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New invention ´harvests´ electricity from
background radiation and could be used
to beam power to remote locations
or recharge phones wirelessly
Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 11/9/2013 6:52:01 AM     Post Reply
Engineers at Duke University have designed a breakthrough gadget that ´harvests´ background microwave radiation and converts it into electricity, with the same efficiency as solar panels. The development, unveiled on Thursday, raises exciting possibilities such as recharging a phone wirelessly and providing power to remote locations that can´t access conventional electricity. And the researchers say that their inexpensive invention is remarkably versatile. It could be used to capture ´lost´ energy from a range of sources such as satellite transmissions, sound signals or Wi-Fi. The Duke engineers used metamaterials, which their press release describes as ´engineered structures that can capture various

West pushes Iran Nuclear Deal
that Israel “utterly rejects”
Canada Free Press, by David C. Jennings    Original Article
Posted By: sagman- 11/9/2013 6:50:12 AM     Post Reply
As nuclear talks between Iran and major world players enters its third day what has emerged is that Iran will get major relief from sanctions in exchange for the dubiously enforceable promise of restricting its uranium enrichment to levels for peaceful energy use only. And as US Secretary of State John Kerry jets around Europe posing as the deal maker, we find out that the Obama Administration had already taken it upon themselves in June to stop imposing sanctions on new entities created to do business in place of a sanctioned one.

The Drift toward Despotism
National Review Online, by Mark Steyn    Original Article
Posted By: DaddyO- 11/9/2013 6:41:11 AM     Post Reply
At a time when over 4 million people have had their health insurance canceled, it’s good to know that some Americans can still access prompt medical treatment, even if they don’t want it. David Eckert was pulled over by police in Deming, N.M., for failing to come to a complete halt at a stop sign in the Walmart parking lot. He was asked to step out of the vehicle, and waited on the sidewalk. Officers decided that they didn’t like the tight clench of his buttocks, a subject on which New Mexico’s constabulary is apparently expert, and determined that it

  


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On Flanders fields we will remember
Daily Express [UK], by Tina Ediss    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 11/9/2013 6:37:40 AM     Post Reply
The shelter has a dirt floor, the walls and roof are constructed from curved corrugated iron, and inside is completely bare. It´s small, maybe 4ft by 6ft, and not tall enough to stand up in but after spending a short time in the trenches, exposed to the wind and rain, this tiny refuge feels like the height of luxury. The simple structure, a place where the soldiers could retreat in their quiet moments, is part of the new outdoor Trench Experience at the Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917, in Zonnebeke, near Ypres, in Belgium.[Snip] During that time about 500,000 soldiers lost

Who Lost Virginia?
Power Line, by Paul Mirengoff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/9/2013 6:13:35 AM     Post Reply
Ken Cuccinelli’s narrow loss in the Virginia gubernatorial race has become the latest battleground in the war between the so-called Republican establishment and Tea Party-type insurgents. The “establishment” blames the Tea Party induced government shutdown for alienating Virginians, a great many of whom work for the federal government. The insurgents blame the Republican Party for not providing enough money to Cuccinelli’s campaign. Some suggest that the “establishment” wanted Cuccinelli to lose out of spite and/or so it could blame the shutdown for his defeat. What does the Cuccinelli campaign have to say about this? Its chief strategist, Chris LaCivita, blames

Voters Defeat Amendment 66, But
What If Judges Get the Final
Say on Education Spending?
National Review, by Jason Richwine    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 11/9/2013 6:11:13 AM     Post Reply
On Tuesday, Colorado voters wisely rejected Amendment 66, which would have pumped almost $1 billion in new taxes into the state’s wasteful and inefficient public-school system. The amendment had powerful supporters from all corners of the education establishment – the teacher’s unions, the governor, almost every elected Democrat, Michael Bloomberg, Arne Duncan, the Gates Foundation, and many others. Remarkably, nearly two-thirds of Colorado voters still rejected Amendment 66. It’s a gratifying demonstration that the political class, for all its wealth and influence, can still be defeated by ordinary citizens exercising the vote. But sometimes citizens don’t get any vote at all. A

Study: Tax Change Could
Bring $1 Trillion Back to U.S.
Wall Street Journal, by John D. McKinnon    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 11/9/2013 6:05:12 AM     Post Reply
Overhauling U.S. tax rules on overseas earnings could bring about $1 trillion back to the U.S. immediately and boost the economy, according to a new study sponsored by a business group seeking the change. The report by former Clinton administration economist Laura Tyson and two co-authors was sponsored by a group of U.S. firms, the Alliance for Competitive Taxation, which is pushing for the U.S. to adopt the kind of tax system already in use in most other developed countries. The report is part of a push by big business to get Congress to switch from the current system, in which corporate

  


  

Germany marks Kristallnacht’s 75th anniversary
asking: What tips a society into madness?
McClatchy Newspapers, by Matthew Schofield    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/9/2013 6:01:55 AM     Post Reply
BERLIN — Seventy-five years ago, Nechama Drober, a German Jew, looked out her bedroom window in the medieval port city of Koenigsberg to see her synagogue in flames. Drober, now 86, recalls the horror. “The large temple with its golden cupola, it was the most beautiful synagogue I have ever seen.” But she also remembers that it was only the beginning. “The next day, my dad was arrested, and our landlord evicted us. All I could think of was the song we had sung in summer camp the years before, ‘Jew, where in this world can you go?’” Saturday marks the 75th anniversary

Obama goes soap opera
American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/9/2013 6:00:47 AM     Post Reply
People joke about the Washington, DC soap opera, but President Obama has brought a genuine soap opera figure into the mix. Variety reports: Colleen Bradley Bell, producer for soap opera production company Bell-Phillip Television Prods., has been nominated as ambassador to Hungary, becoming the latest of President Obama´s campaign supporters to be tapped for foreign posts. Bell´s nomination must be approved by the Senate. She raised more than $500,000 for the Obama campaign, according to its disclosure of campaign bundlers. According to the New York Times, the actual figure was more than $2.1 million by the fall of 2012. She

Seniors lose insurance and
doctors under Obamacare
Daily Caller, by Evan Gahr    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/9/2013 5:57:05 AM     Post Reply
Retired chemist Edward Schokowitz was incredulous when he received a letter from Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey early last month saying his Medicare Advantage Plan, which had no premium, would be eliminated next year. “They took all the senior citizens and threw us out of the plan. They now want to give us the same plan for $153 [per month],” he told the Daily Caller. “The President said you can’t be kicked out of your plan. He lies.” Schokowitz is one of many Medicare beneficiaries now learning that — like Americans who buy insurance on the individual market —

Obama’s Massive Fraud
National Review Online, by Andrew C. McCarthy    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/9/2013 5:53:11 AM     Post Reply
‘If you like your health-care plan, you will be able to keep your health-care plan. Period.” How serious was this lie, repeated by Barack Obama with such beguiling regularity? Well, how would the Justice Department be dealing with it if it had been uttered by, say, the president of an insurance company rather than the president of the United States? Fraud is a serious federal felony, usually punishable by up to 20 years’ imprisonment — with every repetition of a fraudulent communication chargeable as a separate crime. In computing sentences, federal sentencing guidelines factor in such considerations as the dollar value

  


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Deadly Diseases Like Measles And
Mumps Make Frightening Comeback
CBS Baltimore (WJZ), by Linh Bui    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 11/9/2013 5:52:42 AM     Post Reply
BALTIMORE — Deadly diseases, once nearly wiped out, are making a frightening comeback in Maryland and across the country. Now — a warning that parents who don’t vaccinate their children are putting others at risk. Linh Bui explores an alarming and controversial trend. Measles, mumps, whooping cough — all deadly diseases. Until recently — virtually eliminated thanks to vaccines that prevent kids from getting sick. But now doctors see an alarming trend — more and more people are coming down with these diseases. “Kids die from measles on a regular basis. Kids are in hospitals and can die from whooping

Sen. Ted Cruz Bashes Obamacare,
Defends His Dad on ‘Tonight Show’ (Video)
Yahoo News, by Tony Maglio    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/9/2013 5:52:32 AM     Post Reply
A tieless Sen. Ted Cruz joined Jay Leno for a “Tonight Show” segment Friday that was light on laughs but heavy in political debate. “I’ve been reading a lot about you lately, and they describe you as aggressive, arrogant and abrasive,” Leno opened with. “Accurate?” Cruz responded, “Well, I don’t know that you can believe everything you read.” “Any one of those?” Leno countered. “You know, what I’m trying to do is do my job,” Cruz said. “And occasionally people don’t like that.” Naturally, the conversation turned to where Cruz has been making his mark — his staunch opposition to Obamacare.

Valentine from Whitey’s
most hated scribe
Boston Herald, by Howie Carr    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/9/2013 5:51:04 AM     Post Reply
I’m humbled — in their pre-sentencing memo on Whitey Bulger, the feds listed me as the reporter he “most despised.” You might say I’m No. 1 with a Bullet — or is that a poor choice of words? Thank you, Whitey, for this honor. In return, I’d like to send you a copy of my new book about your trial last summer, “Ratman.” It will give you something to read over the weekend before your sentencing next week in federal court. But how to inscribe the volume? At moments like this, it’s important to come up with exactly the right sentiment. I thought

Blue State Blues: From New Jersey
to the Chicago ´Burbs
Breitbart Big Government, by Joel B. Pollak    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/9/2013 5:47:01 AM     Post Reply
Chris Christie’s re-election as governor of New Jersey has rallied the hopes of the GOP establishment. Not only did he carry a “blue state” by a wide margin, but Christie also won among Hispanic voters (even if he lost to Hillary Clinton in a theoretical matchup in exit polls). Though Christie called himself a “conservative” on Election Day, he is centrist on many issues, and his re-election is fueling hopes of a moderate comeback. But can moderate Republicans really win in tough blue state contests? And if so, how? Republican pollster Bill McIntuff drew attention recently when he noted that in 1982,

  


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Producer Fired for Rathergate Says
Benghazi Story Pandered to Right Wing
Atlantic, by Abby Ohlheiser    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/9/2013 5:44:30 AM     Post Reply
Now that CBS´s ´60 Minutes´ story featuring a witness´s account of the Benghazi attacks has fallen apart, a fired producer from the show´s earlier big journalism scandal — the 2004 story on George W. Bush´s National Guard service — has weighed in. According to Mary Mapes, the CBS report corrected this week was aimed at attracting a conservative audience to the show. Here´s what she told Media Matters: "My concern is that the story was done very pointedly to appeal to a more conservative audience´s beliefs about what happened at Benghazi. They appear to have done that story to appeal specifically

Palestinians, Arafat Widow
Paid for Tests Claiming to
Find PA Leader Was Poisoned
Washington Free Beacon, by Alana Goodman    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/9/2013 5:39:33 AM     Post Reply
The Palestinian National Authority and Yasser Arafat’s widow paid for the Swiss medical investigations that claimed the late Palestinian leader could have been poisoned with polonium, contradicting claims from Al Jazeera that the tests were conducted “pro bono.” A report issued this week by Swiss investigators found unusual levels of polonium-210 in samples taken from Arafat’s body, and said this was enough evidence to “moderately support” the theory that he was poisoned. A previous study conducted in 2012 by the same team also found abnormal traces of the radioactive substance on belongings and clothing worn by Arafat shortly before his death. Both

The Common Core Rabbit Hole
American Thinker, by L.E. Ikenga    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 11/9/2013 5:39:02 AM     Post Reply
While prominent conservatives conflate the original philosophy of the Common Core with the Common Core State Standards and chase red herrings over the legality of the their implementation, there are more pressing questions that the Common Core is raising. Namely, how can such an educational strategy be carried out in schools within underachieving black communities? As was seen during the Rachel Jeantel "creepy ass cracker" episode of the George Zimmerman trial, underachieving black communities in America have their own standards for understanding and interpreting the world around them. But, for the most part, these standards do not necessarily reflect an understanding

Papa John Was Right
American Spectator, by David Hogberg    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/9/2013 5:35:58 AM     Post Reply
John Schnatter, founder and CEO of Papa John’s Pizza, criticized Obamacare twelve months too early. It was a year ago today when the Naples Daily News reported Schnatter responding to a question about whether Obamacare would cause Papa John’s franchise owners to reduce their employees’ work hours, “That’s probably what’s going to happen. It’s common sense. That’s what I call lose-lose.” Under Obamacare’s employer mandate companies with 50 or more full-time employees—“full time” defined as 30 hours a week or more—must provide their workers with health insurance or pay a hefty fine. Schnatter was pointing out that his franchise owners would have

Cruz: Iran Deal ´Dangerous for America´
Weekly Standard, by Daniel Halper    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 11/9/2013 5:32:04 AM     Post Reply
Senator Ted Cruz says that the proposed U.S.-Iran deal is "dangerous for America." He made the comments in a prepared statement sent out today by his Senate office. “If the reports are correct, this is a terrible deal, and it is dangerous for America. The prospect of Iran acquiring nuclear weapon capacity is the gravest national security threat we face, yet it appears that this ´deal´ does not require Iran to dismantle even a single centrifuge or turn over even a single pound of enriched uranium. To lift economic sanctions on Iran in exchange for an amorphous promise to pause

  



Report: White House might expand
eligibility for ObamaCare subsidies
The Hill (Washington, D.C.), by Elise Viebeck    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 11/9/2013 5:31:00 AM     Post Reply
The White House might broaden the availability of federal discounts on healthcare coverage under ObamaCare to help consumers whose premiums are going up, according to a report. The administration is considering expanding the premium tax credits that are available to some people purchasing insurance coverage on the new exchanges, according to Huffington Post. Right now, the tax credits are only available to people making 133 to 400 percent of the federal poverty line. But the administrative fix under discussion would widen the eligibility for people with incomes above the 400 percent level. Widening that eligibility for people with incomes above 400 percent of the

Pol sues over cancer, leaves out
that she smoked for 40 years
New York Post, by Tara Palmeri    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/9/2013 5:30:29 AM     Post Reply
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s law firm has filed a class-action suit on behalf of Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, accusing more than 70 companies of potentially causing the Long Island congresswoman to develop lung cancer from asbestos. But the bizarre Weitz & Luxenberg suit fails to mention that the 69-year-old Democrat smoked heavily for 40 years — and that she never actually worked with the cancer-causing substance. Instead, McCarthy’s attorney, Daniel Blouin, claims she came in contact with asbestos in her youth when her father and brothers worked as boiler makers in Navy yards and powerhouses. He says toxic fibers attached to their clothing. The complaint

GOP super PACs gear
up to fight tea party
Politico, by Byron Tau and Anna Palmer    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 11/9/2013 5:29:43 AM     Post Reply
Republican operatives want to help establishment candidates fend off tea party challenges with a new weapon: unlimited cash. Consultants and attorneys — including the co-founder of the pro-Mitt Romney super PAC — are laying the groundwork or have already filed paperwork for dozens of super PACs organized to support individual candidates running next year. The effort is the biggest reevaluation of the Republican Party’s outside money strategy since the dawn of the super PAC era — bringing traditional big dollar donors into the primary races that pulled the party in a direction that alienated those donors in the first place. “The prime targets

Women and the GOP
American Thinker, by Kim Zigfield    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 11/9/2013 5:26:48 AM     Post Reply
Once again, conservative Americans have experienced stark disappointment at the polls. One of the biggest reasons for this disappointment is their failure to bring female voters and candidates into their tent. Women voted for Barack Obama in 2012 in a massive eleven-point landslide, while men preferred Romney by seven points. It´s just this simple: Female hostility to Republicans made Obama president. In 2013, Republicans lost the mayoralty of New York City, and they lost the governorship of Virginia. They "won" the governorship of New Jersey, but as J. Robert Smith pointed out recently they won it with a "puke" candidate who

Obama tries to empathize over
health insurance cancellations,
but is that the best he’s got?
Chicago Sun-Times, by Lynn Sweet    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 11/9/2013 5:26:21 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama said Thursday he was sorry some people are losing their health insurance plans under his Obamacare law despite his oft-repeated, now-discredited promise “if you like your insurance plan, you will keep it.” Obama made the admission — seemed to me with some prodding — in an interview with NBC’s Chuck Todd, coming as more and more stories emerge of individuals getting their policies canceled as a consequence of provisions in his signature health care law. “Even though it’s a small percentage of folks who may be disadvantaged, you know, it means a lot to them,”

Impeaching Himself, Period
American Thinker, by Ken Blackwell & Bob Morrison    Original Article
Posted By: SpeedMaster- 11/9/2013 5:22:34 AM     Post Reply
The side-by-side comparisons of President Obama´s statements then and now are devastating. Especially the "period." Period here is no punctuation mark. It´s a way of underscoring the word of the President of the United States.If you like your health care plan you´ll be able to keep your health care plan, period. No one will take it away. No matter what. June 15, 2009 And I am sorry that they, you know, are finding themselves in this situation, based on assurances they got from me. November 7, 2013

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