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  • All (known) Bodies in our Solar System Larger than 200 Miles in Diameter (88 in all) - (pic)

    07/27/2014 11:23:33 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 33 replies
  • New emergency alert system will giveObama the power to flip a switch andaddress the entire

    07/15/2014 1:54:25 PM PDT · by Nachum · 62 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 7/15/14 | David Martosko
    The Obama administration quietly announced on Tuesday that it intends to change the way Americans learn about natural disasters and other major emergencies during radio and TV broadcasts, giving the president the ability to flip a switch and address the entire nation at once. The Emergency Alert System, the latest version of a program first established in 1951, blasts out emergency messages in the event of local weather emergencies, but can also be used to warn Americans about terror attacks and major natural disasters. [Snip] It can take up to 10 minutes for every radio, TV, cable and satellite provider...
  • Ruling Makes Detroit Biggest City to Qualify for Bankruptcy

    12/03/2013 3:41:13 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 34 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 3, 2013 | By Bill Vlasic and Monica Davey
    DETROIT — Detroit is eligible to shed billions in debt in the largest public bankruptcy ever in the United States, a federal judge ruled Tuesday, while also finding that the public pensions could be reduced during reorganization despite a provision in Michigan’s Constitution. In ruling that Detroit was eligible to reorganize under federal bankruptcy law, Judge Steven W. Rhodes said the city met every test of insolvency, including failing to pay its debts and being unable to provide a minimum level of basic services to its 680,000 residents. “This once proud and prosperous city can’t pay its debts,” the judge...
  • CMS Administrator on Obamacare: ‘We Have a System That’s Working'

    10/29/2013 10:18:14 AM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 10/29/13 | Melanie Hunte
    Marilyn Tavenner, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), testified before the House Ways & Means Committee on Tuesday that the Obamacare enrollment system is “working.” “So what I can guarantee is we have a system that’s working. We’re gonna improve the speed of that system,” she said at the hearing on Obamacare enrollment. The Obamacare website, healthcare.gov, has been rife with problems for those trying to enroll in the health care insurance program. Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas) had asked Tavenner if she could guarantee that “no American will experience a gap in their health care.” Brady...
  • Obama is So Incompetent, He Couldn't Properly Build a System Designed to Fail

    10/24/2013 4:45:30 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 38 replies
    Rush Limbaugh ^ | 10-24-2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Ladies and gentlemen, whatever you think you know, you don't know how bad it is. You do not know. I did not know -- well, I suspected it. You don't know how incompetent Obama is. You really don't know don't know. This is breathtaking, what has been learned recently by me and others. As was the case yesterday, a lot of stuff popping. These hearings that are going on this morning with the contractors of the website. "Well, blame them. We did everything we could, blame them." This is the root. These hearings are the root of...
  • 60 Minutes uncovers how the federal disability system is being GAMED

    10/07/2013 12:52:32 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 28 replies
    CBS ^ | October 6th, 2013 | CBS
    A good report from 60 minutes on how the federal disability system is being gamed at mega taxpayer expense: Steve Kroft reports on the alarming state of the federal disability program, which has exploded in size in the last six years and could become the first federal benefits program to run out of money.
  • Scavenger cells help limbs to regrow

    05/21/2013 11:35:15 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 7 replies
    ABC.net.au ^ | 5/21/13 | Clare Pain
    A scavenging immune system cell that helps limbs regrow in salamanders brings hope that humans will one day be able to mimic the animal's amazing regenerative powers, say Australian researchers. The findings by Dr James Godwin, of the Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute at Monash University, and colleagues, are published in today's issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.Salamanders (axolotls) are unique amongst vertebrates in being able to repair their hearts, tails, spinal cord and brain, and even regrow whole limbs during adult life, says Godwin. He sees their "perfect regeneration" as a holy grail. "We're trying to...
  • Military Tests Missile System at Vandenberg Air Force Base

    01/27/2013 8:38:55 AM PST · by Libloather · 5 replies
    KTLA ^ | 1/26/13 | Paul Martella
    VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (KTLA) — The 30th Space Wing and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency conducted a flight test of the Ground-Based Mid-course Defense system Saturday. The missile test was designed to demonstrate the latest version of the advanced kill vehicle.
  • Israel Pushing Ahead with Next Anti-Missile System

    11/24/2012 10:44:45 PM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies
    inn ^ | 11/24/12 | Elad Benari
    In the wake of the great success of the Iron Dome anti-missile system, which was able to intercept many of the rockets fired from Gaza at populated areas during Operation Pillar of Defense, Israel is now pushing ahead with the development of Magic Wand, which is supposed to be able to intercept short-range and medium-range rockets. According to a report in the Boston Globe on Saturday, Israel will test the system in the Negev in the coming days. Magic Wand, the report said, is being developed by the Israeli Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. in cooperation with the American company...
  • Economist Says the American Retirement System Has Failed(mandatory retirement savings)

    08/16/2012 3:24:08 AM PDT · by Son House · 30 replies
    PRI Public Radio International ^ | 01 August, 2012 | The Takeaway Morning News Program
    America is heading into a retirement crisis, an economist says. Most retirees haven't saved enough money to retire and Teresa Ghilarducci blames America's entire system for retiring. It’s been 30 years since the Individual Retirement Account model became the standard way for Americans to save for retirement. But many people who saved for three decades watched a lot of that money disappear during the financial crisis. And now, more than half of American workers have saved less than $25,000 for their golden years, and about 30 percent have saved less than a thousand dollars. Overall, the system is failing, says...
  • Top 10 Lawyers Working to Improve the Food System (Michele Simon - Moochelle not listed)

    07/28/2012 2:31:42 PM PDT · by Libloather · 9 replies
    Appetite For Profit ^ | 7/05/12 | Michele Simon
    Top 10 Lawyers Working to Improve the Food SystemPosted on July 5, 2012 by Michele I admit this post is somewhat self-serving. But I am getting weary of so many lists (like this one) celebrating heroes of the food movement that leave out an entire category of professionals that deserve a little respect. They may not be as famous as Alice Waters but they are working just as hard, maybe even harder. So here, in no particular order, are ten lawyers doing critical work to improve how we eat. 1) Andrew Kimbrell, executive director of the Center for Food Safety...
  • New Planet Found in Our Solar System?

    05/12/2012 3:44:38 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 42 replies
    National Geographic ^ | 5/11/12 | Richard A. Lovett
    Odd orbits of remote objects hint at unseen world, new calculations suggest. An as yet undiscovered planet might be orbiting at the dark fringes of the solar system, according to new research.Too far out to be easily spotted by telescopes, the potential unseen planet appears to be making its presence felt by disturbing the orbits of so-called Kuiper belt objects, said Rodney Gomes, an astronomer at the National Observatory of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro. Kuiper belt objects are small icy bodies—including some dwarf planets—that lie beyond the orbit of Neptune. Once considered the ninth planet in our system, the...
  • DA: Death penalty out in all but one of four torture slaying suspects

    03/09/2012 8:32:59 AM PST · by SmithL · 38 replies
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 3/9/12 | Jamie Satterfield
    It's official. Death is no longer a possible fate for three of four defendants in the January 20007 torture slayings of a Knox County couple. Assistant District Attorney General Leland Price has filed notice of an intention to seek the death penalty as punishment in the deaths of Channon Christian, 21, and boyfriend Christopher Newsom, 23, only against alleged ringleader Lemaricus Davidson. Price this month notified attorneys for Davidson's brother, Letalvis Cobbins, and Cobbins' friend, George Thomas, that he will push for a fate in their cases no more than life without possibility of parole. Because Cobbins' girlfriend, Vanessa Coleman,...
  • HOW TO INSTALL A SOUTHERN HOME SECURITY SYSTEM

    03/03/2012 8:11:47 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 31 replies
    March 3, 2012
    HOW TO INSTALL A SOUTHERN HOME SECURITY SYSTEM 1. Go to Goodwill and buy a pair of size 14-16 men's work boots. 2. Place them on your front porch, along with a copy of Guns & Ammo Magazine. 3. Put four giant dog dishes next to the boots and magazines. 4. Leave a note on your door that reads ...... Bubba, Me and Marcel, Donnie Ray and Jimmy Earl went for more ammo and beer. Be back in an hour. Don't mess with the pit bulls. They got the mailman this morning and messed him up bad. I don't think...
  • The last thing democracy needs is well-informed voters, say scientist. System relies

    12/19/2011 9:42:35 AM PST · by Nachum · 46 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 12/19/11 | Daily Mail
    A well-informed, interested public is often hailed as the 'ideal' of democracy. But a new Princeton study suggests that the opposite could be the case - and that people who have no interest at all could be vital to the working of a democratic society. The uninformed are essential to democracy because their apathy helps to dilute the effect of powerful minority interests - for instance, highly educated elites - who would otherwise dominate public life.
  • Jim Sinclair - Why Financial System is Imploding & What to Do

    12/08/2011 2:40:30 PM PST · by Razzz42 · 15 replies · 1+ views
    King World News ^ | December 7, 2011 | Jim Sinclair Interviewed at KWN
    With growing fears about the stability of the financial system, today King World News interviewed legendary Jim Sinclair. When asked about the ongoing crisis, Sinclair stated, “Well, the story this morning is we have it but we’re not going to spend it. We are not going to buy our own bonds, we’re not going to cap the rates, but we have it and we might use it. It’s like that every day. Those guys can’t get their story together for more than fifteen minutes. The ECB has the availability of funds for some activities in the euro bond market. They...
  • I'm only alive because I know how to beat the NHS system: A deeply worrying confession from a

    10/10/2011 9:17:07 PM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 10/10/11 | Dr. Lesley Kirkpatrick
    When I was diagnosed with cancer, I was devastated — but sure I’d get the best possible treatment. After 22 years as a GP, I felt strongly that the NHS was unbeatable when it came to major illnesses like this. But I was wrong. Instead, this wonderful institution I dedicated my life to has let me down — and I am only alive today because I begged and battled for drugs and paid for scans and treatments privately. (Snip) I insisted on an MRI scan, but my consultant said the NHS could only afford to do one without contrast, which
  • Perry’s system of patronage and cronyism

    09/21/2011 3:14:29 PM PDT · by Nachum · 68 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 9/21/11 | Jennifer Rubin
    Mitt Romney may not be Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s biggest problem. The nonprofit group Texans for Public Justice, a good-government foundation that has been keeping tabs on him for years, may claim that title. Its Web site’s homepage features a quote from its Crony Capitalism report: “As Texas Governor Rick Perry’s influence at the RGA increased over the past five years the political finances of both the governor and the Governors Association skyrocketed. The RGA raised a record $216.9 million during the Perry years between January 2006 and June 30, 2011.
  • New solar system formation models indicate that Jupiter's foray robbed Mars of mass

    06/05/2011 2:52:59 PM PDT · by decimon · 13 replies
    Southwest Research Institute ^ | June 5, 2011 | Unknown
    Planetary scientists have long wondered why Mars is only about half the size and one-tenth the mass of Earth. As next-door neighbors in the inner solar system, probably formed about the same time, why isn't Mars more like Earth and Venus in size and mass? A paper published in the journal Nature this week provides the first cohesive explanation and, by doing so, reveals an unexpected twist in the early lives of Jupiter and Saturn as well. Dr. Kevin Walsh, a research scientist at Southwest Research Institute® (SwRI®), led an international team performing simulations of the early solar system, demonstrating...
  • Conyers: Obamacare Is ‘Platform’ for Creating Single-Payer System

    03/15/2011 7:50:08 AM PDT · by ConjunctionJunction · 21 replies · 1+ views
    CNSNews.com ^ | March 14, 2011 | Nicholas Ballasy
    Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, told CNSNews.com today that the health-care law that President Barack Obama signed last March is a “platform” for building a single-payer health care system in the United States. During a newsmakers program at the National Press Club on Monday, Conyers said that after discussing the issue with Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D.-Ohio) he voted for the health-care law because he saw it as a necessary "platform" for building toward a single-payer health-care system in the United States. Speaking with CNSNews.com after the event at the National Press Club, Conyers...
  • Anti-tank missile defense system stops attack on IDF tank

    03/01/2011 10:55:20 AM PST · by Nachum · 29 replies
    jpost.com ^ | 3/1/11 | BEN HARTMAN
    "Trophy" system is activated for the first time during an IDF operation; force identifies and kills the Gazan gunman. A special missile defense system deployed in IDF armored units stopped an anti-tank missile fired by terrorists near the Gaza security fence, the first time the system has been used during an IDF operation. The IDF Spokesperson's office reported that the “Windbreaker” system managed to identify and disable the missile, and that no damage was caused to the tank or its crew. Shortly thereafter, IDF troops identified an armed man in their proximity and opened fire, killing the gunman at the...
  • NASA's Voyager spacecraft nears exit of solar system

    12/14/2010 5:54:02 PM PST · by Nachum · 39 replies
    Agence France-Presse ^ | 12/14/10 | Staff
    Washington - NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft has reached the outer edge of the solar system where wind from the Sun is no longer blowing outward, but sideways, the US space agency said. The spacecraft was launched in 1977 and has since snapped images of Earth and other planets in the solar system and provided NASA with crucial information as it makes its long journey into outer space. NASA researchers think Voyager 1 will leave the solar system and enter interstellar space, or the area in between the end of the Sun's influence and the next star system, in about four
  • Early Cities Spurred Evolution of Immune System? [ "Amazing" DNA results show benefits ]

    11/12/2010 9:03:42 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 47 replies · 1+ views
    National Geographic News ^ | November 8, 2010 | Matt Kaplan
    As in cities today, the earliest towns helped expose their inhabitants to inordinate opportunities for infection -- and today their descendants are stronger for it, a new study says. "If cities increase the amount of disease people are exposed to, shouldn't they also, over time, make them natural places for disease resistance to evolve?" asked study co-author Mark Thomas, a biologist at University College London... study co-author Ian Barnes, a molecular paleobiologist at University College London, screened DNA samples from 17 groups long associated with particular regions of Europe, Asia, and Africa -- for example Anatolian Turks and the southern...
  • The Real Reason Why Johnny Can’t Read

    10/12/2010 9:20:47 AM PDT · by Michael van der Galien · 21 replies · 1+ views
    It is news to no one that our educational system sucks. American students are consistently out-performed by students in other countries year after year. Why? Liberals, progressives, socialists, communists, “compassionate” conservatives (i.e., neocons, RINOs, liberal Republicans) , teacher unions, and other leftist groups would like you to believe that it is some combination of bad schools, teachers, and financing. The solution, as they see it, is to engage in a game of Three Card Monty where students are shuffled from schools that are “failing” them, to schools that will allow them to “succeed” –as though success is a magical elixir...
  • Defendant accuses Righthaven of misusing legal system

    09/05/2010 2:15:02 PM PDT · by redreno · 26 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Sunday, Sept. 5, 2010 | 1:50 a.m. | By Steve Green
    Even as Righthaven LLC made headlines for suing Nevada U.S. Senate candidate Sharron Angle last week, attorneys in another Righthaven case accused the firm of misusing the legal system to carry out its copyright infringement lawsuit campaign. Righthaven, controlled by Las Vegas attorney Steven Gibson and the family of Arkansas investment banking billionaire Warren Stephens, has contracted with the Stephens Media LLC-owned Las Vegas Review-Journal to file copyright infringement lawsuits against 117 website owners and bloggers since March.
  • Bernanke: Shut banks if threat to the system

    09/02/2010 12:54:39 PM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 9/2/10 | Staff
    Washington - Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke told a panel investigating the financial crisis that regulators must be ready to shutter the largest institutions if they threaten to bring down the financial system. "If the crisis has a single lesson, it is that the too-big-to-fail problem must be solved," (Snip) Bernanke also said it was impossible for the Fed to rescue Lehman Brothers from bankruptcy in 2008 because the Wall Street firm lacked sufficient collateral to secure a loan. Lehman's former chief executive told the panel a day earlier that the firm could have been saved, but regulators refused to
  • Discovered beyond the sun: Solar system with seven planets

    08/25/2010 9:58:27 PM PDT · by Nachum · 93 replies
    Mail Online, ^ | 8/25/10 | Daily Mail Reporter
    A solar system containing up to seven planets orbiting a sun-like star has been detected 127 light years from Earth. The planetary system is believed to be the largest ever discovered beyond the sun. Astronomers have confirmed the presence of five planets and have tantalising evidence of two more. And it comes as Nasa has said that it plans to make an announcement about an 'intriguing' planetary system that it has discovered using the Kepler space telescope Kepler looks at the telltale 'wobble' as planets pass in front of distant stars and, earlier this year, astronomers announced that it had...
  • Group Develops Afghan Forces’ Health System

    06/24/2010 1:59:27 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Christen N. McCluney
    WASHINGTON, June 24, 2010 – A medical advisory group is working to develop health care capabilities and create medical and health care training programs for Afghanistan’s security forces. “We have a large mission to develop the Afghan national security forces health care system,” Air Force Col. (Dr.) Schuyler K. Geller, NATO Training Mission Afghanistan command surgeon and commander of the Medical Training Advisory Group at Camp Eggers, Afghanistan, said during a "DoD Live" bloggers roundtable yesterday. Geller said the group’s mission is to get the health care system running to a completely self-sustainable level, for both the army and police,...
  • Attacks on the Electoral College Gain Momentum

    06/23/2010 9:12:23 PM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 120 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 06/24/2010 | Tara Ross
    You won’t hear about it in the mainstream media, but the Electoral College is on the verge of being eliminated. One important legislative vote could occur Thursday. Two others could occur in the upcoming days and weeks. A California-based group, National Popular Vote, is lobbying hard for a dangerous piece of anti-Electoral College legislation. My NRO article on the mechanics of the legislation is here. Five states have already approved NPV, but now three additional states are dangerously close to joining them: Delaware, Massachusetts, and New York. Another trio of state legislatures approved the scheme, but their governors vetoed the...
  • Development Continues for Afghan Legal System

    05/28/2010 4:23:00 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 154+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Christen N. McCluney
    WASHINGTON, May 27, 2010 – Servicemembers in Afghanistan are working with the country’s interior and defense ministries to provide legal advice and development in the country. "We're a little bit different than most of your standard military legal offices," said Army Col. Rick Rousseau, who serves in Afghanistan with the NATO training mission’s staff judge advocate’s office, during a "DoD Live" bloggers roundtable yesterday. "While we do the normal functions of a legal office, I have three sections in my office that are quite different from any other," Rousseau said. The main role of the judge advocate’s office is to...
  • Cyberattack on Google Said to Hit Password System

    04/19/2010 7:01:38 PM PDT · by for-q-clinton · 85 replies · 1,076+ views
    NY Times ^ | 19 Apr 2010 | JOHN MARKOFF
    Ever since Google disclosed in January that Internet intruders had stolen information from its computers, the exact nature and extent of the theft has been a closely guarded company secret. But a person with direct knowledge of the investigation now says that the losses included one of Google’s crown jewels, a password system that controls access by millions of users worldwide to almost all of the company’s Web services, including e-mail and business applications.
  • Podesta: American political system 'sucks'

    02/15/2010 1:29:21 PM PST · by Nachum · 36 replies · 844+ views
    cnn ^ | 2/15/10 | Peter Hamby
    Washington (CNN) - John Podesta, president of the Center for American Progress, can describe the state of Washington politics with a single word. And it's not a nice one. Asked in an interview with the Financial Times to comment on "the health of American political system," Podesta responded: "Sucks." Podesta made the remark with a chuckle, but the man who chaired President Obama's transition team expressed deep concern about the White House's ability to pass big ticket items in the current political climate.
  • Carbon Currency: A New Beginning for Technocracy?

    01/26/2010 3:47:27 PM PST · by MurrietaMadman · 7 replies · 427+ views
    The August Review ^ | January 26, 2010 | Patrick Wood
    Critics who think that the U.S. dollar will be replaced by some new global currency are perhaps thinking too small.
  • Indiana's social programs, less automated more face time

    12/14/2009 5:29:40 AM PST · by mshoffner · 256+ views
    Huntington Political Examiner ^ | 12/14/2009 | Mark Shoffner
    There has been many problems with the automated system of the FSSA. Indiana's citizens that are on the various programs (medicaid, food stamps, and TANF) have reported missing paperwork, the lack of face to face contact and unqualified call center operatives. The problems got bad enough that the federal government started watching the program.
  • Immune system of healthy adults may be better prepared than expected to fight 2009 H1N1 influenza

    11/16/2009 12:23:01 PM PST · by decimon · 9 replies · 560+ views
    WHAT: A new study shows that molecular similarities exist between the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus and other strains of seasonal H1N1 virus that have been circulating in the population since 1988. These results suggest that healthy adults may have a level of protective immune memory that can blunt the severity of infection caused by the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus. The study team was led by Bjoern Peters, Ph.D., and Alessandro Sette, Ph.D., of La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology, Calif., grantees of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health. The...
  • Obama pledges to work with G-20 to regulate markets(Russians,China have said in America banking)

    09/19/2009 1:17:44 PM PDT · by Americaneedsyoou · 11 replies · 1,010+ views
    business-standard.com/india/ ^ | September 20, 2009, | Press Trust Of India
    Obama pledges to work with G-20 to regulate markets Press Trust Of India / Washington September 20, 2009, 0:59 IST US President Barack Obama today pledged to work with leaders of the G-20 countries to strengthen the rules governing financial markets and ensure that the global economic crisis that engulfed the world just a year ago does not happen again. . . “At next week’s G-20 summit, we’ll discuss some of the steps that are required to safeguard our global financial system and close gaps in regulation around the world — gaps that permitted the kinds of reckless risk-taking and...
  • Starving for a ZOT

    08/29/2009 7:31:05 AM PDT · by miapelked · 54 replies · 3,709+ views
    For too long conservatives (those who respect religion, patriotism, and freedom) have had to satisfy themselves with meager success. Conservatives may win an election or pass a bill, but we are starving for real victory. To win real victory we must colonize the left. We must create a conservative socialist party. The only selling point for the left is socialism, so we must detach socialism from the main body of leftist dogma. When a conservative right battles a conservative left we can achieve real, lasting victory. Both sides would espouse our core principles. I support a conservative socialist or populist...
  • Public Health - when old is new again (Vanity)

    08/21/2009 2:01:35 PM PDT · by TennesseeGirl · 1 replies · 433+ views
    German Propaganda Archive ^ | 08-21-09 | Self
    Public Health (from a German Propaganda pamphlet authored by Walter Tießle). "In preserving health, National Socialism is following fundamentally new ways of thinking. In the past, one understood health care as caring for those who were ill. Enormous means were used. And in certain circles, the ill were the model of humanity, at the center of all action and thought. No one made the effort to find the roots of illness, or to consider: "How could we stop illness at its start, or at least limit it as much as possible?" The means used by National Socialism must, of course,...
  • New Weapon System Boosts Soldiers’ Safety

    08/06/2009 4:40:44 PM PDT · by SandRat · 12 replies · 1,482+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Staff Sgt. Marcos Alices, USA
    KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan, Aug. 6, 2009 – As U.S. forces fight insurgents in the southern and eastern regions of Afghanistan, officials are working to protect them with new technology, equipment and vehicles. Soldiers of the 2nd Infantry Division’s 5th Brigade, Stryker Brigade Combat Team, equip their common remotely operated weapon station II with an M2 .50-caliber machine gun during training. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Elisebet Freeburg  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. One of the newest tools in their arsenal is the common remotely operated weapon station II, known as CROWS II, which enables soldiers to acquire and engage...
  • Raul Castro: Cuba won't undo communist system

    08/01/2009 6:22:17 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 31 replies · 1,029+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/1/09 | Will Weissert - ap
    HAVANA – Raul Castro announced Saturday that Cuba will cut spending on education and health care, potentially weakening the building blocks of its communist system in a bid to revive a floundering economy. The former defense minister who took over the presidency last year called state spending "simply unsustainable" and said the cash-strapped government would reorganize rural schools and scrutinize its free health care system in search of ways to save money. But he vowed that the island will not see fundamental change even after he and his older brother and predecessor Fidel Castro are gone. "I wasn't elected president...
  • Obama: Existing health system threatens Medicare

    07/28/2009 9:47:21 PM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies · 513+ views
    Seattlepi.com ^ | 7/28/09 | ap
    WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama is telling participants in an online forum on health care that the current system and its skyrocketing costs are a threat to Medicare. Obama says the Medicare trust fund will be in the red and out of money in a decade unless Washington overhauls the system.
  • WHAT OBAMA TAUGHT ME

    06/06/2009 5:47:43 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 24 replies · 2,242+ views
    NY Post ^ | June 05, 2009 | Ralph Peters
    Salaam aleikum, dudes ! I thought I knew a little bit about the Middle East. Boy, was I wrong. Last week, President Obama set me straight. Here's what our president taught me during his Middle-Eastern pilgrimage:
  • American Capitalism Gone With a Whimper

    05/19/2009 9:24:39 PM PDT · by Attention Surplus Disorder · 35 replies · 1,690+ views
    Pravda ^ | April 27, 2009 | Mat Rodina
    It must be said, that like the breaking of a great dam, the American decent into Marxism is happening with breath taking speed, against the back drop of a passive, hapless sheeple, excuse me dear reader, I meant people. True, the situation has been well prepared on and off for the past century, especially the past twenty years. The initial testing grounds was conducted upon our Holy Russia and a bloody test it was. But we Russians would not just roll over and give up our freedoms and our souls, no matter how much money Wall Street poured into the...
  • Geithner Is Overreaching on Regulatory Power (China and Russiain to have a said U.S banks)

    04/05/2009 3:01:35 PM PDT · by AmericaCitizen · 33 replies · 1,583+ views
    online.wsj.com/ ^ | MARCH 27, 2009 | FRANCIS X. DIEBOLD and DAVID A. SKEEL JR.
    Geithner Is Overreaching on Regulatory Power We don't need more politics in our economics. The proposal is being offered as a clever political solution to the turf war that might have erupted if the Treasury or FDIC alone were given this quasi-nationalization authority, with no input from the Fed. But the real issue is whether this expansion of regulators' powers is wise.
  • Iraqi Legal System Continues to Strengthen

    02/02/2009 5:52:49 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 310+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Spc. Josh LeCappelain, USA
    CAMP VICTORY, Iraq, Feb. 2, 2009 – As the Iraqi security forces continue to improve their ability to protect Iraq’s people, a strong judicial branch that can help bring criminals to justice becomes increasingly important. “I think the [Iraqi legal system] is improving,” Army Capt. Ronald Alcala, Multinational Division Center’s rule of law chief, said. Coalition forces have had a huge impact by helping to professionalize the Iraqi forces and providing training on crime-scene management and investigative procedures, he added. The Iraqi legal system places more of an emphasis on testimonial evidence, usually from two or more witnesses, and less...
  • U.S., Iraqi Forces Seize Rocket-Delivery System in Baghdad Raid

    12/26/2008 7:43:44 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 395+ views
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 26, 2008 – American and Iraqi security forces found and seized a rocket-rail system during a combined operation conducted in Baghdad’s Rashid district Dec. 25. U.S. 4th Infantry Division soldiers and Iraqi police discovered the rocket-delivery system while performing a security sweep in the district’s Abu T’shir community, a U.S. military official said. “Combined operations account for many significant finds in the Rashid district,” said Army Maj. Dave Olson, a spokesman for the division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team. “The 1st ‘Raider’ Brigade continues to teach, coach and mentor the ISF as they provide a safe and secure environment...
  • Israel Successfully Fires New Target Signature System

    04/15/2008 10:30:00 AM PDT · by Nachum · 67+ views
    Arutz 7 ^ | 4-15-08 | staff
    (IsraelNN.com) Israel successfully fired the new RAFAEL-manufactured Blue Sparrow medium-range Ballistic Target system Tuesday morning. The system simulates trajectory thermal images and radar cross-section signatures of threats. Military sources said the system will be used in future Arrow Missile systems tests but did not release details as to when or in what context either would be deployed.
  • Windows Vista SP1

    12/21/2007 12:38:32 PM PST · by Positive · 23 replies · 149+ views
    Microsoft ^ | 12/21/2007 | Self
    MicroSoft is making the Release Candidate for Windows Vista Operating System available to the public at the URL link above. I very recently purchased a new computer which came with Vista, there have been many "gliches" in using this new computer with Vista. I finished installing the Sevice Pack RC about 6 hours ago and I've found significant improvement in the performance and stability of the system. My personal tips: 1) The download is approximately 448MB in size so you you might want to consider your download speed when and if you choose to download this RC. 2) The install...
  • India's Legal System Is Grinding To A Halt

    12/06/2007 4:55:17 PM PST · by blam · 1 replies · 72+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 12-6-2007 | Rahul Bedi
    India's legal system is grinding to a halt By Rahul Bedi in New Delhi Last Updated: 3:00am GMT 06/12/2007 India's addiction to litigation has left its justice system at breaking point with almost 30 million cases pending. Figures published by justice officials revealed that it could take more than a decade to clear the backlog. Around 25 million civil and criminal cases await adjudication in overcrowded magisterial and sessions courts, as do another 3.7 million in 35 high courts across the country. As a consequence, tens of thousands of Indians facing trial are crammed into overcrowded prisons, the majority incarcerated...
  • Iraqis Build Fallujah’s First Sewage System

    11/26/2007 4:47:21 PM PST · by SandRat · 14 replies · 100+ views
    FALLUJAH, Iraq, Nov. 26, 2007 – About 450 Iraqis are working to get Fallujah’s first sewer system operational by summer. Work is under way to provide Fallujah, Iraq, with its first wastewater treatment plant and collection system. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is overseeing this $85 million project, which should be operational in the summer. Some 450 Iraqis are on the construction crew, and that number will soon expand to 700. U.S. Army photo  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. That number is expected to grow soon to a construction force of 700 Iraqis. The $85 million project includes...