging his children by the color of their skin at the time were Democrats who ruled the south, birthed Jim Crow and lynched thousands. Today, 50 years after that speech, Democrats still judge people by the color of their skin but now have added sexual orientation, gender and any...
  • Pope seeks to bring faith to "ends of the Earth"

    04/20/2014 3:50:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis baptized 10 people Saturday and urged them to bring their faith "to the ends of the Earth" as he presided over an Easter Vigil in St. Peter's Basilica. The vigil is among the Vatican's most solemn services. Francis entered the darkened basilica with a lone candle, which he then shared with others to slowly illuminate the church. The symbolic service commemorates the darkness of the faithful over the crucifixion of Jesus Christ on Good Friday and their joy and light at his resurrection on Easter Sunday. Francis urged the priests, bishops, cardinals and ordinary...
  • The Way-Back Machine: Polish Parliament Backs Pro-EU Protesters in Ukraine

    04/20/2014 3:21:07 AM PDT · by ScaniaBoy · 1 replies
    Sofia News Agency ^ | December 3, 2013 | novinite.com
    Poland's Parliament has adopted Tuesday a declaration expressing support for the European integration of Ukraine and Ukrainians who have taken to the streets after the scrapping of an Association Agreement with the EU. In the resolution, the Sejm vows "full solidarity with the citizens of Ukraine, who with great determination show the world their desire to ensure their country's full membership in the EU." At the same time, Polish MPs have expressed "deep concern" about the exacebation of tension in Ukrainian political and social life. They called Ukrainian authorities to respect the principles of democracy, rule of law and the...
  • Leland Yee case: Disgraced California state senator's legislative efforts fueled cash for campaigns

    04/20/2014 2:41:18 AM PDT · by blueplum · 4 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | April `19, 2014 4:19pm PDT | Aaron Kinney and Jessica Calefati
    Beginning in early 2011, state Sen. Leland Yee repeatedly solicited bribes to fund his San Francisco mayor and California secretary of state campaigns, according to the FBI agents who brought him down last month. But he appears to have devoted more time and energy to a far more lucrative pursuit: crafting or carrying legislation benefiting special interests who supply campaign contributions. It's a practice that's all too common in Sacramento, but Yee was a master. :snip: Yee introduced 20 bills from 2011 to 2014 that advanced a special interest over the public interest, according to this newspaper's review of his...
  • Bundy Ranch Showdown Proves Militias Can Stop Government Excesses

    04/20/2014 2:39:03 AM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 12 replies
    JPFO ^ | April 19,2014 | Kurt Hofman
    When gun rights advocates explain that the Second Amendment exists to protect the people's last-ditch means of stopping an out-of-control government, a common reply from those who favor oppressive gun laws is that civilians, with our small arms, would have no chance against a military superpower like the U.S. They tell us that with tanks, stealth bombers, supersonic fighter jets, drones, helicopter gunships, etc., the military would crush any resistance by the people. (Oddly, this argument has apparently not yet convinced the Taliban to quit fighting.)
  • A Show of Contempt, at Home and Abroad ... Mark Steyn

    04/20/2014 2:36:00 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 4 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | 18 Apr 2014 | Mark Steyn
    Happy Easter, Happy Passover. On this Good Friday, we mark the tenth anniversary of Mel's movie, and over the weekend we'll have something with a lighter touch. Caroline Glick, my old colleague from The Jerusalem Post, has a column using a very Steynian word, "The Disappearance of America's Will": The most terrifying aspect of the collapse of US power worldwide is the US's indifferent response to it. In Europe, in Asia, in the Middle East and beyond, America's most dangerous foes are engaging in aggression and brinkmanship unseen in decades.
  • Creeping landslide devouring part of Wyoming town

    04/20/2014 1:11:00 AM PDT · by blueplum · 8 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | April 20, 2014 | Matthew Brown
    JACKSON, Wyo. -- What's happening in this Wyoming resort town might be better described as a land creep than a landslide, but the lack of speed has not hindered the sheer power of the moving earth. Over the past two weeks, a piece of East Gros Ventre Butte has slowly collapsed toward the west side of Jackson — shearing one hillside home in half, threatening to devour several others and looming ever more ominously over a cluster of businesses below. :snip: By Saturday morning, the shifting earth had caused bulges in a road and a parking lot at the foot...
  • EXCLUSIVE: INSIDE THE BUNDY RANCH AND THE FIGHT AGAINST GOVERNMENT OVERREACH

    04/20/2014 12:55:54 AM PDT · by blueplum · 9 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 19, 2014 | Kerry Picket
    BUNKERVILLE, Nevada—Cliven Bundy’s ranch, recently the site of a tense stand-off that started over two weeks ago between the federal government and the Bundy family, had morphed into a good old-fashioned family picnic complete with live country music, hamburgers, and hotdogs Friday. A week after the Bureau of Land Management’s armed force left Bunkerville, Bundy and his supporters continue to make the family’s case relating to Bundy’s right to graze his cattle on public land his family has been on for many years. :snip: D’Souza, who is coming under fire from the Holder Justice Department himself, added, “I think what...
  • FIRST THE GREEN GESTAPO CAME FOR OUR LIGHTBULBS... NOW THEY'RE AFTER OUR MEATBALLS...

    04/20/2014 12:36:36 AM PDT · by blueplum · 10 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | April 19, 2014 | James Delingpole
    Full title: FIRST THE GREEN GESTAPO CAME FOR OUR LIGHTBULBS, THEN OUR ICED DRINKS AND HOT SHOWERS. NOW THEY'RE AFTER OUR MEATBALLS... A truly emetic announcement from the grim but indispensable Swedish flatpack furniture emporium IKEA: they are considering changing the recipe of their most popular food line - meatballs - in order to help save the world from global warming. Says the company's head of sustainability Joanna Yarrow: "We have been working with WWF looking at meatballs and various other food items that we sell and looking at how we can tweak our recipes to give great taste but...
  • The Next Shoe Just Dropped: Court Denies Attorney-Client Privilege

    04/20/2014 12:03:46 AM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 4/20/14 | Tyler Durden
    Submitted by Simon Black via Sovereign Man blog, In the Land of the Free, people grow up hearing a lot of things about their freedom. You're told that you live in the freest country on the planet. You're told that other nations 'hate you' for your freedom. And you're told that you have the most open and fair justice system in the world. This justice system is supposedly founded on bedrock principles-- things like a defendant being presumed innocent until proven guilty. The right to due process and an impartial hearing. The right to counsel and attorney-client privilege. Yet each...
  • Death, Taxes, and Anti-Semitism

    04/19/2014 11:56:13 PM PDT · by Nachum · 1 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 4/20/14 | Clarice Feldman
    Ben Franklin opined that there was nothing certain but death and taxes. I’d add a third to the list of certainties, anti-Semitism, and this week reminds us of that. As Americans struggled with preposterously complex federal income tax regulations and ever-higher tax burdens, the Washington Examiner’s Timothy P. Carney tweeted “That’s the price we pay for 7 of the 10 richest counties being within commuting distance of DC.” Right he is. As the rest of the country struggles to keep on producing -- cattle, grain, merchandise, services -- hamstrung by ever more regulations and executive and judicial branch overreaching, DC...
  • Living in the New York Times World

    04/19/2014 11:53:49 PM PDT · by Nachum · 3 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 4/20/14 | J. Paul Masko
    I began reading the entirety of the first section of the New York Times at nine years old, and continued that practice, more or less, for decades. I regarded The Times with a sort of reverence, as have many in this country and the wider world, and now see that its influence, because of its history and standing in the culture, is much wider than one might think for a newspaper, even a so-called “paper of record” that “sets the news table” for the United States. For example I have heard, way too many times, that a friend or colleague...
  • http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/16/us-science-shark-idUSBREA3F1XJ20140416

    04/19/2014 11:53:13 PM PDT · by blueplum · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 16, 2014 6:24PM EDT | Will Dunham
    (Reuters) - You've heard of the Model T Ford, the famed early 20th-century automobile that was the forerunner of the modern car. But how about the Model T shark? Scientists on Wednesday announced the discovery of the impeccably preserved fossilized remains of a shark that lived 325 million years ago in what is now Arkansas, complete with a series of cartilage arches that supported its gills and jaws. :snip: Employing sophisticated equipment at the European Synchrotron in France, the scientists used high-resolution X-rays to obtain a detailed view of the shape and organization of the arches and associated structures. They...
  • Obama Promised a ‘Civilian National Security Force’ – Today There Are Over 120,000 Armed Federal

    04/19/2014 11:48:24 PM PDT · by Nachum · 23 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 4/20/14 | Jim Hoft
    Armed federal agents at the Cliven Bundy ranch in Nevada, April 2014. (Natural News)In 2008, Barack Obama announced his plan to build a massive “civilian national security force” here in America. It would be just as well funded as the US military.
  • Conservatives Deride Effort to Rig Electoral College

    04/19/2014 11:34:21 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Saturday, 19 Apr 2014 07:37 PM | Todd Beamon
    Conservatives slammed the campaign to effectively end the Electoral College’s role in presidential elections, saying that the National Popular Vote Compact circumvents the Constitution, saying it resembled President Barack Obama’s abuse of the law through his extensive use of executive orders. […] Under the National Popular Vote Compact, each state would award its electoral votes to the presidential candidate who wins the national popular vote. The effort has been quietly winding its way through state governments, needing 270 votes to take effect. …
  • New Hampshire moves to scrap adultery law

    04/19/2014 11:30:40 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 14, 2014 at 10:22 am | Reid Wilson
    A 200-year-old law criminalizing marital infidelity could be repealed this year if a measure moving through the New Hampshire legislature passes the Senate in coming days. The law, on the books since the early 19th Century, makes adultery a Class B misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of up to $1,200. But the state House last week moved to repeal the law in an overwhelming, bipartisan vote. …
  • Brutish and short? DNA 'switch' sheds light on Neanderthals

    04/19/2014 11:20:50 PM PDT · by blueplum · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 17, 2014 3:28pm EDT | SHARON BEGLEY
    New York (Reuters) - How can creatures as different in body and mind as present-day humans and their extinct Neanderthal cousins be 99.84 percent identical genetically? Four years after scientists discovered that the two species' genomes differ by a fraction of a percent, geneticists said on Thursday they have an explanation: the cellular equivalent of "on"/"off" switches that determine whether DNA is activated or not. :snip: Calling the work "pioneering," and "a remarkable breakthrough," paleoanthropologist Chris Stringer of the Natural History Museum in London said in an interview that the HOXD gene finding "may help to explain how these ancient...
  • Chelsea's Liberal Media Fans Act Like She's a Forever Unmockable Child

    04/19/2014 10:45:49 PM PDT · by absentee · 22 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 4/19/14 | Tim Graham
    “Why we root for Chelsea Clinton” was the latest from the Washington Post’s new culture blogger Alyssa Rosenberg. “For those of us who were once curly-haired, awkward daughters, Chelsea Clinton’s arrival on the national stage at age 12 meant years of sympathetic wincing. The barbs directed her way landed on us by proxy,” including Rush Limbaugh’s old “family dog” joke. Youngsters might not realize that almost everyone in politics treated Chelsea with deference to her parents throughout the Clinton presidency, which ended when she was 20. The weirdest part is how Rosenberg can complain about Clinton opponents mocking Chelsea instead...
  • Expert Commentary: The Unfolding Fiscal Disaster Behind ACA Enrollment Figures

    04/19/2014 10:38:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Mercatus Center at George Mason University ^ | April 17, 2014 | Charles Blahous
    Earlier this month there was tremendous press attention to new data indicating that enrollment in the Affordable Care Act (ACA)’s health insurance exchanges had surpassed 7 million. The White House took a victory lap while much of the press, desperate to write something positive after months of reporting on website glitches and insurance plan cancellations, characterized the milestone as good political news for ACA supporters. Our national discussion, however, is missing the truly significant story here; what is unfolding before our eyes is a colossal fiscal disaster, poised to haunt legislators and taxpayers for decades to come. It is quite...
  • Train nearly takes out U.S. Senator [Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn) during speech on train safety]

    04/19/2014 10:27:24 PM PDT · by grundle · 13 replies
    YouTube ^ | April 19, 2014
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ircHCzcg3WY
  • Inquiry checks Davis' work for toll group

    04/19/2014 9:51:38 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    The San Angelo Standard-Times ^ | April 18, 2014 | The Associated Press
    AUSTIN — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis’ legal work for a taxpayer-funded tollway agency is part of a larger FBI-led investigation into the tollway group, according to a published report Friday. The Dallas Morning News used a freedom of information request to learn of the investigation, and then confirmed it with Elizabeth Winn, an assistant Travis County attorney. The FBI hasn’t responded to the newspaper’s request for comment. The investigation stems from a conflict of interest complaint filed in 2012 by former state Rep. Mark Shelton, a Republican who ran against Davis for her Fort Worth state senate seat. In...
  • Some Covered California Patients Say They Can’t See A Doctor [Obama voters complain about Obamacare]

    04/19/2014 9:40:27 PM PDT · by grundle · 65 replies
    CBS San Francisco KPIX ^ | April 18, 2014
    MOUNTAIN VIEW (KPIX 5) – While open enrollment for coverage under the Affordable Care Act is closed, many of the newly insured are finding they can’t find doctors, landing them into a state described as “medical homelessness.” Rotacare, a free clinic for the uninsured in Mountain View, is dealing with the problem firsthand. Mirella Nguyen works at the clinic said staffers dutifully helped uninsured clients sign up for Obamacare so they would no longer need the free clinic. But months later, the clinic’s former patients are coming back to the clinic begging for help. “They’re coming back to us now...
  • Russia’s Fearsome New MiGs Could Be Lemons

    04/19/2014 9:32:47 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies
    War is Boring ^ | 04/19/2014 | Thomas Newdick
    MiG-29SMT is a huge upgrade of the classic Cold War fighter—or second-hand junk in disguise Moscow has placed an order for new, highly upgraded MiG-29 Fulcrum fighters. But they actually might not be new at all. The planned acquisition of the twin-tail, twin-engine MiG-29SMTs is a window into bizarre and possibly suspect Kremlin practices that could boost Russian air power … or undermine it. Time was when foreigners referred to almost any Soviet- or Russian-built jet fighter as a “MiG.” While other design bureaus may have been making fighters for the Eastern bloc and its allies, the products of the...
  • On Second Thought, Maybe HealthCare.gov Is at Risk from Heartbleed

    04/19/2014 9:17:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    Breitbart's The Conversation ^ | April 19, 2014 | John Hayward
    It seems like only yesterday that the federal government assured us that none of its big public websites - and especially not HealthCare.gov, the ObamaCare exchange site - were at risk from the Heartbleed security flaw, which can allow hackers to steal passwords and personal data. Actually, those assurances came last Friday, April 11, in the form of a blog post from the Department of Homeland Security. "The government's core citizen-facing websites are not exposed to risks from this cybersecurity threat," we were assured by DHS National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center director Larry Zelvin, as quoted at Nextgov. One...
  • 13 Suspected Militants Killed in Yemen

    04/19/2014 9:10:58 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 21 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 04-19-2014 | Reuters
    SANA, Yemen — An airstrike killed 13 people suspected as Qaeda militants in the central Yemeni province of al-Bayda on Saturday, a security official and tribal representatives said. Three civilians in a nearby car were also killed, they said. “An airstrike targeted cars that suspected Al Qaeda militants were in and killed 13 of them in the Sawma’a area of al-Bayda,” a security official said.
  • “What if Bundy Ranch Were Owned by a Bunch of Black People?”

    04/19/2014 9:09:20 PM PDT · by Kevin in California · 44 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 04-19-2014 | William A. Jacobson
    I don’t think we’ve written here yet about the Bundy Ranch standoff, mostly because we didn’t have enough information about the situation to make a judgment about what really was going on. And I didn’t have enough time to figure it all out. Was it, as some portrayed, a heroic struggle against an overbearing and overly aggressive federal government (in which case we might have taken the side of the underdog) or, as Harry Reid has portrayed it, a bunch of domestic terrorists looking for a shoot up? Or somewhere in between? Which gets me to the title of this...
  • More Christians in China than the USA?

    04/19/2014 8:27:20 PM PDT · by FreedomNotSafety · 49 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 4/19/2014 | Tom Phillips, Liushi, Zhejiang province
    "Officially, the People's Republic of China is an atheist country but that is changing fast as many of its 1.3 billion citizens seek meaning and spiritual comfort that neither communism nor capitalism seem to have supplied. "Christian congregations in particular have skyrocketed since churches began reopening when Chairman Mao's death in 1976 signalled the end of the Cultural Revolution. "Less than four decades later, some believe China is now poised to become not just the world's number one economy but also its most numerous Christian nation."
  • The Nuclear Option: Wilson and Obama--100 Years Apart but so Alike

    04/19/2014 8:22:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | April 19, 2014 | Charles Hurt
    When Woodrow Wilson signed into law the Revenue Act of 1913, it probably sounded like a good idea. Most people would pay less in taxes and the prices of everyday goods would drop, he promised. And the rich would — finally! — start paying their fair share. In those days, tax collection was a highly diffuse business with various states and localities collecting taxes at various rates. The federal government mostly skidded by on exorbitant and uneven tariffs, and on booze and tobacco taxes. This was always tough and disorganized business for the federal government. Those hardships became especially acute...
  • Bush versus Clinton 2016: would a battle of the dynasties really be un-American?

    04/19/2014 8:18:02 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 32 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 19 Apr 2014 | Matt Lewis
    Could the 2016 presidential election turn into a contest between a Bush and a Clinton? Political debate in America last week revolved around whether or not Jeb Bush, Florida's former governor who is son or brother to two former US presidents – both named George – would jump into the 2016 battle for the Republican presidential nomination. For a nation that fought a war for independence from the hereditary power of the British Crown, in the person of another fellow named George, the concept of nominating a third Bush to run for the White House against a second Clinton (the...
  • Knoxville woman finds body under deck during Easter egg hunt

    04/19/2014 8:12:59 PM PDT · by wonkowasright · 41 replies
    WNCT 9 ^ | 4/18/2014 | Staff Writers
    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - A woman from west Knoxville found a body under her deck while hunting for Easter eggs with her son Wednesday. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports Tara Hanouskova smelled an odor that progressively got worse over the past week, but could never pinpoint the source. On Wednesday, however, while hunting for Easter eggs with her three-year-old, she noticed something with a pair of feet clad in tennis shoes in the crawl space under her deck. She explained that the odor wasn't consistent nor strong; she only smelled it off and on until it got so bad she decided...
  • Foreign doctors should face tougher exams, study says

    04/19/2014 8:06:20 PM PDT · by steve86 · 24 replies
    BBC ^ | 18 April 2014 | Staff
    Tests taken by foreign doctors who want to work in the NHS should be made harder to pass to bring them in line with UK standards, a study has said. Research by University College London found a "performance gap" between international and UK medical graduates. It said pass marks for entry exams sat by international doctors should therefore be set "considerably higher". But the British International Doctors Association disputed the findings and called for a standardised test for all. The research, commissioned by the General Medical Council (GMC), said 1,300 foreign doctors a year passed the competency exams, which assess...
  • Shell tells Putin gas project not derailed by Ukraine

    04/19/2014 7:57:00 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 9 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 04-18-2014 | Staff
    Royal Dutch Shell’s new CEO Ben Van Beurden met with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday, signaling Ukraine tension has not affected investment in Russia, and that energy contracts won't be derailed by international politics. Chief executive Van Beurden met with the president at his residence outside of Moscow and reaffirmed the company’s commitment to develop Russia’s only liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant with Gazprom. "We also know that this is going to be a project that will need strong support to succeed. So one of my purposes of meeting with you, Mr. President, is to also secure support for...
  • Lingering Effect of 2007-09 Recession Clobbers U.S. Birth Rate

    04/19/2014 7:42:28 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 24 replies
    Valley News ^ | Friday, March 28, 2014 | John McCormick
    The U.S. recorded the most deaths in its history and the fewest births since 1998, resulting in the lowest population gain from natural causes in 35 years, an analysis of 2013 Census Bureau estimates released Thursday shows. Americans remain cautious about having babies following the worst recession since the Great Depression, although they are increasingly changing residences again, suggesting growing confidence in the economic recovery. Those are among the findings from county-level data that also show the largest metropolitan areas are getting bigger as much of the rest of the nation sees slower population growth or declines. Rural areas where...
  • US Communists Shill for Russia Over Ukraine

    04/19/2014 7:19:33 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 173 replies
    Trevour Loudon ^ | 04/18/14 | Trevor Loudon
    US Communists Shill for Russia Over Ukraine Submitted by Trevor on April 18, 2014 – 3:08 am EST Brian Becker Two groups have been most actively supporting “there is no such thing as an ex-Chekist,” Vladimir Putin’s naked aggression in the Ukraine. They are Western communists, who hate the West and still see Russia as a force for socialism and anti-Americanism, and some naive Western “conservatives” like commentator Pat Buchanan and actor Steven Segal, who seem to believe that Comrade Putin is a closet Christian bent on defending Western values and saving Europe from the Islamic hordes. These naifs seem...
  • Individual insurance plans up by 17 percent [WA]

    04/19/2014 7:15:36 PM PDT · by steve86 · 17 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | April 16, 2014 | Carol M. Ostrom
    [I know the title reads like premiums went up by 17% -- and they probably did for some people. See comment below] Nearly 325,000 people have enrolled in individual insurance plans in Washington, marking the first time in four years that group has grown significantly, according to figures released Wednesday by the Office of the Insurance Commissioner. The numbers, reported by health insurers as of March 31, represent an increase of almost 17 percent from the total before the launch of the state’s online insurance exchange under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The figures include 146,000 enrolled through the Washington...
  • These 3D Printed Mini Apartments Could Be the Future of Mobile Homes

    04/19/2014 6:59:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    Complex Art & Design ^ | April 19, 2014 | Kaitlyn Schaeffer
    The 3D printer has been revolutionizing everything from art to medicine to accessories, and its latest foray has been into the field of architecture. Peter Ebner, architect and UCLA professor, tasked his architecture students with a homework assignment for the ages: develop a 3D-printed apartment that’s easy to transport and manage. The class rose to the challenge and then some, constructing mini mobile homes that measure 50 square feet and are equipped with thermal insulation, electricity, water, heating, and sewage systems (which are also 3D printed). The living area comes with a collapsible counter, a foldaway toilet, a pullout bed,...
  • In U.S., Most Do Not See Global Warming as Serious Threat

    04/19/2014 6:58:43 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 51 replies
    Gallup ^ | 13 March 2014
    In U.S., Most Do Not See Global Warming as Serious Threat ___ Nearly two in three believe global warming will happen during their lifetimes
  • Salvation Gets Cheap

    04/19/2014 6:40:47 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 14 replies
    New York Times ^ | 17 April 2014 | Paul Krugman
    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which pools the efforts of scientists around the globe, has begun releasing draft chapters from its latest assessment, and, for the most part, the reading is as grim as you might expect. We are still on the road to catastrophe without major policy changes. But there is one piece of the assessment that is surprisingly, if conditionally, upbeat: Its take on the economics of mitigation. Even as the report calls for drastic action to limit emissions of greenhouse gases, it asserts that the economic impact of such drastic action would be surprisingly small. In...
  • Bait, hate & switch

    04/19/2014 6:32:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    RenewAmerica ^ | April 19, 2014 | A.J. Castellitto
    Less than a few prominent and influential organizations have been working very diligently to advance their power of persuasion. Most notable are SPLC (Southern Poverty Law Center) and RWW (RightWingWatch). Sure, they expose some legitimate hate groups, but lately it's been difficult to separate the haters from the baiters. Nobody would argue that there are many groups that must rightly be considered legitimate threats to society in our day (i.e. Westboro Baptists, Nazi Skinheads ). But what are we to make of the growing tendency to falsely accuse and mischaracterize those who are simply offering factual, rational and justifiable concerns...
  • Army Ranger Steven Elliott Fears He May Have Killed Pat Tillman

    04/19/2014 6:31:16 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    ABC15 ^ | Apr 18, 2014 | Elizabeth Erwin
    It's one of the most famous military mysteries of the past decade, Pat Tillman, the former ASU and Cardinals player turned Army Ranger killed in 2004 after he left the NFL to fight in Afghanistan. The Army said it was friendly fire, but never said whose shots killed Tillman. Three soldiers acknowledged firing at his position, but none have spoken publicly until now. Steven Elliott told ESPN's "Outside the Lines" that two convoys entered the mountains, but got separated. He said Tillman's group scaled a ridge line to help fellow rangers under attack, but a squad leader mistakenly thought an...
  • FIRST ARREST? Connecticut Man Faces Charges For Unregistered “Assault Rifle,” Standard Mags

    04/19/2014 6:26:53 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 102 replies
    BearingArms.com ^ | April 16, 2014 | posted by Bob Owens
    A Milford man appears to be the first person charged after failing to comply with Connecticut’s law requiring the registration of certain firearms and standard capacity magazines: A 65-year-old man faces an array of charges after he allegedly shot a squirrel in his yard Monday morning. James Toigo, 258 Housatonic Dr., was charged with unlawful discharge of a firearm, cruelty to an animal, first-degree reckless endangerment, second-degree breach of peace, failure to register an assault rifle and three counts of possessing large-capacity magazines, according to a police press release. Police were directing traffic in the area of Housatonic Drive when...
  • New clinical trials underway for advanced lung cancer patients

    04/19/2014 6:22:13 PM PDT · by neverdem · 11 replies
    PBS NEWSHOUR ^ | April 19, 2014 | Interrogatory
    HARI SREENIVASAN: Another medical story that caught our attention this week. Word of what’s described as a pioneering clinical trial for patients with advanced lung cancer. What’s novel is not necessarily the drugs being used, but how many and how they’re being targeted. Dr. Mark Kris, an oncologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, joins us. So what are they doing in the U.K. with this clinical trial? What’s so interesting about it? DR. MARK KRIS: They are taking a discovery that was made here almost ten years ago now where specific genes are damaged in lung tumors. And the...
  • Editorial: Greg Abbott takes poll position

    04/19/2014 6:16:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Amarillo Globe-News ^ | April 19, 2014
    If Texas Tech University’s numbers are any indication, the race for Texas governor won’t be all that competitive. According to a poll released last week by Tech’s Earl Survey Research Lab, GOP gubernatorial candidate and Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has about lapped Democratic candidate state Sen. Wendy Davis. Granted, there is a long way to go before the Nov. 4 election, but with 54 percent of respondents saying they would vote for Abbott — and only 25 percent backing Davis — the attorney general has reason for optimism, at least according to this poll. (And before Davis supporters contend...
  • City officials welcome German students

    04/19/2014 6:15:56 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Adam Curtis
    SIERRA VISTA — After spending the morning at Buena High School, a group of 16 students from Radebeul, Germany visited Sierra Vista City Hall on Thursday. Meeting with Mayor Rick Mueller, City Council Member Gwen Calhoun, and City Manger Chuck Potucek, the students learned about some of the differences and similarities in how the city operates here compared to Sierra Vista’s sister city, back in Germany. The same can be said for many aspects of the local culture, like how the schools work, what the food is like and, of course, the climate. “The cars are very different, and the...
  • Department of Interior Asked To Investigate ALEC Bills In Wake Of Bundy Ranch Standoff

    04/19/2014 6:14:35 PM PDT · by Paladin2 · 42 replies
    Brietbart Unmasked ^ | April 16, 2014. | Xenophon
    Last week’s standoff at Bundy Ranch is still reverberating in Washington today. According to Kate Sheppard at Huffington Post, Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) has sent a letter to Mary Kendall, acting Inspector General for the Department of the Interior, asking her to investigate whether legislation pushed by the Koch brothers-linked American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has been aimed at undermining the agency’s work.Two member affiliates of the Koch-supported Americans For Prosperity (AFP) organization gave their blessing as armed ‘Patriot’ militias showed up to confront agents of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) doing the dangerous, difficult job of removing Bundy’s trespass...
  • Jodi Arias claims she has Hepatitis C, Sheriff Joe Arpaio responds (It's all Sheriff Joe's fault)

    04/19/2014 6:11:00 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 24 replies
    http://www.abc15.com ^ | April 19, 2014 | Ashley Loose
    Jodi Arias is claiming she has Hepatitis C, blaming it on Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, according to TMZ. Arias believes that a Tuberculosis shot she received was infected with Hepatitis C. Additionally, TMZ reports that Arias is saying her breast implant leaked and caused a fungal growth, but that she was denied medical help. Arias reportedly believes that Sheriff Arpaio gave commentator and journalist Nancy Grace sexual letters between her and Travis Alexander's cousin. She believes that they have created a conspiracy against her. Arias has reportedly filed for restraining orders against Sheriff Arpaio and Grace.
  • Democrats seek to reshape midterm electorate along lines of a presidential year

    04/19/2014 6:06:14 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 19, 2014 | By Dan Balz
    Democrats have a problem and everyone knows it. President Obama calls it a “congenital disease.” If they can’t control it, Obama could spend the final years of his presidency battling not only a Republican House but also a Republican Senate. Democrats are banking on the belief that they can better identify potential supporters, motivate them and get them to the polls — in essence, reshape the midterm electorate to make it look more like the electorate in a presidential year. To try to do so, they will for the first time fully employ the sophisticated tools and techniques used in...
  • Obama signs Ted Cruz bill into law, but says he won't enforce it

    04/19/2014 5:53:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    President Obama on Friday signed into law a bill authored by Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz that would bar an Iranian diplomat from entering the United States, but immediately issued a statement saying he won't enforce it. Obama decided to treat the law as mere advice. "Acts of espionage and terrorism against the United States and our allies are unquestionably problems of the utmost gravity, and I share the Congress's concern that individuals who have engaged in such activity may use the cover of diplomacy to gain access to our Nation," Obama said in his signing statement. "Nevertheless, as President...
  • Who could be the next Ted Cruz? Top 10 tea party primaries of 2014

    04/19/2014 5:41:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    In five years, the tea party has launched some of the most charismatic and controversial Republicans in office today, including Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Rand Paul of Kentucky. Who are the movement’s top candidates this cycle, and what are their prospects? Here’s a look: 1. Mississippi: Chris McDaniel vs. Thad Cochran In the early going, tea party-backed state Sen. Chris McDaniel was seen as the strongest challenger to a sitting US senator this cycle. He’s a young (early 40s), energetic trial lawyer and former talk radio host, with six years' service in the state legislature – and he...