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Syrup found in biscuits, ice cream
and energy drinks fuelling
diabetes on a ´global scale´
Daily Mail [UK], by Jenny Hope    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 11/28/2012 5:40:10 AM     Post Reply
A sweetener used in food manufacture could be partly to blame for rising rates of type 2 diabetes, say scientists. Countries that use large amounts of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) have higher rates of the disease than those that consume little, says a new study. Among 42 countries studied, rates of diabetes were 8 percent in high-consuming nations and 6.7 among low consumer--a difference of 20 percent. Professor Stanley Ulijaszek, from Oxford University, who co-led the study, said: ‘This research suggests that HFCS can increase the risk of type-2 diabetes, which is one of the most common causes

My Secretary of State
New York Times, by Thomas L. Friedman    Original Article
Posted By: pineledger- 11/28/2012 5:35:33 AM     Post Reply
President Obama is assembling his new national security team, with Senator John Kerry possibly heading for the Pentagon and U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice the perceived front-runner to become secretary of state. Kerry is an excellent choice for defense. I don’t know Rice at all, so I have no opinion on her fitness for the job, but I think the contrived flap over her Libya comments certainly shouldn’t disqualify her. That said, my own nominee for secretary of state would be the current education secretary, Arne Duncan. (Snip)Well, anyone who has negotiated with the Chicago Teachers Union, as Duncan did

Rice Keeps Digging
National Review Online, by Peter Kirsanow    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/28/2012 5:32:30 AM     Post Reply
Susan Rice issued a statement after her meeting with Senators McCain, Graham, and Ayotte, the substance of which is as follows: In the course of the meeting, we explained that the talking points provided by the intelligence community, and the initial assessment upon which they were based, were incorrect in a key aspect: there was no protest or demonstration in Benghazi. While, we certainly wish that we had had perfect information just days after the terrorist attack, as is often the case, the intelligence assessment has evolved.(Snip) The statement is a monument to obfuscation, falsehood, and incoherence.

  


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Raise cost of parking to force
motorists to walk! Nanny
watchdog´s plan to
get Britain fit
Daily Mail [UK], by Sophie Borland    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 11/28/2012 5:29:06 AM     Post Reply
Drivers should be charged more for parking to make them walk instead, health chiefs said yesterday. New guidelines say going by foot or bicycle should become the norm for short journeys to work, school and the shops. Families should even consider selling their car to end the ‘bad habit’ of using it for trips of less than a mile. The advice from NICE, which sets national standards for healthcare, aims to get Britain fit and reduce disease in later life. Doctors and nurses are told to set a good example ‘through their own behaviour’ and town halls are

Military does more than 1,000 flyovers
per year but doesn’t track cost
Washington Guardian, by Ali Durkin    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/28/2012 5:27:59 AM     Post Reply
The roar. The whoosh. The cheers. Military flyovers have become a staple of American sports, from the thunderous blast of Navy F/A-18s swooping past a NASCAR race track to the stealthy appearance of the Air Force’s B-2 bomber at Major League Baseball’s All-Star game in Kansas City this past summer. In fact, the Air Force, Navy and Marines tell the Medill News Service and the Washington Guardian they scrambled aircraft for more than 1,000 flyovers at sporting events, funerals and air shows in 2011 alone, one of the first-ever accountings of the how widespread the practice has become.

Grecian formula man
New York Post, by Michael Goodwin    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/28/2012 5:17:13 AM     Post Reply
Unless you’ve played ostrich, you know the lessons of the presidential election. Republicans must give up their principles and be more like Democrats, or they’ll go extinct. Media sages insist the GOP must learn to love tax increases and the job of being the tax collectors for the welfare state. (Snip)How long can the business model of the Democratic Party last? The short answer is, not very. Dems are doomed by their success at creating ever bigger government with ever more handouts and entitlements. All the giving can’t go on and the Obama binge has created a crisis.

Obama quietly signs bill shielding
airlines from carbon fees in Europe
The Hill (DC), by Keith Laing    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/28/2012 5:09:02 AM     Post Reply
President Obama has signed into law a bill that requires U.S. airlines be excluded from European carbon emissions fees. Environmentalists had framed the bill as the first test of the president´s commitment to fighting climate change in his second term and urged him to veto it. Obama quietly signed it Tuesday over their objections. "The Obama administration is firmly committed to reducing harmful carbon pollution from civil aviation both domestically and internationally, but, as we have said on many occasions, the application of the EU [Emissions Trading System] to non-EU air carriers is the wrong way to achieve that objective,"

  


  

Two-thirds of millionaires left
Britain to avoid 50p tax rate
Telegraph [UK], by Robert Winnett    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 11/28/2012 5:07:59 AM     Post Reply
In the 2009-10 tax year, more than 16,000 people declared an annual income of more than £1 million to HM Revenue and Customs. This number fell to just 6,000 after Gordon Brown introduced the new 50p top rate of income tax shortly before the last general election. The figures have been seized upon by the Conservatives to claim that increasing the highest rate of tax actually led to a loss in revenues for the Government. It is believed that rich Britons moved abroad or took steps to avoid paying the new levy by reducing their taxable incomes.

Blacks fret free-for-all
for Jesse Jackson Jr. seat
Politico, by Alex Isenstadt    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 11/28/2012 5:06:33 AM     Post Reply
Black leaders are growing increasingly worried that a white candidate might seize the seat of former Democratic Rep. Jesse Jackson in the upcoming Illinois special election. Losing Jackson’s seat would be a blow to the black establishment. Chicago, long a center of black cultural and political power — With a host of black candidates announcing their intention to run, the concern is that they could split the African-American vote and provide a plurality to a white contender. The worries escalated this week after former Rep. Debbie Halvorson, a white Democrat and veteran of suburban Chicago politics,

Tampa socialite fighting
back in Petraeus scandal
Associated Press, by Terry Spencer & Tamara Lush    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/28/2012 5:00:48 AM     Post Reply
TAMPA, Fla. — A Tampa socialite embroiled in the scandal that cost CIA Director David Petraeus his job fought back Tuesday after more than two weeks of silence as her attorneys released emails, telephone recordings and other material that they say show she never tried to exploit her friendship with Petraeus. Jill Kelley, through her attorneys, went on the attack against a New York businessman who accused her of incompetence in her work trying to set up a deal he was negotiating with South Korean companies; an attorney who accused her of name-dropping and of being a social climber;

Feds believe Jesse Jackson Jr. got
tip about probe into his finances
Chicago Sun-Times, by Natasha Korecki    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/28/2012 4:57:34 AM     Post Reply
Federal authorities believe Jesse Jackson Jr. was tipped off to the federal investigation that ultimately contributed to the demise of his once-promising career. Sources with knowledge of the probe told the Chicago Sun-Times that investigators believe Jackson had learned of the federal scrutiny of his financial activity prior to his June 10 leave from Congress. The sources said it didn’t necessarily mean the tip was from an investigative source, saying it was possible the congressman received a tip from someone who was notified about the probe, possibly through a subpoena. While Jackson, a South Shore Democrat, eventually released information

  


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When photo ops meet red tape
Hot Air, by Ed Morrissey    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/28/2012 4:45:11 AM     Post Reply
It’s easy for politicians to fly into a disaster area and make promises, but it’s a lot more difficult to deliver on them. last month, when Barack Obama visited New Jersey in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, he told the victims of the storm that he would blow away the red tape to help them out — and made a promise to one person in particular that his administration would get her business back on its feet. Donna Vanzant provided Obama with a memorable photo op, but became quickly forgotten in the bureaucracy Obama promised to waive:

´Bigfoot´ Is Part Human,
DNA Study Claims
Live Science, by Benjamin Radford    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 11/28/2012 4:40:34 AM     Post Reply
Genetic testing confirms the legendary Bigfoot is a human relative that arose some 15,000 years ago — at least according to a press release issued by a company called DNA Diagnostics detailing supposed work by a Texas veterinarian. The release and alleged study by Melba S. Ketchum also suggests such cryptids had sex with modern human females that resulted in hairy hominin hybrids, but the scientific community is dubious about her claim.

Chile’s economic growth tops OECD
Santiago Times [Santiago, Chile], by Emily Green    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 11/28/2012 12:28:08 AM     Post Reply
While the global economy continues to slowly inch upward, Chile is leading the way among advanced economies, according to a Tuesday report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Chile registers the highest growth rates among OECD members, which make up some of the world’s most advanced economies, reaching 5.4 percent in 2014. On the other hand, the OECD predicted a “hesitant and uneven recovery” for the global economy over the course of the next two years, predicting a 2.3 percent growth by 2014.

The Incredible Story of The
Bolivian Drug Lord Who Built The
´General Motors Of Drug Trafficking´
Business Insider / WorldCrunch, by Alejandro Marinelli    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 11/28/2012 12:20:11 AM     Post Reply
BUENOS AIRES - Among the many tales, there is one in particular that stands out in the drug kingpin´s biography, sounding much more like urban legend than harsh reality: It was in early 1982, and his oldest son had been arrested by agents from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). Having tried everything he could to have his son freed, the father decided to send a letter directly to the President of the United States, Ronald Reagan. In the letter, he promised, in exchange for his son’s liberty, to pay off Bolivia’s entire foreign debt: $3.8 billion.

  


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President Chávez shows up
once in a while
El Universal [Caracas, Venezuela], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 11/28/2012 12:14:38 AM     Post Reply
Following his reelection last October 7, public appearances of Venezuela´s President Hugo Chávez are downwards, found a survey made available to El Universal. The analysis covers July-November 2012. Based on the probe, acts of government led by Chávez in July totaled 1,770 minutes, versus 695 minutes for electioneering. Remaining numbers show that telephone contacts accrued 25 minutes; press conferences 240 minutes, and interviews 120 minutes. Grand total: 2,850 minutes of public appearances. The number of appearances in August escalated up to 3,370 minutes, broken down as follows: acts of government (2,260), electioneering (1,075), telephone contacts (10) and press conferences (385).

Brazil’s largest city replaces
all chiefs of police to contain
an escalating wave of killings
MercoPress [Montevideo, Uruguay], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 11/28/2012 12:11:10 AM     Post Reply
The chiefs of police in Sao Paulo were replaced on Monday as Brazil´s largest city emerged from a bloody weekend and authorities struggled to contain a wave of violence that has doubled the murder rate in recent months. Sao Paulo state security chief Fernando Grella, who took over the job four days ago, replaced the chiefs of the civil and military branches of the police and vowed to work closely with police, put more officers in the streets of Sao Paulo and investigate every murder. There will be daily meetings among the heads of police departments, Grella

President Franco says Paraguay
will begin pumping oil in mid-2013
MercoPress [Montevideo, Uruguay], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 11/28/2012 12:08:05 AM     Post Reply
Paraguayan president Federico Franco announced on Monday that starting on 2013 the country will become an oil producing nation, after a recent discovery close to the border with Argentina. According to Franco, researchers have discovered “plenty of top quality oil” in the “Cuenca de Pirity” area, in the Chaco region, west and north of Asunción. The Paraguayan head of state assured that the country would be producing oil barrels by mid-2013. “Paraguay will not only be a world champion in the production of clean and renewable hydroelectric energy. Now it will also join the list of oil producing countries,”

Venezuelan bonds rally on
bets Chavez sick again
Reuters, by Michael O´Boyle    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 11/28/2012 12:02:44 AM     Post Reply
MEXICO CITY - Venezuelan bonds rallied on Wednesday by the most in nearly six months after President Hugo Chavez said he would return to Cuba for medical treatment, raising bets that his health has faltered. Chavez said he will travel to Cuba on Tuesday for medical treatment, following a nearly two-week absence from the public eye, months after undergoing cancer surgery on the communist-run island. If his health does worsen, his unwieldy coalition of military leaders and leftist social activists could fall apart. "This announcement is in line with our view that the president´s health is deteriorating,

Argentina Rating Downgraded
by Fitch on ‘Probable’ Default
Bloomberg News, by Katia Porzecanski    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 11/27/2012 11:57:47 PM     Post Reply
Argentina’s credit rating was cut by Fitch Ratings, which said a default is probable after a U.S. judge ruled the country can’t make payments on its restructured bonds unless it pays holders of defaulted debt by Dec. 15. The rating on Argentina’s international law bonds was lowered to CC, eight levels below investment grade, from B, Fitch said today in an e-mailed statement. It cut the rating on bonds sold under Argentine law to B- from B. U.S. District Judge Thomas Griesa ruled on Nov. 21 Argentina must deposit $1.33 billion for creditors

  



Republicans strike first on
immigration reform
Washington Examiner [DC], by Brian Hughes    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/27/2012 11:20:42 PM     Post Reply
Congressional Republicans on Tuesday struck first on an issue long championed by President Obama, offering legislation to reform the nation´s immigration laws just weeks after Hispanic voters bolted from the GOP over the party´s harsh stance on immigration. Sens. Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas and Jon Kyl of Arizona -- two border-state lawmakers who are retiring -- introduced a bill that would allow young illegal immigrants to stay in the country, though it wouldn´t provide them with an expedited path to citizenship. Their proposal was symbolically important for a party that has had trouble winning over the

GOP Senators: Obama
Hasn´t Answered ´Most Basic´
Questions on Benghazi
Breitbart Big Peace, by Ben Shapiro    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/27/2012 11:17:33 PM     Post Reply
Following on their meeting with UN Ambassador Susan Rice, Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC), John McCain (R-AZ), and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) released a statement bashing her performance and stating that President Obama had serious questions to answer about Rice’s statements in the aftermath of the Benghazi terrorist attacks that resulted in the deaths of four Americans. The text of the statement: We respectfully disagree with the White House’s statement today that ‘there are no unanswered questions’ about Ambassador Rice’s September 16 Sunday show appearances and the talking points she used.

Republicans pick new
committee chiefs
The Hill [Washington DC], by Molly K. Hooper    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/27/2012 11:14:49 PM     Post Reply
House Republican leaders picked six new committee chairmen on Tuesday, solidifying the team that will carry them forward in the new Congress. Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) office released the slate of chosen chairmen for ratification by the entire House GOP conference, which is expected to happen on Wednesday. Three of the races were competitive, with Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) now set to become the new Homeland Security Committee chairman, Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) the Science Committee chairman and Rep. Ed Royce (R-Calif.) the Foreign Affairs chairman.

Senate Dems Hypocritically
Embrace Nuclear Option
Investor´s Business Daily, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: HollowLeg- 11/27/2012 11:09:40 PM     Post Reply
Congress: Changing the filibuster rule come January has suddenly become a top priority for Senate Democrats who want to help their re-elected president complete his fundamental transformation of America. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Monday blasted Democratic-led efforts to reform the filibuster, something the Democrats once vehemently opposed but which Majority Leader Harry Reid has promised to bring up in the next Congress, fearing the Republicans will dig in to block President Obama´s agenda. What Reid and the Democrats will come up with is unknown at this point. Among the options is to ban

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