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Is Twitter making you STUPID?
Social networking sites are making it
hard for people to think for themselves
Daily Mail [UK], by Fiona Macrae    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/5/2014 5:03:27 AM     Post Reply
They have become a quick and easy way of learning about everything from world affairs to the affairs of friends. But Twitter and Facebook may be eroding our ability to think. Researchers believe speed, volume and ease with which information is shared through social networking sites may be making it more difficult for us to think analytically. They have become a quick and easy way of learning about everything from world affairs to the affairs of friends. But Twitter and Facebook may be eroding our ability to think. Researchers believe speed, volume and ease with which information is shared through social networking sites may

Seinfeld, the Wall Street Journal and the New
York Times: Scenes from the Culture War
PJ Media, by Roger L. Simon    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/5/2014 5:03:02 AM     Post Reply
“The fact of the matter is the Wall Street Journal editorial page just kicks our editorial page’s ass. I mean there’s just no contest, from top to bottom, and it’s disappointing.” So said a New York Times reporter quoted in a much talked about New York Observer column Tuesday (“The Tyranny and Lethargy of the Times Editorial Page“). (Snip)To adopt what is becoming a modern cliché — it’s the ideology, stupid. The Times reporters complained of the page’s uniformly negative tone, but not even S.J. Perelman or P.G. Wodehouse could write with verve in the service of modern liberalism. You can’t

The sugar-slashers are on the warpath
Telegraph [UK], by Anjana Ahuja    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/5/2014 4:57:21 AM     Post Reply
The jaunty slogan on the metallic green tin is meant to convey the carefree essence of childhood: “Don’t Grow Up. 7 Up.” When viewed through the lens of recent headlines, however, the phrase acquires a more sinister interpretation. According to an American study published this week, three cans of carbonated drinks contain enough calories to triple a person’s risk of developing heart disease. The suggestion is that if you spend your childhood knocking back gallons of sugary liquid, you may not get the opportunity to grow up at all. [Snip] Whichever way you cut it, health officials are beginning to



Goodbye, free speech
The Week, by Ed Morrissey    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/5/2014 4:54:00 AM     Post Reply
To: Lord Brown of Eaton-under-Heywood et al From: Edward Morrissey of Minnesota, USA Subject: Application for Chair to Regulate the Press in the United Kingdom Gentlemen, It was with great enthusiasm that I read about the newly launched Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO), and your efforts to find a chair to lead its mission to regulate reporting in the United Kingdom. I´m a regular consumer of British news, which I often find to be provocative and uncommonly transparent on point of view, and have followed your phone-hacking scandal in recent years. Fortunately, criminal charges have been pressed. Those who broke

Mississippi couple sues ExxonMobil
over alleged alligator infestation
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 2/5/2014 4:47:31 AM     Post Reply
The Mississippi Supreme Court is refereeing a dispute between a Wilkinson County couple and ExxonMobil Corporation over an alleged alligator infestation, with justices scheduled to hear oral arguments Tuesday. The dispute involves more than 80 alligators that Tom Christmas and his wife argue they didn´t discover on land next to their homestead until four years after they bought the property in southwest Mississippi. The Christmases bought 35 acres between Centreville and Woodville in December 2003. The land had previously been used for hunting and timber and was not occupied when they bought it. Court records do not show from whom they bought

Health Care Law Projected to Cut the Labor Force
New York Times, by Annie Lowrey and Jonathan Weisman    Original Article
Posted By: pineledger- 2/5/2014 4:46:36 AM     Post Reply
Washinton--A Congressional Budget Office analysis released Tuesday predicted that the Affordable Care Act would shrink the work force by the equivalent of more than two million full-time positions and recharged the political debate over the health care law, providing Republican opponents fresh lines of attack and putting Democrats on the defensive. The nonpartisan budget office’s analysis, part of a regular update to its budget projections, was far more complicated than the Republican attack lines it generated. Congressional Republican leaders called the findings “devastating,” “terrible” and proof that the health care law was a job killer. (Snip)Senator Joe Manchin III, Democrat

Woman Set to be Executed
in Texas For 1998 Killing
Associated Press, by Michael Graczyk    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/5/2014 4:42:36 AM     Post Reply
HUNTSVILLE, Texas -- A woman convicted of torturing and killing a mentally impaired man she lured to Texas with the promise of marriage was scheduled to be executed Wednesday in a rare case of a female death-row inmate. If 59-year-old Suzanne Basso is lethally injected as scheduled, the New York native would be only the 14th woman executed in the U.S. since the Supreme Court allowed capital punishment to resume in 1976. By comparison, almost 1,400 men have been put to death. Texas, the nation´s busiest death-penalty state, has executed four women and 505 men. Basso was sentenced to death for the 1998



7 Seconds: Lawmaker´s Benghazi
Question Stumps Top US Officials
ABC News, by Mike Levine    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/5/2014 4:40:17 AM     Post Reply
Seven seconds of total silence. The nation´s top intelligence officials have answered the question countless times over the past year and a half, but they seemed stumped during a House hearing Tuesday when a Florida congressman asked them one more time: "Can anybody at the table tell us when somebody will be held responsible for the murders in Benghazi?" For seven seconds, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, CIA director John Brennan, Defense Intelligence Agency director Michael Flynn, National Counterterrorism Center director Matt Olsen and FBI director James Comey sat quietly – each one seemingly waiting for one of the others to

Kerry’s Vain Quest For A
Nobel Peace Prize Drives
His Sellout Of Israel
Investor´s Business Daily, by Douglas Mackinnon    Original Article
Posted By: pineledger- 2/5/2014 4:02:05 AM     Post Reply
Secretary of State John Kerry must be really desperate to win the Nobel Peace Prize. So much so, he seems willing to continually force the state of Israel into untenable positions that put its security at risk. On this very topic last month, Israeli Minister of Defense Moshe Yaalon said Kerry "came here very determined and operates based upon an unfathomable obsession and Messianic feeling . . . "Throughout the recent months, there is no negotiation between us and the Palestinians, but rather between us and the Americans. The only thing that can ´save´ us is that John Kerry will

Report: RadioShack to Close 500 Stores
Fox News, by Matthew Rocco    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 2/5/2014 12:18:06 AM     Post Reply
RadioShack (RSH) is reportedly planning to close roughly 500 stores in the coming months, as the struggling electronics retailer moves forward with a restructuring effort. According to The Wall Street Journal, it remains unclear which stores RadioShack will shutter. The company currently operates around 4,500 locations. RadioShack declined to comment on the report. The Fort Worth, Texas-based retailer is trying to turn the business around by revamping its image. RadioShack won praise for a Super Bowl ad that featured Hulk Hogan and other 1980s personalities ripping apart a drab store. The following morning, its stock rallied more than

2 more arrests made in vicious
beating of an elderly Chickasaw man;
charges dropped against 1 suspect
Press-Register [Mobile, AL], by Theresa Seiger    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 2/4/2014 11:05:22 PM     Post Reply
Chickasaw , Alabama — On the same day charges were dropped against a teen accused of participating in the savage beating of a 86-year-old man, two other suspects were arrested in the case, according to Chickasaw police. On Tuesday night, police announced they had arrested 20-year-old Carlos Nottingham and 19-year-old Yasmine Munnerlyn in the attack, which was first reported on Jan. 27. The pair will join suspect DeAngelo Terrell Smith, 21, behind bars at Mobile County Metro Jail, said Lt. Tommy McDuffie, spokesman for CPD. As of 8 p.m., Nottingham and Munnerlyn had not yet been transported



David Gregory Wants Obama to Get
More Credit for Saving the Economy
Breitbart´s Big Journalism, by Warner Todd Huston    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/4/2014 10:28:43 PM     Post Reply
NBC´s David Gregory is annoyed at America for not giving President Obama more credit for saving the economy. During last weekend´s Meet the Press, Gregory insisted that Obama just isn´t getting enough credit for an economy that Gregory feels is "getting better." Paul Bedard calls Gregory´s claim the "mainstream media scream" of the week. During the February 2 broadcast, Gregory wondered why Americans just can´t grasp Obama´s great success. In a discussion with White House chief of staff Denis McDonough, Gregory said, "Do you ever wonder why the President doesn’t get more credit for an economy that is rebounding? What’s the disconnect

Breaking News: Fight Breaks
Out at Democratic Party
Caucus in Minneapolis
Power Line, by John Hinderaker    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 2/4/2014 10:24:13 PM     Post Reply
Party caucuses are going on tonight in precincts across Minnesota. Caucuses are an old-fashioned civic tradition, more noted for boredom and long nights than anything else, but tonight there was some excitement at a DFL caucus in Minneapolis. A fight broke out: A very tense night at a caucus site in Minneapolis where DFLer Mohamud Noor is challenging longtime DFL state Rep. Phyllis Kahn. The heat in one Minneapolis location resulted in police being called out. With 300 people at the Byan [sic] Coyle Center, a fight broke out and people rushed the stage. After the melee, the Minneapolis police

Top intelligence chiefs warn
Syria could become base for
attacks against US
Fox News, by Jennifer Griffin    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/4/2014 10:16:18 PM     Post Reply
For the second time in a week, the nation´s top intelligence chiefs Tuesday issued a scathing assessment of the global threats facing the United States, warning that Syria is becoming a base from which extremist, Al Qaeda-linked groups could attack the U.S. “We are concerned about the use of Syrian territory by the Al Qaeda organization to recruit individuals and develop the capability to be able not just to carry out attacks inside of Syria, but also to use Syria as a launching pad,” said CIA Director John Brennan at a hearing before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

‘Mr. Bailout’ fears a new
finance crisis is brewing
Washington Times, by Patrice Hill    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 2/4/2014 10:10:42 PM     Post Reply
Henry M. Paulson Jr., the financial firefighter stationed at the epicenter of the biggest financial crisis since the Great Depression, worries that the nation is headed for another crisis because political leaders failed to learn critical lessons from the last one in 2008. In an exclusive interview with The Washington Times, Mr. Paulson, former President George W. Bush’s last secretary of the Treasury, said the most serious lapse may be Congress’ failure to reform mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in a way that would revive the private market for mortgages, which has all but disappeared since the crisis.



Obamacare will push 2 million
workers out of labor market: CBO
Washington Times, by Stephen Dinan    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 2/4/2014 10:08:38 PM     Post Reply
Obamacare will push the equivalent of about 2 million workers out of the labor market by 2017 as employees decide either to work fewer hours or drop out of the job market altogether, according to estimates released Tuesday by the Congressional Budget Office. The analysis set off a furious debate in Washington. The White House argued that the reduction is positive because it means Americans will forgo jobs or extra work to stay home with their children or strike out on their own as entrepreneurs. Republicans, however, said the report amounted to an “I told you so” moment and that

The Case for Socialized Law?
New Republic, by Noam Scheiber    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/4/2014 10:06:41 PM     Post Reply
Maintain and refine, maintain and refine. That’s how progressives talk about the welfare state these days. After nearly a century of expanding government with programs like Social Security, Medicaid, and food stamps, suddenly the best the left can come up with are relative stutter-steps like universal pre-K. Liberal Democrats all but concede that Obamacare marked the end of their activist ambitions. Hereafter, we will all take vigorous walks and watch prestige dramas on HBO. But there’s still at least one major social-welfare project the left must see through before anyone considers its mission accomplished. The issue is the vast injustice

With early attacks against
Senate Democrats, AFP emerges
as GOP’s most powerful ally
Washington Post, by Matea Gold    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 2/4/2014 10:06:15 PM     Post Reply
Americans for Prosperity, the advocacy group backed by the billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch, is emerging as the most powerful ally of the Republican Party ahead of the 2014 midterm elections, bombarding Senate Democrats with early air attacks that could help the GOP retake the Senate. The organization is set to announce on Thursday a three-week ad campaign against Sen. Mark Pryor (Ark.), bringing to five the number of vulnerable Senate Democrats in its cross-hairs. It also is going after Democrats running for open Senate seats in Michigan and Iowa and running ads against House Democrats, including Rep. Nick

Jeopardy! Champ Under Fire for
Daring to Have a Brain and Strategy
Mediaite, by Josh Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/4/2014 9:52:12 PM     Post Reply
At first, I thought the most ridiculous controversy of the day was the big Seinfeld diversity fracas, but I have to take it back. The single dumbest controversy of this day, February the Fourth in the year 2014, is that people are mad at someone for daring to use his brain on a quiz show. Yes, Arthur Chu has turned into an overnight celebrity and has received a lot of flak because he had the audacity to go on a quiz show with a strategy planned out beforehand. I don’t even… just… sigh. What exactly did Chu do to warrant outrage for

Egypt former top officer
to testify in Morsi trial
Agence France-Presse, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LOL Thomas- 2/4/2014 9:51:36 PM     Post Reply
Cairo - An Egyptian court will begin hearing testimonies in the murder trial of deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi from Wednesday, when a former top military officer will give evidence. [Snip] Morsi was present in the court, inside a soundproof glass dock to prevent him from interrupting proceedings with defiant outbursts, as he had done in previous hearings. Morsi and 14 co-defendants, including former aides, are accused of inciting the killing of opposition activists outside the presidential palace in December 2012, an incident that hastened his overthrow by the military almost seven months later.


Eyeing a majority, Senate GOP
cool to House immigration plan
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Alexander Bolton    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/4/2014 9:44:18 PM     Post Reply
Eyeing a new majority, Senate Republicans are seeking to trample the immigration reform blueprint crafted by their counterparts in the House. They are careful not to criticize the substance of the House GOP’s new set of principles by simply saying the chances of crafting a new immigration law this year are remote. Should the thorny debate continue in the months ahead, it could hurt the chances of GOP senators facing primaries and jeopardize the party’s chances of winning the majority in November. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) said Tuesday that he doesn’t see any way the Democratic-controlled Senate and GOP-led House

Rep. Jackson Lee: ‘We’ll Give President
Obama a Number of Executive Orders’
Cybercast News Service, by Eric Scheiner    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/4/2014 9:30:04 PM     Post Reply
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) says that the newly launched Congressional Full Employment Caucus will “give President Obama a number of executive orders that he can sign.” Jackson Lee made the statement while gathered with Democrats on January 29th to announce the establishment of the Full Employment Caucus. “We will be answering the call of all of America because people need work and we’re not doing right by them by creating work,” Jackson Lee said. “I believe this caucus will put us on the right path and we’ll give President Obama a number of executive orders that he can sign with pride

Justice Antonin Scalia says
World War II-style internment
camps could happen again
Washington Examiner (DC), by Joel Gehrke    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/4/2014 9:25:23 PM     Post Reply
Justice Antonin Scalia predicts that the Supreme Court will eventually authorize another a wartime abuse of civil rights such as the internment camps for Japanese-Americans during World War II. "You are kidding yourself if you think the same thing will not happen again," Scalia told the University of Hawaii law school while discussing Korematsu v. United States, the ruling in which the court gave its imprimatur to the internment camps. The local Associated Press report quotes Scalia as using a Latin phrase that means "in times of war, the laws fall silent," to explain why the court erred in that

Everyone in L.A. has started a
campaign for Waxman’s open seat
Washington Post, by Jaime Fuller    Original Article
Posted By: SoCalGal- 2/4/2014 9:23:23 PM     Post Reply
Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) announced that he wasn´t going to run for a 21st term in the House of Representatives four days ago. Only days later, it seemed that nearly every person with political ambitions in his Los Angeles district has said they are thinking about running for the seat, which hasn´t been in contention for decades. Here´s a list of the top people who have either already started a campaign for the seat or have at least failed at Shermanesque equivocation. (unlike "Sweatin´ to the Oldies" star and former huckster of Bluth wares Richard Simmons, who has made it perfectly

RNC´s Black Republican Trailblazer
honorees like Obamacare
Washington Examiner, by Joel Gehrke    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/4/2014 9:20:56 PM     Post Reply
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus has prioritized reaching out to black Americans, but two of the three Black Republican Trailblazers he honored Tuesday suggested that Republicans face an uphill battle in appealing to black voters if the party continues to be identified with opposition to Obamacare. "It´s not a perfect bill, it has a lot of flaws, but I think we need to work on it to improve it, yes," Trailblazer award recipient Louis Sullivan, Health and Human Services secretary during George H.W. Bush´s presidency, told the Washington Examiner when asked after the ceremony at the Howard Theater in

Venezuela Goes from Bad to Worse
Tal Cual [Caracas, Venezuela], by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 2/4/2014 9:08:04 PM     Post Reply
Not only Nicolás Maduro has inherited the presidential chair, but has he the heavy economic legacy from Hugo Chávez. With two devaluations of the bolivar currency this year and a third looming in the horizon, the battered economy of Venezuela is starting to put the president of the Republic against the wall. It has all been as if hunger and an urge to eat had had become accomplices to create this situation. By forcing businesses to lower their prices, without a criterion of rationality and in a gesture of obscene demagogy, the Government recently gave the country’s commercial establishments a surprise

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