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N.S.A. Devises Radio Pathway Into Computers
New York Times, by David E. Sanger & Thom Shanker    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/15/2014 4:25:03 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — The National Security Agency has implanted software in nearly 100,000 computers around the world that allows the United States to conduct surveillance on those machines and can also create a digital highway for launching cyberattacks. While most of the software is inserted by gaining access to computer networks, the N.S.A. has increasingly made use of a secret technology that enables it to enter and alter data in computers even if they are not connected to the Internet, according to N.S.A. documents, computer experts and American officials. The technology, which the agency has used since at least 2008, relies on a

Oh, great: United States falls out of
the top ten for economic freedom
Hot Air, by Erika Johnsen    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/15/2014 4:20:56 AM     Post Reply
For going on 20 years now, the Heritage Foundation and the Wall Street Journal have been putting together an annual Index of Economic Freedom by evaluating countries the world over based on ten criteria along the lines of property rights, government spending, freedom from corruption, trade freedom, and the like. They released the 2014 edition of their annaul Index today, and here’s the good news: Worldwide economic freedom has reached record levels, huzzah! The various governments of 114 countries took steps in 2013 that increased their citizens’ economic freedom, and 43 countries all over the world have now reached their

A League of His Own
Creators Syndicate, by Thomas Sowell    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/15/2014 4:17:56 AM     Post Reply
The first time I saw New Jersey governor Chris Christie on television, a few years ago, my first reaction was astonishment: “A talking Republican!” It would scarcely have been more astonishing if there had been a talking giraffe. For reasons unknown, most Republican leaders seem to pay very little attention to articulation — certainly as compared with leading Democrats, who seem to pay little attention to anything else. Governor Christie’s nearly two-hour-long press conference last week showed again that he is in a class by himself when it comes to Republicans who can express themselves in the heat of political battle. When it

  


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Texting killing tells us one thing
CNN, by David Weinberger    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/15/2014 4:14:20 AM     Post Reply
Thousands of clicks per minute. More than 23,000 reader comments, with the counter spinning like an odometer in a "Fast and Furious" movie. With 45 murders a day in the United States and about one a minute worldwide, why have so many of us fastened on this one? Why do we care so much about the shooting death of someone for texting during a movie? It´s clear from the headlines why the media are featuring the story: It´s not just a fatal shooting. It´s a fatal shooting over texting. As a crime story, it would be confined to the local Tampa

Is Rouhani right? Iran now poised to
become Alpha Dog of Middle East
Fox News, by K.T. McFarland    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/15/2014 4:10:23 AM     Post Reply
Iranian President Rouhani took to Twitter Tuesday with the sobering message that world powers have “surrendered to Iranian nation´s will.” Iran’s leader is referring to the brand new nuclear agreement that was announced in Geneva this week. But hold on. Is this the same agreement that President Obama and Secretary Kerry say will freeze and then roll back Iran’s nuclear program? The one administration flacks are so excited about that they’re heralding it as a breakthrough equal to Nixon’s opening to China? It’s time for a reality check. The deal with the Persian nation makes it clear we are leaving the

The Pope Is Selling His Harley.
Yep, He’s Got a Harley
ABC News, by Russell Goldman    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/15/2014 4:05:20 AM     Post Reply
Now, that’s a popemobile! Pope Francis is selling his Harley Davidson motorcycle. The pope, known for riding through Buenos Aires on a bus and taking to the streets of Rome in a modest Ford Focus, plans to see the chopper auctioned off next month with the proceeds going to charity, according to the auction house. The 1,585 cc Harley-Davidson Dyna Super Glide was presented to the pope as a gift from the motorcycle company in June 2013. The pope signed the gas tank of the bike “Francesco,” the Italian form of his papal name. The motorcycle will be auctioned by Bonhams on Feb. 6.

US Pledges Additional 380M
For Syria War Victims
Associated Press, by Lara Jakes    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/15/2014 4:01:25 AM     Post Reply
KUWAIT CITY — The United States will send $380 million in additional aid to victims of Syria´s bloody civil war, much of it designated for children in need of health care, education and emotional counseling. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says the new funding brings America´s humanitarian aid contribution to Syrian victims to $1.7 billion since the war began nearly three years ago. Half of the money — $177 million — will go to U.N. programs for victims still in Syria. The rest is for neighboring nations that have taken in an estimated 2.3 million refugees who have

  


  

I solved the puzzle of
keeping my brain young
Telegraph [UK], by Harry de Quetteville    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/15/2014 3:28:21 AM     Post Reply
I would not make a good nun. Wimples and self-sacrifice do not suit me. But if I had to be a nun, I would live in Kentucky among the School Sisters of Notre Dame. And there I would teach and do the crossword. This is because, unlike the nuns themselves, I am highly averse to meeting my Maker. And the good Sisters of Kentucky have unlocked the secret to living a longer, healthier life. [Snip] Those who continue to be mentally active live, on average, four years longer than those who do not. Their brains show 40 percent more synapses

´Net neutrality´ ruling could be costly
for consumers, advocates say
Los Angeles Times, by Chris O´Brien*    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 1/14/2014 11:29:32 PM     Post Reply
A federal appeals court swept aside government regulations designed to ensure equal access to the Internet, raising the prospects of higher fees for consumers and more barriers for start-ups seeking to compete online. The decision Tuesday could allow AT&T Inc., Verizon Communications Inc. and other Internet service providers to charge the likes of Netflix and YouTube more money to deliver movies and video to their customers. The ruling also throws into disarray the efforts of the Federal Communications Commission to limit telecom and cable firms from discriminating against certain Internet traffic by slowing speeds, impeding access or raising fees.

Westinghouse to build three nuclear
reactors in the United Kingdom
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette [PA], by Anya Litvak    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/14/2014 11:22:43 PM     Post Reply
Westinghouse Electric Corp. has entered into an agreement to build three AP1000 nuclear reactors in the United Kingdom, opening a door in a nuclear-friendly country that the Cranberry company has been knocking on for years. Toshiba Corp., the Japanese parent of Westinghouse, will buy a 60 percent share in the NuGeneration Limited Moorside project in the northeastern part of the U.K. The cost is expected to be $168 million. That will forge a partnership between Westinghouse and GDF Suez, a French energy company that will retain 40 percent of the project. In entering the NuGen project, Toshiba is buying out

Union Activists Sign on to
Pro-Minimum-Wage-Hike Bill
Washington Free Beacon [DC], by Bill McMorris    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/14/2014 11:17:44 PM     Post Reply
A letter supporting a minimum wage hike being circulated by the George Soros-funded Economic Policy Institute that purports to represent the views of leading academics has been signed by a number of economists who work for labor unions and leftwing special interest groups. In-house economists for the AFL-CIO, Service Employees International Union, and liberal, labor-aligned groups such as Center for American Progress, Institute for Women’s Policy Research, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, and the Center for Economic and Policy Research all signed onto the letter, which was touted as proof that the proposed $10.10 minimum wage would serve as

  


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Probe Finds White House Wanted
to Make Sequestration as ‘Painful
as Possible’ for Rural Schools
PJ Media, by Bridget Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/14/2014 10:39:17 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — A House Natural Resources Committee investigation has found that President Obama’s Office of Management and Budget ordered that sequestration cuts be applied retroactively to funding for rural schools over the opposition of the Agriculture Department. The committee’s report released today, “A Less Secure Future for Rural Schools: An Investigation into the Obama Administration’s Questionable Application of the Sequester to the Secure Rural Schools Program,” detailed how last February the USDA had determined 2013 sequestration wouldn’t apply to 2012 funds that had already been distributed in the program. The White House stepped in and overruled the USDA, though both

Who Does the GOP Really Have
To Run Against Hillary in 2016?
Daily Beast, by Myra Adams    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/14/2014 10:17:30 PM     Post Reply
Even without Bridgegate, Chris Christie wouldn’t get the Republican nomination. That leaves a pack of conservatives vulnerable to Clinton. As a Republican hoping that my party will retake the White House in 2016, I watched with intense interest as New Jersey Governor Chris Christie talked and talked and talked his way out of ”Bridgegate.” The general consensus is that Christie did a decent job bemoaning his circumstances and keeping his cool, considering that the damaging political/ legal issues have only just begun. But it was Christie’s "I am not a bully" persona that reminded me just how truly weak the entire bench of

Obama: "We´re Not Going To Be
Waiting For Legislation... I Can Use
That Pen To Sign Executive Orders
Real Clear Politics, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/14/2014 10:12:01 PM     Post Reply
PRESIDENT OBAMA: So Congress is going to be busy, and I’m looking forward to working with Democrats and Republicans, House members and Senate members, to try to continue to advance the economic recovery and to provide additional ladders of opportunity for everybody. But one of the things that I’ll be emphasizing in this meeting is the fact that we are not just going to be waiting for a legislation in order to make sure that we’re providing Americans the kind of help that they need. I’ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone -- and I can use that

Obama to Congress: We´re
not waiting for legislation
McClatchy Newspapers, by Anita Kumar    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/14/2014 10:02:41 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama sent a message to Congress Tuesday: He plans to use his power whenever he can to move his agenda forward. "We are not just going to be waiting for a legislation in order to make sure that we’re providing Americans the kind of help that they need," Obama said before a Cabinet meeting. "I´ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone -- and I can use that pen to sign executive orders and take executive actions and administrative actions that move the ball forward." Obama said he told members of his Cabinet the need to use all the

  


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US judge strikes down Okla.
same-sex marriage ban
Associated Press, by Justin Juozapavicius    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 1/14/2014 10:01:15 PM     Post Reply
Tulsa, Okla. — A federal judge struck down Oklahoma´s gay marriage ban Tuesday, but headed off any rush to the altar by setting aside his order while state and local officials complete an appeal. It was the second time in a month that a federal judge has set aside a deeply conservative state´s limits on same-sex marriage, after Utah´s ban was reversed in December. In his ruling, U.S. District Judge Terence Kern described Oklahoma´s ban on same-sex marriage as "an arbitrary, irrational exclusion of just one class of Oklahoma citizens from a governmental benefit." The decision drew criticism from the

Thousands of Berlin Wall
Documents Declassified
Washington Free Beacon, by Daniel Wiser    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/14/2014 10:01:02 PM     Post Reply
Thousands of newly declassified documents about the Berlin Wall reveal the struggle and resolve of the human spirit for freedom, archivists and historians said on Tuesday. The National Archives’ National Declassification Center (NDC) has released 11,000 pages of previously classified documents on activities in Berlin from 1962 to 1987—the years Presidents John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan delivered iconic speeches in the divided German city. The collection, culled from documents circulated by the U.S. Army, NATO, and U.S. government agencies, details the construction of the Berlin Wall and attempts by East Germans to escape to the democratic West. The barrier, first erected

Alleged mastermind behind 9/11
attacks says he has renounced violence
Nationl Post (Canada), by Araminta Wordsworth    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/14/2014 9:59:34 PM     Post Reply
Instead of blowing people up, the alleged mastermind of the 9/11 terrorist attack wants to bring converts to Islam by subtler means of persuasion. Khalid Sheik Mohammed is seeking to convince members of the military tribunal trying him at Guantamo Bay he has renounced violence. In a 36-page manifesto published in the Huffington Post, he even argues, “The Holy Koran forbids us to use force as a means of converting” and reaching “truth and reality never comes by muscles and force but by using the mind and wisdom.” “Don’t believe the media that the mujahedeen believe that Islam spread in the past and

Amid focus on lighter cars
and fuel efficiency, big
performance vehicles steal the show
Washington Post, by Michael A. Fletcher    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/14/2014 9:50:07 PM     Post Reply
DETROIT — No sign of economic strife mars the dazzling floors of the North American International Auto Show, where Vice President Biden is expected to lead a contingent of Obama administration officials Wednesday and Thursday in what amounts to a victory lap. The U.S. automobile industry was on the brink of collapse before the administration invested $80 billion to prop it up in the face of widespread opposition. Now the vast majority of bailout money has been recouped and car companies are thriving. But if Washington saved the domestic auto business, it has yet to transform it into the small-car-producing,

Obama working to mobilize
outside coalition of groups
to promote White House agenda
Washington Post, by Juliet Eilperin    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/14/2014 9:47:40 PM     Post Reply
Faced with a recalcitrant Congress and a constrained budget, President Obama and his top aides are increasingly working to mobilize an outside coalition of corporate, nonprofit and academic groups to promote White House economic and social policies. The strategy will be on display Thursday as the White House holds a summit with more than 100 college and university presidents, who will promise to enroll more low-income students and ensure that they graduate. This month, the administration also will sponsor a session for corporations that pledge to hire the long-term unemployed. The president is privately exhorting his allies to do more

  



Supreme Court Rules U.S.
State Courts Do Not Have
Jurisdiction over Foreign Companies
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Ken Klukowski    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/14/2014 9:41:24 PM     Post Reply
Foreign plaintiffs cannot bring suit in America against foreign defendants for events that took place entirely on foreign soil, according to a Jan. 14 unanimous judgment by the Supreme Court. If part of a global business empire committed illegal acts involving foreigners in a foreign country, but also owns a subsidiary in America, those foreigners cannot sue here for those illegal acts. It would violate the Due Process Clause of the Constitution’s Fourteenth Amendment for any state courts here in the U.S. to claim jurisdiction over the foreign company. The case is Daimler AG v. Bauman. Twenty-two Argentinians sued Mercedes

GOP revives 2010 jobs message
after poll shows voters blame
Obama, not Bush, for economy
Washington Examiner (DC), by David M. Drucker    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/14/2014 9:40:31 PM     Post Reply
House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, on Tuesday dusted off his 2010 campaign message ahead of this year´s midterm elections, saying the central issue for voters in November will be jobs and Obamacare. Standing before a backdrop that read “GOP.gov #4jobs,” the top Republican in Congress argued that the economy continues to lag because of the policies of President Obama and Senate Democrats, including the Affordable Care Act. And during a weekly closed-door meeting of House Republicans, Boehner presented the rank and file with new polling that suggests voters no longer blame Obama´s predecessor, Republican George W. Bush, for the slow

No more funding for official
portrait paintings
Washington Times (D.C), by Stephen Dinan    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/14/2014 9:32:10 PM     Post Reply
Congress‘ spending bill funds the National Endowment for the Arts, but one art project finally is getting cut off: the official portrait paintings of presidents, Cabinet secretaries and high-ranking members of Congress. For the first time, the bill bans taxpayer money from financing official portrait paintings, many of which can’t even be viewed by the public. That is one of a number of “policy riders” that negotiators attached to the massive bill, most designed to tweak Obama administration policies on items including coal and incandescent light bulbs. Call them ideological earmarks — the provisions House Republicans demanded to garner enough conservative

Proclamations and politics: Obama mixes
commemorations and presidential plugs
Washington Times, by Ben Wolfgang    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/14/2014 9:23:59 PM     Post Reply
Presidential proclamations have been fixtures of American government since the Washington administration issued one establishing Thanksgiving in 1789, but analysts say President Obama has broken ground by using the traditionally bland, apolitical statements as public relations tools. Mr. Obama increasingly has used presidential proclamations to tout his accomplishments, to draw attention to initiatives such as first lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign and to make the case for programs such as Obamacare. Last year alone, the president praised the Affordable Care Act with at least 18 proclamations, including for National Diabetes Month, National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and World AIDS Day. “That is

9/11 Mastermind Now Says Use
of Violence to Spread Islam
Is Forbidden by Quran
Mediaite, by Matt Wilstein    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/14/2014 9:20:00 PM     Post Reply
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind behind the September 11th attacks who has been in military custody at Guantanamo Bay since 2006, has released a new manifesto that contains a major reversal regarding the use of violence to spread Islam. According to the document, obtained by The Huffington Post, KSM (as he is often called) now believes that “The Holy Quran forbids us to use force as a means of converting.” KSM spends most of the 36-page document trying to convince his captors to convert to Islam. “It is my religious duty in dealing with any non-Muslims such as the people in

A Gloating Chris Matthews: ´Only´
Christie Could Have Beaten
Hillary in 2016
Newsbusters, by Scott Whitlock    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/14/2014 9:16:17 PM     Post Reply
A gloating Chris Matthews on Tuesday appeared on The View and labeled the wounded Chris Christie as the "only" candidate who could have beaten Hillary Clinton in 2016. The Hardball anchor sneered, "That´s why you´re left with Rand Paul and Ted Cruz. They´re not going to be elected president of the United States." [See video below. MP3 audio here.] Speaking of Christie, Matthews pronounced, "When you make a list, one guy can really go on national TV against Hillary Clinton as a sort of the middle of the road Republican. The rest are far to the right. The. Republican Party,

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