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Amazon envisions eventually
delivering packages in 30
minutes via drones
Washington Post, by Timothy B. Lee    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/1/2013 10:11:20 PM     Post Reply
Jeffrey P. Bezos has never been known for thinking small. And in an interview aired Sunday on CBS´s "60 Minutes," he outlined his latest plan for revolutionizing the retail industry: using drones to deliver packages in as little as 30 minutes. Declaring himself an "optimist," the Amazon.com founder and chief executive predicted the technology could be brought to market in as little as five years. This is more than a theoretical idea. Bezos showed CBS´s Charlie Rose a working prototype of an eight-rotor helicopter drone called an "octocopter." Emblazoned with "Amazon Prime Air," the flying robot has a claw at

Nato troops forced to risk
dilapidated tunnel to get
out of Afghanistan
Telegraph [UK], by Rob Crilly    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/1/2013 10:07:34 PM     Post Reply
Salang - The route twists one way then the next, snaking higher into the Hindu Kush. The stout trucks and tankers shift down gears as they negotiate each switchback, swinging into the middle of the road to keep from losing momentum. That is until they stop altogether and the main northern lifeline from Kabul becomes nothing but a long, thin lorry park. The queue extends into the distance. Drivers doze in their cabs or during the summer months in the shade beneath the trailers. Nothing will move all day as they wait for their chance to pass through the Salang

Hill leaders: Terror threat
growing in US; intel community
not the ´bad guys´
Fox News*, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/1/2013 9:53:21 PM     Post Reply
The worldwide terror threat is growing and changing, making Americans less safe than they were in years past, the leaders of the House and Senate intelligence committees said Sunday. “Terror is up worldwide,” said Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. “The statistics indicate that. The fatalities are way up.” Feinstein made her comments on CNN’s “State of the Union” during a joint interview with Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, who argued the terror group Al Qaeda continues to grow and consolidate. “What´s happening in places like Syria

  


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The War on Conservative Minorities
National Review, by John Fund    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/1/2013 9:48:13 PM     Post Reply
Members of both political parties use sharp elbows to rough up and discredit the opposition, but the media are supposed to call “foul” on the worst abuses. But when the media are ideologically opposed to conservatives — especially minority conservatives — the abuses sometimes get lost in the shuffle.Take what happened last week to New Hampshire state representative Marilinda Garcia, who announced she would challenge incumbent Democratic representative Annie Kuster in a highly competitive district that has switched party control in three of the last four elections. Democrats were clearly rattled by the 30-year-old Garcia’s entry. Democratic-party communications director Harrell

One giant leek for mankind!
Nasa to try growing vegetables
and herbs on the moon to see
if humans could one day live there
Daily Mail [UK], by Mail Foreign Service    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/1/2013 9:47:02 PM     Post Reply
Nasa is to try growing vegetables and herbs on the moon to see if humans could one day live there. The US space agency plans to send seeds to the moon in 2015 in sealed canisters containing everything that is needed for the seedlings to thrive. As well as ten seeds each of basil and turnips, there will also be around 100 seeds of Arabidopsis, a small flowering plant related to cabbage and mustard. On landing, a trigger will release a small reservoir of water inside the canister and a team on Earth will monitor how the seeds germinate when

House lines up year-end blitz
The Hill (Washington DC), by Russell Berman    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/1/2013 9:44:11 PM     Post Reply
The House could act on a flurry of bipartisan deals when it returns in December for the final two legislative weeks of 2013. Or, it could head home for the holidays emptyhanded. Negotiators are trying to finish House-Senate conference reports on the budget, a farm bill and a water projects bill before the end of the year. Aides say there is a slim chance that all three could be done in time for the House to vote in 2013, but a likelier scenario is one or two of them will be punted into next year. House Republicans will also take

´Operate on this mother so that
we can take her baby’
Telegraph [UK], by Christopher Baker    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/1/2013 8:15:07 PM     Post Reply
Last summer a pregnant Italian mother flew to England for a two-week Ryanair training course at Stansted. Staying at an airport hotel, she had something of a panic attack when she couldn’t find the passports for her two daughters, who were with her mother back in Italy. She called the police, who arrived at her room when she was on the phone to her mother. The police asked to speak to the grandmother, who explained that her daughter was probably over-excited because she suffered from a “bipolar” condition and hadn’t been taking her medication to calm her down. The police

  


  

Security breach at UW Medicine
affects 90,000 patients
Legal Insurrection, by Mandy Nagy     Original Article
Posted By: drive- 12/1/2013 8:14:25 PM     Post Reply
The personal information of approximately 90,000 patients of Harborview Medical Center and University of Washington Medical Center, which are part of UW Medicine, has reportedly been compromised as the result of a malware attack that affected a facility computer that stored patient data. From KOMO News: Early last month, a UW Medicine employee opened an email attachment that contained malicious software. The malware took control of the computer, which happened to be storing personal information from approximately 90,000 UW Medicine and Harborview Medical Center patients, according to a UW Medicine news release. The compromised patient data included names, phone numbers, addresses, medical record

A Fight Over Contraception
Won´t Help Obamacare
Bloomberg, by Megan McArdle    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 12/1/2013 7:57:46 PM     Post Reply
Two employers who have religious objections to the contraception mandate recently had their cases granted cert by the Supreme Court. I gather that both supporters and opponents of the mandate think the Supreme Court will probably rule that corporations (at least closely held ones such as these two) are going to be granted an exemption from the mandate if they have clear religious objections. Social media was on fire over this when it happened, and I confess that I am struggling to see why. There was a lot of outraged talk about how corporations aren’t people, of course, but a lot

Record crowds over weekend,
but spending declined
Associated Press, by Anne d´Innocenzio    Original Article
Posted By: BaseballFan- 12/1/2013 7:39:18 PM     Post Reply
New York - Did stores shoot themselves in the foot? Target, Macy´s and other retailers offered holiday discounts in early November and opened stores on Thanksgiving Day. It was an effort to attract shoppers before Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving that traditionally kicks off the holiday shopping season. Those tactics drew bigger crowds, but failed to motivate Americans to spend. A record 141 million people are expected to shop in stores and online over the four-day Thanksgiving weekend that ends Sunday, up from last year´s 137 million, according to the results of a survey of nearly 4,500 shoppers

Reporter Bob Franken Blasts Obama
on MSNBC: ‘Most Hostile’
to Press ‘in U.S. History’
Mediaite, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/1/2013 6:06:10 PM     Post Reply
During a segment examining the complaints lodged by a group of photojournalists relating to how the White House manipulates public accounting of events by blocking independent photography, an MSNBC panel tore into President Barack Obama’s handling of relations with the press. One guest shocked the anchor when he asserted that Obama is the “most hostile” White House in American history when it comes to press freedoms. The segment began with Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank observing that a number of photojournalists have protested this White House’s decision to block photographers from independent media outlets

  


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Milbank Equates O’Reilly Joking
About Cutting His Head Off to
Bashir’s Vile Palin Remarks
NewsBusters, by Noel Sheppard    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/1/2013 5:59:24 PM     Post Reply
There haven’t been a lot of members of the media that have come out in support of MSNBC’s Martin Bashir´s suggestion a few weeks ago that someone should defecate and urinate in former Alaska governor Sarah Palin’s mouth. Seemingly bucking that trend Sunday was the Washington Post’s Dana Milbank who appearing on Fox News´s MediaBuzz actually compared those remarks to Bill O’Reilly joking three years ago about beheading him: HOWARD KURTZ, HOST: Let’s come back to the hiring of Alec Baldwin. I mean, he’s an actor and comedian and MSNBC gives him a weekly show, you know, not unaware of the fact

David Plouffe Predicts Obama’s
Approval Rating Will Recover:
‘People Trust This President’
Mediaite, by Evan McMurry    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/1/2013 5:38:10 PM     Post Reply
Former Obama advisor David Plouffe appeared on This Week With George Stephanopoulos Sunday morning and predicted that President Barack Obama’s approval rating would rise over the next few months, following the increasing functionality of the Affordable Care Act. “This has been a tough task,” Plouffe said. “It’s not just health care. The shutdown affected everybody’s confidence in government. But let’s fast-forward to the State of the Union and the months after that. Health care working better, a lot of people signing up. The economy continuing to strengthen. Hopefully no Washington shutdowns.

War on Contraception?
No, an Attack on Religion
Bloomberg News, by Ramesh Ponnuru    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/1/2013 5:34:55 PM     Post Reply
From reading the New York Times, you might think that religious conservatives had started a culture war over whether company health-insurance plans should cover contraception. What’s at issue in two cases the Supreme Court has just agreed to hear, the Times editorializes, is “the assertion by private businesses and their owners of an unprecedented right to impose the owners’ religious views on workers who do not share them.” That way of looking at the issue will be persuasive if your memory does not extend back two years. Up until 2012, no federal law or regulation required employers to cover contraception

MissionAccomplished.gov
PJ Media, by Zombie    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/1/2013 5:15:32 PM     Post Reply
Today is the Obama administration’s self-imposed deadline for Healthcare.gov to be “fixed.” After initially promising a complete fix of the broken Web site by “the end of November,” the White House has incrementally lowered expectations, moved the goalposts and backpedaled on earlier promises as the depth and intractability of the site’s problems became apparent during November’s “tech surge.” (Snip)And so today’s declaration of victory over rebellious html code will come back to haunt Obama for the rest of his term.

  


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Republican doctors running for Congress
amid ObamaCare rollout fiasco
The Hill [DC], by Alexandra Jaffe    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/1/2013 5:11:36 PM     Post Reply
Eleven Republican doctors are running for the Senate, hoping that voters will see their medical expertise as an asset amid the administration’s botched rollout of ObamaCare. “Doctors are in a very unique position to look at the financing of healthcare,” Rep. Paul Broun, a family physician running for the GOP nomination for Georgia’s open Senate seat, told The Hill. “We go into medicine for one reason, and one reason only: Because we care about people, we want the people who we serve to have a productive, happy, healthy life,” he added. “That’s the kind of policymaker we should have in place in

National Zoo Names 100-Day-Old
Panda Cub Bao Bao
Associated Press, by Brett Zongker    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/1/2013 4:21:32 PM     Post Reply
The most popular giant panda in U.S.-China relations finally was given an identity Sunday as the Smithsonian´s National Zoo named its female 100-day-old cub Bao Bao (bow-BOW) after receiving more than 123,000 votes online from the public. Bao Bao, which means "treasure" or "precious," is only the second surviving cub born at the National Zoo since the first pandas arrived in 1972 to commemorate President Richard Nixon´s historic visit to China. Pandas have remained a happy symbol of diplomacy between the two countries. Panda mother Mei Xiang (may-SHONG) has been caring for her cub in the panda den since she

On Dying After Your Time
New York Times, by Daniel Callahan    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/1/2013 3:43:55 PM     Post Reply
HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. — THIS fall Google announced that it would venture into territory far removed from Internet search. Through a new company, Calico, it will be “tackling” the “challenge” of aging. The announcement, though, was vague about what exactly the challenge is and how exactly Google means to tackle it. Calico may, with the aid of Big Data, simply intensify present efforts to treat the usual chronic diseases that afflict the elderly, like cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer’s. But there is a more ambitious possibility: to “treat” the aging process itself, in an attempt to slow it. Of course, the

With trucker tolls on GWB
rising to more than $100, some
drivers say they’ll avoid NYC
The Record [Hackensack, NJ], by John Brennan    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 12/1/2013 3:01:42 PM     Post Reply
As toll increases go, the one that starts today is pretty moderate, at least for most of us: an extra 75 cents on your E-ZPass bill to drive a car across the George Washington Bridge. But truckers are being asked to dig a lot deeper — deep enough, they say, to cut into or even eliminate their profits. And some say they are now at a crossroads in terms of their willingness to take runs into and through the New York Metropolitan area. It will now cost those who pay cash to cross in the biggest rigs more than $100, and

Pot language is clear, but
opponents’ motive smoky
Tampa Tribune, by Paula Dockery    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 12/1/2013 12:32:09 PM     Post Reply
According to a recent Quinnipiac poll, Floridians support legalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes by a whopping 82-16 margin, crossing all party lines. Frustrated by decades of inaction by the Florida Legislature, citizens have taken it into their own hands to put the issue directly before voters through a citizens’ initiative to amend the Florida Constitution. The question should be whether Florida wants to join 20 other states and the District of Columbia in making medical marijuana available to its residents suffering from debilitating illnesses. Instead, those in Florida leadership positions in both the legislative and executive branches are busy trying

  



Impact Of Repairs On Affordable
Care Website Remain To Be Seen
CBS News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Toledo- 12/1/2013 12:04:12 PM     Post Reply
NEW YORK) — The healthcare.gov website is supposed to be up and running. But a sudden run on the site could cause it to crash.That is the conundrum faced by President Barack Obama who said that the page would be working by the end of November. Following an 11-hour, overnight, maintenance session that shut down part of the website, healthcare.gov is back open for business. The goal of the maintenance was to ensure that the site could handle 50,000 users at a time and 800,000 inside of a day. “The challenge isn’t how many lanes do you have on the highway, it’s

GOP strategist: Reagan is dead; move on
The Hill, by Molly K. Hooper    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 12/1/2013 12:04:02 PM     Post Reply
A Republican strategist is reminding his party that President Reagan is dead. Ford O´Connell, who worked on Sen. John McCain´s (R-Ariz.) 2008 presidential campaign, says if Republicans want to win the White House in 2016, they need to break free of the "obsessive Reagan disorder." Rule #1 of the political analyst´s newly released book, "Hail Mary: The 10-Step Playbook for Republican Recovery," is: "Ronald Reagan is dead. Accept it." Such a sentiment is sure to be tough to digest for a party insistent on using the 40th president´s legacy as a GOP litmus test to prove conservative credentials. "The Reagan fixation is a drag

WSJ Editorialists Do the
Obamacare Reporting the
Establishment Press Won´t
Newsbusters, by Tom Blumer    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/1/2013 12:01:34 PM     Post Reply
As has so often been the case since Barack Obama took office in 2009, the editorialists at a major national business newspaper are reporting facts that the wire services and broadcast networks should have relayed to the American people weeks or months ago. In this case, it´s the Wall Street Journal. A Friday evening editorial published in Saturday´s print edition directly refutes the Obama administration´s key Obamacare memes involving affordability, choice, and the nature of the once-free health insurance market (bolds are mine): ObamaCare´s Plans Are Worse -How the Affordable Care Act raises prices and limits medical choices.... the public

Educator slammed after telling
students they dress like ‘hoes’
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/1/2013 11:55:48 AM     Post Reply
An education official at a Texas high school is under fire after telling some female students they have been dressing like ‘hoes.’ According to KRIV Fox 26, School Support Officer Dr. Tameca Richardson made the remark to female students at Jack Yates High School in Houston during an assembly on campus. A spokesperson for the Houston Independent School District confirmed the language used by Richardson, the station reported. Some parents expressed anger over Richardson’s terminology, saying the Ph.D.-level educator should have used language that was less offensive. "That was out of line and she should be disciplined for that,"

Limbaugh Children´s Book Highlights
Importance of God, Private
Property, and U.S. History
Breitbart Big Journalism, by AWR Hawkins    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/1/2013 11:50:26 AM     Post Reply
Rush Limbaugh´s most recent book Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims is not political like his earlier endeavors. Rather, it is an attempt to shine a light on what at times appears to be the long lost history of America´s founding—including the roles God and private private property played in that founding. In Rush Revere, Limbaugh takes on the role of a history teacher who is able to travel through time to various events during the Pilgrims´ passage to the New World. To bring history to life for his students, he takes two of them—Tommy and a quiet but strong

Media Wrong Again: Palin
Helped McCain In 2008
NewsBusters, by Noel Sheppard    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 12/1/2013 11:45:48 AM     Post Reply
For over five years, a consistent media claim has been that former Alaska governor Sarah Palin hurt Republican presidential nominee John McCain in 2008 and that he would have fared better with anyone else on the ticket besides her. A recent study by political science professors at Bradley University debunks this claim concluding instead that Palin was a net plus for McCain including with independents and moderates. The first serious study on this matter was conducted by University of Central Florida political science professor Jonathan Knuckey and was published in Political Research Quarterly in April 2011: Using data from the American National Election

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