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  • Japan starts up offshore wind farm near Fukushima

    11/10/2013 11:22:49 PM PST · by TexGrill · 13 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 10/11/2013 | AP
    ONAHAMA PORT, Japan (AP) — Japan has switched on the first turbine at a wind farm 20 kilometers (12 miles) off the coast of Fukushima, feeding electricity to the grid tethered to the tsunami-crippled nuclear plant onshore. The wind farm which started up Monday, near the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant, is to eventually have a capacity of 1 gigawatt from 143 turbines. Its significance is not limited to the energy it will produce. Symbolically, the turbines will help restore the role of energy supplier to a region decimated by the multiple meltdowns that followed the March 2011 earthquake and...
  • N. Korea publicly executes 80, for watching South Korean TV shows

    11/10/2013 9:45:30 PM PST · by TexGrill · 9 replies
    New Straits Times ^ | 11/11/2013 | AFP
    SEOUL : North Korea publicly executed around 80 people earlier this month, many for watching smuggled South Korean TV shows, a South Korean newspaper reported. The conservative JoongAng Ilbo cited a single, unidentified source, but at least one North Korean defector group said it had heard rumours that lent credibility to the front-page report. The source, said to be “familiar” with the North’s internal affairs and recently returned from the country, said the executions were carried out in seven cities on November 3. In the eastern port of Wonsan, the authorities gathered 10,000 people in a sports stadium to watch...
  • ABC Network Picketed Over Kimmel Show’s Kill Everyone In China Joke

    11/10/2013 9:38:29 PM PST · by TexGrill · 13 replies
    CBS Sacramento ^ | 11/10/2013 | AP
    BURBANK, Calif. (AP) — More than a thousand people picketed ABC’s Burbank headquarters over the weekend to protest a “Jimmy Kimmel Live” show in which a youngster said the United States could resolve its debt to China by killing everyone in the Asian country. The Los Angeles Times ( reports that Saturday’s demonstration was peaceful and no one was arrested. Kimmel and ABC have apologized for the Oct. 16 “Kids Table” segment and the network says it will not air again. Kimmel began by asking a panel of children how the United States should resolve its $1.3 trillion debt to...
  • China: Goodbye, GDP

    11/10/2013 9:27:05 PM PST · by TexGrill · 4 replies
    Xinhua News Agency ^ | 11/11/2013 | Yang Yi
    BEIJING, Nov. 11 (Xinhuanet) -- China‘s new leadership is poised to tolerate slower growth as it tries to shake off its long-term GDP mania and put social progress and environmental welfare at the top of the nation’s agenda. Under the existing "GDP growth is the king" performance evaluation plan, local government leaders have strong incentives to push investment, without any regard for the quality of peoples' lives or environmental capacity. An encouraging message from China's leadership was President Xi Jinping's call for putting an end to the performance evaluation system based on GDP growth during a recent field trip to...
  • Jobless Growth In China? ...

    11/10/2013 9:14:08 PM PST · by TexGrill
    Forbes ^ | 11/10/2013 | Gordon G. Chang
    Li Keqiang, in a speech released last week, said a 7.2% annual increase in China’s gross domestic product creates 10 million new jobs a year. The premier, therefore, believes each percentage point of growth produces 1.4 million jobs. Morgan Stanley’s Ruchir Sharma, writing in the Wall Street Journal just before the release of Li’s speech, told us that each percentage point of growth results in 1.6 million to 1.7 million new jobs. Beijing’s National Bureau of Statistics reported that last year China’s GDP jumped 7.7%. Applying Sharma’s formula, the economy should have created 12.3 to 13.1 million new jobs in...
  • South Korean soccer star Park Eun-seon 'humiliated' by gender claims

    11/10/2013 7:12:34 PM PST · by TexGrill · 52 replies
    CNN ^ | 11/08/2013 | CNN
    <p>In a controversy that echoes the ordeal of South African runner Caster Semenya, the 27-year-old is facing accusations about her gender.</p> <p>At 1.80 meters tall and weighing 74 kg, Park was top scorer in the South Korean women's league last season with 19 goals and she led Seoul City Hall Amazones to second place in the table.</p>
  • China's cautious land-reform tests cast doubt on big urban vision

    11/10/2013 6:18:41 PM PST · by TexGrill
    Reuters ^ | 11/10/2013 | Kevin Yao
    (Reuters) - Tan Yingyu is one of China's 200 million migrant workers and like many he is stuck: he does not want to return to his village but also cannot become a legal resident in the city of Chengdu, where he has worked for nearly 20 years. His dilemma highlights a key issue for China's reformist leaders as they look for ways to encourage more people to move to cities to help turn a credit- and investment-driven economy into a consumer-powered one. If rural Chinese are given formal rights to their land, they could cash in its value and feel...
  • China's 3rd Plenum: what the "smart money" thinks

    11/10/2013 5:57:23 PM PST · by TexGrill · 4 replies
    Forbes ^ | 11/10/2013 | Bill Fischer
    For most of the thirty-five or so years that I’ve been in the China-watching business, the easiest question of all to answer has always been: “Tell us what will happen next?” Easy because the best answer has consistently been: “Pick a point sufficiently high on the chart, ten years out, and China will reach that.” It might not have followed a straight path in actuality, but at the end of the ten years, the extrapolation – which was always somewhere between 8-10% — was pretty nearly always essentially right. True, some years, 1989, for example, were more challenging than others,...
  • China extends graft investigations to shipping industry

    11/10/2013 5:47:03 PM PST · by TexGrill · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11/08/2013 | Lee Yi-mou
    (Reuters) - China's investigations aimed at rooting out corruption have now extended to the shipping industry, with China COSCO Holdings (1919.HK)(601919.SS) saying that one of its top executives is the subject of government inquiries. COSCO, China's largest bulk shipping company, announced on Friday that its vice president, Xu Minjie, had resigned - a day after it said he was "under investigation by the relevant authorities", phrasing used in China to describe corruption investigations. The company's brief statement to the Shanghai stock exchange on Friday said that there were no disagreements between Xu and the board but gave no further details....
  • Reality of Canadian health care

    11/10/2013 4:09:15 PM PST · by Peter ODonnell · 29 replies
    exclusive to FR | Nov 10, 2013 | Peter O'Donnell
    With the flubbed registration website for Obamacare front and center, I've been reading many discussions about health care and in some of those, the subject of Canadian health care often comes up. So I thought it might be helpful to review how Canadian health care actually works and what it's like compared to American health care. First of all, it's important to realize that health care in Canada is a provincial matter, the federal government plays only a minor role (in sharing funding of research, mostly). The enabling legislation for subsidized health care was passed by the federal government in...
  • Obama worst enemies are small business creators

    11/10/2013 1:14:20 PM PST · by usalady · 8 replies
    Examiner ^ | Nov. 10, 2013 | Martha
    Remember when Obama told Americans “You didn’t build that”?
  • Leviathan: 1651-2013

    11/10/2013 8:04:10 AM PST · by Conservative Beacon · 8 replies
    The Conservative Beacon ^ | November 10, 2013 | Ellis Washington
    Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679) lived in exceedingly tumultuous times. Leviathan was written after the protracted Thirty Years’ War (1618-48) and during the brutal English Civil War (1642-1651) a war, like the Civil War was to Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, a traumatic event that completely changed his worldview from theism to atheism, and perverted his political thinking and writings making Hobbles value peace and constancy above God, truth and liberty. Leviathan argues for a “social contract” and rule by an absolute sovereign (as pictured on the original frontispiece above). Hobbes, being the de facto secretary to Sir Francis Bacon followed Bacon’s utopian...
  • CA:AP Pushes Gun "Panic" at LAX

    11/10/2013 5:05:03 AM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 10 November, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    When criminals with a long history of burglary are caught in the act, the AP is very careful to call them "alleged" burglars.  When a gun owner is spotted by a hoplophobe and denounced to the local authorities, the "alleged" adjective is nowhere to be seen. "Man pulls out unloaded gun, causes panic at LAX" In spite of ambiguity in the police report: Airport police Sgt. Karla Ortiz said the man either took out the gun or a gun carrying case around 9 p.m. Friday.the headline leaves no doubt about the illegitimacy of the act of being a gun owner. ...
  • Reaganite's SUNDAY FUNNIES

    11/10/2013 4:24:53 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 1 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 10 November 2013 | Reaganite Republican
    More at Reaganite Republican...
  • Review: Ozark Trail 500 lumen flashlight, model 20047

    11/09/2013 3:57:20 PM PST · by marktwain · 62 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 10 November, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    Ozark Trail is a lower end brand marketed at Walmart.  Just because something is inexpensive does not mean that it cannot work well.   Value for the time spent is an important consideration.  Flashlight technology has advanced so rapidly with light emitting diodes (led) that inexpensive lights of today can easily outperform expensive lights of a few years ago. I have been looking for a light that is very bright, so it could temporarily blind an assailant at  night, yet be tough enough to use as a makeshift  blunt instrument if necessary. My brother recommended this light to me, as...
  • If We Don’t Like Our Criminal President, We Don’t Have To Keep Him–Period

    11/09/2013 11:17:33 AM PST · by IChing · 52 replies ^ | 11/9/13 | Donald Joy
    What’s it going to take? I just finished reading Andrew C. McCarthy’s excellent article appearing in today’s National Review Online, titled “Obama’s Massive Fraud.” McCarthy points out that Martha Stewart was sent to federal prison for doing essentially the same thing Obama has done on a vastly larger scale, with his fraudulent sales pitch of Obamacare–intentionally misrepresenting a situation, knowing that the lie would harm others financially. McCarthy also describes how CEOs of various firms are routinely dragged into court, sued and prosecuted, even jailed for decades, by Obama’s own administration, for frauds based on omissions of information that utterly...
  • A New Conservative Strategy for the Culture Wars

    11/09/2013 10:30:13 AM PST · by Drew McKissick · 11 replies ^ | 11/9/13 | Drew McKissick
    There’s an old saying that you can’t control what other people do or don’t do, but only what you do. It’s true in politics as with most other things in life. For decades conservatives have lost ground in the fight over religious liberty, primarily via our nation’s courts. But you can’t blame liberals for fighting in venues that play to their strengths (liberal judges), and avoids their weaknesses (public opinion). How conservatives “feel” about it however won’t change anything. Only raw political power does that. For opinion to become political power it must be focused and organized, and currently for...
  • U.S. Labor Force Declines by 720K

    11/09/2013 7:20:54 AM PST · by NaturalBornConservative · 5 replies
    Natural Born Conservative ^ | November 9, 2013 | Larry Walker Jr
    October Unemployment Manipulation- By: Larry Walker II -The big story out of the October household survey was the decline by 720,000 in the headline labor force, which largely reflected the loss of longer-term unemployed into the broader U-6 unemployment measure. In fact, since January 2009, the U.S. Labor Force has only grown by 607,000. Yet, over the same period, 11,034,000 persons have been removed from the labor force (see chart above). Once removed, such are neither counted as employed nor unemployed, each amounting to the equivalent of zero-fifths of a person in terms of modern governmental accounting.In Manipulation 101: The...
  • Tom Cruise says his job is as hard as fighting in Afghanistan

    11/09/2013 5:42:37 AM PST · by markomalley · 32 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 11/8/2013 | Elisha Krauss
    TMZ reports that during a deposition for a lawsuit against a magazine, Cruise claims he works harder than the US military or Olympic athletes. Asked if he accepted the assertion of his team that his work making movies is as difficult as fighting overseas, the actor responded: That's what it feels like... it was brutal, it was brutal. Later in the deposition, Cruise compared himself to an Olympic sprinter. Gold Star Widow Jane Horton, whose husband Sniper SPC Christopher Horton was KIA in Afghanistan on September 9, 2011, told TruthRevolt: The closestf Tom Cruise has ever gotten to fighting in...
  • Strange Diagnosis

    11/09/2013 5:07:39 AM PST · by marktwain · 15 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 9 November, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    These events occurred very recently. No names are given so that no one need fear approbation or lawsuit. I stand behind the facts given, but will not reveal sources. An elderly woman was examined by her doctor of many years. Her family has a deep split in how they believe that care should be delivered. Half believe she should be cared for at home, and that her wishes about pain medication should be followed. The other half has expressed a desire for her to be in a nursing home, and believe that she should be given stronger (narcotic) pain medication,...