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An insightful, detailed, and funny look at the roots of the Tea Party:

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics...RS_show_page=0
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By Ed O'Keefe
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, October 1, 2010; 9:34 PM

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If the U.S. Postal Service has its way, this could be one of the last Saturdays you receive mail.

The mail agency is determined to end six-day mail deliveries and close unprofitable post offices despite an expected $6 billion in losses for the fiscal year that ended Thursday.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...l?hpid=topnews
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Israel is investigating Palestinian reports that a mosque in the West Bank has been set alight by Jewish settlers.

Breaking news: 200 Palestinians have been arrested and charged.

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Breaking news: 200 Palestinians have been arrested and charged.

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You beat me to this. Your link doesn't work so those who are interested BBC


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world/middle_east/
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27 September 2010 Last updated at 03:26 ET
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As the Obama administration relaunches direct Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, the BBC's Paul Reynolds outlines where the three parties stand on the core issues of the conflict.

Middle East talks: Core issues

Jerusalem

Israel
The Israeli government is unwilling to divide Jerusalem, held to be the political and religious centre of the Jewish people. It stands by the 1980 basic Israeli law that "Jerusalem, complete and united, is the capital of Israel". In the past there has been room for manoeuvre on the margins. In talks in 2000 and 2007, the then Israeli governments proposed exchanging some outlying annexed districts.

Palestinians
The Palestinians want East Jerusalem, which was controlled by Jordan before being captured by the Israelis in 1967, as the capital of a Palestinian state. The Old City contains the third holiest place in Islam, the al-Aqsa mosque, and the Dome of the Rock, from where Mohammed is said to have visited heaven on his winged steed Burak.

United States
The US does not recognise the Israeli annexation of East Jerusalem and maintains its embassy in Tel Aviv. President Barack Obama has opposed the building of housing for Israelis in East Jerusalem though he said before becoming president that dividing the city would be "very difficult to execute".

Borders

Israel
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accepts that there should be a Palestinian state and that there will have to be an Israeli withdrawal from parts at least of the West Bank (captured by Israel in 1967) to accommodate this. Israel has already withdrawn from Gaza. Israel would like the borders to include Jerusalem and the major Israeli settlements that have grown up on the West Bank.

Palestinians
They want the talks to start from the basic position that all the land occupied by Israel in 1967 belongs to a future Palestine. Any land given to the Israelis would have to be compensated for by a balanced land swap.

United States
The US agrees that the starting point but not the end point should be the 1967 lines and that a land swap will have to be the basis of any agreement. It will encourage this.

Settlements

Israel
The Israeli government insists on keeping the major Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank. Any departure from this would break up the coalition which forms the government. An immediate problem is that an Israeli moratorium on West Bank settlements ran out on 26 September.

Palestinians
Ideally, the Palestinians would like all settlements to be abandoned as they were in Gaza. However, they appear to accept that some will have to stay but they will argue for a minimum number and a land swap for any that are left. They threatened to leave the talks if the Israeli moratorium was ended on 26 September.

United States
As with the annexation of East Jerusalem, the US has not recognised the international legitimacy of the Israeli West Bank settlements. But it accepts their reality and will press for compromise. It is also trying to reach a compromise on the moratorium problem.

Refugees

Israel
Israel rejects the idea that Palestinian refugees from previous wars should be allowed any "right of return" to their former homes. They say that this is a device to destroy the state of Israel by demography in order to re-establish a unitary state of Palestine. For that reason Mr Netanyahu has called for Israel to be recognised as a Jewish state.

Palestinians
Formally, they maintain the "right of return", arguing that without it a great injustice would not be put right. However, there has been regular talk among Palestinians that this "right" could be met by compensation. They refuse to recognise the concept of Israel as a "Jewish state", saying that this is unnecessary and that it ignores the Israeli-Arab citizens of Israel.

United States
The US understands the Israeli refusal to take back refugees and hopes that this can be resolved by compensation and development aid for this whose cannot go back to their previous family homes.

Security

Israel
The Israeli government is afraid that a Palestinian state might one day fall into the hands of Hamas and will be used as a stepping-stone to turning Israel into Palestine. Therefore it is insisting that it keeps a large measure of security control, including in the Jordan Valley, and that a state of Palestine be largely demilitarised.

Palestinians
They argue that security will come from a stable two-state solution not the other way round. They want as many attributes of a normal state as possible. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas fears that client-status would be untenable and open to a Hamas takeover.

United States
The US accepts the Israeli need for security but also the need for Palestinian statehood and reconciling these is the aim of its diplomacy. It is unlikely, however, to recognise a state of Palestine which has not emerged from negotiation.
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The recession is officially over!

Central Banks Open Spigot

Gold Goes on a Print Run

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"If a central bank tries to seek greater impact from its monetary policy, there is no choice but to jump into such a world," said Masaaki Shirakawa, governor of the Bank of Japan.

Twenty years ago it was popular in the US to look at Japan as a model for the future. Be careful what you wish for.

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Despite a decline from its peak, combined public and private debt still stands at 344% of gross domestic product, according to Nomura. And this excludes the government's entitlement obligations, which under some estimates more than double that number.

Even if private sector-crushing, job-destroying taxes don't increase next year, inflation will ensure everyone pays for criminally irresponsible spending, bailouts, and various and sundry "stimulus".
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Reporting of the massacre in 2008 was turned to the advantage of the Chinese regime
By Sun Yanjun

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On March 14, 2008, in Tibet, protests by the Tibetan people in Lhasa were met with violence and gunfire from Chinese police and troops. An unknown number of Tibetans died that day and in the suppression that followed. Tibetan groups say that hundreds of Tibetans are still missing.

On March 25, 2008, Xinhua, the state-run mouthpiece of the Chinese regime, reported that Western media had misrepresented the events of March 14. Using photos of newspapers or screen grabs from TV broadcasts or websites, Xinhua showed how a photo had been improperly cropped, or how photos or video contradicted what the media reported as having happened, or how a photo that was actually from Nepal was identified as being from Tibet.

CNN, BBC, Berliner Morgenpost, Germanys N-TV, the Times of London, and the New York Times were all implicated in Xinhuas report.

The year 2008 was Chinas Olympic year, and the CCP prepared carefully in order to showcase itself to the world. The CCP worried that in response to the massacre in Lhasa, International Olympic Committee member states would boycott the games. So Xinhua was used to attack Western media, providing the Chinese regime deniability for its crimes in Tibet.

Xinhua also sought to discredit for the Chinese people the Western medias reporting on the suppression in Tibet in particular and the Western media in general.

Xinhua published the comment of a Chinese blogger responding to how CNN had used a photo that turned out to have been cropped. The blogger said the Xinhua report fully exposes the true face and falsity of the so-called justice and objective reporting the Western media have followed.

A long-standing propaganda claim deployed by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is that there is a conspiracy by the West directed against China.

Another bloggers comment published by Xinhua reinforced this meme: Western media often attack Chinas democracy and human rights situation. The true purpose of them [Western media] is to attack the Chinese government, curb the rising of China, and create the momentum for splitting China.

Chinese people influenced by Xinhuas reportor by its broadcast or publication by other media throughout Chinawould have been too distracted by feelings of outrage and patriotism to question the regimes account of what happened in Lhasa on March 14.

Behind the Scenes
That several Western media would all simultaneously make the mistakes reported by Xinhua is strange and mysterious. With such basic errors, some of the Wests most prestigious news outlets damaged their long-cultivated reputations.

In normal situations in mainland China, the CCPs information blockade is extremely strict. In situations such as Tibet in March 2008, the information blockade is much stricter, and it is very difficult to deliver sensitive information through the Internet to anyone outside China.

Reporters from Western media in Lhasa would have been strictly monitored. With different information channels closed, who had the ability to spread photos or videos to Western media in time for use in their reports? Besides agents working for the CCP, no one could have done it.

Thus, a news outlet would be given a cropped photo, which it would publish, and then Xinhua would publish the original photo, seemingly discrediting the Western media.

The Epoch Times recently encountered a situation similar to what other international media encountered in the Tibetan case. Epoch Times reports on a massive explosion in Nanjing on July 28 quoted eyewitnesses and hospital personnel who placed the death toll far higher than that admitted by the authorities, embarrassing them. Included with one of the initial reports was a photo said to show dozens of burned bodies in Nanjing.

The Epoch Times learned later that the photo had been provided to a trusted source in China by a CCP agent. A day after publishing the photo, The Epoch Times editorial staff realized the photo said to be from Nanjing was in fact from Africa. An uncropped version of the photo was available that showed a group of blacks looking at the burned bodies.

The CCPs media published the uncropped photo in an attempt to discredit The Epoch Times, just as Xinhua sought to discredit the media reporting on the massacre in Tibet. But The Epoch Times had acknowledged the error, which made the CCPs efforts pointless.

On Feb. 9, 2009, CCTVs brand-new building in Beijing burned down. The Chinese people applauded. The Chinese media may often succeed in fooling the Chinese people, who have little access to independent information. But the Chinese people know the role the media outlets play and hate them for it.

At the same time, journalists in China lost their dignity and independence long ago. They, too, are victims.

http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/content/view/43733/


UNREST IN LHASA: A group throws stones at army vehicles on a street in the Tibetan capital, Lhasa, on March 14, 2008. Tibetans have claimed that many of the scenes of rioting that day were staged by the Chinese security forces to provide a pretext for suppression. (AFP/Getty Images)



http://www.theepochtimes.com/news/8-3-29/67906.html

In tIn the uncropped version of this photo, released to the world's media by the Chinese Embassy to illustrate Tibetan violence during the 2008 unrest, a knife-wielding protester can be seen (upper right.) After this person was identified as a Chinese policeman dressed in Tibetan clothes, the Embassy released the cropped version (bottom) with the policeman removed from the photo.
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In Snyder v. Phelps, a grieving father and a controversial church group will present their case in front of the court, asking the question of whether the church group has the right to protest at military funerals, despite disturbing and upsetting mourners, and despite presenting a message most Americans find repugnant.

According to its "About Us" section on their Web site, Westboro Baptist Church, a fundamentalist Topeka, Kansas church, engages in what they call peaceful sidewalk demonstrations holding signs that say, among other things: "God Hates America," "Thank God For Dead Troops," and "Thank God For AIDS."

Reverend Fred Phelps and his followers believe that all the ills America has faced, from 9/11 to Hurricane Katrina, stem from God turning his back on Americans for tolerating homosexuality. They have picketed many events that they believe glorify homosexuality, but military funerals are what they are best known for. According to their Web site, they target soldiers because they volunteered to join and fight for an evil country that God has "forsaken...is fight against."

They have picketed hundreds of funerals: Wednesday's Supreme Court appearance will follow a protest at Arlington National Cemetery, the last stop on what they are calling their "I-70 Godsmack Tour." They will be appearing before the court Wednesday for a specific one: the funeral of Marine Lance Corporal Matthew Snyder, who died in 2006 while serving in Iraq. The Marine was killed in a Humvee accident.

"The worst thing that I fight with now is the anger with the Phelps for taking away that last moment that Matt was here on the Earth," Lance Cpl. Snyder's father, Albert Snyder, said. Westboro Baptist Church picketed the funeral.

Snyder later won an $11 million verdict for intentional infliction of emotional distress, among other claims. A judge reduced the award to $5 million before the federal appeals court in Richmond, Va., threw out the verdict altogether, citing the church's First Amendment rights.

"No American should ever be required to apologize for following his or her conscience," said Margie Phelps, a daughter of Fred Phelps and the lawyer who is arguing the case for the church. Many in the Phelps family, who make up the majority of the church, are also lawyers or in law school.

For Snyder, the case is not about free speech but harassment. "I had one chance to bury my son and it was taken from me," Snyder said.

The case Wednesday pits Snyder's right to grieve privately against the church members' right to say what they want, no matter how offensive.

Forty-eight states, 42 U.S. senators and veterans groups have sided with Snyder, asking the court to shield funerals from the Phelpses' "psychological terrorism."

In addition to protesting at Arlington National Cemetery, some members of the church are protesting Wednesday in front of the court with the same cards they use at military funerals. One young boy held up a sign that says: "God Hates You."

"Somebody said to me: 'five million dollars. I bet you'd give that up to have Matt back.' I would give it up just to say goodbye," Snyder said.

The case will be seen by the Supreme Court later on Wednesday.

http://www.kktv.com/home/headlines/W...104412754.html
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Obama vetoes bill to speed foreclosures:

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"We have heard from officials around the country about the concern that they have about the possible unintended consequences of this legislation -- certainly in light of what we are seeing in the mortgage processing," said Gibbs at his daily briefing.

"So out of an abundance of caution and to ensure that those unintended effects don't harm consumers the president will send the bill back and believes that Congress did not intend for those unintended consequences to be in the legislation," Gibbs added.

Uh huh...so now we want to use "an abundance of caution" and are deeply concerned about "possible unintended consequences" of legislation.

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I was wondering how the wingnuts would attack Obama over this.

 

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I was wondering how the wingnuts would attack Obama over this.

I was wondering how you would attack the "wingnuts" over this.

Malo periculosam, libertatem quam quietam servitutem.

(I prefer the tumult of liberty to the quiet of servitude.)

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I was wondering how the wingnuts would attack Obama over this.

I assume you are referring to my post. I assume this because you have referred to me as a "wingnut" in the past (whatever that means) and also because I was obviously mocking this administration's sudden concern about "possible unintended consequences" and their sudden interest in using "an abundance of caution" over something actually rather small (at least relative to the other initiatives that this administration has embarked on without, shall we say, "an abundance of caution" or much real concern about "possible unintended consequences".)

What's most fascinating though is that you don't find this the least bit mock-worthy. This can only be interpreted as a symptom of being a true Obamatron or Obamapologist.

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It is not "mock-worthy". That's stupid.

The Obama Administration did the right thing concerning this bill.

Why not applaud instead of mock?

Bias.
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It is not "mock-worthy". That's stupid.

No, it really is mock-worthy. What's mock-worthy (in case you're not paying attention) is the reasoning. The sudden concern about "possible unintended consequences" and their sudden interest in using "an abundance of caution." It's almost laughable at this point given their track record.

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"Nevada State Sen. Bill Raggio, who is considered to be one of the most influential Republican lawmakers in the Silver State, endorsed Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in his reelection fight against GOP challenger Sharron Angle on Thursday.
Raggio has served in the Nevada state legislature since 1972, and told "Face-to-Face" host Jon Ralston this week that never in that long career had he endorsed a Democrat. But given the caliber of his own party's nominee, he said in a statement Thursday, that time has come.
"What is difficult to overlook is her record of being totally ineffective as a four-term assemblywomen, her inability or unwillingness to work with others, even within her own party, and her extreme positions on issues such as Medicare, social security, education, veterans affairs and many others," Raggio said of Angle."
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Even if private sector-crushing, job-destroying taxes don't increase next year, inflation will ensure everyone pays for criminally irresponsible spending, bailouts, and various and sundry "stimulus".

Good thing the recession is over.

Fed Officials Mull Inflation as a Fix

Inflation is the most regressive, cruelest tax of any. It sucks money right from your pocket, even if you earn ten thousand dollars a year. Or ten million. Or nothing at all. There is no shelter from inflation.

The Fed has no ability to reduce marginal tax rates or ease burdensome regulations, and is therefore powerless to promote an economic recovery. Given this administration's unprecedented, wild spending spree, everyone expects higher taxes, higher inflation, or both. Without aggressive action to promoted increased private GDP, the US is facing a Japan-style "lost decade". Or worse.

If the only tool you have is a hammer...

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Ethan Harris, head of North American economics at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, suspects Fed officials raising this possibility are, in part, trying to push their colleagues toward more stimulative policy and reassure the public and markets that they still have the capacity to keep the economy away from the shoals of deflation and renewed recession. "I think they're worried about the perception that the Fed is out of ammunition, which is a very dangerous perception for the markets and the economy," he said.

The Federal funds rate has been near zero for nearly two years. They are out of ammunition!

On the other hand, the Obama administration has plenty. You know where it's aimed.
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Army of One + 9.45 Million



3 Generations--a dynasty!

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WASHINGTON (AFP) North Korea is forging ahead with work to enrich uranium for nuclear weapons, which could add to its atomic arsenal and raise the risk it will sell nuclear know-how abroad, a study said Friday.

The report published by the Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) came after warnings from South Korea that "North Korea's nuclear threat has progressed at a rapid pace and reached a very alarming level."

South Korea also said this week that the North is restoring facilities at its Yongbyon nuclear reactor, the source of weapons-grade plutonium in the past.

In the report titled "Taking Stock: North Korea's Uranium Enrichment Program," authors David Albright and Paul Brannan wrote that North Korea is developing centrifuges to enrich uranium.

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The program is an "avenue for North Korea to increase the number and sophistication of its nuclear weapons and for it to proliferate to others who seek to build their own centrifuge programs,"

the authors wrote.

There was enough information to support "that North Korea has moved beyond laboratory-scale work and has the capability to build, at the very least, a pilot-scale gas centrifuge plant," the authors added.

But the report said the procurements do not suggest that Pyongyang is able to build a plant with 3,000 centrifuges, which are needed to produce enough enriched uranium for about two nuclear bombs a year.

"The most effective way to end the threats posed by North Korea's centrifuge program is through negotiations, even though that route looks currently difficult," the report said.

Six-party talks involving North and South Korea, China, Japan, Russia and the United States had previously secured North Korean pledges to give up its nuclear programs, but Pyongyang stormed out in April last year.

In the meantime, the report said, Washington and its partners must tighten existing UN sanctions to slow down North Korea's centrifuge program and make sure Pyongyang does not sell centrifuge, reactor or other nuclear technology.

While saying China has acted in support of UN sanctions against North Korea, the authors said Beijing "is not applying enough resources to detect and stop North Korea's nuclear trade."
It said North Korea obtains nuclear technology for its uranium enrichment program by either buying directly from China or using it as a transhipment point.

Mark Toner, a State Department spokesman, said he was aware of the report, but could not answer in great detail.

The study "really doesn't change our basic position which is that we call on North Korea to denuclarize and live up to its international commitments," Toner told reporters.
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By JEAN H. LEE, Associated Press Writer 1 hr 5 mins ago

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PYONGYANG, North Korea North Korean leader Kim Jong Il brought dancers at the "Arirang" mass games to tears Saturday by making a rare appearance at the dance extravaganza, accompanied by son Kim Jong Un, on the second day of celebrations of the ruling Workers' Party's 65th anniversary.

Kim Jong Il waved to the crowd, drawing a frenzy of applause from onlookers at Pyongyang's May Day Stadium, in what is believed to be his first appearance at the song-and-dance performance in years. The son slated to succeed him as leader of North Korea was by his side, broadcaster APTN said.

Pyongyang was in a festive mood as North Korea marked the anniversary of the founding of the ruling party with a weekend of celebrations that will culminate in a massive military parade Sunday.

Even in a country known for its elaborately staged displays of military might, the scale and pomp of the festivities less than two weeks after Kim Jong Il's re-election to the party's top post and the news that his 20-something son would succeed his father and grandfather as leader suggested something special.

Doesn't matter that most of the population in NK are starving at the expense of having lavish parties and one of the largest standing armies in the world, plus a continuing development of nuclear weapons and delivery systems.
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Victims of forced eviction in China walk on World Habitat Day
By Sophia Fang
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Homeless and disabled demolition victim and former attorney Ni Yulan, before and after two years of torture and abuse in prison. (The Epoch Times)

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Victims of forced eviction in Beijing, Shanghai, and other areas in China expressed their grievances on World Habitat Day. They went on protest walks and talked about their experiences of forced government demolition and eviction.

Beijings Tiananmen Square was crowded with people during the weeklong Chinese National Day holiday. But some came instead to observe World Habitat Day designated by the United Nations for the first Monday of October every year.

Former Beijing human rights attorney, Ni Yulan, told Voice of America (VOA) that she and many other people went to Tiananmen Square to stage a protest walk, and that they were closely followed by police.

[QUOTE]The purpose of our walk was to protest the illegal demolition and illegal confiscation of personal property. As ordinary Chinese citizens, all we are asking for is a shelter, so we can live a normal, simple, and undisturbed life, Ni said.

Ni was forced by authorities to vacate her home during the lead-up to the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Ni said when she protested the eviction, she was arrested and sexually molested by police and other officials. Later she was sentenced to two years in prison on grounds of interfering with public order. While in prison, she was severely tortured, making her permanently disabled. In addition, her license to practice law was revoked. Ni is now a homeless petitioner, confined to a wheel chair.

Ni was released from prison on April 14. In June, when the Southern People Weekly published an exclusive interview with her, authorities immediately had the article deleted from the website, and the Central Propaganda Department threatened the magazine with an investigation. By that time the news had already been widely circulated by bloggers and aroused public sentiment.

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Nis husband, Dong Jiqin told Sound of Hope Radio: World Habitat Day advocates a home for everybody. The government, and corrupt government officials, have no right to take our homes away from us. Didnt the government say that the right to live is the primary right? We do not have a home to live in. Therefore, we have been deprived of our right to live.

Dong has initiated an arts event called, I Want a Home which consists of a photo collection from forced demolition victims.

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Dong said in another interview with VOA: There are many people whose homes were forcefully demolished. Many protested by setting themselves on fire, throwing Molotov cocktails, or lying under the bulldozers. People have been using all sorts of ways to protest the illegal, forced demolition. That is why I started the I Want a Home photo collection.

Some people sent photos showing themselves in front of the ruins of their former homes, holding a piece of broken tile in their hands, a symbol of their defeat and painful loss.

Among the protest walkers was a woman named Wang Yuqin. Her husband had recently been released from prison after a two-year term for splashing sulfuric acid on the demolition team.
Someone Cares

In Shanghai, people walked outside the Municipal Bureau of Housing Support. Police dispatched vehicles and blocked the public from getting close to the building.

In Zhejiang Province a group of about two dozen victims of forced demolition went to the provincial government building to appeal. They were stopped by police, and one person was arrested.

A woman by the last name of Zhu, who used to live in Hangzhou City, Zhejiang Province, told Radio Free Asia that several dozen families in her district were evicted during one week in September. She said that everyone who participated in the walk is homeless.

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Now those corrupt officials are celebrating National Day, but we are homeless. What can we do about it? Todays protest made us feel that at least some people care about us, Zhu said.

The United Nations has designated the first Monday of October every year as World Habitat Day. It is meant for people to reflect on the state of their towns and cities, and on the basic right of all to adequate shelter. [/QUOTE

]http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/content/view/43981/


Victims of forced demolition and eviction hold a symposium in Beijing on Oct. 2, 2010. (Used with permission by Civil Rights and Livelihood Watch)
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I knew I saw that face before...



All that's missing is a toothbrush mustache:



Bob Etheridge, N.C. Congressman, Allegedly Got Rough With Another Student

http://www.ontheissues.org/NC/Bob_Etheridge.htm

Another one who deserves to be kicked out of office.
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A US judge has ordered a nationwide halt to enforcement of the country's ban on openly gay military personnel.

US District Judge Virginia Phillips last month ruled the "don't ask, don't tell" policy unconstitutional.

Under the policy, gay people can serve in the military but face expulsion if their sexuality is discovered.

President Barack Obama and some military leaders have called for it to be overturned. A legislative attempt to do so failed in the Senate last month.

The US Department of Justice has 60 days to appeal but may opt not to do so.

Last month the ban was also ruled unconstitutional by a federal court in Washington state. A judge there ordered the US Air Force to reinstate a nurse sacked under the policy

Meanwhile, the Pentagon has been studying how gay people can be integrated into the US military and is to report on its findings later this year.

Under the policy, established in 1993 under former President Bill Clinton, the US military is forbidden to inquire about service members' sexual orientation, but can expel people discovered to be homosexual.

The lawsuit was brought by the Log Cabin Republicans, a pro-gay Republican group, on behalf of openly gay military personnel who had been discharged under the policy.

Supporters of the ban say allowing gay people to serve openly in the US military would lower troop morale and hinder military readiness.

Judge Phillips declared the policy unconstitutional after a brief trial last month.

Government attorneys objected to an immediate, nationwide injunction, arguing it might harm military operations during wartime.

Overturning the ban, Judge Phillips cited Mr Obama's contention that it weakened national security by forcing qualified military personnel to "live a lie" or have their careers compromised.

Among other flaws, she found the policy improperly restricted gay military personnel's ability to speak about their lives and their personal relationships.

"It distinguishes between speech regarding sexual orientation, and inevitably, family relationships and daily activities, by and about gay and lesbian servicemembers, which is banned, and speech on those subjects by and about heterosexual servicemembers, which is permitted," Judge Phillips wrote.

Britain, Israel and dozens of other countries allow gay personnel to serve openly.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-11528661

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Gay people in the US military

President Bill Clinton wanted to lift the ban on gay people in the military
After staunch opposition, compromise "don't ask, don't tell" policy passed in 1993
Between 1997 and 2008, 10,500 service members discharged under rules
President Barack Obama pledged to repeal the policy
Pentagon review announced in February 2010

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David Willis
BBC News, California
The judge's ruling means that any proceedings under way involving active US service members anywhere in the world must be discontinued, and anyone who was about to be discharged from the service because of "don't ask, don't tell" will earn a reprieve.

Her decision pre-empts the outcome of an ongoing Pentagon inquiry into the effect of repealing the policy.

That report isn't due out until December, and although Mr Obama had said he would like to see an end to the ban, he is also of the opinion that it should be Congress - and not the courts - which determines military policy.

The dilemma now is that by maintaining that stance and potentially appealing against the judge's decision, Mr Obama's Democratic Party risks alienating the strong support it enjoys from gay rights activists in the run-up to next month's crucial mid-term elections.
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Conservatives claim the stimulus has already failed. But it has barely started.

Lots of controversy for either side, but we can at least get the numbers right when arguing about it.

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The Republican Party declared the bill a failure over the summer, and House Minority Leader John Boehner recently deemed it a waste: "You can't spend $800 billion of taxpayer money and not create jobs when you say that's what the goal was." At a dinner several weeks ago, I heard a cable news reporter, one whose job is to report numbers accurately, declare that "we've already spent $800 billion and it was a waste." I suppose it's too much to ask political hacks and TV reporters to get the size and timing of the stimulus package right. But I expect better from my colleagues at the Washington Post editorial page, which on Sunday argued against further stimulus measures because they would add to the scary national debt and because "the government still hasn't run through half of the $787 billion in tax cuts and spending increases enacted this year."

Some things about the stimulus are indeed complicated. How precisely do you measure the number of jobs "saved" when the federal government cuts checks to states, thus allowing them to avoid budget cuts? But some things about the stimulus are quite simple, including its size and the amount of it that has been spent so far.

As was planned from the start, in fact, only a small portion of the $787 billion has been spent. The Council of Economic Advisers recently issued a comprehensive report on the impact of the stimulus. "As of the end of August, $151.4 billion of the original $787 billion has been outlaid or has gone to American taxpayers and businesses in the form of tax reductions," the CEA reports. That's 19 percent. If projections made for September expenditures are right, "between one-fifth and one-quarter of the total $787 billion" was spent by the beginning of October.

This is not surprising. The ARRA is divided into six different types of components, from tax cuts to infrastructure investments. Some can be done quickly (cutting and mailing tax rebate checks) while others (building bridges) take longer. "The areas where stimulus has been largest in the first six months are individual tax cuts, state fiscal relief, and aid to those most directly hurt by the recession," the CEA reported. Through the end of August, in fact, tax cuts accounted for $62.6 billion of expenditures, and government investment outlays accounted for only $16.5 billion.

The Obama administration believes the stimulus is working. "There is broad agreement that the ARRA has added between 2 and 3 percentage points to baseline real GDP growth in the second quarter of 2009 and around 3 percentage points in the third quarter," the CEA reports. Given that Macroeconomic Advisers is projecting the economy grew at about a 3 percent clip in the third quarter, it's possible that stimulus activity could have meant the difference between growth and contraction in the just-ended quarter. And far from being out of ammunition, the government still has about 75 percent of the $787 billion Congress appropriated to spend during the next two years. Of course, the debate over whether the stimulus worked will ultimately be settled in 2012as voters go to the polls and economists crunch the 2011 data. Until then, we should avoid jumping to rash conclusions.

IRT DADT being suspended: it's about time!
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IRT DADT being suspended: it's about time!

However, the President who campaigned on revoking DADT may decide to fight the ruling:

Gates warns over abrupt halt to 'Don't ask, don't tell'
13 October 2010 Last updated at 12:33 ET

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US Defence Secretary Robert Gates has warned a court-ordered halt of a ban on openly gay military personnel could have "enormous consequences".

A day after a judge halted the "Don't ask, don't tell" policy, Mr Gates said he preferred that Congress, not a court, settle the issue.

Under the policy, gay people can serve in the military but face expulsion if their sexuality is revealed.

A legislative bid to overturn the ban failed in the US Senate last month.

Policy 'to end'

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"I feel strongly this is an action that needs to be taken by the Congress and that it is an action that requires careful preparation, and a lot of training," Mr Gates said. "It has enormous consequences for our troops."

Mr Gates' comments aboard a military aircraft came a day after US District Judge Virginia Phillips, in California, issued a permanent injunction forbidding the US military from enforcing the 17-year-old ban.

At the White House on Wednesday, spokesman Robert Gibbs described "don't ask, don't tell" as "a policy that is going to end". But he declined to answer whether the Obama administration preferred to seek a stay of the injunction and appeal against the ruling.

The US Department of Justice has 60 days to appeal but may opt not to do so.

President Barack Obama has said repeatedly he favours scrapping the ban, and Mr Gibbs reiterated the administration would prefer it be done in Congress rather than the court system. [FT comments--When Mr. President, you have been in office since January 2009 and nothing has happened--the military has lost some fine officers and enlisted personnel at a time when re-enlistments is crucial.]

The US House has already passed a repeal, but the bill stalled in the Senate last month amid staunch Republican opposition. Republicans are poised to make gains in both chambers in the upcoming mid-term election.[]

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"The political balance of power is going to shift after these elections," said Richard Socarides, former gay and lesbian policy adviser to President Bill Clinton. "It's only going to get harder."

Gays warned

Meanwhile, the Pentagon has been studying how gay people can be integrated into the US military and is to report on its findings on 1 December.[FT comments--wake up people, gays and lesbians have been serving in the military for long before DADT]

Pentagon officials have said allowing openly gay military personnel would necessitate dramatic policy changes on everything from housing and insurance to protocol at social events.

Pending the uncertainty, a prominent legal organisation warned gays in the military not to reveal their sexual orientation yet.

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"Service members must proceed safely and should not come out at this time," Aaron Tax, legal director for the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network said.

Britain, Israel and dozens of other countries allow gay personnel to serve openly, but under the US policy established in 1993, gays may serve in the military but cannot acknowledge their orientation. The military is forbidden to inquire but may expel service members found to be gay.

The lawsuit that led to the world-wide injunction against the ban was brought by the Log Cabin Republicans, a pro-gay Republican group, on behalf of openly gay military personnel who had been discharged.

Supporters of the ban say allowing gay people to serve openly in the US military would lower troop morale and hinder military readiness.

Judge Phillips declared the policy unconstitutional after a brief trial last month. She found it violated gay military members' rights to free speech and to equal protection under the law.

Government lawyers objected to an immediate, nationwide injunction, arguing it might harm military operations during wartime.[]

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-11535149
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Well Gates supports repeal of DADT, so it's ultimately going to happen unless he's replaced. Apparently he wants the change to come through Congressional action versus a judge's ruling, so I'm not sure what's going to happen in the short term.

FWIW from what I've been reading this week on military boards I frequent the majority of service members wouldn't be phased by DADT being withdrawn, though this is hardly a scientific survey.
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Well Gates supports repeal of DADT, so it's ultimately going to happen unless he's replaced. Apparently he wants the change to come through Congressional action versus a judge's ruling, so I'm not sure what's going to happen in the short term.

FWIW from what I've been reading this week on military boards I frequent the majority of service members wouldn't be phased by DADT being withdrawn, though this is hardly a scientific survey.

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Movement To End Ban

President Obama said, I will end Dont Ask, Dont Tell.

Admiral Michael Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, told Congress that repealing DADT is the right thing to do. Former Chairman John Shalikashvili agrees. Colin Powell and Richard Cheney say its time to re-examine this law.

By a vote of 234 to 194, the House of Representatives adopted an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that could lead to the repeal of DADT in early 2011.
The Senate Armed Services Committee included an identical provision in the bill it reported to the Senate.

Under this amendment, repeal would await the report of the Working Group established by the Defense Department. The Working Group is studying how to best implement repeal, not whether DADT should be repealed. Repeal will become effective 60 days after the President, Secretary of Defense and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs certify that new regulations have been prepared and that repeal is consistent with the standards of military readiness, military effectiveness, unit cohesion, and recruiting and retention of the Armed Forces.

Growing Military Support for Repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

73 percent of military personnel are comfortable with lesbians and gays (Zogby International, 2006).

The younger generations, those who fight America's 21st century wars, largely don't care about whether someone is gay or not-and they do not link job performance with sexual orientation.

A recent article in Joint Force Quarterly concludes, after a careful examination, there is no scientific evidence to support the claim that unit cohesion will be negatively affected if homosexuals serve openly.

Growing Public Support to End "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

Seventy-five percent of Americans support gays serving openly (ABC News/Washington Post, 2010). This includes majorities of Independents (77%) and Republicans (64%) who favor repeal.

Majorities of weekly churchgoers (60%) and conservatives (58%) also want DADT repealed (Gallup, 2009).

"Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Hurts Military Readiness.

The U.S. must recruit and retain the greatest number of the best and brightest - especially while we are fighting wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Pentagon reports that 75% of young Americans are ineligible to serve in our military because of inadequate education, criminal records or weight problems. Conduct waivers have been given for recruits with records of bomb threats, sex crimes and negligent or vehicular homicide. And yet, qualified, smart, law-abiding and fit youths who want to serve are being excluded merely because of their sexual orientation.

According to the GAO, as of 2003, the military had discharged more than 750 mission-critical service members and more than 320 with skills in important languages such as Arabic, Korean and Farsi (GAO, Military Personnel: Financial Costs and Loss of Critical Skills Due to DODs Homosexual Conduct Policy Cannot Be Completely Estimated).

America's Allies Support Open Military Service.

More than two dozen countries allow gays to serve openly. The US and Turkey are the only two original NATO countries that still have bans in place.

Studies of the militaries in Australia, Israel, Great Britain and Canada have shown open service to have no adverse effect on enrollment or retention.

"Don't Ask, Don't Tell" is Expensive.

The same GAO study identified almost $200 million in costs for the first ten years of Dont Ask, Dont Tell, while concluding that the total costs could not be estimated.

A follow-up study by an expert commission put these costs at more than $363 million.

Pentagon, Government Studies Support Open Service.

In 1993, RAND Corp. concluded that openly gay people in the U.S. military do not negatively impact unit cohesion, morale, good order or military readiness. An update of this study should be completed in the next 90 days.

Several other military-commissioned and GAO studies have concluded that open service does not undermine military readiness, troop morale or national security.

LGBT Patriots Are Serving with Honor and Distinction Now.

Today, there are at least 66,000 gay Americans serving on active duty and one million gay veterans in the United States, according to the Urban Institute.

Admiral Mullen told the Senate Armed Services Committee that he had served with gays since 1968.

Federal Government Agencies Do Not Discriminate.

The CIA, FBI, State Department, the Defense Department on the civilian side, and defense contractors do not discriminate based on sexual orientation.

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By Michael Bristow
BBC News, Beijing


Liu Qingye gave up her job at a hotel because she was not earning enough money

In the shadow of Beijing's Central Business District there is a small area of low-rise slum housing, where people jostle for space.

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China's top Communist Party leaders have begun an annual meeting at which they will discuss the next five-year plan. They will be looking to maintain the rapid pace of growth.

But the leaders also recognise that they will have to give more money to their poorest citizens.

Great view

There is no doubt that China has done well over the last five years.

Officials expected annual growth of 7.5% in this current five-year plan, which runs from 2006 to the end of this year.

They easily beat that goal. Growth averaged 11.4% in the first four years of the plan, according to figures supplied by the bank UBS.

They also did better than expected in other areas; more people now benefit from pensions and basic healthcare insurance.

The economic slump caused by the global financial crisis barely seems to have affected China's economic growth.

People now have more money to spend, and some of them go to the new Shangri-La-run hotel at the top of the China World Tower, Beijing's tallest building.

From a bar on the 80th floor, guests have a spectacular view over the whole city as they nibble expensive snacks and sip drinks.

Some economists believe Chinese officials might have become too confident at the success achieved over the last five years.

"I think the leadership may be looking at the recent performance and over-estimating how good they really have done," said Arthur Kroeber, managing director of the research firm Dragonomics.

"They might also be under-estimating the need for structural reforms that will generate growth in the future."

Many believe China has to increase domestic consumption, rather than relying on investment in infrastructure projects and exports to fuel growth.

The people who live in the slum near the Central Business District will perhaps be hoping that they get a bigger share of the economic pie.

Children left behind

Liu Qingye, originally from Henan Province, is one of those who lives and works in the narrow lanes that make up the area.

She used to work in a nearby hotel, but left last year because she could not survive on her monthly salary of 1,000 yuan ($150, £94).

The 41-year-old now sells hot snacks - including unborn chicks skewered on a stick and fried - from a mobile stall she places next to a rubbish dump.

She earns nearly double her previous wage, but can still only afford to rent a single room, which she shares with her husband.

The couple's two children are back in Henan, being brought up by their grandparents.

Mrs Liu will never be able to afford one of the luxury apartments just down the road.

"We simply don't have enough money to rent a place down there. I just stay here and do my own little business," she said.

China knows that it will have to improve the life of Liu Qingye over the next five years if it is to rebalance its economy - and make its poorest people happier.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-11548719
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Bernanke says Federal Reserve ready to further stimulate* the economy

That's code language for "I'm going to rev up the printing presses."

*I can't help but assume that by "stimulate" the economy he means the same thing as Obama meant when he set out to "stimulate" the economy...which ended up being nothing more than some ineffective masturbation.


But, hey, that's ok, because CNN says low inflation is a bad thing:

CPI: Inflation rate stays uncomfortably low

And Reuters thinks low inflation ain't such a good thing either:

Low U.S. inflation rate bites millions of retirees

Better hang on. This is not likely to turn out well.

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Bernanke says Federal Reserve ready to further stimulate the economy

That's code language for "I'm going to rev up the printing presses." But, hey, that's ok, because CNN says low inflation is a bad thing:

CPI: Inflation rate stays uncomfortably low

And Reuters thinks low inflation ain't such a good thing either:

Low U.S. inflation rate bites millions of retirees

Better hang on. This is not likely to turn out well.

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South Korea's kimchi crisis has deepened, after the president was forced to step in amid fears that cabbage rustlers were descending on farms to steal the key ingredient in the nation's national dish.




By Julian Ryall in Tokyo
Published: 7:00AM BST 15 Oct 2010

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President Lee Myung-bak has this week ordered the government to block the price of staple foodstuffs from rising above international levels after the price of cabbage, which is used to make the fiery dish, increased sharply.

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"There is no reason for people on low incomes to purchase items that are necessary to daily life at higher prices than international prices," Mr Lee was quoted as saying in a cabinet meeting by the Yonhap news agency.

The price of cabbage started to rise in the spring due to a poor harvest after an extremely cold winter. That has been worsened by a wet summer, with domestically-grown cabbages that were selling for 88p last year now changing hands for £8.75.

The opposition has blamed the government for the crisis, claiming that a river restoration project cost the nation 10,550 hectares of prime cabbage growing land.

Every year, South Koreans eat about 2 million tonnes of the fermented cabbage, mixed with garlic and spices, and even sent supplies to the International Space Station. The female members of families traditionally gather in the autumn to make sufficient kimchi to see them through the winter months.

Editorials in national newspapers have described the kimchi situation as "a national tragedy" and "a once-in-a-century crisis."

Desperate to get their hands on fresh supplies, there are even reports of gangs descending on farms in remote areas of South Korea to steal entire cabbage crops.

Mr Lee has ordered that tariffs imposed on cabbages imported from China be lifted with immediate effect and vowed that he will only eat the cheaper and inferior varieties of cabbage that are imported from Europe and the United States.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worl...s-deepens.html
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Hollywood star Angelina Jolie said Friday that she wants to meet a group of war victims to clear up any misunder- standing after Bosnia revoked her license to film this week.

Her license to shoot scenes in Sarajevo and the central town of Zenica in November was cancelled when the Women Victims of War (WVW) association complained after media reports the film would depict a love story between a Muslim victim and her Serb rapist.
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"I have great respect for all the work of the WVW association ... and I would like the opportunity to speak with them to personally clear up any misunderstandings about this project," Jolie said in a statement issued through the UN refugee agency, the UNHCR, in Bosnia.

She added that part of the reason to make her first movie as a director was to remind people of what happened during the 1992-95 war in Bosnia and to give attention to the survivors of the conflict that left some 100,000 people dead.

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"My hope is that people will hold judgment until they have seen the film," she added.

Bakira Hasecic of the WVW, whose members are all wartime rape victims, told AFP Friday that she would gladly meet with Jolie.

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"We would like her to show us the script so we can see if it contains elements that falsify history and the truth," she said.

Hasecic has not seen the script yet and the WVW complaints were based solely on the press reports.

A local production company working with Jolie on the project told AFP Thursday that they had sent the script of the as yet untitled movie to the culture ministry of Bosnia's Muslim-Croat Federation.

A representative of the company was confident they would get their filming license reinstated and insisted that the film was not a rape love story.

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"It would be a shame for all of us on the project and the local crew in Sarajevo, if unfair pressure based on wrong information were to prevent us from shooting in Bosnia,"

Jolie's production company for the project GK Films said in a separate statement Friday.
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Demonstrations have been held in China and Japan about islands claimed by both countries in the East China Sea.



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In Tokyo, demonstrators rallied against China's claim to the islands and delivered a note to China's embassy.

In China, protesters chanted anti-Japanese slogans in three cities.

The long-running row erupted into a full-blown diplomatic crisis last month when Japan seized a Chinese fishing boat and its captain after a collision in disputed waters.

The captain was accused of deliberately ramming two Japanese patrol boats. He was released after two weeks, and the two countries have since moved to ease tensions.

However China has demanded an apology over the incident - something Japan has rejected.

During Saturday's demonstration in Tokyo, hundreds of people carried banners reading "Japan is in danger" and "Don't forgive invader China".

Beijing authorities later expressed "deep concern" over the protest.

In China, anti-Japanese demonstrations were reported in the cities of Chengdu, Xian and Zhengzhou.

Several thousand protesters carried banners with slogans such as "Overthrow Japanese imperialism" and "Protect the Diaoyu islands."

Witnesses said at least one Japanese restaurant had its windows broken.

In the past Chinese authorities have orchestrated large-scale demonstrations over the uninhabited islands, which are known as Senkaku in Japan and may have rich oil and gas deposits.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-11558882
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By S.A. MILLER, Post Corresponent
Last Updated: 4:23 PM, October 17, 2010
Posted: 4:23 PM, October 17, 2010

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WASHINGTON Dirty, Sexy Politics author Meghan McCain today slammed Delaware Republican Senate candidate Christine ODonnell, calling her a nut job.

"I just know, in my group of friends, it turns people off because she's seen as a nut job," McCain, daughter of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), said on ABCs This Week. And its scary for me for a lot of reasons."

"I speak as a 26-year-old woman, and my problem is that, no matter what, Christine O'Donnell is making a mockery of running for public office," she said of the Tea Party favorite, whose been mocked for wacky comments she made in the '90s, such as claiming to have dabbled in witchcraft.

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/politic...2wolj4lTp3F6vK

Oh the pain.

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It's curious that there never seems to be an explanation for Obama that involves actually, you know, legitimately, honestly and rightly disagreeing with him and his policies:

Obama: Voters 'Scared,' Not Thinking Clearly About Election

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Barely News: RIP, Dr. Mildred Jefferson

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Most readers are probably unaware that the first African-American woman to graduate from Harvard Medical School who was also the first female surgical intern at Boston City Hospital passed away this weekend.

Though the wire service did file a brief local story, the Associated Press's national site has no coverage of Dr. Mildred Jefferson's death.

I would suggest that the coverage is so quiet because Mildred Jefferson was also an important pro-life pioneer.

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NEW YORK A college student charged with stabbing a New York taxi driver in an anti-Muslim attack is expected to be released on $500,000 bail.

A judge Tuesday approved the combination of cash and property Michael Enright's family put up to free him. With that, the 21-year-old is headed toward release later in the day.

His next court date is Dec. 8.

Prosecutors say Enright asked driver Ahmed Sharif whether he was Muslim and then told him to "consider this a checkpoint" before slashing him in the neck. Sharif survived.

Enright has pleaded not guilty. His lawyer says the film student was beset by alcoholism and post-traumatic stress disorder from a trip to Afghanistan.

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Eryn Correa on October 19, 2010 11:38 AM ET

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[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit [official website] on Friday upheld [opinion, PDF] the constitutionality of an Illinois statute mandating a daily moment of silence in public schools. The court rejected arguments that the Illinois Reflection and Silent Prayer Act [text] violated the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment [text] by encouraging prayer in public schools, reversing an April 2009 ruling [JURIST report] by the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois [official website]. Judge Daniel Manion relied on the Lemon Test [text] in determining that the Illinois statute had a secular legislative purpose that neither advanced or inhibited religion:

The Illinois legislature had a secular purpose in passing Section 1, namely mandating a period of silence to calm school children before the start of their day. There is no evidence that the secular purpose is a sham and that Illinoiss true purpose was to promote prayer. And there is nothing impermissible about clarifying that students may pray during that time period. Section 1 also does not advance or inhibit religion (or specific religions that practice momentary silent prayer), but rather mandates only a period of silence. There is also no state entanglement with religion. Therefore, Section 1 satisfies the Lemon test and Shermans First Amendment challenge fails. Shermans vagueness challenge also fails because Section 1 is not unconstitutionally vague in all of its operations.

The challenge was initially brought by Dawn Sherman and her father, Rob Sherman in 2007. Following Friday's decision, Rob Sherman warned on his website [advocacy website] that the "war" to overturn the statute will continue.

This case is the most recent development in the ongoing debate concerning free speech and the Establishment Clause in public schools. Last week, the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled [JURIST report] that the words "one state under God" in the Texas Pledge of Allegiance [text; JURIST news archive] do not violate the Constitution. Earlier this year, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled [JURIST post] that a teacher-led recitation of the national Pledge of Allegiance in public schools does not violate the constitution. In 2008, the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit upheld [JURIST report] the constitutionality of requiring students through grade 12 to obtain parental permission before being excused from the Pledge of Allegiance. In 2005, a federal judge in Sacramento upheld the unconstitutionality of the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance which included the words 'under God' [JURIST report].
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By KEITH BRADSHER
Published: October 19, 2010

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HONG KONG China, which has been blocking shipments of crucial minerals to Japan for the last month, has now quietly halted shipments of some of those same materials to the United States and Europe, three industry officials said on Tuesday.

The Chinese action, involving rare earth minerals that are crucial to manufacturing many advanced products, seems certain to further ratchet up already rising trade and currency tensions with the West. Until recently, China typically sought quick and quiet accommodations on trade issues. But the interruption in rare earth supplies is the latest sign from Beijing that Chinese officials are willing to use their growing economic muscle.

The embargo is expanding beyond Japan, said one of the three rare earth industry officials, all of whom insisted on anonymity for fear of business retaliation by Chinese authorities. They said Chinese customs officials imposed the broader shipment restrictions Monday morning, hours after a top Chinese official had summoned international news media Sunday night to denounceUnited States trade actions.

China mines 95 percent of the worlds rare earth elements, which have broad commercial and military applications, and are vital to the manufacture of diverse products including large wind turbines and guided missiles. Any curtailment of Chinese supplies of rare earths is likely to be greeted with alarm in Western capitals, particularly because Western companies are believed to keep much smaller stockpiles of rare earths than Japanese companies do.

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The Office of the United States Trade Representative, which is part of the White House, had a cautious reaction Tuesday to the China Daily report.

Pursuant to our recent announcement, we are investigating whether Chinas actions and policies regarding restrictions on rare earth exports are consistent with W.T.O. rules, said Nefeterius A. McPherson, a spokeswoman for the office. We will be monitoring any new developments with the same concerns in mind.

Dudley Kingsnorth, a rare earth market analyst at the Industrial Minerals Company of Australia in Perth, said that if China adopted a further reduction in export quotas of 30 percent for next year, manufacturers elsewhere could face difficulties.

That will create some problems, he said. Itll force some people to look very carefully at the use of rare earths, and we might be reverting to some older technologies until alternative sources of rare earths are developed.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/20/bu...20rare.html?hp
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