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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Fall 2014 TV Scorecard: Which Shows Are Returning? Which Aren't? - Today's News: Our Take | TVGuide.com

Fall 2014 TV Scorecard: Which Shows Are Returning? Which Aren't? - Today's News: Our Take | TVGuide.com



This is What The Future of Factory Farming Will Look Like | One Green Planet

This is What The Future of Factory Farming Will Look Like | One Green Planet: To remedy this situation, we’re seeing the advent of food-tech companies like Hampton Creek, Beyond Meat, and in-vitro meat (lab grown) companies here to redefine “factory produced meat.” This type of “factory” produced food is healthy, sustainable, and delicious. Technologically or scientifically-driven food no longer needs to bring to mind images of “franken-foods” or genetically modified organisms.

The food revolution is being fueled by forward-thinking companies that are unlocking the secrets of plants, and using the laboratory as their factory.

Iraq Unravels in the Shadow of Syria’s Bloodbath

Iraq Unravels in the Shadow of Syria’s Bloodbath: Iraq, which has fallen out of the spotlight since the December 2011 U.S. troop withdrawal, has been plagued by rising internal conflict and instability. On Monday, al-Qaeda terrorists launched a brazen attack on two prisons near Baghdad and freed more than 500 prisoners.

Controversial DOJ nominee fails to clear Senate test vote | Fox News

Controversial DOJ nominee fails to clear Senate test vote | Fox News

Nick Searcy Courage Invitational to be held March 15 in Pasadena | Sotheby's International Realty, Inc.

Nick Searcy Courage Invitational to be held March 15 in Pasadena | Sotheby's International Realty, Inc.: Now, with the spring season just around the corner, many are looking forward to spending more time outside spectating and participating in recreational activities. The upcoming Nick Searcy Courage Invitational, held on March 15 at the Brookside Golf Club in Pasadena, will allow individuals to do just that.

Bitcoin exchange CEO found dead in Singapore

Bitcoin exchange CEO found dead in Singapore

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Five jaw-dropping gimmicks in President Obama's budget | WashingtonExaminer.com

Five jaw-dropping gimmicks in President Obama's budget | WashingtonExaminer.com: Gaming immigration reform

The Obama budget also assumes the adoption of comprehensive immigration reform, which it estimates would boost revenue by $456 billion as newly legalized immigrants pay taxes. Overall, the budget estimates reform would reduce deficits by a net $158 billion after the immigration reform-related spending is accounted for. However, a big chunk of increased revenue from immigration reform comes from payroll taxes, which provide a short-term revenue injection for the government, but also impose long-term obligations to the Social Security system that would come due outside of the 10-year budget window. Though the Obama budget doesn't provide a detailed breakdown of how much of the revenue would come from payroll taxes, a similar June 2013 CBO estimate of the Senate immigration bill found that $214 billion of the $459 billion in increased revenue would come from payroll taxes.

Five jaw-dropping gimmicks in President Obama's budget | WashingtonExaminer.com

Five jaw-dropping gimmicks in President Obama's budget | WashingtonExaminer.com: Phony war savings

As is his wont, Obama also claims $695 billion in deficit reduction from lower spending on “overseas contingency operations.” Translated, this means that spending is lower than a baseline that assumes that without Obama's policies, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan would continue at elevated levels in perpetuity - even though they were already scheduled to wind down.

Five jaw-dropping gimmicks in President Obama's budget | WashingtonExaminer.com

Five jaw-dropping gimmicks in President Obama's budget | WashingtonExaminer.com: Rosier economic assumptions

Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson accused of shoving his wife | WashingtonExaminer.com

Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson accused of shoving his wife | WashingtonExaminer.com: Outspoken Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla., has been accused of shoving his estranged wife into a door and causing her to fall, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

Grayson allegedly “showed up, unannounced” while his wife was getting ready to take two of the couple’s children to a play date. When she refused to speak with Grayson inside, he “then deliberately and with force pushed [her] very hard against the front door, causing [her] to fall to the ground as a result,” according to the wife’s petition for an injunction.

New World Disorder | National Review Online

New World Disorder | National Review Online: Pick one. There is no “Option C” where the United Nations suddenly becomes an effective, respected peacekeeping force. There is no “Option D” where the world’s strong men and brutes are talked into taking up yoga and become calm, mellow guys, eager to hug it out.

The death toll is much, much higher under option B. But that’s your call. Maybe you’re okay with that.

The Guinness Book of World Records contends that the largest anti-war protest in the history of the world was a protest against the Iraq War. Millions are not flooding the streets of Rome, London, Barcelona, and Sydney to protest the Russian aggression in Ukraine, nor its prequel four years ago in Georgia. They’re not protesting Assad’s actions in Syria, nor North Korea’s increasingly regular firing of advanced missiles. They yawn as China runs military exercises that look suspiciously like a training run to seize the disputed Senkaku islands from Japan. No, American military action is deemed uniquely bad and worthy of protest.

An ObamaCare Delay For Vulnerable Dems - GOP

An ObamaCare Delay For Vulnerable Dems - GOP: According To The Hill, The Obama Administration Will Announce Another “Major” ObamaCare Delay, Allowing Insurers To Continue Offering Health Plans That Don’t Meet ObamaCare Coverage Requirements. “The Obama administration is set to announce another major delay in implementing the Affordable Care Act, easing election pressure on Democrats. As early as this week, according to two sources, the White House will announce a new directive allowing insurers to continue offering health plans that do not meet ObamaCare’s minimum coverage requirements.” (Elise Viebeck, “New ObamaCare Delay To Help Midterm Dems,” The Hill’s Health Watch , 3/3/14)

Oregon Senators Call for Probe of Failed Health Care Website | Washington Free Beacon

Oregon Senators Call for Probe of Failed Health Care Website | Washington Free Beacon: Oregon’s two Democratic Senators have joined congressional Republicans calling for a federal audit of the defective Oregon health care exchange website.

Obama Cuts Funds for Israeli Missile Defense

Obama Cuts Funds for Israeli Missile Defense: In the same week that the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) intercepted a Gaza-bound shipment of Syrian missiles from Iran, President Barack Obama is asking Congress to reduce U.S. funding for Israel's missile defense programs by $200 million, according to the Washington Free Beacon.

Venezuela opposition leader Leopoldo López calls for renewed protests | World news | theguardian.com

Venezuela opposition leader Leopoldo López calls for renewed protests | World news | theguardian.com: "We must continue the peaceful struggle. There is no reason to give up our fight," said López in a message posted online from an undisclosed location by a party colleague who is also wanted in connection with the unrest. "They will never defeat those who refuse to give up."





Venezuela opposition leader Leopoldo López calls for renewed protests | World news | theguardian.com

Venezuela opposition leader Leopoldo López calls for renewed protests | World news | theguardian.com: Foreign minister Elías Jaua to meet UN chief Ban Ki-moon over violent unrest that continued over carnival weekend

Twitter / Newsweek: Journalists on Trial and in ...

Twitter / Newsweek: Journalists on Trial and in ...

Cisco Grand Challenge to Fix Internet of Things Security | Threatpost | The first stop for security news

Cisco Grand Challenge to Fix Internet of Things Security | Threatpost | The first stop for security news: As seemingly every new gadget and electronic device is coming retrofitted with an Internet connection these days – appliances, cars and medical devices a few chief examples, the floodgates have opened ever wider for an alarming number of new attack vectors.





BBC News - Ukraine crisis: Tymoshenko warns Russia to back down

BBC News - Ukraine crisis: Tymoshenko warns Russia to back down: Yulia Tymoshenko has said Russia's President Vladimir Putin "must accept" he has "no right" of governance in Ukraine.

The former Ukrainian prime minister told the BBC's Gavin Hewitt that the Russian president was making a "desperate move" to hold influence and power in Ukraine.

Whitepaper: Planning a career path in cybersecurity

Whitepaper: Planning a career path in cybersecurity



The field of cybersecurity is growing quickly; so quickly that there are
positions sitting open waiting to be filled by qualified individuals.







As a society, we have all become heavily dependent on computers,
network, and data stores. This in turn has exposed us to the risk of
loss or compromise of those data systems. The need for personnel
knowledgeable and experienced in security implementation and management
has never been greater, and the need is growing.

2,800 students in riot-hit districts drop out of UP Board exams - The Times of India

2,800 students in riot-hit districts drop out of UP Board exams - The Times of India: More than 2,800 students (of class 10 and 12) out of 58,483 failed to appear on the first day of board exams in riot-hit Muzaffarnagar and Shamli districts. Education officials said 1,809 students out of 33,391 did not appear in Muzaffarnagar on Monday, while 1,029 students out of 25,092 failed to appear in Shamli. The board has set up 117 exam centres in the two districts.

2013 Muzaffarnagar riots - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

2013 Muzaffarnagar riots - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: Approximately 1,000 army troops were deployed and curfew was imposed in the violence-hit areas. 10,000 Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) personnel, 1,300 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) troopers and 1,200 Rapid Action Force (RAF) personnel were deployed to control the situation.[29]

Around ten to twelve thousand preventive arrests were made by Police as of 11 September 2013. They cancelled 2,300 arms licenses, seized 2,000 arms, and filed seven cases under the National Security Act.[3]

Approximately 50,000 people have been displaced.[10] Some of them took shelter at ten state-run relief camps.[3]

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Why we should all try to spend a lot less time on our bottoms | Mail Online

Why we should all try to spend a lot less time on our bottoms | Mail Online

Labor Force Participation in 2013 Lowest in 35 Years | CNS News

Labor Force Participation in 2013 Lowest in 35 Years | CNS News: The average annual labor force participation rate hit a 35-year-low of 63.2 percent in the United States in 2013, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

The last time the average annual labor force participation rate was that low was in in 1978, when it was also 63.2 percent. Jimmy Carter was president then.



Turkish Airlines flight lands in Iran with 20 Israelis onboard - Israel News, Ynetnews

Turkish Airlines flight lands in Iran with 20 Israelis onboard - Israel News, Ynetnews: Flights of foreign commercial airlines from Israel and to it do not fly in Iranian airspace. In addition, IDF prohibits its people to fly with foreign airlines above enemy states such as the Islamic republic.

FLORENCE + THE MACHINE LYRICS - Cosmic Love

FLORENCE + THE MACHINE LYRICS - Cosmic Love: The stars, the moon, they have all been blown out
You left me in the dark
No dawn, no day, I'm always in this twilight
In the shadow of your heart

And in the dark, I can hear your heartbeat
I tried to find the sound
But then it stopped, and I was in the darkness,
So darkness I became

Monday, March 3, 2014

Twitter / AnonsVenezuela: Hacked ;) http://t.co/OmnAvST90K

Twitter / AnonsVenezuela: Hacked ;) http://t.co/OmnAvST90K

Mitt Romney and Russia, Putin, and Ukraine | New Republic

Mitt Romney and Russia, Putin, and Ukraine | New Republic

In the course of the last presidential campaign, Mitt Romney made a
comment about America's number one "geopolitical foe," which Romney
claimed was Russia. He was mocked by the president and many liberal
commentators. Here are Romney's remarks, in their full context, which came during a conversation with Wolf Blitzer:

ROMNEY:  Russia...is, without question, our number one geopolitical foe.  They fight every cause for the world's worst actors.

BLITZER: 
But you think Russia is a bigger foe right now than, let's say, Iran or
China or North Korea? Is that—is that what you're suggesting, Governor?

ROMNEY: 
Well, I'm saying in terms of a geopolitical opponent, the nation that
lines up with the world's worst actors.  Of course, the greatest threat
that the world faces is a nuclear Iran.  A nuclear North Korea is
already troubling enough.

But when these—these terrible actors
pursue their course in the world and we go to the United Nations looking
for ways to stop them, when—when Assad, for instance, is murdering his
own people, we go—we go to the United Nations, and who is it that always
stands up for the world's worst actors? It is always Russia, typically
with China alongside.

And—and so in terms of a geopolitical foe, a
nation that's on the Security Council, that has the heft of the
Security Council and is, of course, a—a massive nuclear power, Russia is
the—the geopolitical foe.
This all seems...exactly right.

Your energy LOL for the day: 'Green' buildings not so green | WashingtonExaminer.com

Your energy LOL for the day: 'Green' buildings not so green | WashingtonExaminer.com: Environmental Policy Alliance, an organization dedicated to exposing environmental hypocrisy, found that green-certified privately owned buildings in Washington actually used more energy than buildings that weren't.

By certified, I mean Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design -- or LEED -- certified. You know LEED, it's the coveted “look at me, I'm energy efficient” certification that buildings brag about. Well, Washington has the highest number of LEED-certified buildings, and that isn't doing a darn thing to make the city more energy efficient.

Russian-speaking Ukrainians to Putin: We don’t want your help or your war! | Voices of Ukraine

Russian-speaking Ukrainians to Putin: We don’t want your help or your war! | Voices of Ukraine







 





By Peter Dickinson,

March 2, 2014 - Business Ukraine magazine

Source: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=10151918404390764&id=318925220763


Vladimir Putin is attempting to justify the Russian invasion of
Ukraine by claiming that he is rushing to the rescue of the country’s
oppressed Russian-speaking minority. However, it is becoming
increasingly clear than many members of this supposedly oppressed
minority neither welcome nor support Putin’s military intervention.



As the Russian invasion of Ukraine unfolds, more and more
Russian-speaking Ukrainians are taking to social media and joining
public protests in a bid to declare their opposition to the Russian
aggression and express their contempt for the distortions being promoted
by the Kremlin in order to justify Putin’s military aggression. This
increasingly strident and vocal opposition from Russian-speaking
Ukrainians undermines Moscow’s publicly stated justification for war,
and poses serious questions about the true motives behind Putin’s
invasion of Ukraine.



Ukraine-based Russian-language author Andrey Kurkov, who has authored
such international bestsellers as ‘Death and the Penguin’, spoke for
millions of Ukrainian Russian-speakers on 2 March when he outlined his
opposition to Putin’s Crimean invasion in an emotional online post. “My
ancestors settled in Crimea in 1785,” wrote the internationally
acclaimed author. “Growing up in Crimea, I was nurtured on Russian
culture. I think, I talk, and I write in Russian, and I want to say this
with every fibre of my being – I demand the immediate removal of
Russian troops from Ukraine.”

Kurkov’s outright rejection of the Kremlin’s claims to be defending the
rights of Russian-speaking Ukrainians was one of many thousands of
similarly forthright messages to appear online during the first days of
the Russian invasion, reflecting the credibility gap between the
official Moscow position and the reality on the ground in Ukraine. His
comments highlight one of the key misconceptions about the crisis in
Ukraine – that the country’s Russian-speakers are automatically in
favour of closer ties with Russia itself.



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Journalists seeking to make sense of Ukraine’s complex identity
issues continue to latch onto language as a shorthand way of
understanding the rival geopolitical sympathies in the country. However,
in reality, a person’s mother tongue is simply not an accurate guide to
their political affiliation in today’s Ukraine. International coverage
of Ukraine’s Euromaidan revolution and Russia’s subsequent military
invasion has been badly hampered by the highly inaccurate assumption
that all of the country’s Russian speakers want Ukraine to remain in the
Russian orbit, while Ukrainian speakers are universally pro-EU. This is
not merely overly simplistic – it is dangerously misleading. There are
actually millions of Russian-speaking Ukrainians who are proud of to be
part of the greater Russian cultural world, while at the same time also
favouring European intregration. They are proud Russian-speakers, and
proud Ukrainians.



The sheer folly of equating Russian-speakers with Kremlin supporters
is perhaps best illustrated by the situation in the Ukrainian capital
city. Kyiv is an overwhelmingly Russian-speaking city, and yet it is
also a bastion of pro-European, pro-democracy sentiment. Indeed, it is
no exaggeration to say that Ukraine’s Euromaidan protests would not have
been possible without the emphatic and sustained support of
Russian-speaking Kyiv residents, who kept thousands of activists fed and
clothed throughout months of protests. And yet according to the overly
simplistic picture presented in much of the international media,
Russian-speaking Kyiv should be a stronghold of pro-Kremlin sentiment.



Ukraine’s contemporary pop culture is also dominated by the Russian
language. Many of the country’s main TV channels broadcast in Russian,
while Russian language radio dominates the Ukrainian airwaves. Most of
the country’s top pop stars perform in Russian, while the Russian
language press continues to far outnumber Ukrainian language
publications. In fact, the only area of everyday life where Ukrainian
language enjoys special priority status is in the sphere of official
government business and interaction with state organs.



Language has long been a highly politicized issue in post-Soviet
Ukraine, where it has often been exploited as the country has sought to
develop a new and inclusive national identity from the wreckage of the
Soviet inheritance. There have been numerous political confrontations
over the years involving efforts to secure official status for Russian
or protect the Ukrainian language from being overwhelmed by Russian in
the public sphere. However, while arguments over the status of the
Russian language are nothing new, the idea that Ukraine’s
Russian-speakers are an oppressed minority in need of military
protection is so absurd that it would be comical were it not now
associated with such tragic consequences.



RUSSIAN-SPEAKING UKRAINIANS DEBUNK KREMLIN WAR LIES:


March 2, 2014 – Business Ukraine magazine
Source: https://www.facebook.com/318925220763/photos/a.10151032190950764.416748.318925220763/10151917690925764/?type=1


The Ukrainian internet has been awash today with expressions of
disgust and outrage from Russian-speaking Ukrainians angered by their
depiction by the Kremlin as an oppressed minority. Russia has used the
Russian minority issue to justify its military invasion and occupation
of Crimea – a move which many Russian-speaking Ukrainians emphatically
reject.



With captive Russian TV audiences currently being subjected to a
torrent of non-stop disinformation, Russian-speaking Ukrainians have
been taking to online forums in an attempt to debunk the myths and
propaganda which have whipped the Russian public into a war frenzy.
Meanwhile, Ukrainian academics have appealed to all Ukrainians to phone
friends, family and acquaintances in Russia and tell them what’s really
going on in Ukraine.



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Blog: Does Russia Want Alaska Back?

Blog: Does Russia Want Alaska Back?: Sarah Palin’s prescient assertion in 2008 that electing Barack Obama would embolden Russia to take on sovereign countries like Ukraine certainly seems to have been on the mark. Ironically, Tina Fey’s parody on "Saturday Night Live", taken for the truth about Palin exclaiming that she can see Russia from her house may also come true. I just hope we don't all wind up seeing Russia from our window.

After the events in Ukraine this past week followed by President Obama’s lackadaisical response at a press conference Saturday and Palin’s original remark that Russia can be seen from “land here in Alaska,” a 2012 article from The Voice of Russia reads a bit more ominously.

Russia hikes rates as Ukraine tensions build - Linkis.com

Russia hikes rates as Ukraine tensions build - Linkis.comRussia's central bank has raised interest rates from 5.5 percent to 7
percent, in an effort to stabilize its currency and offset inflation, as
concerns about the economic impact of a potential war with Ukraine
increased.

Campaign finance - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Campaign finance - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: For most other democracies (including the European countries, Canada, Mexico, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and Israel) the political party is a useful concept to identify and aggregate the multitude of entities that raise and spend political funds.

Twitter / Kat_Missouri: Update on the News: In Donetsk, ...

Twitter / Kat_Missouri: Update on the News: In Donetsk, ...

Semaphore (programming) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Semaphore (programming) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: In computer science, particularly in operating systems, a semaphore is a variable or abstract data type that is used for controlling access, by multiple processes, to a common resource in a parallel programming or a multi user environment.

A useful way to think of a semaphore is as a record of how many units of a particular resource are available, coupled with operations to safely (i.e., without race conditions) adjust that record as units are required or become free, and, if necessary, wait until a unit of the resource becomes available. Semaphores are a useful tool in the prevention of race conditions; however, their use is by no means a guarantee that a program is free from these problems. Semaphores which allow an arbitrary resource count are called counting semaphores, while semaphores which are restricted to the values 0 and 1 (or locked/unlocked, unavailable/available) are called binary semaphores.

The semaphore concept was invented by Dutch computer scientist Edsger Dijkstra in 1965,[1] and has found widespread use in a variety of operating systems.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

John Holdren, Obama's Science Czar, says: Forced abortions and mass sterilization needed to save the planet

John Holdren, Obama's Science Czar, says: Forced abortions and mass sterilization needed to save the planet: John Holdren, Obama's Science Czar, says: Forced abortions and mass sterilization needed to save the planet

Book he authored in 1977 advocates for extreme totalitarian measures to control the population

Twitter / JohnEkdahl: Big thanks to the media for ...

Twitter / JohnEkdahl: Big thanks to the media for ...

The ‘Invisible War:’ Armed Border Bandits Targeting Illegal Immigrants

The ‘Invisible War:’ Armed Border Bandits Targeting Illegal Immigrants: According to Border Patrol, the violent encounters started on February 16 when two armed men wearing masks robbed a group of five illegal immigrants who were traveling through mountains near the California border. It was not long, however, before a separate group of armed men approached the group and tried to rob both the masked men and the immigrants being held hostage. The masked men fought back and a gunfight soon broke out.

Idealism and Realism as Schools of Thought in the Philosophy of Education | Morse | Educational Change: The Journal of the New York State Foundations of Education Association

Idealism and Realism as Schools of Thought in the Philosophy of Education | Morse | Educational Change: The Journal of the New York State Foundations of Education Association: Abstract

I have never understood why philosophy of education textbooks
use "Realism" and "Idealism" to identify two schools of
thought in philosophy. As far as I am aware, other philosophers
don't use this terminology in the same way. Of course, there is a
sensible distinction between Idealists and Realists; the former
focus on the reality of the intelligible world whereas the latter
think reasoning must, initially at least, be based on sense experience.
Nevertheless, my philosophy of education students find the
use of the terms confusing for several reasons.

Wealthy Preparing To Flee New York Thanks To de Blasio | The Lonely Conservative

Wealthy Preparing To Flee New York Thanks To de Blasio | The Lonely Conservative: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s eat-the-rich policies aren’t sitting to well with the city’s wealthy residents. According to Michael Goodman, a number of them are getting ready to flee the Big Apple for greener pastures, like Florida, where they won’t be treated like criminals.

Twitter / EastOfBrussels: #Ukraine: #Russia claims 675.000 ...

Twitter / EastOfBrussels: #Ukraine: #Russia claims 675.000 ...

‘ARABLISH’ – Amusing English signs found in Saudi Arabia | BARE NAKED ISLAM

‘ARABLISH’ – Amusing English signs found in Saudi Arabia | BARE NAKED ISLAM







Twitter / Abiram_Brizuela: #Oscars #SpeakUp against ...

Twitter / Abiram_Brizuela: #Oscars #SpeakUp against ...

HowStuffWorks "5 Countries That Ditched Their Military Forces"

HowStuffWorks "5 Countries That Ditched Their Military Forces": After decades of witnessing the destruction and misery of combat firsthand, U.S. Civil War General William Tecumseh Sherman delivered the commencement address at the Michigan Military Academy in 1879. In his speech, he summed up his experience with three words: "War is hell."



Between 136.5 and 148.5 million people became casualties of war in the 20th century alone, according to Milton Leitenberg, a longtime scholar of arms control.

Twitter / Free_Media_Hub: "Assad`s Ocean of Shame" ...

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