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Twitter needs to look after its share price. Are you ready for your personal data to be sold?
Telegraph [UK], by John Silk

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Posted By:Attercliffe, 12/9/2013 4:02:37 PM

It´s been a month since Twitter floated on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and we´ve already seen more than $6 billion drop off its market cap. As with every recent tech IPO, there´s always a big furore and gigantic valuation, following by the creation of lots of rich people, and then the share price starts to slide as everyone sobers up and starts to think more clearly. Just look at Facebook--once the excitement of the 2012 flotation had died down, the stock price plummeted to around half of its initial offering, and stayed there for a year.

      


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The case for (controlled) immigration
Telegraph [UK], by Daniel Hannan    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/9/2013 3:58:05 PM     Post Reply
Immigration--controlled, legal immigration--can bring advantages to the destination state. That sentiment is often trotted out as kind of obligatory throat-clearing before a politician goes on to call for restrictions, a neat example of the Everything-Before-The-But-Is-Bullsh*t hermeneutic rule (“I am the first to say that I recognise the benefits of successive immigrants from the Huguenots onwards, but there comes a moment when we reach saturation point…”) Except that it isn’t bullsh*t; at least, it needn’t be. Immigration can be either good or bad, depending on how it is managed. Unrestricted, unplanned settlement is usually disastrous.

   

 

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The tide begins to turn on
the EU´s military ambitions
Telegraph [UK], by Geoffrey Van Orden, MEP*    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/9/2013 8:28:06 AM     Post Reply
There is no more potent symbol of statehood than military power. It is not surprising therefore that Eurocrats regard defence policy as a key element in their drive for a state called Europe, playing a role on the global stage. The forthcoming European Council (19/20 December), when heads of government meet, has long been trailered in Brussels as a "Defence Council" to take a great leap forward in the EU´s Common Security & Defence Policy (CSDP). Actually, the modest defence-related decisions have largely been taken by Ministers in recent weeks and Prime Ministers will spend most of their time on

Care at top hospitals is NOT INCLUDED
in Obamacare, report reveals
Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/9/2013 7:54:24 AM     Post Reply
People buying insurance plans through Obamacare´s online exchanges may not have full access to some of the nation´s top hospitals, it has been claimed. In a bid to cut costs, insurers selling cover on the new exchanges in states including New York, Texas and California will not offer patients access to two renowned cancer centers--Memorial Sloan Kettering in Manhattan and MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, according to The Financial Times. Access to Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles, one of the top research and teaching hospitals, may also be limited, as the insurers attempt to steer customers away from hospitals or

East Coast braces for Monday
morning commute from hell:
Winter storm threatens to bring
freezing rain and has already caused
50 car pile-up in Pennsylvania
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/9/2013 7:02:43 AM     Post Reply
A powerful storm that crept across the country dropped snow, freezing rain and sleet on the Mid-Atlantic region and headed northeast Sunday, turning NFL playing fields in Pennsylvania into winter wonderlands, dumping a foot of snow in Delaware and threatening a messy Monday commute in the northeast corridor. The storm forced the cancellation of thousands of flights across the U.S. and slowed traffic on roads, leading to a number of accidents, including a fatal crash on the Pennsylvania Turnpike near Morgantown that led to a series of fender-benders involving 50 cars that stranded some motorists for up to seven hours.

New York City invaded by new
SUPER cockroach that can
survive an entire winter outside
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/9/2013 6:56:00 AM     Post Reply
Manhattan´s Chelsea neighborhood is home to art galleries, fashion stores, townhouses and now a new breed of cockroach that won´t die even if forced to live outside all winter. The High Line, a park that turned a dilapidated stretch of elevated railway in the neighborhood into one of New York´s newest tourist attractions, may have been responsible for bringing a new breed of cockroach to the city. Rutgers University insect biologists Jessica Ware and Dominic Evangelista said the species Periplaneta japonica is well documented in Asia but was never confirmed in the United States until now. The scientists, whose findings were published

Vladimir Putin dissolves
Russia´s RIA Novosti
Agence France-Presse, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/9/2013 6:35:16 AM     Post Reply
Vladimir Putin has dissolved Russia´s biggest news agency RIA Novosti, ordering the creation of a new media conglomerate headed by an anchorman notorious for his anti-opposition and anti-gay views. The new company Rossiya Segodnya (Russia Today) will focus on "coverage abroad of Russian state policy and public life," the document published on the Kremlin website said. [Snip] The move appears as a push by the Kremlin to consolidate state media resources at a time of increasing online criticism of Mr Putin´s 13 years of rule and to take a proactive approach in shaping Russia´s image abroad.

   

 

  


 
´Alarming´ figures as patients forced
to wait hours in ambulances
Telegraph [UK], by News Agencies    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/9/2013 6:30:22 AM     Post Reply
Some patients are being forced to wait in ambulances outside hospitals for hours because accident and emergency departments are too busy to take them, according to research. In one case, a patient in Wales was made to wait more than six hours before being admitted, while another in England was delayed for more than five hours, the BBC found. NHS guidance recommends that patients should wait in ambulances for no longer than 15 minutes and delays of more than 30 minutes in England can lead to fines. Paramedics are only allowed to hand patients over to hospitals when staff there

Uniformed Romanian police join French
officers on patrol in Paris to tackle rising
crime among Roma street gangs
Daily Mail [UK], by Peter Allen    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/8/2013 8:23:42 PM     Post Reply
Uniformed Romanian police officers have begun patrolling the streets of Paris to help fight a growing tide of criminality among their immigrant countrymen. In scenes which could soon be replicated in Britain, 20 officers have been introduced to help clamp down on Roma street gangs. It follows a 78 percent rise in the number of Romanians arrested in the France city over the past two years. In January, the UK is expected to see an influx of Romanians and Bulgarians arriving when EU labour restrictions are lifted. There have been warnings that they will include criminal gangs that often use

Ukraine crowd topples and beheads
Lenin´s statue: Hundreds of thousands
of demonstrators on streets of Kiev
again to protest against president´s
increasing links with Moscow
Daily Mail [UK], by Sam Webb    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/8/2013 8:16:26 PM     Post Reply
Anti-government protesters toppled a statue of Soviet state founder Vladimir Lenin in Ukraine´s capital and attacked it with hammers on Sunday in a symbolic challenge to President Viktor Yanukovich and his plans for closer ties with Russia. The gesture rejecting Moscow´s historic influence over Ukraine came after opposition leaders told hundreds of thousands of demonstrators on Kiev´s Independence Square to keep up pressure on Yanukovich to sack his government. The protesters are furious that the government decided last month to ditch a landmark pact with the European Union in favour of closer economic cooperation with Moscow, Ukraine´s Soviet-era overlord.

´Schizophrenic´ US foreign policy pushing
Arab states toward Russia, Bahrain warns
Telegraph [UK], by Con Coughlin    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/8/2013 7:53:33 PM     Post Reply
America’s “schizophrenic” approach to the Middle East could result in many key Arab states deciding to align themselves more closely with Russia, the rulers of Bahrain warned on Sunday. In an exclusive interview with The Telegraph, Sheikh Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa, the Crown Prince of Bahrain, warned that Barack Obama´s administration would lose influence in the region if it persisted with what a “transient and reactive” foreign policy. There has been a sharp rise in tensions between Washington and several major Arab states in the wake of last month’s controversial interim agreement with Iran over its nuclear programme.

GPs under pressure not to refer
patients to specialists, doctors warn
Telegraph [UK], by Sam Marsden    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/8/2013 7:45:06 PM     Post Reply
Cost-cutting pressure on GPs not to refer patients to hospital lies behind delays in ensuring people with cancer symptoms are seen by specialists, doctors have warned. One GP called for the scrapping of schemes which sometimes pay thousands of pounds in incentives to family doctors who cut the number of patients sent to hospital. An experienced surgeon said it was “unacceptable” for Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary, to criticise GP surgeries for not referring people to consultants quickly enough when the situation was the result of the Government’s changes to the structure of the NHS. They were responding to new

   

 

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Feds making new rules for senior drivers
USA Today, by Matt Schmitz    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/8/2013 9:44:55 AM     Post Reply
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced a new five-year strategic plan to improve safety for elderly drivers and passengers. Although they are statistically among the safest on the road, the number of older drivers is increasing dramatically — and with it, that group´s numbers of injuries and deaths. Since 2003, the population of older adults, defined as age 65 and older, has increased by 20% and the number of licensed older drivers increased by 21% to 35 million in 2012, according to NHTSA. Last year, NHTSA reported that 5,560 people older than 65 died and 214,000 were injured



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Posted By: StormCnter- 12/8/2013 5:27:03 AM     Post Reply
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PJ Media, by Tom Blumer    Original Article
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How do you get your arms around the catastrophe known as Obamacare? Is it even possible? At this point, I’m not sure it is. The list of individual disasters which threaten to ruin one-sixth of the U.S. economy and what has been, up until now, the best healthcare system in the world is exhaustive, and exhausting. The examples I will identify here barely scratch the surface. First but by no means foremost, we have the supposedly new and improved HealthCare.gov. Except it’s not, even the visible part. Stories still abound of people still failing to get in or to get through the enrollment

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Obama Honors Pearl Harbor
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Breitbart´s Big Government, by William Bigelow    Original Article
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London Review of Books, by Seymour Hersh    Original Article
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David Gergen: Report on
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Breitbart´s Big Government, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/8/2013 4:01:03 PM     Post Reply
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Posted By: JoniTx- 12/7/2013 7:16:27 PM     Post Reply
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Thanks for your impersonal and
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Washington Post, by Eric Hoover    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/8/2013 5:31:08 AM     Post Reply
Call me Grinch, call me Scrooge. Call me Lord Voldemort of the Yuletide. None could be worse than sending me a holiday card with glossy photographs of your lovely, smiling family. My wife, Emily, and I place your cards like trophies on our shelves, continuing an old-school practice that began about 175 years ago as a way of maintaining relationships as families and friends moved far and wide. Today’s cards may appear more personalized — with photos of spouses, kids and pets, and distribution lists much smaller than a sprawling collection of Facebook friends. But when I flip over the photo

   

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