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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.

There go Obama's plans for electric cars, solar power, and wind farms.

Our Rare Earth Problem: Why Green Jobs Wont Be Created Here:

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As Daniel McGroarty, a principal of the Carmot Strategic Group observes, China is involved in an intentional strategy to ensure that the Chinese, not the United States, will be the ones building the green devices of tomorrow. And its not only the obvious devices, like windmills and solar panels. China will be making your compact fluorescent bulbs, your power-saving computer monitor, cell-phone display, fiber-optic cables, automotive components, and much more.
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By the CNN Wire Staff
October 19, 2010 2:54 p.m. EDT

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CNN) -- A court in the United Arab Emirates says a man is permitted under Islamic law to physically discipline his wife and children as long as he leaves no marks and has tried other methods of punishment, the country's top court ruled.

The ruling came in the case of a man who slapped his wife and slapped and kicked his 23-year-old daughter, the document said.

The daughter had bruises on her right hand and right knee and the wife had injuries to her lower lip and teeth, the ruling said.

The court ruled that a man has the right to punish his wife and children. That includes beating them, after he has tried other options, such as admonition and then abstaining from sleeping with his wife.

However, the court ruled that in this case the man exceeded his authority under sharia, or Islamic law. His wife was beaten too severely and his daughter was too old to be disciplined, the ruling said.

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"Although the [law] permits the husband to use his right [to discipline], he has to abide by the limits of this right,"

wrote Chief Justice Falah al Hajeri in a ruling issued this month and released in a court document recently. It was reported in the English-language publication The National.

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"If the husband abuses this right to discipline, he cannot be exempted from punishment," according to the ruling.

Several experts said it is against Islamic law to permit wife-beating.

Jihad Hashim Brown -- the head of research at Tabah Foundation, which specializes in the interpretation of Islamic law -- couldn't comment specifically on what the courts did and didn't say because he hadn't read the ruling.

However, he said he feels confident that the UAE court didn't sanction injury or abuse. He said sharia law is complex and has been open to interpretation.

But he argued that in Islamic law it is "absolutely unlawful" to abuse a wife, injure her, or insult her dignity.

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"When a situation in a marriage reaches the point where people feel like they need to hit someone, that is time for divorce. Anyone who would abuse, injure or even insult the dignity of their wife, this has now become a criminal offense which can be prosecuted in a court of law."

Canadian-Egyptian scholar Dr. Jamal Badawi, who has written about this topic, said
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"wife beating is not allowed in Islam" and said the Quranic verses and sayings back "the prohibition of any type of wife beating," especially on the face.

Summer Hathout, a lawyer and an activist for women's rights in California, argued that the UAE rulings are based on maintaning a patriarchal elite power structure.

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"To those of us who know Islam and the Quran, violence against women is so antithetical to the teachings of Islam," she said.

http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/meast/...ing/index.html
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Evidently the whole "angry, irrational voter" thing is a Democratic talking-point:

Democrats plead: Don't vote angry



It's simply unfathomable (to Democrats) that voters might just be reasonably and rationally fed up with the Democrats and their policies.

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what the hell is the big deal that you have to wait 2 more years for your pension from 60-62 years and full retirement from 65-67 years old? So what! This is complete crap what the french are doing in protesting this
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20 October 2010 Last updated at 07:08 ET



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At least 1,000 ethnic Tibetan students in China have protested against what they call the erosion of their culture and language, a rights group says.

It follows unconfirmed reports of plans to curb the use of the Tibetan language in classrooms.

The London-based Free Tibet campaign group said the peaceful march took place in Tongren, Qinghai province.

The area is home to many ethnic Tibetans and was the scene of anti-Chinese riots in 2008.

Residents contacted by phone by Reuters said the march through Tongren, also known as Rebkong, was allowed to pass without police interference.

They said the protests took place on Tuesday.

Language erosion

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"They (the protesters) went home in the early afternoon after government officials came out and talked with them,"

one of the residents told Reuters.

Estimates of the total number of participants ranged from 1,000 to 7,000.

The Free Tibet group said there were between 5,000 and 9,000 demonstrators from six schools.

It said they were angered by changes to education policy which would limit the use of Tibetan language in schools.

All textbooks and subjects will be in Mandarin Chinese, except for Tibetan and English language classes.

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"The Chinese are enforcing reforms which remind me of the Cultural Revolution,"

the group quoted one unnamed former Tongren teacher as saying.

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"This reform is not only a threat to our mother tongue, but is in direct violation of the Chinese constitution, which is meant to protect our rights.

"The use of Tibetan is being systematically wiped out as part of China's strategy to cement its occupation of Tibet,"

Free Tibet said.

However local teachers contacted by Reuters news agency said they had not been ordered to do this.

China rules the Tibet Autonomous Region strictly but usually allows more freedom to Tibetan populations elsewhere in China; Tibetan is an official language in Tibet and parts of China such as Qinghai.

The Chinese government says it is bringing development and economic opportunities to areas long subject to official neglect.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-11581189

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The Tibet Divide

China says Tibet was always part of its territory


Tibet enjoyed long periods of autonomy before 20th Century

In 1950, China launched a military assault

Opposition to Chinese rule led to a bloody uprising in 1959

Tibet's spiritual leader the Dalai Lama fled to India

Dalai Lama now advocates a "middle way" with Beijing, seeking autonomy but not independence

MORE ON TIBET

http://www.infoplease.com/ce6/world/A0861546.html

http://www.tibetcustom.com/article.p...01018172649805

http://www.historyworld.net/wrldhis/...historyid=aa71
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what the hell is the big deal that you have to wait 2 more years for your pension from 60-62 years and full retirement from 65-67 years old? So what! This is complete crap what the french are doing in protesting this

The retirement age in the US was raised in 1983, however it was done in a series of steps. The current age to collect is age 66. It has been rising incrementally since then
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Raises the age of eligibility for unreduced retirement benefits in two stages to 67 by the year 2027. Workers born in 1938 will be the first group affected by the gradual increase. Benefits will still be available at age 62, but with greater reduction.

http://www.ssa.gov/history/1983amend.html

History os Social Security Legislation@

http://www.ssa.gov/history/law.html

It appears that the French will make the law take affect almost immediately. They also pay out at a lot higher rate than the US.

French opinions appear to be divided @ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-11572610
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By Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience Senior Writer / October 19, 2010

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It's a good news/bad news situation for believers in the 2012 Mayan apocalypse. The good news is that the Mayan "Long Count" calendar may not end on Dec. 21, 2012 (and, by extension, the world may not end along with it). The bad news for prophecy believers? If the calendar doesn't end in December 2012, no one knows when it actually will or if it has already.

A new critique, published as a chapter in the new textbook "Calendars and Years II: Astronomy and Time in the Ancient and Medieval World" (Oxbow Books, 2010), argues that the accepted conversions of dates from Mayan to the modern calendar may be off by as much as 50 or 100 years. That would throw the supposed and overhyped 2012 apocalypse off by decades and cast into doubt the dates of historical Mayan events. (The doomsday worries are based on the fact that the Mayan calendar ends in 2012, much as our year ends on Dec. 31.)

http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/201...n-might-be-off

Just when I made plans for the End of The World Party
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Police in Swaziland say they will set up a national register of albinos after a horrific killing of an 11-year-old albino girl shocked the tiny landlocked nation.



By Ian Evans, Correspondent / October 21, 2010
Cape Town, South Africa

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Police in Swaziland will set up a national register of albinos after a horrific killing of an 11-year-old albino girl shocked the tiny landlocked nation.

It is true that we are soon going to be engaged in that exercise where a register for all albinos will be taken," said Wendy Hleta, a spokeswoman for the Royal Swaziland Police, in comments to the Swazi Observer newspaper.

The police force says it needed to keep track of albinos to protect them from bounty hunters who kill and then sell their body parts for traditional medicine.

While the practice is widely condemned and rejected throughout the continent, some Africans do believe albino body parts have magical and medicinal powers when dished up by witch doctors. Some think the concoctions bring good luck while others believe they can bring anything from political power to a cure for HIV/AIDS.

The body parts of albinos who lack pigment in their skin, hair, and eyes can now sometimes sell in local black markets for tens of thousands of dollars. As a result, they have been targeted across eastern Africa, particularly in Burundi and Tanzania, where three months ago a man was sentenced to death for killing a five-year-old albino girl.

Now, after a clampdown in those countries, welfare workers fear the capture and murder of albinos is heading south to nations such as Swaziland.

Even though the killing of 11-year-old albino Banele Nxumalo was the first recorded killing of an albino in Swaziland, rights groups there are concerned about a coming trend.

Swaziland which has been identified as a destination, source, and transit point for human trafficking, which also occurs for trade in body parts, is clearly no longer exempt of this type of crime, where young albinos are being targeted, said the Swaziland Action Group Against Abuse.

The police announcement to start a register to protect albinos signals a desire to nip the problem in the bud.

Meanwhile, the Traditional Healers Association of Swaziland sought to distance themselves from the gruesome killing, saying it was the work of "witches and warlocks."

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Afric...-witch-doctors
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Malo periculosam, libertatem quam quietam servitutem.

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

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High Tech Industry Gives More Money to Democrats

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Obama meets with Apple CEO Jobs

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama met on Thursday afternoon in San Francisco with Apple Inc Chief Executive Steve Jobs, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said.

"They discussed American competitiveness and education, especially reforms such as the President's Race to the Top initiative," Gibbs said in a statement.

Obama and Jobs also talked about energy independence and ways to increase job creation, Gibbs added.

Earlier, Gibbs told reporters traveling on Air Force One from Seattle to San Francisco that it was "a meeting the president was interested in having."

"I think they last met ... along the trail in the 2008 (presidential) campaign," Gibbs said.

Obama is on a four-day trip through Western U.S. states, seeking to bolster Democratic candidates before the November 2 midterm elections, in which his party is expected to lose many U.S. congressional seats and state governorships.

http://wtaq.com/news/articles/2010/o...pple-ceo-jobs/

and maybe he got the new MBA for his daughters too.
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Malo periculosam, libertatem quam quietam servitutem.

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

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The state is nothing more than a criminal gang writ large.

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Welcome to American the Police State.

Wow, thanks for sharing the link. That is beyond disturbing.

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Sept. 10, 1991: Supreme Court Justice nominee Clarence Thomas and his wife Virginia listen during his nomination hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill.

Clarence Thomas' Former Girlfriend Breaks Her Silence
by BILL CHAPPELL

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Virginia Thomas' request for an apology http://www.npr.org/templates/story/s...ryId=130709372 from Anita Hill for accusing Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment during his Supreme Court confirmation hearings in 1991 has prompted Thomas' former girlfriend to break her silence about the man she used to date.

Lillian McEwen agreed to speak about Clarence Thomas with Washington Post reporter Michael Fletcher, whose story quotes her as saying that Thomas was "always actively watching the women he worked with to see if they could be potential partners. It was a hobby of his."

As Fletcher http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...tion/special/1 tells NPR's Robert Siegel, in his discussions with McEwen, "she talks about a Clarence Thomas that in some ways resembled the Clarence Thomas that Anita Hill talked about at the hearings."

McEwen and Thomas had dated in the late 1970s and early '80s. As for why she has now decided to speak out, Fletcher says,
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"She felt that for too long, in her view, Clarence Thomas had sort of painted himself as a victim in this. And she wanted to give a fuller description of the Clarence Thomas she knew."



McEwen did not testify back in 1991. Fletcher says that she simply wasn't asked. Then-Sen. Joseph Biden, who was running the confirmation hearings, had decided the panel would only call on witnesses who had worked with Thomas.

Now a retired lawyer and an administrative law judge, McEwen has written a memoir about her life from growing up in Washington, D.C., to her professional and personal experiences.

As Fletcher writes:

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Her story also includes explicit details of her relationship with Thomas, which she said included a freewheeling sex life.

Given that history, she said Hill's long-ago description of Thomas's behavior resonated with her.

"He was obsessed with porn," she said of Thomas, who is now 63. "He would talk about what he had seen in magazines and films, if there was something worth noting."

McEwen added that she had no problem with Thomas's interests, although she found pornography to be "boring."

Fletcher says that after speaking with McEwen, he contacted the Supreme Court to give Thomas an opportunity to respond to her statements. But he was told that Thomas was away, and unavailable to comment.

And in an odd coincidence, Fletcher says, McEwen's tasks at the Justice Department once included helping to vet candidates for the Supreme Court.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/...end-speaks-out

Clarence Thomas' Wife In Spotlight After Phone Call
by NINA TOTENBERG
October 20, 2010

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A phone call from the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has rekindled a steamy controversy that riveted the nation nearly two decades ago.

In 1991, the Senate Judiciary Committee reopened confirmation hearings for Thomas, after NPR disclosed that University of Oklahoma law professor Anita Hill a onetime aide to Thomas - had accused her former boss of sexual harassment. At the hearing, Hill graphically detailed the events that she said eventually put her in the hospital with stress-related abdominal pain.

An enraged Thomas called the accusations a lie and called the proceedings "a circus," a "national disgrace" and "a high-tech lynching for uppity blacks who in any way deign to think for themselves."

Thomas was narrowly confirmed, and the matter has lain dormant, and unresolved, for 19 years until 11 days ago, when Virginia Thomas called Hill, now a professor at Brandeis University, at 7:30 a.m. and left a voice mail message. It said:

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Good morning, Anita Hill; it's Ginni Thomas. I just wanted to reach across the airwaves and the years and ask you to consider something. I would love you to consider an apology sometime and some full explanation of why you did what you did with my husband. So give it some thought and certainly pray about this and come to understand why you did what you did. OK have a good day.

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/s...ryId=130709372







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By Daniel de Vise
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, October 23, 2010; 11:41 AM

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Police discovered a methamphetamine lab inside a freshman residence hall on the Georgetown University campus early Saturday.

Four hundred residents of Harbin Hall were evacuated and two freshmen were detained for questioning. Students and administrators at the prestigious private university were startled by the find.

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"For this campus, this is very out of the norm," said Kayla Bostwick, 18, a freshman rousted from her room at 6 Saturday morning. "This should not happen."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...102301833.html

CHEMISTRY ASSIGNMENT??? NEXT TIME KEEP IT IN THE LAB.
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I'll add one.

Did GW wipe his hand on Bill Clinton's shirt after he shook hands with people in Haiti?


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/0..._n_511188.html

No he put it up his ass where his head also belongs and brains.
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Body scanners unveiled at JFK Airport; Homeland Security Sect. Janet Napolitano doesn't volunteer:

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Airline passengers might want to consider a trip to the gym before heading to the airport now that high-tech body scanners have been unveiled at Kennedy Airport.

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano yesterday hailed them as an important breakthrough for airport security and the fight against terrorism.

Yet when it came to testing the devices - which produce chalky, naked X-ray images of passengers - she turned the floor over to some brave volunteers.

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The war on terror has been a phenomenal success. Just like the seventy year old war on poverty, the forty year old war on drugs, and the ten year old war on terror. They all continue to accomplish their goals.

We're just looking at success from the wrong side.

Education, economic recovery, health care reform, banking, global warming/cooling/"change"... everything is going extremely well.

Government's Response to the Crisis: A Fantastic Success, for Government
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By Leisa Zigman

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Creve Coeur, MO (KSDK) -- With rising anti-Muslim sentiment across the country, an untold story is raising greater awareness about the Muslim faith and the teachings of the Quran. That awareness comes from an unlikely source: a small Jewish congregation in Creve Coeur.

Temple Emanuel is premiering a groundbreaking exhibit of photos that reveals Albanian Muslims who saved 2,000 Jews during World War II.

It's a story you've likely never heard. It is a story told through the faces of Albanian Muslims who risked their own lives to live by a code of faith and honor called Besa.

Dr. Ghazala Hayat is a neurologist at St. Louis University and serves as spokesperson for the Islamic Foundation of Greater Saint Louis.

Hayat said while Besa is an Albanian word, it is part of Islamic culture and teachings. According to Dr. Hayat, Besa is an ancient code which requires people to endanger their own lives if necessary to save the life of anyone seeking asylum. To this day, Besa is the highest moral law of the region, superseding religious differences, blood feuds, and even tribal traditions.

The exhibit is opening eyes throughout the world.

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"You don't have to share the same faith. You have to respect each other's faith," Hayat said.

Pictures of the Albanian Muslims in the exhibit tell a lifetime of stories. As a young mother, one woman did not have enough breast milk to feed her son. A Jewish woman she hid nursed him instead. She was asked if she minded that a Jewish mother had fed her baby.

"Jews are God's people like us," the woman said.

Another man who also hid Jewish families said, "I did nothing special. All Jews are our brothers."

And the head of the Bektashi sect, with more than seven million followers, tells the story of Albania's prime minister, who gave a secret order during the Nazi occupation.

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"All Jewish children will sleep with your children, all will eat the same food, and all will live as one family," the order read.

In post-war Europe, it is said Albania was the only Nazi-occupied country to boast a greater number of Jews than before the Holocaust.



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"They were among the people who at great personal risk sheltered Jews and protected them in their homes and did so out of a religious obligation," said Rabbi Justin Kerber, Temple Emanuel.



The Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis and several local Jewish agencies hope the St. Louis community will experience this rare look at the role Albanian Muslims played in sheltering Jews from the Nazis.

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"At this time of tension over Islam in America, there is so much more to understanding Islam," Rabbi Kerber said.



The BESA exhibition at Temple Emanuel is October 21- December 1, 2010
12166 Conway Road
Thursday 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturdays and Sundays, 12 p.m. to 4pm and by appointment


For more information, contact Gail at gail@testl.org or call 314-432-5877.

http://www.ksdk.com/news/local/story...222601&catid=3



http://www.ksdk.com/video/default.as...d=642039664001
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Has the Earth Run Out of Any Natural Resources?

You Don't Bring a Praseodymium Knife to a Gunfight

From "Limits to Growth" (1972): Gold would run out in 1981, silver and mercury in 1985, and zinc in 1990.

Oops.

From "The Population Bomb" (1968) by Paul Erlich: "The battle to feed all of humanity is over. In the 1970's the world will undergo famineshundreds of millions of people are going to starve to death."

Oops.

In 1914, the U.S. Bureau of Mines predicted American oil reserves would last merely a decade.

Oops.

In both 1939 and 1951, the Interior Department estimated oil supply at only 13 years.

Oops.

"We could use up all of the proven reserves of oil in the entire world by the end of the next decade," declared President Jimmy Carter in 1977.

Oops.

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By Cameron Smith
Fri Oct 22 03:03pm PDT




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A group of high school football officials in Washington state were trying to support breast cancer research while working this week's games, so they made a pledge to donate all game checks to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Then, to top off the charitable gesture, they announced they would all use pink whistles during the games. Now there's a chance those whistles could cost the refs a chance to work state playoff games.

The chair of the WOA, Todd Stordahl, told KING 5 News and MyNorthwest.com he has little choice but to discipline officials who used colored whistles. He claims that letting them continue without punishment would send the wrong message to student athletes.

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"They chose not to ask for permission, not to go the right route," Stordahl told KING 5. "It sends the wrong message to kids that are playing the game. 'If they broke the rules why can't I do the same.'"

Though no discipline has been decided upon, Stordahl indicated it was likely that pink whistle-blowing officials would be suspended for two playoff games. That would not only keep the referees from working at the annual pinnacle of their sport, but also cost them two game checks.
Considering that the referees were already donating one game check to charity, that would leave them with three fewer checks than in a typical season.

Meanwhile, MyNorthwest.com is reporting the PNFOA is arguing the dress code for officials does not technically specify that only black whistles be used, which means any suspensions would be unwarranted. That follows a Tuesday PNFOA meeting in which the group's president, Mike Livingston, said the board voted unanimously to use the colored whistles, regardless of penalty.

The officials themselves seem to be on board with the PNFOA decision, due to a commitment the referees felt to both breast cancer awareness and each other. There's little indication that the threat that came Thursday night from the WOA will keep them from using the pink whistles they intended.

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"A lot of the guys in the association have been touched by breast cancer in some way," referee Jeff Mattson told MyNorthwest.com. "So we decided to take on the Susan G. Komen Foundation."

http://rivals.yahoo.com/highschool/b...hschool-279246

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trumptman had just posted this pic before making that comment-

Don't you Americans have any respect for the President of the United States?
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There go Obama's plans for electric cars, solar power, and wind farms.

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Personally I am sick and tired of hearing the name China everywhere we go.Everything you pick up Made In China plain disgusting. Even Apple products made in China. It is about time Apple and other products start to be made here in the USA!We are to dependent on China and their economy today.We can do the same thing as China only if we tried harder and better.
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Don't you Americans have any respect for the President of the United States?

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No he put it up his ass where his head also belongs and brains.

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Don't you Americans have any respect for the President of the United States?

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Personally I am sick and tired of hearing the name China everywhere we go.Everything you pick up Made In China plain disgusting. Even Apple products made in China. It is about time Apple and other products start to be made here in the USA!We are to dependent on China and their economy today.We can do the same thing as China only if we tried harder and better.

I love listening to retired, grumpy ex-pats tell us how things ought to be done while enjoying the spoils of their generational wealth transfers. The irony kills me.

"During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." -George Orwell

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Oct. 26, 1970: In the first published Doonesbury cartoon, B.D., a preppy athletic type, meets his new college roommate, nerdy Mike Doonesbury. Garry Trudeau was still an undergrad at Yale when his cartoons were first syndicated.

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Forty years ago this morning, nerdy freshman Mike Doonesbury met his roommate at Walden College, and since that day, the funny pages haven't been the same.

Created in the throes of '60s and '70s counterculture, Garry Trudeau's Doonesbury comic strip blurred the lines between comics and the editorial pages, and produced some of the most memorable cartoon characters ever sketched.

Trudeau started drawing Doonesbury in 1970 as a Yale undergrad. "It was basically a sports strip," he tells NPR's Renee Montagne. But he soon had to scramble to find a way to sustain the strip's humor on a grander scale.

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"Comic strips are like a public utility," Trudeau says. "They're supposed to be there 365 days a year, and you're supposed to be able to hit the mark day after day. And I had no idea whether I could do that."

In the four decades since its humble beginnings, Doonesbury has become much more than a sports strip. Trudeau marks his characters' 40th anniversary in the hefty new collection 40: A Doonesbury Retrospective.

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/s...ryId=130815184

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Paul The Octopus, World Cup Oracle, Dies




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Paul the Octopus, the tentacled tipster who fascinated football fans by correctly predicting results at this year's World Cup, died Tuesday.

Paul had reached the octopus old age of 2½ years and died in his tank on Tuesday morning in an aquarium in the western German city of Oberhausen, spokeswoman Ariane Vieregge said.

Paul seemed to be in good shape when he was checked late Monday, but he did not make it through the night. He died of natural causes, Vieregge added.

After rising to global prominence during the World Cup in South Africa in June and July, Paul retired from the predictions business after the final between Spain and the Netherlands - the result of which he also forecast correctly - and returned to his prime role of making children happy.

The invertebrate was stepping "back from the official oracle business," Tanja Munzig, a spokeswoman for the Sea Life aquarium in Oberhausen, told AP Television News at the time.

"He won't give any more oracle predictions - either in football, nor in politics, lifestyle or economy," she said. "Paul will get back to his former job, namely making children laugh."

Paul correctly predicted the outcomes of all seven of Germany's World Cup games. He made his predictions by opening the lid of one of two clear plastic boxes, each containing a mussel and bearing a team flag.

After his World Cup soothsaying skills were revealed, the English-born Paul was appointed an ambassador to England's bid to host the 2018 World Cup. He had English roots, having been hatched at Weymouth Sea Life Center on England's south coast in 2008.

Imitators sprang up all over the world, including Mani the Parakeet in Singapore and Lorenzo the Parrot in Hannover, Germany.

The latest was a saltwater crocodile named Dirty Harry, who predicted Spain's World Cup final win and called the result of Australia's general election by snatching a chicken carcass dangling beneath a caricature of Prime Minister Julia Gillard.

Paul became so popular in Spain that a northwestern Spanish town tried to borrow him.

In response to hundreds of requests to bring Paul to Spain, the Madrid Zoo asked Sea Life if it would be willing to make a deal to bring him in as a tribute to the Spanish team's victory, either temporarily or for good. But the German aquarium turned down that offer, too.

Paul also had an agent and his name was used to help endangered turtles on the Greek island of Zakynthos.

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Bye-bye, tax breaks?:

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Tax experts almost uniformly say the next Congress should rethink the more than 200 tax breaks in the federal code that cost more than $1 trillion a year. And, yes, that includes even the really, really popular ones.

Lawmakers may be presented with the idea as early as December, when President Obama's fiscal commission issues its report. There is a possibility the commission may recommend curtailing or eliminating some tax breaks.

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Not surprisingly, those five are also among the most popular:

- mortgage interest deduction;
- tax-free income workers get from employers to pay for health insurance;
- deduction for state and local taxes;
- deduction for charitable contributions;
- and myriad tax breaks for retirement savings.

Many of those breaks are only available to the roughly one-third of taxpayers who itemize deductions on their returns.

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Bye-bye, tax breaks?:

Go ahead. Eliminate the mortgage interest deduction. That will fix the housing market.

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Congress should rethink the more than 200 tax breaks in the federal code that cost more than $1 trillion a year.



Not robbing convenience stores costs me money every day.
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What was that big decline after 2000 all about? Oh, that's when George Bush "wrecked this country"

Unfortunately the chart only goes to 2006, before the Ds hijacked Congress and well before the Obamanation.

What happened next is painfully obvious:

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The era of big government has returned with a vengeance, in the form of the largest federal work force in modern history.

The Obama administration says the government will grow to 2.15 million employees this year, topping 2 million for the first time since President Clinton declared that "the era of big government is over" and joined forces with a Republican-led Congress in the 1990s to pare back the federal work force.

From 1981 through 2008, the civilian work force remained at about 1.1 million to 1.2 million, with a low of 1.07 million in 1986 and a high of more than 1.2 million in 1993 and in 2008. In 2009, the number jumped to 1.28 million.

That's 870,000 new Federal employees... in one year.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/...turn-of-big-g/

I know he smokes, but what is in those cigs anyway

Perception is 90% of politics, yet it's as though Obama is going out of his way to prove how aloof and out of touch he is.
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Federal judge shuts down file-sharing site LimeWire
Andrea Bottorff on October 27, 2010 10:12 AM ET


[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York issued a permanent injunction Tuesday that will prevent music file-sharing website LimeWire from providing online users with the software necessary to share copyrighted files. The injunction shut down the website, which plaintiff Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) claimed has allowed for "millions upon millions of users" to illegally access and distribute copyrighted songs. The district court ruled that RIAA has suffered and continues to suffer irreparable harm to its business and that even a permanent injunction will not give RIAA adequate remedy for its potential future injury as a result of continued peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing. The court also decided that LimeWire intentionally encouraged copyright infringement, particularly in light of its knowledge of other recent cases involving illegal file-sharing websites, like Grokster and Aimster. LimeWire could face a minimum of $150,000 in statutory damages per each copyright violation, placing its total damages over $1 billion. The court will rule on damages in January.
The US music industry has been actively litigating alleged copyright infringement in P2P online file sharing. In January, a federal judge reduced a $1.92 million jury verdict against a Minnesota woman who was found to have violated music copyrights to about $54,000. Chief Judge Michael Davis of the US District Court for the District Court of Minnesota called the damages amount "monstrous and shocking" and said the facts of the case could not justify the jury verdict. Davis emphasized that the defendant was an individual consumer who downloaded music for her own use and not for profit and also said that the damages to the plaintiffs, members of the RIAA, did not support the verdict. The judge ultimately decided the award should be triple the statutory minimum of $750 per song, because the defendant willfully shared 24 songs on the file-sharing program KaZaA [website] and because of the need for deterrence. Last year, the RIAA said that it would discontinue its controversial policy [JURIST report] of suing suspected file-sharers and instead will seek cooperation with major Internet service providers to cut off access to repeat offenders.
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Chinese Supercomputer Wrests Title From U.S.
By ASHLEE VANCE
Published: October 28, 2010



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A Chinese scientific research center has built the fastest supercomputer ever made, replacing the United States as maker of the swiftest machine, and giving China bragging rights as a technology superpower.

The computer, known as Tianhe-1A, has 1.4 times the horsepower of the current top computer, which is at a national laboratory in Tennessee, as measured by the standard test used to gauge how well the systems handle mathematical calculations, said Jack Dongarra, a University of Tennessee computer scientist who maintains the official supercomputer rankings.

Although the official list of the top 500 fastest machines, which comes out every six months, is not due to be completed by Mr. Dongarra until next week, he said the Chinese computer blows away the existing No. 1 machine. He added, We dont close the books until Nov. 1, but I would say it is unlikely we will see a system that is faster.

Officials from the Chinese research center, the National University of Defense Technology, are expected to reveal the computers performance on Thursday at a conference in Beijing. The center says it is under the dual supervision of the Ministry of National Defense and the Ministry of Education.

The race to build the fastest supercomputer has become a source of national pride as these machines are valued for their ability to solve problems critical to national interests in areas like defense, energy, finance and science. Supercomputing technology also finds its way into mainstream business; oil and gas companies use it to find reservoirs and Wall Street traders use it for superquick automated trades. Procter & Gamble even uses supercomputers to make sure that Pringles go into cans without breaking.

And typically, research centers with large supercomputers are magnets for top scientific talent, adding significance to the presence of the machines well beyond just cranking through calculations.

Over the last decade, the Chinese have steadily inched up in the rankings of supercomputers. Tianhe-1A stands as the culmination of billions of dollars in investment and scientific development, as China has gone from a computing afterthought to a world technology superpower.

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What is scary about this is that the U.S. dominance in high-performance computing is at risk, said Wu-chun Feng, a supercomputing expert and professor at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. One could argue that this hits the foundation of our economic future.

Modern supercomputers are built by combining thousands of small computer servers and using software to turn them into a single entity. In that sense, any organization with enough money and expertise can buy what amount to off-the-shelf components and create a fast machine.

The Chinese system follows that model by linking thousands upon thousands of chips made by the American companies Intel and Nvidia. But the secret sauce behind the system and the technological achievement is the interconnect, or networking technology, developed by Chinese researchers that shuttles data back and forth across the smaller computers at breakneck rates, Mr. Dongarra said.

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That technology was built by them, Mr. Dongarra said. They are taking supercomputing very seriously and making a deep commitment.

The Chinese interconnect can handle data at about twice the speed of a common interconnect called InfiniBand used in many supercomputers.

For decades, the United States has developed most of the underlying technology that goes into the massive supercomputers and has built the largest, fastest machines at research laboratories and universities. Some of the top systems simulate the effects of nuclear weapons, while others predict the weather and aid in energy research.

In 2002, the United States lost its crown as supercomputing kingpin for the first time in stunning fashion when Japan unveiled a machine with more horsepower than the top 20 American computers combined. The United States government responded in kind, forming groups to plot a comeback and pouring money into supercomputing projects. The United States regained its leadership status in 2004, and has kept it, until now.

At the computing conference on Thursday in China, the researchers will discuss how they are using the new system for scientific research in fields like astrophysics and bio-molecular modeling. Tianhe-1A, which is housed in a building at the National Supercomputing Center in Tianjin, can perform mathematical operations about 29 million times faster than one of the earliest supercomputers, built in 1976.

For the record, it performs 2.5 times 10 to the 15th power mathematical operations per second.

Mr. Dongarra said a long-running Chinese project to build chips to rival those from Intel and others remained under way and looked promising. Its not quite there yet, but it will be in a year or two, he said.

He also said that in November, when the list comes out, he expected a second Chinese computer to be in the top five, culminating years of investment.

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The Japanese came out of nowhere and really caught people off guard, Mr. Feng said. With China, you could see this one coming.

Steven J. Wallach, a well-known computer designer, played down the importance of taking the top spot on the supercomputer rankings.

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Its interesting, but its like getting to the four-minute mile, Mr. Wallach said. The world didnt stop. This is just a snapshot in time.

The research labs often spend weeks tuning their systems to perform well on the standard horsepower test. But just because a system can hammer through trillions of calculations per second does not mean it will do well on the specialized jobs that researchers want to use it for, Mr. Wallach added.

The United States has plans in place to make much faster machines out of proprietary components and to advance the software used by these systems so that they are easy for researchers to use. But those computers remain years away, and for now, China is king. [FT Comment: Get a Mac]

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They want to show they are No. 1 in the world, no matter what it is, Mr. Wallach said. I dont blame them.
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The Fed is fuelling the catastrophe of fast rising raw material prices:

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There are two main ways in which policymakers are insidiously interfering with the usual rules of supply and demand for raw materials, and myriad different smaller ones...One is the policy of ultra-cheap money in advanced economies to fight the economic crisis; and the other, more commodity-specific one, is massive public subsidy for the production of bio-fuels. Food is being elbowed out by pursuit of "clean fuel".

As long as the US Federal Reserve remains accommodative, commodity prices are likely to keep rising.

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Into this already troubling mis-match between growing demand and finite supply stumbles the US Fed with a loose money policy of unprecedented proportions.

The effect of this manufactured increase in the money supply may or may not be to support domestic demand, but it certainly debauches the currency, and since many commodities are globally traded in dollars, it drives their prices higher.

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The OECD report predicts that by the end of the decade, average wheat and coarse grain prices will be 15pc to 40pc higher in real terms relative to 1997-2006. Reduced supply, higher feed costs and rising demand will do much the same thing to livestock prices, while dairy products are predicted to rise by up to 45pc.

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But what they should very definitely not be doing is further inflaming the situation with massive subsidies for the production of biofuels. Ever greater use of crops and the farmland that produces them for biofuel production is beginning seriously to impair food supply.

At a recent Chicago Mercantile Exchange conference, Ian Goldin, a former vice president of the World Bank and now director of the Oxford Martin School, called these policies "economically illiterate, environmentally destructive, politically short-sighted and ideologically unsound". Few outside the biofuels lobby would disagree.

And yet in the misguided belief that ethanol and biodiesel can help solve the problem of energy security in a carbon neutral manner, Europe and the US are piling on subsidy like it is going out of fashion. Existing subsidies totalling some $12bn annually would have to double again to achieve the sort of targets for biofuels that governments are setting.

Besides being inflationary for food prices, use of agricultural land for biofuels is incubating its own environmental catastrophe, from deforestation to excessive use of fertilisers and pesticides.

There is no mess, it is sometimes said, quite so bad that government intervention isn't going to make even worse. Meddling with the money supply and the use of agricultural land for fuel production might seem to be two cases in point.

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Taxpayers paid $9M for NY teachers' cosmetic work:

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Buffalo teachers rang up nearly $9 million worth of taxpayer-covered cosmetic surgery in 2009, according to the state-appointed authority overseeing public school finances.

The Buffalo Fiscal Stability Authority found that last year's costs for elective procedures such as chemical peels and other skin treatments were up $8 million over 2004's $1 million tab for cosmetic surgery.

The procedures, provided under the teachers' union contract, accounted for 9 percent of the district's total spending on health benefits for employees and retirees, The Buffalo News reported Thursday.

About 10,000 school employees are eligible for the benefit. District officials said teachers or their dependents accounted for 90 percent of the approximately 500 people who received cosmetic surgery last year.

The president of the Buffalo Teachers Federation said the union has agreed to give up the benefit in the next contract and said teachers may be simply rushing to use the benefit while they can.

Board of Education member Christopher Jacobs said the cost increase "smacks of abuse" and is asking the district and the city comptroller to investigate.

Most procedures were performed by eight doctors, the newspaper said, including one who billed the district $4.3 million.

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A shift in Obama's same-sex marriage vow?

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There may be some wiggle room in President Obama's unwavering opposition to same-sex marriage. Speaking to a group of liberal bloggers Wednesday the President said that "attitudes evolve, including mine."

It appeared to be a departure from his stance of supporting civil unions only but not same-sex marriage.

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said this evolution in the President's thinking is a result of discussions he's had with "colleagues and co-workers and hears them talking about being treated differently.

And the President internalizes that." Gibbs could not say if this process would eventually lead the President to embrace same-sex marriage as law, but he reiterated that conversations on this issue have enlightened Mr. Obama.

"They're good parents, they're good people, and that's something that he thinks about." This comes as the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy is tangled in the legal system.

The Justice Department has appealed a court ruling that would allow openly gay people to serve in the military. Even though President Obama says the policy is discriminatory, he wants the case to be decided by Congress not the courts.

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Yes. My district's new elementary school principal was absent frequently last year for "meetings".

When she returned her breasts were bigger and her nose was smaller. Your tax dollars at work!!
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The Justice Department has appealed a court ruling that would allow openly gay people to serve in the military. Even though President Obama says the policy is discriminatory, he wants the case to be decided by Congress not the courts.

I will be surprised if this will happen in the next session. Looks like the Dems will loose the House and we will probably have gridlock in DC.
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