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North Dakota Went Boom
New York Times Magazine, by Chip Brown    Original Article
Posted By: MDMuskrat- 2/3/2013 10:49:44 AM     Post Reply
Long before the full frenzy of the boom, you could see its harbingers at the Mountrail County courthouse in Stanley, N.D. Geologists had pored over core samples and log signatures and had made their educated guesses, and now it was the hour of the “landmen,” the men and women whose job was to dig through courthouse books for the often-tangled history of mineral title and surface rights. (Snip)… around seven years ago — driven by technological refinements that have made North Dakota a premier laboratory for coaxing oil from stingy rocks — the state’s Bakken boom began....

Reid Backs Away from Menendez
Defense, Acknowledges Investigations
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Matthew Boyle    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 2/3/2013 10:48:15 AM     Post Reply
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has backed off his ardent defense of New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez amid the scandal crashing down on his colleague. In an interview on ABC News’ This Week today, Reid admitted the existence of multiple investigations into Menendez and his connections to wealthy Democratic Party donor Dr. Salomon Melgen. Reid dropped his rhetoric attacking this reporter, and other outlets that have been investigating the Menendez scandal, since this reporter first published interviews in early November

Sen. Graham: I Have an
AR-15 at Home, I
Haven´t Hurt Anybody
Breitbart´s Big Government, by AWR Hawkins    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 2/3/2013 10:38:02 AM     Post Reply
During the Jan. 30 Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on gun violence, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said pointedly, "I have an AR-15 at home and I haven´t hurt anybody." He said this after explaining that he supports private ownership of magazines that hold more than 10 rounds: making it clear that a mother at home with her children might need far more than the 5 or 6 bullets a revolver holds to defend herself and her family. Graham was referencing Melinda Herman, the Loganville, GA mother who slid into a crawl space with her children to escape a burglar



Starting a Business Is a Huge Pain
Slate, by Matthew Yglesias    Original Article
Posted By: Gambrillsgal- 2/3/2013 10:04:44 AM     Post Reply
Last week, having read my own writing about how it’s cheaper to buy a house than rent one in most markets, I decided to take my own advice. My wife and I bought a new place, and instead of selling our old condo, we’re going to rent it out. And thus I became a small-business man. Or, rather, I’m becoming one. Entrepreneurship—even on the smallest and most banal scale—turns out to be a time-consuming pain in the you-know-what.

Meet the welcoming committee
Boston Herald, by Ira Kantor    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/3/2013 9:45:17 AM     Post Reply
A coalition crafted by the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce will prod Congress this week to amend visa and green card limitations that prevent skilled immigrant workers, graduates and entrepreneurs from landing jobs stateside and from spurring U.S. economic growth. “Business for Skilled Worker Immigration,” which is comprised of 37 chambers of commerce from 21 states, will mail out an introductory letter to policymakers to build support for three proposals designed to reform portions of U.S. immigration law. “Our driving principle is that U.S. immigration policy has proven inadequate to address the needs of companies competing in a globalized

Drowned in a sea of prescriptions
New York Times, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/3/2013 9:36:06 AM     Post Reply
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Every morning on her way to work, Kathy Fee holds her breath as she drives past the squat brick building that houses Dominion Psychiatric Associates. It was there that her son, Richard, visited a doctor and received prescriptions for Adderall, an amphetamine-based medication for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. It was in the parking lot that she insisted to Richard that he did not have ADHD, not as a child and not now as a 24-year-old college graduate, and that he was getting dangerously addicted to the medication. It was inside the building that her husband,

The playboy princes who put
Harry to shame! New drama
to reveal bohemian lifestyle
of Royal brothers George and
Edward in the 1930s
Daily Mail (UK), by Mario Ledwith    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/3/2013 9:22:47 AM     Post Reply
With his naked indiscretions and questionable fancy dress choice, Prince Harry has cemented his reputation as the Royal Family´s standalone party animal. But despite his fun-loving reputation, the prince´s behaviour pales in comparison to some of his distant relatives. Surrounding themselves in the world of bohemia and frequenting London´s smoke-filled jazz clubs in the early 1930s, the then Prince of Wales and his brother Prince George indulged in a life of hedonism. That is according to a BBC documentary that charts the brothers´ unlikely relationship with the city´s black musicians in the pre-war era.



Obama aims OFA where
Reagan, Clinton failed
Politico, by Josh Gerstein    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/3/2013 9:12:00 AM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama’s decision to transform his campaign into the freestanding lobbying group “Organizing for Action” is groundbreaking in many ways — but the idea of creating an outside organization to put pressure on Capitol Hill dates back at least to Ronald Reagan. President Bill Clinton even tried to create one 20 years ago. In 1993, seeking to to marshal grassroots support for his health-care reform effort, his team’s first impulse was to set up a standalone entity that could anonymously raise and spend large sums of money on polling, petition drives, phone banks and TV commercials.

Man launches car into shop - Thread Closed
The Lebanaon Daily Record, by Ken York    Original Article
Posted By: Oak Tree- 2/3/2013 9:05:51 AM     Post Reply
Multiple charges face an ex-convict who allegedly rammed his car into the front of a Lebanon pawn shop Friday, hurting two people, then ran away from the scene and was hunted down by Lebanon Police.

French planes pound Islamist
camps in northern Mali desert
Reuters, by Elena Berton & Tiemoko Diallo*    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 2/3/2013 8:57:46 AM     Post Reply
Paris/Bamako - French warplanes pounded Islamist rebel camps in the far north of Mali, military sources said, hours after French President Francois Hollande visited the West African country.Thierry Burkhard, spokesman for the French army in Paris, said on Sunday the overnight raids targeted logistics bases and training camps used by the al Qaeda-linked rebels to the north of the desert town of Kidal. "These were important air strikes," Burkhard told Reuters. He said the bombing raids took place around the settlement of Tessalit, close to the Algerian border, one of the main gateways into the Adrar des Ifoghas mountains

For Sen. Robert Menendez,
allegations tarnish a shining moment
Star Ledger [Newark,NJ], by Christopher Baxter    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/3/2013 8:49:00 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — John Kerry wiped away a tear Wednesday as he said farewell to Senate colleagues who had gathered in the chamber to wish him well as the next secretary of state. But conspicuously absent was Sen. Robert Menendez, who a day earlier had been approved to replace Kerry as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, one of the most coveted posts on Capitol Hill. The achievement marked an improbable ascension by Menendez, 59, born to Cuban immigrants, raised in gritty Union City and practiced in the hurly-burly of Hudson County politics. Yet the week hardly had



Seven Reasons Why it´s a Photoshop
American Thinker, by Michael Harlin    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/3/2013 8:44:14 AM     Post Reply
I´m sure we´ve all seen by now the "photo op" of President Obama shooting skeet. If he´s shooting skeet then I´m Daffy Duck. Skeet [clay disks of bright colors] are thrown by a machine from two towers erected to the right and left of the shooter. (There are other set ups like ones used for "sporting clays" but that isn´t represented in the White House photo release.) Usually, the skeet is thrown about ten or more feet above the ground. The shooters are arranged in a semi-circle at various stations around the semi-circle. The "group" of shooters lines up

Barak says reported Syria
strike shows Israel is serious
Reuters, by Alexandra Hudson    Original Article
Posted By: Toledo- 2/3/2013 8:42:27 AM     Post Reply
Defense Minister Ehud Barak said on Sunday an attack on a Syrian arms complex showed Israel was serious about preventing the flow of heavy weapons into Lebanon, appearing to acknowledge for the first time that Israel carried out the strike.Israel has maintained official silence over Wednesday´s raid, which Syria said targeted a military research center north-west of Damascus. "I cannot add anything to what you have read in the newspapers about what happened in Syria several days ago," Barak told a security conference in Munich on Sunday.

Deadliest sniper in U.S. military
history is ´shot and killed point-
blank by veteran suffering from
PTSD´ at Texas gun range
Daily Mail [UK], by Hayley Peterson & Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/3/2013 8:06:33 AM     Post Reply
A former Navy Seal, expert sniper and best-selling author was reportedly gunned down at a Texas shooting range Saturday by a veteran who is recovering from post-traumatic stress syndrome. Ex-Navy Seal Chris Kyle, 39, and another man were shot point-blank around 3:30 p.m. at a charity event on behalf of Kyle´s security firm at the gun range at Rough Creek Lodge and Resort in Erath County. The suspect, 25-year-old Eddie Ray Routh, was arrested roughly five hours later in Lancaster, Texas after a police chase. He was driving Kyle´s truck at the time of the arrest, police said.

Media Follows Obama´s Orders
to Mock Skeet-Gate Skeptics
Brietbart Big Journalism, by John Nolte    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 2/3/2013 7:40:38 AM     Post Reply
Some of you younger folks might not remember this, but there was a time when the media questioned Power. No, really, once upon a time, the media saw it as its duty to be forever questioning and skeptical of Power, especially when Power was in pursuit of more power. For example, Obama is attempting to grab more power for The State and criminals by way of gun control laws that infringe on our Second Amendment civil rights.



College grads taking more
unpaid internships, jobs
out of chosen field
Philadelphia Inquirer, by Lauren Mennen    Original Article
Posted By: Calvinesq- 2/3/2013 7:30:05 AM     Post Reply
Recent college graduates and even those who have been out of school for several years now are finding an increasingly harder time getting a job in this economy. The amount of young adults – from ages 18 to 29 – who are unemployed rose over 1.5 percent in January to 13.1 percent, according to statistics released Friday. The overall unemployment rate had a smaller increase - rising 0.1 percent to 7.9 percent - according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

How two scientists are using the New York
Times archives to predict the future
GIGAOM, by Laura Hazard Owen    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 2/3/2013 7:16:57 AM     Post Reply
Researchers are creating software that analyzes 22 years of New York Times archives, Wikipedia and about 90 other web resources to predict future disease outbreaks, riots and deaths — and hopefully prevent them.Researchers at Microsoft and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology are creating software that analyzes 22 years of New York Times archives, Wikipedia and about 90 other web resources to predict future disease outbreaks, riots and deaths — and hopefully prevent them. The new research is the latest in a number of similar initiatives that seek to mine web data to predict all kinds of events.

The crisis of conservatism
on both sides of the pond
Daily Mail [UK], by Melanie Phillips    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/3/2013 7:15:25 AM     Post Reply
The agony of the US Republicans, engulfed by an existential crisis since the second term victory of Barack Obama, reminds me so much of the UK Conservatives’ similar crisis after the accession of Tony Blair to power in 1997.[Snip]The Tories, aghast at the inversion of the natural order by which they assumed they had a divine right to rule, looked in bewildered mortification upon the upstart Blair whom they found it impossible to dislodge--and arrived at precisely the wrong conclusion about both conservatism and British society. It was a fundamental error that I believe the Conservative Party is still making

Human remains found in Leicester car
park DO belong to Richard III as
scientists prepare to reveal
results of DNA testing
Daily Mail [UK], by Mario Ledwith    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/3/2013 7:05:08 AM     Post Reply
A skeleton found underneath a car park in Leicester is expected to be confirmed as that of Richard III. The remarkable discovery of the remains, entailing a curved spine back and wounded skull, was made last September. Since then scientists have been conducting a range of tests to establish whether the remains do indeed belong to the Plantagenet King. Researchers from Leicester University will hold a press conference on Monday morning where they will present the findings of their investigation. Philippa Langley, who initially funded the excavation of what is now a Leicester City Council car park, said she was

Duke of Edinburgh invites climate change
heretic David Bellamy to Buckingham Palace
Telegraph [UK], by Ricahrd Eden    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/3/2013 6:53:55 AM     Post Reply
The Prince of Wales warned in March 2009 that there were “less than 100 months to act” to save the planet from irreversible damage due to climate change. His father is known to be more sceptical. Now, the Duke of Edinburgh has invited Britain’s best-known global warming heretic to give a lecture at Buckingham Palace. David Bellamy, who described last month how the BBC “froze him out” when he dismissed global warming as “poppycock”, is to give the inaugural David Bellamy Lecture at the Palace next month. Prince Philip is holding the event as honorary fellow of the Chartered


Our Foreign Policy Establishment:
Looking for Love in
all the Wrong Places
American Thinker, by Clarice Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: DW626- 2/3/2013 6:46:45 AM     Post Reply
Like the addlepated women who write love letters to an imprisoned murderer in the belief that the love of a good woman will turn him around, the U.S. foreign policy establishment repeatedly acts as though the power of their love and financial generosity will turn foreign thugs into responsible democratic leaders. They did this with the Soviet Union until Reagan upset their game, and now they are doing it with the Islamists.This week there´s been lots of ink on the disastrous affairs in the Middle East and North Africa and I´ll discuss what I consider the best of the commentary

Google boss Schmidt labels
China an ´IT menace´
BBC [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/3/2013 6:41:31 AM     Post Reply
Google Chairman Eric Schmidt uses a new book to call China an Internet menace that backs cyber-crime for economic and political gain, reports say. The New Digital Age - due for release in April - reportedly brands China "the world´s most active and enthusiastic filterer of information". China is "the most sophisticated and prolific" hacker of foreign companies, according to a review obtained by the Wall Street Journal (WSJ). China denies allegations of hacking.[Snip]The New Digital Age analyses how China is dangerously exploiting an Internet that now permeates politics, business, culture and other aspects of life, the WSJ says.

Iraq violence: ´Many dead´ in
Kirkuk police HQ attack
BBC [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/3/2013 6:32:29 AM     Post Reply
At least 16 people have been killed as suicide bombers and gunmen attacked a police HQ in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk, medical sources say. Officials said militants had tried to seize the compound after a bomb exploded at the gates, but were unsuccessful. A police chief was hurt. [Snip] Kirkuk is ethnically mixed, and at the centre of a dispute between Baghdad and the Kurds over oil and land rights. Two weeks ago at least 10 people were killed in a suicide bomb attack on the offices of the Kurdish Democratic Party in the city.

The Way Out
New York Times, by Bryan Mealer    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/3/2013 6:15:35 AM     Post Reply
WHEN the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers take the field during the Super Bowl today, the teams will have five players who come from a small, conflicted region in the northern Everglades known as Muck City. The dark, silty soil surrounding the Florida towns of Belle Glade and Pahokee, some 45 miles west of Palm Beach, creates a fertile region for agriculture. Many of the black residents of the area were drawn there by the opportunity to work in the vegetable fields that surrounded the towns. The migrant workers, who by and large settled in run-down boardinghouses,

Writer Jimmy Breslin gets
final victory in feud
with mayor Ed Koch
New York Daily News, by Denis Hamill    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 2/3/2013 6:08:21 AM     Post Reply
The death watch is over. Jimmy Breslin has outlived Ed Koch. About five years ago, I was eating in a diner on Ninth Ave. near the Port Authority in Manhattan and Ed Koch had just finished eating at another table with some friends. As he was leaving he nodded to me and I said, “How’m I doing, Ed?” (Snip) The Breslin-Koch feud dates back to 1986 when Koch appeared on a talk show and said he intended to run for three more terms as mayor and then “give the eulogy at Jimmy Breslin’s funeral.”

Satisfaction Not Guaranteed:
Reading Lance Armstrong
New Yorker, by Ian Crouch    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/3/2013 5:57:06 AM     Post Reply
Lance Armstrong is a liar, or at least was a liar, though the old motherly wisdom here probably stands: once, always. And depending on one’s perspective, his athletic accomplishments are at best tainted and at worst entirely invalidated—though you try riding a bike up the Col du Tourmalet. His accomplishments as a humanitarian and fundraiser, meanwhile, are surely somehow altered by his having been unmasked as a cheater and bully, though they may endure as valuable contributions and even be celebrated as such. But what about his standing and reputation as a writer? First, a point of clarification:

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