Monday, November 30, 2009

Man Sought for Questioning After Officers’ Killings - NYTimes.com

Nine years ago in Arkansas, The Seattle Times reported, Mr. Clemmons was released from prison after Gov. Mike Huckabee commuted his lengthy prison sentence, over the protests of prosecutors.
I'm going to guess this will be the end of Mike Huckabee as a serious contender for President. Not that it will hurt him among Christians, who show an infinite capacity to forgive anyone who is one of them....

Man Sought for Questioning After Officers’ Killings - NYTimes.com
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Saturday, November 28, 2009

British banks quizzed on exposure to Dubai crisis | Business | The Guardian

British banks quizzed on exposure to Dubai crisis | Business | The Guardian
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When friends fall out: The story of Facebook's creation - Features, Films - The Independent

When friends fall out: The story of Facebook's creation - Features, Films - The Independent
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Thursday, November 26, 2009

Chilcot inquiry: Tony Blair decided on Iraq war a year before invasion - ambassador | UK news | The Guardian

"What he was trying to do was to draw the lessons of 9/11 and apply them to the situation in Iraq, which led – I think not inadvertently but deliberately – to a conflation of the threat posed by Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein."
Chilcot inquiry: Tony Blair decided on Iraq war a year before invasion - ambassador | UK news | The Guardian
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Al Jazeera English - Empire - Europe: A fast-track superpower?

Slavoj Zizek on Al Jazeera last night.



Al Jazeera English - Empire - Europe: A fast-track superpower?
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Matthew Norman: Nightmare on Palin Street, Part 2 - Matthew Norman, Commentators - The Independent

If not ... if by some monstrous miracle she were to win, the sight of several billions projectile vomiting pea green puke like Linda Blair in The Exorcist will be something to behold.

So be afraid, but not too afraid, and stand by for the most surreal, extended and hilarious political melodrama in the history of this planet.



Matthew Norman: Nightmare on Palin Street, Part 2 - Matthew Norman, Commentators - The Independent
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Chief Sponsor Defends G.O.P. Litmus Test - The Caucus Blog - NYTimes.com

Chief Sponsor Defends G.O.P. Litmus Test - The Caucus Blog - NYTimes.com
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Monday, November 23, 2009

Palin supports kind of duh

IMF sides with Brown over Tories.

Speaking ahead of the British PM, the managing director of the IMF said that the world owed a debt of gratitude to Mr Brown.

Dominique Strauss-Kahn said the top priority in rich countries should be making plans to clean up the fiscal mess left by more than a year of crisis-fighting efforts, but added that it was still too early to remove emergency support.

"We recommend erring on the side of caution, as exiting too early is costlier than exiting too late," he said.

Mr Strauss Khan also said Britain's economic recovery was likely to be "somewhat subdued".

CBI Conference: IMF Backs Gordon Brown Brown On Fiscal Stimulus | Politics | Sky News

Will the UK do the same thing the US did 9 years ago and piss the world off out of voter apathy?

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

BBC NEWS | England | London | Two buses replace bendy bus route

BBC NEWS | England | London | Two buses replace bendy bus route
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What Happened to Health Care

Excuse me but was it not just a few months ago that the Tea Baggers were saying Health Care would cause fascism.

Now that it is even closer why has it suddenly gone silent.  Drudge is covering Obama's bow to the Emperor of Japan more than health care. 

So what can be rationally concluded?  Only one thing, the town hall nut cases were either insane, stupid, or just lying.  No one really believes the Health Care reform will cause fascism.

Most obvious is that Tea Bagging is not a grass roots movement.  Grass roots movements do not take their orders from the GOP organization.  When the GOP saw that Health Care would pass and millions of voters would benefit suddenly the "grass roots" Tea Bagger took up other issues.
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Per capita calorie consumption on a nation by nation basis, compiled and produced by the World Food Program

Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein: The 'Fat Map': Putting World Hunger Into Perspective
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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

World on course for catastrophic 6° rise, reveal scientists - Climate Change, Environment - The Independent

"The British Isles, indeed, might become one of the most desirable pieces of real estate on the planet. But, with a couple of billion people knocking on our door, things might quickly turn rather ugly."
World on course for catastrophic 6° rise, reveal scientists - Climate Change, Environment - The Independent
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Rupert Murdoch: The Internet Does Not Exist

Rupert, in other words, doesn’t have the most rudimentary know-how about cause and effect when it comes to building an online news business, paid or otherwise. He is not, in this regard, quite compos mentis. He gets to sound off this way, to embarrass himself and confound everyone else, because of the rare nature of his company—he can’t be fired or even corrected (he doesn’t really listen). And he is not ridiculed by his fellow publishers because many of them too are vague on the business basics
Rupert Murdoch: The Internet Does Not Exist
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Record numbers go hungry in households in the US | World news | guardian.co.uk

Record numbers go hungry in households in the US | World news | guardian.co.uk
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BBC NEWS | Business | Market Data | Stock Markets | Dow Jones

BBC NEWS | Business | Market Data | Stock Markets | Dow Jones

Is it not strange that, if as so many tea baggars and other conservatives say, that the US is on the verge of going fully Socialist, and yet the Dow over the past 3 months has had a great run of it. 

So what is the Glenn Beck on this one?  What questions are we here to ask.  Maybe large investment banks, small investors, and all the millions of people around the world who buy stocks are not part of some secret conspiracy to establish Communism?  Maybe America is not going Socialist, but rather Capitalism is alive and will remain very much in power?

Just asking questions.
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Monday, November 16, 2009

BBC NEWS | Education | Girls 'becoming Facebook addicts'

Parents fear their daughters are becoming addicted to social networking sites, a girls' school leader says.
BBC NEWS | Education | Girls 'becoming Facebook addicts'
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David Cameron closing deal with voters despite Labour boost – Guardian/ICM poll | Politics | guardian.co.uk

David Cameron closing deal with voters despite Labour boost – Guardian/ICM poll | Politics | guardian.co.uk
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Renouncing Islamism: To the brink and back again - Johann Hari, Commentators - The Independent

But then, a year ago, I began to hear about a fragile new movement that could just hold the answers we journalists have failed to find up to now. A wave of young British Islamists who trained to fight – who cheered as their friends bombed this country – have recanted. Now they are using everything they learned on the inside, to stop the jihad.

Seventeen former radical Islamists have "come out" in the past 12 months and have begun to fight back. Would they be able to tell me the reasons that pulled them into jihadism, and out again? Could they be the key to understanding – and defusing – Western jihadism? I have spent three months exploring their world and befriending their leading figures. Their story sprawls from forgotten English seaside towns to the jails of Egypt's dictatorship and the icy mountains of Afghanistan – and back again.



Renouncing Islamism: To the brink and back again - Johann Hari, Commentators - The Independent
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Sunday, November 15, 2009

Texas accounts for half of executions in US – but now has doubts over death row | World news | The Guardian

Keller - known has Sharon Killer to her critics because of her enthusiasm for the death penalty - is at the centre of a controversy that has further undermined confidence in the death penalty, after she refused to keep a court office open after 5pm to allow a last-minute appeal for a stay of execution while the supreme court decided on another case that affected all executions in Texas. The convict, Michael Richard, was executed hours later.

Keller is awaiting a verdict from the State Commission on Judicial Conduct on charges of dereliction of duty.

Earlier this year, Keller turned down an appeal from a man on the brink of execution, despite revelations that the judge and prosecutor at his trial had been having an affair.


Texas accounts for half of executions in US – but now has doubts over death row | World news | The Guardian
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Welcome to Club Bounce: Where the big – and beautiful – people go - Americas, World - The Independent

With a black President in the White House, and laws protecting gays, women and religious minorities, America's nightclub scene is fostering a new movement to secure civil rights for one of the few social groups who can still legally be persecuted: fat people. An explosion of "plus-size" entertainment venues, where revellers of all shapes and waistlines are welcomed, is managing to tap both the economic and political potential of the country's one in three adults who are clinically obese.

Welcome to Club Bounce: Where the big – and beautiful – people go - Americas, World - The Independent
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Op-Ed Columnist - The Missing Link From Killeen to Kabul - NYTimes.com

As their Fort Hood rhetoric made clear, McChrystal’s most vehement partisans don’t trust American Muslims, let alone those of the Taliban, no matter how earnestly the general may argue that they can be won over by our troops’ friendliness (or bribes). If, as the right has it, our Army cannot be trusted to recognize a Hasan in its own ranks, then how will it figure out who the “good” Muslims will be as we try to build a “stable” state (whatever “stable” means) in a country that has never had a functioning central government? If our troops can’t be protected from seemingly friendly Muslim American brethren in Killeen, Tex., what are the odds of survival for the 40,000 more troops the hawks want to deploy to Kabul and sinkholes beyond?
Op-Ed Columnist - The Missing Link From Killeen to Kabul - NYTimes.com
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Saturday, November 14, 2009

The Right Wing forgets about health care

Suddenly notice that Fox News and the pool of right wing blogs in the United States have dropped health care.  Its now Fort Hood, Palin's book, and how terrible it is that 9-11 plotter will be found guilty and put to death by civilian courts in New York.  That last one is odd even by their clearly declining standards.  But what is most odd is that they have not only just given up, just in the middle of the fight, but now don't even seem ready to give us all warnings about how the Senate is about to pass Socialism.

This is very telling about the degree of control the top of the GOP still holds on the blogosphere that supports it.  It was not a grassroots decision to suddenly give up on this subject, rather the GOP now knows for sure it will pass, and are clearly concerend about going in to the 2012 election having stood against it.

By 2012 tens of millions of Americans, many of them probably not previous voters, will have Health Care.  The GOP clearly now does not want it to fixed in the publics mind that they were against it all along.  So it makes sense for the GOP to drop it and start looking for other issues.  But it answers a lot of questions of who is organising things to see the Blogosphere rapidly follow behind.
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Population of historic Venice totters near 60,000 - Europe- msnbc.com



Native Venetians stage a mock funeral procession in Venice, Italy, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009. Historic Venice is approaching the dread status of living museum, with a population now below 60,000, a largely symbolic threshold considered by some to signal the end of the city's viability. As native Venetians flee in droves to the mainland for cheaper housing and easier living, those who have stayed are marking their modern-day demise with a mock funeral procession Saturday. (AP Photo/Luigi Costantini)

Population of historic Venice totters near 60,000 - Europe- msnbc.com
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BBC NEWS | Business | Eurozone emerges from recession

The eurozone economy has emerged from recession after growing between July and September, figures have shown.
BBC NEWS | Business | Eurozone emerges from recession
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Palin: I Did Katie Couric Interview Out Of Pity

One of the whackiest claims Sarah Palin makes in her new book is that she agreed to her disastrous interview with Katie Couric -- a central event during Campaign 2008 -- because a top McCain aide told her Couric had low self esteem, leading Palin to take pity on the CBS anchor.

A McCain adviser I just spoke to adamantly denied the claim, and provided a counter story: Palin was repeatedly urged by McCain aides to prepare for the interview, but refused.
Palin: I Did Katie Couric Interview Out Of Pity
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Friday, November 13, 2009

Total Non-Farm Jobs in the U.S. Over the Past 10 Years

It should not be forgotten that while the job number is about the same since 2000, the population has grown by 9% over that time.

From the level in 2000, jobs grew to their peak in 2008 by a total of 5%, but again, that is against a 9% population increase, AND that was as of 2008, as of now, that 5% has been given back.
Bureau of Labor Statistics Data
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The Bush Years: America's Lost Decade

Why the last decade has been an economic disappointment for most Americans. - By Daniel Gross - Slate Magazine
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S&P 500 INDEX ($INX) - Stock chart, Index chart - MSN Money

In September 2000, the S&P 500 was at about 1436.

In November 2007, it hit 1481. 7 years to get back where it was.

In November 2009? 1087.

S&P 500 INDEX ($INX) - Stock chart, Index chart - MSN Money
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In Pictures: The World's Most Powerful People - #37 Osama bin Laden - Forbes.com

In Pictures: The World's Most Powerful People - #37 Osama bin Laden - Forbes.com

This is probably Bush's legacy in a nut shell.  A year after he is gone Obama remains one of the most powerful people in the world, or perhaps Forbes is just trying to create some controversy to sell magazines?
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Thursday, November 12, 2009

BBC NEWS | Business | Rise in UK unemployment slowing

The number of people unemployed in the UK rose again in the three months to September, although the 30,000 increase was the smallest since May 2008.

Unemployment totalled 2.46 million in the quarter, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.

The jobless rate edged up to 7.8% from 7.7%, but the youth unemployment rate rose to 19.8%, a record high.

The number of people claiming unemployment benefit rose by 12,900 to 1.64 million in October.

BBC NEWS | Business | Rise in UK unemployment slowing

It may be hard for the rest of the world to understand this, but the British are actually somehow UPSET about have 7.8% unemployment in the current economic crisis. 

There is actually some chance a more conservative government may come in, though its hard to imagine more conservative than New Labour, and bring in more "free market" policies to deal with the economy.

Somehow the British in their ever more isolated globalised island have elected to ignore, or don't care that 10.% and 9.8% in the Eurozone.  But despite coming through this current economic downturn with 2% less unemployment that the Eurozone or US that British are gloomy.

This sad gray nation is full of men forced to be rich, who all wish for nothing more than to be trolls.  In England only those born rich can enjoy being rich.  No one seems to take any pleasure in a joy unless it is floating in a sea of a million miseries.
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BBC NEWS | Business | UK recovery 'only just starting'

The UK economy has "only just started" along its road to economic recovery, according to Bank of England governor Mervyn King.

In its latest inflation report, the Bank indicated it would be late 2011 before the UK economy recovered to the level it was at before the recession.

Mr King also warned inflation may "rise sharply over the next few months".

He also said the Bank was "open minded" about extending its programme of pumping money into the economy.

Last week, the Bank extended the programme - a policy of injecting money into the economy through buying bonds from banks and other companies called quantitative easing - by £25bn.

BBC NEWS | Business | UK recovery 'only just starting'
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BBC NEWS | Scotland | Thousands shun colour television

Almost 30,000 people across the UK still tune into their favourite programmes on black and white TV sets.
BBC NEWS | Scotland | Thousands shun colour television
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BBC NEWS | Business | Russian economy growing strongly

Russia's economy grew by 13.9% between July and September compared with the previous quarter, the country's federal statistics agency has said.
BBC NEWS | Business | Russian economy growing strongly
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BBC NEWS | Business | Lenders cut repossession forecast

The Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) has cut its forecast for the number of homes likely to be repossessed this year to 48,000
...

Last year, the CML thought that repossessions would rise steeply in the course of 2009 to about 75,000.
BBC NEWS | Business | Lenders cut repossession forecast
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Has Cameron done a deal with Murdoch? - UK Politics, UK - The Independent

Has Cameron done a deal with Murdoch? - UK Politics, UK - The Independent
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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

What do these Right Wing Nuts so hate about Obama, do they even know

Because when you read it they don't ever seem to say precisely what he has done that they hate so much. Remember these are Bush's most staunch supporters, maybe its just shame and old age in some white pieces of shit.

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"Burning Man Obama"
Reuters, by Jason Lee


Original Article

Posted By:PLPointer67, 11/11/2009 12:04:46 PM

A sculpture by Chinese artist Liu Bolin titled "Burning Man Obama" is tested at a workshop in Beijing November 11, 2009. The sculpture represents U.S. President Barack Obama's impact on the world.

Comments:
Tiny story with amazing picture of bust. Inspiring or Scary?


Reply 1 - Posted by: mikeyt64, 11/11/2009 12:09:57 PM (No. 6020460)

I don't get it...is it positive or negative. I see it as a reference to belzebub but maybe he means like fantastic four kinda thing.

Reply 2 - Posted by: St Louis Laxbro's Dad, 11/11/2009 12:10:29 PM (No. 6020461)


Other than giving a lot of speeches in which he reminds us constantly that somewhere back in history he had African ancestors...what impact has he had on the world?

Seriously..what has he done?

Reply 3 - Posted by: Alibi Inn, 11/11/2009 12:12:04 PM (No. 6020468)

Liar, liar, pants on fire.




Reply 4 - Posted by: lizzee1, 11/11/2009 12:13:20 PM (No. 6020469)

Looks like a statue of Michael Jackson doing his Pepsi commercial.

Reply 5 - Posted by: Safari Man, 11/11/2009 12:16:54 PM (No. 6020479)

A glimpse of Obama's afterlife.

Reply 6 - Posted by: Dwindle, 11/11/2009 12:25:42 PM (No. 6020499)

Free basing cocaine and the ether took fire.

Reply 7 - Posted by: chessycat8, 11/11/2009 12:28:05 PM (No. 6020506)

Why not Wind Turbine Obama? Wouldn't that be better for the environment?

Reply 8 - Posted by: ballwinmom, 11/11/2009 12:28:09 PM (No. 6020507)

Simple. He leaves destruction in his wake.

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Again it goes on and on and on and on. They never say much about policy. His race comes up a great deal, and attacks that he is a Nazi are common. Kind of sad that the first African-American President had to respond to this level of being called a Nazi. Hitler was a man who believe that the white Northern European race was entitled to rule the world, and hearing this must hurt Obama's children a great deal.

Remember that invading Iraq, starting a 2 front war, torture and ignoring the Constitution seemed to be no problem in the Bush years. But he was a White, Southern Born Again Christian, so he could do what ever he wanted to these nuts,.

The Right Wing Nuts in their Own Words

The group of nuts who have given the GOP its votes for years have now taken the party over, take a look at the nut cases and the vile shit they produce on the Internet. Their own words tell you everything. This is what they have to say on Veterans days as Obama pays tribute to verterans and promises that Verterans (so neglect under Bush) will be honoured and supported NOW by the government.Red there words here, Lucianne is not some total outsider, this is the blog of a major GOP supporter and even linked on Drudge (a major source of links to Right Wing hate):

The Man Who Despises America


Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc., by Mark Hyman

Original Article

Posted By:StormCnter, 11/11/2009 6:31:47 AM

The very next paragraph is going to make the nut jobs on the far left excitable beyond belief. I am not referring to all Democrats or even a majority of liberals. I am singling out the "they've-lost-all-touch-with-reality" crowd. This includes Media Matters for America led by the admitted hit-and-run, drunk-driving serial liar. The group includes the unshaven, bathrobe-clad unemployed who live in their mother's basement and are devout followers of

Comments:
Source corrected.


Reply 1 - Posted by: bpl40, 11/11/2009 7:02:04 AM (No. 6019590)

If the heading had said "Man who despises his country", I would have to disagree. It is not his country !

Reply 2 - Posted by: raphaela, 11/11/2009 7:10:38 AM (No. 6019607)

The sycophants who love this man will think this article is racist. That's their answer for any criticism of their beloved president. Very sad what he's doing to this country and to the future of our children.

Reply 3 - Posted by: saryden, 11/11/2009 7:10:38 AM (No. 6019608)

Actions do speak louder than words.. though if we listened, Obama has given us plenty of statements about his stance. Listing his behaviors makes it clear that we have a viper in the White House.. gathering more despisers about him in the form of unelected, nonoverseen "czars." He is the enemy within.. together with Pelosi, Reid, and the Leftist Media.
Now Islamists are motivated to openly attack within our homeland.
For shame that this man has been made Commander-in-Chief of our Military.. and speaks for us in the world! I HOPE this Marxist/Muslim-sympathizing bunch can be evicted through elections, rather than violence.




Reply 4 - Posted by: DirtyDave, 11/11/2009 7:12:08 AM (No. 6019612)

Mr. Hyman is connecting dots. Interesting to see if this really becomes a topic citizens talk about and make the same connections.

Despite what Mr. Hyman says, I don't think a lot of people want to admit to his premise...yet.

Reply 5 - Posted by: cruiseluv, 11/11/2009 7:16:17 AM (No. 6019617)

I also think most people are not there yet.However, I have noticed though that whereas some months ago people were excited to talk about Obama, now they avoid the subject. Maybe that is the first step before they openly accept what this guy is all about.

Reply 6 - Posted by: JLoophole, 11/11/2009 7:19:04 AM (No. 6019625)

I'm going to print this article, keep it handy, and memorize its talking points. It should be a must read. Especially for those who would take his carefully crafted TOTUS speech at Fort Hood and say, "see? he cares".

Reply 7 - Posted by: blueline, 11/11/2009 7:20:13 AM (No. 6019626)

This nails it!
It is high time that we hold the morons who voted for and otherwise supported this imposter accountable for the damage they've wrought to our nation.

Reply 8 - Posted by: Scarface67, 11/11/2009 7:21:16 AM (No. 6019629)


FTA: 'Barack Obama despises America.'

Truer words were never written.

 (It goes on and on like this)



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Sharp-toothed shark acts as midwife - Australasia, World - The Independent

Visitors to a New Zealand acquatic centre were stunned to see one shark give another shark an impromptu caesarean section.

Staff at Kelly Tarlton's Underwater World in Auckland were initially dubious when visitors came running to tell them there were baby sharks spilling from a wound in a female school shark's stomach - courtesy of a large bite by another shark.

But they found a female with a large gaping stomach wound and four babies swimming in the tank.

Kelly Tarlton's aquarist Fiona Davies said it was common for sharks to take chunks out of each other, even in the wild, but she had never heard of anything like this.

"It had to bite a certain part to let them out and do it without killing them [the babies] or her [the mother]."

Ms Davies said the unusual delivery had probably saved the baby sharks' lives.

Staff did not know the mother was pregnant and, had she given birth naturally, most likely at night, the babies would have been eaten by adult sharks and stingrays before staff could rescue them.

The young sharks have been taken to a "nursery" tank with some baby eagle rays, where visitors can see them before they are released into the wild.



Sharp-toothed shark acts as midwife - Australasia, World - The Independent
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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

2,266 Veterans Died In 2008 Because They Were Uninsured

According to a study released by the Harvard Medical School, 2,266 veterans under the age of 65 died last year as a result of not having health insurance. Researchers emphasize that "that figure is more than 14 times the number of deaths (155) suffered by U.S. troops in Afghanistan in 2008, and more than twice as many as have died (911 as of Oct. 31) since the war began in 2001."
2,266 Veterans Died In 2008 Because They Were Uninsured
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What Warren Buffett's Investment Says About The Global Economy | The New Republic

What Warren Buffett's Investment Says About The Global Economy | The New Republic
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Murdoch is just as bad



Though it is very hard to tell what the clearly declining Murdoch is saying it seems the most famous and powerful owner of media in America has said that Beck was right and Obama is a racist. Yes that is what it seems like he said, but he is far from clear.
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BBC NEWS | Politics | Cameron setting out welfare plans

"Our alternative to big government is the big society, but we understand that the big society is not just going to spring to life on its own: we need strong and concerted government action to make it happen. We need to use the state to remake society."
BBC NEWS | Politics | Cameron setting out welfare plans

So the Tory alternative to Big Government is Strong Concerted Government that MAKES BIG SOCIETY happen.

To any English out there, where the hell did you dig this guy up?  Was not 8 years of Bush enough?
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Key oil figures were distorted by US pressure, says whistleblower | Business | The Guardian

Key oil figures were distorted by US pressure, says whistleblower | Business | The Guardian
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Monday, November 09, 2009

Sick balance



Notice how this local news program is "balanced" between Nazis with Swastikas and those opposing them. It actually equates them as equals in hates, and refuses to call the protestors Nazis directly despite the fact they wear Swastikas.

This equating Fascists and those who protest should not even be possible in a truely democratic media. What is the situation in Az like when a news channel can think to cover an Nazi rally as if it was a group of Democrats and Republicans come to debate taxes.
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Stocks end big day at highs for the year - Stocks & economy- msnbc.com

Investors bought stocks for a fourth straight day on growing confidence about the global economic recovery, getting a shot of optimism from news this weekend that the Group of 20 countries will keep stimulus measures in place. Investors saw the agreement as a signal that interest rates would remain low. Major stock indexes rose as much as 2 percent, including the Dow Jones industrial average, which jumped 185 points.
Stocks end big day at highs for the year - Stocks & economy- msnbc.com

Obviously the folks in Wall Street don't see radical socialism around the corner.  I would imagine if say 15% of major Wall Street investors believed that this was the end of Capitalism there would have been a run on the market, right?

Would probably pay to hear someone on the right explain that one.  But it not possible, they sure talk a great deal, but they never say anything.
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News Corp Boss Rupert Murdoch Suggests Online Newspaper Pages Will Be Invisible To Google Users | Business | Sky News

News Corp chairman Rupert Murdoch has suggested the company's online newspaper pages will be invisible to Google users when it launches its new paid content strategy.
News Corp Boss Rupert Murdoch Suggests Online Newspaper Pages Will Be Invisible To Google Users | Business | Sky News

Don't let the door hit your ass on the way out.  Soon we will have a Murdoch free Internet!!!! Yes!!!
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BBC NEWS | Business | Small firms 'surviving' recession

A study shows that almost half of small businesses have maintained their profitability.

This follows recent criticism by Lord Sugar, the government's enterprise champion, who described struggling small companies as "moaners".

Most small businesses have used their own cash to get through the recession rather than rely on banks, the study by Kingston University shows.

Only a quarter of the 343 firms surveyed saw significant profit falls.

"More than half of small business owners survived the recession and the squeeze on credit by using their own savings and personal credit cards," the study said.

"This finding is a clear contradiction that all small and medium-sized businesses would suffer heavily in the downturn."

It cited small businesses' ability to "adapt, survive and thrive" in the downturn.

About 48% maintained or increased their profitability in the past year, it said.

'They are bust'

Lord Sugar made his comments at a small business event in Manchester last week.

"I can honestly say a lot of problems you hear from people who are moaning are from companies I wouldn't lend a penny to," he said.

"They are bust and they don't need the bank - they need an insolvency practitioner."

Formerly Sir Alan Sugar, he was made a Lord earlier this year so that he could join the government.

The Federation of Small Businesses also defended small firms, saying they "lie at the heart of our economy", adding they were "working hard in difficult times".

The Kingston University study surveyed 343 companies occupying commercial and industrial premises owned by Workspace Group, who lease business space and commissioned the survey.


BBC NEWS | Business | Small firms 'surviving' recession
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Sunday, November 08, 2009

BBC NEWS | World | Free market flawed, says survey

BBC NEWS | World | Free market flawed, says survey
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BBC NEWS | World | Free market flawed, says survey



Twenty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, a new BBC poll has found widespread dissatisfaction with free-market capitalism.

In the global poll for the BBC World Service, only 11% of those questioned across 27 countries said that it was working well.

Most thought regulation and reform of the capitalist system were necessary.

There were also sharp divisions around the world on whether the end of the Soviet Union was a good thing.

Economic regulation

In 1989, as the Berlin Wall fell, it was a victory for ordinary people across Eastern and Central Europe.

It also looked at the time like a crushing victory for free-market capitalism.


BBC NEWS | World | Free market flawed, says survey
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Beck has something to cry about now



VICTORY WHEN IT COUNTS!!!!
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Hes the Man!!!!!





And the Winner Is!!!!!

Only way to deal with people like the tea baggers:  Hahahaha WE WON YOU LOST!!!!!
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Lucianne.com News Forum - Thread

I for one refuse to join the modern version of Doctor Mengle's line to the Auschwitz gas chambers. As Poster "Butch" said earlier, I will fight this to the last breath.
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How can you have a democracy working with nut cases like this?  Has the Internet just provided a publishing platform for every mentally ill case on the planet.
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What is fascism anyways?

How about this for an indication rather than a definition.  If you find a group of people who see invading a nation on false pretext to establish "democracy", then ruin the nation, than see an effort to insure people receive basic assurance of health coverage, you are looking at fascists.

Wonder who that sounds like.
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As it passes

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To an Republicans out there I should remind you that you are feeling how I felt when the Iraq war was passed.  How did the Iraq war turn out for Iraq and America again?  We will see how this turns out.  Probably just like Medicare and Social Security, which everyone want to get rid or right?
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Saturday, November 07, 2009

U.S. becomes top country brand under Obama: survey - Yahoo! News



SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Barack Obama has done it again. The president's starpower has made the United States the place most people want to visit and do business with, according to an annual survey that ranks nations like retail brands.
U.S. becomes top country brand under Obama: survey - Yahoo! News

Obama makes US most popular country in the world again, can't wait to here the GOP talk about how this is "fascism",
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Who are the Fascists?

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Mark Hughes In Baltimore: Just minutes after I arrived, I was at the scene of a shooting ... - Americas, World - The Independent

Mark Hughes In Baltimore: Just minutes after I arrived, I was at the scene of a shooting ... - Americas, World - The Independent
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Schoolboy confronts Griffin at memorial - UK Politics, UK - The Independent

Schoolboy confronts Griffin at memorial - UK Politics, UK - The Independent
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Friday, November 06, 2009

Virtual businesses: Going to the office in Second Life CNN.com Notices Second Life

Virtual businesses: Going to the office in Second Life - CNN.com

From CNN

London, England (CNN) -- As travel budgets are squeezed and slashed in the recession, companies are increasingly seeking innovative ways of bringing employees together for conferences and meetings remotely.

Virtual community Second Life is seeking to tap into that market by creating a new tool that allows businesses to have virtual meetings on their own computer networks.

The company's Enterprise tool will let employees' avatars -- animated alter egos -- meet in virtual worlds from the privacy of a company's own network, rather than the public networks used in standard Second Life. That extra security could encourage more companies to take up the technology.

The ability to collaborate effectively using virtual tools may now become an increasingly important skill as technology offers more options than, say, video conferencing.

According to Linden Lab, creators of Second Life, more than 1,400 organizations -- including large companies, educational institutions, government agencies and even the U.S. military -- use Second Life to hold meetings, conduct training and prototype new technologies more efficiently.

Linden Lab says 14 companies are currently using Enterprise in its beta phase. One of those companies is IBM, which is an old hand when it comes to Second Life.

Rashik Parmar, IBM's chief technology officer for Europe, told CNN that last year about 350 of its technical leaders from around the world met for 72 hours via Second Life to brainstorm about new technologies.

"We had a whole range of environments, from auditoriums and collaboration pods to social areas where the avatars could pick up a beer around a log fire, or walk around a sculpture park and talk," Parmar told CNN.

IBM sells its own virtual meeting tool, Sametime 3D, which allows businesses to share ideas and collaborate in a 3D world, and the company is currently testing a more advanced version of the product.

Parmar told CNN that he recently held a meeting with 12 technical leaders from across Europe and Asia. While that would typically involve flying everyone to a central location, he said the meeting was held using the new Sametime 3D.

"Not only did we save travel time, but because the environment was so engaging, a lot more ideas came through," he said.

But virtual collaboration doesn't only involve virtual worlds. Tools like "Dropbox" allow online file storage and sharing, while "Basecamp" lets users to collaborate on projects online.

"Google Wave" was announced in May, but is currently only available by invitation. It's a real-time communication tool that allows, among other things, multi-user conversations and file sharing, and it could become a staple of virtual collaboration.

But if companies are to make the most of virtual collaboration, employees will have to learn that what works a bricks-and-mortar workplace may not be right for the virtual world.

Surinder Kahai is associate professor at Binghamton University School of Management, New York. He told CNN, "I've seen people mess up completely because they think that what works in a face-to-face environment also works in a virtual environment."

He says one problem is that virtual teams may not share national and organizational cultures, and that virtual workers should make a conscious effort to see things from their colleagues' point of view.

Another issue is that virtual teams can't take advantage of the kind of impromptu "water cooler" conversations that occur in a real workplace, where colleagues can share information they may have forgotten to communicate in meetings.

Kahai says that lack of human contact can also lead to feelings of isolation, but adds that virtual worlds such as Second Life can help by recreating the water-cooler experience.

"Many companies are using virtual worlds, and these can give a sense of place," Kahai told CNN. "You can hang out, run into someone, and have ad-hoc conversations with people."

Even in this era of remote collaboration, it seems that we still need human interaction -- even if it's completely virtual.

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Johann Hari: The harsh truth about Tory policies - Johann Hari, Commentators - The Independent

In the midst of all this, Cameron's policy documents show he will try to change Britain's political landscape to make it harder for the Tories to be defeated. He will abolish 10 per cent of parliamentary seats, almost all in Labour areas. He will scrap the rules requiring commercial broadcasters to be politically impartial, unleashing the rabid Fox News model against the British left. And he will threaten to outlaw trade union funding for Labour.
Johann Hari: The harsh truth about Tory policies - Johann Hari, Commentators - The Independent
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Tea Bagger talks the talk



And then can not walk the walk. Notice that UNDER GOD is stressed but he forgot "indivisible" and muffed up with Libert and Justice for ALL. In fact the essentially unity of the United States seems to be a value rejected by the entire Tea Baggers. America, in thier opinion, should be a white run nation. You look at the photos of a a tea bagger convention and it looks like a sad woodstock reunion, older white males standing around. I sometimes wonder what part of this movement were ex-hippies and how much of this movement has to do with the babby boomer self image.
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Thursday, November 05, 2009

David Cameron's Europe plan is doomed - EU ministers | Politics | The Guardian

Mikolaj Dowgielewicz, the centre-right Polish Europe minister, said treaty change was out of the question. He said the Tories were wrong to worry about powers being ceded to Brussels. "Nobody wants to repatriate powers from London to Brussels. The problem is powers are repatriated from London to Beijing. Without recognising that, without having Brussels and other European capitals on side, London will be marginalised."
David Cameron's Europe plan is doomed - EU ministers | Politics | The Guardian
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BBC NEWS | Technology | Blogging all over the world

In a special edition, World Service programme Digital Planet looked at the role of blogging, censorship and citizen journalism. In particular it considered bloggers in Vietnam, Cuba and China.
BBC NEWS | Technology | Blogging all over the world
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BBC NEWS | Technology | Smart spectacles aid translation



Spectacles that can provide subtitles have been created by hi-tech firm NEC.

Resembling glasses but lacking lenses, the headset uses a tiny projector to display images on a user's retina.

NEC said it planned a version that used real-time translation to provide subtitles for a conversation between people lacking a common language.

The firm said the gadget, dubbed Tele Scouter, was intended for sales people or employees dealing with inquiries from customers.


BBC NEWS | Technology | Smart spectacles aid translation
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The ultimate herbal remedy: Can cannabis improve autism? - Features, Health & Families - The Independent

The ultimate herbal remedy: Can cannabis improve autism? - Features, Health & Families - The Independent
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Monday, November 02, 2009

Crisis Compels Economists To Reach for New Paradigm - WSJ.com

The pain of the financial crisis has economists striving to understand precisely why it happened and how to prevent a repeat. For that task, John Geanakoplos of Yale University takes inspiration from Shakespeare's "Merchant of Venice."
Crisis Compels Economists To Reach for New Paradigm - WSJ.com
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Move over New York, London is new No. 1 - BusinessWeek.com- msnbc.com

London has officially dethroned New York as the world's top financial center, according to an index released this month by the Geneva-based World Economic Forum.
Move over New York, London is new No. 1 - BusinessWeek.com- msnbc.com
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Sunday, November 01, 2009

BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Fry ends row with Twitter critic



Stephen Fry has made online peace with another user of the micro-blogging site Twitter who called his posts "boring".

The actor and presenter, who has more than 900,000 followers, had threatened to leave the site, saying there was "too much aggression and unkindness".

But fans rallied round, attacking his critic and begging him to stay.

Fry and the user later apologised to each other, with the star saying his reaction had been "a mood thing" and he now felt "more sheepish than a sheep".

Fry is one of the most prolific celebrity "tweeters" and has supported the social networking site in interviews.


BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Fry ends row with Twitter critic
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Illegal downloaders 'spend the most on music', says poll - Crime, UK - The Independent

People who illegally download music from the internet also spend more money on music than anyone else, according to a new study. The survey, published today, found that those who admit illegally downloading music spent an average of £77 a year on music – £33 more than those who claim that they never download music dishonestly.
Illegal downloaders 'spend the most on music', says poll - Crime, UK - The Independent
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