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streets of Pamplona chased by six fighting bulls. Submitted at 7/7/2012 11:34:00 AM Witnesses say one young man got Participants run in front of the top of his shirt and scarf Dolores Ybarra's bulls during the caught on a bull's horn, just inches first San Fermin Festival bull run, from his face, and was dragged on July 7, 2012, in Pamplona, several meters along the street, northern Spain (AFP Photo / but was seen getting up and Ander Gillenea)(7.7Mb) embed running away. video Among those who asked for Six people have been injured as medical assistance were a 21-year thrill-seekers from all over the -old person from Japan, a 26-yearworld gathered in Pamplona, old Australian national, and a Spain, for the annual bull-running local elderly man, who was festival. The dangerous and hospitalized after a bull horned spectacular activity attracts him. thousands of tourists from all over The bulls used in this centuriesthe world every year. old fiesta can weigh over 500 -One man has been gored in the kilograms. Fifteen people have leg, and five others slightly been killed by the ornery beasts injured as crowds run along the since, 1924 when record-keeping [unable to retrieve full-text content] [unable to retrieve full-text

began. Aside from the dangers posed by the race, thousands of tourists come to Spain every July to test their mettle. "Running with the bulls was the best experience I've had, so much adrenaline," Mark Martinez, a student from Los Angeles, California, said."I couldn't touch the horns, I might try that tomorrow," he added. The running of the bulls begins on July 7 and continues through July 14 every year as a part of the San Fermin festival. Early in the morning, crowds of runners dressed in white shirts and red scarfs run to the city's bull ring chased by the beasts. San Fermin dates back to

medieval era, but became popular worldwide only in the 1920s after Ernest Hemingway published his novel "The Sun Also Rises." It is about a group of American and British emigres traveling from Paris to the festival to watch the running of the bulls. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.

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Syria's fighting spills into Lebanon, five killed


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village of Hishe, which straddles a river demarcating the border, when two rocket-propelled By Oliver Holmes grenades fired from within Syria BEIRUT| Sat Jul 7, 2012 2:30pm hit their tent, according to local EDT residents. (Reuters) - Syria's conflict spilled Lebanon's army confirmed one of further into Lebanon on Saturday the deaths and said several Syrian when mortar fire from President shells had landed in Lebanese Bashar al-Assad's forces hit territory, but had no further villages in the north, killing five information. Lebanese President people after rebels crossed the M i c h e l S u l e i m a n i s s u e d a border to seek refuge, residents statement regretting the deaths said. and promising an investigation. Rebels fighting to unseat Assad Syria's bloodshed has also have used north Lebanon as a encroached on Turkey, a much base and his forces have at times bigger, more powerful neighbor bombed villages and even pursued that once backed Assad but turned insurgents over the border, against him over his violent threatening to stoke tension in repression of unrest. Lebanon, whose sectarian rifts Turkey has reinforced its border mirror those in Syria. and scrambled fighter aircraft Residents of Lebanon's Wadi several times since Syria shot Khaled region said several mortar down a Turkish reconnaissance jet bombs hit farm buildings five to on June 22 over what Damascus 20 km (3 to 12 miles) from the said was Syrian territorial waters border at around 2 a.m. At midday in the Mediterranean. Ankara said villagers reported more the incident occurred in explosions and said they heard i n t e r n a t i o n a l a i r s p a c e . gunfire close to the border. DIPLOMATIC IMPASSE In the village of al-Mahatta, a The diplomatic stalemate that has house was destroyed, killing a 16- frustrated international efforts to year-old girl and wounding a two- bring about a peaceful transition year old and a four-year old, in Syria persisted on Saturday as family members told Reuters. A China joined Russia in rejecting a 25-year-old woman and a man U.S. accusation that Beijing and were killed in nearby villages, Moscow were obstacles to a residents said. solution. Two Bedouins were killed in the In Syria, the army bombarded
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towns across northern Aleppo province on Saturday in a concerted effort to root out insurgents who have taken control of some areas, the antigovernment Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. "The bombing is the heaviest since the start of military operations in rural Aleppo in an attempt to control the region after regular Syrian army forces suffered heavy losses over the past few months," the Britishbased activist group reported. It said three people had died, including two rebels. The official Syrian news agency SANA said troops foiled infiltration attempts by armed men from Turkey and Lebanon on Friday. It said one clash "resulted in the killing, injury of dozens of the infiltrated gunmen". In Idlib province, SANA said, an armed terrorist group was prevented from infiltrating from Turkey in Harem region. It quoted a source as saying a number were killed "while the rest managed to flee back into the Turkish territories". The Observatory said many families had been displaced and water, electricity and medical supplies were running short. DANGER AROUND ALEPPO Aleppo, Syria's second largest city and commercial hub, has

been largely spared of the violence. But the outskirts of the city and the wider province have seen rebels gaining territory since the uprising began 16 months ago. SANA reported a clash "with an armed terrorist group in Azaz area north of Aleppo as it was attacking the citizens and perpetrating killings". It said eight gunmen were killed and six cars equipped with machineguns plus a stolen ambulance were destroyed. The agency named the dead. Opposition activists say at least 15,000 people have been killed since the uprising began. Assad says the rebels are foreign-backed terrorists who have killed thousands of army and police troops in hit-and-run attacks and roadside bombings. The Observatory said 93 people, mostly civilians, were killed across Syria on Friday, when protesters took the streets to call for a "people's liberation war." Syria's crisis began with street protests against Assad and evolved largely into an armed insurgency after he tried to crush unrest by military force. It has become increasingly sectarian in nature with rebels from Syria's Sunni Muslim majority pitted against Assad's minority Alawites, a branch of Shi'ite Islam, dominating the military and security services.

CHINA BRISTLES AT CLINTON'S ACCUSATION Russia and China have repeatedly used veto power at the U.N. Security Council to block international attempts to push Assad to relinquish power to make way for a democratic transition in the pivotal Arab country. At a "Friends of Syria" meeting grouping Assad's Western and Arab opponents, Clinton urged them to make Russia and China "pay a price" for helping the authoritarian leader stay in the office he, and his late father before him, have held for 42 years. ID:nL6E8I62J4] On Saturday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin shot back: "Any words and deeds that slander China and sow discord between China and other countries will be in vain." Russia and China say they are committed to the peace plan of U.N. envoy Kofi Annan that prescribes national dialogue, but reject the position of Western powers and their Gulf Arab allies that Assad must step down to enable reform in Syria. Annan told French daily le Monde in an interview published on Saturday that Western criticism of Russia was diverting SYRIA'S page 7

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parliamentary elections in 2013. Candidates with Islamist agendas dominate the field of more than By Marie-Louise Gumuchian and 3,700 hopefuls, suggesting Libya Hadeel Al Shalchi will be the next Arab Spring TRIPOLI/BENGHAZI| Sat Jul 7, country - after Egypt and Tunisia 2012 5:44pm EDT - to see religious parties secure a ( R e u t e r s ) - L i b y a n s d e f i e d grip on power. violence and boycott calls to rush "I am a Libyan citizen in free to the polls in their first free Libya," said Mahmud Mohammed national election in 60 years on Al-Bizamti at a poll center in Saturday, parting with the legacy Tripoli. "I came today to be able o f M u a m m a r G a d d a f i ' s to vote in a democratic way. dictatorship. Today is like a wedding r us." While the mood was jubilant in Zainab Masri, 50, a teacher in the the capital Tripoli, the east of the capital, said she felt overwhelmed country was more troubled as anti after voting for the first time in -poll protesters seeking greater her life. autonomy for a region that is "I can't describe the feeling. We home to the bulk of Libya's vast paid the price, I have two martyrs oil resources sought to disrupt the in my family. I am certain the vote. future will be good, Libya will be One man was shot dead by a successful," she said, proudly security guard as he tried to steal showing off her inked finger that a ballot box in the eastern town of showed she had voted. Ajdabiya. Another was killed in The election commission said gunfire in a clash between after voting ended that 1.6 million protesters and backers of the poll of some 2.8 million registered in Benghazi, cradle of last year's voters had cast their ballot, a uprising. turnout of just under 60 percent. But as voting closed around the In Benghazi, protesters stormed a country, authorities said 98 polling station just after voting percent of poll centers had opened started and set fire to hundreds of at some point during the day for ballot slips in a public square in a the election for a 200-head bid to undermine the election's assembly that will name a prime credibility. minister and pave the way for Witnesses said at least four
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polling stations had been hit in such attacks. One man was shot in the arm and taken to hospital with heavy bleeding after a clash between vote boycotters and those in favor of the election. "There wasn't enough security at the station to stop the attackers," Nasser Zwela, 28, told Reuters, saying protesters armed with assault rifles had stormed one polling station and shouted at everyone to stop voting. VOTING WITH TEARS But Western supporters of the NATO-backed uprising that overthrew Gaddafi dismissed suggestions that the violence showed the election lacked legitimacy. "Just one year ago, Libyans were still fighting against a brutal tyrant," said British Foreign Secretary William Hague, whose government was, alongside France, a main player in the conflict. "Today marks a further milestone towards realizing Libyans' ambitions for a peaceful, stable, prosperous and democratic country," he said. A spokesman for European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said Libyans had cast their votes and "decided their future in a dignified and

orderly manner". Some voters struggled with procedures for casting their ballot. In one central Tripoli district, two women disappeared into a voting booth together before an election worker hurriedly explained they must vote alone. "Some of these women are crying as they vote. It is such an emotional day," said one poll official. Polls started closing at 8 pm but partial results are not due until Sunday and a full preliminary count is not expected until Monday at the earliest. Many easterners are angry that the east has been allotted only 60 seats in the assembly compared with 102 for the west. On Friday, armed groups shut off half of Libya's oil exports to press demands for greater representation in the assembly. At least three major oil-exporting terminals were affected. "The country will be in a state of paralysis because no one in the government is listening to us," Hamed al-Hassi, a former rebel who now heads the High Military Council of Cyrenaica, the name of the eastern region, told Reuters. Port agents said the oil depot closures would last 48 hours but the government sent a team on

Saturday to negotiate a full reopening of a sector that provides most of Libya's revenues. Analysts say it is hard to predict the political make-up of the new assembly, but parties and candidates professing an attachment to Islamic values dominate and very few are running on an exclusively secular ticket. The Justice and Construction offshoot of Libya's Muslim Brotherhood is tipped to do well, as is al-Watan, the party of former CIA detainee and Islamist insurgent Abdel Hakim Belhadj. (Additional reporting by MarieLouise Gumuchian in Tripoli and Taha Zargoun in Sirte; Writing by Mark John; Editing by Janet Lawrence and Ralph Gowling) This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.

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a temporary body, selecting a prime minister and Cabinet and paving the way for parliamentary TRIPOLI, Libya Naima elections next year. Naggar stood in a Tripoli polling "Most Libyans support this station Saturday, her index finger election. They see it as an stained with indelible ink as she important step," said Ahmed v o t e d i n L i b y a ' s f i r s t f r e e Bealy, who was supervising the elections in decades hoping to voting in central Tripoli. He said heal tribal divisions and bring this as many as 400 people voted in b a t t e r e d n a t i o n c l o s e r t o the first hour at his polling station. democracy. "Most people feel that we have to She and other Libyans voted in get on with building a new high spirits to move beyond last Libya." year's civil war and the late But the nation's fissures, M o a m m a r K a d a f i ' s 4 2 - y e a r especially around the eastern city repressive rule. Yet distrust and of Benghazi, which was the tension hang over the country, bastion of the uprising against which has been marked by Kadafi, were clear and dangerous. lawlessness and political schisms The east was marginalized under fueled by heavily armed militias. Kadafi, and many fear the new "I'm very happy. But now we national assembly the east will have to start rebuilding our have fewer seats than the west country," said Nagger, 46. "We and the future constitution will need education and healthcare.... favor the west. Protesters in the We need law here, because, east burned voting papers amid during Kadafi's time, it was his reported attacks on polling law only." stations. An election worker was Libyans are choosing a 200- k i l l e d F r i d a y n i g h t w h e n member national assembly, aimed militiamen shot down a helicopter at bringing together the country's carrying voting supplies. d i s p a r a t e e t h n i c a n d t r i b a l Tribal warfare in the southern factions. The assembly will act as town of Kufra has become so

fierce that election observers were forced to stay away during Saturday's vote. But in Tripoli, the capital, cars filled the central square, horns blaring in celebration. Libyan flags fluttered, waved from rooftops and from windows, and by gathering crowds. In the suburb of Souk Juma, a boy pushed his father's wheelchair into a polling station. Cameras clicked as men struck poses for foreign journalists and called for freedom and democracy and liberty. "God is great," they shouted. Far from these scenes, on the fringes of Tripoli, Noudeen Rawadan stood quietly at a polling station at a camp for internally displaced people. The 49-year-old hoped the national assembly would help him and the other ethnic Tawerghans stranded at the disused naval academy for almost a year . Children, holding hands, walked on the barren, scorched earth. Their town, Tawergha, was razed last year by militias accusing them of fealty to Kadafi. "We need someone to help take us

back to our homes," he said. "We want protection. We want our prisoners released. NATO forces supported the people who displaced us, so if the government does not help us, we will have to go to the international community." The interim Transitional National Council brushed aside fear of violence to hold Saturday's vote. But it is difficult to predict the makeup of the national assembly, which many Libyans hope will provide services and impose order on the militias that hold sway over much of this oil-rich nation of about 6 million people. A leading contender appears to be Mahmoud Jibril's National Forces Alliance, which appeals to secularists and moderate Islamist sensibilities. But the elections, similar to last year's insurgency, have acquired an Islamist bent. The well-organized Muslim Brotherhood's Justice and Construction Party seems likely to win a sizable share of the vote. It is less certain how hard-line Islamist elements, particularly Abdelhakim Belhaj's Watan party, will fare.

Campaign posters dominated Tripoli's streets in the days before the vote. The faces of women on numerous posters had been blotted out with black spray-paint. "Women should not be going for these kinds of jobs," said 63-yearold Abdulsalam Jamali, a U.S.educated engineer. "The Libyan people are more reserved than this." One campaign poster showed a man smiling. Two women stood next to him, both their faces torn out, leaving eerie and gaping holes. Johnson is a special correspondent. Times staff writer Jeffrey Fleishman in Cairo contributed to this report. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.

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By Patricia Zengerle FAIRFAX, Virginia| Sat Jul 7, 2012 6:46pm EDT (Reuters) - Thousands of Republican volunteers braved scorching temperatures to knock on doors and canvass voters on Saturday as the party staged its first "Super Saturday" blitz hoping to energize supporters and rival Democrats' volunteer mobilization. Republican party officials said volunteers were out in a dozen battleground states expected to see close contests in the November 6 election between Democratic President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney. Obama captured all 12 - Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Colorado, Nevada and Iowa - when he won the White House in 2008, aided by armies of enthusiastic supporters who helped generate the highest voter turnout in 40 years. Romney will need to swing a number of them back to the Republican column to defeat Obama this year. Drumming up

voter enthusiasm could be a key, especially given polls showing Democrats are more enthusiastic about the 2012 contest than Republicans. "There's nothing to substitute for face-to-face, eye-to-eye contact," former Virginia Governor George Allen told volunteers in Fairfax, in the Virginia suburbs of Washington. Allen, also a former U.S. senator, is in a tight race against another former Virginia governor - and close Obama ally - Tim Kaine, to win back his old Senate seat. A CNN poll this week said 59 percent of registered voters nationwide who describe themselves as Democrats are extremely or very enthusiastic about voting, up from 46 percent in March. Fifty-one percent of registered voters who say they are Republicans are extremely or very enthusiastic about voting, unchanged since the earlier poll. A Pew poll released this week found 60 percent of Republicans find the presidential campaign dull, compared with 46 percent of Democrats. But Romney raised more funds than Obama in May and is likely to be ahead of him in June when he pulled in more than $100 million. OBAMA'S GROUND GAME

Obama's campaign is mounting a massive volunteer organization again this year, after reactivating its 2008 network and creating a heavy presence in social media. In Virginia, Democrats have been holding voter registration drives as often as several times a week, and making telephone calls and knocking on doors in weekend events for months. But Republican officials said they were determined to catch up with an intense ground game of their own. The party and Romney's campaign have opened 23 offices in the state in the hope of recapturing Virginia's 13 electoral votes this year. "No matter how much the president decides to stick into the state, we're going to match them," one party official said. In Fairfax, about 120 Republicans came out in 106degree F (41-degree C) heat on Saturday to knock on voters' doors. Dozens staffed a telephone bank. Jane Pyrak, 51, a stay-at-home mother of three from Annandale, said she volunteered twice a week and expected to do even more as the election came closer. A lifelong Republican, she said she became part of the fiscally conservative Tea Party movement because she opposed Obama's

economic stimulus and healthcare reform plans. She said she also opposes Obama's support for abortion rights. "This is the most active I've been in my life," Pyrak said. "It's very exciting." Republican officials said they did not have an estimate of how many people had participated in "Super Saturday" nationwide, but were sure it was in the thousands. They plan to hold similar events once a month until the election, to contact voters and collect data they can use to make decisions such as where to deploy volunteers or focus voter turnout efforts during the last weeks of the campaign. Obama became the first Democratic presidential candidate in 44 years to win in Virginia four years ago, but Republicans have dominated elections in the state in each of the three years since. (Editing by Alistair Bell and Todd Eastham) This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.

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The heat wave gripping much of the country is continuing its hold, with temperatures of 100 degrees or higher spreading to northeastern cities including Philadelphia and New York. The heat set records Saturday in Washington 105 degrees as well as St. Louis (106), and Indianapolis (104). At least 30 deaths are being blamed on the heat, including nine in Maryland and 10 in Chicago, mostly among the elderly. Heat was also cited as a factor in three deaths in Wisconsin, two in Tennessee and three in Pennsylvania. _____ Here is a running gallery of photos that will be updated throughout the weekend. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.

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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks in Troy, Ohio, with Rep. Rob Portman (left) and Rep. John Boehner seen in rear, during a campaign event on June 17, 2012.(Credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images) (CBS News) When House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, endorsed Mitt Romney for president in April, he pledged to do"everything I can to help him win." In his words, however, the one thing he can't do is make voters "fall in love" with the candidate. Speaking last week at a fundraiser in Wheeling, W.Va., Boehner was surprisingly candid in his characterization of Romney's candidacy when asked, in a question-and-answer session: "Can you make me love Mitt Romney?" "No," he answered, as first reported by Roll Call. "Listen, we're just politicians. I wasn't elected to play God. The American people probably aren't going to fall in love with Mitt Romney." He added that the presumptive Republican nominee had "some

friends, relatives, and fellow Mormons... some people that are going to vote for him," but suggested that at the end of the day, Republicans would be voting against President Obama rather than for Romney. "I'll tell you this: 95 percent of the people that show up to vote in November are going to show up in that voting booth, and they are going to vote for or against Barack Obama," Boehner said. "This election is going to be a

referendum on the president's failed economic policies. " Calling Romney a "solid guy," Boehner went on to say that the former Massachusetts governor is "going to do a great job, even if you don't fall in love with him." Asked about the comments on Saturday, Boehner spokesperson Cory Fritz pointed out that the Speaker had attended campaign events for Romney in Ohio that very morning. He also opened up a campaign office for Romney in

Ohio on Saturday. "Four years ago, President Obama was greeted as a celebrity, but that hasn't resulted in jobs and growth for families and small businesses," Fritz said in an emailed statement. "Americans are going to be voting this November based on who can get our economy moving, and Mitt Romney - with his experience as a private-sector job creator and a governor - is the best candidate to do just that."

Responding to the comment, Romney adviser Kevin Madden said Saturday that "John [Boehner]'s right in that speeches and lofty rhetoric haven't gotten the job done for the American people in the Obama era, and that Governor Romney's dedicated focus on the economy can and will put the country back on track." "This is an election about fixing the American economy, putting Americans back to work and putting the country back on track towards a brighter future," he said. "It's an election about competence, particularly after three and a half years of incompetence and a total lack of leadership on the economy." Jill Jackson and Caroline Horn contributed to this report. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.

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attention from the role of other countries in backing Assad and arming his soldiers, notably Iran. "Russia has influence, but I don't think that events will be determined by Russia alone. What strikes me is that there is so much talk about Russia and much less about Iran, and little is said about other countries that are sending money and weapons," he said. "All of these countries say that want a peaceful solution, but they undertake individual and collective actions that undermine the very meaning of (U.N.) Security Council resolutions," he added. Assad has been Shi'ite Iran's main ally in the Arab world. Annan conceded that U.N. efforts to resolve the crisis so far had

been a failure. "Clearly, we have not succeeded. And maybe there is no guarantee that we will succeed," he said. News on Friday that one of Assad's personal friends had defected and was headed for exile in France was hailed by Clinton as proof that members of the Damascus leadership were starting to "vote with their feet" and leave a sinking ship. Manaf Tlas, a Republican Guard brigadier and son of the longtime defence minister under Assad's father Hafez, has yet to surface abroad or clearly to throw his lot in with the rebels. But his desertion, leaked by family friends, was confirmed by the French government, giving a boost to the "Friends of Syria"

conference it hosted in Paris where participants agreed to "massively increase" aid to Syria's opposition. (Additional reporting by Roula Naeimeh and Nazih Siddiq in Beirut, Nicholas Vinocur in Paris; writing by Douglas Hamilton; editing by Mark Heinrich) This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.

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World heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko of Ukraine (L) punches challenger Tony Thompson of the US during their boxing fight on late July 7, 2012 at the stade de Suisse stadium in Bern. (AFP Photo / Fabrice Coffrini) Vladimir Klitschko has retained

his WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight title belts, sending challenger Tony Thompson to the canvas in the sixth round of the bout in the Swiss city of Bern. Klitschko first knocked the 40year-old American down with a big right near the end of the fifth round at Stade de Suisse. The Ukrainian pushed the tempo and dropped Thompson again in the sixth, and referee Sam

Williams had nothing left but to stop the fight. This was a rematch of the fighters 2008 bout, where Klitschko needed 11 rounds to stop Thompson. The 36-year-olds record has consequently improved to 58 wins, including 51 KO's and 3 losses. Thompson, who was the mandatory challenger nominated

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Astronomers who scan the sky nightly with telescopes have found that about one-third of all the stars are double stars. In general, the two components appear to revolve around their common center of gravity, some very slowly, others rather rapidly. Many stars are multiple, some forming double-double stars or even more complex families. With summer now officially here, three of the most interesting double stars are currently available in our night sky, high in the eastern sky between 10 p.m. and midnight. They can be readily viewed with good binoculars or better yet, a small telescope. The following star pairs are three long-time favorites of mine. You may want to try for them yourself on the next clear night. Astronomers who scan the sky nightly with telescopes have found that about one-third of all the stars are double stars. In general, the two components appear to revolve around their common center of gravity, some very slowly, others rather rapidly. Many stars are multiple, some forming double-double stars or even more complex families. With summer now officially here, three of the most interesting

double stars are currently available in our night sky, high in the eastern sky between 10 p.m. and midnight. They can be readily viewed with good binoculars or better yet, a small telescope. The following star pairs are three long-time favorites of mine. You may want to try for them yourself on the next clear night. Celestial headlights While most folks are familiar with the Big Dipper and Little Dipper, in the same region of the sky is a long, winding group of stars which portrays the mythological creature of a dragon named Draco, which during late evening hours is riding high above Polaris, the North Star. Draco is a very ancient star grouping. The earliest Sumerians considered these stars to represent the dragon Tiamat. Later the constellation became one of the creatures that Hercules killed. One of Dracos tasks was to guard the garden of Hesperides and its golden apples that Hercules was supposed to retrieve. In the stars, Draco coils around Polaris and we now see Hercules standing (albeit upside down) on Dracos head. [ 10 Night Sky Observing Misconceptions] The Dragons head is the most conspicuous part of the constellation Draco: an irregular

Epsilon as undoubtedly two tiny stars (designated Epsilon 1 and Epsilon 2) that are very close together. The separation is 3.5 arc minutes, which is approximately one-ninth the apparent diameter of the full moon. This feat is probably right at the limit of perfect vision. Binoculars will make the two stars clearly visible. But if you train a small telescope on them, then each of these two stars are themselves shown to be double stars. Sir William Herschel (17381822) was the first to notice them in 1779. "A very curious doubledouble star. At first sight it appears double at some quadrangle in the night sky not Nu as a teenager in the Bronx, considerable distance, and by quite half the size of the Big using low power on a 4 1/4-inch attending a little we see that each Dippers bowl. The brightest star Newtonian reflecting telescope. I of the stars is a very delicate is Eltanin, a second magnitude likened Nu to a pair of tiny double star," he wrote. star, shining with an orange tinge. headlights. Check it out for So here, in what initially might appear as a single speck of light in Interestingly, a number of yourself. the sky, we have a system of four temples in Ancient Egypt were The "Double-Double" star oriented toward this star. The Here is a double star that you stars, revolving intricately about faintest of the four stars in the could almost callNu Draconis each other. The two stars that make up Epsilon 1 take at least quadrangle however is worth squared. looking for: Nu Draconis, a Epsilon Lyrae is better known as several hundred years or more to wonderful double star for very the double-double star. Seeing orbit each other. An even longer small telescopes. this object is a test of good interval of nearly 1,000 years has The two stars are practically the eyesight even more severe than been assigned to the two stars that same brightness, both appearing that furnished by Mizar and Alcor make up Epsilon 2. just a trifle brighter than fifth (the double star located in the Meanwhile, both pairs of stars magnitude and separated by just middle of the Big Dippers appear to be revolving about each other and have a common center over one arc minute (or about 1/ handle). 30th the apparent diameter of a Exceptionally good vision on a THESE page 10 full moon). I first stumbled across clear, dark night will reveal

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of gravity with a period that probably is on the order of a million years or more! Blue and topaz Without question, this is one ofif not the most beautiful double star in the sky. It is Albireo, located in the constellation of Cygnus, the Swan. It is the star that supposedly marks the swans beak. A small telescope or even a pair of steadily held binoculars will readily split Albireo into two tiny points of light of beautiful contrasting colors: the brighter one a rich yellowish-orange, the other a deep azure blue, both

placed very close together. An absolutely stunning view will come with a telescope magnifying between 18 and 30 power. Albireo is believed by astronomers to be a physical pair, although there has never been evidence of any orbital motion between these two colorful stars. The projected separation between the two is just over 400 billion miles (643 billion kilometers). At least 55 solar systems could be lined-up edge-to-edge, across the space that separates the components of this famous double star. By the way, there is an interesting rule about the colors of

telescopic double stars. If the stars of the pair are equally bright, they have the same color. If they are unequal in brightness, they have different colors. If the brighter star is the redder of the two, as in the case of Albereo, it is a giant star; if it is the bluer, then it belongs in the main sequence of stars along with our sun. DON'T MISS: The Greatest Biological Threats To Civilization > Please follow Science on Twitter and Facebook. Join the conversation about this story

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Here Are 21 Famous Church Of Scientology Members


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auditing and the prophet Xenu. From Mad Men to the Simpsons, see who practices Scientology. Submitted at 7/7/2012 5:16:00 PM Kirstie Alley Tom Cruise is the Church of The former "Cheers" star says the Scientology's most prominent religion helped her overcome a member. His devotion to the cocaine addiction. religion allegedly caused his split In 2010, rumors swirled her from Katie Holmes. weight loss program, Organic Proponents of Scientology say it's L i a i s o n , w a s a f r o n t f o r an empowering way to live. Scientology, a claim the actress Critics say it's a cult which uses vehemently denied. John Phillips. the money and power of its Bijou Phillips She's dating Danny Masterson members to exert power. Indie goddess Bijou Phillips, and the two frequently go to But there are many people in most recently known for her role Scientology events together. Hollywood who openly practice on "Raising Hope," is daughter of Danny Masterson L. Ron Hubbard's teachings of the "Mamas and Papas" singer

Masterson is best-known for his role on "That '70's Show." He defended Tom Cruise for the actor's leaked Scientology video back in 2008.

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spokesman told NFL.com. Team spokesman Bob Hagan said that the Vikings "are aware of the situation and are gathering June 20, 2012: Minnesota more information." Vikings NFL football running No further details were available back Adrian Peterson talks about on the arrest. A Houston police his rehab following surgery for a spokesman didn't immediately torn ACL suffered last season, as return a call from The Associated he addressed reporters during Press. minicamp in Eden Prairie, Minn. Peterson, 27, is from Palestine, AP Texas and is six months into rehabilitation for reconstructive Minnesota Vikings star running surgery on his left knee after back Adrian Peterson was arrested tearing both the anterior cruciate e a r l y S a t u r d a y m o r n i n g i n and medial collateral ligaments Houston on a charge of resisting last Dec. 24. arrest. He was drafted by the Vikings in and Hamptons estates." If you Peterson was arrested around 2007. don't mind the location, it may be 2:30 a.m. and spent the night in The Associated Press contributed r i g h t . W e l c o m e t o A u s t i n , jail before being released on to this report. $1,000 bond at 10:14 a.m., a Print Canada. T h e h o m e i s i n a g a t e d Houston Police Department Email community. Upon arriving, you see this lovely fountain. See the rest of the story at Business Insider Please follow The Life on Twitter and Facebook.
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Unrelenting Heat Slams Half of US


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Extreme east coast heat leads to severe weather threat Record breaking heat wave bakes nations capital PHILADELPHIA Americans dipped into the water, went to the movies and rode the subway just to be in air conditioning Saturday for relief from unrelenting heat that has killed 30 people across half the country. The heat sent temperatures soaring over 100 degrees in several cities, including a record 105 in Washington, St. Louis (106), and Indianapolis (104), buckled highways and derailed a Washington-area train even as another round of summer storms threatened. If people ventured outside to do anything, they did it early. But even then, the heat was stifling. "It was baking on the 18th green," said golfer Zeb Rogerson, who teed off at 6 a.m. at an Alexandria, Va., golf course but was sweltering by the end of his round. The heat sent temperatures soaring in more than 20 states to 105 in Louisville, Ky., 101 in Philadelphia, and 95 in New York; besides Washington, a record of 104 was set in Sioux

Falls, S.D., and Baltimore set a record at 102. At least 30 deaths were blamed on the heat, including nine in Maryland and 10 in Chicago, mostly among the elderly. Three elderly people found dead in their houses in Ohio had heart disease, but died of high temperatures in homes lacking power because of recent outages, officials said. Heat was also cited as a factor in three deaths in Wisconsin, two in

Tennessee and three in Pennsylvania. Officials said the heat caused highways to buckle in Illinois and Wisconsin. In Maryland, investigators said heat likely caused rails to kink and led a green line Metro train to partially derail in Prince George's County on Friday afternoon. No one was injured, and 55 passengers were safely evacuated. Thousands of mid-Atlantic

residents remained without power more than a week after deadly summer storms and extreme heat struck the area, including 120,000 in West Virginia and some 8,000 in the suburbs around Baltimore and Washington, D.C. In the Washington area, Pepco asked customers to conserve power, saying the heat was stressing the system. "This is becoming a black swan of heat waves, in the sense that it's

such a long heat wave, such a severe heat wave and encompassing such a large area," said Chris Vaccaro, spokesman for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. At the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, Abraham Lewis and his wife, Dzifa Fianoo of Lorton, Va., brought their 8-week-old son out UNRELENTING page 15

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Syria's fighting spills into Lebanon, five killed


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village of Hishe, which straddles a river demarcating the border, when two rocket-propelled By Oliver Holmes grenades fired from within Syria BEIRUT| Sat Jul 7, 2012 2:30pm hit their tent, according to local EDT residents. (Reuters) - Syria's conflict spilled Lebanon's army confirmed one of further into Lebanon on Saturday the deaths and said several Syrian when mortar fire from President shells had landed in Lebanese Bashar al-Assad's forces hit territory, but had no further villages in the north, killing five information. Lebanese President people after rebels crossed the M i c h e l S u l e i m a n i s s u e d a border to seek refuge, residents statement regretting the deaths said. and promising an investigation. Rebels fighting to unseat Assad Syria's bloodshed has also have used north Lebanon as a encroached on Turkey, a much base and his forces have at times bigger, more powerful neighbor bombed villages and even pursued that once backed Assad but turned insurgents over the border, against him over his violent threatening to stoke tension in repression of unrest. Lebanon, whose sectarian rifts Turkey has reinforced its border mirror those in Syria. and scrambled fighter aircraft Residents of Lebanon's Wadi several times since Syria shot Khaled region said several mortar down a Turkish reconnaissance jet bombs hit farm buildings five to on June 22 over what Damascus 20 km (3 to 12 miles) from the said was Syrian territorial waters border at around 2 a.m. At midday in the Mediterranean. Ankara said villagers reported more the incident occurred in explosions and said they heard i n t e r n a t i o n a l a i r s p a c e . gunfire close to the border. DIPLOMATIC IMPASSE In the village of al-Mahatta, a The diplomatic stalemate that has house was destroyed, killing a 16- frustrated international efforts to year-old girl and wounding a two- bring about a peaceful transition year old and a four-year old, in Syria persisted on Saturday as family members told Reuters. A China joined Russia in rejecting a 25-year-old woman and a man U.S. accusation that Beijing and were killed in nearby villages, Moscow were obstacles to a residents said. solution. Two Bedouins were killed in the In Syria, the army bombarded
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towns across northern Aleppo province on Saturday in a concerted effort to root out insurgents who have taken control of some areas, the antigovernment Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. "The bombing is the heaviest since the start of military operations in rural Aleppo in an attempt to control the region after regular Syrian army forces suffered heavy losses over the past few months," the Britishbased activist group reported. It said three people had died, including two rebels. The official Syrian news agency SANA said troops foiled infiltration attempts by armed men from Turkey and Lebanon on Friday. It said one clash "resulted in the killing, injury of dozens of the infiltrated gunmen". In Idlib province, SANA said, an armed terrorist group was prevented from infiltrating from Turkey in Harem region. It quoted a source as saying a number were killed "while the rest managed to flee back into the Turkish territories". The Observatory said many families had been displaced and water, electricity and medical supplies were running short. DANGER AROUND ALEPPO Aleppo, Syria's second largest city and commercial hub, has

been largely spared of the violence. But the outskirts of the city and the wider province have seen rebels gaining territory since the uprising began 16 months ago. SANA reported a clash "with an armed terrorist group in Azaz area north of Aleppo as it was attacking the citizens and perpetrating killings". It said eight gunmen were killed and six cars equipped with machineguns plus a stolen ambulance were destroyed. The agency named the dead. Opposition activists say at least 15,000 people have been killed since the uprising began. Assad says the rebels are foreign-backed terrorists who have killed thousands of army and police troops in hit-and-run attacks and roadside bombings. The Observatory said 93 people, mostly civilians, were killed across Syria on Friday, when protesters took the streets to call for a "people's liberation war." Syria's crisis began with street protests against Assad and evolved largely into an armed insurgency after he tried to crush unrest by military force. It has become increasingly sectarian in nature with rebels from Syria's Sunni Muslim majority pitted against Assad's minority Alawites, a branch of Shi'ite Islam, dominating the military and security services.

CHINA BRISTLES AT CLINTON'S ACCUSATION Russia and China have repeatedly used veto power at the U.N. Security Council to block international attempts to push Assad to relinquish power to make way for a democratic transition in the pivotal Arab country. At a "Friends of Syria" meeting grouping Assad's Western and Arab opponents, Clinton urged them to make Russia and China "pay a price" for helping the authoritarian leader stay in the office he, and his late father before him, have held for 42 years. ID:nL6E8I62J4] On Saturday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin shot back: "Any words and deeds that slander China and sow discord between China and other countries will be in vain." Russia and China say they are committed to the peace plan of U.N. envoy Kofi Annan that prescribes national dialogue, but reject the position of Western powers and their Gulf Arab allies that Assad must step down to enable reform in Syria. Annan told French daily le Monde in an interview published on Saturday that Western criticism of Russia was diverting SYRIA'S page 18

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parliamentary elections in 2013. Candidates with Islamist agendas dominate the field of more than By Marie-Louise Gumuchian and 3,700 hopefuls, suggesting Libya Hadeel Al Shalchi will be the next Arab Spring TRIPOLI/BENGHAZI| Sat Jul 7, country - after Egypt and Tunisia 2012 5:44pm EDT - to see religious parties secure a ( R e u t e r s ) - L i b y a n s d e f i e d grip on power. violence and boycott calls to rush "I am a Libyan citizen in free to the polls in their first free Libya," said Mahmud Mohammed national election in 60 years on Al-Bizamti at a poll center in Saturday, parting with the legacy Tripoli. "I came today to be able o f M u a m m a r G a d d a f i ' s to vote in a democratic way. dictatorship. Today is like a wedding r us." While the mood was jubilant in Zainab Masri, 50, a teacher in the the capital Tripoli, the east of the capital, said she felt overwhelmed country was more troubled as anti after voting for the first time in -poll protesters seeking greater her life. autonomy for a region that is "I can't describe the feeling. We home to the bulk of Libya's vast paid the price, I have two martyrs oil resources sought to disrupt the in my family. I am certain the vote. future will be good, Libya will be One man was shot dead by a successful," she said, proudly security guard as he tried to steal showing off her inked finger that a ballot box in the eastern town of showed she had voted. Ajdabiya. Another was killed in The election commission said gunfire in a clash between after voting ended that 1.6 million protesters and backers of the poll of some 2.8 million registered in Benghazi, cradle of last year's voters had cast their ballot, a uprising. turnout of just under 60 percent. But as voting closed around the In Benghazi, protesters stormed a country, authorities said 98 polling station just after voting percent of poll centers had opened started and set fire to hundreds of at some point during the day for ballot slips in a public square in a the election for a 200-head bid to undermine the election's assembly that will name a prime credibility. minister and pave the way for Witnesses said at least four
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polling stations had been hit in such attacks. One man was shot in the arm and taken to hospital with heavy bleeding after a clash between vote boycotters and those in favor of the election. "There wasn't enough security at the station to stop the attackers," Nasser Zwela, 28, told Reuters, saying protesters armed with assault rifles had stormed one polling station and shouted at everyone to stop voting. VOTING WITH TEARS But Western supporters of the NATO-backed uprising that overthrew Gaddafi dismissed suggestions that the violence showed the election lacked legitimacy. "Just one year ago, Libyans were still fighting against a brutal tyrant," said British Foreign Secretary William Hague, whose government was, alongside France, a main player in the conflict. "Today marks a further milestone towards realizing Libyans' ambitions for a peaceful, stable, prosperous and democratic country," he said. A spokesman for European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said Libyans had cast their votes and "decided their future in a dignified and

orderly manner". Some voters struggled with procedures for casting their ballot. In one central Tripoli district, two women disappeared into a voting booth together before an election worker hurriedly explained they must vote alone. "Some of these women are crying as they vote. It is such an emotional day," said one poll official. Polls started closing at 8 pm but partial results are not due until Sunday and a full preliminary count is not expected until Monday at the earliest. Many easterners are angry that the east has been allotted only 60 seats in the assembly compared with 102 for the west. On Friday, armed groups shut off half of Libya's oil exports to press demands for greater representation in the assembly. At least three major oil-exporting terminals were affected. "The country will be in a state of paralysis because no one in the government is listening to us," Hamed al-Hassi, a former rebel who now heads the High Military Council of Cyrenaica, the name of the eastern region, told Reuters. Port agents said the oil depot closures would last 48 hours but the government sent a team on

Saturday to negotiate a full reopening of a sector that provides most of Libya's revenues. Analysts say it is hard to predict the political make-up of the new assembly, but parties and candidates professing an attachment to Islamic values dominate and very few are running on an exclusively secular ticket. The Justice and Construction offshoot of Libya's Muslim Brotherhood is tipped to do well, as is al-Watan, the party of former CIA detainee and Islamist insurgent Abdel Hakim Belhadj. (Additional reporting by MarieLouise Gumuchian in Tripoli and Taha Zargoun in Sirte; Writing by Mark John; Editing by Janet Lawrence and Ralph Gowling) This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.

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for a walk in the 100-degree heat. "I really don't want to be out, but she's a new mother and was feeling cooped up," Lewis said. "Do you see how hot it is?" he said, wiping beads of sweat from his forehead more than once. The couple's home in northern Virginia lost power for two days last week after a severe wind storm swept through. Fianoo had to haul the family's food to a cousin's house to prevent it from spoiling, then took it home again. Micah Straight, 36, brought his three daughters to dance in jets of water spurting from a "sprayground" near Philadelphia's Logan Square fountain to cool off. "We got here early, because I don't think we'll be out this afternoon -- we'll be in the air conditioning," he said. "So I wanted to get them out, get some sunshine, get tired." In South Bend, Ind., serious kayakers Saturday took to the East Race Waterway, a 1,900-foot long manmade whitewater course near downtown. "A lot of times I'll roll over just to cool off," said Robert Henry of Carmel, just north of Indianapolis. "The biggest challenge is walking coming back up carrying a kayak three-eighths of a mile in this heat." In Manhattan, customers who stepped in to see "Jiro Dreams of Sushi" at an IFC movie theater were there for more than entertainment. "Of course we came to cool off!" said John Villanova, a writer who

was on his second sweaty T-shirt of the day -- expecting to change again by evening. He said that earlier, he rode a Manhattan subway back and forth for a half an hour, with no destination in mind, "because it really keeps you cool." In cities around the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic region, people struggled to find ways to cope with the heat, but at least one such effort ended in tragedy. In Aurora, Ill., Gene Autry Pryor, 52, had been drinking with three adult friends near Veterans Memorial Island and jumped into the Fox River to cool off, police said. The man's friends lost sight of him after a few minutes and then spotted him floating face down and pulled him to shore. Pryor died Friday evening. One man figured out a way to beat the heat: stay in the car. Roger Sinclair of Batavia, Ill., was headed home Saturday from Detroit, where he'd spent a few days visiting an old friend and catching Friday night's Tigers game. The Tigers won 4-2, but the conditions were less than ideal. "It was 97 at the first pitch and still in the 80s at the time of the last out," he said. "It was tough. There was no breeze." Sinclair said he had been spending hours in his airconditioned car to stay out the worst of the heat. In Chicago, street magician Jeremy Pitt-Payne said he has been working throughout the three -day stretch of triple-digit

temperatures, but acknowledged that he might doff the Union Jack leather vest by the end of the day, even though it's part of his British magician character along with the black top hat. But he had a secret for beating the heat -- he starts his shows at 2 p.m. "when the Trump Tower is gracious enough to block out the sun" along his stretch of sidewalk. At New York City's Penn Station, the air conditioning was falling short of full capacity. Amtrak officials have said for weeks that they've been trying to adjust it. The doors were left wide open at a half dozen locations around the two-block-wide underground station. "It's so hot I feel like I want to faint," said Betty De la Rosa, 19, of the Bronx, who was working at a station doughnut shop. The heat didn't stop Taylor Heaton of Houston from joining friends in Washington for her bachelorette party. They spent three hours walking the National Mall, seeing the Washington Monument and other tourist sites; they cooled off for a bit at the Lincoln Memorial, but kept walking until they reached the Smithsonian museum. How hot was it by Saturday afternoon? "Hotter than the gates of Hades," said Cathy Corey, also of Houston. The bachelorette crew had a cocktail reservation for Saturday night at an outdoor deck at a hotel that overlooked the White House.

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By Patricia Zengerle FAIRFAX, Virginia| Sat Jul 7, 2012 6:46pm EDT (Reuters) - Thousands of Republican volunteers braved scorching temperatures to knock on doors and canvass voters on Saturday as the party staged its first "Super Saturday" blitz hoping to energize supporters and rival Democrats' volunteer mobilization. Republican party officials said volunteers were out in a dozen battleground states expected to see close contests in the November 6 election between Democratic President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney. Obama captured all 12 - Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Colorado, Nevada and Iowa - when he won the White House in 2008, aided by armies of enthusiastic supporters who helped generate the highest voter turnout in 40 years. Romney will need to swing a number of them back to the Republican column to defeat Obama this year. Drumming up

voter enthusiasm could be a key, especially given polls showing Democrats are more enthusiastic about the 2012 contest than Republicans. "There's nothing to substitute for face-to-face, eye-to-eye contact," former Virginia Governor George Allen told volunteers in Fairfax, in the Virginia suburbs of Washington. Allen, also a former U.S. senator, is in a tight race against another former Virginia governor - and close Obama ally - Tim Kaine, to win back his old Senate seat. A CNN poll this week said 59 percent of registered voters nationwide who describe themselves as Democrats are extremely or very enthusiastic about voting, up from 46 percent in March. Fifty-one percent of registered voters who say they are Republicans are extremely or very enthusiastic about voting, unchanged since the earlier poll. A Pew poll released this week found 60 percent of Republicans find the presidential campaign dull, compared with 46 percent of Democrats. But Romney raised more funds than Obama in May and is likely to be ahead of him in June when he pulled in more than $100 million. OBAMA'S GROUND GAME

Obama's campaign is mounting a massive volunteer organization again this year, after reactivating its 2008 network and creating a heavy presence in social media. In Virginia, Democrats have been holding voter registration drives as often as several times a week, and making telephone calls and knocking on doors in weekend events for months. But Republican officials said they were determined to catch up with an intense ground game of their own. The party and Romney's campaign have opened 23 offices in the state in the hope of recapturing Virginia's 13 electoral votes this year. "No matter how much the president decides to stick into the state, we're going to match them," one party official said. In Fairfax, about 120 Republicans came out in 106degree F (41-degree C) heat on Saturday to knock on voters' doors. Dozens staffed a telephone bank. Jane Pyrak, 51, a stay-at-home mother of three from Annandale, said she volunteered twice a week and expected to do even more as the election came closer. A lifelong Republican, she said she became part of the fiscally conservative Tea Party movement because she opposed Obama's

economic stimulus and healthcare reform plans. She said she also opposes Obama's support for abortion rights. "This is the most active I've been in my life," Pyrak said. "It's very exciting." Republican officials said they did not have an estimate of how many people had participated in "Super Saturday" nationwide, but were sure it was in the thousands. They plan to hold similar events once a month until the election, to contact voters and collect data they can use to make decisions such as where to deploy volunteers or focus voter turnout efforts during the last weeks of the campaign. Obama became the first Democratic presidential candidate in 44 years to win in Virginia four years ago, but Republicans have dominated elections in the state in each of the three years since. (Editing by Alistair Bell and Todd Eastham) This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.

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FILE: Sept. 24, 2011: Rep. Thaddeus McCotter, R-Mich., addresses the GOP Leadership Conference at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, Mich. AP Republican Rep. Thaddeus McCotter resigned Friday after failing to gather enough valid signatures to retake his own House seat. The five-term Michigan congressman said his priorities would now be helping the state attorney general's office investigate the faulty petition filings and finding another job. He dropped his bid for re-election last month after learning his staff hadn't filed enough valid petition signatures to get him on the Aug. 7 primary ballot. Twice as many signatures as required were turned in, but 80 percent were found to be fake or duplicates. McCotter, who briefly mounted an unsuccessful campaign for president last year, also said he didn't have another job lined up but was "unwilling and ill-suited" to be a lobbyist. Acutely aware one cannot rebuild their hearth of home amongst the ruins of their U.S. House office, for the sake of my

loved ones I must `strike another match, go start anew' by embracing the promotion back from public servant to sovereign citizen," McCotter said in a written statement. McCotter also expressed disappointment with the challenges to his petition filing. "After nearly 26 years in elected office, this past nightmarish month and a half have, for the

first time, severed the necessary harmony between the needs of my constituency and of my family. As this harmony is required to serve, its absence requires I leave," McCotter said late Friday. He encouraged the state attorney general to continue investigating his petition filing. McCotter also said he faces "diminishing prospects" in the job market, noting he is "both unwilling and

ill-suited to lobby." Though McCotter does not appear to be in legal jeopardy, sources close to the congressman said he felt handcuffed by not being able to discuss freely what was happening with the attorney general probe. There will be no special election to fill the rest of his term, so the seat is expected to remain vacant at least through the election.

McCotter's abrupt exit from Congress left Kerry Bentivolio, a Vietnam War veteran, teacher and beekeeper from Milford, as the only Republican on the primary ballot for Michigan's 11th District, which covers suburban areas of Wayne and Oakland counties outside Detroit. Former state Sen. Nancy Cassis, of Novi, BALLOT page 18

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attention from the role of other countries in backing Assad and arming his soldiers, notably Iran. "Russia has influence, but I don't think that events will be determined by Russia alone. What strikes me is that there is so much talk about Russia and much less about Iran, and little is said about other countries that are sending money and weapons," he said. "All of these countries say that want a peaceful solution, but they undertake individual and collective actions that undermine the very meaning of (U.N.) Security Council resolutions," he added. Assad has been Shi'ite Iran's main ally in the Arab world. Annan conceded that U.N. efforts to resolve the crisis so far had

been a failure. "Clearly, we have not succeeded. And maybe there is no guarantee that we will succeed," he said. News on Friday that one of Assad's personal friends had defected and was headed for exile in France was hailed by Clinton as proof that members of the Damascus leadership were starting to "vote with their feet" and leave a sinking ship. Manaf Tlas, a Republican Guard brigadier and son of the longtime defence minister under Assad's father Hafez, has yet to surface abroad or clearly to throw his lot in with the rebels. But his desertion, leaked by family friends, was confirmed by the French government, giving a boost to the "Friends of Syria"

conference it hosted in Paris where participants agreed to "massively increase" aid to Syria's opposition. (Additional reporting by Roula Naeimeh and Nazih Siddiq in Beirut, Nicholas Vinocur in Paris; writing by Douglas Hamilton; editing by Mark Heinrich) This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.

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is running as a write-in candidate. Two Wayne County residents, William Roberts, of Redford Township, and Oakwood Hospital chief of medicine Taj Syed, of Canton Township, are seeking the Democratic nomination. Gov. Rick Snyder received the congressman's resignation letter Friday afternoon, spokeswoman Sara Wurfel said. The Republican governor's staff will consult with legal experts about whether and how to fill the vacancy for the rest of McCotter's term, she said. "We wish Congressman McCotter and his family the best and thank him for his service to the state," said Matt Frendewey, spokesman

for the Michigan GOP. The 46-year-old attorney ran a little-noticed campaign for the GOP presidential nomination last year before dropping out to seek re-election to Congress. McCotter was first elected to the House in 2003. Fox News' Chad Pergram and The Associated Press contributed to this report. Print Email Share Comments Recommend Tweet Share This Article Newsletter

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The Hindu Cops trace Mumbai kidnap victim, accused to Haridwar Times of India MUMBAI/ HARIDWAR: Two constables of the Haridwar city police nabbed 25-year-old Bhopal -resident on Saturday after he was found suspiciously moving with the three-year-old kidnapped girl

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Pour some acid on me. Some musicians refuse to come to terms with the terms that digital downloads offer. A few, such as Garth Brooks and AC/DC, have refused to allow their music on iTunes. Def Leppard, the English rock band that some people rather like and others fail to comprehend, is another that just isn't amused by the digital age. Now the band has leaped on a new, radical strategy to get a (Sports News Headlines better deal for its music: it's Yahoo! News) covering its own songs and releasing them themselves. Submitted at 7/7/2012 6:09:07 PM As Billboard hums it, the Webb Simpson likes the way he's Leppards and Universal Music avoiding bogeys and figures he'll aren't fond of each other. The (TREND HUNTER - The Latest need to play smart again at the band believes it deserves far more Trends) Greenbrier Classic to get his for digital downloads, so it has second win in three tournaments. walked away. Submitted at 7/7/2012 1:19:02 PM Frontman Joe Eilliott told ( TrendHunter.com) The How Billboard: Do People Use Their Phones?' Our contract is such that they infographic details the way in can't do anything with our music which users are taking advantage without our permission, not a of smartphone capabilities. This thing. So we just sent them a letter graph, which grapples with saying, "No matter what you mobile stats from all... want, you are going to get 'no' as

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an answer, so don't ask." That's the way we've left it. The solution is to replace their old songs with "brand-new, exact same versions of what we did." Brand-new, exact same. That's how every loving relationship should be. But how easy will it be for musicians who are hurtling toward the initial phases of dotage to re-create their golden oldies? More Technically Incorrect "We had to study those songs, I mean down to the umpteenth degree of detail, and make complete forgeries of them,' said Elliott. Elliott and friends have been fortunate in getting fine legal advice, which suggested that if they recorded cover versions of their songs, then Universal Music couldn't benefit. The classic, but rerecorded "Pour Some Sugar On Me" is already available on iTunes as well as Amazon, along with other tracks. Because the band is now in legal control of the master tapes -- and can therefore control the financial terms -- it stands to make far more money for its efforts. Opinion seems to be divided, though on whether these efforts

are wonderful or not so wonderful. To my own ears, they sound not bad at all, but then Def Leppard isn't exactly my joy. There are aficionados who, like iTunes poster Walleywood, declare: "Even Tom Cruise's version [in the recent movie "Rock of Ages"] is more appealing at this point." In the past, Simply Red and Prince have both rerecorded songs in order to gain master tape control. Perhaps, though, this idea might inspire artists who have made money from terrible songs to see if they might be able to rerecord them and make them sound better -- and make even more money, while gaining credibility. Might this be a thought for, say, the Jonas Brothers? This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.

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My Favorite Music Service


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point. It wasnt so expensive that I balked at paying for a year. The music was much more important I have tried them all. I have been to me than the total cost over a using Pandora since the early year. If youre looking for a days, and I pay for the premium bargain, look elsewhere. But if Pandora service. I tried, for at you want to know why I think this least a month each and often is the best service available, keep more, all of the old guard of the reading. streaming music services. First, an unnecessary disclosure. Rhapsody. Napster. Slacker My day job is with Samsung. As Radio. I owned a Zune HD, and far as I know, were not subscribed to Zune, and when I connected to SiriusXM in any bought my first Windows phone, I way, and Im not being paid to subscribed again to give it a promote the service. In fact, Ill second try. When Spotify got hot, bet there are a variety of ways I tried it for a while, sharing were connected to other music playlists and music. I have tried services. For some people, those Rdio and Last.fm. Ive spent time others may be the right choice. on Turntable. For a couple days, I There are lots of ways they can even used Ping. But there is one serve up music that Sirius cant online music service that is my match. But those are not my favorite by far. Ive been using it favorites. for almost a year, and its actually One exception is Google Music. I gotten better since I started. I use Google Music in addition to listen at work on my desktop, on Sirius. When I need to satisfy the my smartphone while Im itch for just that one song from exercising, and in my car on my my library at the precise moment, stereo. Google Music comes to the Before I tell you exactly which rescue. But Im not married to one (have you guessed yet?), let Google Music. If another cloudme define what I want in a music based storage option came along service. I want good music. I want offering even slightly better the music I am in the mood to service, I would jump ship hear. Sometimes thats a song I without regret. already own. Sometimes thats a I joined SiriusXM first for song Im familiar with, but Howard Stern. Im a long time h a v e n t g o t t e n a r o u n d t o live. Im looking at you, Pandora. start. I love it so much that when I Thats support for 1 car stereo, fan. Dont judge until youve tried bought a car that had Sirius radio plus access to the Web site and him for a month. Howard Stern downloading. Sometimes its a Enough with the Hallelujah. My favorite music service, by a installed, I called up and bought a the mobile app for streaming. song I didnt know I would like operates two channels on until I heard it. Never do I want to long shot, is SiriusXM. Thats full years subscription with all I dont know exactly how much it SiriusXM. One plays his main hear another cover of Leonard right, satellite radio. I love it. I the bells and whistles, before the costs, and Im not going to FAVORITE page 24 Cohens Hallelujah as long as I knew I would love it from the 3-month trial period had ended. Google it for you. Thats not the

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Weekly Wrap-Up: The Evolution of Google+, Mobile Dominates in 2012 and More
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Richard MacManus explains how Google+ has evolved over the past year and whether it delivered on its promise. Mobile continues to dominate in 2012. After the jump you'll find more of this week's top news stories on some of the key topics that are shaping the Web - plus highlights from some of our six channels. Read on for more. How Google+ Has Morphed Over The Past Year & What We Can Expect in 2013 One year ago, Google+ launched to the world and was greeted with the collective cry, "Not another social network!" But over the past year Google+ has cemented its position as one of the Big Three social networks, alongside Facebook and Twitter. Or has it? Google+ boasts similar user numbers to Twitter, but if we look more closely we see that Google+ hasn't lived up to its initial promise as a new type of social network. In fact, it's morphed into something completely different for Google... More Top Trends of 2012: The Continuing Rapid Growth of Mobile In our half-yearly review of the top Internet trends of 2012, there's

been a common theme: mobile is the main driver for all of them. The Visual Web (Instagram, Pinterest and similar imagefocused apps), the Consumer Cloud (Evernote, Dropbox, iCloud and others), social video apps (Socialcam and Viddy) and video on tablets (BuzzFeed, Flipboard and others). Each of those trends are popular in 2012 because of smartphones and/or tablets. More In Closing Its Platform, Twitter Risks Destroying Its Community After attaining unlikely success as an open platform, Twitter is demanding that third-party apps show Twitters stream the way the company wants them to. You need to be able to see expanded Tweets, Product Manager Michael Sippey wrote in an announcement on Friday afternoon. He said those features make Twitter more engaging and easier to use. But if Twitter squeezes too hard on third-party developers, it risks damaging something more important to the company than any set of features: It risks destroying the culture that has grown up around it. More More Top Stories Facebook Blames Email Problems On User "Confusion"

announcement's five key implications. More How Open Source Hardware Is Driving the 3D-Printing Industry The potential of 3D printing to transform the way we get things the market is predicted to hit $3.1 billion in the next four years - gets a lot of press. But not much of that attention has focused on the unique role of open source hardware in enabling 3D printing to realize its promise. Open I f y o u r e m i s s i n g e m a i l source software has been a key messages, dont blame Facebook: player in all kinds of disruptive The social network says you are technologies - from the Web to simply confused. Facebook big data. Now the nascent and spent a second straight weekend growing open source hardware dealing with complaints from movement is helping to power its users about a switch in the default own disruptive revolution. More user email addresses, this time Top Trends of 2012: Social Video with users complaining that the Apps (Warning: Seedy Content!) change was resulting in lost Continuing our review of the first messages and contacts. More half of 2012, we look at an Where Google Is Going Next: 5 emerging product type that Things You Need to Know became popular this year: social On the last day of the Google I/O video apps. The two leading developers conference, we sat contenders are Socialcam and down with engineering director Viddy, each vying to be the Peter Magnusson to digest the breakout app. But at least one of introduction of Compute Engine, those apps is using dubious w h i c h a d d s G o o g l e - s c a l e seeding tactics to get ahead... p r o c e s s i n g p o w e r t o t h e After image sharing network company's list of cloud offerings Instagram was acquired by designed to take on Amazon Web Facebook in April, attention S e r v i c e s . H e r e a r e t h e turned to the same type of app -

but for video. Essentially social video apps have the following characteristics. More What if RIM Supported Windows Phone 8? Research In Motions new BlackBerry 10 operating system has been delayed to, at the earliest, early 2013. That could prove to be a deathblow to the storied but struggling smartphone maker. RIM is going to miss out on the important holiday season with BlackBerry 10, and that could prove to be the weight that finally breaks the companys back. In its dire straits, RIM has reportedly started to consider alternatives to BlackBerry 10 and its current strategy. Does that mean aligning itself with Microsoft and its Windows Phone platform? And how would such a move remake the smartphone landscape? More Why We Still Need the Open Source VLC Media Player The Monday Version 2.0.2 release of the free open source VLC media player points out a surprising hole in the age of the Internet video - there is still no universal standard for video formats and players. Fortunately, VLC is there to fill in the gaps WEEKLY page 27

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To Subscribe Or Not Subscribe? That Is The eCommerce Question


Phineas Barnes (TechCrunch)
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in the water. When I think about the fundamentals of the subscription model and what Editors note: Phineas Barnes is a makes it work, I see a massive partner at First Round Capital, opportunity to change the way worked at AND 1 from day 2 consumers discover and engage and founded a fitness video game with brands. The real question we company. should be asking about According to my twitter feed subscription businesses is are they subscription commerce is an more like the milkman or your overblown, shark jumping smoke favorite magazine? screen and the companies that The ShoeDazzle Mirage created the model are abandoning Some say ShoeDazzle invented it left and right. subscription commerce and has The comparison to the flash sale thrown away the model. Not True. model and to group buying seems ShoeDazzle is a great company, to fit because the subscription but it was never a subscription commerce category has a few commerce business. leaders and a ton of me too It has been reported that companies. On the surface it looks ShoeDazzle has over 10 million like all of them are just putting subscribers signed up to purchase shit in a box and money in the $40 shoes each month and that the bank but this is pattern matching business now does over $5m a gone wrong. month in revenue indicating a Data from Custora suggests that 1.25% monthly conversion rate. Customer Lifetime Value of But the key metric in successful repeat customers in commerce subscription commerce businesses businesses is over 6x that of one- is not monthly conversion it is time buyers. Finding new ways to initial conversion and percent of increase the conversion of one- monthly revenue retained each time shoppers into repeat buyers month (aka churn.) If monthly offers tremendous upside. The conversion is your most important most successful tactics go beyond metric, you may have a great simple discounting and build business, but you are no more loyalty via increased touch points subscription commerce than every and better service subscription traditional eCommerce company services deliver here. with a monthly newsletter. Lets not point to jumping sharks RIP Milkmen Replenishment is just because there are a lot of fish commoditized

I have also read that replenishment models hold the most promise in the subscription commerce space. I believe competing on convenience and price in a commodity, consumable category is suicide. In these categories (food, razors and diapers etc) the consumer often knows exactly what they want and 9 times out of 10 it is more of the same thing they had last month except cheaper. It is true that people tend to consume these products at a steady rate and they do enjoy the convenience of not having to go to the store to replenish the medicine cabinet or the fridge when supplies get low. But, it is also true that companies like OrderGroove are making it possible for any eCommerce site to offer best in class subscribe to it replenishment on any item in their catalog as a retention tool. Also, Amazon does a better job delivering a new shipment just as the consumer is running out of an item than any subscription commerce company ever could. Amazon Prime is no joke when it comes to replenishment. I can have any consumable commodity item at the lowest possible price on my doorstep in 2 days and with the mobile app and one-click ordering, it is hard to beat Bezos and company on the convenience axis either.

Re-Imagine Publishing Discovery is essential They say sampling is all about merchandising and once the novelty wears off, these sites will face massive consumer churn and supplier fatigue. I say there is no better way to connect consumers with brands than through the magic of discovery. The best subscription commerce offerings could also be described as discovery commerce. The key to the sampling subscription model is picking a market where the value proposition will work. This model does not work in every space. Entrepreneurs should look for markets with discerning customers who want to learn about their options and who value guidance in their choices. In verticals with lots of brands (fractured supplier base) driven by consumer trends (frequent new product introduction) the subscription commerce model is magic. If the products themselves can be experienced in a way that delivers immediate results (dog treats >; vitamins) you get even more leverage out of moving the experience of a product up to the top of the purchase decision funnel and surrounding it with high quality content. Less burn per churn The mission critical metric in

subscription commerce is percent of revenue dollars retained per month (aka subscriber churn). Opt -in models like ShoeDazzle can not be managed to this metric and this is why they should not be considered subscription commerce offerings. For both replenishment and discovery models, some percentage of subscribers will cancel each month until you reach the floor of value where the remaining pool of customers believe the price, service and selection meet their needs over the long-term. But, discovery commerce has a huge advantage when it comes to monthly revenue retention: Demand creation and capture. Discovery commerce services help the consumer discover products and brands through curated samples and they create content to give customers the confidence to fall in love. Done right, the sampling service delivers the surprise and delight that generates loyalty (reduced subscriber churn), motivates engagement that drives social/ viral distribution and (lowers customer acquisition costs) and creates demand for the products that are sampled. Businesses that capture the demand they create are on to something. SUBSCRIBE page 26

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radio show, which is broadcast new three days a week, and then reruns of the show for the rest of the week. The other station plays shuffled clips from his 30+ year history on the radio, as well as shows from other broadcasters Stern has culled."When Stern leaves Sirius, Ill miss his show more than any other" There is every indication that when Sterns current contract is up, he will retire from radio. His success on Americas Got Talent is probably not helping my chances of hearing him live on my morning drive. When Stern leaves Sirius, I will miss his show more than I have missed any other show that disappeared from the airwaves. But I will remain a loyal SiriusXM subscriber. Sirius has an excellent collection of curated radio channels. The first 10 channels correspond to decades. Channel 6 is all Sixties music; channel 9 is all nineties music, and so on. There are channels themed towards certain bands or personalities. Jimmy Buffett has his own channel, and so does Eminem. There is a Bruce Springsteen channel, and Sirius recently added a Pink Floyd channel. The best thing about these personality-inspired channels is the bonuses they offer. There are clips of interviews, outtakes, B-sides, and live recordings that even true fans may have missed.

In fact, this is the best thing about all of Sirius. The channels are well-curated. Sirius has employed plenty of old school DJs from the bygone days of radio. Almost all of the original MTV VJs are employed at Sirius. Video killed the radio star, but satellite radio resuscitated the video stars career. Tune to a station you like. I love Lithium, which is likely named for the eponymous Nirvana song, and which plays mostly alternative music from the early nineties. If youre a true fan of this genre, on any given day youll likely hear songs you already own, songs you never got around to downloading from Napster in its heyday, and some songs youll swear youve never heard before. The genre selection could use a little more variety. You wont find the most obscure genres to quench your thirst. If youre into underground hip-hop, or pop a cappella, or other less popular genres (as I am), you wont find stations to support your habit. But there is still plenty to like. I have 6 channels programmed into my dashboard shortcuts, and each of those is a starting point. Sirius channels are nicely grouped. So, if you start with a singer/ songwriter channel and work your way up the board, youll branch out in ways that make sense: through coffeehouse music; to

early alternative rock, with its smooth vocals and padded synths; to the nostalgic Lithium station I mentioned; through college rock and new alternative. There are blocks of comedy channels, from family friendly through the ultra-raunchy Raw Dog and Howard Stern channels. There are news and political channels that cover a wide spectrum. I still donate to my local public radio station, but I cant stand listening to it because of the ubiquitous membership drives. On SiriusXMs NPR station, I get most of my favorite shows with none of that nonsense. There are occasionally cool special events, but SiriusXM would do better to have more of these. Sirius broadcast live Bruce Springsteens first ever show at the Apollo theater in New York City. A special tribute channel will pop up frequently to correspond with an anniversary or a death. The Pink Floyd station seemed to start as a special feature, but now seems like an awesome permanent fixture. Still, when Stern vacates his channels, Sirius will need more original programming to fill in the gap. There are other small problems, too. The service doesnt work in tunnels. It cuts out briefly when you drive under a large overpass. Sometimes, it just stops working for a moment or two. Sirius depends on a direct line of

transmission from a satellite in space. It doesnt quite penetrate yet. It would be nice if the service could buffer better, or perhaps pair the satellite component with an online, connected component in the car for a hybrid service that was much more reliable. It doesnt hamper my enjoyment, but it is annoying when I miss the punch line of a joke because I drove under an exit ramp. Sirius has been growing steadily, but not quickly enough. It is competing with free terrestrial radio, after all. Free radio gets worse and worse by the day, but hey, its free. Plus, most cars have an audio input for your phone or MP3 player, as well as CD players, DVD players, and even Blu Ray built-in. And thats just in the car. On the desktop and on mobile devices, competition is even more fierce. I would still recommend SiriusXM above all. If you miss the old days of radio, when a DJ you could trust and enjoy would pick out an interesting selection of music, then SiriusXM will bring you back. My Favorite Music Service is written by Philip Berne& originally posted on SlashGear. 2005 - 2012, SlashGear. All right reserved.

Fly Or Die: Samsung Galaxy S III


Jordan Crook (TechCrunch)
Submitted at 7/7/2012 4:00:14 PM

I said in my review that the Samsung Galaxy S III is the phone youve been waiting for, and the same holds true in this latest episode of Fly Or Die. John and I took a look at the various specs, namely the NFC-style features and S-Voice, and we both walked away with a warm, fuzzy feeling. To put it quite bluntly, the Galaxy S III is far and away the best Android phone you can buy today. Sure, the plastic back panel is a bit chintzy, as John would say, but thats irrelevant when you look at the value in this phone. NFC capabilities, including tapto-share, TecTiles, etc. work very well, and are incredibly easy so much so that I believe my mom would be able to use them (and that says a lot). The display is gorgeous, the camera is excellent, battery life can hang, and its running the latest version of Android on an LTE connection. There isnt much more you can ask for. Two flies.

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Android: The cable guy analogy


Brooke Crothers (CNET News)
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My Motorola Xyboard.(Credit: Brooke Crothers) Let's see, it's 5:00 and the cable guy was supposed to show up at 1:00. And, oh yeah, where's my Android update? I hear Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) is great. I've been hearing how great ICS is since October (when it was released). Which is about the same time I got my Motorola Xyboard (aka, Xoom 2) -- with Honeycomb. You know, Android 3.0, the old version of Android. Think about it. Motorola announced a brand-new tablet design just as ICS was coming out but saddled it with Honeycomb. So, I've been waiting. It wasn't exactly encouraging when Motorola posted a schedule of upcoming updates last year showing the 10.1-inch Xyboard ICS update slated for "early Q3 2012." When I first saw this I thought, wait, don't you mean Q1? Somebody must be getting their quarters mixed up. Now I hear the ICS update is finally ready and "runs extremely

Despite all the griping (yeah, I'm guilty of raising a stink, too) about the lack of apps on Android, I can get most of the apps I need. The biggest problem I have is with updates and, consequently, performance. Honeycomb on the Xyboard is not always a smooth experience. Basic things (like text input, Web browsing) can, at times, become too slow to be productive. (A 3.2.2 update improved things but not as much as I thought initially.) But it doesn't have to be that way. Other Android tablets running ICS, such as the Asus Transformer Prime and, now, Google's Nexus 7 with Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean), are fast and smooth. smooth." (The Xyboard is 8.8mm thick And I like the Android market. I And up to date. So, hurry up with Like I said, I hear Ice Cream versus the iPad's 9.4mm, and like the fact that there are a lot of the update Motorola while I wait Sandwich is great. Motorola is not weighs 603 grams versus the different tablet designs to choose for the cable guy to show up. officially offering the upgrade yet. iPad's 652 grams.) from in all shapes and sizes This entry passed through the (I check for official updates Weight and weight distribution in (though this has a dark side too, in Full-Text RSS service if this is constantly.) a tablet is really important to me. the form of fragmentation). In that your content and you're reading it This Android update thing gets And Motorola nailed it with the sense, Android is a lot more on someone else's site, please read under my skin because I like Xyboard. dynamic than Apple's one-design- the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentMotorola's Xyboard. A lot. I also wanted the Xyboard fits-all. only/faq.php#publishers. Five In fact, I like its physical design because it came with 4G -- at the Motorola Xyboard.(Credit: Filters recommends: Incinerating more than that of my third- time of purchase this wasn't an Motorola) Assange - The Liberal Media Go generation iPad. The Xyboard is option on the iPad. And, oh, the And I like the Android OS. Or, I To Work. lighter, thinner, and easier to hold. Xyboard has a killer display. should say, I want to like it.

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Is The Lumia 1001 Nokias First Windows Phone 8 Device?


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provides an occasionally neat glimpse into what Nokia is Submitted at 7/7/2012 2:50:48 PM working on. Take the Lumia 900 With Windows Phone 8s launch for instance then referred to as fast approaching, it not exactly a theNokia 900 Windows Phone, surprise to hear that Nokia is its existence was detected by a slaving away on some new device being controlled remotely hardware. The Nokia Lumia 910 late last year. which some suspect is a Lumia Its worth noting though that 900 meant for T-Mobile USA devices like the Lumia 910 and was recently spotted thanks to 1001 arent directly accessible to Nokias Remote Device Access users instead, theyre spotted service, but thats not all the when a user commands one of Finnish company seems to have in Nokias devices to search for the works. other Bluetooth-enabled devices A new device called the Nokia nearby. Lumia 1001 was also detected by I was initially able to spot the o n e o f N o k i a s r e m o t e l y - Lumia 1001 (see above) while I a c c e s s i b l e p h o n e s , a n d i t s was poking around with a Nokia significant model number jump 500. Just to make sure I wasnt could mean its the companys seeing things, I jumped into a first Windows Phone 8 device. Or different device (the Nokia N9, if does it? you were curious) to see if the If youve never had the chance to device in question was still play with Remote Device Access hanging around. it allows users to connect to a At this point, theres no way to whole host of Nokia hardware discern any of the devices from within a browser window. particulars or even if its a real I t s o s t e n s i b l y m e a n t f o r handset. Considering the sort of d e v e l o p e r s t o t e s t t h e i r attention that the RDA service has applications and code on real (if been getting lately, its entirely distant) hardware, but it also possible that someone at Nokia

Some percentage of revenue is lost each month due to subscriber churn, but with modest conversion numbers the purchase activity of the subscriber base can can actually drive the average monthly value of a customer well above the price of the subscription even net of churn. For example, has a sense of humor and changed lets assume a discovery service one of the devices names to offers a monthly subscription for Nokia Lumia 1001 just to mess $15 and the average basket size in their traditional eCommerce with all of us. That being said, theres little offering is $50. If churn is 10% question that Nokia is working on p e r m o n t h a n d e C o m m e r c e some Windows Phone 8 hardware conversion is just over 3% after 1 b e h i n d c l o s e d d o o r s , i n month, revenue retention for that preparation for the platforms month is 100%. In this example, launch later this year. Longtime conversion rates north of 3% readers may also remember that deliver monthly revenue growth Nokia switched to alarger-is- net of churn. Curated subscribers convert better numerical naming scheme better last year, with their most premium handsets getting high model As months go by churn will continue in the subscriber base, numbers. So far, Nokias Lumia 900 sits at but the ability to create and the top of the heap, but with capture demand can more than Windows Phone 8 barreling down offset the financial impact of the pipeline, it wouldnt be subscriber churn. Each month the surprise to see Nokia bump up remaining customers in a cohort their model numbers for their skew further toward the most newest breed of Windows Phones. passionate people who are most After all, the existing version of Windows Phone is being left behind in favor of a more powerful, unified platform one would imagine they would use a much loftier model number to Daniel Halper (The Weekly Standard) signify that transition, so
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loyal and most willing to buy. Each month, the company gathers incremental subscriber profile data and improves the personalization of the offer, builds trust in the brand voice and maximize demand creation by delivering discovery. Subscription commerce is not a new model, and has always been about turning a single purchase decision into repeat purchase behavior. If the motivation to make a repeat purchase is price or convenience, you are going to see margin compression and lots of competition from traditional eCommerce players. Trying to compete on price is simply a race to the bottom. If you are moving the experience of a product up in the consumer decision funnel with a curated experience and capturing the demand you create through a traditional eCommerce offering, you are a discovery commerce company and you have a ton of opportunity ahead of you.

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Galaxy Nexus reappears in Google Play store


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The harried Galaxy Nexus smartphone is again available for purchase in the Google Play store. iPhone, left, Google phone, right. On June 29, a judge in a lower court granted Apple's request for a pretrial injunction against U.S. sales of the Samsung-made, Android-running smartphone while the court determines whether the device infringes the patents Apple claims it does. Samsung appealed, and the appeals court temporarily lifted the ban yesterday, while it deliberates on whether to dump the ban altogether. Apple, however, may be able to convince the court to reinstate the injunction while the legal proceedings roll on; it has until Thursday to submit its arguments on that score. How long it will take the court to mull over those arguments of Apple's is unknown. In the meantime, Google had yanked the phone from the Google Play store, saying it would reappear shortly, running the latest version of Android -- 4.1 or

"Jelly Bean" -- which Google says doesn't infringe the Apple intellectual property. The Google Play listing says the Galaxy Nexus will have Jelly Bean "soon." So it may be the temporary lifting of the ban that's responsible for the smartphone's reappearance in the store. In any case, the listing says the phone won't ship for two to three weeks, by which time it may have Jelly Bean installed. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.

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SlashGear Weekly Wrap-Up: July 7, 2012


Mark Raby (SlashGear)
Submitted at 7/7/2012 12:15:17 PM

Happy Saturday, everyone. Its th e end of a holiday week, but there was plenty of news still trickling t hrough the tech news grapevine, s o lets see what made headlines th is week. To start iOS app DRM error rectified by Apple. And moving right along, some major Android news Android Candy Cane teased by Google. And in the world of gaming, heres something Halo 4 multiplayer requirements skyrocket.

F e a t u r e d : Here are some of this weeks feat ured articles: Dead Trigger THD zombiekilling FPS hands-on Is the Retina Display worth paying more for Apple products? Droid Incredible 4G LTE review is now live Jabra Supreme UC bluetooth headset review Amazing Spider-Man product but they cant (and wont) die placement makes us giggle The Amazing Spider-Man movie: Google Nexus Q review Dennis Leary talks Captain Stacy, Dont doubt Googles people skills slightly censored Brick and Mortars are in trouble

Other Stuff: So heres some other stories that made waves this past week: Heres something thats pretty interesting Apple Surface a possibility says Bill Gates.And

moving right along from smartphones to tablets, Apple has an interesting challenge ahead of itself Apple fights hard for iPad3.com domain. And finally, in other Apple news Apple may be changing its in-store Genius Bar. SlashGear Weekly Wrap-Up: July 7, 2012 is written by Mark Raby& originally posted on SlashGear. 2005 - 2012, SlashGear. All right reserved.

PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale adds Hiehachi, Toro to roster


Mark Raby (SlashGear)
Submitted at 7/7/2012 4:30:20 PM

The newest playable characters announced for Sonys upcoming PS3 title PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale have been announced. Classic PlayStation fighting guy Hiechi, and the distinguished white cat Toro will join their Sony partners in the free -for-all brawling game later this year. All-Stars Battle Royale is due out on the PS3 and the PlayStation Vita.

Making his first appearance on the PSX in 1995, Heihachi is one of only five characters to appear in every iteration of Tekken thereafter, brawling his way through 17 years of King of Iron Fist tournaments. Heihachi fans will feel right at home with this newest interpretation, Sony explained in a blog post. Toro, known as the Sony Cat, brings a said. unique stance-based fighting style Super Smash Bros is a runaway to PlayStation All-Stars, affording success franchise for Nintendo. It him several different sets of would be crazy to think that attacks to utilize in combat, Sony

anyone else could create such a fanatic following. After all, the mascots of Nintendo have more star power than any PlayStation or

Xbox icon could have, simply because they have been around longer. Nevertheless, there is no disputing that PlayStation fanboys are more than ardent enough to make a Sony character fight fest a resounding success. [ via PlayStation Blog] PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale adds Hiehachi, Toro to roster is written by Mark Raby& originally posted on SlashGear. 2005 - 2012, SlashGear. All right reserved.

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Golf-Korean Choi takes control of U.S. Women's Open


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Steve Forbes: How To Bring Back America


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Interview: Steve Forbes: How To Bring Back America The Hera Research Newsletter is Steve Forbes has a message for a pleased to present an incredibly nation dominated by increasingly powerful interview with Steve short-term decisions made on Forbes, Chairman and Editor-inWall Street and in Washington Chief of Forbes Media. The D . C . , a n d b y e v e r g r e a t e r companys flagship publication, economic, financial and currency FORBES, is the leading business instability. As long as America m a g a z i n e . C o m b i n e d w i t h continues moving away from i n t e r n a t i o n a l a n d l i c e n s e e sound money; away from sound editions, FORBES reaches more financial and economic policies; than 6 million readers worldwide. and, ultimately, away from The Forbes.com website is a freedom, its future grows more leading destination for senior dim. The dot-com and housing business decision-makers and bubbles followed by the 2008 investors with more than 30 financial crisis and the most million unique visitors per month. severe economic decline since the Hera Research Newsletter G r e a t D e p r e s s i o n s e r v e a s (HRN): Thank you for joining us powerful lessons. A future of today. With the U.S. economy bigger government, higher taxes, s t r u g g l i n g t o r e c o v e r f r o m more burdensome regulations, recession and financial crisis, less consumer choice and more w h a t p o l i c i e s w o u l d y o u unrealistic government promises r e c o m m e n d ? requires more and more Federal Steve Forbes: The only way to Reserve play money. recover is to stabilize our money, S t e v e F o r b e s h a s a have a gold backed dollar, quintessentially American policy simplified tax code and return to a prescription rooted in American free market. history. The answer to Americas HRN: You advocate the gold economic problems isand has standard? a l w a y s b e e n n e w w e a l t h Steve Forbes: If theres any better creation. New wealth creation system to ensure a stable value for d o e s n t c o m e f r o m t h e money, its yet to be found. For government or from the Federal nearly all of Americas first 200 Reserves printing press. New years, the dollar was linked to wealth creation is what happens gold. Since we went off the gold naturally with stable money based standard, weve had more and on the gold standard, lower taxes more financial, economic and on individuals, a simplified tax banking crises. For example, if code, reduced bureaucracy and the Federal Reserve hadnt started free markets. to print so much money ten years
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ago, we wouldnt have experienced the housing bust or the commodities boom or the sovereign debt crisis in Europe. Eventually, events become a persuasive teacher. HRN: Dont we need a flexible money supply? Steve Forbes: Thats like saying that changing the number of minutes in an hour would be a great tool to increase productivity in the economy. Manipulating weights and measures, whether its the number of ounces in a pound or minutes in an hour, is a false way to think that you can achieve prosperity. All gold does is serve as a yardstick to measure the value of your currency. HRN: Doesnt increasing the money supply help to stimulate the economy? Steve Forbes: The only way to increase prosperity is through innovation and productivity. Attempts to manipulate the value of money invariably fail. Weve had numerous devaluations, and not once has it created lasting prosperity. HRN: Under the gold standard, would there still be a lender of last resort to backstop the banking system? Steve Forbes: The gold standard doesnt prevent lending during a panic. The Bank of England pioneered acting as a lender of last resort in the 1860s under the gold standard. HRN: Wouldnt the gold standard prevent financial

innovation? Steve Forbes: No. Financial innovation has been with us for hundreds of years in terms of new financial instruments to meet expanding needs as the global economy becomes more complex. Many of the innovations of recent years, however, have come about in response to the instability of the dollar and other currencies, which has increased volatility in currency and commodity markets. New instruments have been designed either as insurance against volatility or to take advantage of it. If you had stable money, there would be much less hedging and financial speculation. HRN: Can governments function under the gold standard? Steve Forbes: Certain countries feel free to spend money whether they have it or not. Fiat money, which can just be printed up, has disguised the real cost. We would never have experienced the kind of government borrowing weve had in recent years if wed had stable money. The gold standard would keep the government honest. HRN: Doesnt government deficit spending smooth over recessions? Steve Forbes: The bottom line for the U.S. is that a weak dollar means a weak recovery. Stability is good for the economy. The simplest thing to do is to re-link the U.S. dollar to gold. HRN: Wouldnt that tie the hands

of the Federal Reserve? Steve Forbes: Tie their hands to do what, further harm to the economy? I dont think thats such a bad thing. HRN: Isnt the price of gold volatile like other commodities? Steve Forbes: The reason to return to the gold standard is that gold maintains a stable, intrinsic value over time. Stable money meets all conditions. Gold doesnt change in value. Currencies change in value. Gold is Polaris. HRN: How would re-linking the U.S. dollar to gold work? Steve Forbes: You simply peg the value of the dollar to gold. Lets say, for arguments sake, you peg the dollar to gold at $1,600 per ounce. If gold goes above $1,600, you tighten up on money creation. If it goes below $1,600, you ease up. You keep it around $1,600 by tightening or easing up on money creation. The gold standard doesnt preclude a booming economy having more money or a stagnant economy having less money. HRN: Isnt the gold standard deflationary? Steve Forbes: No. The gold standard is neither inflationary nor deflationary. Its like the mile: There are 5,280 feet in a mile; its a fixed length. That doesnt restrict the number of miles of highway you can build. Between 1776 and 1900 the U.S. grew STEVE page 31

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from a small, agricultural nation of 2.5 million people to a nation of 76.2 million people, and it became the greatest industrial power on earth. The money supply went up about 160-fold while the dollar was pegged to gold. HRN: Wouldnt the gold standard severely limit leverage in the financial system? Steve Forbes: If youre a worthy borrower, you can borrow at the market interest rate; if youre an unworthy borrower, you have to pay a higher interest rate or you cant get money. The gold standard would have prevented the wild lending and money creation weve experienced in the last few years, which has led to disaster. You can see it in the housing bubble and in the European government debt bubble. None of these things could have happened had we had stable money. HRN: Is the Utah Legal Tender Act, which makes gold and silver legal in Utah, helpful? Steve Forbes: Im in favor of the states trying to get away from the Federal Reserves play-money approach. The key is for the next President to institute a gold-linked dollar policy. HRN: Do competing currencies make sense? Steve Forbes: The idea of a parallel currency is a perfectly good one. People would come to prefer a dollar based on gold rather than a dollar based on politicians. HRN: Do you also suggest using

silver as money? Steve Forbes: The Chinese and other cultures have used silver as money, but silver doesnt maintain its value the way gold does. Over time it takes more silver to buy an ounce of gold. About 120 years ago it took 15 ounces of silver to buy 1 ounce of gold. Today it takes more than 50 ounces. Thats why the U.S. moved away from a bi-metallic standard to the gold standard. One metal becomes more valuable than the other at different times. Silver is better than fiat money, but theres only one gold standard. HRN: Would the gold standard help the U.S. economy to recover? Steve Forbes: In the 1980s, when we had very high unemployment and a stagnant economy, the way out was through a strong dollar, lower income taxes, entrepreneurship and new wealth creation. Remember, the values of assets go up when people see a future. They dont today. HRN: We didnt have the gold standard in the 1980s. Steve Forbes: Ronald Reagan killed the terrible inflation of the 1970s and sharply reduced income tax rates. Reagan wanted a return to the gold standard, but none of his advisors believed in it. Inflation was effectively killed by high interest rates. Deregulation was pushed forward, and America roared. In 1982, the Dow bottomed at 776; over the next 18 years it went up 18-fold. HRN: You advocate cutting

taxes? Steve Forbes: Yes, and we should put in a flat tax. The advantage of the flat tax is that it enables people to focus on real things. Abraham Lincolns Gettysburg Address, which defines the character of the American nation, is all of 272 words. The Declaration of Independence is a little more than 1,300 words. The Constitution of the United States and all of its amendments are a little more than 7,000 words. The Bible, which took centuries to put together, is a mere 773,000 words. The U.S. federal income tax codewith all of its crossreferences, descriptions of amendments and effective datesis probably now in excess of 4,000,000 words. Nobody knows whats in it. Last year the IRS announced that Americans spent 6.1 billion hours filling out tax forms and $300 billion on tax preparation. This is a huge waste of resources and brain power. Not to mention that its a corrupting influence. Its a huge source of government power, and it brings out the worst in us. The sooner we get simplicityand a flat tax would give us thatthe more energy we can devote to productive pursuits. HRN: How could the U.S. transition to a flat-tax system? Steve Forbes: Since people get hung up on their deductions, we would institute a flat tax and give people the option of filing either under the new, simple system or the old, horrific system. If youre a masochist and want to punish

yourself, you can file under the old income tax system. If you want the simplified one, you can go with that. I think 99% of Americans, out of sheer convenience, would quickly switch to the new system. HRN: You mentioned deregulation. How would that help the U.S. economy? Steve Forbes: Take health care, for example. We dont have a free market in health care. Theres a disconnect between patients and health care providers. If you go to a hospital and ask how much something costs theyll look at you strangely because they think youre either uninsured or a lunatic. How many hospitals put the prices of procedures on their websites? Its like going into a restaurant and having no idea how much anything on the menu costs. Its a crazy system. HRN: How would you go about deregulating health care? Steve Forbes: First, we should repeal the Patient Protection and A f f o r d a b l e C a r e ActObamacarewhich is an abomination. Patients should have more choice. The insurance companies dont compete freely for business. We should allow people to shop nationwide for health insurance. I live in New Jersey, which has a lot of senseless regulations. Why cant I buy a health insurance policy in Pennsylvania that costs less? We should equalize the tax treatment of health care expenses. If youre a business or are self-employed,

you should be able to deduct the expense. And individuals should be free to go into the market and pay with after-tax dollars. We should make it easier for small businesses to form a collective to buy health insurance. There are a lot of simple things that could be done. HRN: Do free markets really work? Steve Forbes: Free markets, with sensible rules of the road, can do all the things that big government advocates say the government does but that it really cant do. Free markets enable people to move out of poverty and break down barriers between ethnic groups and between nations. Free markets increase cooperation and foster a sense of humanity. Everything that big government says it will do, you get more from free markets than from government bureaucracies. Which one has a better future, FedEx or the U.S. Post Office? Do you want food stamps or paychecks? Big government makes a lot of promises, but its short sighted. Government is about meeting its own needs at the expense of the nation, and its immoral. Free markets have gotten a bad rap, which happens to be the subject of my new book. HRN: The Federal Reserve recently announced that it will extend its Operation Twist program by $267 billion through the end of 2012. Will that help the U.S. economy? STEVE page 34

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noreply@blogger.com (Mike Mish Shedlock) (Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis)

debts ... the taxpayers, retirees and savers in the so-far solid countries of Europe must not be made liable for backing these debts, Submitted at 7/7/2012 1:48:00 PM A pair of articles translated from particularly since gigantic losses German and Spanish further are foreseeable from financing the highlights the pressure on German southern countries' inflationary Chancellor Angela Merkel to not economic bubbles," they added. give into to further demands by The economists include HansSpain, Italy, and France. Werner Sinn, the head of the 1 6 0 G e r m a n E c o n o m i s t s prominent Ifo think-tank and a D e n o u n c e S u m m i t R e s u l t s vocal critic of European leaders' The San Francisco Gate reports rescue policies. They argued that German Economists Denounce "banks must be allowed to fail," Summit Decisions with creditors who knowingly A group of German economists took investment risks bearing the has denounced decisions made burden. during last week's European Merkel rejected the criticism. Union summit, arguing Thursday "First of all, this is about better that they risk increasing the banking supervision, and one can exposure of taxpayers, retirees only say that that is urgently and savers to the debts of necessary," she told reporters. struggling banks. Disingenuous Response by In an open letter published by the M e r k e l daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Please note the disingenuous Z e i t u n g , a g r o u p o f 1 6 0 response (if not direct lie) by economists wrote that German Merkel who says "this is about Chancellor Angela Merkel found better banking supervision". herself forced to make "wrong" Of course this is about bailouts. It decisions during the gathering. is also about the need to allow The economists said they "view banks to fail. Let that happen, the step toward a banking union, punish the bondholders, and kill which means collective liability fractional reserve lending and the for the debts of the banks of the situation will take care of itself. eurosystem, with great concern." Merkel also stated "This is "Banks' debts are nearly three a b s o l u t e l y n o t a b o u t a n y times higher than government additional liability." That too is

disingenuous. The amount of money may not have risen, but the odds of losses have increased. I happen to believe that Merkel would sell her soul to save the euro but can't. She also cannot step over lines in the sand by the constitutional court. Otherwise she would have caved in far more than she has. Tempers Flare Over Letter From Economists Via Google translate from El Confidencial, please consider 160 German economists against aid to Spanish banks "It's not going to save the euro, but the creditors of the banks." "It is unacceptable that taxpayers, pensioners and savers far the strongest countries in Europe are accountable for the debts and huge losses due to inflationary bubbles of the South." "Politicians think they can limit the huge sums spent to pay these debts and misuse through the future European Banking Supervision Agency. But they will not succeed while the debtor countries have a majority in the Eurozone structural. " Three key ideas of the open letter that 160 economists renowned citizens today directed the Federal Republic not to support the creation of a European Banking Union and, of course,

direct aid to Spanish banks. The initiative is a media bomb. Hot and tempers are already with the feeling that Angela Merkel gave away too much at the last summit to pressure from Mario Monti, Francois Hollande and Mariano Rajoy, what these economists, led by Hans Werner Sinn, director of the IFO Institute Munich, and Walter Krmer, an economist statistician of the city of Dortmund, is a kick in the butt to a foreign minister that the last thing needed now is the opening of a new public debate on aid to weaker members of the Union. Teachers and economists are not alone. The chairman of the Federal Union of German Industry, Hans-Peter Keitel, has joined the criticism: "Germany has said, has to put back the red lines. There should never be a Salvation Fund Banks". No Salvation Fund For Banks There should not be a salvation plan for anyone, especially banks. One of the reasons this mess is so big is the repetitive moral-hazard bailouts of the financial sector by central banks and governments. 54% of Germans Believe Further Bailouts Pointless Via Google translate from Der Spiegel, please consider Majority of Germans Believe Further

Bailouts Pointless The majority of the German population has resigned from the mammoth task of saving the common currency. 54 percent of respondents believe that Germany should not continue to fight for the euro rescue if billions more are needed. 41 percent call for further engagement in Germany, and five percent are undecided. Skepticism Extends Through Almost All Political Parties 52 percent of respondents with a preference for the CDU / CSU, see "little sense" is that Germany continues to -rescue battling, only 45 percent of union supporters have responded to another commitment, three percent is "uncertain". The situation is similar in the SPD of (54/43/3). Even stronger was the rejection of at supporters of the Left: There were 68 percent believe that it hardly makes sense to continue fighting for the euro rescue, they involve billions more are needed. 28 percent supported the idea , and two percent said "do not know" or gave no information. The largest euro-friends are apparently supporters of the MERKEL'S page 34

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On The Unintended Consequences Of Europe's 'Naked CDS' Ban


Tyler Durden
Submitted at 7/7/2012 4:08:16 PM

We have long warned that the effects of a ban on 'free-market' hedging instruments could well have a negative impact on the underlying market that political leaders are 'trying' to protect (consider the fall in equity prices after the short-sale-bans) and this week brought some clarity with regard Europe's Short-SellingRegulation (SSR) on CDS. As Citi's Matt King notes: "the technical standards underlying its short selling ban reinforce the view we held previously: the ban seems likely to add to selling pressure on cash bond spreads in peripherals, even if it brings down CDS and tightens the basis." The SSR defines 'naked' as CDS that are 'highly correlated' with long bond positions, and bonds have only tended to be quite correlated to their own CDS at periods of low volatility, but this correlation breaks down over sell-offs, which is precisely when hedging is needed most. This will leave portfolio managers unlikely to want to rely on sovereign CDS hedges (which they may now be forced to unwind at any moment) and presumably means they will be reluctant to take out initial long positions in both peripheral sovereigns and corporates in the

first place- reducing demand for cash bonds. Once again regulators and politicians should be careful what they wish for. Matt King, Citi: As the shorts come off, what will we find underneath? The European Commissions publication this week of the technical standards underlying its short selling ban reinforce the view we held previously: the ban seems likely to add to selling

pressure on cash bond spreads in peripherals, even if it brings down CDS and tightens the basis. The latest publication accompanies the SSR (Short Selling Regulation), and defines the methods which will be used to assess net short positions once the regulation comes into force in November. Specifically, it sets out the rules which will be used to establish whether or not they are naked, or instead form a

time. We think these levels are so high that few market participants will be able rely on even genuine hedges being permissible. In peripheral sovereigns, for example, bonds have tended to be quite correlated to their own CDS at periods of low volatility, but this correlation breaks down over sell-offs, which is precisely when hedging is needed most. During the periods of greatest stress, correlations have dropped below 60% for both Spain and Italy: In core countries, hedging will be harder still correlations are lower and less stable: For those who hope to use sovereign CDS as a macro hedge for longs in corporates, the case is harder still. Here, the correlation must meet the same meaningful and consistent requirement over the past 12 months, and will again be monitored on an ongoing basis. permissible hedge. The SSR will require market Even where correlations have participants to net their sovereign temporarily been above 70%, they shorts with any long positions have seldom remained there they hold, either in that same consistently: instrument or in other highly In sum, we struggle to think that correlated financial instruments. portfolio managers will fancy Highly correlated is defined as relying on sovereign CDS hedges an 80% correlation over the last which they could be forced to 12 months, with an allowance for unwind at any moment should it to drop below this threshold for correlations drop below 60%. a stretch of up to 3 months but UNINTENDED page 34 remain above 60% for the entire

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Steve Forbes: No. The more Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke messes up, the more hes hailed as a savior. The Federal Reserves programsquantitative easing 1 and 2 and Operation Twistare just fancy words for printing up more money. Its a bunch of smoke and mirrors. Theyve done a lot of damage already, and theyre continuing to. What theyre doing is dangerous. Not only has the Federal Reserve created a lot of money and vastly expanded its balance sheet but, along with the U.S. Department of Treasury, it has dramatically shortened the maturity of U.S. government debt. HRN: What do you mean when you say that the Federal Reserve has done a lot of damage? Steve Forbes: By keeping interest rates artificially low, Chairman Ben Bernanke is cheapening the dollar, which punishes savers and harms future investment. It distorts financial markets and misdirects investments into things like creating the housing bubble.

It subsidizes government borrowing at the expense of the rest of us. Its the equivalent of a cut in pay for workers. Lets say youre earning $20 per hour and the government cheapens the dollar; then, in effect, youre making $15 per hour. It violates contracts and undermines social trust. HRN: What should Chairman Bernanke do instead? Steve Forbes: Other than resign, Chairman Bernanke should realize that the gold standard works and that when you deviate from it, you create more and more uncertainty. He should re-link the dollar to gold. Doctors used to treat patients by bleeding them. Bernanke just keeps bleeding the economy. HRN: Thank you for being so generous with your time. Steve Forbes: Thank you. Hera Research, LLC, provides deeply researched analysis to help investors profit from changing economic and market conditions. Hera Research focuses on relationships between

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Greens: 64 percent of supporters of the eco-party took the view that Germany's commitment to the euro should be continued rescue, only 30 percent were against it six percent gave no details. For supporters of the FDP, the responses for statistical reasons are not shown separately, they are represented in the survey with a too small number. Fourth Front Against Merkel The noose around Merkel's neck gets tighter, even as her own personal popularity is at an alltime high. For details please see German Central Bank Head Warns Merkel on Repeated Weakening of Positions; Third Front Against Merkel To that we can add safely add the 4th front - voters, and if you like, a 5th front of 160 economists. Realistically, there is little more Merkel can do but bluff. Her

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This presumably means they will be reluctant to take out initial long positions in both peripheral sovereigns and corporates in the first place, reducing the likely demand for cash bonds. So while it does look as though many existing shorts through CDS will have to come off, we are not sure

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Steve Keen On Why Debt Matters Alessandra Ambrosio "All The Time" And The Need For Gets Playful on the "Quantitative Easing For The Public" Beach With Anja
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Echoing the deleveraging from the Great Depression, it could take 15 years of unwinding this Following his somewhat epic epic debt bubble before its all blog debate with Paul Krugman, over - but not if the status quo of Steve Keen appears on Capital deficit spending is maintained - as Account with Lauren Lyster to Keen somewhat controversially d e b u n k m o r e K e y n e s i a n concludes (at around 13:00)"you propaganda and the kleptocratic can't just cure this with deficit status quo 'debt doesn't matter' spending[since debt is already arguments. Poking holes in the beyond the black-hole's 'event s t a b l e / e x o g e n o u s s h o c k horizon'], you have to abolish the equilibrium 'model' versus the real p r i v a t e d e b t a s w e l l " -world's dynamic systems, the by"quantitative easing for the Aussie economist warms up with public". the zero-interest rate conundrum Student loan debt and and liquidity trap (at around delinquency is also discussed and 7:00); moves on to the empirical its self-referential ponzi-like f a l s e n e s s o f t h e d e b t - t o - nature (at around 16:00)... unemployment relationship (at Keen discusses his controversial around 11:00) - implying'debt idea of a debt-jubilee and the Debt matters all the time' as Keen Black Hole 'event horizon' that we explains common-sensibly (but a r e a l r e a d y i n a t a r o u n d n o t N e o c l a s s i c a l l y ) t h a t 19:00...(and notably at 24:30 he t h e ' c h a n g e i n d e b t a d d s t o discusses how to avoid the 'moraldemand' and that involves banks hazard' of a modern debt-jubilee which breaks modern economic with no 'advantage' to being in theory (since lending is credit debt) creation not savings transfer). At around 20:30, Keen relates the
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drop in bankruptcies to the low interest rate environment warning that this will just lead to an endless zombie state like Japan... Lie-borgate is discussed at around 21:00 with his view being that the outright fraud confirms his feeling that these bankers are behaving like a parasite on the host of the economy... "The [quantitative easing for the public] solution is not easy and not straightforward but unless we do it we are stuck on wrong side of the debt black hole's event horizon" Average: Your rating: None Average: 5( 7 votes) This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.

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sunny locale since Fourth of July, when they celebrated oceanside with friends. Alessandra flaunted Alessandra Ambrosio and her her bikini body and shared PDA daughter Anja ran around on the with fianc Jamie Mazur. It's been beach in Malibu yesterday. The just two months since Alessandra duo played with water guns, built gave birth to Noah, but her model sandcastles, and tossed around a form landed her in this year's frisbee during their latest sandy Bikini Bracket. Vote on your afternoon. Later in the evening, favorite bikini body for a chance Alessandra was spotted grabbing to win $500 to Neiman Marcus! dinner at Nobu. Alessandra and View Slideshow her family, including their newest addition Noah, have been in the

Libor scandal: The vacant CEO seat at Barclays will be tough to fill
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with an unexpected and unprecedented management vacuum.

In the wake of last week's resignations, Barclays is faced

The bridge that LEGO built


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To say the public works budgets in Germany are tight would be an

understatement if this wasnt actually a very cleverly designed piece of street art by graffiti artist Martin Heuwold, aka MEGX. The piece took four weeks to

complete and was done with the

blessing of city officials, because what city wouldnt want to give the impression their infrastructure was made of plastic toy blocks? Full story at MEGX via Design

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Forget The Gloomy Headlines: Here Are 9 Reasons To Stay Bullish On Stocks And The Economy
Max Nisen (Money Game)
Submitted at 7/7/2012 10:11:00 AM

Britney Spears and Her Boys Wrap Up Their Hawaiian Vacation


Lauren Turner (PopSugar)
Submitted at 7/7/2012 3:14:42 PM

Stock market analysts and strategists are feeling bearish these days. But who can blame them? Friday's disastrous jobs number only added to a series of disappointing economic data coming out of the U.S. Furthermore, there's also skepticism about the latest Euro bailout and fears of a Chinese hard landing. However, it isn't all bad. There are positive catalysts in the economy for those who look. Top economist and analysts gave at least 9 reasons why we should see the glass as half full. The forward indicators suggest jobs should improve very soon "Intriguingly, both Manpower and NFIB surveys show that employment trends should improve going forward." wrote Citi's Tobias Levkovich right after the June jobs number came out. Read more here > A historical pattern shows the

August jobs number tend to be awesome Deutsche Bank's Joe LaVorgna turned out to be right on with his prediction for a weak June employment number, and he's optimistic about August's: "If the pattern of the last two years continues to hold, the economy could experience two more months of soft employment

technical analysis team: "After triggering a Buy signal in May, our measure of Wall Street bullishness on stocks declined again, marking the ninth time in eleven months that the indicator has fallen. The 0.8 ppt decline pushed the indicator down to 49.3, the first time below 50 in nearly 15 years, suggesting that sell side strategists are now more bearish on equities than they were at any point during the collapse of the Tech Bubble or the recent Financial Crisis. Given the contrarian nature of this indicator, we are encouraged by Wall Street's lack of optimism and the fact that strategists are reportsthe June release next recommending that investors w e e k a n d t h e n t h e J u l y significantly underweight equities employment report in early vs. a traditional long-term average August before employment benchmark weighting of 60would then rebound and possibly 65%." Read more here. very sharply." See the rest of the story at Read more here > Business Insider Strategists haven't been this bearish in 15 years, and that's Please follow Money Game on Twitter and Facebook. bullish From Bank of America's

Britney Spears had her plane reading in hand as she and Jason Trawick arrived at the airport in Maui with Sean Preston and Jayden James yesterday. The foursome was heading out of the Aloha State after a weeklong vacation to the islands. The group celebrated the Fourth of July during their trip and also fit in plenty of pool time. Britney wore a purple bikini to soak up the sun while Jason showed off his fit physique shirtless. Britney will next get back to her X Factor duties with the final round of auditions taking place in North Carolina tomorrow and Monday. View Slideshow

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Europe Is Failing At The #1 Thing It Needs To Do Right Now

Exclusive - Blake Lively Goes Boating in a Bikini With Shirtless Ryan Reynolds
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Blake Lively and her boyfriend Ryan Reynolds continued their Joe Weisenthal (Money Game) E v e r y b o d y ( i n c l u d i n g t h e Fourth of July fun with an Germans) knows that this will end afternoon on a lake in New York Submitted at 7/7/2012 10:45:34 AM with some kind of burden-sharing, today. Blake traded her polka dot If you haven't read it yet, Simone and it's also obvious that nothing swimsuit for a red bikini for their Foxman has a very good roundup of the sort can be agreed to in a latest festive outing while Ryan of the various sub-plots in the short period of time. But that once again went shirtless. They've European drama that are causing might be okay if Europe could at been hanging out with Blake's investors to freak out again... just least provide a visible path family including her sister Robyn days after a EU Summit that was towards that end. and her husband Bart and their initially seen as having been fellow politicians about what they Here's what we wrote on July 1, three kids, for the holiday and breakthroughy. celebrated with games at a bbq on just agreed to. Everything goes off right after the summit: There's a common thread that the skids. The next EU Summit is in Wednesday. This outing was on runs through most of the subplots, Finland and the Netherlands are October, and more concrete the water though, with Blake and and that's the inability of Europe getting annoying about wanting to discussions about fiscal unions Ryan manning a rowboat with a to show any momentum. The place certain restrictions on the and so forth are expected to large group and Ryan's dog leaders meet in Brussels, set Spanish bailout. The German happen then. If the inermening expectations low, have a long constitutional court wants to have time is seen as being positive night, and then in the early hours its say. The notion that the bailout towards that summit then good. If of the morning, are able to write to Spain wouldn't be senior to everyone goes back to fighting, up some kind of announcement existing debt -- one of the key then this "stepping stone" will be that sounds pretty good on paper. agreements at the summit -- is nothing. Europe is good at that. They even being contested. This is what we were afraid of. talk about future meetings, and Countries are countries and Everyone's gone back to fighting. hammering things out further, and politicians are politicians, and it's Please follow Money Game on Kamal Ahmed (Finance News Business news from the UK and things start to look brighter. really hard for Europe to keep any Twitter and Facebook. But then the trouble begins as unity going once the back-home Join the conversation about this world) soon as the leaders come back reality hits story Submitted at 7/7/2012 4:15:49 PM home and have to address their Barclays' board is to ask former chief executive Bob Diamond to give up at least part of a possible 17m pay-off to save the bank's Helia Ebrahimi (Finance News Luxury designer Valentino, (476m). reputation from further damage. Business news from the UK and famous for its opulent red ball world) gowns, is being sold to a sovereign wealth fund for 600m Submitted at 7/7/2012 4:15:31 PM

Baxter joining in. Its an exciting weekend for Blake, whose movie Savages hit theaters yesterday but is having a hard time competing with blockbuster The Amazing Spider-Man. View Slideshow

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The Generational War Over Jobs Is Only Going To Get Worse


Matthew O'Brien (Money Game)
Submitted at 7/7/2012 12:37:00 PM

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Not with a bust, but with a lot of old workers. For the first time ever, workers over-55 are set to make up a bigger share of the workforce than workers between 25 and 34 years old. The chart below (via Conor Sen) shows the share of younger workers (blue) versus older workers (red) since 1950. It might not be long until over55s outnumber the 25 to 34 crowd. With the Great Recession forcing so many Boomers to postpone retirement, their numbers probably won't plateau anytime soon. In other words, more Boomers will hit their 55th birthdays, but fewer Boomers will trade in for a gold watch when they hit their 65th birthdays.

This could go on until 2020 or sowhen the youngest Boomers will start approaching their golden years. Here's a depressing thought. It might take that long for a selfsustaining recovery to take hold. Eventually Millennials will have to start buying houses and carsright? By then they should have the jobs to do so. But for now, the younger generation is mostly unemployed, underemployed, or back in school. That's why their share of the workforce actually slipped when the Great Recession hit. In the long run, the economy will heal itself. In the long run, Millennials will get good jobs. In the long run, younger folks won't be all that different from older

folks. They'll start families. Probably buy a house. But the long run is, well, a long way off. It'd be nice if we did something in the short run to help us get to that long run a bit quicker. Maybe evenand I'm just spitballing herecreate some jobs at a time of mass unemploymen t. A lost half decade is bad enough. Let's not repeat it. Please follow Careers on Twitter and Facebook. Join the conversation about this story

Stack Pans with a Bakeware Organizer [Organization]


David Galloway (Lifehacker)
Submitted at 7/7/2012 1:00:00 PM

Instead of nesting your pans

within each other and having to remove two or three pans when you want the one on the bottom consider using a bakeware

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BeBe Winans Details Whitney Houston's Christian Walk, Relationship With Bobby Brown, 'Unruly' Spirit
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July 5, 2012| 8:33 am (Photo: Plan A Media, LLC) BeBe and Cece Winans with a young Whitney Houston (Photo: Plan a Media,LLC) BeBe Winans and Whitney Houston before her untimely death. Gospel Singer and personal friend to Houston BeBe Winans hopes to unveil the New Jersey singer's true nature in his soon-tobe-released book The Whitney I Knew. The gospel legend and his family forged a friendship with Houston 28 years ago and maintained an open line of communication until her death. Brother Marvin Winans preached at Houston's funeral while he and sister CeCe Winans sang. Now months after her death BeBe Winans writes that Houston was a devoted friend who loved people and God but was often "defiant" and "unruly." CP: You talk about going from hearing the songstress on the radio and not knowing her name

to having a deep, family-like connection to Whitney Houston. What is that made you to click so quickly and deeply? Winans: I think there were a couple of reasons -- musically [talented was] one of those reasons and the others were [our joint] upbringing. I knew [she had also sung in church] because there is depth and place that [people who grew up singing in church] pull from. Follow us CP: You mention over and over in the book that Whitney had a voice that betrayed her gospel heritage. Talk about the distinctness of singing gospel music. What separates it from performing any other style of music? Winans: I think there's a couple of things that you can relate the difference to. I think there's a depth that comes from church as well but there's a depth also that comes from African Americans. When you look at different movies, documentaries and history books, singing for us was a way out of depression, a way of escape from a lot things that African Americans had to endure. Church was a part of the community. You had gangsters

that still went to church on Sunday. It was just a part of something we did. So you can hear that emotion, you can feel that emotion, you can be moved by it because it's not just a lyric. It's an experience. It's something that one way or another we have experienced. So I think she had that. When you're singing something, when it comes from a pure place the masses are moved. CP: You mention in the book that you and your sister CeCe Winans were present the day that Whitney accepted the Lord as her Savior. Please describe that experience. Winans: One of the things that I learned in the relationship with Whitney also that I've learned in relationships in general, that God is a big god. And as much as sometimes people, church people assume to know everything about God, I laugh because I'm always reminded that His Word says ... your thoughts are not my thoughts. So I approach every relationship with that understanding and when you do that, you're not judgmental. One of the things that was funny to both CeCe and I I think mentioned it in the book as well Whitney was very observant and

we didn't know how observant she was of us from the get-go. As the relationship grew, I just remember the day when she said, "I got to ask you something." I said, "What?" She said, "Y'all don't cuss." She said "I haven't heard you say one cuss word," and we both laughed. I said, "Yea, and you probably won't either because that just wasn't part of our upbringing." It caused her to change in some of the things she would say and it gave her the freedom. And that's the important part as Christians as well as being human beings, that we allow people to be who they are. My job is to love you. God's job is to change you. So when she that day, that morning service at the church when she answered the call of the pastor if anyone wanted to give their life to the Lord, I was shocked like "Where is she going?" But the most important thing about that to me was this woman was not ashamed. She was already Whitney Houston as the world knew her, but she was not ashamed to stand and to walk because she said never in her adult life, as she put it, she could remember giving her life to the Lord and it was important for her

to do that. Like we all some of us were raised in the church but don't have that personal relationship and she wanted that. It really spoke volumes to who she was. CP: What was the timing of that experience? Winans: It was in the 80s. It was probably 1987, 88. CP: From what you could tell, what was Whitney's relationship with God like? Winans: That's a question that I don't even try to answer. When it comes to someone else's relationship with God, I think that's personal. What I mean by that is that I can't answer that with the knowledge of her walk with God. What I can say with the time that we spent [together] is that ... my mother would punish us by not allowing us to go to church. So the love that we had for the church was the love that she had. The singers we loved to hear were the singers she loved to hear. I mentioned in the book too that it became funny to me because as Whitney was on stage, singing songs from her album, she could not escape from relating BEBE page 40

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sometimes songs that really had no relations to. She be singing "The greatest love of all is happening to me," and then she'd say, "Thank you Lord." I used to remind her, "That ain't in the lyrics." [That was] hilarious to me. But that was a part of her and she couldn't get away from it if she tried. CP: How did Whitney use her voice to "give God the honor that He is due" as you encourage readers to do in the book? Winans: One of the things I had the joy of watching and watching closely as I traveled around the world there are some videos now that people can go and witness and see unpopular situations, and I've heard audience boo, when Whitney would stop in the middle of her concerts and say, "Alright I got to church now. This is my belief and I'm not afraid to tell all of y'all that I love Jesus Christ" and would get booed. But [Whitney] was so bold and determined where her gift came from and in that moment used it to give Him the honor. It takes guts to do something like that. Especially when you're being told you can't do that. I witnessed her defy everybody in the record company and everything else and say this is what I'm going to do because He's my Lord and Savior. So I saw her not only appreciate the gift and understand that it was a gift, but give back not only through singing but through a lot of charity things. We forget that there's so many

ways to honor God by feeding the poor. It says when you clothe this one, you clothe me. When you feed the needy, you feed me. So it was important to her and she didn't want people to know a lot of the things she [was doing] and I admired that because sometimes we want everybody to know that we are helping so and so and this one. That's your reward. So she did a lot of things in secret which made her even more special. CP: Speaking of how bold Whitney was, in the book you write about how that boldness even translated in the way she was a friend to you and CeCe. Talk about the bold friend Whitney was when your sister was feeling homesick while you both were on tour in Russia. Winans: Unbelievable, and [Whitney] had called before CeCe had come to my door. CeCe called her and told her and you know I didn't have children at the time so I understood a little bit. But after I had children, I understood a little bit more that whole scenario that CeCe was on. She was truly missing her children and we were going to be away for a good month overseas touring. She had made up her mind [that] she was going home. So she called Whitney and said, "I'm coming home; I miss my kids" and she was crying. So she told Whitney, "You're going to come up here and finish this [tour] with BeBe." So she hung up with Whitney, and Whitney called my room and the phone rang and I said "hello"

and Whitney said, "Look, I don't have time for you to say nothing; CeCe [is] probably on her way to your room now. All I want you to say is 'yes.' Don't be smart." I was, like, confused. "I was like what are you talking about?" [Whitney said] "I'm coming over and CeCe is coming home. She's coming home. Don't worry about it, I'll fly over there and finish it (the tour) with you." And while she was speaking with me, there was a knock on the door. I said, "It's somebody at the door" and she said, "It's CeCe; I'll just hold. Don't be sarcastic; just say yes." So I opened the door and CeCe's just crying. Her eyes were full of tears and she just told me "I'm going home, I miss my kids and Whitney's coming to finish the concert with you." I just remembered what Whitney said, and I said, "Yes, OK." And she turned around and went to her room. I went back to the phone and Whitney said, "What, was that her?" And I said "Yea." She said, "What did she say?" I said, "Everything you said she said." She said "OK. Now if she changes her mind, then we're all good. But if she comes home, I have a reservation. I'm going to come up and finish the concert." That was huge for me. I mean, it just again showed the commitment. I think friendships are things [that] you have to invest in, and she invested so much into our relationship and vice versa. So when she needed

someone to talk to and Whitney would talk a lot and it was always in the wee hours of the night. One phone call, I think I put this in the book, I remember she called me from Hong Kong and we talked for five, six hours. I got nervous in hour three. I said, "Whitney if they make a mistake at the telephone company and charge me, I want you to know my phone is going off" and she said, "They ain't going to get it wrong" but we were there for each other. I just finished an interview and he said, "Why do you think the relationship was so important?" and I said because what we found in each other was a sanctuary. She knew as well as I knew, I can tell you any and every thing and know it will stay right there. And when we think of God, that's why we love Him as much as we love Him. He knows everything about us and yet He still chooses to love us right where we are and so that's the kind of love that we shared with each other. CP: The relationship that you just described flowed out of a "pact" mentioned in the book among Whitney, CeCe and yourself. The pact stated that each one of you promised to share every major life decision with each other. So, did Whitney tell about you about her relationship with R&B Singer Bobby Brown and what where your thoughts when she shared that relationship with you? Winans: One of the things when she made that pact and agreed to make the pact as well was nothing was off-limits and we would talk

about anything and everything. And so long story short, when it came to Bobby, we had our talk and she knew I didn't believe that he was the husband for her. I could be honest like that and she respected my opinion, and I respected her opinion and her feelings. She fell in love with him. Yet and still we had the commitment with each other to say any and everything through the whole marriage. I know one thing about love and people: when you make up your mind about someone and something, you're going to do it. When you do, one of the things that we committed to each other is that I'm going to be there whether I agree or not. Whether I understand or not, I'm going to be there. I'll tell you the truth, and I'll be there. So, it is a great loss, but one of the things I can rest in is that noregrets style of commitment and loyalty and friendship and love that we shared with each other. CP: In the book, you discuss the media frequently and state that the media had various perceptions of Whitney. One of the perceptions that the media had even while she was alive but especially after she died was that her relationship with Bobby changed her. What are your thoughts on that notion? Winans: I think to answer that correctly [you have to ask] "do people change in a relationship?" Yea, I think we all change especially in marriage. Sometimes BEBE page 41

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we change because we want to and the older you get, you evolve. So the Whitney of 45 was different from the Whitney of 25. Yet and still the honest answer for everything is [she was] grown. We respected each other's opinions but yet and still we gave each other space because you're an adult and you can choose to do what you want to do. So in that freedom, Whitney, just like any of us, made some good choices and made some bad choices. But when it comes to Bobby Brown particularly, I don't think he is deserving of any blame because Whitney I believe I said in the book in the beginning as sophisticated as she was, she was unruly. She was defiant. When she made up her mind, she made up her mind. So that was way before Bobby. Were there good years? Yes. Were there good times? Yes. But in any situation, in any marriage you're going to have dark times and bad times, and something I wrote for the wedding and sang at the wedding addressed those issues. CP: What were the lyrics of that wedding song? Winans: It was called "Enough Said." The lyrics are in the book. But it told them feelings come and go, it's just a marriage trait. But you must communicate. Sometimes the vows that you just now pledged, you're going to dread but enough said. CP: Do you feel that struggles that you have with your own family and your own marriage

drew you closer to Whitney during her marriage? Winans: No, not really. When we met, I was just married for about three years or so. I was married for 18 years. I've been divorced/ separated for 12 years. But I think anyone who is married or has been married can definitely speak to someone who is married and going through situations. So I could speak into her life and draw from things I endured. That is the reality of life and the world that we live in. What I can say more than anything is don't say nothing, just pray. I learned that if you try to justify yourself like the Bible says, with those same words, you'll condemn yourself. People want to believe what they want to believe and I learned that a long time ago. Most importantly from the scriptures we say, "If God be for you, who can be against you" and that's the truth. CP: What was Whitney like as a mother? Winans: Oh gosh. I think every mother, every parent, when your first become one, you are extra careful. She was extra, extra, extra on our nerves careful. When Bobbi Kristina was first born and we came over, we just laughed because not only did she have a mask for you, she had gloves like it was a hospital. We were like, "Really? OK, give you about two weeks and you're going to pass this baby to people who got germs." We just laughed at her but she was happiest in her role as a mother. And then, as times went

on, she called a couple times and said, "I'm going to kill that girl." But she was an incredible a mother a mother that wanted to stay home more than she was afforded to. And that's what's made what she did so difficult and who she was (as a singer) became so difficult. CP: What would Whitney say to Bobbi-Christina Brown now? Winans: I miss you and I love you still. CP: You talk a lot in the book about the media's propensity to exaggerate and fixate on celebrities. How should the media treat celebs in your opinion? Winans: The media is going to be the media. I hope and I anticipate but I don't think that they're going to change their ways. There may be one person. If anything, I would love to say why don't we first of all get the truth first before we speak and just remember that we all are human beings and words can hurt. In doing that and caring for each other, I think that the media and even beyond the media we would make things more from the heart instead of the head. CP: Was Whitney sensitive to the media? Winans: I don't think [she was] sensitive, I think [she was] insensitive because after a while you learn to protect yourself from certain things especially if it's not something that good. At the same time, I understood the importance of the media. A song just came into my head, "You got to know when to hold

'em, know when to fold 'em." You really have to understand how to react, what to do and when to do it. That's a little more put on you than the average Joe. But you learn that comes with the territory. CP: While the book talks so much about the Whitney Houston that was not visible to the public, it also talks a lot about God and spiritual lessons that you both learned together and in the wake of her life. So what do you want readers to take away from this book? Winans: I think what the readers will find is a simplicity. Sometimes we make God something that is more confusing and difficult when it's so simple. The reality is God loved. He loved us and this is before and this is while we were yet in sin and when we fall. So it's easy and I understand that God loved her and she loved God because that's who He is. And whether through song or through this book or whatever, I want the readers to know that they are loved by that same God. CP: In the book, you wrote that you were still in the early stages of the goodbye process, where everything hurts. Where are you in the goodbye process now? Winans: I'm on the other side with more laughter and smiles than tears. What I've learned through my brother's passing and my father is that no one can replace her and I'll think of her every single day of my life. CP: How will the pact of friendship and openness that you

had with Whitney live on? Winans: One of things that I learned though the loss of my brother Ronald is it's a mystery how when you lose someone is how the physical touch, which you assume is greater than the memory, they kind of trade places. I found with my brother's passing and my father's passing is that I appreciate you more. I even love you more. I think it's just human nature that we don't miss what we have until its gone, and so I think of him more when I think of my father. I get the lessons he was teaching me now, you know, now that he's gone. I think it will be the same way with Whitney. I'll love her more, I'll think about her more than when she was living. And it's a lesson that if we can learn to appreciate and love those [people] while they're here, it would be such a greater experience between the love of loved ones. Follow Stephanie Samuel on Twitter@stephlivinlive This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.

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Christians Upset Over LifeWay's Removal of 'The Blind Side'


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inspirational movie from its shelves last month after a Florida pastor within the denomination complained over the language used in the film. The film tells the (Photo: The Christian Post) A true story of NFL player Michael woman shops at LifeWay during Ohr, an impoverished young the Southern Baptist Convention's black man, who is saved from Annual Meeting in New Orleans, inner city gang activity and Tuesday, June 19, 2012. homelessness when a white Christian family adopts him. July 7, 2012| 9:16 am The pastor had proposed a Metaxas, a rising evangelical resolution for the SBC's annual voice who is best known for his meeting June 18-20 that called on b i o g r a p h i e s o n W i l l i a m LifeWay to pull the PG-13 movie W i l b e r f o r c e a n d D i e t r i c h and any other products that B o n h o e f f e r , e x p r e s s e d h i s contain "explicit profanity, God's disapproval of LifeWay's move to name in vain, and a racial slur." pull "The Blind Side" in a Wanting to avoid controversy at commentary for BreakPoint radio the annual meeting, officials at this week. LifeWay announced that the "I'm kind of upset. A great movie movie would no longer be sold. was pulled from the shelves of a Metaxas pointed out that the Christian bookstore chain," he objectionable language helped to said on the July 5 program. realistically depict the "unpleasant "Look, I'm as concerned about world" from which Ohr was cultural messages as anyone. I'm a rescued from. He disagreed with father. But there's a right way and the Florida pastor's reasoning that a wrong way to do this and the the presence of this movie in wrong way definitely includes the Christian bookstores would make permanent state of umbrage that children more likely to "embrace" many Christians seem to exhibit. this kind of behavior. They seem to have confused Follow us being salt and light with being "I think it's insane. I saw the curmudgeons." movie myself. I even let my 12LifeWay Christian Stores, which year-old daughter see it. That's is affiliated with the Southern because it is a great film and I Baptist Convention, made the call recommend it highly," he said. t o r e m o v e c o p i e s o f t h e Added Metaxas, "Concerns about

the language in the film also miss the larger point: what made the Tuohys the family depicted in the film such great Christian exemplars wasn't their non-use of profanity; it was their willingness to reach out and embrace someone in need." "If we Christians can't get this, then maybe we really should refrain from commenting on culture in the first place." Metaxas thought that LifeWay's decision to pull the movie only reinforced the negative stereotype of Christians: there's no "pleasing" them and they're always "mad" about something. "We complain about the calumnies and caricatures of Christians on the big screen; and then, when an Academy-Award winning film shows us at our very best, we complain that scenes depicting harsh, inner-city reality are too true to life!" observed Metaxas. "We are, in effect, making our participation contingent on all our possible objections being met beforehand. Since there are many people who would be happy if we stayed within our cultural and religious ghettos, it's difficult to imagine how we Christians can hope to be taken seriously in cultural discussions and debates with this kind of an approach." John Stonestreet, a commentator

for BreakPoint's sister radio program The Point Radio, argued that the reactions by the pastor and LifeWay to "The Blind Side" were a disservice to the portrayal of redemption and to Christian art. "Look, real Christianity including Christian art doesn't hide from the real world. Our addiction to keeping everything 'safe,' hides the fall and trivializes redemption. How evil is portrayed in a movie is far more important than whether it is portrayed," wrote Stonestreet in a July 5 blog post. In a follow-up radio commentary, Stonestreet contended that Christians have created a "Christian art ghetto," where the quality of art and its message are watered down. "As Christians, we too often dismiss good art and accept mediocre substitutes just because they're labeled Christian. We've created for ourselves a kind of 'artistic ghetto,' and are willing to preserve it even at the cost of quality," said Stonestreet. "In many ways, 'Christian art' has become a synonym for anything that's charming, quaint, or makes us feel good. It often portrays a one-sided world where evil doesn't exist and only 'positive' and 'uplifting' messages are allowed." Stonestreet suggested that

Christians look to award-winning writer and director of Pixar, Peter Docter, for an example of how Christianity can reclaim its place in the art world. Docter, who is a devout Presbyterian, has brought audiences the movies "Toy Story," "Wall-E," "Monsters, Inc" and "Up." "Docter's art is shaping an entire generation. The values and lessons of his animated stories have been praised by both Christian and non-Christian critics alike," said Stonestreet. "These movies are about family, courage, friendship, loving your neighbor, and they're the gold standard of the industry. And most importantly, they're not stuck in the Christian ghetto, but bringing wholesome entertainment to eager audiences." LifeWay has stood by its decision to remove "The Blind Side" from its stores and online site. "I am confident our staff have carefully and prayerfully reviewed all the products we sell and applied standards approved by our trustees," said Marty King, communications director for LifeWay, in an earlier interview with CP. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it CHRISTIANS page 44

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Party Away the Demons With Workout, Brooklyn's Irony-Free Rockers


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video for the Beastie Boys Fight for Your Right to Party (minus Submitted at 7/7/2012 8:00:00 AM the dickish punching and Workouts Alex Forbes, left, s t e a l i n g ) . pours fancy Belgium beer Omer Onstage, singer Jack Killen pulls into the mouth of the bands moves that make even the most singer and keyboardist, Jack insecure dancer feel superior, Killen. while former U.S. Air Guitar When the guys from Workout Championship finalist Alex start their set, its like Mike D Forbes shreds his real ax with as kicking down the door in the much ferocity as he does a fake

one. Bassist Jason Langdon, an ex -designer for Apple, jumps around stage in precarious lunges and headbangs. Drummer and Captain Haddock lookalike Tim Traynor somehow projects an explosiveness from behind the kit that eclipses his receded position onstage. They dont look cool doing it, and they know it. And in a

nauseating sea of pretentious new bands where that seems to be the primary goal, this simple fact frees audiences up to just enjoy the ride. At first exposure, Workouts performances can seem almost sarcastic. In fact, the first time I saw previous Killen projects, I thought he was making fun of the audience for even watching. (The

product of years of elitist training that any public sincerity is either talentless or ironic.) But after a few shows, I saw the light. And in the cynical darkness of indie posers, it was refreshing. No irony, just rock. Its definitely not satire, says Killen. A smile is contagious. PARTY page 44

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The best thing in the world is looking out and seeing people smiling because theyre just happy, theyre psyched. Its OK to laugh, says Forbes. Both at us and with us. From Kiss to Andrew WK to Tenacious D, stadium and party rock has been chewed up and spit out many times over. The genre isnt new, but Workout advances it into the realm of the weird and packs it into thoughtful, lasting songs. Once Jason and I were in a bar in Seattle, says Killen, And we read a quote by Mick Jaggar that said, Anything worth doing is worth overdoing. And I think we take that to the limit. At South by Southwest this year, Workout stood out among the sea of bands. Twice I saw the group turn a room with a handful of awkward bystanders into a crowd of new fans. The night after playing to their biggest crowd ever at a showcase with Tenacious D, the band members were back playing a brutal afternoon show in a tiny apartment off Sixth Street in

Austin, Texas. The band before them was a young pop-punk outfit playing to six friends. Its a situation that would break the spirit of a lot of bands. The venue had been changed at the last minute and it wasnt clear who was really organizing the show, if anyone. It was 4 p.m. and the sound guy was some kid smoking a joint. Killen and Forbes did shots of Kentucky Gentleman bourbon mixed with NO-Xplode weight-gain powder they found behind a makeshift bar, forcing some silliness. Forbes took out one lens of his sunglasses, looking slightly demented. Usually the Workout guys seem incapable of depression, but under the influence of physical exhaustion and what looked to be a turd of a show, they seemed to be headed that way. They leaned hard into a 12-pack of Bud Light Lime and started playing. Almost immediately, the whole vibe changed. People came in off the street and after just a few minutes, the place was packed (not saying much given the size of the room,

but still). Between songs, Killen dropped his mic on his keyboard and it hit some of the keys, making a dissonant sound. Love is like tri-notes on a keyboard, he said. Really shitty sometimes. Pages: 1 2 3 View All Tags: Beastie Boys, Randy Rhoads, SXSW 2012, Tenacious D, Workout Post Comment| Comments| Permalink Back to top This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.

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Power a Glow Stick with an LED Light [Video]


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Glow sticks are fun, and you can even make them yourself, but the light will fade in a few hours. If you'd like to keep your glow stick's glow for longer than that you can attach the casing of a glow stick to a colored LED light to get the same effect but for a much longer duration. More

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of a patent dispute between Apple and Samsung and, after a week of being banned from sale, is now cleared to be sold again. Photo: Ariel Zambelich/Wired Winning a minor victory in its patent battle with Apple, Samsung entered the weekend with its Galaxy Nexus cleared for sale at least temporarily. Last week, a U.S. federal court handed down a preliminary sales ban on Samsungs flagship Android phone. In a San Jose court, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh granted Apple the preliminary injunction after deciding that the Nexus smartphone may violate a patent Apple owns regarding unified search, a feature in which Apples Siri voice assistant searches both the web and the contents of a mobile device. On Friday, however, a U.S. appeals court overturned Kohs ruling, which would have barred the Galaxy Nexus from being sold

until July 30, the date on which a patent trial concerning the dispute is set to begin. The Galaxy Nexus is now back on sale in the Google Play storefront, but the reinstatement remains tenuous. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit said in a document that it is lifting the sales ban, but could decide to put it back in place after hearing arguments from Apple. The appeals court gave Apple until July 12 to respond, according to a report from Foss Patents. Officials at Samsung were unavailable for comment by press time on Saturday. While not named in the patent suit, Google has said it is readying an imminent software update for Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) that will allow Samsung to sell the Galaxy Nexus without facing any patent conflicts. On Saturday, the Nexus listing in the Google Play store was updated, stating that the

phone ships soon and when it does, will be running the latest version of Android, 4.1 Jelly Bean, which also includes the software changes. In the same patent fight, Apple has also won a temporary sales injunction against the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet, which Apple argues looks and feels illegally close to the iPad. The appeals court has not overturned that sales ban. Via The Verge. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.

Stiq Flicks: Quantum Conundrum and Cube


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PHOTOS: The American Cancer Society's Relay for Life at Concord High San Francisco Chronicle (blog) The American Cancer Society is

holding their annual Relay for Life at Concord High School this weekend. The events started this morning with a Survivor's Lap, and will continue tonight at 9pm with a Luminaria Ceremony and tomorrow at 9:30am with a... and more

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Brad Pitt's Mom Urges Christians to Pray; Blasts Obama on Abortion, Gay Marriage
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While also expressing her disagreement with the tenets of the Mormon religion, Pitt July 6, 2012| 3:47 pm cautioned against his choice. She ( P h o t o : R E U T E R S / C a r l o stated, "But I think any Christian Allegri) Angelina Jolie (C) poses should spend much time in prayer for photos with her partner Brad before refusing to vote for a Pitt's parents Bill and Jane as they family man with high morals, arrive at the screening of her business experience, who is directorial debut "In the Land of against abortion, and shares Blood and Honey" in New York Christian conviction concerning December 5, 2011. homosexuality just because he is a Mormon." "I hope all Christians give their "Any Christian who does not vote vote prayerful consideration or writes in a name is casting a because voting is a sacred vote for Romney's opponent, p r i v i l e g e a n d a s e r i o u s Barack Hussein Obama a man responsibility," Jane Pitt wrote. who sat in Jeremiah Wright's Ms. Pitt penned her response to church for years, did not hold a an op-ed writer who said many public ceremony to mark the Christians could not vote for a National Day of Prayer, and is a Mormon. But with the other liberal who supports the killing of c h o i c e b e i n g O b a m a , w h o unborn babies and same-sex s u p p o r t s a b o r t i o n a n d marriage." homosexuality, Richard Stoecker Brad Pitt, who is engaged to said in the piece that some, actress Angelina Jolie, has voiced including him, will vote for h i s s u p p o r t f o r s a m e - s e x neither. marriage, even going as far as to

say he would not marry unless everyone in the county including homosexual couples had the same rights. Follow us Speaking of his mom's personality, Pitt once said, "She's very, very loving very open, genuine, and it's hilarious because she always gets painted in the tabloids as a she-devil. There's not an ounce of malice in her. She wants everyone to be happy." Pitt and Jolie announced their engagement after several years together. The couple also has six adopted children. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.

Sir Paul McCartney writing music for Bungie


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image (above) most likely shows McCartney and resident Bungie composer Martin O'Donnell Remember back in January, when discussing the number of zeroes all our troubles seemed so far that will be added to the end of a w a y S i r P a u l M c C a r t n e y McCartney's paycheck. announced that he was composing We've reached out to Bungie for music for some kind of video more information about what game? Well, either the knight's project(s) McCartney is lending composing schedule is very busy, his talents to. or the unnamed recipient of his Sir Paul McCartney writing work is actually Bungie. music for Bungie originally "I'm really excited to be working appeared on Joystiq on Sat, 07 Jul on writing music with @bungie, 2012 18:00:00 EST. Please see the studio that made Halo," reads our terms for use of feeds. a tweet from McCartney's verified Permalink| Email this| Comments Twitter account. The attached

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Why do flamingos stand on one leg?


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Purse Snatcher vs. Jiu-Jitsu Expert. Guess Who Wins. . .


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Flamingos always seem to be standing on one leg. Its a little odd, but also impressive, when you consider that the birds legs are long and thin and most of their body weight is horizontally oriented. Even humans, vertically oriented with the bulk of our weight in line with our center of gravity, have a hard time standing on one leg for more than a few minutes ( most of us, anyway). One would think that if the birds are doing something so difficult so often for so long, there must be a benefit to it, but for a long time we had no idea what that might be. Scientists had proposed a number of explanations, but very few of them were ever tested. Psychologists and flamingos seem like an unlikely pair, but Matthew Anderson, an Assistant Professor at the Department of Psychology at Saint Josephs University in Philadelphia, studies the evolution of behavior, and he thinks the birds social nature makes them a good species for investigating social influences on

behavior. In one study, he found that whether an individual flamingo lays its head on the left or the right side of its back while resting is strongly influenced by the flamingos around it. Most birds prefer to rest their necks to their right, and this kind of laterality plays a role in the social cohesion of the flock. Given that, you might predict that left-leaning flamingos would have trouble getting along with the group, and

Via New York Post: This guy ought to register his hands as lethal weapons. A toughas-nails jiu-jitsu expert made such quick work of a purse snatcher in Central Park Thursday, a group of other would-be crime-stoppers could only stand by and watch his martial artistry. Gaston Cavalleri, a 32-year-old British tourist, used his skills to hold 16-year-old accused crook Charles Williams until cops came. Unfortunately for Williams, Cavalleri had studied jiu-jitsu at one of the worlds best schools in Brazil meaning he Andersons results indeed showed their right or left foot while needed about as much help as that flamingos preferring the left standing and resting, and if there Batman would have needed from were more likely to be involved in was also a social influence there. a group of Gothamites. . . spats with their flockmates. While preparing for the study, Hilarious. Greg Pollowitz Several other of his studies have they realized that no one had ever This entry passed through the s i m i l a r l y d e m o n s t r a t e d t h e tested a more basic question: not Full-Text RSS service if this is powerful influence that the flock if or why flamingos favor one leg your content and you're reading it has on the behavior of any one over the other, but why flamingos on someone else's site, please read flamingo. favor one leg over two. the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentA few years ago, Anderson and See the rest at mental_floss. only/faq.php#publishers. Five his student Sarah Williams turned A l l t h e t o p s t o r i e s f r o m Filters recommends: Incinerating their attention to the opposite end m e n t a l _ f l o s s . Assange - The Liberal Media Go of the flamingo and decided to see Permalink| Leave a comment To Work. if the birds had a preference for

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9 ways to think like successful people


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When were feeling down, its easy to say someone is successful because of connections, fate or luck, but if success is your goal, its time to start acting like those who are and then seeing how far a change in attitude can really take you. Jeff Haden at Inc. has observed nine beliefs successful people have, no matter their field, so turn that frown upside down and give it a shot. 1. Time doesn't fill me. I fill time. Deadlines and time frames establish parameters, but typically not in a good way. The average person who is given two weeks to complete a task will instinctively adjust his effort so it actually takes two weeks. Forget deadlines, at least as a way to manage your activity. Tasks should only take as long as

they need to take. Do everything as quickly and effectively as you can. Then use your "free" time to get other things done just as quickly and effectively. Average people allow time to impose its will on them; remarkable people impose their will on their time.

2. The people around me are the people I chose. Some of your employees drive you nuts. Some of your customers are obnoxious. Some of your friends are selfish, all-about-me jerks. You chose them. If the people around you make you unhappy it's

not their fault. It's your fault. They're in your professional or personal life because you drew them to you--and you let them remain. Think about the type of people you want to work with. Think about the types of customers you would enjoy serving. Think about the friends you want to have. Then change what you do so you can start attracting those people. Hardworking people want to work with hardworking people. Kind people like to associate with kind people. Remarkable employees want to work for remarkable bosses. Successful people are naturally drawn to successful people. Full story at Inc.. The psychology of success. Photo credit: Fotolia Permalink| Leave a comment

Photos: San Fermin, Running Of The Bulls 2012 - Denver Post


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Libyans hold historic vote amid tensions


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National Election Committee (HNEC) logistics team onboard. The 2.8 million registered voters Tripoli, Libya- Polls have closed are electing a 200-seat General across much of Libya, where National Conference (GNC) that voting in the countrys first free will replace the unelected interim n a t i o n a l e l e c t i o n s i n m o r e government that has ruled the than four decades took place amid country after the revolution violence by federalist protesters against Libyas ousted leader who disrupted the vote in several Muammar Gaddafi. districts. Al Jazeera's David Poort, Voting ended officially at 8pm reporting from Tripoli, said that (1800:GMT), but delays in Nuri al-Abbar, the head of the starting has caused the polls to electoral commission, brushed off stay open later in some areas of most incidents that took place on the country. Saturday and said that the In Benghazi, Libya's second city, elections overall have proven to they closed on Saturday night be a success. after staying open for an extra "Only seven polling stations could hour; in Ajdabiya and other places not open this morning because of further from the capital, where protests in the east of the country. voting did not start until the There were no violations reported afternoon, voting will continue as in the west," said Abbar, speaking late as 7am on Sunday. Voting in a press conference on Saturday Brega has still not yet started. evening. Turnout was 60 per cent, the "Some polling stations had some electoral commission said, citing delay in receiving the voting preliminary figures. "We are material, but all these problems continuing to receive reports, but were solved in the course of this the number of voters has reached morning." 1.6 million," said Nuri al-Abbar, Historic, if tense elections the head of the commission. The 3,700 candidates - 2,500 of Acts of sabotage, mostly in the whom are independent, with the east of the country, prevented 101 rest belonging to political parties polling stations from opening on had until Thursday evening to S a t u r d a y , t h e e l e c t o r a l reach out to voters, as the HNEC commission said, although 94 per declared Friday a "cool-off day" cent of stations managed to open. ahead of the vote. In-depth On Friday, a helicopter carrying coverage during the vote for election material from Libya's General National Congress eastern city of Benghazi was shot The new assembly will appoint a at in mid-flight, fatally wounding new cabinet and a prime minister, a m e m b e r o f L i b y a ' s H i g h but will not choose the committee

them. On Thursday, protesters set fire to a warehouse in Ajdabiya where ballot papers and other campaign material were stored. All material was lost in the fire, forcing the HNEC to print new ballot papers in Dubai. Tribal clashes in the countrys isolated Kufra region in the far south have prevented election observers to visit the district, making it unlike that the vote will proceed there. The Libyan Air Force will assist with collecting the ballot papers from across the vast county and that would draft the countrys first police. The other two were bring them to a counting centre in Tripoli, the HNEC said. constitution. injured. The key responsibility to appoint Al Jazeera's Hoda Abdel Hamid, It is almost impossible to predict the constitutional committee was reporting from Benghazi, said that the outcome of the vote, as Libya stripped away from the assembly on the whole "people are satisfied is unfamiliar with pre-election by National Transitional Council with how the elections have been opinion surveys or exit polls, but it seems likely that the Justice and decree on Thursday in a last- going so far". minute move to appease the Critics say the process is a C o n s t r u c t i o n P a r t y , w i d e l y eastern protesters who demand continuation of the alleged considered to be the political arm more autonomy for their region. marginalisation of their region of the Muslim Brotherhood, will The mood has been tense in that they say started decades ago gain substantial influence in the assembly. Libyas second city, Benghazi, under Gaddafis rule. and other cities and towns in the Paul Brennan, reporting from the Additional reporting by David eastern Cyrenaica region, where capital, said: "By comparison, the Poort in Tripoli. Follow David Poort on federalist groups vowed to situation in Tripoli is calm. We Twitter:@Davidpoort boycott and even violently disrupt have not heard about the problems 828 the vote. that Hoda reported in the east." This entry passed through the Many residents of eastern Libya Seat allocations feel the distribution of seats in the The NTC has allotted seats in the Full-Text RSS service if this is General National Conference GNC according to population, a your content and you're reading it favours the west of the country. democratic principle that is on someone else's site, please read A shoot-out took place in viewed with mistrust by the less- the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Adjabiya, where three federalists populated east. attempted to storm a polling Federalist protesters in Benghazi Filters recommends: Incinerating station around midday, resulting broke into the local election LIBYANS page 50 in one of the men being killed by offices last Sunday and ransacked

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Rebels offer to negotiate with DRC government


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Rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have called for negotiations with the government to end violence in the east of the country, a day after seizing a minerals transit town near the border with Uganda. A senior rebel with the so-called M23 movement said on Saturday that the group would not advance on other urban areas if talks went ahead. M23 seized the border town of Bunagana on Friday in fighting that has forced thousands to flee their homes. The DRC's defence minister has ordered the army to seek out and arrest Bosco Ntaganda, the general who led the M23 defection. A statement, signed by Alexander Tambo, said Ntaganda and 13 of his deputies had been dismissed from the army and went on to say that "the defence and security services are ordered to urgently relaunch an operation to find and arrest [Ntaganda and five other officers". The new fighting in mineral-rich North Kivu province has dampened hopes of a revival for the region after a short lull in two decades of instability. It risks dragging the vast, loosely

governed central African state back into war and damaging fragile relations with Rwanda, which has repeatedly denied allegations that the rebels are receiving cross-border support. 'Come here and negotiate' "Our aim is not to go to even Rutshuru, not even Goma," Colonel Vianney Kazarama, M23's political commissar, told the Reuters news agency in Bunagana. "We want to remain here and call the government to come here and we negotiate." Kazarama was referring to larger towns in North Kivu province, which has been swept up in violence since last March after the rebels defected with Ntaganda, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court for suspected war crimes. "When we defected from the national army, we told the government, 'Let's keep negotiating and we keep the peace that is existing.' But the government instead said it is very powerful ... they said they will defeat us," Kazarama said. Kazarama did not set out demands but said their faction's integration into the national army had failed because they were treated unfairly.

He also said the government had failed to repatriate refugees living in Uganda and Rwanda. The Kinshasa government was not available to comment. The timing of the offer of talks a day after capturing territory from the government suggested the rebel troops may have been seeking to strengthen their hand in any negotiations. The UN Security Council on Friday condemned attacks by the rebels on peacekeepers in the area after an Indian soldier was killed. DRC soldiers 'flee' Rwanda has denied allegations in a report by UN experts that provided the strongest evidence yet that officials of President Paul Kagame's government were providing military and logistical support to armed groups in the DRC. Despite outnumbering the rebels 10 to one, the FARDC, DRC's national army, has been unable to dislodge them from hilltop hideouts. About 600 DRC soldiers were reported to have fled across the frontier into neighbouring Uganda on Friday, while the UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, said it had registered 5,000 refugees crossing the border since Thursday. In Bunagana, less than a

kilometre from the border, military clothing and helmets lay scattered in muddy tracks. The rebels showed off artillery cannons and anti-aircraft guns that had been abandoned by the fleeing troops. Inside Uganda, DRC troops rested in the grounds of a military barracks. In a nearby clinic, medics treated more than two dozen soldiers, some of whom had suffered gunshot wounds. An officer denied his men had been overpowered. "In [the] military there are lots of tactics and withdrawal is one of the tactics, so we withdrew," Mumbere Kanzau, a deputy battalion commander, told reporters near the border post. When asked why the troops had dropped their weapons, he said: "You find yourself across the border in a country with its own laws, you have no option but to lay down your gun and follow the rules of the foreign land." 599 This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.

AP PHOTOS: Heat wave grips much of US - The Associated Press


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The Associated Press AP PHOTOS: Heat wave grips much of US The Associated Press AP PHOTOS: Heat wave grips much of US. By The Associated Press, Associated Press 5 hours ago. The heat wave gripping much of the country will continue its hold, with temperatures of 100 degrees or higher spreading to northeastern cities including... AP PHOTOS: Triple-digit temperatures extending into the Northeast as heat... Washington Post all 1,421 news articles

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Scores dead in southern Russia flooding


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night brought a month's worth of rain to the Krasnodar region in just a few hours. Severe flooding in southern "Everything happened at night Russia has killed more than 100 and very quickly," the regional people, with another 13,000 administration said in a statement. affected in the Krasnodar region, 'People electrocuted' in the worst natural disaster in the Authorities said they had to area in a decade. switch off power in the worstAmong those killed were nine affected areas, the district of reported deaths in the Black Sea Krymsk, to avoid more deaths resort town of Gelendzhik - after reports of residents in including two women and three G e l e n d z h i k d y i n g o f men - and another two in the port e l e c t r o c u t i o n . of Novorossiisk over the past two Al Jazeera's Jonah Hull reports days, Igor Zhelyabin, regional from Moscow police spokesman, told the AFP Novorossiysk, the nation's largest news agency. Black Sea port, which had The resort town received five received two months worth of rain months' worth of rain in 24 hours, i n a 2 4 - h o u r p e r i o d , h a s the regional administration said. suspended exports of grain, Many of the dead were elderly metals and crude oil. people who had been sleeping and A team at the port had worked drowned. through the night to bring the Most of the victims died in or situation under control, port around Krymsk, a town about spokesman Mikhail Sidorov said. 300km northwest of Sochi, the "In some places the water level Black Sea resort where Russia reached 1.5 metres," he told AFP. w i l l h o s t t h e 2 0 1 4 W i n t e r The floods and a landslide had Olympics. affected the port's operations, and The rising waters came when a pipeline operator Transneft had torrential downpour during the informed management that it

would halt shipments of crude oil, he added. A Kremlin statement said Presdient Vladimir Putin is "regularly receiving information about the state of affairs in Kuban from the health, emergencies situations and regional development". Alexander Tkachev , Krasnodar's governor, said he had spoken by telephone to both the president and Dmitry Medvedev, the prime minister, and pledged everything would be done to help those affected by the floods. The State Hydrometeorology Agency said more rain was possible on Saturday and Sunday, as Tkachov urged people not to panic. 467 This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.

Tabletop Forge Lets You Play Games In Google+ Hangouts [VIDEO]


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Submitted at 7/7/2012 5:27:45 PM

Tabletop Forge is a Google+ application that allows you to play online board games inside a Google+ Hangout. It allows users to play a variety of dice games and strategy games with players around the world, while using the video chat feature. Users can also create and play on user-generated boards, or load maps and monsters to play within the app.

A campaign on Kickstarter to fund the project asks for $5,000. With nearly $40,000 raised so far and 41 hours left on the campaign, we can say it was very well received. With the Kickstarter funds, the team behind Tabletop Forge wants to hire developers to make the code more robust and employ artists to Continue reading... More About: Gaming, Google, kickstarter

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Team play makes Spain the best ever - Los Angeles Times
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Its 4-0 victory over Italy was the most one-sided ever in a European Championship or World As a soccer player, Pele was Cup final. undoubtedly among the greatest Spain is the only team to win talents the game has ever seen. consecutive Euros. And, as the But he hasn't aged as gracefully reigning World Cup champion, it as he once played. He frequently is the only country to hold three comes off as curmudgeonly and major international titles at the defensive these days which is same time. exactly how he sounded when Not only has Spain not lost a a s k e d w h e t h e r S p a i n ' s knockout-round game at the Euros unprecedented victory in last or World Cup since 2006, it hasn't week's Euro 2012 makes the even conceded a goal in knockout Iberian team the best of all time. games in that time. " E a c h g e n e r a t i o n h a s i t s Spain has been ranked no lower preferences, but without doubt, if than second in the FIFA World we are comparing, the 1970 rankings since July 2008. generation was better," said Pele, And even before the who played for Brazil's 1970 championship run started, Spain World Cup winner. "The 1970 had embarked on a 35-match Brazil team had many more unbeaten streak, matching a [great] individual players than Brazilian streak from the 1990s as Spain, which has two or three the longest in international excellent players." history. Instead of counting stars, though, "This is a great era for Spanish perhaps Pele should count major football," Spain Coach Vicente championships. And with d e l B o s q u e s a i d , q u i t e consecutive European titles u n n e c e s s a r i l y . sandwiched around a World Cup And there could be one, maybe victory, Spain wins that contest two, more titles to come because almost as easily as it beat Italy in midfielder Xavi, the oldest the Euro final. member of the Spain team, will be Then consider the rest of Spain's only 34 for the next World Cup in resume: 2014.
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That should end any debate over which team is the best ever. But more titles won't be necessary to convince some. "Spain are better than everybody," Italian midfielder Daniele De Rossi said in the wake of the Euro 2012 final. "In 10 games against them you will lose seven or eight. If you win or draw, it means everything went [perfectly] for your side. We did not manage to cause them any problems." And that, of course, is what makes this team so good: No one manages to cause it any problems. No matter who it is playing, it is always Spain imposing its will rather than the other way around. Spain's style is a demanding, disciplined one based on ball control, close-to-the-ground passing and technical superiority. And it's one perfectly suited to a roster deep in the midfield with a back line that is virtually impenetrable. So while Pele may be right that his 1970 team had more great individual players stars such as Gerson, Rivelino, Jairzinho and Tostao Spain has the better team. The Brazilian defense could be exploited en route to its World Cup win it gave up two

goals to both Peru and Romania and seven overall, the most by a winning team in the last 13 World Cup tournaments. Spain gave up fewer scores its last 19 World Cup and European Championship matches combined. Still, Pele is wrong about Spain's star power. Whether the Spanish lack the flamboyance and athleticism of Pele and his teammates is irrelevant because the team's style of play doesn't put a premium on those skills. It does put a premium on team play and possession, though, and every player on Spain's roster is comfortable with the ball. Even so, Xavi and Andres Iniesta will certainly be remembered as two of the best midfielders of all time and Iker Casillas is already on the short list for greatest keeper. Comparing teams from different eras is always a dicey proposition in any sport. The Philadelphia Athletics won more than 200 games and back-to-back World Series in 1910 and 1911 in the dead-ball era, hitting just 54 home runs combined to do it. In the last six seasons, four players have hit that many home runs all by themselves. The game has changed.

And so it is in soccer. Spain's dominance comes at a time when the international game is in a down cycle, arguably making the game easier to dominate. Despite the unparalleled brilliance of individual players such Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, Spain hasn't had to contend with the kind of powerhouses Pele played against with Brazil or that Germany, the Netherlands and Argentina faced in the 1970s and '80s. But there has been one constant over the years: The goal of the game has been to win. And Spain has done that like no other team in history. That alone is enough to qualify it as the greatest team of all time. kevin.baxter@latimes.com This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.

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Serena Williams wins fifth Wimbledon title - Chicago Tribune


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Munich restaurant. She eventually needed two foot surgeries and also suffered a pulmonary WIMBLEDON, England -- It embolism, a problem so severe was a gentle drop shot that finally she ended up in a Los Angeles made Serena Williams raise her hospital and, she said, fearing arms in almost-triumph Saturday briefly for her life and for a longer in her Wimbledon championship time for her tennis future. m a t c h a g a i n s t A g n i e s z k a "There was a moment," Williams, Radwanska. 30, said, "I remember I was on the Williams had dominated most of couch and I didn't leave for two t h e t o u r n a m e n t w i t h h e r days. I was praying like I can't percussive serve. She recorded 23 take anymore. I've endured aces in one match, 24 in another enough, let me be able to get and a record-setting 102 in the through this. tournament. But that drop shot, on "I didn't give up I had the blood a break point in the seventh game clot, I had lung problems, I had of the final set, was a winner. It two foot surgeries. It was a lot. I allowed Williams to feel free in felt like I didn't do anything to her final service game and it bring on that." helped send Williams to a fifth After match point, a pinpoint Wimbledon championship and b a c k h a n d w i n n e r t h a t l e f t 14th major title with her 6-1, 5-7, R a d w a n s k a f l a t - f o o t e d a n d 6-2 victory. resigned, Williams dropped to the It was the first major title for ground and then she raced to the Williams since she won here in player box, leaping up and over 2010. barriers to give and receive teary Shortly after that title, Williams embraces. suffered severe cuts on both feet Williams still has to inject herself after stepping on glass in a with blood thinners, and her
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mother, Oracene Price, said the health scares gave Williams perspective. "That made her realize where her life was, really, and where she really belonged and that she really loved the game," Price said. "You never appreciate anything until you almost lose it." Williams said she considered the delicate drop shot the match winner. It gave her a two-break lead. "That way," she said, "if I got a little nervous, I could serve it out twice." But she didn't need the second chance. In the final game, Williams had an ace and a service winner that brought her to match point. "It's her weapon, the serve," said Radwanska, who was playing in her first major final. "That's why she has won the tournament five times." And about that drop shot? "She picked a great moment for that, for sure," Radwanska said. The fifth Wimbledon title tied

Serena with her older sister, Venus, who is struggling with her own health issues. At the 2011 U.S. Open, Venus disclosed she is suffering from an energy-sapping autoimmune disease, Sjogren's syndrome. Venus said Serena's win Saturday was inspirational to her. "If she can do that and she was on her death bed and I'm not dying at the end I can do it too," she said. The unseeded Williams sisters from won their fifth Wimbledon doubles title by upsetting sixthseeded Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka 7-5, 6-4. Venus hit the winning shot -- an ace. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.

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Certain Affinity developing Halo 4's Forge mode, includes gravity augmentation [Update: now with video]
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Submitted at 7/7/2012 4:30:00 PM

Halo 4's iteration of the Forge map editor is currently under development at Certain Affinity, the development studio responsible for Age of Booty, Crimson Alliance and Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary's multiplayer. The announcement was made during a presentation at Rooster Teeth's second annual RTX event in Austin, TX. While a wide breadth of changes and additions have been made to the Forge editor, most interesting are the "Player Trait Zones,"

which allow map builders to modify the characteristics of any players that enter the effected area, changing the height of their jumps, the speed at which they run, etc. It's even possible to

magnetized and more efficiently duplicated. The editor's lighting system has also been overhauled; objects placed now cast and receive shadows normally. Finally, a map editor capable of bringing our upside-down film noir Halo dreams to life. Update: Now with video! (Dave Winer) Thanks, Austin! Certain Affinity developing Halo Submitted at 7/7/2012 4:58:10 PM 4's Forge mode, includes gravity reverse the gravity in a given area augmentation [Update: now with All of this is my opinion. I have by using "Grav Volume" field. video] originally appeared on been wrong before. Your mileage Enhancements have also been Joystiq on Sat, 07 Jul 2012 may vary. made to the objects that can be 16:30:00 EST. Please see our A lot has been written in the last placed by users: Elements can terms for use of feeds. TWITTER page 55 n o w b e l o c k e d i n p l a c e , Permalink| Email this| Comments

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Next Angry Birds May Be From The Pigs Point of View [REPORT]
Emily Price (Mashable!)
Submitted at 7/7/2012 5:04:32 PM

According to Pocket-lint, Rovio has plans to release the game before Christmas this year. Much The next version of Angry Birds like Angry Birds, the pigs will may put the pigs in the drivers have different strengths and skill seat, having them fight to protect sets that can be used to defeat the the eggs they stole from the birds. birds. Also like the original, the

game will also have a catapult and

wooden and stone structures. of the game would be to protect While Pocket-lint claims to have eggs from oncoming birds in a t seen screenshots of the game in Continue reading... action, it does not have any of More About: angry birds, rovio those shots available to be published. Based on those photos, the site believes that the mission

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week about Twitter's API and developer concerns that it would soon be closed to apps that are platform-specific clients. The discussion was started by a post by a Twitter manager, Michael Sippey, who was also one of the earliest bloggers. Then Brent Simmons, who I worked with for many years at UserLand, wrote a somewhat puzzling post(to me at least) saying that Twitter developers should start a migration to using RSS to connect their apps. That way, if Twitter outlawed clients, they'd have a means to connect their users. That's the preamble. I have some comments of my own. 1. I thought Twitter had already said that developers should not do straight clients. Yes, this was unfair. Twitter had been telling developers, for years, that they should develop all kinds of clients. That was when Twitter was just a website and had no clients of its own. It bought a few of the developer products, and the advice changed. Really bad planning, and/or carelessness of the worst kind. I'm surprised there weren't any lawsuits. It was when they did this that I decided, for myself, that I would stop maintaining my Twitter apps, except the one I use to post to

Twitter. I figured that functionality would be the last to be disconnected, if it ever was. 2. Smart developers will not just conclude that Twitter is unsafe to build on, but also any company that is operating in the Twitter model. If they are running a website, and trying to attract a lot of users, and are going in the direction of advertising, you'd be a fool to think they won't do the same as Twitter has. They just may not be as far along. I had an interesting conversation in Amsterdam last year with the founder of SoundCloud, who asked me to use his platform for podcasting. That's like asking a guy with a gambling addiction to put down a bet. I said no. At some point they will screw their users and developers as Twitter was already doing. I'll pay for my own hosting and use software I can run myself. 2a. Same advice for users re products like Feedburner. I think that was a bad bet and you'll eventually regret using it to serve your feeds. My own opinion. 2b. I have mixed feelings about companies like Dropbox. They charge money for their service, and that's a good sign. But they don't treat their customers like customers, enough to give comfort that they won't arbitrarily

shut down developers. 3. What Brent is advising is exactly what I have been advising for a few years. Further, it's exactly what I've implemented in the combination of Radio2 and River2. I developed these products to play the role of a coral reef. I hope if anyone is getting started here, in bootstrapping an open alternative to Twitter, that they will be compatible with these two pieces of software. As Ben Franklin once said, "We must all hang together, or assuredly we will hang separately." This is a time to keep the variability to a minimum. However, I am not optimistic. Had Brent not published his missive, I probably wouldn't have said anything. I don't think Twitter developers create products to provide functionality to their users. I think they do it to provide an interface to Twitter. Perhaps a subtle distinction, but an important one. It's a lot like the days when I was an Apple developer. Everyone hoped they would be the one who Apple made a deal with. Few developers did what would have been smart for all of us, worked first with other developers to make each other strong. It's a variant of the Prisoner's Dilemma. 4. Speaking of Apple, why is it a bad idea to develop on the Twitter

API, but a good idea to develop on Apple's? I don't get it. Apple is far bigger therefore far more dangerous than Twitter. 5. To news people -- pay attention. This is your future in the months and years to come. You may feel that Twitter is now a solid platform to build your business on. It is not. Conclusion -- corporate APIs are good for the corporations that own them, and pretty much bad for everyone else. I would be reluctant to develop on any corporate API unless I was prepared to have my work completely deleted or obviated or usurped by the platform vendor. You really don't have any power. However it's pretty much impossible to avoid them. But try to. And don't be a crybaby when you get hurt. Eventually the bubble will burst, and then we'll build on whatever open APIs we have, and the corporate APIs will explode along with the bubble. It has to happen, it always does. Until then, be smart.

David Frum
(David Frum)

Andrew Sullivan complained yesterday that I had engaged in a McCarthyite attack on Ron Paul by writing the following: A politician isnt answerable for the antics of every one of his supporters. But theres surely a reason, isnt there, that racists, anti-Semites, 9/11 Truthers, and Holocaust deniers are so strongly attracted to the Paul campaign. They hear something. They continue to hear it too, no matter how firmly Ron Pauls more mainstream supporters clamp their hands over their own ears. Andrews riposte: Notice how pure the smear is, enabled and not diminished by the first sentence. Notice the key concept of Beltway ideological policemen: there is a mainstream and a non-mainstream. Dabble with the latter at your peril. Since David has perished by the cult of the mainstream, its odd he should deploy it against others. But to throw in Holocaust denial and 9/11 Truthers for good measure! Really. And notice how particularly cheap and easy it is to use such tactics against a libertarian. The traditional left is often based on collective associations, building a DAVID page 56

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movement out of oppressed groups and their grievances, whether it be class or race or even sexual orientation. Libertarianism is the opposite. Its about dis associating. When you listen to Paul saying he will not turn anyone away from supporting his platform regardless of their motives or beliefs, you are hearing a reflection of his libertarianism, not his bigotry. He will accept support from any quarter and compared with the corporate money flowing into the other candidates coffers, he is about as independent as a presidential candidate can be. Because he is a radical individualist, he doesnt even understand why he should somehow explain the belief of others, or justify their support. You should ask them, not him. This kind of gotcha-association game is particularly easy because libertarians favor liberty above all, and that will necessarily mean liberty for bigots as well as others. A principled belief in states rights will doubtless lead to more racist and homophobic policies in many states but also, of course, more enlightened and successful inclusive states like Oregon or New York or Massachusetts or California. A rejection of statism might lead to more discrimination in the private sector. But it doesnt mandate it. And it need not encourage it. A noninterventionist foreign policy will

allow evil to triumph elsewhere in the world, because it believes its none of our business or too riddled with unintended consequences to try extirpating. That may be right or wrong, but it is not an approval of the evil of Assad or Ahmedinejad or the North Korean junta. And again, it is actually much deeper an American tradition than permanent warfare. But if you can trot out David Duke or Ayatollah Khamenei as potential Paul supporters, you have a very easy, cheap and essentially McCarthyite target. It saddens me that this kind of tactic works. I still believe that the newsletters, because they were in Pauls name, require a clearer explanation from Paul than the muddled ones he has given. He should not be left off the hook. And his proposals deserve a thorough vetting and discussion. But there is something awry when a candidate is assessed not on his arguments and proposals but on the shadiness and ugliness of some of his fringe supporters. Ron Pauls supporters ask that their candidate not be judged by his associates. Or by the people he chose to employ. Or by the newsletters he published. Or by the book he wrote. Or by the way he earned the largest part of his living when out of office in the 1990s. Or by his purchase of the mailing list of the Holocaustdenying Liberty Lobby. Or by the

radio shows he chooses to appear on. Or by his strategic decision to reach out to racist voters. Or by the conspiracy theories to which he lends credence, from government creation of AIDS to Israeli culpability for the 1993 bombing to a putative 9/11 coverup. And here I thought that libertarianism was a doctrine of personal responsibility? May Ron Paul at least be judged by the words he has spoken with his own mouth within the current campaign? The supporters say no again. When Ron Paul tells an interviewer that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 made race relations worse, were not supposed to consider what he might mean by better. When Ron Paul warns that a border fence would be used to prevent fleeing American citizens from exiting the country, were not supposed to conclude that hes a paranoid crank. Andrew deploys what might be called the ontological defense of Ron Paul, as follows: 1) Ron Paul is a libertarian. 2) Libertarians espouse individualism. 3) Racism is a form of antiindividualism. 4) Therefore Ron Paul cannot be a racist. That is a demonstration of what might be called the deductive method of reasoning. But theres another way to study reality:

induction. Like this: 1) Ron Paul has again and again exploited bigotry, paranoia, and hate as fundraising devices. 2) Ron Paul is a libertarian. 3) So yes, I guess it is possible for a libertarian to do that. Heres my question for Ron Paul supporters: why the denial of the undeniable? Perhaps you like Pauls message of legalized marijuana? Why not just say so? You dont think its important to stop Iran from gaining nuclear weapons? Argue it forthrightly. If you regard Social Security and Medicare as literally the moral equivalents of slavery, go ahead, make your case. But all this excuse-making, special pleading and jiggering of the rules of evidence so as to exculpate Ron Paul from the record of his whole political life? For what? This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.

District Court Limits Gainful Employment College Regulations


Lindsey Burke (The Foundry: Conservative Policy News Blog from The Heritage Foundation)
Submitted at 7/7/2012 2:00:28 PM

In a ruling last week, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia largely sided with the Association of Private Colleges and Universities, which had sued the U.S. Department of Education and Education Secretary Arne Duncan alleging that rules promulgated by the Secretary unfairly discriminate against forprofit institutions. For-profit colleges have become a popular alternative for students historically underserved by traditional universities. But its no secret that the Obama Administration has been supportive of policies hostile to their growth. In what looked to be an attempt to curb their expansion, last year, the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) issued new regulations that restricted the amount of debt students in a particular program could incur and restricted access to federal aid if a programs default rate on student loans was too high. The court ruled that the DOEs debt repayment rulesand, by extension, its debt-to-income ratio DISTRICT page 59

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Forecast: Taxmageddon Would Cause Another Recession


Salim Furth, Ph.D (The Foundry: Conservative Policy News Blog from The Heritage Foundation)
Submitted at 7/7/2012 7:39:46 AM

Speaking this week at the Western Economic Association International, economic forecaster Allen Sinai talked about the damage the fiscal cliff of 2013 will cause the economy. Sinai concludes that a recession is unavoidable if Congress does not act to fix the fiscal cliff. The fiscal cliff has two components: (1) Taxmageddon, a $494 billion per year increase in tax increases set to take effect on January 1, 2013, and (2) federal spending cuts of about $135 billion. In the large-scale economic model that Sinais Decision Economics Inc. uses to predict economic growth and fluctuations, the fiscal cliff has catastrophic consequences, but those consequences are not symmetric.

In Sinais model, a $350 billion tax increaseSinais analysis shows that even a modest estimate of the 2013 tax increases has a huge, negative economic impactwould lower growth in 2013 by two percentage points and by more than two percentage points in 2014. The negative effects would persist until the long-run trend aspects of the model outweigh the effects of current policy. Given that growth in the U.S. has hovered around 2 percent throughout the recoveryless recovery, a $350 billion tax increase alone would reduce growth to zero for years. In addition to the tax increases, Sinai modeled the effects of $135 billion in spending cuts. These resulted in about one percentage point lower GDP growth in 2013. Since GDP can be broken down into separate categories (government spending, consumption, investment, and net exports) and 1 percent of GDP is about $150 billion, the fall in

government spending would have no measurable impact on the private economy in 2013. In the years after 2013, the spending cuts actually yield a small increase in GDP in Sinais modelto the tune of two-tenths of a percentage point per year. That implies that decreasing government spending will increase future private economic activity on a better than one-toone basis. Lastly, Sinai emphasized that all those tax increases would have such a negative effect on spending that the deficit would shrink for only one year (2013) and would grow thereafter relative to a baseline with no fiscal cliff. Other members of the panel had valuable insights as well. John B. Taylor of Stanford emphasized the importance of making economic policy based on consistent rules. As a frequent advisor to the U.S. government and a former Under Secretary of the Treasury, he recalled the

pressure for government to do something, which made policy less predictable and sound. John C. Williams, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, expounded on Sinais and Taylors points. In discussions with business leaders from the nine states of Williams district, the topic of policy uncertainty came up again and again. Businesses do not want to hire or invest while tax rates and other future government policies are unknown. Washington should stop Taxmageddon as soon as possible. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.

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South China Sea: China Drops a Bombshell


Dean Cheng (The Foundry: Conservative Policy News Blog from The Heritage Foundation)

Shoal; the Vietnamese over oil exploration efforts; or the United States in the separate incidents involving the USNS Impeccable, Submitted at 7/7/2012 11:00:48 AM On June 28, during a press USNS Victorious, and the USS briefing by the Chinese Ministry John S. McCain IIIhave had of Defense, Chinese military press only civilian participants. spokesman Senior Colonel Geng There is a bewildering array of Yansheng released a bombshell. Chinese bureaucracies, each of A s k e d b y a n u n n a m e d which assumes responsibility for correspondent about Chinas o n l y a p o r t i o n o f C h i n a s response to Vietnamese air force maritime interests, including patrols near the Spratly Islands, fisheries, agriculture, and the Geng made the usual declaration State Oceanic Administration. a b o u t C h i n a s c l a i m s t o While this has raised questions indisputable sovereignty over the about inter-agency coordination in Spratlys and their adjacent China, the PRCs use of nonwaters. He then stated that the military vessels to make its point PLA had begun regular, combat- regarding sovereignty has also ready patrols in waters under l i m i t e d t h e p o t e n t i a l f o r Chinese jurisdiction. escalation. The implication is clearly that the With the decision to begin Chinese navy is now regularly r e g u l a r n a v a l p a t r o l s , patrolling the waters around the howeverand especially combat Spratlys and possibly elsewhere in -ready ( zhanbei) onesthe the South China Sea. potential for escalation is far This is an alarming escalation of greater. C h i n a s e f f o r t s t o a s s e r t Even more disturbing is that this sovereignty over the South China measure seems to be part of a Sea region. Until now, the various larger Chinese effort to exercise confrontations and incidents in the full sovereignty over the area. In a r e a w h e t h e r w i t h t h e mid-June, the Chinese State Philippines over Scarborough Council established a city-level

administration over the various islands and waters of the South China Sea, including the Spratlys and Paracels, with its seat of government on Woody Island, an island in the Paracels seized from South Vietnam in 1974. Then, on June 23, the China National Offshore Oil Corporation invited bids for oil exploration in blocs well within 200 nautical miles of Vietnams coast. The Chinese are evidently establishing the legal and political framework to solidify their claims of sovereignty. And with the announcement of patrols, they appear to be taking their preparations to support those claims to the next logical level: that of defending them. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.

Foxconn fanless nano PCs get priced, dated and tweaked


Alexis Santos (Engadget)
Submitted at 7/7/2012 6:51:00 PM

other hand, the AT-5600 will pack a Radeon HD 6320 alongside the anticipated AMD E450 APU. Remember those Foxconn built Surpassing their presumed subnano PCs that surfaced back in $200 price tag, they're set to ring M a y ? T h e S h e n z h e n - b a s e d up at $260 and $280, respectively, manufacturer recently made them when they launch this September. o f f i c i a l , d e t a i l i n g a f e w Journey past the break for the unexpected tweaks in a Russian translated press release. language press release. Now Continue reading Foxconn decked out in a sleek black finish, fanless nano PCs get priced, dated the nettops will sport the same I/ and tweaked O, but one image courtesy of Foxconn fanless nano PCs get FanlessTech hints that DVI might p r i c e d , d a t e d a n d t w e a k e d be thrown into the mix despite originally appeared on Engadget lacking a mention in the official on Sat, 07 Jul 2012 18:51:00 press release. The AT-5250 model EDT. Please see our terms for use won't be walking the Cedar Trail of feeds. Permalink FanlessTech| with an Atom D2700 as originally Foxconn (translated)| Email this| planned -- instead, its sights are Comments set on a 1.86 GHz D2550. On the

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regulationwere arbitrary and capricious. As the opinion notes, Title IV of the Higher Education Act, which governs the provision of billions of dollars in federal funding for student loans and grants, clearly states that the purpose of the loan program is to prepare students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation so that they can make a living and repay their student loans. If students cannot find productive work, the costs of unpaid loans are borne by taxpayers. The DOE interprets this language to mean it has leeway in conditioning federal funds allocated to a school or program on that institutions ability to prepare students for gainful employment. While the gainful employment language has been in effect in one form or another since 1965, Secretary Duncan added two new tests to determine whether schools were meeting that condition: one test based upon debt-to-income ratios and the

other test based upon repayment rates. Specifically, if an institution wanted to retain access to federal student aid, the DOE restricted debt-to-income ratios to 12 percent, on average, for students in a given program or school and discretionary-income-to-debt ratios to 30 percent. The DOE also issued regulations on debt repayment, restricting access to federal student aid to those schools or programs with a debt repayment rate of less than 35 percent. The court concluded that this decision was not based upon any facts at all[and] was chosen arbitrarily. The court also saw the debt repayment measure and the debtto-earnings ratio measure intertwined and, as a result, ruled that the entire debt measure rule must therefore be vacated and remanded to the Department. The Secretary now must decide whether to appeal the district courts judgment or to revisit the legal issues in the case. Policymakers are right to be

concerned with taxpayers being on the hook for student loan defaults. But the answer isnt to issue more regulations or further federal intervention into the market. The right approach is to l i m i t f e d e r a l involvementwhether arbitrary regulations issued by the DOE or more federal subsidies for grants and loansand allow students to have access to the wide variety of college options that the market will produce when left to innovate and meet students needs. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.

PSA: Galaxy Nexus HSPA+ up for sale again at Google Play store (update: now shipping in '1-2 weeks')
Joe Pollicino (Engadget)

ensure your taste buds get the latest Android sugar fix. Submitted at 7/7/2012 3:20:00 PM Update: Well that was quick. Just And just like that it's back. a few hours after going up for Following a yesterday's temporary sale, the shipping estimate has stay of the ban on Google's been reduced from ''two to three HSPA+ Galaxy Nexus by Judge weeks'' to ''one to two weeks.'' It's Koh, the soon-to-be Jelly Bean- so close you can almost taste it. loaded device is again up for sale [Thanks to everyone who sent this at the Play store -- and a bit earlier in] than expected. If you'll recall, PSA: Galaxy Nexus HSPA+ up Google notes that Android 4.1 for sale again at Google Play store apparently mitigates the issues (update: now shipping in '1-2 brought up within the dispute by weeks') originally appeared on Apple, which has until July 12th Engadget on Sat, 07 Jul 2012 to issue a response on the matter. 15:20:00 EDT. Please see our Orders are slated to ship in"two to terms for use of feeds. Permalink| three weeks,"(see update below) Google Play store| Email this| so we'd suggest you grab one Comments quick while it's fresh and tasty to

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Elderly 'need more from government'


(Evening Standard - News)
Submitted at 7/7/2012 6:10:08 PM

Downpours flood out communities


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Submitted at 7/7/2012 6:10:09 PM

pensioners expected to take out insurance to cover that sum and the state covering the balance. He Campaigners say the Government also suggested that people with has done "not nearly enough" to assets of up to 100,000, rather resolve the elderly care crisis after than 23,000, should qualify for it backed a cap on care costs but taxpayer help. failed to commit to funding it. The Government's response was A progress report to be published originally due last autumn but has by ministers next week will give been delayed over concerns about s u p p o r t i n p r i n c i p l e t o a n the affordability of the shake-up independent review's proposal to expected to cost 1.7 billion a limit in England the amount any year - amid severe cost-cutting individual must contribute. efforts to control the UK's record But it will say that a decision on deficit. whether it can be afforded will The progress report will be have to await the next spending published next week alongside review in 2013/14 - making legislative proposals to improve reform unlikely until after the other parts of the care system for next election. the elderly, including extra rights The move sparked a political for carers and families. A source row, with Labour accusing said no decision could be made on ministers of abandoning cross- a cap now because there was "not party talks and "kicking the issue any money available at the into the long grass". moment" H e a l t h S e c r e t a r y A n d r e w Jeremy Hughes, chief executive Lansley, however, insisted the of the Alzheimer's Society, report reflected progress made in accused the Government of an the talks and insisted he remained " e m p t y p r o m i s e " . H e s a i d : hopeful of producing legislation "People with dementia and their by 2015. carers are being forced to pay a A 35,000 cap was recommended dementia tax of tens of thousands last year by the review chaired by of pounds a year for essential care economist Andrew Dilnot - with a n d s u p p o r t . T o t h e m a n d

thousands of other vulnerable people, an agreement in principle to a cap on care costs is meaningless. This empty promise also ignores the separate problem of underfunding of care as a whole. Some people are struggling with no care and no assets - for them, a cap on costs is useless." He went on: "Further bickering between politicians will be a catastrophic failure of political leadership as families continue to struggle to care for people with severe disabilities. It is time for all parties to commit to a real public discussion about how we pay for the costs of care and make the costs for families fair. We cannot afford to delay any longer." This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.

were left with a huge clean-up operation after homes were overwhelmed with up to six feet Torrential downpours have of water when the Yealm burst b a t t e r e d t h e s o u t h - w e s t o f through sandbags put in place in a England causing life-threatening bid to bolster its flood defences. floods as "colossal" levels of Muddy water marks streaked summer rain continued. across houses, and the surface of Devon was worst hit as three one of the roads in the small severe flood warnings were hamlet was ripped up under the issued, while a man was killed in weight of water that cascaded Northumberland when his car down the road. Firefighters and crashed off a rain-soaked road. teams from the Environment More than a month's worth of A g e n c y w e r e o n t h e s c e n e rain pelted parts of the country in pumping water from around the just 24 hours, swelling rivers and white semi-detached houses. streams, causing landslides and Terrified villagers spoke of wreaking havoc on road and rail waking up to torrents of water networks. raging through the streets. Mia A l t h o u g h t h e s u s t a i n e d Leech, 14, described "floods and downpours are likely to diminish floods of the river coming down over the weekend and the coming the lane". She said: "By the time days, forecasters said rain will we got half the stuff upstairs the continue to fall in heavy bursts water was already up to our necks across the whole country for at and past our heads." Water flowed least another week. over car roofs, the fridge was After more than two inches of knocked over and furniture had rain fell in just 18 hours in Devon, been moved around. "My little the Environment Agency put parts brother was scared and I had a of the rivers Yealm, Axe and friend sleeping over and we were Burton on the highest grade flood both just traumatised, we couldn't warning, meaning they pose a go downstairs," she added. "danger to life". In nearby Yealmpton around 40 A total of around 75 flood homes and 75 residents on one warnings and 150 flood alerts side of the river were affected as were issued across England and water gushed into houses. The Wales. river reached a record high of Residents and emergency DOWNPOURS page 61 services in Yealmbridge, Devon,

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British winner boosts Murray mania


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Murray mania has reached fever pitch as the nation pinned its hopes on the Scot becoming the first British men's Wimbledon singles champion in 76 years. Andy Murray is hoping to join compatriot Jonny Marray in the history books after the 31-yearold became the first Briton to win the Wimbledon men's doubles in the same period of time. To rapturous cheering and applause, Marray and Danish partner Freddie Nielsen took the title, beating Robert Lindstedt and Horia Tecau 4-6 6-4 7-6 (7/5) 6-7 (7/5) 6-3 in the final. It makes Marray the first Briton to win the event in 76 years - the same feat Murray is hoping to achieve in his men's singles final on Sunday. Wimbledon wildcards Marray and Nielsen were presented with their trophies by the Duke of Kent on Centre

Court. Marray, 31, who previously revealed he had dreamt of playing on Centre Court since watching Tim Henman 11 years ago, said: "We can't believe it obviously. It's tough to sink in, I don't know what to say." Of his history-making victory, he said: "What a great honour that is, people keep giving me these statistics, I just want to cherish every moment out there." Marray and Nielsen will share 260,000 in prize money for their finals victory - a huge boost to the Yorkshireman, who has amassed just 275,000 playing Challenger tournaments around the world. Fellow Briton Murray has been preparing for the match of his life when he takes on six-time champion Roger Federer on Sunday. The 25-year-old - the first Briton to reach the men's singles final in 74 years - is hoping to fill Fred Perry's shoes by lifting the winner's trophy.

Marray said he was sure Murray was watching. "He follows how all the guys do. We're friends and everything. I'm sure he was watching it. If it gives him any kind of inspirational help, I'm sure it would be good. But I don't know," he said. He said he hoped the Scot could find success in tomorrow's match, adding: "Obviously everyone's hoping for him to win. He's come so close in a lot of Grand Slams so many times before. He's working hard and he's right at the top of his game. I don't see why he can't." This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.

seven-and-a-half feet, the Environment Agency said. Elsewhere, residents in the Leicestershire village of Sheepy Magna were evacuated from their homes after flooding. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it

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WaPo: Its looking like Obama has nothing new to offer on jobs, economy
Ed Morrissey (Hot Air Top Picks)
Submitted at 7/7/2012 4:31:40 PM

posted at 5:31 pm on July 7, 2012 by Ed Morrissey How much damage did Fridays jobs report the third

disappointment in a row do to Barack Obamas re-election effort? It might take some time for the answer to be fully known, but one measure might be the reaction in the media. The WAPO: page 63

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McCotter out
Jazz Shaw (Hot Air Top Picks)
Submitted at 7/7/2012 6:01:17 PM

posted at 7:01 pm on July 7, 2012 by Jazz Shaw An unexpected exit stage right took place this week in American politics as Michigan Congressman Thad McCotter resigned his position in the House effective immediately. Its been something of a long, strange trip leading up to this point though McCotter actually quoted Bob Dylan in his resignation announcement rather than The Grateful Dead and plenty of people were left wondering. I interviewed Congressman McCotter twice during the primary season and he always struck me as a nice guy, capable and smart. Unfortunately, he also may have been the only person who was aware that he was actually running for president. In addition, he constantly seemed to be battling for a sliver segment of the primary vote with people like Buddy Roemer. He embraced the idea of campaign fiance reform to

an extreme, which is a valid topic of discussion to be sure, but not one that was going to rally the base to his flag. So what happened? After nearly 26 years in elected office, this past nightmarish month and a half have, for the first time, severed the necessary harmony between the needs of my constituency and of my family, McCotter said on his Facebook page. As this harmony is required to serve, its absence requires I leave. McCotter failed to qualify for the primary ballot after most of his petition signatures were recently found to be fraudulent. State officials are investigating the matter. McCotter initially opted to run a write-in campaign, but then announced he would not seek reelection. His statement continued: The recent events totality of calumnies, indignities and deceits have weighed most heavily upon my family. Thus, acutely aware one cannot rebuild their hearth of home amongst the ruins of their

U.S. House office, for the sake of my loved ones I must strike another match, go start anew by embracing the promotion back from public servant to sovereign citizen. How most of his signatures wound up being thrown out is a mystery which will have to wait for a full investigation, but Id like to think it was just carelessness or some disreputable volunteers. His comments about indignities and deceits leads me to think that he believes somebody on his own team acted in bad faith. But Thad may not have had his eye entirely on the ball for a while now. He was apparently also working on a pitch for a television show. McCotters bizarre period continued this week when the Detroit News reported that he had written a TV pilot with a rather odd premise McCotter himself hosting a crude variety show that joked about flatulence and female anatomy, among other things. The script was leaked to the newspaper by a former staffer who thought it unbecoming a

member of Congress. At The Corner, John J. Miller finds McCotters antics far less endearing and, frankly, alarming. If McCotter ever tries a return to public life, heres a bumpersticker idea for his foes: McCotter: Not Welcome Back. McCotter has declared that he wont be giving any more interviews until the investigation into the tossed signatures is concluded. And perhaps thats for he best. But no matter the outcome, lets just bid a fond farewell to the man, thank him for his many years of public service and wish him the best of luck in the private sector. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.

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Washington Post news report of Obamas response to the worst jobs quarter in two years explicitly wonders whether Obama can maintain the position that his policies are doing anything to help, and whether he has any new ideas to break the country out of this stagnation: Obamas message on his two-day bus tour through Ohio and Pennsylvania has been twofold. First, he pointed to modest signs of progress in rebuilding the economythe health of the auto industry is his principal case study across Ohios northern tier. At the same time, he warned that the medicine offered by Romney and the Republicans is exactly the wrong prescription. As he said here Friday morning, We tried it, and didnt work. But it has become increasingly difficult for the president to argue that what he has tried is working well, or that he has something new to offer. Each month that the economy produces fewer jobs

than are needed just to keep pace with population growth adds to the burden the president faces as the clock ticks toward November. The Post also noticed that Obama tried avoiding the subject, and hoped that voters would give him a pass on it: Obama barely mentioned the latest jobs report in his first appearance after it was released. Its still tough out there, he said. But Junes hiring numbers, like those for May, were another reminder that there is still no bigger issue in the campaign than the economy and that its weight threatens to defeat the president four months from now. Obamas advisers offered two thoughts about the latest numbers: first, that the bad news was expected, seemingly a sign that they were resigned to a negative reaction; second, that the public still gives the president some slack because of the economy he inherited and that the campaign still offers him the chance to make

the case that he would do more than Romney to help the middle class. Good luck with that strategy. Voters routinely put jobs and the economy first in their concerns when contemplating their vote, and any other issue shows up a distant second. (In most polls, the second-place issue is the federal deficit, which isnt a good topic for Obama, either.) Even Robert Reich has tired of Obama dodging the issue of jobs and the economy with the I inherited a bad economy excuse. As the Post implicitly underscores, the issue is no longer 2008, but 2012, and its clear that were not moving in the right direction. Investors Business Dailys Michael Ramirez offers a more concise look at the impact of the jobs report on the Obama campaign: Also, be sure to check out Ramirez terrific collection of his works: Everyone Has the Right to My Opinion, which covers the

entire breadth of Ramirez career, and it gives fascinating look at political history. Read my review here, and watch my interviews with Ramirez here and here. And dont forget to check out the entire Investors.com site, which has now incorporated all of the former IBD Editorials, while individual investors still exist. And a heads-up Ramirez will have a new book out soon. Well have more on that later this summer. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.

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Obama: Most people would acknowledge that Ive tried real hard
Erika Johnsen (Hot Air Top Picks)
Submitted at 7/7/2012 3:01:24 PM

posted at 4:01 pm on July 7, 2012 by Erika Johnsen Via RCP, President Obama made a stop during his campaign tour of Ohio on Friday to speak with a local television station. When asked what he would say to a constituent who may be disappointed with President Obamas promise that he was going to reach across the aisle to get things done and who may be on the fence about Novembers election, the president replied: I suspect that most people in Cincinnati would acknowledge that Ive tried real hard, and we just havent gotten the kind of willingness on the part of the Republicans to engage on a whole range of issues that, I wish had happened, and, part of what I think needs to happen in this election is the voters once again have to send a message, We want common sense ideas. We dont

folks who are just saying no to everything. Even stuff, traditionally [they] were in favor of. I would absolutely agree with President Obama that hes tried real hard on a lot of things. Three and a half years into his presidency, hes tried to fleece voters into believing that all of his economic problems were inherited from his predecessor; hes tried to blame the Republican House for frustrate his efforts to pass more progressive legislation, despite the fact that Americans voted overwhelmingly in 2010 specifically to thwart any more attempts at ObamaCare-ishness and DoddFrank-ery; hes tried real hard to invest not-hismoney into politically-favorable pet projects; nor should we forget that hes also tried real hard at improving his golf game and constantly campaigning. And maybe he really does believe that the big-government, centralplanning agenda that hes tried so hard to implement can bring about

the booming economy were all waiting for but it demonstrably has not. Unfortunately for President Obama, this is America and in America, we have winners, and we have losers. Theres success, and theres failure. Theres no A for effort, no participation award, no Most Improved accolade especially not when youre the President of the United States and your actions unilaterally affect hundreds of millions of peoples daily lives. Trying is not doing. President Obama has had a fair shot at fixing things, and he has failed to do so its time to give somebody else a try. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/contentonly/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work.

Jolla promises MeeGo will live on, plans new smartphone to reward the faithful
Jon Fingas (Engadget)
Submitted at 7/7/2012 4:58:00 PM

More than a few N9 aficionados felt their hearts sink when important MeeGo team members left Nokia this week, putting the fate of the entire swipe-friendly platform in doubt. Recentlyfounded Jolla was clearly watching, as it confirmed just in the nick of time that it's planning to carry the torch further. The Finnish startup, which includes important members of the N9 team as well as veterans of the unofficial MeeGo community, not only plans to iterate on MeeGo but to build its very own smartphone with that foundation.

Those attached to Nokia's interpretation of MeeGo will have to adapt to a few changes: Jolla's work is based on the related, partly HTML5-driven Mer Project and will have a "brand new UI" to go with the new hardware. It won't be a literal N10 as a result, but we'll find out just what direction Jolla is taking soon -- it's been working on the phone since late 2011 with plans to show its work later this year. As long as some of the N9's spirit carries forward, we have a hunch that a lot of fans won't mind the absence of a Nokia badge. Continue reading Jolla promises JOLLA page 65

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