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The world has changed –
and so must the NHS
Telegraph [UK], by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/18/2012 2:29:27 AM     Post Reply
Patients with certain conditions face a 40 percent greater chance of dying if they are unfortunate enough to be admitted to hospital at the weekend.[Snip] Part of the reason for this unhappy state of affairs is that NHS hospitals are no more than ticking over for virtually a third of the week. Between Friday afternoons and Monday mornings, many hospitals resemble the Mary Celeste. And it is not just hospital consultants who enjoy such genteel work schedules--so, too, do most family doctors. It raises once again the question of whether the NHS is there for the benefit of its patients

Hezbollah chief says Al-Qaeda
´tricked´ to fight in Syria
Agence France-Presse, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/18/2012 12:41:11 AM     Post Reply
Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah warned Al-Qaeda on Sunday that it had been tricked into fighting in Syria, and that the rebellion would not be able to topple the regime of President Bashar al-Assad militarily. "The Americans, Europeans and some governments in the Arab and Muslim world have set a trap for you in Syria," the head of Lebanon´s most powerful military force said. "They have opened the entire country for you to congregate there from all corners of the world and kill one another," he said, in a speech broadcast during an annual university graduation ceremony

Let My Tebow Go
New York Times, by Stephen Marche    Original Article
Posted By: HisHandmaiden- 12/18/2012 12:33:12 AM     Post Reply
What will Tim Tebow be doing by the time you read this? Will he be leading the Jets to an improbable victory, perhaps even a miraculous playoff berth? Will he be publicly demanding a trade to somewhere like Jacksonville? Or will he be exactly where he was when we last saw him — injured and wasting away on the Jets’ bench, weathering nasty cheap shots from teammates, like the one who sneered to The Daily News: “We’re depending on miracles? You can’t play that way”?

  


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Insight: Afghans turn to AK-47,
fearing Taliban return or civil war
Reuters, by Martin Petty    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/18/2012 12:30:09 AM     Post Reply
Kabul - Afghan father-of-four Mohammad Nasir has a secret he´s been keeping from his family. The aid worker pulls a television bench out from the living-room wall of his Kabul home. Behind it is a carved out shelf, hiding what he hopes will keep loved ones safe when Western troops withdraw by the end of 2014 -- an AK-47 assault rifle. Arms purchases are soaring in Afghanistan, along with the price of weapons, a sign that many Afghans fear a return of the Taliban, civil war or rising lawlessness. An assault rifle cost $400 a year ago. Today, some arms dealers are selling them for triple the price.

Scarlett Johansson´s celebrity
hacker gets 10-year sentence
Los Angeles Times, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/18/2012 12:21:29 AM     Post Reply
A Florida man who hacked into email accounts and procured naked images of Mila Kunis, Christina Aguilera, and Scarlett Johansson was sentenced Monday to 10 years in prison. U.S. District Court Judge S. James Otero sentenced Christopher Chaney, 35, of Jacksonville, Fla., after hearing how he intruded into the lives of dozens of celebrities and others and in some cases passed naked images along on the Internet. Chaney, who has maintained he made no money from his actions, had already pleaded guilty in Los Angeles federal court to nine counts of computer hacking and wiretapping

Gov´t probe: Factory fire act of sabotage
United Press International, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/18/2012 12:07:33 AM     Post Reply
Dhaka, Bangladesh - A clothing factory fire last month in Bangladesh that killed at least 110 people, most of them women, was an "act of sabotage," a government probe found. The Nov. 24 fire engulfed the Tazreen Fashions Limited facility on the outskirts of capital Dhaka when more than 1,100 workers were in the nine-story building. "It was an act of sabotage," Main Uddin Khandaker, who headed the investigation, told The Daily Star via telephone. He said his team has recommended legal action against the factory owner and nine mid-level managers for the deaths due to their negligence,

Even without Congress,
Obama could act to restrict guns
Reuters, by David Ingram    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/17/2012 11:55:51 PM     Post Reply
Washington - Unburdened by re-election worries and empowered by law to act without Congress, U.S. President Barack Obama could take action to improve background checks on gun buyers, ban certain gun imports and bolster oversight of dealers. (Snip) Having just won a second four-year term, Obama does not need to fear alienating voters who favor gun rights and he could press ahead without lawmakers on fronts where federal law enables executive action. Speaking in Newtown, where a gunman on Friday killed 20 children and six adults in an elementary school, Obama vowed late on Sunday

  


  

NASA crashes two probes
into a mountain on the moon
Reuters, by Irene Klotz    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/17/2012 11:45:58 PM     Post Reply
Cape Canaveral, Florida - A pair of NASA moon-mapping probes smashed themselves into a lunar mountain on Monday, ending a year-long mission that is shedding light on how the solar system formed. The Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory, or GRAIL, spacecraft had been flying around the moon, enabling scientists to make detailed gravity maps. The probes sped up slightly as they encountered stronger gravity from denser regions and slowed down as they flew over less-dense areas. By precisely measuring the distance between the two probes, scientists discovered that the moon´s crust is thinner

APNewsBreak: Unisex
Easy-Bake oven on the way
Associated Press, by Michelle R Smith    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 12/17/2012 11:40:21 PM     Post Reply
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Hasbro says it will soon reveal a gender-neutral Easy-Bake Oven after meeting with a New Jersey girl who started a campaign calling on the toy maker to make one that appeals to all kids. McKenna Pope, 13, of Garfield, N.J., got more than 40,000 signatures on her online petition at Change.org and the support of celebrity chefs including Bobby Flay, who backed her call for Hasbro to make a gender-neutral oven and to include boys in the ads. She was prompted to start the petition after shopping for an Easy-Bake as a Christmas present

State Department-sponsored review of
Libya attack finished, in Clinton´s hands
Fox News & Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/17/2012 11:17:55 PM     Post Reply
The State Department-sponsored report examining the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi is complete and in Secretary Hillary Clinton´s hands. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland on Monday confirmed that the report went to Clinton earlier in the day. Though Clinton is no longer expected to testify before Congress this Thursday on the Benghazi attack, due to a purported concussion sustained last week, the leaders of the investigating panel are expected to brief lawmakers on Wednesday. Senior State Department officials William Burns and Thomas Nides are

Colorado gun background
check requests break records
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 12/17/2012 11:16:55 PM     Post Reply
DENVER — Colorado set a single-day record for gun background check requests the day after the Connecticut mass shootings. The Denver Post reported Monday (http://bit.ly/ZdjN1j) that there were more than 4,200 requests to buy guns in Colorado on Saturday. That figure surpassed the 4,028 background checks processed on Black Friday this year, said Susan Medina of the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, which was still totaling the requests Monday. The surge in applications came after a gunman on Friday killed 20 children and six staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. So many background checks were submitted

  


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Astronomers Say North Korean
Satellite Is Most Likely Dead
New York Times, by William J. Broad & Choe Sang-Hun    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/17/2012 11:03:38 PM     Post Reply
The North Korean satellite launched into space last week appears to be tumbling in orbit and is most likely dead, astronomers are reporting. The evident failure will not cause the spacecraft to fall quickly back to earth but seems to represent a major blow to the North’s portrayal of the launching as a complete triumph. “It’s spinning or tumbling, and we haven’t picked up any transmissions,” said Jonathan McDowell, a Harvard astronomer who tracks rocket launchings and space activity. “Those two things are most consistent with the satellite being entirely inactive at this point.”

The ‘Nones’ and the GOP
National Review, by Betsy Woodruff    Original Article
Posted By: johngalt1- 12/17/2012 11:00:06 PM     Post Reply
It’s safe to say that the GOP is facing some challenges. Women gave twice as much money to Obama’s presidential campaign as to Romney’s. It looks like most Americans will blame the GOP if we sail over the fiscal cliff. And Republicans’ most noted political victory of the last few months has been clearing the field so John Kerry can be secretary of state. Things could be better. And on top of all that, new data from Pew on the voting habits, and growing numbers, of the religiously unaffiliated doesn’t seem to bode particularly well for the party.

Lesson Of Sandy Hook, Clackamas -
Ban Gun-Free Zones
Investor´s Business Daily, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: HollowLeg- 12/17/2012 10:43:20 PM     Post Reply
Gun Laws: Before the tragedy in Connecticut, a shooter at an Oregon shopping mall was stopped by an armed citizen with a concealed carry permit who refused to be a victim, preventing another mass tragedy. In the target-rich environment of the Clackamas Town Center two weeks before Christmas, the shooter managed to kill only two people before killing himself. A far worse tragedy was prevented when he was confronted by a hero named Nick Meli. As the shooter was having difficulty with his weapon, Meli pulled his and took aim

Obama Offers Fiscal Plan Close
To G.O.P.’s, but Hurdles Remain
New York Times, by Jonathan Weisman    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/17/2012 10:41:41 PM     Post Reply
Washington - President Obama delivered to Speaker John A. Boehner a new offer on Monday to resolve the pending fiscal crisis, a deal that would raise revenues by $1.2 trillion over the next decade but keep in place the Bush-era tax rates for any household with earnings below $400,000. (Snip) The White House plan would permanently extend Bush-era tax cuts on household incomes below $400,000, meaning that only the top tax bracket, 35 percent, would increase to 39.6 percent. The current cutoff between the top rate and the next highest rate, 33 percent, is $388,350.

  


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Rep. Tim Scott of South
Carolina to be first black
Republican senator since 1978
Washington Post, by Bill Turque    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/17/2012 10:25:20 PM     Post Reply
Timothy Eugene Scott was growing up poor and black in Charleston, S.C., the son of a nurse’s aide who worked 16-hour shifts, when Strom Thurmond, who ran for president as the standard-bearer for segregationists, was at the peak of his powers in the Senate. On Monday, the congressman was named to fill the same office once held by Thurmond (R), making him the first black Republican to serve in the Senate since Edward Brooke of Massachusetts lost his bid for reelection in 1978. It also makes him the first African American senator from the South since Reconstruction

Portrait of Adam Lanza and
his family begins to emerge
Washington Post, by Rick Maese and Peter Hermann    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/17/2012 10:21:35 PM     Post Reply
STAMFORD, Conn. — The parents of Adam Lanza, identified by police as the gunman in the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, divorced in 2009 after 28 years of marriage because their relationship had “broken down irretrievably,” court records show. Nancy Lanza had no income at the time the marriage was legally dissolved, in September 2009. Her ex-husband, Peter Lanza, earned an annual salary of nearly $445,000 as an executive at General Electric and agreed to pay annual alimony of $240,000. That figure was scheduled to increase steadily for cost of living considerations

Slow-walking the gun issue
Washington Post, by Dana Milbank    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/17/2012 10:17:14 PM     Post Reply
President Obama says we will change our approach to gun violence — some other day. Near the site of the massacre in Newtown, Conn., Obama said on Sunday night that he will take action “in the coming weeks” to prevent future carnage — a sentiment White House press secretary Jay Carney echoed no fewer than 16 times in his Monday afternoon briefing. Will Obama push for more gun-control laws? “I would simply point you to what the president said last night about moving forward in coming weeks,” the spokesman said. Will he join the effort to reinstate the assault-weapons ban?

Another casualty of shootings
Washington Post, by Charles Lane    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/17/2012 10:14:51 PM     Post Reply
“Falsehood flies, and truth comes limping after it,” wrote Jonathan Swift, “so that when men come to be undeceived, it is too late; the jest is over, and the tale hath had its effect.”Surely Ryan Lanza, the brother of Adam Lanza, who committed a massacre on Dec. 14 in Newtown, Conn., would agree with Swift. Ryan was miles away, minding his own business, when the media, including The Post, named him as the author of the bloodbath — and for the next few hours he was no longer an anonymous office toiler but a notorious mass murderer.

Obama’s Counteroffer: $1.2
Trillion in Revenue, $1.22 Trillion
in Spending Cuts
National Review Online, by Patrick Brennan    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/17/2012 10:12:23 PM     Post Reply
The New York Times reports on the president’s counteroffer to Speaker John Boehner’s “millionaire tax” offer from this weekend: Mr. Boehner of Ohio had offered the president a deficit framework that would raise $1 trillion over 10 years, with the details to be settled next year by Congress’s tax-writing committees and the Obama administration. In response, Mr. Obama reduced his proposal to $1.2 trillion from $1.4 trillion on Monday at a 45-minute meeting with the speaker at the White House. That was down from $1.6 trillion initially. The White House plan would permanently extend Bush-era tax cuts

  



Weinstein Chains ´Django´:
L.A. Premiere Cancelled
Breitbart´s Big Hollywood, by Ben Shapiro    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/17/2012 10:07:56 PM     Post Reply
Thanks to the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, producer Harvey Weinstein has cancelled the Los Angeles premiere of Quentin Tarantino’s blood-soaked new Jamie Foxx vehicle, Django Unchained. A representative of The Weinstein Company announced, “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the tragedy in Newtown, CT, and in this time of national mourning we have decided to forego our scheduled event. However, we will be holding a private screening for the cast and crew and their friends and families.” Weinstein has come under fire thanks to his support of ultra-violent flicks, especially those directed by Tarantino

Six-Year Old Sandy Hook
Survivor Played Dead Among
Bodies of Classmates
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/17/2012 10:04:19 PM     Post Reply
An unnamed six-year old Sandy Hook survivor played dead in a pile of 15 corpses of her classmates last Friday. When the the shooter, Adam Lanza, left the classroom, she then ran out of the school "covered from head to toe with blood." Jim Solomon, a pastor close to the girl´s family, told ABC News that her first words to her mother were, "Mommy, I´m OK but all my friends are dead." "Somehow in that moment, by God´s grace, [she] was able to act as she was already deceased," the pastor said. The girl "waited until

Neighbor took 6 young survivors
into his home
Associated Press, by Pat Eaton-Robb    Original Article
Posted By: noddy- 12/17/2012 9:34:31 PM     Post Reply
Gene Rosen had just finished feeding his cats and was heading from his home near Sandy Hook Elementary school to a diner Friday morning when he saw six small children sitting in a neat semicircle at the end of his driveway. A school bus driver was standing over them, telling them things would be all right. It was about 9:30 a.m., and the children, he discovered, had just run from the school to escape a gunman. ´´We can´t go back to school,´´ one little boy told Rosen. ´´Our teacher is dead. Mrs. Soto; we don´t have a teacher.´´

Chuck Hagel´s Jewish Problem
Wall Street Journal, by Bret Stephens    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/17/2012 8:29:17 PM     Post Reply
Prejudice—like cooking, wine-tasting and other consummations—has an olfactory element. When Chuck Hagel, the former GOP senator from Nebraska who is now a front-runner to be the next secretary of Defense, carries on about how "the Jewish lobby intimidates a lot of people up here," the odor is especially ripe. Ripe because a "Jewish lobby," as far as I´m aware, doesn´t exist. No lesser authorities on the subject than John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt, authors of "The Israel Lobby," have insisted the term Jewish lobby is "inaccurate and misleading, both because the [Israel] lobby includes non-Jews like Christian

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