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  • From Kennan to Trotsky (USA)

    09/15/2013 9:23:06 PM PDT · by TexGrill
    American Conservative ^ | 09/15/2013 | Martin Sieff
    Russia and China today both enjoy the same grand-strategic advantage against the United States that the United States enjoyed through the 44 years of the Cold War. The Soviet Union was then the superpower of the left, as the left had been globally understood since the French Revolution. It was the state committed to the promotion of revolutionary change across the world. The United States, by contrast, was the superpower of the right. It was committed to the maintenance of stability and continuity in government systems around the world. The United States won the Cold War. The craving for stability,...
  • Cultural revolution replayed in HK (Hong Kong)

    09/15/2013 9:18:53 PM PDT · by TexGrill
    Taipei Times ^ | 09/09/2013 | Paul Lin
    Newspapers in Taiwan recently carried an advertisement placed by a group of Hong Kong residents entitled “An open letter to the government and people of Taiwan.” The ad says that Hong Kong is coming under heavy pressure to become more like the rest of China, and it advises Taiwan to take this as a warning. The letter was signed by representative figures from among moderate advocates of maintaining Hong Kong’s separate identity. The advertisement shows how Taiwan and Hong Kong face a common problem: being brought under China’s influence. This highlights the need for Taiwanese and Hong Kongers to support...
  • Mas approval rating plunges to 9.2 percent (Taiwan)

    09/15/2013 9:04:51 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 3 replies
    Tapei Times ^ | 09/16/2013 | Chris Wang
    President Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) approval rating hit a new low of 9.2 percent, the first time the rating has dipped to to single-digits, in a public opinion poll released yesterday amid widespread public dissatisfaction with Ma’s role in ongoing political strife within the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT). Only 9.2 percent of the respondents said they were satisfied with Ma’s performance in his second term, which began in May last year, while 80.5 percent of those polled disapproved of his performance and 10.3 percent declined to comment, according to the poll conducted by ERA Survey Research Center, a subsidiary of ERA...
  • Former vice president Lu calls on Ma to step down (Taiwan)

    09/15/2013 8:59:33 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 4 replies
    Taipei Times ^ | 09/16/2013 | Chen Ching-min
    Former vice president Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) yesterday issued an online statement urging President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) to step down and take responsibility for his poor governance and autocratic actions regarding the revocation of Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng’s (王金平) Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) membership. She called on members of the public to show their concern about the country’s future by joining a “civic alliance to recall Ma.” During his five years serving as head of state and commander-in-chief, Ma has not lived up to the presidential vows he recited during his inauguration, Lu said in a statement posted on her Facebook...
  • National Cancer Center doctors misappropriated funds (Japan)

    09/15/2013 8:44:17 PM PDT · by TexGrill
    Japan News ^ | 09/16/2013 | Yomiuri Shimbun
    The Yomiuri Shimbun Thirty-nine doctors and employees of the National Cancer Center misappropriated about 40.86 million over a period of five years ending in fiscal 2011 by having suppliers pool government research funds, among other methods, the center has announced. According to the center, doctors and employees made fictitious orders to suppliers and used part of research funds given by the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry and others to pay the bills. They asked the suppliers to pool the money it paid as deposits. The center imposed disciplinary punishment on 23 people, including suspension from office and salary cuts, or...
  • Renewable energy push blunted as ad-hoc rules stymie private upstarts (Japan)

    09/15/2013 8:33:10 PM PDT · by TexGrill
    Japan Times ^ | 09/15/2013 | Kyodo
    Ever since Japan kicked off a system to encourage the use of renewable energy for electricity in July 2012, businesses, civic organizations and even local government bodies have been trying to break into the tightly held power market. Under the so-called feed-in tariff system, utilities are required purchase any generated electricity derived from five types of renewable energy for a fixed price and a set time. But the momentum seems to be slowing. Several potential power suppliers are dropping their bids after coming face to face with restrictions that make it difficult for them to link to the power grids...
  • Merkel's conservatives triumph in Bavaria (Germany)

    09/15/2013 8:23:11 PM PDT · by TexGrill
    Korea Herald ^ | 09/16/2013 | AP
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative allies triumphed in Bavaria's state election Sunday, a week before the whole country votes, though a painful setback for her coalition partners added to uncertainty over the outcome of the national election. The Merkel-allied Christian Social Union, traditionally the dominant force in the prosperous southern region, won 47.7 percent of the vote, official results showed. It won back a majority in the state legislature it humiliatingly lost in 2008, gaining more than four percentage points. This election gives us tailwind for the national election, said Hermann Groehe, the general secretary of Merkel's Christian Democratic Union....
  • States Have an Incentive to Promote (Not Stop) Disability Fraud; So How Much Fraud Is There?

    09/15/2013 8:05:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis ^ | September 11, 2013 | Mike "Mish" Shedlock
    In response to Just How Distorted is the U.S. Unemployment Rate Number?, reader Bjorn asked "care to take a guess on the percentage of fraud among the population receiving disability compensation?" Fraud Incentive My Reply Follows: I suspect fraud is in the neighborhood of 25-50% (and higher would not surprise me one bit). The reason is that States Have an Incentive to Promote (Not Stop) Disability Fraud. This all goes back to 1996 when president Bill Clinton promised to "end welfare as we know it". He did indeed do just that, and fraud is the result. Why? The federal government...
  • Russia's 'outsourced' jihadis come home

    09/15/2013 7:32:53 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 3 replies
    Asia Times ^ | 09/13/2013 | Dmitry Shlapentokh
    The Kremlin has a new problem on its hands: battle-hardened jihadists who have acquired experience in Syria and elsewhere bringing their militant fervor back home to the Northern Caucasus. Recognition that hundreds of jihadists are ready to return will certainly influence Moscow's policies. Kremlin folk might have to reconsider their tactics; not only their tactics - but their tacit "outsourcing" of jihadists to other parts of the world. Dokku Umarov, jihadi leader in the North Caucasus of the southern Russian provinces of Chechnya, Ingushetia, Dagestan and Kabardino-Balkaria, has reportedly agreed to a deal with Emir Salautdin, who controls North Caucasus...
  • China stitches up (SCO) Silk Rd

    09/15/2013 7:22:40 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 2 replies
    Asia Times ^ | 09/13/2013 | Pepe Escobar
    While the whole world was terrified by the prospect of the Obama administration bombing Syria, Chinese President Xi Jinping was busy doing the Silk Road. One has to love that famous Deng Xiaoping dictum; "Always maintain a low profile". This being the second-largest economy in the world, "low profile" always packs a mighty punch. Cue to September 7, in Astana, Kazakhstan's capital, when Xi officially proposed no less than a New Silk Road in co-production with Central Asia. Xi's official "economic belt along the Silk Road" is a supremely ambitious, Chinese-fueled trans-Eurasian integration mega-project, from the Pacific to the Baltic...
  • Putin eyes Obama's Iran file

    09/15/2013 6:58:05 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 5 replies
    Asia Times ^ | 09/13/2013 | M. K. Bhadrakhumar
    When Kathleen Trola McFarland, the familiar Fox News national security analyst who served in national security posts in the Nixon, Ford and Reagan administrations and was an aide to Henry Kissinger at the White House, wrote that "Vladimir Putin is the one who really deserves the Nobel Peace Prize", she obviously had the Syrian crisis in mind. McFarland wrote on Tuesday, "In one of the most deft diplomatic maneuvers of all time, Russia's President Putin has saved the world from near-certain disaster." She went on to narrate how Secretary of State John Kerry's famous gaffe in London took wings and...
  • Pauken Slashes Abbott in TexMo Interview (Texas)

    09/15/2013 6:47:48 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 72 replies
    D Frontburner ^ | 09/13/2013 | Wick Allison
    The great Brian Sweany of Texas Monthly (still, after all these years, it hurts to say that) offers GOP gubernatorial candidate and Dallas native Tom Pauken the chance to lay out his case, which opportunity Pauken seizes with both hands. On the American Airlines merger, crony capitalism, education this would make a helluva debate. My impression: Abbott is weaker than he looks, which is why he scurry in every which direction to avoid sharing a stage or a camera. Thats understandable now, but as the primary draws closer Abbott is going to find himself boxed in. The idea of...
  • Kids, go to college or youll die alone in misery

    09/15/2013 6:42:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The Matt Walsh Blog ^ | August 23, 2013 | Matt Walsh
    Every time I write or speak about college, I tend to upset many parents and other decent, educated people. They are righteously offended at the mere suggestion that college isnt necessarily the only way to go. Angry mothers email to tell me that my anti-college message is polluting the minds of their children. They dont want their kids to skip college and become hobos and drug addicts. This is understandable. I should know Im one of those malcontents who decided not to get a four year degree. And what a tragedy my life has been ever since I made...
  • China designs n-reactors with developing countries in mind

    09/15/2013 6:31:06 PM PDT · by TexGrill
    The Hindu ^ | 09/16/2013 | Ananth Krishnan
    China has made a case for its domestically-developed, fourth-generation reactor as the answer for developing countries concerns regarding costs and safety As the rest of the world reconsiders the use of nuclear energy in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima accident in Japan, China has made a case for its new, domestically-developed, fourth-generation reactor as the answer for developing countries concerns regarding costs and safety. The State-run China Nuclear Engineering Group Corporation (CNEC), closely involved in the design and construction of many of the 17 nuclear reactors in operation, on Sunday, presented designs of its new fourth-generation High Temperature Reactor...
  • Previously deported illegal alien charged with fatal DUI in Utah

    09/15/2013 2:42:06 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 26 replies
    .examiner.com ^ | September 15, 2013 | Dave Gibson
    Last month, Ramiro Serrano Hernandez, 26, was arrested for killing a young woman in Provo, only hours after being cited for public intoxication and disorderly conduct. On Aug. 25, around 1:30 a.m., Hernandez lost control of a borrowed Jeep Grand Cherokee, crashed into a parked car, then ran over 22-year-old Ashlee Zimmer who was sitting on the curb across the street from her home. After Zimmer was hit, her body became attached to the SUV. Hernandez did not stop and then smashed through a fence, and finally hit a building, according to police. Hernandez jumped from the vehicle, and fled...
  • Fox News Raises the Rainbow Flag

    09/15/2013 10:22:23 AM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 58 replies
    Catholic Lane ^ | 9/13/2013
    Fox News joins the Pro-Homosexual Media Bandwagon so says Peter LaBarbera in a 40,000-word expose that flaunts over 220 footnotes. (Read the full report here: Unfair, Unbalanced and Afraid). While Sean Hannity chooses silence and John Stossel passive acceptance, rising star Megyn Kelly plays trans-gender advocate for Chaz Bono, then drops the hate card on the psychiatrist who disagrees. Bernie Goldberg pushes Jesus is just alright with gay, then implies that the Biblical heroes David and Jonathan were homosexual as were Ruth and Naomi. Sean Hannity? Still mum. Bill OReilly bashes an ex-gay; Elizabeth Hasselbeck calls popes opposition...
  • Colorado gun control Democrat ousted in recall blames voter supression

    09/15/2013 11:25:14 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 17 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 9/15/13 | Doug Book
    Colorado State Senator Angela Giron keeps a straight face as she tells CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin that voter suppression was responsible for her removal and that of fellow, leftist gun grabber John Morse from the Colorado State Senate in successful recall bids. Even at CNN the ancorette was having none of it as she blew off Giron's nonsensical claims. It seems Giron would not allow pro-gun citizens to make their views known as she skipped out of a Town Hall meeting...
  • NC:School Board Decides to Obey Gun Law, Under Threat of Lawsuit

    09/15/2013 10:36:11 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    gunwatch.blogspot.com ^ | 16 September, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    What does the school board find so threatening about legally allowing those who have not been convicted of any crime, to have firearms in locked cases in locked cars on public property? From blackmountainnews.com: The new law, which allows concealed-carry permit holders to keep guns locked in cases in locked cars on school campuses, starts Oct. 1 The school board ordered their attorney to draft a rule to ban people with concealed carry permits form keeping firearms in locked cases in their locked car on the school campus (which is public property). Earlier, a state law was passed...
  • Well THAT didnt take long; a Federal Judge puts Wisconsin Democrat hack judge in his place

    09/15/2013 9:09:57 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 12 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 9/15/13 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    The party is over, all their bluster ultimately meant nothing; and thats as it should be. It took almost exactly a year to the day, but the party is over for our greedy union thug enemies in Wisconsin. Just last September 14, the gang at the Dailykos oh so gleefully reported that a Democrat hack judge in Madison had ruled the states law effectively ending, .. collective bargaining rights for most public workers was not constitutional and could not be enforced. Unions, Dane County Circuit Court Judge Juan Colas ruled, could go on eating their way to the bottom of...
  • IMMIGRATION: Founders of Perris group win Mexican government award

    09/15/2013 7:59:17 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 3 replies
    blog.pe.com ^ | September 14, 2013 | David Olson
    The Mexican government is honoring the founders of a Perris immigrant-assistance organization with an award that recognizes people who contribute to the well-being of Mexicans and Mexican-Americans in the United States. Luz Maria Ayala and Antonio Ayala will receive an Ohtli Award during celebrations Sunday night of Mexican Independence Day at Cal State San Bernardino. The Mexican government each year bestows the award on people around the country. Theyve done some very important work in the Inland Empire, Carolina Zaragoza Flores, consul for the Mexican consulate in San Bernardino, told me in Spanish. Theyve worked for very just causes and...
  • Barack Obama, the 98-pound weakling

    09/15/2013 7:51:17 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 24 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | SEPTEMBER 14, 2013 | MARGARET WENTE
    So, let me get this straight. Some red lines cannot be crossed, and gassing Syrian children is one of them. Thats what Barack Obama told us Tuesday evening. The images from this massacre are sickening, he said. Men, women, children lying in rows, killed by poison gas, others foaming at the mouth, gasping for breath. A father clutching his dead children, imploring them to get up and walk. The moral imperative is clear, he argued. We cannot let dictators get away with this. On the other hand, the United States cant be expected to solve all the worlds problems, either....
  • The FBI Takes A Sequestration Holiday

    09/15/2013 6:56:37 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 5 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 09/15/13 | Friends of Ours
    To address a $700 million shortfall in its operating budget from sequestration cuts the FBI "will shut down its headquarters and offices across the country for roughly 10 weekdays over the next year" as reported by Michael S. Schmidt for The New York Times. Perhaps Congress should consider an incentivised model by which the Bureau could fill its budget gap by recovering funds stolen from the entitlement programs. For example, about $1.3 billion in social security disability payments was lost to potential fraud in a recent two-year period according to a Government Accountability Office report as reported by Fox News....
  • Oh Look, Another 'Agenda Driven' Anti-Gun 'Study'

    09/15/2013 6:26:50 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    daysofourtrailers.blogspot.com ^ | 13 September, 2013 | Thirdpower
    Found this via an anti-gun group which links to the Soros puppet media 'Think Progress'. The study, by Professor Michael Siegel at Boston University and two coauthors, has been peer-reviewed and is forthcoming in the American Journal of Public Health. Siegel and his colleagues compiled data on firearm homicides from all 50 states from 1981-2010, the longest stretch of time ever studied in this fashion, and set about seeing whether they could find any relationship between changes in gun ownership and murder using guns over time. Note the adjectives, 'two coauthors'... and 'colleagues'.... Interesting terminology, don't you think? Let's take...
  • Dont restart reactor, U.S. aide urges North Korea

    09/15/2013 4:38:49 AM PDT · by TexGrill · 13 replies
    JoongAng Daily ^ | 09/14/2013 | AP
    TOKYO ? A United States special envoy said yesterday that any move by North Korea to restart a nuclear reactor would be a very serious matter and violate United Nations Security Council resolutions. A U.S. research institute said Wednesday that a recent satellite image appears to show that North Korea is restarting its plutonium reactor at the Yongbyon nuclear facility, which was shuttered in 2007 under the terms of a six-nation disarmament agreement. The U.S. special envoy for North Korea, Glyn Davies, told reporters in Tokyo on Thursday that if the report were true, it would be a violation of...
  • China's top political advisor meets King of Jordan

    09/15/2013 4:31:06 AM PDT · by TexGrill · 2 replies
    People's Daily ^ | 09/15/2013 | Xinhua
    YINCHUAN, Sept. 15 (Xinhua) -- China's top political advisor Yu Zhengsheng met on Sunday with King of Jordan Abdullah II ibn Al-Hussein on the sidelines of a China-Arab State Expo in Yinchuan in northwest China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region. Yu, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), spoke highly of the long-term friendship between China and Jordan. He said the king has visited China seven times, which showcased the high importance he attached to relationship with China. He added the China visit of the king will promote further development of the bilateral ties. Yu...
  • China to Invest 80 Bln Yuan in Exploring Oil, Gas This Year

    09/15/2013 4:23:55 AM PDT · by TexGrill · 9 replies
    CRIEnglish ^ | 09/15/2013 | Liu Ranran
    China's investment in exploration of oil and gas resources is expected to stand at 80 billion yuan (13.07 billion U.S. dollars) in 2013, according to the Ministry of Land and Resources. Such investment has risen steadily in China over the past years as the country moves to reduce dependence on imports and ensure security of energy supply. The ministry figures show that money spent on exploration of oil and gas fields rose from 19.0 billion yuan in 2002 to 67.3 billion yuan in 2011. In the 2008-2011 period, some 5.01 billion tonnes of petroleum reserves and 2.6 trillion cubic meters...
  • Reaganite's SUNDAY FUNNIES

    09/15/2013 3:36:06 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 2 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 15 September 2013 | Reaganite Republican
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  • Japanese Vessel Detained in South Africa

    09/14/2013 8:46:01 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 1 replies
    CRIEnglish ^ | 09/14/2013 | Zhang
    A Japanese vessel was arrested for allegedly fishing illegally in South African waters, authorities confirmed on Friday. The Japanese-registered long-line vessel Koei Maru No. 88 had been arrested for a variety of alleged transgressions near the Aliwal Shoal Marine Protected Area off Durban in Eastern South Africa, according to the Department of Fisheries in Cape Town. The ship's owner had paid 2 million rands (about 200,000 U.S. dollars) as "security" for the release of the vessel, department officials said. Officials were investigating a variety of marine-related transgressions and court proceedings would follow, according to the Durban-based Mercury newspaper. The vessel...
  • Super Plant Combats Desertification (China)

    09/14/2013 8:42:24 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 7 replies
    CRIEnglish ^ | 09/14/2013 | Lu Chang
    Experts and researchers on Saturday introduced new plant technology at a conference held on Saturday in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, to harness desertification of China. Juncao, a kind of herbaceous herb, can be cultivated as substrate for edible and medicinal fungi, which may make great strides in sand control and reduce desertification thanks to the efforts of Lin Zhanxi, professor at Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University, and his team. Lin started working with Juncao in 1986 and developed his system over more than two decades of research and innovation. In April, sand control trials using Juncao were approved...
  • Montreal student detained in Philippines

    09/14/2013 8:25:04 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 52 replies
    Montreal Gazette ^ | 09/14/2013 | Montreal Gazette
    A 24-year-old Montreal student is being detained in the Philippines after taking part in an anti-government protest in July. Kim Chatillon-Meunier was about to leave the South Asian country Friday when officers from the Bureau of Immigration arrested her at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila. The Universit de Montral student was in the Philippines working with women in a Manila slum on an internship funded by Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada. During the internship, she also joined several humanitarian and political groups. Chatillon-Meunier acted as a delegate to the International Conference on Human Rights, which culminated in...
  • Ceasefire shattered as fighting intensifies in Philippines

    09/14/2013 8:16:06 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 26 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 09/14/2013 | Erik de Castro
    Zamboanga City, Philippines Fighting intensified on Saturday in the southern Philippines between government troops and rogue Muslim separatists, shattering a ceasefire almost immediately as it was to go into effect and leaving many residents running low on supplies. The army said 53 people, including 43 guerrillas, had been killed in the fighting, now in its sixth day in the port city of Zamboanga. Both President Benigno Aquino and his vice-president flew into the city to monitor operations. Dozens have been wounded and more than 62,000 people displaced, with hundreds of homes razed and a hospital still in flames. Rebels have...
  • They Denied That We Were In A Depression In 1933 And They Are Doing It Again In 2013

    09/14/2013 8:03:39 PM PDT · by Joe Jitsu · 25 replies
    TEC ^ | 09/13/2013 | Michael Snyder
    The more things change, the more things stay the same. The Great Depression actually started in 1929, but as you will see below, as late as 1933 the Associated Press was still pumping out lots of news stories with optimistic economic headlines and many Americans still did not believe that we were actually in a depression. And of course we are experiencing a very similar thing today. The United States is in the worst financial shape that it has ever been in, our economic infrastructure is being systematically gutted, and poverty is absolutely exploding. Since the stock market crash...
  • Japan to switch off nuclear power, may be some time before it's on again

    09/14/2013 7:39:18 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | 09/15/2013 | Osamu Tsukimori
    (Reuters) - Japan is set to be nuclear power-free, for just the third time in more than four decades, and with no firm date for re-starting an energy source that has provided about 30 percent of electricity to the world's third-largest economy. Kansai Electric Power Co's 1,180 MW Ohi No.4 reactor is scheduled to be disconnected from the power grid late on Sunday and then shut for planned maintenance. It is the only one of Japan's 50 reactors in operation after the nuclear industry came to a virtual halt following the March 2011 Fukushima disaster. Japan last went without nuclear...
  • Syrian Rebels Now Picking a Fight with China

    09/14/2013 7:31:23 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 7 replies
    FrontpageNews ^ | 09/14/2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    China doesnt have the same record of killing foreign enemies overseas that Russia does. But it has a large enough overseas network and piles of cash that it could get the job done if it needed to. Just ask Naw Kham what happened after the Mekong River Massacre. The bodies of the Chinese, the crew of two cargo boats, were found badly mutilated on the Thai side of the river in early October 2011. The killings, the worst slaughter of Chinese citizens abroad in recent memory, angered the Chinese public. Chinese investigators insist that Mr. Naw Kham was the mastermind...
  • Lawyer for Tasered man blames border agents

    09/14/2013 12:58:48 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09
    U-T San Diego ^ | Sept. 13, 2013 | Greg Moran
    SAN DIEGO Lawyers for the family of a Mexican man who died in a confrontation with U.S. border law enforcement officers in 2010 said in a court filing this week that agents changed and embellished their version of the incident to depict that he was combative and violent. Anastasio Hernandez Rojas, 42, was beaten and shot with a Taser while handcuffed in an area of the San Ysidro Port of Entry the night of May 28, 2010. The incident involved as many as 20 agents and officers from the Border Patrol, Customs and Border Protection, and Immigration and Customs...
  • An Aspiring Scientists Frustration with Modern-Day Academia: A Resignation

    09/14/2013 11:31:03 AM PDT · by rktman · 9 replies
    Pascal Junod ^ | 9/9/2013 | Pascal Junod
    Here is a mind-blowing text that was sent to all EPFL researchers (presumably) by a doctoral student during the week-end. It expresses feelings that are worth to think about. Just to be crystal-clear: I am not the author of this text. I dont publish the name of his/her author, since I have no proof that his/her e-mail address was not spoofed. I dont think that the exposed facts are a problematic unique to EPFL, nor to any other Swiss university: to the contrary, this is probably a worldwide phenomenon. Finally, I would like to make very clear that I did...
  • Mexican Drug Cartel Bust On California Beach

    09/14/2013 10:46:29 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 8 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 09/14/13 | Friends of Ours
    Forget about The Beach Boys and their surfer music. The California beaches now are about the Mexican cartels and their panga boats. State authorities busted 18 people and seized one ton of baled pot after their smuggling boat landed at a Santa Barbara County beach as reported by Samantha Tata for KNBC: "there have 10 panga boat busts involving drug and human smuggling in Santa Barbara County since October 2012, according to data from the Department of Homeland Security." Last December the narco terrorists intentionally rammed their panga boat against an approaching Coast Guard inflatable which resulted in...
  • U.S. Being Snookered into Another Kyoto?

    09/14/2013 8:30:30 AM PDT · by rktman · 10 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 8/14/2013 | Nils-Axel Morner and Tom Harris
    Last week, while most media were focused on Syria and the G-20 summit in Russia, another significant step was taken towards the UNs long-standing goal of enveloping the world in a Kyoto Protocol-like climate change agreement. From September 3-5, the 44th Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) the regions major political and economic policy institution was held in Majuro, in the Marshall Islands. The PIF has 16 member states: 14 Pacific Islands countries, plus Australia and New Zealand. Before the meeting, European Climate Action Commissioner Connie Hedegaard declared that the Pacific region could count on Europes money if the Pacific...
  • A Philosopher As One Should Be

    09/14/2013 7:42:44 AM PDT · by Jemian · 9 replies
    Philosophy Lived ^ | Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013 | Joshua M Lott
    If you say you are going to do something, you need to take responsibility for it. My Father, Mike Lott If you are going to do something and you are unopposed, you had better bring it.- Jon Stewart, speaking about President Obamas policy towards Veterans. To be honest it is with a considerable amount of trepidation that I approach the idea of writing a blog. I dont possess many of the qualities you would suspect of an aspiring writer. Im not terribly well spoken, I stumble over public speech and my flair for the written English is sadly...
  • Why Second Amendment Supporters are Winning

    09/14/2013 6:55:41 AM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 14 September, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    Graphic from Rocky Mountain Gun Owners on the Colorado Recall In The Atlantic, Molly Ball writes a thoughtful article about the recall elections in Colorado, and the effects of those elections on citizen disarmament efforts. Titled "The Death of Gun Control" it is a somber article with the clear assumption that those who push citizen disarmament are on the morally correct side: Among gun-control campaigners, recriminations are flying behind the scenes about the strategic missteps that allowed Tuesday's recalls to slip away. But many are convinced that the damage will be limited. Matt Bennett, a veteran gun-policy strategist and researcher...
  • This week's sign that the apocalypse is upon us: Miss America contestant to show her tattoos.

    09/14/2013 6:09:54 AM PDT · by ken5050 · 44 replies
    one man's opinion...
    Well, it was bound to happen eventually. This week, during the Miss America swimsuit competition, Miss Kansas is going to show her tattoos, breaking a long-standing taboo. Link and pics below..
  • The CommonCore Cartel Exposed in 2 Minutes

    09/14/2013 3:28:58 AM PDT · by RobaWho · 2 replies
    Freedom Works ^ | Sept. 14, 2013 | Rob Cunningham
    Because our federal government is constitutionally prohibited from establishing a national student database or creating a national education curriculum, control hungry administrators and unelected regulators have outsourced these forbidden government tasks to national trade associations, private foundations and teacher unions. Without a single citizen vote ever being cast, local education standards are now in the hands of national entities, with local parent and teacher control completely eliminated. Those that teach our children hold the power to fundamentally transform America, just as Barack Obama boasted in 2008 he was planning to do. The radical progressives in charge of driving Common Core...
  • Biden Calls Republicans "Neanderthals"

    09/13/2013 5:30:57 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 26 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | September 13, 2013 | Daniel Halper
    Vice President Joe Biden said Repulican opposition to the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) in the House of Representatives came from the "Neanderthal crowd." And he gave himself credit for coming up with the law almost 20 years ago.
  • Texas-Mexico Border Bishops Plan Pastoral Letter On Family Immigration

    09/13/2013 5:04:08 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 9 replies
    Catholic News Service ^ | September 12, 2013 | Catholic News Service
    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- After a gut-wrenching visit with young children in the El Paso, Texas, area who are in immigration detention, the bishops of the border region of Texas and Mexico have decided to write a joint pastoral letter on how families are harmed by the current immigration system. San Antonio Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller told Catholic News Service in a Sept. 12 phone interview that after visiting the children who were brought to meet the bishops at an El Paso parish and learning their stories, the bishops wanted to draw attention to the family effects of the broken immigration system....
  • Washington Post says Redskins name should no longer be tolerated, keeps using it

    09/13/2013 2:55:10 PM PDT · by markomalley · 30 replies
    Twitchy ^ | 9/13/2013 | Brett Taylor
    President Obama himself has yet to evolve on the issue, but Slates decision to not use the R-word to refer to Washingtons NFL team has in the space of a month trickled up to the Washington Post, which has declared that the name should no longer be tolerated. Editorial board: The team's name is a racial slur that should no longer be tolerated wapo.st/17wRGeD Washington Post (@washingtonpost) September 13, 2013 Were not sure if there are any Native Americans on the Washington Posts editorial board, but it published a piece today declaring that the teams name no matter its...
  • Nebraska Events to Honor Elderly Woman Allegedly Murdered by Illegal Immigrant

    09/13/2013 12:44:08 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 11 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 13 Sep 2013, | Matthew Boyle
    <p>The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), an anti-amnesty organization, will be holding a rally and vigil in Omaha, NE, for Louise Sollowin, the 93-year-old woman who was allegedly murdered by an illegal immigrant. Sergio Martinez-Perez, a 19-year-old illegal alien is on trial in Nebraska for allegedly murdering Sollowin on July 24th of this year. The rally and vigil will coincide with court proceedings in the case across the street.</p>
  • 55 MILES LONG, 4 LANES WIDE, NO WONDER THE NEWS IS SILENT ON THIS REVOLUTION!!

    09/13/2013 11:20:20 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 100 replies
    Even when it was reported in local media, downplay was the word of the day. Although they didnt reach a goal of two million riders, thousands of bikers rolled through the Washington, D.C. area to mark the 12th anniversary of 9/11 on Wednesday. The bikers riding with the group Two Million Bikers to D.C. snarled traffic on the Beltway with a ride honoring the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and the members of the military called to serve after the attacks. Many participating riders were veterans who said they rode to protect Americans freedom in...
  • Richard Dawkins and the rehabilitation of pedophila part of the long-term plan

    09/13/2013 11:09:45 AM PDT · by markomalley · 29 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | 9/13/2013 | Fr John Zuhlsdorf
    Hey you secular humanists! Listen up!I have been saying that homosexual activists will eventually work openly to eliminate the age of consent. Therefore, they and their fellow travelers would eventually have to rehabilitate, in a sense -twisted sense, pedophilia.From LifeSite: CANTERBURY, UK, September 12, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) When Richard Dawkins was 11 years old, his art teacher pulled him onto his lap, reached into his shorts, and fondled his genitals. When he told his schoolmates, he learned he wasnt alone the man had abused some of his friends, too. But 60 years later, the famed atheist author of The...
  • Fraternity Paves 'New Path For Muslims On Campus' [Infiltration From Within?]

    09/13/2013 11:02:45 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 23 replies
    NBCToday ^ | September 14, 2013 | Eun Kyung Kim
    Fraternity Paves 'New Path For Muslims On Campus' Eun Kyung Kim Members of the Muslim fraternity Alif Laam Meem, or Alpha Lambda Mu, engage with a speaker during one of their meetings. The pledges who rushed Alpha Lambda Mu this week probably experienced the same fun, hijinks and brotherhood found at nearly every other fraternity. But unlike traditional frat brothers, this group of young men were also reflecting on Islamic traditions that touch their lives daily. They were able to single out current members by their bright red kufi caps. And they were cracking jokes about how the marshmallows they...
  • MSU Professor William Penn: Republicans raped this country,"bunch of dead white people

    09/13/2013 10:22:39 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 30 replies
    EXAMINER.COM ^ | Sep 8, 2013
    MSU Professor removed for anti-Republican rants (Video) Education Policies William Penn Michigan State University MSU Professor William Penn was relieved of his duties after an anti-Republican rant. (Campus Reform) Donna Gundle-KriegEducation Examiner September 8, 2013 A creative writing professor at Michigan State University was removed from his classes last week after he made insulting comments about Republicans during a previous class. William Penn, a tenured professor, has received a paid semester-long sabbatical as "punishment" for his rants, but he will continue to draw his $146,510 annual salary. William Penns comments, which were videotaped by a Michigan State University student, lasted...