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The Summer´s Most Unread Book Is…
Wall Street Journal, by Jordan Ellenberg    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/5/2014 5:09:41 AM     Post Reply
It´s beach time, and you´ve probably already scanned a hundred lists of summer reads. Sadly overlooked is that other crucial literary category: the summer non-read, the book that you pick up, all full of ambition, at the beginning of June and put away, the bookmark now and forever halfway through chapter 1, on Labor Day. The classic of this genre is Stephen Hawking´s "A Brief History of Time," widely called "the most unread book of all time." How can we find today´s greatest non-reads? Amazon´s "Popular Highlights" feature provides one quick and dirty measure. Every book´s Kindle page lists the five

Californians Keep Up
With Joneses’ Water Use
New York Times, by Ian Lovett    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/5/2014 5:04:51 AM     Post Reply
LOS ANGELES — For all the doomsday proclamations about the historic drought that has this state in a chokehold, here is what Californians have done to save water: not much. In five months since the drought emergency was declared, Californians have cut their water consumption only 5 percent compared with recent years, according to state officials — a far cry from the 20 percent that Gov. Jerry Brown called for in January. So, faced with apparent indifference to stern warnings from state leaders and media alarms, cities across California have encouraged residents to tattle on their neighbors for wasting water — and

At Mensa gathering, smart is the rule
Boston Globe, by Billy Baker    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/5/2014 5:02:55 AM     Post Reply
Inside the largest gathering of certified “geniuses” in human history, held in Boston this week, sits a table covered in stacks of stickers. The stickers are round dots, in four colors, and each person must pick a sticker and place it on their badge for the Annual Gathering of Mensa. It is part of a hugging game they play. A green dot means “hug freely.” Yellow means “ask first.” Red is a clear “no.” A Blue dot means you are single. “It’s kind of like a traffic light,” said Tom Schnorrenberg, a 40-year-old from Tewksbury who was staffing the sticker table, dressed

  


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U.S. Military Turns to
Hollywood to Outfit the
Soldier of the Future
Wall Street Journal, by Don Nissenbaum    Original Article
Posted By: pineledger- 7/5/2014 4:58:55 AM     Post Reply
San Fernando, Calif.—The Oscar-nominated designers at Legacy Effects have outfitted such memorable movie warriors as The Terminator, RoboCop, Captain America and Iron Man. The special-effects company is now at work on what seems a mission impossible: Building an Iron Man-style suit to protect and propel elite U.S. troops by encasing them in body armor equipped with an agile exoskeleton to enable troops to carry hundreds of pounds of gear. The 3-D printers that once churned out parts for actor Robert Downey Jr.´s red and gold movie armor are making pieces for a Pentagon prototype. Military officials recently examined three designs,

EPA doles out helpful, yet
depressing summer safety tips
Washington Examiner [DC], by Ashe Schow    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/5/2014 4:57:01 AM     Post Reply
We live in a post-apocalyptic world, but summer is a time when the pollution and hordes of flesh-eating zombies dissipate just enough so that you can leave your makeshift bomb shelters without a gas mask. To that end, the Environmental Protection Agency - the people responsible for unleashing ghosts on Manhattan - has some helpful tips on how to spend your summer suspecting danger and disease at every corner. 1. Careful where you breathe “People with heart and lung disease, older adults and children are at greater risk from the presence of pollutants in the air and should closely monitor

Romney Was Right on
Several Major Issues, Observers Say
- Thread Closed
Newsmax, by Todd Beamon    Original Article
Posted By: geo11- 7/5/2014 4:56:03 AM     Post Reply
In the nearly 20 months since Mitt Romney lost the election to President Barack Obama, many of the former Massachusetts governor´s predictions have played out on the world stage. For instance, Romney called Russia the nation´s "number one geopolitical foe"; he pledged strong support for Israel amid tense relations with Iran and other neighbors; declared that corporations are "people" — and said that illegal immigration remained a continued threat to the American economy. As many realities have developed in the U.S. and abroad, Romney´s popularity has increased in national polls — and it is believed that he is considering a White House

Privacy Group Files Formal Complaint
with Feds Over Facebook´s Mood Study
Atlantic Wire, by Polly Mosendz    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/5/2014 4:46:12 AM     Post Reply
The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC,) which advocates for digital privacy, has filed a formal complaint with the Federal Trade Commission over the 2012 Facebook mood manipulation study. EPIC claims Facebook violated laws when it conducted this experiment, as users did not know they were being studied, and did not give their consent. The formal complaint states, "At the time of the experiment, Facebook did not state in the Data Use Policy that user data would be used for research purposes. Facebook also failed to inform users that their personal information would be shared with researchers." While Facebook has not issued an

  


  

Madness on the border
Washington Times, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/5/2014 4:37:57 AM     Post Reply
The spirit of independence is alive in Murrieta, Calif., where townspeople heard that the federal government was about to send 170 illegal-alien children flooding across the border to their town in Riverside County. Three hundred residents stood in front of the buses, blocking the way. The federales withdrew, rerouting the buses to San Diego. But soon, the federales were on their way back. Allowing a crowd to block a public highway can’t be tolerated, but “the humanitarian crisis” on the border is the work of President Obama. The wishes of Murrieta are of no concern to this administration. No one can

National Heartburn, Even
With an Improving Economy
Weekly Standard, by Irving M. Stelzer    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/5/2014 4:25:32 AM     Post Reply
After celebrating our Declaration of Independence from the British oppressor, we will return to work Monday having consumed 155 million hot dogs and, for some 41 million of us, bucked traffic jams, long security lines at airports, or storm-induced flight delays in order to visit family or whatever place attracts us in this huge country of ours. The weekend began on a high note after a modestly strong jobs report on Thursday. Non-farm payroll employment, the “jobs” in the “jobs report,” rose by 288,000 in June, and the figures for April and May were revised upward by 29,000 jobs. The

Hillary’s disturbed
New York Post, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/5/2014 4:22:52 AM     Post Reply
Hillary Clinton says she’s “deeply disturbed” by the Supreme Court decision this week to uphold Hobby Lobby’s rights under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Basically, the former first lady, senator and secretary of state is saying the court is letting bosses who oppose contraception impose their religious views on employees. Of course, it does nothing of the kind. For one thing, Hobby Lobby has no objection to — and continues to pay for — 16 forms of birth control. It’s just one reason The Washington Post gave Hillary “Two Pinocchios” for her claims. It helps to remember that the 1993 law that determined

The tragedy of the Arabs
The Economist, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/5/2014 4:10:55 AM     Post Reply
A THOUSAND years ago, the great cities of Baghdad, Damascus and Cairo took turns to race ahead of the Western world. Islam and innovation were twins. The various Arab caliphates were dynamic superpowers—beacons of learning, tolerance and trade. Yet today the Arabs are in a wretched state. Even as Asia, Latin America and Africa advance, the Middle East is held back by despotism and convulsed by war. Hopes soared three years ago, when a wave of unrest across the region led to the overthrow of four dictators—in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen—and to a clamour for change elsewhere, notably in Syria.

  


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Biz executives pay fines for Florida
vet facing eviction over flower pot flag
Fox News, by Karl de Vries & Perry Chiaramonte    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/5/2014 4:07:15 AM     Post Reply
In an act of patriotism this Fourth of July, a pair of business executives has paid the fines for a Florida veteran who faced foreclosure for displaying a small American flag in a flower pot on his front stoop. The two senior executives for Los Angeles-based Lear Capital had read the story of 73-year-old Larry Murphree, of Jacksonville, whose homeowners association at Tides Condominium at Sweetwater began hitting him with fines of $100 a day last year for violating his homeowners association’s flag display rules, and have offered to pay the bill which has climbed into the thousands. “When we read his

Michelle Obama Fights
GOP On School Lunch Rules
Associated Press, by Darlene Superville    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/5/2014 4:00:37 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON-- First ladies typically avoid getting into public scraps, but Michelle Obama has jumped into perhaps her biggest battle yet. She´s fighting a House Republican effort to soften a central part of her prized anti-childhood obesity campaign and she says she´s ready "to fight until the bitter end." Mrs. Obama even mocked the GOP effort in an opinion column and argued her case before her Twitter followers. "Remember a few years ago when Congress declared that the sauce on a slice of pizza should count as a vegetable in school lunches?" she wrote in The New York Times. "You don´t have to be

Dangerous Times: Obama the Betrayer
American Thinker, by James Lewis    Original Article
Posted By: geo11- 7/5/2014 3:58:32 AM     Post Reply
“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” Which of those solemn promises has Barack H. Obama not betrayed? I can’t think of a single one. If Obama is different from other presidents, it’s not for the color of his skin, which is just a PR hustle to blackmail suckers into proving they aren’t racists. No: Obama will be historic for his fanatical leftism, which has no precedent in American history. The biggest headline

Joan Rivers jokes Obama is gay,
first lady is transgender
CNN, by Lisa Respers France    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/5/2014 2:00:01 AM     Post Reply
Who needs Fourth of July fireworks when you have Joan Rivers around? The comedian known for her lack of self-censoring recently officiated a same-sex wedding and was asked by a photographer if she believed the United States would ever see the first gay or female president. Her response was typical Rivers. "We already have it with Obama, so let´s just calm down," she said. "You know Michelle (Obama) is a trans." When asked to further explain Rivers said, "A transgender. We all know it." A representative for Rivers released the following statement to CNN from the comic about her remarks to the photographer:

  


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Germany spying: US envoy
summoned after arrest
BBC News [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/5/2014 12:33:22 AM     Post Reply
The German authorities have summoned the US ambassador in Berlin after a man was arrested on suspicion of spying. The US diplomat "was asked to help in the swift clarification" of the case, the foreign ministry said. German officials confirmed the arrest but released no other details. [Snip] The BBC´s Steve Evans in Berlin says the new allegation of American spying on an ally may make it harder for the US to get German help in its efforts to oppose Russian activity in Ukraine, and also to control Iranian nuclear ambitions. ´Zero trust´ German media say the man arrested this

Revealed: The EU Elite´s Power-Grabbing
Coups that Will Sideline Britain
Breitbart London [UK], by M. E. Synon    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/5/2014 12:25:00 AM     Post Reply
While David Cameron and his government are still reeling from the "coup" pulled off by the European Parliament last week in Brussels, when MEPs seized control of the selection of the next president of the European Commission away from national leaders, the EU elite are wasting no time manoeuvring to take away even more power from Britain and other member states in a series of smaller "coups." Coup One: First there is the manoeuvring by the innocently-named "Friends of the European Commission." It is in fact a pressure group made up of former top-ranking Eurocrats, corporate lobbyists drawn from some

Fracking Has ´Cut Carbon Emissions More
than All the World´s Wind and Solar Energy´
Breitbart London [UK], by Nick Hallett    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/5/2014 12:19:56 AM     Post Reply
Fracking has led to a greater reduction in carbon emissions than all the world’s wind turbines and solar panels put together, the Council of Europe heard last week. Speaking at a meeting of the council, which promotes co-operation between all European nations, Chris Faulkner, chief executive of Breitling Energy, explained how shale gas has led the way in reducing carbon emissions in the U.S.: [Snip] In other words, the US shale gas revolution has by itself reduced global emissions more than all the well-intentioned solar and wind in the world." Oil and Gas Online reports that Faulker also called on

Rising red tide: China’s Navy
in frenzy to build new nuclear-
powered attack subs
Washington Times, by Bill Gertz    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 7/5/2014 12:11:05 AM     Post Reply
China´s military is investing heavily in advanced submarines, including both ballistic and cruise missile firing vessels and attack subs. Recently, Beijing showed off what appears to be a mock-up of its next-generation nuclear-powered attack submarine, according to veteran military analyst Rick Fisher. “A large outdoor model of a next generation nuclear attack submarine [SSN] has appeared at the People’s Liberation Army Navy [PLAN] submarine academy in Qingdao, China,” Mr. Fisher stated in a report published by the International Assessment and Strategy Center, a think tank. “The role of this model may simply be to inspire the academy’s students, but it

For Obama, loss of the
Senate could be freeing
Washington Post, by Dana Milbank    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 7/5/2014 12:07:38 AM     Post Reply
The walls seem to be closing in on the Obama presidency. Iraq and Syria are overrun with terrorists. Violence is flaring in Ukraine and on Israel’s borders. A humanitarian crisis is developing on our own southern border, but immigration legislation, like most all legislation, is moribund. Probes of the veterans’ health-care system, the IRS and Benghazi are sucking up attention and the administration’s time. As President Obama fails to get any credit for the millions who have found jobs or gained health-care coverage on his watch, a nonpartisan Quinnipiac poll this week found that 33 percent of Americans consider him

  



500 mourners respond to call
as war hero is laid to rest
Daily Express [UK], by Chris Riches    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/5/2014 12:06:58 AM     Post Reply
RAF Flight Sergeant Sidney Marshall died last month aged 90 at his home in Lytham St Annes, near Blackpool. But he was a widower who had no children and seven of his eight siblings were too frail to attend. The only one who could was brother Bill, 85. Undertaker Eddy Jacobs was so touched by the story that he appealed for strangers to give Sidney a fitting farewell on social networking sites like Twitter. Hundreds responded, with well-wishers yesterday including veterans, schoolchildren and even Hell’s Angels sporting poppies and Union Flags. [Snip] “We were flabbergasted. There’s 500 people here. It

High court’s college birth-control
ruling may further outrage
Democrats, mobilize them
Washington Post, by Wesley Lowrey    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 7/5/2014 12:05:17 AM     Post Reply
With much of Washington already gone for the holiday, the Supreme Court issued a short legal ruling Thursday with the potential to deepen the political backlash among Democrats that was sparked by the court’s earlier Hobby Lobby decision. The majority of the justices ruled that Wheaton College, a small evangelical school in Illinois, does not for now have to comply with the Obama administration’s requirement that it fill out a form to register religious objections to providing some types of contraceptive coverage mandated by the Affordable Care Act. The opinion said that until full arguments are heard by the court,

Nigeria: Arrested women
recruited for Boko Haram
CNN, by Radina Gigova    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/5/2014 12:02:42 AM     Post Reply
Authorities have arrested three women who have been secretly recruiting members for the female wing of the Islamist militant group Boko Haram, Nigeria´s Defense Ministry said Friday. "The arrested trio suspects were luring ladies, especially widows and young girls, by enticing them with male suitors who are mainly members of their terror group, for marriage," said Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, director of defense information. "Before their arrest, they were on a mission to take additional briefing from the leadership of the terror group," said Nwachukwu. The suspects, identified as Hafsat Usman Bako, Zainab Idris and

With Democrats split on inequality
issues, Obama shifts talk
away from income gap
Washington Post, by Zachary A. Goldfarb    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 7/5/2014 12:02:16 AM     Post Reply
After making fighting income inequality an early focus of his second term, President Obama has largely abandoned talk of the subject this election year in a move that highlights the emerging debate within the Democratic Party over economic populism and its limits. During the first half of this year, Obama shifted from income inequality to the more politically palatable theme of lifting the middle class, focusing on issues such as the minimum wage and the gender pay gap that are thought to resonate with a broader group of voters. The pivot is striking for a president who identified inequality as

Fury as judge rules forcing benefits
claimants to work breaches
European human rights law
Daily Express [UK], by Macer Hall    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/4/2014 11:55:37 PM     Post Reply
High Court judges declared that the "back-to-work" scheme launched by the Department for Work and Pensions infringed the "right to a fair trial" under the European Convention on Human Rights. And lawyers claimed the Government could be obliged to pay £130million in Jobseeker´s Allowance hand outs that were previously blocked. Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith was understood to be incandescent about the ruling last night. [Snip] Under the back-to-work scheme, long-term jobless claimants can be ordered to carry out temporary spells of work experience to help build up vital job skills to improve their chances

Obama vows to act on immigration,
with or without Congress, at
July 4th citizenship ceremony
Fox News & Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/4/2014 11:50:46 PM     Post Reply
President Obama renewed his call for immigration legislation at an Independence Day citizenship ceremony for service members, but once again signaled he would take action on his own if Congress doesn´t pass a bill. "I´m going to keep doing everything I can do to keep making our immigration system smarter and more efficient," Obama said. The president spoke at a White House naturalization ceremony on Friday for members of the U.S. military and their spouses. He touched on the hot-button immigration debate after, days earlier, vowing to proceed with executive actions in the absence of congressional legislation.

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