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Big Farms Are About to Get Bigger
American Magazine, by Blake Hurst

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Posted By:eagleblurst, 12/11/2013 11:19:55 AM

Nothing is more important in agriculture than place. What is successful on one kind of soil in one kind of climate won’t necessarily work in another place with a different soil or different weather patterns. Farmers have always gained the knowledge necessary to understand a place through hard-won and rarely transferable experience. What farmer Brown knows about his land might travel down the road a few miles, but it is less applicable on a similar farm in a different part of the country. This idea of place is what drives the local food movement. Wineries brag about the perfection of


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Big Farms Are About to Get Bigger
American Magazine, by Blake Hurst    Original Article
Posted By: eagleblurst- 12/11/2013 11:19:55 AM     Post Reply
Nothing is more important in agriculture than place. What is successful on one kind of soil in one kind of climate won’t necessarily work in another place with a different soil or different weather patterns. Farmers have always gained the knowledge necessary to understand a place through hard-won and rarely transferable experience. What farmer Brown knows about his land might travel down the road a few miles, but it is less applicable on a similar farm in a different part of the country. This idea of place is what drives the local food movement. Wineries brag about the perfection of




‘Because’ Is the New ‘Whatever’
American Magazine, by Robert McHenry    Original Article
Posted By: eagleblurst- 12/10/2013 4:01:17 PM     Post Reply
A minor eruption of articles and blog posts has noted the emergence of a new grammatical entity, the “prepositional because.” That’s the label for this construction: “Let´s start with the dull stuff, because pragmatism.” That’s how one of the articles, in The Atlantic, cleverly begins. “Because,” up to now one of the popular subordinating conjunctions, here is dubbed a preposition because, well, nothing else even remotely fits. Much discussion has ensued about the linguistic versatility of the construction. It turns out, upon examination, that “because” can be followed not just by a noun but by a verb, an adjective, or

Why Greece Will Leave the Euro
American Magazine, by Desmond Lachman    Original Article
Posted By: eagleblurst- 12/6/2013 9:56:32 AM     Post Reply
According to an old saying, when the winds are strong even turkeys fly. If ever there was a case to which this would adage apply, it would be that of the market’s present favor for Greek government bonds. Over the past year, as the market has stretched for yield in a low interest rate global environment, the Greek government’s long-term borrowing cost has declined from over 18 percent to 8.5 percent currently. And it has done so despite increased signs that Greece lacks the political willingness to resolve the many deep-seated problems that still characterize the Greek economy.

More Pipelines in the Pipeline
American Magazine, by Kenneth P. Green    Original Article
Posted By: eagleblurst- 12/5/2013 9:24:27 AM     Post Reply
The Obama administration’s ongoing delay in approving the Keystone XL pipeline – which would transport Canadian oil to U.S. refiners on the Gulf of Mexico – is ostensibly based on concerns over the safety and reliability of oil pipelines, as well as concerns over climate change. At first, concerns focused on the protection of the Ogallala aquifer, but once the pipeline was re-routed to minimize such risks, climate concerns came to the fore. Discussing the pipeline last summer, President Obama focused on carbon, insisting that Keystone would not be approved if it will “significantly contribute to carbon in our atmosphere.”

Newspeak´s Comeback and
the Invincible Sincerity of
America´s Liberal Elite
American Magazine, by Lee Harris    Original Article
Posted By: eagleblurst- 12/4/2013 10:51:47 AM     Post Reply
Did President Obama lie to Americans when he said that those who liked their current health insurance policies could keep them? Or was he simply out of the loop when it came down to the details of his health care reform, as he has claimed in his own defense — a defense that comes suspiciously close to Bart Simpson’s “I didn’t do it” denials. How could a man of Obama’s obvious intelligence fail to know something so critical to the success of his most significant piece of legislation? Since Obama is not a fool, he must be a liar.

The Climate Change Climate
Keeps Changing, but the
Carbon Tax Is Eternal
American Magazine, by Benjamin Zycher    Original Article
Posted By: eagleblurst- 12/3/2013 9:38:32 AM     Post Reply
As the old saying goes, you don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows — or doesn’t blow nearly as much as in earlier years, as the data show for tornado activity in the United States, and for tornadoes and cyclone activity more generally. The global warming/climate change industrial complex, confronted with growing bodies of scientific analysis and data both inconsistent with climate change orthodoxy and difficult to dismiss, slowly is coming unglued, producing analyses that conflict and ancillary effects — in particular, the collapse of “carbon trading” programs — not helpful to the cause.




AEI Classics: The Origins and
Traditions of Thanksgiving
American Magazine, by Amy Kass and Leon Kass    Original Article
Posted By: eagleblurst- 11/26/2013 9:40:50 AM     Post Reply
In May of 1541, Spanish explorers under Francisco Vásquez de Coronado camped on the rim of Palo Duro Canyon and joined together in a celebration of thanksgiving. Nearly a quarter-century later, French Huguenot colonists at Fort Caroline, Florida, set aside a day for solemn praise and thanksgiving in June 1564. In the summer of 1607, English settlers in Maine united with Abnaki Indians for a harvest feast. Three years later, English colonists in Jamestown held a jubilant day of thanksgiving when fresh supply ships arrived, providing the surviving colonists with much-needed food after a severe winter and disastrous drought.

Tomorrow´s Technological
Breakthroughs: Hiding in
Plain Sight?
American Magazine, by Edward Tenner    Original Article
Posted By: eagleblurst- 11/25/2013 9:56:44 AM     Post Reply
As Paul Krugman details in a recent column, many mainstream economists are concerned that a depressed economy may be the new norm. The case “was made forcefully recently at the most ultrarespectable of venues, the IMF’s big annual research conference,” he writes. Robert J. Gordon, Stanley G. Harris Professor at Northwestern University, has dismissed the job-creating potential of technological optimists’ favorite projects like biotechnology and self-driving cars, and concluded: “The future of American economic growth is dismal, and policy solutions are elusive.” Among others, the economics Nobel Laureate Edmund Phelps has deplored the decline of America’s innovative spirit.

JFK´s Assassination,
50 Years Later
American Magazine, by John Steele Gordon    Original Article
Posted By: eagleblurst- 11/22/2013 10:57:07 AM     Post Reply
For everyone then alive, it remains a moment frozen in time. I was a 19-year-old Vanderbilt University sophomore having lunch in the Gold Room, Vanderbilt’s snack bar. I was sitting in an overstuffed leather chair and in the act of inserting a hot dog into my mouth when one of the ladies who worked the counter came in from another room where there was a television. In a voice as devoid of emotion as if she were announcing, “They say it’s going to rain this weekend,” she said, to no one in particular, “They say the president’s been shot.”

America´s Enduring
Conspiracy Theories
American Magazine, by Andrew Rugg    Original Article
Posted By: eagleblurst- 11/21/2013 12:44:36 PM     Post Reply
Whether it’s a second shooter on the grassy knoll, inconsistencies in the Warren Commission investigation, or the assassination of Lee Harvey Oswald by Jack Ruby, Americans are still drawn to conspiracy theories surrounding the death of President John F. Kennedy 50 years ago. But what contributes to the durability of these conspiracy theories? Certainly their plausibility has something to do with it. But like a good conspiracy theory itself, there’s more to it than the immediate explanation. In the days following President Kennedy’s assassination in 1963, the National Opinion Research Center was in the field polling a stunned nation.

Smoking Kills, and So Might
E-Cigarette Regulation
American Magazine, by Gilbert Ross, M.D.    Original Article
Posted By: eagleblurst- 11/20/2013 9:36:57 AM     Post Reply
Anyone with a modicum of knowledge regarding public health will agree that the most important, devastating, and preventable issue facing America is the human toll of cigarettes. Yet our nation’s main health regulator, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), will issue regulations within the next few weeks that could harm our nation’s 45 million smokers. Smokers trying to quit have an extremely difficult time, yet a new technology which might ease their path — electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes — is facing relentless opposition from public health agencies like the FDA and CDC, and their antipathy is certainly not based on science.




AEI Classics:
The Gettysburg Address and
Lincoln´s Reinterpretation
of the American Founding
American Magazine, by Leon R. Kass    Original Article
Posted By: eagleblurst- 11/19/2013 9:37:47 AM     Post Reply
“In this temple, as in the hearts of the people for whom he saved the Union, the memory of Abraham Lincoln is enshrined forever.” This, I trust everyone knows, is the inscription on the back wall of the Lincoln Memorial in DC, visible above the awe-inspiring statue of our greatest president, greeting us and inducing reverence as we enter what is, in my opinion, the finest public building anywhere. On facing walls, to left and right, are carved in stone Lincoln’s two greatest speeches, the Gettysburg Address and the Second Inaugural Address, Lincoln’s personal contributions to his enduring memory.

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Obama greets leaders, including
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Washington Post, by Terri Rupar    Original Article
Posted By: Flyright- 12/10/2013 8:27:22 AM     Post Reply
On his way to the podium at the memorial ceremony for former South African president Nelson Mandela, President Obama walked down the line of dignitaries, greeting other leaders there to pay their respects. Among the hands shaken: that of Cuban leader Raul Castro. Obama neither made a special effort to shake Castro’s hand nor to avoid him. A snub might have been awkward: In his speech, Obama praised Mandela’s “greatest gift” as “his recognition that we are all bound together in ways that can be invisible to the eye; that there is a oneness to humanity; that we achieve ourselves by

Barack Obama takes selfie at
Nelson Mandela memorial

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Sydney Morning Herald [AU]*, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 12/10/2013 7:35:41 PM     Post Reply
US President Barack Obama may have moved the masses attending Nelson Mandela’s memorial service with his stirring eulogy, but it was his grinning "selfie" with the Danish and British premiers that set social networks abuzz. In a candid moment captured by a photographer, Denmark’s Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt can be seen holding up her smartphone, with Obama lending a helping hand, as they pose for a picture with David Cameron, all three of them smiling broadly in their seats at Soweto’s World Cup stadium.(Snip)Mashable, the news and technology website, ran the photograph under the headline: ‘‘Dear Obama: Funerals are no place

A closer look at the Benghazi lie
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Washington Times, by Tom Fitton    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/10/2013 4:50:08 AM     Post Reply
The Obama State Department has finally released a second round of photos revealing the harrowing devastation wrought by a terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012. The new photographs depict rampant damage to the consulate. They show charred walls, smoldering fires, Arabic graffiti defacing exterior walls, and scattered debris throughout. The extent of the damage would lead any reasonably serious person to conclude that this was a cold, calculated attack, carefully coordinated to mark the 11th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001. Unfortunately for the American people, the Obama-Clinton-Rice cabal that led to the Benghazi cover-up was

Black fashion student says Hasidic
men attacked him, shouted anti-gay
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New York Daily News, by Will Huntsberry, Averi Harper, *    Original Article
Posted By: trapper- 12/10/2013 1:05:45 PM     Post Reply
A black fashion student says he was brutally attacked by a gang of Hasidic men who shouted anti-gay slurs at him while he was walking through Williamsburg after a night of partying, the Daily News has learned. Taj Patterson, 22, was headed home to Fort Greene around 4:30 a.m. on Dec. 1 when he says more than a dozen ultra-Orthodox Jewish men began assaulting him on Flushing Ave. and yelling, “Stay down, f----t!”




President Obama Takes
‘Funeral Selfie,’ Internet Goes
Wild Over Michelle’s Expression

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Mediaite, by Evan McMurry    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/10/2013 12:09:42 PM     Post Reply
A “presidential selfie” featuring President Barack Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron, and Denmark’s Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service began making the rounds this morning, but it’s the person not included in the frame who caught everyone’s attention: As anyone with two eyes and a Twitter account has noticed, Michelle Obama does not appear amused. Of course, though a picture says a thousand words, not all of those words are necessarily true. FLOTUS might not have even known the photo was taking place. Or she could disapprove of funeral selfies. Either way.

Santa Claus Should Not
Be a White Man Anymore

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Slate, by Aisha Harris    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 12/11/2013 9:47:03 AM     Post Reply
When I was a kid, I knew two different Santa Clauses. The first had a fat belly, rosy cheeks, a long white beard, and skin as pink as bubble gum. He was omnipresent, visiting my pre-school and the local mall, visible in all of my favorite Christmas specials. Then there was the Santa in my family’s household, in the form of ornaments, cards, and holiday figurines. A near-carbon copy of the first one—big belly, rosy cheeks, long white beard: check, check, check. But his skin was as dark as mine. Seeing two different Santas was bewildering. Eventually I asked my father what

Ben Affleck on Republican Actors:
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This Person If I Met Him´

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NewsBusters, by Noel Sheppard    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/9/2013 12:23:05 PM     Post Reply
Just how much do many Hollywood liberals hate conservatives? In an interview with Playboy, Ben Affleck said, "When I watch a guy [on film] I know is a big Republican, part of me thinks, I probably wouldn’t like this person if I met him": PLAYBOY: You developed a political profile campaigning for presidential candidates Al Gore, John Kerry and Barack Obama. How did that come about? AFFLECK: I grew up in a house with a mother who was a teacher and a Freedom Rider—very left-wing Democrats living in a heterogeneous working-class neighborhood. I picked up a lot of those values there, and I

Mandela ceremony interpreter
called a ´fake´

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Associated Press, by Al Clendenning & Ray Faure    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 12/11/2013 7:52:23 AM     Post Reply
Johannesburg - A man who provided sign language interpretation on stage for Nelson Mandela´s memorial service, attended by scores of heads of state, was a "fake," the national director of the Deaf Federation of South Africa said on Tuesday. Asked about the claim by The Associated Press, South Africa´s government said it was preparing a statement. Three sign language experts said the man was not signing in South African or American sign languages. South African sign language covers all of the country´s 11 official languages, according to the federation. It wasn´t immediately clear if the unidentified man was using a

Melissa Harris-Perry: ‘Obamacare’
a ‘Derogatory Term’ Conceived by
‘Wealthy White Men’

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Mediaite, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/9/2013 11:48:29 AM     Post Reply
MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry opened her program over the weekend with a commentary about the Affordable Care Act’s colloquial moniker: “Obamacare.” She said that the word was originally created as a “derogatory term,” designed by white men as a way to delegitimize President Barack Obama and his achievement. However, she said that the term will soon be synonymous with all of Obama’s accomplishments and she urged her audience to use the term with pride. “I want to talk today about a controversial word. It’s a word that has been with us for years, and like it or not, it’s indelibly



Obama misses start of Mandela memorial
service ceremony ´after getting stuck in
traffic´ as Bush, Carter and Clinton
make the trip to South Africa

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Daily Mail [UK], by Joshua Gardner    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/10/2013 6:12:17 AM     Post Reply
Barack Obama has arrived in South Africa to lead the American delegation at a memorial service for former South African President Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg. But his party is reportedly stuck in traffic and he is said to have arrived late at the stadium for the ceremony. [Snip] But Mr Clinton, Mr Carter and his wife Rosalynn have all traveled separately to the event. According to reports, Mr Obama and his delegation are stuck in a lines of traffic caused by tens of thousands of people making their way to the event. Mr Obama is among the foreign leaders who

Obama expected to speak
at Mandela memorial

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USA Today, by David Jackson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/9/2013 12:02:26 PM     Post Reply
President Obama will make remarks on Nelson Mandela´s legacy during a memorial service Tuesday for the late South African freedom fighter, officials said Monday. "We do expect President Obama to speak as part of the program," said Ben Rhodes, deputy national security adviser for strategic communications. The president and first lady Michelle Obama departed Monday for Johannesburg, where a Mandela memorial service will be held in a soccer stadium. Obama, who will also spend time with the Mandela family, is not scheduled to hold any bilateral meetings with foreign leaders while in South Africa, Rhodes said. Rhodes also said the

ABC Swoons Over ´Absolutely Ravishing´
Michelle Obama and Her ´Big Fashion Win´

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Newsbusters, by Scott Whitlock    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/9/2013 3:59:50 PM     Post Reply
All three networks on Monday morning highlighted the appearance of the Obamas at the Kennedy Center Honors, but only ABC fawned over "fashion win" of First Lady. Lara Spencer enthused that " one of the stars of the show was Michelle Obama." An excited Spencer explained that Mrs. Obama looked "absolutely ravishing in a flowing teal gown as she accompanied President Obama." The co-host declared, "Another big fashion win for the First Lady. CBS This Morning offered a full report on the various performers who were honored, but co-anchor Charlie Rose avoided ABC´s superlatives.


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