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Thomas Paine

To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

13 December - iGoogle

English: NASA chart depicting evolution of det...English: NASA chart depicting evolution of detecting the early universe, from ground-based space telescopes to HST and the future JWST. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: Near colliding NGC 2207 and IC 2163 a...English: Near colliding NGC 2207 and IC 2163 as seen by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. Français : Image obtenue par le Télescope spatial Hubble (ESA, NASA) et montrant NGC 2207 et IC 2163 se frôlant. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
All Things Considered - NPR
Post-Sandy, Newly Unemployed Struggle To Stay Afloat
New Policy For Young Immigrants Creates Paperwork Deluge

Syrian rebels may win - Russia

A Russian official says for the first time that the Syrian government is losing "more and more control" and may lose the conflict against rebels.  
Spain police seize Mubarak assets

Blog of Rights - ACLU

Day 2 of Velez Hearing: State’s Witness Dismantles State’s Timeline Theory
Nation’s Top Spies Still Mum on How Many Americans They’ve Surveilled


Supreme Court rejects 'fee for carriage' broadcast plan


Court: Prank call nurse found hanging by co-workers
Jacintha Saldanha, who took a call asking about Prince William's pregnant wife, was found hanging by a scarf, a coroner's court was told. She left...  
Suicide triggers can be hard to find

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

Ontario 2013: Toward a Post-Austerity Vision

Circle of Blue water news
The Stream, December 13: Drier Future Ahead for Colorado River-Dependent States
The Stream, December 12: Improving Agricultural Infrastructure


Andrew Grice: 'Man or mouse' reshuffle has not magically created a Tory majority

Common Dreams
WTF Michigan?

Daily Bell
Ethics and Gouging

Daily Galaxy
"The Algorithmic Origins of Life" --Radical New Theory Focuses on Information vs Chemistry"The Algorithmic Origins of Life" --Radical New Theory Focuses on Information vs Chemistry
"Black Hole Engines of the Universe" --New Breakthrough: Both Liquid and Solid"Black Hole Engines of the Universe" --New Breakthrough: Both Liquid and Solid
"We May be Living in a Massive Computer-Generated Universe" --Physicists Say Its Reality Can Now Be Tested"We May be Living in a Massive Computer-Generated Universe" --Physicists Say Its Reality Can Now Be Tested
Image of the Day: Aboriginal Cave Art --Rapid Climate Change Killed Prehistoric Australian CultureImage of the Day: Aboriginal Cave Art --Rapid Climate Change Killed Prehistoric Australian Culture
Sulfate-Feeding Microbes Active in Earth's Oceans 2.7 Billion Years AgoSulfate-Feeding Microbes Active in Earth's Oceans 2.7 Billion Years Ago

Democracy Now!

Relax: Santa Unaffected by Arctic Ice Loss
Kris Kringle's operations have moved safely off the thinning Arctic sea ice -- onto Greenland.  
Future Phones Could Have See-Through Vision

Food and Water Watch

Are the GM Industry and Failed Bankers Controlling UK Agriculture Policy?*
Jump-starting the Conversation on the Financialization of Nature
* via the UN and EU ?



Vitamin D deficiency linked to rheumatoid arthritis (activity)
Zinc—One of the Best Supplements to Help Fight Cold and Fluzin


Call for Release of Syrian Women Arrested for Protesting Against Civil War Violence

FreakOut Nation

Illiterate and poverty-stricken in Uganda; A Young Girl Emerges as a Chess Champion

Google Reader

Guardian UK

Afghan district hailed as success for Nato
Taliban may be biding their time in Garmsir, Helmand province, which has been superficially transformed with Nato cashThe villages and fields of...  


SADOW: There Are Potential Problems On The State Civil Service Commission

Walmart Workers Health Care

Inside Facebook
Marriott, Best Western, Hilton, Aria and Holiday Inn among most popular hotel brands on Facebook

Marriott, Best Western and Holiday Inn are among the most popular hotel pages on Facebook. This is based on information from our PageData tracking...  


How Your Brain Corrupts Your Shopping Choices
Ten Ways Your Mind is Smacking You Around


12-127: NRC Among the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government According to Partnership For Public Service Listing
I-12-049: NRC Creates Web Page Containing Information Regarding Concrete Degradation Issues at Seabrook Nuclear Plant

New Scientist

Laser drills could relight geothermal energy dreams
Finding dangerous asteroids, before they find us*
* Odd, that. Comets on a long ellipse out of the Oort cloud seem more likely to wander in perturbed orbits. Dr. John v. Kampen posted on how they could explode in the atmosphere  like the Tungusta  event at one point.

News 24
Baby Bok boost for WP

An inexperienced Western Province will rely heavily on three Junior Springbok stars at the Sevens Premier League in George.  

Obama Conspiracy Theories

Open Channel

Rossen Reports: TV and furniture tipovers threaten kids
Flat-screen TVs are falling in price, which means that many will be buying them over the holidays, but new numbers are showing more kids than ever...  
How outside money was poured into governors' races

Open Secrets

Capital Eye Opener, Dec. 13: Women Donors for Obama, Ashley Judd Favored for Dems' Senate Nomination, and More
Capital Eye Opener, Dec. 12: Crossroads and the DCCC on Cliff, Obama to Accept Corporate Funds for Inauguration, and More


Payvand Iran news

Memories of Tehran International School


What’s the buzz in Britain?

Philippines News

28 of 82 pass Mechanical Engineer Licensure Exam in MidEast — PRC

Political MoJo | Mother Jones

When Republicans Love Legalized Pot

Politics Security Secrecy

Conference on Government Secrecy & National Security at Fordham ...

Psychology Today

The Power of Collaboration
Ho Ho Hanukkah!


Stone Age people were making cheese over 7,000 years ago
Antarctica team to drill in search for life two miles under ice

Science Daily

New biomarker for bone marrow cancer: Discovery suggests new ways of treating multiple myeloma
Cloud forest trees drink water through their leaves

Scientific American

Once-Extinct Toads Reintroduced to Wild

Shaleshock Media

Dimock Gas Flare ( FLIR )
Natural gas Flare and Flir ( IR Video ) Near Dimock PA

Star Online

‘Datuk K’ stable after motorcycle crash in Queenstown, New Zealand


A community center, built by the community, wins the latest City 2.0 award
TEDxKraków’s ultimate green driving machine


Austrian Rights Holder Group Wants To Hit Cloud Services With A 'You Must Be A Pirate' Tax
ITU Goes Back On Multiple Promises: Makes Play For Internet Governance With Sneaky Surprise Vote

Texas Politics
Scrutiny of cancer grants includes foundation

Scrutiny of the state’s cancer-fighting agency is expanding to a related foundation whose undisclosed ...  

This Week in Science

Platelets Poison Parasites

Foreign managers in major oil and gas projects in Kazakhstan awarded

President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev signed a decree awarding state orders and medals to the workers of oil and energy industry of...  

USA Today

Falling TVs can kill, but few parents aware of risk

Unexplained Mysteries

Boy turned 12 on 12/12/12 at 12:12pm
Drill team seeks life two miles below the ice

Web MD

Hiking in Nature May Boost Creativity
Hiking in the wild may be good for the brain, especially if you are unplugged.  

White House


The Post-Election Project: The Establishment Pillories Susan Rice
Iran Disinfo Watch: The AP Gets Thrown Another Curveball

Comments. Distracted pedestrian. A Fort Lee, N.J., ordinance makes it illegal for pedestrians to use a handheld device while crossing intersections. (Photo: Julio Cortez, AP). Story Highlights. Pedestrian deaths increasing, while other traffic deaths are falling ...
Gov. Jerry Brown is receiving radiation treatment for early-stage prostate cancer, but is expected to maintain a full work schedule, his office announced. The Times' Sacramento reporter, Michael Mishak, will join L.A. Now Live at 9 a.m. to discuss the ...
People in North Carolina are living longer, but cases of obesity and diabetes continue to rise, according to new state-by-state health rankings. North Carolina ranked 33rd among states for health outcomes, according to America's Health Rankings, the results ...
A new study has shown that a drug intended to treat diabetes could restore memory in brain cells affected by Alzheimer's disease. The study, published in The Journal of Neuroscience, demonstrated that a drug named AC253, which never made it to market ...
Culturing umbilical cord blood with mesenchymal precursor cells prior to transplantation in patients with hematologic malignancies led to more rapid and complete cell repopulation, shortening neutropenia. Note that the overall incidence of acute ...
Health insurers and small business groups are drawing attention to a little-noticed provision of the Affordable Care Act they say will raise individual premiums hundreds of dollars a year. Click to Play ...
By Ben Hirschler. LONDON | Thu Dec 13, 2012 11:25am EST. LONDON (Reuters) - An experimental rheumatoid arthritis drug from AstraZeneca proved inferior to Abbott Laboratories' Humira in a clinical study, knocking hopes for one of the few late-stage ...
"Every three weeks a child dies" from a tipped-over TV, says Kate Carr of Safe Kids Worldwide. TV shopping. The switch to flat-screen televisions may be contributing to the risk of TV sets falling on children. (Photo: Jay Janner, Austin American-Statesman, via ...
Spending-Cut Proposals Are Drawing Democratic Flak - WSJ.com - Wall Street Journal
Spending-Cut Proposals Are Drawing Democratic Flak - WSJ.com - Wall Street Journal

Israel Deploys Nuclear Weapons on German-Built Submarines

Germany is helping Israel to develop its military nuclear capabilities, SPIEGEL has learned. According to extensive research carried out by the magazine, Israel is equipping submarines that were built in the northern German city of Kiel and largely paid for by the German government with nuclear-tipped cruise missiles. The missiles can be launched using a previously secret hydraulic ejection system. Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak told SPIEGEL that Germans should be "proud" that they have secured the existence of the state of Israel "for many years."
In the past, the German government has always stuck to the position that it is unaware of nuclear weapons being deployed on the vessels. Now, however, former high-ranking officials from the German Defense Ministry, including former State Secretary Lothar Rühl and former chief of the planning staff Hans Rühle, have told SPIEGEL that they had always assumed that Israel would deploy nuclear weapons on the submarines. Rühl had even discussed the issue with the military in Tel Aviv.


Default German submarines for Israeli nuclear weapons

In selling Israel submarines designed in full knowledge as platforms for nuclear missiles Germany is violating the sense of the Nonproliferation Treaty. The deal slips through a loophole in the Treaty because the NPT prohibition on assisting and encouraging a state's nuclear weapons program applies to a nuclear weapons country, which Germany is not. And the prohibition on obtaining such assistance applies to Treaty members, of which Israel is not one. But in selling the submarines specifically for nuclear weapons, and in holding discussions to facilitate such use, Germany is behaving irresponsibly. It should find more constructive ways to work off a bad conscience.

 ( Oh....so THAT's what it is doing ? sarcasm : Or not. )

Iran's nuclear program
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