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Saturday, February 22, 2014

Deadline.com » Blog ArchiveNBC To Bring Back 'Heroes' As 13-Episode Event Miniseries In 2015: VIDEO - Deadline.com

Deadline.com » Blog ArchiveNBC To Bring Back 'Heroes' As 13-Episode Event Miniseries In 2015: VIDEO - Deadline.com

Why the UAW Lost | RealClearPolitics

Why the UAW Lost | RealClearPolitics: WASHINGTON -- The United Auto Workers' defeat, by a 712 to 626 vote, in its effort to organize Volkswagen's Chattanooga assembly plant, has been attributed to many causes: the South's anti-union tradition; the outspoken opposition of some local, Republican officials, including Sen. Bob Corker, Chattanooga's former mayor; and anti-union campaigns by conservative groups. But the deeper cause is simpler: Private-sector unions can no longer provide big benefits to members.

Twitter / graderdave: Back to the future! ...

Twitter / graderdave: Back to the future! ...

» 30 Haunting Images of Abandoned Olympic Venues

» 30 Haunting Images of Abandoned Olympic Venues: The Olympics are a wonderful way to bring the world together, but this is an aftermath most people don't see. With the 2014 games wrapping up in Sochi, you have to wonder what the $50 Billion pop-up city will look like years from now.

Twitter / AnonsVenezuela: En plena cadena nacional. ...

Twitter / AnonsVenezuela: En plena cadena nacional. ...



In a First for Spain, a Woman Is Convicted of Inciting Terror Over Twitter - NYTimes.com

In a First for Spain, a Woman Is Convicted of Inciting Terror Over Twitter - NYTimes.com: It was the first verdict of its kind involving Twitter posts in Spain, and the case has touched on issues of where precisely the cultural, political and legal red lines lie in a country that not long ago lived under both the grip of Fascist dictatorship and the threat of leftist terrorism.



In a First for Spain, a Woman Is Convicted of Inciting Terror Over Twitter - NYTimes.com

In a First for Spain, a Woman Is Convicted of Inciting Terror Over Twitter - NYTimes.com: It was the first verdict of its kind involving Twitter posts in Spain, and the case has touched on issues of where precisely the cultural, political and legal red lines lie in a country that not long ago lived under both the grip of Fascist dictatorship and the threat of leftist terrorism.



Congressman Gary Peters Lawyers Up to Silence Julie Boonstra | Americans for Prosperity: Michigan

Congressman Gary Peters Lawyers Up to Silence Julie Boonstra | Americans for Prosperity: Michigan: LANSING – Today Rep. Gary Peters set his Washington DC legal attack dogs out to intimidate and silence Julie Boonstra, a Michigan mother battling leukemia who had the courage to speak up after the insurance plan she liked was cancelled due to the Affordable Care Act.

Instead of listening to Julie’s concerns, Peters took steps to strong-arm Michigan television stations to simply pull “Julie’s Story” from the airwaves. These are desperate political tactics from someone who is increasingly incapable of defending his support for Obamacare.

AFP-Michigan State Director Scott Hagerstrom issued the following statement:

“The fact that Representative Peters would sic his legal team on a Michigan mother battling cancer to muzzle her tells you everything you need to know about his record of putting politics over people.

Drug Lord 'El Chapo' Guzman Captured In Mexico - Forbes

Drug Lord 'El Chapo' Guzman Captured In Mexico - Forbes: According to the Associated Press, Chapo or “Shorty,” the head of the Sinaloa Cartel, was captured last night at a hotel in the resort town of Mazatlan. The operation to grab the kingpin was a joint operation between U.S. and Mexican authorities.

Guzman, 56, has escaped from custody before, getting rolled out of prison in a laundry cart in 2001, reportedly with the help of guards. If the authorities manage to hold on to him this time, it could spell the end of the most powerful drug runner in history.



Lynda - Negotiation Fundamentals

Lynda - Negotiation Fundamentals: Coach, negotiation expert, and author Lisa Gates demonstrates the skills empowered communicators use to achieve mutual benefit at the negotiation table. The course delivers repeatable strategies for negotiating common issues such as asking for a raise, setting fees, promoting teamwork, and bringing out the best in those you manage. Along the way, discover how to use interest-based negotiation, distributive bargaining, diagnostic questioning, and conflict resolution to handle both simple and complex negotiations.

Topics include:
* Preparing for a successful negotiation
* Using diagnostic questioning
* Opening the negotiation
* Dealing with conflict
* Framing and anchoring the discussion
* Making concessions and asking for reciprocity
* Encouraging cooperation



Venezuela: What's the crisis about? - CNN.com

Venezuela: What's the crisis about? - CNN.com: Demonstrators are demanding better security, an end to goods shortages and protected freedom of speech.

BBC News - Venezuela leader Nicolas Maduro seeks talks with Obama

BBC News - Venezuela leader Nicolas Maduro seeks talks with Obama



Friday, February 21, 2014

Google Acquires Sound Authentication Startup 'SlickLogin' | News & Opinion | PCMag.com

Google Acquires Sound Authentication Startup 'SlickLogin' | News & Opinion | PCMag.com: Google has officially acquired Israeli security startup SlickLogin and, we admit, their oft-discussed technology is pretty neat. SlickLogin focuses on using sound waves to give users a means of authenticating into websites they frequent.



Using Cold Boot Attacks and Other Forensic Techniques in Penetration Tests - EH-Net Online Mag

Using Cold Boot Attacks and Other Forensic Techniques in Penetration Tests - EH-Net Online Mag



5 Signs You’re in the Wrong Career - Monster.com

5 Signs You’re in the Wrong Career - Monster.com:



3. You Think Your Colleagues and/or Boss Should Be Committed



5 Signs You’re in the Wrong Career - Monster.com

5 Signs You’re in the Wrong Career - Monster.com

Google snaps up UK anti-malware start-up Spider.io to protect its advertisers | News | TechRadar

Google snaps up UK anti-malware start-up Spider.io to protect its advertisers | News | TechRadar

California Senator Faces 24 Corruption Charges - ABC News

California Senator Faces 24 Corruption Charges - ABC News: A California state senator was charged Friday with accepting $100,000 in bribes, lavish trips and no-show jobs for his children in exchange for pushing legislation to benefit a hospital engaged in billing fraud and participating in a film industry tax scheme that actually was an FBI sting.

The 24-count federal indictment against Sen. Ron Calderon, a Democrat from a politically prominent family in Los Angeles' blue-collar suburbs, depicts a rogue legislator eager to trade his clout at the state Capitol to enrich himself and his family. His brother Tom, a former state lawmaker-turned-lobbyist, was charged with money-laundering for funneling bribes through a tax-exempt group he controlled, prosecutors said.

Ukraine agreement reached, but the street resists - Businessweek

Ukraine agreement reached, but the street resists - Businessweek: KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Under heavy pressure from the West following a deadly day of clashes and sniper fire in the capital, President Viktor Yanukovych and opposition leaders struck a deal Friday aimed at bringing Ukraine's three-month political crisis to an end. But radical protesters and some pro-Russian factions rejected it, leaving lingering doubts over whether peace could be restored.

On a day of electrifying developments, the Ukrainian parliament also opened a path for Yulia Tymoshenko —Yanukovych's political nemesis — to be let out of prison.

In spite of what looked like a significant government retreat, protesters booed opposition figures who took to a stage Friday evening to present the deal, which cuts Yanukovych's powers and calls for early elections but falls short of demands for his immediate resignation.

Lapsing of Moore's Law Opens Up Opportunity in Chip Design - CIO.com

Lapsing of Moore's Law Opens Up Opportunity in Chip Design - CIO.com: "What it really is ... if you're going to integrate a lot of components on a chip, there's an optimal place on that curve where you should do that. You can go beyond the optimal point, but it will cost you in terms of price per component," Colwell said, adding there's a sweet spot where maximum profit can be eked out assuming sales are relative to the number of chips made.

It is true that beyond a certain geometry it will hard to make chips smaller, but Colwell said economics, and not physics, would ultimately end Moore's Law. The day chip makers can't get return on the billions invested in making chips smaller is the day Moore's Law will break. Instead of waiting for chip economics to crash, innovation should start now.

New Obama initiative tramples First Amendment protections | WashingtonExaminer.com

New Obama initiative tramples First Amendment protections | WashingtonExaminer.com: under the Obama administration, the Federal Communications Commission is planning to send government contractors into the nation's newsrooms to determine whether journalists are producing articles, television reports, Internet content, and commentary that meets the public's "critical information needs." Those "needs" will be defined by the administration, and news outlets that do not comply with the government's standards could face an uncertain future. It's hard to imagine a project more at odds with the First Amendment.



Sturm und Drang - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Sturm und Drang - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: Sturm und Drang (German pronunciation: [ˈʃtʊʁm ʊnt ˈdʁaŋ], literally "Storm and Drive", "Storm and Urge", though conventionally translated as "Storm and Stress")[1] is a proto-Romantic movement in German literature and music taking place from the late 1760s to the early 1780s, in which individual subjectivity and, in particular, extremes of emotion were given free expression in reaction to the perceived constraints of rationalism imposed by the Enlightenment and associated aesthetic movements. The period is named for Friedrich Maximilian Klinger's play Sturm und Drang, which was first performed by Abel Seyler's famed theatrical company in 1777.

CEO: Venezuela Blocks Key App for Protesters - ABC News

CEO: Venezuela Blocks Key App for Protesters - ABC News: The U.S. company whose "walkie-talkie" application Zello has become a wildly popular organizing tool for Venezuelan anti-government protesters says the country's state-run telecom company has just blocked its use.

CEO Bill Moore of the Austin, Texas-based Zello tells The Associated Press that Venezuela's main mobile operator and Internet provider — Movilnet and CANTV — blocked access on Thursday to Zello.com.

The push-to-talk application for smartphones and computers has been popular with protesters in Venezuela and Ukraine.

Moore said that on Thursday it became the No. 1 app in Ukraine for both the Apple and Android operating systems.

In one day this week, the company reported more than 150,000 downloads in Venezuela.

Zello was also popular in Egpyt and Turkey. Users can create discrete channels that support up to 600 users.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

European Union Commits To Sanctions Against Ukraine | Zero Hedge

European Union Commits To Sanctions Against Ukraine | Zero Hedge: Following hours of talks between three European foreign ministers and Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych in Kiev, the EU has decided to go ahead with sanctions:

*EU COMMITS TO SANCTIONS AGAINST UKRAINE
*EU TO WORK OUT UKRAINE ASSET FREEZE, VISA BAN SOON
*EU TO SUSPEND UKRAINE EXP0RT LICENSES FOR `REPRESSIVE' GEAR

Having already proclaimed this move as "blackmail", we are sure the Russians will be utilizing this move to further their support for the catastrophically divided nation.

I Am a Ukrainian

Stephen Sondheim Gives Blessing for Heavy Metal SWEENEY TODD in D.C.

Stephen Sondheim Gives Blessing for Heavy Metal SWEENEY TODD in D.C.: "I think the jump to prog-metal orchestration is going to be pretty natural because 'Sweeney' is pretty 'metal' to begin with," Baughman said. "The idea of a rock 'Sweeney' has been brewing forever."

'Africa is the last frontier for metal': Botswana's metal heads - CNN.com

'Africa is the last frontier for metal': Botswana's metal heads - CNN.com: Back in June 2012, CNN's Inside Africa traveled to the southern African country of Botswana to meet up with some of the country's metal heads, and found the bands' powerful riffs were matched by the fans' passion -- and a penchant for the old-school metal getup of leather, studs and cowboy hats.

"Metal is a music about power, independence and freedom," said Giuseppe Sbrana, singer of local band Skinflint. "That's what I believe in -- fighting for what you believe in no matter the consequences. Standing up for what you believe in and showing individuality."

The Monolith Deathcult Take the Anti-Nile/KEN Mode Stance on Cell Phones at Shows | MetalSucks

The Monolith Deathcult Take the Anti-Nile/KEN Mode Stance on Cell Phones at Shows | MetalSucks: Lately it has come to our attention that during shows, people are busier filming with their smartphones than actually watching the show. This is why we have hatched a cunning plan to exploit you all. Everyone visiting one of our UK shows in two weeks are asked to film 1 or 2 songs using your smartphone/camera. We’ll put together an upload location so we can edit it together in one massive crowd-filmed tour video.
What’s in it for you? Well, your name will be credited in the film and of course during the tour we’ll be more than happy to give some lectures about water management and how to heighten dikes.
Our set list and where we want you to film which song:

1. Todesnacht von Stammheim (Brighton, Dundee)
2. I Spew Thee Out Of My Mouth (Birmingham, London)
3. S.A.D.M. (Liverpool, Norwich)
4. Kindertodeslied (Brighton, Dundee)
5. Den Ensomme Nordens Dronning (Birmingham, London)
6. Qasr-Al Nihaya (Liverpool, Norwich)
7. Wrath of The Ba’ath (Brighton, Dundee)
8. H.W.A (Birmingham, London)
9. Gods Amongst Insects (Encore – All)

Twitter / DimaAbouAbdou: Miss Venezuela died with a ...

Twitter / DimaAbouAbdou: Miss Venezuela died with a ...

Ukraine And Venezuela Uprisings: No Velvet Revolutions In Sight - Investors.com

Ukraine And Venezuela Uprisings: No Velvet Revolutions In Sight - Investors.com: Revolts: Two massive uprisings have rocked Ukraine and Venezuela. Neither toppled the countries' tyrants, but the one more likely to succeed is in Ukraine, where resistance is no longer passive.

Global Hacker coalition hits Venezuelan Government, servers 'falling like dominoes' | GlobalPost

Global Hacker coalition hits Venezuelan Government, servers 'falling like dominoes' | GlobalPost: After three were killed during protests in Caracas last week, Anonymous and a bevy of other hackers are turning Venezuelan government websites into their personal playgrounds.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Dimmu Borgir - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Dimmu Borgir - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: The band announced in August 2013 that they are currently writing new material for a 2014 release

BBC News - Venezuela opposition's Leopoldo Lopez hands himself in

BBC News - Venezuela opposition's Leopoldo Lopez hands himself in: Before handing himself over to the authorities, Mr Lopez denied the charges against him.

"I present myself to an unjust judiciary. They want to jail Venezuelans who want peaceful, democratic change," he said.


The PJ Tatler » Three West Virginia Day Care Centers Forced to Shut Down, Obamacare Among the Causes

The PJ Tatler » Three West Virginia Day Care Centers Forced to Shut Down, Obamacare Among the Causes

Ted Cruz: The World Cannot Afford to Be Distracted as Ukrainians Are Brutalized by Their Own Government | The Conservative Papers

Ted Cruz: The World Cannot Afford to Be Distracted as Ukrainians Are Brutalized by Their Own Government | The Conservative Papers: The people of Ukraine need to know that the free world stands with them as they protest the actions of President Viktor Yanukovych designed to destroy their constitutional rights and drive their country into the sphere of influence of Vladimir Putin’s resurgent Russia.

Twitter / greggutfeld: watching the horrors in Kiev ...

Twitter / greggutfeld: watching the horrors in Kiev ...

Empty buildings, faulty data on federal property costs taxpayers billions each year | WashingtonExaminer.com

Empty buildings, faulty data on federal property costs taxpayers billions each year | WashingtonExaminer.com: At least 3,000 civilian buildings sit empty or barely used around the country, according to the database.

Excess buildings costs taxpayers about $1.6 billion annually, but often take years to get rid of, according to GAO.

A long list of bureaucratic rules for disposing of such property, plus faulty data about it, have landed the government's real estate portfolio on GAO's "high risk" list for several years running.

Ann Coulter - February 19, 2014 - NEW OBAMA PROMISE: IF YOU LIKE YOUR LIFE, YOU CAN KEEP IT

Ann Coulter - February 19, 2014 - NEW OBAMA PROMISE: IF YOU LIKE YOUR LIFE, YOU CAN KEEP IT: That wasn't misspeaking -- it was a deliberate, necessary lie. Even Democrats couldn't have voted for Obamacare if Americans had known the truth. It was absolutely vital for Obama to lie about people being able to keep their insurance and their doctors.

0 Billion in Improper Welfare Payments Uncovered

100 Billion in Improper Welfare Payments Uncovered: Recent news that the federal government spent $100 billion improperly caused barely a ripple in light of the government's enormous budget and the continuous flow of revelations of such waste and corruption that have provided journalists with full-time careers in tracking them down and writing about them.

One hundred billion dollars is less than three percent of the federal government’s annual budget, and most observers are probably happy that the misspending isn’t any worse than that.

Putin's policies, Obama's response being played out in deadly Ukrainian uprising | Fox News

Putin's policies, Obama's response being played out in deadly Ukrainian uprising | Fox News: The bloodbath that began on Tuesday and grew throughout the night has violently exposed the country’s deeply-divided loyalties between Russia and the West.



Man’s Back Surgery On Hold As Doctors Deny Covered California Coverage « CBS Sacramento

Man’s Back Surgery On Hold As Doctors Deny Covered California Coverage « CBS Sacramento: “It’s like we’re a second-class citizen,” she said. “We can’t get the coverage we need.”

Thai protests end in violence and deaths - Asia-Pacific - Al Jazeera English

Thai protests end in violence and deaths - Asia-Pacific - Al Jazeera English: The National Anti-Corruption Commission said on Tuesday that if found guilty of the charges - which relate to a controversial rice subsidy scheme - Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra could be removed from office.

Cat - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Cat - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: A group of cats is referred to as a "clowder" or a "glaring",[19] a male cat is called a "tom" or "tomcat"[20] (or a "gib",[21] if neutered), an unaltered female is called a "queen",[22] and a pre-pubescent juvenile is referred to as a "kitten". Although spayed females have no commonly used name, in some rare instances immature or spayed females are referred to as a "molly".[citation needed] The male progenitor of a cat, especially a pedigreed cat, is its "sire",[23] and its female progenitor is its "dam".[24] In Early Modern English, the word kitten was interchangeable with the now-obsolete word catling.[25]

Turing test - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Turing test - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia



The Turing test is a test of a machine's ability to exhibit intelligent behaviour equivalent to, or indistinguishable from, that of a human. In the original illustrative example, a human judge engages in natural language conversations
with a human and a machine designed to generate performance
indistinguishable from that of a human being. All participants are
separated from one another. If the judge cannot reliably tell the
machine from the human, the machine is said to have passed the test. The
test does not check the ability to give the correct answer to
questions; it checks how closely the answer resembles typical human
answers. The conversation is limited to a text-only channel such as a computer keyboard and screen so that the result is not dependent on the machine's ability to render words into audio.[2]


The test was introduced by Alan Turing in his 1950 paper "Computing Machinery and Intelligence,"
which opens with the words: "I propose to consider the question, 'Can
machines think?'" Because "thinking" is difficult to define, Turing
chooses to "replace the question by another, which is closely related to
it and is expressed in relatively unambiguous words."[3] Turing's new question is: "Are there imaginable digital computers which would do well in the imitation game?"[4]
This question, Turing believed, is one that can actually be answered.
In the remainder of the paper, he argued against all the major
objections to the proposition that "machines can think".[5]


In the years since 1950, the test has proven to be both highly
influential and widely criticized, and it is an essential concept in the
philosophy of artificial intelligence.[1][6]

Monday, February 17, 2014

The Stimulus That Wasn't - GOP

The Stimulus That Wasn't - GOP: On February 17, 2009, Obama Signed The Stimulus Into Law, Promising It Marked “The Beginning Of The End” Of America’s “Economic Troubles.” “President Obama on Tuesday signed the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act into law… ‘Today does not mark the end of our economic troubles,’ Obama said before signing the bill at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. ‘But it does mark the beginning of the end – the beginning of what we need to do to create jobs for Americans scrambling in the wake of layoffs; to provide relief for families worried they won’t be able to pay next month’s bills; and to set our economy on a firmer foundation.’” (Jeanne Sahadi, “Stimulus: Now For The Hard Part,” CNN’s Money, 2/17/09)
FOR EVERYONE – INCLUDING OBAMA – THE STIMULUS FAILED TO LIVE UP TO EXPECTATIONS

Twitter / AFP: A student puts on a homemade ...

Twitter / AFP: A student puts on a homemade ...





The United States of Decline | National Review Online

The United States of Decline | National Review Online: “That’s the good thing about being president,” Obama joked on February 10. “I can do whatever I want.” In an especially bitter irony, Obama uttered these despicable words while guiding French president François Hollande through Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson — a key architect of America’s foundation of limited government.

"Soros Put" Hits Record As Billionaire's Downside Hedge Rises By 154% in Q4 To $1.3 Billion | Zero Hedge

"Soros Put" Hits Record As Billionaire's Downside Hedge Rises By 154% in Q4 To $1.3 Billion | Zero Hedge: Since this was an increase of 154% Q/Q this has some people concerned that the author of 'reflexivity' and the founder of "open societies" may be anticipating some major market downside.

Student apologizes for emailing pic of Obama kicking a door | The Daily Caller

Student apologizes for emailing pic of Obama kicking a door | The Daily Caller: A student at McGill University in Montreal, Canada was forced to issue a formal apology for emailing a picture of President Obama kicking open a door–all because some students thought the image was somehow racist.

The image was actually an edited .gif, and was shown by Jay Leno on “The Tonight Show” last fall. It humorously suggests that the president may be fed up with press conferences.

New DCFS boss pleaded guilty to stealing from social service agency’s clients - Chicago Sun-Times

New DCFS boss pleaded guilty to stealing from social service agency’s clients - Chicago Sun-Times: Gov. Pat Quinn’s new director of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services pleaded guilty to stealing from clients of a West Side social service agency and later became embroiled in a child-support battle over a daughter he said he never knew he’d fathered, records show.



Venezuela President Calls Allies to Rival Opposition Protest - Bloomberg

Venezuela President Calls Allies to Rival Opposition Protest - Bloomberg: Inflation more than doubled in Venezuela in the past year to 56.3 percent in January, according to the central bank. At the same time, the bank’s scarcity index rose to a record 28 percent, meaning that more than one in four basic goods was out of stock at any given time.

Venezuela President Calls Allies to Rival Opposition Protest - Bloomberg

Venezuela President Calls Allies to Rival Opposition Protest - Bloomberg: The biggest demonstrations against Maduro’s administration since he was elected in April spread across the country this month as Venezuelans struggle with the world’s fastest inflation and shortages of everything from medicine to food.

» Oliver Stone: Obama’s “Lack of Spine” is Stunning Alex Jones' Infowars: There's a war on for your mind!

» Oliver Stone: Obama’s “Lack of Spine” is Stunning Alex Jones' Infowars: There's a war on for your mind!: Leftist filmmaker Oliver Stone slammed President Barack Obama during an event this past weekend, accusing Obama of selling out as soon as he got in office while exhibiting a stunning “lack of spine.”

Image: Oliver Stone (YouTube).

During a panel discussion entitled ‘Imperial Overreach and the National Security State” which took place at the International Students for Liberty Conference in Washington, D.C., Stone accused Obama of breaking all of his pre-election promises.

“Something happened because none of the things he promised . . . transparency, a government that would reconsider the war on terror and these programs . . . none of that happened, none of it,” said Stone.

“The man stunned us with a lack of spine,” the director added. “He is a weak man.”

Food stamp use among troops skyrockets during Obama admin | The Daily Caller

Food stamp use among troops skyrockets during Obama admin | The Daily Caller: Food stamp redemption at military grocery stores, or commissaries, has nearly doubled since the beginning of the “Great Recession,” topping out at $103.6 million in fiscal 2013, from $31.1 million in 2008.

Kim Jong-Un warned he could face prosecution for 'crimes against humanity' - Telegraph

Kim Jong-Un warned he could face prosecution for 'crimes against humanity' - Telegraph: North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, has been warned that he could face prosecution for crimes against humanity after a United Nations inquiry accused him of some of the worst human rights abuses since the Second World War.

In some of the harshest criticism ever unleashed by the international community against the Pyongyang regime, a UN panel branded it “a shock to the conscience of humanity”.

The Lefts Global War on Conservatives  | The Conservative Papers

The Lefts Global War on Conservatives  | The Conservative Papers: The only free market, liberty-loving country in the middle east is the Jewish State, Israel. And that state is faced with the prospect of Muslim destruction from abroad and cowardice-based destruction from within. While Israel stares down the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran, a chaos-ridden Syria, and an increasingly Islamist wave washing over its neighbors, its domestic politics represent a continued battle between socialism and capitalism.

In London, the hearth of Western civilization has quickly cooled into a disastrous multicultural Ice Age threatening the very identity of the nation. London has become a place where a British soldier can be macheted to death in broad daylight by a Muslim fanatic. Along with increasing Islamic extremism at home combined with an unwillingness to confront it, London faces the prospect of bankruptcy economically as its consensus socialism drags down its once-world-beating economy.

Noctivagant Lyrics - Miseration

Noctivagant Lyrics - Miseration: Through isolation, being alone
It manifests and takes control
The reality unfolds
Unaware about the surroundings
A life under enslavement
Following the shallow

After The Burial - Anti-Pattern Lyrics

After The Burial - Anti-Pattern Lyrics: I am a shadow slipping into the abyss
A part of me that will never leave
Just to remind me of who I have grown to be
Pulling me side to side
It won't forget me

DeMint: Republicans Had Little Choice on Debt-Limit Vote

DeMint: Republicans Had Little Choice on Debt-Limit Vote: DeMint said he doesn't blame Boehner or other Republicans for their vote, but he also does not believe people who share his brand of conservatism feel well-represented in the nation's capital, and many Americans, "regardless of political labels," feel the same way.

New York company says it can beam free OUTERNET Wi-fi to every person on Earth | Mail Online

New York company says it can beam free OUTERNET Wi-fi to every person on Earth | Mail Online: Forget the Internet - soon there will be the OUTERNET: Company plans to beam free Wi-fi to every person on Earth from space

An ambitious project known as Outernet is aiming to launch hundreds of miniature satellites into low Earth orbit by June 2015
Each satellite will broadcast the Internet to phones and computers giving billions of people across the globe free online access
Citizens of countries like China and North Korea that have censored online activity could be given free and unrestricted cyberspace
'There's really nothing that is technically impossible to this'

Obama's Stimulus, Five Years Later - WSJ.com

Obama's Stimulus, Five Years Later - WSJ.com: The failure of the stimulus was a failure of the neo-Keynesian belief that economies can be jolted into action by a wave of government spending. In fact, people are smart enough to realize that every dollar poured into the economy via government spending must eventually be taken out of the productive economy in the form of taxes. The way to jolt an economy to life and to sustain long-term growth is to create more incentives for people to work, save and invest. Let's hope Washington's next stimulus plan is aimed at reducing the tax and regulatory burden on American job creators.

Obama's Stimulus, Five Years Later - WSJ.com

Obama's Stimulus, Five Years Later - WSJ.com: Five years ago today, President Barack Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act into law. The $830 billion spending blowout was sold by the White House as a way to keep unemployment from rising above 8%. But the stimulus would fail on its own terms. 2009 marked the first of four straight years when unemployment averaged more than 8%. And of course the unemployment rate would have been even worse in those years and still today if so many people had not quit the labor force, driving labor-participation rates to 1970s levels.

One Week Of Unimaginable Destruction By Obama - Wayne Allyn Root - Page 2

One Week Of Unimaginable Destruction By Obama - Wayne Allyn Root - Page 2: Obama faces a middle class revolt. A GOP landslide like 2010. His internal polls show a disaster headed his way. Knowing Democrats can no longer get elected, or re-elected, Obama has decided to go it alone. Without regard for the law, the Constitution, or the American people, he has obviously decided to do the most damage possible to America during his final three years. He’s finally taken off the mask and shown himself to be the true communist tyrant he is.

One Week Of Unimaginable Destruction By Obama - Wayne Allyn Root - Page 2

One Week Of Unimaginable Destruction By Obama - Wayne Allyn Root - Page 2: No Mr. Attorney General, the only thing “unjust” was the crimes these felons committed. What’s the emergency here? Is there a shortage of Democratic voters? Obama’s game plan is clearly to combine felons with radical Muslim terrorists in order to guarantee Democrat dominance for years to come.

One Week Of Unimaginable Destruction By Obama - Wayne Allyn Root - Page 2

One Week Of Unimaginable Destruction By Obama - Wayne Allyn Root - Page 2: Still, Obama wasn’t done. To show his total disdain for Congress and the American people he unilaterally loosened the rules for citizenship to allow foreigners with only a “minor” connection to terrorism to become citizens. Dennis Miller once said on Monday Night Football, “there is no such thing as a minor groin injury.” Well there is no such thing as a “minor” terrorist either.

Why is our President desperate to open the borders and let in “minor” terrorists? It’s not like we have a surplus of jobs. What is the pressing need in a country with 92 million unemployed working-age Americans? Has corporate America put out an emergency request for “minor” terrorist employees? Or is this how Obama creates instant Democratic voters?

Much along the same lines, Obama’s Attorney General Eric Holder announced this week how "unjust" it is to not allow felons to vote.



One Week Of Unimaginable Destruction By Obama - Wayne Allyn Root - Page 2

One Week Of Unimaginable Destruction By Obama - Wayne Allyn Root - Page 2: But wait, it gets far worse. As part of the new illegal Obamacare directive to postpone the law for businesses with 50 to 99 employees, Obama put the IRS in direct control of critical U.S. business decisions. He demanded that businesses must “justify” hiring and firing decisions to the IRS to qualify for the exemption.

Plain and simple, putting government in charge of the decisions of a private business is the very foundation of communism. It is how communist economies like North Korea, Cuba, the old Soviet Union, and East Germany have always been run.

One Week Of Unimaginable Destruction By Obama - Wayne Allyn Root - Page 2

One Week Of Unimaginable Destruction By Obama - Wayne Allyn Root - Page 2: Personally, I think “choice” is great. You can choose to not work anytime you want. But if you need to steal my money to do it, that’s called theft, not choice. Middle class wage earners are being ripped off to pay for free-loaders. That means middle class people are having their “choices” taken away from them. I guess in Obama’s playbook one man’s choice is another man’s slavery.

One Week Of Unimaginable Destruction By Obama - Wayne Allyn Root - Page 1

One Week Of Unimaginable Destruction By Obama - Wayne Allyn Root - Page 1: Folks, it is time to stop treading lightly and being politically correct. Let’s call it what it is. This is communism, pure and simple. Anyone who thinks “the American Dream” is to choose to stay home, not work, and collect a government check is reading directly from Karl Marx. Anyone who thinks some people (who vote 100% Democrat) should have a “choice” not to work, by stealing the money of others, is reading directly from “the Communist Manifesto.”

One Week Of Unimaginable Destruction By Obama - Wayne Allyn Root - Page 1

One Week Of Unimaginable Destruction By Obama - Wayne Allyn Root - Page 1: Have you paid attention to the Obama news of the past week? It's amazing. It’s mind-boggling. It was a week of unimaginable destruction.

Most people are so busy trying to survive the failing Obama economy, that they have no time to pay attention to the news. That is exactly the plan. Obama and his socialist cabal want you overwhelmed, mentally exhausted and distracted from the truth.

The Celts in Spain - Spain Then and Now

The Celts in Spain - Spain Then and Now





According to Roman sources, the Celts were a warlike people, fiercely
independent and courageous in battle, if somewhat lacking in discipline.
Despite tribal rivalry amongst themselves –and there is a long list of
tribes, e.g. Lusitanians, Cantabrians, Asturians, Carpethans, Arevaccans
etc.–  they proved a handful to the highly trained Roman legions.  In
war, they favoured guerrilla tactics, moving swiftly on horseback or
adopting hit-and-run action according to the terrain. To facilitate
speed, they bore small round shields and armed themselves with short
double-edged swords, bows and arrows, double-bladed axes and javelins.
Those killed in battle were left on the field to the vultures and other
carrion birds which, apparently, would transport their souls to heaven.
  
Celtic
lore, even nowadays, is full of magic and mystery, with a strong bond
to nature. Like other European Celtic tribes, those of Spain revered the
sun and the moon, and attached great significance to forests, rivers,
wells, and mountains. The oak tree was particularly venerated (still a
common feature in most Celtic societies), and worship was carried out in
natural sites or clearings rather than temples.  In Galicia, many still
believe in the power of witches and druids, in the transmigration of
souls and in animals with special powers. They practice rituals similar
to those in parts of the British Isles and Brittany.

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Sunday, February 16, 2014

Rightbloggers' "Obama is a Tyrant" Message Moves Up Wingnut Ladder to Congress

Rightbloggers' "Obama is a Tyrant" Message Moves Up Wingnut Ladder to Congress: In 1776, the Continental Congress signed a Declaration that they would separate from Great Britain because the King had unilaterally made changes to the national health care system.

OK, close enough. Last week the President delayed yet another part of Obamacare, and most Americans probably thought it was just more jerry-rigging of his Rube Goldberg health insurance scheme, little realizing that it was actually further proof that America has become a dictatorship. But it's no secret at all to those who follow rightbloggers -- or the growing number of Republican officials and rightwing publications who also reflexively accuse Obama of Caesarism.

Marvel's 'Agent Carter': Hayley Atwell, Writers, Showrunners Confirmed for ABC Drama

Marvel's 'Agent Carter': Hayley Atwell, Writers, Showrunners Confirmed for ABC Drama: Agent Carter takes place a year after the events of Captain America: The First Avenger and follows Steve Rogers' (Chris Evans) girlfriend Agent Carter (portrayed by Hayley Atwell) as she builds her career as a secret agent while the hero is frozen in ice.

"From Self-Reinforcing Speculation To Fragile Instability" | Zero Hedge

"From Self-Reinforcing Speculation To Fragile Instability" | Zero Hedge: While the only fun-durr-mentals that matter appear to be global central bank liquidity injections (and thus the level of leverage entrusted to the JPY carry trade), the crowd is swayed by truthisms and "common knowledge" memes that recovery is here, that things are improving, that earnings are 'solid', that markets are still cheap, and that historical analogs are different this time. However, with monetary policy at a turning point, we also appear (fundamentally and technically) to be at "the inflection point from self-reinforcing speculation to fragile instability." 



Earnings expectations are crumbling...

Food prices soar as incomes stand still - CBS News

Food prices soar as incomes stand still - CBS News: ConvergEx market strategist, Nick Colas, said that mothers could tell the government a lot about inflation.

"Food inflation is far greater than the government thinks it is," he said.

But the big problem for families: Wages are not budging.

"If my income isn't going up, how am I going to keep up with inflation?" Singer asked.

Food prices soar as incomes stand still - CBS News

Food prices soar as incomes stand still - CBS News: "The things that are going up in price are the things I absolutely need to buy," she said. "It's the meat, it's the milk, it's the eggs and it's getting out of hand."

Google Acquires Sound Authentication Startup 'SlickLogin' | News & Opinion | PCMag.com

Google Acquires Sound Authentication Startup 'SlickLogin' | News & Opinion | PCMag.com: Google has officially acquired Israeli security startup SlickLogin and, we admit, their oft-discussed technology is pretty neat. SlickLogin focuses on using sound waves to give users a means of authenticating into websites they frequent.

The Rise of the Crazy Ants

The Rise of the Crazy Ants

Smartphone "Kill Switch" Proposed By New Federal Law

Smartphone "Kill Switch" Proposed By New Federal Law: The kill switch will make it harder for criminals to use a stolen smartphone since this feature will render a device useless even if it is restored.

The mobile phone industry however is concerned at the effect of the kill switch on mobile devices. While it does have its benefits there’s also the possibility that someone can hack into the system and disable a large number of smartphones at a time.

BBC News - Italians keen to gamble on unelected Matteo Renzi

BBC News - Italians keen to gamble on unelected Matteo Renzi: An American-style politician with an easy smile, he crackles with energy and vaulting ambition. Some are calling him Italy's Tony Blair - a pragmatic centre-left politician with little use for ideology.

His appeal lies in being different, in being the outsider. He is ruthless too. He had previously pledged to seek power via an election, but last week engineered the removal of the sitting Prime Minister Enrico Letta by calling a vote for his removal at a meeting of their Democratic Party.

He is known as "scrapper" - a politician who promises to break the power of the old guard, of the political caste, of those often invisible networks that still influence so much in Italy.

UPDATE 1-Suspected Islamists kill 90 in Nigeria village raid-witnesses | Reuters

UPDATE 1-Suspected Islamists kill 90 in Nigeria village raid-witnesses | Reuters

Is This the End of Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela? - The Daily Beast

Is This the End of Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela? - The Daily Beast: Maduro’s predecessor, the late Hugo Chávez, once claimed capitalism had killed life on Mars, but insane statements clearly did not die with him. It’s clear that the governing elites in Caracas have a shaky grip on reality—and the problem is institutional. Venezuela’s political life has become a bad reality TV show, and the country’s youth simply wants it to end.

Is This the End of Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela? - The Daily Beast

Is This the End of Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela? - The Daily Beast: Venezuelans are accustomed to their government using Orwellian language. Indeed, this is a government that claims the scarcity and inflation caused by its own disastrous economic policies is somehow the consequence of an “economic war” engineered by the opposition. It is a government headed by a man who claims his predecessor died of cancer because his enemies—namely, the U.S.—“inoculated” him with the disease. The feeling that lunatics have taken over the insane asylum is what is driving much of the protests.

Is This the End of Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela? - The Daily Beast

Is This the End of Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela? - The Daily Beast: While the launch was being forcefully broadcast by all TV and radio stations in the country, the National Guard was attacking peaceful demonstrators with tear gas.

Is This the End of Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela? - The Daily Beast

Is This the End of Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela? - The Daily Beast: Mostly, they are desperate. They see a dark future ahead, one in which Venezuela’s slow slide into a Cuban-style autocracy accelerates and is finally realized in its entirety. It’s not clear how long their protests will continue, but the protesters have vowed to stay on the streets. In a remarkable act of defiance, they have continued to protest throughout the country, even after Maduro supposedly “banned” all protests.

Is This the End of Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela? - The Daily Beast

Is This the End of Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela? - The Daily Beast: Luis’s story is a depressingly common one on the streets of Venezuela’s major urban centers. The nation’s young people are tired of enduring one of the world’s highest inflation rates, highest murder rates, scarcity of basic staples like toilet paper, and the near certainty that things are going to get worse before they get better. A few days ago, the Associated Press reported on Venezuelans camping on the sidewalk to get information about emigrating to Ireland.

Is This the End of Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela? - The Daily Beast

Is This the End of Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela? - The Daily Beast: “Nothing works. There are lines to buy everything. Prices have gone through the roof. You can’t go out at night for fear of getting shot. If you want to get married, finding a place to live is impossible. The country has become unlivable.”

Is This the End of Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela? - The Daily Beast

Is This the End of Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela? - The Daily Beast: Is This the End of Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela?
In the midst of runaway violence, inflation, and shortages of basic goods, Venezuela’s youth have taken to the streets—to take on its Orwellian government.

Bad faith (existentialism) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Bad faith (existentialism) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: Bad faith (from French, mauvaise foi) is a philosophical concept used by existentialist philosophers Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir to describe the phenomenon where a human being under pressure from societal forces adopts false values and disowns his/her innate freedom to act authentically.[1] It is closely related to the concepts of self-deception and resentment.

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