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  • NASA weighing risk of adding crew to megarocket's first flight

    02/24/2017 4:18:57 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 36 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 2/24/17 | Marcia Dunn - AP
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA is weighing the risk of adding astronauts to the first flight of its new megarocket, designed to eventually send crews to Mars. The space agency's human exploration chief said Friday that his boss and the Trump administration asked for the feasibility study. The objective is to see what it would take to speed up a manned mission; under the current plan, astronauts wouldn't climb aboard until 2021— at best. The Space Launch System, known as SLS, will be the most powerful rocket when it flies.
  • Intel x86s hide another CPU that can take over your machine (you can't audit it)

    06/25/2016 9:26:23 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 15 replies
    Bing Bong ^ | 06/15/16 | Damien Zammit
    Recent Intel x86 processors implement a secret, powerful control mechanism that runs on a separate chip that no one is allowed to audit or examine. When these are eventually compromised, they'll expose all affected systems to nearly unkillable, undetectable rootkit attacks. I've made it my mission to open up this system and make free, open replacements, before it's too late. The Intel Management Engine (ME) is a subsystem composed of a special 32-bit ARC microprocessor that's physically located inside the chipset. It is an extra general purpose computer running a firmware blob that is sold as a management system for...
  • Investors fearing ‘summer shocks’ are hoarding the most cash since 2001

    06/20/2016 3:48:27 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 8 replies
    Market Watch ^ | June 18, 2016 | Sue Chang
    The last time fund managers hoarded this much cash, the Arizona Diamondbacks defeated the New York Yankees 4 to 3 to win the World Series. Today the Diamondbacks and the Yankees are struggling in their respective divisions, and by the amount of cash investors are stocking away, one might think that they fear the global markets are melting down too. Cash positions rose to 5.7% in June from 5.5% in May, the highest level since November 2001... Worries about “‘summer of shocks” stemming from Brexit...   ...prompting managers to stock pile cash... What do you consider the biggest ‘tail risk’? Bank...
  • Jamie Dimon on auto loans: 'Someone is going to get hurt'

    06/02/2016 12:05:27 PM PDT · by detective · 67 replies
    MSN News ^ | June 2, 2016 | Jon Marino
    Jamie Dimon is sounding the alarm on auto loans. "Auto is clearly a little stretched, in my opinion," the JPMorgan Chase (JPM) CEO said Thursday morning, speaking at the Alliance Bernstein Strategic Decisions Conference in New York. "Someone is going to get hurt... we don't do much of that." But other lenders have. The average size of new auto loans is rising, as is the average payment size, according to research from Experian released Thursday morning. In May, the total amount of auto loans cracked the $1 trillion mark for the first time, marking a 10 percent increase. It comes...
  • Podesta: 'Trump Is Simply Too Big of a Risk'

    05/03/2016 8:13:34 PM PDT · by Milhous · 101 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 10:20 PM, May 03, 2016 | Daniel Halper
    The chairman of the Hillary Clinton campaign, John Podesta, has released a statement framing the general election match-up. “Fundamentally, our next president will need to do two things: keep our nation safe in a dangerous world and help working families get ahead here at home. Donald Trump is not prepared to do either," Podesta's statement reads. "Throughout this campaign, Donald Trump has demonstrated that he's too divisive and lacks the temperament to lead our nation and the free world. With so much at stake, Donald Trump is simply too big of a risk.
  • The World's Biggest Banks May Very Well Grow Even Larger

    02/23/2016 7:11:16 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    Fortune ^ | February 23, 2016 | Eleanor Bloxham
    Ever since the financial crisis, many outside the wealthy elite (sometimes referred to as populists) have argued that the largest banks are too big and too risky. Minneapolis Federal Reserve president Neel Kashkari recently echoed those beliefs.Yet if a new Federal Reserve proposal goes through, Wells Fargo and other large banks might get even bigger and riskier, adding billions to their balance sheets that could increase the banks’ risk profiles.The Federal Reserve says the proposal, which specifies the amount and kind of debt that systemically important large banks must hold, could help make sure that those banks can be wound...
  • Turkish Media Say Saudi Arabia, Turkey May Strike In Syria

    02/13/2016 5:40:05 AM PST · by Strategy · 43 replies
    The New York Times ^ | February 13, 2016 | By The Associated Press
    ISTANBUL -- Turkish media are quoting Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu as saying his country and Saudi Arabia may launch ground operations against the Islamic State group in Syria. After taking part at a security conference in Munich, Cavusoglu said Saudi Arabia was "ready to send both jets and troops" to Turkey's Incirlik airbase. "Turkey and Saudi Arabia may launch an operation (against IS) from the land," Saturday's edition of the Yeni Safak pro-government newspaper quoted him as saying.
  • J Galt's Chevrolet Discovered In California

    11/12/2015 4:41:04 PM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 25 replies
    meshuge mikey ^ | November 12,2015 | Meshuge Mikey
  • Bitcoin Risks and Skepticism

    11/03/2015 10:08:42 AM PST · by Another Post-American · 24 replies
    Me ^ | 11/3/15 | Another Post-American
    BITCOIN RISKS AND SKEPTICISM With bitcoin skyrocketing again (up 16.44% in the last 24 hours as I write this, per I wanted to outline reasons to be cautious about getting involved with Bitcoin. Bitcoin is a revolutionary advance in financial technology, but there is a learning curve involved and many serious pitfalls for unwary users. This will not be a general primer on bitcoin or how it works. I'll field any questions on those lines to the best of my ability, but first and foremost I want to give people a list of risks to consider before investing or...
  • Now We Know What Putin Is Up To In Syria

    09/23/2015 6:52:40 AM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 58 replies
    The Fiscal Times ^ | 9/23 | Martin Matishak
    U.S. officials have begun to reveal the kinds of military equipment Russia has been moving into Syria, leaving little doubt that they are establishing an air base in the war-ravaged country. Moscow’s movements have been closely watched by the international community over the last few weeks, as observers debate whether the rapid buildup of weapons, troops and supplies near the Syrian coastal city of Latakia is presumably meant to aid diplomacy that will end the years-long civil war or to prop up the regime of embattled President Bahar al-Assad. Asked if the White House has gleaned Russia’s intent with the...
  • Gulf Arabs oppose Russia role in Syria, still bent on Assad's ouster

    09/22/2015 8:33:54 AM PDT · by Trumpinator · 15 replies ^ | Tue Sep 22, 2015 9:29am EDT | William Maclean
    Russia's military intervention in support of President Bashar al-Assad has dismayed Gulf Arab enemies of the Syrian leader who say it will prolong the war and keep Syria firmly in the orbit of their arch regional rival Iran. Russia says it is providing arms to the Syrian leader, a longtime ally, and has sent servicemen to advise on their use in the fight against Islamic State (IS) and other jihadist groups. Moscow has also staged naval exercises off Syria. Washington, which opposes both IS and Assad, says Moscow has also sent fighter jets, tanks and other heavy equipment to Syria....
  • RANKED: The world's national debts, from safest to most risky

    08/14/2015 6:19:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 08/14/2015 | Ben Moshinsky
    Bank of America's Transforming World Atlas has loads of lovely infographics in it, but one of the most colourful is a map of the world's riskiest sovereign debt.The map uses the prices of credit-default swaps, which are derivatives that pay out if a borrower defaults.Here's the map:BAML Sovereign credit-default swaps have been used as a type of insurance against sovereign governments not paying back the money they owe. As with any insurance product, the more expensive it is, the more likely the event you're insuring against will happen soon.
  • Heading Toward An EMP Catastrophe

    08/01/2015 11:09:02 AM PDT · by TXnMA · 102 replies
    Family Security Matters ^ | July 23, 2015 | AMBASSADOR R. JAMES WOOLSEY, DR. PETER VINCENT PRY
    Texas State Senator Bob Hall, a former USAF Colonel and himself an EMP expert, characterizes as "equivalent to treason" the behavior of the electric utilities and their lobbyists: "As a Texas State Senator who tried in the 2015 legislative session to get a bill passed to harden the Texas grid against an EMP attack or nature's GMD, I learned first hand the strong control the electric power company lobby has on elected officials. We did manage to get a weak bill passed in the Senate but the power companies had it killed in the House. A very deceitful document which...
  • Call of Duty increases risk of Alzheimer's disease

    05/20/2015 10:12:08 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 44 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 05/20/15
    University of Montreal study finds video game players navigate the screen using a key area of the brain Millions of boys could be at increased risk of Alzheimer's disease and other mental illnesses in later life through playing action video games such as Call of Duty or Assassin's Creed, according to new research. Scientists say players navigate the screen using a key area of the brain called the caudate nucleus, which leads to loss of grey matter in the hippocampus. Previous studies have shown reduced volume in the hippocampus, which controls memory, learning and emotion, is associated with neurological and...
  • Russia's credit risk is worse than Pakistan's

    02/04/2015 2:11:21 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2 Feb 15 | Unknown
    Russian debt insurance costs and yield spreads on sovereign dollar bonds are near six-year highs, surpassing those of countries such as Pakistan whose credit ratings are several notches lower. Analysts said on Monday that last week's shock interest rate cut had worsened the situation by weakening the rouble, making debt repayment costlier for many companies and raising inflationary pressures. Russia is rated Baa3 by Moody's and BBB- by Fitch, their lowest investment-grade ratings, while Standard & Poor's cut its rating to a "junk'' grade BB+ last week.
  • For most 'healthy' obese, health declines over time

    01/06/2015 3:21:18 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    "Healthy obese adults show a greater risk for developing cardiovascular disease than healthy normal-weight adults, although this risk is not as great as for the unhealthy obese. Healthy obesity is only a state of relative health - it's just less unhealthy than the worst-case scenario. And as we now see, healthy obese adults tend to become unhealthy obese over time, providing further evidence against the idea that obesity can be healthy," said Bell. ... "Healthy obesity is only valid if it is stable over time, and our results indicate that it is often just a phase. All types of obesity...
  • Risk Assessment Matrix of Ebola - It's Science

    10/20/2014 8:34:45 AM PDT · by thefoundersrock · 17 replies
    The Average American Blog ^ | 10/19/14 | J Harrington
    Should Americans be concerned about Ebola? Should we suspend visas from the hardest hit countries? These are the questions we're wrangling with as we face the first outbreak of Ebola in the US. The administration and his supporters in the Democrat party are attempting to portray the very question as foolish, and concerned Americans as "hysterical." So let's take a look at this from a rational risk assessment perspective. (With Charts)
  • CDC: 'Relatively large' number of health workers at risk for Ebola

    10/13/2014 10:12:40 AM PDT · by maggief · 121 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 13, 2014 | Elise Viebeck
    The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on Monday said it "would not be surprised" if other healthcare workers at a Dallas hospital are diagnosed with Ebola. CDC Director Tom Frieden said he did not know how many workers might have been exposed to the virus, but estimated it was a "relatively large number." "We’re concerned, and unfortunately would not be surprised if we did see additional cases in healthcare workers who also provided care to the index patient," Frieden said. A nurse at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital was found to have Ebola over the weekend. Her case is the first-ever...
  • Texas Narrows Ebola Focus to 10 Considered to Be at Greatest Risk

    10/03/2014 6:15:29 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 41 replies
    DALLAS — Health officials on Friday narrowed down to 10 the number of people considered most at risk of contracting Ebola after coming into contact with an infected Liberian man. They also moved the four people who had shared an apartment with the man from their potentially contaminated quarters, as local and federal officials tried to assure the public that the disease was contained despite initial missteps here. The four people, a girlfriend of Thomas E. Duncan, the Liberian who is the first person in the United States to develop symptoms of Ebola, and three of her relatives had been...
  • "High protein diet linked to spiked cancer risk akin to smoking 20 cigarettes a day: U.S. study"

    09/01/2014 4:30:03 AM PDT · by Jacob Kell · 115 replies
    National Post ^ | Mar. 5, 2014 | Sarah Knapton
    Eating too much protein could be as dangerous as smoking for middle-aged people, a study has found. Research which tracked thousands of adults for nearly 20 years found that those who eat a diet rich in animal protein are four times more likely to die of cancer than someone with a low-protein diet. The risk is nearly as high as the danger of developing cancer from smoking 20 cigarettes each day. Previous studies have shown a link between cancer and red meat, but it is the first time research has measured the risk of death associated with regularly eating too...
  • Illegal Immigrants Bring Risk of Ebola and Global Array of Viral Illnesses

    08/04/2014 3:46:38 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 19 replies
    The Conservative Pundit ^ | 8/4/2014 | By Elizabeth Lee Vliet, M.D.
    Ebola. Chikungunya. Dengue. Norovirus. Hantavirus. Swine flu. Varicella. Variola. The names sound like something out of a Sci-Fi movie. Yet, threats to Americans are real, and escalating by the week. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) reported on August 1 that serious diseases are spreading at detention centers for Illegal border crossers. Health care workers and Border Patrol agents, plus their children, have tested positive for tuberculosis (TB), swine flu, chicken pox, lice and scabies. Instead of being quarantined, illegal border crossers are being dispersed rapidly across the U.S., with those of school age being registered in public schools opening...
  • The Riskiest Housing Markets In America [Do you live anywhere near these cities?]

    06/30/2014 12:35:57 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 06/30/2014 | Tyler Durden
    As homeownership rates tumble, perhaps it is not just the stagnation of income or piling up of 'other debts' disabling any organic buying frenzy; perhaps, as Bloomberg breaks down, it is the realization that real-estate is nothing less than another boom-bust roller-coaster ride. ??When so much wealth is tied up in one asset, the risk -- or stability -- of a local market can mean a lot to a homeowner and Bloomberg has quantified the 'riskiest' (and most stable) home markets in America... not Vegas, not Phoenix, and not LA... Full Breakdown here And the stablest real estate markets?5. Raleigh, North...
  • East Antarctica more at risk than thought to long-term thaw: study

    05/04/2014 6:48:36 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 61 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 5/4/14 | Alister Doyle - Reuters
    OSLO (Reuters) - Part of East Antarctica is more vulnerable than expected to a thaw that could trigger an unstoppable slide of ice into the ocean and raise world sea levels for thousands of years, a study showed on Sunday. The Wilkes Basin in East Antarctica, stretching more than 1,000 km (600 miles) inland, has enough ice to raise sea levels by 3 to 4 meters (10-13 feet) if it were to melt as an effect of global warming, the report said. The Wilkes is vulnerable because it is held in place by a small rim of ice, resting on...
  • Today Crimea, tomorrow Alaska?

    03/21/2014 5:04:41 AM PDT · by luke1825 · 73 replies
    lowell sun ^ | 3/19/2014 | Peter Lucas
    Let's hope he doesn't want Alaska back. I mean, if Czar Vladimir Putin decides that Russia was really screwed when it sold the vast expanse of Alaska to the United States for a measly $7.2 million back in 1867, he may now want to nullify the deal. Treaties, contracts and deals mean nothing to the guy. The man is on a role. He is scooping up pieces of the former Soviet Union as though he were old Communist Czar Joe Stalin. Old Joe gobbled up countries at the end of World War II as though they were war souvenirs. That...
  • Crickets from White House as Venezuelans Risk All to Throw Out the Chavistas

    02/15/2014 1:43:36 PM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 41 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 2-15-2014 | Bridget Johnson
    Florida lawmakers are trying to turn the Obama administration’s attention toward two weeks of escalating deadly protests in Venezuela, where protesters frustrated with the socialist government have taken to the streets to demand a better country. The late Hugo Chavez’s Bolivarian experiment, continued by his handpicked successor Nicolas Maduro, has resulted in an economy in tatters, sky-high crime, and massive government corruption. Maduro has put the world on “alert” that he’s “facing a developing coup plan against the democracy and the government that I preside over, orchestrated by a small group of irresponsible leaders, violent, full of hatred and personal...
  • Don't Let Insurers Shift Risk to Taxpayers

    01/25/2014 8:03:07 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies ^ | January 25, 2014 | Phil Kerpen
    The big health insurance companies played a high-stakes double game throughout the 2009 health care fight, funding attacks on the so-called public option – an explicitly government-run competitor – while otherwise supporting the central elements of the bill that ultimately passed: vast taxpayer-funded subsidies flowing to their potential customers and a mandate requiring every American to buy their products. Yet the law is becoming such a disaster that the insurers stand to take losses in the new exchanges – losses that will largely be passed on to taxpayers under a provision called Risk Corridors. Risk Corridors are a de facto...
  • Gender Identity Bill Carries Risk of Personal Pain

    07/21/2013 9:42:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies ^ | July 21, 2013 | Debra J. Saunders
    Democratic California Assemblyman Tom Ammiano has written a bill that would require public schools in his state to allow students to choose which bathrooms, locker rooms and sports teams match their gender identity. Both the Assembly and state Senate have passed Assembly Bill 1266. It now sits on the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown. If the governor allows the bill to become law, then public school administrators won't be able to assign transgender third-graders to use a separate bathroom or play on the team of their biological gender -- even if their motive is to protect a vulnerable child. "Separate...
  • Basel Faulty: Fed pledges to "get tough" on Wall Street as adopts Basel rules (not for mortgages)

    07/02/2013 4:32:15 PM PDT · by whitedog57 · 1 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 07/02/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    The U.S. Federal Reserve pledged to draft tough rules for Wall Street while shielding smaller banks from some of the harshest impact of the global Basel III capital rules it adopted on Tuesday. The final rule – which numbers 972 pages – drops a provision from the original proposal that would have forced banks to set aside more capital to fund their residential mortgage business. “The mortgage industry … fared incredibly well in the final Basel III rulemaking,” said Isaac Boltansky, a policy analyst with Compass point Research and Trading, adding it was a “significant win” for the mortgage industry....
  • Puritanical Government

    06/26/2013 4:28:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies ^ | June 26,2013 | John Stossel
    People say America is a free country. But what if you want to drink, have a cigarette or make a bet? Government often says "no" to protect us from ourselves. It's as if the government is still run by the Puritans who settled this land four centuries ago. They said pleasure and luxury are sinful. Today's government has a better argument when it seeks to restrict activities that might harm others, but I notice that even then, it often focuses more on things that upset modern-day Puritans. Drinking and driving can be fatal. But government data show that sleeplessness and...
  • The 50 Rip-Off Charities: Give at Your Own Risk

    06/17/2013 3:02:18 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 68 replies ^ | 6-17-2013 | Morgan Brittany
    I always believed that giving to a good cause or helping victims of a disaster was a noble thing to do. I mean, “There but for the grace of God go I”, right? With the recent uncovering of scandals within the government, more and more investigators are digging to uncover other cases of fraud and mismanagement. Is nothing sacred anymore? A recent investigation exposed by CNN, The Center for Investigative Reporting and the Tampa Bay Times have found that there are dozens and dozens of charities that basically do next to nothing for the causes they raise money for. 50...
  • Take a Risk for Peace: Move our Embassy to Jerusalem!

    06/05/2013 4:15:11 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | June 5, 2013 | Ken Blackwell
    Safely re-elected last November, President Obama waited barely a month (December 4, 2012) before suspending once again the provisions of the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995. That law required the United States to recognize Jerusalem as the permanent and undivided capital of Israel and to move the American Embassy there. In suspending the provisions of the act, President Obama was violating his own campaign commitments to Americans and to Israelis. As a candidate in 2008, he had said he was committed to recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s permanent capital and keeping it united under Israeli rule. Secretary of State John Kerry...
  • Some question whether AP leak on al-Qaeda plot put U.S. at risk [CIA: NO national security risk]

    05/17/2013 6:09:20 AM PDT · by St_Thomas_Aquinas · 17 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 5/16/2013 | Carol D. Leonnig and Julie Tate
    For five days, reporters at the Associated Press had been sitting on a big scoop about a foiled al-Qaeda plot at the request of CIA officials. Then, in a hastily scheduled Monday morning meeting, the journalists were asked by agency officials to hold off on publishing the story for just one more day. The CIA officials, who had initially cited national security concerns in an attempt to delay publication, no longer had those worries, according to individuals familiar with the exchange. Instead, the Obama administration was planning to announce the successful counterterrorism operation that Tuesday. AP balked and proceeded to...
  • Nervous Bernanke Warns Of Excessive Risk (Dollar Rises, Commodities Plunge)

    05/10/2013 8:09:02 AM PDT · by whitedog57 · 5 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 05/10/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke was nervous as he answered questions at his speech in Chicago today. “In light of the current low interest rate environment, we are watching particularly closely for instances of ‘reaching for yield’ and other forms of excessive risk-taking, which may affect asset prices and their relationships with fundamentals,” Mr Bernanke said. I was waiting for questions or hints as to if or when will take their foot off the monetary accelerator, but NADA. Global sovereign yields rose across the board this morning (except for Greece). The dollar is rising … while commodities plunged this morning (look...
  • Saudi National interviewed in bombing to be deported for National Security reasons.

    04/17/2013 6:52:59 PM PDT · by Enterprise · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | 4-17-2013 | Fox News
    Just heard on Sean Hannity. The Saudi who was interviewed in the Boston Marathon Bombing is going to be deported soon for National Security reasons.
  • The Signal and the Silence: When is prediction useful—and when is it dangerous?

    04/16/2013 11:01:46 PM PDT · by neverdem · 14 replies
    City Journal ^ | Spring 2013 | ADAM WHITE
    Ever since leading the Boston Red Sox to victory in the 2007 World Series, Josh Beckett had been a mainstay of the teamÂ’s pitching rotation. But when he hobbled off the mound with an ankle injury on September 5, 2011, the Red Sox faithful took the news in stride. After all, their team was the hottest in baseball. The previous winter, the Sox had acquired two of the sportÂ’s most sought-after players, outfielder Carl Crawford and first baseman Adrian Gonzalez. The acquisitions led the Boston Herald to declare the team the TOP SOX SQUAD OF ALL TIME before it had...
  • Red Brain, Blue Brain: Republicans and Democrats Process Risk Differently, Research Finds

    02/13/2013 5:27:09 PM PST · by neverdem · 38 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | February 13, 2013 | NA
    A team of political scientists and neuroscientists has shown that liberals and conservatives use different parts of the brain when they make risky decisions, and these regions can be used to predict which political party a person prefers. The new study suggests that while genetics or parental influence may play a significant role, being a Republican or Democrat changes how the brain functions. Dr. Darren Schreiber, a researcher in neuropolitics at the University of Exeter, has been working in collaboration with colleagues at the University of California, San Diego on research that explores the differences in the way the brain...
  • Yes, Virginia, there really is a Free Lunch

    01/21/2013 11:20:29 AM PST · by Pete · 7 replies ^ | 1/21/2013 | George Berry
    Do you remember the Financial Crisis of 2008? You woke up that morning in September, took a shower, had your first cup of coffee, turned on the news, and heard that, apparently out of nowhere, we were on the thin edge of a financial disaster that would make the Great Depression look like a picnic. Do you remember how you felt, the sense of disbelief, the feeling of real fear? How? Why? It happened because Congress passed a law that allowed the banks to take the risk of mortgage default, and then transfer that risk to someone else. Congress even...
  • Earthquake Experts Convicted of Manslaughter

    11/01/2012 3:16:17 PM PDT · by neverdem · 18 replies
    ScienceInsider ^ | 22 October 2012 | Edwin Cartlidge
    L'AQUILA, ITALY—Seven experts tasked with giving advice ahead of the deadly earthquake that struck here in 2009 have been found guilty of manslaughter by a judge in the central Italian town this evening. The four scientists, two engineers, and a government official were accused of having carried out a superficial analysis of seismic risk and of having provided false reassurances to the public ahead of the quake, which killed 309 people. The prosecution had requested prison terms of 4 years for the accused, but Judge Marco Billi has handed each a sentence of 6 years imprisonment. The lawyers of the...
  • US fires Tomahawks on Libyan defenses (Flashback: 25Mar11, 170 Tmahawks,153 Air: Panetta's Risk)

    10/27/2012 12:52:26 PM PDT · by xzins · 9 replies
    AFP ^ | 25Mar11 | afp
    (AFP) – Mar 25, 2011 WASHINGTON — The United States fired 16 new Tomahawk cruise missiles at Libyan targets on Thursday and Friday as part of the US role in the UN-mandated mission to protect Libyan civilians, the Pentagon said. The new missile launches brought the total number of Tomahawks used by US and coalition forces to at least 170 as they enforce a UN resolution to set up a no-fly zone over Libya to stop air attacks by the forces of Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi. Pentagon officials said 16 new missiles were fired in the 24 hours to 0500...
  • LEVIATHAN GOVERNMENT: How about insurance against politicians?

    08/30/2012 7:43:09 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 1 replies
    WND ^ | August 27, 2012 | Thomas Sowell
    Thomas Sowell wants the State, employers out of health-care-coverage business Insurance is all about risk. Yet neither insurance companies nor their policy-holders can do anything about one of the biggest risks – namely, interference by politicians, to turn insurance into something other than a device to deal with risk. By passing laws to force insurance companies to cover things that have nothing to do with risk, politicians force up the cost of insurance. Annual checkups, for example, are known in advance to take place once a year. Foreseeable events are not a risk. Annual checkups are no cheaper when they...
  • Risk (Even Further) Off as Investors Await Government Stimulus

    05/19/2012 11:04:20 AM PDT · by Son House
    Asset International Inc. ^ | May 16, 2012 | Elizabeth Pfeuti
    Large investors have retreated further into their shells this month as they await action from governments around the world to kick-start economic growth and prevent collapses in the Eurozone, a survey has shown. Over a third of investors responding to the monthly Bank of America Merrill Lynch fund manager survey said they were taking lower than normal risks in their portfolios. This was a significant shift from around a fifth of investors agreeing with this statement last month - which was already low. The BoA Merrill Lynch Risk and Liquidity Composite indicator, which measures market sentiment, has fallen below its...
  • College: 'Best Investment' or Big Risk? (The financial return for a 4-year degree may surprise you)

    05/07/2012 2:35:03 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 59 replies
    Smart Money ^ | 05/07/2012 | Jack Hough
    By College is the best investment you can make, President Obama told students last month at the University of Colorado. As a metaphor for the benefits of education, that statement is fine. But taken as a claim about the financial returns of a college degree, it poses two problems. The first is that students and their families still lack sufficient data to estimate long-term returns for specific college degrees the way investors do with stocks and bonds. The second problem is one of investment risk. Stock investors can manage risk by buying a diverse basket of shares, but a...
  • Kristi Risk cannot be spared, she fights. (vanity)

    05/01/2012 8:18:29 PM PDT · by HMS Surprise · 2 replies
    youtube ^ | 5/1/12 | jim funkhouser
    Indiana's primary approaches, One congressional race offers a conservative choice. Risk would have one the last primary in '10, but there were a number of "tea party" candidates against one establishment candidate. The runoff election has finally arrived...
  • Megaupload file seizure shows why many cautious about the cloud

    01/27/2012 12:31:08 PM PST · by dickmc · 15 replies · 1+ views
    It Business (Ca) ^ | 1/21/2012 | Ian Paul
    The takedown of the file-sharing site over copyright violations provides a warning about being careful where you store stuff. Megaupload file seizure shows why many cautious about the cloud Megaupload users are crying foul after their personal files, not necessarily copyright-infringing material, stored with the file-sharing service was seized on Thursday along with a trove of illegally distributed copyrighted works. Some of those users took to Twitter complaining about the loss of their files, as first reported by TorrentFreak. "I had files up there...gone forever..and they were personal recordings! No copyright infringement!" said Twitter user J. Amir. Another user complained...
  • Indiana's Bloody 8th: A Fractured Fairy Tale

    10/23/2011 1:57:40 PM PDT · by HMS Surprise · 20 replies
    tea party tribune ^ | 10/23/11 | jim funkhouser
    Indiana’s 8th District didn’t have a representative in the U.S. Congress from January 1st to May 1st in 1985. Why? Because Bunky, The Democrat-controlled House simply refused to seat the Republican winner, and after a few disputed recounts that still pointed to the Democrat losing, finally decided to simply seat him against the will of the people who deigned to presume that voting makes a difference. The blatant abuse of power was so obvious that the Republicans walked out in protest when the Democrat “loser” was arbitrarily declared the winner.
  • IMF Issues Brand New Warning About The Massive Risks To The Banking System

    09/21/2011 6:51:14 AM PDT · by blam · 1 replies
    TBI ^ | 9-21-2011 | Joe Weisenthal
    IMF Issues Brand New Warning About The Massive Risks To The Banking System Joe Weisenthal Sep. 21, 2011, 9:37 AMReleased this morning by the IMF. A new statement on huge risks to the banking sector. ------------------------------ * Weak growth, balance sheets and political resolve cause crisis of confidence * Large number of countries effected by government debt risks * Policymakers need to act to repair household, government and financial balance sheets Financial stability risks have risen sharply in recent months, as slower economic growth, market turbulence in Europe, and the credit downgrade of the United States have weighed on the...
  • NASA warns 'risk of losing' space station rising

    08/30/2011 7:47:13 PM PDT · by Nachum · 168 replies
    AFP, Google ^ | 8/30/11 | Jean-Louis Santini
    WASHINGTON — The risk of an unprecedented evacuation of the International Space Station will spike if Russian craft cannot resume their missions and return by November, a senior NASA official has warned. "There is a greater risk of losing the ISS when it's unmanned than if it were manned," Michael Suffredini, the ISS program manager for the US space agency, said in a conference call with Russian officials. "The risk increase is not insignificant," he added. Russia on Monday delayed its next manned mission to the ISS by at least a month after an unmanned cargo vessel crashed into Siberia...
  • He Climbs Vertical Rock Faces – No Rope, No Harness…..

    08/24/2011 9:11:42 AM PDT · by sussex · 17 replies
    The Aged ^ | 24/08/11 | The Aged P
    It’s hard to know what to make of Alex’s astounding ascents. No words can describe the difficulty and dangerousness of these ascents. It’s simply pure brashness. Let’s face it–the kid has a lot of chutzpah. Climb high Alex, and be safe.
  • Gun ownership, carrying a gun linked to heavy alcohol use

    06/20/2011 9:11:22 AM PDT · by drypowder · 86 replies · 2+ views
    UC Davis Health Systems ^ | 6/14/2011 | UC Davis Health Systems
    Gun ownership, carrying a gun linked to heavy alcohol use Large, multi-state study shows certain gun owners more likely to drink excessively June 14, 2011 (SACRAMENTO, Calif.) — Gun owners who carry concealed weapons or have confronted another person with a gun are more than twice as likely to drink heavily as people who do not own guns, according to a study by UC Davis researchers. Binge drinking, chronic heavy alcohol use, and drinking and driving were all more common among gun owners generally than among non-owners, even after adjusting for factors such as age, sex, race, and state of...
  • The Global Order Fractures As American Power Declines

    06/15/2011 11:17:40 AM PDT · by SatinDoll · 8 replies
    The Financial Times ^ | June 14, 2011 | Alan Beattie
    Harold Macmillan, the prime minister who watched US power rise as the British empire crumbled, used to say that Britain would play ancient Greece to America’s Rome. These days it looks as if Rome is declining too. The US finds it increasingly hard to drive forward its vision of international trade and economics over the objections of big emerging-market countries.