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Steinitz: Iranian economy
18 months away from collapse
Jerusalem Post [Israel], by Herb Keinon    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 10/7/2013 6:49:26 PM     Post Reply
The Iranian economy is 18 months away from collapse, Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz said Monday. Steinitz, speaking at a conference at the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, said that over the last 18-24 months the international sanctions have caused about $100 billion in damage to the country’s economy, which has an annual $450 billion GDP. In addition, he said, inflation in Iran is currently running at 40 percent a year, and the unemployment rate is between 25%-30%, with the rate among youth at about 40%. (Snip) He said that the sanctions have effectively cut Iran off from the

The APEC fumble
Khaleej Times [UAE], by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 10/7/2013 6:46:44 PM     Post Reply
Usually the Asia-Pacific leadership interactions are a muted affair, with a lot to do with photo shoots and endorsing the paperwork that their respective emissaries prepare. But this time around at the Indonesian resort of Bali, the United States president was badly missed. In an era where Russia has gained a major diplomatic victory over its archrival by brokering a thaw with Syria, the absence of Barack Obama owing to the financial mess at home underscored the power limitations of Washington in leading from the front. The APEC meet was, thus, a solo affair to be led by Chinese President Xi

Turkey´s Erdogan says Syria´s Assad
is a terrorist, not a politician
Jerusalem Post [Israel], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 10/7/2013 6:39:25 PM     Post Reply
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip says that he no longer considers Syrian President Bashar Assad a political leader, but has labeled him as a "terrorist," Turkish daily Hurriet reported on Monday. (Snip) Refering to a comment by US Secretary of State John Kerry about the success of the chemical weapons cleanup in Syria, Erdogan was skeptical about his congratulatory discourse. “You are a human being and me, too. How can we appreciate the behavior of a person who killed 110,000 people, I ask you. The result of either chemical or other types of weapons is death. Then how can we

  


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Billion pound brain project under way
BBC News, by Fergus Walsh    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 10/7/2013 6:34:32 PM     Post Reply
A 10-year, billion pound neuroscience project which aims to revolutionise our understanding of the human brain has begun. Scientists from 135 institutions, mostly in Europe, are participating in the The Human Brain Project (HBP). Co-funded by the EU, it aims to develop the technology needed to create a computer simulation of the brain. It will also build a database of brain research from the tens of thousands of neuroscience papers published annually.(Snip)"We should begin to understand what makes the human brain unique, the basic mechanisms behind cognition and behaviour, how to objectively diagnose brain diseases, and to build new technologies

Rep. Waxman accuses Time
Warner of ‘pandering’ to GOP
The Hill (Washington DC), by Brendan Sasso    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 10/7/2013 6:24:10 PM     Post Reply
Rep. Henry Waxman (Calif.) is demanding that Time Warner Cable explain an email that he says shows the company "pandering" to Republicans on ObamaCare. Waxman, the top Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, wrote a letter to Time Warner Cable CEO Glenn Britt on Friday criticizing an email sent from one of his company´s lobbyists to Republican Hill staffers. In the email, the Time Warner lobbyist linked to a Weekly Standard blog post describing an initiative from NBC to help people enroll in the healthcare exchanges that are part of ObamaCare. "Next time you think

Kerry faces backlash
for praising Syria
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Julian Pecquet    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 10/7/2013 6:19:21 PM     Post Reply
Secretary of State John Kerry is receiving criticism for praising Syria for its initial cooperation in abandoning its chemical weapons program. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan slammed Kerry´s remarks Monday. “How could we praise someone who has killed 110,000 people?” Erdogan said Monday, according to Turkey´s Today´s Zaman. “It does not matter if these people were killed with chemical weapons or with other weapons: In the end, they were killed.” Kerry told reporters at a joint press conference with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Bali that Syrian President

Texas on track to be among
world´s largest oil producers
Houston Chronicle, by Zain Shauk     Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 10/7/2013 6:09:07 PM     Post Reply
Drilling and production in Texas continues to rise, putting the state on track to be among the world’s largest producers of oil by the end of the decade, a Texas regulator told a Houston audience Monday. Texas Railroad Commission Chairman Barry Smitherman said that drilling permit applications are approaching their highest level in nearly 30 years at the same time as oil production continues to rise. “This year we are likely to issue more drilling permits for oil than we have since 1985,” Smitherman said at an event hosted by the Locke Lord law firm downtown. The three-member Railroad Commission

  


  

White House unsure when release
of Obamacare sign-up data begins
Daily Caller (Washington DC), by Neil Munro    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 10/7/2013 5:58:59 PM     Post Reply
White House spokesman Jay Carney says the administration will provide monthly updates on the number of people who sign up for Obamacare — but won’t say when the updates will begin. “I’m glad you asked that question, because I want to be clear about it,” Carney told a reporter Oct. 7. “We will release data on regular monthly intervals, just like it was done in Massachusetts [with their health-sector takeover] and just like it is done in Medicare Part D … [but] I’m not sure when that begins,” he said. The Obamacare program started Oct. 1, so the firstly arrival

FBI raids on homes in Texas,
Michigan remain a mystery
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 10/7/2013 5:53:33 PM     Post Reply
HOUSTON –Federal officials on Monday remained silent on why they raided homes in Texas and Michigan this weekend that property records indicate are owned in part by a Houston art appraiser. Dozens of agents, some wearing hazardous materials protective clothing, on Friday searched two homes in Houston and a condominium in Bryan, about 100 miles away. Agents on Friday, some donning protective clothing, also raided two properties in Michigan´s Lower Peninsula: a home in the village of Suttons Bay and one in Leland Township. Authorities in Houston on Saturday conducted two controlled

Loyal Obama Voters Discover
the Truth About Obamacare
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 10/7/2013 5:37:52 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: This next story comes to us from the San Jose Mercury News and there are two people in this story about whom I would like to tell you. Tom Waschura is a father of two. He is an Obama supporter and was an Obamacare supporter. And then Cindy Vinson is another. "Cindy Vinson and Tom Waschura are big believers in the Affordable Care Act. They vote independent and are proud to say they helped elect and re-elect President Barack Obama." Now folks, as I get into this, I want to mention to you that these are the kinds of

Benghazi’s Al Qaeda Connection
Daily Beast, by Eli Lake    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 10/7/2013 5:30:07 PM     Post Reply
The U.S. government is now acknowledging, at least indirectly, a significant al Qaeda connection to the 9-11 anniversary attacks on the U.S. mission and CIA station in Benghazi. On Monday, the State Department designated the Mohammed Jamal Network (MJN) and its founder, Mohammed Jamal as terrorists. The Wall Street Journal first reported on October 1, 2012 that fighters affiliated with MJN participated in the Benghazi attacks. The Daily Beast and other news outlets have since confirmed the report. Seth Jones, the associate director for the international security and defense policy

  


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Republicans are Winning the Shutdown
Despite the GOP Establishment Attempts
to Snatch Defeat from the Jaws of Victory
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 10/7/2013 5:27:14 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: The fact that Jay Carney is out there saying the president has been open to negotiations all year long and remains so today means that the polling data or the focus grouping, whatever they´re doing, must really be bad for them. We´re just supposed to forget? Just a couple of days ago Obama said he would never negotiate on this. And by the way, Carney led off his press conference by talking about how 7,000 kids are suffering because of the shutdown. The shutdown is hurting Head Start. I thought the sequester, I thought the sequester dealt with Head

New York Times: Rich
People Care Less
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 10/7/2013 5:16:35 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: In the New York Times today in their opinion section, it´s not really a news story, it is somebody´s opinion and the title: "Rich People Just Care Less." Yep. "Turning a blind eye. Giving someone the cold shoulder. Looking down on people. Seeing right through them. These metaphors for condescending or dismissive behavior are more than just descriptive. They suggest, to a surprisingly accurate extent, the social distance between those with greater power and those with less -- a distance that goes beyond the realm of interpersonal interactions and may exacerbate the soaring inequality in the United States." Now keep in

Obama: I Never Said I
Wouldn´t Negotiate
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 10/7/2013 5:10:20 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: Here´s Obama. He thanked FEMA staffers who are working through the government shutdown and he spoke about it, and here´s Obama himself saying that he never said he wouldn´t negotiate. OBAMA: I heard a lot of talk over the weekend that, uh, the real problem is that, uh, the president will not negotiate. Well, let me tell you something. Uh, I have said from the start of the year that I´m happy to talk to Republicans about anything related to the budget. RUSH: That´s a crock! OBAMA: There´s not a subject that I am not willing to engage in -- RUSH: This is

Three black soldiers arrested
for stabbing white comrade to
death ´called him a cracker´ -
so why are police now so sure
it was NOT a hate crime?
Daily Mail [UK], by Daniel Bates    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 10/7/2013 4:57:09 PM     Post Reply
Three soldiers have been arrested over the fatal stabbing of one of their comrades from their own unit on their own base, it emerged today. The trio were held when one of them allegedly bragged to a friend that he had murdered somebody over the weekend and cut his hand on a knife. The victim, Tevin Geike, 20, was left for dead in a parking lot near his base in Lakewood, Washington. Previously police said they believed the attack was racially motivated because the attackers - allegedly a group of five African American men - called Tevin a ‘cracker’, a racist term for

  


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The New Face of Prejudice
Wall Street Journal, by James Taranto    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 10/7/2013 4:25:26 PM     Post Reply
"If you want to understand why the government is shut down or why elected Republicans would even consider doing something as reckless as using a debt default to extract policy concessions from the White House--without necessarily even knowing which policy concessions they want--Stan Greenberg has a memo for you," writes Francis Wilkinson, a Bloomberg View editorial board member. Of course if you begin with the supposition that Republicans are "reckless" and ignore the fact that debt-ceiling brinksmanship is nothing new, what you want is probably to have your prejudices

The Anglosphere miracle
New Criterion Magazine, by Daniel Hannan    Original Article
Posted By: IdahoGal- 10/7/2013 4:20:12 PM     Post Reply
There are few words which are used more loosely than the word “Civilization.” What does it mean? It means a society based upon the opinion of civilians. It means that violence, the rule of warriors and despotic chiefs, the conditions of camps and warfare, of riot and tyranny, give place to parliaments where laws are made, and independent courts of justice in which over long periods those laws are maintained. That is Civilization—and in its soil grow continually freedom, comfort, and culture. When Civilization reigns, in any country, a wider and less harassed life is afforded to the

Couple has near-fatal 4-day hike
after getting kicked out of Big Bend
Houston Chronicle, by Craig Hlavaty    Original Article
Posted By: Trav- 10/7/2013 3:59:57 PM     Post Reply
A couple vacationing in Big Bend last week was kicked out of the national park when the federal government shut down. It led to them getting dangerously lost on foot for four days in West Texas and living off of water from a spring they found, according to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. As Cathy Frye, 43, of North Little Rock, Ark., and her husband, Ricky Lee McFarland, 58, were leaving the park Oct. 1, an official at the national park suggested that they relocate to the neighboring 300,000-acre Big Bend Ranch State Park to continue their vacation. The official gave them a map of

NFL Bars Off-Duty Cops from
Carrying Guns into Stadiums
National Reivew Online, by Andrew Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: Calvinesq- 10/7/2013 3:52:31 PM     Post Reply
The National Football League has implemented a new stadium policy that would ban off-duty police officers from carrying guns into games. Cleveland’s police union president worried the policy would stop officers from assisting if a dangerous situation arose. Off-duty police officers often will carry their weapons on them, according to the union president, because “when we walk through city streets, we’re police officers too” and “you never know what’s going to happen, or when it’s going to happen,” he said. The head of NFL security, on the other hand, said that “the likelihood there’s

Obama demands quick
House vote on shutdown
Washington Times, by Dave Boyer    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 10/7/2013 3:23:13 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama makes a statement about the government shutdown during a visit to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) headquarters in Washington, Monday, Oct. 7, 2013. The president thanked workers at the FEMA for doing their jobs under “less than optimal circumstances” during the government shutdown. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) On the seventh day of the shutdown, President Obama called on House Republican leaders Monday to allow a vote immediately on a short-term measure to reopen government operations. Mr. Obama said he strongly suspects “there are enough votes” in the House to reopen the government today.

  



21 Arrests! Biker in NYC Road Rage
Assault Was Freed By Lenient Judge
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 10/7/2013 3:16:57 PM     Post Reply
The fallout continues from last weekend´s road rage attack in New York City, as we now learn that one of the bikers has a mile-long rap sheet. Reginald Chance, 37, appeared this morning on the front page of the New York Post flipping the bird to cameras after his arrest on assault charges. Chance appeared on the widely seen video smashing the driver´s side window of an SUV driven by New York City father of two Alexian Lien before Lien was dragged out of his SUV and assaulted by several enraged bikers. The incident was sparked when Lien collided with

Showing Contempt For Its
Citizens, California Issues
Driver´s Licenses To Illegals
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 10/7/2013 2:54:51 PM     Post Reply
Immigration Policy: California´s new law letting illegal aliens have driver´s licenses represents a shift in ruling-class priorities from the interests of citizens to those of politically well-organized pressure groups. As Spanish-speaking crowds chanted "Si, se pudo," — "Yes, we could" — Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday signed Assembly Bill 60, approving the issuance of licenses effective Jan. 1, 2015, to "people who by their fervor, their faith and their numbers transformed California." They just happen to be citizens of other countries. This, despite the fact that Californians have repeatedly made clear their opposition to issuing licenses to people who have entered the

Shutdown of Government Starts To Feel Like
Sequester — a Surprise Success
New York Sun, by Ira Stoll    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 10/7/2013 2:46:08 PM     Post Reply
The government “shutdown” is starting to feel a lot like the sequester — a lot of alarmist warnings that the sky is going to fall, followed by business pretty much as usual. That’s not to minimize the genuine inconvenience or worse for those government employees who have been furloughed, or for cancer patients involved in clinical trials at the National Institutes of Health, an institution that House Republicans voted to fund but that Senate Democrats are holding hostage. For most of the rest of us, it turns out that the government can “shut down” and life goes on pretty much

How much worse will the
ObamaCare website glitches get?
Hot Air, by Allahpundit    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 10/7/2013 2:44:04 PM     Post Reply
Said O this weekend of his massive technological faceplant, “Folks are working around the clock and have been systematically reducing the wait times.” No doubt that’s true; the shutdown might stop the feds from manning the Amber Alert site, but rest assured they’ll find a loophole to keep repairs to Healthcare.gov humming. But how much is left to repair? Ezra Klein’s WaPo Wonkblog has a useful user-friendly interview with a tech expert explaining that the O-Care website has two major problems, one of which is easily resolved and one of which isn’t. The easy one is scalability, i.e. adding more

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